Smile – You’re Paying For Michelle’s Vacations, Giannoulias’ Corruptions, And Barack’s Lies

On June 2, 2008 in (in “The Democratic? Party Fractures“) we first repudiated the obvious and growing Culture of Corruption among Obama Dimocrats. By February 20, 2009 (in “Bush Frying Pan Meet The Obama Fire“) we noted the similarities between Mary Todd Lincoln and Michelle Obama. A few months later, on May 5, 2009 (in Let Them Eat Cake) we first linked Barack Obama to Marie Antoinette (a.k.a. Madame Déficit due to the “penurious French treasury”). Those timely assessments, made before anyone else spoke the truth, have been proven accurate.

Democrat Susan Estrich this week asked of Obama, “Does He Get It?”

“I’m thinking here of the president’s forthcoming vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, one of those terrible decisions that has even his strongest supporters shaking their heads. Why is he going to Martha’s Vineyard? [snip]

I’m from Massachusetts. I was in my 30s the first time I ever set foot in Martha’s Vineyard. Elite. Fancy. Expensive. Hard to get to. The Estrich family from Lynn considered Nantasket Beach exotic. Martha’s Vineyard might as well have been an island off of Spain.

I don’t begrudge the president a nice vacation. But having already spent time in Maine this summer, a second vacation to a place other than the hard-hit Gulf is an invitation for people to think what too many of them already think: The president just doesn’t get it.

What is the “it” Obama does not get?

“He doesn’t understand what’s happening out there, out here. People still don’t have jobs, home values still haven’t recovered, and 401(k)s are still in a slump. The only signs of recovery are a lot of highway projects, which, as we are told every day when the traffic slows, are being paid for by us.

The danger for Democrats is that if people keep thinking the president doesn’t get it (and that’s what I am hearing, particularly when those golf course shots hit the front page), the easiest way for them to send him a message, since he’s not on the ticket, is to vote against the Democrat who is. November could be a disaster for Democrats if that mentality sets in. The president may not be in any position to rescue Democrats, but his absence from the campaign trail — particularly if he’s playing golf and hobnobbing with rich donors instead — will be viewed (and advertised by Republicans) as an invitation to send him a message he doesn’t want to hear.”

In between vacations Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are either planning vacations or at parties or “playing golf and hobnobbing with rich donors” and corrupt forces which loot the American treasury.

The vacations and hobnobbing are so plentiful even Big Media outlets have jaws on the floor and eyebrows on the ceiling. The British Daily Mail checked the Michelle Obama Spain tab for American taxpayers:

“She is on a four-day visit and will be staying at the five-star Villa Padierna, rated as one of the world’s top 30 hotels, with 40 friends. The party has reserved 60 rooms.”

The Chicago Sun Times put down the cheerleader pom-poms from JournoLister U and also checked the tab:

“Taxpayers pick up the tab for staff and security at the exclusive hotel and most of the expenses for the plane.

First ladies often go on vacations, with and without the president. An issue for Mrs. Obama may be how many: New York in March; Chicago, over Memorial Day; Los Angeles in June; Camp David — sort of an extension of the White House — in July; Maine in July, to highlight Acadia National Park, and now Spain. Mrs. Obama is glamorizing Spain’s coastal resorts before her Aug. 14 first family weekend visit to Florida’s Gulf Coast, to encourage tourists scared away by the oil spill. Starting Aug. 19, the Obamas will spend 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard.”

So detached from reality, so “don’t get it” are Barack Obama and Michelle Obama they consider themselves as holding back – sacrificing! Whether it was the arduous and failed trip with Oprah (“As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the President to come for these few days….”) to Copenhagen for a waste of taxpayer dollars in Chicago, the ceaseless parties or the latest trip to Spain – how they suffer! The rooms at the Hotel Villa Padierna per night cost $2,500.

This is not like the hard working, rarely vacationing, Hillary and Bill Clinton splurging on a weekend wedding for their only daughter in a small town in upstate New York. Even families of modest means consider a wedding of an only child an opportunity to “stimulate the economy” and celebrate and major life event.

The Barack Obama and Michelle Obama looting of the treasury for vacations and parties and slush funds for cronies is paid for by Americans. It is, as noted yesterday at the Daily News, a Marie Antoinette style spending spree and contempt for taxpayers:

“The Obama modus operandi is becoming clear. From lavish trips to Spain to reportedly flying Bo, the President’s Portuguese water dog, on a separate aircraft to vacation with them in Maine, to a date night in New York City that perhaps cost nearly $100,000, their idea of austerity is really just the lap of luxury, at least for ordinary folks.[snip]

Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette – the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects’ plight – than an average mother of two. While she’s spent her time in the White House telling parents they should relieve their chubby kids’ dependency on sugar and stressing the importance of an organic veggie garden, hopping a jet to Europe to meet with Spanish royalty isn’t the visual the White House probably wants to project. Perhaps they’ve forgotten the damning image of John Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 election, windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket?

I don’t begrudge anyone rest and relaxation when they work hard. We all need downtime – the First Family included. It’s the extravagance of Michelle Obama’s trip and glitzy destination contrasted with President Obama’s demonization of the rich that smacks of hypocrisy and perpetuates a disconnect between the country and its leaders.”

Mary Todd Lincoln had a penchant for shopping while Union troops died that forced Abe Lincoln to hide her excesses in the budget. The obnoxious self-styled modern day Mr. Lincoln wannabee does not bother to hide the excesses, but rather indulge in some excess and corruptions of his own to match his former boss and current wife.

“Obama’s Thursday afternoon campaign event for Giannoulias, the beleaguered state treasurer of Illinois, reportedly raked in $1 million. Lagging behind his GOP opponent, liberal Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, Giannoulias has coveted one-on-one, grip-and-grin time with Obama for months. In addition to the cash, photo-ops and video of the Obama fundraising event that Giannoulias will milk from now until Election Day, the White House has dispatched Vice President Joe Biden, White House senior adviser David Axelrod and White House campaign management guru David Plouffe to boost Giannoulias’ bid. Plouffe proclaimed Democrats “all in” for Giannoulias, whom he described as “a great progressive champion.”

Obama gave his own personal seal of ethical approval, telling deep-pocketed donors this week: “I appreciate his strong sense of advocacy for ordinary Americans. You can trust him — you can count on him.

Barack Obama’s seal of approval on “trust” is as worthless as the latest Oprah diet. Giannoulias, like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, cannot be trusted:

“Giannoulias’ Greek immigrant family founded Chicago-based Broadway Bank, a now-defunct financial institution that loaned tens of millions of dollars to convicted mafia felons and faced bankruptcy after decades of engaging in risky, high-flying behavior. It’s the place where Obama parked his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign funds. And it’s the same place where a mutual friend of Obama and Giannoulias — convicted Obama fundraiser/slum lord Tony Rezko — used to bounce nearly $500,000 in bad checks written to Las Vegas casinos. This week, the Chicago Sun-Times revealed an additional $22.75 million Broadway Bank loan to a Rezko-owned business in 2006. Giannoulias held an ownership stake in the bank at the time.

Giannoulias served as Broadway Bank vice president and senior loan officer for four years. According to the Chicago Tribune, during Giannoulias’ tenure, some $27 million of Broadway Bank’s funny money went to mob crooks Michael “Jaws” Giorango and Demitri Stavropoulos. Giorango is a hustler who fronted a nationwide prostitution ring and was sentenced to six months in prison; Stavropoulos is behind bars for operating a multistate bookmaking ring. Giorango ran the $400-an-hour call girl operation out of high-rise luxury apartments in Chicago with the infamous “Gold Coast Madam,” Rose Laws. Giorango and Stavropoulos used their Broadway Bank loans to start their own risky lending business for nontraditional borrowers unable to secure traditional bank financing.”

The taxpayers picked up the tab – $390 million – because of the corruptions of Giannoulias. And yes, it was a mob bank. Batman knows, it was a mob bank for sure.



It was a mob bank. Bankers don’t need another vote in the U.S. Senate. Mobsters don’t need another vote in the U.S. Senate.



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Smile – You’re Paying For Michelle’s Vacations, Giannoulias’ Corruptions, And Barack’s Lies.

It’s not only the bills for Michelle and Barack and the dog. It’s not only the hundreds of millions for Giannoulias. It’s the economy, smartie:

“This isn’t a Recovery Summer. It’s a slow slide, certainly better than the rapid disintegration of 2009, but we haven’t replaced those jobs yet, either. Job losses are cumulative. In a normal recovery with proper economic policies of lower barriers to investor entry, we would see a rapid replacement of jobs in this time frame that would take us back to somewhere around 80% of what was lost, with the remaining 20% being the most difficult to recover. We have not yet even begun that ascent.”

It’s “Relapse Summer” not “Recovery Summer”. As Michelle Obama goes sleeveless in Marbella, and Christine Romer goes back to work in California, unemployment in the United States remains at 9.5% not the ‘if you pass the stimulus scam waste of hundreds of billions unemployment will remain under 8.5%’.

Sleeveless will bite taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars just for one vacation in Spain. Let the unemployed bask in the glow of her sun.

The unemployed can rejoice because Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says all is well and moving in the right direction in Obamaland. Hope is all the Hopium Guzzlers have left now that the Obama “change” has hit them right between the eyes:

“Temporary employment is falling rapidly, suggesting weaker job growth ahead.

For the second consecutive month, the economy created virtually no jobs, net of temporary Census jobs. The Labor Department reported that the economy lost 131,000 jobs in July, 12,000 less than the 143,000 drop in the number of temporary Census workers. The June numbers were revised down by 100,000 to show a gain of only 4,000 non-Census jobs.

The job loss corresponds to a decline in labor force participation. [snip]

African Americans were also hit especially hard. The EPOP for African Americans is back at its low point for the downturn and the EPOP for African American women hit a new low at 54.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than the December ratio.

By education level, the less educated appear to be the big gainers, with a 1.8 percentage-point increase in the EPOP for those without a high school degree. Those with some college had a 0.8 percentage-point decline in their EPOP and those with college degrees had a 1.1 percentage-point drop to 72.7 percent, the lowest level of the downturn.

By age group, the big gainers continued to be the over-55 cohort, which added 54,000 jobs in July, bringing the 3-month gain to 182,000. Older women accounted for 167,000 of this rise in employment. By contrast, employment for women between the ages of 35-44 fell by 253,000 (1.8%) and for women between 45-54 by 186,000 (1.2%) since May.

There were substantial declines in all the measures of duration of unemployment. This likely reflects many long-term unemployed dropping out of the workforce after losing benefits. [snip]

Retail trade added 6,700 jobs, but with a 13,000 downward revision to last month’s job loss number, employment is still 14,000 below the May level. Financial services lost 17,000 jobs, with real estate counting for more than half of the loss. Professional and business services are now shedding jobs, with the sector losing 13,000 jobs last month. Employment services lost 23,300 jobs, a bad harbinger for future job growth. Even the restaurant sector is losing jobs, shedding 10,600 workers in July, the 3rd consecutive decline.

State and local governments shed 48,000 jobs in July, a result of budget cutting coinciding with the new fiscal year. The only sectors that added substantial numbers of jobs were health care (27,800) and, strangely, ground transit which added 10,600 jobs in July, 2.5 percent of employment in the sector.”

Screw you disgruntled unemployed – Barack is having a wonderful time so enjoy his good fortune instead of griping. So what if Barack takes an expensive helicopter instead of his new Limousine to travel 6 miles, a 20 minute drive. Screw you for noticing.

Smile, you’re paying for it all. And you will pay and pay and pay. You will pay and pay until we rid the nation of Barack Obama and all his Obaminations and his Obama Dimocratic Party and his Hopium Guzzler Obamatrons. So smile and pay.

Pay, until November – then it is payback.

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224 thoughts on “Smile – You’re Paying For Michelle’s Vacations, Giannoulias’ Corruptions, And Barack’s Lies

  1. The price tag is now $375,000 just for the Spain vacation. Enjoy the many pictures because that is all you get (not even a lousy T-shirt):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1300852/Spanish-police-close-public-beach-Michelle-Obamas-250k-Spanish-holiday.html

    “Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.

    The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette.

    And her critics will be further annoyed when they learn that the president’s wife had a Spanish beach closed off today so that she, her daughter and their entourage could go for a swim.[snip]

    It is unclear whether the police presence was paid for by Spain – or whether a nasty invoice could be landing in the lap of the American taxpayer.[snip]

    Whether or not the taxpaying American will be paying for meals, they will definitely be footing the bill for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, her personal staff – and the use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

    The per diems for the secret service team runs at around £172 each, which amounts to nearly £60,000 for the length of the summer break.

    Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at £91,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.

    Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and who might cost considerably more per day, also have to be taken into account.

    The American public will also cover the cost of the only official part of the holiday, a visit to the Spanish royal family on the island of Majorca.

    This will involve transport there and back for the entourage – as well as travel, accommodation, food and expenses for all while on the island.

    Conservative estimates already put the total cost at £150,000. With Majorca to come, the bill will be more like £250,000.

    Back in the U.S., anger was mounting – especially as it has emerged the First Lady will have enjoyed eight holidays by the end of the summer.

    These include a trip to Los Angeles in June, a visit to the Florida’s oil-hit Gulf Coast next weekend and a ten-day trip to Martha’s Vineyard later this month.

    White House press secretary Robin Gibbs was asked at a briefing if there were any concerns about how the visit was being viewed by the public.

  2. Narcissim knows no shame…no limits…no boundaries…

    the Obamas live in their own bubble…they are the entitled…

  3. White House press secretary Gibbs was asked at a briefing if there were any concerns about how the visit was being viewed by the public.
    ————–
    Hell no; BO/MO are enjoying every in-our-face moment of this. It is a part of their culture which appears to be encouraged by many AA churches, eg Chicago’s Trinity UCC. I saw it myself in behavior on local commuter buses from my town to a large NJ city. Nothing is funnier than pissing off whitey.

  4. ““Giannoulias’ Greek immigrant family founded Chicago-based Broadway Bank, a now-defunct financial institution that loaned tens of millions of dollars to convicted mafia felons…”

    Then, says Obama; ““I appreciate his strong sense of advocacy for ordinary Americans. You can trust him — you can count on him.”

    Doesn’t anyone (besides us) see ANYTHING wroung with this picture? Jeeze. The Chicago Way. The Mafia is running the country while Michelle the Moll masquerades in Majorca.

  5. This is what obama’s buddies are up to. It doesn’t get any sicker than this…

    06.08.10

    Hamas leaders in Syria urge West Bank operatives to kidnap Israeli settlers

    IDF West Bank division commander, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has warned Israeli settlers to be on alert for possible abduction attempts across the territory.

    By Chaim Levinson

    The Israel Defense Forces West Bank division commander, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has warned Israeli settlers to be on alert for possible abduction attempts across the territory.

    In a letter sent to Yesha Council leaders, Alon said that the warning is based on intelligence and interrogations of Palestinians arrested on involvement in plotting such kidnappings.

    The IDF said intelligence has shown Hamas leaders in Damascus are pressuring followers in the West Bank to abduct Israeli settlers and citizens.

    The IDF added tnat it believes such a kidnapping would be used by Hamas as a bargaining chip for short-term gains and not for major negotiations such as in the case of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been in captivity for four years and for whom Hamas wants hundreds of prisoners.

    “The threat of kidnapping is significant,” Alon wrote the settler leaders. “We must especially remind youths to take safety precautions when hitchhiking.”

    In the wake of Alon’s letter, settler leaders held information session with youths to reiterate to hitchhike only within their settlements and not on main routes in the West Bank or late at night.

    The Shin Bet Security Service has arrested a number of Palestinians suspected of involvement in alleged plots to kidnap Israeli settlers. In some of the cases, the Shin Bet said there was more than intent and that suspects had gathered intelligence leading up to an attempt.

    During the second intifada, several Israelis were kidnapped in the West Bank: In 2003 a taxi driver was kidnapped and taken to the village of Bitunia, but was rescued by an elite IDF unit. In 2006, a youth from the settlement of Itamar was abducted and taken to Ramallah and then later murdered by his captors.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/hamas-leaders-in-syria-urge-west-bank-operatives-to-kidnap-israeli-settlers-1.306406

  6. 🙁

    Unfortunately, when the GOP gets in they destroy the Treasury even worse.

    Wasn’t it David Stockman who said that Reagan purposely ran up the deficit as an excuse to get rid of social programs?

  7. “You will pay and pay until we rid the nation of Barack Obama and all his Obaminations and his Obama Dimocratic Party and his Hopium Guzzler Obamatrons.”

    I guess I am getting old, I read that and thought – yeah, but the crooks already have the next shiney-thing/candidate/puppet ready to go. They think so far ahead we haven’t a chance. I wonder what the market strategy will be in 2012 – Remember obama, when talking about himself, actually saying – “this was the moment when the rise of the ocean began to slow and our planet began to heal”

  8. JanH, Hillary has always been on the side of Gay-Americans. But what to make of this eyepopper:

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/06/ann-coulter-to-headline-party-for-gay-conservatives/

    GOProud, a Washington-based group that represents gay conservatives, announced Friday that feisty right-wing pundit Ann Coulter would keynote the organization’s upcoming “Homocon” fundraiser party.

    “I’m so tickled that she agreed to do it,” Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud told The Daily Caller. “Think about it: She’s hilarious, she’s provocative and, honestly, our folks just love her.”

    LaSalvia said Coulter was the only person the group asked to headline the party, and she immediately agreed.

    “Of course I’ll do it,” Coulter wrote to GOProud when they asked her to join the event. “I’m the right-wing Judy Garland!”

  9. flight of stairs….Ronnie Reagan did that and this is what the GOP and Obama have been doing…social securty will soon be gone.

  10. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080604069.html

    RNC adopts new 2012 presidential primary schedule (IN AGREEMENT WITH DOEMOCRATS).

    Under the new schedule, no state would hold a primary or caucus before the first Tuesday in February 2012, in attempt to avoid a repetition of 2008, when the Iowa caucuses were held Jan. 3.

    Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their status as the nation’s first contests, held in February, joined by South Carolina and Nevada.

    Other contests would generally be held in April or later, although states would have the option of holding votes in March, provided convention delegates chosen at those elections were awarded to candidates in proportion to the percentage of the vote they received, rather than in a winner-take-all system.

    A number of delegates expressed a variety of concerns with the proposal. Some resented that the new schedule codified first-in-the-nation status for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Others didn’t like the proportional-award rules.

    And some said they feared extending the primary season would hurt Republicans in 2012, when President Obama is unlikely to face a Democratic challenger for the nomination and Republicans would be left fighting with one another for months. (WHO SAYS THERE WON’T BE A CHALLENGE)……

  11. 06:15 PM CDT on Friday, August 6, 2010
    By CHRISTY HOPPE / The Dallas Morning News
    choppe@dallasnews.com
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Monday to discuss border security issues, the governor’s office confirmed Friday.

    Also Online Governor Rick Perry to meet with Obama about border security

    Bill White declines appearance with Obama

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    Perry has been attempting to speak with the president for some time to advance the state’s ideas about stemming illegal drugs and immigration.

    Obama will be in Austin and Dallas on Monday for Democratic fundraisers. He will also give a speech on the University of Texas at Austin campus to an invited audience. The two will meet at the Austin airport.

    “We were able to confirm that we will be meeting at the airport the president on Monday,” said Perry spokeswoman Catherine Cesinger. “We’re happy to take any opportunity. Even though it is brief, the governor welcomes the opportunity to discuss this issue with the president.”

    A White House aide confirmed that the meeting would occur but declined to otherwise comment.
    ——————————————

    Bill White of Texas doesn’t want Obama to appear with him…ROTFLMAO!!!!

  12. I don’t get why the hell Iowa gets to go first, give someone else a bloody go, like Arkansas…..lol.

  13. An interesting exchange on another blog re. the health care miasma:

    1. So now we have a black President…

    Did we go through slavery, a civil war, civil rights and dead Kennedys for this?

    Mr. Obama, I am sure of a couple things.

    I did not vote for you in order for you to accomplish this.

    You ran on being historic, but you are not being historic..

    2. Not sure why you mention “black”.. you sound like a racist. — Phillip1 (a notorious bot)

    You had your time. Your President was a failure. Elections have consequences. The country is going in a new direction. Sorry you do not like that direction, but you will have 2012 to change that. Good luck. Another 36 million insured I am sure will put another couple of million votes in the Democratic column, which is a big deal when elections are typically won by only a few million votes.

    It is funny the Democrats have 5 out of 5 congressional elections since Obama took office. How can that be if he is doing such a bad job? They are adding to their majorities.

    3. A new direction? — photon_s feather

    Really? Do you read the news?

    The wars, continued giveaways to Wall Street pirates, a corporate-friendly dog of a health care ‘reform’ bill, faith-based initiatives – with a board of clerics as advisers, something even George Bush didn’t try…

    This ‘new direction’ is all in the minds of people speechified by the empty suit called Obama.

  14. Economy Stalls as Obama’s Economic ‘Dream Team’ Hits the Skids
    Friday, 06 Aug 2010 01:59 PM Article Font Size
    By: David A. Patten

    Signs are growing that the administration’s inner circle of economic advisers — once hailed as the “dream team” — appears to be cracking under the pressure of yet another dismal jobs report and reports of dissention within the White House ranks over what to do about the stagnant economy.

    The news that Christina Romer, who chairs the White House Council of Economic Advisers, is resigning because of “family commitments” came on the same day the Labor Department announced that the economy had shed another 131,000 jobs in July. It also restated the number of jobs lost in June, which was 100,000 worse than initially reported.

    Some economists saw the report as further evidence that the U.S. economy may be flirting with a double-dip recession.

    Robert Reich, Labor secretary under the Clinton administration, told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that the numbers may not signal a double-dip recession, but it is perilously close.

    “I don’t think it has double-dip yet,” Reich said, “but it certainly has one and three-quarters dip. This is a disappointing report by almost anybody’s definition of disappointment.

    “The thing that worries me is that 125,000 new jobs are needed every month just to keep up with population growth. And 71,000 private sector jobs means we are going deeper and deeper into the hole,” the Democratic insider said.

    President Obama tried to put the best possible spin on the labor report. After taking a tour of a sign-making company in Washington, D.C., the president said the July report indicated that private-sector jobs had increased for seven months in a row.

    “That’s the most robust seven months of manufacturing growth in over a decade,” he said.

    But there was no getting around the fact that economists were disappointed with the report, and unemployment remained stuck at 9.5 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average voted with its dollars, dropping 138 points by noon.

    Ironically, the report showing another downturn in job creation, which was far worse than most economists were predicting, came just three days after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote an Op-Ed titled “Welcome to the Recovery” in The New York Times.

    Romer felt crowded out of the president’s inner circle by the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, according to the National Journal’s Hotline On Call. Summers is the director of the National Economic Council.

    “She has been frustrated,” said the source, who Hotline described as having “insight into the White House economics team.”

    “She doesn’t feel that she has a direct line to the president,” the Hotline source said. “She would be giving different advice than Larry Summers, who does have a direct line to the president.”

    The Washington Post also is reporting that Romer was “frustrated by life in Washington.” Romer, however, has denied any friction with Summers, insisting that her resignation “was purely for family reasons.”

    Romer’s resignation marks the second time in two months the administration has lost a key member of its erstwhile economic “dream team.”

    In June, White House budget director Peter Orszag announced he’d be leaving, which he did at the end of July. Orszag, as chief of the Office of Management and Budget, played a key role in the passage the two presidential initiatives most often mentioned in discussions of the economy: The $862 billion stimulus and healthcare reform, which Republicans blame for contributing to an uncertain business environment they say has left companies reluctant to invest in new employees.

    Romer’s departure is drawing special attention, however, because she co-authored the controversial paper that predicted that passage of the stimulus would hold unemployment below 8 percent. That projection has made Romer and the Obama administration a target for Republicans and conservative economists.

    Wall Street Journal senior economics writer Steven Moore, for example, co-author of “The End of Prosperity,” stated in an e-mail to Newsmax on Friday: “Christina Romer has been the wrongest economist in the history of Washington. The Obama-Romer $1 trillion stimulus has not created jobs or growth. Just debt.”

    With the midterm elections fast approaching, Republicans wasted no time lambasting the administration for its handling of the economy.

    “How many more times do families and small businesses have to ask ‘where are the jobs?’ before President Obama changes course?” House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner said. “Let’s work together to ease the uncertainty employers are up against and stop the Obama administration’s job-killing tax hike on families and small businesses.”

    Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., called the July jobs report “disappointing” and called on the administration to renew the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire at year’s end.

    If those taxes are reimposed, they would be the largest single tax increase in history, Republicans say. Cantor charged “this administration’s failed policies have caused the size and reach of the government to explode.”

    RNC Chairman Michael Steele criticized the administration for trying to encourage Americans about the economy’s direction. “For the millions of Americans who are unable to find work, this White House’s empty cheerleading rings hollow. President Obama has been more focused on growing government than growing jobs, and it shows.”

    Even media generally friendly to the president’s policies have begun joining the chorus of criticism over how the economy has been managed. The Washington Post on Friday editorialized that the $26 billion state aid bill to states passed by the Senate Thursday “always struck us as more of an election-year favor for teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources.”

    Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean told CNBC: “We’re getting better, but more slowly than we’d like to.” He conceded the economy is “pretty much past the point” where any could help salvage Democratic prospects at the polls in November.

    As the president pointed out in his remarks, not all of the economic news was bad. The report showed the private sector gained 71,000 jobs, although that was far fewer than needed to offset the loss of 143,000 temporary census jobs. Also, the manufacturing sector added 36,000 jobs in July, but much of that was attributed to the cyclical replenishment of business inventories.

    Economists’ reaction to the July jobs report suggests the realization is beginning to settle in that the nation is in for an extended period of economic doldrums.

    Joshua Shapiro, the chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc., told The New York Times: “Our own view is that this is going to be a really protracted, drawn out recovery here. You sometimes have to take a magnifying glass to see it. There are others who are more optimistic and they just keep saying just wait, just wait and they’ve been saying just wait for quite some time.”

    Romer’s departure may leave the president’s inner circle of economic advisers less diverse. She was actually one of the few economists in the administration who had defended the ability of tax cuts to bring about meaningful job creation. Most of the other members of the president’s economic team, which Republicans complain is devoid of officials with real-world business experience, appear to view tax cuts as providing merely short term stimulus without long-term economic benefits.

    Bert Ely, a banking consultant, told Hotline that the forecast that unemployment wouldn’t break the 8 percent barrier if the $862 stimulus was passed had proved “horribly inaccurate.”

    “You have to wonder why Summers isn’t the one that should be taking the fall,” Ely said. “But Larry is a pretty good bureaucratic infighter.”

  15. The republicans have been given every opportunity to stop Obama and his cohorts in 2010, but to date, have not offered any new, concrete ideas on how to turn things around. I am not sure the “Obama sucks” theme alone will resonate. They need better leadership, and while I admire Palin as a woman and victim of a vicious media assualt, she is not the answer as she is not the type of leader that will draw independents or those slightly weary of Obama. Reagan, a very overrated President imo, at least offered a clear contrast to the incompetence of Carter. I don’t see any Reagan’s on the republican side. Jindal, Palentry, etc. do not excite me. I like Romney, but he can’t win cause of the Mormon thing. I think thatRyan guy who pointed, in a very understandable way, the flaws of Obama’s health care plan in those sham hearings is the type of guy they need.

  16. You have got to wonder and worry about a guy who pretends to be president yet spends more time thinking about a Chicago Bulls game or a night on the town with his wife than national security. For Obama, the security of this nation is simply not an issue. Want proof? Check out his position on our southern border. He cares nothing for this country. But he is President. The problem is not him. The problem is the CORRUPT ELITES who greased the skids for him and the IGNORANT people who voted for him. Again, national security is the least of Mr. Obama’s concerns. Just not an issue.
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    US Arrests Highlight Increasing Terrorist Recruitment
    Friday, 06 Aug 2010 12:35 PM Article Font Size
    By: Voice of America

    A series of arrests in the United States this week sheds light on a growing concern of law enforcement officials: Foreign terrorist organizations such as al-Shabab in Somalia are receiving assistance from U.S. citizens.

    In some cases, those citizens are traveling abroad for terrorist training and are joining armed insurgencies. Experts say many of these citizens are ideal targets for terror recruitment.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 26-year-old Shaker Masri in Chicago on Tuesday, only hours before he was scheduled to board a flight for Somalia. He had told an FBI informant that he planned to travel to Somalia or Afghanistan to join an armed insurgency.

    One day after Masri’s arrest, the FBI charged 14 naturalized U.S. citizens from Minnesota, California, and Alabama with providing material support to al-Shabab, a group the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization.

    The U.S. Justice Department says two of the people indicted are already fighting for al-Shabab in Somalia, and that they appear in online videos for the group.

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said these latest arrests signal a dangerous and growing trend in the United States.

    “We are seeing an increasing number of individuals, including U.S. citizens, who have become captivated by extremist ideology and have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad,” he said.
    Although recruiting home-grown terrorists is a recent development in the United States, other countries have been dealing with domestic terrorists for some time, says Thomas Mockaitis, a terrorism expert at DePaul University.

    “It’s not exactly as new as you might think,” he said. “It’s very similar to what happened in Britain in the 1980s and ’90s.”

    During that time, many young men from Afghanistan and Pakistan living in Britain returned to fight the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan, Mockaitis says.

    Now, he says, Somalia is the destination of choice for those seeking to carry out a holy war.

    “Somalia has become what Afghanistan was in the 1980s,” Mockaitis says. “It is a failed state and it’s a hotbed for [not only] conflict, but also the training and export of extremist activity.”

    Through methods that include recruiting in U.S. Somali communities and creating Internet videos promoting their cause, Mockaitis says al-Shabab is able to reach young men who might never have traveled to Somalia.

    “Many of these people are in fact the children of refugees. They were probably born in Somalia or born soon after they [i.e., their mothers] came to the United States,” he said. “And they are not particularly in touch with their parents. And yet, neither are they particularly attracted to or accepted by mainstream American culture. So there is this kind of double alienation that makes them particularly prone to recruitment.”
    Although some analysts say this might provide some insight into the motivations of those recruited in the large Somali community in Minnesota, for example, they say it does not explain what might have motivated terrorism suspect Shaker Masri, who was born in Alabama, lived in Chicago, and who has family in Jordan.

    Masri was arrested after several conversations with an FBI informant. Although authorities say Masri acted alone, Mockaitis says most terrorism recruits find solidarity in a community of like-minded individuals.
    “I’m not persuaded, and actually there is some research to suggest that people are not prone to self-radicalization, as we imagine,” he said. “They don’t just log on the Internet and suddenly become a jihadist. They often are persuaded by somebody they know – a family member, a friend, whatever the case may be.”

    Speaking to reporters at the Justice Department, Holder said he wanted to send a message to those arrested this week and others who might be charting a similar course.

    “While our investigations are ongoing around the country, these arrests and charges should serve as an unmistakable warning to others considering joining or supporting terrorist groups like al-Shabab,” he said. “If you choose this route, you can expect to find yourself in a U.S. jail cell or a casualty on the battlefield in Somalia.”

    As many as six suspected militants from Minnesota have died in the fighting in Somalia

  17. The republicans have been given every opportunity to stop Obama and his cohorts in 2010, but to date, have not offered any new, concrete ideas on how to turn things around. I am not sure the “Obama sucks” theme alone will resonate. They need better leadership, and while I admire Palin as a woman and victim of a vicious media assualt, she is not the answer as she is not the type of leader that will draw independents or those slightly weary of Obama. Reagan, a very overrated President imo, at least offered a clear contrast to the incompetence of Carter. I don’t see any Reagan’s on the republican side. Jindal, Palentry, etc. do not excite me. I like Romney, but he can’t win cause of the Mormon thing. I think thatRyan guy who pointed, in a very understandable way, the flaws of Obama’s health care plan in those sham hearings is the type of guy they need.
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    They have put their cannon fodder out there for now. What we do not see is who is starting to line up the donors. Their idea man is Gingrich. Many people do not like him and many people do. If this thing gets rough which it shows every sign of doing, then the hand of fate will reward the creative, and that is where Gingrich has the edge. The Republicans do not need big ideas right now. Obama Reid and Pelosi have done the wokr for them. But 2012 is a different story.

  18. I do not wish to seem mean spirited but if I had one wish right now, other than a quick return to prosperity, it would be that everyone who has a job now and intends to vote for the party of Obama get a pink slip on Monday. That is the only way I know of to break them out of their pattern of delusional thinking so they face reality. Somehow, they must come to the realization that the policies he has enacted are the certain path to a national economic disaster which spares on one.

  19. We have got to start thinking again as a country. This bastard in the white house has done everything he can to divide our people and turn us against each other. There is a level of ruthlessness here that most people are unaccustomed to since it normally takes place only in a banana republic–or to put a finer and more accurate point on it in a former soviet republic which has fallen under the not so benign influence of global capitalists.

  20. I like Jeb Bush. He did a good job as governor is is the smart one in his family
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    It is a great shame that they ran George rather than Jeb. But as they say, if things were different they wouldn’t be the same. Now, for him to run, he would have to change his name.

  21. Sleeve-shredder FLOTUS should be entitled to as much expensive vacationing as she needs. Don’t forget, she has a very stressful job and has all those good causes…arugula farming and telling poor people to not eat at McDonald’s so much, but rather baked sole, quinoa, and mesclun mix is soooo much healthier.

    And why should she be stuck with one or two lousy vacations to Maine and Martha’s Vineyard??

    So let’s get off her sleeveless back.

  22. jbstonesfan

    You are right out his daughter and wife. His daughter had a prescription drug problem. I truly hope she has conquered that. His wife, however, returned from Europe and had purchased a lot of things that she needed to declare with customs. She was given three chances to declare, and did not. Evidently she had stuff worth thousands. All that happened to her was she paid the fine. But the incident was and probably still is embarrasing. It is not like they could not afford to pay the customs amount.

  23. ZERO-BAMA ONE OF THE GREATEST CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLARS EVER?

    Yet another area where Obama is tentative, indecisive, and ineffective.

    Money quote: “Despite the president’s reputation as an incisive legal mind, he and his top advisers have been frozen on vital decisions and have displayed a bizarre detachment from an increasingly ineffectual Justice Department. And that’s leaving aside Obama’s weak record on getting his judicial nominees approved by a Democratic Senate.”

    philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100806_Justice_adrift_under_Obama.html

    Justice adrift under Obama
    ========================

    The president’s approach to legal affairs has been lackluster.

    By Mark Greenbaum

    When Barack Obama was elected, there were many questions about how he would govern and which reforms he would pursue. Yet there was little doubt that the former law professor would bring immediate and dramatic change to the White House’s approach to legal affairs and the Justice Department.

    A year and a half later, this assumption appears to have been wrong. The president remains puzzlingly aloof, uninterested, and indecisive on legal issues, and the Justice Department has been one of the administration’s most unproductive and arguably dysfunctional agencies.

    At the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, the Justice Department’s reputation was in tatters amid credible accusations that its operations had been poisoned by politics. It played a critical role in the firing of U.S. attorneys for partisan reasons, provided dubious legal justifications for torture, and saw its ranks larded with unqualified political appointees.

    Obama’s election held the promise of a new approach to Justice and legal affairs. But the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder and the guidance provided by the White House have been astonishingly weak.

    Perhaps the most continuous embarrassment has been the administration’s inability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, as Obama promised to do on the campaign trail. After several senators voiced reservations about a closure, the administration has seemingly opted to ignore the matter entirely. Neither Obama nor Holder has made any substantive recent steps toward shuttering the prison.

    The president’s indecision on Guantanamo played a key role in the resignation of White House Counsel Gregory Craig last year. Craig’s abrupt falling-out with the White House was also seen as an ominous sign about the administration’s legal policy in general.

    The administration was as ineffective in dealing with the question of where to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Last fall, Holder announced that Mohammed would be tried in a Manhattan federal court. But the political response was largely negative, as both Republicans and Democrats worried that holding the trial in New York would invite reprisals.

    Unfortunately, the administration again backtracked. Holder indicated that he would reevaluate the decision, and last month he said the issue was essentially still under advisement. This constitutes another inexplicably drawn-out decision on an important but nonetheless straightforward issue.

    This pattern of indecision extends to the administration’s overall policy on the appropriate legal framework for trying scores of alleged terrorists who have been in custody for years and, in some cases, subjected to torture.

    Before Bush left office, Congress had created an extrajudicial tribunal structure, but the matter remained undecided when Obama was inaugurated. This White House and Justice Department have done nothing to resolve it. Administration lawyers have squabbled over the scope of terrorist trials, and the president has been unable to make a final decision. This has left terrorist suspects stuck in limbo and subjected the U.S. justice system to further ridicule.

    Finally, the Justice Department has seen an exodus of high-ranking officials. Last year, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden quietly resigned after just nine months on the job, and in recent weeks Deputy Assistant Attorneys General Martin Lederman and David Barron have announced that they are leaving the Office of Legal Counsel.

    Those moves come after Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s first choice to head the office, was forced to withdraw after months in limbo. The lack of White House support for Johnsen in the face of strong Republican opposition signaled to many that the Justice Department is simply not a high priority for the administration. More broadly, that several of the nation’s most prominent Democratic legal minds joined the highest echelons of the administration’s legal team only to quickly quit reflects terribly on the White House.

    Obama’s course on legal issues remains the most vexing aspect of his tenure so far. Despite the president’s reputation as an incisive legal mind, he and his top advisers have been frozen on vital decisions and have displayed a bizarre detachment from an increasingly ineffectual Justice Department. And that’s leaving aside Obama’s weak record on getting his judicial nominees approved by a Democratic Senate.

    Obama has ample time to move in a bold new direction on these issues. If he doesn’t, the possibilities for real change look bleak.

  24. ZERO-BAMA ONE OF THE GREATEST CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SCHOLARS EVER?

    Yet another area where Obama is tentative, indecisive, and ineffective.

    Money quote: “Despite the president’s reputation as an incisive legal mind, he and his top advisers have been frozen on vital decisions and have displayed a bizarre detachment from an increasingly ineffectual Justice Department. And that’s leaving aside Obama’s weak record on getting his judicial nominees approved by a Democratic Senate.”

    philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100806_Justice_adrift_under_Obama.html

    Justice adrift under Obama
    ————————–
    Constitutional professor? No, not really. Lawyer? Not any more, not since he gave up his bar license. Well then goddamit Guest Lecturer in Constitutional Law. Well, now we are getting someplace. At least we are beyond the credential inflation that once enthralled over half the electorate. Let’s parse this out. Guest- Lecturer-Constitutional Law. Guest: he is anyone’s guest who will show him the money. Lecturer: yes, yes, he dangest lecturer in the whole dang country as Andy Griffin would say. I mean why talk when you can lecture, especially from a podium with his co-star telebama. In fact, he is to Telebama what Fred Astaire was to Ginger Rogers, what Andre Barush was to Bea Wayne (remember them ABM 90?), what George Burns was to Gracie Allen, etc. a marriage made in heaven or if not heaven then south of the Chicago Loop. Constitutional Law: ya sure you betcha: two parts of the Constitution only: the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection cause (which he claims did not go nearly far enough–need to spread the wealth and get even), and the Fifth Amendment due process clause which makes those provisions binding on the states. As for the rest of the Constitution, like the Tenth Amendment which reserves rights to the states, he never got that far. Class dismissed, party til you drop.

  25. Well then goddamit Guest Lecturer in Constitutional Law
    **********
    IIRC, at a presser many months ago, Gibbs said that Obama never taught any Con-Law. I am not aware of any student at the law school who has said what his guest lectures were about…My guess is, if he in fact gave any lectures, that they contained a lot of “I”, “Me”, “My”, etc. The other question would be is who wrote and/or researched the lectures.

  26. Bob Somerby of Daily Howler: an even handed critic. A man of honor in a profession marked by so much dishonor/
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    Creeping Breitbartism: Gene Lyons smacked Glenn Beck around in this week’s column, helping establish the factual record about Beck and the Shirley Sherrod matter. In closing, the analysts’ “Uncle Gene” offered this assessment:

    LYONS (8/5/10): Time was when a journalist dissembling about his own recorded words, for heaven’s sake, would have fallen into disgrace and out of a job. At the provincial level, that’s still true. I’d expect to be sacked for such egregious misbehavior, which, possessing a sense of honor, I’d never imitate.

    For the national political press, those days ended during President Clinton’s first term. Much of the “mainstream” media now operates by Hollywood rules: Stardom brings big money and freedom from accountability. So long, that is, as one can avoid offending the Soviet-style propaganda apparatus that’s arisen on the Republican far right.

    But no, “both sides” don’t do it. Berated for years about “liberal bias,” many otherwise sensible citizens don’t understand that for better and worse, the Democrats have nobody like Andrew Breitbart or Glenn Beck.

    We strongly recommend this column, which helps extend the factual record about Beck and Sherrod. But is it true? Do Democrats have nobody like Breitbart or Beck? In fairness, the Republicans have no one else like Beck; in the evolution of deeply ludicrous cable discourse, he’s truly in a class by himself. But do we have anyone like Breitbart? As they chatted with Uncle Gene on the phone, the analysts thought about that segment on Tuesday evening’s Countdown.

    We’re getting there, the analysts cried, reacting to Gene’s assessment.

    The analysts were thinking of Keith Olbermann’s account of the ethics probes of Reps. Rangel and Waters. Teasing his later discussion, the great progressive unloaded a pair of bombs, baldly misstating a basic fact:

    OLBERMANN (8/3/10): Jonathan Turley on the law; Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino on the hate. Ethics in the House, if any. Eight investigations of representatives—all eight just happened to be African-American. And the head of the independent body that refers the cases to the House Ethics Committee is Porter Goss, the Bush CIA director who approved the destruction of the torture videotapes. Gene Robinson joins us.

    […]

    OLBERMANN: So the House ethics investigations of Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters and all the others—all of them, coincidentally enough, African-American. Do you know who the supposedly outside neutral authority is who recommends ethics cases be investigated? George W. Bush’s most infamous CIA director, that’s who. Gene Robinson, next here on Countdown.

    You’ll note that Olbermann spoke in the past tense when he said that all eight investigations “just happened” to involve African-Americans. He refers to a fairly brief point in time, a point in time which no longer exists. (By the time of that second tease, he was flirting with misstatement.) But Olbermann flatly misstated the facts when he spoke about Goss. Sorry—Porter Goss isn’t “the head of the body that refers the cases to the House Ethics Committee.” The head of that group is in fact David Skaggs, a Pelosi-appointed Democrat; Goss is number two man in this two-year-old body. (Later, Olbermann referred to Goss as the group’s “co-chair,” a technically accurate statement which was still extremely misleading. To understand why, just click here.) Suitably disinformed from the start, we rubes were steaming by the time Gene Robinson showed up to help advance matters, saying only the things we needed to hear to keep our hot buttons firing. On the specific question of Goss, this is what happened when KO asked Gene to help us understand:

    ROBINSON (8/3/10): What’s different now, of course, is the atmosphere. The Democrats vowed to crack down on corruption or appearance of corruption. There’s this new Office of Congressional Ethics and, and Nancy Pelosi has cracked the whip.

    OLBERMANN: Let’s talk about that office for a second. Because it is the piece de resistance here and it may transcend any racial issue. The co-chair of the Office of Congressional Ethics, which is, as you pointed out, a somewhat new independent board, recommends whether or not there should be an investigation, is Porter Goss? The former CIA director? And as background, in 2005, which is not a long time ago, and after he served in Congress, where he had a fairly dubious reputation to begin with, he approved the destruction of dozens of the CIA’s videotapes which recorded the interrogation, the brutal interrogation of two of the detainees.

    How does Porter Goss get to sit in judgment and decide whether or not to investigate anybody’s ethical conduct—yours, mine, Maxine Waters, or some guy walking, somebody living on the street out here?

    ROBINSON: You’re sensing a kind of “physician, heal thyself” or “it takes one to know one” kind of situation here, Keith.

    OLBERMANN: Well, something.

    ROBINSON: And, you know, I did—one outgrowth of this discussion and others like it this week I think is going to be a lot more scrutiny of this new office and how it works and what its powers are. And, you know, I’m looking forward, for example, to hearing the detailed rebuttal that Maxine Waters has to offer. We do have a response from Congressman Rangel and it`s quite fulsome. And so, yes, let’s learn a bit more about this, about this new board.

    Unfortunately, we wouldn’t “learn more about this new board” on this particular program! Having said that Porter Goss was in charge, Olbermann wanted to know how he got there. Presumably, Robinson knew that Goss really isn’t in charge. But he didn’t tattle.

    How did Goss become the number two man on this new board, a position which was misstated or obscured all evening long? Duh! He was appointed, in a colloquy between Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, as Robinson should have known before agreeing to discuss this topic. But Robinson gets his nightly haul because he tends to play it safe—avoids contradicting KO. Perhaps for that reason, he avoided answering KO’s question about Goss, and KO simply moved ahead when Gene avoided his question. As the discussion continued, Olbermann cited this lengthy Politico piece, which lays out a lot of information about these ongoing probes. But Olbermann simply dumped all the facts which would have undermined his narrative, in which Goss somehow got in charge and is trying to charge only blacks.

    This segment wasn’t scripted by Breitbart. But it came pretty darn close.

    If you read the transcript, or watch this segment, we’ll suggest you enjoy the feigned incomprehension as Olbermann and Robinson try to puzzle the statistical improbability of eight different black congressmen all being probed at one time, with no one else in the dock. They omit the part of the Politico report which lowers the sense of improbability—the part which explains that six of these reps came in as a group, due to a group event staged by the Congressional Black Caucus. (Five of the six have been cleared by the Ethics Committee; only Rangel was charged.) They also ignore the part of the report where ethics watchdog Melanie Sloan says she isn’t buying the claims about racial prejudice. On Our Own Liberal Channel, we get to hear from Sloan a good deal—but only when she’s supporting claims about the other tribe.

    In this case, Sloan had to go!

    Is there a racial problem with the work of this new office—an office created by Nancy Pelosi, a fact KO never established? We don’t know; such charges have swirled since some time last year. But Olbermann’s report was extremely “heavily edited,” to use a phrase which has entered the language. He started out by misstating the role played by Goss. Things got no better from there.

    We’d describe this segment as “creeping Breitbartism,” presented by two of our team’s biggest stars. We may not have a Brietbart yet. But readers! Please! Show some patience!

  27. If they give Pulitzer prizes to people like Robinson, then I see no reason why my dog does not deserve one too. They could present it to him in the form of an edible snack, he would be fine with that, and when the time came for it to be eliminated, we could present that “piece de resistance” to Robinson as well with a maraschino cherry and my compliments.

  28. Well then goddamit Guest Lecturer in Constitutional Law
    **********
    IIRC, at a presser many months ago, Gibbs said that Obama never taught any Con-Law. I am not aware of any student at the law school who has said what his guest lectures were about…My guess is, if he in fact gave any lectures, that they contained a lot of “I”, “Me”, “My”, etc. The other question would be is who wrote and/or researched the lectures.
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    Oh what tangled webs we weave
    When first we practice to deceive
    Mr. Obama, Mr. Messiah, Oh Great One

  29. Despite the president’s reputation as an incisive legal mind, he and his top advisers have been frozen on vital decisions and have displayed a bizarre detachment from an increasingly ineffectual Justice Department. And that’s leaving aside Obama’s weak record on getting his judicial nominees approved by a Democratic Senate.

    Obama has ample time to move in a bold new direction on these issues. If he doesn’t, the possibilities for real change look bleak.
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    Q-1: what objective evidence is there to support Obama’s “reputation (of) an incisive legal mind”? As a no show editor of the Harvard Law Review? As a graduate who refuses to show us his grades? As a lecturer in constitutional law who never held a class? Where is the evidence? In fact, all we really have is an unsubstantiated allegation repeated ad infinitum by his media lap dogs. Incisive legal minds should be made of sterner stuff.

    Q-2: will he strike out in a new direction? Perhaps. There may be a virgin or two in the whorehouse. But it is not what you would call a good bet. Ditto in the case of Mr. Obama.

  30. In the dictionary of American Slang we find a word which describes a prototypical Obama supporter:

    suck·er (skr)

    1. One that sucks, especially an unweaned domestic animal.
    2. Informal
    a. One who is easily deceived; a dupe.
    b. One that is indiscriminately attracted to something or someone.

  31. Good evening all!! Had some work and personal issues these past couple of days. As I see upon reading admin’s latest post, nothing has changed here. Great writing, thoughtful posts. Its good to be able to see them again!! 🙂

    Is there no regulatory body in Congress that watches this? I know Bush took more vacation days than employment days, but this guy is ridiculous. I haven’t had a vacation this year and he has had 9????

    Asshat…..

  32. HotAir’s shorter version of what we wrote:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/06/the-obligatory-people-angry-about-michelle-obamas-spain-trip-post/

    My feeling about this is that if the White House thinks the trip is worth the horrible optics it’s generating, then hey — have at it. Sure, it looks terrible to be taking a glamorous, expensive vacation overseas while the latest stage of unemployment doom is descending, and sure, it makes The One’s class warfare schtick even more ridiculous than it usually is, but he and Axelrod and Plouffe and Rahm are big boys. If they think R&R for Michelle on a cordoned-off Spanish beach is worth having articles like this circulating in major papers three months before the midterms, fine with me. As for the taxpayer expense for security, transportation, etc, (a) those same expenses would be incurred to some (lesser) extent during a U.S. vacation and (b) given the aortic hemorrhaging that is our national debt, what’s a little vacation paper cut here and there? If we’re headed for Greece-style economic collapse down the road, then darn it, let’s at least let FLOTUS see Majorca before the roof starts caving in.

    Exit question: A six-mile helicopter ride?

  33. Is it me, or is should there be a larger outcry from some quarter about the management of the nation by Obumbles and his crew? How is it that NONE of the MSM has commented on Obumbles calling Giannoulias trustworthy? How is it that none of the MSM are talking about how much campaigning he is doing? Aren’t these among thee many promises he made to the country? The whole new brand of politics and all that crap? Asshats……

    Hillary 2012

  34. Admin,

    I am secretly praying that your next post will take apart the confirmation of now Justice Elena Kagan. Personally, I don’t think she will be a good justice because she is Obumbles choice. I hope I’m wrong…..

    Hillary 2012

  35. TheRock, there is an large outcry but it is not getting reported. The vote in Missouri (now 2 Democratic congressmen admit they voted for Proposition C) is part of that outcry. What is not getting reported is that even big Dem districts voted for Proposition C and the high turnout of voters for Republicans even in uncontested primaries beating contested Democratic primaries. The outcry is there but it is not getting reported. November will be the big yell that cannot be ignored.

  36. Betty said:
    the crooks already have the next shiney-thing/candidate/puppet ready to go. They think so far ahead we haven’t a chance. I wonder what the market strategy will be in 2012

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

    Sadly I agree. They saw the parade of 2006/8 coming, and put their fake leader in front of it. Next they may be running fake Tea Partiers — or something we haven’t thought of.

    They have plenty of time and money to research and plan.

    I don’t see any solution other than to infiltrate them…?

  37. TheRock, Kagen is a cipher just like Obama. Her proponents say she is “brilliant” and “charismatic” and “charming” and other such drivel. But they can never point to something she has actually done. She is a go along get along person just like Obama and that is how she has advanced her career.

    The big selling point for Kagen is that she, by dint of her “brilliant, charismatic” personality can somehow get votes on the court. But that is part of the personality driven nonsense that Obama Hopium Guzzlers have pushed. Kagen is not going to persuade Scalia, Alito, Roberts, or Thomas about anything. She is likewise not going to persuade Kennedy.

    The issues in America today and in the Supreme Court are not issues that can be decided by “nice personalities” or “brilliant” or “charismatic” people. The issues are tough and the fights will be tough. This entire personality theory of contemporary politics is garbage.

    Justice Ginsberg is very good friends with Justice Scalia but that does not mean she can move his vote. Justice Kennedy is now part of the conservative majority and that conservative majority will be stronger and stronger. Kagen is close to a nonentity.

    After November the Republicans will be in effective, or actual, control of the Senate. Kagen got 63 votes which is close to a filibuster threshold. If Ginsberg or Breyer retire the replacements will be further to the right. Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas will retire when there is a Republican president who will appoint a very strong and young conservative to the court.

    Our bet is that if Ginsberg dies or Breyer dies Obama will nominate an African-American person, probably a woman, in order to play race politics. That will not be enough to dissuade Republicans from blocking a liberal nominee.

  38. admin
    August 7th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Right now, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Any honorable dem could easily beat a tea party candidate on strictly the issues. But since the dimocrats have sided almost entirely with Obumbles (even Kucinich!! Yuck! I used to like him), it means that kooks like Angle in Nevada have a chance of being amongst this country’s decision-makers. But I’ll take that over Obingle right now and hope that THEY don’t screw things up too bad before Hillary can ascend in 2012. Asshats….

    Hillary 2012

  39. admin
    August 7th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    You know that when Hillary gets to the White House, I am going to ask that she take you with her, right?

    Hillary 2012

  40. admin
    August 7th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    You know that when Hillary gets to the White House, I am going to ask that she take you with her, right?

    Hillary 2012

  41. TheRock, the situation in the Senate races is very fluid. While Reid is gaining (he still does not get to 50% in any poll), more opportunities open for Republicans. The latest news from West Virginia is that the supposed sure thing Governor who is running for the Senate seat this November is under some sort of federal investigation. In Connecticut Linda McMahon is only 10 point behind Blumenthal. Feingold and Patty Murray along with Barbara Boxer are also in trouble. More vacations by Barack and Michelle as well as the Mosque of Doom will help Republicans.

    We won’t know until after the November elections if the Obama Dimocrats will continue to guzzle Hopium or whether they will realize that it is time to dump Obama.

  42. admin
    August 7th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    The hope is that House is taken by the Rethugs and the subpoenas start a’flying. There is only so much ‘if you question Barry, you are racist…’ that the country will still take. A GOP majority in the House will seal that no matter HOW MUCH the MSM tries to push it….

  43. HOMOCON in NY with Ann Coulter?? I would love to go to that. Conservatives know how to party. Gay Conservatives, double that. When you’re gay and conservative you’re out all the way!!

  44. PLEASE SOME READ THIS. This is the last time I will post it. I think it is important, but maybe you do not.

    I am watching on Fox once again the coverup that is hapening in the Gulf Coast. Thank God the fishermen are not buying the administration’s stance. They see the miles and miles of dead fish and know that the Gulf is not safe for eating the fish or swimming. I think it is important that every American know the ties that the White House has with BP. The major US owner of BP is one Larry Fink, who also owns the company that manufactures corexit, the dispersant used in the Gulf Coast, which plant is situated, where else, but in ILLINOIS. Here is an article that was written about Larry Fink in April of this year in Vanity Fair I will post the first paragraph and the link. It is four pages. He controls $14 billion of US assets, including Fannie May and Freddie Mac. If someone controlled $14 trillion dollars of my country’s assets I would want to know about it. As A canadian I find it scary that one individual inthe US would have so much power. Of course, he knows Geithner, Sommers and all of the political pubas. You may think I am just being hysterical here, but I think Americans should be aware of this.

    Here is the first paragraph and the link. Do with it what you will, but it should make you aware of why the White House is so quick to cover up the oil spill in the Gulf. Blackrock is the Democrats’ Haliburton. Please read the article.

    This is the first paragraph:

    Larry Fink’s $12 Trillion Shadow

    Though few Americans know his name, Larry Fink may be the most powerful man in the post-bailout economy. His giant BlackRock money-management firm controls or monitors more than $12 trillion worldwide—including the balance sheets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the toxic A.I.G. and Bear Stearns assets taken over by the U.S. government last year. How did Fink rebound from a humiliating failure to become the financial fulcrum of Washington and Wall Street? Through a series of interviews, the author probes his role in the crisis, his unique risk-assessment system, and the growing concern he inspires.
    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/04/fink-201004

  45. Nalco is the company that manufactures Corexit. This company is based in Illinois and is a subsidiary of BlackRock, of which Larry FInk is the CEO and he owns a billion shares of BP. The vanity Fair article states that Larry Fink could replace Geithner should he leave his present office, although it says that Fink himself does not think he is qualified for that job. See Riverdaughter`s Post on the Confluence.

    Clues to the Obama Administration’s Passive Response to the BP Disaster

    BP, NOAA, EPA Cover-Up: Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant Corexit’s Lethal Effects
    July 27, 2010

    PrintSend to a FriendTweet this AnalysisAnalysis by: Simon Atkins
    Analysis of: EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup
    Published at: blog.alexanderhiggins.com
    Summary
    BP has poured nearly two million gallons of the dispersant known as Corexit (banned in the UK and 17 other countries) into the Gulf, and many lawmakers and advocacy groups say the Federal Government is not being candid about the lethal effects of dispersants. At a recent Senate subcommittee, Maryland Senator, Barbara Mikulski, grilled administrators from the EPA about Corexit and said she didn’t want dispersants to be the Agent Orange of this oil spill.

    Analysis

    First note that it was Senators Markey, Nadler and Mikulski that made British Petroleum and the government put cameras five-thousand feet below the water to show the oil geyser volcano to the American public and the world. And when they did that, experts saw that the amount of oil being released was many orders of magnitudes greater than what BP, NOAA and the EPA were saying.

    The EPA Lies Under Oath

    It might come as some big shock but there is increasing evidence to show that the EPA has lied … yet again. Without mincing words, Federal Government agencies have literally allowed tens of thousands of Americans to be poisoned during the Exxon Valdez disaster, during 9/11, and now, history is once again repeating itself in the Gulf of Mexico, except for one change: we now have a top EPA official warning us that the Government is allowing us to be poisoned.

    Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit, and now EPA whistleblower, says that government agencies are doing inadequate and improper testing of Gulf waters.

    First, remember that at Ground Zero, the EPA made statements about the safety of the air, which has since been proven to be false. Now, independent water tests in the Gulf performed by a local news station directly contradicted EPA test results. Then the director of the EPA lied under oath in a congressional hearing about water samples taken from the Dauphin Island Alabama area. Independent water tests performed by Project Gulf Impact showed high levels of Corexit in the waters around Grand Isle, Louisiana, while EPA data showed no such contamination. Test results of all of the water samples that the EPA has done up until mid-July shows dozens of instances where the EPA is lying. In all likelihood, enough oil and toxic dispersants have been released into the Gulf of Mexico to contaminate the food chain: even NOAA has admitted that may have already happened. It’s all out there, folks, you just have to go digging to get the truth, and question everything that the controlled / controlling Mainstream Media want you to believe: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/dispersants-hearing-noaa-admits-gulf-seafood-not-tested-yet-says-toxins-may-bioaccumulate.

    So why is the EPA lying? Answer (and I agree with the EPA whistleblower, Mr. Kaufman): to protect the profits of the largest corporations from having to pay out billions of liability claims and fines. The Federal Government says it cannot reveal such data (of the contamination) to the public because of current litigation with BP. What a load of hogwash. Who comes first, and who are we protecting here first — the public and our children — or BP?

    Corexit — The Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant — The Cause Of Our Future Problems

    Corexit, one of a number of dispersants, is four times the toxicity level of crude oil, and is used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. The National Academy of Science has done work on it to show that Corexit is very dangerous. And toxicologists from Exxon have published on it.

    A simple equation goes like this: less oil seen … less fines to BP. In following the money trail, when you look and see who owns BP, you find that the majority ownership, a billion shares, is a company called BlackRock that was created, owned and run by Larry Fink. And Vanity Fair just recently wrote an article about Mr. Fink and his connections with Mr. Geithner, Mr. Summers and others in the Obama Administration.

    When will we finally act and do something about this health disaster waiting in the wings? When tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents end up with cancer, genetic mutations or some other mysterious unexplained illnesses (labeled in the future as “Gulf of Mexico Syndrome”)?

    So what else do we have?

    •There is a now a massive dead-zone off the coast of Alabama.
    •Geochemist expert and University of California Santa Barbara scientist, Dr. David Valentine, reports that hydrocarbon remnants are raining down near the oil disaster and are pushing onto land.
    •BP is already paying-off scientists and universities (that want to join in receiving payouts), in order to keep the truth of the contamination out of the public eye.
    No, I’m not some conspiracy theorist. I am fortunately just another scientist just spreading the truth, and one who does not have to rely on some crooked relationship with a lying government sponsor, and who gets to put you, the reader here, more “in the know” for your own investment and health benefit, and for the benefit of our children.

  46. This what you are talking about Admin…..

    The death of Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), President Obama’s dismal 34% approval rating in the state and the state legislature’s decision to hold a special election to fill that vacant Senate seat has put West Virginia “in play” this November. The presumptive nominees who will battle it out after the August 28 primary are current West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) and Republican businessman John Raese with the Democrat currently holding a significant 16 point lead in the polls. But now a new investigation by the US Attorney’s Office may be targeting Governor Manchin and making this race much more interesting.

    On Friday West Virginia Watchdog, a state chapter of the non-profit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, claimed a government source said subpoenas were issued as part of a federal grand jury investigation; subpoenas that asked for contracts and records for businesses that have done work at the governor’s mansion as well as provided services for parties there. The investigation is allegedly into whether Governor Manchin has complied with bidding and state contract requirements. (source)

    Soon after that statement was released, the governor’s office confirmed that the Department of Justice served the state of West Virginia two subpoenas this week saying in a written statement that neither of the two subpoenas “was directed to Governor Manchin or the Governor’s Office” and that “no individual” in his office was served. The statement went on to say “The Governor has directed State officials to fully cooperate and comply expeditiously” and that “Governor Manchin wants to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible.” (source)

    Notice that within that statement vowing cooperation and stating who did not personally receive subpoenas there is no denial of wrongdoing. Steven Allen Adams, the West Virginia Watchdog managing editor, has cited an unnamed source who said Manchin was the target of the probe. (source) With such an explicit accusation making its way into the mainstream media, one might expect a stronger response than the promise of cooperation and a list of who did not personally receive a subpoena.

    Meanwhile the governor’s expected Republican opponent, West Virginia mining executive John Raese is hitting the airwaves with a new ad that states he’s the only candidate in the race who will fight the Obama agenda. “Let’s repeal Obamacare and let’s allow the states the freedom to protect their citizens,” Mr. Raese says in the spot, “I won’t be a senator who’s a rubber stamp to President Barack Obama. I’ll only serve you.”

    http://www.talkingsides.com/blogs/2010/08/07/a-scandal-in-the-west-virginia-senate-ra

  47. another one????

    U.S. regulators seized Ravenswood Bank of Chicago on Friday, bringing the number of closures this year to 109 as the community bank sector continues to suffer under the weight of bad loans.

    Small banks are collapsing at a faster pace this year compared to last, but the failures are expected to peak during this quarter.

    The FDIC … updated its estimates of the cost of bank failures and now expects a $60 billion hit to its insurance fund from 2010 through 2014.

  48. First Romer gone now this guy, kept this one quiet. Something is going on within the treasury team, somethings amiss.

    http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2010/pr10180.html

    FDIC Announces Departure of General Counsel Michael Bradfield

    Michael Bradfield, General Counsel of the FDIC, has decided to resign his position and will leave the FDIC effective August 13, 2010. Mr. Bradfield has served in this position since May of 2009.

    “Mike’s broad professional experience has brought immense value to the FDIC on a host of legal and policy issues,” said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair. “His knowledge of domestic and international banking issues and command of the regulatory framework has served the FDIC well through a period of challenging resolution activity and the many legal issues stemming from these bank failures. Mike has also added his unique perspective to the Corporation’s engagement in the financial reform debate, particularly in supporting a strong Volcker rule to guard against excessive risk taking by insured depository institutions.”

    Mr. Bradfield served as General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, serving as counsel to Chairman Paul Volcker and Chairman Alan Greenspan. He was responsible for the legal work of the Board, including the legal aspects of monetary policy formulation, regulation, litigation, enforcement, administration, and legislation.

  49. The locally infamous Luzerne County PA Swamp is a tad cleaner now because Skrepenak Gets Prison Time:

    A former Luzerne County commissioner and NFL star is headed to federal prison for taking a bribe. Greg Skrepenak was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting a payoff from a developer doing business with Luzerne County. In court Friday morning [August 6, 2010], Skrepenak apologized for his wrongdoing and begged a judge for leniency as a single father caring for three children. The judge told Skrepenak he believes he is a good person but he must pay for what he did wrong. Skrepenak, 40, carried a Bible inside the federal courthouse in Scranton. Once there, he apologized for taking $5,000 illegally while working as a Luzerne County commissioner.

    Politics, he said, can quickly turn into a “selfish and self-centered” business.”When you get in office people start pulling you in every direction and they constantly badger you and tell you you have to do this, you have to do that and usually it pits you against somebody else,” Skrepenak said.

    He begged a judge for leniency because he is a single father to his three children, ages 11, 13 and 15. The children were in court as a judge told Skrepenak he felt badly for him and his children, but he deserved two years behind bars for shattering public trust. “There’s a lot of angry people, a lot of hate. It’s tough to see the hate right now being directed at me and I understand. There’s no one more disappointed in me than me,” the former commissioner added.
    snip
    “I forgive anyone who I believe in the past has wronged me and betrayed me and I hope someday the good people of Luzerne County will forgive me as well,” Skrepenak said. “I’m happy about today in that I can move on with the rest of my life from now on. Not too happy about the sentence. I think it’s pretty severe, so it’s what the judge thought. It’s what the people wanted.”
    snip
    The two-year sentence is the stiffest penalty for anyone yet charged and sentenced in the on-going Luzerne County corruption probe.
    “I believe that Greg and I will review all the options that are available to him over the weekend,” said attorney Peter Moses.
    Skrepenak said he has learned a valuable lesson. “It has been the darkest hour of my life. Today, on a Holy Day of the Transfiguration for us, I feel that I have been transformed. I’ve been allowed the chance to go down the depths of hell and be reformed, truly,” Skrepenak added. In court federal Judge Richard Conaboy told the courtroom he hopes the day will come soon that people guilty of paying or offering bribes are brought up on charges too. So far, only one person has been charged with that crime.
    h t t p://www.wnep.com/news/countybycounty/wnep-luz-corruption-skrepenak-sentence,0,5640118.story

    So, is he remorseful or not? My Federal “representatives” will receive a condensed version of this report although I am certain they are aware. It will not hurt our cause for them to realize that I too am aware and motivated enough to prepare/finance the mailing.

  50. Yesterday, Yahoo! news had a story on Michelle obama’s trip to Spain. There were more than 40,000 comments by readers of the story, of which many were, I assumed, blacks due to their avatars, albeit, anyone can choose whatever face they want to display on an avatar, and it doesn’t have to be his own. Well, there I was having my fun as Confucius Says, and taking the opportunity to counter all the idiots that were basically saying “Michelle works sooo hard. Leave her alone. Don’t begrudge her a vacation. She needs family time with her daughter. She is spending her own money. The obamas were rich before they arrived in the White House, so they can afford it. If I was them, I would take as many vacations as I wanted. Blah, blah, blah”. It is apparent that black America will give the obamas a pass on anything, and that really bothers me. I sincerely doubt that another black American (is obama an American… I still don’t think so) will be given the opportunity to lead this country again for a very long time. I simply do not trust a group that fails to stand up against what is obviously wrong with America, when this same group expects all others to stand for them when an injustice is committed against them. It’s a two way street, and I am tired of them acting like it is one way. My feeling is that, unfortunately, the vast majority of blacks suffer from identity politics. I also believe the black community to be a breeding ground for the extreme political left, or at least of those who want a BIG government running their lives, regardless of how many times I’ve read that blacks tend to be conservative. If conservatism is defined by church attendance, maybe that would make some sense, but I suspect that their churches are of a more liberal strain. Yes, they might be anti-gay in many instances, but I get the impression that they are pro-big government otherwise. The comments that I read yesterday mostly accused those who questioned Michelle’s extravagances as racists who didn’t like the fact that a black man (1/2 black as far as I’m concerned) was in the White House. Some of these commenters were obvious black racists. For a man like obama to have promoted racial togetherness, I see the opposite effect brewing. Blacks, and some of their white cheerleaders, are so certain that anyone who doesn’t support Obama is being a racist, that it is insulting, and it affects my opinion of the majority of that community, fairly or not. I just wonder what will happen when obama does not get a second term.

  51. Oh,yeah, there were white racist out in force yesterday, too. I didn’t want to forget to mention that fact.

  52. “Mike’s broad professional experience has brought immense value to the FDIC on a host of legal and policy issues,” said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair. “His knowledge of domestic and international banking issues and command of the regulatory framework has served the FDIC well through a period of challenging resolution activity and the many legal issues stemming from these bank failures. Mike has also added his unique perspective to the Corporation’s engagement in the financial reform debate, particularly in supporting a strong Volcker rule to guard against excessive risk taking by insured depository institutions.”
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    1. My guess is that this is a good man. He is a Volker man and Volker is something Obama is not–a fiscal conservative.

    2. My guess is when he gave them notice, Obamaites reminded him of his confidentiality oath at least six times.

    3. Hear no evil, see no evil, and most important of all, speak no evil. For good reason these people are paranoid.

    4. I have been told that there are many who want to leave this administration soon–to save their reputations.

    5. No one wants to be First Mate or Second Mate on the Titanic. It is not a career enhancing move.

    6. Is it the crews fault, or the captains fault? Under the Law of The Sea it is the captains. But the crew is tainted.

    7. If the ship is in bad shape when he took command, the captain is obliged to put it in dry dock for repairs.

    8. Before he takes it back out to sea.

    9. If it sinks on is watch it is his responsibility. He cannot blame the prior captain.

    10.He can I suppose. But it is no defense in a Court Marshal.

    11. This is more bad news for Obama. He cannot hold a team together.

  53. I’m wondering why a bunch of the good economists seem to be making a bolt for the door, you don’t do that if you think things are going to shape up, you do it, if you are not being listened to and things are about to get into the shit.

  54. and here comes the excuse…….bullshit, are the WH having a laugh, what a joke.

    Gibbs: White House economic team exhausted after past 18 months

    President Obama’s economic team is exhausted, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, and that is one the reasons Christina Romer announced her departure Thursday.

    Gibbs dismissed reports that Romer, the outgoing chairwoman of the president’s council for economic affairs, was leaving because of conflicts with Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council.

    The press secretary told The Hill on Friday that Romer and the rest of the economic team have worked the equivalent of six years during the 18 months they’ve been in office, and Romer wanted to return to her normal life.

    “These guys have probably packed a term and a half into a half of a term,” Gibbs said.

    Romer is the second member of the economic team to leave this summer. She follows Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    The early days of the administration alone were enough to wear the team down, he said, as they realized the depth of the recession.

    “If you think about what we went through in the beginning, nobody knew when we woke up if the whole thing was just going to come crashing down,” Gibbs said.

  55. nomobama
    August 7th, 2010 at 9:30 am
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    Astute analysis. I used to think that the AA community would support whoever came after Obama. I now question that proposition. Seeing Obama, and their irrational refusal to brook any criticism of the man, I begin to wonder whether they will support any white candidate in the future, and whether in the end their irrational attachment to this man will fracture the party. I expect that there will be another black president in the future, but not for 100 years. This lesson is not lost on Asians and others. This entire movie is destined to end badly and he will be blamed by history. And that is why it was so important that our first black president be an upstanding moral man like Nelson Mandela as opposed to a street hustler from Chicago. Black people who could see this trap tried to warn others but they were shouted down. As I say, this irrational attachment to a man who is ruining the country and plays the race card without compunction can and will be our collective undoing. When people like Sharpton are put forward as spokesmen the situation is hopeless.

  56. We need people like Calvin Butts to be in the public eye, but big media has coronated Sharpton who is right out of The Bonfire of The Vanities.

  57. So can we assume now Obama’s administration according to this latest statement is exhausted after 18 moths, how fucking pathetic. Stand aside for someone who can do the job, you pathetic little wimps.

    What kind of message does that send out?, hey we’re tired.

  58. The press secretary told The Hill on Friday that Romer and the rest of the economic team have worked the equivalent of six years during the 18 months they’ve been in office, and Romer wanted to return to her normal life.
    —————————————–
    If that were true then she would be going on an extended vacation, rather than back to academia. The cover story is absurd on its face.

  59. Its stupid to tell the electorate, hey we’re tired because its just giving the electorate the easy way out of saying “oh well we better replace you”.

    No time for being tired in running a country.

  60. The Dems just seem to be handing the republicans baseball bats to hit them with these days…

    I can see that in an ad.

    “President Obama and his economic team say we’re tired, well you know what to do then…replace them”.

    Jesus hillary must be sitting watching this with her head in her hands disgusted.

  61. MoonOnPluto, when you are first to smell the fire, you are the first to leave the burning building.

    There will be many more heading towards the door now that their dreams of remaking the world are hitting reality. It usually takes “the best and the brightest” a lot of time to realize their big mistake was a foundational one. Many of the Obama “brain trust” proceeded from a belief in Obama as Messiah. Now they realize he is a mess – so they are leaving.

    A lot of these people are very smart but without a lick of common sense.

  62. admin, that statement Obama said before the election should have picked up the electorates ears where he said his desk was messy and he could never find anything.

    I said then, oh fuck, wait til you see this bozo at work.

  63. and the award for dumbass statement of the month goes to……………….

    Howard Dean: If November Becomes a Referendum on Obama or Democrats, ‘We Don’t Win’

    Howard Dean admits that if November becomes a referendum on Obama or the Democrats, “We don’t win.” Dean inadvertently made the admission when praising Obama for being “smart” by trying to keep the focus off of his administration’s failures by demonizing the right.

    lol.

  64. and Howard does it again, 2 in 1 day

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/06/dean-obamacare-mandate-wont-survive/

    Come for the tapdance on ObamaCare, stick around for Howard Dean’s fantasy predictions in the Senate races this November. The clip picks up with Howard Dean discussing the meaning of the Missouri vote that had 71% of the electorate registering their opposition to the ObamaCare mandate to buy health insurance. Not to worry, Dean says, because the mandate was never going to survive anyway — and he notes offhandedly that it’s almost certainly unconstitutional:

    Who benefits from the mandate? Well, Dean’s right that insurers do, but without the mandate and with the federal requirement to issue health insurance to all comers, the risk pools will get very expensive indeed. Health insurers operate on a thin margin as is (traditionally between 2-6%), and adding higher risk without balancing it out with healthier subscribers means higher costs. Either insurers will have to hike rates or offer fewer services — and if the government blocks them from either or both options through further coverage mandates and price controls, they’ll simply go out of business.

    That’s the reason why the mandate is key to the bill’s survival. Without it, Congress has to go back to square one.

    The Senate predictions sound like a milder replay of the Dean Scream from January 2004. There certainly is an antincumbent mood, but it’s most definitely not bipartisan in its targets. Poll after poll shows voters getting angry at the Democratic agenda and at Democratic malfeasance, and while one or two Republican seats might get lost, the overall results from the midterms will be a significant pickup of seats — and not a Republican net loss of “four or five.”

    bwahahahahahaha WTF.

  65. The death of Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), President Obama’s dismal 34% approval rating in the state and the state legislature’s decision to hold a special election to fill that vacant Senate seat has put West Virginia “in play” this November. The presumptive nominees who will battle it out after the August 28 primary are current West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D)
    —————————–
    When I was in West Virginia, I was told by a person who works for the state in a very responsible mid level position that Governor Joe Manchin (nee Mancini) is tied to the Mafia. If that statement is true, and there is substantial evidence to support it, then he is unfit to serve in ANY public capacity, least of all as Senator. Meanwhile, the people of West Virginia should think long and hard about a political candidate like Manchin, who has so little regard for the people of his state that before the fact, he promises to endorse whoever wins the primary, but then refuses to endorse Hillary who wins that primary by an overwhelming margin, i.e. 70% to 26%. That is a different kind of corruption, a breach of public trust.

  66. Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election

    http://www.aim.org/on-target-blog/serious-questions-raised-about-obama-tactics-in-2008-election/

    Recently AIM interviewed Gigi Gaston, director of the documentary film, “We Will Not Be Silenced.” The film documents voter intimidation and corruption by forces working for then-candidate Barack Obama at Democratic precinct caucuses and state conventions during the 2008 Presidential primary. The filmmaker is surprising in that she is a lifelong Democrat, whose grandfather was the mayor of Boston and later the governor of Massachusetts, and she is a Hollywood screenwriter.

    She says that after receiving a call from a former congressional investigator, she went to Texas to look into charges of voter irregularities in the Democratic caucus process to choose their presidential nominee. It was down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. What she found, as described on the website for the film, was “falsified delegate counts, falsified documents, and other violations” And she describes the “disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign,” and said that the “infamous campaign of ‘change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stop them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices, and stop their right to vote.”

    Through interviews with people with a first-hand knowledge of what was going on, including civil rights activist Helene Latimer, a very disturbing picture formed of what the Obama campaign was up to in order to “win” the nomination. Attorney Gloria Allred is shown calling for the elimination of the caucuses.

    Ms. Gaston described how the Clinton campaign attempted to bring evidence of some of these irregularities to the attention of the media, but they were largely ignored.

    You can listen to the full interview, or read the transcript here.

  67. Tip O’Neil famously said “all politics is local”. But in the glorious Age Of Obama, thanks to the media driven in your face cult which has been created, he is in your living room through television, and in your newspaper and in the school rooms of our country. Suddenly now, what is national is also local, and the Dims need to stop lying to themselves or they are due for a rude awakening. November will be a referendum on Obama and his race baiting big spending America dissing agenda. For over eighteen months now, we have seen the elephant, we know what he is capable of and we do not like it.

  68. Come for the tapdance on ObamaCare, stick around for Howard Dean’s fantasy predictions in the Senate races this November. The clip picks up with Howard Dean discussing the meaning of the Missouri vote that had 71% of the electorate registering their opposition to the ObamaCare mandate to buy health insurance. Not to worry, Dean says, because the mandate was never going to survive anyway — and he notes offhandedly that it’s almost certainly unconstitutional:
    ————————————————————————————–
    Dean is a corporate pig with family ties to Wall Street. If his supporters knew the truth about him they would run screaming from the room. But the fact remains hidden, as it was initially with Obama. In view of his comment that the obamacare mandated is unconstitutional, it is rather unlikely that he will be on the short list of Supreme Court nomnees. In the Age of Obama never having practiced law, never having been a judge, etc. is not construed to be a disqualifying factor. Whereas being a physician would create a more diverse judicial body, plus Bambi needs him out of the way. But now he has blown it.

  69. For over eighteen months now, we have seen the elephant,…
    *******
    And it’s lack of employment…A good summary of the July Jobs Report..the Ministry of Propaganda tried, but there is no way to put lipstick on…..

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/aug2010/jobs-a07.shtml

    Interesting observation:

    “The July jobless numbers underscore the fact that a high level of unemployment is now a chronic if not permanent feature of American life.

    The workforce participation rate—the percentage of the working-age population working or looking for work—fell to 64.6 percent in July, matching the lowest level since 1985.

    An article at MarketWatch—with a subhead reading, “Millions have simply given up on a job”—pointed out that “[I]f the participation rate had remained above 66 percent as it did for most of the past decade, the jobless rate would be 12.2 percent today and there’d be 19.2 million people classified as unemployed, instead of 14.6 million.”

  70. Is it true that President Clinton, through his actions, allowed the Chinese to get their hands on some of the technologies that they have now used to construct the missile that is discussed in the link above?
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    That was the allegation. It was pushed by right wing Republicans and was supported by some preliminary evidence. However, it was looked into by a House Subcommittee of two, i.e. Norm Dicks (D-WA) an old friend, and Chris Cox (R-CA)who went on to become Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Committee and failed conspicuously in that oversight roll when the Market Crashed in October 2008. They reviewed the evidence in detail, and found there was nothing to it. However, there was a company who was selling high teck to China and the head of that company was brought up on charges. As I recall he was acquitted. For over a decade, Navy planners have been concerned about the rise of China as a maritime power beyond the reaches of the South China Sea. They now envision a presence in the Mediterranean and the Straits of Hormeus/ Their war games envisioned a competitive presence in 20 years whereas now it has been reduced to 8 years. When I was in the Navy during the late 60s we figured in a war with the Soviet Union our carriers would last an average of seven minutes before they were knocked out, therefore the window for launching aircraft was short. I think the 20 year estimate is still correct as it relates to our submarine fleet.

  71. andyp, I think there are two trains of thought here about the economists working for Obama….this Larry Fink is Obama’s Guru and is on Obama’s speed dial wherea Volcker was a Clintonista…I think Obama is undermining everything the old Clinton team has done and is doing in favor of this Larry FInk.

    Fink has also made some bad mistakes in the past. I just don’t trust this Fink guy and he is a carry over from the Bushie’s.

  72. An article at MarketWatch—with a subhead reading, “Millions have simply given up on a job”—pointed out that “[I]f the participation rate had remained above 66 percent as it did for most of the past decade, the jobless rate would be 12.2 percent today and there’d be 19.2 million people classified as unemployed, instead of 14.6 million.”
    ——————————-
    SHV: as you may recall, you and I speculated on this very possibility over a year ago. What we agreed to then was that Obama would meltdown when the unemployment rate reached 12%. Well, as the World War I troops said when they landed on the shores of France, Lafayette we are here.

  73. Volcker was a Reaganite.

    He was in charge of the belt tightening which strengthened the dollar in the recession of the early 1980s.

  74. How careless can he get?
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    FEINGOLD’S FAKE PERSON?
    By Charlie Sykes

    In Senator Feingold’s new ad, he features some footage designed to make the argument that his $787 stimulus bill created Wisconsin jobs.

    One piece of footage features a nameplate being placed outside an office or cubicle, and it appears the person named does not exist – not in voter databases, nothing on Lexus-Nexus, no such person on Facebook or other social media. In fact, the only Elizabeth Ackland that could be found in Wisconsin died in 1877.

    It would be strange, if Feingold’s argument is true and Wisconsinites really did benefit from his stimulus bill, that he would need to make up a person, or use a long-departed person, to represent a job created in his campaign ad.
    Russ? Russ?

    “Senator Feingold needs to come clean to Wisconsin voters immediately. Did he claim in his political ad that a fake or deceased person benefitted from his failed $787 billion stimulus bill? If so, it’s both desperate and shockingly dishonest, and Feingold should take the ad down immediately.” – Chris Bond, NRSC spokesman

    As a reminder, Senator Feingold’s boss, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), was recently caught launching a campaign ad that featured a teacher whose job wasn’t actually saved by the stimulus, as the ad claimed.

  75. Obama Crazy Delusional on Jobs
    By Larry Johnson on August 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM in Current Affairs
    / Bumped up /

    I don’t know what to say. Having just watched Obama on the tube touting how swell the economy is doing and insisting that his economic plan is adding jobs I am left with just one question–Is he really this stupid? He just said: “We have had the seventh straight month of job creation.” JESUS, JOSEPH and MARY!!! The man is nuts.

    The reality about the jobs picture is not open to interpretation. This is not a matter of opinion or spin. The facts are clear, stark and troubling:

    Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 in July. . . .

    Federal government employment fell, as 143,000 temporary workers hired for the decennial census completed their work. . . .

    Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000. . . .

    The civilian labor force participation rate (64.6 percent) and the employment-population ratio (58.4 percent) were essentially unchanged in July; however, these measures have declined by 0.6 percentage point and 0.4 point, respectively, since April. . . .

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +433,000 to +432,000, and the change for June was revised from -125,000 to -221,000.

    Got that? Since May we have lost 97,000 jobs. In case you are math challenged, let’s try to further simplify this.

    The population in the United States is growing each month. The number of babies being born and immigrants coming into the country exceeds the number of people dying and leaving the United States. That means the pool of people capable of working or who need jobs is increasing.

    So, how many jobs do we need to add each month just to keep up with the growing population?

    The Government estimates that we need to add at least 100,000 jobs per month just to keep pace with the growing population. According to US Labor Secretary Solis, the US economy has added 630,000 jobs since the beginning of the year. Do the math for just 7 months. That is only 90,000 a month. That means the U.S. economy has failed to even keep pace with population growth. That’s at least 70,000 more people out of work.

    Obama is proving once again that “DENIAL” is not just a river in Egypt. He is living in the state of denial and, if this keeps up, will set the stage for a massive Republican victory come November.

    Barack Obama is acting more and more like Kevin Bacon’s first Hollywood role:

  76. confloyd
    August 7th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    andyp, I think there are two trains of thought here about the economists working for Obama….this Larry Fink is Obama’s Guru and is on Obama’s speed dial wherea Volcker was a Clintonista…I think Obama is undermining everything the old Clinton team has done and is doing in favor of this Larry FInk.

    Fink has also made some bad mistakes in the past. I just don’t trust this Fink guy and he is a carry over from the Bushie’s.
    _____________

    That is what scares me about him. I cannot believe that they would entrust that man with control of the bailout, to the tune of $12 billion. And to think that he is the face of the coverup in the Gulf Coast. I just think people have to remember who he is. I think he is a big part of Obama’s plan to fundamentally change America.

  77. confloyd
    August 6th, 2010 at 7:45 pm
    flight of stairs….Ronnie Reagan did that and this is what the GOP and Obama have been doing…social securty will soon be gone.

    When the GOP gets in we can kiss our assets goodbye…..

    🙁

  78. Sorry, I keep saying $12 billion when I speak about the money that Fink controls. I think I find it impossible to wrap my mind around $12 trillion.

  79. admin
    August 6th, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    JanH, Hillary has always been on the side of Gay-Americans. But what to make of this eyepopper:

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/06/ann-coulter-to-headline-party-for-gay-conservatives/…“Of course I’ll do it,” Coulter wrote to GOProud when they asked her to join the event. “I’m the right-wing Judy Garland!”

    Well, she’s got to do something to get back in the limelight after that whole “perfecting of the Jews” thing.
    🙂

    Gee Ann, as a GOP operative, shouldn’t you want to stay *out* of the limelight?

  80. 8 times in a half a page letter they refer to him as “President” Obama. That is guiness book stuff. I added 2 to make it a good round number. The last line in this letter says it all–good luck. On the luncheon invitation Ella however said it better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX-b1Ksetcc


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    Dear Sucker,

    As you’ve probably heard by now, we’re very excited that President Barack Obama will be visiting our state on Primary Day, August 17, and campaigning with Senator—- !

    Like you, President Obama knows how important it is to keep —– in the Senate fighting for you and solving problems every single day — and we want to give a lucky supporter the opportunity to win two tickets to hear President Obama’s message.

    So today, we’re kicking off an online contest for two free tickets to the luncheon with —- and President Obama. We hope you’ll sign up for your chance to attend this special event!

    Click here to enter our online contest for two free tickets to the event with President Obama and —- on August 17!

    We’re so honored that President Obama will be visiting our state in a couple weeks.

    President Obama knows how important it is to continue our work to create jobs, hold corporate lobbyists on Wall Street accountable, and finally provide access to quality health care for all Americans.

    But he needs strong partners like Seantor—- in the Senate to continue to move our country forward — and that’s why this election is so critical.

    We are so excited to have President Obama here campaigning with Senator — so I hope you’ll take a moment, right now, to enter the contest for a free pair of tickets to hear his message.

    Click here to enter our online contest for two free tickets to see President Obama and —- on August 17!

    Thank you so much for your continued support of Senator— and our campaign.

    I hope you’ll be able to join us in welcoming President Obama to our state on August 17. Good luck!

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Bjornstad
    Campaign Manager
    People for Patty Murray

    P.S. After you’ve signed up for the contest, please forward this email to your friends & family and invite them to enter the contest too. Just make sure they promise to take you if they get the free tickets! Or, if you’d rather enter the contest via Facebook, click here to do it — and then share the contest with your friends on Facebook.

    P.P.S. If you want to guarantee yourself a seat, click here to RSVP and purchase a ticket for the August 17 luncheon.

  81. The Senator in question, Patty Murray is being targeted by the Republicans. The candidate they have selected is pretty weak. He has run against the Governor of this state twice and lost. That Governor is a scandal plagued inefficient public servant named Christine Gregoire who will lose to Rob McKenna in November. That should tell you how strong he is, all other things being equal. But all things are not equal in The Age of Obama so the seat that was once thought safe is up for grabs. Patty is pretty high in leadership, but in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

  82. Gregoire who kept miraculously and mysteriously turning up votes in recount from odd places the last time she was losing in Washington state, funny that. She’s one bent piece of work is Gregoire.

  83. lol, here we go again. let me see is he tired too.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/us/07ethics.html?_r=1

    The pending departure of Mr. Obama’s “ethics czar,” Norman Eisen, is generating angst among outside ethics watchdogs who admire his work, and more than a bit of glee from lobbyists who have clashed with him over restrictions.

    With Mr. Eisen headed to Europe as an ambassador, his move from the White House “is the biggest lobbying success we’ve had all year,” Tony Podesta, one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington, said with a laugh.

    Since the start of the administration, Mr. Obama has relied heavily on Mr. Eisen, a friend and classmate from Harvard Law School, as his special counsel for ethics and government reform, with a broad portfolio encompassing White House policies on campaign finance, lobbying, whistle-blower protections, ethics and other issues.

    But with Mr. Eisen expected to move on, the White House is not planning to name a special counsel to fill his role, officials said.

    Instead, Robert Bauer, the White House counsel, will assume leadership on ethics issues, while a newcomer will be brought in at a lower level in day-to-day oversight of a team of about a half-dozen White House officials. Steven P. Croley, a law professor at the University of Michigan who worked on the Obama transition, is expected to take that spot, officials said. Meanwhile, some of Mr. Eisen’s old duties are expected to be divided among the deputies.

    Mr. Bauer said in a statement on Friday that the team of lawyers in his office assigned to ethics issues would continue to work “to ensure that government serves the American people, not the special interests.”

    The White House said Mr. Eisen would not be available for an interview because of his pending nomination in the Senate.

  84. When superlobbyinst Tony Podesta is left to deliver the eulogy on Eisen’s departure you know they are in trouble. Typically, the reason these things happen is because the man leaving wants to do the job he was put there to do, and somebody is blocking him from accomplishing his mission. That is the way it usually works. Amid all those phony accolades the one question that does not get asked is why is he leaving now, is he unhappy and if so why? Also, this business of laying it on thick that he is a friend and classmate of Obama says in effect keep your mouth shut. As far as his all the reforms he has supposedly introduced they are nothing more than words on a piece of paper, unless there is someone there to enforce them. Dollars to donuts that is where the issue is. Notice as well he is not being replaced, rather those duties are being divied up and absorbed, and will be correspondingly diluted and diminished as a result. That is what is going on here, in my opinion.

  85. It looks to me Wbboei that this administration is getting paranoid insular and that can only mean trouble for the rest of us. Obama is retreating to his bunker with the lieutenents.

  86. lol, Gays under the bus again but i bet its only until after midterms.

    Axelrod: President remains opposed to same-sex marriage

    President Obama remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite a federal judge’s decision to strike down a ban on such marriages, a top White House adviser said Thursday.

    Senior adviser David Axelrod said the president supports “equality” for gay and lesbian couples, but did not address directly Obama’s position on Wednesday’s court ruling, which struck down as unconstitutional California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in the state.

    “The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control,” Axelrod said on MSNBC.

    The Obama administration has found itself in a difficult position at times on the issue of gay rights. The president has endorsed civil unions and repealing the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He’s also expanded benefits to federal employees in same-sex relationships.

    But Obama has also come under fire for not moving quickly or aggressively enough on issues important to the LGBT community, which welcomed the Wednesday ruling. The decision argued that gay and lesbian couples were protected against discrimination by the Constitution, and the ban violated constitutional due process and equal protection. The decision is expected to face appeal, perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court.

    Axelrod noted that Obama had opposed Prop 8 all along.

    “The president opposed Proposition 8 at the time — he felt it was divisive and mean spirited,” he said, adding that Obama believes that governing marriage is “an issue for the states.”

  87. It looks to me Wbboei that this administration is getting paranoid insular and that can only mean trouble for the rest of us. Obama is retreating to his bunker with the lieutenents.
    ——————————————————-
    Moon: from your lips to God’s ear, I was thinking the same thing myself. The disconnect between what Obama says and what Obama does was the start. But now what we are seeing is a willingness to tell us bedtime stories about how great everything is when the objective evidence we are seeing is all to the contrary. And yes, I do understand the need for a president to talk up the economy to build consumer confidence, but not to the point that we see now where his pronouncements are transparent lies. The article by Larry Johnson calls the game on him. But regardless of the statistics Larry cites, everyone sees politics through the lens of their own life and most people are hoping for solutions in governing, as opposed to throwing the country to the wolves in a futile attempt to maintain power. The man has no solutions, and whether one likes him or not, that much is readily apparent. If the sum total of his efforts in the first year of his presidency is to create inextinguishable debt, no job growth, discovering that it was not such a good idea to offer to sit down with our enemies within one year of his presidency witout pre conditions, that you cannot talk your way back to prosperity. and his health care mandate is ruled unconstitutional etc. then we have not progressed very far, and time is working against us. As far as his people becoming paranoid, I think that is a given. Those who leave avoid that problem, but those that stay can only hunker down and lash out at their enemies–real and imagined. As a candidate, Obama had the longest run of good luck thanks to the manipulations of the media and financial interests, whereas now he is feted to have the longest record of bad luck as he still presumes to govern. Honestly, I wish I could be more optimistic, but it seems to me the die is cast.

  88. The financial scandal that dogged Rep. John Murtha until his death in February has reached a climatic point following the arrest Thursday of a former aide to the Pennsylvania Democrat. But as the case sparks comparisons to the infamous Jack Abramoff scandal, the story has yet to generate as much attention. Paul Magliocchetti, the owner of a now-closed lobbying firm that represented defense clients, was arrested Thursday on charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions. The charges against Magliocchetti, brought in federal court in Alexandria, Va., included making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.
    But the coverage of Magliocchetti has drawn scant media coverage. By comparison, the Abramoff scandal, which involved Republican lawmakers, captured national attention.
    snip
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/07/magliocchetti-case-involving-late-dem-draws-coverage-abramoff-scandal/?test=latestnews

  89. lol

    With Wife and Daughters Away, Obama Has His Boys Over (Actual ABC News Headline)

    I had to laugh.

  90. I was listening to this John Mellencamp song “Crumblin’ Down”,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uCm1N-vSHI

    and modified the lyrics to the following to match the Democratic parties predicament.
    ===========================================

    Many Democratic pols ain’t no damn good,
    You can’t trust ’em you can’t love ’em
    When our needs, go unfulfilled,
    Now I do mind bein’ their election toy
    I’ve had that pleasure for years and years
    No no I never was a sinner–tell me what else can I do
    Second best is what you get ’til you vote out all the fools
    And time respects no person–what you lift up must fall
    They’re waiting outside to claim my tumblin’ walls

    Saw obama’s picture in the paper
    Read the bad news on his face
    And how some people don’t want to treat him the same

    When the walls come tumblin’ down
    When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’
    When the walls come tumblin’ tumblin’ down

    The Democrats say I’m stupid and crazy
    I’m uneducated–my opinion means nothin’
    But I know I’m a definite voter
    Won’t be listening to them to see what I’m after
    Everybody’s got their problems–ain’t no new news here
    They’re the same old trouble we’ve been seein’ for years
    Don’t confuse the problem with the issue girl
    It’s perfectly clear
    Just a voter’s desire to wipe the slate clear.

    Wanna cast my vote against you
    Feel your fear in the air
    You can bend me you can break me
    But you’d better stand clear

  91. Bill Clinton coming to Delray Beach August 16th on behalf of Kendrick Meek. I don’t think Meek’s has any chance to beat either Crist or Rubio, but I will vote for him as I respected his mother and he supported Hillary in the face of some very harsh criticism from other AA’s. I recall meeting him at Saint Andrews Country Club here in Boca when we attended a fund raiser for Hillary in whcih Bill was the guest. Meeks spoke very highly of both Clintons.

  92. Notice how as the midterms near, the media makes everything race related. They did this to Hillary, McCain/Palin, the Tea Party, the investigations into Rangel and Waters, and once again will try to make anyone who speaks out against Okie Dokie a racist.

  93. Wasn’t there a situation in which Kendrick Meek’s mother was involved with accepting the gift of a car that reaked of a payoff? I thought that I had read something about that, and that Kendrick denied knowing how she obtained the car, although I also believe that she had told him who gave it to him. His denial seems implausible to me if that was the case. I won’t support anyone who I know to be corrupt at the time, even if they supported Hillary. It’s a principled stand against corruption.

  94. ShortTermer
    August 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    ============================

    Thanks for the link. I surmise that some here will not appreciate this on religious grounds, but I certainly did.

  95. I do not feel one bit sorry for Maxine or Charlie, even if they also supported Hillary. Anyone caught being corrupt should be ousted. NO compassion, no sympathy.

  96. “…Obama believes that governing marriage is “an issue for the states.”

    Except in the real world, a federal judge just made gay marriage a federal issue. Typical Obama dodge.

  97. Garbage scow Maureen Dowd dumps her cargo on Michelle Obama while pretending to defend her:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/opinion/08dowd.html?hp

    Her critics used to paint her as a scary Marxist. Now they cast her as a spoiled princess.

    During the campaign, she was caricatured on the cover of The New Yorker as a fist-bumping, gun-toting Black Panther. Now she’s mocked by a New York Daily News blogger as a jet-setting, free-spending Marie Antoinette. (On Spain’s Costa del Sol with Sasha on her husband’s 49th birthday, she did, in effect, say let him eat cake — alone.)

    Michelle Obama is the most popular figure in the administration, but last week she had her first brush with getting brushed back in the press.

    Some of the women anchoring news shows on MSNBC debated whether the first lady was being “mean” to her husband by deserting him on his birthday for a girls’ getaway to Spain, and whether it was sort of sad, as one put it, that the president, drowning in troubles, had to go to Chicago to find friends (including Oprah) to celebrate with.

    Andrea Tantaros, a Fox contributor and former Republican operative, wrote a harsh Daily News blog post calling the first lady a “material girl” for going on a glitzy vacation at a luxury resort in Marbella with a cavalcade of Secret Service agents, friends, children and staff, even as “most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns — or forgoing them altogether.”

    In politics and pop culture, optics are all. And Michelle’s optics sent a message that likely made some in the White House and the Democratic Party wince.

    She seemed to be gigging her husband a bit: I’m going to do what I want to do. I can’t worry about whether it gives the Tea Partiers ammo or makes Democrats (including you) campaigning against the excesses of the rich look hypocritical. Even if the country is sliding into a double-dip recession, I’m going abroad to a five-star hotel on Air Force Two and give a boost to another country’s economy.

    To defray possible criticism of their upcoming 10-day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Michelle belatedly agreed to a weekend family vacation on Florida’s gulf coast. On Friday, Spanish police closed a public beach for the American entourage. If Michelle had wanted a closed beach, she could have headed to our gulf sooner. There are plenty of multi-star hotels there, and she and the girls could have cleaned a few pelicans.

    Certainly, as Obama adviser David Axelrod says, “not everything is political theater.” The Obamas shouldn’t have to poll, as the Clintons did, to figure out where to go on vacation.

    “Folks in the public eye are also human beings,” Axelrod told me. “If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you, I don’t think it’s right that you have to defer it because of the politics.”

    But as Michelle and friends frolicked in the land of flamenco, the birthday boy got few gifts from the news.

    More Democratic candidates shied away from appearing with him. The latest disappointing jobs report prompted evening news reports about Americans’ fears of falling into what one called “the abyss.” And a CNN poll showed that a quarter of Americans still doubt the president was even born here.[snip]

    But perhaps the strain of debunking that “angry black woman” stereotype by playing the smiling, conventional first lady, talking to Ladies’ Home Journal about vegetable cleanses and portion sizes, made her want to assert her independence in the one place she could: her schedule.[snip]

    But at moments when you think Michelle might make her husband toast, or better yet a martini, she’s often off on a girls’ trip.

    When health care passed after a difficult year and the president celebrated with his staff on the Truman Balcony, the first lady was with her daughters on Broadway to see “Memphis.

    When the BP oil spill stained the White House, making the president seem so impotent that he had to make his first national address from the Oval Office, the first lady was playing with her mother and daughters in Los Angeles, staying at the Beverly Wilshire. She was taking in a Lakers game the night of his address.

    During the campaign, Michelle tried to offset her husband’s existential detachment with familial warmth. Now that he holds the world’s loneliest office, he needs that more than ever.

  98. Canaan, wait until the Obama Justice Department goes to court to attack gay marriage. Donnie McClurkin and Rick Warren will cheer.

  99. “…Obama believes that governing marriage is “an issue for the states.”
    ********
    Except for minor details such as DOMA:

    “Section 3. Definition of ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’:

    In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife…

    With Obama, I am always vacillating between “dumb as a box of rocks” or “indifference to the point of apparent stupidity”…..

  100. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record.

    A “staggering” new study from Canadian researchers has shown that warmer seawater has reduced phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain, by 40% since 1950.
    Nine nations have so far set their all-time temperature records in 2010, including Russia (111 degrees), Niger (118), Sudan (121), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (126 apiece), and Pakistan, which also set the new all-time Asia record in May: a hair under 130 degrees.

  101. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade,
    *******
    The major unanswered questions about warming are: 1) How high and 2) How fast will the temp. rise. The “tipping” point probably occurred in the early-mid 1800s with industrial revolution, de-forestation, and the beginning of rapid human population increases. Climate change became irreversible when the “Ice” began to melt, IMHO.

  102. Something stinks here, is this why Obama is not there because he can’t be seen with them? so is she doing the dirty work? WTF We wondered this trip stunk to high heaven, know i know why.

    This is sort of interesting. The press is uncharacteristically all over Michelle for her trip to Spain, for the expense of it blah-blah. Buried in a Spanish newspaper, she is meeting with Saudi and Qatari royals. Hadn’t seen that until now.

    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/08/06/andalucia_malaga/1281082124.html

    Varias casas reales árabes también pasan sus veranos en Marbella desde hace años. Así, habrá un encuentro entre Michelle Obama y el príncipe Salman bin Abdelaziz, gobernador de Riad y hermano del fallecido Rey Fahd de Arabia Saudí; mientras que se baraja otra reunión de la primera dama con el propietario del Málaga CF, empresario multimillonario, hijo del ministro del Interior de Qatar y miembro de la familia real qatarí, Abdullah Al Thani.

    “Several arab royal families spend their summers in Marbella for years now. So, there will be a meeting between Michelle Obama and Prince Salman bin Abdelaziz, governor of Ryadh and brother of deceased King Fahd of Saudi Arabia while there is word of a meeting between the First Lady and the owner of Malaga CF, multimillionaire son of the Minister of the Interior of Qatar and member of the Qatari royal family, Abdullah Al Thani.”

    It’s also been reported she may meet Jesse Jackson allegedly also on vacation, not to mention the numerous sheiks who spend the summer here.”

  103. Bet she tries to say the trip was quasi official because of the meeting with the King. If as MoonOnPluto cites she also meets with some Saudis she can say the trip, or large chunks were very official. Then she’ll try to get part of her airfare refunded because the trip was “official”.

    Maybe she will claim she was job hunting with the Saudis and Malaga CF and deduct this trip as a business expense. 🙂

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012557439_mobama07.html

    As the U.S. economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.

    First lady Michelle Obama is on a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, Sasha, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the first family will pay for personal expenses, but declined to reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees. The president stayed home in the United States, as did daughter Malia, 12, who is at camp.

    The trip provided plenty of fodder for television news shows, talk-show hosts and bloggers.

    Critics portrayed the foreign getaway as tone deaf to the economic anxiety back home. Earlier in the week, the first lady was photographed walking through the streets of the Costa del Sol region wearing a one-shouldered Jean Paul Gaultier top.

    Every first family takes vacations. The criticism aimed at Michelle Obama is that she chose to visit a foreign country rather than remain in the United States and support its fragile economy.

    In July, the first lady flew to the Florida Panhandle, a tourist spot hit hard by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and delivered the message that for parents “looking for things to do with their kids this summer … this is a wonderful place to visit.”

    The opulence of the European trip also has drawn scrutiny. Michelle Obama is staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton resort in the mountains outside Marbella. The resort has two golf courses, a posh spa with Turkish baths, views of the Mediterranean Sea and a high-end restaurant specializing in avant-garde fare. Room rates start at $400 and rise to $6,500 for a two-bedroom villa with a private pool and 24-hour butler service.

    The danger for the Obamas is that the trip may feed perceptions they are out of touch with struggling American families, said Chris Wilson, a Republican pollster.

    “This in and of itself doesn’t hurt President Obama, but it plants a seed in voters’ minds … that ‘they’re not like me,’ ” he said.

    While her friends arrived in Spain on their own, Michelle Obama flew in on a type of aircraft also used by Vice President Joseph Biden. It costs the government $11,555 an hour to operate the plane, according to the Air Force. Assuming a nearly eight-hour flight to nearby Málaga, the total round-trip cost of the flight is about $178,000.

    The Obama family will reimburse the government an amount equal to two first-class tickets — for mother and daughter Sasha, Air Force officials said. A round-trip first-class flight to Málaga costs about $7,400 apiece, without discounts or restrictions.[snip]

    An unspecified number of Secret Service agents and aides are staying at government expense. Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, declined to say how many agents are with the first lady in Spain.

    An Obama administration official said the first lady is accompanied by “a handful of longtime family friends — it’s moms and daughters — and it’s minimal staff.” One aide on the trip is the first lady’s deputy chief of staff, Melissa Winter.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the destination was chosen by Michelle Obama and her friends.

    On Friday, Spanish police cleared off a 100-yard stretch of beach in Marbella for Michelle Obama and Sasha, 9. As the first lady rested inside a canvas hut by the shore, Sasha splashed around in the sea and a security guard swam with her.

    The first lady is to meet with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on Sunday at their summer residence on the island of Mallorca.

    After the first lady returns home, she and her family will travel to the Gulf Coast for the weekend of Aug. 14, followed by a 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

  104. admin
    August 8th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    The shameful thing here is that there are members of the MSM and prominent Obots around the nation that will DEFEND these actions. There IS something wrong with a country hurting as a result of a lagging economy, and that country’s leaders treating the precious funds garnered from taxation as their own personal bank account. 2012 can’t get here soon enough. Asshats…..

    Hillary 2012

  105. tdo @ 1:09 am: the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record.
    ——————————–
    I’ve watched network TV coverage which claimed that oil-soaked birds ‘fry’ in the sunlight. Might oil-soaked waters absorb abnormal amounts of heat from the sun? Might there be much more oil in the planet’s waters than we realize? Might oil in water be the cause of global warming? Just asking.

  106. FDR’s Grandson Debunks “Mythology of Fear” About Social Security
    [….]
    This brings us to the current National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. While I am deeply supportive of President Obama’s efforts to control the burgeoning federal deficit, I am deeply concerned that he has instructed that everything has to be on the table, including Social Security. It’s not that I think Social Security is sacred compared to other worthy government programs, although I have a rather personal stake in its continuance.

    It doesn’t belong on the table because it’s different than other programs. By law, the receipts and disbursements of social security trust funds are excluded from the President’s budget and the budget resolution passed by Congress. Social Security has its own revenue source, it’s prohibited from borrowing funds or going into debt and it can only pay benefits from its own funds.

    Social Security should be out of the reach of the Budget Deficit Commission because it is not part of the Federal budget. Since Social Security has not contributed in any way to the deficit, it makes no sense to consider it as part of the solution.

    I’m afraid that by placing Social Security under the purview of the Deficit Commission we are contributing to the mythology of fear around Social Security. That mythology says the program is heading for bankruptcy and is unsustainable. That mythology says the program will not be there for our children and our children’s children.

    I am concerned that although Social Security contributes nothing to the deficit it will be targeted by its enemies on the commission. Its enemies have failed on their frontal assault on Social Security but now they have been given cover by a Deficit Commission.
    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/fdrs-grandson-debunks-mythology-fear-about

  107. Might oil in water be the cause of global warming?

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

    I know one person who speculated that. But imo it doesn’t make any difference: the deeper cause is still petroleum use, and the solution is still clean energy.

    Anyway, there are probably many immediate causes (all from petroleum and overpopulation): air pollution, heat loss from industry, paving, deforestration, etc.

  108. “If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you, I don’t think it’s right that you have to defer it because of the politics.” Is Axelrod saying the older daughter did not want to go to hobnob with royalty with her mother? Sometimes kids have more sense than their parents.

  109. Dear Mr Axelrod….

    People go on holiday all the time with their kids just not costing millions at the taxpayers expense during recession and economic crisis. It doesnt matter where you go to spend time together, its the time that counts not the place. Perhaps she should have led by example and holidayed at an American resort with American dollars and paying into the American economy and perhaps keeping american jobs in that resort.

    signed

    Me
    pissed off taxpayer

  110. Axelrod= liar, denier and apologist in chief. He is a total shill, and a waste of time. The viewing public learns zero watching him. He is the last one they should put on the air to defend the administration. He is a campaign manager and is not qualified to discuss matters pertaining to governance. Bambi shares the same feeling. The reason he is on apart from the fact that he is one of the few who is willing to defend an indefensible position is because he is a dirty Chicago journalist, an attribute he shares with so many in big media who learned the same propaganda techniques in different venues.

  111. From John W Smart

    The only group who got the Obama they expected are the Party Unity My Ass folks who bolted the Dems during the primaries. Liberals expected and/or dreamed of an Obama other than the half ass, feckless dilettante that arrived. Their Obama has not shown up. Moderates thought he’d actually be one of them. (Why they thought this is any one’s guess. Mass A.D.D. maybe?) Their Obama did not show up. Conservatives assumed they were getting Hugo Chavez and have spent the better part of a year and a half misusing the word socialism in an attempt to affix an allegedly scary label in hopes that it would come true. Mr. Obama has given aid, comfort and atmospherics to the Right’s central thesis – but he is no socialist. Socialists don’t bailout mega banks – they nationalize them. The Right really needs to stop insulting socialists by comparing them to Obama.

    From the start PUMAs had it right. Obama – the hologram of 2008 – has not shown up. Why? He never existed. PUMAs knew this all along. The Obama who has shown up is precisely the one anyone who bothered to look past the hologram of 2008 saw clear as day: Obama is an overblown errand boy, sent by overblown grocery clerks, to stiff us with their overblown bill. Turns out he’s not even a very good errand boy. He misunderstands, then bumbles, even the most basic tasks, and, frankly, he repeatedly sneaks off for smoke breaks when he ought to be working.

  112. she is meeting with Saudi and Qatari royals.
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    Moon–she has an agenda, no doubt about it. And it ain’t childhood obesity. As you point out, this meeting was unpublicized until now. And big media did little or nothing to recount its opulence. For that you needed to consult the foreign press. They blew the whistle on that little charade. This was most likely a quasi official trip. Therefore, the real question was/is what was the purpose of that meeting. The children were a distraction. The Saudi role in putting him in office has been whispered about before and is important in terms of the overall puzzle. His foreign policy is more sympatico with their interests than ours, and that would be part of the payback to a man whose entire career has been marked by selling out his constituents to big money interests. For example, we know for a fact that a member of the Saudi royal family wrote a letter to get him into Harvard–so let Robert Scheerer or Michale Ishikoff investigate that angle rather than the manure they roll around in. Getting back to Michelle a substantial portion of the public is mesmerized by her Jackie O impersonation as portrayed in websites like this, when the question they should be asking is what is their real agenda. We have a right to know because it vitally affects our interests.

    ttp://mrs-o.org/

  113. From the start PUMAs had it right. Obama – the hologram of 2008 – has not shown up. Why? He never existed. PUMAs knew this all along. The Obama who has shown up is precisely the one anyone who bothered to look past the hologram of 2008 saw clear as day: Obama is an overblown errand boy, sent by overblown grocery clerks, to stiff us with their overblown bill. Turns out he’s not even a very good errand boy. He misunderstands, then bumbles, even the most basic tasks, and, frankly, he repeatedly sneaks off for smoke breaks when he ought to be working.
    ——————————————–
    That explanation is better than most and it will satisfy most people. But in my opinion, it goes deeper than that. Mr Obama is a cipher. He takes on the hue and tone of those who employ him. His employer is not the American People. His employer is a subset of the global business community centered in the financial sector. From Wall Street (Goldman Sacks, Citibank, etc, to Soros (representing European Business Interests), to Sovereign Wealth Funds (including the Saudi fund valued at over a trillion dollars)to left wing billionaires (Peter Lewis and others more familiar to you if you stop and think about it). In domestic policy and in foreign policy, they hold the strings that makes the manikin dance.

  114. Thanks, JanH, for the link. So the following quote below is ultimately what Scheer is really griping about – i.e. that the public is blaming BO, rather than Clinton, etc., for the nations economic situation. I guess for Scheerer, BO’s “error” (see below) is just a minor thing which POTUS is really not responsible for and for which he should not be blamed. From this POV, BO has no powers, agency, or responsibility as POTUS.

    Married into the Clinton Mob
    By ROBERT SCHEER
    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    “[…] but it is irritating that the Clinton parents are getting off the hook while Obama, who is guilty of relying too heavily on Clintonista alums for policy direction, is somehow scorned. Without President Clinton turning the economy over to Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan and Lawrence Summers, there would have been no financial meltdown. Obama’s cardinal error was bringing Summers and another Clinton acolyte, Timothy Geithner, back into power.”

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2010/aug/08/married-into-the-clinton-mob/

  115. At a certain point — 2 years into his presidency — must to be held accountable for his policies and presidency. Scheerer and his ilk just can’t accept that.

  116. Wil Bower on Fox this morning with Alison…talking about fraud and corruption with O and his thugs during primaries

    Wil goes on to say that the committee set up to change the problems in the primaries have been ignored and that all the people on the ‘change’ comm and rules committee are obama people…they are not going to do anything about the caucuses and are not addressing anything that happened…

    Wil goes on that Caskill and Clyburn have gone on and on about how wonderful the caucus system is and they want to EXPAND IT and have more caucuses because they are so great for the people…

    if anyone finds the clip, please post…worth it

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

    friends, the dim party is so corrupt now…there really is no point in voting in a demo primary…it is completely rigged and only going to get worse…

    we would be better off voting against them or staying home until and making ourselves known that we are against the rigged dim primary system….this is a systematic attempt to deny the one vote, one person guarantee…

    if this does not become an issue…a big ISSUE…for dims during their primaries, the party will never be the same…and control will all be centralized and manipulated from the top…completely and forever denying the will of the people…

    this must come to the surface within what is left of the dem party.

  117. Update on proposed mosque near 9/11 site

    nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/half_baked_mosque_8ItuaW0WIByZa5xZ0rCmpJ

    Half-baked mosque
    Developer owns only part of site

    By ISABEL VINCENT and MELLISA KLEIN

    Not so fast.

    The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, The Post has learned.

    One of the two buildings on Park Place is owned by Con Edison, even though Soho Properties told officials and the public that it owns the entire parcel. And any potential sale by Con Ed faces a review by the state Public Service Commission.

    “We never heard anything about Con Ed whatsoever,” said a stunned Julie Menin, the chairwoman of Community Board 1, which passed a May resolution supporting the mosque.

    Daisy Khan, one of the mosque’s organizers, told The Post last week that both buildings on Park Place are needed to house the worship and cultural center. But she claimed ignorance about the Con Ed ownership of 49-51 Park Place and referred questions to Soho Properties, which bought the building at 45-47 Park Place in 2009.

    Rep. Peter King, who opposes the mosque, said the developers seemed to be “operating under false pretenses.”

    “I wonder what else they are hiding,” said King (R-LI). “If we can’t have the full truth on this, what can we believe?”

    Sharif El-Gamal, the head of Soho Properties, first came forward in 2006 seeking to buy the empty building at 45-47 Park Place, said Melvin Pomerantz, whose family owned the property.

    Pomerantz said El-Gamal eventually raised $4.8 million cash for 45-47 Park Place. El- Gamal paid an extra $700,000 to take over the lease with Con Ed for the building next door. The lease expires in 2071.

    The two buildings were connected years ago — common walls were taken down — and housed a Burlington Coat Factory store.

    Con Ed said El-Gamal told the utility in February that he wanted to exercise the purchase option in his $33,000- a-year lease for the former substation.

    The utility is now doing an appraisal to determine the property value, and it would be up to El-Gamal to decide whether to accept the price, the utility said. The price is estimated at $10 million to $20 million.

    “We are following our legal obligations under the lease. We will not allow other considerations to enter into this transaction,” Con Ed said.

    The sale proposal will go to the Public Service Commission, where it could possibly face a vote by a five-member board controlled by Gov. Paterson.

    El-Gamal told The Post his long-term lease was equivalent to ownership and that it even allowed him to demolish the building. Still, he said, he was determined to buy the property. “The cost is not an issue,” he said.

    The building at 45-45 Park Place had been on the market for years with a sale price that at one point was $18 million. It was owned by Stephen Pomerantz, who died in 2006. His widow, Kukiko Mitani, said she was in debt and desperate to unload the property even at a bargain price of $4.8 million to El- Gamal.

    She said she thought El-Gamal wanted to build condos, not a mosque — but he should build whatever he wants.

    The Web site for the mosque and community-center project, now called Park 51, says it will be financed “with a mix of equity, financing and contributions.”

    But just $200 in donations has come in so far, according to Ameena Meer, head of Muslims for Peace, the nonprofit accepting the contributions.

    49-51 Park Place, owned by Con Edison, is being appraised for a possible sale to Soho Properties, the developer behind the controversial mosque. Sharif El-Gamal, the principal of Soho Properties, paid $700,000 to take over the 99-year lease in 2009.

    Soho Properties spent $4.8 million to buy 45-47 Park Place in 2009. The building, which used to house a Burlington Coat Factory, had been on the market for years with a sale price that once reached $18 million.

  118. S said:
    there really is no point in voting in a demo primary…it is completely rigged and only going to get worse…

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

    Pls read up on the difference between a Democrat PRIMARY and a Democrat CAUCUS.

    In a primary, all ages and demographics get to vote: in some states they vote by mail, in other states there is a polling place where they drop in any time all day and mark a ballot. Then all the ballots get counted.

    In a caucus, people have to come at a particular time and stay a few hours with Obama’s thugs shouting at them and pushing them around and locking them out. They do NOT get to vote and their voices are not counted.

    Iirc Hillary won all the actual Democratic PRIMARIES. There were some states where both a PRIMARY and a CAUCUS were held; the caucus went for Obama and the primary went for Hillary (or tied).

    The caucuses are mostly rigged and traumatic. But if your state has a PRIMARY it is worth voting. The difference between the primary results and the caucus results will be helpful evidence.

  119. The caucus system is indefensible. The potential for thuggery vastly outweighs the quaint anachronism of a New England town hall meeting. The Obama thug tactics are a blueprint for the destruction of representative democracy–or what little is left of it. The caucus is the ideal forum for that tragedy to play out. Add to this the corruption of the media, rigging voting machines and the secretary of state project, and the long knives are out.

  120. How Newsweek Blew It * Open Thread
    By Bronwyn’s Harbor on August 8, 2010 at 11:30 AM in Current Affairs

    As you’ve probably heard, Newsweek was sold by the Washington Post to Sidney Harman, the 92-year-old husband of Rep. Jane Harman, for the princely sum of ONE DOLLAR and the assumption of Newsweek’s staggering debts. Harman says that he regards Newsweek “as a ‘national treasure’.”

    I could not believe the details of Newsweek’s financial woes revealed in “How Newsweek Blew It,” published the other day at The Daily Beast. Check this out:

    Newsweek’s financial freefall is jarring. Revenue dropped 38 percent between 2007 and 2009, to $165 million. Newsweek’s negligible operating loss (not including certain pension and early retirement changes) of $3 million in 2007 turned into a bloodbath: the business lost $32 million in 2008 and $39.5 million in 2009. Even after reducing headcount by 33 percent and slashing the number of issues printed and distributed to readers each week from 2.6 million to 1.5 million, the 2010 operating loss is still forecast at $20 million.

    Dig deeper into the document and the numbers get worse. Newsweek lost money in all three of its core areas in 2008 and 2009: U.S. publishing, foreign publishing, and digital. Even with the smaller guaranteed circulation, it still retains $40 million in subscription liabilities owed to readers. And then there’s Newsweek’s lease foibles: last year, it paid $13 million in rent, a startling figure for a company its size. …

    The Daily Beast article notes that “Harman was someone who was taken less seriously by the staff who worked on the deal because he had no plan.”

    The 66-page sales memorandum given out to all prospective buyers “paints the picture of a media property given to someone unequipped to fundamentally change its current trajectory.”

    [B]y the Washington Post Co.’s own account, as told via the sales memorandum, Harman’s Newsweek lacks what is necessary for a turnaround: the synergies of another media company. “The right strategic partner can potentially provide scale and synergies on the digital platform,” the memo states. Additionally, if another media company bought Newsweek—such as when Bloomberg rescued BusinessWeek in a fire sale last year—then the murderously inefficient $55 million in general and administrative costs that Newsweek carried in 2009 (covering everything from finance, accounting, and rent to legal, HR, and IT) could be greatly reduced by sharing resources. Standalone magazines no longer work.

    Yet Harman has none of that: neither the scale to juice sales nor the media infrastructure to reduce costs. When the microphone had to be lowered yesterday to accommodate Harman’s diminutive stature during his address to the troops, he joked, “This microphone will be the last thing I will cut down to size,” in an attempt to reassure staffers that he wasn’t about to order wholesale layoffs.

    In fact, Washington Post CEO Donald Graham apparently considered the fact that Harman would need to retain Newsweek’s back-office inefficiencies a selling point, even as his company’s sales memo advised otherwise. Graham will not have all that blood on his hands. (When one of the great brands in American journalism sells for a buck, legacy is about the only tangible currency left to haggle over.) …

    At least they’ve removed Jon Meacham as editor. He struck me as a sanctimonious elitist. Yes, he got a Pulitzer last year for his book about President Andrew Jackson, but the Pulitzer Prize seems slanted towards more liberal choices, including columnists Maureen Dowd and Eugene Robinson*.

    A May 2010 story at The Daily Beast reveals more about Meacham’s problems as editor:

    In 2007, when Random House tried to hire Jon Meacham for its top job, the genteel editor politely declined, opting to keep his post at the helm of Newsweek, where he’d worked for more than a decade.

    “They’ll have to blow me out of here,” Meacham said at the time.

    It looks like they’re about to.

    On Wednesday morning, Washington Post Co. President Donald Graham said that after years of saintly patience, he was going to try to sell Meacham’s home out from under him—if anyone’s even in the market for loss-leading newsmagazines these days. Cold business calculations finally won out over familial sentimentality: Fabled Newsweek, which now loses more than half a million dollars a week, would have to go.

    […]

    [A]gainst all prevailing logic, Meacham has sought to reinvent the 77-year-old magazine into a printed facsimile of… Jon Meacham.

    Maybe nothing would have saved Newsweek. But Meacham’s vision, expounded over countless media appearances during his three-year tenure, was certainly unconventional. The new new Newsweek would be like The Economist, only better. He wanted a text-heavy, picture-light magazine filled with high-minded pieces targeted at the intellectual elite. His ideal reader, he said, would be interested in “what I’m interested in.”

    […]

    A frequent television talking head who writes books and travels on lecture tour, he was often away from Newsweek’s New York offices, editing the magazine remotely. …

    Oy. I remember decades ago when both Newsweek and Time magazines were required reading to stay up on all important U.S. as well as international news. Sometimes, Newsweek has done some great reporting, But it’s clear that most onlookers are blaming Meacham’s frequent absences and lofty but dull vision for the magazine.

    According to a Newsweek insider, staffers came away extremely dispirited from a New York meeting six weeks ago at which the results of a reader focus group on the latest redesign were presented. The presentation, for which Meacham was absent, “was unrelentingly bad,” says the insider. “There was hardly anything positive about the magazine. The recurring themes were ‘dull,’ ‘boring,’ ‘like doing your homework.’ Everybody was thoroughly depressed.” Both because of this overhaul and also his hectic professional schedule that veterans liken to being an “absentee landlord,” Meacham has drawn plenty of criticism throughout his term.

    […]

    Were readers really clamoring for more gray space in print magazines? And more opinion pieces when the blogosphere abounds in opinion? A year later, Meacham unveiled an over-art-directed redesign.

    That new, criticized look came with a new business model: half as many readers (from 3 million subscribers to 1.5 million) who would pay double as much (90 cents per issue, on average) to read it. It’s hugely counterintuitive,” he said at the time. “The staff doesn’t understand it.” He also raised newsstand price a dollar, to $5.95.

    $5.95 for a thin news magazine? What a business plan. In the meantime, Time magazine is reporting a profit, according to the May article.

    ________________________

    * Footnote: I don’t understand why Eugene Robinson is a constant presence on MSNBC’s political shows. He’s invariably introduced as the “Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post.” I have yet to hear Robinson express an original thought. And he’s startlingly inarticulate. The incessant references to his prize makes it seem as if Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews et al. find his Pulitzer alone suffices to make him a worthy guest.

  121. Let’s hope the other “national treasure” i.e. Time goes down too. If there is a god in heaven it will. I like Jane, but if her 92 year old husband (Manischewitz did he rob the cradle) stepped in and rescued that other weekly purveyor lies, and [phony polls, then I would have to raise the objection of media concentration–if there is such a thing any more.

    I just worry what will happen to Joe Klein in that case. After all, that little man lacks integrity and marketable skills. I guess he will have to spend more time tending to personal matters on the Council of Foreign Relations, where the sign above the door reads “We ain’t proud. We let anybody in. Just ask Joe.”

  122. Meacham’s name sounds like a villain out of Ayn Rand.
    —————————
    Actually, I have done the research. There is a common blood line between the Meechams and the Meshalls. To quote no lesser a personage than Saint Thomas Moore (A Man For All Seasons–and an ancestor of Scott Brown) “somewhere in their pedigree past, a bitch jumped over the wall”. They say the guilty party came form the Meecham side, but in such company as this who knows. At this stage in the proceeding all we we can say about it with relative certainty is that the event is beyond the memory of living men. Unfortunately, we cannot same the same about the results.

  123. andyp
    August 7th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Nalco is the company that manufactures Corexit. This company is based in Illinois and is a subsidiary of BlackRock, of which Larry FInk is the CEO and he owns a billion shares of BP. The vanity Fair article states that Larry Fink could replace Geithner should he leave his present office, although it says that Fink himself does not think he is qualified for that job. See Riverdaughter`s Post on the Confluence.

    Clues to the Obama Administration’s Passive Response to the BP Disaster

    BP, NOAA, EPA Cover-Up: Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant Corexit’s Lethal Effects
    July 27, 2010

    {snip}

    ——————
    Thank you for your posts on the BP free pass and also the toxicity of the dispersant’s.

    I agree that Fox is not covering this, CNN and ABC did cover some of it, but the general public is in the dark and it will probably have serious health consequences done the road.

    Some other sites are covering this news, like PUMApac.
    The research they should look at is the Exxon Valdez in Alaska and the effect it had on the cleanup workers. A large number of these people are now dead, and the average age of death was 51 years old. Easily cutting twenty plus years off of their lives. No report has come back that I know of concerning the effect from those eating the toxic fish…but anyone with a brain knows it goes hand and hand with what happened to the cleanup workers.

    Keep being our Paul Revere AndyP, thanks.

  124. S: Will Bower on Fox this morning with Alison…
    —————-
    I’m relieved to hear that series continues; was concerned that FOX receiving a front row seat with Gibby would call an end to it.

  125. I wish today’s interview would show up on youtube. I’ve looked around the net and can’t find it.

  126. Forest fires in Russia.

    “When the wildfires broke out, stoked by the hottest weather here since record-keeping began, more than 130 years, ago”

  127. Heat in Edwardsville, Illinois

    “Once more, with feeling (and at double-length): an excessive heat warning has been declared for this [Edwardsville, Illinois] area from noon tomorrow to 8 PM Thursday. That means heat indices in the close vicinity of 110F are expected, with effective overnight lows in the 90s.”

  128. I’ve seen people posting they’re having a heat wave. Luckily here in southernmost socal, it’s been a very mild summer. High 60s, low 70s – I love it! It’s 68 right now at 2:30. Closer to the desert, though, I’m sure it’s a different story. But I’ve loved this summer – I don’t like it over 79 degrees!

  129. Catching up … maybe this has been posted already.

    Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry, a long-time prominent liberal activist, has admitted in an interview with Politico that the left is trying to smear the tea party movement as “racist” for strategic reasons, not out of genuine concern that the movement is itself racist.

    Berry called the tactic an “effective strategy” and chose not to denounce it.

    –snip–

    Berry replied:

    Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

    http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21PR-Tea_Party_Racism_072910.html

  130. Shadowfax
    August 8th, 2010 at 3:27 pm
    andyp
    August 7th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Nalco is the company that manufactures Corexit. This company is based in Illinois and is a subsidiary of BlackRock, of which Larry FInk is the CEO and he owns a billion shares of BP. The vanity Fair article states that Larry Fink could replace Geithner should he leave his present office, although it says that Fink himself does not think he is qualified for that job. See Riverdaughter`s Post on the Confluence.

    Clues to the Obama Administration’s Passive Response to the BP Disaster

    _____________________

    Fox did a segment a few days ago, where they interviewed a couple of fishemen from the Gulf who said that the adminisration and BP could say what they wanted, but they know the oil has not disappeared – there is a great deal of sludge that has been pushed to the ocean floor by the dispersants. This guy said they could not force him to eat anything out of that water. He also said that he went into one area and there were miles and miles of dead fish (which I think in itself is a small crime). He said you could see fish of all sizes as far as the eye could see. He said it will be years before that area is safe in which to swim and from which to eat fish. I hope they all feel like he does, because that area is a toxic stew.
    I saw a segment where they said they are testing the fish and the fish are fine to eat, but the problem is they are having trouble selling it because people are leery of buying anything out of the Gulf Coast. It will be some time before I eat shrimp because I know that some people would sell anything. It was probably all a lie because I cannot see anything surviving in that environment. BP is probably trying to find a way to deny claims and that is why the oil mysteriously disappeared.

  131. andyP

    I am glad TC is covering it too. It’s been difficult for the public to get any news on the BP gusher, here in Calif. the news hasn’t covered it in a very long time, if at all. Fox is pretty much silent on it, which tells me a lot about the Drill Baby, drill mentality.
    Dead fish for miles, no surprise…most everything in the oil area will die even if it never makes it to the surface. A tragedy for years, at best.

    It was a lie as big as there are WMD, when it was announced that the oil had disappeared and all is well.

  132. the problem with climategate is the people sqwaking the loudest about global warming refuse to recognise the “lie” perpetrated by the climatologists. global warming is a “natural” cycle of evolution not caused directly or indirectly by humans. the whole climate study was a LIE fabricated by the elites and hand delivered by soros in Copenhagen to institute a carbon tax [enslave]on corporations and people.

    thankfully, the corruption was revealed in time to thwart the most contemptible fraud [almost] perpetrated on mankind in the history of the world.

  133. Mrs. Smith

    I don’t agree at all with your statement. Although there are natural cycles of “global warming”, there is no doubt at all that polution is not good for our planet and has an adverse effect on our atmoshere in many ways.

  134. Carol
    August 8th, 2010 at 7:13 pm
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    Carol, you always have to be conscious of the words being used. not all global warming is caused by polution and no one is advocating for polution.

  135. I am glad TC is covering it too. It’s been difficult for the public to get any news on the BP gusher, here in Calif. the news hasn’t covered it in a very long time, if at all. Fox is pretty much silent on it, which tells me a lot about the Drill Baby, drill mentality.

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    I forget when TC discussed the Vanity Fair article on Larry Fink and I’m not sure what depth they went into the dispersants. But they did have the EPA whistleblower Kaufman on, where he talked about Corexit being manufactured in Illinois and that it is owned by BlackRock, which is owned by Larry Fink. Dakinkat, one of their main contributors, lives in New Orleans so they have a vested interest. Thankfully someone is telling the truth.

  136. Carol
    August 8th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith

    I don’t agree at all with your statement. Although there are natural cycles of “global warming”, there is no doubt at all that polution is not good for our planet and has an adverse effect on our atmoshere in many ways.

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    Yes. Even if Warming-caused-by-pollution, and the Moon Landing, and Obama’s bc were all equally fictitious — cleaning up the pollution would still be worthwhile. 😉

    As for “the most contemptible fraud [almost] perpetrated on mankind in the history of the world” — perhaps someone needs to take their meds.

  137. please forgive my manner of typing. i am rt handed and unfortunately met with a broken (not so) humorous this past monday. left handed, one fingured typing for now.
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    andyp-

    please read this informative story naming the world stage players involved with corexit beyond blackrock. namely, buffett, soros and rothschild.

    http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/corexit-is-toxic-to-humans-and-they-are-filling-the-gulf-with-it-700000-gallons-used/

    please post it because i cannot…

    thanks- mrs smith

  138. “perhaps someone needs to take their meds.”
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    the redundant anguished cry when the truth is heard of the demented left!

  139. NEWEEK COLUMNIST SAYS US FUNDING MOSQUE CONSTRUCTION

    Lee DeCovnick
    AmericanThinker.com
    Aug. 8, 2010

    Truth, even in the tightly controlled prison of the Obama media complex, occasionally bursts forth like a swordfish cavorting on the waves of a golden August afternoon.

    Newsweek, the Washington Post’s former progressive stepchild, published an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria, the in-house lapdog for the Administration, extolling the virtues of building the Ground Zero Mosque. A couple of sentences demand a great deal more explanation.

    To that end, early in its tenure the Bush administration began a serious effort to seek out and support moderate Islam. Since then, Washington has funded mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers that are trying to modernize Islam around the world.

    We should be encouraging groups like the one behind this project, not demonizing them. Were this mosque being built in a foreign city, chances are that the U.S. government would be funding it.

    Perhaps we all missed the memo where US taxpayers are gleefully funding Islamic “mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers” around the globe. Of course, US troops have restored hundreds of schools and community centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, but mosques and Islamic institutes? This seems very difficult to believe.

    So, as an enraged and curious taxpaying citizen, I have a few questions for Mr. Zakaria, our Congress and this Administration. What are the locations, costs, and dates of construction of these US taxpayer-funded mosques and Islamic institutes? If some of these mosques were built in the America, didn’t anyone contact the ACLU? (I would pay real money to be in “the room” during that discussion.) What particular piece of Congressional legislation authorized US taxpayer dollars to be spent on these mosques and Islamic institutes? Did our government apportion these funds fairly and equally between the Shi’a, Sunni, and Sufi sects of Islam?

    The Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” I’m damn sure spending US taxpayer dollars on constructing mosques was not envisioned by the Founding Fathers nor by the overwhelming majority of American citizens

  140. wbboei
    August 8th, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    NEWEEK COLUMNIST SAYS US FUNDING MOSQUE CONSTRUCTION
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    Just when I think I can’t get more upset or disgusted, I read garbage like this.

    Can we impeach obama now?

  141. Hi Mrs.Smith:

    Here is the content of Follow the Money. Why am I not surprised that all the billionaires are involved in this?

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    . . Follow The Money . .
    “It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?”
    . Corexit is toxic to humans and they are filling the Gulf with it..700,000 gallons used

    ***

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corexit

    Corexit is a product line of solvents primarily used as a dispersant for breaking up oil slicks. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company which is associated with BP and Exxon. Corexit is the most-used dispersant in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with COREXIT 9527 having been replaced by COREXIT 9500 after the former was deemed too toxic. Oil that would normally rise to the surface of the water is broken up by the dispersant into small globules that can then remain suspended in the water, potentially forming underwater plumes of oil.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalco_Holding_Company

    Nalco Holding Company NYSE: NLC (formerly Ondeo Nalco) supplies water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional markets. These products and services are marketed in some cases to prevent corrosion, contamination and the buildup of harmful deposits. In other applications they are used in production processes to enhance process efficiency and improve customers’ end products.

    Nalco currently serves more than 70,000 customers employing over 11,500 employees operating in over 130 countries.

    Among its products is Corexit which is an oil dispersant and is widely being used in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

    ***

    http://beforeitsnews.com/news/76/363/Corexit_Linked_to_the_Blackstone_Group_and_Lord_Jacob_Rothschild.html

    “According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused “respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders” in people.

    “According to the EPA, Corexit is more toxic than dispersants made by several competitors and less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude. However, the oil from Deepwater Horizon is not believed to be typical Louisiana crude.

    “Reportedly Corexit is toxic to marine life and helps keep spilled oil submerged. The quantities used in the Gulf will create ‘unprecedented underwater damage to organisms’ …”

    Regardless of whether the Deepwater Horizon Disaster is an accident or a False Flag Event, the inescapable truth is that the United States is faced with a disaster of unprecedented proportions. The quantity of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico is uncertain, although it is safe to say that it is in the millions of gallons and covers thousands of square miles.

    The purpose of this article is to inform, educate and warn the reader of what is probably about to take place, and what steps might be taken to deal with this emergency as it may develop over the next few weeks and months .

    The statements within this article are factual, but by no means complete, and there will be updates when possible. One thing is for certain, the Gulf of Mexico region now contains millions of gallons of oil that IS going to spread to other parts of the Gulf of Mexico as well as along the East Coast of the United States.

    Computer animation models created by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which at the time of this article is off-line, predicts probable flow paths; scenarios of the oil dispersal in the region.

    A shocking discovery reveals that the dispersant COREXIT is a product of Nalco Holding Company which in turn is owned by The Blackstone Group, who has as a member of its International Advisory Board, Lord Jacob Rothschild – so much for conspiracy theories. An excerpt from The Blackstone Group site:

    Lord Jacob Rothschild is a Member of the International Advisory Board.
    “Lord Rothschild is Chairman of RIT Capital Partners, an investment trust company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He has been a founding partner and investor in a number of financial service companies including Global Asset Management, a money manager, and St James’s Place Capital, a unit linked life assurance company.”

    A brief history of The Blackstone Group from Wikipedia

    “Since the closure of the credit markets in 2007 and 2008, Blackstone has managed only to close a small number of sizeable transactions. In January 2008, Blackstone co-invested alongside TPG Capital and Apollo Management in their buyout of Harrah’s Entertainment, although that transaction had been announced during the buyout boom period. Other notable investments that Blackstone completed in 2008 and 2009 included AlliedBarton, Performance Food Group, Apria Healthcare and CMS Computers.

    Among the firm’s two largest investments since the buyout boom have been The Weather Channel and the announced acquisition of Busch Entertainment. In July 2008, Blackstone, together with NBC Universal and Bain Capital agreed to purchase The Weather Channel from Landmark Communications. In October 2009, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced the sale of its Busch Entertainment Corporation theme parks division to Blackstone for $2.7 billion.
    The Financial Times has reported that Merlin Entertainments owned by Blackstone Group will file an IPO in the 2nd quarter of 2010. Merlin will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. If true this would be the second of 8 reported IPOs Blackstone Plans, the first being Team Health Holdings, Inc.. Blackstone reported at the end of 2009 revenues of $1.8bln, compared to -$349mln revenues in 2008.”

    ***

    http://openprison.co.cc/bp-oil-spill/

    NALCO is associated with UChicago Argonne program. UChicago Argonne received $164 million dollars in stimulus funds this past year. UChicago Argonne just added two new executives to their roster. One from NALCO. The other from the Ill. Dept of Education.

    If you dig a little deeper you will find NALCO is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, Soros, Apollo, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Hathaway Berkshire.

    Warren Buffet /Hathaway Berkshire increased their holdings in NALCO just last November. (Timing is everything).

    The dispersant chemical is known as Corexit. What it does is hold the oil below the water’s surface. It is supposed to break up the spill into smaller pools. It is toxic and banned in Europe.

    NALCO says they are using older and newer versions of Corexit in the Gulf.. (Why would you need a newer version, if the old one was fine?)

    There is big money and even bigger players in this scam. While they are letting the oil blow wide open into the Gulf, the stakes and profit rise.

    The Dolphins, Whales, Manatees, Sea Turtles and fish suffocate and die. The coastal regions, salt marshes, tourist attractions and the shore front properties are being destroyed, possibly permanently.The air quality is diminished. The Gulf of Mexico fishing industry is decimated.

    All to create a need for their expensive and extremely profitable poison.

    But that’s not all. Goldman-Sachs, Blackstone, and Apollo are all involved in NALCO. So is Tony Rezko in Chicago–the infamous friend of Barack Obama who was convicted for fraud. And multi-millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded ’stimulus funds’ went into the coffers of many of the main players in NALCO.

    Evidence has also been uncovered that as soon as the oil rig blew, the masterminds of the big government-big corporation complex went to work to maximize the financial reward from the disaster–’never let a good crisis go to waste.’

    Investors were advised to buy BP stock, and a major symposium was held involving several key players in the Obama Administration, which focused on modern technological advances in developing ‘clean water.’ NALCO is the major source for such ‘technological advances.’

    It would appear that some of the main players in the Obama Administration and the ‘favored corporations’ of Obama’s entourage wished to maximize their profits from the oil spill by delaying the cutting off of the oil flow so that the chemical dispersements and water purification systems made by NALCO would be used, thus boosting the profits of the company and the other corporations invested in it, such as Buffett’s Berkshire, Goldman-Sachs, Citigroup, Blackstone, and Apollo.

    A criminal probe of the Obama Administration is in order at the same time the Justice Department conducts its investigation of BP.

    http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/corexit-is-toxic-to-humans-and-they-are-filling-the-gulf-with-it-700000-gallons-used/

  142. Mrs. Smith:

    Thank you for your diligence in following this up. I always felt the lack of oversight of the Gulf Coast was intentional and not just mismanagement.

  143. Mrs. Smith:

    I’m sorry, I was notified that my posting of the contents of the Follow the Money article is in Moderation. For how long I do not know. I noticed in the article there was no mention of Larry Fink – the owner of NaLCO. They referred to him in the Vanity Fair article as the Shadow.

  144. the problem with climategate is the people sqwaking the loudest about global warming refuse to recognise the “lie” perpetrated by the climatologists. global warming is a “natural” cycle of evolution not caused directly or indirectly by humans. the whole climate study was a LIE fabricated by the elites and hand delivered by soros in Copenhagen to institute a carbon tax [enslave]on corporations and people.

    thankfully, the corruption was revealed in time to thwart the most contemptible fraud [almost] perpetrated on mankind in the history of the world
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    I usually don’t comment on other peoples comments, but such mind a numbing lack of research and understanding of climate change almost defies comment. BTW, “climate-gate” was another manufactured fraud by deniers and MSM. The London Times retracted the story:

    “In perhaps the biggest backpedaling, The Sunday Times of London, which led the media pack in charging that IPCC reports were full of egregious (and probably intentional) errors, retracted its central claim—namely, that the IPCC statement that up to 40 percent of the Amazonian rainforest could be vulnerable to climate change was “unsubstantiated.” The Times also admitted that it had totally twisted the remarks of one forest expert to make it sound as if he agreed that the IPCC had screwed up, when he said no such thing.”

    I will agree that “Cap and Trade” and Obama’s “let the private markets” regulate CO2 is a massive corporate fraud.

  145. Admin: the Ted Olsen interview here is excellent. Ted is of course a conservative lawyer, perhaps the best one they have, and is remembered for beating David Boise before the US Supreme Court in Bush vs. Gore. Boise had a big reputation of his own since prior to that he beat Microsoft on the anti trust case. Here however Olsen sued the State of California to set aside Proposition 8 which discriminates against same sex marriage. This is a superb interview, and a great lesson in what the proper role of judges is. His wife Barbara was in the airplane that went down over Pennsylvania on 9/11. I do not know if this will post, but it is worth a watch, and is consistent with most views expressed here.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4305741/civil-duty-boots-airline-passenger-/#/v/4305716/ted-olson-on-fns/?playlist_id=87937

  146. turndownobama
    August 8th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    S said:
    there really is no point in voting in a demo primary…it is completely rigged and only going to get worse…

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    Pls read up on the difference between a Democrat PRIMARY and a Democrat CAUCUS.

    In a primary, all ages and demographics get to vote: in some states they vote by mail, in other states there is a polling place where they drop in any time all day and mark a ballot. Then all the ballots get counted.

    In a caucus, people have to come at a particular time and stay a few hours with Obama’s thugs shouting at them and pushing them around and locking them out. They do NOT get to vote and their voices are not counted.

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    turndownobama…

    of course I know the difference between a primary and a caucus…my point is if the caucus system is so rigged and in addition more delegates are given to minority districts…then the final outcome of the combined primaries and caucuses will be manipulated and ultimately unrepresentative…which is exactly what happened to Hillary and Hillary voters by the time the democratic primary season ended…

    Hillary won more votes and all the big states but O won the rigged caucuses and more delegates from minority districts (I believe PA was a good example) – so what good is it if the person who receives the most votes – the will of the voters – is disregarded in the end because of a system that also has built in manipulation and potential for such obvious fraud…and obvious fraud that goes unpunished or even reprimanded…

    …my salient point was the democratic primary as a whole, caucuses included, are rigged from the get go…the caucuses practically nullified the will of the voters…last year was so blatant that the lid was blown off the scheme…

    …as opposed to the republican primaries which are one vote, one person…the irony being the repubs are more democratic in their primaries than the dims…

  147. JanH
    August 8th, 2010 at 9:57 pm
    Oh dear, Mrs. Smith
    That must have been very painful. I hope you hand is better soon.
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    thanks jan- i can assure you, my future responses will be briefer. (i’m sure no one will take advantage) :eyeroll:

    by no means is this a joyride. the break i’m experiencing is of the long arm bone, the humerus.
    doctors on vacation are another malady having to deal with– however, tomorrow’s apt should cast a light on
    the prognosis… surgery or a splint? i found this explanation helpful and of course i’m hoping the later is the case.

    http://orthopedics.about.com/od/brokenbones/a/humerus.htm
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    andyp
    August 8th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Mrs. Smith:
    Thank you for your diligence in following this up. I always felt the lack of oversight of the Gulf Coast was intentional and not just mismanagement.
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    i agree, andyp- some of us are on the same page and are willing to fight for whats right instead of blindly defending corrupt politicins like gore and fink.

    fwiw, i posted the “follow the money” article before i realized the fink connection. however, fink may be the fall guy for gore, soros, buffet and rothschild. gore should have exposed soros and his plan for duping the american people into a fraudulent carbon tax rather than literally exposing himself to an unsuspecting massage therapist. he might have saved his marriage and preserved a modicom of the respect given him by the clintons!
    ___________________________
    s-
    you are a wonderful well apprecited poster. i never doubted for a moment you didn’t know the difference between a primary and a caucus. i am glad for the sake of clarity, you replied to the dumb insinuation though.

  148. Jan, I am all for impeaching him now, assuming we have grounds and the Republicans control the House. Previously, I thought this would not happen because his supporters would burn down the cities. I now believe that the Republicans may be forced to do it in order to protect the Constitution and the country. I cannot predict what the issue will be, but it is clear from all that we have seen to date, that Mr. Obama plays fast and loose with the law, and associates with men of nefarious designs both foreign and domestic. In another context that might be the profile of a juvenile delinquent heading toward a life of crime, but here it is more serious because he is gambling with the lives of millions of people, and by all appearances he does not give a damned. Here is the conclusion of a short primer on impeachment which can be found at:http://www.cftech.com/BrainBank/SPECIALREPORTS/impeachment.html
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    Impeachment is a constitutional remedy addressed to serious offenses against the system of government. The purpose of impeachment under the Constitution is indicated by the limited scope of the remedy (removal from office and possible disqualification from future office) and by the stated grounds for impeachment (treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors). It is not controlling whether treason and bribery are criminal. More important, they are constitutional wrongs that subvert the structure of government, or undermine the integrity of office and even the Constitution itself, and thus are “high” offenses in the sense that word was used in English impeachments.

    The framers of our Constitution consciously adopted a particular phrase from the English practice to help define the constitutional grounds for removal. The content of the phrase “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” for the framers is to be related to what the framers knew, on the whole, about the English practice- the broad sweep of English constitutional history and the vital role impeachment had played in the limitation of royal prerogative and the control of abuses of ministerial and judicial power.

    Impeachment was not a remote subject for the framers. Even as they labored in Philadelphia, the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India, was pending in London, a fact to which George Mason made explicit reference in the Convention. whatever may be said on the merits of Hastings’ conduct, the charges against him exemplified the central aspect of impeachment – the parliamentary effort to reach grave abuses of governmental power.

    The framers understood quite clearly that the constitutional system they were creating must include some ultimate check on the conduct of the executive, particularly as they came to reject the suggested plural executive. While insistent that balance between the executive and legislative branches be maintained so that the executive would not become the creature of the legislature, dismissable at its will, the framers also recognized that some means would be needed to deal with excesses by the executive. Impeachment was familiar to them. They understood its essential constitutional functions and perceived its adaptability to the American context.

    While it may be argued that some articles of impeachment have charged conduct that constituted crime and thus that criminality is an essential ingredient, or that some have charged conduct that was not criminal and thus that criminality is not essential, the fact remains that in the English practice and in several of the American impeachments the criminality issue was not raised at all.

    Rather, the emphasis has been on the significant effects of the conduct –UNDERMINING THE INTEGRITY OF OFFICE, DISREGARD OF CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES AND OATH OF OFFICE, ARROGATION OF POWER, ABUSE OF GOVERNMENTAL PROCESS, ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT (Emphasis added).

    Clearly, these effects can be brought about in ways not anticipated by the criminal law. Criminal standards and criminal courts were established to control individual conduct. Impeachment was evolved by Parliament to cope with both the inadequacy of criminal standards and the impotence of courts to deal with the conduct of great public figures. It would be anomalous if the framers, having barred criminal sanctions from the impeachment remedy and limited it to removal and possible disqualification from office, intended to restrict the grounds for impeachment to conduct that was criminal.

    The longing for precise criteria is understandable; advance, precise definition of objective limits would seemingly serve both to direct future conduct and to inhibit arbitrary reaction to past conduct. In private affairs the objective is the control of personal behavior, in part through the punishment of misbehavior. In general, advance definition of standards respecting private conduct works reasonably well. However, where the issue is presidential compliance with the constitutional requirements and limitations on the presidency, the crucial factor is not the intrinsic quality of behavior but the significance of its effect upon our constitutional system or the functioning of our government.

    It is useful to note THREE MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL DUTIES of broad scope that are explicitly recited in the Constitution: to ” TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED”, to “FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT”, and to “PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION” of the United States to the best of his ability. (Emphahsis added)

    The first is directly imposed by the Constitution; the second and third are included in the constitutionally prescribed oath that the President is required to take before he enters upon the execution of his office and are, therefore, also expressly imposed by the Constitution.

    The duty to take care is affirmative. So is the duty faithfully to execute the office. A President must carry out the obligations of his office diligently and in good faith. The elective character and political role of a President make it difficult to define faithful exercise of his powers in the abstract. A President must make policy and exercise discretion. This discretion necessarily is broad, especially in emergency situations, but the constitutional duties of a President impose limitations on its exercise.

    The “take care” duty emphasizes the responsibility of a President for the overall conduct of the executive branch, which the Constitution vests in him alone. He must take care that the executive is so organized and operated that this duty is performed.

    The duty of a President to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” to the best of his ability includes the duty not to abuse his powers or transgress their limits — not to violate the rights of citizens, such as those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and not to act in derogation of powers vested elsewhere by the Constitution.

    Not all presidential misconduct is sufficient to constitute grounds for impeachment. There is a further requirement — substantiality. In deciding whether this further requirement has been met, the facts must be considered as a whole in the context of the office, not in terms of separate or isolated events. Because impeachment of a President is a grave step for the nation, it is to be predicated only upon conduct seriously incompatible with either the constitutional form and principles of our government or the proper performance of constitutional duties of the presidential office.

  149. We got our sample ballots in the mail last week. I had a chance to look over it; it is not well designed and someone could possibly vote for for someone inadvertently. There is a Dem, a Republican ballot, and ‘all other’ ballot. In re the conversation above about the Dims, primaries, caucuses and I might add superdelegates; I will have a very very very difficult time EVER voting for a Dem again just because they continue with this unfair system that can even go further to the RBC and completely vanquish the will of the voters. This happened in 2008, what will keep it from happening again? So, I guess I will have to go Republican all the way on this ballot.

  150. i never doubted for a moment you didn’t know the difference between a primary and a caucus.

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    Ah, right.

  151. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/08/07/greenland.ice.island/index.html?hpt=C1

    A piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan island has broken away from an ice shelf in Greenland, according to scientists in the U.S.

    The 260 square-kilometer (100 square miles) ice island separated from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland early on Thursday, researchers based at the University of Delaware said.

    The ice island, which is about half the height of the Empire State Building, is the biggest piece of ice to break away from the Arctic icecap since 1962 and amounts to a quarter of the Petermann 70-kilometer floating ice shelf, according to research leader Andreas Muenchow.
    ….
    Environmentalists say ice melt is being caused by global warming with Arctic temperatures in the 1990s reaching their warmest level of any decade in at least 2,000 years, according to a study published in 2009.

  152. Shortermer, why do you say they are ending with today’s segment? I didn’t hear that on the video….?

  153. Mrs. Smith:
    It seems like there are more billionaires than Soros pulling Obama’s strings:

    An article in Digital Journal summing up what whistleblower Kaufman says:

    Jul 20, 2010 by ■ Stephanie

    Watchdog says EPA covering up toxicity of Gulf oil dispersants
    By Stephanie Dearing.

    Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the US Environmental Protection Agency, says the EPA is covering up the toxic effects of the dispersant used to help combat the oil spill.
    Kaufman has never shirked from going public when he’s found the EPA to be in the wrong, something that has made his career with the EPA rocky at times. Kaufman has been ringing the alarm bell over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill since it began.
    On Tuesday, Kaufman, told Democracy Now in an exclusive interview that the EPA is covering up the toxic effects of the dispersant used to help combat the oil spill, as well as misleading the public and the government. BP, he said, had tried to hide the true magnitude of the spill by using dispersants.
    While noting that BP couldn’t hide the spill any longer due to having to make its live underwater camera available to the public, Kaufman said the use of dispersants had not slowed.
    “… Consequently, we have people, wildlife—we have dolphins that are hemorrhaging. People who work near it are hemorrhaging internally. And that’s what dispersants are supposed to do. EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now. The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.”
    And that’s not all. Kaufman alludes to possible collusion between one owner of BP, BlackRock, and the United States government to cover up the extent of the Deepwater Horizon spill. “Follow the money,” Kaufman said, referring to an article in Vanity Fair about Larry Fink, a man who owns shares in a great deal of corporate America. Fink owns BlackRock, and BlackRock owns a significant interest in BP.
    The dispersant used in the Gulf oil spill, Corexit, is said to be safe according to its manufacturer. That company, Nalco, claims
    “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done, and continues to do, extensive monitoring and data collection in relation to the use of dispersants as a remediation tool in the Gulf oil spill. The results of the monitoring continue to show that COREXIT products are safe and effective.”
    It should be no surprise to learn that BlackRock also owns a sizable portion of Nalco Holding Company, the maker of Corexit.
    There are two types of Corexit products being used in the gulf, said Marian Wang writing for Pro Publica. Both were banned in the United Kingdom for use fighting oil spills years ago. This information had been in a New York Times article, Wang said, but had been pulled later. Wang provides a link to a letter on the use of Corexit products by Congressman Markey questioning the EPA on the use of dispersants. Markey’s earlier efforts meant the underwater camera documenting the oil spill was available for the public, an action Kaufman praised.
    Kaufman said the EPA has all the facts on the toxicity of the Corexit products. Nearly two million gallons have been sprayed on the oil spill to date. Aside from concerns over toxicity, Kaufman said the dispersant was only causing the oil to sink below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
    The material safety data sheet for Corexit 9500 states the chemicals can bioaccumulate.
    While the EPA insists Corexit products have “limited toxicity,” BP has published data showing a percentage of workers fighting to contain the oil spill were exposed to toxic chemicals, reported Greenwire.
    In May, the EPA,
    “… required BP to study the dispersants that are being used and to identify whether there are less toxic and as effective alternatives to Corexit – the product it has been using.”
    Kaufman has impressive credentials. A career whistle-blower, as some call him, he has drawn attention to health hazards to humans presented by various situations, such as Hurricane Katrina.
    But what Kaufman is famous for is his insistence that the EPA was covering up faulty air testing during clean-up of the World Trade Center after 9/11. Demoted from his position as an investigator for doing his job, Kaufman fought to regain his
    position, winning his court battle.

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/294928

  154. Warning. The article this comes from includes facts. Lots of them.

    http://gotmedieval.blogspot.com/2010/08/professor-newts-distorted-history.html
    If it’s legitimate for Newt Gingrich to say the Great Mosque of Cordoba was built by Muslim Conquerors in their capital city wishing to symbolize their victory over the Christians, then it’d be just as legitimate to describe the Statue of Liberty as being built by English conquerors in their capital of New York to symbolize their victory over the Dutch.

  155. If it’s legitimate for Newt Gingrich to say the Great Mosque of Cordoba was built by Muslim Conquerors in their capital city wishing to symbolize their victory over the Christians, then it’d be just as legitimate to describe the Statue of Liberty as being built by English conquerors in their capital of New York to symbolize their victory over the Dutch.

    ………………………………………

    Last time i checked, the statue of liberty was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

  156. Besides conquerors have a long history of building stuff to show dominance of the conquered, its happened everywhere both Christian and Muslim.

    Delhi has the qutab minar which was built to show the hindu’s they’d been conquered around 1193. Constantinople when it became istanbul had the Hagia Sophia turned into a mosque when Constantinople fell in 1453.

    Considering the Great Mosque of Cordoba was originally a Cathedral that was converted when the Spanish mainland was conquered. King Ferdinand III changed it back in 1263 to a church.

    So frankly that last statement about the Statue of Liberty has what to do with the english and dutch is anybody’s guess.

  157. “So frankly that last statement about the Statue of Liberty has what to do with the english and dutch is anybody’s guess.”

    Er, that’s the point. The Great Mosque of Cordoba had nothing to do with conquering Christians, either. It was built a long time afterwards, for other reasons.

    Try reading the article.

  158. They are having a laugh

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/2578614,CST-NWS-sweet09.article

    WASHINGTON–Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha returned from Spain on Sunday, a vacation at a lavish hotel on the Mediterranean coast that triggered her first controversy since becoming first lady. I’m told she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.

    (snip)

    So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? She’s not tone-deaf politically. What was behind the “mother-daughter” vacation?

    A White House source told me that Blanchard’s father passed away and Mrs. Obama was not able to make the funeral at the beginning of July. Blanchard had promised her daughter she would take her to Spain for her birthday. She asked Mrs. Obama and Sasha to come with. (Malia is at overnight camp.)

    “She felt it was important as a dear friend to do this,” I was told.

    ………………………………………………………………..

    so let me get this straight, the latest spin is the lavish taxpayer trip was because Michell couldnt make a funeral and was making it up to the kid.

    WTF. How lame.

  159. Mrs.SMith, I blogged about two weeks ago that we really need to look at this Larry Fink guy…he’s a crook and its my guess he showers at the same “Men’s Club” as Obama….we really need to see clearly who this guy is!

  160. moononpluto
    August 9th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    you can say that again! it’s the arrogance and condescention towards others that make me want to hurl. very unhillary supporter like.

  161. confloyd
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Mrs.SMith, I blogged about two weeks ago that we really need to look at this larry fink guy…
    _________________

    yes, confloyd- i remember reading your post. good idea.

  162. Once-skeptical Carper now sees signs of a right-wing
    conspiracy

    August 9, 2010

    A New Yorker magazine article highly critical of the
    dysfunctional U.S. Senate says that “one of the m
    ysteries is how Mitch McConnell [the minority
    leader] has been able to keep his [Republican]
    members in line, in vote after vote.”

    To which Delaware’s senior senator says one answer
    is “a vast right-wing conspiracy.”

    Sen. Tom Carper told me the other day that he
    laughed when Hillary Clinton talked about “a vast
    right-wing conspiracy” for the many charges against
    her husband. Carper says he doesn’t scoff anymore.
    He doesn’t know who’s behind such a conspiracy
    but he knows that Republican senators, even those
    who have been known to work with Democrats,
    continue to toe the no-vote line.

    In a 1998 “Today” Show interview, Hillary Clinton
    charged that “this vast right-wing conspiracy has
    been conspiring against my husband since the day
    he announced for president.” Bill Clinton echoed
    that theory on “Meet the Press” last September when
    he said that such a conspiracy was also involved in
    attacks on President Obama, “not as strong as it
    was, because America’s changed demographically,
    but it’s as virulent as it was … when they accused
    me of murder and all that stuff.”

    Carper says that what happens is that the more
    rightist elements in the senators’ home districts
    make it clear that GOP moderates’ political futures
    are at stake. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a
    senator who like Carper is a former governor, is
    quoted by George Packer in the Aug. 9 New Yorker:
    “When you have your back against the wall and the
    gallows are hanging in front of you, it tends to
    unify. Operating with 40 members — it concentrates
    the mind.”

    The Delaware senator points to the fate of moderates
    convention to qualify to become a primary candidate for re-election in Utah. And the gubernatorial candidate choice of Maine’s Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, who supported Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, finished fourth in their home state’s primary.
    Does this also portend possible trouble for Rep. Mike Castle, due to run in a Sept. 14 senatorial primary in Delaware against the perennial conservative candidate, Christine O’Donnell?

    Carper says the GOP has made a calculation that they will campaign on the failure of Congress to get things done, that’s why Republican senators slow down and “walk” legislation.

    Democrats will have to convince voters that Republicans’ intransigence and insistence on the cloture vote were responsible for that failure. Polls show voters equally scornful of both congressional parties.
    The article calls the Senate “sclerotic, wasteful and unproductive.” Financial and health care reforms may have passed, albeit in not the ideal forms, but “climate change joined immigration, job creation, food safety, pilot training, veterans’ care, campaign finance, transportation security, labor law, mine safety, wildfire management and scores of executive and judicial appointments [including Delaware’s] on the list of matters that the world’s greatest deliberative body is incapable of addressing.”
    In a column last week, David Broder quoted that same telling indictment from Packer.

    Democrats will have to convince voters that Republicans’ intransigence and insistence on the cloture vote were responsible for that failure. Polls show voters equally scornful of both congressional parties.

    The article calls the Senate “sclerotic, wasteful and unproductive.” Financial and health care reforms may have passed, albeit in not the ideal forms, but “climate change joined immigration, job creation, food safety, pilot training, veterans’ care, campaign finance, transportation security, labor law, mine safety, wildfire management and scores of executive and judicial appointments [including Delaware’s] on the list of matters that the world’s greatest deliberative body is incapable of addressing.”
    In a column last week, David Broder quoted that same telling indictment from Packer.

    Carper says comity largely remains at the committee level but even Republicans who have been cooperating change when legislation gets to the floor. Although Carper also feels frustrated, “I don’t intend to give up,” hoping that the spirit of Delaware’s Return Day will spread to Washington with the two parties reconciling. That sentiment is in line with a recent laudatory Congressional Quarterly profile that describes him as a peacemaker and a moderate.
    One possible avenue of change is the incoming class of freshman senators, who will be exposed to the school where Carper and others teach the Senate procedures and where he’ll preach the advantages of cooperation.

    He also hopes in January Democrats and Republicans will resume interparty lunches and meetings that once were the norm on Capitol Hill.

    On the other hand he also warns that with 40 percent of the senators coming from the House of Representatives, what has happened with redistricting is that each party has gradually moved to the right or left, that it is losing the center where he would like to plant himself.

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100809/OPINION03/8090302/1004/OPINION

  163. Hilarious, questions being asked. I wonder how this will play out.

    Amish, Muslims to be excused from Obamacare mandate?

    The Senate health care bill just signed contains some exemptions to the “pay-or-play” mandate requiring purchase of Obamacare-approved health insurance or payment of a penalty fine. As Fox News has pointed out, for instance, the Amish are excused from the mandate:

    So while most Americans would be required to sign up with insurance companies or government insurance plans, the church would serve as something of an informal insurance plan for the Amish.

    Law experts say that kind of exemption withstands scrutiny.

    “Here the statute is going to say that people who are conscientiously opposed to paying for health insurance don’t have to do it where the conscientious objection arises from religion,” said Mark Tushnet a Harvard law professor. “And that’s perfectly constitutional.”

    Apparently, this exemption will apply similarly to believers in Islam, which considers health insurance – and, for that matter, any form of risk insurance – to be haraam (forbidden).

    Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light calls our attention to the probability that Muslims will also be exempt. According to a March 23 publication on an authoritative Islamic Web site managed by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, various fatwas (religious decrees) absolutely forbid Muslim participation in any sort of health care or other risk insurance:

    Health insurance is haraam like other types of commercial insurance, because it is based on ambiguity, gambling and riba (usury). This is what is stated in fatwas by the senior scholars.

    In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (15/277) there is a quotation of a statement of the Council of Senior Scholars concerning the prohibition on insurance and why it is haraam:

    It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (15/251):

    Firstly: Commercial insurance of all types is haraam because it involves ambiguity, riba, uncertainty, gambling and consuming people’s wealth unlawfully, and other shar’i

    Secondly: It is not permissible for the Muslim to get involved with insurance companies by working in administration or otherwise, because working in them comes under the heading of cooperating in sin and transgression, and Allaah forbids that as He says: “but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

  164. There is a clingon named Brendan Nyhan who purports to be a political scientist and researcher who headed up the Michigan Study which purports to find that the great unwashed are not as wise as the elites because the great unwashed are susceptible to manipulation by fast talking pundits and politicians who peddle them lies on such diverse issues as Obama care, immigration and the like. If the name Brendan Nyhan rings any bells it is because he was an early attacker of this site. In any event, after going through his little dog and pony show, including an experiment which he and a co-researcher I use the term very loosely conclude that when ignorant people are confronted with facts which conflict with their deeply held views, instead of modifying their views to comport with reality they reject the evidence and dig in.

    If by ignorant people (that is the clear implication of his assertions) he means big media then I agree with him. But that is clearly not what he means. He means the non-elites. He gives this away in his little diatribe when he concludes that the solution to the problem is to have the purveyors of untruths go on Meet The Press, where they would be subjected to the light of truth. The resulting damage to their reputation, he concludes, would cause them to become more circumspect in their views. He imagines, I suppose, a cross examination similar to the Scopes Monkey Trial. The measure of this man’s delusion is the fact that he could dare to suggest that what occurs on Meet The Press bears any resemblance to the truth.

    My own training is in political science, and I know what the pitfalls are. That there have been some good ones over the years I do not doubt, and I could name a few if anyone is interested. But at its core, political science is not really science the way physics, thermodyamics or engineering is. It is history, opinion and statistics. And that leaves a large margin of error. Brendan Nyan is well withing that margin of error. He thinks too much of the elites and too little of the American People. And finally there is the personal motive. He longs for the limelight not normally accorded to wonks.

  165. I haven’t logged on in a long time even though I still read Hillaryis44 everyday.

    I just had to say how politically tone deaf the Obamas are, especially Michelle and her health food initiatives when so many America are jobless and can’t buy anything let along organic produce. Her trip to Spain broke the straw on the camel’s back, however.

    I realize that the Obamas are rich and can travel anywhere they want, but EIGHT vacations in one summer? And much of it paid for by the taxpayer? It is irresponsible and shows how ignorant the Obamas are of the depression our nation is in. What kind of FLOTUS is okay with rubbing her wealth in her “subjects'” faces? Even Queen Elizabeth is said to have cut down on her expenses. It’s about being humble and showing sympathy to the people who support you or voted for you.

    If Michelle spent so much money to go on vacation, why couldn’t she wear something nice to meet the King of Spain? She looked awful. Her wrinkled skirt was an embarrassment and should kick her off of any best dressed lists or comparisons to Jackie O.

    If anyone missed her disastrous outfit to meet the Spanish royalty, this website has a lot of photos: http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/entertainment/spanish-royals-meet/image/9510925?term=michelle+obama

    And this site has commentary on Michelle’s fashion: http://newsbird.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/michelle-does-lunch-with-spanish-king-and-queen/

  166. Once-skeptical Carper now sees signs of a right-wing
    conspiracy
    —————————-
    This is exactly what I would expect Carper to say. When Hillary said it it was real. There was a long list of right wingers who wanted to bring down a popular president. But in this case, that is a false canard. The critical factor here is a fundamental difference in governing philosophy between the Republicans and the Obama Democrats. That is the reason why bi partisanship is impossible on so many fronts. To impute this difference to a right wing conspiracy or to racism is a lie. Carper should be ashamed of himself. Jamie Dimon and George Soros are hardly what you might call choir boys.

  167. wbboei, So we are called by are fellow demcratic elites the “great unwashed”??? Hmmm, Hmmm, so they are clean, those that associate with the likes of Rezko, Louis Farrahkan, Bill Ayers??? I would rather suit up with those hard working Americans that cling to God, Guns and their religion than to hook up with Bill Ayers…you know he knew Manson???

  168. Mrs. Smith
    August 8th, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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    Mrs. Smith…thank you for your gracious words…i appreciate them…

  169. This video is about CNN pushing the Tea Party’s demise. The guest who made the charge made some comment about FOX News being the tea party promoter, and that since they have backed away from promoting the tea parties at this time, the tea party movement is faltering. He also said something to the effect that the media should not be promoting a political movement. Funny about that, but he totally ignored what the media did for obama. Well, not really funny, but warped.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/07/27/prime.car.crash.mixup.hln

  170. ShortTermer

    Thank you so much for posting the video of Will on Fox and Friends!

    It is not too late to try and get Fox to cover more of the story, I advise everyone that can, to please email them, thanking them for covering the story and to continue doing so…

    Below is what I posted on PUMApac, and also hope PUMAs will email, post the video and plea on other sites…and put it on their facebook pages.

    We can’t let the story go this easily, we have worked too had to give up.

    —–

    Many of you know that Fox and Friends has done a short series on the 2008 caucus fraud, and last Sunday, Will Bower was on the show talking about what happened and the new meetings to ‘fix’ the caucus problem. (No real fix).

    I am posting the link for you to see what a great job Will did and below the video is a plea, (not sure if it’s Will’s Youtube site or not) for PUMAs to email Fox and Friends for the series in hopes that the feedback will encourage Fox to do more of the story. You can email them at:

    friends @ foxnews dot com

    Here is the video, KUDOS to Will!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgqEZ8hD32c&feature=player_embedded

  171. So, who is going to vote McCaskil and Clyburn back into office????????? Voting these two promoters of chaos, thievery, thuggery, intimidation and sliming dissenters will continue the legacy of the caucauses. Texas and other states who hold caucuses, it is up to you to abolish caucuses – these destroyers of the right to one person- one vote!!!!

  172. BTW, if/when you email Fox, please refer to the name of the program, ‘Voter Complaints May Yield Election Day Changes.’

  173. ShortTermer…thanks for posting the Will Bower interview…

    hopefully this story explodes at the most significant time…otherwise I concur what is the point of voting within this rigged system when the power elite…now all based in the DNC in Chicago…can just take what they want from one and give it to another…

    …just how stupid do they expect us to be…

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    I was thinking this morning that this O admin is all for show…MO prancing around in Europe, coming home just in time to go to Martha’s Vineyard…and all O has to do is make sure he reads what they put on the teleprompter…then he is free to go play with basketball pros, golf pros, sing with Paul McCartney, dance on Ellen…

    …or just go hang with all the elite wealthly donors behind closed doors to keep the rigged system going…when does this man work? he will be campaigning nonstop now for months to raise money…

    …whatever…

    …these are not serious people…they are masquerading around as the Executive Branch, however they act more like celebrities…the O WH is becoming like a reality show…they are not serious people with their ‘sleeves’ rolled up and working into the long hours of the night on solutions…

    ..certainly they are not the policy wonks Hillary and Bill Clinton are…certainly not the people who will stay up and pull all nighters so they can explain the seriousness of what is at stake…so they actually know what they are talking about…certainly not a Hill or Bill who can explain the complexity of current issues whether they have a teleprompter or not…

    …we need an administration that does not care about its own vanity and popularity…we need one that is serious about the hard times upon us…

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

    this weekend I went to an event and totally unrelated people are feeling and saying the same things…they are fearful our country will never be the same again…we are really worried…people are really scared…and what do we have?

    we have MO closing streets in Spain while she parades in one sleeve Gauthier while her husband is throwing hoops…this is a shallow, superficial attempt at the Presidency…the only thing that saves this failure is the MSM protection…

    …any other politician trying to pull this during these times would be demonized and thrashed…the O’s get a pass and rationalizations…

  174. Obama and Pelosi can kiss goodbye to Virginia in the fall.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/09/gates-cut-major-military-command-norfolk-officials-say/

    Gates to Cut Major Military Command in Virginia, Officials Say

    WASHINGTON — Officials briefed on the decision say Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to eliminate a major military command in Norfolk, Va., and try to cut the Pentagon’s use of outside contractors by 10 percent next year.

    The plan was to be announced at a Pentagon press conference on Monday. It is part of a broader effort to trim $100 billion from the military’s mammoth budget in the next five years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to wind down and Congress turns its attention more to domestic priorities.

    The Associated Press has learned that Joint Forces Command will be eliminated and its role absorbed elsewhere within the Defense Department. Gates has long said the Pentagon needs to reduce waste and duplication.

  175. confloyd
    August 9th, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Mrs.SMith, I blogged about two weeks ago that we really need to look at this Larry Fink guy…he’s a crook and its my guess he showers at the same “Men’s Club” as Obama….we really need to see clearly who this guy is!
    ______________

    Yes, Confloyd, you were the one who got me interested in who he was. He controls more than we will ever know, to the tune of $12 trillion. Have you read the Vanity Fair article? He is friends with the financial people in the Obama administration. The Vanity Fair article does not mention Corexit, but he controls that as well. Keep digging up information on him.

  176. S

    …these are not serious people…they are masquerading around as the Executive Branch, however they act more like celebrities…the O WH is becoming like a reality show…they are not serious people with their ’sleeves’ rolled up and working into the long hours of the night on solutions…

    ..certainly they are not the policy wonks Hillary and Bill Clinton are…certainly not the people who will stay up and pull all nighters so they can explain the seriousness of what is at stake…so they actually know what they are talking about…certainly not a Hill or Bill who can explain the complexity of current issues whether they have a teleprompter or not…

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    I’ve been thinking the same thing for the past few months. The more BO and MO play, the more pist the American voters get. The only things that got ‘done’ were by Nasty and Reid though by offs and behind closed doors.

    The idea of the Empty Suit is burned into my brain.
    Who has been the only one working like a dog for the betterment of America? Hillay, Gates and the soldiers laying down their lives in the middle east.

    Everyone else has been spending and playing with supersoakers while Americans are aware they and their kids and grandkids are being played and used.

    Sharpen your pitchforks America, it is almost time to clean house!!!! Get out your Jack boots, when it’s time to vote!!

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