‘Relapse Summer’ – Where Are The Promised Jobs In The Obama Economy Of Doom?

Republicans continue to get rid of the dead wood in their party – the Murkowski clan is the latest sent to the dumper by Sarah Palin and Tea Party forces. What used to be the great Democratic Party continues to shrug shoulders and surrender to the corrupt forces that declared this to be “Obama’s time”. Obama? He’s having a great ol’ time vacationing while the country burns.

And the jobs? Where are the jobs? Obama promised that if his “stimulus” scam was passed unemployment would not rise beyond 8.5%. That was a lot of scams and a lot of Hope ago.

The Obama “stimulus” scam passed in 2009 and the excuse from B.O.T.s (Barack Obama Thugs) now is that ‘well, maybe we were too optimistic and should not have said that’. But the never ending Obama excuse machine has a lot of ‘splaining to do. A few months ago, in April 2010 “Nobody messes with Joe” Biden promised more Hope for Change. Remember that scam? We do:

Some time in the next couple of months we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month,” Biden said at a fundraiser today in Pittsburgh.

Next month, Biden predicted, the nation’s employers will add between 100,000 to 200,000 jobs to their payrolls. [snip]

“We caught a lot of bad breaks on the way down,” Biden said. “We’re going to catch a few good breaks because of good planning on the way up.”

Good planning???? This is what they call good planning – waste of trillions of dollars, higher deficits, nation-devouring debt, and no jobs? And Joe said this recently in full knowledge of how badly the Obama scams, plans, and promises have fallen short.

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Before we continue with our autopsy of the Obama Economy of Doom, a very brief discussion of our introductory paragraph is appropriate. First Sister Sarah then the original Mama Grizzly – Hillary.

This year in state after state Republican activists and disgusted Tea Party members are cleaning their barn. While we can disagree on the aims and ideology which drives Sarah Palin and the Tea Party what we admire is that they are doing what the “professional left” is incapable of doing – cleaning out their own barn of the stench in the Republican Party as they smell it.

The latest victory for Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, however it eventually turns out, is the shocking results from Alaska last night. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party activists supported a candidate without any real money, who was outspent tenfold, who was 20 to 30 points down in the polls. He is currently ahead as the few remaining votes to be counted indicate he will win the primary and eventually become a U.S. Senator from Alaska.

In contrast, at a Bill Clinton birthday party, we had this revealing comment from Jon Corzine, the recent loser to Republican Chris Christie in blue state New Jersey:

“…as former New Jersey Senator John Corzine looked on wistfully. “I just wish,” Corzine said shaking his head, “I mean I knew — she would have been able to handle this Congress… but it was just Obama’s time.

What fatalistic bunk! Instead of fighting for what America needed the once great Democratic Party surrendered to the worse of Chicago politics and a Democratic establishment that thought they knew better than the voters. Disgusting.

Bill Clinton also had something interesting to say about what is going on in the White House. Regarding Rahm Emanuel, the former Clinton White House aide that Hillary bounced into the basement when he screwed up repeatedly. Bill said:

“Before dancing with his wife, the former president, still as passionate about saving the world as a Yale undergrad, engaged in a spirited conversation about the need for focus on “micro-economics — not macro economics. Rahm is great on micro,” he said, referring to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “But he’s tied up on politics.”

Rahm Emanuel along with all the former Clinton aides in the world will not save Barack Obama’s mess of an administration. The problem is Barack Obama. If Hillary Clinton was in charge Rahm and the other stumbling former aides would be back in the basement or out in the street clattering tin cups against the White House fence.

While Hillary Clinton and other Americans work hard every day, take only short breaks at night from work, where was Obama? David Letterman, the Obama fluffer and Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton hater, had something to say:

“A storm that curtailed outdoor activities for much of President Barack Obama’s vacation was forecast to end Wednesday, but he said he’s been able to fight off cabin fever.

Not only has he been able to sneak in two rounds of golf, but he told reporters Tuesday he’s “doing a lot of reading” at the farm compound he’s rented for the first family. “I’m having a great time,” he said.

The president made the remarks, his first in public since heading out on vacation last week, as he escorted first lady Michelle Obama from the State Road restaurant.

Obama has faced some criticism for his latest vacation, his sixth since taking office. At a time when painful unemployment numbers continue to bear down on the tattered economy, many are frustrated that the nation’s leader is enjoying another luxurious trip. On CBS’ “The Late Show” Tuesday night, David Letterman took a jab at the president, saying: “He’ll have plenty of time for vacations after his one term is up.” [snip]

The Obamas are scheduled to remain on vacation until Sunday, when the president heads to New Orleans to check on the gulf oil spill cleanup and to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.”


Sixth luxury vacation.



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While Barack Obama is having a great time with his sleeve amputating wife what is happening in America?

One thing we know is that Obama Dimocrats are running away or hiding from the legislation they once so proudly passed and trumpeted:

“Say you’re a Democratic member of Congress. You proudly cast your vote for Obamacare, you cheered when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed it as the achievement of a generation and you scoffed at Republicans who vowed to repeal it. Now you’re running for re-election, and a voter asks: What is the most important thing you’ve done in the last two years?

The answer should be easy. In passing the national health care bill, you accomplished something your party dreamed of for decades. It was your most important vote, and now is the time to take credit for it.

Except it’s not.

Recently a number of top Democratic strategists conducted focus groups in Las Vegas, Charlotte, Philadelphia and St. Louis. They also conducted a national poll of 1,000 likely voters and an online poll of 2,000 more likely voters. They wanted to measure the public’s feelings about Obamacare and help Democrats make an effective case for the bill they passed in March.

The researchers found what they call a “challenging environment,” which is a nicer way of saying “disaster in the making.” Voters simply aren’t buying the Democratic case that health care reform will insure more than 30 million currently uninsured people and save money at the same time. And when they think about their own health care, people worry that reform will mean less, not more, availability of care, and at a higher cost.

Faced with that bad news, the pollsters came up with several recommendations for Democratic candidates. When talking about Obamacare, Democrats should “keep claims small and credible.” They should promise to “improve” the law. They should avoid talking about policy and stick to “personal stories” of people who will benefit from Obamacare. And above all, the pollsters advise, “don’t say the law will reduce costs and deficit.”

It’s a stunning about-face for a party that saw national health care as its signature accomplishment.”

Obama’s health care scam was sold as a way to “bend the cost curve”. No longer.

“This legislation will … lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades,” President Obama said when he signed the bill into law on March 23. Now, Democrats are throwing that argument out the window.”

After bloating the profits of Big Insurance and Big PhaRma, at the expense of the American taxpayer who are now threatened with the IRS as the Frank Nitti enforcer, Obama Dimocrats expose themselves fully as the corrupt entity they are.

And jobs? Where are the jobs Joe? Where are the jobs Barack? The only jobs safe are those of Obama courtiers such as the chef which accompanies the Obama’s on their latest luxurious Martha’s Vineyard vacation and the seamstresses and staff attending Lady of Spain Michelle Obama.

Where are the jobs? The jobs are going, going, gone – in large part because of Barack Obama. It’s ‘Relapse Summer” not “Recovery Summer”. And what do Americans get from the White House? Words, words, words – according to Barney Frank:

“The 2009 stimulus package is so unpopular that Democrats have banned the word from their campaign vocabulary. “I’m not supposed to call it stimulus,” Rep. Barney Frank told the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart. “The message experts in Washington have told us that we’re supposed to call it the recovery plan.

I’m puzzled by that,” Frank went on. “Most people would rather be stimulated than recover.” The problem is, the economy has neither been stimulated nor has it recovered.”

No stimulus, no recovery, no nothing. That’s not what Barack said:

“Recovery summer, opposition to Arizona’s immigration law, negative campaigning, and intervention in the Ground Zero mosque dispute—call them Obama’s Four Disasters. As policy, they’re questionable. As political exercises, they’re losers. As clues about Obama, they’re evidence he’s lost his political knack.

What was Obama thinking? These weren’t initiatives taken suddenly. They were carefully thought out and plotted, no doubt in expectation the president would gain politically and so would Democratic candidates. Whatever calculations the White House made, they were faulty.

Recovery summer. This was proclaimed in June, with fanfare, in a briefing by Vice President Biden and the issuance of a report titled “Summer of Recovery: Project Activity Increases in Summer 2010.” The report said “millions of Americans [are] on the job today thanks to the Recovery Act”—better known as the “stimulus package”—but its work is not done. “Summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet.”

Where are the jobs, Barack? No disinformation campaign is going to help, no attempt to tar the opposition with bogus “extremism” charges or race-baiting (Obama Dimocrat Alvin Greene is now race-baiting the “racist” Obama Dimocrats!) is going to work. No amount of attacks on Jews and Holocaust survivors is going to work. No amount of money (look to Alaska) raised, or thuggery unleashed, is going to save Obama and his Dimocrats from the wrath to come in November.

Americans know what Obama Dimocrat from Colorado Michael Bennet now admits to:

“Sen. Michael Bennet’s recent appearance in Greeley, Colorado is sure to set political tongues wagging–Bennet is quoted as saying that though trillions of dollars of Federal debt has been incurred through spending since he was appointed to the Senate in January of 2009, “we have nothing to show for it”:

Michael Bennet, D-Colo,at a town hall meeting in Greeley last Saturday, Aug 21 said we had nothing to show for the debt incurred by the stimulus package and other expenditures calling the recession the worst since the Great Depression. […]

Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.”

Nothing to show for it.” That’s what Bennet told the Greeley Gazette but Big Media outlets like the New York Times will not report in any meaningful way to the American people.

What is happening to America while Obama vacations with Lady of Spain Michelle? Even in Big Media Obama fluffer outlets the Obama Economy of Doom is discussed:

“Positive gross domestic product readings and other mildly hopeful signs are masking an ugly truth: The US economy is in a 1930s-style Depression, Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg said Tuesday.

Writing in his daily briefing to investors, Rosenberg said the Great Depression also had its high points, with a series of positive GDP reports and sharp stock market gains.

But then as now, those signs of recovery were unsustainable and only provided a false sense of stability, said Rosenberg.

Rosenberg calls current economic conditions “a depression, and not just some garden-variety recession,” and notes that any good news both during the initial 1929-33 recession and the one that began in 2008 triggered “euphoric response.”

“Such is human nature and nobody can be blamed for trying to be optimistic; however, in the money management business, we have a fiduciary responsibility to be as realistic as possible about the outlook for the economy and the market at all times,” he said.

The 1929-33 recession saw six quarterly bounces in GDP with an average gain of 8 percent, sending the stock market to a 50 percent rally in early 1930 as investors thought the worst had passed.

“False premise,” Rosenberg said. “And guess what? We may well be reliving history here. If you’re keeping score, we have recorded four quarterly advances in real GDP, and the average is only 3%.”

Rosenberg is not alone:

“Rosenberg’s warning comes as a slew of major analysts—Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan among them—have slashed GDP projections for 2010 to the 1.5 to 2 percent range.

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said in a speech Tuesday that the risk of a double-dip recession has escalated. He said government programs to help distressed homeowners have been ineffective and aren’t helping the pivotal housing sector recover.

The dour outlooks come on the same day that the National Association of Realtors said home sales reached a 15-year low in June, dousing hopes that the industry had reached a bottoming point.

Rosenberg points out that the “overall economic malaise” has come despite aggressive efforts by the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy through rate cuts. The central bank itself has scaled back its economic projections, has held steady on its balance sheet, and could be announcing another round of quantitative easing measures at its Jackson Hole summit this week.

“How’s that for a reality check,” Rosenberg said.”


It’s the Obama Economy of Doom and Gloom:

“After months of withering job losses and weak economic growth, summer was going to be the season of recovery, the Obama administration heralded in June.

Thousands of infrastructure and construction projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were to come on-line during June, July and August, helping to “create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small.”

The White House dubbed it “Recovery Summer” and President Obama declared the economy had begun “growing at a good clip.” Vice President Joe Biden predicted weeks earlier that creation of 250,000 to 500,000 new jobs a month could soon be on the horizon.

But with summer quickly coming to an end, those jobs gains and a robust economic recovery have not yet materialized, leaving Democrats on the verge of a fall election campaign in which Republicans are poised to make them eat their words.

How bad is it while Obama vacations with Lady of Spain Michelle?

Home sales:

“Sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 27 percent in July, the weakest showing in 15 years, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. It was the largest monthly drop in the four decades that records have been kept.”

Jobs?:

“The nation’s economic recovery continued to sputter in July as employers kept shedding jobs and 181,000 discouraged workers dropped out of the labor force, according to a government report released Friday.

The nation’s unemployment rate remained at 9.5 percent for the month, the Labor Department said, as private employers added a modest 71,000 jobs. But that increase was overwhelmed by the loss of 202,000 government jobs, including 143,000 temporary census positions.

In all, employers cut 131,000 jobs, adding to mounting concern among policymakers and analysts that the recovery needs to pick up momentum or risk stalling.

“The road ahead is uncertain, but what is crystal clear is that if we don’t see significant job growth by the end of the year, the economy could be in serious trouble,” said Bill Cheney, chief economist for John Hancock Financial.”

Housing HAMP:

“HAMP might well have been a success in the ways that Treasury enumerates — helping out banks on the solvency front, reducing the rate of foreclosures, that sort of thing. It was almost certainly a good idea politically, as well: you don’t hear much about the plight of homeowners being foreclosed upon, these days, certainly compared to the huge amount of noise on the subject around the time that Obama was elected president. The government is perceived to have Done Something, and the circus has moved on.

But it’s still a tragedy that hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for loan modifications — and who made all of their modified loan payments in full and on time — have had their modifications cancelled. Many of those people blame the servicers; Treasury, meanwhile, is more prone to blaming the borrowers themselves, claiming they’re incapable of verifying their income.”

In spite of the suffering the Obama scams continue to try to fool all of the people all of the time:

“Biden conceded that the economic recovery was not proceeding as fast as the administration had hoped, but claimed there was “no doubt we’re moving in the right direction.”

“Moving in the right direction”? Joe must mean the vacation direction to Martha’s Vineyard. The Obama Economy of Doom is on main street and every street in bitter and clingy small town America and is now hitting Wall Street:

“The Richmond branch of the Federal Reserve’s gauge of manufacturing activity for the US’s mid-Atlantic region fell by nearly a third, and sales of existing homes fell 27.2 per cent in July – to the lowest level for 15 years – well past consensus expectations of a 12 per cent decline.

“There has been a double dip in home sales and housing construction, triggered by the weakening economic backdrop,” said Ethan Harris, head of developed markets economics research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a note.[snip]

Last week, the Philadelphia branch’s own index of factory activity slipped to negative levels and sparked a multi-day sell-off, as it augured a potential dip in the August reading of the broader Institute of Supply Management’s index. The Chicago Fed’s index is due next week.

Things appear to have come to a head…with markets braced at the edge of a precipice ahead of key US economic data likely to further unnerve investors already concerned by the extent of impending slowdown,” said Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers.”

The Obama Economy of Doom is a great Hindenburg crashing:

“The Hindenburg Omen reared its ugly head late last week, signaling more doom and gloom as stocks plod along amid the dog days of summer.

The Omen, a technical indicator which uses a plethora of data to foreshadow a stock-market crash, was tripped again on Friday, marking the second time since Aug. 12 it has occurred. (It also came close on Thursday, but one of its criteria fell short.)

The latest trigger has prompted the Omen’s creator, Jim Miekka, to exit the market. “I’m taking it seriously and I’m fully out of the market now,” Miekka, a blind mathematician, said in a telephone interview from his home in Surry, Maine. “I would’ve probably stayed in until the beginning of September,” depending on how the indicators varied. “That was my basic plan, until the Hindenburg came along.”

The Hindenburg Omen is economics is akin to the disaster many of us foresaw politically with the rise of Barack Obama and his Dimocrats of Doom and Corruption:

“It’s sort of like a funnel cloud,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to crash, but it’s a high probability. You don’t get a tornado without a funnel cloud.”

Wall Street celebrated when Barack Obama back-slapped at high dollar donor events. But Wall Street cannot survive without Main Street and those “bitter and clingy” small town Americans:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average will lose about half of its value over the next couple of years as it follows a Nikkei-like pattern of several sharp rallies in an overall decline, according to Charles Nenner, founder and president of Charles Nenner research.

Stocks are currently in a bear-market rally, and looking at charts and past trends, unemployment and leading indicators suggest the Dow will drop to 5,000 in the next two to two-and-a-half years, Nenner told CNBC in an e-mail.” [snip]

“Things look really bad for the next 10 years,” Nenner said.”

But don’t worry “bitter” and “clingy” Americans – Obama is having a great time.

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377 thoughts on “‘Relapse Summer’ – Where Are The Promised Jobs In The Obama Economy Of Doom?

  1. We’ll help sleeveless Michelle enjoy her rain drenched Martha’s Vineyard vacation with memories of Spain:

  2. Lady of Spain, I like that. Another great one, Admin.

    Florida Republicans may have shot themselves in the foot, again, yesterday in the primary for Governor. Rick Scott won the nomination for the Republicans. Alex Sink won the nomination for Dimocrats. Rick Scott is a bonafide crook; how could they elect him? As an Independent I could not vote in the primary yesterday. I guess I am glad I did not have to waste my time, for I would never have voted for Scott. Heaven help us! Rubio won!

  3. And this so-called Islamophobia:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0810/AntiMuslim_attacker_works_at_proPark51_group.html?showall

    Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group

    The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint” produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia. 
    But as often at the intersection of politics and violent crime, the story doesn’t appear to fit any easy stereotype: The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections, which recently produced a statement of support for the Park51 project and is funded by the mainstream, liberal Collegiate Church of New York.

  4. This guy is the single biggest threat to the Obama Dimocrat delusions that Latinos will fall into the Dimocratic pocket:

  5. Eddie Fisher, that really takes me back.

    Admin, it is a compliment to you, that people on this blog literally BEG for you to publish your next articles.

  6. While Barack Obama is having a great time with his sleeve amputating wife what is happening in America?

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    Very funny!!!!!

  7. Admin: nice job on this post. And by the way this Bud is for you:

    DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

    Nero fiddled,

    W riddled, and

    Bambi dribbled

    While Rome burned.

  8. The attacks and slander on Bill Clinton start again. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

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    AUGUST 26, 2010

    From Obama, Left Begs for Clinton, Gets Only Carter

    The left have given up on 2010 and now fear November 2012.

    By DAN GAINOR
    From the Media Research Center

    A $787 billion bailout. A health care “reform” law that could bury the entire nation in debt. And a trillion-dollar deficit that could repeat every year for the foreseeable future.

    All that spending means it’s time for the Bill.

    Bill Clinton, that is. The media and the left are so intent on saving the Obama presidency from its inner Jimmy Carter that they have brought back the one man they know could keep those evil conservatives at bay. The Big Dog himself has returned for yet another romp in the sun.

    Obama supporters called in their last, best hope – a smiling, slimmer William Jefferson Clinton. Lefties both in and out of the press want Clinton to pass his mojo onto their new favorite son. They have good reason to believe. Although his presidency was marked by scandal, it was also the first time since FDR that a Democratic president won reelection. The left knows November is coming, but they have given up on 2010 and now fear November 2012.

    Of course the press is in full support of the sequel for the man from Hope. Clinton wasn’t just in the news for the ridiculous coverage given to his daughter Chelsea’s wedding. He was there supporting Andrew Romanoff for the U.S. Senate against Obama’s wishes. He was also the UN special envoy to Haiti meeting Haitian officials for the earthquake anniversary.

    In all, the president-turned-punchline was on ABC, CBS and NBC more than 140 times in just three months. That’s roughly four times as often as the networks mentioned his successor, George W. Bush, in the same time.

    There was Bill Clinton politician, smiling, glad-handing and hoping to rescue the plummeting poll numbers of his amateurish replacement. It was like the millennium never happened. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked the questions about the aging president liberals wanted to know: “Will Bill Clinton be the most effective Democrat this year? Will he be the happy warrior that saves the Democrats?”

    To show how desperate the left is, Matthews argued for Clinton to be out on the campaign trail … selling values. “I’d sell Democratic values if I were him.” Presumably not the vows of chastity, fidelity, honesty and poverty, to name just a few.

    But Matthews wasn’t the only one remembering past thrills from the Clinton camp. Barron’s Senior Editor Michael Santoli reminded ABC viewers that Clinton won in 1992 “on it’s the economy stupid,” though the recovery had already begun. That was a lesson for current voters, he explained on July 31. “But it doesn’t mean the economy is really derailed just because it feels like it’s no good.” Yes, that massive unemployment and all the negative economic news are all in the imaginations of voters. Prosperity is just around the corner.

    Never fear, Bill is here, or he’s not far away. Even Obama had to swallow his overly large pride and make that happen. As ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, also a former Clinton adviser, told viewers July 15, the White House needed reinforcements. So, “to help him out, President Obama did something he hasn’t done all that often. He called in Bill Clinton.”

    Since Team Obama wants a return to the Clinton years, it makes sense that we return to Clinton terminology. Cue the media talking “triangulation.” Remember that concept? It was the “third way” pushed by then-Clinton adviser Dick Morris that advocated a mix of leftwing and rightwing policies.

    One-time conservative-turned MSNBC talking head Joe Scarborough addressed the issue with the “Morning Joe” audience Aug. 12. Scarborough and crew discussed the chance that Gibbs’s criticism of the “professional left” was a deliberate attempt to appear more moderate. “So now he`s triangulating,” summed up Scarborough.

    On ABC’s new “This Week” with silly lefty Christiane Amanpour, they talked about how a loss in the midterms could actually help Obama in 2012 by putting heat on the GOP. According to Thompson-Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland, such a result might be needed so Obama “can start to triangulate.”

    For all that talk about Obama being more like Clinton, he’s been like Carter – waffling while the economy and the country go decline. On the mosque issue alone he took four separate positions in the space of a week – first he wouldn’t comment, then he was for it, then he backed off and finally he backed off backing off. That’s not leadership, it’s clown college.

    The Christian Science Monitor said it well on July 14. “When President Clinton lost control of Congress in his first midterms, in 1994, he was able to regroup and ‘triangulate’ his way to reelection, by finding common cause with conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans. Whether Obama has the skill to do that is questionable.”

    That’s OK. Democrats are prepared in case the Clinton offensive doesn’t work. They have another Clinton in mind. Already there’s talk of Hillary taking over at vice president or Hillary running in the primary. The Hill even had Hillary taking over the Pentagon. “Speculation in the nation’s capital on who will replace Robert Gates at the Pentagon has centered on an intriguing possibility: Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

    So, really, the Democrats only have one seven-letter strategy – Clinton. And they say conservatives are the ones without ideas.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703632304575451653299662706.html

  9. Confloyd, you must not be so tough on Alan Simpson. Just because he is from the same state as Cheney, and just because he was the author of Simpson Mazzoli amnesty program which paved the way for the monster we have now, and just because he has no more objection to saturation bombing than Curtis Le May has, and just because he is the designated hatchet man of the other party and just because he looks like Scrooge, does not mean he is all bad–according to Tiny Tim.

  10. On ABC’s new “This Week” with silly lefty Christiane Amanpour, they talked about how a loss in the midterms could actually help Obama in 2012 by putting heat on the GOP. According to Thompson-Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland, such a result might be needed so Obama “can start to triangulate.”
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    Sick media degenerates. They look deranged when they try to ell us that every bad development in 2010 is really a good omen for 2012. What they do not want to admit is he had two years with the wind at his back and super majorities and he dug us a deeper hole. If the American People hire the Republicans to stop him and they do, it is hardly a mark in Obama’s favor.

  11. Ha! JanH, I was just going to republish your great article from the wsj… you beat me to it. 🙂 If Obama doesn’t realize his world is crumbling before his eyes and/or he presumes to think this is just a phase the public is going through and within a few days it will disappear; he is sadly mistaken! This phase does have a name though– “It’s the beginning of the end!” also known as “The End Game.”
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    Admin- When Obama has the time, he may find this and a few other recommended videos soothing (the savage beast) at this particular time in his life. You would think Humperdink had Obama in mind when he recorded his music.

    alternate suggestions: ‘Please Release Me’ and ‘Am I that easy to forget?’

    If you would post this video when you can; it would be appreciated.. thanks-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DL3R3LiKs

  12. I got an email from Obama/DCCC today saying ‘Our extraordinary House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and my Democratic partners in the House chose to lead. They chose to do the real heavy lifting to get our economy back on track and to restore the American dream for every American.

    Make no mistake about it. Democrats will retain the House of Representatives this year, as long as you continue working to help them win.’
    —–

    How did they get my email address? Did they get Hillary’s list? I told them to remove from that list.

  13. pm317, they got mine as well. The only way they could have gotten it was from Hillary’s list or website. Dang ’em. Dang ’em, they ought to take a …..as Roger Miller once sang.

  14. Oh Dear Lord: Murkowski Insider Says Camp Exploring Secret Loophole To Run As Independent

    Update: Not So Secret: She Wants To Get Nomination of Secession-Minded Alaska Independence Party
    —Ace
    Yes, it is secret; the Murkowski insider won’t say what they have in mind.

    With a loss to Joe Miller looking likelier by the hour, Senator Lisa Murkowski is looking into a third party run a source inside her campaign tells The Daily Beast. Shushannah Walshe reports from Alaska.
    The ongoing battle for who won the Republican primary in the Alaska Senate race will come down to the absentee ballots, but in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, a source within the Murkowski campaign says they know of one possible legal option to pursue a third party run. If Murkowski is not victorious when the absentee ballots are counted and decides to wage an independent party bid, they might consider using this option, which the source wouldn’t describe, but did confirm they were seriously looking at.

    Are you kidding me? Have you people no useful employment skills other than spending other people’s money? Shit, a lobbyist job in DC consists chiefly of thinking of new ways to spend other people’s money while actually spending other people’s money as you run up big tabs on your company account.

    Is there no stake sharp enough to get the job done with these god-damnable bloodsuckers?

    As you might know, from Allah’s twitter stream (where I also got this beauty), yesterday was the deadline for independent-bid filings; and yet… they have some kind of sketchy loophole to get around that?

    Murkowski has a nicely-comped future in the para-politics (lobbying) at the moment. If she even breathes another god-damned word about this, it’s over.

    And you can try to make a salary as the rest of us must — not trading on your connections but on your actual useful wealth-creating skills. How’s that nightmare grab ya, Lisa?

    Wishcasting: I hope that this is just the “Denial” or “Bargaining” step in the five stages of loss and that soon Acceptance will dawn upon the Murkowski camp.

    Because I have the same thing to say to Establishment types like Murkowski as I have to say to insurgents like Clint Didier: If you stand for election in the primary and lose, you — get this — lose.

    You had a chance in a fair contest and you lost. That’s it. That’s how the rules work and that’s how we keep score.

    We are not so desperate for your singular talents that Washington DC cannot possibly exist without you. Didier? We will endure without your voice. Murkowski? Don Yong will keep the federal dollars flowing. Charlie Crist? If you want to be on TV so god-damned bad they could always use a tangerine-colored Roger Sterling sort of father figure type on Jersey Shore.

    Get over yourselves. No one owes you a cushy job and no one owes you a living.

    Is This The Way? Dunkirk writes

    If you read the article…
    Gotta confess, I didn’t. What I read, I quoted. Then posted.

    … the ploy is kinda clear. She’s going to go get the Alaska Independence Parties nomination so she can be on the ballot. I seem to recall a bunch of MFM people making a big f’ing deal out of Todd Palin being associated with that group at one time or another, but if it gets them a squish I’m sure they’ll be all about it.
    Ah. So she’s not filing for an independent bid, but attempting to get the nomination of parties which haven’t yet selected a candidate…?

    AIP’s Website: Senate candidate “TBD– Become A Candidate Today! You still have time to become a local, municipal, borough or board candidate in the 2010 elections. Contact J.R. Myers at 907-262-7560 for more information.”

    Thanks to DrewM.

    AIP’s Mission: From their website — they want to stop being American.

    Until we as Alaskans attain our Ultimate Goal, the AIP will continue to strive to make Alaska a better place to live with less government interference in our everyday lives.
    The Alaskan Independence Party’s goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:

    1) Remain a Territory.
    2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
    3) Accept Commonwealth status.
    4) Become a State.

  15. The Dims know they are doomed. Jake Tapper has a good article up with a selection of videos (campaign ads) in which Dem congressional candidates are running from Obama and Pelosi as fast as they can.
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    I have no doubt they can outrun Pelosi. Ten successive face lifts produce alot of wind sheer. Likewise, I am sure they can outrun Reid because he is weighted down with dirty money that he can hardly move. And outrunning Obama will be no problem whatsoever because he will be behind them all the way pushing. And they can regret that they have only one life to give for Obama. But the one thing they cannot outrun is their voting record. Everything else they say is . . . just words.

  16. The Dims know they are doomed.
    ******
    Well deserved doom. Unfortunately it will go from bad to badder and no other options are available. Obama’s ODD will love to cooperate with the rethugs when they cut taxes for the upper 1%, further gut the remaining social safety net and accelerate wealth re-distribution to the wealthy.

  17. Oh lookey another one of Obama’s close friends under federal investigation……………..

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/2250646,CST-NWS-whitaker09.article

    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker — one of President Obama’s best friends — have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury…

    The investigation involves “faith-based initiatives” and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich…

    Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president’s friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama’s wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    On Friday, Whitaker defended his work as the state’s former top health official, saying he developed “new methods” to help “African-American and other minority communities” get better medical care.

    Five subpoenas came from a federal grand jury in Springfield, while the sixth came from a grand jury in Chicago…

    Besides Whitaker and Golden, authorities have sought e-mail from Louanner Peters, a former Blagojevich deputy governor who now works for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, and the state’s current health chief, Dr. Damon Arnold.

    Two other people acknowledged Friday they’ve been subpoenaed as well: state Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago), who founded Let’s Talk, Let’s Test, and attorney Roxanne Jackson…

    In 2003, Obama — then an Illinois state senator, gave a “glowing” reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko — the now-convicted political fixer who helped Blagojevich find people to run state agencies.

    Obama has said that’s the only time he can recall talking to Rezko — who was a major campaign fund-raiser for him and for Blagojevich — about getting anyone a state job.

    “Somebody who I do remember talking directly to Tony about was Dr. Eric Whitaker,” Obama told the Sun-Times in March 2008.

  18. Does Barack Obama have any close friends who are NOT criminals?

    Seriously, if this is the company he keeps there is only one assumption anyone can make, isnt there?

  19. I heard today that Odummer’s poll number was at 45, how can that be, I know of no one that likes him or anything he does.
    These polls must be squewered, right??

  20. Yes we hired to the democrats to fix things, not for hope and change that did not work….things need to get fixed like Bill did….Odumbo only knows how to go on vacation!

  21. I wish I could figure out who this wikileaks wants to take down…oh how I wish it is Obama, but I doubt it. This new 4 page document is about the CIA and we all know Obama is/was part of the CIA!

  22. pm317
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I got such an email from the DCCC as well, not sure how the heck they got my email. Its the first such email I have received in a while.

  23. JanH, That article you printed is from Media Research Group, a conservative site that’s no friend of the Clintons and never will be.

  24. Alaska 100% precincts in and Miller has a 1,700 lead over Murkowski, working on figures, Murkowski needs to win over 61% of the postal ballots to win…a tall order indeed.

  25. Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41469.html

    Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.

    In conversations with more than two dozen party insiders, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the state of play, Democrats in and out of Washington say they are increasingly alarmed about the economic and polling data they have seen in recent weeks.

    Read on…………….no shit sherlock.

  26. This is the kind of deception we are looking at: Tapper writes a story about how moderate to conservative democrats are distancing themselves from Pelosi. One of the examples he gives is Mike McIntire (D-NC). And we see a video of Mike saying he does not work for Pelosi, he did not vote for health care, by god he works for the people of North Carolina. Ya, sure, youbetchya. The Norwegian translation is he is full of shit. First, he is not a conservative. Second, he does work for Pelosi. And third he voted against the health care bill only after he knew there were enough votes to pass so he could lie to his constituents. Jake the Snake and Mike the Snipe are giving it to us straight. Here is a voter from Mikes state who does set the record straight, and where of all places? In the comment section to the phony article.
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    McIntyre “represents” my district….

    “I don’t work for Nancy Pelosi”… um… Sorry Mike. You are one of her whips. You voted for her to be speaker. You voted against the motion to recommit the Healthcare Bill back to committee then voted against it on the floor because they didn’t need your vote. Now you won’t sign the recall petition. You voted for the pork-laden non-stimulous. You sign your own name on the great big “Price Is Right” checks while giving away our money to your favored constituents.

    You can’t run from that.

  27. Alaska 100% precincts in and Miller has a 1,700 lead over Murkowski, working on figures, Murkowski needs to win over 61% of the postal ballots to win…a tall order indeed
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    Lets hope so. I see an oil lobbying career ahead for Murkowski. She and daddy boy. They were up there long after I was. One day they just showed up. I was up in the early 70s and Jay Hammond was governor. I used to see his wife picking sockeye salmon out of their set net site on the Naknek River at the height of the season. Jay was an Alaska state guide and a great hunter. Real Alaskans. Lisa and Frank are big business shills. Alaska does not need any more of those. We need more like Jay, and Sarah. And so does the country.

  28. Politico finally writes what we have been writing (and hearing about privately for weeks from districts that are supposed to be “safe” but are instead a very big challenge for the Dimocratic incumbents).

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41469.html

    Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.

    In conversations with more than two dozen party insiders, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the state of play, Democrats in and out of Washington say they are increasingly alarmed about the economic and polling data they have seen in recent weeks.

    They no longer believe the jobs and housing markets will recover – or that anything resembling the White House’s promise of a “recovery summer” is under way. They are even more concerned by indications that House Democrats once considered safe – such as Rep. Betty Sutton, who occupies an Ohio seat that President Barack Obama won with 57 percent of the vote in 2008 – are in real trouble.

    In two close races, endangered Democrats are even running ads touting how they oppose their leadership.

    “Democrats kept thinking: ‘We’re going to get better. We’re going to get well before the election,’” said one of Washington’s best-connected Democrats. “But as of this week, you now have people saying that Republicans are going to win the House. And now it’s starting to look like the Senate is going to be a lot closer than people thought.”

    A Democratic pollster working on several key races said, “The reality is that [the House majority] is probably gone.” His data shows the Democrats’ problems are only getting worse. “It’s spreading,” the pollster said. [snip]

    And then there are more subtle hints that professional Democrats are worried — lobbyists are reporting a noticeable uptick in House committee staffers looking for jobs.[snip]

    They had hoped Obama’s popularity – and appeal with base voters and donors – would help at the edges. “The concern I have is that the president is doing poorly in places you need him to perform strongly with your base,” a state party chair told POLITICO. “You need to have confidence in your leader.”

    Several House Democratic sources said they are furious with the White House for keeping the debate over a New York mosque in play for two weeks – and then announcing Obama will use a prime-time address next week to discuss Iraq, not the economy. By the calculations of House Democrats, this means that by Labor Day they will have spent nearly nine weeks this summer beating back negative or unhelpful story lines instigated, in part or in total, by the White House.

  29. I do not know what is the matter with the dims. I know they are much smarter than I am, and you are, and everyone else is. They tell us this in a million ways and who am I to disagree. I would be willing to stipulate that they are the smartest people who ever lived if that makes them happy. But most of them have never had a dog. If they had a dog and if they kicked that dog over and over and over again, they might be much smarter than the dog but it would not matter. The dog would sink his teeth into their leg to the marrow and rip it off. For such brilliant and highly educated people the dims are pretty stupid. They may not rip off the entire leg in 2010. But if Obama is the nominee in 2012 no democrat is safe.

  30. nytimes.com/2010/08/26/nyregion/26cabby.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1
    Then, he said, Mr. Enright began making fun of the rituals of Ramadan, and Mr. Sharif sensed this cab ride might not be like any other.

    “So I stopped talking to him,” Mr. Sharif said. “He stopped talking, too.”

    As the cab inched up Third Avenue and reached 39th Street, Mr. Sharif said in a phone interview, Mr. Enright suddenly began cursing at him and shouting “This is the checkpoint” and “I have to bring you down.” He said he told him he had to bring the king of Saudi Arabia to the checkpoint.

    [….]

    “He was talking like he was a soldier,” Mr. Sharif said.

    Mr. Enright had been working as an unpaid intern with an Internet media company called tvworldwide.com on a documentary that followed Bravo Company of the First Battalion, Third Marines, known as the Lava Dogs.
    An article in The Journal News in March said the film, “Home of the Brave,” was to be Mr. Enright’s senior thesis. The article said that in October, Mr. Enright spent time at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii filming the Marines as they prepared for deployment to Afghanistan. In April and May, he spent five weeks embedded with them in Afghanistan, according to military officials in Afghanistan.

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

    Not enough evidence given here to support ‘hate crime’ imo; may be an equal opportunity nut. Still the connection with Intersections is very tenuous and hardly rules out some Islamophobe participating in their ‘Veteran/Civilan Dialog’.

    intersectionsinternational.org/news/2010-04-30/media-roundup
    Monday, March 22: Michael Enright, a student at the School of Visual Arts and volunteer for Intersections’ Veteran-Civilian Dialogue program, was featured in The Journal News. Enright is working on his thesis film project about war’s effects on the soul, which includes excerpts of the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue. Enright’s film follows his former classmate Cpl. Alex Eckner, and Eckner’s army unit through basic training in Hawai’i, deployment to Afghanistan and their return home.

    [ I haven’t looked up his film; my system doesn’t play videos. ]

  31. You need to have confidence in your leader.”
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    That was the dying declaration in Jonestown too.

  32. EDITORIAL: Obama administration indicts America

    State Department reports on U.S. human right violations

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Move over Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria. The State Department has made it official: The United States violates human rights. In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration submitted a report to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing the progress and problems in dealing with human rights issues in this country. The document is a strange combination of left-wing history and White House talking points.

    It describes how the United States discriminates against the disabled, homosexuals, women, Native Americans, blacks, Hispanics and those who don’t speak English. There is the expected pandering to Muslims, noting that the government is committed to “challenge misperceptions and discriminatory stereotypes, to prevent acts of vandalism and to combat hate crimes,” offenses that the American people evidently keep committing. And the current economic woes are blamed on the housing crisis, which itself was the result of “discriminatory lending practices.” The implication is that if Americans had only been less racist, they would be enjoying prosperity today.

    The report notes that until recently, the U.S. engaged in torture, unlawfully detained terrorist suspects and illegally spied on Americans communicating with terrorists – but the report assures readers that Mr. Obama has been putting a stop to all that.

    The main impact of the document will be to confirm critiques of the United States as a haven for hatred and rights abuses. It turns the Obama administration’s domestic political agenda into an international scorecard by which other countries can judge American “progress.” And it makes it that much more difficult for those abroad who have held up the United States as a model for the kind of liberal, capitalistic democracy they would like to see in their own countries.

    “Progress is our goal,” the report proclaims, “and our expectation thereof is justified by the proven ability of our system of government to deliver the progress our people demand and deserve.” This reflects the general tone of a report that sees the state, not the people, as the source of American progress. All the problems discussed have a corresponding federal solution, whether health care, nutrition, housing or any other issue. To read the report, one could conclude that, to the Obama administration, big government is not just everything – it is the only thing.

    The authors claim that the United States does not, by filing the report, “acknowledge commonality with states that systematically abuse human rights,” but of course it does. Dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and theocracies competing for legitimacy on the world stage have been handed a potent new weapon, the kind of assessment they would never offer about their own governments. The report also cautions that it should not be read to reflect “doubt in the ability of the American political system to deliver progress for its citizens.” The authors of the report should understand that the doubts in the Obama administration to deliver progress are already well-established. And they come from the American people, who don’t need the United Nations telling them to shape up.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/25/obama-administration-indicts-america/

  33. If the king of Saudi Arabia is influencing Obama then we need to get to know that abdul abull bull emir better. For example, how many wives does he have, how many gold toilets, how many jet airplanes, how many F-16 fighters, how many trillions in his sovereign wealth fund, how many subjects, and why is he messing around in our politics. I think Jerry Springer should interview him right along Obama, and Obama could say something off script like he never really loved this country until the King of Saudi Arabia helped buy the presidency for him.

  34. I wonder how many of those Democrats who are backing away from obama, are playing a flim flam game with the voters.

  35. The main impact of the document will be to confirm critiques of the United States as a haven for hatred and rights abuses. It turns the Obama administration’s domestic political agenda into an international scorecard by which other countries can judge American “progress.” And it makes it that much more difficult for those abroad who have held up the United States as a model for the kind of liberal, capitalistic democracy they would like to see in their own countries.
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    This is pure moral relativism. It is right out of the Marxist Playbook. And it is under inclusive because it fails to indict Obama himself for lying, for fraud and intimidation in the primary, and for the corruption of the electoral process. In addition, it fails to note the serial abuses and murders in Chicago from whence he came. In sum, document has no validity.

  36. Not only is Obama making a speech about the end of the Iraq war, the nobel laurettes want him to make a speech in Hiroshima, since he wants to get rid of all the nuc’s in the world.

    Lord how many more speeches are we going to have to listen to from this guy….I don’t listen.

    The elites are pulling out all the stops to make their messiah look good…gimme a break…he’s poison since day 1.

  37. Some good Smart comments about Sarah Palin:
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    Historians tell us that what turns the political tide is three things: the man, the moment and the message. In this case it is the woman, but the theorem holds true. I know in a court room the most powerful argument you can make to a jury is that you have heard the evidence and now you know that you have been deceived. Obama is the great deceiver as in don Quixote. I think this will be a tidal wave and 2010 is only the beginning. The final irony in all this is the very things he takes credit for like the stimulus, health care and financial reform are the very things which are sinking him in the eyes of the business community and the American People. Nemo saw land where there is no land. Obama sees jobs where there are no jobs. And without jobs the whole edifice comes tumbling down. It is amazing that such a “brilliant” man does not understand that.

  38. The elites are pulling out all the stops to make their messiah look good…gimme a break…he’s poison since day 1
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    I think he is making fools of those who supported him. Many of them can see the handwriting on the wall by now. The question is which way to jump. And every democratic candidate must be wondering what else can this moron do to alienate my constituents and screw me up, and then biting their tongue because with any degree of encouragement he will show them.

  39. I wonder whether the American People have any objection to a leader who parties while we are under attack and goes to Marthas Vineyard to shoot hoops while people who have worked hard all their lives are losing their jobs their homes and their future. Perhaps they are oblivious, perhaps they believe this is the divine right of kings, but then again perhaps not.

  40. gonzotx
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
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    Wunderbar. I did not realize until the end that it was a parody. It seemed real enough to me. And what would you say the average take home pay of those supporters would be? Five million per year perhaps. Then what the hell do they know about what is going on in this country and how detrimental his policies have been the the American People. These bastards are clueless.

  41. gonzo,

    It breaks my heart that an older man who survived something as horrifying as the holocaust was spoken to like that.

  42. “In sum, document has no validity.”

    ——————
    wbboei,

    Maybe not, but it speaks to the destruction that obama is perpetrating on the U.S.A.

  43. Right after “nobody messes with Joe’s” speech…my position was eliminated. I was two years from retiring now I’m collecting unemployment. Nice work, Dimwits.

  44. Puma-SF, stop complaining. Don’t you realize you are in the golden age of Hope and Change? What does it matter if individuals have problems like joblessness? Obama is having a great time. Isn’t that what matters? 🙂

  45. Another award winning post Admin. These award stars are effen golden! *****

    Were are the flippin’ jobs, Barry?

    Greta was saying that each new job, or ‘job saved’ by the ‘Stimulus bill’ paid $220k per job, but the jobs were for $35-40k per year, for those employees………..where in holy Hell did the rest of the taxpayer’s money go for each of those jobs?

    Sure, maybe a little of it went to blacktop, or cement on road repairs, but not almost $200k per job.

    I thought Joe’s main job was to be the bean counter on these payouts. Say it ain’t so, Joe!!

    I was thinking of all the people that don’t have a job, those with families that depend on them to bring home the bacon. How can these people get by except to move in with other family members, like my son had to move back home to stay in school when he couldn’t find a summer job. How many of these folks voted for Obama and are now homeless, or will be when the foreclosures go though?

    I didn’t buy a house I couldn’t afford, so I guess that is a blessing that I don’t have a house to lose.

    This is a freaking mess, if this isn’t the beginning of a real DEPRESSION, then what is?

    Thanks Barack, thanks for nothing. Have a freakin’ great 6th vacation while the rest of us wonder where our next meal will come from.

  46. Alvin Greene Told to Leave S.C. Restaurant After Alleged Altercation

    :Alvin Greene, the Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina, was told to leave a Seneca, S.C., restaurant Saturday after a woman accompanying him got into a fight with county Democratic Party members holding a meeting there, police say.

    Oconee County Democratic Party officials had asked the controversial candidate to speak at their monthly meeting at Jimmy’s Restaurant, but rescinded the invitation after Greene, 32, was indicted Aug. 13 on a felony charge of showing pornography to a college student.

    According to the Associated Press, Seneca Police Chief John Covington said that Greene nevertheless attended, and a woman with him, Dottie Sue Maggart-Feldman, got into an argument with people there. According to the AP report: “Party officials called police, who say the owner of the restaurant kicked out the pair and ended the party’s meeting. No charges were filed, and police say no tickets were issued.”

    Campaign opportunities and Democratic Party support for Greene — a surprise winner in the June 8 primary — were rare, even before the indictment, a felony charge of disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity. (Authorities say Greene showed Internet pornographic images to a University of South Carolina student.) He did appear in his hometown of Manning, S.C., for a brief speech last month, though he took no questions.

    In the November general election, Greene faces incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint — who is looking like more of a sure thing each time Greene makes the news — and Green Party candidate Tom Clements.

  47. NewMexicoFan

    Admin, it is a compliment to you, that people on this blog literally BEG for you to publish your next articles.

    ———–
    That’s no joke!
    Admin puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and makes sense out of this tragic comedy.

  48. GonzoTz, Jake Tapper published a bunch of other run away from Obama ads.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/08/some-house-dems-run-tv-ads-heralding-opposition-to-president-obama-democratic-leaders-and-their-poli.html

    A TV ad for Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., heralds how he “voted against the bailouts, against stimulus spending, against the massive government health care,” not to mention the “trillion dollar federal budget.”

    Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Penn., is up on the air in Western Pennsylvania heralding his opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform bill and the Wall Street bailout.

    “ I like that Jason Altmire is not afraid to stand up to the president,” a man in the commercial says.

    “And Nancy Pelosi,” adds a woman.

    “I don’t work for Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid, or anyone else,” says Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-NC. “I work for you.” He goes on to say he voted against the “Wall Street bailouts, the auto bailouts, the energy tax.”

    Rep. Glenn Nye, D-Va., has an ad heralding how he voted against the Democrats’ health care bill “because it cost too much and going against his own party he voted against the Wall Street bailout.”

    The ad for Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., says he voted against President Bush’s attempts to “privatize” Social Security “and Nancy Pelosi’s energy tax on Hoosier families.”

    In another ad, Donnelly says his tough stance against illegal immigration “might not be what the Washington crowd wants” — as a picture flashes of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio – “but I don’t work for them, I work for you.”

    -Jake Tapper

  49. Ben Smith is an American political journalist and blogger for the news outlet Politico, which was frequently cited during the 2008 presidential election. He is also a member of Journolist. He formerly wrote for the Wall Street Journal Europe, the New York Sun, the New York Observer and wrote a political column for the New York Daily News
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    Good old Ben. His columns are biased for Obama and very uninspiring. What I cannot understand is how in the world he has so many employers. Does he get fired for poor work or does he just move on. I knew a Roadway truck line guy who used to say about his employers I can fool anyone for five years.

  50. I have two of his books. He is a clear thinker. He asks the right questions.
    ********
    Thanks for the recommendations; I just added “Washington Rules..” and “The Limits of Power” to my audio-book download list.

  51. “In sum, document has no validity.”

    ——————
    wbboei,

    Maybe not, but it speaks to the destruction that obama is perpetrating on the U.S.A.
    ——–
    Okay you win Jan.

  52. OT…just speculating…and looking ahead…

    as the repubs continue their ‘retrofit’ they should consider replacing or benching Boehner…I know it is part of the pecking, seniority order…but if they are trying to put on ‘a new face’, he symbolizes and represents the past…and is way too easy to attack and marginalize…he should be part of their cleaning out the barn

    …some new and charismatic young blood should go for the leadership position in the house if they take over…otherwise they risk just looking like the same old people back again…same old crowd…Pelosi/Boehner…what’s the difference…if it comes to running against O and they want to take out O in 2012 they need to project new blood, new energy and new leadership…

    and if we do not have Hillary in 2012 then it will be O or someone from the other side
    Bloomberg has been mentioned as an indep, but he seems to be shooting himself in the foot with this mosque debacle…

    my two cents on a little machiavellian strategy…

    if they take the house…they will need to come across as new and fresh to be able to take on O in 2012 otherwise voters may be content to keep things divided and he could slip through for a second term…

    if it comes to that, O or a repub in 2012 I think we are better with a one term repub and then clear sailing to Hillary in 2016

    i think the repubs taking over everything would be as bad as the dems running everything…so strategy and planning are key…

    any thoughts?

    ************************
    as mentioned yesterday and I think SHV agrees above…Rick Scott is a horrible choice…Alex Sink is going to have to up her game and get creative if she is going to take on his limitless money or maybe Lawnton Chiles will come from behind…

    how could anyone vote for that crook – Rick Scott…there were really no good choices for the repubs voting for governor in Florida but he is a really, really bad and scandalous choice…as bad as the banished Jeff Greene…yuk to both of those creeps…

  53. Come on now wbb, “He is the SMARTEST president we have EVER had”
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    Smartest dressed perhaps. But an empty suit with a great haberdasher doth not a leader make.

  54. Karl Rove rewrites our Wednesday article in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703632304575451502211231456.html

    In what will rank as one of the all-time presidential PR disasters, we’re now well over half way through what the White House called “the summer of recovery.” And what a recovery it’s been.

    Earlier this month, first-time claims for unemployment hit a nine-month high. The unemployment rate remains at 9.5% and 18.4% of workers are out of a job, can only get part-time work, or have given up looking for a job altogether. Sales of existing homes dropped 27% from June to July, hitting the lowest point since data were first collected in 1999. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell to 50.4 in July, continuing a slide that started in February. And the stock market is down 11% from its peak in April.

    All of this has helped shatter public confidence in the president. In early May, Mr. Obama’s approval on the economy in the YouGov/Polimetrix poll was 42%. By mid-August, it was 35%—a frightening number for Democrats less than 70 days from a midterm election. According to this week’s Reuters poll, 72% are “very” worried about jobs and 67% “very concerned” about government spending.

    Mr. Obama’s credibility is crumbling, and for good reason: He and his people are saying things people don’t believe. At the start of his summer of recovery road show, the president flatly asserted that last year’s massive stimulus package had “worked.” Vice President Joe Biden, not to be outdone, promised monthly job gains of up to 500,000 and insisted that the recovery’s pace “continues to increase, not decrease” as stimulus spending was “moving into its highest gear.”

    It’s slightly surreal. “Who are you going to believe,” as Groucho Marx once said, “me or your own eyes?”

    The administration’s claims have collided with reality in other instances as well. Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer—speaking before the 2009 stimulus was approved—said unemployment would top out at 8% by the third quarter of 2009 and decline to less than 7% by the end of 2010. Even the White House now admits that the unemployment rate will stay at or above 9% through 2011.[snip]

    Since the stimulus passed, 2.6 million Americans have lost their jobs and 1.2 million people have given up even looking for work.[snip]

    The administration’s misleading statements and obfuscations aren’t limited to the economy. On health care, for example, Mr. Obama continues saying that (a) health-care reform will reduce costs and the deficit, (b) no one who wants to keep existing coverage will lose it, and (c) the law’s cuts in Medicare won’t threaten any senior’s health care. These assertions are laughable.

  55. WOW
    MSN homepage has the question Are We America the Ignorant? Bout waffles and the beliefs about his religious affiliation. Not even a feeble attempt to hide their adoration of bambi.

  56. Smartest dressed perhaps. But an empty suit with a great haberdasher doth not a leader make.

    ————————
    I think he looks like Urkel when he goes golfing

  57. SHV: I would recommend “American Empire” as well. It puts most everything we are seeing today in context, and documents our evolution from a republic to the national security state.

  58. http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/08/karl-rove-we-havent-seen-gop-turnout-like-this-since-1926-video/

    Karl Rove on GOP primary turnout:

    “If you look at the entire year, Republicans have turned out, before tonight, nearly 4 million more people have voted in the Republican primaries than have voted in the democratic primaries this year. Four years ago, 3 million more people voted in the democratic primary than the Republican. Eight years ago 3 million more people voted in the democratic primary than the Republican. You know when the last time was that Republicans in an off year election that I could find that more people voted in the Republican primary than the democratic primaries? 1926.”

  59. HillaryforTexas
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    His Petulantness President Waffles is at it again. This time it’s “Just let me order my shrimp”.
    &&&&&&&&

    Reporters would not have to be yelling questions at Dickhead while he was eating his waffles or ordering shrimp if he lived up to his promise of transparency, and would hold regular press conferences. After Bush’s stonewalling and rare press conferences, who’d have thought that Obama could possibly outdo Bush in the stonewalling department.

    Might anyone have the numbers on press conferences under Bush and under Obama?

    And even when he’s held the occasional press conference, he:

    a) cherry picks the questioners with the softball questions: “Sir, since you are such a tireless worker for The People, and you just came back from another well-deserved vacation…shoot, I guess that’s not really a question. I love you.”

    b) when he is forced to pick “an unfriendly”, he won’t answer the questions:

    Q: “Despite the stimulus package, the nation is hemoraging jobs at an alarming rate, and the prospects are not bright. What is the next course of action?”

    Obama: “Thank you for asking that pertinent question. A question that is on the minds of many Americans. Something that the Republicans are eager to talk about. Something that is very, very important to me. Something that is critical to our chances to hold onto the majority in Congress this November. So thank you for doing your patriot duty by keeping this issue on the front burner. Next question.”

  60. “The Party of Obama” is right. It’s no longer the once great Democratic Party.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/us/politics/26florida.html?adxnnl=1&ref=politics&adxnnlx=1282827717-nmd/tBMizdAtDxfQC0B5uQ

    Beyond the win-loss results of Tuesday’s Florida primary — with Rick Scott seizing the Republican mantle for governor, and Kendrick Meek winning the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate — there lie more subtle signals of what to look for in November.

    Turnout tells one potential story: Republicans, despite a 750,000-voter disadvantage in registration compared to Democrats, brought far more people to the polls.

    In all, 1.25 million Republicans cast ballots in the Republican Governor’s race, while fewer than 909,000 Democrats voted in the Democratic Senate primary — even though both races were heated and close in the final weeks. Marco Rubio alone, in beating two unknown challengers for the Republican nomination to the Senate, collected more votes than all the Democrats on the other side combined, suggesting that the party of Obama — without Obama on the ticket — faces an uphill battle when it comes to motivation.

  61. “Who are you going to believe,” as Groucho Marx once said, “me or your own eyes?”

    In 2008, many people believed him or his words, even though the scant reality of his life really did not back that up. This time, people will have to decide if they believe their own eyes.

    However, in 2012, the decision will be influenced greatly by the candidate the Rep choose, and people deciding which can handle the economy and debt which is strangling us.

  62. Holy Crap…the pension stuff is obviously killing Brown.

    Whitman surges into 8 point lead for California Gov 48/40 with leaners 51/43.

    The tie is broken for now, with Republican Meg Whitman, coming off last weekend’s state GOP Convention, moving out to her best showing yet in the race to be the next governor of California.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California finds Whitman earning 48% support, while Democrat Jerry Brown picks up 40% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

    When leaners are included in the new totals, Whitman posts a 51% to 43% lead over Brown. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.

    Early in any campaign, the numbers without leaners are generally more significant. Later in a campaign, the numbers with leaners matter more. After Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports will report the numbers with leaners as the primary indicators of the campaign.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/california/election_2010_california_governor

  63. I guess I always feel like there is a primar or convention bump. The question is can Brown start edging up again, and can he over take her by the election. Strange things are happening in Democratic areas.

  64. NMF, i just think the voters all over seemed pissed at the party in power, its really a case, they want this balanced up as they feel the Dems are drunk on power and done nothing.

  65. I agree. It give further proof that American’s really want leaders that are in the middle, and that do not sit there and thumb there noses at the other parts of society.

    I know there are areas I agree with one party or the other, and in some areas, I don’t agree with either.

    What I don’t like is the fact that they think they work for the party, and not the people they were voted into office by.

  66. He sends out so many signals, its no wonder Americans think he is muslim.

    I mean didn’t he go to a Muslim school when he was a boy in Indonesia? Didn’t he give that infamous speech in Egypt where he talked about his “Muslim roots?” Not to mention ordering Nasa to become and outreach agency for Muslims, etc…

    Then of course there is his pandering to Palestinians at Israel’s expense…his procrastination where Iran is concerned…

    Why on earth wouldn’t we think he was Muslim?

  67. Whitman surges into 8 point lead for California Gov 48/40 with leaners 51/43.
    —————————————–
    That is significant. Let us hope the same trends are in evidence in the senate race.

  68. NMF, i just think the voters all over seemed pissed at the party in power, its really a case, they want this balanced up as they feel the Dems are drunk on power and done nothing.
    —————————————————-
    I agree to a point. The dems are drunk on power, they continue the worst Bush policies, and added new ones which are equally toxic. But I think at this point the American People are looking for more than balance. What they seem to want is solutions and all they see from Obama is a latter day Nero who dribbles while Rome burns and divides the nation with racist tactics. Charlie Cook summed the current problem up when he said the bad news for Republicans is they are not trusted. But the good news is it does not matter because as bad as they are they are better than the alternative. I think there is a strong anti incumbent mood in the country and the recent results in Alaska and elsewhere confirm it. But the real litmus test for that proposition will come in Nevada, if the corrupt bastard Harry Reid goes down in flames. Next to Obama and Pelosi he is the most toxic one of all–and the most determined to destroy this country. Mortimer Snurd he is.

  69. The Arab Lobby Rules America

    by Alan M. Dershowitz
    August 24, 2010

    Lost in all of the controversy over the mosque is the fact that the Arab lobby is one of the strongest in America—even stronger than Israel’s, says a controversial new book.

    While the media and politicians engage in frenzied debate about the virtues and vices of building—or preventing the building of—a Muslim community center (cum mosque) near the “sacred ground” of 9/11, Iran continues to build a nuclear weapon, as the Israelis and Palestinians take a tentative step toward building a peaceful resolution to their age-old conflict. Inevitably, whenever Middle East issues take center stage, the question of the role of lobbies, particularly those that advocate for foreign countries, becomes a hot topic. This book by longtime Middle East authority, Mitchell Bard, is a must read for anyone who cares—and who doesn’t?—about the role of lobbies in influencing American policy in the Middle East. Its thesis, which is sure to be controversial, is easily summarized:

    “If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office, you’d be surprised how much better friends you have when they are just coming into office.”

    Yes Virginia, there is a big bad lobby that distorts U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East way out of proportion to its actual support by the American public. Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, author of the screed, The Israel Lobby, are right about that. But the offending lobby is not AIPAC, which supports Israel, but rather the Arab lobby, which opposes the Jewish state.

    Both the pro-Israel and pro-Arab lobby (really lobbies because there are several for each) are indeed powerful but there is a big difference—a difference that goes to the heart of the role of lobbying in a democracy. Bard puts it this way:

    “One of the most important distinguishing characteristics of the Arab lobby is that it has no popular support. While the Israeli lobby has hundreds of thousands of grass root members and public opinion polls consistently reveal a huge gap between support for Israel and the Arab nations/Palestinians, the Arab lobby has almost no foot soldiers or public sympathy. It’s most powerful elements tend to be bureaucrats who represent only their personal views or what they believe are their institutional interests, and foreign governments that care only about their national interests, not those of the United States. What they lack in human capital in terms of American advocates, they make up for with almost unlimited resources to try to buy what they usually cannot win on the merits of their arguments.”

    This is a critical distinction for a democracy. The case for Israel (though not for all of its policies) is an easy sell for pro-Israel lobbyists, especially elected representatives. Voting in favor of Israel is popular not only in areas with a large concentration of Jewish voters, but throughout the country, because Israel is popular with Evangelical Christians in particular and with much, though certainly not all, of the public in general. Lobbies that reflect the will of the people are an important part of the democratic process. Thus, the American Association of Retired People (AARP), the principal lobbying group for the elderly, is extremely powerful because there are so many elderly people in this country who want to protect social security, Medicaid, and other benefits. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is a powerful lobby precisely because so many Americans, for better or worse, love their guns. And The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a powerful lobby because Americans, in general, support the Middle East’s only democracy and reliable American ally.

    But why is the Arab lobby, and most particularly the Saudi lobby, also powerful? Saudi Arabia has virtually no support among Americans. Indeed, it is widely reviled for its export of terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, its manipulation of oil prices, its anti-Christian and anti-Semitic policies, its total deprivation of any semblance of freedom of speech or dissent, and its primitive forms of punishment that include stoning and amputation. Yet, as Bard demonstrates, the Saudi lobby has beaten the pro-Israel lobby over and over again in head-to-head conflicts, such as the sale of sophisticated weapons to a regime that doesn’t even have the technical skills to use them, and the conflict over whether to move the United States’ embassy to Jerusalem. Even now, Saudi Arabia is lobbying to obtain a multibillion-dollar arms deal, and it is likely to succeed over the objections of Israel.

    How then does a lobby with no popular support manage to exert influence in a democratic country? The secret is very simple. The Arab lobby in general and the Saudis in particular make little effort to influence popularly elected public officials, particularly legislators. Again, listen to Bard:

    “The Saudis have taken a different tact from the Israeli lobby, focusing a top-down rather than bottom-up approach to lobbying. As hired gun, J. Crawford Cook, wrote in laying out his proposed strategy for the kingdom, ‘Saudi Arabia has a need to influence the few that influence the many, rather than the need to influence the many to whom the few must respond.'”

    The primary means by which the Saudis exercise this influence is money. They spend enormous amounts of lucre to buy (or rent) former state department officials, diplomats, White House aides, and legislative leaders who become their elite lobbying corps. Far more insidiously, the Saudis let it be known that if current government officials want to be hired following their retirement from government service, they had better hew to the Saudi line while they are serving in our government. The former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar, who was so close to the President George H.W. Bush that he referred to himself as “Bandar Bush,” acknowledged the relationship between how a government official behaves while in office and how well he will be rewarded when he leaves office. “If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office, you’d be surprised how much better friends you have when they are just coming into office.”

    Bard concludes from this well known quid pro quo that: “given the potential of these post-retirement opportunities, it would not be surprising if officials adopted positions while in government to make themselves marketable to the Arab lobby.”

    The methodology employed by the Arab lobby is thus totally inconsistent with democratic governance, because it does not reflect the will of the people but rather the corruption of the elite, while the Israeli lobby seems to operate within the parameters of democratic processes. Yet so much has been written about the allegedly corrosive nature of the Israeli lobby, while the powerful Arab lobby has widely escaped scrutiny and criticism. This important book thus contributes to the open marketplace of ideas by illuminating the dark side of the massive and largely undemocratic Arab lobbying efforts to influence American policy with regard to the Middle East.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-08-24/the-arab-lobby-in-america-alan-dershowitz/full/

  70. What happens if the dims lose congress? Do they say Obama has to go? Or do they continue to promote the big lie like Big Media does? If the latter then they will become a minority party, a party of grievance, and a bastion of anti Americanism, which is what Obama wants. He has put his stamp on their forehead and there is only so much time to wash it off before it becomes indelible.

  71. Lost in all of the controversy over the mosque is the fact that the Arab lobby is one of the strongest in America—even stronger than Israel’s, says a controversial new book
    ———————————————
    Notice this is what I have been saying. Again it was dismissed as conspiracy theory. We saw it with the staged Kuwait circus prior to Iraq I. Saudi Arabia wanted Hussein gone. Obama is their man. Now perhaps it will gain some credence in the mainstream opinion. That is what is behind this mosque and big media support for same. First, last, always, follow the goddamn money and you will understand what is happening now and will be able to predict what is likely to happen in the future. As I have said before you will see in time massive Chinese immigration to this country and massive muslim immigration, and this controversy is part of a larger effort to pave the way. The latter we have already seen in Europe, and I have already mentioned the legal appartus which Obama has in place to bring in Chinese with money to rescue the housing crisis. The only way to stop this is to vote dims out of office because when the chips are down they will do whatever he says. It does not matter what it is. He owns them until the elites decide he needs to go.

  72. wbboei, What we are going to find out is that Obama was put in by the Arab lobby as was the Bushes, both of them. So we really have to be selective about which republicans we want in. I for one don’t want any one of them that is associated with Bush. I am thinking this year maybe the extreme right might be the one that will be put in by the people.

    CAIR is a powerful group and they do back Obama and many republicans. You should remember GWB his King Abdullah on the mouth as Obama bowed to him.

  73. JanH-

    “The methodology employed by the Arab lobby is thus totally inconsistent with democratic governance, because it does not reflect the will of the people but rather the corruption of the elite, while the Israeli lobby seems to operate within the parameters of democratic processes. Yet so much has been written about the allegedly corrosive nature of the Israeli lobby, while the powerful Arab lobby has widely escaped scrutiny and criticism.”
    _______________________

    Jan, can you shed some light with your intrepretation of the phrase “corrosive nature” of the Israeli lobby ?

  74. New Rasmussen

    Florida Senate: Rubio (R) 40%, Crist (I) 30%, Meek (D) 21%

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/florida/election_2010_florida_senate

    Seventy-six percent (76%) of Rubio supporters say they are certain of how they will vote and that they won’t change their mind before Election Day. Just 48% of Meek’s voters say the same, while 45% of Crist supporters are that certain. This suggests that the race could follow the typical pattern of three-way races with either Meek or Crist slipping out of contention and watching their support drift to the other.

    Meek supporters who might switch their vote are overwhelmingly considering Crist as their option. Among Crist supporters, most would consider changing to Meek. However, more than a third say they might switch to Rubio. This is not surprising given that 37% of current Crist supporters disapprove of the way President Obama is doing his job.

    Overall, Rubio gets 73% of the Republican vote, and Crist draws 19% support from his old party. Meek earns 41% support in his own party, while Crist picks up 36% of the Democratic vote. Among voters not affiliated with either party, Crist has a nine-point edge over Rubio

    …………………………………………………………..

    The question is once its realised that Crist or meeks can’t win, where do they go, do crists lot go back republican or meeks lot go Crist.

    Rubio pulls this out easily once more people get to know him.

  75. Great article JanH….Aipac gets a bad rap, but they are needed to protect Jewish/Israeli interests from the underlying Saudi control of our country which has been in place since the early 1920’s…

  76. I hate Rasmussen’s style! ‘gets, draws, earns, picks up’ — they all mean the same thing here! Why not just say ‘got, got, got, got’? Or make a list.

    Overall, Rubio gets 73% of the Republican vote, and Crist draws 19% support from his old party. Meek earns 41% support in his own party, while Crist picks up 36% of the Democratic vote.

  77. Now why the hell would Crist be in Martha’s vineyard……….

    Florida Gov. Crist Visited Martha’s Vineyard Friday; Campaign Says He Didn’t Meet With Obama, Won’t Say Who Hosted Fundraiser

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/71706

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an Independent facing both a Republican and Democratic opponent, visited Martha’s Vineyard last Friday, but, according to his campaign spokesman, the governor did not meet with President Barack Obama, who was also on the island that day, or with any members of the Obama administration.

    Crist’s campaign said the governor visited the island for a fundraiser, but would not say who hosted the event.

    President Obama arrived in Martha’s Vineyard last Thursday for a 10-day vacation.

    On Monday, according to a report in The Hill, Democrat Freddy Balsera—who was responsible for Obama’s outreach to Hispanics during the 2008 presidential campaign–hosted a fundraiser for Crist in Coral Gables, Fla.

    “He [Crist] was in New England for a private campaign event,” Crist spokesman Danny Kanner said of the governor’s whereabouts on Friday.

    When asked by CNSNews.com whether Crist was in Martha’s Vineyard, Kanner said, “Martha’s Vineyard is accurate.” Kanner confirmed that the private event was a fundraiser for the governor’s campaign.

    While Crist’s staff would not divulge who hosted the fundraiser, they did say that Crist did not meet with President Obama when he was in Martha’s Vineyard.

    “No he did not,” Kanner said. “If you’re about to ask me if he met with the President, no he did not.” When asked if Crist met with anyone from the Obama administration, Kanner said, “The answer is no.”

    Nantucket Republican Town Committee Chair Donna Hamel told CNSNews.com that she happened to see Crist disembarking from a local Cape Air flight on Friday at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Cape Air spokeswoman Michelle Hanes confirmed that her airline is the only one operating between Logan airport and Martha’s Vineyard.

    Crist, who was elected governor of Florida as a Republican, switched to Independent earlier this year and dropped out of a Republican Senate primary race against Marco Rubio. On Tuesday, Rubio won the Republican Senate nomination and Rep. Kendrick Meek won the Democratic Senate nomination. Crist will now face Rubio and Meek in a three-way race in the general election.

    …………………………………

    Me thinks someone is telling huge whoppers………………..what would be the reason to go there…none, thats what unless he was hammering a deal out with Bambi. So transparent.

    There’s Rubio’s ad right “What’s Charlie doing in Martha’s vineyard”

  78. Florida Gov. Crist Visited Martha’s Vineyard Friday; Campaign Says He Didn’t Meet With Obama, Won’t Say Who Hosted Fundraiser
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    No he is not meeting with Obama. He is subtler than that. He is meeting with Obama’s financial backers. So what is the difference. Why meet with the puppet when you can meet with the puppeteer.

  79. wbboei, What we are going to find out is that Obama was put in by the Arab lobby as was the Bushes, both of them. So we really have to be selective about which republicans we want in. I for one don’t want any one of them that is associated with Bush. I am thinking this year maybe the extreme right might be the one that will be put in by the people.

    CAIR is a powerful group and they do back Obama and many republicans. You should remember GWB his King Abdullah on the mouth as Obama bowed to him.
    —————————
    Connie: I am not prepared to go that far. I still think the key player here is Soros. He controls the democratic party, has organizations all over the world, developed the dean plan and planned Obamas campaign. He got there firstest with the mostest and even though Obama has not delivered for him as hoped his fingerprints are all over everything. The Saudi lobby in part of the Obama coalition and they have significant influence over our middle east policy. Wouldnt it be great if Christine Amorpour did a series on the Saudi Arabian lobby. Wont happen. Not with cnn.

  80. If I were one of the people plotting the destruction of America as we know it, then I would be looking at a guy like Crist and saying to myself there is another whore we can control, and if we can just get him that senate seat, then we can run him for vice president in 2016/

  81. Crist is attractive, articulate but has no loyalty other than to himself. He would be a perfect fit for this President.

  82. lol even their own are getting it in the neck…..hardly clever.

    Dem congressman (Bobby Bright, D-AL) jokes about Pelosi’s death (she might “get sick and die”)

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/08/26/4975552-dem-congressman-jokes-about-pelosis-death

    The Montgomery Advertiser reports:

    Bright, who is in his first year in Congress and facing a battle against Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby this fall, joked that Pelosi might lose her own election, decide not to run for the speaker’s job or otherwise not be available.

    He suggested, jokingly he insisted to his audience, that Pelosi could fall ill and die in coming months. That remark drew laughter from the crowd.

  83. looks like civil war to me, they can’t get away from Obama fast enough…….

    Embattled Democrat (Tom Perriello, D-Va.) Joins Call for Treasury Secretary Geithner To Go

    Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democratic freshman and one of the most-endangered House members, has called for Geithner’s head, at a town-hall meeting in Ruckersville, Va. In a news release Thursday, the Jefferson Area Tea Party, not Perriello’s best mate, struck a rare note of agreement with the Democratic lawmaker – sort of.

    “In calling for Secretary Geithner’s firing, we support Congressman Perriello’s sentiment, with the hope that by replacing our nation’s chief economic policy makers we can begin the path to economic recovery,” wrote Carole Thorpe, chairman of the group.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/08/26/embattled-democrat-joins-call-for-treasury-secretary-geithner-to-go/

  84. Wbboei, I agree because at this point in time I trust NO politician. They all are ruining our country and are on the take. Few really give a shit about us or this country. I don’t know where the root of the evil is, but it is there and has been for a while. These are the folks that will bring America to its knees and these are the folks that we need to vote out, that is, if we can since they own the voting machines. We already have the voting right of the people of Afganistan and Iraq. America no longer has free and fair elections. We haven’t for sure since the primary in 08″, but it was that way long before then.

    If you remember Hillary’s speech at the convention, she made reference to “if you see the lights and hear the dogs, keep on running”. I fully believe she meant that Barack the “light bringer”, we need to run from him and his flock of slime. Just my opinion though. I hope with all my heart that Hillary and Bill have a plan for us to get out of this mess. It could be just to minimize the destruction at this point, I don’t know.

  85. S, So they let Blago off, Fitz is corrupt and that just makes me sick. Is there anyone who will bring this administration down just because its the right thing to do for us without doing it for their own selfishness.

  86. MOP, I can’t stand Pelosi anymore than anyone else, but for a congressman to say that “she may get sick and die”, is appalling. When did this country get like this…its disgusting. It’s just like everyone’s constant use of “what the definition of is is”. I am sick of that too. People have lost all dignity, manners and professionalism. Its really disgusting.
    Yeah talk about her defeat, but not her death!

  87. and confloyd, it was her own party congressman too, i’d hate to be hin when she catches up with him, i think he knows he’s out on his ear and Pelosi has probably cut him adrift already, maybe thats why he turned on her, i have heard that congressmen who are losing or going to lose have been defunded by the DNC.

  88. Crist is attractive, articulate but has no loyalty other than to himself. He would be a perfect fit for this President
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    That about sums it up. If I believed he was a problem solver I would consider him. I would consider anyone, well just about anyone who could set this country back on the right track. I watched that guy from Moodys who was saying that we will replace the 8 million lost jobs over the course of time. And they will be support jobs for the growing economies in China and India. Yes I caught that little peal too. I have got news for that egghead accountant. By the time those jobs are replaced we will need 20 million more because the labor market continues to grow, especially with the flood of illegal immigrants. We have got to find a way to create value HERE in this country, and to re-orient our economy locally–think locally and act locally could be the new slogan. And then the American consumer has got to understand the political consequences of buying foreign produced goods. But the answer to this thing is not education per se but targeted education at the things we need to produce. And we need to throw out the politicians who do not serve the people. All of them. Are we up for that? The experience of 2008 is hardly encouraging. Who in their right mind elects a 2 year senator to be president of the United States and expects anything but failure? Answer: the majority of the American People.

  89. JanH
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    EDITORIAL: Obama administration indicts America

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In my humble opinion, this little document is on par with some of the worst things that this inept admininstration has done. I put it up there with obamacare. Forget about George Bush, who I will now admit that I do miss, this is JIMMY Carter II, which happens to be a much worse version than the original. The nation is being administered, and horribly at that, by the wackiest of the wacky. This administration needs to get over itself. Come 2012, I know that we will get over them.

  90. America’s Ten Dead Cities: From Detroit To New Orleans

    Most of America’s Ten Dead Cities were once major manufacturing hubs and others were important ports or financial services centers. The downfall of one city, New Orleans, began in the 1970s, but was accelerated by Hurricane Katrina.

    Notably, the rise of inexpensive manufacturing in Japan destroyed the ability of the industrial cities on this list to effectively compete in the global marketplace. Foreign business activity and US government policy were two of the three major blows that caused the downfall of these cities. The third was the labor movement and its demands for higher compensation which ballooned the costs of manufacturing in many of these cities as well.

    #1. Buffalo

    #2. Flint

    #3. Hartford

    #4. Cleveland

    #5. New Orleans

    #6. Detroit

    #7. Albany

    #8. Atlantic City

    #9. Allentown

    #10. Galveston.

    http://247wallst.com/2010/08/23/americas-ten-dead-cities-from-detroit-to-new-orleans/

    interesting read actually.

  91. MOP, Isn’t that awful. The DNC is just a horrible organization. The RNC doesn’t appear that way. They don’t stab each other in the back as much as the dims do.

    I guess since the democrats really are never in power, they are like rats on a sinking ship, they used others to climb on to get to the highest point to survive. They are totally disgusting. I can’t believe I was ever a democrat. I think the middle class can manipulate the rethugs into doing a few more things for us, like jobs. I just hope they don’t want to get rid of social security.

    I am so done with the democrats and the rino’s.

  92. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I remember that line from the convention! Good call confloyd!! She must have seen this citizen defection coming as a result of Obumbles and she was in code telling her congressional backers “..RUN AWAY!!..” Good catch, confloyd!! 😀

  93. JanH
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    EDITORIAL: Obama administration indicts America

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In my humble opinion, this little document is on par with some of the worst things that this inept admininstration has done. I put it up there with obamacare. Forget about George Bush, who I will now admit that I do miss, this is JIMMY Carter II, which happens to be a much worse version than the original. The nation is being administered, and horribly at that, by the wackiest of the wacky. This administration needs to get over itself. Come 2012, I know that we will get over them.
    ————————————-
    Yes indeed. And even for idiots these people are over the top. What is Obama’s position on the excesses of the Saudi Royal family? Do they deserve honorable mention in this report? And what does he think about Saudis who drive nails into the hand of Somolians? Does he condone it because they are Saudi like he condones black on white voter intimidation because the Panthers his 2012 coalition. Yes, when it comes to Mr. Obama there are so many questions that need to be asked, that big media refuses to ask and he refuses categorically to answer. Is anyone besides him and his cronies calling for a second term? Can they cheat there way to it? After what we saw in 2008 anything is possible. Including marshal law.

  94. The story about the Saudi lobby is unsettling to me. Although I doubt this will ever happen, maybe those who serve in government positions, such as Congress, the White House, or cabinet posts, should be barred from seeking lobbyist positions once they leave their positions. This may allow those who really give a cr@p about this country to run for, and win government positions and prevent those who hold the idea that their government positions will be a springboard for personal financial gain once their government “service” is finished from holding these positions.

    I am so sick of this cr@p.

  95. I just saw a Maxine cartoon, the caption read:
    Let me get this straight. We’re going to be gifted with a health care plan written by a committee
    whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
    passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exemptsthemselves from it,
    to be signed by a president who also hasn’t read it and who smokes,
    with fundingadministered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
    to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
    and financed by a country that’s broke.

    What the heck could possibly GO WRONG?

  96. Yea, I have been getting nonstop emails from Barry and his thugs too.

    They are on their knees asking for a $5 donation. I use the emails to cuss at them, or feel empowered with a harsh ‘DELETE’. 😆

  97. http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelReagan/2010/08/25/obama_making_everybody_angry

    Obama Making Everybody Angry

    Click here to find out more!
    It’s almost as if President Obama’s agenda includes provoking anger at himself.

    And it’s not just Republicans he’s provoking. It’s just about anybody who crosses his path, even his party’s deranged left wing.

    Long-time liberal Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel is a case in point. The veteran Harlem congressman reacted to criticism from the president, who called on him to “end his career with dignity,” by remarking that Obama hasn’t “been around long enough to determine what my dignity is.”

    He added sarcastically that it’s more likely to be the other way around over the next two years, predicting the time will come when it will be he who will have to protect the president’s dignity.

    Taking opposite sides over a two-day span, Obama first indicated opposition to the building of a mosque on the edge of Manhattan’s Ground Zero, and the next day opposed the idea.

    After voicing his support Friday night, he reversed himself after his remarks sparked a firestorm of criticism, saying that he was merely noting that the Mosqueteers had a right to build there.

    “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” Obama said. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.”

    Having taken both sides on the issue he managed to anger both supporters of the mosque and its opponents.

    Hungry for all-out support from the left, he managed to alienate them when he failed to get the so-called government option that would have created a full socialistic health care system in the final version of the health care reform bill.

    His continued support for the war in Afghanistan is angering the anti-war segment of the Democratic Party’s left wing, which wants the U.S. out of there, period.

    For their part, the White House spokespeople adamantly deny that they are angry at leftist criticism, denying liberal claims that the White House is angry over their claims that President Obama is more worried about making deals than adhering to the liberal version of ideological purity.

    According to White House press spokesman Robert Gibbs, liberals would never admit that anything Obama does is good enough to satisfy them.

    “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush,” Gibbs said, adding that such people ought to be tested for drugs. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

    read on………………….

  98. Shadowfax, one of the best thing to do to unsolicited emails if you can is alter it, make it crazy or shocking and forward it to everyone blaming the original sender.

    Soon enough the original becomes a joke as no-one knows what the original is.

  99. is it possible

    In a stunning revelation, it appears that the controversial Imam Rauf has been quite instrumental in the crafting of the speech that Obama gave in Cairo. This report comes from Walid Shoebat who speaks fluent Arabic. It is a shocking audio recording of Rauf’s own voice boasting in Arabic that Obama’s historic speech in Cairo was provided by the Imam’s work with the Cordova Initiative.

    Once a terrorist, Walid Shoebat is now an American citizen and lives in the USA under this assumed name. He has a unique insight into the world of terror from the perspective of someone who was once a terrorist. He has lectured at universities throughout the United States and is also featured in the film “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.”

    http://www.specialguests.com/guests/viewnews.cgi?id=EklkylyAyumQZDLoWO&tmpl=default
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/08/obamas_arabic_teleprompter_ima.html

    i mean if this is true, WTF.

  100. Obama Making Everybody Angry
    ————————–
    Oh its not that bad, really. I think the Spanish tourist industry is very grateful to him and his lovely wife. He is so much like Nero it is almost as if an ironic deity is fucking with our minds. We should put a fiddle in the Smithsonian to symbolize his presidency, with a fiery mural in the background with the inscription To Reggie With Love.

  101. I know this sounds bad, but if the liberals had their way, and brought the troops back home tomorrow, what jobs would be waiting for them? You see, their fumbler in chief has fucked up the economy so bad, that their isn’t much of an economy to which the vets can come home. The unemployment rate would surge, would it not? I mean, American military personnel are considered “employed”, right? The mess that the economy has become would not be able to absorb these veterans, or am I incorrect on this? I realize that some will go back to the jobs they held previously, but that would then push whoever is currently doing their jobs out, thus making them unemployed.

    obama should have worked on fixing the economy over any other task that was before him. He ignorde it, as if it were not a problem to be dealt with, and then proceeded to hurredly tax a weak economy even further with his stimulus nonsense, and his obamacare bullsh!t, etc, etc, etc. HE caused this mess, and now the Demorats are hoping that the Republicans gain the House of Reps so that if things do not improve in any way, they can be blamed for the obama administration’s failures.

    I hope both the Senate and the House go Republican because I don’t view obama as being anything like Bill Clinton, and it is going to have to be the Republicans who force through an agenda that stifles obama, and hopefully begins to reverse the damage the the Demorats of done in just 1 1/2 years in command of the White House and Congress. obama will not triangulate, which is what I actually liked about Bill Clinton, since he is not versed in bipartisanship, but only in the opposition’s destruction.

  102. Have you ever been in a meeting where some facilitator stands up and says something profound like there are no stupid questions. You know the statement is bullshit. And you also know that a meeting that should take 20 minutes will take 2 hours. There are lots of stupid questions. One of them which is making the rounds now among the elites is this: I just don’t understand how Obama who ran such a brilliant campaign is not doing a better job of governing. It is hard to answer that a question which is that stupid because you hardly know where to begin. The most direct way to respond is to point out that the questioner did not do their homework because if they had they would know that he did not run the campaign and those who did had the game rigged for them. Then you can point out that the ability to campaign has nothing to do with the ability to govern because when it comes to governing you have to produce tangible results and hot air aint enough. The questioner might just as well ask how can a golfer with a scratch handicap fail to fill out his tax return properly.

  103. #
    moononpluto
    August 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Shadowfax, one of the best thing to do to unsolicited emails if you can is alter it, make it crazy or shocking and forward it to everyone blaming the original sender.

    Soon enough the original becomes a joke as no-one knows what the original is.
    ———-
    What a great idea!

    Although, I don’t email anyone that would believe I would pass on another email from Barry and his gang of thugs. Everyone in my world knows how I feel about him and I want him sent home ASAP…

    even the folks I work for, which are 98% obots, even if they first voted for Hillary.

  104. FDL, has an excellent article concerning Obama’s behind closed doors manipulating social security. It is really scary and I believe FDL is trying to expose Obama for the underhanded, behind closed doors deal that will change SS this December after the midterm elections. She really exposes the whole deal.

    WE ARE SUNK DUCKS, those of us who are depending on Social Security.

  105. nomobama
    August 26th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I know this sounds bad, but if the liberals had their way, and brought the troops back home tomorrow, what jobs would be waiting for them?

    ———
    How about they secure our borders? AZ, CA, TX and others need their help. Our boys don’t need to die in the middle east, so they can vote over there… There are some good aspects, I admit, but what is the cost?

    Honestly, I have mixed feeling on the damn war, how it started, how many have died, and when it will end. I am more for sending in Special Forces to find and kill Bin Laden and his thugs, then to rip a country apart and then be responsible for building it back up, costing lives and bringing both economy’s to their knees.

    What is a ‘win’? 10 years and no win yet. Just pull everyone out, without a plan, that also sucks.

    The whole war and it’s bs suck.

  106. shadowfax, The war is making money for so many billionaires its not even funny. Just think how much diesel/gasoline we are buying from the Saudi’s. What about the Texas oilmen that is selling it and what about Haliburton…They’ve even moved their home office out of Houston and put it overseas to hide the amount of money they are stealing from us (those with no jobs,no healthcare).

    The billionaire who says “social security is a cow with 310 million tits on it”. Well how many tits do the elites have on the taxpayers themselves with bailouts, the war, de-regulation and such. They never seem to see the blood sucking that they do….they call it capitalism…yeah right…what we have now is corporate welfare and its screaming about the old people on the social security tit.

    I am sick of all them….its time to get rid of all of them and get this country back to its roots.

  107. nomobama: “isn’t much of an economy to which the vets can come home. The unemployment rate would surge, would it not? I mean, American military personnel are considered “employed”, right?”

    Yes, they are employed, even if they don’t produce anything. Once this is understood, we can understand why the ‘stimulus’ was so wasteful. The basic idea of a stimulus in the economic situation of early 2009 was a good one supported by many economists, some saying that it should have been more than $787 B.

    But the bulk of the stimulus should have been spent by putting cash into people’s pockets, mainly by expanding and extending unemployment benefits immediately. This would have sustained consumption and thereby prompted businesses to sustain or expand supply. A real stimulus would have been spent within 6 months.

    Instead, o channeled all this money into a patchwork of pseudo-investment programs like repairing old roads and building new ones, and spent the money over a 20-month period. The only smart investments that could have been made with stimulus funds were to jump-start the green economy and develop a national health statistics architecture. Neither of these were developed.

    What I’m trying to say is that the best thing we can do with vets is to keep employing them in the military. That way, even though they don’t produce anything, at least they don’t add to the unemployment rosters.

  108. Confloyd,

    I am sick of all them….its time to get rid of all of them and get this country back to its roots.
    ——
    Me too.
    And while I’m complaining… I hate all the references to women’s body parts too. 😉
    Boobs and parts…

  109. What I’m trying to say is that the best thing we can do with vets is to keep employing them in the military. That way, even though they don’t produce anything, at least they don’t add to the unemployment rosters.

    ———

    How darn sad is that, keep the military fighting because there are no jobs.

    The military shouldn’t be a killing business, it should be a protection business.

  110. confloyd

    WE ARE SUNK DUCKS, those of us who are depending on Social Security.
    —–
    That’s why God invented pitchforks and PUMAs.

  111. shadowfax, that was a quote from one of Obama’s thugs….well I guess we could just say one of Obama’s DICKS, huh???

  112. confloyd
    Are you sure Barry has one? Oh yea, Larry Sinclair stamped that. 😆

    Okay, gotta be nice…there are some conservatives here.

  113. ROTFLMAO!! I think I’m about ready for the wingnuts to take over…they can’t be any worse than the last two disasters. I don’t think they would be ready for the elderly to eat cat food, do you?? We could appeal to their Christian ideals!

  114. Confloyd, don’t kid yourself…things can always get worse. That’s the one constant I have learned in life.

    The Rethugs are good to use as a tool, or a hammer to knock Nasty off her perch, Reid into retirement and Barry into the unemployment line. You can’t trust the Rethug party any more than you can trust the lost boys in Barry’s gang.

    Votes should be for the intended winner, but for now, they are votes to kick people off the island.

  115. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    ROTFLMAO!! I think I’m about ready for the wingnuts to take over…they can’t be any worse than the last two disasters. I don’t think they would be ready for the elderly to eat cat food, do you?? We could appeal to their Christian ideals!

    Yes, confloyd, they would. As they always have. Indeed, many of the conservative candidates are running on a platform of cutting so-called entitlements. The woman running against Harry Reid is arguing “we need to phase out Medicare and Socail Security”. Don’t fool yourself, con. There are no heroes here. The way a Republican may help is it may force Democrats to start arguing as they did in ’06 for protecting SS and Medicare as a way to appeal to voters. But do not expect Republicans to protect social security. Also, pretty 95% of us will some day in some way rely on our SS. My in-laws are upper middle class with a pension. They still rely on their SS to maintain their lifestyle. Few people won’t need this supplemental income in retirement. Of course the elites on the commission won’t, but most of the rest of us certainly will.

  116. mj
    August 26th, 2010 at 4:06 pm
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    Let’s see. If 95% of us, Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike, are going to have to rely on our social security, which we have paid into for all of our working life, what makes you believe that it would not be political suicide for anyone to try to take that away from us? Will Social Security change in some way? Probably, but doing away with it won’t happen, ever. I just don’t get your logic sometimes.

  117. nomobama
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Not my logic. Sharron Angle’s. You’ll have to take it up with her.

  118. I am over my Republican hate. I dislike the Demorats much more at this point in time.

    The Demorats have liberated me from my political biases, so I guess that’s one thing for which I am thankful of them. It’s re-evaluation time. I’ll be re-evaluating my political support on a continuous basis, when in the past, I was lock, stock & barrel with the Demorats. For now, my feeling is like the admin’s here; they need to be destroyed, annihilated, decimated.

  119. I live in Canada so I am not sure how US social security works. Does it have a claw-back provision after a certain income? Can’t a govt shift the date of vesting so that ‘retirement’ happens at say 70? With life expectancy rising isn’t retirement with an average of decades of drawing from the public purse unreasonable and economically unsustainable – regardless of what may have been thought when it was set up? How does any government get control of deficit spending if the biggest outflows are to social programs? Other jurisdictions do these things. The UK government (and other European governments with worse aging profles in their populations) are having to take or actively considering these kinds of steps.

  120. This is what Sharron Angle has stated in the past:

    “Those who have been paying into the Social Security system and Medicare system can have their choice,” Angle said. “Maybe they want to go onto the old system or maybe they want to go onto the new [private] system. … Those workers that are coming on line, who are just beginning their careers, should really be looking at a private system.”

    We must keep the promise of Social Security by redeeming the “IOU’s” that have been written to the Social Security Trust Fund and then putting that money in a lock box that cannot ever be raided again by Washington politicians. The only way we pay for it is by cutting spending. We should also create personalized accounts for the next generation that cannot be raided.

    ———————————-

    It seems to me that she is for some type of social insurance program for retirees. Although I would have to really study the pros and cons of privatization of social security, I think it’s demagoguery when people try to make it appear that she is for “nothing” when it comes to some type of a social security program for retirees. Personally, I believe that Social Security taxes collected should only be used for funding Social Security benefits. If these funds were off limits to those in government who raid them as they see fit, I don’t think people would have anything to worry about concerning Social Security benefits. Yet, if the government continues to look at Social Security funds as some cash cow to be used for whatever they desire it for, then Sharron is correct in trying to think out of the box with regards to have a security net for retirees. Better to have one’s own private account, than have to depend on a government that does not respect the original intent of the Social Security program.

  121. mj
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:07 pm
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    By the way, I was addressing your logic. You wrote what I addressed, not Sharron Angle.

  122. nomobama
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    This is what Sharron Angle has stated in the past:

    “Those who have been paying into the Social Security system and Medicare system can have their choice,” Angle said. “Maybe they want to go onto the old system or maybe they want to go onto the new [private] system. … Those workers that are coming on line, who are just beginning their careers, should really be looking at a private system.”

    We must keep the promise of Social Security by redeeming the “IOU’s” that have been written to the Social Security Trust Fund and then putting that money in a lock box that cannot ever be raided again by Washington politicians. The only way we pay for it is by cutting spending. We should also create personalized accounts for the next generation that cannot be raided.

    ———————————-

    It seems to me that she is for some type of social insurance program for retirees. Although I would have to really study the pros and cons of privatization of social security, I think it’s demagoguery when people try to make it appear that she is for “nothing” when it comes to some type of a social security program for retirees. Personally, I believe that Social Security taxes collected should only be used for funding Social Security benefits. If these funds were off limits to those in government who raid them as they see fit, I don’t think people would have anything to worry about concerning Social Security benefits. Yet, if the government continues to look at Social Security funds as some cash cow to be used for whatever they desire it for, then Sharron is correct in trying to think out of the box with regards to have a security net for retirees. Better to have one’s own private account, than have to depend on a government that does not respect the original intent of the Social Security program.
    _____________________________________________

    This is correct. Angle’s message was purposely distorted by Reid, Big Media, and leftist bloggers to create the impression that she wanted to eliminate SS.

    That’s the meme that they put out there and it resonates with those who fail to examine the truth behind their BS; like calling opposition to Obama “racist!”.

  123. Shadowfax
    The Rethugs are good to use as a tool, or a hammer to knock Nasty off her perch, Reid into retirement and Barry into the unemployment line. You can’t trust the Rethug party any more than you can trust the lost boys in Barry’s gang.

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

    Right.

  124. nobama, I agree, this group of dimocrats have liberated me of my rethug hate also and want to see them annilated during the next two elections, that is, of coarse if Hillary doesn’t run.

    I know now that I can vote for a rethug and will look to this blog for whom is safe. I don’t have much time anymore to do the research, but trust my friend here on the big pink to steer me in the right direction.

  125. Kay
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Only upper middle class and upper class Americans are living older than their predecessors. For most Americans, the age at which we die has barely moved in decades. Why life expectancy looks like it’s increasing is because childhood and infant mortality rates are way down. This in no way effect ss funding, as SS is funded by adult workers. Further, the french took to the streets when thei retirement age was moved from 60 to 62. There is no reason on earth for Americans to stand by and allow their reitrement age to be increased to 70 years old.

  126. This is correct. Angle’s message was purposely distorted by Reid, Big Media, and leftist bloggers to create the impression that she wanted to eliminate SS.

    That’s the meme that they put out there and it resonates with those who fail to examine the truth behind their BS; like calling opposition to Obama “racist!”.
    ——————–
    And if the Republicans have any sense at all they will make Reid eat his words. They will show a side by side comparison between what she said and how he characterized it. And then they will say, I am not going to engage in the same negative campaigning as my opponent. I am not going to call him a liar. I am not going to accuse him of trying to deceive you. All you need to know is that Mr. Reid campaigns the same way that he governs. (Fade to black).

  127. mj
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    =============================

    Fair enough. Did Chile do exactly what Sharron has supported? Would privatization in the US look like that which was tried in Chile?

    Seems that there were a lot of cases in the world that showed how obamacare was not the way to go with the US healthcare system. France was touted as an example to be admired, yet I read things including stuff written by those who actually were treated in France’s system, that gave clues as to the deficit fiasco that it was. I mention this because if there are examples of something being tried somewhere else, the results should be dissected, and honest critiques should be given so that whatever we end up with is workable for everyone, not just for some. What were the reasons for the failure of Chiles privatization program? If Chile’s attempt at privatization was a failure due to only one aspect of their program, then maybe that type of program can still be salvaged if some corrections are made to it. If not, then it rightfully should be done away with.

  128. I haven’t fallen for the bs of the Rethugs, and never will. I don’t trust 98% of Congress and the Oval office right now.

    The Rethugs have never supported social issues I agree with, although fiscally I am a centralist Dem. I don’t fall for any of their plots to win back or keep the WhiteHouse.

    I will vote to toss everyone but Diane Feinstein out of office, and replace with new people that don’t support Obama. I will not vote for Meg Whitman nor Carly what’sherface.

    I guess as far right as I can go is Independent or Centralist.

    I could count the Rethugs on less than one hand, that I trust, Jan Brewer, Palin, McCain and maybe Rubio…but I can’t vote for any of them. Come 2012, it’s a whole new ballgame of toss the bums out for me.

  129. I am not afraid of someone discussing the privatization of social security, but I think that unnecessary if they would only use Social Security taxes for that which they were intended. It is a system that has worked in the past, but politicians seem intent on destroying it because they can’t seem to keep their hands off of it. It’s government that is destroying this social security program by mismanaging it. They need to KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF of it! Sharron Angel is answering government misuse of social security funds by proposing something that protects the money from government misuse. If the money is not going into a government account, then they can’t use it for other reasons, right?

  130. Sounds like Fitzgerald had better come up with a new key witness…

    Prosecutors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption case Thursday agreed to drop the case against his brother, Robert Blagojevich.

    The government made the decision to drop him from the case during a Thursday hearing to discuss the framework for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial. Robert was spared because of “the disparity in the roles” of the two brothers and “in the interests of justice,” said assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Robert-Blagojevich-Case-Dismissed-by-Federal-Prosecutors-Pat-Fitzgerald-101568553.html#ixzz0xklbHr5g

  131. The repugs are as bad as the dems. They do not have a viable economic plan. Cutting taxes has failed in the past and will not solve the countries fiscal problems. Obamacare has given us a republican health care plan …..one that has already failed in Maass. it has failed precisely because it does not offer not for profit healthcare and does not negotioate best rates with pharma.

    The only reason to vote repug in my opinion is to destroy the obama dems. But it will not be easy for me to pull the lever for someone who would interfere with and prevent a woman’s right to choose and give the country to a group whose economic policies have failed miserably several times in my lifetime.

  132. I want the Democratic party to not know what hit them in the next two elections. The entrenched Democrats need to be removed. Even if they are not 100% obamacrats, like some who haven’t stood with him always, any of those who have voted for obamacare, or who played games by holding out to the very last minute to see if enough votes were there for obamacare to pass so that they could vote against it, need to be removed from office. It’s the only way to make a fundamental change in the current Democratic party. They need to hear us loud and clear once and for all. Republicans are already holding their politicians accountable. We have not been doing this significantly in the past. I will vote against any Demorat right now. I don’t care if they are a Hillary supporter or not. They were not on their toes when it came to combatting the disease in the demorat party, so I have no allegiance to them at this time. There was too much compliance, too much deceit, too much lack of a backbone for me to feel sorry for most Demorats. It’s a shame that a few good ones will need to go along with the bad, but hopefully only good will replace all of them.

  133. more on Blago…
    Putting off the trial until after the election and will only allow two attorneys for Blago.

    In other news from the hearing, Judge James Zagel said the earliest date that a new trial could be scheduled to start would be in the first week of January. The judge hinted he would push the date into 2011 so he could spare a jury the burden of being in court through the holidays.

    Zagel also said Blagojevich will only be allowed to carry two lawyers into the retrial because he’ll need to rely on public funds for his defense.

    It’s unclear who those lawyers will be at this point.

    There has yet to be a decision about whether Rod Blagojevich’s lead attorneys, Sam Adam and Sam Adam Jr., will continue to represent the convicted governor.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Robert-Blagojevich-Case-Dismissed-by-Federal-Prosecutors-Pat-Fitzgerald-101568553.html#ixzz0xkmlHPvq

  134. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    S, So they let Blago off, Fitz is corrupt and that just makes me sick. Is there anyone who will bring this administration down just because its the right thing to do for us without doing it for their own selfishness.
    *****************************************

    confloyd, they dismissed the case against blago’s brother, not blago

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

    fyi…bristol palin is going to be a dancer contestant on Dancing with the Stars…

  135. If the stock market goes through a double dip then there will not be much appetite for privatization. But assuming it is presented as an option, we would need to be clear on what we are talking about. It is not just the lump sum you see on a quarterly basis, it is also the income stream which that represents for the rest of your life at the guaranteed benefit level. And if young people opt out of social security then you lose the benefit of their contributions. For people over 50 privatization looks to me like a losing proposition. No single party has the guts to grab hold of the fourth rail. But if they do it jointly then they think they can do it without political risk. The only check on them at that point is the anti incumbent mood of the country symbolized by the Tea Party movement. Angle should keep quiet about this unless she wants to cede that turf to Reid who does not give a tinkers damn about working people but is enough of a whore to pretend otherwise.

  136. Honey, I Shrunk My Approval Ratings
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    In what will rank as one of the all-time presidential PR disasters, we’re now well over half way through what the White House called “the summer of recovery.” And what a recovery it’s been.

    Earlier this month, first-time claims for unemployment hit a nine-month high. The unemployment rate remains at 9.5% and 18.4% of workers are out of a job, can only get part-time work, or have given up looking for a job altogether. Sales of existing homes dropped 27% from June to July, hitting the lowest point since data were first collected in 1999. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell to 50.4 in July, continuing a slide that started in February. And the stock market is down 11% from its peak in April.

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    All of this has helped shatter public confidence in the president. In early May, Mr. Obama’s approval on the economy in the YouGov/Polimetrix poll was 42%. By mid-August, it was 35%—a frightening number for Democrats less than 70 days from a midterm election. According to this week’s Reuters poll, 72% are “very” worried about jobs and 67% “very concerned” about government spending.

    Mr. Obama’s credibility is crumbling, and for good reason: He and his people are saying things people don’t believe. At the start of his summer of recovery road show, the president flatly asserted that last year’s massive stimulus package had “worked.” Vice President Joe Biden, not to be outdone, promised monthly job gains of up to 500,000 and insisted that the recovery’s pace “continues to increase, not decrease” as stimulus spending was “moving into its highest gear.”

    It’s slightly surreal. “Who are you going to believe,” as Groucho Marx once said, “me or your own eyes?”

    The administration’s claims have collided with reality in other instances as well. Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer—speaking before the 2009 stimulus was approved—said unemployment would top out at 8% by the third quarter of 2009 and decline to less than 7% by the end of 2010. Even the White House now admits that the unemployment rate will stay at or above 9% through 2011.

    The White House also frequently asserts that “between 2.3 million and 2.8 million jobs were either saved or created” by the $620 billion in stimulus money spent by June. Set aside the absurdity of the administration inventing the “saved” category and then pretending it can ascertain, with scientific precision, the number of jobs that have been “saved.” Since the stimulus passed, 2.6 million Americans have lost their jobs and 1.2 million people have given up even looking for work.

    Mr. Obama and his people also mischaracterize where most stimulus dollars go. Their constant prattle about “shovel ready projects” is an attempt to leave the impression that most goes to bricks and mortar. Not true: Only 3.3% of the $814 billion stimulus went to the Federal Highway Administration for highway and bridge projects.

    The administration’s misleading statements and obfuscations aren’t limited to the economy. On health care, for example, Mr. Obama continues saying that (a) health-care reform will reduce costs and the deficit, (b) no one who wants to keep existing coverage will lose it, and (c) the law’s cuts in Medicare won’t threaten any senior’s health care. These assertions are laughable.

    About Karl Rove

    Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

    Before Karl became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

    Karl writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, is a Newsweek columnist and is the author of the book “Courage and Consequence” (Threshold Editions).

    Email the author atKarl@Rove.comor visit him on the web atRove.com. Or, you can send a Tweet to @karlrove.

    The president’s habit of exaggeration and misstatement has infected other Democrats. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, routinely talks about how the recently passed “Stimulus II” spending bill protected the jobs of police and firemen.

    But it didn’t.

    Stimulus II consisted of two parts: $10 billion for education and $16 billion for Medicaid. States can’t spend Medicaid money for anything but Medicaid, and they can only spend the education money on education, i.e., they can’t shuffle state funds around. Language allowing Stimulus II dollars to pay for police and firemen didn’t make it out of the Senate. Yet Democratic leaders persist in saying that their latest stimulus has helped keep police and firefighters on the job. The claim is flatly untrue.

    By overselling the stimulus before its passage in 2009 and exaggerating its benefits with layer upon layer of slippery half-truths in 2010, Mr. Obama has made voters angrier. This is not America’s summer of recovery; it is a summer of economic discontent that will ensure that Democrats take a pounding in the midterm elections.

  137. nobama, Your right, even if they supported Hillary because they did NOT have enough backbone to stand for the truth when they were screwing Hillary and us by means of the fraudulent primary….so….off with their heads…so to speak…LOL! I don’t mean that literally of coarse! They need to be fired.

  138. nomobama
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Well, since the system was written by the same Chicago economists that have long proposed that we privatize the american system, i think they would be similar. But I see no reason to arguing an idea Americans flatly rejected by huge margins in 2006, and I hardly think after the state of the American stock market today people are going to begin rallying to that idea. Finally, the biggest American cheerleader for the french health system is Bill Clinton, though perhaps he isn’t cosmopolitan enough to undertand it’s horrors *snicker*.

  139. wbboei
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Are you kidding me? There is no appetite for it now. There was no appetite for it in 2006 before the crash. There is no appitite for reviving the idea on the Republican side of the aisle save Paul Ryan. There is no appetite for privatizing social security. Period. Angel blundered by suggesting phasing out ss and medicare, and she further blundered by suggesting privatizing. Hillary Clinton, by the way, not only was one of the leading defenders against Bush’s partial privatizing schemes, she also took on Obama’s openess to raising the age of retirement or cutting benefits in the primary.

  140. Carol
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Exactly. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It doesn’t mean people need to start arguing for poor Republican proposals like privatizing social security, or god forbid, medicare.

  141. See. That’s really all Repubs have to say to win. Failed stimulus, wallstreet bailouts, high unemployment. They really don’t need to propose anything. This election is a referendum on the in Party,

  142. mj, I believe there will be blood in the streets if they raise it to 70years old or cut the benefits. Americans love social security and we all planned to have it, so how can they get rid of it now in favor of a stock market that is already dead, perhaps thats why they want our money to bolster it up, so the wealthy can stay afloat when they were the ones that caused the whole collapse with those derivities. Gambling for the big boys.

  143. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Well, I certainly hope you are right. But make no mistake, that is what the phony deficit cutting commission is all about.

  144. confloyd:

    SURPRISE-SURPRISE

    Sarah Palin Reality Show, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ Premiering On November 14

    TLC President Eileen O’Neill told reporters at the annual Television Correspondents Association press tour that “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the TLC series that was announced in March, will debut on November 14 at 9 PM.

    So far, not much is known about the series, except that the initial run will last eight episodes and that it is being produced by Mark Burnett, creator of “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” The announcement of the series in March had created a stir, since TLC is owned by the Discovery Network, which is known for its nature shows, and Palin is no friend of the environmental movement.

    O’Neill told reporters that “the early selects are looking great.”

    “It’s become clear it takes a special individual to thrive in Alaska,” she said.

    “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is part of TLC’s push to make the network’s programming heartland-friendly.

    “We tend to be less snarky, edgy,” O’Neill told the LA Times’ Scott Collins recently. “There’s something for everyone here. We do shoot all around the country. Our topics and people tend to represent a lot of daily American lives — a little less of the edgy, cooler [material].”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/06/sarah-palin-reality-show_n_673759.html

  145. Mrs. Smith
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jan, can you shed some light with your intrepretation of the phrase “corrosive nature” of the Israeli lobby ?

    —————
    Over many years I have heard slander against the Jewish/Israeli lobby the likes of bribery charges, too much influence, too many “Jews” in high places, etc…etc… Even more have I heard slander in that the Jews make all the decisions for the White House.

    Obviously the obama twilight zone has changed this concept if there was even an iota of truth to it in the first place.

  146. Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton to Speak at Clinton Global Initiative

    Alex Wagner
    White House Correspondent
    Posted: 08/26/10

    For those who hoped, in vain, to see a Clinton-Obama reunion this summer at Chelsea Clinton’s nuptials, all is not lost: On Thursday, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the closing remarks at the organization’s meeting this year on Sept. 23.

    Founded by former President Bill Clinton in 2005, CGI is a veritable who’s who of kingmakers, power brokers and political pooh-bahs who convene yearly in New York City to tackle the world’s most pressing issues.

    According to the CGI website, attendees “create a ‘Commitment to Action’ — a detailed plan for addressing a major global challenge in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment & Energy, and Global Health. Throughout the event, members share successful strategies, forge partnerships, and gain practical insights that they can use to enhance their work.”

    Among the other leading (lady) lights scheduled to speak at the conference are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, Melinda Gates, and White House Senior Adviser (and Obama family vacation buddy) Valerie Jarrett. The event will mark the second meeting of the two first ladies in a two-week period: Laura Bush and Michelle Obama are slated to take part in a 9/11 commemoration ceremony for victims of United Flight 93 at the crash site in Shanksville, Pa.

    The themes for this year’s conference include: “Empowering Girls and Women,” “Strengthening Market-Based Solutions,” “Harnessing Human Potential” and “Enhancing Access to Modern Technology,” as well as special sessions on “Recovery in Haiti” and “Cancer: Addressing Inequalities in Access and Care.”

    While the current first lady’s cause celebre is childhood obesity — and she is sure to mention the her efforts to combat the epidemic — Mrs. Obama also has firsthand knowledge of the situation in Haiti. In April, she made a surprise visit to the country to draw attention to and support for humanitarian operations in the wake of the earthquake in January.

    Empowering women and girls is also a White House priority: The State Department recently established the Innovation Fund for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. In March, the department hosted the “International Women of Courage” Awards — in attendance were both the secretary of state and the first lady.

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/08/26/michelle-obama-laura-bush-hillary-clinton-to-speak-at-clinton/

  147. JanH
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    Mrs. Smith
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jan, can you shed some light with your intrepretation of the phrase “corrosive nature” of the Israeli lobby ?

    —————
    Over many years I have heard slander against the Jewish/Israeli lobby the likes of bribery charges, too much influence, too many “Jews” in high places, etc…etc… Even more have I heard slander in that the Jews make all the decisions for the White House.

    Obviously the obama twilight zone has changed this concept if there was even an iota of truth to it in the first place.
    ___________________

    Thanks for the clarification, Jan- I really had no idea what that turn of phase meant except if the use of those words were not an accurate translation from arab or hebrew. Therefore I didn’t know how to process the intent. I appreciate your effort, thanks. 🙂

  148. laura bush, hillary clinton and michelle in one place, spot the odd one out.

    class trumps trash every time.

  149. Disgraceful

    Key Toss-Up Races in States Where Military Absentee Ballots Face Delays

    Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Michael Bennet of Colorado are just two incumbents locked in tight re-election races in states where local officials have warned they will likely not be able to ship out general election ballots to overseas military voters by the Sept. 18 deadline.

    Both Democrats’ race are listed as “toss-ups” by RealClearPolitics.com, and military ballots could make the difference.

    But Wisconsin and Colorado are among 10 states where local officials say they may not be able to comply with Move Act provisions that call for ballots to be mailed out at least 45 days before the 2010 midterm election.

    Fox News has identified four states — Wisconsin, Colorado, Maryland and Washington — where races may hinge on those absentee ballots and on whether their delivery works as intended on behalf of the fighting men and women abroad.

    And in one Maryland congressional district, Frank Kratovil, a Democratic freshman, also faces a tight race for re-election.

    “Active-duty military always has an insight into world situations that maybe others do not. Their perspective is significant. Whether it is for one party or another isn’t really the issue; it’s that their vote is significant,” said Jessie Jane Duff of Military Voting Rights USA.

    Some of the ten waiver states — include Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin (as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands) — will accept overseas military ballots after Election Day to make up for the fact they can’t send them out by Sept. 18. But in the case of competitive states like Wisconsin and Colorado, it’s still less time than the 45-day transmission period mandated by the Move Act.

    ………………………………….

    These people could’nt run an orgy in a worehouse. Absolute disgrace.

  150. Mrs.Smith, What do you make of this new TV series and Huffington Post breaking the news about it??

    I certainly hope Sarah runs because she would be a great Potus and she will not bend to the good old boys.

  151. Interesting

    Redistricting Could Prolong the Democrats’ Pain

    Every 10 years, it’s time for reapportionment and redistricting. The framers of the Constitution created the first regularly scheduled national census and required, for the first time that I am aware, that representation in a legislature be apportioned according to population.

    Reapportionment is automatic: A statutory formula takes the Census figures and apportions the 435 House districts among the 50 states. Wyoming and five other states will each get one, California will probably get 53, and the rest some number in between.

    Seven states, according to projections by Polidata Inc., will gain a House seat, and Texas will gain four — nine states will lose a House seat, and Ohio will lose two. Overall, states carried by John McCain in 2008 will gain a net seven seats (and electoral votes), and states carried by Barack Obama will lose seven.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean Republicans will gain House seats. That depends on redistricting — how the lines are drawn by the politicians in each state (or, in a couple of cases, by nonpartisan commissions).

    That’s particularly true in states with large numbers of districts and densely packed metropolitan areas. You can’t do much gerrymandering in a state with only a few districts. But you can in states with more than four or five.

    Eighteen months ago, it looked like Democrats were going to profit from redistricting. An optimistic scenario for Democrats, extrapolating from the 2008 election results, was that if they could gain three governorships and three state senates and otherwise hold what they had, they would control redistricting in 14 states with more than five districts, including California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and New Jersey.

    Those states are projected to have 195 districts in the House elected in 2012. Clever redistricting could move between one and two dozen into the Democratic column. That would have been the Democrats’ best redistricting cycle since the one following the 1980 Census.

    But that scenario now is the stuff of dreams. Democrats are threatened with losing many governorships and legislative chambers, and their chances of taking over many from the Republicans look dismal.

    Instead, the optimistic scenario belongs to the Republicans. If they hold what they have and capture a few governorships (Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin) and a few legislative chambers (the Houses in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and both houses in Wisconsin), they will control redistricting in 11 states with more than five House seats, including Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Those states are projected to have 178 House seats.

    This would be an even better redistricting cycle for Republicans than the one following the 2000 Census, which was their best in 50 years. It could move one to two dozen House seats into the Republican column. But a few caveats are in order.

    First, optimistic scenarios don’t always come true. If Republican Meg Whitman is not elected governor in California, Democrats will be able to draw the lines of its 53 districts. That could offset Republican gains elsewhere. And it’s not a sure thing that Republicans will make the gains they need to control the process in several states.

    Second, redistricting doesn’t lock up seats for one party forever. A few years ago pundits were lamenting that it did — and then Democrats won dozens of seemingly safe Republican seats in 2006 and 2008. This year, Republicans may win many seemingly safe Democratic seats.

    The last redistricting cycle came during a period of stable partisan alignments that persisted from 1995 to 2005. Redistricters could pretty well count on voters voting the same way they had last time and the time before.

    Now we seem to be in a period of very unstable partisan alignments. What looks like a safe seat based on 2008 numbers may not look safe under 2010 numbers. And those numbers may not be etched in stone. No one I know is predicting confidently how Americans will vote in 2012.

    In the end, the voters get a say. But in an otherwise close election, redistricting can determine control of the House. And that can make an enormous difference in legislative outcomes, as it has during the past decade.

    The unpopularity of the Obama Democrats’ policies seems sure to hurt the party this year. Redistricting seems likely to extend the pain for several more election cycles.

  152. Some interesting stuff to read today

    The November Election – Have Candidates Heard The Voters?

    Those who have been following the various primary elections across the country must have noticed that nobody is safe. Just being an incumbent places the candidate in a danger zone. Having a Democrat or Republican nametag will only garner a person a small following of voters. Some observers feel that a candidate coming from “political nowhere” has a better chance of winning than anyone with a long track record in politics.

    The Republican Party left me when it decided to become Democrat-Lite. As a fiscal conservative I could not accept the elected GOP clan being engaged in a spending spree that defied logic. Little did I know at the time there was to be a migration of conservative voters away from the Grand Old Party and into the ranks of the Independents. With the upcoming election Republicans will win back many of the disaffected, but not on their own merit. Having no place else to turn and seeing how radically leftist the Democrats have become, Independents will vote for the least offensive of remaining candidates.

    I recently told readers of my election quandary and stated that what I was looking for from the Republicans was a platform I could believe in and one they will pledge to follow. I want the candidates to sign a contract similar to what they had in 1994. But, this time I want them to keep all their pledges and promises. Nothing turns voters off faster than broken promises and those out-and-out lies.

    I then asked my readers what they would like to see happen in Washington. The responses are still filling my mailbox, but I have already seen some very unexpected answers to my question.

    First of all, there seems to be a huge number of people who once wore party labels and now vote only as independents. Though most of my readers come from the ranks of the military, military retired, veterans, plus business and professional people, they all have one thing in common…distrust of government. Layered on top of that would be… rage against big government.

    We have all heard that people are angry about the poor economy, the Obama healthcare legislation and our high unemployment. Those three things did not appear the main concern of those responding to my inquiry.

    At the top of the list so far…people want to see term limits for everyone in Congress. In related comments they would like to see a freeze on congressional wages, a requirement that all laws passed by Congress must apply to every member of that body, and along with term limits, no retirement for those who serve in the legislative branch.

    Next up on this voter shopping list was securing the borders, an end to earmarks and a strong examination of converting our tax system to either the flat tax or the fair tax model.

    The readers want a return to constitutional values and strict adherence to states rights. They want to see smaller government, meaningful morals and ethics legislation, and a logical plan that will solve the Social Security and Medicare insolvency situation.

    There will be much more to report concerning voter comments on the upcoming election. However, as of today, there are more than thirty areas where these voters want to see change. But, unlike the change promised by the Obama campaign, the changes these voters want are to correct everything they dislike in Washington today.

  153. mj
    Finally, the biggest American cheerleader for the french health system is Bill Clinton, though perhaps he isn’t cosmopolitan enough to understand it’s horrors *snicker*.
    ———-
    I’m no expert on all that is French, but I love the sound of their language and their food is awesome, but I digress.

    As far as I know, the French or Canadian Health Care system does not reward the insurance companies nor Big Pharma…so, that being said, how do you make the connection between the Big Dawg and the crap bill that Barry and his Nasty steamrolled?

    Any old raggityass health care plan is not what Bill and Hillary want…no matter what white lies they say in public while our girl is SOS.

  154. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Mrs.Smith, What do you make of this new TV series and Huffington Post breaking the news about it??

    Brilliant- she can say and do whatever she wants on her show and get paid handsomely for doing it.

    I certainly hope Sarah runs because she would be a great Potus and she will not bend to the good old boys.

    Yes, I agree. After Hillary of course.

  155. Shadowfax
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It was response to nobama who said “France was touted as an example to be admired, yet I read things including stuff written by those who actually were treated in France’s system, that gave clues as to the deficit fiasco that it was.” Of course health care costs can not be viewed simply as a measure of government spending, but in totality, public plus government spending. The French spend about half per capita as we do.

    I have been a HUGE OPPONENT of Obama’s health care plan. I have never once voiced any support of it, so I really do not know what you are trying to say. I do know that Bill believes the French have a superior health system, in terms of care and cost.

  156. Obama is looking for ways to be relevant in this election. He can campaign like a fool in inner city districts, make sure the voting machines are rigged, high five new black panther party goons and take a little payola who cares brian williams will cover for him. But candidates in other areas do not seem to want him to show up. Shocking treatment for the leader of the party, much less for the savior of all mankind. The best way for him to deal with this treason is to reach out to American People directly through a commercial.. He can take off his shoe pounds the table and tell the middle class I will bury you. It did not work for Nikita, but all we had back then was Kennedy. Today we have Barack.

  157. Mrs.Smith, Yes of coarse, we need Hillary and I pray she runs and will vote for her as long as she is NOT Veep with Odummer.

    I do trust Sarah because I have read what she really did in Alaska and I think she would never get rid of SS. She really is the only rethug I can see myself happily voting for (if Hillary doesn’t). I will have to bring a barf bag with me to the polls if Newt or Mittens is the nominee. I hope that will not be the case.

    It will really be sad if the rethugs realize that America was ready for a female Potus and they get one first, but we can’t think of that, we just need to clean house on the democrats.

    Just think in a few months we won’t have to listen to Chris Dodd anymore when we watch C-span. Of coarse, he will probably be filling his pockets behind closed doors.

  158. Any old raggityass health care plan is not what Bill and Hillary want…no matter what white lies they say in public while our girl is SOS.
    —————————————-

    You betcha!

  159. Another incumbent booted out in Arizona….

    If there was ever any question about the REAL CHANGE that is coming, just look at Jesse Kelly, a young Marine who faced a Republican-establishment candidate in Tuesday’s primary and won.

    WarriorsforCongress.com, wasn’t listening to the establishment. they didn’t care that the money was against Jesse Kelly. “No, we can’t help him. He won’t win.” That’s what we were told by “establishment” folks when they asked them to help Jesse.

    “The message is that the voters of southern Arizona want a businessman and a combat veteran to fight for practical conservative solutions,” said Kelly’s campaign manager, Adam Kwasman. “They are rejecting career politicians.”

    The message is also that people outside of Arizona believe in men like Jesse Kelly. Mark Levin, put his name behind Jesse when the “establishment Republicans” pooh-poohed him. Thousands of Americans across the fruited plains came to Warriorsforcongress.com and supported Jesse and other candidates, including Allen West, who also won last night!

    ………………………….

    Victory over incumbents, yup liking the sound of that. They all need a message that the public is not going to stand for incumbents taking voters for a ride.

  160. “Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, a dictator buttressed by torture, recently called Israel a state “based on crime, slaughter.” Imagine what Israelis thought when, at about the time Assad was saying this, a State Department ninny visiting Syria was tweeting to the world, “I’m not kidding when I say I just had the greatest frappacino [sic] ever.”

    —————-

    jbstonesfan,

    Will has been writing some great articles lately. And he is absolutely right when he says that the talks are just a mirage. The Palestinians are just waiting for Israel to start building again to stop this before it starts. Iran is ready to arm Hizbolla and Syria.

    What bothers me is that you have Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine invited to these talks. Given obama’s preferences, seems a little lopsided in support or lack of.

  161. Election 2010: Nevada Senate
    Nevada Senate: Reid (D) 47%, Angle (R) 47%
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Email to a Friend ShareThis
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    The U.S. Senate race in Nevada remains very close.
    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Democratic Senator Harry Reid and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle tied with 47% of the vote each. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
    Two weeks ago, Reid held a two-point advantage over Angle.
    Earlier this year, Reid was considered to be one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents. He picked up just 39% of the vote following Angle’s primary victory but has seen his own numbers improve to 41% in late June, 43% in early July, 45% in late July and 47% today.
    For Angle, the numbers have been heading in the opposite direction. The GOP nominee attracted 50% of the statewide vote following her primary victory in early June. That fell to 48% later that month, 46% in early July and 43% in late July. The current survey represents the first time her support has increased since the primary.
    When leaners are included in the new totals, Angle attracts 50% of the vote, while Reid picks up 48%. This is the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey in Nevada to include leaners. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.
    Early in any campaign, the numbers without leaners are generally more significant. Later in a campaign, the numbers with leaners matter more. After Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports will report the numbers with leaners as the primary indicators of the campaign.
    With this latest survey, Nevada shifts from Leans Democratic to Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power summary.
    Voters in Nevada already have staked out firm positions on the candidates. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Reid’s supporters say that they are certain to vote for him and won’t change their mind. Eight-five percent (85%) of Angle’s supporters say the same.
    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Nevada was conducted on August 16, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
    Both Reid and Angle earn overwhelming support from members of their own parties. Angle leads among voters not affiliated with either major party by a 52% to 35% margin.
    Nevada voters have a gloomier assessment of the economy than voters in many other states. Only six percent (6%) rate the economy as good or excellent, while 66% describe it as poor. Twenty-six percent (26%) say the economy is getting better, but twice as many (53%) think it’s getting worse.
    Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters who say the economy is improving support Reid. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those who say it is worsening favor Angle.
    Eighty percent (80%) of all Nevada voters say the country is in an economic recession.
    Twenty-six percent (26%) of the state’s voters hold a Very Favorable opinion of Reid, who has represented Nevada in the Senate since 1987. But 44% view him Very Unfavorably.
    Angle, a former state legislator, is viewed Very Favorably by 17% and Very Unfavorably by 39%.
    At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with strong opinions more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.
    Unlike voters nationally, Nevada voters are even more skeptical of their own representatives in Congress than they are of Congress as a whole. Sixty-two percent (62%) think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for cash or a campaign contribution, but 65% say it is likely that their own congressional representative has already done so. The latter figure includes 41% who say it is Very Likely.
    Forty-three percent (43%) of voters in the state favor the requirement in the new national health care bill that every American must buy or obtain health insurance. Fifty-five percent (55%) oppose that requirement. This includes 25% who Strongly Favor it and 44% who are Strongly Opposed. These findings mirror views of the requirement among voters nationwide.

  162. http://tucsoncitizen.com/the-cholla-jumps/2010/08/26/sarah-palin-endorses-jesse-kelly-in-cd-8/

    ‘Sarah Palin appeared with Republican nominee Jesse Kelly today on Fox Business. She gave one of the most gracious praises of his candidacy I have ever heard saying” I don’t feel worthy to lace his combat boots.”’

    This is huge praise for the former Marine who has one of the best chances in recent history to unseat Gabrielle Giffords ( Kelly) in Arizona’s Congressional District 8 on November 2. In a hard fought primary, Jesse Kelly executed a superb campaign overcoming three former combat veterans in their own right. The Kelly campaign struck hard and early into the heart of the GOP with a surging grassroots support that has pushed the limits of the establishment to fend off the usurpation.

    What Jesse Kelly brought to the party was a unifying message that conforms to the GOP platform in Arizona. He didn’t back down from it’s principles and he didn’t flip flop. If the establishment wants to continue to have seats at the GOP table, they would do well to make their ammends to the grassroots they derided then tried to piggyback on to at the end.

    The Kelly message is one of unification. The establishment should have no fear of losing power. The grassroots will fight the good fight but if tangible support by the establishment is not forthcoming, and I mean a lot more than lip service, then the old guard will have a fight on their hands in January.
    I knew you would appreciate.
    …………………………

    For someone they seem to think is thick as two short planks, she’s certainly racking the score up and putting the establishments nose out of joint, that tells me all i need to know.

    Good kick the establishment where it hurts, let them know, that we the voters aint gonna put up with what they want us to.

  163. Great article…

    The last refuge of a liberal

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”

    That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

    — Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

    — Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

    — Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

    — Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

    Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?

    Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.

    What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of course, the race card. When the Tea Party arose, a spontaneous, leaderless and perfectly natural (and traditionally American) reaction to the vast expansion of government intrinsic to the president’s proudly proclaimed transformational agenda, the liberal commentariat cast it as a mob of angry white yahoos disguising their antipathy to a black president by cleverly speaking in economic terms.

    Then came Arizona and S.B. 1070. It seems impossible for the left to believe that people of good will could hold that: (a) illegal immigration should be illegal, (b) the federal government should not hold border enforcement hostage to comprehensive reform, i.e., amnesty, (c) every country has the right to determine the composition of its immigrant population.

    As for Proposition 8, is it so hard to see why people might believe that a single judge overturning the will of 7 million voters is an affront to democracy? And that seeing merit in retaining the structure of the most ancient and fundamental of all social institutions is something other than an alleged hatred of gays — particularly since the opposite-gender requirement has characterized virtually every society in all the millennia until just a few years ago?

    And now the mosque near Ground Zero. The intelligentsia is near unanimous that the only possible grounds for opposition is bigotry toward Muslims. This smug attribution of bigotry to two-thirds of the population hinges on the insistence on a complete lack of connection between Islam and radical Islam, a proposition that dovetails perfectly with the Obama administration’s pretense that we are at war with nothing more than “violent extremists” of inscrutable motive and indiscernible belief. Those who reject this as both ridiculous and politically correct (an admitted redundancy) are declared Islamophobes, the ad hominem du jour.

    It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them” — blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims — a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, “just downright mean”?

    The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/26/AR2010082605233.html

  164. ok, i’m officially tired now, i cant see straight, although that may be the port and gin….see y’all tomorrow.

  165. mj
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Shadowfax
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It was response to nobama who said “France was touted as an example to be admired, yet I read things including stuff written by those who actually were treated in France’s system, that gave clues as to the deficit fiasco that it was.” Of course health care costs can not be viewed simply as a measure of government spending, but in totality, public plus government spending. The French spend about half per capita as we do.

    I have been a HUGE OPPONENT of Obama’s health care plan. I have never once voiced any support of it, so I really do not know what you are trying to say. I do know that Bill believes the French have a superior health system, in terms of care and cost.
    ————

    I certainly didn’t think that you supported anything Obama…but since I still am not sure what you were saying about Bill, with the ‘snicker’ part…I will just let this go and move on.

  166. Shadowfax
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I was saying Bill Clinton is a huge supporter of the French health system nobama said was a budget buster. I was laughing because bill clinton isn’t know for supporting budget busting policy. I don’t understand your confusion.

  167. I can’t believe it but old Jimmy Carter got the guy freed from North Korea…must have been that Hillary did all the ground work…all he did was show up!

    When is this man going to go gently into that goodnight?? I am sick of looking at this guy…he needs to go back to habitat for humanity and stay there.

  168. Jimmy Carter went on the build “Habitat for Humanity”, Clinton started the “Clinton Global Initative”….I wonder what Bambi is going to do?? Probably nothing but sitting around playing ball all day and counting his money is my guess. I just hope he starts his retirement sooooonnnnnn!

  169. mj
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Shadowfax
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I was saying Bill Clinton is a huge supporter of the French health system nobama said was a budget buster. I was laughing because bill clinton isn’t know for supporting budget busting policy. I don’t understand your confusion.
    ——-
    Okay, now I get what you were saying.
    I thought the attack was against Bill for defending Health Care in France, and that any public option was going to break the economy.
    I see the confusion with your making comments back to nobama.
    Sorry.
    Just supporting our Clintons. 😉

  170. Just wanted to show you how the bots allow free speech here in Texas.

    —————-
    Posted: Aug 26, 2010 1:58 PM CDT
    Updated: Aug 26, 2010 6:18 PM CDT
    Click image to enlarge

    Posted by Ellen Krafve – bio | email | Twitter

    GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) – Ellis Miller has put up billboards to air out his problems with the Obama Administration, but now, vandals have tried to set one of those billboards on fire. The botched attempt at arson has some wondering if his protest is worth it.

    “It could have burned my building down,” said Keith Hawley.

    Sunday morning, Gladewater police and firefighters were called out to a fire at the base of the billboard on Highway 80 and Phillips Street. Investigators say combustibles were set at the base of the metal pole. Flammable liquid was then set off.

    The fire was quickly put out, but now it has become more than just a billboard to nearby businessman Keith Hawley at A Step Above Detail.

    “Well, it really got me concerned because of my business next to it,” he said. “To act like this, it’s just ridiculous.”

    Ellis Miller has several of the controversial Obama billboards, but was deeply concerned when he heard what happened.

    “I was alarmed,” said Miller. “I’ve been hoping for the best…We do not want any violence against people or property.”

    Both Miller and Hawley are disappointed it would come to this.

    “Some people never change their opinion,” said Hawley. “Everybody’s got their own opinion…[my] wife was a little concerned with my business being down here. You never know if people might come by during daytime and try something.”

    No one was injured, although investigators are concerned about what might have happened if it had gotten out of control. Miller does not want his message to spark violence.

    “I talked with the owner of the sign itself,” said Miller. “My gut reaction was if that sign is going to do that…rather than having property damage and hatred, we’ll take the sign down.”

    “I wouldn’t expect the sign company to carry that sign and I wouldn’t want them to,” he said.

    Anyone with information on who may have been at the billboard site on Sunday is asked to call authorities immediately.
    http://www.kltv.com/global/story.asp?s=13050446

    There are pics of the sign at the link

  171. Can’t vouch for this, but it might be worth checking out.

    Al Quaeda was created and funded by our own CIA, for instance. The Taliban was funded to protect an upcoming Unocal oil pipeline in Afghanistan. …. Ted Rall is now on his way to speak to oil construction workers there. Apparently the plan is still going.

  172. I don’t feel like looking this up right now, but the French healthcare system is known to be running billions of dollars in the red. Additionally, it is not known to be all too responsive to its patients.

  173. Hold onto your hats this is going to be a rough ride. Summer of Recovery, my ass.

    Snapshot Of Economy About To Get A Lot Bleaker

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100827/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy

    WASHINGTON – The government is about to confirm what many people have felt for some time: The economy barely has a pulse.

    The Commerce Department on Friday will revise its estimate for economic growth in the April-to-June period and Wall Street economists forecast it will be cut almost in half, to a 1.4 percent annual rate from 2.4 percent.

    That’s a sharp slowdown from the first quarter, when the economy grew at a 3.7 percent annual rate, and economists say it’s a taste of the weakness to come. The current quarter isn’t expected to be much better, with many economists forecasting growth of only 1.7 percent.

    Such slow growth won’t feel much like an economic recovery and won’t lead to much hiring. The unemployment rate, now at 9.5 percent, could even rise by the end of the year.

    “The economy is going to limp along for the next few months,” said Gus Faucher, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. There’s even a one in three chance it could slip back into recession, he said.

    Many temporary factors that boosted the economy earlier this year are fading. Companies built up their inventories after cutting them sharply in the recession to match slower sales. The increase provided a boost to manufacturers, but now many companies’ stockpiles are in line with sales and don’t need to grow as much.

    In addition, the impact of the government’s $862 billion fiscal stimulus program is lessening.

    That leaves the private sector to pick up the slack. But businesses are cutting back on their spending on machines, computers and software, according to a government report earlier this week. And the housing sector is slumping again after a popular home buyer’s

  174. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Senator who apparently lost her GOP primary in a shocking upset to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, could be weighing a fall campaign on a third-party line.

    Final results from Election Day voting show Ms. Murkowski down by 1,668 votes. Many of the absentees left to be counted are from military voters, who probably lean to Mr. Miller. Her chances of making up the necessary votes are slim.

    But reports that the Murkowski camp is weighing the options of running on a minor-party line or as a write-in.

    “We are going to take a look at them and see whether the option is there or not, but it’s a decision she (Murkowski) has to make,” a source close to the Murkowski campaign said. The senator herself calls such talk “premature.”

    Since the deadline for running as an independent has passed in Alaska, the only ballot line open to the senator would be Libertarian. David Haase, the Libertarian Party Senate nominee, told the Anchorage Daily News he’s willing to listen to any proposal. Scott Kohlass, the state chair of the Libertarian Party, claims “there’s a chance” the party could replace Mr. Haase with the GOP Senator. But such a move would likely be very unpopular with the party’s antigovernment members. Ms. Murkowski’s moderate voting record was the major reason Mr. Miller was able to beat her running as a “Constitutional conservative” in the primary.

    …………………

    Desperation much, its Crist all over.

    I think its about time, the parties thought about instituting legal agreements on people running for their primaries along the lines of “if you are in an primary for the party ticket, if you are not selected by the primary voters, you cannot challenge the winner of that primary for that election seat under any other means, no 3rd run, no write in, no switching party.

    Just like some do when they sign contracts upon leaving a company so they cant work for opposition for a period of time.

    They need to be able to enforce the will of the party voters.

    Its ridiculous that career politicians when their gravy train ends, they think they can bully their way back into the seat. No means No.

  175. These guys are just complete fascists.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7966326/Iran-issues-fatwa-against-pets.html

    The decision by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance comes after the fatwa was issued by powerful cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi.

    While keeping dogs as pets has become increasingly fashionable in Iran in recent years, the fatwa cited Islamic tradition, which dictates that dogs are unclean.

    In June, Ayatollah Shirazi declared dogs unclean, saying that dog owners were “blindly imitating the West” and that their devotion to the animals would result in “evil outcomes”.

    “Many people in the West love their dogs more than their wives and children,” he said.

    The ban on pet advertising is the latest attempt by Iran’s culture ministry to undermine “decadent” Western culture.

    In July, Tehran produced a catalogue of haircuts meeting government approval. The list banned ponytails, mullets and elaborate spikes.

    ………………………………….

    Well if they dont like western products or ideas then i suggest we stop any products going into that country and see how long they survive without western tv’s, radios, food and everything else.

    They really a bunch of powerless men who like to ruin everyone elses life.

    This really annoys me, they would starve animals to death just because they say they are unclean, i can tell you, if you stood in a middle east market, you’d soon know who was unclean by the stench of BO.

  176. White House Visitor Logs Suggest J Street Contributed To U.S.-Israel Diplomatic Crisis

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    Last March, around the time of the diplomatic crisis between Israel and the US over construction in northern Jerusalem, there was a flurry of meetings between J Street and senior White House officials, Lenny Ben David writes.

    The newly released White House logs show that Jeremy Ben Ami, J Street’s president, met with Danielle Borin, a member of the vice-president’s staff, and two days later met in the West Wing with Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

    This was right around the time that both Biden and Clinton lashed out against Netanyahu for the Ramat Shlomo housing starts and David Axelrod went on Sunday morning talk shows describing Israel’s behavior as “very destructive…an affront…an insult.”

    Last October Tchen addressed a joint meeting of the Arab American Institute and J Street, opening her remarks with “You are quite representative of what we want to accomplish.”

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

  177. Barack Hussein Obama, Mr. Hope and Change, the Idol of Brian Williams and everything else that is putrid and corrupt in big media, must be considered by any objective measure a mega disaster. What his is likely to produce before his four year term is over is a national disaster on the order of the depression and/or the civil war in this country. Yet even now he plans for a second term and his big media supporters imagine how he will “pivot” off this Vesuvian eruption in November and make good on his promise of hope and change, and earn that Nobel Prize. But then again there is a little thing called reality. He has helped create an economic disaster through multiple sins of commission and omisssion. He has divided the nation racially, regionally, generationally, economically and in every other perverse way. His dream is globalize this country and to destroy our indentity. Think of what this means to young families, old people and others. The money men who installed this sociopath over rational alternatives should swing for this cardinal sin. Barack and Michelle should be allowed to traipse on, live the high life of dom Perigone til it hurts, and pretend it was all the fault of his predecessor and he did everything he could to solve the problem on those rare occasions when he is not on vacation. I hope that when the democrats see their own political careers go up in smoke come November they drink a toast to Barack and what he has meant to them, sort of along the lines of the gladiators pledge hail Caesar we who are about to die salute you. The drink of choice should be hemlock. A friend of mine was the boxing champion of the Marine Corps met Billy Conn the great white hope Irish light heavyweight who was ahead of Joe Louis on points before he was knocked out in the thirteenth round because he got careless–and Louis was great. Conn spent the rest of his life drifting from bar to bar telling him anyone who would listen how he could have been champion. That is kind of what I see with Barack–I could have been a great president except . . . .

  178. Admin- you were right… here is the proof… 🙂

    Bad weather will follow Obama to Washington after his vacay in MV. Bad weather, (man made) storm clouds will encircle the WH until Obama’s term is up and perhaps beyond..
    ________________________

    GOP plans wave of White House probes

    If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.

    Everything from the microscopic – the New Black Panther party – to the massive –- think bailouts – is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.

    Republican staffers say there won’t be any self-destructive witch hunts – but they are clearly relishing the prospect of extracting information from an administration that touts transparency.

    And a handful of aggressive would-be committee chairmen – led by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) – are quietly gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s.

    Issa would like Obama’s cooperation, says Kurt Bardella, spokesman for the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But it’s not essential.

    “How acrimonious things get really depend on how willing the administration is in accepting our findings [and] responding to our questions,” adds Bardella, who refers to his boss as “Questioner-in-Chief.’

    That’s feeding anxieties within the West Wing – even if administration officials won’t admit it publicly.

    “I actually think it will be even worse than what happened to Bill Clinton, because of the animosity they already feel for President Obama,” says Lanny Davis, a deputy White House counsel who lived through Clinton’s trials.

    With that in mind, here’s a list of six possible committee investigations if Republicans take back the House in November, culled from GOP aides, Democratic insiders and outside experts:

    Sestak, Romanoff and Jobgate. Most of the Clinton-era investigations – from Whitewater to Vince Foster to the Lewinsky scandal — targeted the president personally.

    Most potential GOP probes of Obama, by contrast, seem to be aimed at the administration’s periphery or policies – with the ironic exception of the one that revolves around – yep — Bill Clinton.

    Issa has made no secret of his interest in getting to the bottom of muddled, mishandled White House attempts to force Democratic Senate candidates Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff from races in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

    White Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina sent Romanoff an email with several potential non-Senate job possibilities; Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel enlisted Clinton to dangle the possibility of several unpaid executive branch appointments to Sestak in exchange for allowing Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter to run unopposed. Sestak said no – and trounced Specter.

    pg 2 and 3 at link…

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41506.html

  179. Robin on the Good Morning show was trying to get points for O. When Laura said how horrible and unfair the criticism was of her husband and family, Robin asked if she felt that O was unfairly being criticized. Laura handled it very diplomatically without agreeing that the O criticism was unfair.

    I get a kick out of these guys, they want the job so bad, they cheat to get it, accept all of the money, and then complain about the unfair criticism. Got news for you that was always part of the job. Too bad O and Bush could not handle it. They sure wanted the rest of it bad enough.

    If the heat is too hot, get out of the kitchen.

    Oh, yes, and just how much will Laura and George get or writing those books?

  180. NewMexicoFan
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:33 am
    Robin on the Good Morning show was trying to get points for O. When Laura said how horrible and unfair the criticism was of her husband and family, Robin asked if she felt that O was unfairly being criticized. Laura handled it very diplomatically without agreeing that the O criticism was unfair.
    _____________________

    I doubt MO will be able to get past the loaded question unless one of her aides jumps in to apprise her of the potential of a misstep. It will be interesting to hear her response to the same question.

  181. Crist is enabled by Obama and his cronies because they are so afraid of a Rubio win
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    For two years it was Sarah, now it is Rubio, and tomorrow it will be anyone else who attacks the elites who rule this country. Whoever can get ahead of that populist anger, give it form meaning and context can ride it all the way to the White House. The deteriorating economy will fuel this political movement like JP-5 in a jet engine. The elites know this can threaten their world therefore they hope to cut it off at the knees through a barrage of pre emptive attacks. I still say the contenders in 2012 will be Hillary and Gingrich.

  182. “I actually think it will be even worse than what happened to Bill Clinton, because of the animosity they already feel for President Obama,” says Lanny Davis, a deputy White House counsel who lived through Clinton’s trials.
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    Quite possibly Lanny. But let us be clear on the why of it Lanny. The driving force here is the arrogance of Obama, his rejection of bi partisanship, his constant playing of the race card, and the economic disaster he is creating for the country and the jobless rate. Those are the combustibles and they lead to animosity. But to call it animosity without explaining the roots of it leaves the listener with the erroneous impression that it is simply an evil cabal attacking black jesus.

  183. Thanks for the article Janh…it is truly sickening to see our own undermining Israel. Unfortunately, my liberal Jewish friends still love Obama and will vote dem again. They are lemmings and have no connection to Israel or Judaism for that matter. Look at Bloomberg, a Jew, supporting this disgraceful Mosque !!! It is an embarrassment.
    As far as Israel, anyone who thinks she is to weak should condiser this :
    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=186197

  184. “The money men who installed this sociopath…..”
    *******
    “pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate”….Barack Obama is an academic, law professor, liberal, socialist, Muslim, brilliant politician..blah..blah…After the application of William of Ockham Razor, we are always left with the simplist explanation…”The money men who installed this sociopath”.

  185. Thanks for the article Janh…it is truly sickening to see our own undermining Israel. Unfortunately, my liberal Jewish friends still love Obama and will vote dem again. They are lemmings and have no connection to Israel or Judaism for that matter. Look at Bloomberg, a Jew, supporting this disgraceful Mosque !!! It is an embarrassment.
    ———————————–
    They are too insulated by money or geography or magic thinking to see or care about what is happening or to realize that it affects everyone. That is the tragedy of it. It makes them completely manipulable. I see thousands of people like this in my town which is a university town, and no I am not exaggerating. They still have their Obama Biden bumper stickers. It is a mark of ignorance but they do not understand even that much.

  186. “I actually think it will be even worse than what happened to Bill Clinton, because of the animosity they already feel for President Obama,” says Lanny Davis, a deputy White House counsel who lived through Clinton’s trials.
    ____________________

    It’s most likely Davis was speaking of captivating criminal activity by Obama and his administration that might created a Nixonian forced resignation. Whereas, the RW’ers examined Whitewater Records, Wallmart and every other investment by the Clintons and found nada- no wrongdoing or criminal activity. The VRW needed to set Clinton up on a personal level catering to his weakness to catch him doing something immoral but not criminal. Hoping public opinion would get behind them and drive him out of office even if his offensive behavior never rose to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.

  187. jbstonesfan,

    I read that article about Lebanon earlier. Isn’t it interesting that Israel doesn’t find it necessary to brag about their power wherease Iran, Lebanon, et al…do nothing but bluster and brag about how strong they are.

  188. Throughout history money men have exerted influence over the decisions of government. And while we may dream of that candidate who is untainted by monied interests reality tells us that he or she does not exist, or if they do they will never make it to the pinnacle of power. If we can stipulate to that much then we can abandon a search for the holy grail and focus on the one thing that does count. Rather than an untainted candidate, let us hope instead for one that has been through the mill and come out the other side with a deeper appreciation for what is right and what is wrong with the process, one who knows that he or she will be bribed, threatened and cajoled by the money men to barter away the public interest, and can tell them not this time, this time I must look out for the interests of the American People, you are being piggish, and I cannot go along with you on this one. If you think back over the history of our association, you may recall there were times when I leaned your way, but this time you must bend a little in my direction because the general welfare is at stake and if you and I do not face that inevitable fact then it will be hard for us to do business with each other in the future.

    Question: do you believe Barack ever said something like that to the money men? I think it is safe to say no, and by no I mean hell no. That is not his mo. He is a car hop at a burger stand there to take orders and flash a little skin for the pre pubescent youth of this country and love lorn types like Matthews.

  189. Re other nations’ healthcare systesm. When reading accounts in popular media (theirs or ours) imo we should check out the slant of the media. “Accounts by people who used it” doesn’t mean much; so many people use any nationwide system that some stories could be found to support ANY position the media wants to take.

    What’s scary is that in a Gooogle search about US Social Security all I could find for several screesn were articles talking about it being in trouble, going broke — which is NOT true. Even something like that in an AARP site. Very hard to find anything that mentioned that SS brings in its own money and has an enormous surplus. Moveon.org put out a good rebuttal to that.

  190. The way the Clintons differ from that old style “Either-Or” thinking is creating a WIN-WIN situation through Partnerships instead of alternate dominance by interested parties. And the primary reason his Clinton Global Initiative http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ is so successful, where everyone is a partner and there is no bargaining, bending or breaking of relationships as a trade-off for success because it doesn’t work. Check the membership tab at the top of the page and see the overwhelming positive response worldwide from entrepreneurs and investors who have joined him in job creation and proposed innovative environmental improvements. The list is astronomical as well as the jobs created and the money generated helping the poor in Third World countries.

  191. Shadowfax
    Of course health care costs can not be viewed simply as a measure of government spending, but in totality, public plus government spending. The French spend about half per capita as we do.

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

    Right. I’ve seen similar figures in many sources about several European nations. Also they have longer life expectancies.

  192. It will really be sad if the rethugs realize that America was ready for a female Potus and they get one first

    ———–

    If Sarah is it, in a way she’s a better symbol because she really did it all herself, starting from the PTA.

    Imo Hillary may have been the brains behind Clinton/Gore 90s, doing it all in high heels. And I’d love to see her get it as a slap at all those who mistreated her all those years.

  193. I just got yet another donation-begging email from the DCCC, this one from James Carville using Palin and Beck (oooooooooo!!! ) to scare me back into the arms of the corrupt Dems. I doubt they read any, but I usually reply anyway. This is what I sent this time:

    Third plea in one week? Boy, you guys must be hurting for cash. But you know what you are hurting for even worse? Credibility. And you have NONE. Enjoy your inexperienced narcissistic Symbol in the WH, and all the baggage for the party that comes with him for years to come. We tried to warn you, but the party poobahs just HAD to have him. I am hoping hard that November is devastating for the current Democratic party. Maybe then we’ll get the old one back.

    I’ve been working toward that goal since May 31st, 2008 – the day you stomped on the voters, substituted your own judgement for ours, and KILLED my fucking party. Need some cash? Ask your pet progressive blogger boyz and oh-so-superior “creative class” to tap those trust funds, baby! Tell those unions to pony up! Get those simpering handmaidens of the male Left known as “feminists” to raise some dough! The bankers you’re so cozy with can bankroll your sorry asses one more time, surely? Me and my kind will just laugh at you – you know, the blue-collar “racist” working class and “bitter knitter” women that you abused, accused, sneered at, and said the party didn’t need?

    We will cheer long and loud when you get wiped out in November. Very long and loud.

  194. The last refuge of a liberal

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, August 27, 2010
    Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed. Just yesterday it was all hope and change and returning power to the people. But the people have proved so disappointing. Their recalcitrance has, in only 19 months, turned the predicted 40-year liberal ascendancy (James Carville) into a full retreat. Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the “bitter” people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging “to guns or religion or” — this part is less remembered — “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”

    THIS STORY
    Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Lisa Murkowski
    The last refuge of a liberal
    Worst Week in Washington: Live Q & A
    That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

    — Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

    — Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

    — Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

    — Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

    Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?

    Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.

    What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of course, the race card. When the Tea Party arose, a spontaneous, leaderless and perfectly natural (and traditionally American) reaction to the vast expansion of government intrinsic to the president’s proudly proclaimed transformational agenda, the liberal commentariat cast it as a mob of angry white yahoos disguising their antipathy to a black president by cleverly speaking in economic terms.

    Then came Arizona and S.B. 1070. It seems impossible for the left to believe that people of good will could hold that: (a) illegal immigration should be illegal, (b) the federal government should not hold border enforcement hostage to comprehensive reform, i.e., amnesty, (c) every country has the right to determine the composition of its immigrant population.

    As for Proposition 8, is it so hard to see why people might believe that a single judge overturning the will of 7 million voters is an affront to democracy? And that seeing merit in retaining the structure of the most ancient and fundamental of all social institutions is something other than an alleged hatred of gays — particularly since the opposite-gender requirement has characterized virtually every society in all the millennia until just a few years ago?

    And now the mosque near Ground Zero. The intelligentsia is near unanimous that the only possible grounds for opposition is bigotry toward Muslims. This smug attribution of bigotry to two-thirds of the population hinges on the insistence on a complete lack of connection between Islam and radical Islam, a proposition that dovetails perfectly with the Obama administration’s pretense that we are at war with nothing more than “violent extremists” of inscrutable motive and indiscernible belief. Those who reject this as both ridiculous and politically correct (an admitted redundancy) are declared Islamophobes, the ad hominem du jour.

    It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them” — blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims — a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, “just downright mean”?

    The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.

  195. It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them” — blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims — a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, “just downright mean”?
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    I can think of no better example of the corruption of liberal thought than the refusal by Obama to hold the new black panther party accountable for egregious voting rights violations in Philadelphia. Liberal stalwarts who fought for civil rights in the 1960s called this the worst example of voter intimidation they had seen, while Obama dimocrats were just hunkey dorey with it and big media did their level best to hide it from the public. If you want to know what the corruption of liberal thought looks like, look no further than this.

  196. I got an email from Madeline Albright. It sure looks like they are pulling out all the Clinton people to ask for donations. I wonder how well it is working.

    I saving my money for HRC 2012.

  197. If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.
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    If you needed any further proof that Poltico–a WashPo subsidiary has no grasp of politics beyond the beltway, well here you have it. They tell us Obama needs to “go all out for Democrats this fall”. Are they delusional or what? The best way Obama can go all out for dimocrats is to not go all out for dimocrats but to hide and hope that the people in the hinterland forget about him, which is hardly likely from his end, much less from theirs.

  198. As i said last night, the rumours are true, thats why the guy in Alabama was mouthing off against Pelosi.

    Democrats may start cutting off weakest candidates

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41521.html

    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen sent a cold-blooded message Friday to underperforming party candidates: Get your act together, or you’re on your own.

    Facing a perilous political environment that has left the House Democratic majority in jeopardy, Van Hollen told reporters in a briefing at the National Press Club that the party faced a series of looming difficult decisions about which candidates to invest in this fall — and who to leave behind.

    “At the end of the day, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will look at races we can win,” Van Hollen said.

    The Maryland congressman explained that the committee would take a close read of polling and candidate fundraising “so we can make a determination about whether or not those campaigns can be successful.”

    The House Democratic campaign arm holds a $14 million cash advantage over the National Republican Congressional Committee. But the Democrats will need to spread their dollars far and wide to defend their seats — of the 60 districts targeted for advertising by the DCCC, 54 are held by Democrats.

    Van Hollen’s remarks came amid growing concern among party officials that the House Democrats are in danger of seeing their 39-seat advantage erased this fall.

  199. The GOP needs to be careful about the investigations they pursue. If it looks like they’re concentrating on stuff only wing-nuts care about (like “Jobgate”), and not the economy, there will be a backlash.

  200. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen has failed to do his job. And in true Obama fashion like the defendant in a rape case he is blaming the victim. This Harvard trained silver spoon in the mouth Washington insider is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  201. nomobama
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Where on earth do you get your information? The French love their health system. Again, are you claiming Bill Clinton just doesn’t understand the French health system?

  202. Why is it that Americans/voters can’t seem to SEE real, PROVEN intelligence, qualificatons, experience, hard work, and a candidate who has been totally investigated and vetted for years when it is right in front of them? How blind can they be?

    Why do they want a rock star personality for president? Don’t we ever learn anything from our mistakes?

    Hillary Clinton is the ONLY woman right now who is presidental material.

    Give me Hillary as the FIRST WOMAN president…or no one else.

  203. confloyd
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Jimmy Carter went on the build “Habitat for Humanity”, Clinton started the “Clinton Global Initative”….I wonder what Bambi is going to do?? Probably nothing but sitting around playing ball all day and counting his money is my guess. I just hope he starts his retirement sooooonnnnnn!
    **********************************************

    confloyd…O will just continue to copy all the things the clinton’s do…if you look at that article above about MO, Hillary and Laura Bush speaking at Bill’s Clinton Global Initiative…and read what MO has done at the WH…well, lookie there…

    …Bill and Hillary already did and are doing those same projects way before anyone ever heard of MO…bill and Hill have already started programs for women, childhood obesity, climate change, relious reconciliation…Haiti…all of it…the clintons are already front and center…

    MO and BO do not know what to do with themselves…all they do are copy the good works of others…nothing new…and then just try to take the credit…

    btw…I have to laugh at MO and her obesity crusade…she might consider taking some of her own advice…

  204. Wbbboei, Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a Newt/Hillary matchup??? She will eat his lunch, because of his hypocrisy…I hope your right at least about Hillary!

  205. #
    Southern Born
    August 27th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Why is it that Americans/voters can’t seem to SEE real, PROVEN intelligence, qualificatons, experience, hard work, and a candidate who has been totally investigated and vetted for years when it is right in front of them? How blind can they be?

    Why do they want a rock star personality for president? Don’t we ever learn anything from our mistakes?

    Hillary Clinton is the ONLY woman right now who is presidental material.

    Give me Hillary as the FIRST WOMAN president…or no one else.
    ——–

    One big golden YUP!

  206. Hillary really is the “ONE”! She is the one everyone wants and should not have been cheated out of it!

  207. S, I agree, Mo and Bo are copycatters. If you remember during the debates when it got down to just Hillary and BO, the moderator would ask Hillary the question first, then Bo just said, “whatever Hillary said”. How people looked past that is crazy. He had to cheat because I think most people were waking up in the end, but the DNC and the superdelagates hired him because of his money. Someone with lots of money burned it hiring Obama…I hope they got screwed bigtime!

  208. Southern Born
    August 27th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Why is it that Americans/voters can’t seem to SEE real, PROVEN intelligence, qualificatons, experience, hard work, and a candidate who has been totally investigated and vetted for years when it is right in front of them? How blind can they be?

    Why do they want a rock star personality for president? Don’t we ever learn anything from our mistakes?

    Hillary Clinton is the ONLY woman right now who is presidental material.

    Give me Hillary as the FIRST WOMAN president…or no one else.
    __________________________

    Exactly- Hillary’s qualifications are unmarched by any other woman in our contemporary political sphere. At this point in time Sarah or Laura would be branded tokens taking orders from committees behind the scenes. Not somethng we care to entertain.

    Hillary IS one of a kind… with a former president as her work and life partner.

    _____________________________

    Shadowfax
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I ONLY want Hillary to be the FIRST WOMAN to become President!

    Not Sarah, not anyone else…
    _________________

    My sentiments as well.

    knuckle bumps.. ^^^^/^^^^

  209. confloyd
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Someone with lots of money burned it hiring Obama…I hope they got screwed bigtime!
    ______________________________________________

    Our ol’ pal, and moonbat in chief, Georgie Soros.

  210. Policy shift may allow some illegal immigrants to stay

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_usa_immigration

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A shake-up in immigration policy may lead to deportation proceedings being dropped for thousands of aliens who entered the United States illegally but are applying to stay in the country, officials said on Friday.

    They said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) seeks to end deportation proceedings against detained illegal immigrants who have applications pending to become legal U.S. residents, if agents determine they have no criminal history and do not present a security threat.

    The policy shift emerged from an internal memorandum ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton sent last week to the agency’s principal legal adviser and a director of enforcement and removal operations.

    The memo was published by the New York Times on Friday and confirmed to Reuters by officials.

    Morton said the policy aimed to reduce the backlog in immigration courts, where authorities identified some 17,000 cases last year that could be eliminated if ICE dropped removal proceedings against illegal immigrants who had applied for legal status and were very likely to get it.

    The issue of what to do with nearly 11 million illegal immigrants living and working in the shadows in the United States has become an increasingly hot topic in the run up to the midterm elections in November, where Democratic control of Congress is on the line.

    President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats back a comprehensive reform of immigration policy to tighten border security, while allowing illegal immigrants in good standing the chance to learn English, pay a fine and get on a path to citizenship.

    Republicans say that policy is effectively “amnesty” and likely to encourage more illegal entrants.

  211. Ground Zero Muslim Center May Get Public Financing

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67Q5BW20100827

    The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

    ……………………………………………………………..

    The Dems really are on a political suicide mission.

  212. Looks like Flash Harry’s buy off to the NRA flopped. He was banking on this with his payoffs.

    Statement From NRA-PVF Chairman Chris W. Cox On The 2010 Nevada U.S. Senate Race

    The vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year’s confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.

    http://www.nrapvf.org/news/Read.aspx?ID=14170&T=1

  213. lol, Crist drops himself in the crap.

    Crist says he ‘misspoke’ on healthcare

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is walking back comments he made in an interview earlier today about the recently enacted healthcare law.

    Crist is mounting an independent bid for Senate against Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

    Crist told a local TV station Friday that he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s healthcare proposal were he in the Senate. That was a reversal of his previous position against the healthcare law.

    “I would have voted for it,” Crist said in the interview. “But I think it can be done better, I really do.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/116145-crist-says-he-misspoke-on-healthcare-

    ……………………….

    Crist just made Rubios tv ads easier.

  214. it probably just killed Charlies campaign stone dead.

    But now, Crist says he “misspoke” in that interview. His campaign sent out a statement Friday afternoon clarifying Crist’s position on the healthcare law.

    “If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much,” Crist said in a statement. “Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.”

    The campaigns of both Rubio and Meek are having an absolute field day with Crist’s flip-flop.

    The Rubio campaign blasted out an e-mail with the subject line, “Crist flips for sixth time on Obamacare!” The headline on an e-mail from the Meek campaign reads, “Breaking: Governor Crist diagnosed with political amnesia.”

    For Crist’s opponents, this feeds right into the narrative both have been pushing about the independent governor — that he’s willing to shift his positions in whatever direction the political winds are blowing.

  215. Wbbboei, Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a Newt/Hillary matchup??? She will eat his lunch, because of his hypocrisy…I hope your right at least about Hillary!
    ——————————–
    I think that I am right about both of them, because by the time we get to 2012 people will be asking about solutions. Not hope and change but quantifiable measurable solutions. I have not illusions however. You will still have the staff wars, and cheap shots from the two peanut galleries, but in the main the debate will about a far more important topic namely how do we survive as a nation given the intractable problems that Obama and his predecessor left us with. We may or may not be at war, but we will be on a war time footing, and the haves in the society will be forced to make sacrifices which they will not like but will have to make due to exigent circumstances. As much as possible we will need to keep big media from corrupting the process.The last thing in the world we need is more of their serial lies and distortions. Put the whole thing on PBS and keep the for profit journalist whores out of it. Do not let them frame the debate. Do not let them ask the question.

  216. “Crist flips for sixth time on Obamacare!”
    —————————
    Lets hear it for good time Charlie from the Night of the Iguana. Six flips in mid air is enough to make coach Béla Károlyi take notice and enter him in the Olympic Gymnastics event. The only candidate who can beat that record is dear old Obama, about whom Brian Williams has said why worry about consistency, it is the hobgoblin of small minds. Obama holds the worlds record of contradicting himself eight times on the same point, and each time big media gave him a standing ovation. This will give Charlie something to strive for.

  217. “City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.”
    ____________________________

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the choice comes down to which he (Liu) values more… his job or his life?

  218. “Crist flips for sixth time on Obamacare!”
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    Some praise at morning what they blame at night.
    But always think the last opinion right.—Alexander Pope

  219. Moon
    The Dems really are on a political suicide mission.
    ——
    And Barry is proud of taking the Democratic Party into the dumper. Maybe he is a product of Rove and Brazillenut after all.

  220. I guess everyone is not in DC this weekend for Glenn Beck’s “I have a dream march”?

    They are expecting a huge crowd…we will see!

  221. Shadowfax
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    I ONLY want Hillary to be the FIRST WOMAN to become President!

    Not Sarah, not anyone else…

    ———————–

    Amen!

    And not a Hillary/Newt matchup either.

  222. I’m posting this because so often Hillary gets trashed by the media for her styles.

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    Hillary Clinton’s longer hairdo earns kudos

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as further proof that women do not have to kowtow to expectations, rules of thumb or other quietly bullying cultural assumptions, The Post’s fashion guru Robin Givhan opines today.

    “She is a role model for women who are past the ingenue phase of their lives. She is making a fashion statement,” Robin writes.

    Here’s a bit more:

    The abundance of short coifs on women of a certain age is especially pronounced in Washington and in politics, where there are fewer creative iconoclasts, rule-breakers and eccentrics who simply don’t care what others think. For years, Clinton had a softly layered style — one with volume on top that flowed gently inward to the nape of the neck. It was a look she settled on after years of dealing with the public’s obsession with her headbands, her bangs, her bob. She finally found a style that was a keeper, and even loosed her own wry humor over the outsize media interest in a woman’s right to play with her hair. What does it all mean? Nothing. Everything.
    Some variation of Clinton’s layered cut is still favored by women ranging from presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It is as though it is the officially vetted hairstyle for public life, certain not to generate comment in the manner of Sarah Palin’s hair — golden highlights glinting from a tousled up-do — or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s shoulder-grazing, steely flip.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/08/hillary_clintons_longer_hairdo.html

  223. shadowfax, Rove and brazillian nut?? aka Soros LOL!

    JanH, It appears you are no fan of Newt’s…LOL!

  224. Looky here…suddenly Harris County (Houston) voting machines are up in smoke…how convenient…since evidence of massive voter fraud could most likely be found on them.
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    All of Harris County’s voting machines destroyed in 3-alarm fire.

    Google Maps Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman this morning said she is confident of timely, clean elections in November, even as a fire that destroyed the county’s entire inventory of 10,000 electronic voting machines still burned.

    Kaufman urged voters to cast their ballots early to help the county cope with a possible shortage of equipment on election day.

    “Because I don’t expect to have 10,000 pieces to work with, no matter what we do, I’m sure that we’re going to be putting on a full court press urging people to vote early,” Kaufman said.

    Kaufman said she expected that the fire in a county warehouse in the 600 block of Canino, in north Houston, has destroyed $30 million worth of equipment and caused another $10 million in damage to the building.

    Kaufman hopes to cobble together a collection of voting machines through loans from other counties and replacement equipment from its vendor, she said. All five members of Commissioners Court contacted her this morning to pledge their support in helping her with the resources needed to stage a successful election in which early voting begins in just 52 days, she said.

    Kaufman encouraged people to vote early in person or by mail.

    “There is no doubt in my mind that we’re going to have a timely election here and that we’re going to take care of the voters,” Kaufman said.

    Houston Fire Department spokesman Patrick Trahan said arson investigators were at the scene of the fire, but no cause has been determined.

    The three-alarm blaze started about 4:15 a.m. at the football field-size warehouse the county uses to store its election equipment. Firefighters extinguished the flames about four hours later.

    No injuries were reported.

    The county’s voting machines, including eSlate equipment, were stored at the nearly 27,000-square foot facility, county officials said.

    Early voting begins Oct. 18. Election Day is Nov. 2.

    Fire officials said a county animal control facility which houses animals is nearby, but that building was not involved in the fire and the animals were not in danger.

    The massive flames lit up the sky for miles and could be seen from the Hardy Toll Road near Little York.

  225. Here’s a novel idea, don’t use electronic voting machines, use paper ballots. Its not hard, we used to do it.

  226. shadowfax, I hope you read what has happened to the electronic voting machines in Houston….Barry is burning them…LOL! Remember Cheney’s office fire??? Cleaning up the evidence I imagine!

  227. nytimes.com/2010/08/24/nyregion/24greek.html?_r=1
    Mr. Sigmund, the Port Authority spokesman, said the authority has no oversight of any building OUTSIDE the ground zero reconstruction zone, including the community [center] and mosque.

    —-

    That is, the Cordoba site is NOT in Ground Zero.

    It is dishonest to suggest that the same ‘city officials’ are involved with both projects.

  228. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67Q5BW20100827

    The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.
    ….
    The mosque’s backers hope to raise a total of $70 million in tax-exempt DEBT to build the center, according to the New York Times. Tax laws allow such funding for religiously affiliated non-profits if they can prove the facility will benefit the general public and their religious activities are funded separately.

    The Islamic center would have to REPAY the bonds, which likely would be less expensive than taxable debt.

  229. And not a Hillary/Newt matchup either.
    —————————————
    Why not? That is the best of all worlds isn’t it? First, it will lead to a deeper discussion on policy matters, problems and solutions. And that is what the country will sorely need. Second, Newt is vulnerable on personal issues and that may stay to hand of Republicans who want to stir that pot against Bill and Hillary. Third, if they nominate some governor with no experience in national affairs, you will have the Obama mistake all over again. Except this time it will be someone from the right end of the spectrum. In the balance, I think that combination makes to most sense for real democrats and for the country. And it would be easy to rally the base for Hillary if Newt were the candidate.

  230. JanH

    Shadowfax
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    I ONLY want Hillary to be the FIRST WOMAN to become President!

    Not Sarah, not anyone else…

    ———————–

    Amen!

    And not a Hillary/Newt matchup either.

    ————-
    Hillary would knock any Rethug out of the park.
    The Newter, Mitts or even Sarah.

    Actually, I would love to see the Rethugs have the courage to run Sarah against Hillary, that would be a darn exciting thing just to have two women running against each other for President. Yeehaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  231. JanH

    I usually don’t partake in women’s style comment, except for MO…she is like a cartoon, and too much fun to pick on.

    Hillary’s hair………..I would admire Hillary even if she went into a pink Mohawk. I love that she doesn’t give a ratsa$$ about ‘beyond forty’ should wear their hair short bs. I get crap all the time about my age (one year older than Hillary) and long hair. My sister, my older girlfriends that tell me the ‘social rule’. I love to ask them who’s rule is this? Who decided that pretty hair should get chopped off when you are older? I tell them to get used to it with me, I am not changing for ‘their’ rules of what I should do. 😆

  232. Hillary Clinton’s longer hairdo earns kudos
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    kudos from idiots whose taste is all in their mouth? The same idiots who were writing about cleavage when they were trying to sink her candidacy? They are so fucking subtle. Now she is working a killer schedule trying to make their idiot look like he is not an idiot and the signs of it are obvious. If you compare that hairdo with the one on the campaign trail you can see that she does not have the time to devote to appearance that she did before, and speaking for the country I think she is making a wise choice. But why pretend this is fashionable, when it is a matter of necessity. The women I know have made this comment and I happen to agree with them. From fashion to politics to the weather WashPo has drifted so far afield from the truth that they would not know it if it kicked them in the teeth–which would not be such a bad idea.

  233. wbboei
    August 27th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    And not a Hillary/Newt matchup either.
    —————
    Because Newt is a freak. He is so full of bs I can’t stand to listen to him on Fox.

  234. Shadowfax,
    I’ve had short hair/almost a buzz cut since I was 25 and then in 08″ I quit my job …I never felt like going to get it cut so now its half way to my waist…streaked grey with wisdom….I don’t give a rats ass either…I think Hillary should wear her hair as she pleases not the brats from Huffpo! Personally I love my long hair now and I doubt I will ever cut it. Its way easier than having to go to the beauty shop every 2 months and having to fix it….I wash it and sometimes I wear it down and at work pulled back.
    I have thought about taking the grey out, but I decided I earned everyone of these grey hairs and will keep them, LOL!!
    I was thinking I was following in Hillary’s footsteps by letting mine grow out and personally I loved her hair when she was in college.

  235. Hillary’s hair………..I would admire Hillary even if she went into a pink Mohawk. I love that she doesn’t give a ratsa$$ about ‘beyond forty’ should wear their hair short bs. I get crap all the time about my age (one year older than Hillary) and long hair. My sister, my older girlfriends that tell me the ’social rule’. I love to ask them who’s rule is this? Who decided that pretty hair should get chopped off when you are older? I tell them to get used to it with me, I am not changing for ‘their’ rules of what I should do
    ———————–
    Shadow: it has been said many times over the years that fashion designers hate women and it has been that way since days when Paris called the shots–Coco Chanel being the obvious exception. (No Barack, I said coco not coke, and wipe that white powder off your mouth or Brian Williams will say you are eating sugar donuts). Today in big media they give Pulitzer Prizes for this to fashion dictators like WashPo Robin Givhan. So when you suggest the possibility that Hillary might be admirable in a mohawk I would simply ask that you not give them any more bad ideas to run with.

  236. Actually, I would love to see the Rethugs have the courage to run Sarah against Hillary, that would be a darn exciting thing just to have two women running against each other for President. Yeehaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ————————————–

    me too!!!!!!! That would be an exciting extravaganza…

  237. After Hillary wins though, I just don’t think she’ll want those Grecian coluums at her inaugeration. Do you??? LOL!

  238. Mrs. Smith, Its TGIF! I just finished my first two weeks and even got 12 hours overtime. I love my new job and I am working with wonder people.

    I haven’t had much time to comment because my daughter (oldest) has had to have surgery. I was with her yesterday before work….she had an extensive hemorroidectomy…it was a day surgery, but she did not do well and wasn’t keeping her oxygen rate up…so they kept her overnight…and she looks completely miserable…I loaned her my car to go home in so she could lay on her stomach for the ride home…poor thing has to go to work Monday and she has a sitting down job.

    I also have been having real plumbing problems in my house…but everything is coming together nicely now.

  239. oh those greek columns, how could i have forgotten such tackiness. Jesus, i remember us taking the piss out of that, that night, we just laughed and laughed. Nero’s still fiddling.

  240. Because Newt is a freak. He is so full of bs I can’t stand to listen to him on Fox.
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    Have you spent any time at his website? Have you read his books? It is ideas that we need right now. Ideas and courage. Apart from Hillary, who else do you see on the horizon that can fill that bill. If she decides not to run again the counry will have to answer that question. Only this time, we do not need novices. We need battle hardened veterans. I do not care about their personal life. I do not even care if they are freaks. The only questions I ask is do they have good ideas and can they deliver. Our country was at a cross roads in 2008 and we are sinking because the wrong choice was made. I have a variation of this discussion with a friend who is a genius and she is mortified by the idea that Newt would run, she thinks it would empower the right whom she detests almost as much as Obama, but she agrees with me that when the smoke clears he is likely to be the candidate. My objection to Newt is he can get wound up like a top. My late friend was part of his inner circle, I met him one night in Idaho and it was obvious tha he could get wound up like a top when his brain is in overdrive. That part of him is a little freakish I agree, but I have seen that same idiosyncracy in others who were creative and driven in the business world.

  241. wbboei,

    Personal taste I guess. I’ve never cared for Newt…always seemed a little creepy to me. Not the right reason to oppose someone, but there you go.

    It’s my birthday today and I can say whatever I want…lol… 🙂

  242. oh those greek columns, how could i have forgotten such tackiness. Jesus, i remember us taking the piss out of that, that night, we just laughed and laughed. Nero’s still fiddling.
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    Moon–god bless you. You have connected the dots and illuminated what was once obscure. Big media told us that what we saw in Denver was Greek columns symbolizing the wisdom of the ages, whereas some of us were sure they were geek columns designed to bamboozle those who still believed in the tooth fairy. But you have made us think that perhaps we were wrong and they were really Roman columns which promised us that in the fulsomeness of time Obama would emulate Nero by settong the city state aflame with budget deficits and long term debt and then he would play the lyre or shoot hoops with Reggie. As the mentally deficient jurnolister Ben Smith would say, mystery solved.

  243. Let me add something to what I said above. There is also a character factor and that is where you may have the better argument. As we have seen with Mr. Obama, the powers of the presidency are vast and the powers of congress are pale by comparison. It therefore follows that what we need is not merely a competent technician–someone with big ideas which he can deliver but no less someone who cares about the country and is sober enough to not get carried away with power. On that issue the jury is still out where Newt is concerned–and some are like you Shadow and have already decided.

    Speaking of juries I thought Krauthammers assessment of what he calls liberals and what I call Obama supporters, since unlike him, I see a big difference, is that the Obama people continue to talk but the jury no longer listens to them. The same can be said about big media.

  244. WBB

    So when you suggest the possibility that Hillary might be admirable in a mohawk I would simply ask that you not give them any more bad ideas to run with.

    ————-
    I was only funning with the Mohawk, cause I would love Hillary no matter what.

    Older women are even more repulsive to the ‘young and beautiful’ spin society. Wisdom and the caretakers of the world should be cherished not made fun of, so after a lifetime of fighting the system, I am not ready to sit down and shut up.
    😆

  245. confloyd, good to know how you look. First I imagined you with a buzz, then it kept growing to half way down your back…

  246. Okay Wbbs, I will admit you are a smart guy. Yup.

    I am not a Rethug, don’t like the Rethug ideas of how to run the country, except I do agree with Jan Brewer on the immigration issue. I do want to see the country run like the second term of Bill Clinton’s. I do want Hillary’s Universal Health Care, I do want Dems social issues…so how do any of Newt’s ideas fit into that way of thinking?

  247. Palin Media Bias Rears It Ugly Head

    Posted by Lori Ziganto (Profile)
    Friday, August 27th at 9:00PM EDT
    2 Comments

    The media once again displayed why no one can take them seriously. The Fourth Estate is totally insolvent and is declaring bankruptcy, morally and otherwise. In this recent instance, having to do with Tuesday night’s Republican primary in Alaska, it was at least quite hilarious.

    You see, Sarah Palin had endorsed Joe Miller over the incumbent alleged Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski. As Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller lays out, and as Ace of Spades also noted, the media was so hell-bent on a way to discredit Sarah Palin that they indulged in the child-like behavior of squinting your eyes closed to reality and wishing really, really hard that fantasy comes true. First up was Alex Gutierrez at Slate, who was clearly desperately hoping for a way to spin Palin as politically detrimental:

    From Alexandra Gutierrez at Slate, posted on August 23 at 5:54 PM:

    On Tuesday, in her home state, Sarah Palin’s favorite will probably get trounced. Joe Miller is widely expected to lose by a large margin to incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary—an embarrassing defeat for the former governor, who has endorsed Miller, but also to Miller’s other major backer, the Tea Party Express.

    Yeah, it’s embarrassing alright. Embarrassing for you, Gutierrez. I suggest that you look in the mirror if you want to see embarrassing defeats. How does that crow taste, by the way? I hope Gutierrez at least shared the crow with her boyfriend, Dave Weigel, who defended her in his column without disclosing their relationship status, in true Weigel form. He has updated his column to make the disclosure now, only after being shamed (surprisingly) into it by The Daily Caller piece. His girlfriend has now attempted to cover up her bias as well, and has removed “Grizzly woman not mama grizzly” from her twitter bio.

    Too little, too late. They cannot cover up the obvious fact that the media inevitably tries to pin any defeat at all on Sarah Palin and, in this case, they went so far as to wish for said defeat solely in order to do so. But any wins? Oh, no. That’s not due to silly, old Sarah Palin. That’s due to anger. Remember, we wing-nuts are super angry and violence fomenting. Or something. I can’t keep all the accusations straight, particularly when it is the Left committing the only acts of political violence. From MSNBC First Reads:

    First thoughts: Anger trumps accomplishments

    Stunning development: Murkowski trails Miller by 1,960 votes in AK GOP Senate primary… We might not know the final result for days… How to explain why McCain easily won in AZ but Murkowski is in trouble: Anger is trumping accomplishments… That’s a lesson vulnerable Democrats might want to learn… If Miller wins, he’d be the fifth Tea Party insurgent to win a GOP Senate primary… Palin-ism bests Stevens-ism?… In FL, it’s Sink vs. Scott for governor, and Crist vs. Meek vs. Rubio for the Senate… How the Conventional Wisdom has been wrong in the Sunshine State…. And profiling NM-2.

    It’s funny how we were told that then candidate Obama’s mere running of a campaign was experience enough to be President of the United States, but any new face in the GOP lacks accomplishments and only some insane form of frothing at the mouth anger propels them to victory. I’ll spell it out in simple terms for you, leftist media: Miller won because Murkowski is a horrible Senator. His campaign was thankfully boosted by Sarah Palin, whom many people respect and admire. Those who do are not drooling rubes, unable to read, blinded by wing-nutty wing-nuttiness. No, they are people who are well cognizant of political issues, no matter how much you desperately and childishly stick your fingers in your ears to try to deny that. They are people who are tired of electing representatives who do not reflect their beliefs nor their policy choices. They are people who want the best for this country, out of love, not out of spiteful anger nor hatred. They are people like me and my neighbors.

    And we vote. I suggest that you get used to eating that crow. Because, we’ll see you in November.

  248. confloyd
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    HappyB-day, JanH!
    ———-
    Happy Birthday!!!! Almost the same day as Bill Clinton’s, my B-day is almost the same as Hillary’s.

    Older than dirt, I doubt that. 🙂

    This is a great anniversary too:

    Today is the 90th anniversary of suffrage, and we’ve indeed come a long way, baby. When the suffragists finally got the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, it was after two generations of women had busted their butts to get it done. Movement leader Carrie Chapman Catt told just how hard it was:

    “[Getting the vote] cost the women of the country fifty-two years of pauseless campaign . . . they were forced to conduct fifty-six campaigns of referenda to male voters; 480 campaigns to urge Legislatures to submit suffrage amendments to voters; 47 campaigns to induce State constitutional conventions to write woman suffrage into state constitutions; 277 campaigns to persuade state party conventions to include woman suffrage planks; 30 campaigns to urge presidential party conventions to adopt woman suffrage planks in party platforms; and 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses.”

    How far have we come? Well, we can now own property, get custody of our kids, get credit in our own names, go to college and enter the professions, not be paid less for the same work as a man does (at least on paper), and not get fired for getting pregnant.

    From PUMApac

    (We still have a long way to go to get equal rights by passing the ERA…)

  249. wbboei

    There is also a character factor and that is where you may have the better argument.
    ———-
    I can excuse or ignore some character flaws, we all have some…but some are just creepy and send up big red flags.

    Big flags went off for me with:

    Obama, copy cat answers from Hillary during the debates, ego, and not having experience worthy of a President.

    John Edwards – too sweetsie, something really phoney about him. I didn’t trust him as far as I could throw him and wondered what others saw in him.

    Gore – Where do I start? Bill liked him, so I gave him the benifit of the doubt, but I didn’t trust he would be a good President when he didn’t fight against Bush when the Supremes gave Bush the election

    The list is long for me, and all of the gut level red flags were accurate so far, so I am sticking to it. Hehehehe.

  250. I am not a Rethug, don’t like the Rethug ideas of how to run the country, except I do agree with Jan Brewer on the immigration issue. I do want to see the country run like the second term of Bill Clinton’s. I do want Hillary’s Universal Health Care, I do want Dems social issues…so how do any of Newt’s ideas fit into that way of thinking?
    ————————————————————————————
    The immigration issue is right up his alley. I can remember a time when Jim Wright was Speaker of the House that Newt stood up in an empty chamber and delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of sealing the borders. He comes by that part naturally. On the other hand, he would not support government run health care. He would want market forces to determine that issue and if you read some of the literature like Michael Porters book on the subject, you come away convinced that if we had true competition in the field and patient centered care model we could have better care at cheaper costs. And I think he would provide some market based mechanism to deal with the uninsured. More generally, he would agree with the late Lord Ralph Harris of Highcross (La Rouche nemisis) that “the assumption that every market ‘imperfection’ can be remedied by political intervention depends on the elementary non sequitur of perfect government” On social issues you should assume that his views would reflect Vatican II thinking since he is for now at least and by virtue of his latest marriage a Catholic.

  251. I can excuse or ignore some character flaws, we all have some…but some are just creepy and send up big red flags.
    ———————————-
    If Hillary runs that is who I will support. But if she does not, and in view of my concern that we break out of the American idol big media driven process and select instead leaders who have battle scars, he would be on my short list. But there are warning flags with him as you put it, when it comes to character. Leaving his wife when she was dying shows a lack of character. The impeachment episode over a private matter is also a tell. Lincoln said if you want to test someone’s character then give them power and see how they handle it. As president he would have more power than he did as speaker, so the question remains how prudently he would exercise it. That is what I would be inclined to focus on.

  252. Thanks for the rundown wbb on the Newt…

    Not a close enough match to make me want to check him out. Too many deal breakers for me. Thanks though.

  253. http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5637/53/

    A good article with many quotes from Daisy Kahn about the Cordoba community center, and statements from Christian and other churches supporting the project.

    One quote was cut erroniously: Kahn said relocating was not on the table “UNTIL WE CONSULT WITH ALL OUR STAKEHOLDERS.”

    This would include Rauf who is now in the Mideast on a goodwill tour paid for by the US State Dept.

    ——————

    ABC has got a misleading leadin, but their headline and quote seem to be correct:

    abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/moving-islamic-center-table-now-backer/story?id=11455405

    “So is moving [the center] on the table still?” Amanpour asked.
    “Right now it’s not UNTIL we consult with all our stakeholders,” Khan said.

  254. wbboei
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    JanH
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:14 pm
    NMF,

    Thanks NMF. I’m a Virgo.
    ——————-
    A good sign Jan.

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

    Heh. I’ve got strong Virgo/Libra cusp.

    Like it wasn’t obvious.

  255. wbb

    I honestly don’t think Newt nor Sarah will be picked by the Rethugs. They didn’t fight to win in 2008 with McCain, but now they are hungry. They also need to pick someone that the tea party people like, even if the old guard doesn’t believe it. The middle of the road folks are up for the picking, and either party needs them to win. Independents and Hillary’s disenfranchised folks are in the same pot.

  256. I really don’t think the rethugs will run Newt unless its Hillary.
    If its Odumbo, I think they’ll run a Pawlenty or a Rick Perry or perhaps even Rubio. Maybe a Sarah Veep.

    I think the rethugs are going to screw Sarah, AGAIN!

    She has to wait her turn, that’s what they will do.

  257. wbboei: “….wipe that white powder off your mouth or Brian Williams will say you are eating sugar donuts”

    ROFL!

  258. GET THIS…WOW! Soros selling U.S. stocks and buying gold….not a good omen of things to come….maybe LaRouche is right…Obama is on his way out and they haven’t figured out how to get him out…lets hope they’ll figure a way to get Hillary in! Bill is already talking about microeconomics and not macroeconomics!

    —————

    George Soros Slashing Exposure To U.S. Equities
    Posted by: Alex Garcia (IP Logged)
    Date: August 22, 2010 06:11PM

    As market volatility continued to rock U.S. markets during the first half of 2010 legendary investor George Soros decided to cut his holdings in U.S. equities by 42 percent. According to British newspaper The Telegraph, Soros reduces his stakes in U.S equities from $8.8 bln to $5.1 bln by the end of June. At the same time, he basically sold off stakes in U.S. large caps such as Pfizer, Wal-Mart and J.P. Morgan Chase.

    Finally, according to The Telegraph, Soross’s largest position currently is in a Gold ETF which further gives evidence Soros doesn’t have too much confidence in the U.S markets and it’s economy.

    “Of those equities that do remain, the fund’s holding in a gold exchange traded fund constitutes his largest investment, some 13pc of the equity portfolio, worth $638m.”

  259. wbboei
    August 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    Because Newt is a freak. He is so full of bs I can’t stand to listen to him on Fox.
    ——————————————–
    Have you spent any time at his website? Have you read his books? It is ideas that we need right now. Ideas and courage.
    ***************

    Didn’t Newt have a great deal to do with Clinton’s impeachment?

  260. Gonzo, Yes, he was daily screaming about Bill’s affair, all the while porking his current wife and leaving the old one to die of cancer by herself…he’s a great pillar of society!

  261. That’s why I don’t like Newt. Where not supposed to judge people, yet I admit I do all of the time. I judge Newt Gingrich on his treatment of his wife, and on his hypocrisy with regards to Bill Clinton’s philandering ways. Yet, that doesn’t mean that Newt does not have some political ideas that are irrelevant. Better to know what they are than put one’s head in the sand.

  262. Where should be “We’re”.

    It looks like rally in Washinton, DC will be humongous later today. I wish that I could have added myself to the crowd since the media swine always downplay the numbers for events that they themselves don’t endorse. Massive crowds tend to force them to report on them.

  263. Yet, that doesn’t mean that Newt does not have some political ideas that are irrelevant.
    =================

    Change to: That doesn’t mean that Newt’s political ideas are irrelevant. Makes a heck of a lot more sense that way.

  264. From the TeamSarah website:
    =================================

    Union Brothers and Sisters, Join Our Commonsense Cause!

    Posted by Ron Devito on August 26, 2010 at 7:30pm
    Send Message View Ron Devito’s blog
    .Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

    Two years ago almost to the day, I was thrilled to meet with union members at the Alaska AFL-CIO Convention in Anchorage to sign important job-creation legislation related to the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. As a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former IBEW and later USW member, it was a great moment for all of us. Our Alaska union brothers and sisters helped build our state! Many of them risked their lives to complete our infrastructure, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline that stretches over treacherous mountain ranges from the North Slope oil fields to Valdez. By signing that job-creation bill surrounded by union members, I was paying tribute to them and acknowledging that they would be valued partners in the construction of Alaska’s long awaited natural gas pipeline. I was honored that day to receive a standing ovation from them for signing a bill that provided a Project Labor Agreement to bring good jobs to these good men and women.
    Today, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka came to Alaska (on a trip paid for with union dues) to preach the usual Beltway nonsense. There was a bit of the politics of personal destruction thrown around, and he mixed it in with the same old big government agenda that has been rejected in union halls, town halls, and voting booths all over our country.

    I’m not sure why he’s attacking my record when I’m not the one responsible for the policies resulting in continued mass unemployment and a weak economy (that would be the man in the large white house on Pennsylvania Avenue). Among my “crimes,” the union boss cited the fact that I sometimes write notes on my hand (guilty as charged!); that I appear on cable television every once in a while to comment on the news (it’s called the First Amendment, Rich); and that my commonsense conservatism makes him laugh. Well, I guess that’s better than the failed leftwing big government policies of “his friend” Barack Obama, which makes the rest of us cry.

    Trumka’s even worried I’m going to get violent against him. It’s kind of ironic that a union boss has the gall to accuse anyone of threatening violence. After all, we remember the violent attempts by SEIU to intimidate those who wanted to make their voices heard in last year’s town halls. And unlike Trumka, I never threatened that any effort to break a picket line would lead to violence. Come to think of it, neither did I ever hide behind the Fifth Amendment during a federal investigation about union corruption. Then again, I was just an ordinary, card-carrying union member, not one of the big shots who ended up, unfortunately, giving unions a bad name.

    Trumka’s attempts to put himself on the side of the working man and woman would be more convincing if he weren’t a career union boss who’s spent most of his life in DC. No surprise then that his priorities aren’t the priorities of the average working man or woman, but of the Beltway power player. My fellow union brothers and sisters have had their union dues squandered for far too long by a few of the union bosses who work for partisan politics and not the good blue collar Americans who have to fund their cushy salaries.

    Trumka purposely misquoted something I said in a speech I gave in Texas a few months ago. Let me clarify things for him: I never called union members “thugs.” You lie. I called some union leaders “thugs.” And I refuse to apologize for that because they have acted like thugs – at least in this day and age.

    In the past there were many great union leaders who courageously defended the rights of workers. Unions were founded for all the right reasons! They were to give working men and women the clout to negotiate fairly with their employers and to fight for decent pay and working conditions. The unions of old would often end up fighting big government on behalf of the little guy. Today’s unions seem to be big government’s most enthusiastic supporters. It’s turned into some nonsense when union bosses back the government takeover of the car industry, and the mortgage industry, and the entire health care sector. And with the help of big government they aim to push through card check legislation that some characterize as being unfair to workers, and even un-American, because of its insistence on stripping workers of their right to privacy with a secret ballot. And that’s not just me voicing concern over card check – ask current union members how comfortable they are with what some of their leaders are saying about the legislation.

    To my hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters in the labor movement: you don’t have to put up with the scare tactics and the big government agenda of the union bosses. There is a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement. It cares about the same things you and I care about: a government that doesn’t spend beyond its means, an economy focused on creating good jobs with good wages, and a leadership that is proud of America’s achievements and doesn’t go around apologizing to everyone for who we are.

    This November, you have a choice. You can go with the flow and merely pull the lever the way they tell you to. Or you can join millions of others, and take a stand for freedom and independence and dignity, while still being part of a greater working community.

    Join us. I promise you, you won’t regret it, and Americans who want good jobs for our families will be better off for it!

    – Sarah Palin

  265. Obama, Democrats Got 88 Percent of 2008 Contributions By TV Network Execs, Writers, Reporters

    Can we say MEDIA BIAS???????????!!!!!!!!!!

    washingtonexaminer.com
    By: Mark Tapscott
    Editorial Page Editor
    08/27/10 3:45 PM EDT

    Excerpt:

    Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

    The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.

    By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744.

    Disclosure of the heavily Democratic contributions by influential employees of the three major broadcast networks follows on the heels of controversy last week when it was learned that media baron Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. contributed $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.

    The News Corp. donation prompted Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association and son of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, to demand in a letter to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes that the cable news outlet include a disclaimer in its coverage of gubernatorial campaigns. Fox News is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal.

    The data on contributions by broadcast network employees was compiled by CRP at the request of The Examiner and included all 2008 contributions by individuals who identified their employer as one of the three networks or subsidiaries. The data does not include contributions by employees of the three networks who did not identify their employer.

    The CRP is the organization behind OpenSecrets.org, the web site that for more than a decade has put campaign finance data within reach of anybody with an Internet connection.

    President Obama received 710 such contributions worth a total of $461,898, for an average contribution of $651 from the network employees. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926, for an average donation of $709.

    Ninety-six contributions by broadcast network employees to the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senate and House campaign committees totaled $217,881.

    Thirty-eight contributions by broadcast network employees to the Republican National Committee and the Republican Senate and House campaign committees totaled $23,805.

    Among the individuals in the data are ABC News president Lloyd Braun, who contributed $1,000 to the Our Common Values PAC, which is associated with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and ABC Radio Networks president Jim Robinson, who gave $250 to GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

  266. I would like to have some truthful numbers about the 8/28 project. I really don’t like Beck because of how he desecrated Medina. Last week when folks were really questioning Obama’s religion…Beck said he knew the Potus was a Christian…he is a paid mouthpiece just like Obama is.

    The thing I would like to see is Palin…and I saw that about her being a member of a union…they are trying to label her a RWN, but she governs from the middle.

  267. nobama

    Change to: That doesn’t mean that Newt’s political ideas are irrelevant. Makes a heck of a lot more sense that way.
    —————————

    That is not a teaching of Jesus Christ…according to the Bible we should rebuke those folks that do that….Newt was judging Bill C. and according to Jesus…we should not be speaking about the splinter in our brother’s eyes while we have a timber in ours…so how the Chrisitan coalition could back this man…is beyond me!
    Or we can say

  268. confloyd
    August 28th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Gonzo, Yes, he was daily screaming about Bill’s affair, all the while porking his current wife and leaving the old one to die of cancer by herself…he’s a great pillar of society!
    ———
    John Edwards breed of man.

  269. nomobama
    August 28th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    That’s why I don’t like Newt. Where not supposed to judge people, yet I admit I do all of the time. I judge Newt Gingrich on his treatment of his wife, and on his hypocrisy with regards to Bill Clinton’s philandering ways. Yet, that doesn’t mean that Newt does not have some political ideas that are irrelevant. Better to know what they are than put one’s head in the sand.
    ————-
    Sorry, but sometimes character does matter to me and that isn’t putting my head in the sand. Cheating is bad enough, but when your wife is dying, that is unforgivable…then to pretend to be this great Catholic………..bs screams out at me. And, the social issues, and the praising Ronald Raygun that screwed up my state’s education. Going after Bill like he was the model religious right, paleeeeeeeeeeeeze.

  270. For what it’s worth, I have witnessed people change for the better when they have embraced Christianity. That’s not to say that they became saints, but they became better people in many different ways. These were family members, so I got to see it close up.

    Additionally, absolutely nothing is “unforgiveable”. It all depends on your mindset really. You have the choice to forgive whomever for whatever.

    Third, I have never seen Gingrich “pretending to be this great Catholic”. I don’t think that he wears his Catholicism on his sleeve. He wasn’t even Catholic, by the way, until he remarried. Granted, what he did was not nice. That goes for what he did to his first wife, and to Bill Clinton. Yet, you have to admit that Bill Clinton created his own problems with his cheating on Hillary, and he deserved to take a little flack for that especially since it was happening in the White House. I hated for them to harp on it, but Bill opened himself up for it which was very stupid on his part. I like Bill Clinton, but stupid is stupid. As for Newt, I was never a fan of his, and I am not a fan of any hypocrite. Yet, just because one doesn’t like someone doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t have anything meaningful to add to political discourse.

    I don’t know much about California, which is where I believe you have indicated you live. If I remember correctly, much like my former home state New Jersey, California’s property taxes were horrendous. I understand why people would want to get a hold on them. I was forced to sell my home because of ridiculously high property taxes that I could no longer afford. Whenever I complained about property taxes at the tax office, I was told that the high tax rate was due to the school system. So, if I have the choice of paying very high taxes to support a school system that probably could be run more efficiently, or pay lower taxes which would allow me to stay in my home, which option do you think I would prefer, and desire? I’m guessing that the California school system had it problems even before the property tax issue was addressed in California.

    I’ve outgrown the desire to spend, spend, spend to the end, as if money grows on trees. My preference today is for more austerity, and higher efficiency. I just don’t trust government to do what is best for the taxpayers anymore, and I view the teaching profession as a proponent for higher taxes. Since when has a school system offered to return money that may not have been used for its intended purpose? My guess, never. This is not an attack on the abilities of teaching staff, just a comment of the runaway spending that causes such high property taxes in those states that depend on property taxes for the funding of public schools.

  271. http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2010/08/27/top-ten-obama-returns-vacation/

    1. Start a lobster colony in the South Lawn fountain

    2. Plant ice cream for Michelle in her vegetable garden.

    3. Reach out to a Republican – and break his arm.

    4. Open the South Lawn Driving Range for business.

    5. Give Ahmadinejad just one more chance.

    6. Tell Rahm to put some clothes on during senior staff meetings.

    7. Announce the start of the Autumn of Recovery.

    8. Suggest a compromise – keep the mosque where it is but move Ground Zero instead.

    9. Start planning winter skiing vacation in Gstaad

    10. Try to figure out where in the White House he left the Hope and Change.

  272. MoonOnPluto in answer to your wager request (“So lets lay bets, how long after Obama comes off holiday before he goes on another one?“):

    For Barack Obama every day is a holiday. For Michelle Obama every day is Halloween. 🙂

  273. A little belated JanH, but Happy Birthday wishes to you. I like birthdays that go on for several days.. 🙂

  274. gonzotx
    August 28th, 2010 at 12:55 am
    wbboei
    August 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    Because Newt is a freak. He is so full of bs I can’t stand to listen to him on Fox.
    ——————————————–
    Have you spent any time at his website? Have you read his books? It is ideas that we need right now. Ideas and courage.
    ***************

    Didn’t Newt have a great deal to do with Clinton’s impeachment?
    ———————-
    Yes, and I noted same at 10:53 above. That is not terribly important to me at this point however compared to solving the problems of the country, except in the important sense also noted above. How does the impeachment episode bear on this issue of his character insofar as the future is concerned. At a minimum it suggests a willingness to push partisan advantage to a bitter extreme which is always the temptation of power. If the electorate gives him even greater power, the power of president, he may or may not solve the problems of the country, but at what cost? Obama himself is a serial violator of our civil liberties, and his entire plan is to disenfranchise the American People with the help of big media who deal in distortion disinformation and lies to the point that it makes you want to puke. Apart from Obama himself and his administration you have the troubling quote by Dingell that within twenty years they will have the laws in place to control the American People, a statement which is so important and so revealing that Brian Williams neglected to mention it. As my friend would say, it is no answer if we get rid of one tyrant only to get another. It probably sounds to you right now like I am ruling Newt out, but the truth is I am not. It will be such a different world in 2012 that one may even wonder whether any politician can put the toothpaste back in the tube, and beyond places like Texas where things are not so bad now like they were a generation ago when John Connelly went broke, things are very bleak and growing bleaker.

  275. I see where the speculation on Wall Street and in Barons a month ago that the useless head of the federal reserve is planning to prime the pump, by putting more money into circulation to prop up the economy on the eve of the election.

    Why now, at this precise moment. And why did the economy crash on the eve of the last election, the one that gave us the destroyer of worlds who does the bidding of Wall Street and at the expense of the American People.

    As I understand it, the Bd memebers are evenly divided between those who believe the looming threat is inflation, or deflation. So why now, on the eve of an election, why inflate the money supply and screw old people on fixed incomes?

    If the intent is to help Obama then screw them. He needs no help. The truth is the greatest threat to our economy is Obama. Here is why:

    The major corporations are sitting on well over 2 trillion in cash, which normally they would be plowing back into the economy whereas now they refuse to do so.

    Why?

    If you ask Brian Williams he would be inclined to say something completely disingenuous like it is because Obama has stood up for the American People which is horse shit and he knows it. Obama is strictly a Wall Street shill, and that point is obvious to anyone who has been paying attention.

    When then what is the answer? Why are big corporations sitting on those trillions of dollars and refusing to invest them so that Benarke who is like Obama in the sense that he too is a shill for Wall Street finds it necessary to print more money and thereby deplete the wealth of those on fixed income?

    If you ask the heads of those corporations themselves, even the uber corrupt Jeffery Imelt of GE–Jack Welch’s worst mistake you get this answer. Big business does not want to invest in an environment of uncertainty. And by their own admission, Obama has created tons of uncertainty on the issues of taxes, regulation and spending. How? Through his massive health care and financial reform bill, his creation of inextinguishable debt and his lack of economic pragmatism. He relies on academics rather than people with a business background.

    And so in the final analysis, Obama’s perverse actions are the cause in fact for the inflation to come. Believe it or not.

  276. More on this from Larry at No Quarter:

    A contracting GDP does not create jobs. It is a jobs killer. It is time for the Obama team to take off their rose-colored glasses and get a grip on understanding what make the economy tick. More Government regulation? NOPE!! KILLER. More Government imposed taxes? DEATH WISH. More Government workers? BLOOD SUCKING PARASITES.

    Obama and team are (sic) incapable of making the changes that are needed to revive the economy. Repeal the health care legislation that imposes significant costs on mid-size businesses. Promise to keep the Bush tax cuts in place for four years. Freeze Federal Government hiring and cut Federal pay by 10 percent. At least create the appearance that you have clue about the economy.

    But that’s not likely. Obama and Biden are so committed to their dead end dream that they will continue to insist, like Chip Diller, that everything is fine and we must remain calm.

  277. admin
    August 28th, 2010 at 7:38 am
    MoonOnPluto in answer to your wager request (”So lets lay bets, how long after Obama comes off holiday before he goes on another one?“):

    For Barack Obama every day is a holiday
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    A Dreamers Holiday, by Buddy Clark, circa 1948–or 2008 et. seq/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAWBlKu9Gok

    (Except he never gets back down to earth, from a dreamers holiday).

  278. Civil rights leaders saying Beck’s rally is offensive? Wonder how many have no problem with the mosque of doom or even perhaps have expressed support.

  279. Jews give Obama above average approval rating
    August 27, 2010

    (JTA)—Jews gave President Obama an above-average job approval rating compared to other religious groups in the U.S.

    A Gallup pole released Friday found that Muslims gave Obama the highest job approval rating out of the religious groups poled, while Mormons gave him the lowest. Jews and those affiliated with other non-Christian religions gave him above average ratings along with those who had no religious affiliation.

    From January to July 2010, Jews gave Obama a 61 percent approval rating, down from 66 percent from July to December 2009. Muslims gave him a 78 percent approval rating during the first half of 2010, and Mormons a 24 percent rating. The overall approval rating is 48 percent, down 15 points from the first half of 2009.

    Obama received average job approval ratings from Catholics, and below-average ratings from Protestants.

    Despite drops in the overall job approval rating from January 2009 to July 2010, Muslims have consistently given Obama the highest rating and Mormons the lowest. Jews’ approval ratings have remained above average.

    The results are based on phone interviews with a random sampling of 276,123 adults with a 1 percent margin of error. Jews, Muslims and Mormons each made up about 2 percent of respondents; Jews accounted for 6,746 of the respondents, with a margin of error of less than 2 percent. The interviews were conducted between January 2009 and July 2010 as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/08/27/2740672/jews-give-obama-above-average-approval-rating

  280. Jews give Obama above average approval rating
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    Jan, do you believe that is accurate? I suppose if it were presented on a longer time frame it would show a decline from 88% at the day of inauguration to 61% now, but do you think it is 61%? If one of my Jewish neighbors is any indication then I guess so. He used to brag about how Bill Clinton recognized him and his wife in a big charity event back in New York but when Obama came along he said I like him because of Axelrod and Emanuel. I asked him whether he knew either one of them. No. I asked him whether he was troubled by Obamas position on the middle east, and he said he it was good that we are trying to get peace. I gave him a few facts, and then he said well I am not that involved in politics. Then I look at a guy like Ed Koch, who is involved in politics and he gets it. Quo vadis? 61%? And what about Catholics Confloyd? This has got to be an outlier poll, or else nobody is paying attention.

  281. gonzotx

    Didn’t Newt have a great deal to do with Clinton’s impeachment?

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    Are you being sarcastic, or do you really not remember?

    How many other Clinton supporters have forgotten?

  282. wbboei, I am Catholic, but really know very few. I know way more protestants and I can tell you they don’t like Obama. East Texas is not a known for having a large population of Catholics. I haven’t gone to Mass in years…I really need to stop claiming to be Catholic, LOL! I think all the polls are fixed. I don’t know what is wrong with Jews still likeing this idiot.

    pm317, WOW! Looks like Mo’s mother is pist off by what Laura was saying, but I don’t think she was that bad….Mrs. Robinson should have to walk a mile in Hillary shoes…then she’d know how we felt when her freaking daughter mentioned “Hillary not being able to take care of her own house, how can she take care of the WH”. Freak em all! This call in goes to show you how thin skinned they are in the WH…if you can’t take the heat…get the hell out of the kitchen!!

  283. Shadowfax…I know we aren’t suppose to judge, but politicians are different. We have to look at the whole man/woman.

    Nobama, I also know turning into a real Christian changes people and I have given Newt a chance, but he failed miserable when questioned about his part in the Clinton tar and feathering. You say Bill did an extremely stupid thing…so did Newt! You say we should look at his policies…well does Newt look at Bill’s polices now or does he continue to stomp on the only good Potus we’ve had in this half century….ask yourself that honestly…then let me know what you find out. Look at all his interviews. He is totally political and has forgotten his misdead…unlike Bill who has to wear that big “A” in his shirt daily! You could say Bill was Potus, well Speaker of the House isn’t like being a gas station attendant either….both had position of authority.

  284. Shadowfax…I wouldn’t vote for John Edwards for dogcatcher, so why would be want to vote for Newt….same kind of guy….Newt just did not get someone knocked up, he was luckier than John.

    I will back up and say that as much as I dislike Newt, I will hold my nose and vote for him if Obama is on the other ticket…I will most likely have to take some peptobismal also to settle my stomach before pulling the lever. It just a matter of voting for an American over a Kenyan.

    Whats up with Major Garret quitting FOx after getting Helen’s own seat in the briefing room??? There is lots of gossip about it.

  285. wbboei
    August 28th, 2010 at 11:30 am
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    Sorry to say that I think the 61% figure for Jews in support of him is indeed pretty accurate.

    What interested me even more was that the Muslims held him in even higher esteem.

  286. Jan, There seems to be a problem with the video, it only plays a little over a minute…looks like the bots have already screwed the video up.

  287. Nobama-
    You can think Newt is great and what he has done is in his past or you can even give him forgiveness…

    That’s how you feel, but it certainly isn’t how I feel and he won’t get a free pass nor a vote from me either and that is bold out awareness, not head in the sand motive.
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    Not worth defending Newt to this PUMA.

  288. admin
    August 28th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    MoonOnPluto in answer to your wager request (”So lets lay bets, how long after Obama comes off holiday before he goes on another one?“):

    For Barack Obama every day is a holiday. For Michelle Obama every day is Halloween. 🙂

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    Now that is darn funny Admin!!!

    😆 😆

  289. For Barack Obama every day is a holiday. For Michelle Obama every day is Halloween. 🙂

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    Now that is darn funny Admin!!!

    😆 😆

  290. confloyd
    August 28th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Shadowfax…I know we aren’t suppose to judge,

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    That’s another rule I don’t follow. I do judge people by their actions, their character and how they treat others. I am no saint, I don’t expect everyone or even myself to be Mother Teresa, but, actions do matter, much more than empty words.

    I am an ex-Catholic, but I still have certain expectations of humanity, and forgiveness for this Scorpio has to be earned, not easily given. 😉

  291. Al Sharpton’s Counter Freedom Attracts Only 3,000 people……Sharpton must be really pulling the crowds in these days.

  292. For Michelle Obama every day is Halloween. …….now when does she take off the mask,on second thoughts, that might be just a tad disgusting under there.

  293. mj
    August 27th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    nomobama
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Where on earth do you get your information? The French love their health system. Again, are you claiming Bill Clinton just doesn’t understand the French health system?
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    How the hell do you know what the French love? Have you ever been to France? Do you know what it’s like? Have you ever spent any significant time outside your inward-looking, liberal bubble to study what you think should be a fit for our society? You’re really freakin’ hillarious.

    I just love how Dims and especially Dem-Socialists like yourself want to foist off a system that dictates healthcare choices for Americans. Just because you think it’s such a laudable system in Europe doesn’t make it the right choice here in the States.

    If the French really “love” they healthcare system there is a reason… they don’t have to pay for it. People love stuff that either they don’t pay for or other people, especially taxpayers, pay for. The French love the long vacation times too. They also enjoy less productivity than the US along with sustained, higher unemployment rates, especially among their youth. Yep, that sounds like a great recipe for the US.

    Get a clue… just because the State has control of the healthcare system doesn’t make it a good thing. And I’m getting really tired of all this talk about how Clinton was such a budget warrior… he also didn’t mind defunding the military that he looked down on when he was in office… a fact that many Dems either don’t want to think about or would rather ignore entirely.

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