Jerry Brown Attacks Bill Clinton And Hillary Clinton – Defeat Jerry Brown

On November 2, 2010 Jerry Brown must be defeated. He was known as “Governor Moonbeam” decades ago. He has always been a Hillary Clinton hater. He has always been a Bill Clinton hater. Defeat Jerry Brown on November 2, 2010.

Jerry Brown is running against Meg Whitman for governor of California. Recently Meg Whitman aired a campaign advertisement against Jerry Brown. Because Jerry Brown is running on his record as Governor Moonbeam it is fair to explore his record. Meg Whitman wisely sought out what Bill Clinton said about Governor Moonbeam when Bill Clinton ran for president against Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. [Meg Whitman is taking our advice (see HERE) to Republicans and demonstrating how wise our counsel is. See also, HERE. ]

This is the ad Whitman aired and in which Bill Clinton confronts Jerry Brown:



Today, instead of campaigning against Meg Whitman and attacking Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown campaigned against Bill Clinton and attacked Bill Clinton. Jerry Brown, is engaged in a neck and neck race (at best, usually Whitman is beating him) against Meg Whitman but he is so stupid and so full of Clinton hate the dumb Moonbeam attacks the most popular Democrat in the country today.

Mark Halperin:

“The Whitman ad is probably the best TV spot by any campaign all cycle. Clinton and Brown have always had a rough relationship, which probably hit rock bottom…

… in 1992, when, in the same debate from which the Whitman campaign lifted the Clinton video, Brown went after Hillary Clinton’s private sector employment in Arkansas, calling her dealings with the state a “major scandal.” Brown accused the former Arkansas governor of “funneling money to his wife’s law firm for state business.”

I don’t care what you say about me, but you ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife,” Clinton fired back, wagging his famous finger at Brown. “You’re not worth being on the same platform as my wife.” Clinton went on, saying Brown “comes here with his family wealth and his $1,500 suit and makes a lying accusation about my wife.

Bill Clinton endorsed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the Democratic primary for governor this year against Brown, although Newsom later dropped out of the race.”

Jerry Brown must be defeated. Another financially well off hypocrite who pretends he cares about the “little people”. Someone so stupid and so filled with hate he cannot see it is stupid to attack Bill Clinton does not deserve any decision making office. Jerry Brown must be defeated. More Halperin:

Brown’s dissing of Bill Clinton is probably not going to sit too well with the many California voters with whom the former president is still majorly popular. And it surely makes the prospect that Clinton would campaign for Brown — not a sure thing before — even less likely.

And the outburst captured on the video is sure to reinforce the meme that Brown is a gaffe-prone hothead, since he has made more such mistakes than first-time candidate Whitman, a fact much noted by the media and of concern to some leading Democrats.

Brown has called on the Whitman campaign to pull down the TV ad, but the Republican has stood by her claim that Brown raised taxes as governor.”

Jerry Brown must be defeated. Jerry Brown’s attack on Bill Clinton personally must be answered on November 2 by the general electorate.



Jerry Brown is a hater of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Jerry Brown once begged Bill Clinton to endorse him for president – Bill Clinton refused. Jerry Brown is a hater that must be defeated. Here’s Jerry Brown attacking Hillary Clinton in 1992 along with Bill Clinton’s response:



Desperate Obama Dimocrats are exploiting tween singer Justin Bieber to try and fool Obama Hopium Guzzlers into a “Vote Again 2010” campaign. Justin Bieber is too young and a Canadian and probably a Republican supporter but Obama Dimocrats will exploit anyone and anything in order to win. Obama Dimocrats know they are in trouble yet Hopium Guzzler Jerry Brown is so full of Clinton hate he chooses to attack the most popular Democrat. Jerry Brown must be defeated.

Jerry Brown is an Obama Dimocrat that must be defeated. Jerry Brown cloaks himself as a man of the left but he is at bottom just a Clinton hater. As Rebecca Traister describes today in an interview, many men and women of the left talk a good game but they are sexists, misogynists, and haters:

“When Hillary won New Hampshire, she became the first woman in American history to win a primary. I mean, I sort of knew that, of course, what she was doing was historic. But this was a massive thing, a change in 220 years of presidential history. I didn’t know, and it was my job to know. [snip]

The thing that had a radicalizing impact on me began after [Hillary lost in] Iowa. Because there was this pile-on, and to me it was mind-bending. It was coming often from people on the left. It was like something they had been keeping inside as they bit their tongues and covered this woman who had the gall to be the front-runner and the “inevitable” candidate, which was the word that they threw out there. And finally she had shown weakness, and they were just going nuts.”

Like the rabid dog in To Kill A Mockingbird the sexists and misogynists of the Left must be destroyed. The Clinton haters must be removed. Sarah Palin will have to kill the sexists and misogynist dogs of the Right. But we must get rid of the rabid dogs of the Left.

Jerry Brown Must be Defeated. Election night 2010 must end in California with the defeat of Clinton hater Jerry Brown and every Obama Dimocrat. Only then can we begin anew.

Jerry Brown Must Be Defeated.

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267 thoughts on “Jerry Brown Attacks Bill Clinton And Hillary Clinton – Defeat Jerry Brown

  1. JanH, thanks for that video which we had not seen. That Delaware race has Republicans very engaged and it is a top news story. There is a battle between O’Donnell and Castle and just about every Republican is taking sides in this very important race to them.

    It is good to see O’Donnell taking our advice and speaking to Hillary Democrats. Republicans, as we have written so often (and again linked to earlier articles in today’s article) should utilize what was done to Hillary Clinton in 07-08 to make their case.

    We did not think much of O’Donnell until today when we saw the video. It tells us she has brains and guts. O’Donnell is considered the Tea Party candidate and the candidate of the much more conservative outlets. For her to speak about “Hillary Democrats” tells us she is not afraid of her base and thinks they will side with her in her appeal to Hillary Democrats. It’s gutsy and brainy. Republicans should learn from O’Donnell.

  2. Bill Clinton visiting ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday
    (AP) – 3 hours ago

    NEW YORK — Comedy Central says former President Bill Clinton will visit “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Thursday.

    He is expected to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, which annually convenes world leaders to grapple with pressing global concerns. This year’s meeting is scheduled to take place next week in New York.

    Clinton appearance on “The Daily Show” will be his sixth. The show airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixFdF06ylo-UqgTolYPl9haXJGagD9I74OC80

  3. Oh, please, please, please Jon Stewart, ASK BILL ABOUT JERRY BROWN. Forget for a few moments about all that life saving work Bill does across the globe. Give us a few seconds of comedy gold and ask Bill about Jerry. Please, please, please… 🙂

  4. Good article. Bill and Hillary are currently held in high esteem by both republicans and mainstream democrats. To attack Bill is not only wrong, but politically stupid. Now California is a weird state when in comes to politics, and a guy like Brown appeals to the far left, but I would not be surprsed to see Whitman win.

  5. We are not immune to accepting delayed enlightenment. More from Admin’s link on Rebecca Traister’s Interview (http://www.salon.com/books/our_picks/index.html?story=/books/int/2010/09/12/traister_big_girls_dont_cry)

    The evolution of your feelings toward Hillary is really a central part of the book.

    Well I was no fan of Hillary going in. For a long time, prior to her campaign, my feelings were negligible. In fact, I felt a kind of embarrassment that women were expected to have such strong feelings about Hillary. I admired her from a distance, but politically I had less and less in common with her as she moved to the center.

    I was one of those few, proud, now deeply embarrassed John Edwards supporters. So when it came to super Tuesday I had to choose between her and Obama, about whom I felt roughly equivalent. I wound up almost flipping a coin and voting for Hillary, but I was still completely ambivalent about her.

    Eventually I became a lot more aware of the ways in which not only Hillary but also her supporters were being talked about. I became increasingly sensitive to the scorn directed at her, and it built and built as she continued to fight, and it drove me nuts. Because I thought her continuing to fight was awesome and hilarious. I thought it was completely redefining how we view women and our expectations for them in public and political life. She would not comply. She would not give in. She would not do what the pundits wanted her to do, what her opponents wanted her to do, what reporters were insisting that she do, what everyone was telling her was the smart thing to do or, in one case, the classy thing to do. She just kept going.

    But the more she did that, the more anger — biting anger — I began to see, both in the media and amongst the people I knew, and amongst Obama supporters, and that was what began to radicalize me in my support for Clinton, so that by the end I was an ardent Hillary supporter. That does not mean that I did not still find fault with her. I did, and I do. And there were a lot of terrible missteps she made during that campaign. But I was a devoted Hillary supporter by the end, so much so that I, with much humiliation, actually wound up crying after she conceded. I was in the [National Building Museum covering the story for Salon], and I had to run out of the press area, and I was trying to find a place behind a column, and I’m, like, choking out sobs, and I realize I’m standing next to Matt Drudge.

  6. “A British teenager who sent an e-mail to the White House calling President Obama a “pr*ck” was banned from the U.S. for life, The Sun reported Monday.”

    Wonder how many times Bush rec’d emails calling him far worse.

  7. pm317
    September 13th, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    We are not immune to accepting delayed enlightenment. More from Admin’s link on Rebecca Traister’s Intervie
    ************

    Not so fast….read a little further. This twit STILL is an elitist…
    _______

    Moving on from Hillary, you also talk about the way Sarah Palin was supposedly much more of a centrist as governor. And how in some ways the reception of her — the frosty reception to her, especially by progressive women — pushed her to the right and helped make her the Tea Partier she is. I can’t stand Sarah Palin, but is she the fault of people like me? Did we make her what she is?

    I don’t think people who objected to Sarah Palin are to blame for Palin’s turning rightward. Whose fault it is that Sarah Palin has become Sarah Palin is a really complicated question. To a large degree, it’s Sarah Palin’s fault. To a large degree, it’s the fault of Republicans who thought they could bring her in as a toy, a young attractive Hillary replacement. They didn’t ask any questions about her, they didn’t consider her as a real person and a real candidate with a real history. And in part the intense, visceral loathing of the American left, of feminists, of Democratic women helped push Palin further right. As her onetime adviser Elaine Lafferty said to me, you go where it’s warm, which I think is a great line, and Palin was being embraced by these incredible social conservatives. She went where it was warm.

    But the reasons for the visceral attitude about Palin from many women, including me, including you, also have a complicated history. They stem in part from the fact that we got why she was going to be so effective. She behaved in very retro ways, ways we’d been fighting for years to not have to behave. People often like to put it in high school terms, and I try to avoid this but there’s an obvious truth to it. We knew there was a mean girl element. And I think that’s reductive, but it’s not bad, actually, as a descriptor of the kind of instinct that overtook a lot of American women.

    In that analogy, are American women the mean girls, or is Sarah Palin the mean girl?

    Both, actually. And, God this is reductive, but I think we understood, whether or not we were able to put it together at the time, that in part we got a Sarah Palin because of our inability to deal with a Hillary Clinton. That does not mean, oh, Hillary should have won. It means that Hillary as a mold-breaking, ball-busting, aggressive, relentless female candidate encountered a level of resistance from within her own party — and again, I don’t mean that she should have won, I mean that she should have been treated better, and that her historical place should have been recognized more, and it wasn’t. And so it was the limits of our tolerance, and of a Democratic tolerance for this new kind of woman — a relentless, competitive, noncompliant woman — that opened a door for McCain to bring in Palin to begin with.

    So you see Palin as more compliant, less competitive, less ball-busting.

    Well, by some standards, she was. But Palin, now, is Clinton-like in her refusal to relent at this point. Their politics are wildly divergent, but Palin’s path in some ways does mirror Clinton’s in the last part of the primary season, in that everyone keeps predicting she’s done and she’s not. When she stopped being governor, I thought, well, that’s the end of her. Too bad I’m writing a book about her, no one’s going to care about her in a year. She sends ridiculous tweets, and people think that’s going to be the end of her. She defies every bit of conventional wisdom, and that is very much as Hillary was in the second half of the primary season.

    What do you think Sarah Palin will do next?

    I think she’ll run for president, I mean I have no evidence ….

    In 2012?

    Yes! I think she’ll run for president, or emperor, or master of the universe, or whatever position is available. And it could be 2012, it could be 2016, it could be 2016 against Hillary, which would be a show for the ages, really.

  8. Chicago is transferring public wealth (public property and income owned by taxpayers) as quickly to private cronies as quickly as possible. The bond rating agencies know this. It is just another scam to defraud taxpayers to make sure the public gets as little for their money as possible. Privatization has run its course. They have sucked all of the equity out of public resources.

  9. One thing about Hillary supporters – and I was an avid one – I believe we were yearnuing to crack that glass ceiling. In fact, we did crack it but that was covered up, the patching doone overnight, in secret, the major achievement pushed under the rug. The credit she so richly deserved was stolen from her.

    I find it hard to believe that any real Hillary supporter would promote the spread of Islam in this country, on any level, knowing how islamic women would never be allowed near the glass ceiling. They’re kept out in the barn (metaphorically speaking) with the other “slave” animals, the beasts of burden, the cows, the goats.

    Islam is the biggest glass ceiling for women in islamic countries and the decks are stacked against them.

    Why would any real Hillary supporter promote mosques, which exclude, segregate and demean women, and are male-run and male-worshipping institutions which reject and do not respect women.

    I can almost understand why some men would support Islam in this country – afterall, the male is so glorified in islam, so exalted. It must be tempting for some, to imagine a life where they actually didn’t have to consult with their spouse, could take multiple wives, could have their wives stoned to death if they grew tired of her and would have 76 virgins waiting for them if they followed Mohasmmed’s teaching.

    For any woman, with free will, to support and promote islam is to accept that she is an inferior creature, just like the koran says.

    But for so-called Hillary-supporting women to press for mosque-building is a betrayal of women.

  10. gonzotx..

    We can never expect full reformation from these idiots. But Hillary/we made her cry and she voted for Hillary. Of course, it is to be expected that she would say what she said about Palin. Much of it is guilt that they let the history-opportunity of electing a woman go by the wayside (she is embarrassed about being an Edwards supporter and in another six months she will be embarrassed about Obama) and the fear that an antithesis to feminism (in their minds) like Palin, the wretched republican woman may get elected as the first woman. They are at a loss to explain the ‘Palin’ phenomenon but the irony is that in some ways they made her what she is today and they will continue to do that. These are not smart people. They just chose that vocation of jourNOlism. In this Internet age everyone who has an opinion can voice it and gain support and credibility. By the same token, we can also reject those idiots as easily because we hear a commenter x or a blogger y making more sense than these idiots. Palin has tapped into that very intelligently through the use of facebook and her retail contact with the followers. She got rid of the media middlemen. But that smartness translates to being president is yet to be seen (IMO).

  11. moononpluto
    September 11th, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    EPIC FAILURE

    US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009 (the Obama economy)

    WASHINGTON – The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama’s watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.
    &&&&&

    Wait, wait, that headline must be WRONG!!!

    Obama was “swept into office” because unlike McCain, he would care about the little guy, narrow the wealth gap, create jobs, and make sure no one was left behind….

    Oh shoot, never mind.

  12. basil9 “Islam is the biggest glass ceiling for women in islamic countries and the decks are stacked against them.”
    ————————–

    WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE TO SAY THIS? CAN YOU SHOW ME A POLL? CAN YOU GIVE ME LINKS?

    {just kidding!! I was impersonating someone else.}

  13. I find it hard to believe that any real Hillary supporter would promote the spread of Islam in this country, on any level, knowing how islamic women would never be allowed near the glass ceiling.
    ***************

    I second this statement. I can not stand hearing that it isn’t about Islam, it’s about the location. Really? it isn’t about the hatred of over 50% of the population, the barbaric practice of beheading, stoning, burning to death of women… This benevolent “religion”. I want to scream STFU every time I hear how peaceful, how benevolent, how there are these wonderful “moderate Muslims”. A “religion” based on the hatred of womankind formulated by a pedophile.

    This of course may not be what you meant, but I am out of the closet about my “feelings” about “Islam”

  14. JBStonesFan, imagine if Jerry Brown responded with something like: “Meg Whitman is trying to divide us Democrats by using Bill Cllinton. Bill Clinton was a great president and though we have had some arguments decades ago he is a good man who would never vote for a Meg Whitman.”

    Instead, Jerry Brown felt the hate.

  15. Looked into doing some volunteering today for Toomey. No can do. He’ll still get my vote and perhaps a few hours near election day but that’s my limit. You’d think PA would have a more moderate candidate.

  16. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/118247-obama-faces-new-criticism-from-womens-groups-over-economic-team

    President Obama is facing new criticism from women’s rights groups for failing to nominate a woman to his core group of economic advisers.

    Obama on Friday named longtime adviser Austan Goolsbee to head the Council of Economic Advisers after Christina Romer left to return to the University of California at Berkeley.

    Women’s rights groups — including the National Organization for Women (NOW) and The New Agenda — have sharply criticized the White House for not including more women in prominent positions overseeing the economy and financial policy. The groups are pressuring the president to nominate Elizabeth Warren as the inaugural head of a new consumer financial protection office.

    “It’s very disappointing. You can’t say unexpected but very disappointing that the president is content to build a boy’s club in the White House in many areas,” Amy Siskind, head of The New Agenda, said Friday after the president named Goolsbee to the job.

    “The problem with the president insulating himself with the old boys around him is that he is really not getting information about how people are struggling, how women are struggling,” Terry O’Neill, head of NOW, said earlier last week.

  17. Gonzo,

    As usual, we are in complete agreement. Any free woman who supports islam is basically saying she doesn’t want, need, deserve or cherish her freedom. It’s a simple as that.

    Those women (forget about the men, just for this point)who argue and rant about religious freedom seem not to understand that the “freedom” part is reserved for the men, alone.

    I have said before I am not a fan of any organized religion primarily because most, to some degree or another, diminish women. Religions, including Christianity in this country, set up bureaucracies which continued that oppression.

    The US, of course, (as we all know) promoted gender inequality for hundreds of years until we fought for and got the vote and everyone on this site knows all to well the fight has just begun. Hillary’s horrible experience provided all the proof most of us needed that sexism and misogyny are alive and well in the U.S.A.

    But there is no representation for women in islam unbless you count such rules as needing four male relatives to testify that a rape occurred as representation.

    pm317,

    Hehehehe. You nearly gave ma a heart attack! 😉

  18. Goolsbee is a prick, he was the twit that had a go at Hillary and lied about the NAFTA nonsense, he really needs a goos slapdown that one.

  19. basil9,
    September 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Excellent post.

    ———————–
    Gonzo,

    What a great political ad. 🙂

  20. Hah, what was that again Dems backtracking again, i hear screech of brakes.

    Rank and file Dems to Pelosi: extend all the Bush tax cuts !!

    After John Boehner reiterated his call to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts expiring at the end of the year, the White House once again tried hammering him as an extremist looking to protect the rich at the expense of the middle class. House Democrats will undercut that messaging with their own call to put off tax hikes for the next couple of years. In a letter circulating on Capitol Hill and reviewed by Politico, Blue Dogs and other Democrats tell Nancy Pelosi that this is no time to raise taxes or to extend the uncertainty:

    POLITICO has obtained a draft of a letter from rank-and-file lawmakers to Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them not to let tax rates rise for Americans at the highest income levels.

    “We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions,” the House members write in a letter that was being circulated for signatures on Friday and is expected to be delivered today or Tuesday.

    Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah), Glenn Nye (Virginia), Melissa Bean (Ill.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) drafted the letter and are working to gather support, mostly from the moderate Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions, for at least a temporary extension of the rates for top income earners as well as those in the lower brackets.

    This comes at the same time that Boehner’s remarks have stirred controversy — although largely from the absence of context. The media originally reported them as a retreat back to the White House petition. Instead, Boehner said that he would vote to approve a bill that only extended the middle-class portion of the tax cuts if that was all that was offered. Boehner scoffed at the notion that he was holding those tax-cuts extensions hostage, which a moment’s thought would prove correct. Pelosi has a 77-seat majority in the House, and can pass anything Democrats want.

    Clearly, some Democrats are now wondering if they want a class war right before the election. That kind of strategy plays well in districts like Pelosi’s, but is falling flat in the rest of the country. Democrats played that card in 2006 and 2008, and after four years of control in Congress, it’s no longer a trump card. Democrats need to find a way to generate growth, and the only way to do that is to get people with capital to put it to work — which the coming tax hikes will prevent.

    The Obama administration is doing its best to portray Boehner as an extremist. Unfortunately for Obama, his own party shows that it’s the White House on the extreme, pushing tax hikes in the middle of an economic stall. It also points to a bigger problem with the strategy, which is that punching down below one’s weight is never a good idea. Instead of marginalizing Boehner, the White House is practically lending him the bully pulpit by putting Boehner at the same level as the President. That helps the GOP, because most of the electorate understands that tax hikes will be disastrous for the economy — and Obama doesn’t exactly have a track record of success that gives him the benefit of the doubt.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/13/rank-and-file-dems-to-pelosi-extend-all-the-bush-tax-cuts/

    What did i tell you a few nights ago, i knew this would happen, its not the time to drop it.

  21. I remember when McCain picked Palin as his running mate my obot friends (ex-friends) attacked her exactly like they attacked Hillary. Their favorite word for the both of them was b****. That really opened my eyes. I am a Clintonista not a Palinista, but I love to defend Palin just to see the obots do their Linda Blair impersonations.

  22. Oh yeah and Obama propogated it, Hillary and Sarah, they were bitches, they were C***s, they were W****s, anything derogatory they could find, remember that whole shit about Hillary being gay with Huma and Sarah was the mother of Bristols baby and then there was the hidden finger flip at rallies, they were stupid, they were called liars, they were called politically inexperienced.

    The list went on and on and all of it bullshit propogated by men and some really nasty women who need to hang their heads in shame.

  23. Holy Shit, this is news, this will make them shit themselves at the WH.

    Breaking: DOJ Inspector General will investigate Obama voting rights record

    Just obtained this letter from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine to members of Congress informing them that he will open up a review of the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of civil rights laws by the Voting Section office of DOJ.

    Big news. Good news. Fine is a veteran IG whose meticulous work I cited in-depth in Invasion. You know how the Obama bully boys have treated IGs. Prayers for Fine would be most appropriate.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/13/document-drop-breaking-doj-inspector-general-will-investigate-obama-voting-rights-record/

  24. Goolsbee, evidently, is also the minion that The Won sent to Canada to tell them, don’t believe anything The Won says while in campaign mode; that is not how he will govern.

  25. Hmmm, the experts here on Cap N Trade, is any of the following true?

    Something every home owner should be made aware of!

    Don’t want to be bothered with “Political stuff?” You’d better read this one. It will come as a huge shock to you if you aren’t informed as to what Obama is up to, and apparently it has already passed one hurdle. It will take very little now to put it into actual law!! YOU’D BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA !!!! So you think you live in a free country, boy have you got a surprise coming.

    A License Required for your HOUSE?

    If you own your home you really need to check this out. At the end of this email is the Google link to verify. If the country thinks the housing market is depressed now, wait until everyone sees this; no one will be buying homes in the future.

    We encourage you to read the provisions of the Cap and Trade Bill that has passed the House of Representatives and being considered by the Senate. We are ready to join the next march on Washington ! This Congress and whoever on their staffs that write this junk are truly out to destroy the middle class of the U.S.A ….

    A License will be required for your house…no longer just for cars and mobile homes….Thinking about selling your house. Take a look at H.R.
    2454 (Cap and Trade bill). This is unbelievable! Only the beginning from this administration! Home owners take note & tell your friends and relatives who are home owners!

    Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. H.R. 2454, the “Cap & Trade” bill passed by the House of Representatives, if it is also passed by the Senate, will be the largest tax increase any of us has ever experienced.

    The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly non-partisan) estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per year. No one is excluded. However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets, you can be sure these voters get a tax refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr. And Mrs. Middle Class have to pay even more since additional tax dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else..

    But wait. This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually read) has many more surprises in it. Probably the worst one is this: A year from now you won’t be able to sell your house. Yes, you read that right.

    The caveat is (there always is a caveat) that if you have enough money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes (“mobile homes”) are included. In effect, this bill prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.

    To get this permission,you will have to have the energy efficiency of your home measured. Then the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home under the retrofit provisions of this Act to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements.

    Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a license
    (called a “label” in the Act) that must be posted on your property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air conditioner. If you don’t get a high enough rating, you can’t sell.

    And, the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the standards every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency increases built into the Act. The EPA administrator, appointed by the President, will run the Cap & Trade program (AKA the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of
    2009”) and is authorized to make any future changes to the regulations and standards he/she alone determines to be in the government’s best interest. Requirements are set low initially so the bill will pass Congress; then the Administrator can set much tougher new standards every year.

    The Act

    itself contains annual required increases in energy efficiency for private and commercial residences and buildings. However, the EPA administrator can set higher standards at any time. Sect. 202 Building Retrofit Program mandates a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes across America .

    Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Act, you won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. You had better sell soon, because the standards will be raised each year and will be really hard (Ie., ex$pen$ive) to meet in a few years. Oh, goody!

    The Act allows the government to give you a grant of several thousand dollars to comply with the retrofit program requirements IF you meet certain energy efficiency levels. But, wait, the State can set additional requirements on who qualifies to receive the grants. You should expect requirements such as “can’t have an income of more than $50K per year”, “home selling price can’t be more than $125K”, or anything else to target the upper middle class (and that’s YOU) and prevent them from qualifying for the grants.

    Most of us won’t get a dime and will have to pay the entire cost of the retrofit out of our own pockets. More transfer of wealth, more “change you can believe in.” Sect. 204 Building Energy Performance Labeling Program establishes a labeling program that for each individual residence will identify the achieved energy efficiency performance for “at least 90 percent of the residential market within 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.”

    This means that within 5 years 90% of all residential homes in the U.S. must be measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will get $50M each year to enforce the labeling program. The Secretary of the Department of Energy will get an additional $20M each year to help enforce the labeling program. Some of this money will, of course, be spent on coming up with tougher standards each year…

    Oh, the label will be like a license for your car. You will be required to post the label in a conspicuous location in your home and will not be allowed to sell your home without having this label. And, just like your car license, you will probably be required to get a new label every so often – maybe every year.

    But, the government estimates the cost of measuring the energy efficiency of your home should only cost about $200 each time. Remember what they said about the auto smog inspections when they first started: that in California it would only cost $15.

    That was when the program started. Now the cost is about $50 for the inspection and certificate; a 333% increase. Expect the same from the home labeling program. Sect. 304 Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes establishes new energy efficiency guidelines for the National Building Code and mandates at 304(d) that 1 year after enactment of this Act, all state and local jurisdictions must adopt the National Building Code energy efficiency provisions or must obtain a certification from the federal government that their state and/or local codes have been brought into full compliance with the National Building Code energy efficiency standards.

  26. Pm 317 I had the same reservations you do about this woman when she talks about Sarah. But she is spot on when it comes to Hillary and god bless her for that much. Yes, Breck Boy was something of a disappointment and we should not worry when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all. The part of that article which struck me was this–even though it appeared in a detestable forum.
    —————————————-
    You make this very convincing case for how shabbily Hillary Clinton was treated with regard to gender. Again and again people would say, it’s not that I object to a woman being president, it’s that I object to Hillary specifically. But then there’s plenty of evidence to suggest, no, you do object to a woman. When did you personally start to see that pattern?

    I actually assumed that anti-Hillary misogyny would take the form that it did in the beginning, the Hillary nutcrackers and the “two fat thighs and a left wing” jokes. This loutish, mostly right wing anti-Hillary spew that we have gotten for decades.

    The thing that had a radicalizing impact on me began after [Hillary lost in] Iowa. Because there was this pile-on, and to me it was mind-bending. It was coming often from people on the left. It was like something they had been keeping inside as they bit their tongues and covered this woman who had the gall to be the front-runner and the “inevitable” candidate, which was the word that they threw out there. And finally she had shown weakness, and they were just going nuts.

    I wrote a piece for Salon about how, despite the fact that I was not a Hillary supporter, had I lived in New Hampshire I would have voted for her that week, because I was so pissed off. I didn’t know it at the time, but Rachel Maddow said something very similar about feeling like she wanted to defend her on air. There was a video made by Dana Milbank at the Washington Post, just laughing, sneering at Hillary for giving a rally where she answered all the voters’ questions and it went on for a long time. Showing these voters yawning and saying, “Whoa, she’s such a snooze.” I began to see in this very active, palpable way how she was being talked about as Tracy Flick, or Margaret from Dennis the Menace, or Hermione Granger — you know, the know it all girl. And that’s when I began to switch.

    The evolution of your feelings toward Hillary is really a central part of the book.

    Well I was no fan of Hillary going in. For a long time, prior to her campaign, my feelings were negligible. In fact, I felt a kind of embarrassment that women were expected to have such strong feelings about Hillary. I admired her from a distance, but politically I had less and less in common with her as she moved to the center.

    I was one of those few, proud, now deeply embarrassed John Edwards supporters. So when it came to super Tuesday I had to choose between her and Obama, about whom I felt roughly equivalent. I wound up almost flipping a coin and voting for Hillary, but I was still completely ambivalent about her.

    Eventually I became a lot more aware of the ways in which not only Hillary but also her supporters were being talked about. I became increasingly sensitive to the scorn directed at her, and it built and built as she continued to fight, and it drove me nuts. Because I thought her continuing to fight was awesome and hilarious. I thought it was completely redefining how we view women and our expectations for them in public and political life. She would not comply. She would not give in. She would not do what the pundits wanted her to do, what her opponents wanted her to do, what reporters were insisting that she do, what everyone was telling her was the smart thing to do or, in one case, the classy thing to do. She just kept going.

    But the more she did that, the more anger — biting anger — I began to see, both in the media and amongst the people I knew, and amongst Obama supporters, and that was what began to radicalize me in my support for Clinton, so that by the end I was an ardent Hillary supporter. That does not mean that I did not still find fault with her. I did, and I do. And there were a lot of terrible missteps she made during that campaign. But I was a devoted Hillary supporter by the end, so much so that I, with much humiliation, actually wound up crying after she conceded. I was in the [National Building Museum covering the story for Salon], and I had to run out of the press area, and I was trying to find a place behind a column, and I’m, like, choking out sobs, and I realize I’m standing next to Matt Drudge.

  27. Goolsbee, evidently, is also the minion that The Won sent to Canada to tell them, don’t believe anything The Won says while in campaign mode; that is not how he will govern.
    ————————–
    That is a roger. And now the ghoul will be right at his side aiding and abetting Obama as he drives the nation into the ditch University of Chicago style. Obama will blame it on on Boeners suntan–an unnatural color sure to inhibit robust recovery, far more so than Obama’s own antediluvian (before the great flood) economic policies>

  28. A “religion” based on the hatred of womankind formulated by a pedophile.

    You hit-it-out-of-the-park with that one, Gonzo!

    Yup. That about sums it up.

    Jan,

    I’m glad you were able to dsicern my intent amidst the sea of TYP-O’s!!!!!!!!!

    hehehehehe.

  29. Shorttermer,

    I read about that last year. They want to control every friggin’ aspect of our existence! In England, they’ve already distributed thousands of micro-chipped trashcans which report to Big Brother about the content of your garbage and levy taxes based on that. It’s not in every household yet but it is widespread. I read about a similar pilot program about to get underway here.

    We have to STOP these fascists!

  30. Breaking: DOJ Inspector General will investigate Obama voting rights record
    ——————————–
    A white wash perhaps? I do not think he will get any cooperation from Holder is this is anything more.

  31. She espouses only half wisdom and that is more dangerous than no wisdom at all
    ——————————–
    Perhaps so, if it leads people people to accept the half that is not true. I see your point/

  32. @Crazy horse:I am a Clintonista not a Palinista, but I love to defend Palin just to see the obots do their Linda Blair impersonations.
    —————–

    Yep.. let us get them mad and they will do more stupid stuff which will elevate her even more. I may not vote for her (again 😉 but I am not opposed to her running/winning a contest fair and square. What is bad is women going around self-blocking and shooting themselves in the foot, like with the ‘not this woman’ syndrome.

  33. Before we all fall under this supposedly eye opening spell of the newest revelation about Hussein’s birthright carrying the torch for his father’s asperations; let us take a long hard look at the author of this epiphany. Read on at the wiki link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D'Souza

    Bearing in mind what we already know. Soros was responsible for getting Hussein elected to the US Presidency. Soros is responsible for Hussein’s HCR agenda and the behind the door drug deals. Doesn’t it strike anyone else besides me this convenient face saving description of Hussein’s inner psyche speaking out NOW how important it is for him to carry out a righteous plan now in his father’s name? Even though, this plan is not the correct plan for America?

    When you google Dinesh D’Souza- he’s been around forever. He dated Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham… before he settled on the current wife. He is of the same mindset as those two wack jobs and wouldn’t be surprised if Soros isn’t a ghost affiliation from his past.

    Remember, by consensus we are moving towards getting Hillary to the O/O. The current question is how do we remove Obama? Will it be a Nixonian move? Will he be the subject of a time consuming investigation into criminal activity, “Impeachment”? Or will it be something much more palatable… like a supposed promotion to the presidency of the UN or the World Bank? At any rate- Soros has to be protected- Obama needs a face saving story to make a lateral move from the White into an obscure high profile position… and the D’Souza story is just a little too neat. A little too timely. And a little too convenient to pop up now. (imo)

    I’ll call it now- the very last option or a similar position will be the position of choice causing little conflict for a smooth transition for BO and MO into hibernation.

  34. Nice post, admin! Jerry Brown – Asshat.

    JanH
    September 13th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Why does every woman feel that because she is woman, she will attract those of us that support Hillary? She is my girl forever and a day because SHE HAS THE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, BACKGROUND and HEART to do it. Not because she is a woman.

    Here on Houston, our new mayor is a gay woman. She ran on her record, which was enough to get her elected. I get so pissed off when people ask me if I voted for her because she is a woman or because she is gay. My response is always that I would vote for a one eyed monkey if they were qualified, and she is qualified. I vote based on qualifications, not cool….

  35. pm317
    September 13th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Dinesh D’Souza is a wacko.. I was going to mention it before but didn’t want to burst the balloon.
    __________________

    I’ve pretty much outlined what I have predicted for months to several posters here. The question looming in the background is how Obama abdicates his position gracefully with as little friction as possible and Hillary is elevated to the presidency without further adieu. I refuse to go off on a tangent with this D’Souza character popping up at this point in time and distracting us from the real Truth.

    At one time pm317 we sort of got off on the wrong foot. However, during the past week we seem to be converging on the same page which is all good for us joining together under Hillary’s pink flag.

  36. Hillbuzz boys make a good point about the Pelousy ad:

    http://hillbuzz.org/2010/09/13/why-the-john-dennis-ad-in-san-francisco-while-cutesy-toons-is-a-misfire/

    (1) Depicting a woman as a witch does NOT in any situation sit well with those of us who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 race, because that’s how the media would depict her in their quest to force her out of Obama’s way. Clinton was routinely portrayed as the Wicked Witch of the West, with Obama trying to throw water on her to “make her go away”. If Dennis wants to win in California, we don’t see how conjuring up those old images from 2008 helps him. He wants to get people to vote FOR him, right? So why tap into that old anger. Those witch drawings used to rev up people who weren’t even Clinton supporters, just because they got tired of a woman being painted as a witch for speaking her mind and refusing to surrender. Nancy Pelosi is terrible at her job, and frankly is a bad person from the way we’ve seen her behave through the years. She is not in the same league as Hillary Clinton on anything…but John Dennis just elevated her to that rank by depicting her, too, as a witch. What this does is lend Pelosi sympathy she does not deserve…and makes her, unfairly, into an anti-hero, as explained below.

  37. Imam Rauf: Ground Zero Is NOT Hallowed Ground (Video)

    I saw this at Gateway Pundit. I have no words. The man is a freaking radical America-loathing lunatic. I am sick and tired of this nonsense.

  38. basil9: “I find it hard to believe that any real Hillary supporter would promote the spread of Islam in this country,”

    I haven’t heard of any “real Hillary supporters” promoting Islam in this country. Who are you referring to, exactly? Huma Abedin?

    “islamic women would never be allowed near the glass ceiling.”

    Now wait just a minute, Benazir Bhutto was the popularly elected head of state of Pakistan 20 years before Hillary made her run!

    “Any free woman who supports islam is basically saying she doesn’t want, need, deserve or cherish her freedom.”

    Indeed, Islam means “submission” or “surrender”, ie submission to Allah’s will. That goes for men and women. In Christianity, we have had theological exegeses along the same line – Calvin and also Catholic theologians. We are supposed to be God’s slaves, follow the Word, etc.

    “I have said before I am not a fan of any organized religion…”

    And I have agreed with you on this before. But you should clarify what you mean by “organized religion”. In Christianity, we have the Catholic Church which is certainly the most organized religion in the world and the Catholic Church does, as you say, “to some degree or another, diminish women“ as women cannot be priests or play any role in the hierarchy or aspire to the Papacy.

    But, without claiming that Islam does not diminish women, you cannot say that Islam is an organized religion. There are Imams (yes, all men), each with their followers, but each quite independent from each other and quite varied in their views of the good life and interpretations of the Koran.

    That’s why we outsiders have such a hard time getting a handle on who and where the extremists are. You just have to get down on the ground and go around and meet the locals. All the generalizations we read on this blog are based on ignorance because so few of us actually know any muslims. You can’t read Islam out of a book, even if it is the Koran.

    “The US, of course, (as we all know) promoted gender inequality for hundreds of years until we fought for and got the vote and everyone on this site knows all too well the fight has just begun. Hillary’s horrible experience provided all the proof most of us needed that sexism and misogyny are alive and well in the U.S.A.”

    Yes, but sticking to the subject of Islam, there is sure proof in Benazir Bhutto that muslim Pakistan is a few decades ahead of us when it comes to respect for women. You’re generalizing about Islam based on ignorance.

  39. Looks like it is Bill Clinton day as he tells the truth to Rachel Maddow:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42108.html

    Bill Clinton flashed irritation at MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and other liberals Monday for failing to appreciate the successes of his presidency.

    “One of the leading television commentators on one of our liberal cable channels said I was the best Republican president the country ever produced, which would come [as] quite a surprise to the Republicans, half of whom still think I’m a closet communist,” Clinton said during an appearance with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

    Clinton didn’t mention Maddow by name, but she made that comment on her March 31 show.

    “What she meant by that was I didn’t necessarily follow their ‘conventional wisdom,’” he said. “I said, ‘What do you mean?!’”

    Clinton said he accomplished more for the poor and middle class than traditional, New Deal-era liberalism ever could have. He touted his welfare-to-work program, which he said cut the rolls by 60 percent.

    We had 100 times as many people move out of poverty during those eight years [I was president] than the previous 12 years because we had an earned income tax credit, not because we had another traditional anti-poverty program hiring people,” he said.

    In a mostly subdued and statesman-like performance, Clinton vigorously defended his pursuit of pragmatism.

    “What gave birth to the Third Way in America was that the Democrats kept getting beat because people saw us as the party of big government, and our own political base very often was more concerned with means than ends,” he said. “I think the people on the right that say that, ‘government is the enemy, we don’t need it,’ are wrong, particularly in this economic time. And I think people on the left that say, ‘the only way to deliver services or solve problems is with a bigger state,’ are not always right and are more often wrong than not.”

  40. Cannot stand Puke-o-si, but I agree with HillBuzz, casting her as witch is sexist and will get more symapthy, and have the opposite effect.

    And damn you Maddow, Bill Clinton was a moderate, centerist democrat, you know, the kind that have fled or been driven out of the now disgusting “democrat” party.

  41. For a good laugh

    From John W Smart

    Plans for BarackWorld unveiled: Plans for the Obama centered theme park which Obama is spending much time planning between golf outings, are slowly emerging. Monday the Obama Ass-Kiss StarLedger and its sister publication, Newsweek, reported that Obama himself is hard at work on the Obama Hall of President, which will be an E ticket attraction. Based on DisneyWorld’s Hall of Presidents, the ride will consist of 44 animatronic Obamas giving speeches. At least 2 park employees will be tasked with fainting per show. For comic relief, at varying intervals robotic versions Jonathan Alter and Keith Olbermann will dash on stage and attempt to french kiss the Obama robots. The attraction will be placed in one of two park theme lands: BitterClingy Street, USA or Beer Summit Gardens.

  42. Netanyahu Suggests Compromise on Settlements Possible

    Israel will resume building a limited number of homes in the West Bank after a temporary freeze ends later this month, Israel’s prime minister reportedly told peace envoy Tony Blair.

    But Binyamin Netanyahu insisted that a total freeze was “unacceptable,” according to Bloomberg News.

    Since U.S. President Barack Obama made an issue of building in the West Bank early in his term, the Palestinians have made it a sticking point in peace talks with the Jewish state.

    This latest round of talks are set to begin Tuesday, when Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt.

    The Palestinians have threatened to end direct negotiations if Israel resumes building on Sept. 26, the end of a 10-month moratorium meant to coax Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

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

    ————————-

    Since U.S. President Barack Obama made an issue of building in the West Bank early in his term, the Palestinians have made it a sticking point in peace talks with the Jewish state.”

    It wasn’t even a twinkle of an issue until barack hussein obama turned it into a rally cry for the Palestinians. If a new war starts between the Israelis and Arabs…If these peace talks flounder right off the bat, obama will be the reason.

  43. Guess what: 57.5% (51051 out of 87700 readers gave him an F)
    *********
    The interesting thing is that 6-12 months ago the blogger-boyz and Obots would swamp a poll like that. Now 15% give Obama a “A” grade. Isn’t that the percentage of Americans that thought that he deserved the Nobel Prize?

  44. Clinton: There is need to resolve core issues
    Published Today – 20:51 GMT

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday vowed to push Israel and the Palestinian Authority to move quickly toward resolving the core issues required to establish an independent Palestinian state. The second round of direct Middle East peace talks starts Tuesday in Egypt.

    According to WSJ, Clinton stated she would press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extend a partial moratorium on construction in the West Bank settlemnts beyond its Sept. 26 expiration date. She also stressed the need to reach agreement rapidly on the future borders.

    “I can only say this: There is no prospect for success absent direct negotiations,” Clinton told reporters Monday. “No negotiations. No security. No state.”

    http://www1.albawaba.com/main-headlines/clinton-there-need-resolve-core-issues

  45. Ominous

    Nevada voters aren’t buying Reid’s attacks on Angle

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has spent millions on TV ads attacking GOP opponent Sharron Angle as “extreme,” but Nevada voters just don’t seem to be buying it.

    The latest Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason Dixon poll on the Senate race finds Reid leading Angle by just 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent, well within the poll’s margin of error, and 6 percent remain undecided — numbers that have been virtually unchanged all summer.

    The latest poll has plenty of bad news for Reid, who seems to be bearing the brunt of anger among voters over the state’s dismal economy. Much as has been the trend in national polls, most voters in the state say they don’t agree with Democrats’ argument that a vote for a Republican this fall could mean a return to George W. Bush’s policies.

    In fact, Nevada voters are virtually split over whom to blame for the economic woes: 43 percent say it’s President Obama’s fault; 42 percent blame Bush. But that number is even more striking among self-described independent voters, who are likely to decide the November race. Among independents, 55 percent blame Obama for the economy, while just 21 percent say it’s Bush’s fault.

    That disparity probably explains why Angle has gained a serious advantage among independents in recent weeks, leading Reid 42 percent to 33 percent. That edge is all the more striking since voters across all party lines generally dislike both of the candidates: Reid’s unfavorable rating is at 52 percent, while Angle’s has inched up to 46 percent — up 3 points in the last two weeks.

    Another bad omen for Reid is that in spite of all of his ads attacking Angle’s out-of-the-mainstream views, 19 percent of voters polled still have a “neutral” opinion of Angle, compared with just 7 percent for Reid. That means Reid’s attempts to define Angle haven’t worked, as the race seems mainly to be driven by bad feelings about the economy and incumbents in general.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100913/el_yblog_upshot/nevada-voters-arent-buying-reids-attacks-on-angle

  46. JanH-

    “Since U.S. President Barack Obama made an issue of “building in the West Bank early in his term, the Palestinians have made it a sticking point in peace talks with the Jewish state.”

    “It wasn’t even a twinkle of an issue until barack hussein obama turned it into a rally cry for the Palestinians. If a new war starts between the Israelis and Arabs…If these peace talks flounder right off the bat, obama will be the reason.”
    ____________________

    Well, someone had to clue him in on that sticking point. Had to be either Soros or Brezinski.

    Always ask for the impossible and settle for the improbable.

  47. I have always thought obama’s ultimate goal was Secretary General of the U.N. CEO of the world bank never crossed my radar, but that is food for thought. He certainly doesn’t have the resume for the World Bank ( heh) but his aspirations are definitely global. He is obviosly bored with being POTUS, and he always is aspiring upward, experience be damned.

  48. OMG- Bill Clinton and the Clinton Initiative are a catagory on tonight’s JEOPARDY!

    All done in videos…

    The contestants are picking him… hilarious!

  49. crazy horse
    September 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Or the IMF? Even though Obama is a presidential castoff, he will be archived somewhere. He’s been bought and paid for so he isn’t allowed to retire just yet. Soros wants his money’s worth and he hasn’t gotten it yet. Obama has to be put somewhere where he can be useful to Soros.

  50. OBAMA’S DREAM:

    Page 372 (Dreams From My Father):

    “…………. I heard the growl of a leopard and started to run into the forest, tripping over roots and stumps and vines, until at last I couldn’t run any longer and fell to my knees in the middle of a bright clearing. Panting for breath, I turned around to see the day turned night, and a giant figure looming as tall as the trees, wearing only a loincloth and a ghostly mask. The lifeless eyes bored into me, and I heard a thunderous voice saying only that IT WAS TIME (emphasis added), and my entire body began to shake violently with the sound, as if I were breaking apart …. ”
    ___________________

    Is this Bill Ayers dreaming for Obama?

  51. Mrs. Smith,

    Regarding Soros…

    Mon., Sep. 13, 2010

    Selling Out to Soros

    By GERALD STEINBERG

    In accepting a huge grant from George Soros, Human Rights Watch has spurned the public advice (and warning) offered nearly a year ago by its founder Robert Bernstein. Rather than grapple with the serious problems of credibility and bias, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth has cemented relations with Soros — a partisan ideologue who also supports Moveon.org, a controversial advocacy group.

    Bernstein severely criticized HRW in a New York Times oped. To “resurrect itself as a moral force in the Middle East and throughout the world,” he warned, the organization must return “to its founding mission and the spirit of humility that animated it.” In its earlier days, he noted, “to create clarity in human rights,” HRW aimed to “draw a sharp line between the democratic and nondemocratic worlds.”

    Over the years, HRW lost its moral compass and substituted ideology and an Israel-obsessed agenda. Bernstein was trying to awaken the group’s leaders to the decayed state of what was once a human-rights superpower.

    Instead, Roth has opted to accept Soros’ $100 million grant — which should offset nicely the income lost from core donors who’ve walked away in the wake of a host of scandals. It won’t, however, address the root problems.

    In May 2009, HRW launched a fund-raising drive in Saudi Arabia, using its anti-Israel record to solicit funds from “prominent members of Saudi society.” That September, HRW “senior military analyst” Marc Garlasco was “outed” as an avid collector of Nazi memorabilia — a troubling hobby for the main author of a number of HRW reports that accused Israel of “war crimes” and other violations.

    Add to this the recent work by NGO Monitor, the watchdog group that I lead, and others on the severe ideological biases at HRW’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division. The systematic research in NGO Monitor’s report and articles in The New Republic and the Sunday Times detail the severe ideological biases of MENA director Sarah Leah Whitson and deputy director Joe Stork.

    Both Whitson and Stork came to HRW with backgrounds in pro-Palestinian political activities, and continue to promote their anti-Israel political agendas through their “human rights” work.

    Whitson was and remains an advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In July 2009, she referred to Israel’s “system of apartheid.” Stork’s publications in the Middle East Research and Information Project from the 1980s and 1990s focus on attacking Zionism, Israel and American “imperialism” in the Middle East, while promoting the Palestinian narrative.

    This is further evidence of Bernstein’s conclusion that HRW is “helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.”

    The group has relentlessly promoted the UN-commissioned report by one of its former board members, Richard Goldstone — a report that reflects the same biases and dubious research practices as so many recent HRW papers. In 2009, HRW’s 34 pro-Goldstone publications outnumbered its documents on all the countries in the Middle East except Israel and Iran.

    The bias is indisputable: HRW’s publications on “Israel and the Occupied Territories” made up 28 percent of its total Mideast output in 2009.

    Which makes it a fine fit for George Soros, whose own biases are well-established. In the Middle East, for example, his Open Society Institute exclusively supports advocacy groups that campaign internationally to undermine the elected governments of Israel — organizations such as Adalah, Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, Gisha and Yesh Din.

    In extending his control over HRW, Soros seeks to increase its staff by 40 percent, reposition it as a major international player and restore its influence as an arbiter on universal human rights. But while his grant will alleviate the crisis caused by HRW’s declining income, it only deepens the moral crisis.

    Only by changing the organization’s hiring practices, research priorities, methodologies and biases — especially at MENA — can Human Rights Watch recover its image as the “gold standard” of human-rights groups.

    Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research institution, and a professor of political science at Bar Ilan Uni versity

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/selling_out_to_soros_iYfn7YXaZg8xEFCp5iEcCJ

  52. JanH-

    “Instead, Roth has opted to accept Soros’ $100 million grant — which should offset nicely the income lost from core donors who’ve walked away in the wake of a host of scandals. It won’t, however, address the root problems.”

    ::snip::

    “Which makes it a fine fit for George Soros, whose own biases are well-established. In the Middle East, for example, his Open Society Institute exclusively supports advocacy groups that campaign internationally to undermine the elected governments of Israel — organizations such as Adalah, Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, Gisha and Yesh Din.”

    “In extending his control over HRW, Soros seeks to increase its staff by 40 percent, reposition it as a major international player and restore its influence as an arbiter on universal human rights. But while his grant will alleviate the crisis caused by HRW’s declining income, it only deepens the moral crisis.”
    ___________________

    Thank goodness there are others who are capable of following Soros’ activities worldwide. Soros is the bain of human civilization. Divine Intervention would be appreciated here.

    Thanks for taking the trouble to post it, Jan- We have to keep our eyes on the prize and never forget what we knw and where we’ve been.

    ___________________________

  53. Mrs, Smith,

    “Called a “racist” by Barack Obama’s thugs in 2008 –

    “Who is Bill Clinton?”

    “Peace and Prosperity the hallmark of this presidency” –

    “Who is Bill Clinton?”
    🙂

  54. “What gave birth to the Third Way in America was that the Democrats kept getting beat because people saw us as the party of big government, and our own political base very often was more concerned with means than ends,” he said. “I think the people on the right that say that, ‘government is the enemy, we don’t need it,’ are wrong, particularly in this economic time. And I think people on the left that say, ‘the only way to deliver services or solve problems is with a bigger state,’ are not always right and are more often wrong than not.”

    This is why Big Dawg will always be MY president, despite his faults and missteps. I think in hindsight NAFTA was a mistake, and I think in hindsight he likely does too, and would wish to modify it today if he could. But here’s the thing about Bill: He never gave a rat’s ass what the “liberal line” was, or the “conservative line” was. He wasn’t into ideological purity. He just looked at the problems and tried to figure out the most efficient solutions. Sometimes that was govt, and sometimes it was private sector, and he didn’t care which – whatever worked. He didn’t reflexively look to govt for the answer to all problems, but also didn’t hesitate to USE govt judiciously when needed.

    I want that again in a president. Just some damn practical common sense, that’s all.

  55. Honestly admin,

    I’m a Canadian and I have never understood what the excitement is about this teenager with adequate vocal abilities.

  56. admin
    September 13th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Mrs, Smith,

    “Called a “racist” by Barack Obama’s thugs in 2008 –

    “Who is Bill Clinton?”

    “Peace and Prosperity the hallmark of this presidency” –

    “Who is Bill Clinton?”
    __________________________

    The JEOPARDY contestants knew who Bill Clinton “IS”- 🙂

    They whizzed through his catagory and made a tidy sum.

  57. Blame Canada! (or JanH 🙂 )

    or Credit Canada.

    The latest teen heartthrob/idol Obama Dimocrats think will save them:

  58. As for Bieber, apparently he is the hottest thing in music next to Lady Ga Ga….The kid doies have great hair.

  59. Damn I wish i could stay up and watch Red Eye tonight. Between Bieber/the 17 year old banned for life/ and the ongoing mosque drama. I’m sure it will be beyond funny.

    Isn’t there always a Bieber. A talanted young man non-threatening to tweens. How his tweets will help the dims is a mystery to me.

  60. Admin:

    The Bieber videos are not showing up on the blog..

    I looked through several browsers and nothing but blank spaces so far-

  61. Sam Fuller (nee Rabinowitz) was an independent Hollywood producer who held a mirror up to the dark side of human nature in the hope that it would do some good. His most famous work is the Big Red One which documents his war experience with the US Infantry in World War II from North Africa to Europe including the liberation of a death camp. It is very haunting stuff. One of his last films was White Dog which features an animal which attacks people viciously because of race If you look at this brief clip you will get the sense of it. The reason I post it here is because big media has become the White Dog that viciously attacks anyone who opposes Obama, and in the case of Hillary and Sarah they dealt the gender card from the bottom of the deck. In my opinion Big media is a collection of dead souls and their attack on innocent people looks something like this:

    http://www.criterion.com/films/861-white-dog

  62. Gee, thanks, jeswezey for such a detailed response to my post.

    I suggest you read “Beyond the Veil: male-female dynamics in modern Muslim society by Fátima Mernissi befire you accuse me of ignorance.

    While it was revised in 1987, what she describes as happening in mulim society then is possibly even worse, today.

    If you need other reading selection suggestions I’d be happy to provide them.

    And for the ultimate source on the plight of woman in Islamic society, just check the Koran.

    Let me know if you need specific chapters.

  63. jbstonesfan:

    Woo-Hoo!

    The Jerry Brown apology is worth posting if you don’t mind. I have it here from your link: thanks-
    ________________________

    Jerry Brown apologizes to Clinton over comment

    By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 39 mins ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Candidate for California governor Jerry Brown apologized Monday for taking a swipe at fellow Democrat and former President Bill Clinton over his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. His apology came a day after Brown said his Republican rival Meg Whitman is using Clinton footage from the 1992 Democratic presidential primary to lie about Brown in a current campaign attack ad.

    In response to the ad, Brown took a jab at Clinton.

    “Bill Clinton was an excellent president,” Brown told reporters Monday. “It was wrong for me to joke about an incident from many years ago, and I’m sorry.”

    Brown said he called Clinton’s office and apologized to one of the former president’s aides, not directly to Clinton.

    In video from a Sunday event posted on Time Magazine’s website, Brown said Whitman has “even got Clinton lying about me.”

    “I mean Clinton’s a nice guy, but who ever said he always told the truth?” Brown said in the video. “You remember, right? There’s that whole story there about did he or didn’t he.”

    Time did not say who shot the footage.

    Clinton and Brown have had a testy relationship since that presidential race. Clinton endorsed Brown’s primary campaign rival, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, before he dropped out last year.

    In the old 1992 footage, Clinton called Brown’s assertion about his record on taxes “just plain wrong,” and said Brown took credit for voters approving Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot initiative that rolled back and capped property taxes.

    Brown opposed the measure but embraced it after the election.

    “And now he’s going around taking credit for it,” Clinton says in the footage used by Whitman. “He raised taxes as governor of California. He had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left. He doesn’t tell the people the truth.”

    The source of Clinton’s criticism was a CNN report by Brooks Jackson, who issued a statement over the weekend on Factcheck.org saying he had mischaracterized Brown’s record on taxes.

    “Brown is right; I made a mistake in my 1992 report,” Jackson wrote.

    Specifically, Jackson said he picked the wrong year in concluding that California’s state taxes were higher when Brown left office than in his first year.

    However, Jackson defended his criticism of Brown’s claim that he cut taxes as governor, noting that taxes were slashed by voters’ approval of Proposition 13.

    As governor from 1975 to 1983, Brown built the state’s surplus to $6 billion, but he and the Legislature spent much of it — about $4.4 billion — bailing out local governments and schools after Proposition 13 passed. Their goal was to offset the immediate effects of the lowered property tax revenue.

    At the time, the move was praised by tax-cut crusader Howard Jarvis and supported by Republicans in the Legislature.

    Brown has called on Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, to take the ad down.

    “Why does Whitman run ads that are false? Because she thinks that a billionaire can just make things up and lie in a political campaign,” Brown said.

    Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said the campaign stands behind its ad.

    “The facts remain that Jerry Brown is constantly at war with the truth about his record of opposing tax cuts, opposing Proposition 13 and turning a $6 billion surplus in to a billion dollar deficit,” Jones Rivera said.

    Asked if he expected Clinton to endorse him in the governor’s race, Brown said Monday he expects Clinton “will be helpful” when asked if the former president had plans to endorse him.

    Clinton’s office did not immediately respond to a phone message or e-mail from The Associated Press.

    _______________

    Go Bill! 🙂

  64. moononpluto,

    I KNOW you will appreciate this headline from Politico;

    Dems plan for a future without Pelosi.

    It’s almost as good as this on (which I’m still waiting for).

    Dems plan for a future without Obama.

  65. HillaryforTexas
    September 13th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    When I think of what a president should look like, I think of President Clinton because he is the only good one I have seen in my life. I was hoping to add Hillary to that list officially on Jan 20, 2009. I’ll just have to wait until jan 20, 2013.

    Hillary 2012

  66. Mrs. Smith, the videos show up for us on Firefox. Maybe you need to re-boot or clear cache. Leave It To Bieber to cause trouble with youtube.

  67. PM317 and Basil9 – their glass ceiling would be broken if only the mosque could be built exactly where the imam wants it built. We’re the ones standing in their way of breaking the glass ceiling.

    As you probably know, women must either sit in the area behind the men in the mosque, so that the men aren’t distracted by the women (because big strong men aren’t capable of controlling themselves), or in some mosques I’ve seen, they’re totally removed, they have to sit up on a smaller, upper level, so even if the men look behind themselves, they won’t be bothered with the sight of a 3rd-rate citizen (goats rate higher even).

    So, if they get this mosque, maybe if they’re not TOO indoctrinated in their subservience, they might reach up while in that upper hideaway praying area, and start scratching a bit on the glass ceiling…. hey, it’s a start…. (not sure if they want it though)

  68. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/13/cant_take_the_heat_107121.html

    When it comes to serving as leader of the free world, “confident” and “resolute” always look better on your resume than “insecure” and “self-absorbed.”

    Would someone please explain this to President Obama? After nearly two years in office, he still hasn’t figured out that the job isn’t all about him. Why else would Obama continue to be so thin-skinned and find it so difficult to take criticism?

  69. lorac, haha..your point is that the women are CLOSER to the ceiling sitting in those upper galleries away from the men who are conducting ‘important’ business down below. take a look at this

    It is a common architectural feature in Muslim palaces in India. But those are centuries old.

  70. I had never seen that Justin Bieber before. It was an interesting video – he presents as a clean cut fairly young boy, his voice hasn’t even finished changing, and they even show him doing kidsy-stuff in the practice gym. But on stage, his back up singers were all older, wearing gruffy urban style clothing. Seemed like an odd juxtoposition to me.

  71. pm317 – from the very end of your link

    “Islam requires women to take great care of their appearance, and women’s bath halls were similar to today’s beauty centers. These bath halls were visited by both men and women on separate days for each.”

    1. I wonder why they waste all that time on beauty regimens, when no one can see their faces
    2. It says the men use the same bath halls, just on alternate days (aren’t they worried about getting girl cooties???). I would have never have guessed that male muslims were metrosexual……/s

  72. The mosque I visited here in San Diego had the women sitting up above, and the male “tour guide” said it was so that men wouldn’t be distracted (couldn’t handle women bending over in front of them, even though they’d be in those flowing full length clothing).

    We were there for a seminar on how DV is handled in that community. I asked a lot of pointed questions – I’m probably not welcome back lol

  73. We know Obama is a dog. Powerful interests call him one. Or so he says. And who are we to argue with powerful interests? Even if they are only in his head. But that leaves us with only one problem: if Obama is a dog, where does that leave Boxer? Answer: with her own game on triage. And a narrowing path to victory in the opinion of one writer:
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    Posted by Neil Stevens (Profile)
    Monday, September 13th at 11:00PM ED

    The word “triage” keeps coming up in talk of Democrat strategy lately, as the Democrats have to give up seats or even whole states for dead, leaving candidates to fend for themselves (presumably to fail).

    Barbara Boxer is continuing that trend. She has a new television ad out, which the Sacramento Bee points out is running in “the Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego media markets.”

    That’s interesting because of the markets it leaves out: the ones right down the middle of the state, including Bakersfield and Fresno. Boxer is giving up the bulk of the central valley to Carly Fiorina. In fact Stockton and Modesto count as part of the Sacramento Television Market Area, so technically we don’t know if the ad will be shown there, either, or just in Sacramento proper.

    Barbara Boxer is conceding some paths to victory, and is banking on the coast plus the capital to take her to victory. That’s a narrow road to walk, especially when LA County could go either way. It’s no wonder her new ad does not contain the words “Senator” or “Democrat” in it at any point. So even as she pulls up things she did 9 years ago to justify being re-elected this time, she’s afraid to run on her party.

    Don’t try to tell me it’s our party that has the “branding” issue, thank you very much.

  74. admin: Hillary begins work with one hour’s sleep and the fraud is having parties everynight this week in the WH….he met with young athelete’s today….that was his contribution for the money we pay him….I am sick of him.

    Basil9, I agree…sweet words…dems planning to go without Pelosi…I also agree that NO SWEETER would be for them to plan with the WON!

  75. Support, defend against what?

    I oppose Catholicism’s stand on women’s issue, but I’ll support and defend any church they want to build in Oklahoma City.

  76. This excuse makes my blood boil. The dims who were giddy in triumph are belatedly discovering that this bill is not what they thought. So now they claim they were blindsided. But the record shows that they were not blindsided at all, they were ignorant, and the reason they are ignorant is because they failed to read the bill before they signed it. In other words they bought a trillion dollar pig in a poke with our money. But wait there it gets even better this damnosa heritas: If things work out the way they should this historic piece of legislation, this greatest civil rights victory since 1964, then Obama care will be repealed section by section. This will be the Pretender’s political death of a thousand cuts.
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    The 1099 Insurrection
    The White House fights an effort to ease a burden on small business.
    Wall Street Journal

    You might not have seen it reported, but the Senate will vote this morning on whether to repeal part of ObamaCare that it passed only months ago. The White House is opposed, but this fight is likely to be the first of many as Americans discover—as Nancy Pelosi once famously predicted—what’s in the bill.

    The Senate will vote on amendments to the White House small business bill that would rescind an ObamaCare mandate that companies track and submit to the IRS all business-to-business transactions over $600 annually. Democrats tucked the 1099 reporting footnote into the bill to raise an estimated $17.1 billion, part of the effort to claim that ObamaCare reduces the deficit by $100 billion or so.

    But this “tax gap” of unreported business income is largely a Beltway myth, and no less than the Treasury Department’s National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says the costs will be “disproportionate as compared with any resulting improvements in tax compliance.”

    Meanwhile, small businesses are staring in horror toward 2013, when the 1099 mandate will hit more than 30 million of them. Currently businesses only have to tell the IRS the value of services they purchase from vendors and the like. Under the new rules, they’ll have to report the value of goods and merchandise they purchase as well, adding vast accounting and paperwork costs.

    Think about a midsized trucking company. The back office would have to collect hundreds of thousands of receipts from every gas station where its drivers filled up and figure out where it spent more than $600 that year. Then it would also need to match those payments to the stations’ corporate parents.

    Most Democrats now claim they were blindsided and didn’t understand the implications of the 1099 provision—which is typical of the slapdash, destructive way the bill was written and passed. As the critics claimed, most Members had no idea what they were voting on. Some 239 House Democrats voted to dump the 1099 provision in August, and the repeal would have passed except Speaker Pelosi rigged the vote procedurally so it needed a two-thirds majority. She thus gave Democrats the cover of a repeal vote without actually repealing it.

    In the Senate today, Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns will offer his amendment to scrap the new 1099 rules altogether. But the White House is opposing this because it fears it would set a precedent for repealing the larger health bill. Over the weekend the Treasury Department pronounced the Johanns amendment “not acceptable in its current form.”

    Yesterday the White House endorsed a competing proposal from Florida Democrat Bill Nelson that would increase the 1099 threshold to $5,000 and exempt businesses with fewer than 25 workers. Yet this is little more than a rearguard action in favor of the status quo; the Nelson amendment leaves the basic architecture unchanged while making the problem more complex.

    Businesses would still have to track all purchases, not knowing in advance which contractors will exceed $5,000 at the end of the year. It also creates a marginal barrier to job creation—for a smaller firm, hiring a 26th employee would be extremely costly. The Nelson amendment also includes new taxes on domestic oil production, as every Democratic bill now seems to do.

    As of yesterday, no one was sure if either amendment would get 60 votes, though Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is cosponsoring the Johanns version. Enough Democrats may bend to White House wishes and produce a stalemate, but this issue won’t go away. The President’s opposition to a clean repeal shows the hollowness of his alleged support for small business, which he expresses at every campaign stop but is less a priority than preserving his health-care legacy.

    The larger political story here is that ObamaCare is already under bipartisan siege—and in the same Congress that passed it. The 1099 provision is only one plank, but repealing the law plank by plank may be the right strategy. Sooner or later the whole thing becomes unworkable. Voters should watch this vote to see who’s really on the side of small business

  77. Rebecca Traister’s Interview re Palin.

    This sounds on kind of a woo-woo level. First I’d ask Traister how much she actually knwos about Palin’s record, before and after she became governor. It does souond like Tr has read that article I keep posting, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=5786203&page=1 – “Palin governed from the center”

    What I tend to see in Palin is fair play, separation of church and state, distinguishing her own beliefs and causes from her duty as governor — ie duty to serve the voters and the constitution of Alaska.

    Also, from the digs Tr takes at Palin, I doubt Tr has a very accurate idea of just what Palin has actually been saying, ever.

    That said, on the woo-woo level, I think Tr has some good points. I’d tie that in with the way Hillary and Palin were both raised — to play hardball with the boys, don’t cry or act wimpy, get results…. And some women (like me) love that, but it apparently repels some other women (as well as many men). Iirc Paglia saw something of the same quality in Palin c. Sept 2008.

  78. PS. And imo the way Palin made it work as governor is the same thing Bill Clinton did as Pres — what he called “Third Way.” They both, instead of focusing on ideology, looked for solutions that would actually work, whatever mix of elements it took. They found solutions so good and practical that both sides could agree on them. (And Palin stayed out of social issues so as to not offend the Democrats, whose help she needed with her economic measures.)

  79. I am shocked that Boehner blew that question so badly, that he had to do a do over. As I understand it Scheiffer inquired whether Boehner would foego middle class tax cuts by insisting that people making over 250 k would be protected. For once in his life McConnell gave a credible answer to that question–that we will not raise taxes on job creators to pay for the extravagant promises of dims. He would not have even needed to go that far. All he needed to say is if there is going to be any tax increases it will be Obama’s doing and we will fight him every step of the way, etc. (In fact, I do favor raising taxes on the wealthy provided it does not adversely affect small business.

  80. turndownobama
    September 14th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Ok, but Bill Clinton was governor for TWELVE YEARS, and far from quitting in the middle, he lost re-election after his first term and went on to retake the governors office where he served the remainder of his TEN YEARS in office. I would hope the election of Barack Obama would show experience indeed counts.

  81. wbboei
    September 14th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I don’t think Boehner blew it at all. I have to disagree. He could not very well expect to win over the voters trust saying he would vote against a tax cut for the first 250k in income. That would have looked awful, and it is exactly why he did what he did. I’m sure the Dems had the ads alll set to go of Boehner saying he would raise taxes for, well, actually everyone since it is a tax on the first 250k in income. Boehner did just what he had to do. McConnell did what he had to do(though he would also not vote against extending the Bush tax cuts for the first 250k in income)because there is dividion amongst Dems in the SENATE, and he can exploit that by taking such a position and letting them duke it out. Incidently, the Republicans wrote all the Bush tax cuts to sunset. There is no vote waiting to raise taxes. The tax cuts sunset at the end of the year. No vote necessary. Further, I find it interesting that you assume the Republicans argument, which is unsupported by evidence, at face value. This is actually an extremely narrow debate. Both sides want to extend some of the Bush tax cuts.

  82. I know some people in the Republican Party want to punish Castle for his cap and trade vote but they should have tried to find a top tier challenger. Delaware is a really blue state and Castle is the kind of Republican who fits this state. If O’Donnell wins the primary, she will be slaughtered in the general election. She is too far to the right to win in Delaware. She’s never been elected to anything here. This will hurt the Tea Party if they cost the Republicans this seat for reasons of ideological purity.

  83. wbboei
    September 14th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Ok, I see you do favor allowing taxes to rise to Clinton-era policy. The evidence from any number of economist suggests there is no downside to letting these taxes rise. Remember, the wealthiest Americans are out of the recessions, AND, and here is the kicker, and extension of the Bush tax cuts on the first 250k of income is still a tax cuts of about 7k for wealthy Americans, and about 50 bucks for the working poor. So, everyone gets a break. The other thing to remember is there is not vote to raise taxes because all of these cuts are set to expire. Boehner said what was true and had to be said to run successfully to take the House. McConnell said what helps him with the Senate. Again, this is an extremely narrow debate because both sides are for an extension of some of the Bush tax cuts.

  84. This is what is wrong with American media (liberal). Here is Walters interviewing Carla Bruni and it is all about gotcha questions.

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

    Obvious gotcha questions are not the media’s only way of attack. There’s also the method that Gibson and Couric used on Palin. Ask a question, then interrupt the answer, start a long confused discussion with interruptions of interruptions — then edit out most of it and find soem statement to take out of context adn present as the answer to the original question. More recently this method has been used on Rauf and Daisy.

  85. mj, I’m not sure what the issue is here. I mentioned kind (“Third Way”), you mentioned quantity (12 years).

    Ftm, some people say Bill’s governing (after 1994) moved right (I’d say to center).

  86. turndownobama
    September 14th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I think he stayed center. Well, I just don’t think one van compare a governing record as long as Bill’s with Palin’s two year stint in Alaska.

  87. Well if you lived in Turkey, you might actually know whats going on and its a slow bit by bit dismantling of the secular state.

  88. That’s why we outsiders have such a hard time getting a handle on who and where the extremists are. You just have to get down on the ground and go around and meet the locals. All the generalizations we read on this blog are based on ignorance because so few of us actually know any muslims. You can’t read Islam out of a book, even if it is the Koran.
    *************

    Here’s a newsflash for you…the extremists of Islam are all around you. By the way, hows that burka working for you?

  89. Same dismantling of the US secular state too, unfortunately — led by the same USians who are bashing the Muslims.

    Apparently reports of Turkey having now outlawed adultery were exaggererated. Google doesn’t find a serious attempt since 2004 when the EU stopped them, 50,000 Frenchmen marching with wine bottles and frog legs, I suppose.

  90. Considering i’ve lived in Turkey for the last 6 years, i think i know what I am talking about. Don’t pontificate about it with me, you have no idea what you are talking about, live here then you are qualified to know what you are talking about.

  91. Turndown, you talk a lot of bullshit sometimes, I have lived and worked in the middle east in many different countries for many years, I’ve seen exactly up close and personal what its like. You seem to just pick up your information from the internet, get out into the real world, you might learn a thing or two about whats really going on out there.

  92. By the way if you are relying on Google for information about what is happening in the middle east don’t bother, most of it is censored, you cant even access youtube out here, that information doesnt even get out of the country.

    Did you know this govt created a ministry 2 years ago specifically answerable to no one that can block any internet site it wishes. Youtube is banned, most gay sites are banned, anything that critcises the Govt is banned.

  93. I have a question about the Mosque. Did the Imam indirectly threaten violence if the Mosque is moved or not built?

  94. By the way, early voting starts soon, I know Georgia starts in 1 week, so where else is early, we need info because as you know, it will affect races.

  95. basil9:

    “thanks, jeswezey for such a detailed response to my post.

    I suggest you read “Beyond the Veil: male-female dynamics in modern Muslim society by Fátima Mernissi befire you accuse me of ignorance.”

    While accusing you of ignorance, I also admit my own. But I did explain, rather clearly I think, why you can’t learn much about a disorganized religion like Islam from reading about it in a book…

    “And for the ultimate source on the plight of woman in Islamic society, just check the Koran.”

    …even the Koran, as I said. There are as many interpreters of the Koran as there are Imams, and the practices and lifestyles they promote are just as varied.

    lorac:: “PM317 and Basil9 –

    As you probably know, women must either sit in the area behind the men in the mosque, so that the men aren’t distracted by the women (because big strong men aren’t capable of controlling themselves), or in some mosques I’ve seen, they’re totally removed, they have to sit up on a smaller, upper level, so even if the men look behind themselves, they won’t be bothered with the sight of a 3rd-rate citizen (goats rate higher even). “

    Last month, I visited the Ghetto in Venice, which was the original ghetto that the word itself came from. There are 5 synagogues in the Ghetto, and all of them are for men, with the women sitting in a shuttered gallery overhead. This separation of men and women is still practiced today in the Ghetto’s synagogues, and is exactly the same as the separation you find so humiliating in mosques.

    Outside the synagogue, however, the Ghetto women seem to be very much on an equal footing with the men, and even higher, because they work and they can dress as they want, while the men have to wear a hat, have curls on their temples and beads at their hips, and walk around in Hassidic-like outfits.

    There are Muslim societies like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia where women are covered up in public but are sometimes the masters in the household, and can work if they like (the president of the Saudi chamber of commerce is a woman).

    In Christian (Protestant) churches, it was the standing rule in my youth that women wore hats in church and men went bareheaded, whereas it was the opposite – bareheaded women and yarmulka-coiffed men – in the synagogues I went to. So every religion seems to have rules distinguishing the sexes.

    The important thing is not to generalize, especially about such a diverse religion as Islam, where there are far more Imams than Rabbis.

    It is much easier to generalize about an organized religion like Catholicism, which has had its own all-male intelligentsia mouthing anti-woman ideology for millenia, and even today.

  96. Politico

    2010 is gone for Democrats (Obama may not want to go on in 2012)

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=0CF0EFDC-18FE-70B2-A812EBE948FC7F4F

    2010 Is ‘Gone,’ Says Big-Time Dem

    “He cannot save 2010,” the big-time Democrat is saying of Barack Obama. “It is gone. He must now concentrate on saving 2012. But the biggest fear of some of those close to him is that he might not really want to go on in 2012, that he might not really care.”

    In my experience, the big-time Democrat has hardly ever been wrong. He does not dislike President Obama. On the contrary, like most big-time Democrats, he worked hard for his election in 2008 and would much rather see Democrats hold onto Congress this Nov. 2 than lose.

    He just doesn’t think it’s going to happen. A few months ago, he told me Democrats could win the House in a squeaker and also retain the Senate. We talked again a few days ago, and things had changed.

    “There is going to be a total wipeout, and it is totally going to be in Obama’s lap,” he said. “He should drop plans for Congress and plan for Nov. 3 and what he does next.”

    The big-time Democrat appreciates the unfairness of this. We always go around saying, “all politics is local,” until it comes to the midterm elections, when politics becomes a national referendum on the sitting president.

    David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager in 2008, said on “Meet the Press With David Gregory” on Sept. 5 that “our House candidates are running great localized campaigns, really focusing on turnout and making that a choice between two individuals.”

    In other words, Democrats can do great as long as the election is not about Obama.

    Good luck with that. Obama was not a hyperpartisan figure when he ran for president, but now, as the de facto head of his party, he must travel across the country beating the drum for every Democrat — or at least those who will have him. And this election is largely about Obama and his successes and failures in his first two years in office.

    Which is the problem. “You know the president is in trouble when people in the White House go around saying, ‘If the public only knew this guy!’” the Democrat said. “Obama has been in the public eye for three years, and people are saying they don’t know him? Whose fault is that? The public’s?”

    Others say all this is baloney, the same kind of panic the Obama campaign experienced and overcame in the primaries and general election of 2008.

    Joel Benenson, Obama’s chief pollster, believes the upcoming elections are far from over and will be decided in September and October. “I don’t believe the House is gone, and I don’t believe the Senate is gone,” Benenson told me. “This is going to be a tough-fought campaign. I’ve seen more polls district by district than most people, and the most likely scenario is a narrow margin. Either we win narrowly, or they win narrowly. I still believe we will win narrowly.”

    How the White House spins that — and how much of that spin the media buy into — are going to be important.

    “It is going to be hard for the Republicans to claim a massive revival of their party if they win only one house,” a senior member of Team Obama told me. “And if we win the House by only one seat, the media will call it a Democratic victory.”

    And how is the president feeling about all this these days? I asked.

    “I think he gets frustrated at how hard it has been to communicate his successes,” he said. “Big or small, nothing is penetrating.”

    Why? Because after years of hyperpartisanship on Capitol Hill, the public has become deeply cynical about politics. To many people, politics is a sad and wretched game. Incumbents care only about hanging onto their jobs and not about solving problems. So nothing gets done, nothing gets better, and why should the public trust anyone?

    When I interviewed Obama in the Oval Office on June 11, he said he was going to go around the country and remind voters that Democrats “didn’t create this mess.”

    “I mean, they’ve got an incredible record to run on, and I’m very proud of what they’ve done,” he said. “And when you contrast that with what the previous Republican-controlled Congress had done, that’s a pretty favorable comparison to make for Democrats.”

    Inevitably, how the Democrats do in 2010 will be seen as a report card on you, I said.

    “Yes, [but] I’m less concerned about the report card on me; I’m more concerned about really fine public servants who’ve been in the line of fire and done really good work,” he said. “I want to see if we can get them back here.”

    And if he can’t get them back to Washington, how long does he get to stay?

    Roger Simon is POLITICO’s chief political columnist.

  97. Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels making his 2012 Move.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42126.html

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been holding a series of private dinners with top Republican business leaders, policy hands and donors from around the country since this spring, an indication that he’s thinking more seriously about a presidential bid than he publicly lets on.

    The dinners, which take place at the governor’s mansion in Indianapolis, are meant to introduce Daniels to a class of GOP heavy-hitters who could both finance and advise a White House campaign.

    Both attendees and Daniels’ advisers said the governor is not using the sit-downs to request commitments or even talking in any detail about the prospect of a run.

    Rather, the intimate get-togethers are more like get-to-know-you sessions – the political equivalent of a first date – in which the governor can tell the story of what he’s done in the Hoosier State and gauge interest in a possible candidacy and his visitors can get a first-hand look at the Republican who’s been winning so much insider buzz.

    ………………….

    I had a feeling this guy is going to be on the 2012 republican ticket somewhere.

  98. moononpluto
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:46 am
    Politico
    2010 is gone for Democrats (Obama may not want to go on in 2012)

    They are still trying to spin how great his work has been. He has done quiet a bit but it has been everything the public did not want. Now he is snakebit. The public has tuned him out. To turn his presidency around would require enormous effort and he just is not into that. This little article is code for Obama has given up. The Congress called their constituencies stupid last summer, and they are hiding this year. They are on a slide to oblivion. This president is going to party until he is run out of town. Let the Chicago subpoenas begin.

  99. 14.09.10

    East Jerusalem housing plans cast new shadow over Israel-Palestinian peace talks

    As Israeli and Palestinian leaders wrap up Egypt summit, Jerusalem council announces plan to debate building 1,362 Jewish housing units beyond Green Line.

    By Nir Hasson

    In a move that could strike a blow at already fragile peace talks, Jerusalem planners will in the coming weeks discuss a scheme to build over a thousand Jewish housing units beyond the Green Line in city, Haaretz learned on Sunday.

    At a U.S.-mediated summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said talks were being conducted in a “good atmosphere”.

    But news of the Jerusalem debate, scheduled for early October, could be seen as a provocation by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has repeatedly vowed to quit peace talks over Israeli settlement construction.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/east-jerusalem-housing-plans-cast-new-shadow-over-israel-palestinian-peace-talks-1.313759

  100. The 1099 Insurrection
    The White House fights an effort to ease a burden on small business.
    Wall Street Journal

    Meanwhile, small businesses are staring in horror toward 2013, when the 1099 mandate will hit more than 30 million of them. Currently businesses only have to tell the IRS the value of services they purchase from vendors and the like. Under the new rules, they’ll have to report the value of goods and merchandise they purchase as well, adding vast accounting and paperwork costs.

    Think about a midsized trucking company. The back office would have to collect hundreds of thousands of receipts from every gas station where its drivers filled up and figure out where it spent more than $600 that year. Then it would also need to match those payments to the stations’ corporate parents.

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    Admin, please do a post on this..
    wbboei, this takes my breath away. But better brace ourselves for more stupidity like this. And that idiot Nelson suggesting up the threshold to $5000, LOL..that is how they solve problems in Washington (/snark).

  101. N.J. town files lawsuit against imam behind controversial mosque near Ground Zero

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/union_city_sues_landlord_of_ap.html

    A lawsuit filed by Union City charges that the landlord of two apartment buildings has repeatedly failed to address complaints by tenants and orders by the city on issues ranging from moldy bathrooms to fire hazards.

    Landlord-tenant disputes are nothing new, even those with municipalities entering the fray. Except in this case, city officials say the landlord is Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the controversial proposal to develop an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

    The suit, filed today in state Superior Court in Jersey City, identifies Rauf as the sole officer of Sage Development LLC, a company based at his home address in North Bergen and listed as the owner of the two buildings. The suit also alleges that Sage’s corporate status was revoked by the state in March 2005, for its failure to file annual reports.

    The buildings occupy the same lot at 226 Central Ave., one containing 32 apartments and the other 16. The larger building has been vacant since Feb. 8, 2008, when a fire broke out there, one year after the city says it issued 12 separate fire code violations that Rauf ignored.

    Rather than addressing the violations after the fire, the city says Rauf boarded up the building, barring residents from their apartments. A spokesman for Mayor Brian Stack said he could not immediately say what had become of the displaced families.

    “He’s a terrible landlord who’s unresponsive to the residents who live in his building,” said the spokesman, Mark Albiez. “City officials and inspectors have reached out to him to express the urgency in correcting problems in his buildings, and it’s unfortunate that it’s gotten to this point, but it’s our responsibility to insure that residents receive the care that is needed.”

    Repeated calls to Rauf’s home telephone were met with a busy signal. No number was listed for Sage Development.

    Late tonight, no one answered the doorbell at Rauf’s North Bergen residence.

    Apart from the fire-related issues, the lawsuit says the landlord ignored dozen of complaints from tenants about various other problems in the two buildings during the past two decades.

    The suit seeks to place the buildings into receivership, in which a court-appointed receiver would collect rents directly from tenants and use the money to make necessary repairs and address hazards, pay delinquent utility bills and settle fines imposed by the city.

    “From 1996 to 2010, the city responded to no less than thirty complaints from tenants predicated upon various health and safety concerns, including lack of heat, mold inside apartments, garbage issues, bed bugs, foul odors, dirty hallways and the lack of utilities/heat,” the lawsuit states.

    Feisal Abdul Rauf is the well-known author, activist and imam of the Masjid al-Farah. Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, have been at the center of the international controversy over plans to develop a proposed Islamic Center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site.

    Opponents have criticized the plans as insensitive to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, perpetrated by Islamic extremists who hijacked commercial planes and flew them into the twin towers.

    Defenders of the Islamic center plan, which has been approved by New York City authorities, say religious freedom is a constitutional right and a cornerstone of America’s founding principles.

    Albiez said the suit was unrelated to the mosque controversy.

    “We can only speak to local circumstances. This city’s only in a position to talk about what happens in Union City, and assuring that the residents are looked after,” Albiez said. “I think the recent stories have brought Union City into the picture recently, just because of his properties in Union City.”

    Last week, The Record reported that Rauf received more than $2 million in public money to renovate low-income apartments he owns in Hudson County, including those mentioned in today’s lawsuit, after winning support for the projects from officials, including the disgraced former County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski, and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who was mayor of Union City at the time.

    The Record also reported that Rauf had ties to local waterfront developer Fred Daibes, and was sued by a Daibes associate who had charged the imam with mortgage fraud in 2008, a suit that was settled in June.

    …………………………………..

    This guy sounds like a real piece of work.

  102. “Last week, The Record reported that Rauf received more than $2 million in public money to renovate low-income apartments he owns in Hudson County, including those mentioned in today’s lawsuit, after winning support for the projects from officials, including the disgraced former County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski, and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who was mayor of Union City at the time.

    The Record also reported that Rauf had ties to local waterfront developer Fred Daibes, and was sued by a Daibes associate who had charged the imam with mortgage fraud in 2008, a suit that was settled in June.”

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    Watch out! He is Menendez’s Rezko only in a robe or cloak which gives him the aura of respectability.

  103. The LA Times I’m shocked, look for the subtle slaps at the Obama’s

    I swear this is brilliant, go look at how the reporter follows Michelle’s full comments with Bambi stuffing his mouth with crap.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/09/michelle-obama-obesity-restaurant-menus.html

    First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been unable to convince the Smoker-in-Chief to give up that dreadful habit, now has some health suggestions for other American families and for restaurant menus across the country. The goal is to eat healthier, although that might hurt restaurant sales and cause disappointed children.

    Obama, who has made combating childhood obesity and inactivity her favored causes, addressed the National Restaurant Assn. (See the text below, along with photos of her husband not eating arugula.) She, of course, has her own personal chef brought in from Chicago and took full parental responsibility for guiding her daughters’ diets because parents are crucial habit-formers and role models, even in food choices.

    But Obama would like to see more healthy choices for Americans dining out, even if it means a restaurant deleting a best-selling menu item.

    The Democrat suggested that Americans are “programmed” by taste and advertising to eat many things that the government and health professionals know are not healthy for their bodies. So she wants to facilitate a nationwide re-programming of personal tastes by having restaurants start serving less of what customers ignorantly want and more of what they should have.

    One idea Mrs. Obama had is to serve apple slices as the default side dish with, say, hamburgers, instead of French fries, which she confessed to liking.

  104. What Hath God (Obama) Wrought? Silly goose. Change of course, just like he promised. Only he was a little vague on the details. To paraphrase Poopsie, the morons had to elect him to find out what he meant. But now that they see it, there is little joy in Mudville, except jourolisters, big media, bots, and other delusionals. And of course his finacial backers who are getting a big payday from the American People thanks to Barack. To the rest of us Obamaeconomics means this:

    1. Things are so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

    2. I ordered a burger at Burger King, and the kid behind the counter asked, “Can you afford fries with that?”

    3. CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

    4. If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you have to call them and ask if they mean you or them .

    5. Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

    6. Burger King is selling the 1/4 ‘ouncer’.

    7. Parents in Beverly Hills and Malibu are firing their nannies and learning their children’s names.

    8. A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

    9. Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

    10. Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.

    11. The Mafia is laying off judges.

    12. Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Dimocratic Congressmen.

    13. Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear !

    And, finally…

    14. I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, and our bleak future, that I called the Suicide Lifeline and was connected to a call center in Pakistan .
    When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

  105. I don’t think Boehner blew it at all. I have to disagree. He could not very well expect to win over the voters trust saying he would vote against a tax cut for the first 250k in income. That would have looked awful, and it is exactly why he did what he did. I’m sure the Dems had the ads alll set to go of Boehner saying he would raise taxes for, well, actually everyone since it is a tax on the first 250k in income. Boehner did just what he had to do. McConnell did what he had to do(though he would also not vote against extending the Bush tax cuts for the first 250k in income)because there is dividion amongst Dems in the SENATE, and he can exploit that by taking such a position and letting them duke it out. Incidently, the Republicans wrote all the Bush tax cuts to sunset. There is no vote waiting to raise taxes. The tax cuts sunset at the end of the year. No vote necessary. Further, I find it interesting that you assume the Republicans argument, which is unsupported by evidence, at face value. This is actually an extremely narrow debate. Both sides want to extend some of the Bush tax cuts.
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    mj: that was my first impression as well. Until I read that later that same day he sent out a text message repudiating what he said, and McConnell, Brown, even Collins did so as well. He went off message and that is bad. He needed to do what politicians normally do so well in this kind of situation and that is pivot off the question, instead he got trapped by it. Avoid a yes or no answer. Make your own talking point, not somebody else’s. A friend of mine who is a Hillary supporter worries constantly about the Republicans blow it. Going off message like he did does not help. He would not have made this mistake ten years ago. He was excellent in a live interview situation. Cantor would not make this kind of mistake today. Can you imagine Rubio saying this? This is the big leagues, he is poised to become speaker and unforced errors late in the game can be fatal.

  106. moononpluto
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:50 am
    Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels making his 2012 Move.
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    I spoke to a friend in Indiana who is very familiar with him. He will make his move but will not get there. He is a lightweight.

  107. I have a question about the Mosque. Did the Imam indirectly threaten violence if the Mosque is moved or not built?
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    I would like to put that question to him directly and watch him say something like this. “Oh heaven forbid there would be violence, I deplore violence and I have devoted my life to making money promoting Islam through the implied threat of violence, no strike that, to promoting peace and harmony between the worlds great religions. But if the mosque is not built, I cannot control how others might act, etc. We live in an uncertain world which is why I eat desert first.

    Don Vito Corleone could not have said it any better. It is the imprimatur of the protection racket.

  108. admin
    September 14th, 2010 at 10:41 am
    Obama is the issue. These elections are a referendum on Obama. Obama is poison.
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    BINGO. And the people who voted for his toxic programs are nothing more than a rubber stamp. When the chips were down and whatever they say now, they voted for his programs without even reading them. That is just cause to terminate their services. They are rogue agents.

  109. (Correction to the above–capitalized words)

    BINGO. And the people who voted for his toxic programs are nothing more than a rubber stamp. When the chips were down and whatever they say now, they voted for his programs KNOWING THAT THEY WERE STRONGLY OPPOSED BY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, and they did so without even reading the bills SO THEY COULD AT LEAST KNOW WHAT WAS IN THEM. That is just cause to terminate their services. They are rogue agents.

  110. The kind of guy who could get there if he wants to is Governor Christie.
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    This guy is remarkable. Unlike so many Republicans he does not pretend to be a choirboy in public, and do whatever he does off camera. He is in your face on camera and he is unabashedly on the side of the American People, from what we have seen so far. He is a wonderful counter puncher, and has loves to make the press eat their own shit. Turn him loose on the likes of Dracula Matt Lauer and the sachrine Katie Couric and you would soon see their fur would fly. Those elitist dummies are wedded to a script and Christie would take them off script so fast they would be in trouble from the get go.

  111. The Won worried about ‘negative’ coverage of BP oil spill. ROFLMAO!

    Revealed: Obama hired media expert to monitor ‘negative’ coverage of BP oil spill
    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 5:30 PM on 13th September 2010
    Comments (13) Add to My Stories The U.S. government paid an expert $18,000 to assess whether news stories about the Gulf oil spill were positive or negative for the Obama administration, it was revealed today.

    And it awarded a $216,625 no-bid contract for a survey of seabirds to an environmental group that has criticised what it calls the ‘extreme anti-conservation record’ of Sarah Palin.
    The contracts were among hundreds revealed by The Associated Press as the government provided the first glimpse of federal spending since the disaster in April.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1311643/Revealed-Obama-hired-media-expert-monitor-negative-coverage-BP-oil-spill.html#ixzz0zWAtkZx9

  112. The core element missing in the Obama message for all the loons who supported him in 2008 is optimism. Forget that stupid word hope–which invites its opposite hope-less. The missing element is optimism. By repudiating the idea of American exceptionalism Obama has removed the one thing that united us as a people even more so than the constitution. The idea that we had a transcendent mission, and what we do here makes a real difference to the world. What he has left us with is a mountain of debt and a diminished future where we are ruled by rationing and world bureaucrats. This is the profound emotion that the other party is tapping into very effectively. When Rubio says I am a Cuban exile and I know what it means to lose your country it strikes a raw nerve in the Age of Obama–even though he is the babe in the cradle that rocked twenty centuries of stony sleep to an age of acquarius according to his handlers and their allies in big media.

    http://www.wikio.com/video/rubio-senate-tv-ad-important-4048958

  113. He actually took time out from his golfing to write a children’s book. This is sure to get him a second term…lol…

    Obama to publish children’s book
    (AFP) – 57 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, a publishing phenomenon even before he won the White House, has a new book about to hit the shelves — profiling inspirational historic Americans for children.

    “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters” is a 40-page picture book and will have an initial print run of half a million copies when it is released on November 16 — not coincidentally two weeks after congressional elections.

    Obama penned the book before he was elected and proceeds from its sale will go to a scholarship fund for the children of US soldiers killed or disabled in wars abroad.

    The president’s publisher, Random House, praised the work as an “inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story.”

    “‘Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters’ celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans — the potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths,” the company said in a press release.

    The book celebrates figures including the first president George Washington, and Jackie Robinson, who broke down barriers by becoming the first African American baseball player in the major leagues.

    The title is taken from the lyrics of “My Country, ‘Tis of thee” an early American patriotic song.

    Obama’s previous books, the autobiographical “Dreams from My Father” published in 1995, and the political manifesto “The Audacity of Hope” which came out in 2006, have been huge international bestsellers.

    They have also secured Obama’s financial future. The president and his wife Michelle declared a joint gross income of 5.5 million dollars for 2009 alone — almost all of it based on royalties from his books.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jmEFST73lxk-sBw4lnY9C43P9l5A

  114. The old wisdom was never get into a pissing contest with someone who buys ink by the barrel. The new wisdom has got to be the press is part of the Obama campaign, and in this case the Reid campaign. Ergo you must make them an issue in the campaign. If you fail to do that you will lose. Period. What I cannot understand is why Angel is not doing that right now. She has Rudi’s man helping steer her campaign now. They should be all over AP for this kind of reporting– like stink on shit. That is the thrust of what this writer is saying and I agree. I was delighted by the way Hillary called those whores to task in the debates when they fed the tough questions to her one right after another and let Obama get away with saying I agree with Hillary and then go off on some four score and seven years ago diatribe until the hot air finally gave out, and ran phony focus groups to say he is great. This kind of propaganda must be purged from the political process root and branch.
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    Posted by Martin Knight (Profile)
    Tuesday, September 14th at 11:19AM EDT
    No Comments
    You know what would really shake things up for the Angle campaign? A little push-back against the Press that ends up with a solid hit on Harry Reid. In fact, if she could make this SOP with every little hit piece that comes along, I’d bet she’d see a leap in her numbers.

    For example, NR’s Jay Nordlinger’s eye recently fell on this gem of an article from the Associated Press that begins;

    Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle’s conservative views on illegal immigration and her limited outreach to Hispanics have done little to endear her to Nevada’s largest minority group.

    Note here that by “conservative views”, AP writers usually mean having the strange belief that illegal immigration is well … illegal.

    Anyway, the whole thing went downhill from there. Given prominent place as a voice for the majority of Nevada Hispanics is one Esperanza Montelongo – a Las Vega Spanish-language political radio show host and Reid supporter, who has this to say;

    For me, she [Sharron Angle] is scary … She is anti-anything Latino.

    Well, if I were the Angle campaign, I’d have some fun with this and release an ad to take full advantage …

    SHARRON ANGLE [at home at the kitchen table, looking at someone off camera]: Get this, last week, Harry Reid’s friends at the Associated Press published an article saying I’m, [makes ‘quote’ sign] quote, “anti-anything Latino.”
    {Sharp braking sound}
    SHARRON ANGLE’S SON [revealing it is him she is talking to at the kitchen table]: That’s news to me.
    {CAPTION: Sharron’s son *John}
    SHARRON ANGLE’S LATINA DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: That’s news to me too.
    {CAPTION: *John’s wife *Jane}
    SHARRON ANGLE [looking at the camera]: There’s a reason why Harry Reid isn’t running on ~ his eighteen year record in the Senate, and his four year record as the Senate Majority Leader. Because it’s not a very good record. In fact it’s actually shameful.
    {~ Screen [from this point] showing graphics of charts/graphs showing deficit, national debt, unemployment, etc. over time from before and after Reid becoming Majority Leader}
    SHARRON ANGLE [looking at the camera]: Which is why Harry Reid and his friends in the press keep trying so desperately to change the subject – [smile and shrug] even if they have to make stuff up about me. I’m Sharron Angle and this is what I stand for … ~
    {~ Screen [from this point] listing Sharron Angle’s position on taxes, Second Amendment, Obamacare, illegal immigration, spending, Stimulus, National Security, etc.}
    SHARRON ANGLE[smile] and I approve this message.
    {CAPTION: Sharron Angle for Senate.}
    *Note: Don’t actually know their real names and I can’t find them anywhere.

    Simple, sharp, effective – and better yet, it puts the MSM on notice that they’re no longer out of range.

    PS: I have not compunctions about attributing the “Anti-Anything Latino” statement to the AP – not just their fig leaf i.e. “Esperanza Montelongo” – because they obviously made no effort whatsoever, despite the extreme incendiary nature of the statement, to seek out any opposing views or facts (such as Sharron Angle having a Hispanic daughter-in-law) to challenge it. In a supposedly straight news piece, this amounts to a full-throated endorsement.

  115. Obama penned the book before he was elected
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    Who is the ghost writer this time?
    How much does a ghost writer get paid for these stints? What is the norm?

  116. I haven’t finished reading your post Admin, but this one I don’t agree with. No way in Hell I will ever vote for Meg Whitman. She will further destroy our education system in California…….

    That’s my story and I am stickin’ to it.

  117. jeswezey
    September 14th, 2010 at 6:28 am
    you can’t learn much about a disorganized religion like Islam from reading about it in a book…
    “And for the ultimate source on the plight of woman in Islamic society, just check the Koran.”
    …even the Koran, as I said. There are as many interpreters of the Koran as there are Imams, and the practices and lifestyles they promote are just as varied.

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

    THanks for good sense, Jes!

    And you can’t learn about Christianity or even an organized faction of it like RC — just by reading the Bible!

    To think that you can do a gotcha on a whole worldl-wide religion just by finding quotes from a book thousands of years old — shows terrible ignorance and naivete, at best.

  118. wbboei, I agree with you about Christie being able to get there if he chooses. He never comes across as some wild-eyed rightwing idealogue, or spouts slick, packaged, meaningless talking points. He’s very plain-spoken, and talks to people as if they had a brain – which is actually more respectful than sucking up and telling them happy platitudes.

    Here’s Christie having a townhall, and just laying out the reality that there is no free lunch, and Jersey has screwed the pooch as has to face it like adults. Whether you agree with all of his positions or not, America is HUNGRY for politicians like this. Politicians who do them the courtesy of telling it like it is, and assuming the people have the brains to understand the situation and make tough choices.

  119. When Hillary and Gates say that an insult to the Muslims (eg Koran-burning) can result in violence, Hillary and Gates are not threatening us. The speaker is not ‘threatening’ unless the speaker has control over what the potentially violent people will or will not do. It is a prediction, not a threat.

    Rauf cannot control what all the other Muslims will or will not do. He does not have such power in the Muslim world. The violent factions are against him. IF he really said what he’s being quoted with, it would be a prediction, not a threat.

  120. turndownobama
    September 14th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    When Hillary and Gates say that an insult to the Muslims (eg Koran-burning) can result in violence, Hillary and Gates are not threatening us. The speaker is not ‘threatening’ unless the speaker has control over what the potentially violent people will or will not do. It is a prediction, not a threat.

    Rauf cannot control what all the other Muslims will or will not do. He does not have such power in the Muslim world. The violent factions are against him. IF he really said what he’s being quoted with, it would be a prediction, not a threat.
    ______________

    I guess I don’t understand why you continually defend this man. The more I hear about him, the less I care what he thinks.

  121. Heh. “We deplore Global Warming, but if you don’t do X, then it will happen.” Now, they’re really threatening to warm the globe themselves, aren’t they?

  122. I went back Admin and read the rest of your post, good points that Jerry attacked both Hillary and Bill. A big mistake.

    Meg Whitman still will not get my vote.

  123. So far behind on posts it isn’t funny……

    JanH & Admin

    With only one hour to sleep? Hillary really is a superwoman.

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    Our woman is not ready to quit running….she is not going to retire and write a book any time soon.
    Go Hillary, go girl!!!!!!!!

  124. JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 11:46 am
    Obama to publish children’s book

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, a publishing phenomenon even before he won the White House, has a new book about to hit the shelves — profiling inspirational historic Americans for children.
    &&&&&&&

    a) “inspirational historic Americans”? Let me guess, he’ll include himself I am sure.

    b) He must be feathering his nest in anticipation of being unemployed in 2012.

  125. I’m sensing a pattern here:

    “Dreams from My Father”

    “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters” is a 40-page picture book
    &&&&

    What’s next, “Nightmares of My Sleeve-Shredding Wife, The Beeyotch Who’s Trying to Stop Me From Smoking, and Who Keeps Telling Me to ‘Grow some balls like Hillary’ “.

  126. The pattern discernible in the weeks ahead will be national news organizations in bed with the Obama administration inserting themselves in local elections, smearing his opponents, tricking the poll numbers, and whoring for dimocrats who rubber stamp his corrupt agenda. This is not about fair reporting—forgettttaboutthat. It is pure propaganda. It is about a naked grab for power by the media elites who seek to control the national agenda and to decide from on high who wins elections. This is diametrically opposed to the economic interests of the middle class and the nation as a whole.

  127. rgb44hrc
    September 14th, 2010 at 1:52 pm
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    OMG! I almost spewed my water all over the keyboard. 🙂

  128. HEALTH SCARE GESTAPO

    Anything to score political points.

    From yesterday. From yet another reporter who once gave Obama a free pass as a means to riches, who now does a 180 degree turn as a means of remaining relevant.

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/09/13/gangster_government_stifles_criticism_of_obamacare_107122.html

    September 13, 2010
    Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare
    By Michael Barone

    “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

    That sounds like a stern headmistress dressing down some sophomores who have been misbehaving. But it’s actually from a letter sent Thursday from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans — the chief lobbyist for private health insurance companies.

    Sebelius objects to claims by health insurers that they are raising premiums because of increased costs imposed by the Obamacare law passed by Congress last March.

    She acknowledges that many of the law’s “key protections” take effect later this month and does not deny that these impose additional costs on insurers. But she says that “according to our analysis and those of some industry and academic experts, any potential premium impact … will be minimal.”

    Well, that’s reassuring. Er, except that if that’s the conclusion of “some” industry and academic experts, it’s presumably not the conclusion of all industry and academic experts, or the secretary would have said so.

    Sebelius also argues that “any premium increases will be moderated by out-of-pocket savings resulting from the law.” But she’s pretty vague about the numbers — “up to $1 billion in 2013.” Anyone who watches TV ads knows that “up to” can mean zero.

    As Time magazine’s Karen Pickert points out, Sebelius ignores the fact that individual insurance plans cover different types of populations. So that government and “some” industry and academic experts think the new law will justify increases averaging 1 percent or 2 percent, they could justify much larger increases for certain plans.

    Or as Ignagni, the recipient of the letter, says, “It’s a basic law of economics that additional benefits incur additional costs.”

    But Sebelius has “zero tolerance” for that kind of thing. She promises to issue regulations to require “state or federal review of all potentially unreasonable rate increases” (which would presumably mean all rate increases).

    And there’s a threat. “We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014.”

    That’s a significant date, the first year in which state insurance exchanges are slated to get a monopoly on the issuance of individual health insurance policies. Sebelius is threatening to put health insurers out of business in a substantial portion of the market if they state that Obamacare is boosting their costs.

    “Congress shall make no law,” reads the First Amendment, “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

    Sebelius’ approach is different: “zero tolerance” for dissent.

    The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone’s business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery. Like the Obama administration’s transfer of money from Chrysler bondholders to its political allies in the United Auto Workers, it is a form of gangster government.

    “The rule of law, or the rule of men (women)?” economist Tyler Cowen asks on his marginalrevolution.com blog. As he notes, “Nowhere is it stated that these rate hikes are against the law (even if you think they should be), nor can this ‘misinformation’ be against the law.”

    According to Politico, not a single Democratic candidate for Congress has run an ad since last April that makes any positive reference to Obamacare. The First Amendment gives candidates the right to talk — or not talk — about any issue they want.

    But that is not enough for Sebelius and the Obama administration. They want to stamp out negative speech about Obamacare. “Zero tolerance” means they are ready to use the powers of government to threaten economic harm on those who dissent.

    The closing paragraph of Sebelius’s letter to AHIP’s Karen Ignagni gives the game away. “We worked hard to change the system to help consumers.” This is a reminder that the administration alternatively collaborated with and criticized Ignagni’s organization. We roughed you up a little, but we eventually made a deal.

    The secretary goes on: “It is my hope we can work together to stop misinformation and misleading marketing from the start.” In other words, shut your members up and play team ball — or my guys with the baseball bats and Tommy guns are going to get busy. As Cowen puts it, “worse than I had been expecting.”

  129. I imagine Obama actually wrote this 40-page picture book….he should have the attention spann for this book without outsourcing it to William Ayers…LOL! There’s probably 39 pictures in it.

  130. FOLLOW THE $$$’s

    When Big Media helped drag Zerobama past Hillary and then past McCain, donors sensed he was the horse to back.

    Now, the smell of fear emanating from the White House and the Dems has big money lining up behind The Other Guys.

    nytimes.com/2010/09/10/business/10lobby.html

    Anticipating Power Shift, and Hiring Republicans
    ==============

    By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    Published: September 9, 2010

    WASHINGTON — With Democrats in danger of losing control of Congress, some prominent lobbying shops, trade groups and contractors are already moving to bring more Republicans on board to bolster their political fortunes.

    Lobbyists, political consultants and recruiters all say that the going rate for Republicans — particularly current and former House staff members — has risen significantly in just the last few weeks, with salaries beginning at $300,000 and going as high as $1 million for private sector positions.

    “We’re seeing a premium for Republicans,” said Ivan H. Adler, a headhunter for the McCormick Group in Washington who specializes in placing lobbyists. “They’re the new ‘It’ girl.”

    Raytheon, the military contractor, just hired as its top Washington lobbyist a former senior Republican aide in Congress, and Wal-Mart and Target are said to be looking for Republicans to beef up their Washington offices, according to consultants with knowledge of the talks.

    Lobbyists, political consultants and recruiters all say that the going rate for Republicans — particularly current and former House staff members — has risen significantly in just the last few weeks, with salaries beginning at $300,000 and going as high as $1 million for private sector positions.

    “We’re seeing a premium for Republicans,” said Ivan H. Adler, a headhunter for the McCormick Group in Washington who specializes in placing lobbyists. “They’re the new ‘It’ girl.”

    Raytheon, the military contractor, just hired as its top Washington lobbyist a former senior Republican aide in Congress, and Wal-Mart and Target are said to be looking for Republicans to beef up their Washington offices, according to consultants with knowledge of the talks.

    Lobbyists, political consultants and recruiters all say that the going rate for Republicans — particularly current and former House staff members — has risen significantly in just the last few weeks, with salaries beginning at $300,000 and going as high as $1 million for private sector positions.

    “We’re seeing a premium for Republicans,” said Ivan H. Adler, a headhunter for the McCormick Group in Washington who specializes in placing lobbyists. “They’re the new ‘It’ girl.”

    Raytheon, the military contractor, just hired as its top Washington lobbyist a former senior Republican aide in Congress, and Wal-Mart and Target are said to be looking for Republicans to beef up their Washington offices, according to consultants with knowledge of the talks.

    In a town built on connections, the surge in interest is a turnaround for Republicans, who in the first year of the Obama administration had difficulty finding top-tier political jobs in the private sector and were considered something akin to political exiles.

    With polls indicating a strong showing for Republicans in November, “it’s made Republicans more relevant,” said Drew Maloney, the chief executive of Ogilvy Government Relations, a top Washington lobbying shop.

    If Republicans succeed in regaining control of the House and perhaps even the Senate, firms seeking influence over federal policies are looking to gain an edge by tacking toward the right. That will become particularly important, they say, if Republicans try to roll back some of the major initiatives in health care, business regulation and other areas that Democrats have pushed through Congress in the last year.

    Renewed battles over big-ticket legislation would also be likely to mean a financial windfall for lobbyists and political consultants, who have proved largely immune to the country’s economic problems. With major legislative debates in Washington, revenue for more than 13,000 lobbyists rose more than 5 percent last year, to $3.5 billion, and continued to climb through the first half of this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

    JPMorgan Chase, among at least a dozen recent hires, brought in Mel Martinez, the former Republican senator from Florida, as a senior executive. Robert L. Wilkie, a top Pentagon official in the administration of President George W. Bush, was hired by CH2M Hill, a construction and design firm, as a vice president overseeing military projects. And Research In Motion, which makes the BlackBerry, hired Jason C. Scism, a top Republican aide to Representative Darrell Issa of California, into an executive spot that was last held by a Democrat.

    Meanwhile, a number of other companies and trade groups are said to be in the market for Republican officials between now and November, headhunters and lobbyists say. (Executives at Target and Wal-Mart, among the companies mentioned, declined to comment on their possible hiring plans.)

    Political consultants emphasize that while demand for Republican credentials is on the rise, a mix of factors, including Congressional experience in critical areas like health care or financial reform, comes into play along with party affiliation in filling government relations jobs. Private contractors vying for government work are particularly uneasy about being identified too closely with one party or the other, and a number of companies that have recently hired Republicans deny that party politics was a driving factor.

    But at the Washington lobbying firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, executives acknowledge that the prospect of a Republican resurgence has led them to look for someone with solid conservative credentials.

    “We feel like moving into next year, it’ll be important to influence House Republicans, so we’ll clearly be looking to move more into that area,” said Phil Rivers, a partner at the firm.

    “Our recent hires have been Democrats because that’s where our needs were,” Mr. Rivers said, but with Republicans appearing poised to add many seats in November, “that’s where the need will be.”

    The House and Senate have ethics restrictions that seek to blunt the impact of the “revolving door” between senior Congressional staff positions and the private sector. There are rules over negotiations for private sector jobs, and a one-year “cooling off” period restricting Congressional contacts by former staff members. But the restrictions in the House are looser than those in the Senate, preventing contacts and lobbying by former staff members only with their former office, not the entire House. The Senate prevents any lobbying of the entire body for a year.

    While many Washington consultants say they believe that organizations looking to influence policy need to play to the party in power, there is a competing school of thought that derides such strategic shifts as fickle and largely ineffective.

    Several Washington lobbying powerhouses, like Patton Boggs and the Podesta Group, maintain a stable of lobbyists from both parties, no matter who is in power, based on the belief that they always need to work both sides of the political aisle.

    Jack Quinn, a top aide to President Bill Clinton and a founder of the lobbying shop of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, said he had always recruited lobbyists and lawyers from both parties to make it a “bona fide bipartisan operation.”

    Even so, some Republicans working at trade associations are being wooed aggressively by major lobbying firms in just the last few months, said Jacqueline Arends, a Washington consultant who assists private organizations looking to fill government relations posts.

    “We’re seeing them being recruited by K Street,” Ms. Arends said, using the nickname for Washington’s lobbying corridor, “which has a lot more money to throw around” than the trade groups.

    Republican lobbyists with senior-level experience in government are now sometimes getting offers approaching $1 million a year, Ms. Arends said. (She declined to identify individuals or firms, citing client confidentiality.)

    “It’s very clear that the pendulum is swinging back, and having balance is going to be very, very important,” she said.

    But for Republican staff members in Congress, the lure of the private sector may pose a dilemma if their party does indeed regain power.

    Mr. Maloney, the Ogilvy executive, said he had spoken with some Republican staff members on Capitol Hill who were torn by the possibilities of working within Congress as the party in power, or moving to the private sector at a high salary while their marketability is rising.

    For House Republican staff members, “if they want to move, this is the time,” he said. “But at the same time, a lot of these people want the opportunity to work in the majority.”

  131. JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    rgb44hrc
    September 14th, 2010 at 1:52 pm
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    OMG! I almost spewed my water all over the keyboard.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Glad I could help make your day. I hope your computer is surviving.

  132. I don’t usually answer personal stuff , but here’s for andyp and moon.

    andyp, I don’t understand people who accept charges unquestioningly, when they conveniently appear in the middle of a media flap targeting an individual. (Remember Joe the Plumber?) Hillary’s State Department financed Rauf’s goodwill tour (Bush’s FBI hired him). You think State didn’t have background checks? Rauf has been active in Manhattan for many years, with a good reputation. The official neighborhood council approved the project. Many local church leaders from other religions who worked with him over the years are coming out in his defense and defense of the project.

  133. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, a publishing phenomenon even before he won the White House, has a new book about to hit the shelves — profiling inspirational historic Americans for children.
    ————————-
    Bomber Bill Ayers is an education and indoctrination specialist is he not? And there is some evidence that he wrote dreams of my father? Well then who better than he to ghost write another Obama novel, this one for children. Obama takes a long time over his putts, but not long enough to write a novel. The only thing he wrote was his name on the author line. The question is are the rubes smart enough to figure this out or not?

    When I was in high school we had a Japanese American teacher who we all thought the world of. The powers that be decided he would be a good candidate to teach young inquiring minds about the birds and the bees in a course which was given the rather innocent sounding title Heath Sciences. He taught us about everything under the sun except the birds and the bees. I know this to be true because I did not miss a single class. In one of his lectures he showed up with an attractive medicine bottle and told us that this bottle was a magic elixir that would cure every problem we had from measels to mumps to childhood obesity. He steered away from any discussion of stds. He went on for an hour extolling its many virtues, and just as we reached for our wallets he told us stop. He then told us that none of this was true, and gave us a list of propaganda techniques used in media politics and Madison Ave. Caveat emptor for the rest of your life he told us–let the buyer beware. Too bad the rubes who voted for Obama and still have his bumper stickers on their cars never sat through his class. They might have learned something. At least now they would realize they were bamboozled.

  134. “President Barack Obama… profiling inspirational historic Americans for children.”

    Sounds like a feeble effort to sequel JFK’s “Profiles in Courage”. JFK’s own war record made him a profile in courage, which was the very reason I and many others were moved by the book.

    The profile of the author of this book, on the other hand, is the very reason I won’t be buying this follow-up, even if it means denying scholarships to vets’ children. These scholarships could very well go into a new GI bill.

  135. From my 1:57PM email, this quote is actually stunning:

    “According to Politico, not a single Democratic candidate for Congress has run an ad since last April that makes any positive reference to Obamacare.”

  136. President Barack Obama… profiling inspirational historic Americans for children.”

    Sounds like a feeble effort to sequel JFK’s “Profiles in Courage”. JFK’s own war record made him a profile in courage, which was the very reason I and many others were moved by the book.
    ———————–
    The motive here is clear and unambiguous. He is trying to shore up his reputation against the growing suspicion and implicit Republican charge that he is anti American. There is only one problem: he has already lost that argument. The jury has decided the issue and it has moved on.

  137. “The motive here is clear and unambiguous.”
    —————-

    Yep. He already won the Nobel for doing less than nothing, now he is reaching for sainthood.

  138. What’s next, “Nightmares of My Sleeve-Shredding Wife, The Beeyotch Who’s Trying to Stop Me From Smoking, and Who Keeps Telling Me to ‘Grow some balls like Hillary’
    ——————————-
    There is a free dvd of the Man From La Mancha included for the first twenty buyers assuming there are any–besides little dracula Lauer and little miss muppet Couric.

  139. Yep. He already won the Nobel for doing less than nothing, now he is reaching for sainthood
    ——————————–
    Or else he is appealing to the last major demographic that has not figure out what he is. That will end too one day when a four year old looks him in the eye and says Money Talks and Bullshit Walks Asshole. Like Art Linkletter used to say kids say the darndest things.

  140. “According to Politico, not a single Democratic candidate for Congress has run an ad since last April that makes any positive reference to Obamacare.”

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

    Any positive references to Obama, either? 😉

  141. “According to Politico, not a single Democratic candidate for Congress has run an ad since last April that makes any positive reference to Obamacare.”
    —————————
    In that case, let us at least hope that their opponents have. And I am quite sure that is true–even with michael steele at the helm. The trouble with Michael is reminds you of the British Secret Service under Chamberlain who believed in the importance of being earnest and that gentlemen do not read other peoples mail, even if it has a Berlin address on it.

  142. andyp, sorry my post went off too soon. On other forums people ask me why I defend Palin when everyone knows shes’ obviouslly XXXXX…. Same reason. Reality, fairness, sanity.

    Rauf isn’t handling his PR well.His project is financially shaky. Palin didn’t handle her 2008 interviews well either. Hillary made mistakes in her campaign. But none of them are monsters or idiots or terrorists or slumlords.

  143. moononpluto
    September 14th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I used to live in Weehawken, just south of Union City and taught in Jersey City, That whole area, except for the riverfront and the spectacular high rise apartment buildings on the cliffs overlooking Manhattan is congested, overcrowded and rundown.

    Central Avenue in Union City is especially bad. I remember looking at an apartment there when I first moved out of Manhattan to teach in Jersey City.

    Jersey City was home to one of the biggest mosques in the tri-state area and was a main hangout for the Blind Sheikh.

    You can think of Hudson COunty as one sprawling city divided into “neighborhoods,” ie Union City, North bergan, Weehawken Jersey City.emni remm[ecially filled with or rather cliff front aprtment towers is

  144. basil9 – We used to be neighbors, then, if you lived in Weehawken. I had a favorite cousin we used to visit there. Her husband was a fireman and paid $16K in graft to be promoted to fire chief, in the 1960s when $12K was an engineer’s annual salary. Even as fire chief, he didn’t earn enough to move out of the slum he was in. As a result, I always associated Weehawken and the surrounding area, including Union City, as corrupt slum-infested cities.

    At that time, I lived in posh Republican Bergen County – Harworth, Hackensack and Englewood. Have you ever heard of those towns? As a child and adolescent, it always turned my stomach to think of Hudson County.

    This rub that Union City is having with Rauf smells of political payoff – there are so many slumlords in Union City, why pick on a particular landlord at this particular time?

  145. turndownobama
    September 14th, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    andyp, sorry my post went off too soon. On other forums people ask me why I defend Palin when everyone knows shes’ obviouslly XXXXX…. Same reason. Reality, fairness, sanity.

    Rauf isn’t handling his PR well.His project is financially shaky. Palin didn’t handle her 2008 interviews well either. Hillary made mistakes in her campaign. But none of them are monsters or idiots or terrorists or slumlords.
    ______________

    I keep reading that Rauf is a slumblord and if that is the case, I would not want to be involved in anything that he is involved with. If he becomes wealthy by making people live in misery, then I would support him with absolutely nothing. I don’t know how to check it out for certain, but I have absolutely no respect for slumlords.

  146. PS – I now live part time in Midland Park, still Republican Bergen County, but spend a lot of time in Hollywood Florida (I hate Florida) for estate problems and another lot of time in Europe for professional reasons, because all my customers are there.

  147. andyp: “I keep reading that Rauf is a slumblord and if that is the case, I would not want to be involved in anything that he is involved with. If he becomes wealthy by making people live in misery, then I would support him with absolutely nothing. I don’t know how to check it out for certain, but I have absolutely no respect for slumlords.”

    I don’t want to relativize about slumlords, but there are the Rezko-type slumlords who make big profits building new slums, and there are others who buy existing slum property with the hope of making something of it – an investment. Often that kind of investment never makes good.

    My parents inherited a house on the “other side of the tracks” in Hackensack and were never able to make good on their investment. Tenants didn’t pay rent dependably, had dirty habits like pissing on the floor, started fires by smoking in bed, etc. The upkeep on the house was more expensive than the paltry rent they could ask. Eventually, they sold the house at a loss and, afaik, the city has since razed the whole block.

    Rauf is probably in a similar situation. That’s why I say Union City is picking on one particular “landlord” (rather than “slumlord”) at this particular time for political reasons. Most of Union City should be razed.

  148. Clinton endorses Brown for governor, ignores Brown’s slight

    September 14, 2010

    Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Jerry Brown’s bid to become governor on Tuesday, saying he and Brown had put the ugliness from their 1992 primary battle behind them and that Republican Meg Whitman’s ad that featured him was misleading.

    “I strongly support Jerry Brown for governor because I believe he was a fine mayor of Oakland, he’s been a very good attorney general, and he would be an excellent governor at a time when California needs his creativity and fiscal prudence,” Clinton said in a statement to The Times.

    The former president became an issue in the gubernatorial contest last week, when Whitman began airing a 30-second ad featuring footage of him trying to refute Brown’s claim that he had lowered taxes as governor of California from 1975 to 1983.

    “CNN — not me, CNN — says his assertion about his tax record was, quote, ‘just plain wrong,’ ” Clinton says in the footage used in the ad. “He raised taxes as governor of California. … He doesn’t tell the people the truth.”

    As The Times reported Friday, the CNN report was inaccurate. The Brown campaign has called on Whitman to take down the ad; the Whitman campaign has refused.

    Clinton agreed that the ad was misleading, and said his claim was based on an erroneous report.

    “Moreover, the tough campaign we fought 18 years ago is not relevant to the choice facing Californians today,” Clinton said. “Jerry and I put that behind us a long time ago.”

    Brown rekindled the matter over the weekend, though, when he questioned Clinton’s ability to tell the truth and brought up the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Brown apologized on Monday.

    Clinton did not mention the slight in his statement. He did say that his endorsement of Gavin Newsom in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which was widely viewed as further evidence of his hostility to Brown, was prompted by Newson’s strong support of wife Hillary Clinton’s 2008 president bid.

    “I endorsed Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor before he withdrew and became a candidate for lieutenant governor because of his strong support for Hillary in the 2008 primary season and because of his impressive record of innovation and accomplishment,” Clinton said. “He can really help revitalize California as lieutenant governor.”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/09/clinton-overlooks-browns-slight-endorses-him-for-governor.html

  149. Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Hillary comes out on top

    PPP’s new national survey looking at arguably the 5 most significant Democratic figures in the country finds Hillary Clinton as the most popular followed by Michelle Obama, then Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.

    Here are the numbers:

    Individual
    Favorability
    Net

    Hillary Clinton
    56/37
    +19

    Michelle Obama
    52/37
    +15

    Bill Clinton
    53/40
    +13

    Joe Biden
    43/43
    Even

    Barack Obama
    47/49
    -2

    Here are observations:

    -Hillary Clinton is the most popular among Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.

    -85% of Democrats view her favorably, followed by 83% for Michelle Obama, 82% for Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and 73% for Biden.

    -21% of Republicans see her positively, followed by 19% for her husband, 18% for Michelle Obama, and 10% for Biden and Barack Obama.

    -58% of independents view her favorably, followed by 57% for her husband, 53% for Michelle Obama, 44% for Barack Obama, and 41% for Biden.

    -There still appears to be some residual unhappiness from the 2008 primary season toward Bill Clinton by black voters. 23% of them see him unfavorably compared to 16% for Biden, 13% for Michelle Obama, 10% for Hillary Clinton, and 10% for Barack Obama. The good news for Hillary if she does make another try for the White House in 2016 is that any animosity toward her husband there is not rubbing off on her.

    I’m sure some folks will look at these numbers and say Barack Obama should step aside for Hillary Clinton to run in 2012 but it’s a lot easier to maintain a high level of popularity as Secretary of State than President and it’s very debatable whether her numbers would be so good if she was actually the one in the White House. Nevertheless it’s a good sign for her looking to the future that her numbers are strong even during a pretty difficult period for the Democratic Party.

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/09/hillary-comes-out-on-top.html

  150. #
    JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    “The motive here is clear and unambiguous.”
    —————-

    Yep. He already won the Nobel for doing less than nothing, now he is reaching for sainthood.
    ——-

    Do Muslims have saints?

  151. JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Clinton endorses Brown for governor, ignores Brown’s slight

    September 14, 2010

    Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Jerry Brown’s bid to become governor on Tuesday, saying he and Brown had put the ugliness from their 1992 primary battle behind them and that Republican Meg Whitman’s ad that featured him was misleading.

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    I wasn’t going to vote for Meg anyway, but having Bill’s blessing is the cherry on top.

    Thanks for posting this JanH

  152. “Clinton endorses Brown for governor, ignores Brown’s slight”

    The Clinton class act again, a win-win: If Brown wins or loses, he’s now indebted to Bill either way.

  153. “PPP’s new national survey… Hillary Clinton as the most popular.

    Hillary Clinton 56/37, +19

    Barack Obama 47/49, Even

    Hillary Clinton is the most popular among Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.

    Black voters… The good news for Hillary if she does make another try for the White House in 2016 [or 2012?] is that any animosity toward her husband there is not rubbing off on her.”

    “I’m sure some folks will look at these numbers and say Barack Obama should step aside for Hillary Clinton to run in 2012 but it’s a lot easier to maintain a high level of popularity as Secretary of State than President …”

    Hey, if that were the case, it would be easier for the Secretary of the Treasury to be more popular than the President too, but are there any figures for Geithner? Do you think he rates above o? What about Napolitano? Why are people only concerned about Hillary? Why does Me-shell rate below Hillary but above The One?

    “…and it’s very debatable whether her numbers would be so good if she was actually the one in the White House.”

    If Hillary were in the White House, o would be nowhere in sight. Hillary doesn’t brook incompetence. And believe me, if Hillary were President, we would have leadership in the White House and her numbers would be constantly on the rise, not falling as they are now.

    “Nevertheless it’s a good sign for her looking to the future that her numbers are strong even during a pretty difficult period for the Democratic Party.”

    Spot-on. If Hillary wins in 2012, the Democrats will be back in force in 2014.

  154. ‘This rub that Union City is having with Rauf smells of political payoff – there are so many slumlords in Union City, why pick on a particular landlord at this particular time?’

    I’d rather this info get out now, regardless of motive, to keep Rauf from moving forward with his pet project.

    He is dirty, his financing is dirty, his motives are dirty and he’s a total liar.

    I really don’t understand your affection for that POS.

    BTW, to say all of Union City should be razed is a bit extreme. It’s now home to a largely hispanic population. Northern Jersey City is called “Little-India.” Many of the streets have been reclaimed and renovated.

    The biggest problem now is in Greenbush, southern Jersey City, which, last time I saw it, resembled the South Bronx.

    And yes, I am very familiar with most of Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties as well as parts of Essex and union. And I am very glad to have escaped the state a few years ago because of health problems.

  155. #
    jeswezey
    September 14th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    “Clinton endorses Brown for governor, ignores Brown’s slight”

    The Clinton class act again, a win-win: If Brown wins or loses, he’s now indebted to Bill either way.
    ——–

    Yup, the Big Dawg knows his stuff and I think Brown will appreciate his support with such a tight race. Also love that Bill tossed in his picking Galvin over Jerry because of Galvin’s support for Hillary.

    Hint, hint…Jerry.

    Stand by Hillary and you have a career in politics. Support the fraud, you will be left in the dust.

  156. What was that old saying from the Obots about the Clinton’s being finished in politics? About how they were all washed up and too old?

    Dimwits, aholes, ASSHats! 😉

  157. “A British teenager who sent an e-mail to the White House calling President Obama a “pr*ck” was banned from the U.S. for life, The Sun reported Monday.”

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    Ouch!….while this was probably at BO’s command, the STATE DEPT would also have been involved……Come on, Hill…it’s just a teenager!!!! calling a spade a spade after all…no harm done!!!

  158. Shadowfax
    September 14th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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    lol…never thought of that. Maybe he could become an Iman instead.

  159. “If Hillary were in the White House, o would be nowhere in sight. Hillary doesn’t brook incompetence. And believe me, if Hillary were President, we would have leadership in the White House and her numbers would be constantly on the rise, not falling as they are now.”

    —————

    Exactly.

  160. Shadowfax
    September 14th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

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    I was angry at Brown for dissing Bill Clinton this time around. I’m glad Brown apologized but even more impressed by how both Hillary and Bill continue to take the high road.

  161. Basil9: “I really don’t understand your affection for that POS.”

    There’s nothing to understand because I don’t have any affection here. I was just trying to explain that he might not be a “slumlord” just because he has owns downmarket property in Union City. What other kind of property is there in Union City, aside from what you mentioned facing the NYC skyline?

    “BTW, to say all of Union City should be razed is a bit extreme.”

    It would indeed be extreme, but I did not say “all”, I said “most”. Even “most” is kind of extreme, so I just withdraw the remark. If any razing is done, it should start (figuratively) with city hall. Politics in that entire county is as corrupt as, if not worse than, Chicago.

  162. “A British teenager …calling President Obama a “pr*ck” was banned from the U.S. for life.”

    mp: “while this was probably at BO’s command, the STATE DEPT would also have been involved…”

    No, State has nothing to do with it. It’s Homeland Security, Secret Service, the FBI.

    “Come on, Hill… calling a spade a spade!!!”

    Hey! That’s Raaaacist!

  163. Actually, Union City has no property facing the Manhattan Skyline. That’s either Weehawken or North Bergen or Edgewater going further north.

    Union City starts several blocks west of Boulevard East, which hugs the Hudson River and is the main roadway.

    Union City has a lot of two and three family homes with nothing much more than a driveway separating them. There are no high apartment buildings but many smaller three and four story ones. Union City also has many shops on kennedy Boulevard.

  164. jes,

    Thanks for good sense and fairness as usual.

    But I think you may be giving the report more credibility than it deserves when you talk about your parents’ bad real estate investment and say “Rauf is probably in a similar situation.”

    If this charge against Rauf were legitimate, it should have been made long ago. Coming out now suggests a ‘Joe the Plumber’pile on. There is probably no truth to it at all.

  165. #
    JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Shadowfax
    September 14th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    —————

    I was angry at Brown for dissing Bill Clinton this time around. I’m glad Brown apologized but even more impressed by how both Hillary and Bill continue to take the high road.
    ——-

    Yea, I am glad he apologized too.
    Brown studied to be a priest, so he probably has some hang ups…….

    Found this:

    Early life and education

    Brown was born in San Francisco, the only son of former San Francisco lawyer, District attorney and later Democratic governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Sr. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and studied at Santa Clara University. In 1958, he entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary, intending to become a Catholic priest.

    However, Brown left the seminary and entered the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics in 1961. Brown went on to Yale Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1964.

    After law school, Brown worked as a law clerk for Mathew Tobriner, who was a justice for the Supreme Court of California, and studied in Mexico and Latin America.

  166. I keep reading that Rauf is a slumblord

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    Don’t believe everything you ‘keep reading.’ We keep reading that Palin is an idiot, that Bill and Hillary are racists, that the Tea Party is racist, etc etc. Just because soemthing is printed or broadcast does not mean it is true.

  167. This rub that Union City is having with Rauf smells of political payoff – there are so many slumlords in Union City, why pick on a particular landlord at this particular time?

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    Exactly! It could be that someone in Union City has an angle and this is a good time to hit Rauf when he is too busy to defend himself. Or it could be that people like Gingrich who are stirring up this nonsense have friends in Union City who are helping stir it.

    What it’s NOT — is coincidence.

  168. JanH
    September 14th, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    I was angry at Brown for dissing Bill Clinton this time around. I’m glad Brown apologized but even more impressed by how both Hillary and Bill continue to take the high road.
    ______________________________

    The high road indeed and why they WIN-WIN! They know how to handle people respectfully to their benefit. You won’t find Bill and Hillary playing passive aggressive games with people around them or running to a corner walling themselves off from someone who may have said something they didn’t like. Reactionary behavior like that begets failure. Some people never learn. They just keep repeating the same behavior over and over again then wonder why they keep producing the same failed result.

    Brown learned his lesson in the nick of time…. then again, he may have planned it this way. Brown wouldn’t have begged for Bill’s endorsement but he may have created a situation bringing Bill to him. If this is what Brown did- then he is a much smarter man than I gave him credit for.

  169. I’d rather this info get out now, regardless of motive,

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    Any such ‘info’ coming out now, is probably NOT true. If it were true, it would have been brought out at a time when it could be examined. This is like mud-slinging, false sensationalist charges on the eve of an election.

  170. Mrs. Smith

    I know the Big Dawg is smarter than most politicians, but for Brown to go public with his apology so quickly gives him some points in my book. I doubt that he expected Bill to support him, and hopefully the generous nature of Bill and Hillary towards people that have taken cheap shots will finally continue to win back real Dems in the old school Dem party.
    I’m sure Bill and Hillary have a list, and hopefully Brown is smart enough to learn his lesson.

  171. You won’t find Bill and Hillary playing passive aggressive games with people around them or running to a corner walling themselves off from someone who may have said something they didn’t like.

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    Right.

  172. Viva la France!

    By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer Elaine Ganley, Associated Press Writer – 18 mins ago

    PARIS – The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil on public streets and other places, a measure that has been widely seen as a symbolic defense of French values.

    The Senate voted 246 to 1 in favor of the bill in a final step toward making the ban a law — though it now must pass muster with France’s constitutional watchdog. The bill was overwhelmingly passed in July in the lower house, the National Assembly

  173. Governor Jan Brewer Good news: the judge will allow the Obamacare challenge to move forward. Obamacare is wrong for US and Arizona. This comes from Gov Brewer’s website.

  174. Any such ‘info’ coming out now, is probably NOT true. If it were true, it would have been brought out at a time when it could be examined. This is like mud-slinging, false sensationalist charges on the eve of an election.

    ……………………

    what rubbish, they guy wasnt even on anybodys radar nationally a month ago. He was not big news to people, he is now.

  175. Oh yeah!

    I just pulled up the map of 2206 Central Avenue and I remember the area well. just south of 495, the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, it was a nasty place when I was teaching blocks away at Nicholas Copernicus School.

    The Star Ledger has all the details. They have some good reporters. I know many of them.

    Slumlord. What a surprise. And evidently Mr. and Mrs. Daisy live in the much nicer North Bergen area, a universe away from their suffering tenants.

    Rezko redux? Maybe this time the info will come out in time for something to be done about it.

  176. Democrats tout “major” announcement Wednesday

    DNC Chairman Tim Kaine plans to make a ‘major annoucement’ on Wednesday.

    Washington (CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine plans to make what’s being billed as a major announcement Wednesday about the future of the party, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of the speech.

    The source tells CNN that Kaine will announce something that will excite Democrats across the country. Kaine’s event comes as Democrats face the difficult task of holding onto their majorities in the House and Senate this November.

    The speech, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at George Washington University, happens around the same time that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele kicks of a major bus tour in support of Republicans running in the midterm elections. But the source says that the timing of Kaine event was in the works well before the date of Steele’s kickoff was announced.

    ……………………………………………….

    Hopefully it will be rank and file resignation but i bet noe, probably some change banning Hillary from ever running again, knowing this lot.

  177. Mathew Tobriner, who was a justice for the Supreme Court of California
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    That Brown would have been a clerk for Tobriner is surprising to me. As I recall, Tobriner was one of the conservative members of the California Supreme Court in the 1960s, under Chief Justice Roger Trayner. They were the mirror image of the Warren Court. Then again, I had a friend who was Brown’s speech writer and we used to kid him to death about governor moonbeam. This guy was very conservative. I also knew a guy–my contacts professor who was Traynor’s chief law clerk. He too was a conservative and he used to say the judge would tell him this is what I have decided now find me the authority to back it up. So much for the judge looking to the law to answer the question.

  178. Ummmmmmmm………

    I just really really really can’t imagine Gingrich having ‘friends’ in Union City. Not exactly his demographic. Check the population statistics yourself. (I don’t need to, having passed through there hundreds of times.) Hardly a white face to be seen in Union City and that is, afterall, Gingrich’s base. Right?

  179. Uh-oh.

    The Town Clerk of one of my coverage areas was worried about just such a scenario yesterday.

    Poll glitches in NYC.

    “There were major problems at the polls on primary day in New York and it’s all connected to the debut of the state’s new electronic voting machines.

    New York City spent $160 million on new voting machines, but the roll out was embarrassing.

    Some polling places opened as much as four hours late and thousands may have been unable to cast ballots, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

  180. Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/14/reid-adds-controversial-immigration-measure-to-defense-bill/

    Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week.

    The decision means the defense bill, which often passes with bipartisan support, will be home to two major, thorny political issues – the other being the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

    Reid called the DREAM Act “really important” and said it should be passed because it provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military. DREAM is an acronym for Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act.

    “I know we can’t do comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid said at a news conference. “But those Republicans we had in the last Congress have left us.”

    Many Hispanic voters are angry with Democratic leaders for not doing more to pass an immigration overhaul. The decision by Reid to add the DREAM Act now could help soothe that anger.

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Reid’s decision “needlessly controversial.”
    The Senate will need 60 votes to take up the bill next week, and Reid said Tuesday he doesn’t know if he has enough votes.

    …….

    idiot comes to mind.

  181. Well Wednesday is my birthday and certainly hope that I’m not going to hear that Kaine is going to run in 2012′. The best b-day present for me would be that Obama is not running and Hillary will be, my biggest fear is that she will run with him in 2012′. That would be a horrible d-day present.

  182. Kaine will announce something that will excite Democrats across the country.
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    Well that is really good to hear. I am sure it will cause everyone to forget record soaring unemployment, record levels of poverty, a 13 trillion dollar debt, an unwinable war and all the rest. Kaine is such a little skunk.

    Meanwhile, back to the real world. After the republicans ran that ad with Bill attacking Moonbeam, what else could Bill do but endorse Brown. On the other hand it serves Bills purposes to do so, regardless.

  183. DNC has taken down their entire website and say it will be back up after the announcement….it must really be big…

  184. Confloyd, its probably to change it for the midterms campaign, the real starting gun i suppose is tomorrow for it.

    it’ll be lame as usual.

  185. they guy wasnt even on anybodys radar nationally a month ago.

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    The controversy has been brewing in NY for months..

  186. I have to take issue with some comments above and put in a good word for my home town…..I was born and spent half of my childhood in Jersey City before moving to Bergen County.

    There are lots of wonderful people there and there are some nice parts of the city though it is clearly a melting pot and now has a huge muslim population. My father maintained an office on Kennedy Blvd for more than 50 years until very recently.

    I’m sure you can all find something better to talk about.

  187. Maybe Hillary has got a deal in Israel….of coarse the fraud will take credit for it
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    Could be but I doubt it. First, if that were it why announce it now. Second, it would be at most an agreement in principle, and that is fraught with problems. Third, foreign policies successes except winning wars do not move the needle in domestic politics. Foreign policy failures however do. The build up here is more important than the end result. I suspect it is some smoke and mirrors dog and pony show addressing the central issue which is jobs. But that is probably not it either.

  188. maybe Biden stepping down? Rather have bambi gone but I’ll take either.

    confloyd,

    Hope you have a great birthday tomorrow. 🙂

  189. DNC has taken down their entire website and say it will be back up after the announcement….it must really be big…
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    or a fairy tale. If it were that big they would not need this stupid build up.

  190. Carol,

    I agree there are great parts of Jersey City. The issue came up because of the report about Rauf being a Union City slumlord. I taught in Jersey City for ten years, until 2000.

    While there are some wonderful people there surely you’re aware of areas like Greenbush?

    Anyway, the remarks were mostly about Union City only because some people questioned the release of the Rauf information, now.

    Although I confess I really didn’t understand a couple of the last few comments myself and didn’t want to ask what was meant.

  191. Obama’s behind the door wheeling and dealing with the Arabs, assuring them the moon, is going to ensure that nothing gets done here.

    ——————

    14.09.10

    Palestinian ‘all or nothing’ strategy paralyzing peace talks, Israeli officials warn

    As leaders gather Egypt for a second round of negotiations, sides seem no closer to a compromise on West Bank settlements.

    By Barak Ravid and Reuters

    The Palestinians’ “all or nothing” strategy of insisting on a total freeze on West Bank settlement construction risks paralyzing Middle East peace talks in their infancy, officials close to the heart of negotiations warned Tuesday.

    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt for a second round of negotiations, senior officials inside Netanyahu’s office said they expected the Palestinians to avoid extreme responses that could derail the U.S.-sponsored peace process.

    “This attitude of all or nothing has over the past year led to a stagnation, with the result that in nine months of construction freeze, there were no negotiations,” one high-ranking official told Haaretz.

    Under international pressure, Israel in late 2009 declared a 10-month freeze on settlement building in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem. But that is due to expire in late September, less than a month after talks kicked off in Washington, and the Palestinians have repeatedly vowed to walk out if building resumes.

    “Choosing to continue with settlements in any form means destroying the negotiations,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday.

    As well as the row over settlements, early talks have been marred by disputes over format and as she accompanies the leaders to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s main aim will be to save negotiations from an early death.

    “For me, this is a simple choice: no negotiations, no security, no state,” Clinton said en route to the talks.

    Leaks

    On Sunday, Netanyahu hinted he would be willing to impose a partial freeze over the coming 12 months of scheduled talks, but this has so far not been accepted by the Palestinians.

    “The aim of this trip and the meeting with Abu Mazen [Abbas] is to find a way to continue the talks, not to blow them out of the water,” the Israeli official said. “If we can’t reach agreement on a small issue like the settlements, what are our chances of striking a deal over borders and refugees?”

    Ahead of the Sharm summit, officials close to Netanyahu said the prime minister had been angered by a series of public statements by Abbas’ confidantes revealing details of the first round of talks in the U.S.

    Netanyahu sees the apparent leaks as a breach of an understandings with the Palestinians secured in Washington under Clinton’s auspices, aides said. The sides had agreed to keep the content of closed-door talks secret, to shield both leaders from anger at home over potential concessions.

    “Negotiations have to be conducted discretely,” a Netanyahu aide said.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/palestinian-all-or-nothing-strategy-paralyzing-peace-talks-israeli-officials-warn-1.313736

  192. But if Biden steps down – then what?

    He’s one of the least harmful guys in the admin, IMHO. And who would replace him?

  193. The controversy has not been brewing for months in NYC.

    It was way under the radar with a couple of bloggers bringing the issue up to try to stop Rauf. But those bloggere certainly didn’t get any national attention much less local coverage.

    It was all blogosphere stuff.

  194. wbboei, thanks, I understand you recently celebrated one too…Happy Birthday to you too…looks like we’ll be around to fight the good fight for another year, LOL!

  195. Basil: if that is the surprise, then it is not the fact that he is stepping down that will delight all democrats. At most that would give them a minor sense of relief. The surprise would be the replacement. That is what would delight all democrats–if that is what is coming. Let us hope it is something else, for obvious reasons. It probably is.

  196. Jesus, the republicans in NH are throwing away a senate seat, with 5% in, Lamontagne is beating Ayotte by 52% to 31%.

  197. @Shadowfax. I am a PUMA and I plan on voting for Meg Whitman. I can’t stand Jerry Brown. I guess you could say we have history. Meg is pretty much an unknown, and she is quite moderate compared to Carly. I am curious, why are you so dead set against her?

    In a lot of ways I think teachers unions are holding our state hostage and I believe Brown is beholden to them. If I am missing something I am more than willing to hear your side.

  198. Well isn’t this rich: Another intelligent, successful woman getting the cold shoulder from Big Pink. Arguably one of the worst governors California has ever had the good fortune to say good riddance to, now is the “go to guy” just because Bill Clinton sucked it up and showed him some love. I would rather have seen BC give him the finger. It’s a political move that has a certain foul aroma to it. The man attacked him and his wife! He led California into terrible deficits. It’s time for all politicians, not just the ones we don’t like, to just do the right thing, BC included.

    Does California really deserve Jerry Brown’s Act II when what is really needed is new direction, new leadership, and a new approach? Maybe in the end Whitman isn’t the correct answer. Who knows. But I sure as hell do know that as sure as there’s corruption in Chicago, Jerry Brown is the wrong answer.

    If we were the federation of democratic States that the founders originally crafted I wouldn’t give 2 cents for what happens in California. As it is, our current socialist democracy (aka Europe) ensures that California’s problems are my problems no matter in which state I live.

  199. “But if Biden steps down… then who would replace him?”

    Hillary over my dead body.

    But then again, suppose there’s the scenario where the Republicans successfully impeach o next year, for any of a number of pretty good reasons. Then it would be a good move to make this rumored Biden-Hillary swap.

  200. Probably the DNC is hyping this announcement to gin up excitement and it’s no big deal. But we can just imagine:

    * They’re moving the WH to Chicago

    * Biden is stepping down, Daley, who has announced that he is not running again for Mayor is going to be VP

    * Rezko is getting out of jail and is going to work with Eric Holder

    * Rahm is heading back to Chicago for Daley’s job and Blago is going to be Chief of Staff

    * Barack Obama IS going to run in 2012

  201. Tim Kaine said there was to be a new and improved website. The DNC logo is a flag. And they will use the mantra ‘change’……to what I do not know.

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