Almost Completely Naked: Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Part II

We have a very important, yet related, digression to make before we continue our discussion about the obvious and naked political moves and motives of Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. In Part I we discussed Sarah Palin’s naked political moves and posted a blatant political ad designed to position her for a presidential run.

We thought we could move on to Hillary and Bill today but there are some things that need to be said which relate to Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. We will discuss Hillary Clinton today (Bill Clinton in a subsequent Part III), but first some other items in the news which highlight why Hillary Clinton supporters and Sarah Palin supporters have mutual interests and must form an alliance against sexism and misogyny.

This past Wednesday USA Today published an almost universally ignored article which demands attention from all Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin supporters. As we Hillary Clinton supporters know, sexism and misogyny as political attacks are extremely effective:

“Calling a female candidate such sexist names as “ice queen” and “mean girl” significantly undercuts her political standing, a new study of voter attitudes finds, doing more harm than gender-neutral criticism based solely on her policy positions and actions.

Harder-edged attacks, such as referring to her as a prostitute, were equally damaging among voters, according to research commissioned by a non-partisan coalition of women’s advocacy groups.

The survey said the advice often given to women — to ignore the attacks rather than risk giving them more attention or legitimacy — turns out to be wrong. In the study, responding directly helped the female candidate regain lost ground and cost her opponent support.”

Mainline “women’s advocacy groups” (think NARAL which supported John Edwards! then Barack Obama) stabbed Hillary Clinton in the back or disappeared during the primaries. Phony women advocates like Oprah Winfrey (who voted skin color not character) likewise proved either hapless or treacherous. Neither Hillary nor Sarah Palin should expect decency or support from mainline women’s groups.

Many of these “women’s advocacy groups” betrayed their constituents (yup Gay and other organizations were/are equally treacherous to their own too) and went with Obama-come-lately rather than a tried and true and effective friend. Now these dolts are “stunned”:

“I was stunned at the magnitude of the effect of even mild sexism,” says Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who conducted the survey. “Right now campaigns tend to be silent and try to tough it out, and this really opens up a whole new strategy of responding.”

The groups that sponsored the research are the Women’s Media Center, the WCF Foundation and Political Parity. Thursday, they will announce a joint initiative called “Name It. Change It” designed to monitor and respond to sexism against female candidates in the media.

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, president of WCF, says demeaning or belittling language routinely afflicts women in both parties, from Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008 to Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware now.”

We hope but will wait and see (and won’t hold our breaths) if the flowery words from the Women’s Media Center are worth a damn. We’ll wait and see if they denounce the sexism and misogyny directed at Sarah Palin and/or Hillary Clinton when the corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party tells them to shut up. If they live up to their words we will praise them and hug them as allies.

The article cites attacks against Senator Lisa Murkowski as a prostitute, Senator Mary Landrieu as a “high-class prostitute” and Harry Reid’s recent description of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as “the hottest member” (a particularly ugly double meaning insult). The article does not cite currently up for election Christine O’Donnell (hey Women’s Center lets see if you tackle this one) as she is called a “whore” on national television by Judge Karen Mills-Frances and cheered on by Joy Behar.

Among the findings of the poll:

“• The female candidate lost twice as much support when even the mild sexist language was added to the attack. Support for her initially measured at 43% fell to 33% after the policy-based attacks but to 21% after the sexist taunts. The drop was significant among both men and women, those under 50 and over 50, and those with college educations and without.

• The sexist language undermined favorable perceptions of the female candidate, leading voters to view her as less empathetic, trustworthy and effective.

Responding directly helped the women candidates’ regain support. The rebound occurred both after a mild response — the female candidate calling the discussion “inappropriate” and “meritless” and turning back to issues — and after a more direct counterattack that decried “sexist, divisive rhetoric” as damaging to “our political debate and our democracy.”

As we have written so often the sexism and misogyny of 2008 is forever a blot of people we used to consider allies. No longer. Creatures like Hendrik Hertzberg busied themselves race-baiting and digging up “code” racist language while the scorching fires of sexism and misogyny burned. Then these creatures threw gasoline on the race-baiting fires and declared that anyone who was against Obama was a “racist”. These same eruptions of race-baiting are still directed towards the Tea Party movement and those, like us, who were right about Obama from the very first.

As women on a world-wide basis are attacked, raped, mutilated, the fascination is still racism not sexism and misogyny. Institutional racism is now stamped out or at the very least strongly attacked whenever and wherever it appears. Indeed, today there was a hearing at 10:00 a.m. (televised on C-SPAN) of the Civil Rights Commission regarding voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party. [We were not surprised that Bill Ayres is too depressed today to “retaliate” against the hearings.]

In a recent Daily Mail article it was noted that under a new law in England the “racism” hunt extends to tots:

“Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged ‘racist’ language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.”

Three year old innocents are stamped with the indelible ink of racism but blatant sexism and misogyny flourish in the open.

“Sports show asks NFL receivers: Would you rather see Palin in the White House — or in Playboy? [snip]

Needless to say, as any Hillary Clinton fan would tell you, this is a bipartisan problem. (And intrapartisan too!) The only question now: Will this be shrugged off somehow on grounds that Palin was “asking for it”? Don’t laugh — that argument has been made before, and not always by hard-left liberals.”

HotAir, a conservative website was one of the few outlets which reported on the study of the effects of sexually charged taunts on women politicians. We have yet to hear from the “Women’s Media Center” a denunciation of this vileness directed at Sarah Palin:

Will “Name It? Change It?” speak up now that they have had their publicity debut? Don’t hold your breath. It’s still “bros before hos” even with alleged “women’s groups”.

* * * * * *

We’ll take our own advice and denounce an article which is very favorable to Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton

As Hillary Clinton prepares to travel to Australia, Helen Elliott has written a flattering portrait of Hillary as well as a discussion of feminism which seeks to expand the definition of that still fought over and controversial word. Elliott wrote a fine article then betrayed everything she wrote in the following paragraph:

“Hillary Clinton’s life – struggles, failures, as well as achievements – is a retrospective mapping of women’s lives in the last half of the 20th century. The facts might read as a tick-list of: “First woman to be . . .” but her progress is not about a single theme known as “Feminism”. It’s a bold, infinitely complex and as yet unfinished flow through some 60 years of breakneck change. Faced with the dismaying rise of flirty, dirty Sarah Palin, a woman who declares that all she ever needed to know was learnt on a basketball court, we cling to the idea of a woman of substance, whose eloquent life is making the impossible possible.”

The attack on Sarah Palin as “flirty, dirty” is disgusting. Where is the Women’s Media Center? Where is “Name It. Change It?” We admire Hillary Clinton as much as anyone. But we will not heighten Hillary Clinton by denigrating other women, particularly an accomplished woman “of substance” such as Sarah Palin. We don’t agree on policy issues all that much with Sarah Palin but she is a woman of substance by any definition. The attempts to sideline her as a “cheerleader” or a bimbo will will continue and we await the strong defense the Women’s Media Center will mount.

Palin not only fought the Murkowski machine in Alaska, she now threatens the entire Republican establishment as she leads Jeanne d’Arc fashion the forces of the Tea Party movement. Read our previous article Ms Elliott. Read some of our earlier Palin articles too.

As to naked Hillary? “The idiocy or willful blindness is amazing to watch for those with eyes wide open.” “No matter how overt Hillary Clinton is… Big Media creates a whole other reality.” We have written about this many, many, many times before:

“The usually secret warfare by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton has become open war and direct attacks against Hillary – straight from the Obama campaign apparatus. Yesterday the attacks from the Obama campaign against Hillary (shades of 2008!) became blatant, not disguised, attacks. [snip video]

We’ve written about the earlier, none too veiled attacks, by Obama and his thugs against Hillary (see Barack Obama At War With Hillary Clinton (And Thank You Andrew Breitbart). In earlier articles we have noted the reasons for the attacks

That “yesterday” we mentioned was months ago. In that “yesterday” it was Steve Hildebrand leading the attack on Hillary Clinton. In a “yesterday” from this week, it’s David Axelrod with the quotable quote:

“The senior White House strategist was regarded as “a complete spin doctor” by Gen David Petraeus, then chief of the central command region that included Iraq and Afghanistan, Woodward claims.

Axelrod had trouble trusting some of Obama’s senior appointments. When the newly-elected president floated the idea of making Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, Axelrod reportedly asked: “How could you trust Hillary?

To fully appreciate what a dirty piece of scum David Axelrod is, you must read a February 2009 article called I Must Save My Child” which details the pain, suffering and struggles of Susan Axelrod and her husband David Axelrod due to the epilepsy of their child Lauren. As their child suffered with savage seizures and surgery and electrodes implanted into her skull – who did the Axelrods turn to? Hillary Clinton. When he needed help David Axelrod did not ask his wife in regards to the life of his child “How could you trust Hillary?” But in Obama’s Chicago and Obama’s Washington – scum rises to the top.

In the latest Woodward tome we see the subtle work of Hillary Clinton – who works with a scalpel not an ax:

“In a review of the “juicy bits” from the new Bob Woodward book Obama’s Wars, this is what the Daily Beast calls “passing the buck”:

[Hillary] must have hidden under a desk when Woodward went to Foggy Bottom. Perhaps she’s still smarting from The Agenda. There’s one killer scene: While the senior staff is formulating the war policy, she tells Obama, “Mr. President, the dilemma you face…” Everybody in the room notices the pronoun.

Wait a minute…I thought the President *wanted* to be the decider. If Hillary had tried to make the decision, what would the Daily Beast have said?”

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know the deal. Both know which way the wind blows as states like Ohio become killing fields for Obama Dimocrats and bulwarks for a vote magnet like Hillary Clinton:

“The voters Obama is losing — white-collar managers in Columbus, blue-collar union workers in Youngstown, pro-life independents around Cincinnati — are exactly the types he needs to win re-election in 2012, and they’re backing away from his party in droves. Obama tallied a whopping 60 percent disapproval rating in Quinnipiac’s latest Ohio poll, with nearly two-thirds of voters disapproving of his economic performance.”

With all the signs pointing to an Obama disaster this November it is little wonder that Hillary Clinton is loudly, nakedly, engaged in a military style pincer movement.

One flank of the encircling movement struck at Obama’s signature message of Hope and Change. During the campaign Hillary often said that it is hard work and experience that can bring about change, not flowery words. This month Hillary nakedly repeated that argument and Big Media pretended it had nothing at all to do with Obama. Hillary said:

“Well, I’ve seen a lot of people run for office and say a lot of things, and then when they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it,” Clinton said, “I’ve seen them become very sobered, very quickly, about the challenges we face domestically and internationally.”

“You know, nobody said it better than Mario Cuomo, who said, ‘You campaign in poetry, and you govern in prose.’ Sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot,” Clinton added, “and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth.”

Hillary laughs when she says “the poetry can get kind of hot” and so do we because it is such a specific reference to Obama. The words are exactly the words Hillary used in the 2008 primary campaigns:

“COMMERCE, CALIF. — Lately Hillary Clinton has taken to quoting former New York Governor Mario Cuomo on the stump. “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose,” Clinton tells her crowds. It’s another subtle way to target Barack Obama. The Clinton camp feels that the path to the Democratic nomination runs through her ability to paint Obama as a “talker not a doer.”

But Big Media pretended that “poetry” had something to do with the Tea Party.

The other pincer was making herself clear on the economy and national security.

Hillary Clinton sent a precisely calibrated multi-warhead missile (MIRV) into the heart of ObamaLand.[snip]

But Hillary Clinton today was a marvel to watch as she skewred Barack Obama in language which was both disguised and naked. [snip]

The sputtering economy, Mrs. Clinton said, “sends a message of weakness internationally.” She continued, “It is very troubling to me that we are losing the ability not only to chart our own destiny, but to have the leverage that comes from having this enormously effective economic engine.”

Hillary’s critique was on both economic and national security grounds – her strengths. It was also a repetition of the argument that Obama is “weak”.

The analysis Hillary Clinton makes is clear and precise. It is naked for all the world to see. It is made on nationally broadcasts outlets. Clear, precise, naked – that’s Hillary today.

[Part III, on Bill Clinton who unlike Hillary is not banned “by law” from politics, coming soon.]


249 thoughts on “Almost Completely Naked: Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Part II

  1. Here’s a preview to the Bill Clinton installment. Politico had a big article today on Bill Clinton which contradicts all their earlier reporting on how the Clintons are all alone and powerless (yup, Ben Smith wrote that silliness).

    Here’s an excerpt:

    He also noted that Obama remains undefined. In diagnosing what’s ailing the presidency, Clinton volunteered that a negative public caricature was able to take hold partly because Obama didn’t have a long background in public life.

    “Partly he was vulnerable to that because he came up so fast,” Clinton said of a president 15 years his junior. “He even wrote in his autobiography that at the time it was a positive thing: People could see a blank slate and write their hopes and dreams in it. And that’s what his branders, as they call themselves, thought about that.”

    The comment was intended as a sympathetic analysis of Obama’s political challenges, yet it carried an echo of Clinton’s warning three years ago that Obama’s resume was to thin to be president.

    Politico is either stupid or lying when they say this is “sympathetic”. Politico writers are pathetic in their love of Obama.

  2. #
    September 24th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Weird, why are they all going now, NBC,CNN and ABC bosses all out on their asses. Whats up?

    Clearing the way for HIllary- A new broom sweeps clean. I had this discussion a few months ago with a fellow Hillary supporter. At the time we discussed how the hammer would come down on Tweety, Olberman, Williams, Scarborough, Brzezinski getting rid of the Hillary haters clearing a new path for her for the presidential run. It didn’t occur to us the very top of the administrative echelon would go first. However, it does make sense. They were the arbiters of the Hillary hate generated during the 08′ Primary. They delivered the scripts to the anchors who more than happily delivered the insults, dismemberment and discussion of female parts (remember the flap about Hillary’s cleavage?). Openly attempting to deeply humiliate and wound her feelings in the hope of arousing anger. During the debates, Russert was the exemplary wizard.. His insults to Hillary were as much an affront to her as to us. Russert felt among the privileged inflicting an unconscionable display of disrespect to her face publicly. All in the name of protecting the chosen one.. BHO

    This may be Step #1 before Tweety and his ilk are assigned to new up and coming furtive news stations about to get their first tv transmission…. whispers designating Borneo as the new destination. The pygmies will enjoy watching the ‘funny’ looking white man swatting mosquitoes off his forehead while interviewing local tribal Chiefs up for re-election. Major networks agreeing to provide interpretors for the interviews however, adequate security was unavailable. Rumors of cannibalism were found to be just that, rumors. The last recorded incident was May of 86′. Bub-bye and Best of Luck.. y’all!

  3. admin: “Partly he was vulnerable to that because he came up so fast,” Clinton said
    or as BC mused early in 2008: Is 142 days enough?

  4. Only half done reading but I have to stop and say Thank you! You are absolutely right, we must confront sexism and misogyny where ever we find it. And although no one will replace Hillary for me, it was liberating to read your description of Sister Sarah as an “accomplished woman” “of substance” …”a woman of substance by any definition”.

    How can that hurt Hillary, never gonna happen. But it does elevate both women.

  5. admin:

    “Faced with the dismaying rise of flirty, dirty Sarah Palin, a woman who declares that all she ever needed to know was learnt on a basketball court, we cling to the idea of a woman of substance, whose eloquent life is making the impossible possible.”

    When I read these last few paragraphs, I was stunned. Amazed the author Helen Elliot would include this ‘trailer trash talk’ as if she were in fact a sexist male venting from a childhood induced psychosis. (I have to think her editor might have added these salacious words based on his own uncontrollable destructive urges.)

    It just doesn’t compute imo- where Elliot raves about Hillary then attempts to divide and separate the women by denigrating Palin. Rather than stating the advantages they both bring to the table reveling in their inherently complimentary gifts.

  6. Bravo admin. Another home run.

    As far as Axelrod goes, look for more mud throwing, lies, and thievery as he steps down to run bambi’s 2nd campaign.

  7. ““Faced with the dismaying rise of flirty, dirty Sarah Palin, ”

    admin, thank you! I absolutley agree with you. As soon as I read that, my stomach churned, so the author praises Hillary, and yet in the next sentences writes that trailer trash about Sarah Palin. As soon as I read that one statement about Palin, I stopped reading that article.

    BTW, not sure if you had seen this yet, but apparently now on Joy Behar’s show, they are calling O’Donnell a “whore”, looks like times sure haven’t changed from when Hillary was called a “white whore” by Randi Rhoades on Air America.

  8. I am afraid Big Zero by the time he leaves destroys the Democrat Brand so much that GOP will have uninterrupted run for the next 25 years and Hillary Clinton May lose her chance for ever.

    If she has to have any chance to be POTUS, she must leave this sinking ship immediately after midterms and position herself to the Primary.

    Otherwise, the first female POTUS will be from rethugs

  9. democrat1
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    I am afraid Big Zero by the time he leaves destroys the Democrat Brand so much that GOP will have uninterrupted run for the next 25 years and Hillary Clinton May lose her chance for ever.

    No-one here is suffering from short term memory loss. The Republicans laid the foundation for this economic depression. Republicans love clean hands and halos. We’re not about to jump from the frying pan into the fire by pulling the ‘R’ Master lever.

    It’s Triage time. Purge the Dem Party. Vote for candidates who are not Obamacrats.

  10. It’s a bold, infinitely complex and as yet unfinished flow through some 60 years of breakneck change. Faced with the dismaying rise of flirty, dirty Sarah Palin, a woman who declares that all she ever needed to know was learnt on a basketball court, we cling to the idea of a woman of substance, whose eloquent life is making the impossible possible.”

    When I first read this when you posted it Admin I thought it was an awful comment…I was really taken aback. In reality, if the writer had ever played basketball she may understand what it means to be a team player, when to be aggressive, make a pass, take a time out, be a LEADER. You learn a lot from sports and competing, you even learn how to lose with dignity and come back from the jaws of defeat to reclaim victory. Apparently this dirty, nasty writer never played any sports…not good enough to make the team and still holding a grudge.

  11. Thanks to George Raft et. al. everybody has heard of the St Valentines Day Massacre when thugs hired by Capone and Joe Torrio executed members of the Dion Obanion and Dutch Schultz organizations. That was a cakewalk however compare to the Night of the Sicilian Vespers where according to Mafia Lore, gunman hired by Don Salavator Luciano executed 50 Mafia leaders in various cities across the country.

    If it is true that the heads of CNN, NBC and ABC all bit the bullet today then that trumps everything. It is another massacre. But what individual or group of individual has the power and control over all three networks to be able to orchestrate these executions all on the same day. The odds against this happening at random are infinitesimal. If it is true, then the evidence of central control of our media by someone higher up the fool chain is circumstantial perhaps but conclusive as well.

  12. “He even wrote in his autobiography that at the time it was a positive thing: People could see a blank slate and write their hopes and dreams in it. And that’s what his branders, as they call themselves, thought about that.”


    Devastating. Obama may as well have called himself an empty suit. Bill Remembers everything. A devastating commentary on the fall of Obama.

  13. The author compliements Hill because Hill is safely tucked away at State. She puts down Palin, because right now Palin is the threat. If Hill were to reemerge as a candidate, then it would be she’s too polarizing, blah, blah, blah.

  14. Mj, Bill’s comments certainly are “devastating”. The entire comments read like an indictment. Notice how the contempt expresses itself in “his branders, as they call themselves”. And Bill starts off by laying the blame for his problems on “blank slate” himself.

    In just about everything they are saying lately Hillary and Bill Clinton are being brutal and blunt.

    Same goes for the Republicans. When Palin did her Iowa speech and called for unity and started saying how this Republican should go east, that Republican should go west – she topped it off with “and Karl Rove should go to… Here, in Iowa.” It’s clear Palin did not mean “here” but another four letter location that starts with “H”. Likewise other Republicans are insulting Palin by calling her “spunky” (Romney used that word) or a “cheerleader”. It’s open warfare everywhere.

    We’ll have loads more examples (and leave out a bushel of other examples because there are so many) of what Bill is up to in Part III (although we might post something before then on the Big Media firings of today).

    And you are so right that “Bill Remembers everything.” So does Hillary and revenge is best served cold.

  15. “His branders”…I love it. He’s a product. He’s new coke. Bill and Hill didn’t need “branders”. They just are who they are and that’s why people love them.

    By the way, anyone notice Michelle Obama is encouraging the House to cut food stamps to pass her nutrition program? More fakery. Feed kids at school, cut them off at home.

  16. February 22, 2006
    George Soros Plans 11th Hour Bail-Out Of Flagging Air America?
    Gotta keep this broadcast Hindenburg from exploding before the 2006 elections:

    Through an emergency bailout plan, a coalition of wealthy liberal political activists are poised to at least temporarily save Air America Radio. On the way: as much as $8 million in sorely-needed cash to fund ongoing operations.

    Since the publication of this list, Soros (right image) and Lewis (below-left)are said to have taken more prominent roles in the Democracy Alliance, reducing support for other groups thought to be ineffective.

    According to reports, instead of donating directly to candidates, the aim of the Democracy Alliance is to support a longterm “progressive” media and foundational infrastructure. That keeps it largely outside the Federal Election Committee’s reach.

    Where the eff is the right-wing George Soros? Yeah, I know, Richard Mellon-Scaife put up some sheckles during the Clinton years. But what has he done for us lately? More importantly, what has he done for me ever?

    Hey, buddy– promoting the causes of social injustice and international greed and evil, let alone flacking for the World Zionist Government, doesn’t just happen. I gotta eat, same as anyone.


  17. Barack Obama’s Likely Ghostwriter Bill Ayers Denied Emeritus Status;

    Robert Kennedy’s Son Speaks Out, Saying He Cannot Abide Such An Honor Being Conferred On a Man Who Dedicated Book To His Father’s Killer

    His father’s rightwing, Tea Partier killer, Palestinian extremist Sirhan Sirhan.

    Kennedy fils is actually on the university’s board of trustees, and voted to deny Ayers the honor.

    “I am guided by my conscience and one which has been formed by a series of experiences, many of which have been shared with the people of our country and mark each of us in a profound way,” Kennedy said.
    He said he could not confer the title “to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father.”

    Kennedy was referring to a 1974 book co-authored by Ayers, “Prairie Fire,” which was dedicated to a long list of people including Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan and “all political prisoners in the U.S.”

    A UIC professor said Friday she was “shocked” by the trustees’ decision not to grant Ayers emeritus status.

    So here we are: It is “shocking” to some that we deny an honor to a killer. And it’s an act of odd, notable courage to speak out against conferring such honors on killers.

  18. What WOULD Elliot say about the Duke of Wellington’s

    “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”

  19. Mj, Bill’s comments certainly are “devastating”. The entire comments read like an indictment. Notice how the contempt expresses itself in “his branders, as they call themselves”. And Bill starts off by laying the blame for his problems on “blank slate” himself
    And the beauty of those comments is the fact that they fly right under the radar screen of big media. Those dumb shits think Bill’s comments are sympathetic complimentary or even worshipful (doesn’t everybody) depending upon the comment toward the Great One as he slips on one banana peel after. Somebody is thinking those big media celebrities know that he is failling but they dare not say it. Trust me they are so wasted on hopium that they haven’t so much as a clue. One of the wack jobs who is having her 15 minutes of fame is this Susan Painter a self styled progressive from rain city whose claim to fame is trying to ban the blue angels because they ring down death from the sky. To which I say if that is the criterion, then lets ban Susan Painter first because like so many on the left her values are negotiable depending on who is in office. She supported Hillary before the primary, and she supports her now. But when it counted–during the campaign I seem to recall she supported Bambi.

  20. Re Elliot’s article. If anyone wants to pursue this with the newspaper, here is their ‘letters’ address and policy.

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  21. gonzotx
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:13 am
    When I look at that tape it makes me realize how far gone this whole situation is. These catcallers are what? They are not democrats. These people are maggots. And if they are the ones running the party, it does not seem that there is much hope. The only thing I hope if the American People kick them in the teeth in November so hard that it knocks out their fillings, their caps and everthing else. Nothing above the belt please. Why then am I skeptical that what should happen will happen. A poll that says Obama is not living up to expectations is not the poll I want to see. He is living up to my expectations only too well so I would vote yes. But if the poll was whether he is destroying the country I would also vote yes. And that is the poll I would like to see. The question would be given what he inherited has he made the situation worse or better.

  22. The very way that question is framed tells you all you need to know about the pollster. Q has he disappointed expecations? The people who voted against him fully expected him to be a fuck up, and he has lived up to their expectations nicely. So whose expectations was it that he failed to live up to? Why, the dumb shits who voted for him without knowing anything about him. The question then becomes were those expectations reasonable and the answer is no. But they are sop for fools- oh not that many really if you stop and think about it. Only 58% of the electorate that’s all. Are they educable now. God only knows.

  23. Barack Obama’s Likely Ghostwriter Bill Ayers Denied Emeritus Status;
    A grave injustice has been done.

  24. It is one thing to get a pardon, and quite another to get tenure. Maybe he could write a sequel to days of rage describing how he was denied tenure. For want of a nail tenure was lost. Perhaps he could prevail upon Obama, to prevail upon Soros, to prevail on the Nobel Prize committee to give Bomber Bill one of their baubles.

  25. Bravo admin on another brilliant post! The best definition for Axel-ass is scum. I used to see him as just the Dem version of Rove, but he is so much worse. To okay the hideous and vile language that came out of Obumbles campaign against one of the chieftans of the organization THAT TOOK PAIN AWAY FROM HIS OFFSPRING is repulsive and repugnant.

    I have been listening to Hillary more and more closely every time I get to catch her in an interview here lately for the subtle shots she gets a chance to hurl at Obumbles, and I can honestly hear them. I am more than quietly optomistic that a 2012 challenge for the Dem nomination is being prepared. Her and President Clinton have been more and more open with what they see as wrong in the most subtle way and it is directed square at the feet of Obumbles. President Clinton has said in at least 5 of his last 8 interviews that he spends an hour everyday thinking about the economy and ways out of our current situation and follows that statement with policy that can come from the White House. I get the hint that he is subtly impying ‘…I’m not even the country’s CEO, but I’m doing his work. How long will you all let that happen? Hillary is the decision maker you SHOULD have in the big chair…’

    Finally, I’ve always said the reason Hillary didn’t win was because of women. Instead of nationally recognized women and the national women’s organizations combining their support and rallying around Hillary the way the black groups rallied around Obumbles, they fell to the spectre of ‘Hope and Change’ and deprived Hillary of a huge constituency that would have turned the tide in her favor during the primaries. Hopefully now that white working class men and women as a whole have Palin or Hillary to choose from, Hillary’s experience and work ethic will win the day.

    Hillary 2012

  26. 12:14 am: A UIC professor said Friday she was “shocked” by the trustees’ decision not to grant Ayers emeritus status.
    Imagine how shocked Willie and Obie must be!
    Admin and everyone: I do not believe I would ever have figured much of this stuff out on my own. I shall be forever grateful.

  27. Nightline tonight did an report on bill collector and their racial ranting phone calls. They were working for Bank of America. They had tapes of these phone conversations but they put the words on the screen to make sure you understood them. All of the racial words showed as the first letter and stars. However, the word BITCH was used 4 times, and not shown as B****. (You could also hear the tape in the background with the racial words beep out, but not the word BITCH). Admin is right, you cannot use a racial term, but you can call women anything you want to.

    Everyone should email nightline and complain.

  28. regarding this quote from Helen Elliot:
    Faced with the dismaying rise of flirty, dirty Sarah Palin, a woman who declares that all she ever needed to know was learnt on a basketball court, we cling to the idea of a woman of substance, whose eloquent life is making the impossible possible.”

    I’m not a woman so it’s possible that I’m just not hearing the dog whistle or maybe I’m unfamiliar with the code words, but I’ll forge ahead, nonetheless…

    I don’t find the categorization of Sarah Palin as “flirty and dirty” in the least bit offensive. Even the author’s suggestion that she is not a woman of substance is also to me not indicative of misogyny. As Admin wrote in Part I of this article Sarah Palin is very careful in the way she presents herself. I think that she knows her target audience and speaks to them in such a way that she captures their attention and communicates what she intends to communicate. When I think about some of Sarah’s comments, I might describe them as “cheeky,” which is not that different from “flirty and dirty,” and I think she speaks this way deliberately. I can think of at least one man flirty and dirtied his way into the Oval Office…interestingly, it was a turn-off to me when he used “flirty and dirty” to get his point across whereas from Sarah, it’s a much more effective technique. Saying that you don’t see the “flirty and dirty” in Sarah’s comments is one thing, but saying that someone who does see it is showing a hatred of women is something else altogether.

    As for the author’s charge of Sarah not being a “woman of substance” (I think I’m reading the quote correctly); again, this is more a function of differing ideas of what is substantive than it is an attack based on gender. Describing a male politician as not being of substance is not an attack on his gender but rather on his ideology.

    It’s not often that male politicians can be considered sexy but when they are, I’m thinking of Scott Brown, then they become sexualized in the public discourse. As such, the mere sexualization of a particular candidate is not in and of itself misogynistic.

    I’m not saying that the misogyny does not exist (far from it), I just think that playing the misogyny card can be as addictive and detrimental as playing the race card. The cheerleader stuff, the charges of being a witch or a whore and most of what Hillary was subjected to in ’08, that was offensive and a travesty. Thinking of an attracive woman (particularly one who is carefully constructing her celebity) on the pages of Playboy, to me is no more or less sexist than thinking of Scott Brown on the pages of Cosmo; it’s rare that a politician male or female would illicit that kind of contemplation but I don’t think it’s limited to one sex.

  29. NYCMax,

    Scott Brown CHOSE to pose naked. Sarah did not choose to be imagined in Playboy.

    I supposed ‘flirty’ was an Australian’s (provincial) view of Sarah’s habit of smiling and winking. I can’t imagine where she got ‘dirty’.

    I think mysogyny is involved. But even if not — the characterization of Palin is unfair and offensive.

  30. NYCMax
    September 25th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    What a cogent and wonderful argument from a male point of view. I couldn’t agree with your analysis more, except for the ‘dirty, filthy’ characterization that the author used to describe Palin. I know of know dirty filthy things that she did, nor do I know of any dirty filthy habits that she has. I, too, would not like to see her at 1600 Penn Ave., not because of her gender, but rather because of her policies. That said, I have seen no real professional corruption or moral depravity that would warrant a description of ‘filthy and dirty.’

    That said, I couldn’t agree with you more that the over use of sexism and mysogyny can be just as toxic as the over use of rasism. It can be seen after awhile as crying wolf thereby overshadowing the true incidents of sexism and mysogyny such as the ton heaped on Hillary in ’08. Kudos NYC…

    Hillary 2012

  31. Admin: Another excellent article filled with information. I can tell you I am getting to feel some hope again.

    Something is in the wind, I pray its what I think it is!

    Can’t wait for Part III!

    Admin, there is no other blog like this, and I am grateful to have found it.

    Sarah’s book is fantastic!

  32. I got a card today asking for money from Sharon Angle. I just couldn’t figure out where she got my address, then I realized I had joined the Texas Tea Party.

    I might send her a couple of buck to fight that nasty Reid. It was terrible what he said about the Jr. Senator from NY.

    Why does NY keep re-electing Schumer…he is on my shit list for sure.

  33. I personally would like Katy Couric to get her ass kicked out of television…what she did to Hillary and then to Sarah….she shouldn’t even be allowed to have a vagina!

  34. She links ‘flirty, dirty’ to Palin’s ‘dismaying rise’, insinuating that Palin became Governor by being salacious. That’s nasty, hateful, and beyond ridiculous to suggest that any woman could become a sovereign executive just by flirting and winking.

  35. wbboei
    September 25th, 2010 at 1:13 am
    It is one thing to get a pardon, and quite another to get tenure. Maybe he could write a sequel to days of rage describing how he was denied tenure. For want of a nail tenure was lost. Perhaps he could prevail upon Obama, to prevail upon Soros, to prevail on the Nobel Prize committee to give Bomber Bill one of their baubles.

    I enjoyed this comment very much. It’s nice to know there is always a cure for what ails you.

  36. democrat1: “GOP will have uninterrupted run for the next 25 years and Hillary Clinton May lose her chance for ever. If she has to have any chance to be POTUS, she must leave this sinking ship immediately after midterms and position herself to the Primary. Otherwise, the first female POTUS will be from rethugs”


    I wouldn’t be so nervous about seeing her leave the sinking ship so soon. Hillary has important work yet to do at State, the most visible of that work being to keep the Israelis’ and Palestinians’ noses to the grindstone of negotiations and reaching a two-state solution, and that should take at least a year.

    If she succeeds in this endeavor, it will be an enormous feather in her cap and she can then turn her attention to other horizons.
    Besides, I think the “window of opportunity” will only arise from a spontaneous Draft Hillary movement. If there is no Draft Hillary movement starting around next Labor Day, then there is no window of opportunity.

    Again, this is only my crystal ball talking, so take heart: my crystal ball has always been wrong in the past.

  37. TheRock @ 6:03
    So BO would take out al-Awlaki while protecting the Ft. Hood killer of 13?
    And on to something related to GZMosque controversy. BO took a page out of that book to criticize Amadinejad for speaking at the UN of something heinous too close to GZ. The mechanical mouths are repeating BO’s objection to Am’s statements all across TVLand as if it [his objection] were something profound, rather than the inappropriate thievery of a valid objection that it is. As my mother would have said, the only taste BO has is in his mouth.

  38. holdthemaccountable
    September 25th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I like your mom….

    Obumbles is slowly being exposed to the public for what he is. Shoot to kill an American citizen, but protect a domestic terrorist???

    I like your mom….

  39. TheRock
    September 25th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    nationally recognized women and the national women’s organizations…fell to the spectre of ‘Hope and Change’

    No, they and some of the bloggers we relied on took bribes of either money or access.

    That is all.

    They sold us cheap. I will never ascribe innocence or naivete to their betrayal.

  40. turndownobama
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Re Elliot’s article. If anyone wants to pursue this with the newspaper, here is their ‘letters’ address and policy


    I did a cursive search for Helen Elliot in the Sydney Morning Herald site and nothing comes up.

    I also searched for articles on Sarah Palin… the last articles archived was on Aug 30th.. nothing since.

  41. Pretty obvious from the comment section…(which btw is closed) Kevin Rudd is/was a huge Obama supporter. In the writeup Hillary is pilloried from one post to another. The latest article from Helen Elliot may be the beginning of a campaign advancing a historic perspective on the accomplishments of Secretary Clinton. The Aussie brainwashing by the Obamabots is that of Primatives devoid of facts.

  42. The Democratic party has become the party of invidious racial discrimination. They have repudiated the concept of equality which they once stood for.

    The first time I saw this was in South Carolina and it haunted Hillary all through the primary up to and including the time when black supporters of Obama promised to primary her in her senate re election. Professor Sean Wilentz documented the South Carolina shame in the article Race Man and since that time his voice has been silenced. But it did not stop with Hillary. It extended to every white candidate that black Obama supporters went up against.

    As you may recall the black leader of the North Carolina Democratic Party told his minions never ever vote for a white Democrat. Then there was that the head of the DNC Howard Dean who called the Republican Party the party of white people. Under the new leadership of Tim Kaine the DNC has adopted a strong anti white strategy and message, and his acolyte Chris Van Hollen has attacked the tea party on this same basis–race.

    And now to my chagrin Loretta Sanchez, a Hillary supporter I used to respect has gone to the dark side as well by attacking her opponent on the grounds of his race only he is not white he is Viet Namese. Yes, the Asians are next on the Obama hit parade, those evil Asians.

    Mrs. Bixby who reverted to her maiden name when she entered politics tells her audience in broken Spanish on Univision something which she would dare not say on an English station, i.e. i) vote for me because I am Hispanic, ii) and because my opponent is Viet Namese iii) and he will take away your jobs iv) and our seat. Is that blatant racism or what? And it emanates from Obama and his DNC.

    You may think this is a dumb message, but believe me it works just as sexism against female candidates. The match has been lit. But at what cost to society? The position of the Obama Justice Department to exonerate the NBP for intimidation of white voters in Philadelphia on account of race is yet another example of invidious racial discrimination by the Obama hordes.

    What this tells me is that it will be impossible to change the culture of the Democratic Party overnight, regardless of who takes charge. The only hope is if Hillary runs, but even then it will be an uphill struggle to get this genie back in the bottle where it belongs. Unfortunately, this disease has metastasized throughout the party, and the Asians are simply the latest victim.

    This is so far removed from the rhetoric of Dr King. It is more like the world he was fighting against. And it is a dangerous alley for the country to go down in a declining economy.

    Then again maybe I am wrong. But before you decide, consider this:

    Some noteworthy comments, which show that the dims are playing with fire, when they play the race card:

    1. Posted by Aaron Gardner

    That was like a double whammy race card.

    “Vote for me because I am Hispanic and I support immigration. P.S. My opponent is from Vietnam and he’s coming to take our jobs.”

    Her opponent? Van Tran. As luck would have it, Tran is trying to reach a fundraising goal of $8k by Sept 30th. [hint hint]

    I must give Rep. Sanchez credit though, I don’t think anyone has actually placed the race card in the sharks mouth prior to jumping it. Well done.

    UPDATE (Dan McLaughlin): According to TPM, Sanchez’s rep tries to make it all better by saying that she doesn’t hate all Vietnamese people, just the ones supporting Van Tran:

    Sanchez’s campaign said that she “was referencing those in the Vietnamese community who are supporting her opponent.”

    And just to be sure, Loretta told her people “those Viet Namese are tying to take our seat from us

    2. Granny

    If he is Vietnamese, how can he be anti-immigrant? I assume that what he is is anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. Funny how that ILLEGAL business seems to always get lost in the wash. . . .

    3. Toaster 802

    Only middle age white males can be racist. Or pay taxes. She is just a wise Latina victim of the system of white male privilege…

    Or, maybe she is just RACIST!!

    4. Kevin

    September 22nd, 2010 | 5:27 pm | #8
    Since when did it become YOUR seat lady?? Did you not watch the election of Scott Brown, it’s THE PEOPLES SEAT!!!!

    That really chaps my hide!!!

    And for the record, I grew up in a community that had the biggest Vietnamese population this side of Saigon. And they are some of hardest working and polite people you will ever meet.

    5. pst314

    “All I hear from people who once ‘occupied’ that part of town is how they were eased out of their neighborhoods by the super rich gold-flashing Vietnamese people.”

    The Vietnamese who, escaping the murderous commies, started over here with virtually nothing? Obviously they must have stolen that gold from the latinos/hispanics. /sarc

    6. ipso facto

    The irony of this racist rant is that although we have many fine and upstanding Hispanic citizens, the Hispanic community as a whole can’t hold a candle to the Asians when it somes to values that bring people success.

    Hispanics do not embrace education to the extent the Asians do. This is a clear fact that can be seen when one looks at the college boards statistics and the high school drop out rates. It can also be seen in the prison population numbers.

    One day soon, the Asians will be an economic power house in America and the Hispanics, while they may have some political power, will never be able to catch up with them.

    The Asians are all action and no talk. God bless them. I feel like in the future, America will be in good hands if they continue with their strong work ethic, value for education and respect for America.

  43. Thing is, the Dems needed to employ every damned trick in the book to get him where he is. Here’s a voter fraud situation covered by a group new to me:

    Citizens’ Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud in Houston
    When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”Their shared experience, she says, created “True the Vote,” a citizen-based grassroots organization that began collecting publicly available voting data to prove that what they saw in their day at the polls was, indeed, happening — and that it was happening everywhere. …“The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them” Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. “Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .
    h t t p://

  44. Barack Obama: the Great Unravelling of a One-Term President?

    The White House threw open its doors to Bob Woodward but the unflattering portrait could not have come at a worse time for Barack Obama, argues Toby Harnden.

    Toby Harnden
    25 Sep 2010

    A president has no more solemn duty than that of being commander-in-chief. And judging from the evidence presented by Woodward, Barack Obama’s view of that role is at best disquieting.

    Officials are reluctant to dish the dirt because they have the chance of years of employment ahead of them. The cynic might think that a positive portrayal helps position the Watergate scribbler nicely for access next time.

    It was the late conservative columnist Robert Novak who divided public figures into sources and targets. Woodward generally treats those who talk to him kindly while those who don’t get a more damning verdict.

    So it was of little surprise that the biggest problem Woodward must have had with his Obama’s Wars was deciding how to cull the herd of White House officials eager to spill the beans.

    But the clamour among staffers to present their boss and themselves (not necessarily in that order) in the best possible light has backfired spectacularly.

    A president has no more solemn duty than that of being commander-in-chief. And judging from the evidence presented by Woodward, Barack Obama’s view of that role is at best disquieting.

    Nearly 100,000 American troops are now committed to Afghanistan but Obama’s principal war aim is to withdraw and his main preoccupation is how the conflict plays domestically, particularly within his own Democratic party.

    “This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,” Obama says at one stage. At another he declares that “everything we’re doing has to be focused on how we’re going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint”.

    Obama comes across as viewing his generals with thinly-disguised hostility, while at the same time acquiescing to their proposals for the escalation of the Afghan war he so wants to avoid. His arbitrary drawdown of July 2012 was a signal to the Taliban to hang on because American commitment to success was lukewarm and time-limited.

    The description of Obama staffers glorying in the firing of General Stanley McChrystal because they believed it boosted the president’s macho credentials (it did the opposite) brings shame on the administration.

    Perhaps the most revealing aspect of the coverage of it is that the White House is so delusional it seems to think their man has come out of it rather well. In fact, Woodward’s book will further damage Obama and could not have come at a worse time.

    A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finds him at an all-time low of 42 per cent approval, against 54 per cent who disapprove.

    Obama has even lost Shepard Fairey, the man who created the iconic red and blue “Hope” poster of Obama’s visage. Those who elected Obama, he said this week, feel cheated. “They wanted somebody who was going to fight against the status quo and I don’t think that Obama has done that.”

    The president can’t stop blaming George W Bush for anything that goes wrong but it will be the current rather than the former president who Democrats will take to task after November.

    Obama scarcely helped himself this week when he responded in a CNBC “town hall” event to a black woman who said she was “exhausted of defending you” by prefacing his answer with “as I said before” – code for “you’re clearly too dumb to have understood me the first time”.

    David Axelrod, the most civilised of Obama’s closest aides, has been tasked to make nice with liberals and encourage the media to get back behind the man who was their candidate in 2008.

    The result? Not much doing. When he announced his desire to “enlist” liberal bloggers for the midterms, one tore into him, accusing the White House of engaging in “hippie bashing”.

    Reporters were not impressed by Axelrod’s demand in a Washington Post opinion piece that the press needed to investigate Republicans. These days, the White House press corps is feeling unloved by Obama’s inner circle and a tad embarrassed about 2008.

    In the meantime, Obama’s Democratic allies on Capitol Hill are either running away as fast as they can from the president or curling up in the fetal position by postponing a congressional vote on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts – a move that makes them look both weak and cowardly.

    For the first time, and despite the fact that no credible Republican candidate for 2012 has yet emerged, Obama is looking like a one-term president while one-party rule in Washington is in its death throes.

    When Woodward writes his book about what is happening now, he could do worse than call it The Great Unravelling.

  45. Somehow, we seem dimocrats playing the race card wherever they can across the country, I see Obama leaning back in his chair, nose turned up in the air, rocking back and forth, nodding and smiling, as the word change emanates from his lips.

  46. New Rasmassen out 27% strongly Approve 42% strongly disapprove. Not the highest we have seen, but headed solidly South as they say.
    What do they call 27% strongly approve? In Australia they call it Bush Country. I interpret it to mean that 27% strongly believe in the destruction of this country and/or are too dumb to spit. Which is it? It doesn’t really matter.

  47. wbboei
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:02 am


    I expect Sanchez — a strong Hillary supporter — is being treated unfairly by the media here.

  48. A tad embarrassed about 2008? Big Media? No no no. Not a chance. Obama and Big Media are incapable of being embarrassed. Like Romeo and Juliette they will remain for ten eternities two ill fated lovers. If top media heads roll, then perhaps they will join truck to tails like a pack of elephants headed in some other direction, thrashing though the Serengeti. But who cares. With their bona fides bartered away to Obama, no one should give a damn what they say. And their future role as gatekeepers to the political process should be rescinded.

  49. I expect Sanchez — a strong Hillary supporter — is being treated unfairly by the media here.
    Well then check it out. The video is there in Spanish. It can be translated. It seems to me that her initial statement, and the subsequent backtracking on it indicate that she thought she went far too far. I think the thing speaks for itself, and is part of a larger pattern. I think you can also expect some push back from her opponent as you saw in the comments. The point is this business of playing the race card from the bottom of the deck is the official policy of the Democratic Party, and unfortunately Loretta has chosen to follow the party line. This is why I say the culture of the party has been poisoned and it may take years to redeem it. That is one of the many complications in our strategy.

  50. “confloyd
    September 25th, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Sarah’s book is fantastic!”

    my wife bought it for me because she knew I was a supporter but I was reluctant to read it due to it being dry and boring. well I was wrong and it is very well written and just rolls along. her beliefs just shine overtime and I am more confident than ever that she will make a great president if she decides to run.( I think she will if things continue the way they are)

    I dont post much but this blog has been the voice of reason in the darkness of political insanity and I cant tell you all how thankful for admins work and appreciate you for your daily contributions.

  51. hi from Chicago and I must say I am impressed with the city. It is clean and beautiful. ..and there is so much money that no wonder there is also so much corruption.

  52. I expect Sanchez — a strong Hillary supporter — is being treated unfairly by the media here.


    Actually, the media has barely covered this. And I watched the video. She said what she said. And you can watch the entire thing in context – this was not some truncated bit pulled out of a larger statement. If a Vietnamese politician in a heavily Asian district had opined that “the Blacks are trying to take our seat”, the media would have gone apeshit.

    But see, Asians are not a “protected minority” in this country, though they are just as much a minority as blacks or latinos. Do you want to know why? Because they largely work their asses off, take responsibility for the problems in their own community, and are not attached like leeches to the Democratic party to make the world better for them at the expense of others. IOW, they are not a guaranteed vote, they are less likely to be content living on the plantation, therefore it is not to the Dems political advantage to recognize their minority status and defend them. The same is true for Indians and many other groups.

    Asians and Indians can be trashed and racial epithets used, and the Dem party could care less. The only time they tepidly respond is when it is so public and egregious that they risk blowing their whole calculated race game if they don’t say something.

    There was a time when defending the rights of minorities, and justice, was indeed the motivating factor in the party’s courting of black and latino votes. Those days are long gone. Now it has become a cynical means of perpetuating their own power.

    If racism entirely disappeared TOMORROW in this country, you know who would lose the most? Not the “racist” republicans. Not at all. But the Democratic party and their entire race industry would be dead in the water. The eradication of all racism in America would DESTROY the democratic party. Which is why they continue stirring that pot only when it is to their advantage, and when the victim is on their approved list of designated victims.

  53. And BTW, having strongly supported Hillary does not magically endow blessings of eternal holiness on anyone. Whether or not she supported Hill has nothing to do with assessing whether she was wrong here.

  54. The New York Times has an article this morning about the seizure of a Chinese trawler by the Japanese for violation of their territorial sovereignty. The Japanese promised to prosecute him in their court system. The Chinese ratched up their threats, including a threat to wreck the Japanese economy. Japan conceded and suffered a major loss of face, which is worse than death in their culture which is known for the ritual of hari kari. Recently, a friend of mine met with the most consequential Secretary of the Navy since World War II who told him he is very worried about the military threat posed by china. They are building five warships now for every one we do for the obvious purpose of controlling the oceans of the world as the British did once and we do now to a diminishing degree.

    This is a watershed moment in many respects, although no one seems to realize it right now. The Japanese government is known to have profound reservations about Mr. Obama, and whether he will back them when the chips are down. Also they see the economic weakness he has created in favor of Chinese by adding over three trillion to the national debt. Under Obama they see America as an empire in decline and in China they see the rising world leader, just as Obama’s godfather and the most powerful force in the Democratic Party George Soros is aggressively pushing for.

    What is likely to happen next is this. The Japanese government has caused the Japanese people to suffer a loss of face, therefore that government, which was friendly to the United States will fall. It will be replaced by a government who is more deferential to China and more distant from the United States. Key allies throughout the world are re assessing their commitments with the United States as a direct result of Obama. And one day, guaranteed, the United States will find itself facing the same ultimatum from China under the same military qua economic threat. If Obama is running the show, the first thing he will do is bow deep and then kiss their ass. And that will be the end of the United States as a world power.

  55. HillaryforTexas
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you for posting that. The asians I have known and been friends with, indians, vietnamese and south korens are some of the hardest working people I know. Many if not all of them left their entire lives and came here, they make no excuses, just keep working.

    That video was racist, asians are a non-protected minority, there was a NAACP meeting a while back where an asian attendant/supporter of the NAACP was made fun of.

    What Sanchez said was racist, Hillary supporter or not, wrong is wrong. I hope Van Tran wins that seat.

  56. Whether or not she supported Hill has nothing to do with assessing whether she was wrong here.


    It may have a lot to do with how the media and others (on whatever scale) are REPORTING the incident. Imo the Bots are picking off Hill supporters on one pretext or another, whenever they get a chance.

  57. If racism entirely disappeared TOMORROW in this country, you know who would lose the most? Not the “racist” republicans. Not at all. But the Democratic party and their entire race industry would be dead in the water.


    False charges of ‘racism’ or ‘racist’ remarks is a Bot tool. Bill and Hillarly’s words were distorted (Hillarlyl’s term) so they could be called ‘racist.’ Accusing Sanchez of ‘racism’ may be the same sort of thing.

    Let’s not jump aboard their “she’s a racist!” lynch mob.

  58. Wbboei, You’ve just scared the crap out of me! My mom always said we would have to fight the “yellow man” again someday. She said it would be China.

    If we don’t remain strong, China is a real threat. We the american people/walmart has made China what they are today. We should be proud of that? We’ve transfers our jobs in manufacturing to them, so they could become us and we have this investment business and a dollar that is NO good. Now with Bo we want to do the same thing for the middle east. We seem to be giving our wealth to the worst dictators.

    Gee how did we get like this, it wasn’t just in the last 22 months, be certainly the last 22 month has cemented our failing position in.

  59. When the Pelosi Democrats regained Congress in 2006, they brought with them the spend, tax and regulate policies of the 1960s and 1970s. They had learned nothing from the policy revolution and resulting boom of the Reagan years, which resumed in 1995 after George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton tried a detour and were themselves repudiated by the voters.

    A tapped-out President George W. Bush bent to Mrs. Pelosi’s will, and then Mr. Obama rode into town offering a hyper-Keynesian policy mix of public spending and easy money to cure recession and create jobs. Democrats thought they were perfectly positioned to ride the normal rhythms of recovery to a new political dominance.

    The problem is that it hasn’t worked. The policies of spend, tax and regulate have undermined the recovery, causing capital to flee to Asia or the sideline and employers to forswear or delay new hiring. The American public has listened and watched and is slowly concluding that the hope they placed in these “progressive” policies was mistaken. This political reality is slowly dawning on Democrats, which is why so many of them are now denying paternity for the policies of the last four years.

  60. If you read the wall street journal this morning, they indicate this confrontation with china is causing them to strengthen the American alliance, whereas I have suggested the exact opposite. But you need to look past the immediate reaction of the Japanese government which will surely fall in the next election, to the cultural, economic and political forces which this incident has untethered. If you do that you will see that I am not wrong–but in this instance I wish I were.

  61. pm317
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    hi from Chicago and I must say I am impressed with the city. It is clean and beautiful. ..and there is so much money that no wonder there is also so much corruption.
    If you get down around the lake just past the miracle mile and around the corner you will run into a prime piece of real estate called Cabrini Green. Dope dealers, prostitutes, gunshots and Bambi signs everywhere you look. The bible says the meek shall inherit the earth but these people have inherited the dirt, and their lives are a political football for the machine.

  62. wbboei, your on a roll this morning, LOL! the meek shall inherit the earth, but theses people have inheritied the dirt! LOL!

    The one thing I am really scared of is China. The aren’t governed by Allah or anything else except greed and power, they are more dangerous than all the Bin Laden’s combined!

  63. Wbboei, Exactly which President normalized relations with China, I always thought it was Nixon, but old freaking Carter might of got the ball rolling.

    He is just like Odumbo, he wants to bring the poor countries up thinking they’ll NOT be a threat because they’ll be greatful for what we did for them….that’s a load of crap…they still hate us. All we did was give our middle class jobs to them and make more billionaires and the middle class gets screwed. They screw us with a “pipe dream”! If you help them achieve our status they will love you and your children won’t have to go to war. Its the poor and the middle class kids that fight the wars for the billionaire’s. When will people wake up to that…..We must be strong, remain strong and get the Obama’s, Bush’s, Nixon’s out of our government.

  64. Gonzotex, I would love to see the age of that audience that is listening to Angle.

    This sounds exactly like my county convention. The hoops and hollars were ridiculous.

    Who is the interviewer?

  65. pm317
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    It is a highly gentrified city. The southside is one of the most pverty stricken urban enclaves in America.

  66. jbstonesfan
    September 25th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    It’s the candidates they are facing off with. Reid should be way behind but Angel(though she may win, who knows.)is not the most seasoned candidate. Fiorona is essentially a corporate criminal who has run a pretty lousy campaign. Her loss would not surprise me in the least.

  67. It is a highly gentrified city. The southside is one of the most pverty stricken urban enclaves in America.
    Very true.

  68. My original goal was to push these people so far out on the limb they are on that they either fall off or crawl back off the limb and start behaving like Democrats again. It appears, however, that they do not need much pushing to go further out on that limb. They are doing it all by themselves. What a shame.

  69. I tend to agree MJ. I thought Boxer would win, but thought Reid was is big trouble. Looks like he may pull it off. I beleive Bill and Hillary are very close with his son who supported Hillary.

  70. confloyd,

    Empires rise and fall. President Nixon normalized the relationship with China certainly was not to benefit the Chinese, it was to use China to counter balance USSR at the time. The rise of the American power certainly was not a gift from the declining British/Europe in the late 19th century or early 20th century. On the same token, the rise of China economically (therefore, geo-politically) was not a gift from the West either. The Chinese worked very hard to gain self esteem and respect. The ‘greed and power’ governed Chinese actually never invaded any country in its modern history. Japan, the US ally (the ‘yellow men’ US actually fought), however, invaded and occupied every single neighboring country in the last 100 years. This recent incident about Diaoyu island, it was Japan first escalated the dispute by detaining the captain and tried to try him using Japanese law. Even US does not recognize those islands belong to Japan. Well, it was a good test of the Chinese will and they got their answer loud and clear. I am not sure that US is happy about Japan on this regard. They certainly created unnecessary headaches for US.

  71. Looking at 2 polls on RCP and they show Boxer and Reid with significant leads….somewhat surprising
    Remember RCP polls are a composite, and many of the underlying polls measure total voters not likely voters.

    Here is the one I watch:

    The question for Nevadans is what has Reid done for them as opposed to to them. And how badly do they want to get rid of him and go a different direction.

  72. CNN poll shows big drop for Obama

    Published: Sept. 24, 2010

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — President Obama’s approval rating dropped 8 points in three weeks to the lowest level since he was elected U.S. president, a poll released Friday reported.

    Only 42 percent of those surveyed for the CNN/Opinion Research Council poll said they approve of the president’s handling of his job, while 54 percent said they disapprove. Even more, 56 percent, said Obama had failed to meet their expectations and they are disappointed in him.

    His approval rating was 50 percent in a poll at the end of August, CNN reported.

    The numbers are bad news for Democrats in the midterm elections with only 37 percent of likely voters saying an Obama endorsement would make them more likely to vote for a candidate. Almost half of likely voters said support from the Tea Party would push them toward a candidate.

    Other presidents have had similarly low numbers midway through their first term, including Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

    A total of 1,010 people were surveyed by telephone between Monday and Wednesday with 506 identified as likely voters. The margin of error is 3 percentage points for the entire sample and 4.5 points for likely voters.

  73. If there is any justice out there this too will blow up in his face.

    September 24, 2010

    Obama Tries to Recapture Youth Vote

    President Barack Obama will try to recapture the magic of his 2008 youth vote next week, pulling out some of the organizational tricks of his presidential campaign at a massive rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

    His political arm, Organizing for America, will be collecting email addresses and pressing students to sign pledge cards swearing they will vote in November as they stream on to Library Mall on the Madison campus. Those cards will be sent back to them closer to Election Day. Volunteers will also push students to sign up for text-messaging alerts during the program, offering coveted slots close to the stage for those who sign up on the spot.

    Watch parties will be going on at Iowa State University in Ames and Rural Democratic Headquarters in Iowa City as well as at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as the Madison event unfolds.

    Tricks like that were staples of the Obama presidential campaign, which built up a vast database of supporters’ vitals, such as e-mail addresses and contact information. First-time voters in 2008 are now the most prized target of Democratic organizers, but they have been hard to energize.

    The president has his work cut out for him. The Upper Midwest is shaping up as a graveyard for Democratic incumbents in November. Sen. Russ Feingold (D, Wis.) is in deep trouble. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is struggling for traction in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is expected to lose his re-election bit to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. And a host of House slots are in jeopardy, including Rep. Steve Kagen’s in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley and the seat of retiring Rep. David Obey, also in Wisconsin.

  74. The Upper Midwest is shaping up as a graveyard for Democratic incumbents in November.
    This was Jay Cost’s point the other day. If they cannot win either in the midwest or in the south, then Obama in 2012 looks increasingly unlikely.

  75. Wbboei,

    The best thing Deng Xiaoping left China was that he did not let his son to inherit power. From him on, Chinese leadership transferred power, so far, peacefully and with term limits. Of course, China does not have democracy, but the ruling communist party has a meritocracy system during/after Deng (At this point, 95% of Chinese leaders are engineers, they rose through the ranks by demonstrating their ability to build/finish projects). All this, I actually credit the accidental killing of Mao’s eldest son by Americans in the Korean War. If Americans did not kill Mao’s only ambitious son (Mao’s other son had Down. Mao was grooming his older son to assume power, that’s why Mao sent him to Korea during Korean War. Americans were not formally at war with China at that time. They gave the Chinese military headquarters fifteen minutes warning to evacuate before the bombing. Mao’s son went back (against the superior command) to headquarter to retrieve something after evacuation and that’s when the US bombs hit. Mao never forgave the general in charge at that time.), there would be no Deng Xiaoping. Chinese would suffer many more years just like the North Korean now (Kim to Kim to Kim). Maybe China’s rise was a gift from US, after all.:).

  76. I am especially glad Zucker got shot. He was a big pusher of Matthews and later Olberman attacks on Hillary. I will never forget the time when he visited a New Jersey affiliate to personally kill a story critical of Obama.

    2 media companies, 2 bosses exiting

    AP – FILE – In this May 17, 2010 file photo, Jeff Zucker attends the NBC Universal’s Upfront presentation …
    Play VideoVideo:Jeff Zucker to Step Down CNBC
    By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer – Fri Sep 24, 3:01 pm ET
    NEW YORK – Black Friday in TV Land! A double whammy! High-level upset in the corporate suite of not one, but two, media giants!

    It was hard not to gasp at the thunder of tectonic plates shifting almost in tandem at CNN (which announced the exit of Jonathan Klein as head of its U.S. network) and at NBC Universal (whose chief executive, Jeff Zucker, declared he would soon be leaving the company after nearly a quarter-century).

    Neither man’s departure could come as much of a surprise to anyone (unless you were shocked this week when Steven Tyler and J-Lo were unveiled as “American Idol” judges).

    But confirmation of the inevitable came in what felt like harmonic convergence Friday morning from the citadels of CNN (a division of Time Warner) and NBC Universal. Here was a sense of closure multiplied by two. And instantly the media landscape looked different — or, anyway, had the potential to.

    Granted, despite the synchronicity of news of these two personnel changes, they are less similar than different.
    Klein, while a veteran news executive, has been at CNN for just six years.

    By contrast, the 45-year-old Zucker has spent his entire working life at NBC, rising steadily and spectacularly from an entry position as researcher for the network’s coverage of the 1988 Olympics.

    Klein was fired in the wake of CNN’s ratings struggle, and stubborn third-place standing against MSNBC and top-ranked Fox News Channel.

    On the other hand, Zucker said he plans to leave in the next few months in anticipation of new leadership to be installed by cable provider Comcast Corp., which, pending regulatory approval, will buy a 51 percent stake in NBCU from its corporate owner, General Electric.

    Klein has taken his licks for CNN’s also-ran status in viewership. But he seemed to defy his prophets of doom as he hatched big plans for new prime-time programming. These include a show starring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (which debuts Oct. 4) and Piers Morgan in a show to replace “Larry King Live.”

    Zucker, operating on a much larger stage than Klein, was a much larger target as he climbed his company’s corporate ladder.
    In 2000, he had left his post as executive producer of “Today” to take over NBC’s entertainment division. Then he was crowned president of the NBC Universal Television Group, in charge of its entertainment, news and cable channels. Three years ago, he moved up again, as his portfolio expanded beyond television to include such assets as theme parks and movie studios.

    While he could point to clear successes (in cable, for example), he was slammed for the ratings woes of the NBC network, which has long clung to fourth place.

    And it was Zucker’s late-night strategy that led to NBC losing Conan O’Brien. In 2004, he had signed O’Brien to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno five years hence. Last fall, Leno was moved into a weeknight prime-time hour (which quickly flopped), then restored as the host of “The Tonight Show” when the network swiftly lost faith in O’Brien. As this fiasco unfolded, O’Brien was the odd man out.

    It was all very messy, and left many observers marveling — not for the first time — that Zucker had managed not only to survive but ascend at his company, year after year.

    By Friday’s end, a new boss had been named to take over from Klein at CNN: Ken Jautz, head of HLN.
    At NBCU, Zucker’s legendary reign was in the home stretch.

    No more wondering when these changes will occur. The operative question now: What difference will they make?
    CNN is owned by Time Warner. NBC Universal is owned by General Electric.

  77. At this point, 95% of Chinese leaders are engineers,
    That is remarkable. I have a close friend who lived through the Mao period. He gives Deng alot of credit for moving China to a market economy. Others seem to see him as the pivotal figure too, or if not pivotal then surely transitional.

  78. wbboei
    September 25th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    wbboei – David Westin, abc news president, resigned (or was forced to resign) a couple of weeks ago. He had budget disputes with his bosses at Disney, who wanted him to cut news budget more than what he had already.

  79. pm317
    September 25th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    pm317 – When you are in the windy city, visit Devon Street, if you want to take in tastes, smells and colors of India. (Sorry, I am not stereotyping – I am an Indian Anmerican too.) We don’t have that type of “Little India” in the DC area.

  80. By the way, I’m away for 12 days from Monday, keep the good ship afloat guys, i wont have time to check in, I’ll be in London and Ireland for a nice getaway.

    Will miss you all.

  81. The Japanese promised to prosecute him in their court system. The Chinese ratched up their threats, including a threat to wreck the Japanese economy.
    The Chinese said that they would shut off exports of “Rare Earth” metals to Japan. IMO, something that they were going to do anyway but this is the perfect excuse to do it now rather than a year from now. The US is in the same position. China produces 95% of the Worlds supply of Rare Earth metals and it now using more for domestic production of wind turbines, etc. than they are now producing. They will likely stop most exports within a year or so.

  82. he Chinese said that they would shut off exports of “Rare Earth” metals to Japan. IMO, something that they were going to do anyway but this is the perfect excuse to do it now rather than a year from now. The US is in the same position. China produces 95% of the Worlds supply of Rare Earth metals and it now using more for domestic production of wind turbines, etc. than they are now producing. They will likely stop most exports within a year or so.
    Yikes. If we did not have a messiah guiding our country, and steering us away from the rocks and shoals, well . . . I might be just a little worried. And if I was worried, I mean if I really was, and did not have sublime confidence in Obama then I would be in good company, because the Navy is worried, as is every other human being with an IQ over 70. Hell my dog is worried. But what do they know compared to Barack the intelligent man in the intelligent house in the intelligent capital according to Bob Herbert–the old Bob Herbert, not the one we see now who has that little twitch whenever the name Obama is mentioned.

  83. Thank you ecoast. In other words, it looks like these terminations all at or near the same time did not involve the corruption we see in their news coverage, and were not coordinated, as originally hypothesized and dare I say it hoped for. Still with new blood there will be some reassessment, but not in time to save them. Time is working against big media and their credibility as the song says it keeps slipping away.

  84. Thanks you all for the lesson in Chinese history/politics. You all saved me lots of time reading to find all this out.

    Raising 3 kids and working more than full time did not allow me much time to study these things.

  85. Sounds like we are going to be in a fine shape with the middle east owning all the oil and China owning all the rare earth materials…looks like we are going to be buyer nation whether we like or not.

  86. wbboei
    September 25th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I don’t the networks coordinated, but the results are the same nevertheless. The man to watch is Brian Roberts of Comcast, which bought NBC from GE. Comcast people are down-to-earth people from Philly. They will not make the mistakes that NBC did. I was hoping that the first thing they would do when they come in (Jan 1, 2011) is to close off MSNBC. Now it doesn’t look like they would do that. Howard Kurtz from wapo wrote that MSNBC made almost quarter of a billion dollars last year. So they won’t kill the goose, but will move a bit to center to finish off CNN and go directly against FOX.

  87. Sounds like we are going to be in a fine shape with the middle east owning all the oil and China owning all the rare earth materials…
    Canada and Mexico are our largest suppliers of oil. Of the top 10 countries that supply the US, only two are Mid-East Saudia Arabia and Iraq supplying ~17%. On the other hand we are totally dependent on China for Rare Earths.

    The only commercially viable Rare Earth mine is in California and it has been shut down for almost a decade because it wasn’t cost effective. The plan is to restart mining but that will cost an estimated $500 million. The other “minor” problem is that there are no refining facilities in the US and the small amounts of old stock of ore existing in the US are exported. And finally there are no facilities to manufacture “Rare Earth” magnets in the US…the things that make Wind Turbines, electric cars and other “Green Energy” things work. The latest estimate that I read was, with a crash program, it would be 15 years to ramp up the US production.

  88. Rare Earth is not rare, US has plenty. It’s just in the last decade or so, developed countries in the West do not want to mine them due to environmental concerns (not in my backyard mentality, same for oil and gas (Alaska has plenty of oil and gas)). Because of the ‘Green’ fad, all of a sudden, rare earth becomes a hot commodity. Since everybody realizes now Chinese has monopoly on this product, the West will finally overcome it’s militant environmentalists to mine their own. Meanwhile, you can watch the stock of the US rare earth company skyrocket.

  89. Rare Earth is not rare….West do not want to mine them due to environmental concerns …
    True they aren’t rare…the rarity, as far as I understand, is having localized concentrations that are economically feasible to bring to market. The environmental issue is the thing that finally closed the Mountain Pass mine in CA. Refining Rare Earth ore is a “dirty” business and the Chinese have a major cost advantage because they don’t care. Another problem with the Rare Earth ore is that it is usually associated with radioactive Thorium which, while only an Alpha emitter, does cause lung, liver, etc. cancers in workers who are not protected. No free lunch.

  90. How Obama has always run his campaigns is now what Dimocrats will do. For all the lofty words and high-minded pronouncements, this is what we are now left with:

    Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their congressional majority.

    Opposition research and attack advertising are deployed in almost every election, but these biting ads are coming far earlier than ever before, according to party strategists. The campaign has intensified in the past two weeks as early voting begins in several states and as vulnerable incumbents try to fight off an onslaught of influences by outside groups.

    As they struggle to break through with economic messages, many Democrats are deploying the fruits of a yearlong investigation into the business and personal histories of Republican candidates in an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Obama and his party.[snip]

    Negative ads can be successful, whether or not they are fair and fully accurate, particularly if they lure an opponent into responding or if they define a political newcomer before he can define himself. But they also carry risks, especially in a year when voters are frustrated about the economy and impatient with politics as usual.

    Our strongest piece of opposition research on Democrats is their voting records,” said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “While character assassination seems to be the strategy for Democrats this year, the American people are supporting Republican candidates because they are providing an alternative.”

    A debate has broken out among some Democratic officials about the effectiveness — or wisdom — of running such pointedly negative advertisements with five weeks remaining in the campaign.

    But party strategists said candidates did not have the luxury of waiting until the final stretch to go negative, particularly if the goal is to localize the races.[snip]

    So far, many Republican candidates are defending themselves but not taking the bait by starting their own offensives. A review of television advertisements presented since Labor Day showed that the Republicans were basing theirs almost entirely on the records of Democrats on health care, the economic stimulus package and the first vote the Democrats cast when Congress convened in 2009: for making Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House.

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who leads the Republican recruitment effort in the House, said he warned candidates to conduct their own research before deciding to run so they were not surprised by anything dug up by Democrats.

    “It’s called winning ugly,” McCarthy said. “But a lot of time it backfires, because people in their communities know them.”

  91. SHV, So all this green energy that was going to make jobs in America is a pipe dream. Its all a crock! What the heck can we manufacture now that the powers are saying we need to get some manufacturing back in this country.

  92. My daughter posted a picture of my granddaughter on facebook holding my old Hillary yard sign. She got a load of crap at every hospital she works at for doing that. She hates politics, but now she won’t post anything else for me on facebook because of A-holes in Texas. This healthcare fiasco is Obama’s mess not Hillary, but when you are a totally uninformed voter and get your advice from Shawn Hannity and Glenn Beck this is what happens.

  93. SHV, So all this green energy that was going to make jobs in America is a pipe dream. Its all a crock!
    I don’t have the expertise to say and research is difficult because most of the “information” available begins with the “agenda/conclusion” which the author/s then supports with selected real and fictional data and opinions. So far, from my reading, the major energy/economic train wreck headed our way is the end of cheap oil/gas over the next 10-20(?) years. All of the drill more and it will be OK is also BS. The Bush/Cheney Admin shut down DOE planning for the changing energy supplies and nothing has changed with Obama. We are likely at the beginning of the end of the 150 years of the World oil economy. There is no 1:! replacement and all of the drill baby drill, nuclear, wind, solar, bio-mass etc. isn’t going to do it.

  94. wbboei- But Mrs. Smith how will Big Media accept Hillary as the new Dem nominee over Obama when all they have done is criticize and denigrate her?

    As I said months ago after you posed this question to me. My first reaction was the replacement of all the masthead media anchors who carried water for the Obama campaign. The anchors who made insulting and personalizing attacks on Hillary practically a cottage industry.

    As impossible as it seemed at the time, it has actually happened to the upper media echelons in the clear light of day under everyone nose! I am not hearing any complaints coming from subscribers… Just seeing big broad smiles and a consensus of nodding heads. So, we will have a new Big Media under new management and it will be left to them to pink slip the daily news ‘readers’ hopefully by next weekend.

    As Martha would say: “It’s a Good Thing.”

  95. confloyd – your daughter could turn that situation around. She could think of it positively, as an effective way to identify people who need more information to understand the difference between Hillary and The Fraud!

  96. lorac, SHe’s young and she just can’t tell older people to STFU, this is America and we can vote for who ever we want. Now whether the votes get counted correctly is a whole other story.

    She’s going to email my pics from now on…its totally ridiculous that she worries about what people think. Everyone everywhere I go knows I AM a Hillary supporter. They don’t give me crap about it. I know too much about who they back to make them want to tangle with me….she’s to busy to get involved much like I did when I was he age…I voted the way my mom thought I should…she was way into all of it and knew who was good and who wasn’t.

  97. SHV, What do we do but keep electing the same jerks with the same BS over and over. Its just gets so depressing. I worry for my children and grandchildren.

    Yo, Mrs. SMith, How goes it?? I love your predictions….they are all coming true!

  98. I listened to Bill Clinton’s closing statements at the CGI wrap-up. And it is true, Green will be the new thing..that will be the jobs cornucopia probably for the next 5-6 years. BC mentioned this in his video. He is smart enough to realize this is going to be a constant thing. Nothing lasts forever. This is why he is promoting green ideas such as clean water and clean air that can be turned into green jobs as well as Energy creation- windmills and solar panels.

    The trick is… before the market is overly saturated with the new best green thing, another global innovation must be ready to launched and in place keeping the jobs market refreshed. And I believe he’s right. Through physics, chemistry and biology all will be the pillars utilized in the new jobs market.

    I highly recommend watching the youtube videos of the Clinton Global Initiatives and listening to the pod casts if it is more convenient for you. The world is seeing change but the change is coming with a plan through CGI. The same way the Clintons do everything. Create a plan, then execute the plan, until it becomes Reality. They have been nurturing the Clinton Global Initiave for 5 yrs now and it’s catching fire in a big way.

    People are gravitating to it because there are no strings attached. No deals. One patron isn’t better or more important than another. The Clinton Global Initiave is a raving success.

  99. I had to see Wall Street: Money never sleeps.

    Was OK… I think I was spoiled after listening and watching the GCI gathering all week. BC’s programs are the next step after (in the movie) a repeat of the banking crisis, the bailout etc.. Where in the movie they were predicting a coming total failure of the economy if the country’s management isn’t turned aound and turned around fast. I think the movie scared many of the theater goers. They should be scared… me too if Hillary doesn’t make it to the OO this time.

  100. Full Text of Testimony to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (PJM Exclusive) by Christopher Coates former Department of Justice Voting Rights Section Chief regarding the New Black Panther case and DOJ hostility to race-neutral law enforcement. This testimony was provided in response to a subpoena issued by the Commission and opposed by the Obama Justice Department which sought to prevent him from testifying for fear that he would expose their machinations which he most definitely did.
    The story he paints is of a Justice Departement that never brought a complaint against african american violators of the Voting Rights Act until the infamous Ike Brown case in 2005. Ike Brown was a democratic party chairman and overseer of elections in a predominantly black county in Mississippi. Ike disenfranchised white voters in every election. A complaint was filed with the Voting Rights Division. However, the black attorneys and social scientists in that department were loathe to pursue it because the white victims. They believe that whites are not entitled to the protection of the Act, even though section 5 states explicitly that the Act applies to everyone. Coates pressed forward with the assistance of an excellent african american assistant who was subsequently harassed by the same black leaders who opposed enforcement on behalf of white people. The irony was not lost on Coates, travelling to Mississippi to protect white as opposed to black victims of voter fraud and intimidation. Coates prevailed in court. However the black attorneys who opposed him were livid.

    When Obama was installed as President, many of these same people who opposed taking action in the Ike Brown matter because the victims were white were suddenly promoted to positions of power. This Loretta King is on of many examples. She believe categorically that the voting rights act is not intended to protect white people but only minorities and non english speaking people. Therefore, when the NBP case came up, and the NAACP legal defense fund intervened she and her successor looked for a way to dispose of it. Meanwhile, she and her successor who was hispanic both insist that the act does not protect white people and no more cases are to be brought by this federal agency which is funded dare I say it by white people through their taxes. What was important to King and her supporters was popularity with the civil rights lobby, as oppose to color blind enforcement of the law, and certainly not the protection of white people. Obama is not a post racial president at all, he is a racial polarizer. And for sure he is anti white.

    The statement is 19 pages. If you have the time you may wish to read it. And especially note the comments–like these.

  101. ecoast: it is utterly amazing to me that msnbc makes any money. It is a sad commentary on the state of mind of the country that they would pay any attention to them at this point.

  102. ecoast
    September 25th, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    thanks for the info.. I went to an Indian fusion place that was kind of funky and the chef from there is appearing in the ‘new iron chef’ contest airing on Oct 2. Will check out the Devon St tomorrow if time permits.

    Others, pl. don’t make me feel guilty.. 🙂 where do you guys go to have a good time? Obviously I have not seen all of Chicago..the downtown area and the magnificent mile are really nice areas and I enjoyed it.

    BTW, I had a nice chat with the security guard at the Chicago Tribune and asked him about John Kass. He laughed and said Mayor Daley will miss him.

  103. Disaster in the Making:

    The Dodd-Frank Act: Creative Destruction, Destroyed

    The dominant theme of the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is fear of instability and change, which the act suppresses by subjecting the largest financial firms to banklike regulation. The competitiveness, innovativeness, and risk taking that have always characterized U.S. financial firms will, under this new structure, inevitably be subordinated to supervisory judgments about what these firms can safely be allowed to do. But the worst element of this system is that the extraordinary power given to regulators–and particularly the Federal Reserve–is likely to change the nature of the U.S. financial system. Where financial firms once focused on beating their competitors, they will now focus on currying favor with their regulator, which will have the power to control their every move. What may ultimately emerge is a partnership between the largest financial firms and the Federal Reserve–a partnership in which the Fed protects them from failure and excessive competition and they in turn curb their competitive instincts to carry out the government’s policies and directions. In addition, with the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the act abandons a fundamental principle of the U.S. Constitution, in which Congress retains the power to control the agencies of the executive branch. These wholesale changes in traditional relationships are hard to explain except as the triumph of a fundamentally different view–a corporatist political model more characteristic of Europe–of the government’s role in the U.S. economy.

    Key points in this Outlook:

    •The Dodd-Frank Act gives the Federal Reserve, under light supervision by a council of regulators, unprecedented control over the largest firms in the U.S. financial system.

    •The result may be a public-private partnership, in which the Fed protects the largest firms from excessive competition and failure and they in turn follow the government’s directions.

    •In the interest of protecting consumers, the act sacrifices the basic protections built into the U.S. Constitution, creating an agency–the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–that is answerable to no one.

    •Ultimately, the act’s effort to suppress risk taking will result in a decline in U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth.

    The prequel to Nationalization of Banks.

    What is wrong with reinstating the Glass-Steegal Act? Imposing the Tobin Tax on any brokerage transactions, self-insuring market failure? All of these safeguards were put in place by FDR during the last bust but over the years legislators felt encumbered by the language an watered it down to where the rules could be manipulated.

    The Bears make muni, the Bulls make muni, the Pigs go to slaughter.

    In this case, the Pigs (the gambling double dippers) took an unsuspecting public down with them because of derivatives and the Banks are still making US pay with huge credit card interest rates and unforgiving home foreclosures. Remember when the housing crisis began, Hillary said: lower mortgage interest rates across the board to 4% and put a freeze on home foreclosures for 5 yrs. Obama said he had a better idea… we are aware of the chaos and failures his Loan Modifications have caused..

  104. confloyd
    September 25th, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    Mrs. Smith, I heard Bill raised a ton of money…I forget how much and what this money is earmarked for?

    Do you know?

    Anyone can offer money for a proposed project. last year Matt Damon volunteered to be a donor for a Clean Water Project in Africa called H2O. More than being just a fund-raiser CGI is a broker of sorts putting people together with investors to make a proposed project work. The Clinton Initiative is also interested in cultivating new ideas. If the ideas are feasible they will try making the project a reality by finding an investor interested in such a project whether it be energy, clean water, clean air. For example, CGI members may develop a new business model that generates social, environmental, or economic value; initiate, scale up, or refocus a service or business project; or provide financial or in-kind support to an organization of their choice. Many commitments are the result of new and diverse partnerships across sectors, with members combining efforts to expand the impact of new ideas. After making a commitment, members report to CGI on progress made over time.
    Since 2005, commitments made through CGI have already affected more than 200 million lives in over 170 countries.

    Also If a person wants to volunteer, CGI will match an upcoming project or an existing project with the volunteer’s preference. This could be an important step towards permanent employment. It’s really a great formula. What I like about it is the sky is the limit.

  105. SHV
    September 25th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Rare Earth is not rare….West do not want to mine them due to environmental concerns …
    True they aren’t rare…the rarity, as far as I understand, is having localized concentrations that are economically feasible to bring to market. The environmental issue is the thing that finally closed the Mountain Pass mine in CA. Refining Rare Earth ore is a “dirty” business and the Chinese have a major cost advantage because they don’t care. Another problem with the Rare Earth ore is that it is usually associated with radioactive Thorium which, while only an Alpha emitter, does cause lung, liver, etc. cancers in workers who are not protected. No free lunch.


    I’m sure you didn’t mean this as some sort of law of the universe TANSTAAFL — but I have seen similar material presented elsewhere with the suggestion that there’s no such thing as non-polluting energy, so may as well just go on using oil.

    In fact solar/wind/tidal energy can be tapped in many different ways, and more and more new ways are being found. It’s a project that research can handle; the more money put into reseaarch, the faster it will be solived.

  106. as well just go on using oil.
    That is not an option…we aren’t going to run out of petroleum for quite a while but the cost of production will be become economically prohibitive to just burn it for fuel.

    “In fact solar/wind/tidal energy can be tapped in many different ways..”

    We will be forced to that position if, for no other reason, then the above problem. With max effort with current and near future technology, the estimate is that about 20% of our energy needs can be replaced with non-carbon combustion generation. World wide, it’s an even bigger problem, especially with the estimate that World Population will increase from ~ 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. China, with the current monopoly on Rare Earth metals is the largest producer of electricity from wind and is rapidly expanding it’s wind generation. It also burns 1/2 of the yearly worlds coal production and is putting a new coal fired electrical generation plant on line each week.

    There is no National leadership to even start solving the problems. A must for alternate energy is a new modern national power grid but can you imagine the outcry if the Feds. started planning for a national power grid? Socialism!!! but how do you get power from windy West Texas or the upper mid West when that isn’t were the power line or located; much less the ideal solar regions of the desert SW. We are very fortunate that a National natural gss distribution plan was set up in the 1950’s because it would be impossible now.

  107. Community banks want no part of 30 billion dollar loan program. Their customers, small business, are too concerned about survival to be thinking about taking out business expansion loans. Meanwhile, the banks themselves are leery of the regulations that come with the money and do not want government as a partner in their business. Once again, Obama thinks all he has to do to create or revive a market is to dump taxpayer monies on companies and they will gladly accept his social engineering schemes–hire more minorities into make work jobs. The financial reform bill is larded with that kind of crap, which weighs down those banks, forces them to accept an additional burden whose costs they will pass on to their customers. Speaking for myself, I am not interested in paying for racial spoils, which is yet another form of reverse discrimination.

  108. Peace talks deadlocked as settlement freeze nears end
    American negotiators holding intense discussions with Israelis and the Palestinians, but both parties remain locked in their positions.

    By Avi Issacharoff, Natasha Mozgovaya, Shlomo Shamir and Barak Ravid

    The freeze on construction in West Bank settlements is due to end in less than 24 hours, potentially creating a crisis that could halt direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, and there is still no solution in sight.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at the UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2010

    Photo by: AP
    American negotiators have been holding intense discussions with the Israelis and the Palestinians, but the parties are still locked in their positions.

    The Americans are focusing their pressure on trying to get Israel to continue the construction moratorium.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas struck a hard line in a speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday, saying that Israel had to choose between settlements and peace.

    He accused Israel of flouting UN resolutions and “relentlessly carrying out oppression, arrests and detentions, killings, destruction, demolition of homes, siege, settlement expansion, apartheid wall, violating and undermining the rights of our people and presence in their homeland without consequence.”

    He said Israel should be forced to meet its obligations, especially to stop construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and to dismantle “the annexation apartheid wall.”

    “Despite the historic injustice that has been inflicted upon our people,” Abbas said, “our wounded hands are still able to carry the olive branch from the rubble of the trees that the occupation uproots every day.”

    Palestinian sources said Abbas is waiting to see how the Israeli government handles the moratorium issue. If it announces that construction will resume, and holds ceremonies to mark the occasion, then direct talks will stop immediately, said the sources.

    However, sources close to Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the despite the Palestinians’ outwardly belligerent stance, the Palestinians were willing to compromise.

    Despite the Palestinians’ stated refusal to compromise, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat reamined in the United States yesterday for more discussions.

    Abbas met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York on Friday, who asked him not to make good on his threat to end talks. He also met with U.S. special envoy George Mitchell yesterday.

    Israel’s chief negotiator Isaac Molho also is staying in New York for discussions with Mitchell and U.S. President Barack Obama’s adviser Dennis Ross.

    Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that so far, all of Israel’s proposals that would enable limited construction have been rejected by the Palestinians.

    On Friday, Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, who flew over from New York to try to persuade Netanyahu to extend the freeze. Netanyahu told Blair he would not be able to get the cabinet to approve such a move.

    Netanyahu called his advisers to his Caesarea home Friday to discuss possible solutions, and held another meeting at his Jerusalem residence last night.

    The Palestinian newspaper Al Ayyam reported yesterday that the Americans told the Palestinian leadership that they understood its position regarding the freeze and that Obama had said so in his speech to the UN General Assembly last week.

    Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said yesterday that the Palestinians were demanding that the freeze continue in its entirety, and that no interim solution would be acceptable. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the Palestinians would not be able to continue the talks if the freeze ended.

    However, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told reporters, “We are urging Israel to extend the moratorium and we are also making clear to the Palestinians that we do not believe that it is in their interest to walk out of the talks.”

    Feltman told reporters the United States hoped that at the Arab League Summit on October 9, the Arab League would show support for the peace process, Abbas and the PLO, and increase economic assistance to the PA.

    Congressmen calling for Pollard pardon

    Meanwhile, four U.S. Congressmen are circulating a letter calling on Obama to pardon convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in a bid to further the peace process, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

    Pollard has served 25 years of a life sentence for spying on the United States for Israel.

    According to the JTA, the congressmen – Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Adolphus Tanner and Anthony Weiner of New York and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey’s Eighth Congressional District – have signed the letter and are circulating it in Congress.

    The letter says pardoning Pollard would show Obama’s good will toward Israelis.

    According to various recent reports, Pollard could be released in exchange for three more months of construction freeze.

    Meanwhile, disturbances that started last week in East Jerusalem continued over the weekend. In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah, 1-year-old Hussam Abu-Sara died yesterday of an asthma attack. Relatives said it was caused by tear gas fired near his home.

    In a related development, the Israel Navy plans to launch an investigation tomorrow into the death of a Gaza fisherman, Mohammad Manzur, after a navy vessel fired on his boat. The navy said the boat had entered a zone near the Gaza Strip the Israel Defense Forces has declared off limits.

    Nir Hasson contributed to this report

  109. Billionaire George Soros revealed as mystery J Street donor
    American financier had criticized liberal lobby group’s rival AIPAC for being too hawkish.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya

    WASHINGTON – Liberal Jewish lobby group J Street has received sizable donations from multi-billionaire George Soros, the Washington Times reported Friday. The American financier has in the past criticized J Street’s rival AIPAC for being too hawkish.

    The daily reported that it had obtained tax reports by Soros and two of his children, Jonathan and Andrea, who had donated some $245,000 to the organization between July 2008 and June 2009.

    George Soros

    Photo by: Bloomberg

    A spokesman for Soros did not deny the contributions and said Soros had never concealed his support for the group. J Street told the Washington Times that the Soros family has contributed to the organization $750,000 over the past three years.

    “The contributions represent a third of the group’s revenue from U.S. sources during the period,” the Washington Times said. The paper also reported that a Hong Kong donor had provided as much as 50 percent of the organization’s revenue in the same period.

    Soros, a Hungarian-born Jewish American, is one of the world’s wealthiest people and one of its top philanthropists. He voiced support for J Street as early as 2008, when the organization was set up.

    J Street was formed by center-left American Jews aiming to counterbalance pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, seen by critics as hawkish and right-wing.

    “We never denied that Soros gave us money,” J Street spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick told Haaretz. “C4 donors are supposed to remain private by law [to protect their privacy] …. No C4 discloses its donors,” she said, referring to tax-exempt social welfare organizations.

    “What we did make clear was that, despite the rumors, Soros was not a founder or the primary funder of J Street. We always said we’d be happy to have his support and are indeed proud to have it.”

    Spitalnick noted that the J Street family of organizations had raised $11.2 million from more than 10,000 donors in the last two and a half years.

    “J Street has always said that George Soros did not found J Street and did not provide its initial funding – a decision about which he was very public before the organization’s launching in 2008,” she said.

    “In fact, the organization has received around $250,000 a year in funding from the Soros family since launching. We are not clear whether the Soros family will fund our work in the future, though we hope they will choose to do so.”

  110. Jim DeMint calls the game on the Republican establishment which ignores the will of the voter. Their only consolation is they are not hell bent on destroying the country as fast as Obama. And time is important because in the long run we will all be dead, only with Obama it will be the short run. RINOS.
    You’re not going to believe what happened this week. Just when I thought Republicans in Washington were beginning to get the message, they went back to business as usual.

    As you know, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski lost the Republican primary to her conservative challenger, Joe Miller, in a fair fight. But instead of graciously conceding and endorsing the Republican nominee, Murkowski announced that she will continue her campaign as an independent write-in candidate.

    Senate Republicans held a closed-door meeting Wednesday afternoon to elect someone to replace Senator Murkowski as the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Or so we thought.

    Rather than taking away Murkowski’s leadership position on the committee, Senate Republicans decided to let her keep it. One senator after another stood up to argue in favor of protecting her place on the committee – a position she will no doubt use in her campaign against Joe Miller, the conservative Republican nominee.

    Help SCF Stop the Alaska RINO

    It was bad enough to watch my colleagues work to support her in the primary after she had built a record of betraying conservatives principles. But watching them back her after she left the party and launched a campaign against the Republican nominee was more than I could bear.

    I spoke out against the motion and I voted against it. But the good ol’ boys’ club, which always protects its own, prevailed. The motion was adopted by secret ballot and the final tally was not disclosed.

    Keep in mind that I was attacked just last week by the Washington establishment for supporting Christine O’Donnell – a conservative – because they believe her nomination will hand the seat to a Democrat in Delaware. This week, however, that same establishment voted to help Lisa Murkowski – a moderate – defeat the Republican nominee, which could hand the seat to a Democrat in Alaska.

    Marc Thiessen addressed this double standard in a column he wrote for the Washington Post on Tuesday, which you can read here. Here’s an excerpt:
    In that sense of entitlement, Murkowski is not alone. All last week, we heard the GOP establishment complain how the Tea Party is threatening Republican unity by pursuing “ideological purity” at the expense of a “big tent” party. But Tea Party-endorsed candidates are the ones who have stayed within the GOP tent. Rather than launching destructive third-party bids, fiscally conservative insurgents have contested GOP primaries – and when they have lost, they have endorsed their establishment opponents virtually without fail.

    Contrast that with the record of the establishment candidates. When it became clear Charlie Crist would lose to Marco Rubio in Florida’s Senate race, Crist bolted the GOP and decided to run as an independent. When Arlen Specter saw he would lose to Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, he became a Democrat. And, after losing the GOP nomination in Alaska, Murkowski is running as an independent write-in candidate. And yet, we are told that it is the Tea Party that is dividing the GOP and threatening party unity. For establishment candidates, unity seems to be a one-way street. The message to Tea Party activists across the country is: We want your votes but not your candidates.

    The idea that DeMint and the Tea Party are threatening the GOP’s chances for reclaiming the majority is absurd. Republicans wouldn’t have a shot at taking back either the House or Senate were it not for the Tea Party movement, which has both energized the conservative base and attracted independents to the GOP by promising to reform the party and restore fiscal sanity in Washington. The best way to dispirit the conservative base and lose those independents would be to take back the majority and go back to business as usual. (click here to read Thiessen’s column)
    Help SCF Stop the Alaska RINO

    The decision by Senate Republicans to hurt the conservative nominee in Alaska is certainly dispiriting, but it’s also a healthy reminder that we must keep fighting to elect new Republicans who won’t continue business as usual. If we’re going to change Washington, we have to change the people we send to Washington. It’s that simple.

  111. Point of clarification. I like DeMint in many respects but he was wrong when he voted against Hillary for SOS. Fortunately, there is more to him than that. People like him are to be commended for taking on their own party establishment, and siding with the grass roots as opposed to the Washington establishment. It seems to me that is what matters most to the country both now and in the future. Forget this party label stuff and focus on the main thing that matters. Is the candidate on the side of the American People or the elites. Once you figure that out, you can pretty much predict how they are going to react.



    Obama’s essentially European world outlook has no better illustration than his comment to Bob Woodward during a July, 2010 interview that “we can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever…we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

    The essence of the differences between the European and American view of terrorism is the deeply felt, but often unstated opinion on the Continent that terrorism is normal and that it would be a mistake to over-react to it. In the United States, terrorism cuts very, very deeply into our national psyche. But in Europe, its often just one of those things.

    After all, Europe has seen a lot worse than the relatively naive American public has ever had to witness. The last serious bloodshed on American soil came in the Civil War. The Pearl Harbor and 9-11 attacks stand out as landmarks in our history precisely because we have shed so little American blood with the boundaries of the United States. Britain lost 50,000 people in the blitz during World War II. France lost about one-quarter of its military age men in World War I. Germany saw seven million die in World War II (not counting the German Jews the Nazis killed). Next to these horrific casualties, 2400 dead at Pearl Harbor and 3,000 lost on 9-11 pale by comparison.

    Basically, Europeans say to America “get over it. Grow up. Welcome to reality.” But Americans refuse to accept the idea that random death and massive violence are inevitable concomitants of the modern world. We demand that government emphatically reject this as a norm and move heaven and earth to stop it from happening.

    The President of the United State is supposed to reflect American views and priorities, but he so clearly indicated how the European view shapes his thinking in the Woodward interview.

    The practical consequences of such an outlook are profoundly disturbing.

    Obama told Woodward that “we’ll do everything we can to prevent” another 9/11, but his confidence that we could “absorb” an attack, clearly implies that he won’t. If preventing an attack on the scale of 9/11 or greater is the absolute priority it was for George W. Bush, we will indeed do “everything we can” to stop it. But if it is something we can “absorb” preventing an attack is but one of a number of competing priorities. The Obama worldview also demands that we avoid racial profiling, protect the civil liberties even of non-citizens who are not in the country, and limit interrogation techniques well short of torture. If a president has a basic confidence that 9/11 could be “absorbed”, these competing priorities are likely to loom large in his thinking and attenuate his efforts.

    His comments also indicate a total lack of realization of the escalating nature of terror attacks. In 1993, we lost a few people when terrorists hit the Trade Center. By 2001, they had refined their techniques and demolished the buildings and killed 3,000. The next attack is not likely to be “another 9/11.” It is far more probable that it would be a dirty bomb or even a nuclear device or some other weapon of mass destruction, dwarfing the casualties of 9/11. These things escalate.

    And, unless we realize that they do, we are not likely to really do all we can to stop it. If the stakes are the total obliteration of New York City, we will obviously do more to stop the attack than if they are “merely” another 9/11. And Obama’s view that the threat we face is of the order of magnitude of 9/11 indicates a blindness to the danger we face.

    Finally, the Obama comments indicate a cold and inhuman view of the likelihood of 3,000 new deaths. He says we can “absorb” such mayhem. Can the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children of the dead “absorb” the attack as easily? Obama’s comments remind one of the notion of acceptable casualties in warfare. This is World War I thinking at its worst. Americans do not count on “absorbing” an attack of this magnitude. We see it as a unique horror to be avoided at all costs.

    But Obama, like Mao calculating how many Chinese he could afford to lose in a nuclear exchange, seems to focus on how much we can “absorb” as a nation. This is chilling stuff indeed.

  113. This headline may qualify as the laugh of the day:
    John Kerry: Democrats’ woes stem from uninformed voters
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  114. Although now that I’ve seen this:

    …CNN slipped behind MSNBC into third place this year in its prime-time ratings, where Fox News Channel remains a dominant number one. Cable news viewers have increasingly become interested in hearing news filtered through strong, partisan viewpoints and CNN has resisted that approach for fear it would hurt its brand as an impartial news source….
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    it is difficult to ascertain where the better humor lies.

  115. Forget this party label stuff and focus on the main thing that matters. Is the candidate on the side of the American People or the elites.


    In that case we would vote for some Democrats instead of nuking them all.

  116. wbboei
    September 26th, 2010

    Billionaire George Soros revealed as mystery J Street donor

    I read about this earlier and am so angry I could spit. One part of me is not surprised that he provides the financial backing for this Israel-hate group. Another part of me is so wary of the underhanded crap going on here.

  117. “The Americans are focusing their pressure on trying to get Israel to continue the construction moratorium.”

    And what “pressure” are the Americans putting on the Palestinians? What are the Palestinians supposed to give up? Anything?



    Can you just imagine how the 9 11 families feel about this flippant attitude? Another slap in the face.

    Does this idiot potus take anything other than his golf game seriously?

  119. jbstonesfan,

    I now understand how hard it is for you to push an anti-obama agenda with these obstacles in your way.


    September 26, 2010

    The Complacency and Complicity of America’s Jews

    By Lauri B. Regan

    Recently, I had a conversation with an Israeli cousin who asserted that all the world’s Jews should live in Israel. Recognizing that there is no other place in the world in which Jews are truly welcome, he argued that if all the Jews of the Diaspora actually lived in Israel, it would be much easier to contain the threat of annihilation through a larger population of people willing and able to fight for that country’s survival.

    I disagreed. I argued that now more than ever, it is extremely important to have outspoken Jews living in the United States. Israel needs allies willing to support her, not only in military conflicts, but also in the public relations war that she faces on a daily basis as vicious anti-Semites continually demonize her and try to destroy her.

    However, another Jewish New Year passed with hundreds of liberal rabbis across America participating in Obama’s sales pitch known as his High Holiday conference call. Many of these rabbis heeded the president’s orders and took his message to their congregations on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. I have to wonder if American Jews offer any practical support to Israel’s future survival.

    Last year, Obama hosted a conference call with nine hundred American rabbis during which he stated, “We are God’s partners in matters of life and death,” and then gave them marching orders to sell Obamacare to their congregants. After my rabbi followed the president’s orders and pronounced in his Yom Kippur sermon that it was God’s commandment to support universal health care, I contacted him to discuss his sermon and its rationale. My rabbi suggested that perhaps I should find another shul — so I did. But the very disturbing aspect of this incident is that the reformed Jewish movement is supposed to be the most welcoming — the sect of the Jewish faith passing the least amount of judgment and having the widest open arms.

    So, it was somewhat comforting to hear that this year, Obama only had six hundred rabbis who participated in his High Holiday call. I was hopeful that this decrease of 33% was due to his abysmal record with regard to Israel and that the majority of the participating rabbis were simply showing respect and would not act the part of the sheeple they had in the previous year. Apparently I was wrong.

    At a conservative shul in Baltimore, the same rabbi that earlier in the year used his sermon as an occasion to call Israel an “occupying entity” and later question Israel’s biblical right to the land of Canaan used his Yom Kippur sermon to explain to the congregants why they should support the Ground Zero Mosque — just as Obama instructed. And if one political issue were not enough, this rabbi also told the thousand or so seated in the audience that they must support the administration’s opposition to the Arizona immigration law.

    Liberal American Jews have blurred the line between complacency and complicity, which will have devastating consequences on Israel’s future. They are complacent because they blindly voted for the most anti-Israel president in history, ignoring the very clear warning signs prior to his election.

    These same people are becoming complicit with Obama’s Mideast policies. These policies have been harmful to Israel and its Jewish population since Obama’s first day in office, when he phoned Mahmoud Abbas. Obama attempted to force a peace process when one is not possible. America’s Jews quietly sit by when Time Magazine publishes a cover story entitled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace” that follows the same old “blame Israel” mantra. Jews continue to read The New York Times and The Washington Post despite the anti-Israel bias so clearly evident in the reporting. American Jews sit in shuls with sheeple rabbis who obey the marching orders of an anti-Israeli president — all without uttering a word.

    In one very popular synagogue in Manhattan, I’m told the rabbi received a standing ovation after his sermon in support of the Ground Zero Mosque. How many of those congregants are aware of the statements and views of the imam who is the proponent of the Ground Zero Mosque (as well as a representative of the U.S. State Department)? Are they aware that Imam Rauf, the man who refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization and who has direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, also rues the day Israel was created, or that he supports a one-state solution in the Mideast that would lead to the eventual destruction of the Jewish State? Do they know that he stated, “In a true peace it is impossible that a purely Jewish state of Palestine can endure … In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority”?

    Many are familiar with Rauf’s claims that America was an accessory to 9/11 and that Osama bin Laden was made in the U.S., not to mention his statement that the U.S. has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda. Yet I wonder how many American Jews are aware that as a principal trustee (and son of the founder) of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York City, Rauf employed an imam who, just days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, preached that only the Jews could have been responsible for such atrocities and that if Americans were aware of this, “they would have done to Jews what Hitler did.” Will a like-minded imam be given a bully pulpit if the Ground Zero Mosque moves forward?

    Furthermore, a rabbi taking one of the only days of the year at which he has a full congregation in attendance, the holiest day of the year, on which any number of meaningful topics could be discussed, and using that opportunity to rile up opposition to the Arizona immigration law is abhorrent. I ask again, are the same Jews who sat there and listened to this man preach the words of Obama rather than the words of God aware that Hezb’allah has not only built up its presence across Latin America, but is on our southern border, posing a threat to our national security? Are they aware that while all infidels are generally targets of terrorist attacks, Jews happen to be a particular favorite of this Iranian proxy that is obsessed with Israel’s destruction?

    Just as German Jews became so integrated into German society pre-WWII that they did not see the impending danger, American Jews have become so integrated into American society that they care little for the survival of their Jewish homeland. They have been complacent about the growing danger confronting Israel, but now they are becoming complicit. By remaining silent while their rabbis conduct the government’s bidding, by refusing to walk out of their shuls or cancel their newspaper subscriptions, and by remaining ignorant on the issues of the day that impact the very survival of the Jewish people, American Jews are aiding and abetting the enemy.

    And there is simply no excuse for this. This is not 1938. We live in a day and age where information is at our fingertips, the news cycle goes on 24/7, and our responsibility is huge. Our children are indoctrinated in liberal classrooms, but that does not mean that we must allow our liberal rabbis to indoctrinate us as well. American Jews have a choice to make — each and every one of them. Perhaps in the coming months, they will realize that Israel’s very survival is at stake and that Israel needs their support.

    There is a war being waged — a war for the hearts and minds of the American Jewish people. Will the Sharia-supporting rabbis and Obama government win, or will the Jewish people survive the onslaught of liberal indoctrination that may lead to their demise? I fear we will soon find out.


    [i] Prior to his election, it was clear that an Obama administration would be hostile to Israel. Details came to light concerning Obama’s intimate associations with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Rashid Khalidi. He surrounded himself with pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel advisors including Robert Malley, Samantha Power, Daniel Kurtzer, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Tony McPeak. And while Obama proved his political acumen when he spoke before an AIPAC conference promising an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and completely reversing his position before a Muslim audience the very next day, he also gave a glimpse into the meaningless nature of his lofty rhetoric and empty promises.

  120. The Christian Science Monitor has Hillary Clinton on their Front Cover for their current issue.

    Hillary Clinton: A quiet brand of statecraft

    Hillary Clinton has been loyal to President Obama, her one-time rival. Now she’s seeking to redefine U.S. foreign policy for a new century, even as the latest mideast peace talks test her skills as a negotiator.

    By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / September 25, 2010


    Barely 48 hours had passed since daughter Chelsea’s Hudson River Valley wedding, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – still clearly in the glow of mother-of-the-bride-dom – was back giving full attention to her role as chief diplomat and administrator for the foreign policy of President Obama.

    Taking the stage Aug. 3 in a turquoise pantsuit before a sea of young African leaders invited to Washington for a presidential initiative, Secretary Clinton told her audience in a deadpan voice that her talk on the US trade and development partnership with sub-Saharan Africa would have to wait. She had a little business to clear up first.

    “When I was in Nairobi last year, a very nice man offered 40 goats and a number of cows for the chance to marry my daughter,” she said as cellphone cameras snapped a shot of one of the world’s most powerful and recognizable women. Noting that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had received the same offer from the same man five years earlier, Clinton added, “As of this week, I can now say with great certainty my daughter is officially off the market.”

    Despite some wincing by a few Africans in the audience who considered it a ham-handed remark – with its images of a continent of goatherds and young women as chattel – the hearty laughter and camera clicks suggested something else. For most of the young Africans in the hall, especially the women, it was a thrill to be so intimately addressed by Clinton.

    Clinton’s speech that early August afternoon was a small affair among the hundreds of talks she has given, the thousands of miles traveled, and dozens of fraught issues addressed as secretary of State – from crafting a “reset” with Russia to addressing China’s military rise with East Asian allies. But there she was, expounding on the role she sees development playing in US foreign policy, with special emphasis on a favorite theme – women.

    In that sense, it offered a glimpse into how this reluctant chief diplomat with the unique curriculum vitae – former first lady and senator from New York, and onetime chief political rival of the president she serves – culls from personal narrative in her approach to shaping US foreign policy.

    It is Hillary Clinton the politician who returns to villages in Africa she last visited as first lady and addresses people by their first names. It is Hillary Clinton the woman and mother who takes alleged mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a personal affront. And it is Hillary Clinton, the once-assumed and later vanquished future president, who opened the formal return to Middle East peace talks in Washington this month by urging the Israeli and Palestinian people to rise above “the disappointments of the past” to become “champions” for peace.

    Seventeen months into a job she resisted accepting, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen by many longtime analysts as making a quiet mark on US statecraft through hard work and by reaching down into the well of personal experience.

    They see her patiently rebuilding America’s image in the world and expanding US diplomatic reach by securing more resources for the State Department from former colleagues in the US Congress. While some still question her creative vision and negotiating skills – a hallmark of successful secretaries of State – others laud her for embarking on a redefinition of American foreign policy that gives new weight to diplomacy and development alongside defense.

    “Where she could leave her mark is in putting into practice this idea of smart power,” says former secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a longtime friend and close associate of Clinton’s who describes the “plethora of issues” facing the secretary of State today as “more complex than anything I’ve ever seen.” To respond to that, she adds, Clinton “sees the potential of using a variety of tools in the diplomatic tool box.”

    But others who have no less admiration for Clinton’s accomplishments in her short time see this moment as a threshold for her – and not only because of the Israeli-Palestinian talks and the test those talks will pose to her skills and propensity for problem solving. They also point to the major foreign-policy review – the so-called “QDDR” or Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review she initiated by adapting a Pentagon policy evaluation process – that she is set to unveil next month.

    Both the Middle East negotiations and the policy review will provide a measure, these critics say, of Clinton’s ability to think in new ways and to fashion a foreign policy for 21st-century America.

    “I admire and appreciate the way she has really drilled down on some of these crises that have come up, from the Pakistan floods to the earthquake in Haiti, even her handling of the Kyrgyzstan turmoil – she’s working herself ragged on these things and you can see it in her face,” says Steven Clemons, publisher of the widely read Washington Note blog and a foreign-policy specialist. “But what we need is an innovator – not an incrementalist, but someone who envisions the strategic leaps that can get us out of these holes we’re in, and I just haven’t seen it in Hillary Clinton.”

    What Mr. Obama got when he insisted his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination take on the job of applying his foreign policy and running US diplomacy was an indefatigable advocate for America with a work ethic that astounds admirers and critics alike. She has proved her loyalty to Obama, some say to a fault, matching her pragmatic vision of 21st-century American leadership to his. She has put her unmatched star power to good use, commanding the stage whether with a room of colleagues, with young leaders like those Africans assembled in Washington, or with the many television audiences she has engaged with, Oprah-style, while abroad.

    And she has demonstrated the value of having a tested politician as secretary of State – and not only because of her ability to relate to average people in a world where that kind of connection increasingly matters to US foreign-policy goals. She has built on her time on the Senate Armed Services Committee to deepen a relationship with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The two cabinet members have forged a crucial State-Pentagon relationship at a time when Mr. Gates and other military leaders are calling on the civilian arm of American global reach to take on more of the duties – like nation-building – that the military assumed by default in places like Iraq.

    But she also has credibility with her colleagues, the many foreign ministers who are politicians themselves and who appreciate Clinton’s grasp of the challenges, if not outright limitations, public opinion often poses.

    “People forget that most foreign ministers are also political leaders, especially among our allies,” says James Steinberg, one of Clinton’s two deputy secretaries and a national-security expert who also served in the Clinton White House. “She can relate to politicians. She knows the particular pressures they face, and that allows her to be particularly effective.”

    Foreign-policy practitioners and observers alike profess a uniform respect for Clinton’s hard work and her mastery of the briefs she takes on. Still, some admit they have less of a feel for where she wants to take US foreign policy.

    “Frankly, it’s hard for me to place her,” says George Herring, a professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky and an expert on secretaries of State. “She seems to have become an effective manager of the [State] department, which is not always the case, but she does not appear to have put her trademark on anything at this point.”

    A not-uncommon take on Clinton had her spending the better part of her first year casting about to secure a place for herself in the administration. That perception was fed by a couple of factors: Vice President Joe Biden’s keen interest and close involvement in foreign affairs – Obama made Mr. Biden his go-to guy on Iraq – and the high-powered special envoys Obama named. Either former Sen. George Mitchell, named as Middle East special envoy, or Richard Holbrooke, whose portfolio contains Afghanistan and Pakistan, could have been secretary of State in his own right, experts note.

    John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush and former assistant secretary of State for nuclear proliferation issues, says someone of Clinton’s stature “must be finding it hard to play such a limited role and not be a central figure in foreign-policy decisionmaking.” He compares her to Colin Powell, under whom he served, as “the State Department’s envoy to the president, and not the other way around.”

    Mr. Herring says Clinton has been a “team player,” but he adds that this does not mean she has been “marginalized” the way Mr. Powell was. Indeed, Secretary Albright says the cold-war-era scenario of one dominant player in the promotion of US foreign policy is over, replaced by a “constellation” of participants and influences.

    “Her role is to exert power by being a team player, knowing when to delegate and when to take the driver’s seat,” Albright says. “It’s a different modus operandi from a Dean Acheson or a Henry Kissinger.”

    In Clinton’s case, it may be a sense of security about who she is as a global personality that has allowed her to stand back and make way for other high-powered figures to take on the day-to-day management of key portfolios. The idea of naming Senator Mitchell as Middle East envoy came from Clinton, aides say: Obama wanted someone working on the Middle East peace issue full time from the beginning of his presidency, and Clinton knew she wouldn’t be able to dedicate the time required as she learned her new job and focused on other priorities like China and Asia, where she symbolically chose to make her first major trip as secretary.

    “Maybe it doesn’t matter to her; she’s already a star,” says Aaron David Miller, a Middle East expert who has worked under six secretaries of State. “She’s a very smart leader with a real persona.” But he says Clinton nevertheless has two formidable obstacles in her path: an “unforgiving world where diplomatic breakthroughs are very hard to come by,” and a bureaucratic structure that “leaves her on the outside of ownership of the big issues.”

    That second factor may be about to change, as Clinton dives into the Middle East peace process.

    But Mr. Miller, now at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, says Clinton is a blank slate when it comes to being a negotiator – a talent that he considers one of the defining attributes of a great secretary of State.

    “Consequential secretaries of State are great for one of two reasons, and one of them is that they solve problems,” he says. “You either look at the world as a chessboard or you don’t; it’s not something learned. It remains an open question: Does Hillary Clinton have the negotiator’s mind-set?”

    UNDER ALUMINUM-GRAY SKIES, Clinton was riding in a limousine through the streets of Zurich when the phone rang. The news wasn’t good. It was the beginning of a trip to Europe last October that was to include crucial talks with Russian leaders. Clinton was stopping off in Switzerland to witness the signing of a diplomatic accord between longtime rivals Turkey and Armenia. This was supposed to be the pro forma part of the trip.

    But Philip Gordon, assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, was on the phone, telling her that the signing was in jeopardy. An Armenian official had just warned him that his boss was balking at some of the wording the Turkish foreign minister planned to use in his statement.

    “She thought she was coming in for a signing ceremony and instead … she got down in the weeds on the details,” recalls Mr. Gordon.

    Despite the presence of the French and Russian foreign ministers, it was the American secretary of State the two sides turned to. Clinton tried some shuttle diplomacy, but neither side budged. She then proposed to her American entourage a simple idea: How about if there are no statements, just the signing, with the accord doing the talking?

    Gordon and others nixed the idea as unworkable, and the effort to finesse the statements resumed – unsuccessfully. But Clinton remained adamant that a way forward be found. “At some point she passed me a note that said, ‘Why can’t my idea work?’ ” Gordon says. This time the idea of no statements was proposed – and accepted by both parties. “You have to be creative in these situations,” says Gordon. “And she was.”

    The tense dealmaking in Zurich is one example aides cite as evidence that Clinton is a skilled negotiator. They note, too, that she was a senator, and you don’t get legislation passed without knowing how to broker deals – a skill that they believe she will be able to call on in the Israeli-Palestinian talks.

    Actually a debate rages in Washington over just how much of a role the United States, and Clinton as secretary of State, should play in the renewed talks. Even if the negotiations get past the end-of-September expiration of Israel’s moratorium on settlement construction, the question of when Clinton should be in the room, and when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should be left to hammer things out on their own, draws sharply differing responses.

    When Obama invited the two leaders to Washington earlier this month to formally restart direct talks, Clinton told them neither she nor anyone else from the US would be with them at all times at the negotiating table. What worries some specialists is that Clinton’s approach will be too much like past US peace-process efforts – with too little that is innovative and game-changing.

    “If all you do is restart the same old talks, all it does is get you back to the messy status quo,” says Mr. Clemons. “We need to do more about Hamas than ignore its presence in the room. We need to think in innovative strategic terms that get us to a new game board where Arabs and Israelis see a two-state solution as a move toward rolling back Iran in the region. But unless Hillary has something up her sleeve, I don’t see her reshaping the board in a way a secretary of State should.”

    What makes critiques of Clinton as a foreign-policy traditionalist so striking is how this view contrasts with Clinton’s own characterization of what she is trying to do. She speaks of fashioning a foreign policy for the 21st century, where partnerships – American-led, granted – and dialogue replace the bygone days of the American superpower. She has directed her staff to think expansively in defining a new role for diplomacy in the QDDR. She has even come up with a new concept, the “townterview” – a mix of a town-hall meeting and an interview with a big-name local TV journalist to reach mass audiences with issues average people care about – that she has used when visiting countries like Indonesia, China, and Pakistan.

    “The complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new American moment, a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways,” Clinton told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington earlier this month. “The challenges we face are more complex than ever, and so are the responses needed to meet them. That is why we are building a global architecture that reflects and harnesses the realities of the 21st century.”

    All well and good, but not the kind of issue a secretary of State can “own” – especially in today’s complex world, notes the Wilson Center’s Miller. Others wonder whether it’s possible to speak of a “new American moment” in a world where the perception of American power is so reduced. “Hillary Clinton believes in American power,” says Clemons, “but it’s still an old power, when what is needed is to reinvent American leverage for a new era.”

    Aides and longtime diplomats say the ideas like those offered at the CFR are not just words, but that Clinton constantly presses them to translate such rhetoric into reality.

    “She has already left an important mark,” says Bill Burns, undersecretary for political affairs and the highest ranking career diplomat in the State Department. Citing a restructuring of the department and a “reimagining” of what diplomacy will mean and entail in the 21st century, he acknowledges that while not everything Clinton is doing is new, under her “it is sinking in in ways I haven’t seen before.”

    And the new directions Clinton has emphasized – the introduction and elevation of global issues in strategic dialogues with countries like India and Pakistan, the focus on reaching publics and working with nongovernmental organizations – are about more than simply dreaming up new ways of doing diplomacy, Secretary Burns says. “She has helped to broaden the terms of how you look at national-security interests.”

    As an example, he cites Yemen. Bilateral relations with the hotbed of Islamist extremism still focus on the security challenges there, Burns says, but Clinton has insisted that diplomats dig deeper into the causes of conflict and public dissatisfaction that feed extremism. “She has nudged the discussion there beyond Al Qaeda to development issues like water,” he says. Such a broadened sense of strategic dialogue “is a departure from how we have done things in this institution.”

    The people Clinton has chosen to do the “big thinking” for her while she tends to what Miller describes as an “unforgiving world” say she is clear in her assignment to them. “She wants us reexamining the definition of diplomacy, and elevating development,” says Anne-Marie Slaughter, Clinton’s director of policy planning. As head of what she describes as “the department of longer-term thinking,” Ms. Slaughter – whom Clinton enticed away from Princeton University, where she was dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs – says she is mindful that her job is very much about “creating what [Clinton’s] stamp on the department will be.”

    That job includes delivering that QDDR by October, and reenvisioning what diplomats do so they are more like foremen of American development projects – or as Clinton likes to say, “people who wear cargo pants as much as striped pants.” In that vein, another priority for Clinton is reinvigorating a long-marginalized US Agency of International Development – a task that, if successful, would go down as her “legacy,” according to Burns.

    IT’S A HEFTY TO-DO LIST, not one likely to be completed anytime soon. So the question naturally arises: Will she be around to see it all through? This being Washington, speculation regularly surfaces of a coming change for Clinton. She will replace Gates when he fulfills his self-announced departure from the Pentagon sometime next year, some say. Ambassador Bolton sees her so focused on development – and so unfulfilled at State – that she will leave her post as Obama’s top diplomat to take the presidency of the World Bank when that job comes open. Others speak of the proven vote-getter switching jobs with Vice President Biden before the 2012 election.

    When CFR President Richard Haass repeated that latter bit of Washington tea-leafing in his introduction of Clinton before her speech this month, she faintly smiled and shook her head “no.”

    If Clinton has found a comfortable stride as secretary of State – as many analysts say she has – one reason may be how much she reaches into her own past to share what America is and her vision of the force it wants to be in a 21st-century world. Albright recalls how Clinton responded to her invitation to address the Community of Democracies, a group bringing together new and old European democracies that Albright founded a decade ago when she headed the State Department.

    “It was a very good speech, but then she did something else,” Albright says, recounting how Clinton retold for her audience the story of the 2008 presidential campaign: How she had run very hard against Obama, how he had won “fair and square,” and how she came to serve her former rival as his secretary of State.

    “She showed those people assembled, from old and young democracies alike, what power sharing really is and what it means in a democracy,” Albright says. “It was brilliant, and it was everything this woman is about.”

    Clinton may not have yet made the “strategic leaps” that some say the 21st century requires of American diplomacy. If the president calls, her sense of duty may well have her decamping the State Department for other climes. In any case, she has said she cannot envision remaining in a job with such a grueling pace into a second term, should Obama win reelection. In the meantime, she will pursue her vision of renewed American power in the way of the global politician she has become: audience to audience, one village at a time.

  121. In one very popular synagogue in Manhattan, I’m told the rabbi received a standing ovation after his sermon in support of the Ground Zero Mosque.


    Aw, that’s just in Manhattan. Where the community center would actually be built. These are just people who might actually visit or walk by it. THey might have known Rauf from past community work together. And NY has actually got a reputation for, yanno, tolerance and diversity. Fools, all of them.

  122. I thought that Vitter was the only one to vote against Hillary
    So did I. But there were two of them, Vitter and DeMint. In the case of Vitter, I believe it was payback for Livingston who was also from Louisiana and part of that same political machine. Livington succeeded Gingrich. He lasted only a few days. Then there were hushed suggestions that he like Newt had wandered off the reservation so he was gone. So they turned to a wrestling coach named Denny Hassert who being from Illinois probably had ties to the Combine. Like Newt and Livingston, Vitter believed passionately in the institution of monogamy–for other people. DeMint is a social conservative as well but I doubt that he is a hypocrite. He married his high school sweetheart and they have four children. And when it comes to fighting Obama, and the Republican establishment as well there is no one better.

  123. wbboei
    September 26th, 2010

    Billionaire George Soros revealed as mystery J Street donor

    I read about this earlier and am so angry I could spit. One part of me is not surprised that he provides the financial backing for this Israel-hate group. Another part of me is so wary of the underhanded crap going on here.
    I may have told you this story before. On the eve of the 2008 primary, Soros and Obama appeared at a fundraiser in Manhattan for wealthy Jewish donors. The two of them did a good guy bad guy routine to try to seduce those donors into believing Obama was a passionate supporter of the State of Israel when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. George Soros, a left wing atheist, played the role of attack dog, and criticized Israel mercilessly. Then Obama stood up and defended them with grandeur. But of course it was all an act. The problem is people believed Obama and they opened their wallets. I am quite sure that Obama and Soros laughed all the way to the bank on that one. From the standpoint of some of those donors–the ones who support AIRPAC it is like the old German idiom–too soon old. Too late smart.

  124. In that case we would vote for some Democrats instead of nuking them all.
    Turndown, that may have been true in the past, but today they are the party of Bill Ayers, Jamie Dimon and Barack Obama. There needs to be a Door III as the great Monty Hall (or was it Monty Python?) used to talk about. Hillary would give us a door III. I am afraid this Gordian Knot she is trying to untie in the Middle East may keep her too focused on other matters, in which case alas the moment of opportunity for the American People will pass. That is why they assigned that job to her personally. If I were a betting man, that is where I would be placing my chips right now. That is a tragedy for the country, because this economic situation is not getting any better, Obama is burying us and future generations, the Republican alternative is unexciting, and there is a revolt against the establishment in process and neither political party has gotten in front of the power curve. That is a dangerous condition.

  125. Let me state the proposition as clearly as I can. We are in a period of economic crisis and national decline. There are nicer ways to say it, but that is what the fundamentals tell us. Oh sure, there will always be polyanas out there who will tell you don’t count America out, and I don’t. I am simply saying that our economic situation, our military situation, our energy situation, our inability to control our border, our debt, our loss of manufacturing, our rotting infrastructure, and the thief who is president, do not ipso facto presage a new golden age. And, these problems are beyond the power of our political leaders to solve. Against that backdrop, the two existing political parties offer us two distinct choices, neither of which are particularly appealing to the middle class. One party promised to protect the vested interest and curtail needed government programs. The other party promises to protect vested interests, give us social engineering, piss on our leg and tell us it is raining. That is why we do need a third way. Let us hope Hillary answers the bell. If not then somebody else will, and we may not like the alternative any more than the two existing ones. Then again we might, since it is Hobson’s Choice.

  126. wbboei

    You left out the decline of our public school system. This weekend on Meet the Press, and this whole week they are going to be focusing on how far our educational system has fallen. This has been happening for a long time. The question is can we save it. No child left behind has not done it, testing just continue to tell us we have a problem, and it is getting worse. Education is at the very core of our society, and we have not paid much attention to it in 30+ years.

  127. This is a very insightful analysis of the Tea Party movement. Some things I did not know. Among other things, it was started by a woman in Seattle, and is primarily composed of people who run small business or work for small business and do are not sheltered by large corporations who can negotiate with the Federal Government and feel that their problems are not being solved, but exacerbated by the actions of Barack Hussein Obama.

    The trailer reads as follows:

    In April 2009, political rallies were held nationwide in protest of government spending and economic bailouts. Called “Tea Parties,” these rallies spurred a new political phenomenon that has created a stir at the polls and received support by Sarah Palin. Tea Partiers have various reasons for getting involved in politics, but their most common refrain is that the government is not solving the nation’s problems. Critics acknowledge that as a movement, the Tea Party is not tasked with creating solutions like the Republican and Democratic parties. Although the future of the Tea Party movement and its lasting impact on the political system is unclear, it has brought many new people into the political process. (Published Sept. 23, 2010)

  128. this whole week they are going to be focusing on how far our educational system has fallen.
    It has, of course, fallen for many reasons. One I witnessed first hand during the 1960’s was the institution of ‘new math.’ No doubt there are many other ‘improvements’ to blame. One huge factor has got to be all the Latino children whom we are forced to feed, teach the second language, and offer other tutorial services after school.(From an NJN News interview after Gov. Christie removed substantial funding.) There was a day when school children all over New Jersey protested the governor’s action. One Latino girl, probably 11 or 12 stated how bad it all was for she would now have to pay for her lunch, and would no longer be tutored.

  129. You left out the decline of our public school system. This weekend on Meet the Press, and this whole week they are going to be focusing on how far our educational system has fallen. This has been happening for a long time. The question is can we save it. No child left behind has not done it, testing just continue to tell us we have a problem, and it is getting worse. Education is at the very core of our society, and we have not paid much attention to it in 30+ years.
    I agree NMF. I included that and then I deleted it inadvertently. I think education is absolutely critical to our future. It must be the right kind of education however, that gives student the skills they need to compete in a labor market of two billion people, because that is where the economic forces, technology and Barack Hussein are pulling our labor force. But I have no faith in MTP to deal off the top of the deck. When I say no faith, I mean the inexorable zero. I have seen too much, and I know how they operate. They carry water for Obama, and when Obama talks about education what he really means is the Teachers Union–not the students. When Hillary talks about education she means the students.

  130. t has, of course, fallen for many reasons. One I witnessed first hand during the 1960’s was the institution of ‘new math.’
    Yes yes yes. As in SMSG. The School Mathematics Study Group. Wasn’t that a trip.

  131. JanH, I’m not sure I like that CS MOnitor’s article on Hillary.It has some nasty comments.

    I wonder about John Bolton theory?

    We are just hours away of the expiration of the settlement freeze…I wonder what will go down??

  132. “George Soros, a left wing atheist, played the role of attack dog, and criticized Israel mercilessly. Then Obama stood up and defended them with grandeur. But of course it was all an act.”

    So who do we blame? The media for abetting these monsters? The culprits themselves who are totally amoral? Or the people who turned a blind eye to obama’s racist/terrorist connections and bought into his lies?

    Enough already. We see the beginning of the unravelling of this monsters crimes, the heckling of this Elvis impersonator, a few cracks in the media love-in for him. I don’t want to wait for obama’s fall from the throne. I want impeachment processes started. I want this clown and his wife to be dragged out and humiliated beyond reason.

    Nothing else will suffice.

  133. More food for thought:
    …Despite what the White House says, the Tea Party agenda is more mainstream than the Obama agenda….
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  134. confloyd,

    No matter how many times the media does an article on Hillary, the digs are still around in order to boost their messiah and hold Hillary back.

    As far as the settlement issue is concerned, bibi is between a rock and a hard place. The U.S. aka obama is pressuring Israel to give up everything while the Palestinians are being given martyrdom. I personally believe that the settlement freeze moratorium should not continue. Nobody has given Israel credit for doing this in the first place. Abbas deliberately waited until it was almost over before he agreed to new talks. In this way he can come across as all righteous, etc…etc… while Israel looks as if it is not doing everything it can to achieve peace.

    In the meantime, the Arab countries stand adamant against recognized Israel as a Jewish State. They continue to demand right of return, the removal of Israelis from the West Bank, and Jerusalem as their capital. In other words, they want the bank but won’t give up anything in return because obama has constantly promised them that they are in the right.

  135. JanH, Your right on how these magazines always prop up Obama over Hillary.
    I was going to post an article on my FB page about how CGI/Clinton got 6billion in donations….when the article came up it had Obama’s picture on the article. It made me sick!

  136. JanH, I am with you about this guy getting impeached and embarrassed beyond repair, but will the republicans do it. I personally don’t think so…only if we elect the right repubs…like the far right ones!

  137. So who do we blame? The media for abetting these monsters? The culprits themselves who are totally amoral? Or the people who turned a blind eye to obama’s racist/terrorist connections and bought into his lies?

    Enough already. We see the beginning of the unravelling of this monsters crimes, the heckling of this Elvis impersonator, a few cracks in the media love-in for him. I don’t want to wait for obama’s fall from the throne. I want impeachment processes started. I want this clown and his wife to be dragged out and humiliated beyond reason.

    Nothing else will suffice.
    From the time Caine (Qayin)slew Able (Havel) most rational people have recognized that there is such a thing as evil in the world and the problem lies within all of us. The left believes human beings are basically good, and if everybody had their own upper east side shrink paid for at public expense and if the human spirit was liberated from the corrupting influence of institutions then peace would guide the planets and love would guide the stars.

    If you believe in the first premise, then the question becomes how do we deter evil and how do we enhance good. The answer is through accountability. That is the role of he media. But when the media has become corrupt, and when it sees a candidate as someone who shares their values and march to their drum, then the question becomes who is really controlling whom. And where, as here, the end result is the media develops false narrative and it white washes sin, it fails the society at large. To your question who is responsible for this descent into darkness my answer would be the media. Put differently, if we had a legitimate media in this country, which we do not, then it would be impossible for a corrupt man like Obama to drag us down paths which we should never enter and from which no one ever returns.

    As to your second point, I wish I could believe the Republicans have the stones to impeach Obama, but I am afraid they do not. On the other hand, if they suffer casualties from the personal attacks, mud and smears that Kaine (Caine) and Obama have in store for them then perhaps they will be moved to do their duty.

  138. Against that backdrop, the two existing political parties offer us two distinct choices, neither of which are particularly appealing to the middle class….
    For me, the last two years leads me to the opposite conclusion…we are being offered one choice, dressed up with different rhetoric.

    “I am quite sure that Obama and Soros laughed all the way to the bank on that one.”
    I think that is the same dynamic that is being played by the rethugs and dems. After the “show” is over each night, they get together with the lobbyists, click wine glasses and laugh their asses off at the stupidity of the American voters. Both parties has successfully bent the economic curve to favor the 1% and the curve has a straight downward slope into the shitter for the vast majority of Americans.

    Corporations are seeing record profits, the top 400 wealthiest Americans saw an 8-10% increase in net worth (now grater than the GDP of India) and the American voter is worried that Obama is a Socialist Muslim or that the rethugs are really much worse that the corrupt incompetent Dems. The show must go on!!!

  139. wbboei,
    I hope the RNC utilizes all of the info/footage/complaints made to and about the DNC during the primaries. A win at any cost kind of rebuttal to attempted smears. It still infuriates me that I was so niave as to have believed that the dimocratic party stood for something. The individuals I dealt with for simply carrying a sign or wearing a sticker were reprehensible and we were members of the same party and twice I had a kid with me. Vile disgusting cretins.

  140. “How she had run very hard against Obama, how he had won “fair and square,” ….”

    Well, I guess if we get a miracle and she challenges BO, she won’t be mentioning all of his and the DNC’s cheating….

  141. wbboei, I have worried, too, that they gave her this Mideast problem in order to keep her from challenging him. But on the other hand, she really hates the ideas of republicans winning, so when BO continues to sink in the polls, she might put the immediate needs of our country over the Mideast neverending problem….

  142. “If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.”

    This was on the front of an invitation for a Halloween party I got. Inside it said there will be draft beer, boxed wine, perverse punch and cheap vodka and mountains of 5 dollar pizzas from Little Caesars. Cost per person is 75, keeping cost low so all else can go to kick the scary people out of Washington.

  143. Here is a fascinating video from Danish Television of conservative pundit Mark Styne. It deals with the Muslim challenge to European culture, the exodus of the Jewish population in a part of Sweden, the mathematics of demographic change and above all the failure of the European elites to summon the political courage to defend their heritage. Years ago, I read a book written by Robert Bork the former Supreme Court nominee who was trashed by people with the IQ of Biden, Leahy and Kennedy. In that books he describes a similar reaction by our own elites, in the days when Obama was splashing in the surf in Hawaii and his buddy wild Bill Ayers was doing chemistry experiments with nail bombs. Bork was serving a law professor at Yale, and he was taken aback by the revolution on campus. But what shocked him most of all was the timidity of the tenured professors. They were unwilling to stand up for American values. One of them told him in confidence, why fight this thing, we are all going to hell, lets enjoy the good life while it lasts. It seems that todays elites are of the same view. Obama is simply a tool for them to retain their privileged status while the country goes to hell. This video is interesting.

  144. I tried to post this and don’t see it so here goes

    “If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.”

    This was on the front of an invitation for a Halloween party I got. Inside it said there will be draft beer, boxed wine, perverse punch and cheap vodka and mountains of 5 dollar pizzas from Little Caesars. Cost per person is 75, keeping cost low so all else can go to kick the scary people out of Washington.

  145. Styne says you cannot outrun your own demographic decline, when you bring in immigrants to support the welfare state a large number of them figure out the system and end up on the dole so that model does not work. Also, he says that you must have assimilation policies, like insistence that immigrants learn the language of the new country. Finally, he notes that you must have something to assimilate to, meaning that the national culture must be strong enough to withstand the assault. He contrasts this with that they are teaching today in British schools which is that Britain is the source of imperialism, and racism and he asks why would a muslim want to assimilate into that. So the message becomes important.

    This raises an interesting question: Obama by his inaction favors open immigration. Obama by his actions opposes assimilation policies such as English first. Obama by his actions seeks to reward illegal immigrants by allowing them to go on our safety nets and giving them citizenship thereby rewarding what was an illegal act ab initio. And Obama trashes American culture, history and identity. And Obama is in the view of many a European socialist. Is his ultimate goal to transform this society along the lines we see happening in Europe. If so then the American People will be the big loser.

  146. wbboei, I have worried, too, that they gave her this Mideast problem in order to keep her from challenging him. But on the other hand, she really hates the ideas of republicans winning, so when BO continues to sink in the polls, she might put the immediate needs of our country over the Mideast neverending problem
    That is what we are all hoping.

  147. To my knowledge there is no country to which I can move to and become a citizen without providing that country with something it can not provide on its own. Am i mistaken? Unless I have a butt load of cash or am a child of a person from Europe I am screwed. If unemployment is through the roof who is it that is saying that Americans won’t do the jobs migrant workers will? Not the American worker! I know people desperate for work in NYC that would take a ten dollar an hor construction job. Not available as the employers save by hiring those that are illegal.

  148. Force Behind Paladino Run Now a Driver
    Chauffeur, Adviser Rus Thompson Embodies Much of What Candidate Stands For
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    BUFFALO—Rus Thompson, the man who talked Carl Paladino into running for governor, is a gravelly voiced concrete-truck salesman who a few years ago struggled to find enough work to support his wife and six children.

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    Tea-party activist Rus Thompson plays key role in Paladino campaign.

    He and Mr. Paladino, a multimillionaire real-estate developer, did have at least one thing in common: They had long been working to push aside elected officials whom they viewed as out of touch and responsible for high taxes and bad government.

    Without Mr. Thompson’s urging and his tea-party ties, it’s unlikely that Mr. Paladino would have run for governor—let alone pulled off his upset win in the Republican primary against the more moderate, party-supported Rick Lazio.

    There are many ways that the 54-year-old Mr. Thompson, who now serves as Mr. Paladino’s driver, adviser and liaison to many tea-party groups, embodies the forces that propelled Mr. Paladino to victory.

    He’s an upstate conservative who was having a hard time finding home-improvement jobs. He’s angry at Albany, viewing it as corrupt and too focused on the needs of New York City at the expense of the rest of the state. Much of his ire comes from his experience working for elderly homeowners, who he said could barely afford to maintain their homes and pay property taxes with their fixed incomes.

    Mr. Thompson got his start in local politics, fighting battles such as an unsuccessful attempt to remove the tolls from the bridge to his hometown of Grand Island, which sits in the middle of the Niagara River just north of Buffalo. He led protests against politicians and formed early tea-party groups.

    He sought out Mr. Paladino as an ally in those fights because he had heard the developer’s radio ads criticizing the Buffalo school board and respected his charge to lift tolls on another major area highway.

    Early this year, Mr. Thompson, who claims President John Adams as a relative, and fellow Buffalo-area activists were disillusioned with the candidates for governor. So he had a series of meetings with Mr. Paladino in the real-estate developer’s office at his ornate Ellicott Square building. They bought roast beef-on-weck—a Buffalo specialty slightly less well-known than the city’s chicken wings—and turkey from the small stand in the building’s large indoor courtyard. Then they retreated up a large staircase, past the Erie County Democratic Party’s headquarters, to Mr. Paladino’s office and discussed what could be done.

    “I said. ‘I’d like you to run for governor,’ ” the mustachioed Mr. Thompson said, laughing. “He started laughing and he goes. ‘What are you smoking?'”

    But Mr. Thompson didn’t give up. At the time, Mr. Paladino considered himself a tea-party member. He had been scheduled to speak at a rally for Mr. Thompson’s group, Tea NY, the day after Mr. Paladino’s son got into a fatal car accident—an incident that Mr. Paladino has said was another source of motivation for his run.

    Mr. Thompson saw an opening when Mr. Paladino described being disappointed with Mr. Lazio.

    Mr. Paladino said he thought at the time: “That’s the best choice our parties can give us,” Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Mr. Lazio?

    He and Mr. Thompson talked about what could be done to fix the state’s problems. Eventually, Mr. Thompson asked Mr. Paladino if he could float his name as a potential candidate. Mr. Paladino agreed.

    “I said, ‘Let me do one thing. Let me go home and leak out to the media that you’re thinking of running for governor,'” Mr. Thompson said. Mr. Paladino was soon deluged with calls from potential supporters. “He calls me up three hours later and goes, ‘What the hell did you get me into?'”

    Other activists were stunned.

    Associated Press
    Carl Paladino

    “I never thought about asking” Mr. Paladino, said Leonard Roberto, an ally of Mr. Thompson. “I didn’t feel like getting thrown off the balcony here. I wouldn’t have done it. [Mr. Thompson] is a bull in a china shop.”

    Once Mr. Paladino decided to run, he hired Mr. Thompson to work on the campaign full time, allowing Mr. Thompson to leave behind his contracting business. At first, they started out driving around the state to visit tea-party groups in one of Mr. Paladino’s BMW sport-utility vehicles. Mr. Thompson told the developer he needed to get an American car, a Chevrolet Suburban.

    The radio rarely plays—though Mr. Paladino said he’s a fan of Motown, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen—as Mr. Paladino works from the back seat or the group, which frequently includes the campaign manager and Mr. Paladino’s pet bulldog, talks policy. Mr. Thompson often quotes from the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.

    “He’s not a driver. I love being with him,” Mr. Paladino said. “It’s been a great education for me. I’ve learned a lot from him.”

    Write to Andrew Grossman at

  149. Okay so I’ll try agian to see if this post goes through as i cannot see why it doesn’t
    “If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.”

    This was on the front of an invitation for a Halloween party I got. Inside it said there will be draft beer, boxed wine, perverse punch and cheap vodka and mountains of 5 dollar pizzas from Little Caesars. Cost per person is 75, keeping cost low so all else can go to kick the scary people out of Washington.

  150. “If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.”

  151. The quote in my last post was on the front of a snail mail invite

    This was on the front of an invitation for a Halloween party I got. Inside it said there will be draft beer, boxed wine, perverse punch and cheap vodka and mountains of 5 dollar pizzas from Little Caesars. Cost per person is 75, keeping cost low so all else can go to kick the scary people out of Washington.

  152. wbboei
    I have heard people scream that the cost of a tomato will go up .25 if we have to rely on Americans. Big fing deal. People want to work. I bet it would be cheaper for the government to provide seasonal homes for unemployed Americans willing to work and bust their butts than it costs to provide extended unemployment benefits and health care to illegal workers. I bet the cost of a tomato is going to go up a whole lot more. When a country has 10% unemployment it is insane to even think of offering amnesty to people who have committed a crime. Plenty of Americans clean homes, nurture children and garden. Paying someone less to be a servant rather than an employee seems to be attractive to the creative class.

  153. Now Obama….so your friends sitting down with this man?

    Ahmadinejad Has “hush-hush” Meal with Farrakhan and New Black Panthers in NYC

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s six-night visit to NYC included a secret sit-down with militant minister Louis Farrakhan, the New York Post reported Sunday.

    The president shared a hush-hush meal with Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party Tuesday at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street.

    The meeting took place during Ahmadinejad’s stay in NYC to address the U.N. General Assembly. He met Farrakhan, the fiery 77-year-old leader of The Nation of Islam, in the Warwick Hotel’s banquet hall.

  154. I have to scream an extension of amnesty will not hurt those on Capital hill or Hollywood but instead will cripple the guy in America who may not have had the traditional ability to attend college or the same opportunities of a promising job that awaited his father in a steel mill. Jobs will instead go to someone illegal who will work for less who has already cost society a profound amount. I tried to do some research on how much illegal immigration has cost the educational system and the health care industry. Casual research gives you Harvard, Yale, Stanford and blah blah blah. All say the benefit outweighs the cost. Really? I have not studied actuary sciences but seems to me that several tens of millions of people working illegally for generations are going to cripple our ability to take care of the people who worked their asses off all of their lives and then paid property taxes to fund schools until they die.

    Maybe I am vapid. I just don’t get it. If I work 60 hours a week and by age 40 I am making 150,000. I should be punished or held responsible for corporations that abused cheap labor? I send my kid to college and get zero in financial aid but the child of someone illegal gets to go to school for free. Makes no sense.

  155. wbboei
    September 26th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Uh, what the hell are you talking about? Obama has implemented the most anti-union education policy in the history of this nation. You really need to read a little more about Arne Duncan and the Race to the Top. Or, hell, just inform yourself of what happened with in the Fenty(mini Obama)/Gray DC primary last week.

  156. Just a friendly public service reminder to those who still think the GZ mosque is a good idea.

    ‘Saudi Arabia’s strict patriarchal guardianship system requires all women to be represented by men, either their husband, father or son, in all public and official spheres of life. Women are not allowed to drive, inherit, divorce or gain custody of children, and cannot enter most public spaces without a male guardian.’

    Malls, restaurants and amusement parks are segregated by gender.

  157. Also, I am really tired of the implication that all unions are bad. When 40% of the private workforce was unionized, we had a robust middle class, and the smallest gap in wealth since this nation was created. Now, with 7% of the private workforce unionized, we have a basically decimated middleclass and the largest wealth gap since the year before the start of the Great Depression.

    But if you hate the teachers union you should be all in for Obama’s education policy. Arne Duncan has made it impossible for states to compete for funds(not that states should have to compete for education funds) without literally weaking their union laws. He just threw half a billion dollars at merit pay despite a study that came out days before finding merit pay did nothing to improve students outcomes or teacher performance. He called Katrina “the best thing to ever happen to New Orleans” because so many of their schools were destroyed and GWB and his friends were ablet to get in their a charterize the public school system. No need to express knee jerk reactions about Obama and his policies. little research would show you Obama is no friend to the teachers unions.

  158. mj, I agree, not all unions are created equal. My dad’s union, The Communication Workers of America a division AFL-CIO was/is a wonderful union. I will never get what my dad did in his retirement. He worked for peanuts for many years though and now he has a comfortable salary. He did not get rich as some folks like to think the union does for people. It in his case made he got a good retirement. It also protected him against these bosses like I had.

  159. confloyd
    September 26th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Exactly, confloyd. And, when we had a large unionized private workforce we all had more labor protections. The unions had clout then. That was the day of the defined benefit pension, which has almost entirely disappeared since.

  160. …The reason for the Tea Party’s stunning success and President Obama’s equally remarkable decline is relatively simple. A truly popular grassroots movement has captured the fears and concerns of tens of millions of Americans over the relentless rise of Big Government and the growing threat to economic and individual freedom under the Obama administration, while channeling their hopes and aspirations for the future based upon a return to the founding ideals of the Constitution. In contrast, an out of touch presidency that exudes arrogance and elitism at every turn continues to contemptuously spend other people’s money with abandon, building up a crippling debt that will ultimately destroy America’s long-term prosperity if left unchecked. It is a stark choice that the two sides offer, and it’s not surprising that a clear majority of Americans are opting for political revolution rather than the status quo.
    h t t p://

    Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.

  161. ok Guys, I am signing off until the 8th October, I’m off on holiday…..see you when i get back for the UK and Ireland. Have fun XX

  162. mj, I have no retirement, I will have to try and save over half my checks for the rest of the years I have left to work, and hope I can and then hope I don’t last longer than I have money for.
    My dad never has had to worry about that.
    I was telling a friend of mine about my dad’s retirement, he works in the oil field, there’s not one like my dad’s in the high paying oil field business. I hear the railroads used to have a good one, but of coarse they broke that union and now people in our country will work til they drop dead.
    I also have met a new friend and she is from the Phillipines…she is 58 and when she is 60 she is going back to her country where the retirement age is 60 and she will still get her social security check from here and one in the phillipines…she says she will live like a queen. Unfortunately the people in this country will never have that.

  163. mj, I am really not familiar with those unions in Chicago, but could it be that those are the ones everyone talks about as being bad??

    Of coarse the auto unions are always worth griping about.

  164. Anyone hear Majority Leader Bainer (Sp?) avoid the question on why the Rethugs didn’t come out with strong plans on their Big Guns pledge?

    The question of ‘entitlements’ like Social Security, and how America can’t afford it. Another Rethug asked why getting rid of it isn’t in the pledge, and funding it in private ways. Bainer said when the Rethugs get the power, they will have to have a serious talk with Americans on why we can’t afford it.

    I am sick to death of Obamacrats and Rethugs. I am sick of the voters still having to vote the better of two evils.

    H-I-L-L-A-R-Y we NEED you, sooner rather than later.

    I have little hope is she doesn’t run again.

  165. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

    A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

  166. Shadowfax
    September 26th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Probably sidestepping because the Repubs and Dems are getting ready for a big bipartisan vote to raise our retirement age in the upcoming lame duck session following the elections.

  167. And then there’s this.

    If Paladino runs fearlessly against the GZ mosque I believe he will win NYS.

    International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian man, Arshed Masih, died yesterday after Muslims burned him alive for refusing to recant his faith. Additionally, a Muslim policeman raped Masih’s wife.

    Masih and his wife, Martha, worked and lived at the house of Sheik Mohammad Sultan, a powerful Muslim businessman in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, since 2005.

    Pakistan’s most powerful man, army chef General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is from the Rawalpindi area and is visiting the U.S. capitol.

    In January, Muslim religious leaders and Sheik Sultan asked Masih and his family to convert to Islam. Masih and his family refused to convert and informed Sheik Sultan that they were going to quit working for him. The Sheik became furious and warned Masih that he would kill him if he quit. Masih told his family and friends about the entire incident. Christian leaders tried to persuade the Sheik to let Masih and his family leave his house.

    On March 14, Sheik Sultan`s house was robbed. He filed a case of theft of 500,000 Rupees ($ 5,952) against Martha. After taking them for questioning, the police assaulted Masih and raped Martha. Two days later, Sheik Sultan told the couple that he would ask the police to release them if they converted to Islam. The couple refused to recant their faith.

    On March 19, Masih was set on fire in front of the police station. At the time, three Muslim religious leaders and three policemen were present at the scene. The perpetrators have not been identified.

    Masih was taken to the Holy Family Hospital where he received treatment for three days before finally dying today.

  168. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

    A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.
    That is right. They want this law repealed and a new one enacted. One that clamps down on insurance companies, covers the uninsured, does not raise the cost of insurance, tort reform and is not written by insurance company lobbyists and passed without being read. This law satisfies none of those objectives which is why nearly 2/3 oppose it. If it were as this yahoo article suggests, then the dims would not be running from it. It is a disaster.

  169. Wonderful article in Barons, It says an economic recovery without a housing recovery is like a blt without the bacon–won’t happen. Anemic, sluggish, frozen. And when you ask a real estate agent why the market is not moving–as I have, they say jobs, or rather the lack thereof. And when you ask small business people and fortune 500 companies you find they are sitting on cash, or struggling to survive. The one thing they are not doing is expanding. And when you ask them why they are not expanding they give a five letter answer: O-B-A-M-A boom sis boom crash look out below. I also learned that Obamas pal Dinner Jacket who met with Obama protected species Farrakan and NBP while he was in New York, did not get his inspiration for the UN speech from them but from a little bird he relies on frequently for idean–the cuckoo bird. And finally interesting news about China==Meeshall bout some while she was traipsing around Italy. No, the other China. Seems that all this talk about privatization taint necessarily so–cpcu owns controlling interest in all those companies, in fact they are state run monopolies with minority interests in the private sector. Also, contrary to the crap Tom Friedman dishes out in The Earth Is Flat, their vaunted Universities are about like our junior colleges.

  170. Even my premiums for my health care at my new job is going up in Jan. Its going to go up about 40. a month. Thanks Obama!

  171. mj
    i would have answered that the health care didn’t go far enough as well had I been asked the questions that says nothing about how I feel about what was passed

  172. Is anyone watching Hannity right now? Little Tucker Carlson is reporting on how politicians “misremember” their record or events in their lives…like Blumenthal being confused about his service during Vietnam and then he had a LONG piece dragging up Hillary’s comment about the enemy fire during a visit when she was first lady. They showed video PROVING that Hillary was “misremembering” or lying.

    Guess Hannity little Tucker will drag up anything they can to trash Hillary.

    Sorry this is of topic. But it is disgusting.

  173. wbboei
    September 26th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Sorry, the devil is in the details. Almost all that money went to Kipp, Teach America and charters, ie NOT unionized public schools.

  174. Southern BOrn, This all started about a week ago when Chris Wallace made a sly comment about Hillary and then had a smirk on his face….its is so disgusting! Then the next breath they say republican women are the only ones that are abused…yea right!

  175. Bullies always go on the attack when they are insecure.

    No matter how dedicated Bill Clinton is to making the world a better place to live in and no matter how economically better Americans were when he was Potus, they will still always remember to smear him for the Lewinsky moment.

    And no matter how much Hillary Clinton works towards making the world a better place to live in, these media eunuchs will always find some way to ridicule her.

  176. It makes me sick. They have to go back, back, back in history to drag up stuff to keep trying to smear the Clintons.

    But let’s make sure that we never ever vet, investigate, or God forbid even bring up anything that Barack Obama “might” have misremembered or any situation where he has been less that honest. Bless their vile little hearts, it would seem the media just can’t find one tiny thing!

    I’ve been disgusted about this type of attack on the Clintons for over 16 years now and you’d think it would abate at some point.

    Guess this just shows how truly scared the Dimocrats, Republicans, and the powers behind the curtain are of the Clintons.

    And while I”m on my soapbox, I’m also disgusted that the ONLY qualified, experienced, super intelligent work horse, policy wonk woman who could/should be president may not have a chance and the voters in this country might elect another “rock star” American idol as POTUS no matter what gender.

  177. Sigh. One purpose of the NON-mosque which is NOT in ‘GZ’ is to help ‘modernize’ Islam — to reform the extreme practices of SOME non-mainstream sects.

    The nasty opposition to the community center is giving Muslims around the world more reason to mistrust Americans.

    Posting nasty (and probably untrue) stories really doesn’t help….

  178. Forget this party label stuff and focus on the main thing that matters.


    Unless the party label is “D”.

  179. turndownobama
    September 26th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Sigh. One purpose of the NON-mosque which is NOT in ‘GZ’ is to help ‘modernize’ Islam — to reform the extreme practices of SOME non-mainstream sects.

    Islam can’t be modernized, anyone who tries gets beheaded.

    Last week the religion of peace killed a muslin man who converted to Christianity because he wouldn’t recant. They burned him alive, then just for the fun of it they raped his wife, oh excuse me – his widow.

  180. Pretty sorry state of affairs when the only news that doesn’t seem to be controlled by the Obama Ministry of Propaganda are the Communists.

    It seems as of the long delayed Kandahar offensive was launched this weekend. No mention on MSM online sites.

    “The US military claimed responsibility for killing scores of insurgents over the weekend as it unleashed its long-awaited offensive against Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city.,,

    Meanwhile, the main focus of US military operations is in and around the southern city of Kandahar, where the largest offensive in the nearly ten-year occupation is now unfolding.

    Some 8,000 US troops, the majority of them drawn from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 101st Airborne Division, together with Afghan puppet forces and some other foreign troops, are carrying out attacks in the Arghendab River Valley. This is a key approach route to Kandahar and links the city, a Taliban stronghold, to neighboring Helmand Province, which is also a center of the insurgency.

    Dubbed Operation Dragon Strike, the attacks have been concentrated in the Zhari and Panjwai districts of Kandhar Province, which are immediately to the west of the city. PAN, the Afghan news agency, cited local officials as reporting that at least five Taliban fighters were killed in clashes Sunday.

  181. Last week the religion of peace killed


    I’ll refrain from posting horror stories beginning “The religion of Christianity killed.” Or, “Priests of the relibion of Christianity molested.” Or, “The religion of Christianity withheld contraception from rape victims”.

    Stuff like that doesn’t help. Ugly posts don’t help. Stirring up hate doesn’t help.

  182. Don’t know if this has been posted from “The Gothamist”:

    Obama-Supporting Doorman Feels “Hope-less”

    In 2007, the Post made a huge deal of Bryant Park hotel doorman Gregory Smith switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. After covering an “exhausted” Obama fan last week, the Post catches up with Smith, who says after the excitement of volunteering for Obama’s campaign, “Two years later, I’m living a more sober reality. My life is not better. I’m a college graduate and I still can’t get a good job.”

    Smith adds, “Obama has let professional politicians take over the White House — and our dream of change. I know it’s childish to expect solutions to happen overnight. Obama inherited a big old mess, and I don’t expect him to have everything figured out after 18 months. But we’re only human and we want to see some visible change. I’m trying to keep up my hope — but I’m afraid that instead of being that guy who knocked on doors in Denver, I’m now the person who needs convincing.”

  183. ObamaCare. SNAFU.

    Action Alert: Retirees Carved Out by Health Care Rulemaking
    In recent days, the NRLN has received emails from some retirees saying they are being excluded from the new health care coverage benefit for young adults until age 26. This was a benefit they thought they would have under the provisions that took effect on Thursday, September 23, 2010 as part of the health care reform law enacted earlier this year. The NRLN’s Washington, DC staff has checked into this issue and learned that companies succeeded in lobbying the Obama Administration to carve out (eliminate) retiree health plans from many of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act through the federal government’s rulemaking process. This means that all Americans in group health plans except for retirees are protected under the new law!I want to encourage all NRLN Grassroots Network members—whether or not you have young adult dependents—to send an email to your Representative and Senators to tell them that the exclusion of retirees from the benefits of the Affordable Care Act is not right and must be immediately rectified.

    If the Federal Agencies get away with carving retirees out of the Act, there is no telling what they may eliminate next for retirees as more provisions of the health care law take effect. Let’s stop this appalling practice now!Please go to h t t p:// to access the NRLN Action Alert. Look for the Action Alert headline: RETIREES CARVED OUT BY HEALTH CARE RULEMAKING. Click on the “Take Action” button. On the next screen, type in your zip code and click “GO” to identify your elected representatives and access the sample letter. Be sure to personalize the letter with your own comments. …
    Bill Kadereit, President, National Retiree Legislative Network

  184. Countdown to Nov. 2nd: 37 days.

    Perhaps it is from spending too many years in Chicago; or, perhaps, it is his SEIU/ACORN training. In either case, our President has a fondness for “The Chicago Way,” even going so far as once having used the line: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

    In November, many freedom-loving Americans (and their candidates) will be going to a gun fight armed only with their pocket knives.
    Of course, that was in 2008 and he was talking about his political opponent, John McCain, during the campaign. However, it was a message that has many who have crossed the Obama Administration have come to learn first hand.

    Now, though, the President’s political opponents appear to be the American people (or at least those who cling to their guns and religion) and, instead of using the image of weaponry, Obama’s advisors apparently view an all-out assault on Americans who exercise their First Amendment Rights as not only proper, but necessary to preserve their power.

    Metaphorically speaking, instead of bringing their guns to a knife fight, Obama’s advisors are apparently considering the use of mustard gas on the American people. And, for what? Simply because Americans have chosen to exercise their basic, constitutional civil liberties of peaceable assemblage and petitioning their government for a redress of grievances.

    Apparently, to the Democratic Party apparatchik, along with their entertainment and media pawns, Americans exercising their First Amendment Rights are radical, insane, even crazy.

    Over the last two years, however, a growing number of Americans have begun to realize that the entire Washington establishment, currently dominated by the Democrats (but including Republicans), are playing by an entirely different set of rules, that their ethos (and pledges) are questionable at best, and that, plainly speaking, they are Evil just not nice people.

    On November 2nd, Americans will have the chance to reject the current track our nation is heading down. It may be the last chance, given a Washington elite that disregards (nay, despises) the Constitution and appears to be on a hell-bound trek towards bankrupting our nation, while enslaving generations of Americans into state servitude.

    To be sure, November 2nd is shaping up to be a gang-fight of ideologies:

    On the Left, with their goal of European-Statism threatened, they stand, a Leviathan that is better funded, better organized and in reliance on the legions of jackboots within the state-supported unions to push back on the growing tide of freedom. They have resorted to demonization, violence, intimidation and assault, while their ministers of propaganda spew vitriol and misinformation.
    On the Right, a loose confederation of concerned Americans from across the political spectrum, appalled by what they see as a nation that is nearing bankruptcy in both the literal and figurative sense; their freedoms disappearing under the stranglehold of regulatory edicts and red tape; and their own government attacking them for questioning the path politicians and bureaucrats have chosen. While these Americans are greater in number, they are leaderless, distrusting of their own political leaders, and the organizations many of them founded through commons bonds and fellowship are lacking in tactical resources against a gauntlet of leftist goons.
    In some ways, it is a battle that has been fought and won before. But that was over 230 years ago.

    Then, as now, it took resolve and it took the coordination of 13 disparate colonies. Then, as now, America was divided between those who fought for freedom and those who chose to live under the yoke of a tyrannical government. Then, as now, there were battles that were won and there were battles lost.

    GOTV: Today’s Battlefield

    Today’s ideological battle will not be won or lost in armed conflict…at least not now (and, hopefully, not ever). Instead, the battles will be fought at the ballot box, at the polls and on the streets as people Get Out the Vote (GOTV).

    However, as Americans ready themselves to beat the Leviathan of the Left, many are underestimating, while others are entirely ill prepared. Young organizations that have only recently emerged are floundering, many of their members wondering what more they could be doing to GOTV. In sum, in November, many freedom-loving Americans (and their candidates) will be going to a gun fight armed only with their pocket knives.

    Evening the Odds

    Knowing the size and scope of the Leviathan’s reach was largely the reason why the Concord Project was conceived months ago, built over the summer, and launched nearly three weeks ago.

    The RedStaters involved (both in front of and behind the scenes) due to their involvement in the fight for freedom know the strengths and weaknesses of where the movement stands today.

    The Concord Project is a tool to even the odds in 2010 and beyond. It is free, and it is something that no single group can do alone. In order to preserve America in the face of a regime that is hell-bent on statism and destroying liberty, enough Americans must come together, to engage in the battle.

    By providing basic Get Out the Vote tutorials, as well as providing a bridge for individuals, activists and groups to work with one another to coordinate their GOTV efforts, the Concord Project is a tool that can serve that purpose as people take advantage of it.

    The most important thing Americans can do right now (before Nov. 2nd) to defeat the Leviathan of the Left is to 1) coordinate their GOTV efforts, 2) build voting blocs, 3) work with or help candidate campaigns, and 4) make plans to get people to the polls on November 2nd.

    The Concord Project was built with a facilitation platform.

    With its 50 state wiki pages, individuals, activists and groups can use the wiki forums to:

    Post GOTV events
    Coordinate precinct walks
    Ask for phone banking help
    Link to articles you think are of interest to other activists
    Create a discussion on a particular issue
    Post endorsements of candidates
    The Concord Project has simple instructions for activists and groups on How to Put the Concord to Work for GOTV.

    There are 37 days until November 2nd.

    Remember November.



  185. Less we forget, Russia had a horrific attack in Beslan, Russia in which many children were massacred. The following comment was made by Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of al-Arabiya Television, wrote a column in Asharq al-Awsat headlined, “The Painful Truth: All The World’s Terrorists Are Muslims!” “Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture,” he wrote.

    If you have forgotten about that horrific situation, here are some pictures that I have never seen before. They are graphic, and if they don’t make you think, and understand the nature of this enemy, then you are not capable of rational thought.

    The following was written by Canadian Mark Steyn.

    Being sad isn’t enough: Pictures from Beslan
    By Mark Steyn

    So “Allahu Akbar!”, huh? Photographed from above, the body bags look empty. They seem to lie flat on the ground, and it’s only when you peer closer that you realize that that’s because the bodies in them are too small to fill the length of the bags. They’re children. Row upon row of dead children, more than a hundred of them, 150, more, many of them shot in the back as they tried to flee.

    Flee from whom? Let’s take three representative responses: “Guerillas”, said The New York Times. “Chechen separatists”, ventured the BBC, eventually settling for “hostage-takers”. “Insurgents”, said The Guardian’s Isabel Hilton, hyper-rational to a fault: “Today’s hostage-taking,” she explained, “is more savage, born of the spread of asymmetrical warfare that pits small, weak and irregular forces against powerful military machines. No insurgent lives long if he fights such overwhelming force directly . . . If insurgent bullets cannot penetrate military armour, it makes little sense to shoot in that direction. Soft targets — the unprotected, the innocent, the uninvolved — become targets because they are available.”

    And then there was Adam Nicolson in London’s Daily Telegraph, who filed one of those ornately anguished columns full of elevated, overwritten allusions — each child was “a Pieta, the archetype of pity. Each is a Cordelia carried on at the end of Act V” — and yet in a thousand words he’s too busy honing his limpid imagery to confront the fact that this foul deed had perpetrators, never mind the identity of those perpetrators.

    Sorry, it won’t do. I remember a couple of days after September 11 writing in some column or other that weepy candlelight vigils were a cop-out: the issue wasn’t whether you were sad about the dead people but whether you wanted to do something about it. Three years on, that’s still the difference. We can all get upset about dead children, but unless you’re giving honest thought to what was responsible for the slaughter your tasteful elegies are no use. Nor are the hyper-rationalist theories about “asymmetrical warfare”. For one thing, Hilton is wrong: insurgent bullets can “penetrate military armour”. A rabble with a few AKs and a couple of RPGs have managed to pick off a thousand men from the world’s most powerful military machine and prompt 75 per cent of Hilton’s colleagues in the Western media to declare Iraq a quagmire.

    When your asymmetrical warfare strategy depends on gunning down schoolchildren, you’re getting way more asymmetrical than you need to be. The reality is that the IRA and ETA and the ANC and any number of secessionist and nationalist movements all the way back to the American revolutionaries could have seized schoolhouses and shot all the children. But they didn’t. Because, if they had, there would have been widespread revulsion within the perpetrators’ own communities. To put it at its most tactful, that doesn’t seem to be an issue here.

    So the particular character of this “insurgency” does not derive from the requirements of “asymmetrical warfare” but from . . . well, let’s see, what was the word missing from those three analyses of the Beslan massacre? Here’s a clue: half the dead “Chechen separatists” were not Chechens at all, but Arabs. And yet, tastefully tiptoeing round the subject, The New York Times couldn’t bring itself to use the words Muslim or Islamist, for fear presumably of offending multicultural sensibilities.

    In the 1990s, while the world’s leaders slept — or in Bill Clinton’s case slept around — thousands of volunteers from across the globe passed through terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and were then dispatched to Indonesia, Kosovo, Sudan . . . and Chechnya. Wealthy Saudis — including members of the royal family — invested millions in setting up mosques and madrassas in what were traditionally spheres of a more accommodationist Islam, from the Balkans to South Asia, and successfully radicalized a generation of young Muslim men. It’s the jihadist component — not the asymmetrical one, not the secessionist one — that accounts for the mound of undersized corpses, for the scale of the depravity.

    If the Russian children are innocent, the Russian state is not. Its ham-fisted campaign in Chechnya is as brutal as it is ineffectual. The Muslims have a better case in Chechnya than they do in the West Bank, Kashmir or any of the other troublespots where the Islamic world rubs up against the infidels. But that said, as elsewhere, whatever the theoretical merits of the cause, it’s been rotted from within by the Islamist psychosis. I wonder if, as they killed those schoolchildren, they chanted “Allahu Akbar!” — as they did when they hacked the head of Nick Berg, and killed those 12 Nepalese workers, and blew up those Israeli diners in the Passover massacre.

    The good news is that the carnage in Beslan was so shocking it prompted a brief appearance by that rare bird, the moderate Muslim. Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of al-Arabiya Television, wrote a column in Asharq al-Awsat headlined, “The Painful Truth: All The World’s Terrorists Are Muslims!” “Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture,” he wrote. This is true. But, as with Nicolson’s prettified prose in London, the question remains: So what? What are you going to do about it? If you want your religion to be more than a diseased death cult, you’re going to have to take a stand.

    What happened in one Russian schoolhouse is an abomination that has to be defeated, not merely regretted. But the only guys with any kind of plan are the Bush administration. Last Thursday, the President committed himself yet again to wholesale reform of the Muslim world. This is a dysfunctional region that exports its toxins, to Beslan, Bali and beyond, and is wealthy enough to be able to continue doing so.

    You can’t turn Saudi Arabia and Yemen into New Hampshire or Sweden (according to taste), but if you could transform them into Singapore or Papua New Guinea or Belize or just about anything else you’d be making an immense improvement. It’s a long shot, but, unlike Putin’s plan to bomb them Islamists into submission or Chirac’s reflexive inclination to buy them off, Bush is at least tackling the “root cause”.

    If you’ve got a better idea, let’s hear it. Right now, his is the only plan on the table. The ideology and rationale that drove the child-killers in Beslan is the same as that motivating cells in Rome and Manchester and Seattle and Sydney. In this war, you can’t hold the line against the next depravity.

    Sept. 7, 2004

  186. Winston Churchill on Islam:

    From The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248 50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property (either as a child, a wife, or a concubine) must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science (the science against which it had vainly struggled) the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

  187. Kay
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I just read within the part 24 hours how Churchill compared Islam to rabies.

  188. Nomobama

    As he does in this quote (hydrophobia). I put this up for two reasons. First, it illustrates how long this has been a solidly recognized issue in politics and second Churchill just said things so well. His command of the written word makes Obama’s speech writers look like amateurs. I guess that explains his Nobel Prize for literature.

  189. the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
    Since the elites have ordained that the ground zero mosque be built, I shall proceed on the assumption that it will be built, after the next attack on US soil, which Obama assures us from the safety of Camp David that “we” meaning you can “sustain” (a favorite word of his). Therefore, let me make a small suggestion that when that happens and the mosque is visible to inspire every Muslim terrorists throughout the world with a sense of sweet victory, that Churchill’s words adorn the entrance so no one is misunderstands the full implications. This is not a restatement of the bias which we have seen from time to time in American history which was directed at Indians in the 19th century by people like William Tecumseh Sherman, or at Japanese in the twentieth century by Admiral Bull Halsey, but a fair and measured assessment of the impact of an eighth century religion on those who practice it in the most literal sense without the tempering influence of reason. And now we know, don’t we, why Hussein Obama returned the bust of Churchill, which was never his to return.

  190. Here in Pennsylvania, the keystone state, birthplace of freedom in America:
    September 15, 2010
    1 day ago
    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has just ordered his state’s Homeland Security director to cancel a $125,000 contract with an outfit called the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR). The Associated Press reports:
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania’s homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted. Rendell, who claimed he’d just learned about the practice, said Tuesday that the information was useless to law enforcement agencies and that distributing it was tantamount to trampling on constitutional rights. In recent weeks, several acts of vandalism at [marcellus shale] drilling sites spurred the inclusion of events likely to be attended by environmentalists and the bulletins began going to representatives of Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry. A Philadelphia rally organized by a nonprofit group to support Rendell’s push for higher spending on public schools even made a bulletin, as did drilling protests at a couple of Rendell’s news conferences this month as he toured the state to boost support for a tax on the natural gas industry. “I am deeply embarrassed and I apologize to any of the groups who had this information disseminated on their right to peacefully protest,” Rendell said at an evening Capitol news conference. Rendell called the practice “ludicrous” and said the fact that the state was paying for such rudimentary information was “stunning.” Still, Rendell said he was not firing his homeland security director, James Powers, but he ordered an end to the $125,000 contract with the Philadelphia-based organization, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, that supplied the information.

  191. nomobama
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:54 am
    Thanks nomobama. I like Mark alot. He is not a devotee of multi-culturalism. It signifies the weakness of the dominant culture, and foreshadows its demise and replacement by a more aggressive and virulent one. When I see these leftist promoting this crap I am reminded of Red Vienna which existed for a decade or two and was the brief interlude between the old Hapsburg culture of Strauss, hunting lodges with gothic hues and two centuries lost military victories which was succeeded by National Socialism, the night of the broken glass and the Bohemian corporal. Let me say it as politely as I can: fuck the multi-culturalists. They belong to the scavenger family and are no different from vultures, hyenas and the bacteria that digest the final remains of a rotting carcass. I think Mark might agree with me, without embracing the hyperbole.

  192. Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania’s homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted. Rendell, who claimed he’d just learned about the practice
    Why did he not know about this? Was he off on one of his dalliances?

  193. Kay,
    Becoming very impressed with Churchill. Looking for a good book on him. Overwhelmed by the choices. Any recommendations?

  194. nomobama @ 7:06

    I found that whole interview very interesting. Having lived in Europe, I really have seen some of that transition happening, but had no real understanding of it. I also enjoyed, even if you did not agree with his opinions, that he got the opportunity to explain how he felt. I am getting a little tired of the Shows on TV where you have people on both side arguing. I get nothing out of that. At least I understand where this person comes from, whether I agree with them or not.

  195. NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2010

    Did Clinton and Palin Get a Raw Deal in 2008?

    “Big Girls Don’t Cry” Author Rebecca Traister Discusses Media Coverage of Female Candidates

    By Russ Mitchell

    (CBS) Two years have passed since Hillary Clinton campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination and Sarah Palin campaigned for vice president as the Republican nominee.

    Rebecca Traister covered both candidates for and is out with a new book about their campaigns and the media coverage called “Big Girls Don’t Cry” published by Simon and Schuster, a division of CBS. She spoke to CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell.

    Russ Mitchell: Let’s begin with Hillary Clinton. When it comes to her campaign, just how much how sexism was going on, not only in the campaign but in the overall tone of the nation at that time?

    Rebecca Traister: Well, there was an enormous amount of sexism, some it very overt — the Hillary “nutrackers,” the “iron my shirt” bumper stickers that used the “b” word and worse about her. That stuff was very overt, and there was the more subtle stuff — the obsession with her voice and her tone and her laugh and what she was wearing — that was all really tied to the fact that she was a woman. And that was the stuff that we needed to talk about a little bit more in order to recognize it as sexism.

    Russ Mitchell: I see. Did Sarah Palin go through the same thing in many ways?

    Rebecca Traister: Yes, though it came from different angles, obviously. But sure, as far as the obsession over, for example, her large clothing budget without much thought that if you’re a woman on the campaign trial you require a different kind of aesthetic maintenance, that we have different expectation about how women look in the clothes and makeup than we do for men.

    There were all kinds of ways in which the fact that these were women, who’ve we really almost never had on a presidential stage before, was going to impact the way we think about them, the way we talk about them, the way we criticize them in all kinds of ways.

    Russ Mitchell: Of course, an African-American man was running for president at the same time. Many discussions were going around this country about what’s worse, racism or sexism, because he was dealing with some things as well. Any conclusions?

    Rebecca Traister: I don’t think the comparisons and the sort of contest of oppressions was a particularly useful road to take, though it was one that many of us couldn’t help but take. One of the things that became apparent through what was sexism and racism that we heard through the campaign is that these things are really connected, and that when you talk about people who have been shut out of power, people who have never had access to presidential power or really even to serious presidential campaigns before, you’re talking about different kinds of oppressions that have been connected, and in fact we saw them during 2008 uprooted together a little bit.

    Russ Mitchell: Do you think America learned something from the 2008 campaign, and are women better off today, are they doing better today because of what Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin went through?

    Rebecca Traister: I wouldn’t suggest that things are fixed and that misogyny and sexism are gone any more than the racism is gone when we talk about Obama sometimes. But what I would suggest is that the fact that we are having these conversations and that we have vocabulary and heightened awareness about the sexism, about the prejudices, that we’re talking about with these candidates means that we’re moving toward a better place, where we can we talk openly about some of the unfairness the candidates face.

  196. Clinton: Compelled by JFK’s inaugural call to service

    By President Bill Clinton, Special for USA Today

    There is a picture of me as a young delegate to Boys
    Nation shaking hands with President John F.
    Kennedy in the Rose Garden in the summer of 1963.
    People often cite this as the moment I decided to
    pursue a career in public service, and while that’s a
    good story, the truth is President Kennedy had
    inspired me long before we met.

    I was too young to vote in 1960, but I followed his
    presidential campaign closely. I liked him because
    of his youth, energy and commitment to getting the
    country moving again. I strongly supported him,
    especially after he called Coretta King to express
    concern when her husband was jailed, and after he
    spoke to the Southern Baptists in Houston,
    defending his right as a Catholic to run for
    president, and debunking the unfounded fear that
    his religion would dictate his decisions in office.

    On election night, I was fascinated by how close the
    contest was and by how each state voted. And when
    I woke up the next morning, I felt that our country
    had once again embarked on a new course.

    In his only inaugural address, and in the 1,000
    days that followed, President Kennedy changed the
    way we thought about our country, our relationship
    to the world and our own obligations to the future.

    His handling of the Cuban missile crisis, his
    advance of civil rights, the creation of the Peace
    Corps and the space program, his pursuit of a
    nuclear test ban treaty, his speech in Berlin — all
    reflected an America committed to exploring and
    expanding the frontiers of peace and progress,
    social justice and scientific advances, active
    government and citizen service. His call for citizens
    to do what they could for our country was one I
    knew I would spend my life trying to answer.

    That call was one of the reasons I competed to go to
    Washington that summer of 1963 to participate in
    the American Legion Boys Nation, an annual meeting
    for young people to learn how their government w
    orks. Four months after that photo was taken in the
    Rose Garden, on Nov. 22, our calculus teacher, Mr.
    Coe, was called out of class during fourth period.
    When he returned, he told us President Kennedy had
    been shot and probably killed in Dallas. I stayed up
    late into the night watching Walter Cronkite recount
    the day’s events over and over again. That day
    would be etched into my generation’s collective
    consciousness, an enduring reminder of dashed
    hopes and our own responsibility to revive them.

    Three decades later, when I moved into the White House, I used the same desk President Kennedy did
    in the Oval Office, made from the timbers of an old,
    well-named ship, the USS Resolute.

    When I created AmeriCorps in 1993, I signed the bill
    with the same pen he had used to establish the
    Peace Corps. It gave me great comfort to have these
    items around, vivid reminders of another young
    president who believed we could build a better,
    more just, more peaceful future for America and for
    the world.

    Fifty years after his election, perhaps this is
    President Kennedy’s lasting legacy: We still want to
    answer his call to explore new frontiers, to tolerate
    and celebrate one another, to bring out the good
    and stand against the bad, to make a rising
    economic tide that will lift all boats again, to make
    our public life both noble and enjoyable. In these
    difficult and challenging times, we would all do well
    to keep his torch burning.

  197. NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2010

    Did Clinton and Palin Get a Raw Deal in 2008?

    “Big Girls Don’t Cry” Author Rebecca Traister Discusses Media Coverage of Female Candidates

    By Russ Mitchell
    I have several reactions to this. First, it fails to mention that the driving force behind the sexism was NBC and CNN. The record is replete with examples. Second, it fails to account for the failure of womens organizations. Third, it fails to acknowledge that it succeeded and because it succeeded it will continue, rather than put us in a better place. Fourth, it emanated not from the Joe Six Packs but from the elites, just as Nazism emanated not from the jack booted thugs at the Munich beer parlor, but from German intellectuals in the universities based on academic theories which were later repudiated. When someone points the finger at Matthews I say he is just a street thug and you have to look higher in the organization to find the people who bear ultimate responsibility like the corrupt Stever Capus, and the dearly departed Zucker. The bottom line is this: Mitchell is a moral coward for not getting to the root of the evil, and by failing to indict the guilty parties by name, and to follow the money. He is remarkably shallow as well.

  198. “There is ample reason for optimism. We’d like to think that the failure of Obama’s policies will discredit the bad economic ideas on which they’re based, that his incompetence will discredit the notion that the cognitive elite should run the lives of everyone else, and that the phony charges of racism will discredit the long-outdated assumption of white guilt, at last bringing America close to the ideal of a colorblind society. This is not to deny that the Obama presidency has been ruinous. But sometimes the costliest mistakes are those from which we learn the most.”


    If he’s lost Margaret Carlson, he’s lost Middle America. Sorry if you disagree, but somehow, to our mind, that joke just never gets old. Carlson, a fixture at Time magazine before jumping to the Bloomberg news service, personifies liberal Beltway conventionality, and she appears to have turned decisively against President Obama.

    To be precise, she now thinks he’s kind of a jerk–that’s our paraphrase; as you’ll see, she puts it considerably more gently–which means that her view of Obama has caught up to where conservatives were two years ago and Middle American moderate independents this time in 2009.

    Carlson comments on Obama’s famous face-off, at a CNBC “town hall” the other day, with Velma Hart, an Obama supporter who, employing an O’Donnellesque unidiomatic preposition, told the president she was “exhausted of defending you.” Carlson chides the president for his condescending response:

    “Now, as I said before, times are tough for everybody right now, so I understand your frustration,” he told Hart, after rather clumsily praising her as part of “the bedrock of America” and before citing new credit-card rules and student-loan procedures as evidence of progress.

    “As I said” always carries with it the implied question, Weren’t you paying attention? “For everybody” telegraphs you’re one out of millions, nothing special.
    And “everybody” isn’t suffering, which is the truth that gets to the heart of Obama’s problem and makes his brushing off Hart as much substance as theater.

    Carlson, ever the reflexive liberal, misidentifies the problem as a failure to wage class warfare with sufficient belligerence: ” ‘My entire focus right now is to make sure that the private sector is thriving, is growing, is investing,’ Obama said. Obama voiced his own frustration at being caught in the middle: Business feels vilified by him, while workers think he favors business over them.”

    In truth, the relationship between “business” and “workers” is fundamentally symbiotic, not adversarial. A business-destroying government is a job-destroying one, too. (As an aside, is there a man alive credulous enough to believe that Obama’s “entire focus” is on making sure that the private sector is thriving?)

    Ed Henry of CNN has an interminable online meditation on how Obama “lost his mojo.” He tries making excuses for the president, before acknowledging that maybe the most powerful man in the world bears a little bit of responsibility for his own political predicament:

    To be sure, Obama has been battered by a series of struggles, starting with the economy, but including a series of events that were at least initially beyond his control–from the Gulf oil disaster to a Republican minority that by any objective standard has tried to block him at every single turn–and dragged down his approval ratings.
    But then there have also been challenges of his own making, such as spending months of political capital on health care reform on top of an already-packed agenda, which led voters from across the political spectrum to tell me on this trip to Virginia that Obama tried to do too much, too fast.
    We’ll grant that the Gulf oil disaster was “at least initially beyond his control.” But the idea that Republicans deserve blame for having “tried to block him at every single turn” is risible–and the ObamaCare example is the best illustration of the point.

    Obama didn’t need Republicans to get legislation passed, but had he not been pursuing policies that were both unpopular and reckless, he would have been able to win the support of at least some GOP congressmen. Voters in Massachusetts–Massachusetts!–said “no” to ObamaCare, and Obama and his allies pressed ahead anyway. Henry actually goes on for more than 3,300 words trying to figure out why voters are unhappy with Obama. The only surprise is that it isn’t obvious to everybody.

    Also from Henry’s piece comes this unwittingly revealing comment:

    Chad Saunders, a Virginian who voted for John McCain in 2008, said he has respect for Obama’s willingness to try to bring new ideas to the table–but he noted that the president is simply stuck in a toxic political environment.
    “New ideas”? Can anyone name a single new idea Obama has brought to the table? During the brief period of liberal triumphalism following Obama’s election, his supporters hoped he and the Democratic Congress would enact their old ideas. Here’s Sam Tanenhaus in The New Republic in February 2009:

    There is . . . almost universal agreement . . . that the most plausible economic rescue will involve massive government intervention, quite possibly on the scale of the New Deal/Fair Deal of the 1930s and ’40s and perhaps even the New Frontier/Great Society of the 1960s. All this suggests that movement doctrine has not only been defeated but discredited
    In justifying ObamaCare, Obama himself (or whoever writes his mass emails) harked back even further: “For the first time in our nation’s history, Congress has passed comprehensive health care reform,” said a March 22 Organizing for America email attributed to Obama. “America waited a hundred years and fought for decades to reach this moment.”

    By now it should be clear that the only new idea Obama introduced into American politics was the idea of Obama: Obama the voice of a new generation, Obama the brilliant technocrat, Obama the postracial leader.

    The reality of Obama has been quite the opposite. The fresh-faced young leader has governed according to stale old ideas. The dazzling intellect has proved inadequate to basic managerial challenges. We haven’t even been able to enjoy the achievement of having elected a black president, because so many of Obama’s supporters (though not Obama himself, to his credit) won’t shut up about how every criticism of the president and his policies is “racist.”

    Yet in America’s current predicament, there is ample reason for optimism. We’d like to think that the failure of Obama’s policies will discredit the bad economic ideas on which they’re based, that his incompetence will discredit the notion that the cognitive elite should run the lives of everyone else, and that the phony charges of racism will discredit the long-outdated assumption of white guilt, at last bringing America close to the ideal of a colorblind society.

    This is not to deny that the Obama presidency has been ruinous. But sometimes the costliest mistakes are those from which we learn the most.

    Psychologists Call This ‘Projection’

    “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them . . .”–Sen. Barack Obama, quoted in the Puffington Host, April 11, 2008
    “In his nearly two years in office, President Obama has relied on a very small clique of advisers that serves as his most trusted sounding board on politics and policy. Members of his staff describe Obama as wary of outsiders and reluctant to widen his inner circle. As one of his advisers bluntly put it, the president ‘doesn’t like new people.’ “–Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2010
    Zero Tolerance for the New York Times!

    “The administration has estimated that [medical insurance] premiums should rise no more than 2 percent because of the new [ObamaCare] consumer protections, and warned this month that it would have ‘zero tolerance’ for efforts to blame the law for larger increases.”–New York Times, Sept. 23
    “Blue Shield recently filed rate increases of less than 2 percent, on average, for all of its policies, and a little more than 4 percent in the individual market, largely to address the expanded benefits under the new federal law.”–New York Times, Sept. 23
    Two Papers in One!

    “The Senate, of all places, should be sensitive to the fact that this large and diverse country has never believed in government by an unrestrained majority rule. . . . A decade ago, this page expressed support for tactics that would have gone even further than the ‘nuclear option’ in eliminating the power of the filibuster. At the time, we had vivid memories of the difficulty that Senate Republicans had given much of Bill Clinton’s early agenda. But we were still wrong. To see the filibuster fully, it’s obviously a good idea to have to live on both sides of it. We hope acknowledging our own error may remind some wavering Republican senators that someday they, too, will be on the other side and in need of all the protections the Senate rules can provide.”–editorial, New York Times, March 29, 2005
    “President Obama, the House and a majority of senators clearly support an end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ but that, of course, is insufficient in the upside-down world of today’s Senate, where 40 members can block anything.”–editorial, New York Times, Sept. 21, 2010
    Liberal Racism Anybody?
    Remember when then-Sen. George Allen called an Indian-American opposition videographer “macaca,” and this obscure insult was taken as proof he was a racist? Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is having something of a “macaca moment,” but somehow we expect it’ll get less attention. The only reference we’ve been able to find to it is in a John Kass column for the Chicago Tribune:

    He didn’t like questions about the mysterious Indian-American businessmen. The Indians had allegedly offered to raise millions for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. All Blagojevich had to do was nominate Jackson to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
    “I’m not alone at the meeting,” Jackson said on WLS-AM’s “Don Wade & Roma” program last week. “Then another gentleman showed up and started having another conversation practically in Hindu. Now, I don’t speak Hindu and I don’t speak Smarmi and I didn’t participate in any of that part of the conversation, nor do I remember hearing it.”
    Hindu? That’s not a language. Hindi is the language. But Smarmi? What the heck is Smarmi?
    I’ve never heard of it, unless of course, he’s referring to Smarmy, a dialect in which Jackson is apparently quite fluent.
    Meanwhile, John Hinderaker of Power Line calls attention to a Spanish-language ad from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat who is facing a serious challenge from Republican Van Tran. According to the YouTube subtitles, Sanchez says: “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are–with an intensity–trying to take away this seat.”

    As Jim Treacher notes, “She’s not a racist for saying it. You’re a racist for noticing.

  199. Yesterday he was talking about the responsbility of not just voting in the Presidential General election.

    If my memory serves me correctly, O himself has a lazy voting record. Did I remember that right?

    If so, kind of like the cat calling the kettle black.

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