Happy New Year – The Presidential Race Began Today

The fiscal year ends tonight and the horror numbers are too many to total. It’s a new year in D.C. tomorrow too as Rahm Emanuel scurries down the rope tied to the dock and leaves the sinking Titanic. A new poll from Gallup, headlined on DrudgeReport, signals the long year of 2012 presidential politics has also begun.

The Gallup poll is noteworthy simply because it exists. The numbers in the poll are not entirely irrelevant but what matters is that the once crazy idea of a Democratic nomination fight is rapidly becoming conventional wisdom.

Our regular readers will recall that we do not think there will be a direct Hillary Clinton nomination challenge to the albatross Barack Obama.

“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”

Our job just became easier because now Gallup is fielding polls questioning the once unquestionable. This unexpected poll reflects to a large extent the vast majority of Democrats and Obama Dimocrats who refuse to believe there will be a Republican death dealing wave this November.

After November’s elections the numbers will shift. Democrats who vote the Democratic line automatically and Democrats who think all is well and that the problem is a bunch of unrepresentative “teabaggers” and hysterical Glenn Beck fans will have to face the destruction after the wave hits. The “unthinkable” will become the “must do”.

Here’s Gallup’s poll results of Democrats, not Republicans and just a smattering of the all important Independents the majority of whom despise Obama:

“If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to challenge President Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012, she would currently have the support of 37% of Democrats nationally, while 52% would support Obama.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory on Sept. 5 raised the possibility that Clinton might renew her battle against Obama for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, asking outside White House adviser David Plouffe, “Do you envision a primary challenge from another Democrat in 2012 against this president?” Gregory then asked more specifically, “Do you — can you rule out, based on actual information, that Secretary of State Clinton would not pursue the presidency again, would not challenge President Obama?” [snip]

Obama’s strengths among Democrats in the hypothetical matchup with Clinton lie with college graduates and liberals, the latter of whom make up about 36% of this sample of 859 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Clinton does better among less well-educated Democrats and bests Obama among conservatives, who make up 22% of Democrats. Clinton does slightly better among women than among men.”

That 37% of Democrats already are prepared to dump Barack Obama for a supposed “unthinkable” alternative is rather astounding. After the elections in November which will strip away the last illusions that Obama is popular and the future of the party lies with him, reality will have to be faced. If reality is ignored then there will be further election cycles larded with defeat after defeat. If Democrats refuse to face the need to appeal to Independents and to win back the former base, such as senior citizens, the defeats will be across the board and unrelenting in future election cycles.

“Even though most observers assume Obama will run for re-election, from time to time he has said he would be content to be a one-term president if he accomplished his goals. There is also the very real question of whether Clinton, or any other Democrat, will mount a challenge to Obama as 2012 approaches. That decision will in turn depend in part on Obama’s perceived strengths and job approval ratings next year. These data show that conservative Democrats are the least likely to support Obama when Clinton is his hypothetical opponent, suggesting that Obama may be most vulnerable to a possible challenge from that wing of his party.”

Conservative Democrats are the canary in the Independent vote mine. Hillary Clinton can appeal to the Independents that Obama has irretrievably lost. That the Left and African-American voters have a strong grip on the nomination process is without question. But as with what happened after the George McGovern loss in 1972, unless reality and sanity prevail post November, the defeats will keep on coming. Solution: Hillary. Tactic: drive Obama into Lyndon Johnson retirement and a life of golf and Rezko housing.

The Obama health scams which were supposed to cement victories for Obama supporters is now a menace as the consequences of the scam catch up with the flim-flam. The massive waste of money continues with crazed demands to change lettering on street signs at the cost of millions. Even the children of the corn have lost HOPE.

Politico headlined the Gallup poll with ominous words: “Poll: Support for Clinton in 2012”. Yesterday, DrudgeReport headlined: HILLARY HORROR: ‘DEMON’ PHOTO MOVED ON WIRE. The two headlines tell us that the “unthinkable” is now thinkable and that the opposition will be fierce.

Unlike naive Obama and his supporters who were “gobsmacked” when the celestial choirs did not sing and the Republicans did their job of opposition, Hillary supporters are not naive and we are well aware of the difficulties. Barack Obama, concerned about his personal “brand”, has driven the “D” brand into the ground and it is very possible that no one can resurrect the Democratic Party and bring victory in the next two election cycles to such an undeserving corrupt bunch, not even Hillary.

Whatever happens in the now thinkable, it is clear that for the good of the country Barack Obama and his minions and Big Blog Boys must be driven from a leading role in the life of the nation. Michael Wolffe asks “What Do We Do With Barack Obama?“:

“Who likes the president?

Rich Democrats aren’t coughing up anymore, the Times reports. The Goldman Sachs crowd has dropped him cold.

His inside circle can’t seem to get out of the White House fast enough.

Approval ratings suck.

Other Democratic politicians don’t want him on the campaign trail.

Black people have, apparently, soured on him, too.

The people in the backyards he’s visiting don’t seem very happy about having them in their backyards.

Obviously anybody the least right-of-center finds him anathema.

Who’s left? There is a block, but they seem stoic, dug in, anti-Fox. And you certainly don’t hear much of a passionate defense from them anymore.

The answer is that nobody likes him as much as they did, or as much as they thought they would, or even as much as they thought they should.

Poor Obama, poor Obami. Shorter Wolffe: Obama Stinks!

What to do with Barack Obama?:

“At this moment, we have a largely unrecognizable figure in the White House. The weirdly continuing questions about his birth place and religion may be not so much a slur as a demented metaphor for his real lack of identity—and friends.

There’s a guilty sense, too. People are edging away from him because they now feel they got it so wrong. It’s buyer’s remorse with recrimination—self-recrimination.

How did everybody get it so wrong is a question many people seem to be asking themselves—not least of all these people slinking out of the White House.

It is not just that he has turned out to be something different. In fact, reasonably, he isn’t that different. The more powerful sense of remorse or at least sheepishness may come from people now asking themselves how and why they came to think of him as different than he was. More confounding, they may not really now be able to remember just who exactly they thought he was.

So to refocus the story: Some mass misperception put Barack Obama in the White House and now nobody knows what to do with him.

Can there be a more awkward situation?”

“Some mass misperception put Barack Obama in the White House and now nobody knows what to do with him.” That “mass misperception” was Big Media lies and propaganda. That “mass misperception” was the “leadership” that forced Obama down the throat of the Democratic Party even as in election after election the will of rank and file Democrats expressed itself in 40 point margins of defeat against Obama.

What to do with Barack Obama?

Answer: Obama Stinks! B.O. Has Got To Go! Can there be a more obvious solution?

Happy New Year!

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  1. Reality bites, Independents bite:

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/09/democrats_arent.php

    Democratic strategists have recently started experiencing a new feeling of optimism. There are indications, they say, that the party is showing the smallest signs of a turnaround, and that rumors of their electoral demise have been premature.

    But instead of a comeback, Democrats are only experiencing the benefits of a base that is finally engaging. That base will help some Democratic candidates, but in total, the party still faces serious rehabilitation work with independent voters. The party’s major problems are most evident in three prominent races that are slowly, but inexorably, sliding toward Republicans.

    This week, Democrats confirmed what many were beginning to suspect — that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) faces a more difficult race for the state’s open Senate seat than he once contemplated. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee purchased television time on Manchin’s behalf, even though most surveys peg his approval rating north of 60 percent. But Manchin finds himself running neck and neck with businessman John Raese, who took just 34 percent of the vote when he ran for the seat in 2006.

    Manchin’s problems are manifest in one individual: President Obama. Obama took just 43 percent of the vote in West Virginia in 2008, and his popularity has only slid further. Republicans are using the same playbook against Manchin as they are against other Democrats, labeling him an Obama rubber stamp.

    In a coal state that fears cap-and-trade legislation as a threat to an already teetering economy, that label is deadly. Manchin, who won re-election in 2008 with more than 70 percent of the vote, suddenly finds himself in serious jeopardy as Republicans build rhetorical bridges between him and the national Democratic Party. If those associations can hurt the popular Manchin, they can hurt lesser-known House members running their first re-election campaigns.

    Democrats are increasingly concerned about Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., whose poll numbers are rapidly turning south. Feingold has always run close races, but his reputation as an independent is a solid brand in a state that has a long history of electing progressives who don’t always vote with their party.

    This year, though, that reputation has been undermined. Voters no longer see the maverick they have elected for three terms; instead, Feingold is just another Democrat, one who voted for the mammoth stimulus package and for health care reform. [snip]

    In Connecticut, Republicans have long been bullish on former WWE executive Linda McMahon, who is spending millions of her own money running for an open seat being vacated by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D). McMahon once ran far behind state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, but a Quinnipiac University survey out this week shows Blumenthal ahead by just 3 points.

    That good news for the GOP comes despite voters’ net negative impression of McMahon. Just 42 percent have a favorable impression of her, according to the Quinnipiac poll, while 43 percent see her unfavorably. More than half of Connecticut voters — 51 percent — still view Blumenthal favorably. In any other scenario, Blumenthal would be running away with this race.

    But he’s not, largely because voters are looking for change. Fully 1 in 3 voters said they are angry with the way the federal government works, while 43 percent called themselves dissatisfied. Voters who are angry with the government are breaking to McMahon by a nearly 4-to-1 margin. Democrats, Blumenthal included, have yet to find a way to deal with voter anger and adopt it for their own purposes.

    The news isn’t all bad for Democrats. Recent surveys suggest Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., have benefited from a newly enthusiastic base. Four straight surveys recently showed Murray has support from more than 50 percent of voters, while Republicans find themselves newly pessimistic about their chances in the Golden State.

    But more Democrats’ circumstances resemble those of Manchin, Feingold and Blumenthal. Most of those other Democrats are lesser-known and not as well-funded. Until they are able to find a way to distance themselves from an unpopular president, abhor and eschew the rampant spending that has voters concerned, and turn voter anger to their own benefit, the slow slide away from the Democratic Party will continue, negating any advantage the party might gain as its base engages.

  2. Clinton does slightly better among women than among men.”
    888888888888888888888

    What the hell is wrong with with freaking women. It is so disappointing.

  3. “Some mass misperception put Barack Obama in the White House and now nobody knows what to do with him.” That “mass misperception” was Big Media lies and propaganda. That “mass misperception” was the “leadership” that forced Obama down the throat of the Democratic Party even as in election after election the will of rank and file Democrats expressed itself in 40 point margins of defeat against Obama.

    What to do with Barack Obama?

    Answer: Obama Stinks! B.O. Has Got To Go! Can there be a more obvious solution?

    Happy New Year!
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    Yup-a-doodle Admin, right on!

    Reality check nitwits, you vote for an empty suit that was drug over the finish line by thugs in their jack boots, and this is what you get.

    Next time you think of your expensive education that puts you in the ‘Elite’ class, and look down on the hard working folks that weren’t blessed with the same bankroll, think again on Nov 3rd when your asses are sent back to the Universities and well paid think tanks…………you got it wrong and so did your thoughtless followers. America and it’s voters will kick you where it hurts, next election go-round.

    You get what you pay for, and I hope most of you lost your shirts donating to this Presidential pretender. Good riddance to all of you!!!

  4. OF course BC, the REAL first Black President honored the Hero…not so much Mr LATTE
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    MoH’s family denied WH tour due to shorts

    By Nicholas K. Geranios – The Associated Press

    Posted : Thursday Sep 30, 2010 15:08:28 EDT
    SPOKANE, Wash. — The White House apologized Thursday for turning the family of a Medal of Honor recipient away from an exclusive tour last week because the late veteran’s 10-year-old grandson was wearing shorts.

    Vernon Baker, the last surviving black Medal of Honor winner from World War II, was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery after dying in July from complications of brain cancer at age 90. He belatedly received the military’s top award from President Bill Clinton in 1997, after historians concluded he’d been wrongly denied because of his race.

    On Saturday, his widow and grandson went to the White House for a special tour of the West Wing, which includes the Oval Office and rooms that are in use.

    The staffer who was to lead the family wasn’t sure whether 10-year-old Vernon Pawlik’s attire — shorts and a T-shirt bearing a picture of the boy’s grandfather — was considered appropriate, officials said. Another winner of the military’s top award, Thomas Norris, also was turned away because he was not previously cleared for the tour.

    Norris and the Baker family had turned down a previously arranged East Wing tour for the more exclusive visit to the West Wing.

    “This is an unfortunate misunderstanding,” White House spokesman Adam Abrams said Thursday. “We would have loved to have hosted 10-year-old Vernon and his family at the White House, and we have reached out to the Baker family and Lt. Norris to communicate our deep regret and invite them back to the White House.”

    A message left at the home of Baker’s widow, Heidy, who was also on the tour, was not immediately returned.

    In 1945, Baker rallied black troops after their white commander deserted. They captured a German stronghold in Italy, taking out three machine gun nests, two bunkers and an observation post. But he did not receive his award for more than half a century, and no black soldiers received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for battlefield valor, during that era. An Army study initiated in the early 1990s concluded Baker and several other men had been denied the award because of racism.

    Baker and six other black World War II veterans received medals posthumously at a 1997 White House ceremony.

    Baker had lived since the 1980s in a valley near St. Maries, Idaho, about 50 miles east of Spokane, Wash.

    The office of Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is working with the Baker family to help them return to the White House, said press secretary Susan Wheeler.

    “The senator was upset by the news,” Wheeler said. “We want to make sure they are comfortable.”

  5. My law office is in Dania and the coffee house I frequent is a fairly mixed crowd politically. Today, I saw 3 women who come down here for the season and are huge Obama supporters. After saying hello, the conversation inevitably turned to politics.
    I asked them how they now felt Obama was doing compared to their pre-election expectations, and astonishingly they claimed that Obama was doing the best job anyone could do given what he inherited from Bush. I laughed that one off. When we talked Middle East, they remembered me and said “he is a Zionist” and then one of them politely commented “if Israel would just give up those illegal settlements and go back to the 1967 borders…” Please note, these three (3) woman are wealthy Manhattan Jews. It is this mentality that cost Hillary the election.

  6. ” Please note, these three (3) woman are wealthy Manhattan Jews. It is this mentality that cost Hillary the election
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    A few history/herstory lessons are in order. A year a two functioning as a commoner in the Middle East might do it

  7. Apparently the fool on the hill thinks the magic is back
    after Madison, and take that you middle class Americans, I don’t need you tour has begun
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    Democratic National Committee enlisted hip hop artist B.o.B to perform…

    B.o.B Lyrics: ‘Created A Monster’: ‘F**k elections, the whole planets infected…’
    ‘I’m Dat Nig*a’…

    B.O.B Preps For Obama Concert Tonight
    » By Tffhthewriter September 30, 2010, 12:06pm

    B.o.B has officially released a video to celebrate his performance at the Gen 44 kick off.
    As previously reported, B.o.B will headline the inaugural National Gen44 Summit kickoff concert today with special guest in attendance, President Obama.
    Gen44 is the fledgling program of the Democratic National Committee, “created to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders for the Democratic party.”
    In the video, B.o.B explains the purpose of why this generation needs to continue their political involvement that began with the campaign of then nominee Barack Obama.
    “Gen44 is a program created by the DNC to empower future leaders for the Democratic party,” B.o.B states. “President Obama will be there and I am very honored to be at this event to be a part of the change that he started in 2008.”

  8. From Ace…I do think we have gone mad
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    Overnight Open Thread
    —Maetenloch

    Happy Thursday all.

    Australia: Hamburgers Are Just Like Heroin

    Well pretty much. Except hamburgers are a much cheaper, taste a lot less bitter, are non-addictive, and can be taken orally. Other than that they’re exactly alike. And only a horrible, horrible mother would ever get her kid started on the patty lifestyle.

    Now behave yourselves on the ONT while I go out and score me a Royale with cheese.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P-4bzj9sdI&feature=player_embedded

  9. Shockingly Enough, Tom Friedman Is No Fan of the Tea Party
    —Ace

    Some guy named DrewM. writing over at the New Ledger.

    Here’s Friedman:

    [W]hat is America’s core competency and strategic advantage, and how do we nurture it? Answer: It is our ability to attract, develop and unleash creative talent. That means men and women who invent, build and sell more goods and services that make people’s lives more productive, healthy, comfortable, secure and entertained than any other country.
    Leadership today is about how the U.S. government attracts and educates more of that talent and then enacts the laws, regulations and budgets that empower that talent to take its products and services to scale, sell them around the world — and create good jobs here in the process. Without that, we can’t afford the health care or defense we need.

    This is the plan the real Tea Party wants from its president. To implement it would require us to actually raise some taxes — on, say, gasoline — and cut others — like payroll taxes and corporate taxes. It would require us to overhaul our immigration laws so we can better control our borders, let in more knowledge workers and retain those skilled foreigners going to college here. And it would require us to reduce some services — like Social Security — while expanding others, like education and research for a 21st-century economy.

    By “Real Tea Party” he means liberals such as himself who want higher taxes and an economy planned by people who went to good schools.

    Drew’s response:

    Memo to Tom: the tea party movement in general terms isn’t about government plans, unless it’s a plan to shrink government.

    I just love how Friedman absolutely inverts the fundamental principles of the tea party and then has the audacity to say to them,’ this new set of values, completely contrary to your own, is what you really want’.

    David Frum used to knock the conservative base as the “Say It Louder” brigade — that is, confronted with setback, our response was just to say, “Say it even louder this time.”

    What is Friedman doing apart from that (or any liberal, for that matter)? Confronted with a serious-minded political movement that’s insisting on genuine change, what does Friedman do? What do any of them do? They say it louder.
    And think they can convince us that the “Real Tea Party” should be supporting statism and even China-style corporate communism. (I mention the latter because we know what a fan of the Chinese dictatorship Friedman is.)

    This is their idea of accommodating new ideas: Rejecting them entirely and just trotting out the same old tired failed policies of the past four years of Democratic rule.

  10. Just got a phone call from the Reps. First they say that they have a one question survey, then they ask me to listen to Newt. After about 2 minutes, which seemed endless a new person comes on the phone (the heavy hitter), and ask if I thought that Rep might win in some races this year. I said it was possible, and he gave me the will you contribute speech.

    I then let him know I was an Independent, a former HRC supporter, and that no thanks as things were looking up for us in 2012.

    I loved it.

  11. “That 37% of Democrats already are prepared to dump Barack Obama for a supposed “unthinkable” alternative is rather astounding.”

    I was hoping the numbers would be higher at this point. But I guess we have to consider that Hillary has been largely ignored by the mainstream media in this country. We PUMAs have been paying attention to her work as Secretary of State. But to most Americans, it must feel as if Hillary has been on an extended business trip for the past two years. I’m sure more Dems will support her bid for 2012 once she has had an opportunity to get in front of a national audience and outline her plan for improving our economy.

  12. Did anyone listen to Greta tonight?

    She interviewed Bob Woodward about his book. To me, it is apparent that as far as the Afganistan war goes, he is on Barry side, thinking Joe is asking the right questions…

    Anyway, the part that caught my attention was when she asked Woodward if Barry took Hillary’s advice? He basically said, “No, that she has sided with Gates.”

    My best guess is if this is true, Hillary will indeed step down after the election.

  13. Attended a funeral in the town I grew up in which I hadn’t visited in 20 years. Saddest thing I have ever seen. Boarded up schools, churches and businesses. Homes in disrepair. Lawns unkempt. I am familiar with urban blight having lived in North Philly, Washington Heights and the Lower East Side, but this was abysmal. Wake was in a private home and following an ad for Sestak conversation turned to mid terms. Everyone seemed to be pro dim because of unions. “The repugs want to destroy the unions.” I bit my tongue as it wasn’t the time or the place to engage. Although I wanted to scream that the children of the union bosses are not walking through what looks like a post apocalyptic world on their way to school. I was enthralled listening and seriously doubt that any would ever vote anything but democrat evan as their world crumbles around them.

  14. pm317
    September 30th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Hillary / Gates 2012

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    Naw, too many people don’t like Microsoft.

    g,d,r

  15. turndown, I don’t think Shadowfax was talking about Bill Gates, I think she was talking about Secretary Gates.

    I havent been able to comment because I was at work…don’t want the folks to see what I comment about.
    I can’t believe they actually did a Poll Obama vs. Hillary. I think it was Obama who asked for it I think…then where was this poll taken in all black neighborhoods no doubt!
    Do we really have good information on this Poll???

    I know one damn thing, I am really sick of Hussein! I hope your right Shadowfax…she is going to step down!

  16. Looks like Barcrack, Biteme, and Woodward really know how to handle Afganistan. They fly drones in to Pakistan, and they now refuse to escort our supplies thru their country….good going boys…I think I’d stick with Gates and Hillary’s plan.

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    By AARON FAVILA, Associated Press Writer Aaron Favila, Associated Press Writer – 11 mins ago
    SHIKARPUR, Pakistan – Suspected militants in southern Pakistan set ablaze more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan on Friday, highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing.

    The Pakistani government shut the Torkham border in the northwest in apparent protest at a NATO helicopter incursion that killed three of its soldiers on the border. The events raised tensions between Pakistan and the United States, which have a close but often troubled alliance in the fight against militants.

    The convoy of tankers attacked Friday was likely headed to a second crossing in southwest Pakistan that was not closed. It was not clear if the vehicles had been rerouted because of the closure at Torkham.

    Around 80 percent of the fuel, spare parts, clothing and other non-lethal supplies for foreign forces in landlocked Afghanistan travel through Pakistan after arriving in the southern Arabian sea port of Karachi. The alliance has other supply routes to Afghanistan, but the Pakistani ones are the cheapest and most convenient.

    Islamist militants occasionally attack NATO supply tankers in Pakistan, mostly in the northwest where their influence is stronger. Thursday’s strike was in Sindh province, far from the border, and might be taken as a sign that the insurgents are expanding their reach.

    Around 10 gunmen attacked the vehicles when they were parked at an ordinary truck stop on the edge of Shikarpur town shortly after midnight. They forced the drivers and other people there to flee before setting the fires, said police officer Abdul Hamid Khoso. No one was wounded or killed.

    The trucks were alight several hours after the attack, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.

    Another officer, Nisar Ahmed, said the tankers had arrived in Shikarpur from the southern port city of Karachi and were heading to Quetta, a major city in the southwest. From there, the road leads to the Chaman border crossing.

    Attacks on NATO and U.S. supply convoys in Pakistan give militants a propaganda victory, but coalition officials say they do not affect operations in Afghanistan. The vast majority travel through the country unharmed.

    Some of the strikes are believed to be the work of criminals. Media reports have alleged that truck owners may be behind some of them, perhaps to fraudently claim insurance.

    Pakistani security forces provide guards for the trucks and tankers in the northwest, but generally do not do so in south and central Pakistan, where attacks are rare. Pakistani security officials had warned after two alleged NATO helicopter incursions last weekend that they would stop providing protection to NATO convoys if it happened again.

    Opinion polls show many Pakistanis regard the United States as an enemy, and conspiracy theories abound of U.S. troops wanting to attack Pakistan and take over its nuclear weapons. The Pakistani government has to balance its support for the U.S. war in Afghanistan — and its need for billions of dollars in American aid — with maintaining support from its own population.

    Friday’s attack and the decision to close to the border have underscored the uneasy relations.

    Pakistan said two NATO choppers fired on one of its border posts in the northwest’s Kurram tribal region, killing three Pakistani soldiers Thursday. NATO said its helicopters entered Pakistani airspace and hit a target only after receiving ground fire. The alliance expressed condolences to the families of the soldiers and said both nations would investigate the incident.

    It was the third alleged incursion by NATO helicopters into the northwest in the last week.

    A lengthy closure of Torkham would place intense strain on the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and hurt the Afghan war effort. But that is seen as unlikely, as neither Islamabad nor Washington can afford a meltdown in ties at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war.

  17. Opinion polls show many Pakistanis regard the United States as an enemy, and conspiracy theories abound of U.S. troops wanting to attack Pakistan and take over its nuclear weapons.

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    Obama 2007: “move the troops from Iraq to the right battlefield in Pakistan and Afganistan.”

  18. Thank you admin, for a great thought. And Happy New Year to you too!

    Although I have a daughter who has forever been in love with Gene Simmons and KISS, I admit to paying little attention until now. I really like what Gene Simmons has to say: Zip your lip and do your job.

    … Simmons is taking the Tea Party movement very seriously. “You have to take any movement that expresses the will of the public seriously. You can’t point to any direction and say ‘this is nonsense’ because the people who are involved in any movement, are doing it because they believe,” he explained. “Who am I to say that what they’re doing is right or wrong? At the end of the day, no matter what anyone believes in, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you have the opportunity to vote, and express your feelings.” So what’s Simmons’ message to those in power? Zip the lip and just do the work. “I resent the fact that the Democrats are making fun of the Tea Party, and likewise, I don’t like the Republicans making fun of Democrats. Basically, shut up; don’t tell me what’s wrong with the other party. Tell me what you’re going to do for me, then I’ll let you know who I’m going to vote for,” he told us. “This is why America is like me – sometimes Republicans get in, sometimes Democrats get in. As soon as one messes up, we throw them out. Watch what’s going to happen this election.”
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/09/30/exclusive-gene-simmons-predicts-major-change-midterm-elections/?test=faces

  19. Regarding Obama’s new Chief of Staff now that Rahm is off to Chicago:

    Rouse was Daschle’s long-time chief of staff. He was helping groom Daschle for the presidency, but a monkeywrench obviously got thrown in that. So he was then mysteriously attached to the freshman senator from Illinois, bringing with him all of Daschle’s contacts and powerful organization (what freshman senator gets such careful attention, I ask you?) Rouse, with all his DC power and clout, was gifted to Obama as his chief of staff when he came from Chicago to DC..

    Obama is still dancing with the ones that brung him, and helped plan his meteoric, “entirely grassroots” rise to power from the beginning. And it’s not the poor poor Obots. Suckers.

  20. jbstonesfan: “…Dania …3 women who come down here for the season and are huge Obama supporters… Middle East, they remembered me and said ‘he is a Zionist’ and then one of them politely commented ‘if Israel would just give up those illegal settlements and go back to the 1967 borders…'”

    “…these three (3) woman are wealthy Manhattan Jews. It is this mentality that cost Hillary the election.”

    _______

    This was my grandparents’ demographic and I’m sorry it doesn’t please you; but people have a right to their opinion regardless of their ethnic background, income or place of residence. The only stalwart Zionists in Manhattan seem to be the Hassidics in the diamond district.

    My grandparents were modern “reformed” Jews who had the fault of being wealthy, living in Manhattan, and being shocked to see the hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees piling out of Israel into Lebanon after the 1967 war. At the time, the Israelis refused to use the word “Palestinian”, saying “these people don’t have a country”, “Palestine doesn’t exist, it’s not a country, it’s Israel now”, “they’re all terrorists, one day we’ll have to go and clean them out of Lebanon” (which they later tried to do, without success).

    In all, Israel has expelled about 2 million Arabs from their homeland, and now, there are about 5 million people who can trace their roots back less than 2 generations to what used to be Palestine. This is one of the things currently on the negotiating table in the Middle East talks, i.e. the “right of return”.

  21. Faculty at the University of Illinois reportedly are considering whether to step to the defense of 1960’s radical William Ayers after the board of trustees decided two weeks ago to deny him emeritus status. The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that some members of the faculty may ask the board to reconsider. They’ve expressed concern that the decision ended up being personal — Chairman Christopher Kennedy opposed granting the status for Ayers, noting that he dedicated a book to the man who killed his father, Robert F. Kennedy.
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/01/faculty-step-ayers-defense-board-denied-honorary-status/

    One more nail in the Republic’s coffin coming?
    Is it too much to ask that the administration present the appearance of patriotism?

  22. I always wondered why the Arab countries kept the Palestinian refuges in miserable camps in the first place. And why wasn’t there an international outcry about it. If you want to talk apartheid, this is the perfect example.

  23. jbstonesfan
    September 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I asked them how they now felt Obama was doing compared to their pre-election expectations, and astonishingly they claimed that Obama was doing the best job anyone could do given what he inherited from Bush.
    ——————————
    jbstonesfan: I can understand what you are fighting against. It is like juror nullification. I commend you for fighting the good fight. It is symptomatic of a much older fight inter se, as you know. Here are a few points that may be useful.

    First, there is a case to be made that Obama did NOT inherit the financial mess from Bush. Inasmuch as i) Congress is the one that passes budgets, ii) the debt problem did not become unmanageable until AFTER the Democrats took over Congress in 2006, and iii) at that point then Senator Obama voted in favor of the very legislation that put us in the present economic hole. Therefore, Obama inherited our economic problems not from Bush or not Bush alone, but from Reid, Pelosi and Obama himself. (Note: see my post September 29, @ 2:18 on this very subject, from the former head of the banking system in Ohio)

    Second, even if this were not true, and he did inherit the economic problem from Bush the argument still fails because far from addressing the problem, he has chosen to exacerbate it by adding $3 trillion to our pre-existing debt load. In so doing, he has diminished our stature as a world power, limited our strategic options, and placed an oppressive burden on our children and grand children. According to the Law Of Holes, when we are in already one stop digging.

    Third, should you decide to pursue the case against these true believers, then it may be useful to remind them of Obama’s infringement on civil liberties–spying, assassination, etc. which go even further than Bush proposed. That should rattle their cage and cause them to confront the implications of their magic thinking with a shot glass of reality on ice.

  24. It looks like Rahm Emanuel is out as Chief of Staff in the White House, and he is taking the plunge into the Chicago mayoral race. May he keep on plunging lower, and lower.

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  26. Palin apparently does not like Rouse…she kinda hinted in her book that he was behind some of the nastiness that was done to her in Alaska.
    Is Rouse a former Clintonite?? I don’t remember….I don’t think so.

  27. Gallop stoops again…

    Gallup’s Obama-Hillary 2012 Primary Poll; Or, How to Invent NewsPosted Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:44 PM | By David Weigel
    The new Gallup poll on a potential 2012 Democratic presidential primary comes with a warning:

    As is the case for the 2012 Republican nomination, voter sentiments at this stage of the 2012 election cycle have low predictive validity. In late 2006, for example, Gallup polls showed that Clinton led Obama as the choice of Democrats for their party’s nomination, and Rudy Giuliani was tied with John McCain for the Republican nomination (Giuliani pulled further ahead of McCain through most of 2007).

    Translation: “Our poll will tell you as much about who’ll be the Democratic nominee as a ‘Will It Blend’ iPad video tells you about how quickly apps will load.” But here it is! Barack Obama leads his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, by a 15-point margin in a ballot test, 52-37. Stuff that would have been useful for Gallup to point out; the most successful (and still failed) challenges to incumbent presidents in recent history, in 1976 and 1980, began with polls showing challengers actually beating the incumbents. In 1979, Ted Kennedy had a monstrous lead over Jimmy Carter until the hostage crisis began and gave Carter a bounce. This poll shows the president leading the incredibly popular secretary of state — approval ratings up to 20 points higher than his — by a safe margin, at a political nadir.

    So get ready to hear cable news talk about how this poll demonstrates doom for Barack Obama.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2010/09/30/gallup-s-obama-hillary-2012-primary-poll-or-how-to-invent-news.aspx

  28. THe administration has come out today saying they hoped for a coup in Pakistan…I wonder who said that….this is what they are saying over at FDL.

  29. bin Laden issued another tape bemoaning the fact that Muslim countries don’t come to the aid of other Muslims during catastrophes. He was beefing about Pakistan’s response to the widespread flooding in that country. What does he expect from many in the Muslim community who don’t look at this life as anything meaningful, and who believe that natural catastrophes occur because of God’s punishment to those the catastrophe has struck.

    The video was released with bin Laden’s voice only, and it needs to be authenticated. I don’t know if bin Laden is alive or dead, but I suspect he is still alive and living under some rock somewhere in Pakistan.

  30. Hi,old friends — read you everyday I can — been working hard and too busy to join in though I wish I could.

    The season on Martha’s Vineyard is winding down. Those here who know me, know that we own a business here and talk politics with customers, clients, and others everyday all year long — local residents, summer folks and tourists. I want to report that we have heard from very very few Obama supporters over this past summer. The summer people and tourists are largely well-educated, well-heeled types and a large percentage of locals are carpenters, plumbers, painters, fishers, caretakers, landscapers, small business owners, etc. Martha’s Vineyard voted pro-Obama in the ’08 primaries despite the state of MA having voted for Hillary. Now, we hear very little favorable comment about him. The wonderful thing is that all (except a less than one hand count!) speak favorably of Hillary Clinton. In fact, the majority of them – Dems, Indies, Repubs, black and white and in-between – express the wish that she were president, so we ask, “Would you vote for her in 2012?” and the delightful answer is, as it’s most often expressed, “In a heartbeat!”

  31. confloyd
    October 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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    I’ve never seen or heard of the man before, but my first impression of him is that he looks like a weasle.

  32. nobama, I agree he looks like a weasle. I have never seen an administration that looks like evil as Bo’s does. That Rouse guy definitely has that look, you wouldn’t want his pic in the paper too often.

    BTW, I can’t understand why people can’t see the evil in Obama? I hope Hillary gets out soon!

  33. JanH: “I always wondered why the Arab countries kept the Palestinian refuges in miserable camps in the first place.”

    When you’re a small country like Lebanon, and you don’t refuse entry to refugees, you’ve got to start with camps. Now, those refugees are pretty much integrated into Lebanon and other host countries. Those in Lebanon are cannon fodder for Hezbollah.

    Why don’t you ask the question, “Why were they expelled from their homes in the first place?”

    “And why wasn’t there an international outcry about it.”

    There most certainly was, and that outcry has been going on for decades now.

    “If you want to talk apartheid, this is the perfect example.”

    Yes, it is another example of apartheid, but not on the part of the countries receiving the refugees. It is on the part of the country that made refugees of them in the first place.

    Listen to the “myth” video jbstonesfan linked to. The speaker says that “only” 800,000 have been expelled from Israel since 1948. I dispute his figures are wrong, but it is especially his attitude that I would criticize: it is that Israel had to do this to survive, otherwise there would be an Arab majority in Israel, which would defeat the very purpose of “the Jewish State” that Abbas does not want to accept.

    Further to this, the reason Israel has not integrated the West Bank and Gaza into Israel proper is that the Jewish State would then be half Arab in population, which would obliterate the Jewish State. So the Likud’s compromise is to let the Arabs have a little bit of useless land they can call their own.

  34. Expelled from their homes? Yes some were. Many others were pressured by the Arabs to leave during their failed war. Israel offered to take some back and were refused. Treated terribly in those Arab camps? Definitely. Treated terribly in Israel, no.

    You can read into history whatever you want to, but this “right of return” is only being pushed so that Israel as a Jewish country can be wiped out. And yes I can ask why they were treated so badly in Jordan, Egypt, et al. I mean unless they are suppose to get a free ride for all their crimes.

    Right of return? I guess it depends on what portion of history you want to believe.

    jeswezey, we have gone over this so many times. I doubt you are going to change my mind on this issue just as I doubt I can ever change yours even though I respect your right to it.

  35. HillaryforTexas
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:26 am

    ——————
    Good for connecting the dots. Things were set in motion to stop Hillary long before anyone realized. One of strategies they used was to push him to the forefront when everybody least expected it (in particular the Clintons), a real shock and awe but we are just left with shock now. Teleprompter and 20 years in Wright’s church trained him well to hoodwink the gullible and the ignorant.

  36. jeswezey, we have gone over this so many times. I doubt you are going to change my mind on this issue just as I doubt I can ever change yours even though I respect your right to it.

    This may be true, but remember JanH that you’re not involved in a private conversation with jeswezey and some of us might have missed the previous exchanges. Thank you both for sharing your perspectives.

  37. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20018263-503544.html

    What a charming parting gift given to outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at his final Senior Staff meeting this morning.

    A dead fish.

    Spokesman Robert Gibbs says it was presented to Emanuel by Austan Goolsbee, the new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

    “I talked to the policy team and we wanted to give you a going away present,” Goolsbee is quoted by Gibbs as telling the morning meeting of top White House aides.

    Goolsbee said the staff wanted to give Emanuel “something to show how we feel about you, but also shows we understand your new possibilities.”

    Emanuel unwrapped the present and immediately recognized what it was: “This is a dead fish,” he reportedly declared.

    Actually, it was more than that, explained Goolsbee.

    “”To most people it looks like a dead fish, but to a future Mayor of Chicago, it looks like a dead Asian Carp.”

    The Asian Carp is the bloodthirsty, voracious and irrepressible species of fish that Chicago is trying to keep from using its waterways to reach Lake Michigan.

    “In Chicago,” said Gibbs, “this is how friends say goodbye.”

  38. Speaking of Jews, here’s Rick Sanchez the CNN anchor:

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/rick-sanchez-calls-jon-stewart-a-bigot-says-cnn-is-run-by-jews/

    CNN’s Rick Sanchez is not happy with being made fun of constantly on The Daily Show and Colbert Report. It is from this jumping off point that he absolutely unleashed on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and at times his own network, on Pete Dominick’s satellite radio show yesterday.

    The big takeaway – Sanchez calls Stewart “a bigot,” then walks it back a bit, and he implies CNN is run by Jews.

    Dominick was not just a radio show host – he is a CNN contributor who has a regular gig on John King, USA (more on that below), and he formerly was the warm up comic at The Daily Show. Which is why when Sanchez says “I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot” early in the interview, Dominick pushed back:

    Dominick: How is he a bigot?
    Sanchez: I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.
    Dominick: What group is he bigoted towards?
    Sanchez: Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?

    A few minutes later, Sanchez takes back the word “bigot,” changing it to “prejudicial” and “uninformed.”

    Later in the interview, Dominick brings up the fact that Stewart is Jewish, so is a minority himself. Sanchez laughs this off:

    I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah.

    If that wasn’t clear, the “yeah” was sarcastic. “I can’t see somebody not getting a job somewhere because they’re Jewish,” says Sanchez.

  39. Morris has a point. Armageddon is at hand for the Democratic Party.

    Hillary and Bill. are the only ones who can pick up the pieces and rehabilitate the brand. No one else in the party can do it. Without them, Morris’s prediction, that the party will be in the political wilderness for years to come will become reality. Particularly, as the economic picture deteriorates under Obama/s benighted presidency.

    However, the strategy here must be subtle as opposed to overt, suggestive rather than confrontational and this time around the heavy lifting must be done by others. If Hillary were to do it herself it would divide the party, and allow big media whores to replay their mawkish theme of what a terrible person Hillary is to challenge this great black savior, this tragic Othello, this black Jesus who taken upon his broad shoulders the burden of original sin and lit the path to eternal salvation for all human kind. Ergo, the game must be to separate herself from Obama where possible, present a mutually prominent alternative, and let the law of gravity do its inevitable work. And the game of her supporters must be to force Obama to go back to his roots, meaning Hawaii for a permanent vacation. For Hoover, the vacation lasted from 1932 to 1960 when he reappeared at the Republican Convention, a shadow of the man he once was.
    —————————————–

    HOOVER + MCGOVERN = OBAMA

    Obama’s presidency will discredit the Democratic party into the future

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on National Review Online on September 29, 2010

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    Comparisons of Barack Obama’s presidency to Jimmy Carter’s miss the point. Carter’s presidency did little to change the basic party construct of the nation or to influence its ideology. Reagan’s presidency accomplished both.

    But Barack Obama is destroying the Democratic party. It may not recover for a long time. In this, he most closely resembles a synthesis of the failed candidacy of George McGovern and the catastrophic presidency of Herbert Hoover. The damage he is doing to his party’s image and prospects closely resembles the harm Hoover did to the Republican party, from which it did not recover for 20 years after he left office. And the extent to which Obama is discrediting the Left parallelsthe damage George McGovern did to his ideological confreres in 1972, when he went down to flaming defeat.

    In a sense, America met its first conservative in 1981 and fell in love. We met our first liberal in 2009 and are running away screaming. FDR was too long ago to count, Lyndon Johnson too distracted by Vietnam to make an impact. So Obama is the first full-throated liberal to be president in our lifetimes. And we won’t soon forget him and the lessons his failure is teaching us.

    Strangely, the Democrats don’t yet get it. They whistle a happy tune as they march off the cliff. There is no voice of dissent against Obama’s policies, no mumbled animosity, no suppressed discontent. The party is solid as a phalanx behind its leader even as he sends it to political death. It is the Charge of the Light Brigade, and none of them know that “someone has blundered.”

    For decades, the liberal alternative glittered attractively on the sidelines. As income inequality increased and Wall Street bonuses excited class animosity, the possibility of an economic-populist response had become more interesting to voters by the time Obama came along. The hyperactive Bush foreign and military policy made the yearning for peace and isolation stronger. And as conservatives increased our national wealth, the glaring omission of the health-care system loomed larger. Finally, when the depression hit, voters called in the liberals from stage left and asked them to take a shot at turning the country around.

    And did they ever! They kept their promises and then some. They tripled the deficit and sent the debt soaring. From the moment George Washington took the oath of office until Obama did, America had borrowed $9 trillion. Under Obama, it has borrowed $3.2 trillion more, in less than two years. Our health-care system was deformed, manufacturing was terrified by the prospect of cap-and-tax, GM was absorbed by the government and conquered by the unions, and federalism was buried in an avalanche of subsidies that turned state governments into branch offices of Washington.

    Americans have learned their lesson, just as they learned from Hoover the evils of Republican laissez-faire economics. His legacy cast a shadow over politics until Eisenhower vanquished it with his personal popularity in 1952. But it was not until Nixon and Reagan that anti-Hooverism stopped structuringnational elections.

    In George McGovern, we all saw the incompetence of liberalism, its disorganization, its extremism, and its ultimate impotence. The best testament to his failure as a candidate is his own discovery of the virtues of private-sector capitalism in his old age. This gentleman — who was never anything less than that — clearly paved the way for Ronald Reagan and the conservative ascendancy.

    This is likely not the legacy Obama had in mind when, with his massive ego, limited competence, and paltry experience, he took over the White House. Americans, in a fit ofnational delusion, made what they now realize was one of their biggest mistakes.

    The magnitude of our error — or at least of our understanding of it — will become apparent on November 2, when the GOP will win both houses of Congress, the House by a considerable margin. The 2010 landslide will likely set the record for the largest transfer of House seats in an off- year election. The prior mark of 74 seats in 1922 (a Democratic gain in the wake of Harding’s scandals and the Teapot Dome investigation) will probably be eclipsed. But the true measure ofthe damage Obama has done to his ideology and his party will not be evident for some time.

  40. Finally, when the depression hit, voters called in the liberals from stage left and asked them to take a shot at turning the country around.

    And did they ever! They kept their promises and then some. They tripled the deficit and sent the debt soaring. From the moment George Washington took the oath of office until Obama did, America had borrowed $9 trillion. Under Obama, it has borrowed $3.2 trillion more, in less than two years. Our health-care system was deformed, manufacturing was terrified by the prospect of cap-and-tax, GM was absorbed by the government and conquered by the unions,

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

    Falsely redefining Liberalism. Which may be one of the things Obama was hired to do.

  41. I would like to see a polling question which reads like this: assuming President Obama decides to run again in 2012 and plays the race card as he and his supporters did in 2008, will that tactic be as effect then as it was before?

  42. I guess that Asian Carp is suppose to mean that the Chicago mob doesn’t want law abiding citizens running/winning office in their mob invested waters??? That’s how I took it Gibby!

    Let me just count the jew haters in this country….is their a calculator that has a high enough number??? What in the world has happened to this country? I would say its greed and those who hate the jews in Jerusalem see Israel as standing in their way to gain more and more….money. Guess they don’t believe that verse about how much of a chance the rich man has to get into heaven. Really just how much money does a Soros or a Bloomberg need to survive on?? I don’t slight them for being able to make it, but I do when they want to obliterate a whole country for their own greed.

  43. I will be glad when this election is over, because I’m sick of seeing Obama on the tube with his “paid for crowd” speaking more lies and the idiots believing his crap.

  44. Comment from another blog
    Rahm’s campaign may crash before it ever gets started. The state Municipal code (65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-5)requires all candidates to be residents for one year prior to the election. The section specifically exempts active duty servicemen or their spouses, but not Congressmen or other people serving in DC. To make matters worse for him, Rahm has been renting out his house, making it unlikely he’s been spending nights and weekends there.

    But as another said, it is Chicago, right?

  45. SHV: the last paragraph below confirms your assessment of BHO which was rendered much earlier in the game. In the fulsomeness of time it may even become conventional wisdom.
    —————————————————-
    Barack “Imam Hussain” Obama?
    By Larry Johnson on October 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM in Current Affairs

    Snip)

    Why did Barack bow before the Saudi King? I don’t think it is a muslim thing. He pulled a similar stunt with the Japanese leader and I don’t thing Obama is a closet Shinto practitioner. Why does he bow? I think it reflects a form of insecurity and his lack of confidence in being an American. Barack has never really had a deep, abiding affection for being a red-blooded American. He’s really an American and Christian dilettante. A dilettante, in case you did poorly on your SAT, is a person who claims an area of interest without real commitment or knowledge.

    This helps explain why he believed that America has 57 states and failed to remember that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain inalienable rights.” It also explains his faux Christianity. Yeah, he joined Jeremiah Wright’s church and attended as long as it was politically expedient, but let’s get real, he is not a man of deep faith. The Church of Jeremiah Wright is not genuine Christianity. It is a perverse deviation from basic Christian doctrine and has a heavy dose of Marxism dressed up in religious language. I am not convinced that Barack even genuinely believed the crap Wright was spinning. You caught glimpses of that if you read Bronwyn’s excellent piece on the new black Jesus (Superstar Prez . . .).

    While answering the question about his faith the other day, Barack said something to the effect that being a Christian meant “you are your brothers keeper.” You may find this theological nitpicking, but that is an Old Testament reference and, I would argue, is the first appearance of SNARK in all of literature. “Am I my brother’s keeper” was Cain’s flippant remark to God after Cain had murdered his brother, Abel. This is a small thing but it highlights the superficial nature of Obama’s faith. His true belief and spiritual foundation is in himself.

    Barack’s real problem is that he has no deep seated belief or world view beyond his own sense of personal entitlement and deep-seated resentment towards his white mother, who essentially gave him up and left him to the care of Grandma and Grandpa, and his Kenyan father, who went AWOL. Those two emotional scars are, in my opinion, the heart and soul of this inexperienced goof that is now in charge of our nation’s Government.

  46. NYCMax
    October 1st, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    ———–
    I’m not exactly sure what you are talking about but okay. At times, everyone here addresses other posters in conversation like this so I don’t know why I’m being singled out.

    Oh well.

  47. This Meg Whitman thing…dirty politics on both sides. I did not know Whitman’s husband is a neurosurgeon! Oh my, the highest paid Dr. in America wants his wife to be governor…WOW! He is covering her for hiring the illegal alien saying he hired her and he did not tell her what the SS administration is saying. Gloria Allred is cooking Meg’s goose! I wish she hadn’t voted for Obama although I think she is still a Hillary supporter, although she’s done nothing about the fraud that took place at the convention, jbjd has done more, why don’t the two get together??

  48. Jan….you were absolutely correct. Most of the arabs who left Israel left of their own free will or pressure from other arabs.

    However, Jews in arab countries were forced out in huge numbers. No one discusses that.

  49. Rouse begins as chief of staff

    By Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, October 1, 2010

    The Pete Rouse era began shortly before noon on Friday. And quickly, the White House started feeling the difference.

    Rouse, ushered in as interim White House chief of staff by Obama in the East Room, called his first senior staff meeting for that afternoon – and scheduled it to last just 10 minutes. It is typical Rouse, advisers said: swift and to the point, without leaving room for people to show off or hold endless debates.

    “If a meeting should take 10 minutes, Pete is not going to make it go 11,” one senior administration official said. “Pete does not want to meet for the sake of meeting.”

    What Rouse will do during the rest of his tenure – whether it lasts two months or two years or more – is only now starting to take shape. Senior officials said there will be some obvious departures from the first 20 months of Obama’s term, when Rahm Emanuel held the job.

    Although Obama joked about their different temperaments during the East Room ceremony (“Obviously, these two gentlemen have slightly different styles,” the president said,drawing laughs), the biggest change may not be Rouse’s calmer demeanor. It may be his focus on how the West Wing runs: Already, Rouse is conducting an organizational review to figure out what structural changes are needed at the White House as Obama shifts into a new phase of governing.

    Over the next two years – having achieved 70 percent of his campaign promises, as Obama likes to say – the administration will move into a less “legislatively intense” period that will require a different setup, which Rouse is examining, administration officials said.

    The restructuring will take into account senior advisers who may want to leave (such as National Security Adviser Jim Jones) or head to Chicago to run the 2012 reelection campaign (such as senior adviser David Axelrod or deputy chief of staff Jim Messina). And it will take stock of 2012 more broadly, considering whether former campaign manager David Plouffe will go into the White House (as expected) and recognizing that the moment the midterm elections end on Nov. 2, the presidential campaign will be underway.

    “Pete will not look at the staff reorg as one person here, one person there, but at how everybody works and fits together,” a senior official said. Another senior official said the assessment is “on track” to be completed by November, and, given all the flux the West Wing is experiencing with so many departures, should help “settle everything down here.” They asked to remain anonymous to speak candidly about internal personnel matters.

    On Capitol Hill, where he worked for more than three decades, Rouse received a warm reception. During the Emanuel tenure, some members of the party felt shut out at times – and fretted that the priorities were not progressive enough.

    Still, said one aide to a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, “Like him or not, Rahm was a known quantity.” Rouse is an unknown, the person said, and is “another insulated Obama person.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/01/AR2010100104510_pf.html

  50. I favor Brown but some very dirty politics is being done against Whitman! The maid forged documents and appeared legal. Now the maid’s lawyer is trying to make Whitman look bad?!? Who is paying this lawyer? Why?

    A SS letter comes that looks minor. Either the maid took it or Mr Whitman gave it to the maid who said she took care of it. Why should Mr Whitman even mention it to Mrs Whitman or even remember it years later?

    This is as bad as the stuff that was done to the Clintons! Call Ken Starr!

  51. A while back JournoLister Ben Smith declared the Clintons to be alone and useless. Then recently Politico declared that the Clintons were back and bigger than ever.

    A while back we quoted this bit about how Obama can’t get his hands around the Clinton political operation:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2010/07/01/time-to-gloat-obamas-failure-of-leadership-leads-to-calls-for-a-real-leader/

    “I do get the issues that others have about Daschle….but the fact remains that Obama’s political genius is being one of the best M&A guys in politics – morphing major pieces of the Daley machine into the Daschle machine into the Kennedy machine and into the Edwards machine. They are still trying to meld the Clinton franchise in, but that’s been difficult.

    Now Salon, in a discussion about the Gallup poll, pretends the Hillary army is demobilized:

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/10/01/obama_lbj_hillary/index.html

    Scoff all you like at Gallup’s new Barack Obama vs. Hillary Clinton head-to-head poll, in which the president leads his secretary of state among Democrats, 52 to 37 percent. Big deal. The numbers aren’t bad for Hillary, but her political army is completely demobilized, if not folded into the Obama corps.

    The Hillary army is not demobilized, but is in Winter quarters. We don’t have to “do” anything but watch the Obama operation crumble. This simple military tactic is one Salon and Ben Smith do not understand.

  52. Meg Whitman’s maid comes out of the woodwork ( sobbing) 4 weeks before the election. She is represented by a very high priced attorney who is a democratic party contributor. Allred said she was directed to the case by another attorney who she will not name.

    This a political hit job. Something Allred tried with Arnold with no success.
    This whole thing stinks to high heaven, and why would Allred jeopardize her client by announcing to the world she has been working here illegally?
    Think what you want about Whitman, but this is a manufactured sleazy hit.

  53. Crazy Horse, no doubt it is a political hit job. The attack on Whitman using her illegal immigrant nanny/maid came hours before a debate hosted by Univision meant to deal with Latino issues.

    It was smartly timed and is a smart hit because whatever Whitman does she comes out as the bad person in the drama. If Whitman attacks her nanny/maid she comes off as a mean rich person. If Whitman does not attack she gets hurt. All in all Whitman is handling the situation about as best as it can be handled by saying that “Nickki” is a good person, part of the extended family, and is being manipulated.

    The press conference by the nanny/maid probably helped Whitman in that “Nickki” read from a statement which was so over the top her own credibility was damaged.

    In the end this probably will neither hurt nor help either candidate because Whitman supporters and Brown supporters will dig in their heels and neither group will be swayed.

  54. There are quite a lot of articles attacking J Street for its lies. Even Jeffrey Goldberg is angry at the group he used to champion:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/09/j-street-down-the-rabbit-hole/63843/

    Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of J Street, the liberal Jewish group, e-mailed Goldblog last night: “Reports of our demise (including from you) are greatly exaggerated….” He was referring to a question I posted earlier in the day: “Will J Street even be around in its current form in coming days, now that it is enveloped in a scandal (more of a cover-up than a crime, in the traditional Washington style)?”

    The scandal grows from a decision by Jeremy Ben-Ami to cover-up, over a long period of time, something he knew to be true: That George Soros, the billionaire investor and non-friend of Israel, provided J Street with almost $750,000 in funding. James Besser, at The New York Jewish Week, frames the impact of this cover-up in stark and simple terms:[snip]

    And there’s no way this doesn’t sow mistrust among commentators and reporters who write and speak about J Street, and who were repeatedly misled by its officials. J Street sought to create a climate of trust with a press corps that was being spun heavily by its opponents; this news undoes a lot of that effort.

    An Atlantic reporter, Chris Good, was one of the journalists lied to by J Street; he ripped the organization a new one once he learned he was the target of a disinformation campaign.

    News of the Soros donation, first brought to light by Eli Lake of the Washington Times, was accompanied by disclosures about a larger, and stranger, donation, by a resident of Hong Kong named Consolacion Escidul, who according to Ben-Ami, is a “business associate” of a prominent J Street supporter named William Benter, a well-known Hong Kong-based horse bettor. [snip] … the mere fact that she is not, as far as anyone can tell, an American citizen has J Street supporters on Capitol Hill worried that the organization is using foreign money to provide help to American political candidates.

    And now there is a completely new scandal, brought to us, again, by Eli Lake and another Times reporter, Ben Birnbaum. According to an article posted on The Washington Times site last night, J Street helped arrange visits by Judge Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist appointed by the U.N. to investigate the most recent conflict in Gaza, to Capitol Hill. Goldstone’s work, heavily reliant on Hamas for uncorroborated information, has been condemned on both the left and right, here and in Israel (including by the left-wing Israeli human rights group B’Tselem), for its fairly obvious biases. From the Times story:

    Colette Avital — a former member of Israel’s parliament, from the center-left Labor Party and until recently J Street’s liaison in Israel — told The Washington Times that her decision to resign her post with J Street earlier this year was a result in part of the group’s “connection to Judge Goldstone.”

    “When Judge Goldstone came to Washington, [J Street leaders were] suggesting that they might help him set up his appointments on Capitol Hill,” she said.

    In the Times story, Jeremy Ben-Ami denied that his group assisted Goldstone in his visit in any way: “J Street did not host, arrange or facilitate any visit to Washington, D.C., by Judge Richard Goldstone.” Then, in the same response, he contradicted himself, acknowledging that J Street assisted Judge Goldstone in his efforts to meet members of Congress: “J Street staff spoke to colleagues at the organizations coordinating the meetings and, at their behest, reached out to a handful of congressional staff to inquire whether members would be interested in seeing Judge Goldstone.”

    This statement is of a piece with Ben-Ami’s non-denial denial concerning Soros. On the J Street website, however, Avital issued a more straightforward denial:

    I made clear (to The Washington Times) that I was and am completely unaware of any effort by J Street to facilitate visits by Judge Richard Goldstone to Capitol Hill.

    I do not know how it is possible for a newspaper to run a story like this after I have specifically told them they have the story wrong.

    Unfortunately for Avital, and for J Street, the reporter who interviewed Avital by telephone, Ben Birnbaum, recorded their conversation, and The Washington Times has posted the audio. The recording shows that Avital was quoted accurately, and more than that: It shows that it was Avital, and not Birnbaum, who first raised the subject of Goldstone.

  55. I agree. Whitman’s supporters are set and so are Brown’s. It’s the undecideds I wonder about. The race is virtually tied so any sway a couple of % points will decide this election. I hope the voters aren’t fooled by this theater, but instead vote on what’s best for California.
    It’s a mess out here!

  56. Bye-Bye Rick Sanchez:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/breaking-rick-sanchez-fired-from-cnn/

    CNN released this statement today:

    “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.“

    They will broadcast CNN Newsroom from 3-5pm for the foreseeable future.

    Here’s more from the story earlier today:
    CNN’s Rick Sanchez is not happy with being made fun of constantly on The Daily Show and Colbert Report. It is from this jumping off point that he absolutely unleashed on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and at times his own network, on Pete Dominick’s satellite radio show yesterday.

    The big takeaway – Sanchez calls Stewart “a bigot,” then walks it back a bit, and he implies CNN is run by Jews.

  57. The Democratic Party under Obama Reid and Pelosi is incapable of solving our problems. The only thing they seem capable of is making our problems worse, and blaming America for everything that is wrong. Obama promised to change the political landscape and by god he has, but not quite in the way his disciples anticipated. Once a Hopium Addict herself, Noonan went cold turkey and now has this to say about that:
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    The Twister of 2010
    America’s political landscape will never be the same.
    By PEGGY NOONAN

    On a recent trip to Omaha, Neb., I found a note prominently displayed in my hotel room warning of the possibility of “extreme weather” including “tornadic activity.” The clunky euphemism was no doubt meant to soften or obscure what they were obliged to communicate: There may be a tornado, look out.

    That’s what’s going on nationally. Tornadoes are tearing up the political landscape.

    Everyone talks about the tensions between the Republican establishment, such as it is, and the tea-party-leaning parts of its base. But are you looking at what’s happening with the Democrats?

    Tensions between President Obama and his supporters tore into the open this week as never before, signifying a real and developing fracturing of his party. Mr. Obama, in an interview in Rolling Stone, aimed fire at those abandoning him: “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.” The Democratic base “sitting on their hands complaining” is “just irresponsible. . . . We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard—that’s what I said during the campaign. . . . But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

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    At first I thought this was another example of the president’s now-habitual political ineptness, his off-key-ness. You don’t diss people into voting for you, you can’t lecture them into love. The response from the left was fierce, unapologetic—and accusatory. Mr. Obama had let them down, he’d taken half measures. “Stop living in that bubble,” shot back an activist on cable. But Jane Hamsher of the leftist blog Firedoglake saw method, not madness. She described the president’s remarks as “hippie punching” and laid them to cynical strategy: “It’s about setting up a narrative for who will take the blame for a disastrous election.” She said Mr. Obama’s comments themselves could “depress turnout.”

    Take the blame? Disastrous? Setting up a narrative?

    This isn’t the language of disagreement, the classic to-and-fro between a restive base and politicians who make compromises. This is the language of estrangement. It is the language of alienation.

    There is a war beginning in the Democratic Party, and the president has lost control of his base.

    The Democratic leadership in the House appears to have lost another kind of control, fleeing Washington without passing a federal budget or extending even part of the Bush-era tax cuts, which are due to expire on Jan. 1. Democrats hold a solid majority in the House. They have a hitherto-powerful speaker. And the decision to adjourn passed by only a single vote—that of Nancy Pelosi, who saw 39 Democrats join the Republicans in dissenting.

    The Democratic Party right now is showing signs of coming apart under the pressure of the election and two years of an unpopular presidency. But it’s not a split in two, with the left versus the establishment. It’s more like a splintering, with left-leaning activists distancing themselves from the party’s politicians, and moderate politicians distancing themselves from Mr. Obama.

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    And part of what’s driving it is what is driving the evolution of the Republican Party. The Internet changed everything. Everyone has facts now, knows who voted how and why. New thought leaders spring up and lead in new directions. Total transparency leads to party fracturing. Information dings unity. We are in new territory.

    Another tornado: The president’s influential counselor, David Axelrod, attempted this week to insinuate into the election what Democrats used to deride as “wedge issues.” In an interview he said abortion will “certainly be an issue,” for Democrats. It will be raised “across the country.”

    This suggests a certain desperation. Whatever stand you take on the social issues, you have to be blind to think they will make a big difference this year. The issue this year is the size, role, weight and demands of government, and the public sense that its members selfishly look to their own needs and not those of the country. A GOP congressman told me this week that he very much disagrees with the characterization of tea party and Republican voters as enraged or livid. They are scared, he said. He has never, in two decades in politics, heard so many people tell him they are “scared,” frightened for their own futures and for the future of their country.

    No one will get revved in the way Mr. Axelrod hopes who isn’t already a reliable Democratic vote. His raising of a wedge issue speaks not only of a certain cynicism but of what appears to be an endemic White House cluelessness.

    Yet another tornado: The Democrats have begun what Grover Norquist predicted a month ago. They saved their money for the end of the campaign and have begun running negative ads. They are not speaking in support of their own votes on health care and other issues. They are avoiding the subject of their own votes on health care and other issues. They are focusing instead on accusations of personal scandal. Both parties have done this in the past, to their mutual shame. But this year, with some exceptions and for obvious reasons, it appears to be largely a Democratic game. At this point in history, with America teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, negative advertising is even more destructive, more actually wicked, than it was in the past.

    Negative advertising tears everything down. It contributes to the cynicism of the populace, especially the young. It undermines the faith in government Democrats are always asking us to have, by undermining respect for those who govern, or who seek to. It wears everyone down. And in the long term, though this can never be quantified, it keeps from electoral politics untold numbers of citizens who could bring their gifts and guts to helping solve our problems. I will never forget the visionary real-world entrepreneur who sighed, when I once urged him to enter politics, “I’ve lived an imperfect life. They’d kill me.”

    But let’s go to what is traditionally the only way journalists and political professionals judge such ads: Do they work? In the past they have. But here’s a hunch: This year they will not be so effective.

    The primary reason is the severity of the moment. But another is that negative ads worked so well in the past. For a generation, the American people have been told their politicians are lowlifes. You know what they now think of them? They think they’re lowlifes! People don’t really expect high character from their political figures anymore. “Congressman Smith cheated on his wife.” That’s her problem. Cut my taxes.

    Good practical advice on all this comes from Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels, who met this week in New York with conservative activists, journalists and historians. Our country is in real peril, he said, we have a short time to do big things to get it right. Republicans “need to campaign to govern, not merely to win.” If Democrats are “the worst, the most malevolent” in their campaigning, “don’t match ’em, let ’em.” Be better. Be serious about the issues at a serious time.

    What appears to be coming is a Republican rout. The main reason is the growing connection between public desire on various issues and Republican stands on those issues. But another is what is happening among Democrats—the rise of a spirit of destruction, and the increasing fact of fractured unity.

  58. NB above: as Admin predicted. Remember Noonan was an early critic of this blog. If she had kept her mouth shut at that time and taken what was said here to heart, she would not be saying this now two years after the fact without attribution. There is a saying that applies: even a fool is wise in hindsight, Ms. Noonan. Forecasting is the tough part, and Admin has done that rather brilliantly I would say.
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    Take the blame? Disastrous? Setting up a narrative?

    This isn’t the language of disagreement, the classic to-and-fro between a restive base and politicians who make compromises. This is the language of estrangement. It is the language of alienation.

    There is a war beginning in the Democratic Party, and the president has lost control of his base.

    The Democratic leadership in the House appears to have lost another kind of control, fleeing Washington without passing a federal budget or extending even part of the Bush-era tax cuts, which are due to expire on Jan. 1. Democrats hold a solid majority in the House. They have a hitherto-powerful speaker. And the decision to adjourn passed by only a single vote—that of Nancy Pelosi, who saw 39 Democrats join the Republicans in dissenting.

    The Democratic Party right now is showing signs of coming apart under the pressure of the election and two years of an unpopular presidency. But it’s not a split in two, with the left versus the establishment. It’s more like a splintering, with left-leaning activists distancing themselves from the party’s politicians, and moderate politicians distancing themselves from Mr. Obama.

  59. Big media will soon become like the little boy with his hands and toes in the dike and still it springs more holes and more water. Peggy calls it a tornado. If we stick to the maritime analogy it is more like a typhoon. Thank goodness Obama has got the honest Tom Daschal stooge as his new presidential advisor. Since he was an integral part of the intra party conspiracy that has the ship listing 45 degrees to starboard, taking on water, with the sea cock loose, and water pouring over the gunnels, you can be reasonably sure that he will be a BIG help.

  60. Mrs. Smith, for that accomplishment in Ireland Bill Clinton was never recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize committee. Obama did nothing and was gifted the prize.

    At this point a french fry from McDonalds has more worth than the Nobel.

  61. Wbboei, it’s sad that we have to agree with Noonan. We might quote her in tomorrow’s article (another Mistake in ’08 installment).

  62. confloyd
    October 1st, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    **********
    How refreshing to see a man stand by his woman, let alone a top neurosurgeon at Stanford! We’ve used to see those political spouse women standing by their men, under many different circumstances. No matter what, Meg Whitman is one lucky woman that has a man actually open and take care mails for her. The maid stole the letter already, how can her husband show the letter to Meg?

  63. The obvious suspect in this Whitman attack would be Brown. Any other suspects? Allred tried it with someone else, Schwartzneger? Who backed her then?

  64. THE “BEST” JOB ANYONE COULD DO???? OY VEY!!!

    jbstonesfan
    September 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    My law office is in Dania and the coffee house I frequent is a fairly mixed crowd politically. Today, I saw 3 women who come down here for the season and are huge Obama supporters. After saying hello, the conversation inevitably turned to politics.
    I asked them how they now felt Obama was doing compared to their pre-election expectations, and astonishingly they claimed that Obama was doing the best job anyone could do given what he inherited from Bush.
    &&&&&&

    jbstonesfan, thanks for passing this on.

    Gee, I thought the reason why everyone across the political spectrum (Repubs, centrists, indies, Dems, Lefties) thought Obama is “soooo disappointing” is because it is becoming appalling apparent that he is NOT UP TO THE JOB.

    He is
    * bad at policy
    * bad at leadership
    * bad on dealing with other countries
    * bad at internal US domestic issues
    * and he’s repeatedly criticized for being weak at what was allegedly his forte, COMMUNICATION! He was supposed to be the next Great Communicator. The silver tongued orator. Yet even his lefty media friends in his pocket routinely ask, “Why can’t Obama sell his policies effectively??”.

    &&&
    So you hired someone for an important managerial position in your company, filled with great expectations given the glowing recommendations. You allowed for a learning curve period. You tolerated the initial fuckups. You had “the chat” to see “What’s going on?”. And still no progress. Indeed, what your are hearing back channel from clients is that “things are only getting worse”.

    So, when do you fire the fuck-up?

    These women that jbstones mentions apparently must not be paying attention. Perhaps they were too busy with their social schedule to catch up on what’s happening politically.

    Another explanation is that people are quite loathe to admit that they fucked up by giving the car keys to the 15 year who crashed their car (Obama’s recurrent analogy, used against him).

    They are the “employer” in the analogy above, who is too chicken to admit that they hired an incompetent. Maybe they were too busy to conduct a second interview, or actually check the references, or even ask for proof of identity such as a birth certificate!!!

    Whatever the reason, employers who overlook their own bad decisions and do not cut their losses wind up paying for it: they lose customers, they get called on the carpet by the board, they get shit-canned.

    And if we are talking about the Democratic “leadership” who installed Obama as their party head, we can just hear them cringing every time they look at a new poll. Imagine being Dean, Brazille, etc., and having to explain why all your candidates are running away from the Resident, won’t be seen with him on the campaign trail, and that their only hope for re-election is to advertise, “I voted against Obama’s (whatever bill)”.

  65. Besides, only a crook lawyer like Allred could connect a letter from Social Security Administration(SSA) with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). A law binding Amercian could never associate SSN with INS. INS belongs to State Department. SSA in principle takes care of US citizens/residents and workers etc, has nothing to do with immigration at all. Meg hired her nanny through an employment agency and paid all her taxes for the nanny. This attack is definitely politics at its worst.

  66. Mrs. Smith
    October 1st, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    ———————–
    What a beautiful video. And I totally agree with admin about the worth of the Nobel now. What a travesty that the joke of a potus won it but both the Clintons are ignored.

  67. admin
    October 1st, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    Mrs. Smith, for that accomplishment in Ireland Bill Clinton was never recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize committee. Obama did nothing and was gifted the prize.

    At this point a french fry from McDonalds has more worth than the Nobel.
    __________________________

    Obama may have been ‘gifted’ the prize for doing nothing, which when you think of it… is a feat in itself worthy of recording in the Guinness World Book of Records under Least deserving. 🙂

    Bill Clinton has changed the World in the last five years. He will be recognized for his brilliant work just as he was in Ireland. Each and every country he has helped will recognize his work one country at a time and he will be recognized in the Guinness World Book of Records under the superlative Greatest ever…

  68. OMG, Greta is flat out ripping Gloria Allred to SHREDS on her show. Man oh man, you rarely see Greta get worked up and in “lawyer mode”, but she just wiped the floor with Gloria.

    Toward the end Gloria tried to go all snotty about Greta working for Fox so not caring for the poor downtrodden, and Greta stopped her cold and basically said, “Don’t you EVEN go there, Gloria, because you and I both know how many times I have represented clients pro bono who really needed help, and it’s a lot more than YOU ever have.”

    OMG, I have never seen Greta so PISSED OFF before! LOL!

  69. Greta wasn’t out of control, not at all, stayed very calm and on point. But she just decimated Allred, pointing out that her primary obligation was to her client, and that she was using and exposing this poor woman to deportation and ruin just to make cheap political points, which is not ethical for an attorney to do.

  70. I always thought Rick Sanchez was loud, obnoxious and constantly interrupting his guests to make his own superficial points. In that respect he was similar to other talking heads, e.g. O Reilly, etc. But until I listened to this interview, I never realized he was also transparent, as he kept insisting. Transparent like a poisonous jellyfish. I had half a mind to ring up Reverend Wright and tell him that another member of his flock is missing–besides Obama. But the way that radio commentator played Rick like a harpsichord, told him he had a big chip on his shoulder and by the time the interview was finished, so was Sanchez. The only consolation was the moderator found a new respect for Rick because he is so . . . umm . . . .transparent?

  71. Besides, only a crook lawyer like Allred could connect a letter from Social Security Administration(SSA) with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). A law binding Amercian could never associate SSN with INS. INS belongs to State Department. SSA in principle takes care of US citizens/residents and workers etc, has nothing to do with immigration at all. Meg hired her nanny through an employment agency and paid all her taxes for the nanny. This attack is definitely politics at its worst.

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    Yes. Sounds crazy to me. The maid forged documents (SS card, Immigration stuff, etc). So why wouldn’t she forge a note from Mr. Whitman?

    Either she intercepted the letter and forged his note (check the ink for age?), or he wrote the note and forgot about it, perhaps never mentioning it to Mrs. Whitman. So why is this a hanging offence?

    Reminds me of things they did to the Clintons: make a big investigation that makes something sound important. Or Ken Starr accusing people of perjury who hadn’t really done anything wrong.

  72. turndown, the notice from SS wasn’t even a notice warning that she was possibly illegal. As a matter of fact, the document itself says that it is NOT to be construed as any statement on the immigration status of the employee. A “discrepancy” can be anything from a wrong middle initial to a transposed number error to a lot of things. My son for a long time had his date of birth off by one day with SS, though he’d given them a correct birth certificate. It happens.

    So I’m not sure what Allred’s point is here. That they should not have trusted her to begin with? That they should have been suspicious over a letter concerning, for all they knew, a clerical error on her withholding status or something? Maybe you could argue “red flag” there, but its a stretch. They trusted this woman, and trusted her documentation that she provided. The woman lied and forged documents and lied some more. How in the HELL does that make Whitman the big stinking bad guy here?

  73. HillaryforTexas
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    turndown, the notice from SS wasn’t even a notice warning that she was possibly illegal. As a matter of fact, the document itself says that it is NOT to be construed as any statement on the immigration status of the employee.

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

    Very important point, thanks!

    I suppose Allred is trying to put attention onto what they’ve said about the letter, implying one or both of them was lying etc. The sort of nasty frameup that the GOP used against the Clintons and their allies.

    Nasty, nasty. I want to know who’s behind this. Brown or who?

  74. I’m behind on the blog, but was scratching my head when I read turndown’s comment,

    confloyd
    October 1st, 2010 at 2:19 am

    turndown, I don’t think Shadowfax was talking about Bill Gates, I think she was talking about Secretary Gates.

    Yup Confloyd, I wasn’t talking about Bill Gates wanting to be VP with Hillary as President. Turndown…………did you really think that’s what I said??? Too funny, BTW, I actually LOVE Bill Gates, I am a semi PC geek…..not a supergeek though, just an older woman tech savvy geekette. 😆
    ——
    I havent been able to comment because I was at work…don’t want the folks to see what I comment about.
    ———–I wondered where you were Confloyd, I haven’t had time to even read the blog at work…….

  75. The following excerpt from the article posted below is important to us for strategic reasons.

    “More than one-third of the House Democratic caucus have competitive races this year, while barely one-tenth of the House Republican caucus does. AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE GETTING WORSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS.”

    On the odds, this will make them more reluctant that ever to support an unpopular presidential candidate like Obama in 2012. On the contrary, they will want a presidential candidate with experience, coattails and the ability to win.
    ———————————————————————————————————–

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Friday, October 1st at 7:53PM EDT
    7 Comments

    Cute bit of political theater, here. The short version is, House Minority Leader John Boehner brought the GOP caucus together and shook ‘em until three million dollars fell out; coupled with the million that he’s donating from his own campaign funds, that’s four million that’s going to the NRCC, just in time for the fall election cycle. That should fund a bunch of races.

    I’m noting this for a few reasons.

    First: it amuses me.

    Second: it’s interesting that they were able to get to three million in about thirty-five minutes; that was obviously set up ahead of time, but it’s still nice to see.

    Third: contrast to the DCCC’s recent curious worries in getting outstanding dues out of its own members.

    Fourth: admittedly, the reason for the difference between the second and the third points is that more than one-third of the House Democratic caucus have competitive races this year, while barely one-tenth of the House Republican caucus does. And that those numbers are getting worse for the Democrats for the last two years.

    Fifth: did I mention that I find this amusing?

    It’s odd to think of the Democrats being short of cash at this point in the game, but they are, aren’t they? They don’t have enough to protect everybody, and if they guess wrong, they waste what they have. Heck of a thing to have to worry about, no?

  76. They think there’s a split in the dem party NOW? What do they think happened May 31, 2008 and continuing? lol

  77. Good News today-

    Meredith Viera is moving on from nbc’s morning TODAY Show.

    The BAD News… Katie Couric might be her replacement.. 🙄

  78. confloyd – there’s a connection between Alred and Brown (Whitman’s opponent) – she used to work for him I think, and she admits she is a supporter. So Alred has self-interest in this action.

    A SS note came, the husband put a sticky note on it saying, in effect, “check on this”, gave it to the employee. It was her business, and I guess they figured she’d take care of whatever error was involved. Then after Whitman decided to run for governor, the employee fessed up that she was illegal, and Whitman had to let her go. But the employee originally came from an employment agency, had a social security card, and photo id. What more was Whitman supposed to do? Sounds to me like the employment agency should be investigated for not verifying documents – and who created those false documents?

    The employee, though, gets no sympathy from me. Besides the fact she’s decided to screw someone who treated her very well, and is seemingly too stupid to realize she has now announced her illegal status to the whole country and will be deported – besides that, she’s whining about being fired. Well, IMO, you got 9 years of employment, and at a great wage, that you weren’t entitled to. Appreciate that stolen luxury, go home, and stop doing illegal things.

  79. Turndown…Allred took Arnold to court for the gropenator charge. It was thrown out of court. This also happened right before the election bwt. Bustamante and Arrnold. Allred seems to always be the constant in the equation…kinda suspicious, eh?

  80. Greta replay starts in 3 minutes
    Apparently she kicks Allred’s ass
    Haven’t seen it but here and elsewhere lots of kudos to Greta

  81. Holey Guacamole Batgirl
    I think Greta Van Sustern is an American hero.
    i can think of no one else in msm who exhibits the same integrity.

  82. admin
    If you can please post the rest of the Allred exchange as it gets better. I can’t find any more than you have.

  83. Lets take the other side of the argument without the reverend wright wacko stuff. My above post could create the misleading impression that I support CNN and that is not at all the case. I just think the question needs to be frame differently, i.e.

    Question: is CNN an elitist organization, run by people who often promote a narrative which is at odds with the truth, and who do not tolerate dissenting opinion?

    The answer to that question appears to be an unequivocal yes. Certainly their coverage of the primary and general election wreaked of bias in favor of Obama. Also, there was that nasty business where on the eve of the primary CNN brought in trained marketing experts to come up with words like polarizing, divisive and the like to describe Hillary and to repeat them with regularity over the air waves. Also, CNN tied Carville’s hands from promoting Hillary while allowing fat Donna to promote Obama. Also, CNN stacked its panels with Obama supporters to promote his candidacy. Also, they fired Lou Dobbs because his themes were not consistent with their pro-Obama shilling and left wing bias, e.g. broken borders, etc.

    Lest we forget, CNN was the original cable company founded by Turner, which pioneered 24 hour news. Today they are in the cellar. This is the direct result of the people running that organization. They are biased, and seem to lack basic business acumen.

    The other thing that must be said about CNN is more than any other network they are obsessed with the issue of race. You see it in their specials on race in America, which was a constant theme when Paula Zahn had her show. More recently, they have played the race card from the bottom of the deck against tea parties, which is further evidence of their bias and elitism. Instead of trying to understand the forces behind the tea party, they immediately went on the defensive and combed through crowds to find any racist they could in the ranks.

    But it is unclear that any of this has application to transparent Rick Sanchez. On the contrary, it seems to me that they gave him the job he wanted as talking head, and they gave him star billing. The only evidence of bias that he presents is the fact that one of the producers told him he saw him more as a reporter, after he had the talking head position. It would appear that Rick has a very high opinion of himself because that single comment sent him into a tizzy from which he has never managed to recover. Strange.

    In sum, I do believe they are a biased organization, which is why I avoid them. I think they are very poorly led. And I think they will go the way of the dinosaur. But I find no evidence that they discriminated against Rick.

    (PS: if he is looking for a support group for big media stars who crash and burn then he might look up your friend and mine David Schuster. He too is coping with the loss of the stall fed existence which he was accustomed to before his head got too big for his body. Rumor has it that he has gone home and is fishing for catfish. Only yesterday he pulled one up that was a dead ringer for David Gerghen. He threw it back in the muddy water and called it professional courtesy.)

  84. admin
    I think a great ad might be excerpts from this video followed by the world Democrats followed by a question mark

  85. Shadowfax said:
    I wasn’t talking about Bill Gates wanting to be VP with Hillary as President. Turndown…………did you really think that’s what I said???

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

    Fyi, ‘g,d,r’ means ‘grin, duck, and run’. 😉

  86. Well I did not see the second half of the Allred/Greta matchup, but I agree with Greta about the handwriting, but when Greta says the husband gave the note back to Nikki and she APPARENTLY sat on it. Do we know she sat on it?? How are we going to ascertain that they all did not know and that they all sat on it??? For pete’s sake, they all live in the same house with the nanny, right?? Come on does Meg talk to her husband daily or what??
    I am not standing up for Allred, but I think they are holes in Meg’s story…this will be up to the California voters, thankgoodness I don’t have to worry about that…I have enough to worry about with New World Order Ricky Perry.

  87. As much as I like Greta, she still did not convince me that Allred is a jerk. This is such a stange time…still feel like a democrat, but then I realize who’s Potus….so I think I should be supporting the rethugs…I will just be glad when its over and the fraud is a distance memory.

  88. oops…I posted this mistake on the last thread…(it has been a long week!)

    S
    October 2nd, 2010 at 1:56 am
    fake…you said it…talk about fake…the dims have sold us out so bad it is not even funny…the next time you hear O and his supporters say that only those above $250,000 will have their taxes raised…you might want to hit them back with some of this info…which, btw…was snuck into the “health care reform scam”…

    canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/27634

    Health Law’s Heavy impact

    Hidden Real Estate Sales tax in Health care bill – Surprise!

    By Dr. Laurie Roth Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Hidden Real Estate Sales tax in Health care bill – Surprise!There are already at least 20 hidden taxes in the Obama Health care plan coming down upon us the next few years. So, along with rationed care for seniors and forced health insurance, we now find there is a Real Estate Tax snuck into the Health care plan. You may ask, what in God’s green earth does health care have to do with Real Estate taxes??? Absolutely nothing, that is precisely why one got snuck in there.

    There has never been any rhyme or reason to this administration other than redistribution of wealth, socialism and inserting cradle-to-grave control. Using Health care as an excuse for seizing control of accounts and businesses is just one strategy. Obama has also planned all along to use the ‘environment’ i.e. Cap and Trade to take even more. This will do more than take. It will flatten American business and destroy our sick economy. Who cares what the American people think and what the constitution says! We are just in the way…..take, take, take.

    I was forwarded this latest tax scheme by Van Hipp, President of American Defense International and the former Deputy Secretary of the Army under Bush senior and Ronald Reagan. He recommended the well known accountant and expert witness on tax matters, Paul Guppy who wrote a commentary on the various hidden taxes in the Spokesman Review paper, “Health Law’s Heavy impact.”

    Starting in 2013, not only will you pay the closing costs and real estate fee when you sell your house but now you will pay a 3.8% Sales Tax. So, if you sell your home for $400,000, perhaps wanting to down size if you are a senior you will pay $15,200 in Tax.

    Here we have another assault on our seniors again. Many downsize their homes as retirement comes closer, so along with long lines and rationed care that is substandard, seniors and anyone will have to pay more tax on the home they just sold.

    Penalties for individuals: We will pay 2.5% of our annual income as a fine/penalty if we don’t purchase the government approved health care plan.

    Penalties on families: Parents will pay a yearly $347 per kid if they don’t purchase a government approved health care plan.

    Penalties on employers: If you are a business with 50 or more employers you will get fined at least $2,000 per employee if you don’t provide, once again the ‘government approved health care plan.

    Other special taxes and fees:

    Investment income: Anyone making $200,000 or over gets to pay 3.8% of their annual investment income. Start adding up them apples, folks.

    If you have a fancy health care plan and pay as an individual, $10,200 or $27,800 for a family, you get to pay a 40% annual tax on those health care plans.

    Medical aid devices have gotten hit hard as well. They will see a 2.9% tax hike. Sorry if you have an artificial limb….you are screwed.

    Medicare gets more money because if you earn $200,000 or more you pay a special Medicare tax of 3.9.%

    Then there is the 10% tax on tanning….on and on. Perhaps you should consider an ‘Albino’ beauty treatment.

    This Health care bill is nothing but an orgy of controls, tax schemes and rationed care. Now add Real Estate tax to the ridiculous list.

    snip…

    one more time for emphasis:

    Starting in 2013, not only will you pay the closing costs and real estate fee when you sell your house but now you will pay a 3.8% Sales Tax. So, if you sell your home for $400,000, perhaps wanting to down size if you are a senior you will pay $15,200 in Tax.

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

    can you imagine…with people losing their homes, out of work, home values underwater, the blatant corruption of the banks and mortgages companies…now banks are even stopping foreclosures from going further because of widespread fraud and false documents provided to confiscate homes…with all of that…

    the dim congress and O admin slips in a 3.8% sales tax in their so called ‘health reform law”

    what does that have to do with health reform??? just whose side are these people on?
    how much more do they expect to drain from people trying to make ends meet??

    FAKE…FAKE…FAKE…more stealing from the struggling average people…

    …thank goodness we are rising up and not falling for more of this FAKENESS…

  89. S
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:20 am
    re: the Meg Whitman issue and the general attitude of the dims…boy, how far the O dims have fallen…

    i am so sick of the smear politics and distractions…enough…we are stupid if we buy into this nonsense…it is so obvious…

    I saw Meg Whitman give a very long press conference yesterday on c-span and she answered question after question regarding this whole housekeeper issue with her husband standing right beside her…I am sorry to say that Gloria Aldred, who I once admired, has become beyond a media whore…she is out of control…

    the current Aldred represents any homewrecker and hooker she can find in the news …this stunt is like pulling a Gennifer Flowers at the final hour to throw an election…sorry, I cannot get behind these tactics…this is what is wrong with our system…and this is the kind of BS they pulled on Hillary and Palin…

    and the poor housekeeper has become a pawn of the dims…ironic! btw…Meg Whitman paid this housekeeper $23 per hour…there are alot of people out there today who would love to become a housekeeper for $23 an hour…give me a break!

    the O dims have gone from ‘hope and change’ to ’seek and destroy’…they are taking the low road in the political debate…almost everything coming out of the O dims is a distraction…they set out to dig up dirt on their opponents and now that is all we hear out of the ‘hope and change’ crowd…all negativity…not issues, not solutions…just the politics of personal destruction and their snobby above it all attitudes…

    both parties needed to be voted out and all new blood put in…new blood to work on solutions for us and not the corporate interests that the article above states so wisely…

    btw…Meg Whitman mentioned that she is scheduled to debate Jerry Brown, I think, tomorrow at Telemundo…coincidental that this scandal has broken at this time???

    I think not…I hated when the repubs did this kind of stuff to BC and dems…and I cannot justify the dems pulling this stuff…

    bottom line…don’t vote for Meg Whitman if you do not like her politics, but for the dims to pull this is just plain sleazy…and it makes them look desperate…dims desperate in CA…

  90. The caption reads Greta destroyed Gloria. The viewer will decide that question for himself or herself. Opinions may vary based on political affiliation. I like Gloria, but I think Greta destroyed her.

    To Gloria however the attack was more serious than that. Greta attacked Gloria on ethical grounds. The California Bar Association may decide that question.

    Gloria has a problem. She has an unsophisticated client. That client is in legal jeopardy. And Gloria has an ethical obligation do what is in the best interests of her client. That obligation is fundamental and backed by sanctions.

    Instead, of doing what is in the best interests of her client, Gloria has turned her client into a political pawn for the benefit of herself and Mayor Brown. Furthermore, she is distorting the evidence to the public, and those misrepresentations can be imputed to the client.

    If I were Gloria, I would be all red.

  91. confloyd
    Beyond silly that the dims are trying to paint Whitman as the next Helmsley. Absurd. She is a billionaire. In what world would she ever be examining domestic employees legal status? Are we all guilty of the same crime if we eat in a restaurant that hires illegals? According to the tax code a tip is not a gift but a payment for services rendered so in esse we are paying an employee. If that employee is illegal are we not as guilty as Whitman?

    Maybe it seems absurd but is it?

  92. Here is what the famous letter actually said:

    This letter does not imply that you or your employee intentionally provided incorrect information about the employee’s name or SSN…Any employer that uses the information in this letter to justify taking adverse action against an employee may violate state or federal law and be subject to legal consequences. Moreover, this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/01/whitman-gets-bait-and-switched-by-gloria-allred-and-the-media/#ixzz11BIPu1Iz

    The whole article is worth reading, too, about how this game is played.

  93. Henry, I have NO problem with illegal aliens, I was raised by some of the finest hispanic maids $7 a week could hire. I loved every single one of them that took care of me when I was a child.
    As a matter of fact I’d like to have one right now to help with the ranch work and one to take care of my sick husband. Unfortunately I have to compete with the large ranches here in Texas for their employment….all those republican ranchers hire every single one of them. They give them a little shack in which to raise their children and when they get hurt on the ranch they personally bring them to the hospital for care. We the tax payers of Houston County pay for the births and all the care of the wives and their children and of coarse the food stamps they get because the ranchers do not pay them well, I think the going rate here is $50 a day. I’ve taken care of many a broken arms on illegal alliens here in East Texas. So don’t ever believe the rethugs want to get rid of the illegals, they don’t! This whole immigration thing is a fake issue both sides bring up to fire up their bases…personally I could give a shit. Of coarse I don’t live anymore where they are having shoot outs…I did for fourteen years of my life though. I was raised in the Rio Grande Valley when you could walk across the border and everyone loved you cause you had blonde hair and blue eyes, now they’ll kill you for it.

  94. TUrndown, I would of loved to read your link, but was instantly pist when I read that “bait and switch”, gotcha moment played by LIBERAL media…exactly what do the rethugs do to Hillary??? Its a gotcha moment every other word…the hypocrisy of both parties is sickening! We need to through them all out!

    I even found a poll tonight on Fox News that asked, who lies more? 1) the both lie the same, 2) the democrats 3) the republicans 4) depends on the candidate…guess who on this poll lies more…you guessed it the democrats….I almost vomited when I saw that.

    Freaking Obama can’t fight a paper tiger much less a lying, cheating, hypocrit republican….he’s got to go!

  95. Wbboei, I do agree with you Greta did kick her ass. Allred isn’t much of a lawyer and she sure doesn’t stand up for what right or she would of followed thru with the convention theft. She was paid to keep her mouth shut and she did. Screw her I hope she gets disbarred!

    Greta however did not convince me of Meg’s innocense…I just know how rich people work…she is as guilty as the ranchers here in Texas and did the nanny not say that Meg was mean to her while she was working for her??? Did I hear that right??? I have worked with several neurosurgeons….I would NEVER want to work in their home, the hospital is bad enough.

  96. turndown, I’ll agree, suddenly the Obots are as good as Gingrich and the rest of the republicans….I wonder how that happened??? Bill and Hillary sure haven’t been taught that tactic now have they??? They were totally blind sided by it…just remember her Harry and Louise speech when she confronted Obama on his rethug tactics against a fellow democrat.

  97. I think its going to take quiet a few Budlights for me to vote a straight rethug ticket in 5 weeks, LOL! Some how I’ll manage it with a little help from Anheiser-Bush.

  98. confloyd
    OOps. All I meant to say is that if Meg Whitman is guilty of hiring an illegal immigrant so am I for eating in a restaurant and tipping a waitress. According to the tax code tips are not a gift but a payment for services rendered. When I eat somewhere I am tipping my server with the understanding that the restaurant which employed the individual has done due diligence. I don’t ask my server for a ssn number before leaving a tip. I fail to see how it is any different than Whitman hiring someone else to take care of her domestic needs.

  99. Looks like pasty-faced Sen. Bob Casey has begun his 2012 campaign. I’ve seen no official announcement (not that I’m looking), but I have been encouraged to attend a Philadelphia Eagles game with him (tickets range from $2000 – $4800 and are limited 🙂 ), and he has a ‘public service’ ad playing to the women/mammo crowd – all concern that they do not wait too long to begin checking.

    Some group has a neat ad against Kanjorski. It looks like an infomercial for a commemorative coin fashioned of fools gold, and is available for the price of each individual’s share of the national debt – $43,000+. You call Kanjorski’s office to order it.

    On a somber note, there’s this real news item:
    The U.S. military is secretly diverting aerial drones and weaponry from the Afghan battlefront to significantly expand the CIA’s campaign against militants in their Pakistani havens.
    h t t p://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/10/02/cia-escalates-campaign-pakistan/

  100. I finally read up on all this Whitman material regarding what Gloria Alred said, not knowing who was right, so I read up on the entire matter.

    I once admired Gloria, but this woman has become nothing but a media-whore, I saw the letter, and saw Whitman’s presser, everything Whitman said makes sense.

    The maid is still an illegal in this country, who is now shown to have stolen IDs and committed perjury and is now on record admitting to this.

    I have no words of disgust at Gloria A. So, is she still going to be Niiki Diaz’s lawyer when she gets deported!?!

    I am so disgusted will all these dems, all of them!! Is so obvious what Gloria is doing, there is a Univision debate in a couple of days and Gloria is doing this to help Jerry Brown, she must think people are pretty stupid to not realise what she is doing.

    and then Gloria has the gall to compare Diaz to rosa parks?!?! Has this woman lost what is left of her mind?? I’m done with these people, they are sickening beyond belief.

    I have a great deal of respect for Meg Whitman, she was an excellent CEO at ebay and has been a very good governance advocate.

    I wish I lived in CA so I could vote for this woman.

  101. Repugs gain boost in MA Gubernatorial
    Glen Johnson
    Independent gubernatorial candidate Timothy Cahill suffered another high-level defection Friday, as his running mate Paul Loscocco announced he was abandoning his campaign for lieutenant governor and instead endorsing Republican Charles Baker. “I cannot sit idly by as my friends and supporters cast their votes for my ticket, knowing that the best chance to defeat Governor Patrick is with Charlie Baker,” Loscocco, a former Republican, said in a statement. “I cannot and will not let my ego get in the way of doing what is right for Massachusetts. So while this is a tough decision for me today personally, it is the right decision to put the future of our state ahead of my own self-interest.”
    h t t p://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2010/Oct/01/apnewsbreak__cahill_running_mate_quitting_race.html

  102. I don’t know why everyone seems to think the maid will be deported. Where I live we have openly illegal aliens committing all kinds of crimes…even murder…and there is no deportation. Recently an illegal murdered his wife..also illegal… in front of his 2 children. We will pay for his incarceration.
    The democrats believe that no one is illegal

    We do not have an immigration problem here. Immigration is a lawful process of moving to a new couontry. We have an invasion. My community is invaded in numbers we have no control over. The costs have doubled our taxes and crimes. As a group, many have little respect for our laws.

    People who come to the country legally seem to have a very different mindset. Proud to become Americans and desirous of becoming part of our culture.

  103. sorry for the typos.

    On another topic, I wonder if Hillary would leave the administration after November, while she is working to bring a settlement to Israel and the Palestinians. Some think that there are reasons the Palestinians might be willing to move towards a settlement now. Bill came close with Arafat. If Hillary things peace is possible, I don’t think she can walk away from something so important and historic.

  104. It seemed Greta had her facts straight regarding the housekeeper. The missed opportunity came when Gloria said the housekeeper was another Rosa Parks. The point overlooked was Gloria used a deficient corollary, Rosa Parks, for painting her client an example of courage and perseverance. Rosa Parks was a natural born “citizen”.

  105. #
    confloyd
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Mrs. Smith, Have you noticed how Katie is buttering up Bill C.? She is probably a spy for Obama!
    ______________________

    I remember seeing Katie doing an interview with Bill… but I can’t seem to remember what the occasion was. Was it for the CGI… for his foundation?

    Couric is a Republican big time and a staunch Bushite. Is there anything left of the Hussein presidency to spy on…. the deck chairs on the Titanic were arranged months ago. They sit empty on the promenade deck. Everyone is leaving heading for the hills. Jumping ship, looking forward to greener pastures. Nightmares of abandonment must be at the forefront of Hussein’s mind. Someone should check to see if Michelle has sought therapy

  106. “Couric is a Republican big time and a staunch Bushite. ”

    No she is not. People like Couric and Williams and Sawyer are liberals, and even that is not an accurate description, they are power hungry twerps, when they see a tide is shifting one way or another, they try and ride that wave, they have no allegeince or principles, the only thing they have loyalty to is themselves, and will whatever is necessary to preserve their relevance, they figure if they can figure out what the “people” are thinking, that makes their opinions more important and signifincant than us lowly average Americans.

    Their loyalty is first to themselves, they have no princincples, their only concern is preservation of power for their ever dwindling influence.

  107. #
    Mrs. Smith
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It seemed Greta had her facts straight regarding the housekeeper. The missed opportunity came when Gloria said the housekeeper was another Rosa Parks. The point overlooked was Gloria used a deficient corollary, Rosa Parks, for painting her client an example of courage and perseverance. Rosa Parks was a natural born “citizen”.
    ______________________

    Of course, hindsight is 20/20. I didn’t mean for my comment to hint of smugness. Just that it would have been a ‘fait accompli’ if Gloria’s citizenship comparison would have been demolished in the plain view of the audience.

    Surprising, Gloria would even think she could getaway with using Rosa Parks as the comparison to her client. Once again proving Greta 100% correct. Gloria is hurting her client and doing her a grave disservice to continue chirping about the circumstances.

  108. tim
    October 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 am

    “Couric is a Republican big time and a staunch Bushite. ”

    No she is not.
    ________________________

    Sorry Tim, I beg to differ. I’ve been at this game a long time and Couric is nothing like Diane Sawyer. Couric is a Bush supporter all the way and for her to have an offer on the table switching back to NBC (which coincidentally, NEVER happens) means a deal has been struck with the new management behind closed doors. The deal would be Couric can have her old job back “IF” she cooperates fully in her reportage of the political climate to come…. that means HILLARY… She has to stay off of Hillary with the snide cutting remarks and treat her with the upmost respect. Couric had to agree to not even think of trying to embarrass Hillary with pointed personal questions or play the Russert game of entrapment… GOTCHA! In that respect I agree with you… she loves the power but she is and always was a Republican and a conservative.

  109. I love Greta Van Sustern. I don’t watch Fox news but I think I’ll program in her show. She took apart Allred point by point…..and then Allred says her client is like Rosa Parks? How do people say things like that with a straight face? The dims here in S.F are already celebrating Meg’s defeat, acting smug and holier-than-thou. We’ll see. It not over.

  110. Heh, I am happy to be able to vote against Meg Whitman. I have my tiny bit of power for this one…only wish I could vote out Nasty.

  111. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, September 30 (CDN) — Islamic extremists killed a Christian lawyer, his wife and their five children in northwestern Pakistan this week for mounting a legal challenge against a Muslim who was charging a Christian exorbitant interest, local sources said.

    Police found the bodies of attorney and evangelist Edwin Paul and his family on Tuesday morning (Sept. 28) at their home in Haripur, a small town near Abbotabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (previously known as the North-West Frontier Province, or NWFP), according to Haripur Station House Officer (SHO) Maqbool Khan.

    The victim and his wife Ruby Paul, along with their five children ages 6 to 17, had been shot to deat

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