Treacheries Untold – Why Hillary Clinton Must Not Run For President Ever Again

It was June 15, 2007. The article we wrote that day received no comments. But many took notice of that article and a concerted attack began against this website.



Yesterday we continued in the tradition of that June 2007 article as we discussed Rahm Emanuel, Pete Rouse, Tom Daschle and the rest of the “leadership” of the undemocratic party.

Putting the pieces together, walking the dog backwards, is essential analysis. Until we figure out exactly what happened in the 2004-2008 period we cannot go forward. There is a lot still left to be uncovered. Until we know exactly what happened in 2008, how the leadership stole the nomination for Obama, Hillary Clinton should not save the corrupt Obama Dimocratic Party.

Remember Blue State Digital? Philip De Vellis worked for BSD and he is the one who produced the video of Hillary as “Big Brother”. Blue State Digital (we wrote about them and De Vellis and Ben LaBolt at the time) was a creation of the DNC. Jerome Armstrong, fighting to clear his name from the charge he lobbied for a position to work for Obama in 2007 wrote this yesterday – though he remained silent as a rat at the time:

“Now, when I looked back at the original emails (mentioned above and re-printed in part below) from January 2007, it was interesting hindsight reading, and curious side note of Obama’s campaign history.

“In late December 2006, the main persons forming the Obama campaign, Hildebrand and Plouffe, had met with and slated the guy who did Deval Patrick’s stuff, Charles SteelFisher, as being brought on to roll out a first website, and it was that way for about a month. Jim Brayton was leaving in April (new born– good reason), so SteelFisher was going to be doing Obama’s whole internet scene…

Now, that didn’t turn out at all. Charles just didn’t have the tech ready to go, as I noted in the below email in reply to Hildebrand (his sending me over a contact to help with the John Kerry work on Set A Deadline that I’d undertook) with some advice: [snip]

I would suggest you… have him team up with Charles in building out your tech plan/platform/team. XXXX would help to cut your dev time there. Charles is a terrific visionary, but XXXX would help with the large dose of pragmatics… You guys don’t have time for the perfect to be built. [snip]

Then I guess Blue State Digital and Joe Rospars came aboard in the following weeks. The prefect had already been built.

I always thought it was quite shaky ethically, for the DNC to have spent 2005-06 to build out the Blue State Digital internet platform (frontend and backend) for the Democrats.org website –having funded BSD with hundreds of thousand dollars included with putting BDS staffers on the DNC payroll— and then for BSD to turn around and use the entire DNC-funded system, on a weeks notice, for Obama.

Regardless, I thought at the time it was a great move by Obama to snag the BSD platform just fresh out of the gate after ~$500K in DNC funding.”

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, directed to help an untested and unvetted Chicago politician. Blue State Digital was a creation of Howard Dean, the DNC chairman at the time, and some of his tech team from his disastrous campaign of 2004. Howard Dean who orchestrated the strategy to ignore Florida and Michigan votes, was fully on board with Barack Obama and he used the DNC to make sure Barack Obama was gifted the nomination by ignoring the will of the people.

When we wrote the June 2007 article we were the only pro-Hillary website. It took a while for others to realize just how bad Barack Obama and his machine of corruption was/is and to organize in opposition. Now there are many other websites who help explore the events which lead to the present low state of affairs.

The Confluence yesterday published this:

“Whether corrupt or chickenshit, the things we saw were more than just disappointing, they were an infuriating betrayal of everything we believe in. Worst of all, things haven’t changed.

These “leaders” of Left Blogistan sold us out on health care reform. They traded away any discussion of single payer in exchange for Obama’s promises on the ambiguous “public option.” Corrente has done a good job of documenting the way all the big blogs acted in unison in squishing any mention of single payer.

So instead of being advocates for us they became cheerleaders for ObamaCare. But Obama fucked ‘em, and we got fucked too.

Maybe they thought they were really doing the right thing, but what they did violated basic principles of democracy. We’re supposed to be all about openness and grassroots “bottom-up” action.

What the A-list bloggers did was to conspire in secret (through the Journolist, other listservs, private emails and/or White House conference calls) to suppress open discussion and impose a “top-down” outcome. If wasn’t the first time or the last.”

The Big Blog Boys of “Left Blogistan” were either dupes of the Democratic establishment or willing co-conspirators in a Leninist “vanguard” operation to thwart the will of the people and impose their will on the Democratic rank and file.

The Hillbuzz boys have washed their hands and refuse to have anything to do with the now corrupt once great Democratic Party:

“When Obama is defeated, the Clintons will continue to purge the Obama cultists from the DNC and will try to keep getting moderate/conservative Jacksonian/Clinton Democrats elected in 2014 so that she can have all of these people pay her back with their support for 2016.

I love and admire Hillary Clinton…but I don’t think even she and President Clinton can rebuild the Democrat Party by 2016. I think the Clintons are too close to all of this to realize just how much damage Obama has done to the Democrat brand. [snip]

But, I already see the Clintons looking beyond “The Golden Age of Hope and Change” and starting to lay the groundwork for rebuilding the Democrat Party and taking it back to the center…only I just don’t see how they are going to be successful because I think the damage that has been done is just too great and permanent…and much, much worse than what Jimmy Carter did in the 1970s.”

Until there is a complete understanding of how the Democratic Party became so undemocratic and became the Obama Dimocratic Party, Hillary Clinton should not run for president ever again. Our job is to find out what happened, as quickly as possible, purge the party of the undemocratic forces that now control it, and resurrect and restore the party as a democratic expression of the people.

Only then, after a full understanding and a cleansing bath, should Hillary Clinton run as the nominee of a resurrected and restored Democratic Party. There’s not much time to accomplish these aims but we are well on our way if in November there is doom, destruction and political death for those who aided and abetted Barack Obama. The sooner the death, doom and destruction arrives the sooner we can be on our way to resurrection and a cleansed party.

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Why was that June 15, 2007 article attacked and why did this website become a prime target of JournoListers? That article hit directly on target in ways we still do not fully appreciate.

Why did then Obama lover Peggy Noonan and Tim Russert and the entire Obama apparatus of evil attack us after the publication of that article in June 2007? In that article we began to make connections. We discussed Rezko. We discussed the anonymous memo attacks on Hillary by the Obama campaign. We showed that Obama and David Axelrod had always conducted smear campaigns against their opponents. And we hit Blue State Digital.

We discussed Phillip de Veillis of Blue State Digital and Joe Rospars of Blue State Digital and Ben LaBolt and how they were all working together. De Veillis and LaBolt had worked and lived together even as the Obama campaign professed innocence and no knowledge of the smear ad de Veillis had produced to sensational effect.

LaBolt of course has now gone to work for Rahm Emanuel in his bid to become King of Chicago. Anyone who thinks Rahm Emanuel was a “neutral” in 2007 in the presidential race, even as his brother was a big donor fundraiser for Barack Obama – is smoking the Hopium pipe. Rahm along with 2×4 Chuck Schumer was neck deep in treachery.

Howard Dean of the Michigan and Florida undemocratic treacheries was also neck deep in other treacheries.

“Howard Dean attributed his silence on sexism and misogyny to ignorance because he did not get cable television. The Chairman must have missed the sexism and misogyny on broadcast television, in Obama statements, in newspapers, magazines and every conceivable Big Media outlet. The Hillary Clinton “nutcrackers” and the “Bro Before Ho” merchandise must also have escaped the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left. The good German did not know what was going on – he did not smell the furnaces burning.

Now that it is convenient, in a forum of only men the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left, is attempting to rehabilitate his legacy and excuse his complicity. Asked by a woman at the forum about the lack of discussion of women, in an historic campaign that featured a woman candidate, the men on the panel made more excuses and the Democratic Chairman from the Democratic Left outdid himself in hypocrisy.”

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There are a lot of contemporary news events that merit attention. The stealth bank bailout bill that somehow Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi allowed to be voted on is a toxic tale of treachery. The post election corruption trials of top Dimocrats also merits discussion. The fake staged events for Barack Obama produced by Big Media that continue to attempt to bamboozle the nation. The cesspool of unceasing corruption at every level of government. The “Party of Food Stamps versus the Party of Paychecks” narrative and the effectiveness of this stratagem merits discussion as well. For entertainment value alone Greta Van Susteren versus Gloria Allred, Round II would make a fun focus. For sheer horror the latest investigation of Barack Obama’s corruptions in the BP oil gusher Katrina must at some point be discussed.

But until we understand fully what happened in 2008 we will not be able to move forward. Hillary Clinton as representative of the wining FDR coalition will eventually be called upon to resurrect the Democratic Party. But as it stands today that party is corrupt and undemocratic. It must be totally destroyed.

As Barack Obama fumbles and stumbles more and more of the Democratic rank and file will awake to the Mistake in ’08. As internal disputes erupt after the November 2010 elections more and more revelations about what happened behind the scenes in 2008 will emerge. More and more Obama operatives will speak out and the picture of 2008 will be filled in.

Once we know what happened and we remove the malevolent forces that have inflicted Barack Obama on the Democratic Party and the nation we can move forward to honest competition with the Republican Party.

Only then should Hillary Clinton run for president.

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420 thoughts on “Treacheries Untold – Why Hillary Clinton Must Not Run For President Ever Again

  1. Obama crashing in blue states. PPP poll via HotAir:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/07/ppp-obama-crashing-in-blue-states/

    “One of the most amazing things in our polling over the last month has been how dreadfully bad Barack Obama’s approval numbers are with likely voters in a lot of states that he won by large margins in 2008. We’ve polled 12 states since the beginning of September that Obama won by at least 9 points and in all but 3 of those states- Hawaii, California, and New York- his numbers are under water.

    The states where we do now find Obama with negative numbers that he won easily in 2008- Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Connecticut, Colorado, and Illinois.

    In the places where the bulk of likely voters disapprove of Obama it’s not very hard to see the contribution that’s making to tough Democratic prospects this fall. Democrats at this point are favored to lose Governorships in Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Maine. Illinois and even New Hampshire are possible losses as well. The party is also favored to lose its Senate in Wisconsin, could lose them in Illinois and Colorado, looks like it will miss out on a once bright pick up opportunity in New Hampshire, and had to be bailed out by the Tea Party in Delaware.”

    Of course, we’re seeing that in Nevada as well, a state not mentioned by PPP, although they perhaps have not done a state-wide poll there yet that shows Obama underwater. Nevadans elected Barack Obama by almost 13 points but now have his approval rating at 48/51 in Rasmussen’s latest survey, a little better than his national average but still underwater. Nevada has two statewide races apparently affected by Obama’s popularity, at least in part — the Senate race where Harry Reid has never gotten to the 50% number that usually indicates safety for an incumbent, and a gubernatorial race that Reid’s son Rory is losing so badly that Rory dropped the family name from his advertising.

    None of these changes are exactly subtle, either. New Hampshire has the smallest change in the gap, going from a +9 in the 2008 election to a -8 in PPP’s poll. Kelly Ayotte has a good grasp on the Senate race there, and Carol Shea-Porter has a fight on her hands with Frank Guinta for her House seat. In Wisconsin, Obama’s diving nunbers have all but driven a stake through the heart of Russ Feingold’s re-election bid and threatens a sweep of other statewide races, including the open governor’s seat. Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008 but now has a 41/54 approval rating for a swing of 27 points in just two years.

    The bigger implications from this analysis, though, is for 2012 rather than 2010. If the economy does not improve over the next year, and hardly anyone predicts it will, then unemployment will go higher and dissatisfaction will rise even in these normally blue states. The Democratic Party may have to ask itself whether they can afford to have Barack Obama lead the party in the 2012 elections, or whether they need a change to restore confidence in their ability to govern. Otherwise, with the large number of incumbent Senators having to stand for re-election in that cycle, the tsunami that will engulf the House this cycle may return with greater force in 2012 and take almost everyone out of office. Democrats cannot compete if Obama comes into that cycle with a -13 in Wisconsin, -5 in Illinois, and -12 in Michigan.

  2. I talked to an old Dem Friend today, and she assured me that she had not voted for Obama. I wonder who and where all those people were who voted for him.

  3. I hope to Holy Heaven and all that is Golden, that you are teasing with the title of this post Admin. Hillary should never run for President……….I am almost having a stoke here before I even read this….

    Off to read it…

  4. I think Bill Clinton should write that book that he promised us soon after the primary — didn’t he say everything will come out? Let it out.

  5. The books will be written PM317. Hillary will also eventually write about 2008. When she sits down to write her book she should read our 2×4 Schumer articles, the Rahm articles, and today’s article. When Hillary and Bill sit down in peace and without distractions to write about 2008 the connections will become clear to them and things they had forgotten will “click”.

  6. Obama will destroy this country. Just as he has destroyed the Party. He needs to be stopped cold in his tracks. And we need to uproot the traitors. The model for doing so should be the de-Nazification Plan for Germany in the aftermath of World War II. I used to think that the catalyst would be defeat in the mid term election. The reason that will not work is because big media will perpetuate the big lie til their dying breath. Until this winding down, winnowing out, cleansing, detoxifying process is complete I wholeheartedly agree that Hillary should not run. The risk in running is she cannot be sure who she can count on, and what surprises, landmines and hidden agendas lie in her path. People who care about the future should come forward and confess to their sins. Books should be written to expose the treason. And the cards must be turned face up.

    Lord, give me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, courage to change the things i can, and wisdom to know the difference

  7. Okay, you’re right Admin…Hillary can’t run nor will she trust the Dem party to not stab her in the back again until all of Obama’s cronies are tossed out of congress.

    Guess I may have to vote for Carley to help the process, it will make me sick to do it………but just voting for an Independent won’t get rid of Boxer. I can vote Carley out next time around.

    That’s why I never expected Hillary to run in 2012 unless Barry quits.

    I just wonder where you come up with all these facts Admin. My hat is off to you.

  8. I always thought it was quite shaky ethically, for the DNC to have spent 2005-06 to build out the Blue State Digital internet platform (frontend and backend) for the Democrats.org website –having funded BSD with hundreds of thousand dollars included with putting BDS staffers on the DNC payroll– and then for BSD to turn around and use the entire DNC-funded system, on a weeks notice, for Obama.

    Regardless, I thought at the time it was a great move by Obama to snag the BSD platform just fresh out of the gate after ~$500K in DNC funding.”

    Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, directed to help an untested and unvetted Chicago politician. Blue State Digital was a creation of Howard Dean, the DNC chairman at the time, and some of his tech team from his disastrous campaign of 2004. Howard Dean who orchestrated the strategy to ignore Florida and Michigan votes, was fully on board with Barack Obama and he used the DNC to make sure Barack Obama was gifted the nomination by ignoring the will of the people.
    ********************
    That really is it in a nutshell

  9. October 07, 2010
    Uh-Oh: Rumors Swirl That Meek Might Drop Out And Endorse Crist
    —Ace

    Rumors… but I don’t like ’em.

    The math is that Meek can’t win (couldn’t he? If Crist dropped out?) so something will be arranged for Meek so he can get out.

    Allah wonders, as I do, if the ballots are already printed and if there’s any way to strip his name off them if he does drop out. Even if he did that, I don’t think that many voters are that disconnected that they won’t have heard Meek’s out. Sure, some, but not a lot.

    Average Polls… At RCP, Rubio has an average of about 42%, Crist 31%, Meek 19%.

    Now, if you merely add B to C there you get 50%.

    What we’d have to hope is that Crist would now be unmasked as simply a Democrat running falsely as an Independent and that a good chunk of his idiot “moderate” Republican supporters peel away from him. (He continues to evade the question of whether he’d caucus with Republicans or Democrats, insisting he will caucus “with the people.” Right — which people, slick?)

    And we’d also have to hope that some number of Meek’s supporters would, futilely, still vote for Meek, and that some of them would even jump to Rubio. Not a lot; but who knows, perhaps there are some Hispanics intent on voting Democrat but would jump to Rubio if the Democrat weren’t in the race.

    And, of course: The Big Red Wave.

    That’s a lot of hoping, but it would still be doable. But, no doubt: We’d re-start this race behind the Sienna Seditioner Crist.

    Except… Except for the Quinnippiac poll putting Rubio at 46%. If that poll is accurate, then I think Rubio would actually be ahead, even in a two-party race.

    Yeah, I know, 46% isn’t 50%, either. But still. But Crist’s voters can’t be that enthusiastic over a bland mediocre careerist, and the dispirited Democrats can’t be happy about a former Republican turned out-and-proud panderer.

    46% will be 50% on election day.ch
    But, of course, I don’t know that Qunnippiac is right.
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    too funny Crist throwing out a pitch

  10. Casting Call: Obama’s MTV Open Town Hall
    —Ace

    Yes, the audience will be cast.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, MTV
    MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

    Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+.

    To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about. Also, provide a recent photo and short description of your political views. Submission deadline: Oct. 14. No pay.

    “No pay.”

    They had to note this because this advert ran in Backstage, a magazine for, um, casting actors into prewritten parts.

  11. I would also hope there is one honest journalist who will come forward and name the traitors in big media and how they sold out their profession. Someone like Bernie Goldberg perhaps.

  12. Is anybody watching ‘real housewives of DC’ now? The Salahis, remember them? Tonight’s episode is about them crashing the WH state dinner.

  13. “But as it stands today that party is corrupt and undemocratic. It must be totally destroyed. ”

    I could not agree more with this statement.

    The man is a radical and a lunatic.

    admin — I just read that just 2 days after Nov. 2, the fraud is leaving the US for 2 weeks to visit Indonesia, etc.

  14. gonzotx
    October 7th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Meeks camps says they are not dropping out, said its rumors being spread by Chrit’s camp to get votes.

  15. You are absolutely correct, admin. No mere usual “shifting of direction” or “changing of the guard” is going to be sufficient. I hate to say this, but if Hillary runs in 2012 with things as they are, she will lose. Why? Because the Democratic brand is utterly destroyed. Because the party has not just a few snakes in the grass, but has sold its soul to the nefarious, to shadows with murky motives, and the people see that very clearly. They understand it on a gut level, even if they are not as aware of the detailed facts as we.

    The American people do not TRUST Democrats. And they may never trust them again. What goodwill and trust that Bill banked with them has been overdrawn and trashed and abused by the current Dims, and the party is deeply, deeply in the red with the folks. It will take a true sea change – a public and unflinching repudiation of all that, in order for people to even BEGIN to consider a Democrat again. It will take a genuine rebirth, not a mere “new candidate”. Not even if that candidate is Hillary.

    She can win. But not with their stink and their perfidy hanging around her neck. She will lose so long as that stench lingers.

  16. wbboei
    October 7th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Someone like Bernie Goldberg perhaps.

    * * *
    Goldberg can write only as an outsider.
    Someone like Sydney Blumenthal, who was part of the Clinton
    campaign and has excellent writing skills and reputation, should be the one to
    write that book. Maybe he already is, because surely there is a multi-million
    dollar opportunity for a book on 2008 Dim primaries from a Clinton campaign perspective.

  17. admin,

    I am running out of adjectives to use for your amazing articles.

    Suffice to say I have sent this one to many of my friends already and the discussion is hot and heavy.

  18. I don’t think Bill will write his book until Hillary is far…far…removed from the dirty…oops I mean white house.

  19. The Colbert Democrats

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, October 8, 2010

    A president’s first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office. The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama’s “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton’s in October 1994, the eve of the wave election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years

    Yet this same poll found that 65 percent view Obama favorably “as a person.” The current Democratic crisis is not about the man — his alleged lack of empathy, ability to emote, etc., requiring remediation with backyard, shirt-sleeved shoulder rubbing with the folks — but about the policies.

    (For more opinions on the midterm elections, check out David S. Broder’s “John Boehner’s useful thoughts on fixing Congress,” E.J. Dionne Jr.’s “Virginia’s 5th District race may say a lot about the electoral landscape” and Katrina vanden Heuvel’s “Ignore the pollsters and champion the progressives.”)

    And the problem with the policies is twofold: ideology and effectiveness. First, Obama, abetted by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, tried to take a center-right country to the left. They grossly misread the 2008 election. It was a mandate to fix the economy and restore American confidence. Obama read it as a mandate to change the American social contract, giving it a more European social-democratic stamp, by fundamentally extending the reach and power of government in health care, energy, education, finance and industrial policy.

    Obama succeeded with health care. Unfortunately for the Democrats, that and Obama’s other signature achievement — the stimulus — were not exactly what the folks were clamoring for. What they wanted was economic recovery.

    Here the Democrats failed the simple test of effectiveness. The economy is extraordinarily weak, unemployment is unacceptably high, and the only sure consequence of the stimulus is nearly $1 trillion added to the national debt in a single stroke.

    And yet, to these albatrosses of ideological overreach and economic ineffectiveness, the Democrats have managed in the past few weeks to add a third indictment: incompetence.
    (To learn what outside experts are thinking about the midterm elections, check out “Topic A: Will the Tea Party help or hurt Obama?” )

    For the first time since modern budgeting was introduced with the Budget Act of 1974, the House failed to even write a budget. This in a year of extraordinary deficits, rising uncertainty and jittery financial markets. Gold is going through the roof. Confidence in the dollar and the American economy is falling — largely because of massive overhanging debt. Yet no budget emerged from Congress to give guidance, let alone reassurance, about future U.S. revenues and spending.

    That’s not all. Congress has not passed a single appropriations bill. To keep the government going, Congress passed a so-called continuing resolution (CR) before adjourning to campaign. The problem with continuing to spend at the current level is that the last two years have seen a huge 28 percent jump in non-defense discretionary spending. The CR continues this profligacy, aggravating an already serious debt problem.

    As if this were not enough, Congress adjourned without even a vote — nay, without even a Democratic bill — on the expiring Bush tax cuts. This is the ultimate in incompetence. After 20 months of control of the White House and Congress — during which they passed an elaborate, 1,000-page micromanagement of every detail of American health care — the Democrats adjourned without being able to tell the country what its tax rates will be on Jan. 1.

    It’s not just income taxes. It’s capital gains and dividends, too. And the estate tax, which will careen insanely from 0 to 55 percent when the ball drops on Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

    Nor is this harmless incompetence. To do this at a time when $2 trillion of capital is sitting on the sidelines because of rising uncertainty — and there is no greater uncertainty than next year’s tax rates — is staggeringly irresponsible.

    As if this display of unseriousness — no budget, no appropriations bills, no tax bill — were not enough, some genius on a House Judiciary subcommittee invites parodist Stephen Colbert to testify as an expert witness on immigration. He then pulls off a nervy mockery of the whole proceedings — my favorite was his request to have his colonoscopy inserted in the Congressional Record — while the chairwoman sits there clueless.

    fitting end for the 111th Congress. But not quite. Colbert will return to the scene of the crime on Oct. 30 as the leader of one of two mock rallies on the Mall. Comedian Jon Stewart leads the other. At a time of near-10 percent unemployment, a difficult and draining war abroad, and widespread disgust with government overreach and incompetence, they will light up the TV screens as the hip face of the new liberalism — just three days before the election.

    I suspect the electorate will declare itself not amused.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/07/AR2010100705106.html

  20. Great article, Admin. It just makes me so angry what these traitors have done to the Democratic Party, and more importantly, to the country. Thank you for the analysis, even if it does make my blood boil.

    In keeping with the Obama treacheries, I seem to remember that Nancy Pelosi held up the confirmation hearings of several Bush appointees to the FEC and throughout Obama’s campaign. Only to have them conformed when he was safely in control of the nomination. The $100M in donations to him were so backlogged, I remember reading someone from the FEC stating it would take years to check out all the sources of cash. More treacheries, indeed.

    One can only gag now when Obama brings this up today in speaking about the Republicans….

    “groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won’t tell you where the money for their ads come from.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/politics/08campaign.html?ref=politics

  21. …and from the same story – it’s ALWAYS ABOUT HIM – NEVER the country. Never the people.

    “Facing what most political observers predict will be significant losses of the Democratic majority in Congress, Mr. Obama was using every weapon in his arsenal to convince the people who put him in the White House two years ago not to abandon the Democratic Party now.

    “Don’t make me look bad now,” he said. “I’m betting on you.”

    ++++++

    Sorry Mr. Obama, the looking bad has been with you since Day One.

    Asshat.

  22. BEfore we PUMAs get too cocky….

    —————-

    By Charles Krauthammer
    The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama’s “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton’s in October 1994, the eve of the wave election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years

  23. A lot of hogwash in this report but –

    Everybody but Obama loves Bill: 🙂

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/politics/08clinton.html?hp

    Many Republicans with a deep animus for President Obama find their hearts aflutter with the memory of a former leader. He was a compassionate conservative, a guy who cared about free trade, a man who reached across the aisle.

    He is the husband of the secretary of state.

    Senator Orrin G. Hatch recently said that former President Bill Clinton “will go down in history as a better president” than the sitting one. Sean Hannity of Fox News, who has verbally abused Mr. Clinton for years, recently referred to him as “good old Bill.” Republicans in Congress have begun speaking of him with respect, even pining.

    I enjoy Bill Clinton,” Representative Paul D. Ryan, a six-term Republican from Wisconsin, said in an interview, echoing several colleagues. “The first two years of his term were one thing, but the rest of his presidency was tempered with moderation, and the nation benefited.”

    Um, there was that whole impeachment thing.

    “Yeah, I don’t think about that too much,” Mr. Ryan said, adding, “If it were not for Monica Lewinsky, I think we would have Social Security straightened out now.”

    In many ways, Republican nostalgia for Mr. Clinton is a brew of selective memory, convenient disregard for the bitter partisan battles that marked his tenure and longing for a time when major bipartisan legislation, like the North American Free Trade Agreement, was possible.

    The wistfulness, however revisionist, for Mr. Clinton’s presidency raises interesting questions about how Mr. Obama would manage his legislative and political agenda should the Republicans take back the House next month.

    Would he take a page from Mr. Clinton’s triangulation of his base to accomplish major legislation like welfare reform, trade agreements and tax policy? Or are the circumstances of each man’s original victory, true political proclivities and respective relationship to his supporters too disparate to find parallel outcomes?

    “Barack Obama was nominated after a difficult primary process and won by rallying the left end of the base,” said Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota. “Clinton was quite consistent to who he was going to be. If Obama moves to the center it may be practical, but his base won’t like it. The $64,000 question is what is in his heart.”

    In some ways, Republicans are glomming on to Mr. Clinton, whose spokeswoman said he was traveling to Haiti and could not comment, at a high point in his post-presidency. Despite concerns that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cabinet appointment would hinder his charitable foundation, it has continued to grow. At the United Nations last month, Mr. Clinton’s conference was the hottest ticket in town.

    What is more, his recent description of Sarah Palin as “somebody to be reckoned with” earned him some kind words from Mr. Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, the right-of-center television host. (No small matter: Mr. Clinton beat relentlessly — some critics argued he went out of bounds — on Mr. Obama during the 2008 primary campaign.)

    Even if what Republicans really hope for is to see Mr. Obama fail, they also speak with longing for a president who was able to toss aside his party’s orthodoxies, though they are often unwilling to do the same.

    The circumstances are quite different now from the Clinton years, however. President Clinton was an early and strong believer in welfare reform and free trade, for instance, and did not need Republicans to prod him on those matters. In contrast, Mr. Obama framed his agenda largely through the concept of “a new foundation,” as he frequently said, which Republicans see as code for government expansion.

    President Clinton campaigned promising to be a different kind of Democrat,” said William A. Galston, a former Clinton policy adviser. “I think it is fair to say that candidate Obama campaigned and won as the champion of the Democratic Party as a whole, and not a reformer within the Democratic Party.”

    And large budget surpluses in some Clinton years meant that every constituency could find something under its pillow: tax cuts for Republicans, entitlement expansions for Democrats and a balanced budget for America.

    Two things are much worse now,” Mr. Galston said. “The state of the economy and the employment market and condition of the budget.

    Politics and policy aside, there may also be a larger cultural division between the current president and his opposition, sometimes cast in code language.

    You know with Clinton the chemistry was right,” said Trent Lott, the former Senate majority leader. “He was a good old boy from Arkansas, I was a good old boy from Mississippi, and Newt, he was from Georgia. So he knew what I was about, and I knew where he was coming from.”

  24. BEfore we PUMAs get too cocky….

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    By Charles Krauthammer
    The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama’s “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton’s in October 1994, the eve of the wave election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years
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    Which proves nothing. The differences are what matter. They will determine what happens two years from now, e.g.

    1. Bill moved to the center after the election, whereas Obama will not.

    2. Bill came to the aid of fellow democrats, whereas Obama did not.

    3. Bill never made them walk the plank for his legislation, whereas Obama did.

    4. Bill connected with ordinary people whereas Obama holds them in mild contempt.

    5. Bill is part of the white middle class, whereas Obama is an elitist.

    6. Bill understood the economy, whereas Obama himself an economist but is dumb as a rock on the subject.

    7. Bill understood foreign affairs, whereas Obama is clueless and consorts with our enemies.

    8. Bill was a Roosevelt liberal, whereas Obama is a front man for big business elites.

    9. Bill could play the saxophone, whereas Obama can do gansgta rap with ACORN.

    10. Bill is an American patriot, whereas Obama is a citizen of the world with a Napoleon complex.

  25. 1. Bill moved to the center after the election, whereas Obama will not.

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

    To get to the center, Obama would have to move Left!

  26. Actually Bill was smart and found real solutions to important problems. Obama is dumb and doesn’t try.

  27. The last unemployment report before the election will be out on Friday, and it promises to be grizzly. The rate is inching back up to 10%. Meanwhile the Dimocrats have spent the stimulus–and it did not work. This is exciting news for the dims because nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hanged. Meanwhile Obama is sure to say if half the party gets wiped out that is fine by me–they were exactly the half we wanted to wipe out. Just when you think the vaudville act of his cannot possibly get worse, lo and behold it does.
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    http://online.wsj.com/video/obama-pulls-down-his-party/AFEC25BC-1F97-44F1-BC88-8E7156F66DC2.html?mod=WSJ_Article_Videocarousel_3

  28. To get to the center, Obama would have to move Left!
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    It is not a question of left or right. It is a question of elites vs the American People. It is the Rezko Model ad infiniutm, ad naseum. He is a one trick pony,

  29. Admin: What an intriging posts…you must have insider info!

    To bad old Russert is dead…I’d like to shove Obama poll numbers up Russert’s ass.

    FOr a Catholic, he was such an asshole!

  30. JanH, Its probably a good idea, folks seem to die all around Obama…they need to be out of this administration before attempting to do that.

    It really must eat Obama’s ass that Bill has made a resurgent! THe republicans even say nice things about him.

  31. Admin: Will I need to vote for Perry??? OMG, if I have to do that I will have to hold my nose REAL HARD!

  32. The tendency to see this presidency in historical terms is materially misleading. There has never been an administration like this one, an administration that has fundamentally rejected the constitution, the will of the people and traditional American values. An administration that lies at every turn and is joined to the hip with the media. Obama has lost the trust of the American People, and embarked on a river of no return.

  33. After the election, I wonder if Obama will have the chutspa to repeat those infamous words: the difference between 1994 and now is you have got me.

  34. I’ve been busy looking up stuff, I ran across the pic of Daschle stepping down from his nomination…this is the one and only time I saw sorrow in Obama eye’s. I wonder what old Dascle thinks now…maybe we could run him out of town on a rail too.

    I relooked at Hillary denying that she was going to take the VP slot…she sure looked upset, by what I’m not sure, my guess he has screwed her again. Her being busy and saying there’s not much time left…that either means the country is about to fall or she’s stepping down soon.

    I will be glad when Palin decided to run as an Indy cause the rethugs are never going to put her in.

  35. wbboei, I doubt it…he will off to Indonesian when he wakes up from the hangover over the election….I hope he decides to stay there to avoid all the supeonas the rethugs are going to be giving him…

  36. Jane Hamsher has soured on Obama, I don’t know if she will just stay home or if she’ll vote for him if he runs again…she seems pretty pist off.

  37. Just the other day I saw that Taylor Marsh had tweeted “why are they polling Hillary for Potus for 2012′?

  38. In a couple of years we may be able to say “Bill is still the only Democratic President to be re-elected since Truman.”

  39. Despite all the treachery Hillary got more votes than any other candidate in primary history Democrat or Republican. Someone that tough is exactly what we need. They can throw whatever they want at her and this time she won’t be stoppable. UNLESS we buy into the republicans talking points…I think she’d have far more support this time.. no matter WHAT they’d do, they do not have the wind at their back anymore. People are on to them and Obama. I have no doubt if she ran again that a house cleaning upon her victory would surely take place. The Clinton’s do not forget..Bill has something like two thousand notes on that primary…I am certain beyond doubt that the current leaders in the party would be cleaned out so if she won. So yes, she most assuredly SHOULD run again. I hope she DOES run again as she’s the only chance there is in this life time to have a woman POTUS who has fought so hard for women’s rights for years.

    Until such time I will be voting third party. I must say this position doesn’t surprise me from Hillbuzz these days as they have gone much further right and are no doubt positioning to support Palin or some other right wing woman or man. So reasoning that yes, what the democrats did in 08 was corrupt into Hillary should not run..doesn’t surprise me in those quarters and that will quickly become “She’s part of it” if she dares to run again. I’m very, very dubious about this line of thought. What’s to say as I mentioned that if she ran and won she wouldn’t go in with sleeves rolled up and clean that place out from top to bottom? You KNOW she would. Plus, the dems are desperate…they are floating her as a candidate at every turn…they never thought people would not keep falling for the Obama rhetoric machine…they were wrong. What the hell are they going to do by 2012 and 16. She is the MOST popular democrat for a reason. People are SICK of the “new” dems already. And with her approval rating that high the “American people” most certainly DO trust her.

    The idea though that Hillary is not tough enough to stand up and win and clean out the party is not correct to me. The democrats are corrupt. As corrupt as the republicans have ever been so it’s a non choice. Neither of these parties is the answer. Voting out ALL encumbants on both sides is a GOOD idea. The republicans are still rat f**king the Clinton’s every day and I do not trust them at all any more than the “new” dems. There’s more than one way to skin a cat and I surely think getting the party back CAN be done with a Clinton victory and I do think she can win. She won last time despite ALL the corruption. We’ll see. I happen to think it is MUCH better for the country and especially women if she runs again. Her approval ratings are very, very high. MANY independents, democrats and even some republicans would rather have her and are saying so a lot more loudly than in 08.

    I am pretty sure her support would increase from 08 now that so many see Obama’s “team” for who they are. A lot of people want an alternative to the far right but, do not want to vote for Obamacrats. It’s a perfect set up for her to stage another run. The country needs her.

    The idea that she of all women should go home and write books is repugnant to me. Thta ‘s exactly what the far right would love her to do AND the Obamacrats. I hope to god she does not do that.

  40. Thank you admin; you must be burning the candle at both ends, and your timing is exquisite.
    ————–
    Here is the urgent second email I’ve received from NRLN in as many weeks:
    snip
    Please go to h t t p://capwiz.com/abtr/home/ to access the NRLN’s Action Alert. Look for the Action Alert headline: HARM DONE TO RETIREE-ONLY HEALTH CARE PLANS. Click on the “Take Action” button. On the next screen, type in your zip code and click “GO” to identify your elected representatives, federal agency leaders and access the sample letter. Be sure to personalize the letter with your own comments. snip (A copy of the sample letter that you will access on the NRLN website is shown at the end of my message.)

    Your Representative and possibly one of your Senators are probably in your district/state campaigning for the November 2nd election. I urge you to go to candidates’ offices and/or campaign rallies to demand that incumbents or challengers fix the carve-out of retirees created in the rulemaking process. Many, if not all, members of Congress are not even aware of these exclusions. Wake up your elected representatives and hold them accountable because they can fix the problem before enrollments in company-sponsored, retiree-only health care plans are final for 1/1/2011.

    Bill Kadereit, President, National Retiree Legislative Network

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    NRLN’s Sample Letter

    HARM DONE TO RETIREE-ONLY HEALTH CARE PLANS

    I am outraged that retirees under company-sponsored, retiree-only health care plans have been excluded from key provisions of the new health care reform law unless their former employers voluntarily provide the benefits. According to the National Retiree Legislative Network, this travesty came about through the Administration’s rulemaking process following the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

    The seven benefits excluded from all retiree-only group plans through the PPACA rulemaking process, combined with language in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), include:

    Prohibition of preexisting condition exclusion or other discrimination based on health status.
    Prohibition on excessive waiting periods.
    No lifetime or annual limits.
    Prohibition on rescissions (can’t drop coverage for high claims or health conditions).
    Extension of dependent coverage until age 26.
    Development and utilization of uniform explanation of coverage documents and standardized definitions.
    Bringing down cost of health care coverage (for insured coverage).
    These provisions were effective on September 23, 2010 and must be available in all 2011 group health care plans, except for retiree-only plans.

    I urge you to take the lead to immediately rectify the exclusion of these benefits for retirees who are under company-sponsored, retiree-only health care insurance plans. Retirees have encountered broken promises on health care from their former employers and do not deserve to be treated this way by their federal government.

    This is an extremely urgent matter that can be remedied by the Department Of Labor and Health and Human Services issuing a revised regulation that would fix this error. Please take personal action before the enrollment period for the 2011 plan year begins.

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  41. The following article is rather sensational. It passed my quick sniff test, and I hope that it holds up for Angle in Nevada since my morning TV announcer stated that a Republican has just endorsed Dirty Harry.
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    Viagra for molesters? Oh, yes he did. By: David Freddoso Online Opinion Editor 10/07/10 5:40 PM EDT
    Republican Sharron Angle’s new ad hits Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., with a seemingly incredible charge: That he voted to permit Obamacare to provide erectile dysfunction drugs to those convicted of sex crimes.
    [video]
    Incredible, but true if only because Reid was determined to keep all amendments out of the health care bill. The Congressional Research Service even wrote up a paper on it.
    h t t p://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/viagra-for-molesters-oh-yes-he-did-104524059.html

  42. wbboei
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:06 am
    It is not a question of left or right. It is a question of elites vs the American People. It is the Rezko Model ad infiniutm, ad naseum. He is a one trick pony,

    This is why we the people never elected a Pres from Illinios before. This is the most corrupt state politically in our nation and has been for a very long time. AND they are bought off cheap. Like a scummy job no one else want to throw people off the rolls of a publicly funded hospital and a big ugly ass house cheap. Charlatans who won’t work and get on the political gravy train at a young age are bought off CHEAP in Illinois. You would think that the risk of going to jail would make the price higher for these Illinois pols but it doesn’t because the odds of actually prosecuting them are small. Rig the nominating process for a preselected petty crook from a corrupt state and this is what you get. And slightly OT Obama will sign the mini bill to effectively screw our legal processes to help cover up bank fraud in the mortgage foreclosure mess. That is what he has been bought and paid to do but it will be after the mid terms when he knows he is a lame duck and does not have to pretend any more.

  43. What a relief! They did not give the Nobel Peace prize to Michelle Obama for her Let’s Move initiative..

  44. wbboei
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:51 am

    “After the election, I wonder if Obama will have the chutspa to repeat those infamous words: the difference between 1994 and now is you have got me.”

    ——————

    LOL…I was kind of hoping he would start using them now…or at the very least the repubs would start hammering him with this quote.

  45. Hillary Clinton to attend NATO session and to visit the Balkans

    08. October 2010

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shall visit the Balkans next week and then visit Brussels where she will attend the NATO session, announced the State Department on Tuesday.

    From October 11 to 14 Clinton shall visit BiH, Serbia and Kosovo, where she will meet with government representatives, civil society representatives and citizens”, AFP reports.

    She will use the journey to “underline continuous support from the U.S. to Balkan states and their aspirations for full EU and NATO integration”, stated the release.

    Clinton shall attend the ministerial session of NATO in Brussels and meet with EU president Herman Van Rompuy and EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Catherine Ashton.

    http://www.emg.rs/en/news/region/134986.html

  46. Admin. I re read you excellent post above and my comment above. There is one additional reason why Hillary should not run until the evil doers have been exposed and destroyed.

    What the Obama cabal has done to the party, they have gone on to do to our country. Both entities have been equally betrayed. Each has been severely damaged. Each is being equally destroyed. Not all at once, and not so everyone notices. At times it is a death be slashes, and at other times it is a death by a thousand cuts. But the process itself is ongoing.

    Some of the guilty have been identified, whereas others remain hidden. Some of them are in the party, some are in the media, some are in big business and some of them are foreigners. They orchestrated a hostile take over of the party and thereafter the country. And that nightmare continues to this day because half of our people are naive and manipulable. The Republicans are poised to take over congress based on turnout differentials but the ignorant will be back in 2012.

    Simply put, it is imperative to know who ALL the dark movers were and are behind this continuing scene of iniquity. We need our own Simon Weisenthal to hunt them down And the reason for that is clear. If Hillary does not know who they are, then the distinct possibility exists that they would attempt to use her remarkable talents as a pawn in their continuing schemes were she to pursue the presidency. If the experience of 2008 proves anything, it proves that anyone can be blindsided.

    After the election Hillary was viewed as a threat to Obama. Hence, big media relegated her to oblivion, and she became a non person as they heaped garlands and obsequious praise on their christ child, and baby mohammed. The foreign continued to report on her efforts, and that is how we were able to keep track of what she is doing.

    Since then, Obama’s failures have become manifest to the country and to the world. Whereupon, big media tried to kill the messenger and vilify the dissent. But that did not work. Eventually, they ran out of excuses. They could not credibly defend an indefensible position and a corrupt president. And the the public refused to let them change the subject.

    At that point, a sea change occurred in the tenor of their coverage of Hillary. Obama was sinking and they had no other way to save him, whether he and his wife realized it or not. So they reversed field and began publishing puff pieces on Hillary and giving her more and more air time. That is not to suggest this was the exclusive reason why the coverage changed. But it was the predominant one in their scheme. As a result the door to the cabal had been opened and that is where the danger now lies.

    If she accepts the vice presidency as Tarnto and others continue to suggest or even if she runs for president as many of us still hope happens, then she runs an inordinate risk that she serve the same interests who sought to destroy her previously, and that could easily become a Faustian pact. Honor and legacy are more important than the Oval office if those are the terms. On the other hand, if the evil doers can be outed and destroyed before she runs, then she can face the problems of a troubled nation, secure in the notion that they will not plunge another knife into her back, or become an unwitting pawn in their nefarious schemes.

  47. More rats leaving the ship. AP says James Jones is leaving as National Security Advisor.
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    A lot of people guessed wrong about that guy. I certainly did.

  48. Mormaer
    October 8th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I agree.

    The exportation of Chicago politics to Washington and from there to the country as a whole through Obama is a classic study in the science of oncology.

    Chicago politics is a malignant tumor that menasticizes throughout the body politic and ends up killing the host. It is the deadliest of cancers.

    The only solution is radical surgery.

    But you have to perform that surgery before it is too late.

  49. wbboei, I have no idea why Jones is leaving. He may be a good guy. Doug Schoen gave an interview last night in which he said he talks to various administration insiders, and they are saying that many are frustrated because Obama WILL NOT LISTEN to anyone. He refuses advice, he’s arrogant, and does what he wants.

    Maybe Jones is saving his own skin, or maybe he’s a sincere guy who realizes his advice was falling on deaf ears. Who knows.

  50. In follow-up to what I said above, the problem here is not just Obama. It is the whole cabal. You have to remove the whole tumor or it will continue to menasticize. But who’s to do it? At this point, I think there are reliable elements in the press, the tea party movement and the traditional democratic party who will drag the dark movers into the light of day. First, you must address the status quo ante. Then you can turn to the future.

  51. HillaryforTexas
    October 8th, 2010 at 11:02 am
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    I hope that is the explanation. I hate to be wrong too often.

  52. Tell me again why Israel should engage in peace talks with Syria?

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    08.10.10

    Hezbollah militants training in Syria missile base, satellite images show

    The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also suggest that Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds’ use at the base.

    Reports that Syria may have given Hezbollah Scuds ratcheted up tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus about six months ago, according to foreign media.

    The photos, taken on March 22, can be seen by any web surfer on Google Earth. They show extensive construction at several military bases throughout Syria, including at one of the country’s three largest missile bases, located 25 kilometers northeast of Damascus, near the city of Adra.

    The base is in a deep valley surrounded by 400-meter-high mountains. Concrete tunnels lead from the base into the mountains, where the Scuds are apparently stored.

    The photos show five 11-meter-long missiles (the length of both the Scud B and the Scud C ) at the Adra base. Three are on trucks in a parking lot. Two others are in a training area where 20 to 25 people can be made out along with about 20 vehicles. One of the two missiles appears to be mounted on a mobile launcher; another is on the ground.

    In April, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad was arming Hezbollah with Scuds. The paper did not mention the type of Scud, but the Scud C has a range of approximately 600 kilometers.

    About a month later, Amos Harel reported in Haaretz that Damascus had given Hezbollah highly accurate and lethal M-600 rockets with a range of 300 kilometers.

    In late May, the Sunday Times of London reported that shipments of weapons from the Adra base were going to Hezbollah, and that according to anonymous security sources, Iran was sending missiles and other weapons to that base via the nearby Damascus airport. It also said Hezbollah had been given a section of the base for barracks, warehouses and a fleet of trucks to transport weapons to the Lebanese border, 40 kilometers away.

    Earlier that month, Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, the head of research for Military Intelligence, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “The long-range missiles Syria recently gave to Hezbollah are just the tip of the iceberg. Hezbollah already has thousands of rockets of all kinds and all ranges.”

    Due to the rising tensions at the time, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah invited Assad to an urgent summit at Sharm al-Sheikh. Assad, however, canceled at the last minute. A senior analyst told Haaretz at the time that while Assad was presenting himself to Europe as a peace-seeker, he continued to maintain his strategic alliance with Iran and Hezbollah.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/hezbollah-militants-training-in-syria-missile-base-satellite-images-show-1.317784

  53. TheRock
    October 8th, 2010 at 10:55 am
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    Thanks for the data. As we used to say in the 1950’s follow the bouncing ball:

    1. Obama passes health care deform and financial deform.

    2. This legislation raises the cost of doing business for multi nationals and small business.

    3. This legislation also raises the cost of health care for millions of Americans.

    4. In the midst of the worst economic downturn in the last eighty years.

    5. Big business responds rationally: they park 2 trillion in cash on the sidelines.

    6. Small businesses go out of business.

    7. Unemployment surges on the eve of the election.

    8. But in the Obama cabal the band plays on and Michelle is heard to say let them eat cake.

    9. Obama prepares to travel to India, Poosie says its okay to attack her and now it is every democrat for himself.

    10.Half the country likes Obama. Forutunately many of them will not vote now because he is not on the ballot–but he is.

    witholds $2 trillion investment in responseI figured they would be higher but there is something salient about the double digit that fixated the mind. 10.1 percent equates to a radical failure in government policy, especially when you realize that but for the uncertainty caused by Obama regulations and tax burdens, business would not be sitting on $2 trillion cash which would have been injected back into the economy to create jobs.

  54. confloyd
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Admin: Will I need to vote for Perry??? OMG, if I have to do that I will have to hold my nose REAL HARD!

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    I feel the same way about voting for Carley. I will then have to live with her petty ways and her outsourcing American jobs by the boat load. She is awful. What terrible sacrifices to get Boxer out.

  55. Almost certainly the official government unemployment number to be released tomorrow will be massaged to come in under 10%.

    I have described before how this thing works. I hope I am wrong. Certainly the Gallup number, i.e. 10.1% and the ADP report make it harder for them to finesse the numbers for political reasons, like they always do. We shall see. I

    If they do finesse it to under 10%, then the dimocrats will point to the difference between the Gallup number today and the official number tomorrow as clear cogent and convincing proof that in the short expanse of a single day, the stimulus plan has grown traction and we are heading into recovery autumn.

    Lying is their business. Ergo, why not promote just such a lie, knowing that no new number will be issued between now and the election, and knowing as well that half the country is dumb enough to believe it if Brian Williams can say it with a straight face and without twitching.

    As you know, Brian is the the reincarnation of Walter Cronkite, and if you don’t believe me then ask him and watch him pretend to deny it in order to encourage it.

  56. This Saturday, at 10:10 AM and PM it will be:

    10:10 on the 10th month, 10th day of 2010.

    or

    10:10 10-10-10

    It must symbolize something, but I have no clue what. 😆

  57. Shadowfax, I don’t get too upset with Carly for outsourcing jobs, because she was not a legislator at the time, but a CEO. The job of the CEO is to do what is profitable for the company, period.

    The more important question, to me, is who is responsible for the laws and the business climate that MAKES moving those jobs more profitable than keeping them here?. That’s the question. Businesses are always going to do what is most profitable for them and their shareholders. That’s neither moral or immoral – it simply IS. It’s what they do, always have done through all of history, and always will do. Try to change that basic fact of business, and you can’t – unless you want to get draconian and end up as Soviet Russia with no real productivity at all. Liking it or not liking it is immaterial – it’s what is. The solution, then, becomes government recognizing that fact of human existence, and working with the innate profit-motive of all business to make it to their advantage to create jobs here.

    Running around railing against companies doing what is profitable (which the Dims have taken to doing) might make one feel good and righteous, but it makes about as much sense as running around railing against gravity. How about facing reality, and finding ways to turn reality to our advantage? Carly did what she felt was her job as CEO. But why did our govt, and the govt of CA, promote policies that made keeping those jobs here a losing proposition? That’s the real question.

  58. I feel the same way about voting for Carley. I will then have to live with her petty ways and her outsourcing American jobs by the boat load. She is awful. What terrible sacrifices to get Boxer out.
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    Sometimes the only decision you are left with is the lesser of two evils, in which case the right decision is just that. Since you did not create that scenario, you are not responsible for choosing the least worst option because there are no other alternatives, unless you choose not to play the game, but in that case you cede the playing field to the bad guys, so that is not a responsible moral option.

  59. 10.Half the country likes Obama. Forutunately many of them will not vote now because he is not on the ballot

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    Couldn’t resist cutting to this for the LOL!

  60. H4T, Ok you pepped up Shadowfax for Carley, how about pepping me up for Perry…he’s a jerk and a corrupt one…

  61. wbb

    I would NEVER pick the option of not voting…

    Most of the people I have voted for were assassinated (Robert, my first time voting was at the same time he was shot), had votes stolen or lost to a Rethug.

    I think Bill is my only choice that made it. At first I liked Perot because I didn’t know enough about Bill, but I learned quickly once I heard the Big Dawg speak, then I also discovered my Hero, Hillary.

  62. confloyd, it was actually Admin that convinced me in his top post, that Hillary could never run again if there a still snakes like Boxer in Congress.

  63. confloyd, I am in TX and think Perry is a jerk. I will be holding my nose BIGTIME to vote for him. But White is a spender, and a party-line guy, and never met a new tax he didn’t like. And with redistricting coming up, I don’t want a Dim in the governor’s seat drawing districts to ACORN and SEIU’s advantage. That is the bottom line tipping point for me.

    So, I load up on Maalox and Pepto Bismol and head to the polls Nov. 2nd. 🙁

  64. So, I load up on Maalox and Pepto Bismol and head to the polls Nov. 2nd. 🙁

    —-Two funny!

    Yup, a vote against doesn’t translate to a vote FOR. 😆

  65. And with redistricting coming

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    Bottom line, what is that about?

    Is it after the midterm election, the party that wins gets the largest districts where the winner is from?

    How does that effect our votes?

  66. The state legislatures and governors do redistricting every 10 years, based on the census results. 2011 is one of those years. It’s a powerful tool, because one can draw the lines to carve out a congressional districts to be almost all Democrat, and split up the R vote among lots of districts.

    For instance, if a city was largely dem, but portions of it and its suburbs were more R, then they can draw a line around the dem stronghold and make that one district. Then they take the R suburbs, and they don’t make that one district. No, they split that vote by breaking it into pieces and tacking it onto four different heavy Dem districts.

    Redistricting can have a huge effect on future house races.

  67. New Rasmussen for FL Senate: Rubio 50, Crist 25, Meek 19. Devastating.

    Interesting comment on HotAir:

    I’m looking forward to seeing who reports on this, and whether or not they continue to trend away from calling Rubio a “tea party favorite”.

    Kinda interesting that as he widens his lead, and continues to show his competence and broaden his appeal, all of a sudden the media doesn’t want to connect him the the tea party anymore.

    Interesting, indeed. Because the MSM has all along hammered him as an “extreme TeaParty guy”. So what will they do now that he is looking pretty mainstream in FL? Will they backtrack and try to say that he’s really just a mainstream R, and not a teapartier at all? The media seems to have boxed themselves in. By painting the teaparty as loons from the beginning, where does the narrati
    ve go when they get broad support?
    What if he wins 60%? Do they then say that 60% of the public are “fringe”? And how laughable is that? MSM and the Dems are on the horns of a dilemma of their own making. I told them that denigrating the teaparty folks was a huge mistake. Idiots. This is very fascinating just from an observation of political dynamics point of view.

  68. wbb

    I would NEVER pick the option of not voting
    ————————
    I did not mean you. I meant that is the option some exercise, because they cannot accept the lesser of two evils. But in some respects, it is like a salvage operation at sea. To save the ship, you must cast overboard things that have value to you. I was involved in a major salvage operation in Dutch Harbor in 1979, and know how that sort of thing works. To save a 300 foot Alaska seafood processor which was on fire, and one man dead, the options were to destroy the crab line and lose the season or else tow her out to sea for scuttle. We chose the former.

  69. By painting the teaparty as loons from the beginning, where does the narrati
    ve go when he gets broad support?

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

    Someone with time on their hands, might also map the diminishing occurrence of ‘teabagger’ against the rise of support.

  70. The Mistake In ’08 is beginning to be understood:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/10/08/revenge_of_the_hillary_voters_107491.html

    Revenge of the Hillary Voters

    Two-thirds of West Virginians approve of the job performance of Gov. Joe Manchin. In ordinary circumstances, that would be enough to get him any promotion he wants. Not in 2010. [snip]

    Manchin has the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce, but so what? As long as he’s a vote for a Democrat as Senate majority leader, he’ll be an Obama enabler. Manchin has been reduced to plaintively showing reporters an old picture of himself with George W. Bush in the Oval Office. If he loses, he’ll be a victim of the revenge of the Hillary voters.

    In the 2008 Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton had persistent appeal among working-class whites, loosely defined as whites without college educations. As Henry Olsen of the American Enterprise Institute notes, 94 percent of West Virginians are white, and only 17 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher. In the 2008 primary, Clinton beat Barack Obama in West Virginia by 67 percent to 26 percent. Today, Obama’s approval rating in the state is . . . 29 percent.

    The continued disaffection of the white working class is the backdrop for the growing Democratic debacle in the heartland. Republicans could well win both a Senate seat and the governorship in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and the governorship of Michigan, in a rout. The party reputed to be exclusively a creature of the South after 2008 is on the verge of a Rust Belt sweep.

    Democrats have undertaken an experiment in whether you can be the self-styled party of working people if you don’t have much appeal to a swath of working people.

    In Obama’s case, the answer is “yes.” At least it was in 2008. He lost the roughly 40 percent of the electorate that is working-class whites to John McCain by 18 points, but made up the deficit among other groups. In that context, the preference of working-class whites for Republicans over Democrats on the generic ballot by 22 points this year isn’t alarming.

    Obama running nationally conceivably can overcome that kind of gap. But an untold number of Democrats running in areas where working-class whites predominate can’t, as a matter of sheer arithmetic. Many of these Democratic “majority makers” will be the sacrificial lambs of Obama liberalism.

    According to Gallup, Obama’s approval rating is still above 50 percent among blacks, Hispanics, voters between ages 18 and 29, moderates, postgraduates, singles, and easterners. He’s below 50 percent among everyone else; and in the 30s among whites, voters 65 or older, and married people – exactly the voters who disproportionately turn out in midterm elections.

    Liberals want to chalk this up to race. But in January 2009, when President Obama was as African-American as he is today, his approval rating was 63 percent among whites.

    It’s long been an occupational hazard of liberalism to get crosswise with working-class whites. Obama is particularly vulnerable because he combines the affect of Adlai Stevenson with the economic performance of Jimmy Carter. He came into office with working-class voters suspicious that he didn’t understand their concerns and proceeded with an agenda – health care, cap-and-trade, and all the rest of it – that didn’t address their concerns, and didn’t work.

    The lecturer-in-chief is left trying to explain an unemployment rate of more than 9 percent for the past 18 months. It used to be that hot-button cultural issues separated Democrats from the white working class. Now, their economic agenda has become radioactive, a grave political threat for the long term.

    Obama famously boasted to a retiring conservative Democratic congressman that this year would be different from 1994, because Democrats had him at the top. Ask Joe Manchin, among many others, how that’s working out.

  71. wbb

    I would NEVER pick the option of not voting
    ————————
    I did not mean you.

    ——

    Hehehe, my strong statement was to encourage others to not make the choice of not voting. Same strategy as voting for McCain rather than not voting at all. Twice as strong of a vote, then a indi or no vote.

    It ain’t easy, but is more effective.

  72. HillaryforTexas
    October 7th, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    I hate to say this, but if Hillary runs in 2012 with things as they are, she will lose.
    ————————————–
    I find this really, really hard to believe. We spent this whole summer listening to people who wish we had Hillary NOW … as I wrote a short time ago:
    “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 the locals are carpenters, plumbers, painters, fishers, caretakers, landscapers, small business owners, etc. Martha’s Vineyard voted pro-Obama in the ’08 primaries despite the rest of 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 – 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!”
    Our business is not a little tourist t-shirt shop or clam shack – we are one of the biggest businesses on the island in constant contact with a great variety of people from all over the country (and the world)
    We are also hearing people saying that they are not interested in supporting either Dems or Repubs – they are resolved not to vote party anymore! – very emphatic about this! Both parties are odious! What they do say is, vote the candidate! – do the research – don’t swallow anybody’s Kool-Aid!
    So, it’s my conviction that if Hillary would run – ANYtime – she would win – regardless of party. Hillary is bigger than parties, as is Bill – Hillary is now her own party! That’s the message we got from all those people all summer long.
    Of course, we do have to sweep the Barack o’Barf crowd back to the slime they rose out of, but they have nothing to offer but more of the same old stink – it won’t wash. Here’s a popular email traveling all over the country lately – among Democrats! Subject: How to start each day with a positive outlook:
    How To Start Each Day With A Positive Outlook
    1. Open a new folder in your computer.
    2. Name it ‘Barack Obama’.
    3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
    4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
    5. Your PC will ask you:
    ‘Do you really want to get rid of ‘Barack Obama?’
    6. Firmly Click ‘Yes.’
    7. Feel better?
    GOOD! Tomorrow we’ll do Nancy Pelosi.

  73. He’s below 50 percent among everyone else; and in the 30s among whites, voters 65 or older, and married people – exactly the voters who disproportionately turn out in midterm elections.

    ——–
    ……and the folks that pay most of the TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!

    …the elite pay some taxes but can afford to hire folks to find loopholes.

    I know boat loads (mainly white women) of ivy league educated folks that voted for Hillary in the primary, then to Barry against McCain later.

  74. To save the ship, you must cast overboard things that have value to you.
    ———————————-
    And do things you would rather not do. Awhile back I contributed $25 to the RNC, and threw in my usual note. It’s not that the RNC knows what I wrote, but that readers here know what I wrote: If you continue to treat Sarah Palin with respect, I will contribute again. Well, I haven’t heard much about Sarah lately, one way or another, but giving more to the RNC was not in my plan until today when another RNC request came in the mail. The range they suggest for me is a huge chunk of change. Over Michael Steele’s signature, the letter states that Repugs [I’ve not forgotten who I am] are hoping to raise $11.2 million in the next 14 days or “we will not be able to keep pace with the Obama Democrats and their liberal allies who will do and spend whatever it takes to maintain their hold on power in Washington D.C.” Does this statement within the double quotes just prior not capture our opinion of the current administration? For me, the answer is “Yes.” I am surprised to find myself seriously considering the request because of that statement and another one which is truly sobering: “There are no second chances after Election Day.”

  75. Lowery (above) misses the larger point which is not just that West Virginians do not like Obama and see Machin would be an Obama enabler in Congress. The larger point is that Manchin has already shown that he will betray the will of his constituents for Obama. During the primary, he made a commitment to the voters that he would endorse the winner of the primary, those constituents then voted for Hillary by a margin of 69 (sic) to 26, yet he endorsed Obama. What’s past is prologue. If they dig deeper they will find other reasons to reject Mr. Manchin (real name Mancini and his associations should be investigated).

  76. So, it’s my conviction that if Hillary would run – ANYtime – she would win – regardless of party. Hillary is bigger than parties, as is Bill – Hillary is now her own party!

    NOW THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO HEAR….Hillary can run indy!

  77. #
    confloyd
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Jerry Brown has screwed up….caught on tape!
    ——–
    It was one of his people speaking, Brown already apologized for him.

  78. Yeah, I heard that, the rethugs on Fox are trying to make hay with it though…I think it will be dropped like a rock by the end of today. It was stupid….Brown did not call her a whore, his aide did, although he did not correct his aide.

    McCain had the same thing happen, one of his supporters called Hillary a Bitch…he laughed and did not correct the lady…I held that against McCain for a long time.

    This man no doubt works for Brown…he should have corrected him!

  79. I vote for neither party. I vote for the candidate. There have been times when we have all said that, only to be disappointed. What happens is they go back to Washington, become one rookie member of the worlds greatest deliberative body, and slowly but surely they make unholy deals to advance some semblance of an agenda. Not everybody does. Hillary kept her integrity, and passed more legislation than any other freshman senator in history, but secretly behind the scenes the jackals like Shumer burned with envy, And while they burned, they also plotted. Others have stood their ground as well against the power, corruption and money that permeate the halls of Congress, until they find themselves flailing in mid air as they descend to the hard pavement below. One of them, Marion Zioncheck came from my town:

    Zioncheck earned a law degree while also becoming involved in the local Democratic Party and the pro-labor Washington Commonwealth Federation. From the UW, he graduated into Seattle politics in 1929 by leading a successful recall vote against Mayor Frank Edwards, who was then trying to sell off Seattle City Light to private interests. Soon after, in 1932, as part of the national progressive electoral sweep that landed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House, Zioncheck was elected to Congress, winning Washington state’s First District seat on an openly radical platform.

    An ardent supporter of the spirit of the New Deal, Congressman Zioncheck was also a frequent critic of the lukewarm nature of certain New Deal policies, which made him a target of certain money-friendly senior Congressmembers who, soon after his 1934 re-election, formed a coalition aimed at isolating and disempowering him. Zioncheck gradually reacted to his loss of power in The Other Washington by engaging in drunken public escapades that, unfortunately, earned him far more national notoriety than his radical legislative affinities. The first among these occurred in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, 1936, when he strolled into the lobby of a posh Washington, D.C., apartment house, plugged in all the numbers on the telephone switchboard, and wished all the tenants a Happy New Year. Such reckless incidents would become less amusing, more frequent, and more infamous in the following months.

    Thus, Marion Zioncheck, who spent his first three years in Congress as a sober, hard-working, dedicated legislator little known outside Washington state, became known to the rest of the nation as nothing more than a drunken clown, a circus act, a frivolous amusement for avid readers of a sensation-hungry national press.

    His sad descent into political and personal pathos became tragic on the date in focus here, when, having recently hinted that he would not seek re-election that year, Zioncheck leapt from the window of his campaign office on the 5th floor of the Arctic Building in downtown Seattle. To add to the tragedy, his body landed directly in front of the parked car occupied by his wife, Rubye Louise Zioncheck, whom he had only recently married.

  80. confloyd
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah, I heard that, the rethugs on Fox are trying to make hay with it though…

    ——
    That’s why we call them ‘rethugs’, they are the same as Obamacrats…….only tell what helps them, twists and turns the truth to make themselves look like the good guys while they spin, wheel and deal behind our backs.

    Hillary and Bill are the only politicians I trust, I don’t approve of everything they say and do, but I do think they have the common good in mind in their actions.

    Others with only slight degrees of trust sprinkled here and there. I don’t think Brown is a perfect candidate by any means, but calling a woman a Wh@re is something I can pretty much guarantee he wouldn’t do.

  81. Shadowfax, Yeah I agree. I am going to let you worry about California…I have enough trouble thinking of that stinking Perry.
    I understand Bill White was a good mayor, but man o man I want to have revenge! This decision will wait until the exact voting day!

  82. What’s the story in a nut shell with Perry? Like you, worrying about my state is difficult enough. 🙂

  83. I figured that Linda McMahon would make an ad out of Blumenthal’s meandering clueless answer in the debate. I was right. This is killer:
    ————————-
    Her rebuttal to Richard’s answer on how you create jobs was devastating. Therefore, I am surprised that she did not include her rebuttal in the video as well. The contrast was stark.

  84. Lying to the people…about the TransTexasCorridor…he is a Bushite…I hate his hair,nah,LOL! I look at him and I see GWB!

  85. BTW, he’s too scared to debate White! No governor debates this year in Texas…they are too afraid everyone will write in Debra Medina which I’m thinking about doing!

  86. This man no doubt works for Brown…he should have corrected him!
    ————————–
    Or perhaps fired him.

  87. Well its time to go to work, but I get off early tonight, so I’ll be able to take part in tonights discussion. Dow tops 11,000, so we wonder who’s supporters are knocking out the Dow and bringing it up when the baby needs a bump?? Its probably the Saudi’s doing it and of coarse your friend and mine Georgie Soros!

    Where’s Mrs. Smith???

  88. wbboei,
    I agree! We need to STOP misogny everywhere and until people start getting fired like Rick Sanchez for demeaning Jews, women aren’t going to make headway.

    Fire the little creep!

    Perhaps we should give this dude the definition of a whore…Meg just doesn’t fit….now Obama…YES!

  89. Who’d a thunk it?

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/08/cnntime-poll-was-bush-better-president-than-obama/

    Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll. [snip]

    By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.

    “Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush’s name while campaigning this year,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

  90. A few days ago Admin wrote about various races across the country, and how some Democrats are trying to run on a record of running away from Obama. One such candidate is Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania.

    Now, when I read about Altmire…I get the impression that he is somewhat successfully putting forward the idea that he is not in line with Obama. But what I want to know is, why are the Republicans letting Jason Altmire getting away with this sort of revisionism? Look at what Altmire was up to in 2008 to find out what kind of person he really is.

    Altmire, as some of us may remember, was a key endorsement that both Hillary and Obama were lobbying for during the primaries. Officially, Altmire acted like he was neutral, not endorsing anyone till later in the game.

    But on the very night before the Pennsylvania primary, Altmire appeared at an Obama rally. Much of that information has been scrubbed from the internet, but here is one picture that proves he was in attendance, along with other Pennsylvania Obama endorsers such as Doyle, Casey, etc. He was pretending to be neutral, but all the while, participating in Obama campaign events in Pennsylvania.

    http://p.silver-wig.com/albums/obamarally/

    Also, Altmire’s comments in the media at the time revealed the real story about him. Both campaigns had been making many phone calls to Altmire, seeking his endorsement, but it was the way Altmire spoke of each campaign that was most telling. Altmire would speak in glowing terms about the Obama campaign’s phone calls to him, while simultaneously making some backhanded remarks to the media against Hillary and Bill’s efforts to contact him.

    Hillary of course, went on to win the Pennsylvania primary, without Altmire’s help, and she won Altmire’s district by 20-30 points. (His district is clearly Hillary country.) But Altmire still did not endorse her. He continued making glowing remarks about Obama, acting against the will of his constituents.

    Then, when the general election rolled around, and it looked like his district would go heavily to McCain (which if I remember correctly, it did) Altmire did another aboutface. He obfuscated on questions on whether he would appear with Obama at campaign rallies in the general, even though, lo and behold, he had no problem doing so during the primaries!

    When I see Jason Altmire then, I see nothing more than an opportunistic hack who will change his political support whichever way the wind is blowing.

    If it suits his goals to support one person at one time, he will; and if he doesn’t suit him later, he will have no problem changing the support. He seems to only care about his political future, not standing up and standing for, any sort of conviction.

    Today, Jason Altmire runs his campaign as someone who has stood up to Barack Obama. But, such an attitude ignores a lot of history. If the Republicans really wanted, there is a lot out there that they could employ to tie Altmire to Obama. They already have an audience of Hillary supporters in Altmire’s district, that imo would be willing to hear this stuff. Further, they could also show him as someone who doesn’t stand for anything other than his own political future. That imo, is not the kind of person Pennsylvania or this country needs….and it may be time to show just how much a political compass Altmire truly lacks. Just my opinion.

  91. I also have a similar comment about Texas’ Chet Edwards. He is another one who is now trying to run away from his support of Obama, acting like he has been standing up to them in Congress. But again, history reveals the real facts.

    Chet Edwards was another early endorser of Barack Obama. Here is the link to that endorsement: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/18/texas-rep-chet-edwards-en_n_87222.html

    Now, Edwards was not one of those people who waited till June to endorse. No, he was one of the first to jump right in to the Obama swamp, in February of 2008. But now, he acts like he is against Obama??? I don’t think so!

    Also, another thing to remember about Chet Edwards is that he was on the short list of Obama VP candidates. He was seriously considered by the Obama campaign, confirmed by the fact that his documents were vetted….so for him to claim to now that he is not part of the same Obama Dimocratic crowd doesn’t wash imo. Yeah, not part of the same crowd, except that you could have been his VP.

    One more thing to remember about Chet Edwards in Texas is that he is one of Nancy Pelosi’s favorites in the House. She has said this a few times. Also, more to the point, he was Nancy’s personal pick to be VP in 2008. (There is video out there in fact of Nancy making such a remark.) I can’t think of anything out there then, that could tie him closer to Nancy and Barack, than a video of Nancy saying as much, and the fact that he was on their short list for VP.

    Chet Edwards then…can act like he has stood up to Obama and Pelosi, but his previous dabblings with O and Nancy make any such protests not quite that believable imo.

  92. Krauthamer

    WASHINGTON – A president’s first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office. The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama’s “re-elect” number is 38 percent – precisely Bill Clinton’s in October 1994, the eve of the wave election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

    Yet this same poll found that 65 percent view Obama favorably “as a person.” The current Democratic crisis is not about the man – his alleged lack of empathy, ability to emote, etc., requiring remediation with backyard, shirt-sleeved shoulder rubbing with the folks – but about the policies.

    And the problem with the policies is twofold: ideology and effectiveness. First, Obama, abetted by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, tried to take a center-right country to the left. They grossly misread the 2008 election. It was a mandate to fix the economy and restore American confidence. Obama read it as a mandate to change the American social contract, giving it a more European social-democratic stamp, by fundamentally extending the reach and power of government in health care, energy, education, finance and industrial policy.

    Obama succeeded with health care. Unfortunately for the Democrats, that and Obama’s other signature achievement – the stimulus – were not exactly what the folks were clamoring for. What they wanted was economic recovery.

    Here the Democrats failed the simple test of effectiveness. The economy is extraordinarily weak, unemployment is unacceptably high and the only sure consequence of the stimulus is nearly $1 trillion added to the national debt in a single stroke.

    And yet, to these albatrosses of ideological overreach and economic ineffectiveness, the Democrats have managed in the last few weeks to add a third indictment: incompetence.

    For the first time since modern budgeting was introduced with the Budget Act of 1974, the House failed to even write a budget. This in a year of extraordinary deficits, rising uncertainty and jittery financial markets. Gold is going through the roof. Confidence in the dollar and the American economy is falling – largely because of massive overhanging debt. Yet no budget emerged from Congress to give guidance, let alone reassurance, about future U.S. revenues and spending.

    That’s not all. Congress has not passed a single appropriations bill. To keep the government going, Congress passed a so-called continuing resolution (CR) before adjourning to campaign. The problem with continuing to spend at the current level is that the last two years have seen a huge 28 percent jump in non-defense discretionary spending. The CR continues this profligacy, aggravating an already serious debt problem.

    As if this was not enough, Congress then adjourned without even a vote – nay, without even a Democratic bill – on the expiring Bush tax cuts. This is the ultimate in incompetence. After 20 months of control of the White House and Congress – during which they passed an elaborate, 1,000-page micromanagement of every detail of American health care – the Democrats adjourned without being able to tell the country what its tax rates will be on Jan. 1.

    It’s not just income taxes. It’s capital gains and dividends too. And the estate tax, which will careen insanely from 0 to 55 percent when the ball drops on Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

    Nor is this harmless incompetence. To do this at a time when $2 trillion of capital is sitting on the sidelines because of rising uncertainty – and there is no greater uncertainty than next year’s tax rates – is staggeringly irresponsible.

    As if this display of unseriousness – no budget, no appropriations bill, no tax bill – was not enough, some genius on a House Judiciary subcommittee invites parodist Stephen Colbert to testify as an expert witness on immigration. He then pulls off a nervy mockery of the whole proceedings – my favorite was his request to have his colonoscopy inserted in the Congressional Record – while the chairwoman sits there clueless.

    A fitting end for the 111th Congress. But not quite. Colbert will return to the scene of the crime on Oct. 30 as the leader of one of two mock rallies on the National Mall. Comedian Jon Stewart leads the other. At a time of near-10 percent unemployment, a difficult and draining war abroad, and widespread disgust with government overreach and incompetence, they will light up the TV screens as the hip face of the new liberalism – just three days before the election.

    I suspect the electorate will declare itself not amused.

  93. fifthdimension,

    I’ve got Chet Edwards number…his poll numbers are low, low and last I looked the lowest of anyone.
    I don’t think he is in my district…I’m in Chuck Hobson’s district. So I wonder if he’s any good?

  94. The Tax Hikes Cometh
    Grab your wallet.
    BY Matthew Continetti
    October 4, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 03
    Weekly Standard

    Let’s examine what the 111th Congress has accomplished so far. There was a $1 trillion stimulus bill that failed to jumpstart the economy. There was a $1 trillion health care overhaul that the public did not want. There was a financial bill that gave huge amounts of power to unelected regulators. And now, for their final trick, the Democrats who run Congress have decided to leave Washington without doing anything to prevent the largest tax increase in history. God only knows what they are planning for an encore.

    In a little more than 90 days, taxes on incomes, capital gains, dividends, and estates are going to rise. Not just for some families. For every family. And the Democrats haven’t lifted a finger to stop it. They haven’t even written a bill. They have not found the time, in the twenty months they’ve controlled Congress and the White House, ever actually to try to block the tax hikes. It’s amazing: The Democrats have no problem passing unpopular legislation. But when they are charged with doing something that the public actually wants, such as preventing the coming tax hike, they turn to jelly.

    How did it come to this? President Obama wants to limit any tax increase to families making more than $250,000 a year. Republicans, along with many Democrats, say that raising taxes on anyone during a weak recovery is a horrible idea. Instead, this group suggests, why not extend current tax rates for another two years? After all, a bill to that effect could easily pass both houses of Congress.

    But it’s not going to happen. The chances for a compromise are nil, at least until after the election. It’s a decision that reveals the depth of the Democrats’ ideological commitment. One of the president’s favorite lines during the tax debate has been that Republicans are holding tax cuts for the middle class “hostage” to tax cuts for the rich. But events have proven that it’s the Democratic leadership and Obama who are holding taxpayers hostage. It’s the Democratic leadership and Obama who would rather have taxes rise on everyone than extend current tax rates for everyone including the wealthy.

    This obsessive focus on income redistribution has divided the Democrats and left them in the grip of a political panic. One reason no bill has been brought to a vote is the leadership is afraid they’d lose. They don’t want to be exposed as weak in the run-up to Election Day. Or, if they did win the vote, then Democrats would have supported higher taxes on small businesses. And since that’s not exactly a campaign winner, the Democrats have punted.

    Notice how the actual, real-life, day-to-day economic fortunes of 300 million Americans do not figure in the Democrats’ philosophical and partisan calculations. Such is the tenor of government in the Obama presidency. Four years ago, remember, the Democrats pledged that they would govern differently from the corrupt and big-spending Republican Congress. It was an oath that President Obama broadened and deepened in 2008, when he spoke of bridging the divide between red and blue America and changing the culture of Washington. Americans took the Democrats at their word, entrusting them with power in 2006 and 2008.

    What Americans didn’t realize at the time was that they were also emboldening an arrogant, belligerent liberalism. It’s a liberalism that believes all answers to political questions have been scientifically decided, in the liberals’ favor. Americans not only were handing the reins of government to a political party. They were handing those reins to a theory about how social and economic policy ought to work. The theory gave us the stimulus, Obama-care, and (in the House) cap and trade. The theory says you can raise taxes on high earners without damaging the economy. But the theory hasn’t produced the desired results. And the theory has no answers for Americans who support limited government.

    What’s the legacy of the 111th Congress? The economy remains weak. Government has grown larger and is no more effective. So more lobbyists than ever are feeding at the trough. Corruption still exists. Trust in institutions keeps falling. Congress can’t pass a budget, and it can’t prevent a tax increase.

    Democrats explain their failure by blaming Republican opposition or lamenting the filibuster. But these are sideshows. There always will be partisan disagreement, and Democrats will soon love the filibuster again. No, the reason Democrats have failed is that big-government liberalism has been exposed, over and over, as an inadequate response to the challenges of our times. Need evidence? Look no further than the great Democratic tax dodge of 2010.

  95. Whitman is no whore. Maybe the aide was talking about her ex-maid, who is certainly acting like one.

    Woops, that’s an insult to whores.

  96. confloyd, hope all is well with you. I don’t recall who Chuck Hopson was for at the time, and IIRC, it was neither, but maybe someone remembers better. The only two people that I know of running in Texas this year are Chet Edwards….and then Ciro Rodriguez, who was a Hillary supporter.

  97. Opie’s brother (the boy on the Andy Griffith Show who was usually wearing a cowboy outfit eating a peanut butter sandwich) is now a conservative. Ron Howard seems to be OK with the difference in politics between himself and Clint:

  98. Dunno about this, but it might be worth looking into.

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

    Tarp me! Throw The Bums Out
    Oct. 8th, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Pay attention: this one is for all the parties, but it’s not a soundbite1.

    It starts with a Republican2 who sponsored a bill (HR 3808) to make the notarized documents from one state legally recognized in all 50. Sounds innocuous? Only if you haven’t been keeping up with the not-reported-on-TV news.

    Have you heard about the fraudulent mortgage foreclosure scandal? No? See [1]. A brief summary: Banks are forging documents to foreclose willy-nilly. Judges (at least in Florida, for certain, possibly more I haven’t heard of) are colluding in the practice by refusing to do due diligence. Try googling “robo-signing” if you want to start doing your own dully diligent research. People who have documentation proving they have been up-to-date on their mortgages can (and do) lose their homes. 3. If this bill passes it will allow these banks to shop for the state with the most lax, most easily corrupted notaries and forge the necessary documentation to fraudulently foreclose anywhere in the country. Yes, this means your otherwise legally-protected state.

    The bill just passed in the Senate[4] before they “recessed.” Quotation marks very relevant. President Obama’s daily press guy (Gibbs) held a press conference claiming that President Obama would not sign HR 3808, and therefore it would not become law via pocket veto.. Yay for the Democrats in the Executive Branch, even if the Democrats in both houses of Congress are going to screw you! Only that is not, in fact what is going to happen.

    Here’s the rub: Harry Reid did not actually adjourn the Senate. Congress is in pro forma. They’re conducting meetings even if they haven’t got anything scheduled to do on the floor, so they’re still in session. Which means that unless President Obama specifically vetos this bill–which he is not going to do–that bill will become law.

    Our president is either a complete incompetent (unsurprising considering his lack of experience doing anything productive) or a sleaze bag liar (see “Chicago Machine politics”). Either way he and the current Congress – all the Democrats and any Republicans in bed with the so-called stimulus porkfest – need to go.

    November can’t come too soon.

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

    [1] Part, umteenth-million in the series: Why what’s called “the mainstream press,” “drive-by journalism” or “old school media” but which is in effect the J-school grads utterly failing to do their constitutional duties in favor of lazy, self-indulgent bias, is going to leave you utterly in the dark if you rely on it for news you need.
    [2] Representative Robert Aderholt from Alabama. RHINO? Who knows. Throw the bum out.
    [3] All right. I’ll do your work for you. Librarians! Filling in for a khreppetastic biased, lazy, propagandistic press since… who knows? Any time is too long. Via firehose: http://4closurefraud.org
    [4] HR 3808 passed by voice vote on April 27th (no record of who said aye or nay). On Sept. 27th it passed by unanimous consent It went to the President’s desk on Sept. 30th.
    http://carbonelle.livejournal.com/243463.html

  99. So the rethugs make a comeback and bambi will say that it is their fault he can’t get anything done.

    The rethugs, i.e. Palin, get in in 2012 or 2016 and they complain that they have to clean up bambi’s mess.

    What a joke.

  100. The treacherous David Plouffe is spinning a new meme on WaPo…

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2010%2F10%2F07%2FAR2010100704350.html&ei=NJuvTKqFM4S0sAP1pcm8Cg&usg=AFQjCNELd13G3TbaRaJ1RepcyKoP7cUKdA

    By Anne E. Kornblut and Philip Rucker
    Thursday, October 7, 2010; 4:06 PM

    “Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.”

    Sometimes I have trouble figuring out who irritates me more, Axelrod or Plouffe.

  101. Ani, Plouffe also says the Tea Party hurts the Republicans. Plouffe is not politically “spinning”, he’s dizzy from the Hopium.

  102. admin
    October 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Friday night amusement inspired by “spinning” Plouffe: How to spin a pencil.
    ————
    Pretty cool, but this guy is like Frodo, he needs to stop chewing his finger nails. 😆

  103. The story leaking out of the White House is that Obama is on anti-depressant drugs, has gone beserk during some staff meetings, the criticism is getting to him, and his narcissism is in overdrive.

    It is rankest hearsay, so take it for what it is worth.

    But if this is true, if November is a massacre, if he is blamed, and if he is forced to deal with republican investigations then it will not be long before the clothiers of Saville Row are fitting him out for a custom designed bespoke straight jacket and a long vacation will be prescribed.

    Woodrow Wilson went off the deep end during his presidency, the disability was kept secret and his wife ended up running the country. To my knowledge she never saw the Costa de Sol, or hobnobbed with the King of Spain, but can you imagine . . .

    Time will tell whether or not this is true. With the recent announcement by a young jurnolister at Daily Beast that Obama is a lock on 2012, I begin to believe it probably true. Or maybe he meant the lock on the door of the padded cell–I did not bother to read the article.

  104. Glad you are back Moon.

    Since we are condemned to live in interesting times, it is only right that we should make the most of it.

  105. HR 3808 – What a dirty thing. I called Amy Klobuchar this morning to ask how she had voted on this bill. And I didn’t even know all the sneaky stuff I just learned from turndownobama (October 8th, 2010 at 4:40 pm).

    A whole bill that lets banks who lost documentation during their feeding frenzt fake it and throw American out of their homes.

    And no finger prints. No one voted for it and Obama didn’t sign it, yet American families will be put out in the street and banks will profit.

    Amy Klobuchar’s staff told me it was passed by unanimous consent.

    So she voted yes, I said.

    It was passed by unanimous consent, they said again.

    Did she object, I asked. Well no, they said.

    Then she voted for it. Well if you look at it that way, I guess so, they said.

    Gosh I can’t tell you how much I wish her term was up this fall instead of 2012. That will be the only ray of sunshine if things aren’t cleaned up for Hillary to run in 2012, Klobuchar won’t be able to hang on to her coat tails.

  106. (via Althouse) “According to Bob Woodward, National Security Adviser Jim Jones called Emanuel and his fellow political aides ‘the water bugs.'”
    Writes William Kristol:

    “They flit around,” Jones said. “Rahm gets an idea at 10 a.m. and wants a briefing by 4 p.m., and I will say no,” because the work can’t be done that quickly. According to Woodward, Jones believed “the water bugs did not understand war or foreign relations .  .  . and were too interested in measuring the short-term political impact of the president’s decisions in these areas.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/chief-water-bug-departs
    and Jones is leaving too.

  107. So what did i miss, i’ve been out of the loop for 12 days, i do see however that the Dems poll prospects have gotten worse it would seem.

  108. Oh Wbboei, Northern Ireland was wonderful, we had such a great time, London i can pass on these days but i do love Ireland.

  109. NOW is officially a ‘Whore organization”
    *******************

    PolitiCal
    ON POLITICS IN THE GOLDEN STATE

    Jerry Brown announces NOW endorsement one day after Meg Whitman slur
    October 8, 2010 | 2:05 pm
    Jerry Brown announced he has received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women, less than 24 hours after the emergence of a recorded message in which Brown can be heard in a conversation with advisors in which someone calls Whitman a “whore.” Coincidence? You be the judge.

    Whitman’s campaign pounced after the audio was made public, sending out a release Thursday night from spokeswoman Sarah Pompei calling the use of the term “an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California. This is an appalling and unforgivable smear against Meg Whitman. At the very least Mr. Brown tacitly approved this despicable slur and he himself may have used the term at least once on this recording.”

    As if on cue, Brown’s campaign Friday released the endorsement from NOW championing Brown’s record on women’s rights. “As Governor, Mayor, and Attorney General, Jerry Brown has promoted and defended women’s rights,” said California NOW President Patty Bellasalma.

    “Jerry stands for fairness and equality and never ever backs down. We have every confidence that he will do the same as California’s next governor.”

    “Meg Whitman is a pro-choice woman who was ranked among the world’s most accomplished women in business,” said Whitman campaign manager Jillian Hasner. “She’s now running to become the first woman governor in California’s history, and on the same day that it’s reported Jerry Brown’s campaign called her a ‘whore,’ the National Organization [for] Women endorses him. It’s official: NOW is a partisan organization.”

    “It’s not surprising they would manufacture some excuse about why they didn’t get NOW’s endorsement” said Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford.

    Clifford dismissed suggestions there was any connection between the timing of the endorsement and the audio tape saying, “there’s mo endorsement process that can be done in a day. ”

    –Anthony York in Sacramento

  110. wbboei
    October 8th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    The story leaking out of the White House is that Obama is on anti-depressant drugs
    **************************

    Anti-depressant or anti-psychotic?

  111. admin
    October 8th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Yes, Admin, Plouffe is using the well worn technique of saying the b.s. out loud hoping it will magically become true. Not so fast, I think.

    High unemployment and the truth about this disastrous health care plan has an odd way of waking up even the hopium-addled.

  112. really sobering news. My prayers go with him. sounds like it could be MS or worse.
    *********************

    GLENN BECK REVEALS HE’LL UNDERGO MEDICAL TESTS FOR COMBINATION OF CONDITIONS
    Posted on October 8, 2010 at 10:59am by Scott Baker

    This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck discussed in more detail some of the physical challenges he’s been facing. Glenn told his audience that he will be taking several days off next week to undergo tests at a hospital “out west.”

    On recent broadcasts he’s discussed that he has been having problems with feeling in his hands and feet. Today he explained that “small fiber” issues may be involved but that testing will provide more understanding. “We don’t even know what all of the symptoms are at this point,“ he explained adding that he believes ”physical, mental and spiritual are all tied.“ By ”small fibers,” he was referring to the possibility of a small fiber neuropathy diagnosis. But that is just one possibility among many things that will be considered.

    Glenn also said the listeners may have noticed a change in how he sounds on the air. He said he’s been having problems with his vocal cords and that doctors will also be examining this problem.

    Glenn talked at length about how the bond he has with his radio audience has been built on a foundation of disclosure and that he felt it was important for him to share as much information as he could, “So that you will understand my mindset.”

  113. confloyd
    October 8th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Lying to the people…about the TransTexasCorridor…he is a Bushite…I hate his hair,nah,LOL! I look at him and I see GWB!
    ————
    Hair as nice as Blago? Photo link please.

  114. You know, Admin, I never direct a comment to you because I feel that I am commenting to dead air as you do not reveal who you are. However, I do feel that you know exactly what is going on and always get it right. This is the blog I have been going to since May 31, 2008 when I really want to know what is going on. You do justice with your blog and I really admire the people who post here. I feel I can depend on anything I read here. I just think it is time I came clean. Keep up the good work, everyone.

  115. Shut up Hannity. You are so one sided and making up crap. I don’t know how much longer I can listen to you.
    Come Nov 3rd, it will get more difficult to listen to him!

  116. ‘Peace’ malpractice
    O sways talks to shift US elex

    President Obama is prom ising the moon to Israelis and Palestinians — simply to keep peace talks going through Election Day. Few Middle East watchers on either side of the Atlantic can remember such naked enslavement of foreign policy to partisan concerns.

    Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is reportedly inclined to accept as early as this week an enticing US incentive package. All Obama is asking in return (begging might be a better word) is that Bibi extend by 60 days his now lapsed 10-month West Bank no-build order.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, is holding out for more. The generous package Obama offered him last week isn’t enough to keep him at the table — he’s refusing to negotiate with Israel if it authorizes construction in any West Bank Jewish settlement.

    What favors is the president offering? For Bibi, it’s new military hardware, plus serious diplomatic commitments — US recognition of Israel’s needs in preventing the smuggling of arms into the West Bank; a promise that in any peace deal America would support a long transition period in which Israel’s army can maintain a presence in the strategic Jordan Valley — plus a promise to veto any proposed anti-Israeli UN Security Council resolution during the year-long negotiations.

    Yes, these are mostly US policy already — but Obama has offered to put them in writing. (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s David Makovsky first broke that news — and as the co-author of a book on Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking with White House Mideast guru Dennis Ross, he’s a most credible source.) That locks the US into positions that Obama might well have preferred to drop as talks progress.

    The offer to Abbas included (again, in writing) US acceptance that the border of the future Palestinian state should be based largely on the 1949 armistice lines — ignoring the new reality in the land Israel took in the defensive war of 1967, where there are now large Jewish settlement blocs.

    These are huge American commitments to undertake simply to keep talks going another 60 days. Why?

    “It has more to do with America than the Middle East,” a senior Arab ambassador at the United Nations told me last week — it’s about extending the talks until the US midterm elections are over. That assessment is echoed in Arab and Israeli parlor talk and press analyses, and US foreign-policy wonks — even some policymakers — quietly acknowledge it.

    The White House needs the votes of Israel-supporting Democrats who’ve been uncomfortable with (and sometimes outraged by) the president’s awkward Mideast moves.

    Plus, the nascent Israeli-Palestinian talks, trumpeted by Obama last month (as we entered the election season’s final stretch), are the president’s most obvious foreign-policy achievement, given that the Iraq withdrawal was in the cards before he took office. An election-eve collapse of the talks would be a disaster for Democrats.

    To be fair, Obama isn’t the first president to make such commitments in writing. In April 2004, President George W. Bush wrote Ariel Sharon, then Israeli prime minister, offering US support for some settlement blocs beyond the 1949 lines: “It is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final-status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”

    But the Bush letter was meant to help Sharon sell his plan (enacted a year later) to remove all Israeli soldiers and settlers from the Gaza Strip — ushering a (short-lived) new regional reality that revived hopes for comprehensive peace.

    Obama has disavowed Bush’s policy; now he’s offering to reverse it in writing — but not as incentive for a Gaza-like strategic shift, but for a short-term tactical gain. Which raises the question: Does he even have a strategic goal? Privately, few in the region believe, as Obama declares, that a Palestinian state can be launched within a year.

    US presidents have long offered incentives in formal letters in return for strategic concessions; it’s a legitimate foreign-policy tool. But used merely to avert a domestic political disaster, they’re nothing short of diplomatic malpractice.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/peace_malpractice_GvRgL66iepto7St9wzT9uO#ixzz11lIy5tPm

  117. Greta just had on O’Donnell and she said she admired Hillary Clinton, actually,that she admired her the most of any DEM and went on to say some nice things about Hillary.

    Rise Hillary rise….

    also Greta is about to run the Crist video I posted earlier…the WORST pitch EVER

  118. gonzo,

    I didn’t think I could despise obama more than I already do. His offer to Abbas is disgusting.

    And now we are getting the twit and his meme together on the campaign trail. I think they are going Hollywood style again mixed with lots of begging.

    sigh…they’ve lost that loving feeling…

  119. gonzo,

    I didn’t think I could despise obama more than I already do. His offer to Abbas is disgusting.

    And now we are getting the twit and his meme together on the campaign trail. I think they are going Hollywood style again mixed with lots of begging.

    sigh…they’ve lost that loving feeling…

  120. David Piffle: Unless The GOP Literally Wins Every House and Senate Seat and Governorship and Lesser Office In Play, It’s a “Colossal Failure” (And I’m Not Exaggerating, Piffle Said That)
    —Ace

    No, really. Piffle, or, I guess, correctly spelled, Poofle, said that.

    So, um, here’s the bar for our “success.” If we don’t make it, it’s a “colossal failure” and Obama is vindicated.

    Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.
    “By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”

    Anyone ever sort of notice that maybe liberals and the media really sort of put the bar for the success of Retard King Obama pretty damn low?

    Apparently he’ll now shock the world as the New Comeback Kid of a single Republican loses.

    You know what, David Piffle? I can live with the sort of colossal failure you’re offering me.

  121. THE FRAUD IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED THE FRAUD IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED THE FRAUD IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED THE FRAUD IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED…or something like that…

  122. confloyd
    October 9th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I WAS JUST ABOUT TO POST THAT SAME LINK!!!! I must be getting smarter if I’m seeing the same things you are con!! 😛

  123. Democratic Pollster: GOP Poised to Seize House and Senate
    Friday, 08 Oct 2010 06:43 PM Article Font Size
    By: David A. Patten

    Republicans are on the brink of pulling off a landslide “of potentially epic proportions” that would bring them control of both Houses of Congress and a majority of governorships, Democratic pollster and Fox News commentator Douglas Schoen says.

    In an exclusive Newsmax interview, Schoen says he now sees several indications that matters are going from bad to worse for Democrats in this election cycle.

    He points to a RealClearPolitics.com analysis that now shows Republicans picking up a net gain of nine seats in the Senate, which would deadlock the upper chamber 50 to 50. And polls show several other GOP candidates, including Carly Fiorina in California and Dino Rossi in Washington state, remain within striking distance, he says.

    Schoen, a pollster for former President Bill Clinton, is co-author of the new book “Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System.”

    “We’re moving in the direction of the Republicans potentially picking up 10 or 11 seats,” Schoen says. “More likely it will be nine to 10, which is enough to either deadlock the Senate or give them control.

    “You tie that in with a House that most people, myself included, concede is going to be 45 to 50 seats at the very least, if not more, and a generic vote that is now plus 7 or 8 percent for Republicans, combined with the Gallup turnout model predicting anywhere from 13 to 18 percent for the Republicans, you’re looking at the potential for the Republicans to win both houses of Congress and holding 30 or more governors’ seats. We’re looking at a landslide of potentially epic proportions,” Schoen says.

    Asked if he believes the GOP wave will surpass that of 1994, when Republicans scored a net gain of 54 seats in the House and eight in the Senate, Schoen replied: “We’re looking at gains that are comparable to, and possibly in excess of, what we saw in ’94.”

    As a Democrat, Schoen hastens to add that he’s not at all happy about the impending political tsunami that he predicts.

    “I’d rather the Democrats win than lose, but you know what, these are the facts,” he tells Newsmax. “This is not bashing the Democratic Party, this is just owning up to reality.”

    Schoen says President Obama’s continued insistence that the economy is on the mend isn’t helping Democrats either.

    “With unemployment staying at 9.6 percent, and the economy shedding 95,000 jobs, and Gallup’s own projection Thursday night being higher at 10.1 percent unemployment, the president is saying the trend line in private sector jobs is moving in the right direction,” says Schoen. “I think that just about sums it up.”

    Schoen says voters now appear to be as angry as he has ever seen them.

    “There’s a sense the country is heading in the wrong direction,” says the Democratic pollster. “Voters are deeply worried about the economy and how President Obama has handled it. He continues to be far more optimistic than by all rights he should be.”

    Schoen’s book, “Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System,” reveals how the energy that grass-roots conservatives are bringing into the political arena is altering the political ground rules.

    “The enthusiasm is with the tea parties, it’s not with the mainstream Democratic or Republican organizations,” he says. “That to me is the bottom line.”

    He adds: “I say this as a mainstream, moderate, middle-of-the road Democrat. But as you look at this election, you would not have anywhere near the swing toward the Republicans, and away from the Democrats, if it were not for grassroots conservatives and the tea party movement. That’s a statistical fact that, in my judgment, is clear and unambiguous.”

  124. TheRock, Oh I’m just a red neck from Texas, not smart at all.

    I thought that was freaking interesting…I think Obama and his minions planted that story, so folks wouldn’t vote for the tea party candidate. What do you think…either side is corrupt…so who knows.

  125. Just listened to O’Donnell on Greta…she can actually answer questions without haaa, hmmmm, ha! Her answers were concise and her favority democrat is Hillary…well that’d get my vote!

  126. I just had a scary thought…MO won the most powerful woman award…Woodward says Mo runs the WH…people are now saying Obama is wacko…OMG, could they be thinking of letting MO finish his term??? Surely not!

  127. confloyd
    October 9th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Two points for me as we share the same state (what will put a bun in your bonnet is that I am a die hard braves fan. Go figure :))

    I’m not sure it matters WHO planted the story so much as the fact that Dems are acting like the people they scorn for being so dirty. Its as though the Dems are the Rethugs and the rethugs are waiting to reassume the mantle of leadership.

    Did you see the piece by Cafferty about Hillary? I really want that man to get a bad case of the crabs for how he talked about her during the campaign. Now he is asking the country if she ran, how many would support her. What follows here is the true definition of that man.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2012

  128. ” …it should be considered a colossal failure.”

    Poof can consider it whatever he needs to. Judging by how much trouble Repubs gave the Dem supermajorities, any Republican headway means less votes for Pelosi, even if God forbid she’s still Speaker. That’d mean big trouble for the Obama agenda.

  129. ROck, Yeah, that how I feel about Cafferty too…I never watch that station or Messnbc, but I’ve heard on FB that Lady Rothchild came to speak to Tweety….the crux of the interview was that she thought we’d NEVER see a President Hillary Clinton.

    This is not good news for me…something tells me Obama has either got something on the Clinton family or he’s threaten a member of her family. Lady Rothchild and Hillary are such good friends I can’t imagine why she’d lie about something like that.

    The way Obama is screwing Palin, I am not sure she could win! She has both sides against her just like Hillary did!

  130. I just keep thinking about Hillary saying she is too busy to answer this questions and there’s not much time left to get these things she working on done…what does that mean??

    Bill saying Hillary wants to be a grannie more than she wants to be Potus.

    Something is just not right…it hasn’t been since her speech to stop her campaign. Obama can not be trusted!

  131. confloyd
    October 9th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    For one of the few times I’m on here, I’m going to disagree with that. I think that Obumbles has blown his load in terms of the Clintons. He can’t paint them as racist or bad anymore seeing how much he leans on them to run the country. Also, its another two years before the political landscape for the presidency fully rears its head. In that time, SO many things can happen. My best guess is that Obumbles poll numbers will continue to tank, and in light of the job he will have done (I have zero faith in him doing anything good for the country), not to mention the fact that he doesnt like the actual JOB of being president, an avenue for Hillary to rise can appear. I believe in my heart of hearts that Big Dawg sees that as well and is trying to position her (through nothing short of hard work) as the best person to fix this new mess Obumbles has created.

  132. gonzotx
    October 8th, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    wbboei
    October 8th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    The story leaking out of the White House is that Obama is on anti-depressant drugs
    **************************

    Anti-depressant or anti-psychotic?

    —————————–
    I was told it was anti depressant pills, but as you suggest it may well be anti psychotic like prozac for whatever ails him. (Let us hope that whatever does ail him, it is nothing trivial).

    That said, it must be devastating for a narcissist like him to be roundly criticized for destroying his party. It must be painful to hear the nickname Custer bandied about at the water cooler as we approach the fateful month of November. It must be terrifying to run out of Just For Men hair dye to cover up the white hairs forming atop his giant brain.

    Hercules was known for his ability to bend an iron bar into whatever shape he wanted. Not to be outdone, Barack has taken to bending cost curves. His motto was this will save money, his subsequent modes was we knew this will cost more and still big media applauds, like trained seals.

    Meanwhile Plouffe (Poop to his friends) openly declares that if the Republicans do not run the table in November, if all they get is both houses of Congress, then they will have failed and it will be a democratic victory. Barack is not the only one who needs prozac for what ails him.

  133. Moe is a former Democrat, who has his own anti-dimocrat blog and cross posts at Erickson’s site Red State blog. This item concerns Davey Plouffe. It mentions his role in rewriting party rules to guarantee Obama is the candidate and his rather delusional answer to the question actor John Houseman famously asked on behalf of Dean Whitter: How Do You Measure Success?

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Friday, October 8th at 10:00PM EDT

    Plouffe took some time away from his current job – which is to say, rewriting the Democratic party’s rules so as to eliminate any chance of a successful primary challenge to the President in 2012 – to graciously define the Republican party’s November victory conditions for it. Apparently, according to Davy if we’re not “winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race” on Election Day then we’ve failed.

    Which is an entertaining little argument, and quite clever (for a Democratic strategist), for two reasons. The first is that it’s essentially unfalsifiable: all a Democrat has to do is declare that a particular governor’s race is ‘major’ and hey presto! – the GOP has failed.

    The second reason that this is almost-clever is that while most people can see through that trap, not as many might challenge the underlying assumption that there can be a quantifiable definition of ‘victory’ at all. Which is blatantly untrue: you see, you can win any number of seats and still not impose your political will on the civic landscape (something that the antiwar movement learned in 2007*). Put another way: to quote SM Stirling, you win battles not by killing the enemy, but by breaking their hearts and making them run.

    Which we are already doing to the Democrats in Congress. That is what victory looks like.

    Davy.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  134. Plouffe live on Fantasy Island with Ricardo Montalban and Tattoo. Since no one has actually seen a picture of Plouffe, and he casts no reflection in a mirror, some have suggested that he is Tattoo. Increasingly, what he says and what he does manifests an inability to deal with reality. Strategists should be made of sterner stuff.

  135. Matt Barreto is an assistant professor at the University of Washington and the kind of pollster who bends the polling curve to always favor Obama. He is Hispanic, and constantly tries to gin up poll numbers which exaggerate Obama’s support within that demographic. It gets tedious watching him confirm the old adage that figures do not lie but liars figure.

  136. Connie, I would not take anything that is said right now too literally. Instead, I would study the entire res gestae and make my assessments based on that. Obama is sinking and big media knows it. Big media is joined to the hip with him, ergo they are sinking too. They want Hillary to save him, or in the alternative they want Hillary to challenge him. Either way it helps them get off the hook and change the subject. Hillary does not want to be forced into either position, i.e. salvaging him, or running against him and splitting the party. There is no percentage either option. Thus it is in her interests to refuse this media induced call to arms, disclaim any interest in either scenario, and have her surrogates proclaim she will not be president, wants to be a gand mother. Such declarations could form the basis for an exit strategy, what’s more they expand her options beyond the aforementioned two. But what was said above is quite true. She cannot run again until the bad guys have been exposed and dealt with. That could mean she will never be President, but we do not know that now.

  137. First line of current post: It was June 15, 2007. The article we wrote that day received no comments.
    Experiencing what we have seen since, a post with no comments is difficult to fathom. 🙂

    Currently at FoxNews (don’t want to overload with links)
    Chamber to Hit Dems at Ground Level
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will use much of its remaining political war chest to get Republican voters to the polls, a source tells Power Play. President Obama and his team went on the attack against the Chamber Thursday just as a barrage of new Chamber ads were hitting the airwaves. The president, his fellow Democrats and allied liberal groups turned up the heat on the U.S. Chamber, claiming that because the business group accepts dues from foreign companies, they were allowing foreigners to influence U.S. elections.
    Fast forward to this moment….

    Funny that BO should mention foreign donations as his own campaign website had a page devoted to a Nigerian Event to benefit him. The text of the page was as follow:
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden | The Change We Need | Event
    NIGERIA FOR OBAMA (Fundraising)
    We are gathering up to 4,000 people together for a fund raising to support OBAMA 08. The funds raised will be sent to the OBAMA campaign office as our own way of showing support for OBAMA since we are not eligible to vote as we are Nigerians based in Nigeria and not in America.
    Inserted from

    That link no longer works (heh heh) but I do have a screen capture. Should anyone want a copy I can be reached at a gmail account called prowlgrandma which currently lies dormant (so I might need to be prodded to check there).

  138. The link, which did not copy is pa dot barackobama dot com then page event detail 4gbpm all separated by slashes. Sorry for the technical difficulty in this mattter.

  139. When it comes to naming the destroyers of the Democratic Party, I don’t think obama should stand alone in this condemnation. Yes he is as narcisstic as they come, but let us not forget Dean, Pelosi, Ploufe et all.

    If I may twist a Hillary saying for a moment, let us not forget that it takes a village to achieve this level of corruption.

  140. Nobel Peace Prize reaction: China’s angry, the U.S. is subdued

    Within hours of the announcement of a Nobel Peace Prize for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese government reacted as if reading from a script. As expected – and as was appropriate, given that Liu is an advocate of the free press – it erased news of the prize from Chinese Web sites, removed Liu’s name from Twitter services, and jammed a CNN broadcast from Oslo. It also issued a fairly standard string of denunciations. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry described Liu as a “convicted criminal sentenced to jail by Chinese justice authorities for violation of Chinese law.” By giving him the prize, the committee had “totally gone against the purpose of the award” and “committed blasphemy against the peace prize.”

    He didn’t finish there. “Recently, China and Norway have had good relations,” he declared ominously. No longer.

    To which there is only one possible reaction: Who cares about Chinese-Norwegian relations? Certainly not the Norwegians, whose enviably high living standards derive from their small numbers and their offshore gas supplies, not from their trade with China. It’s true that the Norwegian government is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with China, but it isn’t of earth-shattering significance: All told, Norway’s trade with China (2 percent of exports, 7 percent of imports) is a small fraction of its trade with the European Union, and the balance is entirely in China’s favor.

    And that, of course, is precisely the point. When he created this prize, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish dynamite millionaire, decreed that the selection committee should consist solely of five Norwegians. His reasoning: Norway is outside the European mainstream, and Norwegians are therefore less likely to be corrupt. As I pointed out last year – when the Nobel peace prize inexplicably went to the then-new President Barack Obama – Norwegians, being outside the European mainstream, are also more likely to be eccentric. In this case, their eccentricity is demonstrated by the fact that they genuinely could not care less about the reaction of the Chinese government.

    In the modern world, there aren’t that many nations in a position to be so cavalier. The British and the French did cautiously applaud the prize. Both of their foreign ministry spokesmen declared right away that they had called for Liu’s release in the past. But the European Union was more careful: Its commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, made a general statement in support of “all those around the world who, sometimes with great personal sacrifice, are struggling for freedom and human rights.”

    The U.S. government, meanwhile, was worryingly silent: The State Department did not issue an immediate statement of congratulation following the announcement, even though it managed one marking the 40th anniversary of the independence of Fiji and despite the fact that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Liu’s release at a democracy conference last summer.

    More to the point, the entire morning went by before last year’s winner congratulated his successor. As of noon, east coast time, not a word had been said: Presumably, everybody was sweating over the wording of a statement. Finally one appeared. It was straightforward enough: The president described Liu as “an eloquent and courageous spokesmen for the advance of universal values,” called on the Chinese government to release Liu “as soon as possible,” and made a nod to the “dramatic progress in economic reform in China” just in case there were any hurt feelings.

    He declined to elaborate a few minutes later when he met with media in the Rose Garden to say an official farewell to Jim Jones. But then, we are not Norway.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/10/nobel_peace_prize_reaction_chi.html

  141. Set dissident free: Clinton October 10, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged China to release immediately this year’s Nobel peace prize winner, activist Liu Xiaobo.

    Ms Clinton hailed the awarding of the prize on Friday to Liu, who “has been a consistent advocate for fundamental freedoms and human rights for his fellow citizens and for peaceful political reform”.

    “While China has made tremendous economic progress in the last three decades, political reform has lagged behind,” she said.

    “We urge China to uphold its international human rights obligations and to respect the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all Chinese citizens. We reiterate our call for Liu Xiaobo’s immediate release from prison.”

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/set-dissident-free-clinton-20101009-16d49.html

  142. Larry at No Quarter said this about Jones departure.

    Barack’s team may not have been the most talented to inhabit the Old Executive Office Building, but it did have some experience. Jones departure is just one more sign of an Administration collapsing in on itself.

    He has lost 75% of his economic team. His Chief of Staff is toast. His National Security Advisor? History. By January we will be saying ciao to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

    I cannot recall a single President in the last 80 years who has lost so many top staffers in such a short period of time. Worst of all, Barack is not replacing them with more experienced, more cosmopolitan folks. Nope. His new Chief of Staff has even less experience at the White House than Rambo Rahm. His new National Security Advisor, Donilon? A fucking political hack. He’s good at politicking but really thin on the critical issue of marshaling the various bureaucracies to pull in the same direction. In some respects it appears that Joe Biden has launched a coup against Obama. Why? Donilon’s brother:

    is Michael C. Donilon, a counselor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden. His wife, Cathy Russell, is Jill Biden’s chief of staff.

    Barack Obama does not know that he does not know. It is one thing for him to preside over the immolation of his own political legacy. It is another for putting this nation at risk. That’s exactly what happened today

  143. Has the dnc or the RNC for that matter ever faced a class action suit? Not an attorney but if I remember correctly an intentional tort is all about duty, BREACH of duty, causation and damages. Almost 19 million votes intentionally disregarded. Seems to me each person who registered with the dim party did so with an understanding and in ignoring those wishes there was a breach. The dnc is not a government institution and so thus can be sued.
    Am I wrong?

  144. I would hope that Gates departure, and likely replacement with some political hack will be the catalyst for Hillary to abandon this sinking ship. The other factor is Woodward’s confirmation that Obama does not listen to her.

    To remain on board carries untenable risks for her and the country. But you have to pull back from the details and look around at what is happening to this nation under his benighted presidency. That is hard to do when you are running around the world accepting awards and chasing the Holy Grail trying to forge a deal–any deal in the middle east.

    There is only one scenario where it makes sense for her to remain while others jump ship. If the word leaking out of the White House is true, namely that Obama is not mentally stable at this point, then it is important that she stay as close to the center of power as possible. In that case someone would need to guide the ship of state safely to port.

  145. wbboei, Didn’t we have a sick President years ago and the wife ran the country? Of coarse now there’s the internet and leaks and everything else so I don’t think it would be achieveable to cover for a sick President again. The last one of coarse was Reagan…I don’t remember when that speech he gave was that showed the world he had something wrong…who ran the country for Reagan?? My mom always said all Reagan did was give speeches the money men ran the country.
    That is probably what is happening now, but now we have the internet and I think they are having trouble getting it done.

  146. Sure looks like nepotism to me with Donilon’s running everything in the VP’s house and now his National Security Advisor to the President. I also saw Jill standing behind Obama the other day while giving a speech…what the hell is going on???

  147. HRC pharase or variations of it I hear all the time. As I remember she said it takes a village to raise a child.

    Speeches and phrases are historic not when you say they are, but when people keep quoting them.

    HRC really gave us a phrases that lives even today. As I remember they made fun of it. Now, when used, they don’t

    History is the true determination of what is historic, not the Media.

    Anyone remember anything from O’s speeches???

  148. Reagan showed mental deficiency in a debate before his re-election. He obviously forgot the quesiton and just rambled till the moderator cut him off.

    It worked better with Reagan because he was a professional actor. He could follow directions and play his part withoout delusions of grandeur.

  149. If the word leaking out of the White House is true, namely that Obama is not mentally stable at this point, then it is important that she stay as close to the center of power as possible. In that case someone would need to guide the ship of state safely to port.

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

    That applies regardless of why Obama is doing such a bad job.

    Actually, serious mental instablility on Obama’s part would be a reason for her to take VP.

  150. turndown, His re-election…OMG! So Reagan went another 4 years in that state and yet the rethugs hail him as the greatest President since Washington??? Whoever was doing the job was the real Potus…who was that??? Anyone know?? Where was Newt when Reagan was Potus??

  151. You guys history says the wife of Potus and the VP covers for the sick Potus, they don’t throw them out as LaRouche and others are calling for. LaRouche says there is a provision in an admendment that will allow Biden to take over.

  152. confloyd, Oh yah, his kindergarden sayings.

    We were and are brain washed about Reagan. If they just keep saying it, it must be true.

    It is like on those home buyers shows. Americans are brainwashed to have stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, and a gas stove. I often wonder how much they get paid to do that. Oh I forgot to have curtains or drapes also. Surly the industry has promoted this stuff. It is like subliminal indoctrination.

  153. wbboei, Didn’t we have a sick President years ago and the wife ran the country?
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    Warren Harding, Woodie Wilson, others perhaps.

    Lincoln had fits of depression. I have read accounts which purported to reflect a medical diagnosis, that he was kicked in the head by a horse at some point in his youth, and never fully recovered. Those accounts also indicated that he had syphillus, which in the tertiary stage produces a condition called paraesis which goes directly to the brain. In fact, this Al Capone suffered from this condition. Far be it from me to make direct allegations against a national monument like Lincoln. I cannot say whether he was a great president or not. I can say however that by my reading of history he was almost as consequential to the survival of this nation as our greatest president George Washington was and what strikes me about Washington was not so much his intellect, or his military prowess, but his character, his courage and his stamina in the face of impossible odds. He has one knife in his belly, the other in his back and what he achieved was in his own words almost a miracle.

  154. It is like on those home buyers shows. Americans are brainwashed to have stainless steel appliances, wood flooring, and a gas stove. I often wonder how much they get paid to do that. Oh I forgot to have curtains or drapes also. Surly the industry has promoted this stuff. It is like subliminal indoctrination.
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    How could anyone ever lead a satisfactory life without those? It is unthinkable.

  155. NewMexicoFan
    What I always find funny is that people will be spending a million plus on a home and they make it an issue to talk about the “stainless steel” appliances and if they are included. Seven figures and they are nitpicking about a refrig?

  156. turndown, His re-election…OMG! So Reagan went another 4 years in that state and yet the rethugs hail him as the greatest President since Washington??? Whoever was doing the job was the real Potus…who was that??? Anyone know?? Where was Newt when Reagan was Potus??
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    No risk of that here. This guy is anti white and anti middle class racist. He is presiding over a failing economy and inhibiting the natural forces of recovery by his insane policies. And he is an international joke pushed around by our enemies and distrusted by our friends.

    It is rather difficult to construct an endurable myth around those hard facts. Even if you are a pathological liar like big media.

  157. What I can’t get over is that Biden and his wife have the brother of Obama’s National Security Advisor working for them…are they in keeping with Obama and keeping a very close network of advisors??

    Well if it works and keeps leaks from coming out I guess its good.

  158. Do you all remember when Biden was selected…Obama’s first question to Biden was ” Joe how come you don’t have any money with all your time in Washington???” We at the time thought that it was because Obama was saying Joe wasn’t corrupt…now I personally think Obama thought he could buy Joe off, especially since that is WHAT Obama does???right???

  159. Wbboei,
    Does it look like to you that this guy has the credentials to be National Security Advisor to the President??
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    No. There is nothing in his background which would lead you to believe that he has the skill set to deal with complex national security issues. Larry at No Quarter calls him a fucking political hack. I do not disagree. Once again, Obama has put crass politics ahead of the security of this country, consistent with his stated view that we can survive another terrorist attack. From my perspective, it would be far better if we could prevent such an attack. But in order to do that, we look beyond political advantage and place qualified people in mission critical jobs, and it is clear to me that this guy ain’t it.

  160. wbboei, your right Obama is screwing these things up all by himself!
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    There are certain natural laws which define the universe. Newton identified some of them, and Einstein identified others. Ther are also natural laws of organizational behavior. The first law is this: whether by omission or commission failure starts at the top. That is the ultimate issue here. The sooner the nation comes to terms with it the better. It is no longer a question of what the alternative is, but that there be an alternative. In that case, we will take our chances. Normally, I say the devil you know is better than the devil you get. For a million reasons, this is the exception.

  161. Why I am a black Tea Party patriot opposed to Barack Obama
    I’ve seen lives ruined by the welfare dependency backed by this Democratic president. We need the dignity of self-reliance
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    Comments (642)
    Obama was marketed as a “new” kind of politician.

    Hogwash! Black America has suffered the devastating consequences of numerous Obamas, mostly whites ones, for many years.

    Here is my personal story.

    A urine smell permeated the stairwell. In the darkness due to smashed light bulbs, the sound of broken wine bottles underfoot echoed off the concrete walls. I was nine years old. With the elevators out of service half the time due to vandalism, I was forced many times to take the scary trek into the shadow of death up the stairwell to our sixth-floor apartment in the projects of east Baltimore.

    This was a far cry from the brand spanking new building we had moved into just two years earlier. I remember our excitement when my parents, three younger siblings and I moved in our apartment. It was a dream come true – moving from our leaky-roofed ghetto into a place where everything, including the appliances, were new.

    We were one of the first in the 11-story, all black residents building. While a few people kept their apartments lovely, most seemed committed to destroying the building.

    Lloyd Marcus as a child growing up in Baltimore
    All I kept hearing was that everything was the “white man’s fault”. Even at the age of nine, I sarcastically thought to myself, “how can we stop these evil white people from sneaking in here at night peeing in the stairwell, leaving broken wine bottles, smashing the light bulbs and attacking people?”

    So, my early experience living in the government project taught me that some folks simply have a ghetto mindset. I also witnessed the trap of government welfare. And why were so many around me angry and violent – despite getting free housing, food and healthcare?

    It was the late 50s when my dad was one of the first blacks to break the colour barrier into the Baltimore fire department. The sight of him in his crisp blue firefighter’s uniform made everyone proud, though none more than me. With dad’s new job, the government raised our rent to $72 per month. I remember my dad saying, “Seventy-two dollars! They must be crazy. We’re movin’!”

    We moved to a suburban black community. I truly believe I would not be who I am today had we stayed in the projects.

    Several of my cousins stayed enslaved to the system and the bigotry of low expectations. Because true self-esteem comes from personal achievement, they possessed very little. They lived angry and bitter lives, consumed with serial impregnating, out-of-wedlock births and substance abuse. An outrageously high number died prematurely.

    So, when I hear politicians, such as Barack Obama, pandering to the so-called poor of America, it turns my stomach. I’ve witnessed the deterioration of the human spirit, wasted lives and suffering that happens when government becomes “daddy”.

    • Lloyd Marcus, who is riding with the Tea Party Express, will be blogging the midterms election campaign

  162. It was the late 50s when my dad was one of the first blacks to break the colour barrier into the Baltimore fire department. The sight of him in his crisp blue firefighter’s uniform made everyone proud, though none more than me. With dad’s new job, the government raised our rent to $72 per month. I remember my dad saying, “Seventy-two dollars! They must be crazy. We’re movin’!”

    We moved to a suburban black community.

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

    Well, that’s fine. But did he need any help ‘breaking the color barrier’? And getting the education or whatever to qualify for the new job?

    That was the 50s, but in the 90s Bill Clinton was still saying the best cure for welfare is a job — and ‘putting people first’ by ‘giving’ them education and childcare so they COULD get a job.

  163. To have the NOW endorsement and the whore remark come out on the same day, must have produced a sense of acute embarrassment within the mahogany paneled boardroom of the NOW organization. The timing could hardly be worse. It creates the impression that they endorse politicians who disparage women. And that is a repudiation of their charter. They have abandoned principle and become simply another inside the beltway cabal lusting for power and connections while feeding at the public trough.

  164. Well, that’s fine. But did he need any help ‘breaking the color barrier’? And getting the education or whatever to qualify for the new job?
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    You are missing the point. The son is on the front line now fighting the same forces of oppression.

  165. I went to an NA meeting with a friend on the North Shore of Pittsburgh the other night. Everyone hangs outside smoking for a half an hour or so before the thing starts. Conversation was all bambi love and how no one was giving him a chance. One guy started going on about how in NY they were going to stop letting one purchase “pop” with your stamps. Outrage. As I was there with a friend in need I had to bite my tongue and not say anything that it was the politically amorphous mayor and the Dim gov that were trying to have that passed. They got really fired up about it. I was shocked.
    I do find it laughable though that the powers that be think that forbidding sugary drinks will reduce childhood obesity.

  166. Well, that’s fine. But did he need any help ‘breaking the color barrier’? And getting the education or whatever to qualify for the new job?
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    You are missing the point. The son is on the front line now fighting the same forces of oppression.
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    Not ALL ‘government help’ is bad. Bill showed us that the right kind of government help, which gives people the skills etc to GET jobs, is good.

    Not that Obama is giving the right kind, of course. When people actually get out of the ghettos, they may stop voting for ‘community organizers’ like him.

  167. Death Panels? Yes we can! Must get rid of those useless eaters.

    However

    Sugar in pop? MO will not allow it! Could lead to childhood obesity.

    They have no sense of proportionality.

  168. wbboei – someone above quoted an article that said that MO is in charge at the White House. If that’s true, what do you think that would mean – specifically? Do you think it means she is just bossy and inserting herself into conversations, or might it mean that she is sitting in on meetings, making foreign policy decisions (send this many trooops, hire this person, etc.), making domestic decisions, making decisions about the day’s spin? I’m really interested in what you think about this. I didn’t vote for BO, but I sure as heck didn’t vote for her, either…

  169. turndownobama
    I agree not all government help is bad. I went to state schools so my education was largely subsidized by Uncle Sam. However, some of the shite written by the do gooders is way off the mark. The earned Income Credit is a classic example– abused beyond recognition. And I think a city as vibrant and huge as NY needs to work with the grocery stories and have free delivery available allowing homes to order for two weeks instead of just getting what they can carry home. Instead the morons spend hours upon hours debating and writing up proposals about how to forbid sugary drinks. Idiots.
    The grocery stores would compete for assistance food business and savings and fresh fruit/vegetables could be passed on to those that need. Asshats are just going to have more money spent on sodas in bodegas and delis that accept benifits. Welfare recipient will spend a lot more and not have money foor the dinner table.

  170. wbboie
    Narcotics Anonymous
    12 Step program like AA I guess it was initially for narcotics but crack changed that now its all drugs.

  171. If I am not mistaken the first lady has zero authority and cannot act in her husband’s proxy ever. Believe it or not when MEchelle screams tear off your sleeves you do not have to listen.

  172. After trying everything else, Halperin and the rest of the neo libs at msnbc are finally forced to acknowledge what they have tried to deny, obfuscate, distract and diminish until now, namely the plain fact that in a deep recession like this one, the issue of jobs is sine qua non. They still don’t get the rest of it however. Obama cannot carry that message either. Why not? Because he has he has jammed policies down the throats of the American People, which have caused businesses to go out of business, or to park two trillion dollars in cash on the side lines. In sum, Obama and his benighted big government policies are destructive to the dollar, to our life savings and to job creation. The have thwarted the forces of economic recovery and he cannot resuscitate them without repudiating the toxic legislation he has passed, or giving all businesses a waiver.

  173. Bill Clinton’s New Fan Club — Republicans

    Friday, 08 Oct 2010

    Republicans who once loathed former President Bill Clinton are having second thoughts about him, The New York Times reports. The GOP is seeing the good that Clinton did in reaching across the aisle and compromising with Republicans — especially after they have fought for nearly two years with the Obama administration. Top Republicans — from Orrin Hatch to Paul Ryan — are praising the former president they battled a decade ago.

    Clinton “will go down in history a better president,’’ than Barack Obama, declared Sen. Hatch, R-Utah. “I enjoy Bill Clinton,’’ said U.S. Rep. Ryan, a six-term Republican from Wisconsin. “The first two years of his first term was one thing, but the rest of his presidency was tempered with moderation, and the nation benefited.’’

    Even Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, who has criticized Clinton sharply in the past, recently bestowed “good old Bill” on the former president — while continuing his sharp attacks on the Democrat who is in the White House now.

    Meanwhile the Times’ story openly asks how Obama will “manage his legislative and political agenda should the Republicans take back the House next month.’’ But Obama may hit resistance from his own base if he tries to do what Clinton did after his own midterm 1994 defeats and move toward the middle.

    “If Obama moves to the center it may be practical but his base won’t like it,’’ said Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota.

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Bill-Clintons-New-Fan-ClubRepublicans/2010/10/08/id/373063

  174. Dems who can’t risk Obama visit welcome Clinton to campaign

    By Shane D’Aprile – 10/09/10

    Embattled Democrats are increasingly turning to former President Bill Clinton to prop up their campaigns in the final weeks before November’s midterm elections. The former president is far and away the biggest draw for the party less than a month out, hitting races in states where Democrats would rather President Obama stay away.

    With Obama’s campaign schedule featuring recent stops in solidly Democratic states like California, Delaware and Maryland, it’s Clinton who is helping Democrats trying to win over centrists and independents in states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas.

    The former president has planned stops in all three of those states next week, stumping for both House and Senate candidates. According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton is one of the most popular political figures in the country, winning approval from 55 percent of voters. That number stands in stark contrast to President Obama, whose approval ratings in some battleground states continue to fall.

    Perhaps nowhere is the popularity contrast between Clinton and Obama greater than in West Virginia, where Clinton on Monday will campaign for Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
    Manchin finds himself in an unexpectedly tight Senate race thanks in large part to a litany of attack ads tying the Democratic governor to Obama. Republican businessman John Raese leads Manchin by 6 points in the latest Rasmussen poll, which had the president’s approval rating in the state below the 40 percent mark.

    Raese has spent millions of his own money to hammer Manchin with TV ads labeling the popular governor “a rubber stamp” for Obama, and it’s working. Raese has steadily eroded what was once a double-digit Manchin lead.

    Ahead of Clinton’s visit, Manchin is doing just about all he can to separate himself from the current president. In an interview on Fox News Friday, Manchin called the president “dead wrong” when it comes to cap-and-trade and earlier in the week the state sued the EPA over new coal mining regulations.

    “President Clinton understands West Virginians and this is a great opportunity for me to continue to share my vision for West Virginia and how I will continue to stand up and fight for what is best for our state and nation,” Manchin said in a statement Friday.

    Raese’s campaign hit back at Clinton’s planned visit by pointing to an interview Manchin gave to MSNBC in which the governor said he didn’t anticipate a campaign visit from Obama because, “I’ve never had people come and campaign for me.”

    Democratic congressional candidate Mike Oliverio will also be at Monday’s Manchin-Clinton rally. Oliverio faces Republican David McKinley this fall after defeating Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) in a primary earlier this year. In a statement Friday, Oliverio praised Clinton as the president who “presided during the last time our federal budget was under control and our economy was thriving.” Oliverio’s campaign also noted that he was among the first West Virginia legislators to back Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential bid.

    Later Monday, Clinton will campaign for Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway in Kentucky — a state where Republicans have tried to make President Obama a central issue, too. Republican Rand Paul has worked to tie Conway to Obama. His latest campaign ad features an Obama impersonator who says, “I know I can count on Conway to vote for more spending and debt, bigger government and higher taxes.”

    For Conway, the former president might be the only national Democratic figure who could help given the current political dynamic there. Clinton won the state of Kentucky twice, a feat for a Democratic presidential candidate. Then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton also defeated Obama soundly in that state’s Democratic primary in 2008.

    The Paul campaign dismissed the visit from Clinton, labeling him “an out-of-state liberal” and offering to “pay for President Obama’s plane ticket” to travel to Kentucky to rally for Conway.

    Later in the week, Clinton will head to Arkansas for a joint rally with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and congressional candidate Chad Causey. Lincoln trails big in her race against Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.), but Causey’s race for the seat of retiring Rep. Marion Berry is considered a tossup.

    “He’s going to make a huge impact out here,” said Arkansas Democratic Party spokesman Joel Coon, who noted that Clinton still has a tremendously strong base of popularity in states like Arkansas with a high concentration of conservative Democrats. “I don’t think that’s a reflection on our current elected officials in Washington,” he said. “It’s just that he has his own fan base out here and it’s strong.”

    Arkansas is one state where Clinton has already made a difference this election cycle, helping Lincoln best Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D) in a tough Democratic primary. Another is Pennsylvania, where a last-minute Clinton visit for Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) helped him hold off Republican Tim Burns.

    Clinton has already campaigned for Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, but embattled House Dems like Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) are eager for the former president to make another pre-election swing through the state. Kanjorski’s website features video clips from a campaign speech Clinton gave for Kanjorski just days before the 2008 election, which the incumbent won in a squeaker. “We’d love to have fresh clips and a fresh appearance in 2010,” admits Kanjorski consultant Ed Mitchell. “But we know the former president is very busy.”

    Clinton also has campaign appearances planned for former Gov. Jerry Brown in California and Rep. Kendrick Meek in Florida’s Senate race.

    Even though President Obama isn’t likely to show up in some of the toughest 2010 battlegrounds during the campaign’s final month, he is using his fundraising prowess across the country to help fill the coffers of the national party and Democratic candidates in contested races. The president is also planning a campaign swing out West ahead of Election Day where he is expected to stump for Democrats in key Senate contests in California and Washington state.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/other-races/123507-dems-who-cant-risk-obama-visit-welcome-clinton-to-campaign

  175. Narcotics Anonymous. 12 Step program like AA I guess it was initially for narcotics but crack changed that now its all drugs.
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    Do users of anti depressant drugs qualify for admission? I am thinking of course of Barack. Somebody needs to talk some sense into him. Maybe they can. Of course, it would be well nigh impossible for him to be anonymous–given his inflamed ego.

  176. Perhaps nowhere is the popularity contrast between Clinton and Obama greater than in West Virginia, where Clinton on Monday will campaign for Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
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    Very bad move Bill.

  177. I just found this little tidbit in a Yahoo! news story about fatwas in Saudi Arabia.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101009/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_saudi_too_many_fatwas

    Saudi political analyst Turk al-Hamed says limiting fatwa rights to the official panel isn’t enough. “The state must intervene. The religious establishment enjoys complete freedom. This is not acceptable,” al-Hamad said in an interview.

    He noted the council clerics’ rulings on jihad, some of which are vague enough to be interpreted on pro-al-Qaida websites as approval of violence in the cause of Islam.

    “If you endorse jihad, it means you are searching for a war with the rest of the world,” al-Hamad said.

  178. It my understanding that it was Woodward that says MO runs the WH. He went on to say nothing gets by her.

    But if Larry Johnson is right about the Potus losing it and appears to be psychotic or depressed, we should beware of MO, because history tells us that the First Lady has/will run things to keep the power and to keep Americans from their dirty little secret. I guess you could say maybe they are protecting national security, but this is NOT the case of Obama. We need to get him out in order to protect National security.

    Yahoo has a big article on that says now that Iran is willing to talk about Nuclear Arms in Oct. or Nov. How convenient is that…the spin is in full swing. That has to be an out and out lie.

  179. Bill Clinton’s New Fan Club — Republicans
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    Very good to see. They cannot deny forever what is true. The greatest statesMAN of our era.

  180. Honestly, right now I wish Bill Clinton would just lie low and involve himself with things like Haiti, or the Clinton Global Initiative. I suppose he is gaining favor with DemØnrats across the political spectrum, but there has to be others like me who view his pandering unfavorably. I like the guy, but I hate this aspect of him where he is strutting around the country and propping up the democratic party. I want the current democratic party crushed. Then Bill can go about rebuilding it. That is something that I have no problem with.

  181. Aiui, they just want to put ‘sugary drinks’ in the same category as liquor, deli items, etc: ie things you can’t buy with food stamps.

    Sounds reasonable. A minor change, no complications required.

    Why should My Tax Dollars go to pay for sugar drinks (really High Fructose Corn Syrup) that will make people sick so My Tax Dollars will then be spent on their medical bills?

  182. I wish Bill would come to Texas and campaign for White…I’d go see him this time. I had an invitation to see him in Tyler, but couldn’t cause I had to work, however, when Hillary came to Waco…I took off!

    I would really like to see Bill in person once before I croak!

  183. wbboie
    If we are to believe his mythology he has already grappled with the disease of addiction and won.
    But seriously why can’t a civil suit be filed on behalf of the voters upon the dnc. Duty-BREACH OF DUTY-Causation-Damages.
    The thieves made their own selection in breach of the contract between the voter and the party.
    How can they not be held liable The tip of the iceberg has been shown but I’m sure there might even be RICO charges in there(sorry I loved Boston Public and they brought up RICO enough for me to know what it means)

  184. I am still wondering what Meechelle’s trip to Spain was all about, especially her meeting with members of the Saudi government, Saudi Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Riyadh and brother of the late Saudi king Fahd. She also supposedly met with a member of the Qatari royal family. Were these men the conduits of the illegal donations made to the Øbama from the middle east? Are they ready to step in again and help his butt in 2012?

  185. Personally, I am glad they are taking those sugary drinks off food stamps…to easy to trade for drugs…which they do!

    I can’t tell you how much food stamps are traded for drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, I’ve seen that with my own eyes.

    It’s a little harder now since they have like an ATM card. Still they simply buy the stuff the dealer wants and trade it. Use to be they would just give them the paper money.

    They banned toilet paper, shampoo and such from food stamps which I think is stupid….toilet paper is a necessity.

  186. nobama,

    She met with all those heads of state and folks think she doesn’t have in power in the WH?? She sure does!

  187. turndownobama
    well I don’t think any sane person would say one should be allowed to buy liquer with food stamps and fact is you cannot.
    Small delis and bodegas do and have to accept EBT in Manhattan as grocery stores are often tens of blocks away in poorer neighborhoods. So families buy by the bagful as opposed to the cart. Saying no to sweets only means the same products will be bought there were there is no scanning system it ixnay it.

  188. But if Larry Johnson is right about the Potus losing it and appears to be psychotic or depressed,
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    In navigation, you fix your position through two plots. I did not get my information from Larry. I did not know he was saying the same thing. Whether he and my source are quoting the same source inside the white house I have no way of knowing. But assuming not, then this is more than rankest hearsay, as I previously described it. In that case, the sooner Obama collapses under the weight of the office, the better for the nation, because then perhaps we can have a bona fide president. You cannot keep a lid on something like this today, like you could a hundred years ago. There is no way his wife could cover for him. The walls have eyes, and there is always some insider who knows someone he can absolutely trust with this information, who knows someone he can ultimately trust with the issue and there are enough tabloid journalists to start the chatter. It is not in the interests of this nation to keep this matter under wraps. If it is true, then our enemies know it. The American people need to know it as well. And if it is not true then this persistent rumor should be dispelled by his doctor. The stakes here are too high. Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.

  189. Ahead of Clinton’s visit, Manchin is doing just about all he can to separate himself from the current president.

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    I hope Bill got a promise from Manchin to support Hillary next time — plus something to enforce this promise.

  190. confloyd
    I think all public assistance should be just that assistance.
    Trust me I have been annoyed when flat broke in NYC and standing in a line at Key Food with two pounds of salami and some bread for two weeks lunches. I was broke but I was living in NYC which made it palatable. The city itself was my sugar. I just think it is ass backwards to limit what people can buy in a grocery store. They can turn around and buy it in a deli for a quarter more where only the amount goes through. THERE are no real grocery stores in the poorest areas of Manhattan. People have to shop in the delis. Where they pay much more. Conservatively I’d say with free delivery a family of four on assistance could save a hundred bucks and eat better. It also would cost nothing to the state as guarenteed income could drive competition. Hell NYC is almost in a WIFI fog as it is so they could equip every family with a laptop and give them an incentive to order online.

  191. She met with all those heads of state and folks think she doesn’t have in power in the WH?? She sure does!
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    Then you believe Woodward is wrong? You have to be specific here. Hillary runs a huge apparatus called the State Department. She has contacts throughout the world. She has Bill and his organization. And she has the title. If knowledge is power then she has more power than Obama or anyone else in the White House when it comes to foreign policy.

    But that is not the issue. The issue is he is president, he sets the direction of foreign policy and Woodward claims that he does not listen to her. I have not read the book but that is my understanding of what he said.

    Unlike some on this blog who saw this as a bad thing for Hillary, my assumption is that it is a good thing. Foreign leaders know this and it is high time the public did as well. It makes it harder for Hillary haters like Michael Goodwin to blame her for the way our allies embarrassed us at the UN recently because they do not respect Barrack.

    If he and Dinnerjacket ever do get together maybe they can share a bottle of proaac–make that a double, no tonic, neat.

  192. henry,

    Good ideas about helping people get food to their homes: order wifi, government help with the hauling cost.

    Of course liquor is already not covered by food stamps and we all agree on that. Changing the rule to say “liquor AND sugar drinks are not covered” is a very simple change. No change in procedure needed.

    Eventually the ATMs will get to the deli’s also, to stop people buying liquor and toilet paper there, and sugary and whatever else is on the NO list by then.

  193. My mentioning of the proposed welfare reform was actually meant to be that in a borderline ghetto of Pittsburgh everyone was screaming in defense of bambi and saying the Republicans were trying to take away our “pop”. Not the R’s its the dims. And its not even in PA it5s NYC.
    Yet these people got all charged up about bambi and voting. I recently had an argument with a college friend in which she said in reference to the tea party these people shouldn’t even be allowed to vote. If we were still on speaking terms I’d say right back at ya babe.
    It would be lost on her though as she sees a woman’s right to choose as a constitutional right via R v Wade.
    I am pro-choice and not real bright but even I can see that is not what the decision was.

  194. confloyd
    October 9th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    I wish Bill would come to Texas and campaign for White…I’d go see him this time. I had an invitation to see him in Tyler, but couldn’t cause I had to work, however, when Hillary came to Waco…I took off!

    I would really like to see Bill in person once before I croak!
    ________________

    Hi Confloyd:
    Bill Clinton came to Toronto, Ontario (Canada) several times but one time he came to our Exhibition Grounds and thousands of people showed up. He just stood there and spoke as if he was speaking face-to-face to a few of his favourite people. It was great. His speaking style is so easy to listen to. He also has the good grace to learn about the area where he is speaking and made his comments quite local at times.

  195. pm317 – you asked on the last thread if anyone else has noticed the CDS in the comments at NQ. Yes, absolutely. I hardly ever go there now. Anytime Hillary’s name is raised, the CDS is incredible. I always enjoyed having one site that had mixed commenters (repubs,dems), but it seems to be mostly repubs now. Also, some are former PUMAs who have become repub and have retroactive CDS now.

    Most of the regular PUMAs seem to have wandered away, and I became one of them. I visit very infrequently now, maybe put a “like” here or there. One of the last actual comments I made was that I wouldn’t be surprised to soon see a frontpager writing that Hillary killed Vince Foster. They actually still have good writers there, but the commenters have soured me.

  196. wbboei – someone above quoted an article that said that MO is in charge at the White House. If that’s true, what do you think that would mean – specifically? Do you think it means she is just bossy and inserting herself into conversations, or might it mean that she is sitting in on meetings, making foreign policy decisions (send this many trooops, hire this person, etc.), making domestic decisions, making decisions about the day’s spin? I’m really interested in what you think about this. I didn’t vote for BO, but I sure as heck didn’t vote for her, either
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    It is an imponderable, not knowing for sure whether this manic depression thing is real, or not. The most powerful woman in the world has said previously that he gets a big head on his shoulders and that she has to bring him back to earth. In this new context, that statement has greater significance. In other words, it could be further evidence that there is a problem, and the emergence of these rumors which reflect the pressures of the job, the problem may be getting the better of him, which would explain the medication. I doubt very much that she could run the country from behind the scenes. However, and this is where it gets interesting, the inner circle up to now has consisted of four people–Grease, Curley, Jarrado and MO. Two of them will be leaving shortly, hence the possibility does exist that with an unstable husband and a diminishing circle of trusted confidantes she would assume a more central role in the affairs of state from behind the scenes, and that could well be the precursor to a national disaster. I think of Madam Mao as a relevant example.

  197. Wbboei, Perhaps he and Dinnerjacket could share a bottle of Prozac…LOL!!! My guess however is they both need to share a bottle of geodon (antipyschotic). Prozac is for the normal crazies (reg. folks)

  198. turndownobama,
    Forgive me I do not mean to be rude, but I lived in Manhattan for almost twenty years most times in hard hit neighborhoods. You do not need to go to the ATM to use a benefit card. You buy your stuff and it is all rung(wrung?) in as food. Only the total goes through. No itemization. So Bloomie from his ivory tower says oh we won’t let them get snapple. So people living on “stamps” are going to be even more likely to shop at the over priced deli which is close to their home. No one wins.
    Idiots!!!!!
    Free home delivery twice a month from a generous selection with an amount left over to cover incidentals. Kill two birds with one stone as the delivery person would see as much if not more than the “advocate”

  199. Wbboei,2:42

    Perhaps that article post somewhere upthread is right…perhaps Biden IS mounting a coup???

  200. Henry, I think home delivery is a great idea…it would help with jobs (drivers) and it would eliminate the middle (higher priced) man. Could be a win/win. Of coarse, it would help Sleeveless with her “War on Obesity”.

  201. In that case, the sooner Obama collapses under the weight of the office, the better for the nation, because then perhaps we can have a bona fide president. You cannot keep a lid on something like this today, like you could a hundred years ago….
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    No need to go back 100 years, the severity of JFK’S medical problems was an extremely closely guarded secret. After his death, some of the details became public and as a consequence, the 25 Amendment was ratified in rather rapid fashion.

    If Obama is having mental difficulties and if there is a “collapse”, it had better be dramatic and public. A chronic impairment that is kept that is kept within the WH can have serious consequences. JFk at Vienna come to mind.

  202. wbboie
    Gotta say I disagree with your latest prognosis of manic-depression(no longer used now it’s bi polar) I do, however, believe that you were dead on about him being a narcicist. Whether or not his a malignant narciscist has to be seen.
    On one hand he could have just been a poor dupe so in love with himself that he expected and relished all of the undue adoration– a histrionic personality,
    Or he could be a maniacal beast that manipulates everyone around him. My non-clinical assessment is that he is border line(don’t even know if the DSM still uses that but it means what it sounds like on the border of neurotic and psychotic), Either way I think he is unfit to hold office

  203. SHV, I couldn’t remember the amendment, but I knew we had one to cover it. Gee, if they put on more of these townhall, maybe he will lash out at a few of his supporters….but the darn media will cut it out and it will wind up on the floor of the cutting room.

    Well perhaps when he is at his next debate….for sure they’ll want to put someone up there to debate him with little or no knowledge of World affairs….anyone come to mind???

  204. wbboei – thanks for your further input. As far as the anti-depressants, I absolutely wouldn’t be surprised. However, I don’t think it is only due to the pressure of the job. While I think anyone who runs for public office has a bit of narcissism (you have to believe you have something special to give, whether it’s true or not!), I strongly believe BO is clinically narcissistic.

    It was clear that he couldn’t keep duping people once he had to actually start performing, and the obvious result would be that this narcissist then would no longer be able to dupe himSELF. His narcissism is a defense to keep himself from feeling his own feelings of abandonment, worthlessness, being an imposter (he knows it on one level), etc. But his narcissism has to be fed by public accolades. Without the external bolstering, his defense fades, and he is closer to being face to face with his own issues, with which he has never dealt.

    He never learned to cope constructively with his own insecurities, so they’d have to start administering drugs to him. His earlier (do we really know if it has stopped?) illegal drug use was probably in part an attempt to self-medicate. I don’t know history or the biographies of previous presidents like you do, but I wouldn’t be surprised if previous presidents also turned to anti-depressants, or perhaps alcohol before the advent of modern chemistry. But it’s not his potential depression that worries me about BO. The collapse of his fragile defenses, in particular the attack on them by growing critical voices, may lead him to act out in some ways that are further damaging to the country.

    I’ve read that an ambulance always follows his motorcade. While it’s true he doesn’t look physically healthy, who knows? That ambulance may carry a psychiatrist and psychologist!

  205. henry,
    My non-clinical assessment is that he is border line(don’t even know if the DSM still uses that but it means what it sounds like on the border of neurotic and psychotic), Either way I think he is unfit to hold office.
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    Has anyone ever heard why he has that BIG scar on the left posterior side of his skull??? I have heard rumors that the man has Parkinson’s, but nothing concrete. I have seen every motorcade with an ambulance in it, just as it was for Cheney….something is up with that. So they have/are covering something up. Guess old Teddy showed/told them how to cover an illness.

  206. Ahead of Clinton’s visit, Manchin is doing just about all he can to separate himself from the current president.
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    If you are inclined to view this as a move toward party building then perhaps it makes some sense. But there is one big caveat. Manchin gave his word once before, people relied on it, and he turned around and broke it. America does not need more people in positions of power who break their word. Right now he is confined to West Virgina, but if you let him become senator, he will be an Obama supporter. Past is prologue.

  207. henry,

    I don’t think you’re reading my posts. I’ll try once more.

    If people are buying at deli’s so their food stamp purchases aren’t checked, and because of transport, they are doing it already. Adding sugar drinks to the list of things already not allowed won’t make that worse.

    Eventually the deli’s will tighten up and stop letting liquor etc go on food stamps.

    Categorizing sugary with liquor will be a good thing some places now (save us taxpayer money) and at all places eventually.

    I’m going out now.

  208. confloyd
    I know how you shop when you live on a fifth floor walk up(total lie I always ate out and chinese was the heaviest thing I ever carried) Think about buying dinner for four at the 7/11 or whatever your local stop’n’shop is compared to buying it at the grocery store. Multiply that by 7 times 4. And for many people there is no grocery that can be walked to under 15 blocks and several avenues.

    Which is why I gotta say I am drawn to Sarah. Common freaking sense. Bloomie knows what it is like to be broke and desperate?? I think not. The idiots who probably spent a half of a million dollars thinking we’ll fix child hood obesity. Say we will take away a comfort. we put you here and now we will punish you. Done lots of ESL tutoring on whatever street the bridgeis on and all I can say is those kids are fat because they are not moving. School for eight hours and then to the library til mom and dad get off work to a meal made by my mom and dad who are are tired and hungry, Fast and fat.
    Why doesn’t Mrs Forbes look at those kids.

  209. Henry – they’d probably have to do weekly delivery, if people are to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s what I mostly buy, and whatever I don’t finish by the end of the week is usually all yukky.
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    Personally, I don’t have a problem with them saying you can’t buy soda with food stamps. I think they’re supposed to be so you can eat and not die, and soda is empty calories, it doesn’t keep you alive. And they’re not saying you can’t buy it, just that you can’t get it with taxpayers’ money. I don’t know, can they buy candy with food stamps? If they can’t buy soda, they shouldn’t be able to buy candy, IMO.

    The issue about what it’s like in NY city with delis and machines, I don’t know anything about that. But I wouldn’t imagine they should make rules based on what people in one city do….? Although it does remind me that many older people in the past would go shopping 2-3 times a week, because they couldn’t carry too much at one time. I guess I’m not sure why they could handle it, but younger welfare recipients can’t handle going 10 blocks every week….?

  210. turndownobama
    delis do not sell liquer they do sell beer
    but if I grab twenty items and hand the guy behind the counter he rings everything up as food. That is actually how people are able to sell their “stamps”. If you have a hundred on a card they ring up 50 food and give you 50. It is fantasy if you think the NY state government can go into every deli and insist on Point of sale systems. And the reality still exists that I could be a single woman raising three children and living 20 blocks and several avenues away from a grocery store, I have no choice but to buy from the over priced deli.

  211. “Ahead of Clinton’s visit, Manchin is doing just about all he can to separate himself from the current president.”

    Bill Clinton needs to stay home and let the disgusting democrat party implode.

    Manchin is another liar who vowed to give his support and superdelegate vote to whoever won the WV primaries. It was Hillary by over 40 points, and what does this lying loser do? Support that loser in the WH.

    I hope Raese wins, I’ve already donated to him.

    All democrats at this point are Obama democrats, they need to all lose.

  212. I thought Bill was endorsing people who had stood by Hillary in the past. If this Manchin guy betrayed Hillary (and the voters), I wonder why he is endorsing him.

    I really wish (as we all do) that I knew what he and Hillary have planned. Then again, maybe not. If she has given up all hopes of being president, I might have to steal BO’s anti-depressants.

  213. If Obama is having mental difficulties and if there is a “collapse”, it had better be dramatic and public. A chronic impairment that is kept that is kept within the WH can have serious consequences. JFk at Vienna come to mind.
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    Scary. If it is true, however, how likely is it that he will be renominated in 2012? A case could be made that this must be condition must be kept secret during his term for the good of the country. I profoundly disagree with that argument, but alot of important people invested in his presidency, and would become fools for it overnight if this came out now. So that is what they would be apt to say. But when 2012 rolls around, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to reinvest in his candidacy, as more evidence of the disability leaks out. Kennedy never made it to election year so the issue did not arise.

  214. lorac,
    sweet drinks isn’t really my point. My point is it is government run half assed backwards
    I don’t think doritoes are really appropriate.
    Just drives me insane that we are supposed to believe that bloomberg has a tiny brain, First of all food stamps are not what make people obese. Get a frigging clue you jackass its IDENTITY.
    Where is Hollywood for private donations?
    IS it ow tax me more and then all charge people more but then you do it?
    Library in Pittsburgh is going broke
    Kind of think they like everything else must go broke because there is no model anywhere that says you can earn 48,000 for the rest of your life and we can pay you and the person that took your job. How could that ever work out?
    Somebody needs to stand up and say for all new state/federal/local/employees hired as of today you will get a 401 but retirements ended yesterday.

  215. Henry – if they passed that rule and it truly included politicians, we might get more true public servants.

    Or, more lobbyist monetary bribes to them….

    I guess we need to do a better job inculcating basic values and character development… for all our population, not just those on food stamps, huh?

  216. As for NOW, they can go to Hell. My wife and my SIL have a membership with them, they are cancelling them on Monday.

    Endorsing the man who calls an accomplished self-made woman like Meg Whitman a “whore” is the last straw.

  217. lorac
    no what is needed is common sense which is why evean as a gay man I man moving towards Palin.
    Commonsense says to me if we provide 500 a month for a family of four they are going to eat shite because they can’t get to the market.
    Upper Manhattan has Key Food and Gristedes and a few others. People in the neighborhoods unserved by major grocery stores end up paying as much as 30% more.
    I think the grocery stores would actually foot the bill for tablets that allowed remote ordering. As the season dictates apples oranges grappes could even be given away –as most is thrown away.
    Just pisses me off that something so obvious is lost on bloomie
    I do though think it is almost criminal that we have to rely on the govt to take care of our neighbors,

  218. Back in the day, when my husband was laid off, and we had 2 kids and were on foodstamps for awhile, I used to “trade” with my sister. The state gave me WAY more foodstamps than I could use on just food (like, tons and tons more), but they can’t be used for other non-food essentials.

    So I used to go buy a bunch of extra ground beef, chicken, whatever, then trade it to my sister for toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. Lots of people do that. It’s technically cheating, but you need toilet paper just as much as you need food, in my book!

  219. Henry, I’m not disregarding the whole of your argument, but if those people valued eating healthy food and not junk food (and valued saving money), I think they would go ten blocks to a real grocery store. Plus, I thought NYC was full of public transportation….?

    What I’m saying is that I don’t think we’re doing a good job of teaching people, starting from youth, to understand and value healthy eating. I remember when I heard that they were taking junk food machines out of schools, I was so surprised they were even there. When I went to school (and maybe when you did), you either brought the lunch your mother made you, or you ate what the cafeteria served you. As a society, we’re supposed to be teaching the younger generation – if soda and candy is SO marketed to them that it’s all over schools, what are they learning about food?

    The fact is, less educated people are more likely to be low income, and lower income people tend to make poorer food choices. If food stamps allow them to keep eating junk food, isn’t society essentially disgarding lower income people, just writing them and their health off? Of course, your appeal to find a way to keep them from buying more expensive, less healthy food at a neighborhood deli is in line with that (although, not everywhere is NYC, delis are kind of a northeastern kind of thing – here there are lots of small mom and pop stores in the neighborhoods). I think we’re both saying that government isn’t the whole answer, but addressing different parts of the problem.

  220. lorac
    if you live in the right neighborhood than yes Manhattan has exquisite transportation If ya live on 212 you might be out of luck
    I understand everything you are saying what I am SCREAMING about is soda? Really they sat around for hours upon hours to draft something which is a frigging joke as I said lots of people shop in the delis and it is just rang in as a food item. What a collossal waste of time.
    Anywho I was pissed that the issue was brought up and as I now know inspires passion outside of an NA meeting in Pittsburgh. Everyone had their panties in a bunch cause the men who hat bambi are going to take away their soda(pop). As I said I was with an oxy head mandated to attend and as I was there as a friend I kept my mouth shut. It is scary though that people can get riled up for waffles based on the opposition of the presumed in crowd

  221. my point= democrats forbidding sugar drinks= republicans blamed as trying to take something away from the little guy

  222. Henry – well, we’ve been raised to think ideologically, and not to think critically and get the facts. If you’re a dem and someone does something bad, it must be the repubs doing it, and vice versa. I’m not surprised the BO supporters you overheard just assumed the repubs were doing it. I myself thought that way until 2008, when my eyes were really opened. Now I try to learn more of the details, and think they’re ALL crooks on both sides of the ideological spectrum lol

  223. lorac
    MY bad
    I thought I was posting something about the irony of a bunch of bots defending the one against something they had no clue about,
    Response was not what I expected but I think I learned a little something

  224. lorac
    I was not clear. I am the champ of in expression if that’s a word if not another cap in my feather(wink)

  225. I had a thought today that may not be worth anything. The movers and shakers imagined a role larger than simply president of the United States, or any single nation. Someone who could be a leader of the entire world. Someone whose background was not distinctly nationalistic but could be softened to take on a global hue.

    So they created this Obama in their own laboratory in almost like Mary Shelly envisioned in her novel. They gave him a phony background, phony identification, phony everything. They gave him fancy clothes and his wife a makeover. And most important they gave him their own script. They used him as a vehicle to bamboozle the ignoranti, while they made their own deals with other elites. The goal was to move things forward toward some denoument of their design.

    They liked Obama for the role for three reasons. First, he had no moral attachment to this nation, or to the middle class. Second, he was lacked core values and was easily manipulable. Third, he had a svengali capacity to him with his baritone voice, his cadences and his ability to project superficial charm. They arranged for him to go to Harvard, and they liked the Muslim background as a way to reach out to that part of the world.

    They imagined the job they wanted and then they broke all the rules to fill it. But what they discovered in the end is they selected the wrong man. The very qualities that made him superficially charming, easily manipulated, and in that sense a cheap date, made him unable to carry out the role over 1000 performances. There is no dark stage with a single spotlight, and a single active voice but a complex and dynamic environment where failure shows.

    Which brings us to the final irony. They could create the part, they could give Obama the script, the lighting and the tools to fill it, but he is not the man for the role. He cannot project the character, it is not in his repertoire. So the role sits there. The man who is filling it is Bill Clinton. We hope that after Obama fades from the scene there will be time left for Hillary to assume that role.

  226. Whoever made this list simply listed his favorite entertainers. Gaga,the clown, Degeneres the so called comedianne,Veria,Who wants to be a millionaire hostess, Madonna the has been, Serena Williams tennis player, Vera Wang the clothing designer, Beyonce, the has been entertainer? Where is the power??? And, michelle Obama for heavens sake!!!!!!!!! Power??? She isn’t refined enough to have Vera make her clothes to fit. Her clothing look like it came from the Flea Market. Even the $3.000. jacket she wore to the 1st year white house anniversary. They are all too small.Does she really think anyone is changing their childrens diet from fast foods? She simply wanted to adopt a cause like other presidents wives, and this was the easiest one she could think of. Forbes needs to check the intelligence of the person who chose these people. This award like the Nobel Peace Prize means nothing anymore because of bad, worthless decisions.

    Posted by: sarahb | Oct 09, 2010 at 08:34 AM

  227. As far as the antidepressant issue is concerned, there are many health issues that have depression/mood swings as common side effects.

    For instance, with Diabetes, you can be on a strict exercise and diet regimen and still end up going through depression. Antidepressants might be prescribed in this case.

    Then of course there is the pschiatric scenario: bipolar/manic-depressive/ schizophrenic side where again you might be prescribed antidepressants (to me the worse of the two scenarios).

    Where obama and the country are concerned, if he does have this prescription, I hope it is for the former reason and not the latter.

  228. They could create the part, they could give Obama the script, the lighting and the tools to fill it, but he is not the man for the role. He cannot project the character, it is not in his repertoire. So the role sits there. The man who is filling it is Bill Clinton. We hope that after Obama fades from the scene there will be time left for Hillary to assume that role.

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    Well, now. If what Bill is doing fills their role/goal — then their role/goal was something good (even though they cheated as a means)? So maybe the global elite conspirators are not so bad after all?

  229. But when 2012 rolls around, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to reinvest in his candidacy, as more evidence of the disability leaks out.

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

    Memory lapses didn’t stop Reagan getting re-elected.

  230. And the reality still exists that I could be a single woman raising three children and living 20 blocks and several avenues away from a grocery store, I have no choice but to buy from the over priced deli.

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    Then they’re already buying their sugar soda at the deli, so taking it off the food stamp list won’t make any difference.

  231. Dr. James K. Galbraith
    “I strongly believe that there is a progressive way forward in this crisis. It begins, and I stress this and I place a lot of emphasis on it, with a straight forward and unremitting campaign against the financial fraud and those who perpetrated it. To give us a credit system that we can trust and rely on and work with in the economy to come. Don’t have it, we need it , and I don’t think we can see full recovery without it. It continues with a forthright and full scale assault on our actual problems. Not on fake problems, problems conjured up out of accounting hot air like public debts and deficits but real problems like joblessness, poverty, energy, climate change. Problems that we can start working on now and that we’ll still be working on in a decade or two decades. And if we do the job right we’ll all be leading better lives and we will all have contributed something useful to leaving the next generation with better lives. And the third element, the wrap up, should be decent and fair treatment for those hit hardest by recent events.”

  232. But when 2012 rolls around, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to reinvest in his candidacy, as more evidence of the disability leaks out.

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

    Memory lapses didn’t stop Reagan getting re-elected.

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    So what.

  233. Well, now. If what Bill is doing fills their role/goal — then their role/goal was something good (even though they cheated as a means)? So maybe the global elite conspirators are not so bad after all?
    ==================================
    If he fills any role it will be the role that he defines. They can control Obama but they cannot control him. Through the Clinton Global Initiative, which he has been working on since he left office, I believe he has as much leverage as they do. And if he can bring China into his fold as opposed to theirs its game set match. I believe they are losing their grip, and it is telling indeed that he gets resounding praise now from both side of the aisle and from both sets of money men. I cannot prove it, but that is what I believe as I attempt to read between the lines.

  234. When I watch these poor pathetic people who continue to worship at the high church of Obama, I marvel at how oblivious they are. This is the first time we have had a president who has launched an economic war on the middle class, and openly played the race card whenever he ventures off script. The Reagan counter example is simply not informative.

  235. Treacheries against Hillary Clinton did not happen in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008. You have to go back, wayback in the 90s, during the first run of Bill Clinton. I remember very well, how the extreme leftwing of the party try to sink Bill during his first term; the assault was led by the most liberal senator Ted Kennedy. As volunteer of Bill Clinton for his campaign, it was disheartening once he was in office his own party was tearing him down. Liberals like Pelosi, Kennedy, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and others; can’t stand Hillary. I thought Hillary was brilliant, she worked side by side with Bill which made liberals more angry because Bill Clinton listen to his wife. Howard Dean hate the Clintons.

    Hillary Clinton will never be President, the Democrat Party will destroy her, they’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. Hillary Clinton is center-left; that goes against the grain of liberals that control the Democrat Party. Even organizations like NOW endorsed Obama instead of Hillary. It took me a while to realize, the Democrat Party use women like a dish rag, they’re only good and acceptable during election time provided they toe the party line – meaning vote for the most extreme of the party.

    Because of how Hillary Clinton was treated by the Democrat Party, I totally left the party. I have no loyalty to the party who threw away the best female President we could have in the history of this nation. I’ll never forgive the Democrat party what they’ve done to Hillary; my mission in life from here on out is to destroy the Democrat Party like they’ve destroyed Hillary.

  236. turndown, as I recall, we didn’t know about Reagan’s Alzheimers until after he left office, and it was even after that that we were allowed to know that he was already suffering the symptoms while still in office. There were rumors that something was behind his gaffes, but his having Alzheimers wasn’t common knowledge as a fact until later.

  237. This is the first time we have had a president who has launched an economic war on the middle class, and openly played the race card whenever he ventures off script.
    _______________________

    And this is the first time a former president has taken the reins of the leadership position to back the middle class with a formidable plan to alleviate the austerity and suffering caused by a current administration.

    I see you have read the plans put in place by the CGI.

  238. This is the first time we have had a president who has launched an economic war on the middle class, and openly played the race card whenever he ventures off script.
    _______________________

    And this is the first time a former president has taken the reins of the leadership position to back the middle class with a formidable plan to alleviate the austerity and suffering caused by a current administration.

    I see you have read the plans put in place by the CGI.

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    The only difference is the word former. Plus everything else.

  239. I wasn’t following Reagan’s re-election campaign closely. I remember the one time on a debate when he rambled and had obviously forgotten the question. Also when did the Contra etc scandals happen? He admitted signing something he hadn’t read, a foolish mistake. Also Doonesbury showed him yelling, “Nancy? We have children? Nancy!!!”

    I’m sure the word Altz wasn’t used openly, but insiders must have known something was very wrong. My point was that it didn’t stop the big supporters/puppeteers backng him; sorry I was unclear.

  240. Admin:

    “I always thought it was quite shaky ethically, for the DNC to have spent 2005-06 to build out the Blue State Digital internet platform (frontend and backend) for the Democrats.org website –having funded BSD with hundreds of thousand dollars included with putting BDS staffers on the DNC payroll– and then for BSD to turn around and use the entire DNC-funded system, on a weeks notice, for Obama.”
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    Skinner and Democratic Underground. May have been paid for running BSD. He was very insistent every poster supporting the Dem candidate donate thru BSD. It was common
    knowledge Skinner kept an office in DC and his internet partners promoting BSD were scattered throughout the country from Seattle to NY.
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    ” Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, directed to help an untested and unvetted Chicago politician. Blue State Digital was a creation of Howard Dean, the DNC chairman at the time, and some of his tech team from his disastrous campaign of 2004. Howard Dean who orchestrated the strategy to ignore Florida and Michigan votes, was fully on board with Barack Obama and he used the DNC to make sure Barack Obama was gifted the nomination by ignoring the will of the people. ”
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    Incredible!!!
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    “The Confluence yesterday published this:

    “Whether corrupt or chickenshit, the things we saw were more than just disappointing, they were an infuriating betrayal of everything we believe in. Worst of all, things haven’t changed.

    These “leaders” of Left Blogistan sold us out on health care reform. They traded away any discussion of single payer in exchange for Obama’s promises on the ambiguous “public option.” Corrente has done a good job of documenting the way all the big blogs acted in unison in squishing any mention of single payer.”
    _______________________________________________

    “These “leaders” of Left Blogistan sold us out on health care reform. They traded away any discussion of single payer in exchange for Obama’s promises on the ambiguous “public option.”

    I don’t believe this statement is accurate. They sold us out for 30 shekels of gold. Occam’s Razor.
    ________________________________________

    “So instead of being advocates for us they became cheerleaders for ObamaCare.”
    HIRED-PAID Cheerleaders for ObamaCare elected lobbyists!
    [snip]

    “But Obama fucked ‘em, and we got fucked too.”
    __________________

    Congress is on equal footing with the Ex Branch- Taxpayers pay for representation by their elected officials after they are elected.. In this case, the candidate we elected gave us neither.
    _______________________________________________

    “Maybe they thought they were really doing the right thing, but what they did violated basic principles of democracy. We’re supposed to be all about openness and grassroots “bottom-up” action.”
    _________________________________

    The only thought running thru their minds was the question they asked each other: How long can we get away with this charade before we get caught. And what do we do then? (rhetorical) We sick together.
    ___________________________________

    “What the A-list bloggers did was to conspire in secret (through the Journolist, other listservs, private emails and/or White House conference calls) to suppress open discussion and impose a “top-down” outcome. If wasn’t the first time or the last.”
    _____________

    Thus the purging began at DU… You were watched for content. Your posts were deleted if thought to be unsatisfactory. (meaning pro-Hillary) if your posts were deleted too frequently, the committee would make a call for a pizza delivery… the name of the Pizza was Tombstone. What got to be known as you were being Tombstoned. (your avatar forever exiled from DU)
    _____________________________________

    “The Big Blog Boys of “Left Blogistan” were either dupes of the Democratic establishment or willing co-conspirators in a Leninist “vanguard” operation to thwart the will of the people and impose their will on the Democratic rank and file.”
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    The former option. Too lazy and too cowardly to be committed to thwarting the will of the people..With commitment comes responsibility. Their personal profile’s are very much self-centered, mostly revolving around few close friends people whom they consider important enough (in their own minds) to spend time with in a circular symbiotic brain-picking extravaganza.

    imo-

  241. turndownobama
    October 9th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    td- I hate interrupting your post re Reagan… but at that time his VP George Bush and his co-conspirator Dick Cheney were running the WH and responsible for the Contra fiasco. Nancy (not that I am a fan) tried protecting RR from the scandal as best she could. She was powerless stopping the Bush/Cheney team from advancing their nefarious activities. RR (at the insistence of his wife) eventually appeared in a special broadcast on tv denouncing the Iran/Contra scandal.

  242. TP2000
    October 9th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
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    I don’t know if Hillary will ever be potus or not, but I wanted to commend you on a great post.

  243. Once again… Obama ‘the fixer’ is covering for mistakes created by sloppy banking practices circumventing the law by creating new legislation making what was an invalid procedure considered legal.
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    Bank foreclosure cover seen in bill at Obama’s desk
    (Reuters) – A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.

    The bill, passed without public debate in a way that even surprised its main sponsor, Republican Representative Robert Aderholt, requires courts to accept as valid document notarizations made out of state, making it harder to challenge the authenticity of foreclosure and other legal documents.

    The timing raised eyebrows, coming during a rising furor over improper affidavits and other filings in foreclosure actions by large mortgage processors such as GMAC, JPMorgan and Bank of America.

    Questions about improper notarizations have figured prominently in challenges to the validity of these court documents, and led to widespread halts of foreclosure proceedings.

    The legislation could protect bank and mortgage processors from liability for false or improperly prepared documents.

    The White House said it is reviewing the legislation.

    “It is troubling to me and curious that it passed so quietly,” Thomas Cox, a Maine lawyer representing homeowners contesting foreclosures, told Reuters in an interview.

    A deposition made public by Cox was what first called attention to improper affidavits by GMAC. Since then, GMAC, JPMorgan and others have halted foreclosure actions in many states after acknowledging that they had filed large numbers of affidavits in which their employees falsely attested that they had personally reviewed records cited to justify the foreclosures.

    Cox said the new obligation for courts to recognize notarizations of documents filed by big, out-of-state companies, would make it more difficult and costly to challenge the validity of the documents.

    The law, the “Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act,” requires all federal and state courts to recognize notarizations made in other states.

    The law specifically includes “electronic” notarizations stamped en masse by computers. Currently, only about a dozen states allow electronic notarizations, according to the National Notary Association.

    “CONSTITUENTS” PRESSED FOR PASSAGE

    After languishing for months in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill passed the Senate with lightning speed and with hardly any public awareness of the bill’s existence on September 27, the day before the Senate recessed for midterm election campaign.

    The bill’s approval involved invocation of a special procedure. Democratic Senator Robert Casey, shepherding last-minute legislation on behalf of the Senate leadership, had the bill taken away from the Senate Judiciary committee, which hadn’t acted on it.

    The full Senate then immediately passed the bill without debate, by unanimous consent.

    See pg 2 at link:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6955YX20101006?pageNumber=1

  244. “like they’ve destroyed Hillary.”
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    The Dem Party may have abused Hillary but they have never been able to destroy her. Her presence on the World stage is evidence of her continued thriving doing what she likes doing best.. helping people living in countries that need assistance and guidance for creating a better quality of life. Hopefully, soon, she will have the occasion to impart her special abilities to her own countryman by taking her place in the seat that was rightfully hers 2 yrs ago.

  245. Taipan
    Justin Littel

    It Failed Utterly the First Time… So Let’s Do More

    Lobotomy exhibit A is Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Evans is considered a barometer of consensus thinking in the bowels of the Fed.

    This is what the Fed’s consensus man told the WSJ in a recent interview (emphasis mine):

    In the last several months I’ve stared at our unemployment forecast and come to the conclusion that it’s just not coming down nearly as quickly as it should… This is a far grimmer forecast than we ought to have, [giving reason to favor] much more accommodation than we’ve put in place.

    Well, gee. That darn old unemployment number just isn’t coming down. We printed up a lot of money the first time around, and still it didn’t come down, so now we should print “much more.”

    Can you see, now, why one might reasonably suspect this man has self-lobotomized himself with a screwdriver and a ball-peen hammer?

    Printing money is not a cure for unemployment. It has never been a cure for unemployment. Most recently, we have seen just about the most dramatic evidence possible that printing money is not a cure for unemployment. And the only thing this man can come up with is “much more accommodation than we’ve put in place.”

    Never mind the example of Japan slogging along with rates at zero. Never mind that, two years into the Fed’s “great experiment” in which a great gob of liquidity has failed to hit its mark, a record 41.8 million Americans are on food stamps and the jobless rate is near a 27-year high.

    And never mind that, if printing money were somehow a long-term cure for lack of jobs — as opposed to a short-term fix that quickly wears off — politicians would have drunk deep of that well already and joblessness would have been eradicated some 50 election cycles ago.

    To the extent that other Fed officials think like Mr. Evans, they are not just dopes. They are deaf, dumb and blind dopes, oblivious to evidence that assaults the five senses. Everywhere and always the Fed can only print money, so it makes this the solution to every problem

  246. Fed Destroying The Middle Class–the how and the why of it
    Justin Littel

    This is because, in reality, the Fed is not helping the middle class with its asset-propping efforts. Instead they are DESTROYING the middle class, inch by inch. This is demonstrable by way of the following chart.

    The Reuters/Jefferies Commodities Research Bureau Index, or just the CRB index for short, tracks the price of vital commodities. That basket contains everything from crude oil to copper to corn, covering a wide variety of hard asset staples.

    Here is the point. When Brian Sack extols the Federal Reserve virtues of “keeping asset prices higher than they otherwise would be,” he neglects to mention that the “assets” in question encompass FOOD and ENERGY, both of which are non-negotiable cost of living inputs for the middle class.

    It is true that the Fed’s policies have a distinctly Viagra-like impact on stock valuations. But the average family of four in Kansas or Nebraska, struggling to get by on a single reduced income because dad lost his job and mom is only part-time, doesn’t give a damn about that. Most Americans, deeply in debt and behind in their saving, do not have a significant enough body of investments to make hay from a surge in stocks.

    The average American does, however, have a few persistently expensive habits — like eating food, heating and cooling their place of residence, and driving some type of automobile.

    This means that juiced-up asset prices, through the impact of a Fed-weakened U.S. dollar and aggressive “QE,” gives the American middle class very little of the benefit and almost all of the headache. As stock prices go up, so too do gas and grocery bills… even as wages stay compressed and unemployment stays high.

    Obtuse, Cynical or Worse?

    So why are the men of the Fed so pig-headed? Can they really be so blind as to advocate incorrigibly bad policies that fail to fix the problem, running into the same brick walls over and over again, without seeing the glaring error of their ways?

    The charitable attitude is one of embarrassed sympathy. These men have been lobotomized after all — or at the very least, mentally debilitated by their Ivy League educations.

    The less charitable attitude is suspicion, and with it, anger. If the Federal Reserve understands the bankrupt nature of its prescriptions — and one can take the “bankrupt” part literally — that can only suggest a working cynicism so deep and dark it is almost breathtaking.

    It may, in fact, be that the Federal Reserve is not in truth deaf, dumb or blind… that, instead, these hollow men are tasked with perpetuating a con job, in which the main idea is to keep the game going as connected and moneyed interests bleed the middle class dry.

    From this darker alternative point of view, one is best off anticipating the hidden interests of the Fed’s true masters… working to figure out the impact of the Fed’s true motives, as opposed to believing the claptrap put out for public consumption.

    In which case, clueless lackeys like Mr. Evans and Mr. Sack are not so clueless after all, but amicable puppets wielded in service to some old and sinister cause.

    Then again, perhaps your humble editor is just cranky and in need of a weekend. Cast your vote (and your opinion) here: justice@taipandaily.com

    Warm Regards,

    JL

  247. If Geithner is any example then the members of the Fed are in fact hollow men tasked with perpetuating a con job in which the main idea is to keep the game going as connected and monied interests bleed the middle class dry. That is part of the reason they installed Obama–to keep the ignoranti bamboozled, and but for the Tea Party movement they would have succeeded because 58% of the public was dumb enough to vote for him. Stupid asses.

  248. TP2000
    October 9th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
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    I don’t know if Hillary will ever be potus or not, but I wanted to commend you on a great post.

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    I agree Jan. Great post TP2000.

  249. “like they’ve destroyed Hillary.”
    ________________________

    The Dem Party may have abused Hillary but they have never been able to destroy her. Her presence on the World stage is evidence of her continued thriving doing what she likes doing best.

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

    Yes. The Chattering Classes keep saying that something has ‘destroyed’ Hillary and Bill: Vast RW Conspiracy, Impeachment, ‘losing’ the primary…. But the Clintons just go on like nothing happened, doing solid good stuff. And the non-chattering classes give them the highest approval rating in the party.

  250. NB the last paragraph. Zuckerman is a Democrat, voted for Obama, even wrote one of his speeches.
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    Mort Zuckerman: World Sees Obama As Incompetent

    |Obama is young! He’s cool! He speaks well! He’s black and modern! He’s got delightful children! Set aside your doubts – he is, as he rather arrogantly pointed out, what we’ve been waiting for!

    Let’s be serious here – Obama had zero executive experience before assuming the Presidency. As far as could be seen, he didn’t have even a cursory knowledge of foreign or military affairs. Economics was a dark continent for him – his entire economic program merely warmed-over, FDR/LBJ tax and spend liberalism. Most importantly, he had never known defeat – a dangerous fact in anyone aspiring to senior leadership (and made worse by the fact that his lack of defeat stemmed from his dodging most circumstances which could lead to defeat).

    He was an absolute zero with a good PR machine – that is all. But he’s also not the first zero to be elected President. It happens. And it usually doesn’t work out too well. Some times, though, great leadership can come from the most surprising quarters.

    But now he’s President and real world events are happening all the time. It was going to get dicey for President Obama under the best of circumstances, but there was a hope that he’d grow in to the job. He still may, but thus far the real dimensions of his responsibility don’t seem to have dawned on him. He still appears stuck in 2008, thinking that a well-crafted speech and slobbering MSM coverage will do whatever trick is necessary.

    We can only hope that he gets a grip on things – at least well enough to stave off disaster until a better successor can be elected in 2012.

  251. Pot calls kettle . . . .
    By: Michael Barone
    Senior Political Analyst
    10/09/10 6:10 PM EDT
    Glenn Reynolds nails this one: the Obama Democrats’ campaign riff against foreign donations to Democrats is bogus—and according to the New York Times, no less. This looks like a matter of projection, since it’s well documented that the 2008 Obama campaign did not put in place address verification software that would have routinely prevented most foreign donations. In effect they were encouraging donations by foreign nationals. Here’s the Washington Post on this back in October 2008: Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed. Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged.” And here’s our own Washington Examiner editorial from the time: “Then there’s the question of whether foreign nationals are contributing to the Obama campaign. There is more than enough evidence to warrant a full-scale investigation by the Federal Election Commission, including the $32,332.19 that appears to have come from two brothers living in a Hamas-controlled Palestinian refugee camp in Rafah, GA (that’s Gaza, not Georgia). The brothers’ cash is part of a flood of illegal foreign contributions accepted by the Obama campaign.”
    The Obama campaign was happy to encourage mass illegal donations from foreign nationals. Now it’s making baseless charges that its opposition is doing the same thing. Hope and change!
    h t t p://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/pot-calls-kettle—–104639779.html

    BTW: The headline refers to the cast iron [black] Wagner Ware used by legions during the first half of the 20th century; it was a time when nearly everybody’s pots and kettles were of the [scientifically, lack of] color black. I am the third generation in my family to use them.

  252. Sharron Angle surge unnerving Nevada Democrats

    New polling out of Nevada is unnerving Democrats who fear Republican Sharron Angle’s campaign is surging despite enduring millions of dollars’ worth of TV ad attacks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    The three most recently released public polls show Angle with a nominal edge, though all have been within the margin of error.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43325.html
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    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43325.html#ixzz11xLyrs9J

  253. hmmm…

    Henry in the House: Woodward book sealed Gen. Jones’ fate

    By Ed Henry, CNN Senior White House Correspondent
    October 8, 2010

    Washington (CNN) — When he got his hands on an advance copy of Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s Wars” before it hit stores and started reading it earlier this month, I’m told that White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones simply blew a gasket.

    Jones was so furious about his portrayal in the book that the retired four-star general told friends later that he promptly took the book and mailed it back to Woodward, as if to say the book wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on, according to a close friend of his who spoke to me on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the national security adviser’s private conversations.

    When I pressed a senior administration official on whether or not Jones did in fact put the book in a box and mail it back to Woodward, the official simply said no comment, refusing to confirm or deny the postal service protest.

    I spoke to Woodward several days ago, and he said he was not aware of Jones mailing the book back and was surprised to hear that Jones was so upset with his treatment in the book.

    But the senior administration official flatly confirmed the claims of the Jones friend I spoke to that the national security adviser — justifiably or not — is indeed livid with Woodward and the controversy complicated an already difficult relationship he had with key White House colleagues.

    “Jones was quite unhappy with the Woodward book — there’s no question,” said the senior administration official. “He was quite unhappy with the way it attributed things to him. He was pretty stunned by what was in the book.”

    The tension stems from the fact Woodward reported that Jones called some of his colleagues in the White House — he clearly seemed to be aiming at top insiders like then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, senior adviser David Axelrod, and press secretary Robert Gibbs — the “water bugs,” the “Politburo,” and the “Mafia” who were out to get him from day one of the administration.

    Sure, it was common knowledge within the administration that Jones never quite clicked with the upper echelon of the White House staff. There were snotty whispers to blogs and big newspapers last year about how colleagues thought Jones was basically lazy and was probably going to get pushed out early in the administration.

    Jones survived in part because he always maintained a respectful relationship with the president and had strong allies in Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to senior officials. But once he was quoted lashing out at what he called the “campaign set” in the Woodward book and telling tales out of school about snubs he felt from the administration, a difficult situation became untenable.

    Comments attributed to Jones in the book were a very sore subject inside the West Wing in recent days. When I called one senior administration official as I dug around on this column, he begged off any comment, using a musical reference to note the sensitivity.

    “What’s that song: ‘Can’t Touch This’?” said the senior administration official.

    There was the anecdote about how Emanuel refused to give Jones a copy of the inaugural address before it was delivered, and that Jones later complained to the chief of staff that he was always showering too much attention on his friend, Tom Donilon, who served as Jones’ deputy.

    “I’m the national security adviser,” Jones allegedly told Emanuel. “When you come down there, come see me.”

    All of the inside chatter was too much for the “No-Drama Obama” insiders at the White House, and I’m told by people close to Jones that the controversy was basically the final straw that led to Jones officially stepping down Friday as national security adviser, with Donilon installed as his successor.

    Jones is insisting to his friends that he was basically misquoted in the Woodward book, that he never uttered the insults that are attributed to him. But people inside the West Wing have had a hard time buying that claim for several reasons.

    First of all, Woodward has a long track of accuracy dating back to his Watergate days with The Washington Post as well as more than two dozen books covering Democratic and Republican administrations.

    And in this case, senior White House aides have largely embraced Woodward’s latest book because they believe it’s a portrait of a young commander-in-chief being tough enough to stand up to military leaders and question all of their scenarios for sending more troops into Afghanistan.

    (Interesting to note that these same White House aides flatly rejected Woodward’s claim on CNN earlier this week that the possibility of an Obama-Clinton presidential ticket is “on the table” as a possibility for 2012, but that’s another story).

    The other big problem Jones faces in trying to convince his colleagues that the Woodward book is wrong is the fact that the general himself is considered a longtime friend of the author who has been a source of inside information for Woodward before and seemed to cooperate with this book too.

    In fact, Jones and Woodward traveled together to Afghanistan last year, giving the reporter an exclusive from the battlefield for The Washington Post as well as presumably some inside information for the book.

    When I called Woodward several days ago for comment on whether he received a package from Jones, the author immediately noted they’ve been acquaintances for some 20 years.

    “I’ve known General Jones for a long time,” Woodward told me.

    That’s why it’s hard to tell if Jones really believes he was misquoted in the book, or whether he perhaps said too much to a friend and now regrets what wound up in the book and is going out of his way to tell friends that he had tossed the book out in order to dramatize his disgust and salvage a few more months on the job.

    The official back story on the resignation I’ve been able to piece together from two people close to Jones is that after returning this week from an official trip to Germany and Russia, the national security adviser went in to the president and made it official that he’d like to leave his post at the end of the year. That wasn’t really a shock because Jones had told Obama at the beginning that he would only commit to serving two years.

    What was surprising to Jones intimates was that rather than giving him some time to set up a transition, White House officials quickly leaked word of the departure and the official announcement was made in the Rose Garden.

    So Jones is now a lame duck, leaving some of his friends angry and feeling like he got the bum’s rush — a stark contrast to all of the smiles and warm words in the Rose Garden Friday afternoon.

    “This is the final indignity from the Obama White House heaped on this distinguished public servant who devoted 40 years of active duty to his country in uniform,” one close Jones friend told me. “He comes out of retirement at Obama’s request. And from day one the sniping from the peanut gallery was incessant and the president and his senior staff did nothing to put a stop to it.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/10/08/henry.woodward.jones/

  254. “The Obama campaign was happy to encourage mass illegal donations from foreign nationals. Now it’s making baseless charges that its opposition is doing the same thing. Hope and change!”

    ————————

    Exactly.

  255. Big surprise: White House didn’t come clean on spill

    Panel says administration sat on truth, slowed response.

    Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

    It didn’t make sense: After an oil rig explosion killed 11 and began spewing uncontrolled oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama White House downplayed the severity of the problem. At first it said there was little impact, perhaps no more than 1,000 barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf. Then it was maybe 5,000 barrels of oil per day, about the same as what BP was saying.

    But the pictures of oil gushing out of the ruined pipe and the plumes of oil that soon tainted the Gulf’s surface undermined what the oil company and the White House were insisting. And geologists and other scientists were making different calculations of much higher spill levels that, as it turns out, more closely reflected the truth.

    Now a commission appointed by President Barack Obama has issued a draft report that criticizes the White House for failing to inform the public about the size of the spill, failing to respond quickly to the enormity of the spill and once more misleading the public in late summer by dramatically underestimating the amount of oil left in the Gulf.

    In doing so, “the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem.”

    White House spokesmen are trying their best to blunt the report’s pointed criticism, but this is a case where public relations efforts come far too late. In this case, the only rational course for the administration to take last spring was to come forward with persuasive estimates of what was happening. The absurd notion that 5,000 barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf could create so many problems for aquatic life, waterfowl and humans simply did not add up.

    Obama administration officials must do some soul-searching about the White House’s commitment to fully informing the public about what’s happening to its environment. Obama was elected with the support of many Americans who expected a higher level of transparency than the president and his senior staff are delivering. While the administration may be able to avoid telling the public all the bad news to which it is entitled, there’s a big price in credibility. That may not make a difference to Obama now, but it may make a big difference at the ballot box Nov. 2.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/10/10/1750536/big-surprise-white-house-didnt.html

  256. JanH
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:34 am
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    An exemplary piece of investigating and reporting by Ed Henry.

    Question: how did this ever get past the editor at CNN. It contradicts the narrative they have been promoting since 2007.

    This reporter has got guts to tell the truth when all the evidence points to the contrary conclusion, namely that his employer is heavily invested in the Big Lie.

    There have been other times when Ed Henry was the only one in the White House press corp who was willing to speak truth to power. I consider most of his colleague, including Tapper, to be sell out artists, unwilling to give us the hard truth.

  257. The game Tapper seems to play is to always stop short of criticizing the Administration. At most he offers a few hard facts, and a luke warm conclusion, which leaves an inquiring mind free to go further, but inasmuch as most people are intellectually lazy the inevitable effect of his pussyfooting around the hard facts prevents them from connecting the dots. If I were inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, I might say he is trying to thread the needle of getting past his editor and still getting enough facts out to the beltway readership to imply what is going on. But I cannot in good conscience give him the benefit of the doubt because during the campaign he compared Hillary to the villain in Fatal Attraction when she continued to pursue the nomination after the elites had decided to install the fraud. Furthermore, his love for Obama borders on the obscene, and he has been inclined to defend him personally at all times.

  258. I saw this being aired on our MhZ1 channel this morning. Bill Clinton at Doha debates, Nov 2005,

    in 3 parts.. Q/A is very interesting

    Part 1

  259. Show these videos to every fucking 20+ year old who voted for Obama (who accepted his and his campaign’s caricature of Bill Clinton).

  260. and the hits keep on coming……its just like a perfect storm.

    No Social Security COLA Expected For 2011
    News Expected To Be Bad For Democrats

    http://www.kptv.com/politics/25344443/detail.html

    WASHINGTON — As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

    It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

    “If you’re the ruling party, this is not the sort of thing you want to have happening two weeks before an election,” said Andrew Biggs, a former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration and now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

    “It’s not the congressional Democrats’ fault, but that’s the way politics works,” Biggs said. “A lot of people will feel hostile about it.”

    The cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, are automatically set each year by an inflation measure that was adopted by Congress back in the 1970s. Based on inflation so far this year, the trustees who oversee Social Security project there will be no COLA for 2011. The projection will be made official on Friday, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases inflation estimates for September. The timing couldn’t be worse for Democrats as they approach an election in which they are in danger of losing their House majority, and possibly their Senate majority as well.

  261. This is along the lines of Johanathan Swift’s classic A Modest Proposal which casually suggested that to cure the famine problem in Ireland during the 1840’S the Irish people need only eat their babies.

    Another Modest Proposal: Barack Hussein Obama, Pretender to The Presidency has a problem. White people over 50. They stand stand in the way of his grand plan to destroy the middle class and spread the wealth.

    He has instituted a health care deform bill which cuts half a trillion out of Medicaid, and puts government in the position of deciding in effect who lives and who dies, i.e. death panels. That bill is clearly intended to eliminate these people.

    And, better yet, when they expire, he can dispatch his friend and mentor Soros to do what he has been doing all his life and that is confiscating their personal effects and then crowing about it.

    The only problem with Obama’s grand scheme is that it is proceeding with glacial speed, or in his own colorful metaphor, it is taking “longer than it took to free the slaves”.

    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but revenge delayed is revenge denied. Ergo, Barack Hussein Obama is looking for a more timely approach to the problem.

    To that end, word has leaked out of the White House that he is considering re-instituting the draft but limiting it to white people over 50. As a demographic, these people tend to be more patriotic than other groups, so they would be less inclined to protest.

    The political payoff to Obama would be this: by getting them into the military, he could send them overseas and get eliminate them in combat. And for those who survived, when the time came to vote, he and his voting fraud machine could discount their ballots.

    He has studied the plan and believes it has merit. Politics will decide when to implement it, just as politics for him decides everything else. No governing. Just the continuing campaign. And half the country remains floridly delusional.

  262. The Arbitrator has taken to telling people that Obama is a Satanic character, and that explains why everything if falling apart. From what I know of him, the Arbitrator is a religious man, but he is also a reasonable one. So there is no telling whether he believes it or not. What he seems to enjoy most is the startled look this statement induces on the faces of his audience, and half of them walk away wondering about him, while the other half walk away wondering about Obama. Since he has thick skin like most arbitrators do, the first half do not bother him one iota.

    One can retain a healthy skepticism about this possibility while still thinking about its implication. Just suppose for the sake of argument that the rise of Obama does have some scriptural implications. Surely, there are provisions in the old Testament that speak to the challenges of our time. For example, we may be on the cusp of another Great Flood. If so, and if some latter day Noah is preparing an Arc to save enough people to carry on some semblance of civilization, let us hope that with a few exceptions like Ed Henry, Charles Krauthammer, etc. he leaves the rest of big media behind to face the wrath of God. I do not know whether the arc his is building will have a hood ornament, but if so he should consider Rick Sanchez. And it it also is fitted out with a beluga horn, it should say I am sorry ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

  263. pm317
    ————

    I remember the first time I watched that debate. I remember choking up emotionally at some of Bill Clinton’s heartfelt answers.

    Thank you for reposting them. Just reminds me how wonderful and decent the Clintons truly are.

  264. Thanks, Jan. I knew if nobody else watched it on this board, you would. 🙂 I love listening to him. I especially love his answer to the young man about what they should be thinking. I find the line about not having resentment as you sit on the bench in your 70s watching the younger generation go by really profound. As I am aging and my nieces (and nephews) come up and experience their successes, it takes a generosity to make way for them and help them to be successful if they need it. Pass the torch literally..

    If the current 20+ year-olds found the idiot in the current WH inspiring, it is their loss.

  265. Henry in the House: Woodward book sealed Gen. Jones’ fate

    Thanks for an interesting article. Somehow it makes me think of a Hillary line in one of the debates: “The American people don’t care what one person they never heard of said about another person they never heard of.”

  266. Jan–one of the things we would not have today if Hillary was president is a grass roots tea party movement. That movement is founded on the idea that we are sending our nation into bankruptcy, and abandoning the Constitution. That is the imprimatur of Obama and his loony left. In fact, Hillary braced up Obama over his maniacal plan to push forward all of these costly programs in the midst of a recession. So we would have no tea party. What we would have, however, is a totally deranged big media, keen to destroy her because she won the primary, and thwarted their plans to control the country. What a fucking joke. The idea that big media could run anything. They promoted the Iraq War and later looked for scapegoats. And they promoted all the fraud of the 2008 campaign and a candidate who is a textbook example of a sociopath with no governing experience, and cast him upon us in the midst of the worst economic downturn in 80 years with a repertoire of programs which could only sink the country.

  267. Someone please explain this to me.

    Jones and Woodward are supposed to be friends, right?

    Woodward then exposes what Jones said about the fool in the WH in the new book.

    Jones then “blows a gasket”.

    so, I don’t understand 2 items

    did Jones want to create a bad impression of Obama before he left, so now he is just saving face by saying he is mad about being quoted?

    Jones knew Woodward would quote him, and went along with it, and now just saying he is mad, was this a way out while slapping silly the administration and the people/person in charge of it?

    I mean if these 2 are friends, and Woodward is a noted journalist, so Jones had to have know what was going to happen when he said all this, and since he cannot say it directly to the press, he goes through Woodward to expose what he thinks of Obama and warn the country at the same time.

    anyone have thoughts on this. I don’t understand any of it.

  268. pm317
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:54am
    ____________________

    You have my thanks for posting the 3 part series of Bill Clinton at the Doha debates. It would be amazing if everyone would take the time to listen to BC’s heartfelt words. There is a vast difference when you are listening to someone who is in command of historical facts (past and present) and isn’t selling you a bill of goods for the benefit of his own advancement. How fortunate we are Bill and Hill found each other early on as equally matched never knowing how important they would become to the future of our civilization and our world.

  269. “The Obama campaign was happy to encourage mass illegal donations from foreign nationals. Now it’s making baseless charges that its opposition is doing the same thing. Hope and change!”

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

    That’s how Gingrich’s GOP operated in the late 90s. Whatever they were going to do, first they accused Clinton’s side [falsely] of doing it. That gave them cover, made the true charges against them look like distraction, etc.

  270. The Obama people are spreading the money around. Why else would Lady of Spain be “voted” the most powerful woman in the world immediately before she hits the campaign trail to shill for dimocrats. That way the memory of this is fresh in the minds of the feeble minded supporters, and so the carnival barkers who introduce her can incorporate that bought and paid for distinction in their introductory remarks. These days, such awards are like the Nobel Prize and even knighthoods for sale to the highest bidder. It seems that nothing is sacred any more to the corrupting influence of big money. Once it confined that influence to the realm of business whereas now increasingly it has become an instrument for political and social control.

    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!—Kipling

  271. Stalin: It does not matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes. As in most powerful woman in the world. Lady Gaga must be really pissed about this.

  272. wbboei,

    Wonderful analysis from you today.

    I find myself learning so much from everyone here. It’s like a constant debate where I get to hear all sides.

  273. “What we would have, however, is a totally deranged big media, keen to destroy her because she won the primary, and thwarted their plans to control the country.”

    ————–
    Indeed. The one saving grace might have been her popularity with the people and hopefully media ratings tanking at their worst.

  274. Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor[1]) is often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae (translating to the law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness). The principle is popularly interpreted as “the simplest explanation is usually the correct one”. When competing hypotheses are equal in other respects, the principle recommends selection of the hypothesis that introduces the fewest assumptions and postulates the fewest entities while still sufficiently answering the question. It is in this sense that Occam’s razor is usually understood. Simplest is not defined by the time or number of words it takes to express the theory; “[simplest] is really referring to the theory with the fewest new assumptions.” [2

    1. Big Media is run by people who went to Ivy League schools. They consider themselves to be morally, intellectually, economically and culturally superior.

    2. They view the American People as the great unwashed, they do not respect their views, and they look at us as nothing more than a market to be exploited and manipulated. They want to control what we think.

    3. They support politicians who share their elitist views, or those whom they can use as a mascot in that cause. Conversely, they reject those whose views coincide with those of the American People or are concerned about their welfare.

    4. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are on the side of the American People. The elites feel threatened by them for that reason. (Note: there are a handful of journalists who stand as exceptions to this rule.)

  275. 4. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are on the side of the American People. The elites feel threatened by them for that reason. (Note: there are a handful of journalists who stand as exceptions to this rule.)

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

    You mean the elites are fearful of people who aren’t like them? 😉

  276. The little greek is a perfect example George Stephanopolis. He was given a position of trust in the Clinton Administation and then he wrote a tell all book riddled with lies. Heilman and Halperin are others. Little ratboy chuckie todd is another. Howard Fineman, etc. The list goes on an on. All self promoters who play fast and loose with the truth. That wonderful line by the rabbi–if I do not do what is best for myself then who will? But if I do only what is best for me and ignore all other interests then what good am I. There is a profound difference between the role of a judge and the role of an advocate. The judge must be even handed in what he or she does, whereas the advocate is free to do whatever they want within the boundaries of the law. Big media has become so consumed with arrogance and the desire to control the process that they have forsaken the role of judge and guardian of truth and have degenerated into nothing more than advocate for the elites, and too often, against the interests of this country. This is not my opinion alone. Millions of people believe this is true, and many of them are business men.

  277. This brings to mind that wonderful colloquy between my heroine Dorothy Rabinotitz, Dan Henninger, Jim Taaanto and Paul Gigot if the Wall Street Journal about politician who lie and when they are caught make slippery excuses like I misspoke but fear not because I take full responsibility (just what the fuck does that mean”) but I wiil not allow others to impugn a lifetime of service just because of a few misspoken words, like when I said I served in Viet Nam but never did.

    Say what? There is only one word for this: Liar! Give Joe Wilson the cupie doll for that one. Barack of course is the master of this. The Great Prevaricator.

    But any more this disease (The Washington Disease) is not confined to our political class. It infects the chattering class too. And the worst of it is it cannot be cured with penicillin. Lying has become their profession/

  278. This problem also permeates the legal profession. A newly minted US District Court Judge gave a short talk at a bar luncheon recently. The title was “Why Lawyers Lie And Judges Let Them Get Away With It.” It never used to be this way. I knew a lawer in Alaska thirty years ago who tried to present a forged document, and the Judge read read him his Miranda rights.

  279. You mean the elites are fearful of people who aren’t like them?
    ————————————–
    They are deathly afraid of losing what they have. Their lifestyle.

    Awhile back I happened to see a documentary on the Titanic. There was one passenger aboard who was a scion of one of the great American families. I would say the Vanderbilts but that is genetically impossible since that line later produced Anderson Cooper–Mrs. Vanderbilt’s precious baby boy. In any event this middle aged man, the pride of their family, was an aristocrat who understood that he had attained a station in life through the mere accident of birth that entailed more than just perks but obligations as well. The duty of every knight–noblesse oblige. There was room in the lifeboat for only so many. He had more to live for than anyone on that ill fated boat, but he chose to give up his seat to a woman and her child and face the fate he spared them from through his chivalry. Now that is how it is supposed to work. But this is not what today silverspooned baby boomers do. It is archane.

  280. So what is it that has changed? I asked that question once to a Catholic priest. He happened to be the dean of a law school so the question was apt. He was also a Jesuit, which is known to be a worldly order with a tradition of rigorous intellectual discussion not unlike the Rabbinical one. What he said is that our concept of justice has changed. Whereas previously, it focused on what we did as individuals, now it is more focused on what effect we do or do not do will have on society. The terms for this are deontongical vs utilitarian view of justice. Under the former, if what I do is inherently wrong, then it is wrong regardless of what effect it has on society. Under the latter, if what I do is inherently wrong but it helps more people than it hurts then it is right. This may have something to do with it.

  281. it focused on what we did as individuals, now it is more focused on what effect we do or do not do will have on society. The terms for this are deontongical vs utilitarian view of justice.

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

    The deontongical view, or something like it, can be much abused. An example is the impeachment of Bill Clinton over a blow job, er, over ‘lying’ about a blow job.

  282. turndown:

    I think it’s only fair that every man that has NEVER gotten a bj should sign in here, er lied about NEVER getting a bj should sign in here.

    you can administer the oath.. 😉

  283. Good Grief, How’d we get on blow jobs???

    What I don’t understand is why Hillary got punished for Bill’s blow job? She got punished twice if you know what I mean??

    If Bill and Hillary could get our country back in the black…they both can have blow jobs everyday….I don’t care!

  284. Speaking of the OVal office…does it bother you all when you see that pic of Obama with his suit coat off and his feet on the Oval Office desk?? It pisses me off!

    I personally think its a signal to his overseas supporters/money laundrers!

  285. confloyd,

    everything about this idiot bothers me. His disrespect for the oval office, for his position of potus, even his mangling and belittling use of the English language.

  286. Administrator, you leave us to our own devices for three days without one of your fantastic articles and this is what happens!

    We go into withdrawal and start talking about all the millions of guys that Turndown is going to have to get in an orderly line so Confloyd can swear them in…what a headache that’s going to be.

    They are just going to have to have a government stimulus fund to get this job done!

  287. Well, I’ll tell ya- I’m in shock!

    I take the dog for his evening walk and expect a whole page full of volunteers… (well, unless they got deleted somehow?)… Or maybe confloyd scared them all away thinking she was setting them up for a new kinda internet X-Ray? Or turndown was just too busy hypothesizing her deontongical view to line em up?

    Either that or we have a bunch of honest folks who like us too much to lie about having some silly ole bj.:)

  288. Oh, it wasn’t just getting a blowjob, nothing wrong with that, happens to everyone. But this was at Ground Zero, er, in the Oval Office.

    g,d,r

  289. “Either that or we have a bunch of honest folks who like us too much to lie about having some silly ole bj.:)”

    Yes indeed, that must be it. 😉

  290. Confloyd:

    “If Bill and Hillary could get our country back in the black…they both can have blow jobs everyday….I don’t care!”
    _______________

    If you could shorten that a little bit more could be a bumpersticker? 🙂

  291. MSNBC’s home page has a video of Bill Clinton on the campaign trail calling him the Renaissance man with an approval rating of 55% because he is the most popular politician in the country right now.

  292. Good Grief, How’d we get on blow jobs???
    —————————————-
    We were discussing Messiah Obama. And one thing just led to another. One might even call it a natural progression.

    The deontongical view, or something like it, can be much abused.
    ————————————-
    I think what this Catholic Priest had in mind was more in the nature of a personal code, rather than a criterion by which we should judge other peopled. To illustrate, assume that I am a lawman in the old west. My duty is to uphold the law by bringing in the bad guy. Suppose in the course of my duty, I encounter the bad guy is a faster gun. Suppose he is politically connected. Or suppose he is popular with the local towns people and I am just an outsider. I can look the other way. Everyone concerned would be happier, including me. By walking away I would achieve the greatest benefit for the greatest number and the utilitarian standard would be satisfied. So I do that and I promise myself I will forsake my duty just this once, then later there is another just once, and pretty soon I don’t know who The only thing I know for sure is I no longer a lawman. Worse, one of those confrontations I just walked away to make everybody happy goes to another town and shoots a bunch of of people. Their survivors are not happy. That never would have happened if I had done my job. That example may seem far fetched but I would venture to guess that it crosses the mind of our troops in the middle east like once a day every day all day long. No this has nothing to do with blowjobs either, but it has direct application to Obama.

  293. To tell you the truth…Obama just isn’t that interesting…however Bill C. is….if you know what I mean. LOL!

    Now how can we shorten that to make a bumpersticker….however I get the first million, LOL!

  294. Confloyd:

    “If Bill and Hillary could get our country back in the black…they both can have blow jobs everyday….I don’t care!”
    =======================
    Connie, where do you suppose the Messiah is right now? It is simply too dark to be on the golf course. Can’t find the golf ball. Can’t see the scorecard to know what to erase. Its to take a big cut at the ball and fail to make contact. Therefore, you are likely to find the great one where you would least expect him– at his desk burning the midnight oil. Saving the nation by signing oil executive orders which will spread wealth and our curtail liberty. Not exactly a Frank Capra ending.

  295. Well, my point was that Gingrich and the Impeachers used deontongical whatsis as an excuse to impeach Bill.

  296. Wbboei,
    I agree he’s probably signing that bill he said to stopped to stop all the illegal forclosure…while he lying to us supported by BM that he actually did a pocket veto.

    BTW, what the heck is a “pocket veto”….is that like the old saying “pocket pool”. LOL!

  297. Well, my point was that Gingrich and the Impeachers used deontongical whatsis as an excuse to impeach Bill.
    ———————-
    No. They used their own hypocrisy. They should have applied that standard to themselves before worrying about anyone else.

  298. The stupidity…any talks with people like the taliban will end in them getting what they want, the people what they dont want and everyone else being screwed.

    Don’t give in to terrorists, wipe them out, don’t hand them what they want or in 10 years the Taliban will be right back in control of the Govt and will be the Govt.

  299. MOP, they want to do this purely for political reason to show that Obama has managed to attain peace in Afganistan before the election. Lets face it, he searching for any lie he can find to not lose as much as Bill did in 94′ so the powers will keep him in place in 2012′. His faux Presidency is on the line.

  300. This is stunning.. from one of his own lapdogs, Halperin.

    Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November’s elections.

    With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2024718,00.html#ixzz123WZZxh5

  301. “the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.”

    Notice the order of priority – “working-class voters” come in dead last, “members of Congress” lead the list.

  302. pm317
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:36 am
    wow, a book was thrown at Obama at his PA rally!
    &&&&&&&

    It’s about time that somebody “threw the book at him”.

    “Book ‘im, Danno”.

  303. wbboei
    October 10th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Fed Destroying The Middle Class–the how and the why of it.Justin Littel
    ___________________

    Finally, someone has the audicity to speak the Truth albiet 12 yrs too late. The Republicans and their ‘Contract with America’ have been about this business since Reagan, where were they then?

  304. Long, but I think worth reading…

    Krystal Ball.Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 1st District

    October 11, 2010

    The Next Glass Ceiling

    When I was fifteen-years-old, I watched Hillary Clinton during the difficult times she faced when her private life and President Clinton’s private life became public. Nevermind that the people conducting the impeachment hearings were having multiple affairs and oozed hypocrisy. Nevermind that they wanted to know every voyeuristic detail of the President’s sex life under the guise of righteousness. What I remember thinking as a young woman was watching Hillary Clinton’s expression after she had to face the entire country with her private life exposed for the world to see. I admired her so much. I thought she had this toughness and grit, style and pain, all at the same time. She must have been such a jumble of emotions inside, but she persisted. But what must that first time facing the public be like, knowing that everyone knows about your private life? Knowing that your political opponents did this in order to hurt you?

    I am a 28-year-old wife, mother, Certified Public Accountant and small business owner, and the Democratic Nominee for US Congress in the 1st district of Virginia, where I was born and raised and where I am now raising my own daughter. My father has a Ph.D. in physics and did his dissertation on crystals. Fortunately or unfortunately, my mother allowed him to name me and so he chose the name Krystal Ball.

    If elected, I would be the first woman under 30 to serve in Congress in our nation’s history. When I decided to run for office, I had never been involved in politics before. My husband and I own an educational software business and we design software for charter schools and public schools, to teach everything from river ecology to Spanish.

    In 2008, I was sitting in the hospital, holding my baby girl Ella in my arms. She was born on the day before the Presidential Primary. I remember looking at Ella and watching the election and thinking about Hillary. Thinking about how she, my own mother, and their generation of women proved that a woman can be just as competent as any man. They had to fight against the dominant narrative that women were somehow less capable, so they worked twice as hard, had twice as much experience and determined not to be victims of sexism but instead to smash the glass ceiling by sheer determination. This was not without cost. Women felt they had to choose between family and career, and they had to cover up almost any hint of sexuality in the workplace if they wanted to be taken as seriously as men. Many women of that generation came into their own after their children left the house, unleashing their intellects with a fierce determination to succeed, but somewhat handicapped by how far they could rise by having spent so much time subordinating their lives to their husband’s careers.

    So, I decided that part of the reason that things in this world are the way that they are, the reason I had to wonder whether the baby bottles I bought contained toxic BPA, the reason that there was not affordable day care, the reason that society would tolerate throwing anorexic girls out of treatment after the insurance expired and the reason that my own pregnancy had been legally treated as a pre-existing condition was because ultra-talented women, like Hillary Clinton and my own mother, weren’t in Congress while they were young . I thought to myself, what if I ran for Congress, at 28 years old? What if I won? What if my generation ran for office as young women, often with young families? Could that change our country? Would my generation tolerate marriage inequality, failing schools, an often-tainted food supply and a level of scorched earth politics? Absolutely not. It’s not an accident that the only two Republicans willing to consistently reach across the aisle in the Senate, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, are both women. Put that rationality and willingness to compromise that women naturally possess together with the idealism and pro-growth environmentalism of my generation and we could be a powerful force in politics to change this country. So, I decided to run for Congress.

    I also have to admit that even though I disagree with her on almost every issue, Sarah Palin was also a part of inspiring me to run. When I saw Sarah up on the stage with her baby, running to be our Vice-President, loving and caring for a baby and interviewing for the second most powerful job in the world, I thought, wow, maybe I can run for office even though I have a young baby. In that way, I think that Sarah Palin has done a tremendous service for women of my generation.

    After I won the primary, I expected to receive huge fundraising support from Hillary Clinton and Obama donors, as well as the Facebook generation of my peers. I did things out of the box. I rented out the IMAX theater on Christmas day for fundraising showings of Avatar, making $5 per ticket on 1,000 tickets, selling them via Facebook ads and getting to meet every voter. We raised money online, more than 6,000 donors from all over the country who loved seeing someone their own age running for office. I was very successful getting support from those who supported President Obama, because my generation of young women is actually an Obama-Hillary fusion. We aspire to have Hillary’s spine of steel and desire to over-prepare and we have President Obama’s idealism. But I wasn’t that successful in getting support from the powerful women who formed the core of Hillary’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit. These were the women I looked up to, who had blazed the trail for me, I hoped to earn their support more than anything and they didn’t support me in the numbers I had hoped for.

    I wondered, was it because they felt I hadn’t paid my dues? Was it because they were worried, that with my relative inexperience, men wouldn’t take me seriously and I might enforce the stereotypes they had worked so hard to break down? I was often told to cut my hair, to wear shorter heels, to dress in drab colors. I realized it was actually because they wanted to protect me. They did this because, for their generation, female sexuality was dangerous to display in the workplace, especially in politics.

    Now, this may seem funny given the nature of the source of my small amount of ephemeral celebrity, but I am actually a fairly shy person by nature, pretty much of a policy wonk. I tried to be as fun as I could during and immediately after college, but I am generally private to the point that I don’t even like to kiss my husband in public. I am always worried about what outfit I wear. Is the skirt too high? How’s the neckline? Yet, for millions of people around the world, I am a joke named Krystal Ball, a party girl or a whore.

    How did this happen? How did I end up with private photos of me at 22 with my ex-husband across the entire Internet, and in papers from London to New York to Boston? It’s not because people care about the Congressional race in the first district of Virginia or because of my positions on energy independence, school choice, marriage equality, or pro-growth environmentalism. Here’s what happened…

    Politics is a nasty game. I knew that coming in. I thought I could take it. But the day that I bought my first radio ads, my opponent called the station and inquired as to the size of the advertising buy. Two hours later, these photos were released by a right-wing smear blog with close ties to my opponent. I don’t believe these pictures were posted with a desire to just embarrass me; they wanted me to feel like a whore. They wanted me to collapse in a ball of embarrassment and to hang my head in shame. After all, when you are a woman named Krystal Ball, 28 years old, running for Congress, well, you get the picture. Stripper. Porn star. I’ve heard them all. So, I sat in my husband’s arms and cried. I thought about my little girl. I couldn’t stand the idea that I had somehow damaged the cause of young women running for office. I couldn’t stand the idea that I might shame my family, my friends or my supporters in some way.

    The tactic of making female politicians into whores is nothing new. In fact, it happened to Meg Whitman, one of the world’s most accomplished business women, just last week. It’s part of this whole idea that female sexuality and serious work are incompatible. But I realized that photos like the ones of me, and ones much racier, would end up coming into the public sphere when women of my generation run for office. And I knew that there could be no other answer to the question than this: Society has to accept that women of my generation have sexual lives that are going to leak into the public sphere. Sooner or later, this is a reality that has to be faced, or many young women in my generation will not be able to run for office.

    On the day the photos were posted, I thought of Hillary Clinton. How she came out the next day after her private life was public and held her head high. Many advisors told me I was finished, that this was not what people wanted from their member of Congress. I decided that I had to fight. I had to come out publicly and raise my voice on this issue, even though I risked becoming some joke candidate named Krystal Ball. I also risked drawing more attention to the photos, which I still find tremendously embarrassing, but mostly because I’m shy, not because I think that what I did was wrong.

    Against nearly all the advice I was given I decided to give interviews. Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, from Women’s Campaign Forum, helped me to realize that the way to combat this was to take it head-on, to confront it.

    Since this has happened and I have campaigned around my district, hundreds of people have come up to me to give me their love and support. I have not had one single person say an unkind word to me. Not one. Imagine, with all the stories of how much ugliness there is in the world, yet not one person has been rude to me in person in any way. I have received too many emails to count from all over my district and all over the world. From Bethel, Maine to Bethel, Washington. From veterans, government workers, seniors, young people, all expressing support for me, for my generation…saying in effect…we still love you, you have nothing to be ashamed of…run for office…win.

    However, my biggest support during this whole sad episode of my life has come from supporters of Hillary Clinton. In effect, they have been telling me that what happened to me could have happened to one of their daughters. They will not see their daughters called whores when they run for office just because of some college or post-college party. They will not watch the tide of everything they fought for washed away by the public exposure of female sexuality. Once again, like the heroes that they were a generation ago when they made their careers, they are stepping up to protect young women like me and to support us and to help us to grow up. We are young women. And we are dedicated to serving this country. And we will run for office. And we will win.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/krystal-ball/the-next-glass-ceiling_b_757819.html

  305. The idea of a $165 billion bailout of union pension funds boggles the mind. That is the QUID PRO QUO for union support of Obama. Make no mistake about that. These pension funds are in deep trouble. But if you study their history you will see that they are in trouble because of mistakes made by both parties in collective bargaining. For example, the Central States Pension fund became underfunded when trucking companies went out of business at the time of de regulation. With fewer companies to pay in and a continuing expansion of benefits the problem grew worse. The largest employer in that Fund was United Parcel Service. UPS could see the handwriting on the wall and made a proposal to withdraw from the fund. The union rejected the offer and went on strike to prevent that company from withdrawing. Ten years later a different Administration allowed them to withdraw in exchange for cardcheck rights over the newly acquired Overnight. Now, they want the taxpayers to bail them out. The story is similar in the case of the United Auto Workers. The companies made huge mistakes at the bargaining table in the 1960s and gave away the store. They never anticipated the rise of foreign competition. Year after year those mistakes compounded. As company fortunes declined so did the union’s. Today that union has half the members it did 10 years ago, the employers have less employees to pay into the fund on, and they have a large retiree population with lifetime medical which compounds the problem. Once again they are looking for a taxpayer bailout. Why should non union taxpayers be required to bailout union members on account of mistakes made by their unions and employers. That is the question that needs to be answered. But if Obama is not stopped and his dimocrats in congress defeated, that is precisely what will happen sure as day follows night. At this point it is no exaggeration to say that a democratic congress will destroy this country if Obama wills it. They have no patriotism, no loyalty to their constituents and no mind of their own.

    Economic Treason
    Red State Blog

    (snip)

    The Confiscationalists.

    On Friday, an online firestorm was created when Human Events writer Connie Hair exposed what Democrats were doing last week during a recess hearing in the Senate HELP Committee:

    Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a $165 billion taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more “fairly” distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous “Guaranteed Retirement Account” (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci.

    In a nutshell, under the GRA system government would seize private 401(k) accounts, setting up an additional 5% mandatory payroll tax to dole out a “fair” pension to everyone using that confiscated money coupled with the mandated contributions. This would, of course, be a sister government ponzi scheme working in tandem with Social Security, the primary purpose being to give big government politicians additional taxpayer funds to raid to pay for their out-of-control spending.

    The New School, at which Theresa Guilarducci is the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, was founded in 1919 as a center for progressive thought by Fabian socialists, as well as historian Charles Beard and philosopher John Dewey. According to the New School’s website:

    The New School is a legendary, progressive university comprising eight schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 10,200 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world.

    Now, the constitutionalist in you may, at first, balk at the usage of the term “confiscate.” After all, in addition to being possibly unconstitutional, a Castro-Chavez style nationalization (or confiscation) is probably too crude for this crowd of Ivy-League Leninists. No, their brilliance would likely reqiure more subtlety…like the tax code.

    You see, if another government-entitlement were to be established, it would have to be pushed through Congress (which gives rise to the concerns of a ‘lame duck’ Congressional attempt at creating this monstrosity). Once it is created (assuming it could withstand court challenges), however, they could argue that the creation of an ‘account’ in this new scheme would suffice the eminent domain and just compensation provisions of the Fifth Amendment; or, if they don’t want to bother with that, they could just use the tax code to incentivise Americans to put their retirements into the hands of the government.

    The Final Noose Around America’s Neck

    The plan to end America’s semi-capitalist system may be announced very shortly when the President’s deficit reduction panel makes its report to the President. In fact, one of its members, former SEIU boss Andy Stern tipped their hand in July when he talked to the Huffington Post:

    Andy Stern, a key member of the deficit commission, is pushing to invest a significant portion of the Social Security trust fund in private companies through the stock market, the former labor leader told HuffPost.

    Stern, taking a break from one of the few public meetings of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, said that Social Security “needs to be, like any pension fund, brought back into balance.”

    There were several ways to bring the fund into balance, he said, but one that he favors consists of “investing some percentage of government money in the stock market, as they do in Canada. Not individual taxpayer money, but government money.”

    The significance of this cannot be overstated. As bad as financial reform will for job growth, if the federal government invests in the private sector, there will be NO private sector.

    As was stated at the beginning of this post:

    YOU are the ONLY thing in the way of them fulfilling their agenda.

    November 2nd is a mere three weeks from now.

    Get Out the Vote.

    __________________
    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

  306. Clarification to my comment above: UPS was allowed to withdraw . . .

    in exchange for cardcheck rights at Overnight + A $5 BILLION PAYMENT–which was their portion of the unfunded liability at the time. That left a huge hole in the fund. If they had remained in the fund, their liability would have compounded as more companies went out of business. That was the problem they were seeking to avoid. It left the pension fund holding the bag, and now they want the taxpayers to cover that bad bet.

  307. Killing The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg, in a time of record unemployment, courtesy of Barack Hussein Obama. And yet half the country does not get it. It is too hard to . . think. Owie, this thinking business . . it makes my head hurt. I love him. He is so inspiring. . . Idiots!
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    Shutting Up Business
    Democrats unleash the IRS and Justice on donors to their political opponents.
    Wall Street Journal

    If at first you don’t succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That’s the latest Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics.

    Since the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, Democrats in Congress have been trying to pass legislation to repeal the First Amendment for business, though not for unions. Having failed on that score, they’re now turning to legal and political threats. Funny how all of this outrage never surfaced when the likes of Peter Lewis of Progressive insurance and George Soros helped to make Democrats financially dominant in 2006 and 2008.

    Chairman Max Baucus of the powerful Senate Finance Committee got the threats going last month when he asked Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate if certain tax exempt 501(c) groups had violated the law by engaging in too much political campaign activity. Lest there be any confusion about his targets, the Montana Democrat flagged articles focused on GOP-leaning groups, including Americans for Job Security and American Crossroads.

    Associated Press
    Max Baucus

    Mr. Baucus was seconded last week by the ostensibly nonpartisan campaign reform groups Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, which asked the IRS to investigate whether Crossroads is spending too much money on campaigns. Those two outfits swallowed their referee whistle in the last two campaign cycles, but they’re all worked up now that Republicans might win more seats. Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) affiliate of American Crossroads supported by Karl Rove, is a target because it has spent millions already in this election cycle.

    Last Tuesday, the liberal blog ThinkProgress, run by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had collected some $300,000 in annual dues from foreign companies. Since the money went into the Chamber’s general fund, the allegation is that it could have been used to pay for political ads, which would violate a ban on foreign companies participating in American elections. The Chamber says it uses no foreign money for its political activities and goes to great lengths to raise separate funds for political purposes.

    That didn’t stop President Obama from raising the issue in a Maryland speech last week, saying that “groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.” Within hours of the ThinkProgress report, the bully boys at MoveOn.org asked the Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation of the Chamber. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, Minnesota Senator Al Franken expressed his profound concern that “foreign corporations are indirectly spending significant sums to influence American elections through third-party groups.” From the man who stole his Senate election in a dubious recount, this is rich.

    Even Mr. Franken admits in his letter that the Chamber’s commingling of funds in its general accounts is not “per se illegal,” but apparently he thinks it’s fine to unleash federal investigators because the Chamber cash might contribute to the defeat of fellow Democrats.

    The outrage over the Chamber is especially amusing considering the role of foreigners in U.S. labor unions. According to the Center for Competitive Politics, close to half of the unions that are members of the AFL-CIO are international. One man’s corporate commingling is another’s union dues.

    Unions and liberal groups are hardly cash poor this year in any case. The Campaign Media Analysis Group looked at the combined spending of candidates, their parties and outside groups and found that Democrats outspent Republicans $47.3 million to $40.8 million in a recent 60-day period.

    Democrats claim only to favor “disclosure” of donors, but their legal intimidation attempts are the best argument against disclosure. Liberals want the names of business donors made public so they can become targets of vilification with the goal of intimidating them into silence. A CEO or corporate board is likely to think twice about contributing to a campaign fund if the IRS or prosecutors might come calling. If Democrats can reduce business donations in the next three weeks, they can limit the number of GOP challengers with a chance to win and reduce Democratic Congressional losses.

    The strategy got a test drive in Minnesota earlier this year after Target Corporation donated $100,000 cash and $50,000 of in-kind contributions to an independent group that ran ads supporting the primary candidacy of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. MoveOn.org accused the company of being anti-gay, organized a petition, and crafted a TV ad urging shoppers to boycott Target stores. Target made no further donations, and other companies that once showed an interest have since declined to contribute.

    ***
    Then there’s the curious reference to the tax status of Koch Industries by White House chief economist Austan Goolsbee. In a late August conference call with reporters, Mr. Goolsbee cited the closely-held Koch as an example of “really giant firms” that pay no corporate income tax because they file under other tax rules. But how in the world would Mr. Goolsbee know Koch’s tax status? Could his knowledge be related to the White House-liberal campaign against Koch for contributing to Americans for Prosperity, a group that is supporting free-market candidates for Congress this year?

    In an August 9 speech, Mr. Obama personally trashed Americans for Prosperity, hinting that it was funded by “a big oil company.” He had to mean Koch, which makes no secret of its support for Americans for Prosperity.

    The White House didn’t respond to queries about Mr. Goolsbee’s remark for weeks until GOP Senators requested an investigation. The Treasury’s inspector general for tax matters has since announced such a probe, and last week White House spokesman Robert Gibbs finally got around to explaining that Mr. Goolsbee’s statement “was not in any way based on any review of tax filings” and that he won’t use the example again.

    We’re glad to hear it, but pardon our skepticism given the ferocity of this White House-led campaign against businesses that donate to political campaigns. Faced with electoral repudiation as the public turns against their agenda, Democrats are unleashing government power to silence their political opponents. Instead of piling on, the press corps ought to blow the whistle on this attempt to stifle political speech. This is one more liberal abuse of power that voters should consider as they head to the polls.

  308. confloyd

    What I don’t understand is why Hillary got punished for Bill’s bj? She got punished twice if you know what I mean??

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    You would be shocked to hear how many Dems condemn the ‘Clinton’s’ for that very act. More that he got caught doing it and was exposed.

    When I question Dems that don’t like the Clinton’s, it’s never about their policies, intelligence or anything other than that one thing. When I ask, why then do you condemn Hillary for it? They say, because she didn’t leave him!!!!!!

    Boy, they get an earful from me about that…

  309. When I question Dems that don’t like the Clinton’s, it’s never about their policies, intelligence or anything other than that one thing.

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

    But CDS started years before. That’s how the bj got discovered: “Arkansas Project” etc.

  310. Two new polls (SurveyUSA and Quinnipiac) put Gillibrand and Cuomo way out front of their Rep challengers.

    I don’t care much about Cuomo, but I have a soft spot for Gillibrand. I hope she can make it.

  311. MICHAEL GOODWIN: Why Don’t YOU ‘Buck Up,’ Mr. President
    By Michael Goodwin

    When it comes to spotting omens, it’s hard to imagine a more dramatic one. President Obama was giving a speech when the presidential seal suddenly fell off his podium and landed with a thud. The “latest defector from the Obama camp,” a magazine quipped.

    The latest but not even the last of the week. National Security director Jim Jones earned that distinction by quitting Friday, joining the stampede to the exits.

    If the White House had wheels, they’d be flying off. As they did with Jones, officials claimed each departure was routine, proving they’re no good at faking the obvious. So many top players don’t abandon winning teams.

    The recent parade of setbacks makes this stretch one of the rockiest in Obama’s rocky presidency.
    Troubles are metastasizing on every front, from a dangerous crisis with Pakistan to an economic stall that features a triple threat of high unemployment, a declining dollar and possible inflation. The “I” word — Incompetence — raised its head with reports that government checks worth millions were sent to dead people and prisoners.

    Meanwhile, a commission Obama established on the Gulf oil spill accused the White House of taking an “overly casual approach” to learning how much oil was actually gushing and charged it kept the worst-case estimates a secret. His health care bill is an election-year albatross, with Democrats running from it as demands for exemptions flood in from corporations and unions.

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    Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes, Worry Ex-Air Force Officers John Cusack Calls for ‘Satanic Death’ of Fox News, GOP Leaders University of Texas Gunman Acted Alone, Police Say Suspect in Killing of N.C. Police Chief’s Daughter Arrested in New York Police: Indiana Mom Locked Kids in Closet for 10 Hours, Returned to Find 2 Dead The relentless storm of bad news is etched on Obama’s face. Appearing after yet another dreary jobs report, he carried a stricken and defeated look.

    His typical spin on economic progress lacked conviction and he delivered his standard attacks on Republicans with half a heart.

    The president needs to take his own advice. Faced with a midterm drubbing, he recently demanded that dispirited supporters “buck up.”

    You first, Mr. President. It’s time to lead by example.

    The nation can’t afford a demoralized leader and no president has the right to wallow in self-pity.

    Still, the way in which Obama chooses to fight the blues matters most. Merely pasting a smile on won’t cut it, nor will filling the empty seats with more yes men make his Titanic seaworthy.

    He inherited a recession and two wars, but he knew that was the deal when he ran. He won because he vowed to fix the problems, but has failed and lost the trust of the majority of Americans over his major policy choices.

    By the same token, political recovery begins the instant he decides finally to listen to public concerns. The way forward is fairly obvious and within his control.

    Voters across the spectrum are frightened and angry at out-of-control spending. So he should do something about it.

    He can start by keeping his promise to go through the budget “line by line” looking for waste. And he can make it clear he won’t raise taxes next year.

    Obama doesn’t want to change course, but soon he won’t have much choice. The election is going to deliver a more balanced Congress, perhaps even GOP control.

    If he has any survival instinct, he won’t wait until the results are in before realizing voters are doing him a favor. He should seize the moment to get on the right side of public will.

    He could begin today by dropping his plan to raise income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners in January. Then he could take out the green eyeshades and red pens to start making those serious cuts on waste.

    That would be a twofer. He’ll be doing the right thing. And he’ll be a happier president when he works with the majority of Americans instead of against them.

    Michael Goodwin is a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor. To continue reading his column, click here.

  312. “When I question Dems that don’t like the Clinton’s, it’s never about their policies, intelligence or anything other than that one thing.[the BJ] When I ask, why then do you condemn Hillary for it? They say, because she didn’t leave him!!!!!!”

    I don’t know about Dems in particular, but the general population actually split more in her favor for staying with Bill rather than leaving him, “Standing by her man”, that kind of thinking. But a lot of the same people blamed Hillary for letting Lewinsky happen in the first place, because in public she has always come across as hard-headed and “cold”.

  313. Off the subject but the Doctor agreed and wants to put my husband in the nursing home…got there and found out medicare doesn’t pay for nursing home…you have to be on medicaid for it to pay. I would be totally 100% self pay. So not only would they take his disability check I personally would have to pay 1200.00 a month, plus all meds/dr.visits.
    I would never be able to get myself ready for retirement if I did this….like I said a week ago….I need an illegal alien…they are cheaper than the nursing home…how I am ever going to be able to handle this I will never know! Praying hasn’t been helping!

  314. Goodwin is clueless. Absolutely clueless. He does not understand that he is dealing with a sociopath. Boy scout pep talks like the one above tendered to a man like Obama are about as effective as pissing in the ocean. It is not within Obama’s skill set to listen to the American People, much less white people over 50.

  315. Actually I found that the Christians admire Hillary for staying with Bill, whereas the dems are hard on her for staying. Its all stupid, I really don’t care who gets what and where!

  316. “Voters across the spectrum are frightened and angry at out-of-control spending. So he should do something about it.

    He can start by keeping his promise to go through the budget “line by line” looking for waste.”

    That was a stupid promise in the first place. Only someone with serious management experience can cut waste, and will do so not by cutting budget lines but by making the government work for the people.

  317. Soros: I Can’t Stop a Republican “Avalanche”
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    No one is asking you to, asshole. At least no one who loves this country. In your eighty plus years on this earth you have done more damage and caused more pain to innocent people than any businessman in history. And you have been rather explicit about your schemes to bring down the United States. The best thing you can do for the world is butt out. Asshole.

  318. Obama doesn’t want to change course, but soon he won’t have much choice.
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    Come on Goodwin. You underestimate his treachery.

  319. well said Wbboei but its a good hint that Soros even knows Obama is screwed on this. Its the same in elections, watch the money…….Soros wallet is closed in 2010.

  320. He could begin today by dropping his plan to raise income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners in January.

    —————

    Careful, that sentence includes a number.

  321. Confloyd, the funny thing is, its none of no-ones damn business what Bill and Hillary do in their marriage, they dont have to live it. Its no-ones business to say whether a woman should stay or go, its up to the couple themselves unless of course their is extreme physical danger involved.

    People should butt out of their marriage, sure discuss it all you like but don’t tell them what they cant and cannot do in their own marriage.

    Thats what annoyed me.

  322. He could begin today by dropping his plan to raise income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners in January.

    —————

    Careful, that sentence includes a number.

    ———–

    I should have said, it’s a simple sentence that includes a number and a simple fact. “Top 2%”. The writer wants the top 2% to pay less taxes instead of more.

    The AMerican public might have a different opinion.

    Even if it were really ‘raising taxes’ rather than letting some Bush cuts expire, ie getting back to a semblence of normal.

  323. MOP, I agree! Why in the world do we need to be in the President’s bedroom…don’t they have the same privacy that the constitution gives me or you….no as long as there are Newt’s, and Beck’s in this world….when you become Potus your bedroom is a fish bowl. What should be in a fish bowl should be campaign donations, mob connections and lobbiest connection. Bj’s and other should be no ones business and it used to not be.

  324. he writer wants the top 2% to pay less taxes instead of more
    —————————
    Is that what he is saying. Or is he saying he wants them to pay what they are paying now under the expiring tax cuts, rather than pay more because those tax cuts were allowed to expire for that group. How would this affect job creation? It would be good to know the answer to that question before anyone decides whether it is prudent economic policy to let those cuts expire.

  325. By the same token, political recovery begins the instant he decides finally to listen to public concerns. The way forward is fairly obvious and within his control
    ————————————–
    Naww. He is wrong. He makes it sound as easy as flipping a switch. Like it is business as usual. Like trust is easily restored after it is broken. Lets test the water on Goodwin’s bullsit:

    Is Obama willing to repeal health care deform? Is Obama willing to institute Glass Steegle? Is Obama willing to admit to fraud and intimidation in the primary? Is Obama willing to produce a copy of his colb? Is Obama prepared to stop bail outs? Is Obama prepared to win in Afganistan? Is Obama prepared to stop raping the middle class? Is Obama prepared to stop criticizing the United States around the world? Does Obama care what the public concerns are? Is empathy on the list of symptoms of a sociopath? Does the appointment of Rouse the louse sigal a willingness to change? Really?

  326. October 11, 2010
    Washington Post: Printing A Cartoon That Doesn’t Include An Image Of Muhammad Might Provoke Muslims So We Won’t Run It
    —DrewM.

    Riot enough and the brave members of the media will get the message…a robust press and open debate are incompatible with Islam and/or your safety.

    Last week’s “Non Sequitur” cartoon featured a Where’s Waldo? like book cover entitled “Picture Book Title Least Likely to Ever Find a Publisher…Where’s Muhammad?” The catch…unlike the Waldo books, there’s no image of Muhammad.

    The mere mention of the name Muhammad was apparently enough to set alarm bells ringing in the executive suites of the Washington Post. Eventually decision was made to spike the cartoon.

    Still, Style editor Ned Martel said he decided to yank it, after conferring with others, including Executive Editor Marcus W. Brauchli, because “it seemed a deliberate provocation without a clear message.” He added that “the point of the joke was not immediately clear” and that readers might think that Muhammad was somewhere in the drawing.
    The cartoon was “without a clear message”? The fact that the Post and other papers spiked it without even waiting for protests from Muslims is the message.

    In fact CAIR, a group with exquisite sensibilities when it comes to offending Muslims doesn’t seem to be bothered by it.

    “The reference [to Muhammad] in this case was so vague that I don’t even know if offense comes into it,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group that combats stereotyping of Islam and Muslims.

    Of course this is exactly the point rampaging Muslims around the world and their supposed ‘moderate’ shills want us to get to…self censorship before we come anywhere near offending them.

    Here’s my modest proposal…there was talk at one point at creating a NATO medal for Courageous Restraint” for troops that didn’t shoot. I propose there be a new Pulitzer Prize for Courageous Restraint, It will be awarded to papers and editors who preemptively surrender to Muslims. If they publish something and apologize after protest, they will not be eligible for the award, only acts of pro-active cowardice like this will be recognized. My guess is competition among MFM outlets for this prize will be fierce.

    Congratulations to the Washington Post on their judgment, perhaps they will be killed last.

  327. Another Right Wing Conservative Uses Violent Gun Imagery In Campaign Ad
    —DrewM.

    Joe Manchin, the Governor of West Virginia and candidate for US Senate is a right wing conservative whack job, right? Oh, he’s a Democrat? Well, that’s awkward.

    How badly does Manchin want you to think he’s not an Obama liberal? Unlike Dale Peterson, Manchin actually fires a shot in his ad…right at the heart of a cherished piece of liberal legislation. I eagerly await the usual denunciations from liberal interest groups about how dangerous this kind of imagery is.

    As Baseball Crank says, this is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s also the sweet, sweet smell of desperation.

    Meanwhile a real conservative, Republican John Raese, is tooling along with a 4.5% lead according to the RCP average.

    The West Virginia race is an important one because the winner will sit in the lame duck session. If you’re in West Virgina or a nearby state, check out Raese’s website for Get Out the Vote opportunities.

    One more note about Manchin’s makeover from Democrat into West Virginia’s Mr. Republican. He wanted the NY Times to know who his favorite most recent President is.

    Gov. Joe Manchin III, the Democratic candidate for the Senate here, could barely contain his frustration during an interview at the Capitol.
    He complained that his Republican opponent was unjustly calling him a tool of President Obama, and he jumped up to show a visitor a photograph of himself taken with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.

    In November of 2008 the story was that Republicans may never win another election above the dog catcher level. Now Democrats are running on their affinity for George W. Bush, Wisconsin may boot Russ Feingold and the House is a lost cause for Democrats.

    Obama maybe the best thing to happen to conservatism and the GOP in generations. If only he weren’t so damn bad for America.

    Posted by DrewM. at 12:15 PM New C

  328. confloyd

    Not sure if this statement means that you could find a nursing home that is covered with Medicare, but it sounds possible…maybe not TX?

    Hope this helps:

    Nursing Homes
    Paying for Care

    Medicare

    Under certain limited conditions, Medicare will pay some nursing home costs for Medicare beneficiaries who require skilled nursing or rehabilitation services. To be covered, you must receive the services from a Medicare certified skilled nursing home after a qualifying hospital stay. A qualifying hospital stay is the amount of time spent in a hospital just prior to entering a nursing home. This is at least three days. To learn more about Medicare payment for skilled nursing home costs, contact your Medicare Fiscal Intermediary or the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in your State. The phone number for the Medicare Fiscal Intermediary or SHIP office in your area can be found in the Helpful Contacts section of this website.

    http://www.medicare.gov/nursing/payment.asp

    Maybe getting an appointment and talking to a specialist at Social Security is worth the time.

  329. Dems pulling out of Ohio…candidates hung out to dry. Looks like Surrender to me.

    Ohio 1: DCCC Cancels Driehaus Ads

    Media sources in the Cincinnati media market confirmed to the Rothenberg Political Report this morning that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has cancelled its media buys after this week.

    The market covers the highly competitive Ohio 1st District, where incumbent Steve Driehaus (D) is in an uphill bid against GOP challenger Steve Chabot (R).

    The DCCC has cancelled all of its reserved time at WKRC, the CBS affiliate in the market, for the weeks of October 19 and October 26. The Committee pulled over $200,000 worth of reserved time. The Committee also cancelled its time (over $75,000 worth of time) for those two weeks at WLWT, the NBC affiliate.

    The DCCC has a very light buy on WKRC and WLWT this week. But it is difficult to read the cancellations as anything other than the Committee’s decision to write off the Driehaus race. The DCCC could reverse course and re-purchase the time, of course, but it would then pay a higher rate.

    Other Democrats could face the same fate in the next 24 hours, since the deadline for cancelling reserved time is fast approaching.

    http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/news/article/ohio-15-dccc-cancels-driehaus-ads

  330. Hillary’s reaction and comment when the inbred Schuster called Chelsea’s campaining for her Mom… as she was ‘pimped out’for the campaign.

  331. Shadowfax…Thanks for the info…looks to me like I’m just stuck….there’s no help for the middle class…only the very poor and very rich can pay. Those of us in the middle are screwed at every angle in life!

  332. Shadowfax
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    confloyd

    What I don’t understand is why Hillary got punished for Bill’s bj? She got punished twice if you know what I mean??
    ———-
    You would be shocked to hear how many Dems condemn the ‘Clinton’s’ for that very act. More that he got caught doing it and was exposed.

    When I question Dems that don’t like the Clinton’s, it’s never about their policies, intelligence or anything other than that one thing. When I ask, why then do you condemn Hillary for it? They say, because she didn’t leave him!!!!!!

    Boy, they get an earful from me about that…
    ___________________________-

    I have so little respect for anyone that would hold “their” personal/private business against them especially as a couple. And their response that Hillary should have “left” him…
    _____________________

    All the naysayers, Republicans and Dems alike figured this was a way for killing two birds with one stone and be rid of them forever from the political landscape. I am forever grateful to Hillary for her preseverence through their most difficult times. As I am sure Chelsea was especially thankful and radiant having both her parents together sharing the joy on her special day.

  333. moononpluto
    October 11th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Soros: I Can’t Stop a Republican “Avalanche”
    George Soros, the billionaire financier who was an energetic Democratic donor in the last several election cycles but is sitting this one out, is not feeling optimistic about Democratic prospects.
    ___________________________

    The Truth is: He has no intention of supporting Obama. Soros has severed the strings from his puppet darling and is saving his pennies to support Hillary when she is drafted. Bad news to Pelosi and Reid. They will have to limp along and win their reelections on their stellar record of tax-payer achievenments and their withering war chests.

  334. CONFLOYD

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    If you know the laws and know how to apply them, you will find that in most cases you are not required to spend all of your money; but in fact, can preserve a large part of your money.

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    At one end of the information spectrum there are the social workers, discharge planners and admission directors whose main focus is solutions to medical and nursing care treatment.

    At the other end, there is the Department of Aging
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    There are many myths about Medicaid, such as: Medicaid is a welfare or poverty program.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, “when a stay-at-home spouse can keep up to $2,739.00 of the total monthly income and $109,560.00 of the total family assets (in addition to the homestead, automobile and personal belongings), it’s difficult to see it as a poverty program.
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    The Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services (SPS) is not affiliated with any state agency that determines Medicaid benefits.

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  335. CONFOYD
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The Ladyman Law Office for
    Senior Planning Services (SPS)

    “Serving the Financial Needs of Texans Since 1990”
    * For Texas Residents Only

    Asset Protection

    Medicaid Spend Down

    Estate Preservation

    Learn More About Us!

    Don’t Spend Your Life Savings
    Paying For Nursing Home Costs!

    Today, one of the most stressful problems facing senior citizens entering nursing homes is the loss of their life savings, due to the cost of care while in the nursing home.

    Contained within Medicaid guidelines are certain defined strategies that could possibly allow people facing this dilemma the opportunity to preserve some of their assets while at the same time qualifying for Medicaid benefits.

    If you know the laws and know how to apply them, you will find that in most cases you are not required to spend all of your money; but in fact, can preserve a large part of your money.

    There is a large information gap for families on how to access long term nursing care benefits under the Medicaid program and avoid unnecessary spend-down of resources.

    At one end of the information spectrum there are the social workers, discharge planners and admission directors whose main focus is solutions to medical and nursing care treatment.

    At the other end, there is the Department of Aging
    and Disability Services with a dedicated group of Medicaid workers whose job is to process applications and to approve or reject applicants for benefits.

    As a result of this information gap, people are not able to get all of the information they need to make an informed decision about

    SPS believes that the
    long-term care part of
    Medicaid was
    designed to keep
    families from
    becoming
    impoverished paying
    for that care

    issues concerning long term care planning and the preservation of their estate as the guidelines might afford them.

    There are many myths about Medicaid, such as: Medicaid is a welfare or poverty program.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, “when a stay-at-home spouse can keep up to $2,739.00 of the total monthly income and $109,560.00 of the total family assets (in addition to the homestead, automobile and personal belongings), it’s difficult to see it as a poverty program.
    Other common myths regarding Medicaid are:

    MYTH: “I’ve been told I have too much monthly income to qualify.”

    FACT: There is now no limit on monthly income. Through the use of an irrevocable trust called a Miller Trust, individuals can now qualify even if previously turned down for too much income.

    While the Miller Trust contains very specific wording and interpretation of Medicaid provisions, it can be a perfect vehicle to assist those individuals.

    MYTH: “I must spend-down all of my assets before I can qualify.”

    FACT: Little known or used Medicaid provisions make it possible in many cases to preserve a significant amount of an estate’s assets.

    The long term care part of Medicaid was designed to keep families from becoming impoverished paying for long term care.

    However, access to those benefits requires specialized knowledge of ever-changing rules and regulations.

    Families should not have to pay one dollar more for long term care than what the law requires.

    For a free brochure on “How Long Will Your Money Last”, call Senior Planning Services in Austin Toll Free at (888) 439-5900.

    The Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services (SPS) is not affiliated with any state agency that determines Medicaid benefits.

    This information is provided as a public service message. It is neither an advertisement nor a solicitation for the procurement of Medicaid benefits for anyone to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

    This article was provided by Gary N. Beasley, CSA and
    Medicaid Case Analyst for the Ladyman Law Firm
    Tel: (512) 441-2825

  336. This guy is in mega trouble….read the whole thing, this family is real special and deserve a one way ticket out of Congress.

    http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x1305241058/Tierney-adamant-It-was-her-familys-stuff

    SALEM — His campaign under siege after his wife’s admission this week to falsifying federal tax returns, Congressman John Tierney said Friday he knew very little about her management of a bank account full of illegal gambling profits.

    “I couldn’t tell you if there was $5 going through there or $500. It was her family’s stuff,” he said.

    Federal authorities allege that Patrice Tierney, from 2003 to 2009, handled an account with more than $7 million generated by the illegal gambling activity of her brother, Robert Eremian. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns.

  337. Rasmussen wrap up 11/10/10 – Todays bits and pieces.

    Election 2010: New Hampshire Senate
    New Hampshire Senate: Ayotte (R) Holds Steady Lead Over Hodes (D)

    Republican Kelly Ayotte for the third month in a row earns more than 50% of the vote against Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Hampshire shows Ayotte with 51% support to Hodes’ 44%, unchanged from a month ago. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.

    ………………………

    With just three weeks to go until Election Day, Republicans hold an eight-point lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

    Polling for the week ending Sunday, October 10, shows that 47% of Likely Voters would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 39% prefer the Democrat.

    The Republican advantage comes from a number of factors. One is the fact that midterm elections typically feature an older electorate with a smaller share of minority voters. Additionally, in 2010, there is clearly an enthusiasm gap favoring the GOP.

    ………………………………

    Republican Susana Martinez now leads Democratic Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish by nine points in New Mexico’s gubernatorial election.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Martinez, a county prosecutor, picking up 52% of the vote, her best showing in the ocntest to date. Denish draws support from 43%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, while four percent (4%) are undecided.

    …………………………………………

    Republican hopeful Rick Scott has hit the 50% mark, but the Florida governor’s race remains one of the closest in the country.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida finds Scott with 50% support, while Democrat Alex Sink counters with 47% of the vote, also her best showing to date. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The race continues to be a Toss-Up on the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. The survey was taken the night before the candidates held their first televised debate.

  338. Gonzotx, Thanks, they say I make too much money and I’d be a complete self pay. It’s 2900. a month plus meds, dr. and er. visits….its a travesty I could see myself trying to live on tuna fish…he has MS…in the end its costly as all get out. His eyes are going down fast now due to the diabetes. I’m totally depressed.

    Hillary had some great ideas for the sandwich generation, but with all the mobsters in the govt., looks like she’ll never have a chance to help the middle class.

  339. Mrs.Smith, You reckon old Soros has seen the light??? Errors of his ways??? Maybe? I heard him talking about Screamin Deaniac!

  340. confloyd:

    gonzotx’s info is invaluable. Call them first and see what they can do to (if nothing else) advise you of your options.. Then there is always plan “B” if all else fails.

    FYI- around our neck of the woods… Full time Nursing Home Care runs $12,000 per mo. I like the way Texas takes care of it’s people. There State’s financial status is solvent and their unemployment level is below the national average. Our state with it’s incompetent (R) governor, is BK…and has been for some time. The smaller cities are already into receivership. You’ll be alright, confloyd… I see it for you.

  341. confloyd
    October 11th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Mrs.Smith, You reckon old Soros has seen the light??? Errors of his ways??? Maybe? I heard him talking about Screamin Deaniac!
    ______________________

    Hell no! Soros is a mercenary.They never change their stripes. It’s a way of life for them. He will stand with the strong and eat-up the weakened underling he brought to power. It’s all in a day’s work for Soros and Obama knows it!.. I would hate being in his shoes right now. He is scared of the unknown right now because his once allies are leaving him in droves.

    Obama is a radio-active orphan as well as his primitive, Amazonian wife, MO..

  342. Mrs.Smith, You reckon old Soros has seen the light??? Errors of his ways??? Maybe? I heard him talking about Screamin Deaniac!
    ______________________

    Hell no! Soros is a mercenary.They never change their stripes. It’s a way of life for them. He will stand with the strong and eat-up the weakened underling he brought to power. It’s all in a day’s work for Soros and Obama knows it!.. I would hate being in his shoes right now. He is scared of the unknown right now because his once allies are leaving him in droves.

    Obama is a radio-active orphan as well as his primitive, Amazonian wife, MO..

  343. My comments are under attack by Señor Spam. We’ll see if this one makes it.. I think it might…

    confloyd:

    Hell no! Soros is a mercenary.They never change their stripes. It’s a way of life for them. He will stand with the strong and eat-up the weakened underling he brought to power. It’s all in a day’s work for Soros and Obama knows it!.. I would hate being in his shoes right now. He is scared of the unknown right now because his once allies are leaving him in droves.

    Obama is a radio-active orphan as well as his primitive, Amazonian wife, MO..

  344. Mrs.Smith, You reckon old Soros has seen the light??? Errors of his ways??? Maybe? I heard him talking about Screamin Deaniac!
    ______________________

    Heck no! Soros is a mercenary.They never change their stripes. It’s a way of life for them. He will stand with the strong and eat-up the weakened underling he brought to power. It’s all in a day’s work for Soros and Obama knows it!.. I would hate being in his shoes right now. He is scared of the unknown right now because his once allies are leaving him in droves.

    Obama is a radio-active orphan as well as his primitive, Amazonian wife, MO..

  345. The President’s Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    Can you say “October Surprise”?

    A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air.

    All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants.

    There are two issues at the core of the controversy.

    1. ObamaCare and the sale of three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals.

    2. The re-election prospects of the two House members, Democrats Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney, both of whom cast key votes to pass ObamaCare.

    Here’s the list of players — major and minor — so far.
    • The President of the United States.
    • The Vice President of the United States.
    • Three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals suddenly for sale.
    • The CEO of the three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals for sale.
    • ObamaCare, otherwise known as “health care reform” or the “Affordable Care Act.”
    • A Catholic nun.
    • Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak.
    • A pen.
    • Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
    • Time magazine.
    • The Scranton Times
    • The two Scranton-area House members Kanjorski and Carney, both losing in the polls.
    • U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., a native and resident of Scranton.
    • Congressman Joe Sestak, the Democrats’ nominee for the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat.

    Where to start? That would be….

    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/10/11/the-presidents-nun-obamacare-s

    What a freaking mess.

  346. Mrs. Smith,
    Your right 2900. a month is good, but its the unexpected that scares me. Had I been vigilent and saved for my retirement I would of wheeled out that 1200. a month easily, but I haven’t and now is the time I need to do that. I am looking right now for a person that needs a home to stay here, but not sure, my daughter is working a different deal and I am going to have an electrician to come in a put a cut off for the stove. So I am looking for alternatives. I also have to look long term for myself…its not just about him. I am 60 and if Obama has his way I’ll have to work til I drop dead which is OK with me for the exception I will need to be able to hold my job, considering there are much younger, cheaper employees that will/can move faster than I. So there is so much to consider…I’ve opened up a Budlight to consider the possibilities. LOL!
    If we could just get Hillary elected it would give me some peace of mind…oh well…I just went and got some prozac since we have Obama, LOL!

  347. Or is he saying he wants them to pay what they are paying now under the expiring tax cuts, rather than pay more because those tax cuts were allowed to expire for that group.

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

    He was unclear and I was unclear. Same difference either way. He’s talking about taxes on the “top 2%”. American voters may have their own ideas about that.

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