Investigate, Investigate, Investigate, Prosecute, Prosecute, Prosecute, Imprison, Imprison, Imprison

It’s Columbus Day and a lot of people are discovering what we discovered years ago. Only now are they finding out Obama is a boob, a flim-flam man, unqualified, a stooge and as unethical and crooked as a Chicago Capone.

Recently Obama approved a series of attacks on the Chamber of Commerce and other groups in order to intimidate them from financing attacks on his own corrupt administration. Obama is at Nixonian heights of “legal and political threats” to destroy the rising mountain range of opponents.

Our position on illegal activity is: Investigate, Prosecute, Imprison. Let evildoers beware!

The first person who must be investigated is Barack Obama. Tsunami Republicans take note – Barack Obama must be investigated.

When Barack Obama began his political intimidation thug campaign against the Chamber of Commerce little did he know the thuggery would blow up in his face. The New York Times essentially called out Chicago Obama instead of buttressing his terror campaign.

Most importantly many began to remember the Obama fundraising skulduggery against Hillary Clinton and John McCain which screams for investigation, prosecution and imprisonment:

NEW YORK TIMES: Obama’s “foreign money” claims are bogus. They’re also pretty rich, considering how his 2008 campaign handled foreign credit cards. From that National Journal story: “The lack of a computerized address-verification system would allow the Obama campaign’s computers to accept online donations from U.S. citizens above legal limits, and to accept donations from foreigners who are barred by law from contributing at all.” [snip]

Here’s more on that from 2008:A breakdown of controls has enabled foreign and other unaccountable funds to pour into the Obama campaign — and it’s not an accident.”

Plus, from the Washington Post: Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations. “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.”

More here. “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.”

Investigate, Prosecute, Imprison. Obama’s fundraising has never ever been investigated. In 2008 whenever a Hillary Clinton supporter raised the question of Obama’s dubious fundraising sources the scream of “racism” was heard. John McCain likewise could not raise any questions about Obama’s questionable fundraising.

After the elections in 2008, the FEC did not investigate Barack Obama. Barack Obama has never been investigated.

Hillary Clinton constructed stringent security walls and screens to prevent foreign campaign contributions in 2008. Barack Obama opened the sewer pipes to money from whomever, wherever. From February 12, 2008:

“A torrent of secret money is flooding into the leading presidential campaigns, with more than $118 million, or one-quarter of the total raised in this cycle, banked without disclosure of who gave the funds or where the donations originated.

The money is coming from hundreds of thousands of donations of $200 or less, which have been widely praised for democratizing the system for funding White House bids. However, the surge in low-dollar gifts has come at the cost of transparency, since federal law only requires campaigns to itemize donations when a donor gives more than $200.

According to an analysis being released today by a Washington think tank, the Campaign Finance Institute, Senator Obama of Illinois led the pack with such small and secret donations, pulling in about $31 million during 2007. Rep. Ron Paul ran second in small gifts, raking in more than $17 million. At the end of the year, Senator Clinton and John Edwards, who has since dropped out, were essentially tied for third in unitemized, small contributions, with each candidate raising about $11 million.”

Any question in 2008 about these secret donations was denounced as somehow “antidemocratic” and an attack on small donors. Obama Hopium Guzzlers immediately attacked Hillary Clinton as the one to be watched, even as the Obama thug machine pocketed tens or hundreds of millions of questionable donations.

“However, one area of concern with the flood of donations, particularly those made online, is that foreigners could be weighing in illegally in an American election. Mr. Obama’s Web site allows donors to choose an address in one of 227 possible countries or territories, including Iran, Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Yemen.

Mr. Paul’s site is even more embracing, permitting addresses in Syria and the “Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Michael Huckabee’s Web site seems to require an American address to make a gift. Donors to Senator McCain need to put in a ZIP code of some sort, but not a state.

While it is a crime for most foreigners to donate to American campaigns at the federal level, those with so-called green card status can donate legally, as can Americans who live abroad.

The most cautious campaign when it comes to accepting online donations from overseas seems to be that of Mrs. Clinton. Visitors to her Web site who want to list an address abroad are directed to a special page which advises that such donations are only taken by mail and that donors “must include a copy of your U.S. passport or green card.”

“The mail-in requirement provides an additional level of review that would not occur with an online contribution that is automatically processed,” a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Blake Zeff, said.”

Hillary Clinton was extra responsible and extra cautious because in 1996 President Bill Clinton’s campaign received $3 million in suspect donations including several thousands from China. This chump change amount led to endless investigations and investigative frenzy. So as with everything, Hillary Clinton had to be cleaner than clean and dirty Barack Obama and his Chicago deep-in-mud thugs flung mud at her and then claimed she was dirty. Hillary Clinton demanded a clean campaign but was mocked by Big Media and Obama Hopium Guzzlers and Republicans:

“However, an aide to Mrs. Clinton suggested that these mechanisms do not go far enough. “A foreign national could misrepresent his or her citizenship when contributing online, by checking the box…when such a representation is not true,” the aide, who asked not to be named, said.”

Republicans joined with Barack Obama and mocked Hillary Clinton in early 2008 when she advocated for transparency in online donations and in all campaign contributions. The Republicans eventually rued the day they mocked Hillary as Obama used the same Chicago finance tactics to raise money to beat John McCain.

In July of 2008 we wrote “Bagman Obama”. We noted then that Obama had displayed remarkable fight in his opposition to Von Spakovsky. The gentleman in question was a nominee to the Federal Elections Commission. Obama proclaimed his opposition to Von Spakovsky was high minded principle – but what Obama actually did was neuter the FEC while Obama raised tons of money out of sight and out of possible investigation.

Via loopholes Obama raised tons of money and 91 percent of his donors were not required to be reported to the FEC. A donor could give $199 repeatedly and never be reported to the FEC no matter that the contributions amounted to tens of thousands of dollars.

Obama has attacked the Chamber of Commerce in order to intimidate the Chamber and its allies. Today Barack Obama is happy with the Chamber because the Chamber is now doing some of what Obama wants. We’re not fans of the Chamber but they are legally entitled to do what they are doing.

If the Chamber is doing something suspicious then: Investigate, Prosecute, Imprison. Those in government engaging in unethical activity should also be investigated. We certainly think the latest (Andy Griffith appeared in the first series of ads) taxpayer paid for propaganda ads to advance Obama’s health scam will have to be investigated in the new Congress.

Our favorite suggestion thus far is this:

“Nonetheless, if Obama really is concerned about foreign campaign donations, then Obama should request that Attorney General Eric Holder (or an Acting Attorney General since Holder likely has a conflict) appoint a special counsel with the power to investigate, and if justified, prosecute violations of the laws, and conspiracies to violate the laws, forbidding foreign contributions.

And the place the special counsel can start is with Obama’s 2008 campaign, which disabled security features in its credit card web portal so as to allow donors to evade restrictions on numerous aspects of the federal campaign laws, including the prohibition on foreign contributions [snip]

That the Obama campaign received foreign donations as a result of this scheme may be the only thing agreed-upon by both Pamela Geller and Charles Johnson. Indeed, Obama for America has admitted receiving foreign contributions. The fact that the Federal Election Commission is not investigating the allegations necessitates a special counsel.

These laws barring foreign contributions remain untouched by the recent Supreme Court ruling, so Obama need not worry about the validity of the relevant laws on the books. (If Obama didn’t understand that prior to the SOTU, he surely understands that now.)

The federal conspiracy laws surely could be used to prosecute such a scheme, if the investigation bears out the necessary elements of a criminal conspiracy to violate the campaign laws. The fact that some or all of the contributions were returned after negative publicity does not negate any criminal conspiracy.

So President Obama, with all due respect, I call upon you to request that Attorney General Holder appoint a special counsel to investigate and prosecute any and all crimes committed in connection with foreign campaign contributions during the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Or was your attack on the Supreme Court just words?”

We called for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Barack Obama in December of 2008. In June of this year we questioned whether it was time to Impeach, Remove, Imprison Barack Obama.

On this Columbus Day a lot of people are discovering we were correct all along.

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  1. Go for it Admin…….

    and here’s another mess

    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.

  2. 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.
    —————————-
    Judas Manchin makes Crist, Spectre and Murkowsi look like men and women of high moral principle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_nnyFbbMLs

  3. Great post Admin –

    PUMApac worked on Barry’s foreign contributions for quite some time:

    FECK obama Team

    President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to go back on his commitment to campaign with public financing was he decision to SELL OUT! Private funding is not audited by the FEC unless there is “cause”, while audits are mandatory for public financing.

    Obama spent a record $744 million on his campaign but has disclosed donors for only $485 million of his windfall. Many of those donors are subject to questions about exceeding campaign donation limits and being legitimate donors. His campaign spent $312 million on Broadcast Media (versus $63 million by the McCain Campaign) while groups like ACORN received funding and abused voter registration processes. Obama further refuses to disclose information about his own citizenship, employment, health and education while claiming policies of transparency.

    In addition to the $259 million with undisclosed donors, studies of the reports filed with the FEC, by the Obama Campaign, through the 2008 Year End Report, show the following irregularities in their submissions:

    • $1.8 million — Contributions over the $4,600 limit (1,608 contributors)

    • $26 million — Contributions over the $2,300 per campaign limit, reallocated without contributor affirmation.

    • $4 million — Contributors with Foreign Addresses (4,158 contributors)

    Details have been submitted to the FEC as complaint MUR6142 and are posted at:
    http://complaintstofederalelectioncommittee.wordpress.com/

    And while holding these funds, the campaign reports year end cash on hand of $15.5 million. Is the Obama Campaign spending money that is not legally theirs?

    A total of over 2.5 million donor transactions were submitted to the FEC, with some donors having hundreds of transactions. Many records showed errors on city, state and zip code information and a single donor could have several name variations. Database analysis shows that fewer than 710,543 unique donors have been reported,
    while the campaign is claiming 2-3 million.

    Some of the records were flagrant trash like JFGGJJFGJ, JGTJ and KHV, KHV and HKVKV, KVKN K V and HDUSAHFD, DAHSUDHU. Numerous donors had a single letter given for their last name. Others were listed as Anonymous. Our personal favorite was the contributor Doodad Pro, whose occupation was “Loving” and employer was “You”. The records show 1565 transactions for him, with a net contribution of $305.

    The Obama Administration Will Now Be Spending 1,000 Times That Much Tax Payer Money, In The Name Of Economic Stimulus.

    CALL FOR AN AUDIT OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN FINANCES!

    Demand Financial Responsibility. (more in comments)

    http://pumapac.org/forums/feck-obama-team/

  4. Dems bailing on losing candidates : Man the lifeboats, its panic stations over at DNC HQ.

    G.O.P. Widens Targets for Picking Up House Seats : NYT

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/us/politics/12repubs.html?_r=1

    As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or dramatically cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles.

    Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised. Party strategists conceded that these races and several others were slipping out of reach.

    With three weeks remaining to save their majority, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has increased its spending in two New York races, along with at-risk seats in Massachusetts, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois and Georgia, setting up a map of competitive districts that is starkly different from when the campaign began.

    The strategic decisions unfolded at a feverish pace on Monday over an unusually wide playing field of nearly 75 Congressional districts, including here in Ohio, a key battleground in the fight for the House and Senate. The developments resembled moving pieces on a giant chess board, with Republicans trying to keep Democrats on the defensive in as many places as possible, while outside groups provided substantial reinforcements for Republicans.

    read on………………..

  5. I wondered about this foreign money thing and the chutzpah of Obama. Pot calling the kettle black.. Is he putting the Repubs on notice? If you go after me, I will go after you and I’m bigger than you are..

  6. MEMORANDUM

    TO: THE LAST HONEST JOURNALIST LEFT STANDING

    FROM: GOD (THE REAL ONE–NOT THE DEMIGOD OBAMA)

    SUBJECT: THE SOURCE OF TRUTH

    1. IF ANY MAN SHALL SAY UNTO YOU THAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS YOUR SAVIOR, BELIEVE IT NOT.

    2. FOR HE IS NO ONES SAVIOR BUT HIS OWN. HE IS IN FACT BEELZEBUB PRINCE OF DEVILS, THE GREAT DECEIVER.

    3. HE HAS CAST AN EVIL SPELL OVER YOUR COLLEAGUES. THEY LIE TO PROTECT HIM. THEY DESTROY ALL WHO STANDS IN HIS PATH. THEY RIDICULE THOSE WHO SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM. AND THEY BETRAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    4. AS I CHOSE JACOB, MOSES AND ELIJAH BEFORE I NOW CHOOSE YOU TO TELL THE WORLD WHAT IT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. THROUGH YOU MY PEOPLE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.

    5. TO KNOW THE TRUTH YOU WILL CONSULT HILLARYIS44. THERE YOU WILL FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, AND HOW HIS MORBID PLAN CAN BE THWARTED.

  7. I wondered about this foreign money thing and the chutzpah of Obama. Pot calling the kettle black.. Is he putting the Repubs on notice? If you go after me, I will go after you and I’m bigger than you are
    ——————————————–
    Do not confuse tactics with sheer stupidity. This is the worst case of people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Talk about opening Pandora’s box. . . . If I were a democratic candidate and I heard this whopper, I would wonder whether the inmates were running the asylum. I would declare myself an independent.

  8. Obama’s an idiot, he’s opened up yet another can of worms with this foreign money thing, they can go right after him now about his dodgy campaign finance and Obama is way worse on that more than anyone.

  9. But it is also his pattern. When he says xyz is doing something and that something is wrong, it is guaranteed that he did it himself at some point (but tries to make people believe he never did it because he just told you how abhorrent that something is). He says the oddest thing (that would have been true) but you scratch your head thinking did he really say that? Deception right under your nose.

  10. moononpluto
    October 11th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    Go for it Admin…….

    and here’s another mess

    The President’s Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    Can you say “October Surprise”?
    _______________________

    moononpluto:

    I read the Spectator’s article “The President and the Nun” . It stunk to high heaven of John Kerry, who’s name is never mentioned in the piece. He is definately involved behind the scenes as the conduit backing Sister Carol.

    PA- especially Scranton is Mama T’s Baileywick. Nothing as big as the sale of the Mercy Hospitals reacting to the prospect of looming deficits incurred by the promise of huge Medicare cuts would or could go down without Kerry’s imprimatur . As well as Sister Carol’s influence changing the Bishop’s minds allowing a sale to go through in spite of public protest. There is BIG money at stake with the hospital’s sales. The Bishops are counting on their promised share of mind-blowing profits and may have even agreed to retaining future shareholder interests under the new owners.

    Kick-backs galore all the way down the line. I will venture to say, the Kennedys will share in the piece of the pie as Kerry will see to it income will flow into The Kennedy Trust’s interests in perpetuity from this investment.

  11. Admin:

    After reading the fruits of your fabulous research, I hope when this is over and done, Barack H. Obama’s name is stricken from the recorded history of past US presidents. It will suffice leaving a void in the space where a presidents name is found in the year 2008 to whenever he is removed from office with nothing more than a link to the full history of this blaggard’s treasonous treachery.

  12. AS usual, Admin. You are right on the mark. And as I just posted over at UW’s, the Spectator had a few choice words back in ’08 about the greasy, stinky, Obama Campaign –

    http://spectator.org/archives/2008/10/02/obamas-fishy-200-million

    “The FEC analyst says that Obama’s filings indicate he has received large, bundled sums of donations from overseas, sometimes exceeding a quarter millions dollars. “It’s suspicious, but it’s the small donations made by credit card that need to be examined. We’ve raised red flags on many of these and the Obama campaign just ignores us. After this election, after we’ve sifted through everything — if we’re allowed to sift through everything — I am confident that we are looking at perhaps the largest fine every leveled against a national campaign entity.”

  13. Great post Admin, I am going to try to post this info again, taking out one link –

    PUMApac worked on Barry’s foreign contributions for quite some time:

    FECK obama Team

    President-elect Barack Obama’s decision to go back on his commitment to campaign with public financing was he decision to SELL OUT! Private funding is not audited by the FEC unless there is “cause”, while audits are mandatory for public financing.

    Obama spent a record $744 million on his campaign but has disclosed donors for only $485 million of his windfall. Many of those donors are subject to questions about exceeding campaign donation limits and being legitimate donors. His campaign spent $312 million on Broadcast Media (versus $63 million by the McCain Campaign) while groups like ACORN received funding and abused voter registration processes. Obama further refuses to disclose information about his own citizenship, employment, health and education while claiming policies of transparency.

    In addition to the $259 million with undisclosed donors, studies of the reports filed with the FEC, by the Obama Campaign, through the 2008 Year End Report, show the following irregularities in their submissions:

    • $1.8 million — Contributions over the $4,600 limit (1,608 contributors)

    • $26 million — Contributions over the $2,300 per campaign limit, reallocated without contributor affirmation.

    • $4 million — Contributors with Foreign Addresses (4,158 contributors)

    Details have been submitted to the FEC as complaint MUR6142 and are posted at PUMApac

    And while holding these funds, the campaign reports year end cash on hand of $15.5 million. Is the Obama Campaign spending money that is not legally theirs?

    A total of over 2.5 million donor transactions were submitted to the FEC, with some donors having hundreds of transactions. Many records showed errors on city, state and zip code information and a single donor could have several name variations. Database analysis shows that fewer than 710,543 unique donors have been reported,
    while the campaign is claiming 2-3 million.

    Some of the records were flagrant trash like JFGGJJFGJ, JGTJ and KHV, KHV and HKVKV, KVKN K V and HDUSAHFD, DAHSUDHU. Numerous donors had a single letter given for their last name. Others were listed as Anonymous. Our personal favorite was the contributor Doodad Pro, whose occupation was “Loving” and employer was “You”. The records show 1565 transactions for him, with a net contribution of $305.

    The Obama Administration Will Now Be Spending 1,000 Times That Much Tax Payer Money, In The Name Of Economic Stimulus.

    CALL FOR AN AUDIT OF THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN FINANCES!

    Demand Financial Responsibility. (more in comments)

    http://pumapac.org/forums/feck-obama-team/

  14. pm317
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    But it is also his pattern. When he says xyz is doing something and that something is wrong, it is guaranteed that he did it himself at some point (but tries to make people believe he never did it because he just told you how abhorrent that something is). He says the oddest thing (that would have been true) but you scratch your head thinking did he really say that?

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

    Or thinking did you hear the other story wrong? This is some variant of the Big Lie I think.

  15. Catholic hospitals being sold to non-Catholics would be great. Maybe the new owners will let rape victims have emergency contraceptives.

  16. The hypocritical creepy-crawly also took money from Tony Rezko’s good buddy, Iraq’s “Electricity Minister,” Aiham Alsammarae, who happened to be a freaking escapee from an Iraqi prison, hiding in plain sight in Chicago, of course. When caught, Obama donated the money to charity. But not until he was caught.

    I hope the Chamber is on the ball and blasts him with all they have and expose what he has done with ‘contributions’. And one more thing…he’s got a LOT of nerve talking about how they may have taken money from corporations, when his biggest freaking contributors were major corporations, and I do believe Goldman Sachs was the biggest contributor of all. He fluffed this off as “small contributors” from the companies, as if nobody ever heard of Bundlers who put their foot on employee throats to get them to donate. Oldest trick in the world.

  17. Let’s not forget the Foreign Corporation – known as BP – that donated more money to Obama than any candidate ever…..

  18. Heads-Up to anyone out there fruitlessly in search of a job. Here is a new roadblock to behold from a corporate employer. This info taken from another blog:
    ______________________________–

    Corporate America’s Next Trick To Stifle The Economy….

    ….My wife has been out of work for several months. On this past Friday she visited a medium size business that had an ad in the paper for a position she well qualified for..

    Well when she handed the receptionist her resume she handed her a paper and asked her to read it…it had 5 condition of employement listed…

    Condition 1….Health insurance will be available to you at a 25% discount off of regular market prices.

    ……….2….There is no sick leave

    ……….3….Vacation will be granted only after one year service.

    ……….4….This is a swing shift position only(with the hours listed)

    ……….5….And if you are currently unemployed you will not be considered for the position advertised..

    ..If you are not able to meet the above requirements please hand this page back to the company representative and thank you for your interest.
    _____________________

    Looks like the only recourse to this insurmountable, unprotected dilemma is self-employment.

  19. The more Obama is allowed out in public and allowed to open his big fat mouth, the more he buries his fellow Democrats, and the more he exposes himself as a hypocrite and opens himself to investigation.

    Keep it up, Barack.

    Impeach, then remove from office.

  20. “Believe me, in my age, rarely does a lady faint on me,” former President Bill Clinton said at a Joe Manchin rally in West Virginia today.

    Great post Norma.

  21. Speaking of Barry’s wild rant today, can you just imagine when Nasty is blown off her perch, Reid is sent back into the tumble weeds and the goofball in the Oval office only has his veto pen for the next two years?
    He is gonna go nuts. Look out MO, you better get a seamstress on retainer.

  22. Thanks Shadowfax. Ya gotta just love Bill. He is so real.

    I LOVE his stance while all this is going on. Relaxed, but caring – and knowing there are experts there to deal with is. Unlike the current boob.

    Ya know – I just wonder if it will ever really happen. The investigations, the subpoenas, the truth. Will it ever come out about Obama? I think it ungracious to believe this for any human – but I look forward to him, someday, being the most reviled man in America and being shown for the big hoax and con artist he is.

  23. “I am going to save her reputation. It was the sun, not me”, LoL.. we have to make the teleprompters real time and spontaneous to get that kind of humor from Obama.

  24. Norma Desmond, Is that not the cutest thing ever…I’m going to save her reputation…it was the sun…not me…Bill Clinton is just amazing!!

    Ladies and Gentlemen…that’s a President!!!

  25. Admin: Great analysis…I to wonder if the supeonas and the investigations will ever happen??

    Why would he taunt Rove like that?? It’s like look you can’t get me??? Gee, that is so weird!

    Soros saving his money, what a freaking crock…he saving it for his next freaking protege’.

  26. Shadowfax…his veto power…will sink like a ship sooooon! He’ll be forced to play pocket pool and not pocket veto!

    I can’t wait to see his demize! His grandeous personality is just nauseating.

  27. confloyd:

    “Soros saving his money, what a freaking crock…he saving it for his next freaking protege’.”
    __________________________

    Soros took his best shot and failed. There is no next “freaking” protege’. I wouldn’t consider Hillary his next protege’. Soros, and his cronies, ZBig Brzezinski and J Carter who schemed to change America have been stopped dead in their tracks because their failed vision of manipulating a cloned US president couldn’t deliver. It’s alright with them when the middle class lose their money… their biggest investments, their homes. When the wealthy lose and lose BIG (in this case billions in promised income) they are not happy and when they are not happy heads begin to roll.

    Soros has been demoted from agent to the rich to a back bencher investing his own money and with lesser partners of interest. BC in his CGI has real investments worthy of a good look from the wealthy who will no longer have to hold their noses or hide in the shadows. Investments they can safely get behind without involving themselves in the shameful business practices and collateral damage left in the wake recognized as the hallmark of doing business with George Soros to earn a profit.

    The wealthy prefer to be associated with prestige when doing business. They have that by doing business with BC’s CGI, while CGI goes about creating a better environment for the citizens of planet Earth working for a common goal. imo-

  28. Clinton arrives in Sarajevo at start of Balkans tour

    (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    SARAJEVO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Sarajevo ahead of talks Tuesday with members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency in a first step of her two-day Balkan tour.

    Clinton’s visit to Bosnia comes after last week’s elections which failed to heal the ethnic divide in the country.

    Pro-reform moderate political parties gained ground in the Muslim-Croat part of the country, but in the Serbs’ Republika Srpska the nationalist Union of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) won comfortably.

    “It’s fair to say that the political process is stalled, and it’s one of the reasons the Secretary wanted to come here,” said Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, from Washington.

    Clinton will be meeting with political leaders, in particular with Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim moderate just elected to the Muslim seat on the tripartite presidency.

    She is expected to call on the different communities to overcome their differences and reinforce the central institutions to facilitate their entry into the European Union.

    But last week Milorad Dodik, the newly elected president of the Republika Srpska, who Clinton will also meet, rejected calls by the international community for improved relations within ethnically divided Bosnia.

    Describing it as “an impossible state”, he said it would never be unified .

    From Sarajevo, Clinton will travel later Tuesday to Belgrade where she will meet with Serb President Boris Tadic to discuss the start of the EU-sponsored talks between Serbia and breakaway Kosovo.

    “She can engage with the parties and underscore how much there is to be gained by dealing with each other as equals, and moving them both down the path to European integration,” said Gordon.

    Although Tadic has already said that talks will shortly start, the exact date was yet to be set.

    Twelve years after the war in Kosovo and two years after the former Serb province declared independence, Clinton will express US impatience to see a dialogue begin with US involvement.

    Clinton will also travel to Kosovo: in the capital Pristina, she will meet with the provisional leaders of a country which was shaken by the surprise resignation of President Fatmir Sejdiu for internal political reasons.

    She will then visit the neighboring Serb-majority community of Gracanica “to show how much ground Kosovo has made on these issues,” such as integrating the countries ethnic groups.

    The United States is among 70 states — including 25 of the 27 European Union members — to have recognized Kosovo.

    The US State Department also hopes that new countries will follow suit following a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    Following a motion from Serbia, which still considers Kosovo as its province, the Court ruled in July that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hzWhHo61c4eGS7FRpZcO3K84OEDA?docId=CNG.3af003c84a71aeca2db44ba857bb01cc.1a1

  29. not sure if this has already been posted.

    The lonely president. Barack Obama is increasingly isolated, and scorned by his own supporters

    By Nile Gardiner
    October 12th, 2010

    “Isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless.” These are not the words of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, two of America’s fiercest critics of the Obama administration. It is the blunt assessment of the Obama White House by Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time Magazine, for decades a publication at the very heart of the liberal media establishment, and owned by Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

    For anyone who still doubts that Barack Obama is in serious trouble, take a look at Halperin’s searing article, “Why Obama is Losing the Political War”, which is nothing short of a damning indictment of the president’s first 20 months in office. Here’s what Halperin has to say in the latest issue of Time:

    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.

    As Halperin notes, Obama’s critics come from all corners of the political spectrum:

    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.

    As I’ve noted before, there are still those in the liberal elites, not least at The New York Times, who are still in a state of denial regarding the scale of the impending electoral disaster President Obama is facing in November. But a huge chunk of the Left, from The Washington Post to Time Magazine, are now questioning the Obama dream and where it is heading.

    Barack Obama cuts an increasingly lonely and forlorn figure in the White House, unloved by his country, and scorned by many of his closest supporters. Not exactly the change he had been hoping for.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100058493/the-lonely-president-barack-obama-is-increasingly-isolated-and-scorned-by-his-own-supporters/

  30. Bob Schieffer slaps Axelrod on foreign money charge:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/10/schieffer-mocks-axelrod-complaining-about-gop-ad-dollars-%E2%80%98-best-you-can-do%E2%80%99

    BOB SCHIEFFER: Let’s switch to politics. Last week, of course, the President’s on the campaign trail. He’s on the campaign trail just virtually all the time now. While he was out there, the Democrats put out a– an ad that’s released this morning that blames the Republicans and specifically the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for injecting foreign money into campaigns. The President’s words on the trail last week were, “groups that received foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections.” Well, let’s just look at this ad that the Democrats put out today.

    (Excerpt from Democratic National Committee Ad)

    BOB SCHIEFFER: Now I want to ask you about that because the New York Times looked into the Chamber specifically and said the Chamber really isn’t putting foreign money into the campaign. That it does charge its foreign affiliates dues that bring in less than a hundred and thousand dollars a year. A lot of organizations including Labor Unions doing– do that. But the Chamber has an annual budget of two hundred million dollars and it says, along with that, it keeps these foreign dues separate. They do spend heavily in politics, twenty-five million so far. They expect to spend fifty million. But this part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts, Mister Axelrod, I mean, do you have any evidence that it’s anything other than peanuts?

    DAVID AXELROD: Well, do you have any evidence that it’s not, Bob? The fact is that the Chamber has asserted that but they won’t release any information about where their campaign money is coming from. And that’s at the core of the problem here. What we’ve seen in part because of a loophole that the Supreme Court allowed earlier this year, we now see tens of millions of dollars being spent by the Chamber and a number of organizations some of which just cropped up. Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove won– run one of them. Tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors under benign names like the American Crossroads fund. And they’re– and they’re spending heavily in all of these elections. And one race in Colorado, there—there are six different organizations running negative ads against the Democratic senator there, Michael Bennett. And no one knows where the money is coming from. So I guess, my question back to you and for your next guess is– guest is, why not simply disclose where this money is coming from? And then all of these questions will be answered.

    BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, that will certainly be fine with me. But I want to go back to this thing about the– the Chamber of Commerce. If they’re only taking in a hundred thousand dollars a year—

    DAVID AXELROD (overlapping): If they are.

    BOB SCHIEFFER: But you– you question that. You say they may–

    DAVID AXELROD (overlapping): Well, I don’t know. No one knows, Bob. The point is you—they can– I can assert anything I want. But you have as a good journalist you’d ask me, well, how do we know that’s true? Do you have documentation to prove that? If the Chamber opens up its books and says here’s where our political money is coming from, here are the million dollar, two million or three million dollar contributions we’ve gotten from this company or that industry, then we’ll know. But until they do that, all we have is their assertion.

    BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you– I guess I would put it this way. If– if– if the only charge, three weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that there’s somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?

  31. The whole “bash the Chamber of Commerce” thing is just tone deaf. Regardless of what anyone on the left thinks of their activities, most voters do not view the Chamber as “big evil corporations”. They view it as their local shops and businesses. Attacking the COC is like attacking apple pie. People go, “WTF?”

  32. This Chamber of Commerce story is really beginning to backfire. Now the Birth Certificate is thrown in – by Jake Tapper!:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/10/axelrod-to-us-chamber-what-are-you-hiding-that-you-dont-want-the-american-people-to-see.html

    TAPPER: But what do you say to people who argue you are demonizing an organization for a charge that nobody knows if it’s true or not?

    AXELROD: Well I’m not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I’m simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.

    TAPPER: Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?

    AXELROD: The president’s birth certificate has been available to people.

    TAPPER: The long form?

    AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where they’re money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they’re right – “the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide.” If the Chamber doesn’t have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don’t, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?

  33. pm317
    October 11th, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    How many of you believe this story? The author of the book apparently threw the book at Obama because he was exuberant.
    ———————————
    Alan Greenspan is no Delphic Oracle. First, he looked into the eyes and Andrea Mitchell I thee wed. Then he looked into the stock market and said everything is fine not to worry. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread–on both counts. But one thing he said a year before the stock market crash made sense. He said the market was showing unmistakable signs of “irrational exuberance”. By contrast, the author of the book was displaying its opposite, i.e. rational exuberance.

  34. Tapper is making the wrong point to Axelrod. This is intentional. He is using this as an opportunity to attack the people who think Article II means something. He calls them wack jobs, but others might to level that same charge against Tapper. What he should have said instead was this: “Well Greaseball, I admire your civil spirit. We must make certain that foreign interests do not violate our election laws. I have only one question: what about YOU kemosabe?”

  35. But it is also his pattern. When he says xyz is doing something and that something is wrong, it is guaranteed that he did it himself at some point (but tries to make people believe he never did it because he just told you how abhorrent that something is). He says the oddest thing (that would have been true) but you scratch your head thinking did he really say that? Deception right under your nose
    ————————-
    Correct. As Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes said: “If you want to know what the law is don’t ask a judge–ask a thief.”

  36. They really need to put Bill O’Reilly out to pasture. He is bad enough when he goes on his hammer and tongs attack; far worse when he pussy foots around to avoid offending Obama; and worst of all when he presumes to lecture us on why we should not be angry at Obama. He has a job and a big salary. He is not on our side. I will never forgive him for attacking Hillary in his interview prior to the election, and then turning around and giving Obama a pass when he interviewed him.

  37. “The FEC analyst says that Obama’s filings indicate he has received large, bundled sums of donations from overseas, sometimes exceeding a quarter millions dollars. “It’s suspicious, but it’s the small donations made by credit card that need to be examined. We’ve raised red flags on many of these and the Obama campaign just ignores us. After this election, after we’ve sifted through everything — if we’re allowed to sift through everything — I am confident that we are looking at perhaps the largest fine every leveled against a national campaign entity.
    ————————
    If Tapper were on the level this is what he would have asked Greaseball about.

  38. I am confident that we are looking at perhaps the largest fine every leveled against a national campaign entity.
    —————————————-
    Justice delayed is justice denied.

  39. I see that Gaffmeister Biden is doubling down on the foreign contributions to Republicans, failing to see that the critical mass of that problem lies with his boss, Bararck Hussein Obama. When Barack did his own doubling down of this same point, I first called him a flake, but now I must begin to call him Barack Insane Obama.

  40. 1. Biden: recovery summer.

    2. Biden: Democrats will hold on to the House and Senate once voters consider the alternative.

    3. Biden: seldom right but never in doubt.

  41. “The most cautious campaign when it comes to accepting online donations from overseas seems to be that of Mrs. Clinton. Visitors to her Web site who want to list an address abroad are directed to a special page which advises that such donations are only taken by mail and that donors “must include a copy of your U.S. passport or green card.”

    —-
    This was very true about the Hillary campaign.

    I spent part of 2008 back in France and I wanted to make a campaign contribution ($250) with my French credit card from my French address. The Web site blocked me, stating the above conditions. So I fibbed and put down my New Jersey address, but still used the French credit card.

    When I got back home, I received a letter from Social Security explaining my status – I have an SS number of course, but my SS account is empty, so this was the first and only time SS has ever contacted me, and the letter was unsolicited. I realized immediately that I had been investigated for US citizenship because of my recent use of that French credit card in US campaign contributions. The Hillary campaign had disclosed my info and an investigation had been made.

    She kept her nose clean, all right.

    All of my other quarterly maxed-out contributions were made by check on my US account, backed up by my US address, and all I’ve ever got in return was thanks from the campaign.

  42. “Hope! change! deliverance! redemption! fear! slander! lies! scapegoating! racism! divisiveness!”. All this and more brought to the silver screen by big media, our self dealing elites and the genius of the great one: Barack– Hussein– Obama. His arrogance, delusions and low opinion of the American People were such that in 2008 he told an aid “I-can-make-them-believe-anything-I-want-them-to believe!” And in 2008 this was true for 58% of the electorate. In 2010 and 2012 it may not be.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    U.S. Chamber to Biden: How’s that shoe leather tasting, Joe?
    Oooh! Now that’s going to leave a mark!.

    The White House and the Democrats have got to be freaking out right now. In a desperate display of gutter politics just three weeks before the November mid-terms, they’ve launched an all out assault on one of America’s oldest and largest associations of job creators, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately for the White House and its allies, the Chamber has very simply and adroitly given them a smack down…hard!

    Here’s the back story:

    The Obama administration and its allies are going all out against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GOP-leaning groups, accusing them of using foreign money to help finance political ads. Trouble is, they’re providing no evidence.

    [snip]

    And in Pennsylvania, Vice President Joe Biden kept up the attack on the chamber and other groups that are spending millions of dollars in political ads against Democrats without having to reveal their contributors.

    “I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources,” Biden said during a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Chris Carney in Scranton. “I challenge them, if I’m wrong I will stand corrected. But show me, show me.”

    So, the Chamber answered Joey “BFD” Biden’s challenge:

    On Monday night, Tom Collamore, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy responded to Biden on the Chamber’s blog:

    While campaigning in Scranton, Pennsylvania today — according to the Politico — Vice President Joe Biden said in talking about our campaign contributions:

    “I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources. I challenge them. If I’m wrong, I will stand corrected.”

    We accept the Vice President’s challenge here and now, and are happy to provide our answer:

    Zero. As in, “Not a single cent.”

    We hope this clears it up, and hope the Vice President keeps his word and stands corrected.

    Given the gutter-level of the DNC’s mud-slinging ad, which the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik describes as “the politics of fear, slander and divisiveness,” the U.S. Chamber’s response to Joe “BFD” Biden” was probably more polite than need be.

  43. There is a very interest article on Fox Business about the origins, status and future of deficits and the debt, and the ways that our debt has been and is still being used by foreign countries to our detriment, intentionally or not.

    The article begins and ends with a quote of Hillary. The quote at the beginning is followed by quotes from other national figures. The article ends with the following:

    “Which is why the midterm elections are once again a rejection of Washington and a vote for gridlock, just when the US needs compromise in the halls of Congress, as the debt grows, as entitlement spending mounts and urgent action is needed now.

    “It undermines our capacity to act in our own interest, and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable. And it also sends a message of weakness internationally…So I don’t think we have a choice–it is a question of how we decide to deal with this debt and deficit….There is no free lunch, and we cannot pretend that there is without doing grave harm to our country and our future generations.”–US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Council on Foreign Relations, Sept. 2010”

    http://emac.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2010/10/11/us-debt-national-security-issue

  44. Carol Shea-Porter (NH1) dumped by the DNC and why are they rushing to help Coons?

    BREAKING: DSCC Sending Reinforcements to Delaware for Coons

    Is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee a bit concerned about the potential impact of the Tea Party in Delaware or have the Democrats completely written off Carol Shea-Porter running for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District?

    I ask because the Democrats have sent the lady who was on the ground running operations for Carol Shea-Porter’s congressional bid to Delaware to be the Field Director for Chris Coons canvassing operation.

    That’s a mighty odd expenditure to be making in shifting resources around if the Democrats are so sure of Chris Coons’ victory.

    It also seems certain the Democrats are now writing off NH-1.

    ………………………………..

    Keep an eye out, there is a lot of funny movements going on, they are trying to build a firewall…..i thought Coons was a shoo in or is he?

  45. Admin:

    Was BOB SCHIEFFER being gracious during the Axelrod interview? Wasn’t that a missed opportunity for him to ask Axelrod if Obama’s campaign donations have been sourced and documented by the review process?

  46. Hooray for Hillary:

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20101012/D9IQ3S900.html

    After returning from Europe late on Thursday, Clinton plans to kick off a long tour of Asia in Vietnam before the end of October, a trip that officials say will take her to Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and perhaps other stops.

    Exact dates for the trip haven’t been announced yet, but Clinton isn’t expected to return to Washington until at least Nov. 8. That’s six days after the results of the midterm elections will be known.

  47. admin
    October 12th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I hope she brings back a stuffed Koala Bear for Chelsea from Australia.. 🙂

  48. http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/12/exclusive-ed-koch-endorsing-george-phillips-in-ny-22-race/

    Hot Air reports exclusively this morning that Koch will deliver a speech tomorrow afternoon in Kingston announcing his endorsement of Phillips.

    Why is Koch opposing the Democratic incumbent? Koch is apparently unhappy with Hinchey over the nine-term Congressman’s hostility towards Israel. In his speech, Koch will hit Hinchey over his 2002 meeting with Yasser Arafat at the PLO leader’s headquarters, one of only three members of the House that met with Arafat there. Hinchey also “voted against the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism act, designed to promote the development of democratic institutions in areas under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority,” and refused to sign either the Poe-Peters or Hoyer-Cantor letters which supported Israel’s right to control access to Gaza to prevent armaments to flow into the Hamas-controlled territory.

    It’s not just Israel, either. Hinchey voted against tougher sanctions on Iran as well, which Koch will mention in his announcement. Koch will also hail Phillips for his work while on the staff of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on foreign policy, especially on legislative efforts to force UN reform by purging support for terrorism and antisemitism at Turtle Bay.

  49. Former Dem mayor Ed Koch just endorsed the Republican in the NY-22 House race. That’s gonna hurt.

  50. When Honest Joe Manchin, called in the camera, took aim with the rifle and fired the shot, that missed the target, that bounced off a rock, that hit the mountain, that started the avalanche, that buried the dims, that saved the country, that delighted Frank Capra, and won the NRA endorsement for gun safety, then we all lived happily ever after. I say Print!

  51. Question: what does it say about the political leadership of Barack Hussein Obama, beyond the merits of the issue, that a key democrat would endorse a Republican candidate over one supported by the DNC? It says to me the fear factor is gone, and the death grip of big media on the country is starting to slip just a little. From Barack’s standpoint, and from the standpoint of NBC. CMM, NYT, Politico, WashPo and the rest of the lapdogs: gosh that has got to hurt.

  52. I’m going to weigh in here on Palladino’s remarks re: the gay pride parade in NY. He brought up men in speedos, etc.

    What makes Palladino’s remarks so disturbing is that I might actually agree with him if he was talking about ALL overt sexual displays, not just homosexual ones.

    There are some gay pride parades that I would gladly take a 4-year-old to see. There are some that I wouldn’t, because they are known for being really risque. No, I don’t think a 4-year-old needs to see two men in tiny speedos grinding against one another, or penis hats, or other things of that nature that I’ve seen on display at some parades. BUT, neither would I want a 4-year-old viewing a man and a woman doing the same, or feigned fellatio of a woman toward a man. I wouldn’t take a 4-year-old to see a hetero lap dance, either.

    But Palladino had to single out displays of gay sexuality as particularly disturbing or damaging to a kid, which is bullshit. He used valid reservations about exposing kids to in-your-face sexuality (which is a legitimate concern) to introduce special concerns about gayness in general (which is bigoted and illegitimate.)

    Introducing a young child to the idea of gay or lesbian people is not the same as introducing them to ideas of gay sex. Two entirely different things, that he tried to combine to make a handy straw man to cover his ass.

  53. confloyd – am I remembering right, don’t you work in a hospital? (well, either way, you can do this) The case managers/discharge planners on the floors know the answers you need – try to find one who will take a couple of minutes to talk to you (they probably all work the day shift). They can tell you the specifics about Medicare/Medicaid (Medi-cal ). There are different “ifs” that will be relevant – ie, did he spend 3 midnights in the hospital in the last (30?) days, does he need “skilled” or “custodial” care, etc. Skilled refers to wound care, PT, IV fluids, etc, I THINK it may include Alzheimers but not positive. Skilled vs. unskilled is very relevant as to whether Medicare/Medi-cal/Medicaid will pay, and what percentage, and for how many days, etc.

    You absolutely should apply for Medi-cal/Medicaid for him. If a person is custodial, I don’t believe Medicare pays for it – you’d definitely need to rely on the Medi-cal, plus when Medicare pays for a certain percentage in other situations, Medi-cal can pick up the rest. Here again the hospital possibly could help you. Case managers/discharge planners likely won’t know if someone qualifies for Medi-cal/Medicaid, but the business office in the hospital would. See if you can sit down with one of the financial counselors and get some info. I know that Medi-cal applications are online, so maybe Medicaid for other states is too.

    You might also try to find one of the social workers in the hospital, find out where they refer “unfunded” patients, there are usually places in the community, like “one-stop shops”, where people can apply for Medi-cal/Medicaid, food stamps, etc. If the social workers can tell you where those resources are, you could go to one of them and get a bunch of info and turn in the application as well (Medi-cal/Medicaid applications require a bunch of supporting documentation, “proof” of what you’re writing on the application).

    I think if you do work in the hospital, people would be willing to take the time to give info to a fellow worker, but even if I’m remembering wrong and you don’t work in the hospital but in a private medical place, a nearby hospital could still help you with that info.

    Discharge planner/case manager
    Business office
    Social Worker

    I’d really give the hospital-questioning route a chance – you might find all the answers you need!

  54. Former Dem mayor Ed Koch just endorsed the Republican in the NY-22 House race.
    ———————–
    Carol who comments here, has frequently pointed out that incumbent Sen. Schumer seems to be coasting to victory. Her concern prompted me to take note of political ads broadcast on New York City outlets. Incredibly, neither he, nor Gillibrand, nor Cuomo have been facing ads from opponents. I’ve been wondering what is going on there. Now Koch is making it really interesting.

  55. EVEN YAHOO NOTES POLLING TRENDS WORKING AGAINST DEMS.

    People are angry.

    news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_exclusive/20101012/pl_yblog_exclusive/whos-upset-over-the-economy-everybody-everywhere

    Who’s upset over the economy? Everybody, everywhere
    =======================

    – Tue Oct 12, 6:53 am ET
    By JANE SASSEEN
    Yahoo! News

    Anger: It’s the defining political emotion of this campaign season. It’s boiling across the country, much of it directed at President Obama and the congressional Democrats over the way they have handled the economy. Not far behind is dissatisfaction.

    The combination, detected in a new ABC News/Yahoo! News poll, spells trouble for Democrats three weeks out from the election. Angry people, analysts say, go out and vote. Dissatisfied people tend to stay home.

    With the recovery stalling, unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent and the housing crisis entering a dangerous new phase as bungled paperwork and outright fraud force a halt to foreclosures across the country, there’s plenty to get upset about.

    The poll, a national, random-sample survey conducted by Langer Research Associates, shows just how deep the anger runs: A sky-high 25 percent of Americans say they are angry about the state of the economy — many more of them Republicans than Democrats, a key reason why the economy’s woes appear to be playing to the GOP’s favor.

    Dissatisfaction, which thus far has grabbed few headlines, runs sharply through an even larger swath of the electorate, but it holds just as much peril for the Democrats struggling to hold onto control of Congress and many statewide offices. Fully another 60 percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the economy — and many of them are Democrats.

    So just who is angry? And who is dissatisfied? And where are they?

    The short answer: pretty much everyone and everywhere. The real story underlying this election may be how uniform and broadly felt the unhappiness is.

    “The president can talk about the economy recovering, but no one believes him,” says Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf. While many analysts have compared this year with 1994, when an unhappy electorate sent many Democratic incumbents packing and handed control of the House to the GOP for the first time in 40 years, Sheinkopf points out the shift then was mostly fueled by “angry white men.” This time, “it’s angry everybody.”

    Lane McCammon, 54, a retired engineer now living in Stallings, N.C., undoubtedly speaks for many as he ticks off the reasons for his ire.

    “Unemployment just kept going up and up and up. … The stimulus has been an absolute disaster. Cash for clunkers — people took the money and bought foreign-made cars,” McCammon laughs in obvious disgust. “This has been a pathetic Congress. … They are spending money like drunken sailors.”

    I’m very angry. My wife is angry. We’re an angry household here,” adds McCammon, who voted for McCain and thinks Obama doesn’t have a chance of being re-elected in 2012.

    It’s often the case that political trends are felt more strongly in one region or demographic group than another. With anger coursing much more deeply through GOP veins than Democratic ones, for example, analyst Greg Valliere of the Potomac Research Group says he’d expect it to be “a bigger factor in Republican-leaning regions like the South.”

    This year, however, that isn’t holding true.

    From California’s craggy coastline to the wide-open Plains states to the small towns that dot the South, a remarkably consistent 26 percent to 27 percent describe themselves as angry over the economy. While the anger meter drops slightly, to 20 percent, in the traditionally more moderate, Democratic leaning Northeast, the difference isn’t statistically significant.

    The story is much the same when other results from the ABC News/Yahoo! News poll are examined.

    Break the country down by income, and in every category roughly a quarter of the respondents report they are angry: from the 24 percent of those getting by on less than $25,000 to the 26 percent of those pulling in more than $100,000.

    Dissatisfaction is amazingly uniform across a range of paychecks, too. Some 58 percent of those making between $50,000 and $75,000 reported being dissatisfied with the economy — hardly different from the 61 percent and 60 percent dissatisfaction rates reported among the lowest and highest income levels, respectively.

  56. Here is a BBC report more than two years old. It is related to a screen capture of an Obama/Biden event for Nigerians which I mentioned one thread up.

    20 August 2008
    Row in Nigeria over Obama money
    A Nigerian group backing US senator Barack Obama for president has told the BBC the money it raised from a gala event was never meant for his campaign. It is illegal for campaign groups outside the United States to donate funds to US political parties. Earlier this week, the Obama campaign wrote to the Nigerian press saying it was not affiliated to Africans for Obama and would not accept its money. The group said it wanted to use the funds to urge US Nigerians to vote. Tickets to the lavish event in Lagos on 11 August cost more than $21,000 (£11,000) for an eight-person table. Africans for Obama chairwoman Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, who is also the head of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, told the BBC News website there had been a misunderstanding in the press regarding the event. “We never said we were going to donate money for the campaign,” she said. “We paid for the hall and the entertainers and the surplus we said would be spent on advertisements aimed at persuading Nigerians to tell their relatives in America to register to vote. “There is not one Nigerian who doesn’t have a relative or friend in America. Our aim was to encourage those people to tell their family who have the right to vote in America to vote for Obama.”
    h t t p://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7572179.stm

    BTW admin. I LOVE this post!

  57. AND NY TIMES WRITES ABOUT DEMS’ “SHAKY SEATS”

    nytimes.com/2010/10/12/us/politics/12repubs.html?_r=1

    By JEFF ZELENY
    Published: October 11, 2010
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    CloseLinkedinDiggMixxMySpaceYahoo! BuzzPermalink ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Republicans are expanding the battle for the House into districts that Democrats had once considered relatively safe, while Democrats began a strategy of triage on Monday to fortify candidates who they believe stand the best chance of survival.

    As Republicans made new investments in at least 10 races across the country, including two Democratic seats here in eastern Ohio, Democratic leaders took steps to pull out of some races entirely or significantly cut their financial commitment in several districts that the party won in the last two election cycles.

    Representatives Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Suzanne M. Kosmas of Florida and Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania were among the Democrats who learned that they would no longer receive the same infusion of television advertising that party leaders had promised. Party strategists conceded that these races and several others were slipping out of reach.

    With three weeks remaining to save its majority, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has increased its spending on two New York races, along with at-risk seats in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky and Massachusetts, setting up a map of competitive districts that is starkly different from when the campaign began.

    The strategic decisions unfolded at a feverish pace on Monday over an unusually wide playing field of nearly 75 Congressional districts, including here in Ohio, a main battleground in the fight for the House and the Senate. The developments resembled pieces being moved on a giant chess board, with Republicans trying to keep Democrats on the defensive in as many places as possible, while outside groups provided substantial reinforcements for Republicans.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s election arm in the House, can afford to make the new investments because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a host of newly formed political organizations have come to the aid of Republican candidates who have far less money than the Democratic incumbents.

    Here in St. Clairsville, an Appalachian town on the eastern edge of Ohio, the new investments by Republican groups have become apparent in recent days. Television and radio advertisements are aimed at Representatives Charlie Wilson and Zack Space, both Democrats who were elected in 2006, while new pieces of literature tying the men to President Obama and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, are arriving in the mail.

    The two districts, which come together like long and jagged pieces of a puzzle, are among Ohio’s most rural and conservative. Yet even though Senator John McCain carried the region over Mr. Obama in the 2008 presidential race, Republican leaders had initially decided against making major investments because they believed there were greater opportunities elsewhere in the state and because both congressmen had strong connections to the area.

    But polls taken for their Republican candidates showed steady signs of promise, party officials said, so over the weekend the national party made an initial expenditure of $350,000 on television commercials in both districts. Democratic strategists believe that the spending is either designed to be a head fake, so they are drawn into spending money on the races, or a signal to outside groups, who are prohibited from coordinating with the party, to begin making their own forays into the contests.

    For months, Bill Johnson, the Republican challenger to Mr. Wilson, has drawn little notice and has struggled to raise money. But last week, things began to change.

    He was invited to be the guest speaker at a weekly meeting of conservative leaders in Washington that is organized by Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform. Then he appeared on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show, which he said helped his fund-raising efforts, as did an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

    “It is a good year to be running as a Republican,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview on Monday as he drove across the sprawling Sixth District, which stretches 325 miles across 12 counties. “People are concerned about rising unemployment, spending and the overreaching of the federal government.”

    Mr. Johnson, a businessman and retired Air Force officer, has been largely ignored by Mr. Wilson. He has criticized Mr. Wilson for declining to agree to debates. But the race gained attention over the weekend when the Republican committee’s advertisements began appearing on television, calling Mr. Wilson “party line Charlie” and highlighting his votes in favor of the economic stimulus and health care measures.

    The message was amplified in a radio advertisement playing on a country music station here, with Mr. Johnson saying in a chipper voice: “On Election Day, it’s time we say, ‘So long, Charlie!’ ”

    The race is springing to life here just as early voting is entering its second full week. Campaign signs for Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wilson can be found in equal measure in Ohio River towns from Bridgeport to Brilliant to Bellaire.

    Mr. Wilson, who through a spokeswoman declined an interview on Monday because he was meeting with newspaper editorial boards in his district, has begun striking back. He argues in his own television advertisements that he stood up to Democratic Party leaders on climate change legislation, which he calls an “energy tax,” before closing with a line, “I’m Charlie Wilson, and I’m fed up.”

    The outcome of these Ohio races, along with other contests in the newly expanded Republican battleground, will help determine whether projections of a Republican wave are realized. Democrats dismissed the notion that Republicans were actually expanding the playing field, suggesting that they were looking for new opportunities because efforts to knock out Democratic incumbents have proved difficult.

    Ed Good, the chairman of the Belmont County Democratic Party here in St. Clairsville, said voters were angry and frustrated and eager to “shoot the messenger, if you will.” A Tea Party rally is scheduled for Thursday on the steps of the courthouse, the latest in a string of events that suggests the political forces may be different for Democrats this year.

    “They are going to try to pick off what they think is low-hanging fruit,” Mr. Good said. “But the only way Charlie or Zack can lose is if our party does not get out and vote.”

  58. Hillary Clinton Sits This One Out

    Hillary Rodham Clinton will be on the sidelines for this year’s midterm elections.

    WASHINGTON (October 12, 2010)—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is sitting this election out.

    Because of her position as America’s top diplomat, the secretary of state is staying far away from this year’s midterm elections and instead is spending the weeks ahead of the Nov. 2 vote on administration business in Europe and Asia.

    “I am not in any way involved in any of the political campaigns that are going on up to this midterm election,” she said.

    But her husband isn’t staying away from politicking.

    Former President Bill Clinton will help secure votes Tuesday for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a rally in Las Vegas.

    Hillary Clinton’s decision to stay on the sidelines this time around hasn’t quelled rumors that she’ll go after Vice President Joe Biden’s job in 2012, or even a White House run in 2016.

    http://www.kwtx.com/centraltexasvotes/localheadlines/Hillary_Clinton_Sits_This_One_Out_104778694.html

  59. JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    Clinton in Serbia: Lectures on inclusive society, NATO & EU carrots
    &&&&&&&&&

    Yeah, I heard that story on NPR this morning, and it just sounds like “There goes Hillary, forging ahead, with a loaded schedule and a can-do attitude”.

    As compared to radio news stories about Obama, which sound like, “There goes Obama, flapping his gums while getting grinded into the ground, unable to alter events around him.”

    It is almost like there’s “The Obama (Domestic)Administration”, and the “Hillary Foreign Policy Administration”. His stuff is stinking up the joint, but she smells fresh!

  60. 12 October 2010

    Hillary Clinton enhances coloured revolutions device

    Hillary Clinton has decided to reinforce upstream her Department’s assistance to foreign organizations which could be instrumental in the staging of a coloured revolution and to associate Israel to the plans. It has in fact proven very difficult to mobilize at the last minute people who need more time to be roped in.

    Accordingly, she has brought Tomicah Tillemann on board as adviser on civil society and emerging democracies.

    Tilleman is the grand-son of Tom Lantos (1928-2008), a Hungarian Jew who was saved from Nazi persecution by Raoul Wallenberg, and who was a member of the House of Representatives from the state of California.

    Under the high patronage of the President of Israel, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice is dedicated to funding opposition groups in various countries, especially in China.

    Particularly brilliant, Tomicah Tillemann was admitted to Yale University at the age of 14. He worked in various Senate committees chaired by Joe Biden or Barack Obama. Close to Hillary Clinton, he became one of her speech writers.

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article167244.html

  61. 12.10.10
    Poll: 76% of American Jews think Arabs want to destroy Israel

    51% of U.S. Jews approve of the way Obama is handling his job – a 6% drop since March; 95% think that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any peace settlement.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya

    An overwhelming majority of American Jews believe that the goal of the Arabs “is not the return of occupied territories but rather the destruction of Israel,” according to a recent poll released by the American Jewish Committee.

    Approximately 76% of respondents in the AJC’s fall 2010 Survey of American Jewish Opinion agreed with a question to that effect, while only 20% disagreed.

    Meanwhile, 95% of the American Jews think Palestinians should be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any future peace settlement.

    Some 82% said Israel could not achieve peace with Hamas-led government, while 14% were optimistic – a 6 point drop since the AJC’s March survey.

    Ninety-five percent of respondents said Palestinians should be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Some 48% support the establishment of the Palestinian state, while 45% oppose it in the current situation, and 6% said they were not sure.

    Approximately 18% said they are less optimistic about the chance for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs than one year ago, 8% are more optimistic, and 75% maintained the same level of optimism (or pessimism) as one year ago.

    Sixty-percent say Israel should not compromise on Jerusalem as a united city under Israeli jurisdiction, with 35% in favor of a compromise. Next week, Jewish leaders will gather in Jerusalem to discuss issues in the negotiations and the part Diaspora Jews should play in key decisions.

    Fifty-six percent of respondents think Israel should dismantle some settlements following the peace agreement with Palestinians, 6% think it should dismantle all West Bank settlements, and 37% think it should dismantle none.

    The survey also found that the U.S. Jewish community’s support of President Barack Obama has significantly declined, while a majority approve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Only 51% of respondents in the survey said they approved of the way Obama has been handling his job – a fall of 6% since the AJC’s March survey. Some 78% of U.S. Jews voted for Obama in 2008.

    Approximately 49% of U.S. Jews approve of the Obama administration’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, while 45% disapprove. AJC’s survey in March found that 55% approved and 37% disapproved. In 2009 survey, 54% approved, and 32% disapproved.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets much higher approval for his handling of the U.S.-Israel relations, with a 62% approval against 27% disapproval and 11% “not sure.”

    Obama’s approval rating among all voters is even lower – in the recent Bloomberg survey, he scored backing from only 47% percent of reports, while the Gallup poll found him taking 45%. His support is the highest among African Americans, at 91%, and self-identified democrats, at 79%.

    Only 43% approve of the Obama administration’s handling of the Iran nuclear issue, while 46% disapprove. In March, 47% approved it, 42% disapproved, and 11% were not sure). 44% said there was “little chance” the current Administration’s “dual-track” policy, combining proposal of dialogue and sanctions, will yield positive results, while 28% there is “no chance” for it. Only 4% gave it a “good chance” and 23% – “some chance”.

    If diplomacy fails, 59% would support military action against Iran to stop its nuclear program, while 35% would oppose it. 70% will support Israeli preventive strike, while 26% would oppose it.

    Despite high level of disillusionment, 92% of the Jewish respondents said they were planning to vote in midterm elections in November – with 57% saying it would be better for Democrats to take the majority at Congress, while 33% prefer Republicans.

    The number one issue for the Jewish voters in these elections is the economy, with 87% defining it as “very important”. Sixty-one percent said “Israel” is very important to them in these elections.

    Referring to the last year’s developments affecting the relationship between Turkey and Israel, 71% of the American Jews think Turkish government today “is not a friend of Israel”, while 50% think it’s neither a friend of the U.S. (35% think it is, while 15% were not sure).

    The AJC survey conducted by telephone between September 6 and October 8 asked 800 self-identifying Jewish respondents their opinions on a number of topics, including Obama’s handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and U.S-Israeli relations.

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/poll-76-of-american-jews-think-arabs-want-to-destroy-israel-1.318669

  62. rgb44hrc: In the article you post, there seems to be a cleavage between “anger” and “dissatisfaction”. The “angered” are fired up to vote, the “dissatisfied” stay at home. Seems to me, “angry” is just a degree more dissatisfied than “dissatisfied”. Don’t think the article makes much sense.

  63. This is no longer about picking parties. It is about picking the best person for the job, whether he/she be independent/tea party, a dim, a repub, whatever.

    Interesting to say the least.

  64. RUH-ROH: BATTLE FOR HOUSE SHOWS FURTHER REPUB GAINS

    Graph here shows what was extremely close as recently as Aug. 19 has steadily trended in the Republicans’ favor.

    Hey, wasn’t that the time that Zerobama was getting back from vacation and decided he needed to actively start “helping” the Dems?

    realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/house/2010_elections_house_map_race_changes.html

  65. Is everyone on this board happy that the repubs are doing so well? Is anyone concerned about what will take place after the midterms?

    Do the repubs place the American people first or do they have their own hidden agendas?

  66. jeswezey
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:55 am
    rgb44hrc: In the article you post, there seems to be a cleavage between “anger” and “dissatisfaction”. The “angered” are fired up to vote, the “dissatisfied” stay at home. Seems to me, “angry” is just a degree more dissatisfied than “dissatisfied”. Don’t think the article makes much sense.
    &&&&&&&&

    Your conflation different flavors of unhappiness does not describe the political landscape as it is unfolding this year.

    The centrist Republicans and independents in 2008 who felt that they could “tolerate Obama and were not fired up about McCain” have seen that they should have researched Obama further before deciding he was “okay”. Now that he’s shown “what he can do”, these people DO NOT LIKE IT.

    They will show up at the polls. “Send Obama a message; kick the bums out!”.

    On the other side, Dems who were fired up in 2008 out of anger at Bush (lefties, moderates, etc.) have seen Obama suck the life out of their intereset in politics; he betrayed them, gave them lip service but did not deliver, or worse, he delivered on the opposite of what he promised. Now they are “disappointed” or “disillusioned”.

    They may stay home, or cross over. “What’s the point?”

  67. JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    Is everyone on this board happy that the repubs are doing so well? Is anyone concerned about what will take place after the midterms?
    &&&&&&&

    If there’s grave concern, Obama can veto crazy laws.

    If the Dems hold the Senate, and Lord knows even the House, Obama will be seen as the Phoenix rising.

    Media hacks will be writing: “Incredible, it appears that Obama’s stumping worked. That puts to rest any talk of Hillary in 2012.”

    Just sayin’.

  68. JanH, one further point. While it may be unpleasan to see Repubs dancing in the streets, we have to remember that Obama’s pillars of support within the Democratic party need to be cut off at the knees. The Judases must be chased out. The RBC debacle of May 2008 exposes who the cowards are.

    Prune the bush so that it can grow correctly.

  69. “Obama’s pillars of support within the Democratic party need to be cut off at the knees…. Prune the bush so that it can grow correctly.”

    Cutting off at the knees doesn’t prune the bush, it takes the whole bush with it. And that’s what’s happening. The Reps are taking down everyone except the Blue Dogs. It’s a very conservative landscape this year.

  70. JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    Is everyone on this board happy that the repubs are doing so well? Is anyone concerned about what will take place after the midterms?

    Do the repubs place the American people first or do they have their own hidden agendas?
    _____________

    Give me a corrupt Republican any day over a corrupt Democrat. I did not realize how corrupt the Democrats were until 2008 and every day I get a little more astounded by just how much. They have to be destroyed and rebuilt from the bottom up before they are any good to anyone. They have no allegiance to anything or anybody.

  71. Is anyone concerned about what will take place after the midterms?
    ———————
    Absolutely. The citizenry of this Republic will need to be attentive to the DC big top if there is to be any hope of straightening the mess out. Their arrogance is at an incredible pitch.

    Ironic, isn’t it, that we are expected to address elected officials using the term “The Honorable;” it’s as if they achieved greatness merely for having been elected. What they do after they get there seems to matter not.

  72. It is hard for me to understand how Bill can campaign for Reid as he was ground zero for destroying Hillary’s bid for mPresident.

    The repugs are in many cases not offering good candidates that many of us want to live with. In cases where there are good alternatives, people are turning away from the dems.

    I will be voting for a repub house candidate because I think he has something better to offer than the obama loving party hack career politician who currently holds the office. All of the dems ads are negative….he does not have a single ad in which he advocates for things he has done. I hope it will be a losing message.

    I must say Schumer is running good ads…showing himself sitting at a desk working and talking about things he has done as a senator. He has been effective. I will not pull a lever for him again because of his treachery, but few people share my feelings about that.

    I wanted to vote for Palladino because of his stand on reducing ridulous pension costs and his position on illegal immigration. Cuomo, although a good candidate, can not and will not take on the unions because all the dems are too in bed with them. But I must say that Palladino is looking a bit scary. He had a real chance to beat Cuomo. I don’t know how much of this negative stuff is a smear campaign by a complicit media or he is really a jerk.

  73. 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.

    ——–
    Too bad, so sad. Karma’s a bitch Baracko!

    😆 😆

  74. WASHINGTON (October 12, 2010)—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is sitting this election out.

    Because of her position as America’s top diplomat, the secretary of state is staying far away from this year’s midterm elections and instead is spending the weeks ahead of the Nov. 2 vote on administration business in Europe and Asia.

    “I am not in any way involved in any of the political campaigns that are going on up to this midterm election,” she said.

    But her husband isn’t staying away from politicking.

    ———
    Hillary is wearing her golden cape of Teflon, with a birds eyes-view of Karma at work. She positioned herself perfectly for this election cycle. Check mate?

  75. If the Dems hold the Senate, and Lord knows even the House, Obama will be seen as the Phoenix rising.

    ———

    That’s a stretch, only those still mainlining Kool-aid will be that delusional.

    Barry’s 15 minutes are OVER!

  76. Case managers/discharge planners likely won’t know if someone qualifies for Medi-cal/Medicaid, but the business office in the hospital would. See if you can sit down with one of the financial counselors and get some info.

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

    From my own (thank God limited!) experience in a ‘rest home’ (after breaking a hip), there was an executive right there in the facility who helped patients get financing for their stays. When Medicare’s benefit ran out, she filled out a Medicaid application and everything, all I had to do was sign it. (Later Medicaid came back wanting more documentation because I was on the borderline or something, but at least the rest home lady had got me started with the first step with the right agency. And the Medicaid people were very nice and did pass me!)

    I’ve forgotten what they called this lady. ‘Social services’ person, maybe? Anyway, visiting different rest homes to talk to such people, will give you more chance to observe how different ones operate, to make your eventual choice.

    Luckily I only needed a few extra days, but apparently it was the same form and agency for the Alz type of patients who would be there permanently.

  77. h t t p://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/10/12/rove-wants-meet-white-house-idiot-who-dreamed-funding-attack#ixzz12ACUQg5P

  78. Thanks everyone for some great feedback. I admit to thinking this particular election cycle is “be careful what you wish for.” I think the repubs are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

  79. Hillary talks 2008, political civility

    From NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Courtney Kube

    In the midst of a heated political season back in the U.S., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about mending political fences during her trip to Sarajevo today.

    “We have someone who could never have been elected in my country just a short while ago,” she told a group of students and civil society leaders today, adding, “I ran against him, as you know, I tried to beat him, and he won.”

    Clinton said despite their own battle, after President Obama won, “he asked me to work with him.”

    “Now in many countries that would still seem like a strange idea — if you’re in a political contest, it should be zero sum game, winner takes all,” she said, adding, “but that’s not how we see it.”

    “I’m often asked how could I go to work for President Obama after trying to defeat him, and the answer is simple: we both love our country,” Clinton said. She went on to encourage the group to work to develop that same mindset there in Sarajevo.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/10/12/5278868-hillary-talks-2008-political-civility-

  80. there seems to be a cleavage between “anger” and “dissatisfaction”. The “angered” are fired up to vote, the “dissatisfied” stay at home. Seems to me, “angry” is just a degree more dissatisfied than “dissatisfied”. Don’t think the article makes much sense.

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

    Regardless of the labels, I think they’re looking at an important difference: go out and vote against, vs stay home. I’m not sure the ‘stay home’ will change to ‘vote against’. It’s a lot easier to decide now to ignore the whole election — in which case you stop reading and listening so you don’t get any new information that would make you go out and vote.

  81. JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:57 am
    This is no longer about picking parties. It is about picking the best person for the job, whether he/she be independent/tea party, a dim, a repub, whatever.

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

    I agree!

  82. JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Is everyone on this board happy that the repubs are doing so well? Is anyone concerned about what will take place after the midterms?

    Do the repubs place the American people first or do they have their own hidden agendas?

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

    For a real improvement (or just halting damage) we’d need Repubs like Sarah. They’d have a harder time fighting their own establishment (Gingrich, Cheney, etc) than fighting Obama.

  83. If there’s grave concern, Obama can veto crazy laws.

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

    Bill Clinton did that — but Obama will not. Obama is a TOOL of the corporate old GOP types. His job was to keep Hillary out, then surrender to the GOP on issues.

    He will bluster about vetos — then let things pass quietly, like this thing to make it easier for banks to foreclose mortgages.

  84. But I must say that Palladino is looking a bit scary. He had a real chance to beat Cuomo. I don’t know how much of this negative stuff is a smear campaign by a complicit media or he is really a jerk.

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

    I think Palladino is really a jerk. Cuomo otoh behaved well in the flap about Hillary’s Senate seat and was behaving well now, last I heard.

  85. From JanH’s poll at 2:11

    What do you think?

    Do you agree with people, including some prominent Republican politicians, who are nostalgic for former President Bill Clinton?
    ___________________________

    Good to hear some responsible Republicans are seeing the light.

    I voted: Yes, we want a return to the Boom years of Peace and Prosperity. The poll logged in at 46% 🙂

  86. This terrifies me
    ***********
    China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas
    By Monica Hatcher – Houston Chronicle
    Web Posted: 10/12/2010 12:48 AM CDT

    Mike Whitwell, a rancher who leases deer hunts on his 11,000 acres near Cotulla, is waiting for drilling to start on his property. He said CNOOC’s entrance into the Eagle Ford oil and gas formation could give younger generations a reason not to move away. Bob Owen/Express-News

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    HOUSTON — State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.
    With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.

    It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said.

    As part of the deal, the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company, CNOOC has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion for a chunk of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs largely from southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.

    CNOOC also will provide up to $1.1 billion more to cover drilling costs.

    The deal represents China’s second try at making a big move into the U.S. oil and gas market, following a failed bid five years ago to buy California-based Unocal Corp.

    Intense political opposition over energy security concerns derailed that $18.4 billion deal. But analysts expect few political or regulatory hurdles to the CNOOC-Chesapeake deal.

    “The climate is much more hospitable now,” said Juli MacDonald-Wimbush, a partner with Marstel-Day, an energy and environmental security consulting company in Fredericksburg, Va.

    Amid low natural gas prices and a largely difficult drilling climate, she said highly liquid Chinese companies will find willing partners among onshore oil and gas companies hurting for capital to drill.

    “They have the cash, and energy companies in the U.S. are looking for the cash to develop these reserves,” MacDonald-Wimbush said.

    Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake, said he has not heard objections to the sale.

    Unlike China’s Unocal bid, the latest deal doesn’t involve technology transfers or a direct investment in Chesapeake, he said, and CNOOC employees won’t work for Chesapeake, which will continue to operate the project.

    “This is a pretty simple business transaction,” McClendon said. “The initial feedback we’re getting is that this is something the government should be very happy to see, which is the return of American capital into our country so that we can use it to create high-paying American jobs and also reduce oil imports a few years down the road.”

    He projected that the sale would create as many as 20,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, and, on CNOOC’s dime, allow the company to increase its rig count in South Texas from 10 rigs to about 40 by the end of 2012.

    Analysts have suggested that much of CNOOC’s interest is in gaining technical insight. Gas and oil locked in the nation’s plentiful shale formations is abundant but difficult to extract.

    The deposits, known as unconventional plays, have attracted growing interest in recent years because of improved technology in hydraulic fracturing, which frees hydrocarbons by pumping fluid and sand into reservoirs to crack the rock.

    Chesapeake, one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies, was an early mover in the shales, leasing up land aggressively this decade.

    “From the Chinese perspective, this is a golden opportunity for them. They have identified shale resources in China, but they don’t have the knowledge or technical expertise to go after those resources,” said Ken Medlock, a fellow at Houston’s Baker Institute and adjunct professor in Rice University’s economics department.

    McClendon disputed that notion, saying hydraulic fracturing is now “off-the-shelf technology” available to anyone.

    Also underlying the move is China’s need to find new energy sources and the technology to develop them to feed its expansive economic growth.

    Energy consumption in the world’s most populous nation has doubled in less than a decade, and the International Energy Agency reported in July that China surpassed the U.S. in total energy used in 2009.

    China has increasingly been looking to the Americas for raw materials it needs to sustain the boom. As private investment dwindled with the global financial crisis, the cash-flush Chinese went on a regional shopping spree.

    “It’s really kind of exploded. All of a sudden, you’ve started to see a lot of large-scale purchases,” said Evan Ellis, an expert on China’s involvement in the region who teaches at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington. “Basically Latin America is becoming a Pacific-oriented region.”

    China has poured some $20 billion in loans and direct investments into Brazil’s offshore oil exploration and production, for example. And last spring, the Chinese government loaned $20 billion to Venezuela to develop oil fields in its Orinoco River basin, with much of the work awarded to Chinese companies.

    Tom Fowler contributed to this report from Houston, Jennifer A. Dlouhy from Washington and Dudley Althaus from Mexico City.

  87. Turndown,

    The problem for me is that NY state is going bankrupt. The democrats and republicans seem impotent to curtail pension costs for public employees. As more states like RI pass laws similar to Arizona more illegals will continue to inundate and overwhelm our medicaid etc.

    Cuomo has not yet offered what I see to be a coherent or adequate plan to address either issue nor can he as a democrat.

  88. Shadowfax
    October 12th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    ————–

    She does look wonderful. The respect she receives, everywhere she goes, is just so amazing.

  89. Carol,

    I have been watching and reading with interest what is happening in New York.

    Thanks for some firsthand commentary.

  90. #
    JanH
    October 12th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Shadowfax
    October 12th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    ————–

    She does look wonderful. The respect she receives, everywhere she goes, is just so amazing.
    ———-

    Yes, Hillary made the right move in being the SOS over a jr. Senator.

    She has built bonds and makes us proud all over the old.
    She also has the best resume of anyone that could run for Pres.

    No more, “…ducking bullets”, nor being the WIFE of a President. She has proved herself worthy again and again.

  91. Holy Mary, now thats running away with it.

    Election 2010: Ohio Senate
    Ohio Senate: Portman (R) Leaps To Commanding Lead Over Fisher (D)

    Portman has jumped to a 23% lead over Fisher in Ohio

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/ohio/election_2010_ohio_senate

    Republican Rob Portman has now jumped to a 23-point lead over Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Ohio shows Portman, a former congressman and Bush administration official, earning 57% support, his best showing in the race to date. Fisher claims just 34% support, a new low, while two percent (2%) prefer another candidate and seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    This race now shifts from Leans Republican to Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

    Two weeks ago, Portman crossed the 50% mark for the first time to lead Fisher 51% to 42%. Prior to that survey, the GOP candidate has led his Democratic opponent in nearly every survey since February with 42% to 49% of the vote. Fisher in that same period has picked up 37% to 43% support.

  92. 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. The trustees who oversee Social Security project there will be no COLA for 2011, given inflation so far this year.

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20101011/NEWS/10111037/1348/news09?Title=Social-Security-increase-unlikely

  93. Israeli Orchestra to Play Music of Wagner, Hitler’s Favorite

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Follow Israel news on and .

    An Israeli orchestra plans to play the music of Wagner, a favorite of Hitler, at a German festival in Bayreuth, despite incorrect reports by Israel’s mass media that the performance has been cancelled.

    Wagner’s music is considered taboo, and Holocaust survivors’ groups have led a long-time protest that has prevented Wagner’s compositions from being performed in Israel. Wagner himself also held strongly anti-Semitic views and once wrote that Jews were only capable of producing money-making music and not works or art.

    The ban on his music by Israeli performers has also been upheld outside Israel, but Wagner’s great-granddaughter Katharina had planned to visit Israel this week to officially invite the orchestra to perform the music at a Wagner festival in Bayreuth in southern Germany. She told the London Guardian that she wanted the Israeli orchestra to play at the German festival in an attempt to “heal wounds,” but she cancelled her trip to Israel after a protest followed a report in the media which incorrectly stated that the performance also was cancelled.

    “The only thing that has changed is that she cancelled her visit to Israel,” Israel Chamber Orchestra spokeswoman Merav Magen Lelie told Israel National News. “This is the first time Wagner will be performed by an Israeli orchestra.”

    The Israeli orchestra’s musicians are free to opt out of participating, and none of the rehearsals will take place in Israel. Lelie said that so far, all of the orchestra’s members intend to perform in Bayreuth.

    She pointed out that opposition to Wagner’s music by Holocaust survivors and their relatives is not universal. She said that the chamber orchestra’s music director Roberto Paternostro’s grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust. Several years ago, he rediscovered his Jewish roots through his mother, who had married a non-Jew.

    Opposition to performing Wagner’s works is widespread. Ephraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was quoted in the Guardian as saying, “Wagner cannot apologize. It’s a closed book. There is no way of making up for his anti-Semitic writings.”

    Holocaust survivor Noah Klieger told the Germany news agency Deutsche Welle last week, “Wagner was the father of the theory of the races; he was the first one to claim that there was a master race – the Germans – and a low-class race – the Jews. He was the first to explain this in writing.

    “We don’t need reconciliation with Wagner. We have reconciliation with Germany. We have nothing against the new German generations. I go to Germany very often…. But Wagner is the same Wagner – whether it’s today or 100 years ago, it’s the same Wagner with the same theory…. He was one of the greatest composers ever, but this has nothing to do with his theories.”

    Nearly 20 years ago, catcalls and a large-scale walkout met Israeli musician Daniel Barenboim’s attempt to lead the Berlin State Opera in a performance of part of Wagner’s music.

  94. To those of you still uneazy with pulling the lever for R’s across the board:

    Do you want to cut off B. Hussein’s political life line?
    Do you want stop the Obamination that is our current malady?
    Is 2 years a short time to live with R’s?
    Is less government better than excessive, intrusive government?
    Is it likely that a high percentage of the Tea Party-fueled new candidates will help lend a new perspective to DC politics?

    I’m thinking/hoping that most regulars at HI44 adamantly respond yes to all of the above. I agree 100% with what I believe to be Admin’s overriding message: the current power structure in the WH and Congress must be terminated. It’s okay to be less than enthusiastic about your mission, but it IS your mission: stiffen your upper lip and carry it out – VOTE OUT EVERY LAST DIMOCRAT AND START OVER.

  95. Really getting scary out there…
    **********

    US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Pension Deficits
    Published: Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 5:32 AM ET Text Size
    By: Nicole Bullock, Financial Times

    Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap, a study to be released on Tuesday shows.

    The gap at the municipal level would be in addition to $3,000 billion in unfunded liabilities already estimated for state-run pensions, according to research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester.

    “What is yet to be seen is how this burden will be distributed between state and local governments and whether the federal government will be called upon for bail-outs,” said Joshua Rauh of the Kellogg School.

    The financial demands of unfunded pension promises come as state and local governments grapple with years of falling tax revenue related to the recession.

    The combination has raised concern that defaults, which are historically rare in the $2,800 billion municipal bond market where local governments obtain money, could now rise.

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    “The bondholders would be competing with the pension beneficiaries for scarce government resources,” Mr Rauh said.

    Current pension assets for plans sponsored by Philadelphia can only pay for promised benefits through 2015, while Boston and Chicago would deplete their existing funds by 2019.

    Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Florida and St Paul have current pension assets that can only pay for promised benefits through 2020.

    Local governments use unique accounting methods that many, such as Mr Rauh, believe understate obligations. Based on his estimates, which use US Treasuries as the benchmark, each household already owes an average of $14,165 to current and former municipal public employees in the 50 cities and counties studied.

    “Philadelphia has the most immediate cause for concern, as the city can pay existing promises with existing assets only through 2015,” Mr Rauh said, assuming an 8 percent annualized return, the most common benchmark for municipal plans.

    In New York City, San Francisco and Boston the total is more than $30,000 a household and, in Chicago, it tops $40,000.

    Taxpayers in these areas risk not only local tax increases and service cuts to pay for benefits, but potentially some of the bill for the $3,000 billion unfunded obligations at the state level, the researchers say.

    “The fact that there is such a large burden of public employee pensions concentrated in urban metropolitan areas threatens the long-run economic viability of these cities, as residents can potentially move elsewhere to escape the situation,” Mr Rauh said.

    MORE FROM FT.COM
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    The research examines 77 pension plans sponsored by 50 major cities and counties and covering about 2 million workers, which is estimated to be two-thirds of workers covered by local pensions. Researchers then extrapolated the results – an unfunded liability of about $5,300 per worker – to come up with the total estimate of $574 billion.

  96. All-American Terrorist: Progressive Nutroots Go Ga-Ga Over Leftist Who Went On Bombing Spree in 1981
    —Ace

    At Big Journalism, figuring tonight is the night we settle all family business…

    Brett Kimberlin, Speedway Bomber
    Infamously known as “The Speedway Bomber,” Brett Kimberlin exploded his eighth and final bomb on September 6, 1978, which nearly blew off the right leg of his victim, Carl DeLong, and seriously injured the man’s left leg and right hand, causing his leg to be amputated. DeLong committed suicide two years later, unable to cope with the pain and devastation of his injuries. The victim’s wife Sandra later won a civil judgment against Kimberlin for $1.6 million.

    Oh and there were more bombs, and more crimes, too. He was suspected (but never charged) in shooting an old woman in the head.

    He wound up serving 17 years despite one of the bombs nearly severing a man’s leg from him. (That man would commit suicide in two years owing to his grievous wounds.)

    Did he reform himself? You betcha he did!!!!

    As we know, Kimberlin also co-founded Velvet Revolution with Brad Friedman of BradBlog. [A very annoying lefty blog, I’m told.] This organization is funded by, among others, the notable Tides Foundation. By 2007, Kimberlin had received notoriety as an “election and campaign reform activist,” monitoring voting processes and raising electronic tabulation issues. He runs the very organization that today is demanding the prosecution of Andrew Breitbart, Karl Rove, and many others who happen to oppose progressive policy, while often basing accusations on little else than opinion.
    Patterico delves more into this bastard’s history — and despite basing everything on newspaper reports and criminal records, this monster threatens to sue him.

    For libel. Uh-huh.

    Here’s how he disposes of his criminal history in a blurb for his band (they like bands, don’t they?) “Epoxy:”

    Epoxy arose out of the hellish depths of Brett’s time in prison for exercising his First Amendment rights to speech and political activity. Without any trial, Brett was hauled off to federal prison after being targeted by right-wingers who wanted to punish him for being a musician, writing a book and speaking out about politics.
    The Indianapolis Star corrected the record on that:

    Kimberlin was paroled in 1994 after serving about 13 years of his 50-year sentence. But when he made no effort to pay the DeLong judgment his parole was revoked in 1997 and he went back to prison for about four more years, released again in 2001.
    Remember, he took a man’s healthy leg and turned it into a ruin, and was duly sued and compelled to pay $1.6 million. The man went on to commit suicide over this. Despite that, this fighter against “injustice” never attempted to make any restitution. And that’s why he was thrown back into jail “without trial” — because he was still serving the sentence from his actual trial conviction, was paroled with certain requirements, and of course decided he’d prefer to get laid and start bands than live up to those requirements of good citizenship.

    And now he’s a lefty hero.

  97. gonzotx
    October 12th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    Israeli Orchestra to Play Music of Wagner, Hitler’s Favorite

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    Just shaking my head over this one.

  98. We knew of Kosmas and Driehaus, today another two cut adrift, Indiana’s 8th District and Tennessee’s 8th District. 2 more scaled back Arizona’s 5th District and Wisconsin’s 8th District. The abbatoir is open.

    Dems cut four districts loose

    POLITICO has learned that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will pull its ad buys for two freshmen, Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas and Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus, in the final two weeks of the race. The DCCC will also pull the plug in two conservative-minded, Democratic-held open seats: Indiana’s 8th District and Tennessee’s 8th District, according to a Democratic insider who is familiar with the ad-spending plans.

    In addition, the DCCC has trimmed advertising time in Arizona’s 5th District and Wisconsin’s 8th District, where two-term Democratic Reps. Harry Mitchell and Steve Kagen face uphill reelection campaigns.

    Democratic officials denied a Tuesday newspaper report that the committee viewed Pennsylvania Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper’s reelection bid as out of reach. Rather, officials insisted the committee planned only to trim its ad buy in response to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s decision to scale back its own ad reservation in the Erie-based district.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43482.html#ixzz12BBAYnaa

  99. THE GONG SHOW REVISITED

    Messiah Obama his legions forlorn
    Promised the moon to Jane and John
    Bamboozled the fools from dusk til dawn
    Served the corrupt since ere he was born
    Subverted our nation all day long
    Wherever he goes its the same sad song
    Time for the voters to give him the gong

  100. So many thorns for Obama in this midterm. DADT ruled unconstitutional by a judge today!

    Althouse has a good post (http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/10/us-district-court-judge-virginia.html) on Obama’s predicament weeks before midterm election. She has this Obama video from a year ago and says this: “It’s important to be honest among friends,” he says at 0:24 and then literally puts his tongue in his cheek. He was lying and he knew it. Lying about being honest.

    Lying about being honest.. yep that is Obama for you.

  101. So many thorns for Obama in this midterm. DADT ruled unconstitutional by a judge today!

    Althouse has a good post on Obama’s predicament weeks before midterm election. She has this Obama video from a year ago and says this: “It’s important to be honest among friends,” he says at 0:24 and then literally puts his tongue in his cheek. He was lying and he knew it. Lying about being honest.

    Lying about being honest.. yep that is Obama for you.

  102. Healthcare lobbyists seek to repair relationship with Republicans
    By Julian Pecquet – 10/12/10 06:08 AM ET

    House Republicans say healthcare groups that backed the Democrats’ overhaul bill are trying to rekindle their relationship with the GOP.

    The health industry’s effort to make nice with Republicans is both reflective of how Washington works and how much the political winds have shifted since Barack Obama’s inauguration last year.

    House Republicans felt shunned by their allies in the medical sector in 2009 as Democrats basked in their electoral victories that gave them control of Congress and the White House since 1994.

    Nearly two years after Obama’s triumph and six months after the passage of health reform, the mood in the nation’s capital and beyond has changed dramatically.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/123735-healthcare-lobbyists-seek-to-repair-relationship-with-gop

    ——–
    We all know profit is the bottom line for this group, so we all know what this means for consumers.

  103. Good additional point on Obama attacks against the Chamber of Commerce:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/107777/

    I’D LIKE TO MILDLY DISAGREE WITH THIS WASHINGTON EXAMINER EDITORIAL: The bogus — and deeply hypocritical — foreign-money claims coming from the White House and the Democratic apparat aren’t about campaigning. They’re about constructing a narrative of defeat for their base, so that when they get clobbered in November they can blame it on scheming billionaires and evil foreigners instead of admitting that they elected an empty suit, and proceeded to push a wildly unpopular program over the clearly stated objections of a large majority of American voters. If their base faced up to their ineptitude, it would go off and start a new party, and then they’d need to get a real job. Better by far to retreat into conspiracy theory than to go back to Pocatello. [snip]

    Reader Tom Holsinger emails:

    “I disagree with your opinion of the Obama administration’s phony story about GOP foreign money. IMO this is more a prophylactic measure against House investigations next year of the 2008 Obama campaign’s illegal foreign contributions. They anticipate the GOP will win control of the House and commence investigations of the Obama administration’s many wrongs, including this one. They are setting up, in advance, the usual guilty guy’s defense of “everybody does it” and “you are just being partisan”.

  104. Oh Well- Barnyard Barney is runnin’ scared!

    Barny Frank is running campaign ads in the Tri-State area (Ct-RI-MA)for reelection. The ads are an insult to what he has done to add to the housing crisis plagueing America. Mr Franks turned a blind eye to and allowed the destabilization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when he could have done some good preventing our current mortgage crisis. Barney Frank has the gaul to run for reelection after using his position as a US Congressman exploiting the public trust for his part in creating our economic banking crisis. Does he actually think no one notices what he has done?

    Frank became the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2007 after the Democratic Party won a majority in the House. As chairman of the committee his job was to oversee the entire financial services industry, which includes the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries.

    There is video out there of Frank declaring the financial industry sound and stable.

    Barney needs to find a real job in the private sector. His parasitic role of a taxpayer funded employee needs to come to an end if there is any justice in the world.

  105. Admin-

    “I disagree with your opinion of the Obama administration’s phony story about GOP foreign money. IMO this is more a prophylactic measure against House investigations next year of the 2008 Obama campaign’s illegal foreign contributions.

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    I am starting to smell impeachment from my front porch? 😉

  106. Impeachment? 🙂
    ————
    Here’s a local followup of the brouhaha which ensued last week over the sale of Scranton’s Mercy Hospital. It allowed a CEO to “set the record straight” and decry politicalization of the issue. Really though, he reiterated the same thought with slightly less emphasis.
    Mercy Hospital CEO Responds to Health Care Controversy – WNEP
    Last week the CEO of Mercy Health System claimed national health care reform was partially responsible for the decision to put three hospitals up for sale… Now Mercy CEO Kevin Cook is fighting back. He doesn’t like what’s going on, claiming critics of health care reform are taking him out of context days before a critical election…. Cook says health care reform is a small factor but a factor because its cost and impact is unclear…. “I find it disappointing that we got dragged kicking and screaming into this conversation,” said Cook. He calls the attention disappointing, and said he has no desire to participate in the political debate over the impact of health care reform on the decision to sell Mercy Health Care, which includes the hospital in Scranton.
    h t t p://www.wnep.com/news/countybycounty/wnep-mercy-ceo-responds-health-care-controversy,0,323434.story

  107. Admin,

    What do you know about the races in NY. Would you vote for Cuomo, Schumer or Gillibrand or would you vote for the repugs?

  108. Shadowfax
    October 12th, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    We all know profit is the bottom line for this group, so we all know what this means for consumers
    ____________________________

    Hmmmm, I’m thinking that the good old days of 2 years ago couldn’t be much worse than this: What I do know for sure is that my wife was just informed that health care coverage for her and the employees of her small business is increasing 30% next year. Thirty percent. Kind of just rolls off the tongue.

    I’ll let my screen name speak for itself.

  109. OT- Think twice before you go thru the Drive Thru @ MacDonalds.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101012/bs_yblog_upshot/mcdonalds-happy-meal-resists-decomposition-for-six-months

    McDonald’s Happy Meal resists decomposition for six months

    “That’s the disturbing point brought home by the latest project of New York City-based artist and photographer Sally Davies, who bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see how well it would hold up over time.

    The results? “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock,” Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.

    She proceeded to photograph the Happy Meal each week and posted the pictures to Flickr to record the results of her experiment. Now, just over six months later, the Happy Meal has yet to even grow mold. She told the Daily Mail that “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.”

  110. CBS’ Knoller: Why Doesn’t Obama Allow Cameras At Fundraisers?

    realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/10/12/cbs_knoller_why_doesnt_obama_allow_cameras_at_fundraisers.html

  111. OOOO-FAH. NO GETTING PAST THIS…

    Priceless quote:
    “Someone named Hillary Clinton is now viewed favorably by fully 64% of Americans, even more than like Obama’s wife.”

    latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/10/obama-supporters-dropping-him.html

    Nearly half of Obama’s supporters have now given up on him: poll
    ==================

    Nearly half the people who once considered themselves supporters of President Barack Obama don’t anymore.

    Other than that, his virtually nonstop cross-country campaigning for embattled Democrats in the Nov. 2 election is working perfectly. Monday night, he spoke to two party fundraisers of ordinary American millionaires in Miami, as The Ticket reported here.

    A new poll released today by Bloomberg News finds all that hopey-changey stuff is rapidly turning to disappointment and disenchantment. While 47% of all voters approve of Obama’s job now, ominously for 2012 only 36% of onetime Obama supporters now approve. Feeling jilted?

    Someone named Hillary Clinton is now viewed favorably by fully 64% of Americans, even more than like Obama’s wife.

    Of course, Obama is on no ballot three weeks from today. But Republicans appear to …
    … be succeeding in making the Democrat’s first midterm election — a time of traditional defeat anyway for the party of the White House occupant — into a referendum on the Illinois guy.

    Something about a stubborn national unemployment rate of 9.6% despite $700+ billion in non-stimulating stimulus spending and promises to keep the jobless rate below 8%.

    Something about consecutive federal deficits of $1,291,000,000,000 and $1,416,000,000,000 despite that campaign promise to go through the budget line by line. Something aboutA happy Democrat president Barack Obama a controversial healthcare bill that a near-majority of Americans would like repealed.

    On foreign policy, now that all the troops are on station from Obama’s second Afghanistan troop surge, six in 10 Americans believe the 9-year-old war is a lost cause. Etc.

    Meanwhile, a separate Gallup Poll Monday showed the Republican lead on the indicative generic congressional ballot remained strong.

    A slim majority (53%) like the guy who just redecorated the Oval Office; he’s got an OK jump shot and who knows what his golf handicap is after 52 rounds as chief executive?

    They just don’t like the job Obama is doing as president — 47% think his policies have actually hurt the economy.

    And 53% think that about the president’s Democratic Party, which, not coincidentally, has held complete control of both houses of Congress since the 2006 midterm elections.

    Two-thirds of these likely voters do think George W. Bush hurt the economy, too. But it seems he hasn’t been president now for 21 months and things are still in the tank, with no end in sight.

    Unemployment is the country’s top concern, as it has been for the entire Obama administration, even when he was holding more than five dozen healthcare townhalls. The deficit is the No. 2 concern.

    In fact, almost two out of three Americans believe the country is on the wrong track under President Obama.

    Which is not typically how congressional leaders like Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi would like the country to feel after 46 months of their Capitol Hill reign of error.

    — Andrew Malcolm

  112. OBAMA, THUG-IN-CHIEF?

    Editorial by Stanley Crouch, an African American who finds Obama’s avowed taste thug rap questionable.

    nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/crouch/index.html

    Obama could lose a little of his cool: Seriously, why are Lil Wayne and Jay Z on President’s iPod?
    =========================

    Stanley Crouch

    Monday, October 11th 2010, 4:00 AM

    Last week, Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of “Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture,” gracefully tore President Obama a new one. A member of the hip-hop generation, Williams is one of those who are intensely critical of the violence, drug dealing, misogyny and crude materialism that distinguish hip hop.

    Williams does not confuse it with what some call “progressive” hip hop and tends to become defensive if someone confuses the two. Categorical defenders of hip hop need to think about that serious distinction.

    And so should the President, especially since any talk of hip hop is also a discussion of ethnicity, wealth and the celebrity-addled fans who worship the whorish spoils of fame.

    In most cases, Barack Obama has been wise to remain largely mute on issues of race – and especially on irresponsible black behavior. And yet when he has not been wise, the President has stepped into large piles of hot mess.

    For example, he should have avoided comment on the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis (Skip) Gates at his home in Cambridge. After wrongly declaring that the cops were wrong, the President had to backtrack. The ensuing “beer summit” at the White House was a highly publicized but silly attempt by Obama to scrape the soles of his shoes clean.

    The most interesting fact of all got little attention: Gates, our most famous black studies professor, and the arresting officer James Crowley, are linked, according to DNA analysis, by a common ancestor, an ancient Irish warlord. That’s about as American as you can get.

    The next bozo move was the rush to judgment resulting in the firing of Shirley Sherrod. Obama’s staff was so paranoid about Fox News broadcasting the truth about a supposed example of “reverse” racism, that it was conned by a doctored tape into believing that the woman had chosen not to help a white farmer, which was actually the opposite of the truth.

    Obama wiped the egg off of his face by appearing on “The View.” It was a clever move, showing the country’s preference for seeing the President charm an ardent gaggle of female lightweights from both the left and right.

    Now we are faced with a tempest in a teapot that has daunting implications. Obama gave an interview to Rolling Stone, which asked what he thought about pop music. The answer that he gave about what was on his iPod probably sent Michelle Obama chasing him through the White House with a rolling pin.

    Obama mentioned Jay-Z, then went on to say that he has now expanded his listening to include Lil Wayne, that tattooed gargoyle now serving time for drug and gun possession at Rikers Island.

    Obama is too young to have musical tastes as sophisticated as Bill Clinton’s, but that’s not an excuse Williams will accept. He was deeply disappointed by Obama’s answer, because, as he wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Lil Wayne is … a modern-day minstrel who embodies the most virulent racist stereotypes that generations of blacks have fought to overcome. His music is a vigorous endorsement of the pathologies that still haunt and cripple far too many in the black underclass.”

    Uh oh.

    Williams speaks from authority. As a young man, he found himself in the thrall of hip hop culture, only to later slip from its grip. Now he calls Jay-Z “an unrepentant ex-drug dealer.”

    Obama does not need to apologize for his listening choices. But hopefully, he knows that the message he is sending to young people is a dangerous one. At the very least, you know that neither of his daughters would ever be allowed to date a man like Jay-Z or Lil Wayne.

    Michelle will make sure of that.

  113. DRIVING OFF THE CLIFF

    thehill.com/homenews/administration/123779-white-house-doubles-down-on-chamber-criticism

    White House doubles down on Chamber criticism over donors
    =========================

    By Sam Youngman – 10/12/10 11:06 AM ET

    President Obama is not backing off his attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

    Obama has been intensifying his assault on the Chamber, accusing the group of using foreign money to fund its advertising against Democratic candidates.

    But at fundraisers in Miami on Monday night, the president avoided the now-familiar part of his stump speech, leading some to question whether intense push-back from the Chamber, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie was having an effect.

    Gibbs said “the president didn’t do a bunch of his stuff last night,” but Gibbs said that with three weeks to go until the midterm elections, Obama will still target the Chamber going forward.

    “The president will continue to make the case that we don’t know where this money comes from and entities like the Chamber have said they get money from overseas,” Gibbs said.

    The Chamber, and well-known Republicans Rove and Gillespie, have been fierce in their push back, accusing the White House of ignoring soft money contributions to the president’s campaign and ads run by liberal and union groups.

    Gibbs said the president wants all donors to all groups disclosed, and any attempt to blur those lines is a “very convenient Rovian trick.”

    Rove, a key adviser to former President George W. Bush and an enduring boogeyman to Democrats, also accused the White House of keeping an enemies list like former President Nixon.

    “I’m releasing our enemies list,” Gibbs said Tuesday morning, holding up a blank piece of paper. “Nobody’s on it. Now can we see the Chamber’s donor list?”

  114. Media has turned on a dime and will no longer coverup the Commander and Thief.
    ___________________________________

    Obama Loses Support in Poll as Joblessness Prompts Growing U.S. Discontent

    Hope has turned to doubt and disenchantment for almost half of President Barack Obama’s supporters.

    More than 4 of 10 likely voters who say they once considered themselves Obama backers now are either less supportive or say they no longer support him at all, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 7-10.

    Three weeks before the Nov. 2 congressional elections that Republicans are trying to make a referendum on Obama, fewer than half of likely voters approve of the president’s job performance. Likely voters are more apt to say Obama’s policies have harmed rather than helped the economy. Among those who say they are most enthusiastic about voting this year, 6 of 10 say the Democrat has damaged the economy.

    “He’s made compromises that have hurt the middle class,” says poll respondent Alan Graham, 55, a surgeon in London, Kentucky, who supported Obama in 2008 and now is on the fence about the president. “I think the lobbyists for the big businesses are having their way with him.”

    A year after the official end of the U.S. recession, growth has slowed again without big gains in employment. Joblessness, which was 9.6 percent in September, has barely budged since reaching a 26-year high of 10.1 percent last October. Gross domestic product has slowed from a 5.0 percent annual growth rate in last year’s final quarter to 1.7 percent during the second quarter.

    S&P Gains

    While stocks have risen since Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009, the gains largely came during his first year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is up more than 44 percent since Obama was inaugurated, though only 4.5 percent this year.

    Obama responded to the financial crisis he inherited by embracing the Bush administration’s $700 billion bank bailout, as well as a taxpayer-financed rescue of the auto industry, and providing a $814 billion economic stimulus program and the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression.

    The poll shows that almost two-thirds of voters believe the country is on the wrong track and unemployment is the top concern for about half the electorate. The budget deficit, which was $1.291 trillion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 and $1.416 trillion for 2009, ranks as the second most pressing issue, cited by 27 percent.

    Personal Approval

    Obama’s deteriorating job-approval numbers are balanced by continuing regard for him personally: 53 percent of voters have a positive view of the president in the October poll, up from 49 percent in a July survey.

    In a hypothetical presidential match-up against one of the Republican Party’s most prominent figures, Obama beats former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin 51 percent to 35 percent.

    Former President George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress still get more blame than Obama or congressional Democrats for the condition of the economy. The White House is trying to tap this current of public opinion with a campaign theme portraying a vote for Republicans as a move “backward” on the economy.

    Two-thirds of likely voters say Bush hurt the economy and 57 percent say congressional Republicans have. Forty-seven percent say Obama’s policies have damaged the economy and 53 percent say congressional Democrats have done so.

    While some prominent corporate leaders have complained Obama is too anti-business, most voters don’t share that concern. More than half believe Obama has struck the right balance or is too pro-business. Only 36 percent of voters consider the president anti-business.

    Anti-Business

    By contrast, in a September poll of Bloomberg subscribers who are investors, analysts or traders, more than three-quarters of U.S. respondents said the president is anti-business.

    Obama also outdoes Republicans in the debate over renewing the Bush-era tax cuts that expire Dec. 31. A 43 percent plurality of likely voters support Obama’s plan to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest to expire. In the investor poll, two-thirds favored continuing the tax cuts for all, including families making more than $250,000.

    On Obama’s main foreign-policy initiative, 6 of 10 voters say Afghanistan is now a lost cause, up from 55 percent in July.

    “It’s worse than a dead end, and he doesn’t seem to recognize that,” says poll respondent Nick Ruffin, 66, an asset manager in McLean, Virginia.

    Women and Independents

    The erosion of backing for Obama among onetime supporters has been most notable among two groups of voters who were central to his election: women and independents. More than 6 of 10 of the former Obama backers who have turned away from him are women; 53 percent of the onetime supporters are independents.

    “I understand it’s an uphill battle, but I don’t think things are that much better than when he was elected,” says poll respondent Daphne Feeney, 28, an Army wife and stay-at-home mother in Seaside, California, who voted for Obama and now says she is ambivalent about the president.

    The disaffection of the former Obama supporters doesn’t necessarily translate into an embrace of Republicans or Tea Party candidates, said J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. In the hypothetical contest with Palin, the former Obama supporters favor the president more than two-to-one.

    “I hear people talk about this all the time,” Selzer says. “The excitement they once felt is gone and they are left wondering if they were sold a bag of goods.”

    ‘Certainly Skeptical’

    This doesn’t mean Democrats have lost these onetime supporters, she said, though “they are certainly skeptical” of that party. “This is what makes this election so volatile.”

    Though the disaffected Obama supporters give him low marks on his performance in office with 39 percent job approval, compared with 47 percent among all voters, they are just as likely to view him favorably personally.

    Obama is outshined among all voters by two close members of his entourage: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is viewed favorably by 64 percent, and First Lady Michelle Obama, viewed favorably by 62 percent.

    The survey of 721 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-12/obama-losing-supporters-in-poll-as-joblessness-prompts-voters-discontent.html

  115. On O’Riley…yea, I know…Condie Rice only had GLOWING comments about Hillary and the great job she is doing as SOS.

  116. I know I am late on commenting on this article as I have not read this blog since Oct. 10th, but I wanted to thank the admin for writing this. I had made mention of Øbama’s illegal donations in a comment on one of the other articles here, and how they needed to be investigated, but I don’t think any of the usual commenters here responded to it. I know the admin wrote about these donations since the Democratic primaries, but it is important that this not be forgotten. The admin is correct in indicating that Øbama should be investigated for this. Illegal contributions are an enemy of our republic.

  117. test, Admin if you see this message, please/feel free delete.

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    New York CD-24 Richard Hanna Michael Arcuri Clinton Arcuri Weak Dem Hold
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    District Republican Democrat Supported Clinton/Obama Projected Winner Gain/Hold
    California CD-47 Van Tran Loretta Sanchez Clinton Sanchez Weak Dem Hold
    Iowa CD-3 Brad Zaun Leonard Boswell Clinton Boswell Weak Dem Hold
    Missouri CD-4 Vicky Hartzler Ike Skelton Clinton Skelton Weak Dem Hold
    N Carolina CD-11 Jeff Miller Heath Shuler Clinton Shuler Mod Dem Hold
    New York CD-1 Randy Altschuler Tim Bishop Clinton Bishop Weak Dem Hold
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    New York CD-24 Richard Hanna Michael Arcuri Clinton Arcuri Weak Dem Hold
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    Texas CD-23 Francisco Canseco Ciro Rodriguez Clinton Canseco Weak GOP Gain
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    Arizona CD-8 Jesse Kelly Gabrielle Giffords Obama Kelly Weak GOP Gain
    California CD-11 David Harmer Jerry McNerney Obama Harmer Weak GOP Gain
    Colorado CD-3 Scott Tipton John Salazar Obama Tipton Weak GOP Gain
    Florida CD-22 Allen West Ron Klein Obama West Weak GOP Gain
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    Indiana CD-2 Jackie Walorski Joe Donnelly Obama Donnelly Weak Dem Hold
    Indiana CD-9 Todd Young Baron Hill Obama Young Weak GOP Gain
    Kentucky CD-3 Todd Lally John Yarmuth Obama Yarmuth Mod Dem Hold
    Kentucky CD-6 Andy Barr Ben Chandler Obama Chandler Weak Dem Hold
    Minnesota CD-1 Randy Demmer Tim Walz Obama Walz Weak Dem Hold
    N Dakota CD-AL Rick Berg Earl Pomeroy Obama Berg Weak GOP Gain
    Ohio CD-18 Bob Gibbs Zack Space Obama Gibbs Weak GOP Gain
    Penn CD-4 Keith Rothfus Jason Altmire Obama Altmire Mod Dem Hold
    Penn CD-8 Michael Fitzpatrick Patrick Murphy Obama Fitzpatrick Weak GOP Gain
    S Carolina CD-5 Mick Mulvaney John Spratt Obama Mulvaney Weak GOP Gain
    Texas CD-17 Bill Flores Chet Edwards Obama Flores Mod GOP Gain
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    Missouri CD-4 Vicky Hartzler Ike Skelton Clinton Skelton Weak Dem Hold
    N Carolina CD-11 Jeff Miller Heath Shuler Clinton Shuler Mod Dem Hold
    New York CD-1 Randy Altschuler Tim Bishop Clinton Bishop Weak Dem Hold
    New York CD-19 Nan Hayworth John Hall Clinton Hayworth Weak GOP Gain
    New York CD-24 Richard Hanna Michael Arcuri Clinton Arcuri Weak Dem Hold
    Penn CD-11 Louis Barletta Paul Kanjorski Clinton Barletta Mod GOP Gain
    Texas CD-23 Francisco Canseco Ciro Rodriguez Clinton Canseco Weak GOP Gain

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