Redistricting Hell From The Pits Of Obama

As a prelude to our promised painful discussion we need to assess the implications of last week’s elections. The main implication is the redistricting Hell for Obama Dimocrats. Well before others focused on the redistricting issue we discussed how Obama destroyed the “10 year plan” in our very first “Mistake In ’08” installment.

After Tuesday, November 2, 2010 we know we have been right in our analysis and “The Only Question Left: Will The Detox Party Win And Dump Obama?” Even in the Obama Hopium dens the too late realization occurs to some that it is either Detox or Obama. Steve Lombardo at Obama lovin’ Huff n’ Puff details the damage in “It Was More Than Just A Wave”:

“A week ago today, voters flipped the Obama coalition on its head and voted for Republicans in a mid-term landslide that has the potential to be a transformational election. Notice how we used the word “potential.” That’s because every new majority can go in one of two directions: it can either cement its winning coalition or it can fritter it all away. History will be the judge, but the next 12 months will give us a pretty good indication of how this will turn out. Either way, what is clear is that this was a historic defeat for Democrats. And the depth and breadth of the GOP wave was greater than most people realize.

As of today, the GOP has recorded a net gain of 60 seats (seven races remain undecided). It is likely that the net GOP pickup will be around 63 seats. Either way, last Tuesday’s results are the greatest shift from one party to another in the House of Representatives since 1938 (in that year Republicans picked up 80 seats in a dramatic rebuke for New Deal Democrats). The GOP now controls the greatest number of seats (and conversely the Democrats the fewest) in the House since 1948. The GOP also picked up six Senate seats yet fell short of control of the Senate (more on this later). At the state level, the GOP gained seven Governorships and 20 state legislative chambers. These gains were not limited to the South, either. The entire Wisconsin and New Hampshire legislatures flipped to the GOP by wide margins. For the first time since 1870 the North Carolina state legislature is in the hands of Republicans. State Houses in key Presidential swing states like Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan all flipped to the GOP. Republicans haven’t had this much power in state capitals since the 1920’s. This is something that really sets this year apart from 1994, in which the GOP wave was largely limited to federal elections. This year may have been much more than a wave.”

Indeed this year’s elections could easily be truly “transformational”. Obama Dimocrats and the idiot “creative class” never understood what we understand and that is that the Republicans would react and adjust to electoral and demographic circumstances. The idiot “creative class” thought they could ignore the white working class and craft a crazy quilt hodgepodge “situation comedy” coalition that would somehow lead to wide vistas of victory. They were wrong – very wrong – and they continue to resist reality.

More from Lombardo:

“Here are what we consider to be the key points about last week’s election:

1. This election was a correction and then some. Democrats didn’t lose because their base did not come out. Instead, Democrats lost because they were exposed in conservative districts that went to Obama in 2008 (and, to some extent, in 2006) and reverted to their traditional GOP norm this time around. Remember, Obama swept into office on the heels of the most catastrophic economic collapse since the great depression. On Labor Day of 2008, many polls had Obama either slightly ahead of or even with McCain. It wasn’t until the Lehman collapse on September 15th–and the subsequent market plunge–that the bottom fell out for McCain. Now, it is fair to say that perhaps Obama would have won without the economic freefall, but it is no sure thing (and it probably would have been a lot closer). The point is that dozens of Democrats came into office during this period of economic crisis and anti-Bush/anti-Iraq sentiment that would have never have won otherwise. These issues together formed what economists call a “black swan” event, a once in a lifetime situation. And what happened last week is that traditional Republican districts became red again.”

Black Swans are not like buses – they don’t come on a regular basis such that if you miss one swan you can hop on board the next one to Hoboken. True, candidate quality matters, as Lombardo notes. But what really matters is the quality of your coalition. The Obama “situation comedy” is a loser.:

“We have been saying for months that the “middle” of the electorate left Obama and on Tuesday they landed on the GOP’s doorstep. According to exit polls, Independents went with Republicans by a 16-point margin (55%-39%). In 2008 Independents broke for Obama 52%-44%. But Indies peeled off from the President in the summer of 2009 and never looked back. Independents went heavily for GOP gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey and helped elect Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Republicans didn’t win because their vote showed up and the Democrat vote didn’t. They won because the middle went their way. Look at it this way: in 2006 36% of voters were Republican and 38 percent were Democrats. In 2010, 36% of voters were Republican and 36% were Democrats. A slight drop off, sure, but not enough to explain the historic wave. This wasn’t about GOTV or tactics, it was about a broad sentiment that ran across the electorate.”

The problem is Obama and his party destroying “situation comedy” coalition. Lombardo:

“The GOP has retaken the American heartland and Obama needs it to win again in 2012. The new map looks a lot like 2004. As Jay Cost recently pointed out, 2010 reverted to the Bush majority. You can drive in a fairly direct line from New Jersey to California without ever having to cross into a Democratic congressional district. The new map is a sea of red. The biggest gains were in the heartland: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Exit polling suggests that 54% of voters in the Midwest voted Republican while only 44% voted Democrat.

5. Democrats had a firewall and it worked in the Senate. Like a retreating army, the Democrats headed for the coasts and did well in Washington State, California and Connecticut, staving off a GOP Senate takeover.”

Angry voters (84% to 13% in favor of the GOP), the economy, and a reaction against the party in power all played a part in the disaster of 2010. But the most important lesson to be learned is that you cannot despise and snub huge segments of the American fabric such as the white working class and expect better results. Indeed, the New York Times recently noted that the losses would have been greater in 2010 save for tactical moves by Obama Dimocrats. That is no way to govern – with tactical schemes to claw together electoral margins of victory.

The tactical schemes will now be played out in full – by Republicans. We’ll have much more to add on this, but for now Michael Barone lays out the redistricting Hell to pay:

“According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, Republicans gained about 125 seats in state senates and 550 seats in state houses — 675 seats in total. That gives them more seats than they’ve won in any year since 1928.

Republicans snatched control of about 20 legislative houses from Democrats — and by margins that hardly any political insiders expected. Republicans needed five seats for a majority in the Pennsylvania House and won 15; they needed four seats in the Ohio House and got 13; they needed 13 in the Michigan House and got 20; they needed two in the Wisconsin Senate and four in the Wisconsin House, and gained four and 14; they needed five in the North Carolina Senate and nine in the North Carolina House and gained 11 and 15.

All those gains are hugely significant in redistricting. When the 2010 Census results are announced next month, the 435 House seats will be reapportioned to the states, and state officials will draw new district lines in each state. [snip]

Republicans look to have a bigger advantage in this redistricting cycle than they’ve ever had before. It appears that in the states that will have more than five districts (you can make only limited partisan difference in smaller states), Republicans will control redistricting in 13 states with a total of 165 House districts and Democrats will have control in only four states with a total of 40 districts. You can add Minnesota (seven or eight districts) to the first list if the final count gives Republicans the governorship and New York (27 or 28 districts) to the second list if the final count gives Democrats the state Senate.”

We discussed this Barone analysis before. It bears repeating because it is so significant to our coming discussions on what must be realized and what must be done to stave off endless defeats.

Hillary Clinton voters “deserted the party in droves on Tuesday“. We know about snubs and tactical electoral games designed to thwart the electoral will.

Obama Dimocrats will continue to delude themselves. Some will blame the “Blue Dogs”. Obama lapdog Matt Bai slapped that theory down.

“Even before the votes were cast, a counterargument was already taking hold — that it was the centrist Democrats, and not the liberals in Congress, who had imperiled the party’s majority.

“Democrats would be in better shape, and would accomplish more, with a smaller and more ideologically cohesive caucus,” Ari Berman, a writer for The Nation, argued in a New York Times Op-Ed in October. In an e-mail after the election, Jim Dean, who now runs the liberal group Democracy for America, founded by his brother Howard, told supporters that the progressive candidates who lost had been victimized by “corporate Democrats who refused to stand up and fight for real change.”

The theory here, embraced by a lot of the most prominent liberal bloggers and activists, is that centrist Democrats doomed the party when they blocked liberals in Congress from making good on President Obama’s promise of bold change. Specifically, they refused to adopt a more populist stance toward business and opposed greater stimulus spending and a government-run health care plan. As a result, the thinking goes, frustrated voters rejected the party for its timidity.

There are a few strange things about this argument, even beyond the contention that American voters — 41 percent of whom described themselves as “conservative” this year, compared with 32 percent in 2006 — somehow deem Congress to be insufficiently liberal.

For one thing, many of these same liberal activists were saying something very different in 2006, when Rahm Emanuel, who was then overseeing House campaigns for the party, recruited a slate of less ideological candidates to compete in more conservative districts. Some leading bloggers then — who are now proponents of the Blame the Blue Dogs theory — proclaimed themselves to be against ideological litmus tests, arguing that the most important thing was to choose candidates who could actually win.

This was the same moment when Howard Dean, the unofficial leader of the progressive movement, was telling anyone who would listen that the Southern guy with a Confederate flag in his truck, as Mr. Dean invariably described him, should be a Democratic voter, too. The whole point of Mr. Dean’s “50-state strategy” as party chairman was to find candidates who could win everywhere.

Apparently it was easier for liberal activists to countenance ideological diversity when they were out of power. Now that the party has had to make the requisite compromises in order to pass major legislation, such a “big tent” vision of governing no longer seems so appealing.

Second, while House Republicans have now managed to cobble together a majority that is more or less ideologically cohesive, history would suggest that the same feat isn’t so easy for Democrats, who have actually never succeeded in pulling it off. Even during the great heyday of Democratic government in the 20th century, when the party enacted Social Security and Medicare and civil rights legislation, its dominance was possible only because Democrats had shaped a majority coalition made up of Northern liberals and Southern conservatives.”

Yeah, those darn white working class voters sided with FDR/Hillary Clinton Democrats to support and have our representatives enact Social Security, Medicare and civil rights legislation. These are the very same white working class heroes despised by the Haiku writers of the “creative class”.

But, but, but, say the Obama “butt” worshippers, we’re the Mets and we’ll win next time! Not quite “creative class” klutzes. In 2012 the Senate contests will take place mostly in “Red” states. In those elections there will be 23 Obama Dimocrats up for reelection and only 9 Republicans – guess who wins with those odds? What about the House? Mark Greenbaum snuffs out the audacious dream of a Dimocrat takeover in his latest Salon article:

“To everyone’s surprise, Nancy Pelosi wants to return as the Democrats’ leader in the next Congress. But if she’s hoping for a big Democratic year in 2012 that would give her the speaker’s gavel back, she might want to look closer at Tuesday’s results: Based on the breadth and scope of their losses, it is going be almost impossible for Democrats to retake the House in the next 10 years.

While Democrats’ historic loss of at least 61 seats (results are still pending in a handful of districts) can be traced to a diverse set of factors, the majority of the Democrats defeated were either elected to Republican-friendly seats in the wave elections of 2006 and 2008 or were long-term incumbents who represented heavily GOP districts. The seats in that latter category are likely gone for good, while many in the former are clustered in a handful of states where GOP state-level gains will ensure that they are fortified in next year’s redistricting trials, making them even more difficult for Democrats to take back than they were entering the ’06 and ’08 cycles.

The losses of Democrats like Rick Boucher (southwest Virginia coal country), Lincoln Davis (increasingly conservative central Tennessee), Chet Edwards (College Station, Texas), Jim Marshall (Macon, Ga.), Earl Pomeroy (North Dakota), Ike Skelton (the Ozarks) and Gene Taylor (Biloxi and Pascagoula, Miss.) are particularly painful for Democrats, given the treacherous political terrain they face in those districts. Democrats were incredibly lucky to hold these seats as long as they did, and they were able to because incumbents like Skelton (elected in 1976), Boucher (1982), Taylor (1989), and Edwards (1990) had adeptly burrowed themselves in. Democrats were always going to lose these seats when these representatives stepped down, but the tidal wave of 2010 washed them all away in one fell swoop.

Put another way, of the 20 most Republican-leaning House seats held by Democrats on Election Day, 17 of them fell. With Partisan Voting Index scores ranging from R+9 in Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin’s South Dakota at-large district to an unfathomable R+20 for Edwards’ Texas seat and Taylor’s south Mississippi district, it’s a miracle Democrats held these seats for as long as they did. Altogether, Democrats dropped 25 seats this week with PVI ratings of R+6 or more. It’s difficult to envision the party winning many of these seats back in the short- or long-term future.

Looking at Tuesday’s results from another angle, around two-thirds of the seats Democrats lost were held by members elected in the ’06 and ’08 elections. With a small handful of exceptions, nearly all of these districts are Republican-leaning, though most not overwhelmingly so. They represented the spoils of Democrats’ own wave elections. As currently drawn, many of them could theoretically be competitive in 2012, but Republican state legislative and gubernatorial gains could help the GOP use the forthcoming redistricting to fortify many of them.”

That last sentence is one which we will focus on as our promised “painful discussion” continues next week.

Before ending we’ll debunk some other 2010 hogwash from the “creative class”. The Obama Hopium dens will have many excuses and fake celebrations over “victory” in the Senate. Obama Dimocrats cannot take comfort in the Senate results either. The bottom line is that Republicans will have effective control of that chamber, if not the fancy offices and perks of the majority.

An Obama victory in 2012? Politico yesterday regurgitated much of the obvious:

“Last week’s midterm elections saw the trio of conservative-leaning states Obama captured in 2008 — Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana — return to their Republican tendencies while more traditional swing states also broke sharply toward the GOP.

Perhaps most worrisome for Democrats, Rust Belt and Midwest states that had been trending toward the party even before Obama’s election saw Republicans pile up victories. In places such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, where the president won with double-digit margins two years ago, the GOP captured offices up and down the ballot and demonstrated that they remain politically competitive in those states. [snip]

“If Obama holds the Kerry states and carries only the states in which Democrats prevailed in 2010, he loses,” Begala said.

What many in the party believe — and more now are willing to voice publicly — is that 2008 may have been a referendum on President George W. Bush and that Obama’s victory was owed in large part to exhaustion with the outgoing administration.

We’ve been writing what Politico and “many in the party believe” for many years now. Sorry Obama Hopium Guzzlers, your Golden Calf is a fake. Even Nancy Pelousy who schemed and demanded Hillary Clinton drop out of the primaries, as she was winning primary after primary with astonishing margins in white working class districts and entire states, knows Obama is in trouble:

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democratic leaders Wednesday afternoon that President Barack Obama has to be “perfect” to win a second term, several senior Democratic aides told Roll Call.

Pelosi told leaders on a conference call that Obama will have problems running for re-election because of the loss of governorships in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states, several aides said. The soon-to-be-ex-Speaker also said House Democrats have many opportunities to take back 25 House seats and win back the majority, aides said.”

Pelousy does not understand how difficult Obama’s continued occupancy of perks and golfing trips is. Perhaps after the investigations begin Pelousy will get a clue. Perhaps after the massive waste of money is exposed, Pelousy will get a clue. And hint to Pelousy, read Mark Greenbaum’s article which we discussed above.

Policy-wise, Obama does not know what he is doing and what he does know is not what Americans want (as as on Israel). Perhaps the Scarborough 7 need to have a chat with Nancy.

Perhaps Nancy needs to sit down with Obama and read the Tea Leaves:

“To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.”

We’ll continue our “chat” next week, as we stare into the Pits of Obama Hell, and describe what we see.


277 thoughts on “Redistricting Hell From The Pits Of Obama

  1. The theory here, embraced by a lot of the most prominent liberal bloggers and activists, is that centrist Democrats doomed the party when they blocked liberals in Congress from making good on President Obama’s promise of bold change. […] There are a few strange things about this argument …

    Yeah, like the naive delusion that Obama was ever ABOUT bold change in the first place. They are like kids who are STILL convinced that the x-ray specs SHOULD work because the package said so. Crap on a crutch.

  2. Challenges such as boosting economic growth and reducing the deficit are easier to tackle if you’re not constantly worrying about the reactions of senior citizens, lobbyists and public employee unions.
    Obama could then go to the Democrats for tough cuts to entitlements and look to the Republicans for difficult cuts on defense.

    Patrick H. Caddell, who was a pollster and senior adviser to President Jimmy Carter, is a political commentator. Douglas E. Schoen, a pollster who worked for President Bill Clinton, is the author of “Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System.”


    An op-ed written by those two isn’t exactly the official voice of the Washington Post.

  3. Mrs. Smith
    November 12th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Mrs. Smith, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember the NAFTA debacle well.

  4. Wow, great post Admin. A lot of info to chew on.

    In the back of my mind, with all these GOP wins, would Hillary even attempt to run in 2012? She would get blasted by the left for weakening Obama, and with all this new strength from 2010 GOP wins, would voters be willing to toss the new GOP bums out?

    The only way I see this happening now is if Barry’s dirty past comes out, and he continues to go further down in the polls, or decides not to run in 2012.



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    Democrats do not forgive defeat very easily. In the week after his “shellacking” in the mid-term elections, Democratic approval of Obama’s performance as president dropped from 88% to 81% in the Zogby Poll, bringing his overall approval down to 43%. When a president starts to shed members of his own party, a vicious cycle has set in which can lead to a primary challenge.

    Not from Hillary. At least not yet. She is far too cautious and intertwined with the Administration to be the first to move against Obama. Just as Bobby Kennedy needed a Eugene McCarthy to test the waters for a primary challenge to Lyndon Johnson in 1968, so Hillary Clinton will look to others to try out Obama’s vulnerability to a liberal challenge. As with Kennedy, if it works, she’ll probably jump in. If it doesn’t, she’ll stay on as Secretary of State.

    There are three possible contenders who might enter Democratic Primaries against Obama: Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, and Jerry Brown.

    Feingold, newly defeated for Senate from Wisconsin, has always been the body’s most liberal member. The author, with John McCain, of the campaign finance law, he has been consistent in opposing the wars both in Iraq and Afghanistan and has staked out a liberal position far to Obama’s left. As a former Senator, he would bring gravitas to the battle and, as a defeated former Senator, he doesn’t have a lot to lose.

    Kucinich, the radical Congressman from Ohio who ran in 2008, has always been a populist gadfly, dueling with the Party’s establishment. Also a consistent critic of the two wars, he has the guts to take on the mainstream of the Party. He showed he could do it in 2008. Now, with the wind at his back as Democratic disenchantment fuels his insurgency and the body count in Afghanistan animates his candidacy, Dennis the Menace might well jump into the race.

    The most intriguing possibility is the newly elected Governor of California, Jerry Brown. He has run for president twice before – most recently as Bill Clinton’s major opponent in 1992 – and has the prestige of a California victory at his back.

    Brown wouldn’t run immediately, of course. He would need to get his feet wet as Governor. But he will soon find that the answer to California’s problems lies in Washington as he will struggle to escape the financial mess he has inherited. More and more, look to him mixing it up with Obama over funding issues. If the president heeds the counsel of the Clinton years and moves to the center, look for Jerry to challenge him more and more openly. Eventually, Brown could declare that the best way to serve the people of California is to run for president. “Once you get running for president into your system, its hard to get rid of it,” a very close friend of the new Governor recently said.

    Whoever rises to the occasion, nature abhors a vacuum and politics likes it even less. As Obama struggles to compromise with the GOP House and to keep support from his terrified and slim Senate majority, his drift to the center is likely to spark greater left wing animus. They won’t like his budget cuts and they will be outraged by his likely extension of the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy. His compromises on the right will incite a candidacy on the left. Just watch.

  6. V.P. Biden today [12th] held closed meeting with cabinet members to discuss implementation of recovery act, Obama out of town; great opportunity to discuss implementation of 25th Amendment, section 4.

  7. Good name for it…we all need to recover from the Obama administration. Let’s hope all this was discussed, but I doubt it.

    Fed’s arrested a D.C. county politician and his wife for real estate fraud. His name is Jack Johnson and he is an Obama supporter….sure hope this leads to the WH. Its an interesting story, complete with flushing a 100,000. check in toilet. Sounds like he was alot like Rezko.
    check this story on Drudge.

  8. Confloyd, federal prosecutors also said this is just the start with Johnson, they expect to arrest “many more”.

    Also, The amazing part of that Washington post Op-ed is that they printed it, not who wrote it.

  9. The amazing part of that Washington post Op-ed is that they printed it, not who wrote it


    The op-ed promotes “tough cuts to entitlements” regardless of seniors’ reaction. Do you think the WP supports that?

  10. turndownobama
    November 12th, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    So where is acknowledgement that Social Security brings in its own money, as FICA tax? And that its reserve fund is earning a very large amount in interest?

    This is the great bait and switch that has gone on for a long time. The SS trust funds simplistically are huge pots of the US people’s money. It is supposed to sit there earning interest which the US population contractually must pay and then can contractually access. Attainment of retirement age , death with payment to survivors, and disability are defined by law and must be established before a benefit can and must be paid. It is a contract between the government and the people. You pay it then get it when eligible by law. Period.

    The Congress decided to borrow that money. It was to be paid back. But instead of raising taxes to pay a debt they kept on borrowing from the people. Now they have borrowed so much paying it back is a problem. So they lie about it and say the Social Security trusts are in trouble. They are in trouble if the money is not paid back. They borrowed the retirement, survivors and disabilty money to give tax cuts to the wealthy. They borrowed money from the US working population to finance wars that those same people did not want. They borrowed from the US population to bail out banks, crappy auto companies, and criminal insurance companies. It has reached the point where paying it back will cause a big kink in the lifestyles of the rich and famous if they are taxed to the extent necessary to right the wrong.

    So what do you do if you do not want to pay debts? YOU BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO LENT IT TO YOU. It is their fault because they are greedy and want what was contractually promised to them. Sound familiar? You get an moron paid shill like the governor of Texas to go around and call it a Ponzi scheme. You also get a paid for simpleton President who is a brilliant orator and constitutional lawyer (snorting laughter) to appoint a commission of long time paid for front men and propagandists for the wealthy ,who do not want to pay their share of taxes, to solemnly tell the people who paid for this contractual annuity that they cannot have it, are being unreasonable to expect it, and next will be called unpatriotic because they are unwilling to starve and die suffering for want of medical care when they are no longer able to work like dogs or die and their survivors are starving on the street begging. But you have to do this before your con is figured out and your popularity falls into a hole and even the culturally courteous Asians treat you like a pariah on foreign trips taken to stroke the ego and lecture the disinterested world.

    The con is over for the WH with the frightening election. It brings down everything Obama and his backers have done, tried to do, and have thought about trying. The Catfood Commission has not even met and voted on their obscenities but they did not have time with the complete implosion of the WH and the Democratic congress so it was bum rushed out to the press. What did it include? The abolition of mortgage interest deduction, elimination of Earned Income tax credit, ending child tax credits, and TA-DA, cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and a FUCKING tax cut! The first three are aimed at younger people buying houses and lower wage earners with children. Yes lets punish those rotten children born to struggling parents. They are also a ruse to switch attention from the main event which are the Social Security cuts. It will make the WH look magnanimous in protecting the struggling middle class, the real estate markets (fucking banks!), and the children (sob with a catch in the voice). It can also further the generational war which Obama is so fond of. It is all over except for the gibbering meltdown on TV by the One. I sometime feel like I am watching a 21st century version of the old movie The Sting but as a screwed up comedy.

  11. Spot on as usual admin! Been awhile since I posted, but I haven’t missed any of your articles. The dawn is coming. Sadly, that means it has to get a lot darker. Alas, that is what comes from being feckless. Lets see how soon the ‘creative class’ decides to back an unqualified, underachieving brand name lacking both experience and moral conviction…


    Hillary 2012

  12. The Congress decided to borrow that money. It was to be paid back. But instead of raising taxes to pay a debt they kept on borrowing from the people. Now they have borrowed so much paying it back is a problem. So they lie about it and say the Social Security trusts are in trouble.


    Hillary said something like this in 2008. She said there was nothing wrong with SS. If the general economy and the general fund improved, there would be no problem with paying back the money.

  13. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    By DIANNA HEITZ | 11/12/10

    White House senior adviser David Axelrod headlines two of this Sunday’s television talk shows to discuss President Barack Obama’s 10-day trip to Asia and the administration’s agenda for the lame-duck session of Congress.

    He’ll stop by both “Fox News Sunday” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    Other NBC guests include Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who is sure to discuss developments in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” debate over gays serving openly in the military. And former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) sit in on the show’s roundtable political discussion.

    Fox also has Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to handicap the tea party’s influence in the new 112th Congress, convening in January.

    CBS’s “Face the Nation” hosts Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a tea party favorite.

    CNN’s “State of the Union” has National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who’s vying with Sen. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to be the new House minority whip. Other guests include Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), former White House communications director Anita Dunn and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).

    Guest anchor Joe Johns sits in for Candy Crowley.

    In the evening, CNN airs Crowley’s hourlong special with former President George W. Bush and his brother, Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida.

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is on ABC’s “This Week,” along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

    Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital” has Rep. Dave Camp (D-Mich.), who’s in line to be the next chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

    TV One’s “Washington Watch” also has Clyburn.

    And on C-SPAN, “Newsmakers” hosts Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), head of the Republican House majority transition team. He’ll be questioned by POLITICO’s Jake Sherman and The Associated Press’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

  14. I am beginning to believe that the Dim party is not smart enough for me. They could have had 8 years of Dem control, with the possibility of 8 more, and they blew it because of jealousy.

    They always accuse women of that, but in my estimations, that is what happen in 2008. They were jealous of the Clintons, and they were too Stupid to understand their plan would ruin the country.

    I am not even sure HRC in 2012 could pull us out of this.

    How stupid can you be to risk the treasure of the redistricting of the electorial map by pushing into power someone who’s only management experience was working with a Neighborhood Political Orgnaization, stupidly thinking you could subliminally put together a staff that could supersede any blunders he might make when he spoke without a telepromter.

    I wish there was a third party.

  15. Question: what is a little rejection by domestic and foreign “populations” to use his carefully chosen word designed to elevate himself above his countrymen when the world is your oyster, and taxpayers are always there to pick up the bill for your lavish soirees. All his big media shills and Chicago denizens need to do is do their typical 24-7 flood the airways with sights and sounds like this and all will be well, only LOUDER. To them he is and will always be Mr. Wonderful, regardless of what he does to destroy America and the world though mind bending arrogance, incompetence and sheer stupidity.


    SEOUL — President Obama’s hopes of emerging from his Asia trip with the twin victories of a free trade agreement with South Korea and a unified approach to spurring global economic growth ran into resistance on all fronts yesterday, putting Obama at odds with his key allies and largest trading partners.

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    The most concrete trophy expected to emerge from the trip eluded his grasp: a long-delayed free trade agreement with South Korea, first negotiated by the Bush administration and then reopened by Obama, to have greater protections for US workers.

    And as officials frenetically tried to paper over differences among the Group of 20 members with a vaguely worded communiqué to be issued today, there was no way to avoid discussion of the fundamental differences of economic strategy. After five largely harmonious meetings in the past two years to deal with the most severe downturn since the Depression, major disputes broke out between Washington and China, Britain, Germany, and Brazil.

    Each rejected core elements of Obama’s strategy of stimulating growth before focusing on deficit reduction. Several major nations continued to accuse the Federal Reserve of deliberately devaluing the dollar last week in an effort to put the costs of America’s competitive troubles on trading partners, rather than taking politically tough measures to rein in spending at home.

    The result was that Obama repeatedly found himself on the defensive. He and the South Korean president, Lee Myung Bak, had vowed to complete the trade pact by the time they met here; while Obama insisted that it would be resolved “in a matter of weeks,’’ without the pressure of a summit meeting it was unclear how the hurdles on nontariff barriers to US cars and beef would be resolved.

    Obama’s meeting with China’s president, Hu Jintao, appeared to do little to break down Chinese resistance to accepting even nonbinding numerical targets for limiting China’s trade surplus. While Lael Brainard, the undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, said that the United States and China “have gotten to a good place’’ on rebalancing their trade, Chinese officials later archly reminded the Americans that as the issuers of the dollar, the main global reserve currency, they should consider the interests of the “global economy’’ and their own “national circumstances.’’

    The disputes were not limited to America’s foreign partners. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner got into a trans-Pacific argument with one of his former mentors, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, after Greenspan wrote that the United States was “pursuing a policy of currency weakening.’’ Geithner shot back on CNBC that while he had “enormous respect’’ for Greenspan, “that’s not an accurate description of either the Fed’s policies or our policies.’’

    Much of the rest of the world seemed to share Greenspan’s assessment. Moreover, Obama seemed to be losing the broader debate over austerity. The president has insisted that at a moment of weak private demand, the best way to spur economic growth is to have the government prime the pump with cheap credit and government stimulus programs. He quickly found himself in an argument with Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

    “You do hear the argument made sometimes: If you have a deficit, put off the action to deal with it because taking money out of the economy will reduce your growth rate,’’ Cameron said at the meeting. “I simply don’t accept that.’’

    Merkel, in a more traditional German view reflective of her country’s history of hyperinflation before World War II, was equally adamant.

    “I am not one, and Germany is not one, who says growth and fiscal consolidation are contradictory,’’ she said during a lunchtime address in Seoul. “They can go together, and it is essential to return to a sustainable growth path.’’ She also suggested that it was the job of deficit countries — like the United States and Britain, although she diplomatically avoided citing them — to increase their competitiveness rather than put limits on countries that had figured out how to get the world to buy their goods.

  16. n the evening, CNN airs Crowley’s hourlong special with former President George W. Bush and his brother, Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida.
    Let the dead past bury its dead. We don not need to hear from Bush. Eight years of listening to him crucify the English language, stumble and fall flat on his face was more than enough. But the pain of that spectacle is as nothing compared to the agony of watching roly poly Candy Crowley pretend to be The Grand Inquisitor of Seville. Revolting and uninformative.

  17. The Republican prayers have been answered. Pelosi will be the minority leader. This is another step toward the gallows for the dims. It is hardly surprising given their state of denial. They fail to understand that the American People hate her guts and her continued presence, with 9% approval last time I checked is the harbinger of future disasters. Napoleon said it best: “never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake”.

  18. I can just see Axelrod now.

    “The president’s trip to Asia was an outstanding success on all levels.”

    “If the government becomes stalemated for the next several months and gets nothing done at the expense of the people Obama loves so much, then it will be the responsibility of the Republicans and not us.”

    “Obama will triumph in 2012. No doubt about it.”

  19. wbboei

    Remember when HRC had the vote of the people and Pelosi was insisting that she quit the Campaign. What a double standard she has when it come to herself.

    Her political common sense is so wrong, it is a shame her own party does not see it, and insist she step down. She will be very ineffective.

    But then, many say, O would be doing much better had Ted Kennedy lived, because of his legislative abilities. Can you imagine, O has found another dead scape goat.

  20. Jan–Axelrod is the Josef Goebbels of this Administration. The reality is he is in political retreat, and when he is forced to compromise with Republicans, the left will field a candidate and depending on how that goes a critical path will emerge for Hillary to be drafted. A fuhrer bunker mentality has already emerged in is inner circle, key people have left and at some point he and his closest supporters will flee the capital for a national redoubt for ObamaNation.

    A national redoubt is a general term for an area to which the (remnant) forces of a nation can be withdrawn if the main battle has been lost—or even beforehand if defeat is considered inevitable. Typically a region is chosen with a geography favouring defence, such as a mountainous area or a peninsula, in order to function as a final hold-out to preserve national independence for the duration of the conflict.

    In 1945 “national redoubt” was the English term used to describe the possibility that German dictator Adolf Hitler and armed forces of Nazi Germany (Wehrmacht) would make a last stand in the alpine areas of Austria, Bavaria and northern Italy in the closing months of World War II in Europe. In German this concept was called the Alpenfestung (Alpine Fortress). Although there was some German military planning for a stand in the Alpine region, it was never fully endorsed by Hitler and no serious attempt was made to put the plan into operation.

    These reports found their way into the popular press in the last months of the war. Time wrote in February 1945:
    But what of the top Nazis who cannot hide? With a compact army of young SS and Hitler Youth fanatics, they will retreat, behind a loyal rearguard cover of Volksgrenadiere and Volksstürmer, to the Alpine massif which reaches from southern Bavaria across western Austria to northern Italy. There immense stores of food and munitions are being laid down in prepared fortifications. If the retreat is a success, such an army might hold out for years.[2]

  21. wbboei

    Remember when HRC had the vote of the people and Pelosi was insisting that she quit the Campaign. What a double standard she has when it come to herself.

    Her political common sense is so wrong, it is a shame her own party does not see it, and insist she step down. She will be very ineffective.

    But then, many say, O would be doing much better had Ted Kennedy lived, because of his legislative abilities. Can you imagine, O has found another dead scape goat.
    Yes, only colossal stupidity would allow this to happen. The only explanation I can come up with is that a bunker mentality has set in. Does anyone really believe that the Republicans will be ready willing and able to compromise with the likes of Pelosi, after she has refused to compromise with them? Does anyone believe that they will not use the full powers of their majority status to humiliate her whenever possible? Does anyone believe that when they do that, the crockadile tears she cries will elicit any sympathy from the public, who gives her a 9% approval rate. If madness this be, I am fine with it.

  22. “at some point he and his closest supporters will flee the capital for a national redoubt for ObamaNation.”


    I hope this happens soon and that they are all crushed once and for all.

  23. JanH

    I thought that was amazing also. He is one of the nobel prize winners that reallY deserved it.

    I am wondering what the committee thinks of their choice of O now. Remember, they selected him based on his POTENTIAL OR PERCEIVED POTENTIAL. THEY SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO WHAT PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY DONE AS THEIR CRITERIA.

  24. The fat duck boy is devoid of ideas and much less curious than Bush was. In a NYT article there was a quote indicating his argument how other countries are coming up and that we have to expect these changes and hardship. That is an analytical statement I or you would make but he is the fucking President and people hired him to deal with these changes and advance America’s interests despite those changes. That simple truth about his role, he does not seem to get it. He is giving up even before he started. Yeah, world evolves, how do you make it work for your country?

  25. On another note,

    Shadowfax, saw the ‘hole’ in the beach, awesome!
    Crazy Horse, clear lake was just fantastic in Dusk! Got some beautiful pictures.

    Off to Lake Tahoe today..

  26. Isn’t it simply amazing how many people have been released since Hillary because top diplomat? I imagine she has had something to do with that of coarse we don’t know that. If only the bots would realize their error….they won’t maybe soon they will.

  27. Admin: Great article….Obama has really been a huge Christmas present for the republicans, No? When I read you article I realize just how bad Obama really has been and how successful the media campaign has also been. A bumbling idiot with no experience and a crafty Karl Rove now working for Fox outsmarted them by leaps and bounds. I thought this time we were supposed to be an intelligent President…apparently not. Hillary knew exactly what they were up to…but she was silenced by the Andrew Sullivan’s and the rest of the jounolistors….so now we all suffer. Our asses are fried now as I don’t think Obama’s narcissism will allow Hillary to get him out of this hole he has dug himself into and the journolistor’s would even think of it either.

  28. So, Pelosy will still be the face of the undemocratic party?

    I’ve come to the conclusion these people have not lost their freaking minds, they never had one to begin with.

    Hope the entire party goes down the toilet, they deserve it. She uses a 747 to travel as Speaker, Boehner says he will continue to fly commercial, my God, never in all my years as a democrat did I think the day would come when I am more disgusted with the demonRats than the repubs, and actually trust the repubs more than these Obama-arrogant-elitist-dimocrats.


    Yes, she was a hillary supporter, one of the few that would write very fair pieces, I remember my wife wrote her a thank you email after this reporter defended Hillary against all those disgusting sexist attacks.

  30. wbboei

    “Never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake”.

    Now there’s a great bumper sticker if I ever saw it.

    I would change it a little:

    “Never interrupt an opponent in the middle of HIS mistakes.
    – Vote Hillary 2012!”

  31. pm317

    On another note,

    Shadowfax, saw the ‘hole’ in the beach, awesome!

    I’m so glad you found that spot. It is well hidden and most of CA folks miss seeing it when they are there. One of my favorite spots. Reminds me of things I have seen in Hawaii.

    Have fun in Tahoe!

  32. Was there any doubt…….

    He threatened off the opposition.

    Ex-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel makes it official: he’s running for Chicago mayor – AP

  33. Do they not realise how it looks………..

    Nancy Pelosi creates new leadership post for Clyburn in bid to settle Democratic fight.

    In other words a “there there, sit down and shut up, shiny new desk with nothing to do in reality position”

    Clyburn is even stupider than i gave him credit for in kowtowing to it.

  34. pm317: Crazy Horse, clear lake was just fantastic in Dusk! Got some beautiful pictures.

    pm317…..That’s great. You certainly picked a good week to visit. This beautiful weather should continue….Have fun!

  35. Janh H, I’m guessing Pelosi is too stupid to realise when it all goes wrong soon, Obama is going to pin it all on her and she still can’t see it.

  36. I cannot believe the arrogance of this ignorant child now occupying the WH

    “When you’re in the Far East talking to a colleague from Down Under, if you’re not careful, it can be a case of thanks, but no thanks. President Barack Obama found that out on Saturday, as he met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

    After a picture-taking session with the two, as photographers and reporters were being ushered out, an Australian journalist turned to Obama and said, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

    It didn’t take long for Obama to understand who’d piped up. “I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you.”

    Which, being Americans, the U.S. contingent took as a challenge. In unison – and with perhaps a dash of sarcasm – they, too, pronounced, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

    Thank you, Mr. President, threatened to become a theme of the day.

    As reporters and photographers were ushered from the summit’s opening meeting with Obama and other leaders, a White House reporter and photographer leaned in to thank the U.S. president.

    “We’re trying to be more polite,” the reporter said, drawing on the earlier exchange from the Obama-Gillard meeting. Then, from a distance, came another photographer’s shout: “Thank You, Mr. President.”

  37. Tim thats nothing, look at this one, says it all. This is not a joke.??????

    Obama: ‘What About Compliments?’

    Obama: ‘What About Compliments?’ Advance copy from the November 22, 2010, issue. William Kristol November 12, 2010 4:00 PM

    At his November 12 press conference in Seoul, President Obama was asked the following question by CBS’s Chip Reid: “What was the number-one complaint, concern, or piece of advice that you got from foreign leaders about the U.S. economy and your stewardship of the economy?”

    Whereupon the president began his response with a complaint: “What about compliments?” he asked. “You didn’t put that in the list.”

    Well, soorrrrrry, Mr. President.

    Poor President Obama. He’s (allegedly) getting all these compliments from his fellow world leaders—and the press just isn’t interested in having him tell us about them. True, President Obama became accustomed, as a candidate, to having a compliant press corps. But even so. After a contentious economic summit where the president was forced to defend the Fed’s ill-advised monetary policies, a summit that followed on the heels of the biggest midterm electoral defeat ever suffered by an elected first-term president, a defeat partly due to his ill-advised fiscal policies, did Obama really expect a reporter to stand up at the end of last week and ask, “Mr. President, what compliments did you receive from foreign leaders?”

    That is, apparently, exactly what the president expected.

    And that has us worried. We’ve assumed the president would learn from the voters’ repudiation of his party on November 2. We’ve assumed he would learn from reality’s refutation of his policies over the last two years. But the vanity that Jonathan V. Last elaborates on elsewhere in this issue seems to be standing in the way of such learning. President Obama has been mugged both by the voters and by reality—but he thinks that he’s still looking good, that he deserves plaudits and that the only problem is people don’t know about all the compliments he’s been getting.

  38. Clyburn is even stupider than i gave him credit for in kowtowing to it.
    I looked up Honest Jim Clyburn in the dictionary of slang. It reads:

    Cly-burn: a dimwitted politician promoted beyond the limits of his competence. A racist of the left wing persuasion. A corrupt self dealing pol may become the target of ethics charges when the House changes hands. A dick head with power.

  39. “I looked up Honest Jim Clyburn in the dictionary of slang. It reads:”

    LOL! that was too funny (and sadly very true)

  40. moononpluto
    November 13th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    omg. I had not read that. I’m trying to remember if Bush was every this childish, and I really don’t remember him doing this kind of nonsense, the most embarassing thing I remember is Bush trying to give Merkel a neck massage. Bush is looking more and more like an adult compared to this petulant ignorant child currently in the WH.

  41. didn’t know muslims consider dogs “unclean”, guess my 2 dogs who I consider my family members, are considered “unclean”. Thought it was just pork they considered “unclean”, but dogs as well??!?!

  42. My opinion on why Obama needs Pelosi to stay….she knows where all the bodies are buried because she helped him bury them…’s like Bonnie & Clyde….there in it together! If one goes down, so does the other.

  43. Clyburn, Nancy and Obama have a lot to hide, so Clyburn wanted her job if she stepped down to protect the fraud…..just my opinion. All the action is in South Carolina and has been for a while, isn’t that where Bush smeared John McCain with the “black love child”? South Carolina is where the fraud is taking place concerning voting! Lee Atwater was from there to, wasn’t he??

  44. Why is Axelrod even still around? Every other president who gets his ass handed to him in the midterms makes personnel changes. But I guess I’m not surprised, given how insular Obama is.

    And I agree with wbboei about not wanting to see any Bush on TV. Eight years of Dubya was eight too many.

  45. Concerning the portion of the article that the admin wrote in which the liberal branch of the Democratic party feels that the reason why the Democrats lost the midterm elections was because the party wasn’t liberal enough, it just goes to show their mindset. They don’t want compromise. They want it their way, and their way only. That is one of my biggest concerns about them. It’s not unusual for leftist to usurp power at the expense of everyone else. To me, it is in their blood, and I do not trust them for that very reason. Imagine if the election had gone the other way, and Democrats trounced the Republicans. The leftist Democrats would have been encouraged to trample over all of their opponents, and no one would have a say about anything because it would not be permitted. We would all have to do what we were told because, you know, they know what’s best for us. I think not.

  46. Pelosi IS batshit crazy . . .

    Right out of Fatal Attraction

    Schuler would be an attractive alternative.

    Plus, I am as sure that he could work with Boehner as I am sure that Pelosi could not.

    As for the 31 idiots who signed that letter to call this sexism is beyond the pale. It is the policies she enacted. False charges of racism and sexism are the last bastion of scoundrels. And we now know there are at least 31 scoundrels in congress, and maybe even a few more.
    Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, facing a growing rebellion against her bid to become minority leader, is likely to be challenged for the post by a moderate Democrat.

    North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler, who has been sending signals since last month that he would run against the San Francisco liberal if she didn’t step aside, is expected to launch his leadership bid on Sunday when he appears on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He’s also appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.

    Shuler, a former NFL quarterback, told the Clay County Progress this week that he had no choice but to leave the sidelines.

    “At this point, no one has come forward, no one in leadership for a long time,” Shuler told the North Carolina weekly newspaper. “It will be very tough. It is probably a race we can’t win. But we need a moderate voice in the Democratic Party.”

    Shuler’s spokeswoman did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. Neither did Pelosi’s office.

    Related Links
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    Some Muslims Attending Capitol Hill Prayer Group Have Terror Ties, Probe Reveals Derailed: Why High-Speed Trains Haven’t Caught On in the U.S. Kate Gosselin’s Kids Expelled for Bullying Other Children, Report Claims Hoarders: Buried in Debt NBA Star Defaults on $1.5M Mortgage The challenge comes as House Democrats just avoided a messy leadership struggle between Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina for the No. 2 post of their new minority. Pelosi brokered a deal that will allow Hoyer to become second in command while Clyburn receives a new position that will be labeled the third-ranking post in leadership.

    But several Democrats, most of them moderates from conservative districts, have made clear that they won’t support Pelosi’s leadership bid after their party suffered historic losses to Republicans last week.

    Democrats lost more than 60 seats, with a few races still up in the air. Many of the defeats came in conservative or swing districts and many of her critics are lawmakers who barely survived.

    Party elections, which occurs behind closed doors, are scheduled for Wednesday.

    Pelosi’s quick postelection announcement that she would run for minority leader startled many Democrats.

    Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma told Fox News last week that voters sent a message that they want the Democratic Party to move in a new direction.

    “They want someone to lead the party who is going to be bipartisan,” he said. “This is very disappointing for a lot of us in the center.”

    Pelosi told NPR on Friday that she decided to run so she can finish what she started.

    “My motivation for running is to be in the strongest possible position to create jobs, to continue the work we did in the previous administration, to preserve Social Security, to protect what we did for health care reform and Wall Street reform,” she told the network.

    She also blamed the high unemployment rate for last week’s election results.

    “We didn’t lose the election because of me,” she said, adding that she believes she has been widely attacked because of her effectiveness as speaker.

    “The reason they had to try to take me down is because I’ve been effective in fighting the special interests in Washington, D.C.,” she said.

    On Friday, 31 female House Democrats, including two members-elect, endorsed Pelosi for minority leader in an open letter.

    “As the first woman Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has borne the brunt of unfair criticism and attacks, but her record of accomplishment speaks for itself – particularly to women,” the letter reads, citing her record-high promotions of women into committee chairmanships, among other things.

    “At a time when the incoming Majority is expected to threaten the progress we have made for women and families, we need Nancy Pelosi as Democratic Leader to help us stay unified and fight back,” the letter says.

    But even some longtime supporters of Pelosi have said she needs to step aside as the party leader.

    “I voted for everything she asked me to vote for,” said Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J. “You know, sometimes in this business it’s difficult to know when to move on.”

    “With all the losses that we had with governors and all the redistricting that’s going to be done, we don’t need the target,” Sires said, referring to the once-a-decade House redistricting process about to begin nationwide.

  47. A victim with a 25 million dollar mansion, her own taxpayer jet, a walk-in booze compartment, and a much smaller gavel. Don’t cry for her Argentina.

  48. Lunacy strikes again…

    Richardson says Bill Clinton ‘still a little sore’

    November 13, 2010

    PHOENIX (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says former President Bill Clinton “is still a little sore” over Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race.

    Richardson was asked Saturday during a journalism conference in Phoenix about his relations with Bill Clinton.

    Richardson said his relations with Hillary Clinton, now U.S. secretary of state, are good. But he says he doesn’t have a relationship with the former president and that they don’t talk.

    In Richardson’s words, “maybe we’ll repair it, maybe not.”

    Richardson was energy secretary and U.N. ambassador in the Clinton administration. In a blow to the Clintons, he endorsed Obama in March 2008, calling him a “once-in-a-lifetime leader.”

  49. “In Richardson’s words, “maybe we’ll repair it, maybe not.””

    JUDAS needs to STFU! I have no doubt in my mind that his dumbass thinks he has “good” relations with Hillary, but Hillary is one smart woman, she will not forget what was done to her! (and as a govt official, Hillary has to be cordial and polite to all other US govt officials, no matter how much of a jackass they were, of course since Judas is now going to be out of a job by Janurary, Hillary will not have be that cordial or polite to him as a private citizen)

    now that he has nothing to do; all this dumbass fatty can do is try and latch on to the Clinton’s good name, without which he would be NOTHING!

  50. You are right about Judas, I would rather they not patch it up, and he goes off in the desert with O, never to be heard from again. He really has screwed NM, and the voters who lived here, who endorsed HRC with their vote, even though he tried his darnest to give O the edge here.

    Too bad he did not play his cards right, and got nothing out of the administration (forgive me theyt got everything by his endorsement, but he got no reward for that). However, he did screw his LTG from being elected as Gov, and she was an HRC supporter.

    I hope he rots in Hell.

  51. “We didn’t lose the election because of me,” she said”


    We din’t WIN the election because of me! 😆

  52. “Richardson said his relations with Hillary Clinton, now U.S. secretary of state, are good. But he says he doesn’t have a relationship with the former president and that they don’t talk.”

    Maybe Bill Clinton is still smarting from the knife you put in his back after sitting with him at his home watching the Superbowl the night before you endorsed Obama for the nomination instead of Hillary.

  53. Concerning Judas…..I am always surprised (being a newbie) how dirty politics is….tit for tat kind of thing….gee, you’d think they would never get anything done with all that retribution and propping to do….oh thats right…they don’t!

    I hope Judas gets what he deserves….jail time! He crookeder (texan word) than a dog’s hind leg!

  54. That “once in a lifetime leader” its like I hope I never have another leader like this in my lifetime….that was an insult bigtime to Hillary. I love how she can rise above it all! I am sure she hasn’t forgotten, how could she? She should be President….she won it…she would have kicked McCain’s ass. So sad for us!


    This is a comment on the above story which I agree with and like!
    The General is correct if you don’t do what needs to be done. The Catholics didn’t beat them back out of Europe and burn their Countries to ash for fun. They didn’t have the Inquisition because everyone was nice to each other. Europe was infiltrated by them- just like YOU are now.

    It was what worked. Your existence today is proof of this.

    When their policy is to ‘kill them wherever you may find them’, you need to do one better. Kill them all. Or submit. That’s what Islam means after all. And it’s not a coincidence you cultural marxists. Grow up or die.

  56. Yeah, like our fleader, LOL! You know that Murkowski lady looks like the reincarnation of Marie LaVeaux. You remember that song don’t you??

  57. I just saw a clip of the “Won” in Japan watching a show. He was chewing gum… guess Nicorette, ROTFLMAO! He must be a chain smoker and he’s been smoking alot lately…just a guess!
    I can’t believe an American President chewing gum during a show put on during a governmental trip. He is definitely not ready to be Potus…and they talk about Palin winking. At least she doesn’t have a mouth full of gum…uncouth!

  58. I want to see our fleader multi-tasking from nicotine withdrawal and signing a deal with the Japanese…


  59. NFM,

    I was thinking of you when I posted Judas’s comments.

    I’m so glad that his tyranny is almost at an end. I know how much damage he has done to your state.

    I’m also thrilled that Bill Clinton has thrown this creep out with the rest of the trash.

  60. “Axelrod is the Josef Goebbels of this Administration.”

    That’s very true. Goebbels passed a coconut when he read a British editorial equating the National Socialists and the Bolsheviks. Ridiculous!, said the Nazi propaganda chief. The similarities–socialism, totalitarianism, state police–these were just ‘superficial.’ To Goebbels, Nazis were totally different from Bolsheviks because the globalist Marxists would destroy the principal of race, while National Socialists glorify race. Both were socialists. Goebbels was a race socialist, Marx was a global socialist — and that is the only real difference between Nazis and Bolsheviks. ‘Race socialist’ also describes race card junkies Obama/Axelrod.

    Obama/Alexrod are not U.S. ultra-nationalists like the Nazis. But Goebbels’ idea of nationalism was basically racism. Goebbels rejected the rest of ‘race mixed’ Europe — to Nazis, ‘white only’ and ‘Germany First’ meant the same thing. German nationalism = Aryan nationalism. Likewise, ‘Black Nationalist’ and ‘Black Internationalist’ is not a real distinction. Obama is not a Marxist internationalist because Obama globalism excludes ‘typical white people.’ So ideologically, Obama is closer to Goebbels than Marx. Except Obama is not a militarist. But neither was Marx, and we know how that played out.

    The big difference is that Goebbels lied about everything but his racism. Obama/Axelrod traffic in pretty lies, which is very Marxist. Flowing from the ‘pretty liar’ Marx, Axelrod’s ‘pretty propaganda’ is not as upfront and grotesque as Goebbels’, but it has the same fantastical quality — complete reality disconnect. Of course, as Americans, Obama/Axelrod face a thousand times greater resistance than Goebbels or Lenin did, so they have to play it cool.

    Goebbels had the nastiest mind I’ve ever read — with the possible exception of Obama’s Black Liberation Theologists who want to murder all whites and would go as far as to murder God if God interfered with their plan.

  61. He certainly doesn’t look Presidential with that bluetooth or whatever on his ear and chewing gum like crazy! What a joke the dude is.

  62. confloyd
    November 13th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks, confloyd- perhaps admin will post it for us..

    Obama chewing nicorette, listening to a football game. A great representation of an American president disrespecting his host.

  63. I hadn’t thought of that….a football game…well I’m watching one of those too, but of coarse I’m not trying to impress the Japanese. They are rather fanatical about manners over there…they may just get their feelings hurt. What a dummy! We’ll have to send Hillary to smooth out their feathers if they see the video too!

  64. Shuler is a former football player and Boehner is a former NCAA referee (or so he told me). I know they would get along. It would be a good deal for the party and the country if he gets the minority leader position instead of Pelosi. I suspect Pelosi is very bitter at this point, and she has done everything she can to antagonize the opposition. Partisanship aside, she is a terrible choice at this point. To all Democrats I would commend to their attention the Law of Holes. And what is says is this> when you are in one . . . stop digging.

  65. “They are rather fanatical about manners over there…they may just get their feelings hurt.”

    Yes, their anger can be shown in very subtle seemingly polite ways. I remember during his presidency when 41 visited Japan. For some unknown reason, he barfed all over himself and the banquest table where he was seated. SS carried him out of the dining room.

    We can only hope the Kabuki theater has an encore in store befitting Obama.

  66. Crazy horse, another winner. We’re at the Emerald Bay/Vikingsholm by the evening’s end and watched the spectacular dusk colors from there. We also had enough time to go around the lake before that(except the Rt.50 stretch on the east in NV). Even Rt 80 as we approach Truckee is magnificent.

  67. I noticed MO was not with him for the theater presentation. Did she go home early or is she out shopping or maybe she did not want to watch the presentation??? There was one woman in the pack though, mostly were men….just like usual….Obama and all his men buddies!

  68. You know I am obsessed by this

    Big Sis Forced To Respond To Nationwide Revolt Against TSA

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
    November 12, 2010
    UPDATE: DHS chief tells pilot, tourism reps scans and patdowns will continue

    The federal government has been forced to respond to the accelerating backlash against new TSA measures which have outraged the nation, with TSA Administrator John Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set to meet today with executives from the travel industry and heads of pilot associations.
    Following intense and sustained focus on the issue by the Drudge Report, Infowars and Prison Planet, Reuters reports that, “Executives from the travel industry, including online travel sites, theme parks and hotels, were set to meet Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Pistole on Friday to discuss their concerns that security is crimping travel.”
    The feds were forced into action after five prominent pilot and travel associations, along with a flight attendants union, vowed to boycott naked body scanners as well as the new invasive pat down procedure, threatening travel chaos. The backlash has also been characterized by new cases of individuals being abused at the hands of the TSA, stories which continue to pour in on a daily basis.
    In addition, the TSA is reviewing its policies towards children at security checkpoints following widespread revulsion at the fact that TSA workers, some of whom may be pedophiles given the agency’s poor standard of background checks for its own employees, are openly groping children’s genitals in airports across the country.
    “We have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from travelers vowing to stop flying,” said Geoff Freeman, an executive vice president of the U.S. Travel Association, which set up the meeting with the Obama administration officials.
    “You can’t talk on the one hand about creating jobs in this country and getting this economy back on track and on the other hand discourage millions of Americans from flying, which is the gateway to commerce,” he said.
    It’s vital that those representing outraged Americans at today’s meeting with Napolitano and Pistole do not allow themselves to be placated by the rhetoric they will undoubtedly hear about the supposed terror threat making the new TSA measures a necessity.

    As we have documented, the TSA’s non-existent background checks on its own employees underscore the fact that the agency couldn’t care less about security, otherwise it wouldn’t have allowed illegal aliens to work in sensitive areas of airports or have given them the green light to fly planes.
    Furthermore, as the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg revealed, TSA workers told him directly that they refer to the new body scanner devices as “dick measurers,” and that the more aggressive groping measures had nothing to do with security and were in fact instituted solely to force people to choose the scanner over the pat down.
    The so-called “pat-downs,” which in reality fall not far short of sexual molestation, have nothing to do with security. They are about ritualizing the process of making Americans submit to complete degradation at the hands of authority figures, no matter what level of humiliation that process encompasses. If you allow the government to get away with groping your children’s genitals there’s no limit to the abuse they will subsequently engage in.
    The Reuters article mentions the example of a father who witnessed his 8-year-old son be selected for “extra screening” by TSA thugs, who proceeded to touch the boy’s genitals.
    “We spend my child’s whole life telling him that only mom, dad and a doctor can touch you in your private area, and now we have to add TSA agent and that’s just wrong,” he told Reuters. “At some point the terrorists have won.”
    The fact that the TSA and Homeland Security has been forced to respond to the national outrage over groping and naked body scanners is a major victory, but we cannot rest until the groping, not just of children but all passengers, is ended and the cancer-causing body scanners are removed for good.
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    No terror threat, be it genuine or contrived, can justify the federal government treating American citizens with less respect than farmyard animals, and since TSA workers openly admit that the sexual molestation of travelers is about forcing them to use the scanner and has nothing to do with security, this underscores the fact that the groping procedure and the scanner are both tools of oppression that have no place in a free society.

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  69. What The Hell Is Google Doing? And Why Is Obama Permitting Them To Do It?

    It wasn’t inevitable at all– but Google has turned mission creep positively creepy. An information service provider that people use to search for bargains on cat trees and give them email accounts is being transformed, without our asking or our consent, into the world’s biggest private espionage organization, where the targets are ordinary citizens, and the clients are… well, everyone, from stalkers to thieves to collections agents to murderers.

    It’s worth remembering Google’s CEO’s self-servingly creepy beliefs about privacy. Other people’s privacy, that is– he vindictively vindicates his own.

    Schmidt’s philosophy is clear with Bartiromo in the clip below: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” The philosophy that secrets are useful mainly to indecent people is awfully convenient for Schmidt as the CEO of a company whose value proposition revolves around info-hoarding.
    When CNET attempted to put Schmidt’s theories to the test — by publishing info they had gleaned about Schmidt from Google searches — he blacklisted them.

    Since then it’s been revealed he was quite serious about his credo about (other people’s) privacy.

    Google is hardly the only offender in privacy terms. Social networking media like Facebook also have privacy questions they need to answer. But of all organizations online, Google is the only one to have roamed the streets taking data from the airwaves. That puts them in a lamentable category of one. We must not let them off the hook; if Google can get away with this, more companies will follow in their intrusive footsteps and your privacy will become a fiction.
    Google denies that anything’s wrong with Street View per se. “It’s nothing you couldn’t see walking along the street,” defenders say, as if we are all ten feet tall and have panopticonic vision which permanently records everything around us in glorious Technicolor, beaming it to the internet for later review at our or anyone else’s leisure.

    Big Brother Watch supporters have told us of their concerns about (for example) images of their homes and gardens being online, showing the distance of their gate to the child’s paddling pool or the motor bike in the garage, the angles from which the pool or the bike can be seen from the house, and the type of alarm they have on their house.

    This has terrible repercussions. In the UK, a murderer, Steven Hodgson, used it to target his victim’s home this year before breaking in. Then there are the more everyday privacy issues. The little boy Google showed naked in June. Or before that, another boy in March.

    Then there is the sort of unpleasant and unfortunate moments in time which are bound to occur when images are captured everywhere: Ashleigh Hall’s family were very upset by images of her captured on Google Street View shortly before she was killed by the man who had stalked her on Facebook.

    Pictures are only the start of Google’s new mission to make everyone’s personal lives searchable. For reasons that I don’t think have been explained yet, Google roamed the streets intercepting people’s wi-fi signals, stealing their emails, passwords, and credit card numbers.

    Google admitted in May its Street View cars had snatched 600 GB of e-mail, passwords and browsing data from thousands of users in countries all over the world for the last three years.
    Google apologized and made nice with countries by installing a privacy director and new data-collection rules. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Canada and U.K. gave Google a pass.

    And here’s some change you can believe in:

    The FTC said Oct. 27 it ceased its investigation of the Wi-Spy incident because of Google’s improved privacy practices and assurances that it had no plans to use the data it collected.
    The FTC’s decision came just days after Google discovered Street View collected whole e-mail, passwords and URLs, and after a $30,000-per -person fundraiser for President Obama hosted by Google executive Marissa Mayer at her home.

    This proved to be an unacceptable slap on the wrist for the National Legal and Policy Center, which claimed Google was given a pass because of its supposed sway over politicians on Capitol Hill.

    Third order of business for the incoming Congress (after passing a repeal of ObamaCare and cutting $100+ billion plus per year from the budget): Investigate the hell out of Google, put them all under oath, and put Obama’s men under oath too.

  70. Guess what Judas wants to do before leaving office. He wants to use stimulus money, to buy a ranch to preserve wild horses in NM. Now that could be noble except for the following. (Well first how this stimulates the economy and provides job I really don’t know)

    1. The horses are not near extinction, and we have to get rid of 10,000 every year.

    2. This purchase will require a maintenance cost through the parks, and we are short in that area like everyone else.

    3. Our schools are practically on skeleton crew right now, and our state retirement funds look horrible. This is where we need to shore up jobs.

    4. Our schools, in case you missed it are ranked 49th in the country.

    He will probably get his way, as he has the majority on the committee that approves this. I am sure the new Rep Gov is getting ready to investigate him for pay to play.

    So why is he doing it. Who knows, but I cannot wait to see the back of this man walking out the door. He had me fool for a long time. I heard rumors, but did not believe them. Although when I heard the rumors I got a gut feeling they were right.

  71. During the general election, Howard Dean made the comment now it was the Democrat’s turn to RULE. I find the term rule to be on the one hand deeply offensive given those of us who believe that the people not government is sovereign. As a matter of fact, that was the whole idea of the Declaration of Independence. On the other hand, Dean let the cat out of the bag with that carefully chosen word because it was a clear harbinger of things to come. Here then is what Obama, Dean, Pelosi, Reid and the rest do not understand. It is right in the foundational document of the Republic, yet it is highly unlikely that any of those bozos has ever read it.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

  72. Shadowfax, Your so damn funny! I bet those Obots love that pic, ROTFLMAO!

    It had to be nicorette gum because since when do you chew “juicy fruit” with such gusto??? He was going after that piece of gum like it was his $100. lb beef he so likes on our dime!

  73. Goodnight folks! Ohh excuse me, I realize we are all tired of the term “folks”, so I’ll just say “goodnight”. LOL!

  74. moononpluto
    November 13th, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    Do they not realise how it looks………..
    Nancy Pelosi creates new leadership post for Clyburn in bid to settle Democratic fight.

    This is about perks and status. Clyburn does not want to give up the goodies and go back to being a plain old congressperson. By doing this Madame Speaker is spreading the spoils and goodies a little thinner. The leadership of each party gets a budget for perks. The majority gets a lot more than the minority (to the victor belongs the spoils). I doubt the Republicans are going to give soon to be ex-Madame Speaker more money than the Republicans received as minority leadership so she can continue the classic management bloat of spectacular failure in poorly run organizations. She should be talking lean and mean to her caucus or get the hell out of the way. I wonder if Steny Hoyer wants to share with Clyburn? I bet not.

  75. confloyd
    November 13th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    SouthernBorn, It works for me but I will post it again.

    If you go back and view the video once again- After it plays showing Obama, choose the one of the ‘Weeping Virgin Mary’on the far right. There is an ad for Sarah Palin’s Alaska to be on tonight @ 9pm just before the story. The Weeping Virgin Mary story, I believe, is from Windsor, CT.

  76. Connie–so after receiving the Nobel Prize for doing nothing, the accolades of big media for being a fine piece of fiction, the admiration of guilt ridden well healed liberals for making them feel good about themselves while they loot and plunder, the angry fist of black liberation groups, the envy of black racists, the ire of white racists, the dream of a demented murder who left a young woman to die in icy waters because he was too drunk to keep the car on the road, the beating heart and throbbing extremity of young Chris Buckley, Andrew Sullivan et. al. and all the other mental midgets, dullards, impressionable children, and conniving bastards who do not give a tinkers damned about the country, Barcrack Insane Obama, their light of love has not only arrived, but has finally hit the big time: the cover of Mad Magazine.

  77. I wonder if Obama will sign the cover. It is de rigeur to do so. I have an idea. Hope and Crosby used to come up to my town in the 40s 50s and 60s to get drunk (the old Washington Hotel), pursue social activities (if you know what I mean) and play golf at a certain exclusive golf club (which after playing a fair share of US Open Courses before I wisely gave up the game is still the epitome of a beautiful majestic challenging track–as in a good walk spoiled) where I caddied as a kid. I never personally saw Crosby although he was reputed to be a fine golfer, and his son Nathan went on to win the US Amateur one year. But I did meet Hope, if you can call standing in a crowd of young gawking caddies meeting him. We knew he was an icon of the entertainment industry, so before he stepped up to the first tee and dribbled his drive out 130 yards at most, one of the caddies did what his parents probably would have done if they had been there instead of him. He asked Mr. Hope for an autograph. Instantly, all of us came to attention and wielded the scorecard pencils which we were required to carry with us to aid and abet the member we caddied for and those of us who wanted a big tip, also carried an erasure. Hope took one look at the expectant throng and told the young caddy to step forward. He signed a piece of paper for that youngster and then he turned to us and said: now the rest of you can trace it. That may be the solution for Obama as well, because when that issue of Mad Magazine hits the news stands he will be beseiged by autograph hounds from young bots to Chris Buckley but I suspect dear old Chris may have carnal designs as well.

  78. WASHINGTON — Top Obama administration adviser David Axelrod says he will leave the White House in the first half of next year to begin the president’s re-election campaign.

    Axelrod told “Fox News Sunday” that he would return to Chicago in “late winter, early spring” to start work.

    The 55-year-old Axelrod is a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, and served as his chief strategist for the 2008 campaign.


    However who says he’s leaving for that reason, that seems odd that he would do so. Why would you go away to Chicago to do that, you’d get an office in downtown DC for that, this smells.

  79. Jan H

    I use Yahoo search and Bing. I stopped using Google a few years back when it was revealed that they were storing IPs and searches, when they were caught, they stated they would only store this information for 2 years. Even that is too much for me, Bing or Yahoo Search do no such thing.

    I highly recommend yahoo search, I have found them to be very effective in searching online

  80. Netanyahu Presents U.S. Settlement Plan

    By Ari Rabinovitch
    November 14, 2010

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a U.S. plan to his cabinet on Sunday that would extend a freeze on West Bank settlements for 90 days in return for diplomatic and security incentives.

    Washington wants Israel to renew a freeze on settlement building in efforts to resume peace talks with Palestinians, who in September halted negotiations after just a few weeks when Israel refused to extend a 10-month settlement freeze.

    Under the U.S. proposal, if Israel extended the freeze Washington would pledge not to seek further extensions and to veto any attempts at the United Nations to force a unilateral peace settlement.

    U.S. security aid to Israel would also be upgraded.

    “I will insist that in any proposal Israel’s security needs will be addressed, both in the immediate term and regarding the threats facing us in the coming decade,” Netanyahu said in public comments before the cabinet meeting.

    The prime minister has previously said any settlement moratorium will not apply to areas around East Jerusalem that Israel captured during a 1967 war and the Palestinians want as the capital of a future state.

    One official in Netanyahu’s office said the proposal had “positive elements.” Israeli political sources said a narrow majority in Netanyahu’s security cabinet, which is ultimately responsible, would likely support accepting the U.S. proposal.


    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared the plan at a meeting in New York last week, Netanyahu said, adding that U.S. and Israeli teams were still negotiating a final formula.

    A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there had been no official word regarding a renewed Israeli freeze on housing starts in the occupied West Bank.

    “An official Palestinian commitment will come only after President Abbas hears officially from the American administration what is going on between them and the Israelis,” Nabil Abu Rdainah told Reuters.

    Palestinian officials in private have expressed anger over U.S. incentives to get Israel to prolong the partial freeze, saying they were effectively bribing Israel to fulfill basic international obligations.

    Israeli officials said Netanyahu, who faces a tough political sell within his own coalition on the settlement issue, had pushed Clinton for the broad understandings.

    Settler leaders, who said acceptance of the proposal would represent “a fundamental collapse” of the government’s integrity, called an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

    Under the U.S. plan, Israel would declare a further, three month suspension of construction in the West Bank, land it captured in a 1967 war where Palestinians seek a state. Any building launched since the original moratorium ended late in September would be frozen, a diplomatic source said.

    Among the pledges offered to Israel by Washington was a guarantee to veto any resolutions brought to the United Nations Security Council that seek “to impose a political settlement on Israel,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The United States would also undertake to veto resolutions deemed anti-Israel in the United Nations and other international organizations, a move that could make Israel less vulnerable to threats made by some Palestinians to declare statehood unilaterally in the event that peace talks fail.

    The Obama Administration would also ask Congress to approve the supply of three billion dollars worth of advanced warplanes to the Jewish state “to maintain its qualitative edge” in the region, the source added.

    The United States would further sign a more comprehensive deal to enhance its substantial security aid to Israel as part of any agreement concluded with the Palestinians.

  81. color me disgusted, these are the lunatics now who have taken over the undemocratic party.

    http: // weaselzippers . us/2010/11/13/jon-stewart-staffer-id-shoot-tim-tebow-before-osama-bin-laden/

    “I hate Tim Tebow. If I was in a room with Tim Tebow and Bin Laden and I had a gun with one bullet in it, I’d shoot Bin Laden. I’m not a monster. But if I had two bullets – I’d shoot Tim Tebow first”

    and as for the Israel-hating petulant child in the WH, Bibi better know this child cannot be trusted, not one bit!


    link at the site listed above.

  82. Jan H — you’re welcome.

    I actually have my home page set to http: // search . yahoo . com/

    its completely clutter free, I got sick of seeing Yahoo kiss up to that fool in the WH, so the homepage I listed above looks completely uncluttered like Google’s homepage, except no stories, just the search engine.

  83. LOL! Let the implosion of the undemocratic party begin!

    “Democrats Now Preemptively Threatening Each Other For Possible “Disloyalty” To Dear Leader”

    Obama if she should seek to distance herself from the White House in her re-election campaign.
    Cleaver, who’s seen as the likely next leader of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), cautioned the centrist senator of distancing herself from Obama, the way many endangered incumbents had done in the closing weeks of the 2012* election.

    “Any attempt to extricate herself from him will be an act of disloyalty,” Cleaver told McClatchy in a piece profiling McCaskill’s re-election campaign. “She will not do that at all.”

    (or else, which is inferred) h/t to Ace’s site.

  84. If I were running the opposition party then I would approach every single blue dog and tell them that they have two choices. Join us, or else your days as a public servant are over, because we will pour as much money as it takes into your district and we will field the right candidates to make certain you do not survive. Your defection or demise will serve our purpose which is to reduce the Democratic Party to its radical left wing extremist anti-American core, so the voters of this country can make a logical choice between the stark alternatives which exist. From your perspective, you cannot possibly serve the interests of your constituents if you remain in the party of Pelosi, they are blaming you blue dogs for their defeat and if you remain in the party you will have no effect on its direction. From our perspective, your presence in that party deceives voters, muddles our message, and we need your seat. In short, you need to make a decision. If it is to remain in the party, then our response will begin in January. You exist at sufferance in your own party whereas you have a home in ours. Be smart about this.

  85. pm317…Wonderful! I have been going to Tahoe for over 40 years and it never fails to take my breath away. I am so glad you are having a good time.

  86. Mrs. Smith
    November 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm


    🙂 Did you coin the word “fleader”? I think it’s funny.

  87. wbboei
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I wonder how many Democrat Congressmen will move over to the Republican party as what happened during Reagan’s years?

  88. Obama is a national embarrassment–and now boys and girls an international embarrassment as well. A poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage–and won’t shut up. One foot in his mouth the other on a banana peel with nowhere to go but down–taking the rest of us with him. A fool who will sell out is country for a photo op–and the real world leaders all know it. I am sure there is a word in the Russian language for patsy. Only a patsy would give up missile defense in Europe in exchange for naaawwwthing except for a headline that reads the greatest peace president since . . . . . Carter.
    Embarrassment in Seoul
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    Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at this week’s G-20 meeting in Seoul? We can’t think of one. President Obama failed to achieve any of his main goals while getting pounded by other world leaders for failing U.S. policies and lagging growth.

    The root of this embarrassment is political and intellectual: Rather than leading the world from a position of strength, Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to Seoul blaming the rest of the world for U.S. economic weakness. America’s problem, in their view, is the export and exchange rate policies of the Germans, Chinese or Brazilians. And the U.S. solution is to have the Fed print enough money to devalue the dollar so America can grow by stealing demand from the rest of the world.

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    President Barack Obama walks off the stage with Secretary of Treasury Timonthy Geithner

    But why should anyone heed this U.S. refrain? The Germans are growing rapidly after having rejected Mr. Geithner’s advice in 2009 to join the U.S. stimulus spending blowout. China is also growing smartly having rejected counsel from three U.S. Administrations to abandon its currency discipline. The U.K. and even France are pursuing more fiscal restraint. Only the Obama Administration is determined to keep both the fiscal and monetary spigots wide open, while blaming everyone else for the poor domestic results.

    The American failure was most acute on trade, as the U.S. and South Korea couldn’t agree on a bilateral pact that the two countries had signed three years ago. Mr. Obama had campaigned against that pact in 2008, let it languish for two years in office, and now suddenly wants the South Koreans to agree to new terms.

    But the Koreans aren’t pushovers, and they want new concessions from America in return. They also see a less urgent need for a trade pact with the U.S. because, while Mr. Obama has fiddled, the Koreans have been negotiating other trade deals with all and sundry—not least a pact with the European Union that carries nearly identical terms to what the Bush Administration negotiated in 2007. Mr. Obama’s negotiators left Seoul empty-handed.

    Meanwhile, China and other Asian economies see first-hand that rather than spurring more U.S. growth (on which Asian exporters still depend), U.S. monetary ease has flooded the developing world economies with dollars they’re not able to absorb; produced exchange-rate turmoil to the detriment of the region’s traders; and sent the world’s dollar-denominated commodity prices climbing.

    Far from distancing himself from this Federal Reserve policy, Mr. Obama defended it more than once. “From everything I can see, this decision was not one designed to have an impact on the currency, on the dollar,” Mr. Obama said in Seoul. “It was designed to grow the economy.”

    But this defense will only confirm to most of the world that the goal of U.S. monetary easing is solely domestic and political. Isn’t the U.S. central bank supposed to be independent? Mr. Obama may come to regret his political embrace of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke if commodity price increases flow through to consumer prices and leave Americans feeling poorer than they already feel.

    The Administration’s dubious monetary theories also led it to waste valuable political energy pushing an unlikely deal with China to revalue the yuan (and devalue the dollar). Instead Mr. Obama could have argued for reforms to China’s capital account that would do some genuine good. China’s exchange rate by itself has not contributed to global imbalances, but China’s capital-account regulations have.

    In particular, the fact that Beijing sterilizes capital inflows and recycles them into U.S. government debt instead of allowing capital to enter and exit more freely contributes to a global misallocation of resources. Mr. Geithner is too busy focusing on the exchange rate to notice, let alone to respond to Beijing’s complaints about U.S. monetary instability by challenging China to liberalize its own capital account.

    The world also rejected Mr. Geithner’s high-profile call for a 4% limit on a nation’s trade surplus or deficit, which would amount to new political controls on trade and capital flows. This contradicts at least three decades of U.S. policy advice against national barriers to the flow of money and goods. We don’t like to see U.S. Treasury Secretaries so completely shot down by the rest of the world, except when they are so clearly misguided.

    None of this should be cause for celebration, because a world without American leadership is a more dangerous place. The U.S. is still the world’s largest economy, the issuer of its reserve currency, and its lone military superpower. No other nation has the will or capacity to lead the way the U.S. has for 70 years, so faltering American influence will produce a vacuum in which every nation can seek narrow advantage.

    If Mr. Obama wants to restore his economic leadership, both at home and abroad, he needs an urgent shift in priorities. Strike a deal with Republicans to extend the current tax rates across the board, pursue the spending cuts proposed by his own deficit commission, end the regulatory binge that has constrained America’s animal spirits, stop trying to direct capital toward political mirages like “green jobs,” and press Congress to pass the Korean and other trade pacts.

    The world will follow American leadership again only when it sees policies that restore robust U.S. economic growth.

  89. The 55-year-old Axelrod is a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, and served as his chief strategist for the 2008 campaign.
    If I were in the opposition party, I would look at this man as a tumor to be excised that the patient. i.e. the country be saved. It would be fun to think of the various strategies which could be deployed to that most desirable end. They are limited only by the imagination. I would take a no holds barred approach to this, because what we are dealing with here is fundamentally a very bad man. The prisons of this country are full of people who have more bona fides than he does. There are no depths to which he will not sink.

  90. So because Holder and the child in the WH don’t want to offend their radical America-hating base (the ACLU amoung them), they may not hold a trial for KSM, this POS who masterminded the biggest attack on our country on 9/11.

    http: // www . bloomberg . com/news/2010-11-13/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-9-11-mastermind-unlikely-to-have-trial-post-says.html

  91. One strategy would be to look for people whom he has crossed along the way. I would also look for skeletons in the closet. There must be many of them. He was once a reporter for the Chicago newspaper so I would look into that. Reporters–even good ones have enemies. He may have been a party to blackmail during the primary, I would dig into that. I would do a hit piece on him, mentioning his ingratitude toward Hillary, his faustian pact with Patty Solis Doyle, the likely bribes. They can call this clever if they want, I call it betrayal and I am content to let the voters decide that issue so long as they have the facts. But I think if you dig deeper you would discover a puss pocket of evil. I would do the same with Ploughe.

  92. Using the text (from wbboei’s recent comment): “Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at”
    yielded 1800 results!
    (I was looking for the original text, but had to come back and tell you this astounding result.)
    Must confess I used Google. Shhhhh.

  93. Israel’s ‘Friend’ in the White House Gives Advanced Weapons to Its Enemies

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Despite the rhetoric of friendship, Obama is busy arming Israel’s enemies and undermining the security of the Jewish state, analysts are writing.

    At, blogger themiddle writes that “it is now certain that Israel does not have a friend in this White House.” He says the package of “incentives” offered by the U.S. on Thursday for a 3-month extension of Israel’s settlement moratorium are things that the United States would have offered unconditionally in the past.

    These include curbing actions by the United Nations on the Goldstone Report; blocking anti-Israel UN resolutions concerning the Gaza flotilla raid; defeating international resolutions aimed at exposing Israel’s nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency; and strengthening pressure on Iran and Syria in regards to their nuclear and proliferation activities.

    In addition, the United States has offered Israel about 20 F-35 fighter jets.

    But at the same time, the United States is arming countries hostile to Israel with some of its most advanced weapons systems.

    For starters, the United States has sent hundreds of millions of dollars and sophisticated spying equipment to Lebanon, which was supposed to be used against Hezbollah but has been used to crack down on Israeli spy networks instead.

    In the last two weeks the Unites States has pledged $150 million to the PA, without preconditions, even though the PA refuses to negotiate with Israel.

    Worst of all is the $60 billion arms deal the Unites States announced last month with Saudi Arabia. Not only is this equivalent to all the arms the U.S. sold to Saudi Arabia between the years 1950 and 2006, it is the largest arms deal in U.S. history.

    The Saudis will receive some of America’s most advances equipment, including F-15 fighter-bombers, Blackhawk and Apache helicopters, laser-guided bombs, advanced radar systems, and Harpoon and Sidewinder missiles.

    In addition, in the past week, the Obama administration has notified Congress of three additional arms deals with Gulf Arab states: the sale of $5 billion worth of Apache helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, as well as tactical missile systems to Bahrain.

    Over the summer, Washington has also pressed ahead with the sale of aircraft and Patriot missiles to Kuwait, and $3.5 billion worth of F-16s to Oman.

    By making these sales, writes Michael Freund, “Obama is running the risk of upsetting the military balance, tilting it in favor of the rejectionist Arab regimes and against Israel. And he is putting high-tech US weapons in the hands of fair-weather friends who do not share the West’s values or ideals.”

  94. There is something fishy about Nasty and Clyburn seeking unity together…it is almost like they are circling the wagons. I don’t think Nasty giving Clyburn some #2 position where apparently wasn’t one before an act of keeping the peace, it is a cover. Nasty has to stay in position and since all the dubious voter fraud is/was taking place under Clyburn in South Carolina, they are circling the wagons. Obama also wants these two together to keep him informed of what is going on. Just my opinion.

    I remember this press conference when Alvin Greene became the dem candidate for the dem’s, Clyburn was on every TV station saying that this was some republican plot. So Ms. Piglosi and her partner in crime are going to keep on eye on things together. You betcha!

  95. pm317,

    I enjoyed that little tidbit about BC. I didn’t think I could like him better, but I liked that about the President. He was the most fun hands down than any other!

  96. Jan H, THis view of the middle east by the fraud is scary.

    Is anyone watching “meet the press”. I think I just saw Harold Ford give Newt a compliment and Newt complimented Bill Clinton… I living in some alternate universe or what? The most important thing too is that I’ve been impressed twice this week with what Newt has said and I know that just can’t be!

  97. wbboei
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    If I were running the opposition party then I would approach every single blue dog and tell them that they have two choices. Join us, or else your days as a public servant are over, because we will pour as much money as it takes into your district and we will field the right candidates to make certain you do not survive.

    Beginning to sound like a threatening OBot…

    “You exist at sufferance in your own party whereas you have a home in ours. Be smart about this.”

    What home would that be?

  98. nomobama
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Yes, I did, while I was thinking to myself- calling Obama a Leader is a bit of a stretch unless you intending on following him over a cliff-

    When faced with the prospect of problem solving, he ususally flees the WH… on vacation or golfing trips.

    you end up with a ‘fleader’.

  99. Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at”
    In a word–NO. It proves that Barack is indeed an “historic” president. And his place of honor is being carved as we speak on bathroom walls across the world, rather than the north face of Mount Rushmore.

  100. Newt also said that he thought Pelosi should go and he thought Obama could win again if the economy improves, it all depends if he works with the republicans.

    Alan Greenspan seemed to think we should go with Paul Ryan’s economic plan….big cuts in SS and medicare.

  101. can’t stand Newt.

    They are saying that Palin’s reality show is the opening of her 2012 campaign. I know others disagree, but I hope it isn’t true.

    I would prefer for her to go back into politics at a lower level for a few more years and then maybe try again for potus after 2016. In some ways I like her rhetoric, in others I see her as another version of a “moving star idol” in the making.


  102. “You exist at sufferance in your own party whereas you have a home in ours. Be smart about this.”

    What home would that be?
    What I was attempting to do was identify the arguments which the Republicans will use to get the blue dogs to defect. This is how they argued their case to people like Billy Tauzin (D-La) and got him to switch, same with others. As you know he is now a lobbyist for big pharma but back in the 1980s he was a blue dog. The fundamental problem for the blue dogs now is there are irreconcilable difference between what their constituents want and what the party of Obama wants. They walked the line in the campaign, but now they must deliver–and they will not be able to. Like the song says, Something’s Got To Give/

  103. If earmarks are banned the blue dogs are finished. That is the only vehicle they have left to buy back the loyalty of their constituents, after they succumb to the left wing agenda.

  104. AmericanGal
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Don’t know if this has been posted–Admin has written about all this in the past but it’s the first time I’ve seen it in an article from someone else…devastating synopsis of Obama’s ego..

    American Narcissus

    Had not been posted before. Thank you. To anyone that realizes that the job of being President of the USA is something more than a celebrity position, these assembled facts are chilling. Our culture has devolved into something that tolerates this. Being conned by this guy is one thing. Putting up with him is another; in the current situation the immediate danger this guy as President puts us in is, to me, almost beyond words to express.

    If this guy were your business partner and you had well over 200 years establishing your business, its capabilities and its reputation, would you give him another two years in his present position?

  105. There is one thing that makes an attack on Axelrod highly likely if not inevitable. He was the one who sanctioned the attack on his Republican counterpart Karl Rove which accused Rove of soliciting foreign money in violation of the 1908 law. In essence, he accused Rove of a criminal act, with no evidence to support it, unless you believe that his statement to Sheiffer that the burden of proof was on the Chamber to prove that they did not do it. Historically, there is professional courtesy between sharks, whereas in this case Axelrod crossed the line. And one bad turn deserves another. My sense is a good investigator could have a field day with this guy, and now the opposition party has personal as well as professional reasons to go after him. For the good of the county, and for the reasons set forth by Cannan last night, they need to do it.

  106. WTF?

    so axel-hole says he will be leaving in early 2011 to begin work on the petulant child-in-chief’s reelection campaign, looks like these assholes are more interested in their own jobs than helping the country.

  107. Jan- I have no idea what Sarah intends to do. But this much I do know. She is the perfect distraction for big media. To them she is an obsession–like no other. It is impossible to say who the Republican candidate will be in 2012, and foolish to speculate, but if it is anyone other than Sarah then her ability to lead big media over the cliff with tongues dragging on the ground all the way, will be highly beneficial from a strategic and tactical standpoint. If they can line Marco up for that ticket and if Obama runs again, I believe the Republicans are feted. He will school Obama, and then trounce him. If Hillary runs then of course we will be with Hillary and so will the country.

  108. “Once in a life time candidate”…I certinly hope so. Richardson is arguably more offensive than any of them because Bill made this nobody a public figure and then to betray him and Hillary liek than is just beyond contempt. Hillary may placate him as she will need the hispeanic vote if she runs (which I doubt unless they beg her), but she and Bill justifiably must deeply despise that man.

  109. My sense is that if Marco and Obama ever find themselves on the same stage in a debate format, then Marco will overwhelm Obama, question him closely in a way big media never does, prevent him from weaseling out, and show the world that Obama has no answers and cannot connect with the “population” as he puts it. And when Obama thugs came like the SEIU, NBP, and college brats came after Marco, there would be legions of supporters there to stop them. Unfortunately this is not delusional. It is a real world scenario in the glorious Age of Obama.

  110. jbstonesfan
    November 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Sadly, I now agree with you. Absent some showing of interest, my attention has shifted to the great task of saving the country, without our best leader. In that case, the calculations become binary, and the relevant question becomes who is the lesser of the two evils. And the answer becomes anyone but Obama. I am convinced that he is taking this nation down one of those paths which history teaches us leads only to despair and from which no one ever returns.

  111. What I was attempting to do was identify the arguments which the Republicans will use to get the blue dogs to defect. This is how they argued their case to people like Billy Tauzin (D-La) and got him to switch, same with others. As you know he is now a lobbyist for big pharma but back in the 1980s he was a blue dog. The fundamental problem for the blue dogs now is there are irreconcilable difference between what their constituents want and what the party of Obama wants. They walked the line in the campaign, but now they must deliver–and they will not be able to. Like the song says, Something’s Got To Give/

    Why would that advise to Blue Dogs be a beneficial to Hillary? Pushing disgruntled Congressional Representatives to another party? Rather than currying their favor to support Hillary?

    The Democratic Party is split- if the Blue Dogs need a home- Republicans are not their only alternative and using your suggestions the opposition party threatening them would drive them further away from Republicans.

    “Especially hard-hit was the Blue Dog Coalition — only 23 of its 54 members were re-elected, and it lost two of its leaders, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota and Baron Hill of Indiana.”

    Bill Clinton was out there supporting candidates that supported Hillary. He will be looking for additional support for Hillary should she prevail in being a candidate for the nomination…. Blue Dogs are ripe for the picking..

    Republicans are NOT the answer to our problems- they are no more than a work around i.e. people stuck with an Obama democrat representing them in their respective state.

    Threatening people is a negative and never works in any case scenario. Attracting people to positive alternatives on the other hand is like flies to honey…

  112. tim
    November 14th, 2010 at 12:35 pm


    so axel-hole says he will be leaving in early 2011 to begin work on the petulant child-in-chief’s reelection campaign, looks like these assholes are more interested in their own jobs than helping the country.

    Sounds like Barry’s bros are leaving the sinking ship and distancing themselves from him……….do they see a hurricane coming towards the WhiteHouse?

  113. As a pro-choice Clinton Democrat that has fought for women’s equality all my life and passing the ERA seems more like the illusive unicorn these days, more than ever…I have been thinking the same thing as RiverDaughter points out in her post:


    Controversial statement: The best thing that could happen to women in this country is for the court to overturn Roe. Stick a fork in it it’s done.

    For too long, American women have used Roe as a proxy for equal rights. And year after year, the right wing zealots have cleverly chipped away at Roe until it’s only a right in theory in some states. What does that say for women’s equality?

    Let’s think of the ramifications if Roe is overturned.

    1.) Young women of child bearing age who find themselves pregnant will be significantly impacted. They also will be mad as hell. It’s about time they started putting up some kind of fight. The real right to be argued is not privacy. It’s equality. Are women equal? Once you settle this question, the game is over for the social conservatives. Game, set, match. The world is very different from the 60′s and 70′s. Women are not going back.

    2.) Conservative women will have fewer reasons to go to the polls. Most of them are driven by the romaniticization of the fetus. Once Roe is overturned, they will have “won”. There will be fewer reasons to tune into Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly. Maybe they’ll notice that they are about to become destitute if the people they put into office are about to pull the plug on their social security and their veterans benefits. Plus, the new law of the land will affect their granddaughters, some of whom will now be forced to bear the children they didn’t want to have, spend an exorbitant amount of money to go to states where they can have an abortion or face dangerous alternatives. It will take a few tragic infections and deaths but, before you know it, everyone will have a story to tell of what happened to someone in their family. Elections have consequences. It is time that these conservative women acknowledged their part in these tragedies, especially since we have been able to avoid the pain, suffering and deaths for 40 years.

    3.) Neither party will be able to use Roe as a political football to terrify their voters to the polls. I don’t know about you but I am sick of this crap. Neither party gives a flying f^&* about women, their health or their futures. Let’s drop the pretense. Once Roe is out of the way, women of both persuasions can legitimately ask, “What have you done for me lately?” Call me crazy but I can see a lot of women getting elected to Congress if Roe is overturned just so they can finally represent their own interests. And once we hit that 30% mark, we’re golden, ladies. That’s the point at which the government starts to go our way.

    But the parties have no intention of getting rid of Roe. The Republicans have just as much to gain from keeping it as a whipping girl as the Democrats need it as bait. Roe will just become a specter and personally, I don’t want even my proxy rights to be degraded into nothingness. It’s hard enough being a woman in the corporate R&D world, let alone as a second class citizen of the United States whose rights are negotiated away on a daily basis. As long as Roe is the law of the land, the focus will always be on “morality”. Whose morality? Does the state get to decide morality for everyone or just women? Are women always going to be at the mercy of someone else’s conscience? Does the establishment clause in the first amendment apply only to men? Those are the questions that need to be answered, not whether you have the right to decide in private to do something you do not have the means to carry out.

    Yes, it’s scary to dump Roe. Yes, a lot of women depend on it to move forward in their lives. But killing Roe would send shock waves through the country. We should not be afraid to stand up for ourselves and demand recognition as free and equal persons, competent and able to decide for ourselves our own religions, consciences, bodily integrity and destiny.

    So, take it down. Take it down now. The sooner the better. Give the Supreme Court a reason to reverse it. I not only dare you. I WANT you to do it, John Roberts. I have two daughters and I am not afraid of losing Roe. I’m more afraid that they will lose everything else.

    Reversing Roe will take us right back to the seventies when we dumped the ERA for a sham alternative. Time to regroup and go all the way this time.

    Dump Roe.

  114. A word from a newly-elected Republican…

    Soon to be Senator Rand Paul told Fox News that “The [cat food] commission has some good ideas but they are stretching it out over 30, 40, 50 years. I really think its going to be too little, too late. I tend to not think that proposals are too serious if they are over such a long period of time and they end up getting changed over that time.”

    Paul suggested that the commission should be “bolder.”

  115. Tim,

    Axelrod announced that he would be running bambi’s 2nd term campaign about 90 days ago. It had about as little bounce then as it does now.

  116. “If they can line Marco up for that ticket and if Obama runs again, I believe the Republicans are feted.”


    I hope this is indeed the case.

  117. Now why would Axelrod be moving to Chicago if he was about to run Bambis re-election, it makes no sense…..what, they dont have downtown DC offices, where he would need to be?

    Axelrod is getting out of dodge and as far away as he can and giving himself time to do it. Wanna bet he’s really going off to help Rahm.

  118. Besides what the hell is Obama gonna run on :

    1 : Hope and Change Part 2……..

    2 : Change….we really really mean it this time.

    3 : Oh well, we screwed you once, we can do it again.

    4 : Hey we’re politicians, did you really expect change…c’mon.

    5 : I promise, no more trips for Michelle.

  119. Mop, I think you are right Axelgrease is going to Chi-town to help Rahm. Obama is going down, I hope sooner than later.

  120. As you know the Republicans are not interested in what is good for Hillary.

    As far as the democrats are concerned the handwriting is on the wall. The radical left is fully in charge. These people are fully prepared to destroy village to save it–as Blumenthal said many times when he was in Viet Nam. There is no place for centrists now in this party. Or people who believe in serving constituents. It is like Gresham’s Law–the bad money drives out the good. For these people, the radical left wing agenda is all there is. Either you follow it or you are disloyal as Cleaver said. These people will not change. Neither will their big media cheerleaders. And neither will the jurnolisters. These people come from safe jobs in safe districts on the east and west coasts. Their power in the south and the mid west with the exception of the corrupt state of Illinois is fading fast like a dying star. What must change is the country must come to terms with who these people are–not democrats and realize that they have booked passage on the Titanic. You and I both know who the navigator is on this voyage.

  121. confloyd
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I’ll eat my hat if I’ve been wrong about Newt. Dammit I hate it that he’s sounds good!


    How old is his current speechwriter?

  122. Besides what the hell is Obama gonna run on :

    1 : Hope and Change Part 2……..

    2 : Change….we really really mean it this time.

    3 : Oh well, we screwed you once, we can do it again.

    4 : Hey we’re politicians, did you really expect change…c’mon.

    5 : I promise, no more trips for Michelle.
    And the sad news is that would get him re elected in New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Oregon and Washington. How many electoral votes is that? All you have to do with the majority of the electorate is tell them he is a democrat and like Pavolov’s dog they say where do I sign. No one bothers to ask what kind of democrat–and therein lies the rub.

  123. How old is his current speechwriter?

    He was born in 1948. His name is Tony Blankley. But don’t tell anyone I said it.

  124. wbboei,

    Are you serious? Is it really Blankley?

    If it is, I hope they both go down in flames.

    If you’re joking…lol…it was a good one.

  125. moonpluto —

    I was thinking the same thing, I don’t remember Rove leaving to help Bush for his 2004 reelection, the entire thing is just very very fishy. the place is imploding and axel-hole says he’s leaving to help for a election away 2 years from now?!

    my personal opinion, Axel-hole is going back to chicago to cover up all the leaks that are now going to be exposes by the repubs, and he needs to be in chicago to cover them up.

  126. “. There is no place for centrists now in this party. Or people who believe in serving constituents. ”

    Completely agree, the entire party can implode for all I care. I used to be proud to call myself a democrat, a JFK democrat, that party no longer exists.

  127. I am quite certain that Newt writes his own material now. He is too much of a policy wonk to let anyone else do it. You have more time when you are married and not chasing the ladies because you have religion, than you were when you were married chasing the ladies and speaker of the house. Nature abhors a vacuum and so for that matter does Newt.

  128. I am quite certain that Newt writes his own material now.

    [[ Doesn’t mean we can trust it. He’s got access to focus group research etc. Knows what people want to hear. Compare what he has actuallly DONE when he had the chance. ]]

    He is too much of a policy wonk to let anyone else do it. You have more time when you are married and not chasing the ladies because you have religion,

    [[ Very convenient. Him and Oliver North and Colson and who all else GOP. Get caught, get religion, get a free pass. ]]

  129. wbboei
    November 14th, 2010 at 3:27 pm
    Actually Jan, they parted company years ago. But at one time, he was the guy.


    November 14th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I agree and disagree. Yes he does have access but so do all the writers.

  130. “You and I both know who the navigator is on this voyage.’

    Obama is navigating himself into capsizement. No one and I mean no one will follow the LEFT to destruction of the Village as you put it… If you took a minute to watch the video @ post 2:17 “Quantitative Easement”… the word is what Obama is doing with the Fed is not only destructive to just the United States economy… They are forecasting this new Obama/Geither strategy of buoying the economy by “printing $600,000 dollars of new money” will in effect destroy the World Economy, courtesy of following the Left over a cliff…

    It’s not going to happen… The Clintons won’t let it happen.

  131. I heard Huckabee last night say….the politicians need to give up their careers to pass laws that will cut the entitlements like SS and medicare. He said that’s why nothing worth a darn gets done is because everyone must get re-elected, therefore he is calling for folks to fall on their sword for the good of the country….which really means for the good of the rich and corporate hoes on Wall Street.
    I thought maybe that was the deal the idiot-in-chief made with the power brokers… order to knock out Hillary.

  132. Mrs. Smith, Geither and Obama are working as fast as they can to bankrupt the government in order to put in NWO, then conveniently fall on their sword. It’s all a game, the whole damn thing, each side know exactly what they are doing. The tea party and the Clinton’s are our only hope!

  133. Mrs. Smith, what we generally look for in these situations is a righting moment. That is a term of art, specific to marine engineering, which describes the counter force which causes a vessel in distress to recover from a hard roll to the centerline where it can begin to stabilize. If the righting moment is insufficient the vessel capsizes and the crew will end up in Davy Jones locker. The problem is Obama and his minions are politically omnipotent, and they have caused the vessel to pull so hard to port, that a righting moment is difficult. Big media is lashed to the bulkhead and will sing his praises as the ship goes down. However, they do have their own lifeboats commandeered and paid for–that is for sure. And why not. If they went down with the ship who would be left to report the catastrophe? Maybe you are right and there is a Hail Mary here. Lets hope so.

  134. I agree and disagree. Yes he does have access but so do all the writers.


    So let’s not believe them either, none of them. Just words.

    Unless it’s coming from people who have done good ACTIONS in the past — ie the Clintons and their supporters.

  135. wbboei

    Right now Obama is Captain Ahab lashed to Moby Dick. He has been trying to capture America with Soros’ help to bankrupt her into oblivion. America, with our help… notice I said, OUR HELP… not the Republicans, and the help of our Clinton allies, will rescue the People put in harms way by this butt ugly administration and bring back balance not only to the United States but to the World.

    I’ve looked n’er and f’ar towards the horizon for Obama’s lifeboats. They have either been sunk during the midterms or never launched in the first place. Obama has only one choice left to him. Removal in disgrace or resignation. He is beaten on the Chess board sadly by his own stupidity thinking Checkers was the game at play.

    ps… thanks for the quickie marine lesson… 🙂

  136. Does anyone know what time Sarah Alaska show is on tonight….I may have to watch it on my big TV cause I bet the scenary is going to be beautiful.

  137. I checked on my tv schedule…

    They have moved it up to 9pm on the TLC channel in the NE. Most likely because of the NFL Football Game.

  138. I am planning on watching, not sure if I can get dad off the football long enough to see it on the big TV, LOL! You know he’s a “yellow dog”. LOL!

    I was thinking our glorious fleader is back in town, right?? He is through galavating all over the globe messing stuff up!

  139. For Sarah Palin’s Alaska check your local listings. Her show is on every day from Sunday through Thursday at different times if today’s time doesn’t work for you.

  140. I wish we’d get some more insider info on Obama soon….I’m ready for him to go with Axelrod back to Chi-town and give the country back the Clintons. I’m so impatient! Politics moves too slow for me, LOL!

  141. confloyd
    November 14th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Mrs. Smith, You know football always wins out over everything. LOL!

    Thats for sure! I’m set to record the whole series in HD for, as you said, the beautiful scenery has to be spectacular.

  142. Rahm has a challenger and this guy could beat him.

    Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) announced his campaign to become Chicago’s mayor Sunday, the day after former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel formally launched his own bid, the Associate Press reported.

    The race to succeed Richard Daley, who said in September that he will not seek a seventh term, includes City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Chicago school board president Gery Chico. Others are expected to join the crowded field of Democratic candidates.

    Davis was re-elected Nov. 2 in the 7th district with more than 80 percent of the vote.

    He told the Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 6 that he’s “ready to run” for mayor after a coalition of black leaders in Chicago gave him its support.

  143. Oh I will watch it here in my bedroom….I was just going to watch it in the living room. I don’t watch any football except the Cleveland Browns. The Texas teams both suck…no use watching them.

  144. Mop, That’s interesting…I bet that is where Axelgrease is heading….I can’t imagine the “won” running again unless he was assured to win….he can’t take defeat without medication!

  145. Rahm will have a very hard time winning if the black leaders have decided to back the black candidate in Chicago. This is not going to be easy for him to win it.

  146. Oh I will watch it here in my bedroom….I was just going to watch it in the living room. I don’t watch any football except the Cleveland Browns. The Texas teams both suck…no use watching them.
    I love the Brownies, I missed the game today but was listening on the radio. The Browns are always fun and exciting. Even when they lose. hahaha

  147. sarah’s show is tonight? great, wife and I will be watching, haven’t watched any tv in weeks now. but we defenitely are eager to watch this show, looks interesting from the previews.

  148. Bill Richardson is a blubbering beached whale. The one thing he cannot seem to fathom is that it really isn’t a question of whether “we” will patch up our relationship. First of all, they are not equals–any more than Don Diego was on the same level as Sargent Garcia in the old Disney series. Furthermore, the only pertinent question is whether Bill will forgive this three hundred pounds of dirty laundry for his act of treachery. Richardson is to Bill what Brutus was to Caesar, and when Brutas joined the assassins and plunged his treasonous knife into his mentor to whom he owed everything Caesar was heard to say “that was the unkindest cut of all”. The same goes for blubbering Bill Richardson.

  149. or Confloyd do we have it back to front and Obama is furious at Rahm dumping him and Danny Davis is Obama’s man not Rahm?

  150. We do know that Obama is into paybacks….I always kind of thought that this big argument in the WH was between Rahm and Barack, maybe Obama wanted him to leave and is intent on destroying Rahm?

    What ever it is….there is something going on with this new black mayoral candidate backed by the black caucas.

  151. I had heard the reason Rahm left the WH was that he realised that Obama wanted to lay the blame for the midterm losses on him and so disappeared before it happened. There is something weird about all that. I mean you just don’t leave the WH as Cheif of Staff after 20 months right before midterms.

    I think Rahm did the dumping and Obama is not pleased. Why did Rahm suddenly want to put that much distance between him and Obama? Question is why Daley suddenly retired? Men like Daley don’t retire………

  152. I hope this thing moves forward. It will put Obama between a rock and a hard place. Remember his solemn promise in the primary that he would drive the money changers from the temple? Well . . . we are waiting . . . . Oh that is right, these people are also his contributors. . . .

    Lobbyists Upset Over DeMint Earmark Ban–and so are godamned RINOS like the two crazies from Maine

    Posted by Brian Darling (Profile)
    Sunday, November 14th at 12:00PM EST
    Red State Blog

    One interest group is very upset about Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) plan to force a vote in the Senate Republican Conference for a two year earmark moratorium — Lobbyists. According to The Hill, the lobbying group that represents lobbyists are very angry and worried that the easy money days of earmarking for dollars is over. Yes, even lobbyists have lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

    The head of the American League of Lobbyists is blasting the proposed earmark bans in Congress, saying lawmakers are letting down their constituents by not working to fund projects in their districts. Dave Wenhold, the league’s president, said members of Congress would not be representing voters’ interests if they adopted the “foolish” proposal to ban earmarking.

    Taxpayers Against Earmarks has an excellent compilation of pledged votes on the DeMint Amendment. Right now this list has more Senate Republicans voting for DeMint’s Amendment than against. Although the vote total now has the pro-earmark moratorium forces with a huge majority, it is important to note that the Conference will have a vote on the DeMint proposal in secret and the undecideds may all vote against DeMint.

    Jim Harper at Washington Watch has this take on the earmark lobbyists lobbying against an earmark ban:

    So does it help preserve earmarking for a group representing lobbyists to come out in favor of earmarking? Heck no! A variety of earmark opponents are doing everything they can to spread this news far and wide. It helps their battle to get rid of earmarks if they can show that lobbyists like those pesky little spending instructions. Going to the press was a fundamental error for the American League of Lobbyists and for Bob Livingston. These are the Keystone Kops of advocacy.

    Dave Wenhold is an excellent voice for the pro-earmark lobbying community, because he is proud an earmark lobbyist. In his bio he brags that he has earmarked millions of your tax dollars for court reporters.

    Dave then became the Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at the National Court Reporters Association where he was successful in lobbying the Judicial Branch, the Executive Branch and persuaded Congress to earmark tens of millions of dollars for the court reporting profession.

    Wenhold tells The Hill that earmark lobbyists are worried that the easiest way to make money in D.C., earmark lobbying, will be hit hard by the DeMint plan.

    Banning the pet projects would also hit at one of K Street’s most profitable sectors: appropriations lobbying. Wenhold admits an earmark ban would hurt lobbying revenues but says voters would suffer more. “It will definitely put a ding in the lobbying profession,” Wenhold said. “The real losers of this are going to be the members of Congress and their constituents.”

    It is true that Members of Congress will not get as much money in campaign donations from earmark lobbyists, so they will be hurt in the wallet. Constitutents who own high end clothing stores should worry that demand will go down for Armani suits, silk ties and Gucci shoes. Wenhold is not the only earmark lobbyist fighting to preserve earmarks. Former Congressman from Louisiana and current lobbyist Bob Livingston wrote an Op Ed for the Wall Street Journal where he argued that:

    But my advice to Republicans, if you regain the majority, is not to shun the appropriations committees—and not to shun good and honorable earmarks, which even in the worst of years accounted for less than 1% of the federal budget. If earmarks have merit, make them transparent to the public and stand by them. Don’t sneak them through in the dead of night.

    The members and lobbyists who love earmarking argue that we need “transparency” as a means to allow the American people better understand the earmarking process. Transparency is a means for members and lobbyist to brag that they brought home the bacon. Transparency initially did not stop the Bridge to Nowhere and has yet to stop money flowing to Maine for the Lobster Museum.

    I wrote in Human Events in March of 2009 the over 9,000 earmarks buried in the FY2009 Omnibus Spending Bill, signed by President Obama, included money for lobsters in Maine thanks to Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

    Collins and Snowe have inserted a $150,000 earmark in the omnibus for the Maine Department of Marine Resources to conduct “lobster research.” Tax dollars to research lobsters hardly seems an essential function of government, especially in times of economic distress. According to the State of Maine, the “Lobster Program” has collected statistics on the commercial and natural population of lobsters along the Maine coast for 30 years.

    We have transparency, yet we still have federal dollars flowing to study lobsters in Maine.

  153. When the lights went out in the “Meadowlands” tonight during the NFL game, I bet there were some scared people out there…scary thing to happen in New York.

  154. Mop, your right something just doesn’t feel right….something is up in camelot! Did we find any pics of Potus returning tonight from his field trip?

  155. confloyd
    November 14th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    “Obama wanted him to leave and is intent on destroying Rahm.”

    In my opinion, Rahm was the direct link to Soros’ initiatives. He delivered the daily diligence from Soros or his people pursuant to the departments relevant to the task at hand. At some point, Rahm probably balked at Soros’ insane directives.

    Rahm worked for the Clintons. He has experienced success under their direction. He isn’t a junior executive regarding his job in any sense of the word. He might have felt what was being asked of him was or could be considered treasonous. Rahm wasn’t going to be anyone’s fall guy. I expect there was a blowup and he said he’s OUT… Obama said: Fine.

    Soros is probably shadowing Emanuel and is determined to see him FAIL because of his insolence and refusal to follow orders..

    I read the other day the Chicago Black Caucus will not endorse Emanuel. I don’t know who the eventual Mayor will be. If this is about retribution from Soros, Emanuel has a hard row to hoe.

  156. I do remember that Rahm was crying at the press conference when he left…so its just not right. Obama was standing beside him and looking like the asshole he really is.

  157. confloyd
    November 14th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I do remember that Rahm was crying at the press conference when he left…so its just not right. Obama was standing beside him and looking like the asshole he really is.

    Probably broken-hearted Obama wouldn’t stand up for him to Mr Big. Sorry- We all have to live with the choices we make… I can’t forget what he did to Hillary- She suffered greatly from the defectors she thought were her friends..

    Lessons learned… The back-stabbers are falling and falling hard one by one.

  158. Rahm , in thery, could lose given the racial make up of Chicago and black hostility towards Jews. Interestingly, I just read Rahm was doing well with voters with his new gentler and kinder approach. Personally, I hope he does lose as I can never forgive what he did in betraying the Clintons and Israel.

  159. Confloyd, I think you would agree with me- Sarah is what we horse people would call a gutsy broad!

    Confloyd, I think you would agree with me- Sarah is what we horse people would call, a gutsy broad!

    When she made it past the dangerous crevasses to the mountain, all I could think of is- “ya gotta do it all over again to get back to the truck! ” 🙁

  160. Yes, Mrs. Smith, Sarah definitely is one gutsy woman. I wouldn’t of even gotten in the airplane. LOL! I enjoyed the special and shows her strengths and of coarse the beauty of Alaska.

  161. NMF, I watched that video that you posted and I have to say that Mika is just so weird! Half the time she looks like the Chessar cat and the rest of the time a smart ass. Why is she still on the show.
    She is definitely not on Sarah’s level, I bet she’s never broken a nail.

  162. Surprise: David Frum Writes in the NYT About The Tea Party: It Turns Out They’re 100% Wrong and 200% Ignorant

    Read it if you want. It’s more of the same.

    I just want to call out this Obama-propaganda lie:

    If Republicans reject Obama-style fiscal stimulus, what do they advocate instead? A monetarist might recommend more money creation, even at the risk of inflation: “quantitative easing,” as it’s called. Yet leading voices in the Republican Party have convinced themselves that the country is on the verge of hyperinflation — a Weimar moment, says Glenn Beck. But if fiscal stimulus leads to socialism, and quantitative easing leads to Nazism, what on earth are we supposed to do? Cut the budget? But we won’t do that either! On Sean Hannity’s radio show, the Republican House leader John Boehner announced just before the election that one of his first priorities would be the repeal of the Obama Medicare cuts.
    No one who claims this is anything but a liberal apologist for Obama. It’s a lie, it was a lie the first time it was claimed, it has been exposed as a lie too many times since then to plausibly be anything except a deliberate lie on behalf of Obama, and to undermine conservatives.

    Obama “cut” Medicare — if we credit his future cuts as ever likely to actually happen. Which, based upon previous supposed cuts to Medicare which would take place in the future, we shouldn’t — see the “Doc Fix.” Planned future cuts to Medicare’s reimbursement of doctors (now past planned cuts to Medicare) have been “delayed” for ten years running now, and will likely be delayed forever.

    But more importantly, Frum is suggesting that Obama made actual cuts to the budget which the Republicans would undo. That’s simply not true– Obama may have “cut” $500 billion from Medicare, but only to impound that money for purposes of funding his exciting new government social welfare program, ObamaCare.

    This is not a “cut” in the budget. It’s simply a redistribution of wealth.

    Frum deliberately lies to readers, suggesting that Obama has made an important, prudent, budget-hawk type cut, when in fact all he did was take money which was to pay for seniors’ health care and dedicate it to paying for non-seniors’ health care. One could argue, if one believed in it, that that is a defensible re-ordering of priorities — but what one may not argue under any circumstances, except the desire to willfully lie, is that this constitutes an actual “cut.”

    And yet Frum is crediting him for just that, and claiming that a Republican repeal of this measure would harm the budget. It would not. It would have zero effect on the overall budget — it would simply be moving $500 billion from being spent in one category to being spent in another category.

    David Frum can have all the emotional hissy-fits he likes, but I personally draw the line at outright lies.

  163. I liked his mother Barbara a lot. Never met her but saw her on tv. It is tragic she died so young. Class act. But her son David, as in David Frum is not. He loves Obama. The above article is clear cogent and convincing evidence that he is at best a loon. He was a Bush speech writer. Then he got fired. Then he went to the Manhattan Institute.. Again he got fired. Recently he went to work for the American Enterprise Institute. And you will never guess what happened to him. Yup. Another pick slip to add to his impressive collection. If stupidity and jumping the shark are your thing then David Frum is your man. They used to say it took three generation to lose a fortune and ruin a family name. Today life moves faster so in his case it only took two.

  164. NMF, I watched that video that you posted and I have to say that Mika is just so weird! Half the time she looks like the Chessar cat and the rest of the time a smart ass. Why is she still on the show.
    She is definitely not on Sarah’s level, I bet she’s never broken a nail.
    She reminds me of ET–as in extra terrestrial.

  165. I liked his mother Barbara a lot. Never met her but saw her on tv. It is tragic she died so young. Class act. But her son David, as in David Frum is not. He loves Obama. The above article is clear cogent and convincing evidence that he is at best a loon. He was a Bush speech writer. Then he got fired. Then he went to the Manhattan Institute.. Again he got fired. Recently he went to work for the American Enterprise Institute. And you will never guess what happened to him. Yup. Another pick slip to add to his impressive collection. If stupidity and jumping the shark are your thing then David Frum is your man. They used to say it took three generation to lose a fortune and ruin a family name. Today life moves faster so in his case it only took two.
    I was one of the few Canadians in my circle who did not care much for Barbara Frum. I found her arrogant and very selective of those she treated properly while interviewing. I don’t like David either. However, the family were written up a few years ago as “Canadian Royalty” ain’t that a hoot? But the article said they have an enormous amount of money. I live in a building owned by the Frums. I don’t know if David has access to all of it. As I say, I wouldn’t hire him to go get me a ham sandwich, but who knows. I’m not crazy about his wife either, the daughter of one of our Canadian journalists. I forget her name.

  166. Oh those Hillbuzz boys are at it again, too funny…

    QUESTION: Why did Obama slap Tim Geithner on the ass, and did the Treasury Secretary like it?

    For those of you who believe the current president is a straight man, I would like to know how you personally rationalize some of his more bizarre behavior.

    Reggie Love, his basketball buddy and “body man”?

    Kal Penn’s weird stint in the White House until they had some kind of fight?

    Sending Rahm Emanuel to scream at Eric Massa naked in the Congressional shower?

    Those weird dispatches of a passengerless Air Force One that seem like they were missions to find, spy on, and possibly abduct Justin Beiber?

    Married to a woman who dresses like a drag queen? 😆

    And now there’s this.

    What in Oz is Miss Mary doing to Treasury Secretary “What am taxes?” Geithner?

    Outside the NFL and certain Craigslist casual encounters groups or the infrequent retro Iron John male bonding retreat, straight guys don’t play slap-ass with each other.

    In public.

    On the White House lawn.

    And then release photos of it.

    Like it was something to be all kinds of proud of.


  167. AmdyP: then I yield to you on Barbara since you have more knowledge than I do on the subject. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I used to see her on the broadcasts and suffice it to say I liked what I saw and heard. But it was brief and episodic.

    I reckon every nation has issues with its journalists. But because I believe in American exceptionalism, I think our own big media journaists are in a league of their own. Indeed, they excel in such areas as bias, sloppy reporting, factual errors, hidden agendas, character assassination, lack of objectivity, censorship, elitism, contempt for the country, hyena behavior and outright lying.

  168. AmdyP: then I yield to you on Barbara since you have more knowledge than I do on the subject. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I used to see her on the broadcasts and suffice it to say I liked what I saw and heard. But it was brief and episodic.

    Don’t trust me completely. She was well respected. I have a sister who was a nun and she really loved Barbara. I just don’t journalists who (in my opinion) let their bias be known by the way they treat those they interview. I am probably wrong, but that is my standard. Respect is respect in my opinion and I felt she showed some more respect than others – and I’m not talking about “vile” people she interviewed.

  169. Another thing which has not improved since Nerobama took the throne is airport security.


    A male agent (it was a female who had directed me to the backscatter machine in the first place), came and waited for me to get my bags and then directed me over to the far corner of the area for screening. After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a “standard” pat down. (I thought to myself, “great, not one of those gropings like I’ve been reading about”.) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, “if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.

    We both stood there for no more than probably two minutes before a female TSA agent (apparently, the supervisor) arrived. She described to me that because I had opted out of the backscatter screening, I would now be patted down, and that involved running hands up the inside of my legs until they felt my groin. I stated that I would not allow myself to be subject to a molestation as a condition of getting on my flight. The supervisor informed me that it was a standard administrative security check and that they were authorized to do it. I repeated that I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal. I believe that I was then informed that if I did not submit to the inspection, I would not be getting on my flight. I again stated that I thought the search was illegal. I told her that I would be willing to submit to a walk through the metal detector as over 80% of the rest of the people were doing, but I would not be groped. The supervisor, then offered to go get her supervisor.

    I took a seat in a tiny metal chair next to the table with my belongings and waited. While waiting, I asked the original agent (who was supposed to do the pat down) if he had many people opt out to which he replied, none (or almost none, I don’t remember exactly). He said that I gave up a lot of rights when I bought my ticket. I replied that the government took them away after September 11th. There was silence until the next supervisor arrived. A few minutes later, the female agent/supervisor arrived with a man in a suit (not a uniform). He gave me a business card identifying him as David Silva, Transportation Security Manager, San Diego International Airport. At this point, more TSA agents as well as what I assume was a local police officer arrived on the scene and surrounded the area where I was being detained. The female supervisor explained the situation to Mr. Silva. After some quick back and forth (that I didn’t understand/hear), I could overhear Mr. Silva say something to the effect of, “then escort him from the airport.” I again offered to submit to the metal detector, and my father-in-law, who was near by also tried to plead for some reasonableness on the TSA’s part.

    The female supervisor took my ID at this point and began taking some kind of report with which I cooperated. Once she had finished, I asked if I could put my shoes back on. I was allowed to put my shoes back on and gather my belongs. I asked, “are we done here” (it was clear at this point that I was going to be escorted out), and the local police officer said, “follow me”. I followed him around the side of the screening area and back out to the ticketing area. I said apologized to him for the hassle, to which he replied that it was not a problem.

    I made my way over to the American Airlines counter, explained the situation, and asked if my ticket could be refunded. The woman behind the counter furiously typed away for about 30 seconds before letting me know that she would need a supervisor. She went to the other end of the counter. When she returned, she informed me that the ticket was non-refundable, but that she was still trying to find a supervisor. After a few more minutes, she was able to refund my ticket. I told her that I had previously had a bad experience with American Airlines and had sworn never to fly with them again (I rationalized this trip since my father-in-law had paid for the ticket), but that after her helpfulness, I would once again be willing to use their carrier again.

    At this point, I thought it was all over. I began to make my way to the stairs to exit the airport, when I was approached by another man in slacks and a sport coat. He was accompanied by the officer that had escorted me to the ticketing area and Mr. Silva. He informed me that I could not leave the airport. He said that once I start the screening in the secure area, I could not leave until it was completed. Having left the area, he stated, I would be subject to a civil suit and a $10,000 fine.

    The continuation and whole story is here:

    Did I mention his phone recorder was running? Videos and audio are posted.

  170. democrat1
    November 15th, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Our Narcissist in chief

    Thanks for posting Last’s article. Three pages barely scratching the surface of a psychopathic individual’s ability to completely dumbfound an entire nation into voting for him for president. A telephone book size compilation of an in depth biography, inclusive of the many nuances once bound in secrecy, could unravel a complicated back story concealed from view by the many layers of perceptions principally originated by the subject himself.

    I have to say it would prevent us from posting here for weeks on end if admin insisted on a book report detailing our findings. 😆

  171. When mere mortals do stupid things like this we call them schlameels, i.e. someone who tends to make the wrong decisions and ruin everything. But when Barack Obama does it we say well, er, yes it sounds stupid, and we could even call it stupid if it were the act of a mere mortal, but when The One does it, who are we to argue, criticize or even question. Only an ignorant disloyal racist with unnatural Republican desires would dare criticize the divine acts of The One, for His is the peace that passeth all understanding, and his the words let there be change are now made flesh. If you sense a double standard being applied to Baracak Hussein Obama by our beloved big media, then you be right. If you listened to the tape of the CBS reporters fabricating a rumor that a pedophile supported Joe Miller, ergo by implication everyone who supported Miller is a pedophile too, then you know what the game is. Anyone who pays any attention to those assholes needs to have their head examined. Any bet that Brian Williams will not cover up this collossal piece of gut spilling by Obama which could undermine the last best effort to get something done which he himself has identified as the key foreign policy objective of his benighted administration. He is a schlameel alright–and worse . . . .

    Obama Statement on Israeli Construction Freeze Startles Prime Minister’s Office

    Published November 14, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s statement Sunday hailing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for proposing a new settlement freeze in the disputed West Bank sent Israeli officials scrambling to clarify that the cabinet has not yet approved any action to stop construction.

    The 90-day suspension was discussed last week between Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Netanyahu brought it to the table of at a cabinet meeting Sunday morning.

    But Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev said late Sunday that nothing had changed in between the time the cabinet met and the U.S. president’s remarks.

    During the meeting, Netanyahu outlined the U.S. proposal but told officials it is not yet final and is still being formulated by Israeli and the American teams.

    “If and when it is complete, I will bring this proposal to the appropriate government forum, which in this case is the cabinet. In any case, I insist that any proposal meet the state of Israel’s security needs, both in the immediate term and vis-à-vis the threats that we will face in the coming decade,” Netanyahu told his cabinet, according to Regev.

    Australia’s $43 Billion Broadband Plan Faces Key Vote Socialism: Rearing its Ugly Head Again Driver held in Calif motorcycle crash that kills 5 One of 4 People in Ohio Missing Family Case Found Safe, Suspect Arrested Debt Commissioners: Baby Boomers Will Crush Social Security, Medicare But returning from a 10-day trip to Asia that saw few achievements in a global economic recovery plan or free trade deals, Obama commended Netanyahu for forwarding the freeze — a demand by Palestinians who had refused to return to the negotiating table since a Sept. 26 end to a previous construction halt.

    “I think it is promising,” Obama said aboard Air Force One. “I think it’s a signal that he’s serious.”

    U.S. officials said Netanyahu’s pledge to offer the plan was the reason for the president’s upbeat assessment.

    Obama tried to relaunch peace talks this summer with the goal of completing them in one year’s time. But talks froze after the previous 10-month Israeli moratorium in the West Bank expired.

    Earlier this week during a stop in Indonesia, Obama said he was concerned about the peace process and chided both sides to show more effort. But Sunday he commended Netanyahu for making a “very constructive step” toward creating an environment for peace.

    The U.S. proposal calls for a halt on construction in the West Bank, but not in east Jerusalem, where 1,300 new homes are under development and which Palestinians wish to claim for a capital. The proposal would add three more months for the two sides to shape borders for side-by-side states.

    Obama said he hopes the Israeli leader and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas start negotiations again soon.

  172. I just don’t journalists who (in my opinion) let their bias be known by the way they treat those they interview. I am probably wrong, but that is my standard. Respect is respect in my opinion and I felt she showed some more respect than others – and I’m not talking about “vile” people she interviewed.
    I concur. Journalists should never allow their biases to be seen or heard. Cronkite is the example they should follow whereas most of them today are more like Geraldo. The other thing that sickens me is their mendacious effort to make themselves the story. Just watch that Cynthia McFadden, never a Hillary supporter when it counted, now all hearts and flowers since she believes Hillary is serving Obama, watch McFadden preen in front of an adoring camera, when the entire focus should have been on Hillary and Robert Gates. Get this through through their misguided heads–they-are-not-the-story . . . they need to get out of the way, and let the subject speak for themselves. Another example? The three day orgie they had full of hubris and self congratulatory remarks on the auspicious occasion of the death of Pig-man Russert–their mascot.

  173. Obama is giving waivers from Obamacare to major unions who will support him in 2012 (as well as big corporations who funded his campaign). This is not only inequitable, but it raises the cost of Obamacare for everyone else. In other words, we pay the cost of his re election. In addition, the legislation itself kills jobs. Thus, the only equitable solution is to give those same waivers to every American. Put differently, at some point, the exceptions swallow the rule. We are now there.

    Union Waiver Favors Pile On
    Posted by LaborUnionReport (Profile)
    Monday, November 15th at 7:00AM EST
    Red State Blog

    Union bosses fought tooth and nail to nationalize America’s health care—even, in many cases, to the detriment of their own members. Now, instead of chewing on and swallowing what they bit off, unions are getting waivers to the very plan that they shoved down everyone else’s throat.

    Here’s the list of known unions* getting ObamaCare waivers:

    Service Employees Benefit Fund
    UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust
    IBEW No.915
    Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund
    Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund
    UFCW Local 227
    UFCW Maximus Local 455
    Local 25 SEIU
    UFCW Local 1262
    Local 802 Musicians Health Fund
    Greater Metropolitan Hotel
    Local 17 Hospitality Benefit Fund
    Transport Workers
    UFT Welfare Fund

    *Several other entities appear to be joint union-employer benefit plans, but it is unclear if this assumption is correct, so only the known union plans are listed above.
    While some of us are seeing our health care costs go through the roof, union bosses are getting waivers. This isn’t just wrong, it is grossly hypocritical.

  174. A nobel effort. But it will not work. A year from now Heath will be a Republican. And the Pelosi and Obama dims? They will be 100% Bolshevik. Their mantra right now is this: we do not mind losing elections, so long as we control to party. If you will recall, we saw that same line during the primary–we do not care if we lose the general election as long as Obama is the candidate. This if the certain path to extinction because no money man with the obvious exception of Soros will support such a strategy which will give the dims that which they do not mind–national election shellacking. Meanwhile the supporters of this strategy, and dregs of humanity, do not mind at all because their welfare state constituencies are so yellow dog that they would vote for a yellow dog–as they do early and often.

    Shuler: Pelosi Should Step Aside
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    By Alicia Mundy

    Rep. Heath Shuler, who knows a thing or two about sacking the quarterback, said today that he’s ready to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the post of minority leader in the new Congress if no other Democrat steps forward.

    Rep. Heath Shuler (D., N.C.) (AP Photo/Alan Marler)
    In an appearance today on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the North Carolina Democrat and former NFL quarterback, said, “I would really hope that [Nancy Pelosi] would step aside.” Mr. Shuler, who has until Wednesday to make up his mind, acknowledged that his bid – if he makes one – would be symbolic since he doesn’t have the votes to win. “I can add and subtract pretty well,” he said.

    But he said he thinks that Democrats will have a better shot in 2012 of winning back some of the roughly 60 seats they lost on Election Day if Ms. Pelosi leaves the Democrats’ leadership. Legislation she and her team pushed through the chamber was “so far to the left” that the bills and their supporters were “demonized” by opponents, said Mr. Shuler, a member of the House Democrats’ moderate Blue Dog coalition, which was halved in the Nov. 2 election.

    Asked repeatedly if he will run against Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Shuler said he’s waiting to see if current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland or Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina makes a play for the Democrats’ top House job. The two currently hold the Nos. 2 and 3 Democratic leadership posts, and a deal brokered Friday night would keep it that way in January when the Republicans become the majority party in the House.

    Mr. Clyburn, who followed Mr. Shuler on the show, indicated he’s not particularly interested in challenging Ms. Pelosi, and agreed that Mr. Shuler doesn’t have the votes to unseat her. Under the leadership deal, which headed off a fight between Messrs. Hoyer and Clyburn for the No. 2 post, Mr. Clyburn said he would become an “assistant leader.”

    Several Democrats told Mr. Clyburn they are determined to avoid an up or down vote on Democratic leadership. “Some told me if a vote came up and they were in the (caucus) room, they would leave the room,” he said.

  175. “Obama is giving waivers from Obamacare to major unions who will support him in 2012 (as well as big corporations who funded his campaign). This is not only inequitable, but it raises the cost of Obamacare for everyone else.”

    Not only inequitable but as discriminatory as allowing waivers for individuals born with blue eyes as opposed to those brown eyed. This is a case for the ACLU as well as a case for abrogating constitutional laws disallowing positions of power personal remuneration for special favors or services.

  176. Under the leadership deal, which headed off a fight between Messrs. Hoyer and Clyburn for the No. 2 post, Mr. Clyburn said he would become an “assistant leader.
    Ass. for short.

  177. Not only inequitable but as discriminatory as allowing waivers for individuals born with blue eyes as opposed to those brown eyed. This is a case for the ACLU as well as a case for abrogating constitutional laws disallowing positions of power personal remuneration for special favors or services.
    Correct. Unfortunately, the ACLU will never go against Obama on something like this. They hate capitalism and love socialism. This is hardly surprising inasmuch as their founder was Roger Baldwin, who was a friend and associate of Vladimir Lenin.

  178. “Unfortunately, the ACLU will never go against Obama on something like this. They hate capitalism and love socialism. This is hardly surprising inasmuch as their founder was Roger Baldwin, who was a friend and associate of Vladimir Lenin.”

    In the past, I may have validated your claim. However, that was then and this is now. Consensus speaks Truth to Power. Obama must go- His latest foray leaning on the scales of justice will not be tolerated by the rank and file who understand totally the level of corruption of their union leadership and Obama.

    I will be back later if another response is necessary…

  179. lol, the guy is a piece of work…..

    At todays ethics trial : Rangel is playing victim, asking for more time. Complains about toll on family, pleads for delay because of – wait for it – lack of money!

    Could not make it up.

  180. Even Joe McGinnis, the investigative journalist who moved next door to the Palins, and who has sent a cease-and-desist letter to TLC over use of his image in the pilot episode of the show, ends up as a kind of wacky next-door neighbor, an Arctic Wilson, obscured by the Palins’ fence. “I would think at the end of the day, he’s going to be bored to death,” Sarah tells the audience, before telling his daughter: “He was stuck inside writing an ugly book. See, we one-upped him, Piper. We had a lovely day.”

    Skip the first paragraph, otherwise a not so bad piece.

  181. gonzotx
    November 13th, 2010 at 11:00 pm
    What The Hell Is Google Doing? And Why Is Obama Permitting Them To Do It?

    As I recall, the touchy-feelie types in Google “back in the day” came up with a set of tenets, and one of them was “Don’t be evil”.

    I guess all of those have long since been forced out, with only the evil ones remaining.

  182. America has babysat Karzai for how many years now?

    Clinton defends Afghan operations after Karzai criticism
    (AFP) – 41 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday defended US military operations in Afghanistan as having “a significant impact” after criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    “We believe that the use of intelligence-driven, precision-targeted operations against high value insurgents and their networks is a key component of our comprehensive civilian-military operations and these operations are conducted in full partnership with the government of Afghanistan,” Clinton told reporters.

    But, Clinton added, the United States remains “very sensitive of the concerns” expressed by Karzai, who in a weekend interview called for the US to reduce its military footprint in his country.

  183. 15.11.10

    Clinton: Netanyahu’s settlement freeze plan is ‘very promising’

    Source familiar with U.S.-drafted deal says Israel would be allowed to finish hundreds of apartments already under construction in the West Bank.

    By Natasha Mozgovaya

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend a freeze on West Bank settlements in return for diplomatic and security incentives.

    “This is a very promising development and a serious effort by Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Clinton said, declining comment on the details of his plan but stressing that the United States was in close contact with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

    The plan, proposed by the American administration, calls for a 90-day extension of the moratorium on building West Bank settlements in return for a series of incentives including the sale of 20 new fighter jets to Israel. The previous ten-month settlement construction ban expired in September.

    Netanyahu’s majority in the cabinet coming into a vote on the proposed freeze will be a razor-thin one, officials estimated this week, made possible only by Shas ministers’ agreement to either abstain or absent themselves from the vote.

    Shas chairman Eli Yishai said on Sunday that his party would take this step “if it is made clear in a letter from the president of the United States that construction will take place in Jerusalem immediately, and that after 90 days, it will be possible to build everywhere, without restrictions.”

    Clinton’s Monday remarks echoed similar statements by U.S. President Barack Obama made just a day earlier, and in which the American president said he commended “Prime Minister Netanyahu for taking, I think, a very constructive step.”
    “It’s not easy for him to do but I think it’s a signal that he is serious,” Obama said.

    The Palestinians halted peace talks after the 10-month Israeli moratorium on settlement construction expired in September.

    Also on Monday, a diplomat familiar with the details said Israel would be allowed to finish hundreds of apartments already under construction in West Bank settlements even if it agrees to the U.S.-drafted deal.

    “From our understanding, what was allowed under the previous freeze can continue. What was not allowed under the previous freeze cannot continue,” the diplomat said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the details of the deal have not been finalized.

  184. The Lingering Obama-Clinton Cold War

    by Richard Wolffe

    Hillary just gave Barack a boost, nudging Israel to halt West Bank settlements. But as Richard Wolffe’s new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, reports, their bond took time to build, and among top aides, resentments linger.

    The midterms were a disaster. The G-20: a bust. So President Obama entered the weekend in desperate need of a bit of good news. He got some, at long last, on Saturday, thanks in large part to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose marathon negotiating session this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resulted in a 90-day suspension of West Bank settlements—and the momentary revival of hope, however tenuous, for the Middle East peace process

    You could practically feel Obama’s sense of relief. Talking with reporters aboard Air Force One on the way home from his largely blighted Asia trip, the president termed the development “promising,” and praised Netanyahu “for taking, I think, a very constructive step.”

    That Clinton would be the one to bail Obama out in his hour of need is a rich irony, indeed. She was, after all, his bitter rival in the Democratic primaries of 2008. She was the one who had to be coaxed into his Cabinet, when Obama tried to put the past behind them with his audacious “Team of Rivals” job offer. And she’s the one whose aides and supporters still have not entirely buried the bitter legacy of her defeat two years ago—the die-hard Clintonites who still dream of another shot at the White House two years hence.

    Case in point: Doug Schoen, the polling partner of Clinton strategist Mark Penn, who urged President Obama to quit after one term as president in a Washington Post op-ed Saturday. Schoen, who is now a Fox News analyst, published the advice (headlined “One and Done”) on the same day Netanyahu was presenting Clinton’s deal to his cabinet in Jerusalem.

    For the most part, Clinton and her boss have had an effective working relationship since she signed on as secretary of State—smooth and efficient, if not warm and influential. Clinton has faithfully executed the foreign policy handed down by a highly centralized White House. Yet she has not had nearly the impact on the president’s thinking and agenda as, say Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Bush holdover.

    As I write in my new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, the Clinton-Obama relationship has moved forward despite lingering resentment and suspicions among aides to both principals struggling to let go of the past.

    “The relationship, especially with Cheryl Mills, is bad,” said one senior Obama aide. “She behaved as if Obama is illegitimate.”

    In the early stages of the administration, Obama’s aides described a polite, deferential interplay—one in which it was obvious who was following the leader. “She is certainly respectful and he is respectful of her. He was her biggest booster for the job, and his feeling was that we had an economic crisis and he needed a strong secretary of State to carry a big load. He believed that she could do it,” said one Obama confidant. “But I think it’s fair to say the president is the conceptual architect of his own foreign policy. He does that with the advice of those around him, and she is effectively executing it.” Indeed, some aides believed their working relationship was itself helpful as a practical lesson in politics to other countries. “I think one of the great stories of the administration is that it’s a great thing for the world to see two rivals join together the way they have,” said one senior aide. “It’s a great affirmation of our democracy.”

    But some of Obama and Clinton’s own aides seemed to believe that the contest was still playing out. West Wing officials disliked dealing with Clinton’s loyalists at the State Department, especially the former White House lawyer Cheryl Mills. Mills was known for her combative style and had proved difficult to negotiate with as the two campaigns came together once the primaries ended in mid-2008. Mills was now Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, and there were several early disputes over the control and allegiances of key appointments, including ambassadors and assistant secretaries. “The relationship, especially with Cheryl Mills, is bad,” said one senior Obama aide. “She behaved as if Obama is illegitimate. They think we’re screwing them, when we’re not, by having our own people over there.”

    At the State Department, officials said the disputes had eased over time, as the debate moved from personnel to policy. “Cheryl vigorously represents the secretary of State in the inter-agency process,” said one senior State Department official. “There were some tensions earlier but we are largely past that.” Such tensions and suspicions seemed more like the remnants of 2008 than a harbinger of things to come, and Obama’s senior staffers dismissed speculation about Clinton running for president again. “I don’t think she will run for president,” said one close Obama aide. “It takes a lot out of you. It’s a brutal, brutal thing. Anyone who has been through it will not undertake it again lightly. By the time he’s done, she’s going to be almost 70 years old.”

    Still, there were some rare moments of warmth. The day after health care passed through the House, Clinton and Obama were in the Situation Room together for a national-security meeting. Clinton smiled and threw her arms around him, before hugging others in the room. “I’m so happy,” she said simply. Her former rival had managed to achieve what she failed to accomplish in her husband’s White House. “It was a genuinely moving moment,” said one observer in the room. “It was a great moment. I don’t think it was obsequious. It was a genuine expression of her own feelings.”

    The evolving relationship with Clinton stands in contrast to the president’s chemistry with Defense Secretary Gates, who endeared himself to Obama early on—with a quiet, efficient, and practical demeanor that matched the president’s. “He’s Yoda,” declared one Cabinet official early on, referring to the diminutive Jedi master in the Star Wars movies.

    Gates seemed to share Obama’s nonideological and highly pragmatic approach to foreign policy and national security, and their relationship was as close as a professional bond could be. “There’s a lot of mutual respect,” said Denis McDonough. “They are both very levelheaded and calm decision-makers. They are busy and impatient to get things done. So it’s a very businesslike relationship, in a good way, which means they have a lot of trust in each other’s judgment and commitment to do what they say they will do.” Obama had little contact with Gates before winning the election. As a junior senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, he had no reason to be close to the defense secretary. Their real contact began as the election drew to a close.

    But once inside the Obama Cabinet, Gates thrived. “No one is more valued and trusted by the president on the national-security team than Gates,” said one campaign aide and current national-security staffer. “The Afghan review went in the direction of Gates’ position.”

    Richard Wolffe is a Daily Beast columnist and an award-winning journalist. He covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. His book about the election, Renegade: The Making of a President, was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. His new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, is published in November.

  185. November 15, 2010

    Tina Brown Postpones Her Book on the Clintons


    It doesn’t look like Tina Brown will have time to finish a long-scheduled book on the Clintons anytime soon.

    “The Clinton Chronicles”, which was scheduled for publication in 2010, was expected to be a book about the lives of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their rise to power. The book was first announced in January 2008 — back when Mrs. Clinton appeared to be a likely candidate for the Democratic nomination.

    “Tina has postponed the book indefinitely,” Andrew Kirk, a spokesman for Ms. Brown, said in an e-mail. “The recent merger of Newsweek with The Daily Beast has made it unrealistic at this time.”

    Ms. Brown the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Web site will also be editor-in-chief of Newsweek after the two entities joined forces last week.

    Alison Rich, a spokeswoman for Doubleday, said the book is still under contract but there is no scheduled publication date.

  186. …At todays ethics trial : Rangel is playing victim, asking for more time. Complains about toll on family, pleads for delay because of – wait for it – lack of money!

    Rangel is looking for a money bomb. Never let a good crisis go to waste. I am sure he has all the money he needs, just doesn’t want to spend it. And last of all you would think some of his loyal constituents who happen to be lawyers would step up and defend him for free.

  187. In the past, I may have validated your claim. However, that was then and this is now. Consensus speaks Truth to Power. Obama must go- His latest foray leaning on the scales of justice will not be tolerated by the rank and file who understand totally the level of corruption of their union leadership and Obama.
    I know the ACLU personally. They lost their moral compass years ago when Profeesor William Van Alstein and others resigned over their excesses. They will not change. They are pink diaper babies. Corruption on the left is not corruption–it is simply a means to their left wing political end. For all the sound and fury about Denver, they did next to nothing.

  188. American Narcissus
    The vanity of Barack Obama

    Amazing that Barry has gotten away with this feeling of entitlement and bamboozlement all of his life, and 25% of all the voters and the MSM fell for it. People saw him as the best representation for African Americans, and pushed him to the top of the ladder for the color of his skin.

    It will probably go down in the Psychology case books, in future generations, as to how millions of people can be brainwashed with the empty promises, and the ‘right’ look at the time.


  189. Rangel and his co-horts are playing possum…..they are delaying so that a republican led house deal with his investigation… that clyburn etc can call further “racist” comments….

  190. shenanigans, I am desparate to watch his games…..I been following him for a while now. I am not even a particular football nut but he’s from University of Texas, so he’ s special…LOL! Thanks for the info.

  191. JanH, Concerning your post about Clinton and Obama….oh how I hate those bots….and how they think he will be there for 8 years….he’ll be lucky to finish out one term. I agree with the lady, he is an illegitimate candidate and always will be.

  192. Cheryl Mills must be an original PUMA. 😉

    I agree with Confloyd: “I agree with the lady, he is an illegitimate candidate and always will be.”

    Cheryl Mills
    Counselor of the Department
    Chief of Staff

    Ms. Cheryl Mills is the Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As Counselor, Ms. Mills is a principal officer who serves the Secretary as a special advisor on major foreign policy challenges and provides guidance to department bureaus with respect to such matters. Ms. Mills currently is leading the Department’s interagency global hunger and food security initiative and diplomacy and development efforts in Haiti. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Mills manages the Secretary’s staff and provides policy and managerial support to the Secretary in administering operations of the Department.

  193. WASHINGTON—Rep. Charles Rangel walked out on his trial before the House ethics committee as it began Monday, saying it was unfair to ask him to continue without a lawyer that he couldn’t afford.

    “I am being denied the right to have a lawyer right now because I don’t have the opportunity to have a legal-defense fund set up,” the New York Democrat said. “I truly believe I am not being treated fairly.”

    Charlie Rangel is preparing to face his ethics trial starting Monday without a lawyer, defending himself. WSJ’s Devlin

    Sir Charles walks out of the ethics committee hearing in protest so they decide to try him in absentia.

    Ethics Panel Rejects Wrangle Plea For Extension

    Barrett gives a rundown of the accusations and the House trial against Rangel.

    Mr. Rangel left the hearing room less than a half-hour after the proceedings began and didn’t return. The case has been an embarrassment for Democrats who took control of the House in 2007 pledging to run the most ethical Congress in history.

    The panel’s eight lawmakers appeared to be taken aback by Mr. Rangel’s abrupt departure, huddling privately to consider his request for a delay in the trial while he continues to seek a lawyer. They soon decided they would continue without him. “He has indicated that he does not intend to participate, and it is his right not to participate,” said committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, (D., Calif.).

    The disruption came before the committee lawyer acting as prosecutor of the case, Blake Chisam, could introduce any evidence against Mr. Rangel.

    But after Mr. Chisam’s presentation and an hour-long discussion of the evidence and charges against Mr. Rangel, the ethics committee said it would deliberate to decide whether the congressman had violated the House rules. If they make such a finding, they won’t hear further evidence. The lawmakers plan to return to the hearing room as early as 1 p.m. to announce their decision, though the deliberations could take longer.

    Mr. Rangel faces a congressional ethics proceeding on 13 separate counts, including failing to report assets, failing to pay taxes on rental income from a vacation property and misusing congressional stationery to try to raise money for a college center named in his honor. The 80-year-old lawmaker has represented New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the House since 1971 and had been the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee until he was forced to step down in March.

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    He has spent two years and more than $2 million in legal fees dealing with the investigation of his finances. His legal team left the case last month when his campaign fund ran out of money to pay them. Mr. Rangel could, if he wanted, pay for a lawyer out of his own funds, but as a member of Congress, he can’t accept pro bono work from an attorney.

    In his opening statement to the ethics panel, Mr. Rangel said if he had more time, he could create a legal-defense committee to raise funds to hire a lawyer.

    “You may hire whoever you wish as a lawyer, that is up to you,” Ms. Lofgren told him.

    Mr. Rangel said he needed more time to do so.

    “You tell me all of the things I could do, but you won’t give me the time to do it,” he said. “I truly believe I am not being treated fairly.”

    The hearing before the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is rare. The last such trial was in 2002 of then-Rep. James Traficant (D., Ohio), but the committee in that case was simply following investigative work done by federal prosecutors.

    The last time a House ethics committee has independently investigated and convened hearings on lawmaker misconduct was in 1987.

    The senior Republican on the committee, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, called the Rangel hearing “rare and historic,” based on a 21-month investigation with nearly 50 witnesses.

    “This is an important day, both for Mr. Rangel, for this committee, for the Congress, but most importantly for the American people,” said Mr. McCaul.

    Mr. Rangel found sympathy from the committee on the departure of his lawyers.

    Mr. McCaul said it was “unfortunate” that the law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, left the case at a critical hour. The lawyers weren’t the first Mr. Rangel hired in the case, but they cost him the most money, about $1.4 million, according to disclosure reports.

    Democrats on the panel were sharply critical of the lawyers’ departure.

    “It’s an astonishing display of professional irresponsibility,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.), for a law firm to take so much money to represent an individual then withdraw.’

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), a former judge, called the move “fundamentally unfair” and said it wouldn’t have been allowed in his courtroom.

    Lawyers at Zuckerman Spaeder didn’t respond to emails seeking comment. Leading up to the trial, Mr. Rangel had publicly complained about their fees and rejected some of their advice.

    After the committee reconvened, the prosecutor, Mr. Chisam, outlined the evidence against the congressman, speaking to the committee members and an empty table where Mr. Rangel had been.

    Mr. Rangel did make brief cameo appearances during the presentation: on a video screen, where his past statements admitting some wrongdoing were played.

    The formal charges were filed against Mr. Rangel in July, prompting some fellow Democrats to urge him to leave Congress.

    Even if he is found guilty, Mr. Rangel is unlikely to face expulsion from the House. The most likely punishment would be a public reprimand.

  194. If you want to know how good a lawyer is ask a fellow lawyer–preferably someone who has practiced against him. The same goes for journalists. Richard Wolffe is regarded as joke by his fellow journalists. That should tell us something.

  195. Even if he is found guilty, Mr. Rangel is unlikely to face expulsion from the House. The most likely punishment would be a public reprimand.
    Therein lies the problem.

  196. Is there any news on Nasty? Is she still sticking by her man Obama? They are circling the wagons. I just heard that maybe Ed Rendell from Ohio might be the new Chief of Staff???WTF is that all about?? It has to be about uping his numbers in Ohio!

  197. More hell from the pit that is Obama. He may not be personally responsible, but his demeanor sure as hell is:
    Hundreds ride with boy to show support for his U.S.-flag-decorated bike after school banned it
    It wasn’t this California boy’s usual ride to school this morning!
    Hundreds of other bike riders came along—
    Many of them veterans, and some from out of state, all wanting to show support to 13-year-old Cody Alicea.
    School officials had told Cody he shouldn’t ride his American flag-decorated bike to school because some students were offended.
    That kicked up a firestorm of protest.
    The school superintendent has since apologized, and promised that something like that will not happen again.

    Thanks to these bikers and all other patriots. Hey, here’s an idea. Why don’t we require our presidents to be patriots? USA Patriots?

  198. Rangle-
    “I am being denied the right to have a lawyer right now because I don’t have the opportunity to have a legal-defense fund set up,” the New York Democrat said. “I truly believe I am not being treated fairly.”

    I gotta remember that one, if I ever need a lawyer and don’t have them money to pay for one, (which I don’t, and therefore I have to be a very good woman), I will just set up a legal-defense fund.

    What a crock. As if Rangal hasn’t gotten a free ride on the tax payers dime for years.

  199. If they don’t like the good old USA….they can leave. Why are we required to not hurt the feelings of people from other countries in this country. Why are they here if they don’t like AMerica or will feel offended?

    I am also sick of these Heritage Foundation lies about Obamacare. I am against Obamacare because its the republican version of it…yet fools believe this! I am beginning to think our government is one big lie beginning with our illegitimate Potus!

  200. The truth is, Confloyd – everyone has an Agenda. It now falls on OUR shoulders to do the work that for years we thought – and believed – the Press would do for us. And perhaps, at one time they did. Just remember – everyone has an agenda. And as Uppity woman so succinctly puts it in her “Number 1 Rule”; “Never make a decision or form an opinion based on the input of someone who has something to gain or lose.”

    With that in mind, we are now required to sift through reams of information to draw our own conclusions on topics of interest to us. The Press – and/or groups such as Heritage, ACLU, and even CGI HAVE an agenda. We know this. And if we know this we can take and leave what we believe or not believe without so much agony. Harvard has an Agenda. Columbia and Berkeley have an Agenda, as does MSNBC, FOX, ‘The Insider’, Drudge and PBS. So – read, sift, think and discuss. It’s all we have left to survive the mountains of bullshit being piled on us daily.

  201. So – read, sift, think and discuss. It’s all we have left to survive the mountains of bullshit being piled on us daily.

    Yes, if nothing else, PUMAs have learned to research and not take any media for granted. Too bad, we will be the most informed by sharing this info. but everyone else will be looking though their same lens.

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