A Boob Abroad – A Dangerous Narcissist Lost At Sea

You can’t spell “Boob” without “B.O.” The Boob was abroad for close to two weeks to escape the election results. Now the Boob is back, but not stone cold sober as a matter of fact. Indeed a drunk hobo would have done better than the American BoBo.

How bad was the Boob? Politico echoed that it was the “ten worst days of his political life”. He came home with “bupkis” wrote Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News:

“WASHINGTON – President Obama is coming home from his overseas trip pretty much empty-handed.

After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn’t able to secure even a symbolic victory on a trip that was expected to give him plenty of opportunities to claim a win.

This certainly was the worst 10 days of his political life,” said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. “Given that he’s not going to be able to get any domestic achievements with the Republicans in control of the House … if he doesn’t do it in foreign policy that’s a big problem for him.

He came back with bupkis [Yiddish for ‘nothing’].”

Back in April 2009 we wrote “World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: “Sucker“‘ In those days it was evident that Obama was a boob but most of Big Media praised him to high celestial choir heaven. We knew better. This is what we wrote that April:

The BOob is a pushover – that is the message from Barack Obama’s European vacation. The news from Asia is not much better as North Korea sizes up Obama and sees a dwarf.

World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.”

So who was right? Big Pink or Big Media? Last week world leaders treated the boob like the boob he is with a minimum of celebrity glad-handing. Soon even those displays of good will shall disappear and the Boob will be both literally and figuratively slapped in the face. It appears that Big Media has caught up to our analysis from way back. Here’s more from Bazinet on the missed opportunities and the boob in chief:

“Obama’s inauspicious 10-day, four-nation trip included a failure to land an anticipated slam dunk free trade agreement with South Korea.

It also included a botched effort to rally Western allies to press China to budge on a monetary policy that threatens to keep the U.S. economy in the tank.

Yet Obama appeared to shrug off the lack of results during summit meetings with the world’s most powerful leaders.”

This weekend Saturday Night Live added to the insults, citing Obama’s Chinese debt and even citing Glenn Beck’s gold promotion as wise.

By November 2007, we knew that Obama the Clown is a narcissist. By 2010 it was plain as the clown nose on his face that “Obama is a harmful Narcissist“. That once controversial analysis too is no longer absent from front pages. Indeed the front pages these days are loaded with insights from these Pink pages:

“Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly? Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic? Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president? Or is it possible that Obama’s failures stem from something simpler: vanity. Politicians as a class are particularly susceptible to mirror-gazing. But Obama’s vanity is overwhelming. It defines him, his politics, and his presidency.”

This latest article on Obama’s narcissism is filled with retreads of questions we raised years ago (such as why a barely 30 year old man writes, not one but two, autobiographies). There is the story about the “Obamameter” – a pretentiousness yardstick; the laughable “seal” from November 2008; the “Lebron” story; the reassurance that 2010 would be an electoral victory unlike 1994 because “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.”

The latest article on Obama’s narcissism does expound on the complete lack of understanding Obama has about the world as it actually is. Whether it is the history of the Cold War and the “Evil Empire” Obama somehow prefers to think of those events as somehow attached to his ascension.

As anecdotaly interesting as American Narcissus is, it pales when compared to this quote, from our own efforts, citing Marty Peretz:

“What I suspect is that the president is probably a clinical narcissist. This is not necessarily a bad condition if one maintains for oneself what the psychiatrists call an “optimal margin of illusion,” that is, the margin of hope that allows you to work. But what if his narcissism blinds him to the issues and problems in the world and the inveterate foes of the nation that are not susceptible to his charms? [snip]

I know that the president believes himself a good man. My nervy query to him is: “Does he believe America to be a good country?

Those questions raised by us so long ago, are now answered. Obama’s Narcissism is dangerous to America and blinds him to the reality that world leaders hold him in contempt:

“Despite Setbacks, Obama Confident on World Stage

President Says Relationships with Other Leaders Strong, Even as He Fails to Secure Trade Deal, Currency Agreement

President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, failure to get a free-trade agreement with South Korea and lackluster international support for his get-tough policy with China on trade and currency disputes.

“It wasn’t any easier to talk about currency when I was first elected and my poll numbers were at 65 percent,” Obama argued at the close of the G-20 summit, after bluntly accusing Beijing of undervaluing its currency.

The president flew to Japan for the APEC summit without the coveted trade pact with Korea or a united front with other countries against China’s currency policy. He also endured a gusher of criticism from other countries about a decision by the U.S. central bank to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy, something China, Germany and others believe could weaken the dollar and lead to inflation. [snip]

Even so, the president contended that his standing with world leaders is not diminished.

“When I came into office people might have been interested in more photo-ops,” the president said, because of the “hoopla surrounding my election.”

This vain useless boob is dangerous to America. Not aware that his craving for celebrity is mocked by foreign leaders and employed as a doggie “treat” to distract and amuse him while real business is carried on without his boobish presence.

For Obama, American acquiescence is a good thing and powerful foes growing more powerful something that cannot be helped so therefore Obama applauds. ‘”We are now seeing a situation where a whole host of other countries are doing well and coming into their own and naturally they’re going to be more assertive … and that’s a healthy thing,” the president said.”

Bitterly clinging to the mistaken notion that he is popular, Obama is damaging American interests abroad.

Barack Obama is not only a Dangerous Narcissist. Barack Obama is a get “no respect” Rodney Dangerfield in a very dangerous world:

“But for the most part this was a shadow of the president who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 on the mere bet that he would somehow deliver the “old America” back to the world. And along the way, when it came to substantive issues such as trade, capital imbalances, currency policy, and Middle East peace, Obama encountered a faceful of rebuffs from allies and future rivals alike.

Much of the commentary in Washington has focused, predictably, on the devastating midterm election losses suffered by the Democrats, widely interpreted as a repudiation of Obama and his policies. But there is a much deeper dysfunction at work here.”

That “deeper dysfunction” is a dangerous blinding narcissism which Big Media enabled for years. Instead of scrutiny, Big Media offered adoration. Instead of vetting, Big Media fluffed pillows. Instead of reality, Big Media and the Blogger Boy auxiliaries, wove dreams and hallucinatory hopes. At the New York Times the Hopium induced flashbacks are the rule, reality is the rare breach past the incense smoke:

“I have faith in Barack Obama. Of course, I also have faith in the New York Mets.

I believe Obama is going to get his groove back and be the leader we elected, even though he is testing us sorely. This week he went to South Korea to negotiate a trade agreement, and the agreement fell through. The administration says this is because he was being a tough bargainer, but you don’t send the president overseas to fail to get an agreement. Wasn’t anybody taking notes when he went to Denmark to fail to get the Olympics for Chicago?

Hope springs eternal in the Times of New York. At the Post of Washington D.C. however, the Hopium is running low and the reality of a dangerous boob in charge is running high:

“President Obama asserted Friday that the punishment his party took in midterm elections has not damaged his ability to advance U.S. interests overseas, saying his Asia trip has shown that many countries still want to work with the United States.

In a news conference following the Group of 20 summit, Obama said the United States, while still the world’s most powerful economy, can no longer dictate the terms of how the world does business, especially after a global economic turndown that many blame on American policies.

But he said his relationships with fellow heads of state have evolved during his two years in office – relying less on the novelty of his election and the enthusiasm it generated than on a shared view of where the global economy should be heading. [snip]

It rests, however, on an untested premise – that nations are willing to act against their short-term interests for the good of other countries, in order to promote steady and persistent economic growth that will be better for the world overall.

The premise speaks to the president’s faith in a multipolar planet – that China, for example, might free some of its trillions of dollars in reserves in a way that puts Americans back to work and boost global growth. But Obama himself called some of the most important elements of the agreement “a work in progress.”

This is dangerous narcissism of the worst sort. It is the type of naivete Hillary Clinton lambasted in 2008. It is “no preconditions” Obama damaging America on a daily, nay hourly, basis. Even Nancy Pelousy’s home town newspaper recognizes the damage done:

“Shellacked at home, shellacked abroad. President Obama’s Asia trip is extending a losing streak with the latest setback – a refusal by other major financial powers to follow his lead to revive the global economy.

The president’s nostrums, which began with a call for stimulus-style pump priming by other nations, had evolved into a plan to ease wild swings in currency values and overboard trade imbalances. But he got next to nothing in showdown meetings with other leaders of the G-20 nations, or major economic powers. U.S. leadership, once taken for granted, has all but vanished, and no one’s in charge. [snip]

The mighty United States, abetted by Obama’s considerable charm, couldn’t crack Korea’s stubborn resistance to American exports.

A more profound dispute followed at the G-20 gathering. The president pitched other countries to hold down trade imbalances and avoid the temptations of tweaking currency rates to gain advantage in a sickly global marketplace. This argument took aim at China, which keeps its currency cheap to encourage exports, and Germany, which does much the same.

The fight was going to be difficult enough, but it got even tougher when the Federal Reserve Bank – which isn’t beholden to the White House – decided to dump $600 billion into the economy to spur growth. Well-intentioned as that sounds, it brought gasps overseas: Washington was in effect printing more money, weakening the value of the dollar, and then asking everyone else to behave.

That was the liberal San Francisco Chronicle. The conservative Washington Times editorial is not much better:

“Margaret Thatcher once said that being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, President Obama asserted that the results of the midterm elections have not diminished his power internationally and that in some ways, he is even stronger, thanks to the friendships he allegedly has developed with world leaders.

World leaders may indeed like Mr. Obama on a personal level, but that has little to do with his stature as a national leader. Machiavelli’s dictum that it is better for a head of state to be feared than loved still applies, and it is clear that there is no reason for any country to fear the affable Mr. Obama.

The president again casually confirmed his belief in the decline of America’s “outsized” influence in world affairs, noting, “We are now seeing a situation where a whole host of other countries are doing well and coming into their own and naturally they’re going to be more assertive.” The president thinks this greater assertiveness is “a healthy thing” but did not elaborate for whom it was healthy – certainly not the United States. For some inexplicable reason, Mr. Obama welcomes the decline of America’s role on the international stage. It is his most notable accomplishment.

Mr. Obama defended the relative lack of progress at this G-20 meeting by lecturing the press on the importance of maintaining perspective. “We should not anticipate that every time countries come together that we are doing some revolutionary thing,” he said. “Instead of hitting home runs, sometimes we’re going to hit singles. But they’re really important singles.” His Nobel Peace Prize notwithstanding, Mr. Obama has yet to prove that he is a power hitter in the league of nations. The world awaits his first home run. Mr. Obama’s Mideast peace effort hasn’t reached first base, he has achieved little of substance in dissuading Iran from pursuing nuclear-weapons capability, his trade policy is a slow-motion train wreck, and his vision of a nuclear-free world remains empty rhetoric.

The question is not whether Mr. Obama’s influence on the world is increasing or decreasing. It is rather whether he has any meaningful influence on important world events at all.”

Shorter Washington Times editorial: Obama is a boob, a dangerous boob.

Obama fluffing Time Magazine calls our previously dismissed reality a “New Reality”:

“A week after one of the biggest political wipeouts in nearly 60 years, the West Wing is conducting political triage, trying to figure out what can be saved and what must be discarded. Just two years ago, the Obama team arrived in Washington on a great wave of promise, with control of Congress and what it imagined was a limitless mandate. Now it finds itself trying to pick up the pieces after what Obama aptly called a “shellacking.”

The new reality — it is perhaps a measure of this White House’s way of looking at things that one aide called it “the new constellation” — means Obama’s team has to do several things quickly. [snip]

But amid all the efforts is a clear sense among senior staff that the midterms were not just another bad news cycle but a major obstacle that must be surmounted on the road to re-election in 2012. [snip]

As incoming House Speaker John Boehner put it on Nov. 4, “There seems to be some denial on the part of the President.”

No surprise here. We’ve long known that Barack Obama is The Queen Of Denial. The surprise is that so many agree that Obama’s performances of late are increasingly dreary and glum and not worthy of applause. The Wall Street Journal:

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.

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.

A narcissistic boob in charge is dangerous. A peripatetic boob who will travel long distances at any time for applause is dangerous and pathetic:

“After his meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday, Obama will head out of the country once again as he departs for a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The two-day Portugal trip will be another opportunity for the president to demonstrate that his foreign clout has not been weakened in spite of his party’s political defeats back home.”

This wandering boob is apparently not aware of the reality he faces, of the reality America faces. Or perhaps he is aware and is engaged in “get away from it all” vacation therapy. In Washington however, there are culture of corruption trialsdefendants ready or not, lawyers ready or not. The heath scam passed against the wishes of the American people and to benefit Big Insurance and Big PhaRma is breaking apart under a blizzard of waivers. Those waivers are for the SEIU and some of the most vocal health scam advocates.

It seems some days, with the boob in charge, that indeed the terrorists have won.

As we wrote long ago, “Abandon Ship! The Captain Is A Boob.


132 thoughts on “A Boob Abroad – A Dangerous Narcissist Lost At Sea

  1. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45103.html

    “During unguarded and even some staged — but inadvertently revealing — moments, Obama has allowed unintended glimpses into his thinking. At various times, his offhand comments have led critics, and many voters, to view him as an ardent leftist or an elitist or — most recently — a partisan Democrat.

    These Freudian slips, uncovering the man beneath the spin and the speeches, are embedded in Americans’ subconscious, if you will, because they seem to come directly from the president’s inner self. Obama can change his policies, but he cannot easily erase these perceptions. And because of his cool opaqueness — noted even by his own staff — and his relatively brief track record on the national stage, voters have little else to go on.

    Obama’s meteoric rise and young presidency have been marked by asides that appear to offer insights into his psyche.

    His surprising self-revelations began during the presidential campaign. They were harmful but did not create major problems.

    First, there was his condescension toward blue-collar Midwestern voters. At a San Francisco fundraiser, he said, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    The remark suggested he is an elitist, so far removed from the concerns of average Americans that he presented a harsh stereotype of what they are like. This perception of Obama’s being removed from mainstream voters was not helped by Michelle Obama’s own Freudian slip. “For the first time in my adult life,” she said early during the 2008 campaign, “I am proud of my country.”

    There was also the case of Joe the Plumber. “I think when you spread the wealth around,” Obama told him, “it’s good for everybody.”

    The statement raised eyebrows — not because of the principle, which many agree with, but because of the terminology. “Spread the wealth” sounded scarily like a socialist tract people are forced to read in college.

    But then came the actual policies of President Obama, and they seemed to fill in the outlines suggested by these earlier glimpses. Faced with the economic abyss, Obama ordered unprecedented government interventions into the private sector and the massive stimulus bill. He moved on to heavily regulate the health system. He stocked the White House with “czars” unanswerable to Congress. [snip]

    Other presidential Freudian slips even left a sense that Obama is hostile to accumulating wealth. His lectures to bankers, credit card company executives and health insurers sounded unduly harsh to some voters. Perhaps they felt validated in their suspicions when Obama said in April, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

    His assertion just after the midterm elections that voters’ concerns about his policies stemmed from his failure to fully explain them — implying that they hadn’t understood him — inadvertently revived the perception of a man who elevates himself above the electorate.[snip]

    What will be harder for Obama to revise are the powerful impressions created by two slips that indicated his campaign partisanship might be more than rhetoric. First was the suggestion, made during an interview on a Latino radio station, that Latinos should “punish” their “enemies” at the polls, followed later by the awkward attempt to walk it back by saying he meant “opponents.”

    Obama then undermined the sincerity of his repeated calls for Republicans to work with him as equals, saying as the midterm campaign headed into its final week, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”[snip]

    In Obama’s case, the accumulation of comments that seem contrary to the image he conveys not only will create perceptions the president will find difficult to dislodge but could prompt questions about his sincerity.

    This could ensure that Obama’s stroll to the center will seem, at best, a bridge too far and, at worst, disingenuous opportunism.

  2. I used to think he was that Harry Potter mirror that showed you anything you wanted because it was ultimately blank in and of itself.

    He’s not.

    He’s goddamned Gilderoy Lockhart, isn’t he? We elected GILDEROY FUCKING LOCKHART when we could have had Minerva McGonagle.

    I’m not even a fan of those damn books.

  3. Well, Admin, Indian people were charmed and swept off their feet, I hear from my friend. But my friend also points out that their standards and expectations are pretty low for politicians with it being the most reviled profession. Their press was quite critical while asking what is in it for India. I am just amazed how lucky this boob is to have come this far with nothing, bupkis in life of all that matters.

  4. And then we have really hardworking, smart to the core people like Hillary who get shortchanged. ‘Life is unfair’ does not even begin to describe it. I just watched the one hour special on the Nat Geo of ‘Inside the State Department’.

  5. Just saw new bumper sticker on a Lexous outside of Costo. It said OOPS with the two O having the round symbol in them.

    I had to laugh.

  6. Sorry for the absence today. The dog swallowed a foreign object and was coughing uncontrollably and choking- Had to rush over for emergency treatment.. Turns out the X-rays show a 3″ (plastic) turtle had already made it’s way down to his stomach by the time I arrived at the doctor’s office. **sigh** what a day! _________________

    Have to catch up reading- later….

  7. “He came back with bupkis [Yiddish for ‘nothing’].”

    That whole lotta bupkis only cost us 2.2 Billion tax payer dollars.

    Way to go, you big boob!!!

    (back to reading)

  8. know now I’m getting old, i used to be able to configure technology easily, i’m trying to use my new iphone and i feel like i’m back in the 80’s trying to work a vcr, lol.

  9. Well fuck a duck…..

    REUNITED: Kal Penn returning to White House. Tiff with Obama apparently over.

    This is all kinds of strange.

    First Kal Penn is weirdly hired out of the blue to work in the White House despite not having any qualifications or relatable experience.

    He was given a made-up, do-nothing job…not VP because that went to Biden…but something like “Deputy Director of Giving Obama Kisses”.

    The Director position has been filled by aptly named Reggie Love for some time.

    Penn was written off his TV show, House, after moving to DC to be with Obama…the show killed him off, making it appear like he left acting.

    Then, bizarrely, Penn and Obama seem to have had a tiff, which I imagine involved a slap fight and hair pulling.

    Obama was mad at him for a while.

    Mysteriously, Penn then got mugged near the gay clubs at DuPont Circle and his cell phone was taken from him…it seems that cell might have had messages or photos Obama wanted.

    Then, for several months, report after report came out about Obama being depressed.

    And now, Penn is coming back to the White House, right when Obama is down on his luck and nursing wounds from his disastrous midterms……continued

    Isn’t this when you are most prone to get back together with your ex-boyfriends?

    When you are hurt, broken, and vulnerable?

    This is so like the end of Bodyguard and Penn is totally Kevin Costner, only Obama runs down the steps from Air Force One and never flies away.

    It actually all is really cute…and hilarious most Americans still believe this man is straight with so obvious a male June/November relationship happening between Penn and Obama.



    is this why Michelle has thrown a wobbler……

  10. He’s goddamned Gilderoy Lockhart, isn’t he? We elected GILDEROY FUCKING LOCKHART when we could have had Minerva McGonagle.

    I’m not even a fan of those damn books.



  11. World leaders come in all stripes and all political philosophies. Some believe in democracy, some are autocrats and some–like most of Obama’s friends are totalitarians. But there is one thing they all have in common: they are connoisseurs of power. As such, they know a bupkis when they see one. And that is how they view Barack. As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland–there is no there there. There is absolutely nothing that his nickel bag whores in big media can do to disabuse them of that notion, because given a choice between believing the likes of Brian Williams, George Step and Fetch it, Ratboy Todd or Wulf Blitzer vs. their own lying eyes the choice is obvious. So what is Barack to do for the balance of his term? More specifically, how can he mark time and ingratiate himself to those who see through him? I think he should follow the sage advice of Cole Porter and Julie Garland and just Be A Clown . . . (beginning at 1:10)


  12. ““He came back with bupkis”

    Well when you’re the idiot-in-chief, what do you expect. He should have stuck to his beer summits.

    Oh Miss Hillary??? Clean up on aisle 5, 6, 7, and 8 please!

  13. The country is stuck in an economic and emotional malaise in large part b/c of the unrealistic expectations the MSM feed the lemmings day in and day out rather than the reality we heard from Hillary. Unfportunately, the damage done is proabably irreparable. Wewill proabably be in a check mate mood until 2012 ,

  14. Oh, boy, Fat Duck Boy is off to Europe next week..

    (Reuters) – If President Barack Obama is not yet convinced that his international star power has faded, his next round of transatlantic summitry should clear up any lingering doubts.

    Coming off a marathon Asia trip where Obama often found himself rebuffed by fellow world leaders, he will head to Europe this week where the agenda will be clouded by a growing divide over economic strategy and a sense of neglect among traditional U.S. allies.


  15. Check DRUDGE’s headline.. a nun is being patted down by a TSA employee in the picture.. Will they also pat down a woman in a burka with the face covered of course? or have they been given an exception? Look at the irony of this — if they are given waivers, TSA may be checking everyone except the terrorist in a burka. This is not even remotely funny.

  16. pm317
    November 15th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    For my CA friends, crazy horse, Shadowfax, and others..
    Loved your photos and thanks for sharing.
    You captured some of the things that us Californian’s love about our state and wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else…except maybe parts of Hawaii.

    The reason I put up with all the Obots is the beauty of this place.

  17. Well Admin – it is clear that the Senate has gotten the message – that it was The Message – and not The Policies, that we Mere Mortal Americans did not understand. To wit, Harry Reid is reshuffling the Deck Chairs on the Titanic in hopes that we, the unruly passengers forced to endure this voyage to hell, will finally Listen to Orders and cooperate, or else Mr 2×4 will do to us what Olbermann wanted done to Hillary:


    Reid creates special job for Schumer
    By: Manu Raju
    November 15, 2010 03:49 PM EST

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to overhaul the Senate Democratic leadership next year, handing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer an expanded role spearheading the party’s messaging efforts.

    In a letter obtained by POLITICO, Reid tells his colleagues that the party needs to “better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics.”

    As a result, he said, the Senate leadership will unite its policy arm with its communications center into a “joint operation” run by Schumer.

    “I have asked Senator Schumer, whose communications abilities and tactical skills we all greatly respect, to lead this effort as chairman of the new office.”

    Reid said he asked Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow to serve as the new office’s vice chairman — and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich will now lead the Steering and Outreach Committee, which helps set committee assignments.

    The chairmanship of the Democratic Policy Committee had been vacated by the retirement of North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan.

    Democrats often complained that they failed to effectively gain ground politically from their legislative proposals, and they hope the new effort will change that.

    “Whatever changes we make, our charge remains the same: coordinating our caucus as effectively as possible so we can accomplish our number-one responsibility: getting people back to work,” Reid said.

    What remains to be seen is who Reid will select to run the powerful Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which is in charge of recruiting candidates for Senate races and tasked with helping keep the party in the majority in the 2012 elections. Several potential chairmen have declined Reid’s invitation to run the committee, in the face of a potentially daunting election year where Democrats have more than twice as many seats in cycle than Republicans do.

    Reid’s decision represents a big promotion for Begich, who was elected in 2008, and he could use the post as a stepping stone to a more senior leadership position. It also adds to the table of senior senators a voice of a more junior Democrat from a Republican state.

    In the current Congress, Stabenow chaired the Steering Committee, and had suggested to Reid that he combine her position with the Democratic Policy Committee spot. By giving Stabenow a spot as vice chair, Stabenow now has added influence to the strategy and political tactics of the Democratic majority, which will stand at 53-47 next Congress.

    “This is a good move. It’s going to help us better communicate our policies to middle class Americans and move the country forward in passing meaningful legislation that will help create jobs and get our economy back on track,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “I think this is a change for the better.”

    The leadership team will be rounded out by Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the conference secretary, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), No. 2 in the leadership. Durbin and Schumer are seen as the most likely successors to Reid when he ultimately decides not to continue as majority leader.

    Tuesday morning, Democratic leaders will formally vote to ratify the selections for the 112th Congress.

  18. Okay, I couldn’t resist buying the latest trash magazine, with this title on the cover of Globe:

    ‘New Congress launches top secret Obama Birth Certificate Investigation!’

    Here’s the scoop so you won’t have to wonder while you are in line, ready to buy your tofu. 😉

    There is a secret, hand picked group of investigators that are being sent out by members of the new GOP Congress, to find out everything they can about Obama’s past. Where he was born, get the real birth certificate and even find out about his school records that are under lock and key.
    They claim this is starting and will unravel the Whitehouse.

    We will see…

  19. pm317 – thanks for sharing the photos. They are beautiful! When you said you were going, you asked for tips about what to see – I was going to be a wise guy and say “come south” (I’m not familiar with up there, I live down by the border “free passage transcountry routes”), but it sure looks pretty where you went.

    Also, did you see the video on Uppity’s about the 3 year old who was molested by the TSA – poor kid was screaming “don’t touch me!”.

  20. Shadowfax – well, for heaven’s sake, they could have started that 3 years ago! They didn’t have to be in the majority to get info!

  21. Oh, and about beautiful CA – the CA Supreme Court today said that illegals can pay in-state tuition. So if you live in AZ (or any other state) you have to pay huge tuition to attend in CA, but if you came here illegally from another country, you only have to pay what CA residents pay (except watch for all kinds of scholarships going to them in addition to the higher tuition waiver….).

    People who don’t follow the rules, who cheat, but get special considerations instead of having to be accountable for it – hmmm where have we seen that before?

  22. herlocaust is on blog talk radio right now – oh shoot it might be about to end

    posted on Uppity Woman:

    her, on November 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM said:
    Uppity and Uppityites:

    Just wanted to let you know that I will be on FreeMeNow’s BlogTalk radio program tonight talking about “The Herlocaust”.

    …even with my voice shaking.

    Come if you can, I would love to have your support.

    Start Time: Monday, 10:00 pm EST | 9:00 Central |
    End Time: Monday, 11:30 pm EST.
    Where: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freemenow/2010/11/16/the-majority-united

  23. Sounds like Herlocaust is going to continue the conversation on blog talk radio on Wednesday – they’re talking about feminism.

  24. lorac, I have been to San Diego twice and driven around the surrounding areas like La Jolla.. have driven south of SF in previous trips. Love, love California. This time I got to see the majesty of the Sierra Nevadas. Simply breathtaking. No picture does it justice and at some point I simply stopped.

  25. And while the Boob is preening, hoping for compliments on the world stage – Hillary does the work.

    (GREAT HRC pic on this link!)


    The United States will keep strengthening cooperation with Russia but will not avoid discussions of disputable issues, State Secretary Hillary Clinton said Monday.

    “We have been working to reset our relations. We think it is in everyone’s interests, including our friends in the Baltics to have a more constructive, cooperative relationship with Russia,” Clinton said at a joint press conference with her Lithuanian counterpart Audronius Azubalis.

    “And I think we’ve seen a number of positive steps. The New START Treaty is clearly one such step and we’re working very hard to get it ratified by the United States Senate,” she said.

    Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama signed a new arms cuts treaty on April 8 in Prague to replace the START 1 agreement that expired in December 2009. The agreement will come into force only after being ratified by both chambers of the Russian parliament and the U.S. Senate.

    The treaty has met strong Republican opposition in the Senate over concerns that it may weaken U.S. anti-missile defenses. The delay in the document ratification could hamper progress in U.S.-Russian relations.

    Clinton also said: “We continue to raise concerns about territorial integrity of a country like Georgia. We continue to work toward energy security so that there are more sources of energy and more competition in the energy market and other areas as well.”

    “But on balance, we think that the relationship between the U.S., between NATO, and between Europe and Russia today is on a stronger foundation, which we think is in everyone’s best interest,” she said.

  26. We can only hope the jerk continues to get humiliated everywhere he goes so that he will be forced to stay home and save us a couple of hundred million in wasted traveling expenses.

  27. pm317…Hey, great pics. Glad you made it home safe and sound and didn’t have to post a video of “Don’t touch my junk”. Come back soon now, ya hear?

  28. I don’t know if anyone remembers, but if you go back and watch (if you can) his Presser after The Shellacking he CLEARLY STATES “But the one thing that I just want to end on is getting out of here is good for me, too, …”

    I suppose he meant the White House. But of course, he could have meant the country.

  29. crazy horse, yes, wouldn’t miss a chance to get out there again.

    oh, boy, yes, glad to be back home without incident.

  30. Mrs. Smith: “Sorry for the absence today. The dog swallowed a foreign object and was coughing uncontrollably and choking-“

    Sounds like Ø at the G20!!

  31. Mrs.Smith, What a day you’ve had….oh brother! At least it was during the day and your relatively close to the vet. Pinkie had an allergic reaction to her dog shampoo and I noticed her swelling up over her whole body at midnight….I had to rush her to the 24hr. dog emergency 100 miles away. Scared the crap out of me. Our pets are just so important to us. Glad your pup was OK.
    Reminds me of a Memorial day evening 30 years ago with my prize Appaloosa Stallion coliced. Now there is some work, walking all night! What we do for these animals, LOL!

  32. pm317
    November 15th, 2010 at 11:45 pm
    Who runs TSA? What is going on is ridiculous.

    I think Homeland Security

  33. Mop, Your post about Kal Penn coming back to the WH…ROTFLMAO! He was so depressed that they had to bring back Kal to cheer him up. Personally I think Rahm and Potus had a thing going, so Kal left, funny he’s back now that Rahmbo in gone! Rumors thats all, but rather juicy!

    Hillary is doing all the work, while he will continue to get out of the house…..what’s this about BC getting in the movies?? LOL! He plays himself in “hangover II”. I loved the first one, so for sure I’ll go see the sequel with BC in it.

  34. Who runs TSA? What is going on is ridiculous.
    Janet???? Janet the schlameel, the mistake waiting to happen, the open mouth insert foot former governor of Arizona. Or possibly Ray LaHood, of the famous LaHood family of Peoria Illinois supermarket barons and members in good standing of the Illinois Combine.—plucked from the moribund Illinois Republican Party by no lesser a personage than the Messiah himself. Ray is working on an important chapter of the New Age Obama Testament, which supercedes the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is called The Gospel according to Ray LaHood. It is all how Obama and his life of crime. Seminaries are being established in bot strongholds across the country. Ray is writing it in longhand with the patience of the Monks at Cluny. As for Mandy, if she decides to run for office, I will vote for her. Like Rodney Dangerfield said she don’t take shit from nobody whether it be dumb bunny Janet or Dracula the Hood.

  35. It is Homeland Security, not Transportation ergo is is that bumbling idiot Janet. She is the one ultimately responsible for frisking Mandy. I guess Janet would say something profound about this one too–something like “this proves the system worked”. No Janet–all it proves is that you have no respect for civil liberties.


    Nancy Pelosi scrambles to thwart rebellion

    Nancy Pelosi is getting the first test of her might under the new Democratic reality as she scrambles to extinguish a rebellion against her power to appoint lieutenants to top party posts.

    Realizing they don’t have the votes to knock the defeated speaker from the top perch in party leadership, moderate Blue Dog Democrats have set their sights a little lower, targeting liberal Pelosi enforcers George Miller (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), all of whom hold influential jobs because Pelosi has installed them.

    Pelosi has already faced down challenges to her authority from a diverse set of lawmakers who have called on her, in public and private conversations, to step aside. But this new effort to purge her best friends from the Democratic leadership will test the extent to which she still controls all the levers of party power.

    The effort is being led by Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Larry Kissell of North Carolina, moderates who have asked Pelosi to step down as leader of the party after the Nov. 2 election wipeout. In addition, a pair of liberals, Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, are pushing to postpone leadership elections, and dozens of Democrats have publicly or privately expressed reluctance to keep the California Democrat atop the leadership ladder.

    For now, behind closed doors, Pelosi and her allies sound somewhat dismissive.

    Miller referred to some dissenters as “irrelevant” during a leadership meeting Monday, DeLauro called them “mischief-makers,” and Pelosi characterized them as “irritants,” according to Democratic insiders.

    Pelosi aides say they didn’t hear some of the terms described by other sources — flatly denying that Pelosi said “irritants” — and contend that the dissent will abate a bit after lawmakers have a chance to vent their frustrations at a Tuesday caucus meeting. The speaker’s one-on-one conversations since the election have been positive, they say.

    And a new round of interaction will give Pelosi another chance to “show that she and the other [leaders] are listening to the concerns of other members,” said one Pelosi aide, who acknowledged that it will take time for some frustrations to subside.

    The other side, armed with a stack of amendments to caucus rules aimed at undermining Miller, DeLauro and Slaughter specifically, is fired up. Votes on the amendments would be seen as proxies for faith in Pelosi’s governing team. There is a separate effort that would create open elections for five positions that are currently filled by appointment and two new posts.

    One amendment would provide for the election of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman — which is the means Republicans use to select the head of their party campaign arm.

    Three others would do the same for the posts of top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, assistant to the Democratic leader and co-chairmen of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Slaughter is currently chairwoman of the Rules Committee, and Miller and DeLauro co-chair Steering and Policy.

    Read more on pg 2:

  37. Thanks for the kind words, Confloyd.

    Telly is finally doing ok-

    Another sleepless night and another crisis tonight.

  38. The Left’s Unlikely Alliance with Islam

    As we look around the world at the countries that practice Islam as a state religion, it is almost incomprehensible that the left should defend Islam so fervently. We don’t have to look to the radicals in the Taliban or Hamas to see issues that most Americans would question. Sharia Law is practiced by most Islamic centric countries, and it is in almost direct opposition to the principles on which America was established and in direct contrast to the agenda of the left in America. What is important to realize is that Sharia Law isn’t an outlier, practiced by radicals like al-Qaeda, but actually the mainstream core of jurisprudence in the Islamic world.

    The application of Sharia Law is incomprehensible to most Americans used to Western common law. For example, late last year, the Saudi equivalent of the Supreme Court refused to grant a divorce to an eight-year-old who was essentially sold to her fifty-year-old husband by her father. Child brides are prevalent and legal in Muslim countries governed by Sharia law. In another example, just recently, a case of a couple who were stoned to death for having sexual relations outside marriage made the news from Afghanistan, and a thirteen-year-old was stoned to death for being raped and ending up pregnant. When the leader of Iran says that there are no homosexuals in Iran at a Columbia university speech, he is saying the bare truth, as Iran frequently executes homosexuals since homosexuality is a capital crime under Sharia Law. In addition, under Sharia law, killings of children or wives for embarrassing the “honor” of a family are often tolerated and considered excusable. In Saudi Arabia, it is even taught to children that killing adulterers is a good thing. Finally, even in moderate Islamic countries, women are second- or third-class citizens, being denied education, prevented from driving, holding a job, and even dressing themselves as they wish.

    Without even delving into the actions of violent radicals, in one paragraph, we have illustrated any number of things that would be outright crimes in the USA and would seem to go directly against the agenda of the left. Apparently gay rights, women’s equality, protection of children, human trafficking, and murder or domestic violence are not important to the left so long as the perpetrator of the incident is of the religion of Islam.

    The left’s support for the Ground Zero mosque in New York is perplexing, as it would seem to go against many of their stated political goals. However, the support for the mosque is only one of many incidents that form a pattern of political and moral support for Islam. In fact, the Obama administration has made a number of conciliatory gestures to Islamic countries, even going so far as apologize to Islam and preach American tolerance of Islam in Cairo, Egypt. Combined with the removal of the words “terrorism” and “Islamic radicalism” from State and Justice Departments language, the pattern is unambiguous. Finally, the left has shown that it is perfectly willing to deride those who question the practices of Islam and Sharia law as “Islamophobes” while ignoring obvious intolerance from the practitioners of Islam. The fact that the critics of Islam get censored and threatened with death for speaking out doesn’t seem to bother the left’s interpretation of the First Amendment in the way that a death threat from a Catholic to atheist critics would.

    The alliance between the left and Islam is also a study in irony. If either of the two groups were to achieve all of its aims, the other group would be wiped out. Let’s say, hypothetically, that the left is able to convert the whole world to a secular socialist state. In such a world, there would be no room for discrimination of gays or slavery of woman, not to mention any room for a fundamentalist religion at all. On the other hand, if the Islamic radicals were ever to establish their Caliphate, the left would be plowed under with all of the rest of the non-believers, the homosexuals would be executed on discovery, the women who dared practice feminine independence in selection of their intimate partners would be stoned to death, and in general they would be subjugated to be little more than property.

    When searching for the reason why these two unlikely groups might get together, we find that the only thing that they share in common is a deep-seated belief that America is the cause of most of the problems throughout the world. Even moderate Islamic countries have long pressed the worldview that despite the fact that the world’s energy supply has come from the Middle East for sixty years, that it is America that is the reason for abject poverty in most of the Middle East. Neither the American left nor the Islamic countries even consider that it could be the dictators sitting on golden toilets and oppressing their people with militant force and autocratic control of the media that might be the problem. America is, to many countries in the Islamic world, at best infidels and at worst the great Satan. In either case, the Koran mandates violence against us in many suras; those suras are no more open to interpretation than are any other part of the Koran, as the Koran is the exact word of God to Muslims. Interpretation is not only impossible; it is blasphemous to Muslims. The violent Islamic radicals have been very clear that their goal is to bring about a world-dominating Caliphate and convert the world to Islam and Sharia Law by force. This isn’t an accusation, but something they admit to and are proud of. They occasionally latch on to various political issues to forward their agenda, but the agenda itself is driven by a deeply believed religious conviction that “there is no god but Allah” and anyone who believes otherwise is to be subjugated if possible or destroyed.

    The left in America proceed under the assumption that it is the “excesses” of the Western Caucasians that are the cause of strife in the world. The left has outright said that it is the “imperialism” of the USA that has caused the problems in the world today despite America not actually having an empire. The undertone message is that if it weren’t for us, there wouldn’t be any terrorism, poverty, war, disease, or strife. Of course, that is preposterous. Only a person with little education in the way the rest of the world actually lives would put forth such incredible proposals. In a recent talk at the Brookings Institution, Hillary Clinton actually opined that America should be more like Brazil, a statement that could be uttered only by someone who hasn’t seen the miles and miles of slums that make the poor in America look like millionaires. Still, even the educated and well-traveled left fail to recognize the excellence of America. The left often attribute to American soldiers the traits of third-world dictators’ armies without blinking an eye. Finally, the left often accuse America of being imperialistic even though America has left after rebuilding every country that has attacked it.

    However, the problem that many Americans not on the hard left have with the moderate Islamic countries has nothing to do with racism, as Islam is a political and religious ideology, not a race. Instead, the disagreements center around the Islamic countries’ continued support of brutality inherent in Sharia Law, their refusal to condemn and expel violent extremists in their midst, and their steadfast devotion to demonizing the Western world for all of their domestic woes. Tolerance, in the American psyche, is not a one-way street, but must be reciprocated by the Islamic people tolerating the American culture. When the Muslims wish to build a mosque in a spot designed to twist a knife in America’s guts, named The Cordoba House — historically symbolic of Muslim conquest — Americans don’t see tolerance of their views.

    Most fair-minded Americans have no problem with people who wish to practice their religion. In addition, most fair-minded Americans know of the difficult pasts of Christianity and Judaism and would demand of Islam what has been demanded of other religions. Americans don’t tolerate inquisitions anymore than they do Sharia courts. Americans realize that religious freedom is inherent in the melting pot that is America, but they also understand that all religions must exist under an umbrella of mutual respect and within the boundaries of common law. Americans would no more accept honor killings than they would accept a Catholic man killing atheists for the sake of his religion. The freedom of religion, in the end, is not a carte blanche to do whatever you wish and then yell “first amendment,” but rather a constraint to prevent the government from imposing a single religion, as Islamic governments do.

    The Islamic radicals are happy to use their influence with the left to forward their agenda, but when are fair-minded people who lean politically left going to realize that their allies are not allies at all — that they are being used to forward an agenda in direct contrast to their own?


  39. If Politico has not figured out who and what Obama is by now, or if they have figured it out but feel they must couch what is obvious in terms of perceptions, appearances and those kind of weasel words and circumlocutions, rather than saying it straight out, and if they lack the intestinal fortitude to sign their name to the above article, then they are just pathetic excuse for journalists. If you ran that organization, and you had a jerk like Ben Smith on staff, wouldn’t you pause for a painful moment every time you signed his paycheck, and wondered whether he was worth keeping around?

  40. Pelosi is going to go down i think…………….she is being dumped, she’ll go soon.

    Congressional Black Caucus Witholds Support For Pelosi

    Washington (CNN) – The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader.

    After a nearly two hour long meeting on Monday night, chairwoman Barbara Lee of California said the group only will endorse caucus member James Clyburn of South Carolina for a leadership position. The causus first wants to know what his role will be in the Democratic leadership before backing the full slate.

    “We fully support our current Whip, Mr. Clyburn, for the number three position and we are currently reserving judgment on the entire package until we see what the actual portfolio entails, in terms of responsibilities,” Lee said.

  41. We’ll find out in the next day or two how Nancy reacts to her diminutive status. Does she get to keep her jet and the percs that go along with it as Minority Leader?

  42. Well Admin – it is clear that the Senate has gotten the message – that it was The Message – and not The Policies, that we Mere Mortal Americans did not understand. To wit, Harry Reid is reshuffling the Deck Chairs on the Titanic in hopes that we, the unruly passengers forced to endure this voyage to hell, will finally Listen to Orders and cooperate, or else Mr 2×4 will do to us what Olbermann wanted done to Hillary:
    It is a truism that when people live a lie, it eventually catches up with them. Twenty six (26) dimocratic senators will be up for re-election in 2012. By then Obama will be toxic waste, and the Republicans will have a new chairman of the National Republican Party, and a ground game which is competitive with the Chicago Machine which like Obama is evil incarnate.

  43. After a nearly two hour long meeting on Monday night, chairwoman Barbara Lee of California said the group only will endorse caucus member James Clyburn of South Carolina for a leadership position. The causus first wants to know what his role will be in the Democratic leadership before backing the full slate.
    Moon, it’s all all bullshit. It is a done deal. They are just trying to leverage that fucking Clyburn into a position four levels above his competence, solely because of his race. The word withhold tells the story. If the word was withdraw it would be a story worth following. The end game here will cause blue dogs to defect to the other party for the reasons previously discussed. The one guy who will not defect however is Manchin. He sees himself as a vice presidential candidate. He is a cs.

  44. When I was canvassing for Hillary in Pennsylvania, along with the son of a San Francisco judge we knocked on the door of a row house, and the lady who came to the door was right out of the movie Deliverance. However she was far smarter than the smartest Harvard trained bot because she had something which those over educated idiots lack–common sense. She told me Obama was the devil, and I told her that the only way to stop him was at the ballot box, and that was that. However, I have reflected on her comments many times, and am starting to believe that maybe she had something there. The Arbitrator has been telling me the same thing for the last year so who am I to argue. Think about it for a minute. The fire breathing devil of Medieval lore is passe. The new age devil is a cerebral well dressed master of deception with the serpent’s tongue–just like Obama. The arbitrator has reached the same conclusion through purely circumstantial evidence. Therefore, it must be true.

  45. Mrs. Smith
    November 16th, 2010 at 3:40 am

    The Left’s Unlikely Alliance with Islam
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    There is no struggle between Islam and America, imam says
    [ c. 1100 words ]

    ABU DHABI // The imam behind a controversial plan to build an interfaith centre near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York said yesterday that there was no struggle between Islam and America, or between religions, but between moderates and radicals. [….]

    In an interview with The National, Imam Feisal emphasised the silver lining uncovered in the furore as leaders of all faiths have come out in support of the project. Muslims in the Middle East, he said, could witness how freedom of worship and the protection of all religious viewpoints were enshrined as core principles of the American worldview. Imam Feisal said he intends to address the row over the plans to build the community centre when he returns to the United States this week.

    He is on a US State Department-sponsored visit to Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE as part of a programme to promote interfaith dialogue and to discuss the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world and Islam in America. He has made little public comment about the Park51 project – formerly known as Cordoba House – in recent weeks as the debate was propelled onto the national stage, with Republican leaders such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich speaking against it, and the New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, offering passionate support.

    Some opponents of Park51 say the location of the project is insensitive, while others say it would be a monument to the attacks, essentially conflating Islam and extremism. But proponents argue that the centre would be a conduit to inter-faith dialogue. Imam Feisal , an imam in the area for 27 years, said the struggle “is not between Muslims and non-Muslims, but between moderates of all the faith traditions and the radicals of all the faith traditions. So what is required is a coalition.”

    Christian and Jewish leaders have spoken in support of the project, he said, and are in favour of positive, interfaith discourse. “However, there are also those very small, loud and vociferous voices who are beating the drum for the opposite kind of discourse. So the question becomes which discourse will dominate, not only in the short term but in the long term.” He suggested that part of the opposition was politically motivated.

    “There is no doubt that the election season has had a major impact upon the nature of the discourse,” he said. Opposing or supporting the centre has evolved into a campaign issue ahead of congressional midterm elections in the US in November. The project’s creators have also been criticised for not effectively participating in the media debate over the centre, but Imam Feisal rejected that criticism.

    “We have been saying from the very beginning what the vision and objectives are. I’ve said it repeatedly on many television shows,” he said, adding that religious and political leaders have also spoken forcefully about the merits of the project. “But, as I said, there is a small minority that doesn’t want to hear this. “The fact of the matter is the local community board recognises and understands the vision, the politicians in New York understand the vision, and there is broad-based support for these objectives.”

    When asked about whether he would have chosen a different location for the project if he knew in advance about the controversy, Imam Feisal said the Prophet Mohammad instructed Muslims not to dwell on past decisions and wonder about alternative outcomes. Imam Feisal said he plans to address the controversy directly when he returns to the US, saying he preferred to do it “when I’m in my homeland and speaking to my people and my fellow Americans”.

    “As it is, my trust and conviction in the wisdom of the American people and political leadership and the American people at large is that they will act in accordance with the highest principles of our constitution and the fundamental American belief in justice and protection of everybody’s rights,” he said. The imam said that religion is enmeshed in American life, and the Arab and Muslim world must realise that protection of religious freedom is part of the “American creed”.

    The inalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, endowed by the Creator and laid out in the US Declaration of Independence, are “a very deeply embedded vision … in the American people. This particular existential viewpoint and foundational viewpoint of America is exactly what Islam is. “America was created by people who fled Europe seeking religious freedom and religious liberty. So it is an essential part of the American worldview and creed, that religious liberty is a fundamental protected right,” he said, adding that the role of government is to protect all religions.

    “This is something which I believe the Muslim world insufficiently appreciates about America. I’d like to see them understand that better, recognise that better. And recognise that in that is a value which lies at the very core of the Quranic value,” he said. The imam also spoke of an “evolving American Islamic identity”, and the need to avoid equating Islam with extremism, a concern that “has been going on for quite some time now”.

    “And this is why it is important, the issue of radicalism is a threat to all of us. We have radicals in the Muslim world and we have radicals in the other faith traditions as well.” “The radicals feed off each other and need each other to sustain themselves. So we need right now to combat the radical voices. That’s the only way we can win this struggle, and establish a peaceful world order, which is what everybody wants and everybody needs.”

    “We are evolving an American Islamic identity, and the struggles we are going through today are of the same genre as what the previous faith communities had to face – Jewish immigrants, Catholic immigrants had to face even worse attacks against their communities,” he said. “But as time goes on and as the second generation establishes itself and is rooted in the United States they articulate an expression of who we are as Americans and to be seen decreasingly as alien and being local.”

    That goal is being strengthened through the increased presence of Muslims in fields such as law enforcement and government, as well in more traditional occupations such as dentistry or driving a cab. “In perceptions between the Muslim world or the Arab Muslim world and the United States in particular, it is an ongoing picture, it is dynamic,” he said. “There are issues and events which take place that shape people’s perceptions in both directions, whether positively or negatively.”


  46. The Black Caucus sees its influence falling along with Obama and all of these ethics hearing of their members. By not backing Pelosi they are in full panic mode and by backing only Clyburn they see the writing on the wall. Pelosi does not have this tied up even if the press is trying to portray it as such. She does not have the votes. The leadership herded their members over a cliff and it was done for Obama. The retaking of the party from the ObamaBots has begun. Yeehaw! Let’s see some guerrilla intra-party warfare. It is slowly dawning on the different factions within the party that they sided with a loser of a President and now they actually are loosing something-POWER. Idiots.

  47. After reading the Politico article, the Democratic congressional insurgents are aiming at Pelosi’s power to ram through legislation without input from the caucus. This is how this god awful bunch of bills got shoved though and anyone who objected she punished. Pelosi turned the power of the Speaker of the House into a rubber stamp for Obama and it led them to utter disaster. She used her flunkies against her own members and now is making up extra positions to reward them for losing. Pelosi used the Rules committee and party Steering and Policy flunkies to stifle dissent. The members are in revolt as they see this is all about her own power and protecting Obama who is her guy whether she wants him or not. She let members who voted for her signature shit go down without campaign funding (even though she is Madame Fundraiser and never lets anyone forget it). She sided with the WH against her own members. This is not a leader but a ObamaBot running the Congressional caucus. She backed the wrong Presidential candidate and now she looses too. The Democratic party is being taken back step by step.

  48. “Pelosi used the Rules committee and party Steering and Policy flunkies to stifle dissent. The members are in revolt as they see this is all about her own power and protecting Obama who is her guy whether she wants him or not. She let members who voted for her signature shit go down without campaign funding (even though she is Madame Fundraiser and never lets anyone forget it). She sided with the WH against her own members. This is not a leader but a ObamaBot running the Congressional caucus. She backed the wrong Presidential candidate and now she looses too. The Democratic party is being taken back step by step

    Wonderful! Pelosi falls on her sword. A demise worthy of her treachery after the RBC gave Hillary’s electoral votes from MI and FL to Obama. Thanks, Mormaer for taking us through powerplay after powerplay.

  49. lmost back from flu PSA shot and head cold and hope to be back on the active list every day
    and follow our girls efforts to save our country from the clutches of the POTUS fom nowhere.Could he be the man without a country to call his own?

    Here is Hillary for today working harder than ever. I have watched her story on NGC three times this weekend and I must hang on for her inauguration.

    Secretary Clinton will be at the UN first thing this morning then she will be back in DC in the afternoon.

    9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the UN Security Council Meeting on Sudan, at the United Nations.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, at the Department of State.

    4:20 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Attorney General Eric Holder, at the Department of State.

    5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    5:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    7:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, in Washington, D.C.


  50. The problem with Øbama is that he isn’t even “hitting singles”. He is striking out.

    I truly believe that he wants to see America as a follower nation, not a leader. That’s a shame. I’ve read comments about American exceptionalism recently which forced me to think about what my feelings are about that. I believe America is exceptional. America has dug deep in many trying times to make the world a better place. America doesn’t need an a-hole in the Oval Office ignoring, downplaying, and disrespecting the American sacrifices made throughout our country’s history in order to make the world a better place. How can someone effectively lead a country when he doesn’t seem to respect the country he was elected to represent? There are those who say that Øbama is not leftist enough, yet I see his very refusal to stand for what is America’s greatness as part and parcel of a leftist tendency within the US to cast America as an evil-doer that needs to be constrained less she cause havoc around the globe. That is simply wrong. Øbama has the means to prop America up, and not bring America to her knees, but his ideology will always prevent him from doing so. He really does need to go.

  51. nomobama
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    The symbiotic relationship bonding Soros and Obama together is their mutual ideology for the destruction of America. Soros’ forte is wielding his destructive power in the currency and financial markets. He has bankrupted 5 countries by devaluating their currency into worthless paper causing indescribable pain and austerity in their respective countries.

    After Pelosi, Geithner( the Soros connection) has to be forced out of the Fed or Soros indicted and incarcerated . He would be the second most powerful leg after Pelosi (Obama’s connection ) to be knocked out from under the Obama/Soros alliance and their death grip on America’s survival. They have escalated their timetable because the sea of change detailing the foundering popularity of the Obama presidency is evident in every newspaper and media outlet. They are aware their days in power are definitely numbered. The race is on- for who crosses the finish line first … US or them.

    The future of America hangs in the balance.

  52. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/fix-notes/teamsters-poll-shows-rahm-eman.html

    Teamsters poll shows Rahm Emanuel with wide lead in Chicago mayoral race (i had to laugh, they quote Teamsters as credible)

    A new poll shows former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (D) is the early frontrunner in the race to succeed outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D).

    Emanuel leads the field of six likely mayoral contenders with 36 percent of the vote in the poll, which was conducted by Democratic pollster Anzalone Liszt for the local Chicago Teamsters affiliate, who have not endorsed in the race.

    Rep. Danny Davis (D) takes 14 percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D) takes 13 percent, former Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico (D) takes 10 percent, state Sen. James Meeks (D) takes seven percent and City Clerk Miguel del Valle (D) takes four percent.

    The survey also showed Emanuel leading among whites, African-Americans and Hispanics and in all seven of Chicago’s congressional districts.

    In a runoff scenario, Emanuel would take 54 percent to Davis’ 33 percent and 55 percent to Moseley Braun’s 32 percent. (If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the Feb. 22, 2011 election, the top two vote-getters will go on to an April 5 runoff.)

    Moseley Braun, who served in the Senate from 1993 to 1999 and is the first and only African-American woman to have been elected to the Senate, has the highest name ID among the likely contenders; 90 percent of those surveyed knew enough about her to have an opinion of her, compared with 87 percent for Emanuel and 79 percent for Davis, who earlier this month was tapped by a coalition of black leaders as their preferred candidate in the race.

    But Emanuel and Davis had higher favorability ratings: 58 percent viewed Emanuel favorably, compared with 55 percent who viewed Davis favorably and 48 percent who had a favorable view of Moseley Braun.

    Monday was the first day for candidates to begin submitting nominating petitions in the race. Emanuel’s camp said it submitted 90,905 signatures, Moseley Braun said she was filing more than 91,000, Davis and Chico said they were submitting more than 50,000; del Valle said he had filed about 40,000 signatures.

    Contenders must submit 12,500 signatures by Nov. 22 in order to qualify for the ballot.

    Emanuel launched his first TV ad over the weekend, a 30-second spot where he says that the city is “at a crossroads.”

  53. Obama Senior aides told him not to sign ObamaCare and that it was “insane”. (yup, as we thought he didnt listen)

    This explains a lot about Rahm.
    Observers applaud in the East Room of the White House on March 23, the day President Obama signed the health care bill.
    Author Richard Wolffe writes that Obama was holding back tears amid the “hullabaloo” — and that moment helps explain why the president insisted on moving forward on the bill when senior advisers thought it was “insane.”

    November 16, 2010 Democrats are still deciding the direction to take following what President Obama described as a shellacking.
    Richard Wolffe, for one, knows something about the way they operate from the inside. He interviewed Obama and the president’s senior staff for his new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, which tracks an intense period around the president’s first anniversary in office.
    Wolffe has spoken to people in the White House since the midterms about where they think they went wrong.

    Read An Excerpt

    “Their feeling is that they haven’t been able to connect properly with voters — they haven’t been able to say what they’re trying to do, either on the economy, in terms of the Recovery Act, or about heath care — and they got outmaneuvered in any number of different ways,” Wolffe tells Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep. “Now, as many people say, these are people with considerable communications skills — there’s no shortage of talent inside the White House, and they have a huge communications staff. So, the question is: Why?
    “And that comes down to identity: Who are these people? What are they trying to do? That’s an unresolved debate for them. And until you can resolve that, you can’t communicate properly.”

    While a failure to communicate may sound like an easy answer, Wolffe says, there are poll data to suggest that the public is really confused.

    “Polling shows that people blame the Bush administration and Wall Street for the economy, but they don’t think that the president has a clear idea about how to create jobs,” he says. “On health care — which was supposed to have been the big conclusion coming out of this election — opinion is pretty much divided.”
    In addition, Wolffe says, while a third of the $800 billion-plus stimulus bill the president supported was for tax cuts, “there are lots of people who got those tax cuts and that had no idea where the money was coming from — they thought it came from their employers.

    “So, you know, here is a situation where you’re trying to be all things to all people and you end up being nothing much to anyone.”

    ‘Two Rival Camps’

    The identity problem, Wolffe says, can be traced to “two rival camps” in the White House, “competing for attention, for message, for direction — and that debate goes on in the president’s head, too.”

    Author Richard Wolffe says there are two rival camps in the White House — the “Revivalists,” who want to return to the spirit of the Obama campaign, and the “Survivialists,” who believe in making deals to get things done in Washington.
    Wolffe calls them the “Revivalists” and the “Survivalists.” The former group wants “a revival of the campaign spirit” and feels that they have lost “that brand, that vision, that sense of reform — that sense of being an outsider.” The Survivalists, on the other hand, are “the Washington crowd who believe that you had to compromise, you had to make deals — the backroom deals — you had to do whatever it took.

    “And these two pieces of the White House have left the grand message, the grand identity questions, unresolved. And I think they’re unresolved because the president hasn’t resolved them — he has a foot in both camps.”

    For an example of a Survivalist official in the White House, Wolffe points to former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
    ” ‘He was 100 percent loyal ‘ — this is a quote — ‘100 percent loyal to the president but he thought half of his decisions were insane,’ ” Wolffe says. “Their idea here was: Here was a guy who understood Washington, who would make these deals, who would compromise, and yet, they didn’t figure out that he could not bend to the ways of the campaign, didn’t understand it, and in their view — in the Revivalists’ view — he sought to undermine what they’d done in the campaign.”

    In the other camp, Wolffe says, were people like campaign strategist David Plouffe and, “to some degree,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod.
    “There were real tensions for [Axelrod]. He felt that, much like the president, they had to shift from campaigning to governing,” Wolffe says. “And what they woke up too late to was the fact that the other side, the Republicans, never stopped campaigning.”

    ‘They’re Struggling’

    So, how does Obama, who could be seen as trying to do too much, stack up against his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who was accused of oversimplifying things but also was clear about what he stood for?
    “What the White House would say is they achieved a lot in that first year — maybe people don’t know about it. So, on the domestic basis, clearly they have an impressive record by any standards of recent presidents,” Wolffe says. “But in terms of the messaging, in terms of the mission, if you go around asking people, ‘What did President Bush stand for?’ — they’d come up with some kind of variation on ‘Killing the terrorists,’ ‘war on terror.’
    “If you asked people now, if you asked Democrats, ‘What does this White House stand for?’ — they’re struggling. And I do think that comes back to this identity question of the revival of the campaign versus the people who wanted to just survive and get by.”

    ‘Here To Do Big Stuff’

    Wolffe writes that Obama was holding back tears when he finally signed the health care bill. He says that it helps answer an important question: why Obama stubbornly insisted on moving forward with the health care overhaul when others advised against it.
    “This was clearly a decision that his own chief of staff didn’t agree with, and there were other senior advisers who thought this was insane, lunatic, to risk the presidency on it,” Wolffe says. “And it comes down to the memory of his mother.

    “So, his mother passed away because of cancer. Her experience in her final days and months was about struggling with insurance companies over … the question of pre-existing conditions. And if you listen to the president, what does he talk about most?” Wolffe says. “It’s about insurance companies quibbling with patients about pre-existing conditions.

    “And he tears up — it’s strange that people didn’t kind of notice it — in all of the hullabaloo around the signing in the East Room, he can barely keep it together. And that’s very, very rare — to see a president, especially this president, who is struggling, fighting with himself, to hold back the tears.”
    Although the health care overhaul may have hurt Democrats at the polls, it wouldn’t have been Obama’s style not to go for it, Wolffe says.
    “He goes around telling people that he would rather do big stuff and be a one-term president than small stuff and be a second-term. So all those people who say he should be more like Clinton — he should have gone small, not done health care, backed away — that’s not his self-image,” Wolffe says. “In that sense, and this is not going to please partisans on either side, he’s kind of like President Bush — the stubborn self-image of saying, ‘I’m here to do big stuff; I don’t care what the price is.’
    “The difference … is that Bush had a simple, clear message and he would repeat it until everyone was sick of it, including himself. This president feels like everyone’s heard it already — ‘You know about this stuff, right? You know what’s in health care or the Recovery Act.’
    “Well, it turns out people don’t.”


  54. Shock Poll : Only 26% Of Public Thinks Obama Will Be Reelected… (Drudge)


    The midterms not only dealt a big shock to Democrats but also sent a message to President Barack Obama. According to the new POLITICO Power and the People poll, only 26 percent of the public believes he will be reelected as president in 2012.

    This difference in expectations could mislead the president if he is listening to the Beltway chatter — right here in D.C., he may just find a lot of comfort in this assessment by insiders, and that may lead to actions that don’t fully adjust for the sea change that has occurred among the general public.

    This big difference can partially be explained by the different ways that the two groups see the economy and the world today. Seventy percent of D.C. elites admit that they have been affected less than the average citizen when it comes to the economic downturn. The elites see the tea party as purely a fad (70 percent). In contrast, those who say that the president will not be reelected see the country as headed in the wrong direction by 82 percent, see the economy as headed in the wrong direction by 81 percent and overwhelmingly want repeal of the health care law at the top of the agenda. The quarter of the public who consider Obama’s reelection probable see the economy turning around by nearly 3-to-1. They are the outliers of the electorate, suggesting that the president has a lot more work to do to get back on track for a second term.

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton heard the message loud and clear — he was facing both houses in the hands of the Republican Party, so he moved aggressively to the center and remade his White House and his policies. But not every president is willing to take that kind of aggressive action to change course.

    The discontent of the electorate has been pretty clear since Scott Brown of Massachusetts filled the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat with an upset Republican victory. The administration depicted that as an isolated event based on a supposedly weak Democratic campaign and candidate. And so all the way up to the midterms, the president made few policy or personnel changes.

    It should be clear now that the public believes it sent a very clear message to the president that it wants new policies — particularly when it comes to government spending and health care. The public wants him to move back to the center and focus on the economy.

    D.C. elites can, of course, sometimes be right over the public. But in this case the administration has the electoral carnage of the midterms as proof that the public is fully prepared to vote in more Republicans unless it sees more changes than it saw in the months since Brown was elected. There will be a tempting comfort to the president to stay the course; the poll results show that staying the course may be quite perilous.

    Mark Penn is president and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, the internationally recognized market research firm that conducted this poll for POLITICO.


    Its game on for Hillary.

  55. If David Boren from Oklahoma is in on getting Pelosi out….I would think there is something suspicious going on. Boren was a Hillary hater from day one during the primary. He was a kool-aid drinker of the worst kind. He was also an ex-DNC chairman. I don’t know about the rest of them, but sure do question the motives of Boren….I really doubt he has seen the light!

  56. MOP, Well at least now we know where Wolfe stands….he’s in love with Obama! So I will disregard everything he says!

  57. Big picture of dumbass Janet Neopolitano caption to read Testicular Fortitude TSA. God bless Mandy for protesting. The ignorant Obama loving 58% of the electorate are too terrified of being called racists to object to this gutting of the constitution–remember the 9th Amendment penumbra of privacy. As for the left, they criticized the Bush Administration for it abuses–and rightly so. But when Obama does similar things or worse, they grow strangely silent. When he does them, they behave like fellow travelers, which is exactly what they are. This proves what some of us have been saying all along which is their support for the Constitution is merely a pose, because at the end of the day, they are Bolsheviks and they defend civil liberties only when it serves their political purposes. They look at JFK democrats, who were consistent in their approach, and pro-American, unlike these shit birds, and what they see alas is an almost extinct specie. This is why I say all this sturm and drang about the move on Pelosi is media hype. At the end of the day, she has the votes, and whether they manage to put that ignorant walrus George Miller out on the Arctic Ice flow or not does not really matter because at the end of the day, in the House itself, they are the ones who haven’t got the votes.

    Posted by TobyToons (Profile)
    Tuesday, November 16th at 9:46AM EST

    Let me get this straight, in 2006 the left went ballistic over the revelation that the Bush Administration was using computers to track phone numbers (of calls made to and from suspected terrorists). It was the end of the America as we knew it, and the Bush Administration was destroying the Fourth Amendment.

    There were comments like these from Democrat politicians: “Are you telling me tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?” and “These are tens of millions of Americans who are not suspected of anything.”

    But now, seeing that Americans (and their kids) must subject themselves to groping and/or fondling in order to board a plane, the left is eerily silent on the Obama Administration’s apathy towards the Fourth Amendment and everyone’s ‘right’ to privacy. Nah, there’s no invasion of privacy here, move along move along. If Bush had implemented similar TSA procedures, the left would’ve been screaming from the rooftops about government fascism and Bushitler.

    How much is the left willing to let the current administration get away with before speaking out against it? How are they going to spin this one? Let me guess… “The TSA is simply implementing the first steps of Obamacare. Now you don’t need to get a physical if you’ve been through a TSA checkpoint! They are just trying to kill two birds with one stone. See how efficient they are!”

  58. Mop, I certainly hope your right about David Boren….I believe a Leopard never changes his spots.
    I don’t want Pelosi to stay either, because she is protecting Obama! David Boren will not be on Hillary’s side now…that I won’t believe.

  59. Did we ever find out whether Pelosi spoke with Bill Clinton?? I also wonder why Bambi is taking another trip?? I think probably to be able to stay out of the fray in the house….out of the fighting he no doubt is inciting. That’s Obama alright initiating the infighting then staying above it.

  60. Mandy is my heroine. At least she stood up to the Obama facists. She screamed and she kicked like hell. Not only did they grope, but they took her stuffed animal away from her. More spreading the wealth. We need more people in this country like Mandy who are not afraid to speak out and protest against the abuses of this banana republic dictator–this cousin to a cuckoo Chavez–the little commie torro. The great Messiah Obama–who was last seen driving the money changers from the temple and into the bowels of the White House where he can do business with them Chicago style and loot the country.

  61. I’m going to quit watching the news…the Dow is down on news we might have to bail out Ireland and Greece….gotta love all the good news!

  62. Confloyd, there is no doubt about it, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain all went off on panic today….those 4 are screwed.

    Angela Merkel has said today the price for any bailout would be “Ireland would have to give up economic and political independence”….If I was Ireland, i’d tell the EU to and screw itself.

  63. Oh my, the news of Kate and Prince William will flood the airways forever….these fairytales! Why is Britain so good at them….we had the crowning of the first black Potus and look what has happened? I find all this stuff such a waste of time when our country and everyone else’s is in such trouble!

  64. Mop,
    Ahh, surely we can see why the globalist Queen would be saying such a thing, can’t we?? That’s the ultimate motive behind all this destruction. The re-grouping of the world into 4 unions and then eventually into one. EU, NA, and the other which I can never remember.

  65. This is something I’m not qualified to say much about, but it is intriguing.

    The Federal Reserve Is Our Largest Creditor, Not China

    Also interesting is a comment there:

    National debt problem solved.

    Section 1 of the End the Fed Act of 2012:

    All U.S. Treasury obligations held by the Federal Reserve are declared null and void.

    (I’m crossing my fingers on the blockquote html.)

  66. Moon, I was thinking the same thing. And notice what is happening . . . China gave Obama a big fuck you and is tightening its monetary policies, even as Messiah Obama defends Bernake’s improvident decision to print $600 billion of fiat money, and to support massive bail-outs for Europe. The problem is compounding now for Obama because t-bill holders are dumping bonds causing interest rates to go up, and Republican economists are challenging the wisdom of the feds move toward quantitative easing–which has you may recall was a close decision by the fed, and not at all a unanimous. At the end of the day, this is Obama’s fault. Instead of getting us out of the hole he and Pelosi dug us a deeper one. If they wanted inflation, then they will soon have it. Inflation plus growing deficits and that may be the end game here. Pay off the deficits with cheap money. China knows this of course and so does everywhere else. This is a problem.


  67. This TSA scan/pat is a pandora’s box..Read a comment from ‘Retired’ on LJ’s post at NQ. Then there are questions about adult diapers and sanitary napkins and so on.. I am cringing even as I write this comment. TSA says use discretion but TSA employees I have seen are not the brightest of the bunch and that video of them doing a pat down is downright creepy.

    From another blog:
    And what about maxipads? A NYT columnist writes today about his conversation with the TSA. “Do the imagers, for example, detect sanitary napkins? Yes. Does that then necessitate a pat-down? The T.S.A. couldn’t say. Screeners, the T.S.A. has said, are expected to exercise some discretion.”


    Ah, I feel so much better now with so much “discretion” in the hands of the TSA.

  68. Obama Senior aides told him not to sign ObamaCare and that it was “insane”. (yup, as we thought he didnt listen)

    Soros, Obama’s Boss purchased NPR this past October/2010. The used to be reliable news service to capitalize on it’s credibility feeding the masses sanitized BS. They no longer can be trusted.

    “Just days after declaring himself “helpless” to stop the Republican avalanche coming next month, George Soros paid $1.8 million to purchase NPR. The money is supposed to be used to hire 1oo “news” reporters for his Impact of Government project. Soros’s OSI is using the project to target state governments, as he is doing with his nefarious SoS campaign. Obama’s boss is conniving to install regime-friendly operatives in Secretaries of State offices nationwide.

    In a completely unrelated story, NPR just fired its lone intellectually honest liberal and Fox News commentator, Juan Williams.”


  69. Deficit Reduction
    Thomas Sowell

    Another deficit reduction commission has now made its recommendations. My own recommendation for dealing with deficits would include stopping the appointment of deficit reduction commissions.

    It is not the amount of money that these commissions cost that is the issue. It is the escape hatch that they provide for big-spending politicians.

    Do you go ahead and spend the rent money and the food money– and then ask somebody else to tell you how to escape the consequences?

    If President Obama or the Congress were serious about keeping the deficit down, they could have had this commission’s recommendations before they spent hundreds of billions of dollars, handing out goodies hither and yon to their pet constituencies.

    I don’t know why people agree to serve on these bipartisan commissions, which save the political hides of the big spenders after they have run up huge deficits. Back in the 1950s, there was a saying: “If you didn’t invite me to the take-off, don’t invite me to the crash landing.”

    Deficit commissions make it politically possible to spend money first and get somebody else to recommend raising taxes later. They are a virtual guarantee of never-ending increases in both spending and taxes.

    Why provide political cover? Leave the big spenders out there naked in front of the voters! Either the elected officials will change their ways or the voters can change the officials they elect.

    There is no special information or wisdom available to unelected deficit commissions that is not available to elected officials. Nor are they more far-seeing than politicians.

    Cutting defense spending to save money? That is one of the oldest moves in the liberal play book. Some soldiers may pay with their lives for this, but that could be years from now– and after the next election, which is as far as most politicians think.
    The biggest immediate tax issue is whether the Bush tax cuts will be extended for everyone. Here, as elsewhere in politics, sheer hogwash reigns supreme.

    Nancy Pelosi claims that the “tax cuts for the rich” cannot be continued because it would be “too costly.” Although former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey says, “Demagoguery beats data” in politics, here are some data anyway.

    The first big cut in income taxes came in the 1920s, at the urging of Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. He argued that a reduction of the tax rates would increase the tax revenues. What actually happened?

    In 1920, when the top tax rate was 73 percent, for people making over $100,000 a year, the federal government collected just over $700 million in income taxes– and 30 percent of that was paid by people making over $100,000. After a series of tax cuts brought the top rate down to 24 percent, the federal government collected more than a billion dollars in income tax revenue– and people making over $100,000 a year now paid 65 percent of the taxes.

    How could that be? The answer is simple: People behave differently when tax rates are high as compared to when they are low. With low tax rates, they take their money out of tax shelters and put it to work in the economy, benefitting themselves, the economy and government, which collects more money in taxes because incomes rise.

    High tax rates which very few people are actually paying, because of tax shelters, do not bring in as much revenue as lower tax rates that people are paying. It was much the same story after tax cuts during the Kennedy administration, the Reagan administration and the Bush Administration.

    The New York Times reported in 2006: “An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year.”

    Expectations are in the eyes of the beholder– and in the rhetoric of the demagogues. If class warfare is more important to some politicians than collecting more revenue when there is a deficit, then let the voters know that.
    And spare us so-called “deficit reduction commissions.”

  70. ohanson
    November 16th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for posting that important tidbit of informtion.

    I didn’t see a line for the billions borrowed due and owing to Social Security. Is it hidden under another line entry, I might have missed?

    I expect the proposed cuts in Social Security and Medicare will be the “float” until avenues for further theft can occur elsewhere.

  71. Latest from the insider

    We received a brief email update from our White House Insider, indicating a president returning from abroad “dejected and confused” and “emotionally debilitated” over the cold reception he received from world leaders, and White House staff now scrambling to protect the president from a looming scandal.

    Author’s Note: This email is the most recent communication we received from the White House Insider. Though brief, it outlines a president clearly suffering from considerable doubt and uncertainty as he prepares for the third year of his presidency, and a Democratic Party that continues to wage war among its own.



    Hello again. Assume you noted all of the incoming by Democrats against Pres? Of particular note is that of Doug S. Doug has been acting as Hillary’s gadfly for some time now. Very connected. Very insightful. Very good. One to be feared. I like Doug. His and Pat’s open declaration against President is clear signal Hillary camp fully engaged. Developing. And gotta love Pat. He’s back in it now! I strongly suspect they know of Obama’s coming scandal(s). Foundation being set in place for all out offensive going into 2012. The DC diaper is full up and in need of a change…

    « Democrats and Republicans are on two different planetsThe Decider Returns to Haunt Mr Nuance as George W. Bush Eclipses Barack Obama »As for particulars on Obama, much info received this past week. All pointing to Obama as very upset/angry at treatment by world leaders and media RE trip. Behind scenes mood “dejected and confused”. Later noted as “emotionally debilitated”. Reported outburst between President and First Lady. What makes this account

    unique is that “…President stood his ground.” WH staff involved in serious protective plan for President regarding incoming scandal. Very fearful of Issa. Told WH reps have already visited Issa office several times since election. Promises made? Issa is bright and loves attention. Could prove formidable vs White House. Staff sent to Chicago this past week and DA is heading there on more permanent basis in coming weeks. Why? Why indeed. PAY ATTENTION.

    Lastly RE question on “missile” off CA. I have no -expletive- clue what that was. Go ahead and file that question with your birther question from last time. Any more of these and you’ll be waiting another month or two or ten before we have next sit down.

    Talk soon. Maybe.

    Maybe not

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-president-stood-his-ground/#ixzz15TCsBJcQ

  72. Mrs. Smith, Sorry, I don’t know. This whole austerity/ balance the budget thing is a load of crap (at best) anyway. Bottom line is we need Glass-Steagall reinstated (either HR4375 The Glass-Steagall Restoration Act, or HR4377 The Return to Prudent Banking Act, or HR4461 The Banking Integrity Act.), to protect necessary banking functions with bankruptcy reorganization while shitcaning all the derivatives and exotic financial instruments in the process. Then the federal government could issue credit to save the states and fund infrastructure projects… Go back to stable fixed rates between international currencies (ended under Nixon-George Shulz in ’71-72), making long-term treaties and development projects possible. China, Russia and India would climb aboard, along with others.

    BTW, I tried to see what the commenter at link I posted was talking about, “End the Fed Act of 2012.” Can’t find it. Best guess is he’s talking about older Ron Paul stuff. Although sometimes interesting, Ron Paul falls far short and his free-market, gold-standard nonsense would kill millions and destroy the USA. That said, I paste what I found looking for the “End the Fed Act of 2012.”


    H. R. 833
    To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.
    February 3, 2009
    Mr. PAUL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
    As suggested by its title, this bill seeks to abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System along with the Federal reserve banks within the period of a year. Rep. Paul has also proposed a somewhat milder alternative to this bill, H.R. 1207, which calls for more transparency of the Fed and requires the GAO to conduct a full audit of their activities.

    The bill [833] would, one year from its enactment, abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and each Federal reserve bank and repeal the Federal Reserve Act.

    Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
    No co-sponsors

  73. Sometimes there is talk of forming a 3rd party, its practicability, etc. You know what? One is already here, and their candidate is already in the White House. Another sterling member is just elected Rand Paul (son of Ron), who is the worst of the worst in stupidness or worse. They could well be called the Social Democrats, if you know what I mean. This deserves more explanation, but I’m way, way beyond the point of needing sleep and rest for the eyes. Another time.

  74. Thanks JanH-

    I’m exhaused but Telly (16 month old Golden Retriever) is fine. I finally got to weigh him on the Vet’s scale. He weighs 99.6 lbs. We dressed him up for Halloween as ‘Narnia’. All he needed was Lion ears and a moussed tail… 😆

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, de-legislating Glass-Segall opened the floodgates for Hedge Funds Run Wild…

    Though, I do agree with those proposing a Tobin Tax on every Wall St. transaction. The Banksters will have their own fund to cover their gambling losses abrogating reliance on Tax-Payer Bailouts ever again.

    H. R. 833

    To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.
    February 3, 2009

    NO-Co-sponsers! Ostracisement is thy name if….

  75. Thanks JanH-

    I’m exhaused but Telly (16 month old Golden Retriever) is fine. I finally got to weigh him on the Vet’s scale. He weighs 99.6 lbs. We dressed him up for Halloween as ‘Narnia’. All he needed were Lion ears and a moussed tail… 😆

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, de-legislating Glass-Segall opened the floodgates for Hedge Funds Run Wild…
    Though, I do agree with those proposing a Tobin Tax on every Wall St. transaction. The Banksters will have their own fund to cover their gambling losses abrogating reliance on Tax-Payer Bailouts ever again.

    H. R. 833
    To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.
    February 3, 2009

    NO-Co-sponsers! Ostracisement is thy name.. if….

  76. Thanks JanH-

    I’m exhausted but Telly (16 month old Golden Retriever) is fine. I finally got to weigh him on the Vet’s scale. He weighs 99.6 lbs. We dressed him up for Halloween as Narnia. All he needed were Lion ears and a moussed… 😆

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, de-legislating Glass-Segall opened the floodgates for Hedge Funds Run Wild…
    Though, I do agree with those proposing a Tobin Tax on every Wall St. transaction. The Banksters will have their own fund to cover their gambling losses abrogating reliance on Tax-Payer Bailouts ever again.

    H. R. 833
    To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.
    February 3, 2009

    NO-Co-sponsers! Ostracisement is thy name… if….

  77. What is going on …………are they planning to relocate the whole WH back to Chicago. Are they all running away?


    First lady’s chief of staff leaving White House

    The first lady’s office announced Tuesday that Susan Sher will leave the White House and return to Chicago after the first of the year. In a statement, Mrs. Obama said she is grateful for Sher’s leadership and counsel.

    Sher began her work in the Obama administration in the White House Counsel’s office. She was named Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff last year, replacing Jackie Norris, who took a position elsewhere in the government.

    Sher was also involved in the administration’s efforts to pass health care reform. President Barack Obama said in a statement that Sher brought “tremendous skill and dedication” to the administration.

    Her replacement has not been named.

  78. Mop, Maybe they all are going back…wouldn’t that be nice! If MO is just soo sweeet, how come she’s already gone thru 2 chief’s?? Isn’t that a bit unusal? I bet they are trying to keep secret whatever is being hidden by the Obama’s. Nice fat paycheck and retirement for the witnesses.

  79. Oh heavens, GWB’s entire speech and now the “Won’s” entire speech….Fox better stop or their ratings are going to go down.

  80. “First lady’s chief of staff leaving White House”


    Doesn’t that make the 2nd chief of staff for meme to leave in the first term?

  81. Cutting defense spending to save money? That is one of the oldest moves in the liberal play book. Some soldiers may pay with their lives for this

    [[ How about if we cut spending by letting soldiers resign when they want to — thus saving their salaries? ]]

    In 1920, when the top tax rate was 73 percent, for people making over $100,000 a year, the federal government collected just over $700 million in income taxes– and 30 percent of that was paid by people making over $100,000. After a series of tax cuts brought the top rate down to 24 percent, the federal government collected more than a billion dollars in income tax revenue

    [[ After how long a series? EVERYTHING has gone up since 1920. ]]

  82. JanH, Yes that the second chief of staff for the First lady. Something must be going on in “Neverland”. LOL!

    She has to be the unhappiest woman of all time.

  83. She probably gave up trying to beg Michelle not to wear the daily disaster.

    Even Bagladies have more dress sense.

  84. So the charge Rangel got away with…..

    “Rangel was acquitted on the charge of bringing discredit upon the House of Representatives.”

    Actually it would be damn near impossible to prove a conviction on that one when you think about that lot in the house, its a cess pit.

  85. Penn has little credibility with me as he seemed completely unprepared for what Hillary would face in the primary.

  86. Mrs. Smith
    November 16th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    All of this “dazed and confused” talk about Øbama gets my hopes up a bit. It leads me to believe that the loser will self-destruct before the end of his first term. I don’t know who will step in to save the day. I am hoping that George Soros experiences the suffering that he has caused so many other people. It’s not nice to wish bad things on other people, but right now, I don’t consider George Soros to be a “person”. He is evil incarnate. I wonder what possesses a person to desire such inordinate power to make his will a reality even though it is so detrimental to so many others. Øbama is Soros’ puppy, trying to behave as told, but lacking the intelligence and maturity to get Soros’ evil work done. Yes, this is a race for America’s future, a race of good over evil.

    The news today about Rangel is good. He finally got indicted for his malfeasance. Now he needs to either leave the House by resigning or by incarceration. Let him be the example for all of the other crooks who come after him.

    The news about Ireland is unsettling. It wasn’t that long ago that Ireland was propped up as something to behold. I am of the opinion that the EU as a nation state was not a good idea for Europe or the world. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  87. Yeah, I’m not all that excited about Penn. If she runs again, I hope its Begala and Carville and of coarse Bill. He is the master!

  88. nomobama, It’s getting my hopes up too. If you have read Lamecherry’s last Sunday’s edition…its a good read! Michelle’s Mirror also has some interesting tidbits. It’s funny how we’re getting bits and pieces of the puzzle and it’s getting all over the internet and getting on Hannity too!

  89. Thanks JanH-

    I’m exhaused but Telly (16 month old Golden Retriever) is fine. I finally got to weigh him on the Vet’s scale. He weighs 99.6 lbs. We dressed him up for Halloween as Narnia. All he needed were Lion ears and a moussed tail!…:lol:

    November 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I agree, de-legislating Glass-Segall opened the floodgates for Hedge Funds Run Wild…
    Though, I do agree with those proposing a Tobin Tax on every Wall St. transaction. The Banksters will have their own fund to cover their gambling losses abrogating reliance on Tax-Payer Bailouts ever again.

    H. R. 833
    To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes.
    February 3, 2009

    NO-Co-sponsers! Ostracisement is thy name… if….

  90. I saw Palin’s Alaska on TLC last night. Her on camera chat was uninteresting and even childish at times. Some of her comments were really big red falgs. Like the one about Mt. Mckinley — she is asking her dad why he never wanted to climb it? some of the other related comments seemed to suggest she didn’t know anything about how serious a climb that is. People train for it and she seemed to be unaware of what was involved in such an exercise. Most of what she said was some folksy gobbledygook. I hope she never runs for president because if she does and people get swept up again it will be like Obama all over again.

  91. pm317, It had a huge viewership….we’ll see if it continues. Hillary’s special was more interesting and realistic, however the scenary was gorgeous!

  92. confloyd-

    The spam filter has it- you will be scrolling for 10 min when it fianlly posts the repeats!

    Oy vey!

  93. Wow! I can’t wait!

    I understand there’s been a leak that someone is definitely primarying the “the Won”.

  94. Confloyd-

    Forget the TSA screening… I might just drive to Texas. I’ll ask a friend to make the trip w/me..

  95. confloyd, Alaska is gorgeous — I visited it up from Arctic ocean down to Portage glacier in July. I would watch the show for scenery as well. But politically she is not viable and the show highlights some of her problems — IMHO, she has not graduated much past that faux pas with Couric. But she is a good messenger for things that need to be said like she is going around now saying ‘see a little vetting from the media in 2008 would have shown the real Obama.’

  96. pm317, We really do need a Potus with experience and brains….common sense without diplomatic prowness would not be good at this time in our history.
    Hillary has it all….we just gotta get the “Won” out of there in the next few weeks so she can show her real stuff….which is the “the Right Stuff”.

  97. Confloyd, where you hearing that about a primary challenge, i had heard a little something but i just put it away as a bit early for it.

  98. Oops! It finally posted back up at 3:16..

    To JanH and ohanson…

    Thanks, admin for using your editing wand…

  99. “Øbama is Soros’ puppy, trying to behave as told, but lacking the intelligence and maturity to get Soros’ evil work done. Yes, this is a race for America’s future, a race of good over evil.”

    That is it precisely!

    Have you seen the movie “Avatar”?

    I waited until it became available on Pay per-view. The first showing, I had so many interruptions, I had to watch it a second time. What I missed on the first showing was the lesson of ‘balance’… how the universe (earth) doesn’t take sides between Good and Evil but will remediate either way to foster balance in all things. Soros has been promoting his idea of ‘balance’ called ‘equilibrium’ and why he probably has survived so long in our environment. He does as much philanthropic work giving to charities and so forth as he does for his own sick obsessiveness for control and power at any cost. He may just have stumbled on something out of guilt perhaps for cover or the likability factor. For whatever his reasons, his evil actions have been unstoppable at any point by anyone to date..

    Cameron may have had a conversation with Soros picking up on his ‘equilibrium’ theory and used the plot and subplots in the movie as the example demonstrating the effect…

    Just food for thought… 😉

  100. (Deep throat) –

    Hello again. Assume you noted all of the incoming by Democrats against Pres? Of particular note is that of Doug S. Doug has been acting as Hillary’s gadfly for some time now. Very connected. Very insightful. Very good. One to be feared. I like Doug. His and Pat’s open declaration against President is clear signal Hillary camp fully engaged. Developing. And gotta love Mb>Pat. He’s back in it now! I strongly suspect they know of Obama’s coming scandal(s). Foundation being set in place for all out offensive going into 2012. The DC diaper is full up and in need of a change…

    I googled these two men, and found this article that I don’t think has been mentioned on the blog…sorry if it was.

    If Deep throat is real, and he leads to this article, maybe this gives us more clues of what will happen?


    Our Divisive President

    Barack Obama promised a new era of post-partisanship. In office, he’s played racial politics and further split the country along class and party lines.


    During the election campaign, Barack Obama sought to appeal to the best instincts of the electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our democracy. He ran on a platform of reconciliation—of getting beyond “old labels” of right and left, red and blue states, and forging compromises based on shared values.

    President Obama’s Inaugural was a hopeful day, with an estimated 1.8 million people on the National Mall celebrating the election of America’s first African-American president. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable.

    And yet, it has not been realized. Not at all.

    Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf.

    We have seen the divisive approach under Republican presidents as well—particularly the administrations of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. By dividing America, Mr. Obama has brought our government to the brink of a crisis of legitimacy, compromising our ability to address our most important policy issues.

    We say this with a heavy heart. Both of us share the president’s stated vision of what America can and should be. The struggle for equal rights has animated both of our lives. Both of us were forged politically during the crucible of the civil rights movement. Having worked in the South during the civil rights movement, and on behalf of the ground-breaking elections of African-American mayors such as David Dinkins, Harold Washington and Emanuel Cleaver, we were deeply moved by Mr. Obama’s election.

    The first hint that as president Mr. Obama would be willing to interject race into the political dialogue came last July, when he jumped to conclusions about the confrontation between Harvard Prof. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and the Cambridge police.

    During a press conference, the president said that the “Cambridge police acted stupidly,” and he went on to link the arrest with the “long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

    In truth, the Gates incident appears to have had nothing to do with race—a Cambridge review committee that investigated the incident ruled on June 30 that there was fault on both sides.

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) has said the president told him in a closed-door meeting that he would not move to secure the border with Mexico unless and until Congress reached a breakthrough on comprehensive immigration reform. That’s another indication Mr. Obama is willing to continue to play politics with hot-button issues.

    Add in the lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law and it’s clear the Obama administration is willing to run the risk of dividing the American people along racial and ethnic lines to mobilize its supporters—particularly Hispanic voters, whose backing it needs in the fall midterm elections and beyond.

    As the Washington Post reported last week, two top White House strategists, speaking on condition of anonymity, have indicated that “the White House plans to use the immigration debate to punish the GOP and aggressively seek the Latino vote in 2012.”

    On an issue that has gotten much less attention, but is potentially just as divisive, the Justice Department has pointedly refused to prosecute three members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation at the polls on Election Day 2008.

    It is the job of the Department of Justice to protect all American voters from voter discrimination and voter intimidation—whether committed by the far right, the far left, or the New Black Panthers. It is unacceptable for the Department of Justice to continue to stonewall on this issue.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama’s campaign emphasized repeatedly that his minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was being unfairly stereotyped because of racially incendiary sound bites that allegedly did not reflect the totality of his views. In the Gates incident and others, Mr. Obama has resorted to similar forms of stereotyping.

    Even the former head of the Civil Rights Commission, Mary Frances Berry, acknowledged that the Obama administration has taken to polarizing America around the issue of race as a means of diverting attention away from other issues, saying: “the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. . . . Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.”

    The president had a unique opportunity to focus on overarching issues of importance to whites and blacks. He has failed to address the critical challenges. He has not used his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of racial unity and the common interest of poor whites and blacks who need training, job opportunities, and the possibility of realizing the American Dream. He hasn’t done enough to address youth unemployment—which in the white community is 23.2% and in the black community is 39.9%.

    Mr. Obama has also cynically divided the country on class lines. He has taken to playing the populist card time and time again. He bashes Wall Street and insurance companies whenever convenient to advance his programs, yet he has been eager to accept campaign contributions and negotiate with these very same banks and corporations behind closed doors in order to advance his political agenda.

    Finally, President Obama also exacerbated partisan division, and he has made it clear that he intends to demonize the Republicans and former President George W. Bush in the fall campaign. In April, the Democratic National Committee released a video in which the president directly addressed his divide-and-conquer campaign strategy, with an appeal to: “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”

    President Obama’s divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture. Meanwhile, the Republican leadership has failed to put forth an agenda that is more positive, unifying or inclusive. We are stronger when we debate issues and purpose, and we are all weaker when we divide by race and class. We will pay a price for this type of politics.

    Mr. Caddell served as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Schoen, who served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton, is the author of “The Political Fix” (Henry Holt, 2010).

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