What It All Means: Prince William Proposes; Charlie Rangel Disposes

It was a touching announcement. It was full of dignity. It was full of memory. It was disgusting. We’re talking about Charlie Rangel’s conviction today.

Whatever Rangel did or did not do is almost beside the point. The point is that his trail was held yesterday and his conviction announced today – all after the November elections. Whether Rangel would have been re-elected or not is irrelevant. The voters had a right to know before the elections – in Rangel’s district and in every other district and state.

If anyone wants to know why the American people are so angry, if anyone wants to know where Tea Party activists and the Left and the Right should come together, it is on this. Why is it that the majority in the House of Representatives thought more of themselves than the people they are supposed to represent?

The House of Representatives majority party cared more about their own fate than providing a full accounting to the people who voted in November. The People’s House acted more like a Royalist party than the democratic institution it is supposed to be. And we are sure that if the Republicans were the majority party they likely would have done the same.

Across the ocean, the royal Prince William, son of the “People’s Princess” acted with more dignity than the elected representatives of the American people.

At the White House, the recipient of the now cheapened Nobel Peace Prize gave the nation’s highest honor to a deserving soldier who acted above and beyond the call of duty.

First the Rangel story:

“A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee, announced the decision late Tuesday morning following an abbreviated public trial of the 20-term lawmaker and nearly six hours of deliberations.

“We have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law,” Lofgren said. “We believe we have accomplished that mission.”

The full ethics panel will now convene a sanctions hearing to recommend a punishment. Serious sanctions — including formal reprimand, censure or expulsion — require a vote on the House floor. Expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, while a reprimand, which Rangel refused to agree to in July, or a censure would need just a simple majority. The ethics panel could also impose a fine and diminish some of Rangel’s privileges.”

Congressman Rangel responded without dignity and without responsibility. With tricks aimed at a delay of justice Congressman Rangel continued to stonewall the truth:

“In an official statement, Rangel slammed the ethics subcommittee’s “unprecedented” decision, saying his due process rights were violated since the panel ruled without him having legal representation.

“How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the ethics subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room?” Rangel said. “I can only hope that the full committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanction.”

The congressman did not indicate he would seek to appeal the decision saying, “While I am required to accept the findings of the Ethics Committee, I am compelled to state again the unfairness of its continuation without affording me the opportunity to obtain legal counsel as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.”

The decision comes one day after the panel rejected an emotional plea by Rangel to delay the trial because he lacked counsel. Rangel’s team of attorneys told him they could no longer represent him in mid-October, and Rangel said he could not afford to hire a replacement right away after incurring nearly $2 million in legal fees over the past two years.

The 13 counts stem from several House ethics violations, including improperly using his office to solicit donations for a school of public policy in his name at the City College of New York, using a residential apartment in Harlem for his campaign office, failing to report more than $600,000 on his financial disclosure report and failing to pay taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, applauded the decision and called on Rangel to resign.

“All of Mr. Rangel’s theatrics aside, the facts were clear: Mr. Rangel violated numerous House rules and federal laws,” she said. “Whether these violations were deliberate or inadvertent, the American people deserve to be represented by members of Congress who adhere to the highest ethical standards. Mr. Rangel should resign.”

Rangel was not represented in the hearing because he walked out. Rangel has yet to explain the multiple rent controlled apartments he commandeered for his own wealthy use. The New York rent-control laws are not meant to provide cheap office space to wealthy members of congress. It is a disgusting royalist display of privilege:

“In this town of showmen, liars and big-time con artists, there has never been a more splendid vaudeville show.

It was a comedy of errors yesterday filled with surprise and farce and tragedy featuring a stunning dramatic performance by Charlie Rangel that would strain the acting abilities of the most accomplished Shakespearean player.

From grand bluster, he swung into thundering rage. Then brooding fury gave way to wincing openness. And then the wounded face of a crushed soul. Only to emerge fiery defiance.

All this from one lonely character in just a few minutes on a cramped stage in a room full of dupes.

The latest act in this endless play began yesterday, when Rangel entered the hearing room, a simple stage for his last stand.

He strolled in from the public hallway without the slightest wrinkle of worry creasing his face.

His striped tie and red pocket handkerchief were bright and cheery enough to attract hummingbirds.

On his finger, a glittering ring the size of a butter plate.

As he entered, all alone, a look of pleasant surprise crossed his face as if he had just stumbled upon his birthday party and there were so many familiar faces.

Smiling broadly, nodding deeply, winking here and there, he sauntered to the front of the room and stood proudly behind his prosperous girth.”

There was a months long, years long, delayed display of forced dignity by the committee that delayed justice for so long:

“The chairwoman began in the flat, hushed tones of a public-radio host — only to be drowned out by the sheer force of Rangel’s performance.

Denied counsel! Bankrupted by the committee! An endless two-year investigation! Justice for all! Due process!

His crimes were not as bad as they might have been, so where is the apology?

“All I’m asking for is time to get counsel,” Rangel implored with his arms flailing beside him.

And so he danced on that fissure between fact and fiction — reality and fantasy — so fluidly and convincingly that even Truth would not have known her own face in that room.”

Real dignity, came to this great republic in the form of Medal of Honor winner Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. The award ceremony would have been more appropriate several days ago, on Veterans Day, but Obama was busy embarrassing the nation overseas.

A further pity is that the prestigious medal was presented by an unhinged national clown devoid of dignity.



A bit of vetting in 2008 would have kept the chickens away from the roost.



We know that Obama wasn’t vetted through the campaign, and now, you know, some things are coming home to roost, if you will, which is inexperience, his associations, and that ultimately harms our republic when a candidate isn’t — isn’t vetted by the media, that cornerstone of our democracy. So, you’re right, it’s not about me and whether you like my politics or not. You can push all that aside, and just pay attention to what that message is in this documentary, and that is that things have got to change for the better in the state of journalism. Otherwise, you know, it could be part of a demise of our democracy if that cornerstone erodes.”

True about Obama, true about Rangel, true about both parties and all candidates.

* * * * * *

Across the Atlantic happy news came in the form of a proposal of marriage by the eventual King of the British Isles, to a “commoner”. Prince William, son of Princess Diana of Wales remembered his mother on this happy day.

We don’t opine on the “People’s Princess” narrative but we do know why Princess Diana’s death resonates so. She was a pretty, young woman who lived a fairy tale life – which ended in a Shish-kebab horror death. That arc of her life is one every life on this planet can easily share. We never know when Fate swoops down and cuts even the mighty down.

So it was with great joy that many received the news that dignity and love were so vividly displayed in what was once our Mother Country.

“Prince William said of their engagement: “The timing is right now, we are both very, very happy.”

Explaining why he decided to give Diana’s ring to Miss Middleton, William said: “It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.



We can only hope that the wedding gift from the American people to Prince William and Miss Middleton is not a DVD collection of speeches from Nobel winner Obama nor a bag of discarded sleeves yanked off gaudy cocktail dresses.

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288 thoughts on “What It All Means: Prince William Proposes; Charlie Rangel Disposes

  1. We can only hope that the wedding gift from the American people to Prince William and Miss Middleton is not a DVD collection of speeches from Nobel winner Obama nor a bag of discarded sleeves yanked off gaudy cocktail dresses.

    =================================
    Funny.

  2. repost to nomobama from previous thread:

    “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… 😉

  3. Ooooo, we all know how much Barry hates Hannity. With this ‘unhinged’ statement…Barry is gonna lose it.

    Hannity did say he has close contacts in the White House, this will cause the Fraud to question those around him, and become paranoid? MO had better take cover, he will probably take it out on her…

    He isn’t going to make it another two years with the kool-aid wearing off.

  4. Something stinks about the Rangel “conviction”. His crimes are run of the mill and rather penny ante compared to the usual Congress crooks. He has been doing his nickel and dime crimes for decades but isn’t it ironic that the “House” in the DR and other things didn’t make the media until he held out as an Hillary supporter. Revenge of the pathetic sociopath at 1600 Penn. Ave.?

  5. It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today … ”

    That’s terribly sweet. Those two look to have become relatively normal adults, even with his younger brother’s Halloween idiocy a few years back. As normal as anyone in their position can be, at least. I wish them well.

  6. Thinking of the Barry melt down, does the oval office still have the Nixon cameras hooked up?
    After Barry is carried off to the looney bin in Chicago, will the tapes be released to the public?
    If so, it will be a new version of the West Wing.

  7. Darth Vader Dick Cheney is talking about someone:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20022971-503544.html

    Cheney lauded Mr. Bush as a president who refused “to put on airs,” stating that he was thrilled to find that the most powerful person he knew was “among the least pretentious.” He said Mr. Bush was someone who could “walk with kings, yet keep the common touch,” added that “there were no affectations about him at all – he treats everyone as an equal.” [snip]

    Cheney, who (unlike Mr. Bush) has been a vocal critic of President Obama, also took a shot at the current administration. Speaking of his expectation that construction would move quickly on the presidential center following the groundbreaking, Cheney quipped that “this may be the only shovel ready project in America.” The reference was to the Obama-supported stimulus package that Republicans have criticized as ineffective.

  8. Admin:

    Rangel’s words:

    “and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanction.”
    ______________________

    From his mouth to God’s ears… Service to the Congress? What happened to service and accountability to the People who elected him?
    _____________________

    Admin- The quote near the middle of your post. The author of the NYP article on Rangel, Charles Hurt, writes in a wonderful Dickens like style-

    “The chairwoman began in the flat, hushed tones of a public-radio host — only to be drowned out by the sheer force of Rangel’s performance.

    Denied counsel! Bankrupted by the committee! An endless two-year investigation! Justice for all! Due process!

    His crimes were not as bad as they might have been, so where is the apology?

    “All I’m asking for is time to get counsel,” Rangel implored with his arms flailing beside him.

    And so he danced on that fissure between fact and fiction — reality and fantasy — so fluidly and convincingly that even Truth would not have known her own face in that room.”

    What a wonderful, whimsical mind!

    Bookmark him somewhere for Hillary… I think she would like him and could use his services someday..

  9. I want to say that Diana’s story resonates so because she is one of the few who “rose to the occasion”. We all dream that when or if we wind up in the spotlight, that we handle ourselves correctly and do something of value for humankind with the attention that we receive. That’s what Diana did.

    She was cleaning houses for a living and working as a nursery school aid when she started dating Charles. And while she grew up in swanky circles, what she brought to her position was more than the expected social finesse. She cared about people and she used the access that being Princess of Wales gave her to improve the lives of others.

    No one would have been terribly surprised if she’d lived a retiring life as Charles’ wife and left it at that. She didn’t need to be more than a pretty face and ever-present mother. But she was more. And that’s why I think her story resonates. She wasn’t a rocket scientist, didn’t run an NGO, but she found ways within her means to improve the lives of others in a substantial way. And isn’t that what we all hope we can do when and if our fifteen minutes rolls around?

  10. On the road again, just got to get back on the road again…….
    Bla, bla, bla…da, da, deeee….

    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.

    His challenge is to reassure European partners that, despite political weakness at home and embarrassing setbacks abroad, he remains committed to better cooperation on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the fight against trade protectionism.

    But it will not be easy for Obama, whose Democratic Party suffered heavy losses in this month’s congressional elections, to dispel the impression that his stature has been diminished on the world stage.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AE3GV20101115

    The diminished Fat Duck boy from da hood.

  11. “Cheney, who (unlike Mr. Bush) has been a vocal critic of President Obama, also took a shot at the current administration. Speaking of his expectation that construction would move quickly on the presidential center following the groundbreaking, Cheney quipped that “this may be the only shovel ready project in America.” The reference was to the Obama-supported stimulus package that Republicans have criticized as ineffective.
    ____________________________

    I thought his reference was to Obama’s search for a suitable site for his Presidential Library.. Does he need to construct a library for his (2)books?

  12. Shadowfax, Europe is in no mood for Obama to be pissing around at the moment, they are in real massive crisis that may collapse the Euro and the EU itself, they have no time for him at present if he is expecting plaudits and adulation.

  13. moon

    Then I guess Barry will have more disappointments coming his way on our dime.

    The guy doesn’t realize his 15 minutes are over.
    The kool-aid has worn off and he is going to become more unhinged when he realizes he can go anywhere – and still not get the admiration he needs to keep ‘grounded’.

  14. Thanksgiving Barfy Alert
    Barbara Walters to Interview President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama
    President and Mrs. Obama will sit together for a Thanksgiving visit in a joint one-hour special with Barbara Walters airing on Friday, Nov. 26th, the day after the holiday, at 10 p.m. ET.
    In addition to focusing on some of the major challenges facing the President today, part of the conversation will be a discussion of how the whole family reacted to the President’s political reversal. This interview will be Mrs. Obama’s first since the mid-term elections. The special marks the second time the President and First Lady have sat for a joint interview with Ms. Walters; the first was November of 2008, immediately following the presidential election. The interview will be conducted in the White House on Tuesday, November 23rd.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/barbara-walters-interview-president-barack-obama-lady-michelle/story?id=12154903
    Excerpts from the interview will air across ABC News’ platforms, including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio and ABCNEWS.com and also on “The View.”[so escaping it will be difficult.]

    For the video entitled “Obama on Country’s Hopes, His Fears” also at the link above, BabaWawa ensures you’ll need to have a barky bag handy, for it’s Baba interviewing President-Elect Obama.

  15. moononpluto: “…Europe is in no mood for Obama to be pissing around at the moment…”

    That is certainly the case. There is none of the news there used to be about the US. Sarkozy said it all: Ø is an “aliéné” – a sociopath – and has no acumen in any field of concern to the Europeans or anyone else. The US is headed down a dangerous economic path and the Europeans are doing all they can to extricate themselves from his misguided “policies”.

  16. The Baba Wawa interview with Barky and MO…..Won’t it be embarrassing if they draw less viewers than ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’. Is she going to ask them “If you were a tree, what tree would you be?” How about timberrrrrrrrrr!

  17. If it were simply a case that Big Media failing to vet Obama that would be one thing. If that case it would be a simple matter of malpractice. But the crime here is far mores serious. For not only did Big Media fail to vet Obama, they also set out to destroy professionally–and personally–anyone who tried to shine the light of truth on him.

    It is tempting to compare Big Media to Senator Joe McCarthy, and some historians will do that when they look back on this bitter chapter of American History, and ask what caused the United States to lose its preeminent place among nations, and to succumb to strife or worse. Tail gunner Joe had his own reign of terror until he was brought down.

    But Big Media is far worse, because of their vast institutional power, and the perverse lengths to which they went. They pursued a scorched earth policy of lies, blackmail and deceit against Obama’s opponents, they went after their families, they called them stupid, racist and worse.Lest we forget, they did this to political opponents, they did it to their families and they did it to anyone who stood up for them.

    When the NYT sends 17 investigative reporters to Alaska to dig up dirt, or invent it on Sarah, when they fabricate pedophile stories on Tea Party candidates, when they hound and harrass Joe the plummer, when they hire trained marketing specialists to come up with marketing strategy to destroy Hillary replete with code words, stacked panels and lies we are beyond McCarthy. We are in the twilight zone of this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Dzerzhinskiy.

    They are strictly liable for the thousand misfortunes which Obama will bring to this country. They knew he was a sociopath (a far more accurate and descriptive word than narcissist)and yet they stampeded the country into voting for him. And nothing will suffice except seeing their heads on a poll. As they have ruined the lives of millions of Americans, their lives deserve to be ruined as well.

  18. Muslims torch Christian homes in southern Egypt

    By SALAH NASRAWI

    Tue Nov 16, CAIRO – Muslims set fire overnight to at least 10 houses belonging to Coptic Christians in a village in southern Egypt over rumors that a Christian resident had an affair with a Muslim girl, security officials said Tuesday.

    The officials said security forces sealed off the village of al-Nawahid in Qena province, some 290 miles (465 kilometers) south of Cairo, to prevent the violence from spreading to neighboring towns. They said several people were arrested.

    The attacks started after locals spotted a young Copt and a Muslim girl together at night inside the village cemetery, the officials said. They added that both were put under police custody as authorities investigate.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

    The village was calm by nightfall, after religious leaders from both communities appealed to their followers to end the confrontation. Some residents said they felt the situation had cooled enough that the extra police forces could leave.

    Clashes between Christians and Muslims occasionally occur in southern Egypt, mostly over land or disputes over church construction. But sectarian tensions have also been on the rise recently in the capital.

    Last year in Qena, a Coptic man was accused of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old Muslim girl. The alleged assault led to widespread protests by the Muslim community and increased tensions between the two religious groups, which culminated in the murder of six Copts and one Muslim security guard at a church on Jan. 6.

    Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 80 million. Copts and Muslims generally live in peace, though tension and violence occasionally flare.

    Human rights groups say attacks on Copts are on the rise, underscoring the government’s failure to address chronic sectarian strains in a society where religious radicalism is gaining ground.

    The government insists Christians enjoy the same rights as Muslims.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101116/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_egypt_sectarian_violence;_ylt=AuNPmwvGgn9UKtBBIckPm7wSewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTMxanFhMnBvBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAxMTE2L21sX2VneXB0X3NlY3Rhcmlhbl92aW9sZW5jZQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNtdXNsaW1zdG9yY2g-

  19. Read the whole thing here:

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/11/16/investigate-the-tsa-not-tyner/

    This goes to show just how how constant threats of “terror” are used to create new markets for products nobody needs. The public is then intimidated into compliance in the name of “national security,” when in reality they’re sacrificing their dignity, their civil liberties and their tax dollars for the sake of enormous profits:

    * 2005: Michael Chertoff, as head of Homeland Security, orders the first batch of porno scanners from a company called Rapiscan Systems. After his departure, Chertoff gave dozens of interviews using his government credentials to promote the device. What he didn’t tell people was that Rapiscan was one of the clients of his consulting company, The Chertoff group.
    * March 2009: The Department of Homeland Security says they will apply $1 billion in stimulus money to the nation’s airports. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, personally promises to oversee the distribution of stimulus funds so money goes toward the goal of creating “4 million jobs” and not on “boondoggles”
    * December 2009: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz inserted language into the Homeland Security appropriations bill barring the use of full-body image scans as “primary” screening tools at airports, and it passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 310-118. Both the ACLU and the NRA backed it. The amendment also made it illegal to store and copy these images. It died in the Senate.
    * December 25, 2009: The “Christmas bomber” attempts to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board a flight to Detroit.
    * December 29, 2009: Joe Lieberman calls for “more widespread use of the full-body scanners after the aborted attack.”
    * January 2010: Since they couldn’t get money for the porno scanners from Congress, TSA uses the “Christmas bomber” scare to appropriate $25 million they had received in stimulus money to buy the “backscatter” scanners — from Rapiscan, Chertoff’s client. Rapiscan said the contract “helped create” 25 jobs. The government gives the TSA the green light to spend a total of $173 million on the scanners. TSA spokesperson Sarah Horowitz said “the agency has enough funds that would come from the stimulus program and other federal sources” to purchase 300 more porno scanners, per CNN. Total jobs created, per the government’s own website: 1.
    * April 2010: The GAO reports that “it remains unclear whether the AIT would have detected the weapon used in the December 2009 incident based on the preliminary information GAO has received.”
    * November 8, 2010: US Airline Pilots Association tells its members “NOT to submit to AIT screenings.”
    * November 15, 2010: Joe Lieberman says he “comes down on the side of the patdowns.”

  20. hmmm.. interesting this comment on the firedoglake post. Remember how Obama was slow to react to the underwear bomber. Maybe he knew it was all made up if it was.

    Pretty interesting time line. Mmmmm, let me see, big company gets awarded contract for big new porno machines…House of Reps votes bi-partisanly to bar there us in December….and on Christamas day wouldn’t you know an attempted terrorist is caught with explosives….in his underwear.

    Nah, it’s all just a coincidence, right? Right????

  21. I believe that o is a sociopath, not a narcissist. Here is the definition of a sociopath.

    Profile of the Sociopath:

    * Glibness and Superficial Charm

    * Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    * Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

    * Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    * Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    * Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    * Incapacity for Love

    * Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    * Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    * Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    * Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    * Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    * Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

    * Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    * Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

  22. I believe BO is more a sociopath than a narcissist.

    * Glibness and Superficial Charm

    * Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    * Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”

    * Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    * Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    * Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    * Incapacity for Love

    * Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    * Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    * Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    * Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet “gets by” by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    * Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    * Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
    Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

    * Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    * Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

  23. jbstonesfan,

    Given that obama created these megalomaniacs after his own self image, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Palestinians are refusing to go back to the table.

  24. pm317
    November 16th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    —————–
    I hadn’t seen this clip before either, so thank you for posting it.

    It just about broke my heart to hear Bill Clinton talking. The media just doesn’t get it. They smeared him left and right for a personal error of judgement. They allowed the repubs to get away with murder.

    My admiration for this man just went up another 50 notches.

  25. Something stinks about the Rangel “conviction”. His crimes are run of the mill and rather penny ante compared to the usual Congress crooks. He has been doing his nickel and dime crimes for decades but isn’t it ironic that the “House” in the DR and other things didn’t make the media until he held out as an Hillary supporter.

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

    Exactly. It’s been a pattern: throw the book at Hillary supporters (Maxine being a recent one); ignore the bots.

  26. crazy horse: “I believe that o is a sociopath, not a narcissist.”

    These are not mutually exclusive terms. The case case easily be made for “narcissist” too.

  27. Yep, and some of us went through those moments with them. You don’t have to wonder why, I am quick to defend Hillary and Bill when he needs a voice far from his earshot telling the rumour mongers who attest to third party gossip, nevermind, rumors created to hurt giving them an excuse to critize something they cannot prove and feel comfortable passing the rumor along in some sleazy way.

  28. JanH
    November 16th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Muslims torch Christian homes in southern Egypt
    [ c. 329 words ]

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

    Darfuri Muslims Help Build Church as Sign of Peace
    [ c. 271 words ]

    The Muslims, members of the Darfur Students Association at the University of Juba, say they want to express gratitude to Lopez Lomong, a Sudan-born American track and field athlete who has publicly urged China to pressure the Sudanese government to end the conflict in Darfur.
    “We appreciate that Lopez stood up for us in Beijing,” said Rudwan Dawod, president of the Darfur Students Association at the University of Juba, in a statement this week. “We are helping to build this church to show we never again want the people of Darfur to be used against their brothers in the South.”
    Around 200 Darfuri Muslims have volunteered to build the Roman Catholic church in Kimotong, Southern Sudan – the home village of Lomong. The construction process began in January and is slated to be completed this fall.
    “As Sudanese Christians celebrate Holy Week, we want them all to know about this church,” said Dr. Abdelgabar Adam, the president of Darfur Human Rights Organizations USA. “It is our way, as Darfuri Muslims, to thank every Sudanese Christian who has helped us in our hour of need.
    “We need our brothers in the South to stand with us now more than ever, so that we will have a justpeace,” added Adam, whose organization is partnering with Kansas-based non-profit group Sudan Sunrise in sponsoring the reconciliation church project.
    [….]
    “Muslims are not my enemies,” Bol said, according to Sudan Sunrise. “They are my brothers.”
    The Darfurian Muslims who are helping to build the church in Lomong’s home village will also be helping to build Bol’s first school.

  29. Exactly. It’s been a pattern: throw the book at Hillary supporters (Maxine being a recent one); ignore the bots.
    *********
    IIRC, the NYT began to run front page stories about Rangel, esp. about his home in the DR, during the “heated” part of the primary. Anyone who had done even a little research on Obama and the Chicago thugs could recognize the pattern. For the NYT to run “hit” stories on a liberal, AA, home state Rep. just shows to what length the corporate media would go to get a “stooge” in the WH.

  30. SHV,

    And in the primary, as NY Gov Spritzer was about to explain what Superdelegates really were — some investigation hit the front page.

  31. I heard on the radio this morning from a Washington Examiner reporter:

    1. Chertoff did lot of media interviews right after the underwear bomber incident extolling the virtues of Rapidscan without divulging that company was his client.
    2. Rapidscan company is owned by a holding company, OCI Systems. Who do you think owns a major stake in OCI? Most of you can guess in the first guess and you would be right. George Soros.
    3. Soros’s investment in OCI has doubled or tripled in the last year or so.
    4. Former chief of staff for the Dem appropriations congressman (David Price?) is a lobbyist for Rapidscan now.

    BTW, the interview was on WMAL radio, Wash DC, this morning. The reporter said he wrote about all this in his paper, The Examiner.

  32. Soros’s Next Target: Your State
    By Ed Lasky

    Soros had a bad November 2 when Republicans took control of the House. But he is not down for the count. He has already begun focusing on states as his next political playground — where he wants to be the biggest bully on the block. [snip]

    He may have gone as far as he can in the short term in Washington; he admitted as much recently when he said he could not stop a Republican avalanche. However, as is true of every hedge fund maven, Soros is always on the lookout for opportunities that have escaped others, where he can use leverage to achieve big gains. [snip]

    And many states are prime hunting grounds to bag big game — particularly if Republicans and Tea Partiers succeed in delegating to states more power to manage their own affairs.[snip]

    George Soros and a group of liberal billionaires and mere centimillionaires and Democratic operatives joined forces a few years ago to form the Democracy Alliance. Each member of this group pays a membership fee and annual dues and also commits to support individual candidates and groups that promote their liberal ideology.

    Secretary of States Project

    One of their more prominent efforts was the Secretary of States Project that worked to elect friendly Secretaries of States in certain battleground states in 2006. They had remarkable success in claiming Secretary of State’s offices in eleven of thirteen critical states they had targeted.

    These are the state officials charged with the responsibility of ensuring the integrity and honesty of the voting process. We can look at two of those states where their favored candidates won to see how their handiwork pays off.

    Minnesota’s Secretary of State in 2008 was Mark Richie (he still is in office). He gave credit for his own victory to the Secretary of States Project, and they trumpeted their own role in helping him get elected, lauding him as “arguably the most progressive Secretary of State in the nation.” Even George Soros chipped in as an individual donor, as did many of the members of the Democracy Alliance. Another good investment for Soros and Company.

    After a hard-fought race, Mark Ritchie certified the Democrat Al Franken as the victor in the tight senatorial race between him and Republican Norm Coleman. The race involved other ploys by the Democracy Alliance that helped Franken become senator (see below). There was a dispute regarding the outcome since the vote totals were so close, and there were suspicious activities at various polling locations; legal challenges were mounted. Notably, George Soros hosted a fundraiser to help pay for Franken’s expenses (such donations are not counted in federal campaign contribution limits).

    Recently, there have been serious charges that the votes that put Franken over the top were fraudulent and should not have been counted in his column. Meanwhile Franken sleepwalks through his career as a senator — voting reliably with other Democrats while not ridiculing Republican leaders such as Mitch McConnell.

    The SOS Project was also successful in helping Jennifer Brunner become Ohio’s Secretary of State in 2006 (she received over $165,000 from the SOS Project and credited help from the group for her victory). The payoff came quickly in 2008. She declined to hand over to county election boards 200,000 names on voter registration forms where the drivers license or Social Security numbers on the forms did not match the name. She also allowed Election Day registration and failed to purge election rolls of ineligible and dead voters. These are all recognized as invitations for fraud. The Secretary of State Project praised her work — naturally. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) — the subject of voter fraud investigations across the nation — was also active in Get Out The Vote efforts in Ohio. Barack Obama and other Democrats swept to victory in Ohio.

    The Secretary of States Project is still in operation and has expanded into other states over the last few years. While its latest effort to elect allies was swamped by the red tide, the operatives are still there — always on the lookout to put their people in positions of power.

    These are the officials who monitor not only federal elections, but also state elections and other powers at the state level. They are among the more powerful of state officials and often go on to run for federal office. One can see what a good investment in a Secretary of State can lead to.

    Stealth Attacks

    George Soros and his minions excel at attacks that fly beneath the radar screen but can lead to devastating results for Republicans. They have created an operation for engaging in such political warfare that has been “franchised” in states across America.

    A case study for their modus operandi can be found, as heretofore mentioned, in Minnesota.

    I wrote about the underhanded tactics used by Soros and his pals in my 2008 article “The Soros Connection in the Minnesota Senate Race.” A network of groups funded by members of the Democracy Alliance raised spurious charges that threw mud at Coleman (charges that went nowhere and vanished after Franken’s “victory”). The charges were picked up by the echo chamber that Soros has created in the blogosphere and bubbled up into the mainstream media. Investigations were advocated. It was all smoke with little fire — but it damaged Coleman.

    Fred Barnes wrote a very insightful column for the Weekly Standard (“The Colorado Model: The Democrats’ Plan for Turning Red States Blue”) which showed how a similar effort by a small core of wealthy liberals turned Colorado from a red state to a blue state. Scathing allegations were raised; the fire was fanned into a conflagration, and it burned a lot of Republicans at the state and federal level. Then the charges all but vanished. Mission accomplished. A superb book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care, also opens the pages of the playbook used by this cadre.

    The plan was a success, and like many successful operations, it was cloned in other states. The franchise spread. At the apex of the operation was a group called the Fund For America, another 527 group funded by Soros and other Democracy Alliance members. This group seeded state level groups throughout America to replicate the type of operations that succeeded in Minnesota and Colorado.

    One picture says it all — this one titled “Money and Influence Behind a Liberal Network”:

    But what George Soros and company have also done over the years is try to reengineer the democratic process to achieve their goals.

    While they counsel their members to keep their actions under the radar screen, we do know of some steps they have taken to further their agenda of changing the nature of our democracy.
    ________________________

    If you care to know what we are up against with George Soros and his real agenda… read more at the link:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/soross_next_target_your_state.html

    (I did some selective editing at the beginning of this lengthy post in the interests of redundancy, repetative info you’ve heard here before.)

  33. Tea party racists just sent Brandy home while keeping Bristol Palin.. 😉 I do feel bad for Brandy. She was orders of magnitude better than Bristol.

  34. Thanks for the link, jbstonesfan. I’m just shaking my head at the mess obama has made. The result being that the Palestinians think they can get everything they want but give up nothing in exchange.

  35. 2. Rapidscan company is owned by a holding company, OCI Systems. Who do you think owns a major stake in OCI?

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

    Osama bin Laden.

  36. turndown,

    I posted an article about Muslims burning Christian homes.

    You posted an article about Muslims building a Christian church.

    Is one supposed to negate the other?

    I have never said that ALL Muslims are terrorists/criminals. So I’m not sure what message you were trying to send.

  37. So I’m not sure what message you were trying to send.

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

    Balance. Perspective. Non-inflammatory.

  38. turndown,

    I feel as if you were trying to slap my hand. In other words a little patronized.

    Honestly, I think I am pretty balanced in my posting without having to get a sledgehammer response again and again.

    Oh well. You know I respect your views. I’ll just leave it at that.

  39. There should not be a separate standard for “our” crooks and “their” crooks. Here’s some more information about Rangel and what he was convicted of:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/nyregion/17rangel.html

    One unanswered question about the investigation is the committee’s decision to charge Mr. Rangel with ethics violations for only one of the four rent-stabilized apartments he accepted from a Manhattan developer. In addition to the apartment he used as a campaign office, Mr. Rangel and his wife used three discounted apartments as their residence for years.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/rangel-found-to-have-violated-multiple-ethics-rules/?hp

    * Count 1: Violating solicitation and gift ban: Soliciting donations and other things of value on behalf of the Rangel Center from persons or entities with business before him or his Ways and Means Committee.

    * Count 2: Violating code of ethics for government service: Accepting benefits under circumstances that could be construed as influencing the performance of his governmental duties, with respect to soliciting donations and other things of value on behalf of the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Policy at City College of New York.

    * Counts 4 and 5, merged into one count: Violating postal service laws and franking commission regulations: Mr. Rangel was accused of using his franking privileges for the benefit of a charitable organization and for solicitation of funds.

    * Count 6: Violating House Office Building Commission regulations. Mr. Rangel and his staff drafted solicitation letters on House property.

    * Count 7: Violation of the Purpose Law and the Member’s Congressional Handbook: Mr. Rangel used House employees and other official House resources for work related to the Rangel Center and used his Congress member’s allowance to pay expenses related to the Rangel Center.

    * Count 8: Violation of letterhead rule: Mr. Rangel sent letters related to the Rangel Center on House letterhead.

    * Count 9: Violating Ethics in Government Act and House Rule 26: Mr. Rangel submitted incomplete and inaccurate financial disclosure statements, and failed to report or erroneously reported items he was required to disclose under the Ethics in Government Act from 1998 through 2008. In particular, Mr. Rangel amended certain financial disclosure statements only after a House committee began investigating his reporting of income from his Dominican villa.

    * Count 10: Violating code of ethics for government service: Mr. Rangel leased a rent-stabilized apartment on Lenox Terrace in Harlem for residential use only, but was allowed by the landlord, a developer whom Mr. Rangel dealt with in his Congressional capacity, to use the apartment as office space for his campaign committee. The arrangement could be construed as influencing the performance of Mr. Rangel’s official duties.

    * Count 11: Violating the Code of Ethics for Government Service: Mr. Rangel violated the code by failing to report rental income on his Dominican villa.

    * Count 12: Violating the letter and spirit of House Rules listed above.

    * Count 13: Conduct reflecting discreditably on the House: Mr. Rangel’s improper solicitations and acceptance of donations for the Rangel Center; his misuse of House staff, letterhead and franking privilege for the Rangel Center solicitations; his failure to file full financial disclosure statement; his failure to report the rental income on his Dominican villa; and his use of his rent-controlled residential apartment for his campaign office all brought discredit to the House.

    While the Rangel Center does not directly profit Rangel, rest assured that it will employ persons he favors and family and friends and is his “legacy”.

    In months to come when Republicans are caught in financial scandals (and rest assured, they will) we will denounce them with the same vigor and will demand the same level of investigation.

  40. turndownobama
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    ===============

    I find your attitude offensive. You are trying to portray good people as bigots. Contrary to your high opinion of yourself, there is absolutely no balance, no perspective in your comments and they are rude and inflammatory. If you’re doing this to irritate us, that is even worse.

  41. Despite all the government bureaucracy and TSA’s intrusive inspection practices, Abdulmutallab’s attack was only foiled because of a faulty bomb and the actions of alert passengers. Now all passengers have to pay the price by having their privacy (and their privates) invaded, which is the Obama administration’s alternative to instituting a policy that will target the source of the problem. Indeed, they refuse to admit that a Muslim problem exists.

    The Obama administration prides itself on seeking purportedly “intelligent” solutions to complex problems, but it has no such answer to air safety. Its policy for protecting American travelers is to simply and superficially check everyone, and tell those who have concerns about their personal privacy to take it or leave it. So when a TSA worker asks to examine your private parts, don’t blame the terrorists, blame an administration that refuses to admit that America is at war with Islamic radicalism.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/15/obamas-hand-in-your-crotch/

  42. admin
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:42 pm
    There should not be a separate standard for “our” crooks and “their” crooks. Here’s some more information about Rangel and what he was convicted of:
    **************

    I agree Admin

    **************
    pm317

    The arrogance of Petter Jennings..You could feel the anger in Clinton’s voice. What a pompous ass Jennings

  43. Hands down it is sexual assault perpetrated by the GOV and American’s need to protest this quickly and loudly. I for one, sadly, will not be flying again.

    Another brick in the wall. We are losing all our rights and being sheppard in life like sheep.

  44. There should not be a separate standard for “our” crooks and “their” crooks. Here’s some more information about Rangel and what he was convicted of:
    **********
    I agree, however, I also think that this particular crook got “called out” for special attention because of his support for HRC. The number of crooked politicians in Congress vs. the number who are called to account is rather suggestive that political payback rather than ethics is the motivating force.

  45. TSA Now Putting Hands Down Fliers’ Pants

    Big Sis turns up the heat: New super-enhanced pat-down more invasive
    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
    Prison Planet.com

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    The TSA’s invasive new screening measures include officers literally putting their hands down people’s pants if they are wearing baggy clothing in a shocking new elevation of groping procedures that have stoked a nationwide revolt against privacy-busting airport security measures.

    Forget John Tyner’s “don’t touch my junk” experience at the hands of TSA goons in San Diego recently, another victim of Big Sis was told by TSA officials that it was now policy to go even further when dealing with people wearing loose pants or shorts.
    Going through airport security this past weekend, radio host Owen JJ Stone, known as “OhDoctah,” related how he was told that the rules had been changed and was offered a private screening. When he asked what the procedure entailed, the TSA agent responded, “I have to go in your waistband, I have to put my hand down your pants,” after which he did precisely that.
    Stone chose to conduct the search in public in the fear that the TSA worker would be even more aggressive in a private room.
    “If you’re wearing sweat pants or baggy clothing, I was wearing sweat pants they’re not baggy, they’re sweat pants,” said Stone, adding that the agent pulled out his waistband before patting his backside and his crotch.
    THE ALEX JONES SHOW 11/16/2010: Video: Owen J.J. Stone exposes the horror of TSA reaching into his pants

    Even the TSA agent who put his hands down the man’s pants was embarrassed at what he had been told to do by his superiors, apologizing profusely to the victim.
    Speaking with The Alex Jones Show today (video coming soon), Stone went further – noting how the TSA thug directly patted down his testicles, penis and backside while his hand was inside Stone’s pants. Stone was initially embarrassed to reveal the full scope of the groping but related the details of what amounted to nothing less than outright sexual molestation.

    A 54-year-old Missouri City man experienced similar treatment when he was going through security at Fort Lauderdale Airport.
    Thomas Mollman was subject to a groping by a TSA officer that was tantamount to sexual molestation.
    “I was wearing shorts at the time – between the underwear, right on the skin, all the way around the back, all the way around my front, 360 degrees, touched inappropriately,” he said.
    “This was an assault. This was no different than a sexual assault,” said KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy.
    The level of abuse appears to be getting worse on an almost daily basis. First TSA agents use the back of their hands, then they outright grope you with the front, and now they are being trained to put their hands down traveler’s pants. What’s next? Mandatory bodily probes?
    Even as the resistance to airport oppression grows, Big Sis and the TSA are responding by making the pat down procedures more invasive. Napolitano has figuratively said to the American people ‘let them eat cake’ as she slaps them in the face.
    Given the fact that the TSA’s own woeful background checks for their own employees allows rapists and pedophiles to get jobs…

  46. Another brick in the wall. We are losing all our rights and being sheppard in life like sheep.
    *********
    The “Homeland Security” check points are also getting more invasive and aggressive. There is one on I-15, North of Las Vegas (300 miles from the border) that gets more obnoxious as time goes on. It used to be that the Border Patrol officers would take a quick look and wave the cars through. Last time I was there, it was black clad HS para-military types, asking for a drivers license, destination, “are you and American citizen” carefully looking in the interior of the car, etc. Same behavior in Southern AZ and Ca. Reminded me of traveling in Eastern Europe and Russia in the “bad old days”.

  47. 2. Rapidscan company is owned by a holding company, OCI Systems. Who do you think owns a major stake in OCI?

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

    Osama bin Laden.
    ______________

    Do you have a link for this?

  48. gonzotx
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Muslims are exempt from body scans.

    We should be selling disposable ‘Burka Scan’ attire.

    The BS company that will make flying a joy-

  49. gonzotx
    November 16th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hands down it is sexual assault perpetrated by the GOV and American’s need to protest this quickly and loudly. I for one, sadly, will not be flying again.
    ———-
    I have only flown once since 9-11. I love traveling but never feel safe on a plane, but it will be a cold day in Hell before I buy another plane ticket and get a mandatory grope and zap of radiation for the privilege.

    Thanks but no thanks.

  50. pm317: “I find your [turndown’s] attitude offensive. You are trying to portray good people as bigots. Contrary to your high opinion of yourself, there is absolutely no balance, no perspective in your comments and they are rude and inflammatory. If you’re doing this to irritate us, that is even worse.”

    I found JanH’s original post (muslims torching Coptic churches in Egypt) inflammatory and also irrelevant to anything going on in the US or of interest on this blog. Turndown’s response did balance that inflammatory post and put it in perspective, and he did not treat JanH as a bigot. Also, he did not express an opinion.

    Nothing turndown has ever posted has been inflammatory or indicated that he has a bloated opinion of himself. Why don’t we just calm down a little and stop backbiting. A good start would be to drop this whole Islam discussion. It’s irrelevant, we don’t know anything about Islam, and in our ignorance we start fighting about it.

  51. turndown

    Just curious, are you a Muslim?

    I have wondered this many times my the number of posts you have concerning this religion/culture.

  52. I’m going to get my post early because I need to go to bed in a few minutes:

    “It’s irrelevant, we don’t know anything about Islam, and in our ignorance we start fighting about it.”
    ___________

    Our introduction to Islam was 9/11. Also, we have Freedom of Speech rights here. We work out our differences of opinion in a debate format without violence, unlike Islam.

    goodnight, jesweezy-

  53. Murkowski’s lead jumps in Alaska Senate race

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40203917/ns/politics-decision_2010/
    ———————-
    If you dig deep enough you will find election fraud–guaranteed. This is the big oil republican establishment. The advice I gave Miller at the outset—get out to the alaska native villages was the right advice. I doubt that he did much of that. But I would bet my bottom dollar that Murkowski operatives did, and probably filled out the ballots for them in exchange for a bottle of hooch. I spent 10 1/2 years going up to Alaska, and I know damned well how this works.

  54. jeswezey
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:30 am
    ———————

    You may think it is irrelevant but the commenter posting it does not and she/he has every right to post it and as far as I can see is a responsible commenter. What that turndown..woman does is irritating and even intimidating and trying to curb someone’s right to freedom of speech. Who made her the hall monitor (or you for that matter) going around slapping everybody for uttering the Muslim/Islam word?

  55. Mrs. Smith
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    2. Rapidscan company is owned by a holding company, OCI Systems. Who do you think owns a major stake in OCI?

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

    Osama bin Laden.
    ______________

    Do you have a link for this?

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

    Joke. Sorry about that.

  56. I found JanH’s original post (muslims torching Coptic churches in Egypt) inflammatory and also irrelevant to anything going on in the US or of interest on this blog.

    [[ Right. And we don’t know if those foreign horror stories are even true. ]]

    Why don’t we just calm down a little and stop backbiting. A good start would be to drop this whole Islam discussion. It’s irrelevant, we don’t know anything about Islam, and in our ignorance we start fighting about it.

    [[ I’ve begun posting wordage and the header I’m responding to, to show that I’m not the one that brings up that subject. ]]

  57. pm317, Thanks for posting that video, I had never seen it. Bill and Hillary have been through so much, yet they still keep fighting to help us.

  58. Ignore what you find offensive or idiotic
    I do that or make a donation to something I think the offender wouldn’t agree with but of which I am a fence sitter.
    A no money solution for every time you get annoyed with someone over the next week– promise yourself you’ll cast a vote for Bristol Palin. Someone likes to stir things up and then re-post elsewhere the responses.
    Juvenile. Not worth your time.
    But if you get bored it is high comedy reading the vile comments posted on “liberal” “democratic” sites about an Alaskan travelogue and a young girl thrust into the limelight by an “unbiased” press.
    Pathetic.
    Cruel-Indecent-Evil
    Its a frigging dance TV show and I cannot think of a better format for the Gov of Alaska to shine the light on the bile which spews so freely from the left. Bravo! I love copying and pasting comments made about Trig or Bristol to everyone. Even the most die hard dims I know are appalled.

  59. henry, I agree, no matter how bad I thought the right was….the left is so much worse! Destroying people’s lives like its nothing.

  60. In case anyone missed it, Illinois district 8 confirmation : Republican after final certification – Melissa Bean ousted.

  61. So which scenario is it that will derail O’s treaty with Russia?
    The scenario most mentioned:
    Republican Sees No Russia Arms-Treaty Approval This Year
    The Senate’s No. 2 Republican said Tuesday that he opposed a vote this year on President Barack Obama’s signature arms control treaty, dealing a blow to a top White House foreign policy priority and possibly to U.S.-Russian relations.
    h t t p://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704312504575618660151287450.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories

    Or this one:
    BANGKOK — Thailand extradited accused Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the U.S. on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, siding with Washington in a tug of war with Moscow over whether to send him to stand trial or let him go home. In a surprise move, the Thai Cabinet officially acknowledged the U.S. extradition request, clearing the last hurdle, and police said the 43-year-old Russian boarded a plane in Bangkok at about 1:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. ET) in the custody of eight U.S. officials. …Russia on Tuesday described the extradition as “unlawful.” … Asked if he was worried that the relations with Russia would be affected, Abhisit said: “We have the duty to perform whatever is deemed necessary… We can’t satisfy everyone, we have to admit that.” The U.S. Embassy said it had no immediate comment. Both Moscow and Washington were reported to have exerted heavy pressure on Abhisit’s government. U.S lawmakers also became involved, sending a letter to the Thai government urging extradition. … Russia says Bout is an innocent businessman and wants him in Moscow. Experts say Bout has knowledge of Russia’s military and intelligence operations and that Moscow does not want him going on trial in the United States….
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40207823/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

  62. Lol maybe we ought to refer to her as “Lease A Murkowski” after all she is bought and paid for on loan basis.

  63. pm317: “ROFL, I could not have found a more appropriate video….”

    I especially liked how it developed towards the end, with ad hominem attacks on each other. The “liberal” started with the personal attacks, but the right-winger (?) concludes with some deeper cuts of his own. That’s pretty much how you, Shadowfax and perhaps others reacted to last night’s very small altercation between JanH’s incendiary post and turndownobama’s placating reply – by attacking turndown for posting something complimentary about muslims, and then pursuing the attack on personal grounds.

  64. jeswezey,

    I would like to address your personal comments to me and to turndown.

    I do not believe that this site’s purpose is so narrow in scope that we cannot discuss world happenings. Others have posted about China, Haiti, Middle East, and yes Muslim activities many times in the past. We can directly link them to American leadership and response and often do.

    Fair and balanced yes, but when someone posts and turndown jumps in right a way with a counter post, it seems a little like a siege.

    I am not attacking turndown personally. I just stated that I saw nothing wrong with my post. If he had preceded his post with a comment, i.e. “These Muslims were wrong to do that (not all Muslims), then I might not have seen red.

    You and I don’t always agree, but we hopefully disagree in respectful ways. Maybe what turndown posted just caught me the wrong way yesterday, and if so, I will simple “ignore” in the future as others have suggested.

  65. This is on the front page of Daily Caller:

    Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/17/podesta-calls-on-obama-to-circumvent-congress/#ixzz15XdUlap2

    “…the American people want the president to move foward…” In what America? No one I know or talk to want anything to do with Obama’s agenda to move foward. Have I become too insular? I really am baffled by this statement and disturbed by the posibility it may encourage the delusional Obama.

  66. New Jersey Republicans are cashing in on their biggest star: Gov. Chris Christie… “He’s a rock star and New Jersey rarely produces one,” said political scientist Patrick Murray of Monmouth University. “You’re not going to just sell these things to New Jerseyans. This guy’s got a national reputation.”… The available products include T-shirts, mugs and lapel pins. Each features a silhouette of New Jersey and the words “Chris Christie, governor” in blue, white or gold. The clothing is navy blue. Prices start at $2.95 for a bumper sticker and climb to $45.95 for a hooded sweat shirt. First-day sales on Monday topped $500. Rob Cressen, executive director of the state party, said the merchandising idea came when homegrown Christie products began appearing on the Internet. He said the governor’s office approved the design but left it to the state committee to choose the merchandise that would be sold. “The grass roots demand for these items is remarkable,” said Cressen. “People are enthused about the work of their governor and want to take pride in their state.”
    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/NJ-GOP-Cashes-in-on-Gov-Christie-108541399.html
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    Betty: No one I know or talk to want anything to do with Obama’s agenda to move foward.
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    I’m afraid the Dems are going to be just like the last guy I dated. When I tried to call it off, he said “I’m hard to get rid of.”
    And so it seems to be with the Dems, making them a terrible problem for The People [just as John was for me. 🙁 ]
    Like Lou Dobbs stated before he resigned, “I hate it when we have to take to the streets to be heard.”
    Or maybe Podesta hopes to make a fool of Obama? Hopefully it’s the latter. Very, very distressing situation.
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  67. JanH
    “I do not believe that this site’s purpose is so narrow in scope that we cannot discuss world happenings. Others have posted about China, Haiti, Middle East, and yes Muslim activities many times in the past. We can directly link them to American leadership and response and often do.

    Fair and balanced yes, but when someone posts and turndown jumps in right a way with a counter post, it seems a little like a siege.”

    I certainly agree that we can post comments and events from around the world, but that is exactly what turndown did. But why did that seem like a siege to you? He carefully kept his countervailing post to less than the number of words you had posted.

    “I am not attacking turndown personally.”

    I know you didn’t, but others who relished your post did just that. Beside pm317, I think it was Shadowfax who wondered aloud if turndown was himself a muslim for posting such things.

    “If he had preceded his post with a comment, i.e. “These Muslims were wrong to do that (not all Muslims), then I might not have seen red.”

    And if you had preceded your post with “Not all muslims are doing this” etc. it may have been less incendiary.

    “You and I don’t always agree, but we hopefully disagree in respectful ways. Maybe what turndown posted just caught me the wrong way yesterday, and if so, I will simple “ignore” in the future as others have suggested.”

    “Don’t always agree” is putting it mildly. But I don’t think “ignore” is a solution to anything; in fact, I think it’s the basis of the problem, or a whole new problem by itself: On this site, we have many points of agreement on the central issues of the current presidency and Hillary’s future. In that context, I think it is enlightening when we find differences. I think we should focus on and discuss these differences. This hones the sword, so to speak.

    For instance, nomobama and I had an altercation last week when (s)he said some pretty silly things about the French health care system. When I countered this, the debate turned toward “big government” and our sense of freedom without rules or responsibilities, as it applies to “free market” and “free speech”. I thought we were getting into a good debate there, and I’m sorry it ended.

    On the subject of Islam, however, our ignorance is vast; and in a context of ignorance, prejudices abound. Citing spot events around the globe will then be taken well or badly depending on the reader’s prejudice. Some apparently reacted to your article on the Copts as “Well isn’t that just typical of muslims, how violent they are!” And those same people reacted to turndown’s countervailing post as if turndown was the instigator and how (s)he was hampering your freedom of speech. This is why a “debate” in a context of ignorance boils over quickly.

  68. My “two cents” on the issues re: stories about Islamic Aggressions and the posted replies. FWIW – When Islamic Aggression stories are posted they are countered NOT with Turndown’s personal opinion, but with news stories and/or editorials or commentary that either counter the original article favorable to Islamic POV, or, with other “found objects” showing a somewhat “similar” situation involving non-Islamics.

    We never see (almost) Turndown’s PERSONAL POV on the original story posted. We have spoken here of the burning and stoning of women, of the hanging of homosexuals, ‘honor’ killings, the amputation of hands and self-immolation, with barely a single word of reply from Turndown on THOSE ISSUES reflecting a PERSONAL OPINION. The other stories of “wider Islamic Aggression” are the ones to which the pre-written replies are posted. This leaves MANY of us with the only conclusion that we can make: That Turndown, and to some extent Jeswezy, only counter the original posts that have a broader scope, and ignore the articles or commentary that are inconveniently indefensible, thereby leading many of us to the conclusion that they are supporters of, or at least sympathetic to, what many of us feel is Islamic Aggression. Such as stoning a woman to death for being raped. Perhaps if we had more PERSONAL OPINION, rather than “cut-and-paste” counterpoints, we would be better able to assess the POV of the reply.

    Additionally, FWIW, it seems that the constant counterpoint is to simply stifle ANY commentary on Islamic Aggression and Acts at all – wear us down, if you will – so the “issue” is “off the table” completely.

    This website, among other things, is a Pro-HRC site, and as such, the treatment of women and girls all around the world IS A VALID TOPIC to be discussed. It is CLEAR that for many, Islamic Aggression against women and girls is offensive, sub-human and goes to the broader fact that a Culture or a Society that deems women and girls as less-than-equal (including in this country) is a Culture or a Society that is not wholly able to realize its full potential – either economically, socially or with regards to national security, as it is to HRC, and as such, should be exposed and discussed, with a goal of changing that situation and bringing to light that it is not “isolated” in the Islamic World.

    That Turndown, IIRC, almost never comments on the barbaric nature and cruelty of these acts against women and girls in the Islamic Culture (except posting passages from the Koran)is to many of us, just plain odd. Perhaps if we had a better and more personal opinion of where Turndown stood on THESE issues, we would be better able to assess his/her POV and discuss these issues without argument.

    IMO

  69. Lol maybe we ought to refer to her as “Lease A Murkowski” after all she is bought and paid for on loan basis.
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    Bravo Moon! And the Lessee under the contract is the rethug establishment in general, big oil in particular.

  70. pm317
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:03 am
    ROFL, I could not have found a more appropriate video…
    —————————–
    This is the speech pattern of avowed communists. Total complete ideologues. Same now with bots. I am telling you it is the same. Not similar. The same. Scary. And when the people reject their ideology, they invoke the powers of the state to impose their will on the people as Betty’s post shows. “The welfare of the people has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a clear conscience” –Albert Camus.

  71. Norma Desmond
    November 17th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    agreed- turndown never defends her pov when a poster responds to her comments except with other people’s words (cut and paste) or reliance on someone else jumping in to think for her and bear the burden of defending her.

    In some circles, turndown’s posting style would be labeled as bomb-throwing. Shadowfax’s query asking if indeed turndown is a Muslim is well within the limits of exploratory questiong. How else would anyone discover, in an effort to understand, her pov when other people’s words or other posters jump in to defend “her” words?

  72. Mrs. Smith – it really does not matter (to me) if Turndown is a Muslim or not. What matters to me is Turndown’s PERSONAL POV on questions asked regarding the situation of women and girls in Islamic Theocracies. And I do not think Turndown “relies” on someone else to “think for her.” But I do believe that Turndown, on questions of Islamic Aggression hides behind the cut-and-paste replies.

    Things like “Do you think ‘honor’ killings are appropriate?, If so, explain please”
    “Do you support that women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia?”
    “Do you believe that marriage of a 9-year-old to a 70 year-old man harms women?” and so forth. We NEVER hear these answers. And perhaps because of that, Occam’s Razor prevails.

  73. Norma Desmond
    November 17th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Occam’s Razor would need more information to assertain her pov. Asking one simple question: ‘are you a Muslim’ would depending on the reply, answer all the questions you posed in your post.

  74. Perhaps so. But there are those who support the most heinous things in Islam (such as ‘blaming America’for the plight of those overlorded by Islamic Despots such as in Iran and Afghanistan – Code Pink, for example) who are not Muslim, so I do not know if that is any real indicator – although it may give us a reason to understand his/her POV.

    What is more curious to me is the SEEMING interest in shutting down the conversation at all by wearing us down and getting tired of discussing any of it because there is ALWAYS going to be a ‘counter’. Not EVERYTHING needs a ‘counter’ – sometimes stories are simply posted as stories – and not all of them are horrible – some are heroic – but as night follows day – there will ALWAYS be a counter (when one is able to be Googled) complete with word count. Often then the number of words becomes the discussion and not the story itself. Deflection from the issue ensues and we end up discussing things like this. It’s very odd.

  75. Norma Desmond: “…burning and stoning of women, of the hanging of homosexuals, ‘honor’ killings, the amputation of hands and self-immolation, with barely a single word of reply from Turndown…”

    ********
    Man bites dog is newsworthy. You don’t find the opposite on the Web.

    Of course, amputation of hands sounds horrible to us, but in one country where this punishment is law for a thief – Saudi Arabia – it is never applied. You can leave your purse on one market stand while you shop at another, and when you come back an hour later, the purse is still there. “Thou shalt not steal” is respected in Saudi Arabia, and you don’t need police to enforce it.

    I would also point out that the same stunt can be performed in Japan, without the police or the hand amputation ploy: My son, now in Japan, left his heavy bag of valuables (computer, watch, iPad…) on a Nagoya sidewalk for about half an hour while he went to look for his keys. He found the keys, and when he got back, his valuables were still there on the sidewalk.

    So, there are ways to enforce laws without resorting to mutilation or death; but the threat of these punishments is a pretty strong motive not to engage in the outlawed activity.

    We think we have more humane death penalties than countries that apply stoning. Reason and statistics from experience show, though, that the death penalty has no demonstrable effect on the occurrence of the crimes it is intended to avert. The basic question, then, is not whether lethal injection, gassing or the electric chair are better or worse than hanging or stoning, but whether there should be a death penalty at all.

    Punishing a woman for being raped is of course a miscarriage of justice whether that be under Sharia or any other court system. And Sharia courts do not follow our due process, which would prevent such mistrials. Hillary has backed several defendants in such cases, including a woman in Saudi Arabia and another presently in Iran.

    But it would be a mistake to think that such injustices are commonplace in certain countries, or that they occur just because those countries are muslim. This injustice does not happen in any of the (muslim) North African countries where there is due process, nor in Pakistan.

    In other African countries, on the other hand, where there is war between government and rebels, women are raped on a systematic basis by both sides with no recourse to justice at all, and no abortion facilities either. It is not a matter of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or anything other than life in the jungle. This is where Hillary, with Bill’s help by the way, is mounting her biggest offensive for women’s rights.

  76. “although it (the ‘are you a Muslim’question) may give us a reason to understand his/her POV.”
    ______________________

    exactly-

  77. “with barely a single word of reply from Turndown.”
    ___________________

    Back to point. Where is turndown?

  78. “but in one country where this punishment is law for a thief – Saudi Arabia – it is never applied.”

    I suggest you simply google this. It IS applied – some articles say frequently, some say almost never – but to say it IS never applied is simply false.

    As for the US Death Penalty _ I agree that it does not dissuade any crime, as people who act in a way that would receive the death penalty NEVER “stop and think” of that before hand. I also do believe that there are some people who will never be “rehabilitated”. The over arching topic of “Should the death penalty be applied at all” was NOT the discussion.

    I also agree that methods of death (electric Chair, injection, firing squad etc) are questionable at times. The question I asked was really does the punishment fit the crime and is there a valid reason to punish the VICTIM (in the case of rape – or merely being SEEN with a non-family member male)as we read so often.

    That Western due process philosophies are not universal is fact, however,
    the discussion was on Turndown’s personal views, not on the over all merits of legal systems in other cultures.

    As for your claim re Pakistani women – in the tradition of Turndown, I direct you here:

    http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/72-17033.aspx

  79. For those gentle souls who believe that George Soros is just a philanthropist, that he is not as the word’s largest currency trader, that he did not crash the British Pound in 1992 and generate the Asian crisis of 1997, that he did not conspire aid and abet in the overthrow of former Soviet republics and install puppets so he could participate in the looting, that he does not manipulate our political system to his own perverse ends, that he did not create the 527 loophole to McCain Feingold which empowered billionaires, that he and his billionaire friends did not engineer the election of Obama through the very same techniques as he deployed in the former Soviet Republics (called the Dean Plan), that Obama has not pursued the Soros agenda found on his website from health care deform, to cap and trade, to amnesty all in the service of Soros’ self avowed purpose of bringing down the United States, that he along with Podesta et al are now hell bent on destroying our constitutional system, that he is not the force behind the Secretary of State Project, that the hundred left wing think tanks he operates around the world laying the blueprint for a New World Order, that he does not own an interest in 158 newspapers in 276 countries, that he is not an investor in ABC, and that he is not an investor in PBS will be surprised to learn that they are attacking Sarah. Sarah represents the great middle class, who Soros and Obama are determined to destroy. They consume too much of the word’s wealth by Soros’ and Obama, despite the fact that the two of them are the biggest gluttons personally since the reign of Caligula. In short, those gentle souls who live at sufferance to the world, and cannot fathom the wisdom of Camus’s words–the welfare of the people is always the alibi of tyrants, will be at a loss to explain so much of what is happening now.

    that he does not own an interest in 276 newspapers in 186 countries

  80. So, there are ways to enforce laws without resorting to mutilation or death; but the threat of these punishments is a pretty strong motive not to engage in the outlawed activity.

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

    Personally I disagree with you here. Imo even such a threat is a very bad thing and should not be on the books.

    However, in judging cultures (or religions!) by what is in their law books, we need to look at how long ago the law books were written down (and whether they showed influence of different religion/s formerly dominant in that country).

  81. Norma Desmond: “…simply google this… to say it IS never applied is simply false.”

    There you go with what you hold against turndown – googling a counter-argument. Just because I didn’t insert the word “almost”, you claim my whole statement is false. I also pointed out that the Japs have some way of living “Thou shalt not steal” without much of a threat to back it up. Now I suppose you’ll google some story about Japanese thieves to show that my son’s experience never happened…

    ““Should the death penalty be applied at all” was NOT the discussion.”

    Excuse me, I know that wasn’t on your mind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring it into the discussion. In debating terms, it is the deeper issue underlying the death penalty mode.

    “…is there a valid reason to punish the VICTIM (in the case of rape…”

    And I answered you directly on this question, didn’t skirt it at all.

    “That Western due process philosophies are not universal is fact…, not on the over all merits of legal systems in other cultures.”

    So, let me get this straight: You’re complaining about someone who doesn’t give her POV on the question of punishing a rape victim, but when I give my POV on punishing a rape victim, which involves the relative merits of western due process and Sharia law, that’s off limits? The discussion you want is:

    “however, the discussion was on Turndown’s personal views”

    And yet turndown is not here (maybe she’s sleeping off last night’s attack session?) to give her POV. So I give my POV, and you want to get back to her POV, and then send me off to some website to inform myself better about Pakistani women… This is a real run-around!

  82. No, Turndown is just teaching all of us Muslim haters to love Muslims by providing the much needed ‘balance, perspective,..’ on this blog that only she can provide because you see we are all illiterate and bigoted hicks and barbarians here who can never comprehend multiculturalism and tolerance. Only the enlightened liberal Turndown can save us from ourselves. We should all bow to her superior intellect, especially with her word counting and automaton links.

  83. I’ll be out all day.

    Btw I’m not a Muslim, I’m an ordinary Californian who finds good and bad in all religions — and believes in equal time, innocent till proved guilty, no guilt by association, tolerance of diversity, and stuff like that.

    Like Bristol Palin, I’ll be criticized whatever I do. Last time I was hall-monitored in detail for answering a post that was two days old (!) which dragged it into a new thread (!). So now I’m trying to get to them more promptly and copying headers to show that. Still have a lot of old ones to catch up with, tho.

  84. providing the much needed ‘balance, perspective,..’ on this blog that only she can provide

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

    I wish more people were providing it, I’m way behind.

  85. “Just because I didn’t insert the word “almost”, you claim my whole statement is false.”

    WITHOUT the word “almost” – it was false. It was a convenient edit to support a view. As for “Complaining” about turndown, I was not – I was simply making an observation – IMO.

    I have to go to work – but look forward to a spirited conversation without the personal attacks. That (almost)never used to happen here.

  86. turndownobama
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    ————————
    Phew, my post went right over your head, didn’t it? Don’t flatter yourself.

  87. turndown – this is all seeming very neurotic; do we have some OCD going on here?

    Since your name is “turn down Obama”, perhaps you should spend your time on Obama sites, obsessively telling them why they should turn him down, matching them tit for tat. Or maybe you should spend your time on a Christian site, obsessively telling them why they should accept Allah into their lives, side by side with their Jesus.

    This is a woman’s site, and since Islam sucks for women, Islam will be mentioned here. Is your priority WOMEN or ALLAH?

    PS How about some meds for that OCD? Then you won’t have to keep worrying about word counts, or posting times, or having to respond to all the Islam comments that you must counteract. You’ll feel happier and have more free time. And we can go back to doing the important work of fighting for women and our country.

  88. Joe Scarborough & Mike Bloomberg mulling ’12 Ind ticket. MSNBC host+liberal NYC mayor.

    Well imagine if Obama runs and loses the NY electoral votes to Bloomberg, now that would be disaster for re-election.

  89. turndownobama
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Balance. Perspective. Non-inflammatory.

    turndown, how can you provide balance and perspective when you are ignorant about Islam? Don’t spout your ignorance on this board because you will be called on it. Please do not spout your opinions when you don’t possess the necessary information. Have you read the Quran?

    Also, I disagree that comments about religion need to be non-inflammatory. Religion should not be exempt from criticism. It should be held to scrutiny like any other belief system. Only through criticism will a religion be moderated(if possible). This is what happened with Christianity during the reformation. Shielding a religion from criticism is anathema to its moderation.

  90. There is nothing to apologize for . The simple fact is that while most Mulims are not terrorists, most terrorists are Muslims . This airports political correctness is total bullshit. Start profiling like El Al and you won’t have nuns being shake down at airports.

  91. Obama fails again, PA senate race pay off for Torsella.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-administration-finally-names-nomin

    Obama Finally Names Nominee forU.N. Reform Post, But He Has No U.N. or Diplomatic Experience (jesus, the man is an idiot)

    Twenty-two months into his administration and almost a year since a previous effort failed, President Obama has nominated an envoy to the United Nations with a mandate focusing on reform.

    The delay in putting in place a U.S. permanent representative for U.N. management and reform has drawn fire over the past year. Critics said the delay suggested the administration does not prioritize reform of the organization that gets more than one-fifth of its operating budget from the U.S.

    The White House announced Monday that, pending Senate approval, the post will go to Joseph Torsella, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and a former president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

    Torsella narrowly lost a Pennsylvania Democratic primary for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2004, and he ran briefly in the early stages of the Democratic primary for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, before withdrawing.

    Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the Bush administration, said Tuesday that neither Obama nor current ambassador to the world body Susan Rice had “given the American people one shred of evidence to show they are interested in reforming the U.N.”

    “So it comes as no surprise that Mr. Torsella is nominated for the position two years into Susan Rice’s tenure with no experience dealing with the U.N. system,” he told CNSNews.

    “Mr. Torsella will nevertheless enjoy New York City at taxpayers’ expense,” Grenell added.

    Torsella and Rice are both former Rhodes scholars, and both were at Oxford University’s New College in 1986. According to Federal Election Commission data, Rice donated $2,000 to Torsella’s 2004 campaign and in March 2009 donated $2,400 to his Senate campaign.

    Torsella’s nomination may raise questions about his short-lived campaign for his state’s Democratic nomination for the 2010 Senate race.

    Torsella withdrew in May 2009, two weeks after veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties and immediately won Obama’s endorsement. Specter was then challenged in the Democratic primary by Rep. Joe Sestak, who defeated him. (Sestak lost the Nov. 2 election to Republican Pat Toomey.)

  92. Hilarious

    Rahm may not be eleigble to run for Chicago Mayor.

    November 17, 2010

    Emanuel Twice Purged from Voter Rolls
    Rahm Emanuel was twice purged from Chicago voter rolls in the last 13 months “but was reinstated by election officials, who allowed him to vote absentee in the February primary even though he did not live at his North Side address,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

    At issue is whether Emanuel is a legally qualified mayoral candidate because of a state law “that has been in effect since 1871: In order to run for mayor of Chicago, a candidate must live in the city for a year prior to the election.”

  93. lorac: “…perhaps you should spend your time on Obama sites, obsessively telling them why they should turn him down, matching them tit for tat.”

    That’s a good idea. I’d like to do that, and maybe you should do it too. Know of any pro-Ø sites where we can blog?

    “This is a woman’s site, and since Islam sucks for women, Islam will be mentioned here. Is your priority WOMEN or ALLAH?”

    A woman’s site… and yet a lot of our contributors seem to be men, I don’t think you object to that. And there are a lot of muslim women out there, perhaps half the muslim population, who probably don’t agree with your premise that “Islam sucks for women”.

    Can I give my pov on Women vs Allah? I am a polytheistic humanist, i.e. there is no One True God for me, but several gods (they come in pairs, like ying and yang). Furthermore, humans created the gods and therefore reign over them or use them. Now, more to your question, among humans I view woman, not man, as the model human being. Ergo I am a feminist of the worst variety: male. As the poet said, “The future of Man is Woman.” (L’avenir de l’homme est la femme – Aragon)

    So, I look upon Islam with considerable distrust, even though, perhaps because, I have known some muslims including an imam. But I do have this first-hand, admittedly incomplete, knowledge of Islam and I can say that my ignorance is surpassed only by that of the people who are always looking for more rotten things to throw at it.

  94. NewMexicoFan
    November 17th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Interesting. It is almost like O is getting signals from the media he should consider not running.

    —————

    I sure hope so.

  95. Rahm may not be eligible to run for Chicago Mayor.
    __________________

    Soros strikes again- His researchers must have brought that pesky little factoid to someones attention…
    ______________

    moononpluto
    November 17th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Eric Cantor elected 1st Jewish Majority Leader for the new House Congress. Breaking.
    ____________________

    IMO- This good news is a huge surprise.

    Any more news on this development?

  96. The beginning of a beautiful friendship…

    November 17, 2010 11:46 AM

    GOP: Obama Never Confirmed Meeting With Us
    Posted by Brian Montopoli

    The White House sent an email around 6:30 p.m. yesterday saying that a planned meeting tomorrow involving President Obama and the top congressional leaders had been postponed at the request of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner, the likely Speaker in the new GOP-controlled House.

    The White House attributed the decision to move the meeting to November 30th “to scheduling conflicts” that Republicans faced “in organizing their caucuses.”

    But Republicans are asserting that they had never agreed to the meeting in the first place. It “wasn’t postponed; the date was never set in stone,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told CBS News.

    Both publicly and privately, Republicans are complaining that the White House never asked if the November 18th date worked for them, instead simply announcing that the meeting would take place that day. They said the date was essentially unworkable from the beginning, since Republicans would be busy this week welcoming new members and organizing their caucuses.

    The spin is easy to understand: Republicans, eager to shed perceptions that they are little more than a “party of no,” don’t want to look as though they are shrugging off an opportunity to meet with the president to find areas of agreement. The White House, meanwhile, doesn’t want to seem as though it arrogantly set a date for the meeting without checking with the participants.

    Here’s what a Democratic official told Politico’s Playbook: “I don’t know if they’re trying to show their power — that they can refuse to meet with the president — or if they have internal problems and don’t know what they want to say. Either way, it sends a really bad signal. When the president wants to meet with you to talk about jobs and the lame duck, you make the time to do it. He keeps extending the hand of friendship, and they keep slapping it away.”

    And a Republican leadership aide in the Senate: “This would’ve been easier had they checked schedules on the front end instead of announcing meetings from the podium.”

    Among the likely topics for discussion are the possible extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000, something Mr. Obama opposes and Republicans support; the START nuclear treaty with Russia, which Mr. Obama wants ratified before the end of the year for fear it will fall apart otherwise; and efforts to reduce America’s massive budget deficit.

    “We’ll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together. These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy,” McConnell spokesman Stewart said.

    Mr. Obama announced the meeting, which will also include top Democratic leaders, two days after the election, stating that he had “already called Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to invite them to a meeting here at the White House in the first week of the lame duck — on November 18th.” Boehner’s office quickly objected, but the White House suggested it would work out the details and stuck to the November 18th date.

    According to Politico, Republicans are wary of a repeat of the summit in January in Baltimore in which Mr. Obama was calm and in control in an on-camera meeting with GOP House members. (Politico describes the event as “a humiliating rebuke to House Republicans.”)

    That event, which was broadcast after a last-minute request by the White House, “has left a lingering distrust of Obama invitations and a wariness about accommodating every scheduling request emanating from the West Wing,” according to GOP aides.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20023082-503544.html

  97. jeswezey
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    But I do have this first-hand, admittedly incomplete, knowledge of Islam and I can say that my ignorance is surpassed only by that of the people who are always looking for more rotten things to throw at it.
    —————————

    Here is the problem.. you don’t ascribe such false motives as ‘throwing rotten things at it’ to commenters here, or do you? All of us are intellectually curious and want to deliberate and debate and exercise our critical thinking about a world religion. We are not just throwing rotten tomatoes at them. All of us have personal experience with individual Muslims that we value. That is not the point.

  98. pm317: “All of us are intellectually curious and want to deliberate and debate and exercise our critical thinking about a world religion.”

    Then why such a strong reaction to turndown’s post?

  99. Murkowski is the perfect example of what is wrong with our electoral system….and now its on both sides of the political spectrum….I guess Rove told Donna how to steal an election….and the democrats have now mastered it. Now even Alaska knows how to do it. We could all just not show up to vote…boycott the whole election process…wouldn’t that send a huge message??LOL!

  100. Confloyd, it totally throws out any reason to hold a primary now, if the people in the primary can’t be bothered to respect it.

    Why Bother holding primaries if they can do a Crist or Murkowski. Its a waste of money.

  101. jeswezey
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    pm317: “All of us are intellectually curious and want to deliberate and debate and exercise our critical thinking about a world religion.”

    Then why such a strong reaction to turndown’s post?
    ——————

    That is precisely why. She refuses to acknowledge that is what is driving us. Her attitude implicitly exhibited in the history of her comments is that we are all just ‘throwing rotten tomatoes at Muslims.’ Her blind responses with irrelevant links and that stupid word count make a mockery of the discourse. It is impolite and disrespectful.

  102. Mrs. Smith,
    BTW, I loved your halloween costume for your dog….you can do that with a yellow lab….I can just take mine out as themselves…that’s scary enough to some people. Pinkie is a picture perfect Pitbull. If she were allowed to compete in a dog show she would win. I also find it ironic that my dog who is 8 yrs old is named Pinkie and my favorite blog is the “Big Pink”. Pink is “in” these days, LOL!

  103. Mop, I agree, our elections are as controlled here as they are in Afganistan and Iraq. We are a nation of liar’s and biggots. ooops that sounds likes a leftest statement, LOL! Let me correct that statement…We are a nation that is controlled by liar’s and biggots!

  104. Mrs. Smith,
    How is your pooch today?
    _________________

    So far so good- everythings back to normal except for the grand event! Thanks for asking… 🙂

  105. Jan H, I am sure that the reason they want the meeting on that certain day, is because Bambi’s med’s will be at their peak on that day to enable for him to sustain a reasonable conversation without a teleprompter!

  106. Just heard house vote on not holding the leadership elections today was defeated 129 – 68.

    Nancy is in a whole heap of trouble if she has lost 68 of her members already. Thats over 1/3 of the Dem reps in the 2011 congress.

  107. confloyd: “…because Bambi’s med’s will be at their peak on that day… sustain a reasonable conversation without a teleprompter!”

    You’re asking a lot of the medical world. No meds can cure someting that isn’t there, ie a “reasonable” mind.

  108. Man o Man, this Ulsterman guy is really writing some juicy tidbits….
    ————————————

    Fighting to remain in a leadership position, reports from within Nancy Pelosi’s office tell of a politician increasingly angry and bitter toward the Obama White House and those who would see that leadership taken from her.

    Just this week a series of media reports confirmed what earlier Washington DC insider reports indicated – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the fight of her political life – and the greatest opposition comes from members of her own Democratic Party.

    Democrat Heath Schuler of North Carolina publicly declared this week his intent to run against Pelosi for the House leadership position. The move by Schuler had to annoy Pelosi, but the Schuler bid remains a long shot, though some 15 other Democrats have been willing to publicly declare their opposition to Pelosi’s continued leadership role as well.

    Of greater concern to Pelosi is the Congressional Black Caucus and its seemingly tepid response to Pelosi’s bid to continue on as Minority Leader. Reports broke Tuesday morning that the influential caucus, which has been among Pelosi’s strongest supporters during her tenure as Speaker, is withholding an open endorsement of her nomination as Minority Leader. In doing so, the CBC has now effectively opened the door for other Democrats to publicly declare opposition to Pelosi – namely Democratic Party moderate Steny Hoyer, who is currently slated to take the #2 Democratic Party position in the House.

    « It’s Official: Rahm Emanuel Running for Chicago MayorTSA Takes It Too Far »Perhaps even more interesting than the party infighting currently surrounding Pelosi, is the word leaking from her office of just how angry she is with the Obama White House. In a recent interview Pelosi maintained that the Democratic Party’s midterm losses had nothing to do with her, but were rather a messaging problem – a clear signal to, and against, the Obama White House. And while President Obama made a recent positive mention of Pelosi’s work as Speaker, no reciprocation by Pelosi toward Obama has been forthcoming. Publicly, Speaker Pelosi does not mention Obama, but privately, she is said to be livid over what she deems gross incompetence by the ObamaWhite House in failing to adequately protect Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle – and this anger toward Obama has apparently been ongoing for months.

    According to insider reports, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel acted as the primary go between for the president and Speaker Pelosi, helping to smooth communications between the two powerful politicians. During the prolonged health care debate, Obama’s persistent indifference regarding the legislative process is said to have annoyed Pelosi. This annoyance later turned to outright disgust and repeated remarks about how little Obama knew or cared to know about legislative issues. Repeated promises are said to have been made to Pelosi by Emanuel that a comprehensive and effective public relations campaign would be initiated by the White House following the health care vote that would afford Democrats adequate protections heading into the midterm elections. When no such protective campaign effectively materialized from the White House, Pelosi and other Democrats became increasingly alarmed. By this time, Emanuel himself had reportedly become disenchanted with the political indifference and incoherence of President Obama, as well as his own diminished role within the West Wing.

    And with Emanuel’s departure, Pelosi’s disdain toward Obama is said to have grown rapidly, a disdain she apparently no longer attempts to hide from her own staff, most recently having declared that the president “can go to hell

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-pelosis-disdain-toward-obama-white-house/#ixzz15ZC1kO7l

  109. Boy how things change in D.C., I remember BO’s first State of the Union message…Old Nasty looked like a “jack in the box” jumping up everytime BO uttered a word, almost like she had a spring attached to butt. LOL! All that LOVE is now bitter….these are things movies are made of..LOL!

  110. We’ve had another edition of the “insider”, and I’m am waiting for Part II. Be sure to read newsflavor today!

  111. Having learned nothing : Dems have elected Nancy Pelosi as Dem Minority Leader……this will be a fun 2 years of Dem disaster.

  112. Nancy in big trouble though, 43 Dem Reps went against her. Thats a lot of dissention.

    Pelosi : 150 Votes

    Someone else : 43 Votes.

  113. House Republicans just elected John Boehner their leader in a unanimous vote – no dissention unlike Grey Go Goose Nan. Boehner will be Speaker.

  114. So you get wiped out in the House and lose about 63 seats and yet you get to keep your jod as party leader……suicidal death wish these Dems have, however someone did say something that made me think….who else could they elect?

  115. So it was Heath Schuler got 43 votes off Nan, she aint gonna be pleased and thats a lot of people who will not be listening to a word she says for the next 2 years.

  116. I think I’m gonna throw up……

    Billionaire and Obama advisor Warren Buffett will receive a Medal of Freedom early in the new year from the President.

    What is wrong with this ass.

  117. Mop, If she is truly pist at Obama and what we’ve read is that she has said “Obama will not take her down”, She will take him down, then it might be good. I also have heard that she is protecting Obama to protect herself from the illegality of the primary. So who knows, but I bet the xanex is flowing bigtime at the Capital right now. Nerves have got to be frayed! LOL!!!

  118. lol…from twitter

    is Buffet being honored for his role as an evil insurance executive or an evil bank stockholder? 🙂

  119. The Pelosi vote- Sheila Jackson Lee voted to vote today- and voted with her. 🙁

    BTW- my sister has met SJL several times and says she is a stuck-up bitch. Makes me very sad to learn that.

    Anyhow, given Insider is saying big scandal and it’s fun to think about- I mean who doesn’t enjoy a good conspiracy around here, right?- if Obama gets booted or has to resign- Biden is first in line and then Nancy before HRC- I hate that. And it’s not like I think any timeline would move fast enough to allow HRC to run as an incumbent, but I could see Nancy being a bitch about stepping aside. She has too much hate for HRC as we all know.

    Anyhow- just poking my head in for a sec. This sure makes me sad that Pelosi will be back, but am proud of Dan Boren for standing up against her. Starting to think not all of OK’s congressmen are complete freaks….

  120. jeswezey

    BTW, I didn’t attack turndown, I just asked a question.

    If I attack someone, they will know it. I am not shy about it.

  121. To anyone who is following the Ulster Man’s White House insider series….

    Do you hear James Carville in your mind’s ear while reading the interviews?

  122. Right now at foxnews.com, top story is “Dems Show Frustration at White House over tax cuts”
    If you’re just kind of loafing, check out the picture of O they chose to accompany the headline; it’s quite pathetic. Don’t know where else to find it or I’d provide the permanent link.

  123. Boehner becomes President if Obama and Biden both kick the bucket at the same time come Jan 2011.

    Goes like this in Jan 2011

    Presidential Succession

    1 Vice President Joe Biden
    2 Speaker of the House John Boehner
    3 President pro tempore of the Senate Daniel Inouye
    4 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
    5 Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

    Hillary is 4th in line.

  124. [MA] Health panel brings out big gun
    The state’s health insurance connector — the highly touted agency that aims to bring cheap medical care to the masses — has turned into a legal pit bull by aggressively going after a growing number of Bay Staters who say they can’t afford mandated insurance — or the penalties imposed for not having it. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is cracking down on more than 3,000 residents who are fighting state fines, and has even hired a private law firm to force the health insurance scofflaws to pay penalties of up to $2,000 a year. All told, more than 7,700 people have appealed state fines for not having health insurance, according to connector spokesman Richard Powers. The agency has hired several private attorneys at $50 an hour to hear many of the appeals, and some 3,150 of them have been denied — and the losers told to pay up….
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20101117health_panel_brings_out_big_guns_1/srvc=home&position=0

  125. Thanks for answering my question, turndown.

    I am an ex-Catholic…, and choose to believe there is a God, although I don’t follow any organized religion. I added this tid bit so you don’t feel I asked something that I wouldn’t disclose about myself.

    I am also from Calif, and I have my limits on how open minded I am with religions…part of why I am ex-Catholic and why I don’t like how many Muslim men treat women.

    I also don’t like how many men treat women in general, and using religion as a shield to give credibility to their abuse isn’t okay with me. If this abuse comes from a Christian, Muslin or someone of any other religion, the abuse is all the same. Ugly.

    Attacks against each other on the blog, serve no purpose. Learning about why we think certain ways, does help us understand each other. To me, knowing something about another’s background is important.

  126. Well I guess David Boren could have turned on Obama and realized his Hillary hate was unfounded. I wouldn’t trust that man any more than I could throw him. Maybe Pelosi has gone over to Hillary’s side, when she realized Obama was going to use her?? IF we think Boren could change, why couldn’t we think Pelosi could too…..just sayin!
    Obama has made many enemies, those that loved him…are no longer in love! The country would have a conniption fit if Pelosi became Potus. Biden would make Hillary his VP. We all know that.

  127. holdthemaccountable
    November 17th, 2010 at 6:10 am
    So which scenario is it that will derail O’s treaty with Russia?
    ————————–

    This 8 minute video report offers both a lot of details (especially re the extradition) and a wider perspective on the question. I highly recommend it. Not mentioned is that Hillary has been working very hard on the SALT, and thus she stands on the “anti-chaos” side of the fight.

    The World in Review
    November 17th 2010 • 2:36AM
    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/16491

  128. holdthemaccountable
    November 17th, 2010 at 6:10 am
    So which scenario is it that will derail O’s treaty with Russia?
    ————————–
    I’ve taken the liberty of editing a text report from the same site posted only about an hour ago. The video I linked above much better

    Within 48 hours of Obama telling Russian President Dimitry Medvedev that ratification of the START treaty they signed in April was a top priority, and that he is committed to getting the treaty ratified during the lame duck session, Republican Sen. John Kyl of Arizona shot down the Administration’s plan with a statement, issued November 16.

    Kyl said, “When Majority Leader Harry Reid asked me if I thought the treaty could be considered in the lame-duck session, I replied I did not think so, given the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex and unresolved issues related to START and modernization.” Kyl’s statement came after he had had extensive discussions last week with both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was hoped that Kyl would help garner the 67 votes needed for ratification.

    After Kyl’s rejection, Biden issued a counter-statement about the importance of START, but the situation remains unresolved on the eve of a NATO summit meeting that both Obama and Medvedev are planning to attend in Portugal.

    This backing-off from the START treaty which is supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, is a very serious development. In combination with growing antagonism between the U.S. and Russia over the extradition of accused Russian terrorist supplier [Russia trying to uphold rule of law, not protect Bout], Viktor Bout, what are the international implications?

    We are in world crisis conditions where you cannot categorize discrete events as such; you’ve got to look at what kind of process the events are representative of.
    The crisis is going to shift rapidly from any one side/event to the other, with lunatic Obama and the circles around him completely uptight, Europe as a whole going on an explosive issue, the Israeli intention to launch war, and conflict between Russia and United States, over this crazy trigger issue of the Viktor Bout extradition, and START being the larger issue.

    Chaos. Who benefits?

  129. Meet Tina Tchen, the left-wing Chicago crony bundler now Michelle O’s East Wing chief of staff

    Chicago shuffle in the East Wing: Meet Mrs. O’s high-powered, Soros-friendly bundler-turned-chief of staff

    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/11/16/chicago-shuffle-in-the-east-wing-meet-mrs-os-high-powered-soros-friendly-chief-of-staff/

    She’s a close pal of Obama consigliere Valerie Jarrett and a longtime bagwoman for Illinois Democrats. Tchen headed up the “Office of Public Engagement,” a murky outfit overseen by Jarrett that, among other things, had its hands in the Obama’s failed Chicago Crony-lympics bid and was in the middle of Obama administration efforts to recruit artists to advance their political agenda.

    I pointed out in November 2009 that Tchen, a high-powered campaign finance bundler for Team Obama who personally raised more than $200,000 while a lawyer at Skadden Arps, is listed in White House visitor logs as having met there with none other than………………..

    George Soros.

  130. “Soros-funded John Podesta urging President Obama to ignore Congress and more fully utilize executive authority powers”

    ———————–
    I have now lost all respect for Podesta. So its okay to forget that the people have spoken? The mid-election results don’t count for anything? Just keep on truckin obama?

  131. moononpluto

    November 17th, 2010

    “Meet Tina Tchen, the left-wing Chicago crony bundler now Michelle O’s East Wing chief of staff”

    —————-

    So business as usual? Mobsters and the corrupt rule?

  132. ohansen @ 4:16 pm video.
    —————-
    ‘The [Bout] case reflects the insanity of the U.S. Government.’
    And so much more which can only be characterized as extremely unsettling. I’ve often mentally compared Obama to Maxwell Smart/CHAOS of the Don Adams sitcom Get Smart.
    But this … this isdead serious.

  133. Presidential Succession

    1 Vice President Joe Biden
    2 Speaker of the House John Boehner
    3 President pro tempore of the Senate Daniel Inouye
    4 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
    5 Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

    Hillary is 4th in line.

    ——–
    At least Hillary blew Nasty off her perch on this one, as long as she stays SOS before she becomes our President. Most powerful woman, where she should be.

  134. John Podesta of the George Soros funded Center for American Progress is now urging President Obama to side step Congressional approval and simply utilize executive authority to move forward with sweeping reforms Podesta deems necessary for the good of the American people. These reforms include the following:

    -Clean energy

    -Education

    -Health Care

    -National Security

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/opinions/the-ulsterman-report-obama-to-initiate-sweeping-executive-authority/#ixzz15aPvx0kp

    ———
    Barry tries to pull this rabbit out of his xxx, he can expect the American voters to torch the White House.

  135. I knew Joe should have shaved… 😉

    Murkowski Wins Re-Election as Write-in Candidate, AP Projects

    Overcoming her Republican primary loss to Joe Miller, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski emerges victorious after laborious ballot count.

  136. START treaty holdup as reported by “Brain” Williams: It’s all the Republicans’ fault. Bout? Never heard of him.
    Will try to stomach PBS and see what Gwen EyeFull et al have to say about it.

    On a lighter note, I can report this quote from Former NJ Gov. Brendan Byrne, Democrat:
    “With [Gov] Christie, we know what he stands for. No one knows what Obama stands for.” NJN News 30 minutes ago.

  137. “Soros-funded John Podesta urging President Obama to ignore Congress and more fully utilize executive authority powers…”

    WTF??

    I have lost all respect for this twerp of a man. These people have no freaking clue.

  138. John Kyle is one of the few repubs I do respect and trust. If he says the START treaty is not advantageous to America’s interests, then I trust Kyle.

    This isn’t about giving Obama some stupid rose ceremony, this is about America’s interest NOT Obama’s interest.

  139. The TSA scanners used for airport security at the whim of George Soros:
    ____________________

    George Soros also profiting off controversial new TSA scanners

    Be sure and read Tim Carney’s Examiner column today on the politically-connected lobby for the controversial new TSA scanners that are upsetting airline employees and travelers everywhere. Carney notes that a company called Rapiscan got a $165 million contract for the new body image scanners four days after the underwear-bomber incident this past Christmas. Not surprisingly, Rapiscan is politically connected, observes Carney:

    Rapiscan got the other naked-scanner contract from the TSA, worth $173 million. Rapiscan’s lobbyists include Susan Carr, a former senior legislative aide to Rep. David Price, D-N.C., chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. When Defense Daily reported on Price’s appropriations bill last winter, the publication noted “Price likes the budget for its emphasis on filling gaps in aviation security, in particular the whole body imaging systems.”

    Then this morning Carney also noted that former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff was flacking for Rapiscan.

    As for the company’s other political connections, it also appears that none other than George Soros, the billionaire funder of the country’s liberal political infrastructure, owns 11,300 shares of OSI Systems Inc., the company that owns Rapiscan. Not surprisingly, OSI’s stock has appreciated considerably over the course of the year. Soros certainly is a savvy investor.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner:
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/george-soros-michael-chertoff-profiting-off-controversial-new-tsa-scanners-108194724.html#ixzz15afwvlDZ

  140. Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News’ Barbara Walters.

    “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and … trying to figure that out, if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing,” Palin said in an interview scheduled to air in full Dec. 9 on ABC as part of Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People” of 2010.

    Asked Walters: “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?”

    “I believe so,” Palin said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sarah-palin-thinking-running-president-tells-barbara-walters/story?id=12170631

  141. I only watched Bristol once on the show, but thought she was a sweet young lady that a mom would be proud of.
    So this is great news for her…

    Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol won through to the final of hit US show “Dancing with the Stars”, bouyed by public support in defiance of judges’ skepticism about her dance floor talents.

    As her mother continues to shine in the political spotlight, the 20-year-old is enjoying the media limelight generated by her unexpected success on the hugely popular TV talent show.

    Palin was again ranked last by judges in the semi-final of the show, in which celebrities partner with professional dancers, but voting by viewers pushed her score with partner Mark Ballas up into third place.

  142. simply utilize executive authority to move forward with sweeping reforms Podesta deems necessary for the good of the American people.

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

    Again the “stupid” American people do not know what is good for them and the elitists must step in for the collective, Marxist, good of the country. Somehow we were smart enough to form this union and protect it with great sacrifices for 250 years. Fu*k them I say.

  143. A woman’s site… and yet a lot of our contributors seem to be men, I don’t think you object to that. And there are a lot of muslim women out there, perhaps half the muslim population, who probably don’t agree with your premise that “Islam sucks for women”.
    *******************
    They would be wrong. Stockholm syndrome

  144. Hows that civil trial working for ya Hussein? Feeling any safer America?
    *********************

    Alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani acquitted of all but one charge in embassy bombing trial

    BY SCOTT SHIFREL, JOSE MARTINEZ AND LUKAS I. ALPERT
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Originally Published:Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 6:30 PM
    Updated: Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 8:03 PM

    Jane Rosenberg
    Ahmed Ghailani in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday during opening statements in his trial.

    Error by trial
    Prosecutor’s star witness can’t testify against terror thug
    The trials of war
    Time to drop charges against accused Al Qaeda embassy bomber, attorney says
    The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee ended yesterday with the stunning acquittal of an alleged Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count.

    A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani, 36, of conspiring to destroy U.S. buildings and property in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

    But the jury – after 4 1/2 days of deliberation – cleared Ghailani of more than 280 other counts, including the top charges of murder and murder conspiracy.

    Even though the charge he was convicted of carries a mandatory 20-year-to-life sentence, Ghailani appeared relieved, hugging his attorneys after the verdict was read in Manhattan Federal Court.

    The case was considered a test-run for the Obama administration’s politically-charged effort to try Guantanamo Bay detainees – including Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – in civilian court.

    The Department of Justice was muted in its reaction.

    “We respect the jury’s verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence,” the department said in a terse statement.

    Rep. Pete King (R-LI), who has been a staunch opponent of such trials, called the mixed verdict “a disgraceful miscarriage of justice.”

    “It shows how totally wrong the Obama administration is to bring a case like this to civilian court,” he said. “He was acquitted of 224 counts of murder.”

    The case underscores the challenges faced by prosecutors.

    Judge Lewis Kaplan barred a key witness from testifying because the man’s name came to light while Ghailani was held at a CIA camp where suspects were allegedly tortured.

    “If this had been before a military tribunal, evidence that was blocked in this case would have been admissable,” King was quick to point out.

    Edith Bartley, who lost her father and brother in the Kenya bombing was stunned Ghailani was cleared on any charges.

    “This man committed horrible acts and the fact that the jury found him guilty of conspiracy but not of the other counts is mind-boggling,” she said. “He should be sentenced to life.”

    The day before the 1998 bombings, Ghailani fled with a one-way ticket to Pakistan using an alias, prosecutors said.

    While on the run, he spent time in Afghanistan as a cook and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and later as a document forger for Al Qaeda, authorities said.

    He was captured in 2004 in Pakistan and held at a secret CIA camp overseas. In 2006, he was transferred to Guantanamo and held there until last year.

    The defense argued that Ghailani was a “dupe” who was kept in the dark about the plot. They called no witnesses to testify on his behalf in the month-long trial.

    “This verdict is a reaffirmation that this nation’s judicial system is the greatest ever devised,” said defense lawyer Peter Quijano. “It is truly a system of laws and not men.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/11/17/2010-11-17_alleged_alqaeda_operative_acquitted_of_all_but_one_charge_in_terror_trial_.html#ixzz15azsUfoI

  145. It doesn’t get an better than this!
    ****************

    “He and I agree pretty much on politics,” Ziemer said. “We would probably lean both to the liberal side.”
    **********

    Bristol Palin’s dancing prompts man to shoot his TV
    By Sharif Durhams and Ryan Haggerty of the Journal Sentinel
    Updated: Nov. 17, 2010 1:09 p.m. |(389) COMMENTS

    Steven N. Cowan

    Associated Press
    In this publicity image released by ABC, Bristol Palin performs during the celebrity dance competition series, “Dancing with the Stars,” on Monday.
    A rural Dane County town supervisor believes Bristol Palin should not be on “Dancing With The Stars.”

    He demanded his wife get his pistols to emphasize his point.

    The result: A 15-hour standoff Monday and Tuesday involving hostage negotiators, a dog team and other law enforcement authorities on one side and the Town of Vermont man on the other.

    The only casualty: The man’s television.

    Dane County prosecutors have charged Steven N. Cowan with second-degree reckless endangerment in the incident that made his wife worry that he would shoot her, according to a criminal complaint.

    Cowan, 67, and his wife were in the living room Monday night, watching the dance competition program that has featured the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin this season as one of the competitors.

    As Bristol Palin danced on the screen, Cowan raged.

    “The (expletive) politics,” he yelled, according to the complaint. Cowan, a Town of Vermont supervisor, was upset that a political figure’s daughter was on the show when he didn’t consider her a good dancer, his wife told authorities.

    Cowan went to his bedroom and came back about 20 minutes later, demanding that his wife find his pistols. Cowan’s daughter had taken two handguns away for safety reasons, according to the complaint.

    Cowan had tracked down a single-shot shotgun in the house, he “slapped” shells down onto a TV tray, loaded a round and took out the TV, the complaint says.

    Cowan’s face was bright red. He loaded the gun again. His wife put a blanket over her head, thinking that if her husband decided to shoot at her, she didn’t want to see it.

    Cowan then demanded his pistols. His wife grabbed her purse and left the house and went to the local police department and the standoff ensued.

    Cowan’s wife told authorities that he has been taking medication for bipolar disorder and that the family’s finances have caused stress. He had been drinking at a bar before he came home, according to the complaint.

    Larry Ziemer, a fellow town supervisor, said he has known Cowan for about 20 years.

    “I have nothing but good things to say about Steve,” Ziemer said. “It was totally out of character for this to occur. He just does an excellent job on the town board and in his private working life.”

    Ziemer said Cowan is a talented carpenter and is well-respected in the area. Ziemer said he had never heard Cowan speak ill of Sarah Palin or her family before.

    “He and I agree pretty much on politics,” Ziemer said. “We would probably lean both to the liberal side.”

  146. DOJ says it’s “pleased” Ahmed Ghailani facing min. of 20 years in prison + potential life sentence” for role in the embassy bombings
    What in the world are they talking about? What the fuck?

  147. nice little tidbit…

    Clintons dine at 1789

    By: Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab
    Washington Examiner
    11/17/10

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband were spotted having dinner with William Jefferson Hague, British foreign secretary and first secretary of state, and two other unidentified guests at the historic 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown on Tuesday night.

    A Yeas & Nays spy tells us the group arrived around 8 p.m. and left around 10:30. No word on what they ordered.

    As he was leaving, former President Clinton stopped and talked with staff about his fondness for Georgetown, and greeted students who were waiting outside the Tombs next door.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/Clintons-dine-at-1789-1597232-108722614.html

  148. Soros: Maybe We Socialists Should Look Past Obama For Someone Else To Support
    —Ace

    The Boss weighs in.

    According to multiple sources with knowledge of his remarks, Soros told those in attendance that he is “used to fighting losing battles but doesn’t like to lose without fighting.”
    “We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

    Michael Vachon, an adviser to Soros, did not dispute the comment, though he stressed that there was no transcript of a private gathering to check. Vachon also clarified that the longtime progressive giver was not referring to a primary challenge to the president.

    “Mr. Soros fully supports the president as the leader of the Democratic Party,” said Vachon. “He was not suggesting that we seek another candidate for 2012. His comments were made in a private, informal conversation that was about the need for progressives to be more forceful in promoting their agenda. He was stressing the importance of being heard by elected officials.”

  149. Clinton to lead US delegation to OSCE summit

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend the December 1-2 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Kazakhstan, a US diplomat said Wednesday.

    “Secretary Clinton plans to lead the US delegation to the OSCE summit,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said in prepared testimony to a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

    Blake noted that the gathering, to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, would be the first ever in Central Asia.

    “We hope that this event will shine a light on positive developments in Central Asia, and the role that the OSCE has played, and can play in the future, in promoting its principles throughout the OSCE region,” he added.

    Kazakhstan took over the leadership of the OSCE on January 1, the first former Soviet republic to chair the transatlantic security body, despite its poor record in human rights and democracy.

    But Blake said the country had done “a very credible job,” notably in troubled neighbor Kyrgyzstan where the organization “has been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace, democracy and reconciliation.”

    Kazakhstan’s long-serving strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s current term in office expires in 2012, but in 2007 parliament ruled that he should be able to stand for president as many times as he liked, as the country’s first head of state.

    Kazakhstan ranked 142 out of 175 countries on media watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ annual worldwide press freedom index last year.

    The last OSCE summit was held in Istanbul in 1999 and concluded with the adoption of a common declaration and a charter for European security.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i9eADCy6CJkI0XIyEt3b-RdMxqaQ?docId=CNG.1797823ab39beb1b4529f9e46c0c7c4c.531

  150. It’s over. Big daddy is taking the car keys away.

    Myiq2xu at confluence (riverdaughter.wordpress.com) has this from HuffPost.

    At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration, going so far as to suggest that Democratic donors direct their support somewhere other than the president.

    The Hungarian-American financier was speaking to a small side gathering of donors who had convened in Washington D.C. for the annual gathering of the Democracy Alliance — a formal community of well-funded, progressive-minded individuals and activists.

    “We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

  151. Seasons greetings, everyone. I came across a link while reading about Nancy that I thought some of us might enjoy. It’s from the NY Times, Nate Silver, and ranks many of the major prominent politicians based on favorability data going back from Labor day, in some instances, even all of 2010. Given, in particular, the length of time the data analyzes, I found it to be worth noting.

    Scroll to the middle of the page to see the rankings. I think we’ll be pleased to see who are at the top. 🙂

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/is-pelosi-americas-most-unpopular-politician/?partner=rss&emc=rss

  152. I think the repubs should pressure the Justice Department to investigate Soros from top to bottom.

    October 22, 2010

    All the News that Fits Soros’s Agenda
    By Ed Lasky

    Are three liberal billionaires trying to control what we think of as news in America?

    Hedge fund billionaire George Soros, the sugar daddy of the Democratic Party, has given NPR an initial grant of $1.8 million to begin a project called Impact of Government that will allow NPR to hire one hundred journalists at NPR member stations in all fifty states. The focus will be covering state governments and how their actions affect people. The New York Times reports the response of Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president and chief executive:

    Ms. Schiller said the journalists would not be part of typical statehouse coverage, but instead would work on enterprise journalism that looks at how state government decisions play out over years, and extend beyond a single state’s borders.

    Ann Beeson, executive director of Soros’s Open Society, stated that “[w]e’re looking for opportunities to support new models to fill the gap in coverage.”

    Of course, Soros has other goals in mind, and this is merely seed money for future donations from himself and his liberal allies. Can anyone doubt that coverage will be tilted even more liberal than it already is and will be used to favor Democrats?

    This is a gimme and obvious. At the same time, Soros sends a million dollars to Media Matters, a leftist “media monitoring” group that sends out barrages of criticism whenever a news outlet (especially Fox News) reports news that does not fit Media Matters’ liberal agenda. Media Matters tries to chill free speech and censor conservatives.

    What has not drawn any attention is that Soros’s political allies, Herb and Marion Sandler (billionaire profiteers from the Savings and Loan crisis — one more thing they have in common with George Soros), founded a group called Pro Publica that has the same purpose as this new effort by George Soros.

    The only difference is that Pro Publica is geared towards providing “investigative” columns for newspapers, websites, and other media outlets. Their stories have been appearing in the Washington Post, Politico, and other media channels.

    Therefore, what is reported as “news” by the government-funded NPR will be tainted (and perhaps influenced) by money provided by the hyper-partisan George Soros and “news” provided by Pro Publica (for free) to other media outlets will also be influenced by the role of Herb and Marion Sandler in funding Pro Publica. These two projects are supposed to fill gaps in coverage due to financial constraints at NPR and privately owned media outlets.

    Some critics may complain that the Associated Press is liberal, but that organization is owned and funded by newspapers that are part of its syndicate — and is independent. The Soros and Sandler effort to provide “news” may very well be corrupted by their hyper-partisan liberal funders and founders. Reporters know who is behind their paychecks. Will they, for instance, investigate how George Soros controls an empire of so-called 527 groups, such as MoveOn.Org, and astroturf groups? Will Pro Publica inquire into the reasons why the Democrats have not investigated the role of the Sandlers in the financial crisis, or why the Department of Justice, that at one time was supposed to be looking into the Sandlers’s actions, has seemingly dropped such an inquiry? Will Pro Publica ask why the Sandlers have not paid a price for their long-running practice of pushing dangerous mortgages on those least able to understand or afford them?

    This is not the only area where Soros and the Sandlers have found common cause.

    The Sandlers and Soros also co-founded the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (“The Democratic Idea Factory”). The Center for American Progress also has a media agenda: its “experts” are often quoted by newspapers across America as if they were independent, neutral experts; their ties to liberal billionaires are never mentioned. One of the “arms” of the Center for American progress is called “Think Progress,” and this was the source, the Ground Zero, of the agitprop regarding the Chamber of Commerce ads being funded by foreign money. This absurd charge (ridiculed by even the New York Times) was fanned by Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, and Democrat politicians running for office across America. “The Daily Show” is not the only source of Fake News.

    Beyond this issue, will these two efforts be used to influence politics on the state and federal level? Both Soros and the Sandlers are part of a group called the Democracy Alliance, formed by billionaires and Democratic Party operatives, designed to elect liberal Democrats to office. One of their “projects” is called the Secretary of States Project and was expressly designed to help the campaigns of liberals who were running to become the Secretaries of States throughout the nation. These are the very officials charged with ensuring the integrity of the voting process.

    Will Soros and the Sandlers try to leverage their generosity to journalists in a way to influence reporting on state politics so that Democrats friendly to them and their agenda are elected as Secretaries of State? Will they use their leverage to make sure that the various states endowed with vast reserves of shale gas are prevented from tapping these resources? (This agenda seems to be of particular import to Pro Publica.)

    Will news become just campaign propaganda packaged in camouflage?

    There is a cliché about elites hearing from the rest of Americans: when they want our opinions, they will give them to us. Now it seems the same cliché may apply not just to opinions, but also to news.

    Will that dream of being able to influence even more the public opinion and votes of Americans be that much closer to reality?

    Will the flow of news be determined by rich liberals with a political agenda?

    Stay tuned.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/all_the_news_that_fits_soros_a.html

  153. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband were spotted having dinner with William Jefferson Hague, British foreign secretary and first secretary of state, and two other unidentified guests at the historic 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown on Tuesday night.
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    I guess the 1789 has moved up in the culinary world since I was a student at Georgetown 45 years ago. Back then, IIRC, it was basically a Pub with beer by the pitcher.

  154. Soros-

    [snip] “We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

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    Someone more important than I, needs to tell this big fat Fxxx that it is partly his fault that this Fat Duck Fraud is in office, and Big Fat Soros needs to spend his dirty money somewhere else, keep the F out of our country and STFU!!!

    Ahole.

  155. How dang dare Soros, curses on him and the goat he road in on.

    Murkoswki will declare she won in Alaska, on Greta.

  156. At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration, going so far as to suggest that Democratic donors direct their support somewhere other than the president.

    The Hungarian-American financier was speaking to a small side gathering of donors who had convened in Washington D.C. for the annual gathering of the Democracy Alliance — a formal community of well-funded, progressive-minded individuals and activists.

    “We have just lost this election, we need to draw a line,” he said, according to several Democratic sources. “And if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”
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    With Soros it is never over. Not as long as there is a breath in is body. If you assume otherwise he will trick you. He learned the game from the baron who bet against Wellington, got the entire London stock market to bet the same way and then had his operatives come in and bet in favor of Wellington. Within a day he owned the market. According to my sources, Soros had a fundraiser with wealthy Jewish donors in New York City for Obama, got into a staged argument with Obama over Israeli policy, took the negative position, so that Obama could take the positive position and convince the audience that he was pro-Palestinian–which as you know by now he is not. And then there are those who wonder why Obama is importing so many Muslims into this country, at the very time when the country is still reacting to 9-11. This again is part of the Soros strategy to promote strife within the United States, just as he does with open borders and as he does by playing the race card. The goal is to bring down America, and if you read his writings he is very explicit about this. If you believe nothing else I say, at least believe this: he has not thrown in the towel, he will simply find other ways to support Obama. Soros is the same man who told Steve Croft in a 60 Minutes interview that he felt no remorse about confiscating the personal effects of people who were sent to extermination camps and he analogized to the operation of the free market wherein he was the winner and they were the losers. Beck has not begun to scratch the surface on this guy and what he is involved in. Again, never believe he is giving up on Obama. He put him in there and he was is and will continue to be a Soros asset.

  157. “And if this president can’t do what we need”

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    Doesn’t Soros mean “and if this president can’t do what I need?”

  158. You just have to wonder if obama is rounding up his youth gestapo to go after Palin and her family.

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    Just saw Palin quoted as saying she thought she could beat Obama in 2012. That may have stirred them up.

  159. US Paycheck-Fairness Bill Fails In Senate

    A bill aimed at stamping out wage discrimination based on workers’ sex failed Wednesday because too few senators voted to move forward with the legislation.

    The Paycheck Fairness Act needed 60 votes to move forward, and captured only 58. The bill would have amended the Equal Pay Act in a variety of ways, including limiting employers’ basis for differential wages, when responding to charges of wage discrimination based on sex, to reasons such as differences in workers’ experience or training.

    The vote came in the first week lawmakers reconvened since the midterm elections.
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20101117-710350.html

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    Wasn’t this what Obama took out of the LIly Ledbetter Act and promised us we’d get later?

    So as usual he got to sign a bill with a good name but nothing in it.

  160. http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/republicans-block-and-up-or-down-vote-on-paycheck-fairness-act/#comments

    UW has a good post up about the paycheck fairness act. You know, the sister bill to Lily, the one with the teeth, the one they could have passed anytime in the last 2 years, but didn’t choose to try until the republicans took the house. Neither of these parties wants this bill to pass, but they saw potential in it, ie, a way to make republicans look bad while pretending the dems are the party of women.

  161. Soros has masterminded several revolutions, i.e. the Orange Revolution (Ukraine), the Rose Revolution (Georgia), the Cedars Revolution (Lebanon), and at one point he boasted to a journalist that the old Soviet empire is now the Soros Empire. He is entirely maniacal. But if you move past the outrage you feel when he destroys your country, you realize that he is simply playing the same game that hardened criminals and brutal tyrants have always played down through the ages. He knows, for example, that the power of the dollar is always hostage to the power of the gun. This truism is well understood on the battle lines of society, by hardened criminals who know that the law is nothing more that wishes on a piece of paper and the ultimate law is the law of the jungle, the dark alley of the inner city, and it says this: what is yours by right is yours only as long as you or someone else can protect it. People who live soft prosperous lives in this country fail to understand this–which is why they think the Soros stuff is just delusional. It aint.

  162. Now that Sarah has said she is thinking of running for President, the attacks against this woman will ramp up to a fever pitch again.

    “Oh lookie, a woman wanting to run for President, go get um guys…fresh meat!”

    Berry will love it and cheer them on, if they are showing anger at her, he thinks it will take the heat off of him.

    Not a chance Barry, you are going to get pounded until we run you out of town on a rail.

  163. The Paycheck Fairness act was one of Hillary’s bills from when she was a Senator (January 2009), then reintroduced by Harry Reid earlier this year. Very shameful that it did not pass today.

  164. Fifth – I think it’s also shameful that the dems sat on it for two years when they could have passed it. 🙁 (I would have made a “mad face”, but I don’t know how lol)

  165. Fifth Dimension
    November 17th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    “I think we’ll be pleased to see who are at the top.”
    _____________________

    Also pleased to see who are the two at the bottom. 🙂

  166. IT ALL RIDES ON EARMARK BAN

    By DICK MORRIS

    Published on TheHill.com on November 16, 2010

    As the Senate Republican Conference moves to ban earmarking by the chamber’s Republicans, the next question arises: What about the House? Will the new, young, reform-minded Republicans who now populate the lower chamber match the action of the Senate and ban budget-busting earmarks?

    Inexplicably, the Senate Republican Conference vote will remain secret. We will have difficulty finding out who were the good guys and who the bad. But we do know that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) saved the day. With the reformers a few votes shy of victory, he switched sides, dramatically declaring himself in favor of the earmark ban.

    Now the question looms: Will incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) follow suit? If he does, a sharp difference will have emerged between the parties over the unrestrained and often corrupt practice of congressional earmarking. This issue — alone — could carry Republicans over the finish line in the Senate and expand their House majority. Earmarking has acquired such a bad name among the voters that it is truly casus belli.

    In a previous column, I cited the names of 20 Republican senators who were undecided on the ban. Despite the ridiculous policy of secrecy (didn’t we elect these guys?), I will publish in my column the vote of any senator who chooses to disclose how he or she voted. Their constituents deserve to know.

    If the House follows the Senate lead, it will mark a huge victory for reform. If it does not, the question is: Why not?

    Earmarks contributed, in large measure, to the budget deficits that piled up during the Bush administration. Projects that were rejected by the administration came in the backdoor through earmarks.

    Their way was paved by massive campaign contributions from lobbyists whose clients got the money. What emerged was thinly disguised bribery in which congressmen and senators traded earmarks and tax money for campaign contributions.

    The new Republican congressmen ran pledging to abolish earmarks. Now that they have won, it is time to keep that promise. Should they fail to do so — or should Boehner deny them a vote — their supporters, particularly those in the Tea Party movement — will feel justifiably betrayed. The Senate vote puts them on the spot. The House majority must either act or consciously decide not to reform themselves, and face the consequences.

    But it is more than the newly elected freshmen who are on the line. Who can have gone through 2010 and watched the defeats of Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and so may other Republican luminaries without understanding that the wrath of the reformers and the torments of the Tea Party activists will be visited upon anyone who fails to live up to the promise of reform?

    Even long-term incumbents in the House and Senate face the serious threat of primary challenges if there is no ban on earmarking this year. The issue is important enough, and memories long enough, that a wrong vote could be a primary-triggering offense.

    These political facts of life make it even worse that the votes are secret in the Republican Conference. I plan to write each Republican senator and ask how he or she voted on the earmark ban. I will publish the results in this space and in my e-mailed column and will encourage others such as Newsmax, Town Hall and the Tea Party to send the answers to their readers. Those who voted for the ban will be able to bask in the credit. Those who have the courage to admit they did not will face the consequences. And those who lack the courage to reply will justifiably face the skepticism of their voters. Why, they will be asked, are we not permitted to know how you — whom we elected — voted?

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  167. I’ve been waiting a long time for this: It was Hillary’s first big innovation at State. Release date is still not set.

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    Clinton Prepares to Propose Blueprint for More Staff, Conflict Prevention

    By Nicole Gaouette

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon release a blueprint for the State Department’s future that envisions expanding its staff and putting a new emphasis on preventing conflicts.

    The agency’s first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review lays out how a department still oriented to a 1945 world order will cope with rising powers such as India and the end of ideological blocs like the Warsaw Pact of communist countries.

    The review is a high priority for Clinton, who wants more funding so that development and diplomacy are on a par with defense in U.S. foreign policy. She points to Afghanistan, where she has tripled the number of State Department staff as the U.S. military prepares to withdraw, and Iraq as examples of why her agency needs to change. Clinton considers the increased resources crucial even in a time of budget constraints.

    In Iraq, “civilians are going to be picking up a lot of the work that used to be done by the military,” she said in Oct. 6 remarks. “So I am trying to put our diplomacy and development on an equal level” to make the case to Congress for greater resources.

    “Until we can really embed the ideas that I am putting forward, we’re not going to have the kind of robust diplomatic and development systems that we need,” Clinton said. “I am determined to do all I can during my secretariat to accomplish that.”

    More Hiring

    A draft copy of the report says the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will increase hiring and will work to draw on expertise in other government offices before using contractors. Embassy chiefs of mission will get more decision-making power, and the agencies will develop frameworks to better respond to disasters.

    Conflict prevention will become a core mission, the draft report said. The State Department will also build “a new global architecture of cooperation” and engage more intensely with regional blocs.

    Clinton has already invested time in that goal, most recently on a two-week trip to Asia this month in which she represented the U.S. as it joins the East Asia Summit, a 16- nation forum.

    The draft report says the administration will institutionalize strategic dialogues with emerging powers — an effort already under way with India, with meetings in November 2009 and in June.

    Multilateral Partnerships

    Building ties to multilateral institutions is another priority, in part to deal with such new transnational tensions as the competing energy claims in the South China Sea.

    In a Nov. 8 discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations, Eric Schwartz, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, said such multilateral partnerships would help to ease the burden on the U.S. when disasters strike, such as the earthquake in Haiti in January and the recent floods in Pakistan.

    “The response needs to be, generally speaking, an international response,” he said.

    The State Department recognizes that most humanitarian crises “don’t have humanitarian solutions,” Schwartz said. The agency also has to increase its capacity to address political and security issues in countries at risk of conflict, he said.

    “That has been one of the major objectives” of the about- to-be-completed review process, Schwartz said. “We have to do both, to deal with prevention and conflict response, and also continue to enhance our capacity to respond when those tools just don’t do the trick,” he said.

    The draft report says some changes are already under way, many will be launched in the next year and others will require “a longer period.”

    A release date for the report hasn’t been set.

  168. Thanks lorac, for the headsup on another great post by Ani over on NQ. How cool of her to reveal her real name at last and that she’s a known real actress with numerous credits. I left her a nice comment. It’s been difficult to bother to dip into the comments there lately with all the damn CDS creeping in. I hope she gets a publisher for her book soon, we know it will rock.

  169. Report on Hillary’s speech on religious freedom. I have an objection to one thing she says (see below):

    U.S. ‘Troubled’ By Lack Of Religious Freedom Around The World

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says advancing religious freedom around the world is a core element of U.S. foreign policy.

    By Heather Maher

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department says it is “troubled” by the lack of religious freedom in many places throughout the world and has again named Iran and Uzbekistan as “countries of particular concern” that severely restrict citizens’ right to practice their faith.

    The State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which was released in Washington on November 17, identifies problems and progress in religious freedom in 128 countries during the period from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

    At a press briefing, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that by issuing the report, the United States doesn’t “intend to act as a judge of other countries or hold [itself] out as a perfect example,” but to show that Americans care deeply about religious freedom and consider it a basic human right.

    “Religious freedom is under threat from authoritarian regimes that abuse their own citizens. It is under threat from violent extremist groups that exploit and inflame sectarian tensions,” Clinton stressed. “It is under threat from the quiet but persistent harm caused by intolerance and mistrust, which can leave minority religious groups vulnerable and marginalized.”

    She cited calls by Al-Qaeda for violence against religious minorities in the Middle East, mentioning Sufi, Shi’a, and Amadiyya holy sites in Pakistan that have been attacked, as well as a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad.

    Iraqis mourn those killed in the attack on a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad on October 31.The U.S. government is also distressed, Clinton said, to receive reports from China of government harassment of Tibetan Buddhists, House church [Chinese] Christians, and Uighur Muslims.

    Clinton also noted that “several European countries have placed harsh restrictions on religious expression,” but didn’t cite any by name.

    “These infringements on religious freedom strain the bonds that sustain democratic societies,” Clinton said. She said she hoped the report would be a valuable source of information about the state of religious freedom throughout the world and would also serve as “a call to action.”

    Clinton said the Obama administration’s increased focus on engagement with Muslims around the world is an example of how the White House is “advancing religious freedom around the world as a core element of U.S. diplomacy. ”

    Role Of Free Speech

    But the report also objects to the growing trend by countries with majority or significant Muslim populations to lobby the United Nations for resolutions banning the “defamation of religions,” saying such language could be used to undermine fundamental freedoms of religion and free speech.

    Clinton said the United States “joins in all nations coming together to condemn hateful speech, but [does] not support the banning of that speech.”

    Iran has again been designated as a “country of particular concern” for efforts by its government to “severely restrict freedom of religion and reports of government imprisonment, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination based on religious beliefs.”

    Fariba Kamalabadi, left, and Mahvash Sabet, two of seven Baha’is imprisoned in Iran.Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner explained, “In Iran, government respect for religious freedom continues to deteriorate, especially for groups like the Baha’i.”

    The report says non-Shia Muslims “faced substantial societal discrimination and government rhetoric and actions created a threatening atmosphere for nearly all non-Shia religious groups, most notably Baha’is, as well as Sufi Muslims, evangelical Christians, members of the Jewish community, and Shi’a groups that do not share the government’s official religious views.”

    In addition, it says, “government-controlled broadcast and print media intensified negative campaigns against religious minorities, particularly Baha’is.”

    Concern For Uzbekistan

    The report also designates Uzbekistan a “country of particular concern,” for what Posner said is a declining respect for religious freedom. In the past year, Posner explained, “the government raided Christian and Baha’i services and many members of minority religious groups faced fines or other restrictions.”

    The report says the government’s campaign against religious groups who can’t satisfy the strict requirements for official registration includes harassment, detention, and sometimes lengthy jail terms for alleged members.

    Specifically, it says “the number of individuals imprisoned for membership in religious groups labeled extremist such as Nur, a Turkish Muslim group, increased,” with an 114 Nur members convicted and sentence to prison terms of between six and 12 years.

    The Uzbek government has also “continued to pursue the extradition of alleged members of religious groups it has deemed Muslim extremist from third countries, particularly from Russia,” according to the report.

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    My objection is to this:

    “…the United States “joins in all nations coming together to condemn hateful speech, but [does] not support the banning of that speech.””

    It’s one thing to support the expression of critical ideas, and quite another thing to support “hateful speech”. Hateful speech injures people and, while the injured people have a right to fight back (with more “hateful speech” in reverse?), it is a better idea to defend the injured by force of law. In at least two countries I know of, hateful speech has been banned this way: the injured party or anyone within earshot can bring civil suit against the perpetrator and the perpetrator can be fined and jailed.

    These bans are a recognition that freedom of speech, like any other freedom, is fettered with responsibility for what you say. Everyone is free to own a knife, but a knife can be a murder weapon, so your are accountable for your use of the knife. The same reasoning applies to injurious speech: If you use words to injufre someone, you should be held to account.

    I don’t agree with Hillary here. She is expressing a commonly held view of freedom of speech in the US, but that view is fundamentally unsound.

  170. After Hillary, Condi, Women Dominate at State

    By Paul Bedard

    Three of the last four secretaries of state—Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton—have been women. And that trend has attracted thousands of women to the Foreign Service. In fact, women now make up nearly 40 percent of the corps of foreign service officers. And it’s growing.

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    Well, it’s about time! When I was in foreign service school (1969-70), three quarters of the students were women. I guess most of them went into NGOs or got married and dropped out.

  171. To all those bemoaning the ‘unfairness’ of Bristol trumping Brandy, I say:
    It was promise winning over competence. We saw that in 2008 when Obama was nominated over Clinton.
    This time it was a legal choice.
    The 2008 choice was contrived.
    This time it is a reality TV show.
    In 2008 it was handing the reigns of a Republic over to a charismatic [to some] unknown.
    Which is the greater tragedy?

  172. …Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) saved the day.

    When the new republicans were talking banning ear marks that was all I heard “ban ear marks”. When Mitch McConnell weighed in he said “ban ear marks for two years”. So just who did he save the day for. If the new republicans could have permerantly banned earmarks, and I bet they could have, and Mitch McConnell effectively limited it to two years, whose day did he save? He is no hero, just a politition.

  173. If Soros is backing off then the Party Of Obama (POO) is over. The big money gangsters will not pour money down a rat hole which is what Obama is to the voting public. They have now realized that they can spend trillions, force him to stop watching ESPN long enough to campaign, and get his meds straigtened out to re-elect this boob and he still will not win. Soros knows that the One is getting ready for a trip so he can be dissed by the Portugeuse and Bulgarians. There is no way out now. But all of this is clicking into place very quickly as if the One is not even trying. I think he does not give a (@*!.

  174. “I think he does not give a (@*!.”

    I think that’s essentially it, yes. The One has never really tried at anything, though he did make an effort during his 2008 campaign. But I think his attitude all along was that he deserved the adulation of the crowds and derserved the presidency, so Axelrod Plouffe and Co. should do whatever they had to get him there.

    What’s going to happen when Axelrod leaves next year?

  175. On this one I have to disagree with Hillary’s plan:

    “expanding the staff and request for more State Dept. Budget”

    We are in a crunch and EVERY FEDERAL DEPT needs to cut its staff and reduce its budget!!!!!

    She can get more staff by reducing existing staff’s highly paid govt. salary and re-distributing the budget..

  176. Wish I had been a fly on a dinner plate, but I have no idea what was discussed. We would do well to note who was at the table, however.

    Washington Examiner
    11/17/10 6:00 PM EST

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband were spotted having dinner with William Jefferson Hague, British foreign secretary… at the historic 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown on Tuesday night.

    British foreign secretary is no minor position in world affairs. Hague took the post last May. If you search his name along with Clinton… Headlines: “Clinton, Hague unified on Afghan war” 14 May 2010 … “British Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented a unified front…” It seems that in his first days as foreign secretary, he was visiting Hillary. I have to assume he is the junior partner in the relationship (Hague was born in the 1960s.) the moreso when he’s dining with Hillary and President Clinton .

    But for all I know they spent dinner talking about their families.
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    In some ways, I like to think (not being too hopeful here, I pray) of Hillary as the Ben Franklin of our day. Ben spent a couple of decades over in England trying to talk some sense into the Parliament until the war of independence became inevitable when the East India Company finalized its complete control over England. For one thing, both Hillary and Ben recognize development as the path to peace and prosperity.

    When Franklin took up residence there in July 1757, Great Britain was very backward. There were virtually no roads between cities, no canals, and no railroads. Iron, cloth, or grain could only be shipped overland in the saddlebags of a packhorse, and this only when there was relatively little mud. All manufacturing took place on a small scale by local operatives or in rural homes. London was wealthy from world trade and finance, but it was the capital of an undeveloped country.

    The project to industrialize Britain begun shortly after Dr. Franklin’s arrival, was initiated by a small circle of his collaborators, and was carried to fruition under his leadership.

    (You can find it if you are interested.)

    And both Ben and Hillary diplomats par excellence.

    So, what has this to do with the price of oranges?

    Well, let’s take Russia and the START treaty. (We do remember that Russia was Lincoln’s ally in the war between the states, right? The Russian navy was off both our coasts telling the British to stay out of it, or the Russian Navy would be put under the control of Lincoln to defend the Union. We do remember that Putin and other Russians greatly respect FDR (At the 125th birthday of FDR there were huge celebrations—not in the United States, but in Russia. Many speakers called Franklin D. Roosevelt, the greatest of all great Americans, and Putin said that Russia needs a New Deal and the whole world needs a New Deal.) We do remember that Russia followed the American system in building its transcontinental—oops—Siberian railroad? Those engines were built in the USA; and you can search Secretary of State John Quincy Adams’ part in that. [With transcontinental or international railroads, development and cooperation could progress free of those who controlled the seas.] Russia is not our enemy, and people who push that one are fools or worse.) Worth mentioning that railroad paid for itself in six years, in spite of the predictions otherwise by idiot economist beancounters.

    Oh, the START treaty…

    Go here:
    http://rose4hillary.blogspot.com/search/label/Russia
    if you want to review or get up to speed. Here are a few brief snips (August 11, 2010, Hillary):

    We have worked closely with the Senate throughout this process. We welcomed senators to Geneva to observe the negotiations. The Senate has held 18 hearings, along with three classified briefings on the treaty. And in the wake of the hearings, we are providing answers to nearly 800 questions submitted for the record. There’s a lot of material for senators to review during this break, and we are working to resolve any outstanding questions they might have. We’ve already addressed several key issues, reassuring those who had had questions on such issues as missile defense or investment in our nuclear complex or verification.

    … It, therefore, has been more than eight months since we have had inspectors on the ground in Russia. This is a critical point. Opposing ratification means opposing the inspections that provide us a vital window into Russia’s arsenal. …

    …Linton Brooks, the head of President Bush’s national security complex, has applauded our budget and our commitment to nuclear modernization. Seven former commanders of the U.S. nuclear strategic planning effort have endorsed the new START treaty and recommended early approval by the U.S. Senate.

    This treaty is another step in the process of bilateral nuclear reductions initiated by President Reagan and supported overwhelmingly by both Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses alike. In every instance, the Senate has ratified such treaties with overwhelming bipartisan support.

    … Our ability to know and understand changes in Russia’s nuclear arsenal will erode without the treaty. As time passes, uncertainty will increase. With uncertainty comes unpredictability, which, when you’re dealing with nuclear weapons, is absolutely a problem that must be addressed. Ratifying the new START treaty will prevent that outcome.”

    So, who benefits by gumming up the works? It is time to stop simply reacting to the Daily Outrage and try to develop a strategic view. We are in world crisis conditions and categorizing discrete events as such doesn’t cut it.

    See if what this 9 minute “World in Review” report is saying makes sense to you. It is about 10 hours old as I write.
    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/16507?nid=16507&lid=3-2-1-0

    This is fresh:

    November 18, 2010 • 7:43AM
    The so-called “Irish crisis” is now recognized to be not only a banking crisis, but a systemic one, which the British are using to try to force the bail-out of their bankrupt Inter-Alpha Group of banks. [They sprouted up in early 70s just as Bretton-Woods fixed exchange rates were demoloshed. Rothschild… Soros’ papa.] “The veteran Conservative MP Peter Tapsell warned that the ‘potential knock-on effect’ of the Irish crisis ‘could pose as great a threat to the world economy as did Lehman Brothers, AIG and Goldman Sachs in September 2008,” the Daily Telegraph wrote today.

    With the same urgency, Timothy Geithner, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, told the Wall Street Journal CEO Council on Nov. 16, that European leaders have “the ability to do what you normally want in a crisis—you want to make sure that you move very, very quickly.” [sounds Peloskyesque, no?]

    Thus, a “financial hit squad”—as the London Guardian put it—of the ECB, IMF, and EU Commission, has flown to Dublin to scrutinize the banks’ books and eventually cram a bailout down the throat of Irish government leaders. [If you don’t watch the above video report, you are not likely to see the implications of this. It is about getting sovereign nation states to go bankrupt bailing out private banks… instead of putting the banks through bankruptcy reorganization. Bye, bye nation states, hello “governance.”] The British government has agreed to participate in the bailout, and a figure of 100 bn euros is being discussed. However, this might not be enough, given the ongoing run on Irish banks by corporate investors, and furthermore, the Greek crisis sharpening again.

    Austria has just suspended aid contributions to the Greek bailout financial packet agreed to last May, because Greece has failed to meet the tax revenue targets agreed to under the EU Memorandum. Credit defalt swaps (CDSs)on Greek debt today rocketed 97 basis points to 950; a Greek default would trigger $300bn worth of CDS contracts.

    Relations among EU member states are getting pretty undiplomatic under these conditions. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reacted with irritation to Greek Prime Minister Papandreu’s statement on Monday, when he accused German Chancellor Merkel of driving Greece into bankruptcy by scaring investors with talk of “haircuts.” Schaeuble said that “Greece has enjoyed a lot of solidarity from Europe and Germany. But solidarity is not a one-way street: nobody should ever forget that.”

    Meanwhile, German Industry Minister Rainer Bruederle reiterated German determination to reject unlimited bank bailouts, in an interview with La Repubblica during a visit to Italy yesterday. “Those who buy high-yield bonds must accept the risks involved. There must be a shared responsibility. We do not want wrong decisions to be paid by taxpayers.”

    We need to try to adopt a strategic view… a worldwide view. God knows that’s what Madame Secretary, Hillary Clinton has to do.

    Do you know what President Clinton was up to when hit by scandal and impeachment? (Carville did a whole presentation way back on how the attacks started in the British tabloids.) He was proposing a new financial architecture. The independent prosecutor was hauling boxes of documentation into the Congress same day as Bill made a luncheon speech to the CFR on the proposal. I trust he learned from the whole experience.

    [posted without preview…Gulp.]

  177. mp

    I guess I disagree. I feel that there are other areas in the government that need to reduce their work force, so

    please consider not the old method of equal slicing. I saw a lot of that when Clinton balanced the budget, where as the couragous thing to do is really look at your organization and cut programs that are no longer relavent. Try doing that in the DoD and you find you cannot because you run into the one state over another fairness crap. So the resul is equal slicing, which results in all programs taking the same, and you stretch everthing out to the point of technical obsolete.

    I think we all remember the weapons systems planes etc that we continue even though the military say they don’t want or need them.

    Certainly she should look at her entire organization first, but then we should not be afraid to expand an area, and get rid of stupid areas in other organizations to balance and reduce the budget.

    I know it will never happen, but I keep hoping it will.

  178. Long post with 2 urls in the clutches of spammy.

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    wbboei
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:15 pm AND 11:36 pm
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    Ain’t Soros great? Whadda guy. You don’t get that rich unless they make you that rich.

  179. Darn. I should clarify lest I be thought sarcastic. I was thanking admin or freeing my long post from the clutches of spam filter, but didn’t realize I can see it, others can’t. It still reads at the top “Your comment is awaiting moderation. Don’t worry, it might simply be an overactive spam filter.” I’ll go chill out now.

  180. Mormaer
    November 18th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Obama was the paid on high facilatator for the Soros agenda. In no way is Soros giving up. (See wbb’s post @ 11:39)

    The bitterness between Obama and Soros will become a Battle of the Titans. We can only hope in the struggle for one or the other to prevail the damage they do is to each other and not to the country.

    For more info on Soros read here:

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/blockbuster-obama%e2%80%99s-godfather/

  181. Previous to 2009, the State Dept had lost a lot of personnel and some of their functions had been transferred to the military. Hillary has been bringing the balance back to what it was previously.

  182. Concerning Hillary asking for more money, I remember from her statements before the Foreign Affairs or Budget committee (don’t remember which) this year that she was taking over functions hitherto carried out by the Defense Department, which was reducing its own budget by as much.

    The figures were: $4.7 billion more for State, but $ 16.5 billion trimmed off defense. So actually, while she was asking for a 10% increase in funds for State, she was saving the taxpayers some $12 billion and, in the process, providing a better service in more competent hands.

    I think we can trust Hillary on this one. She’s not a spendthrift.

  183. Trim Obama’s spending budget for overseas trips, pink slip the 100,000 or so new federal employees hired by the Obama administration, pink slip department czars and their assistants, terminate the overseas militery contractors some making $1000.00/day and there will be ample sums for updating the Dept of State.

  184. Rahm Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    One wonders why the penny wise and pound foolish Rahm did not simply maintain a pied-a-terre inside of the city for the past year and half? He could have easily afforded to do so. Emanuel has had a history of sticking his foot in it when it comes to housing matters. While in Congress, the thrifty Emanuel lived in a basement apartment in the home of Connecticut Democratic representative Rosa DeLauro. The problem was it was an illegal basement apartment in a single family home that violated District of Columbia zoning laws. When the story was publicized, Emanuel was ridiculed as a “cheapskate” in the media.

    http://www.cdobs.com/archive/chicago/rahm-does-not-live-here-anymore/comment-page-1/

  185. Bwah hahahaha

    Obama’s Car Czar is going down

    NYT NEWS ALERT: New York Attorney General and S.E.C. Sue Steven Rattner

    SEC, Cuomo file civil lawsuits against auto czar Steven Rattner in pension fund case

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/sec_files_civil_lawsuit_against_o6mz6Ey1g0ljgxFbReErNO#ixzz15eEHgofW

    The Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a civil lawsuit today against former Obama administration auto czar Steven Rattner.

    In October, media reports indicated that Rattner had reached a settlement with the SEC over allegations the private equity firm he founded, Quadrangle, made improper payments to secure business with New York state’s public-pension fund.

    A day later, The Wall Street Journal reported that an SEC vote to approve the deal had been postponed.

    The two lawsuits seek at least $26 million from Rattner and his immediate lifetime ban from the securities industry in New York.

    In the first action, Cuomo added Rattner as a defendant to a forfeiture action pending in New York State Supreme Court, New York County, against Hank Morris and David Loglisci, and seeks to recover $13 million obtained by Rattner, and millions in future fees and profits.

    In the second action, Cuomo filed a lawsuit against Rattner under the Martin Act seeking over $13 million in civil recoveries, millions in future fees and profits, as well as additional remedies including injunctive relief.

    In a third action, as part of the Martin Act lawsuit, Cuomo filed an application to permanently ban Rattner from engaging in the securities business in the State of New York. The application for an immediate securities ban is based on the fact that Rattner engaged in fraud and refused to answer 68 questions based on his fifth amendment privilege.

    “Steve Rattner was willing to do whatever it took to get his hands on pension fund money including paying kickbacks, orchestrating a movie deal, and funneling campaign contributions,” said Cuomo. “Through these lawsuits, we will recover his ill gotten gains and hold Rattner accountable.”

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    As usual Obama knows how to pick them…….

  186. About Obama’s Cat-Food Commission’s plan. Much more detail at the site. Chart at cbpp.org/images/cms//11-16-10bud-f1.jpg

    cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3325

    [ It ] threatens benefits and services for millions of Americans who have very modest incomes and would experience significant hardship.
    For instance, while the proposed changes in Social Security would produce benefit increases for many among the poorest fifth of Social Security beneficiaries — a praiseworthy accomplishment — the changes would cut benefits for those in the next-to-the-bottom fifth and the middle fifth of beneficiaries. Social Security Administration data show that in 2008, the median income for elderly Social Security beneficiaries (including any income they get from other sources, as well as their spouses’ income) was only $14,100 for those in the next-to-the-bottom fifth and $20,600 for those in the middle fifth.
    Indeed, the plan would cut Social Security benefits for a medium earner (one whose earnings are in the middle of the wage distribution) by 15 percent below the currently scheduled amount in 2050 and 22 percent by 2080. Yet a lifelong medium earner who retires at age 65 in 2010 receives a benefit of just $1,397 a month, or $16,764 a year — which is only about 55 percent above the poverty line — and generally does not have significant income from other sources.
    The plan’s cuts in Medicaid and Medicare would pose further problems for millions of people of modest means. The plan calls for increasing the amounts that elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries must pay for health care services (presumably through higher co-payments) under both Medicare and the Medigap policies that supplement Medicare coverage. The plan lacks details on how these changes would work, and they might well be reasonable parts of a balanced deficit-reduction plan — if they were not being extracted from the same modest-income seniors and people with disabilities whose Social Security benefits were being cut at the same time. As Drew Altman, the highly respected president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, recently explained, many of these modest-income Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries
    have low incomes and already pay a significant share of their incomes for health care today. It will be difficult if not impossible to ask the majority of beneficiaries to pay more or make do with less. This has been the missing element in the entitlement/deficit reduction debate: Warren Buffet is not the typical Medicare beneficiary. Instead the prototype is an older woman with multiple chronic illnesses living on an income of less than $25,000 who spends more than 15 percent of her income on health care. It is the people on these programs and the realities of their lives that have been left out of the discussion.[2]
    Another health-care element of the plan poses still greater risks for the nation’s most vulnerable people by threatening severe cuts over time in Medicaid, Medicare, and the subsidies to help modest-income people purchase coverage in the new insurance exchanges that the health reform law will establish. The plan proposes to contain growth after 2020 in federal health expenditures for these programs and the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance to no more than 1 percent more per year than the rate of growth in GDP.

  187. WTH! and he could not help Hillary?
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    FEC Likely to Allow Obama Bailout for Biden
    By Alex Knott
    Roll Call Staff
    Nov. 18, 2010, Midnight
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    In a flashback to the campaigns of yesterday, the Federal Election Commission released a draft opinion to allow President Barack Obama’s campaign committee to transfer money to pay for campaign finance penalties left over from Vice President Joseph Biden’s 2008 White House run.

    While a majority vote by the six-person FEC will be required for passage, the agency’s single draft bodes well for the former six-term Democratic Senator from Delaware.

    Biden’s presidential campaign was fined $133,000 earlier this year after an FEC audit found minor violations, including stale-dated checks.

    But his campaign does not have enough money in reserve, reporting just $82,000 in available cash on hand as of the end of September and nearly $8,000 in other debts.

    So the president’s 2008 campaign, which has nearly $3.2 million in the bank, formally asked the FEC whether Obama for America could pay the outstanding fees to the Treasury Department on behalf of the vice president. The FEC is slated to vote on the measure at this week’s regular Thursday meeting.

  188. Mrs. Smith
    November 18th, 2010 at 9:33 am Obama was the paid on high facilitator for the Soros agenda. In no way is Soros giving up. (See wbb’s post @ 11:39)

    Thanks for the link. I think Obama is the facilitator for all of the high finance bunch also. But while he has been a success at getting what they wanted until November 2nd, he will be a spectacular failure from here on. The American public will not vote for him. Period. November 2 was the beginning of a long dangerous descent for the Democrats as long as O is the figurehead. You cannot run a scam when the front man is figured out. They have to find someone else and quick. The polls are telling them he cannot win again irregardless of what he does including walking on water. He is a thin skinned narcissist a-hole and my guess is he is not following directions as closely as he used to do and is seriously slacking. I think Soros knows this and is forced to switch gears as all of this fake “progressive”-ness is fancied up corporatism and everyone with an IQ over 80 can see it. Soros will have to come up with a new “ism” as this one is bunk and is only fooling the foolish creative elites.

  189. The Ethics Committee is meeting. A congressman from Alabama named Jo ? just gave a fantastic speech about Charlie Rangel’s behavior.
    I hope it is on again or is on another media outlet.

    He nailed Mr. Rangel to the wall in a professional manner. He said that he was not a lawyer as many in congress, however, it does not take a law degree to see that Mr. Rangel’s behavior was wrong. He said that Mr. Rangel had asked for his military service and long service in congress to be taken into account. The Alabama congressman said that Mr. Rangels behavior had nothing to do with his distinguished military service and no one was taking that away from him.

    I just got in on the end of the speech. Did anyone else see it on FOX and get the AL man’s name?

    Mr. Rangel sat there looking at him and for the first time, there was none of the arrogance and confidence he usually displays.

  190. Mormaer
    November 18th, 2010 at 11:10 am
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    Soros will ride that pony (Obama) until he can’t ride no mo!

    Obama looks sick, tired, dejected and wishing he were anywhere else but 1600 Pennsy Avenue.

    I can’t wait for fresh newspaper headlines reminding Obama once more, he IS the FAILED President of the United States and should GO Home!

    Lest his chronic disease of FAILUREism be contagious.

  191. God, I just can’t listen to Rangel talk, he sounds like he has throat cancer.

    What real punishment is a censure? Anyone out there know??

  192. Scratch what I said earlier about Charlie Rangel not acting arrogant. Now he is speaking and bless his tiny heart, he is hitting back hard at Jo Bonner (AL) so I would imagine that Mr. Bonner hit ol’ Charlie where it hurts.

    In all, Charlie is explaining how he really is innocent.

    It’s way past time for Charlie to go. Forget about slapping him on the wrist…he need to be stripped of his seat.

  193. So Charlie brings John Lewis with him and he is sitting beside him.

    Rangel is as slippery as an eel, isn’t he?

  194. In all of Charlie Rangel’s speech, never once did he ever say he was sorry for his behavior. He danced around his actions but there was not remorse.

    Censure can mean whatever they want it to mean. It is NOT removal from the congress.

    Yes, Confloyd, you just feel the racial overtones. I didn’t get to see what John Lewis’ speech of his good friend Rangel.

  195. pm317
    November 16th, 2010 at 7:49 pm
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    Just now watched this. Had not seen it before.
    “You don’t want to go there, Peter.”
    That was a voice of (earned, true) authority speaking. I had to laugh. Beautiful. Zero percent bluff.

    At 8:49 PM just above I posted something that I suppose is still caught in the spam filter. It includes:

    Do you know what President Clinton was up to when hit by scandal and impeachment? (Carville did a whole presentation way back on how the attacks started in the British tabloids.) He was proposing a new financial architecture. The independent prosecutor was hauling boxes of documentation into the Congress same day as Bill made a luncheon speech to the CFR on the proposal. I trust he learned from the whole experience.

    Might as well add a bit. Here is Hillary at CFR, July 2009, as Sec. State:

    Thank you very much, Richard, and I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.

    When Bob Rubin and Bill Clinton were faced with the so-called GKO crisis in August-September of 1998, Clinton went to the Council of Foreign Relations September 14, 1998, and talked about some reform ideas.

    With the October ’98 Washington conferences on monetary policy, the United States moved with other nations towards what was called a “wall of money” policy. Not what Bill and Rubin and others had been working on for more than a year.

  196. ohanson,
    So in essence, what you are saying is that the CFR runs the country? I am also glad you noticed what Hillary said at the CFR. You have to listen to what Hillary says very closely and you will see how she words things. She’s a very smart woman.

    I also know the CFR and IMF are in cohoots to destroy the country…we not far from that now…they all want a One World Government.

  197. Newsweek…why don’t you just go to bed with bambi if you love him so much???

    The Presidency Is “Too Big For One Man”

    Nov. 18 2010
    By CONOR FRIEDERSDORF

    MY PREDICTION ABOUT AMERICA SUDDENLY BECOMING “UNGOVERNABLE” IF OBAMA FAILED has certainly been borne out. Now Newsweek asks: Is the Presidency too big for one man? Nope. Just for the inexperienced guy with no management experience that we elected. As Jay Cost wrote a while back “America is not ungovernable. Her President has simply not been up to the job.” And see these thoughts from Arnold Kling, too.

    Plus, as Ed Morrissey noted last fall: “Who could have warned us that a man who served seven years in the state legislature and three years in the Senate would not have been prepared for the toughest executive position in the Free World? We did. Repeatedly. So did John McCain, and for that matter, so did Hillary Clinton.”

    It seems to me that the pithy digs at President Obama are distracting this collection of small government advocates from the fact that the presidency is in fact too big for one man. And if we want future presidents to perform well it’s best to limit the scope of the federal government. When the Founders conceived the office, they never imagined its current incarnation — even our grandparents grew up in a world where America’s executive branch was radically different than it is today. What possible “management experience” prepares one for the White House? An MBA and two terms as governor of Texas didn’t seem to do the trick. Obviously we could pick better public officials in theory. Welcome to politics. I’d suggest that if your idea about how to improve America requires better quality politicians, yours isn’t a plan that’s going to work.

    Why do I think America is increasingly ungovernable? Todd Purdum put it into perspective awhile back:

    Washington is hard to govern, above all, because of the radical growth in the scope of the federal government’s responsibilities—it’s an obvious fact, but it’s where explanations must begin. On the eve of World War II, F.D.R. had six high-level aides who carried the title “administrative assistant to the president.” Harry Truman, after the war, had 12 of them: they met every morning in a semicircle around his desk. There are now upwards of 100 people who have some variation on “assistant to the president” in their titles. The sheer number of things the executive branch is responsible for just keeps expanding; the time available to think about any one of them therefore keeps shrinking. This is not just a management issue, it’s a stakeholder issue: every special interest in the country is working zealously to keep what it has, or to get something better. Emanuel, who was a top White House aide through most of the Clinton years, thought the pace was bad back then. It’s much worse now. “Leon thinks it’s a huge problem,” he says, referring to Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, Leon Panetta, who is now Obama’s C.I.A. director. “He says that this is a highly caffeinated speed.”

    Or consider another anecdote about FDR.

    In 1934 he became the first president to visit Hawaii, partly in order to assess American naval strength in the Pacific. Given subsequent events, we can presumably agree to the prudence of that trip. Seldom discussed is its itinerary. A boat journey down the Atlantic coast, through the Panama Canal, out to Hawaii, and back to the Pacific Northwest was a major undertaking. Could a modern president leave Washington DC for weeks on end, especially if made to operate under the information constraints of the Depression era? I’d say the answer is no — that we have a perpetually distracted president who, insofar as he can focus on anything for very long, does it to the detriment of other very important things.

    A bit later in his piece, Purdum writes this:

    The sheer size of government makes juggling a fact of life—and, to some extent, an impossibility. Balls are dropping all the time. But even more debilitating is what size gives rise to. The reach of government may touch every cranny of national life, but those in the crannies can also reach back and touch the government, seeking favor and preferment. The Federal Register is published every working day and contains the text of new government regulations, presidential decrees, administrative orders, and proposed rules and public notices. The edition for this ordinary Wednesday comes in at 350 pages of dense, dark type. It is unimaginably varied: you’ll find rules for the importation of Chinese honey; proposed conservation standards for home furnaces; permitting procedures for the experimental use of pesticides; announcements concerning the awarding of new radio and TV licenses; and hundreds of other items. You can think of the Federal Register as the official record of federal activity in all its range. You can also think of it as the daily report card of the lobbying industry, whose interests and resources underlie nearly every line of type. There is hardly a large private company in the country not dependent on some kind of government contract, and hardly a business of any size that is not subject to some kind of government oversight.

    In a government of this size, the modern president must delegate a far larger percentage of his duties than did his early predecessors. And even delegation is growing increasingly difficult, as partisan bickering results in appointments that are delayed or never filled because ideological opponents deny the nominees an up or down vote.

    Professor Reynolds should rethink his position. Electing someone else to sit in the White House isn’t necessarily going to bring about a federal government that functions better. For that to happen, we need to give our presidents fewer tasks to perform well, rather than asking that they give their attention to everything from childhood obesity to North Korean nukes to stem cell policy to the future of GM to… well, you get the idea. Given his smarts, I doubt George Washington would accept the job were he offered it today.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/conorfriedersdorf/2010/11/18/the-presidency-is-too-big-for-one-man/?boxes=financechannelforbes

  198. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Democratic strategist James Carville dropped this one-liner: “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”

    The quote was first noted by Tribune reporter Mike Memoli on his Twitter account.

    Carville made his remarks at a breakfast discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor at Washington, D.C.’s St. Regis Hotel
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    I really think he’s the insider! Does he have a daughter in college? Carville calls em’ like he sees um’.

  199. JanH, This is how they are going to get someone to run the govt. while Obama vacations and stays on his meds…I wonder who he/she will be?

  200. What possible “management experience” prepares one for the White House? An MBA and two terms as governor of Texas didn’t seem to do the trick.

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

    Twelve years as Governor of Arkansas and a twofer did just fine.

  201. God, I hate it when people talk about Hillary having coconuts…but even if SHE did, she would never give them away, and especially to someone that wouldn’t know what to do with them.

    Hillary is powerful because she is brilliant, keeps learning, is tireless and fights for American’s 24/4.

    Obama expects to reap the fame and fortune without doing anything.

  202. FDR.

    In 1934 he became the first president to visit Hawaii, partly in order to assess American naval strength in the Pacific. Given subsequent events, we can presumably agree to the prudence of that trip. Seldom discussed is its itinerary. A boat journey down the Atlantic coast, through the Panama Canal, out to Hawaii, and back to the Pacific Northwest was a major undertaking.

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

    So where was Eleanor? Home minding the store, maybe. ANother twofer, anyway.

  203. “A boat journey down the Atlantic coast, through the Panama Canal, out to Hawaii, and back to the Pacific Northwest ”

    Sounds like The Obama’s Spring Break itinerary

  204. I’m speechless….if anyone now thinks Obama is not a republican…their nuts!
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    ArticleComments (85)Share.President Obama to award George H.W. Bush the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    By Kenneth R. Bazinet
    White House Correspondent

    Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 9:29 PM

    J. Scott ApplewhiteBarack Obama will honor former President George H.W. Bush with the Medal of Freedom Related NewsVoice of the People for November 15, 2010Voice of the People for November 11, 2010Bush believes McCain ran ‘lousy campaign,’ GOP official saysDaly: They don’t remember cause of this messSiris: To make money in stocks, tune out political noiseGreenman: Newt Gingrich spins another lie
    President Obama dropped a bipartisan bombshell today, announcing he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom next year to ex-President George H.W. Bush.

    The magnanimous gesture of bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor to the 41st U.S. President came a day after ex-President George W. Bush gave a respectful nod to Obama at the groundbreaking of his library in Dallas.

    “The decisions of governing are on another President’s desk, and he deserves to make them without criticism from me,” Bush said at the site of his future library at Southern Methodist University.

    NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, St. Louis (baseball) Hall of Famer Stan Musial, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Wall Street wizard Warren Buffett top the list of scholars, athletes, artists, achievers and do-gooders who will be presented the award at a White House ceremony early next year.

    “These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place. I look forward to awarding them this honor,” Obama said.

    The rest of the list includes civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), environmentalist John H. Adams, poet Maya Angelou, Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein, optometrist murdered by the Taliban Dr. Tom Little, civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez, disabled rights advocate Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and former AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/11/17/2010-11-17_president_obama_to_award_george_w_bush_the_presidential_medal_of_freedom_.html#ixzz15fZ8OlD6

  205. I will always remember this experiment in Psych 101. I will try to find the video, but it reminds me of what is going on today, especially with the election of the fraud and the TSA. The easy manipulation of people and their blind obedience.
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    Milgram Experiment

    The subject was given the title teacher, and the confederate, learner. The participants drew slips of paper to ‘determine’ their roles. Unknown to them, both slips said “teacher”, and the actor claimed to have the slip that read “learner”, thus guaranteeing that the participant would always be the “teacher”. At this point, the “teacher” and “learner” were separated into different rooms where they could communicate but not see each other. In one version of the experiment, the confederate was sure to mention to the participant that he had a heart condition.[1]
    The “teacher” was given an electric shock from the electro-shock generator as a sample of the shock that the “learner” would supposedly receive during the experiment. The “teacher” was then given a list of word pairs which he was to teach the learner. The teacher began by reading the list of word pairs to the learner. The teacher would then read the first word of each pair and read four possible answers. The learner would press a button to indicate his response. If the answer was incorrect, the teacher would administer a shock to the learner, with the voltage increasing in 15-volt increments for each wrong answer. If correct, the teacher would read the next word pair.[1]
    The subjects believed that for each wrong answer, the learner was receiving actual shocks. In reality, there were no shocks. After the confederate was separated from the subject, the confederate set up a tape recorder integrated with the electro-shock generator, which played pre-recorded sounds for each shock level. After a number of voltage level increases, the actor started to bang on the wall that separated him from the subject. After several times banging on the wall and complaining about his heart condition, all responses by the learner would cease.[1]
    At this point, many people indicated their desire to stop the experiment and check on the learner. Some test subjects paused at 135 volts and began to question the purpose of the experiment. Most continued after being assured that they would not be held responsible. A few subjects began to laugh nervously or exhibit other signs of extreme stress once they heard the screams of pain coming from the learner.[1]
    If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order:[1]
    Please continue.
    The experiment requires that you continue.
    It is absolutely essential that you continue.
    You have no other choice, you must go on.
    If the subject still wished to stop after all four successive verbal prods, the experiment was halted. Otherwise, it was halted after the subject had given the maximum 450-volt shock three times in succession.[1]
    [edit]Results

    Before conducting the experiment, Milgram polled fourteen Yale University senior-year psychology majors as to what they thought would be the results. All of the poll respondents believed that only a few (average 3 out of 100) would be prepared to inflict the maximum voltage. Milgram also informally polled his colleagues and found that they, too, believed very few subjects would progress beyond a very strong shock.[1]
    In Milgram’s first set of experiments, 65 percent (26 of 40)[1] of experiment participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450-volt shock, though many were very uncomfortable doing so; at some point, every participant paused and questioned the experiment, some said they would refund the money they were paid for participating in the experiment. Only one participant steadfastly refused to administer shocks below the 300-volt level.[1]
    Milgram summarized the experiment in his 1974 article, “The Perils of Obedience”, writing:
    The legal and philosophic aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. I set up a simple experiment at Yale University to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects’ [participants’] strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects’ [participants’] ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding explanation.
    Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.[3]
    The original Simulated Shock Generator and Event Recorder, or shock box, is located in the Archives of the History of American Psychology.
    Later, Prof. Milgram and other psychologists performed variations of the experiment throughout the world, with similar results[4] although unlike the Yale experiment,[dubious – discuss] resistance to the experimenter was reported anecdotally elsewhere.[5] Milgram later investigated the effect of the experiment’s locale on obedience levels by holding an experiment in an unregistered, backstreet office in a bustling city, as opposed to at Yale, a respectable university. The level of obedience, “although somewhat reduced, was not significantly lower.” What made more of a difference was the proximity of the “learner” and the experimenter. There were also variations tested involving groups.
    Dr. Thomas Blass of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County performed a meta-analysis on the results of repeated performances of the experiment. He found that the percentage of participants who are prepared to inflict fatal voltages remains remarkably constant, 61–66 percent, regardless of time or place.[6][7][verification needed]
    There is a little-known coda to the Milgram Experiment, reported by Philip Zimbardo: none of the participants who refused to administer the final shocks insisted that the experiment itself be terminated, nor left the room to check the health of the victim without requesting permission to leave, as per Milgram’s notes and recollections, when Zimbardo asked him about that point.[8]
    Milgram created a documentary film titled Obedience showing the experiment and its results. He also produced a series of five social psychology films, some of which dealt with his experiments.[9]

  206. Mrs. Smith
    November 16th, 2010 at 4:23 pm
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    Sorry, but I do not watch many movies due to a lack of interest. I agree that what you wrote is interesting with regards to balance. My only thought on that is that Soros could never make up with good deeds that which his has done with evil in his heart.

  207. BTW, Carville has two daughters, how old they are, I can’t find out, but he married his current/first wife in 1993, so if they started right away…the daughters would be around college age.

  208. Norma, how convenient this is in the news so often today. I guess he’s going to get an “administrative assistant”, so he can stay on vacation and make speeches and live in the WH, which is all he wants to do anyway.
    Gee, I wonder who will take the job???

  209. Confloyd – if that happens – the nation will all be in DC with pitchforks in hand. Once again, Obama needs to be propped up, dragged to the finish, and excused for his imcompetence by those who put him there.

    It is sickening. This is the President of the United States, for god’s sake. Man Up Mr. Obama. You are looking like a fool by ALLOWING this conversation to even be had.

  210. The Republican Governors Association has formally announced its full slate of leadership positions, following elections during the RGA conference in San Diego, California.

    More than 30 GOP Governors or Governors-elect have taken part in the conference, being held on Wednesday and Thursday, including a number of potential 2012 presidential candidates.

    Read the full list of leadership assignments after the jump:

    RGA Chairman: Gov Rick Perry (Texas)

    Vice Chair: Gov Bob McDonnell (Virginia)

    Policy Chairman (new role): Gov Haley Barbour (Mississippi)

    Gala Chairman: Gov Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)

    Recruitment Chair: Gov Nikki Haley (South Carolina)

    At-large: Gov Susana Martinez (New Mexico), Gov Chris Christie (New Jersey)

    ……………………

    Looks like the new blood is being boosted.

  211. “Please have your genitalia out and ready to be fondled when you approach the security checkpoint.”

    NAPOLITANO: THE BALL’S IN MY COURT NOW
    November 17, 2010

    After the 9/11 attacks, when 19 Muslim terrorists — 15 from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates and one each from Egypt and Lebanon, 14 with “al” in their names — took over commercial aircraft with box-cutters, the government banned sharp objects from planes.

    Airport security began confiscating little old ladies’ knitting needles and breaking the mouse-sized nail files off of passengers’ nail clippers. Surprisingly, no decrease in the number of hijacking attempts by little old ladies and manicurists was noted.

    After another Muslim terrorist, Richard Reid, AKA Tariq Raja, AKA Abdel Rahim, AKA Abdul Raheem, AKA Abu Ibrahim, AKA Sammy Cohen (which was only his eHarmony alias), tried to blow up a commercial aircraft with explosive-laden sneakers, the government prohibited more than 3 ounces of liquid from being carried on airplanes.

    All passengers were required to take off their shoes for special security screening, which did not thwart a single terrorist attack, but made airport security checkpoints a lot smellier.

    After Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria tried to detonate explosive material in his underwear over Detroit last Christmas, the government began requiring nude body scans at airports.

    The machines, which cannot detect chemicals or plastic, would not have caught the diaper bomber. So, again, no hijackers were stopped, but being able to see passengers in the nude boosted the morale of airport security personnel by 22 percent.

    After explosives were inserted in two ink cartridges and placed on a plane headed to the United States from the Muslim nation of Yemen, the government banned printer cartridges from all domestic flights, resulting in no improvement in airport security, while requiring ink cartridges who traveled to take Amtrak.

    So when the next Muslim terrorist, probably named Abdul Ahmed al Shehri, places explosives in his anal cavity, what is the government going to require then? (If you’re looking for a good investment opportunity, might I suggest rubber gloves?)

    Last year, a Muslim attempting to murder Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia blew himself up with a bomb stuck up his anus. Fortunately, this didn’t happen near an airport, or Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would now be requiring full body cavity searches to fly.

    You can’t stop a terrorist attack by searching for the explosives any more than you can stop crime by taking away everyone’s guns.

    In the 1970s, liberal ideas on crime swept the country. Gun owners were treated like criminals while actual criminals were coddled and released. If only we treated criminals with dignity and respect and showed them the system was fair, liberals told us, criminals would reward us with good behavior.

    As is now well known, crime exploded in the ’70s. It took decades of conservative law-and-order policies to get crime back to near-1950s levels.

    It’s similarly pointless to treat all Americans as if they’re potential terrorists while trying to find and confiscate anything that could be used as a weapon. We can’t search all passengers for explosives because Muslims stick explosives up their anuses. (Talk about jobs Americans just won’t do.)

    You have to search for the terrorists.

    Fortunately, that’s the one advantage we have in this war. In a lucky stroke, all the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born, Muslim males. (Think: “Guys Madonna would date.”)

    This would give us a major leg up — if only the country weren’t insane.

    Is there any question that we’d be looking for Swedes if the 9/11 terrorists, the shoe bomber, the diaper bomber and the printer cartridge bomber had all been Swedish? If the Irish Republican Army were bombing our planes, wouldn’t we be looking for people with Irish surnames and an Irish appearance?

    Only because the terrorists are Muslims do we pretend not to notice who keeps trying to blow up our planes.

    It would be harder to find Swedes or Irish boarding commercial airliners in the U.S. than Muslims. Swarthy foreigners stand out like a sore thumb in an airport. The American domestic flying population is remarkably homogenous. An airport is not a Sears department store.

    Only about a third of all Americans flew even once in the last year, and only 7 percent took more than four round trips. The majority of airline passengers are middle-aged, middle-class, white businessmen with about a million frequent flier miles. I’d wager that more than 90 percent of domestic air travelers were born in the U.S.

    If the government did nothing more than have a five-minute conversation with the one passenger per flight born outside the U.S., you’d need 90 percent fewer Transportation Security Administration agents and airlines would be far safer than they are now.

    Instead, Napolitano just keeps ordering more invasive searches of all passengers, without exception — except members of Congress and government officials, who get VIP treatment, so they never know what she’s doing to the rest of us.

    Two weeks ago, Napolitano ordered TSA agents to start groping women’s breasts and all passengers’ genitalia — children, nuns and rape victims, everyone except government officials and members of Congress. (Which is weird because Dennis Kucinich would like it.)

    “Please have your genitalia out and ready to be fondled when you approach the security checkpoint.”

    This is the punishment for refusing the nude body scan for passengers who don’t want to appear nude on live video or are worried about the skin cancer risk of the machines — risks acknowledged by the very Johns Hopkins study touted by the government.

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that we need to keep the government as far away from airport security as possible, and not only because Janet Napolitano did her graduate work in North Korea.

  212. Norma Desmond
    November 18th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Speaking of Obama – Drudge just posted this Newsweek cover!???

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    That is the pose for dancing shiva, Indian God (he is also known as the Destroyer on the trinity, Brahma (creator), Vishnu(preserver), Shiva(destroyer) of the universe. What I want to know is if Obama posed for that picture.

    http://www.drudgereport.com/shiva.jpg

  213. Here’s a link about the Alaska Senate election. I think that it has a good suggestion about hand counting ALL of the votes. Let Alaska be the example of Diebold’s reliability.

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8199

    Also here’s a youtube of a GREEEEEAAAAAT song that you all will know. I love this song, from the first time that I ever heard it. Use it as an accompaniment to the article that I linked above.

  214. Sorry, didn’t see the at large…hope they weren’t making a funny. In this society, you might as well be a pedophile as be overweight.

  215. Admin My previous comment made at 4:51pm is in moderation because I have two links in it. One is a youtube of a good song to go along with the article that I linked to. It’s how I read the article. 🙂

  216. FROM ACE
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    To The Barricades! Democrats Pushing Amnesty Via The DREAM Act
    —DrewM.

    These bastards just don’t get that “No means NO!”.

    As always, Michelle Malkin has the full rundown, including a list of fence sitting Republicans who need to be reminded that we are still in scalp collecting mode.

    Jeff Sessions (longtime favorite here at the HQ) has a 10 point fact list about the DREAM Act. Here’s a taste.

    Ten Things You Need To Know About S.3827, The DREAM Act
    1. The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children, And It Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard Working, Law-Abiding Americans

    Proponents of the DREAM Act frequently claim the bill offers relief only to illegal alien “kids.” Incredibly, previous versions of the DREAM Act had no age limit at all, so illegal aliens of any age who satisfied the Act’s requirements—not just children—could obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. In response to this criticism, S.3827 includes a requirement that aliens be under the age of 35 on the date of enactment to be eligible for LPR status. Even with this cap, many aliens would be at least 41 years old before obtaining full LPR status under the Act—hardly the “kids” the Act’s advocates keep talking about.

    The DREAM Act requires that DHS/USCIS process all DREAM Act applications (applications that would require complex, multi-step adjudication) without being able to increase fees to handle processing. This mandate would require either additional Congressional appropriations, or for USCIS, a primarily fee-funded agency, to raise fees on other types of immigration benefit applications. This would unfairly spread the cost of administering the DREAM Act legalization program among applicants and petitioners who have abided by U.S. laws and force taxpayers to pay for amnesty. Taxpayers would also be on the hook for all Federal benefits the DREAM Act seeks to offer illegal aliens, including student loans and grants.

    2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An Application

    Although DREAM Act proponents claim it will benefit only those who meet certain age, presence, and educational requirements, amazingly the Act protects ANY alien who simply submits an application for status no matter how frivolous. The bill forbids the Secretary of Homeland Security from removing “any alien who has a pending application for conditional status” under the DREAM Act—regardless of age or criminal record—providing a safe harbor for all illegal aliens. This loophole will open the floodgates for applications that could stay pending for many years or be litigated as a delay tactic to prevent the illegal aliens’ removal from the United States. The provision will further erode any chances of ending the rampant illegality and fraud in the existing system.

    3. Certain Criminal Aliens Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act

    Certain categories of criminal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty, including alien gang members and aliens with misdemeanor convictions, even DUIs. The DREAM Act allows illegal aliens guilty of the following offenses to be eligible for amnesty: alien absconders (aliens who failed to attend their removal proceedings), aliens who have engaged in voter fraud or unlawfully voted, aliens who have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, aliens who have abused their student visas, and aliens who have committed marriage fraud. Additionally, illegal aliens who pose a public health risk, aliens who have been permanently barred from obtaining U.S. citizenship, and aliens who are likely to become a public charge are also eligible.

    Follow the link to Michelle’s place for the full list.

    We’re going to hear lots of sob stories as they run up to this vote but we need to keep the focus where it belongs…build the damn fence, secure the damn border and deport more criminal illegals. When we see all of those things accomplished then and only then can we even begin to discuss the mere possibility of compassionate exceptions.

    Call, email, write. We kicked a bunch of these bastards out already, we need to remind the ones left behind they will be next.

  217. The thing is … we DON’T need to profile on swarthy men with Arab last names. We need to profile the same way the Israelis do: on behavior. They don’t call aside anyone with “al” in front of their last name in Tel Aviv. They can’t. The place is in the middle of the freakin Middle East — they CAN’T frisk or call aside every Arab traveler that flies through. It’d take hours if they did.

    The people they call aside are people who look nervous, people who are flying with no luggage, people who their security cameras spot as looking from side to side a lot and checking their watch, people talking a lot in whispers and going their separate ways, people who get jittery with prolonged eye contact. They look for suspicious BEHAVIORS, no matter what your last name or ethnicity is.

    And it works. So we DON’T have to profile racially. We DON’T have to sexually assault grandmothers and toddlers. We DON’T have to wait for hours in stupid security lines that look for bad THINGS. We need to learn how to look for bad PEOPLE, and we need seriously trained people to do it, not (and I grit my teeth to say this because I’m generally pro-union) union-protected, half-assed, untrained nitwits who think that their job is to intimidate and assault people, but to do so fairly, or who think shoving their hands down people’s pants and preferentially groping busty travelers is one of the perqs of their goddamned jobs. We need people who KNOW HOW to profile based on behavior, John Douglas types. The Israelis have already solved this problem — why the hell are we reinventing the wheel AND making the stupid thing triangular to boot?!

  218. FEC
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    Total fucking keystone cops. Utterly incompetent at policing influx of foreign money and other illegal contributions.

  219. EVEN DAVID BRODER STARTS QUESTIONING DEMS SANITY

    Gee, where were the tough questions in 2008?

    realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/11/18/wrong_signal_from_democrats_107993.html

    November 18, 2010
    Wrong Signal From Democrats
    By David Broder

    WASHINGTON — When the rules of the House of Representatives forced the Democrats to confront a painful choice among their leaders, they did what Democrats are often inclined to do. They changed the rules.

    Usually, such a stunt would matter only to the members affected by the change. But this one sends a dangerous signal at a crucial moment, when both parties are being tested on their willingness to respond to the lessons of the last election. This is a disquieting development.

    When the Democrats lost their House majority in the political upheaval on Nov. 2, they also lost one of their four leadership posts. Since the speaker would no longer come out of their caucus, House rules required them to yield it to the Republicans, who will use it to elevate John Boehner.

    Instead of having four people in the formal leadership of the House, the Democrats should have three — a minority leader, a deputy or whip, and the chairman of the Democratic caucus.

    It has always worked this way whenever an election shifts control on the House between the parties. Someone on the losing side loses his leadership job.

    Republicans have established a pattern and precedent of trimming their leadership from the top, either by deposing the outgoing speaker or encouraging him to leave the House. When Republicans lost their majority in 2006, Speaker Denny Hastert took it as a cue that it was time to go home to Illinois.

    There was ample precedent for firing from the top on the Democratic side as well. Speaker Tom Foley lost his seat when home district voters rebelled in the Republican rout of 1994. Speaker Jim Wright was forced out after being investigated for financial ethics violations.

    But Speaker Nancy Pelosi lost no time after the returns came in this month in signaling that she would not go gently. Within 24 hours of learning that she would no longer be speaker, she informed her caucus that she would run for minority leader — a post she won on Wednesday.

    Except for a few disgruntled members of the conservative Blue Dog caucus and some Republicans, no opposition surfaced. Pelosi has been the best fundraiser on the Democratic side, funneling money to both liberals and moderates. And she has been President Obama’s loyal lieutenant in the legislative fights of the past two years.

    Her decision triggered other battles. When she claimed the minority leadership, Steny Hoyer was demoted one level to whip, and he in turn bumped Jim Clyburn from that job.

    Hoyer had no problem in accepting the change; he had been No. 2 to Pelosi before. But Clyburn was not as accommodating, and suddenly, the Democratic caucus faced a crisis.

    The two men who both aspired to remain in the leadership were no ordinary players. Hoyer, who once challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully for the top leadership post, had close ties to moderate and conservative Democrats already devastated by their election losses. Clyburn is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, in many ways the most loyal and dependable bloc in the party.

    Neither man was willing to step down, and Democrats could not afford to have either of them humiliated. So what to do? Change the rules. Invent a new job of assistant leader, which no specific duties, and slot Clyburn for that post.

    Normally, this would not matter much. But we are about to start a new Congress where everything depends on the willingness of the leadership in both parties to face up to hard choices — on the budget, Afghanistan and a dozen of other issues.

    Too often in the past Democrats have avoided making hard choices by throwing more money in the pot or taking similar self-indulgent steps. Way back in Lyndon Johnson’s time, a well-conceived and carefully targeted Model Cities program was disgraced when the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee saw to it that Smithville, Tenn., his hometown, become one of the recipients. Some laboratory for urban policy.

    The Democrats’ unwillingness to face the hard choice in this internal fight sends exactly the wrong signal.

  220. Barack Obama will honor former President George H.W. Bush with the Medal of Freedom

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    Heh, is this just because George talks about his friendship with the Big Dawg and little Barry is jealous he isn’t liked?

    Does this mean that Obama will no longer blame George Bush for every problem Obama can’t fix or has created?

    Or maybe it is because Barry now realizes that George didn’t do such a bad job of defending America?

    Nope, Barry doesn’t do anything nice without expecting something more in return.

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