The Smell Of Burning Toes – Obama’s Feet In The Fire

On the day after the presidential election in 2008 we asked “So what is next?” We answered that question by saying:

“As Americans, as Democrats, some as former Democrats, we hold Obama’s feet to the fire.”

Read our complete answer from that day to more fully understand how correct we have been. We said to the Obama Hopium guzzlers that “they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won”. We told the Hopium Guzzlers they “will soon be presented with the fine print of Obama’s promises. They will soon read Obama’s legal escape clause…. Like with FISA, Obama will soon forget all those campaign promises and crib drown them in a sea of flowery words and say “it can’t be done now”.”

But it was not just Obama that we knew had to be exposed. Also in need of disinfectant are the theories and tactics and crackpot ideas of people behind Barack Obama. We knew it was necessary to rid ourselves of Obama and Obamaism.

It’s not just Obama that must removed from the body politic. We also have to remove the hypocrites and crackpots that enabled him.

When we declared that the next president had to be a “fighter” not a naive sloganeer the counterargument from Obama and his army of Hopium Guzzling hypocrites and crackpots was that we needed a “uniter not a divider”. Today James Carville repeated our argument when he said,if Hillary gave (Obama) one of her balls, they’d both have two.”



Carville was repeating an argument from May of 2008 and this was Obama’s response, fully endorsed by the Hopium Guzzling hypocrites and crackpots:

“Well, you know, James Carville is well-known for spouting off his mouth without always knowing what he’s talking about,” Obama said on Nightline. “I intend to stay focused on fighting for the American people because what they don’t need is 20 more years of performance art on television. And that’s what James Carville and a lot of those folks are expert at … a lot of talk and not getting things done for the American people.”

Now the hypocrites and crackpots are demanding “performance art” from Barack Obama. In 2008 these hypocrites and crackpots denounced Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush, and anyone who did not attend services at the cult of Obama, as proponents of the “unitary executive”. Now these people demand a “unitary executive”. Hypocrite Katrina Vanden Heuvel writes this week in The Nation:

“With a Republican-controlled House, the chances of major legislation making its way to the president’s desk are, indeed, virtually nonexistent.

But the administration’s hands are not completely tied. On the contrary, the president still has the power to use executive orders, rulemaking and diplomacy to further the progressive agenda without ever consulting Congress.”

This is a total rejection of what these hypocrites once advocated. Vanden Heuvel was riffing off a report issued by John Podesta of the Center For American Progress. The hypocrites and Obama must be held to account. The promise to American voters in 2008 was that Obama was a “uniter not a divider” – now Obama’s feet must be held to the fire and his ridiculous promises must be held to account as well.

The hypocrites and crackpots and Obama himself do not want to admit that their governing theories, the ones Obama ran on are completely bankrupt. This country operates on the theory of a clash of ideas – it’s not pretty but it works. Now some Obama Hopium Guzzlers and hypocrites think the answer is censorship, less speech – enforced by the coercive hand of government. Obama promised to “turn the page” and reshape the way business is done. Now he must keep his promises. These were foolish promises but it is not enough to say “well he was just saying that to get elected.” The promises were made, the promises must be kept – feet, meet fire.

At HotAir, the conservative website, they are holding Obama’s feet to the fire:

“Remember when the term “unitary executive” got thrown around a lot by the Left as a way to argue that the Bush administration thought itself above the law and above Congress?   The criticism fundamentally misunderstood the phrase, but that didn’t keep progressives from arguing that a Republican President was making himself into a dictator through bureaucratic fiat By golly, the Left — and especially the Center for American Progress, headed by John Podesta — didn’t cotton to the notion that a President could bypass Congress and the normal checks and balances of the federal government.

Those were the days, my friends, those were the days:

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.

[snip]

So when a President acts through executive orders in an area that the Constitution clearly leaves to the executive branch (prosecution of war), that’s a nascent dictatorship.  When a President acts through EOs and tells executive-branch agencies to circumvent Congress in areas of its jurisdiction, well, that’s just “mov[ing] the country forward.”  Good to know for future reference.  Thanks, Mr. Podesta!

Not only is this a work of stunning hypocrisy, it’s a dangerous piece of political advice.  Democrats had the field to themselves over the last two years and pushed their agenda over the objections of voters around the country.  That arrogant disregard for the electorate is the reason why House Democrats will be voting for a Minority Leader today instead of a Speaker in January.  If Obama takes Podesta’s advice and doubles down on arrogance and high-handedness after the voters sent Washington a split government in an overwhelming, historic wave, Democrats will likely lose the Senate and the White House in 2012 as well.”

Do we think Obama’s promises are naive and high foolishness? You betcha! But Obama and his army of hypocrites ran on these weird theories of governance and they must be held to account.

Recently Sean Wilentz dumped a ton of reality on “Obama’s Doomed Theory Of Politics“:

“More than candidates are defeated in elections. So are ideas. The Democrats’ heavy losses in the midterm elections may now force a reassessment and overhaul of the Barack Obama political experiment. Whether the president has the dexterity and fortitude to navigate through the harsher Washington political environment of the next two years will determine his survival. Clearly, the hopes and dreams that propelled Obama to the White House are in disarray. The social movement politics that some of his most fervent followers ascribed to him—the idea of electing a “post-partisan” president as the leader not of a nation or even of a political party but of a personalized social movement—has failed. [snip]

The point of the Obama campaign-as-movement was conceived differently: exciting people with the thrill of empowerment, and collective self-empowerment, by electing to the White House a community organizer who believed in “hope” and “change.” Why electing Obama was imperative required no explanation among the faithful; it was enough to get the spirit, share the spirit, and revel in the candidate’s essence, which, by definition, no other candidate possessed. The leader was the program.

Sketchy on specifics, such a movement would have been practically useless after Obama’s election, except as a cult-of-personality mass cheerleading squad to back the president over any decision that he chose to endorse. But then, it was always difficult to imagine exactly how the newly defined role of organizer-in-chief would play out. Even according to the social movement model, movements push reluctant leaders who are skilled in the intricacies of lawmaking, especially the president. How was this supposed to work when the chief executive was the movement leader, though vastly inexperienced in the ways of the White House, let alone of the hazards of Washington? Where was the crafty president who needed to be pushed, the president who would know how and when to use a movement to his advantage?”

It was always a cult. The flowery words were a scam. The entire enterprise one huge steaming stink.

Wilentz is much too kind to Obama. Wilentz gulls himself into believing that issues were ever a concern to the boy raised by wolves. But it was a cult and a cult only. There was never any concern for anyone but Obama.

Wilentz ends by stating that only a return to reality and a reversal on all his promises will allow Obama to escape from his self-created trap:

“It could well be that Obama’s survival as an effective political force for the next two years and his prospect for reelection—and any viable future for social movements—will require engaging cleverly and doggedly in what his movement theorists derided as “status quo” politics.”

That won’t do. Obama made promises and now his feet must be held to the fire. That the fire is blazing up his legs and the smoke filling Obama’s lungs is not our concern. Obama made promises and espoused naive ridiculous theories and now he must be held to account. We will not forget this little bit of history courtesy of Professor Wilentz:

“A good example of this way of thinking arose during the 2008 Democratic primaries, when Obama, campaigning in social movement mode, sought to claim the mantle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating oratorical force over grubby politics. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, noted that it took a president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to push through Congress the civil rights reforms for which Dr. King had fought, as well as the programs of the Great Society, and she pointed out that the job being contested for was president of the United States, not head of a social movement. For this, she got called a racist. But her deeper transgression was to run afoul of the movement conception of politics, in which the agitators are the true instigators of reform and officeholders the grudging instruments of pressure from worthy masses.”

We were all called “racists”.

This past Tuesday, Dimocratic Mandarins met in desperation. What to do about Obama? The Mandarins understand that Obama is their boob, but a boob nevertheless. The Mandarins are divided. Some want to continue to raise huge amounts of money for Obama’s reelection. Some want to build “infrastructure”. “Infrastructure?” HotAir has a valid retort:

“Oddly enough, I thought that “infrastructure” already existed and that its component parts were known to receive checks from George Soros from time to time, but evidently they mean a new, more robust infrastructure that will solve the problem that produced such a devastating loss two weeks ago. And what is that problem? Quote: “The main concern [at the meeting] was about messaging.” Of course it was.

Sean Trende, in an article we will discuss at length in the future, has a stronger assessment of what is fundamentally wrong:

“The Democratic Party is really a coalition of several semi-distinct parts. At its core, it is comprised of urban progressives and racial minorities, both of which were relative latecomers to the coalition. Layered over this base, with varying degrees of loyalty to the modern Democratic Party, are white working class voters (added by FDR in the 1930s), suburbanites (added by Clinton in the 1990s), and the oldest portion of the Democratic Party, rural voters. [snip]

Less well reported is the weakening of the Democratic coalition in suburban and working class areas of the country. These are areas that weren’t particularly warm to Bush-style Republicans, and had been moving toward the Democratic Party (in the case of working class voters, moving back toward the Democratic Party) since the 1992 election. That movement seems to have stalled, and even reversed.

Democrats in working class districts had their worst showing all decade – perhaps ever. The list of Democrats from white working class areas who fell to or below 60 percent of the vote is lengthy. Among the more notable examples: Anthony Weiner of Queens/Brooklyn (who fell to 59 percent of the two-party vote, from 71 percent in 2004, the last time he had major party opposition); James Oberstar of Duluth (49 percent, from 68 percent in 2008); Dale Kildee of Flint (54 percent, from 72 percent); Marcy Kaptur of Toledo (59 percent, from 74 percent); Peter Visclosky of Gary (60 percent, from 72 percent); John Dingell of Dearborn (59 percent, from 74 percent).

Few of these Democrats actually lost, but then again, few of them faced strong, well-financed opponents, making the fact that they faced competitive elections all the more remarkable. To put this further in perspective, every Democrat from a working class district that faced major-party opposition in 2008 saw their vote share diminished in 2010. [snip]

If Obama doesn’t figure out a way to bring enough white working class and suburban voters back into the Democratic fold to offset the loss of Jacksonian and other rural voters, it will be nearly impossible for him to be re-elected.”

It is not messaging or infrastructure that is the problem. The problem is Obama and his Hopium Guzzling hypocrites and crackpots who refuse to acknowledge the reality of the ditch they have driven themselves into.

At the meeting of Obama Dimocrat Mandarins with money, George Soros spoke in an extra private session.

“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.”

Some have interpreted these remarks as some sort of acknowledgment that Obama must be replaced and therefore this is good news. But all this really means, at best, is that another dupe will be groomed.

Another dupe will be groomed by the Mandarins. The Mandarins of money will not turn to logical choices to resurrect the Democratic Party. They want to a dupe and that is not Hillary Clinton or anyone capable of resisting their grasp.

If one stooge turns out to be a boob, get another stooge. The Big Money power will not be surrendered. That’s why Nancy Pelousy, is still a leader. The great poet Milton, writing about Satan (“Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.“) is echoed by today’s Obama Dimocrats, hypocrites, and crackpots (“colleagues who would rather be the majority in a minority party than do what’s necessary to regain the only majority that matters“).

The crackpot theories are falling apart. Now new schemes are manufactured to keep the machine in the ditch operating. But we remember the promises. We will continue to hold Obama’s feet to the fire.

Burn, Baby, Burn.

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505 thoughts on “The Smell Of Burning Toes – Obama’s Feet In The Fire

  1. nomobama
    November 18th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    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.
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    Very informative, nobama. Good find.

  2. It is not messaging or infrastructure that is the problem. The problem is Obama…
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    BAR cuts through the “lefty” bullshit rationalizations for the (predictable) behavior of the Sociopath in Chief:

    Psycho-Babbling Obama

    “For two years we watched Barack Obama undercut the left wing of his party at every turn, with a disdain so palpable his minions could not resist insulting leftists in the most juvenile terms. For two years we watched the First Black President facilitate the greatest transfer of wealth in human history – $12 to $14 trillion – to Wall Street, and we watched as he put the U.S. war machine back on the offensive in the world. For two years we heard Obama say over and over again that he had no intention of taking targeted action to help Black and brown communities that had been targeted for destruction by banks. After two years, one would think that folks on the Left would have gotten the idea that Obama is pro-Pentagon, pro-Wall Street, and doesn’t have a transformative bone in his body regarding either race or class. But, for many, the message, however obvious, has not sunk in. Rather than face the fact that Obama is not a friend of the people, leftish commentators insist on conducting a psychological analysis of the president. They seem to be trying to find some quirk in Obama’s personality that can by corrected in time for the Armageddon showdown with the Republicans.

    Take Paul Krugman, of the New York Times, for example. People on the Left quote him a lot, which I find strange, since Krugman can talk about the political meltdown of 2008 for 45 minutes and never say the word “corporation” – as if corporations had nothing to do with the meltdown. But anyway, the liberal Krugman insists that Obama’s problem is, he tried to transcend partisan divisions, not understanding that sometimes one has to fight. That’s a recurring theme with Obama apologists, that Obama won’t fight. But Obama showed plenty of fight during the health care debate. He fought the left wing of his own party every step of the way, exiling single-payer supporters to the margins while he kissed Republican boodie and empowered Blue Dogs and DLCers. He didn’t just fight progressives, he stomped their butts into the dirt.
    (snip)

    William Greider, probably the left-most of our three subjects, says Obama “needs to learn hardball” so he can fight the Republicans that are “trying to bury him.” This, however, would require a 180 degree vision change on Obama’s part, since his actual “vision” has always been to join with Republicans at some point much further to the right than the rest of us would ever want to go.

    The psychological problem is not Obama’s. It’s the problem of much of the Left, who imagined an Obama that never existed. That’s why it was so easy for Obama and his corporate handlers to psyche-out the Left. If you think Obama is salvageable, then you’re the one with the psychological problem.”

  3. Re-reading the above, this line stuck out:

    “Obama’s part, since his actual “vision” has always been to join with Republicans at some point much further to the right than the rest of us would ever want to go..”

    His references to Reagan during the primary, that the Obots rationalized, are now fulfilled with his “Cat Food Commission” report…the fondest dreams of the “economic” Republicans are realized with more history making by Obama; a Dem President undoing Social Security and Medicare.

  4. In that video, Carville set it up like ‘I was one the during the campaign who said..’ He is telling them ‘I told you so.’

  5. Jan,

    I disagree. I do not pretend to be an expert on Israel anti- terror, but I do believe Israel on some level is using racial profiling. This country is out of control and the powers that be are taking advantage of the situation. People are so terrified they have been giving up their rights without much of a fight.
    I believe the PUMA’s, Tea Party, have begun the fight.

  6. Well, in that I think someone looking nervous and jumpy but named Weinberg who is travelling through Tel Aviv will probably get simply questioned a bit more closely (and possibly not realize he’s being questioned more closely), whereas a single male without luggage with “al” in front of their name might be subject to a closer examination, sure. But the fact remains that behavior is the sine qua non factor. A Jew shot Rabin, and I have no doubt that the mucky-mucks involved in Israeli airport security know it well; they don’t fuck around and don’t engage in wishful thinking.

    There are just too many people who travel while Arabic through Israel for them to have any hope in hell of stopping them all. Their airports are also known for having fairly short wait times for security screenings, so they can’t simply be ethnically profiling and leaving it at that.

  7. profiling…yes, race is part of it.
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    November 18, 2010
    Profile Muslims or Pat Down the Masses?
    By Selwyn Duke

    With all the bad press the TSA has received recently, we can’t be sure if the acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, Touches Sensitive Areas or Truly Scandalous Attention. But, for sure, its pat downs and sci-fi radiation screeners give many of us another good reason to avoid the increasingly unfriendly skies. Yet while the TSA right now has supplanted the IRS as the bureaucracy we most love to hate, its policies are merely part of a longstanding cultural trend: The failure to recognize that the good of the many outweighs the good of the few.

    It’s the same reason why certain cities, most notably London, are now surveilling their residents with thousands of video cameras. If you’re not willing to administer punishment sufficient to deter all the criminally inclined save a few intractable miscreants, some of whom you can catch, the only other solution is to have an all-seeing Big Brother that can catch all. It’s much like treating a cancer: If you cannot target just the affected tissue, the only other solution is to treat the whole body.

    Because the former is preferable not just in medicine but also law enforcement, behavioral-sciences specialists long ago developed the method called “profiling.” Unfortunately, social-engineering specialists soon after discredited the universal application of profiling with a method called propaganda. Consequently, when we want to administer targeted treatment in the effort to thwart terrorism, we’re told that it’s “racial profiling” and beyond consideration. This is utter nonsense.

    As I have said before, “racial profiling” is much like “assault weapon”: It’s an emotionally charged term designed to manipulate the public. In reality, there are only two types of profiling: good profiling and bad profiling. What’s the difference? Good profiling is a method by which law enforcement can accurately determine the probability that an individual has committed a crime or has criminal intent; bad profiling makes that determination less accurate. Good profiling considers all relevant factors — age, sex, dress, behavior and, yes, race, religion and ethnicity — without regard for political or social concerns. Bad profiling subordinates common sense, criminological science and security to political correctness.

    Good profiling is also fair. That is to say, it discriminates on the correct basis: If a group — any group — commits an inordinate amount of a given crime, it receives greater scrutiny. Period. Bad profiling is invidiously discriminatory. It says, “Hey, if you’re male, you’ll be viewed with a jaundiced eye. If you’re young, then you, too, will be viewed more suspiciously. Don’t like it? Take it up with those in your group who commit crimes!” There is no talk of stamping out “sex profiling” or “age profiling.” But when we propose applying the same criteria to higher-crime-incidence groups sheltered by the thought police’s umbrella of protection, we hear shouts of “racial profiling!” There then are news stories, Dept. of Injustice investigations and people lose their jobs.

    Good profiling is also nothing unusual; it’s just the application of common sense within the sphere of law enforcement and something we all do continually. If you cross the street upon seeing a bunch of rough-hewn young men walking your way, you’ve just engaged in profiling. You’ve also done so if you cut a wide swath around a leashed dog; after all, he may be a very nice pooch, but, since canines are known to sometimes bite, your action is prudent. And it doesn’t mean you’re hateful or bent on discriminating against rough young men and dogs but simply that you’re in a situation in which the cost of obtaining more information would be too great. Consequently, as Professor Walter Williams wrote, “We can think of profiling in general as a practice where people use an observable or known physical attribute as a proxy or estimator of some other unobservable or unknown attribute.” He then goes on to write:

    Let’s look at a few profiling examples to see which ones you’d like outlawed. …Some racial and ethnic groups have higher incidence and mortality from various diseases than the national average. The rates of death from cardiovascular diseases are about 30 percent higher among black adults than among white adults. Cervical cancer rates are five times higher among Vietnamese women in the U.S. than among white women. Pima Indians of Arizona have the highest known diabetes rates in the world. Prostate cancer is nearly twice as common among black men as white men.

    Knowing patient race or ethnicity, what might be considered as racial profiling, can assist medical providers in the delivery of more effective medical services.

    Now, should doctors be prosecuted for taking these statistics into consideration when delivering medical care? If not, why would we prosecute law enforcement for considering racial and ethnic factors (along with sex, age and other characteristics) when tackling the moral disease known as criminality?

    This brings us back to our current security concerns. The profile here is very specific, as it’s a rare person who will sacrifice his life to destroy an airplane. Protestants aren’t doing that. Catholics aren’t doing it. Nor are Buddhists, Taoists, Zoroastrians or Hare Krishna. In our age, this is a method of people who 100 percent of the time are Muslim jihadists and 99 percent of the time are non-white. And only the idiotic — or the suicidal — ignores such correlation.

    Now, we all know what kind of suicidal idiocy engenders such blindness: a politically correct brand that panders to the sensitivities of vocal, politically favored minority groups such as Muslims. But what about the sensitivities of millions of Americans who have to tolerate intrusive body scanning and pat-downs and watch their children subjected to same? And the kicker is that when Janet Incompetano (as Mark Steyn calls her) was asked if Muslim women sporting hijabs would have to go through the same full-body pat downs, she equivocated and said, “adjustments will be made where they need to be made” and “With respect to that particular issue, I think there will be more to come.” Are you kidding me? Is this Total Recall meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Muslim women are the demographic second-most likely to commit Islamic terrorism. If they aren’t subjected to scrutiny, what is the point (besides “security theater”)?

    Moreover, why should Muslim’s imperative of modesty be respected but not others people’s? Not only do devout Catholics place a premium on the quality as well, but millions of other individuals find it very offensive to be exposed in front of strangers and groped. Yet we’re told that the very group criminological science dictates should receive more scrutiny may receive less due to political correctness. And if this actually happens, it will be yet another example of de facto Sharia law in deference to an alien culture and dhimmitude for us infidels.

    Of course, I realize that Incompetano’s equivocation doesn’t necessarily mean a Muslim dispensation is in the offing (although I put nothing past leftists), as she might simply have been overcome by the typical liberal reluctance to express unfashionable truths. But is this an excuse? If she expects Americans to tolerate the indignity of intrusive security screening and basically tells them it’s tough luck if they don’t like it, she has a duty to be just as firm with the over-coddled Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its minions. And to not be so was a slap in the face to you, me and anyone who has ever fought for our freedoms. How dare she.

    To cement this point, I’ll say that this is not first and foremost about whether a given security measure is or isn’t prudent. It’s also unrealistic to think that we can have satisfactory security without some inconvenience. The point is that whatever methods are settled upon — screening devices, bomb-sniffing dogs, pat downs, etc. — political correctness must not factor into the decision. But it does, and this robs the government of all credibility. And I, for one, do not take its efforts seriously.

    The truth is that we don’t just have security theater but, sadly, war-on-terrorism theater. We launch foreign military campaigns while leaving our back door to Mexico — through which terrorists and WMDs can pass — unsecured. We even announce the charade, by calling the conflict “the war on terror.” As Ann Coulter once pointed out, using this euphemism is much like having called the WWII conflict with Imperial Japan “the war on sneak attacks.” Terrorism is a method, not an enemy — Islamists are the enemy. And if we’re too effete to even name names, it’s no surprise that we won’t identify groups.

    What I’ve expressed here is just common sense, but it will remain uncommon unless we experience a cultural transformation. Until the politically correct must keep their death-cult ideology to themselves for fear of scorn, social ostracism and career destruction – the very tactics they’ve used to silence others – nothing will change. We will continue to exhibit a lack of seriousness about what is a life-or-death issue, a failing that will lead to an inevitable outcome: a mushroom cloud over an American city. When that happens, it will have been enabled by those who gave us our cultural mushroom cloud, ushering in a cold winter of lies and preventing people from seeing the light. And come that time, I hope we remember to thank them appropriately.

  8. Janis
    November 18th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    You also can’t buy a last minute ticket in Israel, to give them time to do their profiling.

  9. Good article — the title still irks me: Profile Muslims or Pat Down the Masses?

    When did this become either/or? Jesus, it’s not one or the other. “You will be stopped purely and only because you are or even look like a Muslim!” “No, that’s wrong! I demand that we subject your 92 year old grandmother to a violating search!” Yes, ethnicity is PART of it — but it’s hardly even the whole thing.

    I think ultimately, it’s just that the Israelis take this shit seriously and Americans still feel invulnerable, even for all our posturing over making things safer and shoe bombers. The people who profile in Israel aren’t thinking of themselves as super-cool videogame armchair minor deities; they are effing SERIOUS about doing their job right and they do it. They profile on behavior because they damn well know it works.

    But what thoughts do you think were going through the head of that creep who tackled the woman with the bottle of contact lens solution:

    “This woman might be ready to blow up a member of my family!”

    “And now the guitar track screams as SuperAsshole from the Planet Dipstick sails into action! Ooh, what a tackle!”

    If Americans REALLY saw ourselves as vulnerable and took this shit seriously, we wouldn’t be WASTING OUR TIME groping three year olds.

  10. Alaska update: GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller seeks injunction to halt certification of election – AP

    Good for you Joe, Lease-A-Murkowski will be crap scared of a hand recount.

  11. moononpluto
    November 18th, 2010 at 7:21 pm
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    If anything, I would like to see a hand count at least in one state in this union of states. There has been way too many cases of suspected fraud in elections, and Diebold has been accused of many dishonest practices. Alaska is a relatively small state when it comes to population, so let Alaska be a test case for future remedies. I think this is a necessary thing to do. Let Diebold be proven honest or dishonest so that people do not take election results for granted, even when the numbers just don’t add up. Voters deserve to have their votes counted accurately. Without fairness, what is the reason to vote in the first place? Even if Joe Miller comes out the loser after a hand count, I will be thankful to Alaska for putting Diebold to the test.

  12. gonzotx
    November 18th, 2010 at 6:54 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more with this article.

    I think there is one tiny mistake in the article, though, and that was in the beginning… “Yet while the TSA right now has supplanted the IRS as the bureaucracy we most love to hate, its policies are merely part of a longstanding cultural trend: The failure to recognize that the good of the many outweighs the good of the few.”…, which I think should have been written “The failure to recognize that the good of the many outweighs the “bad” of the few”.

  13. HA! James Carville just called into CNN John King (re: the Obama/Balls comment) and said:

    “If I offended anyone, I am not sorry and I don’t apologize. They can just be offended.”

  14. This article hits the nail on the head AGAIN!

    We no longer have a “Democrat” party. We now have a “Progressive” party, which is progressive in name only. I wrote this once before, and I will reiterate it. John Podesta (what a scumbag he is) wants our rights to be taken away from us so that Øbama and his progressive henchmen can move forward with an agenda that is arguably progressive. It doesn’t matter to these political bullies if you agree with them or not. What matters to them is that they have the POWER to shut you up, and FORCE you to do what they want you to do. They don’t care about your rights. That’s not progressive. It’s dictatorial, which mimics the behaviors of ardent leftist governments today and from throughout history. History keeps repeating itself, and the results are always the same. It doesn’t matter where the repetition occurs, the end result is a loss of treasured personal freedoms.

  15. Don’t touch my junk

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, November 19, 2010

    Ah, the airport, where modern folk heroes are made. The airport, where that inspired flight attendant did what everyone who’s ever been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a flying aluminum tube – where we collectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts is a meal and a seat cushion is a “flotation device” – has always dreamed of doing: pull the lever, blow the door, explode the chute, grab a beer, slide to the tarmac and walk through the gates to the sanity that lies beyond. Not since Rick and Louis disappeared into the Casablanca fog headed for the Free French garrison in Brazzaville has a stroll on the tarmac thrilled so many.

    Who cares that the crazed steward got arrested, pleaded guilty to sundry charges, and probably was a rude, unpleasant SOB to begin with? Bonnie and Clyde were psychopaths, yet what child of the ’60s did not fall in love with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty?

    And now three months later, the newest airport hero arrives. His genius was not innovation in getting out, but deconstructing the entire process of getting in. John Tyner, cleverly armed with an iPhone to give YouTube immortality to the encounter, took exception to the TSA guard about to give him the benefit of Homeland Security’s newest brainstorm – the upgraded, full-palm, up the groin, all-body pat-down. In a stroke, the young man ascended to myth, or at least the next edition of Bartlett’s, warning the agent not to “touch my junk.”

    Not quite the 18th-century elegance of “Don’t Tread on Me,” but the age of Twitter has a different cadence from the age of the musket. What the modern battle cry lacks in archaic charm, it makes up for in full-body syllabic punch.

    Don’t touch my junk is the anthem of the modern man, the Tea Party patriot, the late-life libertarian, the midterm election voter. Don’t touch my junk, Obamacare – get out of my doctor’s examining room, I’m wearing a paper-thin gown slit down the back. Don’t touch my junk, Google – Street View is cool, but get off my street. Don’t touch my junk, you airport security goon – my package belongs to no one but me, and do you really think I’m a Nigerian nut job preparing for my 72-virgin orgy by blowing my johnson to kingdom come?

    In “Up in the Air,” that ironic take on the cramped freneticism of airport life, George Clooney explains why he always follows Asians in the security line:

    “They pack light, travel efficiently, and they got a thing for slip-on shoes, God love ’em.”

    “That’s racist!”

    “I’m like my mother. I stereotype. It’s faster.”

    That riff is a crowd-pleaser because everyone knows that the entire apparatus of the security line is a national homage to political correctness. Nowhere do more people meekly acquiesce to more useless inconvenience and needless indignity for less purpose. Wizened seniors strain to untie their shoes; beltless salesmen struggle comically to hold up their pants; 3-year-olds scream while being searched insanely for explosives – when everyone, everyone, knows that none of these people is a threat to anyone.

    The ultimate idiocy is the full-body screening of the pilot. The pilot doesn’t need a bomb or box cutter to bring down a plane. All he has to do is drive it into the water, like the EgyptAir pilot who crashed his plane off Nantucket while intoning “I rely on God,” killing all on board.

    But we must not bring that up. We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to ensure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.

    The junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? Okay. We will swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are randomly distributed in the population.

    But now you insist on a full-body scan, a fairly accurate representation of my naked image to be viewed by a total stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body pat-down, which, as the junk man correctly noted, would be sexual assault if performed by anyone else?

    This time you have gone too far, Big Bro’. The sleeping giant awakes. Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don’t touch my junk.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/18/AR2010111804494.html

  16. Arab American Group Honors Helen Thomas With ‘Courage in Journalism’ Award

    November 18, 2010

    Helen Thomas, the veteran journalist who told an interviewer in June that Jews should “get the hell out of” Palestine and go back “home” to Poland, Germany and the United States will be honored Thursday by a leading Arab-American group for her “courage in journalism.”

    In a statement on its website, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee said it was “proud” of Thomas’ career as a White House correspondent. The ADC describes itself as a “civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.”

    After a firestorm erupted over Thomas’ remarks, she told a Ohio radio station that she had said “exactly” what she meant.

    Jewish groups plan to protest the awards ceremony, which will take place in Washington, D.C.

    “By honoring Helen Thomas, who is clearly an anti-Jewish bigot, that makes a mockery of the ADC’s ludicrous claim that the ADC fights discrimination,” said Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, a New York group organizing the protests.

    According to the Detroit News, the ADC will present Thomas with a statue of herself, which will then be placed in the Arab American National Museum.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/thomas-courage.php

  17. Rahm Residency Issue Grows

    Rahm Emanuel’s perceived residency issue is about to get real.

    Next week a veteran election lawyer will file paperwork in an attempt to knock Emanuel off the ballot for allegedly failing to meet residency requirements that stipulate a candidate must live in the city for one year before election.

    Emanuel has been dogged by rumors that he’s not a legal resident of the city since he leased his North Side home and moved his family to Washington D.C. to work in the white house.

    The issue hit a tipping point earlier this week when Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass revealed Emanuel was twice booted from the voter rolls for non-residency. Emanuel was then reinstated by election officials.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rahm-Residency-Issue-Grows-Legs-108983624.html?dr#ixzz15hIx4Vpm

  18. More on Our Boy George

    Soros sells shares in TSA contractor making naked scanners
    By: Mark Hemingway
    Commentary Staff Writer
    11/17/10 10:55 AM EST

    Two days ago, I reported that George Soros owned 11,300 shares in the OSI Systems, Inc. — the company making the scanners for the TSA that produce near-naked images of people and have been the source of much controversy.

    Well, now it appears Soros has sold off his small stake in the company. It would be nice if he did this as a response to public pressure, but it seems equally likely that as an investor he simply realized the political tide was turning against the company and the stock may drop as a result.

    Washington Examiner

  19. Thanks, Norma for that interesting tidbit- Soros must be getting a little paranoid. For every rock we turn over find Soros and expose him, apparently, he doesn’t like his hiney sticking out in the wind in the people’s scan!-
    _______________________________

    House of Representatives
    House Dems Reject GOP Proposal to Defund NPR

    November 18, 2010

    House Democrats on Thursday rejected a GOP proposal to cut federal funding to National Public Radio, which has been under fire ever since it sacked Juan Williams last month.
    The proposal, which was the winning entry this week in YouCut — an anti-government spending program started by House Republicans earlier this year — failed by a vote of 239-171.
    NPR praised the outcome, saying “good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news.”
    “The proposal to prohibit public radio stations from using CPB grants to purchase NPR programming is an unwarranted attempt to interject federal authority into local station program decision-making,” NPR said, referring to its parent organization, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
    “In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio’s value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical. Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need,” NPR said. “It is imperative for federal funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy remains available to all Americans and thrives well into the future.”
    YouCut is an online contest that allows Americans to vote for the items they want slashed from the federal budget. That NPR proposal received 63 percent of the vote, the highest percentage for a proposal since the program began in May.
    “When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterward, the bias of their organization was exposed,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Doug Lamborn, who authored a bill this year to defund NPR’s parent company, said in a joint statement Wednesday.
    “Make no mistake, it is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate. What is avoidable, however, is providing taxpayer funds to news organizations that promote a partisan point of view,” they said.
    “Eliminating taxpayer funding for NPR is precisely the kind of common sense cut that we have to begin making it we want to fundamentally alter the way business is conducted in Washington,” they said.
    With Democrats still in charge of the House until the end of the year, the proposal was doomed to fail. Lamborn’s legislation to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) , introduced in June, hasn’t made it out of committee.
    But when Republicans assume power in January, they are expected to go after NPR’s federal funding with a vengeance.
    NPR says only 1 percent to 3 percent of its $166 million budget is funded by taxpayer dollars. But a new report by the Congressional Research Service found that taxpayers fund at least 4 percent of NPR’s budget, while an analyst at the conservative American Thinker estimated it was closer to 25 percent.
    Cantor’s office has said it will conduct an audit to determine how much taxpayer money NPR is actually getting.
    NPR triggered a firestorm last month with the firing of analyst Juan Williams over comments he made during an appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor
    . Williams said the sight of individuals dressed in Muslim garb on airplanes made him nervous as he tried to persuade Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that bigotry against Muslims is wrong.
    Fox News expanded Williams’ role as an analyst after the firing.
    YouCut said ending federal funding to NPR could save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and possibly even hundreds of millions. The program noted that NPR receives a significant amount of funding from individuals and organizations through donations and sponsorships.
    “Therefore, eliminating taxpayer support should not materially affect NPR’s ability to operate while at the same time saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/17/proposal-defund-npr-wins-gop-anti-government-spending-contest/

  20. One good thing Obama and the democrats did for me was to teach me to appreciate Charles Krauthammer.

    Don’t touch my junk, By Charles Krauthammer is an entertaining essay.

    But all this is starting to look like one of those “shiny things” to me. Every time this foolishness is mentioned anywhere the attending questions should be: Who is full body scanning or patting down all those thousands of men, women, and children who crawl across our southern border every day? While a few muslin men were able to spectacularly bring down two buildings and kill 6000 Americans, these border crawlers and their enablers are bringing down the whole middle class. Perhaps not they, but certainly their enablers are doing it on purpose, since a strong and thriving American middle class truly is a beacon to workers in the rest of the world. “If Americans can have decent wages and working conditions why can’t we?”.

  21. I see Hillbuzz (has gone more than viral) is getting national attention on entertainment news after lobbying on their site for Bristol/DWT…

  22. Yes, I gotta say James Carville has a big set of testicles and he is not afraid. He also thinks Hillary has a big set….it sounds like “match on” to me. The Clintonites are gathering! I think that the reason Obama is trying to smooze HW with this medal….I don’t trust the Bush’s anymore than I trusted old Teddy!

  23. “Obama seeks to show Europe he still cares”

    What he fails to see is that Europe doesn’t care about him – no headlines about his trip, people I’ve queried think he’s still back “home”. They think he’s dropped out of existence.

  24. washingtonpost.com > Politics

    Attorney General Eric Holder reverses Bush policy on DNA waivers

    COMMENTS ARE CLOSED

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday reversed a controversial Bush administration policy under which numerous defendants have waived their right to DNA testing
    [….]
    The waivers are filed only in guilty pleas and bar defendants from ever requesting DNA testing, even if evidence emerges that could exonerate them.

    [….] Defense lawyers say their clients are essentially forced to sign the waivers or lose the benefits of a plea agreement, such as a lighter sentence.
    [….]
    Now, Holder’s memo says prosecutors can only seek the waivers in “exceptional circumstances” andwith a supervisor’s approval.

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

    Wonder if this really means anything. Obama’s admin is good at issuing memos and Ex Orders that sound good in the news — but don’t really change anything.

    For example Holder said the fed would not prosecute medical marijuana clubs that were legal by state laws — then went ahead doing it and Obama put in an executive who is an anti-pot crusader.

  25. Btw, as to a motive for anti-medical-marijuana crusades. A disabled veteran I know got a license for med mari and was able to stop taking 70 prescription pills per day. Quite a loss for the Pharma sales.

  26. From RBO:

    President Obama announced this week he will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – to John Sweeney, president emeritus of the country’s biggest union, AFL-CIO.

    Sweeney is a socialist activist and is a card carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, the principal American affiliate of the Socialist International. The DSA has evidenced a close relationship with Obama over the years.

    Sweeney was among 15 honorees that include President George H.W. Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and poet Maya Angelou. (more)

    http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/klein-obama-bestows-nations-highest-honor-to-socialist-activist-famously-brought-communists-into-leadership-of-countrys-biggest-union/

  27. Wonder why he does not want the spotlight this, could be that they know this one is going to be a dismal failure.

  28. “With much less fanfare than the India trip, Obama is visiting Portugal and Bulgaria”

    It’s just some more vacation time. He’s letting Hillary handle the OSCE, the other members don’t lament his absence.

  29. Just saw a blip- His Loneliness disembarking from the plane. No pictures of officials or crowds waiting at the foot of the stairs. No waving… just grabbing for the handrail.

  30. Didn’t we say “Obama Is Poison”? Didn’t we say after the elections elected Dims would begin to wake up to the fact Obama Is Poison? Didn’t we say on November 3 the Detox Party was open for business? They better listen to us that it is not a “messaging” or “infrastructure” problem. The problem is….

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45393.html

    Senate Democrats – including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida – lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.

    Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks.[snip]

    In interviews after the marathon three hour meeting, several senators and senior aides told POLITICO that Nelson was just one of several senators to express anger at White House missteps – and air deep concerns about their own political fates if Obama and the Democratic Party leadership can’t turn things around by 2012.

    Added one veteran senator: “It was the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.”

    Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion, while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.

    Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans’ positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.

    If Democrats keep losing the message war, they worry, they will be wiped out in 2012.

    “There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”

  31. The DSCC Chair’s #1 job is candidate recruitment. What does it say that no one wants to be recruited for the job? They are avoiding it like the plague.

  32. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”

    ………………………………………………………….

    They still dont get it, they still think its the message…..no it’s not, did they not learn a lesson forn Nov 2nd?

  33. “Added one veteran senator: “It was the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.”

    ———————-

    Has this ever happened in American White House history before? And to such an extreme?

  34. Exclusive: The War Room and sequel are coming to DVD

    By jeff heinrich
    Friday, November 19, 2010

    If you love documentaries and follow U.S. politics, you probably remember The War Room, a fascinating chronicle of Bill Clinton’s successful run for the U.S. presidency in 1992.

    Made by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, Monterey Pop) and his wife, Chris Hegedus, the film was nominated for an Oscar and is considered the quintessential political campaign movie.

    You may even have seen its 2008 follow-up, The Return of the War Room, which revisited the same players 15 years later to see how they’d ended up and what lessons they drew from the experience.

    Well, this may be news to you, since it hasn’t been reported before: Both films are being prepared for a home-video release next year on the prestige Criterion label, according to the filmmakers…

    http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/thecinefiles/archive/2010/11/19/exclusive-war-room-is-coming-to-dvd-on-criterion.aspx

  35. admin
    November 19th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Didn’t we say “Obama Is Poison”? Didn’t we say after the elections elected Dims would begin to wake up to the fact Obama Is Poison? Didn’t we say on November 3 the Detox Party was open for business? They better listen to us that it is not a “messaging” or “infrastructure” problem. The problem is….
    _______________________________________

    “There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”
    _________________________________

    Obamabot continuing to pull the wool over their eyes.
    The best way is to explain Obama’s game to senators IS: “Obama is NOT a Team Player!”

    You won’t be here to discuss this again because you will be gone in 2012.

  36. admin, that politico article (was curious, so looked up the headline: Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama) is a keeper! How we have waited for a moment like this!
    *
    Mrs. Smith: Just saw a blip- His Loneliness disembarking from the plane. No pictures of officials or crowds waiting at the foot of the stairs. No waving… just grabbing for the handrail.
    ————————————-
    I skipped yesterday’s evening news (no stomach for it) but early today caught coverage of his START huddle: His statement was good and forceful. Perhaps that is going to be his tone now: I am competent and independent. I don’t need a helper. I don’t need help. I’ve been ready since day 1 dammit. The people know it but just aren’t getting the message. 🙂

  37. Rodham Clinton in Lisbon: NATO Summit *updated with schdule*
    November 19, 2010
    tags: Afghan War, Afghanistan, Daily Appointment Schedule, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, NATO, news, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State, Secretary of State Travelby stacyxSecretary Clinton arrived in Lisbon last night and President Obama arrived early this morning:

    President Barack Obama and NATO’s 27 other leaders open a two-day summit Friday on keeping the Cold War alliance relevant — but the meeting is being overshadowed by the escalating war in Afghanistan, where the alliance is struggling to contain Taliban militants.

    NATO officials say they expect unanimous support from the allies for Obama’s plans for a new, expanded missile defense system in Europe that would be based on an existing shield meant to defend military units from attack. The U.S. already has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and it is planning one for its European allies.

    But Obama will face tough questions from U.S. allies on his exit strategy in Afghanistan. He will also meet with leaders of the European Union on Saturday to defend his preference for stimulus spending at a time when many European nations are enacting economic austerity measures.

    The leaders are expected on Saturday to endorse a plan by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, to start handing over responsibility for security in some areas of Afghanistan to government forces in 2011. The plan is to end the alliance’s combat role by 2014 if conditions on the ground allow, but to retain significant forces in the country after that to train and advise the Afghan army and police.

    The alliance’s target is in line with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s goal of having his forces take the main responsibility for security by 2014, Obama said in an interview published Friday in El Pais, Spain’s leading newspaper.

    Obama also told the paper he expected the allies will pledge additional trainers for Afghan security forces.

    “This effort is going to take time and our commitment to Afghanistan and the Afghan people is for the long-term,” Obama said. “We cannot turn our backs on the Afghan people.”

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the high cost that European nations are paying for their participation in the war in Afghanistan, and urged them to stay the course despite dire economic difficulties for many countries that have translated into wage cuts, lost jobs and massive government budget reductions.

    “Though we are very supportive of the difficult decisions that will have to be made concerning the economy, just as back home President Obama is making difficult decisions concerning our own economy, we believe that the mission we are pursuing in Afghanistan must continue,” Clinton told reporters…

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles as she arrives at Lisbon airport on November 17, 2010

    On the road again.Go Girl

  38. You don’t have to tell people you have baxxs. They know it. HRC worked compromises in the Senate with the People who tried to impeach her husband.

    That congress person acts like he should get a medal for their frank discussion. That frank discoussion should have happened before the primary. It goes something like this. Young Man, you need to stand behind that lady right there, who WON the popular vote, against strong opposition. She will teach you a thing or two, that is if you are willing to learn. We HOPE that you can do this, and we believe that you can CHANGE.

    Unfortunately, they did not do that, and the words HOPE AND CHANGE are just useless campaign slogans that no one wants to be caught using for a long time.

  39. turndown,@6:47
    That’s what I’m taking about…it is not the dangers of Marijuana the money mongers are worried about, it’s the loss that Big Pharma will have. It’s always about the money! Your friend got off quiet a few meds, some I bet those cause more harm than good. I am an advocate of medical Marijuana, but I don’t they will ever get it here in Texas. Look how long it took for these religious wackos to allow horse racing. This is Texas where’s there’s more horse farms than any other state. People here are stupid!
    MOst of these pain meds cause lots of problems for your stomach and liver, but maryjane causes none of these side affects….the government should realize how much money it will save in medicare costs.

  40. I didn’t realize this until this morning, but a couple of days ago, Democrat Melissa Bean conceded the race for her House seat to Joe Walsh in Illinois. That was another pick up for the Republicans in the House of Representatives. She lost by 300 votes. She was also a three term incumbent who had the wave wash over her head. Her district, if I remember correctly, encompassed an area just north of Chicago, and migh have included parts of Chicago.

  41. hta:

    “I skipped yesterday’s evening news (no stomach for it) but early today caught coverage of his START huddle: His statement was good and forceful. Perhaps that is going to be his tone now: I am competent and independent. I don’t need a helper. I don’t need help. I’ve been ready since day 1 dammit. The people know it but just aren’t getting the message.”
    _______________________

    What Obama omitted was the words he was thinking:
    “If you believe that old saw, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya… you fools never learn!”
    ____________________

    “Biden on Afghanistan: ‘Daddy is Going to Start to Take the Trainings Wheels Off in October — I mean in next July, so you’d better practice riding,” he said.”
    ___________________________

    More like: If Obama continues with the Soros agenda, Daddy’s gonna take the bike away.

  42. Marijuana might not have those types of side effects, but it does not help lower lung cancer rates. There is good and bad in lots of things. I am not against medicinal marijuana, but I am not in favor of legalizing it for every day consumption.

  43. Here we go again, DOJ trying to take control of Internet…….

    I don’t see any problem with giving Eric Holder’s rabid left wing agenda DOJ control of the Internet. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  44. The following is supposedly seen on some signs in Melissa Bean’s district… “Hey, Melissa Bean, your pink slip is showing!”

  45. Sounds like a “what did she know and was she about to reveal it” or she was standing in the way of something job. Publicists and agents often make enemies, know too much, too often and that world is full of people who will do anything to climb up.

  46. Sounds to me like the gafmaster has struck again. Where does Biden get these statements? Does he realize how stupid that sounds?

  47. I just had a gross thought, but I think funny nonetheless. Those people who have been singled out for groping in airport lines should lay a couple of good farts while being processed. It’s not like they aren’t embarrassed enough already. At least it gives them an opportunity to show their disgust with the manhandling. I would laugh my butt off if I ever witnessed that.

  48. Clinton Meets with Afghan Leader Ahead of Obama’s Arrival

    (LISBON, Portugal) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an hour at his hotel Friday morning in Lisbon. Sources tell ABC News that Karzai agreed to the NATO transition plan that will be approved by the group this weekend.

    The meeting was described by a U.S. official as “a candid and friendly conversation that covered the key subjects of our mission in Afghanistan — including transition, ongoing military operations, training of security forces, civilian assistance, and regional dynamics.”

    A Clinton aide says Clinton and Karzai “reached a common understanding on the summit declaration and the Afghanistan NATO partnership framework.”

    Clinton traveled to Lisbon ahead of President Obama’s arrival Friday.

    http://www.wtma.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=113&itemid=29599740

    ———————

    I have just one thing to say about this.

    Obama’s Asian trip was a three stooges disaster. Topped off with his mid-term defeats, recent Guantanamo trial debacle, and on and on…this bozo is dead in the water or at least floundering in the deep end.

    So here comes Hillary this time around. She makes all the strategic moves, gets the job done, and obama the terrible comes in and takes all the accolades.

    Hillary saves the day once more.

  49. So now they are sending in Hillary first to get the deals and all he merely has to do is sign, well we must keep propping this idiot up or America will fail!

  50. Concerning the TSA and their current pratices, when I first read about the concerns people were having about being patted down, or sent through full body scans, I was not very sympathetic to their complaints since I was of the mind that it is better safe than sorry. Now, after reading and hearing about what some of these people have experienced, I have second thoughts about it. I don’t fly often. I have stopped flying since 9/11. I don’t miss it, but I realize that certain trips will require air travel if I decide to ever take them. For now, I am happy without travelling by air. Anyway, I suspect that was part of the reason for my initial response to these new TSA procedures. Since it wasn’t affecting me in any way as I haven’t travelled by air much, it was a concern. Yet after seeing the following video, I now realize that something is VERY wrong with these new procedures. And if women wearing burqas are not subjected to this type of process, then no one should be. There has got to be a better way. I also admit that I am leary about going through a full body scan machine as I don’t even like getting x-rays for dental work because I believe them to be harmful to my health. I still get these x-rays, but I really hate the idea of being subjected to them.

  51. Was Hillary’s trip to Lisbon planned or was this something that was just put together? Does anyone know? I thought she was going to be home for a while!

  52. Here is one of the recent videos concerning the new TSA processes at airports. It’s upsetting to see that people are being treated like this.

  53. nomobama, You get more radiation flying than you get for an average Chest xray. I’m not talking about the xray machines they are using at the airport either.

  54. Question: The recent vapor trail seen off of the coast of California? Was it a Chinese missile? Has anyone read anything about that? I wasn’t paying much attention about it, but I just read something that makes me wonder.

  55. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
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    Interesting. I did not know that. Another good reason to nix the flying unless absolutely necessary.

  56. nomobama, Regular xrays don’t give you much of a dose, but don’t ever get a Cat Scan unless its absolutely necessary. They have a huge dose.

  57. nomobama, I have been reading a little about those vapor trails off Calif, but you know we’ll never find out…just like we will never find out who shot Kennedy in my lifetime. They know, but aren’t saying.

    The only thing I think about is what Bill Clinton said…you better know who’s in the car in the front of your motorcade. That says alot!

  58. It sure looks like its going to be a Perry/Palin ticket against a Obama/Clinton ticket, but it might be a Clinton/Gates ticket. I just think they will run Obama again because of the black voters. The only thing that will save us is this insider leak.
    It was something that Carville slammed Obama so graphically yesterday. That says alot!

  59. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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    I think that I got some kind of scan back in 2006 due to a car accident. I don’t remember what it was called, but I had to lay on a table for so many minutes, and be perfectly still. I also had chest x-rays not much before that for pneumonia. Come to think of it, I may have also had a cat scan from the same bout of recurring pneumonia. I can’t even remember, but I am pretty sure I was put into a machine one time, and I think that was when I was first diagnosed with pneumonia, but it could have been after the car accident. Both occured within a couple of months of each other. I remember being put into this machine, and having to keep my eyes closed, but I can’t remember why. Oh, well. Senility must be setting in.

  60. that politico article (was curious, so looked up the headline: Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama) is a keeper! How we have waited for a moment like this!

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

    And no one has called them racist?

  61. The situation in which I was laying on a table was in an open air room. That was due to the car accident that I had because I had a recurring pain in my back that they were investigating. I still have that pain/discomfort to this day, and that test did not indicate anything.

    I know that I was put into a machine. That probably occurred right after the car accident to make sure that I did not have any damage to my spine, or to find any internal injuries that I might have sustained. Since the pnuemonia and car accident happened so close in time, I am mixing things up a little, but as I am writing this, I think that I am remembering more as I think about it. The chest x-rays that I received were for the pnuemonia since they wanted to do an x-ray of my chest to make sure that might heart was not swollen. The insertion into that machine had to have happened because of the car accident.

  62. All I know is that I have had too much exposure to x-rays in late 2006 into 2007 which concerns me. Top that off with dental x-rays in 2009, and I now glow in the dark.

  63. confloyd,

    The only trip I heard that Hillary was taking is at the beginning of December to Kazakhstan.

    This is the first I have heard about her attending the EU-US Energy Council in Lisbon.

  64. I saw a blog post dated early in the 2000’s complaining about Bush forbidding profiling even after the 9/11 attack. I’ll try to find it again.

  65. Marijuana might not have those types of side effects, but it does not help lower lung cancer rates.

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

    It doesn’t help with baldness or fallen arches either, sfaik.

    Or do you mean that marijuana SMOKE is harmful to the lungs? It doesn’t have to be smoked, there are also hash brownies. 😉

  66. nomobama, Dental xrays have some of the highest esposure. I even make them put a lead apron on me. Just imagine how much exposure I get. That’s why I went to the dr. yesterday for a change in a skin mole. The older I get the more I am worried about my accumulated exposure being an xray tech….and a trauma tech at that. I really don’t want to go down with the big C either. We really don’t get to choose anyway.

  67. JanH

    This is too funny…

    my package belongs to no one but me, and do you really think I’m a Nigerian nut job preparing for my 72-virgin orgy by blowing my johnson to kingdom come?

    —–

    I can’t wait until the first person hauls off and punches a groper in the nose, or a woman reacts automatically by a swift knee to the coconuts of the groper.

    There is no way in Holy Hell I will submit myself nor my son to this sexual abuse nor radiation just to fly.
    I predict many feel the same way and what will happen after the Turkey Day holiday when air travel takes a dive and the airlines will want a bailout from the Obamacrat administration. Hell NO!!!

  68. turndown, That’s right…you don’t have to smoke it. LOL! It’s really a wonder drug…its good for so many illnesses, MS, Cancer and the Pharmacy industry would rather you buy $200. prescription and not be able to grow your own pain meds on your back porch. I don’t think they will ever get it legal until they figure out a lab test that can measure the amt. in your system. That way they can regulate it. Right now is just stays in your system for a couple of months and there is no concrete way to know if your driving under the influence thru lab tests. I think it should be legalized mainly for its medicinal use and its less habit forming than alcohol. Alcohol is the most dangerous drug for your body.

  69. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Regular xrays don’t give you much of a dose, but don’t ever get a Cat Scan unless its absolutely necessary. They have a huge dose.

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

    I suspect the danger of these airport x-rays is overrated. If necessary, couldn’t they be further weakened by putting a mesh screen in front (made of tinfoil of course).

    How safe is ultra-sound? Maybe the airports will upgrade to ultra-sound which will bring the cost of ultra-sound machines WAY down, which will help us all. And find early medical problsms while they’re at it.

  70. “So this is what we thought it was Hillary doing the real work first? What do you think?”

    Actually, that’s the normal order of things everywhere: The diplomats do the heavy lifting and negotiating, then the heads of state sign or the agreements are ratified by the legislators.

    But in our present configuration, Hillary doesn’t get any support from Ø before or after the negotiations. For example, she has to support US economic policies that are disastrous for the US and the world. How is that possible? Then on Afghanistan, she has to cajole the allies into supporting Ø’s losing strategy. The Israeli-Palestinian thing is even worse, just because Ø has to put in his 2 cents.

  71. nomobama,
    Just remember one Head Cat Scan is equal to 400 chest xrays in dosage. I worry more about the children who come to the er for a scrape and get a bunch of xrays every time. I also worry about the young girl babies and children getting chest xrays. I was always very careful with my girls and xrays because of the threat of breast cancer. Radiation on young breast tissue is very bad.
    If you had a wreck then you most likely had a Cat Scan, and some Dr.’s do order a Chest Cat Scan when you pneumonia because they are looking for a tumor causing it. Chest CT’s are very good if your a smoker, they can actually save your life.

  72. Turndown, Ultrasound is completely safe according to all tests performed. I imagine the amt. of radiation your getting at the airport is next to nothing….it appears it like a skin dose, which you get at the beach on a sunny day. It isn’t penetrating the tissue very deeply. Inotherwards, you don’t see bone, liver, kidneys, all you see is skin. I haven’t read on the dosage though, but the people doing also have on no lead aprons and I imagine the machines aren’t even regulated by the state for radiation.

  73. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    Jan H, So this is what we thought it was Hillary doing the real work first? What do you think?

    ————–

    Agreed. Although jeswezey is right in that this is how it is usually done. The other thing being that the media is once again ignoring Hillary and beefing up obama, which is why we may not have heard that she would be present.

  74. FYI

    Some research posted about the radiation levels in flying.

    Seems that it is not the problem you may think. Pilots barely show any increased radiation.

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/252712.html

    One example on that page…

    Scandinavian Study
    ——————
    In terms of length of time and number of participants, this is the
    biggest study on the topic:

    “The closer you get to the sun, the greater is your exposure to the
    cosmic radiation that it emits. Some people theorized that airline
    pilots, who are regularly exposed to greater cosmic radiation, would
    consequently have a greater incidence of cancer. A study of more than
    10,000 male Scandinavian airline pilots, however, shows no greater
    risk for this group compared to others The average monitoring period
    in the study was 17 years. Although there was a slightly higher rate
    of skin cancer among the pilots, there is the possibility that it
    might be linked to recreational, as opposed to occupational, exposure
    to the sun.”

  75. confloyd

    MJ
    I don’t think they will ever get it legal until they figure out a lab test that can measure the amt. in your system. That way they can regulate it.

    ———-
    I am old enough to have some experience with this in the ‘good old days’ when pot from Mexico was sold on every street corner in San Francisco.

    You can tell if someone is smoking while driving…they will be going under the speed limit and be eating while driving. 😉

    Also, the smell of a herd of skunk is a dead give-away.

  76. Shadowfax, Oh I know that…but they’ll still want a test for the courts. I guess folks do drive a little slower if they’ve been smokin’.

    As far as that test for radiation on pilots, do you really think the govt. want the common folk to know how dangerous their job is???? Of coarse not.

    I worry about my skin dose all the time, but when I was actually working in a huge trauma hospital I got lots of exposure and the lead apron is just to heavy to wear all day. I just think about all that exposure now that I’m 60.

  77. Confloyd

    I wouldn’t subject myself to any radiation in an airport.
    I won’t fly with these procedures in place. You work in a hospital, that is dangerous enough and you have to be careful of many things the rest of us are not exposed to. Be careful my friend.

    The Pot bill did not pass in CA, but the legal MJ is still in place. Medical MJ places are still raided by the cops, even with the bill.
    If all pot was legal, what would happen to the dealers that smuggle it over the border?

    I don’t think pot should have ever been made illegal, any more than booze is. Yes, there needs to be restrictions for protection of children and dealing is another issue. Driving, flying, etc… and smoking at work has to have consequences…just like anything else.

  78. And this is one reason I still love Carville:

    Democratic Political Strategist James Carville today is refusing to apologize for comments he made about President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    From New Orleans, Carville told CNN, “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.”

    Today he said, “If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize.”

    http://www.wwl.com/VIDEO–Carville-refuses-to-apologize-over—balls-/8612341

  79. Okay, here’s the piece on Bush not profiling. Note date: Jan 21, 2002.

    http://www.danielpipes.org/114/not-profiling-at-airports-a-deadly-error

    [Not Profiling at Airports:] A Deadly Error
    by Daniel Pipes
    New York Post
    January 21, 2002

    For example, airline security is a casualty. U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) guidelines issued after Sept. 11 forbid airline personnel from relying on “generalized stereotypes or attitudes or beliefs about the propensity of members of any racial, ethnic, religious, or national origin group to engage in unlawful activity.”

    Appearing to be Middle Eastern, speaking a Middle Eastern language, or having a Middle Eastern accent are inadmissible grounds for paying special attention to a passenger, as are Islamic attributes such as a woman’s veil or a man’s beard.

    The government insists on what it calls the “but for” test. “But for this person’s perceived race, ethnic heritage or religious orientation,” security personnel must ask themselves, “would I have subjected this individual to additional safety or security scrutiny?” If the answer is no, extra scrutiny is not just disapproved of, but illegal.

    [ I’m omitting some nasty bigoted remarks in Pipe’s article. Personally I’m disappointed that commonsense profiling (race, country of origin, language, etc) hasn’t been in use all the time.) ]

  80. I love Carville too, he said one time a few months ago how that everyday he admires Hillary Clinton even more. Do you all remember that???
    I hope if she runs again she get Carville and Begala, they both just love her. Penn I think was a double agent just like Patty Solis was. Penn thinks of himself first and foremost.

    I have to say I just can’t wait for Ulsterman’s next piece, but apparently he’s getting scared. He’s off FB today.

  81. Shadowfax, I never knew you were soooo straightlaced, LOL! Living here in Texas and being Catholic I don’t have the drug hangups that the protestants do. We Catholics have a differents set of hangups…and I won’t go into those here. I believe that Jesus did change water in wine, not grape juice as my Southern Baptists believe. I think anything that is overused is bad, whether its alcohol/maryjane.

  82. [Re airport xrays]. I haven’t read on the dosage though, but the people doing also have on no lead aprons and I imagine the machines aren’t even regulated by the state for radiation.

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

    Good points. Is this regulation done at state or federal level?

  83. I can’t wait until the first person hauls off and punches a groper in the nose, or a woman reacts automatically by a swift knee to the coconuts of the groper.

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

    LOL! WEll, that would be an excuse for lead aprons.

  84. Turndown, Here in Texas, it’s the state, but that doesn’t mean they don’t report it to the fed’s.
    I really feel sorry for those airport workers, I imagine most don’t like having to do their jobs, especially if they have been doing it pre9-11. Of coarse, there’s those odd balls in every profession, but most folks are pretty normal in that regard.
    Well, the airport security folks need to screen their employees a little better and make sure there are no sex addicts and have a set of rules and 0% tolerance of anything that might be considered sexual.

  85. shadowfax, I misread your illegal for legal…sorry about that….you know the eyes are the first to go when you work with radiation everyday. LOL! I already have to wear 3x mag. just to see the computer screen. LOL!

  86. Straightlaced…. 😆 Yea, that’s me.

    I don’t drink, I don’t smoke…only by my own choice. I don’t like the government nor a church to dictate my thinking.

  87. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Turndown, Here in Texas, it’s the state, but that doesn’t mean they don’t report it to the fed’s.

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

    If it was just the feds regulating radiation devices, then they might be going easy on the scanners sold by an Obama crony. But I doubt if Chicago corruption controls all the relevant agencies in all the states. Some states would love to blow the whistle on unsafe big bro devices.

    So till I hear warnings from some state agencies, I guess I won’t worry about it.

  88. I already have to wear 3x mag. to see a computer screen.

    No need to wear glasses to see your computer, just increase the font size. Do you know how to do that? If not, just go up into the settings and change it. IE: Firefox on a MAC, go up to the top drop down menu, click on View, then hit Zoom. Or an easier way on the keyboard is Command key and hit the plus button on keyboard. You can do it numerous times until it is visible.
    A PC is similar.

  89. How about this? More campaign stops for “The Worlds Most Famous Woman”

    *updated* SOS Hillary Clinton on Three Sunday Talk Shows! MTP, Fox, Face the Nation —

  90. Font size is controlled differently on different browsers, but most have a way to do it.

    I use Opera and you increase by Shift plus and decrease by Ctl minus. Unfortunately on some sites such as this when you increase font size the center column gets more narrow.

  91. Shadowfax, I wear glasses now anyway and if you mag. the screen you can’t see everything. I’m wearing bifocals, but really need trifocals now. I had perfect eyes before I became a xray tech. Radiation causes cataracts. My instructor got cancer in her eyes. The feds won’t tell you all that, would they?? Just like they try to cover up the dust from 9-11. The rethugs never want to pay for anything that capitalism causes.

  92. Yup, I gotta agree with this Mom…

    A Mom’s Message For the TSA — Don’t Touch My KIDS!

    I am afraid to fly with my family these days. Not because I am afraid of crashing, but because I am afraid of being arrested for assault. The viral YouTube video of the terrified three-year-old being given an invasive body search by a rough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent is outrageous and alarming.

    Trust me, if that were my beautiful, modest thirteen-year-old daughter being intimidated and groped, I couldn’t be held responsible for my actions. I have had two children, and my modesty level at this point in life is pretty minimal, but someone touching my kid is another story. That person is likely to get their eyes scratched out, TSA Agent or not. I am not kidding: Moms won’t abide someone messing with our children. Keep the cameras ready; it’s only a matter of time before one of us snaps. Hope it’s not me.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/11/19/moms-message-tsa-dont-touch-kids/

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/11/19/moms-message-tsa-dont-touch-kids/#ixzz15lARvdaP

  93. Shadowfax

    Yup, I gotta agree with this Mom…

    A Mom’s Message For the TSA — Don’t Touch My KIDS!

    I am afraid to fly with my family these days. Not because I am afraid of crashing, but because I am afraid of being arrested for assault. The viral YouTube video of the terrified three-year-old being given an invasive body search by a rough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent is outrageous and alarming.

    Trust me, if that were my beautiful, modest thirteen-year-old daughter being intimidated and groped, I couldn’t be held responsible for my actions. I have had two children, and my modesty level at this point in life is pretty minimal, but someone touching my kid is another story. That person is likely to get their eyes scratched out, TSA Agent or not. I am not kidding: Moms won’t abide someone messing with our children. Keep the cameras ready; it’s only a matter of time before one of us snaps. Hope it’s not me.

    fox

  94. All this groping and xraying….there’s got to be something the govt. isn’t telling us. Of coarse, it could just be a pay to play thing….so Obama can buy some more Chertoff’s xray machines for airports with our money. Follow the money!

  95. Obie and his beast and the Portuguese press who must be as easily distracted as the press we have here.
    Lisbon
    Whoops, President Obama must have missed the memo on this one. While the Portuguese prime minister and the Portuguese president of the European Union’s executive commission are tooling around the NATO summit here in no-emission electric vehicles, Mr. Obama is fouling the Lisbon skies with his no-efficiency “Beast,” the eight-ton, diesel-fueled behemoth of a limousine the president carts around the world with him. Obama is expected to discuss climate change and a common US-Europe approach to it when he takes part in a US-European Union (EU) summit after the NATO meeting on Saturday. But in the meantime, the Portuguese capital is being treated to a jarring dichotomy: the polluting “leader of the free world,” on one hand, lumbering across town in the Beast with a phalanx of black Secret Service vehicles and Portuguese police motorcycles in tow; and the Europeans zipping around in smart electric vehicles, on the other. Oh, and to drive the point home, journalists attending the summit are being ferried to events in electric buses, as well… But the Portuguese press is more interested in the Beast. Pages in Lisbon newspapers have been dedicated to cutaway renderings of “Cadillac One,” with charts and boxes offering every detail of the vehicle that the Secret Service divulges: the Kevlar tires, the special foam in the gas tank to immediately extinguish any fire from a direct hit, the supply of presidential blood. Another point of fascination is the unparalleled security detail to accompany Obama as he moves from bilateral meetings with Portuguese leaders to the summit venue to the Lisbon Marriott Hotel, where he may or may not sleep. (Another overnight option, to keep everyone guessing, is the residence of the US ambassador to Portugal). While Obama’s motorcade is accompanied by the 35 Portuguese police motorcycles, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev – who arrives for a three-hour visit Saturday to participate in a NATO-Russia Council meeting – will get no such treatment….
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2010/1119/At-NATO-summit-Obama-s-ride-is-talk-of-the-town

  96. holdthemaccountable,
    OMG, Russian President doesn’t have the pomp and circumstance that we American’s require. The Queen rides the train.

    After Kennedy though, we have to be careful, we don’t need another martyr. I want Obama safe, as I would any Potus. The Kennedy assassination was terrible for America. Goes to show you we have more nuts in America than in foreign countries or at least they don’t worry about their heads of govt. as much.

    I think Hillary has a similar car and if she doesn’t we better be getting her one! Afterall, she will be the next Potus!

  97. Another point of fascination is the unparalleled security detail to accompany Obama as he moves from bilateral meetings with Portuguese leaders to the summit venue to the Lisbon Marriott Hotel, where he may or may not sleep. (Another overnight option, to keep everyone guessing, is the residence of the US ambassador to Portugal).

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

    ANother advantage to Hillary, she never sleeps anyway.

  98. I’ve noticed that! She doesn’t need much sleep. I have noticed lately that she looks like she’s been getting more sleep, as she doesn’t look as tired.

  99. ” … there’s those odd balls in every profession, but most folks are pretty normal in that regard.”

    They aren’t the ones that are as likely to apply for jobs. Just like child rapists LOVE to get jobs like little league coaches that give them unfettered access to little kids, I can see fucked up weirdos who hate kids or women applying to get no-holds-barred free access to grope anyone they choose.

  100. ABM 90,

    I’m so glad you are feeling better.

    Thank you for the information about Hillary appearing on Sunday news shows.

    I am just going to add a little detail to your original announcement:

    Previewing The Sunday Shows

    By Amanda Munoz-Temple
    November 19, 2010

    The new START treaty and NATO will be on tap this weekend as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff make the Sunday morning rounds. Clinton will appear on “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation” and “FOX News Sunday.” Mullen will appear on “This Week and “State of the Union.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will face Bob Schieffer on CBS to discuss the lame duck session in Congress. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), meanwhile, will appear on CSPAN’s “Newsmakers.”

    In addition to hosting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Bloomberg TV will interview Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner on the Bush tax cuts, General Motor’s stock offering and the current economic conditions.

    Sunday

    Meet the Press hosts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), New York Times Magazine’s Robert Draper, Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) and MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.
    Face the Nation hosts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

    This Week hosts Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Adm. Mike Mullen.

    Fox News Sunday hosts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas).
    State of the Union hosts Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Adm. Mike Mullen and Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).

    Other Weekend Shows

    Political Capital features Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano and Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner (Bloomberg, Friday, 7 p.m.).
    Washington Week features New York Times’ David Sanger, NBC’s Pete Williams, Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook and New York Times’ John Harwood (PBS, Friday, 8 p.m.).

    Situation Room TBD (CNN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).
    Communicators features Assistant. Commerce Secretary for Communications and Information Lawrence Strickling. Guest reporter is Telecommunications Report’ Lynn Stanton (C-SPAN, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.).

    Huckabee hosts TBD (Fox News, Saturday, 8 p.m.).

    Chris Matthews Show features HDNet’s Dan Rather, Time’s Richard Stengel, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and BBC’s Katty Kay (NBC, Sunday, check local listings).

    Wall Street Journal Report features TBD (Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).

    Newsmakers hosts House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). Guest reporters are National Journal’s Major Garrett and Politico’s Jonathan Allen (C-SPAN, Sunday, 10 a.m./6 p.m.).

    Reliable Sources features Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, The Weekly Standard’s Matthew Continetti, George Washington University Prof. Steve Roberts and Pres. Jimmy Carter (CNN, Sunday, 10 a.m.).

    Fareed Zakaria GPS features Councilor to the Supreme Leader of Iran Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Human Rights Watch’s Rachel Reid, Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot and author Nir Rosen (CNN, Sunday, 1 p.m.).

    Q & A features author Edmund Morris (C-SPAN, Sunday, 8 p.m.).

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/11/previewing-the-15.php

  101. Maybe the airlines will just go bankrupt with all the law suits and loss of business they are drumming up…

    Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down

    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A Charlotte-area flight attendant and cancer survivor contacted WBTV after she says she was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a pat-down.

    Cathy Bossi lives in south Charlotte and has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, working the past 28 for U.S. Airways.

    http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13534628

  102. If I remember correctly, ALL the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attack were Muslim Extremists. Why, if they were responsible for the 9/11 attacks are Muslims allowed to be exempt from screening and pat-downs… because of their religious restrictions?

    Someone on another blog made an analogy that goes like this:

    If Swedes were responsible for an attack on America, and their Swedish religion forbade imaging by TSA scanners and/or intimate pat downs by security personnel; would they also be exempt from Homeland Security rules?

  103. If they allow people in burqas to be exempt from screening, I say we all just wear burqas when we fly and tell the TSA agents we’re muslim. It’s not like we’ll need identifying tattoos or anything. Yeah, I’m muslim. When I fly. Men, too — hairy hands, guys? It runs in the family — me and all my sisters have adam’s apples, wanna make something of it?

  104. “Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down”

    If anyone did this to my 76-year-old cancer-survivor mother, I would be in jail for murder. I swear, I would beat them to death.

  105. If they allow people in burqas to be exempt from screening, I say we all just wear burqas when we fly and tell the TSA agents we’re muslim.
    ___________________

    I’m ordering a Burka in a blue paisley print in case I need to fly somwhere in the near future. I hear multi-color burkas are getting very popular.

  106. Just like child rapists LOVE to get jobs like little league coaches that give them unfettered access to little kids..
    **********
    It’s a modification of the “Sutton Law”…TSA groper, youth minister, scout leader, children choir director, etc,. etc.,

  107. Holy Mother of God, check out these colorful burquas for all of you that plan to fly.

    Colorful, they even have some the color of the countries flag, even a red, white and blue one for all you patriots, and my all time favorite, the Military Style Camouflage Burqa for all you campers.

    Freakin’ bondage for woman… @#%$#!

    http://www.zarinas.com/burqas.shtml

  108. Maybe with the economy in the dumper, we could just buy a package of Ritz at the store and dye a bed sheet to wear thought the airline groping line. If they made fun of our homespun burqua, we could call them racists and bigots.

  109. Those pictures are fucking sick. They look like upright draped coffins. Fitting seeing as how the whole idea of the burqa is to apologize for being alive while female.

  110. MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough suspended

    MSNBC has suspended Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough for contributing to various political campaigns without the network’s approval.

    PopEater reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin has served Scarborough with a two-day, unpaid suspension after the former US Congressman admitted that he made $500 (£313) donations to eight Florida political candidates between 2004 and 2008.

    In a statement released to the press, Scarborough admitted that he had unknowingly violated the network’s policy on campaign donations.

    He wrote: “I recognise I have the responsibility to honour guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter… I apologise to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.”

    Scarborough will return to Morning Joe on Wednesday.

    Earlier this month, fellow MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was also suspended from the channel for several days for contributing to four political candidates without alerting his bosses.

  111. Thats what makes me laugh, these women are made to wear these burqha’s yet any time i ever see them with their husbands or sons the men are usually in shorts and T-shirts, its just ridiculous, it really is just power control of women.

  112. Another seat falls.

    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican Renee Ellmers has unseated veteran Congressman Bob Etheridge, according to unofficial results of a recount in the tight Second District race.

    “What’s done is done,” Etheridge said Friday afternoon in conceding defeat.

    The seven-term Democrat picked up six votes on Ellmers after voting results were tabulated a second time, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome her 1,489-vote lead following the Nov. 2 election.

    The State Board of Elections still must audit the results and will meet next Tuesday to certify the results of all elections statewide.

    Etheridge touted his accomplishments during a brief news conference, saying he worked hard to help veterans, senior citizens, farmers and students across the 10-county district and elsewhere. He said he doesn’t regret his support for controversial measures like national health care reform.

    “You do the right thing for the right reason,” he said.

    He blamed his defeat on “dirty politics” and outside money that boosted Ellmers.

    “The combination of the national tide that swept the country, massive amounts of secret corporate cash funding a campaign of distortions and dirty politics by Washington, D.C., partisan operatives was just too much to overcome,” he said.

    In June, an online video showed Etheridge engaged in a sidewalk confrontation with a man in Washington. He grabbed the arm and then the neck of the man, who refused Etheridge’s repeated demands to identify himself as he and another man videotaped Etheridge and asked if he supported “the Obama agenda.”

    http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8649714/

  113. I always try to never ever call a woman a bitch. But this woman {Pelosi} who is a disgrace to this country is a freaking bitch!!

    “Pelosi Says Boehner Does Not Handle Himself “Professionally””

    I remember Boehner never ever disrespected Pelosi or attacked Pelosi as a woman, her policies, etc yes, but not the damn speakership position.

    What a freaking bitch!! And I don’t even like Boehner that much, although his story where he teared up did get to me a bit.

  114. “Vice President Joe Biden is defending the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) controversial new pat-down technique, calling it a “necessary policy.””

    Great. Just great! /sarc. Guess I’ll be riding the train more often now.

  115. Thats only because Pelosi cant cry, her tear ducts have been botoxed into oblivion. The womans face looks like she attached a bungy cord to the top of her head and leapt off the Golden Gate.

  116. Pelosi whining about sexism, WTF??!?! where the hell was she in 2008 when every damn sexist slur was thrown at Hillary and then at Sarah. Puke-o-si didn’t face a ounce of sexism compared to Hillary (or Sarah for that matter!)

    I will never forget that jacka$$ Leahy figuratively patting Hillary on the head saying she can “have a great career in the Senate, see little Hillary, you need to leave the race and come back to the senate like a good little girl”

  117. confloyd
    November 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    All this groping and xraying….there’s got to be something the govt. isn’t telling us. Of coarse, it could just be a pay to play thing….so Obama can buy some more Chertoff’s xray machines for airports with our money. Follow the money!
    _____________________

    It’s about control. If they can get the American public to accept being radiated with detailed porno pictures being captured or sexually abused in public, then they have won. Remember Germany, the masses said nothing when they took the Jews to the camps… turning a blind eye because they didn’t come for them…but then…they did.

    This is all a pony show. Israel rejected this prized technology and who would welcome it more than Israel? Soro’s got the fool on the hill and his cronies to use our stimulus money to buy this crap. He made his money and sold his stock. This is what the fraud was put in place to do.One world order. We will be like sheep if we don’t fight this and win.

  118. tim
    November 19th, 2010 at 7:45 pm
    Pelosi whining about sexism, WTF?
    **********************
    no no no….She was whining she had NO sex!!!!

    For a very long time….

  119. gonzotx
    November 19th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Agreed. I read the Isrealis were offered this technology but rejected it. They do interviews etc of people they have suspicions about, ya know i.e. if they are going to Yemen, etc.
    No PC BS there. Their primary purpose is to protect people getting on the plane and weed out those who they are suspicous about, and they do not fool around or scared of any PC nonsense.

  120. “I always try to never ever call a woman a bitch. But this woman {Pelosi} who is a disgrace to this country is a freaking — ”

    Asshole. Plenty of gender-indiscriminate insults to go around.

  121. “DEMAND HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012 – SHE’S A ” DIFFERENT KIND OF DEMOCRAT”

    Yeah, not the REPUBLICAN KIND.

  122. Today he said, “If I offended anybody, I am not sorry and I do not apologize.

    …..

    That wily Carville, he keeps insisting he made the same remark during the campaign! 😉

    _________________________________________________________________________________

    That shows that Team Hillary wrote off big Zero

    and is all set to go for Hillary 2012

  123. Of course he made the remark during the campaign. The point of him now repeating/insisting that he did during the campaign is to rub it in, to tell people he told them that then (but they still voted for the boob). It is a ‘I told you so’ and more. He is wily, he is crafty in a good way for us.

  124. Gonzotx 8:13

    “It’s about control. If they can get the American public to accept being radiated with detailed porno pictures being captured or sexually abused in public, then they have won. Remember Germany, the masses said nothing when they took the Jews to the camps… turning a blind eye because they didn’t come for them…but then…they did.”

    Didn’t Glen Beck write a book called THE OVERTON WINDOW or something like that. You start out moving the window of what people will accept more and more until you finally have them accepting things they would have thrown a hissy fit about earlier…gradual manipulation.

  125. gonzotx
    November 19th, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    We will be like sheep if we don’t fight this and win.
    —————————————————–

    Until this unconstitutional intimidation is stopped, we stop flying and let peopleknow why.

    Here are some politicians standing up to the TSA

    State Senator Michael Doherty (R)
    http://doherty.senatenj.com/
    Has online petition

    State Senator James Beach (D)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Beach

    State Senator Diane Allen (R)

    Assembly members:
    Erik Peterson (R)
    Alison McHose (R)
    John DiMaio (R)
    Valerie Vanieri Huttle (D)
    Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

    Video:
    http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/981.html

  126. That wily Carville, he keeps insisting he made the same remark during the campaign!

    _________________

    He did. I heard him.

  127. It’s about control. If they can get the American public to accept being radiated with detailed porno pictures being captured or sexually abused in public, then they have won. Remember Germany, the masses said nothing….
    *********
    Exactly!!!..It’s recurring pattern. It’s all nice and legal, just like Germany in the 1930s. Some of the people crying the most now were the same people who call us, who opposed the excesses of the Patriot Act…”Soft on Terrorism”. IIRC, Ron Paul was one of the few that called bullshit on this assault on the Constitution. Our loss of rights will accelerate as the Federal Courts and the Scotus affirm these laws.

    All of this new crap is justified by the moron called the “under-ware” bomber. I can’t wait for the response by the HSA when some jackass is caught with C4 in his/her rectum or a C4 tampon.

  128. Southern Born

    “It’s about control. If they can get the American public to accept being radiated with detailed porno pictures being captured or sexually abused in public,

    ————
    The real issue is they think this abuse is more preferable than racial profiling, checking specific types that look like they could be terrorists.

    So much better to be ‘politically correct’, and to demand sexual abuse and radiation.

    This is damn wrong and I am glad the public is really rebelling against it. We sure have a bunch of nitwits in power.

  129. “The real issue is they think this abuse is more preferable than racial profiling … ”

    In other words they think that violating our civil rights is preferable to violating our civil rights. Yeah, that makes sense. If using ethnicity as a component in behavior-based profiling even counts as violating one’s civil rights.

  130. I just heard on my local news that a letter with white powder was sent to Dances with the Stars, and may have been intended for Bristol!!!!!!

    —————–
    “The L.A.P.D., L.A. City and FBI Hazardous Materials officials responded to a report of a threatening letter containing white powder received at CBS Studios in Los Angeles.”

    The rep continues, “Initial field screening was negative for hazardous substances but will be transported to a regional lab for further testing. A joint investigation is continuing.”
    ————————–

    Cops and other emergency responders raced to CBS Television City studio late Friday after a white powder substance was discovered by a member of the “Dancing with the Stars” staff … and sources tell us Bristol Palin may have been the intended target.

  131. Shadowfax, This Palin hate is way out of hand…it is so ridiculous. Sarah is a good person and so is her children. This is how they demonized the Clinton’s for years…no difference. There was a plot in Africa to kill Hillary, it was thwarted, but it was there.

    We wimmez need to know our place!

  132. turndown, It certainly tells us which Presidents like to spend money….the republicans have always been war mongers. Of coarse now, we have to be ready all the time.

  133. From Ulsterman’s story:

    Ulsterman: Not a bad impression – you really think Hillary Clinton wants to be president? You have been on that this whole time. You really think she wants it? Would be willing to run in 2012?

    Insider: Hell yes she wants it! You run for president – that stays in your blood man. It’s in your DNA. That never goes away. NEVER. But more than that, Hillary Clinton needs to run for president. – not for herself. For the party. For the country. She should run for president. She must run for president. And anyone who tries to say Hillary Clinton would be no better than Barack Obama – shut it. Open your damn eyes. Look around. -Expletive- anyone who says Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be better than this clueless train wreck we elected in 2008. Hillary Clinton could be a better president than Bill – and Bill Clinton was the best president we’ve had since…hell, FDR. And don’t you start in about Reagan because I don’t want to hear it! (laughs) I’m a Democrat kid – always will be. And so was Reagan before he found religion! (more laughter)

    Ulsterman: So is the president…so is Obama…a Democrat.

    Insider: (Laughter stops) Nooooo – I don’t know what he is, but he ain’t no Democrat. He’s Barack Obama. He’s in it for himself, but he ain’t no Democrat. He’s an entirely different thing altogether. People are seeing that now – more are anyways. No, this guy is destroying Democrats, destroying the party. He ain’t no Democrat. Hell, maybe, just maybe, all that birther -expletive- is right. Or maybe half right, huh? Maybe he ain’t even an American

    ————–
    Now what, duck and cover. He thinks Nasty made a deal with Barry to stay as minority speaker, so she will hang on to his secrets.

    I hope the GOP become total bloodhounds and smoke the rat in the WhiteHouse out!!!

  134. You couldnt make it up….

    NY State Senate update: Dems say new machines found in Buffalo (update)

    Two new voting machines were located last night in Buffalo, according to Sen.-elect Mike Gianaris, a Democratic attorney helping his party’s efforts in ballot counting.

    Incumbent Democratic Sen. Antoine Thompson trails GOP challenger Mark Grisanti by 821 votes, but Gianaris said the new voting machines and how they’ve been handled are a “total disaster” and “complete mess,” adding that lawyers for Thompson are considering legal action that might force a complete recount of paper ballots optically scanned by the machines.

    This would involve an amount of paper not seen in 50 years; elections in recent New York history have until this year been conducted with mechanical voting machines, not electronic machines that scan paper ballots. Such a recount would take a long time, to the dismay of people hoping the Senate will be clearly decided before January, when it is set to reconvene.

    “It puts a cloud over the whole process,” Gianaris said of the machine irregularities. “And how we handle this is going to set the tone for around the state.”

    ……………………………………………..

    nearly 3 weeks after the election and they suddenly find 2 voting machines….call me cynical but…………………

    http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/34585/senate-update-dems-say-new-machines-found-in-buffalo/

  135. Shadowfax:

    “Now what, duck and cover. He thinks Nasty made a deal with Barry to stay as minority speaker, so she will hang on to his secrets.”

    I hope the GOP become total bloodhounds and smoke the rat in the WhiteHouse out!!!
    _____________________

    If Nancy has made a deal with Obama, the WH, then this is the second biggest mistake she has made in her life.
    She lingers as Minority Leader at her own peril.

    If she expects to be breathing this time next year, she had better follow through with the threat.

  136. The latest from last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner:
    Critics Slam Obama Administration for ‘Hiding’ Massive Saudi Arms Deal – ABC News
    The Obama administration has quietly forged ahead with its proposal to sell $60 billion worth of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia unhampered by Congress, despite questions raised in legislative inquiries and in an internal congressional report about the wisdom of the deal. The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the U.S., outfitting Saudi Arabia with a fully modernized, potent new air force. “Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region,” Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a Nov. 16 letter to congress. “This package continues that tradition.” But some critics are questioning the deal, and the stealthy effort by the Obama administration to avoid a more probing congressional review by notifying Congress last month, just as members were headed home for the November elections. Congress had 30 days to raise objections — a review period that concludes Saturday. With most members leaving Washington today, any significant effort to block the deal appears dead for now, officials said….
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/critics-slam-obama-administration-hiding-massive-saudi-arms/story?id=12192558

  137. Lou Barletta, Republican Freshman Congressman replacing Paul Kanjorski, (PA-11) has said many times:

    “Undoubtedly, Americans voted for change in the last two congressional elections; but Americans wanted to change Washington. They didn’t want to change America.”
    http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/barletta-profile-back-for-round-three-trumpeting-his-city-1.1019775?localLinksEnabled=false

    Simply stated, and absolutely correct. Why must DC contort our message? Lou will be interesting to watch. Let’s hope he makes great progress with this expression of the will of the people.

  138. I’m posting this even though it may appear to be “irrelevant” to some.

    Pakistan leader may free condemned Christian woman

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s president may pardon a Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, officials said Saturday, as the mother of four tearfully denied the charge in interviews.

    The case of Asia Bibi has drawn appeals from Pope Benedict XVI and human rights groups to free her. She was sentenced to death earlier this month.

    Bibi appeared in a televised interview at her prison Saturday, protesting her innocence to reporters and maintaining the case stemmed from a personal dispute.

    “It was just the outcome of a rivalry. I would never even think of blasphemy,” she said weeping. “I have small children. For God’s sake, please set me free.”

    The verdict has drawn attention to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which critics say are used to persecute Christian and other minorities and fan extremism. They are also often exploited to settle personal scores.

    Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minority affairs, said Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari has asked for a report on the case and has the power to pardon Bibi.

    “The president has taken notice of this case … he is concerned on this issue,” Bhatti said, adding that Zardari has the power to pardon her even ahead of the court appeal.

    Gov. Salman Taseer of Punjab province, where Bibi is held, told reporters in a televised conference he believes Zardari will soon pardon her.

    “I am going to take this petition to president and president will forgive her,” he said

  139. It looks like I’ll be voting for only the second time in my life when it comes to Dancing with the Stars on Monday. It’s so much fun to watch bot heads explode. You also get to see the real nastinest that defines much of the anti-Palin crowd, much of who I assume are Democrats. I don’t care if Bristol Palin stumbles all over herself. I’ll be voting for her even though they are trying to destroy the poor kid. Screw ’em.

  140. nomombama

    I understand that. Brandy’s behavior after she lost I thought was pathetic. This is a realiy show, and they got paid for every episode. Yes, many in the past have won because of popularity (the football player), and everyone was OK with that. No question in my mind this is partially a popularity show, and if you come in with a fan base, it works for you. Yes, Crystal has her Mother’s fan base, and it is pretty impressive. So, all of this hyp about Crystal doing something not right it stupid.

  141. moononpluto
    November 19th, 2010 at 7:39 pm
    ==========================

    Now that was funny! It’s the first time I’ve ever read that type of analogy.

    Pelosi definitely looks like some type of weird caricature. I wish woman would just relax when it comes to the wrinkles. I see nothing wrong with a tiny amount of plastic surgery, but so many people are changing their appearances in a way that makes them look deformed in some way. I’d rather have the wrinkles.

  142. One more thing. I know that some of you are joking about wearing burqas. Yet, the point is, as an American, you shouldn’t have to do that! And in most cases, when a law is made, it should be applied to everyone. What makes a Muslim woman any more special than any other woman in this country? It surely is not the burqa that some of them wear.

  143. People ready to rectify Obama mistake

    By SALIM MANSUR, QMI Agency
    November 20, 2010

    The 2010 mid-term U.S. election was a fine illustration of a Republican revolution done peacefully and, as an expression of “We, the People,” setting limits on the powers of government.

    As a revolution, it went beyond repudiating U.S. President Barack Obama’s tax-and-spend policies aggressively pushed by his Democratic allies in Congress. It reached for the ideal of the American constitutional principle of checks and balances.

    Those commentators who bemoan that the history-making Republican gains of more than 60 seats in the House — in the Senate, Democrats hold a reduced majority of 53 seats to 47 Republican seats — will produce some sort of gridlock if government fails to understand that is indeed what a lot of Americans want.

    As the founding fathers of the American Revolution set forth the Constitution, a gridlock was purposely designed to maintain the people’s sovereignty over government that even at its best is suspect for the capacity to hurt people and subvert their freedom.

    Intuitively, a plurality of Americans are suspicious of government, especially when one party controls all branches of government — giving weight to President Harry S. Truman’s folksy wisdom: “Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.”

    But more importantly America, despite its problems, remains the last best hope for freedom in a world that tilts towards authoritarianism of one sort or another, and constitutionally protects individual rights even though there are those who would do away with such protection based on the view that they know best how others should live.

    However expansive and intrusive American government has become, the instinct of most Americans for less government as the guarantee for keeping secure their constitutionally protected freedom sets them apart from Europeans, and even Canadians, who view governments more benevolently.

    It took the Obama administration barely a few months in office for enough Americans to learn how they were seduced by the language of “hope and change” and elected a president who holds ideologically the most extreme view of government as benefactor.

    The mid-term election was a correction, led by the much maligned Tea Party movement of ordinary Americans, of the error made in 2008. It was also a demonstration of what Albert Einstein noted about understanding our world that “all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.”

    I had written ahead of the 2008 election that once enough Americans learned about Barack Hussein Obama, and examined his record, they would not elect this Harold Hill-type Music Man or demagogue to be their president.

    I was wrong. Americans elected a president who they wished might free their politics from the partisan quarrels of the previous eight years.

    Then they came to experience for themselves the reality of the man they had sent to the White House, and they did not like what they beheld of his extreme partisanship.

    The true “hope and change” feature of this mid-term election was how readily prepared Americans are to correct their political errors. It also sent the message to Congress that people will closely monitor their representatives’ records.

    In the meantime, as Americans await the 2012 election, the expected gridlock will stop their president and his allies from pushing policies damaging to America’s interest at home and abroad.

    http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2010/11/19/16224826.html

  144. Federal Judge Halts Certification of Alaska Senate Election as Miller Eyes Lawsuit
    JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises “serious” legal issues but is a matter for a state, not federal, court to decide. Yet in deferring to an Alaska state court for a final decision, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said he would grant a temporary injunction to halt official certification of the Nov. 2 election — an action Miller is seeking — so long as Miller takes his case to the state court by Monday. Miller told The Associated Press late Friday that he intended to do so. Beistline’s unusual action was intended to “ensure that these serious state law issues are resolved prior to certification of the election,” the ruling said.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/19/federal-judge-halts-certification-alaska-senate-election-miller-eyes-lawsuit/

    Let’s hope this law suit gets legs.
    All this Obama crap, TSA, net neutrality coming in a hurry and read somewhere that Meme’s gonna push for up to 5000 salad bars in school cafeterias even though it will likely cause much problem to implement.
    Seems we are just getting going toying with The People.

  145. “Meme’s gonna push for up to 5000 salad bars in school cafeterias even though it will likely cause much problem to implement.”
    __________________

    Like we need disease carrying salad bars. The sanitation necessary for salad bars is critical to preventing mass ecoli epidemics. All we need is one student not versed in the importance of clean hands when handling food or another broccli/spinach debacle, we might see an entire school taken down by MO’s ill thought out ideas of nutrition and health.

    Better she refuses a perc from ADM or Monsanto than see huge populations of school kids paying for her perc.

  146. hta-

    I’m happy to see Miller is not caving in to Murkowski’s intimidation. I hope he goes the distance requesting signature verification for the 10,000 signatures on the write-in ballots.

  147. Salad bars? At what price?

    Besides the fact that most salad bars aren’t low calorie/fat free/diabetic friendly ones anyway.

    Raw veggies – yes
    Raw fruits – yes
    salads i.e. potato, rice, coleslaw, et al usually have more harmful calories than people think.

  148. How long is it going to take Congress to recognise the voice of the people?
    _______________________

    $11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

    That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

    “Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process,” says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-airport-scans-pat-downs-refual-20101121,0,5604032.story

  149. The fraud’s giving another speech…he looks like sheat! He is trying to give a speech apparently without a teleprompter and he sounds like a 3rd grader reading stopping in between words. He is blinking his eyes and looking like he is way to medicated.

  150. Why don’t they just let him stay on vacation and have Hillary do all the speeches….I can’t stand to listen to all that stammering!

  151. By JOHN FUND
    Revolutionary Do-Over
    John Fund
    Wall Street Journal

    An old Washington story goes that when Martians land near the White House, everyone inside the Beltway flees in terror. Everyone, that is, except for the folks at the favor-factories known as Congress’s Appropriations Committees, who rush to greet the spaceship and say, “We’re here to help with the transition.”

    There is always a danger that this election’s invading aliens—aka, tea partiers—will gradually succumb to Beltway mores. Former GOP Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, now a big-time Washington lobbyist, has already told the Washington Post that it’s imperative for his tribe to “co-opt” the tea partiers arriving in D.C.

    But Dick Armey—Republican House majority leader for eight years following the GOP landslide of 1994 and now chairman of the influential advocacy group, FreedomWorks—is pointing them in the opposite direction. Mr. Armey’s organization has nurtured and mentored tea party candidates for the past 18 months. He helped promote the “Contract from America,” a 10-point, grass-roots inspired program to “re-limit” government that more than 70 new Senate and House members signed. And he’s sent each new member of Congress a seven-page memo on how not to be co-opted.

    Mr. Armey’s top agenda item for the 112th Congress is, he says, “to defund, repeal and replace the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach.” Hardly anyone thinks repeal is in the cards, at least for now. Even assuming repeal could get through the House, it would likely die in the Democratic Senate. And if it did reach the president’s desk, Barack Obama would almost certainly veto it.

    But during a visit with him last month at a tea party rally outside Chicago and a subsequent chat while he was at home in Dallas, Mr. Armey insists that a series of moves involving “thinking smart and acting boldly” can exert pressure that will bring down ObamaCare.

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    A new Gallup poll finds that 36% of Republicans (and even 12% of Democrats) believe repeal of ObamaCare should be Congress’s No. 1 priority. “A quick, straight repeal vote will attract no fewer than 20 House Democrats,” Mr. Armey predicts. Citizen pressure on the 23 Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2012 could lead to Senate passage.

    Mr. Armey expects an Obama veto, “but that will be then between him and the American people.” It will, he believes, set up an epic debate in the 2012 presidential contest as the flaws of government-mandated insurance become clearer.

    Lawsuits challenging ObamaCare’s constitutionality are also far more likely in the wake of this month’s election. In light of the growing budget pressures the health law puts on states, about half of the nation’s state attorneys general will argue for expedited Supreme Court review of the Florida lawsuit now in federal district court.

    In any event, Mr. Armey says the early failure to repeal ObamaCare legislatively wouldn’t deflate tea party members of Congress or their supporters. “Unlike the GOP in 1994, they don’t think they have a big shot mandate,” he avers.

    Rather than encourage a repeat of the high-stakes 1995 confrontation with the Clinton White House that shut down the government and hurt the GOP’s image, he counsels a strategy of selectively targeting ObamaCare’s 159 new bureaucratic entities for repeal, denying the IRS funds to enforce fines and penalties on employers, and using the reconciliation process so the Senate can pass budget-related restrictions on ObamaCare with a simple majority.

    And what, I asked, if Mr. Obama stonewalls? Mr. Armey did not say exactly what would be next, but he did note that the power of the Internet to connect and educate people today makes it easier to get the facts out and mobilize public support on behalf of Republican positions.

    Mr. Armey maintains that his advice is only meant to help GOP leaders in Congress who pledged to repeal ObamaCare. But privately more than a few of those leaders are chafing at what they see as back-seat driving by the 70-year-old economist who left office eight years ago. Mr. Armey says his goal is simply to remind politicians that whatever power is exercised in Washington flows from the people.

    Dick Armey was head of the economics department at North Texas State University in Denton when he ran for political office in 1984. Although a political nobody at the time, he beat a Democratic incumbent with volunteers and little money. The conservative Republican would team up with liberals to hold down farm subsidies and form the military base-closing commission that is a rare example of bipartisan success in shrinking government. He became majority leader in 1995 as the vanguard of the Gingrich Revolution.

    But it was his experience in 1994, when Democrats still ran the House, that convinced Mr. Armey of the power of citizen activism. A bill requiring teachers to be certified was viewed with horror by home-schooling parents who feared they would have to comply. Mr. Armey took up their cause. He says “I was laughed out of a committee hearing on a Thursday, but then the parents weighed in.”

    Thousands deluged members with so many faxes and telephone calls that Congress’s phone system was shut down. “By the next Wednesday the only ‘no’ vote on the House floor against killing that provision came from its sponsor,” he recalls. “All that happened before the Internet.”

    At an orientation meeting that FreedomWorks held for freshman members last weekend, Mr. Armey pressed his model of how to make Congress work for them: “Don’t obsess over lobbying [the] leadership over what committee you’re on, you can still write laws if your idea is good enough and you generate enough outside support.”

    During the campaign, Mr. Armey spoke of a tea party “hostile takeover” of the GOP. And now? He says that the tea party and the Republicans are working well together.

    Tea party activism, Mr. Armey says, has gone through several stages since its birth less than two years ago. The first stage came when people felt “the wrong things were being forced down their throats by those who were both misguided and arrogant.” That phase peaked in the town hall meetings over health care in the summer of 2009.

    The second phase was when establishment candidates were challenged and often lost in GOP primaries this year. Mr. Armey takes particular pride that FreedomWorks was one of the first groups who got behind the candidacies of Senators-elect Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida.

    The third stage came with the tea party victories in November. Now the challenge will be to continue to oppose bad legislation while preparing to nominate and elect a tea party-approved candidate for president and capture control of the Senate in 2012. Mr. Armey shies away from discussing his favorites, but says Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels “has a fine record” and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty “has real potential.”

    Mr. Armey largely dismisses concerns that weak tea party candidates—like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle—cost the GOP several key races this year. “The establishment has to take the blame for putting up status quo people who couldn’t beat those weak opponents in primaries,” he says. “But in the vast majority of races from state legislature up to the Senate, even rookie tea party candidates did very well.” He is convinced that in 2012 “you will see even better and more savvy candidates.”

    I ask Mr. Armey what he believes are the biggest media misconceptions about the tea party. “They don’t think something is real if they can’t find who is at the head of it, like they can with unions today,” he chuckles. Mr. Armey also faults the media for thinking that people who believe in the Constitution are “somehow radical extremists.” He says one of the most heartening things he has seen in the birth of the tea party is that “more people have come to see that document as the best arrangement for limiting government and extending liberty ever devised.”

    But he’s also acutely aware that the last GOP Congress lost its way on limiting government. He blames the worst drift on the flawed model adopted by former Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, the man who replaced him as majority leader in 2003. “The theory was we could earmark or bribe our way to a permanent majority,” Mr. Armey sighs. “It fundamentally misunderstood the nature of the conservative voter base. They abhor crony capitalism and creating prescription drug benefits that aren’t paid for.”

    I remind him he was the second most powerful House leader for eight years of GOP control before Mr. DeLay fully took charge. He accepts some responsibility for the gradual neutering of the 1994 Republican Revolution during that period. And he says that that GOP Congress arrogantly assumed it had a mandate for dramatic change when, in fact, it had only won a chance to convince Americans that a different direction was needed.

    “I regret not publicly criticizing our course when we first presented a supplemental spending bill [in 1996] that wasn’t paid for,” he says. Another breakpoint came in 2001, he says, when President George W. Bush “abandoned any vestige of school choice in his No Child Left Behind education bill” because it might offend liberal congressional grandees. “Even Ted Kennedy was willing to put up with more choice than we wound up getting.”

    After 9/11, Mr. Armey became convinced that Mr. Bush’s single-minded focus on foreign wars was leading him to abandon any principled domestic agenda. He retired from Congress in 2002.

    Mr. Armey became a lobbyist with the firm of DLA Piper, and he’s been criticized in some tea party circles as one more Washington establishment figure. Mr. Armey bristles at that label.

    “When a couple years ago I had to choose between chairing FreedomWorks and a new lobbying role that would have precluded me from doing that, I gave up lobbying,” he says. “I make no apologies for securing my family’s financial future, but I left a lot of money on the table in order to stay at FreedomWorks.”

    As we finish our chat, Mr. Armey has one final piece of advice for the new conservative members he has done so much to elect. “The first rule of conservatism,” he chuckles, “is to accept that if you are true to yourself, Hollywood celebrities will never hug you in public. Ultimately, serving the people and upholding the Constitution will be much more satisfying.”

  152. CNN Poll of Polls: Public split over Obama’s job performance

    By: CNN’s Rebecca Stewart

    (CNN) – As Obama prepares to work with the new Republican majority in the U.S. House this January, a new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that the public is split over his handling of duties in the White House.

    Overall, 47 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his job and 48 percent disapprove, according to the Poll of Polls which was compiled and released on Friday.

    Obama’s standing with the public is likely to affect his ability to win the coming battles with the GOP leaders on Capitol Hill once they take control of the U.S. House next January. Even before then, the president is facing a crop of issues to settle with the lame duck Congress including the START treaty with Russia, a potential measure to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which prevents gays from openly serving in the military, and the contentious question of whether to extend Bush tax cuts.

    The presidential approval question asks respondents how they feel about how Barack Obama is handling his job. It is used to measure the country’s opinion on the president’s performance as head of the nation.

    The newest CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the four national polls that include interviews conducted this week: Gallup tracking (November 11-16), NBC/Wall Street Journal (November 11-15), Quinnipiac (November 8-15) and CNN/Opinion Research (November 11-14). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

    Three of those surveys also released results on Obama just before the midterm election, and in all three, the president’s approval rating is now higher. Obama’s approval rating is up four points in the Gallup tracking poll and two points in the NBC/Wall Street Journal and CNN/Opinion Research polls. The Quinnipiac poll has not released national results since early September. Nonetheless, Obama’s disapproval rating remains higher in all three polls, and in the CNN Poll of Polls as well.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/19/cnn-poll-of-polls-public-split-over-obamas-job-performance/

  153. “Mr. Armey expects an Obama veto, “but that will be then between him and the American people.”

    —————
    With Panetto pushing obama to use that veto again and again, no matter whether it would make for a better country of not, I think the American people will have a lot to say in 2012.

  154. JanH, The republicans have all the dirt on Obama. In my opinion, Obama is so scared of them that he is going to do every single thing they want…which couldn’t be better for a Hillary run at the WH someday. I will never believe that most American’s want the republican plan for their social security, at least not the people who vote religiously. I also don’t think most Americans want the corporate republicans to ship any more jobs overseas which they will. I also don’t think most Americans will want to keep adding more to our defense budget. So I hope the republicans make Obama bend over, just like the SNL skit and the Chinese President….LOL!

  155. confloyd
    November 20th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Re: the “certification file”

    The insider mentions a certification file. Would that be Obama’s certification for the dem nomination or maybe the election certification from the General?

  156. I think they’re pushing the meme that Obama is so smart – because he’s NOT. Recently Jarrett was quoted saying that he’s so smart, he gets bored at everything, it doesn’t challenge him. More of the public is catching on to the fact that he is NOT particularly bright, he is lazy, he is in over his head. So this is the attempt to manipulate people’s impressions, but it won’t work.

  157. “I think it is the Dem nomination because Pelosi had to sign off on that.”
    ____________________________

    If, as the Insider said- He thinks a deal was made for Pelosi. Then her days are numbered on this earth. She has to follow through with her plan to expose Obama. Turn states evidence, whatever, she has to do to get him out. She can’t be so naive to think they will let by-gones be by-gones after she presented a real threat to Obama if she didn’t get her way. She is a danger and liability to this president just by being alive…

  158. Barack Obama really is very smart and brilliant…………………..
    at pushing, selling, and advancing Barack Obama only!

  159. Biden was mocking him. He might be aware of evidence uncovered we haven’t heard about. Or seen Pelosi’s evidence proving Obama’s presidency is based on fraud.

  160. lorac
    November 20th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I think they’re pushing the meme that Obama is so smart – because he’s NOT. Recently Jarrett was quoted saying that he’s so smart, he gets bored at everything, it doesn’t challenge him. More of the public is catching on to the fact that he is NOT particularly bright, he is lazy, he is in over his head. So this is the attempt to manipulate people’s impressions, but it won’t work.
    ————-

    Whaaaaaaa, I am too intelligent to do this job of President. I get bored doing this silly work and just want to play and be admired.

    Yea, that’s how grownup, intelligent adults act.

    These idiots are so lame they think others buy it?????????
    Just shows how damn stupid they are.

  161. Trust me, if Biden knew something that indeed Obama, he could’nt say, because if there was a fraud then the general could be ruled invalid, well the Obama/Biden votes may be ruled invalid potentially putting a case that McCain/Palin were the only valid votes in the GE of 2008

    Set off a constitutional crisis of epic porportions.

  162. I have had people I work for tout how ‘brilliant’ Obama is, how inspiring he is to them.

    I just spout out, “What? Intelligent? You must be kidding!” And start laughing.

    They raise their eyebrows at me, start to make excuses and I just stand there staring at them until they realize I am not buying it.

    The excuses are running thin, and the okey dokey man is melting into a puddle of stank.

    January, when the GOP rolls out the big tanks, can’t come soon enough for me.

  163. moononpluto
    November 20th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Trust me, if Biden knew something that indeed Obama, he could’nt say, because if there was a fraud then the general could be ruled invalid, well the Obama/Biden votes may be ruled invalid potentially putting a case that McCain/Palin were the only valid votes in the GE of 2008

    Set off a constitutional crisis of epic porportions.
    ————
    And don’t forget that Biden and his son are tied to the Larry Sinclair case…and Biden’s son didn’t run for office because???

    I always thought hushing up Sinclaire was why Joe became VP.

  164. Mrs. Smith, I bet it is too. I think your right its the certification of the dem nomination and how they cheated Hillary. Not too long ago Pelosi honored Hillary for something, can’t remember what it was.
    I hope the crooks gets what’s coming to them. This country wouldn’t be in the shambles its in if Hillary had been the President. There wouldn’t be the unrest that is taking over the country because if Hillary can tame the beasts in all those foreign countries, she’d have most of the American people eating out of her hand. She’d be in a place to kick the media’s ass, which needs to be done by a Clinton.

  165. Shadowfax,
    You might be right because the “insider” says this is bigger than Watergate and will tear the democrats down to nothing. So Pelosi might have joined up with Hillary and went to the other side. She’d be smart if she did.

  166. moononpluto
    November 20th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    What you say is diabolically correct-

    The only way to avoid the complete destruction of America would have to be something like the whole case having to be decided behind closed doors by the Supremes in order to avoid complete chaos within the government. An announcement made of their final decision installing Biden as president pro-temporare. Obama’s trial proceeding at a later date.

    Done this way because of the precarious state of the state as it stands now. They wouldn’t want a Revolution on their hands or Anarchy by a seething public who have endured losing their homes, job loss and endless suffering by a president so self-absorbed by his glut for power to the ruination of the United States..

    Anyway… just an alternative theory for handling our predicament if Obama doesn’t submit a resignation when the evidence is set before him

  167. Mrs, Smith,
    Do you think this is why we are hearing the theme that it takes two to run a government this size?? Maybe Hillary has already taken over….she is in Portugal…I never see Obama with Biden or Jill or Hillary with him…so something is fishy in neverland.

  168. You might be right because the “insider” says this is bigger than Watergate and will tear the democrats down to nothing. So Pelosi might have joined up with Hillary and went to the other side. She’d be smart if she did.

    ———
    Following that train of though, we all know that the Clinton’s have the goods on the primary corruption. They have the same info also that Lynette Long posted on her website, Lynette even said so in a video clip.
    Hillary and Bill are friends with Biden and McCain, so my guess is they all know what happened in the Primary. It also might be why McCain was so ‘timid’ about attacking Obama during the General election, even though he picked a great women to run with him that could poke at Obama’s eyes. I don’t think they told Sarah about what they knew in the primary?

    I am still trying imagine Nasty going to Hillary to try and gang up on Barry. Doesn’t sit well with me since Nasty was one of the main people that stabbed Hillary in the back at the Convention…

  169. I don’t believe Pelosi is the only one who knows he is a fraud, or has evidence. She may have some evidence that no one else has, but this guy has been a fraud his whole life, so much is secret – so I’m certain there are lots of people out there with different pieces of the puzzle. And I don’t think that she’s the only one with evidence of certification fraud – the republican governor of Hawaii comes to mind….

    I just have a hard time believing that she’ll really turn on him – maybe if she hadn’t been able to remain in leadership, but not now. I think she’s one of those people into power, revenge when necessary, but not the good of the country… so if her needs are met once again, she may back down.

  170. Shadowfax,
    I agree with you about having a hard time imaging Pelosi joining in with the Clinton’s. Well Old Nasty is a SURVIVOR, if anything! She also wouldn’t want to face what could happen to her if she did not go to the other side. My guess, she’s changed horses and joined the Clinton’s is trying to salvage the party without a constitutional crisis that would only help the republicans more.
    It’s just not going to be fun to be BO! LOL!

  171. lorac, That works, but Pelosi also knows that the republicans are going to pursue her and Obama and she has to be a nervous wreck…she knows the country knows she has lied about the certification of the primary. So what would you do in that place…I’d smooze the one that could save me, not the one that is going down.

  172. confloyd
    November 20th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Mrs, Smith,
    Do you think this is why we are hearing the theme that it takes two to run a government this size?? Maybe Hillary has already taken over….she is in Portugal…I never see Obama with Biden or Jill or Hillary with him…so something is fishy in neverland.
    _______________________

    I think the idea for two to run a government was floated on Obama’s behalf. Having him as a spokeman/frontman and a CEO behind the scenes running the day to day operations. Run it like a corporation.

    No, I don’t believe Hillary would ever do that unless it was official and done publicaly. There is no benefit to her having to cure Obama’s mistakes in the shadows.

  173. Confloyd

    It’s just not going to be fun to be BO! LOL!

    BO and MO aren’t having any fun at all, only the traveling and sports are worth their time.

    What a freakin’ mess.

    This Karma is gonna get ugly if the Rethugs do their job, but all of us American’s had better fasten our seat belts, it is going to be a bumpy ride, especially in this economy.

  174. “So Pelosi might have joined up with Hillary and went to the other side. She’d be smart if she did.”
    ____________________

    The Clinton don’t operate that way…

    Burn them once and it’s Sayonara time..

  175. Shadowfax,
    I agree with that…it’s going to be bumpy and Bambino isn’t capable of holding it together, he looked like warmed manure today. They make pretty good psych meds these days, but he’ll have to have a 24 hr. a day babysitter to talk to, guess that’s why they brought back Kal Penn. LOL!

  176. Mrs. Smith

    No, I don’t believe Hillary would ever do that unless it was official and done publicaly. There is no benefit to her having to cure Obama’s mistakes in the shadows.

    ———–
    I think you’re right on this, and why I don’t think she will run in 2012 until the Trojan Horse is burned down, at least somewhat. She will not step into his shoes and carry on.

  177. Mrs. Smith,
    I don’t know them like you do…but that could be right too. Who knows what’s up Pelosi’s sleeve, but it’s not going to be fun for her either. Soro’s has already jumped ship. Bo and Nasty are between a rock and a hard place…..Hillary and Bill must be enjoying that somewhat!

  178. U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Proposal Meets Firm Resistance

    Sat, Nov. 20, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Open Doors are just some of the people and groups that have publicly denounced the proposed U.N. anti-blasphemy resolution that is expected to be voted on next week.

    The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which sponsored the draft resolution, recently changed the term from “defamation of religions” to “vilification of religions.” But USCIRF chair Leonard Leo said the change is minor and “a distinction without a difference.”

    “Having lost support on this issue over the past few years, the OIC is now trying to fool delegations into believing that the resolution has improved when it has not,” said Leo in a statement Thursday. “It … still erroneously conflates blasphemy or criticism of religious ideas with incitement to acts of discrimination or violence against individuals.”

    Critics of the resolution compare it to a global anti-blasphemy law. They point to countries like Pakistan, where a Christian woman was recently given the death sentence for alleged blasphemy against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, as example of how such laws are regularly grossly abused to target religious minorities.

    Since 1999, the Organization of the Islamic Conference has annually sponsored the resolution and the U.N. has adopted a non-binding anti-defamation of religion resolution every year since 2005.

    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly opposed the resolution during a press conference to announce the release of the annual State Department report on religious freedom around the world. She said the United States does not agree that protecting religious freedom means banning speech critical or offensive about religion.

    “The United States joins in all nations coming together to condemn hateful speech, but we do not support the banning of that speech,” said Clinton. “Indeed, freedom of speech and freedom of religion emanate from the same fundamental belief that communities and individuals are enriched and strengthened by diversity of ideas, and attempts to stifle them or drive them underground, even when it is in the name and with the intention of protecting society, have the opposite effect.”

    Open Doors, a ministry advocating on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, has been actively lobbying U.N. delegates to vote against the resolution. More than 200,000 Open Doors supporters worldwide have voiced opposition to the Defamation of Religions Resolution.

    “It is incredibly sad and ironic that Pakistan has sentenced a Christian woman to death by hanging just days before a vote on the resolution at the United Nations that many countries are backing to purportedly protect religious freedom,” remarked Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller. “This sentencing should alert countries and individuals to the serious consequences of passing this resolution.”

    The U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee is expected to carry out a preliminary vote on Nov. 22 or 23. A final vote of the full General Assembly is expected in December.

    http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101120/un-anti-blasphemy-proposal-meets-firm-resistance/

  179. I wonder what the Insider will say next, now that Nasty is back?

    Duck and cover…will he think Nasty can keep propping up the zombie fat duck boy?

  180. Shadowfax,
    That’s what he was implying…that a deal was made with Obama, but to me that would me a deal with the republicans too. How about that?

  181. “I don’t think they told Sarah about what they knew in the primary?”
    ____________________

    I bet she knows it now- She has made taking daily pot shots at Obama a part-time job. 😉

    Notice at one time they used their rapid response team to rebut accusations about him.. No longer!
    ______________________

    Pelosi has to decide. Does she risk her LIFE trusting the deal made with Obama? Or does she tell the Truth and lose her Minority status and possible see jail time for subversion of the election process? Can she cut a deal with federal prosecutors? I don’t know. I’ve had several years (5ys) of Constitutional Law training when I was suing the government. But never got involved with penial codes or criminal law.

  182. Penial codes is probably more appropriate. 😆

    Nasty did say she had to ‘pray’ on if she would run for minority leader, I guess she prayed to her messiah and he gave her the okey doke.

    She might me more afraid of what would happen to her if she spilled the beans on Obama, and is buying her time?

  183. Obama calls airport pat-downs frustrating but necessary…

    I bet he asked his boys to pat him down, just to be ‘safe’.

  184. TSA gets worse

    If you don’t want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

    That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-airport-scans-pat-downs-refual-20101121,0,5604032.story

    (No airline bailouts in the future!!!!)

  185. Just read Congressional members and administrative personel aren’t subject to TSA scans or pat downs.

    Just the ordinary peasants who pay their saleries.

  186. Re: the new message that the presidency is too big now for any one person. I think part of the motivation for this message is another attempt to recast people’s view of O’s incompetence. In other words, whether or not they actually follow through on having an official “other person”, I think their main object is to provide another excuse for the Fraud.

  187. Shadowfax, If I were to fly again, I wonder if they’d let me chose which one gets to pat me down. Of coarse I might have find out when all the good looking guys were on, LOL!

    I left for just a few minutes to buy horse feed and I you and Mrs. Smith are discussing penal codes…ROTFLMAO!

  188. Nasty did say she had to ‘pray’ on if she would run for minority leader, I guess she prayed to her messiah and he gave her the okey doke.
    ———————–

    I wondered to when she said that which messiah she had to pray for? LOL!

  189. confloyd
    November 20th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    Mrs. Smith, I bet it is too. I think your right its the certification of the dem nomination and how they cheated Hillary. Not too long ago Pelosi honored Hillary for something, can’t remember what it was.
    I hope the crooks gets what’s coming to them. This country wouldn’t be in the shambles its in if Hillary had been the President. There wouldn’t be the unrest that is taking over the country because if Hillary can tame the beasts in all those foreign countries, she’d have most of the American people eating out of her hand. She’d be in a place to kick the media’s ass, which needs to be done by a Clinton.

    _______________

    If I were Hillary Pelosi wouldn’t honour me. I’d tell her where to place that honour, but I guess she is too much of a lady.

  190. It is almost commonsense that Pelosi was not going to take the fall for the midterm elections alone. It is also commonsense that other loyalists of hers who know a thing or two about the ’08 shenanigans would not let her down. Crooks have to stay together — there is power in numbers. She may have blackmailed some who wanted to usurp her and move into leadership (like Hoyer or that other SC crook).

  191. I was just at the store and saw the name of the book Rick Perry is peddling….can you believe this…he had the balls to call it “FED UP”, yeah I’m fed up with Rick Perry!

  192. from pro-Hillaryblogger Texas Darlin….

    http://texasdarlin.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/question-for-ulsterman-at-newsflavor-from-a-skeptical-reader/

    Questions for “Ulsterman” at Newsflavor from a Skeptical Reader

    November 9, 2010 by texasdarlin

    © 2010 TexasDarlin/TDBlog

    Don’t you know who Insider is and where he/she works? If not, your source is useless.

    In case you’ve missed it, a blogger who goes by “Ulsterman” at a site called NewsFlavor has been publishing (what is claimed to be) a series of interviews with, and e-mails from “Washington Insider,” a deep throat who is purportedly motivated to leak details of a chaotic White House in order to save the Democratic Party. The first interview was published in September. Throughout the installments, Insider dishes on Obama’s laziness, his disdain for Biden, fear of the Clintons, as well as the disgust of other Democrats at how the White House operates. Etc., etc., etc.

    The Insider is supposedly a veteran consultant of several presidential campaigns, including Obama’s in 2008, and has been a contract consultant in several White Houses. Insider tells Ulsterman that he/she no longer advises the Obama White House, but still has close connections there.

    As much as millions of people would like to believe Ulsterman and the Insider, astute readers of Newsflavor will pause. For example, in the latest interview, posted on Nov. 8, Ulsterman asks the Insider about his/her current job:

    So how busy are you these days? Much more than I thought I would be when I took the job. I went in as an adviser and now am right back to a full time operation. It’s fun, challenging, but at my age, I admit it takes it out of me more than it used to. I like working with good people though, and this campaign is made up of good people. Good Democrats.

    So your campaign is still going? It didn’t end last week? (Eyebrows raise – smiles) Ah, you’re getting better at this aren’t you? Let’s just say I’m still busy and leave it at that, ok? Move on to the election, the party, whatever. Enough about my current employment status.

    QUESTIONS FOR ULSTERMAN:

    You claim to be conducting face-to-face meetings with the Insider, so we readers have to assume that you have verified and authenticated that person’s identity and background. Otherwise, you’d just be publishing stories from some person off the street. Correct?

    How, then, could you NOT know what job the Insider currently holds? If he/she is a long-time Democratic operative/consultant/contractor/whatever, a little straightforward journalistic fact-checking should confirm that person’s employment status.

    What say you, Mr/Ms Ulsterman?

    Readers should demand such answers from “Ulsterman” before linking to his reports as if they are gospel. Remember, anyone can write anything on the Internet.

  193. kingsgrove, I don’t think that its unusual for Ulsterman to ask what his job is…some of these people are strategists and can assume different positions at different times, not all the same.

  194. I agree with TD, and Uppity has said even more – that she thinks the “Insider” sounds just like “Ulsterman” – little difference in cadence and style between the two….

    And to me, as fun as it is to read, and as much as I would like it all to be true, when you read the insider, there is scant little info there that has not been posted elsewhere…in stories, in blogs, in comments sections.

    Nothing is “jaw-dropping news.” That Clinton will run, that BO is a depressed, lazy ideologue, that Nancy Pelosi was in for a fight. Nothing new, really. IMO.

    BUT fun to read! LOL

  195. lorac,

    I’m waiting for obama to build an indoor golf course in the White House.

    He must be bored out of his mind with nothing to do.

  196. I agree with TD, and Uppity has said even more – that she thinks the “Insider” sounds just like “Ulsterman” – little difference in cadence and style between the two….

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

    As for style, sounds like a medium interviewing a ghost.

  197. See Hillary or someone is with him at all times….

    ———————————–
    After Afghan president hails POTUS for setting the “tone right” in morning session Saturday, Obama responds, “That was my goal. Every once in a while, I do things right.”

    Just past 3:45 pool came into small room. Genial small talk at the top of the meeting. Obama and Karzai sat across from each other. Karzai had three aides on one side of him and two on the other. Potus had three advisers on each side. To his left, from closest to him: NSA Tom Donilon, Amb. Karl Eikenberry, General Doug Lute; to his right: Sec. Hillary Clinton, General David Petraeus, and Frank Ruggiero, deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Mostly the exchange was indecipherable but your pool shared notes and video and came up with this:
    POTUS asked, “How’s your family?” Karzai said “Good” and a bit more.
    Karzai told POTUS his remarks at the Afghanistan session “set the tone right for the whole meeting.” POTUS said he appreciated it and Karzai replied, “I meant it.”
    He asked about POTUS’s departure and Obama said he’d fly out at 7:30. Karzai said he’d be longer, until about 9.
    Then we were ousted

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2010/11/20/karzai-boosts-bam-in-bilat/#ixzz15rxMAp3o

  198. I think they’re pushing the meme that Obama is so smart – because he’s NOT.

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

    1. “The President is a lot smarter than you think!”

    2. “He’s really got a Secret Plan too complicated for us.”

    3. Big Lie.

  199. The verdict has drawn attention to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which critics say are used to persecute Christian and other minorities and fan extremism. They are also often exploited to settle personal scores.

    Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minority affairs, said Saturday that President Asif Ali Zardari has asked for a report on the case and has the power to pardon Bibi.

    “The president has taken notice of this case … he is concerned on this issue,” Bhatti said, adding that Zardari has the power to pardon her even ahead of the court appeal.

    Gov. Salman Taseer of Punjab province, where Bibi is held, told reporters in a televised conference he believes Zardari will soon pardon her.

    “I am going to take this petition to president and president will forgive her,” he said

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

    There are actually some hints at persepctive to be found in this story.

  200. I’m not a fan of Texas Darlin. She got into quite a donnybrook over Obama’s BC and ended shutting her blog down. feh-

  201. Mrs. Smith, I knew she shut her blog down, but I didn’t know why. hmmm, hmmm! I’ve always read her blog as she was really the only one looking into the BC. Now of coarse there is so much more to look into. I wonder if this Wall Street insider trading investigation will catch some of those Soros folks?? Would be nice if it did. Soros and other old guy could be cell buddies. LOL! Well, I’ll check you guys later, my first night out as a free woman….I’m planning on having a good time.

  202. November 19, 2010

    Incoming Speaker Takes Commercial Flight, but Skips the Pat Down

    By JEFF ZELENY

    WASHINGTON — Representative John A. Boehner, the soon-to-be Republican speaker, pledged recently that he would fly commercial airlines back home to Ohio, passing up the military plane used by the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. But that does not mean he will endure the hassles of ordinary passengers, including pat downs and other new security screenings.

    As he left Washington on Friday, Mr. Boehner headed across the Potomac River to Ronald Reagan National Airport, which was bustling with afternoon travelers. There was no waiting for Mr. Boehner, who was escorted around the identification-checking agents, the metal detectors and the body scanners, and whisked directly to the gate.

    The Republican leader, who will become the second person in line to assume the presidency after the new Congress convenes in January, took great pride after the midterm elections in declaring his man-of-the-people plans to travel home as other Americans do. In a time of economic difficulty, it was a not-so-subtle dig at Ms. Pelosi, who has access to a military jet large enough to avoid refueling for her flights home to San Francisco.

    But he is not giving up all the perquisites of power.

    Mr. Boehner, who was wearing a casual yellow sweater and tan slacks, carried his own bag and smiled pleasantly at passengers who were leaving the security checkpoint inside the airport terminal on Friday. Among the travelers not invited to bypass the security line was Representative Allen Boyd, Democrat of Florida, who lost his re-election bid two weeks ago.

    Only Congressional leaders or members of Congress with armed security details are allowed to go around security. The same privilege is afforded to governors and cabinet members if they are escorted by agents or law enforcement officers.

    Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, said the Republican leader had neither requested nor received special treatment at the airport security line.

    “The appropriate security procedures for all Congressional leaders, including Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid, are determined by the Capitol Police working with the Transportation Security Administration,” Mr. Steel said in a statement, referring to Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader.

    The flying pattern of Mr. Boehner emerged as the new screenings at airports across the country, particularly pat downs by male and female agents, have elevated discussions about the inconveniences of flying. The Department of Homeland Security has asked passengers for patience as the new procedures are put into place, but pilots’ groups and civil liberties organizations have filed lawsuits asserting that the screening protocols violate Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/us/politics/20boehner.html?_r=1&ref=politics

  203. I like hearing the Insider story, maybe because the story makes more sense than what any of the news reports talk about these days. Not everyone that is connected with the Obamacrats likes what Barry and Nasty have done to the Democratic party.

    We wouldn’t even be interested in that blog if there was real news on Barry or all of his history wasn’t purged.

  204. Pink is the BEST Blog there is for true information and forcasting things to come. There are no spellbinding promises of a Big Reveal or tricks to keep the audience in suspense for blog hits.

    Why settle for LESS when we (know from experience) we have the BEST? 😆

  205. I like hearing the Insider story, maybe because the story makes more sense than what any of the news reports talk about these days. Not everyone that is connected with the Obamacrats likes what Barry and Nasty have done to the Democratic party.

    We wouldn’t even be interested in that blog if there was real news on Barry or all of his history wasn’t purged.
    ————————-
    The prisoners dilemma: big media pelosi and obama conspired to enrich themselves and fuck the American People. As long as they all keep their shut they are safe. But each of them has some incentive to rat out their co-conspirators to save their own credibility. Its not easy. Can they trust each other? Soros meanwhile is a modern version of Hitler— morgans de ganzfeld and will throw them all to the wolves–or use them as the case may be. Like Hitler he wants to destroy the United States because it stands in the way of his new world order. Very dramatic stuff.

  206. “I’m not a fan of Texas Darlin. She got into quite a donnybrook over Obama’s BC and ended shutting her blog down.”

    I agree totally, but that does not me new perspective on new things are to be discounted.

    As for Big Pink – the Best overall HRC & Obama-related in particular – with FABULOUS info on many other topics – to be sure!

  207. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zE45tl5qOc&feature=player_embedded

    Senate Hearings on CEDAW
    Posted on November 19, 2010 by Bridget Crawford

    Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a “Hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for the Advancement of Women describes here the intended impact of CEDAW on parties to the treaty:

    By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms, including:

    * to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
    * to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
    * to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

    Below, is a clip of the testimony by U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer.

    The United States — along with Iran, Sudan and Somalia — has not ratified CEDAW. Justice O’Connor has urged the Senate to do so (see here). But some feminists, including my friend and colleague Darren Rosenblum, argue against the treaty’s ratification. See Darren Rosenblum, Unsex CEDAW: What’s Wrong with Women’s Rights (forthcoming, Columbia J. of Gender & Law) (abstract available here). He argues that, “CEDAW’s focus on women enshrines an understanding of sex as a binary of men/women and a consequent presumption of their relationship as perpetrator/victim.”

    -Bridget Crawford

    Rosenblum, the “feminist” argument against it here:

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1545302

    “This Article argues that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW” or the “Convention”) has failed to create equality for women or gender equality because its scope remains limited to women. ”

    more at link.

    This is BS.

  208. FUC*KERS
    *************************

    Oh, My: TSA Pat-down Leaves 61 Year Old Bladder Cancer Sufferer Soaked in Urine, Crying [rdbrewer]
    —Open Blogger

    Poor man.

    He wears pants two sizes too large to accomodate the medical equipment he must wear. With his belt off, his pants fell down. He tried to tell them about the urostomy bag and his medical condition. They informed him they “didn’t need to know about that.” Only until they saw the bag did they ask about his medical condition. When they began the pat-down of his chest, he tried to warn them about the seal on the bag. They ignored him. Then they broke the seal. Urine dribbled down his shirt and into his pants. No apologies. No offer of help. They acted like it never happened.

    A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
    “I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

    Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

    On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

    Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”

    (Emphasis mine.) He then walked through the airport soaked in urine. He couldn’t clean up until he was on the airplane.

    As soon as Mr. Sawyer said the words “medical condition,” someone should have snapped out of auto-pilot and listened to him before continuing. Not everyone flying is in the same situation. It’s not an assembly line. These are real people.

  209. As God is my witness, I loath this woman

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

    Nancy Pelosi: I Really Didn’t Get Enough Media Attention As The First Female Speaker of the House
    —Ace

    Okay.

    As she prepares to relinquish power, Nancy Pelosi believes not enough attention has been paid to her role as the first woman to hold the post of Speaker of the House. “I was the first woman speaker,” Pelosi tells the New York Times. “It didn’t get that much play. And I’m not a publicity seeker, so it was OK with me.”
    “Boehner, before the election, they had him on the cover of Newsweek,” Pelosi continues. “Now, he’s on the cover of Time, and women are coming to me and saying, ‘Is the job less important when women hold it?'”

    Byron York runs some Lexis/Nexis searches to demonstrate that this isn’t close to true, in case you were wondering.

  210. Informative article on Maxine Waters at Firedoglake.

    ” charges that she improperly tried to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

    Waters, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, was set to go on trial Nov. 29 before a jury of eight House colleagues. She has vigorously fought the charges, saying she did nothing more than set up a meeting between an association of minority-owned banks and U.S. Treasury officials.”

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

    Apparently the bank that Waters ‘helped’ was part of an association of minority-owned banks; she helped the whole group. I haven’t heard how much money other banks in that association got.

    This reminds me of the charge Starr made against Julie Hiatt Steele of ‘trying to influence one or more jurors.’

    From Steele’s account at
    americanpolitics.com/20020311Steele.html
    I went right on the “Larry King Show” and said all of it all over again! This time it appears that I was trying to influence potential jurors all over the country. These were the jurors who might have presided over Jones V Clinton [….]

  211. Kingsgrove: “Readers should demand such answers from “Ulsterman” before linking to his reports as if they are gospel. Remember, anyone can write anything on the Internet.”

    Right. My take on this “Ulsterman”/”Insider” stream is that both characters are fictional. It’s just someone ruminating and thinking wishfully. Which is not to say that all the prognostics are off-track. I agree, for example, with the “Insider” saying there will be an “Ice breaker” candidate in 2012 before Hillary enters the race. I also think there will be a draft-Hillary movement, which neither “Ulsterman” nor the “Insider” mentions.

  212. A local TV station has just aired an ABC piece aimed at helping to cope with the hassle of new TSA regulations. At its conclusion, the usually straight-laced anchor added “It’s easier to stay home,” thus putting on the airwaves what we all are thinking.

  213. Admin, please embed when you have a minute.

    You may remember this man from another disaster.

    hint: New Orleans

    Thanks…

  214. Diana West: Obama’s paltry paper trail raises serious questions | Washington Examiner
    Wikipedia itself may have just offered a good example of how the mechanism [memory hole] works when unknown, unknowable site authorities “took down” a new entry on Lt. Col. Terrence “Terry” Lakin’s challenge to President Obama’s eligibility to hold office almost as soon it went up. I read a screen shot of the entry and it is factual and non-inflammatory. Did Lakin’s page go down the memory hole? Wikipedia readers who seek information about Lakin are redirected to a synopsis of his case within a composite entry on the larger Obama citizenship controversy. Not all but much of the same information is available there, only now, instead of appearing under a biographical entry titled “Terrence L. Lakin,” it is included within “Barack Obama Citizenship Conspiracy Theories.” I linger over this incident not only because Lakin supporters have dubbed this week Terry Lakin Action Week, urging American citizens to take the occasion to call their congressional representatives about the case, or even because Lakin, a decorated, 18-year Army officer and physician, faces an upcoming court-martial at Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 14 for refusing to follow orders to redeploy to Afghanistan because of his conviction that the president hasn’t proven his eligibility to hold office…As a senior military officer with an unblemished career, service in war zones, decorations, Pentagon responsibilities including those of flight surgeon for the crew of Army chief of staff, and recommendation for promotion to full colonel, Lakin is neither a “crank” nor a “lunatic.” But he has a simple request for the president that drove him to what amounts to a historic act of civil disobedience for which he may well serve time in prison: Release your original 1961 birth certificate so this poisonous issue no longer divides the American people.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/columnists/2010/11/diana-west-obamas-paltry-paper-trail-raises-serious-questions

  215. Hillary to Ashton:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaMU-1WA5yw

    This is an example of how Hillary has to work uphill against the void in the WH. She talks about how the US is working with the EU to develop, among other things, smart grids. Sorry, but this is a field where the EU is all alone again. The Germans and French are developing smart grids, the US is nowhere to be seen.

  216. More on Hillary’s religious freedom speech:

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    U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Proposal Meets Firm Resistance

    By Ethan Cole|Christian Post Reporter

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Open Doors are just some of the people and groups that have publicly denounced the proposed U.N. anti-blasphemy resolution that is expected to be voted on next week.

    Related

    Should the United Nations Protect Religions from Defamation?

    Expert: U.N. Resolutions Would Create ‘Global Blasphemy Law’

    100 Groups Oppose U.N. ‘Defamation of Religions’ Proposals
    Muslim States Press U.N. Council to Condemn Anti-Islam Actions, Speech
    Christian Groups Intensify Efforts Against U.N. Defamation Resolution
    The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which sponsored the draft resolution, recently changed the term from “defamation of religions” to “vilification of religions.” But USCIRF chair Leonard Leo said the change is minor and “a distinction without a difference.”

    “Having lost support on this issue over the past few years, the OIC is now trying to fool delegations into believing that the resolution has improved when it has not,” said Leo in a statement Thursday. “It … still erroneously conflates blasphemy or criticism of religious ideas with incitement to acts of discrimination or violence against individuals.”

    Critics of the resolution compare it to a global anti-blasphemy law. They point to countries like Pakistan, where a Christian woman was recently given the death sentence for alleged blasphemy against the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, as example of how such laws are regularly grossly abused to target religious minorities.

    Since 1999, the Organization of the Islamic Conference has annually sponsored the resolution and the U.N. has adopted a non-binding anti-defamation of religion resolution every year since 2005.

    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly opposed the resolution during a press conference to announce the release of the annual State Department report on religious freedom around the world. She said the United States does not agree that protecting religious freedom means banning speech critical or offensive about religion.

    “The United States joins in all nations coming together to condemn hateful speech, but we do not support the banning of that speech,” said Clinton. “Indeed, freedom of speech and freedom of religion emanate from the same fundamental belief that communities and individuals are enriched and strengthened by diversity of ideas, and attempts to stifle them or drive them underground, even when it is in the name and with the intention of protecting society, have the opposite effect.”

    Open Doors, a ministry advocating on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, has been actively lobbying U.N. delegates to vote against the resolution. More than 200,000 Open Doors supporters worldwide have voiced opposition to the Defamation of Religions Resolution.

    “It is incredibly sad and ironic that Pakistan has sentenced a Christian woman to death by hanging just days before a vote on the resolution at the United Nations that many countries are backing to purportedly protect religious freedom,” remarked Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller. “This sentencing should alert countries and individuals to the serious consequences of passing this resolution.”

    The U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee is expected to carry out a preliminary vote on Nov. 22 or 23. A final vote of the full General Assembly is expected in December.

  217. Number of TSA Agents: 67,000
    TSA’s FY 2010 budget: $7.8 billion
    Number of terrorists caught by TSA: ZERO.

    Yes, yes, yes. I know. A lousy return on investment. Right? It is a little like spending $100,000 on fishing gear and coming back with no fish. Skunked as they say. Oh you can claim they weren’t biting, but if you failed to move downstream where they were biting whose fault is that? You may find it ironic that the director of this errant production which violates the constitutional rights of American citizens is the same individual–skunk if you prefer, who lets millions of illegals into this country each year, and posts signs warning American citizens to be careful because by her own admission the federal government cannot control illegals, criminals and yes terrorists crossing our border. So what is the real game here? Arguably, this is part of a larger effort by the left wing of the fascist establishment to control the American People. Fine. Call it delusional if you like. But before you do, explain to me what Congressman Dingle (D-Michigan) Dean of the House meant when he said that the goal of the health care legislation was to “control the people”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK62MQ_OIE And tell me that Soros does not control the democratic party through the money he funnels to candidates, the secretary of state project and groups like ACORN, SEIU, etc. whose goal is to disenfranchise the American People. And tell me that one of the greatest historians this country produced Charles Beard did not see in his own lifetime the transition of this country from the Old Republic which was governed by the Constitutional order to the Security State which continued uninterrupted after World War II up to the present time, each new threat became the raison d etre for its perpetuation. But the greatest fraud of all is the American Civil Liberties Union, which pretends to be the guardian of our civil liberties, the bulwark against the Kafkaesque powers of the National Security State which seeks in the end a docile compliant population. They are loud when the threat comes from the right, but they grow strangely silent when the exact same threat emanates from the left. In sum, they remain true to their roots which were in the Boshevik revolution in Russia, where their founder Roger Baldwin was a friend and fellow traveler with Vladimir Lenin.

    Posted by LaborUnionReport (Profile)
    Sunday, November 21st at 12:30AM EST
    26 Comments
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…

    ______________________

    You may have heard about Janet Napolitano’s blue shirts forcing a cancer-surviving flight attendant to remove her prosthetic breast, or the woman whose pants the TSA’s hand went down:

    “I was shaking and crying when I left that room” Moroney says. “Under any other circumstance, if a person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.”

    You may have also heard about the woman who was singled out because she was wearing a skirt:

    “The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels,” she says. “I think I yelped. I was in pain for about an hour afterwards. It just felt excessive and unnecessary.”

    You may have also heard about the cancer survivor who, due to an “enhanced” TSA pat-down breaking the seal on his urastomy bag, was left humiliated, in tears, and covered in his own urine.

    Now, meet a little boy who was randomly selected for an “enhanced” screening by The Sexual Assaulters the TSA.

    According to the person who posted this video, the child apparently was uncomfortable with having strangers pat him down. [Who could blame him?]

    Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.

    So, sexual assault, humiliation, and pedophilia are preferable to Janet Napolitano, John Pistole, and Barack Obama, than having the courage to profile actual would-be terrorists?

    Is this just one more way they’re “transforming” America?

    Once again…

    Number of TSA Agents: 67,000
    TSA’s FY 2010 budget: $7.8 billion
    Number of terrorists caught by TSA: ZERO.
    [h/t The Right Scoop]

    __________________

    “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

  218. Mrs. Smith
    November 21st, 2010 at 6:13 am

    If the audio has been turned off in the above link,
    here is another link that works:

    http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/983.html

    ———–
    Right-wing zealot and former Federal prosecutor—and Whitewater persecutor of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton—Michael Chertoff was nominated by President George W. Bush on Jan. 12, 2005 to head the Department of Homeland Security.

    Background: Chertoff worked for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York) as a Federal prosecutor in the 1980s, prosecuting organized-crime cases. He then went to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, and became U.S. Attorney there in 1990, until 1994. He then became special counsel for the Senate Banking Committee’s trumped-up Whitewater investigation, where he became known for his aggressive and nasty pursuit of the Clintons.

    DOJ role: In 2001, he was appointed to head the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, where he oversaw the round-up and detentions of over 1,000 people after Sept. 11, mostly Arab and Muslim males. Out of all these detentions, only one man was eventually charged with a terrorist offense.

    In June 2003, the DOJ Inspector General issued a report, after reviewing the cases of 762 suspects detained on immigration charges after 9/11. None of these was ever charged with a terrorism crime, but they were held an average of 80 days each, many under extremely harsh conditions. The rule was “guilty until proven innocent.” This was part of Ashcroft—and Chertoff’s—shifting of DOJ and FBI policy, from investigating and prosecuting crimes, to “prevention” and “disruption” of alleged terrorist networks.

    He also helped to write the Patriot Act, and participated in the drafting of loosened investigative guidelines for the FBI.

    Chertoff also oversaw the prosecutions of so-called “al-Qaeda sleeper cells,” in the U.S., in which Federal prosecutors have used the threat of draconian prison sentences to coerce guilty pleas and cooperation from targeted Muslim defendants. In none of these cases, was any of those targeted actually engaged in serious planning acts of terrorism against the United States.

    In 2003, President Bush named Chertoff as a judge on the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Many observers are asking why he would step down from a lifetime appeals court appointment, to head such a notoriously dysfunctional agency as DHS. One theory is that he craves a Supreme Court appointment, and that may be part of the deal offered him. As Bush noted, since Chertoff has already undergone three Senate confirmation hearings, the White House expects him to breeze through another one. His most recent confirmation vote was for the Third Circuit; the vote was 88-1, with Sen. Hillary Clinton the only opponent.

    source: larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2005/2005_1-9/2005_1-9/…/usnews.html

  219. the Federalist Society has promoted the dismantling of all regulatory protection of the General Welfare, while advocating the most draconian police-state excesses, typified by the Patriot Acts and the “torture memos.”

    Bush 43 Administration is also loaded with Federalist Society members, including current and former Cabinet members John Ashcroft, Spencer Abraham, Gail Norton, and Michael Chertoff; and senior political appointees Larry Thompson, John Bolton, C. Boyden Gray, Timothy Flanigan, and Theodore Olson.

    more…
    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2006/3301federalist_soc.html

  220. Hillary Clinton: I Would Not Submit to One of TSA’s Patdowns

    Nisha Chittal
    November 21st, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the Sunday talk show rounds this morning, appearing on Fox News Sunday, CBS’s Face the Nation, and NBC’s Meet the Press. The topic of conversation: TSA’s new security measures and national security.

    On Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked Secretary Clinton whether she would submit to one of TSA’s controversial new patdowns.

    “Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean who would?” she responded.

    However, she did note that while she feels the new patdowns should be made less intrusive, they are still a necessary security measure. On Meet the Press, she told David Gregory “I mean obviously the vast, vast majority of people getting on these planes are law abiding citizens who are just trying to get from one place to another. But let’s not kid ourselves. The terrorists are adaptable.”

    “Striking the right balance is what this is about. And I am absolutely confident that our security experts are gonna keep trying to get it better and less intrusive and more precise…Everybody is trying to do the right thing and I understand how difficult it is, and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it,” she said.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hillary-clinton-i-would-not-submit-to-one-of-tsas-patdowns/

  221. ary Clinton: No plans for seek elective office
    (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t expect to see Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name on an election ballot anytime soon.

    The current secretary of state — and former Democratic senator and presidential candidate — says she’s very happy in her job as America’s top diplomat.

    She tells “Fox News Sunday” that she’s “not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office.”

    Clinton says she’s committed to doing what she can to advance the interests and values of the United States.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hew0A07YfVNjQRtiDkx2fCF8ZhPQ?docId=ebf9ebca62924c52acd00788fa260992

  222. Karzai Fully Supports U.S., NATO Afghanistan Strategy, Clinton Tells CBS

    By Nicole Gaouette and Todd Shields
    Nov 21, 2010

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “fully in support” of U.S. and NATO strategy in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after the alliance set a plan to hand over security to the Afghans by 2014.

    “He is fully in support of the strategy, he is fully in support of the fact that it is making progress,” Clinton said in an interview airing today on the CBS “Face the Nation” program.

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization yesterday embraced Karzai’s target date to hand security over to Afghan forces by the end of 2014, creating a timetable in the 10-year-old conflict. President Barack Obama for the first time said the handover meant U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan may wrap up in 2014.

    Karzai and General David Petraeus, head of NATO and U.S. forces, are “working closely together,” Clinton said. Karzai “is very sensitive” that during allied operations in Afghanistan “we are actually getting the bad guys and not conducting actions that result in a lot of civilian casualties,” Clinton said on CBS.

    Clinton also said the U.S. Senate should ratify the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

    “This is beyond politics, let’s pass it by an overwhelming bipartisan vote,” Clinton said on CBS.

    Citing the late Republican President Ronald Reagan’s comment “trust but verify,” Clinton said on the NBC “Meet the Press” program that “we have no verification without a treaty about what’s going on in Russia’s nuclear program.”

    On the Ground

    “We want to get our inspectors back on the ground,” Clinton said on NBC. “And the only way to do that is by ratifying this treaty.”

    Obama, speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address yesterday, said the START arms treaty he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed in April would reduce nuclear arsenals and improve relations between the two nations.

    Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, last week said pressing business wouldn’t allow full consideration before year’s end of “the complex and unresolved issues related to START.”

    The treaty limits each side’s strategic warheads to no more than 1,550, from 2,200 allowed previously, and sets a maximum of 800 land-, air- and sea-based launchers.

    Each of the last three arms-reduction treaties was ratified with more than 90 votes in the 100-member Senate. The previous treaty expired in December.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-21/afghanistan-s-karzai-supports-u-s-nato-strategy-clinton-says.html

  223. My take on this “Ulsterman”/”Insider” stream is that both characters are fictional. It’s just someone ruminating and thinking wishfully. Which is not to say that all the prognostics are off-track.

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

    That’s my take too. Probably he’s getting his ideas from Big Pink.

  224. Clinton on Terrorists: I Want to See These Guys Executed or in Prison

    November 21, 2010

    The one-count guilty verdict against terror detainee Ahmed Ghailani disappointed many Americans who thought the government had a rock-solid case, but civilian courts are still more successful at getting convictions than military commissions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday.

    And that means more sentences to satisfy Americans looking for justice against plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and other assaults on U.S. interests, Clinton said.

    “I’m well aware, as a former senator from New York on 9/11, how important it is to get this right. I want to see these guys behind prison or executed, whatever is appropriate in the individual cases,” Clinton told “Fox News Sunday.”

    “But when you look at the success record in civilian courts of convicting, sentencing, detaining in maximum security prisons by the civilian courts, it surpasses what yet has been accomplished in the military commissions,” she said.

    Ghailani, who had been held in a CIA secret prison and then transferred to Guantanamo, was brought up on 284 counts, including the murder of 224 people at the U.S. embassy complexes in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy.

    The verdict shocked many security experts since most court-watchers thought his would be the easiest terror case to prosecute. The ruling led to howls against the use of civilian courts for terror detainees.

    But Clinton said the one count earned Ghailani 20 years to life, and the case would have been tried the same way in both the military or civilian courts.

    Clinton acknowledged, however, that for some terror detainees, civilian trials are “not appropriate.”

    “You will get no argument from this administration on that point,” she said, adding that the Obama administration is trying to move toward trials in a way that “maximizes the outcome that is in the best interest of the security of the American people.”

    “So I don’t think you can, as a rule, say, ‘Oh, no more civilian trials or no more military commissions.’ President Obama’s theory of this is that most should be in Article III (civilian) courts, some should be confined to military commissions. But as things stand right now, we have actually gotten more convictions, and more people, more terrorists, are serving time in prison right now, because of Article III courts than military commissions.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/21/clinton-terrorists-want-guys-executed-prison/

  225. What will the Obama legacy be? To claim that he is the first black president is correct in one sense, but highly misleading in another. In the first place, he is not and never was a legitimate heir to the civil rights experience and yet big media and 90% of the black population have treated him as if he were. Second, they did so at their own peril because whatever he does, or fails to do will be laid at their doorstep. Third, to the extent that the black population has a claim against society at large based on the institution of slavery, the election of Obama will be seen by many as an accord and satisfaction of that debt, and affirmative action will now be seen for what it is reverse discrimination. It expatiates white guilt. Fourth, because of his incompetence, his hostility toward whites, and his invocation of the race card, we will not see another black president in our lifetime, hence the word “first” is materially misleading. In sum, this is why it was so important that when we got a black president that he be the right one–rather than this wrong G.

    (Note: Accord and satisfaction is a contract law concept about the purchase of the release from a debt obligation. The payment is typically less than what is owed and is not paid by the actual performance of the original obligation. The accord is the agreement to discharge the obligation and the satisfaction is the legal “consideration” which binds the parties to the agreement.)

  226. JanH, she’s said that a few times now, its the standard denial response, she can’t do anything but say that at present.

  227. ‘She tells “Fox News Sunday” that she’s “not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office.”’
    *********

    Right, moononpluto, it is the only answer she can give. If she expressed any interest at all, she would be pilloried by everyone in politics because she is supposed to stay out of politics.

  228. not only that, if she said anything now, Obama would immediately fire her on the spot and accuse her of disloyalty and sabotage. Timelines my friends, there is a place and time for everything

  229. “‘She tells “Fox News Sunday” that she’s “not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office.”’
    **********
    I think that perhaps if she said anything else she might be in violation of Federal Law. I have seen reference to a prohibition of political activity by the Sec of State and the Atty. Gen. but I can’t find a specific legal reference; maybe an Urban legend?

  230. The funny thing is, people keep asking her and asking her. Why don’t they ask anyone else? Reason: They don’t care about anyone else. All they want is to be the first to detect a “slip” in her speech indicating that she will indeed challenge the vacuum in the WH.

  231. Will there ever be an interview where they do not ask the same question ad infinitum ad nauseum? The problem with it is nobody pays any attention to what she on the program to talk about–which is the reason she is there. It is disgusting. A late friend and mentor of mine liked dry Jack Daniels Manhattans with a touch of vermouth straight up a twist. After twenty years of watching waiters batch that simple order he wrote the formula on the back of his business card, and finally they understood. Also, he got tired of repeating himself. Hillary would be well served to write this speech on the back of her card too perhaps, but it would not be worth the paper it is written on. This is why the Morris strategy makes sense.

  232. Yea, like Hillary is going to announce that she will run for President on Fox news and this early.

    In their dreams.

    I don’t think Hillary will run in 2012 in this political climate (hurricane), her own party is full of the same crooks and thieves, and the media is still covering his ass.

    A lot has to happen first. If it doesn’t, I don’t think she will run, ever.

  233. Then finally, the voice of reason. The only true Democrat speaks her mind…

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says officials should try to make the new airport security measures, including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.

    Clinton says there’s clearly a need for the tighter security. But she says the government should explore ways to “to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance.”

    She says she understands “how offensive it must be” for some people to undergo the searches. She says there’s a need to strike “the right balance” and to “get it better and less intrusive and more precise.”

    Would she submit to a pat-down? “Not if I could avoid it,” Clinton says. “No. I mean, who would?”

  234. Yea, like Hillary is going to announce that she will run for President on Fox news and this early.

    In their dreams.

    I don’t think Hillary will run in 2012 in this political climate (hurricane), her own party is full of the same crooks and thieves, and the media is still covering his ass.

    A lot has to happen first. If it doesn’t, I don’t think she will run, ever.
    ————————–
    She could say this to her colleagues: I told you this would happen. But you did not listen. Instead, you went ahead and chose him. And you chose him over me. Now that he is failing you come to me–to save him–and ultimately you. Why should I? And even if I did, how could I ever count on you after what you did to me? You ask me to do it for the country? To clean up his mess?? I will never turn my back on this country. But as a result of your decision in 2008, I have chosen to serve the country in other ways. Live with it. So find yourself another savior. You seem to have a penchant for that.

  235. This is what is troubling about Obama and his cronies and liberals in general — they preach tolerance but never force perpetrators to practice it. Who would fight for Said Musa’s right to convert? If you guessed GW Bush you would be right. (seen first at Althouse).

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/21/afghan-christian-faces-trial-for-alleged-conversion-from-islam/

    CNN reports on the case of Said Musa, who faces trial for converting to Christianity:

    “According to Afghanistan’s constitution, if there is no clear verdict as to whether an act is criminal or not in the penal code of the Afghan Constitution, then it would be referred to sharia law where the judge has an open hand in reaching a verdict,” [said Qamaruddin Shenwari, director of the Kabul courts’ north zone.]

    Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188786,00.html

    Four years ago, President Bush said:

    “It is deeply troubling that a country we helped liberate would hold a person to account because they chose a particular religion over another.

    “I’m troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. That’s not the universal application of the values that I talked about. I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship.”

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/afghan-constitution-does-not-mention.html

    Bush was talking about Abdul Rahman, who soon thereafter obtained his freedom.

    What will President Obama do for Said Musa?

    WHAT WILL OBAMA SAY INDEED?

  236. wbboei: “So find yourself another savior. You seem to have a penchant for that.”

    I agree with you that she is saying this now. But the apple will eventually ripen, rot and fall to the ground.

    That is, by this time next year, or in January 2012, it will be a different story. When there is the “ice breaker” candidate, and when the draft-Hillary write-in beats the shit out of o in the NH primary, anyone left standing in the D party will be begging her to announce.

  237. “people keep asking her and asking her. Why don’t they ask anyone else?”

    ————-

    For one reason only:

    They are terrified that she will stomp their messiah into the ground, that she will reveal that obama is nothing but hot air, that she has run circles around him since the very beginning.

  238. agree with you that she is saying this now. But the apple will eventually ripen, rot and fall to the ground.
    ———————————–
    In the immortal words of Ernest and Julio Gallo: we will make no wine until it is time.

  239. I don’t think Hillary will run in 2012 in this political climate (hurricane), her own party is full of the same crooks and thieves, and the media is still covering his ass.
    ————————-
    You may be right. The only correction I would make to your syntax is the media is STILL covering for him. That suggests that the media will change. Simply put, they will not. Not now, not in the future, not never–as in never ever. Like the Boys from Brazil who scurried down the ratline after the War they continued to live their dream, to ignore all the contrary evidence, and plot for a Fourth Reichy. This is very much the mindset we are dealing with here. Admission of error, repentance and atonement–things like that are seen as weakness and are manifestly not in their repertoire or vocabulary. Cromwell at one of his better moments said to his adversaries “I beseech you in the bowls of Christ to entertain the possibility that you may be wrong”. When Olberman and is ilk utter those words I will know that the kingdom of god is at hand.

  240. Clinton says there’s clearly a need for the tighter security. But she says the government should explore ways to “to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance.”

    She says she understands “how offensive it must be” for some people to undergo the searches. She says there’s a need to strike “the right balance” and to “get it better and less intrusive and more precise.”

    Would she submit to a pat-down? “Not if I could avoid it,” Clinton says. “No. I mean, who would?”

    If she was heading homeland security, that right balance is exactly what she would want. Unlike the idiot Napolitano who does not know what is needed and doing things willynilly. Half the battle in leadership is to know what we want and the other half is to figure out how to get it.

  241. There is a vacuum in leadership at the top and in the cabinet heads (except Hillary but even there she is hampered and restricted by Obama’s lack of leadership.) If everything was as usual and the midterm was just a hiccup as most Dems want to pretend, they would not be asking her again and again if she is going to run. The media is half salacious when they ask her that but half serious to see who will step up to the plate to say that things can be better.

  242. One of the other things that you would think would happen with these pat downs is some privacy. Why are they done in full view of the public? Then again, when done if full view, people get to see how overbearing these searches are. Also, God forbid, something terrible happens during a pat down, if they are done in private, there are no witnesses. That would be unfortunate.

  243. Oh this is a scream – even this “law enforcement” person doesn’t know the law. The passenger has 4700 in cash, and they pulled him aside, asking him all kinds of questions. He says he will answer, but only what he is required by law to answer. The law person keeps trying to obfuscate, but when the passenger finally says, “do you know the law?”, he says “yes, but I don’t have to tell you” (ie, he doesn’t know the law, or the passenger doesn’t legally have to answer, but they don’t want to tell him that). And each time he says “am I legally required to answer this?”, they keep saying “he’s refusing to answer questions”. What a bunch of butt heads. They don’t know the laws involving their own jobs, and are going to give a hard time to anyone, even behaving properly, who ask something they don’t know.

    They need to put out a paperback with the laws relating to security checkpoints, what you are required to answer, or what you are not.

    Better yet – lawyers should start hanging out at the airports, they can be rent-a-lawyers, and if you need them, they come over, you pay them $50 for up to half an hour of their services, and the Gestapo will have to follow the law, once we all start knowing what it is!

    How would one go about finding out what questions we are legally required to answer at an airport security checkpoint?

  244. One of the other things that you would think would happen with these pat downs is some privacy. Why are they done in full view of the public? Then again, when done if full view, people get to see how overbearing these searches are.
    *********
    If there is an option, people should insist on a search in public. Abuse by the government, done out of sight, will likely be ignored. I suspect that people who video record this abuse of the Constitution will be soon threatened with arrest for violation of some government secrets law. Also in a private search, just like traffic stop search, the “discovery of evidence” can be questionable.

  245. (ie, he doesn’t know the law, or the passenger doesn’t legally have to answer, but they don’t want to tell him that). And each time he says “am I legally required to answer this?”, they keep saying “he’s refusing to answer questions”.
    ********
    I suspect that in the fine print of the Patriot Act and TSA legislation that any refusal to answer a question by a TSA thug is presumption of quilt. Just like once entering the restricted area you are subject to arrest and possible $11k fine if you want to leave.

  246. Why exactly are Americans dying in Mr. Obama’s “Necessary War”?

    “Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam

    From Matiullah Mati for CNN:

    An Afghan Christian, detained for months for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam, could face trial as early as next week – and could face a potential death penalty, officials said Sunday.
    (snip)
    “According to Afghanistan’s constitution, if there is no clear verdict as to whether an act is criminal or not in the penal code of the Afghan Constitution, then it would be referred to sharia law where the judge has an open hand in reaching a verdict,” Shenwari said.

    Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death.

  247. Critics Slam Obama Administration for ‘Hiding’ Massive Saudi Arms Deal

    Largest Arms Deal In U.S. History Pushed While Congress In Recess

    The Obama administration has quietly forged ahead with its proposal to sell $60 billion worth of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia unhampered by Congress, despite questions raised in legislative inquiries and in an internal congressional report about the wisdom of the deal.

    The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the U.S., outfitting Saudi Arabia with a fully modernized, potent new air force.

    “Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region,” Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a Nov. 16 letter to congress. “This package continues that tradition.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/critics-slam-obama-administration-hiding-massive-saudi-arms/story?id=12192558

  248. Why sweat this groping business. Why worry about this unwarranted search and seizure. In short, why sweat the small stuff. Obama understands. What exactly is it that he understands? How to bamboozle, how to waste taxpayer money, how to destroy our country. No not that. He understand :our frustration.” Wow, do I feel better after hearing that. Only one question: how can I be sure he understands our frustration. Simple, he said so just this morning. Well now that begets another question: Was he telling the truth when he assured us that he understands. Does a cat bark?

  249. “Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death.”
    ___________________________

    The Pilgrims settled in the New World and fought for the right to found this country based on freedom from religious persecution. Sharia Law is the antithisis of America and the freedom our Constitution and Bill of Rights represent.

  250. Until one of the recent lawsuits filed in court regarding the invasive treatment by TSA officials is adjudicated and the fact that using intrusive security tactics is Big Business for former government employees and viewed as an inside job. There’s nothing we can do about the TSA scans and pat downs with the exception of finding alternative means of travel.

  251. ohanson
    November 21st, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I had posted a working link @ 3:19 today.

    Thanks as well for posting the article detailing the text of the video. (some posters are unable to view videos on their machines.)

  252. ‘The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the U.S., outfitting Saudi Arabia with a fully modernized, potent new air force.’

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

    a real prince of peace, this Nobel Peace Prize winner…

    is there anyone out there that has been more polarizing and divisive???

    I have to laugh when I hear all the pundits go on and on about Hillary was so polarizing…

    …and now Sarah Palin is the most polarizing person in politics…

    funny how it is always the women that get tagged with being polarizing…

  253. Breakthrough: Barack Obama openly declares that the NATO countries will work “cooperatively” on Afghanistan. Yes, you heard it here first. What a leader he is. Again, they will work together cooperatively, just as they have done for over 50 years. Only a leader could achieve such a breakthrough. How do you spell leader? w-e-a-k-;-n-g. He is bad. How bad? Bad enough to make Bush look–presentable.

  254. Humilating and degrading American people is what Obama is all about under the direction of George Soros. At this point it’s a mind game ment to tamp down the American spirit and hopefully break us through oppression, just as the video at 3:19 suggests.

  255. A puppet is never strong. He’s actions are generated by a puppeteer. The puppeteer is however, another story altogether. Well, except for the lovable Geppetto.

  256. Apparently the Canadians have fewer compunctions about Empress Michelle, so they don’t mind telling it like it is. A refreshing bit of candor and research which will surprise few of you here but it is hard evidence of a staggering level of arrogance:

    READ TO THE VERY END!  
    VERY ENLIGHTENING!!!
    AND VERY DISTURBING!!!

    By Dewie Whetsell, 
    Alaskan Fisherman. 
    As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.
     
    The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska.  I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year.  Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it.  It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things.  Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.
     
    1. Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. 

    2. Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line.  Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

    3. The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.”  She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack.  She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves.  Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant.
     
     Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself).  I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

    4. Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America.  No one else could do it although they tried.  If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
     
    5. For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling.  In truth they were holding it like an investment.  No governor for 30 years could make them get started.  Then, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out.  They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house.  Alaska won again.
     
    6. President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025.  Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable by 2025.  We are already at 25%.  I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona.  Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool.  But that’s just a cover-up.  I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years.  I won’t be holding my breath.
     
    By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her.  Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers.  And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda.  Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off.  Shoulda known better.

    You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her.  I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.
     
    So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.   
        
    I rest my case. Only FOOLS listen to the biased media.  

    If you’ve read this far………………………………………..now ,open your eyes………. 
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s Servant List and Pay Scale

    First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

    1. $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff) 
    2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
     3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G.  (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary) 
    4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady) 
    5. $100,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
    6. $90,000 –  Medina   , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 
    7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady) 
    8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady) 
    9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady) 
    10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 
    11. $64,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 
    12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady) 
    13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady) 
    14. $57,500 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady) 
    15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary to The First Lady) 
    16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special=2 0Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide to The First Lady) 
    17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady) 
    18. $43,000 – Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office) 
    19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 
    20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary) 
    21. $35,000 – Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
    22. $35,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)
     
     (This is community organizing at it’s finest.)

    There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life.  One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket.
     
    Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to  Europe  ..

    FRIENDS…..THESE SALARIES ADD UP TO SIX MILLION, THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,364,000) FOR THE 4 YEARS OF OFFICE?????   AND WE ARE IN A RECESSION?????  WELL….MOST OF US ARE.  I GUESS IT’S OK TO SPEND WILDLY WHEN IT’S NOT YOUR OWN MONEY????? 

    Copyright 2009 Canada FreePress.Com  
     
    Yes, I know.
     
    The Canadian Free Press has to publish this because the USA media is too scared they might be considered racist. 
     
    Sorry USA!

  257. Mrs.Smith,
    The Pilgrims settled in the New World and fought for the right to found this country based on freedom from religious persecution. Sharia Law is the antithisis of America and the freedom our Constitution and Bill of Rights represent.
    ——————————–

    Try telling that to the leftests!

    ———————————-

    Blue, That is excellent reporting….hmmm, hmmm Perhaps the First Sleeveless needs all these people to help her in the garden and go on these trips….I saw somewhere she showed up in New York at a broadway show a couple of nights ago. Seems these two Obama’s don’t like being together. He was off in Lisbon, and she was in NY!

  258. I love that I have a place to go to and report on my Obot friends. We had a special Thanksgiving dinner tonight, folks from out of town changed the date. Good times until near the end of dinner politics came up.

    First they started ripping on Fox news, about how all they tell are lies and they should be shut down.
    Of course my son sitting next to me tells them I watch Fox news…………round one, ding, ding goes the bell and we are off to the first ‘argument’ ending when I bring up Greta and they don’t know who she is…

    Round two, they decide as a group to start trashing Sarah Palin and saying how stupid she is…ding, ding…………off goes the second round of ‘arguments’. Makes their heads spin when I ask them to prove she is stupid……….their comments, the Mama Grizzlies stuff. I go off into explaining that she is the ‘feminist’ of the Republicans, which makes all of their heads spin like in the Exorcist.

    Round three is started when after all their attacks, the biggest Obot admits she is now an Independent and is very disappointed in Obama because………..wait for it………because he did not STOP the wars yet! Nothing about the scam Hell Care Bill, nothing about the massive debt……….nada.
    The other Obots say in a very timid voice, “I think he is doing a good enough job, so far.”

    Shoot me now!!! These are very close friends that are not normally stupid, but God help me.

  259. The Arbitrator sits on a couple health and welfare and pension funds. Consequently he attends the Foundation of Employee Benefits meeting which is held ever year once a year in various places.. When they met two years ago, the unions and some of the money managers were wearing Obama tee shirts and praising him to high heaven. The Arbitrator hates Obama almost as much as I do so he took them on and they fought back like the deranged fools they are. When they met last year, it was a little different. The Obama supporters were rather quiet and their ranks were thinner. When the Arbitrator took them on they refused to fight back but merely walked away. At this years convention everybody, union, management, money men, arbitrators and vendor were all in agreement that Obama is no damned good and is wrecking the country. In the margin, perhaps, it is better that wisdom comes late than not at all.

  260. ary Clinton: No plans for seek elective office
    (AP) – 1 hour ago
    ———————-
    Last week she was asked the same thing in Australia. What does it prove? Two things: first, she was asked the same question in New Zealand a week ago, and now we get the same question again, and again, and again. And what exactly does it prove? All it proves is that she has not changed her mind in the past week, or if she has she ain’t telling. Evidently, this is what passes for journalism/

  261. The Story Behind Obama’s Remarks on FDR
    http://www.newdeal20.org/2010/11/18/the-story-behind-obamas-remarks-on-fdr-27539/

    BELOW JUST SNIPS. GO READ THE ARTICLE.

    What really went on in the first few months after FDR was elected?

    “We didn’t actually, I think, do what Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, which was basically wait for six months until the thing had gotten so bad that it became an easier sell politically because we thought that was irresponsible. We had to act quickly.” – President Obama

    …you can be sure that his words will now be rattling around for years to come and likely cited as proof of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “irresponsibility.”

    So it makes sense to look more closely at what really happened between Roosevelt and Hoover. …

    … If you want to understand what really happened between Hoover and Roosevelt between November 1932, when FDR won the election by a landslide, and March 1933, the old inauguration day before passage of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, you need to comb through the papers of private bankers and the material in more easily available public sources such as the splendid Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. I have been engaged in this over more decades than I now care to admit. The bottom line is this: Hoover and a substantial bloc of New York bankers wanted Roosevelt to commit to staying on the gold standard and US participation in the upcoming London Economic Conference. These commitments would have meant continued austerity and completely destroyed any chance of fundamental reform…

    Roosevelt exchanged some messages with them, but finally refused the whole package. He and his advisers correctly concluded that the idea was to suck them into a foolish set of commitments. FDR was simply not willing to make the kind of arrangements with bankers that President Obama was. That’s the heart of the matter.

  262. JanH
    November 21st, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    Schieffer to Hillary Clinton: Would You Submit to a TSA Pat Down? ‘… No … I Mean, Who Would?’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir_f91e-pEs
    **************

    I read this on my phone last night at work and said to myself,”This is why I love this woman, and Hillary is running in 2012″. It is in direct opposition of what the fraud said last night.

  263. In none of these cases, was any of those targeted actually engaged in serious planning acts of terrorism against the United States.
    **************

    One has to wonder what “serious” is in the authors mind?

  264. Personally, I’m in favor of common sense profiling and against pat-downs, and I can’t play the video.

    But the text of a story above says:

    Would she submit to a pat-down? “Not if I could avoid it,” Clinton says. “No. I mean, who would?”

    Elsewhere the “Not if I could avoid it” is omitted. Is that correct?

  265. In Shift, TSA Chief Says Screenings to Be ‘Minimally Invasive’
    WASHINGTON — The head of the agency responsible for airport security, facing protests from travelers and pressure from the White House, appeared to give ground Sunday on his position that there would be no change in policies regarding invasive passenger screening procedures. Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole said in a statement that the agency would work to make screening methods “as minimally invasive as possible,” although he gave no indication that screening changes were imminent. The statement came just hours after Pistole, in a TV interview, said that while the full-body scans and pat-downs could be intrusive and uncomfortable, the high threat level required their use. “No, we’re not changing the policies,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union….”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/21/tsa-chief-says-screenings-minimally-invasive/

  266. Santa has been alerted he will be subjected to TSA scans by TSA agents. Rudolf is up in arms… er.. hooves. After all, he is the Animal Rights CEO for reindeers everywhere, is not a partner with the Chernoff self enrichment venture and he and his reindeer ilk do not own any shares of TSA stock. Will the radiation emitted by scanners affect Rudolf’s instinctive navigation sensibilities? Will Rudolf and his posse be eligible for a free pass because he is flying just once a year? One can only hope, Chertoff will see past his bank account and realize, Christmas is for children and you NEVER disappoint children at Christmas time…
    _______________________

    Here comes more subjective reasoning outlining a cause and effect scenario for intrusive soft tissue scanning and degrading airline passengers pat downs.

    Analyst: TSA methods ‘will kill more Americans on highway’

    By Jordy Yager – 11/21/10

    The recent public ire toward the TSA’s new pat-down and body imaging screening methods is likely to cause more people to drive automobiles and forego airline travel, say two transportation economists who have studied the issue.

    As the nation readies for one of the busiest traveling holidays, Steven Horwitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University, told The Hill that the probable spike in road travel, caused by adverse feelings towards the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new screening procedures, could also lead to more car-related deaths.

    “Driving is much more dangerous than flying, as you are far more likely to be killed in an automobile accident mile-for-mile than you are in an airplane,” said Horwitz. “The result will be that the new TSA procedures will kill more Americans on the highway.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/130243-analyst-new-tsa-procedures-will-kill-more-americans-on-the-highway

  267. Mrs. Smith
    November 22nd, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Analyst: TSA methods ‘will kill more Americans on highway’
    &&&&&&&&

    So much for the “S” in TSA standing for “Safety”.

  268. MOP, I guess, but it may be related to their oil monopoly. I never liked that old lady and after her statement about the people living in the Astrodome after Katrina….I really for sure did not like her.

    Was Sarah Palin’s Alaska on last night? I forgot to watch it if it was.

  269. If more people drive….I’ll have more work. Sorry to be so selfish, but I need to keep my job. LOL!

    I don’t know people just don’t go thru the scanner….why would they worry about the image of their gonads. The people who see it everyday will become accustomed to it.

  270. wbboei
    November 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 am
    ary Clinton: No plans for seek elective office
    &&&&&&&

    She’ll keep saying she’s not running, until she cnanges her mind.

    My guess is that she’ll wait until there is at least one serious Democrat who announces their intention to challenge Obama.

  271. Today is the aniversay of the Kennedy assassination. I was in 7th grade English class when the teacher announced it. Dallas will always be known as the place that Kennedy died.

  272. Jan H, 10:59 yesterday,

    That was one weird pic of Hillary, Obama and someother guy? These two men seem to be laughing their asses off and Hillary was looking at Obama like, “you idiot” or “we don’t have time for this guys”. Whatever it was she was thinking she wasn’t in on the joke.

  273. My guess is that she’ll wait until there is at least one serious Democrat who announces their intention to challenge Obama.
    ——————-
    Somebody from the far left who is credible. No. Not that wack job Kuccinich who sees flying saucers, and talks a good game until he encounters resistance and then folds. He is not credible. Someone who is–like Feingold–who in the absence of Hillary I could definitely vote for. But if Obama is the candidate I would vote for anyone else, and believe me when I say that is the growing consensus of opinion. The right he never had. The middle is gone. The moderate left will hold. The hard left will stick with him unless they field their own candidate. If Rubio runs Obama will surrender.

  274. wbboei,
    Apparently this is what happened to LBJ…he got challenged and then Robert Kennedy thru his hat in and then it caused LBJ to not seek re-election. Of coarse we got Nixon then and China! All a big mistake in my thinking, I voted for Humphrey!

  275. On that subject, wbboei, how much effort is going to come from Obama’s camp to quell the rising resistance from within his own party? To work behind the scenes to placate (buy-off with favors) anyone who is inclined to point out that Obama being the party’s standard bearer in 2012 is a sure path to defeat?

    And just how nasty will the opposition research, smears, and cutting off at the knees be in order to bump off one potential challenger after another???

    You betcha.

  276. Roosevelt exchanged some messages with them, but finally refused the whole package. He and his advisers correctly concluded that the idea was to suck them into a foolish set of commitments. FDR was simply not willing to make the kind of arrangements with bankers that President Obama was. That’s the heart of the matter.
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    How could it be otherwise with Obama. If you look at who PLANNED as well as supported his campaign financially it was the bankers. In fact, a Soros lieutenant named Wolffe of the Swiss bank UBC met with Obama in January 2007, introduced him to other bankers, helped him strategize. Soros of the Quantum Fund allied with Rothschilde interests introduced him personally, held fundraisers, directed 527s, Move-on.org. Jamie Dimon and other Wall Street bankers hit their own employees up for contributions to his campaign and supported his candidacy in countless other ways. Whereas, FDR took no money from bankers. And not long after he took office, he had the grandest banker of them all–JP Morgan in the pit answering tough questions. Thus, the difference is like night and day. It is the difference betweeen a puppet like Obama and a president like FDR. And how many Americans will suffer as a result, only time will tell. For us it is enough to know who the traitors are, and let us not mince words and call them anything else.

  277. Kevin, over at Hillbuzz does not think Hillary will run in 2012′, although he does believe she will be the dem nominee in 2016′. He says her accent to the Presidency will depend on how well President Palin does. He is absolutely sure Sarah Palin will be the first female President.

  278. Can someone tell me why Michelle Obama needs a communication director now on the payroll.

    First Lady Michelle Obama has named Kristina Schake as her new communications director, filling a position that had been vacant since August.

    Schake, who will start in December, comes to the job from California, where she headed Maria Shriver’s communications team and ran a political consulting firm.

    Her background dovetails with Obama’s platform–she comes from a military family and worked on health initiatives for Shriver in California.

    “I’m thrilled to welcome Kristina to the team. Kristina brings a wealth of expertise that I know will make her a tremendous asset in the East Wing,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Kristina has done extensive work throughout her career on child nutrition and community health issues, and that paired with her experience as part of a military family will bring invaluable insight to our work on childhood obesity and our efforts to support military families. I look forward to working with Kristina on these efforts and more in the months and years ahead.”

    In the coming months, Obama is expected to ramp up her efforts around military families and continue her healthy eating initiatives. She heads Monday to Miami where she is expected to launch a drive to bring 5,000 salad bars to the nation’s schools.

    The East Wing has had turnover in several high profile positions, most recently when Susan Sher, Obama’s chief of staff announced that she will leave her post and return to Chicago.

  279. blue
    November 21st, 2010 at 8:51 pm
    &&&&&

    On Meanchelle’s list of servants, I do not see:

    a) full time manicurist
    b) full time personal trainer
    c) full time vacation planner
    d) full time marriage counselor
    e) full time garden and landscape designer

    Maybe those jobs are being performed by “directors” and “staff assistants”.

    That lady is out of touch. She IS Marie Antoinette.

  280. On that subject, wbboei, how much effort is going to come from Obama’s camp to quell the rising resistance from within his own party? To work behind the scenes to placate (buy-off with favors) anyone who is inclined to point out that Obama being the party’s standard bearer in 2012 is a sure path to defeat?
    ———————————————–
    Personally, I think far far far far far far far far far far too much credit is given to the Obama camp. This whole conspiracy was a joint venture between three (3) political machines (Chicago, Kennedy and Daschale), big media, and what Cronkite called “the leaders of commerce and business who so manipulate democracy that they control democracy in a country which has ceased to be a republic, and become a top down enterprise. Thus, to impute genius to the Obama group, as Morris did just yesterday, is to miss the fundamental point that they were simply one cog in a much larger wheel whose purpose was and is to “control the American People”, and quite literally loot them in worse ways than Bush did.

  281. hmmmmm http://spectator.org/blog/2010/11/22/obama-administration-unveils-n

    Obama Administration Unveils New Insurance Regs

    One of the biggest examples of government overreach under ObamaCare is one of the least talked about. Among many other intrusions into the market, the new national health care law imposes something called “medical loss ratio” requirements on insurance companies, which is a fancy way of saying that the government dictates to insurers the percentage of the premiums they collect that must be spent on medical care. Liberals argue that short of a fully government-run system, it’s the only way to pressure insurers into allocating enough of their revenue toward providing medical care, rather than on marketing expenses and high executive salaries. Today, the Obama administration has come out with the actual regulations stemming from the law: 85 percent for large employers, and 80 percent for other policies.

    Among the many problems with medical loss ratio requirements, is that the way they’re designed makes it difficult for insurers to offer certain types of policies (especially plans which offer fewer benefits in exchange for cheaper monthly premiums). These requirements were at the root of the controversy that arose in September over McDonald’s having to drop 30,000 workers from its health plans. Eventually, they were granted a waiver from the requirements. But a lot of businesses won’t receive a waiver, meaning that insurers will have to stop offering some policies, and many of them will decide to exit the individual market entirely, due to the nature of the way the financing works. This will translate into less choice and competition, and is another way that the law will lead to people losing coverage they may like.

    Also, it’s no accident that the requirements were set at 85 percent and 80 percent. Last December, the Congressional Budget Office issued a memo saying that if the requirements were set any higher than that, health insurers would have to be considered part of the federal budget — driving up the cost estimate of ObamaCare. As the CBO put it, referencing proposals for even more stringent requirements, “this further expansion of the federal government’s role in the health insurance market would make such insurance an essentially governmental program, so that all payments related to health insurance policies should be recorded as cash flows in the federal budget.” At the time, the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon pointed to the memo as a “smoking gun,” revealing that Democrats had deliberately hidden the true cost of ObamaCare by making sure the CBO wouldn’t factor in the cost of the private sector mandates imposed by the legislation.

  282. pm317, I did not realize she was so young…I have a daughter that is 32, I couldn’t imagine a First Lady at that age….Jackie did a wonderful job as Princess Diana did at a young age. Sleeveless is just ridiculous! 6 mil a year for her assistants, I mean this is outrageous!

  283. Hillary had 3 assistants, but she actually did work! I am sure the rethugs made mention of this too, but we were in a lot better shape economically then too.

    Sleeveless isn’t worth 6 mil a year for assistants. I wonder what we are paying for all these czars for the President???

  284. Hoyer is moving his lips and what he is saying is that Obama gets no respect from Republicans. Bullshit. He gets all the respect he deserves. And not a wit more. But assuming arguendo that the charge is true, then as Reagan said “you ain’t seen nothing yet”.

  285. Mop, I saw that this morning and of coarse there was NO MENTION of how Hillary helped those jackasses with their sick daughter.

    Lets hope that “Hitler looking” bastard goes back to Chicago!

    I have always hated that creep for this reason…no one should go after a kind person that tried to help them with their daughter….but Axelgrease has no scruples!

  286. I agree Connie. In fact, that is what Morris is saying. But much will depend on the whether Obama continues his fall from grace. Big media will do everything they can to keep him propped up. But that does not mean they will be believed.

  287. Bombshell evidence may make Waters an ethics nightmare for Dems
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    Apparently, the Charlie Rangel ethics trial was just the warm-up act. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the House Ethics Committee suddenly postponed the trial of Maxine Waters on ethics violation because it found more evidence of direct intervention by her office to benefit the bank in which her husband owned a substantial interest. According to new e-mails uncovered by the committee, her chief of staff directly coordinated with other members of the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of OneUnited:

    A newly discovered exchange of e-mails led the House ethics committee on Friday to delay its trial of Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat accused of helping steer bailout money to a bank in which her husband owned shares.

    The e-mails are between Mikael Moore, Ms. Waters’s chief of staff, and members of the House Financial Services Committee, on which Ms. Waters serves. The e-mails show that Mr. Moore was actively engaged in discussing with committee members details of a bank bailout bill apparently after Ms. Waters agreed to refrain from advocating on the bank’s behalf. The bailout bill had provisions that ultimately benefited OneUnited, a minority-owned bank in which her husband, Sidney Williams, owned about $350,000 in shares. ..

    The subcommittee’s original report found that in early September 2008, Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts and the committee’s chairman, told Ms. Waters not to get involved with any issues involving OneUnited and that Ms. Waters agreed to refrain from advocating on the bank’s behalf. The case against Ms. Waters hinged largely on a series of e-mails between Mr. Moore and OneUnited, which may suggest that Ms. Waters’s office continued to lobby on behalf of the bank, although Mr. Moore has argued that he was primarily on the receiving end of the messages.

    A person directly involved in the investigation said the new e-mails could show that members of her staff continued to work on the bank’s behalf.

    “It may directly contradict a bit of Maxine’s story, if not the actual facts, the way she has told it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the trial.

    Waters may not be the only Democrat in trouble if this is true. The e-mails used loaded but generic terms like “small bank language,” a code for the known interest Waters had in OneUnited. After all, Waters had already discussed her interest in the bank with Frank, and the nudge would be unmistakable. Everyone on that committee knew that the “small bank” that held the most interest for Waters was the small bank in which her family held so much interest.

    That opens up questions about the ethics not just of Waters but of those committee members who cooperated with Moore and his pleas for “small bank” assistance. OneUnited ended up with millions in TARP money, and unlike other applicants, got to count that cash among its assets before actually receiving the money. The preferential treatment the bank received — unique among over 700 applicants for TARP money — seems oddly coincidental to Waters’ status and the newly exposed machinations of Moore on her behalf.

    How long will it be before the House takes up this case? One would presume that the Democrats would want to conclude the ethics trial before the end of the lame-duck session in order to have a majority on the House floor for Waters’ eventual punishment, but the news of the e-mails may have them hoping they can get everyone to forget about it forever. That’s not likely to happen, but it may be a little more likely that a future Ethics committee may be looking into the actions of other Financial Services Committee members.

    Note: I’ve been traveling the last few days and will be traveling the rest of the week. You’ll continue to see posts from our fine guest bloggers today and through the holiday weekend, with me getting back to normal next week

  288. It isn’t a question of whether Obama “deserves” a second term. Rather it is a question of whether we can weather the disaster of his first term, and whether any sentient human being would care to repeat it.

  289. wbboei…that Waters stuff looks like a shitstorm about to descend. They have no time to finish it before the republicans take over and then she will be literally be taken down and some others will be in deep kaka.

  290. I think Clyburn will become a target of ethics charges, because he has a history of playing fast and loose with the rules, and enriching his own relatives with lucrative government projects. Other members of the black caucus–ditto. I feel sorry for West who will be joining that caucus as a republican. He will be Mr. Clean.

  291. wbboei, I hope not, I am so sick of this idiot and his wacko wife, I am willing to vote for Newt just to get them out! Now that is pretty sick, right? LOL! No I actually listened to Newt the other day and was impressed. I guess some day I should get over what they did to Bill and Hillary. Apparently Bill and Hillary have.

    I think the media needs to be exposed for what they are doing!

  292. wbboei…that Waters stuff looks like a shitstorm about to descend. They have no time to finish it before the republicans take over and then she will be literally be taken down and some others will be in deep kaka.
    ———————————-
    It is a real mess for them alright. What a surprise, after Poopsie assured us that under her leadership we would have the most ethical congress in history. Maybe what she really meant was ethically challenged.

  293. wbboei, I hope not, I am so sick of this idiot and his wacko wife,
    ————————-
    Who are you talking about Connie? Surely not the Great Bamboozler and Cleopatra of the Nile. The toast of big media, and the elites–and the scourge of the American People.

  294. Well this is the House of Reps, you could throw your handbag and hit any number of thieving crooks lining their own pocket at your expense.

  295. Mop, There’s more crooks in Washington than some of the prison’s I used to work in. Those crooks in Washington are just as dangerous too!

  296. Confloyd, i’d feel safer leaving my wallet with some criminals, i’d probably get it back, leave it in Congress and you’ll find it stripped clean and then they’d fine you for littering.

  297. hmmm…

    Rahm Emanuel at center of rift with White House?

    November 22nd, 2010

    One of the chief architects of Barack Obama’s rise to power in the Chicago political machine and ultimately in Washington is Rahm ‘Dead Fish’ Emanuel, the recently departed member of the President’s inner circle who resigned supposedly to run for mayor of the Windy City.

    Rahm got the nickname ‘Dead Fish’ due to the fact that he once sent a dead fish wrapped in newspaper to a Chicago pollster who issued an unfavorable review. Of course, the symbol is one the mob uses to send an ominous message to its enemies.

    However, Rahm is now allegedly at the center of a major rift that has developed between the White House and some members of the Chicago political machine, according to a special report at News Flavor.

    The report states that the Obama White House, for some unknown reason, wishes to thwart Rahm’s attempt to become mayor.

    If this is the case, then the question is, why?

    Election law attorney Burt Odelson, working in tandem with the White House, has launched an aggressive campaign to declare Rahm ineligible due to state residency requirements. From the report,

    “Odelson is a powerful attorney based out of Chicago, a figure with over three decades of election law experience. During that time, he has developed strong ties to such powerful political figures as outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Al Gore, and most certainly, Barack Obama. Odelson, in addition to spearheading the legal challenge to Rahm Emanuel, is also acting as an advisor to Illinois State Senator James Meeks – who happens to also be running against Emanuel for Chicago Mayor. Odelson has particularly strong ties to Illinois organized labor groups, serving as general counsel for Local #134 – the same entity that spent considerable resources attempting to elect Alexi Giannoulias to President Obama’s former Illinois senate seat. That is Alexi Ginnoulias of the now failed and highly controversial Chicago Broadway Bank, an institution that onced housed the campaign funds of Barack Obama himself and made tens of millions of dollars in loans to organized crime figures such as Michael Giorango.”

    Readers may remember that one of the scandals brewing under the surface that could rock the Obama Administration to the core revolves around banking crimes.

    In addition, one of Rahm’s opponents in the mayoral race is James Meeks, who also has close ties to the Chicago political mob and Barack Obama. Meeks helped raise the funds for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid–a relationship that Obama has downplayed as he has with all of his murky ties to ill reputed figures such as Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers.

    Regarding Rezko, the convicted slum lord and dirty real estate tycoon who went to jail for his crimes contributed heavily to Obama’s campaigns, in addition to other contributions made to the campaigns of members of the Chicago political machine.

    While one could understand that Obama would wish to support an old Chicago crony (Meeks) for mayor of the city, the issue appears to be the urgency with which the Obama White House and Odelson are working to prevent Rahm from becoming mayor, given that Rahm was a member of the infamous Obama inner circle.

    Ulsterman at News Flavor suggests a major rift. But over what, exactly?

    So far the answer is hidden from view.

    http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-national/rahm-emanuel-at-center-of-rift-with-white-house

  298. It is interesting the argument between Obama and Rahm. I think this blow up that Obama had was at Rahm. Some speculate its a lovers quarrel, but I don’t think so. It probably has to do with the big earth shattering scandal brewing.
    I missed that yesterday! hmm, hmmm!

  299. The feds seem to be closing in on this insider trading issue….gee I wonder who will be caught in the net?? I’m sure it’ll be some patsy instead of the real person.

    I hope Obama was in on it.

  300. Apparently this is what happened to LBJ…he got challenged and then Robert Kennedy thru his hat in and then it caused LBJ to not seek re-election. Of coarse we got Nixon then and China!

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

    As someone said, the pattern is

    1. someone challenges a sitting Dem president
    2. the challenger loses in August
    3. the party loses in November

    Of course, which is cause and which is effect? If the sitting Pres is toast already, the challenger might be the onlly hope.

  301. I don’t like this…..

    ————————————-
    WikiLeaks: New release 7 times size of Iraq logs
    AP – FILE – In this July 27, 2010 file photo, founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, …
    LONDON – WikiLeaks’ next release will be seven times the size of the Iraq war logs, already the biggest leak in U.S. intelligence history, the website said Monday.

    The organization made the announcement in a brief message posted to its followers on Twitter, giving no information about the content of the coming release or its exact timing — although it did refer to “the coming months” in a separate tweet sent about an hour later.

    Although the website has been spilling secrets for years, WikiLeaks shot to international prominence this year with a three leaks. One exposed a classified U.S. helicopter video that appears to show an attack on two Reuters employees and other civilians. The second made public 77,000 ground-level U.S. intelligence files covering the war in Afghanistan. The third put out 400,000 more such files exposing the daily grind of attacks, detentions and interrogations in Iraq.

    Although it isn’t clear what WikiLeaks is planning to release next, it allegedly has a huge cache of classified U.S. State Department cables whose publication could give a behind-the-scenes look at American diplomacy around the world.

    In the message, the site also said it was under “intense pressure” over the imminent release — a possible reference to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s legal problems in Sweden, where he is wanted for alleged sexual misconduct. It could also be a reference to the constant pressure Assange says is being applied to the website’s servers, security, and finances.

    WikiLeaks did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking further clarification. Assange says he never makes the exact nature of his releases public ahead of time, saying that gives secret-holders time to spin the information to their advantage.

  302. I don’t know people just don’t go thru the scanner….why would they worry about the image of their gonads. The people who see it everyday will become accustomed to it.

    *************Confloyd…

    YOU JEST SURELY

  303. Turndown,
    I think Robert Kennedy would have won, had he not been assassinated. That’s why I was really surprised when Teddy tried to unseat Carter. We were all scared that he’d be killed too. Well, he proved us all wrong, he lived a long time, but he never tried again. I hope Hillary doesn’t follow in Ted’s footsteps, but rather in Ronnie Raygun’s footsteps.

  304. gonzotx,
    This whole TSA thing doesn’t bother me, I’d just go thru the scanner. I work in healthcare, body parts mean nothing to me. To me…it’s not much difference than an arm or a leg. What I do care about is that one of those big airliners don’t blow up over the top of my house, so whatever we have to do is what we have to do.

  305. Kevin, over at Hillbuzz does not think Hillary will run in 2012′, although he does believe she will be the dem nominee in 2016′. He says her accent to the Presidency will depend on how well President Palin does. He is absolutely sure Sarah Palin will be the first female President.

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

    Hillary vs Pres Palin in 2016? Yay for exploding heads.

    We need Hillary ASAP, but other than that, Palin also deserves First Woman POTUS after her fight. And HIllary doesn’t seem to care for the title, she wanted to be post-gender.

  306. what Cronkite called “the leaders of commerce and business who so manipulate democracy that they control democracy in a country which has ceased to be a republic, and become a top down enterprise. Thus, to impute genius to the Obama group, as Morris did just yesterday, is to miss the fundamental point that they were simply one cog in a much larger wheel

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

    Unfortunately that machine has no term limits and is not limited to one political party at a time.

  307. Gonzotx,
    My job is getting people to do what they don’t want to do everyday. So I feel sorry for the “groupers”.

    Giving Barium Enema’s all day will change your mind about jobs people have to perform in their jobs.

    Making people hold a position that hurts like hell…sometimes makes us xray tech’s being called torcherer’s. Some people even think we might enjoy causing pain….which of coarse is not true…it’s our jobs and we actually save people’s lives by making them do what they don’t want to do. This is why I feel sorry for the grouper’s.

  308. Say that again Al….it made the price of my horse feed triple!
    —————————–

    By Gerard Wynn

    ATHENS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

    U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.

    Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.

    “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

    “First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

    “It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”
    He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.

    “One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

    U.S. ethanol is made by extracting sugar from corn, an energy-intensive process. The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts.

    A food-versus-fuel debate erupted in 2008, in the wake of record food prices, where the biofuel industry was criticised for helping stoke food prices.

    Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.

    “The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

    “The competition with food prices is real.”

    Gore supported so-called second generation technologies which do not compete with food, for example cellulosic technologies which use chemicals or enzymes to extract sugar from fibre for example in wood, waste or grass.

    “I do think second and third generation that don’t compete with food prices will play an increasing role, certainly with aviation fuels.”
    Gore added did that he did not expect a U.S. clean energy or climate bill for “at least two years” following the mid-term elections which saw Republicans increase their support

  309. . The e-mails used loaded but generic terms like “small bank language,” a code for the known interest Waters had in OneUnited.

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

    Yeah, and everything the Clintons or Ferraro said was a code word for racism.

  310. I guess some day I should get over what they did to Bill and Hillary.

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

    No way. Newt and the Impeachers are still the crawling louses they always were.

  311. MOP

    In 2000, when Lauren was 19, she was hospitalized for an intense seizure. That’s when doctors prescribed a promising new anti-convulsant drug, Keppra. After a few days, the seizures miraculously stopped. But David and Susan still worry about her future. What would she do when they were no longer around?

    ——
    They had this entire story on the daughter on 60 minutes awhile ago, when into great detail about how well she is doing now. No idea why Fox is just picking it up.

    I hope Axelgrease does get his butt out, he is the main liar in chief that is the ventriloquist for Berry.

  312. confloyd
    November 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    gonzotx,
    This whole TSA thing doesn’t bother me, I’d just go thru the scanner. I work in healthcare, body parts mean nothing to me.
    ******************
    Please, I am an RN, but this has little to do about health care for freaking out loud. It’s about our rights as citizens.

  313. Gore supported so-called second generation technologies which do not compete with food, for example cellulosic technologies which use chemicals or enzymes to extract sugar from fibre for example in wood, waste or grass.
    “I do think second and third generation that don’t compete with food prices will play an increasing role, certainly with aviation fuels.”
    Gore added did that he did not expect a U.S. clean energy or climate bill for “at least two years” following the mid-term elections which saw Republicans increase their support

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

    Good for Gore, for supporting each step in a series of steps away from petroleum. It’s unfortunate that we have to please the money interests at each stage, but better that slow winding progress than no progress at all.

    That “at least two years” sounds encouraging, though…. Maybe in two years we’ll have a Pres Hillary and some good Democrats?

  314. Passenger Chooses Strip-Down Over Pat-Down
    By R. STICKNEY

    Updated 10:40 AM PST, Mon, Nov 22, 2010

    When a San Diego man opted out of security screening using the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at Lindbergh Field Friday, he stripped down to his underwear in an attempt to avoid the pat-down procedures.
    Samuel Wolanyk took the protest started Nov. 13 by Oceanside’s John Tyner to a whole new level.
    While Tyner videotaped his refusal to be patted down, telling the agent “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested,” Wolanyk decided to give TSA a look at his body down to his Calvin Klein’s.
    Through a statement released by his attorney Sunday night, Wolanyk said “TSA needs to see that I’m not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances, I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again.”

    Raw Interview: Passenger Refused TSA Pat-Down

    Body Scanners Installed at Lindbergh

    Weird News Photos
    Wolanyk’s attorney said that TSA requested his client put his clothes on so he could be patted down properly but his client refused to put his clothes back on. He never refused a pat down, according to his attorney.
    Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process and for recording the incident on his iPhone, according to his attorney.
    San Diego has played a central role in the debate over the need for AIT machines in our nation’s airports. From Tyner’s videotape and U.S. Rep. Bob Filner’s call for a Congressional hearing, to the parody song penned by Poway musician and Grammy-winner Steve Vaus. This Wednesday, one group is asking Americans to opt out of the AIT machines.

    Source: Passenger Chooses Strip-Down Over Pat-Down | NBC San Diego

  315. TSA Pat Down Went Too Far, Agency Chief Says

    TSA Administrator Says Search of Passenger’s Underwear Should Have Never Happened, Agency May Rethink Protocols
    By SHARYN ALFONSI and LEE FERRAN

    Nov. 22, 2010
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    The beleaguered head of the Transportation Security Administration said today that at least one airport passenger screening went too far when an officer reached inside a traveler’s underwear, and the agency is open to rethinking its current protocols.

    MORE VIDEO

    WATCH: Passenger Outrage at Airport Security

    WATCH: Furor Over Airport Security Overblown?

    WATCH: Passenger Pat Down Revolt
    An ABC News employee said she was subject to a “demeaning” search at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning.

    “The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around,” she said. “It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.”

    That search was against protocols and “never” should have happened, TSA Administrator John Pistole told “Good Morning America” today.

    “There should never be a situation where that happens,” Pistole said. “The security officers are there to protect the traveling public. There are specific standard operating protocols which they are to follow.”

    Pistole, reponding to complaints from passengers, has maintained that the TSA will not change its pat down procedures. But today he said the agency is “open” to changing security procedures.

  316. Gonzotx, What about my rights and those living in the flight paths of the jetliners??? I don’t want one blowing up over my house. The thing must be is that you all think there’s a possibility that there really is not threats or you just want the brown skinned people checked. I don’t know what all the uproar is about….don’t fly…I don’t.

    I am sure those people who have to pat down these people will eventually have to have some sort of malpractice insurance as we do. I do think the airline companies need to screen their security agents and make sure they aren’t hiring any pedophile’s or sex addicts. Other than that, there just doesn’t seem like there is any thing you can do about it.

  317. Please, I’m an RN….so does that make your opinion far more superior than mine. We are both healthcare workers….and without what I do you could not do your job well any more than what you makes my job easier.

    I really get sick to death of RN’s and their fucking ego’s. Get a life!

  318. Posted, in part, at Uppity Woman in comments:

    President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans
    from the well,-look-at-that… dept

    As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who’s been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff’s consulting firm. Of course, similar concerns were brought up a year ago when Chertoff was busy promoting the scanners, but it appears that many in the mainstream press continue to highlight his old Homeland Security title, while downplaying his current role making money from seeing those scanners sold.

    However, perhaps even more interesting is the news that President Obama was finally asked to address the whole thing this weekend, and (not surprisingly) defended the scans and the pat downs as “the only [procedures] right now that [the TSA] considers to be effective,” to prevent terrorism (while also admitting that he doesn’t have to go through security to get on airplanes, so he hasn’t experienced the scans.

    No surprise there. Of course, what he didn’t mention is that he just got done traveling with the CEO of OSI, the parent company of Rapiscan, the makers of the main naked scanner that is being purchased and put into all these airports. Apparently, OSI CEO, Deepak Chopra (no, not the new agey guy), “was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting…”

    Now, of course, all of this may be perfectly legit and reasonable. There may be plenty of reasons why all of these things happened. Chertoff and Obama may really believe these scanners are the best way to protect us. But, as Larry Lessig has been fond of pointing out lately with his anti-corruption project, it’s these kinds of “connections” that make the American public lose trust in their government, since it can certainly be read in a rather corrupt manner.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101121/21414311956/president-obama-after-traveling-with-naked-scanner-ceo-defends-naked-scans.shtml

  319. confloyd
    November 22nd, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    Gonzotx, What about my rights and those living in the flight paths of the jetliners??? I don’t want one blowing up over my house.
    I really get sick to death of RN’s and their fucking ego’s. Get a life!
    ***************

    Why don’t you educate yourself about these scans before you blow up safely behind a screen? Israel was offered the technoLogy and passed.

    But I see you have issues with nurses. How surprising.

  320. I can’t wait for the next terrorist to stick something up their ass. I am sure you will enjoy your rectum search Confloyd

  321. I’m not in the health field but I have the greatest respect for those who work tirelessly in it.

    As far as these airport searches go, if this is what I have to look forward to, I will forgo travelling.

    I wonder how the tourism industry will fare in the future.

  322. No actually I like and respect all those RN’s who respect me back!

    What I’m saying here is that we here on this blog are simply repeating the Fox agenda instead of looking for the REAL STORY, which is who has made all the money on these xray scanners. Which pot of money it came out of. And if this Xmas day bomber is the cause of all this groping…why are we not looking into the rather questionable circumstance that he was allowed to board the plane…..

    We really must not continue what the media wants us to…because its all subversion. Let’s not continue to do this…otherwise we’ll never find out anything.

    There are many pockets being filling by the purchase of these scanners, Chertoff is one and he’s a Bush appointee and a republican….so you think Fox might be doing what Msnbc/cnn does for the mobster-in-chief??? You betcha!

    Now as far as the comment about me having trouble with RN’s, I don’t, because when I walk into my job they know that I know what I’m doing and give me the respect that I give them. They don’t dismiss my theories because they are RN’s, they listen because of my experience as I do theirs.

  323. US considers ending invasive airport security checks

    By Alex Spillius

    The head of security at airports in the United States has conceded that new screening procedures could be changed, following public outcry after the release of videos of children being given pat-downs.

    Passengers have expressed outrage over the procedures, which rely on highly revealing full-body scans and rigorous physical pat-downs for those who choose to opt out of the scans.

    John Pistole, head of the Transport Security Administration, said: “We’re going to look at how can we do the most effective screening in the least invasive way knowing that there’s always a trade-off between security and privacy.

    “There is a continual process of refinement and adjustment to ensure that best practices are applied.”

    He urged travellers not to heed calls for a boycott tomorrow of the new Advanced Imaging Technology machines, which have so far been introduced at about 20 per cent of the country’s 2,100 airport security lanes, arguing it would cause unnecessary disruption for other travellers.

    The day before the annual Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday traditionally sees the highest volume of passengers in a single day, while 24 million people are expected to fly over the extended holiday period.

    Mr Pistole however refused to indicate what changes would be made and when. He reminded Americans that the new measures had been introduced in response to the failed attack on a passenger jet bound for Detroit by the “underwear bomber” last Christmas Day.

    Although in polls a large majority of travellers have expressed satisfaction with the new security regime, the furore has grown as those who have been subjected to it have submitted videos and stories of their experiences on the internet.

    Young children have been forced to endure pat-downs, a woman who had suffered breast cancer was told to remove her prosthetic breast after it showed up on the scan and men have complained about the invasive body searches.

    Public concern has grown to the extent that both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, have been asked about the issue.

    “I understand how difficult it is, and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it,” said Mrs Clinton.

    Asked if she would submit to a pat-down, she replied: “Not if I could avoid it, no. I mean who would?”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8151940/US-considers-ending-invasive-airport-security-checks.html

  324. Jan H, Exactly, I don’t fly! I have a sister that lives in the flight path of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and fairly close to a new Mosque. The mosque is built right on the fence line of the airport….funny place to put one I thought. Its been there since 0-11.

  325. Too funny, gonzotx: I can’t wait for the next terrorist to stick something up their ass,
    ————————–
    Since I first noticed Allen West, FL tea party candidate, he has impressed me so favorably. I caught a rerun of Meet the Press early this morning; he was in the round table discussion and did very well. And now, I’ve received an email from him which I find inspirational. It is a little long, I guess, but this thread will probably soon be replaced?

    Dear Fellow Patriots,
    Greetings to all the great West supporters out there….and also to the liberal progressives who are searching for anything to use for my condemnation and marginalizing, good luck! Just have to tell you all that it has been an incredible week, the 112th Congress freshman orientation brought the realization to me the humbling responsibility and honor of serving my Country. All those years in uniform was about serving as a Guardian of the institutions of liberty and democracy, now you all have allowed me to serve you as a citizen-legislator, the true intention of our founders. Sunday evening we had a reception dinner hosted by Speaker-Designate John Boehner in Statuary Hall in the Capitol. After the dinner we were allowed to enter the floor of the US House of Representatives. It was at that time Angela and I came to fully recognize the greatness and exceptionalism of our Constitutional Republic, the United States of America. All those years seeing the “People’s House” on TV and now a simple Soldier was standing within the halls where great Statesmen have trod. I pray to live up to the legacy now cast upon us. The days have just flown by since we experienced the thrill of Victory on the 2d of November. Gathering in Washington DC with the historic freshman class of 2010 and the 112th Congress was truly a phenomenal experience. The incoming class will make up 1/3 of the House GOP and we shall be able to make an immediate impact as we restore the Constitutional Conservative principles that have made America the greatest Nation the world shall ever know. The challenges seem daunting but with Divine guidance and providence, just as that which guided our Founding Fathers, we shall prevail. It is imperative that we have an open and honest conversation with our constituents, the American people. Leadership is about choosing the hard right over the easy wrong, and that is my commitment to everyone of you…and yes, even to the liberals who seek my demise. The solutions for our long term fiscal and national security are clearly evident, we can no longer surrender to the business as usual strategies of Washington DC. After the freshmen orientation I spent the weekend with the preeminent conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation. President Ed Fuelner and his staff gave us an incredible two days of intense policy discussion with a panel of superb thinkers and leaders. It was the perfect way to end the week. And on the past Friday we selected your Congressional office, Longworth Building Room 1708, and the Constituent desk awaits all of you…and it has a pretty nice view of the Library of Congress and US Supreme Court. On the Sunday morning before I flew back home, we were invited to appear on NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory. I had the pleasure to meet Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and was a member of the discussion panel. Florida’s Congressional District 22 will be widely known and shall be a prominent leader as we endeavor to rendezvous with a new American destiny. In conclusion, Angela, Aubrey, Austen, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Regardless of all the troubles we face, we still live in a Country unlike any other. We are protected by the new “Greatest Generation”, so keep them in your prayers as they stand on the ramparts of Freedom. I am so thankful, as you all gave me the greatest of gifts, your trust and confidence to represent you and be a leader in our Republic.
    Steadfast & Loyal,
    [his signature]
    LTC(R) Allen B. West

    You can also text “GOWEST” to 777111 to get breaking news from the campaign

  326. As I said, Soros will not stop as long as there is a breath left in his body. And he will use Obama to enforce his will. That is precisely what is happening here. Make no mistake about it. The subtext reads: screw the American People.

    OBAMA USING EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO IMPLEMENT RADICAL AGENDA

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on November 22, 2010

    Printer-Friendly Version

    Does President Obama plan to move to the center in response to his overwhelming rejection at the polls on November 2nd? No way! Instead, he is moving to implement, through executive action, two of the most controversial items in his 2010 agenda — a carbon tax and pollution permit system and a ban on the use of secret ballots in union elections. Through executive action by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Obama Administration is planning to effectuate both policies without asking Congress.

    Never mind that he couldn’t persuade even a top heavy Democratic Congress to pass either program. Or that public opinion polls show massive rejection of both measures. Or that each is a sure job killer by itself — and together, they are even worse. This arrogant, ideologically-driven radical is determined to have his way and the public be damned!

    The EPA is currently soliciting public comments for its plan to use the Clean Air Act of 1970 to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. The Clean Air Act, as the name indicates, is designed to fight against pollution — unhealthy chemicals that are belched into the air by smokestacks. It was passed to fight sulfur dioxide, particulates, nitrous oxides and other chemicals that cause human diseases. To use it to fight carbon dioxide — which we all breathe without ill effects — because of concerns about global warming — is a perversion of the law.

    Worse, because the Clean Air Act is designed to protect public health by measuring aggregate pollution in each geographic area, it limits economic development in communities where the pollution levels exceed prescribed standards. But carbon dioxide doesn’t poison anyone. It makes no sense to ban factory expansion in areas where the nature of the industries is that there will be high carbon dioxide levels (like oil area of Texas and Louisiana). But that’s what the EPA plans to do, virtually making economic growth illegal in large parts of the United States.

    Meanwhile, Craig Becker, the former chief counsel of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) — now the head of the NLRB — has secured a 3-2 majority party line majority to repeal the Dana decision which mandates secret ballots in unionization elections. The NLRB will rule that if a majority of workers check off that they want a union on cards then the union will automatically be approved without a secret ballot vote of the entire workforce. Currently, if a majority of the workers sign the cards, a secret ballot vote is then triggered. Frequently, the union loses these elections, proving that the card check off is subject to coercion and bullying. The Democratic majority in the Senate wouldn’t approve the card check change so the NLRB is planning to accomplish the same objective administratively, trapping workers into unionization they would reject if afforded the opportunity to vote by secret ballot.

    Both the pollution permit/carbon tax and the forced unionization proposals will be job killers. The U.S. has maintained its 25% share of global manufacturing by replacing workers with energy driven machines. In the past ten years, the number of manufacturing employees has declined by 33% but our production has risen by 50%. But automation takes energy — lots of it — by taxing energy, we are eliminating the strategy that has preserved our jobs. And massive unionization of the private sector will also drive out our jobs. Since 1990, unionized manufacturing jobs have declined by 75%. But non-union manufacturing jobs have actually risen over the same period by 15%.

    After he lost Congress in 1992, Bill Clinton, too, resorted to executive orders to maintain his momentum as president. With Congress unwilling to pass anything he proposed, the president canvassed the Administration for ideas that could be implemented by executive orders. A very productive period followed during which tobacco regulation, higher educational standards, affirmative action reform, and other key measures were implemented without asking Congress’ permission. But Clinton’s executive orders were on subjects on which Congress had not voted. They did not contradict the express will of the body. Obama is using the strategy to act in direct defiance of Congressional action. He is passing ideas Congress refused to pass, even when he had huge majorities.

    Obama will live to regret these moves. Republicans in the House will defund these actions and insert legislative language making it a crime to spend appropriated funds to implement them. By this strategy, all of the controversial Obama legislation will be at issue during the budget fight — taxes, Obamacare, cap and trade, and card check. The more these issues are inserted into the budget fight, the greater the chances of Republican victory.

    So President Obama has not learned the lessons of 2010 and likely never will.

  327. Whats going on is a shell game…look here…don’t look there. Think about this and not about this.

    There’s the insider trading issue that is going on, but you rarely hear anything on Fox about it, but this freaking groping crap. There’s is the reparation to the black farmers….not very much on the tube about it either….just this groping thing.

    THINK ABOUT THAT!

    We wonder how these thieves in office get away with milking billions from us taxpayers and all the while making sure our jobs are outsourced…..it’s issues like groping, abortion, illegal aliens, border security. All crap they will do nothing about so we WON’T ask who has got our money and what are they doing with it….

  328. How about this one…were those xray scanners built in America??? Did they give American’s jobs? I bet they weren’t, not a freaking sob is talking about that….NO ONE!

  329. “Obama will live to regret these moves.”

    Oh come on, Ø cannot regret anything. Regret is not in his repertoire.

  330. The thing must be is that you all think there’s a possibility that there really is not threats or you just want the brown skinned people checked. I don’t know what all the uproar is about

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

    As Hillary said more or less ;-), the pat-downs need to shake down.

    I agree TSA is going way too far with it, and they need to back off to something more acceptable — and the current public uproar is part of that process.

    Sfaik, I wish they’d just profile for language, ME origin, etc. But people ought to remember that security doesn’t publicize their successes, if any. We don’t know how many non-suspicious-looking people they have actually caught carrying dangerous stuff. (Or how many suspicious people, ftm.)

  331. Referring to Dick Morris article submitted by wbb @ 3:30: So President Obama has not learned the lessons of 2010 and likely never will.
    ———-
    I think Obie is saying “The Republic be damned; the People be damned.”

  332. But Clinton’s executive orders were on subjects on which Congress had not voted. They did not contradict the express will of the body. Obama is using the strategy to act in direct defiance of Congressional action. He is passing ideas Congress refused to pass, even when he had huge majorities.
    ——————————————
    That may provide the basis for a constitutional challenge. Executive agencies are given the authority to legislate in areas where congress has no spoken, or to fill in the gaps where congress has spoken. But to contradict congress with executive orders destroys the entire system of checks and balances which is the basis for our constitutional system, and reduces the American People from sovereigns to servants. This is one the Federalist Society should go after and they will have a friend of the court by the name of Scalia–who will put his presumed intellectual competitor on the court Breyer in short pants.

  333. we here on this blog are simply repeating the Fox agenda instead of looking for the REAL STORY, which is who has made all the money on these xray scanners. Which pot of money it came out of. And if this Xmas day bomber is the cause of all this groping…why are we not looking into the rather questionable circumstance that he was allowed to board the plane…..

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

    Sensible. Didn’t the Xmas/underwear bomber fly in from some African or ME country?

  334. The U.S. has maintained its 25% share of global manufacturing by replacing workers with energy driven machines. In the past ten years, the number of manufacturing employees has declined by 33% but our production has risen by 50%. But automation takes energy — lots of it — by taxing energy, we are eliminating the strategy that has preserved our jobs.

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

    Ah, yeah. We’ve lost 33% of mf jobs, so we should automate more to PRESERVE? jobs?

  335. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112205270.html

    Woman who told Obama her financial fears has lost her job

    Nobody is safe.

    Velma Hart, who burst onto the media scene after telling President Obama she was scared about her financial future, has been laid off. Hart was let go as the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a nonprofit Maryland-based veteran services organization.

    Hart has become another casualty of the tough economy in which so many people have lost their jobs.

    “It’s not anything she did,” said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. “She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line. Most not-for-profits are seeing their money pinched.”

    King would not say whether the organization had had other layoffs.

    “Velma was a good employee,” he said. “It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive.”

    King hadn’t seen the irony in Hart being fired just two months after she emotionally told Obama about her fears for her own financial well-being during a town hall meeting in Washington.

    “I hadn’t thought about this in connection to the town hall meeting. She was at the town hall as a private citizen. Whatever she had to say were her own thoughts,” he said.

    Hart’s comments to Obama became political fodder as proof that the president was losing his die-hard supporters – African American voters. Hart told me at the time that she still supported Obama but that she had expected more changes by now.

    She said what really disappointed her is that the change and better economic conditions Obama promised haven’t come fast enough.

  336. In an interview this morning on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Bobby Jindal said that at a meeting with the President during the gulf oil spill, that he and the President of Plaquemines Parish were told specifically by Obama not to go on TV and criticize him. Jindal says that it was clear Obama was frustrated with the level of criticism he was getting and goes on to accuse Obama of caring more about perception and politics than actually cutting through the red tape and getting things done.

    This is interesting, having just finished another election season where Obama lied and smeared Republicans on TV every chance he got. He used that car-in-the-ditch-Slurpee metaphor so much that even the news media was begging for something new.

    It’d be nice for once if he lived by the same advice he gave others. Yeah, I’m not holding my breath.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/jindal-obama-told-us-not-to-criticize-him-on-tv

  337. In an interview this morning on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Bobby Jindal said that at a meeting with the President during the gulf oil spill, that he and the President of Plaquemines Parish were told specifically by Obama not to go on TV and criticize him.

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

    So why didn’t Jindal blow the whistle at the time? Was Obama threatening to stall the cleanup even worse if he did?

  338. From what i had heard at the time, it was reported locally and Jindal did talk about it but Obama had threatened all the national press corps on the plane with being tossed off not to repeat it and its not the first time the press corp have been told not to.

  339. Jindal not only said he was told not to criticize obama, he said he was guided to stand next to Obama at Congress. He also said fortunately, Crist shoved and pushed in and took the spot for himself (why am i not surprised), for which he was thankful.

  340. ACE
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    CNN: It’s not the TSA, it’s you. (Ben)
    —Open Blogger

    The news of new TSA overreach is becoming a daily occurrence. Everywhere you turn you are bombarded with stories of TSA incompetence, harassment, and mission creep. In the past two days alone we’ve seen video of a boy being strip searched, the story of a man’s urostomy bag being ripped, and a grandmother having to explain to her granddaughter why the TSA is touching her no-no spots.

    Enter CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz, who is magnanimous enough to let us on in a little secret. You travelers ain’t exactly hot stuff either.

    The poor TSA agents have had to :
    chase cats through terminals, watched an escaped bird fly overhead and come face-to-face with pet monkeys and other exotic creatures. One agent, while previously working at Washington’s Dulles, opened a cooler to find a live penguin.

    You read that right. They had to chase cats. Those poor tortured souls. CNN would like you to keep that in mind the next time you are in line at the airport and hesitant to spread you legs so a TSA Agent can pick at your dingleberries.

    To be fair the article isn’t a total defense of the TSA. The writers stated goal is to give the reader the impression that the TSA see their fair share of crazy passenger antics. Including a women who tried to smuggle weed into jamaica by taping it to her body a la Midnight Express.

    However, I can’t shake the feeling that the main gist of this article is to defend the TSA by attacking the people complaining about violations of their privacy.

    It is an attempt to do two specific things. Discredit those making the complaints and stretch the content of their complaints to paint them as extremists or incessant whiners.

    This is a common tactic on the left. To take your opponents argument and take it to the extreme. You want less government? Then you’re an anarchist. You don’t want to raise taxes? Then you want to abolish all taxes. You think the government does a poor job running some programs? Then you must want to get rid of roads, hospitals, sewage systems, etc.

    The left all too often is allowed to make our arguments for us and in doing so they take perfectly reasonable arguments, and through sophistry and artistic license, make them into extremist stereotypes.

  341. This is a common tactic on the left. To take your opponents argument and take it to the extreme. You want less government? Then you’re an anarchist. You don’t want to raise taxes? Then you want to abolish all taxes. You think the government does a poor job running some programs? Then you must want to get rid of roads, hospitals, sewage systems, etc.

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

    Right, and it’s very unfair. For example they made fun of some of the people going to a Tea Party rally who complained about poor service on the subways.

  342. Just tie this can to Obama’s tail because that is where it belongs . . . because TSA reports to him. They are his agents, and he is responsible for what they do. In fact, his words amount to a ratification of their excesses. He calls an assault on our rights as a mere inconvenience, and claims that he is balancing it against the concomitant threat. Well look at what we have spent on his rube goldberg schemes, then ask how many terrorists we have caught utilizing these methods, and it becomes obvious that here as everywhere Obama is simply not on the level.

  343. Apparently Obama has tied it to his own tail, plus the links to the cronies who make money from the machines.

    “then ask how many terrorists we have caught utilizing these methods”

    But — good security doesn’t tell anything. That would give hints to future terrorists.

  344. 2 more do a runner…….

    White House Loses Two Top Economic Advisors

    WASHINGTON—Two more of the Obama administration’s top economic advisers are departing at a time when the White House is facing growing opposition to their economic policies on Capitol Hill.

    White House National Economic Committee Deputy Director Diana Farrell and Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael Barr are both planning to leave within weeks, people familiar with the matter said.

    In another key move, White House senior adviser David Axelrod plans to leave in late January or early February, at least a month earlier than expected. He had previously said he would leave in early spring to begin assembling Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign. Mr. Axelrod’s departure will hasten the arrival of David Plouffe, who managed the president’s 2008 campaign and will take a senior adviser position at the White House.

    Both Ms. Farrell and Mr. Barr played central roles in the Obama administration’s response to the financial crisis, acting as lead architects of the financial regulation overhaul law that President Barack Obama signed into law in July.

    “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve President Obama and the country and proud of the progress we’ve made toward rebuilding trust in our financial system and moving our economy closer to recovery,” Ms. Farrell said in a written statement. “It was a privilege to work with such a fine group of people at the White House and across the administration.”

    A Treasury spokesman said Mr. Barr is leaving Treasury for family reasons and to continue his academic career. He is expected to return to the University of Michigan Law School.

    Ms. Farrell’s departure would mark the second high-profile official in the economic committee to leave in December. Its director, Lawrence Summers, is also stepping down next month, giving the Obama administration the chance to remake a body that plays a lead role in formulating economic policy and communicating with businesses.

    Roger Altman, a Wall Street executive who was a deputy Treasury secretary during the Clinton administration, has emerged as one of several top candidates to fill Mr. Summers’ spot. Ms. Farrell was rumored to be a candidate, but took her name out of consideration for the post, people familiar with the matter said.

    The Obama administration has seen turnover in many parts of its economics team in recent months, with Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag also leaving in recent months. Both those jobs have since been filled.

    Turnover halfway through an administration is fairly typical, and Mr. Barr and Ms. Farrell were considered likely candidates to depart because they helped push the financial overhaul into law.

    Still, their exits will attract attention given high unemployment rates and demands the White House do more to promote economic growth. Many Republicans have said their gains in the mid-term elections are recognition from voters that Americans want policies that encourage smaller government and less spending.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703904804575631191194908962.html?mod=rss_economy

  345. Hows that change working for ya Barack…..

    4 members of the Alabama House of Representatives switch from Democratic Party to GOP

    Four members of the Alabama House of Representatives announced Monday they are switching from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Steve Hurst of Munford, Lesley Vance of Phenix City, Alan Boothe of Troy and Mike Millican of Hamilton announced their switch during a morning press conference in Montgomery. 91Share 44 Comments The four changes take the Republican numbers in the House from 62 to 66, giving them a majority that could pass any constitutional amendment, provided the caucus voted together. “After speaking with each of these fine legislators in depth, I know their decisions come after much thought, deep deliberations.

    All four lawmakers said they felt their views were more aligned with the Republican Party.

    Hubbard said the men are not opportunists. They are all conservatives whose beliefs match that of Republicans, Hubbard said.

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/11/four_state_reps_switch_from_de.html

    Apparently some more have done the same in Louisiana.

  346. IF YOU NEED COMEDIC RESPITE…

    Read this from a desperate hopium addict.

    Oh…my…gawd.

    You gotta see this. According to this clown, we’ll all eventually appreciate HOW MUCH GOOD OBAMA HATH WROUGHT.

    Like that health care bill that no Democrat dare admit they voted for?

    “Redirecting NASA’s mission”?? To skip all that rocket stuff and rather concentrate on outreach to the Muslim world???

    Yeah. Right.

    huffingtonpost.com/ari-emanuel/post_1308_b_786617.html

    Forget the Carter Comparisons, Obama Is Following in the Footsteps of Harry Truman — and That’s a Very Good Thing
    ==========

    Even before this month’s midterm shellacking, many commentators were saying that Barack Obama was beginning to look like the second coming of Jimmy Carter. Now, with Congress tacking hard to the right, and 64 newly-minted Republican House Members lining up behind John Boehner, the doomsayers are growing even louder and bolder.

    But the Obama equals Carter crowd is way off the mark. The more accurate resemblance is between Obama and Harry Truman.

    The similarities are striking. The 1946 midterm elections were seen as a referendum on President Truman, who had taken office a year and a half earlier, following FDR’s death. The Democrats took a shellacking, losing the House, with Republicans picking up 55 seats. This was the first GOP victory since 1928, with the country convinced that Republicans were better equipped to handle the post-war economic recession. By 1948, Truman’s popularity was still shaky and he barely won re-election — indeed, the Chicago Tribune had such a hard time believing it, the paper anointed Dewey the winner in a bonehead headline for the ages.

    History has been kinder to Truman than the Trib was. Today, he’s widely admired for his championing of the Marshall Plan to rebuild postwar Europe, his deft handling of the start of the Cold War, his firing of Gen. MacArthur — a move that reaffirmed civilian control of the military, and his efforts to racially integrate America’s armed forces. He’s also lauded for his “the buck stops here” attitude and willingness to take responsibility — even for unpopular decisions.

    The public now rates Truman as one of America’s best presidents.

    For his part, President Obama already has three major accomplishments to his credit. By pushing through his stimulus package, he kept the country from plummeting into an economic depression. He enacted financial regulatory reform. And, most importantly, after 100 years of legislative futility, he oversaw the passage of comprehensive health care reform.

    While this trio might not currently be seen as momentous, each will be vindicated by history — especially health care reform, which will cover more Americans than ever before, and transform how we deliver care, so that keeping people healthy becomes a priority not an afterthought.

    President Obama has also spearheaded many other accomplishments that would be lauded under other administrations but have been overshadowed by his other achievements — or just ignored by his critics. These include: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (extending the statute of limitations for equal-pay lawsuits); negotiating a favorable renewal of the START treaty; fixing the student loan program (while saving taxpayers tens of billions); redirecting the mission of NASA; and focusing the nation’s attention on the epidemic of childhood obesity.

    Like Truman, Obama will not be fully appreciated until he is out of office. But, like Truman, he will win re-election. And also like Truman, Obama will one day be considered one of America’s great presidents because of his willingness to do bold things and take responsibility for momentous decision — even unpopular ones.

    Give ’em hell, Barack.

  347. Both Ms. Farrell and Mr. Barr played central roles in the Obama administration’s response to the financial crisis, acting as lead architects of the financial regulation overhaul law that President Barack Obama signed into law in July.
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    Lead architects? Lead architects of what? A bill that allowed Wall Street to continue its speculative practices, rejected Glass Steegle, preserved too big to fail, and was pre-approved by Goldman Sachs? A bill that was written by Wall Street lawyers to pre-empt meaningful reform? The one thing I will give these lead architects credit for is inserting the affirmative action provisions which will add cost and reduce efficiency. No wonder they are leaving. But we will never forget them–especially when everything turns to shit.

  348. huffingtonpost.com/ari-emanuel/post_1308_b_786617.htm
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    Huffington Post is haven and home for the Boys from Brazil, and the glorious Fourth Reich. It is over, but they cling-on to their magic thinking, totally oblivious to his failures, and immune to feedback from reality.

  349. 4 members of the Alabama House of Representatives switch from Democratic Party to GOP
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  350. confloyd – here are my thoughts on the TSA stuff:

    scanner – they say that the images are not capable of being saved. But I read an article, there are some courthouses using the exact same scanners, and they DO save scans. Even modern copy machines have a hard drive which has to save the image in order to reproduce it for you (I make sure to copy all personal papers at home). And it only makes sense – what if they find a bad object on someone, sure they’ll frisk them, but won’t they want a copy of the image to prove in court that it was there, that they didn’t plant it on him after the scan?

    Furthermore, when you see an image online or on TV, they have made the genitals and face fuzzy – but they original scan is actually clear. A pilot was on TV saying that you can tell if a man is circumcized. So, they’re clear, and they can be saved. So, you say body parts are nothing to you.

    But what about when people start posting those clear images on the net? Sorry, these aren’t highly trained, paid professionals (made clear by their behavior, protestations of “I have power, I have power!”, throwing a woman to the ground because she had a complaint, etc). Many of these people appear to have considerable psychological issues, and don’t have sufficiently developed coping skills to deal with the unhappiness they are causing others. I think we’ll find images appearing online. Will body parts still mean nothing to you, when it’s your face and your naked body seen clearly, forever and ever, on the net?

    aggressive body searches – these are an invasion of privacy. And more proof that Homeland Security is always fighting the last battle. How long do you think before someone puts a bomb in their vagina or anus? Neither these expensive scanners (which are making money for Chertoff and Soros), nor the invasive body groping will reveal that new tactic. Are we then going to have to submit to cavity searches?

    And all these people being humiliated. They are being touched by strangers, which is not a common occurrence. The people with medical conditions are TOTALLY being humiliated. People have a right to privacy. Most cases of PTSD originate in sexual assault, much more than in military service, and this will be causing new cases of PTSD in some women, and a re-traumatization of women who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted. This is TRAUMA for many people – innocent people.

    Can you see that a line needs to be drawn, and it may already be drawn too far? These measures that you seem to be comfortable with, aren’t actually protecting your home in the flight path. (and anyway, who’s to say that the Muslim pilot who never learned how to land the plane is going to stay on the flight path when he detonates his bomb?)

    IMO, any extreme measures like these should be reserved for people they deem dangerous; they should NOT merely be done randomly. Furthermore, I strongly believe they need to start profiling, to look for the suspect, not scanning and groping for hidden materials.

    There’s a different topic I wanted to respond to you about, as well, but now I’ve forgotten lol

  351. The take down of Buffet here is good. Just like Gates Sr. who tried and failed to get the voters of Washington to accept an income tax. These uber wealthy bastards are all soaking the middle class, but they do not stand in the same position, or make equivalent sacrifices. Instead they lecture us about what is right on the mistaken assumption that wealth brings social wisdom. More often than not it is the reverse. As the saying goes, behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
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    Luncacy: Taxes Equal Investment
    Larry Johnson
    No Quarter

    The past few days have been occuppied with an email debate with a dear friend of mine, who is a certified liberal/progressive, who is convinced that the Bush tax cuts are the source of all evil. He has bought into the leftist dogma that paying more taxes is honorable and essential and was inspired by Warren Buffet’s exhortations on Sunday:

    Billionaire Warren Buffett rebutted claims that the Obama administration is unjustly hurting business orders with high taxes by saying that in fact, the wealthy have never had it so good.

    “I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour in a clip played on “This Week” on Sunday.

    When Amanpour pointed to critics’ claims that the very wealthy need tax cuts to spur business and capitalism, Buffett replied, “The rich are always going to say that, you know, ‘Just give us more money, and we’ll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.’ But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

    Let me tell you why Warren is so completely full of shit. Ever heard of tax free bonds?

    A bond is:

    A debt instrument issued for a period of more than one year with the purpose of raising capital by borrowing. The Federal government, states, cities, corporations, and many other types of institutions sell bonds. Generally, a bond is a promise to repay the principal along with interest (coupons) on a specified date (maturity). Some bonds do not pay interest, but all bonds require a repayment of principal. When an investor buys a bond, he/she becomes a creditor of the issuer. However, the buyer does not gain any kind of ownership rights to the issuer, unlike in the case of equities.

    A tax free bond means that any interest you earn on the bond is not subject to taxation. So, let’s imagine that there is a wealthy guy like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates and that wealthy bloke buys up $100 million in tax free bonds. Let’s also assume that the interest rate on that bond is 5%. Can you live on $5 million tax free for a year? I bet you can. That in a nutshell is why the very wealthy are so cavalier about paying “higher taxes.” They have so much money that they can afford the tax advisors that find them shelters like the tax free municipal bond.

    So what did Buffet do last year with respect to tax free bonds?

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. doubled its municipal-bond holdings in nine months amid record swings in the value of the securities that the billionaire investor labeled “unthinkable.”

    Berkshire increased its investment in debt issued by state and local governments to $4.05 billion as of March 31 from $2.05 billion on June 30, 2008, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said in regulatory filings. Berkshire added $1.09 billion to the bet in last year’s third quarter and $985 million in the first three months of 2009.

    Buffett’s firm bought municipal bonds while scaling back stock purchases and as its cash position fell to the lowest level in five years. As Berkshire was adding to the stake, hedge funds, mutual funds and other institutions that use borrowed money to boost returns were forced to sell holdings to meet margin calls and investor withdrawals, especially after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed in September.

    Here is what Buffet does not tell you. The so-called “wealthy,” i.e., those who make more than $250,000 are carrying the load of society. If they make less than $4 million they are likely a small business owner and employ other people. Folks in the range of $1 million to $4 million tend to be the small business gurus that provide a critical element in driving economic growth.

    Warren Buffet can wipe his ass with $50 million and pay such a tax bill and won’t suffer one damn bit in terms of lifestyle. Not so for the guy and gal who own a Pizza Parlor, who bring in $3 million a year and employ ten people. Whe the Bush tax cuts go away such a couple is facing at least $50,000 in new expenses between paying higher taxes and providing health benefits for employees. What do they do? They start by hoarding cash. Why? Because come January 15 they have to make an estimated tax payment to the Federal Government. If their net income in 2010 was $1.5 million they will have to pay at lest $500,000 in taxes. You may fell wealthy with $1.5 million but after you kiss one third of it good bye you don’t feel so flush. And if you live in New Jersey, New York or Maryland you can say so long to at least another $100,000 that goes to pay the state income tax.

    I realize if you have never made more than $50,000 a year in your life you have no sympathy for someone in this position but it is real.

    The idea of society is to create a system where those in power cannot arbitrarily take what you have worked to produce. Remember the movie Braveheart? There was a time in England and Scotland that a wealthy landowner could fuck your bride if you lived on his land. It was a form of taxation. Ultimately we got to the point of imposing limits on the power of the state and, through our consent, agreeing to pay taxes that serve a public good. I am all in favor of the public good, but what is going on in Washington these days is not good. It is spending for spending sake.

    I would encourage Warren Buffett, if he really means what he says, to first divest himself of all tax free investments and shelters. Live like the rest of America. Then turn over half of your wealth to the state. If you think it is such a great idea then lead the way hotshot. But you know what? Buffet is all talk. He can advocate the “rich” pay more taxes because he is in a tax bracket that is so wealthy he is sheltered from paying his fair sharev

  352. Turndown (I think it was turndown!)
    Personally, I take everything Hillbuzz says with a grain of salt. For one thing, ever since Sarah came on the scene, he (until recently a democrat) says positive things about all republicans, and negative things about all democrats (save Hillary). He used to say Hillary was his first choice, and Sarah was second. He doesn’t say that anymore. He’s Sarah all the way now (not that he doesn’t still respect Hillary). So, I think his forecasts are mainly him projecting his own desires. He’s pushing for Sarah. I don’t think he is being objective at all.

    And he’s lost his Hillary supporter base (except for a few, like yttk), and built up a republican base in its place. He’s gotta go for Palin, anyway, unless he wouldn’t mind all his current posters cursing him and vanishing off the blog, and having to start all over again with Hillary supporters who probably wouldn’t come back. I mean, who goes back to Taylor Marsh now that she’s testing the Hillary waters again? Not many want to trust someone like that again.

  353. Another example of the State is the Media:

    “The ramped-up use of pat downs and full-body scanning is needed to stop non-metallic threats including weapons and explosives from getting aboard planes, the TSA says. And it appears that most Americans agree.

    In a recent CBS News poll, four out of five Americans supported the use of full-body scans.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/11/22/travel.tsa.pat.downs/index.html?hpt=T2

    If that isn’t a planted story by Dear Leader than the people of this country have earned the right to live in a Police State. I suspect that those stats are a lie based on the fact that the TSA goons are now sh*tting bricks that the “National Opt-Out Day” seems to be gaining traction.

  354. turndown: “We need Hillary ASAP, but other than that, Palin also deserves First Woman POTUS after her fight. And HIllary doesn’t seem to care for the title, she wanted to be post-gender.”

    My feeling is that regardless of Hillary’s actual feelings, there was no way she could have campaigned as becoming the first female president, the way BO played up his own race. The election was, in reality, all about sexism and misogyny, and the ever present race card. In the BO and Pelosi and media world, it was the opposite – no misogyny to be seen, but racism and KKK members around every corner. So Hillary would have been crucified for bringing her gender into it. Matter of fact, I’m sure that bringing up her gender would have somehow been RACIST!

    Having said that, IMO, she probably would feel wonderful about being the first female president. Her biggest love is empowering women and girls, encouraging them to feel pride in themselves. Why not herself?

  355. I’m just going by some remarks Hillary made. She said she was surprised that there was still so much energy around gender and race. She had expected to be elected not as ‘the woman candidate’ but on her qualifications. She hadn’t expected to ‘carry that historical burden.’

    Ftm I’m not sure Palin cares that much about the title either, come to think of it.

  356. Er, as to the flight path. If a terrorist could get on as a pilot he wouldn’t bother carrying a bomb. But in any case, saying the plane might crash off the flight path, is a a point FOR more security, since every home is in danger, on or off the path.

  357. Lorac,
    You’ve made valid points, I agree I wouldn’t want my picture on the net for the world to make fun of either, but what I was getting at is that this continuing drama is nothing more than a cover while they rob us blind. Yes this groping is a serious infringement on our rights as Americans, but posting story after story, news story after news story on FOx is not going to help. People will just quit flying and there will be more jobs lost.
    What is happening at the airports is a symptom, and all we are doing is talking about symptoms. We are not talking about the disease which has infiltrated our country from both the left and the right and most of all the media.
    My simple explaination is one of exasperation of not seeking to diagnose the disease and going after it, but merely complaining about the symptoms.
    I posted an article about Wikileaks which is talking about how the State dept. works….there was no response by anyone on this blog. Someone posted something about the federal investigations into the hedge funds….no one commented. Ireland just went belly up this evening….no one is posting anything about that!
    When Mrs.Smith, Wbboei and I got together and dug into Soros life and Wbboei wrote the article, I felt like we were doing something to stop them from taking over our country. Glenn Beck just chose to expose at a different time for his own self purpose, not when it would have made a difference.
    Why aren’t we looking for stuff about Chertoff and the money he’s making on these scanners?? Net Neutrality is about to become an event now that the lame duck session is in…but we’re still in campaign mode here. Well all of the blogs are full of this groping issue, but I’d rather be talking about something we can do something about.

  358. wbboei, 11:40

    Thanks for that incite…never thought of it that way! Maybe the uber rich should pay the taxes and have the small business owner pay what the middle class does? Why does the cut off have to be those above 250,000. How about we made it for those billionaires only…there seems to be a growing number of those folks to tax in the last 10 years.

    How about we just quit letting them steal our tax money, pension plans and using it to play high stakes, hedgefund poker. How about we put a few George Soro’s in jail with Barnie Madoff??? We could take their money and put it on the national debt. How about that?

  359. I’d rather be talking about something we can do something about.

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    Very sensible! But what sort of ‘doing’ do you mean? More digging?

  360. lorac: “Personally, I take everything Hillbuzz says with a grain of salt….”

    What you say about Hillbuzz is quite true, they’ve gone all-out Republican with Palin (and Michael Steele) in the lead, and they decry Ø as a socialist, of all things. However, they’re great writers (I think there are at least two writers there) and are really good for laughs. I still go there and contribute sometimes.

  361. Not the most admired source of information, but interesting stuff regarding the DREAM Act and anchor babies:

    …The hearing schedule won’t be set until the GOP takes the reins of the House on Jan. 3, said King. But instead of the so-called DREAM Act that would create new paths to citizenship, legal status in the United States and other options for those who broke the law to enter the nation, the plan is for a bill that would ban anchor babies, he said. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say as part of their Democrat agenda they still are committed to the DREAM act. But the new proposal will be developed as the testimony reveals the facts about the situation, King said. King said the preliminary information that he has seen reveals the problem of anchor babies could be costing the U.S. “hundreds of millions of dollars per year” in medical costs alone for hospitals in border states like Arizona. “There are a several estimates as to the number of anchor babies born to illegal alien mothers in the U.S. each year,” King said. “One estimate holds that the number is 750,000. That means two of 12 or one of six of all babies born in the U.S. are born to illegal alien mothers.” There are extensive “coyote” networks shepherding these women into the country, often working with Mexican or Chinese mafiosi to do so. The cost to bring the pregnant women to the U.S. is somewhere between $5,000 and $15,000, said King. The cost for Chinese mothers is “on the higher end,” he added. “Illegal immigration is out of control,” said King. “There is a whole illegal industry pushing this.” Those costs of the underground business do not, however, even compare to the expense of having the women give birth at American hospitals, where it typically costs around $30,000 to deliver the child, King said. King said he knows of a story of a pregnant woman from Mexico who bore five kids and whose hospital bill ran up over $100,000, all left to the tab of the U.S. taxpayer….
    h t t p://www.wnd.com/?pageId=231729

  362. The incompetence is staggering

    Negotiator for Taliban was an impostor, Afghan officials say (and we paid him shitloads of cash, done a runner)

    Seriously how freaking embarrassing is this?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/23/AR2010112300075.html?hpid=topnews

    KABUL – A man purporting to be one of the Taliban’s most senior commanders convinced both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the NATO officials who flew him to Afghanistan’s capital for meetings, but two senior Afghan officials now believe the man was a lowly shopkeeper from the Pakistani city of Quetta.

    His daring ruse has flummoxed those attempting to start a peace process with a determined Taliban adversary.

    “He was a very clever man,” one of the officials said.

    The man claimed to be Akthar Mohammad Mansour, the second-ranking Taliban commander after Mohammad Omar, and he met with Karzai and Afghan officials at least twice in recent months to discuss possible peace negotiations, according to the Afghan officials.

    He was flown to Kabul on British military aircraft for the meetings and persuasively portrayed himself as a fighter who spoke for the movement, the officials said. But after showing photographs of the man to those who know the insurgent leader, the Afghan officials have concluded that he was an impostor.

    The episode underscores the difficulty of separating truth from deception on the path to peace and has chastened those who had initial high hopes about how quickly the negotiations were progressing.

    “The verification of who is representing who, and who they actually claim they represent, is going to be an early part of the problem,” said a senior NATO official, who said he was unaware of the Mansour episode but speaking generally about the problems of starting peace talks. “Eventually, if the other side gets more serious about it, it will be less of an ambiguity.”

  363. Kim Jong Il’s Thanksgiving Gift: A Crisis on the Korean Peninsula (Gee, I can’t believe the president’s personal letter to Kim Jong Il didn’t work….rolls eyes)

    It says a great deal about our policy towards North Korea that when the Norks fire artillery across the border and kill two South Korean soldiers and injure 15 soldiers and three civilians, it’s not clear whether this is a major batton-down-the-hatches crisis that brings us to the brink of war or whether this is one of the regime’s regular provocations that grabs headlines for a day or two and are largely forgotten within a week.

    It sounds like Glenn Reynolds has had it with them: “If they start anything, I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs. They’ve caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too. We can’t afford another Korean war, but hey, we’re already dismantling warheads…”

    I can’t believe the president’s personal letter to Kim Jong Il didn’t work.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/253786/kim-jong-ils-thanksgiving-gift-crisis-korean-peninsula

  364. Zogby Interactive: Obama Falls to 39%, As Support from Democrats Continues to Slide

    He Trails Romney, J. Bush & Gingrich in ’12

    Those Saying U.S. on Wrong Track Hits High Under Obama of 69%

    UTICA, New York – President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point of his Presidency at 39%, and in potential match-ups with Republicans in 2012, he trails Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich and is just one point ahead of Sarah Palin.

    The percentage of likely voters saying the U.S. is on the wrong track is now the highest since Obama took office at 69%.

    http://zogby.com/news/ReadNews.cfm?ID=1924

  365. Zogby Interactive: Obama Falls to 39%
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    Good number. When they say we must show him the respect due to the office, I say perhaps, perhaps–if he were legitimate. But to those of us who have taken the time to study him, and understand what he is about, beyond the roar of the crowd and the smell of the grease paint, and all the lies and distortions of big media it has become increasingly obvious that he was put in place by a cabal of billionaires whose names we know and who are determined to bring this country to its knees, and the statements of his mentor George Soros are a clear admission of what I am saying. The fact that Obama would reject the will of the voters and pursue this hideous cap and trade bait and switch after favored by Soros but rejected by the public in every poll and in the recent election, tells us that contrary to his presidential oath he serves a different master thatn the constitution and the country. This goes beyond the tactical issues where plays games with his birth certificate, secretly sells out the American People to big pharma, destroys our civil liberties, receives a wall of money from foreign interests cleverly disguised, uses race to divide the society and makes a total ass of himself on the world stage. Given these facts, it is a sad comment on the state of our democracy that 39% of the public would still support him.

  366. Aah i seee

    Cal Nurses Association was behind Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid Nicky Diaz story.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/22/MN151GFQK1.DTL

    One of the most tantalizing mysteries in California’s 2010 gubernatorial election involved the connection between one of the state’s poorest women and one of its wealthiest.

    How did an undocumented, Mexican-born housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, end up in the national spotlight, boldly confronting her former boss, billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman?

    The short answer: with the help of a union.

    The longer answer is that at the height of the gubernatorial race, as campaign ads blared on Spanish-language television, the aggrieved housekeeper was determined to tell Californians her story of being abruptly fired by Whitman after nearly a decade on the job.

    In early September, Diaz turned to a friend who knew a member of the powerful, Oakland-based California Nurses Association, The Chronicle has learned.

    The union called in two lawyers for Diaz: Marc Van Der Hout, a longtime immigration attorney in San Francisco, and celebrity feminist attorney Gloria Allred, a fierce workplace rights litigator who arranged for Diaz to tell her story in a live-webcast news conference.

    Asked to confirm her organization’s role in Diaz’s case, Rose Ann DeMoro, the nurses union executive director, said Monday, “I won’t deny it, but I prefer not to comment directly on the case.”

  367. lorac: “Personally, I take everything Hillbuzz says with a grain of salt….”

    What you say about Hillbuzz is quite true, they’ve gone all-out Republican with Palin (and Michael Steele) in the lead, and they decry Ø as a socialist, of all things. However, they’re great writers (I think there are at least two writers there) and are really good for laughs. I still go there and contribute sometimes.
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    Every successful left wing revolution in the past hundred years (and probably before that too) has been financed by banking and other elite interests. In the case of the Russian Revolution, it was the House of Schiff. In the case of Cuba it was Kunin Nagel. In other words, the presence of big money does not prevent a revolutionary movement from being left wing. It is what they intend to do with society that makes them left wing. In this case, the practical effect of Obama’s policies is to destroy our constitution, have government take over industries, indoctrinate school children, open our borders, undermine the family unit, suffocate small business, I could go on. The point is despite corporate control he is by any sound definition a leftist, and the fact that he is controlled to the degree he is by big money does not change that fact.

  368. lorac
    November 22nd, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    confloyd – here are my thoughts on the TSA stuff:
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    Way to go lorac, well put! I might add that these so called low radiation scanners have an acculative effect. I was listening to a business man and he said he was being put through 4-6 times a week.

    Like the Tea Party being marginalized, this issue is growing in importance because it is of importance to the rights and liberty’s of the American people and it simply will not work, in their own words the TSA has admitted the Christmas bomber probably would not have been detected.

    And the problem with x-rays is that explosives can be missed.

    The printer cartridge bomb found at East Midlands Airport went through an initial scan without being picked up.

    We need to profile

  369. moononpluto
    November 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    They are a very hard core group that has been trying to get their footing in Texas.

  370. When you get all of that artifical praise, and all your accomplishments are handed to you, this sort of rating must be terrifying.

    When you work your way up the hard way, having to prove yourself at every turn, and getting slapped down all the time, this sort of rating would be just another challenge.

    He does not know how to dig out of this hole, nor has he developed a constitution to do it.

  371. yup NMF, thats whats been said, Obama has never had to dig himself out from defeat and that is where his achilles heel is, he doesnt know how to accept failure.

  372. If anyone has tilted to far, its bambi and his boobs.
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    White House Frustrated By Airport Security Criticism
    Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 6:02 am
    Aggressive pat-downs and new airport X-ray machines are part of President Obama’s effort to redouble attention to transportation security after the attempted suicide bombing on a plane in Detroit last Christmas. After Republicans said Obama failed to grasp the terrorist threat, now, says the Washington Post, he is under attack from the opposite direction, as travelers complain that the latest measures go too far. That – and polls showing public support for the X-ray machines – has left White House advisers feeling “frustrated” by an onslaught of media coverage focused on the treatment of passengers rather than the dangers the measures are designed to prevent.

    “Everyone is a little bit surprised that less than one year after a suicide bomber was sent to the United States to blow up a plane over Detroit with a bomb in his underwear we would be having the debate that we’re having right now,” said one administration official. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration is “trying desperately” to strike a balance between security and individual privacy – a balance Obama had pledged to restore after accusations that the Bush administration had tilted too far in the direction of security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    http://thecrimereport.org/2010/11/23/white-house-frustrated-by-airport-security-criticism/

  373. wbboei: “Every successful left wing revolution in the past hundred years (and probably before that too) has been financed by banking and other elite interests.”

    I don’t know if you count today’s west European socialism as “successul left wing revolution”; but if you do, you’re only marginally correct. Socialism began with the super-rich German capitalist class of the late 19th century that was scared shitless by Marxist theories, which they took very seriously. But after that, socialism was undertaken, for better or worse, by intellectuals with no particular financial stake in society.

    Mitterrand’s accession to the French presidency in 1981, which prompted 20 years of socialist dominance in western Europe, was fought tooth and nail by French capitalists. The gains made with Mitterrand and later Jospin have never been brought into question since. Mitterrand was a popular figure throughout Europe and the socialists got a lot of things done, with the eventual cooperation of the moneyed interests; but it would be a mistake to say that he or the socialists in general were bought and paid for by the rich.

  374. The gains made with Mitterrand and later Jospin have never been brought into question since
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    Except that they are bankrupting the Gov.

  375. wbboei
    November 22nd, 2010 at 3:30 pm
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    I hope every single thing that Øbama proposes from now on is a non-starter. I also hope that 2012 is another route of the Democrat party. I will be most interested in seeing what remains of the party in 2014 and 2016.

    I am so sick of the Democrats. I don’t think that I will ever go back.

  376. moononpluto
    November 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    2 more do a runner…….

    White House Loses Two Top Economic Advisors
    &&&&&&&

    Pretty soon, Barky will be all by his lonesome, wandering the White House while the tumble weeds roll by.

  377. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704756804575608771799945704.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_news
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    No place for whites. This virtually guarantees the irrelevance of the democratic minority in the House, and yet it will thwart any attempt by Bambi to move to the middle. It is what we anticipated and what we saw in the last election. It will make it impossible for the Republicans to find bi partisan solutions. It will engender more defections to the Republican Party. So this malaise will drag on until 2012, when there is real change, and Bambi is out on his keister. The wreckage he leaves in his wake–well, that is another story.

  378. rgb44hrc
    November 23rd, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Leave the tumble weeds alone, this guy is from Illinois, he will be wondering all by himself while the smelt fish (a whole other experience ) comes to shore and rots!

  379. ELEANOR CLIFT CAN’T AVOID THE OBVIOUS ANY LONGER…

    That Obama is too lazy and unwilling to change. Foolishly, Eleanor offers advice. Why? He won’t listen.

    Some good excerpted quotes:

    “Soul-searching is under way at the White House, but so far it looks pretty sterile. There’s no Dick Morris sneaking in with advice from outside the bubble, or late-night bull sessions with Terry McAuliffe about how to raise money and stage a comeback.”

    newsweek.com/2010/11/19/the-problem-with-the-cult-of-obama.html

    Halfhearted Soul-Searching at the White House
    ===================

    Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama hasn’t yet experienced a political loss that taught him how to reinvent himself. He needs to surround himself with advisers who will challenge his world view.
    &&&

    Democrats got the lowest share of the white vote in this midterm election than in any congressional election since World War II, losing key races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan, and every contested election in Ohio, which spells trouble for President Obama’s reelection. No Democrat can win the White House without these Midwestern swing states, and they are all decimated by job losses that Obama has offered no road map to recover.

    Soul-searching is under way at the White House, but so far it looks pretty sterile. There’s no Dick Morris sneaking in with advice from outside the bubble, or late-night bull sessions with Terry McAuliffe about how to raise money and stage a comeback. Granted, some of the tactics these Clinton-era advisers used wouldn’t pass muster with the Obama crowd, or with Common Cause, but they shook up the White House and got Clinton out of his post-election funk and into fighting form.

    Part of Obama’s problem is that there’s too much hero worship around him, and that translates into a reluctance to fault him for anything, except maybe that he didn’t make a good enough case for all the wonderful things he’s done. He has done good things, but the voters don’t give you credit for saving them from a depression; they reward you for making their lives better, and that hasn’t happened. The bankers on Wall Street are doing fine, but the other 80 percent of the country is hurting, and that’s not supposed to happen when a Democrat is in the White House.

    Obama’s storied political career took him from the relative obscurity of the Illinois State Legislature to the presidency in such a short time that he didn’t get much of a feel for the nitty-gritty politicking that consumes so much of today’s partisan bickering. He didn’t have the benefit of getting beaten badly at the state level, like Clinton was in Arkansas, and having to learn how to reinvent himself. Clinton was the youngest governor elected in the state, and the voters tossed him out after two years, angry that he had raised car-tag fees and housed several thousand Cuban refugees, many of whom had been prisoners, at a local military base. Clinton went around the state apologizing and getting an earful, and what emerged was a newly humble public servant, one who felt the people’s pain, and whose wife seemed more supportive as well, trading in her signature Hillary Rodham and taking her husband’s last name for the first time in their marriage. Clinton has said of that early loss that it taught him more about politics than anything before or since.

    In his post-election press conference, Obama said there must be easier ways to learn the hard lessons of politics than getting the shellacking he and the Democrats got. There are, and if his aides weren’t so in love with him and wrapped up in the idea of him as a transformational president, they might have seen this coming. Obama’s problems with white working-class voters surfaced during the primaries, when he lost West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio to Hillary, and those problems could prove lethal in 2012 not only for Obama but for the five Democratic senators who are up for reelection in the Midwest and the Rust Belt.

    Obama is an undefined figure to much of the country, and to his fellow Democrats. Though he’s portrayed as a liberal, it’s not clear what he’ll fight for, and he keeps that deliberately vague, perhaps hoping to deliver on the post-partisan promise his election represented. The fight over whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts is a perfect example. The White House needs to settle on a strategy and then execute it, whatever it is. Hope is not a strategy, and the extent to which Obama seems to weigh the political considerations of whatever decision he makes reinforces the voters’ disillusionment that rather than leading, he has instead become part of the government—an implicit admission of his failure to bring about the change he ran on.

    What he needs are some hard-nosed policies to rescue the millions of homeowners who are underwater, plus a vision to revive the nation’s manufacturing base to begin the long and painful restoration of jobs. He needs people around him who make him uncomfortable, who challenge his world view, and who have a better understanding of the workings of Capitol Hill, however dysfunctional it has become. The people around Obama caught the lightning in ’08, but they’ve been outmaneuvered by a party that two years ago was on the brink of extinction.

    This is not the end of the Obama presidency, far from it, but it is time to take courageous stands on behalf of working people so these disaffected voters, whom we used to call Reagan Democrats, understand that their financial self-interest is with Obama and the Democrats and not with the Tea Party. Those voters will be a smaller portion of the electorate in 2012 as more young people and people of color come to the polls when the presidency is at stake, but their voices count, and if Obama doesn’t address their concerns, one party will benefit, and it won’t be the Democrats.

  380. “The gains made with Mitterrand and later Jospin have never been brought into question since”

    gonzotx:
    “Except that they are bankrupting the Gov.”

    If that were the case, they would have been brought into question, especially by the far-right government they now have.

    I’m not saying that the French have no deficit/debt problem of their own, but those problems are not due to the socialists, who will probably be back in power in 2012 (recent polls indicate this).

    For example, the socialists found the way out of the chronic social security (health care) deficits. Just an example.

  381. Eleanor Clift spoke of the minority vote coming out strong again in 2012. I think she is still sucking on the hopium. White working class Americans have white working class children who I believe more often than not vote the same as their parents. If more white working class Americans go to the polls, then that should offset any increase in minority voting. Additionally, I think it is fair to say that hispanics are not as monolithic a voting block as black Americans. The Democrats cannot count on them, unless the Dream Act passes and millions of illegals are given the opportunity to vote. This is just one reason why the Dream Act should not pass. It is a blatant attempt of one political party to gain party loyalty at the expense of all citizens.

  382. I don’t know if you count today’s west European socialism as “successul left wing revolution”; but if you do, you’re only marginally correct. Socialism began with the super-rich German capitalist class of the late 19th century that was scared shitless by Marxist theories, which they took very seriously. But after that, socialism was undertaken, for better or worse, by intellectuals with no particular financial stake in society.
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    Your recitation of history above is roughly accurate. In Germany, welfare state capitalism was a Bismark invention, undertaken for the reasons you allude to. Later, it was co-opted by intellectuals, and labor unions. I was referring however to communist revolutions which have a distinctly totalitarian flavor–like what we see from the Obama people today. They want your mind, as well as your pocketbook. The end game here is an extreme form of control, which I do not necessarily associate with the European model. The right in this country has spilled a lot of ink painting Obama out to be a European socialist. I think their real objective goes further than that.

  383. I’m not saying that the French have no deficit/debt problem of their own, but those problems are not due to the socialists, who will probably be back in power in 2012 (recent polls indicate this).
    ***************

    Of course the polls want the socialist back in because the present Gov is trying to make a dent in the entitlements and they are furious,but in the end, they will default. They have simply run out of other people’s money.

  384. SOUTH FROM ALASKA! We head off to the sweet sunny south—and Frank Rich says Palin could win: // link // print // previous // next //
    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    To the sweet sunny south until Monday: As the poet mournfully wrote:

    Take me back to the place where I first saw the light
    To the sweet sunny south take me home
    Where the mocking bird sang me to rest every night
    Oh, why was I tempted to roam?

    Actually, we were born in Boston—or at least, that’s what the government says. That said, we’re on the train to Durham today. This site resumes on Monday.

    More regional culture: Then too, you could listen to cut 9, sampling an iconic tune which includes some of our favorite lyrics:

    You ought to see my Cindy
    She lives way down south.
    Lips so sweet the honey bees
    Swarm around her mouth.

    We always applaud when them singer fellers speak well of their girl friends. Thoughts like these are routinely occasioned by train rides into the south.

    SOUTH FROM ALASKA (permalink): Could Sarah Palin end up in the White House? Before we answer, consider a bit of foolishness from Gotham eminence Alessandra Stanley, well-known FOD (friend of Dowd). This foolishness ended her recent review of Palin’s TLC program:

    STANLEY (11/12/10): But Ms. Palin is sometimes her own worst enemy, and she is not afraid even of that. Alluding to one of her most mocked mis-statements during the campaign, Ms. Palin poses in front of a mountain range and says, “You can see Russia from here,” then adds with an arch smile, “almost.”

    Thus ended Stanley’s review. When Stanley referred to “one of [Palin’s] most mocked mis-statements,” we found ourselves wondering something we often wonder, based on strange things pundits say:

    Does Stanley think Palin actually said that you can see Russia from her house? A person might get some such impression from what Stanley wrote. Palin’s actual statement has been heavily mocked—but it wasn’t exactly a “misstatement” at all. That said, many people now seem to think that Palin actually made that apocryphal statement—the statement which actually came from Tina Fey’s mouth.

    But so it goes when Gotham’s swells type their predictable piffle. On Sunday, the analysts groaned when they read this pitiful post by Josh Marshall, the most reinvented man of the decade. What happened to the real Josh Marshall, they pleadingly asked, as they so constantly do:

    Palin Watching

    The new Quinnipiac poll says Sarah Palin is the top vote getter in a hypothetical Republican primary race (but only barely) and would then get clobbered by President Obama.

    That was Josh’s entire post. It represented sweet hay for the herd—a trinket thrown to the liberal rubes. But if you click on Josh’s link, you find that the Quinnipiac poll in question shows Palin within eight points of Obama in a hypothetical match-up (48-40). Two years out, that margin is astoundingly slender. But Josh was talking down to the herd, keeping us barefoot and clueless.

    Has anyone ever dumbed himself down the way Josh Marshall has done?

    Sunday, in the New York Times, Frank Rich asked and answered a question about a possible Candidate Palin. “Could She Reach the Top in 2012? You Betcha,” his headline adjudged. Rich says Palin could beat Obama in 2012 if Bloomberg stages a third-party run. We’d say almost anything is possible now, in part because of the dynamic to which Rich frankly alludes:

    RICH (11/21/10): But logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.

    […]

    It’s anti-elitism that most defines angry populism in this moment, and, as David Frum, another Bush alumnus (and Palin critic), has pointed out, populist rage on the right is aimed at the educated, not the wealthy. The Bushies and Noonans and dwindling retro-moderate Republicans are no less loathed by Palinistas and their Tea Party fellow travelers than is Obama’s Ivy League White House. When Palin mocks her G.O.P. establishment critics as tortured, paranoid, sleazy and a “good-old-boys club,” she pays no penalty for doing so. The more condescending the attacks on her, the more she thrives. This same dynamic is also working for her daughter Bristol, who week after week has received low scores and patronizing dismissals from the professional judges on “Dancing with the Stars” only to be rescued by populist masses voting at home.

    In our view, Palin would be a terrible candidate. But she does gain from all the condescension—and today’s liberal world seems to run on that fuel even more than “the Bushies and Noonans.” We liberals love to roll our eyes at the lower-class brood from the north. We can’t stop entertaining ourselves with silly drivel about Palin’s children. All normal judgment is thrown away when it comes to their mamma herself.

    At one point, Rich describes the way Palin’s first TLC program showcased “the villainous lamestream media (represented by Palin’s unwanted neighbor, the journalist Joe McGinniss).” Remember how we liberals reacted when McGinniss rented the house next door to the Palins to help him write a book about her (or something)? When Palin dared to comment on this, we took umbrage on behalf of McGinniss! We acted as if his weird behavior was the most normal thing in the world!

    On one single day last week, Salon was running two separate, pointless reports about Bristol and Willow. Meanwhile, Josh assures us that an eight-point margin, two years out, means Palin would get clobbered. And Stanley actually seems to think that Palin made that ridiculous statement about seeing Russia—or at least she’s willing to pretend, providing more entertainment. But then, we often see pundits who seem to think that Palin actually said that she can see Russia from her home. At such moments, the dumbness is plain—and it doesn’t belong to Palin.

    Could Sarah Palin reach the White House? An eight-point margin is shockingly slim. But we’ve never seen a people so bent on self-destruction as we modern liberals seem to be. We seem to live for the purpose of showing our cultural condescension. For ourselves, we have no idea if Palin could actually win an election. But as Rich frankly said in Sunday’s column: “These insults just play into Palin’s hands, burnishing her image as an exemplar of the ‘real America’ battling the snooty powers-that-be.”

    Happy Thanksgiving! Why not salve your wounds by playing the tape of Palin with that pardoned turkey? (Just click here.) Remember how we all enjoyed a good solid laugh about that?

  385. The more that one hears the statement attributed to Sarah Palin that ” I can see Alaska from my house “, the more people will realize that it was made up, especially if they were to view a map of the town in which Palin lives. They would surely realize that she would never have made a statement as such. It’s those who repeat the accusation that are stooopid. Really stooopid!

  386. wbboei,
    What do you think about Ireland going belly up?? This can’t be good for us and who do we have minding the store but Bambino!

  387. True Gonzo. Rubio will be a big help to the Republican party with hispanic voters as long as there is no corruption associated with him. I would imagine that he is in for a lot of unfair attacks from the Democrat party.

  388. Democrats Lost Because They Didn’t Fight for Popular Progressive Policies
    Spin, spin, spin… barf. What bullshit from this obamarat.

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    http://politics.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2010/11/22/democrats-lose-because-they-didnt-fight-for-popular-progressive-policies.html#comment-form

    Obama didn’t push hard enough on healthcare and Wall Street reform—and paid the price for it.
    By Stephanie Taylor

    Posted: November 22, 2010

    Taylor is cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a 600,000-member grassroots group.

    Democrats lost because they didn’t fight strongly enough for popular progressive change—like a public health insurance option and a breakup of the big Wall Street banks that sunk our economy.

    We commissioned a post-election national poll of those who voted. It showed that the 2010 electorate was much more conservative than the 2008 electorate. Many Democrats didn’t show up. Neither did many independents who voted in 2008 for President Obama. Why not?

    [See editorial cartoons about the 2010 elections.]

    Because many who voted for “change we can believe in” no longer believed that Democrats would fight for that change. Consider what happened during the healthcare debate. A June 2009 New York Times poll showed that 87 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents, and half of Republicans favored a public option. While the beltway pundits counseled Democrats to run away from “the left,” the policy supported by progressives was clearly the “center” of the country. Those who opposed the public option were on the fringe, out of touch with the mainstream.

    Public option opponents included GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Obama won those states by about 20 points in 2008, and voters there supported the public option by more than 2 to 1. Obama could have used his bully pulpit to pressure these senators—by flying to Maine and Connecticut to command local media attention, rally voters, and ask people to contact their senators. He could have fought, but he didn’t. Lieberman later boasted that even in private meetings, Obama and administration officials never brought up the issue.

    By refusing to fight for the public option, Obama demoralized and disappointed the base—including independents. And it’s happening again as he refuses to fight for Social Security and toys with breaking his promise to “repeal the temporary Bush tax cut for the wealthiest taxpayers.”

    Our poll asked those who voted how to reduce the deficit. Even among this Republican-skewed electorate, 43 percent said we should tax the wealthy, 22 percent said cut military spending, and only 12 percent said cut Social Security. Yet Blue Dogs and corporate-funded think tanks like Third Way urge Democrats to do the opposite of what is popular and right.

    During our election work this year—in which we raised millions for progressives and partnered with Democracy for America to call over one million voters—we heard from people like the Virginia woman frustrated that her Democratic congressman voted for the anti-choice Stupak amendment; the unemployed Florida father who wanted Democrats to create more jobs; the New Hampshire small-business owner who didn’t think Democrats did enough to hold Wall Street accountable. Folks like these voted Democratic in the past but didn’t feel motivated to do so in 2010.
    We live in a center-left country, which isn’t reflected in our government or in the timid, conservative elements of the Democratic Party. In poll after poll, most Americans support programs like Medicare and Social Security. They worry about the economy and banks on foreclosure binges. They want their kids to go to good schools and breathe clean air. They want more democracy and less corporate control.

    But when Democrats don’t govern courageously, boldly, and progressively, they alienate their base and don’t even start to make an argument to self-identified moderates and conservatives for their support. It’s the tragedy of the Democratic Party, and it will go on and on, cycle after cycle, unless the party as a whole starts acting and legislating differently. And that must start at the top.

  389. A few things to consider about the uproar over the groping and radiation prelim. to flight.

    I think the anger and protesting by passengers is important, not only is there no proof that any of the bombs that recently made it though would be detected, but that this IS the LEVEL of which the voter has immediate power of choice over what is accepted in our society. I would be screaming if this abuse was going on and the news was not covering it.

    We wouldn’t be in this situation now if we weren’t forced to see ‘profiling’ as non PC and evil, and if the puppet masters weren’t making big bucks off of it.

    What will finally be considered unacceptable as to what you can do to the public? What if they had some terrorist sneak though with a bomb up his butt? Then a money maker comes up with some sort of probe that is thought of as the only solution to this new problem…

    Israel has already solved this damn problem and our bowing a-hole President ignores the real solution with proof that it works.

    Instead, humiliation and possible harm is forced on travelers over being PC. The people revolting big time will have an effect, not with a long awaited vote, but with true protest, here and now!!! No acceptance of this type of treatment should be accepted over being PC.

    No one should submit to this type of crap. This isn’t the dark ages where the King had the power to force his underlings to this type of treatment.

    The airlines will have to either come up with a better solution, or they can go broke. I am glad the Rethugs are screaming their heads off about it and I am also glad they will be in office and not easily give the airlines a bailout if their business drops off over it.

  390. (LEAD) N. Korea threatens additional attacks, accuses S. Korea of provocation
    — North Korea threatened to continue “merciless” strikes on South Korea on Tuesday after the communist state launched a deadly artillery attack across their western sea border.

    In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, the North’s top military command accused the South Korean military of initiating the exchange by shooting toward its side.

  391. Sad, but you have to wonder if the Gov isn’t faking stuff like this to get the mass’es to acquiesced on the body checks tomorrow with the opt out day they are freaked out about.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Suspicious Item Discovered At Delta Cargo Area

    POSTED: 12:59 pm EST November 23, 2010
    UPDATED: 1:25 pm EST November 23, 2010

    BOSTON — Massport officials said a cargo area at Logan International Airport was being evacuated as a precaution Tuesday afternoon while investigators examined a suspicious item discovered there.
    They said it was the Delta Airlines cargo area located on Harborside Drive, well away from any passenger areas at the airport.
    There was no immediate word on what the item was but officials said the evacuation was triggered by a state police K-9 unit dog picking up a scent near one of the pallets at the cargo area.
    No injuries were reported.
    Last month, federal officials said terrorists attempted to send bombs to the U.S. hidden in ink cartridges and shipped on planes as cargo.
    .

  392. gonzotx: “Of course the polls want the socialist back in because the present Gov is trying to make a dent in the entitlements and they are furious,but in the end, they will default. They have simply run out of other people’s money.”

    This is just confused ideological nonsense about something you know little about. The “entitlement” question is about retirement, which is currently a pay-as-you-go system as it is in the US. There is no question of finding “other people’s money” to pay for it. Aside from the boomer effect, there is the fact the life expectancy is on the rise, unlike in the US, so the retired population is growing too large for the active population to support and, because the retirement system is generous, no reserve fund has been built up. There are several ways to attack these problems, the public is very concerned, but Sarkozy and Fillon are handling it pretty well, I think. That’s not why the people want to dump Sarkozy.

    I’d be curious to know why you think “they will default” or what you mean by that. I don’t see that in the cards at all.

  393. What do you think about Ireland going belly up?? This can’t be good for us and who do we have minding the store but Bambino!
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    I have not studied it specifically, but it seems like it is part of the same phenomeon we see in Greece, Italy, Spain and other European centers. The elites are working to meld our economy into the European Union, as evidenced by an article in the Foreign Affairs Magazine six months ago, which is as you know the official publication of the Council of Foreign Relations. That, plus Soros, plus interconnected banking interests, plus refusal of Obama to repudiate too big to fail in the so called Financial Reform bill all suggest that a bankruptcy of any European nation, particularly one with whom we have close ties like Ireland is a bad thing for the United States and our taxpayers. And then there is the separate question of how China might capitalize on it since they know that Obama is a paper tiger–or maybe a toothless black panther would be a better metaphor.

  394. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo!
    Tue, Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 am PST
    Get out! The “Seinfeld” and “New Adventures of Old Christine” star has been cast in the new HBO comedy “Veep.” The Emmy-winning actress will portray a former senator who “finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected.”

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

    The above was reported on Yahoo! today. I really like Julia, and find the premise of this show to be somewhat interesting.

  395. wbboei: “… The elites are working to meld our economy into the European Union…”

    Where did you get this idea? I have just the opposite impression. The Germans got burned when the sub-prime bubble burst because they were making a bundle off it. But since then, they’ve cleaned up their financial sector and are building up ties with the Chinese, who are buying up Euros and weening themselves off the dollar. How do you fit this in? Or do you have other data?

  396. Democrats Lost Because They Didn’t Fight for Popular Progressive Policies
    Spin, spin, spin… barf. What bullshit from this obamarat.
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    see my post at 11;15 am above. The good ship lollipop capsizing, but the crew is so deranged that they continue to sing the same old sea chanty and swear that she is a seaworthy vessel.

    (Note: a lollipop, pop, lolly, sucker, or sticky-pop is a type of confectionery consisting mainly of hardened, flavored sucrose with corn syrup mounted on a stick and intended for sucking or licking–and a favorite of young children–and adults with underdeveloped frontal lobes.)

  397. I’ve got to admit I am enjoying Sarah roasting Katy Couric. If there is any reporter that deserves a kick in the butt by Palin its Couric, now if we could just get someone to kick tweety’s ass.

  398. Aside from the boomer effect, there is the fact the life expectancy is on the rise, unlike in the US, so the retired population is growing too large for the active population to support and, because the retirement system is generous, no reserve fund has been built
    ***************

    That’s exactly what I said, in less words. They have run out of money. Surprise! It’s not “confused”, and as usual, are quick with the derogatory remakes. Are you sure you are not related to the fraud?

  399. Here we go North Korea acting stupid and Bambino not saying a word….the State dept. coming out with a statement though.

    I worry everyday how our country will survive the boob in chief!

  400. #
    confloyd
    November 23rd, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve got to admit I am enjoying Sarah roasting Katy Couric. If there is any reporter that deserves a kick in the butt by Palin its Couric, now if we could just get someone to kick tweety’s ass.

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    A Couric roasting…how wonderful, do tell more!

  401. gonzotx:

    “They have run out of money” is different from saying they have “run out of other people’s money”. Sorry, but you’re the one who is remaking your own remarks. Your reference to “other people’s money” was meant to mean what?

    And your assertion that they are going to default? Default on whom? On what?

  402. Sarah just seems to be needling the press. Her first show in the Alaska series she blatantly showed contempt for her reporter neighbor. She is now saying she wants to clean up the press and she has a degree in journalism so she says she is a bonified critic of the press.

    I say “GO FOR IT SARAH”. The press in this country have been taken over just like the press in Switzerland has.

  403. The Buerkle win gives the GOP a gain of six House seats from New York, the most of any state. (Ohio and Penn. both had 5)

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