George W. Obama Strikes Again

It’s a Friday and we did so want to play music videos and amuse ourselves with stories of Christmas joy. Instead, a week before Christmas Eve Friday, we are reduced to gauging the depths of our contempt for Obama, Obama Dimocrats, as well as our fellow Democrats.

Will we, like Velma Hart, ever get “exhausted” as we pound our fists raw? Poor Velma, later to become one of the unemployed, became “exhausted” defending her Mess-iah Barack Obama. Will we ever become exhausted with reverse Velma Hartitis? After a week like this week, a day like yesterday, we are sure that the vaults of this earth which contain the world’s oceans cannot encompass our contempt for Barack Obama and Obama Dimocrats – yea all things “Democrat”.

Consider this morsel of evidence from JournoLister Dave Weigel:

262 votes so far for tax deal. Bush tax cuts passed House in 2001 with 230 votes.

The vote on this “core Democratic value” before the overwhelmingly Dimocratic House ended up at 277-148. As Republican/conservative Ed Morrisey noted, “more Democrats ended up voting to extend the Bush tax cuts than Republicans did.” Remember back in October 2008, even before election day 2008, when we were mocked for being the first to say “Obama is the third Bush Term” and that Obama supporters had to “prepare themselves for a stab in the back by Barack?” Remember when we first, before anyone else, wrote “George W. Obama”?

News for Big Media and Obama Hopium Guzzlers: Obama is the Third Bush Term only much worse than the first two.

Consider this tableau vivant painted by Journolister Politico:

“Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who will be the top Democrat on the Budget Committee come January, tried to funnel frustration with the overall bill into a focus on just the estate tax, which he portrayed as a political and policy winner for his caucus. But in the end, liberals viewed too many elements of the bill as odious — as painful giveaways to the rich—to target just one for change.

Republicans, on the other hand, remained on the sideline, giddy at the deal they were destined to secure.

I’m trying to remember something that we passed under Bush that was this good,” one senior House Republican aide said.

Indeed, the bill combines a series of tax breaks that Bush didn’t dare to put in one piece of legislation during his presidency – a cornucopia that took him several years to attain.

But with Democrats tripping over their own feet, Republicans enjoyed a view from the sidelines.”

Those chortling Republicans are not very smart, but they are honest, as they flick their cigar ashes onto the Democratic corpse in the coffin. Much smarter Republicans/conservatives (think Charles Krauthammer and Michelle Malkin) prefer the “pretend” tactic that this is somehow a Republican defeat and a victory for Barack Obama and his Hopium Guzzlers.

Krauthammer is particularly brilliant. In his latest column Krauthammer declares “Obama is back.” Krauthammer trumpets Obama more brilliant than Bill Clinton!

Say you own a dilapidated house, infested with mold, in a crime ridden neighborhood with a noisy road nearby which murderous drug dealers use to traffic their wares. The “house” has holes in the ceiling which allow the sun and the rain to break in. The “house” has holes in the floors which in areas allow for a basement-to-sky view. You want to sell the house.

You advertise the house as a “fixer-upper” for those with hope for change and lots of “elbow grease”. The neighborhood you describe as “lively” with “great access to transportation” and “outgoing neighbors”.

Dumb Dimocrats will buy the house. Smart Republicans/conservatives like Krauthammer and Malkin will complain about letting that house go for a “steal” and denounce the dumb Dimocrat buyer for taking advantage of them and getting such a great bargain and robbing them blind of their treasured and airy home. That’s what Krauthammer is doing in his latest smart column.

Bill Clinton, as we noted recently, moved the country in the direction he wanted to move the country and the Republicans hated his success. We quoted Republican/conservative Sean Trende in our article:

“… Clinton didn’t compromise.… he fought for his platform vigorously. He acquiesced to a shutdown in the government, gambling that because his position was the more popular one, that the Republicans would bear the brunt of the public’s ire. And he was right. Obama has, in essence, capitulated on the eve of the government shutdown.”

According to the very smart and wily Krauthammer though, Clinton – who got what he wanted and put a ring through the Republican nose is not nearly as brilliant as Barack Obama. This is the very same Obama who willingly ringed his own nose and then ran a rope through it and surrendered the rope to Republicans so they could enjoy a good pull.

Krauthammer, enjoying himself immensely at the expense of dullards further declares that surrender is really only “Obama’s repositioning to the center….” Charlie is funnin’ us.

Krauthammer is right when he declares that Obama gentry whites (“liberals”) will never abandon Obama. We like the following from the nimble, dancing Mr. Krauthammer, who, like a Tambourine Man, no chair can harness:

“The conservative gloaters were simply fooled again by the flapping and squawking that liberals ritually engage in before folding at Obama’s feet. House liberals did it with Obamacare; they did it with the tax deal. Their boisterous protests are reminiscent of the floor demonstrations we used to see at party conventions when the losing candidate’s partisans would dance and shout in the aisles for a while before settling down to eventually nominate the other guy by acclamation.”

The man who just sold a mold infested “fixer-upper” complains that he was taken advantage of by a wily buyer:

“Even as they were near unanimously voting for this monstrosity, Republicans began righteously protesting $8.3 billion of earmarks in Harry Reid’s omnibus spending bill. They seem not to understand how ridiculous this looks after having agreed to a Stimulus II that even by their own generous reckoning has 38 times as much spending as all these earmarks combined.”

Krauthammer wrote the last before the Republicans also won on the “omnibus spending bill” last night. Harry Reid lost, Republicans won. Prepare for more crocodile tears from the wise owl that is Krauthammer. Soon we’ll hear that the Republicans were outmaneuvered in the Senate as well as they beat dim Dimocrat drums.

Dean Baker once thought Obama’s New Deal was a good idea. Dean Baker eventually read, thought, understood what a mess the Obama New Deal is and pulled his support:

However, after further thought and conversations with people around Washington (first and foremost, Nancy Altman, the co-director of Social Security Works), I have become convinced that this deal would be a disaster. Paul Krugman does a nice job laying out the limited benefits of the stimulus, but my greater concern is what happens to Social Security in this story. Effectively, this deal would give us a permanent two-percentage point reduction in the payroll tax in a Washington climate very hostile to Social Security.

Krugman and Baker are greatly respected by Democrats. But we are tired of them. They supported Obama and continue to try to support the boob. Why would it ever take anyone who is “smart” more than a nanosecond to figure out that what is right for Obama is not right for America?

Krauthammer should know that Obama is indeed a great bargainer and wily buyer and seller – but only when it comes to his own personal advancement. Witness today’s just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers publicity stunt in which Obama reads a book to children. Unlike Bush the book Obama read is not about pet goats. Obama is much shrewder when it comes to self-promotion. Barack Obama instead chose to read a book written by… himself.

Krauthammer should hear the laughter at the Republican/conservative website HotAir. They are busy laughing at Politico. Politico wrote that the Bush Tax Cuts vote in the House was a win for… Obama! A big win for Obama because he “closed the most impressive sales job of his presidency”. HotAir laughs with justification:

“Well, it’s the product, not the sales pitch, that actually matters. And what mattered to Americans in the midterm elections was a Congress that quit taking more and more money out of their pockets instead of curtailing spending. The omnibus spending bill died for the same reason, which was that accountability returned with a vengeance in November, and those who are left on Capitol Hill know that the safety of incumbency has evaporated, hopefully for good.

The Democrats voted for Obama’s deal, but Obama’s deal consisted of endorsing the tax rates proposed by George W. Bush in toto. Not just the income tax rates, either, but also the capital-gains tax rates that Obama insisted on raising during the 2008 campaign to either 20% or 28%. In the end, those tax rates got more votes last night in a Democratic-controlled House (277) than they did in the GOP-controlled House in 2001 (230), and more Democrats voted to extend them than Republicans, 139-138.

If that’s a victory for Obama, may the next two years be filled with such victories.

Such victories! Oh, and remember that big demonstration against Obama planned by what passes for the left these days? We wrote about it earlier this week. Well, as predicted by us, without Glenn Beck or some comedians in attendance, it was a fizzle.

Somewhere, with rising popularity polls, with money streaming in from his book, with “My Pet Goat” bookmarked at a table near by, George W. Bush is laughing.

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191 thoughts on “George W. Obama Strikes Again

  1. Obama is the pet goat that needs to be put out to pasture.

    What a senseless joke our congress has become. The joke is at the expense of those on Social Security, the working class and those that have no home, health insurance or no job.

    Great post Admin!

    Since music was posted for Chanukah, here is my favorite Christmas song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvNmOc1QirY

  2. I have never understood why we don’t use something like the british system during election where the house of Commons is disbanded 3 weeks before the election so that all business is finished up before the election and the public has all the information they need and no further funny business can be done and none of this backroom dealing.

    This is beneficial so as soon as the election is over, the new Govt is sat and the new house can sit asap. I

  3. Oh, this is too rich! The anybody but Bush crowd got exactly Bush Strong. But will they acknowledge it? I doubt it.

  4. McCain has submitted a treaty-killer amendment! Change missile defense language in the preamble–would force renegotiation w/ Russia.

  5. admin: Funny article! Good one!

    mj, As per our conversation about pork…I am a believer in pork to a point. I think a musuem commorating Woodstock is a great idea…people would come to see it to relive their youth and the tourist industry would make money….its that free market principle the rethugs love.

    I’d like to propose a pork bill if I could it would be as follows:

    I would like to make a study of the whereabouts of Obama’s birth certificate, passport and school records and I would want Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assaunge, Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame and Larry Johnson to be in charge of it and of coarse I’d want Admin to write the story as I believe he/she would be the only one to tell the truth. The reason I think this is so important is not to get Obama out of the WH, but to find out which rich white republican is hiding under one of Obama’s foreparents bed. I find it too easy for the blame of Obama’s biracialness on a 60’s female radical with jungle fever, than to tell the truth that it might be some rich white republican male with jungle fever and enough money to keep it all a secret.

  6. it might be some rich white republican male with jungle fever and enough money to keep it all a secret.

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

    By entrusting the baby to a white guilt white family with a daughter who really did have jungle fever, er, really did marry two POC Muslims?

  7. Something from the Insider

    White House Insider: Jarrett…is the president

    Despite a busy and complicated schedule, our D.C. Insider manages to give us some emailed responses to a few questions posed to them recently.

    Question: Wikileaks? Has it hurt Hillary C.?

    Looks to be a side show at this point. More a distraction really. Interesting reading, not much more than that. Does seem to indicate this admin is incapable of securing country’s info properly, though that problem has been ongoing pre-Obama. Don’t be distracted by this story. As to Hillary…so far those leaks seem to show she’s the only one taking the threats to country seriously. Minimal long term damage to her. Timing of the “leaks” interesting though. Don’t have time to look into that. Maybe you could?

    Question: Hillary for President? Still a possibility?

    Yes. Bill wants it more than her at this point I believe. But that option is still in play. Did you note the increased primary challenge to Obama chatter in recent weeks? Gave you this scenario some time ago. Now it has become reality. And the party donors are not falling back in line with Obama. Not all of them. WH has basically a 24/7 please support us again campaign underway to these donors. Very unusual for sitting president to have to do that this soon and this aggressively. Shows just how unhappy people in own party have become w/him.

    Question: Obama/Clinton Press Conference. Thoughts?

    LOL! I don’t have enough time in the day to give you all my thoughts on that! As I told you earlier, Clinton was very happy following that press conference. It sent some serious rumbles through the party structure. And here is what is being under reported. It wasn’t so much how good Clinton was but how bad Obama was. Bill Clinton was being Bill Clinton, and nobody does that kind of thing better than he does. But seeing Obama leave that stage for a Xmas party?????? That was just crazy stuff wasn’t it? If Obama didn’t still somehow enjoy having most the media working to protect him that kind of thing might have just finished him right there. And you were right when you asked about how he treated Robert Gibbs. To be that dismissive of your Press Sec. to dismiss him as “Gibbs” to the press. Wow. There’s so much to read between the lines on what Obama showed us that day, and none of it is good for Obama. I’ve been saying it to you for a while now. The guy is cracking up. Nobody who watches that press conference can believe otherwise. It wasn’t just bad. It was HORRIBLE. How many times has he said that turning the economy around is important? Jobs are critical? Etc???? And so he meets with a former Pres. to talk tax rates that impact every American and leaves the press conference regarding that meeting after a few minutes??????? I actually felt bad for Gibbs, and that is saying something for me. The damage control for that mess must have been off the charts. Gibbs is gone soon though. Taken longer than I had thought. Jarrett wants him gone. She has effectively taken over WH at this point. AND she is behind much of the anti-Rahm movement in Chicago. Her hands are all over it. Bitch.

    I want to point you on something about Jarrett if you don’t mind. She was at a recent WH/business leader thing. She WAS the White House at this meeting. Obama was there but said little after the intros. Jarrett spoke almost all the policy and the push for organized labor was HUGE by her at this meeting. The WH needs business to help out if they are to get a 2nd term. They have to admit that now. So what is going on is simple bribery. We are talking billions and billions here to come via the health bill requirements and tax code and other “perks”. It was a strong arm attempt that appeared almost fully coordinated by Jarrett. I don’t believe Obama even understands the process here. He is being told what to say, how to react, etc. That’s not new, but on this it’s even more so than before. Jarrett is running the show, with input from First Lady. Those two have formed quite a formidable team inside WH. Anyway, what I want to tell you specifically on this meeting was that after it finished up, Jarrett came out to speak with media. CNBC I believe. She gives a rundown on meeting as the “President said this. President said that.” Making it appear Obama was up to speed on every question posed to her by CNBC. IT WAS ALL A LIE. Obama hardly spoke at that meeting. As I said, Jarrett did almost all the talking for the WH. And regarding those specific questions being asked to Jarrett – some of them NEVER CAME UP IN THE MEETING. She was LYING over and over again during that brief interview. And she was taking some of her own responses in the meeting and then saying “The president said this”. Obama didn’t say any of that. Jarrett basically admitted on camera she is the president. The two are one and the same. Jarrett is Obama’s brain. It’s her WH now full on. There is nobody left in the West Wing to counter her agenda. And her agenda is almost 100% labor unions. Not the kind of support I’m familiar with and have worked with. Something else. Something far bigger. Watch that. There is something going on there. Unions are blasting Rahm in Chicago. Those strings lead right back to Jarrett.

    Sorry for the rant on that one. Not one of your questions but that meeting and the Jarrett interview was overlooked by most. Wanted to bring it to your attention. I’ll leave you with a few more quick things to watch for.

    Holder is very nervous. Something up at DOJ. The place is a mess. Normally he would have been long gone but Jarrett supports him. Only as long as Holder can keep a lid on the stink of what is at the DOJ though IMO. If some of that breaks open Holder is gone and could even face full on hearings against HIM. Those would be deserved IMO.

    Told a big move coming at WH. Not a normal post midterm house cleaning. Something bigger. Should break within few weeks.

    Issa. Issa. Issa. Conservatives can’t trust him. I have heard a few reports he has become too cozy with WH. Suspect deal might have been made. OR, he could be playing WH. Uncertain, but word is he might prove all bark and no bite. If Issa does not use his full authority to go after DOJ/WH then 2012 looking much better for Obama.

    The tax rate debate. Smoke and mirrors on this one. The estate tax is being manufactured as an issue for 2012. Confirmed this yesterday w/strategist. Don’t think it’s a wise plan but that is what the “Pelosi Dems” are going to run on in ‘12 apparently.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-jarrett-is-the-president/#ixzz18PKRDyAL

  8. confloyd, I agree that not all projects are bad – but you have to consider the times as well, and how badly in debt we are. For instance, we had 2 local issues on our ballot in November. One was for setting aside some protected land in the Edwards Aquifer “recharge zone”, and putting restrictions on how development can be done. I voted yes on that, because the Aquifer is our only water supply here in drought-prone San Antonio, and you don’t screw with your water supply by bulldozing the hills and routes that feed it. That falls under “necessity” in my book, because you can’t undo that once it’s done.

    But the other one was money for more parks. Now, I’m all in favor of having more parks. We could use more. If we were all flush with money, I’d have voted YES on that. But given the economy, and how tough times are, I voted NO. Not because parks aren’t a nice thing, but because they are not a NECESSITY at present. When you are struggling to feed your kids, stuff like piano lessons have to go. Not that piano lessons are not a great and positive thing – but it’s down the totem pole of needs.

    With pork, it’s a question of priorities, and available funds. Every project is not a crazy boondoggle., but most of them we don’t NEED, and you give up the “nice to have” stuff in tough times.

  9. Admin, this article is spot on. The spin is laughable out there in media land, but any idiot can see that this looks very very bad for GW Obama and his Dims.

  10. Bill Clinton, as we noted recently, moved the country in the direction he wanted to move the country and the Republicans hated his success. We quoted Republican/conservative Sean Trende in our article:

    “… Clinton didn’t compromise.… he fought for his platform vigorously. He acquiesced to a shutdown in the government, gambling that because his position was the more popular one, that the Republicans would bear the brunt of the public’s ire. And he was right. Obama has, in essence, capitulated on the eve of the government shutdown.”
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    No. Clinton did not compromise on the things that counted. He fought for them. Obama on the other hand is not a fighter. He is a poet. Today he held a press conference to celebrate his own repudiation of his core campaign promise. Another self inflicted wound. The rehabilitation effort for him coming out of NBC and CNN however is fierce.

  11. Dems have lost McCain, Corker and Graham on START, suddenly looking very doomed.
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    Let us hope so. This treaty represents the wholesale abandonment of allies and a vital strategic position. Part of the deal is a promise by Obama to cease work on strategic defense efforts to protect the American People from the risk of nuclear attack. That is hidden however. I hope the Republicans press the administration to deny that fact on the record.

  12. When Warren Harding became mentally incapcitated his wife ran the country. It was a disaster. If Bill cannot whip the likes of valerie jarrett I would be shocked and amazed. Now that this piece is out in the open let the attack against Jarrett begin. Dig deep enough and I am certain you will strike a sewer line and all kinds of shit will float to the surface. I do not think Issa is a sell out artist. Besides too many people in his own party are watching.

  13. Shadowfax
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Christmas lights gone mad
    _____________________

    You weren’t kidding, Shadowfax-

    Hillarious!

  14. Question: Hillary for President? Still a possibility?

    Yes. Bill wants it more than her at this point I believe. But that option is still in play. Did you note the increased primary challenge to Obama chatter in recent weeks? Gave you this scenario some time ago. Now it has become reality. And the party donors are not falling back in line with Obama. Not all of them. WH has basically a 24/7 please support us again campaign underway to these donors. Very unusual for sitting president to have to do that this soon and this aggressively. Shows just how unhappy people in own party have become w/him.
    ____________________

    Bill and Hill are the only hope we have left.

    I’m sure Bill has run through many scenarios in his mind that in tandem with each other, would turn the economy around on a dime.

    It’s getting harder and more complicated by the day for fixing the economy because of the weight of destruction carried in all the new regulations coming at us from all directions amounting to new Taxes chipping away at our bottom line.

    Death by a thousand cuts, I’m afraid.

  15. Mrs. S.

    You weren’t kidding, Shadowfax-

    Hillarious!

    Turns out youtube has tons of these music/homes, and there are contests every year for the best.

    Most have better video than this one, and some music is better…that’s where I am wandering around on the nets…

  16. Bill and Hill are the only hope we have left.

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    Amen to that. Without them, the working class and seniors are toast, left to only pick over the spoils of the ubers.

  17. Some tidbits from the Ulsterman Report’s most recent.

    Gibbs is gone soon though. Taken longer than I had thought. Jarrett wants him gone. She has effectively taken over WH at this point. AND she is behind much of the anti-Rahm movement in Chicago. Her hands are all over it. Bitch.

    I want to point you on something about Jarrett if you don’t mind. She was at a recent WH/business leader thing. She WAS the White House at this meeting. Obama was there but said little after the intros. Jarrett spoke almost all the policy and the push for organized labor was HUGE by her at this meeting. The WH needs business to help out if they are to get a 2nd term. They have to admit that now. So what is going on is simple bribery. We are talking billions and billions here to come via the health bill requirements and tax code and other “perks”. It was a strong arm attempt that appeared almost fully coordinated by Jarrett. I don’t believe Obama even understands the process here. He is being told what to say, how to react, etc. That’s not new, but on this it’s even more so than before. Jarrett is running the show, with input from First Lady. Those two have formed quite a formidable team inside WH.

    Jarrett is Obama’s brain. It’s her WH now full on. There is nobody left in the West Wing to counter her agenda. And her agenda is almost 100% labor unions. Not the kind of support I’m familiar with and have worked with. Something else. Something far bigger. Watch that. There is something going on there. Unions are blasting Rahm in Chicago. Those strings lead right back to Jarrett.

    Holder is very nervous. Something up at DOJ. The place is a mess. Normally he would have been long gone but Jarrett supports him. Only as long as Holder can keep a lid on the stink of what is at the DOJ though IMO. If some of that breaks open Holder is gone and could even face full on hearings against HIM. Those would be deserved IMO.

    Told a big move coming at WH. Not a normal post midterm house cleaning. Something bigger. Should break within few weeks.

    Issa. Issa. Issa. Conservatives can’t trust him. I have heard a few reports he has become too cozy with WH. Suspect deal might have been made. OR, he could be playing WH. Uncertain, but word is he might prove all bark and no bite. If Issa does not use his full authority to go after DOJ/WH then 2012 looking much better for Obama.

  18. http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2010/12/16/will-the-tax-deal-kill-social-security/

    Last week, when the tax deal emerged, some commentators said we would be better off if the proposal contained a smaller income tax break (notably less for the upper class), and a larger cut in the payroll tax. That structure, some said, would produce 500,000 more jobs for the same price. Well, it turns there could be a huge potential downside to cutting payroll taxes: It could kill Social Security.

    Payroll taxes at least in name provide the funding for Social Security and Medicare. So cutting the tax that is associated with Social Security could put the program already thought to have money problems in worse shape, and potentially lead to its demise. Here’s why:

    For many the idea that the tax plan could put Social Security in jeopardy may seem a little silly. It’s like telling someone with a few days left to live it’s time to cut back on the sweets. The truth is Social Security is not nearly as deep in the red as many people think. The federal program used to fund itself and then some through the payroll tax. That mostly ended this year when it had to dip into its trust fund for $40 billion to help pay benefits. But even on its current course it will still be another 27 years before Social Security exhausts its current reserves and will actually be in financial trouble. At least that was the situation before the tax deal.

    How significantly does the drop in the payroll tax change Social Security math? Pretty significantly. The deal on the table is to cut what employees pay in payroll tax by two percentage points, to 4.2% from 6.2%. According to Dean Baker, who is the co-director of the liberal think tank the Center for Economic and Policy Research and opposes the tax deal, that 2% drop if made permanent, as some fear it will be, be would mean that Social Security could drain its trust fund and go on life support as early as 2020. That means Washington which usually looks a decade out when devising the budget would have to start dealing with the problem of what to do with Social Security pretty much immediately.

  19. So Hillary is even expected to travel at New Year’s. Wonder what the opening act president will be doing…

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    Clinton to Attend Dilma Rousseff’s Presidential Inauguration

    December 17, 2010, Friday

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton together with other foreign dignitaries will attend the inauguration of the new President of Brazil, the Bulgaria-descended Dilma Rousseff.

    On January 1, 2011, Dilma Rousseff, the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant named Petar Rusev, will receive the yellow-green presidential band from the incumbent, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and will become the first woman President of the largest Latin American nation…

    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=123315

  20. Admin
    Is Obama going after social security for the same reasons that the Republicans are or is there another goal he has in mind that I haven’t figured out yet?

  21. The faux media can try to spin this in obama’s favor as much as they want, but this is what really happened…

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    Clinton: W.H. presser ‘sort of fun’

    By: Jennifer Epstein
    December 17, 2010

    Former President Bill Clinton says that while he enjoyed answering reporters’ questions last week in the White House briefing room, he has no plans to return any time soon.

    “It was sort of fun,” Clinton said Thursday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “But I think once every 10 years is quite enough.”

    Clinton said the briefing room visit wasn’t planned.

    “It was actually quite impromptu,” he said. “I was — I was in the Oval Office talking to the president about a number of things at his invitation.”

    But Obama wanted the former president “to go to the briefing room and tell the press,” Clinton said. “I said, well, I’m out of practice. He said, you’ll be fine. It’s like riding a bicycle.”

    Clinton said he privately expressed support for President Barack Obama’s tax cut deal with Senate Republicans and then offered to call some House Democrats to help push the deal.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46541.html

  22. Every other country in the world is electing women leaders left and right. I feel extremely sad and angry about what happened here in 2008.

    basil, you have a link to ulsterman?

  23. Before you dust off that ‘Comeback Kid’ title…

    Carrie Dann writes: After last night’s bipartisan passage of a massive tax cut deal delivered a big win for the White House, news organizations hurried to cast President Barack Obama as “the new comeback kid.” (Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer was among the first out of the gate.)

    As we wrote this morning, the deal represented Obama’s biggest victory since the passage of his flagship health care reform in March, and it’s certainly a welcome triumph for a White House badly in need of approving nods from swing voters.

    But before you grant the ‘Comeback Kid’ title, keep in mind just how much the press occasionally enjoys searching for the next worthy recipient of the moniker famously self-submitted by Bill Clinton after his New Hampshire campaign rebound.

    Here’s just a smattering of headlines celebrating the shorthand for the ultimate unlikely victor since Clinton first nabbed the title in 1992.

    Clinton stars as Comeback Kid — Chicago Tribune, Jan. 2008

    Is McCain the latest ‘Comeback Kid’? — Miami Herald, Dec. 2007

    John Edwards: The Comeback Kid? — Greensboro News & Record, Jan. 2008

    John Kerry, the new Comeback Kid — U.S. News and World Report, June 2007

    Comeback Kid?; Bob Barr Likely to Seek a Return to the House in 2004 — Roll Call, Jan. 2003

    GEPHARDT: THE NEXT COMEBACK KID? – Hotline, May 2001

    “Is Quayle the next Comeback Kid?” — New York Times, 1999

    “Will Gore be the new ‘Comeback Kid’?” -– Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sept.1997

    Why Dole Might Star As the Comeback Kid – Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 1996

    Bob Packwood, comeback kid? – Washington Times, March 1995

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/17/5669906-before-you-dust-off-that-comeback-kid-title

  24. Just heard the boob on the radio on the way from dinner — he said tough choices are ahead wrt deficit.. social security it is.

    Another thing he said was there are things both left and right don’t like in the tax bill. What is it with this guy and his wife? Can’t they put a positive spin on anything? She goes after school lunch and it could perhaps be a good thing to provide nutritious meals to kids but she has to insert something like ‘parents don’t know better.’ She has to rub it in everybody’s face.

  25. PM,

    Yes, the frauds as parents don’t know anything, she runs around eating ice cream, him hamburgers, but the rest of us should be eating grass…and not the good kind I might add.

  26. pm317

    basil, you have a link to ulsterman?

    ———-

    I posted almost the entire article up above at:

    Shadowfax
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Something from the Insider

  27. Shadowfax, thanks. Hard to believe those women boobs are running the show. He must be worse than he appears on the surface. The man can’t function.

  28. Monica Crowley, conservative extraordinaire, just predicted on the McLaughlin Report that the first 2 bills John Boehner will propose in the House are HR1 to make the tax cuts permanent and HR2 to repeal the healthcare bill.

  29. You know if this guy wins again in 2012, I will go back to India! Much of what I admired about American political system will be for nothing.

  30. BigCatLover, in September 2007 we wrote “Barack Obama’s Social Insecurity”. We answered your question there.

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2007/09/20/barack-obamas-social-insecurity/

    Check out the Jeffrey Liebman connection which we wrote about repeatedly but few others did.

    In October of 2007 we wrote that Obama knew that his Social Security crackpot ideas were the same as Tim Russert’s and that Obama saw Social Security as a way to get Big Media even more firmly on his side. We were right and proven right when Russert became Hillary’s opponent on the debate stage on this very question. That debate was the pivotal debate and thereafter Big Media became a full fledged attack dog on behalf of Obama.

    Here is another article you might be interested in:

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2007/10/29/is-barack-obama-a-closeted-ripublican/

    Everything that is happening now we wrote about in detail in 2007. Check out the Krugman video and the Obama video we linked to as documentation.

  31. So that other Ulsterman story about MO and the redneck comment was not true? The link did not look like it came from him.

  32. This is what I want to hear and while not everything is rosy, this is a pretty good state to be in.

    WASHINGTON: In a rousing endorsement of the secular and nationalistic nature of India and its Muslim population, the United States has recognized and appreciated that a “vast majority” of them remain committed to the Indian state and seek to participate in mainstream politics and economic life, thus cutting down scope for recruitment by extremist organizations.

    In an extensive commentary about India’s 150 million plus Muslims (the second largest in the world after Indonesia, former US envoy to New Delhi David Mulford recorded in a cable (released by WikiLeaks) that “India’s vibrant democracy, inclusive culture and growing economy have made it easier for Muslim youth to find a place in the mainstream, reduced the pool of potential recruits, and the space in which Islamic extremist organizations can operate.”

    Read more: India and its Muslims get a thumbs up from US – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-its-Muslims-get-a-thumbs-up-from-US/articleshow/7118795.cms#ixzz18QaIYWRJ

  33. admin
    December 17th, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    BigCatLover, in September 2007 we wrote “Barack Obama’s Social Insecurity”. We answered your question there.
    *********************
    Thanks, I’m off to read now. BBL

  34. Admin
    Re Obama and social security: Jeffrey Liebman is a new name to me and I need to check him out, but Obama no longer needs to distance himself from HRC and Tim Russert is gone. I know he is a closet Republican as I told obots during the campaign. But what is his personal motivation to go after social security now and why are Democrats seemingly complicit in this (the payroll tax cut)?

  35. Love it!
    **********

    December 17, 2010
    A royal snub for the Obamas
    Thomas Lifson

    Michelle Obama may be ruing the day Barry sent back the bust of Winston Churchill. The Obamas are not being invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times writes:

    … the current residents of the White House will not be there, according to the Daily Mail.

    The official excuse provided to the British paper by royal sources is that the royal couple wants to share their special nuptial moment with ordinary citizens. Anyway, it is not an official state event, they said. And, you know, Westminster only seats 2,000.

    Nice try.

    So then how to explain the invites to French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni?

    And how to explain the invitations to England-loving President and Mrs. Reagan for the wedding of Diana and PrinceCharles back in 1981? And the subsequent invitations to the American first family for the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson five years later?

    The world’s fashion press will be gaga over all the outfits worn to the nuptials, and poor Michelle will get no ink. That has to rankle the first clothes horse, with the odd taste in belts and colors.

    Boo-hoo. What goes around comes around. An iPod with a recording of the wedding ceremony would be a nice gift for the royals to send to the White House.

    Maybe the Obamas will get invited to the next Luo tribal chief’s wedding in Kenya.

  36. Nasty and Reid snub their previous Dear Leader, BendOverBarry…

    Dems: One Big Happy Family — Addams Family (update) »

    It wasn’t exactly a Democratic lovefest when President Obama signed his nearly $900 billion tax cut and jobless benefits bill at the White House this afternoon, adding to the $13.7 trillion federal deficit.

    While Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were at the signing ceremony, missing from the guest list were Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The Democratic leaders were invited, but had scheduling conflicts, aides said.

    Illinois pal, Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, was the highest-ranking member of Congress to attend the event.

    Also missing from the event was the entire New York City Democratic congressional delegation, inculding Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Many of the New York Democrats were vocal opponents of the tax cut deal, some even mocking the President for his less-than-stellar negotiating skills.

    UPDATE: However, as our NYC-based blogger Celeste Katz reports, The Rev. Al Sharpton was invited to the ceremony and attended. Sharpton used his radio program to go after Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn-Queens) for criticizing the President’s tax cut deal.

    There is some serious bad blood between Obama and the activist wing of his party over his backroom tax cut deal with the GOP leadership, but there is plenty of time for Obama to make amends with the disillusioned Democrats. The compromise even forced the President to go back on his campaign pledge when he extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich….(AGAIN)

    Fortunately for Obama, he had ex-President Bill Clinton save the day and shift Obama’s rancorous language to a more contrite, concilatory tone. (No, Bill said is was the best Barry could get at the eleventh hour after blowing his entire first term, cramming though all his worthless spending.) Even GOP political guru Karl Rove took note of the tenor of Obama’s language, which was aimed at the very people who supported him in his 2008 presidential bid.

    “He’s really good at fighting with the people in his party, but I wish he would learn how to do it with the Republicans,” said a senior Capitol Hill lawmaker.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2010/12/dems-one-big-happy-family—-a.html

  37. Oh Boo frickin’ hoo…poor little creep gets picked on, see several links on Drudge:

    Assange says he is victim of smears…

    …denies knowing detained Army specialist

    WIKILEAKS Being ‘Attacked’ by Banks…

    VIDEO: Assange Walks Out of ABCNEWS Interview, Calls Reporter ‘Tabloid Schmuck’…

  38. Different situation room
    CNN’s Gergen chats with Obama
    By ABBY PHILLIP | 12/17/10 11:57 AM Updated: 12/17/10 12:17 PM
    CNN analyst David Gergen met with Barack Obama today. David Gergen, the CNN political analyst who has advised four presidents, met with President Obama on Thursday.

    “I believe he was in to see some people, including that president,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Friday, without giving more details.
    _____________

    A repeat of Bill Clinton in order to get the White House in shape? I don’t care what Obama does. No one, not even Gergen, could give Obama any credibility with me.

  39. “I believe he was in to see some people, including that president,”

    …………………………………..

    What a weird turn of phrase “that” president.

  40. “It’s like this amazing guy ran for office, and his evil twin took over the WH.”

    From Bob Kuttner on Obama, calling in to Big Ed’s show today

    ……………………………………………………………….

    No you fuckwit, he was always this way, you guys just had your heads so far up your ass you could’nt see daylight and what he really was, we all told you. These muppets annoy me.

  41. Amazing.
    While Obie is publicly reading ‘Of Thee I Sing,’ Sarah Palin’s book just out states on the inside front flap: “This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart. I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free.”
    It is a sobering backdrop for this holiday season. Broadcast TV tells me that businesses associated with this season are noticing an uptick. Corporations are having more parties. No surprise there as their guy has been good to them. As for the people of Main Street, it seems they too are spending more. Perhaps their thinking matches mine: I’ve no idea what will have been done to the holiday season by next year, so I’m going the extra mile to treasure this one which, if I concentrate on it mightily, I can enjoy one more time as Washington concurrently erodes more of our freedoms and rights.

  42. The suggested alternative for misogynists on a diet.
    _____________________________

    Feds: Pa. inmate threatened to kill, eat Obama.
    Career burglar also targets first lady

    PHILADELPHIA — A career burglar from Pennsylvania is accused of writing a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and eat his flesh.

    More U.S. news Mexican government drone crashes in El Paso
    A Mexican government official says a drone that crashed in El Paso this week had been flying over Mexican airspace, but a malfunction forced controllers to crash it across the border. Full story

    .Updated 107 minutes ago 12/18/2010 11:44:15 AM +00:00 Could WikiLeaks provoke crackdown on leaks?
    LAPD deluged with calls in ‘Grim Sleeper’ case
    Bank of America says cuts off WikiLeaks
    Police: Unlikely there’s more beach victims
    ..Secret Service agents say 32-year-old Gregory Dale Brockman also threatened first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush.

    Brockman pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia. His public defender, Mara Meehan, declined to comment.

    Prosecutors say Brockman told Secret Service agents that his anger stems from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The agents say he also admired cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers, and vowed to act on his threats if released.

    Brockman, formerly of Lehighton, is serving 30 months for burglary and other crimes.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40720776/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
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    read the comment section. stand-up worthy!

  43. Oops looks like a double post coming-

    The suggested alternative for misogynists on a diet.
    _____________________________

    Feds: Pa. inmate threatened to kill, eat Obama.
    Career burglar also targets first lady

    PHILADELPHIA — A career burglar from Pennsylvania is accused of writing a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and eat his flesh.

    ..Secret Service agents say 32-year-old Gregory Dale Brockman also threatened first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush.

    Brockman pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia. His public defender, Mara Meehan, declined to comment.

    Prosecutors say Brockman told Secret Service agents that his anger stems from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The agents say he also admired cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers, and vowed to act on his threats if released.

    Brockman, formerly of Lehighton, is serving 30 months for burglary and other crimes.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40720776/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
    _______________

    read the comment section. stand-up worthy!

  44. Flashback: Obama Promised 5-Day, Public Review of Bills Before Signing; Signs Tax Bill Within Hours of House Vote

  45. admin:

    Obama certainly is an unappetizing president, even to MO. 🙂

    some of the comments regarding:

    “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner @ the WH.”

    I know, dark humor- appropriate though for the jobless and homeless when a president is oblivious to the austerity he’s responsible for causing to people especially around the holidays.
    ________________________

    “Have a nice lunch, do you wish to supersize that? we can throw in some reids and a frosty pelosi drink for an extra buck. or will the side of bush be enough?”

    :
    “ Had to give up eating politicians myself, too rich.”

    :

    ” lousy choice for a last meal.”
    _____________________

  46. And A Child Shall Lead Us — From the White House

    By Dan Gainor
    December 17, 2010

    When Barack Obama took over the White House, the one thing we were assured of was that the adults were back in charge. The media hated George W. Bush and lampooned his speech or his malapropisms. With Obama, we got the steady, academic hand that came from …

    OK, it came from nowhere. Obama had almost no political experience. He hadn’t done much outside of politics. He was a blank slate and the left wrote one word on it: “win.”

    And that worked. Still, the adults-only theme has been typical. Lefty media maven and Time magazine contributor Ana Marie Cox said on the “The Rachel Maddow Show” soon after the election that “those familiar faces behind” Obama delivered on the “idea that there are going to be some grown-ups in charge.”

    Maybe not.

    We’ve seen incident after incident of Obama’s prickly, juvenile behavior. He gets mad at the right. He crusades against business while asking them to hire people. He gets mad at any media that dare criticize him. And he gets mad at the “professional” left. Heck, he even had a mini-tantrum bashing both left and right after trying to work out a tax deal.

    After pouting for nearly two years, Obama finally took his ball and went home right in the middle of a press conference. He was replaced by the only slightly more mature former President Bill Clinton and America breathed a collective sigh of relief. Dan Harris of “Good Morning America” was thrilled: “That was an awesome bit of political theater. An amazing atmosphere in the room, I have to imagine.”

    ABC’s David Kerley said it was “a little bit of déjà vu,” with Clinton in the “the form that he showed in that White House briefing room when he was president.” — Thankfully, it wasn’t also the form he showed in the Oval Office or we’d have to place Secret Service guards around the interns.

    But seeing folksy and charming Bill Clinton wow another press gaggle was a reminder of how far we’ve fallen. This is one of the grown-ups?

    America grades on a huge curve.

    We all know more than we want to about the maturity of the hormonally challenged Bill Clinton.

    Then there’s Obama – wildly confident, but like that awkward, gawky teen no one ever gets close to. Yes he can play basketball (injuries happen), so he’s not a total nerd. But he’s so lacking in bowling skill he should almost be rolling the ball between his legs.

    Despite some of the stupid things he’s done, he’s obviously intelligent. But his bookishness makes him act like the smartest kid in the room – even when there’s little evidence of that. Combine that with a hefty dose of narcissism and you get a typical adolescent personality.

    In short, he acts even less mature than Bill Clinton.

    There’s no doubt the American public is clamoring for adult leadership. In August, House Republican leader John Boehner said Obama needed a new economic team and that “it’s time to put grown-ups in charge.” He may or may not be right.. Look at how we turn for political commentary to some of the sharpest minds of the day, like Joy Behar, Kanye West and Bill Maher.

    Maybe we just want a slightly older child to lead us. That might be all we have to choose from anyway.

    And what of George W. Bush, so often bashed by the media for a frat-boy past and for sophomoric gaffes. A recent viral video summed some of those missteps that had Bush saying silly things and unable to open a door to escape after a speech.

    When Bush knew he had flubbed or stood stuck a door that wouldn’t budget, he showed self-deprecating humor and a good-natured willingness to laugh – even at himself. Not the only measure of maturity, but not a bad start either.

    Back in early 2001, columnist George Will wrote that the arrival of Team Bush meant: “The revival of government by grown-ups continues. Now that we’ve seen the people on either side of Bush, maybe he was correct.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/12/17/child-shall-lead-white-house/

  47. Check out the Jeffrey Liebman connection which we wrote about repeatedly but few others did…
    *********
    Back in the primary days, only a minimal amount of research into the Obama socio/financial troika of Goolsbe, Cutler and Liebman would have predicted that Obama was bad news, especially with Obamacare. Here is a starting point:

    “January 9, 2008
    Obama’s economic advisers”

    http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/obamas-economic-advisers/

    (Not of of the better references but I am in a hurry)

  48. White House delayed rule on guns to Mexico

    By Sari Horwitz and James V. Grimaldi
    Saturday, December 18, 2010

    This spring, President Obama promised Mexican President Felipe Calderon that he would work to deter gunrunning south of the border. Behind the scenes, White House officials were putting the brakes on a proposal to require gun dealers to report bulk sales of the high-powered semiautomatic rifles favored by drug cartels.

    Justice Department officials had asked for White House approval to require thousands of gun dealers along the border to report the purchases to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF investigators expected to get leads on suspected arms traffickers.

    Senior law enforcement sources said the proposal from the ATF was held up by the White House in early summer. The sources, who asked to be anonymous because they were discussing internal deliberations, said that the effort was shelved by then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, a veteran of battles with the gun lobby during the Clinton administration.

    Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Emanuel, who is running for mayor of Chicago, said Emanuel “did not stop the policy from being implemented.” Emanuel “has never taken a back seat to anyone when it comes to standing up to the NRA to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals,” LaBolt said.

    White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said, “We don’t comment on interagency policy deliberations, but the president is committed to cracking down on violence on the Southwest border.”

    The plan – which officials knew would be strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association – was perceived as too volatile just before midterm elections, the sources said.

    Last month, ATF Deputy Director Kenneth Melson asked the Justice Department to try again, law enforcement officials said.

    “We appreciate the support of the Department of Justice and the administration as we seek to stem the flow of firearms to Mexico,” ATF chief spokesman Scot Thomasson said.

    On Friday, the ATF published the emergency proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal requires dealers to report to the bureau anytime they make two or more sales over a five-day period of semiautomatic rifles that have a caliber greater than .22 and a detachable magazine. It would be valid for six months.

    Dealers have been required for decades to report the sales of multiple handguns to the ATF.

    The gun lobby responded angrily to the emergency proposal.

    “The timing of this announcement, following the midterm elections, has not gone unnoticed by industry,” said Ted Novin, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a group that represents gun dealers and manufacturers.

    “We remain opposed to further burdening America’s law-abiding firearms retailers with yet another onerous regulation that will do nothing to curb crime,” Novin said. “Furthermore, multiple sales reporting of long guns will actually make it more difficult for licensed retailers to help law enforcement as traffickers modify their illegal schemes to circumvent the reporting requirement.”

    In May, Obama assured Calderon that the administration would assist Mexico in curbing drug cartel violence, which has led to 30,000 deaths in Mexico.

    LaBolt said that Emanuel recommended Andy Traver of Chicago to be nominated by Obama to be director of the ATF and was the “point man” in the Clinton administration when Congress passed an assault weapons ban and required background checks for gun sales. Clinton later blamed those bills for the GOP takeover of Congress in 1995.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121706912.html

    ————————

    “The plan – which officials knew would be strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association – was perceived as too volatile just before midterm elections, the sources said.”

    ——————-
    Just shaking my head here.

  49. Moon–whatever the merits of this dream act are, and you do not need to guess where I stand on it, but whatever its merits, the fact remains, that when you have nearly 20% effective unemployment in this country, and when it is more probable than not that despite all this desperate hype about an improving economy for some this will continue for a decade, because the fundamentals are bad, and when Obama and establishment dims and establishment republicans conspire to end social security, and when left wingers are in lala land waiting for the opportunity repudiate their own values again and kiss obama ass whenever the opportunity arises and real conservatives are frozen out of power in committee positions by the establishment republicans, it is pure insanity to do anything to incentivize more illegal immigration. This is so fundamental that it should not have to be explained to anyone.

    On a different note we have the statement of one of the loudest and most obnoxious people on the planet this week saying she is glad not that Hillary was not nominated because if she had been the challenges Obama is dealing with now would be blamed on her gender. If that is the logic, then will never come a time when a woman will be president because even in more halcion times the situation could always go sour and it would be blamed on her gender. What a stupid thing to say even for Streisand. By the way whatever happened to James Brolin? Since he and Babs tied the not he has become invisible. But babs, she is as loud and lovely as ever. Yeats said it all:

    One that is ever kind said yesterday:
    “Your well-beloved’s hair has threads of grey,
    And little shadows come about her eyes;
    Time can but make it easier to be wise
    Though now it seems impossible, and so
    All that you need is patience.”

    Heart cries, “No,
    I have not a crumb of comfort, not a grain.
    Time can but make her beauty over again:
    Because of that great nobleness of hers
    The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
    Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways
    When all the wild Summer was in her gaze.”

    Heart! O heart! if she’d but turn her head,
    You’d know the folly of being comforted.

    The same goes for men. I have it on the best authority–my barber. His tips have gone down ever since.

  50. Let us hope Guttierez goes on a hunger strike. He, Bill O and Rev. Al could meet at Sylvia’s to talk about it. But Harlem is a long way from South Chicago.

  51. DREAM Act Nightmare: Immigration Bill Dies in Senate
    …Three Republicans backed the bill today: Sens. Dick Lugar of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Robert Bennett of Utah. But five Democrats voted against it: Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Max Baucus of Montana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Four senators did not vote: Sens. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/12/dream-act-nightmare-immigration-bill-dies-in-senate.html

  52. Picture the scowl as Carla Bruni gets to attend and not fashion don’t Michelle:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/12/kate-middleton-prince-william-queen-elizabeth-obama.html

    Oh, the humiliation. Once not so long ago one of the world’s top celebrities in his own right, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle did not make the cut for invitations to the royal wedding in London next spring.

    On April 29 in Westminster Abbey with all the grace and pageantry sure to capture international imaginations, commoner Kate Middleton will marry Prince William, son of Princess Diana. And don’t forget the horsedrawn carriage perhaps.

    But the current residents of the White House will not be there, according to the Daily Mail.Prince William of Britain and his fiancee Kate Middleton

    The official excuse provided to the British paper by royal sources is that the royal couple wants to share their special nuptial moment with ordinary citizens. Anyway, it is not an official state event, they said. And, you know, Westminster only seats 2,000.

    Nice try.

    So then how to explain the invites to French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni?

    And how to explain the invitations to England-loving President and Mrs. Reagan for the wedding of Diana and Prince Charles back in 1981? And the subsequent invitations to the American first family for the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson five years later? [snip]

    On that grand occasion in Buckingham Palace, President Obama on behalf of the people of the United States presented the British sovereign with the gift of an iPod. She gave him a photograph framed in silver.

    That came a few months after Britain’s visiting Prime Minister Gordon Brown was denied the traditional Oval Office photo op with the American president. And Obama gave Brown a couple of toy helicopters of Marine One and classic American movie DVD’s, reportedly in a format incompatible with British players. Thanks for stopping by.

    Such incidents gave rise to silly rumors that Obama carries some kind of vestigial grudge toward America’s traditional ally, possibly because his Kenyan father was a colonial subject of Britain’s until two years after baby Barack’s 1961 birth. And don’t forget those pesky WikiLeak documents showing Obama aides consider the current British prime minister, David Cameron, a lightweight. Isn’t everyone who doesn’t attend Harvard?

    Maybe William’s grandparents will ultimately change his mind for him. And who wants to go London in April anyway when you can hit the musty gym over at the Interior Department for an hour of hoops with Arne Duncan?

    Meanwhile, the current wedding invitation snub could be something as simple as the engaged couple not caring a cricket’s wicket about a couple of Chicagoans from a faux Hyde Park. Maybe the British just don’t like Nobel Prize winners.

    It couldn’t possibly be overdue retaliation for that tax protest by Massachusetts liberals dumping 342 chests of British tea into the ocean. That, of course, became known as the Boston Tea Party. Seems like only 237 years ago last night.

  53. Yeah, it is humiliation alright. But can you imagine the security for the ‘chosen’ One?! Can you imagine all his secret service people going and combing around the church and other places he is going to be with the rest of them? He will like all the attention he will get and not even feel sheepish about upstaging the future king to be and his bride.

  54. “I believe he was in to see some people, including that president,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Friday, without giving more details.

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

    Hey, Obama was actually in to the White House today!

  55. But can you imagine the security for the ‘chosen’ One?!

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

    Yes. THey wouldn’t have parking space for all those armored cars.

  56. Why is Bill Richardson in N.Korea on a private unofficial visit….i would not trust him as far as i could throw him.

  57. moononpluto 1:20

    You can say that again. He is trying to help with the explosive situation between N and S Korea, because of his history. We were told that it was funded by the state.

    Not sure how much influence he still has. We still hear the rumor he will become head of the film stuff. So, I guess he is doing this as a favor to the ONE.

    Glad to have him out of the state.

  58. Republicans Hurt in 2012 by Failure on 9/11 Health, DADT, DREAM Act
    http://usliberals.about.com/b/2010/12/17/republicans-hurt-in-2012-by-failure-on-911-health-dadt-dream-act.htm

    Shepard Smith Unloads On Blockers Of 9/11 Responders Bill: ‘How Do They Sleep At Night?’ (VIDEO)
    http://usliberals.about.com/b/2010/12/17/republicans-hurt-in-2012-by-failure-on-911-health-dadt-dream-act.htm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNnG-x1pnj0

    [Please live-link this clip]

    Republicans have shown the sham of their religiosity and moral superiority. They have no real core. No real feelings. They are ALL about the rich. I am so done.

  59. The Meaning of Conservative Principles
    http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2010/12/meaning-of-conservative-principles.html

    A Christian Nation
    http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2010/12/christian-nation.html

    Excellent blog posts by Steve Hochstadt.

    They sure give a lot of food for thought during the upcoming Holiday season. And, no it is neither Christmas nor Chanukah in my household, it is Sankranthi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankranthi — and yes, this is indeed a Holiday season due to the change in the calendar which various people made different stories to mark the event.

    It is indeed a shame the Repubs have shown that their religion is devoid of morality and that their superiority has pushed away moderates like me who voted for them at least selectively even as recently as in 2010. Not anymore. This year, Repubs have proven that they want to take the country farther back than the Founding Fathers (without Founding Mothers in their midst) envisioned, farther than native Americans, farther than neanderthals, all the way to the man-eat-man world. Oh, yeah, they have brought us there already.. and it is the “rich eat the unemployed’s lunch” world.

    No thanks Republicans. I am done with your religious superiority and manipulation to gain votes to push the agenda of the rich and polluters.

  60. admin, A rare poster here. My two posts had two links; so they are held up in mod queue. Please release. Thanks.

  61. Sanders
    December 18th, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    ——————-
    Sanders have you examined the quantum leaps which Steve makes in his little diatribe? Republican = repressive theocrat = destroyer of civil rights = J. Edgar Hoover = (Closet Nazi), etc.

    I hate to be the one to tell you this but not every Republican is a Christian, not every Republican is white, not every Republican is male, not every Republican is opposed to civil rights, Lincoln was a Republican, the dixicrats who opposed civil rights were southern democrats, Beck has told the country things about what is going on that the other networks suppress, Sarah Palin is a legitimate example of an Alaska woman and I have met many of them, in short sir, there are more things in heaven and earth than our dreamt of in Steve’s intemperate diatribe.

    This is not a defense of Republicans. After all there is much to object to. And I myself am an independent. Rather, it is an indictment of sophomoric analysis. The kind that big media feeds us on a daily basis. The substitution of race for class warfare. The elite economic interests are selling this country out. And the middle class is eroding. And the rest is just theater.

    Make no mistake about it sir. The culprits are in both political parties. Party labels mean nothing anymore. And a selective reading of history to shoe horn false remedies into current problems leads to a dead end. If you want to get outraged about something save your ire for those who talked about financial reform and then killed Glass Steegle. While the street theater is playing under the lights, that is the back alley where mack the knife is lurking.

  62. Republicans plan to put forward their own DREAM act next session and if they intend to stay a legitimate Party they will have to. I don’t think people here remember what Happened to California after the 1994 Republican attack on latinos. The latino vote went Reagan 48% in his second election, by 1996, it went 6% Dole.

    DADT repeal has passed. Joe Lieberman worked extremely hard to make this happen. Obama never lifted a finger. Obama will now take complete credit.

  63. wbboei
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Well, they should start supporting some social change. They are lucky 8 Republicans voted for the DADT repeal today, but it should have been more. The public is now way too out ahead of the Republican Party.

  64. turndownobama
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    He’s already issued a statement, he’ll sign it. He’s very lucky Joe Lieberman made this happen. He’ll get to take credit and he didn’t use an ounce of political capital.

  65. Republicans plan to put forward their own DREAM act next session and if they intend to stay a legitimate Party they will have to
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    Yes mj. Big business republicans (RINOS) like Lindsay Graham will do exactly that. Bush tried it when he was president at the urging of big business. And it is just as wrong as when Gutierrez does it for the DINOS. There is a huge fight over this within their party. If you tolerate employers who employ illegals at below market rates, every employer in the same industry will be under economic pressure to either follow suit or exit the business.

  66. The repeal of don’t ask don’t tell is a good thing for the country. The only good thing to come out of this benighted administration, and it took an Idependent to do it.

  67. wbboei
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Ok, so Hillary was a big business RINO then because as you know she ran strongly in support of the DREAM ACT. It’s Bennett of Utah who is putting toegether the Repub DREAM act and they are doing it to stay in the game. No latino vote, no future.

  68. wbboei
    December 18th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Obama was willing to throw DADT repeal under the bus for START. Joe Lieberman wouldn’t give up.

  69. Ok, so Hillary was a big business RINO then because as you know she ran strongly in support of the DREAM ACT. It’s Bennett of Utah who is putting toegether the Repub DREAM act and they are doing it to stay in the game. No latino vote, no future.
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    The argument assumes that every legal Latino wants every illegal Latino to have citizenship without going through the naturalization procedures and waiting in line that they did, places that issue over every other possible issue on the agenda, and has no regard for the law. Speaking personally, I doubt that is true. Lock step voting by race which we see in the African American demographic may be true today, but will not endure. But that will be the party line which Obama supports and it is also what the vile Rove seems to believe.

    As for California, I believe that is a special case. Bear in mind, that state which was once the land of opportunity has lost large chunks of its productive population due to taxes, resembles a south american republic according to Michael Barone and is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy thanks to a corrupt assembly and a RINO governor. The trick is for the rest of the country to not follow suit.

  70. Obama was willing to throw DADT repeal under the bus for START.
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    Yes mj. But there is no surprise there. He is no friend of the gay community. This START bill is part of his legacy and it is key to the demilitarization of the United States. It is another bad bill. Did those idiots in the senate pass the START bill? Lugar would. Putin is waiting.

  71. That video is fucking hilarious, i just wet myself watching that, its just about every obot i’ve come across, brainwashed robots. so so accurate.

  72. I am not getting too excited, this is the military, you can be guaranteed there is going to be a lot of problems with this repeal, i fully expect some nasty incidents to occur. I want to hope there won’t be but there will be.

    As much as i’d love for this to work, we are still dealing with a supremely macho outfit.

    There still wont be many who’ll stand up and say they are gay.

  73. Oh captain my captain
    The fateful trip
    The ship has weathered every test
    The prize we sought is won

    Right Harry? Right Nancy? As the stomach turns and the end draws near. We missed you Nancy at the signing ceremony of the compromise (cave in) where Obama laid the framework for the destruction of social security, and proved to the unsuspecting why he is such a big fan of Reagan.

    Another day, another waste of time by desperate Democrats in the lame-duck session:

    Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to grant hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.

    Sponsors of what they call the Dream Act needed 60 Senate votes for it, but fell five short. The House passed the bill last week. It was a last-ditch effort to enact it before it Republicans take control of the House from Democrats in January.

    Daniel Foster at NRO did the head count:

    Among Republicans, only Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted for the bill.

    On the Democat side, Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Max Baucus of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pyror of Arkansas, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted against the bill.

    In an update, Foster notes that Joe Manchin of West Virginia also opposed cloture. Like Lugar, Manchin has to stand for re-election in 2012. It will be interesting to see Lugar attempt to defend this vote in a primary fight in a little over a year, a fight he’s probably guaranteed himself today. Even if one thought that the act had some merit, why would Lugar vote to pass it in a lame-duck session — especially since the budget has yet to be addressed, as well as the START treaty that he has hinted at supporting?

    The other Democrats opposing the bill aren’t much of a surprise, except perhaps Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Looks like she’s hearing footsteps, too, even though she’s not up for her second election until 2014.

    It’s yet another miscalculation by Reid in a rapidly-closing window of opportunity. If he didn’t have six of his own caucus in hand, why press the matter at all? Reid raised expectations and then dashed them, a bad strategy in politics. Thankfully, it’s also another denial of a significant imposition of policy by a Congress that voters rejected six weeks ago.

  74. moononpluto
    December 18th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    There still wont be many who’ll stand up and say they are gay.
    ———————————————————————

    true, but at least people in service will not be legally prosecuted and dishonorably discharged because of their sexual preference.

  75. Obama will take credit for DADT and that is upsetting. How lucky can this bastard get?
    ————————–
    Not if it is properly explained. It is up to gay groups to reflect on what happened here and realize he is not their friend and never will be. There is alway a little good luck which comes with the office–and in his case plenty of bad luck and stupidity if it is properly reported.

  76. I am glad about the vote, I just do not understand why it took them so long. To me this was a number 1 issue, and it was not until they were losing their majority in the House that they decided to do it. Should have been done a lot soon than this.

  77. Ok, so Hillary was a big business RINO then because as you know she ran strongly in support of the DREAM ACT
    ——————————————
    No I do not think that follows at all mj. It is a matter of intent. The intent of the RINOS is to reward their business contributors who want cheap non union labor. This is not a hypothesis, it is an empirical fact. The same is true of people like Lindsey Graham, and McCain until he realized it could cost him his election. Hillary’s motivations are entirely different. I campaigned for her in Texas. They remember her as a young attorney working for voting rights. Her election ally Dolores Huerta fought the evil braceros program. Webb County where I campaigned was the first county in the country to give Bill Clinton support. She is interested in individualized justice, and lord knows there is a case to be made for a child who is brought to this country illegally by his parents, serves in the military and is in a position to contributes to our society. You could also argue that NAFTA has forced people to leave their farms and head north merely to survive. Hard cases make bad law, and individual tragedies make bad policy. These individual situations must be weighed against the broader social harm which emanates from the collapse of borders. Simply put, you cannot have safety nets on the one hand, and illegal immigration on the other, and that point has been proven by an economist several years ago. In other words, I support Hillary, I agree with her on most issues, but this case is an exception.

  78. But wbboei, where will they go to, Republicans? The point is that he didn’t lift a finger to do this for them
    ————————————–
    You are right. I do not expect them to become en masse log cabin republicans. They were my strongest allies when I was campaigning for Hillary. What I do not want is for Obama to get credit for it, or for them to believe that he will do more for them in the future. Black churches practice a form of intolerance over this issue which rivals the good old Southern Baptists, and those people are his base. There are other reasons as well.

  79. I was going to say, him being such a coward, he will not fully embrace the credit that automatically comes to him.

  80. He now admits what we accused him of previously and he denied. The ignorant Republicans who said stimulus plans do not work bent over backwards and gave him a second stimulus after the first one did not work.
    —————————————————
    Hoyer: Tax Deal to Act as Stimulus
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says he doesn’t like the tax compromise, but believes it will act as a second stimulus that Democrats wouldn’t have secured otherwise.

  81. Maybe, just maybe, Krauthammer will come to his senses in this coming week’s article and expose obama for the slacker he really is.

  82. I don’t understand relying on a conservative, far right Republican to tell you what is wrong with Obama.

    Wbboei, Maddow is already hailing DADT repeal as a sign of Obama’s unwavering commitment to the issue. What an unbelievable idiot she is.

  83. Appeal of DADT vindicates Bill Clinton’s efforts at the policy change to allow gays to serve in the military almost two decades ago. Let’s see if he gets any credit at all for being the first US President to pursue this issue. I’m betting not.

  84. Wbboei, Maddow is already hailing DADT repeal as a sign of Obama’s unwavering commitment to the issue. What an unbelievable idiot she is
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    Yes. An idiot alright. And an entirely predictable one.

  85. Maybe, just maybe, Krauthammer will come to his senses in this coming week’s article and expose obama for the slacker he really is.
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    Jan, several things are apparent about Krauthammer. They are:

    1. he is not an idiot.

    2. he is not a hopium addict.

    3. he is not moved by peer group pressure in re. Obama

    4. he disagrees fundamentally with Obama on all substantive issues.

    5. he believes that the Republicans cut a lousy deal with Obama.

    6. if you separate the substance from the hype it is hard to conclude otherwise.

    7. my sense is he is warning them to take Obama on or face the prospect that they will lose/

    P.S. I was dead wrong on the wiki leaks matter. This guy should be held incommunicado for the duration. He is a grave security threat to our nation.

  86. The argument assumes that every legal Latino wants every illegal Latino to have citizenship without going through the naturalization procedures and waiting in line that they did

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

    Huh? I thought the DREAM act was to provide a procedure/line for aliens brought here as children, who have NO possible procedure under current law.

  87. But wbboei, where will they go to, Republicans?

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

    I heard quite a few gays secretly vote Republican already; two paychecks, no children.

    Maybe if it’s out of one closet, it’s into the other.

  88. turndownobama
    December 19th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Actually, the Dem share of the gay vote was down significantly in the ’10 election cycle, which probably helped Lieberman in his efforts to with the pols to get repeal passed.

    turndownobama
    December 19th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Yup, and Grassley once proposed a similar policy. Again, according to Bennett of Utah, Repubs will organize to pass their own version in the next session. I really think they understand as a Party at some point they have to broaden their base, especially given that on many issues some latinos are more aligned with the Right than the Left. Both Ronald Reagan and GWB understood this.

  89. The intent of the RINOS is to reward their business contributors who want cheap non union labor.

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

    If an illegal becomes legal, he’s no longer cheap non union labor. (especially not while he’s in the military )

  90. You should read this.

    Snippets below are out of sequence from the writer and don’t cover what was said by a long shot. Go read it.

    http://anglachelg.blogspot.com/2010/12/no-such-thing-as-innocent-leak.html#more

    Leaks are never innocent. They are always political. Time to consider what the true political fallout will be.

    I think that you will see the Congress going directly after Sec. Clinton because CDS is always in vogue inside the Beltway. The Right (correctly) calculates that this needs to be done for two reasons – first is that they need to remove as many competent administration officials as possible to undermine what little stability and resilience the administration has left, while the second is to do their best to undermine HRC personally just before a primary season begins. They know who can rally Democrats. If they can badger Obama into asking for HRC’s resignation, they score a major win. Given Obama’s frantic desire to be seen as reasonable and given that Versailles is already howling for her blood, I believe it is a question of when, not if, she will be asked to resign.

    Secretary of State Joe Lieberman

    Yeaaahhhh, kinda puts it all in perspective, don’t it? As I alluded to in an earlier post, Lieberman’s office getting in touch with Amazon probably didn’t make any difference to the company’s decision, but the public optics sure were nice. And then there he is with his face hanging out saying Assange should be charged with treason (which is not a legal possibility) and even threatening the dastardly New York Times. And we all know how loyal Holy Joe has been to the hands that feed him, namely not at all. The only small sop we have is that the governor of Connecticut is Democratic and might appoint a Democrat to fill Joe’s seat.

    The leaks in and of themselves are mostly embarrassing, though embarrassment has serious cultural and political consequences in countries other than the US. The release of the cables, timed just after the mid-terms, was effective in weakening the current administration in ways that advantage domestic hardliners and become grist for the political mill come January.

  91. If an illegal becomes legal, he’s no longer cheap non union labor. (especially not while he’s in the military )
    ——————————–
    He will still work for nothing. The people who would employ him illegally and run that risk are the same kind of people who will run around minimum wage. One way to do that is to make him an independent contractor. If you are thinking that making an illegal legal will solve that problem, think again. There is an endless supply of illegals who will undercut his wages and then the will join the ranks of the great unemployed. There is only one solution. Enforce the law, starting with prison sentencing for those who employ them. That might have a deterrent effect. Ya think? Let’s try it and find out. Now that would be a social experiment I could buy into.

  92. Huh? I thought the DREAM act was to provide a procedure/line for aliens brought here as children, who have NO possible procedure under current law.
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    Well, there is a procedure. It is called stand in line. The same line their parents should have stood in to acquire citizenship. I could see waiving extradition in the meantime. But there should be no conferring of citizenship until they have gone through the same steps everyone else does. In case you have not guessed it, I am trying to eliminate an incentive to illegal immigration. Do you remember Barbara Jordan? She said this: “It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.” And managing it does not include conferring citizenship on those who enter this country illegally. They need to follow the legal procedure.

  93. mj
    December 18th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Appeal of DADT vindicates Bill Clinton’s efforts at the policy change to allow gays to serve in the military almost two decades ago. Let’s see if he gets any credit at all for being the first US President to pursue this issue. I’m betting not.

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

    Unfortunately no bet. People BLAME Bill for DADT. They dont’ know that he campaigned planning to make full open equality by executive order, but the congress and the military mutined so DADT was the best compromise he could get. Much better than the previous situation, anyway.

  94. Well, there is a procedure. It is called stand in line. The same line their parents should have stood in to acquire citizenship.

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

    Are you sure that’s a legal possibility? I thought that they were not allowed to use the usual procedure/s.

  95. Turndown: here are 10 reasons why the DREAM act was contrary to the interests of this country:

    The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children — Applicants can be up to the age of 29

    The DREAM Act Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard Working, Law-Abiding Americans — CBO failed to assess costs for education, increased levels of unemployment due to the addition of workers to the workforce, and increases in potential applicants because of loopholes.

    The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An Application — Burden of proving inaccurate information on a DREAM Act application is on the Department of Homeland Security.

    Certain Inadmissible Aliens, including those from high-risk regions, Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act
    Certain Criminal Aliens—including drunk drivers—Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act — The DREAM Act allows applicants be convicted of 1 felony or up to 3 misdemeanors.

    Conservative Estimates Suggest That At Least 1.3 Million Illegal Aliens Will Be Eligible For the DREAM Act Amnesty. In Reality, We Have No Idea How Many Illegal Aliens Will Apply

    The DREAM Act Does Not Require That An Illegal Alien Finish Any Type of Degree (Vocational, Two-Year, or Bachelor’s Degree) As A Condition of Amnesty — The applicant only has to complete the equivalent of two years of college.

    The DREAM Act Does Not Require That an Illegal Alien Complete Military Service As A Condition For Amnesty, and There Is already A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

    Despite Their Current Illegal Status, DREAM Act Aliens Will Be Given All The Rights That Legal Immigrants Receive—Including The Legal Right To Sponsor Their Parents and Extended Family Members For Immigration

    Current Illegal Aliens Will Get Federal Student Loans, Federal Work Study Programs, and Other Forms of Federal Financial Aid

  96. Wikileaks:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/after-bofa-escalates-refuses-process-wikileaks-payments-wiki-realiates-advises-americans-put

    Does Your Business Do Business With Bank Of America? Our Advise Is To Put Your Money Somewhere Safer.:

    “Obviously it is the conditional “safer” keyword that will get everyone’s attention. Especially since it is now known that Wikileaks will release it bank data trove as soon as January.

    In retaliation to BofA’s provocation, it appears that Assange just fired the preliminary shot in the massive run on Bank of America… and possible soon other US banks? ”
    __________________________

    After BofA Escalates, Refuses To Process Wikileaks’ Payments, Wiki Retaliates, Advises Americans To Put Their Money “Somewhere Safer”

    Bank of America just fired the preemptive escalation shot in its duel with Wikileaks.

    Late on Friday, America’s biggest mortgage lender, and the firm that is now getting sued left and right for various mortgage transgressions, announced it is joining MasterCard, Paypal and Visa in ceasing transactions for Wikileaks. While this decision will certainly not improve Operation Anonymous’ empathy toward the North Carolina bank, it may just precipitate overt retaliation by Assange, who is now rumored to be in possession of data that could provie harmful to BAC. Which is why this sudden escalation out of left field by the bank strikes as surprisingly odd: BofA’s upside is very limited while its downside could be 100% – even if Wikileaks is bluffing, why provoke them.

    And as expected, Wikileaks has already retaliated: in two sequential tweets it advised its 568,117 (and very rapidly growing) subscribers to pull their money out of Bank of America, and also to close all their accounts with the firm, urging them to put their money “somewhere safer.”

    What is curious is to see whether this sudden escalation, in what has now become synonymous with a quest for preserving the first amendment for a substantial deal of people (and freedom of speech globally), will have a far broader impact than the comparable “Pull Your Money” out of the Big Banks venture that was attempted by Huffington Post over a year ago, with unsatisfactory results.

    If people suddenly personify Bank of America with a First Amendment threat, arguably the one freedom most cherished in America, which is precisely what Assange is trying to do, all bets for the Countrywide acquirer may soon be off.

    Below is Bank of America’s statement released on Friday night:

    “Bank of America joins in the actions previously announced by MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for WikiLeaks,” the bank said in a statement.

    “This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”
    Concurrently the bank was declined to comment whether it would be Wikileaks’ next target.

    This press release by Bank of America provoked the following two tweets out of @wikileas’ twitter account:

  97. “The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children — Applicants can be up to the age of 29”

    The point is that the applicants were brought here when they were children.

    “There Is already A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service”

    Details?

  98. “The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children — Applicants can be up to the age of 29”

    The point is that the applicants were brought here when they were children.

    “There Is already A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service”

    Details?

  99. is now rumored to be in possession of data that could provie harmful to BAC. Which is why this sudden escalation out of left field by the bank strikes as surprisingly odd: BofA’s upside is very limited while its downside could be 100%

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

    Iirc the way the dates work out is….

    When Wikileaks came for the Afgan war, the US did nothing.
    When Wikileaks came for the State cables, the US did nothing.
    When Wikileaks said they had BoA stuff … all hell broke loose.

  100. is now rumored to be in possession of data that could provie harmful to BAC. Which is why this sudden escalation out of left field by the bank strikes as surprisingly odd: BofA’s upside is very limited while its downside could be 100%

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

    Iirc the way the dates work out is….

    When Wikileaks came for the Afgan war, the US did nothing.
    When Wikileaks came for the State cables, the US did nothing.
    When Wikileaks said they had BoA stuff … all hell broke loose.

  101. Canada “Beware of Coming Police State”

    12-17-10

    As many readers know, the G20 met in Toronto this past June of 2010. Canada’s largest city was playing hostess to some very influential people and they wanted to pull out all the stops. Of course when a select few meet behind closed doors to formulate economic policy that affects everyone, protesters show up to make sure their voices are heard. After all, they weren’t invited to the party.

    What followed was not pretty. Canadians, glued to their TV’s, watched in horror as over 10,000 uniformed soldiers and 1,000 private security guards descended on downtown Toronto, many of them dressed in civilian clothes. They were guarding a veritable fortress formerly known as the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Its perimeter included a 10 foot high and 2.2 mile long concrete and metal fence. Here is the map of the closed off area: (see link)

    This whole production cost a cool $ 1.1 Billion, 90% of which was for “security”. This is also over 5% of Canada’s 2010 budget deficit to date!

    This miniature army was then unleashed onto the, initially, peaceful protesters. They proceeded to beat, intimidate, humiliate, abuse and, literally, snatch people! Don’t believe me? Here is one of many videos available on YouTube that come up when you search for Toronto G20: (see video at link)

    Watch this video very carefully. The people holding the camera and the ones filmed look and sound like average normal people. They sound like you and me. They were unarmed. They weren’t doing anything wrong. They weren’t violent. They were in a public street, paid for by their tax money no less. They were asking for a way to leave peacefully after the police surrounded them. They were making peace signs with their hands for #$&*’s sake!!!

    As a result they were beaten and intimidated. Some of them abducted by plain clothes officers!

    Did you hear the girl scream at the end? Didn’t she sound terrified?

    Did you hear them saying “Peaceful protest” over and over?

    Did you feel how brutal and inhuman these “police” were?

    Now getting back to the point behind this post. It turns out the Ontario Legislature passed a regulation on June 2nd, 2010 that empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search. The regulation was designed to expire on June 28th, 2010, one day after the end of the G20.This special regulation was not debated in the Legislature and wasn’t officially published in the Ontario Gazette until July 3rd!

    So basically, Ontario’s elected officials passed a law in secret, without debate and didn’t tell anyone about it. This law gave them sweeping powers that by-passes and overrides such annoying civil liberties as the right to assembly, the right to free speech, the right to not be searched without a warrant, the right to not be stopped without probable cause and finally the right not to be kidnapped and beaten!

    If this isn’t what a police state is then I would be terrified to learn what is. This is a slippery slope folks. Special laws, search and arrest without warrant, etc…What’s next detention camps?

    Oh right I forgot, they did have a detention camp.

    I will leave you with this video interview of Clayton Ruby, a lawyer who specializes in constitutional and civil rights law in Canada. (see videos at link)

    http://fedupmontrealer.blogspot.com/2010/12/canada-beware-of-coming-police-state.html

  102. I’m sure Justice Roberts remembers the insult flung at him by Obama. Chief Justice Roberts, you will be doing the World a favor if you rid our country of this pretender in chief asap-
    ________________________________

    BORN IN THE USA?

    Supremes facing eligibility challenge to Obama, again
    Taitz’s case distributed for conference among justices on Jan. 7

    Posted: December 18, 2010

    By Bob Unruh

    It just doesn’t appear to be going away.

    The idea that Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office, and do chores such as appointing Supreme Court justices, needs to be explored and documented is headed back to the highest court in the land.

    According to the Supreme Court’s own website, there is scheduled to be a conference Jan. 7, 2011, on a case submitted by Orly Taitz.

    This particular case has had a long proceeding; it began as a challenge to the legality of the military orders under Obama, whose eligibility to hold the office of president never has been documented to date.

    While that officer, Capt. Connie Rhodes, ultimately followed her orders, the attorney was fined $20,000 in the case, and it continued its path through the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and now is pending in Washington.

    read more: ( the wrap-up)

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php/index.php?pageId=240913

  103. We always knew Obama’s questioned citizenship was the ‘Ace in the Hole’ card held by the court if Obama’s tenure got out of control. Hopefully, the time is right and the time has come-

  104. The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children — Applicants can be up to the age of 29″

    The point is that the applicants were brought here when they were children.

    “There Is already A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service”

    Details?
    ——————–
    I stand by what I said before. If you want to explore the issue and report back be my guest. The point that interests me is deterring illegal immigration. Do you have any interest in that problem, or do you even regard it as a problem? I would rather devote my energies to that issue rather than wasting my time ratifying the legal status of the beneficiary of an illegal act. If not then there are a billion Chinese who would be glad to come here illegally too. Come to think of it, I think I would swap them for some of the people who are already here. Like Matthews, Dowd, Olberman etc. But we digress.

  105. wbboei
    December 19th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Agreed. I am not blaming the kids, but a 30 yr old is not a child, and frankly even at that point I am willing to be lenient as they were brought here without their permission, but their parents came here FOR them, to have a better life. Here is my issue, without tight border security, illegals will come again, and then in 20 years again, the same amenesty crap, it will never ever end.

    And also, what really pisses me off, and I see this in my business, the legal immigrants to this country absolutely are pissed about this free pass and it is not fair to legal immigrants who wait and obey american laws, and their kids along with American kids will never get the perks like in state tuition, etc that kids of illegals, who are illegals themselves.

    I want Americans and legal immigrants who followed the rules to benefit and be first in line, I would have agreed with the DREAM act, except it is amnesty without addressing the perpetual cycle of more and more illegals comning here, then 20 yrs later whine and moan and then be made legal, and this is only possible with much tighter border security.

  106. Very happy DADT is repealed, it was going to be at some point anyways.

    I give Liberman and Collins complete credit for this. especially Lierberman.

    I have some collegues who own a small business that I work with sometimes, and they are gay, and very conservative, well libeteraian when it comes to social issues, but fiscally and constitution and national security wise very conservative, I think the dimocrats are going to be surprised that not all gays and lesbians are democrats/liberals, people like HillBuzz and tammy bruce are openly gay and openly conservative/libeterian.

    can’t wait until the first openly gay/lesbian libertarian/constitutional-conservative candidate runs for congress.

  107. Tim I agree with you for the reasons discussed above. Hard cases make bad law. If I were a small businessman, and if my competitors decided one day to hire illegals at slave wages, then I would be left with two options. Cut the wages of my own employees or exit the business. The end result is a race to the bottom for the American worker. In an expanding economy, it might go unnoticed for a period of time. But in a depressed economy the effects will be acutely felt by working families, even if they are seduced into believing that that the decision of the employer is voluntary and predicated on greed–which is the typical hard left argument. My Cuban friend constantly tells me that the difference between the hard right and the hard left is the hard right will steal but will not burn the house down, whereas the hard left will steal and burn the house down.

  108. By the hard left I mean people like Bill Ayers, Assange and their ilk. These people are in league with Obama and come at this country from the other direction from the one Soros does. I guarantee you there is a link between Soros and Assange. The trick is finding it. Now that Bank of America and Mastercard are cutting him off, look for Soros to begin covertly funding him. It follows as night follows day for the last living Nazi.

  109. “except it is amnesty without addressing the perpetual cycle of more and more illegals comning here, then 20 yrs later whine and moan and then be made legal, and this is only possible with much tighter border security.”
    _____________________

    Which brings us to the Alinsky, Cloward-Priven strategy of breaking and bankrupting social services in cities and states illegals reside in-
    _______________

    imo- The Dream Act, assumes and promotes amnesty for Hispanics, is really giving “Radical Muslims” a free pass to enter the country.

    Every illegal should require a US citizen as a sponsor in good standing. The single felony and several misdemeanors allowed by the Dream Act, should be stricken from the bill. Misdemeanors should be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility for entry into the country.

  110. “the difference between the hard right and the hard left is the hard right will steal but will not burn the house down, whereas the hard left will steal and burn the house down.

    Yes, agreed. The only change I would make is that “whereas the hard left will steal and burn the house down ALONG with the entire neighborhood.”

  111. If the statement last living nazi seems in any way inflammatory, you need to go back to the 60 minutes interview he gave to Steve Kroft in 1998. If you do that, it will leave no doubt in your mind that that is an accurate description.

  112. My friends who are the small biz owners, gay, well yesterday I spoke with them about this repeal, and of course they were happy, and then the next thing that came out of their mouths, Waffles is still a marxist and no way in hell are they supporting him ever.

    They were mentioning that the undemocratic party is going to be stunned how many in the gay/les community are successful businessmen/women and how many are constitutional conservative, and they mentioned how when black CCs candidate are subject to racism by white liberals, they are expecting the same hypocracy when the first openly gay/les constutional conservative candidate appears.

  113. Yes, agreed. The only change I would make is that “whereas the hard left will steal and burn the house down ALONG with the entire neighborhood.”
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    You will see examples of this in the months ahead. The hard left believes that Obama has drifted to the center and they are obsessing about how to draw him back to the left. They promised themselves and no less their friends that he was one of them and now the promissos are losing credibility with the promissees. Of course, we know that Obama has no core values of his own and will gladly play both ends to the middle, and destroy the country if it profits him. He is a classic sociopath.

  114. wbboei
    December 19th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    the jacka$$ is still saying this, he has no regrets about bombings and the terrorizing he did, a very very dangerous man. Dont’ know what parent would want to let their kid take a class with this radical lunatic

  115. “I guarantee you there is a link between Soros and Assange. The trick is finding it. Now that Bank of America and Mastercard are cutting him off, look for Soros to begin covertly funding him.”
    _________________

    Norma Desmond found the link between Soros and Assange weeks ago. They both share the same attorney. His name escapes me at the moment but it can be easily googled.

    Assange has been funded by Soros all along for the last four years. So, you are half right.

    It appears, Soros and Assange are at odds and the reason for this sudden indictment by Sweden of Rape charges and Molestation; which had originaly been dropped but has now resurfaced, is polical desperation others will come forward as they did for Clinton.

    The theory now is that Soros was using the Rape charges to control Assange and dictated the embarressing information released in wikileaks about our State Dept and government officials in other countries to smear Assange to be thought of as an enemy of the state..

    If there was any credence to the charges against Assange he never would be released on bail and allowed the freedom of house arrest.

  116. Durbin on failing of amenesty for illegal kids of illegals: “these are the next generation of leaders in America”

    OMG. these people have lost their minds. a 30 yr is not a kid and this is amnesty with no assurances in 20 years again more illegals will come into the country, bitch and moan about it and then be granted amenesty again, putting them ahead of american kids and kids of LEGAL immigrants. Now, there are some illegals kids of illegals who will no doubt greatly contribute to America and they should receive amenesty, but this bill ain’t it, too many loopholes without addressing the core problem.

  117. another group that deserves tremendous credit for pushing the repeal of DADT is the GoPAC, the conservative gay pac. I didn’t realise they were suing in CA about this repeal.

  118. another group that deserves tremendous credit for pushing the repeal of DADT is the GoPAC, the conservative gay pac. I didn’t realise they were suing in CA about this repeal
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    The other thing that the dims do not like to talk about is that Ted Olsen, the former Solicitor General under Bush pursued that case and won before a Republican judge who Pelosi and others previously accused of being anti-Gay, whereas Obama allies himself with anti gay groups and does nothing for them until a bill lands on is desk which he can turn into a photo signing ceremony. Anyone who cannot see through this four flusher at this point is how shall I put it a fool. Again my point is not to defend Republican but to point out the skullduggery and lies promoted by the Obama campaign and their fellow travelers in big media. And no that was not a typo. There is no Obama Administration. The word Administration applies to an entity whose principal task is governing. The only thing Obama and his thugs are interested in is campaigning which from time to time requires that they appear to be engaged in governing, but appearances can be deceiving.

  119. Durbin on failing of amenesty for illegal kids of illegals: “these are the next generation of leaders in America”
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    Durbin is a Illinois Combine Pig. Where is the evidence to support this unsubstantiated assertion. And where does this give away program end. The Illinois Pig hasn’t the foggiest. Nor does he give a damned.

  120. By the Illinois Pigs twisted logic in order to have the next generation of leaders there is a moral imperative to make the illegal kids of illegal parents legal, and then everything will work out. He is non compos mentis. If we knew his suit size we could fit him with a nice I love me straightjacket and take him to a place where his delusions could be clinically examined.

  121. Another thing about DADT that bugs me is, Clinton haters are/could say/ing things like ‘odious Clinton-era’ legislation as if he was responsible without saying a word what role the homophobic Republicans played when he tried to do the right thing. Obama is one lucky bastard — he got the orders of magnitude inferior ‘healthcare’ to rub it in for Hillary (man on the street does not the details) and gets DADT to rub it in for Bill.

  122. Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
    A Gay Commander in Chief: Ready or Not?
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    That is the title of MoDO. I don’t want to read the article. But is she saying something that hillbuzz people talk about — we already have one! ?

  123. The “Two Tone POTUS is also ‘The Turtle On The Fencepost”and we can get him down if we ignore the racist tags and “DRAFT HILLARY and impale the Turtle by His impeachment on charges of grand theft and destruction of our great DEMOCRACY.We must not forget the colusion of the DNC in this
    massive crime.
    Please Hillary give us your strength and love of country and all of its people that are calling out to you to run again and we will be at your back and forever grateful.We need you NOW.

    By ABM90+ The old and loyal admirer forever

  124. pm317
    December 19th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I think though more and more people are seeing thru the Waffles. I remember Waffles refused to even have his picture taken with Gavin Newsome of San Fran, I cannot stand the man-Newsome BUT that being said, Waffles treated him like scum because of his advocacy for gay groups and didn’t want to upset his black voters, at the same time hillary openly said she would be the first president to walk in the gay parade, while Waffles went and got a haircut on that day, avoiding it.

    He only sees political blocks, voting blocks, the man has no core, only anti-America, anti-US Constitution views. all it is is voting blocks, not because of principles, but voting blocks, which can be thrown under the bus, if a bigger voting block is at stake

    more and more gays/les support hillary and sarah Palin, yes they disagree on certain issues, but at least they are given a honest assessment by both these women of their views. Frankly from what I have read about Sarah’s time as governor and mayor she is pretty libetarian in her social views, and I accept and respect that.

  125. This is a huge issue, and I seriously doubt that those obligations will be honored in full. I have a friend who sits on a typical union employer pension trust, which does not include lifetime medical. For every two people employed and therefore their employers are paying into the trust, there are five retirees drawing on the trust. The result is massive unfunded liability. That liability is then compounded if the pension benefit includes lifetime medical. The reason I think there is little chance that these obligations will be honored in full, ERISA notwithstanding, is because the taxpayers at large will not stand for it, and they will punish any politician who tries to do so. This is getting down to bear bones now and the tempers are short. For many it will be a matter of survival. This kind of rip off could be tried by Obama if he gets a second term, but even he is not that arrogant and stupid.
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    You’ve been hearing for quite a while now that public-sector unions are a threat to the economic survival of the United States. With an estimated unfunded liability of up to $3 trillion (and perhaps much more), public-sector pensions are a noose around the neck of America’s taxpayers and it is threatening to strangle the nation.

    More specifically, you’ve been hearing that the expensive wage and benefits packages that union-bought Democrats have given to their union benefactors could collapse our economy. The question is, can we stop it before it it too late, or at a minimum, contain the damage?

    Well, little by little, signs are showing that, in some cases, the public-sector house of cards is already starting to fall.

    Chicago’s Mayor Daley Discusses Bankruptcy For City Pensions

    Mayor Daley is begging Governor Quinn for pension reform.

    Quinn now has on his desk a bill that would allow state to withhold sales tax and income tax revenue from cities that won’t do more to fund their pension plans.

    Property taxes will have to go up for cities to meet their pension obligations and that is on top of a massive income tax hike that governor Quinn campaigned for.

    Daley, aldermen ask Quinn to veto pension measure

    The Chicago Tribune reports Daley, aldermen ask Quinn to veto pension measure

    Mayor Richard Daley this afternoon expressed his frustration with the city’s pension situation, suggesting that the retirement funds need to be fixed before leaders are forced to declare them bankrupt as a way to restructure.

    Speaking on a Global Metro Summit panel at the University of Illinois-Chicago with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Daley at first appeared to indicate that allowing the pensions to go bankrupt so they could be reorganized was something he believes could happen.

    “I’m one who believes that pension funds can go bankrupt and then you reorganize, and that’s the hardest thing to say,” Daley said.

    Moderator Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time Magazine, then asked Daley: “Let them go bankrupt?”

    “Yes, and then you reorganize it,” Daley replied.

    In Rhode Island, it has just reached critical mass, as public-sector unions bring a city to “financial ruin.”

    You may remember Central Falls, Rhode Island. It made news earlier this year, when the school district fired all of the teachers at Central Falls High School for their miserable record teaching the students, then rehired them a little while later. Well, Central Falls is back in the news and the news is not pretty.

    Receiver to city: Financial ruin near

    The city’s financial problems are so profound that the only way to solve them is through a merger with Pawtucket or a regionalization of city services, the state-appointed receiver said in a report Thursday to the Carcieri administration.

    “Central Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is, unless the state wants to subsidize this into the future,” said retired Superior Court judge Mark A. Pfeiffer, the man appointed by the state Department of Administration in July to run the city, with elected government officials in advisory roles, after those officials had earlier declared the city insolvent.

    [snip]

    The crisis in Central Falls has been growing for more than a decade, Pfeiffer said. City administrations approved municipal employee contracts Central Falls could not afford and kept giving out pension and retirement benefits without figuring how to pay for them, and now the funds are running out of money. That situation was exacerbated over the years by municipal officials who ignored it when it was manageable and only reacted when it was too late.

    The State of Rhode Island has long been a swirling cesspool of union domination. Now, though, the ponzi-scheme of union giveaways is about to swallow one town and the state’s taxpayers may have to eat the costs.

    While these are city pensions, states’ liabilities run much higher. Taxpayers in California, whose pension obligations are staggering, are already on the hook for nearly $60,000 per Los Angeles household and more than $76,000 per San Francisco household—money that is needed just to pay pensions of municipal and state workers’ pensions.

    [Note: If the above video does not play on your browser, go here to view.]

    While it is ironic that Californians just voted to re-seat the man that saddled California with public-sector bargaining to the office of governor, Jerry Brown will now be facing the mess that he helped create. However, as more municipalities and states struggle with the overwhelming debt that union bosses created, as it did when California’s Orange County went bankrupt in the mid-90s, this threatens the entire municipal bond market on a much more significant scale.

    While there are no easy fixes to the public-pension crisis, the problem, as former SEC Chairman Aurthur Levitt notes, cannot be put off any longer. If it is, the outcome could be disastrous:

    If investors discover that the market has instead become a way to paper over irresponsible promises, they will flee it. And no state, county, or local government will be spared the damage that follows.

    The problem is, it has already begun. Now, the question is, do the politicians have the fortitude to deal with this problem before it collapses our entire economy, or will the public-pension Ponzi scheme take the entire nation down?

    _________________

  126. From today’s Washington Post…

    Hillary Clinton

    By Chris Cillizza
    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    The Clintons are nothing if not survivors. And the secretary of state proved that again in 2010 – leveraging her global celebrity and substantial political skills to great effect as the nation’s diplomat-in-chief.

    Clinton was everywhere in the past year, traveling to 55 countries and receiving a rock-star reception in nearly every one. Her popularity extended beyond the diplomatic crowd and into the citizenry, the sort of U.S. outreach needed after eight years of the Bush administration.

    Clinton’s gaze – and travel schedule – turned more often than not to Asia, echoing President Obama’s focus on the region’s potential as collaborator and competitor. She also worked extensively in the Middle East, even though those efforts stalled when direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians broke off this fall.

    Through it all, Clinton seemed to revel in the adulation – a welcome change from the grinding negativity of the 2008 presidential primary. Her tough image was also softened with her turn as mother of the bride when her daughter Chelsea was married in August.

    The year ended on a down note as Clinton coped with the controversy created by WikiLeaks and weathered the loss of Richard Holbrooke, an envoy she brought into the administration one of the country’s leading international trouble-shooters.

    However, it’s hard to see Clinton as anything other than a winner in 2010 – a victory that proves, yet again, there are second (and third and fourth) acts in politics.

    And, remember, Clinton will only be 69 years old in 2016. Just sayin’.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121707052.html

  127. TRENDING: Poll: Six in ten say they won’t consider Palin

    By: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

    Washington (CNN) – The 2012 presidential election is still a long way away, and Sarah Palin hasn’t even decided if she will make a run for the White House, but a second straight poll brings troubling results for the former Alaska governor if she does launch a bid.

    An ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that nearly six in ten Americans say they wouldn’t even consider voting for Palin if she runs. Eight percent of the people questioned in the survey, which was released Friday, say they would definitely back Palin in 2012 if she runs and 31 percent say they would consider supporting her.

    The 59 percent who flatly rule out Palin is 16 points higher than the 43 percent in the survey who say they wouldn’t consider voting to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012. It’s also 17 points higher than the 42 percent of the public who said they wouldn’t vote for then Sen. HIllary Clinton in the last presidential election.

    The poll also indicates that 27 percent of people voted for the John McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 election, as well as nearly three in ten Republicans and four in ten conservatives, and four in ten evangelical white Protestants say they wouldn’t consider Palin for president.

    According to the poll, Obama leads Palin 54 to 39 percent in a hypothetical matchup if the 2012 presidential election were held today.

    The ABC News/Washington Post survey comes a day and a half after the release of an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that indicated Obama leads Palin by 22 points in a hypothetical general election showdown. Obama’s advantage over Palin in the two new polls is larger than in other recent surveys.

    The NBC/WSJ poll also indicated that Palin’s negative rating has climbed to 50 percent, higher than anyone else measured in the poll.

    The ABC/Washington Post poll was conducted Dec. 9-12, with 1,001 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/17/poll-six-in-ten-say-they-wont-consider-palin/#more-140149

  128. By Chris Cillizza
    Sunday, December 19, 2010

    This is the dirty bastard who called Hillary a bitch. Nothing he says on this or any other subject is credible. Same goes for that side kick of his Dana Milbank. Trust me. He does not believe this any more than half the shit he writes.

  129. I apologize for using the words dirty bastard to describe cillezza. That was unfair. Upon proper reflection I realize that scumbag would have been a more accurate term.

  130. Michael Moore and Assange have forged an unholy alliance. Both of them are anarchists. Mark my words no good will come of it. . . .

    I note with passing interest that after all the praise he bestowed on Fidel and his better than America health care system, Fidel has reciprocated by denying Moore entry to the workers paradise. I wish Fidel would change his mind. If he did they could apprehend Moore the moment he cleared customs, and escort him directly to a Cuban jail. There he could do a 10 year study on the non punitive club fed facilities they have to offer, sentence to commence the day he entered, and thereby prove how humane the Cuban criminal justice system is from direct personal experience. And when he got out he could wallow like a pig in the sights and sounds of Havana–pre and post Fidel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvkvA2q0Sbw

  131. ohanson,
    Just read your post…so who is calling for blood? I didn’t think Hillary was too tarnished over the leaks, but I’ve been very busy in the last few weeks and haven’t kept up to well.

    I have been reading that Obama is making a hayday out of the repeal of DADT!

  132. wbb
    As for California, I believe that is a special case. Bear in mind, that state which was once the land of opportunity has lost large chunks of its productive population due to taxes, resembles a south american republic according to Michael Barone and is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy thanks to a corrupt assembly and a RINO governor. The trick is for the rest of the country to not follow suit.

    ———–
    Actually, CA still is the land of opportunity, and there are many problems with it’s huge economy that go way beyond the policies of the Terminator or any of the bs the Rethugs blame on it, like the unions asking for the moon.

    Here are a few:

    Gov. Ronny Raygun – the saint of the Rethug party did his ‘trickle down’ magic that cut funds to the ‘mentally challenged’ tossing them out in the streets, adding a new dimension to the homeless. He also made cuts in education along with Prop 13 that have made education the mess it is in now. Ronny did damage that we still have not gotten over.

    Unions – Freakin’ workers like me that are in a union, not even by choice are taking underpaid jobs (compared to the non-union corp. equivalent job…in exchange for health insurance. Yea, the Golden health insurance the Rethugs talk about, Kaiser. Not some fancy, expensive specialist doctor, but KAISER. No 401 K, tiny pension that is similar in large corporations if you stay employed for many years.

    Illegal immigration – the cost……….we all know how expensive this is, in education, medical and legal.

    Jobs that were in Calif. but have been outsourced overseas because the corporations can get cheap labor…below min. wage. Try living in Calif. at min. wage in any job with the highest taxes in the country and housing ain’t cheap here.

    When we try to get manufacturing to stop polluting our water and air…to clean up the smog in Los Angeles, the Valley and Rethugs think you are nuts to fine businesses that dump their pollutants into our air and water. My son has a freakin’ chronic illness from some damn business that secretly dumped pollutants into one of our ‘pristine’ lakes, and years later it is still not safe to eat the fish that survived.

    The list goes on…

    The Republican’s are not the saviors nor do they tell the truth about Calif.

  133. The Republican’s are not the saviors nor do they tell the truth about Calif.
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    Absolutely correct. As between democrats and republicans the honors are equal. But to the larger point, it seems to me that the demographics, the corporate flight, the retiree migration to other states, the high tax rate, the unfunded liablitiy all conspire against the kind of opportunity we saw in the past. Conceivably, there will be a large influx of money from the far east to rebuild and if that happens then we can and will turn a corner in California. The political culture, the lack of restraint in spending, the election of people who we know from past experience are big spenders is not a good omen. The same problem exists in other states as well, such as Illionis, but they are not as large as California, and Illionis can go to hell and it would have little effect on the nation, but if that happens to California we are all in trouble.

  134. “Michael Moore and Assange have forged an unholy alliance. Both of them are anarchists. Mark my words no good will come of it. . .”
    _____________

    Moore is a free-loader, parasite and Assange is, well he thinks of himself as a conscientious objector, replacing the duty of investigative journalists with the Truth via wikileaks. Government may not appreciate it. The Truth should be revealed to he public.

    ______________________________

    “The State of Rhode Island has long been a swirling cesspool of union domination. Now, though, the ponzi-scheme of union giveaways is about to swallow one town and the state’s taxpayers may have to eat the costs.”
    ___________________

    You have to do better. The city of Pawtucket and Central Falls are in merger negotiations at the present time. Where the city of Pawtucket will take over the day to day administrative duties and work out an agreement amicable to both cities. Central Falls is a poverty stricken city loaded with illegal aliens.

    And forecasting the state’s tax payers will be picking up the tab for Central Fall’s problems is simply not true.

  135. Shadowfax: as bad as the dims are we may find based on new revelations that the republicans are or have benn worse. That is not a reason to support dims however. It is a justification to throw them all out.

  136. wbb
    as bad as the dims are we may find based on new revelations that the republicans are or have benn worse. That is not a reason to support dims however. It is a justification to throw them all out.

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    I agree with you on this, 100%.

    Throw all the bums out, and keep doing it until they realize they work for US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. buyer’s remorse maybe?
    ———————–
    Not really jan. I still believe in the small government small business constitution respecting faction of that party. I am unalterably opposed to the kind of government we had under Bush/Cheney, and the government we now have under this fourflusher Obama. It is not a democracy but an oligarchy. I believed in what Hillary stood for because she it was clear to me that she did care about the people of this country, and was willing to stand up for them against the elites. It is very telling what she said in Bahrain when she disclaimed any interest in running again for any elective office. So many leaders of her stature go on the speaking tour, assuming they can speak (you know who I mean), but in her case she wants to go back to her roots helping children and women. That tells you alot about her character, and that we were not wrong in placing our faith in her. The theft of the nomination has affected all of us in different ways. Some have become so invested in Republican hate that they seem to have forgotten her and what she stood for. They have become left wing ideologues willing to destroy the village–meaning our country to save it. That concerns me.

  138. “There Is already A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service”

    Details?
    ——————–
    I stand by what I said before. If you want to explore the issue and report back be my guest.

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

    It is up to the person who makes an assertion to provide evidence for that assertion.

  139. A question for anyone who has followed the healthcare debate.

    If this goes all the way to the supreme court, will it not rule in favor of obama? Will it not be a 5-4 decision or something close given the breakdown of dems-repubs judges?

  140. I would like to see Hillary stand tall on this resolution, however I fear obama will side with Turkey.

    Turkey threatens world in case of H.Res. 252 adoption by U.S. House of Representatives

    December 19, 2010

    In his speech addressed to representatives of a regional branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed the fact that he had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during which he urged to spare no efforts to prevent consideration of H.Res.252, the Armenian Genocide resolution, by the U.S. House of Representatives. “I openly stated that the relations between the United States and Turkey will worsen if the resolution is put on the agenda. Clinton promised to do her best to prevent it,” Dikkathaber quoted Davutoglu as saying.

    According to Davutoglu, the world will see Turkey’s reaction if the resolution is adopted. “However, I hope it will not happen,” said Davutoglu.

    On December 17, spokesperson for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Elizabeth S. Chouldjian said that H. Res. 252, the Armenian Genocide resolution, can be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives within the next 48 hours.

    The ANCA urges American Armenians to call their congressmen and demand from them that they vote for H. Res. 252 adoption, Chouldjian told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

    The ANCA, as well as famous representatives of show business of Armenian descent have initiated a campaign urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to schedule a vote on H.Res. 252 before the House adjourns.

    http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/world/news/58716/Turkey_threatens_world_in_case_of_HRes_252_adoption_by_US_House_of_Representatives

  141. Clinton haters are/could say/ing things like ‘odious Clinton-era’ legislation as if he was responsible without saying a word what role the homophobic Republicans played when he tried to do the right thing. Obama is one lucky bastard — he got the orders of magnitude inferior ‘healthcare’

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

    Yes. I’m crossing my fingers as to whether this ‘repeal’ will really do any good — or whether it’s a fake like Obama’s version of Lily Ledbetter and UHC. It could take away DADT and put us back to “Do ask, must tell.”

  142. a little bit of sunshine…maybe…

    New population count may complicate Obama 2012 bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2010 census report coming out Tuesday will include a boatload of good political news for Republicans and grim data for Democrats hoping to re-elect President Barack Obama and rebound from last month’s devastating elections.

    The population continues to shift from Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states to Republican-leaning Sun Belt states, a trend the Census Bureau will detail in its once-a-decade report to the president. Political clout shifts, too, because the nation must reapportion the 435 House districts to make them roughly equal in population, based on the latest census figures.

    The biggest gainer will be Texas, a GOP-dominated state expected to gain up to four new House seats, for a total of 36. The chief losers — New York and Ohio, each projected by nongovernment analysts to lose two seats — were carried by Obama in 2008 and are typical of states in the Northeast and Midwest that are declining in political influence.

    Democrats’ problems don’t end there.

    November’s elections put Republicans in control of dozens of state legislatures and governorships, just as states prepare to redraw their congressional and legislative district maps. It’s often a brutally partisan process, and Republicans’ control in those states will enable them to create new districts to their liking.

    The combination of population shifts and the recent election results could make Obama’s re-election campaign more difficult. Each House seat represents an electoral vote in the presidential election process, giving more weight to states Obama probably will lose in 2012. The states he carried in 2008 are projected to lose, on balance, six electoral votes to states that his GOP challenger, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, won. That sets a higher bar for Obama before his re-election campaign even starts.

    “The way the maps have shifted have made Obama’s route to success much more difficult,” said Republican Party spokesman Doug Heye. He said the GOP takeover of several state governments on the eve of redistricting efforts was “a dramatic shift.”

    Republicans now control the governor’s offices and both legislative chambers in competitive presidential states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Maine and Wisconsin. They hold the governors’ chairs in other crucial states, including Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia and Iowa.

    When Obama carried those states in 2008, most had Democratic governors happy to lend their political operations to his cause. Now he will run where governors can bend their powers against his administration’s policies and his campaign’s strategies.

    Democratic Party spokesman Brad Woodhouse said his colleagues are aware of the challenges they face, “but we are putting a plan in place to maximize our opportunities, minimize potential setbacks and ensure that the process in each state is fair and done in accordance with the law.”

    The Democrats’ few bright spots include California and Illinois, where they control the legislatures and won hard-fought races for governor last month.

    Of course, any number of things can happen before the 2012 elections, and Obama and other Democrats may come roaring back. Republicans might help them by pushing their luck and trying to draw more GOP-leaning House districts than the elections of 2012, 2014 and beyond will support.

    State politicians use detailed, computer-generated data on voting patterns to carve neighborhoods in or out of newly drawn districts, tilting them more to the left or right. Sometimes they play it safe, quietly agreeing to protect Republican and Democratic incumbents alike. But sometimes the party in control will gamble and aggressively try to reconfigure the map to dump as many opponents as possible.

    “The danger you run is trying to be too clever and cutting those margins too thin,” said Tim Storey, a redistricting authority for the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.

    That’s what Pennsylvania Republicans did 10 years ago, when they controlled the redistricting process after the 2000 census. Determined to turn the Democrats’ 11-10 House delegation advantage into a 13-6 GOP edge (after the state lost two seats due to sluggish population growth), Republicans created new districts that forced several Democratic incumbents to run against each other. Democratic lawsuits in state and federal courts failed to overturn the “grotesque district boundaries,” as the Almanac of American Politics called them.

    Republicans initially won 12 of the state’s newly drawn House districts. But when Pennsylvania voters shifted more toward Democrats in the next few years, thinly protected GOP lawmakers lost their seats. By 2009, Democrats had a 12-7 advantage.

    Pennsylvania’s partisan warfare was mild compared with the Texas redistricting imbroglio of 2003. Republicans, who had just taken over the state government, refused to live eight more years with a political map that had given 17 U.S. House seats to Democrats, and 15 to the GOP.

    Prodded by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republicans took the rare step of drawing a second statewide political map only three years after the census — with boundaries certain to send more Republicans to Washington.

    More than 50 angry Texas House Democrats fled to an Oklahoma Holiday Inn to keep the Legislature from having the quorum needed to pass the Republicans’ plan. The “Killer Ds” eventually returned to Texas capital in Austin, and Republicans adopted their new congressional district map. It helped them win 21 House contests, compared with the Democrats’ 11, in the next election.

    The Texas plan survived a legal challenge filed under the U.S. Voting Rights Act, a law meant to protect the rights of ethnic minorities. Although critics say the law has outlived its purpose, it still covers virtually all of nine states, mostly in the South, and portions of another half dozen states.

    The Voting Rights Act, plus a hodgepodge of court rulings on issues such as one-person, one-vote guidelines, complicate the task of state officials who draw district lines.

    “There are so many competing criteria that it’s a massive balancing act,” Storey said. Partisan goals certainly play a role, he said, “but it’s not all about gerrymandering.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hRUQ0oXnI-C2xVZp_HHuXHPvl71A?docId=c68524eb4c6c4f22b0a770150e4a1207

  143. The whole government is corrupt…has been since Nixon…most of them are still there…I’m sick of all of them for the exception of the hillbillys from Arkansas…and Caribou Barbie from Alaska….that’s how they got their names….from the elites, both rethug and dim. They want to weaken the people’s choice….any way they can! They can put people in Alaska for dirt digging and they can put people on Hillary from the first day at the WH and they can tempt Bill C. with every supermodel slut they can dig up…it won’t change a thing….they are still the only people, the actual people of the good old US of A trust….they can put that in their pipe and smoke it….we don’t believe their crap!

    I heard “No Labels” was labasted today by George Will, I did not hear it!

  144. I don’t necessarily support DREAM. Yes, it could encourage more illegals to come here, hoping the children they bring will eventually qualify for something like that.

    However let’s be accurate about the facts of the language of the bill.

    Here’s a good approach to all issues:
    “Where is the evidence to support this unsubstantiated assertion.”

  145. Jan– hrc constitutional

    1. Scalia: no

    2. Roberts: no

    3. Alito: no

    4. Thomas: no

    5. Kennedy: swing vote–probably a no, but he is the one the New York Times is trying to pressure with its articles which purport to condemn the court for making an end run around voters. When it comes to hypocrisy the New York Times is off the charts. On left wing issues, they are all in favor of circumventing the constitution, the congress and the voters and placing our future in the hands of a bevy of platonic guardians– like Breyer for example.

    I forget who the remaining justices are–they just all fade together into an amoprhous mass. However, the last appointee whose name escapes me will have to recuse herself due to a conflict of interest.

  146. Jan–The latter point is important if the Virginia case is upheld by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, or if it goes directly to the Supreme Court, because in that case it would take only four votes to uphold the decision of he Court held that obamaare is unconstitutional. The Florida case would not matter, unless that judge reaches a similar conclusion, in which case there will be two cases with the same holding.

  147. wbboei
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    if its 5-4 in forcing people to buy a private product like Health INSURANCE, all hell is going to break loose. People are essentially going to say, go ahead arrest me for not paying the 2.5% penalty, IRS agents have to go through local law enforcement, states like VA have already said HELL NO, we are not going to enforce our local sheriffs to arrest people for not paying 2.5% of their incomes or not buying a private prodcut they do not wish to purchase.

  148. wbboei
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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    This will be where the treachery comes out. It will be a tool that the repubs can use if they are smart. All in all, I hope like Tim suggests that the people stand up and rebel.

  149. Sorry, I meant to say we should be accurate about the CURRENT legal situation of such children and whether a path does or does not exist for them in CURRENT law.

  150. JanH
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    you’ll be surprised how many people don’t yet know that starting 2014 they will be forced under the threat of arrest to buy a private product. When I inform them, they are pretty pissed and of course say hell no, I don’t want to buy something the govt forces me to.

    in MO when they put this on the ballot, close to 1 million voted in november , close to 80% said hell no to indiv. mandate.

    and that is only 2014, wait until people are kicked out of plans starting in 2011, or the choices of plans avaible becomes limited, or drugs like Avastin will no longer be covered by Medicare because its too expensive. Or when companies start dropping coverage because they cannot afford to anymore, or companies cannot afford to expand, the corporations have compliance offices to help them, small businesses like me do not, will not expand, will not grow, new companies cannot develop at much of a fast pace to grow the economy, essentially structural unemployment now is being built in.

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