One Dumb Black Man, One Smart Black Man

Before we get to the discussion of our African-American brothers, we need to discuss the “big news yesterday” – the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as the wake-up from the DREAM Act.

Regarding DADT The Confluence has it right:

“The big winner, and “Democrats man of the hour“, in this effort is of all people Joe Lieberman: [snip]

If Joe is your party’s man of the hour, you’ve got one hell of a boring party. The Democratic party has long since jumped the shark, but this one takes the cake. Lest we forget, Joe supported John McCain in the general election. Some of us may have done something like that as protest, but Joe really wanted McCain as president. Obama of course could have stopped DADT on day one. And he could have not fought previous court rulings overturning DADT. And it seems clear Democrats in general would have been happy to drag this out another two years so it could be a campaign issue. But no more. Joe helped push this legislation through despite Obama and others best efforts to keep it a low priority and to not move it anytime soon.”

As gay-basher Obama attempts to take credit for the DADT repeal let’s not forget this pre-vote report from the dreadful Obama whorehouse called TPM:

“By now, you know what’s standing in the way of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in the United States Senate, the last obstacle before it can be signed by the president and the military’s ban on openly gay service members is finally scrapped.

Or at least you think you do.

Sources on the Hill are telling me a big reason DADT repeal isn’t moving faster comes right from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Despite President Obama’s public support for repeal, with DADT stacked up against the START nuclear arms reduction treaty that Obama carefully brokered with the Russians earlier this year, the White House is putting its legislative push behind START. [snip]

No one questions that Obama wants to see DADT end, or that he wants to see it end this year. The concern is over the priorities: Obama, it seems, wants START to come first. And with the White House pushing START (in daily phone calls from top White House officials, according to one source on the Hill), Obama could end up standing in the way of DADT getting done.

“The White House has been crystal clear that their number one priority in this lame duck session is START,” said one Senior Democratic aide.”

There are of course plenty of people that questioned whether “Obama wants to see DADT end”. Obama had promised during the campaign to immediately end DADT and pass immigration reform but those were just flowery words uttered by Obama without any real world meaning. After nothing got done on immigration and DADT (not to mention DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act) in the 60 vote Dimocratic Senate the first year, Obama then promised to get these things done the second year. It was only after the anger post Bush tax cuts “compromise” that a lame duck Senate finally acted on DADT. The promised DREAM Act died and five Obama Dimocrats (6 counting AWOL Joe Manchin) voted against another Obama “priority”.

Add to the broken promises on FISA, of “repeal the Bush tax cuts“, the closing of Guantanamo Bay within the first hundred days (the Senate will soon join the House in measures that ban the transfer of prisoners from Gitmo).

Those were just campaign era words without meaning. Now Joe Biden continues the “repeal the Bush tax cuts” flim-flam by stating on “Meet The Press” that “They’re for two years. They’re for two years. And we’re comin’ back and goin’ at it again.” Yeah, right. More promises to keep making promises about repeal of broken promises.

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Now to our African-American brothers.

Is there anyone dumber than Charles Blow writing for a Big Media publication? We know there are many contenders, but Blow really is dumb. Yesterday Blow wrote more nonsense:

” Whose Party Is It?

The far left is foaming at the mouth.

The near-apoplectic level of agita within the liberal screeching class over President Obama’s tax-cut compromise has exposed a seismic crack in the Democratic monolith — outspoken liberal Democrats on one side and barely audible moderate Democrats on the other.

The lopsided optics raise the question: Is there a future for moderation, and especially conservatism, in the Democratic Party or is the party experiencing the beginnings of a purging akin to that seen on the right?”

After shouting “Yes, We Can” Blow is screeching “Yes, We Can Continue To Shill For Barack”. Part of the shilling is to continue to insist that long-term “demographics work in the Democrats’ favor”. To his credit Blow is beginning to see the flaws in the Obama “situation comedy” coalition.

Blow asserts correctly that “… liberals remain by far the smallest ideological group. For one thing, liberalism remains a coastal condition that leaves out much of middle America, especially the South.” That’s a tough reality exacerbated by the bumbling Obama and his cheerleaders. Those of us who consider ourselves “liberals/progressives” do not recognize a liberalism that mocks the white working class and abuses with false hope and lies the working class of the black community and other communities.

Blow wins his title of “dumb” with this:

“To adapt a phrase from Bill Maher, these far-left liberals would rather fight the friend who disappoints them than focus on the enemy who wants to destroy them. That’s not so for those on the right. They just want to win.”

Blow must have slept through 2010 because otherwise he would recall how Republicans preferred Christine O’Donnell over the then “sure winner” Mike Castle. Republican Senator Bob Bennett was also dumped in the primary even though he was a “sure winner”. Sharon Angle also was not viewed as the strongest candidate for Republicans either.

Anyone remember “sure winner” Charlie Crist dumped for the “sure loser” Marco Rubio? In election race after election race Republicans gave up a sure thing for someone who to them was not the lesser evil but rather their preferred candidate. Was this dumb of Republicans? Should they have gone with the “lesser evil but sure winners”? Was this all ideological purity tests or a long-term game plan to forgo official perks and majorities for a party that stands for something, anything? The answers to those questions are debatable but they certainly are not evidence of “They just want to win.” Agree with them or not, Republicans at least listen to their base and have the cojones to fight.

Bill Maher and Charles Blow should acquaint themselves with the term “friendly fire”. “Friendly fire” is when you are shot in war by your own side. Where the bullet came from does not matter you’re still dead. Barack Obama is shooting his own and Charles Blow cheers him on and tallies the dead as a “victory”.

While Blow and his Hopium Guzzling ilk blame the victims of the Obama bullets, “racist” Republicans are adjusting strategies and moving forward.

Though we don’t think he stands a chance of winning the nomination it certainly will be interesting to watch a Republican black man who is not nuts (think Alan Keyes) run for the Republican nomination for president:

“Former Godfathers Pizza chief executive Herman Cain says he’s definitely forming an exploratory committee — likely within the next several weeks — to test the waters for a possible Republican presidential run in 2012.

Cain, a radio talk show host and favorite of the Tea Party movement, confirmed the news in an interview with The Daily Caller. He suggested that a presidential campaign is likely, but said he hasn’t made a final decision.

“Bottom line is, all of the indicators and all of the benchmarks that I had laid out and we had laid out as a team are all moving in the direction of yes,” Cain said. “We haven’t gotten there yet, but we’re moving in that direction.”

He’s been particularly encouraged, he said, by the results of the midterm elections in November “because I wanted to make sure that this voter anger and frustration was going to convert into votes to change the political landscape, and it did.”

That gave him confidence, Cain said, that “people might be ready for an unconventional candidate” in 2012. [snip]

Tim Albrecht, the communications director for the incoming Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, wrote on Twitter this week that, “Prediction: Herman Cain is going to have some serious legs when he begins visiting Iowa.”’

Albrecht might just be looking for a job or simply butt kissing. But maybe something else is going on. “Racist” Republicans surely will not even consider Cain, will they?

“I know the basics of his bio — accomplished CEO, talk-radio host, cancer survivor — but not much more beyond that. Even so, it got my attention a few days ago when he won Red State’s 2012 “tournament,” topping Mike Pence in the semifinal and Palin in the final. Is that because Cain’s a Red State favorite or is the grassroots support for him out there broader than anyone realizes right now?”

We’re not fans of multi-millionaire Cain but he is playing a very shrewd game. As a successful business owner of a very popular food product (we’re not fans of his pizza either but sales figures tell us it is tasty to many), he can easily vault to the top ranks of Republican grassroots leadership as a voice that potentially reaches black voters as well as Tea Party activists. And Cain can do so with a non race based appeal even as his race will certainly be a matter of discussion.

After Republicans dump the failure called Michael Steele the shouts of “racism” will be heard. Cain will provide a valuable counterpoint when the “racism” charge is heard. Cain also fills out (in a sane manner, unlike Keyes) the diversity menu for Republicans. On the Republican nomination debate stage will sit a front-running woman, several white males, and a Latino candidate who either will be on that stage or hovering over the proceedings as the VP pick, and Cain.

Republicans are playing a long term game and adjusting tactics with a eyes fixed on electoral votes and what must be done to get those votes. Obama Dimocrats are still bitterly clinging to the belief that Obama will save them. In a swim or sink world, Republicans are swimming. Obama and Obama apologists are sinking.


124 thoughts on “One Dumb Black Man, One Smart Black Man

  1. Riverdaughter/Confluence is correct, guess I never even considered this:
    ” Democrats in general would have been happy to drag this out another two years so it could be a campaign issue.”

    that is very true, never even crossed my mind.

    Joe Liberman, Susan Collins and GoPac deserve lots of credit for repealing this. No credit goes to the Waffles, of course he will milk it for what he can.

  2. superb article admin, I have been recently listening to Herman Cain, never heard of him before, his is such an inspiring American story, I hope he runs. Been listening to his radio show for the past few months, he is incredible at explaining economic polices.

  3. Good article! I hadn’t heard of this black pizza guy ever. Well he sounds good and since he’s black and can actually talk policy, Obama is probably shaking in his boots. Now how is he (Obama) going to get Hillary to answer the questions while he mouths the words….sounds like a project for Nasa! Getting Hillary answers in Obama brain….I think its MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

    Beautiful pictures of Hillary, she looks so good in those pictures, which were taken before she had to carry the weight of Obama’s ineptitude on her shoulders! Thankgoodness she’s done it, the US is freaked up enough, just imagine what it would have been like had Hillary not been SOS.

  4. tim,
    So the republicans actually found this black man that really has done something for himself and it wasn’t handed to him on a silver platter like Obama? Good for them! It obvious to me Obama has NEVER done a good days work his whole life. If we could find his college records we’d know that he wasn’t even a good student, but everyone insists he’s smart, yeah right!

  5. confloyd
    December 19th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Yes, I agree with you, if you ever get a chance to hear Herman Cain, please do, he is truely a very inspiring American story, he grew up very poor, in the ghetto (according to his own description), his mom influenced him, no excuses, no whining, work hard and the American dream is still possible. Help those you can to lift them up, give them a hand up, not a hand out.

  6. tim,

    There is a time a place for religions of every sort. It is a shame that a holiday as important to Christmas has to be marred by something like this.

    I doubt you would ever find a Muslim concert including Christian and/or Jewish music.

  7. Ros-Lehtinen: Obama wrong to give ‘blank check’ to PA


    Incoming House Foreign Relations chair tells ‘Post’ increased US funding for Palestinians is bailout with no incentive for reform.

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, blasted the Obama administration on Wednesday for giving the Palestinian Authority a “blank check” while pressuring Israel, signaling that a Republican-led House would complicate one of the major prongs of the White House’s emerging strategy for moving forward with the peace process.

    With direct talks between the two sides stalled, the administration announced last week it planned to intensify Palestinian state-building as a means of making progress on the ground toward a peace agreement for a two-state solution. The US has supplied hundreds of millions of dollars toward this end, with the expectation that it would now, if anything, be increasing its assistance.

    But Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who will become the chairwoman of the influential committee in January, criticized the current approach to US funding for the PA in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.

    “It’s a bailout for them which provides no incentives for them to reform. So they know they don’t have to do a darn thing – with this administration they will get a blank check and they will always get helped out,” she said of over $200 million in American funds the Palestinians received this past year alone.

    “I think that’s the wrong approach, when we’re forcing the Israelis to make concessions and we’re giving the Palestinians anything they want,” she said.

    Though many in the US administration and even some in Israel’s government have praised the work of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who under President Mahmoud Abbas oversees the institution-building and training of Palestinian security forces facilitated by the United States, Ros- Lehtinen urged close scrutiny of their activities.

    “This feeling that Abbas and Fayyad are the good guys – if they’re the good guys, then we should start praying for Israel’s safety right now, because these are folks who have not wanted to be true partners for peace,” she said. “These guys are moderate when you consider that they’re not as extreme as [Hamas], but they’re not the epitome of democratic governance or openness or transparency.”

    She also denounced the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel, including its focus on settlements.

    “I believe we have had the wrong approach in the Obama administration of pressuring Israel to make concessions and appeasing enemies like Iran and Syria,” she said. “It’s shameful to make public statements about Israel as if a housing complex is an impediment to peace while the Palestinians’ so-called leaders get away with murder.”

    Ros-Lehtinen said that support and aid for Israel – which is currently around $3 billion a year – would remain strong even under the budget-conscious GOP, but that the amount it received could be reduced if there were wideranging cuts, as the party has promised.

    “I don’t know what the leadership wants to do in terms of levels of funding. If they say 5 percent across the board for everybody, then that’s the way it is,” she explained, but added that she supported an idea floated by incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) to consider aid to Israel separately from other countries.

    “What we would like to see is that countries that have been hard hit by natural disasters or hard-hit by thugs that surround them, that those countries will be in a special category,” she said, giving Israel and Haiti as examples.

    Ros-Lehtinen also criticized any implication that Israel should be the state to confront Iran should military action be necessary.

    “I don’t like the fact that our options are always, well, let Israel take care of it. It seems to be that that’s what we’re saying all the time,” she said. “Our message should be that all options are on the table and that we say it and convince people that we mean it, because we should be meaning it.”

    Ros-Lehtinen said she intended to introduce legislation in the coming session to close loopholes in the Iran sanctions act passed this summer and push the State Department to do more to punish Russian and Chinese companies that continue to do business with Teheran. She also plans to refile a bill on UN reform, which includes provisions to push for changes at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and to remove the US from the Human Rights Council.

    “UNWRA has been a tool used by the extremists of the Palestinian groups to bash Israel,” she said. “And a lot of the taxpayer dollars that go to the UN Human Rights Council – I believe in zapping those tax dollars. We can put that money to better uses.”

    On Wednesday afternoon, Ros- Lehtinen joined the rest of the House in passing a non-binding resolution calling on US President Barack Obama to veto any attempt by the Palestinians to have the UN Security Council unilaterally declare statehood.

    The resolution, sponsored by current House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-California) as well as Ros-Lehtinen, also lends “strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states, a democratic, Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state, living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.”

    Passage of the resolution was welcomed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which said in a statement that the organization “supports the House’s call for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its strong opposition to efforts to seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.”

    The PLO’s Washington delegation, however, expressed its “deep disappointment” in the vote.

    “A declaration of statehood that is coordinated with organizations like the United Nations and members of the international community would not be a ‘unilateral’ step. This was, in fact, how the State of Israel came into being in 1948,” the PLO mission said in a statement.

    “Members of Congress who are truly concerned about the safety and security of Israelis should recognize that they will never be safeguarded until Palestinians gain their freedom and legal rights,” it continued. “They should work to support the efforts of President Obama and his administration to bring peace to the region, rather than obstructing them and passing resolutions that hinder that effort.”

  8. tim
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    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.
    As noted, the last appointee to the Supreme Court must recuse herself because she was Solicitor General when the case arose. Therefore only eight justices will be voting. If the case goes directly to the Supreme Court, it will only take four votes to uphold the District Court decision that he individual mandate is unconstitutional. As noted, I believe we have at least four justices who would so rule as noted above. And, if the district court decision is appealed to the Fourth Circuit and that court upholds the district court decision, the same result would apply. But if he Fourth Circuit reverses the District Court then it will require five votes to strike down the individual mandate. That is my understanding at least.

  9. Great post admin! I have crossed to the realm of whole-hearted belief that Obumbles was tasked in 2004 to bring down the Democratic party. The overhaul of the party could only have been done from within and it is going to cause the fall of this nation.

    In other unsettling news, John Smart asks an overwhelimingly important question.

    Finally, a real and true crisis is simmering on the back burner. I just hope it falls between parties so that Obumbles can actually do something like, oh I don’t know, work. Asshat.

    Hillary 2012

  10. tim- Muslims aren’t wasting any time educating Americans by disrespecting Christians with impunity. Amazing, the audience sat in paralysis for the musical slap in the face. If only one person stood up and walked out. Lesson learned-

    Republicans dig in their heels on nuclear treaty as Democrats push for vote


    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) predicted victory Sunday for the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, but his Republican counterpart said that unless there are changes to the preamble he is “absolutely” voting no.

    “I think whether there are the votes to ratify depends on how much the Senate is jammed,” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said on “Fox News Sunday,” saying his “prediction is coming true” that other business including the DREAM Act and the omnibus had swallowed time senators needed “to do it adequately.”

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) announced on Sunday morning that he would oppose the New START nuclear treaty, a notable hardening of political lines in the foreign policy debate.

    The Senate convenes at noon on Sunday with votes at 3 p.m., where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) might file for cloture to end debate that would set up a Tuesday cloture vote. If that passes, then Reid would schedule a vote to ratify START (requiring 67 votes) 30 hours later.

    That vote is a higher hurdle because ratification requires 67 votes while cloture to end debate requires only 60 votes.

    Durbin said on “Fox News Sunday” that he was optimistic the treaty would make it over that hurdle. “I think we do,” he said when asked whether Democrats had 67 votes. “We had 66 votes for those who wanted to move to this debate.”

    Armed Service Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he expected the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to bring other Republicans with him in supporting the treaty.

    But one Republican who has previously indicated he was open to ratification, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said he does not think the treaty will be approved in the lame-duck session and Democrats can’t count on his support to make it to the 67-vote threshold.

    “I’m not going to vote for START until I hear from the Russians” that the preamble of the treaty is no impediment to the U.S. being able to develop four stages of missile defense, Graham said on “Face the Nation”.

    And McConnell took a stand against the treaty just as President Obama has ramped up his efforts to cajole Republican senators to support it.

    “I have decided that I cannot support the treaty,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union”. “I think the verification provisions are inadequate and I do worry about the missile defense implications of it.”

    Obama sent a letter to McConnell on Saturday in attempt to reassure him and other Republicans about his administration’s commitment to missile defense.

    “The New START treaty places no limitations on the development or deployment of our missile defense programs,” Obama wrote. “As the NATO summit meeting in Lisbon last month underscored, we are proceeding apace with a missile defense system in Europe designed to provide full coverage for NATO members on the continent, as well as deployed U.S. forces.”

    Obama also delivered a weekly radio address Saturday urging Republicans to unite with Democrats behind the treaty and reminding them of former Sen. Arthur Vandenberg’s (R-Mich.) that “politics stops at the water’s edge.”

    McConnell acknowledged Obama’s letter but said it failed to address all of his concerns.


    Republicans love setting traps via issues of Trust. Never Trust a Republican. Bill Clinton did- he was Impeached!

  11. Has anyone else noticed Biden is giving himself a higher profile lately. Seems to me he is searching out headline material as of late.

  12. I knew there is a catch somewhere. It is Obama after all. Admin, what is going on here?
    From John Smart:

    I just read the repeal of DADT. (Thanks AnonOmous) I have a big question: I see no affirmative language that allows openly gay men and women to serve. It merely repeals DADT after a long review process and with many stipulations. If this is the case are we not just going back to the pre Clinton rule which was no gays at all in the military, out or not? I am asking sincerely. Am I missing something? The 1994 law can be read here.

  13. Barack Obama is firmly on course to become a one-term president

    By Nile Gardiner
    December 20th, 2010

    2010 is a year President Obama will definitely want to forget, after his party’s humiliating drubbing at the hands of voters in the November mid-terms. As I’ve noted previously, there is no sign at all of any kind of recovery for the president, and several new polls show that Barack Obama continues his steep downward spiral. On current projections, the president looks on course to become a one-term president, and a pretty undistinguished one at that.

    According to the latest Fox News/ Opinion Dynamics poll, just 29 percent of US voters predict that Obama will be re-elected in 2012 – with 64 percent saying that he will not succeed in winning another term, an 18 percent increase from a year ago. Only 35 percent of Americans think Obama deserves re-election, compared to 53 percent who believe the country would be better off with someone else.

    When asked how Obama’s presidency will be judged by history, only 29 percent expect him to be rated as “one of the country’s greatest” or as a “good president”, a 14 point drop from 12 months ago, and a dramatic 33 percent fall from when he was elected. In contrast, 34 percent of Americans believe Obama will rate as “below average” or as “one of the country’s worst” presidents. Even among Democrats, Obama’s standing has significantly fallen, with less than one in ten agreeing that he will be “one of the country’s greatest presidents”, down from 30 percent in 2008.

    The Fox poll has the president at his lowest approval level yet – 40 percent, chiming with a new Rasmussen poll which showed that just 23 percent of likely US voters believe the country is heading in the right direction – the lowest level since January 2009. Strikingly, among Democrats, that figure stands at only 42 percent, down 17 points from the week before the mid-terms.

    According to Rasmussen, 71 percent of voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track, the highest level since March this year, and that includes 49 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of independents. The Republicans now have a six point lead over the Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot, and lead their political opponents on seven of the ten most important issues regularly surveyed by Rasmussen.

    So far no Republican has thrown his/her hat in the ring for 2012, but a leading likely contender, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is already flexing muscle in a hypothetical match-up with Barack Obama. The latest McClatchy/Marist poll has Romney leading Obama 46 to 44 percent among overall voters, and crucially by 47 to 39 percent among independents, who will be key to taking the White two years from now.

    President Obama will need a dramatic reversal of fortune if he is to avoid the fate of Jimmy Carter, the last one-term Democratic president. At present, there is no glimmer of hope and change on the horizon for an inexperienced and flailing leader whose dramatic fall in 2010 has been nothing short of stunning.

    In 2011 he faces potentially even greater challenges, with mounting opposition to his health care reforms, growing disillusionment on the Left amidst an increasingly vicious liberal civil war, a conservative-dominated House of Representatives, and a wave of Republican presidential contenders who will start to dominate news coverage as the countdown begins to the primaries. Indeed, the outlook looks increasingly grim for the “transformational” president who looks woefully out of his depth both at home and abroad.

  14. wbboei
    December 20th, 2010 at 2:15 am
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    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.
    As noted, the last appointee to the Supreme Court must recuse herself because she was Solicitor General when the case arose. Therefore only eight justices will be voting. If the case goes directly to the Supreme Court, it will only take four votes to uphold the District Court decision that he individual mandate is unconstitutional. As noted, I believe we have at least four justices who would so rule as noted above. And, if the district court decision is appealed to the Fourth Circuit and that court upholds the district court decision, the same result would apply. But if he Fourth Circuit reverses the District Court then it will require five votes to strike down the individual mandate. That is my understanding at least.
    On sober reflection, I think the above analysis is wrong. If the Supreme Court ruled 4 to 4 on obamacare, that would leave standing the decision in the Fourth Circuit, but it would not override the dismissals which occurred in other jurisdictions. The bottom line is we still need Justice Kennedy to agree that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

  15. Mrs. Smith,
    How the weather up in yankee land? Are you still planning on coming down to the country? We need to talk, but I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time for a conversation!

  16. The truth of the matter:

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Monday, December 20th at 11:30AM EST

    From a New Hampshire Union Leader editorial crediting the Tea Party with ensuring that Senate Minority Leader McConnell would refuse to play ball on the Omnibus:

    The truth is that without the constant vigilance currently provided by what can loosely be called the Tea Party movement, Republicans would be just as happy as Democrats to squander taxpayer money. They are only acting frugal now because they know they’re being closely watched, so keep watching.

    For the rest of your lives, in fact: civic duty never ends. Just in case nobody’s ever mentioned that.

    (H/T: Real Clear Politics)

    Moe Lane


  17. Consider the source…(Rethugs)

    If this is true, they better buy a big box of new folders for us Big Pinkers. 😉

    Govt ‘creating vast domestic snooping machine’

    The government is creating a vast domestic spying network to collect information about Americans in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent terror plots, The Washington Post reported Monday.

    The government is using for this purpose the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators, the daily added.

    The system collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of US citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing, the report noted.

    The government’s goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, noted the paper, which has conducted its own investigation of the matter.

    According to the report, the network includes 4,058 federal, state and local organizations, each with its own counter-terrorism responsibilities and jurisdictions.

    At least 935 of these organizations have been created since the 2001 attacks, The Post said.

    The probe has revealed that technologies and techniques developed for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have migrated into the hands of law enforcement agencies in the United States, the paper pointed out.

    In addition, the FBI is building a database with the names and personal information of thousands of US citizens and residents, the report said.

    The database is accessible to an increasing number of local law enforcement and military criminal investigators, the report noted.

  18. Waaaaay off the political grid but something everyone should be aware of…

    Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities


    Hexavalent chromium was a commonly used industrial chemical until the early 1990s. It is still used in some industries, such as in chrome plating and the manufacturing of plastics and dyes. The chemical can also leach into groundwater from natural ores.

    The new study found hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 out of 35 cities sampled. Of those, 25 had levels that exceeded the goal proposed in California.

    The highest levels were found in Norman, Okla., where the water contained more than 200 times the California goal. Locally, Bethesda and Washington each had levels of 0.19 parts per billion, more than three times the California goal.

    The cities were selected to be a mix of big and smaller communities and included places where local water companies had already detected high levels of “total chromium.”


  19. “The bottom line is we still need Justice Kennedy to agree that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.”



    Forgive my ignorance, but what are the chances Justice Kennedy will do that?

  20. Shadowfax,
    Interesting read on the govt. snooping….weird things are still happening to my email! I swear someone was just trying to access my list of contacts while I was writing a message to a friend of mine. Of coarse when I was talking to Mrs. Smith…I clearly heard someone listening in on my phone and laughing….

    It’s getting pretty scary around here!

  21. When the New York Times propaganda machine tells us that he is a great leader because he gave the store away on START, and he signed a DADT bill which fell in his lap (without reporting the follow up contingencies, let us remember what this Administration is really all about . . . .

    The System Worked! Man Boards Airplane With Loaded Gun

    Posted by Ben Howe (Profile)
    Monday, December 20th at 11:00AM EST

    Some moments have come to define this administration’s level of incompetence and detachment from reality. For Janet Napolitano of Homeland Security, the defining moment is when she claimed “the system worked” shortly after a man came within seconds of blowing up a commercial airliner having only been narrowly thwarted by other passengers. She soon retracted her statement, however the damage had essentially been done.

    Coming from the administration that referred to the wars as “overseas contingency operations” and terrorism as “man caused disasters,” it became clear that they cared more about process than substance. What was important to them was correctly completing arbitrary screenings as opposed to making sure that terrorism is thwarted. It’s really a typical OBAMA (sic) mindset: The intentions far outweigh the results. Practical real-world application of experience is replaced by academic experimentation.

    Now comes the news that a man in Houston boarded a plane with a loaded pistol despite having gone through the TSA screening process:

    Said the gun owner:

    Houston businessman Farid Seif says it was a startling discovery. He didn’t intend to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of Houston and can’t understand how TSA screeners didn’t catch it.

    “I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif said. “It’s a .40 caliber gun.”

    Unfortunately, this is par for the course.

    From the ABC report:

    Authorities tell ABC News the incident is not uncommon, but how often it occurs is a closely guarded government secret. Experts say every year since the September 11 attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert tests of airport security.

    A person briefed on the latest tests tells ABC News the failure rate approaches 70 percent at some major airports. Two weeks ago, TSA’s new director said every test gun, bomb part or knife got past screeners at some airports.

    So, after all of these calls for sacrifice in the name of security, it turns out that the TSA can’t do its job as well as a bouncer at a night club.

    It serves as an example of why people like me are so incensed at the current state of TSA screenings. Pulling people aside and searching them is an excellent way to administer security; Pulling people aside at random to search them is security theater which does about the same amount as doing nothing. In fact, the only thing that these searches have over doing nothing is that a TSA agent might get to see a woman’s breasts.

    If 70% failure rate even after completely depriving people of their right to privacy is the system working, then my car is about to get a lot more mileage.

    Don’t let it come to this:

  22. shadowfax,

    I do not believe anything Erin Brokovich is involved with. She’s been meddling in a local cement plant, trying to shut it down, (F**k the jobs, the economic impact, the fact its the last industry in a severely depressed area).

    As for her earlier activism, it has just been proven that the cancer rates in the California city (Hinkley?) she sued have shown ZERO increase despite the huge lawsuit paid out.

    She’s a scam artist, an environmental ambulance chaser, and she’s full of sh1t. I’ve followed her meddling near Albany for the past year and I am disgusted. She’s just another Van Jones clone.

    (Sorry for the rant but she is just searching for clients for Weitz and Luxumberg).

    IMHO, of course.

  23. Forgive my ignorance, but what are the chances Justice Kennedy will do that?
    Without reading the cases I cannot give you an informed opinion. But based on a more general impression, I think the odds are in the 70% range. There will be a lot of twists and turns here, but if he is doing his job then he will give great weight to the dangers of expanding congressional power in this manner, the defective manner in which this law was passed, i.e. without anyone reading it, the lack of any legislative record, etc. Timing may be the more critical issue. The Administration will try to drag it out, take implementation steps and argue that it would be too disruptive to pull back from it now. In a sense, it may be self defeating for Republicans to press for repeal, because the left wingers on the court will argue that it is a political question, and the court should not intervene in that process. Furthermore that may provide an ex post facto legislative record which was missing before. That argument to Kennedy is the only one that worries me. And the establishment Republicans are stupid enough to fall into that trap.

  24. I’m not so sure about these Cain’s! IT seems they are about as close to the Clinton’s as Clyburn is/was…Wikipedia has some good info about the Cain’s and Pres. Clinton’s healthcare bill.

  25. basil9

    I really don’t care about Erin Brokovich, I do care about toxic crap going into our water and air.

    Jobs for toxic polluters…anyone that has a business needs to not harm others health to make a buck.

    Sorry, but we see things quite differently.

  26. Confloyd –
    Of coarse when I was talking to Mrs. Smith…I clearly heard someone listening in on my phone and laughing….

    It’s getting pretty scary around here!

    Do do do do….

    Yipes, that sounds creepy. Maybe it’s a party line? (Let’s hope it is and not Baracko’s basement buddies…)

  27. I do care about toxic crap going into our water and air.
    Jobs for toxic polluters…anyone that has a business needs to not harm others health to make a buck.



  28. shadowfax,

    I agree that pollutants should be regulated but there is such a thing as going too far, stretching the truth, relying on less than scientific evidence and having an agenda which often masquerades as fair regulation.

    I have seen these wackos shut down industry, turn villages into ghost towns, proselytize and promote their own positions even when they don’t live in areas which they grouse about. I have spoken to DEC and EPA people as well as manufacturers, engineers, locl residents, and it seems to me that much of the hyper-regulation now going on is based on politics.

    Sorry, but it is a sore spot for me, especially when I see 100 laid off, a plant prevented from opening, another plant which is modernizing to further improve emissions jumping through hoops erected by people many of whom don’t have the slightest idea of what they’re talking about.

    It’s like industry and manufacturing is the real target. But just think about it. Industry that shuts down in this country will just go to other countries with limited regulations and emissions will eventually reach our shores anyway.

    I just doubt many of these so-called EPA reports. I’m all for safe drinking water, too, but I take these reports with a huge tablespoon of salt.

  29. Chavez favors internet regulation. I wonder why? How long will it be before Obama follows suit. He wants to protect citizens you see. And so does Chavez. Only a cynic would suggest that totalitarian governments like to control the press and what better way to do it than this highly principled approach–protecting children from porn. Of course they can get the same thing from Hollywood, but don’t let’s forget, Hollywood is a big Obama contributor. So the rules for them do not apply, and what is universal for everyone else is not for them. Sounds like universal health care to me. What we have with Obama is a loss of government by the people and governing by the interests of the well healed and well connected. If the left would only wake up, rather than whine, they would realize he is not somebody to be pulled back to the left, but their implacable enemy. And they would call out faux progressives like Bill Maher for the abject whores that they are. Unfortunately, they are too stupid to understand that. They elevate form over substance/

  30. What I meant by universal health care is the over 200 waivers Obama has given to businesses and unions who just happen to have been his largest contributors. Why doesn’t the American Public wake up to the fact that he is pissing all over them and telling them it is raining? I must confess I do not understand their mindset. It is child like. And so many seem to believe ANYTHING big media pounds into their heads. It is like 1939 when half the country believed the Martians were landing and millions believed it because they heard it on the radio. Such if the power of big media–the real enemy.

  31. basil9

    Sorry, but it is a sore spot for me


    It’s beyond a sore spot with me, my son has a chronic illness from pollutants in a lake…..meds for the rest of his life not to mention the depression it causes.

    I will stop talking about this since we both see it from different sides of the fence.

  32. Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start.

    There he was, on New Year’s Day, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, stuck on a secure phone with counterterrorism officials, trying to figure out what screw-ups had allowed a would-be terrorist to board a Christmas Day flight with explosives in his underwear.

    Things only got worse for Obama when he returned to Washington in between a pair of epic winter storms.

    From the start, 2010 delivered a string of setbacks that built up to an electoral shellacking come November, to use the president’s own word.

    No matter that the recession was officially over. That sweeping health care changes at last had been enacted. That combat operations in Iraq ended. That General Motors was making money and hiring again. That banks paid back most of the billions they’d borrowed from the government. And that Obama worked out a December tax cut deal with Republicans and scored a surprising victory in persuading Congress to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces.

    “This is what change looks like,” Obama said proudly, after the health care law passed.

    But. The economic recovery was too slow. The oil gushed for too long. The health care law was too complicated. The unemployment rate too high. The political discourse too raw. The tea party too loud.

    Americans were in a foul mood, and Democrats got the blame.


    Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating in Associated Press-GfK poll: 56 percent. Congressional approval: 42 percent.

    The Jan. 19 election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Obama’s ally and friend, Ted Kennedy, delivered a jarring result. Republican Scott Brown’s victory, in liberal Massachusetts no less, deprived Democrats of their 60th vote in the Senate, the number needed to overcome GOP delaying tactics on legislation.

    The consequences rippled through everything, recasting the already bruising health care debate, dimming hopes for climate change legislation and exposing animosity from voters over joblessness, Wall Street bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and the toxic ways of Washington.

    Obama recognized what was obvious, yet remarkable for a man who just one year earlier had embodied the restless mood of voters who swept him into office. He was losing touch.

    “Do they really get us and what we’re going through?” Obama wondered aloud.

    He meant that extraordinary circumstances had forced themselves on the presidency and the country. “I hated it, you hated it,” he said of the bank bailouts, for example. “It was about as popular as a root canal.”

    His State of the Union speech was in part a soliloquy about the expectations he’d raised. “I campaigned on the promise of change – change we can believe in, the slogan went,” he said. “And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change. Or, at least, that I can deliver it.”


    Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent.

    Bipartisanship came briefly into fashion, as lip service. Early in the month, Obama invited Republican leaders to the White House for the first time in two months, even as the capital was all but shut down by snow and ice. The meeting simply made clear Washington was polarized to the point of paralysis – in government as well as on the streets.

    “Bipartisan cannot mean simply that Democrats give up everything that they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for, and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship,” Obama sniped.

    House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor told Obama in a letter: “`Bipartisanship’ is not writing proposals of your own behind closed doors, then unveiling them and demanding Republican support.”


    Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating: 53 percent. Congressional approval: 22 percent.

    It was a month of passion and poison, a cry of “baby killer” from the House floor, roiling tea party protests, ugly shouts at lawmakers and sometimes by them. In the fierce maneuvering for a health care law, Democrats rained favors in back rooms to placate deep-pocketed special interests and wavering lawmakers. Spring arrived like streaks of mud on the carpet.

    It was a mess.

    And it placed Obama squarely in the history books as the president who achieved what Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Bill Clinton could not – a path to nearly universal health care. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, despised insurance company practices would be forbidden and Americans would finally get the help they need to afford health insurance as well as an IRS-enforced mandate to obtain it.

    “We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” Obama declared after the crucial House vote late the night of March 21.

    Boehner steamed from the House floor in the final throes of debate. “Can you say it was done openly, with transparency and accountability, without back-room deals?” Boehner demanded. “Hell, no you can’t!”

    Obama summoned exhausted aides to the Truman Balcony in the midnight hour for champagne.

    “Fired up! Ready to go!” Democrats exulted at the signing two days later. Vice President Joe Biden remarked to the president, a little too close to the microphone, “This is a big f—— deal.”

    Obama took his victory on the road. In Iowa he dared Republicans to try to repeal the law. You could say he taunted them.

    “Go for it,” he said. “Be my guest.”

    “If they want to have that fight, we can have it. Because I don’t believe the American people are going to put the insurance industry back in the driver’s seat.”


    Unemployment rate: 9.9 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 28 percent.

    At first, it was just another tragic accident. On April 20, an explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 crewmen and injuring 17 as the massive structure sank into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Four days later, oil was found leaking nearly a mile below the surface.

    Another circumstance had forced itself upon the presidency and the nation.


    Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 28 percent.

    The oil slick was massive and growing. Americans were becoming conversant with terms like blowout preventer, static kill and top kill. A live video feed from the ocean floor constantly reminded Americans that the government and the industry could not staunch a disaster unfolding before everyone’s eyes.

    “This man is working hard,” Michelle Obama told a meeting of Democratic women early in the month.

    “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” Malia Obama asked her father late in the month.

    In Utah, the tea party movement unseated Republican Sen. Bob Bennett at a state convention, signaling to both parties that a new political force was in play. The conservative grass-roots activists scored a succession of upsets in Republican primaries from Alaska to Florida. But could those people win widely in a general election? That was the burning question for the fall.

    GM, rescued by government, reported its first quarterly profit since 2007.

    Overseas, just before Memorial Day weekend at home, a roadside bomb pushed the U.S. military death toll to 1,000 in Afghanistan, the war that Obama decided to fight with escalating force while withdrawing combat boots from Iraq.


    Unemployment rate: 9.5 percent. Presidential approval rating: 50 percent. Congressional approval: 24 percent.

    Where’s the outrage? If coolness in a crisis is a virtue in the Oval Office, people also want to see leaders channel their anger and frustration.

    Obama absorbed that lesson as the oil still gushed. He told Americans his talks with Gulf fishermen and oil and environmental experts were “so I know whose ass to kick.”

    An Associated Press-GfK poll during the crisis found that Americans had become just as dissatisfied with Obama’s work on the Gulf oil spill as they had been with President George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.

    “He’s certainly moved from seeming to walk on water to really slogging in the mud, the oil-filled mud if you will,” Fred Greenstein, a Princeton University presidential scholar, told AP. “He is hitting a lot of existential obstacles – things that are out there and that are intractable.”

    In an extraordinary loose-lips episode, Obama’s Afghanistan war commander and his aides unloaded on senior administration officials in a Rolling Stone magazine profile. Obama swiftly fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and summoned his Central Command leader, Gen. David Petraeus, to step back from that plum post and run the war effort. The episode revealed continuing frustration over what some front-line officers see as micromanaging by Washington.


    Unemployment rate: 9.5 percent.

    The administration called it “Recovery Summer” but people didn’t seem to be buying it.

    Yes, economic growth was coming back from the year before. But the $814 billion stimulus package was supposed to wrestle down unemployment, and that was still perilously close to 10 percent. Democrats who had gone to the wall for the health care overhaul were hearing voters tell them to fix the economy.

    The vastly complicated health law may be as far-reaching as Social Security in the 1930s or Medicare in the 1960s. But it is different. Most people aren’t suddenly getting a check from the government in the mail. The promised gains unfold in many stages spread out over years.

    Joblessness is now.


    Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 24 percent.

    Vacations are rarely just vacations for a president and his family. This year was no exception.

    Michelle Obama’s five-day trip to the south of Spain with daughter Sasha touched off a mini-firestorm stoked by questions about the wisdom of such a glamorous trip and over-the-top speculation about who was footing the bill. Suddenly the popular first lady was being labeled a “material girl” sponging off taxpayers.

    Later in the month, the oil spill finally choked off in advance of the final kill of the well, the Obamas symbolically vacationed in the Gulf to show the world that beaches were safe, clean and open for business again. Playing in the Florida Panhandle, the president and Sasha swam out of public view in Saint Andrew Bay off of Alligator Point, technically not the Gulf.

    August produced “a good day” for Obama, the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and a milestone in Iraq as the last combat troops came out, leaving 50,000 to try to help Iraqi forces maintain security. “It’s time to turn the page,” he said.

    GM, recipient of a nearly $50 billion bailout, reported another quarterly profit, $1.3 billion, and began the process of shedding government ownership. The automaker stayed profitable in the fall and raised $13 billion for taxpayers in its initial stock sale to the public. Like Chrysler, also out of bankruptcy protection, GM has been hiring thousands more workers.


    Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 26 percent.

    Restive voters were not waiting for November to have their say. Republican nomination races gave them their bullhorn and they were using it with dramatic effect.

    In one of the year’s biggest upsets, Joe Miller, backed by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express, defeated GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, adding her to a column of incumbents pushed aside. Murkowski conceded a week after the Aug. 24 primary as the ballot count went against her. She later set about a long-shot campaign to win as a write-in candidate in November.


    Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 23 percent.

    Obama campaigned largely in urban areas in liberal states, his unpopularity such that many Democrats wanted to keep their distance from him in the home stretch. Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden stepped in to fight for the cause in places where the president could not.

    If Democrats used the health care law in their campaigns, it was to dissociate themselves from it. Some labored equally hard not to be tied to Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker demonized by Democrats’ foes.

    “Republicans are on offense and Democrats are running for cover,” Boehner said. Democrats used every opportunity to remind voters of the bitter fruits of Republican governance. “They’re offering more of the past,” Biden said, “but on steroids.”

    Democrats had little doubt they were in for a drubbing Nov. 2.


    Unemployment rate: 9.8 percent. Presidential approval rating: 47 percent. Congressional approval: 26 percent.

    Obama was reflective the day after. He was not looking for asses to kick. Republicans won the House from the Democrats, shaved the Democratic majority in the Senate, picked up governorships and surged in state legislatures.

    “You know,” Obama said, “this is something that I think every president needs to go through.”

    “Now,” he went on, “I’m not recommending for every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night. You know, I’m sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons.”

    Said Pelosi: “Nine-and-a-half percent unemployment is a very eclipsing event.”

    The tea party demonstrated both its potency and its limits. Republican House candidates backed by the activists are coming to Washington by the dozens. Yet some Republicans are quietly convinced they would have won the Senate, too, if not for a collection of flawed candidates chosen with tea party support.

    Tea party favorites won Senate seats in Florida, Kentucky and Utah, but lost in Nevada, Delaware and Colorado. In Alaska, Murkowski’s improbable write-in campaign succeeded.

    Obama blew off some steam at a pickup basketball game, coming away with a gashed lower lip needing 12 stitches.


    The year drew to a close with the government in a defensive crouch against the drip-drip-drip of WikiLeaks disclosures. The first hundreds to be released, in a cache of more than 250,000 State Department cables coming out, proved a huge embarrassment for Washington in its dealings with other nations, and followed the leak of nearly half a million documents from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    But Obama moved aggressively to achieve an arms control treaty with Russia in the waning days of the lame-duck session, an effort bound to strengthen U.S. credibility abroad if it succeeds this week.

    A burst of bipartisanship came back, this time with teeth. Democratic leaders found enough Republican support to repeal the military gay ban. After 17 years, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on the sexual orientation of troops is giving way to one that says it doesn’t matter.

    Although Obama has probably called the Republicans’ bluff on their vow to repeal “Obamacare” – they won’t have the votes – he has to deal with them on a broad front now. He compromised on tax cuts in the lame-duck session, agreeing to extend lower rates for the rich as well as the middle class before their expiration at year’s end. The agreement, now law, is expected to add $900 billion to the deficit.

    Has harmony come to the capital? Hardly. Obama likened the Republicans to hostage-takers.

    But it’s a new world now. He dealt.

  33. Clinton, Obama Both Get Credit on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

    By Susan Milligan
    December 20, 2010

    Maybe it takes a Congress undergoing post-election traumatic syndrome to do the right thing and allow gays and lesbians in the military to do their jobs without the added stress of lying about who they are. Maybe it’s something about the holiday season that led lawmakers to acknowledge that there’s something very distasteful about asking people to feel ashamed about whom they love.

    The more alarming trend is that the anonymity of the Internet (until WikiLeaks outs everyone, anyway) has emboldened people to brag shamelessly about how many kinds of people they hate. Vitriol, bigotry and distrust of immigrants or minority groups or Muslims–all of this has become accepted “free speech’’ by people looking to justify their ignorance and prejudice. But acknowledging love for someone of the same gender? That, for an indefensibly long time, has been banned by the U.S. military and treated with disdain by many in politics.

    Former President Clinton was excoriated for his early efforts to repeal the ban on gays in the military–not necessarily for the substance of the move, but for the politics of it. Clinton was foolish to spend early political capital on something so polarizing, critics argued, and the failed effort undermined the commander-in-chief with a skeptical military and weakened him on Capitol Hill. That’s an easy, cable-TV political analysis to make. But social change doesn’t come without an early, audacious effort to upend wrong-headed policy, and Clinton should be commended for starting the process. The fact that President Obama chose a different legislative strategy–focusing on healthcare and financial services reform first, angering gay rights activists who wanted him to throw his political weight behind eliminating the offensive ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” rule for gays and lesbians in the military–doesn’t make him less committed to human rights than Clinton. Both divergent strategies were necessary to getting the policy changed–even if it took 17 years.

    “doesn’t make him (obama) less committed to human rights than Clinton.”


    I’m sure the writer meant to say Lieberman and ont obama.

  34. shadowfax,

    I am so sorry about your son. I understand why it’s a sore spot for you. Unfortunately, I have also seen people claim damages where they didn’t exist, that’s all.

    May I ask who diagnosed your son, what his condition is, what meds he takes and if the diagnosis was confirmed?

    I know I’m prying and I understand if you don’t want to respond but it would be most helpful for me to hear of a medical case which has been confirmed as caused by local pollution if only to give perspective to the situations I cover for which, currently, there is not one shred of evidence. In fact, there’s more of a witch hunt feeling about what goes on in my area.

    It’s not that I doubt there can, of course, be a link. Personally, I had to move from a state where I was allergic to everything and leave a job in a new school which had multiple off-gassing. However, not everyone is equally susceptible and I beleive it’s a balancing act with regulation, one that’s currently weighted to one side.

    Again, sorry for your son’s condition.

  35. Shadowfax,
    Let’s hope its not Baracko’s basement buddies, LOL! Well you know I’ve told all of you that I’m a East Texas redneck….so his basement buddies could have me on alert, LOL!

    If they are, surely they need to realize my job is saving people, not doing any harm to anyone, LOL! What irritates me is if it is them, they are watching a perfectly normal American and letting some really dangerous folks get by them…oh well! Our tax dollars at work, LOL!

  36. One way to look at the world is as a series of systems. These systems are dynamic, and they can easily spin out of control based on centrifugal and centripal forces. They are held together, if at all, by gatekeepers. Gatekeepers are by definition people who are responsible for the integrity to the system, they impose rational limitations upon the destructive impulses of the players. So long as those gatekeepers do their jobs, the system is functional and can wil tend to achieve its intended ends.

    1. If you look at the legal system as a system, then it has its gatekeeper. The gatekeeper is the courts. And ultimately the Supreme Court. If our Constitution is to be destroyed, those are the entities that will do it. There are people on the court who will argue that the Constitution is to intended to provide limited government and to empower the American People. Generally speaking, these people are what we call strict constructionists and the refer to things like the original intent of the framers. There are others who believe that the constitutions meaning changes from time to time and the judge must interpret it according to his or her own philosophy and predeliction. The latter group is not responsive to the will of the people and they tend to act as a bevy of Platonic guardians. The justices Obama has appointed at the Supreme Court level tend to be of the latter persuasion and many of them also have a chip on their shoulder which show up in their legal discourse and writing. If those gatekeepers fail to strike down Obamacare, then they have failed the American People and they will have laid the groundwork for the demise of our democracy.

    2. The economic system has its gatekeepers. They are the economists. Their job is to understand markets and provide accurate advice to businessmen and policy makers, so we can rein in the more destructive influences of laissez fair capitalists which include predatory behavior, monopoly, bubbles and the like. Some of them are in the federal reserve, some are in the investment banks, some are in the universities. There is a tendency on the left to blame our current malaise on the greed of capitalists, and there is reason enough to dislike them as a group. But in most cases, they are behaving rationally with the system. The economists are the ones who failed to understand the problem and are now offering false solutions. Easy credit created the bubble which burst in a reprise of tulip bulb and wiped out the wealth of millions.

    3. The Mafia was a system. It had its gatekeeper–the Commission and La Cosa Nostra. Lucky Luciano set up the Commission after the bloody Castelemares war, and the Night of the Sicilian Vespers. The role of the commission as he defined it was to mediate feuds between families, assign territory and to avoid violence which was bad for business. Their system broke down in the 1980s for various reasons. The gatekeepers could no longer control what was happening on the street, and RICO ended it. The commission has not met in nearly 10 years, and whatever contract occurs between families is capo to capo.

    4. The political system has a gatekeeper. It is called the honest press. Its role is to speak truth to power, to educate the public so the public can cast informed votes, and to be even handed toward candidates. The failure of big media to recognize its fiduciary role and to exercise its power in a responsible manner is now in evidence. They have cast aside the role of gatekeeper for the more seductive role of power player, king maker and the like. With that they have betrayed the First Amendment, earned the enmity of thinking Americans, and violated the trust of the American People. You cannot be a gatekeeper and advocate at the same time. Those roles are mutually exclusive. There is no coming back from this for those people. But the larger point is these people, with rare exceptions, have ruined this system. The only solution is to stop listening to them.

  37. The wiikleak episode demonstates the importance of a gatekeeper. Unfortunately, CNN, NBC, ABC and CNN cannot be trusted perform that role. Their singular goal is to protect Obama.

  38. confloyd
    December 20th, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    This is enough to make a person sick!

    Confloyd, compare that blatent Politico pro-Obama propaganda to the recent polling JanH posted at 12:08 pm. They can try as hard as they like but as the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd…

  39. wbboei,

    I am just a tiny fish in a tiny pond but what I have seen of reporters for local papers is positively sickening. In many stories, reporters go in with conclusions already formed and seek data to support these unsubstantiated conclusions rather than LISTENING to people and speakers at various events and reporting what was actually said.

    It is shameful. And as you have probably guessed, on the many petty issues affecting this area the reporting is roughly 90 percent left leaning. And often times false.

  40. my son has a chronic illness from pollutants in a lake…..meds for the rest of his life not to mention the depression it causes.

    I will stop talking about this since we both see it from different sides of the fence.


    That makes it more worth discussing. Discussion energizes people to do research and use logic, and we all learn from it.

  41. OT, but just thought I’d give you guys a heads up, though this is anecdotal.

    My husband is a doc at a local hospital. He is now treating not one, not two, but THREE young, previously perfectly healthy adults for Guillain-Barré syndrome. In 25 years of practicing, he’s only had one other GBS patient, as it’s so rare, so this is really weird.

    The only thing these patients have in common is they all recently had the flu shot. He’s pretty concerned. Yeah, I know – it may just be coincidence, but it’s strange as hell.

  42. HillaryforTexas
    December 20th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    wiki page says this:

    “One study suggests that a minority of cases may be triggered by the influenza virus, or by an immune reaction to the influenza virus.[18]

    Influenza vaccine

    GBS may be a rare side-effect of influenza vaccines; a study of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) indicates that it is reported as an adverse event potentially associated with the vaccine at a rate of 1 per million vaccines (over the normal risk).[19] There were reports of GBS affecting 10 per million who had received swine flu immunizations in the 1976 U.S. outbreak of swine flu—25 of which resulted in death from severe pulmonary complications, leading the government to end that immunization campaign (By comparison, the average flu season kills around 30,000 people in the United States).[20] However, the role of the vaccine in these cases has remained unclear, partly because GBS had an unknown but very low incidence rate in the general population making it difficult to assess whether the vaccine was really increasing the risk for GBS. Later research has pointed to the absence of or only a very small increase in the GBS risk due to the 1976 swine flu vaccine.[21] Furthermore, the GBS may not have been directly due to the vaccine but to a bacterial contamination of the vaccine.[22]

    Since 1976, no other influenza vaccines have been linked to GBS, though as a precautionary principle, caution is advised for certain individuals, particularly those with a history of GBS.[23][24] On the other hand, getting infected by the flu increases both the risk of death (up to 1 in 10,000) and the risk of developing GBS to a much higher level (approx. 10 times higher by recent estimates[25]).[26]

    From October 6 to November 24, 2009, the U.S. CDC, through the VAERS reporting system, received ten reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome cases associated with the H1N1 vaccine and identified two additional probable cases from VAERS reports (46.2 million doses were distributed within the U.S. during this time). Only four cases, however, meet the Brighton Collaboration Criteria for Guillain–Barré syndrome, while four do not meet the criteria and four remain under review.[27] A preliminary report by the CDC’s Emerging Infections Programs (EIP) calculates the rate of GBS observed in patients who previously received the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination is an excess of 0.8 per million cases, which is on par with the rate seen with the seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine.[28]”

  43. hillaryfortexas,

    I get the flu shot every year coz of my suppressed immune system and I have never had any reaction until this year.

    I got the shot 2 weeks ago and developed bronchitis, sinusitus, respiratory SX, etc.

    It’s not guilllian barr but it knocked me on my butt. And this year’s strain does contain h1v. When I found that out I almost skipped the shot. I almost wish I had. I’ve been on antibiotics for ten days.

  44. pm317, yeah, I know – they’ve said in the past that it could be a reaction, but was supposedly REALLY rare, 0.8 per million.

    3 in one hospital? That’s over a third of what should happen for the entire country for the entire season.

  45. HillaryforTexas
    December 20th, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    I’m just curious, why would young healthy people get flu shots. Do they work in a health field or are they in the military. And is it only young people that are developing the disease after the flu shots. This is very strange. Thanks.

  46. Obama is finishing the yr strong despite himself…doing the triangulation he was so dismissive and critical off during thr campaign.

  47. Obama is finishing the yr strong despite himself
    He is finishing the year strong with the bots, with big media, and with his pal chavez. Very strong.

    However . . .

    He is at sea with the progressives . . .

    Sinking with the indies.

    And right where he has always been with the conservatives–in Davy Jone’s locker.

    There is much to be said for a politician who can manage to alienate all segments of the electorate simultaneously.

    And still give us that Hannibal Lector grin . . . very endearing.

  48. basil9

    Sorry, the questions you asked are personal to my family and not something I feel like parading in public for the sake of a discussion.
    There are people that are seriously harmed from careless industries and not believing it…doesn’t change reality.

  49. I would really like to be invited to the White House so I could pay $20,000 graft, say I went gaga over Michelle in an evening gown and pick up one of those elegant White House lighters. When I was at Annapolis the Naval Academy glee club went to the Nixon White House and got–you guessed it–White House lighters. Next to the Naval Academy ring which is dipped in a carafe of waters from the seven seas and knocked on the table as often as custom and good taste will permit, it is the greatest prop you can have to call attention to yourself– next to a Harvard ring knockers ring. But if you combine that little bauble with a White House lighter, then man oh manashevetts as they used to say in the last Korean War, you are feted.

  50. No JanH!!! That is distrubing news. The rise of anti-semetism since Obama took office is stunning. American liberal Jews need to wakes up and realize that European anti-semetism will soon be here if they continue to support anti-Israeli candidates like Obama.

  51. basil9

    I got the shot 2 weeks ago and developed bronchitis, sinusitus, respiratory SX, etc.

    It’s not guilllian barr but it knocked me on my butt. And this year’s strain does contain h1v. When I found that out I almost skipped the shot. I almost wish I had. I’ve been on antibiotics for ten days.
    Heh, good to know. I was thinking about getting the flu shot, but even with the ful I don’t get that sick. Think I will skip it. 😉
    Hope you’re feeling better.

  52. Triangulation, Obama style, means disdaining both the Republicans and the Democrats and then signing legislation that is forced upon you by a victorious Republican Party that is in ascendance for the next two years.

    It is good to have this note of grace for POTUS to end a sloppy and futile year of partisanship and defeat.
    Remember his exact words to an insider, and you will never wonder where he is coming from: “I CAN MAKE THEM BELIEVE ANYTHING I WANT THEM TO BELIEVE”.

    So far at least he has succeeded in the face of an empirical reality to the contrary. This is what happens when you have a dumb audience and a corrupt media on your side.

  53. shadowfax,

    NP. I understand. And I agree. But the reverse is also true, unfortunately. A happy medium minus histrionics and hyperbole which protects people and industry would be nice.

    Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

  54. I had a strange experience at work today. One woman came in and introduced her soon to be husband, he started making small talk and she winked at me and tried to get him out of my office. He asked why, she said before we started talking about politics.

    He worked on the campaign for the big Fraud, was proud as hell about it and on my wall were lots of photos of Hillary and one of the Big Dawg.

    He said, it was okay that I liked Hillary…said something under his breath about the convention, and I said, “What did you say?” She pulled him by the shirt to make him leave and he said as he left, “Hillary is doing pretty well now, so everything is is good, right?” She scurried him out the door before I could lay it on him……….

  55. HillaryforTexas
    December 20th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    One of my dearest friend reacted with GB after a flue shot in 97′. It took the doctors much too long for the diagnosis while he was paralyzed from the neck down. He remained permanently paralyzed from the knees down for the rest of his life. (we were going to try Bee Sting therapy to replace

    The cure for GB is a Hyperbaric Chamber (Iron Lung) and antibiotics as soon as possible to eliminate the residual effects of the flue shot in all the vital organs and soft tissue simultaneously, squeezing out the toxic effects throughout the body at the same time.

    IIRC, there is a specialist on GB still in Chicago.

  56. It is important that there be an honest dialogue between the left and the right. I do not have to agree with everything that the owner of Firedog Lake says and in fact we see the world very differently. But on some points she may be right and on others I think I am, and on still others we might even agree. She defends her values and I defend mine but we are honest about it, and that is where a productive dialogue can start.

    You will never get an honest dialogue from someone like Bill Maher. He professes to have values and to support Obama but when the two are in conflict he sides with Obama and condemns those who stand for the very values he professes to hold. I cannot tell you how much contempt I have for people like him. He looks and behaves like a duck billed platypus.

  57. (we were going to try Bee Sting therapy used on MS patients to stimulate the permanent periphery nerve damage done by the GB. But the family wouldn’t allow it..)

  58. During the last 3 years of my mother’s life, I was her main caregiver. Her doctor recommended to me that I start getting yearly flu shots to protect her. I was in my mid-forties at the time and have been getting the shots ever since.

  59. Shadowfax
    December 20th, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    Bee Sting therapy…………


    It was summer when I located a Bee keeper who was familar with the therapy. He regularyly sold bees to MS patients for self-administered therapy. Yes, when you have lost all feeling in your limbs- The idea is, the Bee Venom can stimulate feeling in your limbs to hopefully go forward with PT temporarily to strengthen the atrophed muscles that lay dormant for so long.

    The friend, I’m speaking of- tested negative to Bee sting/venom. It was worth a shot, so we thought.

  60. JanH
    December 20th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    After the GB experience with my friend, I’ve always been too afraid of getting a Flue shot. I missed getting the shot in 97′ and was relieved when I learned GB was a potential side-effect.

    My Mom gets her flue shot twice a year and has never had any residual effects resulting.

  61. Mrs. Smith,

    It’s really hard to know what to do as far as getting flu shots or not. I have to admit that I was a little leery of getting one last year because of all the confusion.

    The worst reaction I ever get is a sore arm.

  62. Mrs. Smith

    Doesn’t bee sting venom (sting goo) cause paralysis to the stingee?
    I said yipes because when I get stung by a bee, I start screaming my head off and hopping around like a giant frog. It hurts like hell.

    I am so sorry for people that are looking for something to help their diseases.

    WTHeck happened to the DNA research…I had such high hopes.

  63. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, poor Catie will get a pay cut.

    Karma baby. Your making an ‘editing’ fool out of Sarah came back to bite you in the butt.

    CBS Corp. began preliminary talks on a new contract for Katie Couric, looking to cut the evening news anchor’s $15 million salary and possibly expand her role amid falling viewership, people with knowledge of the situation said.

  64. H4T:

    “3 in one hospital? That’s over a third of what should happen for the entire country for the entire season.”

    Should mean the vaccine lot administered to the three patients should be tested for similarity and purity. GB is the result of the immune system shutting the body down, protecting the body from an alien invasion.

  65. Shadowfax
    December 20th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    One word: Pharmaceuticals.

    Big Pharma has been trying to duplicate Bee Venom for decades. They have given up. There are hundreds of elements in BV they cannot identify and label for mass production as a marketable synthesized version administered by sub-cut injection. Actually, they ran across the same problem with pot when they were trying to duplicate it with a pill.

  66. JanH
    December 20th, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    Mrs. Smith,

    It’s really hard to know what to do as far as getting flu shots or not. I have to admit that I was a little leery of getting one last year because of all the confusion.

    The worst reaction I ever get is a sore arm.

    My theory over the years has been- if you have gotten a flue shot over time with little or no side effects then it’s works for you. For virgins (ha) like myself, it’s too much for my immune system to process in the least reactive way as your system does because your system has had a gradual buildup of flu vaccine.

    I’ve never had a flue shot. I’ve always watched and waited for post flue shot horror stories which has reinforced my position of staying away taking my chances if I get sick, going for an antibiotic. I learned recently, the antibiotics out there are so strong, I voluntarily stopped taking the medication after the third dose which was way too strong for my system to assimilate without serious side effects.

    Prior to being sick last year, I had never been really sick in my life. Every winter, as a child, I would come down with a simple case of tonsillitis which a few days on penicillin would cure immediately.

    Medicine is trial and error. The reason why doctors have a “medical practice” because they learn something new every day. The most significant lesson is that each patient is unique unto themselves. What works on one patient exhibiting the same symptoms as another may not work on the second individual.

    Basically doctors, as was my Dad, inherently need to be part detective, part medicine man, part praying for Divine Intervention in critical situations… to take on people’s health problems day in and day out.

  67. WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New York senator says new Republican support for the 9/11 health bill may enable its passage before the current congressional session ends.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said her fellow Democrats intend to resurrect the $7.4 billion health initiative for first-responders and survivors in coming days, The New York Times and other media reported Saturday. The measure fell three votes short of breaking a filibuster against it Dec. 9.

    “We have the votes we need,” Gillibrand said at a Capitol Hill news conference following passage of the “don’t ask don’t tell” repeal. “We have indications from several Republicans that they very much want to vote for this bill.”
    She did not name the Republicans.

  68. 9/11 First Responders Challenge Teary-Eyed McConnell: ‘Where Is His Human Feeling For Us?’

    In this lame duck session, Senate Republicans are grasping at every possible reason to “run out the clock” on any Democratic priority. Their brazen obstruction, however, took some victims last week when they used another filibuster to block the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Named after a New York City policeman who died from health complications, this legislation that provides health care to 9/11 first responders and emergency workers who suffered illnesses from working at Ground Zero.

    Not one Republican senator came to the floor to explain why the desperately needed, fully paid-for compensation didn’t deserve to pass.

  69. Mrs. S

    …basically doctors, as was my Dad, inherently need to be part detective, part medicine man, part praying for Divine Intervention in critical situations… to take on people’s health problems day in and day out.

    Yes, just like House. I know…he is just a character, but he is the ultimate problem solver that still doesn’t always get to the right conclusion, but humans know more in this decade than ever before, and sharing knowledge is giving humans better odds.

    Then again, our bodies always break down as we age, and our planet is more exposed to man-made toxins and diseases…so we will always fight this battle.

  70. Richardson is an extremely poor choice to represent the interests of the United States in reaching a settlement accord on the Korean Peninsula. In order to be successful, a putative mediator must be trusted, and in order to be trusted h4 must be trustworthy. Experience has shown that Richardson is a lying unprincipled sack of shit, ergo he is not trustworthy and should be terminated with prejudice on that account.

  71. Oooooooooo yuck………..HuffPuff is still mainlining the KoolAid, but this photo shows Ol’ Arrogant One is looking anything but appealing…

    Obama On Verge Of Major Victory As Missile Defense Treaty Gains GOP Support

  72. I blushed when I read this email. How can he say these things to a former Republican Senator from Dick Cheney’s state. You would think he was talking to a . . . Lisa Murkowski with her big oil backing . . . yes, it is that bad . . .


    From a man in Montana….who – like the rest of us – has just
    about had enough

    Hey Alan,

    Let’s get a few things straight…

    1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole
    for FIFTY YEARS…

    2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS
    (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63)…

    3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of
    other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing
    account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the
    account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return
    for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security
    into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud…

    4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your
    ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American
    seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full
    retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission
    is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN…

    5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into
    Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules
    of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the
    economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare
    to pay the bills…

    6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying
    income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our
    taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our
    money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you
    ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you
    need more to pay of YOUR debt…

    To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling
    “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few
    questions for YOU…

    1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers
    during your pathetic 50-year political career?

    2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political
    career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits
    from the American taxpayers?

    3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health

    4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and health care benefits are
    you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as
    usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

    It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators
    who are “greedy”. It is you and they who have bankrupted America and
    stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic
    taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have
    bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic
    political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know

    And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

    Always say what you mean ! !
    always mean what you say ! !
    NEVER COMPROMISE ……… Pass this along to our friends and
    supporters Jim

  73. I don’t know but anyone who think that the republicans are not fueling Obama’s comeback needs their heads examined. He knew he was going to get all these things approved when he screwed the American people by letting the republicans have their trillion dollar tax break. This was nothing but a backroom deal with Obama and the rethugs.

    Rethugs are covering up their committment to Obama with all these socialist talk by Beck and all the others….its all high theatre and the middle class, poor and the elderly take the hit. We should have know this when Obama hired Alan Simpson…..forget about retiring….you will work till you drop dead (if they don’t ship your job to China), they sweep you out with the dirt and hire another one younger….JUST LIKE THEY DO IN CHINA….capitalism at its best!

  74. OH yeah, WTH, is Bill Richardson doing out there again….what is wrong with this picture! Obama is definitely trying to aggravate Hillary with this…surely she’s not that forgiving…because I’m sure as hell am not!!!

  75. The Palestinians Are the Real Obstacle to Peace

    When will they finally accept the Jewish people’s right to their historic homeland?

    The Middle East peace process is once again stalled, while Palestinian leaders sadly continue to propagate the myth that Israeli construction impedes progress. Only last Friday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in Washington that “the Israeli government had a choice between settlements and peace, and they chose settlements.”

    Unfortunately, what stands between the Palestinians and eventual statehood is their insincerity when it comes to real peace. Israel has repeatedly proposed the independence that the Palestinians ostensibly desire. But instead of concluding a deal with Israel, they have demonstrated a total unwillingness to compromise, often favoring terrorism, as witnessed in the barrage of terrorist attacks that followed the Camp David negotiations of 2000. Is it any wonder Israelis find it ever more difficult to trust the Palestinians?

    If there is to be a stable and lasting peace, Israel’s recognition of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination — which successive Israeli governments have affirmed — cannot go unreciprocated. The Jewish people are no less entitled to a state in their homeland, the land of Israel, or to their right to defend it.

    The fundamental problem is that the Palestinians continue to reject these inherent rights of the Jewish people. That’s indeed why we do not yet have two states for two peoples: The Palestinians remain steadfast in their refusal to accept that there even exists a Jewish nation that lays legitimate claim to its land. They reject the entire premise of a state for the Jewish people — not only beyond the pre-1967 lines of the state of Israel, but even within its original 1948 boundaries. This, of course, explains why the Palestinians did not pursue independence prior to 1967, when Israel was within the 1949 Armistice lines.

    This fact becomes perfectly clear when observing how Palestinian leaders educate their own people. The language of hate is the vernacular of choice for the official Palestinian media, which indoctrinates its audience with the narrative that Jews have usurped their land and have no business being here — and not just in Hebron or Ariel, but even in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Palestinian television is notorious for broadcasting what amounts to classic incitement — parading about children who glorify the use of weapons to destroy Israel and accusing Jews of “stealing” cities such as Haifa, which even the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 included as part of the Jewish state.

    There is no chance that peace can come to the region as long as the Palestinians continue to spew this sort of vitriol. The only way forward must involve a bottom-up approach in which Palestinians develop the type of civil discourse that is a prerequisite to reconciliation. Schoolchildren in the Palestinian Authority must be taught to respect the human dignity of their Jewish neighbors, just as Israeli youths are instructed to be tolerant of others — including Palestinians — with whom they may not agree. And all Palestinians must come to terms, once and for all, with the fact that the Jewish people will continue to exercise their historical right to sovereignty in their homeland, a sovereignty that guarantees equal rights for all of Israel’s citizens.

    As for the Jewish communities over the 1967 lines, their fate should be decided in permanent status negotiations, as agreed in the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement of September 1995. In the meantime, Israel has committed not to authorize any construction outside these neighborhoods in the areas under its control since 1967. It’s worth noting that in the past, Israel’s presence in areas under dispute proved not to be an obstacle to the achievement of peace with Egypt.

    The fanciful “virtual reality” in which the Palestinians operate — and which they dispense for public consumption — obscures their basic responsibility for the current predicament. And it illustrates why Israel must insist on its security requirements in any future peace agreement. Israel must be able to protect itself against not only physical attack, but also the political, cultural, and strategic assault on its very legitimacy. It would simply be impossible to have a fruitful discussion concerning borders without both addressing the issue of comprehensive security and recognizing Israel’s right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

    Israel remains committed to the cause of peace. We have no desire to govern the affairs of another people. But our acceptance of a viable Palestinian state awaits a similar Palestinian acceptance of the rights of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. Erekat, the Palestinian negotiator, recently wrote that such a step would require a modification of the Palestinian narrative. He’s absolutely right. But until this happens, there can be no chance for peace.

  76. Where is everyone?…

    I think this essay will wake them up, 😉 I liked most parts of it. It is fashionable to make a distinction between ‘spirituality’ and ‘religiosity’ but I make none (I can’t tell at first read if Gervais is trying to do that). To me the idea is to be good because that is the way it should be — morality without religion (or spirituality or some other label).

    Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this. If I came up to you and said, “Why don’t you believe I can fly?” You’d say, “Why would I?” I’d reply, “Because it’s a matter of faith.” If I then said, “Prove I can’t fly. Prove I can’t fly see, see, you can’t prove it can you?” You’d probably either walk away, call security or throw me out of the window and shout, ‘’F—ing fly then you lunatic.”

    This, is of course a spirituality issue, religion is a different matter. As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a god. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different god, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are. From what I can gather, pretty much the worst type of person you can be is an atheist. The first four commandments hammer this point home. There is a god, I’m him, no one else is, you’re not as good and don’t forget it. (Don’t murder anyone, doesn’t get a mention till number 6.)

    When confronted with anyone who holds my lack of religious faith in such contempt, I say, “It’s the way God made me.”

  77. I must say the double entendres in some of MOTUS blog posts are really rich (and witty). This is one:

    Apparently there’s a bit of push back in the Senate. Something about the sections and amendments in the START Treaty that are written in Russian. Some of the R-words are muttering that the Senate doesn’t pass anything written in Russian. Spanish, yes. Butt Russian: nyet (translation: “No, not yet”).

  78. Mrs. Smith
    December 21st, 2010 at 9:03 am

    The Palestinians Are the Real Obstacle to Peace

    Thank you for posting this article.

  79. pm317,

    The athiest issue is a very sensitive one for sure. My ex-brother-in-law professes to be an athiest but celebrates Christmas and Easter.

    Not sure how that works.

  80. I should clarify and say that he celebrates the materialistic side of both holidays. Still as both dates are religious ones, I find this very confusing.

  81. Maybe he likes the fun and festivity and more the merrier, right? If he wants to be festive at a time nobody is (because he is atheist), then what good is it?

    We don’t celebrate anything in our house (or we celebrate everything something any day everyday when in the mood). Well, we have made couple of concessions in the last two years for my niece who lives near us. We enjoy the fun and festive part of what she does.

  82. “he celebrates the materialistic side of both holidays”

    Well, that was similar to the motto of the ‘atheists’ of the 1 century BC in India. Live a good life here and now (all within in good conscience of course, these were good guys.) If you google ‘Lokayata philosophy’ you will find stuff on this movement in India from centuries ago.

  83. When Obama was 17 (emotionally)
    It was a very good year
    It was a very good year
    For bankers, bureaucrats and wealthy elites
    And golfing vacations and gowns for Michelle
    When he was 15

    But for average Americans it was a very bad year
    It was a very bad year for the loss of jobs
    The erosion of social security and medicare
    And our kids in Iraq and the unemployed
    But Michelle said let them eat cake
    Nanny Poopie agreed with vodka in hand
    When Obama was 17— in 2010
    Meanwhile, from Hot Air

    Poll: Obamateurism of the Year, Flight 5Share5posted at 8:05 am on December 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
    printer-friendly We’re back to pick the final entry for the first semifinal flight in the OOTY vote. We can never have enough Obamateurisms (apparently), but readers selected Barack Obama’s “at a certain point, I think you’ve made enough money” choice for Flight 4′s nominee to the semifinals. Today we have another set of tough, tough choices from the annals of the OOTWs. In fact, I’d have to call this flight a kick-ass set:

    “Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world’s imaginationbecause it reminded us of how valuable a free press is.” 24.39% (794 votes)

    “Singularly focused” Obama’s golfing, fundraising, vacation, and sports events 14.5% (472 votes)

    “We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick“ 30.65% (998 votes)

    Obama says Gulf disaster will have similar impact to 9/11, then goes golfing the next day 27.18% (885 votes)

    Obama golfs as BP’s CEO yachts 3.29% (107 votes)

    Total Votes: 3,256

  84. confloyd

    OH yeah, WTH, is Bill Richardson doing out there again….what is wrong with this picture! Obama is definitely trying to aggravate Hillary with this…surely she’s not that forgiving…because I’m sure as hell am not!!!

    Hehe Confloyd, being born around the same time of year as Hillary, I am pretty damn sure she doesn’t forget nor forgive folks like Barry, Richardson, Reid, Nasty nor the others.

    She loves politics, America and helping people…so, she puts on her Sunday face, keeps on working like a dog and is loved by millions for it…………but probably only with the Big Dawg does she share her inner wishes for swift Karma. 😆

    …….and in many cases, Karma has done it’s job. None of these people are doing well with the majority of citizens, only in the MSM is truth pumped up with bloated unicorns.

  85. wbboei
    December 21st, 2010 at 2:18 am
    I blushed when I read this email. How can he say these things to a former Republican Senator from Dick Cheney’s state. You would think he was talking to a . . . Lisa Murkowski with her big oil backing . . . yes, it is that bad . . .
    Loved this email. It nailed it when it comes to Simpson and his cranky self righteous calling of everyone out but himself. I’d love to send a copy to several people in government that I can think of off the top of my head. Mostly Repubs, mostly conservatives, mostly greedy SOB’s, but not exclusively. It applies to people on both sides of the aisle.

  86. I’d love to send a copy to several people in government that I can think of off the top of my head.
    Simpson is also the guy who started this whole amnesty business (Simpson Mazzoli) and promised us that it would never be repeated. At that point, the number of illegals given ammesty was 4.5 million as I recall. Bad policy begets more bad policy and the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The loveable curmogeon pose of his covers alot of bad. It is alot like Obamas hail fellow well met, while he carries a knife in his back pocket.

  87. Jan H.
    LOL! Well I had to think of something other than the “black plague”, folks would call me a racist!

    BTW, since my announcement yesterday on this blog again that I was just and “East Texas Redneck”, my phone was out of order all morning…maybe they connected or disconnected their listening devices….LOL! Who knows, who cares….I sure don’t!

  88. wbboei
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:27
    Here yah go Wbboei, now this is stating her but if you listen to Lamecherry and what he says about Obama….then the she part fits! This is song is dedicated to the big orange blog and their dedication to Obama, LOL!

  89. Mass. loses 1 of its 10 seats in US House

    By Steve LeBlanc
    December 21, 2010

    BOSTON—Massachusetts will lose one of its 10 seats in the U.S. House as its population growth failed to keep pace with states in the western and southern part of the country, setting the stage for a potentially contentious redistricting debate.

    The announcement came Tuesday as the Census Bureau released state population totals that dictate how the nation reapportions all 435 House districts to the states. The Massachusetts population grew 3.1 percent over the past decade to a total of 6,547,629 residents in the 2010 census. That compares with a national increase of 9.7 percent for a total of 308,745,538 people living in the U.S.

    Massachusetts’ growth rate mirrored the Northeast region as a whole, which grew at 3.2 percent. New Hampshire had the most robust growth in the region at 6.5 percent while Rhode Island had the smallest growth at just 0.4 percent.

    The Northeast placed last among the nation’s four regions, well behind the South, which grew at 14.3 percent and the West, which saw 13.8 percent growth. The Midwest also saw relatively anemic growth at just 3.9 percent. Massachusetts is the only New England state to lose a seat in Congress.

    Other states that saw their House delegations drop by one seat include: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York and Ohio each lost two seats…

  90. confloyd

    That freaking Obama is worst than the Swine flu!

    ——- Yup, and he lasts longer and is more costly too.

  91. Thank you as well Mrs. Smith…the bottom line is that the Palestinian leaders never have nor ever will want a real peace.

  92. Bill Clinton Named PETA’s 2010 Person of the Year

    Opinion by PETA

    Former President Bill Clinton, who is renowned for his charisma and eloquence, has worked to shed light on numerous global issues through his humanitarian efforts and his many public speaking engagements. Recently, he has taken time out of his busy schedule to promote vegan eating. Thanks to his new plant-based diet, he’s shed some pounds, decreased his risk of future heart problems, and spared the lives of many animals.

    Because he uses his influence to promote the benefits of following a vegan diet, PETA is pleased to name Bill Clinton its 2010 Person of the Year.
    Studies have proved that vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters. One reason why President Clinton took a step toward going vegan is that he wanted to make sure that he would be around to enjoy his future grandchildren now that his daughter, Chelsea, is married. Since then, Clinton says that his metabolism has improved, and he now weighs as much as he did in high school—so he’s definitely on the right track. “I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit,” he said. “I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy.”
    By choosing a plant-based diet, President Clinton has spared the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and reduced his risk of cancer, strokes, and other diseases. Of course, the reasons for going vegan don’t end there. The meat industry also contributes to world hunger, exploits workers, and devastates the environment.

    Because he uses his influence to promote the benefits of following a vegan diet, PETA is pleased to name Bill Clinton its 2010 Person of the Year. You can join President Clinton in helping to save animals by trying a vegan diet. Take our pledge to be vegan for 30 days and see the benefits for yourself.

  93. December 21, 2010

    Why Obama Surrendered the Missile Shield
    By Zbigniew Mazurak

    Documents from the State Department published by WikiLeaks show that the Obama administration surrendered the missile shield previously planned by the Bush administration to Europe because of Russian demands, not because of any supposed intel reports.

    The original missile defense scheme was devised by the Bush administration, which persuaded Poland and the Czech Republic to authorize missile defense systems (ten unarmed interceptors and a radar) to be deployed on their soil. In April 2008, Bush outmaneuvered Vladimir Putin by obtaining an endorsement of this scheme from all NATO allies before the Russian leader reached Bucharest for the NATO-Russia summit.

    Russia has always opposed this scheme, putatively because the scheme would undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent (which it wouldn’t — ten unarmed interceptors can’t undermine an arsenal of hundreds of ICBMs and SLBMs as well as 113 strategic bombers). Really, Russia is in the middle of selling a nuclear reactor and tons of nuclear fuel to Iran, and the Kremlin doesn’t want the West to be able to defend itself against the incipient Iranian nuclear threat. Russia is also eager to claw Central Europe back into its sphere of influence.

    Bush wisely chose not to succumb to Moscow, but he was replaced in 2009 by Barack Obama.

    The leaked documents indicate that Obama’s first eight months as president boiled over with Russian threats not to cooperate with the U.S. on any issue whatsoever (be it Iran, North Korea, space exploration, START negotiations, or anything else) barring cancelation of U.S. missile defense plans. During meetings with American officials, the Russians would repeatedly interrupt American diplomats who tried to discuss anything but missile defense.

    The Kremlin’s message was this: you must capitulate on missile defense (and strategic arms), or else we won’t even discuss (let alone cooperate on) other issues. Eager to appease Russia, the Obama Administration naïvely surrendered missile defense plans on September 17, 2009.

    Administration officials, including Obama and Bob Gates, are now falsely claiming that their surrender had nothing to do with Russia and was instead dictated by claimed new intel. Supposedly, Iran’s priority is now the development of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles rather than IRBMs and ICBMs (against which the Bush missile shield was designed to be effective).

    But the leaked documents, reproduced by the NYT, show that the Iranians still prioritize the development and acquisition of long-range ballistic missiles.

    The documents say that before Obama made his decision, Iran acquired BM25 (Rodong) IRBMs from North Korea. These can reach Western Europe and Moscow. Other publicly available intel reports say that Iran aims by 2015 to acquire ICBMs meant to reach the U.S. Iran also has R-27 Zyb SLBMs bought from North Korea (with a range of 3,000 kilometers; Rodong missiles were derived from them) and is reportedly now developing Shahab-4 IRBMs and Koussar missiles that could fly as far as 5,000 kilometers. And Iran possesses missiles that can deliver satellites into the Earth’s orbit — missiles that can reach Europe just as easily. Iran’s Fajr-3 and Sajjil missiles can fly as far as 2,500 kilometers. So the Iranian long-range-missile threat is growing, not declining.

    Moreover, thanks to geography, long-range ballistic missiles are the only ones which could ever reach Western Europe. Iran is too far away from Western Europe for its SRBMs and MRBMs to reach the Old Continent, let alone the U.S. Its Shahab-3 MRBMs can fly no farther than 2,000 km, meaning it can reach only Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, etc.).

    Whoever wants to protect Europe and the U.S. should first and foremost provide defenses against long-range ballistic missiles.

    Obama’s putative replacement for the Bush missile defense plan (which, for the record, was based on a proven technology designed against a real threat) is a fantasy scheme partially based on technology that doesn’t even exist. Obama plans to first deploy Burke- and Ticonderoga-class BMD-capable warships to Europe. The problem is that the Navy has only 24 BMD-capable combatants. The deployment would strain the BMD ship fleet (which must also defend Gulf states and eastern Asian countries) and would be more expensive than the deployment of ten interceptors and a radar on land.

    The second and third phases, Obama says, would be to deploy a ground version of the SM-3 interceptor missile (which doesn’t exist) in Romania and later Poland, plus “enhanced sensors” that will be inferior to the radar Bush planned to deploy.

    In the fourth phase, Obama says, SM-3s will be upgraded to become able to intercept long-range missiles, and such interceptors might be deployed to Europe. Of course, that would be contingent on the Congress and whatever government succeeds the Obama administration (assuming he will even be reelected in 2012) providing the necessary funding. Moreover, it would emerge five years after Iran is projected to acquire ICBMs. This means that even if such an interceptor was ever developed, produced, and deployed in Europe by 2020, the U.S.* and Europe would totally lack any defense against Iranian LRBMs for five years! And even if Iran does not acquire ICBMs by 2015, it will still have much time to construct them before any defensive systems go up in Europe.

    The Heritage Foundation and the nonpartisan CBO say that the deployment of ten interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic would be only half as expensive as the deployment of Aegis-type warships to Europe. And these Bush-planned defensive systems would protect Europe much better against Iranian missiles than the systems Obama has offered.

    Nor has Obama’s concession to Russia been reciprocated. Russia has not stopped backing Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. It has not allowed any serious sanctions to be approved by the UNSC. Putin hasn’t even toned down his comments about the U.S.

    In short, Obama has succumbed to Moscow for nothing. Now he is advertising a pseudo-missile-defense scheme which is decisively inferior to the Bush plan. It is time for the Congress and GOP presidential candidates to review this issue.

    *Even the U.S. is unprotected against Iranian missiles. The interceptors stationed in California and Alaska can protect only against missiles flying over the Pacific Ocean, e.g. from North Korea or China. They cannot protect the U.S. against missiles from over the Atlantic Ocean.

  94. JanH
    December 21st, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Bill Clinton Named PETA’s 2010 Person of the Year

    TAKE THAT, Michelle (no dessert for you) Obama!

  95. “The leaked documents indicate that Obama’s first eight months as president boiled over with Russian threats not to cooperate with the U.S. on any issue whatsoever (be it Iran, North Korea, space exploration, START negotiations, or anything else) barring cancelation of U.S. missile defense plans. During meetings with American officials, the Russians would repeatedly interrupt American diplomats who tried to discuss anything but missile defense.”

    Does the guy not have any backbone at all???

  96. And remember he didn’t take Hillary with him on that Russia trip. There were press reports about how easily Obama folded and how surprised the Russians were.

  97. He is ending the yr with the tax extensions, dadt repeal, , and start….this , unfortunately, bodes well for his re-election. Surprisng thing is how many republicans went along with him…

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