Census Apportionment Data – The Rise Of The Black Party

During the past few months we have slowly been working our way to writing several “painful discussion” articles focused on the census data which have been released today. Just about everyone wants to avoid the implications of what the census data tell us.

Chief liar or fool, take your pick, Robert Gibbs:

“President Barack Obama’s spokesman says he doesn’t expect the results of the new census to have a “huge practical impact” on national politics.”

Gibbs is either a liar or a fool because the census, a count of the population taken every decade, will not only describe the demographic face of the United States it will also be used to reapportion seats to the House of Representatives. But it is more than that.

The census will determine the practical day-to-day tactics and long-term strategies of political parties, political organizations, Big Media and just about every business that hopes to succeed or at least survive.

Today’s big news from the census report is which states gain House seats and which states lose House seats:

GAINS
ARIZONA +1
FLORIDA +2
GEORGIA +1
NEVADA +1
SOUTH CAROLINA +1
TEXAS +4
UTAH +1
WASHINGTON +1

LOSSES
ILLINOIS -1
IOWA -1
LOUISIANA -1
MASSACHUSETTS -1
MICHIGAN -1
MISSOURI -1
NEW JERSEY -1
NEW YORK -2
OHIO -2
PENNSYLVANIA -1″

A business publication has the obvious analysis:

“First of all, there was a big shift in Congressional states from “blue” to “red” states. Texas is the huge winner, picking up 4 seats. NY and Pennsylvania both lost seats. California failed to gain any seats for the first time. [snip]

What’s also key is that the GOP had a monster 2010 election in state legislatures, where the actual of redrawing of districts will occur. So put it together, and you’re talking about gains that will last at least a decade felt across all levels of politics.

None of this will surprise our regular readers. In November of 2009 we discussed the Democratic dreams and schemes of the “10 year plan” which has been destroyed because of Barack Obama. The “10 year plan” is more than dead – it has been turned on its head and now the advantage, the very strong advantage, is in Republican hands.

We utilized data compiled by Michael Barone to explain how devastating the 2010 elections have been to Obama Dimocrats in the reapportionment battle. We utilized data from Steve Lombardo at the Huff n’ Puff site to further nail down the Obama Dimocratic coffin.

The big headline news from today’s census release are in many ways the least interesting. The big headline news is the continued growth of Latinos in the southwest and the consequent continued growth in electoral power of that region:

“New U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday will expand congressional delegations in the Southwestern region of the nation, reflecting a widespread population migration over the past decade that further erodes the political might of the Northeast and Midwest.

Fueled by an explosion in its Hispanic population, Texas will add four new House seats — a larger gain than for any other state — broadening its delegation to 36 members in the House of Representatives. Arizona, Nevada and Utah — all of which have also seen significant population increases over the past decade — will gain one seat apiece.

A few Southern states also will gain seats. Florida picked up two seats and will expand to 27 districts, while Georgia and South Carolina picked up one seat each.

At the same time, the data showed population diminishing in Northeastern states — several of which will shed seats in apportionment. New York and Ohio will both lose two House seats, while Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan will lose one seat apiece.

A handful of Midwestern states will also lose seats: Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan will all shed one district apiece.”

This is all good news for Republicans:

“Republican-leaning states will pick up a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.

Only one state, Michigan, lost population during the past decade. Nevada, with a 35 percent increase, was the fastest-growing state.

The new numbers are a boon for Republicans, with Texas leading the way among GOP-leaning states that will gain House seats at the Rust Belt’s expense. Following each once-a-decade census, the nation must reapportion the House’s 435 districts to make them roughly equal in population, with each state getting at least one seat.

That triggers an often contentious and partisan process in many states, which will draw new congressional district lines that can help or hurt either party. [snip]

Florida will now have as many U.S. House members as New York: 27. California will still have 53 seats, and Texas will climb to 36.

In 2008, President Barack Obama lost in Texas and most of the other states that are gaining House seats. He carried most of the states that are losing House seats, including Ohio and Pennsylvania. Each House district represents an electoral vote in the presidential election process, meaning the political map for the 2012 election will tilt somewhat more Republican.[snip]

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

Digest that last sentence Robert Gibbs and Obama Hopium addled. Eat this too:

“Last month’s elections put Republicans in full control of numerous state governments, giving the GOP an overall edge in the redistricting process. State governments’ ability to gerrymander districts is somewhat limited, however, by court rulings that require roughly equal populations, among other things. The 1965 Voting Rights Act protects ethnic minorities in several states that are subject to U.S. Justice Department oversight.”

Only the truly stupid, unable to look around the corner, will think that last sentence is reassuring to Obama Dimocrats. Only the truly stupid, unable to look around the corner, will think that last sentence is anything but good news for Republicans. The irony is that in this battlefield of racial politics, the Republicans and the black Dimocratic leadership are now allies.

In Mistake In ’08, Part VI – The Republicans React we charted an easy path, via Marco Rubio and other powerful newly elected Republican Latinos, into Latino voters’ hearts.

But what is this “Rise of the Black Party” and why is that a problem? In June’s The Bitter Taste Of Words we quoted from serpentine Matt Bai:

“… redistricting based on the 1990 Census, after which Democrats were assured safe, urban seats in minority districts while whiter, more conservative districts were created in the suburbs.”

What this means is that Republicans, under guise of living up to the spirit of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, will redistrict blacks into majority minority districts. Black Obama Dimocratic leaders will love this because it will increase their power within the Dimocratic Party.

Republicans will enjoy creating majority minority districts because, while they herd Black Americans into congressional ghettos, the bottom line will be that the mathematics of the situation also mean many more Republican leaning districts will be created than majority minority districts. Added benefits include: black Dimocratic leaders for their own benefit will assist Republicans to create these districts; the inevitable shouts from these black leaders of “racism” if Dimocratic Party officials wise to the danger attempt to thwart this racial gerrymandering; and most important the increased marginalization of the Dimocratic Party as “the Black Party” as black Dimocratic leaders cement their hold.

Barack Obama’s coalition of “situation comedy” demographics will logically lead to a gated community located in the cities of coastal states. As we will explain in these last days of 2010, only those who idiotically think that blacks or young people have benefited from Obama in the White House, only those who want to be big fish in a little pond, will be happy with the rise of the Black Party and the congressional segregation to come.

154 thoughts on “Census Apportionment Data – The Rise Of The Black Party

  1. So much for the demographic destiny crowd who crowed about how Latino population growth would only benefit Dimocrats:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/21/could-obama-u-s-latinos-be-at-a-disadvantage-because-of-new-census-numbers/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+rss/cnn_politicalticker+%28Blog:+Political+Ticker%29

    “There is no doubt about the political irony in the census numbers: Latino votes typically favor Democrats. But the more the country’s population grows, largely due to an increase in the Latino population – the more Republicans appear to politically benefit in the short term.

    It’s worth looking at Texas to understand why.

    According to the Census Bureau, the Lone Star state has gained four House seats. That means that Texas will have 38 electoral votes in play in the next presidential election. And Texas Republicans – who control the state’s governorship and legislature – will have a huge say in how Texas’ new electoral map is drawn.[snip]

    But it’s important to remember the political irony seen in the fresh census numbers – that more Latinos in traditionally red states will likely help Republicans in the next presidential election.

    A spokesman for the Texas Republican Party was asked if the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will, automatically, have a leg up because Texas has four more electoral votes.

    “As long as we keep doing our job here in Texas, winning elections, and winning them convincingly, then I would agree with that statement,” Chris Elam told CNN.

    Even the state’s Democratic Party sees trouble in Texas’ extra House seats.

    “When the Republican-controlled legislature re-draws our district lines in 2011, we do expect that Texas Republicans will, once again, try to gerrymander the map to…maximize an unfair, partisan advantage,” Spokeswoman Kirsten Gray of the Texas Democratic Party told CNN. Gray did say, however, Texas Democrats will fight for a “fair process.”

    All this begs the question: if Republicans benefit from a growing number of Hispanics, do Hispanics, conversely, benefit from seeing more Republican leaders? [snip]

    Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University’s Law School, talked to CNN – re-stating those disagreements between Republicans and the nation’s Latinos. But Persily also cited areas of agreement between the GOP and Latinos – many of them Catholics – on defense and social issues, like abortion. Because of this, the professor stressed that, as a group, Hispanic voters are very much up for grabs to both political parties.

    Persily added, “The short term effect of this is very bad for Democrats.”

    “The long term prospects are good for them [Democrats.] Because of the demographic shifts, the Democrats have a chance, within 20 years, to take over Texas. And once they takeover Texas, that’s pretty much…the electoral ballgame. It’s pretty much impossible to see how the Republicans cobble together an electoral college majority unless they have Texas.”

    Marco Rubio and other Republican Southwestern leaders are not included in the present day calculus regarding the Latino vote.

  2. Seems to me that facts such as the following—our rush toward fascism—must be factored into the present day calculus analysis of what is happening and what will be happening in the near future.

    Not even mentioning the very real threat of a complete collapse of the monetary-financial system, which is the context in which all this is happening.

    Obama’s Unitary Executive Drive Being Promoted

    In an article in Politico entitled “Obama 2.0: Reinventing a Presidency,” a number of commentators and “experts” provide Obama with a roadmap for carrying forward the Cheney-Bush “unitary executive” drive for a dictatorship of the Executive branch. What these experts are recommending, is that Obama come up with a way to discard the “Congress-centered strategy” of the past two years, and devise “new and more creative ways to exercise power and set the national agenda.”

    Foremost among these experts is John Podesta of the Soros-financed Center for American Progress (CAP). “He needs to be the CEO of America,” says Podesta of Obama, explaining that he should give more attention of those powers of the Presidency that don’t involve legislation. CAP issued a 54-page report on Nov. 16, telling Obama how to expand the use of executive power more, such as by issuing Executive Orders, aggressive use of regulatory agency rule-making, creation of Rohatyn-style corporatist “public-private partnerships,” etc.–all to implement his agenda without Congress. Podesta and others also urge coming up with ideas that “transcend” the usual right-left divisions.

    Likewise, the Democratic centrist think tank “Third Way” (a successor to the defunct Democratic Leadership Council) says the same thing: Find ways to overcome partisan divisions. This means co-opting the opposition. “You stiff-arm your party in both houses and cooperate with the other party”, says Yale political science Professor David Mayhew.

    AND…

    A vast domestic police-state apparatus, surveilling millions of law-abiding American citizens, is growing in size and sophistication inside Barack Obama’s unitary executive post-Constitution America. Today’s Washington Post features a five-page front-page lead story, “Monitoring America,” providing a fairly in-depth account of the growth of over 4,000 local, state and Federal agencies, all conducting surveillance activities against American citizens, under the smallest pretext. Since 2003, some $31 billion in Federal funds, largely funneled through the Department of Homeland Security, has been provided to local and state agencies, to establish advanced surveillance programs, all ostensibly aimed at stopping homegrown terrorists from attacking.

    Among the most dangerous programs cited in the Post: an FBI highly secured data base operation, drawing data from local and state surveillance agencies, called the Suspicious Activities Report (SAR) center. Housed on the fourth floor of FBI headquarters in Washington, the unit has already accumulated an estimated 100 million files on Americans, according to a senior U.S. intelligence source who commented today on the Washington Post exposé. The source said that the data base of dossiers will reach an estimated 1 billion files by 2015.

    Many of the advanced surveillance systems now in use by local police and sheriffs, under overall FBI and DHS control were first developed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Predator drones monitor both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, while local police have advanced scanning systems attached to patrol cars, gathering license plates at “suspicious locations” and funneling the data into the centralized data bases.

    According to the source, the SAR (suspicious activity reports) system is prone to widespread abuse.

    While the Washington Post story heavily emphasized the “threat” posed by Muslim Americans, the source focused on the fact that the number of people who have been illegally spied upon by this Big Brother apparatus is much larger than the total number of Muslims in the United States. He said that when financial suspicious activity reports were mandated within the banking system a number of years ago, within 18 months, half the members of the United States Senate had files opened on them.

    As part of the specific targeting of the Muslim community in the United States, funds have gone to local law enforcement to hire self-styled “experts” on Islam, to assist them in their work. One expert cited by the Post, Ramon Montijo, teaches that “Most Muslims in the United State want Sharia law,” a total absurdity. Among the “experts” tapped by this spy system: Frank Gaffney, Gen. Jerry Boykin and James Woolsey, all notorious lunatic fringe neo-cons.

    —————–

    DHS Secretary Jane Napolitano has taken her “See Something, Say Something” campaign far beyond the traffic signs that ask drivers coming into the nation’s capital for “Terror Tips” and to “Report Suspicious Activity.”
    She recently enlisted the help of Wal-Mart, Amtrak, major sports leagues, hotel chains and metro riders.
    …all this appeal for ordinary citizens to report suspicious activities, what’s spooky and sickeningly eerie about it all is how reminiscent it is of how the Nazi’s controlled their state, how an understaffed, disorganized state could so totally regulate a massive population – all because it was a grass roots supported policy.
    I recommend the five part series entitled “The Nazis: A Warning from History”. I think all of it is available on video.google.com – but for those interested, here is a link to the first part:
    h t t p: //video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5546778532313899424#
    … what ‘suspicious activity’ could come to mean and how neighbours could get you thrown into labour camps in a flash.

    Just one of those meaningless coincidences‏:
    One of the firms bidding on the NSA self contained (complete with power plant and sewage processing) data center in Utah just happens to be Turner Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hochtief AG whose past accomplishments included building a Bunker in Berlin, a Retreat at Berghof and a Headquarters at Wolf’s Lair for a Herr Schickelgruber.

    General David Petraeus, commander of the Eastern Front, poses with the President in the White House in combat fatigues. The country is now the Homeland, reminiscent of the Nazi Fatherland and the Soviet Motherland.

    Changing the opinions of the people is the only way toward real changes in policy and power structures
    beyond the temporary and the cosmetic.

  3. Obama is a Republican agent. He will get his second term and gut SS. Did you guys hear about Haley Barbour? Apparently he is toast. One down, a few more to go.

  4. Great post Admin –

    As a life long Dem I see the next decade as any winner for the Dems will no longer be a far left leaning ‘progressive’, only change is someone more to the center like our lovely lady, Hillary.

    This part of the post caught my eye:
    Florida will now have as many U.S. House members as New York: 27. California will still have 53 seats, and Texas will climb to 36.

    California, for all the digs on the blog is a huge Democratic stonghold, and Hillary won the primary over the Fraud in 2008. Now the major corruption Queen of Spades is ol’ Nasty. She was able to keep the Hillary delegates in Calif. for some stupid vote, while moving up the agenda at the Convention, so CA would not be able to cast their protest votes for Hillary and give courage to other delegates.

    NASTY has to be kicked out, she has to be further diminished along with Boxer and the sidekick in corruption REID in Navada.

    The south has gained votes from a population explosion that is running over the border.

  5. Sorry, my first sentence is crazy, and without the typos it should have been:

    As a life long Dem, I see the next decade…the only way the Dems will be able to win the Oval is with a center leaning candidate, like our lady Hillary. Progressives will be extinct like the dinosaur.

  6. pm317 at 8:46 pm
    “Did you guys hear about Haley Barbour? Apparently he is toast. One down, a few more to go.”
    *************************************************************************

    What about Haley Barbour?

  7. Thanks pm317.

    2010 ought to get real interesting.

    Okay is Napolitano Larry or Moe? Over at No Quarter, they’re stunned at this trio.

  8. My ex-brother-in-law professes to be an athiest but celebrates Christmas and Easter.

    Not sure how that works.

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    Solstice and Equinox are scientific facts. Kind of important about the weather, too.

  9. turndownobama
    December 21st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    My ex-brother-in-law professes to be an athiest but celebrates Christmas and Easter.
    &&&&&

    And maybe he likes lights, gifts, chocolate and bunnies.

  10. admin, more info:
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    Reapportionment Bites Obama and the Democrats, Hard

    The new Congressional reapportionment numbers are out.

    States gaining Congressional seats: Arizona (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Nevada (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1).

    States losing Congressional seats: Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1).

    You’ll notice John McCain won six five of the eight states gaining seats.

    You’ll notice Barack Obama won eight of the ten states losing seats.

    Regarding the redistricting in these states, there are a few points to mitigate GOP giddiness:

    1) Some Republicans in somewhat safe seats will want to expand their cushion, and thus some district lines will not be drawn to maximize the total partisan gain.

    2) When a person moves from, say, California, to Arizona or Nevada, they don’t always vote in line with the locals. In other words, when Democrats move from heavily-Democrat states to more Republican states, they sometimes turn red states purple. 3) People move over the course of the decade (sometimes in great numbers, like post-Katrina Louisiana) and their views change, so the impact of redistricting lessens over time.

    Quick reactions:

    •The surge in Republican support, and GOP control of Florida and Texas is well-timed. They could or should take at least five of the six new seats.

    •Already there’s speculation that New Jersey mapmakers will target newly-elected Republican Jon Runyan.

    •There’s no way Massachusetts lawmakers can avoid pitting two Democrats against each other in a primary; their state’s delegation is all-Democrat. (Mike Memoli observes this is incentive for one of the current incumbents to run against Republican Scott Brown in the 2012 Senate race.)

    UPDATE: If my math is correct, this moves six seats (and electoral votes) from Obama states to McCain states.

    McCain states gain 8 seats (AZ, GA, SC, TX, UT) and lose 2 seats (LA, MO); Obama states gain 4 seats (FL, NV, WA) and lose 10 (IL, IA, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA).

    Of course, there are a couple of states Obama won in 2008 that will probably be tough climbs in 2012, and Florida appears to be one of them.

    ANOTHER UPDATE:

    Assume, for the sake of argument, that the 2012 Republican nominee wins a quartet of traditionally GOP-leaning states that Obama won in 2008: Virginia (13 electoral votes), Indiana (11 electoral votes), North Carolina (15 electoral votes) and Florida (now 29 electoral votes).

    Add in the one electoral vote in Nebraska that Obama won by 1.1 percent. Add in the six net votes from the 2008 McCain states, and that puts the Republican at 248 electoral votes, needing another 22.

    Those 22 votes could be won in a variety of ways, but the most likely scenario would appear to be Ohio (18 electoral votes) and any other state (Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania).

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/255758/reapportionment-bites-obama-and-democrats-hard

  11. Shep Smith Names Every GOPer Who Wouldn’t Talk 9/11 Bill With Him

    Fox News’ Shep Smith is continuing to hammer Republican senators who wouldn’t pass the 9/11 first responders bill, this time calling out by name those who wouldn’t appear on his show to discuss the issue.
    [….]
    “Why does no one want to talk about this?” Smith asked.

    Instead, Smith had former New York Gov. George Pataki on, whom he asked: “Republicans wanted to get this tax thing done first, they wanted pressure on the White House. This was an issue they were using toward that end, without question. Was that too far?”

    Pataki demurred a little, arguing for the importance of passing the tax cuts before they expire on January 1, but added that now is the “right time” to pass the 9/11 first responders bill.

    Shep agreed, but added that though the Democrats and Republicans seem to be in agreement now, “both sides didn’t come to the same page after the tax deal went through. Both sides came to the same page when Jon Stewart did an entire hour, his last hour of the year, on this, and brought on people who were dying. And it took that to get this done.”

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

    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.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100068931/barack-obama-is-firmly-on-course-to-become-a-one-term-president/

  13. Janet Napolitano — she apparently said they are busy working 24/7 and 364 (!) days a year,

    —-
    Maybe they were being honest…yup, this would suck, big time.

  14. It’s okay Mr. & Mrs. Obama. Go to Hawaii, spend lots on bling and useless things, party hardy and just let these kids and their families “eat cake.”

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    Kids write Santa this year for basic needs instead of toys

    By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

    Santa Claus and his elves are seeing more heartbreaking letters this year as children cite their parents’ economic troubles in their wish lists.

    U.S. Postal Service workers who handle letters addressed to Santa at the North Pole say more letters ask for basics — coats, socks and shoes — rather than Barbie dolls, video games and computers.

    At New York City’s main post office, Head Elf Pete Fontana and 22 staff elves will sort 2 million letters in Operation Santa, which connects needy children with “Secret Santas” who answer their wishes.

    Fontana, a customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service, has been head elf for 15 years.

    “The need is greater this year than I’ve ever seen it,” he says. “One little girl didn’t want anything for herself. She wanted a winter coat for her mother.”

    At more than 20 post offices, workers log every letter, black out identifying information except first name and age, and ask the public to respond. Lobby displays promote the program. People return with gifts and letters, which carriers deliver.

    Cesar, 7, wrote for himself and his baby sister.

    “This year my mom don’t have much money to spend on Christmas gifts so I’m writing to you,” Cesar told Santa. “It would make us very happy if you and your elves would bring us toys and clothes.”

    There are more letters from unemployed parents asking for kids’ gifts they can’t afford, says Darlene Reid of New York City’s main post office.

    One mom sent a turn-off notice from the electric company, Fontana says. A single mother of a girl, 8, and a boy, 2, wrote that she recently lost her job. “I am unable to buy my children toys and clothes,” she said. “Santa may you help me with my family?”

    Tough times are shrinking the number of Secret Santas, Fontana says.

    Meanwhile, “the percentage of people who need help has increased,” says Mark Reynolds at the Postal Service’s Chicago district, and about half the letters won’t get answered.

    lanney, 9, asked Santa for a coat and boots. “I have been a very good girl this year,” she wrote.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-12-15-1Asantaletters15_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

  15. And once again the devious and feckless media is gearing up to laud obama for the passage of a milktoast nuclear treaty…the one where he gave away everything to the Russions but the kitchen sink.

  16. Interesting, NOT a word about this survey in US news.
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    32% of British Muslim students support killing for Islam; 40% want Sharia Law.

    32% of British Muslim students support killing for Islam; 40% want Sharia Law. If the way young Muslims in Britain are feeling is any indication for America’s own Muslim community, then America better beware. According to a new survey done at 30 universities in Britain, the young Muslim student body in that country is extremely radicalized. The poll asked 600 Muslim students and 800 of their non-Muslim peers about politically touchy subjects like killing in the name of Islam and Sharia Law—and the results were like night and day between the two demographics. While hardly anyone in the non-Muslim sample accepted killing in the name of religion, basically one-third of all Muslim students in Britain supported this.

    This frightening confirmation of the deadly and violent extremism in the young Muslims of Britain is also an indication of the utter failure of British society to both integrate as well as to better police their Muslim communities. The word “Londonistan” is often disparagingly used to symbolize the permissible Islamic extremism that goes down in Britain—with the once-proud but now impotent Brits basically turning a blind eye. In fact, because of this widespread radicalization problem in British universities among Muslims, said universities are actually becoming a training ground for terrorists like the Christmas bomber from last year.

    In an ironic twist, this survey and its shocking poll results were made available only through the Wikileaks leaking of Julian Assange. The poll was revealed as part of a secret, diplomatic cable that emerged from the US Embassy in London.

    Other results in the pro-Islamist survey results are also troublesome. For instance, more than half of all British Muslim students insist on being represented by a political party that is Islam-based. The clear-cut, overwhelming theme in this poll data from this leaked cable relates to the fact that many Muslims even in so-called civilized countries like Britain still want to relapse to the Middle Ages (or earlier, even) by making Islam central in all aspects of their true-believing lives.

    If this doesn’t either stun you or make you react with a shudder at the reality of this massive and widespread, Islamic radicalism, then this statistic will. Muslims in Britain are the biggest non-Christian demographic in that country, and their growth rate (having a lot of babies, yes, they are) is staggering. Additionally, they are also profiled to be largely destitute, unskilled and uneducated—a perfect recipe for radicalism and hate of the West.

    After more confirmation of the massive dilemma (putting it lightly) with Islam and Muslims in the world, I fail to see where all this propaganda of “the religion of peace” fits in! This survey data just shows what other troublesome (again, putting it lightly) results confirm about Islam. It is not a religion of peace; it is not only a few rotten apples, so to speak, among Muslims; and it is a clear and present danger that is not going away anytime soon.

    http://www.examiner.com/american-politics-in-vancouver/32-of-british-muslim-students-support-killing-for-islam-40-want-sharia-law

  17. Amazing, he is off to Hawaii again. When I was working I spent more time at my job, and worried more about it than the President of the United States. I just don’t know how the voters of this country could have come to the conclusion that it was more important to elect a democrat, than it was to place a competent person in the White House.

    I also worked everyday much harder than our congressional houses. Evidently when you are elected to represent your Country in Washington, you don’t have to actually accomplish anything most of the time, unless you become a lame duck congress. Then you have to pass everything you have been sitting on all year. Sitting on, but collecting a good salary, and thinking about the fact that even if you only spend two non-productive year there, you still get a pension. (It is almost like winning the Lottery, when they are elected). We need to start tying their salaries to what they have accomplished. By the way, we still have not passed a yearly budget. How do we let them get away with that.

    It turns out that the easiest jobs you can have in American is President, Senator or a Representative. And all you have to do is hoodwink the voters by telling them lies in order to get elected. I am LOL about all of the times I worried about screwing up my job, and worried that I was not doing the best job. That is something our present President, and the Congress seem to not think about. I don’t sleep well at night, worrying about my childrens future. However, it looks like the Congress has been sleeping just fine, except for this slight period of work right before Christmas.

  18. What this means is that Republicans, under guise of living up to the spirit of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, will redistrict blacks into majority minority districts.

    Yep. Look at our friend James Clyburn’s district in South Carolina. The Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus represents the affirmative action district in South Carolina. I guess it’s appropriate that the Dems just created an affirmative action leadership post, Driving Miss Nancy, for him.

    Speaking of representing affirmative action districts… am I only one thinking that Artur Davis in Alabama might pull a J.C. Watt and switch to the Republican party? He sure has been making some conservative noises lately. Mama didn’t raise no fools. It doesn’t take a weatherman to see which way the political winds in Alabama are blowing.

    Speaking of weathermen, you don’t need Billy Ayers to tell you that the Øbama regime intends to play the race card early and often against my man Haley Barbour — for the sin of being white and from Mississippi.

  19. NMFan – yeah, it’s even worse than that. We worry about our own jobs. We worry about his job and what he’s screwing up now.

    He doesn’t seem to worry about his own job duties.

    And he DEFINITELY isn’t worried about our shrinking job base….

    We’re doing all the working, all the worrying, and he’s riding the waves.

  20. Mrs. Smith – I’d REALLY like to know WHY they all come here and to Europe, when they don’t LIKE us, and don’t like our culture, and don’t like our laws. WHY?

    They should just stay home, save us the grief, save themselves the grief.

    Or maybe – just import the women and small children – no oppressive males around – and if the little boys are raised in a normal culture and turn out well, they can stay. If they go jihad-dreaming, instant deportation.

  21. pm 317, I knew you were talking about Janet Nap. but the clip seemed so “Stooges” that I was trying to figure out with her hair do which one she could immitate.

  22. rgb, turndown – I’m agnostic, but I celebrate Xmas. I grew up with it, and it represents family gatherings and love and fun. My parents believed in god, but there was no big indoctrination saying it’s about god not santa.

    And I don’t “celebrate” easter, but I think it’s fun. Especially if there are kids around. (That goes for Xmas, too!)

    I’ve never seen stats, but I would imagine most people celebrate it more as a cultural thing, than as a religious day.

    Maybe it’s similar to some Jews – I’m not an expert – but I’ve heard that there are “cultural Jews”, they identify as Jewish, but aren’t into religion.

  23. So Janet Nap. says they’re working 364 days a year on the situation. Well, everyone needs at least one day vacation a year and besides they are having to working hard with those extra states Obama told us about back during the campaign. Didn’t he mention that he’d been to all 57 states or some such.

  24. lorac
    December 22nd, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Mrs. Smith – I’d REALLY like to know WHY they all come here and to Europe, when they don’t LIKE us, and don’t like our culture, and don’t like our laws. WHY?
    ___________________

    To put it simply. Remember the Crusades? The fight between Muslims and Christians has been going on since the beginning of time. The Muslims call the Christians, “Infidels”, who dare to follow any other religion besides the worship of Mohammad and the Koran.

    They come here because they want to eliminate any other religion besides their own to the point of killing off every living Christian on the planet. The ancient Egyptians had the same practice in BC where desecration of statues dedicated to Gods were routinely defaced when a new King became the new ruler of Egypt. However, they didn’t travel the world as Muslims do, forcing their beliefs on outsiders.

  25. JanH
    December 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 am

    It needs to stop. You don’t think BO is going to stop it do you? He is one of them.

  26. Specifically, BANK OF AMERICA- and Chase…
    ______________________________

    Banks accused of illegally looting homes

    TRUCKEE, Calif. — When Mimi Ash arrived at her mountain chalet here for a weekend ski trip, she discovered that someone had broken into the home and changed the locks.

    When she finally got into the house, it was empty. All of her possessions were gone: furniture, her son’s ski medals, winter clothes and family photos.

    Also missing was a wooden box, its top inscribed with the words “Together Forever,” that contained the ashes of her late husband, Robert.

    The culprit, Ms. Ash soon learned, was not a burglar but her bank. According to a federal lawsuit filed in October by Ms. Ash, Bank of America had wrongfully foreclosed on her house and thrown out her belongings, without alerting Ms. Ash beforehand.

    In an era when millions of homes have received foreclosure notices nationwide, lawsuits detailing bank break-ins like the one at Ms. Ash’s house keep surfacing.

    ..And in the wake of the scandal involving shoddy, sometimes illegal paperwork that has buffeted the nation’s biggest banks in recent months, critics say these situations reinforce their claims that the foreclosure process is fundamentally flawed.

    “Every day, smaller wrongs happen to people trying to save their homes: being charged the wrong amount of money, being wrongly denied a loan modification, being asked to hand over documents four or five times,” said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

    Identifying the number of homeowners who were locked out illegally is difficult. But banks and their representatives insist that situations like Ms. Ash’s represent just a tiny percentage of foreclosures.

    Confusion

    Many of the incidents that have become public appear to have been caused by confusion over whether a house is abandoned, in which case a bank may have the right to break in and make sure the property is secure.

    Some of the cases appear to be mistakes involving homeowners who were up to date on their mortgage — or had paid off their home — but who still became targets of a bank.

    In Texas, for example, Bank of America had the locks changed and the electricity shut off last year at Alan Schroit’s second home in Galveston, according to court papers.

    Mr. Schroit, who had paid off the house, had stored 75 pounds of salmon and halibut in his refrigerator and freezer, caught during a recent Alaskan fishing vacation.

    “Lacking power, the freezer’s contents melted, spoiled and reeking melt water spread through the property and leaked through the flooring into joists and lower areas,” the lawsuit says. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount.

    More common are cases like Ms. Ash’s, in which a homeowner was behind on payments, perhaps trying to work out a modification, when bank crews changed the locks.

    In Florida, contractors working for Chase Bank used a screwdriver to enter Debra Fischer’s house in Punta Gorda and helped themselves to a laptop, an iPod, a cordless drill, six bottles of wine and a frosty beer, left half-empty on the counter, according to assertions in a lawsuit filed in August.

    ..Ms. Fisher was facing foreclosure, but Chase had not yet obtained a court order, her lawyer says.

    The break-in was discovered when a Canadian couple renting the house returned from the beach.

    Chase officials said such behavior by its contractors, if determined to be true, would be considered unacceptable and corrective action would be taken.

    Banks and their contractors insist that the number of mistakes is minuscule given the hundreds of thousands of new foreclosure cases filed each month.

    Bank of America, for instance, says it works with third-party contractors to inspect and maintain more than one million properties each month and has enhanced its controls in the last year to prevent mistakes.

    Alan Jaffa, chief executive of Safeguard Properties, which inspects and maintains foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, acknowledged that a handful of mistakes had been made.

    ‘Throw grandma out head first’
    In most instances, he said, his company provided a valuable service that protected properties and neighborhoods.

    “There is a stigma that we go in, kick the door in and throw grandma out head first and board up the windows,” Mr. Jaffa said. “We are doing a lot of good out there.”

    But Alan M. White, a consumer law expert at Valparaiso University in Indiana, says: “Volume is not an excuse for violating someone’s rights.”

    A clause in most mortgages allows banks that service the loan to enter a home and secure it if it is in default, meaning if the mortgage payment is 45 to 60 days late, and if the house has been abandoned, authorities said.

    Banks do so to protect the property from vandalism or damage for which the bank could be liable.
    Get updates Follow us on Twitter Get the latest updates on this story and others from @breakingnews.
    ..But determining when a house is abandoned is not always easy and is often left to inexperienced contractors, said Carlin Phillips, a Massachusetts lawyer who represents Ms. Ash, who is 45.

    “It’s sometimes as little as someone looking through the windows, or knocking on the door of a neighbor and saying, ‘Where are they?’” Mr. Phillips said.

    In Washington, Celeste Butler went to check on her father’s house after he spent months in the hospital and ultimately died.
    “The house was ransacked,” Ms. Butler said, adding that it had been neatly maintained beforehand. “They had destroyed furniture, broken into china cabinet. They had looted jewelry.”

    In her lawsuit, Ms. Butler is accusing Safeguard, a contractor for JP MorganChase, of breaking into her father’s house.

    Ms. Butler asserts that Chase failed to properly credit payments made when she switched to an automatic system in June 2009, but that she and the bank worked quickly to rectify the problem.

    Officials at Chase said its contractors, dispatched to inspect the house when payments were late, found it in disarray. When no one responded to a letter asking if the property had been abandoned, Chase said, its crews went back in the house to put antifreeze in the pipes.
    The clearing out of Ms. Ash’s Truckee home, on Ski Slope Way high above Lake Tahoe, came after several horrific years of personal and professional hardships.
    During the California real estate boom, Ms. Ash and her husband, Robert, thrived. Mr. Ash bought the house in Truckee in 2003. Two years later, he was stabbed to death in a road-rage incident near Truckee. (The driver was convicted of second-degree murder and is in prison.)

    From there, Ms. Ash’s troubles with the Truckee house became tangled in her worsening financial situation and, she claims, the bungling of the bank, originally Countrywide Financial, which was bought by Bank of America in 2008.

    She intended to assume the mortgage on the house, which landed in probate court after her husband’s death. The bank required that she catch up on payments and taxes, so she sent a check for $15,000.

    ..Hearing nothing from the bank for many months and not having ownership of the house, she made no more payments, she said. By the time Countrywide reached Ms. Ash, the real estate market was collapsing, so she sought a loan modification.

    Months and years of frustration followed. The bank lost documents and rarely returned her e-mails and phone messages, she said.

    When Countrywide issued a default notice in 2007, it went to the wrong address, her lawsuit says. Later, Ms. Ash said, the bank assured her it would not foreclose while she pursued the loan modification.

    Even so, the bank conducted a foreclosure sale on the property in May 2008. Again, Ms. Ash said she had not been notified and learned of the sale during a summer visit. She said she had been told the sale would be rescinded.

    Near Halloween 2008, work crews broke in and cleaned out the place, taking Persian rugs, china, furniture bought on a trip in Peru, skis, photos of her marriage and childhood in Iran. Her husband’s ashes were taken from the couple’s master bedroom.

    A bank spokeswoman, Jumana Bauwens, said, “We take the allegations made by Ms. Ash very seriously and are thoroughly researching her claims. Bank of America will work with Ms. Ash and her counsel to determine the extent and cause of her claims and move toward an appropriate resolution of the case.”

    Although the original foreclosure was rescinded, as promised, Ms. Ash, who discovered the break-in in January 2009, says it is hard for her to visit the house anymore and she will probably let it lapse into foreclosure. At this point, she said, it is just a “sad reminder that 22 years of my history vanished.”

    “This is in essence a burglary,” said Ms. Ash, walking through the vacant home, with its four levels and commanding mountain views. “But when a burglar goes in, they don’t take your photos and your husband’s ashes.”

    “This used to be my haven I’d run away to,” she said. “Now I run away from it.”

    This article, headlined ” In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks,” first appeared in The New York Times.

  27. BANK OF AMERICA, again- Horror stories…
    __________________________

    Banks accused of illegally looting homes

    TRUCKEE, Calif. — When Mimi Ash arrived at her mountain chalet here for a weekend ski trip, she discovered that someone had broken into the home and changed the locks.

    When she finally got into the house, it was empty. All of her possessions were gone: furniture, her son’s ski medals, winter clothes and family photos.

    Also missing was a wooden box, its top inscribed with the words “Together Forever,” that contained the ashes of her late husband, Robert.

    The culprit, Ms. Ash soon learned, was not a burglar but her bank. According to a federal lawsuit filed in October by Ms. Ash, Bank of America had wrongfully foreclosed on her house and thrown out her belongings, without alerting Ms. Ash beforehand.

    In an era when millions of homes have received foreclosure notices nationwide, lawsuits detailing bank break-ins like the one at Ms. Ash’s house keep surfacing.

    Related content Foreclosures fall to lowest level in 18 months
    Fed sees big costs for banks to fix foreclosures
    Foreclosure class actions pile up against banks
    ‘Robo-signers’ add to foreclosure fraud mess
    ..And in the wake of the scandal involving shoddy, sometimes illegal paperwork that has buffeted the nation’s biggest banks in recent months, critics say these situations reinforce their claims that the foreclosure process is fundamentally flawed.

    “Every day, smaller wrongs happen to people trying to save their homes: being charged the wrong amount of money, being wrongly denied a loan modification, being asked to hand over documents four or five times,” said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

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    .Identifying the number of homeowners who were locked out illegally is difficult. But banks and their representatives insist that situations like Ms. Ash’s represent just a tiny percentage of foreclosures.

    Confusion
    Many of the incidents that have become public appear to have been caused by confusion over whether a house is abandoned, in which case a bank may have the right to break in and make sure the property is secure.

    Some of the cases appear to be mistakes involving homeowners who were up to date on their mortgage — or had paid off their home — but who still became targets of a bank.

    In Texas, for example, Bank of America had the locks changed and the electricity shut off last year at Alan Schroit’s second home in Galveston, according to court papers.

    Mr. Schroit, who had paid off the house, had stored 75 pounds of salmon and halibut in his refrigerator and freezer, caught during a recent Alaskan fishing vacation.

    “Lacking power, the freezer’s contents melted, spoiled and reeking melt water spread through the property and leaked through the flooring into joists and lower areas,” the lawsuit says. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount.

    More common are cases like Ms. Ash’s, in which a homeowner was behind on payments, perhaps trying to work out a modification, when bank crews changed the locks.

    In Florida, contractors working for Chase Bank used a screwdriver to enter Debra Fischer’s house in Punta Gorda and helped themselves to a laptop, an iPod, a cordless drill, six bottles of wine and a frosty beer, left half-empty on the counter, according to assertions in a lawsuit filed in August.

    ..Ms. Fisher was facing foreclosure, but Chase had not yet obtained a court order, her lawyer says.

    The break-in was discovered when a Canadian couple renting the house returned from the beach.

    Chase officials said such behavior by its contractors, if determined to be true, would be considered unacceptable and corrective action would be taken.

    much more at link:
    ms nbcdotmsndotcom/id/40777392/ns/business-the_new_york_times/

  28. My sister sent this to me yesterday, I don’t now if it is true or not. I somehow believe she wouldn’t have belabored the point as she is credited with doing here.

    That said, every time I read about a strong female world leader I ache for America and the leader we should have had. Anyway all that follows is from my sisters email:

    “She’s done it again..
    She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen..
    A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & USA .

    Australian Prime Minister does it again!!
    This woman should be appointed Queen of the World.. Truer words have never been spoken.

    It took a lot of courage for this woman to speak what she had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least she was willing to take a stand on her and Australia ‘s beliefs.
    The whole world needs a leader like this!

    >
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia

    Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

    Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:

    ‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It.
    I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

    ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

    ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!’

    ‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

    ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’
    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

    Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada & USA , WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths.”

  29. The thing that bothers me is that I worry and I would sacrifice by paying more taxes, or whatever I have to do to keep this country a float. But the people we elected to office don’t seem to worry or love this country enough to make any sacrifices that will deny them re-election, or the value of any book or speaking deal. After all, once elected they have their pension, and probably health care for life. All they have to do is the right thing.

    But the power and greed of having been elected to these jobs far out weights providing a democracy, and representing the people. They have a safety net that many unemployed would love to have and easily live within.

    But they want more, and lets face it, they really don’t care what they have to do to get it.

  30. December 22nd, 2010 at 6:27 am

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

    Good grief. I don’t even want to dirty my word counter with this nasty insanity.

  31. Excellent articles, as usual, admin.

    Honestly, I don’t see how the dims get Latinos and Blacks to really unite. There is such animosity between the two groups. (Unless there has been a sea change during the past three years, after I left the urban public school system.) What I saw in my two decades teaching was what bordered on war between Latinos and AA’s.

  32. Let’s see, there was a Christmas music program and a Muslim chant “came breaking in” and this was because the Muslims had forced it in, the poster suggested (sorry, not exact words).

    Broke in with a clash of cymbals I suppose.

    I didn’t bother asking the poster if they knew who had composed the music list and if any of the event planners were in fact Muslim. Or did s/he mean a group of Muslims had broken into the building chanting?

  33. Tue, Dec. 21, 2010

    Report raises doubts about Obama missile defense plan

    Jonathan S. Landay
    McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — The missile defense system that President Barack Obama plans to deploy in Europe starting next year may not function properly and could face significant cost overruns, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog agency warned Tuesday.

    The report raises questions about legislation that would strengthen the U.S. commitment to the deployment plan that the White House was negotiating in return for Republican votes it needed for Senate approval of a new U.S.-Russia nuclear arms reduction treaty.

    According to the Government Accountability Office, Obama has committed the Defense Department “to a schedule that could be challenging to meet, based on the technical progress of missile defense element development and testing programs.”

    Moreover, the administration committed the Pentagon “to this schedule before the scope of the development efforts was fully understood, GAO said in its report to a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. The GAO is an investigative arm of Congress.

    The GAO report was released five days after an interceptor designed to destroy ballistic missiles in flight missed its target over the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. missile defense program’s second failed test this year. It was the seventh failure in 15 tests since 1999.

    Some experts question the integrity of the tests, saying they are staged under unrealistic conditions, according to the Pentagon’s own data. Among other objections, critics say no decoys are used in the tests, and current sensor systems cannot differentiate between decoys and actual targets.

    As in previous reports, the GAO raised concerns with the Pentagon’s approach to producing, purchasing and deploying missile defense system components before they have undergone sufficient development and testing.

    “The highly concurrent development, production and deployment effort DOD (the Department of Defense) is undertaking . . . increases risks that the capability eventually provided will not meet the war-fighter’s needs, with significant potential cost and schedule growth consequences,” the report said.

    The Obama administration in September 2009 scrapped the former Bush administration’s plan to deploy a sophisticated tracking radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptors in Poland to defend the U.S. and Europe against ballistic missile attack by Iran.

    The administration unveiled its own plan, known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach, in February.

    The EPAA involves phased deployments of what the Pentagon portrayed as proven technology, including sea- and land-based versions of the Navy’s Standard Missile 3, or SM-3, and sea- and land-based radars linked to early warning satellites.

    The U.S. next year would begin stationing warships off of Europe equipped with the current version of the SM-3 and Aegis radars as well as position a transportable tracking radar in southern Europe.

    An improved version of the SM-3 would be deployed beginning in 2015 on ships and in Romania. The missiles would be positioned in Poland and at sea in 2018, and they’d be replaced by a third, more advanced model by 2020.

    The GAO, however, found that the Pentagon had failed to implement a management system for the EPAA that synchronizes acquisitions of different elements of the system “and ensures transparency and accountability.”

    “The limited visibility into the costs and schedule for EPAA and the lack of some key acquisition management processes” could result in the production of system elements before they are adequately proven, “leading to rework, cost increases, delays, and uncertainties about delivered capabilities,” the report said.

    In comments included in the report, the Pentagon disputed the approach used by the GAO to assess the EPAA, saying that the report “inaccurately portrays the department’s acquisition plans.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/21/1984262/report-raises-doubts-about-obama.html

  34. Betty
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for posting Austraila’s PM Gillard’s stand-

    I wish the same were the law of the land here.

  35. WTF…..

    The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short.

  36. Tarpley nails it…
    __________________________

    Emergency Call to Congress: Stop the Destruction of Social Security by Wall Street Puppet Obama!

    Webster G. Tarpley
    TARPLEY.net
    December 12, 2010

    Dear Senator/Congressman –

    American voters are shocked and outraged by Obama’s latest betrayal of the FDR New Deal heritage.

    Most alarming in his dirty deal with the Republicans is the proposed sabotage of Social Security. We will work hard to defeat any politician of any party who loots or drains the Social Security trust fund, including Obama’s diabolical trick of a payroll tax holiday. Tell Obama HANDS OFF OUR SOCIAL SECURITY!

    Any problems with Social Security can be easily solved by removing the cap on the FICA payroll tax and making rich parasites and economic royalists pay their fair share — not rewarding them with tax bonanzas. We can already see the GOP vultures led by Ryan, DeMint, & Co. getting ready to destroy Social Security if this measure goes through.

    We demand that you use your position and influence actively, to beat back this sinister ploy by Obama.
    In the Senate, any senator who does not filibuster Obama’s plan deserves to be primaried first, and then defeated at the polls.

    If this rotten sellout is not stopped, House members must dump Pelosi as minority leader, rather than become parties to such monstrous treachery.

  37. Shadowfax
    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am

    The CIA has launched a taskforce to assess the impact of 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables. Its name? WikiLeaks Task Force, or WTF for short.
    &&&&&&&&

    On a related note, the RGB Times reports that a committee has been formed to insulate Obama from charges of governmental ineptitude under his watch. The Obama Managing Government, or OMG, committee will be emphasizing all his achievements which he apparently is not getting credit for due to improper “messaging” (this? from the Most Gifted Orator of All Time??).

    And finally, there is a behind-the-scenes effort to prop up his flagging ratings, called “Lauding Obama Leadership”, code name LOL.

  38. Mrs. Smith
    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 am
    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Tell it to the victims of the WTC 9/11 attack.

    —————
    Amen.

  39. DESPERATELY SEEKING MESSIAH

    NY Times and Politico eager to prop up their tarnished idol.

    politico.com/news/stories/1210/46620.html

    Poll: Barack Obama rebounding
    ============================

    In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Monday, 48 percent of Americans say they approve of how Obama is handling his job, while 48 percent disapprove.

    The disapproval number is the lowest it’s been since May, when it was 46 percent in the same poll. His disapproval rating reached as high as 54 percent in September — when the five-month Gulf Coast oil spill saga ended — and clocked in at 50 percent in November.

    The president also received more support for his policies than at any other time since mid-2009. Fifty-five percent of Americans said the country would head in the right direction under policies proposed by Obama; in May 2009, 63 percent of those surveyed said Obama’s policies would lead the country in the right direction. In January, the last time pollsters asked about Obama’s policies, just 49 percent said they would improve the country.

    The Republican leadership in the House and Senate didn’t fare as well. In the poll, 44 percent of Americans said the GOP’s proposed policies would lead the country in the right direction, while 51 percent said they would take the country in the wrong direction. Policy proposals from congressional Democrats were supported by 48 percent of those polled.

    Opinion Research Corp. surveyed 1,008 adults by phone Dec. 17-19. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.

    The poll comes on the heels of more positive polling news: A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey last week showed 42 percent of Americans said they would probably vote to reelect the president, while 39 percent said they would vote for a generic Republican candidate.

  40. Yes, he is getting a great bounce with the trifecta of bills just passed and stat coming soon…Unfortunate, but a reality we have to accept. I just don’t see who the republicans have that can beat him as liberals have no were else to go…The far left needed dadt and he delivered (actually Joe Liberman) . I am preparing for the reality of having this guy as TOTUS for the next 6 yrs.

  41. The CNN poll was of all adults not voters and we do not have the information as to how many Ds versus Rs were polled. Here are some other reasons to be skeptical, via Jay Cost:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-job-approval-bouncing-back_524729.html

    “The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll of national adults finds Barack Obama’s job approval split — 48 percent approve and 48 percent disapprove. This is up substantially from September, when the poll found 42 percent of adults approving and 54 percent disapproving The shift was enough to prompt a short item from Politico, with this opening: “President Barack Obama may be staging a comeback in the eyes of the American people .”

    So, is Obama coming back? I say, probably not. That CNN poll in September turned out to be an outlier relative to the polls released subsequently, so it’s hard to identify just how much real movement there has been since September if you’re just looking at CNN. Here is how I would approach the task.

    Start with Gallup, which is very bouncy day-to-day, but week-to-week it is pretty stable, and for the last few months has not shown much substantial change.

    For the last two months, President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup has been consistently between 44 and 46 percent while his disapproval rating has been between 46 percent and 48 percent. I don’t see much by way of notable change here. The same is basically true in the Rasmussen tracking poll, which right now is on the higher end for the president (who today registers 50 percent approval for the first time since November). Even so, the president generally falls between 44 percent and 48 percent approval, with 50 percent to 56 percent disapproving.

    So, the two daily tracking polls have not moved much. How about all the polls generally? For that, the best source of information is the RealClearPolitics presidential job approval track:

    My interpretation of this graph is that Obama’s job approval rating has been the mark of steadiness for the last four months or so, never falling below 44 percent and never rising above 47 percent. It’s his disapproval rating that has declined a little bit. Around the end of September, it topped out at nearly 51 percent, but in three months it has declined by about three points, to around 48 percent.

    So, I’d say this is the real trend — it’s not that the president’s approval rating has ticked up, it’s that his disapproval rating has ticked down, at least a bit. What might explain this? I can think of a few reasons: the Gulf oil spill seemed to hurt his numbers in the summer and fall, with that out of the news his opposition has softened a bit; the drumbeat of the partisan campaign pushed people who were undecided about him to make a negative judgment, but with that gone some have drifted back to undecided.

    Any of these items could account for this minor shift, and none of them, I think, are of long-term significance. The macro trend, I would say, has essentially been flat for the last few months — as Americans have developed fairly stable opinions of the 44th president by this point that probably are not easily dislodged. In the long term, the way the president gets his numbers up will be to convince the country that he is a good steward of the economy, a view most of his fellow citizens do not hold at the moment. This is why the tax cut deal was such a sensible compromise for President Obama to make, despite the criticism he received from his left flank.

  42. At what point do this country step back and say this Administration is absolutely positively incompetent, and the reason it is incompetent is because the sock puppet who is supposedly in charge of it, Barack Hussein Obama, is himself incompetent?

    The answer I suppose is never. Thanks to the toxic influence of big media meaning the New York Times, NBC, CNN and ABC we have become Rube Nation. For millions who vote it is enough that Obama made the cover of People Magazine not because he is president but because he is a celebrity. My barack obama is a mawkish thing.

    We know know that in media induced rube nation accountability is a dirty word and when a senior member of the Obama Administration is stumped on a question it is an acceptable response to say “I don’t know what is going on that is critical to the security of this nation because the staff I chose to support me did not inform me of this development”

    Anyone who claims otherwise is a racist who hates the man in the White House because he is black. Right? They injected race into this debate, the democratic national committee used it as a tool of intimidation? Right? And they will use it again in 2012? QED. It will trump competence because the electorate is stupid.
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    Do You Buy Intelligence Chief’s Excuse for Not Knowing About Britain Terror Arrests?
    By You Decide

    Published December 22, 2010
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    Print Email Share Comments (50) Text Size The White House acknowledged Wednesday that the reason the nation’s top intelligence official was stumped on an interview question two days ago about a major set of terror arrests in Great Britain was because his staff hadn’t told him about it, and he was too busy on other pressing matters to catch the news on TV.

    Share your thoughts. Answer our question, then click “Leave a Comment.”

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    Yes, he’s a busy man and his staff failed him. 4.3% (147 votes)

    Maybe, but it’s still unacceptable. 9.3% (318 votes)

    Absolutely not. He is personally responsible for keeping in the loop. 86% (2,942 votes)

    I don’t know. 0.41

  43. Any of these items could account for this minor shift, and none of them, I think, are of long-term significance. The macro trend, I would say, has essentially been flat for the last few months — as Americans have developed fairly stable opinions of the 44th president by this point that probably are not easily dislodged. In the long term, the way the president gets his numbers up will be to convince the country that he is a good steward of the economy, a view most of his fellow citizens do not hold at the moment. This is why the tax cut deal was such a sensible compromise for President Obama to make, despite the criticism he received from his left flank.
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    Jay is one of the finest thinkers on the scene. The points he makes here are excellent. But Hussein Obama cannot escape his past, nor will this nation stage the turnaround we might otherwise hope for simply because of this tax cut, and because he has not rejected Keynes in favor of Laffler. The electorate does not differentiate between economists, they do not value a tax increase avoided because it was purely hypothetical and never hit their pocketbook and why would the big business interests reinvest in the United States at this point when their profitable operations are overseas, and why would small business trust him with all the hidden costs of regulation he has in store for them. Even a good steward of the economy would be very challenged at this point due and owing to a set of fundamentals which no longer work for this country. Changing those fundamentals will take years, and when the unemployment runs out , , ,

  44. Admin: I think they are fixing the polling data….they have also fixed the elections! We are just so freaked! I think we can kiss our jobs and our social security goodbye.

    I don’t think for one minute we can trust most of the republicans! If we can get the lobbyests out of D.C., we might could get a government for the people again….until that time we are just freaked!

    Mrs. Smith,

    I am trying to get a hold of you…I’ll try again tomorrow!

  45. The more I think about it the more I think the Republican need to reach for Rubio sooner rather than later. 2012 is sooner. 20016 is later. That is, if they want to turn the Hispanic population their way. One of their greater faults is their tendency to pick their candidates by seniority, and that is how they got toxic candidates like Dole and McCain. Old white men who could not inspire anyone. They are at similar risk if they go with Romney–the most logical choice based on the foregoing logic and big media will eat him alive. They cannot run Romney and simultaneously attack obamacare given the Massachusetts experiment. Sarah is in many ways their best candidate, and like Hillary she is a lightening rod and a threat to the establishment. Therefore, I think it comes down to Rubio. Unfortunately, I doubt they will run him, even though we now live in a gravity free environment where experience does not matter, but celebrity does. If there is any coherent explanation for the polling Jay and others cite, that is it. Ergo, the Republicans need to go with it, because it is now a force of nature.

  46. The other reason to go with Rubio is it innoculates the Republican party against the charge of racism when it dares to attack Obama. That is mighty important in a nation which is easily distracted by false charges of racism launched by scoundrels at CNN and NBC.

  47. Red State Poll: a small sample–but encouraging . . . .

    Who is your 2012 candidate of choice? 2% 50
    Haley Barbour 4% 130
    John Bolton 5% 161
    Herman Cain 13% 412
    Mitch Daniels 8% 270
    Newt Gingrich 4% 123
    Mike Huckabee 5% 171
    Sarah Palin 30% 972
    Tim Pawlenty 3% 108
    Mike Pence 18% 594
    Mitt Romney 9% 292

    3,283 votes total

  48. The Hell with Rubio, we need Hillary in the WhiteHouse, period.

    Playing with Rubio for the Latino vote is not much different than using the blended race lecturer for the AA vote and guilt ridden progressives.

    We need a leader with real experience to run our country, not just a mini time in congress…

    Rubio seems like a nice guy, but that isn’t what I am looking for in my President.

  49. For the reasons suggested above, I fail to see where the tax deal or dadt has much impact on poll numbers. The left and the gay community go democrat anyway. The truth is what Cost says.

  50. I agree wbboei….they need a spark fast our the momentum they gained with the mid terms will be soon forgotten with Obama’s legislative accomplishments and big media getting ready to start the 2012 camapign for him …

  51. Shadowfax–the Republicans will not run Hillary. I was talking about what they should do. If Hillary runs we will all support her. But what if she doesn’t. In that case would you vote for Rubio or Obama? More important than what you or I do, how would the nation vote? The media is estopped from arguing that he lacks experience after they ignored it and disparaged it as they did in 2008. Finally, part and parcel of any effort to oust Obama must be an effective strategy to marginalize big media. I recall one of the last blogs William did in which he said we now live in a media controlled totalitarian state. I am all in favor of throwing Modo out the window of the campaign airplane if she sneaks aboard, but why let her on board in the first place. And limit the number of debates, and put them on public television with Brian Lamb as moderator. Whey let these useless celebrity seekers in big media moderate anything. No opponent of Obama will ever get a fair hearing from these people so why in the world would an Obama opponent want to empower them. That Ulterman article deserves the widest circulation.

  52. Dec. 22, 2010

    Is Obama Really the New Comeback Kid?

    Ari Berman: Let’s Wait and See What That `Comeback’ Actually Entails

    Ari Berman is the author of “Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics.”
    ——————————————————

    The ink was barely dry on the Obama-McConnell tax deal and already Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer had proclaimed the president “the new comeback kid.” Many in the media quickly echoed this new meme. “Political Rebound? Obama sets up as new Comeback Kid” seconded USA Today. “Some now see Obama as the ‘comeback kid’” wrote the Christian Science Monitor. You get the gist.

    Six weeks ago, in the wake of the Democrats’ midterm shellacking, many commentators put the Obama presidency on life support; he was weak, spineless, out of touch. Now they’re promoting the exact opposite narrative-Obama is strong, ruthless, willing to put the good of the country ahead of his whiny liberal base.

    Time for a reality check: Obama’s presidency didn’t end after the midterm election and it hasn’t been revived during the lame duck session of Congress. Polls currently show a mixed bag of news for Obama. After dropping precipitously in 2009, his numbers have held steady for much of 2010. According to the latest Gallup poll, 46 percent of Americans approve of the job he’s doing as president, while 45 percent disapprove. He’s facing a divided country and a weak field of prospective 2012 GOP challengers, with the possible exception of Mitt Romney, who’ll spend the next year trying to convince Tea Party activists how “Romneycare” is different from “Obamacare.” Good luck with that, Mitt.

    Yet other numerical indicators don’t paint a rosy picture for the president. No president since FDR has run for re-election or been re-elected when the unemployment rate was over 8 percent. Nearly six in ten Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to the latest Marist poll. Obama’s approval ratings among liberal Democrats-his strongest and most reliable constituency-fell below 80 percent for the first time last week, after the tax deal was announced. He’s losing his base but failing to bring independents back into the fold.

    Both substantively and politically, the tax deal was hardly a courageous move by Obama. His negotiation strategy came straight from the Rahm Emanuel school of politics-take the path of least resistance (extending all the Bush tax cuts), get what you can in return (unemployment benefits, the continuation of some progressive tax cuts), declare victory and move on. Or, in the case of this deal, kick the can down the road another two years and hopefully make the tough choices then.

    Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a more clear cut victory for the president, a policy change that would have been unthinkable under George W. Bush, who spent much of his time in office trying to prevent equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Passage of the START treaty will be trumpeted as another major victory, even if most Americans don’t know what that is or care. But the tax cut deal, not the repeal of DADT or passage of START, will likely be the precursor of things to come in the new Congress. A hostile GOP House will want to negotiate on their terms and will be determined to make Obama’s life a living hell.

    We don’t know how the president or Congressional Democrats will react to this new reality. The Obama administration accomplished a lot in the past two years but it also disappointed and alienated a good chunk of core supporters. Did Democrats make the most of their legislative supermajority, in terms of the breadth and scope of legislation passed, or did they unnecessarily compromise on too many top priorities? Obama supporters are debating this very question today and historians will continue to for years to come.

    In the past two years Obama has been uneven on offense-determined to do big things but often ambivalent about how hard to push and the best path to get there-and untested on defense (that elbow he took on the basketball court was a bad sign). Can he outmaneuver his opponents or will he fall victim to the ideological extremity of the right, agreeing, for example, to cut Social Security benefits and shred a core platform of the Democratic Party?

    Let’s hold off, please, from anointing Obama the comeback kid until we know what the full extent of that “comeback” actually entails.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/21/opinion/main7173572.shtml

  53. jbstonesfan
    December 22nd, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Yes, he is getting a great bounce with the trifecta of bills just passed and stat coming soon…Unfortunate, but a reality we have to accept. I just don’t see who the republicans have that can beat him as liberals have no were else to go…The far left needed dadt and he delivered (actually Joe Liberman) . I am preparing for the reality of having this guy as TOTUS for the next 6 yrs.
    &&&&&&

    Man, you give up easy.

    Oslummer has had two terrible years, and despite media fluffing, he is still polling terribly. A couple of perceived minor “victories” is not suddenly making him into Superman. He still is the same smoldering pile of dung he was two years ago and four years ago.

    The full ramifications of the poorly slapped together bills has yet to completely be felt, but say on his “signature” bill, the supposed “health care reform”, it is such bad legistlation that the only way to pass it was with full nelson assault on allies who didn’t even look at the damn bill.

    Don’t forget, everyone gave Obama a “victory” in March 2010 for that bill, and within a month or so, no Democrat would run as supporting that bill, although there were plenty of Dems who ran claiming “I voted against Obamacare”. So we see how fleeting Obama’s victories can be.

    They roll the dead fish up in a newspaper and say “Merry Christmas”, but a week later it stinks and it’s no longer the shiny gift everyone said it was.

  54. Jon Voight says Barack Obama capable of destroying the US in lame duck session

    December 21st, 2010

    Jon Voight says Barack Obama capable of destroying the US in lame duck session. On last night’s Hannity on FNC, actor Jon Voight was asked by fill-in host Mark Steyn (Sean took off for Christmas early) about Obama’s Start Treaty ambitions. Sporting a new mustache, the actor showed a grasp of foreign policy knowledge that was far superior to that of all Democrats and liberals combined. His message to the American people was simple: Call your senators today and make certain that you put pressure on them not to vote yes on Obama’s Start Treaty and the underhanded way that Obama is pushing it through in the lame duck session. Voight made this impassioned plea to the American people because of how Obama’s wrong policies can very well destroy the US.

    Voight’s appearance on Hannity simply confirmed what many people who have listened to this actor since Obama’s election have figured out: He is probably the only normal, sane and smart individual working in Hollywood. His working knowledge of appeasement and its dangers, congressional transparency, and American history were also very apparent, and it’s clear that when Voight comments, he at least educates himself. Which is, unfortunately, a far cry from what the vast majority of Dem-voting, liberal idiots that make up the majority in the entertainment community show every time they open their incorrect and uninformed mouths.

    Steyn and Voight batted around the issue of appeasement and how previous American presidents—even old-fashioned Dems like JFK—knew not to use it as a foreign policy, unlike Obama who is all about appeasement 24/7. Showing his basic grasp of presidential history, Voight made the point to revisit the beliefs of past president like JFK and Reagan, and what is clearly apparent is that many past presidents always projected American military might and supported it, knowing how vital to the US’ interests it was and still is.

    According to Voight, and he’s spot on about this, Obama’s insistence on getting enough support (he currently needs 67 votes in the senate, and may try for it later today) for his disastrous Start Treaty lies in his twisted belief system where appeasement and making nice with US enemies is a priority. This is the basis of the Democrat Party’s sick and eternally failing foreign policy: Reducing the American nuclear weapons arsenal to hopefully persuade hardcore enemy regimes like NKorea et al to also come around to reducing their weapons! Since that is only a possibility in the twisted and unrealistic wet dreams of peacenik Democrats, it will never, ever happen in the real world—which is why Voight is correct to try to rally people to calling their senators to put pressure on them to vote no.

    Another of Voight’s gripes was the mendacious lack of transparency of Obama’s by forcing a vote just days before Christmas—when most of America is concentrating on the upcoming celebration, or at least distracted with annoying in-laws. He also pointed out that this is probably the first time that a sitting president actually has the gall to try to get a treaty forcibly through the Congress in such a devious way. I’m telling you, the more I hear how Voight communicates his very coherent and well-reasoned arguments, the more I’m impressed with what a concerned citizen he is who actually takes the time to inform himself about very serious issues in the US. Every single idiot-actor in Hollywood today (Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio, Sean Penn and all the other hardcore Dem-voting fools) should learn from Voight what it is to do research and inform oneself before speaking publicly.

    The Start Treaty must be opposed because it sends the worst message of appeasement, defeatism and surrender to all of America’s enemies. These enemies—whether it’s NKorea, Iran, or just a run-of-the-mill, third-world banana republic that can get its hands on nukes, which is very easy today—will interpret Start in this way. They will be emboldened to continue building up their arsenal—with a mind towards using it to blackmail the US and its allies—because they see the US reducing their weapons stock.

    http://www.examiner.com/american-politics-in-vancouver/jon-voight-says-barack-obama-capable-of-destroying-the-us-lame-duck-session

  55. I somehow believe [ the Australian Prime Minister ] wouldn’t have belabored the point as she is credited with doing here.

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

    Excellent point!

  56. This is the reason why I defended the Krauthammer analysis and saw it as strategic insight rather than a please don’t throw me into the briar patch ploy. It is why what jbstonesfan says above is absolutely correct and accurate. If a RINO like Graham sees it why is it not obvious to more people? The Rebublicans need to marginalize the media and get themselves a celebrity of their own. The gravaman of the attack is secondary because most people lack the critical thinking skills to evaluate the merits of the opposing arguments and will defer to the lies of big media. Whether it is corporate financial projections or political projections one must not speak in terms of what is inevitable, but in terms of what is likely in the different scenarios which may emerge in the future. Therefore, in plotting political strategy the question becomes in the best case, the worst case and the likely case. With big media behind him, and their failure to capitalize on the gift which the voters gave them in November, the Republicans are losing ground. Fundamentally, they need to back off on the establishment crap and listen closer to the tea parties, and get themselves a candidate who can articulate those concerns. Only then do they win under both the best case and the likely scenarios–with the media working day and night with the Obma campaign to destroy the middle class.

  57. See above–

    Graham Blasts GOP ‘Capitulation’ During Obama’s Winning Lame-Duck Session
    Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 07:00 PM Article Font Size

    In one of the most activist lame-duck sessions ever, Democrats and President Barack Obama appeared on the verge Tuesday of pulling off a series of stunning legislative victories during a term that can’t end soon enough for Republicans, who are increasingly frustrated that November’s landslide has given way to what one senator described as GOP “capitulation.”

    The latest Democratic victory: a 67-28 vote Tuesday closing off debate on the New START with Russia limiting nuclear arms. Despite a tense, closed-door meeting among GOP senators before the vote, 11 Republicans agreed to close off debate on the New START agreement.

    Observers say that means the treaty is very likely to be ratified as early as Wednesday.

    Speaking on Fox News radio Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blasted members of his own caucus for not fighting more effectively to thwart the Democratic agenda.

    “When it’s all going to be said and done, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid has eaten our lunch,” Graham said. “This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn’t have passed in the new Congress.”

    Most lame-duck sessions take up stopgap spending measures, symbolic resolutions, and minor pieces of legislation. But for Republicans, the lame-duck Congress of 2010 may be one they’d rather forget.

    Republican senators opened the lame-duck session by stating that, beyond a continuing resolution to fund the government and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, they wanted to “kick the can” on any other legislation down the road until a much more conservation 112th Congress could take office in January.

    GOP leaders were able to cut a deal with President Obama on extension of the Bush tax cuts. But that bargain came at a steep price — billions in unemployment benefits and tax breaks. Some pundits say the tax-cut compromise effectively handed the president the second stimulus he so desperately needed to try to revive the economy. And some grass-roots conservatives grumbled because there were no corresponding cuts in spending.

    Other than taxes, the big victory for Republicans in the lame-duck session was the defeat of the $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill, which contained more than 6,600 earmarks. Reid thought he had the Republican votes he needed, but a last-minute backlash from tea party supporters put the kibosh on the nearly 2,000-page funding bill.

    On Tuesday, several Republicans — including Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Dick Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Bob Corker of Tennessee — appeared ready to line up and vote to approve President Obama’s nuclear arms agreement with Russia.

    News that some Republicans would cross the aisle to support the New START prompted one major GOP fund-raising group, the National Republican Trust PAC, to pledge to recruit primary opponents to run against any Republican senator who votes to approve the deal with the Russians.

    Several other key pieces of legislation passed during Democrats’ lame-duck revival:

    A repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which political wags say will fire up the liberal base whose energy was markedly lacking in the midterm elections
    Completion of a food safety bill that grants the federal government broad new power to inspect food processing plants, while raising the standards for food imported into the United States
    Republicans agreed to ease a blockade that had stopped about 20 of Obama’s judicial nominations from being seated on the federal bench
    The continuing resolution to fund the government includes an amendment that institutes Obama’s proposal for a two-year freeze in federal worker pay
    In an administrative rather than congressional decision, the FCC moved Tuesday to impose limited “net neutrality” regulations on Internet providers, a move strongly opposed by Republicans. The ruling is widely expected to be challenged in the courts.

    On the other side of the ledger, Republicans were able to block the DREAM Act, which would have provided a limited route to amnesty for illegal residents who enroll in college or serve in the military. The fate of a bill providing benefits to 9/11 first responders remained undetermined Tuesday.

    Sarah Binder, a Brookings Institution senior fellow, told ABC News that Democrats were united by the knowledge that a much more conservative Congress was poised to take the reins in Washington come January.

    “The prospect of sharing the gavel with Republicans seems to have motivated Democrats to keep up a relentless push to the end – knowing that many of these legislative efforts would be dead on arrival in the new Congress,” said Binder.

    As reported by TheHill.com, Graham lamented in his interview with WTMA radio that some Republicans appear to be almost as afraid of the new incoming Congress as Democrats.

    “I can understand the Democrats being afraid of the new Republicans. I can’t understand Republicans being afraid of the new Republicans,” he said.

    A lame-duck session, Graham complained, is not an opportunity “to take everything you couldn’t do for two years and jam it. It’s literally what they’re doing, across the board. And after a while, I stop blaming them, and I blame us.”

    Graham blamed a handful of outgoing Republicans for letting Democrats have their way in the lame-duck Congress.

    “And that’s what makes me so upset,” he said. “It makes me disappointed that, with a new group of Republicans coming in, we could get a better deal on almost everything.”

  58. To complete the argument, none of these year end concessions by Republicans (notice I did not call them victories) is a game changer unto itself. But they operate as bridge issues over the health care debacle, and can be used by the unscrupulous forces of big media to support a comback kid leitmotif. And therein lies the danger. When you have a bad man on the ropes, never let him up. If you do then he will slip a shiv in your back when you are not looking. And even if he does not do it himself he has plenty of co-conspirators in the media who will. Stupid gutless Republicans.

  59. “I somehow believe [ the Australian Prime Minister ] wouldn’t have belabored the point as she is credited with doing here.”

    You’re right – I’ve seen that quote attributed to the Australian prime ministers John Howard, Kevin Rudd and now Julia Gillard. Apparently it was actually written by American, and adapted for Australian and UK (amongst others) readers, as it struck such a chord.

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/howard-muslim-speech.shtml

  60. “I somehow believe [ the Australian Prime Minister ] wouldn’t have belabored the point as she is credited with doing here.”

    You’re right – I’ve seen that quote attributed to the Australian prime ministers John Howard, Kevin Rudd and now Julia Gillard. Apparently it was actually written by American, and adapted for Australian and UK (amongst others) readers, as it struck such a chord.

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/howard-muslim-speech.shtml

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

    Thank you! It also reminded me of some things actually said by the US author Elizabeth Moon in her own LJ blog.

    Now, I wish someone would do some checking about that alleged poll smearing Muslims above. Source of any such poll, cite?

  61. So the Republicans strut around saying well sure we gave up this and we gave up that but just look what we got in return: a two year extension of the Bush tax cuts! Eurika we have struck gold!! At the same time, a businessman says that is all fine and well, but Obama has said he will make this a campaign issue, so all I can count on is two years with no tax increase and then god only knows what will happen. I cannot in good faith contemplate business expansion if I am looking at a big tax hit two years from now. I will wait and see, and in the meantime I will not hire. So nice work McConnell. You saved the nation.

  62. “And therein lies the danger. When you have a bad man on the ropes, never let him up”

    —————–
    wbboei,

    I understand your comments on Krauthammer but that doesn’t change the fact that if the Republicans continue to lie down and play dead and obama keeps giving away the kitchen sink to his buddies in Russia, Iran, Middle East, etc.., the idiot will continue to destroy everything he touches.

  63. wbboei,

    I understand your comments on Krauthammer but that doesn’t change the fact that if the Republicans continue to lie down and play dead and obama keeps giving away the kitchen sink to his buddies in Russia, Iran, Middle East, etc.., the idiot will continue to destroy everything he touches.

    I know Jan. That is why I am saying what I am right now. It takes two to tango, and two to destroy this country. They do not need to be his dance partner.

  64. I see where the treaty with Russia passed. Hillary was in attendance. I doubt that was a material factor, but for some reason it was noted. This is not the treaty she would have negotiated. It is a continuation of a process of withdrawal from eastern Europe and a surrender to Russian hegemony. They have certainly helped us out with Iran haven’t they. That was supposedly part of the quid pro quo for this. But this effort dates back to Reagan and Kissinger so there is a momentum to having some treaty regardless of what it says, and regardless of whether it really protects us or is just a sham. The nation itself does not care about this. It is too esoteric for their comprehension. This military retreat by the United States comes at the very moment when China is bailing out Europe economically. It is hard to be cheerful about this decline in American Power dressed up to look like something it is not. Here again, the Republicans acted as a patsy by not insisting on a tougher deal.

  65. Again, jointly and severally these end of the year concessions are not game changers–even though you can always whistle up somebody like Norm Orstein who belongs at Brookings rather than AEI to praise democrats for anything they do. The American public sees very little nuclear threat from Russia, whereas a generation ago this would have been big stuff. Whether or not it serves to cement a partnership with Russia on terror issues like the sale of nuclear weapons to terrorist groups is also less salient than it was in th 1990s. This is not the stuff which leads to a come back. The state of the economy and whether the battle between establishment repblicans and grass roots republicans is the critical issue now.

  66. The guts of this deal were negotiated by Kissinger when he dragged Obama over to Russia nearly two years ago. The State Department has merely filled in the details. And they left the door open through inartful drafting for the curtailment of our strategic defense initiatives.

  67. JanH
    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I know, Krauthammer, in the video you posted in the last thread, says, “Obama got Lucky” when he won the election. Is Luck and Theft the same thing in his mind? I don’t want to hear, he didn’t know the nomination was stolen from Hillary.

    Krauthammer is a NEOCON…

  68. Mrs. Smith,

    While I have agreed with much of what Krauthammer has said in the past, it is beyond me how the media at large thought the theft of the potus job was one big joke. If it had been reversed and Hillary had won by using the same tactics, you can be sure there would have been hail to pay.

    It makes me sick.

  69. Mrs. Smith
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Interesting, NOT a word about this survey in US news.

    According to a ****new*** survey done at 30 universities in Britain, the young Muslim student body in that country is extremely radicalized. The poll asked 600 Muslim students and 800 of their non-Muslim peers about politically touchy subjects like killing in the name of Islam and Sharia Law
    [….]
    [T]his survey and its shocking poll results were made available only through the Wikileaks leaking of Julian Assange. The poll was revealed as part of a secret, diplomatic cable that emerged from the US Embassy in London.

    [cites Examiner]

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

    Please note what this tells us about the credibility of the Examiner and< the Wash Times!

    So in 2008 something called YouGov was 'specially commissioned' for a poll. A rightwing anti-Islam 'tank' called 'Social Cohesion' — which had the report on its site ever since 2008 — is bragging that Wikileaks says that some Diplomat actually Talked About it. In a Cable. In 2009(?)

    Whether anyone is actually quoting YouGov correctly (or if YouGov actually ran any such poll or even existed in 2008), I don’t have time to check. But here’s their site. http://today.yougov.co.uk/

    No wonder the Examiner was shy about naming the ‘poll’. 😉 Social Cohesion also complains that nobody took them seriously in 2008, waah waah.

    Yep, Wikileaks is dangersous. It can make stuff like this appear newsworthy.

  70. So I heard the boob on the radio, hooting his own horn, ‘this is most productive session after any midterm elections and the most productive two years in all of history..’ Those were exactly his words.

  71. Damn, damn, lost a post. Not even a ‘too many links’ notice.

    Okay, that nonsense about a NEW SECRET poll ONLY available from a Wikileaks cable.

    Examiner and Wash Times got fooled here (or are delibetely fooling us). The ‘poll’ results have been up since 2008 at a rightwing anti-Islamic site called ‘Social Cohesion.’ SC says it was done by ‘YouGov’ which does weekly polls via internet: http://today.yougov.co.uk/

    SC says it was “a specially commissioned YouGov poll of 1400 students” — which probably means that SC commissioned it. (WAsh Times seems to think SC did.)

    Here’s SC bragging that some diplomat actually Talked about them! In a Cable! In 2009.
    socialcohesion.co.uk/files/1293037360_1.pdf

  72. Forgot to say, this proves that Wikileaks really is dangerous. Turning up in Wikileaks can make nonsense like this sound newsworthy.

  73. JanH
    December 22nd, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    Mrs. Smith,

    While I have agreed with much of what Krauthammer has said in the past, it is beyond me how the media at large thought the theft of the potus job was one big joke. If it had been reversed and Hillary had won by using the same tactics, you can be sure there would have been hail to pay.

    It makes me sick.
    ______________________________

    Krauthammer has an aversion to the Truth if the truth is not politicaly expedient for him or his fellow Neocons-.

    You can read a few aragraphs from his wiki here:

    _________________________________

    “He supported the Iraq war on the “realist” grounds of the strategic threat the Saddam regime posed to the region as UN sanctions were eroding and of his weapons of mass destruction; and on the “idealist” grounds that a self-sustaining democracy in Iraq would be a first step towards changing the poisonous political culture of tyranny, intolerance and religious fanaticism in the Arab world that had incubated the anti-American extremism from which 9/11 emerged.

    In October 2002, he presented what he believed were the primary arguments for and against the war, writing, “Hawks favor war on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is reckless, tyrannical and instinctively aggressive, and that if he comes into possession of nuclear weapons in addition to the weapons of mass destruction he already has, he is likely to use them or share them with terrorists. The threat of mass death on a scale never before seen residing in the hands of an unstable madman is intolerable – and must be preempted.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Krauthammer
    ________________________________________

    And today we know, Hussein never had WMD or the ability and resources to make them… Krauthammer’s entire philosophy and analysis promoted Bush’s LIE. Not only promoted it, but justified a preemptive strike on Iraq concocted out of pure fantasy using scare tactics predicting “mass death on a scale never before seen”. He said all this based on zero facts. Even after Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame went on a covert mission to Niger because Bush/Cheney said, Hussein had arranged a sale of “yellow cake” there for making WMD- even after Wilson swore Saddam Hussein did NO SUCH THING- calling Bush/Cheney publicly on the LIE! Krauthammer as a NEOCON, stood proudly by the Bush/Cheney Lie-

    Tell me, how can you TRUST anything the man says? A man who doesn’t have the guts to go against the establishment and side with the Truth?

  74. What am I missing here? I look at memeorandum and don’t see the blogger boyz crowing for their pet messiah. On any day on a hot topic there will be 10-20 blogs/media outlets jumping on a story but none of the Obama headlines, DADT, START, Tax Cut is showing such activity.

  75. All eyes on Bank of America as WikiLeaks hints at new bombshell

    By RICK ROTHACKER
    McClatchy Newspapers

    All eyes on Bank of America as WikiLeaks hints at new bombshell. Heading into the new year, a big question looms for Bank of America Corp.:

    What’s next in the WikiLeaks saga?

    Julian Assange, the anti-secrecy organization’s founder, has said he is preparing a “megaleak” about a large bank, leading to speculation the Charlotte bank is the target. On Monday, he told the Times of London that he had enough information to make the bosses of a major bank resign.

    Meanwhile, Bank of America has cut off payments intended for WikiLeaks, spurring the group to tell customers to stop doing business with the bank. Other financial institutions that have foiled payments have faced cyberspace attacks from WikiLeaks supporters, but so far the bank doesn’t appear to be suffering ill effects.

    Analysts say it’s possible WikiLeaks could stir up new trouble for the nation’s biggest bank, perhaps exposing more problems in the mortgage arena or reviving questions about its Merrill Lynch acquisition. It’s also possible the revelations cause little harm or that WikiLeaks bypasses the bank altogether.

    Bert Ely, a Virginia-based banking consultant, said he suspects all major financial institutions are girding for the group’s next move.

    “We don’t know it’s Bank of America,” he said. “It could be one of a number of banks.”

    In recent months, WikiLeaks has gained notoriety for exposing Pentagon and State Department secrets and for Assange’s fight against sexual assault charges in Sweden. In November, he told Forbes magazine that his group planned a bank leak in early 2011. That drew attention to a 2009 article in which Assange said WikiLeaks had obtained a Bank of America executive’s hard drive.

    Bank of America has said it has no evidence that WikiLeaks has company data but it has said little else on the subject. In a speech earlier this month, chief marketing officer Anne Finucane hinted Bank of America was steeled for any possible revelations, partly because it already has endured intense investigations of its 2008 acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

    “We have been out there pretty much 24/7, whether those of us who run communications like it or not, and we have learned not only to react, but deal with this as a given,” Finucane told a Boston audience.

    A Bank of America employee told McClatchy Newspapers that it appeared the bank had recently stepped up security internally, taking steps to block access to websites such as Gmail on company laptops. The bank declined to comment on security procedures.

    Analysts say they’re watching for the next development, which could cause new problems for a company still trying to recover from the financial crisis. When speculation surfaced on Nov. 30 that Bank of America could be WikiLeaks’ next target, the bank’s shares plunged more than 3 percent to $10.95. But since that drop-off, the bank’s shares have climbed nearly 15 percent to $12.98 at Tuesday’s close.

    Jefferson Harralson, a bank analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, said WikiLeaks’ revelations are unlikely to highlight a new problem but could add more color around topics already in the news. The bank’s mortgage unit, bulked up by the 2008 Countrywide Financial acquisition, has been the biggest trouble spot lately. The most costly issue is requests by investors to buy back billions in soured mortgage loans originated and sold off by Countrywide during the housing bubble.

    “The soft underbelly (for Bank of America) would be the mortgage crisis,” Harralson said.

    Still, analysts already are braced for huge losses tied to mortgage loan repurchase requests. Harralson estimates the bank could spend $35 billion over five years buying back mortgages, although he suspects the amount could end up being less.

    Ely, the banking consultant, said WikiLeaks could reveal information on a range of issues, from executives’ actions during the Merrill Lynch acquisition to who is using the company jet. One of the more damaging disclosures would be evidence of securities law violations, such as the manipulation of earnings or the failure to disclose material information to investors, he said.

    “That can trigger lawsuits from shareholders and bring out the class-action bar,” he said.

    The New York Times on Tuesday reported that regulators also are worried that WikiLeaks revelations could show failings by the agencies charged with overseeing the banking industry. Earlier this month, however, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair downplayed concerns about a leak. “I have a hard time understanding what would be so provocative,” she said after a speech. “So I would just ignore it. I really would.”

    On Friday, Bank of America said it cut off payments to WikiLeaks because it had “reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.” A bank spokesman declined to answer further questions.

    Analysts said the bank could have a number of reasons for making the move, including pressure from the government, a desire to separate itself from possible criminal activities or revenge for obtaining its internal information.

    Through its Twitter handle, WikiLeaks has encouraged Bank of America customers to close their accounts. The bank’s website doesn’t appear to be suffering from cyber-attacks. Rich Mogull, analyst and chief executive at security research firm Securosis, said WikiLeaks supporters would need “massive resources” to dent the bank’s formidable defenses.

    “Bank of America is always under attack,” Mogull said. “It’s one of the biggest targets on the Internet.”

    In case of any leaks, Harralson said Bank of America is likely preparing its legal response, although that could be difficult against an “ephemeral” organization like WikiLeaks. “You can examine your legal options,” he said, “but it’s a hard organization to pin down.”

    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/22/2537580/all-eyes-on-bank-of-america-as.html#ixzz18tD8FLkk
    ________________________

    The msm site is doing a formidable job exposing BOA’s illegal taking of homes and sloppy foreclosure practices which may in fast result in a myriad of class action lawsuits and many beau coup damages payouts to affected customers. Do I hear the doors closing on BOA? Yes, I do-

  76. Mrs. Smith,

    Until recently, I felt that Krauthammer’s critiques of obama and the dims were spot on. That was what I admired about him…until he suddenly changed his tune.

  77. Is it Really Hillary Clinton’s START Treaty?

    by John Gizzi
    12/22/2010

    For all the bows the president is sure to take for certain ratification of the New START arms treaty in the Senate this week, there is strong evidence another administration figure played the decisive role in securing pivotal Senate votes that put the controversial arms control agreement over the finish line: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Before and after the word came through to the regular White House press briefing yesterday that the ninth Republican vote in the Senate required to ensure ratification of START had been secured, talk was rampant that it was Clinton and not Obama whose calls to senators made possible a much-needed triumph for the administration.

    Already there is speculation that the secretary of state — Obama’s leading rival for the Democratic presidential nomination in ’08 — might be put to work on getting votes on other key measures in the next Senate (which will have 47 Republicans rather than the 42 in the current lame-duck session).

    As if to highlight the role that the secretary of state has played in the ratification fight, the State Department recently released a list of lawmakers that former New York Sen.Clinton has called to lobby for “aye” votes. In contrast, while the White House confirmed that President Obama personally called senators in the days before the critical two-thirds of the Senate required for ratification were reached on Tuesday, the president’s top spokesman refused to tell reporters which lawmakers he reached out to on START.

    “For their reasons,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the White House press corps on Tuesday, “[W]e continue to — I will continue to tell you the president has made calls, but not get into who.”

    A colleague then noted that the State Department put out “a list of senators that Secretary Clinton called, but you’re taking a different approach?”

    “Indeed,” replied Gibbs, without explanation.

    But the issue would not go away.

    Another reporter soon asked that, “[in] Secretary Clinton acknowledging who she’s talked to among the senators, and the president — you all [sic] — not willing to release that, are you acknowledging that she might be more popular among Republicans than the president is, and therefore . . . .”

    “How so?” interrupted Gibbs.

    “Because she’s — because of the list being released,” my colleague pressed, “is it an acknowledgement that maybe [Tennessee’s Republican Sen.] Bob Corker doesn’t want [it] to be known his vote could change depending on whether Obama calls him or not, is my question.”

    “I’m having a hard time seeing that connection of that bridge,” said Gibbs.

    When my colleague asked how many calls Obama had made to senators sitting on the fence on START, Gibbs replied: “[A] lot.” Asked how many calls, the White House press secretary suddenly changed the subject and apologized to Cheryl Stolberg of the New York Times because the transcript “inexplicably” said he called her “Jill” at the briefing on the day before.

    Obviously, the White House does not want to fuel any discussion that Hillary Clinton has more political clout in the Senate than the president. But that talk has clearly started — and is likely to be heard a lot next year.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=40741

  78. JanH
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I understand, Jan. Krauthammer’s wind blows in the direction supporting the Republican agenda. Seeing Obama capitulate to Republicans in the Tax Cut debate, he handed Obama a Tootsie-Pop for his caving in on fighting Tax-cuts for the rich.

    Krauthammer is not beacon of Truth we can rely on for a healthy direction in the coming future. He is a made-man in the Neoconic Bush mafia.

  79. Oh, thank God — let’s hope!

    —————–

    Washington (CNN) — The Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise version of a bill to provide free medical treatment and compensation to first responders of the September 11 terrorist attack.

    The bill passed on a voice vote on what is expected to be the final day of the lame-duck session of Congress. It now goes to the House, which also is expected to approve it and send it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

  80. gonzo,

    I think she was just being a team player. It is still obama’s folly and the important message I think is that her influence outshines his by far.

  81. “The Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise version of a bill to provide free medical treatment and compensation to first responders of the September 11 terrorist attack.”

    —————-
    Good to hear.

  82. Update:

    Congress passes revised 9/11 first-responders health benefits bill

    Washington (CNN) — A compromise bill to provide free medical treatment and compensation to first responders of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack won final approval Wednesday from the House and Senate, sending it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

    The bill passed on a voice vote in the Senate, and then on a 206-60 vote in the House on the final day of the lame-duck session of Congress.

    full story:

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/12/22/911.bill/index.html

  83. He is gloating over these lame duck accomplishments and portraying his 2 yrs as the greatest of any president in modern times…the man’s hubris makes me want to vomit. The republicans are equally repulsive as they followed like lemmings off a cliff enabling him to come out looking good just in time for the 2012 campaign to begin….

  84. jbstonesfan,

    It doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I’m waiting for the you know what to hit the frying pan and all his bricks to crumble. An ego like that is bound to explode and be very very messy. 🙂

  85. wbboei

    Shadowfax–the Republicans will not run Hillary. I was talking about what they should do. If Hillary runs we will all support her. But what if she doesn’t. In that case would you vote for Rubio or Obama?empower them.

    >> I honestly don’t like to consider who the Rethugs should run in 2012 right now, my real concern is if someone will primary Baracko, someone to brake the ice and then for Hillary to toss her hat in.

    If this doesn’t happen, then it’s just a crap shoot for me. I don’t know if I will vote for another Ruthug like I did to stop Barry, then I will hope for a great third party candidate before wanting another ‘conservative’ in the Oval that will further help tear down the working class. No, I don’t want Barry, that is a given. But I have no hopes for Rethugs either.

    That Ulterman article deserves the widest circulation.
    >>>>Which one, is there a new one out I missed?

  86. Mrs. Smith

    Congress passes revised 9/11 first-responders health benefits bill
    ———–
    That’s good that they got this though…I don’t care where the money came from on this one, those people should have been taken care of from the beginning. It is a disgrace that it has taken this long.
    It’s the least we should be doing.

    Damn every frickin’ Rethug that wants to dick around and start collecting change out of the sofa to pay for this…some day.

    Damn them anyway. We should have cut the top 2% of the mega rich Bush cuts and given that money to those recovery workers…just for Karma on their selfish asses.

  87. jbstonesfan

    He is gloating over these lame duck accomplishments and portraying his 2 yrs as the greatest of any president in modern times…the man’s hubris makes me want to vomit. The republicans are equally repulsive as they followed like lemmings off a cliff enabling him to come out looking good just in time for the 2012 campaign to begin….
    ….
    A big fat YUP to that!!!

  88. Shadowfax
    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    That’s good that they got this though…I don’t care where the money came from on this one, those people should have been taken care of from the beginning. It is a disgrace that it has taken this long.
    It’s the least we should be doing.

    Damn every frickin’ Rethug that wants to dick around and start collecting change out of the sofa to pay for this…some day.

    Damn them anyway. We should have cut the top 2% of the mega rich Bush cuts and given that money to those recovery workers…just for Karma on their selfish asses.
    ________________________

    Only 9 short years for the 9/11 responders to get help from Congress for the ailing firefighters and police who risked life and limb to help those they could as quickly as possible buried beneath the WTC rubble.

    Clearing away toxic debris, inhaling poisonous fumes 24/7 after the EPA declared the air and water around the WTC safe for deconstruction of the monumental heap of twisted wreckage where once stood the Twin Towers.. (9/18/01)

    “EPA Administrator Christie Whitman announced today that results from the Agency’s air and drinking water monitoring near the World Trade Center and Pentagon disaster sites indicate that these vital resources are safe. Whitman also announced that EPA has been given up to $83 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support EPA’s involvement in cleanup activities and ongoing monitoring of environmental conditions in both the New York City and Washington metropolitan areas following last week’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”

    http://www.epa.gov/wtc/stories/headline_091801.htm

    Consequently, responders never took adequate precautions with filtered breathing apparatus to work on the site until workers acutely sensitive to the toxic fumes erupting in the dust had trouble breathing and were calling in sick .

    How many have died because of Whitman’s phony declaration? How many will die because of the Congress stonewalling the funds necessary for responders health and medical care relief?

    The Dems and the Rethugs should all burn in the same HELL they let those good people languish for an eternity, when we supply AID to Foreign countries for every conceivable catastrophe at the drop of a hat?

    Sickening is right! Forget Americans- All they do is pay the bills.

  89. admin:

    would you please post this video of Assange making his case. Thanks-

    h.. w… ms..nbcdotmsndotcom/id/21134540/vp/40785274#40785274

  90. Amazing- Assange is speaking Truth to Power and the nay sayers that screech about the corrupt journalism we have to put up with these days, as newsworthy, what to kill him for it!

  91. Mrs. Smith
    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Amazing- Assange is speaking Truth to Power and the nay sayers that screech about the corrupt journalism we have to put up with these days, as newsworthy, what to kill him for it!

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

    Bravo.

  92. To me at least this critique rings very true . . .

    Opinion
    Arms Agreement Gets 2011 Off to a Bad START
    By Christian Whiton

    Today, the Senate ratified the START treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Christmas has come early to nuclear aspirants North Korea and Iran, as well as our authoritarian adversaries in places like Beijing and Moscow. All benefit from the flawed treaty, which weakens the U.S. even as multiple foreign threats draw ever nearer.

    With START and so many other matters, the Washington foreign policy establishment has failed America as we enter a perilous new year.

    With a strong assist from an Obama administration determined to validate its embrace of Russia’s government, the Washington foreign policy establishment has successfully advanced a U.S-Russia treaty that at best could be irrelevant to today’s world, but in fact will make the threats we face more dangerous. This stems from the treaty’s flaws, which include:

    • Moscow’s belief that the U.S. has agreed to limit our deployment of missile defenses, despite denials from the Obama administration. Our foreign policy establishment will now be further emboldened to block enhancements to our still-poor ability to stop incoming nuclear missiles from places like Iran and North Korea because they may cause Moscow to walk away from the treaty;

    • Weak verification mechanisms that give cheating-inclined Moscow a further advantage;

    The treaty’s failure to address tactical nuclear weapons, where Russia holds a large advantage over the U.S. (Incidentally, thanks to a separate decision by President Obama, the U.S. now has no effective seaborne tactical nuclear systems with which to counter North Korea and Iran.)

    • The prioritization of signing and ratifying a feel-good treaty over more urgent steps to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal, which is losing its deterrent quality as its reliability and safety decline after decades without testing and modernization.

    Despite the mass-firing voters rendered on this Congress just last month, the treaty was rammed through the outgoing Senate’s “lame duck” session when little is usually done. Support from senators dismissed by voters made the difference between ratification and failure. The illegitimacy of this does not seem to have donned on the Beltway class, which supported the treaty with near-uniformity and labeled opponents as “partisan” and “unpatriotic.”

    Treaty advocates pointed to the support of former secretaries of state, including both Democrats and Republicans. But this says more about our androgynous foreign policy establishment in Washington than it does about the treaty.

    Santa has been good this year to that naughty establishment, where a liberal worldview reigns supreme regardless of the outcomes of U.S. elections. Because of it and a president who telegraphs profound weakness, America begins 2011 facing several foreign problems with the potential to become outright crises. Among them:

    • The Iranian government, the central advocate of Islamism and terrorism, charging ahead with its world-changing nuclear weapons program.

    • The North Korean government, which already has a nuclear capability, coming closer to starting a war it promises “will not be confined to the Korean Peninsula.”

    • China declaring more and more of the Pacific as its own domain as it continues a rapid military modernization financed unwittingly by consumers in the free world; and

    • An Islamist movement and its terrorist vanguard undaunted by President Obama’s simplistic “Muslim world” outreach, apologetic diplomacy and lawyerly treatment of unlawful combatants.

    Through both Democratic and Republican administrations, critical threats to America have drawn ever nearer in recent decades, with effective responses coming only when problems are assigned at last resort to the U.S. military.

    Solutions from the foreign policy establishment for problems like Iran and North Korea have been failures. In the case of Islamism, the political ideology that drives most terrorists, the foreign policy establishment has not even fielded a solution than can fail, having not taken the requisite intermediate step of identifying the problem out of deference to political correctness.

    On China, most of both political parties’ foreign policy denizens still spin a soothing tale of Beijing’s peaceful rise and inevitable shift toward freedom. Yet the Chinese government, which has never bothered to obtain the consent to govern from the Chinese people, grows more bellicose and militarily strong each year. It now puts more submarines in the Western Pacific than the U.S. and Japan combined. China is perhaps less free today than it was a decade ago and its market reforms are reversing. This is yet another gospel from the high priests of our foreign policy that looks increasingly like fiction.

    But it matters not in Washington. Massive bureaucracies like those found in foreign-policy-related government agencies and establishment think tanks thrive on ineffective policy prescriptions as long as they pass for clever and complex, and fit the liberals’ world view. No scorecard on past performance is kept or consulted.

    With START set to become the law of the land, our opponents will be pleased that America has itself tightened another strap on the straightjacket in which our defense has been placed. Our friends facing rising nuclear and Islamist dangers in their backyards will be alarmed. And our foreign policy establishment, free from accountability—and seemingly immune from the chill the Tea Party may place on the rest of Washington—will continue to make the world safe chiefly for our adversaries.

    Glasses will clink this new year in the salons of Washington, Tehran, Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow. Too bad nobody invited the American people to the party.

    Christian Whiton is a former State Department senior advisor

  93. I wonder if Krauthammer is pulling a Kennedy here. If Obama looks DOA for 2012, that boosts Palin’s chances of getting the nomination. If he really is DOA, then she gets the nom and beats him. There’s also the Hillary angle. One way or another, Obama DOA means a woman President in 2012. K will do anything to keep a woman out of the White House?

  94. Canaan, something is up with Krauthammer. The change in tone and narrative are too opportunistic and transparent. He propped Obama up like this in the run up to GE also.

  95. Canaan
    December 23rd, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Canaan
    December 23rd, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Funny you happen to mention Krauthammer, as a woman hater? That thought crossed my mind as well.

    K’s wife, Robyn, an artist of some repute seems to have abandoned her career. She appears to have dropped out of the exhibition circuit where during the Bush years she was quite a prolific painter regularly showing her work at well known galleries. I viewed many of her paintings and they are very expressive and imo, quite good.

    I say this from my own experience- when you are under stress, it’s impossible to relax well enough to paint with the usual passionate fire coming from an inspiraing model. My thought was the embittered K may be very difficult to live with, seeing Hillary has usurped his ever dimming spotlight as Foreign policy adviser.

  96. admin: If you can, please embed the video below. Thanx
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    Fractured States of America – Endless Immigration Onslaught.

    h… w… rightsidenews.com/2010122212405/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/part-2-fractured-states-of-america-endless-immigration-onslaught.html?utm_source=Right+Side+News&utm_campaign=96f8e1a0be-daily-rss-newsletter&utm_medium=email

    “Portrait of poverty” Denver Post, O’Connor, 12/15/10

    As George Sura in Colorado said, “Immigration is the most formidable weapon of mass destruction threatening America today. Ironically, invaders have put our country at risk without firing a shot. The White House, the heavies in Congress and the smaller fish in state legislatures do not seem to have the collective intellectual depth or common sense to see what is upon us and how rampant immigration will degrade the lives and opportunities of our progeny. Everyday brings America closer to irreversible chaos.

    Behind this issue are blind forces to reckon with. No politician, political party, corporation, religious fervor, investment, pop morality or individual aspiration should come before country. The brokers who recklessly advocate or condone pervasive immigration are steersman with Titanic-like wheelhouse credentials.”

    Jefferson stated, “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    By reaching 312.7 million people in America this month, we keep stacking ourselves into an unsustainable quandary, both environmentally and economically, not to mention our degraded quality of life.

    Obama and a majority of senators and congressmen aid, abet and encourage this legal and illegal unarmed invasion in violation of their oaths of office and the Constitution. Why? They comprise the ruling elite that think they will never be touched by the disease, crime, school chaos, languages and worse. Do you think Bill Gates will be shot dead by an illegal alien like Denver police officer Donald Young or Obama’s daughters be shot by an illegal like a Denver high school girl this week? Not a chance! Will men like Bill Gates ever suffer the tens of thousands of home break-ins, business robberies and shoplifting, and car thefts suffered by Americans? Fat chance! They remain insulated, isolated and aloof to our plight in Middle America.

    In 2010, another 3.1 million legal and illegal immigrants mostly from third world countries will continue streaming into our country. The illegals sport no intention, desire or need to speak our language or adhere to our culture or laws. The legal immigrants are too many, offering too little from a line that never ends. (Fact: 80 million more humans add themselves, net gain, to the third world annually. http://www.worldhealthorganization.com ) Because of this onslaught, the American Dream stands NO chance of continuing for their children or ours.

    Let’s look at one of the underlying driving aspects of this invasion: money. Capitalism loves profits. Money drives the most powerful economic system in the world. Remember this—it breeds and encourages extremism.

    In the realm of money, Bill Gates stands at $54 billion, Warren Buffet enjoys $45 billion and others down the line. In politics, Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton became the ultimate power brokers. Born poor, Obama now enjoys a million dollar bank account. In music, although harmless, the Beatles became extremely rich. All are extremists in their realms.

    In America, the Gates, Buffet’s, Rockefellers, Rothschild’s, Kennedy’s, Hurst’s, Amour’s, Swift’s, Hormel’s, Tyson’s and others comprise the extremely rich. Others strive to surpass them.

    Major corporations run by huge financial extremists gun for more profits than you or I can imagine. They aren’t concerned about America, Americans or rule of law. Men like the late Ken Lay, who gained millions as he bankrupted Enron, concerned himself with ungodly wealth. Realize that thousands of Enron executives exist at Tyson, Hormel, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Home Depots and Wall Marts who hire illegal aliens against our immigration laws—and get away with it.

    How? They buy off senators and congressmen by employing thousands of lobbyists who bribe them in hundreds of back room deals. How else do you think 20 million illegal alien migrants work in America off the books or on the books at slave wages for ultimate profits for those corporations? Bears and Sterns reported in 2005 that $400 billion in uncollected IRS taxes by US companies have created the second largest underground economy in the world. It matters little to those companies that illegals work Middle Class jobs at slave wages that take our jobs away. We pay the difference in the uncollected taxes while we pay for aliens using our medical, educational, transport and governmental service welfare illegally.

    What is the reward for these modern day robber barons’ lawlessness? Unimaginable wealth for them and their rich stockholders at the expense of the American Middle Class taxpayer! The rich get richer and we pay their taxes. The rich live in gated communities and we live with the growing crime, disease, educational chaos and loss of our language and our cohesive American society.

    One look at Los Angeles bears the truth for all to see. As an American who speaks English, you are not welcome in the City of Angels. Four million illegal alien migrants bear witness in California to the growing threat of critical mass of non-Americans. These desperately poor third world people stream into our country without end. Their invading America solves nothing for their countries and rains havoc on ours.

    All the while, millions of Americans suffer displacement from construction jobs, roofing, retail, furniture moving, meat packing plants, electrical, painting, landscaping, fast food and the list grows by the day.

    It all stems from greed and extremists maximizing money before ethics.

    “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it ever come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.” Daniel Webster

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    In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of w….numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_embedded

  97. admin: If you can, please embed the video below. Thanx
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    Fractured States of America – Endless Immigration Onslaught.

    h… w… rightsidenews.com/2010122212405/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/part-2-fractured-states-of-america-endless-immigration-onslaught.html?utm_source=Right+Side+News&utm_campaign=96f8e1a0be-daily-rss-newsletter&utm_medium=email

    “Portrait of poverty” Denver Post, O’Connor, 12/15/10

    As George Sura in Colorado said, “Immigration is the most formidable weapon of mass destruction threatening America today. Ironically, invaders have put our country at risk without firing a shot. The White House, the heavies in Congress and the smaller fish in state legislatures do not seem to have the collective intellectual depth or common sense to see what is upon us and how rampant immigration will degrade the lives and opportunities of our progeny. Everyday brings America closer to irreversible chaos.

    Behind this issue are blind forces to reckon with. No politician, political party, corporation, religious fervor, investment, pop morality or individual aspiration should come before country. The brokers who recklessly advocate or condone pervasive immigration are steersman with Titanic-like wheelhouse credentials.”

    Jefferson stated, “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    By reaching 312.7 million people in America this month, we keep stacking ourselves into an unsustainable quandary, both environmentally and economically, not to mention our degraded quality of life.

    Obama and a majority of senators and congressmen aid, abet and encourage this legal and illegal unarmed invasion in violation of their oaths of office and the Constitution. Why? They comprise the ruling elite that think they will never be touched by the disease, crime, school chaos, languages and worse. Do you think Bill Gates will be shot dead by an illegal alien like Denver police officer Donald Young or Obama’s daughters be shot by an illegal like a Denver high school girl this week? Not a chance! Will men like Bill Gates ever suffer the tens of thousands of home break-ins, business robberies and shoplifting, and car thefts suffered by Americans? Fat chance! They remain insulated, isolated and aloof to our plight in Middle America.

    In 2010, another 3.1 million legal and illegal immigrants mostly from third world countries will continue streaming into our country. The illegals sport no intention, desire or need to speak our language or adhere to our culture or laws. The legal immigrants are too many, offering too little from a line that never ends. (Fact: 80 million more humans add themselves, net gain, to the third world annually. worldhealthorganization.com ) Because of this onslaught, the American Dream stands NO chance of continuing for their children or ours.

    Let’s look at one of the underlying driving aspects of this invasion: money. Capitalism loves profits. Money drives the most powerful economic system in the world. Remember this—it breeds and encourages extremism.

    In the realm of money, Bill Gates stands at $54 billion, Warren Buffet enjoys $45 billion and others down the line. In politics, Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton became the ultimate power brokers. Born poor, Obama now enjoys a million dollar bank account. In music, although harmless, the Beatles became extremely rich. All are extremists in their realms.

    In America, the Gates, Buffet’s, Rockefellers, Rothschild’s, Kennedy’s, Hurst’s, Amour’s, Swift’s, Hormel’s, Tyson’s and others comprise the extremely rich. Others strive to surpass them.

    Major corporations run by huge financial extremists gun for more profits than you or I can imagine. They aren’t concerned about America, Americans or rule of law. Men like the late Ken Lay, who gained millions as he bankrupted Enron, concerned himself with ungodly wealth. Realize that thousands of Enron executives exist at Tyson, Hormel, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Home Depots and Wall Marts who hire illegal aliens against our immigration laws—and get away with it.

    How? They buy off senators and congressmen by employing thousands of lobbyists who bribe them in hundreds of back room deals. How else do you think 20 million illegal alien migrants work in America off the books or on the books at slave wages for ultimate profits for those corporations? Bears and Sterns reported in 2005 that $400 billion in uncollected IRS taxes by US companies have created the second largest underground economy in the world. It matters little to those companies that illegals work Middle Class jobs at slave wages that take our jobs away. We pay the difference in the uncollected taxes while we pay for aliens using our medical, educational, transport and governmental service welfare illegally.

    What is the reward for these modern day robber barons’ lawlessness? Unimaginable wealth for them and their rich stockholders at the expense of the American Middle Class taxpayer! The rich get richer and we pay their taxes. The rich live in gated communities and we live with the growing crime, disease, educational chaos and loss of our language and our cohesive American society.

    One look at Los Angeles bears the truth for all to see. As an American who speaks English, you are not welcome in the City of Angels. Four million illegal alien migrants bear witness in California to the growing threat of critical mass of non-Americans. These desperately poor third world people stream into our country without end. Their invading America solves nothing for their countries and rains havoc on ours.

    All the while, millions of Americans suffer displacement from construction jobs, roofing, retail, furniture moving, meat packing plants, electrical, painting, landscaping, fast food and the list grows by the day.

    It all stems from greed and extremists maximizing money before ethics.

    “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it ever come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.” Daniel Webster

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    In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls”, Roy Beck, director of w….numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:

  98. This may sound silly but tis the season.
    I got a hundred dollars from an online business that I rarely do any work with. Last year I made 8 from them, I called them to say it was a mistake and they said it is fine.
    Well the way I grew up dictates that I send the money off. Where? St Judes is my usual but would love to know of another worthy site.

    OH
    And
    MERRY CHRISTMAS

  99. He is gloating over these lame duck accomplishments and portraying his 2 yrs as the greatest of any president in modern times…the man’s hubris makes me want to vomit. The republicans are equally repulsive as they followed like lemmings off a cliff enabling him to come out looking good just in time for the 2012 campaign to begin….
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    By spring we will have a better idea of what they are made of. But fall we will be sure. I am disappointed in what I have seen so far, and have offered some personal insights on their two leaders in congress. I do not think either one of them is as tough as they need to be, are rudderless and I believe they are willing to settle for half a loaf. I was speaking to a friend who I have written about before who was an investment banker and wall street trader last night–until my cellphone gave out. He told me the reason both sides cut the deal on taxes was because not to have done so would have precipitated a stock market crash, and neither wanted to be blamed or co-blamed. He said the far left is getting what they want from Obama in the form of executive orders, but it is being done quietly and they cannot crow about it for that reason. He is making them appear to be failing when in fact they are not. He compared them to a mistress who is willing to complain and pout but unwilling to cut the ties that bind. In other words, this strum and drang is real enough because they cannot claim victory, but in the end it will not matter because where else will they go. On the other hand, he thinks Obama is failing despite his rabid chorus of defenders in big media, and does not believe they will get a second term. I have not vetted the Krauthammer article with him, and before anyone reaches any alternative explanation for his supposed change of heart, simply apply Occums razor and what you will see he might just be right. Finally, he believes 2011 will be a day of reckoning for the economy and the pension fund crisis will make the housing crisis look tame by comparison. If that is true, it is hard to see how Obama comes out ahead. He will be seen as a celebrity in a failing movie production, which causes studio bosses to realize that the bloom is off the rose.

  100. Thu Dec 23, 2010
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared a hurdle in his run for Chicago mayor on Thursday, with an official recommendation that Emanuel meets the residency requirements to be on the February ballot.

    The recommendation by Joseph Morris, a private attorney and a Republican, was the first step in confirming his eligibility. Morris advises the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which is expected to make a final ruling later on Thursday.

    Emanuel said in a statement that he is “encouraged” by the recommendation, which found no evidence that he intended to permanently leave Chicago when he went to work for the Obama administration.

    “It affirms what I have said all along — that the only reason I left town was to serve President Obama and that I always intended to return,” Emanuel said. “Chicago voters should ultimately have the right to decide the election — and to vote for me, or against me.”

    Opponents of Emanuel’s campaign have claimed that he is not a legal Chicago resident for the purpose of the mayoral race. If the board decides in Emmanuel’s favor, opponents have said they may take the case to court.

    The Democratic primary election for mayor is February 22.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BM2HD20101223

  101. December 22, 2010

    Dobbs: Obama ‘Gaming’ the System | On the Record

    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: The president gives a press conference and sets Lou Dobbs on fire.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Lou, nice to see.

    LOU DOBBS, SYNDICATED RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Great, to be with you Greta.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Lou, the president had a press conference today and talked about one of his big disappointments. His words are maybe my biggest disappointment was the DREAM act that he wanted so much didn’t pass. Your thoughts on the DREAM act?

    DOBBS: The DREAM act shouldn’t be a disappointment. This president understands clearly why it did not succeed, because our borders remain insecure. The president has not lived up to his responsibilities to enforce law. I think it is fair to say he’s demagogue-ing the issue when he talks about the kids and tries to talk on an emotional level about a serious issue, border security, enforcing law and winning the trust of the American people.

    This president, like a president before him, will not be able to pursue reform immigration until he takes seriously his responsibilities to enforce the law and not game the political system or the American people.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think that had he secured the borders during the first two years of his administration that the DREAM act would have passed? Or is it a bargaining chip to get him to act and the people don’t object to children having a path to citizenship?

    DOBBS: Come one, this is part of the game, the nonsense that this is not the most welcoming, ethnically and racially diverse country on this planet. We naturalize a million immigrants a year, and just about half are Hispanic, by the way.

    This is ignorance for the advocacy groups to continue this agenda. And for this administration to pretend they don’t understand why they are not succeeding. These American citizens, you, me and our fellow citizens are all very welcoming people. We are not going to be played by — played for fools by this administration or the previous. As soon as everybody understands that they can be adults, responsible, and then we move forward, but not until then.

    VAN SUSTEREN: One aspect where I think either there’s an intellectual gap or we’ve been gamed is that the president said my administration has done more on border security than any other recent president, which may be true. But the problem is there’s a difference between doing more and accomplishing a goal. Either you want to secure the borders and you go hog wild in that direction, or you don’t.

    DOBBS: And this president, as you know, has expressed a loathsome view of the American people and this country when he challenges the state of Arizona in court, because they want to stop illegal immigration. They want to stop drug smuggling. Mexico remains the primary source of methamphetamines, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, and the president wants to talk about the kids.

    My heart goes out to the kids as well. This leadership put six bills in front of this issue none of those bills had a public hearing. If he’s sincere in wanting to do something for the kids he will start doing something for the American people and the citizens of this country first, namely secure the borders, secure the ports and start acting responsibly in the enforcement of our immigration laws.

    We must have a rational, effective, humane immigration system. I’ve been working on that for a year with various factions. But no one should underestimate the importance of speaking to the American people in town hall meetings and getting the consent of the governed on this issue and all others of equal significance going forward.

    VAN SUSTEREN: It has always caught me sort of almost surreal when I fly in from Europe and I haven’t had sleep and I get to JFK and there’s an hour line to get through immigration, to get my passport, and then they quiz me whether I’ve been near livestock. But they give me a hard time coming from overseas, and if I down to the border, I could get in easily comical that some spots there’s a bottleneck and then other spots, you just walk right in.

    DOBBS: You are right. First of all, there’s the matter of the inconvenience at ports of entry. But you are right. Almost a million people cross the border illegally every year. And this administration wants us to pretend they are doing more about border security? This is madness.

    This is an abject threat to the American public, yet they persist. There is this expectation on the part of the administration we’ll be so high bound in our orthodoxy and so politically correct we will suspend political judgment and reason we know what is going on, we know as concerned about what is happening at the border as anyone.

    But we’ve got to be honest. And this administration has to set the tone. If they do that, then this president can achieve a lot of his aspirations and the country will1g be better off for it.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Are you in favor, if we were to secure the borders that we move on to step two, what to do with the 12 million here illegally, a path to it is ship, are you in favor of that?

    DOBBS: I’m absolutely in favor of a rational, effective, humane immigration system and dealing with those in this country illegally intelligently, responsibly, through compromise, and that is the only thing that going to work.

    But it will not be a compromise of law of border security and it sure won’t be a tolerance of further gaming by this administration and this nonsense about urgency and pushing nonsense through. That will not happen again in large measure because it will be a Republican Congress and not one-party rule come the beginning of January.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Does that mean we shouldn’t expect any immigration movement in terms of trying to solve this problem?

    DOBBS: I don’t see that follows, Greta, honestly. Talking with one of the leaders in the immigration debate, I said to this person this week there is no reason for there to be a refusal to move toward a solution and compromise.

    But everybody has to understand, we are talking about a compromise. There has to be a responsible, adult approach to this. And that is not being reflected in the leadership of this administration nor the Democratic Party on Congress over the course of the past two years or the Republican president and the Republican Congress that preceded these fine folks in Washington.

    We’ve got to achieve that. I think the Republican Party and the Democratic Party together can do that. But, my lord, they’re going have to consult with the American people. I want to see real public hearings on illegal immigration, border security. I want to see an expression of the popular will.

    No more of this nonsense trying to ram legislation through and pretending it is responsible, intelligent, rational public policy. It’s madness. And the more the president speaks in those artful, emotional tones, the less credibility he has and the farther away he is from achieving the trust of the American people.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Lou, thank you, very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    DOBBS: Great to be with you. Happy New Year to you Greta.

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/transcript/dobbs-obama-039gaming039-system

  102. Dreaming . . . How much of a surrender of sovereignty is implied by the term “compromise”. It is not mitigated by the term “adult”? A compromise is possible only where there are two legitimate yet opposing positions. Here the positions are not legitimate because one involves upholding law and the other involves benefiting by breaking the law. If borders mean nothing than private property means nothing. Simply put, amnesty is a concept repugnant to the rule of law. It was wrong when Reagan did it in 1984 with 4.5 million and it is even more wrong today when Obama proposes to do it with 18 million. If an employer knowingly hires illegals he should be subject to serious criminal sanctions. If you do that then the jobs would dry up and illegals would go home. And what better time to do it than now, when nearly 20% of Americans are out of work? It seems like on every front our supposed leaders are afraid to act–except for Governor Christie.
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    there is no reason for there to be a refusal to move toward a solution and compromise.

    But everybody has to understand, we are talking about a compromise. There has to be a responsible, adult approach to this. And that is not being reflected in the leadership of this administration nor the Democratic Party on Congress over the course of the past two years or the Republican president and the Republican Congress that preceded these fine folks in Washington.

    We’ve got to achieve that. I think the Republican Party and the Democratic Party together can do that. But, my lord, they’re going have to consult with the American people. I want to see real public hearings on illegal immigration, border security. I want to see an expression of the popular will.

    No more of this nonsense trying to ram legislation through and pretending it is responsible, intelligent, rational public policy. It’s madness. And the more the president speaks in those artful, emotional tones, the less credibility he has and the farther away he is from achieving the trust of the American people.

  103. henry,
    If I had any money to give away….I think I’d send it to Bill Clinton….he is doing a wonderful job helping folks…his Clinton Global initative is an amazing organization. Most of the people in our country don’t deserve the Clinton’s. It’s a shame they don’t get the accolades they both deserve…but of coarse they don’t help people for that reason…they do it because they care. Damn the idiots in this country.

    St Jude’s is a worthy institution also. I’m just a plain old Clinton lover, I can’t help myself! They’ve made the world a better place, even though they have been given hell for doing it….I’m just soooo sick of Obama…he like a leech sucking the blood out of everything he touches.

  104. Mrs. S

    …Consequently, responders never took adequate precautions with filtered breathing apparatus to work on the site until workers acutely sensitive to the toxic fumes erupting in the dust had trouble breathing and were calling in sick .

    How many have died because of Whitman’s phony declaration? How many will die because of the Congress stonewalling the funds necessary for responders health and medical care relief?

    The Dems and the Rethugs should all burn in the same HELL they let those good people languish for an eternity, when we supply AID to Foreign countries for every conceivable catastrophe at the drop of a hat?

    Sickening is right! Forget Americans- All they do is pay the bills.

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    Sing it Mrs. Smith!!!

    Anyone that works in construction, (and I did for years) knows this was a toxic soup from day one. Some idiot reporting that the heap from Hell is just clean and safe as momma’s laundry……….should have been shot. Fact is, many of these men rushed in to save lives, not considering the consequences, same as those that rushed up the stairs of the World Trade Center buildings.

    Don’t even get me started on this story……………it makes me sick to think of it.
    Thank God they are finally going to get some frickin’ help.

  105. A well heeled Wharton PHD who used to be my friend before we got into a knockdown drag out over Obama on our way to the primary polling place. Our friendship never recovered. In any even my Obama loving ex friend is a big proponent of illegal immigration he sounds almost as bad as Guterriez on the left or Grover Norquist on the right. His wife made a compelling argument to me the other day since she and I still exchange pleasantries. The sum and substance of what she said was if we did not have illegal immigration then lettuce would go up to $10 a head. I asked her what the increased pressure on our safety nets and tax liabilites would cost. She had no idea, but her main concern was that goddamned head of lettuce. Sometime back she and her hubby decided to take full advantage of the fruits of illegal immigration. They cut a special deal with a Russian contractor to do their condominium over on the cheap. This contractor had to do the project over four times, and it turned out to be a bad deal after all. Unfortunately, their attitude is typical of alot of intellectuals with a few dollars in their pocket. Let the bad guys do whatever they want as long as they do not scare the horses. Thanks to their benign neglect everything goes to hell while they wander around like Mr. Magoo.

  106. wbboei
    December 23rd, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Shadowfax: here is the article you inquired about:

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    Thanks wbb – I did read that one.

  107. Bill Clinton Planning Massive 65th Birthday Bash

    (Los Angeles, CA) — Former President Bill Clinton is said to be organizing a big 65th birthday celebration for himself.

    “Life & Style” magazine reports that Clinton plans a huge concert in his honor at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

    The magazine says Clinton’s camp is in talks with several top acts, including Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.

    Numerous other events and parties are also reportedly in the works surrounding Clinton’s birthday, which doesn’t happen until August 19th of next year.

    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=375266

  108. “The magazine says Clinton’s camp is in talks with several top acts, including Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.”
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    WOW! Springsteen and McCartney were huge Obama supporters and I imagine huge donors as well.

    Springsteen made the bigger fool of himself practically in tears on election night playing a stupid concert dedicated to the “one”.

    If Clinton managers to steal their support away from BO- then it’s game on… everyone!

    Wonder how he feels now that his boy has turned into the biggest laughing stock on the planet as the ‘big do nothing’ that does nothing for the people who elected him?

  109. WOW! Springsteen and McCartney were huge Obama supporters and I imagine huge donors as well.
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    So why would he do business with them? There must be accountability.

  110. jbstonesfan
    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    He is gloating over these lame duck accomplishments and portraying his 2 yrs as the greatest of any president in modern times…the man’s hubris makes me want to vomit.
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    Agreed.

    NPR was fellating Vacation Boy, as having pulled off “a string of victories” after being a beaten man just a few weeks ago.

    Then they delved into that more of this was actually Harry Reid’s victory, and that Republicans were crossing the aisle for their own reasons for different bills.

    NPR also mentioned that the volume of bills being passed in a lame duck session was “historic”, which to me meant the only way Dems can pass bills is in the middle of the night when they are no longer seeking office.

    So let Vacation Boy (11 or so days in Hawaii) run away again, after all “his hard work”. Let hime think that he’s The Real Comeback Kid. Let his media mouthpieces try to paint him as “competent” and a “doer”; since he is neither, the illusion cannot be perpetuated for too long.

    Let’s see, his “biggest achievement”, the health care fix, is such a badly cobbled together piece-of-shit legistlation that it is falling apart in front of our eyes, even before the rubber hits the road in 2014 (when major parts of it go into effect).

    His Stimuls Bill didn’t.

    And to me, an important factor is not being reported. Democrats were furious that they were excluded from Obama’s high school clique with Republicans when negotiating the tax rate extensions. As leader of his party, he is persona non grata, he is AWOL. Yet this does not equate with him being on good terms with Republicans either; they used him in the negotiations, and will continue to play him like a dime store violin. “Hey, this thing never plays in tune. The only song it can play is ‘My Cheating Heart’ “.

    I see our role here as ombudsmen of the mainstream media, calling them out when they no longer serve the public, but serve as an extension of the government and for their own personal advantage.

    And I think we’re doing……. a heckuva job!!!

  111. SOME PERSPECTIVE ON VACATION BOY’S “WINNING STREAK”

    dailycaller.com/2010/12/22/obamas-lame-duck-wins-likely-to-be-a-blip-on-the-map-in-2012/

    Obama’s lame duck wins likely to be a blip on the map in 2012
    ================================

    By Jon Ward
    12/22/2010

    Washington has rushed to declare President Obama a political Lazarus based on an active and successful lame duck session of Congress that saw tax rates extended for two years, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and will likely on Wednesday add the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

    But Obama’s accomplishments are likely to be mere foothills compared to the heights that the president and Congress will be forced to scale in the months ahead. The impact of the lame duck on his reelection prospects in 2012 will almost certainly be small.

    “It’s given him a good post-election boost. Obviously he just came through a very difficult midterm election. I think the passage of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a major victory, not just for the president but for the country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, in an interview with The Daily Caller.

    “That being said, none of that guarantees any kind of smooth sailing next year. We’re going to face some very tough decisions right out of the box,” Van Hollen said, pointing to the debate in March that will ensue when the government’s funding runs out, requiring another continuing resolution.

    Van Hollen said he expects incoming House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, to push for reducing spending to 2008 levels in the new CR. Boehner, however, has not said when he will try to make significant spending cuts, and there is a good chance he could do so even sooner than March.

    Also in the spring, the national debt is likely to be nearing its current ceiling of $14.3 trillion, requiring an act of Congress to raise it. Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, who served as a co-chair of Obama’s deficit commission, has predicted a “political bloodbath” during this debt limit fight.

    In fact the debate over how to solve the nation’s debt problem and runaway entitlement spending will begin in February when Obama releases his proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year that begins in October.

    And it’s likely that the budget, CR and debt ceiling fights will be just the beginning of a tumultuous year that could make the lame duck’s relative bipartisan spirit a quickly forgotten relic.

    Ed Gillespie, one of the Republican Party’s foremost political strategists, told TheDC that Obama’s lame duck wins are “going to be overtaken by events.”

    “The shelf life of this stuff is not very long, other than the tax cuts,” said Gillespie, who like many conservatives believes that having the debate all over again in 2012 whether to extend all tax rates or let top earners face an increase is to the GOP’s advantage.

    Obama and Democrats believe they will have a winning argument in casting the Republicans as fighting for the rich to receive tax breaks. The more important question is actually whether the economy improves, and whether the tax deal reached this month is perceived to have helped it do so.

    “I suspect it will help him a bit, because I think the tax deal will help the economy, which will be a key, and probably a decisive, factor in 2012,” said Pete Wehner, a former White House adviser to President George W. Bush.

    “I think Obama is in better shape at the end of December than he was at the mid-point in November — but he’s still not in particularly strong shape,” Wehner said by e-mail. “And unlike Bill Clinton, who was free of HillaryCare (because it was never passed into law), Barack Obama is stuck with ObamaCare. And that, I think, will hurt him quite a lot.”

  112. Question: What is the difference between Obama at work in Washington DC and him on vacation in Hawaii?

    Answer: It’s warmer in Hawaii.

  113. Well I want to take this time to wish all my friends and fellow Hillary supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The New Year hopefully will see our girl in achieve her destiny, because if she doesn’t we might as well start learning to speak Chinese, Russian or Venezuelan…LOL!

    I also hope you all have been enjoying your Christmas holidays as much as I have…there’s just nothing like working the emergency room in East Texas…its a laugh a minute! Of coarse we have serious ones that are really sad, but the funny ones are priceless. Someday I think I’ll write a book about my life as an xray tech in the Piney Woods! LOL!

  114. JENNIFER RUBIN PUNCTURES THE “COMEBACK KID” BALLOON

    voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2010/12/psst_theres_no_obama_comeback.html

    Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/23/2010
    Psst, there’s no Obama comeback
    By Jennifer Rubin
    I’m getting whiplash trying to follow the Democrats’ talking points. First, it was a disaster when Obama agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts. Obama was a wimp. Then it was a horrid error to allow the omnibus spending bill to die (and with it all that funding for ObamaCare). The White House, liberals complained, also blew it on the DREAM act. And now, presto: Obama has mounted a phenomenal comeback!

    Not exactly. The sources of the left’s delight — repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and ratification of the New START treaty — are irrelevant to the vast majority of Americans. Voters care, as the Democrats should have but refused to learn during the referendum of 2010 (the midterms results were, one wit cracked, “a restraining order” on liberal statism), about the economy, jobs and the growth of government. These are far and away the most important issues in every credible survey, and will be the focus of the Republicans’ 2011 agenda.

    And if the highlight of Obama’s term, according to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was the “historic” ObamaCare legislation, then the highlight could soon be extinguished. Obama’s central domestic achievement is facing judicial scrutiny, a Republican onslaught to repeal, or at least defund, it, and a public that has never “learned” to love the bill.

    Only inside the Beltway could the passage of an arms control treaty and repeal of DADT consume so many for so long and result in such exaggerated punditry. Would Republicans have traded wins on DADT and START for their wins on the DREAM act, the tax deal and the omnibus spending bill? Not in a million years.

    But liberal media mavens have a narrative that resists “bad news” (i.e. scandals, polling, the Tea Party movement) that suggests trouble for the Obama administration. They also confuse legislative achievement with political success. If passing stuff was the secret to a political comeback, then the Democrats after ObamaCare and the stimulus plan would have had the greatest year ever.

    Obama may yet stage a comeback. But to do that, he’ll have to do what the left loathes — cut domestic programs, rework entitlement programs, stand up to foreign adversaries (Obama’s legacy is irretrievably ruined if Iran gets the bomb on his watch), cut back on growth-restricting regulations and keep tax rates low. And so long as unemployment remains at historic highs, Obama’s chances of re-election remain poor.

    But as long as the left wants to succumb to conservatives on the issues that voters care most about — taxes and spending — I suppose conservatives should keep mum. So let’s keep this just between us.

  115. Mrs. Smith

    Those fat slugs in Congress should all suffer the same fate.
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    Yes, they should. Drawing the line in the sand on these heroes, shows their true intention of grabbing money for themselves and their friends and screw everyone else.

    Throw all the bums out!!!

  116. confloyd
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    Well I want to take this time to wish all my friends and fellow Hillary supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    &&&&&&&

    Thank you, and best wishes to you and everyone here too!

    This is a nice group of folks here.

  117. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a fabulous holiday to all! I thought I’d share a little Christmas humor, since I have a ferret:

    Giftwrapping Instructions for Ferret Owners:

    1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.
    2. Go to closet and collect bag in which present is contained, and shut door.
    3. Open door and remove ferret from closet.
    4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.
    5. Go back and remove ferret from cupboard.
    6. Go to drawer, and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc…
    7. Lay out presents and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping strategy to be formed.
    8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove ferret that has been in the drawer since last visit and collect string.
    9. Remove present from bag.
    10. Remove ferret from bag.
    11. Open box to check present, remove ferret from box, replace present.
    12. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.
    13. Try and smooth out paper, realize ferret is underneath and remove ferret.
    14. Cut the paper to size, keeping the cutting line straight.
    15. Throw away first sheet as ferret chased the scissors, and tore the paper.
    16. Cut second sheet of paper to size – by putting ferret in the bag the present came in.
    17. Place present on paper.
    18. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present. Wonder why edges don’t reach. Realize ferret is between present and paper. Remove ferret.
    19. Place object on paper, to hold in place while tearing transparent sticky tape.
    20. Spend 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent sticky tape from ferret with pair of nail scissors.
    21. Seal paper with sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.
    22. Look for roll of ribbon. Chase ferret down hall in order to retrieve ribbon.
    23.Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.
    24. Re-roll ribbon and remove paper, which is now torn due to ferret’s enthusiastic ribbon chase.
    25. Repeat steps 13-20 until you reach last sheet of paper.
    26. Decide to skip steps 13-17 in order to save time and reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper. 27.Retrieve old cardboard box that is the right size for sheet of paper.
    28. Put present in box, and tie down with string.
    29. Remove sting, open box and remove ferret.
    30. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for locked room.
    31. Once inside lockable room, lock door and start to relay out paper and materials.
    32.Remove ferret from box, unlock door, put ferret outside door, close and relock.
    33. Repeat previous step as often as is necessary (until you can hear ferret from outside door)
    34. Lay out last sheet of paper. (This will be difficult in the small area of the toilet, but do your best)
    35. Discover ferret has already torn paper. Unlock door go out and hunt through various cupboards, looking for sheet of last year’s paper. Remember that you haven’t got any left because ferret helped with this last year as well.
    36. Return to lockable room, lock door, and sit on toilet and try to make torn sheet of paper look presentable.
    37. Seal box, wrap with paper and repair by very carefully sealing with sticky tape. Tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst areas.
    Label. Sit back and admire your handiwork, congratulate yourself on completing a difficult job.
    38. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and feed ferret.
    39. Spend 15 minutes looking for ferret until coming to obvious conclusion.
    40. Unwrap present, untie box and remove ferret.
    41. Go to store and buy a gift bag.

  118. Janet the system worked Neopolitano is back in the headlines scolding a reporter for doing his job–telling us what the family of a border agent murdered by drug gangs in the state where she used to be governor told him in a moment of candor. . . . http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/12/23/napolitano-scolds-reporter-airing-complaints-dead-border-agents-family/

    Question: Is there no end to the proverbial wisdom of this dysfunctional idiot? Evidently not. We are fortunate to have someone whom by her own uncorroborated testimony works day and night doing things which make us safer which she cannot describe in detail. That is our que to say something supportive like– amazing or we are in safe hands with Janet. Unfortunately that was not the case with the border agent, but she did post warning signs so she is covered. Right?

    But I suppose there is a case to be made for Janet. After all if she told us all the wonderful things she is doing to protect us while her boss plays golf and enjoys Christmas reveries, it could help the bad guys in their quest to destroy us. A cynic might well respond just having good old incompetent Janet in that position is all the help the bad guys need.

  119. The problems with the START Treaty and Who Sold Out. They need to clean out their sewer, since there is little evidence that the dimocratic party will do it before 2012.
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    With the new Republican power in Washington, it is doubly important to keep a close eye on the doings of GOP Senators and Congressmen to spot those who are straying from orthodoxy, seduced by power and the insider clubiness that characterizes Washington.

    In the Lame Duck session, we want to draw attention to six Republican U.S. Senators who voted with the Democrats on a key issue. We should all bear their apostasy in mind and, in particular, make them mindful of the possibility of primary challenges to their re-nomination.

    Two Senators, in particular, deserve to have primary challengers take them on in 2012 — Tennessee’s Bob Corker and Mississippi’s Thad Cochran. Both men voted for the START treaty which conceded a permanent edge in nuclear weaponry to Russia. While the Treaty provided for equal and reduced stockpiles of strategic warheads, it did nothing to address the vast piles of tactical nuclear warheads held by the Russians. The Russians have 10,000 of these battlefield nuclear weapons piled up in the stockpile while we have only a few hundred.

    In addition, START’s preamble blocks the U.S. from developing missile defenses, now especially important in light of North Korea’s and Iran’s expanding capacities.

    Both Corker and Cochran face re-election in 2012. They should both be challenged for the nomination by men who put our need for national security above appeasing the Russians. Having suppressed democracy, wiped out free speech, taken over all the media, nationalized their oil and energy industry, invaded Georgia, enabled the Iranian nuclear program, and tried to establish a natural gas monopoly in Europe, what else does Putin need to do before Corker and Cochran realize that appeasement won’t work?

    Bob Corker’s vote for START probably stems from the insider-old boy network on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on which he sits. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who also voted for START, sits alongside him on the Republican minority on the committee. Led by Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking GOP member on the panel, all three voted for START. Unfortunately, Isakson is not up for re-election until 2016. When he does come up for re-election, we hope that the citizens of Georgia’s Republican Party hold him to account.

    Lamar Alexander, also of Tennessee, backed START and faces re-election in 2014.

    In a previous column, we called attention to the defections of Republican Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Crapo of Idaho from the ranks of fiscal conservatives. Both Coburn and Crapo voted for the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Commission which recommended cutting the deductions for home mortgages and charitable contributions by two-thirds for most taxpayers and urged the enactment of almost $1 trillion in new taxes.

    Coburn and Crapo only announced their intention to endorse the Commission report after they had been re-elected on November 2, 2010. Now they are safe in their seats until 2016. But we hope to be still writing columns by then and will remind the voters of those two conservative states how ill-served they were by their Republican senators.

    So who sold out?

    Thad Cochran, Mississippi
    Bob Corker, Tennessee
    Mike Crapo, Idaho
    Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
    Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
    Johnny Isakson, Georgia

    Let’s remember.

    Read more: http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2010/12/morris-which-republicans-sold-out.php#ixzz18y9IL2AU

  120. Rove is stirring the pot again…

    Karl Rove: I ‘Suspect’ Hillary Clinton Will Be A Presidential Candidate In 2016

    GOP strategist Karl Rove predicted on Wednesday that Hillary Clinton will be back on the presidential ticket in 2016.

    “I suspect she will be a candidate. I suspect she is going to think about being a candidate in 2016, and we’ll know by about 2014,” Rove said on Fox News. “If she leaves the administration in 2014 or 2015, in order to give herself a chance to write a book about her experiences and reconnect with the grassroots, then she might entertain it.”

    Clinton has repeatedly denied any intention to seek the nation’s highest office again. Earlier this month, she insisted that Secretary of State would be her “last public position,” and said she anticipates a return to advocacy work after leaving the administration.

    But those claims weren’t good enough for Rove, who, making some quick calculations, noted that Clinton would be just 69 come election time in 2016 — younger than John McCain was in 2008.

    “She’ll be younger in 2016 than John McCain was when he ran, and she will — I suspect — be a big presence on the Democratic scene.”

    McCain was 72 when he lost the presidential election in 2008.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/23/karl-rove-hillary-clinton-2016_n_800770.html

  121. In Praise of Hillary Clinton

    December 23, 2010 10:56 A.M. By Duncan Currie

    At the end of 2009, President Obama was weathering criticism for his excessively deferential approach to China and his shortsighted neglect of India. At the end of 2010, his administration deserves much credit for toughening its stance toward Beijing, affirming its commitment to a robust strategic partnership with New Delhi, and boosting America’s security posture across the region.

    Three U.S. officials deserve particular recognition: Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and Kurt Campbell, the last of whom is Foggy Bottom’s top diplomat for East Asia and the Pacific. Without much domestic fanfare, they have been working aggressively to counter Chinese influence and promote what George W. Bush once called “a balance of power that favors freedom.”

    Indeed, over the past seven months, Team Obama has (1) established a new defense framework with Indonesia; (2) announced the resumption of military exchanges with the Indonesian special forces; (3) led multinational peacekeeping exercises in Cambodia; (4) conducted the first joint U.S.-Vietnam military drills since the 1975 fall of Saigon; (5) launched a high-level defense dialogue with the Vietnamese government; (6) obtained membership in the East Asia Summit; (7) tightened financial sanctions against North Korea; (8) bolstered the U.S. alliance with South Korea — and sent a blunt message to Pyongyang and Beijing — through a series of large-scale war games; (9) completed (albeit after much unnecessary haggling) a U.S.-Korea free-trade deal; (10) formalized a new strategic partnership with New Zealand; (11) expanded defense cooperation with Australia; (12) signed a raft of bilateral economic agreements with India while also relaxing curbs on U.S. high-tech exports to the South Asian giant; (13) endorsed a permanent Indian seat on the United Nations Security Council; and (14) held trilateral talks with Tokyo and Seoul.

    When it comes to Asian alliance management, Hillary has been superb. I recently chatted with two former Bush-administration Asia hands — both hawkish conservatives — who lavished praise on Clinton for her stewardship of U.S. diplomacy in the Far East. One of them had previously told me that Hillary’s July 2009 speech to the ASEAN Regional Forum (delivered just two months after Pyongyang’s second nuclear test) was “the best statement on North Korea strategy in the past 20 years.”

    Addressing that same forum in July 2010, Clinton characterized the ongoing South China Sea territorial disputes as a matter of U.S. national interest and urged a peaceful, multilateral resolution in accordance with international law. Her remarks were greatly appreciated by the ASEAN countries (especially Vietnam) — which have grown tired of frequent Chinese bullying — but they triggered howls of outrage in Beijing, which considers virtually the entire body of water to be its own sovereign jurisdiction. More recently, after a Sino-Japanese maritime incident near the Senkaku Islands (located in the East China Sea and claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo), Clinton angered the Chinese by assuring Japanese foreign minster Seiji Maehara that the Senkakus were protected under the 1960 U.S.-Japan defense treaty. She reiterated that pledge during her October 27 press conference with Maehara in Honolulu. As an Economist correspondent noted, “This drove Chinese diplomats slightly up the wall.”

    To be sure, Hillary has sought to deepen U.S. engagement with China on a wide range of issues, but she has also pursued a vigorous campaign to strengthen American relations with other Asia-Pacific countries, including both longtime allies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) and emerging powers (India, Vietnam, Indonesia). This, essentially, was the Bush strategy. On North Korea, the Obama administration has actually been “more hardline, more conditional, more neoconservative than Bush was during the last four years of his term,” former CIA analyst Bruce Klinger said recently.

    Repeated North Korean and Chinese provocations have obviously made it easier for Hillary & Co. to enhance U.S. partnerships throughout the region. But Clinton should be applauded for her diplomatic spadework, which reflects a tough-minded realism. “Much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia,” she declared on October 28. All the more reason to commend her achievements.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/255885/praise-hillary-clinton-duncan-currie

  122. The empty words and refusal to talk in specifics about what is being done to protect our borders, to save the lives of our border control agents and citizens against a tide of violence stemming from the invasion of our southern border by murderous drug gangs is so typical of the benighted Obama administration. At least they are consistent: is ALWAYS about words, NEVER about deeds; ALWAYS about lofty intentions, NEVER about specifics; ALWAYS about rhetoric, NEVER about RESULTS; ALWAYS about photo ops, NEVER about problemsolving; In sum, these people are a mile wide and six inches deep and the first task of big media propangandists like Brian Williams is to hide this glaring fact from the American People. With Williams and his cohorts at NYT, CNN, ABC it is NEVER about the truth patriotism and journalism, it is ALWAYS about money and censorship of anything that conflicts with their narrative.

    http://www.foxnews.com/

  123. wbboei
    December 23rd, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    WOW! Springsteen and McCartney were huge Obama supporters and I imagine huge donors as well.
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    So why would he do business with them? There must be accountability.
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    Where are the Rules stated you speak of?

  124. wbboei
    December 23rd, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    Where are the Rules stated you speak of?
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    The principle of reciprocity.
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    You volunteer a false premise when you cannot state how
    either celebrity has directly affected Bill Clinton negatively.

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