The Dark Lord And The Unforgiven

The Dark Lord and his army of Hopium Guzzlers, go along Inferi, and Big Media false Prophets, maintained a death grip on the ministry bureaucrats in 2010. By “Dark Lord” we do not reference skin color but rather recall the malevolent Riddle at the center of the Harry Potter book series.

The Dark Lord, the horrid being called Lord Voldemort, is the vortex for evil against good in the seven part Potter books. The “good guys” in the series are wise Professor Dumbledore and young students Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and the good-hearted but often dim-witted Ron Weasley. In the fifth chapter of the penultimate Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince we find Harry, Hermione, and Ron discuss a bit of Dumbledore wisdom.

For a long time in their young lives the trio of students and their Headmaster Albus Dumbledore have struggled to warn the world of the rise of the Dark Lord, Voldemort. For their efforts they are despised and derided, at the moment. Dumbledore understands why:

“And what about Percy?” asked Harry; the third-eldest Weasley brother had fallen out with the rest of the family. “Is he talking to your mum and dad again?”

“Nope,” said Ron.

“But he knows your dad was right all along now about Voldemort being back–”

“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right,” said Hermione.”

Those who were mocked for telling the truth without shame are harder to forgive than those who have been proved wrong because those who spoke up are a constant reminder that the truth was visible and ready to be spoken. The “no one could have known or foreseen” excuse cannot be employed by the duped or the deceptive as long as the “right” witnesses remain. Those who cannot be forgiven for being right – are a rebuke by our very presence.

Those few who have the right to say “I told you so” about destructive Barack Obama do not need or want or will accept “forgiveness” from the criminal and the insane who vouched for a Hope that we knew was false and a Change we knew was a turn for the worse.

One year ago, we wrote our prediction for 2010: “When you elect a boob, expect boobery. We expect a lot more boobery.” Unforgiven truth.

In that same article we unforgivably wrote:

“The boobery will continue with the Obama health scam. The boobery will continue. The insanity will not stop. The insanity will have to be stopped.

The insanity will be stopped with sanity. It will begin with massive Dimocratic defeats in November 2010.”

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But tonight and tomorrow are not the time to dwell on the evils in the night. These are the days to look to the lessons of the past in order to have a better future. Look to the lessons of the past and learn. Look to the future and rededicate.

So tonight we raise a glass full of good cheer and songs in praise of real hope for real change and unwavering love for the possibilities of tomorrow – and drink deep. We’ll think of those still with us, those in shadow, and those who one day we hope to see again.

In her column today, Peggy Noonan discusses Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne:

“And then they’ll play that song: “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne?” [snip]

“Auld Lang Syne”—the phrase can be translated as “long, long ago,” or “old long since,” but I like “old times past”—is a song that asks a question, a tender little question that has to do with the nature of being alive, of being a person on a journey in the world. It not only asks, it gives an answer. [snip]

The question it asks is clear: Should those we knew and loved be forgotten and never thought of? Should old times past be forgotten? No, says the song, they shouldn’t be. We’ll remember those times and those people, we’ll toast them now and always, we’ll keep them close. “We’ll take a cup of kindness yet.” [snip]

But “the interesting, more serious message in the song is that the past is important, we mustn’t forget it, the old has something for us.”

So does the present, as the last stanza makes clear. The song is not only about those who were in your life, but those who are in your life. “And there’s a hand, my trusty friend, and give a hand of thine, We’ll take a right good-will draught for auld lang syne.”

The past, the present, the future all merge every moment of our lives. It is on New Year’s Eve that we are reminded of this truth. It is on New Year’s Eve that we embrace those still with us, and embrace the memory of those not physically present. For Auld Lang Syne.

Happy New Year!



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  1. A toast to ADMIN all the 44 warriors, past and present, and those to come, may we find renewed inspiration and real hope in the coming year!

  2. Thanks admin, for providing a wonderful and fitting metaphor ending 2010 passing into the New Year of 2011.

    So much has happened although seemingly at a snail’s pace. The most striking happening is that people are becoming more aware of the un-American austere political climate that has taken over our government and as they are soon to realize, greatly affecting their way of life.

    Thank you for being an oasis of hope for all of us that still believe one day our heroine, Hillary will ascend the OO pulling us back from the brink of our country’s destruction. Restoring through her political vision the advocacy and respect of our Constitutional values including Freedom, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Happy New Year admin.. and many thanks for all you do!

  3. To Obama Mouse and 2012

    The best laid schemes of mice and men
    Gang aft agley,
    An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
    For promis’d joy!

    Still thou are blest, compared wi’ me!
    The present only toucheth thee:
    But och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects drear!
    An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
    I guess an’ fear!–for the country

  4. A Union Boss In Charge of Procurements? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
    Red State

    If you’re anything like me, until today, you probably had very little idea what the Government Printing Office is all about. And, because there are more important things in life than keeping track of every little-known governmental agency and the administration’s various political appointees, you might have missed the White House press release letting us know that President Obama just made a whole bunch of recess appointments on Wednesday.

    One of those recess appointments, as it turns out, is the appointment of William Boarman, one of eight sector vice presidents with the Communications Workers of America. The President, it seems, has opted to bypass the Senate (again) and appointed Boarman to head the Government Printing Office as the Public Printer of the United States.

    Another presidential appointment of another union boss to a position of power…So, what’s new? [At least, that was sort of my reaction until looking into the GPO a bit further.]

    As it turns out, the Government Printing Office is a kind of a big deal in that there are (shall we say) opportunities for unions to benefit from Boarman’s appointment. You see, the GPO, according to its website is:

    …[T]he Federal Government’s primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating, and preserving published information in all its forms. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government.

    In other words, the GPO is the Big Brother version of Kinkos. It is charged with printing just about everything the government puts out, from the federal register to passports. However, there are also agencies that ‘do their own thing’ in-house or through outsourcing via ‘waivers’ they are granted. As one printing-industry insider explains:

    The federal government is a multi-trillion dollar operation. Yet, only about 1 billion dollars total in printing is produced or procured by GPO. Estimates have been made over the years as to how many billions of dollars escape GPO. No one really knows, because no one has kept close control over waivers, or, for that matter, has a full list of all of the waivers granted. One estimate is that there are over 25,000 federal in-house printing plants doing upwards of $20 billion in printing. Think what GPO control over this printing could do for the federal government, the tax payers, the GPO, and, very importantly for all of us in the printing industry. If there is less than $100 billion in commercial printing available, add in $20 billion in federal work and bingo – tens of thousands of private sector printing jobs would be saved – enough perhaps for the White House to crow about.

    Bingo indeed! If there is $20 billion worth of printing work that may be out there that Mr. Boarman can get his hands on in his new role, that’s a lot of work…a lot of work that could go to his union buddies. [It’s not like this hasn’t already been established with the Obama Administration.]

    Earlier this year, when the Senate was considering Boarman’s nomination, Bret Jacobson of the free-market communications firm Maverick Strategies wrote at BigGovernment why Boarman may be Obama’s pick for the GPO job:

    [D]espite his assurances to the contrary, isn’t there reason to wonder whether this member of the Communications Workers of America won’t try to steer projects to unionized printers, in-source more work away from the private sector, or apply “prevailing wage” rules on taxpayer-funded projects?

    It certainly appears possible that, in the relatively unknown position of the Public Printer, Boarman could have the ability to steer work to his union cronies in the printing industry and, for the most part, escape much public scrutiny.

    One last note: The White House’s press release touted the fact that Boarman is ”chairman of the CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan, a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan with assets of $1 billion.” Of course, the White House press release neglected to mention the fact that the pension fund that Mr. Boarman is chairman of is currently listed in ‘Critical Status” and has increased the early retirement age while cutting back on its pension payouts.

  5. Very good year-end question from Digby:

    CBS News did something really, really unusual for a major news organization. It published an article about what Wikileaks has revealed. Evidently, CBS is not of the opinion that their job is to conceal these things from the public, which is fairly unique.

    Ask yourself why it is that our governing institutions and major corporations believe they have a right to keep all this from you.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20026591-503543.html

  6. Mrs. Smith
    December 31st, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    Happy New Year, moon

    Happy 1011- has got to be a better year, I hope!
    &&&&&&&&

    And I look forward to the Battle of Hastings in 55 years… :^)

  7. Ohanson, does Digby say the same thing about Obama’s birth certificate, public papers, school materials, etc.? We doubt Digby has written “Ask yourself why it is that Barack Obama believes he has a right to keep this from you.”

  8. Happy New Year everyone! Admin thankyou for all you do to keep us Hillary supporters fed with hope…the REAL hope!

    2011 has to be better for everyone because it just can’t get any worse!

    Hope everyone stays safe…I had to work late as the wacko’s are out in full force beginning at midnight last night…so everyone be careful!

    A toast to Bill and Hillary the “true americans”, with the spirit of America and the stamina to keep up all their good works! Clink!!

  9. On May 26-27, 1789, Friedrich Schiller delivered a lecture on Universal History at Jena University. It was his first lecture in his new position as Professor of History, a post which Goethe had arranged for him (though without compensation), in January of that year. The young Schiller’s reputation was already such, that, for his first lecture the classroom was filled to overflowing. A virtual march of hundreds of students occurred in the street, much to Schiller’s amusement, to secure a larger classroom, before Schiller could begin.

    Here are some snatches, as if overheard:

    … Even that we found ourselves together here at this moment, found ourselves together with this degree of national culture, with this language, these manners, these civil benefits, this degree of freedom of conscience, is the result perhaps of all previous events in the world: The entirety of world history, at least, were necessary to explain this single moment.

    He concluded with:

    All preceding ages, without knowing it or aiming at it, have striven to bring about our human century. Ours are all the treasures which diligence and genius, reason and experience, have finally brought home in the long age of the world. Only from history will you learn to set a value on the goods from which habit and unchallenged possession so easily deprive our gratitude; priceless, precious goods, upon which the blood of the best and the most noble clings, goods which had to be won by the hard work of so many generations! And who among you, in whom a bright spirit is conjugated with a feeling heart, could bear this high obligation in mind, without a silent wish being aroused in him to pay that debt to coming generations which he can no longer discharge to those past?

    A noble desire must glow in us to also make a contribution out of our means to this rich bequest of truth, morality, and freedom which we received from the world past, and which we must surrender once more, richly enlarged, to the world to come, and, in this eternal chain which winds itself through all human generations, to make firm our ephemeral existence.

    However different the destinies may be which await you in society, all of you can contribute something to this! A path toward immortality has been opened up to every achievement, to the true immortality, I mean, where the deed lives and rushes onward, even if the name of the author should remain behind.

    “The past, the present, the future all merge every moment of our lives. It is on New Year’s Eve that we are reminded of this truth. It is on New Year’s Eve that we embrace those still with us, and embrace the memory of those not physically present. For Auld Lang Syne.”

    God bless us everyone.

  10. Happy New Years, fellow HRC44’ers!!

    and now, for something completely different:

    tv.gawker.com/5719321/the-best-cat-videos-of-2010-in-90-seconds

  11. admin, Good point. I very rarely read Digby, so have no idea how she stands with Obama. It was that CBS published that article that struck me. In fact, I almost put up the CBS link with a comment that maybe someone had been drinking, or an editor had taken off early, accounting for the article slipping into print. But I was lazy and just copied the way I got it.

    Truth be told, I’m not 100% sure wikileaks isn’t a limited hangout op. We live in confusing times, and sometimes I’m really naive. But I think wl is overall a positive move in waking up “the masses,” so I was glad to see that get published.

  12. rgb44hrc
    December 31st, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Happy New Year,rgb44hrc. Glad your health is returning and your feeling fiesty again-

    great pic you posted, very handsome… 😉

  13. After outcry over Clinton, Obama unlikely to campaign for Rahm
    By: Meredith Shiner
    December 31, 2010 02:24 PM EST

    CHICAGO — Though Rahm Emanuel holds a commanding lead over his rivals in the latest polls, his path from the White House to the Chicago mayor’s office leads straight through a political minefield: the city’s African-American community.

    Last week, when former President Bill Clinton announced he would campaign for Emanuel in the Windy City, the two prominent black candidates running against Emanuel were outraged. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) declared that if Clinton came to support Emanuel, one of his former White House advisers, it would be an “overt” move “to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s black community.” And former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, reminding the former president of the bruising 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, warned that “Clinton should remember South Carolina, where he played the race card painting Obama as ‘the black candidate.'”

    But the strong reaction to Clinton from the black community — as “parachuting in” for the “anointed” candidate — also serves as a harsh reminder to the city’s native son President Barack Obama, who cut his political teeth in Chicago, hired Emanuel as his chief of staff and gave Emanuel his blessing to run for mayor, that getting involved with politics here can be complicated.

    Despite strong ties to the Windy City — it is widely reported to be the home base for his 2012 reelection campaign — and his 80 percent approval rating among African-Americans, the president most likely won’t travel home to campaign for his former chief of staff. Chicago’s mayoral race has exposed long-standing friction between the city’s white political power base and its black community after years of tenuous but productive peace under the stewardship of outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    And many close to Chicago politics point to Obama’s complex political and racial history here — from the trouncing he received in 2000 when he ran for Congress against Bobby Rush, a respected African-American politician and former Black Panther. And given his relationships with party movers and shakers, the president has taken a hands-off approach in endorsing other Illinois Democrats since leaving for Washington as a senator in 2004 and winning the presidency in 2008.

    By most calculations, Emanuel will have to claim at least a portion of the black vote to win the mayor’s race outright and avoid a runoff. But black leaders see a wide-open race and their best chance to reclaim the legacy of the late Harold Washington, the city’s first African-American mayor.

    The Clinton announcement last week — and the intense negative reaction it evoked here — exposed one of the unspoken truths known since November by local politicians and aides: That from here on, the only Chicago-based campaign Obama likely will participate in is his own.

    “This Clinton imbroglio solidifies the strategy that already appears to be in place,” said one Chicago political operative following the mayor’s campaign.

    “[Obama] did enough. He gave his approval. He said Rahm would make a terrific mayor,” the operative said. “What Rahm can do is to do direct mail off those comments into black communities especially, places like Hyde Park or Bronzeville where they might be more amenable to Obama’s endorsement or Rahm’s candidacy.”

    Obama took a similar tack when Alexi Giannoulias — the Democrats’ 2010 Senate nominee — ran for state treasurer in 2006.

    A senator at the time, Obama appeared onstage when Giannoulias announced his candidacy, then largely faded into the background. But Obama left behind enough sound bites for the Giannoulias camp to use as endorsements in the campaign, helping catapult his former basketball buddy into office.

    Observers say Emanuel’s campaign, for example, could take video of the president praising Emanuel at his departure ceremony and use it for instant endorsements: clip, distribute and repeat.

    In 2008, Obama also sidestepped endorsing a candidate in the special election to fill the congressional seat Emanuel vacated to serve as his chief of staff. And in 2010, though Obama eventually did travel home to stump for Giannoulias in his failed Senate bid, it was only after months of holding out — and when it became clear, late in the campaign — that Democrats were in danger of losing the president’s old seat.

    Endorsements in Chicago can be tricky — and not just because of the fallout faced by a relative outsider like Clinton from politicians like Davis or Moseley-Braun. For Obama, being a product of the political system here means he is also caught in the intricate web that seemingly binds all of Chicago’s Democratic political powerbrokers.

    Davis, for example, was a co-chairman of Obama’s 2004 statewide Senate campaign. Alice Palmer, one of the co-chairs of Davis’s mayoral campaign, held the state Senate seat Obama won in 1995 by disqualifying the incumbent from the ballot for filing a faulty nominating petition. Moseley-Braun, like Obama, was a history-maker in the U.S. Senate, becoming the first and only African-American woman to ever serve there.

    Yet even without coming back to his home city, Obama and his Chicago-based 2008 campaign for president is shaping the way candidates are approaching the mayor’s race.

    Those closely following the election talk about the “Obama model” of victory — solidifying a core base, then building enough momentum to pick off voters at the margins from other groups. In 2008, Obama had the core of progressive and black voters and built from there.

    For Emanuel, in Chicago, he must solidify his base and then try to win enough black and Latino voters from a crowded field of minority candidates, including Davis, Moseley-Braun, former Daley chief of staff and Chicago schools chief Gerry Chico and Chicago City Clerk Miguel de Valle.

    At the same time, the well-connected Emanuel is likely to dominate campaign fundraising — his prowess at raising money very likely will give him access to millions, a huge advantage in this race. Other candidates point to Obama’s grass-roots 2008 presidential campaign as a model for doing more with less money.

    “What I’ve got to do is find, organize and get out the vote better than any opponent — and that costs money — but that doesn’t cost millions upon millions of dollars,” said Davis campaign manager Jason Perkey, citing his candidate’s built-in strengths with Chicago voters. “I can tell you that emphatically because it was organization that won all of those caucuses for Obama.”

    Meanwhile, the final few days of 2010 are proving to be the most chaotic yet in the race to fill the seat held for decades by Daley.

    Friday is the last day that candidates can receive an unlimited amount of money from any given donor, pursuant to new campaign reform laws signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last December.

    Additionally, there is building pressure for one of the two top black candidates, Davis or Moseley-Braun, to drop out of the race. The Rev. James Meeks dropped from the race earlier this month and called for the community to coalesce around a “consensus candidate” in order to give that person a greater chance at victory.

    Just this week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson jumped into the fray to serve as a mediator in meetings between Davis and Moseley-Braun, looking to broker one of their withdrawals.

    But Jackson’s move has upset others in the black community, which selected Davis as its “consensus candidate” in November after a coalition of dozens of elected officials, pastors and business leaders conducted an exhaustive interview process of potential candidates. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition had voters on the panel, according to sources close to the process.

    “I find it disheartening that people say there is no consensus candidate because someone is violating that process,” said Eddie Read, a coalition member and chairman of the Black Independent Political Organization and Black United Communities. “Now, after we closed the process, Jesse Jackson has unilaterally called them in…. It is Sen. Braun who should be looking at getting out of the race, because she is not the consensus candidate.”

    Read noted that the coalition would be holding a private meeting before the new year and would reconvene publicly either Monday or Tuesday not only to resolve the issues between Davis and Moseley-Braun but also to unveil an agenda that community members hope all the candidates will embrace.

    What happens over the next few days within the black community could have serious implications on Emanuel, who despite a 23-point advantage in a recent poll, still needs more than 50 percent of the vote on Feb. 22 to avoid a runoff.

    Emanuel is pulling 19 percent of the black vote, second only to Davis, at 21 percent. And 30 percent of Chicago voters, according to the poll, still are up for grabs.

    If you see Rahm’s number going down in the black community as a result of one of the two black candidates dropping out, it could be a sign that that dynamic is taking shape,” said one operative not affiliated with a campaign.

    “It’s almost never enough to be against something; you have to have something to be for — you have to have something to go to,” he added, questioning whether a voter backlash against Emanuel could stall the former chief of staff’s momentum. “That’s where this consolidation can come in, if you can have someone emerge from the black community.”

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=3DE34907-0EE7-216C-24ECEDDB6D450F52

  14. “The difference between the work of the 111th Congress and that of either the Great Society or New Deal is that the latter were bipartisan and in the main popular. This Congress’s handiwork is profoundly unpopular and should become more so as its effects become manifest.”
    ————————
    The Liberal Reckoning of 2010
    The year voters saw the left’s unvarnished agenda and said no.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent out a press release last week headlined “111th Congress Accomplishments.” It quoted a couple of Democratic Party cheerleaders calling this the greatest Congress since 1965-66 (Norm Ornstein) or even the New Deal (David Leonhardt), and listed in capital letters no fewer than 30 legislative triumphs: Health Care Reform, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a Jobs Package (HIRE Act), the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Food Safety, the Travel Promotion Act, Student Loan Reform, Hate Crimes Prevention, and so much more.

    What the release did not mention is the loss of 63 House and six Senate seats, and a mid-December Gallup poll approval rating of 13%. Never has a Congress done so much and been so despised for it.

    While this may appear to be a contradiction, it is no accident or even much of a surprise. The liberal wing of the Democratic Party had been waiting since the 1960s for its next great political opening, as we warned in an October 17, 2008 editorial, “A Liberal Supermajority.” Critics and some of our readers scored us at the time for exaggerating, but in retrospect we understated the willful nature of that majority.

    Democrats achieved 60 Senate votes by an historical accident of prosecutorial abuse (Ted Stevens), a stolen election (Al Franken) and a betrayal (Arlen Specter). They then attempted to do nearly everything we expected, regardless of public opinion, and they only stopped because the clock ran out.

    The real story of 2010 is that the voters were finally able to see and judge this liberal agenda in its unvarnished form. For once, there was no Republican President to muddle the message or divide the accountability. The public was able to compare the promise of 8% unemployment if the government spent $812 billion on “stimulus” with the 9.8% jobless result. They stood athwart liberal history in the making and said, “Stop.”

    Note well, however, that the Democrats still standing on Capitol Hill remain unchastened. In her exit interviews, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would do it all the same way again, and her colleagues have seconded her lack of remorse by keeping her as their leader despite their November thumping. Her consolation to defeated Democrats was not to invite them to the House caucus meeting when she denounced President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans.

    Note, too, that the organized left and its media allies are also beginning to rewrite the story of the 111th Congress as an historical triumph. The same people who claimed that ObamaCare was a defeat because it lacked a public option are suddenly noting it will put 32 million more Americans on the government health-care dole. It won’t be long before liberals and the press are defending the 111th Congress’s every achievement as historic.

    There is a lesson here both about modern liberalism and for Republicans who will soon have more power in Congress. For today’s left, the main goal of politics is not to respond to public opinion. The goal is to impose the dream of an egalitarian entitlement state whether the public likes it or not. Sooner or later, they figure, the anger will subside and Americans will come to like the cozy confines of the cradle-to-grave welfare state.

    This is the great Democratic bet with ObamaCare. The assumption is that once the benefits start to flow in 2013 the constituency for “free” health care will grow. As spending and deficits climb, the pressure for higher taxes will become inexorable and the GOP will splinter into its balanced budget and antitax wings. A value-added tax or some other money-machine will pass and guarantee that the government will control 40% to 50% of all economic resources.

    If the price of this bet was losing control of the House for a moment in time in 2010, Mrs. Pelosi’s view is so be it. You have to break a few Blue Dog careers to build a European welfare state. Liberals figure that as long as President Obama can be re-elected in 2012, their gamble will pay off and the legacy of the 111th Congress will be secure. The cheerleaders will write books about it.

    The lesson for Republicans is to understand the nature of their political opponents and this long-term bet. The GOP can achieve all kinds of victories in the next two years, and some of them will be important for economic growth. But the main chance is ObamaCare, which will fundamentally change the balance of power between government and individuals if it is not repealed or replaced.

    While repeal will no doubt founder in the Senate in the next two years, Republicans can still use their House platform to frame the debate for 2012. They can hold hearings to educate the public about rising insurance costs and other nasty ObamaCare consequences. And they can use the power of the purse to undermine its implementation.

    The difference between the work of the 111th Congress and that of either the Great Society or New Deal is that the latter were bipartisan and in the main popular. This Congress’s handiwork is profoundly unpopular and should become more so as its effects become manifest. In 2010, Americans saw liberalism in the raw and rejected it. The challenge for Republicans is to repair the damage before it becomes permanent.

  15. Forget the liberal hype about a comeback: 2010 was a stunningly bad year for Barack Obama, and 2011 could be even worse
    By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: December 31st, 2010

    Barack Obama on holiday in Hawaii (Photo: AFP)

    Ignore the revisionist hype in sections of the liberal media about President Obama staging a (mythical) political comeback – this is a presidency with an approval rating of 45 percent (according to the RealClear Politics poll of polls), that presides over a nation where just 27 percent of voters think the country is moving in the right direction, and which just 29 percent of Americans think will be returned to power in 2012. The White House may be claiming a couple of political wins in the dying embers of the lame duck Congress after expending a great deal of political capital in the Senate over the reckless ratification of the Moscow-friendly START Treaty and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but these are issues barely on the radar screens of most American voters in the lead-up to 2012, an election which will be dominated by the economy and health care reform.

    The political landscape still looks strikingly bleak for the “transformational president” as he goes into 2011. 2010 was a stunningly bad year for Barack Obama, no matter how much the likes of The New York Times or The Washington Post might try to sugar coat it. Here are four key reasons why it was a year Obama will want to forget:

    1. The midterm elections were a defeat of epic proportions for the Obama Presidency

    When Barack Obama spoke of a “shellacking” at the midterms, it was a huge understatement. The Republicans scored a significantly bigger win than they did in 1994, with their biggest gain in the House of Representatives in 62 years – since 1948. Fortunately for the Democrats, just 37 Senate seats were up for election, preventing what would have been an almost certain handover of power in the upper house too. Republicans also made huge gains at the gubernatorial level, with the GOP now holding 29 governorships to the Democrats’ 20. Republicans also picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, the highest figure in the modern era.

    2. Conservatism grew increasingly dominant in America

    The midterms were certainly no flash in the pan, but part of a broader conservative revolution that swept America in 2010. As a recent Gallup survey showed, 48 percent of Americans now describe themselves as “conservative”, compared to 32 percent who call themselves “moderate”, and just 20 percent who call themselves “liberal”. Conservatives now outnumber liberals by nearly 2.5 to 1, a ratio that is likely to increase in 2011. The percentage of Americans who are conservative has risen six points since 2006 and eight points since 1994. Barack Obama, the most liberal US president of the modern era, has a natural liberal constituency comprised of just one in five Americans, which certainly does not bode well for 2012.

    3. The Left lost ground and engaged in a brutal civil war

    2010 was a monumentally bad year for the liberal establishment in the United States, not only in electoral terms but in terms of increasing divisions within its ranks, as well as the continuing decline of the “mainstream” liberal media. Conservative media, from Fox News to The Wall Street Journal, have had a tremendous year, increasing market share while establishment giants from CNN to network news outlets continue to decline. The White House unwisely took on Fox in a major offensive, and spectacularly lost. Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and a constellation of conservative talk show hosts have had a bumper 2010. In the meantime, America’s disillusioned liberal elites are increasingly aiming their fire at each other, in scenes reminiscent of the bloodthirsty finale of Reservoir Dogs. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman perfectly captured the brutal post-midterm atmosphere on the Left in a fiery broadside against the president: “Whatever is going on inside the White House, from the outside it looks like moral collapse — a complete failure of purpose and loss of direction.”

    4. The Tea Party became more powerful than the president at the ballot box

    The Tea Party was the big victor of 2010, and spectacularly humiliated the White House by running rings around it. A small grassroots movement with barely any resources evolved into the most successful US political movement of this generation, sparking a national protest against the Big Government policies of the Obama administration, and a powerful call for a return to America’s founding principles. The Tea Party was initially mocked and jeered by its political opponents, including the president, but later came to be feared by the Left as it flexed tremendous political muscle. As I noted in September, a CNN poll showed that “while just 37 percent of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate if backed by Barack Obama, a far larger 50 percent will vote for a Tea-Party endorsed candidate.” The Tea Party continues to gain momentum following the midterms, where it scored significant successes, and a late November USA Today/Gallup poll showed the Tea Party virtually neck and neck with President Obama in terms of voter opinion on who should influence government policy.

  16. Obama unlikely to campaign for Rahm……..

    ……………………………………………..

    He was never going to in the first place, this is a big get out clause for him to make him seem like he is deferring because of problems of the fake racism coming from the likes of DD and CMB. Obama hates Rahm for ditching him.

  17. Dec 31, 2010

    TV crew claims harassment while trying to get shot of Obama

    It’s getting rough out there on President Obama stakeout duty.

    A public access television crew in Hawaii is claiming police mistreatment and gashed fingers as it tried — unsuccessfully — to get a vacation shot of Obama.

    KITV of Honolulu is reporting:

    Sherri Kane, who describes herself as an investigative journalist, looked into the camera and said, “Behind us we have the Secret Service following us now so this is kind of exciting.”

    Exciting turned to scary after they pulled into a gas station. On their video, a police officer approached the car and said, “Stay in the car. Put that camera off of me.”

    The women said police vehicles and up to five officers surrounded the car, demanded IDs and registration without explanation. Then without warning an officer reached into the car and grabbed Jones’ camera.

    “He grabbed it out of my hand and then he slammed it on top of the car,” Jones said. She said the camera was damaged — the automatic lens cover no longer worked.

    Jones’ fingers were gashed by the sharp edge on the camera mount. She said the officer appeared shaken by what he’d done and courteously showed her how to complain, writing his name and badge number on a card with contact information for the Honolulu Police Commission.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/12/tv-crew-claims-harassment-while-trying-to-get-shot-of-obama/1

  18. Poll: Obama gets no bump from lame duck “accomplishments”

    December 31st, 2010

    Despite his having hailed the lame duck session of the 111th Congress as “the most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades,” President Obama failed to realize a spike in his approval ratings, according to a year-end Gallup poll.

    Obama’s “season of progress” witnessed passage of a repeal of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, a 9/11 first responders’ bill, and perhaps most significantly ratification of a treaty with Russia to limit nuclear arms, but voters are apparently unfazed. His approval rating for the period from December 26 through 28 remains stubbornly mired at 47%.

    Gallup does acknowledge a bright side to the numbers, citing the fact that Obama’s voter approval ratings remained level following Democrats’s “shellacking” in the November midterm elections. Writes Lydia Saad, of Gallup:

    Most presidents whose party suffers major midterm losses see their approval ratings fall.

    At the same time, the lack of the bump that the White House and Democratic pundits were expecting makes the outcome a wash.

    The obvious reading is that Americans remain first and foremost focused on the jobless rate, which remains at 9.8%, and on the economic outlook as a whole, which continues to be gloomy. In any case, it appears that the proclamations of Obama’s “comeback” may have been premature.

    http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-national/poll-obama-gets-no-bump-from-lame-duck-accomplishments

  19. The truth lies somewhere between what Krauthammer says and what Morris says below. What Morris fails to adequately consider is the ability of the left to recast failure as success, and the ability of big media to control the public mind. In 2008, 58% of the electorate, all supposedly adults, totally fucking lost their minds to the siren song of big media. Some people will tell you this only happens once. Or fool me once shame on you; fail me twice shame on you. If the public were rational that might be true. Unfortunately they are not. Even though Obama is incompetent, and even though that incompetence–or worse will destroy the lives of millions of people because we really are in a depression, recent history suggests that when the chips are down more than half the country has no ability to judge competence. They think he is cute, or he will rob Peter to pay Paul, and that is as far as it goes. You think I am kidding? Whom do you think they just voted the most admired man in the world. QED.
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    Republicans Have Obama on the Run
    Moving to the center is not a two-dimensional process. It has a third dimension: the difference between strength and weakness.

    In the course of coming in from the cold of his extreme far-left positions, the president looks like a wimp, abandoning his long-held views in the face of electoral defeats, adverse court rulings, recalcitrant Democrats, and strong, united Republican opposition.
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    And wimps don’t win.

    When Bill Clinton moved to the center, he arrived in triumph. After vanquishing the Republican Congress during the government shutdown of 1995-96, he agreed to a balanced-budget deal with Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott. But it was his deal, along his lines, on his principles.

    When he signed a welfare reform bill, he did so after beating back and vetoing two Republican bills that coupled reform with harsh cuts to Medicaid. After he got a bill on his own terms, he signed it.

    Barack Obama’s “compromise” with the Republicans over the Bush tax cuts is no more of a compromise than was the deal Emperor Hirohito cut with Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the deck of the battleship Missouri after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a surrender, not a compromise.

    Obama is checkmated as long as Republicans hold firm, challenge him on solid grounds anchored in public opinion. He can either lose the election of 2012 because he is an obstinate ideologue who won’t compromise and won’t abandon his socialist principles or he can lose it because he does surrender and is too weak to be president.

    He does not have a third option — winning the budget fights and winning re-election — as long as the Republicans properly mount their challenge, because public opinion, the essential element for victory, is not with him.

    Americans want spending cuts, not tax increases.
    Americans believe that cutting spending is more important even than cutting the deficit.
    Americans oppose Obamacare.
    Americans are against letting the Environmental Protection Agency impose carbon dioxide restrictions without consulting Congress.
    Americans are against unilateral National Labor Relations Board action to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections.
    Americans oppose earmarks.
    Americans do not want the Federal Communications Commission to limit or censor talk radio.
    These are the grounds for our battles in 2011-2012. It is on this turf that the Republican House majority must fight.
    The fearful “moderate” Democratic senators will cave in. And then Obama will be forced to surrender because public opinion is not with him. You can govern by ignoring what Americans think if you have a majority. But not if you don’t.

    And with each surrender, over his desire to raise the debt limit without mandated spending cuts, over his support for bailing out states in trouble, and over his demand to raise taxes in the 2012 budget, Obama will get weaker.

    His inability to fight and win the war on terror and his choice to become mired in Afghanistan with no real plan for winning will contribute to the image of weakness.

    In 2012, he will face America denuded of all the programs he passed in 2009-2010, with an economy only slightly improved but with at least 7-8 percent unemployment, and with a manifest inability to measure up to the job of president.

    Most presidents face a challenge of weakness. With Eisenhower, it was his refusal to stand up to Joe McCarthy. With Kennedy, it was his inability to pass legislation. With Nixon, it was his inability to get ahead of the Watergate scandal. With Ford, it was his helplessness in the face of inflation. With Carter, it was the hostage crisis. With Reagan, it was his failure to control the Iran-contra affair. With the elder Bush, it was his passivity on the economy. With Clinton, it was the flip-flopping early in his presidency.

    With Obama, it will be his retreat in the face of the Republican counterattack of 2011.

  20. JanH
    December 31st, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    Poll: Obama gets no bump from lame duck “accomplishments”
    ————————–
    Jan, there are times when I love to be wrong. Let us hope the above is one of them.

  21. December 30, 2010

    The Incarceration of John Walker Lindh
    Obama and the Boy in the Metal Box
    By MICHAEL TEITELMAN

    On December 3, President Obama exercised the constitutional power of pardon for the first time in his presidency. He could not have made a more politically and morally inconsequential use of this power. Sadly, it is another manifestation of the Obama administration’s inability to take a forthright stand on serious, contentious issues and then face down the hissy fits of Republican politicians and the braying of Fox News pundits.

    Obama pardoned nine individuals. In the oldest case (1960), a man had been sentenced to two years probation for violation of a liquor law. In the most recent case (1998), a man was sentenced to five years probation and fined $71,000 for making false statements to the FDA. Three individuals were convicted of drug related offenses and imprisoned for 30 days, one year, and two years. A fourth was on probation for 3 years.

    The most novel case was a man convicted in 1963 of mutilating coins. He was put on probation and fined $20. When he discovered in 2005 that he still had a criminal record, he applied for a pardon. He told the Washington Post that he had been a soldier making $68 a month and that GIs stretched their pay by trimming pennies down to the size of dimes to save money at the laundromat.

    These pardons did not stimulate public discourse; they promoted no political or moral value beneficial to the republic. As for grants of clemency and commutations of prison sentences, which usually attract some degree of public attention, there were none.

    If the objective was to skirt controversy and prevent further loss of Obama’s political capital, the administration was successful. They downplayed these pardons by announcing them on a Friday afternoon, a surefire way to minimize media coverage. The administration seemed to be operating on the principle the best defense is to give no offense.

    One possible rationale for this caution may have been the specters of Willy Horton, Mark Rich, and Scooter Libby that have haunted executive pardons. Horton raped and murdered when he was freed on a furlough program instituted by the Massachusetts governor, Michael Dukakis. Republican operatives played the race card ruthlessly to sink Dukakis’s presidential campaign. Clinton pardoned Rich and his business partner in the final hours of his presidency thereby drenching himself and the Justice Department in the stench of pardoning rich financiers who had fled prosecution to live an opulent life in Switzerland. It had to be supremely disconcerting for Eric Holder, a man of measured thoughts and words, to confess to impulsive decisions and lapses in judgment during his confirmation hearing in 2008.

    As for Scooter Libby, the issue lives on in the memoirs of Bush junior and the snarls of Dick Cheney. Bush’s commutation rescued Libby from serving a thirty month sentence. However, Bush did not go all the way; he left penalties in place that disqualified Libby from the practice of law. Now he has to settle for being a rich Republican lobbyist rather than a rich Republican lawyer. To this day it galls Cheney that he could not rescue his compatriot in war and disorder.

    So Obama played it safe by granting pardons notable principally for their banality. That is not to say that these individuals were undeserving or that there is something indecent about pardoning ordinary citizens who have lived exemplary lives since their encounters with the criminal justice system. Yet this squanders a unique opportunity to address important moral and political issues.

    The prevailing public understanding of pardon and clemency is that these are acts of forgiveness and, rarely, rectifications of past injustice. A pardon is a special, rare benefit which the president bestows on deserving individuals. Rich and Libby’s pardons were offensive because they were undeserved. However, even these foul pardons had their silver lining. They forced the public to consider who these men were, why they had access to high government officials, and, more generally, how the “justice system” operates.

    This contemporary view of pardon as the president’s merciful gift to deserving individuals is at odds with how the constitutionalists of 1787 understood this power. Considering their wariness of the concentration of power in government, it is noteworthy that the Constitution places the power to pardon entirely in the hands of the president who does not require the agreement of the legislature or the judiciary. Neither branch can rescind a presidential pardon.

    The constitutionalists conceived of pardon as a useful instrument of governance when exigencies arise requiring prompt and decisive action. When necessary, the president could bypass the wrangling and delay inherent in the deliberations of Congress. In the first use of the power, Washington deflated an anti-tax insurrection, the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791, by issuing pardons which removed the threat of prosecution. He granted pardons not because they were deserved but because they served to restore domestic tranquility. They were political in intent and in result.

    If Obama had, like Washington, chosen to act boldly, he would have used his constitutional power to address serious issues facing society with the moral force of determined presidential leadership, the kind of leadership, for instance, that is needed to update and reinvigorate the American public’s recognition of racial injustice.

    One example of how Obama has forgone use of the pardon power as a political instrument pertains to the enforcement of drug laws. For years there has been wide spread recognition of the injustice of drugs laws that impose much longer prison sentences for offenses involving crack cocaine than for powder cocaine and of laws that mandate severe minimum sentences. The crack/powder disparity has sent large numbers of people to prison for horrifyingly long imprisonments.

    Since crack is a drug for poor people, the heaviest punishments fall disproportionately on people of color. Obama has criticized the drug laws, noting that “If you’re convicted of a crime involving drugs, of course you should be punished. But let’s not make the punishment for crack cocaine that much more severe than the punishment for powder cocaine when the real difference between the two is the color of the skin of the people using them”.

    While Obama and Congress followed through with the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, the new law gave no relief to individuals sentenced under the old laws. Among the more than 5000 clemency applications awaiting review, there are more than a few people who have already been imprisoned many more years than the new law calls for, who still face many more years in jail, whose conduct has been exemplary, and whose release will endanger no one.

    Obama might have used his power to commute the sentence of Hamedah Hassan, a middle aged woman who was convicted of a non-violent crack conspiracy charge in 1993. She was not a drug user; this was her first criminal offense; she was only peripherally connected to drug related activities of people in her extended family. She has served 17 of a 27 year sentence. If the cocaine had been in powder form, she would already have been released. She has maintained close connections with her now adult daughters and her granddaughter and has completed a paralegal training course. Her clemency application has broad support in her community. The federal judge who originally sentenced her publicly supports her clemency application.

    If Obama had pardoned Hamedah Hasan and a few other individuals with similarly compelling cases, the announcement of clemency could have been trumpeted rather than dribbled out on a Friday afternoon. Obama could have occupied the political space that he has yet to fully own: the bully pulpit of the presidency. He could have directed, however briefly, the attention of the media and the populace away from the tawdry politics of deficits, taxation and partisan bickering to the racial injustice and the unfairness in the legal system that plague American democracy. He would have signaled to agencies like the U.S. Sentencing Commission and federal parole boards, his support for their treating people kindly and fairly. He could have pressed the case for revision of discriminatory state drug laws. With pardons like these, Obama would be acting like the president that we hoped we were getting.

    Would such commutations stir up political commotion? One would hope so. Right wing extremists would probably attach a “Soft on Crime” tag to their “Soft on Socialism” anti-Obama effigies. GOP troglodytes who came up politically playing the race/crime card would leap to distort and smear. Serious issues would be joined. Obama would have spoken to the American people’s sense of fairness and displayed his commitment to fight racism.

    Indeed, all of this would have been as simple as Politics 101 compared to the impossible but noble case of clemency for the Boy in the Metal Box.

    From the start, Obama has been disappointing in addressing conflicts between constitutional government and the rule of law versus the operations of the military and intelligence organizations. In its pronouncements, the Obama administration takes the middle path: both civil liberties and counter-terrorist security imperatives must be considered. In the abstract, this is coherent and defensible. But in practice, the administration places the prerogatives of the security organizations ahead of civil liberties. It decided against releasing documentation, photographs, and information about rendition, secret CIA prisons, and torture by U.S. government personnel. It failed to investigate up the military and intelligence chains of command to identify the officials who condoned or promoted interrogation methods on the “dark side” It sidestepped prosecuting CIA officers who defied a court order to preserve videotapes of prisoners’ torture. The Justice Department has repeatedly invoked the “state secrets exception” to exclude evidence from trials that would reveal official malfeasance.

    Obama has yet to make an assertion of executive power which clearly and convincingly demonstrates his readiness to protect constitutional government from the predations of the national security organizations. Yet sitting in the pile of clemency applications on his desk is the opportunity to do exactly this.

    Clemency for John Walker Lindh would open up to public scrutiny an outrageous injustice that high officials in the Bush administration deliberately perpetrated on an American citizen after the 9/11 attacks. It would expose how they covered up their illegalities by betraying the legal professionalism of the Justice Department and by imprisoning their victim behind prison walls for half his life. Commuting his sentence would not only rectify a little noticed and long forgotten injustice, it would also ignite a firestorm of political debate about constitutional rights, liberties and the “war on terror”. Indeed, John McCain and hawkish Republican politicians would go ballistic. But the American people would have to pay attention to what has been done in the name of national security.

    John Walker Lindh is now in the ninth year of imprisonment in a federal penitentiary in Terra Haute, Indiana. After his capture in Afghanistan in November 2001, Lindh was introduced to the American people with a nametag John Ashcroft glued to him: “American Taliban”. He was displayed in a photograph as a filthy, bedraggled man looking dazed and half dead after surviving weeks of horrific violence and deprivation. Tied up in a metal box for several days, Lindh was exposed to frigid weather, denied medical treatment for gun shot wounds and intestinal disease, forced to urinate on himself, and threatened with execution.

    Lindh was locked away and forgotten, but he is a critical figure in the degradation of the rule of law after 9/11. As the very first detainee in Bush’s wars, he was a sign, little understood at the time, of what was to come, and a pristine example of how constitutional rights fare in the hands of cynical political leadership amidst societal hysteria and paranoia.

    Lindh was a late adolescent religious wanderer from California who literally arrived in the wrong place at the wrong time. After several years of study in the Moslem world, he enrolled in a Pakistani madrasah where he was recruited to join a multi-national group of Islamic jihadis defending the Taliban regime against a coalition of Northern Front warlords. He arrived in the north on September 6, 2011. Despite the image of Lindh as a fanatic jihadist, he had no connection with al Queda; America was not yet at war with the Taliban; he never fired a shot at an American soldier.

    Shocked by the 9/11 an attack, Lindh was stranded in the mountains unable to defect safely from the Taliban or to surrender to an Afghan warlord renowned for brutally murdering his prisoners. He was captured in early December and handed over to the U.S. military. He was transported back to Virginia where he was arraigned on a ten count indictment in a Virginia federal court in February, 2002 and faced a sentence of more than 40 years.

    The government interrogated Lindh without legal representation during the 8 weeks from capture to arraignment. His request for a lawyer was ignored; lawyers retained by his parents were prevented from meeting him. These blatant violations of his fifth and sixth amendment rights served a specific purpose. In 2001, Lindh was a unique intelligence asset because the U.S. military knew next to nothing about the Taliban. Lindh was milked for what he knew. The interrogations also produced a self-incriminating record which would give Ashcroft, Cheney, and Rove the conviction they had publicly demanded.

    The administration’s coverup began even before Lindh returned to the United States. A Justice Department lawyer in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office warned that the interrogation violated professional norms and departmental procedures, that it would produce inadmissible evidence that could jeopardize the prosecution, and that it might result in criminal charges against Justice Department personnel. Ashcroft dismissed the message and the messenger, Jesselyn Radack, who, Ted Kennedy observed, “was effectively fired for providing legal advice that the department didn’t agree with.” Lindh’s interrogation continued without lawyers. Congressional investigation of Radack’s dismissal was thwarted by the disappearance of departmental e-mail records.

    But the cover up did not end there. Lindh’s trial was looming. His lawyers moved to exclude transcripts of the illegal interrogations. The government knew that the defense would produce evidence about Lindh’s treatment, the denial of legal counsel, and coerced self-incrimination. On a Friday, three days before the exclusionary hearing, the government suddenly offered a one-time non-negotiable deal.

    Lindh could plead to one count of violating an executive order prohibiting material support to an organization banned by the State Department; he would serve twenty years in prison and forego the right to appeal. Lindh had three days to decide that in the prevailing climate of hysteria and paranoia, a trial would pose a serious risk of a forty year term. So he accepted a deal that would silence him.

    At the sentencing, he expressed regret for his decision to join the Taliban and condemned al Queda’s attack on innocent people. Furthermore, the judge made clear that Lindh had no role in the death of a CIA agent at the time of his capture. This was the only occasion on which Lindh has spoken publicly. Then the Bureau of Prisons designated him a threat to national security which allowed him to communicate only with his parents and lawyers, who in turn were prohibited from speaking with journalists about their meetings with him. The coverup worked. The government silenced Lindh and buried their misconduct.

    Whether Lindh’s twenty year sentence is reasonable or excessive is arguable but irrelevant. More significantly, his sentence was the fruit of the deliberate violation of his constitutional rights. Had he been advised by his lawyers before the interrogation, he almost certainly would have received a much shorter prison term. His lawyers could have negotiated a more favorable plea bargain with much less prison time because Lindh had information the government wanted very badly and he had absolutely no reason to withhold cooperation. This is what Ashcroft et al wanted to prevent. They would have lost their chance to demonstrate their “toughness” by locking the American Taliban away for two decades.

    Lindh has to serve eleven more years unless Obama intervenes. Although commutations are rare even in obvious cases of serious injustice, Lindh’s case is exceptional. Unlike other wrongly convicted prisoners, Lindh’s core constitutional rights were squashed to promote war. Political advantage, not security, was the priority, as it often is when aggressors invoke claims of safety to curtail civil liberties.

    Clemency for Lindh would be a bold, controversial act, which may not be in Obama’s chemistry. Still, it would be a dramatic use of the pardon to put the Constitutional government and the rule of law at the center of public debate and to confront prevailing political winds which threaten individual rights and liberties. No one is better suited intellectually for this battle than the professor of constitutional law from Chicago. The question is whether he can muster the passion to do battle in defense of the values presently at stake.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/teitelman12302010.html

  22. wbboei,

    Do you see Hillary staying much longer? I’m tired of reading the “she is stepping down” and “Richardson might take her place” gossip. I also worry that obama will throw her and Bill under the bus to save himself before this is all over.

    What do you think?

  23. This was 1999 and Florence, Italy. We’re sitting in a small restaurant. Looked like it was family run. Children were running around. The dad came to our table and chatted while the daughter ran off to the kitchen with our order. Then came the best gnocchi I have ever eaten. Mid-way a 7-8 year old cute little kid from the street came by selling red roses. I melted and bought a rose for few hundred more lira than necessary. Then there was a lull and I turn around to see the mother come out of the kitchen and sit by the wall. Something about her moved me — she looked happy, gentle, wise, and above all else approachable. I went up to her and gave her the red rose that was in my hand and said ‘she reminded me of my mother.’ The daughter translated my English and the mother’s face broke into a million smiles.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Admin and everyone!!

    Off to a night hike with my husband and our hiking buddies. We will ring in the new year somewhere in the mountains.

  24. That video reminds me of a wonderful restaurant in Central Park called Tavern On The Green, which is gone now I believe.

  25. JanH, Obama won’t throw overboard until after 2012 if he is re-elected or she does pursue a challenge, thats the only 2 scenarios, he cannot dump her as she is more popular than he is. Either way she is out in 2012, he wont need her after that.

    She’s the only one holding his administration, if she goes, the whole ship collapses and he knows it.

  26. moon,

    I hope you are right. He is such an idiot that who know what he will do. I was hoping he wouldn’t run again but his ego is so big he thinks he’s a shoe-in.

  27. Do you see Hillary staying much longer? I’m tired of reading the “she is stepping down” and “Richardson might take her place” gossip. I also worry that obama will throw her and Bill under the bus to save himself before this is all over.

    What do you think?
    ——————
    I do not know. But if I were to guess, I would say she will leave at or near the time that Gates leaves, which I believe will be sooner, rather than later, but sometime in the first half of 2011.

    I would be curious to know what she told Monster Jarrett when the monster demanded to know what her plans were for 2012. The monster is a clear and present danger to this country. She is corrupt and is also a racist, as noted before. The last person in the world to be running government–especially with the problems we are facing as a country.

  28. Gosh, in the holiday rush I lost track of where Messiah Obama and his Cecil B DeMille cast of thousands of big media hangers on are spending New Years Eve at taxpayer expense, while average people deal with the realities of a deep recession. Wherever it is, whatever Eden, whatever Mecca, whatever Medina, it is, for that one evening at least, the center of history, the center of power, the center of religion, the center of learning, in short the center of the universe by virtue of his holier than thou presence. There is only one god Obama, and Big Media is his prophet.

    I wish them all a Crappy New Year.

    The crappier for them, the better for the American People.

  29. Happy New Year!!! May the Force be with us

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind ?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and days of auld lang syne* ?
    CHORUS:
    For auld lang syne, my jo,
    for auld lang syne,
    we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    for auld lang syne.
    And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
    and surely I’ll be mine !
    And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    for auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    We twa hae run about the braes,
    and pu’d the gowans fine ;
    But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
    sin auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
    frae morning sun till dine ;
    But seas between us braid hae roar’d
    sin auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
    and gie’s a hand o’ thine !
    And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
    for auld lang syne.

  30. Jesus, I caught 5 minutes of “Monique” the comedienne on TV ,what a racist insane woman. There were about a thousand people in the audience, 99.9 % black, and she went on and on about hating white people and at one point was singing the praises of Nat Turner for wanting to kill all whites. Now think if a white person got on TV and said this shit. Big names were in the audience and they were loving it!

  31. Jesus, I caught 5 minutes of “Monique” the comedienne on TV ,what a racist insane woman. There were about a thousand people in the audience, 99.9 % black, and she went on and on about hating white people and at one point was singing the praises of Nat Turner for wanting to kill all whites. Now think if a white person got on TV and said this shit. Big names were in the audience and they were loving it!
    ———————————–
    Very cathartic I am sure. But what will they do they do for an encore? Kill all whites? I would hope not. She said it and thy laughed, and it was just a joke. Right? But many a truth is said in jest. The more interesting question is this: if one of them decided to act upon this racist impulse which they think is hilarious, would Eric Holder refuse to investigate because the victims were white? If he is consistent, and follows his position on black on white violence at the voting booth, then the obvious answer would be yes. What would the white response be to that? And how many centuries will pass before we get another black president? These are serious questions in the age of Obama. They are not as ridiculous as they may sound human nature being what it is.

  32. And by the way, what a wonderful way for them to ring in the New Year.

    Interestingly, the story I heard was that when Michelle made those statements which appeared on the so-called whitey tapes, there was real concern that she had committed a hate crime. The language of those statute is pretty broad. I am told that she sought legal counsel to advise her and defend her if those tapes had come out. I never heard them myself, but I know of three different people who heard them on different occasions, hence there is zero doubt in my mind that they existed at one time. I was also told that the New York Times, and others bought those tapes so they could bury them. Big media did not want to admit they existed and so the public never learned what was in Michelle’s cold heart. As I recall, she talked about moving black crime to white neighborhoods so it would get media attention it deserved. Depending on how that point is made it could be defensible. But everyone who heard it was shocked by the virulent racism she conveyed. And that is undoubtedly why they took the further step of lawyering up.

  33. What now comes newly dressed up as a “regulation”—thus bypassing the Legislative branch—will, under conditions of brutal austerity policies, and in combination with the Independent Payment Advisory Board already known as a death panel, create a deadly mechanism, subordinating the value of human life to the question of cost.

    – Black dude on “The World In Review,” http://www.larouchepac.com/node/17056

    Kinda looks like he’s on TV. Phuque Monike and that whole slice of consensus reality. I’m pushing back.

    (Absolutely no offense at all intended to you guys. I hate TV and the manipulation of popular opinion!)

  34. Republicans Have Obama on the Run–Morris
    ——————————————
    Yup. Yessiree! They sure do. And I am so excited about it.

    After agreeing to a trillion dollar stimulus in exchange for a 2 year tax freeze the Republicans have got him on the ropes. They own the process. Big media will recant. Ya sure youbetcha.

    Let me be perfectly clear about this: Obama will self destruct. He is what he has always been, i.e. a flake. And for all their lies and twistifications, big media cannot prevent it.

    Thus, the real question is whether the Republicans are dumb enough to save him. Time will tell.

  35. Republicans Have Obama on the Run–Morris
    ——————————————
    Yup. Yessiree! They sure do. And I am so excited about it.

    After agreeing to a trillion dollar stimulus in exchange for a 2 year tax freeze the Republicans have got him on the ropes. They own the process. Big media will recant. Ya sure youbetcha.

    Let me be perfectly clear about this: Obama will self destruct. He is what he has always been, i.e. a flake. And for all their lies and twistifications, big media cannot prevent it.

    Thus, the real question is whether the Republicans are dumb enough to save him. Time will tell.

  36. by the Obama’s diktat
    the Berwick was installed

    by the Obama’s diktat
    again avoiding congress
    the regulations
    installed

    incentivizing
    that doctors annually
    pressure the vulnerable
    to end their lives

    the Berwick says
    unwanted procedures
    a form of assault
    economic waste

    advance directives
    reduce care
    leading to lower
    cost

    but
    Obama Bomber
    you are not
    in our family

    what is your thing
    with all the killing
    we want
    you out.

  37. I’m sorry but how racist is this, if all the white candidates had done this to get all the “white” votes they would be screaming blue racist murder………and now they absolutely expect all the black votes to go to her now. I guess those that don’t will be Uncle Toms. Its about time this shit stopped and they were called on it.

    ……………………………………………………………….

    CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Rep. Danny Davis withdrew his candidacy from the Chicago’s mayor race Friday, leaving former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun as the only remaining prominent black candidate in the campaign.

    Davis, who announced his decision alongside Braun at a New Year’s Eve news conference, said the decision was an act of unity for blacks in the city. The two Democrats had been under pressure from African American leaders in the city for weeks to agree on a so-called consensus candidate to unify black votes.

    “I come to help prove that unity can be more than a concept, he said. “It is more than just an ideology. The community is coming together.”

    Some black leaders believe it is necessary for a unity black candidate to compete against former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, former school board president Gery Chico and others in the campaign to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley.

    The idea is that too many black candidates will split black votes and decrease the chance for representation. More than one-third of the city’s 3 million people are black.

    Davis and Braun appeared together along with Democratic state Sen. James Meeks, who withdrew his candidacy last week with a statement that blacks in Chicago are divided and the other black candidates should drop out. Both Davis and Braun had said they were in the race to the end.

    “People thought we would be divided and this would be a bitter campaign among African Americans,” Meeks said. “We have a lot of problems in our community . . . and the last thing we wanted was this division to continue.”

    Davis declined to elaborate on why he dropped out rather than Braun, simply calling her the best candidate among the three of them. He touted Braun’s experience in public office. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney and state lawmaker, and was ambassador to New Zealand.

    “Chicago has never had a more qualified, a more pedigreed, a more experienced person to go into City Hall and sit on the fifth floor,” Davis said.

    Braun said she was grateful for the support and endorsements from Meeks and Davis and would turn her attention to issues facing Chicago residents including public schools and affordable housing.

    “We have a challenge before us to achieve unity, that starts here tonight, but also achieve unity for the whole city,” she said.

    All three said their decision came after meeting for hours Friday and other meetings this week. On Wednesday, the candidates and their supporters held a four-hour meeting brokered by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Immediately afterward, however, neither candidate said they were budging from their determination to stay in the race.

    A Chicago Tribune/WGN poll released earlier this month showed Davis had been the leading black candidate in the crowded field, with support from 9 percent of registered likely voters. Meeks followed with 7 percent, and Braun had 6 percent.

    The Tribune/WGN poll showed Davis leading Emanuel among black voters, but just barely. Davis was backed by 21 percent of black voters, Emanuel was backed by 19 percent, but 30 percent were undecided.

    The overall poll showed Emanuel leading with 30 percent among all voters surveyed, but another 30 percent undecided.

    Davis, who represents a Chicago-area district and won his eighth term in November, said he looked forward to returning to Congress.

    He made headlines earlier this week when he warned former President Bill Clinton against taking sides in the mayor’s race.

    Davis, a longtime friend of Clinton, warned the ex-president that he could jeopardize his “long and fruitful relationship” with the black community if he campaigns, as planned, for Emanuel instead of one of the black candidates.

  38. Maybe Carol, we should set up a special run for you as the mayor of black Chicago. You know, like that other election ….Miss Black America (imagine if we held a white miss america on its own, you’d never hear the end of it). I’m guessing white people cannot represent black people now according to the black leaders of chicago like Davis and Braun and if you can only campaign if its for a blak person, certainly not for the white guy.

    Hell she couldnt even win re-election for the senate.

  39. Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Colonel Gregory Hollister v Barry Soetoro Petition filed at SCOTUS Distributed for Conference; Perkins Coie Defending Barry Soetoro(Obama).

    This is an update to the Colonel Gregory Hollister v. Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama, et al, lawsuit that was in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    The Supreme Court of the United States website now shows the Petition for Writ of Certiorari was Distributed for Conference of January 14, 2011. The two previous filings by Col. Hollister in the Appeals court embedded below. That makes three eligibility cases against Obama before the Supreme Court in 2010, more details on the other cases here and here. (see link below)

    Click on the screen shot below and check out the law firm that is still defending Barry Soetoro AKA Barack Hussein Obama Soebarkah.

    Cycle of Discernment laid out the expensive details;

    (Robert Bauer-married to former Obama WH Communications Director Anita Dunn, who professed that Mao Tse-Tung was a personal hero–was appointed last year as White Counsel by Obama and had been the lead atty representing Obama in blocking release of any Obama documents).

    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2010/12/colonel-hollister-v-barry-soetoroobama.html
    _________________________

    This is our Ace in the Hole for the smoothest removal of Obama. The SCOTUS. Obama may regret the insult he hurled at the SCOTUS at the SOTU Address. I remember the look on Chief Justice Robert’s face when the insult registered squarely as disrespectful and deeply inappropriate coming the CIC.

  40. one of the pleadings at the above link:

    9. In failing to consider and ignoring the law set out in 1 through 8 above, and instead relying upon extrajudicial criteria such as an assertion that: “The issue of the President’s citizenship was raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry during Mr. Obama’s two–year–campaign for the presidency,…” combined with an attack on the petitioner plaintiff because he “wants it resolved by a court,” and that one of the counsel involved in signing the pleadings for the petitioner/plaintiff, a well known Pennsylvania Democrat politician and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter in that state during the primaries, who was attacked by the district court as an “agent provocateur” and also with sarcastic attacks on the plaintiff/petitioner Hollister, did the district court not engage in such obvious political bias based upon extrajudicial factors as to render its opinion void?

  41. wbboei
    January 1st, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Yes, I have heard that as well as more. I do not think those tapes are buried by the NYT, I think some very high ranking repub operatives have them, they refused to release them in ’08. They will NOT hold them back in ’12.

    Do I believe they exist? Absolutely.

    Do I believe they (and other tapes) will be released in ’12? Absolutely.

  42. O/T

    Chef Paula Deen to Lead 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade

    http://www.bhcourier.com/article/Local_News/Local_News/Chef_Paula_Deen_to_Lead_122nd_Tournament_of_Roses_Parade/73668

    I really like Paula Deen. I’ve tried many of her recipes and they turn out great. She is an avid fan of seafood. I made her Scallop and Shrimp Lasagna which was an easy dish to prepare and left-overs gone to the freezer were welcome on the nights you haven’t a clue what to make for dinner-

  43. Happy New Year everyone! It’s cold and icy in my neck of the woods today so a chilly start to the new year..

    My dad this morning is all excited over a glowing report on CNN on how wonderful the economy is going to be this year (he is an Obama fan)–evidently all the recession is ending and things will be only on the upside from this point on according to the report..

    For those of you with more understanding of this than myself…what is the true economic picture for the next year? Everything I’ve read says completely the opposite…it can’t be both ways.

    I want the economy to get better–everyone does…but I’m just wondering what the truth actually is on what to expect…I can’t believe we’d go from totally rock to totally terrific that easily…

  44. AmericanGal
    January 1st, 2011 at 10:42 am

    the first quarter, about 3 months, of the year will be ok, then all hell will break loose, the stimulus will run out by then, states will have make to deep deep cuts, even more so, people will be laid off at the state level.
    This latest stimulus will not make things better, it is just stopping it from getting worse, temporarily.

    As for private companies, they will not hire, a 2% personal SS exemption is one the stupidest things I have ever seen, people will save this money, notice this is for personal, NOT businesses, and to top it off they are diverting money from the SS trust fund for 1 year about 150 Billion, which is detrimental with all the baby boomers retiring. At least giving a 2% break to businesses plus a business friendly environment will put trust in people to start building businesses in America again, but millions of business people have learned their lesson, Waffles cannot be trusted, ever.

    As for the 2 year continuation of the Bush tax cuts, who in their right minds will expand or rather start smaller business when they have this sword dangling over their heads, in 18 months they will be whacked by Waffles.

    This country is essentially in a depression, they keep pumping/printing money (the term “QE2”), like steriod shots in hopes that it will recover, but each steriod shot i.e. stimulus, puts us greater in debt, which means we have to borrow more, taxes more or be beholden to china more, some combination of these 3, this is not a question of if, but WHEN. Businesses understand this, and to top this all off, they are going to regulate the hell out of every industry they can, Waffles will make sure to put that anchor around every industry, thus the so call recovery is nothing but an illusion.

    this is a link that goes into more detail… but there are other links on this website that explain things more; if I find more I will most it for you.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/must-see-howard-davidowitz-destroys-recovery-illusion-debunks-consumer-renaissance

  45. CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Rep. Danny Davis withdrew his candidacy from the Chicago’s mayor race Friday, leaving former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun as the only remaining prominent black candidate in the campaign.

    Davis, who announced his decision alongside Braun at a New Year’s Eve news conference, said the decision was an act of unity for blacks in the city. The two Democrats had been under pressure from African American leaders in the city for weeks to agree on a so-called consensus candidate to unify black votes.
    **************************
    I see Obama’s (or maybe Jarrett’s) hand in this although I don’t know why they decided on Braun (she’s female, eek!). I’m sure Davis was promised something very very rewarding for stepping down.

  46. forgot to add, at the link I posted, there is a video of an interview of an excellent businessman, about 40+ years experience, he explains this, its about a 13 minute interview.

  47. the businessman’s interview not the businessman is excellent, I don’t know the history of the man, but he seems to be a very well respected and gives brutally honest interviews.

  48. @tim: Do I believe they exist? Absolutely.

    Do I believe they (and other tapes) will be released in ‘12? Absolutely.
    ——————
    I do too and the republicans will release this after Obama gets nominated and will be more like October surprise. Assuming that they want to win this time. They didn’t want to win with McCain in 08.

  49. Tim, my understanding is there is more than one copy. I believe the New York Times did get a copy. And they withheld from the public because it conflicted with their narrative. I am reasonably sure of that. I did hear what you heard that a high ranking Republican had a copy of it as well. That individual did not release it either. The presumptive reason was the blacks would riot–as their leaders threatened to do in Denver. Also, their commitment to McCain was negligible. And I can tell you for a fact that at least one democrat who was not an Obama supporter heard the tapes and withheld that information for fear that if the information did come out it would severely damage the part. At this point that concern seems rather frivolous, but back but from their perspective it seemed rational.

  50. Tim, thank you for the excellent economic overview and link. It gives me a better “big picture” of what is happening and facts to bring up to people when they argue that Obama is manufacturing an ecomomic miracle of the ages…

  51. And I can tell you for a fact that at least one democrat who was not an Obama supporter heard the tapes and withheld that information for fear that if the information did come out it would severely damage the part. At this point that concern seems rather frivolous, but back but from their perspective it seemed rational.
    *************************
    Does this mean that the dem who heard the tape heard it after Obama was nominated, otherwise how would it hurt the party? Unless they were just afraid of losing the black vote?

  52. wbboei —
    Yep, when after Hillary’s nomination was essentially stolen on May 31th, I started contacting my conservative friends who were reasonably sure that Palin would be the VP nominee, they called me and they knew I would not under no circumstance fundraise or support Waffles; and asked if I would be interesing in helping them with PUMAs.

    So, when I went to some of their fundraisers or campaign events, I asked a few people, I was pretty stunned that many many of these people knew about it, they said they had not seen it, but they knew for a fact it exists, but they had heard through the grapevine by much higher ups the it would NOT be “wasted on Mccain”, I am quoting it exactly. I would not be surprised if Rove et al have seen it as well, and of course there is no love lost between Mccain and Rove.

    “Also, their commitment to McCain was negligible.”

    So, in my mind 100% I believe all the ammo that the repubs held back in ’08 will be unloaded in ’12, the trust in the liberal lame people is plummeting even more now a days and the trust in the Waffles is going down the toilet even at a faster pace now.

    Riots will not happen, people are pretty sick of the race baiting at this point, the liberal Obot-butt kissing media, well who the hell listens or trusts them anymore?

  53. AmericanGal
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    You’re welcome, I will post more for you later on. Its absolutely stunning what these economic blogs reveal and explain that the lame media will lie about or just not cover the story at all because of sheer neglience.

  54. my succinct 2 cents for ’12, then off to run errands…. the undemocratic party will have 2 stark choices, save the future of the party or prop up a fool – Waffles.

  55. There is a credible rumor that Michael Moore is putting together an Oliver Stone false flag type production on 911 based on information supplied to him by Assange (who he reportedly bailed out of jail) and other sources. They will launch this missile against the Republicans closer to the 2012 election. They believe it will pull Obama back to the left and re-elect him. They cite the Pentagon Papers as precedent. There may or may not be new evidence but it really does not matter because the motive here is political as opposed to factual. When and if it is launched big media will jump all over it–honest gatekeepers that they are. And they will use it to turn the country away against Republicans. It is reasonable to assume that Jarrett Plouffe et al are in on this one. And they will use it to rally their base and fan the flames of racial division–which is their stock in trade. The reason I mention this is because if this is their strategy and if it is known in advance then perhaps it can be pre empted. The country is in a very fragile state economically, emotionally and politically. Hence, no good can come of it.

  56. Michael Moore has about as much credibility as a vegeterian zombie….non existant, i wish that oversized blowhard would go away and leave us all alone.

  57. Correction: an Oliver Stone TYPE production. Oliver Stone is an elitist who plays fast and loose with the truth, but he has no part of this scheme. Michael Moore is a pig literally and figuratively. He wants the money, the power and the glory all for himself.

  58. tim
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:42 am
    —————————–
    Thank you Tim. I did not know how widely disseminated that information was. Frankly when I heard about it from someone who was asked by one of their attorneys to join in, and who refused to do so, I felt burdened by even knowing about it, and not knowing what to do. The specifics of what they are alleging and the evidence they claim to have are hearsay, and are not worth going into. We shall see what happens. I am glad to know others at least are aware of it.

  59. wbboei
    January 1st, 2011 at 11:36 am
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    Democrats and we (because there is no room for Hillary in this upcoming mess) are screwed any which way you look. My hope is that Obama will just walk away (but he won’t).

  60. Michael Moore has about as much credibility as a vegeterian zombie….non existant, i wish that oversized blowhard would go away and leave us all alone
    ————————-
    Moon, insofar as his ethos is concerned I agree with you. The question is what new evidence does he have, is it credible and credible or not, what will honest gatekeepers like the New York Times do with that information, knowing how they were willing to send a platoon of investigative reporters to Alaska to dig up dirty on Sarah, and to hound McCains wife to death beyond the realm of simple decency, and to stalk and hound Hillary til hell won’t have it anymore, without laying so much as a glove on Obama and his whitey loving wife. And Cohen claims they are such talented people and hones gatekeepers. What about the mountain of contrary evidence Richard? More specifically Richard, what about you?

  61. Democrats and we (because there is no room for Hillary in this upcoming mess) are screwed any which way you look. My hope is that Obama will just walk away (but he won’t).
    ——————————————
    The black power wing of the democratic party have been clear on their objectives from the beginning. When told that is they selected Obama they would be apt to lose the general election (which would have happened absent the Wall Street collapse which I have a hunch they will eventually link to Soros), their reply was we are willing to lose the election in order to keep control of the party, and to in effect throw out whitey. They went on to say if their man Obama was not gifted the nomination then they would riot in Denver, per Governor Wilder. That was their position at the time, and if it was true then it is even more true today. The contempt they feel for whites was manifest in the titilated reactions of their elites to that racist commedianne that gozo referred to in her post. If you accept the premise, then you begin to realize that there will be no righting moment in the offing. White people will continue to walk away from a party which devalues their contributions and no longer represents America or its values. In time, this will open the door to a third party of people who cannot abide by either party, but believe in the country. These are seismic forces we are dealing with here and most people are not aware of them. Bill Clinton is capable of saving the party, but only if it is willing to be saved. The reaction of black democrats to his campaign trip to Chicago tells the story of how difficult that task would be. In their view it is okay for him to campaign for a black (Braun), but not for a white (Emanuel). There is something here that the Jarrets of the world need to understand however: you may hold elective office but you do not represent the country. You polarize the country. And you represent only yourselves, at the expense of the American People. You may be able to bamboozle them up to a point, but sooner or later your day will come. Every dog has his day.

    Looking to the future, the wild card is Marco Rubio. As he goes so will many Hispanics. Will they be pulled toward to welfare state of the dimocratic party–or toward a more hopeful future. When Marco throws his hat in the ring, the New York Times will send 10 divisions of investigative reporter vultures to sift through the every minutuae of his life in an effort to find any garbage they can. That is their modus operandi. The left has to destroy him, because if he succeeds they will not have the numbers they need to control and ultimately destroy the country as we know it.

  62. “Davis, who announced his decision alongside Braun at a New Year’s Eve news conference, said the decision was an act of unity for blacks in the city.”

    ———————
    An act of unity??? Really???

    More an act of lets get the AA in power…doesn’t matter if he or she has any experience or brain power…doesn’t matter if he or she hates “whitey.”

    Now who does that sound like?

    The world is going to hell in a …

  63. AmericanGal……

    I recently walked down a main street of a small town in California and there were many shut down businesses and “for lease signs”. Not a good sign for the economy. As goes California, so goes the nation?? Anyway, I believe the government and the media are lying. Can’t admit the emperor has no clothes.

  64. I think it is biggest failure of the AA community over two generations not to have produced a leader who was truly post-racial and well assimilated into the American culture. What I see is perpetual grievances and victimhood and a political climate that has fed those sentiments. It is a colossal failure of the Democratic party as well because it assumed the role of leading these people to the promised land as it were. It will all come to a head soon. 2012 will be a watershed moment for race relations in America.

  65. JanH-

    “An act of unity??? Really???

    More an act of lets get the AA in power…doesn’t matter if he or she has any experience or brain power…doesn’t matter if he or she hates “whitey.”

    Now who does that sound like?”
    ________________________

    Thats right, Jan- One of them most likely was going to step-down anyway and the ‘downer’ with gobs of fanfare generated by national media would have thrown their support and resources to the survivor. Davis shot himself in the foot when he asked BC to “stay out of it” because he was the planned survivor with Braun bringing him the womans vote. It’s the only thing that makes sense. Otherwise, why would two blk candidates be vying for the same job?

    The solution lies in removing Obama with as little adieu as possible and why I think the SCOTUS is the way out of this morass. Biden moves up, chooses HRC as his VP and resigns after a bit when things cool down.

    There is room for Hillary, there always was- some just can’t see the trees for the forest.

  66. We have gone back and forth on this blog on whether Obama is a leftist or just a sociopath. The more important question is who controls him. The answer is not the left, but the radical left. The Wall Street Journal article which Bigcatlover noted calls the game on this, and puts it in the right historical context. What it does not do, however, is identify who will pay for the transformation of this country from a capitalist democracy to a European socialist state, most of whom are presently bankrupt. The answer to that question is not what you may think it is, and what they say it is namely the evil rich. They evil rich know that is a red herring and that is why they do not quash it, but in some respects encourage it. The poster child for who should pay for this transformation to their Kafkaesque version of Utopia is not that Wall Street Trader who received a $45 million bonus. If they go after him he will leave the country, or hide his money off shore. The financial guarantor of this Utopia, the paymaster and the dupe are the middle class. Yes, we are the ones who will pay for it, and as long as we are paying we have the lawful right to say no. No to Obama, no to Soros, no to the black supremacists, no to all of them. Find your own cash cow.

  67. I recently walked down a main street of a small town in California and there were many shut down businesses and “for lease signs”. Not a good sign for the economy. As goes California, so goes the nation?? Anyway, I believe the government and the media are lying. Can’t admit the emperor has no clothes.
    ——————————————————-
    Just yesterday there was an article on the front page of my local newspaper which is an Obamaloving rag, which was a reprint of a WashPo article. It assured the credulous reader that recovery is just around the corner, but there are a few problems to be worked out. I was greatly relieved to hear that. I no longer worry about a 14 trillion dollar debt, a 20% decline in the value of the dollar, a glut of houses that will not sell, the decline of manufacturing, the grim projections of financial analysts in the pension area, the pending bankruptcy of many states and cities, 9.8% unemployment, and a boob in the White House who sees land where there is no land. It doesn’t matter. Big Media tells us it will all be okay. Big media is our gatekeeper. And if you cannot trust your gatekeeper who can you trust?

  68. Tim.

    Thanks for the short, succinct and understandable post about predictions for business going forward.

    Excellent.

  69. wbboei,

    I believe you are dead on with this.

    “The black power wing of the democratic party have been clear on their objectives from the beginning. When told that is they selected Obama they would be apt to lose the general election (which would have happened absent the Wall Street collapse which I have a hunch they will eventually link to Soros), their reply was we are willing to lose the election in order to keep control of the party, and to in effect throw out whitey.”

    Having worked with many ‘black power” types in urban schools I heard this kind of rhetoric on many occasions.

    Although I no longer work in the school system, I can only imagine that the comments which would at least be kept within the confines of their clique when I was teaching (I am white) are probably now proclaimed proudly, smugly and rudely to non-AA’s.

    At least, three years ago, when I would let my presence be known both from my own ambarrassment as well as for theirs, they would realize how inappropriate, inflamatory and downright racist their remarks were and they would tone it down.

    I doubt they would do so now.

  70. Does this mean that the dem who heard the tape heard it after Obama was nominated, otherwise how would it hurt the party? Unless they were just afraid of losing the black vote?
    ————————————————
    No. It was during the primary. The concern was for the black vote and the party among other things. Hillary never wanted to destroy Obama, and was careful to suppress anything that could harm him or the party. You may recall that her supporter in New Hampshire stepped down after making a joke out of Obama’s cocaine experiences. Also, when I spoke to Ann Lewis at a fundraiser I asked her how far we could go in attacking Obama. Her statement to me was that Hillary would not support attacking a fellow democrat, but we could simply point out the differences. I think she believed at the time that Obama had future potential, but was not ready to lead. Unfortunately, Obama showed no reciprocal restraint toward the Clintons, and as Professor Wilentz details meticulously in his article Race Man Obama and his cronies labelled them as racists in South Carolina with the aid of big media.

  71. Also, FWIW, I do not see Hispanics allying themselves with AA’s. At least, not from my upclose and personal experiences with both populations.

    There is enormous hatred between the groups as evidenced by gangs as young as middle and high schoolers.

    Just my two cents.

  72. Admin and Ohanson:
    Thanks for posting that video of 2009′! It makes me feel like we still have hope, Bill and Hillary appear so carefree there.

    Hope everyone had a nice New Year’s!

  73. If thinking here:

    If they want to install Braun as Mayor of Chicago and the other guy stepped down, it really makes me suspicious on their reasoning. Braun is a former senator, she has legislative experience, just not of running anything….so my bet is they will run Braun in 16′ against Hillary. I think we’re stuck with Bambi running in 12′.

    Its also suspicious that Axelrove is back in Chicago…wonder if he’s going to help Braun??

  74. Braun running against Hillary in 16, thats like throwing a poodle at an elephant………………..would’nt make a dent.

  75. This Chicago Mayor thing is a big deal for the Democratic Party. In a microcosm it is a battle for control of the Party. Why? Because Mayor Daley is stepping down, and whoever succeeds him will install his own people, and build the new Machine. That new Chicago Machine, in turn, will have alot to say about who controls the Democratic Party in the future, and whether it retains working class white, or becomes the party of black people. The black supremacists in Chicago and Washington understand this and must win this position in order to keep their secure hold over the Party. If they cannot do that then their power base will begin to erode. Especially, if Rahm is able to do things for black people–and Hispanics in that town that none of his predecessors did before him. With the demise of Daley they will surely say the king is dead long live the kind.

  76. Big Media tells us it will all be okay. Big media is our gatekeeper. And if you cannot trust your gatekeeper who can you trust?
    ——————————————————————————
    Exactly. Who guards the guards?

  77. the latest from Waffles…..

    ““I Am Committed to Creating Jobs””

    ““I want to dispel any notion we want to inhibit your success.””

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I do not know one single small business owner that trusts a damn word that Waffles utters.

  78. The more I think about the Chicago situation the more I hope BC says F**k ’em all and the horses they rode in on and campaigns for RE.

    Not that I’m an RE fan but I can’t stand the racist gamesmanship going on. And since BC has already been crucified by the group, along with HRC, why should he give a d@mn?

    If he gives in to the Sharpton types his image will be diminished, IMHO. Plus, it would be bad for the country.

  79. basil9
    January 1st, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I agree with you. Cannot stand that PO$ RE and I hope he loses, frankly I don’t care what Chicago does, that entire state is on the brink of bancruptcy.
    As for Hillary and Bill, they should just enjoy themselves and let the undemocratic party go down the toilet, its becoming more and more evident, they are the only adults in the undemocratic party, the rest are a bunch of race-baiting radical lunatics. I am completely done with this party that I was a part of my entire voting life.

    The race-baiting will never end, we saw in full view in ’08 and ’12 the same shit will be done again.

  80. I heard a report from a well respected woman who predicted the last collapse before anyone was listening. She says the gretest threat to the economy is that when the stimulus $ runs out…in about 3 months as stated above…..the states will default on municipal bonds. They are holding those bonds up now with the stimulus $. She predicts that this will send the economy into another dip.

    I intend to watch for any mumbles of the market moving and then take out my retirement $ before the market goes back down..she says way down. I would then buy again when the market tumb;es. like I did after 9/11. It is the only way I
    can catch up after this last decade of no stock growth.

  81. Mrs. S.

    Re;
    Colonel Gregory Hollister v Barry Soetoro Petition filed at SCOTUS Distributed for Conference; Perkins Coie Defending Barry Soetoro(Obama).
    ……..

    Not only am I worried that Barry has hid his past, and what what ever that may mean, but also this sets a president that in the future, than any ‘foreigner’ can become President and just put the right people in to protect his identity.

    If the Rethugs don’t go after this stuff will all the legal tools they can, our Democracy in America is doomed.

  82. wbb

    And I can tell you for a fact that at least one democrat who was not an Obama supporter heard the tapes and withheld that information for fear that if the information did come out it would severely damage the part.

    ———–

    What do you mean by, “severly damage the part”?

    (I am doing something at my computer, so…sorry if you already explained it down-thread).

  83. Shadowfax
    January 1st, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    ______________________

    You’re right,Shadow- I heard something to that effect a while back. They argued that if BO-BO isn’t removed in the third year, because he is a foreigner, it would set a president in the future for foreign born’s to run for US president.

    I see Ahnold crossing his fingers- Is he as dumb as he acts? He’s just about taken CA down the tubes…

  84. moononpluto

    Braun running against Hillary in 16, thats like throwing a poodle at an elephant………………..would’nt make a dent.
    ————-
    Now that’s damn funny!!! 😆

  85. Mrs. S.
    The Terminator did say he would like to run for President but couldn’t because he is a foreigner. He at least doesn’t try to hide his past, he even inhaled, and it’s on tape. 😆

    Arnold is an open book compared to the pretender.

  86. I heard a report from a well respected woman who predicted the last collapse before anyone was listening. She says the gretest threat to the economy is that when the stimulus $ runs out…in about 3 months as stated above…..the states will default on municipal bonds. They are holding those bonds up now with the stimulus $. She predicts that this will send the economy into another dip.
    ——————–
    There was an article in Barrons a couple months back suggesting that when stimulus monies ran out, the stock market would turn bearish as well. I was told that FOX had a woman on who was very respected, had a good tack record and made the exact same point. In fact, she mentioned the bonds in particular. This was before Messiah Obama told us he is committed to jobs, and that he does not want anyone to get the wrong idea that simply because he imposes highly restrictive regulations and is poised to bitch slap small business with taxes come 2013 that he wants to do anything to limit their success. Notice the sentence construction; it is not about what WILL happen; it is all about what he professes to INTEND. This is another way to avoid accountablity. It is not the law of unintended consequences, it is the law of forseeable consequences and just because he claims that he does not intend something which is foreseeable to happen does not mean it will not happen. Bastards like him can rhaposdize about what they intend or do not intend, and then disavow what actually happens.

  87. I wrote this in response to something which appeared at NQ:

    That watercooler stuff is about 100% inaccurate–starting with Thune, or Hillary moving to defense. Thune was co sponsor of a bill I wrote years ago for the cattle industry and he is not the man for the job. The Hillary to defense business is the brain child of Leslie Gelb of NYT a big Obama lover, and former chairman of the Council of Foreign Relations. Whoever comes up with these ideas is blindfolded and is throwing darts at the board. Hillary had twenty six flag rank officers endorse her in the primary, as oppose to one or two for Bambi. The main Bambi supporter was Queen for a day General McPeak whose knickname is McPrick. He was Secretary of the Air Force for a few weeks or months and the only noteworthy accomplishment was to change the enlisted mens uniforms and they were quickly changed back after he was relieved. McPrick was the one who was disparaging Hillary early in the campaign and was forced to recant. He is about as military as Harpo Marx.

  88. If it is true then it should be investigated if Judas is ever appointed to a Cabinet position.

    “Holder interfered with the “pay to play” investigation of Governor Bill (Judas) Richardson. The DOJ attorney handeling the case was told to stop after Obama was elected. Richardson got his “free pass” after he delivered New Mexico.”

  89. It is good to see that FOX has three times (3x) more audience than CNN or MSNBC in every time slot, except Morning where it is still 2×1. If you were a major shareholder in CNN or NBC you would probably be looking to can the CEO of CNN and NBC over this. Their pro-Obama orientation and lack of objectivity is costing them audience, advertisers and billions of dollars. If you were a minority shareholder you might argue that this is not just business judgement (a legal defense), but sheer incompetence and stupidity. It would be fun to attend their annual meeting as a shareholder and raise hell with the CEO. They did this to the asshole Jeff Immelt who was the head of GE which owns/owned NBC and he stood there like a deer in the headlights.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/12/29/cable-news-ratings-for-tuesday-december-28-2010/76813

  90. Chavez, Clinton chat at Brazil inauguration
    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    BRASILIA — Despite a simmering diplomatic row, President Hugo Chavez and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were seen having a brief, friendly chat at the inauguration of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.

    The encounter Saturday came only three days after the United States revoked the visa of Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington, in reprisal for Chavez’s rejection of the US president’s appointed ambassador to Caracas.

    A Brazilian official who witnessed the encounter told AFP, “It looked like a social conversation, both were smiling,” and Chavez later confirmed the amiable tenor of their conversation in an interview with Venezuelan state television.

    “Mrs Clinton, the secretary of state, appeared. She was smiling, very pleased, and so was I,” said Chavez. “We greeted each other and spoke about a few things,” he said.

    “It was a pleasant moment, but we took advantage of it and spoke of two or three timely things,” he said without elaborating.

    Chavez and Clinton mingled with the presidents of Chile and Colombia and the prime minister of Portugal while waiting to meet Rousseff.

    At one point, Chavez extended his hand to Clinton, who shook it, smiling. They chatted for a few minutes before moving on to formally greeting Rousseff.

    Chavez on Tuesday reaffirmed his decision to reject diplomat Larry Palmer as President Barack Obama’s ambassador-designate to Caracas, and challenged Washington to break off diplomatic relations if it didn’t like it.

    The State Department responded the following day by revoking the visa of Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, who was in Venezuela on vacation.

    A US State Department spokesman on Wednesday said the visa revocation was an “appropriate, proportional and reciprocal action,” recalling that Washington had already warned of “consequences” if Caracas turned down the US ambassador-designate.

    Palmer infuriated Chavez by criticizing his government during Senate confirmation hearings in August. He is still awaiting confirmation by the US Senate.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g1yLm7xBPcpqFuy0TL6yhuQ3ElQQ?docId=CNG.2e4845fd497a7c76301679fc06c102c1.01

  91. Palmer infuriated Chavez by criticizing his government during Senate confirmation hearings in August. He is still awaiting confirmation by the US Senate.
    ———————-
    He must be a Hillary appointee. If he were an Obama appointee he would be licking the boots of that pint sized dictator with a face like a gila monster.

  92. Happy New Year to all…lately short on words but still full of spirit…
    ———————-
    A code to live by S. I must try it. Name your poison.

  93. severaely damage the partY.
    ——————————Shadow I was there and I saw the whole thing. Obama did an about face and chuck todd’s nose got dislocated. That was the “part” I was referring to. We have refused to give him heroic measures, and prefer to let nature take its course. The death panel has already ruled that Chuck’s life is not worth saving, and although he has a right of appeal the average time it takes to consider the appeal is 75 years, give or take. It could take longer if there is an intervenor. Hates makes waste and it would save Chuck so we must proceed slowly and methodically.

  94. Fascist Rohatyn Preps for Banker Takeovers of Cities and States
    January 1, 2011 • 3:50PM (LPAC)

    Lazard Freres fascist Felix Rohatyn has crawled out of his hole to prep for fascist austerity for the bankrupt cities and states, beginning with New York, where he wants to see a new Big Mac dictatorship set up.

    Rohatyn comes out of the closet amid dozens of warnings about impending defaults on municipal bonds, and Business Insider’s December issue warning that at least 16 cities in the U.S. would have to declare bankruptcy if they can not find new lenders, new revenues, and don’t make deeper and deeper cuts in spending. “Those cities include New York City, the largest city in the U.S., Los Angeles, the second largest city, Washington, DC, the U.S. capital and San Francisco,” reported Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, quoting Business Insider.

    “New York is out of money. That is a fact, not an opinion,” Rohatyn wrote in a New York Post op-ed on Dec. 15, in which he signaled Wall Street’s pressure campaign on incoming governor Andrew Cuomo to adopt the Big Mac “model” of financial dictatorship that Rohatan ran in the early 1970s.

    But, today, Rohatyn complains, the size of the crisis is “staggering,” there is “not the political will” to push through the needed austerity, and, he finds “the constitutional barriers formidable.” So, Felix and the bankers plan to “counteract any misinformation during the budget debate” and “show the consequences of failing to act.” The bottom line is that New York “will need to cut spending.”

    So, to create the “political will,” Rohatyn announced that he has joined the so-called, “Committee to Save New York,” to lobby for firing public workers and making the murderous cuts in services.

    What Rohatyn wants for New York is already under way. A report by the Congressional Budget Office notes that 15 states already have laws on the books that enable a financial control dictatorship to be set up over local governments. And Wall Street’s lackeys are hyping the Rohatyn “precedent.”

    One blog, dailyreckoning.com, reports that Rohatyn’s actions, when the bankers (of which, of course, he is one) cut off New York City from issuing long-term bonds [= borrow from the megabanks at eventual horrendous interest charged through inevitable penalties], are a “timely reminder of what to expect in 2011,” when even the Fed cannot bail out localities [It can per recovery plan below, FDR-like.], and “scrip will be issued to pay municipal bills and salaries.”

    ———

    I looked for “rohatyn” at Google News. Not much, and though I haven’t time to open the stories, I don’t see any sanity:

    Dec 23, 2010 Politics Daily
    A ‘New Realism’ About Bipartisanship May Be Key to States’ Fiscal Rebound


    The Man Who Saved New York
    Gordon Haber – ‎Dec 15, 2010‎
    In 1940, at the age of 12, Felix Rohatyn escaped Nazi-occupied France with gold coins hidden in toothpaste tubes. After migrating to the US, Rohatyn earned …

    The Municipal Bond Pitch: “What You’re Giving Me is Pure Bulls**t”
    Daily Reckoning – American Edition – Frederick Sheehan – ‎Dec 8, 2010‎
    Felix Rohatyn, who played the lead role in saving New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s, spoke recently at a Grant’s Interest Rate Observer conference …

    Wishes for a Horrid Holiday From Your Lawmakers
    Bloomberg – David Pauly – ‎Dec 21, 2010‎
    Even Felix Rohatyn, a Wall Street insider if there ever was one, says the maldistribution of wealth is unhealthy. The folks working against the national …

    Wish lists, part two
    Westfair Online – ‎Dec 30, 2010‎
    Felix Rohatyn, among others, believes, for all practical purposes, that our state is broke. Rohatyn is the investment banker who helped New York City …

    New York Post
    Standing up to save New York
    Felix G. Rohatyn – ‎Dec 16, 2010‎
    New York is out of money. That is a fact, not an opinion. Facing a $9 bil lion budget deficit in the coming year and even larger gaps in …

    UI The Daily Iowan
    UI The Daily Iowan – Beau Elliot – ‎Dec 14, 2010‎
    Then there’s Felix Rohatyn, now an investment banker, but in the Middle Ages, he was one of the guys who saved New York City when it went bankrupt (or …

    A ‘New Realism’ About Bipartisanship May Be Key to States’ Fiscal Rebound
    Politics Daily – ‎Dec 23, 2010‎
    … the New York Times worried that states will be overwhelmed by mountains of accumulated debt and quoted financier Felix Rohatyn as saying that “crying [wolf is probably a good thing to do at this point”]

    (blog) – Whet Moser – ‎Dec 8, 2010‎
    In 2009, the Los Angeles Times—located in another broke state—talked to another architect of the city’s rebound from near-collapse, Felix Rohatyn. …

    That’s all. Yet this guy has been a key player in de-industrializing the USA and is deeply involved with privatizing the military, and more (His bio. is straight fascist.)

  95. Does anyone have insight for me on this?

    It seems to me that Reinstating Glass-Steagall is necessary. There are three pieces of that legislation never got through Barney’s committee into the financial reform law.

    Big banker types and their minions, like Barney Frank, brush the suggestion off with no substance whatsoever to their argument. They don’t want it on the table, and they seem to get away with their brushing. I think restoring Glass-Steagall would erase the huge phony part of debt and close down, or at the least, firewall off, the financial casino hyperinflationary scam. Last thing in the world they want, of course. They want to keep their fix going, even at the expense of us dying and the destruction of the USA.

    So, naturally I wondered what Hillary’s view of Glass-Steagall is, but found nothing. I do remember her related policy views tending in the G-S direction, but specific language eludes me as I write now. I think holding up G-S as proposed policy by a candidate would yield no money from the nowadays necessary big money backers and certain virtual death of candidacy, so even if Hillary did intend to push for the policy, she couldn’t just say so.

    Then I see stuff like copied below. This one I just found seems to wrap up what I’ve seen succinctly. (This is from a comment at WaPo):


    @fiona5 “Clinton should not have let them get away with it, but it was hardly his idea. Try not to revise history… some of us remember it.”

    Note that Clinton himself doesn’t view the repeal of Glass-Steagall as a mistake or a contributing factor, even in hindsight. His biggest regrets are not having stricter oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which puts him in line with the opinion of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, and not attempting to regulate derivatives. Clinton, Rubin and Greenspan were equal partners with Phil Gramm on the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

    “One policy Clinton said he doesn’t regret is his 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which, for the first time since the Depression, allowed commercial banks to engage in investment-banking activities. Clinton said the commercial banks were an important moderating force on the risk-taking of the big investment firms that collapsed this week. “In the case of the current crisis, I believe the bill I signed allowed Bank of America to take over Merrill Lynch,” he said.”

    http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=09&year=2008&base_name=bill_clinton_revisits_his_econ

    “John Roberts: Mr. President, in terms of the overall economic downturn, Time magazine had an article out this week in which it named 25 of the people most responsible for the economic downturn, and you were there. They, they had a picture of you in what looked like a police lineup. They had a little button where you could vote who’s the most responsible? They pointed to your signing of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. I wonder what you think about that.

    Former President Bill Clinton: I think that the only thing that our administration did or didn’t do that we should have done is to try to set in motion some more formal regulation of the derivatives market. They’re wrong in saying that the elimination of the Glass-Steagall division between banks and investment banks contributed to this. Investment banks were already…banks were already doing investment business and investment companies were already in the banking business. The bill I signed actually at least puts some standards there. And if you look at the evidence of the banks that have gotten in trouble, the ones that were most directly involved in there … in a diversified portfolio tended to do better.

    Some of the conservatives said that I was responsible because I enforced the Community Reinvestment Act, and they said that’s what made all these subprime mortgages be issued. That’s also false. The community banks, the people that loan their money in the community instead of buying these esoteric securities, they’re doing quite well.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/16/bill.clinton.qanda/index.html

    Posted by: jnc4p | December 24, 2010 10:41 AM

    So I guess my question is,
    Do you see Glass-Steagall as necessary? Does Hillary?

    I’m not trying to raise contention, only trying to learn (I’ve got a lot to learn.)

  96. ADMIN

    Whups. My comment with two links stuck in moderation.

    (You do sit up all night in case this happens, right? 🙂 Myself, I’m on the other side of the planet and it’s afternoon as I write.)

    Thank you.

  97. I just spent almost all the time since my last post searching Big Pink for all references to the word Steagall, as in Glass-Steagall. What I am especially impressed with is the following (Which in fact differs from LaRouche’s plan, I think, in that this is much more detailed, although still an overview-outline, and Lyn (LaRouche) insists his way is the only way and knowledgeably agreeing with that seems to depend on a huge amount of study from epistemology on up. I can see other possible differences that I’ve not thought through (assuming I could). I’m hardly fit to judge, but the below is hard to knock and I am guessing the majority of the American people would applaud it if it were set before them.

    What Hillary and Bill think, I dunno. If Hillary ran with this… wow.

    Anyway, It’s been more than a year since it was posted here, I post it again because it seems so rich in sanity.

    I’m still interested to hear others thoughts on all this, including my quandaries in posts just above. Also, in checking over the prior posts, combined with other reading, I find myself unclear on what President Bill’s actual view on the repeal of Glass-Steagall is/was–I suspect a disinformation campaign, and/or perhaps his views have changed or he is cautious with them. Also there are contrasting presentations on (Bill’s Secretary of Treasury) Rubin’s part in and views on the takedown of Glass-Steagall.

    And, oh, Lyndon LaRouche and Webster Tarpley are both 100% behind restoring Glass-Steagall.

    ————

    confloyd
    December 30th, 2009 at 6:05 am (reformatted a little, updated link)

    Rebuild US Infrastructure, Industry and Agriculture: The Program to End the Economic Depression
    by Webster G. Tarpley,
    http: //tarpley.net/2009/11/16/30-million-productive-jobs-to-rebuild-us-infrastructure-industry-and-agriculture-the-program-to-end-the-economic-depression/ (remove space after http!)
    November 14, 2009

    The US and the world are gripped by a deepening economic depression. There is no recovery and no automatic business cycle which will revive the economy. This bottomless depression will worsen until policies are reformed. The depression results from deregulated and globalized financial speculation, especially the $1.5 quadrillion world derivatives bubble. The US industrial base has been gutted, and the US standard of living has fallen by almost two thirds over the last four decades. We must reverse this trend of speculation, de-industrialization, and immiseration. Current policy bails out bankers, but harms working people, industrial producers, farmers, and small business. We must defend civil society and democratic institutions from the effects of high unemployment and economic breakdown. We therefore demand:

    1. Measures to reduce speculation and minimize the burden of fictitious capital: End all bailouts of banks and financial institutions. Claw back the TARP and other public money given or lent to financiers. Abolish the notion of too big to fail; JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Wells Fargo and other Wall Street zombie banks are insolvent and must be seized by the FDIC for chapter 7 liquidation, with derivatives eliminated by triage. Re-institute the Glass-Steagall firewall to separate banks, brokerages, and insurance. Ban credit default swaps and adjustable rate mortgages. To generate revenue and discourage speculation, levy a 1% Tobin tax (securities transfer tax or trading tax) on all financial transactions including derivatives (futures, options, indices, and over the counter derivatives), stocks, bonds, foreign exchange, and commodities, especially program trading, high-frequency trading, and flash trading. Set up a 15% reserve requirement for all OTC derivatives. Use Tobin tax revenue and a revived corporate income tax to provide immediate tax relief to individuals, families, the self-employed, and small business by increasing personal exemptions and standard deductions. Stop all foreclosures on primary residences, businesses, and farms for five years or the duration of the depression, whichever lasts longer. Set a 10% maximum rate of interest on credit cards and payday loans. Re-regulate commodities markets with 100% margin requirements, position limits, and anti-speculation protections for hedgers and end users to prevent oil and gasoline price spikes. Enforce labor laws and anti-trust laws against monopolies and cartels. Restore individual chapter 11.

    2. Measures to nationalize the Federal Reserve, cut federal borrowing, and provide 0% federal credit for production: Seize the Federal Reserve and bring it under the US Treasury as the National Bank of the United States, no longer the preserve of unelected and unaccountable cliques of incompetent and predatory bankers. The size of the money supply, interest rates, and approved types of lending must be determined by public laws passed and debated openly, passed by the congress and signed by the president. Stop US government borrowing from zombie banks and foreigners — let the US government function as its own bank. Reverse current policy by instituting 0% federal LENDING with preferential treatment for tangible physical production and manufacturing of goods and commodities, to include industry, agriculture, construction, mining, energy production, transportation, infrastructure building, public works, and scientific research, but not financial services and speculation. Issue successive tranches of $1 trillion as needed to create 30 million union-wage productive jobs and attain full employment for the first time since 1945, reversing the secular decline in the US standard of living. Provide 0% credit to reconvert idle auto and other plants and re-hire unemployed workers to build modern rail, mass transit, farm tractors, and aerospace equipment, including for export. Extend 0% federal credit for production to small businesses like auto and electronics repair shops, dry cleaners, restaurants, tailors, family farms, taxis, and trucking. Maintain commercial credit for retail stores. Create an unlimited rediscount guarantee by the National Bank for public works projects to provide cash to local banks for bills of exchange pertaining to infrastructure and public works. Repatriate the foreign dollar overhang by encouraging China, Japan, and other dollar holders to place orders for US-made capital goods and modern hospitals. Revive the US Export-Import Bank. Set up a 10% tariff to protect domestic re-industrialization. Nationalize and operate GM, Chrysler, CIT, and other needed but insolvent firms as a permanent public sector. Maintain Amtrak and USPS.

    3. Measures to re-industrialize, build infrastructure, develop science drivers, create jobs, and restore a high-wage economy: state and local governments and special government agencies modeled on the Tennessee Valley Authority will be prime contractors for an ambitious program of infrastructure and public works subcontracted to the private sector. To deal with collapsing US infrastructure, modernize the US electrical grid and provide low-cost energy with 1,000 fourth generation, pebble bed, high temperature reactors of 1,000 to 2,000 megawatts each. Rebuild the rail system with 50,000 miles of ultra-modern maglev Amtrak rail reaching into every state. Rebuild the entire interstate highway system to 21st century standards. Rebuild drinking water and waste water systems nationwide. Promote canal building and irrigation. For health care, build 1,000 500-bed modern hospitals to meet the minimum Hill-Burton standards of 1946. Train 250,000 doctors over the next decade. The Davis-Bacon Act will mandate union pay scales for all projects. For the farm sector, provide a debt freeze for the duration of the crisis, 0% federal credit for working capital and capital improvements, a ban on foreclosures, and federal price supports at 110% of parity across the board, with farm surpluses being used for a new Food for Peace program to stop world famine and genocide. Working with other interested nations, invest $100 billion each in: biomedical research to cure dread diseases; high energy physics (including lasers) to develop fusion power and beyond; and a multi-decade NASA program of moon-Mars manned exploration, permanent colonization, and industrial production. These science drivers will provide the technological spin-offs to modernize the entire US economy in the same way that the NASA moon shot gave us microchips and computers in the 1960s. These steps will expand and upgrade the national stock of capital goods and enhance the real productivity of US labor. Return the federal budget and foreign trade to surplus in 5 years or less.

    4. Measures to defend and expand the social safety net: Restore all cuts; full funding at improved levels for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, jobless benefits, WIC, Head Start, and related programs. Offer Medicare for All to anyone under 65 who wants it at $100 per person per month, with reduced rates for families, students, and the unemployed. Pay for this with Tobin tax revenues and TARP clawback, and by ending the Iraq and Afghan wars. Seek to raise life expectancy by five years for starters. No rationing or death panels; savings can come only by finding cures. Quickly reach a $15 per hour living wage. Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act and affirm the right to organize. Pass card check to promote collective bargaining.

    5. Measures to re-launch world trade and promote world recovery: Create a new world monetary system including the euro, the yen, the dollar, and the ruble, plus emerging Arab and Latin American regional currencies, with fixed exchange rates and narrow bands of fluctuation enforced by participating governments. Institute clearing and gold settlement among member states. Replace the IMF with a Multilateral Development Bank to finance world trade and infrastructure. The goal of the system must be to re-launch world trade through exports of high-technology capital goods, especially to sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and the poorer parts of Latin America. Promote a world Marshall Plan of great projects of world infrastructure, including: a Middle East reconstruction and development program; plans for the Ganges-Bramaputra, Indus, Mekong, Amazon, and Nile-Congo river basins; bridge-tunnel combinations to span the Bering Strait, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Straits of Malacca, the Sicilian narrows, and connect Japan to the Asian mainland; second Panama canal and Kra canals; Eurasian silk road, Cape to Cairo/Dakar to Djibouti, Australian coastal, and Inter-American rail projects, and more. American businesses will receive many of these orders, which means American jobs.

    This program will create 30 million jobs in less than five years. It will end the depression, rebuild the US economy, improve wages and standards of living, re-start productive investment, and attain full employment with increased levels of capital investment per job. Most orders placed under this program will go to US private sector bidders. Because of the vastly increased volume of goods put on the market, inflation will not result.

    —- end —-

  98. For easier reading and thinking, I see Tarpley has written this:

    Minimum Program for the Defense of the US Middle Class and Working Families

    1. Stop all fraudclosures on primary residences of American families. Because of their felonious use of illegal paperwork, the zombie bankers who owe their existence to public money granted them under the various federal bailouts must now make restitution to the American people by eating any losses associated with this permanent freeze. Ban all adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) , which only create more fraudclosures in the near future.

    2. Wall Street financiers must pay for the financial crisis which they have created with their irresponsible speculation – Not American working families. There must be no cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, WIC, Head Start, or any other components in the existing social safety net or entitlement programs. Benefits must be extended to the 99ers and to other long-term unemployed. Stop the layoffs of public employees by states and by the federal government.

    3. The maintenance of the social safety net, entitlements, and the necessary programs must be financed by a 1% Wall Street sales tax (or Tobin tax) to be imposed on all transactions involving the change of ownership in stocks, bonds, options, futures, indices, and over-the-counter derivatives.

    4. Use emergency powers under the Defense Production Act and existing states of emergency as necessary to create a new Works Progress Administration (WPA) to break the back of mass unemployment by immediately hiring 10 million unemployed workers to carry out essential infrastructure projects in fast rail, highway and airport modernization, water system reconstruction, public buildings, and related projects – all covered by the Davis-Bacon Act. Pass card check to being redressing the exorbitant advantages enjoyed by union-busting employers. Finance these projects by forcing the Fed to cough up 0% financing for infrastructure and related productive activity, not just for Too Big to Fail zombie bankers. Repeat this process until 30 million new jobs have been created and full employment reached.

    http://tarpley.net/2010/11/09/post-election-advice-for-desperate-dems/#more-1959
    scroll down to near bottom page

  99. ADMIN – If you can delete the one that was caught in the spam filter, I will be most grateful. I’m sorry for creating any confusion.

    This is the comment that was stuck in moderation. I’m reposting it not because in a hurry for it to appear, but rather because I’ve just noticed that the blockquote formatting seems to be messed-up. I’ve now formatted the links so as not to get caught in the spam filter.

    * * *

    ohanson
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. Don’t worry, it might simply be an overactive spam filter.
    January 2nd, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Does anyone have insight for me on this?

    It seems to me that reinstating Glass-Steagall is necessary. There are three pieces of that legislation still in committee that never got through into the financial reform law.

    Big banker types and their minions, like Barney Frank, brush the suggestion off with no substance whatsoever to their argument. They don’t want it on the table, and they seem to get away with their brushing. I think restoring Glass-Steagall would erase the huge phony part of debt and close down, or at the least, firewall off, the financial casino hyperinflationary scam. Last thing in the world they want, of course. They want to keep their fix going, even at the expense of us dying and the destruction of the USA.

    So, naturally I wondered what Hillary’s view of Glass-Steagall is, but found nothing. I do remember her related policy views tending in the G-S direction, but specific language eludes me as I write now. I think holding up G-S as proposed policy by a candidate would yield no money from the nowadays necessary big money backers and certain virtual death of candidacy, so even if Hillary did intend to push for the policy, she couldn’t just say so.

    Then I see stuff like copied below. This seems to wrap up what I’ve seen earlier succinctly. (This is from a comment at WaPo):

    @fiona5 “Clinton should not have let them get away with it, but it was hardly his idea. Try not to revise history… some of us remember it.””

    Note that Clinton himself doesn’t view the repeal of Glass-Steagall as a mistake or a contributing factor, even in hindsight. His biggest regrets are not having stricter oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which puts him in line with the opinion of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, and not attempting to regulate derivatives. Clinton, Rubin and Greenspan were equal partners with Phil Gramm on the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

    “One policy Clinton said he doesn’t regret is his 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which, for the first time since the Depression, allowed commercial banks to engage in investment-banking activities. Clinton said the commercial banks were an important moderating force on the risk-taking of the big investment firms that collapsed this week. “In the case of the current crisis, I believe the bill I signed allowed Bank of America to take over Merrill Lynch,” he said.”

    http: //www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=09&year=2008&base_name=bill_clinton_revisits_his_econ

    John Roberts: Mr. President, in terms of the overall economic downturn, Time magazine had an article out this week in which it named 25 of the people most responsible for the economic downturn, and you were there. They, they had a picture of you in what looked like a police lineup. They had a little button where you could vote who’s the most responsible? They pointed to your signing of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. I wonder what you think about that.

    Former President Bill Clinton: I think that the only thing that our administration did or didn’t do that we should have done is to try to set in motion some more formal regulation of the derivatives market. They’re wrong in saying that the elimination of the Glass-Steagall division between banks and investment banks contributed to this. Investment banks were already…banks were already doing investment business and investment companies were already in the banking business. The bill I signed actually at least puts some standards there. And if you look at the evidence of the banks that have gotten in trouble, the ones that were most directly involved in there … in a diversified portfolio tended to do better.

    Some of the conservatives said that I was responsible because I enforced the Community Reinvestment Act, and they said that’s what made all these subprime mortgages be issued. That’s also false. The community banks, the people that loan their money in the community instead of buying these esoteric securities, they’re doing quite well.”

    http: //www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/16/bill.clinton.qanda/index.html

    Posted by: jnc4p | December 24, 2010 10:41 AM

    So I guess my question is,
    Do you see Glass-Steagall as necessary? Does Hillary?

    I’m not trying to raise contention, only trying to learn (I’ve got a lot to learn.)

  100. omg… This idiot really really needs a preview function. Or a kind spirit to close the italic html after the words ‘spam filter.’

    merde.

  101. Make no mistake…..we are cutting services…many vital to fund illegal immigration. In NY state and in my small community, the cost is clear.

    We have reached a tipping point. If NY could remove all the illegals, their budget problems would be greatly reduced. I know in my town, the tax base is adequate to keep all existing services and there would be no unemployment if the illegals were not here. Our school tax burden would return to pre illegal invasion levels and our taxes would be cut in half, leaving more $ to stimulate the local economy.

    I am beginning to view illegal immigrants as the greatest threat to our economy.

  102. “I find myself unclear on what President Bill’s actual view on the repeal of Glass-Steagall is/was–”
    ______________________

    President Clinton was duped by Republicans and regrets allowing them to talk him into repealing Glass-Steagall. Of course, they never revealed to him the real reason for doing so- they just told him it was an unecessary cumbersome obstacle to the stock market expanding it’s financial diversity.

    The Republicans laid the foundation for all the headaches and woes we are suffering today. As usual, they are skilled at presenting clean hands and demonizing the opposing party. However in our current situation, the Democrats have done the dirty work for the Republicans and completed the task of undermining the American people to the brink of total destruction of the Middle Class. Which is what the Republicans have tried to acomplish over the last 30 yrs but have been unable to accomplish it solely on their own.

  103. Soros is drooling at the prospect of talking China into joining the IMF in creating a new World currency and foresaking the dollar now that Soros has helped Republicans demolish the Middle Class of United States of America. Soros is on to the big winner, China holding the debt incurred by the Bush administration’s financing endless Republican Wars borrowing from China.

    You can watch the Soros video here if admin is unable to post it-

    http://dotsub.com/view/49858fff-7cda-4667-a84e-23ad1905c028

  104. I am beginning to view illegal immigrants as the greatest threat to our economy.
    Agree. Just what they’ve caused the powers that be to do to the education system. Breakfast and lunch, ESL, after-school tutoring and babysitting. Now in NY and several other states is available free cell phones: Assurance. 200 free minutes per month. Fancy features like call waiting. “Now I don’t have to worry about how I’ll get in touch with the doctor when my child needs care.” Am sure there is lots more. Don’t get me started.
    ———————-
    So is it any wonder that

    Optimism About the Upcoming Year Hits A Seven-Year Low – Rasmussen Reports™

    Americans expected the current year to be better than it turned out but are more hopeful about the year to come. This is similar to findings in previous years. Still, adults are less optimistic about the upcoming year than they’ve been in the previous seven years of surveying.
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/december_2010/optimism_about_the_upcoming_year_hits_a_seven_year_low

  105. Mrs. Smith
    January 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Yes, I sort of agree with that statement, with caveats. There are repubs and then there are fiscal, constitutional conservatives. There are many liberal repubs who will bail out corps if bribed, and the same for dems. But I remember during that time there were some repubs, solid fiscal conservatives who did not want glass-steagall repealed, along with a very small number of dems, I remember Russ FeinGold being one of them.

    I am coming to the conclusion, there are repubs, dems, and then there are solid Americans of either party who will not bend on policy if it hurts American interest, perhaps not now, but in the long run, and those Americans will not give a shit about their political careers, frankly I think this is what the Tea Party represents.

    Another case in point… CA recently enforced that no more incandecent light bulbs, but rather those mercury filled ones, the rest of country has until 2014 to fulfill this requirement (I would stock up on those incandecents), anyways, ok, fine, but then the Waffles says thru the EPA that manufacturing these new light bulbs causes to much “pollution”, so that manufacturing goes to China.

    THE END RESULT? China is now going to produce BOTH the incandencent light bulbs as well as the non-incandencent ones, which Waffles will not allow to manufacture in America, so force people to buy a another product, ship the original product’s manufacturing overseas, and then BAN the manufacturing of the new product in the US, which will also be done overseas…. SO who the hell loses!??!?!
    AMERICAN AND AMERICA. Thank you Waffles and the Demonrats.

    The Chinese must be laughing their asses off, Donald Trump is exactly right.

  106. An article in our local paper was loaded with things we need to do to accomodate and take care of illegas. Ambulance corp volunteers must now learn Spanish. Latino organizations have long lists of demands for us to change our culture starting with all of us becoming Spanish speakers. Job preferences are being given to those who speak Spanish.

  107. Carol
    January 2nd, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I work with many LEGAL immigrants, and I cannot write just how pissed they are at the preferential treatment illegals get. I had one employee who waited close to 15 years to become a citizen, did everything legally, and correctly, I remember running into him last year during the AZ debate, and he basically said, why the hell even follow America’s rules if America is not willing to enforce it?

  108. Tim,

    I agree. My problem is not with Latinos. I think almost all Americans welcome those who come here legally. But the attitude is different from many who are here illegally. I think that most people who come legally truly want to assimilate and become Americans. They are grateful to be here and don’t feel entitled….they have added to our culture, but not tried to dominate it.

  109. “I agree. My problem is not with Latinos.”

    Yes, I agree, the former employee I was speaking off is hispanic himself, America absolutely should be open to all LEGAL immigrants, but in my book, illegal is illegal, I don’t care if they are hispanic, asian, whatever. Idiots like La Raza use this issue to gin up racial tension, but never ever confront that there are millions of legal immigrants who are hispanic who oppose illegal immigrants who are hispanics, same for every other illegals as well.
    The legal immigrants I know take pride in their culture but they are so proud to be American, they want to integregate, contribute, no sense of entitlement, and absolutely oppose illegal immigration.

  110. “I remember Russ FeinGold being one of them.”
    _____________________

    Did he ever elucidate why he did not agree with the repeal of Glass-Steagall? Just askin-

  111. Mrs. Smith
    January 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Sorry no. But I will try and find the research paper that the authors originally wrote that was cited by these fiscal conservatives as well as feingold to oppose the repeal. This author just a couple of years ago, during the economic collapse, wrote a sort of “I was right” papers, and in that paper he/they write why a decade ago they were pleading to not allow this repeal.

  112. Sorry I haven’t been able to keep up, but I do check in and read everyday, but I have so much to do all the time.
    I’m painting all the new bead board that I put up in my kitchen and I just freaking fell off the ladder. It’s a good thing I learned how to fall riding/breaking all those horses when I was young, otherwise within the last two weeks I would of had a hip replacement and today an elbow surgery. Geez, I am so awkard.

    I can’t wait to open this blog up and read “Thankgod and Greyhound he’s gone”. Obama is still Potus today, some of the dirty deeds has got to catch up to him sooooon!

  113. I agree, Tim- there are good and bad in both parties but the Republican Neocons, like Newt Gingrich with The Contract with America (PNAC) and GHW Bush that pushed the idea of a New World Order and a Global Economy. Had they been true to American way of life, they would never have let Soros in to help them annihilate middleclass America.

  114. Make no mistake…..we are cutting services…many vital to fund illegal immigration. In NY state and in my small community, the cost is clear.

    We have reached a tipping point. If NY could remove all the illegals, their budget problems would be greatly reduced. I know in my town, the tax base is adequate to keep all existing services and there would be no unemployment if the illegals were not here. Our school tax burden would return to pre illegal invasion levels and our taxes would be cut in half, leaving more $ to stimulate the local economy.

    I am beginning to view illegal immigrants as the greatest threat to our economy.
    ——————————
    Wise insight. Studies have confirmed the obvious which is that you cannot have safety nets on the one hand and massive illegal immigration on the other something has got to give. Obviously the equation needs rethinking, but the politics of the hard left who wants open borders as Soros advocates gets in the way. The nativist forces have been condemned as racists by big media, but in the middle of a depression they have the better point. In the broadest sense, a well run immigration program is vital to our future as a nation, not just because of the tragedy of the commons problem, but because of birth rate is pretty flat, and if we are to bring more human beings here to work in our nursing homes on the one hand, and to contribute to the pool of knowledge and creativity to ccmpete with China, we must control who enters and how they become citizens. Whereas now, the coyotes decide, and the skill set entering this country is what you have seen over the centuries when empires collapse, a floodtide of humnanity descends upon the mother country and becomes a permanent underclass. That Messiah Obama and Harry Reid would play politics with our future in this manner is treasonous. Amnesty was wrong when Reagan implemented it in 1984 (Simpson Mazzoli)with 4.5 million, and it is even more so today in a depression with 20 million. The answer is to jail the employers who violate the law and cut off the safety nets and provide anyone who wants it with free passage back to their native country. Call it a stimulus plan.

  115. I don’t know how many of you check John Smart’s blog.. http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/to-repeal-or-not-to-repeal/#comments

    Here is a comment I think explains Obamacare pretty well and why Repubs won’t repeal it and even keep the mandate.

    Lori says:
    January 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    The Republicans won’t overturn it because that would unleash the insurance industry war chests against them. As they do with abortion, they will rail against the law while doing nothing to really overturn it.

    The insurance companies spent $300m opposing Clinton’s health care reform proposal in 1993. They allegedly had $600m socked away to oppose anything that looked like single payer or Medicare for all. Health insurance companies are a Republican constituency and they will be expected, by their corporate overlords, to make sure that mandate stays in place.

    I think it’s designed to work a good deal like auto insurance does in California. Approximately, 1/3 of drivers in Cali are uninsured. They buy a three month policy when it’s time to renew the registration of their car and then don’t make another payment. This is optimal for the insurance companies because these are riskier drivers in riskier neighborhoods. So, they get a single premium out of them once a year while running a small risk of them having an accident while they’re actually covered. In the case of health care, we’ll have people who can’t actually afford the coverage coughing up enough for an occasional premium and then skipping health care that they need because they can’t afford the co-pay or the deductible. In other words, the people who aren’t getting health care now, won’t be getting health care then either, although the insurance companies will be getting an occasional check out of them. That’s what how I think it’s supposed to function. Booting people out of the system is a feature, not a bug.

  116. Ohanson, I just noticed your post from yesterday about Felix Rohatyn. He is another Soros. Many people know that he was called in to deal with the crisis in New York and I was back there at the time on business. What I know about him and that article does not mention is that he is the one who convinced the Democratic Party to abandon the principles of FDR and tie its future to Wall Street. Otherwise, he claimed, they could never match the Republican fundraising prowess. He is the executor of Ted Kennedy’s estate, and a close friend of Pelosi. He is an anti-American immigrant who fled Nazi Germnay when he was twelve. He has some attachment to Middleburg College as does George Schultz. It is alarming to man would reenter the public debate at a time like this. He is a butcher.

  117. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 11:41 am
    ——————–

    Glad you’re ok. You don’t know how awkward I can be and my husband says that is because I am always preoccupied. Anyway I took a fall on the pavement about 4 years ago tripping over a stone with high heels (not the pointy ones), didn’t use my hands to catch myself and hit the pavement full on the left side of my face. Fortunately there were no big fractures but just a broken tooth which my wonderful dentist fixed almost within a couple of hours. I had a precious bunch of papers in one hand and a drink in the other and I would not let go of either to catch the fall. Can you believe it?

  118. A Korean reporter’s point of view…

    Clinton is Obama’s ace in the hole

    If one considers the gains that the U.S. has enjoyed from her service, President Obama made an excellent choice.

    January 03, 2011

    This Jan. 20 will mark the second anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the President of the United States. So the question should be asked: what was his best decision during the first half of his term?

    Some may disagree, but I would say without hesitation that the best decision was the appointment of Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State.

    The significance lies not in the fact that Obama displayed a tolerant attitude in selecting his main Democratic Party primary opponent, but rather the skills that Clinton has shown in office with her outstanding passion and competency.

    If one considers the gains and benefits that the United States has enjoyed as a result of her service, President Obama indeed made an excellent choice in appointing her.

    As a former first lady, and someone who was almost elected president, Hillary Clinton already has a status nearly as significant as the president himself. The position of Secretary of State at first seemed too insignificant for her. Some commentators and analysts worried that Clinton and Obama would clash because of their rivalry during the primary, and because of Clinton’s superior political experience.

    But Clinton showed strong respect for President Obama’s foreign policy philosophy. She added to that her willpower and established the foreign policy principle of “smart power.” She advocated a shift from unilateralism to multilateralism, which is the public diplomacy of communicating with foreign citizens and reinforcing alliances.

    For the first time in the history of the State Department, Clinton prepared a four-year foreign policy strategy for the administration. She has left behind her glorious, or painful, past and is doing her best as Secretary of State. Sung Kim, the special envoy for the six-party talks, said that Secretary Clinton surprised him by closely studying each and every policy agenda in her extremely tight schedule.

    Already in her 60s, Hillary Clinton has energetically traveled all over the world. On the first day of the New Year, Secretary Clinton attended the inauguration of the incoming president of Brazil, representing President Obama, who was on vacation.

    Her dedication has boosted the reputation of President Obama as well. If Secretary Clinton deals with a foreign issue, it appears that the United States is deeply involved. Now that President Obama has a reliable partner to share his burdens, he can focus on domestic issues, including health care, as well as other international concerns.

    As I watched Secretary Clinton in person, her impressive leadership was different from Obama’s in style. The young president has been fearless and powerful, but he often reveals his feelings. In a press conference after the mid-term election defeat in November, President Obama showed his temper when reporters continued to press him. He soon felt embarrassed and showed a bitter smile.

    However, Secretary Clinton is calm and composed at all times. If you trust the political saying that a leader should never appear surprised, Secretary Clinton is an ideal leader in that sense. Her outfits, her gestures, her way of walking, even her facial expressions are always adequate to the situation. And it is hardly an easy task to look so appropriate all the time.

    In July, 2010, about four months after the Korean Peninsula was in turmoil over the attack on the ROK navy warship Cheonan, Secretary Clinton stood in front of the demarcation line at Panmunjom and looked calm. Keeping her usual composure, she said, “We continue to send a message to the North. There is another way. There is a way that can benefit the people of the North. But until they change direction, the United States stands firmly on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Korea, where we provide a stalwart defense along with our allies and partners.”

    A photograph of a North Korean soldier peeking through the window from the other side of the demarcation line was enough to herald the presence of Secretary Clinton.

    Now, I no longer think of Clinton as the first lady but as Secretary of State as she has established her own reputation for being competent, profound and important.

    http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2930421

  119. pm317
    January 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    ——————————–
    Smart has constructed an interesting argument, but it fails to understand the ultimate nature of politics, and more fundamentally what the Republican Party stands for. That article from the Wall Street Journal offers the right rebuttal to his premise that insurance money will stay the Republican hand. Smart forgets that even in politics there are some things money cannot buy and in the end they may have all the money in the world but not get re elected–and they want the White House in 2012. In a broader sense, however, only a fool would deny that fundamentally, times have changed, the Reupblicans have made a positional commitment, tea party people are watching what they do and the song no longer is Anything Goes.
    ——————————————
    The GOP can achieve all kinds of victories in the next two years, and some of them will be important for economic growth. But the main chance is ObamaCare, which will fundamentally change the balance of power between government and individuals if it is not repealed or replaced.

    While repeal will no doubt founder in the Senate in the next two years, Republicans can still use their House platform to frame the debate for 2012. They can hold hearings to educate the public about rising insurance costs and other nasty ObamaCare consequences. And they can use the power of the purse to undermine its implementation.

    The difference between the work of the 111th Congress and that of either the Great Society or New Deal is that the latter were bipartisan and in the main popular. This Congress’s handiwork is profoundly unpopular and should become more so as its effects become manifest. In 2010, Americans saw liberalism in the raw and rejected it. The challenge for Republicans is to repair the damage before it becomes permanent.

  120. Jan, I did not like that article. It strikes me as an Obama loving puff piece from a young reporter who is full of magic thinking and lust for him. It makes no mention of Hillary’s senate service, which is where she really did prove herself on her own to those who worry about such things. It is constructed to make it appear that she became great only because “brave and fearless” Obama deigned to appoint her. We know the real story of how that happened and it is anything but that. This reporter is a very naiive young person.

  121. No, it was not his greatest decision, he had no choice, he needed her, she did not need him. It would have been better had he deferred to her and letting her have the nomination but oh no, the bastard’s ego is supersized.

  122. wbboei
    January 2nd, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I was just going to write what you wrote, I hated that article, it made Hillary seem like some damn follower of Waffles or something, it made no mention of her stellar work as a US senator for close to 8 years, 3 times as much time as Waffles voted “present”. I hope Hillary leaves soon, she’s done more than enough, and gets no credit for it. She needs to rest, that Waffles has her picking up all the pieces that he breaks all the while his lame-ass advisors confront Hillary with their damn insecurities.

  123. wbboei
    January 2nd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Smart has constructed an interesting argument,
    ——————

    In the interest of clarity and right attribution, it is a comment by LORI and not Smart himself.

  124. pm317,
    There something to said about a person who can take a fall and not spill their drink, now that’s my kind of person! Yeah you gotta fall on your back and not put your hands out and just roll. I fell about a week ago tripping over my own pajamas…this is getting embarassing. I just tell everyone that I’m awkard because of the weight loss, its throwing off my equilibrium, LOL! 41 lbs gone as of today…I might start looking like a woman sometime by Thanksgiving and not a mammal! LOL!

  125. Carol,

    You are right about the illegals breaking the economy.

    The perfect example is in Central Falls, RI. The municipality has been bankrupted by the overwhelming influx of illegals to that city.

    As a result, the income from Real Estate Taxes is virtually nil. Therefore, city services such as police, fire depts, schools and sanitation pickups are no longer possible without outside help from bordering towns.

    Illegal immigration will finish off the middle class for sure turning America first of all into a War Zone ending with us emerging as a new Third World country.

    All of this happening goes to Obama, Jarrett, Katz, Ayers, Dorhn, Soros, Axelrod and their predilection and philosophy of nihilistic socialistic fascism having blacks, who have never made a transcendence to a self-supporting race in their own country of origin, in charge of America.

  126. Interesting article by former Obot Micheal Goodwin, pretty stunning that idiots like him keep their job when they were so blinded by their own ignorance 2 years ago.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/emperor_mike_snow_blindness_vfNwvyGxjmsQXkyHW8A7MI/1

    But…. he does say what I have been thinking for a long time:

    Bill Clinton was naturally a centerist… WAFFLES IS NOT!

    “The hot-stove league in national politics is in a tizzy about whether President Obama will move to the center in the next two years. Most in Washington say he will because he must.

    I say he won’t because he can’t. You have to be a centrist to really move to the center, and if the last two years prove anything, it is that Obama’s definitely not a centrist.

    His re-election depends on getting just enough independents to believe he’s a centrist while letting lefties know he’s still with them. In other words, he has to fool some of the people all the time..”

    Waffles is way far radical extreme lefty, Bill Clinton was and is a centerist, with a record as a governor of a red state to prove it.

    And this is the crux of the argument why businesses do not trust a damn word Waffles says, and if they did in the past, they sure as hell won’t in the future.

  127. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    ————
    Congratulations, losing weight is about the hardest thing. I am trying to get back to my ideal weight too and I still need to go about 10 lbs. After 40 it is so damn difficult. It accumulated so quietly and quickly while I was not looking and now shedding it has been the hardest.

  128. “Her dedication has boosted the reputation of President Obama as well. If Secretary Clinton deals with a foreign issue, it appears that the United States is deeply involved. Now that President Obama has a reliable partner to share his burdens, he can focus on domestic issues, including health care, as well as other international concerns.”
    _____________________________

    With the exception of the above paragraph, I think the rest of the article formed a solid basis attesting to Hillary’s credentials as Obama’s replacement in 2012.
    _________________________

    “As I watched Secretary Clinton in person, her impressive leadership was different from Obama’s in style. The young president has been fearless and powerful, but he often reveals his feelings. In a press conference after the mid-term election defeat in November, President Obama showed his temper when reporters continued to press him. He soon felt embarrassed and showed a bitter smile.”

    “However, Secretary Clinton is calm and composed at all times. If you trust the political saying that a leader should never appear surprised, Secretary Clinton is an ideal leader in that sense. Her outfits, her gestures, her way of walking, even her facial expressions are always adequate to the situation. And it is hardly an easy task to look so appropriate all the time.”
    _______________

    The author details Hillary’s prestige and gravitas down to her walk and smile as more evidence substantiating in a very subtle way contrasting, how Hillary would have been the far better choice for president than the current ineptitude and inexperience we are lashed to, shown by Obama.

  129. ohanson
    January 2nd, 2011 at 5:30 am
    ————————–
    Tarpley charts a hopeful path to our future.

    But will anyone listen.

    You can be certain that Rohatyn will not.

    Ask him about Rohatyn–I guarantee he will agree with everything I said about him above.

  130. “The hot-stove league in national politics is in a tizzy about whether President Obama will move to the center in the next two years. Most in Washington say he will because he must.

    I say he won’t because he can’t. You have to be a centrist to really move to the center, and if the last two years prove anything, it is that Obama’s definitely not a centrist.

    His re-election depends on getting just enough independents to believe he’s a centrist while letting lefties know he’s still with them. In other words, he has to fool some of the people all the time..”
    ——————————-
    This has got to be done with some subtlety however. He must get big media to pan his credentials as a centrist and to talk about his once in a century legislative accomplishments, and the power of his symbolism, and the admiration he inspires around the world. Then he has got to tell his fellow lefties, just stick with me and when I get a second term, I will fuck the middle class like a house cat, and give you everything you want to build your secular utopia.

  131. It always comes back to a single question: are the American People smart enough to know when they are being fleeced?

  132. There are times when history sheds new light on current affairs. If you go back to Russian in last days of the Czar, you may recall how the Germans who were at war with Russia kidnapped Vladimir Ulanov who we know as Lenin, and secreted him back into mother Russia to destabilize the country at a very vulnerable moment. Their immediate goal was to foment revolution and they succeeded in that endeavor, but they also unleashed a monster which in time would threaten the whole of Europe.

    In a similar context, but perhaps not to the same degree, you begin to wonder why the elites in this country installed Obama as president at the time they did. The common assumption is it was because of his race. The idea that the time had come, and that he could be a post racial heeler. But how likely was that given his radical past–and the people he would surround himself with. Besides, if race were the controlling factor then they could have selected others, as far back as the time of Colin Powell whom I supported.

    Suppose, in the alternative, that the real purpose here was to de stablize this society. You say that is wrong the peopole chose him. I say you are wrong. Big money chose him and is you doubt that then go back to the Rules and Bylaws Comittee decision and the wall of big money that came in. And recognize that the blue print for his candidacy was the Dean Plan, which was based on the well documented Soros Plan which was used in Georgia, Ukraine and Russia itself to disenfranchise the people, and install what has come to be called crony capitalism. Could this explain how a man with no history could be plucked from obscurity and installed in the most powerful position in the world, but the same economic forces who are determined to install a new global order?

    If you ask that naiive little South Korean reporter, I am sure she would say it is the natural order of things and the forward march of democracy. I wonder if she knows the Brooklyn Bridge is for sale?

  133. “He must get big media to pan his credentials as a centrist ”

    Yep. Which is why the number of people who trust the lame media dwindling is a great thing. Even if he get the media to shovel his crap to the masses, the masses who distrust the media and are now thinking for themselves is increasing, and that is a great thing.

    I’ve had people who I know who are Obots say “but he’s moving to the center”, they know I am now a registered independent, and so they do their solemn duty as directed by the lame media to convince independents that Waffles is now a centerist.

    And I throw right back at them, Waffles is and never will be a centerist he is no Bill Clinton, Waffles is a far left extreme radical, in the words of Van Jones, who Jarrett and Waffles so admire …paraphrased… sometimes its important to take on the pose of centerism to promote a more radical ends.

  134. If we could get the people in this country to see Obamacare as “crony capitalism” both in terms of the secret deals he cut with big pharma, and since then the waivers he has given to businesses and unions who made political contributions to him, and as insurance companies, nuclear companies and Rezko himself did to get Barack to betray his constituents, then perhaps they would understand the real harm he is doing to this country.

  135. What I am about to show you is so typical of our educated elites. Like the preponderant majority of blacks they identify with him on a very intimate level. And they presume to advise him, without understanding what it is that makes him tick. In this case the culprit is Greg Mankiw who is a Harvard Professor, and author of a seminal book on macro economics which I highly recommend. However, he is something of an idiot savant because when it comes to politics he is very much an idiot. There is too much intellectual honesty in his economics treatise for me to believe he is corrupt as I do think Paul Krugman has become. I just think when it comes to politics he is naive, and the Harvard connection is more important than solid objective research and critical analytical thinking. Moe Lane calls him to task on this in a very restrained manner in an article entitled Greg Manikw Gives Political Advice To The Obama In His Head (which is different obviously from the one that exists in reality>

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Sunday, January 2nd at 1:00PM EST

    I feel sorry for Greg Mankiw: I really do. Here he is, living a life that allows him to place articles in the New York Times – which is not a bad place to be – and he publicly mucks it up by publishing a piece that crashes and burns on the first word of the title. The title is “How to Break Bread With the Republicans,” and as advice goes it is… not bad. Absolutely useless, but not bad. But it’s still absolutely useless, primarily because it assumes (as the “How” in the title shows) that the President simply doesn’t know how to reach out to his Republican opposition. Trust me, President Obama knows: he simply doesn’t want to. Obama doesn’t want to because… well, there are multiple reasons.

    He still thinks that he’s right and we’re wrong on the fundamentals of fiscal policy. I know that this sounds absolutely bizarre – the last two years should have made it clear that President Obama’s… unique… blend of pseudo-Keynesism and gormless apathy was not sufficient to fix our sour economy – but it apparently takes more than a shellacking in the House of Representatives to make the President realize that he’s gone down the wrong path.
    His base doesn’t like us. We’re talking about people whose self-image absolutely relies on their opposition – us – being demons who have taken on human form. They are exceedingly unlikely to forgive any accommodation with what they consider to be the forces of Evil.

    He doesn’t like us, either*. And this is the important one: you see, up until 2008 Barack Obama has had himself a bit of a charmed political life. He’s never had to work particularly hard to defeat his policy opponents, and his opposition has generally shriveled up and died upon command (often helped by strategic court decisions). That came to an abrupt end in 2009, when House Republicans not only defied Barack Obama; they spent two years using him and Nancy Pelosi to get the House of Representatives. We weren’t supposed to do that, which is why the President lashed out with the ‘hostage takers’ line that Mankiw sorrowfully condemned.

    Can the President find it within himself to take Greg Mankiw’s advice anyway? Beats me: how long does it take a man who has never had to grow up before to go through the process? If the answer is “more than six months”… then probably not, sorry.

  136. I think that number is now up to 400.
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    It would be interesting to add up how much those 400 companies plus their employees and officers contributed to his presidential campaign. If someone had the time and resources to do that, it would provide a graphic example of how crony capitalism works. It is the antithesis of democracy.

  137. The limits of big media lie in the fact their manipulations of truth and puff pieces can prevent him from being disliked by many Americans but they are no substitute for leadership. And leadership–effective leadership is what the country expects from a president. By analogy, when the war turned against the Germans and the casualties rose it was harder and harder for the average German to believe they were really winning the war, despite what radio Berlin continued to tell them. Our own big media is patterned in many ways after the Goebbels machine, so they need to realize that its limitations.
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    Batchelor at No Quarter:

    The politics of the jobless number start the New Year with a uniform logic that the rate must go above 10% before it can fall below 9%. The GOP will hammer on the jobless number routinely. POTUS and the Democrats do not have a satisfactory response and are now deprived of excited and stimulating legislation by the GOP majority in the House and by the GOP minority weight in the Senate.

    This leaves POTUS little room to maneuver except with vanity executive orders and vanity recess appointments and vanity proclamations. POTUS will aim to play the victim of GOP bullying.

    The jobless number will make POTUS look ineffective and lightweight. The GDP growth, perhaps 3% or more, will make the bankers too big to fail look prosperous and self-satisfied. Wall Street will do okay. Coorporate profits will do okay. Even GM will do okay. But the jobless number will hang in the air like a storm cell. The polls will show a POTUS who is not disliked and not favored.

    The voters will wait common sensically for a GOP favorite to emerge from the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. At this time, it does look like Romney is a leader. The field does look ecumenical: the governors Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Pawlenty, Daniels, Jindall, Christie, Barbour; the congressmen, Gingrich, Pence, Paul; the senators Thune, Santorum; the statesman Bolton.

    I endorse John Bolton immediately (pending his announcement) and will ride the waves through the debates this summer. Bolton is easily the foreign policy adviser choice for whoever emerges from the fray, which puts Bolton in line for State in the event of a victory in November 2012. And if this is to be a foreign policy year, Bolton is a weapon. It still looks to me to be a domestic election, not unlike 2008, in which we will refight the bail-outs, the stimulus, the deficits, and the bankers too big to fail

  138. pm317,
    It’s really hard after 60, but I’m doing it. I stay around 1000 calories a day and try to get out of the computer chair a little more often, LOL!

    Well with the death squads and all the safety nets being removed, heck I thought I better get myself ready until I croak on the way to work, LOL! It seems like this is how we are going to live now…

    The last 10 are always the hardest and darn near takes as long as the whole program….I am learning portion control…its hard to do in the “supersize enviroment” we live in.

  139. “I endorse John Bolton immediately (pending his announcement) and will ride the waves through the debates this summer. Bolton is easily the foreign policy adviser choice for whoever emerges from the fray, which puts Bolton in line for State in the event of a victory in November 2012. And if this is to be a foreign policy year, Bolton is a weapon. It still looks to me to be a domestic election, not unlike 2008, in which we will refight the bail-outs, the stimulus, the deficits, and the bankers too big to fail.”
    ________________________

    You can forget Bachelor if he is supporting John (Hussein has WMD)Bolton. Bolton is connected to every corrupt organization that got us into this fix, especially the UN.

    Read his wiki:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Bolton

  140. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Wow. Congrats on losing on all that weight, do you mind me asking how you can stay not-hungry with just 1000 calories, I am trying to lose weight, my wife every year is trying to get me to lose weight, this year I seriously plan to.

    Do you just eat very high protein food to get a full-feeling? That was my biggest issue, I could never feel full, so even after a meal I would still be hungry. Is it exercise and eating less or both?

  141. It’s “HILLARY OF BUST”…

    We cannot vote in a Republican in 2012 or 2016. They have to go the way of the Neanderthal Cave Men hoping enough of the Neocons die off sooner rather than later creating a breach where the void can be filled by decent politicians.

    The Clintons know who are the corrupt politicians. They’ve started sorting through the democrats during the midterms… A cleansing of politicos has to be done with Republicans as well.

  142. Please Mrs. Smith. I am not endorsing Boulton. I know the story on him without reading wikopedia. Jesus. I posted the entire article and that was at the end of it. I have reposted below the guts of the article to which my comment made reference. You should like it since it is congenial to what you believe will happen. A weak president who has broken faith with his base is an easier target for anyone who seeks to oust him, if all the other pieces are in place.
    ———————————————————————————
    The politics of the jobless number start the New Year with a uniform logic that the rate must go above 10% before it can fall below 9%. The GOP will hammer on the jobless number routinely. POTUS and the Democrats do not have a satisfactory response and are now deprived of excited and stimulating legislation by the GOP majority in the House and by the GOP minority weight in the Senate.

    This leaves POTUS little room to maneuver except with vanity executive orders and vanity recess appointments and vanity proclamations. POTUS will aim to play the victim of GOP bullying.

    The jobless number will make POTUS look INEFFECTIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT. The GDP growth, perhaps 3% or more, will make the bankers too big to fail look prosperous and self-satisfied. Wall Street will do okay. Coorporate profits will do okay. Even GM will do okay. But the jobless number will hang in the air like a storm cell. The polls will show a POTUS who is not disliked and not favored.

  143. I am not against Republicans per say, with one caveat.
    If they are useful to us fighting Obama and his ilk, then thats fine. However, instead of the public being used to elect another round of corrupt politicians; it’s about time the public smartens up and uses these politicians instead of us going to the polls once again like sheep falling for their promises cloaked in stealth and lies.

  144. @tim: That was my biggest issue, I could never feel full, so even after a meal I would still be hungry. Is it exercise and eating less or both?
    ——————
    my husband dropped like a rock (I guess it is easier for men!). He consulted a dietitian and got a meal plan and stayed with it and still does (we are both vegetarian). He also exercised simple treadmill type of exercise to burn about 600 – 800 cals (about 1300 – 1500 cals intake) everyday. He eliminated most fat and controlled carbs in his diet. He lost 1 lb per week for about 3-4 months with diet and exercise and lost total 40 lbs over 7 months. He is at his ideal weight for the past 17 months. I started with him at the same time and went down to 135 lbs (from about 150) but back on 140 for a while — travel for work screws thing up a bit and I am a little less disciplined as well. I would like to bring it down to 125 lbs. I am back on the treadmill everyday in addition to watching what I eat.

    For feeling full, you need to find foods with a high satiation index (ex. popcorn, veggies..) To some degree you also have to suffer a bit of starvation — don’t skip meals but eat the minimum that gets you by.

  145. tim,
    I am not sure how I would tell a man, but you’d probably be eat somewhere 15 an 1600 and lose weight.

    Well in 05′ I went on a high protein diet and I excercised 2 to 3 hrs a day. I got down to a certain point but could not go down any further…at the time I never figured out that I was eating too many calories. I felt great though and could out work most 20 years olds. I got discourged after than and gained it all back plus about 40 more. Well as you know I’m 60 and female=no metabolism, nada, zip. I tried to go back on adkins and did it for one month…I lost no weight and I did not cheat at all. So then I realized that portion control and calorie counting was the only thing left to do because my knees are too bad for much of a work out. I went to my Dr. and asked for some appetite suppressants for two months along with Prozac which also has a side effect of an appetite suppressant while I was learning to live on two Lean Quisine’s or Smart Ones a day. I have to admit, I could not have done it without being scared to death of not being able to maintain a job. Its amazing what fear will do for you. LOL! I eat for breakfast the 2oz size of 2% cottage cheese with small can of peaches that are in its own juice. The cottage cheese is 90 and the peaches are 60. In about two hours I pop some 100 calorie popcorn or eat an apple or fruit, then I eat a lean quizine for lunch….about two hours after that I do the same kind of snack making sure its never over 100 cal. Then for Dinner I do the same thing only adding some vegetables that are frozen single serving. If I am hungry before bed I keep a huge jar of dill pickles, carrots and low fat single serving popcorn. Everything is single serving and if I am really hungry I eat 1200 and I don’t sweat it…some days I might only eat 600 if I’m busy and not thinking about it. Its a matter of mind control and of coarse FEAR! So far its working and I’m happy cause my knees have already stopped hurting, if I’d quit falling down they might never hurt, LOL! Just brain wash yourself and of coarse my prize in the end will be a cruise with the new person in my life…so I have a goal! Good luck!
    Just imagine Obama and his dimwits deciding who get healthcare and who doesn’t…that ought to scare anyone into getting into shape,LOL!

  146. pm317, I agree we ought to be greatful for low fat popcorn. I also agree, we must tell ourselves that we shouldn’t need to feel full at the beginning…that comes later. I feel full now when I eat a Smart One. Our stomachs weren’t suppose to hold 5 lbs of food. Tim, actually when you think about it, I bet you don’t feel as good full as you do when your not….just expand on that thought.

    I wish that is all I had to lose, I have many more, but I am determined to get healthy again.

  147. pm317 and confloyd

    Thank you to you both. I did lose some weight 5 years ago, about 30 lbs, but then I stopped the routine and it came back plus more. I won’t lie, I am worried about this whole ObamaCare crap, I want and try to avoid going to the doctor if I can, and prevent things instead.

    pm317 — I think I will try the dietician approach, last time I dieted, I did the atkins diet, but my wife was constantly worried because of all the meat involved, so I will try a more balanced approach this time.

    confloyd — you know it! LOL!, that is exactly what I am scared off, I have friends near 70 and lets just say they are petrified at the rationing ObamaCare will bring, so they pretty much scared me into making sure to take as good of care as I can. I may even buy a treadmill for home, then I am hop on, no excuses.

  148. Confloyd, congrats on your weight loss efforts! I’m doing the same thing. I have lost 30 lbs. so far but need to lose about 100 more (I’m pre-diabetic). I eat about 1200-1500 calories a day and will start riding my exercise bike this week for about 20 minutes daily. I lose weight slowly but that’s the best way to do it. I can’t be heavy anymore with the diabetes threat. Had a physical last week and already my blood pressure and blood glucose are improved. It’s amazing how simple weight loss can benefit your health so much.

  149. tim,
    Good for you, the treadmill works wonders and men have a lot easier time because of their muscle mass…I will start working out at the gym next week, but not too much because it’ll make me hungrier. I have been thinking about buying a weighted hula hoop. It’s great for people with bad knees and its low impact.

  150. “actually when you think about it, I bet you don’t feel as good full as you do when your not….just expand on that thought.”

    LOL, oh yes, my wife drinks tea all the time when she gets hungry, sorry ladies, can’t do the tea thing LOL…. but I will try popcorn, my wife makes it in the air popper, and then she got some indian spices from our former neighbors who are indian, so she air pops it, then adds some spinkles some lime juice, extra virgin oil, and some indian spice; very very yummy.

    I think you are right though confloyd, it never feel good to be very full, like a thanksgiving meal, its a hard habit to break though, I don’t snack much, just 3 big square meals.

  151. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    you may want to try water aerobics, my SIL has very weak knees and she does water aerobics, my wife tried it a few times, says its much harder than it looks but it is virtually no impact on joints. Burns lots of calories as well.

  152. American Gal, you and I have the same amount left to lose, but I wasn’t pre-diabetic…I was pre-death, LOL! I looked at my pic at the beach last summer….I was asking for the big heart attack, drinking all that beer with lime and salt and eating like a pig….how I’m still here is beyond me…but I’m feeling good now, b/p is coming down and everything. I probably won’t even need to have b/p meds after I get this 100 off. My poor daughter has to get 200 off and she’s started now that I’ve started…I’ve been at this since October! I hope I’m down the coming October, but its how I will live for the rest of my life.
    I also never let any sweets pass these lips….just like you wouldn’t drink one beer if you were an alcoholic, I just can’t have sweets until my weight is off and then I will learn portion control on that.

  153. tim,
    Its better to eat 6 small meals than 3 huge ones. I have learned to never let myself get so hungry I’d be tempted to eat half a calf or something like that….just keep that popcorn in mind!

  154. Mrs. Smith
    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    I am not against Republicans per say, with one caveat.
    If they are useful to us fighting Obama and his ilk, then thats fine. However, instead of the public being used to elect another round of corrupt politicians; it’s about time the public smartens up and uses these politicians instead of us going to the polls once again like sheep falling for their promises cloaked in stealth and lies—————
    ————————————————————————–

    Well I certainly hope more of the voters wake up because these sheep are leading us off a cliff. I always said and history will prove it right, that the republicans have never lead us out of debt or unemployment…they are the ones that take us down that road. Now I can only remember as far back a Reagan and look how many in his administration that went to prison? There’s corruption on both sides and it has to be cleaned up or we won’t have a country much longer.

  155. Tim,

    I think I will try the dietician approach, last time I dieted, I did the atkins diet, but my wife was constantly worried because of all the meat involved, so I will try a more balanced approach this time.
    ————

    One more detail. This dietitian did not tell him what to eat but put together a nutritious combination of servings of all food groups for about 1600-1700 cals per day (this is designed to lose 1 lb per month with 1/2 hour exercise — cut down fat and exercise more to lose more faster). My husband’s consultation with the dietitian cost him $20 with his insurance ($60 without insurance.) He was a little grumpy at the peak of his regimen, :)..

    1. starch (bread, cereal, rice, pasta) 9 servings – 1 slice of whole wheat bread is one serving or 1/3 cup of rice or 1/2 cup of cereal)
    2. fruit — 2 servings, 1 serving is one small fresh fruit or 1/2 cup unsweetened canned fruit, or 7 small grapes
    3. vegetable — 4 servings, 1 serving is 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw (no potato)
    4. protein — 6 servings, 1 serving is 2 egg whites or 1 once low fat cheese
    5. milk — 2 servings, 1 cup of skim or 1% milk is one serving
    6. fat — 6 servings, 1 tsp oil is one serving or 1 tbsp of salad dressing or 10 peanuts or 1/8 avocado

  156. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    It’s Hillary or bust…the rest of them are all in it together! I don’t trust any of them!
    __________________________

    That’s RIGHT! If anyone thinks the Republicans are here to SAVE US- get a grip. The only thing the Republicans care about is their MONEY and POWER and more of it-

    Isn’t there a saying, when you keep making the same mistakes over and over again with the same result—- IT’S A SURE SIGN OF INSANITY!

    There is only ONE president that has helped the People better their lives since Johnson and that is President Clinton. With Hillary in the O/O we can expect the same because they think as one person. Republicans are only to be thought of as pawns and tools to our own end never ever again allowing them getting their hands on the power of this country until they are purged of their rottenness from the top down. Same goes for the Democrats.

  157. confloyd,

    Big hugs and congratulations on all your hard work to lose weight.

    I was diagnosed as type II diabetes about 3 years ago. It was purely a hereditary diagnosis as both sides have it and I was doing all the right things by exercising and eating properly for years.

    I am now struggling a little to get back to the exercise portion. LOL…with snow, more snow, and lots of cold weather here, my favorite sport of walking is getting harder to do.

    Best of luck to you in continuing the fight.

  158. confloyd
    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    congratulation again to you, losing weight is very hard and you are doing great, and best of luck to your daughter, she has you as an inspiration.

  159. LOL…. but I will try popcorn, my wife makes it in the air popper, and then she got some indian spices from our former neighbors who are indian, so she air pops it, then adds some spinkles some lime juice, extra virgin oil, and some indian spice; very very yummy.
    ———–
    tim, that is funny.. we just got a similar recipe from a guy (not Indian) on our hike new year’s eve while discussing Indian foods (of course..).

  160. pm317
    January 2nd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks so much! I just told my wife about seeing a dietcian to help me out, and she was quickly on the internet looking up some locally.

    She actually is a vegetarian as well, although she will eat eggs and fish, she cooks asian food a lot, more specifically Indian, soups like dal?, mainly for lunch, she eats a big breakfast and lunch, snacks, not much of a dinner though.

    I think I might evetually do that, being a vegetarian… but it will take time I suppose.

  161. Well, we are starting a new year and a new decade.. let us make it happen!! Like confloyd I want to look good (I have been staring at that skirt from Mango in my closet for too long :).

  162. “And I throw right back at them, Waffles is and never will be a centerist he is no Bill Clinton, Waffles is a far left extreme radical, in the words of Van Jones, who Jarrett and Waffles so admire …paraphrased… sometimes its important to take on the pose of centerism to promote a more radical ends.”
    __________________________

    Good for you Tim- shame on us if we are baboozled again by the Right or the Obamacrats.
    ______________

    Thanks, Jan- there is no way, no how, I’m going to listen to the praises of the old Repblican guard thinking we are so naive, we’ll all vote republican at the next election like good little campers unhappy with their camp counselors. Not going to happen- I’d sooner see civil war in the country than have republicans slit our throats for the fun of it thinking we don’t understand what has been going on for the last 11 years!

  163. The Big Pink just has to be the most wonderful blog, I’ve not seen another as good as this, with Admin’s wonderful, on target political analysis and the regular’s that have been here, it kinda makes it like a big family of Hillary supporters. I love this blog and its commentors. Where else can you get such support for anything you try to achieve while we try to get the real winner of 08′ in place to save us all??

    Thanks everyone for your encouragement and back at you all that are trying to do the same thing, afterall at this point we are all stuck with Obama’s dealth squad’s. LOL!

  164. Oh goody!

    A fat thread! (hehehehe)

    Congrats on your weight loss, confloyd. I am struggling for the first time in my life with weight and it’s driving me nuts. Problem for me is when I was on interferon for 18 months I lost 20 pounds. Then, when I went on chemo, I gained all that weight back plus 20 more! The chemo killed my metabolism and it is so hard to have to think about portion control, exercise and all the other stuff which goes along with weight loss. I’m just thankful I was never heavy before and hoping like he11 I can find a way to get back to a normal weight but it is HARD!

    But I am grateful I am cancer-free. Still, lugging around extra weight takes a toll on your body so I hope I can be a successful player in the Big pink biggest losers club.

  165. tim,
    Our wonderful ex-Potus is a vegan now, Peta loves him now. I could easily be a vegan, I hate the way they slaughter animals, but unfortunately at this stage of my diet, I have to only have single servings in front of me. I cook stuff in my Crockpot for my dad. He weighs soaking wet with his shoes on 114 lbs, so he’s not a person who lives for food, but I have to keep his ice cream on hand, LOL! He is going to be 88 in a couple of days and he’s still going strong, but he’s never had a weight problem. He really doesn’t even like food, so its never been a problem for him. He only eats to live, not lives to eat like I did. That’s the key you know.

  166. basil9, Yes it does appear as we’ve turned the thread into a “Jenny Craig” talkathon! LOL! But we’re still fighting for Hillary afterall, if we all get sick who will carry her banner?? We are the “DIEHARDS”.

  167. I am a vegetarian and can’t even eat eggs anymore coz of the thought of how chickens are treated although there are a few free-range natural farms around here which sell eggs and I may look into that. I just don’t trust labeling which claims cage-free birds. But that’s just me. Living with four parrots really changed my perspective. (Although they will, if offered, eat chicken themselves.) Mainly, however, they are nut, seed, fruit and veggie eaters.

    Still, it’s hard to get enough protein if you’re a strict vegetarian.

    And I of course have no problem with other people’s dietary habits. But being a vegetarian hasn’t staved off the chemo-induced metabolic slow down. But I confess I’m a night time binger. So many bad habits to break, so little time. :sigh:

  168. basil 9,
    My mom was diagnosed years ago with bladder cancer. She beat it only to die of heart disease, but she did what is called the “macrobiotic diet”, and I fully believe that is what saved her from having a reoccurance. Have you ever heard of that?

  169. “But I am grateful I am cancer-free. ”

    Yes, that is wonderful, you can always lose that weight, the important thing is that you are now doing well.

    “Still, it’s hard to get enough protein if you’re a strict vegetarian.”

    Yes, this is why its hard for me to be a vegetarian, my wife though is one, she eats lots of beans, soybeans, she probably gets more protein than me, but see she doesn’t really have a taste for meat, so I’m guessing that’s why she can eat beans, etc, also when we had indian neighbors, our friends taught her a lot about cooking with spices, so since then she can cook vegetarian and not miss anything.

    I think I can highly recommend is eating sprouts, we grow our own sprouts and eat them practically everyday, they are excellent for your health, and very inexpensive and easy to grow.

  170. huh, not sure why I typed “I think”, I can highly recommend sprouts, they are extrememly healthy for you.

  171. Just realised today is TLC’s final Sarah Palin’s alaska episode. Well, good night all, going to make some dinner and then watch this final episode.

    btw… for those interested in learning how good sprouts are for you, here is a pretty good site, and I’m sure online there are many more as well.

    http://sproutpeople.org/sprouts/nutrition.html

  172. A friend once told me ‘losing weight is all between the ears” and she was right, it takes a huge amount of will power. I’ve been trying to lose the same 10-15 pounds for 5 years now. Maybe the scale is stuck!

    I have found that having a small dinner helps(no carbs). Sumo wrestlers gain weight by eating huge amounts of food and then sleeping. Makes sense.

  173. House of Representatives
    Movers and Shakers: Issa Predicts ‘Constant Battle’ With White House Over Economy

    Published January 02, 2011

    In this March 2 file photo, Rep. Darrell Issa takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill.
    Editor’s note: The following is the latest installment in “Movers and Shakers: Republican Leadership in the 112th Congress.” The FoxNews.com series looks at some of the newly prominent House Republicans who will decide GOP and legislative priorities in the next Congress.

    Of all the Republicans in line for a promotion when the next Congress convenes on Wednesday, perhaps nobody puts Democrats more on edge than Rep. Darrell Issa.

    The Republican from California, who spent the last session challenging the Obama administration with media-ready reports and investigations on everything from ACORN to the stimulus package, is poised to up his game this year when he takes the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The position makes him the de facto congressional watchdog for the administration, this time with subpoena power.

    Issa has tried to temper some of the buzz around his chairmanship in the weeks leading up to the new session. He’s indicated he might take a pass on hot-button topics like the Justice Department’s fizzled voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. He also ruled out any push to impeach the president. After he said earlier in the year that President Obama is one of the “most corrupt” in modern times, Issa has walked that back, sort of — he said Sunday he was talking about the administration.

    But Issa, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” said he still plans a rigorous agenda of hearings, targeting wasteful spending and administration regulation of the private sector. He predicted a hostile climate, as he homes in on the dollars-and-cents issues he thinks Americans are eager to learn about.

    Top House Republican Predicts ‘Significant’ Bipartisan Support for Health Care Law Repeal major u.s. airports consider ditching tsa Undercover Cruise-Line Boss Earns Angel Wings, the Hard Way “I think we’re going to be in a constant battle over jobs and the economy,” Issa said.

    Issa said Sunday he views his committee as a vehicle to “shed light” on government waste and overreach, describing its role as one of “efficiency.” With that role in mind, the congressman has already outlined some of his priorities. Back in September he released a “blueprint” for oversight that covered taxpayer funding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; “waste, fraud and abuse” in Medicare and Medicaid; alleged waste in stimulus funding; the performance of the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Wall Street bailouts; and the general performance of federal agencies.

    He added Sunday that he’ll look for “hundreds of billions of dollars of waste,” citing a figure out of the Office of Management and Budget that the federal government made $125 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2010. He also said $1.7 trillion worth of regulatory costs — an estimate included in a recent Small Business Administration report — are burdening the private sector.

    “If the president wants to throw another $300 or $400 billion, what he’s doing is taking it right out of businesses, right out of employment, right out of competitiveness,” Issa said. “We need to make sure we compete.”

    “The sooner the administration figures out that the enemy is the bureaucracy and the wasteful spending, not the other party, the better off we’ll be,” Issa said Sunday.

  174. I hope this guy is as tough as he sounds. Somebody needs to defend the country against this kind of abuse, but with a corrupt president and a media willing to tolerate it, by default the obligation devolves to the Republicans . . . Not my first choice, but any port in a storm. The most important thing is not party but country. Does Jim Webb still believe that? Regardless, it is clear to any objective observer that Holder has stayed too long at the fair.
    —————————————————————————————————————

    Rep. Darrell Issa, who is poised to become the top congressional watchdog challenging the Obama administration, said Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder should either “stop hurting the administration or leave.”

    The pointed words came after Issa was asked on “Fox News Sunday” about Holder’s handling of several hot-button issues, including the possibility of legal action against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Holder has said that the Justice Department is conducting an investigation into the leak of thousands of diplomatic cables, pledging to hold accountable anybody found acting in violation of U.S. law.

    Lawmakers, though, have pushed him to charge Assange under the Espionage Act. Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suggested the administration needs to move faster.

    The California Republican said Sunday that if President Obama is not treating the unauthorized disclosure as terrorism, then Holder needs to go after the leak as a criminal matter. “Otherwise the world is laughing at this paper tiger we’ve become,” he said.

    “He isn’t doing enough,” Issa said. “He’s hurting this administration. If you’re hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration or leave.”

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  175. Thanks for the tips, Tim

    Yes confloyd, I have heard of the macrobiotic diest and even tried it for a couple of years when I was in my early twenties. I was so healthy then. It’s a good suggestion.
    You’re right, crazyhorse. it’s all between the ears. Change the perspective change the outcome. Sounds so easy but it’s not!

  176. Top 10 questions for 2011

    By: Alexander Burns
    January 1, 2011

    A few things in politics are certain: Presidential elections happen early in November. Iowa’s caucus comes first. Democrats quote John F. Kennedy, and Republicans quote Ronald Reagan.
    Beyond that, things get a lot less predictable in campaigns and in government. With the midterm campaign over, control of the House about to change and the 2012 campaign poised to begin, the future is as cloudy as ever.

    Here’s POLITICO’s list of the top 10 unresolved questions for 2011 — the known unknowns that will shape government and electoral politics for the next year:

    What will Barack Obama say in the State of the Union?

    President Barack Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress at the end of January or in early February. For the first time since Obama took office, it will be a Republican — Rep. John Boehner — standing over his left shoulder as speaker in the well of the House.

    Obama’s speech will signal how he plans to approach the new GOP majority in the House and the diminished Democratic majority in the Senate. Members of both parties will be watching closely to see whether a confrontational or conciliatory president shows up.

    Obama’s planning to address the deficit in his remarks, according to press secretary Robert Gibbs, and the White House staff is reviewing the Bowles-Simpson commission’s budget-slashing recommendations in preparation. That could indicate he’s preparing to move toward the center or even may try to outflank the GOP on spending.

    When — and where — will the Obama reelect start?

    With the exception of a few attention-seeking pundits, no one doubts that Obama intends to run for a second term in 2012. Vice President Joe Biden said he’s already been asked to re-up for another four years. Several senior White House officials, including David Axelrod and Jim Messina, are expected to leave the administration early in 2011 to help steer the campaign.

    What we don’t know is just how quickly the campaign will gear up: when it will be incorporated and when Obama will formally announce. For all the attention on the GOP’s primary calendar, these decisions from Obama will play just as big a role in shaping the timetable for 2012.

    We also don’t know with finality where the Democratic campaign will be based, though current odds are that it will again be run out of Chicago.

    Will Sarah Palin run?

    While there are few doubts about Obama’s plans for 2012, there’s almost nothing but question marks surrounding the former governor of Alaska.

    Palin has been acting more like a candidate lately, weighing in on issues before Congress — from the Bush tax cuts to START — and traveling abroad to Haiti. She also has started giving interviews to more mainstream media outlets, like ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    If Palin actually pulls the trigger on a presidential run, she’ll be the defining force in the Republican primaries. If she doesn’t, her endorsement could still power another candidate for victory. And as long as her plans remain hazy, that indecision will reign over the rest of her party’s hopefuls.

    How will the White House handle Darrell Issa?

    House Republicans will have few opportunities to pass conservative legislation in 2011, since Democrats still control the Senate and the White House. But one Republican congressman, California Rep. Darrell Issa, will be able to pursue his agenda virtually unchecked as head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    From that perch, Issa will have the power to investigate and subpoena members of the executive branch — and he plans to use it. He told POLITICO that he wants “seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” from the various oversight subcommittees.

    The White House has to choose whether to try to placate Issa or fight every piece of paper that comes out of his office. Other administrations have often chosen to fight: Democratic lawmakers met with stiff resistance when they tried to investigate the Bush administration, and Republican congressional investigations into the Clinton administration ultimately consumed both branches of government in the 1990s.

    What about that July Afghanistan deadline?

    Obama announced in mid-December that American forces are “on track to achieve our goals” in Afghanistan. A status report from his administration was more tentative, saying that U.S. gains in the war were “fragile and reversible.”

    The decision point that looms for Obama is July 2011, when he has pledged to begin drawing down American forces in Afghanistan. On Dec. 16, the president suggested he’s committed to that timeline, saying some of the war’s progress was “a result of us having sent a clear signal that we will begin the transition of responsibility to Afghans and start reducing American forces next July.”

    But a big question mark hangs over the exact meaning of “reducing American forces.” It’s unclear how many forces Obama hopes to bring home and how quickly — and whether those plans could change if conditions on the ground take a turn for the worse.

    Whither Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates?

    The Obama administration’s premier buddy flick — pairing a Democratic former first lady-turned-diplomat with a Republican ex-spy master and Bush appointee — will eventually come to an end.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates already has stayed in government longer than most expected when Obama asked him to continue on at the Pentagon. Gates continues to be cryptic about when he’d like to call it a career and spokesman Geoff Morrell joked last summer: “His record indicates that he’s a miserable failure at retirement.”

    The most enticing potential Gates replacement is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has lined up with the Pentagon chief on a number of internal administration debates. Though Clinton said that her current job is likely her “last public position,” it’s possible to imagine a person changing her mind to become the first female defense secretary.

    Will House Republicans actually try to defund health care and Wall Street reform?

    Republicans who campaigned on repealing the health care reform law know they have no real opportunity to fulfill that promise this year. Same goes for pledges to scuttle the banking overhaul Obama signed in July.

    The GOP’s one short-term hope for derailing those Democratic initiatives is to deny them money. Conservative leaders like Georgia Rep. Tom Price and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have vowed publicly to block funds to the executive branch for implementing health care reform. Retiring Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd has warned his fellow Democrats that the GOP could do the same when it comes to banking reform.

    But this is a high-stakes game of chicken: If Republicans insist on a starvation budget and Democrats resist, that’s a recipe for a government shutdown.

    What happens to Cuccinelli v. Sebelius?

    A better bet for conservative health care reform opponents in 2011 may be the courts, where one U.S. district judge has already ruled that the provision requiring all Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

    Virginia-based District Judge Henry Hudson is an outlier within the justice system, so far — multiple judges have issued contrary rulings in other courts. Robert Gibbs emphasized in response to Hudson’s ruling that “there are now 20 or so cases making their way through federal courts. This was the Eastern District of Virginia; 115 miles away, the Western District Court of Virginia ruled Nov. 30 to uphold the same provision.”

    Neither of those cases will be the last word on the health care law. It remains to be seen just how far litigation will move in 2011, but it’s likely to end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court sooner or later.

    Who wins the redistricting wars?

    Republicans have an opportunity to strengthen their new political gains in 2011 when the congressional map gets redrawn.

    Thanks to their midterm victories in state legislatures, Republicans will largely have control of the redistricting process on both sides of the transaction — in many states that are shedding seats, like Michigan and Ohio, and in states that will pick up seats, like Texas and Arizona.

    The size of the GOP’s gains, however, is yet to be determined. At the same time as they’ll try to draw new seats in their favor, Republicans will also feel pressure from current members of Congress to keep safe districts intact.

    Democrats aren’t without targets of their own. In Illinois alone, there are 11 Republican lawmakers at the mercy of a Democratic legislature and governor.

    What’s in Dick Cheney’s book?

    Unlike most political memoirs, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s forthcoming tome is expected to be a blockbuster.

    When he announced the project in June 2009, Cheney told The Associated Press: “There are a lot of interesting stories that ought to be told.”

    If the former defense secretary, congressman and White House chief of staff actually unloads his notebooks, that’ll be an understatement. Given Cheney’s propensity for antagonizing the current administration, it could also send ripples through domestic politics and foreign policy.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46916.html

  177. “Given Cheney’s propensity for antagonizing the current administration”

    And this instance, will be cheering Darth Vader on.

  178. What we don’t know is just how quickly the campaign will gear up
    ************

    Has he ever stopped campaigning? We know he never governed. At least we haven’t had to listen to one of his greatest of all time speech’s for sometime now.

    It’s the little things in life these days.

  179. January 2, 2011

    Intimidation and Tyranny
    By Debra Saunders

    While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is celebrating his $1 million-plus book deal on a 600-acre estate and enjoying his status as a lefty fringe hero, former cartoonist Molly Norris is in hiding.

    The moral of this column is that in today’s world, cartoons, if they target Islam, can be more hazardous to your health than crossing the mighty U.S. government and its allies.

    Swedish and Danish authorities arrested four suspected militant Islamic jihadists last week for allegedly planning a terrorist attack before this weekend. Their target was the Jyllands-Posten news bureau in Copenhagen. In 2006, the newspaper became the target of terrorist threats after it printed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. Authorities say the suspects arrested planned to use the same “swarm” tactics used in the 2008 Mumbai killing spree that left at least 160 people dead.

    Kurt Westergaard drew a cartoon that depicted Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. Last January, a Somali man wielding an ax and demanding “revenge” broke into Westergaard’s home. In 2009, Danish authorities arrested three men for planning to behead Westergaard.

    Like Westergaard, Jyllands-Posten Editor Flemming Rose, who commissioned the cartoons, now has round-the-clock security. I asked via e-mail how many planned attacks against his paper and cartoonists have been thwarted.

    Rose answered that this latest episode represents the sixth or seventh foiled attack.

    In his new book, “Tyranny of Silence,” Rose explains that he asked cartoonists to submit works on Muhammad in order to stand up to “my perception of prevalent self-censorship among the Danish media” on the subject of radical Islam. Now he has a target on his back.

    When we met in 2008, Rose summarized what summed up “The Cartoon Crisis.” “They are basically saying, ‘If you say we are violent, we are going to kill you.'”

    And: “If you give in to intimidation, you will not get less intimidation, you will get more intimidation.”

    Back to Molly Norris. In April, the one-time Seattle Weekly cartoonist made the mistake of drawing a cartoon that called for an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Norris was reacting to Comedy Central’s decision to censor parts of the show “South Park” that depicted a cartoon Muhammad dressed in a bear suit — wink, wink — lest showing an image of the prophet offend. The network also bleeped out verbal references to Muhammad.

    Norris quickly renounced the idea and apologized to the Muslim community. But that didn’t stop American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki from declaring that that Norris should be “a prime target of assassination.” Al-Awlaki, you may recall, has been linked to the attempted Times Square bombing, last year’s failed Christmas Day bombing on a Detroit-bound plane, and the Fort Hood shootings that left 13 dead.

    At the FBI’s urging, Norris changed her name and wiped her identity.

    As for “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, they didn’t like Comedy Central’s decision to censor their material. To their credit, they risked the wrath of extremists, who made veiled death threats against them.

    But they thrive in a system that perpetuates a double standard. Stone and Parker are now working on a new Broadway musical, “The Book of Mormon.” In reporting on the musical, Newsday called them “scamps” and “the wonderful troublemakers of ‘South Park.'”

    Those aren’t the sort of terms reserved for Rose, who became something of an international pariah for doing to Islam once what Parker and Stone do regularly to devout Christians. The “South Park” guys know that they can make fun of Mormons without fear of censorship from upstairs or fatwas from abroad.

    This new year will bring the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “Since Sept. 11, 2001, at least 30 planned terrorist attacks have been foiled, all but two of them prevented by law enforcement,” a Heritage Foundation paper reported in April. And that was before Faisal Shahzad failed to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

    As for 2010, it ended with arrests in London, Denmark, Sweden and a suicide bombing in Stockholm.

    We don’t know the names of the intelligence operatives and law enforcement officials who saved innocent lives by uncovering and stopping these plots, but they are the unsung heroes of the last decade.

    As for Assange, his leaks “have made it much harder for those who are stopping attacks to do their jobs,” according to former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow. “The countries we rely on for information must increasingly be unwilling to share it with us for fear that it will be exposed in the next set of leaks. Next time an attack is successful, those who are applauding WikiLeaks today will give not a second’s thought that they contributed to it.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/01/02/intimidation_and_tyranny_108403.html

  180. Of all the things there are to worry about in the year ahead the least of our worries is what Obamas speech writer will have him say at the State of the Union. Nothing he says can be believed, he is no longer in charge of events, and the world sees him for what he most certainly is–a paper tiger. So let the DC elites play this silly game of charades, its not for me.

    Someone was mentioning this guy Baird who is counsel to Bambi. I do not know him. He is from Perkins Coie I believe. The founder of the firm lived in my neighborhood when I was a kid. I never knew him but I did know his youngest son who is dead now. Thia was a middle class neighborhood, but he lived in the big house which was a mini estate. The neighborhood gossip who was the daughter of Congressman Greene from South Dakota who Teddy Roosevelt used to dote over as a child–we had only her word for that, was quick to tell anyone who would listen that he got the big house from a widow whom he represented when she slipped the mortal coil with no other heirs. He was a very lucky lawyer. The firm he and his partners founded rose to prominence when the largest firm in town went belly up. Since then it has acquired a national reputation and is definitely in the top 25 law firms in the country, and represents some of the largest companies in the Pacific Northwest, like Boeing and Microsoft. It is an excellent firm but not of the caliber of one of the very top firms like say a Morgan Lewis.

  181. I hope this rumor about Hillary moving to Defense is not true. This is a corrupt regime and it is not in the national interest for it to be propped up further. This would be a step down for her if you look at the line of succession to the presidency. If she takes it then she is marching to someone else’s drum and I do not like that. The press has never done her any favors and if that is what they want she should say no to it. It is a stepping stone to nothing. Where is Les Aspin now–and who cares?

  182. That’s RIGHT! If anyone thinks the Republicans are here to SAVE US- get a grip. The only thing the Republicans care about is their MONEY and POWER and more of it-

    Isn’t there a saying, when you keep making the same mistakes over and over again with the same result—- IT’S A SURE SIGN OF INSANITY!

    There is only ONE president that has helped the People better their lives since Johnson and that is President Clinton. With Hillary in the O/O we can expect the same because they think as one person. Republicans are only to be thought of as pawns and tools to our own end never ever again allowing them getting their hands on the power of this country until they are purged of their rottenness from the top down. Same goes for the Democrats.

    ————
    YUP, I totally agree with you Mrs. S. and Confloyd!!

  183. There=Their A new year, and a new set of hitting send much too fast. Thanks for putting up with me.

  184. While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is celebrating his $1 million-plus book deal on a 600-acre estate

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    That is ‘suppressi verum’ to the degree of dishonesty.

    Assange is at a friend’s home UNDER HOUSE ARREST ON BAIL. He is not allowed to leave the premisis, wears some tracking device, must see police every day, has his passport taken away. This is while the US tries to think of some excuse to extradite him to Guantanamo, as he has done nothing except what US newspapers used to do all the time, when they did their jobs.

    He took a book deal for money for his legal fees when Paypal, Swiss banks, etc froze his accounts. This was on the occasion of announcing that he was going to release information on corrupt dealings by Bank of America and other private businesses responsible for the mortgage forclosure scam/crash.

  185. “since then the waivers he has given to businesses and unions ”

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    When I read that as ‘and unicorns’, it’s time I went to bed.

  186. undermining the American people to the brink of total destruction of the Middle Class. Which is what the Republicans have tried to acomplish over the last 30 yrs

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    Republicans are out to deliberately destroy the Middle CLass just for the sake of destruction, hm.

  187. Of course Assange is not Ellsburg. Manning (if guilty) is Ellsburg. Assange is the NYT.

    Assange did not steal or leak any of the documents. He is the journalist to whom the documents are leaked. He protects his sources while verifying the content of the documents, then publishes them in readable form.

    This is not illegal. Legitimate newspapers do this, or used to. Now it takes a vigilante world-scale volunteer project.

  188. Facing WikiLeaks threat, bank plays defense

    Bank of America conducts internal investigation in wake of Julian Assange

    By the time the conference call ended, it was nearly midnight at Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., but the bank’s counterespionage work was only just beginning.

    A day earlier, on Nov. 29, the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an interview that he intended to “take down” a major American bank and reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” with a cache of data from an executive’s hard drive. With Bank of America’s share price falling on the widely held suspicion that the hard drive was theirs, the executives on the call concluded it was time to take action.

    Since then, a team of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised.

    In addition to the internal team drawn from departments like finance, technology, legal and communications, the bank has brought in Booz Allen Hamilton, the consulting firm, to help manage the review. It has also sought advice from several top law firms about legal problems that could arise from a disclosure, including the bank’s potential liability if private information was disclosed about clients.

    The company’s chief executive, Brian T. Moynihan, receives regular updates on the team’s progress, according to one Bank of America executive familiar with the team’s work, who, like other bank officials, was granted anonymity to discuss the confidential inquiry.

    Whether Mr. Assange is bluffing, or indeed has Bank of America in its sights at all, the bank’s defense strategy represents the latest twist in the controversy over WikiLeaks and Mr. Assange.

    The United States government has been examining whether Mr. Assange, an Australian, could be charged criminally for the release by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of classified Pentagon and State Department diplomatic cables that became the subject of articles in The New York Times and other publications last month.

    The Swedish government is also seeking to question Mr. Assange about rape accusations against him. As he fights extradition from Britain in that case, he remains under house arrest in an English mansion. Mr. Assange has said the timing of the rape accusations was not coincidental, and that he was the victim of a smear campaign led by the United States government.

    Despite his legal troubles, Mr. Assange’s threats have grown more credible with every release of secret documents, including those concerning the dumping of toxic waste in Africa, the treatment of prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, the trove of diplomatic cables.

    That Mr. Assange might shift his attention to a private company — especially one as politically unpopular as Bank of America or any of its rivals, which have been stained by taxpayer-financed bailouts and the revelation of improper foreclosure practices — raises a new kind of corporate threat, combining elements of law, technology, public policy, politics and public relations.

    Video: Assange: Manning a ‘political prisoner’ in U.S. (on this page)

    “This is a significant moment, and Bank of America has to get out in front of it,” said Richard S. Levick, a veteran crisis communications expert. “Corporate America needs to look at what happens here, and how Bank of America handles it.”

    Last month, the bank bought up Web addresses that could prove embarrassing to the company or its top executives in the event of a large-scale public assault, but a spokesman for the bank said the move was unrelated to any possible leak.

    Then, on Dec. 18, Bank of America may have antagonized Mr. Assange further when it said it would join other companies like MasterCard and PayPal in halting the processing of payments intended for WikiLeaks, citing the possibility the organization’s activities might be illegal.

    Mr. Assange has never said explicitly that the data he possesses comes from Bank of America, which is the nation’s largest bank, though he did say that the disclosure would take place sometime early this year.

    200,000 pages of text?

    The bank has emerged as the most likely target because a year before the latest threat, Mr. Assange said in an interview that his group had the hard drive of a Bank of America executive containing five gigabytes of data — enough to hold more than 200,000 pages of text — and was evaluating how to present it. It was this connection that set the wheels in motion on Nov. 30.

    The financial markets took the threat seriously. Bank of America shares fell 3 percent in trading the day after Mr. Assange made his threat against a nameless bank, and while the stock has since recovered, the prospect of a Bank of America data dump from WikiLeaks remains a concern, said Moshe Orenbuch, an analyst with Credit Suisse.

    “The fears have calmed down somewhat, but if there is something out there that is revealed, the market reaction will be negative,” he said.

    Bank of America’s internal review has turned up no evidence that would substantiate Mr. Assange’s claim that he has a hard drive, according to interviews with executives there. The company declined to otherwise comment on the case.

    A WikiLeaks representative also declined to comment.

    With the data trail cold, one working theory both inside and outside the bank is that internal documents in Mr. Assange’s possession, if any, probably came from the mountains of material turned over to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congressional investigators and the New York attorney general’s office during separate investigations in 2009 and 2010 into the bank’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

    As it happens, Mr. Assange’s first mention of the Bank of America hard drive, in October 2009, coincided with hearings by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform into the Merrill merger, and with wide-ranging requests for information by the committee.

    The bank’s investigative team is trying to reconstruct the handover of materials to public agencies for a variety of inquiries, in pursuit of previously undisclosed documents that could embarrass the company, bank officials said.

    ‘We want to be ready’

    In addition to the Merrill documents, the team is reviewing material on Bank of America’s disastrous acquisition in 2008 of Countrywide Financial, the subprime mortgage specialist, the officials said. The criticism of Bank of America’s foreclosure procedures centers mostly on loans it acquired in the Countrywide deal, and one possibility is that the documents could show unscrupulous or fraudulent lending practices by Countrywide.

    If that is the case, it would not only reignite political pressure on Bank of America and other top mortgage servicers, but it could also strengthen the case of investors pressuring the big banks to buy back tens of billions in soured mortgages.

    “If something happens, we want to be ready,” one bank official said. “You want to know what your options are before it comes out, rather than have to decide on the spot.” Bank of America’s efforts are complicated by the fact that it has made several huge acquisitions in recent years, and those once-independent companies had different computer systems and security procedures.

    WikiLeaks has taken on private companies in the past, including leaking documents from Barclays of Britain and Bank Julius Baer of Switzerland, but neither disclosure drew nearly as much attention.

    Officials at the S.E.C., the House oversight committee and the New York attorney general’s office insist the information they received had been turned over in the form of papers and discs, never a hard drive, and deny they are the source of the WikiLeaks cache.

    At the same time, Mr. Assange’s own statements would seem to undermine the government-as-source theory, hinting instead that resignations might follow as evidence emerges of corruption among top executives, something the public investigations never found.

    “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he said in the November 2010 interview with Forbes. “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron e-mails.”

  189. Shadowfax,
    I really don’t understand the continued reliance of some people on the republicans. It’s a historical fact more republicans have gone to jail for their dirty dealing during a republican administrations than any democratic administration, so having republicans as watchdogs is just crazy. I can’t remember, but the Reagan administration had the highest number of people going to prison than any other, including Nixon’s….so how’s that? The Reagan administration was supposed to be their best, most American administration,yet they had the most law breakers in it. Whereas the Clinton administration is constantly being maligned and it did the most for average americans than any administration since FDR….something is wrong with this picture. What it tells me is that the republicans are better at propaganda than the democrats are and that’s it!
    Of coarse we all know Obama is a republican undercover! He’s a crook thru and thru!

  190. Dems Whingeing….now the Reps control the house

    http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/03/snort-now-the-dems-are-worried-about-wasteful-witch-hunts/

    Snort: Now the Dems are worried about wasteful “witch hunts”

    The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is warning GOP leaders against partisan “witch hunts” when they take over the panel this year.

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Sunday that such investigations might play well politically, but they ultimately undermine the bipartisanship required to tackle the many problems facing the country.

    “We can’t have witch hunts. We can’t have these fishing expeditions,” Cummings said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    …Cummings, a 14-year veteran of the Oversight panel, cited the GOP investigations of the Clinton administration, where witnesses, he said, “were dragged in to depositions — people making $50,000 a year had to pay $25,000, $30,000 to hire a lawyer.”

    “We’re just going to have to be careful with this power,” he said.

    Call the concern troll patrol.

    ……………………………….

    Boo Hoo, you ran witch hunts for years, now you all of a sudden are “concerned” about witch hunts.

  191. Mrs. Smith,
    Since this may include CountryWide, lets all hope this get Obama and his cronies too! Lets all hope the dirt on Obama becomes apparent this year!
    I find it unusual that they want to find ways to keep Obama from being in D.C. much this year, I wonder why this is?

  192. Well of coarse they are going to bring up the “real witch hunts” that they did on the Clinton’s, that’s the best cover! I doubt the republicans are going to delve into anything worthwhile since it might show them involved!

  193. Confloyd, i’m sick of the whole lot, its just tit for tat with each other instead of doing benefit for all.

  194. Mop,
    I am sick of the whole bunch….its all grand theatre…nothing really is going to happen, they all want this crook in…that’s why he’s there!

    I just read on FB that Judas got the embassadorship to Syria…is this true???

  195. Bibi: I Approved Building Freeze, U.S. Didn’t

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Contrary to reports, Israel’s government offered to extend a nine-month building freeze to extend peace talks, but the United States nixed the plan.

    That’s what Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, told a weekly cabinet meeting Monday.

    According to Ynet:

    “The truth is that Israel was prepared to extend the freeze, in spite of reports to the contrary,” Netanyahu said.

    “I told Obama that I can take the issue to the cabinet and get the cabinet to pass a freeze extension and then I got a message from the Americans to forget the issue.”

    Netanyahu claims that “the U.S. said that it wouldn’t lead to a positive situation, rather it would lead to an endless path of freeze following freeze. And yet, I agreed to that.”

    The mainstream media has largely blamed Israel for the collapse of peace talks after the Palestinian side refused to negotiate after a nine-month freeze on building ended in November.

    But in truth, the Palestinians came to talks in the eighth month of that freeze and then made a continuation of the freeze as their main issue.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/bibi-ok-freeze.php

  196. Stay safe Hillary…

    Monday 3 January 2011

    US Secretary of State Clinton to visit Sudan next week: report

    January, 2 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A high profile U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to arrive in Sudan next Saturday to assess preparations for the conduct of south Sudan vote on independence due to start the day after, a pro-government website reported on Sunday.

    The plebiscite is the final stipulation of the 2005’s peace deal which the US administration of president Bush helped broker, ending nearly two decades of civil war between north and south Sudan.

    With its citizens embittered by years of the civil wars and perceived neglect by successive dominant governments in the north, South Sudan is largely expected to vote for secession.

    The Sudan Media Center (SMC) website, which is widely believed to be the mouthpiece of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), reported that the Clinton’s delegation would arrive in Sudan on January 8.

    SMC said the delegation would also include the US’s former Secretary of State, Colin Powell and former US special envoy to Sudan John Danforth who served under president Bush.

    According to SMC, the US special envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, would arrive accompanied by ambassador Lyman and Dane Smith, who are the envoy’s special advisers on South Sudan and Darfur respectively, to prepare for Clinton’s visit.

    But Sudan’s foreign ministry declined to confirm the visit when reached by Sudan Tribune.

    Visits by top US officials to countries like Sudan are seldom announced in advance as part of security measures.

    In early December last year, US lawmakers urged president Obama to dispatch Clinton and other US officials to Sudan in order to underscore the importance his administration attaches to Sudan ahead of the referendum.

    The US Administration has been recently engaged in frantic diplomatic efforts to ensure that the referendum is held peacefully and on time. President Obama sent letters to regional leaders urging them to support US efforts and press the Sudanese government to allow for a smooth vote.

    http://www.sudantribune.com/US-Secretary-of-State-Clinton-to,37469

  197. I Approved Building Freeze, U.S. Didn’t
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    This makes me wonder whether Big Media in this country sees Bibi as a conservative icon in Israeli politics and are therefore trying to destroy him for that reason. They knew the real story, they could have told the truth about it, did they? They have their own take on what should happen in the middle east, namely a settlement agreement with massive US aid to rebuild Palestine funded by US taxpayers, regardless of its impact upon Israel. Bibi continues to represent the legitimate security interests which cannot be secured by treaty alone and that frustrates them from achieving their Utopian objectives.

  198. In other words, big media wants Bibi and not Obama to be the fall guy here in the eyes of Europe and the Muslim world.

  199. Republicans are out to deliberately destroy the Middle CLass just for the sake of destruction
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    Really? Every Republican? Every–single–republican???

    If that is your argument, and the argument of others who on this blog then you may wish to consider the the following points, because it does no show much insight. And spare me a long list of bills and arguments, because if I had the time and inclination I could produce a blizzard of contrary facts which would produce impasse. So just step back for a minute and think about what you are saying logically.

    1. First, there are a lot of Republicans in the middle class and most of them are not out to destroy the middle class because that would mean they would be destroying themselves. Therefore, the statement is a non sequitur.

    2. Second, there is a world of difference between establishment republicans, small business republicans and grass roots republicans. They are involved in a civil war to determine the future of the party. If you are talking about the elites who are destroying the middle class then say that, and recognize this is bi partisan. Felix Rohatyn is a democrat and he is the one who drove a stake through the heart of Roosevelt values. Therefore, the statement is over-inclusive.

    3. Third, statements like this often emanate from people whose word view an self image relies on treating their opponent as a demon who has taken on human form, and treating everything they do as malevolent. It is the stuff of children’s books. it is precisely the kind of behavior which the bots directed at us as loyal Americans who supported Hillary in 2008. Therefore, if we objected when they did this to us, then it is hypocritical for us to do it to others.

    The bottom line: do not fall for the theater. Read between the lines. And look at who is pulling the strings. It is the same set of economic interests in both parties. Do not let them divert you with party labels which mean very little any more. For example, if you hate de regulation, which has led to the destruction of industries like unionized trucking, the depression of middle class wages and he like, then recognize that it was a Carter appointee Alfred Kahn who started it all, before there Reagan who your narrative would blame for it without examining the facts.

    Far be it from me to say that the Republicans are innocent. I am merely suggesting that both parties are in pare delicto. So stop pretending there is a virgin in this whorehouse, or that one party is any worse than the other. Instead, look for the right leaders in both parties, as the tea party is trying to do. That is what led me to Hillary in 2008. The bottom line has got to be it is not me it is not you it is the country, and not let the vandals steal it from under our nose.

    I have got a project to work on and will return to this later.

  200. wbboei
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Great Post. I don’t think all repubs are horrible, frankly I no longer see it as repub, dems, but who is pulling their strings, I trust people like Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Barraso, Russ FeinGold, Ed Rendell yes, they are different party, differing philosophy, disagree with each on many issues but they are not anti-America, they are pro-growth, pro-strong-America, people like Tom Delay, Puke-o-si, James Clyburn, Hell no, I don’t trust any of these corrupt losers.

  201. confloyd

    Shadowfax,
    I really don’t understand the continued reliance of some people on the republicans.

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    I don’t understand it either, unless they have already voted Rethug in the past and like what their party represents, or they just need a party to hang their hope on.

    The only hope I have is with Hillary, if she doesn’t run for President again, I will burn my Democrat card and turn Independent.
    I will vote first for anyone in the Dem party that has a good voting record, then the rest is a total crap shoot for me.

    I am sick of voting for the better of two evils.

  202. confloyd

    Has anyone seen the pic of Hillary on Drudge this morning with her hands clasped together?? Very unusual!

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    Something struck Hillary’s funny bone in that photo, maybe she was clapping? She looks so cute there…

  203. I just read on FB that Judas got the embassadorship to Syria…is this true???

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    God, I hope so……..Adios Judas! Enjoy the sand.
    Do they have trees in Syria? 😉

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