Hope And Change 2011

The story of the year has been published. Only a few days into the new year and we have a story that encapsulates the entire year. The story is at once a story of Hope, a story of desperation, and a somewhat mixed message of the value of reality.

Because this is our inaugural article for 2011 we wanted to publish a heartwarming story of the blazing candle in the wind alight even in darkest Winter. But alas we could not find such inspiration in non-fiction periodicals and publications. Then from New York City came a New Year’s story which somewhat meets the metaphorical moment.

A relatively young man of 26, long troubled, practiced at attempts to end his life, and lately despondent over the likely loss of a rent controlled apartment (the kind of low rent apartment Charlie Rangel managed to acquire four of from a developer with business before his committee – but we digress) attempted suicide yet again. The young man jumped from his ninth floor apartment.

Anytime we refer to suicide or suicide attempts it is necessary to add a disclaimer as to the pain and misery suicide inflicts on friends and families of the person attempting such a desperate act. In this case we must be extra repentant because there is an element of humor woven into this story and the point we are attempting to make.

It turns out that the young 26 year old man failed in his attempted self-slaughter. His life saving “Angel” as it were, was a small mountain of 100 uncollected garbage bags.

This is not a story of New York City falling apart amidst piles of stinking garbage. The garbage was not collected because snow removal became the priority for the New York Sanitation Department. ‘”He landed on a garbage pile,” one official said. “That’s the only reason he’s alive.“‘

As of today, the young man is in “critical but stable condition”. The young man’s story is difficult (repeated suicide attempts, loneliness, fear of losing his rent controlled apartment, a nervous breakdown at his last appearance in Housing Court, father paralyzed and with cancer now living in a nursing home, throat slit with a knife before jumping and an attempted self-hanging). We wish him well.

However reading the story reminded us of the despondent American people and our collective political plight – After two years of Barack Obama we are so despondent that we are hoping for a pile of garbage to save us.

Never did we think that we would depend on a Republican congress to save us! But that is the situation we find ourselves in. Pile up the garbage!

Republican readers will likely be offended by our comparison. But if they reflect on Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commutation of sentence for the son of a Democratic political crony they’ll agree with us at least as far as Schwarzenegger. After a few months of compromises and kow-towing to Obama by the Republicans in the new Congress the now offended will agree with us even more.

We hope we are wrong. It is possible that the Tea Party activists will prove much much much more honorable and consistent and unrelenting towards “theirs” – unlike those Dimocrats who continue to aid and abet Barack Obama because he is one of “theirs” – no matter how many Obama treacheries are experienced.

We hope that the promises of drained swamps and policy investigations are kept. But we won’t hold our breath. Instead we will have to breathe in the stink from the garbage piles.

As Americans fly through the air after another year of an “economic recovery” without jobs we’ll hope to hit the garbage bags for a softer landing that will leave us only bleeding and hospitalized.

The shiny garbage bags will be better than being beaten with golf clubs. In two years we have seen enough of the golf clubs (already more than twice as George W. in all his 8 years). Mark Knoller has the other numbers detailing all the piles of words, the many trips, the vacations, the basketball, the unemployment rates and the mounting debt.

It’s our first post of the new year so we want to be hopeful and optimistic and full of good cheer. But we have to be honest – those attributes are in short supply for this year. So we’ll stick with reality and the hard times ahead.

We know the stink came from both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue in 2010 and 2009. We know that the best we can expect in 2011 is a bit of stink covering perfume from the Capitol to combat the stink from 1600 Pennsylvania. But we will remain hopeful that the promises of the 2010 elections are kept.

Our sad message for 2011 is – avoid the golf clubs and aim for the garbage bags.

In 2012 things will be a lot better – after November – if we do our jobs right. Let’s get the job done in 2011 and drive Obama out to a life of retirement at the Rezko house. That’s enough Hope and Change for now, isn’t it?

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  1. “In 2012 things will be a lot better – after November – if we do our jobs right. Let’s get the job done in 2011 and drive Obama out to a life of retirement at the Rezko house. That’s enough Hope and Change for now, isn’t it? ”

    I hope this is true Admin, for the sake of this country, I truely wish this to be true.

  2. Admin: A great beginning of the year post. You lead, I’ll follow. I want this guy out before we don’t have a country!

  3. now that our troops are not really that much in charge of Iraq, I wonder how long before al-queda infiltrates that country even more so? We saw it with the church bombing, and then 2 weeks ago the main Iraqi police chief was killed. Sigh, that poor country’s citizens, its like the violence is sort of ramming up again.

  4. However reading the story reminded us of the despondent American people and our collective political plight – After two years of Barack Obama we are so despondent that we are hoping for a pile of garbage to save us.

    Never did we think that we would depend on a Republican congress to save us! But that is the situation we find ourselves in. Pile up the garbage!

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    Awesome post Admin!!
    Happy New Year.

    Yes, landing in the garbage is about as good as it’s going to get until 2012. Let us hope Barry and his new buddies in the Rethug party haven’t torn Social Security to shreds by then, and let the investigations lead to stripping Barry down to his birthday suit. I don’t want to look at him, I just want him exposed and the MSM to take the hit for not vetting him.

    Who is Barry Obama and what corruption has taken place to make him President? Stop him in his tracks and destroy all that enabled him to arise as the ‘Dear Leader’.

  5. TIM KAINE, “EVERYTHING’S JUST FINE…”

    On the Talking Heads yesterday, Tim Kaine thinks Obama will have no Dem challengers, and that Timmy will keep his own job. Video here:

    realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/01/02/dncs_kaine_predicts_obama_will_not_face_primary_challenger.html

    AP: Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine says he thinks the chances that President Barack Obama will face a serious primary challenger in 2012 are “virtually nil.”

    Kaine also told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he expects to continue as party chairman for another two-year term.

  6. According to Kaine in the interview, Obama’s list of achievements DWARFS those of other presidents, yet the interviewer asks, “What up wit those terrible poll numbers, popularity going down from 53 to 47%?”

    Interviewer dude also sticks Timmy with the question, “If Obama said he was going to focus on the economy and job creation” in 2009, why does he need to repeat this pledge to “start focusing on jobs/economy”? Timmy gives tiny excuses. Awww, so cute.

  7. rgb44hrc

    TIM KAINE, “EVERYTHING’S JUST FINE…”

    On the Talking Heads yesterday, Tim Kaine thinks Obama will have no Dem challengers, and that Timmy will keep his own job.

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    I just saw a pig fly by……

  8. THE “UNTHINKABLE”

    In the Kaine interview, the question posed at the 8:53 mark refers to Clarence Jones’ posting in the Huffington Post.

    Juiciest quotes:

    “It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.”

    “It is time for Progressives to stop “whining” and arguing among themselves about whether President Obama will or will not do this or that.”

    “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, at New York City’s Riverside Church, before a meeting of Concerned Layman and Clergy, on April 4th, 1967, said “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” For Dr. King, it was ‘time to break the silence’.”

    “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not. It is time for those persons who constituted the “Movement” that enabled Senator Barack Obama to be elected to “break their silence”; to indicate that they no longer will sit on their hands, and only let off verbal steam and ineffective sound and fury, and “hope” for the best.”

    Here is the whole thing, plus with hypertext links to some of the references:

    huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/time-to-think-to-unthinka_b_792237.html

    Time to Think the Unthinkable: A Democratic Primary Challenge To Obama’s Reelection
    ===============

    Can’t tell you how it happened. All I know, it just happened.

    Been thinking and reading a lot about President Barack Obama. Lots of news commentaries about his alleged lack of leadership on this or that issue. About his disappointing the Gay and Lesbian and Transgender Community on his election pledge to end the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the armed services. And his disappointment by the anti-war coalition, who supported him because of his opposition to the war in Iraq, only to find that he has escalated the US’s involvement in Afghanistan. Now, after the midterm election victories of the Republicans, he seems willing to compromise on his pledge to end tax breaks for the rich.

    In previous blogs, I have tried to contribute to a constructive analysis and dialogue about Obama’s presidential leadership. Several readers accused me of being an “apologist” for Obama. Perhaps, in artfully, but all I was trying to do was to present objectively those major issues confronting this administration, requiring decisive presidential leadership

    Few news columnists can match the political erudition of Frank Rich of the New York Times. In the Sunday edition he wrote:

    (Frank Rich): “We’re now at the brink of a new economic disaster that will eventually yank a chicken out of every pot. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates that the extended Bush-era tax cuts will contribute by far the largest share to the next decade’s deficits — ahead of the recession’s drain on tax revenues, Iraq and Afghanistan war spending, TARP and Obama’s stimulus. The new Congress’s plan to block any governmental intervention on behalf of 15 million-plus jobless Americans guarantees that the unemployment rate, back up to 9.8 percent as of Friday, will remain intractable too.”
    &&& end Rich quote &&&

    After reading this, I watched a PBS special on the songs and protest music of the 1960s. It bought back a flood of memories: my friendships with Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow of “Peter Paul and Mary,” Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff, Ernie Lieberman, Art and Burt DuLugoff of the Village Gate night club in NY, Pete Seeger, Albert Grossman, Odetta, James Brown, Al Bell of Stax Volt Records, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, and many others of that period.

    However, nothing influenced me more to write this blog than listening, again, carefully to some of the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in The Wind.”

    How many roads most a man walk down Before you call him a man?
    Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
    Before they’re forever banned?
    The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

    Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
    Pretending he just doesn’t see?
    The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

    Yes, how many ears must one man have
    Before he can hear people cry?
    Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
    That too many people have died?
    The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
    &&&&&&&&

    Then, I began to think about 1968: about Allard Lowenstein, President Lyndon Johnson, Senator Eugene McCarthy, Sarah Kovner and Harold Ickes of the New York Democratic Party New Coalition who had the courage to lead a grassroots challenge to Lyndon Johnson’s re-election.

    Lyndon Johnson was one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. He enacted Immigration reform, bills establishing a National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Highway Safety Act, the Public Broadcasting Act, creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a bill to provide consumers with some protection against shoddy goods and dangerous products, Social Security and Medicare, Voting Rights Act of 1965, only to mention a few. But, he squandered and threatened the viable implementation of these legislative achievements by his aggressive pursuit and escalation of the war in Vietnam.

    Some of us, like Allard Lowenstein, Sarah Kovner, Harold Ickes, Eleanor French, Blair Clark, decided that Johnson’s pro Vietnam policy had to be publicly challenged. Our “agent” for this challenge was Senator Eugene McCarthy from Minnesota. He may have been an “uncertain trumpet” on other domestic issues. However, we worked hard to support his candidacy for President in the New Hampshire Democratic primary as a challenge to the Vietnam policy of President Johnson. McCarthy came in second with 42% percent of the vote against 49% for the President. This precipitated Johnson to announce that he would not seek re-election as the candidate of the National Democratic Party.

    When few other public figures of national stature spoke out about Johnson’s escalation of the war in Vietnam, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, at New York City’s Riverside Church, before a meeting of Concerned Layman and Clergy, on April 4th, 1967, said “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” For Dr. King, it was “time to break the silence.”

    And, so it is with Obama’s continued squandering of the extraordinary support he developed for his election as President.

    Go and check out the video clips of the panorama of faces that assembled in Grant Park in Chicago after the election results confirmed his victory. Check out the million + people who came to Washington to witness his Inauguration.

    It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.

    It is time for Progressives to stop “whining” and arguing among themselves about whether President Obama will or will not do this or that. Obama is no different than any other President, nominated by his national party. He was elected with the hard work and 24/7 commitment of persons who believed and enlisted in his campaign for “Hope” and “Change.”

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not.

    It is time for those persons who constituted the “Movement” that enabled Senator Barack Obama to be elected to “break their silence”; to indicate that they no longer will sit on their hands, and only let off verbal steam and ineffective sound and fury, and “hope” for the best.

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    The pursuit of the war in Afghanistan in support of a certifiably corrupt Afghan government and the apparent willingness to retreat from his campaign commitment of no further tax cuts for the rich, his equivocal and foot dragging leadership to end DADT, his TARP for Wall Street, but, equivocal insufficient attention to the unemployment and housing foreclosures of Main Street, suggest that the template of the 1968 challenge to the reelection of President Lyndon Johnson now must be thoughtfully considered for Obama in 2012.

  9. This was the article that accompaied the video link of Tim’s of the Muslims chanting as the Christians lay burning…
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    Video: Muslim Crowd Chants “Allah Akbar” While Christians Lay Dying in Street After New Year’s Terror Attack on Church in Egypt…

    Sickening.

    (AINA)- The car explosion that went off in front of Saints Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria killed 21 and injured 96 parishioners who were attending a New Year’s Eve Mass. According to church officials and eyewitnesses, there are many more victims that are still unidentified and whose body parts were strewn all over the street outside the church.

    The body parts were covered with newspapers until they were brought inside the church after some Muslims started stepping on them and chanting Jihadi chants (video showing dead bodies and limbs covered with newspapers in the street).

    According to eyewitnesses, a green Skoda car pulled up outside the church shortly after midnight. Two men got out, one of them talked shortly on his mobile phone, and the explosion occurred almost immediately after they left the scene. On the back of the Skoda was a sticker with the words “the rest is coming.”

    Eyewitnesses confirmed that security forces guarding the church withdrew nearly one hour before the blast, leaving only four policemen and an officer to guard such a big church and nearly 2000 people attending the midnight mass. “Normally they would have waited until the mass was over,” said el-Gezeiry. He also commented on the Muslim’s schadenfreude at the massacre at the church, who were heard chanting “Allah Akbar.”

    “Is this a victory?” He asks. “Whoever saw this fire and people dying and body parts all over the place and could still chant ‘Allah Akbar’ is a terrorist.”

  10. Where is the world outrage? If this was a Arab terrorist killed by the IDF a war crimes investiagtion/UN resolution condeming Israel would be called for…hypocrites, all of them.

  11. rgb,

    Rich’s column presupposes that only Democrats took part in the Civil Rights movement. That is just not so.

    Even I had to begrudgingly admit that several years ago when a dear pal, a cousin of JC Watts and a yellow dog Dem if there ever were one, noted to me that Charlton Heston marched with him in OKC back in the day. See Charlton was a Democrat before becoming a conservative Republican. He still believed in equal rights but he also believed that government was going too far. Unfortunately, he was right.

    Had he been alive to vote in 2008, I bet he would have voted against BO. He would have voted for someone else entirely. Not because of BO’s skin color but because he would have seen this as yet another power grab by embedded Big Government types who do not get what the common man (or woman) need to get their piece of the American Dream. And though he was a fairly instrumental part in furthering mainstream acceptance of the CRM, he would not have wrongly thought the election as a culmination of his and others struggles in the 60’s and 70’s. He would have seen it for what it was- putrid identity politics to play to the current census information and a false self-congratulatory slap on the back of those still steeped in the fairy tale that was the CRM and everything ordained “liberal” since then. He would have been ashamed for them and their now legendary dimwittedness.

    My pal, however, voted wholeheartedly for BO so that he could see a fellow black man as president. Now, we avoid the topic altogether so as not to cause him embarrassment. He will not make that mistake again. Neither will our gay and lesbian friends who thought they would have an ally in the WH. After the last two years of bullshit, the way DADT was repealed and its slow implementation have shown BO and the Dem party as just as hollow on a hot button issue as the Reps are on abortion.

    The whole thing is gross.

    BTW- anyone see Face the Nation yesterday? The new congressman from Florida, Kelley, sure did a number on Weiner and Wasserman-Schultz. He rightfully pointed out that the Dems and GOP alike had forgotten they are supposed to take care of the People, not fighting the People in an effort to retain power or constantly jockeying for points in the court of public opinion. He was a lot more believable than Bachmann who played the party line.

  12. A little Hope Admin
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    Reversal of Misfortune: Tea Party Freshmen Rejecting Offers To Serve On Once-Plum Appropriations Committee?
    —Ace

    This is good news if true.

    Results?

    About two weeks ago, Speaker-to-be John Boehner found himself in an odd conversation with a young Republican House member. Their talk may rank as the most compelling example yet that the huge midterm GOP victory will produce real change in Washington—not just change in the familiar political sense, but down-the-rabbit-hole change, in which the world as we understand it seems to disappear.
    Boehner was trying to “lure” Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah onto the Appropriations Committee. Yes, lure. The 43-year-old, first-term lawmaker was hesitating over appointment to the vaunted panel, long regarded as one of the best perches in all of Washington. For most House members, Appropriations is the summa of committee assignments. A seat on the panel brings power, prestige, and lobbyists’ cash. It’s earmark heaven, too.

    Chaffetz said no.

    Michael Franc, a congressional scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told National Journal that at two separate orientation conferences—one at Harvard University and the other at Heritage—informal surveys of 49 of the 85 incoming GOP freshmen revealed not one who identified Appropriations as his or her No. 1 committee choice. “They all saw it as a foreign entity,” Franc said.

    Jordan says that the leadership is having trouble finding freshmen willing to serve on Appropriations, an unheard-of circumstance that suggests, at least for the time being, that spending and the perks that historically have come with it are radioactive.

    “It’s a testament to what I hope and believe is a culture shift,” said Jordan, who admitted that he steered clear of Appropriations in part to solidify his bid to lead the conservative Republican Study Committee—a hotbed of GOP antagonism toward appropriators.

    And Jordan wasn’t the only named “no.” The earmark and fundraising machine that is the Appropriations Committee is being rejected in favor of the new hot ticket, the subpoaeing and investigating Darell Issa’s Government Reform and Oversight Committee. I think that says a lot — earmarking out, reform in.

    Major Garrett’s full report at the National Journal.

    Can they actually resist the corrupting disease of DC? So far, so good, but working in a swamp has a way of getting to even those with high resistance.

  13. BigCat,

    I hate Dylan and Lennon. Dylan was/is a great lyricist, but listening to him makes my skin crawl. I hate his political songs though as much as I love his love songs. And Lennon, sucked. Talk about a big fat ego. Besides, Paul was (and is) much, much more talented.

    So sick of baby boomers and their rose colored glasses. They were self indulgent wastes of space. Their parents should have beaten them more and handed them less. Maybe their kids and grandkids wouldn’t suck so badly if they had….

  14. gonzo-

    Planted story. Makes the freshman seem above it all and gives the GOP much needed bona fides after their drunken spending sprees under Bush. They’re moving towards the old identity of fiscal conservatism to garner votes and hold the majorities they won in the last election. PR stunts…..

  15. Top Ten Reasons America Won’t Miss the 111th Congress

    January 3rd, 2011

    The 111th Congress is officially over, and according to Gallup, it’s also officially the worst Congress in the history of polling. Yet despite its 13% approval rating there are those who are hailing the 111th Congress for its myriad legislative “accomplishments.” Not surprisingly, many of those touting those “accomplishments” are the very members of Congress who voted for the legislation in the first place. Starting at the top with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), you find a woman who is not at all ashamed of the legislation she has passed, despite the disastrous poll numbers. Pelosi says she is “very, very proud of the work that was accomplished by this Congress.”

    The American people, though, think differently, and they have already issued their verdict on the 111th Congress by way of an earthshaking election in November. If you take a look at some of Congress’ big-ticket “accomplishments,” you might understand where they’re coming from. Here’s a look at 10 major pieces of legislation coming out of Congress the last two years and why Americans might not be so pleased:

    Obamacare: Billed as the panacea for America’s health care woes, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” is a 2,700-page behemoth that “portends a massive transfer of power, dollars and decision making to the federal government,” says Heritage’s Nina Owcharenko. Heritage also finds that under the law, workers and families will face increased costs, seniors will lose access to care, and American taxpayers will take the hit for a trillion dollars in new federal spending. (3/2010)

    The Failed Stimulus (a.k.a., the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act): President Obama promised that his stimulus would save or create 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. The result? America saw a bunch of orange and green “ARRA” signs sprout up like dandelions all over America, touting the slogan “Putting America to Work,” but here we are in December 2010 with a 9.8 percent unemployment rate, a national debt of $2.9 trillion, and 7.3 million jobs shy of President Obama’s promise. Some stimulus! (2/2009)

    The 9,000-Earmark Omnibus Bill: Never mind the $1.4 trillion budget deficit facing America in 2009. Congress went ahead and passed an omnibus spending bill containing 9,287 pork project earmarks costing $13 billion. Included in the earmarks were a $200,000 tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, Calif., and more than a million dollars to combat Mormon Crickets in Utah. (3/2009)

    Mountains of Debt: You can’t pin it on one piece of legislation alone, but the 111th Congress has piled heaps upon heaps of new debt — a massive $3.22 trillion. That comes out to $10,429.64 for every man, woman and child counted in the 2010 census. That’s more debt racked-up than in the first 100 Congresses combined, according to CNSNews.com. The total national debt as of the 111th Congress’ last day? $13.859 trillion.

    The Government Union Bailout: As if one massive bailout weren’t enough, President Obama and the 111th Congress delivered another $26.1 billion bailout in the summer of 2010. The beneficiaries? Government unions and big-spending states that wouldn’t know a balanced budget if it smacked them in the face. The bill was supposed to “save” jobs, but the reality is that most jobs were never in jeopardy. (8/2010)

    Wall Street Reform? Think Again: While President Obama touted the Dodd-Frank bill of 2010 as a reform of Wall Street and America’s financial rules, the resulting law is a boon for lawyers and lobbyists, thanks to its creation of 243 new formal rule-makings by 11 different federal agencies. What’s more, the bill “does nothing to stop future government bailouts,” makes a TARP-like bailout system permanent, and does nothing to reform two of the biggest culprits behind the financial crisis: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (7/2010)

    The “Neighborhood Destabilization Act”: Speaker Pelosi would refer to it as the “Helping Families Save Their Homes Act,” but in reality the law does the opposite by “putting millions of homeowners or potential buyers at greater risk of an unstable credit and housing market and creating high interest rates in the future.” And if you’re a responsible homeowner, you lose big time.

    Cash for Clunkers: Stuck with an old car or truck? Under this plan, the U.S. government would have paid you $3,500 to $4,500 to trade it in for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle. Though the program boosted sales for the two months it was in place, a study showed the clunker program was a clinker. It didn’t bring new buyers into the market; it merely accelerated purchases. The cost to the taxpayers? $3 billion. (According to an Edmunds analysis, it came to $24,000 per car.) (6/2009)

    New START: President Obama sold this nuclear arms treaty between the United States and Russia as an effort to reduce nuclear weapons. Conservatives, though, criticized it for being “useless in limiting proliferation, detrimental to missile defense, and counter to the purpose of defense treaties — defending and protecting America from her enemies.” (12/2010)

    Cap-and-Trade: The Waxman-Markey climate bill that passed the House was intended to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions with the goal of curbing global warming. Were it enacted (which it wasn’t), the plan would have increased gas prices by 58%, and average household electric rates would increase by 90% by 2035. (Passed House in 6/2009; stalled in Senate)

    Americans should expect better results from the 112th Congress, that is, if the newly-elected representatives heed their electoral mandate: less spending, lower taxes and limited government. But Americans should also be aware that even if Congress stays in line, President Obama can still pursue a big government agenda with more regulations from unelected bureaucrats. As the president said when the Democrats lost the House and failed to enact cap-and-trade, “I’m going to be looking for other means to address this problem.” America, look out.

    http://www.hawaiireporter.com/top-ten-reasons-america-wont-miss-the-111th-congress

  16. OkieAtty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    1. I am not a baby boomer
    2. I did nto say I admired or even liked Dylan or Lennon as people – in fact I did not, especially Lennon. Oh by the way, McCartney was silly. If I have to pick a Beatle, it would be George Harrison.
    3. Get a grip!
    4. I knew those comments would bring criticism and it did not take long, haha.

  17. OkieAtty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    &&&&&

    It’s been a while…(although I’ll admit, sometimes I’ve been too busy to check in, and I may have missed some of your posts).

    Wow, very interesting about Charlton Heston. “You can take my civil rights out of my cold dead hands”.

  18. gonzotx
    January 3rd, 2011
    This was the article that accompaied the video link of Tim’s of the Muslims chanting as the Christians lay burning…

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    Not just that, but a group of Muslim lawyers are now blaming Israel for the initial attack.

    Okay, I’m waiting for someone to show us how prejudiced we are for posting this information…and maybe a zillion new posts about how the Christians are just as bad.

    oops…my bad.

  19. If I have to pick a Beatle, it would be George Harrison.

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    George was my all-time favorite. “While my guitar gently weeps” was a masterpiece.

  20. PO$ George Soros telling Americans to get ready for the “new world order”, what a scumbag

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki4cqqMZ7JE&

    (sorry I don’t know how to embed)

    the article accompanying this video, of course he goes overseas to slam Americans and America
    “In the video you are about to see, George Soros talks about “the creation of a New World Order”, he discusses the need for a “managed decline” of the U.S. dollar and he talks at length of the global need for a true world currency. So just who is George Soros? Well, he is a billionaire “philanthropist” who came to be known as “the Man Who Broke the Bank of England” when he raked in a staggering one billion dollars during the 1992 “Black Wednesday” currency crisis. These days Soros is most famous for being perhaps the most “politically active” (at least openly) billionaire in the world. His Open Society Institute is in more than 60 countries and it spends approximately $600 million a year promoting the ideals that Soros wants promoted. Soros and his pet organizations have played a key role in quite a few “revolutions” around the globe over the last several decades, but these days the main goal of George Soros is to bring political change to the United States.

    So exactly what is it that George Soros is trying to accomplish? Well, in a nutshell, what he wants is a Big Brother-style one world government based on extreme European-style socialism, strict population control and the radical green agenda. It would be a world where the state tightly regulates everything that we do for the greater benefit of the environment and of society as a whole…

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/george-soros-united-states-must-stop-resisting-orderly-decline-dollar-coming-global-currency

  21. admin — I posted something, not sure if it might be in moderation, could you please un-moderate it? Thank you.

  22. BigCat,

    Not attacking you. Just remarking on music and boomers. Thin enough skin???

    As for George- close 2nd Beatle for me. Great, great talent and a decent fellow by most accounts. WMGGW is fantastic, but “Something”- WOW. That’s a fucking song. A GD honest to goodness love song. And it doesn’t hurt that Sinatra covered it often in concert and called it his favorite Beatles song. 🙂 I could swear he played it when I saw him on his last tour in the 90’s.

  23. Gonzo, not on the wrong blog. Just feed up with fake ass love for a violent and worse- very self indulgent and self centered era. We all yearn for our youth but, hell the 60’s and the people it spawned have grown tiresome. Living in a college town we have more than our fair share of the “hippie” generation here. 🙄

  24. OkieAtty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:37 pm
    BigCat,
    ******************
    I didn’t take it as an attack on me and my skin is plenty thick. Just reacting to the strength of your negative reaction. Glad you like Harrison, but it’s not a big deal to me. I like all music.

  25. BC, how can anyone not like Harrison? Probably the very best at arranging of all the Beatles. It was mostly his experimentation in different instruments, cultures and such that led to that lush sound they had at the end. Besides, he was a bit of a hottie.

  26. Ok I’ll bite, esp. about Harrison. He (and the Beatles) came along at the same time as Ravi Shankar rose to prominence in India and outside (actually Ravi Shankar’s brother was already running a theater co of sorts that toured Western Europe and may be America). Harrison learned Sitar (and converted to Hinduism and such). The thing about North Indian classical music (sitar is one of the instruments for that music) is that it is all about improvisation and I am not surprised that Harrison got attracted to that and would use that. I don’t get much impressed by Jazz because I have seen and heard the best of improvisation in North Indian classical musicians who milk for instance, a 5 note scale for hours without repetition.

    Another tidbit of that era — Ravi Shankar’s first wife Annapurna Devi was orders of magnitude a better artist and talent than Ravi Shankar who was her dad’s student. But he would get upset if she played in public and discouraged her (also divorced her pretty soon after their marriage). She became reclusive and only taught the music and has left a trail of fantastic artists/students. Incidentally Annapurna Devi was a Muslim and converted to Hinduism when she married Ravi Shankar. Her dad was the famous Allauddin Khan who taught Ravi Shankar. Her brother Ali Akbar Khan has set up a couple of Indian classical music schools in CA. The interesting thing about all these Muslim artists of that era and now, they worship Allah and also worship Hindu Gods.

  27. pm317
    January 3rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    I was off the computer for awhile paying bills, then I had to go back and correct the date on all my checks from 2010 to 2011 – duh. And when I get back to this blog you’ve posted this incredibly detailed comment about Indian music. Wow.

    moononpluto
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    A Daley in the WH.
    It just gets worser and worser with Obama.

  28. tim
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    PO$ George Soros telling Americans to get ready for the “new world order”, what a scumbag

    ————-

    You are being to kind. Where the “H” does this piece of garbage get off surmonizing to all of us? Most likely went through the same egomaniacal schooling as bambi.

  29. Some trash reporting for you…

    Jan 3, 2011

    Has Bill Clinton Hurt Rahm Emanuel?

    By Carol Felsenthal

    Every day that Danny Davis stayed in the mayor’s race, every day that he and Carol Moseley Braun split the fundraising, enthusiasm, and loyalty of the African-American vote, Rahm Emanuel benefited.

    The news that Bill Clinton was coming to Chicago to campaign for Rahm—first reported by Politico’s Mike Allen on Christmas day and confirmed by Rahm’s campaign spokesman the following day—produced a harshly worded, almost threatening, response from Congressman Davis. Moseley Braun was silent for a day but then she chimed in angrily, calling Clinton “an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider.”

    The betrayal expressed by the two black candidates, both of whom have long and complex ties to the former president, seemed to jumpstart the negotiations between the two of them—talks presided over by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, another African-American with resonant ties to Bill Clinton. The announced visit seemed to foment an us-against-them mentality and prompt the New Year’s Eve announcement that Davis was out and Moseley Braun would have the field to herself.

    The race now seems to have boiled down to a contest among a white (Emanuel), a black (Moseley Braun) and a Hispanic (Gery Chico). (A second Hispanic candidate, Miguel del Valle, is running slightly under the radar; and a second African-American candidate, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, is running way under.) The new geography of this race makes it less likely, I believe, that Emanuel will score a 50 percent-plus vote on Feburary 22nd, the day of the nonpartisan primary. That in turn makes it more likely that Emanuel will face a runoff against Moseley Braun—suddenly a candidate to be taken more seriously—or Chico.

    If someone from Rahm’s team leaked this news about Clinton to Politico, it was a serious mistake.

    My guess is that Clinton, who is supposed to hit Chicago sometime this month, won’t be showing up before the first round on February 22nd after all. His appearance would only rally the base for Moseley Braun. Will he show up to help Rahm after the primary to prepare for the April 5th runoff election? My guess is no, if the runoff pits Emanuel against Moseley Braun. Furthermore, if Clinton—who hurt his relations with the African-American community by appearing to play the race card during Hillary’s primary battle with Obama—does not reach this conclusion on his own, Rahm will ask him not to come.

    If the runoff is between Emanuel and Chico—whose father was Mexican and whose mother is half Greek and half Lithuanian—Clinton might show up here. In December 2006, when I was writing a book about Clinton’s post-presidency, I interviewed Chico because he had had several meetings with Clinton in Chicago, post White House, sometimes in concert with Mayor Daley.

    In our conversation back then, Chico remarked twice on the closeness between Clinton and Emanuel. Chico added that, for Emanuel and only Emanuel, Clinton would even bend his usual rule of staying out of primaries. “Like all wise party leaders,” Chico explained, “they let the primary people slug it out, unless there’s a particularly strong affiliation that people have, like when Emanuel was running…. Rahm goes back to the trenches, to the Little Rock days before Clinton was president. One of the things I like about Clinton is that he’s loyal. People who worked for him he supported.”

    Also, speaking of trenches, Rahm’s opponents—with the exception of Moseley Braun—have a ready-made issue about his time in the Clinton administration, and an appearance by the former President should trigger all kinds of sour memories and attacks. As I wrote last October, Emanuel was a key reason Clinton was able to get NAFTA ratified during his first term. The candidates in this mayoral race, all Democrats, will be competing for the union vote.

    A Clinton appearance will be the perfect opportunity for Chico to resurrect Rahm’s role in a treaty that union members see as a reason low-wage manufacturing jobs have gone to Mexico. In an e-mail to me this morning, Chico’s press secretary wrote, “When NAFTA passed, Gery was serving as the mayor’s chief of staff leading implementation of the Neighborhoods Alive program, creating jobs, putting more cops on the street, etc. At the time, he did have concerns about NAFTA and its potential impact on Chicago workers.When Gery ran for Senate, he called for some of NAFTA’s terms to be renegotiated. ….By contrast, although NAFTA had sucked jobs out of Chicago and hurt the local manufacturing sector, Rahm Emanuel never lifted a finger to mitigate those damages when he was in Congress.”

    As Emanuel told me about his role in lining up votes for NAFTA when I interviewed him in 2006 for my book on Clinton, “[NAFTA] went from being on the respirator to a success.”

    Carol Moseley Braun voted for NAFTA when she was in the Senate; so she’ll have to hold her fire on this one.

    Will Rahm Emanuel be the next mayor—assuming he survives the court challenge to his residency? Yes, but it won’t be as easy a path as it seemed before Bill Clinton entered the mix.

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/January-2011/Has-Bill-Clinton-Hurt-Rahm-Emanuel/

  30. BigCatLover
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Listen to this if you will — this is an example. The male voice is that of a singer from 1920-67 by name Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Indian classical music. A. R. Rehman of Slum Dog Millionaire fame superimposed Ghulam Ali’s voice with the current singer Shreya Ghoshal (in the way Natalie Cole did with her dad’s music) for a film. North Indian classical music has an incredibly rich history, has its origins in the Vedas and also influenced by Persian sufi traditions brought through Moghul invasion and rule later. Both Muslim and Hindu kings and artists alike fostered this art over the centuries. It has the same 12 tone scale like the western classical music.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUuOvFPFxTU
    {The raga they are singing in this short snippet is called Gurjari Todi)

  31. “It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.”

    It’s okay, I’m sure you can find someone with a dick who you can support. I know, Scream Queen! Ralph the Pissant! The Corpse of Bobby Kennedy! As long as it’s not a woman!

    Fuck them. They run someone with tits or I don’t vote for them. Tits or NOTHING, guys. That’s what it’s come down to. Any poledancer Stepford feminists out there can kiss my ass right along with their slacker porn-addict BFs.

  32. Funny but I don’t remember William Daley in the Clinton WH although I’m sure any dem prez would owe some gratitude to the Daley family. I tend not to trust the Daley’s but politics makes strange bedfellows. Obama having a Daley is not a surprise.

  33. Admin: ^Republican readers will likely be offended by our comparison. But if they reflect on Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commutation of sentence for the son of a Democratic political crony they’ll agree with us at least as far as Schwarzenegger. After a few months of compromises and kow-towing to Obama by the Republicans in the new Congress the now offended will agree with us even more.

    We hope we are wrong. It is possible that the Tea Party activists will prove much much much more honorable and consistent and unrelenting towards “theirs” – unlike those Dimocrats who continue to aid and abet Barack Obama because he is one of “theirs” – no matter how many Obama treacheries are experienced.

    We hope that the promises of drained swamps and policy investigations are kept
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    This is why I agreed with Krauthammer when no none else did. The RINOS are loyal to the elites, not to us. The RINOs control the committees. The real Republicans see through the bullshit. So do independents like me. If you follow the discussion at Red State they and their tea party allies feel the establishment got control of the committees, and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming to protect the rights of the American People, as opposed to their contributors. But the conservatives fully intend to hold a knife at the throats of the RINOs and have already decided to primary a number of them.

    Today, someone I consider a respectable conservative Ed Morrissey @ HotAir wrote an article about Issa (R-Ca) who will be heading up the Government Oversight Committee. He called the Obama Administration the most corrupt in history–which is demonstrably true. If that is what he believes then it is hard to reconcile his words with the tepid agenda he has charted to date, which ignores the firing of Inspector General Walin for uncovering embezzlement by a friend of Obama, and ignores the New Black Panther suit which reflects institutionalized racism.

    There is the debate in the comments section of the article between those who argue that Issa must begin with issues where he can get bi partisan support and go on from there, and others such as myself who believe the dims he is reaching out to are back shooters who have proven their lack of bona fides over the past two years, hence this is a fools errand. My hope is that he will bide his time and vivisect Obama between the need to govern and the need to satisfy his liberal base.
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    Ed Morrissey @ Hot Air

    Issa builds list of investigationsShare31posted at 9:30 am on January 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
    printer-friendly Democrats have seen Darrell Issa, the incoming chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as their worst nightmare. Issa has repeatedly pledged to use his committee to scour the Obama administration for corruption and incompetence, and Issa says he has his work cut out for him. His claim from almost two months ago that the current administration was the “most corrupt” he had ever seen got a lot of attention this week as Issa clarified that he meant in the way money got used within the bureaucracy — the “walking around money” Congress gave the executive branch:

    Politico also reports that Issa has built a preliminary list of investigations that he will have Oversight conduct into White House actions over the past two years. None of them will surprise anyone, but the list seems perhaps a little more modest than Democrats may have feared:
    According to an outline of the committee’s hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform is also planning to investigate how regulation impacts job creation, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the causes of the market meltdown.

    Despite his bombastic reputation, Issa has tried to project a more subtle image in the days leading up to his takeover of the committee. He’s trying to project an image of being a stickler for government waste and not a partisan bomb thrower with an eye fixed on ruining the Obama administration. A look at the preliminary hearing schedule illustrates that Issa plans to stay away from hurling subpoenas at the White House.

    Stimulus oversight isn’t among the early hearings, which may come as a surprise since Issa recently met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss stimulus spending. In one of his three Sunday show appearances this week, Issa even said Congress should share in the blame for what he considers the mismanagement of the stimulus.

    Still, the Issa agenda will take aim at what he believes are missteps by the administration.

    In investigating the impact of regulation on job creation, the committee plans to ask why the economy hasn’t “created the private sector jobs the president has promised,” and he’s calling in business leaders to explain “about the government regulations that are doing the most harm to job creation efforts.”

    It looks as though Issa plans to start on issues where he can get bipartisan consensus for probes and work on building some momentum. I’m a little surprised that Issa hasn’t included, even in that sense, a probe of the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin and the expanded use of “czars” by this administration. The termination of the IG for his opposition to a deal cut with an Obama ally amounts to a rebuke of Congress, which supposedly gave IGs job security so that they would do their work without fear of retribution from the executive branch. The “czars” also represent an end run in at least some cases around Congressional oversight.

    If a bipartisan consensus cannot be generated to protect Congress’ constitutional privileges, then perhaps bipartisanship in this context is overrated, and Issa should consider expanding his definition of “corruption” a little wider.

  34. pm317
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    I have a Hindu friend from India who plays this type if music in his car when we go out for lunch and he tells me about the songs, but unfortunately I don’t know much more about it than that.

  35. BigCatLover
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm
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    No problem. I shared more than necessary I think. But when it comes to music (actually all forms, hard rock to classical) I am a fanatic and talk too much. 🙂

  36. pm317
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    BigCatLover
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    —————-

    No problem. I shared more than necessary I think. But when it comes to music (actually all forms, hard rock to classical) I am a fanatic and talk too much.
    **************************
    I too like all kinds of music but am not an expert in any type. I just enjoy listening to it.

  37. BigCatLover, me too, I just enjoy listening. I am not classically trained and I can’t sing. The hardest part is to hear the tune in your head and not be able to sing it out loud.

  38. Charlton was a Democrat before becoming a conservative Republican. He still believed in equal rights but he also believed that government was going too far. Unfortunately, he was right.
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    Heston was also head of the Screen Actors Guild. In many ways the transformation of this Hollywood actor from a mid west democrat who was head of guild to a card carrying republican mirrors the trajectory of our 40th president. I think Heston was a better actor than Reagan and a deeper thinker by far and probably not as amiable as the Gipper was. But he was a remarkable man.

  39. I wonder if Charlton and Reagan’s conversions from dem to repub came with financial success. They both became rabid republicans in their strength of belief.

  40. JanH
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:26 pm
    Some trash reporting for you…

    Jan 3, 2011

    Has Bill Clinton Hurt Rahm Emanuel?

    By Carol Felsenthal
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    This woman is a pseudo jouranlist and a Chicagoland social climber. She hitched her wagon to Michelle’s derrier, hoping to rise on the political scene based on that association. She has written a nauseous puff piece about Michelles college and law school romances in the attached link. She knows that there is a fight underway to determine the successor to Daley, that Michelle and her evil stepmother Jarret want the black power structure to rule the city, and she assumes that if she can criticize Bill for supporting Emanuel, then she can further ingratiate herself to Obama. That is all this is about. In my book, she is a maggot. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-felsenthal/michelles-college-and-law_b_172871.html

  41. I wonder if Charlton and Reagan’s conversions from dem to repub came with financial success. They both became rabid republicans in their strength of belief.
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    Reagan changed when he married Nancy Davis. Her father was a wealthy physician whose politics were somewhere to the right of Nero. Reagan absorbed it by osmosis. I think Charleton Heston came by it more naturally. Over the course of time, he became many of he heroes he portrayed. He was tight with some billionaires however, and one of them an Amenian whose name I cannot quite recall now, but he challenged Wynnn in Las Vegas and won, was his tennis partner.

  42. OkieAtty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Gee, they only spawned Hillary and Bill… You can’t make generlized statements about an entire generation. I am a proud 60’s child

  43. wbboei
    January 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Your right on Charlton. I only came to appreciate his politics as I got much older. As usual, the left made him out to be a clown and he didn’t help with the dead cold hands thing…but he made a statement…as any good actor would, but not many were in is league.

  44. You know wbb I think the Republicans would do themselves well to be defenders of Social Security. Imagine that.Talk about stealing an issue away form the Dem’s. Americans are not going to vote for anyone that messes with it.

  45. JANUARY 3, 2011

    CNN’s John Roberts joins Fox News
    Long-time CBS News and recent CNN anchor John Roberts will join Fox News as a national correspondent, the top-rated cable channel announced today.

    Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial for Fox, said Roberts will be the channel’s senior national correspondent.

    “We are excited to welcome John to FOX News — his reputation as a skilled journalist with years of notable experience in the field will be a valuable addition to our news programming,” Clemente said in statement issued Monday.

    Roberts had been co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning from 2007 until last month when the struggling cable channel announced a change in its morning team. Roberts had also served as national correspondent at CNN.

    Prior to joining CNN in 2006, Roberts worked for 14 years at CBS News, and was considered the heir apparent to replace Dan Rather as lead anchor when Rather retired.

    But all such plans blew up in the wake of a report by Rather about George W. Bush’s military record that was based on documents neither Rather nor CBS News were able to authenticate when they were challenged. Rather himself was forced into an early retirement from the network.

    During his time at CBS News, Roberts also served at chief White House correspondent, generally considered the top beat at what was then a very good broadcast news division.

    Getting someone who is a strong enough reporter to cover the White House, as well as a skilled enough anchor to do a nightly network newscast, seems like a wise move for Fox News. The channel doesn’t need more ratings magnets — it has all of them any cable channel needs right now. What Fox needs to do is continue to add journalistic strength and depth as it did in October with Juan Williams.

    It is going to be hard for Fox critics to label someone with a track record like the one Roberts has compiled in TV news as an ideologue.

  46. OkieAtty
    January 3rd, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    BigCat,

    I hate Dylan and Lennon. Dylan was/is a great lyricist, but listening to him makes my skin crawl. I hate his political songs though as much as I love his love songs. And Lennon, sucked. Talk about a big fat ego. Besides, Paul was (and is) much, much more talented.

    So sick of baby boomers and their rose colored glasses. They were self indulgent wastes of space. Their parents should have beaten them more and handed them less. Maybe their kids and grandkids wouldn’t suck so badly if they had….
    ———
    I’m a boomer and I wonder why such an attack?
    So what if you don’t like either singer…now everyone born into a certain generation is a waste of space?

    I won’t do the same as you are doing and attack whatever generation you are from, but your attack is silly.

  47. I actually like John Roberts. Then again I have memories of him being a Canadian VJ on MuchMusic many years back before becoming a U.S. reporter.

  48. TIM KAINE, “EVERYTHING’S JUST FINE…
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    He is such a little prick. He reminds me of the snivelling stable boy in a spaghetti western who tries the patience of the anti hero hero until one day he is no more.

  49. really? John Roberts is moving to CNN? pretty amazing all the decently ok reporters are or have gone to Fox News — I remember he interview Lady Lynn when she endorsed Mcain/Palin over Waffles, did a sort of fair job.
    Bill Hemmer
    Greta (love watching her show)
    Arthel Neville — I don’t remember her being much of a Obot, but could be wrong
    Gerri Willis

    I doubt that race baiting fool on CNN I forget his name, always calling everyone a racist who doesn’t agree with Waffles a racist, will ever even get an invite to Fox, same goes for Gloria “oh I’m so important News-Weak” Borger, Paul “Hillary needs to quit” Begala and every other idiot on that lame CNN network.

  50. pm317
    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Isn’t he procreating with that woman on CNN, twins I heard.

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    lol…he is engaged to the other anchor on the CNN Morning show and I think I did read somewhere that they were expecting twins this spring.

  51. #
    BigCatLover
    January 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Funny but I don’t remember William Daley in the Clinton WH although I’m sure any dem prez would owe some gratitude to the Daley family. I tend not to trust the Daley’s but politics makes strange bedfellows. Obama having a Daley is not a surprise.
    &&&&&&&&

    With the exodus of corrupt people from the administration, Obama needs to get a strong corrupt official to balance things out.

    BTW, Illinois going down the tubes, owe like 13 Billion dollars; underfunding due to chronic “politicization” of budget over the years. Gee, probably when Obama was state senator, we might find some weasley voting on kicking the can down the road.

    One big fucking cesspool, Illinois politics is. Chicago is the primary cesspool. From this primordial ooze grew the baby politician Obama.

  52. JanH
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Oh my! he’s expecting twins with that woman Kyra Philips, cannot stand, cannot stand watching this woman, she is absolutely horriblely partisan, a devout Obot.

  53. Here, you can begin to see the outline of the game for 2012-16. The forces behind Obama are not fully committed to winning congress. By abandoning the 50 state strategy they are weakening their status as a national party. What they are fully committed to however is winning the presidency. Why? No, not because of that fucking tool Obama. He is oblivious to half of what is going on under his signature. They want the presidency at all cost because they learned from the 2010 mid term that the American People do NOT subscribe to their agenda. Therefore, they have decided that if it is to be implemented at all, then it must be by executive order, ergo they must retain the presidency. It cannot all be done now, with 2012 hanging over their heads. The question the rest of us must ask is whether we want to be disenfrancised–because that is precisely what this is about. Make no mistake about it. Many of us worry about who is appointed as judges, since they can change the law based on subjective interpretations of the constitution. This, I submit, is an even greater concern, IF you happen to believe in limited government, the constitution and the bill of rights. The question for those on the fence has got to be do you trust this anti American president to such a degree that you are willing to give him a blank check?
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    Moe Lane–

    Well, that didn’t take long. I mean, when I wrote this post indicating that Tim Kaine’s retention as DNC chair meant that the Democratic leadership had decided to concentrate solely on the President’s re-election*, I did not expect that I would receive some sort of confirmation of this within minutes. But, thanks to Doug Heye, I see this report that the DNC is laying off… selected… Organizing for America staffers. Which ones? Well, Roll Call didn’t give specifics, but it’s fairly clear that the firings reflect the final abandonment of Howard Dean’s Fifty-State Strategy: they’re removing field staffers, which means that the leadership is writing off entire states. Smart move for a Presidential campaign that’s starting kinda-sorta on the rocks; dumb move for a political party that wants to avoid regional status.

    Organizing for America has, of course, always been a tool for the President. It was clear even before the 2010 election that it was permitted to persist after the 2008 election in order to further the President’s chances in the 2012 election, and not to further the interests of the national Democratic party – a charge angrily denied by the same press hack who is now gamely trying to explain away the layoffs – and it should be noted that the Roll Call article is noting that this was only the ‘first wave’ of layoffs. Which means: expect more people getting fired, and expect non-Presidential Democratic resources be reserved for Democratic candidates running for office in states that Obama did win in 2008 but might lose in 2010. Everybody else in the Democratic party is simply going to have to make do with less.

  54. wbboei
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Gotta admit, I don’t normally read RedState, but they nail it, this is no longer about preserving the undemocratic party, it is about perserving Waffles. The beauty of the America system is that not only horizontally there are 3 branches, but vertically it is gives tremendous power to the states, if they realise it is their power to control. The federal govt doesn’t dictate to the state on what to do, the states dictate to the federal govt the extent of their reach.

    More and more people will realise this and exercise this vertical power, so even these executive powers will be challenged on both levels.

  55. Joe Klein Again?
    Coming later this month: O: A Presidential Novel by Anonymous.

    The book was supposedly written by someone with “vast personal experience” about what President Obama needs to do to win re-election.

    Political Wire readers will recall that Klein was outed as the anonymous author behind the wildly successful Primary Colors, a novel based loosely on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

  56. gonzotx
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    LOL! these bozos are still think that voters think Waffles is a Bill Clinton and so are using the same playbook.

    Does Waffles ever have any orginal thought ? First compared to Lincoln, then FDR, then now the latest is Reagan.

  57. Well it won’t be written by anyone who knew Ø in college or law school ’cause absolutely nobody remembers him being there, including his supposed professors …right on

  58. tim
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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    Don’t watch CNN so I don’t even know who she really is.

  59. I would think that the “baby boomer” label would apply to many of us here?

    At least it does for me as I was born in the 1950’s.

  60. hmmm…a little long but…

    January 03, 2011

    Editor of site that claimed Obama changed Mideast views gets grand jury subpoena

    A pro-Palestinian activist and editor whose Web magazine posted a widely read story during the 2008 presidential campaign accusing candidate Barack Obama of hiding and then abandoning his sympathies for the Palestinian cause is facing a federal grand jury subpoena as part of an expanding terrorism support investigation.

    Maureen Murphy, who serves as managing editor of the Electronic Intifada, said she received a grand jury subpoena from the FBI on Dec. 21, ordering her to appear before a grand jury in Chicago on Jan. 25. Murphy told POLITICO she believed the subpoena was part of an effort by the U.S. government to put pressure on Palestinian activists, but she said she doubted that it was related to her work on the Electronic Intifada site. “I don’t think it has anything to do with that,” she said.

    Murphy, who was first subpoenaed in September and re-summoned last month, said she is one of at least 23 activists from the Chicago and Minneapolis areas who have been called to testify in the investigation. In addition, the homes of several individuals in the two cities were searched by the FBI. “This seems quite clearly related to our Palestinian solidarity work,” Murphy said. “All of us believe this is intended to put a chill on the movement. … It’s hard to know the scope of this because the government has cast such a wide net [and] they’re just casting the net wider and wider.”

    No criminal charges have been publicly announced in connection with the investigation, but FBI officials have confirmed it relates to potential violations of laws prohibiting material support for terrorism. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, whose office is heading up the probe, had no comment on the subpoenas or the broader investigation.

    So far, many and perhaps all of those subpoenaed have refused to testify, according to lawyers advising the activists. Some of the subpoenas were withdrawn, but later reissued, the lawyers said.

    The Electronic Intifada article alleging an evolution in Obama’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “How Barack Obama Learned to Love Israel,” was widely distributed to reporters and Jewish, pro-Israel Democrats by supporters of Obama’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton. Published in March 2007 by Chicago-based Palestinian activist and writer Ali Abunimah, the story claimed that during Obama’s career as an Illinois state legislator and during his unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2000 he “was forthright in his criticism of U.S. policy [in the Mideast] and his call for an evenhanded approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

    Even more provocatively, Abunimah asserted that during Obama’s 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Obama suggested he was deliberately holding back his true views on those issues. “I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race,” Abunimah quoted Obama as saying. “I’m hoping when things calm down, I can be more upfront.”

    Obama aides vehemently denied that Obama ever made such a comment. Abunimah’s account could not be independently verified, though some left-leaning Jewish activists also described the hawkish stance he took in favor of Israel as inconsistent with his earlier positions. In any event, Abunimah’s claimed exchange with Obama was rarely republished by the mainstream press though it was widely known by reporters, thanks in large part to the efforts of Clinton backers.

    Abunimah’s story did eventually appear in an April 2008 Los Angeles Times article that recounted Obama’s friendly relationship with a variety of Palestinian activists, including Rashid Khalidi, a history professor from the University of Chicago who later moved to Columbia and had earlier served as a de facto spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

    Obama “always had expressed solicitude for the Palestinian people, who have been ill-served and have suffered greatly from the refusal of their leaders to renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist,” Obama adviser David Axelrod told the Times.

    The connection to Obama through Electronic Intifada Murphy’s subpoena looks to be somewhat distant, but there is at least one other link between the White House those caught up in the federal terrorism-support probe. A Palestinian activist whose Chicago home was raided by the FBI in September and who was mentioned by prosecutors in subpoenas delivered to others, Hatem Abudayyeh, attended a White House outreach briefing for Arab Americans in April.

    Abudayyeh currently serves as executive director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network, a community group co-founded by Rashid Khalidi and formerly led by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, who is still a member of the group’s board. Abudayyeh has denied any involvement with terrorism and has accused federal agents who searched his home of being on a fishing expedition. “They took everything in my home that had the word Palestinian on it,” Abudayyeh told an audience at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee last month, according to WLS-TV.

    “This is a massive escalation of the attacks on people that do Palestine support work in this country and anti-war work,” Abudayyeh said. “We’re not going to stop speaking out against the war. We’re not going to stop speaking out against U.S. support of Israel’s violations of the Palestinian people.”

    Prosecutors handling the case have sought documents relating to contacts with Hezbollah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both of which have been designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. Abudayyeh’s friend and lawyer, Jim Fennerty, said he suspects the probe may have something to do with suspicions that some U.S. citizens or residents made donations to local groups while traveling in the West Bank, Gaza, Colombia or elsewhere. “They’re eventually going to try and say, maybe, they gave people from these NGOs [non-governmental organizations] a few bucks here and there,” Fennerty speculated.

    The L.A. Times’s April 2008 article on Palestinian support for Obama became a flashpoint in the waning days of the 2008 campaign, when the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and his runningmate, then-Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, demanded that the Times make public a videotape of a 2003 party where Khalidi offered a tribute to Obama, who was launching his U.S. Senate bid.

    The Times refused, saying that it obtained the video on the condition that it not be publicly released.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/

  61. I can’t believe this…

    Monday, January 03, 2011
    WorldNetDaily Exclusive

    Obama wants Jews to pay terror-supporting state
    President’s plans for Israel to surrender strategic territory revealed

    By Aaron Klein

    The Obama administration has drawn up a plan for Israel to give much of the strategic Golan Heights to Syria, informed Middle East security officials told WND. And what land Israel continues to use, it must rent, according to the plan.

    Last week, WND first reported that Dennis Ross, an envoy for the White House in the Middle East, visited both Israel and Syria in recent weeks to discuss specifics of a deal in which Syria eventually would take most of the Golan. The specifics of the plan, however, were not disclosed.

    Days after the WND article appeared, similar reports surfaced in the Israeli and Arab media. Those reports also did not cite specifics of the plan.

    Now WND has learned that Ross proposed that Israel give to Syria large swaths of the Golan Heights. Areas of the territory that house Israeli industrial zones will not need to be evacuated, but Israel is expected to lease the land from Syria, according to the informed Middle East security officials.

    The U.S. plan has Syria declared the owner of most of the Golan while Israelis leasing land from Syria would be expected to pay direct taxes to Syria, the security officials said. The security officials said Ross initiated the process of reaching out to both Israel and Syria in November. The officials said the Israeli government did not approve or reject the plan.
    The security officials said they do not expect any deal between Israel and Syria in the near future.

    The officials said Ross is trying to get Syria to pay a price for the deal, such as scaling back its relationship with Iran and its support of Hezbollah. The officials hinted the delay of an international probe investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri is related to regional political dealings, including the talks with Ross.

    Syria widely has been blamed for Hariri’s death, although the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group is expected to be blamed directly if the probe results are released. The probe was supposed to be released months ago, but has been delayed continually. Syria twice has used the Golan Heights to mount ground invasions into the Jewish state.

    Syria is in a strategic and military alliance with Iran. It has been accused of helping fuel the insurgency against U.S. troops in Iraq. Syria is a state sponsor of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, reportedly helping the Iranian-backed Hezbollah to arm itself with more than 10,000 missiles and rockets. Also, leaders of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations are based in Syria.

    The U.S. plan for the Golan comes as President Obama last week bypassed the U.S. Senate by using a congressional recess period to directly appoint four new ambassadors, including the first U.S. envoy to Syria since 2005. It marks the second time President Obama bypassed another agency or government branch to appoint a new ambassador to Syria.

    WND reported in July that Obama bypassed Hillary Clinton’s State Department in his announcement he would send a new ambassador to Syria, even disrupting agency negotiations with the Syrian government aimed at extracting concessions from the Damascus regime for the stepped-up diplomatic relations between the two countries. The U.S. withdrew its ambassador from Syria several years ago in protest against Hariri’s assassination.

    The Jewish Golan

    Media accounts routinely billed the Golan as “undisputed Syrian territory” until Israel “captured the region” in 1967. The Golan, however, has been out of Damascus’ control for far longer than the 19 years it was within its rule, from 1948 to 1967. Even when Syria shortly held the Golan, some of it was stolen from Jews. Tens of thousands of acres of farmland on the Golan were purchased by Jews as far back as the late 19th century. The Turks of the Ottoman Empire kicked out some Jews around the turn of the century.

    But some of the Golan still was farmed by Jews until 1947, when Syria first became an independent state. Just before that, the territory was transferred back and forth between France, Britain and even Turkey, before it became a part of the French Mandate of Syria. When the French Mandate ended in 1944, the Golan Heights became part of the newly independent state of Syria, which quickly seized land that was being worked by the Palestine Colonization Association and the Jewish Colonization Association. A year later, in 1948, Syria, along with other Arab countries, used the Golan to attack Israel in a war to destroy the newly formed Jewish state.

    The Golan, steeped in Jewish history, is connected to the Torah and to the periods of the First and Second Jewish Temples. The region was referred to in the Torah as “Bashan.” The word “Golan” apparently was derived from the biblical city of “Golan in Bashan.”

    The book of Joshua relates how the Golan was assigned to the tribe of Manasseh. Later, during the time of the First Temple, King Solomon appointed three ministers in the region, and the area became contested between the northern Jewish kingdom of Israel and the Aramean kingdom based in Damascus.

    The book of Kings relates how King Ahab of Israel defeated Ben-Hadad I of Damascus near the present-day site of Kibbutz Afik in the southern Golan, and the prophet Elisha foretold that King Jehoash of Israel would defeat Ben-Hadad III of Damascus, also near Kibbutz Afik.

    The online Jewish Virtual Library has an account of how in the late 6th and 5th centuries B.C., the Golan was settled by Jewish exiles returning from Babylonia, or modern day Iraq. In the mid-2nd century B.C., Judah Maccabee’s grandnephew, the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannai, added the Golan Heights to his kingdom.

    The Golan hosted some of the most important houses of Torah study in the years following the Second Temple’s destruction and subsequent Jewish exile; some of Judaism’s most revered ancient rabbis are buried in the territory. The remains of some 25 synagogues from the period between the Jewish revolt and the Islamic conquest in 636 have been excavated. The Golan is also dotted with ancient Jewish villages.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=247041

  62. Baby Boomer and proud of it, but it was the Stones for me.
    “Hey, YOU, get off of my cloud.” Perfect.

  63. Mrs. Smith,

    Thanks for a good article on Wikileaks and BOA.

    “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.”

    So they can freeze anyone’s money just by claiming a POSSIBILITY that activities MIGHT be illegal.

    Hm, can we all freeze our mortgage payments to BOA on the possibility that THEIR activities might be illegal?

  64. I don’t have time for research lately.

    On the nasty hateful post about a tv series about a real Muslim family. Well, the typical non-Muslim next door neighbors might be a priest who mol-, er, no, farmers who dra-, er, no, nurses who withhold, er, no…. Aw, let’s just use the Addams Family.

  65. Republicans will waste more time investigating Obama and his wasteful spending. When they should be working creating the JOBS Americans need so desperately.

    No one at this point gives a flying fig about Obama’s spending. Issa and Rogers will do nothing in the way of job creation except hire scientists for researching,
    do buttercups really turn to butter when massaged.

    To those turning Independent, Indy’s don’t side with either party but they do however support what is good for the people.

    Neither do they support Hillary Hater and notorious Neocon, Charles Krauthammer.
    ___________________________________________

    GOP agenda may mean more in 2012 than now

    Updated: Jan 3, 2011

    http://www.aolnews.com/story/gop-agenda-major-impact-may-be-on-2012-election/1266398/?cid=10

  66. I’m a boomer and I wonder why such an attack?
    So what if you don’t like either singer…now everyone born into a certain generation is a waste of space?

    I won’t do the same as you are doing and attack whatever generation you are from, but your attack is silly.
    _______________

    I could not agree more. He/She could afford to be more civil and grown-up and maybe the rest of us will respect his/her opinions.

  67. Times Online
    Apr 8, 2010 … The Obama Administration has taken the unprecedented step of authorising the killing of a US citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar …
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and…/article7089899.ece

    Aiui, a ‘fatwa’ is just sort of a religious ‘pardon’ given in advance for certain actions, eg fighting in a war.

    A nutty cleric issuing a ‘fatwa’ is about as serious as Terry Jones issuing a statment saying someone can burn, say, a Bible without going to hell.

    Contrast that with Obama’s action: the president of the most powerful country in the world, with armies and undercover agents in his employ, issuing a ‘hit list’ of people to be actively pursued and killed at US expense.

    Jones can issue all the ‘fatwas’, er, statements he wants — but that doesn’t mean anyone is going to DO it. Obama’s order does.

  68. You bet we don’t agree with Krauthammer as he works diligently to undermine Sectretary of State’s credibility by demonstrating his neverending insulting HATE of SOS Clinton. His 12/04 article surely doesn’t disappoint those who promote his propaganda:
    _____________________________

    [Re: Hillary’s statement re: wikileaks]

    “this makes us look bad, very bad. But not in the way Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implied in her cringe-inducing apology speech in which she scolded these awful leakers for having done a disservice to “the international community,” and plaintively deplored how this hampers U.S. attempts to bring about a better world.

    “She sounded like a cross between an exasperated school principal and a Miss America contestant professing world peace to be her fondest wish. The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double-dealing. Good God, that’s the essence of diplomacy. That’s what we do; that’s what everyone does. Hence the famous aphorism that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.”

    __________________________

    This Neoconic Clinton hater doesn’t understand two words President Clinton was famous for and now his wife as well. Working as an “honest broker” when dealing with other nations. Does Krauthammer think the Peace Accords in Ireland were brought about by LUCK or by the little people, the Leprechauns planting shamrocks on the border between the north and the south and peace magically happening on St. Paddy’s Day? The man needs a padded cell.

    Read more:
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/12/04/charles-krauthammer-violate-u-s-security-and-suffer-no-consequences/#ixzz1A2rH25Cc

  69. Gotta admit, I don’t normally read RedState, but they nail it, this is no longer about preserving the undemocratic party, it is about perserving Waffles. The beauty of the America system is that not only horizontally there are 3 branches, but vertically it is gives tremendous power to the states, if they realise it is their power to control. The federal govt doesn’t dictate to the state on what to do, the states dictate to the federal govt the extent of their reach.

    More and more people will realise this and exercise this vertical power, so even these executive powers will be challenged on both levels.
    ——————————
    There is an interplay betweeen two clauses in the constitution and bill of rights. On the one hand you have the provisions of Aricle 6 which state the constitution and all laws past pursuant thereto shall be the supreme law of the land, all state and local laws to the contrary notwithstanding. The other provision is the tenth Amendment which provides that all rights and powers not granted to the federal government by the constitution shall be reserved to the states. This if from memory of almost forty years ago, so the exact text may vary. But those are the clauses which favor either a federalist or a states rights interpretation, and much depends on who is doing the interpreting. The husband of Monster Powers, Regulation Czar Cass Sunstein is rumored to be working on a vast set of laws to reconcile ours with those of Europe and the United Nations. This is another way to disenfranchise the American People by making them subject to international laws and tribunals like the ones in Brussels. I continue to believe the end game here is to merge our the economy of the Americas into the European Union, and that is why the big push by the left to create a European style socialist country. An article suggesting that very thing appeared in Foreign Affairs Magazine six months back. In such a system, elections are immaterial because the real power rests in the hands of bureaucratic elites in Brussels. If I had to guess, I would say that is Obamas ultimate mission, although he himself is oblivious to the grand design. This coincides with Soros push to debase the dollar which I wrote about a couple years ago. That man is pure evil.

  70. This may be the dream of “the left”, if you say so, but it will be stymied by the Europeans themselves. They don’t want integration with the US, as witnessed by moves to isolate the euro from the dollar and the entire financial system from the toxic Wall Street/City axis. And “Soros’ push to debase the dollar” is nothing other than realism: the dollar is already debased. It has officially declined about 30% over the last 8 years, but its real value would be another 30% lower at least, save for the fact that the dollar is still the reserve currency and the currency of world trade in general. We no longer have the clout to demand that the Chinese upvalue the yuan, and the Chinese are turning their eyes to other markets and buying with yuan and euros instead of dollars.

  71. Agenda 21: A Global Economic Disaster in the Making

    Tuesday, 04 January 2011

    Listening to the local news on the radio recently, I heard a report about how newly elected Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to save $8 million by, among other things, merging the “Office of Sustainability” with the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.

    Office of Sustainability? In the county?

    According to the story, “The new agency will be renamed the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability….”

    The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

    A county government has its own EPA? You must be kidding.

    No, unfortunately not. We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.

    Baltimore County’s Office of Planning defines “sustainability” as “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of current and future generations to meet their own needs.” Doesn’t that sound nice!

    I checked some of the other county websites.Carroll County’s Sustainability Plan defines sustainability as: “…meeting the requirements of social, environmental, and economic circumstances without compromising the ability for future generations to meet the same need.”

    Montgomery County’s says: “To live sustainably, one strives to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (my emphasis). People living sustainably recognize the fundamental and inextricable interdependence between the economy, the environment, and social equity, and work to promote each to the benefit of all.”

    Oh wonderful!

    Howard County’s Office of Environmental Sustainability has similar blather. I didn’t look further, but you get the idea.

    A curious coincidence perhaps, but these humble county governments’ definitions of “sustainability” look amazingly similar to the UN definition:

    * Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    Of course it is no coincidence.

    This definition was first articulated in a 1987 report of the United Nations World Commission on Environment & Development titled “Our Common Future.” (See p. 24.)

    This has come to be known as the Brundtland Commission. It was chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway’s socialist former Prime Minister, who also served as vice-chair of the Socialist International.

    It is worth mentioning here that Carol Browner, President Obama’s Energy and Environment Czar, also served on the Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, although her name was stripped from the masthead the minute she got that appointment. Why?

    The Brundtland Commission included Maurice Strong (Canada’s version of George Soros, an exceedingly corrupt oil billionaire who, like Soros, has called for the destruction of the West), William Ruckelshaus (first head of the EPA – the only American) and luminaries from such enlightened states as Zimbabwe, Communist China, the USSR, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Cote D’Ivoire. These are environmental paradises to emulate for sure, but somehow they left out the important states of Togo and Burkina Faso.

    How could they?

    In any event, “Sustainable Development” is a distinctly and entirely socialist idea, and it varies from typical socialist rhetoric only in the metaphors used. It demands redistribution of land, resources and private property into government hands. One particularly odious quote:

    * Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings-and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.

    Emphases are mine. The last sentence makes clear that land must be controlled by government.

    [the homes incl their land owned by Bank foreclosures are in the millions.]

    But it doesn’t stop there. “Sustainable Development” has become the buzzword for a strategy under development since at least the early 1970s to completely control every aspect of our lives, including resettling entire populations. For example, the 1976 U.N. Conference on Human Settlements called for population redistribution:

    Recommendation A.1 National Settlement Policy:

    * All countries should establish as a matter of urgency a national policy on human settlements, embodying the distribution of population, and related economic and social activities, over the national territory.

    Recommendation A.2 Human Settlements and Development:

    * A national policy for human settlements and the environment should be an integral part of any national economic and social development policy.

    Recommendation A.4 More Equitable Distribution:

    * Human settlements in most countries are characterized by wide disparities in living standards from one region to another, between urban and rural areas, within individual settlements and among various social and ethnic groups. Such discrepancies exacerbate many human settlement problems, and, in some instances, reflect inadequate planning. Human settlement policies can be powerful tools for the more equitable distribution of income and opportunities.

    They are not kidding. And there is much more.

    agenda21_coverIn 1992, an initiative titled “Agenda 21” was proposed at the U.N. sponsored Conference on Environment and Development, (the “Earth Summit”), held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It states:

    * Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment [sic.]

    The Agenda is an all-encompassing prescription for regulating every aspect of human activity in the interest of “sustainable development.” Is it not troubling that they couldn’t even get their grammar right? 178 governments signed on, including the United States.

    Thank you, George H.W. Bush. However, Agenda 21 was not ratified by the U.S. Senate President Clinton then defied the Senate’s will by signing Executive Order 12852, which created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development but did not accept the UN’s definition of ‘sustainable’. While we all would like to assure natural resources are properly preserved for current and future generations, the U.N.’s prescriptions require that nations accept their definitions of “sustainable” and their recommendations for how to accomplish their goals. And it is all simply naked communism.

    Let me repeat that, “sustainability” is codeword for communism.

    Marxism has only survived because of Marxists’ ability to package and repackage the same odious ideas in flowery or obscure language. Consider the following phraseology. Everything in quotes comes directly from UN sustainability documents:

    “Social Justice” assures the right “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment” = equal distribution of wealth = communism.

    “Social Justice” assures that “every worker/person will be a direct capital owner” = dictatorship of the proletariat = communism.

    “Sustainability” means that “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” How about that? Individual rights don’t matter, and as you shouldknow, “collective” = communism.

    “Public/private partnerships” = Government subsidized competitive advantage, wipes out competing private business, allows for monopoly government control = communism. (Note: “Public/private partnerships” and grants for “sustainability” are features of the Kennedy Serve America Act, the law that created Obama’scivilian defense force, passed in honor of the deceased senator in 2009.)

    Here’s another example. The Agenda’s Rio Declaration demands that:

    * All States and all people shall cooperate in the essential task of eradicating poverty as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world.(Emphasis added.)

    Under the guise of “saving the earth” the socialists have explicitly demanded redistribution of income. What a surprise.

    Agenda 21’s Millennium Development Project calls for “developed countries,” that’s you and me folks, to donate 0.7 percent of GDP every year. Lest 0.7 percent of GDP sound like a small number, for this year it equates to $103 billion, an amount that would fund the Departments of State, Justice and Energy, as well as the entire Legislative and Judicial branches of the U.S. government. Alternately, it could fund the Departments of Homeland Security, Interior and Housing and UrbanDevelopment! Take your pick. ( Source: Office of Management and Budget).

    And that is just the camel’s nose under the tent. Be sure, it will only increase. But why do it at all? How have our other efforts worked out for them?

    Currently, the United States contributes the largest share of any nation to the U.N. Budget. We provide the largest contribution to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and every other similar organization. We provide billions in loans, subsidies and grants to other nations through separate programs within multiple federal agencies and offer private loans subsidized or guaranteed by the government. Has that had a noticeable impact? Seems everyone just hates us all the more!

    So, not only is this very anti-American body of foreign, unelected bureaucrats attempting to dictate practically every aspect of our lives, we are footing the bill.

    At the Copenhagen Global Warming summit last year, Gordon Brown, British Labor Party leader and Prime Minister from 2007-2010 said:

    * For 60 years we have measured our progress by economic gains and social justice. Now we know that the progress and even the survival of the only world we have depends on decisive action to protect that world. In the end, without environmental stewardship, there can be no sustainable prosperity and no sustainable social justice.

    The citation comes from a self-consciously pompous website titled “Make Wealth History,” run by two college-age brothers, who claim that:

    * The lifestyle of the western world is unsustainable – environmentally, economically, and socially. We are living beyond our means, and sharing the earth’s resources unequally. To restore some balance, we need to learn to use less, want less, and be more generous.

    http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011010412490/life-and-science/energy-and-environment/agenda-21-a-global-economic-disaster-in-the-making.html

  72. OkieAtty: “So sick of baby boomers and their rose colored glasses. They were self indulgent wastes of space. Their parents should have beaten them more and handed them less. Maybe their kids and grandkids wouldn’t suck so badly if they had….”

    gonzotx: “Gee, they only spawned Hillary and Bill… You can’t make generlized statements about an entire generation. I am a proud 60’s child”

    shadowfax: “I won’t do the same as you are doing and attack whatever generation you are from, but your attack is silly.”
    _________

    Looks like we’re going to get into another fight!

    I’ll take OkieAtty’s remarks to heart and admit that, in my youth of the 60’s, I didn’t know what I could do about things like the Vietnam war, and took refuge in some of the rebellious music of that era. I guess that can be seen as “rose-colored glasses.”

    Times have changed but we have two more Vietnams on our hands now and I still don’t know what I can do about them. There’s no protest music, so I’m not wearing my rose-colored glasses anymore. So does OkieAtty have any suggestions as to where I should turn my eyes?

  73. From Mrs. Smith’s article:

    “Let me repeat that, “sustainability” is codeword for communism.

    Marxism has only survived because of Marxists’ ability to package and repackage the same odious ideas in flowery or obscure language. Consider the following phraseology. Everything in quotes comes directly from UN sustainability documents:

    “Social Justice” assures the right “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment” = equal distribution of wealth = communism.

    “Social Justice” assures that “every worker/person will be a direct capital owner” = dictatorship of the proletariat = communism.

    “Sustainability” means that “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” How about that? Individual rights don’t matter, and as you shouldknow, “collective” = communism.”

    _________________

    This is all straight from Glenn Beck.

    Every person will be a direct capital owner = communism? “Every person” may be extreme, but if a lot of people were capital owners it would be a lot better than the current situation we have in the US, where 1% of the population owns 40% of our assets and 40% of the population owns 0.03% of the assets.

    “Individual rights take a back seat to the collective” = communism? Individual rights can be protected only by making laws and regulations that govern the marketplace – including the marketplace of ideas as expressed by what we now call the lamestream media. It is by systematically refusing laws in the marketplaces that we have now reached an impasse where the individuals who count – the rich – run everything, to the detriment of the collective, ie everyone else.

    “Sustainability” may be Glenn Beck’s codeword for communism, but it is a concept well understood by more and more companies like Siemens, which is nothing if not capitalist. Siemens and Suez hardly put out a press release without harping on the concept of sustainability, and their products and services read like an honors list of sustainable products. So garbage recycling is now communist? Wind turbines are communist? Trains are communist?

    Then maybe I’m a communist.

  74. Here is an “islamist” comment that is sure not to please, but I post it because of its content about HRC.

    _________
    By Yvonne Ridley*
    * British journalist Yvonne Ridley is the European President of the International Muslim Women’s Union as well as being a patron of Cageprisoners.

    I wonder if Hillary Clinton really believes in the pompous invective that shoots from her lips with the rapidity of machine gun fire.

    We had a classic example of it just the other day when she let rip in her grating, robotic monotones over a Moscow court’s decision to jail an oil tycoon.

    To be fair to Clinton, she was not alone. There was a whole gaggle of disapproving foreign ministers who poured forth their ridiculous brand of Western arrogance which has poisoned the international atmosphere for far too long.

    The US Secretary of State said Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s conviction raised “serious questions about selective prosecution and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations”.

    Although Khodorkovsky, 47, and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, 54, were found guilty of theft and money laundering by a Moscow court, critics like Clinton say the trial constitutes revenge for the tycoon’s questioning of a state monopoly on oil pipelines and propping up political parties that oppose the Kremlin.

    Clinton’s censure was echoed by politicians in Britain and Germany, and Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, urged Moscow to “respect its international commitments in the field of human rights and the rule of law”.

    Now while it may appear to be quite touching to see all these Western leaders express their outrage over a trial involving the one-time richest and most powerful man in Russia’s oil and gas industry, you have to ask where were these moral guardians when other unjust legal decisions were being made in US courts, for example?

    So why have the Americans and Europeans rushed to make very public and official statements so quickly on a matter of oil and gas, in another country? Okay, so it is a rhetorical question!

    But shouldn’t Clinton put a sock in it? The USA is still squatting in Cuba overseeing the continuing festering mess caused by one of the biggest boil’s on the face of human rights – yes, Guantanamo is approaching a decade of incarcerating men without charge or trial. At least Khodorkovsky had his day in an open court and can appeal.

    Instead of sticking her nose in to other country’s courts, perhaps the US Secretary of State would care to look into her own backyard and tell us why one of her soldiers was given a mere nine month sentence earlier this month after shooting unarmed civilians in Afghanistan?

    And after he’s served his sentence US army medic Robert Stevens can still remain in the army, ruled the military hearing. His defence was that he and other soldiers were purely acting on orders from a squad leader during a patrol in March in Kandahar.

    Five of the 12 soldiers named in the case are accused of premeditated murder in the most serious prosecution of atrocities by US military personnel since the war began in late 2001. Some even collected severed fingers and other human remains from the Afghan dead as war trophies before taking photos with the corpses.

    By comparison, just a few months earlier, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, was given 86 years for attempting to shoot US soldiers … the alleged incident happened while she was in US custody, in Afghanistan. She didn’t shoot anyone although she WAS shot at point blank range by the soldiers. The critically injured Pakistani citizen was then renditioned for a trial in New York. The hearing was judged to be illegal and out of US jurisdiction by many international lawyers.

    Did Clinton have anything to say about that? Did any of the foreign ministers in the West raise these issues on any public platform anywhere in the world? Again, it’s a rhetorical question.

    Of course a few poorly trained US Army grunts, scores of innocent Afghans, nearly 200 Arab men in Cuba and one female academic from Pakistan are pretty small fry compared to an oil rich tycoon who doesn’t like Vladamir Putin.

    But being poor is not a crime.

    Exactly how would the Obama Administration have reacted if Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the lack of even handedness in the US judicial system and demanded Dr Aafia Siddiqui be repatriated? What would be the response if Medvedev called an international press conference and demanded to know why 174 men are still being held in Guantanamo without charge or trial?

    Just for the record the US judicial system imposes life sentences for serious tax avoidance and laundering of criminally-received income – crimes for which the Russian tycoon has been found guilty. Sentencing will not take place until Moscow trial judge, Viktor Danilkin, finishes reading his 250-page verdict, which could take several days.
    In her comments Clinton said the case had a “negative impact on Russia’s reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate”.

    How on earth can anyone treat the US Secretary of State seriously when she comes out with this sort of pot, kettle, black rhetoric? This from a nation which is morally and financially bankrupt, a country which introduced words like rendition and water-boarding into common day usage.

    My advice to Clinton is do not lecture anyone about human rights and legal issues until you clean up your own backyard. In fact the next time she decides to open her mouth perhaps one of her aides can do us all a favour and ram in a slice of humble pie.

  75. Then maybe I’m a communist.
    _________________________

    Then maybe I’m a communist.
    _________________________

    Congratulations, comrade! Was the conversion from KGB to CiA a painful experience? Or are the two synonymous with the exception of a change of uniforms?

    The article was posted from a purely informational standpoint. When your county sends you a tax bill entitled a “Sustainability Tax” you can refer back to the above post and make a decision whether you want to fight it or rollover and pay it.

    As you seem to be a supporter of Obama’s Totalitarian Agenda, perhaps you can give us some of your insights into the benefits if states go along with Agenda 21 taking on this role through their counties “demanding all people shall cooperate in the essential task of eradicating poverty as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world.”

    If you could provide a successful working model I could refer to, I’d appreciate it.

    ps. Glenn who? Never heard of him-

  76. Then maybe I’m a communist.
    _________________________

    Mrs. Smith: “Congratulations, comrade! Was the conversion from KGB to CiA a painful experience? Or are the two synonymous with the exception of a change of uniforms?”
    ******

    Hey, anybody who ran aground of either the KGB or CIA had it pretty rough. CIA has been accused of a lot of things (JFK assassination anyone? Also, see Tarpley’s interpretation of 9/11!), most of them true.
    **********

    “The article was posted from a purely informational standpoint. When your county sends you a tax bill entitled a “Sustainability Tax” you can refer back to the above post and make a decision whether you want to fight it or rollover and pay it.

    As you seem to be a supporter of Obama’s Totalitarian Agenda,…”
    *********

    Hey c’mon, be fair. You know I was objecting to the article’s distortion of the word “sustainable” as a substitute label for “communism”. This is what Glenn Beck does all the time. Progressive = Evolutionary Communist, Socialist same thing. He tries to equate the bugaboo labels with anything he doesn’t like. Deficit spending, high taxation, all that gets equated with socialism, ergo communism, ergo un-American.

    ******

    “…perhaps you can give us some of your insights into the benefits if states go along with Agenda 21 taking on this role through their counties “demanding all people shall cooperate in the essential task of eradicating poverty as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world.”

    If you could provide a successful working model I could refer to, I’d appreciate it.”

    *******

    Sweden, Germany, France. All successful working models with greater upward social mobility than the US. All are also deeply engaged in sustainable development, both for themselves and for their partner countries outside the EU.
    ****************

    ps. Glenn who? Never heard of him-
    ******

    Lucky girl! The less I hear of him, the better.

  77. “Sweden, Germany, France. All successful working models with greater upward social mobility than the US. All are also deeply engaged in sustainable development, both for themselves and for their partner countries outside the EU.”
    ____________________________

    I don’t think those examples answer my question. Agreed, they may have upwards social mobility but you have not stated how they have visibly decreased the disparities in standards of living that better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world by using the formula suggested in Agenda 21.

    In fact, it is the one and only private non-profit organization that has achieved visible milestones for creating better living conditions throughout the world with an impressive track record to boot is President Clinton’s Global Initiative.

    You might want to catch up and consider submitting your ideas or better, if you are one of the lucky 1% of the population owning 40% of the world’s assets, contributing to this proven worthy endeavor just 5 yrs young.

    Trust me, this would be a worthwhile expenditure of your time, answering your previous post slamming Hillary for not cleaning up her own “Human Rights” back yard when Hillary has used her ‘smart power’ as SOS empowering girls and women promoting their education as the best resource we have for transforming society. Hillary has currently teamed up with GCI in a worldwide capacity for their recognition and support of educating women. You can read or watch it here at their link:

    http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/
    _______________________

    No apologies necessary, jesweezy- hopefully, you feel as I do- the right information IS power in the right hands. Good Luck to this Beck fella, though..

  78. Biden’s Chief of staff does a runner too.

    Now that is weird, why would the VP CoS leave, its such an easy position. Is it coincidence that all the ex-clinton staff are leaving?

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/04/breaking-biden-chief-of-staff-leaving-white-house/

    Vice President Joe Biden’s top aide is departing the White House.

    Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, will leave his post in late January. Klain is a former member of the Clinton administration and an attorney who played a key role in the 2000 Florida recount. He was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the HBO movie “Recount.”

    “For 25 years, Ron Klain has been my friend and adviser. As my chief of staff in the White House, Ron has done an exceptional job of building my team, implementing my direction on top priorities, and providing invaluable counsel,” Biden said in a statement.”

    “He has also played a key role in establishing the strong, positive relationship that exists between my staff and the President’s team. I am proud of the successes we have had over these two years, and am grateful for the role Ron played in achieving them. I wish him the best of luck as he takes this next step in his career,” added Biden.

    Jay Carney, spokesman for the vice president, had no details on any possible replacement for Klain.

  79. And “Soros’ push to debase the dollar” is nothing other than realism
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    It is far more than that my friend. Study his background, what else he advocates, and his relationship to Obama, and you will see this is political as well as economic. And that too is noting other than realism.

    Rid you happen to read the Trans-Atlantic Union in Foreign Affairs magazine which talks about Trans Atlantic Union? If I understand your argument, the Europeans oppose such a union, therefore it will not happen. More specifically, they do not want to be roped in to an entity controlled by Wall Street and the City of London.

    Is that the position of the German Bank? The Swiss Banks? Do they understand that the alternative may be getting swallowed by China, who is bailing out other European States. This decision will be made by the elites not the people. They have signed away their sovereignty–just as Soros, the man who hates national borders wants our own county to do.

    Bear in mind, the banking cabal that installed Obama was not only Wall Street and City interests. Wolfe from the Swiss Bank is part of the Soros cabal, he helped plan the Obama campaign, as well as raise money. He played golf with Obama at the Kennedy funeral. And if you look at the White House visitors list, you can be quite sure that he like Soros has visited Obama on multiple occasions.

  80. “you have not stated how they have visibly decreased the disparities in standards of living that better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world by using the formula suggested in Agenda 21.”

    *****

    I can’t answer the question because I don’t know what Agenda 21 is. What I do know is that decreasing disparities in standard of living is not considered anethema under the label “communist” in these countries, which have all embraced the socialist agenda without opting for totalitarian or even “collectivist” approaches. The goal of creating an equitable society does not mean forcing people into a given mold, or assuming high-cost no-return policies. It takes a lot of work over decades.

    Many kudos for CGI, I agree with you.

    My previous post “slamming Hillary” was an article and not my own words. I knew it wasn’t going to please anybody here; but the writer made some valid points, I think. It’s just that Hillary isn’t responsible for all the failings the writer points out, it was a little unfair to put that all on Hillary’s back. It does show what Hillary is up against: How can she press American values in the world when those values are not upheld at home?

  81. Boren (D-OK) to support ObamaCare repeal.

    This could get interesting, the GOP seem to think they have enough votes to override an Obama veto.

  82. And good riddance to Charlie Crist. FL Gov. Rick Scott inaugration is right now. Bye Bye Charlie, dont let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, you Obama loving brown-nose.

  83. Democrats’ opening argument against health care repeal: Don’t do it, it’ll explode the deficit!

    Hahaha we’ve had that scareline before…..

  84. What is she on….the grey goose again

    Pelosi: “To say that we are going to repeal it is to do very serious violence to the national debt.”

  85. Well I certainly want to put in my two cents about the boomer put down yesterday. I am a baby boomer and proud of it. I think OkieAtty was talking about Yuppies which I am sick of myself. Yuppies are those rich baby boomers who refuse to grow up. They keep the plastic surgeon’s in business and keep Viagara in their bill folds along with their condom.
    Regular baby boomers, and not the spoiled ones. I have worked hard and made a place for myself and raised some pretty darn good kids. Yuppies on the other hand I see are just spoiled brat baby boomers. I think its a class issue. Middleclass baby boomers are just average folks much like their parents who fought in WWII.
    I can imagine in Okie’s business, she runs into a good number of Yuppies!

  86. MOP,
    I just don’t get this bastard Boren in Oklahoma. He was so against Hillary in the primary and a huge Bo supporter and now he is backing the healthreform repeal…What’s up with that??

    Biden’s staff quitting too, how unusual is that. What are we doing in the WH, turning over the office to the mob or what? This is really bothering me…something is up with all of this sheat!

  87. Confloyd, i’m guessing among house congressmen, its everyman for himself now, Nan has no power over them now, she aint speaker. They are no longer scared of her.

    I’m sure its not by accident that all clintonites are heading for the WH exit, somethings up there.

  88. Playing Chicken

    01/03/2011

    Fiscal Policy: Failure by Congress to raise the debt ceiling would be “catastrophic,” says the White House’s top economic adviser. Does “catastrophic” include the soaring debt that runaway spending has produced?

    It’s always funny to watch Democrats and their advisers try to play the adults in a game where they clearly have behaved like irresponsible children. Let’s just concede that Austan Goolsbee may be right — Congress at some point must raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling or risk a financial crash.

    But who’s fault is that? Over the last four years, Congress was controlled by Democrats. They used the housing collapse and subsequent financial crisis to spend vast sums of public money and run up our nation’s indebtedness.

    The 111th Congress, with its veto-proof Democratic majority, racked up $3.2 trillion in new debt in just two years. Add the previous two years of Democratic control of the 110th Congress and the debt jumps to $5.2 trillion — a record.

    Goolsbee accuses Republicans of “playing chicken with the debt ceiling,” arguing it’s not Democrats’ fault. “The reason the deficit is big this year,” he says, “is because we’re coming out of the worst recession since 1929.”

    Excuse us, but the reason the deficit is so big is that the White House and Democrats in Congress ratcheted up spending nearly 25% in a government expansion unseen since World War II. Federal spending in 2010 was about 26% of GDP, a massive increase from the long-term average of 20.2% from 1960 to the recent fiscal crisis.

    Give the White House, Goolsbee and congressional Democrats their way, and it’ll stay at that bloated level — forcing all of us to pay much higher taxes for more debt in a slower-growing economy.

    Last year, the U.S. budget deficit was an estimated $1.3 trillion. We borrowed 42 cents for each dollar spent. Over the next decade, the deficit is expected to be about the same.

    More to blame are the trillions in increased spending that Goolsbee and others claim as “stimulus,” but which isn’t.

    Through their fiscal recklessness, they’ve set the nation on a path toward national bankruptcy. From $8.95 trillion in 2007, total public debt hit $13.9 trillion last year. By 2020, it will hit $20 trillion and, unless entitlement spending is curbed, it’ll only get worse.

    Republicans won a historic midterm election just two months ago premised on the notion they would put a stop to the fiscal insanity. Now, the White House says Republicans must pay for the Democrats’ irresponsible spending binge by lifting the debt ceiling — or be responsible for ruining the economy.

    Republicans must be the adults in this relationship. They need to cut up the government’s credit cards. If they agree to hike the debt ceiling above the $14.3 trillion limit — our federal debt is already $14 trillion and rising — they must seek major cuts in domestic discretionary spending in return. They should also have a road map for entitlement reform ready.

    If not, they will have ratified the irresponsibility of the Democratic opposition — and have nothing to show for it. Then Goolsbee will be right — they will have played chicken, and lost.

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/558623/201101031909/Playing-Chicken.htm

  89. JanH,
    Isn’t that globe trotting Potus back in D.C. now or is he letting Jarrett handle everything. I just keep wondering about the comment by Blago about Obama’s connection with Jarrett. Something is seriously wrong with this relationship.

    There is just so much mystery to this guy and all his appointments and just every single thing involving Obama.

  90. Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011

    ………………………….

    In other words try and salvage discontent with black voters…….but how about actually sorting out the USA first, dimbulb.

  91. Congress: 242 Rs in House is 7th largest in history, most since 1947(246). Biggest ever: 300 Rs elected in 1920.

    That was the extent of unhappiness with Dems in 2010.

  92. People like Plouffe have got this bamboozling of the ignorant American public and stealing elections down to a fine science. And what is the Republican response to this? To share power with them? My prediction is this will break the Republican Part in half. Nobody likes a Neville Chamberlain. I think Boehner lacks self confidence.

  93. Amazing story:

    For more than 60 years, the herosim of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston Churchill’s elite Special Operations Executive secret agents, has remained largely forgotten.

    She was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France, where her bravery has long been recognised, and for three months she single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured.

    For ten months she was tortured by the Gestapo desperate for any information about SOE operations, but she stood firm and was eventually executed at Dachau concentration camp on September 13, 1944, aged just 30. ..

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343957/Indian-heroine-Churchills-elite-SOE-spy-network-recognised-statue-London.html#ixzz1A5Xb4e1o

  94. You can whistle up somebody like Gingrich who will tell you this is smart strategy–take time and tighten the rope around the oppositions neck. Do not do anything preceipitous like say shut down government. I do not know how it is with you, but I do not believe you can find a modus vivendi with a water moccasin. If it does not bite you it will bite the American People.

  95. Oh JOY!!!! This is all we need for 2012.

    Late Monday night the Obama family and their entourage boarded Air Force One for a night’s sleep on the flight back to Washington DC.

    Meanwhile a leading psychic has predicted that there may be new force to be reckoned with in the White House this year – a baby for the Obamas.

    Canadian soothsayer Nikki claims to have predicted the collapse of Tiger Woods’s marriage and the mine disaster in Chile.

    Now she has revealed in her 2011 predictions to the Toronto Sun and says not only is a baby on the way, but the ‘first couple’ may even have twins as siblings for their daughters.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343934/Obama-flies-Washington-weeks-fun-Hawaiian-sun.html#ixzz1A5ZkTZu6

  96. wbboei, people have to save themselves. Republicans won’t come to our rescue. Hillary or the Clintons won’t/can’t do it either. Democracy, it is a fucked up system but everything else is worse. People, wake the hell up!

  97. lol, this idiot gets worse by the day…..well duh!

    “I think that there’s going to be politics. That’s what happens in Washington.” — Prez O on flight back to DC, stating the obvious.

  98. HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally meaningful to him and important to U.S. interests…
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    Gee, what would that personally meaningful connection possibly be?

  99. moononpluto

    Confloyd, i’m guessing among house congressmen, its everyman for himself now, Nan has no power over them now, she aint speaker. They are no longer scared of her.

    I’m sure its not by accident that all clintonites are heading for the WH exit, somethings up there.

    ——–
    Another tidbit is that all the Dems that were voted out, thought the DNC would back them for their re-election. That’s what they were promised in Denver if they helped carry Barry over the finish line.

    All Dems saw that they were just cobblestone in the Yellow Brick Road for Barry…so why would they fear Nasty or stick to the pack of wolves in the O’administration?

    They are like rats leaving the Titanic.

  100. It is by systematically refusing laws in the marketplaces that we have now reached an impasse where the individuals who count – the rich – run everything, to the detriment of the collective, ie everyone else.
    ***********
    The rich have always run everything and always will. It is only when they become so greedy, as in now, that the populist stand up and fight to pull back the covers a bit for breathing room.

  101. pm317

    Oh JOY!!!! This is all we need for 2012.

    Meanwhile a leading psychic has predicted that there may be new force to be reckoned with in the White House this year – a baby for the Obamas.

    ————
    My prediction is that Baracko is gonna get his ass kicked, all the way though 2012…..all the way back to the hood of Chicago.

  102. That article about Bill Clinton “hurting” Rahm in Chicago seems to ignore the central point that HE WAS INVITED TO COME THERE. He didn’t just decide on a whim to get involved. Geez …

  103. Paula, its just another attempt by the Bambots to smear BC. They can go fuck themselves, that shit don’t fly with us.

  104. FROM YUPPIES TO MAPPIES: “The acronym stands for Mature, Affluent, Pioneering People and has been coined to describe a growing social group of active, fun-loving fifty- and sixty-somethings.”

  105. Too funny
    ************

    Skirting EU law: The rebranding of incandescent bulbs as “Heat Balls”

    A German businessman is getting around a law banning incandescent bulbs by selling them as “Heat Balls”.
    Mon, Oct 25 2010 at 11:35 AM EST 33 Comments

    Photo: James Bowe/Flickr
    You gotta hand it to German businessman Siegfried Rotthaeuser, who came up with a brilliant run around the European Union ban on conventional incandescent light bulbs- he rebranded them as “Heat Balls” and is importing them for sale as a “small heating device”.

    Rotthaeuser’s website is in German but Google does a passable job of translation. First, he’s very clear that the Heat Ball isn’t for lighting, stating (in German, the following is translated) “A HEAT BALL ® is not a lamp, but it fits in the same version!”

    Further down: “The use of Heat Balls avoids the lack of heat. The intended use of heat Balls is the heating. ”

    The funny thing about this is that incandescent bulbs are fairly efficient when they are used as heaters, throwing off around 95% of the energy they draw as heat. In colder climates, using the bulbs for lighting isn’t always an inefficient choice as the bulbs add to the warmth of the home.

    The problem is that people will buy Heat Balls primarily as a way around the ban on incandescent bulbs. Rotthaeuser’s Heat Balls could end up really taking off in a market starved for the familiar warmth of the incandescent bulb.

    The solution to this problem is a better lightbulb. We need LEDs and CFL bulbs that offer good light in an inexpensive package. We’re getting there but are still more than a few more cycles of R&D away.

    In the meantime, if you live in Germany and are jonesing for an incandescent, take a look at the Heat Ball.

    Via GreenBiz

  106. “The rich have always run everything and always will. It is only when they become so greedy, as in now, that the populist stand up and fight to pull back the covers a bit for breathing room.”

    Their fathomless greed brings them greater power when there are no rules to rein them in. By proning unfettered freedom in the marketplace, we’re just making things easier and easier for them and more difficult for ourselves. Any populist who manages to get into power is going to have to stand for law and order in the marketplace.

  107. “So exactly what is it that George Soros is trying to accomplish? Well, in a nutshell, what he wants is a Big Brother-style one world government based on extreme European-style socialism, strict population control and the radical green agenda. It would be a world where the state tightly regulates everything that we do for the greater benefit of the environment and of society as a whole”

    *****

    Here is another Glenn Beck style text, associating Soros with everything bad we can imagine. The imagination runs wild with words like “Big Brother”, “extreme”, “strict”, “radical”, “socialism”, “European”, “state”, “tightly regulates everything we do”, without specifying who the “we” is, and saying it is for the greater benefit of “society as a whole”, as if “we” are not part of society and “we” are not part of the “state” either. This is just libertarian fear-mongering.

  108. {my comment went into moderation because of two links}
    Jan and Tim, wasn’t she gorgeous to look at? wow what a story.. I am looking at the wiki about her and her illustrious father who was a descendant of Tipu Sultan, big name in the south — he ruled the princely state of Mysore.

    Check the wiki page on her, Noor Inayat Khan and her dad, Hazrat Inayat Khan for more info.

  109. pm317,

    She was indeed a very beautiful and brave woman. I am going to try and find the author’s book and read it.

  110. I have been watching this unfolding drama over this navy commander who was a Naval Academy graduate and commander of the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and shaking my head. How could a guy like this make it this far in the service? You can see how he has corrupted other members of the ships crew. He is the captain of the ship, he sets the tone, and this is a complete breakdown in discipline. My late father was the assistant Air Operations officer on World War II Enterprise (CVA-6) from 1943 to 1944 when the war moved from the south Pacific to the central Pacific in preparation for the final assault on Japan. It was the most decorated ship of the War, Halsey’s flagship early on, yet it was scrapped at Brooklyn Navy year roughly 15 years later, since it lacked the size and flight deck capacity to needed in the jet age. If he were living today he would be pretty disgusted. The worst you had to contend with in those days was home made stills aboard ship, one of which blew up while Bull Halsey was addressing the sailors. The Chinese Navy must be getting a big kick out of this. But in the age of Obama, I guess anything goes. How can anyone take authority seriously when someone like him is supposedly CIC. The answer is patriots have to do what they can to take up the slack for this errant fool obama.

  111. wbboei,

    I have to agree with you. I just finished reading about this guy and am just shaking my head. Was he deliberately trying to sabatoge his career?

  112. The rich have always had a disproportionate degree of the nation’s wealth. The problem today is it is a zero sum game, whereas in the past all boats rose with the tide.

  113. I have to agree with you. I just finished reading about this guy and am just shaking my head. Was he deliberately trying to sabatoge his career?
    ———————-
    I think so. He definitely has a screw loose. But the problem is it isn’t just him. Look at how he has corrupted others aboard ship to mimic the same behavior. Stupid me, I called him the captain but he is in fact the executive officer. But that also implicates the captain. And what about all those commanding officers who signed top fitness reports on him from his days as a midshipman. In theory the Navy does not entrust command of a nuclear carrier to someone who is off his rocker. But in practice it seems to me that they did. The weapons system of a carrier is primarily its planes. But suppose instead this was a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine.

  114. WBB,

    I haven’t really been following this but since you brought it up I found this at ACE
    ***************

    It’s Official: Navy Relieves CO Of USS Enterprise Over Videos
    —DrewM.

    Obama calls the Eagles to congratulate them on giving dog killer Michael Vick a second chance but now his Navy commanders are going to trash the career of a decorated hero over some videos?

    Hurt feelings and political correctness trump decades of honorable service and readiness for war. What could go wrong?

    Adm. John C. Harvey announced Tuesday that he has permanently relieved Capt. Owen Honors as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier Enterprise for showing “exceptionally poor judgment” in producing and broadcasting a series of raunchy videos to his crew in 2006 and 2007.
    Harvey, the four-star head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, said that Capt. Dee Mewbourne, former commander of the carrier Eisenhower, will take command of the ship today as Honors’ permanent replacement. Mewbourne had been at Navy Cyber Forces Command.

    This is kind of interesting because Enterprise COs generally have to go through extra nuclear propulsion training because of the unique reactors the 50 year old ship has. Has Mewbourne gone through that training or after all these years is tossed overboard because of some off color videos? (Yes, I know, the Chief Engineer really runs the reactor but this extra training was the norm, until today).

    I will say this, Captain Honors was playing with fire and he seemed to know it. His disclaimers about his superiors not being held accountable for the content of the videos demonstrates he knew that. When you do that, sometimes you get burned.

    As for Honors’ superiors. They clearly had to know what was in these videos at the time they were played on Enterprise. CDRSalamander wants to know what they did/thought.

    There can only be three answers by the Navy concerning these videos. “We” refers to the Flag Officer Community that leads our Navy – just to be clear.
    1. We had no idea.
    2. We knew and didn’t care.
    3. We disapproved, counseled our Shipmate, corrective action taken with remediation, and we moved forward.

    …For reasons best known to senior leadership, we now find ourselves looking at #1 or #2. As we know that #1 is an impossibility – that leads to #2.

    Really? No – not in the Navy of 2010. I don’t buy #2 either. Well, wait – a 5% chance. I’ll give you 5%.

    That brings us back to #3 – which is greatest problem of all if we are now going to take CAPT Honor from Command. If it were #1 we could all just facepalm and call stupid. If it were #2 or #3 then we don’t have stupid – we have malice and betrayal by an officer’s Chain of Command.

    It is the height of moral corruption to tell someone what they are doing is OK one day, and then the next – to protect yourself – act as if it were horrible. It is just as morally corrupt to reprimand a person, provide corrective action, accept remediation – and then at a later date punish him again for the same act only harder; submit that person to double jeopardy for your own self-preservation.
    Honors is being hung out to dry for something that was either fine with his then superiors or which he was duly critiqued for and allowed to move on in his career. Either way, this is ex post facto outrage and the senior leadership of the Navy has simply thrown a dedicated and decorated officer to the wolves.

    Speaking of Honors’ career…did you know he was essentially promoted twice after these videos were made? He remained at the same rank (Captain) but went from being Executive Officer of the Enterprise (the 2nd in command) to command his own ship, the USS Mount Whitney. In 2008 he led her into the middle of the Russia-Georgia war to provide relief supplies to the Georgians.

    Oh and the Mount Whitney was recognized in 2008 and 2009 for outstanding retention. Honors was in command from January 2008-April 2009.

    Again the Navy must have thought Honors performed at least at a satisfactory level because he was then returned to Enterprise as her CO and was thought fit to lead the ship into war.

    All that gone because he ran his ship aground, got some of his sailors killed, made some off color jokes.

    This kind of “offense” has to be weighed against the reality that we are a nation at war and Enterprise is shortly off to fight that war.

    Any organization is going to want to protect its reputation. As I said to Slu in an email, there is more than one way to do that. Image if the Navy came out and said something like this.

    “Yes, Captain Honors went a bit too far in trying to motivate and entertain his crew during a long and successful war patrol and we’ve spoken to him about that.
    On the other hand, his nearly 30 years of otherwise impeccable service to this nation (list a bunch of great shit he’s done), the support of so many of his superiors, peers and most impressively, men and women he has led, makes us think that on balance his talents and contributions vastly out weigh this one indiscretion.

    Accordingly, Capt. Honors will continue to command USS Enterprise and the men and women he has trained with and prepared for their upcoming mission in support of our troops fighting in Afghanistan. We have every confidence that Capt. Honors has learned much from this situation and will be an even better officer and leader for it”.

    Imagine what officers, sailors and potential recruits would think about that Navy versus the one they are seeing on display today.

    You can tell a lot about an organization by what it rewards and punishes. Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the current state of the US Navy.

    Oh…the “Support Captain Honors” facebook page is over 10,000 likes strong.

  115. ahuh……

    Bloomsberg’s Office spearheaded drive for Ground Zero Mosque, documents show.

    http://biggovernment.com/tfitton/2011/01/04/mayor-bloombergs-office-spearheaded-drive-for-ground-zero-mosque-new-docs-show/

    In July 2010, Mayor Bloomberg outrageously told reporters it was “un-American” to investigate the individuals behind the Ground Zero Mosque. Now we know why he wanted no one to look into the controversy.

    Judicial Watch just obtained a new batch of documents from New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s office that show his office was instrumental in helping radical anti-American Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, his wife Daisy Khan and their partner Sharif el-Gamal obtain approval for a 13-story massive mosque and “community center” to be built in the shadow of Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    These documents, which we obtained through open records requests and a related lawsuit, earned widespread press coverage in New York and around the country. (Here’s the New York Observer’s take to give just one example.) They included email correspondence between top officials inside the Mayor’s office and supporters of the Ground Zero Mosque, a project spearheaded by the Rauf-led Cordoba Initiative. The documents were made available to us on December 23. This unseemly Christmas dump is a well-known ploy by politicians to use the holidays to release bad news in the hopes that it will go unnoticed. (It didn’t work this time.)

    Here are some of the documents’ key highlights:

    * A May 10, 2010, email from Daisy Khan, listed as Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, to Fatima Shama, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: “Is there a good time to chat tomorrow. We need some guidance on how to tackle the opposition.”
    * A letter supporting the Ground Zero Mosque drafted by Nazi Parvizi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, to Julie Menin, Chairman of Manhattan’s Community Board 1, which had considered a resolution supporting the mosque. Parvizi crafted the letter for Daisy Khan’s signature, asking the board to temporarily withdraw the mosque resolution due to public outrage over the project. Parvizi described the purpose of the letter in a May 15, 2010, email: “What the letter will do, I hope, is get the media’s attention off everyone’s backs and give you guys time to regroup on your strategy as discussed…”
    * A legal review of the Menin letter sent to the Mayor’s office by Rauf on May 15, 2010. The letter contemplates the impact that withdrawing the Community Board 1 resolution could have on the effort to de-designate the mosque site as a historical landmark at a June 22, 2010 Landmark Commission meeting, thus allowing the project to move forward:

    “The Borough President (and Councilmember Chin) have a firm policy at speaking up at public agencies only after the community board has taken a position on an item. So withdrawing the resolution may affect their thinking about how helpful they can be on June 22. That in itself may not be fatal to getting [the site] de-designated but I do know that [Landmark Commission] Chairman Tierney was looking forward to having the ‘political cover’ their support would bring him.” The Landmark Commission ultimately decided to de-designate the property.

    * A May 7, 2010, congratulations email from Shama to Rauf, Khan and el-Gamal after the Community Board 1 finance subcommittee expressed support for the Ground Zero Mosque project: “Again-congratulations!!! This is very exciting for all of you and the community at large! Daisy, as always – you were AMAZING last night – thank you!”
    * A May 7, 2010, email from Khan to Rauf, el-Gamal and Shama after the finance subcommittee vote: “Just spoke with Commissioner Nazli Parvizi. She will call Julie Mennon [sic] to thank them for passing the resolution and ask how she can assist.”
    * A January 2010 email exchange documenting Shama’s successful attempt to expedite a temporary public assembly permit so supporters of the Ground Zero Mosque could conduct prayers at the site.
    * A series of email exchanges regarding a September 18, 2009, meeting between Shama, Rauf, el-Gamal, Khan and others from the Ground Zero Mosque project. A September 22, 2009, follow-up email summarized the meeting: “It was wonderful to be with everyone…on Friday night…Fatima mentioned that there are a number of concrete next steps that need to be undertaken re: the Cordoba House. In terms of a point person and centralized contact, please advise Fatima as to whom she should be in direct contact with on these and all other Cordoba House matters moving forward.”
    * An April 22, 2010, email from Khan to Shama asking Shama to sign a letter of support for the Ground Zero Mosque project. “We have been honored to have developed a relationship with you over the last years…we consider you amongst our closest allies and friends.” The email included a draft letter for Shama to sign.

    On August 9, 2010, Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests with the Mayor’s office, seeking contacts between city officials and Rauf and controversial Muslim organizations. (Click here to review my opinion of these so-called “mainstream” Muslim organizations.)

    After we received no response from Mayor Bloomberg’s office to our request and a subsequent administrative appeal, we filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court on November 4, 2010 to compel the Mayor’s office to comply with the open records requests. Our petition apparently got their attention.

    Now there is no doubt. Mayor Bloomberg’s office was working hand-in-glove with the Muslim activists driving the unpopular Ground Zero mosque project. Now we know what the Mayor was trying to hide and why his office did not bother to comply with the Freedom of Information Law. But it shouldn’t have taken a lawsuit to get the details. New Yorkers want honesty and transparency from their Mayor, not obfuscation. They deserve to know the truth about this mosque.

    And just to give you a sense of the close “allies and friends” of Mayor Bloomberg’s staff…

    Feisal Abdul Rauf is well known for making a number of radical and controversial statements regarding Islamic extremism, particularly the terrorist attacks of 9/11. For example, during a 60 Minutes interview about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rauf said: “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened…we have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

    Now Rauf wants to build a Muslim complex adjacent to the spot where Muslim radicals murdered 3,000 innocents. And thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and his staff, it looks like he may get his wish.

  116. Feisal Abdul Rauf is well known for making a number of radical and controversial statements regarding Islamic extremism, particularly the terrorist attacks of 9/11. For example, during a 60 Minutes interview about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rauf said: “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened…we have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

    *********

    The Muslim mantra

  117. Bloomsberg’s Office spearheaded drive for Ground Zero Mosque, documents show.

    ————
    And what did obama know about this?

  118. Disgraceful to enable this so called Mosque to be built near ground zero. The liberals are hell bent on destroying any last remnats of the America most of us grew up in.

  119. gonzotx: “I take anything written by a Muslim with great suspect.”

    I wouldn’t ask you to take anything written by anyone without circumspection or disbelief. Why do you reserve that disbelief particularly for a muslim?

    My own objection to the article I posted was that, while the author made a number of valid points, she put the onus of hypocrisy on HRC specifically. Otherwise, I don’t see why you would condemn the article – don’t see how the author’s religion or gender or whatever discredits what she says.

  120. Pelosi, Obama Hawaiian Vacations Come to an End, But Taxpayers Left with the Bill

    Photo courtesy of renovomedia.com
    BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – Nancy Pelosi’s final days as Speaker of the House were spent at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.
    Escorted throughout her trip by a mini security motorcade that included Secret Service and Hawaii County Police officers, Pelosi was seen at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona, where she received Communion. Parishioners greeted her warmly, Hawaii Reporter was told. Two police SUVs were on guard outside the hotel during her week long stay.
    Pelosi, who traveled to Hawaii by private plane, spent the holidays in Kona last year at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that reportedly rents for $10,000 a night.
    The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s details its luxurious setting and amenities on its web site: “Gloriously revitalised, this natural tropical paradise offers more than ever to explore – with a newly expanded Spa, beachfront dining, fashion boutiques and new Deluxe Suites, in addition to Jack Nicklaus signature golf. Set on the Big Island’s exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition.”
    Pelosi has her share of allies in Hawaii, including Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who she defended during his successful campaign for governor in 2010. Pelosi, a Democrat who will be replaced as House Speaker by GOP Congressman John Boehner in a matter of days, served in Congress with Abercrombie. When Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mufi Hannemann claimed during the primary that Abercrombie was not effective in Congress, Pelosi issued a statement calling Abercrombie “outstanding, effective and courageous.”

    Hawaii Reporter has requested information from the Police on taxpayers’ costs to guard her. Last year, Hawaii county taxpayers paid more than $21,000.
    This year, the county estimates have not yet been provided to Hawaii Reporter; the request is pending. However, the Hawaii Police Department does not release the number of police officers escorting Pelosi, how many hours they dedicated to Pelosi’s security detail, or whether they were being pulled from other duties. No figures could be obtained for her Secret Service escorts.
    Her trip coincides with President Barack Obama’s nearly two-week family vacation in Hawaii.
    Obama’s trip to Oahu has proved much pricier to state and federal taxpayers.
    In a Hawaii Reporter story published last week, some of the cost estimates included:
    Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One: $1 million (GAO estimates)
    Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
    Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800
    Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs
    Local police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)
    Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
    TOTAL COST: $1,474,200
    UNKNOWN COSTS
    Rental of office building in Kailua on canal
    Security upgrades and additional phone lines to private homes where Obama and friends are staying
    Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel
    Surveillance before the President arrives
    Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President
    Since the Obama holiday story appeared in Hawaii Reporter, readers on the island of Hawaii point to another plane similar to Air Force One (except with a communications dome atop it) that accompanied the President to Hawaii, is at the Hilo Airport.
    In addition, costs should have been added for the USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transported the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment. The flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 20 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $7,000 per hour (GAO report) for a total of $140,000 per roundtrip. Sources say the United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight at $140,000 for a total of $280,000.
    Hawaii Reporter has requested details on the cost of the President’s trip, but the White House will not release any figures, citing security concerns. A spokesperson maintains the costs are in line with other presidential vacations.
    Hawaii Reporter has sought to determine the cost of vacations for the current president and last two presidents but it has not received any reply from four emails sent over the last week to the U.S. General Services Administration, the agency that tracks these costs.

  121. JanH
    January 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011
    (AP) –
    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally meaningful to him and important to U.S. interests…
    &&&&&&&

    After being President of the United States, his next goal is to be King of Africa.

    And he’ll have a real birth certificate for that job.

  122. Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011
    ——————–
    Might just mean he’s going there soon to give a speech. Another apologetic one.

  123. Hurt feelings and political correctness trump decades of honorable service and readiness for war.
    ————————
    If this writer cannot tell the difference between military discipline and political correctness then he has my sympathies. Military discipline is essential when lives are at stake, and sophisticated weapons systems are involved. This is not some video game it is reality. Political correctness is simply passive aggressive behavior and there is far too much of that in the world because it is the easy way out. I hate it because the same people who practice it publicly will get you aside and tell you privately what they really think. They may even tell you that you need to speak out because for one reason or another they cannot do it themselves even though they would like to. And then when you do speak out they go behind your back and tell others I do not understand why he or she is so inflexible on the issue. It is cowardice in action and it leads to bad decisions. But military discipline is colorblind and it does not bend for political convenience. When you are wrong you pay the price. It is called accountability.

  124. AMERICA GOT PUNKED… Russians Say START Treaty Covers Antimissile Defense Systems

    They Told Us the START Treaty Could Not Wait – It Had to Be Signed Before Christmas–

    The Obama Administration insisted that passing the START Treaty would not impact the US antimissile defense systems.

    They were wrong.

    The Russian Parliament announced this week that the START Treaty includes limitations on the US antimissile defense systems.
    The Voice of Russia reported, via HotAir:

    The State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) plans to confirm the link between the reduction of the strategic offensive arms and the restriction of antimissile defense systems’ deployment in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed between the US and Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs says.

    “During the ratification of START in the US Congress the American lawmakers noted that the link between strategic offensive armed forces and antimissile defense systems is not juridically binding for the parties. They referred to the fact that this link was fixed only in the preamble of the document. Such an approach can be regarded as the US’ attempt to find an option to build up its strategic potential and the Russian lawmakers cannot agree with this,” Kosachev says.

    We will deal with these interpretations. The first thing is that our American colleagues do not recognize the legal force of the treaty’s preamble. The preamble sets a link between strategic offensive arms and defensive arms. The second thing is an attempt to interpret certain provisions of the treaty unilaterally.

    The Russian lawmakers insist that all the chapters of the treaty including the preamble are legally binding, which is a common norm of international law. It is not lawful to take certain provisions and to give them unilateral interpretations like the American senators do, Alexei Arbatov, a member of the Carnegie Scientific Council, says.

    Once again, we were fooled by Obama – And, once again, America will pay the price.

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/01/america-gets-punked-russians-say-start-treaty-covers-antimissile-defense-systems/

  125. All bad polling today……for the Dems.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends).

    …………………..

    Republicans hold a 10-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending January 2, 2011. That’s a five-point jump from last week, but it’s far from clear if the findings mark a real upswing in GOP support as the new Congress convenes or are just statistical noise.

    New Rasmussen Reports telephone polling finds that 45% of Likely Voters nationwide say they would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 35% would choose the Democrat instead.

    …………………………..

    The number of American adults calling themselves Republicans in December increased by one percentage point from November to 37.0%.

    Also in December, the number calling themselves Democrats fell by a point to 33.7%.

    Those figures reflect the largest number of Republicans in the nation since December 2004 and the lowest number of Democrats ever recorded in tracking since November 2002.

    It’s the second straight month that Rasmussen Reports polling has found more people identifying as Republicans than Democrats. Prior to November, that had never happened before. See the History of Party Trends from January 2004 to the present.

  126. Lets see what trash he brings in…..

    CNN has learned staff changes at the White House will be announced as early as Friday — top Dem sources say President wants to move on it.

  127. Top Dem sources say chief of staff race is down to two candidates — Daley and Rouse — others like Daschle, Panetta, Podesta not interested.

  128. “Obama to increase engagement with Africa in 2011”

    hmmm…. maybe he can go to Kenya and ask his 1st cousin, who is the prime minister and Waffles spent a week in 2006 campaigning for, why the hell Waffles close cousin Prime Minister Odinga is rounding up all the gays and les in the country and jailing them??

  129. Does anyone see the irony in this………

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which by its own admission has thus far failed to control even half of America’s nearly 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, is now sending personnel to Afghanistan to help that country secure its border with Pakistan.

    On a New Year’s visit to Afghanistan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said there are now 25 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CPB) personnel on the ground in Afghanistan. That number could reach 65 or more by the end of 2011, she said.
    “We’re going to contribute numbers,” Napolitano said, in explaining her department’s role in helping Afghanistan transition from military to civilian control.

    Napolitano said she hoped to leave Afghanistan with an appreciation of what “skill sets” are most needed there – “and to make sure that’s included in the next wave of individuals that we (Department of Homeland Security) send over.”

    In July 2002, when the George W. Bush White House released the first national strategy for the Department of Homeland Security, it identified the new agency’s three objectives as preventing terrorist attacks within the United States; reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism; and minimizing the damage from attacks that do occur.

  130. moononpluto
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Yes, not just the discrimnation against gays/les but also christians, well thousands of christians have been killed, I suspect they do the same to gays/les as well, its just never reported.

  131. This could get nasty……

    Public-employee unions spent tens of millions getting Jerry Brown elected but are now furious after the new governor gave them the cold shoulder yesterday after his inauguration.

    The Chron reports that the 18,000-member Orange County Employees Association had expected Brown to speak at its free hot-dog fest at the capitol, dubbed “The People’s Inauguration Party,” but the new governor only showed up for a few moments, grabbed some dogs, and scurried off.

    During his inaugural speech, Brown told unions not to expect any favors and referred to a “philosophy of loyalty” that calls for a “devotion to California above and beyond our narrow perspectives.”

    ………………….don’t say you were not warned Californians.

  132. The Obama Administration insisted that passing the START Treaty would not impact the US antimissile defense systems.

    They were wrong.

    The Russian Parliament announced this week that the START Treaty includes limitations on the US antimissile defense systems.
    The Voice of Russia reported, via HotAir:
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    Obama has become the laughing stock of the world. A push over for the world’s worst dictators. Puppet of the elites. Enemy of the American People. The only thing that keeps him aloft is big media.

  133. moononpluto
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    This could get nasty…
    ————————
    He should buy them a hot dog and call it even.

  134. Tim, i tell any fellow gay people, avoid Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya in particular, theres some real nasty stuff going on there for gay people.

    lots of gay people in this world think the battle is over and they can be accepted anywhere, there is still multitude of places where they will cut your throat as fast as look at you if you were known to be gay and think nothing of slaughtering gays like cattle.

  135. In a way I’m glad Whitman did not win the CA Gov job because frankly, thats one job, i would not want to wish on anyone right now, that place is a mess and Brown is a fool to think he’s going to come out of this good.

  136. moononpluto
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    a couple of collegues/friends of mine who are gay were thinking of going on some trip, you know one of those trips that includes many countries, through AAA travel, ended up not going. You are very correct, its not discrimation, its much worse than that. Heck, they kill christians, gays/les like you said suffer even a worse fate in those countries, and its mainly in all the countries that are dominated by muslims.

  137. That ground zero victory mosque, are gays going to be allowed to swim in the men’s pool? and will gays/les even be allowed into this mosque??

    I hope GoPac is ready with their lawsuit if there is any discrimnation against the gay/les who want to swim in those men/women segregated swimming pools. I hope the New Agenda organzation is ready as well as this “seperate but equal” nonsense of men and women having different pools, NOW is pretty much useless.

  138. My ass its normal….

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40904491/ns/us_news-environment/

    More birds fall from sky — this time in Louisiana
    ‘These large events do take place; it’s not terribly unusual,’ says U.S. official

    NEW ORLEANS — Some 500 dead and dying birds fell onto a Louisiana highway on Monday, just three days after a similar incident in Arkansas.

    The events have led to speculation running from poisonings to “End of Days” scenarios, but a key federal agency emphasized that mass bird die-offs are not that rare.

    Most of the birds found on Louisiana Highway 1 near Point Coupee were red-winged blackbirds, as was the case in Beebe, Ark., some 360 miles away. The species is one of the most common in the United States, with a population estimated at up to 200 million.

    …………………

    Something is going on here, you don’t get thousands of birds and thousands of fish just dying for no reason within days of each other in the same area “for no reason”

  139. In a way I’m glad Whitman did not win the CA Gov job because frankly, thats one job, i would not want to wish on anyone right now, that place is a mess and Brown is a fool to think he’s going to come out of this good.
    ——————-
    For sure. He needs a new title:

    The Honorable Jeramiah Brown
    Governor of California &
    Trustee In Bankruptcy

    His new theme song is this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxiHHSJ_qco&feature=related

    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqenc937hN4&feature=related

    And the reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzXelBXu8o0&feature=related

  140. In Washington the incompetent Obot governor was installed by the unions and now she is cutting them off at the knees. She and Gates Sr tried to ram through a massive income tax. The voters said no. With less revenue she is forced to take a butcher knife to public sector jobs. I have some friends who sit on committees which are about to get eliminated.

  141. A report I read this evening about the bird deaths mentioned that there were some grackles in with the black birds. Grackles and blackbirds look similar, but grackles are obnoxious birds that are noisy and pushy. Maybe someone doesn’t know the difference and is trying to eliminate all black birds. Just a possibility.

  142. This president plus the one who preceded him are what we call toxic leaders. We talked about this before, and why the American People are drawn to them like a moth to a flame. The common element in both cases was big media support. Lest we forget, big media was for Bush before they were against him. Their batting average is about zero. So why listen to them. Yet people do. For me it comes back to the hypothetical where if you had an attorney who lost every case, or a cpa who blew every audit, would you keep coming back to him? Even if he was black?

  143. Grackles and blackbirds look similar, but grackles are obnoxious birds that are noisy and push.
    ——————————-
    The scientific name for grackles is O B O T S.

  144. So what did this guy want to spill…….

    Why was he killed? Mystery of top White House aide found murdered and dumped in landfill

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343881/Presidents-aide-John-Wheeler-dead-Delaware-landfill-Police-admit-leads.html#ixzz1A7WjsKuo

    A prominent Washington aide has been murdered and his body left in a garbage truck on a landfill site.

    The killing of John Wheeler, 66, who served as a military adviser to three presidents, has left police mystified.

    The body of the former Army officer and Vietnam veteran – who was instrumental in building the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington DC – was discovered on a Delaware landfill on New Year’s Eve.

    But detectives say they have no motive for the crime, which has shocked the political community and devastated Mr Wheeler’s family and friends.

    He was chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and spearheaded the creation of the controversial black granite memorial on the National Mall that is etched with over 58,000 names of troops killed in the war.

    ‘He was a great patriot,’ said Jan Scruggs, the wall’s founder. ‘I know how passionate he was about honouring all who serve their nation, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.’

    Mr Scruggs said he was shocked and baffled by the murder of the married defence contractor, who served as an advisor under presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior.

    Mr Wheeler was also a special assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force during the presidency of George W Bush.

    # Shocked friends describe decorated Vietnam vet as a ‘great patriot’
    # Last seen getting off train from Washington to Wilmington last Tuesday

    ……………………..

    I wonder who he went to see in Washington?

  145. Her complete memo is posted on the site linked below…
    ————-

    Clinton to staff: A busy year ahead for diplomacy

    Posted By Josh Rogin
    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her staff in a memo today that the furious pace of international challenges is only going to increase in 2011, as the State Department forges ahead with internal change and a full plate of diplomatic challenges..

    “In 2010, we faced challenges on almost every front, and our diplomacy and development efforts were put to the test,” Clinton wrote to State Department employees. “On all of these issues and more, we’ve made good progress. But every step forward opens up new opportunities and reveals fresh challenges. The advances we made in 2010 leave us with a full agenda for 2011.”

    Clinton touted the new “strategic partnership” with Pakistan, the U.S. entry into the East Asia Summit, the NATO strategic concept unveiled in Lisbon, multilateral sanctions imposed on Iran, and U.S. disaster relief in Pakistan and Haiti as some of the State Department’s signature accomplishments of 2010. Clinton also praised the work on climate change accomplished during the Cancun summit, but didn’t mention the previous conference in Copenhagen.

    The secretary of state also pledged to forge ahead on issues that proved to be more difficult during the past year.

    “We will continue working with the Israelis and Palestinians towards a lasting peace with security and prosperity for everyone in the region, and maintaining pressure on the governments of Iran and North Korea to honor the obligations that they must meet as members of the international community,” she wrote.

    Clinton also called on all State Department and USAID employees to get personally involved in the implementation of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) released last month.

    “I am confident that the QDDR, which we released last month, has charted a course for achieving those goals. But it is only a blueprint for change. Each of us has to help make it real,” she said.

    Clinton began with a tribute to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who passed away unexpectedly last month.

    “Many of us lost a dear friend, and America lost one of its most dedicated servants. But as we move into the New Year, Richard’s life serves as inspiration for what we do at the State Department and USAID. Richard knew that public service is difficult but necessary work, and he would have joined me in expressing appreciation for all you have done these past 12 months.”

    A memorial for Holbrooke will be held at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 14.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/04/clinton_to_staff_a_busy_year_ahead_for_diplomacy

  146. moononpluto
    January 4th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Does anyone see the irony in this………

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which by its own admission has thus far failed to control even half of America’s nearly 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, is now sending personnel to Afghanistan to help that country secure its border with Pakistan.
    &&&&&

    Great fuckin’ idea. We can’t patrol our own borders, but to prop up Obama’s sorry ass in Afghanistan, the sky’s the limit, no sacrifice too large.

    Are our agents going to show them how to let smugglers and criminals slip through your fingers?

  147. In defense of grackles, they are highly intelligent, very communicative and extremely loyal.
    Their iridescent feathers are gorgeous in the sunlight. I love their yellow eyes and long tails.

    They descend in huge flocks during a few weeks in the late fall in the Catskills and it’s true they are ravenous. I put bird food out twice a day and when the grackles appear I can hear them cracking the seed in their bills through the close-windowed room.

    But true Blackbirds are indigenous to the UK.

    Some of the pix of dead birds on web sites are of red-winged blackbirds.

  148. basil9
    wow you can’t say anything without someone arguing. That’s what I was saying – that someone may be killing blackbirds (redwinged) thinking they are the same as grackles who are noisy and aggressive while red winged blackbirds are not as aggressive. There were some dead grackles found among the dead blackbirds. Different species but they look similar.

  149. bigcatlover,

    😉

    I’m not arguing. I’m laughing at my own sense of ornithological self-identity. I agree it’s bizarre (and very sad) and I have to scroll past the pix of the little things on web sites. I hope the poor birdies weren’ spooked by human activity like night time fireworks which drove them from their roosting spots or worse, killed by featherless bipeds.

    About someone deliberately killing them, I dunno, I doubt that. Killing wildlife has steep repercussions in most places. I’m leaning towards something alarming them at night and hundreds rising in panic, maybe crashing into one another.

    One thing is clear. It is friggin weird.

  150. basil9
    I know. The sheer number of dead birds makes it unlikely that someone is targeting that many, but people have tried mass murder against the grackles before and also the big blackbirds. But redwings are rural birds and not very invasive so it doesn’t make alot of sense for someone to target them. I just cant buy the fireworks spooking them theiry because I haven’t heard of that before, but maybe it happened and just wasn’t reported. Heartbreaking to see the photos of all those birds laying on the ground.

  151. It’s an unsavory mystery. I’ve heard there may have been secret testing of something going on, lightning strikes, waterspots, but who the heck knows for sure?

    Between the dead birds and the dead fish, all in Arkansas – :shrugs:

  152. There were bird that also died…fell from the sky…in Louisania as well about 300 miles from Beebe, Arkansas where the red wing blackbirds died.

    I’ve seen huge flocks of redwings in Arkansas since I was young. We’ve had fireworks for years down there and it never seemed to scare the birds so badly before that they would run into each other and other objects. Why now? That seems strange. I find the fireworks theory not so believable although the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesperson suggested that would be a likely cause.

    It is very strange. I, too, have wondered about the testing of “something” there and who is the tester? It’s a rural area and would be a likely target to test “something” clandestinly.

  153. Also, I grew up in Arkansas about 100 miles north of Beebe. All of my family still live down there. I’ve NEVER heard of a mass falling out of the sky and dying of birds like that nor have any of my cousins.

    Red wing black birds have been around in massive flocks for years and years and years in the winter in our part of Arkansas. So why suddenly would someone decide to kill them? That doesn’t make sense. And when you think about all those fish dying around the same time…surely they didn’t get confused and run into each other! That does not make any sense.

    Truly something strange is going on. Are the black birds and the fish like the canary in the coal mines? If there is some sort of secret testing going on, just imagine what it will eventually do to the people.

    In some of the huge agricultural areas along the Mississippi delta, cancer is very, very common but it is thought that it is a results of the crop dusting and all the chemicals that are involved. This is something different.

  154. They are saying it was fireworks, at least in the first case. Really don’t understand that, unless in this region, it was the first display of fireworks, which I doubt. In Florida, Orlando, they have fireworks every night, and they did not have a lot of dead birds lying around. Not sure who came up with that explaination, but I don’t think it has any logic to it.

  155. Well I hate to say this but strange things happen in Arkansas and to the Clinton’s! Where else do you get the head of the democratic party shot dead by a stranger in the campaign office. Who else but Hillary equates herself with a racehorse only to have it break its leg and have to be shot. Who’s most famous black supporter dies a sudden death days before the end of the primary, when she did not appear to have a headache or anything just before?

    Lots of strange deaths the last couple of days, Shah of Iran son taking his own life. Some member of the GWB administration found in a garbage dump.

    Thousands of birds die suddenly on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas. What is this a Stephen King Novel or what?

  156. Fireworks my butt, something happened to those birds and it wasn’t any fireworks…who came up with this theory Gibbs?

  157. Death of all the birds and fish, could it have anything to do with the Gulf oil gusher? Some in the area complained that the toxins were showing up in the rain…

    The deaths sound like contamination of some sort to me…

    But, I don’t have any proof.

  158. Maybe Boehner is getting his sea legs after all. This is a good response to Harry the Nerd. As the song says this could be the start of something big–if they persevere. Indeed, if they set their minds to it, they can expose all the graft, greed and criminal behavior embedded in this toxic health care reform bill. And even though Obamas big media whores will attack Boehner and bury what he uncovers they cannot keep this thing bottled up hard as they try. The American People have a right to know they are being sold out and who is doing it–besides big media. Specifically, they need to know who big media has been protecting. And most of all they need to realize that you cannot have a functional democracy and a corrupt media.
    ————————————————————————————————————
    Boehner Refuses To Kowtow To Harry Reid
    Moe Lane

    The memo you are about to read is real. I did not write this.

    Background: recently, Harry Reid (in a moment of bravado), deigned to inform Speaker-designate John Boehner that he should not bother to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the House, because it would not succeed in the Senate. So there, neener neener, and similar big talk from a guy who just presided over the literal decimation of his party’s caucus in 2010 – and will likely preside over its transition to minority status in 2012. Left unexplained was why Senator Reid thought that he had any business telling the People’s House what they can or cannot do, mostly because such a question implies that Harry Reid actually had any motivation beyond the resentment of a petulant man-child.

    This was John Boehner’s response.

    Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

    Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

    The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.

    Again: I DID NOT WRITE THIS. I wish that I had: but I would have never have thought that the Republican leadership was ready to be this blunt about things. Which is great, of course.

    Moe Lane

  159. I am glad they did not play footsie with this mawkish, nerdish, arrognant maggot fucking Harry Reid. This is what he has done to the American People——you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion. Reid should be skinned alive then tarred and feathered for what he has done to impoverish our parents.

  160. I would imagine they are passing out smelling salts at New York Times, CNN and NBC over that one. To have their pantheon of saints called on their misdeeds must be hard to handle. I am sure they are reaching for the Luntz dictionary and pulling out words like polarizing, blunt, unprofessional, angry, demagoguery and other Goebbels tools to describe this outing of the dims. Because you see the truth is something they cannot handle emotionally, and never seem to report if it harms Bambi. Their corruption and betrayal of this country knows no boundaries. We have seen this before.

  161. Corruption for Harry Reid comes natural. Here is a sample of what he is all about. But big media protects him as we saw in the Sharon Angel campaign. He give all Mormons a bad name.
    ———————–
    Reid has also been criticized for several potentially self-enriching tactics. In 2005 Reid earmarked a spending bill to provide for building a bridge between Nevada and Arizona that would make land he owned more valuable. Reid called funding for construction of a bridge over the Colorado River, among other projects, ‘incredibly good news for Nevada’ in a news release after passage of the 2005 transportation bill. He owned 160 acres (65 ha) of land several miles from the proposed bridge site in Arizona. The bridge could add value to his real estate investment.[32] A year later it was reported that Reid had used campaign donations to pay for $3,300 in Christmas gifts to the staff at the condominium where he resides;[33] federal election law prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal use. Reid’s staff stated that his attorneys had approved use of the funds in this manner, but that he nonetheless would personally reimburse his campaign for the expenses. Those reports notwithstanding, the conservative group Citizens United announced it had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to investigate the matter.[34]

    A series of investigative reports in the Los Angeles Times[35][36][37][38] suggested that Reid had introduced legislation and imposed pressure on regulatory agencies to advance the business interests of his close friend Harvey Whittemore, a Nevada attorney-lobbyist who contributed heavily to Reid’s campaigns and leadership fund and who employed Reid’s son Leif as his personal attorney. With Reid’s help, Whittemore was able to proceed with construction of a $30 billion planned golf course development, Coyote Springs, a project heavily criticized by environmental groups for reasons including its projected effects on several endangered species.[39][40]

    In 2006, the National Republican Senatorial Committee attempted to associate Reid with the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal by pointing out he had “received more than $50,000 from four tribes with gaming interests between 2001 and 2004 after they hired Abramoff”. Reid denied any wrongdoing, and media reported that the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group, had produced an analysis showing a general increase in the amount and number of contributions by Indian tribes since the late 1990s.[41][42]

    Reid apologized on January 9, 2010, for racially tinged comments he had made when Obama was campaigning for president. In private conversations, Reid had remarked that Obama could win the Presidency because the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — to whom he referred as being “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”.

  162. Corruption for Harry Reid comes natural. Here is a sample of what he is all about. But big media protects him as we saw in the Sharon Angel campaign. He give all Mormons a bad name.
    ———————–
    Reid has also been criticized for several potentially self-enriching tactics. In 2005 Reid earmarked a spending bill to provide for building a bridge between Nevada and Arizona that would make land he owned more valuable. Reid called funding for construction of a bridge over the Colorado River, among other projects, ‘incredibly good news for Nevada’ in a news release after passage of the 2005 transportation bill. He owned 160 acres (65 ha) of land several miles from the proposed bridge site in Arizona. The bridge could add value to his real estate investment.[32] A year later it was reported that Reid had used campaign donations to pay for $3,300 in Christmas gifts to the staff at the condominium where he resides;[33] federal election law prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal use. Reid’s staff stated that his attorneys had approved use of the funds in this manner, but that he nonetheless would personally reimburse his campaign for the expenses. Those reports notwithstanding, the conservative group Citizens United announced it had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to investigate the matter.[34]

    A series of investigative reports in the Los Angeles Times[35][36][37][38] suggested that Reid had introduced legislation and imposed pressure on regulatory agencies to advance the business interests of his close friend Harvey Whittemore, a Nevada attorney-lobbyist who contributed heavily to Reid’s campaigns and leadership fund and who employed Reid’s son Leif as his personal attorney. With Reid’s help, Whittemore was able to proceed with construction of a $30 billion planned golf course development, Coyote Springs, a project heavily criticized by environmental groups for reasons including its projected effects on several endangered species.[39][40]

    In 2006, the National Republican Senatorial Committee attempted to associate Reid with the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal by pointing out he had “received more than $50,000 from four tribes with gaming interests between 2001 and 2004 after they hired Abramoff”. Reid denied any wrongdoing, and media reported that the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group, had produced an analysis showing a general increase in the amount and number of contributions by Indian tribes since the late 1990s.[41][42]

    Reid apologized on January 9, 2010, for racially tinged comments he had made when Obama was campaigning for president. In private conversations, Reid had remarked that Obama could win the Presidency because the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — to whom he referred as being “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”.

  163. For people like Harry Reid, it is not about representing constituents. That gig is for suckers. It is all about being in a candy store where self enrichment is the name of the game.

  164. More Republican brilliance!
    ______________________

    Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Protect Women or Gays from Discrimination

    Neither women nor gays are promised protection against discrimination under the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in an interview with the publication California Lawyer.

    Scalia’s remarks has spurred criticism from liberals and from some law scholars, though he has expressed this point of view before.

    “You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society,” Scalia said. “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws.”

    Scalia was specifically referencing the 14th Amendment, which states: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    The justice argued that “the Constitution tells the current society that it cannot do [whatever] it wants to do… Now if you give to those many provisions of the Constitution that are necessarily broad–such as due process of law, cruel and unusual punishments, equal protection of the laws–if you give them an evolving meaning so that they have whatever meaning the current society thinks they ought to have, they are no limitation on the current society at all.”

    The Washington Post notes Scalia gave this analysis of the 14th Amendment back in September. Furthermore, his position on protection from discrimination on the basis of gender was exhibited in 1996, when he was the only justice to dissent from the Supreme Court decision to end the Virginia Military Institute’s 157-year-old, state-supported tradition of only accepting male students.

    Marcia Greenberger, founder and co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, told the Huffington Post that Scalia’s most recent remarks were “shocking in light of the decades of precedents and the numbers of justices who have agreed that there is protection in the 14th Amendment against sex discrimination, and struck down many, many laws in many, many areas on the basis of that protection.”

    Jack Balkin, a legal scholar at Yale Law School, argues that it’s “not entirely true” that the 14th Amendment wasn’t intended to prevent sex discrimination. The Amendment was intended to prevent discrimination in basic civil rights against single women, he argues.

    “It does not simply ban discrimination based on race,” Balkin writes. “The fact that the word race is not mentioned in the text (as it is in the Fifteenth Amendment) was quite deliberate.”
    _________________

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20027240-503544.html

    .

  165. once upon a time, the right-wing argued that because it DID protect women, the e.r.a. was not needed!

  166. Or maybe a Republican pre-emptive strike against Hillary in case theres hmmm…. a problem, if she becomes a candidate running against one-

  167. Now this is getting very strange.

    The plot thickens? Large amount of Dead birds drop down from sky in Sweden. ‘We do not know what the cause is,’ police commander says.

  168. Dodginess abound, nice work if you can get it….4, yes 4 mortgages.

    Carol Mosley Brauns tax records.

    Braun records show losses, 4 mortgages

    Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun reported a negative income — $225,908 — to the IRS in 2008, the same year she took out a fourth mortgage on the spacious Hyde Park house she has put up for sale, records show.

    The former U.S. senator and ambassador released two-page summary sheets from her 2008 and 2009 tax returns in hopes of quelling a storm that erupted Monday when she said she wouldn’t release any of her tax records before the Feb. 22 municipal election.

    Braun changed her mind later Monday, and — like other mayoral front-runners already had done — released tax information Tuesday afternoon. In a press release, she said “my remarks regarding my tax returns” on Monday “sent the wrong message and I regret the statement.”

    The documents Braun put online show she paid $785 in federal self-employment tax on $15,561 in income in 2009. For 2008, she paid $2,509 in self-employment tax even though she reported the income loss of $225,908.

    Braun aides referred questions about her taxes to attorney Louis Vitullo, a Braun friend and campaign volunteer.

    Vitullo said he wasn’t prepared to answer many questions posed by the Chicago Sun-Times — including how Braun was able to borrow money in 2008 in the face of apparent financial distress — but said he would seek answers in the coming days.

    “We’re pursuing any questions you have,” Vitullo said.

    Without going into detail, Vitullo said Braun’s financial losses stem from her ownership of Ambassador Organics, an organic food company she launched in 2005.

    In her news release, Braun portrayed herself as an everyday Chicagoan fighting to keep her business afloat and took a shot at two of her opponents, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former Chicago School Board President Gery Chico.

    “The reality is that unlike Mr. Emmanuel [sic] and Mr. Chico, who traded on their government relations for vast riches when they left office, I did not,” Braun said. “My tax returns are one measure of the fight I have waged to keep my business running. It is not unlike what many small business owners and regular Chicago families are going through.”

    Emanuel declined to comment. Chico’s spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, responded, “Instead of indiscriminately attacking other candidates, Carol would be better served if she were simply transparent and released the remainder of her tax returns.”

    Besides Ambassador Organics, Braun has a legal, consulting and public-speaking company, CMB One Corp., according to ethics statements she filed to run for mayor.

    She also serves on the board of directors of two companies: MWH Global, an engineering firm, and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance.

    Taxable income from her government pensions and annuities totaled $21,988 in 2008 and $27,885 in 2009. She reported $55,000 in wages in 2008 and none in 2009.

    Braun bought a 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath row house in Hyde Park for $1.7 million in late 2006. She put the house on the market last March 12 for $1.9 million.

    The house has four mortgages, none of which have been paid off, Cook County property records indicate. Braun obtained two of those loans, which total $1.53 million, from Washington Mutual bank on Dec. 1, 2006.

    Joseph Stroud, a millionaire TV station owner from Oak Brook, loaned Braun $250,000 for her food business in August 2006 and secured it with a mortgage on her house in September 2007, records show.

    Stroud’s loan to Braun came nine months after Stroud was found liable of harassing a former employee in a racially charged court case that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in November, the Sun-Times reported last month.

    On Oct. 7, 2008, First Midwest Bank loaned Braun’s food company $97,025 and secured it with a $291,077 mortgage on her house, records show.

    Though records indicate both the Stroud and First Midwest loans were to be paid in full in 2009, Braun told the Sun-Times last month she has renegotiated the terms of those loans and is up to date with her payments.

    The same goes for payments on her other two mortgages, she said.

  169. Available at CSPAN
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  170. how do you get 4 mortgages when you are reporting an income of 55,000 in 2008 and no income in 2009 but a 225,000 income loss and yet still got a 300,000 mortgage in Oct 2008.

    I mean how, if i went to a bank with that record, they’d laugh me out of the bank. if someone digs deep enough into these records, they’ll find comedy gold and some good old fashioned cooking the book.

  171. Breaking : Robert Gibbs is leaving White House Press Secretary job in February to become outside political adviser.

    Good riddance, he is as useless as they come.

  172. I bet Carol Mostly Fraud shows the bank one set of books and the IRS another, be interesting to see these 2 match up…………..

  173. So Robert Gibbs moves from inside of Obama bus to outside escort car. Same spin job, different seat.

    Obama says that Gibbs “will continue to shape the dialogue politically for many years to come”

    So same shit different seat.

  174. This is good to remind them what they serve…..

    New House rule: A full reading of the Constitution will take place in the House on Thursday, the second day of the 112th Congress.

  175. Everyone have their aprons and spatulas ready???

    ————–
    January 5, 2011

    Hillary Clinton Birthday Cake

    Yield: 12 to 16 servings

    1 (3.4-ounce) box cook-and-serve chocolate pudding

    2 cups whole milk

    1 (18.25-ounce) chocolate cake mix

    1 (12-ounce) bag milk chocolate chips

    1 cup pecan halves or coarsely chopped pecans

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 11-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    2. Prepare chocolate pudding mix according to package directions, using whole milk.

    3. Pour cake mix into a mixing bowl. Slowly add warm pudding, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent clumping. Batter will be sticky. Spread into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter, then sprinkle on pecan halves.

    4. Bake according to package directions, about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool before cutting.

    Per serving (based on 16): 330 calories; 17g fat; 6g saturated fat; 10mg cholesterol; 5g protein; 45g carbohydrate; 29g sugar; 2g fiber; 300mg sodium; 90mg calcium.

    Note: This recipe does not use any oil or eggs.

    Oakville resident Steve Beutel created this recipe to celebrate Clinton’s birthday.

    http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/article_977f3852-faaa-5bd9-9468-867c41388b24.html

  176. Chavez’s fantasy picks for envoy

    By MJ LEE | 01/05/11

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, drawing more attention to his standoff with the White House over President Obama’s pick to be an ambassador to Caracas, is suggesting alternate candidates, including Sean Penn and Bill Clinton.

    “I hope they name Oliver Stone. I’ll suggest a candidate … Sean Penn, or [Noam] Chomsky. We have a lot of friends there. Bill Clinton!” Chavez said in a televised speech on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

    He also mentioned that when he met Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s inauguration ceremony over the weekend, he asked about her husband.

    Chavez rejected Obama’s nomination of Larry Palmer to be the American envoy in Caracas after the nominee raised concerns about the low morale of the Venezuelan government.

    Last week, Chavez dared Washington to “cut diplomatic relations” with his country and even expel his own ambassador; Bernardo Alvarez Herrera’s visa was consequently revoked and the ambassador was forced to leave the country.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0111/stone_penn_clinton_d1fca8c5-5a10-42d9-aed0-cee96116e145.html

  177. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/index.html#/v/4485122/hannitys-freshmen-focus-group/?playlist_id=86924
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    Well, here is a focus group of freshman republicans. They say they consider themselves Americans first, conservatives second and Republicans third. What I sense in this group is a lack of interest in establishment republican stuff and a determination to do what is best for the country. When it comes to the dictator Obama, they prefer the words common ground to compromise. When it comes to their own party, I doubt they would endorse the year end collapse orchestrated by McConnell. That was not common ground, or a compromise, it was a trillion dollar stimulus–something establishment Republicans pretend to oppose, but have been willing to do in the past. My sense is they now have a tiger by the tail, because Obama and his neo lib cronies have awakened a sleeping giant, and if the Republicans prove themselves unable to carry the torch for this country, the American People will seek a more effective means to prevent the destruction of this country. Tough times ahead–you can see it clear as day, despite the green shoots puppet Obama claims to see.

  178. The way they fell right into to the trap, the way they shot themselves in the foot, the way they were made fools of… in 2008, one could say, ’serves them right’ but we are also part of ‘them’ in the end.
    ———————
    As Tanto said to the Lone Ranger what do you mean we pale face. Speaking personally, and I swear this is true, there was never so much as one nanosecond where I felt any sympathy for Obama or fell for his lies. Nor was there one nanosecond when I did not do everything I could to oppose him. That being the case, I do not see where we are part of the group that fell into the trap. I think we have been more like Cassandra, predicting the future, but no one would listen to us when it mattered, because they were swept along in the flood tide of emotions, no different than the German people were seduced en masse and manipulated by sophisticated propaganda techniques by the likes of Goebbels and Lenni Reifenstal in Triumph of the Will. Here is a clear commonality to the preaching we see in Obama vs the Bohemian corporal, and the same target audience–youth. No, I do not expect him to attack Poland. However they are the same kind of toxic leader in many ways.

  179. OK, this is getting very close to me! Now this getting weirder!

    Hundreds of dead birds discovered in E. Texas
    Posted: Jan 05, 2011 10:18 AM CST
    Updated: Jan 05, 2011 10:25 AM CST

    (KLTV) – Some east Texans observing hundreds of dead birds on an East Texas bridge are wondering this morning, if their find is related to the discoveries of dead birds in Louisiana and Arkansas.

    Around 200 birds were found dead on the Hwy 155 bridge over the Lake O’ the Pines, Wednesday morning.

    The cause of death is unknown at this time, as well as the species of bird.

    KLTV has crews on the scene and we are speaking with experts today about what may have caused the death of these birds.
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    Some one said one of these birds looks like a duck, so what’s up with that?

  180. Mrs. Smith
    ______________________

    Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Protect Women or Gays from Discrimination

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    No it doesn’t, and until the ERA is passed, women will never have equal rights in the Constitution!!

    Rethugs have been blocking the last 3 states to pass the ERA so it doesn’t become law, claiming it will make women and men share bathrooms and allow gay marriages……….the ERA has nothing to do with either issue, but what do Rethugs care?

  181. moononpluto

    Breaking : Robert Gibbs is leaving White House Press Secretary job in February to become outside political adviser.

    Good riddance, he is as useless as they come.

    ———–
    Wasn’t the Gibbster just saying in December that he wasn’t planning to leave his job as PS?

    Guess he didn’t get the memo.

    Be careful what you wish for Moon, we could end up with someone even worse than Gibbs.

  182. Mop,
    I might get excited about them reading the constitution if it wasn’t just “high theatre”, are we forgeting it was the republicans who first threw out the constitution in 2000 and the budget and now the hypocrites are reading it….who the hell for anyway? The dumbasses that keep voting for them I guess! Well I’m not sure who/what I’m voting for this next time but it better have breasts (real ones)!

  183. Pelosi is officially no longer speaker, goodbye you witch, take your broomstick and fly off back to your lair.

  184. Shadowfax
    January 5th, 2011 at 11:51 am
    Mrs. Smith
    ______________________

    Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Protect Women or Gays from Discrimination

    ——–
    No it doesn’t, and until the ERA is passed, women will never have equal rights in the Constitution!!

    Rethugs have been blocking the last 3 states to pass the ERA so it doesn’t become law, claiming it will make women and men share bathrooms and allow gay marriages……….the ERA has nothing to do with either issue, but what do Rethugs care?
    ________________________-

    No, I had never heard of Republicans discriminating against women. I thought the equal protect law meant just as it says: we all are equal in the eyes of the law.

    What are the three states that haven’t passed the law yet?

  185. I’ve never known this before?

    White House aide Tina Tchen named assistant to the president and chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.

    What are they one office now?

  186. This was John Boehner’s response.

    Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray and Stabenow:

    Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.

    The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
    *********************************
    Yes, we do live in strange times when the Repubs complain about legislation that makes bigger profits for the drug companies and increases prescription coss for seniors. I will have to say that I never could stand Boehner (he’s from my state so I’ve known about his career for a long time), but he’s starting to appeal to me a little tiny bit. I’ll have to watch that.

    Liar, liar pants on fire Gibbs out.

    The bird thing is spooky, and the oil spill toxins is an interesting idea since except for Sweden, all the bird kills are hitting states around the gulf. But that would mean a delayed reaction unless BP is testing some diabolic substance in the area.

  187. Here’s my second theory, (my first was birds and fish dying from toxins, possibly caused by the oil spill in the Gulf):

    2- Either HAARP or some other country’s program might be killing the birds?

    Climatic Manipulation by the US Military: The HAARP Program

    The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) based in Gokona, Alaska, has been in existence since 1992. It is part of a new generation of sophisticated weaponry under the US Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate, HAARP constitutes a system of powerful antennas capable of creating “controlled local modifications of the ionosphere” [upper layer of the atmosphere]…

  188. Shadowfax
    Yes, the usual suspects are the military or big toxic industry. Toxins would show up in the blood, I would think, but what would show up from high frequency weapons testing?

  189. Mrs. Smith-

    This is a great site, with lots of info. I have been beating this drum for years…

    http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/

    The Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923 to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law, is still not part of the U.S. Constitution.

    The ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 and has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states. When three more states vote yes, it is possible that the ERA could become the 28th Amendment. The ERA could also be ratified by restarting the traditional process of passage by a two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by legislatures in three-quarters (38) of the 50 states.

    In these pages, find out about this historic amendment … and join the effort to achieve equal rights for women and men.

    —–
    Under the History link:

    [snip]

    Like the 19th Amendment before it, the ERA barreled out of Congress, getting 22 of the necessary 38 state ratifications in the first year. But the pace slowed as opposition began to organize – only eight ratifications in 1973, three in 1974, one in 1975, and none in 1976.

    Arguments by ERA opponents such as Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing leader of the Eagle Forum/STOP ERA, played on the same fears that had generated female opposition to woman suffrage. Anti-ERA organizers claimed that the ERA would deny woman’s right to be supported by her husband, privacy rights would be overturned, women would be sent into combat, and abortion rights and homosexual marriages would be upheld. Opponents surfaced from other traditional sectors as well. States’-rights advocates said the ERA was a federal power grab, and business interests such as the insurance industry opposed a measure they believed would cost them money. Opposition to the ERA was also organized by fundamentalist religious groups.

    [snip]

    The political tide continued to turn more conservative. In 1980 the Republican Party removed ERA support from its platform, and Ronald Reagan was elected president. Although pro-ERA activities increased with massive lobbying, petitioning, countdown rallies, walkathons, fundraisers, and even the radical suffragist tactics of hunger strikes, White House picketing, and civil disobedience, ERA did not succeed in getting three more state ratifications before the deadline. The country was still unwilling to guarantee women constitutional rights equal to those of men.

    The Equal Rights Amendment was reintroduced in Congress on July 14, 1982 and has been before every session of Congress since that time…

    more…

  190. BigCat

    Seems like someone could trace a surge in ‘high frequency’ waves or what ever ‘stuff’ organizations like HAARP send out.

    Maybe autopsies of the inner ears of the birds will show damage, or some other effected body part?

    I don’t know BigCat…

  191. Well, I’m watching the Speaker vote on c-span and embarrassed to admit that I never knew that the leader of the minority party could run for Speaker of the House. I always thought it was between candidates of the majority party.

  192. Having lived with multiple full-winged unclipped birds for years, this has the ring of truth to it.

    “If they are exposed to disturbances, they can become so stressed that they fly themselves to death.,”

    That’s a conclusion about the Swedish birds but maybe it happened to the Arkansas birds as well? On the rare occasion when my parrots have gotten stressed they seem to forget all depth, distance and height perception and have crashed into walls, windows, etc. I have always weighed the pros and cons of clipping and not clipping wings and have preferred the latter but I have to be careful that the parrots are not startled. One, a plumhead, is nuts and, if not supervised, will dive into walls. I have also seen parakeets (not mine) do that.

    In fact, I have adopted several birds which became lost, flew as far as they could and then came to rest near my home, probably because they were attracted by feeders. One little budgie was so exhausted I didn’t think she would survive the stress.

  193. The idea of just one bird or fish dying in the millions is so sad and abhorent to me. Millions of dead fish surfacing in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is millions too many. Some are saying the cold weather is the culprit, others a manmade accident.

    Either way it just makes me so sad.

  194. Nasty is probably tired of the constant pretend smiles as she gets booted and a 30k demotion of pay.

    I am going to toss a box of kleenex at Boehner if he weeps in public again, when elected.

    😉

  195. Pelosi’s face is going to crack from the wide grin she is keeping on her face throughout the vote. I don’t know if that is a stress pose or she just doesn’t know when to flash the phony grin and when not to.

  196. This is from Hot Air. It debunks an attempt by WashPo to put a happy face on the voter repudiation of Obama. The WashPo writer gets downright stupid when she characterizes what occurred in the lame duck session as productive, bi partisan and all the other euphemisms of a Republican collapse. Now of course, they have a second chance, and maybe their last chance to demonstrate to the American People that they are better stewards of this nations future than Obama. It makes no sense to talk any more about the Democratic Party. It is the Party of Obama and it no longer believes in democracy or democratic values. In due course we shall see whether the chastened and now re empowered Republican Party is any better. I am not prepared to throw in the towel on them just yet. But I do believe that they need to approach certain issues with fixed bayonets or else the American People will have nothing to do with them. The bottom line here is very clear: they were not elected to engage in bi partisanship. They were put in to stop Obama. If there is common ground for agreement then fine. But they must never again give the store away like they did in the lame duck session. Not if they hope to survive.
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    Hot Air:

    Horrors: Dems forced to try … bipartisanship?Share14posted at 9:30 am on January 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
    printer-friendly Well, maybe if they’d practiced more of it in the last four years, they wouldn’t need to have that strategy forced on them now. The Washington Post reports on the extremity in which Congressional Democrats find themselves:
    Democratic leaders say they could take up the cause of deficit reduction, urge a free-trade agreement with South Korea and advocate for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.

    All of these issues have something in common: They will require support from lawmakers in both parties to have any hope of passing. Each of the measures stalled during the previous Congress, as Democrats used their majorities in the House and Senate to advance health-care reform, Wall Street accountability and other priorities over the objections of Republicans.
    They no longer have that luxury.

    Democrats presided over one of most productive congressional sessions in decades, but the brisk pace and their strategy of rolling over Republicans instead of engaging them came at a heavy cost. Many voters thought Democrats had overreached and were governing by fiat, and they responded in November by giving Republicans control of the House and narrowing the Democratic hold on the Senate.

    Now, Democrats will try a different approach – attempting to re-create the unexpected cooperation of December’s lame-duck session, in which the parties got beyond their rhetoric to pass a tax-cut bill, extend unemployment benefits and ratify a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Lawmakers approved more bipartisan legislation last month than at any other time in the long stretch since President Obama took office.

    First, you have to love Shailagh Murray’s framing of this as a strategic move. Democrats have no choice. They can no longer rule Capitol Hill by fiat because their authority for governing by diktat evaporated. Even Harry Reid, who will still run the Senate majority, has nearly half of his caucus (23 seats out of 53) up for re-election in 2012, and no small number of those in red or purple states. Their agenda disappeared, although again contra Murray, they still tried to ram it down the throats of the Republicans in the lame-duck session. Murray seems to forget about the DREAM Act, the omnibus spending bill with the ObamaCare funding folded into it, and so on.

    Claiming bipartisanship while out of power is the easiest thing to do in the Beltway; it requires no work at all. Especially in the House, the Speaker has all the power, as Democrats repeatedly demonstrated during the four years of Nancy Pelosi’s dictatorial power, where the GOP got blocked from offering amendments and participating in the writing of bills, where the committee process got routinely subverted, and where 3000-page bills only saw the light of day mere hours before Pelosi demanded votes on them.

    In fact, had Pelosi and Reid adopted a bipartisan approach from the beginning — or even after Barack Obama’s election — they might not find themselves on the outside looking in now. Pelosi locked the GOP out of the stimulus package, even though many in the Republican caucus clearly wanted to vote for some sort of ill-advised adventure in government intervention. Had she allowed it, both parties would have taken the blame for the failure of Porkulus, not just Obama and the Democrats. The Tea Party would have targeted a number of incumbent Republicans in the House and Senate as well as Democrats. Instead, Pelosi managed to hang all the blame on her own party.

    If Democrats were serious about bipartisanship, they would have adopted it when they had the power to allow it, as John Boehner appears prepared to do with his proposal for new rules this week. But even if they were serious about their sudden revelation about bipartisanship now, they would have chosen a different set of leaders for their caucuses on Capitol Hill, especially in the House. Putting Nancy Pelosi in charge of bipartisanship is somewhat akin to putting PETA in charge of the all-you-can-eat buffet at Outback Steakhouse.

    Blowback
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    Democrats presided over one of most productive congressional sessions in decades
    Yes and Pyrrhus was quite productive too, in his time.

    WaPo makes me laugh.

    Bishop on January 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Now that Nancy Pelosi is no longer the speaker, can you please stop running photos of her on the top page? I get physically sick looking at them. Her face is no longer human.

    WesternActor on January 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Compromising with evil is evil. I don’t have much hope that Republicans, even the real ones, will take that to heart, enough, but that’s the truth.

    RBMN on January 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Democrats pre-November 2010 “We won…get over it.”
    Democrats post-November 2010 “It is time for bipartisanship”

    Elections do have consequences.

    fourdeucer on January 5, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Nobody was elected to the new Congress running on bipartisanship. The voters are not expecting it and might even be a little pissed off to see it. It’s time for slash and burn.

    NeoKong on January 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

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