Debt Ceiling Scam From The Flim Flam Man

The Republican majority 112th House of Representatives today invested some time to publicly read the Constitution of the United States. This is a good thing. You can’t know where you are going without looking at where you come from.

Why some Obama Dimocrats objected to the reading of the Constitution is beyond understanding. Perhaps if the Democrats who gifted Barack Obama the party nomination had given some thought to what it was they were doing, by investing authority in the Chicago flim-flam man, the party would not be in the mess it is in.

Briefly, where is the Obama Dimocratic Party? Rasmussen this week published a poll which begins to answer that question:

“As a new Republican majority prepares to take control of the House, a new Republican plurality has broadened its advantage since the midterms. In their monthly survey on party affiliation in the general population, Rasmussen shows Republicans with more than a three-point lead over Democrats. The percentage of Republicans has hit a six-year high, while Democrats have plunged to an eight-year low: [snip]

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.

Yesterday Gallup joined Rasmussen with grim numbers for Obama Dimocrats:

“In 2010, 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, down five percentage points from just two years ago and tied for the lowest annual average Gallup has measured in the last 22 years. While Democrats still outnumber Republicans by two points, the percentage identifying as independents increased to 38%, on the high end of what Gallup has measured in the last two decades. [snip]

While there is usually some year-to-year variation in party identification at the aggregate level, the changes are typically not large. Thus, the five-point drop in Democratic identification over the past two years, from the party’s 22-year high of 36% (tying the 1988 figure) to its 22-year low of 31%, is notable. [snip]

Independents’ increasing affinity for the GOP is also evident in a separate measure of party affiliation Gallup tracks, which takes into account the party leanings of independents. In 2010, 45% of Americans identified as Democrats or said they were independent but leaned toward the Democratic Party, while 44% identified as Republicans or said they were independent but leaned Republican. The 1-point Democratic advantage is the party’s smallest since 2003, when the parties were even, and represents a sharp decline from the record 12-point Democratic advantage in 2008. [snip]

Although 2010 brought some major legislative successes for the Democratic majority, it was not a good year for the party politically. In addition to losing control of the House of Representatives and seeing the number of Democratic senators and governors reduced, the party saw its support among the general population drop to tie its 22-year low.”

Obama Dimocrats are losing to Independents who are increasingly identifying with Republicans. Winner: Republicans.

At the same time we now have Ed Kilgore, one of the most destructive people in Democratic Party history – with his long term demographic destiny nonsense which we have debunked for the past three years, echoing our analysis from years ago. Kilgore recycles our warnings to those who believed in the old Democratic Party and to those in the corruption which is the Obama Dimocratic Party: It’s going to get much worse:

“We’ve all heard that Democrats are in for a very difficult two years. [snip]

But that misses a big part of the picture. Even if Obama wins reelection by a comfortable margin, it’s most likely that the House will remain in Republican hands and Democrats will lose seats in, and perhaps control of, the Senate—and beyond that, Republicans will probably do fairly well in 2014. In other words, we could be looking not at two years of damage control, but six.”

Kilgore is still selling more snake oil. The Obama nomination gifting “Mistake In ’08” will have repercussions for generations not just six years. Unless Obama and his crew of Obaminations are flung into the depths of Lake Michigan the Democratic Party cannot be resurrected and Republicans will have a strong hand to play for generations to come. The only thing Kilgore gets right is stuff we wrote about years ago concerning the census and redistricting,

“Consider the Democrats’ congressional prospects in 2012. Republican successes at the state level during the past two years have given the GOP an extraordinary advantage in the decennial redistricting process. They control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature—known casually as holding the “trifecta”—in 20 states, compared to ten for Democrats. They’ve achieved this trifecta in six of the eight states that will gain representation in the 2012 round of redistricting. (As well as in three of the ten states that will lose seats, compared to two for Democrats.)”

Year after year, election after election, Republicans will reap rewards for the gifting of the Democratic Party nomination to Barack Obama:

“… to take back the House in 2012, Democrats would have to approximate the feat they pulled off in the banner year of 2006 while facing a changed and more hostile political map. Redistricting aside, a number of places where veteran Blue Dog Democrats lost in 2010—including three in Tennessee, two in Mississippi, and one each in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama—are heavily Republican districts that are very unlikely to flip back in the foreseeable future.

The Senate picture for Democrats in 2012 is not much better, for the simple reason that 23 of the 33 seats that will be contested then are currently held by Democrats, reflecting the 2006 landslide. To put it another way, Republicans could lose Senate races by a 19-14 margin and still recapture the chamber (or by a 20-13 margin if they win the White House). [snip]

It’s far more difficult to predict what will happen in 2014, but we do know that the Senate class up for reelection will be disproportionately Democratic, since it swept into office during the wave election of 2008. Barring any retirements or deaths Democrats will be defending 20 seats and the Republicans just 13. Moreover, in 2014, the same kind of Republican-skewed midterm electorate that appeared in 2010, dominated by older white voters, will likely reemerge, creating another wind at the Republicans’ backs.”

Kilgore and his damned garbage theories got us all into this mess. Now Kilgore warns that excuses must be made for Barack Obama when he continues to be an utter failure and boob:

“… progressives need to begin adjusting their expectations. Up until now, many Democrats have judged Barack Obama according to the hopes he inspired in 2008…. [snip]

That’s not the best way to look at the rest of the Obama presidency. [snip] … progressives will have to gird themselves for a long, hard struggle with conservatives—one in which avoiding defeat will more often than not have to stand in for victory.”

That is just filthy. After infecting the Hopium addled with wacky theories about endless vistas of demographic fueled victories, Kilgore now advises “avoiding defeat” will be renamed “victory”. Kilgore, like an automaton from Orwell’s 1984 declares war “peace” and defeat “noble” victory. “… [L]iberals must realize that preventing or reducing that wreckage is an essential, and even noble, task which we should learn to value if not love.” Trash talk from a trash theorist. So much for “healing the planet”.

Trash like Ed Kilgore are responsible for the current political situation. These trash theorists persuaded the most powerful leaders to conspire behind the scenes to gift Obama the nomination. These leaders in turn threw the country, and the party, into the abyss.

Barack Obama, as we wrote back in 2007 is a flim-flam man. Barack Obama is a poseur who only cares about himself. A skilled opportunist who will sell out anything and anyone. Yesterday our “Obama the Chicago flim-flam man” analysis was confirmed at the podium of the White House press hack. Jake Tapper of ABC News reports:

“On Sunday, President Obama’s top economic adviser, Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee, cautioned members of Congress not to “play chicken” by voting against raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling – despite the fact that as a senator in 2006, President Obama voted that way.

“I don’t see why anybody’s talking about playing chicken with the debt ceiling,” Goolsbee told me on ABC News’ THIS WEEK. “If we get to the point where you’ve damaged the full faith and credit of the United States, that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity.”

Goolsbee said a failure to raise the debt ceiling would cause “a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008…This is not a game. The debt ceiling is not something to toy with.”

Four year ago, however, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., voted the exact way President Obama is now cautioning senators not to do.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said on March 16, 2006. “Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership . Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

The debt limit was raised by a vote of 52-48.”

Faced with that hypocrisy, Robert Gibbs, the soon to be no longer press flack defended Obama by exposing the Obama flim-flam corruption:

“Asked about that quote – and vote — today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that it was important that “based on the outcome of that vote…the full faith and credit was not in doubt.”

Then-Sen. Obama used the vote “to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline….His vote was not necessarily needed on that.”’

In other words, it was all a scam on Obama’s part. HotAir explains:

“Gibbsy insisting that The One voted no at the time to send the message that we need to “get serious about fiscal discipline.” Barack Obama and fiscal discipline: Perfect together. Why, he’s like the very first tea partier, isn’t he?

Give Gibbs credit for honesty on this one, though. The One took plenty of votes during his brief layover in the Senate that were aimed squarely at polishing his record for a presidential run down the road. The one on the debt ceiling was aimed at centrists; the votes against Roberts and Alito were aimed at his base. And sometimes, when he couldn’t decide whom to pander to, he just voted present as he’s wont to do.

What is the appropriate four letter word for Barack Obama? Patterico has a suggestion:

“Gibbs: Old Obama Was Full of Shit [snip]

Then-Sen. Obama used the vote “to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline….His vote was not necessarily needed on that.”

In other words, according to official spokesmodel Robert Gibbs, the only reason why Obama voted against raising the debt limit was because he knew it would happen anyway. He wasn’t really opposed to it. He just wanted to pretend he was, because he wanted to fool people into thinking he is some kind of fiscal conservative. [snip]

Q You referenced Austan Goolsbee’s comments about the debt ceiling and I wanted to read you this quote from a senator. “The fact that we’re here today to debate raising America’s debt is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

I suspect you know who I’m quoting.

MR. GIBBS: Joe Biden? (Laughter.) I know, Barack Obama in 2006.

Q That is Senator Barack Obama in 2006 voting against raising the debt ceiling.

MR. GIBBS: And I think what is important is — understand that raising the debt limit was not in question in the outcome –

Q It passed 52 to 48. It was close.

MR. GIBBS: — in the outcome of that vote.

Q It was a close vote — 52 to 48.

MR. GIBBS: Well, we’ve had closer. I think it’s important that the outcome — based on the outcome of that vote, as I mentioned, the full faith and credit was not in doubt — the full faith and credit of our government and our economy was not in doubt. And the President used it to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline.

And we, as I said earlier, are dealing with the legacy of decisions that have been made over the past many years — not paying for a prescription drug benefit, not paying for wars, not paying for tax cuts — that changed our fiscal situation much more markedly than anything ever had.

So I think it is up to — and it’s important for Congress, because we know not to play politics with this, not to play games, to find a way to raise that debt limit, understanding that we have to — as I mentioned to Matt, we’re going to have to take some serious steps to get our fiscal house in order. But we understand, we know what happens, we know the catastrophic actions with things like Social Security and Medicare if you threaten the solvency of the government.

Q But isn’t that what he was doing?

Q So he only voted that way because he knew that it was going to pass?

MR. GIBBS: And I think, clearly, he was sending a message.

Q But he knew it was going to pass — that’s why he voted against it?

MR. GIBBS: Again, his vote was not necessarily needed on that.

Q So I guess, then, just extending that, it would be okay for other senators to do the same thing this year, as long as they know that ultimately –

MR. GIBBS: There may be some that send a message. But I think what is important is that the ultimate bottom line is we shouldn’t upset the notion of that full faith and credit. We shouldn’t, as some have rhetorically done leading up to this, suggest that that’s a good way to deal with this, is simply to let — to not pass that extension.

We understand, as Austan said — and, look, Austan is a very bright economist. The effects of something like that, as he said last weekend, would exceed anything that we saw in the financial collapse in 2008.”

Back in 2007 we began to play The Great Pretender youtubes and to call Obama a flim-flam man. When Bill Clinton called Obama’s vote on the Iraq War resolution a “fairy tale” Clinton was rewarded by being called a “racist”. Yet every day we learn that the Obama history is a fairy tale written by a corrupt autobiographer and abetted by corrupt party hacks and Big Media.

Whether on FISA, Iraq, Social Security, Health Care, Guantanamo, Debt, Deficits, budgets, stimuli, intellect, work history, or votes, Barack Obama is a full fledged scam artist flim-flam man. Whether voting present or voting “incorrectly” or on energy, Exelon or Illinois health care, Barack Obama is nothing but a scam artist flim-flam man.

Barack Obama will continue to scam and flim-flam – interrupted only by golf, basketball, and vacations – until he is stopped. The list of broken promises will continue to grow until he is stopped.

Things will get much worse for those of us who are not Republicans or conservatives. But Barack Obama must be stopped. “Issues” will be the next Obama flim-flam. Barack Obama and his flim-flam crew know the only way they can survive is to divide and conquer the opposition. But only one thing must be remembered by those in opposition to Barack Obama, no matter what side of the issue divide we find ourselves in:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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312 thoughts on “Debt Ceiling Scam From The Flim Flam Man

  1. Controversy reading the U.S. Constitution:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_house_constitution;_ylt=AsSvnPRncjIpp1hz.k_SwRus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsN3BjbDJpBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMTA2L3VzX2hvdXNlX2NvbnN0aXR1dGlvbgRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzIEcG9zAzYEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3Nob3V0c2Fib3V0bw–

    House Republicans’ reading of the Constitution was interrupted Thursday by a woman who shouted “except Obama, except Obama” to the venerable document’s words on a U.S. citizen’s eligibility to be president.

    Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading “no person, except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States” is eligible for the presidency, a woman in the visitor’s gallery yelled out that it did not apply to President Barack Obama.

    Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who was presiding over the House, banged the gavel and halted the proceedings, warning that such action from members of the public was a violation of House rules. The woman was quickly removed by Capitol police.

    Lawmakers took turns reciting each verse and article of the document. Republicans in charge of the chamber rattled it off with missionary zeal, as if in a school civics class. Democrats pitched in, but with seemingly less ardor.

    Historians said it was the first time the 222-year-old governing document had been read in its entirety on the House floor. [snip]

    Before the reading began, Democrats questioned the GOP decision not to read sections of the 222-year-old governing document that were later amended, such as the Article I, Section 2 clause that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of congressional apportionment and taxation.

    “It’s a consequence of who we are,” Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, said in reference to the three-fifth’s clause and its deletion from the reading.

    Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash, while saying the reading was “special for all of us,” asked whether it was “not intended to create some statement of congressional intent.”

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who organized the reading, noted that Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a pioneer of the civil rights movement, has been asked to read the Thirteenth Amendment that abolishes slavery. He said he hoped the event would “inspire many more Americans to read the Constitution.”

    The recital began with new Speaker John Boehner, reading the “We the People” preamble. Then Boehner’s predecessor Nancy Pelosi recited the first paragraph of Article I that describes the powers of the legislative branch.

    They were followed, more or less alternating between parties, with lawmakers repeating momentous clauses on the rights and responsibilities of the three branches of governments and more prosaic sections regarding the oversight of forts and dockyard and the ban on office holders receiving gifts from foreign princes.

    The entire reading of the seven articles and 27 amendments of the Constitution took about an hour and a half. Members volunteered on a first-come-first-serve with the reading of the Second Amendment clause on the right to bear arms going to freshman Republican Frank Guinta of New Hampshire.

    For the first hour of the recital the Republican side of the chamber was full, while far fewer Democrats occupied the other side. After an hour, the number of Republican listeners also declined.

  2. Obama has managed to piss off Moveon with the Daley Appointment, Obama is going to have a lot of enemes come 2012. He’s pissing off those who he used in 2008.

    MoveOn calls Daley pick for CoS – “troubling and sends the wrong message to the American people”

    haha, well you guys put him there, see what you got now for all your cash.

  3. Great post, Admin!

    …Back in 2007 we began to play The Great Pretender youtubes and to call Obama a flim-flam man. When Bill Clinton called Obama’s vote on the Iraq War resolution a “fairy tale” Clinton was rewarded by being called a “racist”. Yet every day we learn that the Obama history is a fairy tale written by a corrupt autobiographer and abetted by corrupt party hacks and Big Media…

    Things will get much worse for those of us who are not Republicans or conservatives. But Barack Obama must be stopped. “Issues” will be the next Obama flim-flam. Barack Obama and his flim-flam crew know the only way they can survive is to divide and conquer the opposition.

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    As I lay on a large bag of trash, in a supine position, I dream of the entire Congress and Administration being marched up before the People’s Court, where they are all fired and we start over, at square one to elect new people.

    I am so darn disgusted.

  4. The only thing better than that woman shouting out, “…except Obama!”, would be for Barry to be forced into the group reading of the Constitution, and his part would be to read that section.

    I can’t honestly believe that ANY of these politicians will become more honest leaders by the reading of our document.

    It would actually be a benefit if they were TESTED on the details of the Constitution, and were watched over during testing by the public on CSPAN. Empty seats between them, no talking nor electronics allowed in the room.

    Anyone that doesn’t get 90% or better on their test, is kicked out of office.

    Now this would make sense to me, and should be done every two years by all in Congress and the Administration.

  5. A busy man He is. (Note: we capitalize the word he when referring to a demigod like Obama.

    The latest story is one of our two senators–and if you want to know the truth, the better one, sent a form letter to the family of a soldier killed in Iraq. The only trouble was it was the wrong solider. Blame the staff. But the mother of the boy who was not killed was disdraught over the incident, so much so that the husband called the White House asking if Obama could call and console her. They were white, of course. He was told “no. The president is too busy”. However, Mr. Obama was not too busy to call and congratulate black athlete and dog killer Michael Vick. Misplaced priorities? Only a racist would dare question the messiah. Certainly not our protectors at big media. Another story to be buried. Hear no evil, speak see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to Obama. He has come into our world to serve the American People. To serve them like suckling pig to the voracious appetite of Soros and his cronies.

  6. Admin: Great article and spot on.

    Shadowfax, I’ll make the plane ride to D.C. to see that. All marched out preferable in handcuffs.

  7. Admin,

    Well done!

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    Shadowfax
    January 6th, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    The only thing better than that woman shouting out, “…except Obama!”, would be for Barry to be forced into the group reading of the Constitution, and his part would be to read that section.

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    He’d probably fall asleep after the first line.

    ——————-

    wbboei,

    Your comment about obama being too busy is spot on.

  8. MoveOn calls Daley pick for CoS – “troubling and sends the wrong message to the American people”
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    These MoveOn people are the most dimwitted folks in the universe, bar none. Obama is not the stuff of their delusional dreams. He is what he has always been–scion of the Daley Machine. So how is it that hiring Daley as chief of staff sends the wrong message. It tells the American People the truth, and since when is the truth “the wrong message”. The only way it is the wrong message is if you are like they are–trying to hide from the truth, by rationalizing it, ignoring it or trying to explain it away. You don’t hear much general betray us crap from them now, do you. These people are totally devoid of ethics. They are peons trying who don’t know nothing from nothing trying desperately to pretend they are important and relevant. Their day has passed. They can scream their heads off but no rational person will listen to them.

  9. Clinton to head back to Gulf as Iran talks loom

    Thu Jan 6, 2011

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit several key Gulf allies beginning on Saturday, seeking to buttress U.S. ties in an oil-rich region shadowed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Clinton’s trip to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar from Jan 8-13 will be her second to the Gulf in two months, highlighting U.S. concern over a region central to U.S. energy interests.

    “At each stop, Secretary Clinton will consult with government officials on a full range of regional and bilateral issues,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement on Thursday.

    Clinton is also expected to use the trip to attempt further damage control after the Wikileaks release of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, some of which embarrassed leaders in Gulf countries and next-door Saudi Arabia by detailing their hopes for a tough U.S. stance on Iran.

    Clinton’s trip comes just days ahead of an expected second round of talks between Iran and six major powers over its nuclear program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes but which the United States and its allies fear is aimed at acquiring atomic weapons.

    The United States has hailed the United Arab Emirates for signing a civilian nuclear power cooperation deal, which Washington says could be a model for other countries seeking to benefit from nuclear power without increasing nuclear proliferation risks.

    Iran is also expected to feature in Clinton’s talks in Oman, which used its good ties with Tehran to negotiate the release of one of three U.S. hikers accused of espionage and is pushing for the release of the other two.

    Clinton will take part in a conference in Qatar, which is seeking to expand its role as a regional diplomatic troubleshooter.

    The conference will include officials and civil society representatives from 19 regional countries, giving Clinton the opportunity to touch base with a broad range of leaders on Iran as well as faltering efforts to relaunch peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Cynthia Osterman)

    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFN0623014120110106

  10. An Open Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East

    By Daniel M. Zucker, on January 5th, 2011

    Over this past weekend, the Iraqis invaded Camp Ashraf and threatened to expel its residents.

    Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    US Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20520

    Dear Madam Secretary:

    I am contacting you because of an issue of great concern. I wish to call your attention to the ongoing human rights abuses and steadily deteriorating conditions in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Ashraf is home to 3,400 members of the Iranian opposition group, the Peoples’ Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to whom we gave a pledge of protection in 2004. About a year and a half ago, on July 28-29, 2009, at the behest of the Iranian regime of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, Ashraf was attacked by the Iraqi police and Special Forces — in violation of Iraq’s December 2008 pledge to the United States to protect the camp and its residents. Following its attack on Ashraf, the Iraqi government re-imposed an embargo on the camp, denying its residents water, food, oil and medical supplies, something that has been going on for the last two years. So too, upon Nouri al-Maliki’s orders, physicians have been denied access to the camp; its residents have been prevented from seeking medical treatment in Baghdad. Recently, on December 10, 2010, a cancer patient, Medhi Fathi, a long-time resident of Ashraf, died due to being prevented by the Iraqis from receiving necessary treatments. In addition, the Iraqi police — in a tactic of psychological warfare — have installed 140 loudspeakers throughout the camp which they use to broadcast Iranian propaganda at very high volume around the clock.

    Now, over this past weekend, the Iraqis have once again invaded the camp and are threatening to expel its residents and return them to Iran in violation of their rights to non-refoulment, where they would face imprisonment, torture, and execution.

    Madame Secretary, there are several reasons why I appeal to you to aid the residents of Ashraf. First is the universal concern for the human rights of all. But, beyond our concern for human rights must be a concern with the image of our nation. In 2004, our government made a pledge to protect the residents of Ashraf. If we turn a blind eye to the abuses that the al-Maliki government is perpetrating against the unarmed residents of Ashraf and abandon our pledge, we will be demonstrating most vividly that America is not a reliable partner. Our enemies in the region are watching our behavior very carefully and looking for any and all signs of weakness. In the Middle East, nothing could be more self-defeating to the long-term interests of this nation than for us to be perceived as unreliable and weak.

    Because of these concerns, I ask you to urge President Obama immediately to speak forcefully to these issues and ask you to do likewise.

    God bless America.

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this vitally important matter, I remain,

    Sincerely yours,

    Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker, D.D., Chairman,
    Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East

    http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2011/01/05/an-open-letter-to-secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-from-americans-for-democracy-in-the-middle-east/

  11. Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength

    The Pentagon will have to cut spending by $78 billion over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday, forcing the Army and Marine Corps to shrink the number of troops on active duty and eventually imposing the first freeze on military spending since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR2011010603628.html?hpid=topnews

  12. Little story about Chelsea’s wedding…

    Making Chelsea Clinton’s cake was 2010 highlight for Mount Kisco’s La Tulipe

    MOUNT KISCO — When Maarten Steenman and his wife, Frances, owners of La Tulipe Desserts, received a call from a party planner in early February asking if they would be able to handle a wedding cake that would feed 500 or more guests,
    they stepped up to the challenge.

    What they didn’t know while delivering their early sample was that if selected, they would be creating the country’s most talked-about wedding cake of the year, or even the decade.

    The clients had been kept strictly under wraps until about a month before the July 31 wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.

    Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton had not been regulars at the bakery. In fact, unlike many neighborhood business owners who claim the former president and the current secretary of state as frequent customers, the Steenmans admit to never
    having met them.

    “We treated it like any other job and submitted a few sample cakes,” said Frances Steenman, working behind the counter at the Lexington Avenue bakery, housed in a 100-year-old, 1,400-square feet clapboard home.

    “But we were blown away when we heard who our clients were, even though we’ve had many high-end clients.”

    The 12-year-old, European-style bakery that sells pastel macaroons, cakes and tarts, gelato and sorbet has a loyal local following and is firmly rooted in the community.

    On Christmas Eve, the bakery donated a 4 1/2-foot tall, solid chocolate Nutcracker soldier to the child and adolescent Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

    The idea for the donation came from Dr. Lidia Klepacz, a regular who saw the display in the store and knew the Steenmans donated their special holiday creations to various hospitals and charities when it remains unsold.

    With help from another customer, Lane Bonadies, a lieutenant in the White Plains Fire Department, the chocolate sculpture arrived in style on a Chappaqua fire engine.

    Bonadies, a Mount Kisco resident, had rounded up 10 of his volunteer firefighting friends from neighboring Chappaqua for the special delivery.

    “It became a very sweet gift to the kids,” said Klepacz, an emergency room psychiatrist at the hospital. “When you are a child and you have to spend the holidays away from your family, any kindness and generosity from people can have a
    great impact on your healing and treatment.”

    Maarten Steenman, 41, first came to the U.S. on an exchange program from the Netherlands at age 20. He met his wife while working at the now-defunct Mount Kisco Bake Shop on South Moger Avenue. Steenman’s father, who was a culinary institute
    instructer in Holland, was an early influence. After internships and training in Belgium, Norway and France, Steenman decided to come back to Mount Kisco where, with Frances, he had envisioned opening their own patisserie.

    In 1998, they opened up La Tulipe Desserts with the philosophy of using only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients. From Lubecker marzipan from Germany to pure lemon and orange essences from Italy to vanilla beans from Haiti, the ingredients are almost all organic and come directly from original sources
    around the world.

    Little wonder, then, that they passed the initial taste test for the wedding cake of the year. A few weeks later, however, they were told that they would have to do a gluten-free cake. The former first daughter is allergic to the protein found in
    most grains, cereals and breads.

    “We knew it was going to be challenging, because gluten gives the cake more structure, but when you take away the gluten, it makes it weaker,” said Frances Steenman. “We must have tested out at least 10 recipes . Thankfully, it was not fat-free.”

    The nine-tier vanilla cake was filled with dark chocolate mousse and each tier was covered with vanilla fondant. The all-white cake with silver details was decorated with 1,000 edible sugar flowers: roses, calla lilies , and orchids.

    “It took us weeks just to create the flowers,” said Frances Steenman, who along with Maarten and store manger Tracey Cohen, delivered the 500-pound masterpiece to Astor Courts in Rhinebeck and assembled it in two hours. “But it was all worth the effort. It brought us international recognition.”

    So did the Clintons ever visit their bakery or send a note?

    “No, we would love it if they stopped by,” said Steenman, who lives with her husband and two children Lydia, 9, and Luke, 8, in Bedford Hills. For Maarten Steenman, it was a job well done.

    “This is one of the nicest jobs in the world, to have creative freedom and make people happy,” he said. “It was an honor to have the opportunity to create
    the cake for the Clintons.”

    http://www.lohud.com/article/20110106/NEWS02/101060358/-1/newsfront/Making-Chelsea-Clinton-s-cake-was-2010-highlight-for-Mount-Kisco-s-La-Tulipe-

  13. For many people it is coming down to a difficult decision: whether to be a loyal American or a dimocrat. The two are mutually exclusive, and there is no middle ground.

  14. NYTs

    Action Urged on Women’s Rights Measure

    As lawmakers recited the articles of the country’s founding document on the House floor Thursday, some women found themselves out in the cold – quite literally.

    Outside the Capitol Building, in blustery air hovering just above freezing, Democratic lawmakers and women’s rights advocates gathered to urge the new Republican majority to insert language in the Constitution specifically protecting the rights of women.

    The news conference, scheduled during the John Boehner’s ceremonial reading of the Constitution, came in response to comments made by Justice Antonin Scalia in an interview published in the January issue of the magazine California Lawyer that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment does not protect women against sex discrimination.

    The start of the event was delayed at least 10 minutes, awaiting the arrival of Senator Robert Menendez, amid jokes about whether he might have gone to Mr. Boehner’s event instead.

    Mr. Menendez, from New Jersey, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, from New York, are sponsoring a bill that would add to the Constitution the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, first proposed in 1923, but never ratified.

    “Justice Scalia’s recent comments have made it crystal clear that until equal protection for women is explicitly spelled out in the Constitution, the courts might not guarantee it,” said Mr. Menendez.

  15. That decision has got to weigh heavily on the conscience of Jim Webb, who is by any definition, a loyal American. But his allegiance to Messiah Obama, when he sees the destruction Messiah is wreaking on our country, calls even his patriotism into doubt. The choice at this point is just that stark. Jim needs to think back to Viet Nam and the forces we were fighting in those days, Obama allies like Bomber Bill, and he will realize he is on the wrong side of the fence now. He cannot serve his constituents, and truth to tell he cannot serve his own self where he is. Jim, duty honor country and as Shakespeare said:

    Polonius:

    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

    Laertes:
    Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.

  16. Action Urged on Women’s Rights Measure
    ————————————
    Nice try. If they believe in the Constitution, then they would be well advised to follow the constitutional procedure for passing an amendment. Let us deal first with the provisions that do exist, and see that those are properly enforced. This whole stunt is lame at this point. How many of the people pushing this were Hillary supporters. You see it is not words on a piece of paper that count. Not when you have statutes already in place to deal with discrimination. Not when fewer men than women now graduate from law schools, not when more men than women have lost their jobs in this recession which these same people have made worse not better. The test, I submit, is do you support a qualified woman over a less qualified man for President of the United States. If you do, we do not need more words on a piece of paper. If you do not, then words on a pice of paper are meaningless and you are nothing more than a hypocrite. So cut out the crap and deal with the stuff you were sent to Washington to deal with, and stop selling us down the river.

  17. Just seen what the journo’s are saying are the best combinations for the republicans in future years, see we at 44 are soothsayers, all i’ve seen today is the touting of a Ryan/Rubio ticket.

    We must be psychic.

    If that happens Barry will crap his pants.

  18. wbb

    I hope they keep fighting to pass the ERA, wbb.

    Words on a page………..

    ……………….

    I am biting my tongue right now………………

  19. This is what needs to happen – Good Muslims standing up to the wackos:

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/95/3216/Egypt/Attack-on-Egypt-Copts/Egypt-Muslims-to-act-as-human-shields-at-Coptic-Ch.aspx

    Egypt Muslims to act as “human shields” at Coptic Christmas Eve mass

    “Although 2011 started tragically, I feel it will be a year of eagerly anticipated change, where Egyptians will stand against sectarianism and unite as one,” Father Rafaeil Sarwat of the Mar-Mina church told Ahram Online. The Coptic priest was commenting on the now widespread call by Muslim intellectuals and activists upon Egyptian Muslims at large to flock to Coptic churches across the country to attend Coptic Christmas Eve mass, to show solidarity with the nation’s Coptic minority, but also to serve as “human shields” against possible attacks by Islamist militants.

    Mohamed Abdel Moniem El-Sawy, founder of El-Sawy Culture Wheel was among the promiment Muslim cultural figures who first floated the bold initiative.

    This is it. It is time to change and unite,” asserted journalist Ekram Youssef, another notable sponsor of the intiative, in a telephone interview with Ahram Online. She added that although it is the government’s responsibility to act and find solutions to bring an end to such violations, “it is time for Egyptian citizens to act to revive the true meaning of national unity.”

    Following last year’s Coptic Christmas Eve attack on congregants as they left their church in the Upper Egyptian city of Naga Hamady, Youssef created the crescent and cross logo with the slogan “A nation for all” – that was adopted during the past couple of days by many of Egypt’s 4 million Facebook users as their profile picture.
    Mariam Yassin, a 24 year old video editor, will take Thursday off to travel to Alexandria to attend the mass at the Two Saints Church. “I am not going as a representative of any religion. I am supporting all those who died as a result of ignorance.”

    Yassin’s friend, Mariam Fekry, was killed along with her mother, sister and aunt in the Two Saints Church attack

    “I feel great sympathy for her family’s loss, yet I don’t feel that as a Muslim I should apologize on the behalf of murderers.” Yassin added.

    On the other hand, Fatima Mostafa, a 40 year old house wife, will join Copts tomorrow to show that Muslims feel their sorrow. “I want to show the world that Islam is a religion of peace and that such attacks are nothing more than a result of poverty, ignorance and oppression.”

    While the reasons they cite for doing so may vary, many Egyptian Muslims are rallying around the idea of acting to protect their fellow citizens.

    “I know it might not be safe, yet it’s either we live together, or we die together, we are all Egyptians,” Cherine Mohamed, a 50 year old house wife said.

    For Youssef, Egyptians should attend regardless of their faith as “we all have Christians as part of our family. I am a Muslim but I’m sure my great grandfather was a Christian.”

    An engineer who wanted to remain anonymous stated that he was looking forward to tomorrow: “I was a Christian and I’m a Muslim now, I want my kids to go to church to realize that both religions are similar; we have one God, and both holy books stress peace and the welfare of the society at large.”

    The goodwill has been well received by the Coptic Church, and Coptic priests have been expressing their pleasure that Muslims intend to join them at tomorrow’s mass. Some churches have already put up banners welcoming Muslims to their celebration of the birth of Jesus.

    Some fear the initiative will be thwarted, however. “I’m filled with happiness, I feel it will become a national celebration, yet I fear that police won’t allow Muslims to attend the mass,” Ashraf Rasmy, a Coptic volunteer worker said.

    Nevertheless, Muslims and Copts are looking forward to tomorrow evening with all that it might bring. Amani Ramsis, a volunteer worker, remains defiant: “It is an anticipated celebration for all Egyptians, whether we live or die, we will never stop celebrating the birth of Jesus, and no one can bury our joy and unity.”

  20. THE O-FAIRY WAIVES HIS WAND

    Waivers for allies in Obamacare.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704405704576063892468779556.html

    ObamaCare Rewards Friends, Punishes Enemies
    ======================================

    The administration waives allies through the health law’s onerous restrictions

    By KARL ROVE
    A primary task for the new Republican House majority is to undo as many of the pernicious effects of ObamaCare that it can. One of these effects is the spectacle of employers going hat-in-hand to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for waivers from some of the law’s more onerous provisions.

    In September, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius began granting waivers to companies that provided workers “mini-med” coverage—low-cost plans with low annual limits on what the insurance will pay out. This followed announcements by some employers that they would have to drop these plans because they did not meet the new health law’s requirement that 85% of premium income be spent on medical expenses.

    By early December, HHS had granted 222 such waivers to provide mini-med policies for companies including AMF Bowling and Universal Forest Product, as well as 43 union organizations. According to the department’s website, the waivers cover 1,507,418 employees, of which more than a third (525,898) are union members. Yet unionized workers make up only 7% of the private work force. Whatever is going on here, a disproportionately high number of waivers are being granted to administration allies.

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    Insurance regulation has traditionally been a state responsibility, and 43 states must already approve proposed insurance-rate increases. ObamaCare does not authorize HHS to deny rate increases, but the agency said that if a state “lacks the resources or authority” to conduct the kind of review the agency wants, it will conduct its own.

    This proposed regulation will erode the states’ dominant role in insurance regulation, centralizing more power in Washington. The HHS announcement also mentioned that it will set different thresholds of what constitutes an “unreasonable” increase for every state by 2012.

    The Obama administration’s behavior to date suggests that it will not hesitate to take care of its friends. The Senate Republican Policy Committee’s health policy analyst, Chris Jacobs, points out that the administration has already given an extravagant gift to the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), a key player in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    The AARP provided a big chunk of the $121 million spent on ads supporting the bill’s passage, as well as $21 million on lobbying in 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. HHS’s proposed regulations on Dec. 21 exempted the AARP’s lucrative “Medigap” plans from the rate review and other mandates and requirements.

    The AARP and other Medigap providers can require a waiting period before seniors with pre-existing conditions have to be covered. Insurers covering those under 65 cannot.

    The AARP is also exempt from the new law’s $500,000 cap on executive compensation for insurance executives. (The nonprofit’s last CEO received over $1.5 million in compensation in his last full year, 2009.) It won’t pay any of the estimated $14 billion in new taxes on insurance companies, though according to its 2008 consolidated financial statement, it gets more money from its insurance offerings than it does from dues, grants and private contributions combined. Nor will it have to spend at least 85% of its Medigap premium dollars on medical claims, as Medicare Advantage plans must do; the AARP will be held to a far less restrictive 65%.

    It’s not hard to connect the dots. The Obama administration is using waivers to reward friends. On the flip side, business executives will be discouraged from contributing to the president’s opponents or from taking any other steps that might upset the White House or its political appointees at HHS.

    This is not what people had in mind when candidate Obama promised in his acceptance speech in August 2008 to undo “the cynicism we all have about government.”

    In a speech at the University of Iowa last March, the president heralded health-care reform as “a new set of rules that treats everybody honestly and treats everybody fairly.” Determining whether that is true will be another task for House Republicans. They have an obligation to look into this matter, and Mr. Obama can hardly object. It was former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, whom the president frequently quotes, who wrote in 1913 that sunlight “is the best of disinfectants.”

  21. “The Obama administration is using waivers to reward friends.”

    —————————–
    And making decisions to destroy the rest of us.

  22. “The Obama administration is using waivers to reward friends.”

    ……………………………….

    hands up who didnt see that coming…what no hands, surely someone, go on, no….as expected.

  23. ““Justice Scalia’s recent comments have made it crystal clear that until equal protection for women is explicitly spelled out in the Constitution, the courts might not guarantee it,” said Mr. Menendez.”

    Well, FUCK HIM. I was born here, asshole! Why does no one need to have MEN’S rights spelled out explicitly in the fucking Constitution before they get to be full citizens?! I get to be a human only when some male shitstain grants it to me?! FUCK THAT SHIT.

  24. wbb

    I hope they keep fighting to pass the ERA, wbb.

    Words on a page………..

    ……………….

    I am biting my tongue right now
    —————————-
    Shadow, you can rebuke me if you like. But before you do make sure you understand what I am saying. The test is not words on a piece of paper but what is in the hearts of men and women in the land. Judge Learned Hand reminded us of this in his most famous essay entitled the Spirit of Liberty. The relevant passage is set forth in caps below. The devil can quote scripture just as the people who sold out Hillary can point to the language of ERA which does not live in their hearts but they can easily use to posture behind, which is what we are really seeing here. Their motives are shallow and transparent.
    ——————————————————————

    In the critical year of 1944 a vast “I Am an American Day” ceremony was held in Central Park, New York City, on May 21. Many thousands of people were present, including a large number of new citizens. Learned Hand’s brief address was so eloquent and so moving that the text immediately became the object of wide demand. It was quickly printed and reprinted and also put into anthologies. The impact was so great that the speaker was invited to address a similar gathering the next year.

    “We have gathered here to affirm a faith, a faith in a common purpose, a common conviction, a common devotion. Some of us have chosen America as the land of our adoption; the rest have come from those who did the same. For this reason we have some right to consider ourselves a picked group, a group of those who had the courage to break from the past and brave the dangers and the loneliness of a strange land. What was the object that nerved us, or those who went before us, to this choice? We sought liberty; freedom from oppression, freedom from want, freedom to be ourselves. This we then sought; this we now believe that we are by way of winning. What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty?

    I OFTEN WONDER WHETHER WE DO NOT REST OUR HOPES TOO MUCH UPON CONSTITUTIONS, UPON LAWS AND UPON COURTS. THESE ARE FALSE HOPES; BELIEVE ME, THESE ARE FALSE HOPES. LIBERTY LIES IN THE HEARTS OF MEN AND WOMEN; WHEN IT DIES THERE, NO CONSTITUTION, NO LAWS, NO COURT CAN EVEN DO MUCH TO HELP IT. WHILE IT LIES THERE IT NEEDS NOT CONSTITUTION, NO LAW, NO COURT TO SAVE IT.

    And what is this liberty which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.

    “What then is the spirit of liberty? I cannot define it; I can only tell you my own faith. THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY IS THE SPIRIT THAT IS NOT TOO SURE THAT IT IS RIGHT; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned but never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest. And now in that spirit, that spirit of an America which has never been, and which may never be; nay, which never will be except as the conscience and courage of Americans create it; yet in the spirit of that America which lies hidden in some form in the aspirations of us all; in the spirit of that America for which our young men are at this moment fighting and dying; in that spirit of liberty and of America I ask you to rise and with me pledge our faith in the glorious destiny of our beloved country.”

  25. A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to rein in the various “czars” in the Obama administration.

    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President Obama has employed over the past two years.

    The legislation, which was introduced in the last Congress but was not allowed to advance under Democratic control, would do away with the 39 czars Obama has employed during his administration.

    The bill defines a czar as “a head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President, or similar office established by or at the direction of the President” who is appointed to a position that would otherwise require Senate confirmation.

    Republicans had complained about the president’s use of czars to help advance his agenda in Congress. In particular, the GOP had harped about the personal history of Van Jones, the president’s czar for “green jobs,” over past comments Jones had made about Fox News came to light. Jones eventually resigned.

    Another prominent czar over the past year was Carol Browner, the president’s energy and environmental adviser. She helped head up efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the ultimately unsuccessful effort for an energy and climate bill from Congress.

    Republicans introduced several bills to eliminate czars in the last Congress, but similar legislation could conceivably advance in the House now that the GOP controls the chamber.

    “We haven’t gotten an indication of an exact timeline for committee action, considering that the bill was just filed yesterday,” said Scalise spokesman Stephen Bell. “We hope to have this discussion in the near future as the congressman works to pursue all the bills he has introduced in the 112th Congress.”

  26. She’s not even cold in her coffin yet but John Edwards’ has proposed to Rielle Hunter………………didn’t take long to wipe Elizabeth’s memory out. Did it?

  27. wbb

    I hope they keep fighting to pass the ERA, wbb.

    Words on a page…
    ——————–
    Shadow, I voted for it in my state. My point is larger than that and it goes to the question of making it real rather than words on a piece of paper which politicians can bamboozle people with. Action speaks louder than words. Unless we live it, i is just posturing. And that is what Leaned Hand was talking about.

  28. Once again, anyone who voted for John Edwards should do penance for their bad judgment and sin by staying home for the next election or beg Hillary’s and our forgiveness. they won’t get it but i’ll enjoy watching them grovel.

  29. Shadow–here is Learned Hands take on what I was saying

    What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it. And what is this liberty which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.

    “What then is the spirit of liberty? I cannot define it; I can only tell you my own faith. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned but never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest.

  30. moononpluto
    January 6th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    She’s not even cold in her coffin yet but John Edwards’ has proposed to Rielle Hunter………………didn’t take long to wipe Elizabeth’s memory out. Did it?

    ——————

    Disgusting.

  31. …and to add to what Admin and others here point out…what used to be “our side” has become increasingly so dishonest, reactionary, mean spirited and getting uglier by the day…frankly I cannot stand to listen to most of them anymore…spin and lies…immature and becoming ridiculous…desperate…

    I see the Obama Democratic party predicably doing one thing…creating more independents…when you have what used to be ‘our’ side sound like such unthinking, subjective, obsessed ‘left’ versions of Ann Coulter…common sense and fair minded people will just shut them out…especially common sense and fair minded people that are sick of name calling and want to see some positive results in their lives and the for the future of their families…

    …the arrogance of the O party will backfire…Nancy Pelosi yesterday showed just how out of the touch the whole insider O Dim party is…

    …if the repubs continue to rebrand as rational and fair minded and put anyone with a reasonably likeable and human side up against O…there is nothing to assure he is unbeatable…if the repubs put a ‘human face’ on their rebranding, what remains of the O dem party will exist for Chicago…

    it is so frustrating to see people i, we, once admired…rationalize that everything that is going wrong with the dems is because of the people O has/had around him…seemingly smart, mature, reasonable people, whether you like them personally or not, cannot bring themselves to simply admit that the problem is O…

    Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore…examples of people who see the problems but cannot bring themselves to admit that their “fighter” would rather go play golf…they remain in denial…O will just take them down with him…

  32. The women who voted against Hillary have no credibility with me when they talk about an equal rights amendment to blunt an attempt to remind the opposing party that we have a constitutional system in this country. They need reminding.

    Bringing up the Equal Rights Amendment in this context is cynical misuse of the process. If they are interested in passing this Amendment then focus on the states which have not passed it. This thing here is smoke and mirrors. Fight the battle where it needs to be fought, if they are really interested in winning–as opposed to posturing.

    As far as the Constitution is concerned, Scalia is a proponent of original intent, and his position is consistent with that premise. Again, there is a way to get this done, and unlike the Voting Rights Amendment, the proponents on this one dropped the ball. If they had supported Hillary they would have crashed the glass ceiling, and that would have broken the impasse at the state level. But unfortunately that did not happen, and for that reason I have a right to be cynical.

  33. Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore…examples of people who see the problems but cannot bring themselves to admit that their “fighter” would rather go play golf…they remain in denial…O will just take them down with him
    ——————-
    Good post. The expression I might use is not play golf but take a dive. That is what corrupt fighters do for money so the corrupt interest behind them can win their bets. Obama pretends to be a democrat when in fact he has taken a dive.

  34. Obama is no Democrat, in fact no one is sure what he is, no-one can find any info on him, its like that kid in the Omen.

  35. White House confirms President Obama giving Super Bowl Sunday interview to Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

    Whats the fucker trying to pitch now, he only goes on Fox when he wants to beg for something.

  36. The first President to knock value of the WH, am i surprised, no, it would cost 30 odd million to get that chicago stench out.

    ………………………..

    On paper, it sounds like a property to die for: 132 rooms, including 16 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms, with 28 fireplaces, a tennis court, a bowling alley and an attached garage spread out over 55,000 square feet on 18 acres of centrally located land.

    But the White House, as enviable a property as it is, hasn’t been immune from the nation’s housing crisis.

    As syndicated columnist Lew Sichelman first noticed, the property value of the White House has lost nearly a quarter of its value over the last three years, according to the real estate site Zillow. In fact, in the last month alone, the White House’s estimated property worth has dropped nearly $5.5 million.

    At the height of the 2007 housing boom, the White House was valued at roughly $332 million. In January 2009, when President Obama and his family moved in, the fair market value was listed as $292 million. Now Zillow says the property is worth just $252 million — even with all the redecorating the Obamas have done since moving in.

  37. Daley is Poor Choice for White House Chief of Staff :

    It looks like the “Chicago Way” will continue with William Daley taking the White House Chief of Staff position formerly held by Rahm Emanuel. Daley is a particularly poor choice because he represents the nexus of big government, big business and the left-wing activist groups they enable and bankroll.

    Daley is not a “centrist,” nor is he “pro business,” except when he is getting a piece of the action. Daley has carried the title of “Midwest Chairman” of JPMorgan Chase but he is not a banker or a businessman. He is a broker of influence. That is why JPMorgan Chase hired him in the first place.

    It would be tempting to say that this appointment underscores how close Obama is to bailed-out Wall Street, but I believe the reality is far worse. Daley straddles the worlds of corporate boards and bare-knuckle Chicago politics. From his new position, he will no doubt make sure that the banks and companies in other key industries stay under the political control of their Washington masters.

    When government exercises such heavy control over the private sector, tribute is usually expected. Cozy dealings and corruption are inevitable.

    JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon used to brag about his White House influence and his contacts with the Chicago crowd around Obama. The New York Times called him “Obama’s favorite banker.” Now such connections don’t look so good and Dimon is trying to distance himself from Obama.

    Daley also served as Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, which steers millions of dollars to a host of liberal and anti-capitalist causes. Under Daley, the Foundation bankrolled ACORN affiliates before such support purportedly ended in 2008.

    http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/01/06/daley-poor-choice-white-house-chief-staff

  38. I am certain the reading of the Constitution was educational for people who have never read it before like Conyers. This way he does not have to put down the Playboy Magazine. He can just listen while he is staring at the pictures. I am proud of him. Real proud. He is a credit to the system. It is hard to give much credit to Lewis in view of his treachery. Jessee Jackson III should be reading his indictment. And as for my friend Jay, it is hard to tell what he said, but I am sure he meant it. It would be useful to know how many Repubulicans did not stay for the entire reading. All it says is the number declined. Was it 5 19 or 56 they do not tell us. I think this is a false report. If not then someone needs to be taking names.

  39. wbb

    Shadow, you can rebuke me if you like. But before you do make sure you understand what I am saying. The test is not words on a piece of paper but what is in the hearts of men and women in the land. Judge Learned Hand reminded us of this in his most famous essay entitled the Spirit of Liberty.

    ———
    I gotta take a stand her wbb.
    As much as I admire some of your perspectives, you haven’t lived in women’s shoes the way we have.

    “Carol Baloney.” —— I also take issue with you on this.

    Carolyn Maloney has been trying to get the ERA to be discussed, and passed for women for awhile now. She is not hiding behind a false promise like the phony ‘repeal’ act of the Rethugs.

    What is in the hearts of men and women…….what bs this person writes. You are wrong on this wbb, please do not take this issue on with women that are fighting to have equal rights with men in the Constitution. Sorry, but when men are against this, make it seem trite, it makes me crazy.

  40. wbboei
    January 6th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    ——-
    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I disagree with this post, so let’s just say, we agree to totally disagree with this subject and keep the peace. 😉

  41. Well that lasted long.

    NEW YORK — Stocks slipped Thursday after the government reported an increase in applications for unemployment benefits last week.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that 409,000 people made claims for benefits for the first time. That’s up 18,000 from the previous week, when applications fell to their lowest level in more than two years.

    The report came a day after ADP estimated that companies added nearly 300,000 jobs last month, far more than the 100,000 economists expected. That pushed stock prices higher and Treasury prices lower as investors became more optimistic about the job market.

    The most important news on the job market will arrive on Friday morning when the Labor Department releases its monthly survey of all U.S. payrolls and the unemployment rate. Economists expect the rate fell to 9.7 percent in December from 9.8 percent the previous month.

  42. If they had supported Hillary they would have crashed the glass ceiling, and that would have broken the impasse at the state level. But unfortunately that did not happen, and for that reason I have a right to be cynical.

    With this I partly agree, that supporting Hillary would have helped…but that doesn’t change anything when it comes to 51% of the population only having the right to vote in the US Constitution.

    Republican women stopped fighting for this years ago, so those that did not bleed enough for Hillary should not be the only people to blame in your cynicism, many men, conservatives and women have to be blamed as well.

  43. Rezko sentencing delayed

    Sentencing was postponed today for a tired and gaunt-looking Antoin “Tony” Rezko in case he still testifies at the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, scheduled to begin in April.

    However his attorney made it clear that he is not willing to wait beyond September.

    Now housed in a county facility, Rezko is not able to go outside or have contact with his family beyond seeing them briefly from behind a glass façade.

    “I have not had fresh air since my conviction,” Rezko told U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. “I have no contact visit with my family.”

    Rezko was convicted in 2008 of trading on his clout as a top advisor and fundraiser to Blagojevich.

    Rezko’s attorney, Joseph Duffy, said the lack of extended visits with his family has also weighed on Rezko.

    “He’s a very close family man … it creates hardships and difficulties,” he said. “September is it. The hardship is too severe.”

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner told the court that the government prefers that the sentencing not go forward.

    ……………………….

    hardship….hardship….go fuck yourselves, that guy wouldnt know hardship if it hit him between the eyes.

  44. Moon

    Now housed in a county facility, Rezko is not able to go outside or have contact with his family beyond seeing them briefly from behind a glass façade.

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    I wonder why they are keeping him in such isolation?

    Does he have cooties?

  45. Rezko is obviously being held like he’s in Guantanamo, Obama will not let him walk out of there to spill the beans. He must not be playing ball.

  46. At this rate I’m surprised they just didnt disassemble the WH, pack it up and rebuild it on the south side of Chicago.

  47. Carolyn Maloney has been trying to get the ERA to be discussed
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    Having watched how the law operates for more years than I care to tell, words on a piece of paper are simply evidence of a legislative reality which existed at a particular point in time and they have no weight–unless there is an enforcement mechanism. And when there is, there is always a defense, and often a counterclaim. This reality leads me to say what I did, which is do not get wrapped up in they say, watch what they do. And more important than that is the issue of how people lead their lives and how they deal with each other which comes from the heart and not words on paper. At a time when we are attempting to rebox the compass after Bush and Obama and to return to some sense of constitutional sanity, we need to focus on the constitutional order. As for the issue of equal rights, I may not have seen it from a womans perspective, but I certainly saw a lot about this from a campaign perspective and I saw the same people who claim to believe in equal rights for women like NARL and NOW (except for their New York chapter) betray the cause in favor of being liked accepted or close to the seat of power. If you think the kingdom of God will be at hand or these people will change if a bill like this is passed history suggests otherwise. Raising that issue in this forum is simply a diversionary tactic. It is not intended to advance the cause, it is intended to throw a monkey wrench into the process. It is directed at the wrong target.

  48. Am I the only one who thinks Daley is going to DC to be president instead of Valery Jerrit?
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    You are not alone. She is not the top of the Chicago Mob. He is. But there are a set of money people behind him called the Goose Lake group who are the power and corruption behind the throne. He is a front man like Soros is a front man. QED.

  49. admin
    January 6th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    This is what needs to happen – Good Muslims standing up to the wackos:
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    Admin, a rational person would agree with that. But the liberals in this country have gagged themselves deluded into thinking any criticism of Islam is bigoted and they try to silence you. They think stupidly they are protecting the Muslims. Meanwhile in countries like Pakistan, liberals who could use support from people here and everywhere are not getting it. Instead they are getting murdered for standing up to the Mullahs in their own country. Recently a governor of a major Pakistani province was brutally murdered for trying to repeal a blasphemy law instituted in the 80s. His killer a 26 year old guy is being celebrated on all the social networks. A 26 year old for God’s sake, he represents the next generation of hope for that country.

    Read more here. It is really sickening.
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/01/06/the-sorry-state-of-pakistan/

  50. With this I partly agree, that supporting Hillary would have helped
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    Shadow, it would have more than helped. It would have transcended words on paper and become a historical fact, which no one could deny and no one could dismiss. I made this argument to Republican women and many of them agreed. And now that we see loons like Streisand who say she is glad Hillary did not win because she would be blamed for what is occurring now, I know they have thrown in the towel. And that is where the problem is. If it becomes a shield for the Dimocrats which is how they are attempting to use it then it will be dismissed as partisanship and go no further. It needs to proceed in the proper forum where is is non partisan. And it needs to proceed at the state level.

  51. he (Rezko) is not willing to wait beyond September
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    Fascinating. If nothing happens by the end of September what will he do? It seems to me he has little or no leverage. But evidently he is sending a message to someone. Or maybe not. What is magic about September? If we knew the answer to that question we might be able to figure out the substance of this hollow threat. Maybe after September he will turn into a frog? Or maybe he will try to remember something he was paid to forget:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksVrsVrDl9Q

  52. I will also venture to say that the commenters here make that distinction as well loudly and clearly.

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

    I don’t like quoting the ones who do not. However just for samples, someone said “I learned everything I need to know about Muslims on 9/11.” Another poster, in response to news about a tv series about a typical Muslim family, said it would include a stoning. There have been many posts saying things like “Islam is an evil religion.”

    Maybe I should start quoting them “attn pm” if they continue in future.

  53. Okay wbb, we are at a stalemate. I don’t agree with you on the ERA or your perspective, and you don’t agree with mine.

    I will drop the discussion with ya, but still enjoy your perspective on many other things……..except for a few others that we clash swords over. 😉

  54. BigCat, I have no idea what is going on with Rezko, or why they have him in a glass box.

    Will they next pull out his tongue?

  55. Well he seems to be threatening somebody. Maybe a lawyer could tell us if Sept has any legal significance. If not, what info do they expect him to spill at the Blago trial. I’m just speculating and really don’t have a clue.

  56. Oops, I should have read upthread since I’m repeating some of the questions wbbeoi already asked. Sorry, wbboei.

  57. So are they waiting to sentence him so he can be a witness, and possibly get a reduced sentence for doing so?

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    The on-again, off-again sentencing of Tony Rezko has been postponed again because of the possibility that the onetime political fund-raiser could act as a witness in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich and the trial of downstate businessmen William Cellini.

    Meanwhile, a pale, thin Rezko spoke briefly at a federal court hearing this morning, telling U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve: “These have been very tough times.”

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner said only that it was both in the prosecution’s interest and in Rezko’s to delay sentencing and implied that witness decisions still had to be made.

    Rezko was a onetime adviser to Blagojevich as well as a political fund-raiser to now-President Obama.

    But Rezko’s lawyers said after a court hearing this morning that the possibility of his testifying is open.
    “It’s the government’s preference that Rezko not be sentenced. It’s a possibility that he could be called as a witness in the retrial of Blagojevich as well as Cellini,” Joseph Duffy said. Cellini’s trial is scheduled for August.
    If prosecutors use Rezko as a witness, it would mean a major game change since the first trial. In that trial, prosecutors generally stayed away from witnesses with considerable baggage.

    Duffy said Rezko wanted to reap the benefits at sentencing for his cooperation.
    However, Duffy said if there are further delays in either trial beyond next September, he will simply ask to be sentenced.
    “The hardship is too severe,” Duffy said.

    Rezko was not called during Blagojevich’s first trial, which ended in August with the former governor being convicted on just one of 24 counts.
    Rezko appeared in court today, wearing a gray-blue prison shirt with a white long-sleeved shirt underneath. His appearances in court have been rare.
    Rezko told the judge he’s suffered much hardship since he’s been in prison. He’s being held in a county jail, he said, where he is not allowed to go outside and take in fresh air.
    “I’ve not seen the outside,” since he was convicted in June 2008, he said. “I have no contact with my family since I’ve been moved.”
    He asked if he could skip his next court hearing because the transport from the county facility to the federal courthouse was too difficult.
    After he began his cooperation with prosecutors and complained about being held in solitary confinement at the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center, Rezko was moved to a county facility in late 2008.

    Duffy said the jail is a holding facility, not equipped to allow prisoners typical time they would receive outside at a federal prison camp — a place he’d be staying if he had been sentenced. Duffy said Rezko has “no personal contact,” with family. His visits with them are brief and he can only see them through glass.
    At the same time, Rezko is challenging his 2008 conviction on charges of corruption under Blagojevich’s administration saying a U.S. Supreme Court decision limited a law used in his prosecution.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/blago/2011/01/tony_rezko_in_cards_again_for.html

  58. A comment I saw on the NQ article on Pakistan governor’s assasination:

    Well I am not holding my breath for any Obot or left wingnut of the good old USA to give a hoot about someone dying for a Christian woman…my suspicion is that they support those rightist Pakistani for punishing a Christian woman for speaking out in any way that may be offend other “minority” religions.
    Today, 9:20:05 PM
    – Flag – Like – Reply – Delete – Edit – Moderate

    Don’t fear the PC police, speak up anyway. Don’t let them silence you.

  59. Okay wbb, we are at a stalemate. I don’t agree with you on the ERA or your perspective, and you don’t agree with mine.

    I will drop the discussion with ya, but still enjoy your perspective on many other things……..except for a few others that we clash swords over.
    —————-
    Our difference is not substantive–it is tactical. Meaning we both favor equal rights, but the constitutional the path to that Amendment is at the state level. And with or without that amendment the critical thing is what is in peoples minds and heads. And I do not think that equal rights is the sole province of either party. Republican women were at the forefront of the securing the suffragette movement. They were at the forefront of much of the protective legislation, including that which was passed in the aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. I think the people who claim to favor the amendment but did not support Hillary many of whom were leftists are posturing for partisan reasons. When it is pursued for partisan reasons it loses support. Many Republican women favor it. If Maloney supported Hillary over Obama then I will concede that she at least is not posturing. I feel very differently about the womens organizations I mentioned. What I have learned over the years is that for every 10 people who talk the talk, there is at most one who will walk the walk. You and I are on the side of the angels on that issue I am sure. We know words are no substitute for action.

  60. It seems to me that the discussion of the constitution needs to focus on particular provisions extant such as the scope of the commerce clause, the tenth amendment (rights reserved to the states), and Article I which deals with the rights of congress and imposes de facto limitations on the power of the executive branch to legislate around it through executive orders. Those are the issues that the dictator Obama has created in his reign. They need to be addressed.

  61. When All Else Fails–Beg

    (H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Let us review the Democratic response to the Republican response to Obamacare.

    They tried steamrollering us. Didn’t work.
    They tried taunting us. Didn’t work.
    They tried ignoring us. Didn’t work.
    They tried threatening us. Didn’t work.
    They tried lecturing us. Didn’t work.
    They tried demonizing us. Didn’t work.
    They tried threatening us. Didn’t work.
    They tried distracting us. Didn’t work.
    They tried blustering us. Didn’t work.

    So now they’re (specifically: three members of Obama’s Cabinet) trying begging us. Will that work? I don’t know: maybe they should try it again. Only this time they really should work that begging. Make us believe that they mean it.

    Seriously, though: haven’t these people figured out yet that the Republican party wants this confrontation? Obviously, we want the Obamacre repeal to pass the Senate and get signed off on by the President; but we are going to do what we are going to do, and we were not shy about saying what we were going to do. If the Democrats can’t face that – or us – that is exclusively their problem, and I wish them joy in trying to get out of the consequences of their past cowardice.

    To quote the Speaker of the House: “You’re welcome.”

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  62. WINNERS:

    * The Navy will buy 41 more F/A-18 fighters built by Boeing Co, a decision that industry sources say could be worth close to $2 billion in new orders for Boeing, plus engine orders for General Electric Co.
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    Who is the director for Boeing but William Daley…hmmm….hmmmm…what a cozy deal! His appt. announced today along with this contract. Just can’t get any better than this!

  63. Hardly surprising Connie. Boeing moved their corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. The former head of the airline company, Alan Mullally was passed over for CEO due to internal politics. He was picked up by Ford and is now their CEO. He is a first rate executive and a very decent individual.

  64. According to Laura Ingraham, construction has been stopped on 45 doctor run hospitals around the country due to the sweetheart deal Obama cut with the American Hospital Association which imposes costs and regulations which new market entrants cannot absorb, because they lack the economies of scale and the sophisticated management structure (spelled beaucracy) to deal with them. In other words, these changes constitute an entry barrier into that market and thereby reduces competition which would provide better service at lower costs. On a related note, Laura reports that Blue Cross of California will be increasing its aggregate rate by a whopping 59% in response to Obamacare mandates to expand coverage and will still lose money. You may think this is equitable but really it is not. The dims could have set aside stimulus monies to cover the uninsured, but instead they looted those money to pay back their political contributors. To repeat the question raised yesterday, if you were a ceo of a health care company, and failed to play ball with Obama when your competitors did, and you lost market share as a result, could your shareholders sue you for not playing ball and thereby depressing their earnings? Arguably yes. In the meantime, everyone should leave AARP for colluding with Obama on plans that will eventually be prejudicial to our country and to the very people they presume to represent.

  65. What has emerged under Obama in plain view is the corporate state with all its poisonous tentacles. Obama is of the monster, by the monster and for the monster, and not for the American People. Not never. As a result, you have the grand spectacle of the bots and leftists cheering as the monster devours them alive while they scream at the top of their lungs about Republicans. If El Greco was around he could do another series on this like the Capricios.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/darkpainters6

  66. Every day we learn that the Obama history is a fairy tale written by a corrupt autobiographer and abetted by corrupt party hacks and Big Media.

    Whether on FISA, Iraq, Social Security, Health Care, Guantanamo, Debt, Deficits, budgets, stimuli, intellect, work history, or votes, Barack Obama is a full fledged scam artist flim-flam man. Whether voting present or voting “incorrectly” or on energy, Exelon or Illinois health care, Barack Obama is nothing but a scam artist flim-flam man.
    ————————
    Superb Admin. Just superb.

  67. BigCatLover: “Is Rezko sending a message to Obama. What is his leverage?”
    *****

    I think it’s pretty clear he’s sending a message to ø. Rezko was convicted in late 2008, iirc, a few weeks before the election. After the election, there was speculation that ø would change the prosecutor to take pressure off of Rezko. Now Rezko has been convicted and in detention for about 2 1/2 years, without sentencing. That has to be some kind of record.

    I think it’s obvious that Rezko was vaguely promised a presidential pardon in return for not spilling the beans about his buddy in the WH, but Fitzgerald wanted to plea-bargain some real shit out of Rezko. That’s why he hasn’t been sentenced for 2 1/2 years – he’s holding out, but so is Fitzgerald.

    In other words, Rezko can put an end to this stalling, and get himself a lighter sentence too, by spilling the beans on ø and others – that’s his leverage. Why September 2011? Because the 2012 presidential campaigns begin on Labor Day this year. It would really suck for ø’s 2012 aspirations if he were to be subpoenaed this fall.

  68. Not to help Obama out, but I’ve worked at Dr. owned hospitals, guess what I’d rather work for a real hospital. Their checks don’t bounce.

  69. I think it’s pretty clear he’s sending a message to ø. Rezko was convicted in late 2008, iirc, a few weeks before the election. After the election, there was speculation that ø would change the prosecutor to take pressure off of Rezko. Now Rezko has been convicted and in detention for about 2 1/2 years, without sentencing. That has to be some kind of record.

    I think it’s obvious that Rezko was vaguely promised a presidential pardon in return for not spilling the beans about his buddy in the WH, but Fitzgerald wanted to plea-bargain some real shit out of Rezko. That’s why he hasn’t been sentenced for 2 1/2 years – he’s holding out, but so is Fitzgerald.

    In other words, Rezko can put an end to this stalling, and get himself a lighter sentence too, by spilling the beans on ø and others – that’s his leverage. Why September 2011? Because the 2012 presidential campaigns begin on Labor Day this year. It would really suck for ø’s 2012 aspirations if he were to be subpoenaed this fall.
    ————————
    I hope you are right. I hope this threat is aimed at Obama. But I do not see how September is any more magic than January. Also, if your theory is correct then explain to me how this works. He is certainly not going to pardon Rezko before November 2012, and if Obama wins he has no real incentive to pardon him thereafter because then he is past the election. If all he is asking for is a signal before the election that if he keeps his mouth shut then Obama will pardon him immediately after the election, then he is taking a huge gamble. Rezko knows better than anyone that Obama cannot be trusted.

  70. If he has something really juicy on Obama then he would be better off taking it to Fitzgerald whom he can trust, and if it is big enough then he might just walk. He could be put in witness protection etc. If I were in his shoes, that is how I would play it. The LAST thing I would ever do is truth Obama. And if he keeps his mouth shut re the election, and is pardoned he may not live long after he gets out. There were a couple Daley people who died mysteriously early on in the case.

  71. Shadowfax,
    Yeah thats my name…I don’t usually let everyone know my name though, but some folks tend to forget that we are supposed to be somewhat anonymous because of the phishing sites, but heck it really doesn’t matter. Everyone knows where I live, where I work and just about everything about my personal life.

    I could tell you what wbboei stands for but that’s not my place. LOL!

    I’ve had a horrid night at work and got exposed to type A flu….well I haven’t heard of any Swine flu this season, but birds are falling out of the sky around here, so it was kind of unsettling. I have decided the great unwashed never learned to cover their mouths when they cough. I guess not everyone watched Ms. Sebellius instruct us on how to cough in our elbow. What I’ve noticed is that when shit is hitting the fan worldwide like birds falling out of the sky, fish and crab dyings by the thousands, the nuts at the funny farm are also in fits of craziness. So much for my job….I really feel sorry for Gonzotex, I think she works at a psychiatric hospital…I wouldn’t wish that off on my worst enemy. My hat is off to her for what she does for a living!

    Shadowfax, I often wonder what your name is, LOL! I know you live on the sunny side of the US. LOL!

  72. wbboei,
    What I would find interesting is how is Rezko’s family living, in poverty or in style??? I am sure they are taking care of his family for him and he’ll stay quiet to keep them safe.

    I seem to get home when Beck is ranting on Fox again…time to find another channel, he just hit Hillary. Has anyone told Beck and the rethugs that Hillary isn’t the President and isn’t running for President, but they just keep on keeping on riding her ass. The rethugs are so scared of Hillary they can’t possibly let up on her for one second. LOL! It must be terrible for them to live in that fear constantly, LOL!

  73. I agree with what confloyd says. I have given my full name on some of the stuff we have posted here. And I think confloyd posted it once here inadvertently.

  74. wbboei,
    I post under my real name on No Quarter. It’s no big deal….I’m just a poor redneck….there is not much to steal except maybe a couple of horses and a Pitbull.

  75. The problem we have is not anonomity. The problem is getting people with common sense to wake up and listen to what we are saying. I debated long and hard whether to release my name in connection with the soros article. In the end, I decided nobody would take me seriously if I hid behind a moniker. And confloyd has been the soul of discretion.

  76. That September deadline would be too late for Hillary to throw her hat in the ring….I think both the rethugs and Obama are in cohoots to keep Hillary out of the picture,but she is as hard to knock off as Dick Cheney. LOL! She’s no quitter and I guess old Vader is too. LOL! Bless his heart though, heart disease is a horrid disease to live with, especially knowing anything minute the thing could just stop. I saw my Mom’s stop many time as she was holding on the my arm, she never lost her grip on my arm even though her heart had technically stopped and her eyes were open. It freaked me out and I do this for a living, but its different when its your mom. My dad just turned 88 yesterday and everynight I go in his room when I get home to see if he’s still breathing…one day he won’t be…it will be hard on me, but death is something we all have in common, we will all go thru it some with dignity others have out of their mind with fear.

  77. wbboei,
    Of coarse that I will always be….we shared too many lovely conversations to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak! We had some wonderful discussions and I learned a lot from you and I appreciate all you learned people teaching me! I love this blog and all its commentors and we have to keep the fire lit for Hillary!

  78. I post under my real name on No Quarter. It’s no big deal….I’m just a poor redneck….there is not much to steal except maybe a couple of horses and a Pitbull.
    ——————————-
    Is your pitbull (and I will not disclose her name based on an overabundance of caution) anything like the little dog that would not take the dog biscuit from Obama? More specifically, what is the pitbulls current state of mind about Obama and his determined effort to destroy the country? If he succeeds there will be no middle class and no kibbles and bits. But for Obama and Lady Michelle there will be riches beyond their wildest dream. And for Rezko there will be no pardon. So he had best make the best deal he can with Fitz.

  79. Wbboei, Shadowfax, Ms.Smith, and all the others, we must make a pact….when we get our girl at 1600 Pennsylvania in her rightful place as leader of the free world we must all meet and go to her inauguration. I might be able to get my old truck to make the trip. If it won’t make it you guys can pick me up at the bus station, because I’m going! I made that decision a long time ago.

  80. I agree Fitz would be the safest bet, surely there is some tropical island he and his family could move to!

  81. Wbboei,
    You know I’ve worried about whether I’d be able to afford to buy her expensive dog food if Obama keeps crashing the country and she won’t let up when she’s hungry. She throws her dish at you when she wants it filled up, she quiet pushy and fully believes she wears the pants in the family!

  82. Wbboei,
    I read that William Daley supported Hillary until the end….is that true?? What about this other guy he’s nominated? Did he support Hillary?

    Lets just hope Obama gets so tired of the stress and he will have enough payola to live comfortably for the rest of his life. I will serously be glad to see him leave the WH>

  83. it loses support. Many Republican women favor it. If Maloney supported Hillary over Obama then I will concede that she at least is not posturing.

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

    Some good people wanted Maloney to be appointed to Hillary’s Senate seat; apparentlly she was a strong Hillary supporter with a good record on women’s issues.

  84. POTUS today will announce

    Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council
    Jason Furman as Principal Deputy Director of NEC.
    Katharine Abraham to Council of Economic Advisers
    Heather Higginbottom as deputy OMB director

    …………………..

    anyone know who the hell they are and and why they would be mad enough to take on this.

  85. Iirc Palin’s Alaska already had 20% and is shooting for 50%.

    http://www.ewea.org/index.php?id=60&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1892&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=259&cHash=e259034a79ee04282fc9f8a516ba883e

    The EU 27 will exceed its target of meeting 20 % of its gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Today the European Wind Energy Association published its analysis of the 27 National Renewable Energy Action Plans, submitted by the EU Member States to the European Commission.

  86. New press secy will be a personnel decision Daley will have a pick. Word inside the WH is he’s interested in a woman at the podium.

  87. Giuliani gearing up for another presidential run? He’s talking to advisers and headed for New Hampshire…

  88. Wbb,

    With all respect, I have a bone to pick with Learned Hand. Here he is making a big speech about liberty. But Hand upheld the convictions of Communist Party USA simply for teaching Marxism — not treason, not espionage, but just for organizing the party (U.S. v. Dennis). On the Supreme Court, Frankfurter affirmed Hand’s ruling, using language similar to this speech: we rely too much on judges and the constitution. Except Frankfurter used that rationale to abdicate his duty as a judge and rubberstamp the will of President Truman. I don’t like that kind of language coming from a judge. Of course the courts can’t secure liberty by themselves — I’ve never heard anyone say otherwise. And it’s an almost word-for-word reversal of Madison in the Federalist Papers: if men were angels, they wouldn’t need a government, and if men were governed by angels, they wouldn’t need a constitution.

    The only opinion upholding Dennis that I respect is Robert Jackson’s: we’re making an ad hoc exception to the 1st Amendment ‘clear and present danger’ test because of the Soviet menace. I don’t like judges like Hand, Vinson, and Frankfurter trying to justify the Dennis convictions because they risk unraveling the 1st Amendment with legal theories that can apply outside of wartime. (Last year, we saw these Daily Kos-type scumbags using ‘violent overthrow’ arguments rooted in Dennis against the Tea Party.) Hand ruled that since Marxist theory states that violent revolution is necessary to overthrow the bourgoise, teaching Marx=advocacy of violence. But Marxist theory is based on the premise that capitalists will never allow a democratic vote to strip them of power. The call for violence only operates if the premise plays out, e.g., voters elect Dennis Kucinich, then capitalists in cahoots with the military-industrial complex nullify his election. In that case, revolutionaries could quote the Declaration of Independence as easily as Marx. In Russia, there was so much factionalism and tactical disagreement among the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks on the use of violence and whether to run in ‘bourgois’ parliamentary elections; Hand was just playing word games to strip 1st Amendment Protection from unpopular political speech.

    Later on, Learned Hand took a potshot at Richard Nixon for prosecuting Soviet spies. I think Nixon was on stronger ground prosecuting Soviet agents than Hand was in jailing a bunch of Daily Kos-type pinheads just for teaching Marxism. For a judge who upheld Dennis to criticize McCarthy and Nixon — Hand is veering into Obama territory on the partisan bullshit level there. Through his own words and ruling, Hand is an example of what he warns against in his own speech — it is a mea culpa? Forget the mea culpa, just do his job as a judge.

    Having said all that, gay marriage advocates should heed Hand’s mea culpa. Freedom to Marry has bet all their money on the courts. But if these congressional numbers play out, by 2014 conservatives could pass the Federal Marriage Amendment if they still want to. Freedom to Marry better worry less about the courts and more about winning some hearts and minds in Palin country.

  89. The woman who burst out with “except Obama” when New Jersey Democrat Rep. Frank Pallone today read in Congress the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born Citizen” says she felt compelled to let representatives know of the absence of proof for Barack Obama’s eligibility. Theresa Cao, who was arrested by Capitol police, given a court date and then released….
    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=248277

  90. This is a revealing article. When will Jarrett go, under the bus of course? Not only is Obama an unsentimental ruthless guy, he also humiliates the people he throws under the bus. Notice the first line in the article about what Obama’s words indicated.

    I wondered yesterday whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama’s words indicated that it was “not an entirely voluntary departure”.

    It’s being reported by John King on CNN right now that Gibbs wanted to be a presidential counsellor – something he’s been putting about for quite a while – but William Daley, the new chief of staff, nixed this because he believed that too many cooks would spoil the presidential broth. So that’s why Gibbs is out.

    Additionally, King reports that Valerie Jarrett, whose sole qualification to being a senior counsellor seems to be that she’s a long-time Chicago buddy of Barack and Michelle Obama, will have her wings clipped. Daley, not Jarrett, will be the person speaking to the business community.

    It’s no secret that Rahm Emanuel, a Daley protege, clashed with Jarrett. Or that David Plouffe, about to join the White House, was often at odds with her when he was the 2008 Obama campaign manager. Obama is nothing if not ruthless. He dropped Jane Dystel, the agent who approached him to write “Dreams from my Father”, and has previously cut loose long-time advisers. One aide described him as “the most unsentimental man I’ve ever met”.

    So the next question is: with Gibbs and David Axelrod gone, how much longer will Valerie Jarrett last?

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100070830/robert-gibbs-was-forced-out-by-william-daley/

  91. Govt scamming the figures……

    The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. That was because more people found jobs, but also because some people gave up on their job searches.

    The Labor Department says employers added 103,000 jobs in December, an improvement from November’s revised total of 71,000 but far below most analysts’ expectations. Once unemployed workers stop looking for work, the government no longer counts them as unemployed.

    ……………

    So basically they are fiddling the figures.

  92. We are so screwed. Of course president Daley wants a second term. Will the Republicans make sure he gets it by nominating Mitt R. so that there is no contest? How quickly can Daley consolidate power, is this election the last chance we have to pass a democracy on to our descendants? If we don’t find a way to really fight now will our children have to fight a bloody revolution or will they just be conditioned into passive servitude?

    If only “We the People” would just wise up.

  93. Canaan
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:19 am
    Wbb,

    With all respect, I have a bone to pick with Learned Hand. Here he is making a big speech about liberty. But Hand upheld the convictions of Communist Party USA simply for teaching Marxism — not treason, not espionage, but just for organizing the party (U.S. v. Dennis). On the Supreme Court, Frankfurter affirmed Hand’s ruling, using language similar to this speech: we rely too much on judges and the constitution. Except Frankfurter used that rationale to abdicate his duty as a judge and rubberstamp the will of President Truman. I don’t like that kind of language coming from a judge. Of course the courts can’t secure liberty by themselves — I’ve never heard anyone say otherwise. And it’s an almost word-for-word reversal of Madison in the Federalist Papers: if men were angels, they wouldn’t need a government, and if men were governed by angels, they wouldn’t need a constitution.
    ——————————
    Thank you for the wonderful analysis. The Dennis case is cited as a low point in a long and distinguished career. Like Holmes he is cited for other decisions which express often in abiter dicta or precatory words the high ideals of democracy, and that is what people latch onto. There was an excellent biography of him published about 10 years ago with a writer I corresponded with many years ago on a different topic–Stanford Law School. His name is Gerald Gunther and he is Professor of Constitutional Law–emeritus by now. He would agree with your analysis. On the cattier side of things he waxed eloquent about domesticity, was an avuncular character with children, but his wife had how shall I put it a wandering eye. But the point I cited him for–that liberty and more narrowly the belief in equality is something that cannot be legislated seems to me at least beyond cavil. The Fourteenth Amendment passed in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War is a case in point. Shortly thereafter we had the Slaughterhouse cases, and eventually Plessy vs Ferguison in 1896 which established the contrarian principle of separate but equal. It took a hundred years for that Amendment to come to life and even though the NAACP which existed for many years prior to that claims the credit, and Thurgood Marshall presented the case, others will tell you that society itself had changed, market forces prevailed, world war II changed society and the old ways were no longer tolerable. That was cold comfort however to people who were the beneficiaries of that amendment but never saw it come to fruition during their lifetime, or their children’s lifetime. That is not to say that Marshall’s efforts were not important, but if he had made the same effort 30 years earlier they would have fallen on deaf ears. How do you sort that one out in your own analysis–do you agree or disagree with my premise. I know shadowfax disagrees with me.

  94. Our president in waiting never stops giving her ALL

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    11:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the senior development team, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton conducts a swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, at the Department of State.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    1:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
    (MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

    7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

    TBD Secretary Clinton meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in New York City.
    (CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE

  95. So the next question is: with Gibbs and David Axelrod gone, how much longer will Valerie Jarrett last?
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    Forever and a day, or as long as Obama lasts, which ever comes first. Why? Because she is guru to Obama and Michelle. Does the presence of Daley as COS change that. No. But it may set up a power struggle. If so then she will lose, contrary to my original premise. It is not Daley himself who is all powerful, but the people behind him, the Goose Lake group the Chicago power center from whence they all came. I believe they dictated he decision that he be chief of staff, and they did that for a reason. It is no coincidence that his name is Daley and he is brother of the former mayor and son of the legend. These people go back a long ways in a town that has not had a Republican Mayor since 1932.

  96. wbboei, my suspicion is that they realize she is not competent enough to deliver a second term. May be she didn’t do so well in the recent meetings they had with the corporate heads (where Obama barely spoke and she did all the talking), so they have brought in a Daley. US Chamber of Commerce is noted as being pleased with this appointment.

  97. A friend of mine is a student of Chicago politics and she told me one time that for decades the Irish power structure controlled the city. The Polish demographic was part of that alliance, and I have an acquaintance who sat on boards with Don Rumsfeld who came from Chicago, and when he ties one on he regales his drinking buddies with the Polish songs he used to sing to his constituents as a politician to seduce them into voting for him. When Richard Daley Sr. died the white power structure fell apart, the old man made not provision for anyone to succeed him and the black contingent of the Daley machine made their move. They elected Harold Washington who was an honest bureaucrat but died in office. Thereafter we had a succession of white leftists including Jane Byrn. Eventually, after losing elections, Daley Jr won, but he did so with a more diverse demographic. The announcement that Daley Sr. would step down has touched off a power struggle between the black and elitist white factions for control of the city. It is a minefield. For the people of Chicago there is no good option here. Both candidates are fruits of the poisonous tree. Big Media refers to Rahm and William Daley as Clinton people because they worked in the White House, whereas the truth is both of them are Daley people with everything that implies. From the standpoint of police abuse, living standards for the poor, schooling and just about everything else it is a cesspoool just like the Obama Administration. The name of the game in Chicago–and now in Washington with the Obama care waivers and everything else is pay to play.

  98. Correction: I do not think the black contingent was part of the Daley Sr machine, but it is most definitely a part of the coalition Jr. put together to replace the white power structure that supported his father.

  99. wbboei, my suspicion is that they realize she is not competent enough to deliver a second term. May be she didn’t do so well in the recent meetings they had with the corporate heads (where Obama barely spoke and she did all the talking), so they have brought in a Daley. US Chamber of Commerce is noted as being pleased with this appointment.
    ————————————–
    Quite possibly. But that will not change the pay to play scheme. Donahue of the Chamber hates Obama and this appointment will not change that. I doubt the Republicans will let anyone else defect. They lost big pharma, and I suspect that is part of the motive for taking down obamacare–to prove to them that they must dance with the date that brung them. I wonder whether the left realizes that what they marched and blogged and celebrated with the rise of Obama was the triumph of the corporate state. Perhaps they should petition Daley for an audience to air their grievance like the ignorant motherfuckers they are.

  100. It is not just the terrorists or the radical Islamists that are the problem. It is a whole strain of Islam that is causing all the problems in the world. This strain is exported by Saudis and with their wealth. They should be stopped but of course everyone and especially the US are so beholden to the Saudis. For instance, the latest example is Rauf, the Saudi lapdog doing his part in kicking up a storm over ground zero. But thank the repubs and the general non PC crowd in the US who raise hell if the Saudis tried to do things they have done in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan to ruin those countries. Saudis have tried to meddle in Kashmir trying to do damage there as well, stoking the fires. They don’t have military might like the US, so they export their Islam and their money to influence and maintain a strangle hold on the population of other countries.

    Pakistan must confront Wahhabism
    As the Saudi-financed Wahhabi Islam supplants the tolerant indigenous Sufi Islam, its violent creed is inspiring terrorism

    Ignorant people will want to say there is nothing wrong with Islam — we should force them to identify which version of Islam they are talking about. Because there is everything wrong with the kind that is practiced and exported by the wealthy Saudis. Maybe the ignorant PC people should christen it with a new name.

  101. Canaan: Excellent and enlightening reply concerning the Learned Hand quote.

    When I was studying history (and economics) as an undergraduate, I wanted to read “Kapital” and other writings of Marx, but the college library had no Marx. For my honors thesis (not about Marx), I went to the NY Public Library, but there was no Marx there either. In graduate studies in DC, I looked for Marx again but there was nothing in the Library of Congress! Also in DC, I took a course entitled “Soviet Economics” under Zbigniew Brzezinsky and all he talked about was the Soviet Empire that had taken over from the great Rus dream, and nothing about soviet economics.

    In those days, there was a blackout on Marx, Marxism, communism, socialism, etc. Curiosity was stifled, even and perhaps most especially in the classroom, to the point where anything that didn’t start and end with a condemnation of Marxism, the soviets, Mao Tse Tung was taken off the shelves or simply not published. Actually, that blackout may still exist, at least de facto, since nobody is interested in Marx anymore – not even the Russians! – so there’s no market for it.

    This blackout was a government-led effort at mind control, and it was very effective. We mocked Pravda’s “truth” and Izvestia, but didn’t realize that our own media were even more tilted in the reverse direction. The common man’s ignorance – and even that of the educational elite if I may call myself and my professors such – was assured by a blackout, and labels were instituted to take the place of “right” and “wrong”. Even “Russian” became a tainted lable.

    Not only the printed press, but Hollywood was enrolled in this effort: plenty of movies capitalized on the mythical elements of James Bond who was a natural hero, and nobody ever imagined that MI6 or CIA might possibly be more demonic than the KGB. We had the whole US cheering on the Queen’s secret services!

    It is enlightening to know that Learned Hand and other justices played a role in this mind control effort. There is much truth when he says…

    “A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow”

    …and this is indeed what I have been repeating often in this forum over the past few months. Unfettered freedom does lead to the jungle where only the strongest few have more freedom than they should. However, the necessary ‘check’ on freedom does not mean an invisible system of mind control with suppression of information and manipulation of labels.

    The ‘check’ is first and foremost each person’s sense of responsibility for what they say and do. Hillary said the same thing about Wikileaks, that “responsibility is difficult to assume in the Internet age.”

    When people have lost their sense of responsibility, then liberty is in danger and some clear rules are needed. In today’s America, the failure of accountability is visible at the top – especially in the White House, but also the Congress, and perhaps the Supreme Court too. But that’s about 600 people who control the nation’s affairs and, as our awareness of their failure increases, it’s possible that we will be able to clean house through the ballot box. We have a new chance every 2 years.

    In the meantime, we on a small blog should remember Hand’s other words…

    “The spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not too sure that it is right…. which seeks to understand the mind of other men and women…”

    Loser is winner.

  102. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/05/27/once_upon_a_time_in_afghanistan

    Take a look at that article — Afghanistan was a modern state before the Soviets, the US, and the Saudis ruined it. There was no Taliban, women wore short skirts and make up. There was music that was freely exchanged with India and other countries.

    Pakistan’s downfall came in the mid 80s when the dictator General Ziul Haq brought in the Saudis and the Mullahs and inserted their strain of Islam into Pakistan’s psyche so that he could control the legislators and the people and of course try to hassle India by ‘death by a thousand cuts.’ Before that it was a peaceful country.

  103. I should include Pakistan in that list of countries that ruined Afghanistan. They supported and propped up the Taliban.

  104. Daley is picking the “press secretary”….it that for real?? Is this usual? WTF is Obama going to do…go on vacation or start campaigning again….God help us…no telling what is really happening in the WH.

  105. Moononpluto,
    It is strange that all these birds are dying. I can’t figure it out! DIdn’t that happen when SARS was about to start?

  106. It sure looks like the reins of the govt. is going to be handled by Daley and Obama will just do what he is told to do. OMG! this can’t be good. Daley isn’t he like bad or not????

  107. wbboei
    January 6th, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    The women who voted against Hillary have no credibility with me when they talk about an equal rights amendment to blunt an attempt to remind the opposing party that we have a constitutional system in this country. They need reminding.
    &&&&

    Remember that T-shirt (I think by N.O.W.) that showed Obama’s face, saying “This is was a real feminist looks like”.

    Again, “So how do those tires taste, under the bus?”

  108. pm317: “Ignorant people will want to say there is nothing wrong with Islam — we should force them to identify which version of Islam they are talking about.”
    **********

    My ignorance of Islam is almost as great as Allah, and certainly greater than yours, yet I dare to voice an opinion of the few things I have gleaned from some muslims I have known, all living in the west except a few in the West Bank and Israel.

    You want me to identify a version of Islam that I see? So far, I have seen as many versions as I have muslims. It can be seen in their ways of life, attitudes, political opinions, fields of work. There seem to be a few things they hold in common, such as Allah is great and most merciful, and leading a virtuous life so you’ll go to heaven, what the virtues and purposes of life are in a most basic sense.

    Jihad is one of the purposes in life, but none of the muslims I’ve known has envisioned the Jihad as galloping off to conquer foreign lands on horseback, as it was interpreted in the early centuries of Islam. Even the muslims in the West Bank did not think of fighting Israel as a Jihad, a holy war. For them, it was a matter of Justice. Of course, that is a moot point, because Justice is also what muslims want most and many are willing to fight – yes, violently – for it.

    This fight for justice makes sense to me, even though I abhor Islam for its monotheism and its petty rules, and even for its idea of a different justice for men and women – on that level, their idea of justice is flawed in my eyes -; but for all the muslims I’ve known, women are held in much higher esteem than they are generally in the west, certainly on MSNBC or at the White House.

    In the muslim world, there are a rising number of tragic incidents of intolerance against people of other religions, but I don’t think you should see this as a ‘version’ of Islam. It is rather an ‘inversion’ of Islam, which is why muslims are reacting against it.

    Not being from the regions where these incidents are occurring, and not being muslim myself, the only tool I can think of for dealing with this rising militancy is to enter into direct contact with the muslim population and reasoning with them. No less than anyone else, muslims are open to reason, I can vouch for that.

    In this forum, we have no muslims and can thus only talk about “them” and “us”, ie everyone else. This is warlike talk, and will lead us nowhere because we have no one to argue with pro or con. Lacking this central component of this debate, I personally think it’s better to drop the debate altogether.

  109. wbboei
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:15 am
    If he has something really juicy on Obama then he would be better off taking it to Fitzgerald whom he can trust, and if it is big enough then he might just walk. He could be put in witness protection etc. If I were in his shoes, that is how I would play it. The LAST thing I would ever do is truth Obama. And if he keeps his mouth shut re the election, and is pardoned he may not live long after he gets out. There were a couple Daley people who died mysteriously early on in the case
    **********************************
    I would think that a Chicago Daley insider would never trust someone like Fitzpatrick unless they were convinced they were marked for elimination. Even then, they might hold out some hope that if they kept quiet, they would escape the worse.

  110. Halperin and Heilman on Charlie Rose last night were singing the praises of Wm Daley and what a good move Obama made to pick someone with business ties, while conceding that some on the left would be upset with his Wall Street ties. Then, Brian Williams spouted the same thing this morning. It’s surreal to listen to these things.

  111. There was bedlam in the House of Reps this morning with Anthony Weiner causing havoc by loudly challenging procedures there. The Speaker Designate (not Boehner) had to get direction from the House Parliamentarian on several of Weiner’s objections. Apparently one of the charges were that 2 members did not get sworn in on the first day of session but may have voted on motions presented before they were officially sworn in later. Weiner may have been following past paractices of challenging the new party in power, but it didn’t look good to the public.

  112. confloyd: “Daley is picking the “press secretary”….it that for real?? Is this usual? WTF is Obama going to do…go on vacation or start campaigning again….God help us…no telling what is really happening in the WH.”
    **********

    Yes, go on vacay and campaign, PR stunts controlled by Daley and Jarrett. Maybe he’ll have time to proofread another book about himself ghost-written by Bill Ayres.

  113. The media lapdogs for Obama are repeating that all these changes in the Obama admin are because he believes that his message just didn’t get out to the voters in 2010. It was ridiculous when they said that before and it’s still ridiculous to keep repeating it, it’s so patronizing.

  114. confloyd

    I am behind on the blog, all you east coasters and central folks get a jump on me while I am pulling a few zzzzs before work. 😉

    I understand why keeping one’s name private is important…I learned the hard way awhile back. Too bad I don’t have your email address and I would send ya a private email.

    Take good care of yourself working in a hospital, constantly exposed to ‘cooties’. Yea, the sneezing is a problem, I take public transportation most of the way to work, and I often wished I had on a haz-mat suit.

  115. Shadowfax
    I thought he/she was asking why ‘Shadowfax’ not what is your real name. I might have misunderstood.

  116. confloyd

    …I seem to get home when Beck is ranting on Fox again…time to find another channel, he just hit Hillary. Has anyone told Beck and the rethugs that Hillary isn’t the President and isn’t running for President, but they just keep on keeping on riding her ass. The rethugs are so scared of Hillary they can’t possibly let up on her for one second.

    ———-
    Sounds like you are going though the same thing I am on watching Fox.
    I haven’t turned back to CNN, but now that the Retugs are back in the House with Power I can’t stand to listen to Hannity much these days. I knew this would happen, that I only like to hear him rant against Barry, but all the other religious/Rethug boasting and bs makes me sick.
    I still like Greta, always will since she never attacks Hillary and is more fair.

  117. I like Greta too but she has Rush Limbaugh on an awful lot. I don’t know if that is her choice or a requirement that Fox makes for her.

  118. jeswezey
    January 7th, 2011 at 11:58 am
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    Feel free to not participate. If you are ignorant of some topic you should definitely not participate but don’t ask others to drop the debate.

  119. #
    confloyd
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Wbboei, Shadowfax, Ms.Smith, and all the others, we must make a pact….when we get our girl at 1600 Pennsylvania in her rightful place as leader of the free world we must all meet and go to her inauguration. I might be able to get my old truck to make the trip. If it won’t make it you guys can pick me up at the bus station, because I’m going! I made that decision a long time ago.
    ——–

    That pact is easy for me, I already decided back in 2007, when Hillary becomes President, I will go to DC for the first time in my life, no matter how poor, how old I am, even if I have to freakin’ hitch-hike to get there. Nothing will stop me, and I will try to campaign for her as much as I can and still hold down a full time job.

    ::shaking hands to seal the pact.::

  120. pm317
    January 7th, 2011 at 11:00 am
    ——————–
    I think you were right and I was wrong. The Daley appointment is an effort to pacify big business who complain that the administration is comprised of left wing academics and bureaucrats who do not understand business. But it will not compensate for the avalanche of anti business regulations, unless once again he is prepared to give waivers to those who pay to play. That will be his inclination, and he left will pretend it never happened rather than confront the hard truth which is that they more than anyone were played as suckers. Here is a fitting tribute to the left for embracing Obama as they do:

  121. Hasn’t Tarpley appeared on Fox a few times?
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    I doubt it. He was originally affiliated with La Rouche, so they would probably not put him on. Too bad, because both of them speak more directly to the problems facing the country today than either political party which are part of the elite status quo that have dealt the American People a losing hand.

  122. But Marxist theory is based on the premise that capitalists will never allow a democratic vote to strip them of power. The call for violence only operates if the premise plays out, e.g., voters elect Dennis Kucinich, then capitalists in cahoots with the military-industrial complex nullify his election.

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

    Hmmmmmm.

  123. pm317: “Feel free to not participate.”

    Thanks for your permission, but you wanted to “force” people to identify their “version” of Islam.

    “…If you are ignorant of some topic you should definitely not participate but don’t ask others to drop the debate.”

    I admit my ignorance, you don’t seem willing to admit your own. Your ignorance may not be as great as mine; but when you talk about “versions” of Islam I begin to have my doubts about who is more ignorant.

    My point was that a debate among ignoramuses is meaningless without the participation of a few muslims who can add their “versions”.

  124. Halperin and Heilman on Charlie Rose last night were singing the praises of Wm Daley and what a good move Obama made to pick someone with business ties, while conceding that some on the left would be upset with his Wall Street ties. Then, Brian Williams spouted the same thing this morning. It’s surreal to listen to these things.
    ——————-
    Simply whores. H and H have a multi million dollar book deal and have been given special access to write it. Williams is what he has always been–a newsreader. I think it is beyond the point where the damage can be repaired. His only hope is to bring down the unemployment and that will not happen. Even in december which was supposed to be a banner month less jobs than expected and the only reason the rate went down is because many unemployed gave up looking. I hope the people who are employed think about the country rather than their own pocketbooks and vote against this traitor.

  125. BigCatLover

    I like Greta too but she has Rush Limbaugh on an awful lot.

    ——–
    I agree, that is the only thing I don’t like about watching her, some of the far right folks she has on, but sometimes she uses them for humor. 😉

    I saw Greta in Denver, Greenfun and I were walking around the city, with a huge, life-sized cut out of Hillary, talking to a group of Delegates, and Greta sneaked (?) up and took our photo. She tried to slip away from a small crowd, and I yelled out, “Hiya Greta!” She smiled and waved as she walked away quickly. I would have loved to talk to her and let her know I have been a fan since the OJ Trial.

  126. Nasty must be still hitting the sauce……

    Pelosi: Democrats Lost House Because of … Bush!

    “We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let’s take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some,” Minority Leader Pelosi told CNN.

  127. How does the left come out of this without looking like complete dupes to their followers. They promised them a new heaven and a new earth through Obama. What they got instead was the corporate state with all its warts and fangs. This is the greatest bait and switch since the Trojan Horse. Will they argue that Republicans represent the rich and powerful whereas the Democrats represent the working class. Tough argument when Obama runs for the curtain and Daley the bucks stop here commands center stage. Never wish for anything too much because you may have the misfortune of getting it. They did. And they did. Will they argue that Obama is the lesser of the two evils. Lots of luck with that one. It is not the stuff that inspires the movement they had in 2008. What is Mike Malloy saying these days. He drank the koolaid once upon a time.

  128. “We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let’s take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some,” Minority Leader Pelosi told CNN
    ————————
    And CNN swallowed it hook line and sinker and they passed it off as truth, useful idiots that they are.

  129. pm:
    It is not just the terrorists or the radic
    al Islamists that are the problem. It is a whole strain of Islam that is causing all the problems in the world.

    td:
    [[ Ah, there you go. You were sounding quite different in your last post. How have they made the birds fall from the sky? — More relevantly, what motive did the Saudi’s have for the 9/11 attacks and for all the other evils they are causing? The more trouble — the more the US tries to avoid dependence on foreign oil. ]]

    pm:
    “Pakistan must confront Wahhabism
    As the Saudi-financed Wahhabi Islam supplants the tolerant indigenous Sufi Islam, its violent creed is inspiring terrorism” [ links to guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/aug/20/pakistan-wahhabi-islam-sufi-terrorism ]

    pm: Ignorant people will want to say there is nothing wrong with Islam — we should force them to identify which version of Islam they are talking about.

    td:
    [[ Maybe we should force BOTH sides to identify which version of Islam they are talking about. Quite a few versions are mentioned in the very informative and worthwhile comments to this shallow op-ed. One comment has a link (which I haven’t followed) to a defense at oon.com/index.php?showtopic=177 But the accusers better be careful with their terms and spelling and use “muwahhidun (let’s avoid the pejorative term ‘Wahhabi’ as it only antagonises people”.

    td: Of course some ‘versions’ are subsets of other versions. But the important thing — imo — is the numbers: it’s up to the prosecution to say what percentage of Islam their accused faction/s consists of.

  130. A wonderful comment on another blog re. Obamacare . . . .

    Somewhere I heard, or read, that Congress wasn’t going to fund it; that’s how they are going to force repeal.

    I think they’ll repeal it, but call the repeal, “Victory Obama” and everyone will be happy.

  131. Re Rush–is it beyond the pale to say when he attacks Obama that the enemy of my enemy is my friend while he is attacking my enemy, and when the battle is over we can fight him over our differences. By the way that is the strategy which comes from the creme of diplomatic tradition and is good military strategy as well. To fight him now only empowers and emboldens Obama, which is why some of us find it preferable to keep our powder dry with him at least for now. That was my logic when he launched Operation Chaos during the primary.

  132. Feel free to not participate. If you are ignorant of some topic you should definitely not participate but don’t ask others to drop the debate.

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

    Here we agree. 😉

    When people are arguing about whether the moon is made of roquefort or cheddar, the most helpful thing is to stay in the debate and say that moons aren’t made of cheese at all.

    That way any lurking moon-men will know that at least some people here have got at least that much education and sense.

  133. I admit my ignorance, you don’t seem willing to admit your own.

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

    I like Twain’s, er, version:

    “It ain’t the things you don’t know that hurt you, it’s the things you do know that ain’t so.”

  134. How Obama folding on the public option sunk the Democrats in 2010

    With the Republican House majority promising a vote January 12 to repeal Obama’s 4 humped camel of a healthcare bill its worth reviewing how and why Obama’s personally selling out of the public option when the votes were there to pass it and the Democratic congress’ inability to defy him and pass it anyway, were directly the cause of the Democrats suffering the worst political defeat by either party in 80 years.

    [snip]

    Unfortunately the no brainer along no backbone and no cojones ( as James Carville pointed out) was in the White House with a president who couldnt or wouldnt stand up to a loud, vocal minority and who caved in when criticism from the right became too hot.

    Given that Obama and the Democrats had the biggest congressional majority in 50 years, it was especially galling for people to swallow the dropping of the public option since passing it would have been a breeze with reconciliation. It was a no brainer from day one who supposedly was ready to be president from day one,but as people quickly saw, it was Obama and the Democratic leadership in Pelosi and Reid who proved to have no brains politically, any spine either in terms of policy and politics.

    Many Democratic pundits, politicians like Reid and Obama, and of course the press, missed the point entirely. Lawrence O’Donnell on Joe Scarbrough’s MSNBC morning show sounded like he had spent the last two years in a coma when he blamed the pursuit of healthcare reform for the Democrats loss when it was actually the failure to deliver on the public option that was the Democrats’ Waterloo.

    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/

    Actually Barry has so many Waterloo’s he could franchise them as theme parks.

    His first, was stealing the Primary in 2008 from over half of his party!

  135. It’s still early, but it seems more likely than not that he gets a second term if the economy continues to improve even marginally.

  136. Shadowfax
    January 7th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    Nasty must be still hitting the sauce……

    Pelosi: Democrats Lost House Because of … Bush!

    “We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let’s take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some,” Minority Leader Pelosi told CNN.

    *********************************************************************

    …this is another lie that drives me crazy…the dems have been in control of the Congress since 2006…they allowed and agreed to all that happened during that time or it would not have happened…they passed the bills and granted the money that enabled everything Bush did…

    I am sorry, I cannot deal with this denial and nonsense…

    just when do they take responsibility for anything? they are part of the mess since Bush…and then with the election of O they took complete control of everything and still could not represent and fight for progressive results…give me a break…and to hear this coming from multi millionare…and bitter…Nancy Pelosi is a joke…Chris Dodd, Barney Frank…all of them…where were they and what did they do while the Treasury was being looted and our economy was collapsing??? they point their fingers but they all had their hands in the pie…the donations were flowing to the dems from the corporate raiders and revolving door…many of them became lobbyists as fast as they were defeated or left Congress…think Daschle…

    if ‘our’ side could not count on dems when they had large majorities in the Senate, the House and full control of the Presidency and executive branch…then just when do they expect to produce results…they gave away the store, they talk the talk and then take a walk away…one excuse after another…they reneged on so many promises…transparency never emerged, instead they pushed secret globs of unread ‘payoffs’ in the dark of night and then bribed insiders for the needed votes to imprison the rest of us with mandates that had been already cut and agreed upon behind ‘Cheneyesque closed doors’ with Big Pharma and insurance corporations…the dye was cast before the fight even had a chance to begin…

    we have asked the simple question before…”just how stupid do they think we are”

    *****************************

    btw…

    …happened to catch a segment of Morning Joe this am with that very annoying Donny Deutsh (he has become so creepy) and there he was going on and on about O not needing his base, where are they going to go? they, the base, have no where to go…bla, bla, bla…

    …this arrogance is blinded only by its supidity…where are they going to go??? perhaps they should look at the current graphs of growing independents and as Admin so accurately pointed out…the decline in Democratic party identification…

    these ‘dem pundits’ are so clueless, they can’t seem to understand that the base is shrinking because they are leaving to become independents…duh!

  137. Posted on Hillbuzz

    Take the Misunderstood CAIR Bears Quiz!

    1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:

    a. Superman
    b. Jay Leno
    c. Harry Potter
    d. Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40

    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:

    a. Olga Corbett
    b. Sitting Bull
    c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

    a. Lost Norwegians
    b. Elvis
    c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    4. During the 1980′s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

    a. John Dillinger
    b. The King of Sweden
    c. The Boy Scouts
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    5. On May 13th, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by:

    a. A fish called Wanda
    b. Calvin Klein underwear model Markus Shankenberg
    c. Juice Newton
    d. Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40

    6. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

    a. A pizza delivery boy
    b. Pee Wee Herman
    c. Geraldo Rivera
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    7. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:

    a. The Smurfs
    b. Davey Jones
    c. The Little Mermaid
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    8. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:

    a. Captain Kidd
    b. Charles Lindberg
    c. Mother Teresa
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    9. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

    a. Scooby Doo
    b. The Tooth Fairy
    c. The Sundance Kid
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    10. January 25th 1993, shootings/murders at CIA headquarters in Virginia committed by:

    a. Team Edward
    b. Team Jacob
    c. Sookie Stackhouse
    d. Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40

    11. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

    a. Richard Simmons
    b. Grandma Moses
    c. Michael Jordan
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

    a. Mr. Rogers
    b. Jasmine Guy
    c. The World Wrestling Federation
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    13. October 12th 2000, the USS Cole was rammed with a boat full of
    explosives off the coast of Yemen — killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39 others — by:

    a. Emanuel Lewis
    b. Josie & the Pussycats
    c. A drag queen impersonating Margaret Thatcher
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    14. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:

    a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
    b. The Supreme Court of Florida
    c. Mr. Bean
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    15. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:

    a. Enron
    b. The Lutheran Church
    c. The NFL
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

    16. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

    a. Bonnie and Clyde
    b. Captain Kangaroo
    c. Billy Graham
    d. Muslim males mostly between the ages of 17 and 4015.

    17. In 2009, 31 people were wounded and 13 American Soldiers and one unborn infant (whose pregnant mother was one of the 13 soldiers) were murdered on base at Fort Hood by:

    a. The last surviving male Solid Gold dancer
    b. Dr. Girlfriend
    c. Willow Rosenberg
    d. Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 4015.

    18. On May 1st 2010, a crude car bomb made from gasoline, propane, fireworks, and alarm clocks was rigged to explode in Times Square by:

    a. Sigmund the Sea Monster
    b. Fran Eaton, Editor of the Illinois Review
    c. Mumm-Ra the Everliving
    d. Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40

    19. Federal agents prevented SOMEONE from blowing up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and murdering dozens of people in Oregon in December 2010. Who was the would-be bomber?

    (a) A five year old boy

    (b) An 80-year old nun

    (c) A businessman on his way to a convention

    (d) A Muslim male between the ages of 17-40

    20. In Sydney, Australia SOMEONE went berserk behind the counter of a KFC restaurant when a customer asked to add bacon to his chicken sandwich (in a KFC restaurant that advertised the availability of adding bacon to its chicken sandwiches). That berserker was:

    (a) Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul

    (b) Mizz Beasley, former First Dog of the United States

    (c) Boystown drag queen Teri Yaki

    (d) A muslim male between the ages of 17-40

    21. Less than a half hour into the New Year of 2011, SOMEONE set off a bomb outside of a Coptic Christian Church in Egypt just as mass was letting out. In the chaos afterward, SOME people were stomping on exploded body parts of the murdered dead in the streets while cheering:

    (a) Ghandi is great!
    (b) Buddha is great!
    (c) Moses is great!
    (d) Admiral Akbar!

    Bonus Question:
    Who bombed that Church in Egypt on New Year’s 2011, deliberately killing Christians simply because they are Christians?

    (a) The “Juice”
    (b) Buddhists
    (c) Wiccans
    (d) Muslim males between the ages of 17 and 40

    22. On November 2, 2004, who murdered Theo Van Gogh for producing the film Submission, which was critical of the treatment of women in Islam, by shooting him eight times, attempting to decapitate him, and then left two knives implanted in his torso, one attaching a five-page note that threatened Western countries, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

    (a) An Amish youth on Rumspringa
    (b) A Tea Partier
    (c) Roger Ebert, who felt Submission lacked a proper story arc
    (d) A Muslim male between the ages of 17-40

    23. On June 30, 2007, who drove a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters into the glass doors of the Glasgow International Airport terminal and set it ablaze while screaming “Allah!”?

    (a) Two Jehova’s Witnesses who felt this would be more effective than going house to house
    (b) Two disgruntled baggage handlers
    (c) Al Cowlings and OJ Simpson (no wait, that was a white Bronco)
    (d) Two Muslim males between the ages of 17-40

    Nope, no pattern here!

  138. Shadowfax,
    back to you shaking hands on that deal when Hillary finally get her rightfull earned place in the WH…the Greyhound will be driving me to DC. LOL! It’s going to happen, I know it, sooner or later these idiots will realize the only people on this planet that can fix it is the ones that fixed after 12 years of republican rule….people are stupid they keep going back and forth. Obama was never/never a democrat.

    Weiner is not a bag of wind….I doubt Huma would be stupid enough to marry a bag of wind…I imagine Anthony Weiner is saying much of what Hillary herself would say if she could…So I back Weiner all the way!

  139. Empowering Women and Girls

    “The United States has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy.”

    01-06-2011

    “The United States has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “because women’s equality is not just a moral issue, it’s not just a humanitarian issue, it is not just a fairness issue; it is a security issue.”

    When women are allowed to have jobs, they drive economic growth across all sectors. If a girl goes to school, even just for one year, her income dramatically increases for life, and her children are more likely to survive and be healthier. When women have equal rights, nations are more stable and secure. So, the subjugation of women is a threat to the common security of the world. That’s why the United States is working to elevate diplomacy and development to be on a par with defense.

    Toward that end, the U.S. State Department is creating partnerships with governments, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses to improve the status of women where they live. The U.S. has formed an alliance with Great Britain, Australia, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve maternal and child health. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where violence against women and sexual-based violence is rampant, the U.S. is developing a mobile justice initiative to help women collect evidence of crimes committed against them, record and transmit their testimony, and help bring the perpetrators to justice.

    The low value that many societies place on girls makes possible many of the worst abuses they suffer. Too often it is a girl who is the first to drop out of school, the last to be fed, the last to receive medical care. “So, we need to persuade families and nations,” said Secretary Clinton, “to value girls and to teach the girls themselves to understand their own value and their potential.” If societies will invest in girls, there will be less poverty, greater development, and increased stability. There are more than six-hundred million girls in the developing world alone. Clearly the stakes are high.

    That’s why the United States is committed to advancing the status of women around the world. “There truly are no limits to what we can do together on behalf of girls and women,” said Secretary Clinton. Every girl in the world deserves to have a chance to live up to her dreams and aspirations.

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Empowering-Women-and-Girls–113063069.html

  140. Maybe we can rent a tour bus to pick us all up and deliver us to DC for Hillary’s Inauguration.

    I would like to go a little early and help pack up their crap and ship it COD to the Chicago hood. It will be waiting for him when he gets out of jail for all his scams.

  141. Given that Obama and the Democrats had the biggest congressional majority in 50 years, it was especially galling for people to swallow the dropping of the public option since passing it would have been a breeze with reconciliation.

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

    Yep. With all the dirty tricks they finally resorted to for the insurance/pharma sell-out, they could have passed the real thing.

  142. JanH

    Empowering Women and Girls

    “The United States has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy.”

    ———

    Go Hillary, Go!!!

  143. O not needing his base, where are they going to go? they, the base, have no where to go…

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

    Some of them may stay home stoned. Others probably went to Nader in 2000.

  144. It’s still early, but it seems more likely than not that he gets a second term if the economy continues to improve even marginally
    —————
    I see differently. I think this is going to be a very tough year on him. You can look for flaws in the premise, I know that. But it seems to me that this Obamacare thing will be his undoing. That plus the lack of improvement in the economy. Yes, it is early. But the trend lines for him are not positive. This is not 2008. And we do not know yet who the Republican challenger will be. I doubt it will be one of the supposed front runners. If it is Marco Rubio and we still have a jobless recovery, color Obama gone.

  145. Shadowfax
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    ———–

    They forgot the recent big one — the Pakistani ISI sponsored Mumbai attack in Nov 2008, 26/11

    Actually the most recent is the 26 year old Pakistani killing the governor of Punjab province in Pakistan because he was a moderate Muslim (he was celebrated on Facebook and other websites like he was Justin Bieber).

    Incidentally I read that the US is putting money to protect and spread Sufism in Pakistan which was the original version of Islam in Pakistan before they were forced to adopt Saudis’ more radical version. May be too little too late.

  146. It is not just the bribes, i.e. waivers, it is the cloud cuckoo land financing of Obamacare which will undermine him. Here is an excerpt from No Quarter on that subject. State bankruptcies are at hand over this. And his program is a driving force.
    ———————-
    just listened to a segment on Joe that’ll not make Dems very happy. Since there’s no video, I backed it up, and typed it up for you. Key points are in bold face:

    [START NOTES]

    Morning Joe leads off with a video clip of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Repbulican Policy Committee. This is in response to Democrats’ argument that repeal of Obamacare will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Snippets of remarks:

    Rep. Price: These numbers come from a group that believes in the pay-go system, which in fact has left us, through the Obama health care system, with 1.4 trillion dollar deficit in the first two years. In fact, it would free up $70+ (!).

    PREFACE: Discussion about reliability of CBO numbers. They’re only as good as the information supplied to them by Congress. CBO numbers are, unfortunately, undermined by the junk facts they get from Congress, so it’s “garbage in, garbage out.”

    INTRO EXCERPT: We need to actually look at the real numbers, and work with real numbers [paraphrased]. For example, the repeal that Obama says costs $143 billion …

    SCARBOROUGH: Scarborough tells guest/MSNBC show host Lawrence O’Donnell that he is having trouble buying the CBO numbers on “a huge new entitlement program.” (“I’ve got to be honest with you. I’m having trouble with those numbers”. O’Donnell responds (in clipped key remarks):

    Lawrence O’Donnell: I get it. No, you’re right. That’s because half of the bill is a giant expansion of Medicaid. So that is a NEW COST.

    There is a KEY part of the “savings” through a gigantic cut in Medicare. $500 billion dollars. That is a huge cut. The savings are NOT coming through creating new entitlements .

    There’s also revenue in it. There are 15 new taxes in it. The biggest tax in it is a tax that has never existed before … and I safely predict to you has NO chance of raising the amount of revenue that the CBO says it will raise. It is a tax that we’ve never tested before … but this is all academic because we’re not going to repeal health care.

    WHICH TAX are you talking about? Oh, if only the hosts would ask!

    The main gripe I have is that Joe and Mika do not serve their listeners well by taking on one of the key roles of a host — stopping their guests and getting them to explain a term, clarify the bill number and its status, etc., etc.

    One major Q I would have had if I could have asked it: How in the HELL are states that can barely hang on as it is manage a huge transfer of fiscal responsbility with a large influx of new Medicaid enrollees?

  147. turndownobama
    January 7th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    O not needing his base, where are they going to go? they, the base, have no where to go…

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

    Some of them may stay home stoned. Others probably went to Nader in 2000.
    *************************************************************************

    that’s part of it, Nader is past tense…we are talking now about the future…the base is shrinking…since O took over there are less and less Dems by the day bec they are fleeing and declaring themselves independents…they may very well stay home or go third party again…

    O is good at one thing…looking out for himself, if he has to destroy what is left of the democratic party to get re-elected what do you think he will choose? the party is already disassembling and acting like the zombies they used to criticize the repubs for being when they followed Bush lock, stock and barrel…

    what is left is a dim party that fall over themselves to protect O and make any excuse they can come up with to blame everyone but him for the ‘shallacking’ the party took…(like Nancy blaming Bush after the Congress she was part of being in charge since 2006 and O having already two years in office with the dims running everything)

    or…as Wbboei suggests … if the repubs present a new “face” – new ‘brand’ and one of the people on the ticket is the young, attractive Marco Rubio…the dynamic can change dramatically and quickly…

  148. turndown: “More relevantly, what motive did the Saudi’s have for the 9/11 attacks and for all the other evils they are causing?”
    **********

    I was in Paris on 9/11, and the immediate popular reaction was to speculate on just this question: Why?

    As far as I could tell, no one in the US media or government, at the time, was asking that question. Dubya claimed “they” were against “freedum” and “demokracy” and that was that.

    It is quite possible that W himself, moron that he was, never doubted the official version of 9/11, ie that it was some furrin conspiracy. I think at least Cheney, though, was aware of the flaws in the official version and possibly aware of who actually did the conspiring. Anyone interested in the truth behind 9/11 could do worse than view the video on Tarpley’s site.

    In the meantime, Condi Rice’s State Department spent considerable energy trying to educate the muslim world about freedum and demokracy. Muslims have their own idea of freedom, think it is superior to that of the west, and didn’t take kindly to the lessons handed out by W’s team. Those PR stunts did nothing more than exacerbate the tensions.

    Muslims also have an opinion of demokracy that is ambivalent at best. Some of them say that they don’t want democracy because the majority is not always right, or righteous, or just. Again, I’m speaking only about things I’ve heard from various sources near the muslim world, and from people I’ve known.

    Rice’s envoy (a Texan woman, don’t remember her name) was greeted with jeers in Turkey and Lebanon and eventually quit after trying to “reform diplomacy” into a propaganda agency.

  149. moononpluto
    January 6th, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    The first President to knock value of the WH, am i surprised, no, it would cost 30 odd million to get that chicago stench out.

    [snip]
    the property value of the White House has lost nearly a quarter of its value over the last three years, according to the real estate site Zillow. In fact, in the last month alone, the White House’s estimated property worth has dropped nearly $5.5 million.

    At the height of the 2007 housing boom, the White House was valued at roughly $332 million. In January 2009, when President Obama and his family moved in, the fair market value was listed as $292 million. Now Zillow says the property is worth just $252 million — even with all the redecorating the Obamas have done since moving in.
    &&&&&

    40 million devaluation in two years.

    Is there anything this guy can’t make worse??

  150. as i warned yesterday……………

    http://biggovernment.com/amarcus/2011/01/07/carol-moseley-brauns-campaign-for-chicago-mayor-is-imploding

    CMB’s campaign for Mayor is Imploding, collapsing at an alarming rate.

    First she said she wouldn’t release her tax return because she “didn’t feel like it.”

    Under intense pressure, she flip flopped, and decided to release just a little bit of her tax returns.

    Questions erupted, so she released just a little more of her returns.

    Drip. Drip. Drip.

    Now her campaign is on the verge of imploding under mounting questions about repeatedly late property tax payments and massive business losses.

    Chicago Breaking News is reporting this revealing moment:

    Braun said she has been transparent about her finances. When reporter questions persisted, a campaign aide put his hand over the reporter’s voice recorder as Braun walked away.

    Panicked and bumbling.

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that Rahm Emanuel’s opposition has been clverly selected to make him look like the responsible choice.

    Take your pick Chicago – Smart Democratic Socialist Rahm Emanuel, or panicked, bumbling Democratic Socialist Carol Moseley Braun

    The Bumbling Braun headline timeline:

    Moseley Braun refuses questions about tax returns

    Braun often tardy paying property taxes

    Braun releases more tax records, but questions linger

    Braun tax returns reveal her shaky finances

    Moseley Braun releases tax returns for 2008, 2009

    Braun flip-flops on tax returns — she’ll release them

    Braun declines to talk about tax returns

    Moseley Braun says she’s most qualified for mayor’s job

  151. http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2011/01/moseley-braun-refuses-questions-about-tax-returns.html

    Moseley Braun refuses questions about tax returns

    Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun today said there will be “no more drilling down” about her tax returns despite unanswered questions about where she gets her money and the troubled state of her finances.

    At a campaign event where she greeted voters, Braun did answer one question about her tax returns. The former U.S. senator said the losses she reported for her CMB One Corp. are losses from her organic food company, Ambassador Organics.

    Braun reiterated that she started a business on the verge of a recession and has suffered the consequences. When a reporter asked a follow-up question about the sources of her income, a campaign aide declared the interview session over.

    Braun said she has been transparent about her finances. When reporter questions persisted, a campaign aide put his hand over the reporter’s voice recorder as Braun walked away.

  152. Rubio could be the “X” factor Wbboei. I just look at the current republican lineup and it is vewry weak.

  153. MOON,
    Does anyone in Chicago want to talk about their tax returns or for that matter their home loan or where they get their campaign funds, LOL???

  154. I hate to through cold water on you guys, but a pretty face with bad policies is just that…BAD POLICIES!
    The republicans still stand for the same damn thing we voted them out for….the only reason they are getting any notoriety right now is because Odumbo is SO bad.

    The rethugs can’t beat Hillary or any Clinton, they know that and that’s why they in cohoots with the “ONE” to keep her out! This is not rocket science here. Sorry to be so blunt!

  155. The patsy in 2012′ is Romney, just like McCain was in 2008′, all good rethugs do what the organization wants them to do, whether its throwing themselves on their own sword or winning. That’s where there’s a difference in the parties….the dem’s is every man for himself and to hell with anyone that don’t agree with them!

  156. moononpluto
    January 7th, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    and here is said video of Pelosi losing her grip on reality……………

    *********************************************
    perfect…she says it all…delusional, elitist, out of touch…ridiculous…just like all that transparency and cleaning of the swamps she promised…
    …btw, for what it is worth…I am Italian…she is a big, big disappointment…she is such a phoney…completely out of touch with the middle class…

    ***********************************************************

    Shadowfax…that cartoon was funny…the irony and sadness are from the vortex of opportunity the dems let slip away to just play ego games and waste time…

  157. ….the dem’s are every man for himself and to hell with women or anyone that doesn’t agree with them!
    ——-

    Both parties are alike –

    when Dems thugged in Barry cause he ‘looked’ like a good brand……..

    ….picking Rubio is the same situation, just a different minority male with cute little kids.

    ——
    Give us women a frickin’ break!!!!

  158. confloyd
    January 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    The patsy in 2012′ is Romney, just like McCain was in 2008′, all good rethugs do what the organization wants them to do, whether its throwing themselves on their own sword or winning. That’s where there’s a difference in the parties….the dem’s is every man for himself and to hell with anyone that don’t agree with them!

    **********************************************

    I am not so sure this time confloyd…the dems have acted towards O just like the repubs did towards Bush…just about everything O got thru was passed on party lines and with the dems that were bribed to support what they did not want to…and from O they got ‘tough luck’, and they got defeated…that’s the price they had to pay to save his presidency…

    …but as we go forward the one thing that has given me any confidence at all in the american people is that we only put up with so much BS…when Bush beat (or stole the election) from Gore I remember thinking ‘that’s it…the repubs now have all the power forever’ but the repubs overplayed their hand and the dems took power back…then the dems overplayed their hand and we are now back with divided govt…

    …along the way two other phenomena evolved…the PUMAS…and then the Tea Party…

    to me, this is the lingering spirit of the American people who can only take so much and then they say ENOUGH…party or no party…ENOUGH…and what makes this all so much more intense now is the joblessness, loss of savings and their homes and bottom line insecurity that so many Americans are feeling…on both sides…regardless of political party…neither party has helped…they just switched sides when in power as to who got the corporate donations…

    …so maybe we are at a crossroads…

    no one is suggesting that Rubio is the answer to solving problems, however that does not deny the power and brass ring he might be in line to catch the next go around…

    I think as Americans, unless you are still in denial and a prisoner to current party loyalty, then one can see the game being played…the thing most of us have come to realize is, regardless of party affiliation, we, the middle class and below, get stuck with the bill and pay the bills, the bonusus and payoffs for whoever is in charge at that time and the culprits walk away or get promoted to, oh, the Secretary of Treasury, etc…the internet and 24/7 media has helped to liberate us…it is harder for both sides to lie and hide…however the media, as we know, can still distort and protect their chosen one…this time around it was O…there was a time when even MSNBC fell over itself praising Bush and supported the war…

    to me, right now, the dems are pretty useless because they are on the defense, in denial and will not accept that O is not what they thought he was and that he is an opportunist…they have stopped fighting for democratic principles and integrity…the repubs are on notice because of the tea party…they may want to pooh pooh them and pretend to pat them on the head, but they better produce results or they power will be short lived…

    we’ll see…

  159. Despite “strong objections” to provisions on Gitmo detainees, Pres. Obama today signed the Defense Authorization bill today.

    The bill bars the use of funds appropriated under the Defense bill to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees into the US.

    In written statement, Pres Obama calls the Gitmo provisions: a dangerous & unprecedented challenge to critical executive branch authority.”

    ………………………

    Get used to the unprecedented challenges, Bozo.

  160. Pres. Obama says the Gitmo restrictions “undermine our Nation’s counterterrorism efforts & has the potential to harm our national security.”

    …………………………….

    What utter bullshit.

  161. the weekly standard (yes, I know, the Weekly Standard?)…anyway they have an article about O’s narcissim and they repeat many examples to illustrate and they end with this…

    And Obama? In light of the present state of his presidency, let’s look back at his most famous oration:

    The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.

    The speech was given on June 3, 2008, and the epoch-making historical event to which “this moment” refers throughout is Barack Obama’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

    ****************************************

    oh the irony…again, such a missed opportunity…Hillary would have put her ‘self’ aside and fought for us…

  162. huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/07/bleak-jobs-report-never-s_n_805797.html

    After a week of promising signs for an improving economy, the news from Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the state of jobs in America is bleaker than anticipated.

    Although the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.8 percent in December, bringing the total number of officially unemployed Americans to 14.5 million, only 103,000 jobs were added in December according to the Labor Department’s BLS report — a number significantly lower than expected. (The Wall Street Journal reported that many Wall Street analysts were predicting “at or above 200,000” new jobs.)

    The news gets worse: less than half of the drop in unemployment rate can be attributed to new job creation — the other half came from 260,000 Americans who have dropped out of the labor force altogether.

    This brings the percentage of Americans who are either employed or actively looking for work down to 64.3 percent, what economist Heidi Shierholz calls “a stunning new low for the recession.”

    “The overarching story here is that this represents the continued slog of the recovery.” Shierholz, of the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, said. “It’s the same old bright spots that we’ve been seeing, we continue to see: temporary help services, health jobs, restaurants and bars — all up.” The report shows some growth in health care and leisure services, with most other industries staying static.

    “Hiring is picking up. but I think this report underlies that it’s going to be a gradual process,” IHS Chief U.S. Economist Nigel Gault said. “Overall it wasn’t a bad report.” Gault added though, that we really need twice this many jobs added per month, month after month, to see any substantial improvement in the unemployment rate.

    In December, hispanic and black Americans continued to be hit hardest by unemployment. “I think this is the lowest employment-to-population ratio we’ve ever had for Hispanic Americans,” economist Dean Baker said, also noting a 2.2 percent raise in the unemployment rate for Hispanic bringing the unemployment percent up to 32.2 (not seasonally adjusted).

    For all the economists we spoke to, the drop in the labor force stuck out as the most arresting detail.

    “We have now added jobs every single month for a year,” Schierholz said. “So you would think that there would be labor force growth, these missing workers starting to come back in. Not only is that not happening, it’s actually starting to go in the other direction. There’s never been a pool of missing workers this large. It’s not clear to me when they’ll come back.”

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    and i am willing to bet that a percentage of those jobs were for the holiday season and will disappear, not to mention the low hourly rate most of these service jobs are paying…

  163. Clinton starts weeklong focus on the Arab world

    Posted By Josh Rogin Friday, January 7, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves Washington today for a trip to the Gulf, where she will meet with senior Arab leaders and civic groups. Middle East peace, Iraq, and Iran will be at the top of her agenda.

    Clinton travels to New York tonight to pay a visit to Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has been in New York since November for surgery on his back. She’ll also meet tonight with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in New York, before embarking on a six-day trip that will take her to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar.

    “She is going to want to talk about Iraq,” a senior State Department official said about the trip. “We obviously want to encourage [regional leaders in the Gulf] to be as supportive as possible to the new Iraqi government.”

    “On the peace process, I think it’s time once again for the secretary to take stock on what is happening in the region,” the official said. “She will want to talk a bit about where the Arab peace initiative is and she will want to get a better sense of how the region sees the situation on the ground both in terms of both the Palestinian Authority and also in terms of the talks… We are very eager to see progress made but it’s an uphill battle.”

    Clinton will also sound out the Gulf rulers on their opinions toward Iran’s recent actions, said the official. With the “P5+1” countries scheduled to hold another round of talks with Iran in Istanbul, it is an important moment to attempt to “unknot this problem that we find ourselves in with the Iranians and their nuclear ambitions,” the official said. “She’ll also want to take stock of where we are on the sanctions regime.”

    Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior leaders in all three countries. In the UAE, Clinton will meet with Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince, and his brother Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister.

    This will be Clinton’s first visit to Dubai, where she will meet with ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She will also go to Abu Dhabi and visit the “green city” of Masdar, the futuristic neighborhood being built to run completely carbon neutral and waste free.

    In Oman, Clinton will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who the State Department official described as “a long time friend of the United States and a valued partner who has made enormous changes on the ground in his country over the last 40 years. ”

    In Qatar, Clinton will meet with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir, and participate in the Forum for the Future, a meeting of government, civil society, and business leaders from around the region. There she will participate in a panel with a foreign minister, a civil society representative, and a business leader from the region.

    The State Department is billing the trip as “an opportunity to showcase these other dimensions of U.S. engagement in the Middle East and the Gulf, particularly the emphasis we’ve placed on building partnerships beyond the government to government level, reaching out to civil society, reaching out to the private sector,” said another senior State Department official. “That’s really the key goal for everything that she’s doing on the trip.”

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/07/clinton_starts_weeklong_focus_on_the_arab_world

  164. I’m of the firm belief that if it hadn’t been obama, it would have been someone else. They were determined to cheat Hillary out of the potus position in whatever corrupt way they could.

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    Rush Limbaugh: “If Obama Had Not Been African-American, He Would Never Have Been Elected”

    Jon Bershad | January 7th, 2011

    Rush Limbaugh touched on the fun subject of race on today’s show, using Ronald Brownstein’s article in the National Journal about the seeming exodus of whites from the Democrats as a starting point. However, while the implication there would be that Barack Obama’s race may now be scaring off voters (or the only thing keeping some around), Limbaugh still took the opportunity to knock the President’s qualifications by claiming that, had he not been black, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House.

    “[For] the media, the Democrat adults, and the establishment, the Clinton years were their Nirvana. And, if Obama had not been African-American, he would never have been elected. It would have been Hillary and we’d still have had the love affair with the Clintons going on. This is the injection of race into the Democrat primary and overall presidential contest did what the insertion of race does to most subjects; it totally distorts it.”

    While the overall theme may be about how much the Left loves the Clintons, the race comments, coming from Limbaugh, definitely hold the implication that Obama was nothing but lucky, that he won some kind of genetic lottery with his blackness (or, y’know, half blackness). However, this is an interesting question, purely from a historical context. Just like in this last election, the clear feeling was that people wanted something different. They wanted something different than the Republicans specifically, but different than the usual in general. In that light, Obama’s race certainly could have helped him.

    Still, this is a conversation that’s hard to have. Like Limbaugh, most people’s opinions would be clouded by their political feelings towards Obama. Besides there’s the whole awkward thing of…well, you know Glenn Beck’s least favorite Eric Holder quote?

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/rush-limbaugh-if-obama-had-not-been-african-american-he-would-never-have-been-elected/

  165. Furthermore, race/color has nothing to do with why I and many of you “white” Americans are moving away from the idiot’s camp.

    Incompetence, corruption, and destruction are the main reasons as I see it.

  166. Furthermore, race/color has nothing to do with why I and many of you “white” Americans are moving away from the idiot’s camp.

    Incompetence, corruption, and destruction are the main reasons as I see it.

    ………………

    Don’t forget disgusting mysoginistic bastardry in there

  167. I mean i favour rights on abortion and that but i think this is not what that is intended for.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/desperate-couple-abort-twin-boys-in-desperate-bid-for-ivf-girl/story-e6frfkvr-1225983907853

    Desperate couple abort twin boys in desperate bid for IVF girl

    ………………………….

    I mean, really, this is not how they should go about it, they need counselling more than they need more kids. I don’t understand the logic here. Some people just produce boys over girls, thats nature. I find myself being very unhappy as to why they would do that. I do not believe in sex selection procedures whatsoever because that is a very mucky path to go down, what next, abort gay babies, select genetics. No No and triple NO.

  168. thanks Jan…you too…

    I have been here just about every day still reading all your great articles and those of all the other smart, informative…and funny posters…

  169. A new book about Obama. Some suggest it was written by either Gibbs, Plouffe or Klein- not sure.
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    Who Wrote the Secret New Obama Novel?

    Could it be Robert Gibbs? Joe Klein? David Plouffe? The race is on to figure out the author of a new novel about the Obama administration, says Lloyd Grove—and no one has even read the book yet.

    It is, at minimum, an intriguing coincidence that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced his resignation a mere three weeks before Simon & Schuster is publishing its much-buzzed-about January 25 release, O: A Presidential Novel by the celebrated author “Anonymous.”

    The book, described in news accounts as a 368-page roman à clef inspired by President Obama and his inner circle, has yet to leak, nor has Campbell Scott’s audio version been heard. The rumors suggest that the mysterious unnamed author has “vast personal experience” of the president and is privy to Obama’s 2012 re-election strategy.

    That fits Gibbs to a T—though any informed speculation shouldn’t ignore the fact that the presidential spokesman has seemed rather busy during the past two years and hasn’t heretofore demonstrated much literary flair (unless one counts some of his priceless tweets and official “Statements by the Press Secretary,” which can, on his best days, be reminiscent of Tolstoy in the original Russian).

    Perhaps we might direct our search elsewhere.

    “I don’t think it would be a member of his administration—more likely a reporter who is looking to cash in, and thinks he or she can sell more books by writing it anonymously,” said a veteran White House correspondent—who, naturally, demanded anonymity. “Doing it anonymously could be a lot better than the reality. Primary Colors was a pretty good book before you found out that Joe Klein had written it.”

    “And what would they dish about? How they compromised on the public option doesn’t really make for a great dishy book,” says Richard Wolffe.

    Primary Colors, of course, was the 1996 Bill Clinton roman à clef that became a runaway bestseller for Random House long before a couple of enterprising journalists outed Klein as the novelist. (It was later a movie starring John Travolta.) The author’s secret identity was so well protected—and, let’s face it, such a brilliant marketing gimmick—that it was news even to Harold Evans, who cooked up the marketing gimmick as president and publisher of Random House and these days is a Daily Beast contributor.

    more at link & pg2:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-06/anonymous-obama-administration-novel-spurs-speculation-about-author/?cid=bsa:moreauthor1
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    side note:

    New Governor of RI Lincoln Chaffe introduced same sex marriage legislation in General Assembly on Tuesday.

  170. The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.
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    All theater. Where is the lie detector when we need it. What a pimp.

  171. yes, like that line

    “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”

    …how’s that for “facing the challenge with profound humility”

  172. wbboei
    January 7th, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    Anthony Weiner is alot of sound and fury signifying nothing. His only redeeming quality is his wife.
    **********

    I agree. Never liked him. A lot of good women have married poorly.

  173. gonzotx
    January 7th, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    It makes me want to cry
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    gonzo, when people do horrible things like that, rest assured fate/karma will step in and repay them in kind-

    To me doing things like that from a purely self-absorbed standpoint is Bad Luck!

  174. Yassin’s friend, Mariam Fekry, was killed along with her mother, sister and aunt in the Two Saints Church attack

    “I feel great sympathy for her family’s loss, yet I don’t feel that as a Muslim I should apologize on the behalf of murderers.” Yassin added.
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    What the hell does that mean

  175. Yay! Won/One for the People… Banks- 0
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    Banks lose key foreclosure ruling in top Massachusetts court

    Dena Aubin

    NEW YORK | Fri Jan 7, 2011

    (Reuters) – In a decision that may slow foreclosures nationwide, Massachusetts’ highest court voided the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo & Co and US Bancorp after the banks failed to show they held the mortgages at the time they foreclosed.

    Bank shares fell, weighing on broader stock indexes, on fears the decision could threaten lenders’ ability to work through hundreds of thousands of pending foreclosures.

    The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts’ unanimous decision on Friday upheld a lower court ruling. It is among the earliest cases to address the validity of foreclosures done without proper documentation.

    That issue, including the use of “robo-signers” who approved foreclosure documents without reviewing them, last year prompted an uproar that led lenders such as Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Ally Financial Inc to temporarily stop seizing homes.

    “A ruling like this will slow down the foreclosure process” for lenders, said Marty Mosby, an analyst at Guggenheim Securities in Memphis, Tennessee. “They’re going to have to be really precise and get everything in order. It doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room.”

    Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp lacked authority to foreclose after having “failed to make the required showing that they were the holders of the mortgages at the time of foreclosure,” Justice Ralph Gants wrote for the Massachusetts court.

    In a concurring opinion, Justice Robert Cordy lambasted “the utter carelessness” that the banks demonstrated in documenting their right to own the properties.

    Courts in other U.S. states are considering similar cases, and all 50 state attorneys general are examining whether lenders are forcing people out of their homes improperly.

    Friday’s decision applies in Massachusetts, and need not be followed by federal judges or by courts in other states.

    Two more pages at link:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7063M620110107?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews

    Nonetheless, “it will be certainly cited as persuasive authority by anybody in a similar scenario who’s trying to hold onto his home,” said Robert Nislick, a real estate lawyer at Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks PC in Braintree, Massachusetts.

    LEAVING PAPERWORK BEHIND

    Analysts said the decision may also raise the specter that loans transferred improperly will need to be bought back.

    “What they were doing was peddling these mortgages and leaving the paperwork behind,” said Michael Pill, a real estate partner at Green, Miles, Lipton & Fitz-Gibbon LLP in Northampton, Massachusetts who is not involved in the case.

    The Massachusetts court rejected a request by the banks to apply the decision only in future cases, leaving homeowners already foreclosed upon without a remedy. Gants chided the banks for ignoring settled rules in their “rush” to sell mortgage-backed securities.

    A spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, Teri Schrettenbrunner, had no immediate comment on the decision.

  176. So what is up with having the author of this piece of garbage remain anonymous. Is he/she embarassed? Afraid? Worried?

    The only reason I can think of is that a dim or bot put this out to start the bambi 2012 subliminal persuasion on the right track.

  177. Desperate couple abort twin boys in desperate bid for IVF girl

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    Disgusting murderers. Should never be allowed to be parents.

  178. JanH
    January 7th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    So what is up with having the author of this piece of garbage remain anonymous. Is he/she embarassed? Afraid? Worried?

    The only reason I can think of is that a dim or bot put this out to start the bambi 2012 subliminal persuasion on the right track.
    ________________________

    Or using the mysterious author angle to heighten book sales for pre-release.

  179. Mrs. Smith
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Strange, it was the downfall of Russia and may very well send us into bankruptcy also.

  180. Has anyone been discussing this story on the blog? Wait until you read how the radicals are using this woman as an example.
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    Wrong On So Many Levels

    January 7, 2011

    Asia Bibi is a 45-year-old christian mother of five, living in Pakistan, who has been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

    Her troubles began when she drank water out of communal cup and offered some to her Muslim neighbors as they did field work together. The Muslim women became indignant, believing that she had defiled the water, being a christian.

    An argument ensued, in which she confessed her faith, and in the process, exposed herself to “blasphemy” charges. Within a few days the accusation spread through the village, allegedly a mob of locals assaulted her (in the name of Allah, of course), she was arrested and has languished in prison for 16 months.

    She has been convicted of Blasphemy and sentenced to hang for her crime.

    Enter Punjabi Governor Salmaan Taseer, who upon hearing of her plight, publicly criticized the conviction, the sentence and even the Law. He inquired of her and actually visited her in prison, and sought legal recourse for her.

    He assured CNN that the current President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zaedari, would pardon her.
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    Islambad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, the governor of Punjab state told CNN Tuesday.

    “What basically he’s made it clear is that she’s not going to be a victim of this law,” Gov. Salman Taseer told CNN International’s “Connect the World” program.

    “I mean, he’s a liberal, modern-minded president and he’s not going to see a poor woman like this targeted and executed. … It’s just not going to happen,” Taseer said.

    Pakistan’s President Will Pardon Christian Woman

    But where ever spiritual darkness reigns, no good deed goes unpunished.

    Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri is an Islamist who infiltrated the ranks of Pakistani police and was assigned to the Governor as a body guard. He took the opportunity to murder the Governor, shooting him 40 times. To date there has not been found a Muslim cleric to perform a funeral for the Governor.

    Qadri is unrepentant, believing the murder to be his duty as a Muslim. He declared the Governor to be as guilty as Bibi, and at his arrest,was quoted as saying”this is the punishment for a blasphemer”.

    Here is where it really gets crazy. Qadri is now being treated as a celebrity in Pakistan. A Briefly a Facebook page was opened for him, which attracted thousands of ‘friends’ almost instantly. Thousands were there to greet and cheer him at his arrival to be detained.”Moderate” clerics in Pakistan are giving him full support.
    _____________________________

    Jonah Goldberg reported in a National Review article,

    “A group of more than 500 leading Muslim scholars, representing what the Associated Press describes as a “moderate school of Islam” and the British Guardian calls the “mainstream religious organizations” in Pakistan not only celebrated the murder, but warned that no Muslim should mourn Taseer’s murder or pray for him.

    They even went so far as to warn government officials and journalists that the “supporter is as equally guilty as one who committed blasphemy,” and so therefore they should all take “a lesson from the exemplary death” of Salman Taseer.”

    Who Are the Real Hijackers of Islam ?

    Asia has been languishing in prison for 16 months, awaiting her fate. Terrorist groups in Pakistan have already announced that they would launch suicide missions to avenge this insult to the “prophet” Mohammed.

    This whole troubling story raises so many serious issues;

    If she is ever pardoned where could she go to find refuge in a nation where most people wildly celebrate the treachery of the ‘body-gaurd’ ? What becomes of her children in a village that has already so betrayed this mother?

    What kind of religion is this, where pious mobs of village men, assault a mother of five, then have her arrested, and rejoice in the prospect of her hanging?How does a treacherous murderer become a folk hero, celebrated and applauded for decieving and slaying a Governor for trying to show compassion and justice?

    Could it be that this ignorant and barbaric nation has Nuclear Weapons at it’s disposal?

    Finally in closing lets be praying for Asia and her children. God knows what is happening, He takes note, Choice saints have always had to walk this way,as Hebrews 11 points out.

    And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

    sub-links at primary link here:

    http://billrandles.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/wrong-on-so-many-levels/

  181. gonzotx
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Strange, it was the downfall of Russia and may very well send us into bankruptcy also.
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    gonzo- our country is already bankrupt. How could we owe trillions of dollars to China and not be BK? All Obama has done is dig us deeper into a hole, ordering the Treasury printing billions of dollars of worthless money. If China ever called the note wanting to be done with financing stupid US Wars… How could they be paid?

  182. Shadowfax
    That quiz of who was responsible for all those ‘incidents’ related to Muslim men between ages,etc. was hilarious (if they weren’t so horrible). The creativity of the other multiple choices listed was great.

  183. the race comments, coming from Limbaugh, definitely hold the implication that Obama was nothing but lucky, that he won some kind of genetic lottery with his blackness (or, y’know, half blackness).

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    That’s what Geraldine Ferrarro said too, and they’re both right.

    ANyway, Obama’s been trading on that half blackness all his life. A blank (really empty) shirt on which people project their ideal token.

  184. The suggestion that Rubio should be on the ticket for the repubs in 2012 makes me want to scream. He just got elected to the Senate. Does no one remember Obama’s inexperience and lack of record? It’s like since Obama cheated his way to the WH, all future candidates should be young, inexperienced but a good speaker.

    On the topic of the anonymous author, I thought I heard that Klein had written another book. Is he trying to repeat his previous publicity stunt? Who cares?

  185. we only put up with so much BS…when Bush beat (or stole the election) from Gore I remember thinking ‘that’s it…the repubs now have all the power forever’ but the repubs overplayed their hand and the dems took power back…then the dems overplayed their hand and we are now back with divided govt…
    …along the way two other phenomena evolved…the PUMAS…and then the Tea Party…

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    Yes. When Bush was re-elected in 2004 in spite of his known foul-ups (Enron, Abu Ghirag, etc) I sort of gave up. I figured either the GOP had the voting machines all fixed, or there really were so many idiots in the country that the only way a Dem could be elected Presdient was with some spoiler (eg Perot).

    Then in 2006 the pendulum swung and the peasants started marching with pitchforks … and the Enron types quietly put their new puppet in front of that parade.

  186. Bush was not re-elected in 2004. I live in Ohio and you would not believe the chaos that went on here on election day by our Sec of State who was hoping to move to the US congress by helping Bush win. Ohio then elected a dem Sec of State who did the same thing for Obama for the same reason. Both Sec of States bids for higher office were rejected by the voters.

  187. jeswezey
    January 7th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    turndown: “More relevantly, what motive did the Saudi’s have for the 9/11 attacks and for all the other evils they are causing?”
    **********

    I was in Paris on 9/11, and the immediate popular reaction was to speculate on just this question: Why?

    As far as I could tell, no one in the US media or government, at the time, was asking that question. Dubya claimed “they” were against “freedum” and “demokracy” and that was that.

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

    I hope my understood /sarcasm/ tag didn’t get lost somewhere. I’m not the one who claimed the Saudi’s were responsible for 9/11 (as well as “all” the trouble in the world). The Saudi’s stand to lose money whenever we move away from foreign oil.

    As for ‘they hate our freedoms’, I’ve seen it said that bin Laden sent a message at the time of the 9/11 attack giving a clear reason for it: to discourage the US from supporting the other side in some specific land dispute.

    Bush suppressed that, and broadcast the ‘Muslims hate freedom’ nonsense instead.

  188. BigCatLover
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

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    There was a headline yesterday or the day before that said Rubio had stated emphatically that he would not be running for potus in 2012.

  189. JanH
    I think most people want him or expect him to run for vice prez, so his statement may be one of those political sleight of hands. Didn’t Obama say the same thing? 😆

  190. ush was not re-elected in 2004. I live in Ohio and you would not believe the chaos that went on here on election day by our Sec of State who was hoping to move to the US congress by helping Bush win. Ohio
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    Ken Blackwell? No better than the one who succeeded him.

  191. turndownobama, believe me, the same people are in charge now who were in charge then. There’s been no shift of power at all. Only their puppets have changed, but it’s the same couple billionaires with their arms up the puppetholes. No change.

  192. That’s why the Clintons had to be shut out. They were powerful enough to stand up and talk on their own, without anyone’s arms up their asses.

  193. “The United States has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy.”

    Cuz it sure as shit ain’t a cornerstone of our domestic one.

  194. Ken Blackwell? No better than the one who succeeded him.
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    Yes, and like I said, the dem who succeeded him also did unethical things for Obama (Jennifer Brunner).

  195. Republicans just as Repugnant as ever. Worse than garbage! Never, Ever, Trust a Republican!
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    It was noted Thursday that the Repugnant party had only been in power for some 33 hours when they had already made, at least eight serious missteps.
    “Their initial pledges to the American people have turned out to be kind of a mess.”

    As one of their first acts, Republicans decided to read the Constitution on the House floor Thursday, but purposefully left out some of the more embarrassing passages.

    For example, the three-fifths compromise that counted slaves as part of a person was nullified by the 13th Amendment, and so it wasn’t included in the reading. The 18th Amendment, which imposed prohibition on alcohol, was omitted.

    In addition, Article 4 Section 4 was accidentally left out of the reading because pages in a three-ring binder “simply stuck together.”

    In their “Pledge to America,” Republicans said they would cut $100 billion from the budget in the first year, but have recently backed away from that number. Homeland Security Committee chair Peter King (R-NY) is looking at cutting $50 billion, and a GOP aide said that the bottom line is more like $30 billion.

    While the Democrats were in power, Republicans
    complained that the open rules process — allowing unlimited amendments and debate — wasn’t used. Politico observed Thursday that “[n]one of the bills that will be brought to the floor this week will be brought under open rules.”

    Republicans adopted a new rule called cut-as-you-go that requires all legislation that will increase the deficit to be offset with spending cuts. The Congressional Budget Office has said that one of the Republicans’ first initiatives, repealing health care reform, would add $230 billion to the to the national debt over ten years.

    Party leadership has solved this problem by exempting repeal of health care reform from the rules.
    The GOP promised that all committee attendance would be publicly posted. They reversed that rule Tuesday.

    In their Pledge to America, Republicans promised that all bills would be justified with a citation of the Constitution.

    “The three bills that Republicans plan to introduce this week — one to cut the congressional budget, one to repeal the health care bill and another to instruct House committees to present new health care legislation — were posted on the Rules Committee website with plenty of time for review, but none had the constitutional citation for similar review,” Politico reported.

    “The Republican Party has wrapped itself in the Constitution at every turn for political purposes,” “They’ve outdone themselves on this matter.”
    Two House Republicans skipped out on the swearing-in ceremony on the House floor Wednesday. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) decided to attend a fundraiser instead.

    The two tried to claim they had been properly sworn in because they had raised their hands while watching the swearing in on television. Sessions and Fitzpatrick went on to cast votes in the House. Sessions even presided over the Rules Committee.

    “You have to be there in person. If you could become a congressman by raising your hand at the TV, everyone simultaneously watching C-SPAN yesterday and reaching for something on a high shelf or waving to a friend would be a congressman right now.”

    “These are self-inflicted things,” “Republicans carefully laid out these rakes on the floor inside the front door. They’ve been stepping on them one after the other since they got in.”
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    The Repugs have made a mockery of the Constitution. They always were the scourge of the Earth; now they have proven without a doubt, it is true.

  196. By the way, the new women Gov of NM cut the executive salaries, and stated no one will earn more than $125K.

  197. NewMexicoFan
    January 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm
    By the way, the new women Gov of NM cut the executive salaries, and stated no one will earn more than $125K.
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    The Gang Bangers that now inhabit Congress are made in America. Check the bottoms of their feet for the rubber stamp swearing them in as manufacted in America. Taking good care of the people as promised wrapped in the American flag, by and for the people that elected them.

  198. the same people are in charge now who were in charge then. There’s been no shift of power at all. Only their puppets have changed

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    Ya, I’ve been saying that for a while.

  199. Bush was not re-elected in 2004. I live in Ohio and you would not believe the chaos that went on here on election day by our Sec of State who was hoping to move to the US congress by helping Bush win. Ohio then elected a dem Sec of State who did the same thing for Obama for the same reason.

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    Ya, I forgot to put quotes around ‘re-elected’.

  200. The creativity of the other multiple choices listed was great.

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    Pretty unfair though. Being Muslim wasn’t the pattern in the quiz, it was being a human between age x and y.

  201. So they really showed up and did it. Majority Muslims protected minority Copts.

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

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/95/3365/Egypt/Attack-on-Egypt-Copts/Egypts-Muslims-attend-Christian-Coptic-mass,-servi.aspx

    Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

    “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”

    In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.

    [….] Copts – who make up 10 percent of the population

  202. Eleanor ? on the MacLaughlin Report is predicting that Wm Daley wants a woman as new WH press secretary and that woman will be Karen Finney.

  203. We have to find a more accurate way to track unemployment. The numbers they gin up today are cooked and the by product of faulty methodology. They assume that people who have been out more than a certain period have given up looking for a job, when in most cases, nothing could be further from the truth. As a result, we get a false and materially misleading impression of the unemployment situation, and more generally the overall health of the economy. Years ago we fought a similar battle in the cattle industry when we were trying to protect American producers from predatory competition in various forms, i.e. packer concentration, and foreign imports from areas where mad cow disease and other maladies were prevalent. In those cases as well the numbers were systematically underrepresented because the packers controlled congress and the NCBA. The producers, most of whom were small businessmen, as opposed to factory farms, did not have a chance.

  204. Karen Finney. She was originally with the Edwards campaign as I recall. Nothing to write home about. But in the final analysis it does not matter. The white house press corps is nothing more than a flock of camp followers in the most literal and graphic sense of the term. The reporters does not want to ask the tough questions which would blow the Administration cover, and the administration does not want to answer such questions. Consequently, what you have what lawyers call a clear and unequivocal meeting of the minds to bamboozle the American People.

  205. OMG, I am laughing as I copy a post to comment on, then read a little further down the thread, doing the same to a new poster…….until I can’t decide which one to start with:

    BigCat’s comments on the quiz and Rubio – both I totally agree with.

    Mrs. S’s mention of the book of secrets from God knows who.

    Turndown’s comments that always leave me scratching my head.

    Then Janis – smacking out some hard core truisms.

  206. Eleanor ?
    —————
    Screech Owl Clift. Used to see her running around the Capital Hilton in a blue wool coat tennis shoes that did not match. Weird.

  207. Janis
    January 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    “The United States has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy.”

    Cuz it sure as shit ain’t a cornerstone of our domestic one.
    —————

    Amen – Janis.

  208. Karen Finney often appears on Washington Journal with the Romney spokeperson (Madden I think) to take callers questions on behalf of their respective parties. She’s bright personable and pleasant, as is he. Interesting choice but as you say, of little consequence. I am curious about Daley’s reasons for wanting a woman in that position. Does he think the press will ask easier questions to a woman or maybe there is a personal connection between them.

  209. Mrs. Smith
    January 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Republicans just as Repugnant as ever
    ———-
    Oh Mrs. S.

    What a perfect word, the ‘Repugnant’ Party, the Repugs.

  210. BigCatLover
    January 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The suggestion that Rubio should be on the ticket for the repubs in 2012 makes me want to scream. He just got elected to the Senate. Does no one remember Obama’s inexperience and lack of record? It’s like since Obama cheated his way to the WH, all future candidates should be young, inexperienced but a good speaker.

    ————-
    Hell yes, BigCat!!!

  211. The Repugs have made a mockery of the Constitution. They always were the scourge of the Earth; now they have proven without a doubt, it is true.
    ————-
    Sing it like it is, Mrs. Smith!!!!

  212. If the focus of the new Obama administration is to sharpen the message for the dull citizens out there, then the messenger becomes more important. I don’t know much about Finney’s background but there might be a clue there.

  213. Shadowfax
    January 7th, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    Mrs. Smith
    January 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Republicans just as Repugnant as ever
    ———-
    Oh Mrs. S.

    What a perfect word, the ‘Repugnant’ Party, the Repugs.
    __________________

    I thought so- I hope it goes viral. Remember, I said, the Repugnats weren’t here to help us? They are not even covering it up anymore. Which means they are ready to slice and dice the remaing population who have so far gone unscathed by the Obamacrats turning a deaf ear to the pleadings of the public crying for jobs and the damage done by the unmitigated loss of their homes.

    What Obama has done is replaced the weaker Dems with Repugnant reinforcements to finish the job he started, destroying whats left of America.

  214. Yup, Mrs. Smith. I totally agree with you.

    If we keep using your new and improved word, maybe Admin will start using it and help it go viral.

    We need to work on wbb and moon……….. 😉

  215. Yeah, Muslim clerics, those peaceful religious people are rejoicing the murders..So much Islamic Godliness. There are also about 100 Hindu families in Pakistan who are seeking asylum in India. Pakistan is going to hell in a handbasket.

    Islamabad (AsiaNews) – An extremist Islamist group calling itself ‘Moaviya’ might be planning a suicide attack against Sheikhupura Prison in order to kill Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, this according to a report by Pakistani intelligence. Ms Bibi has been held in the prison since 2009. Punjab police and prison authorities have tightened security, especially in the wake of the assassination of the provincial governor, Salman Taseer, last Tuesday.

    A few days ago, Mgr Lawrence John Saldanha, president of the catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, said, “it is clear that anyone that opposes the blasphemy law is at risk.”

    Mgr Rufin Anthony, bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, told AsiaNews that religious fundamentalism and intolerance are spreading in the country.

    Increasingly, Muslim religious leaders are actually offering rewards to anyone willing to carry out attacks and violence against those who criticises the blasphemy law.

    Between 1990 and 2011, as many as 35 people accused of blasphemy or opposed to the law were murdered in extrajudicial killings or found dead in dubious circumstances.

    Such deaths tend to cause rejoicing among some Muslims, as evinced by the demonstrations in favour of Taseer’s murderer, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri.

    When he was arraigned in court last Tuesday, dozens of his fans hugged and kissed him, showering him with rose petals.

    More than 2,000 people have also joined a Facebook group that backs the murder. Only 70 people have expressed an opinion against him.

    According to US-based LifeSiteNews, more than 500 Muslim scholars have praised Qadri’s deed.

    “It is shocking that the murderer of a governor is being honoured,” said Fr Daniel Habib, a Lahore priest. “Hundreds of lawyers are proudly presenting themselves to save Qadri; this is barbarianism. Instead of condemning such an act, he is being made a hero.”

    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Extremist-group-announces-suicide-attack-to-kill-Asia-Bibi-20444.html

  216. Shadowfax
    January 7th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I wanted to make mention to you, a good friend of mine owns an equestrian training facility in MA… having the name “Shadowfax”. And everytime I see that name in print, it stirs warm memories of another life
    I once had doing something I loved rather than living day to day fighting for our lives in this toxic political climate.
    ___________________

    “maybe Admin will start using it and help it go viral.”

    It’s time to stop kidding ourselves we can play footsie with our elected monsters. One of these days, when we reach the point of enough is enough, the Bastille will be stormed by people who have nothing to lose because they have lost all they held dear over the years. The pain and austerity inflicted on us by the powers that be- the blood in the streets will be the doing of the moving party, the people, chanting ‘no more’ corruption from elected officials.

    The time is near. I can feel it coming-

  217. Mrs. S.

    I picked the name ‘Shadowfax’ because I love Gandalf, and I loved that character mainly because I really love Merlin.
    I never thought I deserved a name like Merlin…he is just too powerful for a mortal. 😉

    Arthur and Merlin are my all time favorite heros. I cried like a baby when I found out Merlin was only fictional. I love to believe that there are people that go around and fix wrongs, give all they can for others and is why I adore Hillary so much.

    I’m glad my post name brings you good memories…

  218. The time is near. I can feel it coming-

    —-
    I agree, and I too don’t fall for the same empty promises of young Repugs like many did for Baracko.

    Didn’t people learn that experience matters?

    Didn’t they learn that most running for office without a voting record are just giving their ideal promises?

    Without a voting record, all a voter has is HOPE, and we all know how that word was used and twisted by Obama.

    Let those new congresspeople earn their keep, see if they stick to their guns and if they walk the walk.

    Just because Dems are in the dumper, doesn’t mean Repugs/Rethugs are now our heros or future hope.

  219. This is the right strategy. If they are serious. But do the Republicans have the guts. Personally, I doubt it.

    NO DEBT LIMIT EXPANSION WITHOUT SPENDING CUTS!

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on January 7, 2011

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    Every Republican member of Congress should sign the following pledge, being promulgated by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform:

    “I promise not to vote for any expansion of the federal debt limit unless it is preceded or accompanied by significant cuts in federal spending.”

    We all know that the reason the federal government debt is exploding is the reckless spending policies of the Obama Administration. From the time George Washington took the oath of office to the time Barack Obama did, Washington borrowed $9 trillion. Since Obama took office, two years ago, we have borrowed almost $5 trillion more! Domestic discretionary spending (non-defense) has risen by an astonishing 41% in two years!!! Welfare spending, primarily Medicaid, has gone up by 54% in two years!!!! We must roll back these increases. (It is not increases in Social Security – 14% — or Medicare -16% that are the problem).

    Obama will never allow spending cuts unless they are jammed down his throat and his need for an expansion of his borrowing authority are the key chance to do so.

    House Speaker John Boehner sounded an ominous note of possible capitulation even before the first shot was fired when he said “We’re going to have to deal with it [raising the debt limit] as adults. Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

    Obligations? Sure. But don’t we also have the obligation to stop the crazy spending even as we allow the debt limit to rise to pay for the spending that is already underway? Is this not the perfect time to demand spending restraint?

    The American people will strongly support the spending restrictions as a precondition for raising the debt limit. Most don’t want the limit raised at all. But almost everyone will see the wisdom of cutting the spending as we raise the debt limit.

    Obama will resist and, if he vetoes the spending cuts, he – not the Republican House – will bear the onus for the ensuing government default. And he will blink just like he did over extending the Bush tax cuts.

    What spending cuts? Nothing complicated. The most important one is to roll back domestic discretionary spending to pre-Obama levels – 2008 levels – and freeze it there for three years. This step would cut the deficit by over $100 billion for each of the next three years (and, if we take the step now, for this year as well). Let the federal agencies figure out what to cut. But force them to make these cuts.

    We all lived pretty well in 2008 before the 41% hike in domestic discretionary spending (on things like transportation, Congress, EPA, Justice, Education, Energy, etc). Let’s go back to those days and erase the legacy of the Obama stimulus package.

    And we should also take two other steps:

    (a) Transform Medicaid into a block grant to the states giving them the flexibility to spend it as they wish. Roll Medicaid back to 2008 levels and include a modest annual inflator for increasing costs of about 3%.

    (b) And, we should only increase the debt limit by $500 billion (about three months worth) so as to keep Obama on a short leash and make him keep coming back for more while we add restrictions and new cuts each time.

    Republicans need to be smart to leverage their one-house control into real accomplishments and there is no better place to start than with the debt limit vote next month.

  220. By DICK MORRIS

    Published on TheHill.com on January 4, 2011

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    The pas-de-deux between the Republican House and the Democratic president and Senate can get old pretty quickly. The Republican House passes repeal of ObamaCare. The Senate either kills it or Obama vetoes it. The Republican House passes spending cuts. The Senate … you get the drift.

    The only way to break the deadlock and proceed with the urgent task of rolling back the Obama agenda is to use three key confrontations:

    1. The debt limit extension

    2. The demands of states for more bailouts

    3. The 2012 budget

    The need to repeal his radical agenda is ever more apparent as it unfolds further. The legislative enactments were bad enough. But now Obama is using his executive authority to implement anything he couldn’t get through even his Democrat-dominated Congress.

    By administrative order, the Environmental Protection Agency is about to impose a carbon tax more draconian than the aborted cap-and-trade legislation. The National Labor Relations Board is reversing the Dana decision, which requires secret ballots in union elections. Having failed to pass card-check legislation, the board will impose it by a party-line 3-2 vote. And now the Department of Health and Human Services is about to reimburse end-of-life advice from physicians even though this was specifically deleted from the healthcare bill in order to assure its passage. Finally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to impose regulations on talk radio requiring locally produced programs, shortening the license period to four years (from eight) and reining in conservative programming. It is also using the rubric of net neutrality to regulate the Internet.

    These administrative rulings are Obama II and will be as far-reaching as Obama I, but will not enjoy the sanction of legislative approval.

    And there is plenty from Obama I that needs changing. ObamaCare must be repealed, or its funding and implementation blocked. We must move ahead with cuts in domestic discretionary spending and block-grant Medicaid to bring down the budget deficit to about 3 percent of GDP.

    So how do we roll all this back?

    We need to use the tools at hand. The three bills Obama must pass are our leverage. The Republican House needs to demand rollbacks in his legislative agenda and curbs on his executive actions as the price for permitting the government to operate.

    It will not be time for the faint-hearted. The conservatives seeking to block arbitrary expropriation of vast segments of our private sector will be accused of irresponsibility and worse. But every one of the elements of the confrontation agenda has one thing in common: The public agrees with the Republicans. On ObamaCare, Medicare cuts, enforcement of the individual mandate, healthcare rationing, administrative imposition of carbon taxes, FCC controls over talk radio, card-check and spending cuts rather than tax increases, Americans side with the GOP position against the Democratic/Obama agenda. Americans will support the Congress in the coming confrontations.

    But if Republicans stray over the line of public opinion themselves by cutting Medicare or Social Security, they will lose. Americans oppose Medicare cuts. Check out HillaryCare in 1994, Gingrich’s budget cuts in 1996 and ObamaCare in 2010 to see how strongly they feel about it. And they oppose changes in Social Security — see the defeat of the Bush agenda of 2005 for reference.

    These two fundamental changes must wait until after 2012. If we attempt them now, it will defeat our efforts to roll back Obama’s socialism.

    And these cuts are not needed to bring the deficit to 3 percent of GDP over the next three years. Block-granting Medicaid at 2008 levels (imposing a 3 percent retroactive annual allowable increase), freezing domestic discretionary spending at 2008 levels and projecting a cut to 60,000 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan by 2015 will get you there without any self-inflicted political wounds.

    But the central mandate for the Republicans in the House is to fight. Fight. Fight. Fight. Hold firm. Don’t blink. Don’t give in. This our best chance to save our political and economic system.

  221. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/rep-steve-king-accuses-gop-leaders-of-mendacity.php?ref=fpb

    Rep. Steve King [R-Iowa] Boasts Of GOP Leaders’ ‘Mendacity’

    During a rant on the floor of the House about health care, King used the word “mendacity” — meaning untruthfulness — where he likely meant the opposite.

    “As I deliberate and I listen to the gentleman from Tennessee, I have to make the point that when you challenge the mendacity of the leader or another member, there is an opportunity to rise to a point of order, there is an opportunity to make a motion to take the gentleman’s words down, however many of the members are off on other endeavors and I would make the point that the leader and the speaker have established their integrity and their mendacity for years in this Congress and I don’t believe it can be effectively challenged and those who do so actually cast aspersions on themselves by making wild accusations,” King said.

  222. Well, this is kinda right, and kinda wrong.

    It ties into what Admin posted earlier.

    Many white voters are leaving the Democratic Party, but most of them leaving want to stop Obama, Nasty and Reid’s bad policies and spending but not become Republican’s.
    The independent party has gained most of these folks, and others did not vote to support Democrats.

    ———–

    White Flight

    Previously unreleased results from the 2010 exit polls show a stark gap between whites and minorities and a smaller but still significant difference between blue- and white-collar whites.

    President Obama’s path to a second term may rely on states shaped by the same social forces he embodies.

    By any standard, white voters’ rejection of Democrats in November’s elections was daunting and even historic.

    Fully 60 percent of whites nationwide backed Republican candidates for the House of Representatives; only 37 percent supported Democrats, according to the National Election Poll exit poll conducted by Edison Research. Not even in Republicans’ 1994 congressional landslide did they win that high a percentage of the white vote.

    Moreover, those results may understate the extent of the white flight from the Democratic Party, according to a National Journal analysis of previously unpublished exit-poll data provided by Edison Research.

    The new data show that white voters not only strongly preferred Republican House and Senate candidates but also registered deep disappointment with President Obama’s performance, hostility toward the cornerstones of the current Democratic agenda, and widespread skepticism about the expansive role for Washington embedded in the party’s priorities. On each of those questions, minority voters expressed almost exactly the opposite view from whites.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/in-2012-obama-may-need-a-new-coalition-20110105?page=1

  223. Local ABC stations ran a canned report about unemployment dropping to 9.4. If memory serves, that would have been the end of the story in times gone by. However today’s schpiel took pains to explain and quantify the number of those no longer hunting for jobs and those underemployed.
    Perhaps increased Republican (Repuglican if you prefer) access to a press microphone is influencing our news. For now, I can dream.

  224. holdthemaccountable
    January 8th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    the idiots at ABC or any other network will never cover this, the workforce i.e. people looking for work dropped a huge chunk, and so the unemployment rate dropped.

    It dropped not for good reasons — people who wanted jobs found jobs, it dropped for bad reasons — people no longer are looking for work and so no longer count as part of the working american labor force. The link below explains a part of it.

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/01/reader-question-regarding-dropping-out.html

  225. from the article above.

    “While today’s unemployment number came at a low 9.4%, well below expectations, the one and only reason for this is that the labor force in America has plunged to a fresh 25 year low. Assuming a reversion to the mean in the long-term average participation rate back to 66%, means that the civilian labor force, which in December came at 153,690, a drop of 260,000 from November, is in reality 157.6 million, a delta of 3.91 million currently unaccounted for. Maybe someone can ask Bernanke during his imminent presentation before Congress what happened to the unemployed population, which would have been 18.4 million if this labor force delta was incorporated, resulting in an unemployment rate of 11.7%.”

    and this is not the “underemployed”, that number is between 16-17%.

  226. OMG! Another Ripley’s Believe it or Not Moment…

    Ed Schultz And His Listeners Are Predictably Uneasy About Obama/O’Reilly Chat

    by Frances Martel | January 8th, 2011

    MSNBC host Ed Schultz is certainly no stranger to calling out President Obama for not going on his program, and it seems every time the president interacts with Fox News, the progressive commentator begins the see red. The President’s upcoming chat with Bill O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday was no different, though, rather than taking the hard line against the President this time, Schultz merely expressed concern that there was no “upside” to the broadcast, because “you can’t trust ‘em.”

    The shift from disappointment to concern meant Schultz didn’t touch the issue of loyalty to the base explicitly, though he did let his radio listeners speak for him, and they were not happy, using words like “stupid” and “degrading” to describe the interview, with one dejected listener accusing President Obama of “continually abandoning the left.” For Schultz, though, this was not the problem but, rather, the fact that, with a “partisan broadcaster,” the President was not going to be able to express himself appropriately. During the President’s last interview on Fox News, Schultz argued, “he was treated rudely and could hardly get a word in,” that courtesy of interviewer Bret Baier.

    Then Schultz introduced a new element to his show that made the broadcast all the more colorful– someone who wholeheartedly disagreed. NY PIX commentator Lionel came up to bat for the President– and Bill O’Reilly– describing President Obama as Zeus and noting that he must give the interview to the network broadcasting the Super Bowl, as he did last time. He called the President’s move “brilliant,” and of O’Reilly noted that “of the Fox News folks, the guy you’re probably going to get the most fair and balanced… is Bill O’Reilly.” Schultz didn’t seemed convinced, though he pledged his presidential vote to Lionel after the latter promised that, if he were president, “I would’ve gone on The Ed Show, but that’s just me.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ed-schultz-and-his-listeners-predictably-uneasy-about-oreillyobama-super-bowl-sit-down/

  227. pm317
    January 7th, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/07/robert-gibbs-successor-how-about-a-woman-as-white-house-press/

    A woman for the WH press secretary — the article gives you several choices. Gwen Ifill is one of them.. She is as quick on her feet as Obama is without the teleprompters. Articulation is not her strong suit. She was a pain to watch on the News Hour with Leherer when I did watch those shows.
    ****************************
    2 comments about that article:
    1. We already had a woman WH press sec so it shouldn’t seem so unusual (Dana Perino).
    2. Some of his suggestions are kind of bizarre, like Mara Liasson, a regular on Fox News and Mika Brez. who never says anything on Morning Joe, she just moves her mouth but no words come out. Most viewers don’t seem to notice this because the guys on the show just ignore her.
    3. Gwen Ifill is kind of snarky but then so was Gibbs. Can’t see this one unless she just wants to try something new.

  228. Shadowfax
    I had to smile when I first saw your name on a blog. The whole mystical thing and the beautiful white horse. Loved it.

  229. tim
    January 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am
    well well well. Looks like the Kennedys bullied the producers to silence.
    *********************
    ‘historical fiction, dramatic interpretation,docudrama.
    These are my personal pet peeves. Don’t tell a fictionalized version of history so that some people will think that it is fact. Besides, Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy?

  230. Tim, since Messiah Obama and his fellow travelers at ABC have connived the big lie that this statistical decline in the unemployment rate proves that the labor market is recovering, it would be interesting to confront them on this in a public forum by asking them whether they realize this is due to a statistical anomoly, there will soon be a regression to the mean and if I could prove to you that the real rate is 11.7%, would you continue to insist that it is 9.4% since you would then know that it is not true?

  231. You know in this electronic sophisticated world, why can we not figure out the real unemploment rate. Surely we could poll the country in different areas, and based on those percentages, give a second stat that would get us closer to knowing what the real number is.

    But then we don’t want to know the real number do we.

  232. Did you guys see the Biden video I posted up thread.. watch what he does with the little girl at 0:22-0:27, major creepy!!

  233. “Besides, Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy”

    yeah, that was a huge stretch, but that family has a lot of dirt they don’t want exposed just like with the Bushes; but bullying people into silence is something I cannot stand. The only Kennedys I really liked and respected were JFK, RFK (2 public servants I respect very much), Jackie, Eunice? and maybe a couple others I forget, I didn’t really think any of the other Kennedys were anything but using their family name to hustle their way into high positions of power and Joe Kennedy, the patriach nothing to be admired.
    I would have liked to see this special, I hope they end up selling it on amazon or something.

  234. Gwen Ifill is (another) Obama with female plumbing. Remember when the self-serving prompter reader promoted her *new* book during the debates? yetch!

  235. Mrs. Smith
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    “Gwen Ifill is (another) Obama with female plumbing.” LOL!

    oh, remember her mocking Palin about her 1773 tweet, only to find out that yes the original Tea Party was in 1773 not 1776. And during the undemocratic convention, she was slobbering all over Waffles, didn’t even bother to interview Hillary. What an idiot.

  236. tim
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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    I wonder which of this generation of Kennedy’s have the clout to kill this project. All the heavy hitters are gone, except maybe Ted’s second wife. Maybe it was just a large donation.

  237. “Maybe it was just a large donation.”

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Don’t really like any of these new generation of people who leech of the name of Kennedy, and have no doubt they will continue another generation.

    “Princess Caroline” as HillBuzz likes to call her expose just how power hungry these people are and will continue to be as their clout diminshes even more. Betrayed Hillary and then asked for her NY Senate seat, talk about chutzpah.

  238. Well it looks like Biden tells all the girls the same thing….that tells me he’s boring…no imagination when it comes to women! I bet he tells his wife the same old things everyday….boring! LOL!

  239. confloyd, but the way he touches that little girl, look around the 0:25 mark, really creepy. What was he thinking..

  240. BTW, has anyone seen the pic of Gibbs on Drudge, its been up since yesterday? He holding both sides of his glasses just like Clark Kent on the Superman series, I bet that’s where he learned that expression and mannerism. He thinks he’s superman. LOL! What a joke he is!

  241. tim
    I think Caroline was just fulfilling Uncle Teddy’s dying wish to take a seat in the Senate. Of all the Kennedy’s she was the lowest profile and stayed the most out of the limelight. That’s why I was shocked when she came out of nowhere but she seemed to go back to oblivion pretty quickly after Patterson refused to give her the seat.

  242. BigCatLover
    January 8th, 2011 at 11:26 am
    ————–
    Even before Dana Perino, we had Dee Dee Myers. Bill Clinton is the ultimate ‘feminist’ — I have seen it in every aspect of his public life and with his special relationship with the smartest gal on earth, Hillary.

  243. One story on FOX News explaining the smoke and mirrors behind the statistical drop in unemployment would blow the whole ABC/NBC/Obama White House SCAM about job recovery which sees land where there is no land for political gain wide open. Normally, they would have no reason to do this because Republicans benefit from this same smoke and mirrors scam when they are in power. Here however it is important that they do so, because when the reversion to mean takes place those same scam artists will turn around and blame the Republican House for challenging Obama and his toxic programs, and the stock market will react as well. In sum, Tim, it is vitally important that the truth here be revealed and let the chips fall where they may. If not then a false figure like this will become the baseline for future political spin.

  244. Shadowfax
    January 8th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Mrs. S.

    I picked the name ‘Shadowfax’ because I love Gandalf, and I loved that character mainly because I really love Merlin.

    I never thought I deserved a name like Merlin…he is just too powerful for a mortal.

    Arthur and Merlin are my all time favorite heros. I cried like a baby when I found out Merlin was only fictional. I love to believe that there are people that go around and fix wrongs, give all they can for others and is why I adore Hillary so much.

    I’m glad my post name brings you good memories…
    __________________________

    Shadowfax- here is the mental picture that comes to mind when seeing your avatar.

    When horse-showing @ Shadowfax farm, we were caught up in the moment with the Arthurian culture and involved in a book reading club consisting of the many versions of King Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin and Lancelot.

    Naturally all the aforementioned characters were expert horseman heightening the draw from the traditional leaping over fences, stonewalls delineating property lines besides any obstacles found in the path of a mock hunt. We celebrated the culture with a hilltopping foxhunt dressed in period costumes over several farms in the local countryside.

    (We don’t believe in harrassing or killing foxes. Using scented ‘drags’ instead creating a trail for the hounds to follow.)

    Then seeing a bonfire 10″ tall when returing to the farm was a sight to behold. Of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without the customary round table (rectangle tables set in a semi-circle(?)) with spirits aplenty, Mead served up in classic goblets reminiscent of medieval times.

    Chickens Roasting in a fire-pit and fresh garden veggies supplied by participants. We were in heaven. On our return, the horses treated to apples and carrots in their feed buckets. I truly believe they enjoyed themselves as much as we did- This is the reason for the affinity to ‘Shadowfax’ as well as my, like yours, affinity to Gandolf. Yes, wonderful memories for sure. 🙂

  245. You know in this electronic sophisticated world, why can we not figure out the real unemploment rate. Surely we could poll the country in different areas, and based on those percentages, give a second stat that would get us closer to knowing what the real number is.

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

    Yes, they want to fool around with the unemployment stats. Better to look at something without so much wiggle room — such as personal bankruptcy filings.

  246. Gwen I fill the airways with pro Obama bullshit is Oprah on a crash diet. Incognito. Think about it. Have you ever seen the two of them together in the same room? QED.

  247. Mrs.Smith and Shadowfax,
    Geez, that story makes riding a trailride from Raymonsville, Tx. to Kingsville, Tx sound boring as hell especially in just regular old boys jeans and a T-shirt.

    What a lovely image that ride made in my mind…beats the hell out of the way I rode my horses, LOL!

  248. pm317,

    Yeah I saw that pic of Obama in those glasses, he reminded me of a dork! Now that you mention Malcolm X, he does that too!

  249. oh my goodness, just heard on Fox News, that Rep. Gabrille Giffords was at a open event to meet with her AZ contituents, and 12+ of her staff and including her were shot at this open event she was holding to meet with her constitutents.

    Prayers to her as well as her AZ staff.

  250. ‘Call me Mommy’: What John Edwards’ mistress ‘told his children as she met them weeks after their mother’s death’

    Yea, I’d call her something but sure as hell wouldn’t be “mommy”, and I hope daddy is a better father than he was a husband.

  251. Rep Giffords was shot in the head, injuries very serious according to CNN.

    Shooter is in custody, motive as yet unknown.

  252. pm317
    January 8th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    No, this representative is pretty honest in her assesemment, she is very much a moderate democrat. I hope she and the others get through this, sounds like this was a very open arena, near a Safeway grocery store, and people get to come and meet and talk to her, completely open. And on Fox News they are saying, someone just came up and started shooting in this open area near the Safeway store.
    Prayers to them all.

  253. confloyd
    January 8th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    Mrs.Smith and Shadowfax,
    Geez, that story makes riding a trailride from Raymonsville, Tx. to Kingsville, Tx sound boring as hell especially in just regular old boys jeans and a T-shirt.

    What a lovely image that ride made in my mind…beats the hell out of the way I rode my horses, LOL!
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    Confloyd- believe me, what I wrote about was the end result of weeks of preparation. It was like planning a wedding. Everything had to be thought about and planned well in advance down to the last detail. Anything missed, had to be forgotten about and substituted at the last minute.

    We did bi-annual 3 day trail rides that you speak of spring and fall. Those were the most fun especially watching the ones who over embibed on the trail and eventually fell off their horses. Funny, when you are that relaxed, you never get hurt! 🙂

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