NOT The Fall Of The Berlin Wall – Egyptian Army In Charge – Why And What Next?

Mubarak has finally resigned on the day 32 years ago the Shah was removed from Iran. The Egyptian Army is now in charge. So much for the grand revolution for freedom Big Media is trying to sell. The revolution has already been betrayed.

This is not the fall of the Berlin Wall or the removal of Ceausescu or the fall of the Soviet. In those remarkable revolutions the transition was without any doubt from tyranny to freedom. In those liberating revolutions the people demanded freedom and won. In Egypt today, the Army is now in charge.

What has happened and what should the United States do now?

Barack Obama has driven the foreign policy cart into the ditch abyss. Obama thought that his personality would prevent other actors on the world stage from perusing their interests. Early on Obama went to Cairo, snubbed Israel, and gave a speech which distorted history. Obama followed up that speech to the Muslim world with a visit to Saudi Arabia to bow before the Saudi king. Now the King of Saudi Arabia has replied with a kick to Obama on his bowing ass:

“US President Barack Obama spoke with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Wednesday to discuss events in Egypt. The Saudi King reportedly said that in the case that the United States withdraws its financial support for Cairo, that his kingdom would prop up Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, The Times reported.

According to the report, the Saudi king told Obama not to push Mubarak too hard, so as not to humiliate him amid the ongoing protests demanding his ouster.”

The United States had some leverage with the Egyptian military due to the billion plus dollars the Egyptian Army received from the United States. What the Saudi King did was cut those tendons of influence by assuring the Egyptian Army that the Saudi kingdom would pay the bills. After a few short years, Barack Obama has undermined almost to nonexistence American influence in the most important state in the Arab/Muslim world.

The Egyptian Army is less like the American army and more like the Iranian Army. In Egypt and Iran the army owns businesses and the upper ranks are often wealthy. The Egyptian Army now has absolute control of the country but it already had achieved many of its aims before today’s events:

“Analysis: Egypt military in power grab amid unrest

After two weeks of protests, Egypt’s military now has four of its own in the nation’s top government posts and thousands of its soldiers providing security in the streets.

The military, already the country’s most powerful institution, has taken advantage of the unrest to solidify its authority, using a combination of force and public relations to deliver what amounts to a soft coup in a country where it is widely viewed as the ultimate guarantor of national interests.”

Vice President Omar Suleiman, a former army general and also the chief of intelligence is now the latest dictator. Mubarak was a dictator and a former air force commander. The revered and deservedly respected Anwar Sadat was also a general and a dictator. Not much has changed other than the cheers on the streets. The Egyptian Army is in charge once again:

“It gave the country all four of its presidents since young army officers seized power in a 1952 coup that toppled the monarchy. It has over the past six decades lowered its public profile, but nevertheless remains Egypt’s most powerful institution.

The recipient of $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid, it has in recent years ventured into business, strengthening its hand with lucrative government contracts in construction, road building and food production. For decades, its generals have been given key government posts after retirement, including serving in the Cabinet, as heads of government departments, provincial governors and mayors.

Any successor to Mubarak who does not enjoy the support of the senior military brass will be actively undermined and thwarted by the generals,” said Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle East expert from Boston University.

The military’s stealth offensive to take control of the country is multi-tiered. [snip]

“We have two options to resolve this crisis: either dialogue and understanding, or a coup,” Suleiman sternly warned in the meeting with editors. “A coup can be either beneficial or detrimental, but it could lead to further irrational steps and we want to avoid reaching that point.”

A “soft coup” is a polite way of saying “bloody coup in white gloves”. A coup, soft or hard, is still a coup. The Egyptian Army is settling scores and consolidating power to cheers in the streets from the gullible:

Taking advantage of the political vacuum created by the massive demonstrations, the military swiftly moved to settle old scores with two main rival groups. One consists of the mogul businessmen-politicians who have over the past decade rallied around Mubarak’s powerful son Gamal to dominate society, causing friction with the military’s own economic interests.

The second is Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party, in which the younger Mubarak rapidly rose through the ranks to become its de facto leader.

Nurtured by the two Mubaraks, these two groups have risen to such a position of power in recent years that they posed a credible threat to the military’s longtime domination, according to the analysts and a senior NDP official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.”

To cheers from the streets and the Big Blog Boys and affiliate Hausfraus, as well as the almost un-American Obama supporters in the White House, trying to undermine the State Department – the Egyptian Army is grabbing power and getting rid of its rivals. The Egyptian Army is consolidating power unto itself.

While many understandably want to cheer “the victory of the Egyptian people” what is happening is Egypt is the Army has used the people to grab total power. If the army had wanted to, it could have crushed the people in the streets. That the army did not move is because the army did not want to move. The pawns in the streets were useful to the army.

Many in the West cheered when the dictatorial Shah was removed in Iran (32 years ago today). Those same cheers are heard in the West today. Many in the West also delude themselves into thinking that the Egyptian Army will carry out the will of the people and lead to “democracy”. The Egyptian Army however is now in charge and the United States because of Barack Obama little to no influence with the Egyptian Army.

Those that put their Hope for Change in the Egyptian Army will soon be disappointed:

“Don’t Count on Egypt’s Army
We cannot trust Egypt’s military to combat Islamists.

‘My name is Khalid Islambouli,” the assassin thundered. “I have slain Pharaoh, and I do not fear death!” This was at an annual state parade in Cairo on October 6, 1981. Islambouli, swelling with a delirious pride, had just strafed the reviewing stand with bullets, killing Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and hurtling his nation into chaos.

That was the plan. Islambouli, like several of his coconspirators, was a Muslim Brotherhood veteran who’d drunk deep the incitements of the Ikhwan’s martyred leader, Sayyid Qutb, but lost patience with the organization’s Fabian approach to revolution. He’d joined Islamic Jihad, one of several splinter groups that would later be folded into al-Qaeda by another Brotherhood alum, Ayman Zawahiri.

They’d hoped to trigger an Islamic upheaval by “cutting off the head of the snake” and seizing power in the ensuing chaos. But apart from murdering the president, the plot failed. Power passed seamlessly to Sadat’s vice president, Hosni Mubarak, who cracked down brutally on the terrorists.

The story is worth remembering as chaos grips Egypt yet again. In the drama three decades ago, one tie beyond citizenship united all the major players — the villain, the victim, the heroes who put down the uprising, and the bureaucrat who emerged from obscurity to grab the autocratic reins he has yet to relinquish: They were all members of the Egyptian military.

The great smile on the face of the Egyptian military will soon fade and the remainder will be bared teeth of brass:

“It’s true enough that Egypt’s highly professional armed forces constitute the most revered institution in the country. Their professionalism has been purchased at a cost of nearly $40 billion from U.S. taxpayers since 1978, when Sadat made the peace with Israel that drove the jihadists to kill him. Thus, when analysts herald the stability of Egypt’s military — fortified by a generation of training and cooperative relations with U.S. warriors — the implication is that this will be to our benefit. Their patriotism will prevent Mubarak’s worst excesses and usher him out the door, and their pro-Western bent will guard against that worst of all worlds: the very sharia state Khalid Islambouli and his fellow jihadists sought to impose 30 years ago.

Even if everything we’d like to believe about the Egyptian military were true, the dream of secular stability would be very difficult to realize. Thanks to the West’s conflating of democratic processes with democratic culture, the crisis is careering toward a premature “settlement” by popular elections, to be held no later than September. Unfortunately, that is years before civil society — stunted by the powerful influence of fundamentalist Islam, the constant threat of terrorism, and Mubarak’s iron-fisted rule — can evolve sufficiently for real self-government.”

It is sad that many on the left, as well as some on the right (Iraq anyone?) conflate elections with democracy. Over and over on “left” blogs we read that the “will of the people” even if they choose the Muslim Brotherhood must be respected because they have the democratic right to choose. What these commentators refuse to acknowledge is that elections are not the end goal.

“The Egyptian military is a reflection not of its American trainers but of Egyptian society. Its popularity in the country owes in large part to the fact that almost all able-bodied men are conscripted to serve for one to three years. Its uppermost ranks, from which rose Egypt’s presidents — Mubarak, Sadat, and modern Egypt’s founder, Gamal Abdel Nasser — are today largely pro-American. The rank and file, however, have always included thousands of Muslim fundamentalists and radicals. Unquestionably, military service is a leveling experience, creating a common bond that unites different social strata. We should not overstate its effect, though. The military features all the complexity and divisions of Egypt at large.”

* * * * * *

What can we do now? What should we do now? First, take off the Hopium tinted glasses. Understand the ditch Obama has driven American policy into.

Second, as we have written before – do everything to protect Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, and Syria:

“American policy should be aimed at making sure that Egypt moves towards a modern society which provides economic opportunity for its people. What is most important is that American policy must be aimed at protecting Egypt from takeover by Islamic extremists. American policy must be particularly aimed at preventing Iran from winning what many understand to be a “proxy war” between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Evil choice, meet Evil choice.”

Third, the United States should covertly and overtly help what remains of the opposition in Iran (which celebrates the 32nd Anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah today) and Syria. Perhaps Saudi Arabia can be persuaded to publicly and overtly assist, in the name of their own self-interest, to undermine the Iranian and Syrian regimes.

Obama has bungled the difficult and always ugly American relationship with the Wahhabist Saudi leadership. There is a chance however that the Saudi’s can help, again in the name of self-interest for both parties, the Egyptian Army to promote the forces within that army that are hostile and suspicious of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Finally, the United States State Department should help build up the democratic forces in Egypt. Egyptian-Americans, many of whom are prominent American citizens should be encouraged to return to their native land (of course ideological enemies such as the “Blind Sheikh” and Ali Mohammed should not be included in this group) to temporarily assist in setting up democratic parties and democratic institutions. The Egyptian Army might be persuaded that allowing democratic forces to emerge will not be as detrimental to them as they think.

Despite Barack Obama, the United States must promote its interests in the Middle East. In days to come we will describe further the battles between the State Department and the near un-American Obama supporters in the White House who undermine American interests in the Middle East. We will also discuss the full horror of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The United States must prepare to defend its interests and the flickering flame of freedom in the Middle East. Those celebrating the eruption in Egyptian streets will eventually recognize that Hope is not a replacement for reality. We don’t want to be churlish. We wish we could celebrate and widely smile as ordinary Egyptians rout a dictator.

While we wish the Egyptian people well and salute those who are fighting for freedom in the streets, we can’t help but be wary even if our fingers are crossed and our hearts filled with the prayer that we are totally wrong about the events in the streets of Egypt:

“The worldwide euphoria that has greeted the Egyptian uprising is understandable. All revolutions are blissful in the first days. The romance could be forgiven if this were Paris 1789. But it is not. In the intervening 222 years, we have learned how these things can end.

The Egyptian awakening carries promise and hope and of course merits our support. But only a child can believe that a democratic outcome is inevitable. And only a blinkered optimist can believe that it is even the most likely outcome.

Yes, the Egyptian revolution is broad-based. But so were the French and the Russian and the Iranian revolutions. Indeed in Iran, the revolution only succeeded – the shah was long opposed by the mullahs – when the merchants, the housewives, the students and the secularists joined to bring him down.

And who ended up in control? The most disciplined, ruthless and ideologically committed – the radical Islamists.

This is why our paramount moral and strategic interest in Egypt is real democracy in which power does not devolve to those who believe in one man, one vote, one time.

The grand promises of this day have as a soundtrack to our ears Beethoven’s magnificent Eroica Symphony:

“Originally the work was to be titled the “Bonaparte Symphony” (New Groves), as a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Consul who had begun to radically reform Europe after conducting sweeping military campaigns across the continent. In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself emperor, a move which angered Beethoven. As legend has it, the composer ripped through the title page and later renamed the symphony the Eroica because he refused to dedicate one of his pieces to the man he now considered a “tyrant”.

The Egyptian people fighting for freedom in the streets will likely taste bitter tears after this glorious night in their history. Their revolution has already been betrayed.



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202 thoughts on “NOT The Fall Of The Berlin Wall – Egyptian Army In Charge – Why And What Next?

  1. Admin, I’m waiting for the media to spin any success as personally Obama’s achievement…and if all hell breaks loose, MSM will question “Why didn’t Sec. of State Clinton know the bad sh*t was going to happen”.

    I’m counting on it.

  2. I can’t really tell if Suleiman is in or out — conflicting reports. Tantawi is definitely in.

    I love this line:
    Despite Barack Obama, the United States must promote its interests in the Middle East.

    Exactly!

  3. Admin,

    A very astute analysis. I have been waiting and watching. I have also been reading analysis in Israel and Iran.

    You are right on the mark. The Egyptian people have fallen into a huge trap. Mubarak falling was the insiduous plan on Soros et al. Iran’s president is laughing. And obama thinks he has won the lottery.

  4. Hopefully Suleiman is out. I have heard him described too often as torturer in chief. It is time for freedom for the people of Egypt, and I hope they don’t wind up with another thug.

  5. votermom 2:58

    Let us hope he does a better job than he Did in Michigan the other day. A day late and a dollar short, as they say.

  6. Obama has developed a new irritating speech tic, he is smacking his lips between sentences. Where is our body language expert – that probably means he’s lying, right?

  7. “While many understandably want to cheer “the victory of the Egyptian people” what is happening is Egypt is the Army has used the people to grab total power. If the army had wanted to, it could have crushed the people in the streets. That the army did not move is because the army did not want to move. The pawns in the streets were useful to the army.

    Exactly. Brilliant analysis, admin.

    I just hope to he11 the MB is kept on the sidelines.

  8. jbstonesfan

    February 11th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    democracy in Arab/Muslim nations is a oxymoron.
    ———————-

    Exactly.

  9. “State Dept briefing has been cancelled. Only Obama is to speak on the Egypt situation.”

    ——————

    This could be a good thing. Let obama sink in a gloat pool all of his own making.

  10. For a dumb broad Sarah Palin made almost all the same arguments as Admin in her Fox interviews on Egypt, and the same as I suspect Hillary was making. Know the ‘enemy’, ensure that democracy is not a one-way ticket to tyranny, etc.. Obama seems to live on another planet that has never heard of ‘interests’ and ‘realpolitik’.

  11. 12.23 pm Yet another Egyptian female AJ journalist happy with the result, wearing western-style clothes.

    How did AJ get all these fake female tokens in place so quick? /sarcasm

  12. I could like Pawlenty if he keeps chucking out zingers like this….

    Pawlenty: “The government spends our money the way Keith Olbermann talks. Too much and without a point.”

  13. While we wish the Egyptian people well and salute those who are fighting for freedom in the streets, we can’t help but be wary even if our fingers are crossed and our hearts filled with the prayer that we are totally wrong about the events in the streets of Egypt…

    ——
    While I worry at what the Egyptian future holds and what our future holds for that matter, the real happiness the public feels there right now is overwhelming for me.

    Sounds like I am the only one here that feels this way.

  14. …here it comes…I, I, I me, me, me

    he held it back for Gibbs press conference…the man cannot help himself

    me, me, me

  15. Shadowfax
    February 11th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    While I worry at what the Egyptian future holds and what our future holds for that matter, the real happiness the public feels there right now is overwhelming for me.

    Sounds like I am the only one here that feels this way.

    I feel two different emotions regarding this. On the one hand, I am happy that they were able to topple a tyrant. It may not be good for them in the long run but I am happy that there’s a feeling of hope in the air now that the tyrant was removed. On the other hand, I am worried about what it means for the rest of the world. Will the new government be more radical or less radical? Will the new government be Islamist or not? There’s a difference between how I feel for the protestors and how I feel about our prospects because of what they have achieved.

  16. Shadowfax,

    Sorry but I just can’t drum up any enthusiasm for a land ruled by men for men in which women are tolerated solely to serve and obey men.

    I am much more interested in the significance for Israel and the US and I fear a radicalized Egypt with a strong MB presence will make things worse not only for us but for women.

  17. Shadow, its very overwhelming and I’m glad the people stood up, I’m just worried that military coups are usually hard to get rid off once they settle in.

  18. This is pure premonition and gut instinct but I predict this is going to end badly. I fear BO is actively trying to install the MB.

    Jeremiah Wright is MB lite.

  19. While I worry at what the Egyptian future holds and what our future holds for that matter, the real happiness the public feels there right now is overwhelming for me.

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

    Well, the whole thing and how the people — and the military — conducted themselves. It all seemed messy enough to be genuine — but turned out so much better than Tienaman Square or the Iran protests of a couple of years ago.

    This particular military must have been doing something right all these years to have the people’s support. And the people have got a taste of freedom, so they will try hard to hold the military to its promises. Could well be a step toward something good.

    Still, the basic problems — food prices, economy — may not be easy to fix, may not have even been Mubarak’s fault. We’ll see if a more user-friendly government (even if military) will satisfy the people even if the food problems remain.

    I’m just glad it turned out better than “We are all Iranians” — inspired by Obama then betrayed by him. Maybe he learned his lesson.

  20. He made a deal, i guess that tells us where the money is stashed.

    http://en.rian.ru/world/20110211/162563530.html

    An agreement on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation was reached after a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas daily reported on Friday.

    Mubarak, 82, who ruled the country for almost 30 years, stepped down earlier on Friday after 18 days of heated protests demanding his resignation.

    “Hosni Mubarak agreed to the terms of resignation if he first was allowed to go to Sharm el-Sheikh (Sinai Peninsula, Egypt) and then on to the city of Al Ain (UAE),” the daily said, adding that the terms also stated that Egypt’s new government would not persecute the former president.

    According to Al-Qabas, the UAE foreign minister said his country could help Mubarak in three areas, including holding talks on organizing international safety in Mubarak and his security forces out of the country, guaranteeing he or his family members would not be legally persecuted, and his personal property would not be confiscated.

    The ex-president’s wealth is estimated at some $70 billion.

  21. They’ve shaken the frying pan. I’m not sure the ONLY thing under it is the fire. There may be something better under it, too.

    Especially if Obama doesn’t make an idiot of himself, or try to keep Rumsfield, er, Cheney, er Suleiman in place to keep handling ‘rendition.’

  22. Of course the only thing to actually DO at this point is to strengthen the various groups oflliberal good guys. (Hint: propping up unpopular dictators is probably not very helpful.)

  23. Iran shouting death to America and claiming the beginnings of a worldwide islamic revolution.

    Oh joy.

    Many pundits predicting an MB takeover.

  24. QUEUE SINATRA

    I would love to hear Hosni crooning this one today:

    And now, the end is near;
    And so I face the final curtain.
    My friend, I’ll say it clear,
    I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

    I’ve lived a life that’s full.
    I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway;
    But more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Regrets, I’ve had a few;
    But then again, too few to mention.
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption.

    I planned each charted course;
    Each careful step along the byway,
    But more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
    When I bit off more than I could chew.
    But through it all, when there was doubt,
    I ate it up and spit it out.
    I faced it all and I stood tall;
    And did it my way.

    I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
    I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
    And now, as tears subside,
    I find it all so amusing.

    To think I did all that;
    And may I say – not in a shy way,
    “No, oh no not me,
    I did it my way”.

    For what is a man, what has he got?
    If not himself, then he has naught.
    To say the things he truly feels;
    And not the words of one who kneels.
    The record shows I took the blows –
    And did it my way!

  25. Oprah does not know You have to earn it –

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0211/just_a_little_bit_868941d7-3826-4a53-9390-43550fabcd93.html

    Oprah called on President Obama’s critics on Friday to “show some level of respect.”

    “I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart,” the influential TV host said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in Chicago.

    Of the negative mood of the country, Oprah added, “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.”

    She said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.”

  26. Finding it very interesting that when I tried to google “Hillary Clinton News” today, I got a blank screen. When I googled “Hillary Clinton and obama news” it came up with plenty of good stuff for the twit and trash against Hillary.

  27. When I googled “Hillary Clinton and obama news” it came up with plenty of good stuff for the twit and trash against Hillary.
    ___________________

    Yep, the trashing has started. Chelsea on the cover of the STAR headlining her marriage is over with Marc and she’s moving back to Chappaqua. Oy!

  28. She (O-bra) said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.”

    ————
    Bla, bla, bla…………..
    He gets a certain level of respect, a NEGATIVE level of respect

    He gets just what he deserves, nada, zip, zero!

  29. Yep, the trashing has started. Chelsea on the cover of the STAR headlining her marriage is over with Marc and she’s moving back to Chappaqua. Oy!

    ——
    I saw that in the store yesterday, and started laughing.
    Star never gets it right, if they did, Brad and Angelina would have broken up about 20 times by now. 😉

  30. I wonder how Iranian youth are feeling right now when some of their blood was spilled and they never got to party like Egypt is right now.

  31. LOL…

    February 11, 2011

    Michelle’s ‘Listen Only’ Chat

    Eleven years after Hillary Clinton put “listening tours” on the map, the current First Lady is about to follow the former New York senator’s example. The key difference is that Mrs. Obama is not going to be the one listening. Instead, Michelle Obama will be the only person talking.

    On the first year anniversary of launching the campaign to beat back childhood obesity, the office of the First Lady hosted one-way “conference calls featuring administration officials,” talking with the media about “Let’s Move!” Question: Is it accurate to label a one-sided telephone call a “conference”?

    Traditionally, conference calls that public figures in Washington, D.C. hold for the media — which, obviously, are designed to get media attention for the public figure — allow the reporters who join the call to ask at least a few questions.

    The First Lady’s one-sided chat does not. Consequently, during the ‘Listen Only’ telephone address Michelle listened to no one and everyone “listened only” to Michelle. Mrs. Obama barred conferring, discussion, and any attempt at two-way dialogue, hence a more apropos title for the solo-conference: ‘Lecture call.’

    Mrs. Obama’s talk-at-you forum was by “invitation only.” Reporters beckoned to the “listen-only lines for the media” got an opportunity to hear Michelle drone on like a telephone infomercial, addressing how government plans to corral the BMIs of chunky children. Frankly, it would have been just as, if not more, effective to eBlast a link to a Youtube video featuring Mrs. Obama lecturing directly into a non-responsive camera.

    The anniversary anti-obese “conference call” was a two-day event. On day one, first up was Regina Benjamin, the US Surgeon General who sanctioned Obama hosting a fat-filled Super Bowl Party because the President is “very active with basketball and exercise.” Dr. Benjamin’s one-way communiqué protected the surgeon general from inquires about her own weight issues.

    Another attendee at the fat-filled Super Bowl Party, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, was also featured on the conference call. Vilsack called the “Fuel Up to Play 60” movement “exemplary because it gets kids to learn about nutrition in a fun setting, as well as makes the important point that physical activity is not only necessary but fun.”

    After Tom, US Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Drew Brees of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition talked about mapping ‘play deserts’ by encouraging parents, who have nothing else to do, to “help build a nationwide map of playgrounds on kaboom.org.”

    To avoid confusion, it is important to note that Kaboom.org is not related in any way to playgrounds in Costa del Sol, Oahu, or Martha’s Vineyard, or any other play area frequented by First Lady Michelle. Nor is it related to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s recent terror alert warning, which is at “its most heightened state since 9-11.”

    The First Lady says she wants mayors, community members, and others to “make this issue a priority.” Therefore, a “Let’s Move!” cities and towns one-way, talking-at-you call took place with Democrat Mayors Julian Castro and Dayne Walling. Castro and Walling are presently resetting priorities like converting human waste to clean burning fuel in San Antonio and addressing an unemployment rate of 11.8% in one of America’s most “miserable cities,” Flint, Michigan.

    Finally, the day after the political celebrity line-up had their say, the First Lady approached the bottom half of the telephone receiver. The silent media listened intently as Michelle, through a listen-only line, dictated dietary directives to moms and dads while simultaneously conveying the following message to tubby little tykes: Shut up, listen, eat your spinach, and this year — “Let’s Move!”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/02/michelles_listen_only_chat.html

  32. moononpluto
    February 11th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Mubarak Slammed U.S. in Phone Call with Israeli MK Before Resignation

    “He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: ‘We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East,'” Ben-Eliezer said.

    “‘They may be talking about democracy but they don’t know what they’re talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam,'” he quoted Mubarak as saying.

    ————–

    Exactly.

  33. Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona’s border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

    The lawsuit claims the federal government has failed to protect Arizona from an “invasion” of illegal immigrants. It seeks increased reimbursements and extra safeguards, such as additional border fences.

    Brewer’s court filing serves as a countersuit in the federal government’s legal challenge to Arizona’s new enforcement immigration law. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to invalidate the law.

    “Because the federal government has failed to protect the citizens of Arizona, I am left with no other choice,” Brewer said as sign-carrying protesters yelled chants at her and at other champions of the immigration law.

  34. Listen…If we get the Tea Party to go to Washington and camp out for 3 weeks shouting, “Out with Barack, he must go”…will he heed the voice of the people?

  35. 12.02.11

    Swiss government freezes ousted Egyptian President Mubarak’s assets

    The Swiss government has decided to block any assets that may be held in Switzerland by Egyptian president Hosny Mubarak, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Friday.

    The minister said that a decree was issued shortly after Mubarak stepped down Friday to identify and block any assets belonging to the Egyptian president and his family.

    It’s the same law that was applied in January to ousted Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine ben Ali and incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, whose Swiss assets were frozen.

    Bern has in recent years enacted legislation making it easier to return illegally obtained assets of corrupt leaders to their countries’ coffers, on condition the funds are used for the wellbeing of the citizens.

    Mubarak’s wealth has long been a subject of speculation. According to media reports, he and his family own more than $40 billion worth of assets.

    According to the Swiss National Bank, Egyptian deposits in Swiss bank accounts totaled 3.6 billion Swiss francs (3.7 billion dollars).

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/swiss-government-freezes-ousted-egyptian-president-mubarak-s-assets-1.342855

  36. If Oparah believes in a certain amount of respect, then why did she not show it to HRC and Palin during the campaign. Instead she used her stage to promote only one candidate. I will show Obama about as much respect as Oparah has shown others.

  37. I kinda like Oparah, has a nice ring to it.

    I stopped watching her when she mimicked white women asking her why she wasn’t supporting Hillary. She mocked the very demographic that has made her a billionaire. She can kiss my derriere.

  38. I wonder how Iranian youth are feeling right now when some of their blood was spilled and they never got to party like Egypt is right now.

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

    Sadly yes. So what should we have done in Iran recently?

    Maybe as a start, we should bring our nose and our resourses OUT of where we’re not wanted (Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan) so we COULD use them when we ARE wanted somewhere (Iran protests, Egypt in January before the protestors got mad at us).

  39. Jan,

    I have also noticed HRC has been pushed out of sight except for the blame and negative press. I wish she would resign. Now. BO and his crew are ruthless. Look at what they did in Egypt. Look at what Israel now faces. I wouldn’t be surprised if his support for the MB leads to catastrophic conflict in the ME aimed directly at Israel. I just heard a guy from the Washington Times saying among his sources are military types in Israel and they have told him that if attacked, Israel will not go quietly. They are the children of holocaust survivors. They will fight to the end, as they should.

    HRC can’t win. I often wish she had stayed in the Senate. BO means to destroy her like he means to destroy Israel. There. I said it. And I’m not the only one with that opinion.

  40. NewMexicoFan,

    I can’t stand oprah, either. She has never been for women unless they are not white. She’s disgusting, another affirmative action glutton.

  41. I saw that in the store yesterday, and started laughing. Star never gets it right, if they did, Brad and Angelina would have broken up about 20 times by now.
    _________________

    I hope you are right, Shadow. Otherwise, MM deserves a good spanking. 😆

  42. basil9
    February 11th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    ——————

    I agree about Israel. I keep flipping back and forth on whether Hillary should get out.

  43. MM deserves a good spanking. 😆

    Who’s MM? Mr and Mrs? I am not caught up on the lingo.

    It’s all lies to help pay for the magazine.

    The Enquirer is right enough that I pay attention.

    There was another rag magazine that has a photo of Barry, your President, (hehehe) with his eyes all droopy and weird…and said he is strung out on pills.

  44. I hope someone is keeping count of how many Egyptian/Arab women journalists are speaking on Al Jazeera from Egypt. Especially Rawya Rageh (she’s the pretty one in the blue turtleneck blouse). But it seems like MOST of them are women.

  45. “There was another rag magazine that has a photo of Barry, your President, (hehehe) with his eyes all droopy and weird…and said he is strung out on pills.”
    ____________________

    I doubt he would pass a drug test. The giveaway is the talked about (new habit) ‘lip-smacking’-

  46. I think he’s on some kind of speed….did you see how big his eyes were open and so up….then lip smacking! I say amphetamines or coke, betcha yah! So freaking skinny….those are uppers he’s taking…takes so many that he’s bouncing off the walls in the WH…just like the insider says he does!

  47. Cheney, my goodness, he’s dead and just doesn’t know it yet….a zombie with no pulse! YUK! Has he ever heard of dying gracefully and with dignity? Hanging on and I bet he’s using medicare to pay for some of his life saving equipment….

  48. (you were just checking to see if I could spell his name right..)
    ——–
    Ah…ah, yup, that’s right. Actually I forgot his last name. 😆

  49. ‘Social Network’ was a good movie.
    I like geeks but if this was a true portrayal of him, he was a jerk, but his Facebook sure helped this Mooobarack dump.

    Just the fact that the public can organize and have a voice, like we do on this blog, is great.

  50. confloyd
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I think he’s on some kind of speed….did you see how big his eyes were open and so up….then lip smacking! I say amphetamines or coke, betcha yah! So freaking skinny….those are uppers he’s taking…takes so many that he’s bouncing off the walls in the WH…just like the insider says he does!
    ———
    I knew your antenna would be up for this confloyd, they did say something about ‘speed’ in the blurb but I didn’t want to buy the magazine and I focused on the photo and then I had to move though the food line…

  51. ‘Social Network’ was a good movie.

    I like geeks but if this was a true portrayal of him, he was a jerk, but his Facebook sure helped this Mooobarack dump.
    ______________________

    agreed- not an fleck of humanity or personal responsibility in this dude; if as you say, the movie is accurate.

    The spoiler was throwing over his friend from Brazil. After the credits, it said he settled his lawsuit
    w/Z-berg for an undisclosed amount.
    __________________

    Z-berg/Facebook has teamed up with Bill (not Bob) Gates buying a huge commercial mega complex in CA. And now they plan to centralize and fill the empty offices.

  52. Mrs. Smith,
    I read that article and sent it to John several days ago…apparently they’ve been using this method to get out the gas and we have an abundance of that resource except no one is talking about using it…the oil folks don’t want to invest in it, yet this country is covered with gas.
    It makes you go hmmm, hmmmm!

    Odumbo is definitely on something…we should post all the pics of his ups and downs….he’s a doper! Nixon was a drunk….for pete’s sake…WHY CAN’T we have Hillary????

  53. Basil9,
    Thanks for posting those links on genital mutilation, I’ll look at them this weekend when I’m off…I hate to look at this at work….I will though….those disgusting freaks…they are so sexually repressed, its no wonder they like blowing people up….

  54. The spoiler was throwing over his friend from Brazil. After the credits, it said he settled his lawsuit
    w/Z-berg for an undisclosed amount.

    ———–
    Yup, that was ugly and I think he was coaxed by Napster’s maker, and if Bill Gates and the thrown away Facebook ‘CEO’ team up, then the Geek tycoons will keep the ball going and hopefully Facebook moving to the South Bay of the Bay Area will create more geek magic and add jobs.

    Bill Gates was a creep and so was Steve Jobs, but darn, as a geek myself, I gotta love the world they gave me.

    Long live geeks. 😉

  55. I am getting sick of Megan Kelly reminding everyone that Hillary said the Mubarak government was stable…well Megan….aren’t you just saying this over and over for your boss….so why do you think Hillary had to say it….you rethugs put this embecile in…so we are all stuck with this coke smoking loser.
    Sorry Oprah….I calls it the ways I sees it….I am soooo disrespectful….I just hope I can get a passport in time for my cruise…LOL!

  56. Can anyone tell me why Dumbsfeld and Cheney keep popping up in the news??? Those two need to find some new occupation…getting us in never ending wars for their own financial gain is just about over!

  57. 😆

    Sing it like it is confloyd!!

    I am getting sick of Megan Kelly reminding everyone that Hillary said the Mubarak government was stable…well Megan….aren’t you just saying this over and over for your boss….so why do you think Hillary had to say it….you rethugs put this embecile in…so we are all stuck with this coke smoking loser.
    Sorry Oprah….I calls it the ways I sees it….I am soooo disrespectful….I just hope I can get a passport in time for my cruise…LOL!

    ——–
    I am getting darn sick of almost everyone at Fox these days, they have nothing new to say, so they just droll on the same tired messages.
    I want to punch Hannity in the chopper more than listen to him. I had to turn off Greta tonight and watch CNN. She just kept talking to Rethugs…………….ugh.

    Is it 2012 yet, we need a revolution like Egypt has, THROW all the damn bums out and get Hillary in!

  58. confloyd
    February 11th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Can anyone tell me why Dumbsfeld and Cheney keep popping up in the news??? Those two need to find some new occupation…getting us in never ending wars for their own financial gain is just about over!
    _______________________

    The has-beens are tryin’ hard to reinvent themselves. No one is buyin’ their Repuke BS. Lynne Cheney is sickening with the fawning over the putrid remains of the instigator whose greed created the mess we’re in.
    ________________

    Shadowfax-

    My favorite quote from the Social Network movie:

    “Lets Expand”… I laughed every time he said it!

  59. I had to turn off Greta tonight and watch CNN. She just kept talking to Rethugs……………
    _______________

    I haven’t watched any of them unless Hillary was on for the last 3 yrs. And I never read the journalistic claptap the newspapers peddle to the addicted in denial of needing a serious 12 step de-programming. You end up reading a boring vent-a-thon.

  60. BTW, I’m at 48 lbs weight loss….I can almost see that cruise from my doorstep…LOL! I hope I can get a passport…LOL!

  61. Hey did anyone notice that Gibb’s got a going away present today and Rahm did not get anything but a dirty look….and Rahm was crying….I just wonder what happened…no doubt some of those pills were being popped and the CIC went nutz on old Rahm….???

    Gibb’s got a neck tie just like the one he was wearing and it was framed….I wonder what that means in Mafia language??? You talk and you get hung by that tie…LOL!

  62. -48 confloyd, WOW!!!!!

    That is awesome!
    How long has it taken?
    Congratulations.

    If I thought standing in front of the Whitehouse would make Barry leave, I would quit my job and pitch a tent. I bet the most action we would get is sludge tomatoes tossed at us by MO.

  63. Mrs. S.
    Yes, I think my time with Fox is past the expiration date. Sort of like hanging out with a boyfriend that has cheated, turned to a wack religion and thinks you still want to be with him.

    I like watching the news when I get home from work, but finding the news these days is getting more difficult. I end up spending most of my time with the remote control.

  64. Shadowfax,
    Its taking way to long….but I’m still going down and that’s all that is important…I’m doing it the weight watchers way and learning portion control…If you would just quit falling down on concrete so I can’t get on the treadmill it would help.

  65. Gibb’s got a neck tie just like the one he was wearing and it was framed….I wonder what that means in Mafia language??? You talk and you get hung by that tie…LOL!
    ——-
    That was the tie he loaned Barry to do the first talk at the Convention…Barry framed it like it was some prize that had his DNA on it.

    Puke.

  66. I agree with Mrs. Smith…TV has gotten horrid! I’ve been watching Mayberry RFD while on the treadmill…its the only thing that doesnt get my blood pressure up…LOL!

  67. Good for you confloyd. I went back to counting calories and dumped the diet plans. Yes, smaller quantities is what it’s all about, duh!

    I realized using smaller bowls and keeping a log helps me not cheat. 😉

    It is slow, but when it’s fast, it’s too painful and comes right back.

  68. Shadowfax,
    You know this CIC is really stuck on himself isn’t he…so it was his tie and it was so fantastic it had to be framed….well may I vomit now or what???

    I didn’t realize that…you know I turn off the sound…just watch the pic….its better that way…LOL!

  69. Shadowfax,
    Now let me get this straight…Barry came to do a speech in 04′ and the democratic convention without his own tie on…..he had to borrow Gibb’s???

    Hell he was on drugs then too..Hillary tried to tell us…the world did not want to believe it, but its the truth…

    I saw a pic of some coke lines on the internet and they said the location of the cell phone video was the WH…guess someone was trying to tell us early on…too bad no one listens!

  70. This doesn’t mention the Muslims protecting the Coptic churches a few weeks ago, after one Coptic church was bombed (were the bombers caught?).

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12407793

    10 February 2011 Last updated at 04:17 ET
    Egypt’s Muslims and Christians join hands in protest
    Just weeks after a Christmas Eve church bombing rocked the port city of Alexandria, Egypt’s religious tensions have been set aside as the country’s Muslims and Christians join forces at anti-government protests.
    [….]
    Scrawled on the concrete pillar of a flyover was the symbol of a Muslim crescent embracing the Christian cross and the words: “We are all against the regime”.

    During the big “Day of Departure” protest in Tahrir Square last Friday, Coptic Christian protesters made a human chain around their Muslim brothers and sisters as they performed the noon prayers.

    A Christian Copt holds a sign: “From Muslim and Christian brothers, Leave Mubarak you coward”
    [….]
    I was told: “We are all in this together. Muslims and Christians.” Other people were listening and nodding. “One hand, one hand,” the crowd roared.

    This time they were not talking about the people and the army, as they had a few days earlier, but about Egyptian unity. Muslims and Christians: One hand.

    The sign of the crescent embracing the cross was everywhere: From the careful calligraphy of the handmade placards, to slogans picked out in stones on the floor.

    A man prays on his national flag with his ‘crescent and cross’ sunglasses nearby

    I saw three elderly men, two Muslims clutching gilded copies of the Koran, arms flung around a third, hugging an ornate cross to his chest.

    A group of young men and women belted out a song of the 1919 revolution, accompanied by a guitar. “Arise O Egypt, arise. Arise Egyptians: Muslims, Christians and Jews.”

    The adoption of slogans and symbols of Muslim-Christian unity is particularly important in a context where the Coptic community has been the target of a recent series of deadly attacks.

    Another played across Tahrir Square on Sunday commemorated the dead in a bomb attack on worshippers leaving church on New Year’s eve in Alexandria.

    “They are martyrs for our movement too,” called out a young woman.

    The fact that only a few weeks after the Alexandria attack, Egyptian Copts could hold public prayers in the streets of Cairo, in an overwhelmingly Muslim crowd of protesters, protected by ranks of volunteers from the Muslim Brotherhood at the entrances to the square, may indicate a shift in the atmosphere in Egypt.

    Some would go further, arguing that it is the Egyptian government, rather than popular anti-Christian feeling which has played a crucial role in fuelling violence against the Coptic community.

    “The united front which the pro-democracy protesters have used shows that Egyptians, once united, can see through and subvert the regime’s manipulation”

    “Systematic discrimination against the Copts has been common in some areas such as exclusion from top state and military positions,” says Maha Abdelrahman, a lecturer on Egyptian politics and society at the University of Cambridge.

    “But the state’s major crime has been in the way it has indirectly incited and fuelled sectarian tension between Muslims and Christians.
    [….]
    “It has done this using its complete control over the state-run media, education and religious institutions.”

    “The united front which the pro-democracy protesters have used shows that Egyptians, once united, can see through and subvert the regime’s manipulation.”

  71. and we are off

    Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, calling for President Saleh to resign – RFI

    and….

    Thousands of riot police on the streets of Algiers. Guess who’s next? Protests have started in Algeria : Reuters: Algeria police plan to stifle Egypt-inspired protest.

    ………………………………

    Now we get down to hell of it all.

  72. Al Jazeera: Armed persons storm El-Marg Prison in Cairo & allowed hundreds of prisoners to flee.

    So who got out this time? This is definitely planned somewhere, someone wants these guys out for something.

  73. NYT: Globally, floods in Australia and drought in China have helped send food prices everywhere soaring — on fears the world will see a repeat of shortages in 2007 and 2008 that caused food riots in some poor countries, including Egypt.

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

    Food riots? Couldn’t be. Everyone knows that prediction was just a fantasy of the environmentalists.

    Drought in China, as well as Russia? All a hoax.

  74. Wilkes Professor Talks About Home Country of Egypt
    …Here in our area one Egyptian is now thinking about the country’s future. Sitting in her office at Wilkes University, Dr. Wagiha Taylor reflects on the major change her country has undergone in just 18 days. After more than two weeks of protests by the Egyptian people, President Hosni Mubarak resigned as president of Egypt, ending his 30-year rule over the nation. “For the young people of Egypt, I am happy for them. They have been quite upset and that’s what they needed and I hope it works out well,” said Taylor. With her family living in Egypt, Taylor says she was constantly in contact with loved ones there. She says she realized how grave the situation was early on, when phone and internet service was cut-off for several days. “I think we were all taken by surprise, including myself. There were no phones for two or three days. All of a sudden you realize it’s much more serious than just a small interruption,” said Taylor.

    Taylor, a professor of international business and economics at Wilkes, met President Mubarak twice and says there were many things he did right for Egypt. “He was really good for the American policy makers; he kept the peace in the Middle East. He worked well with Washington, D.C.,” said Taylor. “But after thirty years, I guess it’s time to move on.” As Egypt moves toward democracy, Taylor foresees it impacting other Arab nations. “This kind of activity is contagious. It’s going to probably spread.”

    But she warns change will take time. “We’re just going to have to wait and see what is going to happen. But in the meantime they have a lot of cleaning up to do.”
    http://www.wnep.com/wnep-wb-wilkes-professor-reacts-home-country-egypt,0,7446372.story

  75. Gabby rides again! From her hospital bed, recovering from a gunshot wound, she beats ALL Rethugs and O’Bamacrats in popularity and strength. Hell, she could run for president and Beat O’Bama from her bedside.
    ___________________________

    (Clinton)Dems look to Giffords for Senate seat

    The race for Arizona’s open Senate seat has quickly focused in on one question: What will Gabrielle Giffords do?

    The Democratic congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson last month, is still undergoing rehabilitation in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head. Physicians have warned that her recovery will proceed at its own pace.

    But even though questions about her health remain, Giffords’s astonishingly rapid recovery has left Democrats in Arizona and Washington looking to her as a potential candidate to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.

    Giffords was mentioned as one possible contender for the 2012 race during a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats on Thursday, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said.

    In Arizona, strategists continue to view Giffords as a compelling candidate for higher office. That’s a distinction few Democrats in the state can claim after last November, when Republicans captured two U.S. House seats and won every statewide office on the ballot.

    “Congresswoman Giffords’s name was clearly at the top of the list of potential candidates against Sen. Kyl, or if Sen. Kyl stepped down, over the past couple years. Given that, a lot of people of course thought immediately of her for this seat,” Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny said.

    “A lot of people are thinking about her as potentially running,” said Cherny, who cautioned: “There is a long list of potential candidates that could be looking at running for the Senate and this is going to work itself out over the coming months, instead of days or weeks.”

    A national Democratic strategist said that Giffords’s condition is a key issue that looms over the race: “Given her miraculous recovery, I suspect most folks in D.C. and Arizona would give her and her team some time to figure out if she could make a race.”

    Real estate developer Jim Pederson, a former state party chairman who challenged Kyl in 2006, said there’d be little interest among Democrats in running against Giffords in a primary.

    “If she were to enter the race, it would not only affect Democrats thinking about the race, it’d also affect Republicans,” predicted Pederson, who has not ruled out another run for Senate next year.

    There’s been no official statement from Giffords or her advisers about next year’s campaign. But one Arizona Democratic operative emphasized that there’s widespread sensitivity to the seriousness of Giffords’s condition.

    “Everyone is just kind of sensitive and realistic to the situation, which is, she’s got to recover and then make decisions about her future,” the operative said.

    Before last month’s shooting, however, Giffords was known to be interested in a run for Senate. A young, charismatic moderate with an impressive fundraising network and a proven ability to win Republican votes, she was already a top tier candidate.

    Now, having survived an assassin’s bullet, Giffords has achieved a heroic political status usually reserved for decorated veterans and astronauts. (The fact that her husband, Mark Kelly, actually is an astronaut has only drawn more public attention to Giffords’s story.)

    Wes Gullett, a Republican public relations executive running for mayor of Phoenix, said Giffords would be extraordinarily formidable in any statewide campaign.

    “She’s a centrist Democrat who represents a district that is right on the border, withstood the tidal wave of this last Republican cycle and is a bright, articulate rising star with good national fundraising strengths. That was two months ago,” said Gullett, a former campaign adviser to Sen. John McCain.

    “Gabby is the kind of person that people like. She has a magnetic personality,” Gullett said. “That’s just been amplified by the tragic circumstances of what she’s been through.”

    Former Republican Gov. Fife Symington, who may run for the Senate seat himself, agreed that the public is “very generous in its compassion and in its feelings toward her.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49393.html#ixzz1DkXnPkWW

  76. I read an op-ed column on the flight back yesterday from Paris by Roger Cohen in IHT very critical of Obama on Egypt and can’t find a link to it.. try googling and you will find everything but that column.

  77. This was taken from today’s what did last week polls tell us from Rasmussen.

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    With the crisis in Egypt dominating the headlines, most voters give good marks to America’s chief diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sixty percent (60%) hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Clinton. Forty-four percent (44%) have at least a somewhat favorable regard for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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  78. Susan Rice, Obama’s UN Ambassador promoting one of the most corrupt Tax Payer Funded organizations in the World. (for George Soros’ agenda)

    Rice’s plea could almost bring a tear to your eye if you were stupid enough to believe the bill of goods she is selling.
    ____________________

    “The U.N. provides a real return on our tax dollars by bringing 192 countries together to share the cost of providing stability, vital aid and hope in the world’s most broken places,” Rice said in prepared remarks.

    “Because of the U.N., the world doesn’t look to America to solve every problem alone. … We’re far better off working to strengthen the U.N. than trying to starve it — and then having to choose between filling the void ourselves, or leaving real threats untended.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49319.html

  79. From Mrs. Smith’s link at 10:25 pm
    In the Bakken formation, production is rising so fast there is no space in pipelines to bring the oil to market. Instead, it is being transported to refineries by rail and truck. Drilling companies have had to erect camps to house workers.

    Unemployment in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in the nation, 3.8 percent — less than half the national rate of 9 percent. The influx of mostly male workers to the region has left local men lamenting a lack of women. Convenience stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked with food.

    The Bakken and the Eagle Ford are each expected to ultimately produce 4 billion barrels of oil. That would make them the fifth- and sixth-biggest oil fields ever discovered in the United States. The top four are Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, Spraberry Trend in West Texas, the East Texas Oilfield and the Kuparuk Field in Alaska.

    The fields are attracting billions of dollars of investment from foreign oil giants like Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Norway’s Statoil, and also from the smaller U.S. drillers who developed the new techniques like Chesapeake, EOG Resources and Occidental Petroleum.

    Last month China’s state-owned oil company CNOOC agreed to pay Chesapeake $570 million for a one-third stake in a drilling project in the Niobrara. This followed a $1 billion deal in October between the two companies on a project in the Eagle Ford.

    With oil prices high and natural-gas prices low, profit margins from producing oil from shale are much higher than for gas. Also, drilling for shale oil is not dependent on high oil prices. Papa says this oil is cheaper to tap than the oil in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or in Canada’s oil sands.
    ******************************
    I’ll be watching for our much lower oil prices very soon.

  80. Egyptian lawyers urge Clinton to delist PMOI, protect Ashraf .

    Saturday, 12 February 2011

    NCRI – 45 Egyptian lawyers have written to the US Secretary of State demanding the delisting of the main Iranian opposition and guaranteeing protection for residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq.

    The letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refers to last month’s international conference in Brussels on the policy towards Iran.

    Senior former American officials at the conference from the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations called on Washington to remove the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the blacklist. They also stressed the US government’s obligations towards the protection of the 3,400 PMOI members residing in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.

    “We urge you to comply with your country’s obligations immediately towards the PMOI in Camp Ashraf, who are protected under the Fourth Geneva Convention,” the Egyptian lawyers said in their letter.

    They also referred to the European and American court rulings in favor of the PMOI, as well as a call by thousands of Europeans accompanied by a bipartisan resolution in Congress, for the removal of the PMOI from the US blacklist.

    http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/ashraf/9854-egyptian-lawyers-urge-clinton-to-delist-pmoi-protect-ashraf

  81. He’s not the one
    A post about Oprah demanding that we respect the none that she calls the one:
    http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/hes-not-the-one/

    When I was in the army I discovered that while they could make me treat and officer or NCO with respect, they could not make me respect him. Respect must be earned, and promoting someone to high rank doesn’t make them competent.

    Back in 2008 when Oprah was “stepping out” for Obama some of us preferred the candidate with experience and a record of accomplishments because we wanted to avoid a sharp learning curve. When we raised Obama’s lack of experience as an issue we were politely informed that pointing out a black man’s lack of credentials was racist. We were then asked to never darken the door of the Democratic party again. They had a new coalition and we were not going to be part of it.

    I remember how two years ago some people would gush about the wonderful qualities that Obama possessed. He had superior judgment, mad political skillz, integrity, heart and intellect. But when asked to provide evidence that Obama actually possessed those qualities these people gave us blank stares but never got back to us with the information.

    Obama’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get respect. His problem is that all his life he has received too much too soon. Obama is like a high school quarterback who after one unexceptional game performance is declared the greatest quarterback ever and is handed the starting job in the super bowl.

    I guess if we all clap and cheer for Obama we might convince him he is doing a wonderful job. If his self esteem increases then perhaps his performance will improve. At least that’s the usual theory when we talk about improving self esteem.

    I’m really not an expert on self esteem. I was raised in the dark ages by brutal disciplinarians who never heard of Doctor Spock and who believed that self esteem is bad for a child. When I was a kid we had our numerous mental, moral and physical shortcomings explained to us in loving detail on a daily basis.

    This was done for our own good in order to prepare us for the real world. If you let kids have self esteem they will soon develop hopes, dreams and ambitions. As a precautionary measure, many of us were given demeaning nicknames like “Fatty” or “Dipshit.” If Obama had been called Dipshit when he was growing up we could have avoided a lot of trouble.

  82. BigCatLover 12:03

    Amen!

    Yes, people can be placed in positons where you must show some sort of respect, but it is fake. Earned respect is always much preferred. That is why having people involved in choosing their supervisors is a help.

    I watched him again last night walk up to the podium to speak, and there was this last minute swagger, and even some sort of twich of his body to indicate people should adore him. Great leaders are humble, and never fail to present themselves in a respectful manner.

  83. Hahahaha.

    Is it too late to start now? 😉

    “If Obama had been called Dipshit when he was growing up we could have avoided a lot of trouble.”

  84. BigCatLover
    February 12th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The problem with drilling for Natural Gas throughout the United States is that over 500 toxic chemicals are needed (why 500 chemicals?) for the fracking process to work releasing the natural gas formations sequestered within the subterranean shale formations.

    If you have HBO on demand, a documentary is listed there called “Gasland” that is worth a watch. Residents are getting sick from their drinking water that not only contains the toxic chemicals used for “fracking” but ignitable natural gas leeching out from their kitchen and bathroom taps.

    The HBO trailer :

    http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/gasland/index.html

  85. The problem with drilling for Natural Gas throughout the United States is that over 500 toxic chemicals are needed (why 500 chemicals?) for the fracking process to work releasing the natural gas formations sequestered within the subterranean shale formations.

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

    Palin seems to think we can get natural gas cleanly — perhaps we should distinguish gas from shale vs gas from other formations.

  86. And of course he has to come out looking good…NOT…

    Hillary remains the voice of reason.

    February 12, 2011

    In U.S. Signals to Egypt, Obama Straddled a Rift

    By HELENE COOPER, MARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER

    WASHINGTON — Last Saturday afternoon, President Obama got a jarring update from his national security team: With restive crowds of young Egyptians demanding President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation, Frank G. Wisner, the envoy who Mr. Obama had sent to Cairo only days before, had just told a Munich conference that Mr. Mubarak was indispensable to Egypt’s democratic transition.

    Mr. Obama was furious, and it did not help that his secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Wisner’s key backer, was publicly warning that any credible transition would take time — even as Mr. Obama was demanding that change in Egypt begin right away.

    Seething about coverage that made it look as if the administration were protecting a dictator and ignoring the pleas of the youths of Cairo, the president “made it clear that this was not the message we should be delivering,” said one official who was present. He told Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to take a hard line with his Egyptian counterpart, and he pushed Senator John Kerry to counter the message from Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Wisner when he appeared on a Sunday talk show the next day.

    The trouble in sending a clear message was another example of how divided Mr. Obama’s foreign policy team remains. A president who himself is often torn between idealism and pragmatism was navigating the counsel of a traditional foreign policy establishment led by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, with that of a younger White House staff who worried that the American preoccupation with stability could put a historic president on the wrong side of history.

    In fact, Mr. Obama never did take the extraordinary step of publicly calling on Mr. Mubarak to resign.

    In interviews over the past week, participants and the people they consulted described the tension inside the administration, tension that fed the perception that there was confusion on the Potomac. Time and again, the administration appeared to tack back and forth, alternately describing Mr. Mubarak as a stalwart ally and then a foe of meaningful political change. Twelve days ago, Mr. Obama was announcing that Mr. Mubarak had to begin the transition “now”; last weekend his chief diplomat was telling reporters that removing Mr. Mubarak too hastily could undermine Egypt’s transition to democracy.

    Inside the White House, the same youthful aides who during his campaign pushed Mr. Obama to challenge the assumptions of the foreign policy establishment were now arguing that his failure to side with the protesters could be remembered with bitterness by a rising generation.

    Those onetime campaign aides included Denis McDonough, the sharp-tongued deputy national security adviser; Benjamin J. Rhodes, who wrote the president’s seminal address to the Islamic world in Cairo in June 2009; and Samantha Power, the outspoken Pulitzer Prize winner and human rights advocate who was once drummed out of the campaign for describing Mrs. Clinton as a monster.

    All agreed that Egypt, facing a historic popular revolt, needed to begin a genuine transition to democracy. The debate was how to deploy American influence on a volatile and fast-changing situation — to at least temporarily shore up a faltering ally proposing a gradual transition in the interests of stability, or to signal more support for a new generation of Egyptians demanding faster and more decisive change.

    Despite the fervor on the streets of Cairo, and Mr. Obama’s occasional tough language, the president always took a pragmatic view of how to use America’s limited influence over change in Egypt. He was not in disagreement with the positions of Mr. Wisner and Mrs. Clinton about how long transition would take. But he apparently feared that saying so openly would reveal that the United States was not in total sync with the protesters, and was indeed putting its strategic interests first. Making that too clear would not only anger the crowds, it could give Mr. Mubarak a reason to cling to power and a pretext to crush the revolution.

    It was not only Mr. Wisner’s and Mrs. Clinton’s comments that threw the administration off message. Mr. Biden told an interviewer that he did not believe Mr. Mubarak was a dictator — words he quickly regretted, officials say.

    As the administration struggled to craft a message, it was playing to multiple audiences — the crowds in Tahrir Square who wanted Mr. Obama to be their champion; neighboring allies who feared instability and that revolutionary fervor would spill across their borders; and home audiences on the left and the right who saw this as a test of whether he would restore democracy promotion to the top of the foreign policy agenda.

    Mrs. Clinton and some of her State Department subordinates wanted to move cautiously, and reassure allies they were not being abandoned, in part influenced by daily calls from Israel, Saudi Arabia and others who feared an Egypt without Mr. Mubarak would destabilize the entire region. Some of these allies were nervous in part because they believed that the United States had cheerleaded the protesters in Tunisia.

    In fact, some of the differences in approach stemmed from the institutional biases of the State Department versus those of the White House. The diplomats at the State Department view the Egyptian crisis through the lens of American strategic interests in the region, its threat to the 1979 peace accord between Egypt and Israel and its effects on the Middle East peace process.

    The White House shared those concerns, officials said, but workers in the West Wing also worried that if Mr. Obama did not encourage the young people in the streets with forceful, even inspiring language, he would be accused of abandoning the ideals he expressed in his 2009 speech in Cairo.

    For her part, Mrs. Clinton, too, has called for radical change in the Arab world. In January, on a trip to Qatar, she issued a scathing critique of Arab leaders, saying their countries risked “sinking into the sand” if they did not undertake swift political reforms. She said that stagnant economies and the bulge in the youth population was a recipe for the kind of unrest that later convulsed Tunisia and Egypt. And during a meeting at the White House on Jan. 29, officials said, Mrs. Clinton pushed for the administration to adopt language that would clearly lay the groundwork for Mr. Mubarak’s departure.

    But she also expressed concern later that a hasty exit of Mr. Mubarak could complicate Egypt’s transition to democracy given the lack of a political culture there. Added to that, many foreign policy experts worried — and still worry — that Egyptians are even now faced with a choice between the military on one side and the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group, on the other.

    For Mr. Obama, the turning point came on Feb. 1, when he watched Mr. Mubarak give a defiant speech on television and then called him to make the point that if the Egyptian leader thought he could avoid reform, he was mistaken. He stopped short of calling for Mr. Mubarak to resign, but the next morning, he instructed his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, to not to shy away from his demand that day that meaningful reform must begin “now.”

    “I want you to be clear that I meant what I said when I said ‘now,’ ” Mr. Obama told his aides, according to a senior administration official. The result was Mr. Gibbs’ line that “now started yesterday,” which appeared to harden the administration’s position even more.

    But it also angered the administration’s allies, who made their displeasure clear in a flood of calls. It was in that tense atmosphere that Mrs. Clinton left on Feb. 4 for a security conference in Munich without Thomas E. Donilon, the national security adviser, who was initially supposed to attend, too.

    The surprise speaker was Mr. Wisner, who addressed the group by video link just days after returning from Cairo, where he went to deliver Mr. Obama’s message in person to Mr. Mubarak, whom he had known well when he was the American ambassador to Egypt.

    Mr. Wisner comes from the old school of nurturing American relationships around the world. And he warned the audience in Munich that “you need to get a national consensus around the preconditions of the next step forward,” and that, in the remarks that so angered Mr. Obama, Mr. Mubarak “must stay in office in order to steer those changes through.”

    In Munich, Mrs. Clinton and other Western officials put their emphasis on the “orderly” part of an “orderly transition” in Egypt. Mrs. Clinton ticked off the list of hurdles that had to be surmounted: Political parties had to be created, leaders had to emerge from an opposition that had been suppressed for 30 years, the Constitution needed to be amended and voter rolls assembled.

    She said the process should move “as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances,” but added, “That takes time.”

    Mrs. Clinton’s message, officials said, was conflated later with Mr. Wisner’s. Administration officials insist that Mr. Obama was angered by Mr. Wisner’s remarks, not by Mrs. Clinton’s. But speaking to reporters on the flight home from Munich, Mrs. Clinton echoed at least part of Mr. Wisner’s argument, warning that Mr. Mubarak’s abrupt resignation could prompt a chain of events, stipulated by the Egyptian Constitution, which would lead to elections in two months — far too short a time.

    A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said, “The secretary sees the need for profound transformation in the Middle East – and sees it as consistent with both our values and long-term interests.” But he added, “She is also very mindful of the challenges and seeks to insure it proceeds in a way where people’s aspirations are realized and not thwarted; where lives are valued and not lost.”

    Back in Washington, though, Mr. Obama was moving quickly to counteract the rhetoric coming from Munich. The White House recruited Senator Kerry, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who appeared on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” and declared that Mr. Wisner’s comments “just don’t reflect where the administration has been from day one.”

    In an interview on Friday, Mr. Kerry played down the administration’s mixed messages. “A little confusion came out of Munich,” he said. “Apart from that, they calibrated it appropriately, to try to give the process room without making it an American process.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/world/middleeast/13diplomacy.html

  87. There are over 10,000 oil/gas sites around the Houston/Fort Worth area in Texas. They emit 200,000 tons of emissions more than ALL the cars registered in that area ever could. The Carbon Disulfide and Benzine emissions from those wells are 500X the recommended safety emissions by the EPA’s Clean Air Act. But the EPA does nothing to regulate them into compliance with the safety standards.

  88. Good points from a good article posted above.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/world/middleeast/13diplomacy.html
    Mrs. Clinton, too, has called for radical change in the Arab world. In January, on a trip to Qatar, she issued a scathing critique of Arab leaders, saying their countries risked “sinking into the sand” if they did not undertake swift political reforms. She said that stagnant economies and the bulge in the youth population was a recipe for the kind of unrest that later convulsed Tunisia and Egypt. And during a meeting at the White House on Jan. 29, officials said, Mrs. Clinton pushed for the administration to adopt language that would clearly lay the groundwork for Mr. Mubarak’s departure.
    [….]
    In Munich, Mrs. Clinton and other Western officials put their emphasis on the “orderly” part of an “orderly transition” in Egypt. Mrs. Clinton ticked off the list of hurdles that had to be surmounted: Political parties had to be created, leaders had to emerge from an opposition that had been suppressed for 30 years, the Constitution needed to be amended and voter rolls assembled.

    She said the process should move “as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances,” but added, “That takes time.”

    Mrs. Clinton’s message, officials said, was conflated later with Mr. Wisner’s.

  89. JanH-

    “Seething about coverage that made it look as if the administration were protecting a dictator and ignoring the pleas of the youths of Cairo, the president “made it clear that this was not the message we should be delivering,” said one official who was present. He told Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to take a hard line with his Egyptian counterpart, and he pushed Senator John Kerry to counter the message from Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Wisner when he appeared on a Sunday talk show the next day.”
    ______________________

    This is the beginning of the emboldened media to start smearing Hillary. Their tone is changing as we type. Previously, the media steered clear of Hillary because she was delivering Oh’Bama’s foreign policy message to whatever country she was sent to at the time. The oil rich Middle East has long been the unattainable “Golden Fleece” for the Soros Cartel. The ME has long been a business haven exclusive to the Neocons like Bush and Cheney.

    The time is drawing near, whether she likes it or not, to withdraw from the problems of the world and the Oh’bama Administration. Before their media attack dogs cause irreparable damage to her reputation neutralizing all the good she had done for the world sending it all to Hell in a hand basket.

  90. Somthing to look forward to from our great Hillary

    Upcoming Events: SOS Clinton
    February 12, 2011
    by stacyx~Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech on “Internet Rights And Wrongs: Choices & Challenges In A Networked World,” at George Washington University on February 15 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

    ~Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join members of the National Council of International Visitors (NCIV) on February 17 at their annual meeting to celebrate their 50-year partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

    ~Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver remarks on U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Asia Society in New York on February 18 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton will take questions from the audience following her remarks.

  91. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sarah-palin-s-energy-plan-draws-high-praise
    Sarah Palin’s Energy Plan Draws High Praise
    Opinion by The Heartland Institute
    (March 20, 2009) in Society / Energy
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has announced an ambitious plan to produce half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

    Palin’s plan, which empowers local municipalities to identify and develop the most cost-efficient renewable power sources available to them, won immediate praise from environmental groups, consumer groups, and industry.

    Local Solutions Identified

    The plan was presented in a 245-page document, Alaska Energy: A First Step Toward Energy Independence. It identifies each community’s current energy needs for electrical generation, space heating, and transportation while developing a list of solutions to lower energy costs.

    In a January 16 [2009] press conference, Palin said her plan was designed to break away from energy proposals produced in prior years but never implemented. Key to turning ideas into action under the Palin plan is identification of the most cost-effective energy alternatives for each community and region in the state.

  92. .Admin please remove my horrible mistake intrying to cut and paste Hillarys schedule.

    sorry getting too old.ABM92 and a half

  93. ABM almost 93-

    don’t worry about it. Most likely your post is floating around in the ether somewhere…

    ___________________________________

    Shadowfax
    February 12th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    “fracking”

    ——–
    I wonder who came up with that word?
    ________________________

    The drillers came up with the word derived from the word fracture.

  94. “The time is drawing near, whether she likes it or not, to withdraw from the problems of the world and the Oh’bama Administration. Before their media attack dogs cause irreparable damage to her reputation neutralizing all the good she had done for the world sending it all to Hell in a hand basket.”

    ———————–

    Yes indeed.

  95. .
    The drillers came up with the word derived from the word fracture.
    —–
    Those boys…

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

    Gives us a great excuse to talk about “those frackin’ chemicals.” Bet the Obots would believe it.

  96. Well I see on yahoo, that Chelsea is in the #1 spot treading on twitter. Obama dogs are going after Hillary’s achilles heal….that son of a bitch is horrible!

    Why can’t they just leave the kids along….we all know who it was that broke the story about Edwards and it wasn’t Hillary, it was Obama….Obama’s dirty tricks….he’s no Reagan….he’s Richard Nixon all the way!

    God, how are we ever going to make it til 12′, at this point even Mittens is looking good!

    I am seriously sick of Obama!

  97. crazy horse
    February 12th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Rotten Tomatoes has it released 3mos ago in selected theaters.

    The re-release is nation wide.

  98. ABM92and a half,
    You give me hope that I’ll still have my dad, he is 88 and I’m not ready to hand him over to our maker yet. He is getting where its hard to get around but he still does it…he won’t give up!

    Your posts are always amazing and I enjoy them!

  99. confloyd
    February 12th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Well I see on yahoo, that Chelsea is in the #1 spot treading on twitter. Obama dogs are going after Hillary’s achilles heal….that son of a bitch is horrible!

    Why can’t they just leave the kids along….we all know who it was that broke the story about Edwards and it wasn’t Hillary, it was Obama…
    ______________

    Axelpuss is rattling Hillary’s cage from a distance before they finally attack her head on- What they don’t expect is something coming at them from out of nowhere, Bill. You don’t bang up and bruise his favorite girl, Chelsea, whith out having Hell to pay.. 🙂

  100. Mrs. Smith,
    I hope your right….I am seriously sick of this little upstart and his keepers!

    Chelsea and Marc don’t need this crap…I am sure Hillary is going to get sick of this soon, but she may be just wanting to force him to fire her…now that would blow up extremely big in Obozo’s face….the world knows Hillary is the only thing keeping the President’s head above water….

  101. What obama and his dims are trying to hide while he basks in the limelight…

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s casualties: 800,000 jobs
    Unemployment will rise if health care takeover isn’t stopped

    February 11, 2011

    Repeal of Obamacare ought to be a priority not only on constitutional grounds, but also as a move essential to pulling our economy out of its malaise. The head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) let slip the reason why in testimony Thursday before the House Budget Committee. Over the course of a decade, the tax hikes and increased costs of government’s health care takeover would take a big toll on the job market. “If the reduction in the labor used was workers working the average number of hours in the economy and earning the average wage, there would be a reduction of 800,000 workers,” CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf predicted.

    That estimate only holds true if the most favorable scenarios play out. The actual reduction in employment could be far worse if the economy continues to struggle as it has done so far under President Obama‘s statist policies. Nobody knows better than Mr. Obama‘s second-in-command that things don’t always work out as well as expected.

    In a March video interview with Yahoo! Finance, Vice President Joe Biden answered a second grader’s question about the future with a prediction of massive job growth within six months. “By the time you go back to school in September, honey, you’re going to be seeing 200,000 jobs created,” he promised. Recovery summer, of course, turned out to be a bust. By the time young Davida hit the books last year, 280,000 jobs were lost – not gained.

    It’s no accident. This administration has turned America into a disproving ground for the failed economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, who taught that government investment was the key to growth. According to our Keynesian president, the endless supply of government money was supposed to serve as the fuel for productivity during the slump.

    This ideology rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of how markets function in the real world. Every dollar that Mr. Obama spent with his “Recovery Act” was pilfered from the pockets of families and entrepreneurs across the country. Many of these businesses are expert at preparing for tomorrow. They see the looming debt and realize they have a target on their backs painted by the class warriors running the country. As a result, they didn’t hire and didn’t grow. The economy has ground to a near halt as a result.

    After more than a trillion dollars spent in so-called stimulus funds, the best the Obama administration can do is lamely assert that things would have been much worse had the money not been spent. In fact, they see the current economic sputtering as evidence that a lot more taxpayer funds need to be blown on phony stimulation.

    In many respects, this outcome fits neatly into Mr. Obama‘s anti-industrial policy that seeks to roll back the advances and conveniences of the modern era, replacing them with relics of the past. He wants more trains and bicycles, not cars and airplanes. He prefers windmills to modern, clean-energy nuclear plants. His primary goal has been to cut off cheap sources of energy, which are the lifeblood of any industrial society that seeks to create wealth.

    Mr. Obama obviously isn’t interested in wealth creation; he wants to be the guy who redistributes it. This, too, is the central concept behind Obamacare. It will take the modern marvel of American medicine and hand it to bureaucrats to decide how it might be distributed. That’s why Obamacare must be defeated.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/11/obamacares-casualties-800000-jobs/

  102. With “Clinton, President of the World” set to be broadcast soon, I wait with trepidation to see what obama and his dims as well as the other side will do to try and diminish it’s impact.

    I honestly think obama was hoping for that title and can’t be a happy camper.

  103. confloyd

    the world knows Hillary is the only thing keeping the President’s head above water….
    =========
    He ticks off Hillary enough by attacking her family, she may just push his head under water.

  104. “but she may be just wanting to force him to fire her.”
    ____________________

    He is working to force her into resigning…

  105. For whatever it’s worth – Fox saying the Rethug staw poll at the Rethug fest:

    First place: Ron Paul 30%

    Mittens 23%
    Chris Cristie 6%
    The Newt-er 5%
    Bachmann 4%
    Sarah 3%
    Huckster 2%
    Santorum 2%

    (There were others in the mix but not with good numbers.)

  106. Shadowfax-

    I think they should all have nicknames:

    so far:

    Mittens is perfect. I’ve got one for Newt-

    Hereby, Newt shall be known as the ‘Global Pimp.”

  107. Official unemployment rate at 10.3%.

    That’s what Drudge has up per Gallup.

    Of course we all know it’s unofficially at least twice that.

  108. Mrs. S.
    Hereby, Newt shall be known as the ‘Global Pimp’

    Good one, it fits so many- I may forget it’s only one Rethug.

  109. If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one.
    —-
    The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.
    —-
    War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.

    ….

    I was just thinking, where is little Ross Perot?
    Found a couple of quotes that still ring true since 1992.

  110. I was just thinking, where is little Ross Perot?
    _______________

    I don’t know if thats a good idea.

    I have pie chart allergies.. (scratch-scratch)

  111. The military running Egypt now, says it will honor their peace treaty with Israel and the protesters are cleaning up the mess from the protests. Sweeping and putting trash in trucks to clean up the square.

    The protesters plan to meet at the square every Friday to keep talk about how to build their democracy and keep in tune with what the milatary is doing.

    I am amazed and proud of them so far, especially after being beaten and some killed, they remained peaceful.

  112. Musharraf accused in Bhutto death. Arrest warrant issued.

    Feb 12, 2011

    By ASIF SHAHZAD

    ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant Saturday for former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, while government investigators accused the retired general of involvement in the slaying.

    Though he does not yet face any charges, the developments mark a major escalation of legal troubles for Musharraf, a one-time U.S. ally who went into self-exile in Britain in 2008 after being forced out of the presidency he secured in a 1999 military coup.

    The accusations of a role in Bhutto’s death were leveled by a government now run by Musharaff’s rivals. They make it nearly impossible for him to fulfill pleges to return to Pakistan and lead a new political party.

    Bhutto was killed Dec. 27, 2007, in a gun and suicide bomb attack after returning to Pakistan to campaign in elections Musharraf agreed to allow after months of domestic and international pressure. Musharraf blamed the Pakistani Taliban, an al-Qaida affiliated group, for the attack, but government prosecutors now allege he was part of the plot to kill the popular former premier.

    “A joint investigation team in its report to the court has found Musharraf guilty of being involved in the conspiracy and abetting to kill Benazir Bhutto,” said Zulfikar Ali Chaudhry, the lead prosecutor.

    He said the probe has evidence that Musharraf was “completely involved” through Baitullah Mehsud, the late leader of the Pakistani Taliban, and that prosecutors are seeking a murder trial. He did not elaborate.

    Musharraf has always denied any role in Bhutto’s death and scoffed at critics who said he did not do enough to protect her. Mehsud, who was killed in a U.S. missile strike in 2009, also denied targeting Bhutto.

    story at link:

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110212/D9LB81BO0.html

  113. U.S seeks diplomatic clarity in Mideast

    From Elise Labott and Barbara Starr, CNN
    February 12, 2011

    Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration launched into diplomatic outreach throughout the Middle East Saturday, even as it tries to determine the composition of the Egyptian military council and the line of authority in the future Egyptian government.

    While the U.S. is already familiar with the players of the council, it is still unclear who is handling diplomatic issues, senior officials said.

    “They will have to clarify who is now the head of the government,” one senior State Department official said. “We have to figure out the pecking order.”

    But the official added, “Whomever the Egyptians chose, we can have a relationship and deal with that person.” He spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity of the ongoing diplomacy.

    A big unanswered question is the future of Vice President Omar Suleiman, the official said.

    Top State Department officials are contacting every Arab foreign minister, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to call leaders in the region this weekend, officials said. Clinton also is dispatching Under Secretary William Burns to Jordan to discuss “the historic events in Egypt as well as a range of other regional and bilateral issues,” a State Department statement said. Burns, the No. 3 official at the State Department, previously served as an ambassador to Jordan.

    Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is headed to Israel on a scheduled visit, and will visit Jordan as well.

    Diplomacy between the United States and Egypt has been effectively cut off, said a Republican congressman familiar with the administration’s efforts. The congressman briefed reporters Friday afternoon on the condition they not use his name. “It’s been very difficult to get information through normal diplomatic channels given the rapid changes. And you can imagine, they don’t want to sit down with an American right now when they’ve got their whole world kind of collapsing on them as we speak,” the congressman said.

    State Department officials acknowledged it has been hard to reach members of the new Egyptian government during the last 48 hours.

    U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey has had some contact with the foreign ministry, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Mullen had some contact with their military counterparts. Gates spoke with Egypt’s defense minister, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, on Saturday, U.S. spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

    The discussion, Gates’ sixth phone conversation with the Egyptian Defense Minister since the situation in Egypt began, is the first high-level contact between the two governments since President Hosni Mubarak resigned. U.S. and Egyptian officials said they expected the two sides to resume broader and more regular consultations this weekend.

    The senior State Department official said the United States was carefully watching what will happen on Saturday with protesters in Cairo. The military had suggested it could rescind the emergency law if the protesters were to go home, so the U.S. wants to “lock in that gain.”

    “They have achieved everything they wanted to achieve so we want to see if the protesters take a breath now,” the official said.

    However, CNN’s Arwa Damon reported Friday that some protesters intended to keep up the demonstration with more demands, including putting Mubarak on trial.

    Additionally, the official said the U.S. would be looking to see whether a broader-based group of members of the opposition would join the political process now that Mubarak has stepped down.

    “The most significant issue in the transition has been resolved, Mubarak has given up all powers and that removes the most significant obstacle to the transition process,” the official said.

    Additionally, because the military was not forced between defending Mubarak and siding with the people, it has been able to safeguard its credibility and relationship with the country, the official said.

    In addition to lifting the emergency law, there were myriad issues that needed to be addressed, such as constitutional changes and judgments about how inclusive the government will make the political process, and what roles the opposition might have in the transition, the official said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/02/12/us.mubarak/

  114. Huckabee HAS gained quite a bit of weight and I think I’ve heard him mention that he’s got to get back on a diet.

  115. turndownobama
    February 12th, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    The problem with drilling for Natural Gas throughout the United States is that over 500 toxic chemicals are needed (why 500 chemicals?) for the fracking process to work releasing the natural gas formations sequestered within the subterranean shale formations.

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

    Palin seems to think we can get natural gas cleanly — perhaps we should distinguish gas from shale vs gas from other formations
    ********

    See the movie ” Gasland “

  116. JanH
    February 12th, 2011 at 4:36 pm
    With “Clinton, President of the World” set to be broadcast soon, I

    Why is tingles doiing this…..makes me very suspicious

  117. So how can one possible determine success or failure out of this, when a new democratic government has not been formed. The only thing we really found out is that the ARMY no longer supported the Dictator. If they had, many would have been dead, and the riots would have been put down. So what does that mean? There is someone else in the Army that wants to dictate to Egypt? We will not know that at least for a few months.

    In our history, George Washington, really set the tone for our Democracy. Had he wanted to, he could have ruled for a long time. But he believed in the Democracy, and forced the country to start selecting the next leader. I wonder what he would think of our election in 2000 and the Democratic Primary in 2008. Let us face it, he and others sacrificed a lot to give us this democracy. Greed and power make many a dictator. I see a lot f Greed and power going on in our Democracy.

  118. Domino effect? Is Algeria the next Middle East trouble spot? Deleting Facebook accounts is one way of getting people’s attention. Will this action backfire as it did in Egypt?
    ____________________________

    Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts

    Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.

    By Nabila Ramdani 7:25PM GMT 12 Feb 2011

    Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone.

    There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world.

    But it was the government attack on the internet which was of particular significance to those calling for an end to President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s repressive regime.

    Protesters mobilising through the internet were largely credited with bringing about revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.

    “The government doesn’t want us forming crowds through the internet,” said Rachid Salem, of Co-ordination for Democratic Change in Algeria.

    “Security forces are armed to the teeth out on the street, and they’re also doing everything to crush our uprising on the internet. Journalists, and especially those with cameras, are being taken away by the police.” President Hosni Mubarak had tried to shut down internet service providers during 18 days of protest before stepping down as Egyptian leader on Friday.

    Mostafa Boshashi, head of the Algerian League for Human Rights, said: “Algerians want their voices to be heard too. They want democratic change.

    “At the moment people are being prevented from travelling to demonstrations. The entrances to cities like Algeria have been blocked.”

    At least five people were killed in similar protests in Algeria in January, when the Interior Ministry said 1000 people were arrested.

    On Saturday at least 500 had been arrested by early evening in Algiers alone, with hundreds more in Annaba, Constantine and Oran taking part in the so-called February 12 Revolution.

    “The police station cells are overflowing,” said Sofiane Hamidouche, a demonstrator in Annaba.

    “There are running battles taking place all over the city. It’s chaos. As night falls the situation will get worse.”

    Algeria has the eighth largest reserves of natural gas in the world, and is also oil-rich, but its youthful population suffers mass unemployment, a chronic lack of housing, and widespread poverty. Political corruption is also endemic.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/algeria/8320772/Algeria-shuts-down-internet-and-Facebook-as-protest-mounts.html

  119. Just to clarify- The movie “Gasland” is a documentary. The doc was done by a civilian without ties to energy sources. His curiosity was the impetus to the investigation after hearing rumors neighbors were being sickened by their well water plus the fact their well water had become flammable at the tap.

  120. Breaking News –

    Egypt military says it has dissolved parliament, suspended constitution, will
    run country for 6 months or until elections
    ————

    Is that bad or good.

  121. sigh…note the last line of this otherwise accurate piece of journalism.

    Commentary: Opinion
    Obama’s Blame Game: Egypt is Hillary Clinton’s fault

    Sunday, February 13, 2011
    by Nancy Morgan

    The New York Times is reporting that the mixed messages received from the White House on the Egyptian crisis were the fault of the State Department:

    A president who himself is often torn between idealism and pragmatism was navigating the counsel of a traditional foreign policy establishment led by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, against that of a next-generation White House staff who worried that the American preoccupation with stability could put a historic president on the wrong side of history.

    Translation: It’s all Hillary’s fault that Obama is now being criticized for his lack of leadership during the 18 days of protests in Egypt that finally resulted in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

    The Times neglects to remind readers that Hillary has been noticeably absent during the whole Egyptian crisis, surfacing only after the crisis seemed to be resolved, spouting generic phrases regarding how America will stand up for Democracy. The Times also neglected to mention that Secretary of State, Hillary, had been sent on an urgent mission to Haiti as Egypt entered its’ second week of protests.

    The mixed messages emanating from the White House started on Day 3 of the protests. The only “official” word from the White House was when Joe Biden stated that Mubarak should “not step down.” Oops…

    As Obama tried to figure out what was going on in Egypt, White House spokesman Gibbs twittered, briefly, “..it’s not for me or our government to determine” whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should leave office.

    After Mubarak appeared to agree to resign the next day, the Obama administration stepped in and took the credit. Another oops. It appeared that Mubarak wasn’t really resigning. But now Obama was committed.

    After another 10 days, while Obama sat on the fence and tried to determine which side would best support his own political future, the events unfolded and eventually resolved, with a complete lack of input and/or leadership from the United States.

    In point of fact, President Mubarak allegedly lambasted Obama during a private telephone call for his wavering stance and inability to commit publicly to either side.

    With the dust now starting to settle, Obama is frantically casting about for a fall guy. Or girl. With the help of one of his most loyal allies, the New York Times, the media template is forming. It was all the fault of the State Department. Ergo, it’s Hillary’s fault. President Obama, as usual, is completely blameless. Take that, Hillary.

    It seems apparent that the buck no longer stops with Obama. We now have a president who is more skilled at passing the buck than dealing with a 3am moment. This is scary stuff. What’s even scarier is the fact that I now have to acknowledge that there are even worse presidential candidates than Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.energypublisher.com/article.asp?id=48468

  122. Great summary, JanH, outlining the particulars sequenced in the correct order.

    I don’t think anyone but Obama is pointing a finger at Hillary. The only other political faction with anything to gain from blaming Hillary are the RW’ers which I did read a little of- at the outset of the Egyptian protest. Their MO is to confuse and stir the pot. Nevertheless, they gained little ground on that score.

    The noticeable change is…. the knives are visibly out at the Obama White House for Hillary. Kevlar vests are the next order of business, one front, one back, for our Hillary.

  123. The WSWS has no mention of Hillary in their article. But a few good jabs at Obama and Biden are well placed in their summary. We can only hope the NYT, the mouth organ of the O’Bama Administration, keeps up the good work reshuffling the cards when the game is over closing their eyes hoping no one will notice. 😆
    __________________________

    Mubarak resignation staggers Obama administration

    By Alex Lantier

    12 February 2011

    Obama administration officials reacted to yesterday’s ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with hypocritical declarations of solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian masses. Their comments barely disguised, however, the alarm they felt at the downfall of a dictator the US government has backed for 31 years.

    In a perfunctory six-minute address, after which he took no questions, President Obama declared the United States to be a “friend and partner to Egypt.” He praised the “moral force of nonviolence” as the principle underlying the protests, saying it “bent the arc of history toward justice once more.”

    Obama’s pompous attempt to portray Washington as sympathetic to the Egyptian masses is the height of hypocrisy. The US government made its support for Mubarak quite clear in the midst of the wave of massive strikes and protests that ultimately forced him from power.

    When Mubarak gave his February 1 speech defying popular demands that he leave office, Obama made a 30-minute phone call to the Egyptian president, after which Obama reiterated the “partnership” between the US and Egypt and called for a “transition” to democracy. At the same time, former US ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner traveled to Cairo to sound out the leadership of the Mubarak regime.

    The US promoted Mubarak’s aide, Vice President Omar Suleiman—the spy chief who worked with US intelligence agencies to torture detainees sent to Egypt for interrogation by the US “rendition” program—while backing a continued role for Mubarak. Just one week ago, Wisner told the Munich Security Conference, “President Mubarak remains utterly critical in the days ahead as we sort our way toward the future.” He insisted that Mubarak “stay in office in order to steer those changes through.”

    There was also more tangible evidence of where Washington’s sympathies lay. Egyptian protestors found that tear gas and concussion grenades fired at them by police were stamped “Made in the USA.” This was part of the broader US policy of funding Mubarak’s army and police forces to the hilt, to the tune of $1.3 billion per year, over a period of decades.

    Obama’s invocation of the principle of nonviolence is likewise empty and false. The Egyptian government paid it no heed, killing hundreds and torturing or “disappearing” thousands of protestors. The protestors were also compelled to discard it, to defend themselves in street battles from police and pro-Mubarak thugs armed with knives, Molotov cocktails, studded clubs, and other weapons.

    If the Obama administration has gone along with the removal of Mubarak, it is doubtless because it agreed with the Egyptian generals’ assessment: they could not organize an effective suppression of the millions of people opposing Mubarak with Egypt’s conscript army. Instead, they decided to pin their hopes on a new cabal of generals in Cairo.

    This does not signify, however, any change of Washington’s policy of using all means necessary to secure US imperialism’s interests in Egypt. Egypt controls the critical Suez Canal waterway, is a fast-growing cheap-labor industrial power, maintains a critical peace treaty with Israel, and occupies a central political and cultural role in the Arab world. In the eyes of Washington, the services Mubarak offered to American imperialism far outweighed his crimes against his people.

    Washington is now seized with fear that a future government in Egypt might not be as amenable to the interests of US imperialism, as the population of the country is overwhelmingly opposed to the US policy of repression and control of the Middle East. Indeed, the Brookings Institute think-tank recently published an article by Daniel L. Byman, titled “Democracy in Egypt: What are the Risks to the United States?”

    Byman wrote: “Mubarak, after all, was a friend—a brutal, corrupt, and despotic friend, but a friend nonetheless. His regime was as pro-American as is conceivable for Egypt. Any replacement government that reflected the will of the Egyptian people would keep far more distance from Washington.”

    Byman called Israel the “stickiest issue” in terms of US relations with a new Egyptian regime.

    Obama’s departing press secretary, Robert Gibbs, took up Byman’s concerns in his final press conference. As if unable to stop himself from addressing Egypt as a colonial country, he informed the Egyptian people: “It is important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with Israel.”

    While Gibbs declared that “I don’t think that we have to fear democracy,” his answers indicated otherwise. Asked if he supported calls for democracy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan—two US-backed monarchies that brutally repress their populations—Gibbs demurred: “It’s not our role to make that kind of statement.”

    US Vice President Joseph Biden made a crude attempt to turn the revolutionary events in Egypt into grist for the US imperialist propaganda campaign against Iran. “The government of Iran should allow the Iranian people the same universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate, and communicate in Tehran that the people are exercising in Cairo,” he declared. This was a shameless attempt to erase the fact that this “universal right” was seized by the Egyptian people at the cost of hundreds killed and thousands of protestors “disappeared” or wounded by an Egyptian regime that he and his administration supported.

    Just a week ago, Biden declared in an interview that Mubarak was his “friend” and insisted that he should not step down.

    Such comments underscore the cynicism with which US officials treat the invocation of “democracy”—as yet another component of their foreign policy toolkit, along with cluster bombs and rendition.

    As the Obama administration’s reaction to events in Egypt shows, the moment a genuine revolutionary movement of the working class emerges in Iran—challenging the regime from the left and not the right—the US administration will take an entirely different attitude.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/obam-f12.shtml

  124. Didn’t Obama say in the interview with Bill O’Reilly that presidentin’ is hard because all the “easy decisions” are made before they get to his desk? So America’s reaction to the Egyptian crisis was an easy decision? Somebody else made it? He didn’t know what responses were being given?
    How many more times must it be proven that not only is he incompetent but a pathological liar.

  125. Hillary’s next task- navigating the O’Bama land mines laid out for her by the O’Bama/Soros/Z-Big Cabal. If it’s a domestic issue,look to the Chicago Combine. If it’s Foreign Policy problems, look to the Soros Cabal. Hillary is being double teamed on both fronts now- I hope she is looking to Bill for this…
    ___________________________

    U.S.-Pakistan spat heats up; Washington meeting off

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The standoff between the U.S. and Pakistan over a jailed American embassy worker has escalated.

    The U.S. is postponing talks set for this coming week in Washington involving Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani and Afghan diplomats.

    Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says the U.S. acted “in light of the political changes in Pakistan” and after discussions with officials from those two countries.

    A new Pakistani Cabinet was sworn in Friday.

    Crowley says the U.S. hopes to reschedule the three-way meeting soon. Pakistan prizes such gatherings as a way to assert influence in Afghanistan.

    Police in Pakistan have accused the embassy worker of “cold-blooded murder.” Raymond Allen Davis claims he shot the men because they were trying to rob him. The U.S. contends he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/12/us-pakistan-spat-heats-washington-meeting/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

  126. The Times neglects to remind readers that Hillary has been noticeably absent during the whole Egyptian crisis, surfacing only after the crisis seemed to be resolved, spouting generic phrases regarding how America will stand up for Democracy.

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

    Not correct. Hillary began by saying there should be no violence, the government should listen to the protestors. (Which of course WAS the key; the army didn’t shoot the protestors, which allowed them to prevail, or allowed the army to take over, or both, wahtever). She made various other statements along the way. Whether those got widely reported is another matter.

  127. Friday 11 Feb: NJN News interviews Rutgers Professor Emeritus and President of the Arab-American League of Voters of NJ, namely Morad Abou-Sabe
    Video at http://www.njn.net/news/watch/friday.html and will be recorded over by Friday Feb. 18th (ergo no longer available)
    This interview begins at the 5:22 mark.
    [What I most want you to be aware of is this statement about Obama]:”As much as I love him, he has been behind the ball in this series of events.”
    [Paraphrasing some other content of the video]:
    Military council is not what young people wanted.
    Transformation should be a civil council composed of 1 representative from the army, 3 from the opposition parties, and 1 chief justice of the Supreme Court of Egypt.
    This Professor has an Op Ed piece at Huffington Post. News anchor indicated it was the choice of a 3rd party to place it there.

  128. “The Times neglects to remind readers that Hillary has been noticeably absent during the whole Egyptian crisis, surfacing only after the crisis seemed to be resolved, spouting generic phrases regarding how America will stand up for Democracy. The Times also neglected to mention that Secretary of State, Hillary, had been sent on an urgent mission to Haiti as Egypt entered its’ second week of protests.”

    “The mixed messages emanating from the White House started on Day 3 of the protests. The only “official” word from the White House was when Joe Biden stated that Mubarak should “not step down.” Oops… ”
    ______________________

    Hillary came out once as the Egypt crisis was heating up. After that it was the press asking her questions to which she responded.

    Hardly an official press conference representing the WH and negligible enough because her message never changed.

  129. holdthemaccountable
    February 13th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    If I remember correctly, HTA, the plan proposed by the Rutger’s professor is a restatement of the original plan for the initial transition of power from Mubarak to the new president. The (3) from the opposition party was supposed to be representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood and the (1) originally was supposed to be ElBaradai instead of the CJ of TSCOE.

    Reshuffling the players now that Mubarak is gone. The most important push if for the (3) from the MB. Forget them!

  130. The Ulsterman Report: Sex and Murder in The Land of Obama?
    Published by Ulsterman on February 12, 2011 in US Politics

    A shocking tale of Barack Obama’s behavior following a high profile Chicago gathering of Democratic Party elites shortly before Obama won election to the Illinois State Senate.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-sex-and-murder-in-the-land-of-obama/#ixzz1DstRWwTD

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-sex-and-murder-in-the-land-of-obama/#ixzz1DstBisbx

  131. democrat1,

    I read that. But the story was written by an anonymous facebook poster. I’m not saying it couldn’t be true but the way the material is presented poses credibility problems, IMHO.

  132. Hillary came out once as the Egypt crisis was heating up. After that it was the press asking her questions to which she responded.

    Hardly an official press conference representing the WH and negligible enough because her message never changed.

    ———————-
    I believe she made a few statements while at a meet the press with another head of state.

    And I remember her telling Greta that: “the Egyptian people must determine their own future.” The interview dealt with a number of issues and not just Egypt.

  133. Clinton phones regional leaders on Egypt
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarked on a round of telephone diplomacy on Sunday, calling several top officials including India’s foreign minister to discuss Egypt’s transition away from authoritarian rule.

    Clinton “is making calls to regional and global leaders to gain a shared perspective on Egypt, recent developments and the way forward,” her spokesman Philip Crowley said in a message on his Twitter account.

    The top US diplomat made calls to Greek Prime Minister Georges Papandreou as well as Indian Foreign Minister S.M Krishna, with whom she discussed developments in Egypt as well as his “recent dialogue with Pakistan,” Crowley said.

    And in a call with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the two discussed “Egypt, its impact on the Middle East and other regional issues,” Crowley said.

    Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak, who resigned on Friday after three decades in power, and Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who departed after ruling for 23 years on January 14, both bowed to unprecedented waves of popular protests.

    Leaders throughout the Arab world have been watching the events closely, wary that the pro-democracy uprisings might inspire similar revolutions in the region.

    Analysts say that with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s downfall, US President Barack Obama’s administration is walking a fine line in the Middle East by continuing to support calls for democracy while avoiding alienating allies.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jwC4X3eULAwtB-zo3unQDgp_7V9g?docId=CNG.f6fcd5bb2a7f891c8156a12d7845d240.b91

  134. democrat1
    February 13th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The Ulsterman Report: Sex and Murder in The Land of Obama?
    Published by Ulsterman on February 12, 2011 in US Politics

    A shocking tale of Barack Obama’s behavior following a high profile Chicago gathering of Democratic Party elites shortly before Obama won election to the Illinois State Senate.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-sex-and-murder-in-the-land-of-obama/#ixzz1DstRWwTD
    ————-
    Wow!

    That story fits with what Larry Sinclair was talking about, when he was ‘shut up’.

    I certainly wouldn’t put it past the thugs behind Barry to off someone for finding out there was a connection.

    We will probably never know for sure, just like we may never know who Barry was before his history was scrubbed.

  135. Somebody posted here a few days ago quotes from Hillary spelling out exactly what steps Egypt needed to take. Very clear. That was before Mub left.

  136. Shadowfax
    February 13th, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    Lady Gaga arives at Grammys in Giant Egg-

    ———–
    Bizarre as always with Ga ga ga…
    ===============================================

    Mick showed these young perfromers how to entertain an audience without gimmicks..

  137. Hard to believe Mick is 67 years old…I wish he would have sang some Rolling Stones songs though..

    I really enjoyed Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, the folk/pop groups that performed with Bob Dylan…I love that you can see new music/performers at the Grammys..

  138. turndown,

    I posted those steps from Hillary. I believe they were taken from an interview she gave in Munich but I could be wrong.

  139. Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, uses a bio-energy recovery system in 10 of its 12 U.S. breweries to convert wastewater into natural gas that’s then used to fuel the brewing process.
    [….]
    “There’s a lot of money to be saved, there’s a lot of strain to be taken off local wastewater systems”

  140. Mick showed these young perfromers how to entertain an audience without gimmicks..
    ——
    Oh really?
    I remember going to his concerts dressed up in costumes to fit in and the big lips and stagecraft were huge back in the day.

    Mick and his boys just had another style then.

    Gaga just goes off into the weird, but she said in an interview tonight on 60 minutes, it is to give people something to talk about instead of talking about her personal life…distraction.
    Well, I don’t know about that…

  141. I posted those steps from Hillary. I believe they were taken from an interview she gave in Munich but I could be wrong.

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

    That fits my memory of your post. Very good anyway — and not mentioned or quoted elsewhere of course, sfaik.

  142. Couldn’t resist lifting this, comment and all. 😉

    —–

    Bush program helped lay the groundwork in Egypt
    WASHINGTON — A small, controversial effort launched under President George W. Bush to fund and train election monitors in Egypt played a key role in the movement to topple President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
    The program, which provided millions in direct funding to prodemocracy groups, helped dispatch 13,000 volunteers to observe Egypt’s parliamentary elections in December. Thousands of those monitors, angered by what they said was blatant election rigging, joined the protests. Some became outspoken leaders; others used the networking and communication skills they learned to help coordinate 18 days of rallies.
    “The very fact that they saw the fraud firsthand has contributed to them turning from monitors into activists,’’ said Saad Eddin Ibrahim, founder of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies, which has used a share of the US funds to train volunteers. “They became very disillusioned with the regime.’’
    The evolving role of the monitors provides a measure of vindication for Bush administration officials and allies, including Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, who fought for permission to funnel money to the monitors, bucking a longstanding US policy of giving Egypt a veto over US funds.

    ————-

    Can’t wait for the Progs to claim credit for Liz Cheney’s efforts.

  143. Another one of O’Bama’s mentors call for chaos and tumult.
    ______________________-

    UPDATE 1-Gaddafi tells Palestinians: revolt against Israel

    * Libyan leader says refugees should mass on Israel’s shores

    * ‘This is a time of popular revolutions’: Gaddafi

    * Accuses Western powers of being enemies of Islam

    (Updates with more quotes in paragraphs 11-13)

    By Ali Shuaib and Salah Sarrar

    TRIPOLI, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Palestinian refugees should capitalise on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday.

    Gaddafi is respected in many parts of the Arab world for his uncompromising criticism of Israel and Arab leaders who have dealings with the Jewish state, though some people in the region dismiss his initiatives as unrealistic.

    He was giving his first major speech since a popular uprising in neighbouring Egypt forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign, an event which electrified the Arab world and prompted speculation that other Arab governments could also be toppled.

    “Fleets of boats should take Palestinians … and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi was shown saying on state television. “This is a time of popular revolutions.”

    “We need to create a problem for the world. This is not a declaration of war. This is a call for peace,” he said in a speech given to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohamed, a holy day in the Islamic calendar.

    He also said: “All Arab states which have relations with Israel are cowardly regimes.”

    Palestinians have long demanded that refugees who fled or were forced to leave in the war of Israel’s creation in 1948 should be allowed to return, along with their descendants.

    Israel says any resettlement of Palestinian refugees must occur outside of its borders.

    ISLAMIST MILITANTS

    Gaddafi also issued a call to Muslim countries to join forces against Western powers. He said the world was divided into white, denoting the United States, Europe and their allies, and green for the Muslim world.

    “The white colour has decided to get rid of the green colour,” Gaddafi said. “These countries should be united against the white colour because all of these white countries are the enemies of Islam.”

    He said violent acts committed by Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda network went against Islam because they killed innocent people. But he said there was a political explanation for the emergence of militant Islamists.

    “Why did this movement emerge? Regardless of its behaviour, in my analysis this movement appeared in response to the American arrogance towards the Islamic nation and in response to its hegemony of the Islamic world,” Gaddafi said.

    “It was a response to … the submission of rulers in the Islamic world, the subservience of rulers in the Islamic world to this arrogance from Europe and the United States,” he said.

    Gaddafi has for decades challenged what he describes as Western imperialism. His oil exporting country spent years under international sanctions for seeking banned weapons and sponsoring militant groups.

    These were lifted in 2004 when Gaddafi renounced his previous activities, though he still frequently deploys his colourful rhetoric against the West.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/tunisiaNews/idAFLDE71C0KP20110213?sp=true

  144. My good friend Webster Tarpley has predicted War with Iran. Are the maneuvers called for by Gaddafi a clarion call (placing Iranian ships off of Israel’s coastline) and consternation by MB opposition groups in Egypt a slow build up of forces set to shut down the Suez Canal while simultaneously staging an attack on Israel?

    The above article plays down Gaddafi’s rhetoric as having the usual negative content against the West. I hope Hillary has her eye on this one and starts breaking up the centralizing of these radicals focused on Israel, who pose a clear and present danger to Israel’s safety than banal colorful rhetoric against the West.
    ________________________________

    (Iran)Security forces in place ahead of opposition rallies

    Tehran, Iran (CNN) — The Iranian government kept a heavy security presence across central portions of the capital Monday and blocked the homes of opposition leaders after they called for rallies in support of the uprising in Egypt.

    Last week, the Iranian government rounded up activists after opposition leaders Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi called for supporters to gather at Tehran’s Azadi Square — the site of mass protests by Iran’s opposition movement after the disputed 2009 presidential elections.

    Hundreds of security forces patrolled Azadi Square on Monday on foot, and in motorcycles and cars, a witness said.

    “You can’t take two steps without running into security personnel,” the witness said. “They’re all over the place.”
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    There were no sign of protesters, the witness said.

    Security forces on Monday blocked roads leading to Moussavi’s home, his opposition website Kaleme reported. The website also said phone lines and cell phone service to the area have been cut off.

    Plain-clothes security forces blocked Moussavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, from leaving their home Monday, said Kaleme and another opposition website, Saham News.

    “This is what we’ve been told do,” security forces said when Rahnavard asked why she couldn’t leave, Sahan reported. “We’re sorry.”

    Surveillance cameras, installed outside Karrubi’s home have been stolen and destroyed, Kalame reported.

    About 50 riot police on motorcycles were seen heading toward Azadi Square, while 100 more were stationed at Ferdowsi Square in the city center.

    Iranian authorities had warned against holding the rally, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

    “We definitely see them as enemies of the revolution and spies, and we will confront them with force,” Revolutionary Guard Cmdr. Hossein Hamedani told IRNA.

    The government’s stance on the rally was in stark contrast to its position in the days following the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

    The head of Iran’s National Security Council and other Iranian authorities had lauded this development, comparing “the Egyptian Revolution with the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution,” according to Iran’s state-run media.

    The White House says such threats to stifle dissent and mass communication suggest that Iran’s government is not willing to let its people voice their views and embrace freedom.

    “They are scared,” then-press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday, hours after Mubarak stepped down.

    “That’s why they threatened to kill anybody that tries to do this,” Gibbs of the Iranian government. “That’s why they have shut off all measure of communication.”

    Over the weekend, Iranian authorities blocked the word “Bahman” — the 11th month of the Persian calendar — from Internet searches within the country, according to an opposition website.

    The measure appears to be an effort by Iranian authorities to obstruct access to several websites that are promoting the rally — the 25th day of Bahman, Saham News reported Saturday.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/14/iran.protests/?hpt=T2#

  145. Hillary Clinton interview in upcoming March issue of Harper’s Bazaar…some great pictures…

    Hillary Clinton: Myth and Reality

    It’s been a long journey for Hillary Clinton. But after years of political and personal challenges, the secretary of state is exactly where she belongs. Read the interview below and then check out behind-the-scenes images from Clinton’s Bazaar photo shoot.

    By Laura Brown
    February 14, 2011

    On the evening of December 13, Hillary Clinton was on stage in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department, introducing Broadway composer Marvin Hamlisch at a holiday reception for the diplomatic corps. That morning, she had risen at 5:00 to fly to Quebec for the North American Foreign Ministers Meeting, which was like taking tea on the tundra. It was minus 4 degrees with the wind chill, and after the meeting, Clinton made small talk about skiing and did a photo call outside without a coat. She flew back to Washington, D.C., got changed, and headed to the reception, where she and President Obama addressed the family of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, who had suffered an aortic tear in Clinton’s offices three days earlier and was clinging to life in a nearby hospital. Holbrooke died that night, and his close friend Clinton, as much a den mother as a diplomat, took his shaken staff to a bar.

    “That day looked to be pretty predictable when it started,” Clinton recalls in January in an anteroom near her office. “Richard’s critical illness was much on my mind, and that made it even more important to me that we stay on schedule, we get back.” After her speech, Clinton was heading to a dinner at the White House when she got word that Holbrooke was failing. “We immediately went to the hospital. It was a very long night of anguish and tears, but then we got together and started trading stories,” she says. At the bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Clinton presided over an improvised Irish wake. Derek Chollet, principal deputy director of Clinton’s policy-planning staff, who was very close to Holbrooke, says, “Everyone in the room that night would take a bullet for her.”

    The first question for Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th secretary of state, a woman who has lived in the spotlight–and has been a crucible for public opinion–for more than three decades, is exactly how she does it. At 63, when she could be raking in money from speaking engagements or lying on the beach, she is more invigorated than ever. Theories abound among her close friends and staff: “She has a ‘for country’ gene,” observes her counselor and chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. “A fifth gear,” says longtime adviser Philippe Reines. “I really don’t know,” others say.

    A different gene? “Hmm, it could be,” Clinton ponders. She looks trim, her hair longer of late (“You like it this way? Thanks!” she responds girlishly to a compliment), and she’s wearing a tailored gray pantsuit and two strings of South Sea pearls. She seems vibrant, engaged. “Well, I love what I do, and I love the people I do it with. I’ve had the most lucky life because I’ve gotten to do all these amazing things over the last 25 years. I’ve had extraordinary good luck with my health, other than a broken elbow,” she says, referring to her injury in June 2009, which sidelined her early in her new role. “There’s no day that is the same as the day before. So you have to be energized; you have to be focused.”

    There must be days, though, when Clinton doesn’t want to get out of bed. “Oh, God, yes,” she says. “The mornings are okay, but by the end of the day, I’m sometimes so tired that I just go home, put my feet up, read magazines, watch TV, try to take my mind out of where I’ve been all day.”

    Thankfully, Clinton is a diligent organizer of her own time. She has a personal trainer who “comes and tortures me” at her Washington residence at 6:00 A.M. up to three times a week. “Not that it shows,” she chuckles, “but it does energize me.” She is also a champion napper. Reines notes that in her cabin on her Special Air Mission plane, Clinton can sleep through both takeoff and landing. “I often sleep through both, yeah,” she says. How? “Because I’m so tired! I think I’m chronically exhausted.” Unsurprisingly, she’s big on caffeine. “When I’m in meetings, fending off jet lag, and people come with the trays of coffee and tea, I think, Oh, my gosh, I’ll stay awake for another hour.”

    The consensus is that more than two years into her position as secretary of state, Clinton has found her groove. Although she occupies the world’s most prominent and challenging diplomatic post, she seems almost … relieved. “This is a nonpolitical job,” she explains. “I’m not in the fray the way that I was, and that gives you a certain sort of safe haven, even though much of what I do is by nature difficult and in some quarters controversial, because how you deal with China, how you deal with Russia …” Do you smile at Hugo Chávez or not? She nods. “Do you smile at Chávez or not.”

    So often vilified during her time as first lady of the United States, Clinton is now often cited as the country’s most admired woman. This is gratifying to her staff, who collectively feel something like vindication that the American public is finally getting what they knew all along. “The caricature of her was that she was frosty, calculating, unfeeling,” says Reines. “But what was so surprising to me was not how wrong it was but how quickly you see that it’s wrong.” “I could never understand it,” says Capricia Penavic Marshall, U.S. chief of protocol. “People had preconceived notions about her. But I think she is now seen for more of the person that she is.” Adds Mills, “You are grateful when people you believe in get positive recognition for who they are.”

    Clinton herself must have noticed this sea change. “You know, I don’t think about it because I’ve always been the same person, but I’ve been in different situations,” she says. “And the way I’ve either been judged or criticized has as much to do with what I was doing. Like, for example, as we’ve seen recently with President Obama, when you take on health care, you are going to be heavily criticized. I took it on as first lady,” she says, recalling the 1993 Clinton health-care plan, which died in Congress. “It was a very difficult experience, but it was the right thing to do. It laid the groundwork for what I hope will be a lasting, major accomplishment of this administration. But it had so much less to do with me than the fact that I was willing to take on a hard issue.”

    She seems resigned to gender being an issue in politics. “Being a serious candidate for president as a woman brought out all the stuff that still exists about that,” she says. “Some of it was personal, some of it was gender based, and you kind of accept it. I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That’s what I try to remember.”

    Indeed. While Clinton has taken to her role like a duck to water, 2010 had its challenges. The release of a cache of U.S. embassy cables by WikiLeaks, in which confidential and sometimes critical observations of foreign officials and policy were made public, was an embarrassment to the American government. Clinton approached the issue the way she approaches everything: pragmatically. Over many “long days,” she made call lists and methodically worked her way through them. “I told somebody, ‘You know how rock groups go on these global tours? I should have a jacket that says THE APOLOGY TOUR because everywhere I go, I’m apologizing for any embarrassment,'” she says wryly.

    Clinton says WikiLeaks “just added multiple additional layers of responsibility and outreach. The diplomats were doing their jobs. You get unvarnished opinions, but they are just opinions. They are not policy, and they should not be in any way confused with policy. But some of the judgments made, the opinions that were offered, were embarrassing to people.”

    She continues, “Then there were people who said, ‘How can I ever have a candid conversation with you again if these things are going to be reported?’ Which were never meant to be exposed until maybe 50 years from now. So we’ve had to really work hard to maintain that candor that is critical to diplomacy.”

    The real danger of WikiLeaks, Clinton argues, is “a third category where, because of what was exposed, people are physically at risk. They are sources for us, they are human-rights advocates, they are whistle-blowers around the world. So that’s been the most long-lasting damage, and it’s serious damage.”

    The stresses of Clinton’s position are hard to imagine (“Sometimes I get very upset and angry if I think that people are doing things that are stupid, or put other people at risk, or are breaking agreements”), but she deals with it in her own way. She loves to swim “in pools, in oceans, in lakes.” When she heads home to Chappaqua, in upstate New York, on the weekends, she does yoga with a teacher. She’s also fond of putting her house in order: “Clean out a closet, a kitchen drawer, anything that has a beginning, a middle, and an end, because much of what I do goes on and on and on.”

    She and President Clinton clear their heads with long walks. “We go off with the dogs and have a good walk through the woods, then usually a movie, out to dinner,” she says. Thanks to their friends in the entertainment industry, the Clintons have a pile of Oscar screeners at home: “The King’s Speech, that’s on the top of my list. I want to see True Grit, The Kids Are All Right …”

    On television, Clinton tries not to miss Grey’s Anatomy. “I am fascinated by the incidents they manufacture. It’s just amazing to me. The guy has a bomb in his belly. Oh, okay. …” Also, thanks to her 91-year-old mother, Dorothy Rodham, she is regularly briefed on Dancing with the Stars. “My mother was pulling for [last season’s winner] Jennifer Grey. I mean, she was so empathetic with the cancer and the screws and the plates and the back, the whole deal.” And what of Bristol Palin? “I’m speaking for my mother here; my mother thought it was very nice that she competed but that she was not up to Jennifer by any means.”

    Clinton’s knowledge of popular culture is on a higher level than that of most in the governmental set. Senior adviser Lona Valmoro remembers briefing her on a meeting with Angelina Jolie in 2005. “She was like, ‘Oh, Tomb Raider.'”

    On fashion, Clinton is self-deprecating and often hilarious. She’s known for her pantsuits, but her staffers say nothing makes her happier than a good handbag. “I do love a good handbag,” she agrees. Can accessories be the great uniter of women? “I think they could be either a great divider or uniter,” she replies. “I’m on the uniter side. I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices.” She warms to the topic. “I think we should be united in our support of one another. Because this is like a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to kind of organize and contain that which is important to you in your daily life. I have a philosophical view about this, and I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore. My view was that I would carry it around only in spring, but it makes me so happy, I’m even now lugging it around in January. I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?”

    In her 2003 memoir, Living History, Clinton was equally amusing on the topic of her “lifelong hair struggles.” She is bemused by the press she received last September during the UN General Assembly in New York, a fateful day when she put her hair up with a butterfly clip. “It was a Sunday,” she says, “a day of rest! I had actually lost track of time, to be honest, and I’d gone swimming, and then I realized I had to get moving, and I didn’t have time to do anything else, so I really just did the best I could.” She starts to laugh. “I didn’t think it looked that bad, but … what do I know?”

    Clinton is often surprised when people tell her she is so much prettier in the flesh. “It’s nice, but on the other hand, you think, Oh, my God, most people never see me in person; what do they think I look like? I do not take pictures well, I know that.” Ironically, on meeting Chávez in Brazil in January, Clinton looked radiant, like she couldn’t wait to have a beer with him. “Really?” She asks one of her staff to pull up the picture. “Huh. Well, that’s the only way to deal with him, I think.”

    Bill Clinton once said of his wife that she was “going to live to be 110. She might have three husbands after me.” Clinton laughs and says, “Well, I doubt that very much. I’m not going to do this forever. I want to teach. I want to speak. I want to travel.” She also wants to spend more time with her family, with her newly married daughter, Chelsea, who is clearly the delight of her life. Ask Clinton if she looks forward to being a grandmother one day and she replies, “Well, no pressure, because I don’t want to be one of those kinds of mothers. But obviously, someday, I’d love it.” What kind of grandmother would she be? “Probably an unbearable one, the kind who is saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’ll take the child, I’ll do whatever you need to get done.'”

    She says that Chelsea has not expressed an interest in politics, but should she change her mind, “I have such confidence in her, she’ll do what she thinks is right for her. I’m really only wanting her to follow whatever course makes her happy.”

    As for Clinton’s own postsecretary course, she says, “I’d probably teach international relations, current events, something involving women’s roles and rights around the world. I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I have a lot of interests that I hope to fulfill. And then an occasional beach, an occasional time-out.”

    And what of 2016, the next date Clinton could conceivably run for president? “I have no thoughts for 2016,” she says with a benevolent smile. “Beaches … speeches.”

    http://www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/feature-articles/hillary-clinton-interview

  146. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak at School of Media and Public Affairs

    by Madeleine Morgenstern
    Campus News Editor
    George Washington University
    2/14/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a major announcement regarding Internet freedom Tuesday at the Jack Morton Auditorium.

    The State Department is billing Clinton’s speech, titled “Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World,” as policy statement.The speech starts at 12:30 p.m.

    University spokeswoman Emily Cain did not return a request for comment on whether student tickets would be available.

    Clinton gave a similar speech about Internet freedom last year at the Newseum, focusing global free speech and expression.

    The former presidential candidate was last on campus in October 2009, speaking with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a joint interview in Lisner Auditorium.

    http://media.www.gwhatchet.com/media/storage/paper332/news/2011/02/14/News/Secretary.Of.State.Hillary.Clinton.To.Speak.At.School.Of.Media.And.Public.Affair-3976780.shtml

  147. And what of 2016, the next date Clinton could conceivably run for president? “I have no thoughts for 2016,” she says with a benevolent smile. “Beaches … speeches.”

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    Well, ‘no thoughts’ is an improvement over ‘no.’ 😉

  148. JanH,
    Thanks for posting that great story about Hillary. I especially love how her team would take a bullet for her…it seems she inspires loyality….I know I’m a loyal supporter and so is everyone on this blog…

    Well, we’re just going to have to wait….I hate that!

    Did anyone read the Usterman story about Obama’s gay sex life and drugs???

  149. State Department’s $47 Billion Budget Would Cut Some Security, Aid Funds

    By Nicole Gaouette – Feb 14, 2011

    President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposes to increase spending on the State Department and global programs by 1 percent, not including billions for operations such as the transition in Iraq as U.S. troops pull out.

    The $47 billion budget proposal would cut foreign assistance and military financing to several countries, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shuffles funds to areas of greater need. Security funding will become more focused on countries such as Israel and Pakistan, according to the plan.

    The State Department’s budget proposal would increase guaranteed loan commitments to the U.S. Export-Import Bank by 21 percent, to support Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years. It would also boost spending on food security and global health.

    “We face a very difficult budget climate and we face an increasingly complex, no-easy-answers-if-there-ever-were-any diplomatic and development environment,” Clinton said in an address to ambassadors on Feb. 2. We “have scrubbed our budget for every dollar of savings, and we have made very hard choices.”

    The proposed State budget is part of the $3.7 trillion budget Obama sent to Congress today that would reduce deficits by $1.1 trillion over a decade. Republicans have already made clear they find the plan insufficient and are demanding greater cuts.

    Security Aid
    The State proposal would eliminate bilateral security assistance for five countries in the Foreign Military Financing program and nine countries within the International Military Education and Training program. The documents released by the Office and Management and Budget did not say which countries were affected by the cuts.

    The budget also suggests $115 million in cuts to programs in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia in order “to focus the funding on areas of greater need.”

    The budget request comes as Republicans are pledging to cut the fiscal 2011 government funding by $100 billion. Under an earlier plan to cut the federal budget by $35 billion, funding for the State Department and foreign aid programs would be cut by 4 percent.

    “Our intent is to make deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of the government, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no agency or program to be held sacred,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, said in a Feb. 10 statement.

    Development Assistance
    U.S. will continue support for multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, that back U.S. goals in key strategic countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. The African Development and Inter-American Foundations would have their funding cut by nearly 20 percent.

    Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Florida Republican who heads the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, backs cuts to the State Department budget and has charged that the agency has mishandled aid funding to Egypt.

    Some Republicans have proposed the complete elimination of foreign aid.

    Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the House committee on Feb. 10 that this would be a “tragedy,” especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, as the military prepares to withdraw and State Department employees step in to aid the country’s emergence from war.

    ‘Multiplier Effect’
    “Our military cannot protect our national interests alone,” Steinberg said. “We’ve seen that in Iraq. We see it in Afghanistan. It has to be a balanced effort, and our contribution, the part that goes to the State Department in assistance, is very small compared to defense, but it has a huge multiplier effect.” As a result, he said, “it has a huge positive impact on the wellbeing of the American people.”

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has launched a reorganization of her agency meant to elevate the importance of diplomacy and development alongside defense, an approach backed by Obama’s national security advisers.

    A 10 percent to 30 percent cut across the board, such as the GOP proposes, would affect “the development and diplomacy that allows the United States to pursue its interest over the long term and to have the kind of partners that we need to move forward,” Steinberg said.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-14/state-department-s-47-billion-budget-would-cut-some-security-aid-funds.html

  150. Yes, thanks Jan for posting the Harper’s Bazaar article.

    One comment:

    “Clinton is often surprised when people tell her she is so much prettier in the flesh. “It’s nice, but on the other hand, you think, Oh, my God, most people never see me in person; what do they think I look like? I do not take pictures well, I know that.”
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    I do not think she doesn’t take pictures well- She does! Photographers sometimes wait for an awkward pose (the malicious ones) and ‘snap’.. picture taken and sent to the publishers….

  151. I remember that butterfly clip, for pete’s sake everyone has has one of those in their hair at one time or another…women have always had the hair problem, it is not just Hillary.

    I work on call many times with my fellow male co workers…I wake up for a 3am phone call and I look like sheat warmed over….the man gets up combs his hair and looks great….it’s a women problem….there’s nothing to be done about that. I even cut my hair short and that did not help, it was always scrunched up on one side, LOL! We just can’t load it down with oil or water like men do! My long hair is the best because I just comb it back and put it in pony tail…at least it looks neat.

    Some of the thing we have to put up with….ridiculous!

  152. Mrs.Smith,
    I agree they look for the worst one….the bastards do it on purpose! I’ve seen her in person and she is gorgeous!

  153. I think we should hide in wait and try and catch Tweety in a bad hair picture or maybe scratching himself and put that pic on the net and make fun of it all day….that would be a great project for someone who lives in NY??? LOL! If I lived there I’d do it just for revenge….LOL!

  154. Exactly, confloyd!
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  155. Thanks JanH 11:02 for that article on Hillary.
    Loved some of those photos and her comments…here’s one at the end:

    As for Clinton’s own postsecretary course, she says, “I’d probably teach international relations, current events, something involving women’s roles and rights around the world. I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I have a lot of interests that I hope to fulfill. And then an occasional beach, an occasional time-out.”

    And what of 2016, the next date Clinton could conceivably run for president? “I have no thoughts for 2016,” she says with a benevolent smile. “Beaches … speeches.”

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    Well folks, that doesn’t sound like “NO” to me!!!!

    Hillary 2012 or 2016!

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