Iran Rises As Proof Of Barack Obama Attacks On Hillary Clinton Emerge

Today the American State department is “tweeting” in Farsi in order to communicate with Iranian opposition groups. This is exactly the type of activity that we have called for. This is exactly the type of activity that an American State Department should be engaged in. The American State Department should afflict our enemies and support our friends. PBS reports:

“3:20 a.m. We began the live blog with a list, unconfirmed, of demonstration sites and times in 24 cities. Here is an updated list, similarly unverifiable, now comprising 41 cities. Times are not provided for most of the new additions, but in every case where they are given, they are in the range of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.:

* Tehran: 3 PM (From Imam Hossein to Azadi Square)
* Babol: 5 PM (Dr. Shariati Avenue, Amir Kabir Square, adjacent to Shadi Park)
* Shiraz: 3 PM (Final Destination is Engineering Building #2. Path 1: From Namazi Square to the University. Path 2: Namazi Square to Setad University toward Namazi to Engineering University. Path 3: Eram Square toward Namazi Square to Engineering University and other roads and streets leading that end in Mullah Sadraa toward the Engineering University)
* Isfahan: 3 PM (Enghelab Avenue and Chahrbaghe Abbasi)
* Ahvaz: 6 PM (Saa’at Traffic Circle to Abadan Fourway)
* Mashhad: 5 PM (From Rahnomayee Threeway toward Shariati Square)
* 
Rasht: 3 PM (Motahhari Avenue)
* Ardabil: 4 PM (From From Imam Square to Sahriati Square)
* Bushahr: 5 PM (From Shuhada Avenue)
* Kerman 3 PM (Main Square, Azadi Square)
* Orumieh: 4 PM (From Shahrjaee to Enghelab Square)
* Tabriz: 5 PM (Abrasan Traffic Circle [University], Valiasr Square, and Baghmesheh Avenue)
* Hamedan: 4 PM (Bo-Ali’s Tomb, Daneshgah Square)
* Tonekabon: 5 PM (From Karimabad Square to Imam Square)
* Kermanshah: 3 PM (Ferdowsi Square)
* Sanandaj: 5 PM (Pasdaran Avenue)
* Semnan: 5 PM (From Sa’adi Square to Kowsar Square)
* Khurramabad: 5 PM (Shuhadaye Sharqi Avenue)
* Shahre Kord: 5 PM (The area between Dampezishky Square to Enghelab Square)
* Kashan: 5 PM (15th of Khordad Square)
* Ghazvin: 5 PM (Khayyam Avenue / Adl Square)
* Sari: 5 PM (Gharen Avenue, Enghelab Avenue)
* Gorgan: 5 PM (Valiasr Square to Zartusht)
* Arak: 5 PM (Abbasabad Avenue, Malik Avenue, Imam Khomeini Avenue)
* Elam: 3 PM (24-Meter Avenue, 4-Meter Avenue, and Ashrafi Isfahani Avenue)
* Varamin: (Rahe-Aahan Square to Main Square in Varamin)
* Pishva: (Shariati Avenue)
* Gharchak: (Mohammadabad Avenue)
* Islamshahr: (Baghe Faiz Avenue and Imam Hossein Boulevard, from the beginning of Saveh Avenue to the Main Square in Baghe Faiz)
* Karaj: (Shah Abbasi Square to Hisarak Square)
* Birjand: (Muddarris Square)
* Bojnord: (17th of Shahrivar Square)
* Zanjan: (Sa’adi Avenue, Imam Avenue)
* Garmsaar: (Shuhada Avenue to Imam Square)
* Shahrud: (12th of Bahman Avenue)
* Yasouj: (Saheli Park on Provincial Square)
* Gilan: (Imam Khomeini Avenue — Muttahhari Avenue — Gulsar Avenue)
* Boroujard: (Shuhada Avenue)
* Amol: (Imam Reza Avenue)
* Bandare Abbas: (From Resalat Fourway to Nakhle Nakhuda)
* Yazd: (10th of Farwardin Square, Ayatollah Kashani Square,and from Mujahideen Square to Abuzar Square) [snip]

[snip]

4:40 p.m. Al Arabiya is also reporting that Mousavi and Rahnavard have joined the protesters. [snip]

5:05 p.m. More reports coming in of Isfahan protests, and now confirmation of protests in Kermanshah, as well. Estimates in those two cities and Shiraz are of thousands of participants.

And we’ve confirmed from multiple sources that tear gas was indeed used in Tehran’s Valiasr Square to disperse protesters. Additional clashes are being reported there.

Hafte Tir Square has also been taken over by security forces like Azadi Square and protesters are finding it difficult to navigate through.

Thousands are silently marching on Enghelab Avenue toward Azadi Square. Clashes are breaking out along the route, with protesters being beaten by security forces, but the silent march continues.

5:15 p.m. A series of tweets from CNN’s Reza Sayah:

Tehran witness – pockets of crowds along Enghelab Ave. chant “death to the dictator”

Tehran witness: Clashes at Imam Hossein Square – protesters chant “Death to dictator”

Tehran witness: Clashes in front of Tehran U – sec forces fire tear gas and paint balls”

In the past few weeks a favorite phrase of the muddle-headed is “We are all Egyptians now.” Nonsense. We are Americans. Our interests are American. Our values are American. Our goals and policy objectives should be American.

We recall when George W. Bush and the “neo-cons” set out upon a plan to bring freedom to the Arab world. But we cannot bring freedom to the Arab world. Those in the Arab/Muslim world must free themselves. Freedom must be fought for and earned. American foreign policy should be aimed at keeping anti-democratic forces (such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its plans for Sharia law, Iran, and Syria) at bay and build up the strength of democratic forces (such as those Muslim Egyptians who became a human shield for Coptic Christians) throughout the world.

In Iran the United States will not bring freedom. We can only aid and abet the forces against the current regime and assist the democratic faction in those forces to come to the fore. In Iran the situation is fairly easy to understand. There is a rabid theocracy in control of Iran and there is little chance that change will bring about something worse. Change in Iran is on the probable side of “change for the better”.

In Egypt the situation has been more complicated and much more perilous. We can easily see things going from bad to worse – from the frying pan into the fire.

Egypt is THE Arab country. In Egypt, for all the claims that it was a democratic revolution that came from the streets, there has been plenty of evidence that other forces, such as the military have been at play. The recent news of a Mubarak “poodle” now in charge and a military solidifying its grip on the country confirm the probability that the Egyptian revolution has either already been betrayed or has been a pawn of military interests. In weeks and months to come it will likely turn out that the Egyptian revolution was really a spat between factions in the Egyptian military-industrial business complex.

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As we have repeatedly stated our biggest objection to Barack Obama is his lack of a world view congruent with reality. In the past week Obama supporters have conceded on this matter. At DailyKooks and other Obama Hopium dens, including Big Media outlets, the claim is now that Obama does not have a doctrine and that is somehow a wonderful thing to lack.

At the New York Times there is celebration that Obama Is The Third Bush Term:

“The revolution in Egypt has reopened a long-simmering debate about the “freedom agenda” that animated George W. Bush’s presidency. Was he right after all, as his supporters have argued? Are they claiming credit he does not deserve? And has President Obama picked up the mantle of democracy and made it his own?

The debate in Washington, and Dallas, tends to overlook the reality that revolutions in far-off countries are for the most part built from the ground up, not triggered by policy made in the halls of the West Wing. But the lessons of the Egyptian uprising will ripple through American politics, policymaking and history-shaping for some time to come.

President Bush, after all, made “ending tyranny in our world” the centerpiece of his second inaugural address, and, although he pursued it selectively, he considers it one of his signature legacies. The very notion of democracy promotion became so associated with him, and with the war in Iraq, that Democrats believed that it was now discredited.”

These Obama Dimocrats are now busy discovering their inner Egyptian. These Obama Dimocrats write nonsensical screeds about freedom and conservatives without having any idea what they are talking about. These Obama Dimocrats ignore the long term strategies of groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. These Obama Dimocrats choose to ignore the reality that even the leading opposition leaders in Egypt, even non-Muslim Brotherhood leaders, will try to end the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt which helps stabilize the region.

These Obama Dimocrats, along with George W. Bush apologists who want to rehabilitate the “freedom agenda”, somehow ignore that as rotten as Hosni Mubarak was, as corrupt as Mubarak was, as desperately in need of reform and real (not fake) change was needed in Egypt – Mubarak kept his foot firmly on the back of the women-hating Muslim Brotherhood.



Many Obama Dimocrats will say about Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood what they said during the Obama health scam debate: screw women. During that heath debate Obama Dimocrats and PINOs (Progressives In Name Only) and even many women said that it was so important to pass Obama’s health scam that the long standing Democratic Party principles on women’s rights should be aborted. Now the same crew says to Egyptian women, “take one for the team, for the guys.”

Hillary Clinton worked for years with Suzanne Mubarak to fight against human trafficking, against, female genital mutilation and child labor “sanctioned by some conservative Islamic groups”, and for the rights of women.

Hillary Clinton also understood, because she has experience and a world view, that elections are not necessarily democracy and that there were and are great dangers in Egypt. Hillary knew what Hosni Mubarak reportedly said to Israel before he resigned.

“We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East …. 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.

Hillary Clinton has a world view and understands the dangers that come with 3:00 a.m. calls. Ever since Hillary Clinton mocked Barack Obama as “naive” when he declared his “no preconditions” foolishness, the aim from the Obama foreign policy acolytes has been the destruction of Hillary. Samantha Powers called Hillary a “monster”. Now Samantha Powers and the rest of the Obama thugs continue their war on Hillary.

For years now, we have documented the secret and sometimes public war by Barack Obama against Hillary. This weekend the New York Times confirmed much of what we have written. We wrote that John Kerry was deployed by Obama to attack Hillary. That was confirmed:

“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 Times report is chock full of confirmations of what we have written. The comments of Frank Wisner (more below) were used to attack Hillary and brand her as evil and brand Obama as a Mess-iah. There is not only a war against Hillary Clinton but also a fight between the American State Department and the Obama worshipers at the White House.

The Obama worshipers at the White House were concerned about Obama’s image. Hillary Clinton and the State Department were concerned with American interests, not polishing Obama’s apple. Joe Biden, who is a boob but at least has some experience in foreign policy joined with Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Bob Gates:

“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.”

The Times mischaracterizes the two opposing “teams”. The Hillary led group has as its interests, American interests. The Obama faction has Obama as its interest:

“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.”

That callow crew of Obama worshipers have academic dreams and crackpot ideas about the world. Denis McDonough is the chief anonymous source attacking Hillary for years now. It was this crackpot crew that created the completely discredited “no preconditions” Obama policy during the campaign. It is this crackpot crew that wrote the distortions of history Obama spewed in Cairo. The Obama crew has a batch of dreams and hallucinations that are not congruent with historical reality.

Obama used to brag about how he would speak unpleasant truths that people needed to hear. But to the Egyptian people and the American people Obama lied. Obama did not want to tell the truth because it would tarnish his “brand”. Obama did not tell the truth because he wants to be the popular guy playing to the crowd:

“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.

Barack Obama could have done the sensible thing, what Hillary Clinton said. Hillary warned against a “faux democracy” like the Iranian revolution. Hillary warned repeatedly about the need for change but she also understood that the Muslim Brotherhood and their misogyny and sexism could be unleashed in the most important Arab country.

Of course we as Americans want an Arab and Muslim world that is comfortable with modernity and wants peace and what is good for their people. We as Americans could not help but hope that the people would want and win democratic reforms that would bring about economic prosperity and freedom.

What we didn’t and don’t want is to go from bad to worse. We were not alone. Many countries, including Arab countries were worried about what forces were about to be unleashed. Obama did not tell the truth however. Obama preferred to order his thugs and cronies attack Hillary. Hillary knew what to do. Obama was flummoxed and not ready for the 3:00 a.m. call:

“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.”

It’s about American interests, not Barack Obama’s brand, stupid:

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 the White House it was all about Obama. For Hillary Clinton it was about the United States. And just for the record, no one needs to lecture Hillary Clinton about human rights:

“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.

The Times report confirms that Obama was petulant when Hosni Mubarak did not do what Obama wanted early on. Hillary Clinton then went to the Munich Security Conference without Obama enforcer Thomas Donilon. Frank Wisner was at the conference via video link. Wisner, a former American ambassador to Egypt had spoken with Mubarak. The “no preconditions” crowd was not happy with Wisner:

“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.”

The Times also reports that something was “conflated”. That was purposeful. It was another premeditated attack against Hillary Clinton:

“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.”

Hillary Clinton knows something about “people’s aspirations” and that those aspirations, like the wishes of the 2008 Democratic rank and file, can indeed be thwarted.

The White House, says the New York Times “recruited Senator Kerry” to go on the attack. Regular readers are not surprised. We have written about this before:

“Kerry’s moves are part of the long war Barack Obama is secretly waging against Hillary Clinton which we have outlined (See, Barack Obama At War With Hillary Clinton (And Thank You Andrew Breitbart), and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part I, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part II, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part III, and Obama At War With Hillary Clinton And General McChrystal (The New Shinseki), and Going… Going… Gone).”

The attacks on Hillary Clinton by Barack Obama and his henchmen are only going to multiply. If Hillary Clinton had any doubts about the attacks on her the latest New York Times article has erased those doubts.

Hillary Clinton is in a very difficult position. Hillary knows that Obama is a dangerous boob. Every day the danger from Obama boobery grows. To leave the boob to his own devices imperils the country. To stay for much longer imperils her.

Keep doing the correct thing Hillary. It’s your decision. We have your back.

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509 thoughts on “Iran Rises As Proof Of Barack Obama Attacks On Hillary Clinton Emerge

  1. Admin,

    Well said.

    “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.”
    —————-

    Amen.

  2. Clinton: Time for Iran to ‘open up,’ follow Egypt
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the “courage” and “aspirations” of anti-government protests in Iran on Monday, and pressed Tehran to follow Egypt’s example and “open up” its political system.

    “We wish the opposition and the brave people in the streets across cities in Iran the same opportunity that they saw their Egyptian counterparts seize in the last week,” Clinton told reporters during a visit to the US Congress.

    “We support the universal rights of the Iranian people. They deserve to have the same rights” as those demanded by protesters to helped oust Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak “and that are part of their own birthright,” she said.

    She spoke after Iranian riot police fired tear gas and paintballs at protesters staging anti-government demonstrations in Tehran under the pretext of rallies supporting Arab uprisings, websites and witnesses said.

    Police moved in when crowds of opposition supporters gathered at Tehran’s prominent Azadi (Freedom) Square began chanting “Death to Dictator!” — a slogan hurled at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the disputed 2009 presidential election.

    “We are against violence and we would call to account the Iranian government that is once again using its security forces and resorting to violence to prevent the free expression of ideas from their own people,” said Clinton.

    “We think that there needs to be a commitment to open up the political system in Iran to hear the voices of the opposition and civil society,” said the top US diplomat.

    “What we see happening in Iran today is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people and and indictment of the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime, a regime which over the last three weeks has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt,” said Clinton.

    “And now, when given the opportunity to afford their people the same rights as they called for on behalf of the Egyptian people, once again illustrate their true nature,” she said.

    “Let me very clearly and directly support the aspirations of the people who are in the streets in Iran today,” said Clinton, who told reporters Washington had the same messages for Iran that it had delivered to Mubarak.

    “We had three very consistent messages: We were against violence, and we stated it often, and we communicated it directly to Egyptian authorities. Secondly: We supported the universal human rights of the Egyptian people.”

    “And third: We stood for political change that would result in positive outcomes that would give the Egyptian people a better economic and political future. We believe the same for Iran,” she said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jHUsn2tSlRVh3KzOeppZvAmOT8EQ?docId=CNG.ebeff272fc0b04d38c80f83bba916cbc.6f1

  3. Foreign aid cuts would be ‘devastating:’ Clinton
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — Proposed Republican cuts to the US foreign aid budget will be “devastating” to national security, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a letter Monday to a powerful Republican lawmaker.

    Clinton wrote that the House Appropriations Committee’s proposed 2011 spending levels for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development will result in a 16 percent reduction from 2010 funding.

    “The bill further proposes to cut our humanitarian assistance accounts by 41 percent from 2010 levels,” Clinton said in the letter to committee chairman Harold Rodgers.

    “Cuts of this magnitude will be devastating to our national security, will render us unable to respond to unanticipated disasters, and will damage our leadership around the world,” according to the letter released by the State Department.

    “In Iraq, the committee’s proposed cuts occur at exactly the most sensitive juncture as we transition from military-led to civilian-run programs and operations,” it said.

    “In Afghanistan, our diplomats and development experts are working in lock-step with our service-members, and are essential to our overall success,” it added.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iszRIEucrNF2YQ_VZVxxRZAFuiog?docId=CNG.ebeff272fc0b04d38c80f83bba916cbc.711

  4. Great post Admin!

    ……Hillary Clinton is in a very difficult position. Hillary knows that Obama is a dangerous boob. Every day the danger from Obama boobery grows. To leave the boob to his own devices imperils the country. To stay for much longer imperils her.

    Keep doing the correct thing Hillary. It’s your decision. We have your back.

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    Yes Hillary, we have your back, and so do many that now are starting to realize they voted for the inexperienced and lazy fraud.

  5. “Hillary Clinton is in a very difficult position. Hillary knows that Obama is a dangerous boob. Every day the danger from Obama boobery grows. To leave the boob to his own devices imperils the country. To stay for much longer imperils her.”
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    Truer than True words, admin-

    Hillary has to be ready to bolt from the SOS job at a moments notice.. O’Bama is calling all hands on deck… even that stupido, John Kerry. Who in a peaceful world could get us into a war- just by saying Hello-

    (slowly tart downsizing the desk drawers replacing personal mementos with K-Mart framed pictures)
    ________________________

    Clinton: Time for Iran to ‘open up,’ follow Egypt (AFP)

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the “courage” and “aspirations” of anti-government protests in Iran on Monday, and pressed Tehran to follow Egypt’s example and “open up” its political system.
    ___________________

    Exactly, Hillary is doing the BEST thing getting ahead of the curve.

    Taking the Bull by the Horns and putting the spotlight on Iran and calling them out! Thats what you do to a Sneak and a LIAR. You ACT first and let them wiggle and shake.

  6. From the top, admin links Daily Chaos’ opinion piece, with this quote:

    Take the recent events in Egypt for example. President Obama has taken criticism from many quarters for coddling Mubarak before the protests began, not dumping him quickly enough after the protests began, and then dumping him too quickly without knowing what will come next. I disagree completely. What the president did, in fact, was do exactly what he should have done: nothing.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Ahem, a) he did not “do nothing”. He hemmed, hawed, making statements and giving speeches that contradicted himself from day to day and contradicted people in his administration. It is because he is a blatant opportunist, unwilling to do the work or stick out his neck, so he must rely on co-opting other people’s work (when they have success, and scapegoating them when a plan fails).

    b) There is no such thing as “doing nothing”, or being “apolitical”. Especially for a politician. Even moreso for a “world leader”. Even further for POTUS, widely acknowledged as the most influential position in our world. People who “did nothing” in 1930s Germany actually were passively enabling Hitler in his rise to power.

    So Kos’ point rings extremely hollow. Nice try, again trying to paint Obama as “extremely smart”, “flexible”, yadda yadda.

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    JanH
    February 14th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Secretary Clinton Briefs Press After Meeting With House Speaker Boehner

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    Hillary looks beautiful and so competent, as always.
    One great thing about her being SOS, I feel saver with her in the cabinet and love to see her so often in videos.
    Her hair looks great and she seems to look rested, although I don’t know how she could be with running 24/7 to put out BarryFires.

  8. Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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    Couldn’t have said it better. And this particular video fits in very well with admin’s theme. 🙂

  9. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=208166&R=R3

    Amid news of clashes at many locales across Iran on Monday — with Iranian forces said to have used clubs and tear gas against demonstrators, leaked footage showing mass protests at Tehran University, hundreds of arrests and reports of at least one fatality — the question of the hour is whether Iranians have learned from the Egyptian precedent and are willing to try and replicate it.

    Monday’s demonstrations were initiated by Iranian opposition figures in ostensible solidarity with the popular protests in Egypt and elsewhere, but were plainly intended, after months of relative quiet, to revive the post-election protests of 2009. According to Amir, that goal, at least, was achieved. “After a year of silence, everyone thought the opposition was dead,” he said. “They had sought permits to demonstrate and, when refused, simply withdrew. This time, they went ahead despite the refusal.”

    By publicly endorsing the Egyptian people’s rights to hold protests and to achieve their freedom, analyst Amir noted, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his regime exacerbated the problems they now face from their restless people. “How, after all, it will be wondered, can Ahmadinejad say ‘yes’ to the rights of the Arab peoples, but deny those same rights to his own people?”

    Further complicating matters for the Iranian regime on Monday was the fact that Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul just happened to be visiting Tehran, and used a joint press conference with Ahmadinejad to declare that “The desires of people must be taken into account. In this respect, fundamental reforms must be carried out, whether economic or political.”

    Iranian-born Amir, Israel Radio’s long-time Persian language broadcaster, said he had heard reports, furthermore, that the Gul-Ahmadinejad press conference was cut short after the Turkish visitor indicated that he intended to accept an invitation from the organizers of the Iranian solidarity rallies.

    Plainly concerned ahead of time about the potential for escalating protests, the Iranian regime placed two key opposition leaders, defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, under house arrest days ago. On his website Monday, Mousavi said the street around his home had been blocked off, and his and his family’s phone lines cut. The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Hamadani, reportedly warned that “any incitement will be dealt with severely” and that “the conspirators are nothing but corpses.”

    Amir said the regime had slowed the internet and interfered in text-messaging networks. All foreign journalists were also barred, and information was leaking out mainly via social networking sites, YouTube and other new media channels.

    Critically, Amir said, the regime gave the large contingents of security personnel it sent into the streets orders not to fire on protesters. But those orders for restraint, if maintained, said Amir, could create a climate for steadily growing public participation in demonstrations. “As long as they are not firing on people, more people will come out,” he said.

    Amir said there were some reports of intervention by Basiji paramilitary forces and the Revolutionary Guard, which put down the major protests that followed Iran’s fraudulent presidential elections in June 2009, killing hundreds of people. Some official Iranian sources, it was reported on Monday night, were blaming “Tel Aviv” for fomenting unrest – perhaps as part of an effort by the regime to justify the use of force against the protesters.

    In contrast to 2009, when the Obama administration chose not to energetically encourage the protests against the ayatollahs’ regime, the State Department has opened what Amir described as a “symbolically significant” Twitter account in Farsi. “We want to join in your conversation,” it tweeted initially. Later posts, according to AP, “noted the inconsistencies of Iran’s government supporting Egypt’s popular uprising but stifling opposition at home.”

    Amir, who pointed out that President Barack Obama “completely supported” the anti-Mubarak Egyptian protests, recalled that in June 2009, the president was waiting to hear back from the Tehran regime on its nuclear program, and also that overt US support for the protests then could have proved counter-productive, in that it could easily have been spun by the regime in Tehran as ostensible proof that the “Great Satan” was trying to orchestrate ferment in Iran. In the wake of the patently genuine uprisings across the Arab world in recent weeks, any such claim by the Tehran regime today would presumably be less credible.

    This may be the first spark of revolution in Iran,” said Amir. “But for it to work, people will have to not be scared. In 2009, they demonstrated and went home. The Egyptians taught them a lesson – don’t go home. If the Iranian forces do what the Egyptian army did, and don’t fire on them, they’ll keep coming, and the regime will have a problem.”

    Tellingly, he added, “the Iranian people’s demand is no longer limited to fixing the election result and returning to the ‘glorious past’ of [Ayatollah] Khomeini.” In his assessment, “most Iranians want real regime change, as demanded in Egypt and Tunisia.”

    Amir said it was significant that the protesters on Monday gathered in several cities across Iran – as many as 30, according to some reports, including Shiraz, Isfahan and Mashhad — and at several squares in Tehran, rather than the single intended focus of the rallies, in the capital’s Azadi (freedom) Square.

    “The protests were splintered, which meant they were weakened,” Amir said, “but if all the demonstrators had gathered in one place, it would have been easier for the regime to suppress them. One key test will be whether they stay out into the night. Another will be whether they come to feel strong enough to concentrate in one square and refuse to leave.”

  10. This is a revolution we can support without hesitation. Check out this slogan: “Down with Taliban in Cairo and Tehran”.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021400848.html?hpid=topnews

    Crowds of demonstrators battled security forces armed with tear gas and batons during a surprisingly large anti-government protest in the Iranian capital Monday that drew inspiration from the recent popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

    Dodging clouds of tear gas fired by police and pro-government militiamen, the protesters marched down a central boulevard and shouted slogans such as “Death to the dictator,” “We are all together” and “Down with Taliban, in Cairo and Tehran.

    Witnesses at several positions along the route said vast throngs of people could be seen marching from Enghelab (Revolution) Square toward Azadi (Freedom) Square, overwhelming police efforts to stop them.

    Dozens of protesters were arrested for participating in the banned rally, an opposition Web site reported. A similar demonstration, clashes and arrests were reported in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.

    The gathering in Tehran appeared to be the most significant anti-government protest here since security forces cracked down on a series of massive demonstrations in 2009. The size of the crowd was difficult to estimate. Some witnesses said they believed it exceeded 200,000. The Associated Press said tens of thousands of people demonstrated.

    In any case, the government seemed to have been taken by surprise by the large numbers of protesters. Security forces shot dozens of tear gas grenades at demonstrators who at times attacked members of the pro-government paramilitary Basij forces. [snip]

    Mousavi also called for Monday’s demonstration, saying people should rally in support of the protesters in Egypt and Tunisia who had succeeded in toppling their governments.

    Although Iran’s government has praised the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings, officials refused to grant a permit for a gathering in Iran.

    A statement on a Mousavi-affiliated Web site in advance of the rally warned that any violence directed at the protesters by security forces would be an international “disgrace” and would undermine the government’s public support for the Egyptian and Tunisian protesters.

    “Do not allow the infiltrating agents of those seeking violence to derail the demonstrations with their aggressive behavior under any circumstances,” the statement posted on Kalameh.com said. “The noble people of Iran should participate in the peaceful demonstration, with calm and resolve.”

  11. I can’t see an Iran protest resulting in anything but extreme bloodshed. Ahmadinejad is not Mubarek.

    Would obama step in this time to help the people? Now that is the question of the century.

  12. I can’t believe what I just heard-\

    Roseann Barr on the Winfrey Show apologizing to Opry for criticizing her for supporting Obama instead of (women) Hillary in 08′.

    To Top it all off- Roseann said, “we have the RIGHT person in the WH at this particular time.” Mon Dieu, TG Roseann mentioned she had several nervous break downs over the course of the last few years and has said and done things she is sorry for now. She can add another misplaced line she’s going to regret saying to that list sooner rather than later.

  13. admin
    February 14th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    This is a revolution we can support without hesitation. Check out this slogan: “Down with Taliban in Cairo and Tehran”.
    ——————-

    How about adding Pakistan and Afghanistan to that? I will be happy if something like this revolution happens in Pakistan. But people are pretty powerless against the military and their even more impotent government.

  14. JanH
    February 14th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t see an Iran protest resulting in anything but extreme bloodshed. Ahmadinejad is not Mubarek.
    ________________

    Everyone has to walk through that fire to be free- No nation is immune. We did it during the Civil War and the Revolution. The road to Democracy is always paved with blood and treasure. The reason why even today we fight against government encroaching on our Rights and shredding our Constitution. The freedom fighters began this challenge 300yrs ago and it will be an ongoing saga till the end of time, if we expect to remain a free and democratic society.

  15. That smackdown on morning Joe packed a punch.

    Unfortunately, I have a gut feeling that not only is Niall Ferguson correct, I beleive the next phase is going to happen sooner rather than later and it is not going to be pretty.

    I agree with admin. For HRC to stay much longer imperils her. And us.

  16. Tehran witness: Clashes in front of Tehran U – sec forces fire tear gas and paint balls”

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

    What’s the label on those tear gas canisters?

    Hey, let’s have a special sale on tear gas canisters to dictators — filled with catnip or something.

  17. Israel is ready as well- Ready to fight for their way of life..
    _____________________________

    14 February 2011

    BN says: Israeli army ‘ready for all eventualities’

    The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed.

    “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don’t yet know how these things will turn out,” the premier said at a swearing-in ceremony for new army chief Major General Benny Gantz.

    “We are ready for all eventualities because we know that the foundation of our existence, and our capacity to convince our neighbours to live in peace with us, is based on the Israeli army,” he said during a ceremony at his Jerusalem office.

    Gantz takes over the post as Israel’s strategic stance in the Middle East undergoes a shakeup in the wake of a popular revolt in Egypt which ousted president Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20110214-israeli-army-ready-all-eventualities-pm
    ___________________

    As Hillary pointed out in her speech:

    The US gets involved when an already established democratic government is threatened with a hostile take-over i.e. by Radical Islamics. (That was a great way of re-establishing the US stand on Israel should they come under attack.)

  18. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Peretz_I_was_misquoted.html?showall

    The New Republic’s Marty Peretz has developed a reputation in recent years as intemperate and even extreme in his support for Israel, but a couple of quotes that the Israel critic Phil Weiss translated from an interview with with Calcalist, an Isaeli business daily still drew attention over the weekend.

    The most inflammatory of the quotes: “Obama supports the Egyptian revolution because there are Islamist elements in it. He did not support the Iranian revolt for a simple reason: it was a secular revolt, aimed at wiping out Islamist influence.”

    The quote prompted Weiss to call Peretz a ” one-man wrecking crew of his own reputation” and Kurt Andersen to tweet that Peretz “actually thinks Obama’s a crypto-Muslim.”

    I read Peretz pretty regularly, and I found that quote, in particular, very difficult to explain, so I emailed Peretz for an explanation.

    “I have never said anything of the sort, never,” he writes, adding that he’s “exhilirated by what’s happening in Cairo and Alexandria.”

    Peretz said he hasn’t read the interview in the original, as it was in Hebrew and “I have only pidgin Hebrew, which is the only English the reporter who interviewed me possessed.”

    “You have to understand that the Hebrew press is a yellow press, and many of its reporters don’t even record their interviews,” he wrote. “This is the case with [his interviewer], who also barely took notes. Really! I am told by friends who read the piece that it is a complete hash.”

    “I do not believe that Obama supports the Egyptian revolution because there are Islamist elements in it. In fact, it took him a long time to come around to supporting it and he did not support it with any verve. Obama is so confused by foreign policy and that is not because he is a muslim — hidden or practicing (this is all right-wing nutcase stuff) —but because he is taken in on by his words which are not coherent or based in history,” Peretz writes.

  19. The news I’m getting is coming out of France:

    video @ link
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    Palestinian government resigns in hope of fresh start

    The Palestinian prime minister dissolved his government Monday ahead of summer polls, as the troubled leadership sought to boost its legitimacy following the collapse of peace talks with Israel and pressure from growing unrest in the Arab world.

    The Palestinian prime minister dissolved his Cabinet on Monday, in what appeared to be a new gesture inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world.

    The internationally backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has been trying to show that it’s responsive to demands for reform, following the mass protests that have toppled the autocratic leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. Over the weekend, the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (pictured right) announced it will hold long-overdue elections by September.

    Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (pictured left) now has six weeks to name a new Cabinet. Although Fayyad is a political independent, he is expected to replace a Cabinet currently dominated by technocrats with supporters of Abbas’ Fatah party in preparation for the elections, an aide said.

    Abbas’ political rival, the Islamic militant Hamas, dismissed the promise of elections and the Cabinet shakeup as empty gestures. Hamas rules the Gaza Strip, after seizing the territory – sought by the Palestinians along with the West Bank for their state – from Abbas’ forces in 2007. Hamas has said it will not participate in elections, but said it has its own Cabinet reshuffle in the works.

    Also Monday, the Palestinian representative to the Arab League said the Palestinians will present a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, seeking a condemnation of Israeli settlement construction. Barakat al-Farra said 14 members of the council support the resolution but that he fears the United States – one of five permanent members with veto powers – will vote against it.

    Israel’s continued construction of Jewish settlements on lands sought for a Palestinian state are a key obstacle to resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The U.S. has been unable to get Israel to halt construction, and Palestinians say they won’t resume negotiations without a building freeze. Israel says such a precondition is unprecedented.

    On Monday the Jerusalem municipality took a step toward approval of 120 new apartments in a Jewish enclave in east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. A city official said the municipal planning authority discussed the project and will open it to public comment. The apartments would be added to Ramot, already home to about 50,000 Israelis.

    Monday’s Palestinian Cabinet shuffle followed an announcement that general elections will be held by September.

    Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official, said the long-dominant party would nominate “professional faces” for the Cabinet. “We are not sending any of our senior officials to the Cabinet. We prefer to send new faces, professionals to these portfolios,” he said.

    A statement carried on the official Wafa news agency said the new Cabinet would help to carry out Fayyad’s ongoing plan to build Palestinian institutions in preparation for eventual independence, and to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

    Palestinian government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said the reshuffle had been in the works for weeks and was not linked to the unrest in the region.

    Analyst Hani al-Masri said the Palestinian government is trying to stave off an eruption of unrest over the failure of peace talks to yield a Palestinian state.

    “There is concern among Arab leaders from the anger of their streets. And the Palestinian Authority has its own reasons to be afraid. The negotiations have halted and they fear the collapse of their political structure,” al-Masri said.

    Hamas, which seized Gaza from Abbas’ forces in 2007, says it will not allow elections to take place in Gaza without reconciliation with Fatah. The Iranian-backed militant group dismissed the West Bank Cabinet shuffle as a stunt to give the illusion of change.

    “This is silly theater,” said Hamas official Fawzi Barhoum.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20110214-palestinian-government-resigns-planned-reshuffle-mahmoud-abbas-hamas-fayyad

  20. Egyptian Museum Missing 18 Items After Unrest

    CAIRO — A full inventory of the Egyptian Museum has found that looters escaped with 18 items during the anti-government unrest, including two gilded wooden statues of famed boy king Tutankhamun, the antiquities chief said Sunday.

    The 18-day uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak engulfed the areas around the museum, on the edge of Cairo’s Tahrir Square. On Jan. 28, as protesters clashed with police early on in the turmoil and burned down the adjacent headquarters of Mubarak’s ruling party, a handful of looters climbed a fire escape to the museum roof and lowered themselves on ropes from a glass-paneled ceiling onto the museum’s top floor.

    Around 70 objects – many of them small statues – were damaged, but until Sunday’s announcement, it was not known whether anything was missing.

    Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the museum’s database department determined 18 objects were gone. Investigators searching for those behind the thefts were questioning dozens of people arrested over several days after last month’s break-in.

    The most important of the missing objects is a limestone statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten standing and holding an offering table. Akhenaten is the so-called heretic king who tried to introduce monotheism to ancient Egypt.

    “It’s the most important one from an artistic point of view,” said museum director Tarek el-Awady. “The position of the king is unique and it’s a beautiful piece of art.” During Akhenaten’s so-called Amarna period, named after his capital, artists experimented with new styles.

    Also gone is a gilded wooden statue of the 18th Dynasty King Tutankhamun, Akhenaten’s son, being carried by a goddess. Pieces are also missing from another statue of the boy king wielding a fishing harpoon from a boat.

    “We have the boat and the legs of the king, but we are missing other parts of the body,” el-Awady said. “We are looking everywhere for them – around the museum, outside, on the roof, from where the thieves got into the museum.”

    He said none of the missing objects was from the gated room containing the gold funerary mask of Tutankhamun and other stunning items from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings – the museum’s chief attractions. The looters did not break into the room, he said.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/14/egyptian-museum-missing-items_n_822730.html

  21. Mrs. Smith,

    I agree that there has to be bloodshed at times. In this case however I think it will be to the extreme. Unless Iran’s military goes the route of Egypt’s military, things are going to be horrifying.

  22. “Obama is so confused by foreign policy and that is not because he is a muslim — hidden or practicing (this is all right-wing nutcase stuff) –but because he is taken in on by his words which are not coherent or based in history,” Peretz writes.”
    ____________________

    As mentioned before- Obama has no clue about US History never mind World History or relating back to past events to adequately to form a working strategy for US foreign policy. His realm of knowledge lies strictly with rouge dictatorships. Taught from infancy at his mother’s knee by Stanley Dunham an anthropologist and US Ctizen. All Dunham’s life she made no secret of her anti-US beliefs ingraining the seeds of her philosophy to her son, Barack Obama (or whatever his name is ) the so-called leader of the US the some-what Free World. Founding Fathers are spinning!

  23. #
    JanH
    February 14th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I agree that there has to be bloodshed at times. In this case however I think it will be to the extreme. Unless Iran’s military goes the route of Egypt’s military, things are going to be horrifying.
    ____________________

    JanH- As I was typing, it occurred to me the People of the Middle Eastern countries are seeing an opportunity to do something good for themselves. This is an opportune time for them to restructure governments. If people in all these countries, one country at a time fight for their Human Rights and the right to have a country BY and FOR the people putting down the subversives that see this as an opportunity for filling the power vacuum with an even more oppressive government using religion, Sharia Law, to govern the people.

    I do not believe the people will stand for it.. they will stand up for themselves and not go home when told to by the oppressors posing as police and military… They have to have learned something from the slight of hand 07′ elections in Iran. If there is going to be bloodshed then they have no other option but seeing it through until they prevail.

  24. The most important thing is keeping an eye on Iran. If Iran stays out of the tumult taking place, the odds of success are even. If they interfere or use the diversion to attack Israel, it will be the worst mistake in their country’s history. The US will step-in as the equalizer…as Hillary said: “they will be obliterated”.

  25. If Iran stays out of the tumult taking place, the odds of success are even. If they interfere or use the diversion to attack Israel, it will be the worst mistake in their country’s history. The US will step-in as the equalizer…as Hillary said: “they will be obliterated”.

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

    Pls don’t misrepresent Hillary’s words. She said that if Iran USES NUKES they would be obliterated. She is not making such an extreme threat about just any ‘interference’ or ‘attack’.

  26. Obama on Mubarak, 2009:

    http://www.verumserum.com/?p=21453

    It didn’t take long for some within the media to question whether Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech played a role in sparking the movement for democracy in Egypt. The claim is demonstrably false and credit goes to Politico and others for solid reporting on this. But in case there is any doubt, the President himself was presented with a prime opportunity on the eve of his 2009 speech to call for democratic reform in Egypt. He could have even just opted to gently criticize a trusted ally. Instead he voted…present.

    Not exactly a “tear down this wall” moment.

    As we say, “can’t be trusted by friend nor foe.”

  27. Hillary Clinton is in a very difficult position. Hillary knows that Obama is a dangerous boob. Every day the danger from Obama boobery grows. To leave the boob to his own devices imperils the country. To stay for much longer imperils her.

    Keep doing the correct thing Hillary. It’s your decision. We have your back.
    ***********************
    It sounds like things are going to come to a head and soon.

  28. I’d like to hear the rest of the Morning Joe interview with Naill Ferguson. The Morning Joe crew looked shell shocked, so did they recover and defend Obama? Ferguson is a Harvard Professor, isn’t that ironic.

  29. #
    turndownobama
    February 14th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    If Iran stays out of the tumult taking place, the odds of success are even. If they interfere or use the diversion to attack Israel, it will be the worst mistake in their country’s history. The US will step-in as the equalizer…as Hillary said: “they will be obliterated”.

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

    Pls don’t misrepresent Hillary’s words. She said that if Iran USES NUKES they would be obliterated. She is not making such an extreme threat about just any ‘interference’ or ‘attack’.
    ________________________

    turndown, It IS YOU misrepresenting Hillary’s words. She NEVER used the word “NUKES”!!! Here is what she said: “In the next 10 yrs during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel …… we would totally obliterate them”.

    The word “nukes” was used in the question to her- But she never repeated the word NUKE…. she stayed with the words “ATTACK on ISRAEL,” meaning …. ANY attack.. launching sticks, stones or tooth pick embedded spit balls!

    Any attack on Israel coming from land and sea at the same time would be catastrophic to them.. this is what exactly is happening now.. The Iranians have war ships off the coast of Israel.If Egypt breaks down and the Muslim Brotherhood takes over. They have said they want to attack Israel and that is exactly what they will do…there would be nothing left of Israel to speak of if they come to power and takeover Egypt…. Egypt is not a done deal.

    The video shown on Good Morning America:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u1nmGmtD18

  30. From elsewhere:

    “The Rise of the Guardian Coup: The International Community and the Seizure of Executive Pow”
    Via Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Robert Farley comes this interesting paper abstracted below.

    In this paper, we use new data on coup d’etats and elections to uncover a striking change in what happens after the coup. Whereas the vast majority of successful coups before 1990 installed their leaders durably in power, between 1991 and 2001 the picture reverses, with the majority of coups leading to competitive elections in 5 years or less. We argue that with the end of the Cold War, outside pressure has produced a devel- opment we characterize as the “electoral norm” – a requirement that binds successful coup-entrepreneurs to hold reasonably prompt and competitive elections upon gaining power. Consistent with our explanation, we find that post-Cold War those countries that are most dependent on Western aid have been the first the embrace competitive elections after the coup. Our theory is also able to account for the pronounced decline in the non-constitutional seizure of executive power since the early 1990s. While the coup d’etat has been and still is the single most important factor leading to the down- fall of democratic government, our findings indicate that the new generation of coups have been considerably less nefarious for democracy than their historical predecessors.

    Farley’s annotation bears copying:

    I would suggest that an increase in the density of military-to-military ties, as well as a qualitative change in the content of the norms transferred through those ties, probably plays a large role in this finding. In any case, it’s very good news for Egypt. It’s also interesting that the protesters as a whole seem to perceived the military in a way that’s compatible with this finding, even though Mubarak stacked the senior leadership with his own people. While we wouldn’t want to assume that the impact of transnational ties was determinative, there nevertheless appears to be strong reasons to believe that they had some effect.

  31. Report: Clinton to Name Holbrooke Successor

    Published : Monday, 14 Feb 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    (NewsCore) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce retired diplomat Marc Grossman as the new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Washington Post reported Monday.

    The position became vacant after the death of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke in December.

    Senior officials said Clinton met with Grossman on Monday morning and is expected to announce his appointment during a speech Friday at the Asia Society in New York.

    Grossman said he was “not in a position to comment” when asked by the Post about the possible appointment.

    He previously served as United States ambassador to Turkey, assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and undersecretary for political affairs during George W. Bush’s administration.

    The appointment comes as the US looks to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this year.

    US-Pakistani relations have also recently become strained after the Asian nation refused to grant immunity to a US official accused of murder there.

    http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpps/news/report-clinton-to-name-holbrooke-successor-dpgonc-20110214-gc_11882457

  32. Egypt’s deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, went into a full coma on Saturday night at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday, quoting well-informed sources.

    Mubarak and his family moved to Sharm al-Sheikh on Thursday night following his final speech, in which he handed over executive authority to former Vice-President Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s al-Masry al-Youm reported.

    The same sources said that Mubarak was currently receiving medical treatment but that no decision had yet been made on whether to transfer the 82-year-old former head-of-state to a hospital.

    Rumors had circulated earlier that Mubarak had fainted twice while recording his final speech, which was broadcast on state television on Thursday evening.

    Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq confirmed Sunday that Mubarak was in Sharm el-Sheikh and has not leave the country.

  33. Shadowfax
    February 14th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Egypt’s deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, went into a full coma on Saturday night at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday, quoting well-informed sources.
    _________________

    Wow- the strain alone was enough to put anyone into a coma, never mind an 82 yr old man..

  34. Sounds like the Donald is going to run in 2012, he was just on Greta, and he said he would put a lot of his money into running, and that his show has to be over before he could announce it in June. He said he is pro-life, against gay marriage, really liked Ray-gun, and things those that might run for Pres, are ‘nice people’ but……….
    He didn’t admit he was running, but he may as well have.

    Greta asked who he thought was a good President out of the last 4 presidents, he said Bill did a good job, but that ‘other stuff’ wasn’t good…Bush Sr. he thought was a thoughtful guy, and Bush Jr. got us into a war that is the longest running war in US history and caused us to go broke.

    Maybe if he runs, he will buy a decent rug and quit the combovers.

  35. Wow- the strain alone was enough to put anyone into a coma, never mind an 82 yr old man..
    ——–
    A very sick old man that stole a lot of money from his government.
    What tosses a person into a coma…just shock? I thought that would be a heart attack before causing a coma.

    Maybe he was so darn freaked out before the coma he just said, ‘F it!’ this isn’t worth it, I quit.

    Confloyd????

  36. “Sounds like the Donald is going to run in 2012”

    ——————

    Oh God! Why do we keep getting cartoon characters running for the most important position in the land?

  37. Wow- the strain alone was enough to put anyone into a coma, never mind an 82 yr old man..

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

    What, no poison conspiracy?

  38. “decent rug and quit the combovers.”
    _________________

    The thing is- they almost always look indecent..

    Ever notice Republicans all wear their hair the same way…
    parted on the left and combed to the right.. with chubby bangs.. 🙄 You can spot them a mile away-

  39. #
    JanH
    February 14th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    “Sounds like the Donald is going to run in 2012″

    ——————

    Oh God! Why do we keep getting cartoon characters running for the most important position in the land?
    _______________________

    It would be cheaper if Trump nudged Soros out of the way, bought Obama and ran the country from Trump Tower. Then Meechelle and BOO-bie would be what they really are… White House custodians.

  40. Bad weather, losing DSL.

    Here are links to more complete versions of Hillary’s answer.
    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=In+the+next+10+yrs+during+which+they+might+foolishly+consider+launching+an+attack+on+Israel

    Note they all say “”In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them

    Here’s a more complete version from FreeRepublic.

    Then-Senator Hillary Clinton was even more explicit during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America on the morning of the Pennsylvania primaries. She threatened to wipe Iran out after an Iranian nuclear attack, hoping that such strong language would deter the Iranian regime from launching such an attack. “You said, ‘If Iran were to strike Israel, there would be a massive retaliation,’” noted host Chris Cuomo. “Scary words, Mrs. Clinton. Does ‘massive retaliation’ mean you go into Iran, you would bomb Iran? Is that what that’s supposed to suggest?”

    “Well, the question was if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel, what would our response be?” Clinton replied. “And I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran, and I want them to understand that, because it does mean that they have to look very carefully at their society. Because at whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program, in the next ten years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them. That’s like a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish, and tragic.”

    So she specified Iran making a “nuclear attack.”

    Yes, this needs a better cite than Free Republic, but DLS is flickering….

  41. #
    turndownobama
    February 14th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    What, no poison conspiracy?
    ____________________

    My crystal ball goes cloudy when you’re in the ‘zone’.

  42. turndownobama
    February 14th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    The lesson her td- is when you contradict a statement, do your home work first… after the fact doesn’t count.

  43. Anyone that crosses Bambi seems to come up in a coma or dead…why is that??

    Did he have a stroke? Is he a diabetic? Did his tasters die or what??? They poisoned Arafat…these folks have NO moral compass…when your out your out…DEAD OR ALIVE!

  44. Shadowfax,
    Why is Roseanne Barr now saying she was wrong about Bambi?? Has she had some brain washing in Cuba or what??
    You either get brainwashed or come up dead or at least in a coma….soon to croak!

  45. “these folks have NO moral compass”
    _______________________

    Then we much have something in common with Egyptians…

    confloyd- I was talking to my mother’s gerontologist last week. He said in India $100 can buy influence. He said, here, you have to be a millionaire…

  46. Yeah, I believe that, you know it prolly wouldn’t cost much to get what you want done in India or any place in the ME.

  47. What counts, for Hillary and the credibility of Big Pink, is setting the record straight about what Hillary actually said. She did NOT threaten to obliterate Iran over “any” attack or interference. That would be crazy.

    She did specify that she was talking strictly about a “nuclear” attack by Iran.

    Of course it would be better if in the first place you did not attribute crazy statements to Hillary, making her sound like Dr. Strangelove.

  48. Well if we can’t have Hillary, I might consider Donald Duck….he has a way about him…LOL!

    His womanizing of coarse will have to stop, those rethugs don’t like that stuff….at least as long as no one finds out about it….LOL!

  49. turndownobama
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    You are the biggest threat to Pinks credibility with your flat earth theories and humans causing global warming.

  50. $100 is Rs4500, not much at all.. depends on who you are buying your influence from.

    India is not the ME by the way. They have had a well functioning democracy for generations now and it is shaping up to be the third largest economy. Do you know the size of middle class with buying power there now and what percentage of it is under 30? >40%. Yes, corruption is a problem but they are working on it. When politicians are illiterate and immoral they will find a way to get rich quickly, just like Obama did.

    BigCatLover, go to Noquarter for an unedited full video of Niall Ferguson.

    BTW, where is wbboei? What happened to all the other regulars? Come on, we can’t let admin down..

  51. Saw a long video of Trump on a CNN talk show in India (don’t know if it runs here). He blasted Obama, said BC was a quality guy, a good president.. He sounded more like a Dem but running as a republican. I don’t know how much favor he can curry with republicans by praising Bill Clinton.

  52. Bill O’Reilly showed a film clip of John Boehner’s stating that it is not his responsibilities to set the record straight about Obama’s qualifications to be president. It was so obvious that O’Reilly was only using the clip and the guest as a foil for his rant about how stupid people are who have doubts about Obama’s eligibility to be president. O’Reilly projected such certainty about Obama that you had to think he was there for the birth – probably as one of the Wise men.

    Ulsterman told us that Obama had a offense planned and I am sure this was only a small part, but it was still tough to see a pay-off in action, to see someone sell his soul right before your eyes.

    I don’t care what anyone believes about Obama, his birth, his schooling, his record as a state senator, his foreign travels – because I do know there is plenty of room for doubt.

  53. Pres. Obama planning to hold a solo news conference today at 11am. Oh I’m so watching this, he usually fucks these up in spectacular style.

  54. Ahmadinejad and Gadaffi are a deadly duo who will do anything to spark a war on Israel in the ME…
    _____________________

    Iran MPs want death penalty for opposition leaders

    saying:

    “State television described protesters as “Hypocrites, monarchists, thugs and seditionists.” A senior police official said dozens of protesters had been arrested and at least nine policemen were wounded by “hypocrites.”

    “We have information…that America, Britain and Israel guided the opposition leaders who called for the rally,” said deputy police chief Ahmadreza Radan, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

    Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia against secular, Western-allied rulers an “Islamic awakening,” akin to the 1979 revolution that overthrew the U.S.-backed shah in Iran.

    But the opposition say events in Tunisia and Egypt mirror their own protests after the June 2009 vote which they say was rigged to secure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. Authorities deny this. The opposition leaders, who called the protest, were prevented by security forces from participating the rally, Mousavi’s website Kaleme reported.

    Amnesty International, Britain and the United States condemned the authorities’ reaction to the protests.”

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE71E1N620110215?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

  55. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Sorry to hear that moon- you were missed. your early morning alerts help us wake up to the new brew in the states..

  56. Jerusalem Post whallops Obama across the back of the head

    No Holds Barred: Obama, the leader who didn’t lead

    US president was afraid to push, to call for autocrat to immediately resign from his illegitimate perch. Obama reacted; the people of Egypt led.

    I’m sitting and watching President Barack Obama’s speech on the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. He is eloquent as usual, supplying compelling visuals of the protesters demanding a free government in spite of great personal peril. He is quoting Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He has ‘taken charge’ of the situation.

    But say what he will, for Obama it’s all too late. Throughout the riveting three weeks of Egypt’s democratic birth, the leader of the free world simply refused to lead. He watched the events unfold just as you and I did. He was afraid to push, afraid to nudge, afraid to call for the autocrat to immediately resign from his illegitimate perch. Obama reacted; the people of Egypt led.

    Obama was supposed to be a transformational president. An African-American had risen to the highest office on Earth. Surely, even more than president George W. Bush, he would emerge as a champion of freedom and democracy. Surely such eloquence would be employed in the cause of human liberty. Obama would surely conduct a global freedom train.

    BUT WE were all given pause when Obama, in the first months of his presidency, embraced dictator Hugo Chavez with a wide grin and bowed to the tyrant-king of Saudi Arabia. Chavez had called Bush “the devil” from the rostrum of the UN, and has single-handedly dismantled democracy in Venezuela, brutalizing his opponents and throwing them in jail. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia presides over a regime where women are imprisoned and lashed simply for being in a closed space with a strange man.

    Perhaps these were just glitches. Perhaps Obama really did have a freedom agenda that he would pull magically out of his hat.

    But it only got worse, with Obama’s foreign policy repudiating most of Bush’s democracy-building gestures as unrealistic ‘neocon’ ideology, and moving instead toward Kissingerian realpolitik. Under Obama, America is again doing business with almost any kind of dictator. Obama even won a Nobel Peace Prize simply for not being Bush! We thought his lauding of tyrants had reached its zenith when our leader, holding only his second state dinner last month, honored one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. The new Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner was rotting in jail along with his wife while the Chinese president was eating Maine lobster in the White House.

    It’s one thing to do business with China, but to honor its brutal leadership so? With Egypt the circle is complete. Four hundred million Arabs live under brutal tyranny. Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous state. A gift was handed to Obama – who has done next-to-nothing for imprisoned people around the world – when the citizens of Tunisia and Egypt began agitating for liberty. That agitation received one line in his State of the Union address.

    And even as the Egyptian people showed they were ready to endure almost any hardship to be free, our president simply watched to see what would happen, got it wrong repeatedly, and suddenly found his voice only when it was all over. You would think that the president would have given a speech when the demonstrations first started, declaring: “The people of Egypt, sovereign in their own land, are demanding the immediate resignation of a president who has presided unlawfully over them for three decades. The people of the United States and their president stand squarely with our brothers and sisters in Egypt, and demand Mubarak’s immediate compliance.”

    Instead, we got all this confusing talk from Obama and Hillary Clinton about how the transition to democracy can be messy, and how Mubarak needed time. Time? Three decades isn’t enough?! He had to go now.

    SO HERE we are. The greatest democracy on Earth, led by a man whose rhetoric and actions are in conflict. If Obama really believed it wasn’t wise for Mubarak to leave immediately, why didn’t he say it on the day of his resignation? Rather than invoking Gandhi and King, he should have invoked the French Revolution, Iran and Hamas, showing the perils of premature democracy.

    The reason he didn’t is that when it comes to promoting democracy, Obama is weak, oddly bereft of strong personal convictions on human liberty, believing that while people deserve to be free, only a superstrong government can guarantee that freedom.

    Obama may be our first African-American president, but he is most definitely not a product of the civil rights movement. Thank God the brave people of Egypt have rejected our president’s empty rhetoric of hope and change.

    The writer was The Times of London preacher of the Year. His most recent book is Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life. Follow him on Twitter@RabbiShmuley.

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=208230

  57. Instead, we got all this confusing talk from Obama and Hillary Clinton about how the transition to democracy can be messy

    ………………………………………………………

    It was messy because Obama kept contradicting everything Hillary tried to do.

  58. I wonder why…..duh.

    President Obama’s Budget Proposal Doesn’t Cut Funds to NPR ($15 million increase!)

    Despite calls from conservatives and a bipartisan committee to cut federal funding of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, President Obama’s 2012 budget — released Monday — preserves the money that supports it.

    Obama’s proposal includes $445 million in general programming grants for CPB in 2012, 2013 and 2014 — up from $430 million in 2011.

    The president’s plan comes as members of the House Appropriations Committee had in recent days renewed the push to defund to CPB — and progressive groups, like MoveOn.org, and the Writers Guild of America mobilized to fight for PBS and NPR

    ……………………………………

    are we surprised, kill heating for seniors, yet fund his bots for the election.

  59. I expect this early morning “solo news conference” is because Obama wants to berate and wag his finger and “explain” his budget as brilliant….this ought to be good for a laugh.

  60. We thought his lauding of tyrants had reached its zenith when our leader, holding only his second state dinner last month, honored one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. The new Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner was rotting in jail along with his wife while the Chinese president was eating Maine lobster in the White House.

    ……………………………..

    Its almost as if Admin wrote this and oh so true.

  61. Hey, You know how Obama can solve all his problems? By giving a heavily-hyped long speech. Because he’s never tried that before.

    Tune in at 11am or about a half hour later because its not like he is ever on time.

  62. What is Obama Hiding? Appeal Filed in Fannie Freddie Lawsuit

    http://biggovernment.com/tfitton/2011/02/15/what-is-obama-hiding-appeal-filed-in-fannie-freddie-lawsuit/

    Judicial Watch’s pursuit of records detailing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political contributions continues. We recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in our lawsuit against the Obama Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

    According to officials at FHFA, the agency might possess documents responsive to our Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, but they won’t give them up without a fight. In fact, the agency claims it is not obligated to release any such documents to the public. Our position is that now that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are wholly operated by the federal government these records are subject to FOIA law. Here’s a squib from our appeal:

    …the boards of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac accepted conservatorship by the FHFA with the full knowledge that the FHFA would obtain all rights, titles, powers, and privileges of the enterprises, including legal title to their books and records.

    Since that time, the FHFA, a federal agency subject to FOIA, has had full legal custody and control over all of the records of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Because the FHFA obtained these records and has exercised full legal control over them since it placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, the requested records became subject to FOIA just like any other agency records.

    We filed our original FOIA request on May 29, 2009. The FHFA acknowledged receipt of the request July 1, 2009. The agency claimed that while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might have the records, the FHFA was not obligated to release them under FOIA because the agency does not “control” them.

    As the Obama administration said in its court filing, “…Any records created by or held in the custody of the Enterprises [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] reflecting their political campaign contributions or policies, stipulations and requirements concerning campaign contributions necessarily are private corporate documents. They are not ‘agency records’ subject to disclosure under FOIA.”

    Unfortunately, this thin legal argument found favor in the District Court, but it was a close call. The court agreed in large part with Judicial Watch’s legal argument. However, in what we have described as a “split decision,” the court ruled that the FHFA did not ultimately control the records and therefore denied the American people access to them.

    read on…………………..

  63. John Edwards investigation: Charges near?

    A two-year grand jury investigation of John Edwards has reached a decisive point. Prosecutors believe they have a strong case, but have not yet gotten a green light from the Justice Department to charge the former presidential candidate, NBC News has learned. The issue: did Edwards violate election laws by trying to cover up his affair with a campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter.

    Sources close to the investigation say Justice Department attorneys are now conducting a final review of evidence, and an indictment could come within days or weeks. In what could be an ominous development for Edwards, prosecutors already are making arrangements to record the sworn testimony of a key witness for possible use in a future trial, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    “It would be surprising now if he wasn’t indicted,” said Stephen Saltzburg, a former federal prosecutor and George Washington University law professor. “If John Edwards was aware that money was being paid to hide his mistress… and it was done to help his campaign, then he’s in trouble.”

    Edwards’ attorney, Wade Smith, recently said, “We do not believe there is evidence that John has violated any election laws.” John Edwards, 57, has repeatedly said that he did nothing wrong, and a spokesperson said he remains optimistic that the investigation will confirm that.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41589152

    ………………

    I hope they nail his balls to the wall.

  64. Solo news conference by obamawana…

    Two thoughts:

    1/ Look closely at his ears…I’m sure Hillary will be feeding him his answers.

    2/ Media/questions already pre-chosen for their soft-ball quotient.

  65. And the most important reason he is doing this today….drum beat please!!!!

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver what’s billed as a Major Address on internet freedom at George Washington University today.

  66. What’s up with the fool that was just on Fox calling Hillary a “blood thirsty elitest”. He was clearly pist off that Hillary has come out for the protesters in Iran..

    Sounds like this guy was a leftie liberal….He had a beard…so he was probably a muslim sympathizer. I don’t know who this guy is, but the squirt announcer said this guy has been right on target with his analysis.

    Looks like Hillary is stepping out on her own now! We’ll see with what Dumbo says!

  67. Hillary and Bill will strategize a good exit strategy when the time is right. They where out manuevered in the primary and hopefully have learned whom they are dealing with. I think ideally it would have been after the midterms, but with his rebounding from said defeat, the chances of him being re-elected now seem certain. This all but destroyed Hillary’s chances of trying to become the democratic candidate for 2012. Hence, she might as well do the best she can to mitigate his damage and leave with her reputation in high standing.

  68. Obama holding a press conference now and he’s still doing the lip smacking thing. I don’t remember him doing this before recently.

  69. BigCatLover,
    Listening to him is torture. He has no fluidity in speaking unless he has a teleprompter or has memorized his lines.

    Just . . . getting . . . one . . . .cogent. . . . thought . . . ,.out. .uh-uh-uh-is- . . uh-uh . . ,.

    You get what I mean. And the reporters he’s picking on are clearly plants.

  70. He just sounds soooooo stupid. He answers questions with the cliff notes versions of topics. He sounds like a 7th grader dealing with his first term paper. What an a$$!

    How anyone could ever think he is brilliant is beyond me. I read that at Harvard he was on the pass-fail system.

    He probably failed and they just passed him through like they do with kids who age out of high school.

  71. jbstonesfan
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    Hillary and Bill will strategize a good exit strategy when the time is right. They where out manuevered in the primary and hopefully have learned whom they are dealing with. I think ideally it would have been after the midterms, but with his rebounding from said defeat, the chances of him being re-elected now seem certain.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&

    Man, you are way to certain about Obama’s a) “resurgence” in the polls b) viability as a candidate in 2012.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, he’s more than capable of botching things. Now, for that brief window in Dec. following The Shellacking, the Lame Duck Dems rammed through some low hanging feel good bills that even Repubs sided with. Hardly the stuff that would demonstrate what a Great Leader he is.

    Saying Obama is a shoo-in for re-election is crazy talk.

    Possible? Sure.

    Definite? Hardly!

  72. Even NPR yesterday put an asterisk next to Obama’s year-end bipartisan “congressional achievements”, when analyzing the landscape that Obama’s faces going into 2012.

  73. pm317
    February 15th, 2011 at 6:49 am
    thanks for the tip about NoQuarter having the entire Niall Ferguson/Morning Joe interview. I loved it.

  74. Eww- this Budget press briefing- the responses are being fed to him by someone… but NOT Hillary. This I know she would not do under any circumstance..

  75. FACED WITH TOUGH QUESTIONS EVEN FROM THEIR OWN LAPDOG MEDIA PETS, OBAMAPPARTCHIKS DO END-AROUND

    All the fake news and spin, with NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE to weigh you down!!!

    Notable quote: “The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-white-house-media-operation-state-run/story?id=12913319

    Obama’s Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0?
    =========================

    White House Hones Online Messaging Operation Ahead of 2012 Campaign

    By DEVIN DWYER
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2011

    As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama’s White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

    The White House Press Office now not only produces a website, blog, YouTube channel, Flickr photo stream, and Facebook and Twitter profiles, but also a mix of daily video programming, including live coverage of the president’s appearances and news-like shows that highlight his accomplishments.

    “Advise the Adviser: Your Direct Line to the White House,” the administration’s latest online program launched last week, encourages viewers to offer “advice, opinions and feedback on important issues” and promises a response from a senior administration official in return.

    “We’re striving to not just have a passive website where people can read about what’s happening but create a method of interaction and feedback,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

    It joins “Open for Questions,” a periodic series of live moderated video chats with officials, “West Wing Week,” a magazine-style show featuring the president behind the scenes, and other live-streaming events, including an annotated version of the State of the Union address, all intended to more directly disseminate the administration’s message.

    But while these innovative communications tools ostensibly offer greater transparency and openness, critics say they have come at a troublesome expense: less accountability of the administration by the independent, mainstream press.

    Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself.

    Obama’s recent signing of the historic New START treaty with Russia and his post-State of the Union cabinet meeting, for example, were both closed to reporters in a break with tradition. And during a recent question and answer session with the president and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the White House imposed an unusual limit of just one question each from the U.S. and Canadian press corps.

    “The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

    Members of the press have always had quibbles with White House media strategies, calling cut-backs in access an affront to transparency, even as administration officials insist they’re simply taking advantage of new technologies.

    But some say the current dynamic is different, and dangerous.

    “They’re opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn’t have any criticism allowed,” said University of Minnesota journalism professor and political communication analyst Heather LaMarre.

    Another quote underlines how Obama = Bush III:

    “LaMarre and other political communication experts say the Obama White House is continuing the policy started by President George W. Bush, who famously vowed to “go over the heads of the filter and speak directly to the people,” and capitalizing on new media and social media to do so more easily than ever before.”

    LaMarre and other political communication experts say the Obama White House is continuing the policy started by President George W. Bush, who famously vowed to “go over the heads of the filter and speak directly to the people,” and capitalizing on new media and social media to do so more easily than ever before.

    The White House has amassed 1.9 million followers on Twitter, 900,000 fans on Facebook and averages 250,000 visits to its YouTube channel per month. Its website received roughly 1.1 million unique visitors in January, according to ComScore.

    By contrast, ABC News has 1.2 million followers on Twitter, 150,000 fans on Facebook, and averages 21.7 million unique visitors per month to ABCNews.com, according to ComScore.

    “What you’re seeing on the Internet is transparency at its finest,” said Earnest, the White House spokesman. “We are giving citizens across the country direct access to decision makers in the government.”

    Earnest said the effort to build and engage an online audience was intended to supplement the independent press, not supplant it.

    And while critics might disagree, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that some Americans might not care.

    “If Nixon had announced he was going to start the ‘Nixon channel’ and said they were only going to put up stuff he approved of, people would have said, ‘Oh my God, this is like Communist Russian state media,'” said David Perlmutter, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

    “But now social media have a friendly face on them, so these media tools are not seen by the public — particularly younger Americans — as some sort of power grab by the president or government,” he said. “They’re just modern ways of reaching out and communicating.”

    Perlmutter says what he calls “state run media 2.0” might be just what younger generations, who polls show are disillusioned with the mainstream press, are looking for. And, he said, satisfying their “need to feel connected” could give Obama the edge among tech-savvy voters heading into the next campaign.

    “They want to ask the questions themselves, post questions on the White House blog, tweet the president or Robert Gibbs directly,” he said. “They don’t think, ‘Oh my gosh, this is bypassing an important filter of information.’ They don’t care about the filter.”

  76. You can tell when a reporter asks a pre-planned question. he calms down, his voice gets more normal, he loses the wild-eyes look.

    I am no medical professional but he seems absolutely manic, switching from blustering defense to smug self-satisfaction. And then he goes off on self-indulgent tangents.

    I would say some of the reporters in the room are getting that he is an idiot. Even Chuck Todd asked a hardball question about why BO didn’t listen to his budget commission and tapper has a finger along his nose with an expression of WTF – his buffoon is running the country?

    One black woman asks him about community organizing and Emanuel. Doesn’t he feel their pain any more. BARF! Now he’s talking about a book he’s writing about the 10 letters he reads every day. Says he sometimes wants to be a case worker helping folks pick up the pieces of their lives. DOUBLE BARF. II,I,I,I,I and me me me me.

  77. #
    jbstonesfan
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hillary and Bill will strategize a good exit strategy when the time is right. They where out maneuvered in the primary and hopefully have learned whom they are dealing with. I think ideally it would have been after the midterms, but with his rebounding from said defeat, the chances of him being re-elected now seem certain. This all but destroyed Hillary’s chances of trying to become the democratic candidate for 2012. Hence, she might as well do the best she can to mitigate his damage and leave with her reputation in high standing.
    ____________________

    Actually, the time is right for her now- but, I don’t believe she will leave when the threat to continuing Peace in Israel is at stake until something is settled and secure in Egypt.

  78. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I wonder why…..duh.

    President Obama’s Budget Proposal Doesn’t Cut Funds to NPR ($15 million increase!)
    _________________________________

    Soros just bought a huge share of NPR recently-

  79. PUNTER-IN-CHIEF

    WashPo details Obama’s timidity.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021500055.html

    President Obama’s budget kicks the hard choices further down the road
    =======================

    THE PRESIDENT PUNTED. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided. “The fiscal realities we face require hard choices,” the president said in his budget message. “A decade of deficits, compounded by the effects of the recession and the steps we had to take to break it, as well as the chronic failure to confront difficult decisions, has put us on an unsustainable course.” His budget would keep the country on that course.

    Granted, the budget outlines cuts in discretionary spending, ranging from military procurement to heating assistance for the poor. A five-year freeze in nonsecurity discretionary spending – two years longer than the three-year freeze proposed in last year’s budget – would save $400 billion during that period compared to what would have been spent otherwise to keep up with inflation.

    But as Mr. Obama noted in his State of the Union address, discretionary spending represents a small slice of government outlays, so cuts in discretionary spending are simultaneously onerous and insufficient to reach fiscal balance. The administration proclaimed that its budget would save $1.1 trillion, two-thirds of it from spending cuts. It neglected to point out that, even if all those savings were implemented, the debt would increase by another $7.2 trillion over the decade. And that’s accepting the administration’s optimistic projections. From 2013 to 2016, the administration estimates the economy will grow at an average rate of nearly 3.9 percent per year, while the Congressional Budget Office projects a growth rate of just 3.4 percent. That could make an enormous difference in the amount of revenue generated and, consequently, the size of deficits. By 2021, the national debt will equal 77 percent of the total economy, even given the administration’s rosy forecast – and, as the administration’s chart reprinted here shows, the debt will then really explode.

    Administration officials applauded themselves for having the discipline to offset the cost of two expensive items: avoiding punishing cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians and making sure the alternative minimum tax (AMT) does not hit a growing share of middle-class taxpayers. Not so fast. The patches are temporary – two years in the case of the so-called “doc fix,” three years for the AMT. Meantime, the administration uses up a decade’s worth of financing to pay for them – with no whisper of how to address the problems in the long term.

    And that’s not the only gimmickry. The budget assumes that the full cost of the doc fix will be paid for, and therefore not add to the deficit, but fails to explain how. It includes a $328 billion magic asterisk for transportation funding, identified only as “bipartisan financing for Transportation Trust Fund.” Higher gasoline taxes? Don’t ask. Meanwhile, the administration recommends paying for the AMT fix by reducing the value of charitable tax deductions for those in the two highest tax brackets. A smart idea, and one that the administration also proposed in its two previous budgets, originally as a way to pay for health-care reform. If it was a nonstarter then, what’s the basis for thinking its prospects are better now?

    The larger problem with the budget is the administration’s refusal to confront the hard choices that Mr. Obama is so fond of saying must be faced. The president’s debt commission concluded that more tax revenue will be needed in coming years to finance the costs of an aging society. Mr. Obama repeated his call to do away with the Bush tax cuts for upper-income taxpayers in two years – but maintained his tired and irrational insistence that the rest of the tax cuts, enacted in far different fiscal circumstances, be preserved.

    If Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn could sign on to a deficit-reduction plan that included raising tax revenue, is it too much to ask for such bravery from Mr. Obama? And if Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin could sign on to a plan that included raising the Social Security retirement age, is it too much to ask for more from Mr. Obama than an airy set of “principles for reform”? Sadly, the answer appears to be yes.

  80. Confloyd: “What’s up with the fool that was just on Fox calling Hillary a “blood thirsty elitest”.

    The guy is Michael Scheur, former head of CIA Bin Laden Unit.

    No wonder we didn’t catch Bin Laden!

  81. Obama declares Plan to cut deficit in half 09′

    AssociatedPress — February 23, 2009 —

    President Barack Obama vowed Monday to cut the country’s budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. (Feb. 23)09′

    video

  82. Is it normal for a POTUS to have a list of reporters written down which he checks and seems to call in order? It looks so staged.

  83. “Obama declares Plan to cut deficit in half 09′”

    —————
    lol…as if he didn’t cause this economic mess in the first place. Now he is going to save the day?

  84. #
    JanH
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “Obama declares Plan to cut deficit in half 09′”

    —————
    lol…as if he didn’t cause this economic mess in the first place. Now he is going to save the day?
    _______________

    In that video, he says he inherited the problems from Bush-

    I wish one of the reporters would ask HIM what he is going to cut in the way of luxuries from his own WH budget. You know, $300,000 from the WH lawn landscaping budget by cutting the lawn himself with Michelle doing the trimming because he is willing to show his resolve in tightening his belt as well.

  85. I am not making this up!
    In response to reporter Jacke’s 3-part question BO said.
    “Hold on there, Jackie. I’m running out of room in my brain.”

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YIKES!

    just a side note. When I was on the heavy duty chemo drugs I often felt at a loss for words as I was speaking. I would have a word at the tip of my tongue and then it would dissolve. In oncology, there’s a name for that side effect. It’s called chemo-brain. We are witnessing a POTUS experiencing that kind of brain fog from something. I don’t know if it’s meds, or a medical condition but he reminds me of someone suffering from chemo-brain.

    For chemo patients, the condition slowly corrects itself but even now, a year after my last treatment, I am uncharacteristically unable to find a word.

    Or maybe I’m being too charitable. Maybe BO (and Gibbs, who sounds exactly like BO) are just plain dumb. Contrast BO’s bumbling performance with HRC’s quick, commanding and articulate responses to the press.

  86. Southern Born
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    When I think of the hours he spent perfecting his delivery to press questions today…through ear phone coaching… Hollywood maybe?

  87. My semi-adult son asked me last night why Barry was cutting funding to the EPA and NASA. “What’s wrong with him?”

    —-

    I was shocked he even asked me that question when he has heard me talk about the fraud since 2007.

    I just said, that’s what you get when you vote for inexperience and someone who doesn’t have a clue how to handle real problems. I didn’t need to tell him how bad the economy is since he had to move back home, cut way back on college and is still job hunting.

  88. Shadow-

    The over 40 crowd is having employment troubles as well. If you are over 47 yr old, unless you have perfect credit and stellar credentials all you are suited for is employers like Burger King and Dunkin Donuts.

  89. basil9
    No it is not normal for a prez to have a list of reporter’s names that he calls on in order. I can’t remember if Bush ever did this, but before Bush Clinton and his predecessors certainly did not do it. At first, I thought the tactic was a rookie cheat sheet and he would eventually be confident enough to conduct his press conference on his own, but 2 years later, he still can’t.

  90. I read this morning, the R’s have substantial cuts coming to the 2011 Budget and the 2012 as well. I’ll see if I can find the article and post it.. So far, Obama has had a free ride getting his wishes passed. Will he wilt under the tentacles of Republicans or will he man up. I think we all know the answer to that besides gridlock of course which will be the ultimate noose they use to hamstring passing the budget.

    Stocks going down after his less than confidence inspiring speech..

  91. Southern Born
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Does BO usually press his lips together and draw then in? He keeps doing it during this news conference.

    ——-
    I’m no expert, but in respect to body language this means he is trying to control what he says and is holding back what he is thinking…or a drug response, or maybe the Blue Lip Syndrome.

  92. Maybe BO should take the advice of Michael Scheur the former head of CIA Bin Lauden Unit on FOX this morning.

    He said that the best thing for a president or did he say this president is to keep his mouth shut.

  93. I missed most of that as i was literally throwing up, Bambi has that effect on me these days…thats it, i must have Bambi flu.

  94. Iran is finagling it’s way into this middle east morass through the Shiite rivalry with the Sunni’s and Saudi Arabia.
    _________________________

    Bahrain Protesters Take Control of Main Square

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Thousands of protesters poured into a main square in Bahrain’s capital Tuesday in an Egypt-style rebellion that sharply escalated pressure on authorities as the Arab push for change gripped the Gulf for the first time.

    Security forces have battled demonstrators over two days, leading to the deaths of two protesters. In a clear sign of concern over the widening crisis, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made a rare national TV address, offering condolences for the deaths, pledging an investigation into the killings, and promising to push ahead with reforms, which include loosening state controls on the media and Internet.

    As the crowds surged into Pearl Square in the capital of Manama, security forces appeared to hold back. The dramatic move Tuesday comes just hours after a second protester died in clashes with police in the strategic island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

    Oppositions groups are calling for greater political freedom and an end to the ruling Sunni monarchy’s grip on key decisions and government posts. The nation’s majority Shiites have long complained of discrimination.

    Many in the square- which was quickly renamed the “Nation’s Square” by protesters – waved Bahraini flags and chanted: “No Sunnis, no Shiites. We are all Bahrainis.”

    Bahrain is one of the most politically volatile nations in the Middle East’s wealthiest corner. A prolonged showdown could draw in the region’s two biggest rivals: Saudi Arabia, as close allies of Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, and Iran, whose hard-liners have spoken in support of the nation’s Shiite majority.

    The bloodshed already has brought sharp denunciations from the largest Shiite political bloc, which suspended its participation in parliament, and could threaten the nation’s gradual pro-democracy reforms over the past decade.

    The second day of turmoil began after police tried to disperse up to 10,000 mourners gathering at a hospital parking lot to begin a funeral procession for Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima, 21, who died in Monday’s marches.

    Officials at Bahrain’s Salmaniya Medical Complex said a 31-year-old man became the second fatality when he died of injuries from birdshot fired during the melee in the hospital’s parking lot. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to journalists.

    After the clash, riot police eventually withdrew and allowed the massive funeral cortege for Mushaima to proceed from the main state-run medical facility in Manama. He was killed Monday during clashes with security forces trying to halt marches to demand greater freedoms and political rights. At least 25 people were injured in the barrage of rubber bullets, birdshot and tear gas, relatives said.

    Bahrain’s majority Shiites – about 70 percent of the population – have long complained of discrimination by the Sunni rulers. A crackdown on perceived dissent last year touched off weeks of riots and clashes in Shiite villages.

    The main Shiite opposition group, Al Wefaq, denounced the “bullying tactics and barbaric policies pursued by the security forces” and said it was suspending its participation in parliament, where it holds 18 of the 40 seats.

    The declaration falls short of pulling out the group’s lawmakers, which would spark a full-scale political crisis. But Al Wefaq warned that it could take more steps if violence persists against marchers staging the first major rallies in the Gulf since uprisings toppled long-ruling regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. A statement from Bahrain’s interior minister, Lt. Gen. Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, expressed “sincere condolences and deep sympathy” to Mushaima’s family. He stressed that the death will be investigated and charges would be filed if authorities determined excessive force was used against the protesters.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/15/mourner-killed-in-funeral-march-clash-in-bahrain/

  95. And the Atlantic Monthly says…

    Clinton on Internet Freedom: Living by the Standards We Hold the World To

    Feb 15 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has delivered a bold and — given the context — important speech today about freedom on the Web.

    It connects the dots between an open Internet, on the one hand, and political liberty, economic prosperity, and the crisis in Egypt and the Middle East, on the other.

    Her major premise is that political liberty begets economic prosperity. Her minor premise is that, in the 21st century, protecting Internet openness is essential to maintaining a free society — and thus is crucial to achieving economic well-being, as well.

    For decades, the major premise was up for debate. The dilemma was posed most sharply by the (apparent) flourishing of the Soviet Empire. Was freedom a luxury we could not afford? (Just ask Senator McCarthy.) Even after the Wall fell, there was still great hand-wringing over the rise of Asian city-states like Singapore, which married eye-popping export growth with canings for spitting gum on the street.

    The good news is that the bloom is off the rose, on both scores. We live in an era when the social benefits of openness, even with an occasional challenge, seem more persuasive than ever. (See here for more.)

    But for Secretary Clinton to make this point right now — and center it around the Internet — takes some chutzpah. Not least because hers is war of choice and not necessity.

    To begin with, there is her take on WikiLeaks. It is, at bottom, that whoever stole the cables should be thrown in the brig. But everything else that happened should be regarded as the price of living in a free society. This is entirely fair — and utterly refreshing, coming from the government official fourth in the line of succession to the President (not to mention the head of the agency most roiled by the cables’ release).

    More broadly, against a backdrop of overwhelming diplomatic tension about civil protests, she urges the international community to embrace the semi-anarchy of the Internet and social media. Yes, on balance, it looks like things are headed in a good direction, for Egyptians as well as Americans. But given the current climate, one could certainly forgive a sitting Secretary of State for letting the dust settle a bit before kicking up even more.

    When it comes to communications technology, however, she does have the advantage of being on the right side of history.

    To take one example — not discussed in her speech — consider the state of the Soviet telephone system just before the collapse of the USSR. Compared to Western Europe, the Soviet Union had far fewer phones per capita. Which was one reason (among many) for the sorry state of its economy.

    Why?

    Because in 1917, Soviet leadership decided to invest not in telephones, but in a system of loudspeakers all across the country: the quintessential one-way, centrally-controlled technology. And when they got around to building a phone system, all long distance lines had to go through Moscow, so they could be appropriately monitored.

    Is Internet any different? Well, yes and no.

    In a bricks-and-mortar world, the choice between open and closed, law versus tyranny, is pretty stark. If you half-nationalize a sugar refinery, don’t be surprised if foreign direct investment dries up. All the way. Just as if you sometimes (but not always) disappear intellectuals for expressing dangerous political options, it should come as little shock that promising young engineers in your country view it as yet another reason to head to Menlo Park.

    But the Internet is infinitely adaptable, and many countries are betting that it can support a uniquely modern half-open, half-closed hybrid — the economic benefit without the civil liberty.

    China is the obvious example — but remember that even North Korea, without any home-grown tech to speak of, is reported to have a fairly advanced 3G wireless data network. (Built by an Egyptian contractor, no less.)

    Still, while the Internet does not represent the end of history, it is certainly a deeply discombobulating new chapter. If telephones, airplanes, radio and TV have made the world much smaller, the lesson of the last few weeks is that the Internet, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter have made it immeasurably younger.

    More than any other media in history, the Internet is the playground of the rising generation. Just as the toddler in my house will one day evade (with ease) any measures I take to control her access to the Internet, the hero-activists in the Middle East found ways to shock the gray men of Cairo, Tunisia, and elsewhere.

    In the end, a simple lack of understanding of technology by those in power may prove as important as anything else. One certainly hopes this is true — even if the jury is still out. (See here for more.)

    But it would also be a mistake to read the Secretary’s speech as being purely about Egypt, China, and other lands half a world far away.

    It is a speech about America, too.

    Today there is broad domestic consensus against outright censorship on the Internet. But as recently as 15 years ago, it was the policy of the United States — thanks to a statute signed by the Secretary of State’s husband himself, in a prior life — to limit expressive freedom online as compared to newspapers and books. It is to the eternal credit of the Supreme Court that it struck down the attempt.

    And even now — as government lawyers appear in court five miles away from where Secretary Clinton is speaking, to argue for access to the Twitter records of alleged WikiLeaks collaborators — there are scores of unanswered questions about domestic surveillance of Internet traffic. Many in domestic law enforcement and the military-industrial complex would jump at the chance to build back doors and surveillance opportunities into the basic architecture of broadband networks.

    So Clinton’s speech is, as much as anything, a warning that if America is going to talk the talk about censorship abroad, we have to walk the walk at home, as well. This is the sense in which her speech is a genuine (and almost certainly self-conscious) act of courage — reminding us that, as always, the most important political choices we can make begin at home.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/02/clinton-on-internet-freedom-living-by-the-standards-we-hold-the-world-to/71297/

  96. Clinton Signs Energy Exploration Pact With Ukraine’s Gryshchenko

    By Nicole Gaouette – Feb 15, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko today signed an agreement that would allow the U.S. Geological Survey assess potential energy resources in the Ukraine, including shale gas.

    The ceremony in Washington before officials from both countries began the third meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission. It also included the signing of an agreement to work against human trafficking in the Ukraine.

    “We have sought to use our partnership commission to plan and implement concrete action that improves the life for both of our peoples,” Clinton said at the ceremony.

    Today’s discussions also include increased cooperation on nuclear security and nonproliferation. The U.S. helped Ukraine remove more than 100 kilograms of highly enriched uranium from multiple locations last year, advancing President Barack Obama’s goal of securing nuclear materials worldwide.

    The meeting will also cover democracy and the rule of law, enhancing the Ukrainian investment climate, economic reform, trade, investment, science and technology.

    Clinton and Gryshchenko will also meet with civil society groups from Ukraine.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-15/clinton-signs-energy-exploration-pact-with-ukraine-s-gryshchenko.html

  97. #
    JanH
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Apparently, the Muslim Brotherhood has decided to organize itself as a “political party.”
    ___________________________

    Or hide behind an ethnicity and do what it wants to raise Hell in the Middle East.
    ________________________

    JanH
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    And the Atlantic Monthly says…

    Clinton on Internet Freedom: Living by the Standards We Hold the World To
    __________________

    Interesting title.. A preemptive strike cleverly worded if push comes to shove here and a revolution comes about further on down the road due to Obama wrecking the country…

  98. actually i think its a pre-emptive strike at Obama wanting the internet kill switch, setting her self up for a “you try this and i’ll take you head on myself”.

  99. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Exactly! Remember how she blew him away in the debates… That is a battle of words we would all want to see happen and soon.

    Also his pal, John Edwards running offense for him during the debates has been hung out to dry (close to indictment after a 2yr Grand Jury investigation) while Obama ignores the favors done for him helping him get elected allowing him to keep his hands clean during that time.

  100. I’ve been cruising financial blogs all morning, and looking at the One’s new joke of a budget.
    It postulates federal revenue increasing SIXTY FIVE FUCKING PERCENT over a 4 year span. WTF?? Like hell that’s gonna happen. Where is that money going to come from, unless we get MASSIVE growth and a job explosion, which doesn’t look likely? 65% increase in revenue? In their dreams.

    They are just flat-out lying and proposing fantasy numbers anymore – they don’t even make the effort to make it plausible.

    Oh, and Germany is buying the New York Stock Exchange. Yeah, they are calling it a “merger”, but the NYSE is basically being bought. If you think the bastards were good at avoiding regulation and accountability now, just wait till they can hide their misdeeds on an even wider scale, outside of US law and oversight.

    This country is so boned, it’s not funny.

  101. Ho-hum… Maybe Rielle is an attorney?
    _______________

    Edwards is deposed in sex tape lawsuit

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has testified under oath in a lawsuit over a videotape that purportedly depicts him in a sexual encounter, an attorney for a former Edwards aide said.

    Robert Elliot said Edwards was deposed last week as part of a dispute between former Edwards aide Andrew Young and Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter. Elliot declined to discuss the content of the testimony. A judge said last year he didn’t want the details discussed publicly and warned both sides that he could hold people in contempt if the deposition material is talked about outside of the case.

    Hunter has sued Young to reclaim materials, including a video that Young has said depicts a sexual encounter involving Edwards and a woman he assumes to be Hunter. Young has said he helped cover up the affair and contends the tape was found amid trash Hunter left behind in a home he was renting.

    Meanwhile, a separate federal criminal investigation in Raleigh has drawn several people in recent months to testify before a grand jury. People familiar with the case have said investigators are examining how much Edwards knew about money used to cover up his affair and whether he violated campaign finance laws. The investigation is particularly focused on whether money given to Hunter and Young should have been considered campaign donations.

    Hunter worked in 2006 as a videographer for Edwards’ political action committee, shooting behind-the-scenes footage as the Democrat prepared to launch his second White House campaign. Edwards acknowledged a year ago that he fathered a child with Hunter, though Young had initially claimed paternity so Edwards could continue his campaign.

    Attorneys for Edwards have said they are confident he did not violate campaign finance laws. Bwahhhhaaaa!

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110214/D9LCM71G0.html

  102. BigCatLover
    February 15th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    basil9
    No it is not normal for a prez to have a list of reporter’s names that he calls on in order. I can’t remember if Bush ever did this, but before Bush Clinton and his predecessors certainly did not do it. At first, I thought the tactic was a rookie cheat sheet and he would eventually be confident enough to conduct his press conference on his own, but 2 years later, he still can’t.
    &&&&&&&&&

    BUT WAIT! If we are to believe the NYTimes/HuffPo/DailyKaos crowd, isn’t O’bama the “smartest guy in the room”, one of the “towering intellects of his generation”, “intellectually nimble”, etc.????

    Can it be that it was all just hype??!

  103. H4T

    “It postulates federal revenue increasing SIXTY FIVE FUCKING PERCENT over a 4 year span. WTF?? Like hell that’s gonna happen. Where is that money going to come from, unless we get MASSIVE growth and a job explosion, which doesn’t look likely? 65% increase in revenue? In their dreams.”
    ___________________

    New Taxes- Obama has a string of new taxes he will try to implement this year… An Obama Tax for one- for the privilege of paying for the honor of having HIM as president.

  104. http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/51276000/jpg/_51276466_011274084-1.jpg

    “Young Sunni and Shia are marching together and they are shouting ‘neither Sunni nor Shia but Bahraini’. We have not seen this before,'” she says.

    Demonstrators want a new constitution, the release of prisoners and an end to civil rights abuses
    She adds that women are much more involved in the protests. One reason is that they are less likely to be manhandled by the security forces
    [….]
    As in Egypt, US policy has been to ignore the often legitimate grievances of Bahrainis in favour of stability and support for a repressive regime.
    .

    In those black outfits, who knows you’re really a man?

  105. I took this from Althouse and she links to Rush Limbaugh’s transcript.. It is HILARIOUS to see how Nic Robertson is begging the guys to praise Obama.. may be somebody can find the CNN video of this:

    ROBERTSON: Achmed, you’ve been here down here on the Square for many days. The United States and the international community. You’ve just listened to President Obama saying that America will support Egypt if it wants help and assistance, and hopes that there will be a good transition for jobs for the young people. What would be your message for President Obama?

    ACHMED: We don’t know, actually, who he supports. He serves for his own purposes, and the Egyptian people serve for our freedom and democracy. Any democratic country should see for the people, not for its own purposes….

    ROBERTSON: Mustapha is joining me now. We just heard President Obama say that he wants to extend, eh, support and assistance to Egypt and Egyptians if they want any, and he hopes that there are more jobs for the young people in the future. What’s your message for President Obama?

    MUSTAPHA: Well, my message to President Obama is just, “We started this revolution without any outside help, and we are going to finish it also without any outside help.”…

    ROBERTSON: Are you pleased that President Obama has come out, however, now and said he supports this change and supports the people and supports the young people and — and what they’ve done?

    MUSTAPHA: Well, actually President Obama’s views were kind of conflicting during the last week… but now he’s saying that he’s supporting the change….

    ROBERTSON: The view from here is one of very happy to now hear that President Obama has swung behind the people.

  106. “intellectually nimble”… nice turn of phrase.

    Obama’s strength lies in story telling, that is if someone can ghost write an autobiographical story depicting him as pulling himself up by the boot straps and gaining success through patriotic service to his country and/or humanitarian acts benefiting mankind..

    Oh, wait- he’s never held a real job in his life. So that paradigm won’t stand up to public scrutiny…

  107. Many in the square- which was quickly renamed the “Nation’s Square” by protesters – waved Bahraini flags and chanted: “No Sunnis, no Shiites. We are all Bahrainis.”

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

    Ah, just what Iran would like to foment. /sarcasm

  108. pm317,

    I heard that bit on talk radio. It’s even better in audio than in print.

    Rgb44hrc, What gets me is how completely satisfied with his ever-bumbling performances he is.

    Whenever I couldn’t fins a word during treatment and lapsed into the uh-uh-uhs I was mortified! The looks on people’s faces was humiliating. I knew that the verbal lapses were caused by the meds but the people didn’t and I could tell they were judging me and not kindly. That’s one reason I stayed out of public for so long. I couldn’t face the embarrassment. But BO just thinks he’s brilliant. And the PRESSTITUTES (hahahaha- another slamdunk, moononpluto) let him get away with it.

    Unfrigginreal

  109. 02/15/2011

    House Republicans: Obama, Democrats not leading on budget

    By Felicia Sonmez

    House Republican leaders on Tuesday sought to contrast their plan to cut $61 billion from the remainder of this year’s budget with the $3.7 trillion federal budget for next year rolled out by President Obama on Monday.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took aim at Obama’s budget proposal, which he argued “will destroy jobs by spending too much, taxing too much, and borrowing too much,” adding that the House Republican cuts are “focused on creating a better environment for economic growth and job creation.”

    “There are more cuts to come, in contrast to the Obama Administration’s request to increase the national debt limit and keep the spending binge going,” Boehner said.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) charged that not only does Obama’s budget not deal with the fact that the government is borrowing nearly 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, it “makes it even worse, and by making the spending and borrowing situation even worse, it makes it tougher for job creators to get back into the game.”

    “Where is Nancy Pelosi?” Cantor asked later. “Where is Harry Reid? They have failed to even begin to offer a coherent vision forward.”

    Democrats responded by turning the focus on House Republicans, arguing that they haven’t lived up to their claims of fiscal responsibility.

    “Democrats don’t need lectures from Republicans on fiscal responsibility,” Reid spokesperson Jon Summers said in a statement. “We turned a deficit into a surplus under President Clinton, and Republicans squandered it right back into a record deficit. When it comes to cutting spending, the question is not who can cut the most without regard for the consequences, but who can cut the smartest.”

    The back-and-forth echoed the heated debate Tuesday morning in a meeting of the House Budget Committee, where White House Budget Director Jack Lew defended Obama’s budget as Republicans accused the White House of ignoring the recommendations of his own deficit commission.

    Meanwhile, on the House floor, lawmakers were hotly debating the Republican-led spending-cut plan, which is expected to come up for a final vote on Thursday. More than 400 amendments to the measure had been offered as of Monday night; lawmakers can submit more amendments by the close of business Tuesday.

    Republicans have hailed the open process as proof of their commitment to letting the House “work its will.” Democrats sought to portray the high number of amendments as evidence of disagreement among Republicans over the spending plan, noting that of the 403 amendments offered so far, 262 have been offered by Republicans while 141 have are by Democrats.

    “I’m interested in seeing this process play out,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday at his weekly pen-and-pad briefing when asked about the floor debate over the funding resolution.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/02/house-republicans-obama-democr.html

  110. President Obama: ‘You guys are pretty impatient’ (hey, you were the one who said he could walk on water)

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49563.html

    President Barack Obama used his first press conference of the year Tuesday to defend his new budget plan against critics who say it doesn’t move quickly enough to cut the federal government’s massive deficit and fails to confront the difficult choices needed to reform ballooning entitlement programs.

    “You guys are pretty impatient. If something doesn’t happen today, then the assumption is it isn’t going to happen,” Obama said. “My goal here is to actually solve the problem….It’s not to get a good headline on the first day.”

    Obama said his budget plan would help get the country on the right fiscal path by bringing spending for everything other than interest costs into line with revenues by 2017.

    “That’s important and that’s hard to do,” the president said. “We’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore.”

    The president said the budget he proposed, which includes a freeze on domestic discretionary spending, will mean painful cuts for programs he values.

    “We’ve taken a scalpel to the discretionary budget rather than a machete,” he said. “It’ll mean cutting things I care about deeply, like community action programs for low-income communities. And we have some conservation programs that are going to be scaled back. These are all programs that I wouldn’t be cutting if we were in a better fiscal situation, but we’re not.”

    Obama denied that by failing to propose major entitlement reforms he was abandoning the plan presented in December by most members of a bipartisan commission he set up to tackle the nation’s grim fiscal picture.

    ……………

    yada yada yada, incoherent bumbling as usual.

  111. EDITORIAL: Obama’s budget blarney

    Proposed cuts only nibble at Barack’s uncontrolled spending

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    When the biggest spender in America’s history says it’s time for government to live within its means, it is reasonable to ask: Who does President Obama think he’s kidding? Mr. Obama‘s new budget is the latest installment in a series of proposals featuring flawed estimates based on unrealistic economic assumptions. It should be considered dead on arrival.

    Mr. Obama’s latest public-relations ploy tries to portray him as some kind of deficit hawk. The reality is the savings of $1 trillion over 10 years he’s touting wouldn’t be necessary had he not treated the federal budget like a teenager who swiped his parents’ credit card. To put his alleged savings in perspective, $1 trillion is a little more saving over a decade than the government blew on a stimulus program that produced no measurable results. From another angle, with $100 billion of deficit reduction per year, Mr. Obama could pay down the current fiscal year’s deficit in 16-20 years, assuming he balanced all future budgets, starting with next year’s. Good luck.

    Mr. Obama’s claims for future savings lack credibility to begin with. Look at the track record: The Fiscal Year 2010 budget projected a deficit of $581 billion in FY 2012. The FY 2011 budget projected $829 billion of red ink in 2012. And now the FY 2012 budget itself projects $1.1 trillion, a deficit 89 percent higher than the one Mr. Obama’s numbers crunchers projected for the coming fiscal year two budget cycles ago. This crowd can’t even get things right in the near term, let alone 10 years out.

    The White House budget is calculated against unrealistic assumptions. According to Mr. Obama’s prognosticators, growth will be sustained between 3.6 percent and 4.4 percent through 2015 and will be even stronger through 2021. You don’t need Nostradamus to know those figures are cockeyed.

    The budget further projects that the country will have 6.3 percent unemployment in 2014, and 5.3 percent in 2017, hopeful numbers that only have a chance of coming true if Mr. Obama is a one-term president. The unemployment rate is another figure the White House has had a hard time coming to grips with. In January 2009, the Obama administration sold the economic stimulus boondoggle with a projection that claimed without the plan, unemployment would be around 8.5 percent by the first quarter of 2011, but with the stimulus, the jobless rate would be around 7 percent. Unemployment is currently at least 9 percent, but what’s a few million jobs between friends?

    Mr. Obama is cleverly trying to focus attention on the purported $1 trillion of 10-year savings while ignoring the fact that the monstrous debts America faces are his fault. His “painful cuts” are in fact minor trimming on government programs he spent two years fattening up. Federal outlays are 37 percent higher than they were four years ago. That is a trillion dollars of new annual spending. On Monday, Mr. Obama made a sleight-of-hand claim that he will lower discretionary spending to the lowest share of the economy since the Eisenhower administration. But according to the Obama plan, by 2020, federal spending will grow to double what it was in 2007. And this year, Mr. Obama’s debt mania will drive the national debt to over 102 percent of GDP, something which hasn’t happened since the United States was bogged down in the global conflagration of World War II.

    The president needs to live in the here and now. Instead, Mr. Obama is focused on imagined futures where the only certainty is that someone else will be dealing with the horrendous problems he keeps creating.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/15/obamas-budget-blarney/

  112. Obama is weak, oddly bereft of strong personal convictions on human liberty, believing that while people deserve to be free, only a superstrong government can guarantee that freedom.

    Obama may be our first African-American president, but he is most definitely not a product of the civil rights movement. Thank God the brave people of Egypt have rejected our president’s empty rhetoric of hope and change.

    The writer was The Times of London preacher of the Year. His most recent book is Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life. Follow him on Twitter@RabbiShmuley.

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=208230

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    Very good!

  113. Smackdown……………in other words…Oprah STFU.

    Rev. Peterson to Oprah: ‘Obama Was Elected President, Not Appointed King!’

    Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, is taking issue with Oprah Winfrey’s recent comments on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where she called on President Obama’s critics to show him more respect and talked about how she believed in Obama’s “integrity.”

    Winfrey, who supported Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, said that everybody complaining ought to try it [the job] for once. She claimed that the presidency “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.”

    Rev. Peterson said, “Barack Obama was elected president, not appointed king!” “Obama chose to run, and unfortunately for us, he was elected to be the leader of the free world. I don’t recall Oprah calling on people to respect former President George W. Bush when he was viciously attacked and compared to Hitler for eight years. If Obama can’t take the heat, he needs to get out of the White House!”

    Oprah is considered a close friend of the Obamas. She featured then Senator Barack Obama on her show during the 2008 presidential election and was criticized by independent-minded women and conservatives for not extending equal time to the McCain-Palin ticket.

    “Criticism of Obama doesn’t mean that people are disrespecting the office, but it does mean that they don’t respect the current occupants socialist agenda,” said Rev. Peterson. “The only authority Obama or any other president has is that enumerated by the Constitution. And despite what Oprah says, Barack Obama lacks integrity, and I believe he will go down as the worst and least respected one-term president in American history!”

  114. The only thing I can say about Obama is that he must have the goods on most everyone in politics, rethug and dem alike…because that is the only way he is in office….blackmail!

  115. Asshats…..

    Senate Dems introducing “Winning the Future” agenda Wednesday.

    I still wonder has no one pointed out to them, their slogan spells WTF. This slogan is gonna be so easy to pisstake.

    All you have to do is put it up and make the initials extra massive.

  116. moon,

    Neither war, death, famine, disasters and on and on must stop the onslaught of bambi’s new campaign.

    It’s a matter of priorities here.

  117. Actually a PUMA blogger elsewhere watching the Egypt protests did take a screen shot and count the beards in the crowd. Found 20%.

  118. This looks like the who’s who awards…of coarse I’m happy Mia Angelo was awarded, but I imagine Hillary had something to do with that.

    This widow of Dr. Little’s….how sad that story is!

  119. Hmmmmmm…..weird?

    Gov. Mitch Daniels has scheduled media availability for tomorrow — in Louisville. Not Indianapolis.

  120. Hillary on Iran:
    Well, first, let me very clearly and directly support the aspirations of the people who are in the streets in Iran today. All through the crisis in Egypt, we had three very consistent messages: We were against violence, and we stated it often and we communicated it directly to Egyptian authorities. Secondly, we supported the universal human rights of the Egyptian people. And third, we stood for political change that would result in positive outcomes that would give the Egyptian people a better economic and political future.

    We believe the same for Iran. We are against violence, and we would call to account the Iranian Government that is, once again, using its security forces and resorting to violence to prevent the free expression of ideas from their own people. Secondly, we support the universal human rights of the Iranian people. They deserve to have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt and that are part of their own birthright. And thirdly, we think that there needs to be a commitment to open up the political system in Iran, to hear the voices of the opposition and civil society.

    And I would add that what we see happening in Iran today is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people and an indictment of the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime, a regime which over the last three weeks has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt, and now, when given the opportunity to afford their people the same rights as they called for on behalf of the Egyptian people, once again illustrate their true nature. So our message has been consistent and it remains the same, and we wish the opposition and the brave people in the streets across cities in Iran the same opportunity that they saw their Egyptian counterparts seize in the last week.
    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/02/156569.htm

  121. Mrs. Smith,

    Considering how low obama has already taken the dignity of the office, him dropping the “S” was probably a given.

  122. JanH
    February 15th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    Considering how low obama has already taken the dignity of the office, him dropping the “S” was probably a given-
    _____________________

    Yes, Oprah, respect for the office of president?

    After the man sitting in the O/O gives it the respect it’s due!

  123. admin- again, please post video. thanks-

    Yesterday, Hillary expressed concern for Big Budget Cuts funding Homeland Security, may be detrimental to US Security.

    Lo and Behold:

    Today, while Obama was Budget tripping- sucking up all the air in the room…

    Questions Raised Over Weapons Of Mass Effect (Nukes) In San Diego found at Port pt 1.

    Reported on 02-12-11

  124. WaPo next up with the woodshed treatment for Obama.

    President Obama’s budget kicks the hard choices further down the road

    THE PRESIDENT PUNTED. Having been given the chance, the cover and the push by the fiscal commission he created to take bold steps to raise revenue and curb entitlement spending, President Obama, in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal, chose instead to duck. To duck, and to mask some of the ducking with the sort of budgetary gimmicks he once derided. “The fiscal realities we face require hard choices,” the president said in his budget message. “A decade of deficits, compounded by the effects of the recession and the steps we had to take to break it, as well as the chronic failure to confront difficult decisions, has put us on an unsustainable course.” His budget would keep the country on that course.

    Granted, the budget outlines cuts in discretionary spending, ranging from military procurement to heating assistance for the poor. A five-year freeze in nonsecurity discretionary spending – two years longer than the three-year freeze proposed in last year’s budget – would save $400 billion during that period compared to what would have been spent otherwise to keep up with inflation.

    But as Mr. Obama noted in his State of the Union address, discretionary spending represents a small slice of government outlays, so cuts in discretionary spending are simultaneously onerous and insufficient to reach fiscal balance. The administration proclaimed that its budget would save $1.1 trillion, two-thirds of it from spending cuts. It neglected to point out that, even if all those savings were implemented, the debt would increase by another $7.2 trillion over the decade. And that’s accepting the administration’s optimistic projections. From 2013 to 2016, the administration estimates the economy will grow at an average rate of nearly 3.9 percent per year, while the Congressional Budget Office projects a growth rate of just 3.4 percent.

    That could make an enormous difference in the amount of revenue generated and, consequently, the size of deficits. By 2021, the national debt will equal 77 percent of the total economy, even given the administration’s rosy forecast – and, as the administration’s chart reprinted here shows, the debt will then really explode.

    Administration officials applauded themselves for having the discipline to offset the cost of two expensive items: avoiding punishing cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians and making sure the alternative minimum tax (AMT) does not hit a growing share of middle-class taxpayers. Not so fast. The patches are temporary – two years in the case of the so-called “doc fix,” three years for the AMT. Meantime, the administration uses up a decade’s worth of financing to pay for them – with no whisper of how to address the problems in the long term.

    And that’s not the only gimmickry. The budget assumes that the full cost of the doc fix will be paid for, and therefore not add to the deficit, but fails to explain how. It includes a $328 billion magic asterisk for transportation funding, identified only as “bipartisan financing for Transportation Trust Fund.” Higher gasoline taxes? Don’t ask. Meanwhile, the administration recommends paying for the AMT fix by reducing the value of charitable tax deductions for those in the two highest tax brackets. A smart idea, and one that the administration also proposed in its two previous budgets, originally as a way to pay for health-care reform. If it was a nonstarter then, what’s the basis for thinking its prospects are better now?

    The larger problem with the budget is the administration’s refusal to confront the hard choices that Mr. Obama is so fond of saying must be faced. The president’s debt commission concluded that more tax revenue will be needed in coming years to finance the costs of an aging society. Mr. Obama repeated his call to do away with the Bush tax cuts for upper-income taxpayers in two years – but maintained his tired and irrational insistence that the rest of the tax cuts, enacted in far different fiscal circumstances, be preserved.

    If Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn could sign on to a deficit-reduction plan that included raising tax revenue, is it too much to ask for such bravery from Mr. Obama? And if Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin could sign on to a plan that included raising the Social Security retirement age, is it too much to ask for more from Mr. Obama than an airy set of “principles for reform”? Sadly, the answer appears to be yes.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021500055_pf.html

  125. CBS’s Lara Logan Suffered ‘Brutal’ Sexual Assault In Egypt

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/15/lara-logan-suffered-bruta_n_823677.html

    CBS News says correspondent Lara Logan “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault” while covering the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

    The CBS statement:
    On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

    In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

    There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

    ……………………………………………..

    Poor girl no one deserves that sort of thing, but jesus did not one see the inherent danger of having a young pretty blond girl stuck in the middle of what was a bit of a lawless situation nor tell her to cover up just in case. You do not do that in these areas.

  126. The CBS statement:
    On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

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

    There were a lot of pretty, young, uncovered, female, though non-blond, journalists reporting for Al Jazeera from in the middle of those celebrations.

    No other reports of frenzied mobs of 200, sfaik. So someothing here doesn’t quite add up. Perhaps the orignal attack was more against CBS, or against US journalists, than against her personally?

  127. But moononpluto,
    Muslim men are are not misogynistic sexist people. Why should any woman fear assault if she’s not covered from head to toe?

    The revolution is a wonderful thing for democracy and freedom, don’t you know? All the female reporters on Al Jazera says so. All the western women anchors say so. It’s clear this must be a story planted to stoke anti-muslim fervor, just like the Fort hood massacre was an attempt to incite anti-muslim rhetoric.

    👿

    “The inherent danger of having a young pretty blond girl stuck in the middle of what was a bit of a lawless situation nor tell her to cover up just in case.”

  128. turndown,

    Does it really matter why she was attacked? The poor woman has suffered both physically and mentally from this brutal attack. Personally I think that should be the focus now.

  129. Basil speaking from experience, because I have been out here long enough to know how pretty young white skinned girls are valued. I’ve rescued enough of them here in my time. A lot of them think the white foreign girls are easy prey and “up for it”.

    Its not nice, it does happen frequently and quite often its due to naievity.

    The truth is a lot of these men in these countries with no job, no money, no access to women or outlet for sexual frustration due to culture and it all leads up to trouble.

    A lady friend of mine in her 50’s, busty blonde, very white who has travelled extensively around the middle east has gotten used to being felt up. She was asleep once on an overnight bus and woke up when a young man started feeling her breasts, she whalloped him and then all the other women joined in. The women protect each other thats the one good thing. She knows from experience, that you need to cover up a lot and they need no encouragement whatsoever. They think its an experience to have a white skinned woman.

  130. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    ———
    Agree in point, but do they never get caught or punished for this?

  131. Janh, they never will catch them, she’ll never be able to identify nor will the egyptians want to. I’m just happy she got out with her life, if she’d been seperated off from the crowd, it would have been worse and i dont wanna think what would have happened.

    These things happen when there is a breakdown in civility like what was happening in Cairo. It happens a lot.

    Men are brutal creatures.

  132. moon,

    It breaks my heart that his disgusting behavior has gone on for centuries and obama buddies with their leaders.

  133. moononpluto,

    How any western women can support that religion is beyond me.

    Just look at the whole justification for requiring women to cover themselves in burkas. Because women are attractive to men and men cannot control themselves women are required to wear those horrid black shrouds which prevent natural movement, cut down on visual acuity and generally are hot, uncomfortable and restrictive.

    The religion blames women for attracting men and rather than requiring men to regulate their behavior and control themselves they put the blame squarely on women and punish the entire gender.

    Of course all religions and cultures do that to some extent – just think of people who still blame rape victims for being raped – but the muslim system is so barbaric, so restrictive, so horrible that I can’t understand any woman who is used to far more freedoms and self worth thinking it’s an innocent practice with some quirky cultural features.

    Notice when muslims pray, the women are in the back (if they’re present at all). That’s because the sight of a woman’s raised buttocks is too much for Mulsim men to bear and so the problem is solved by separating the genders, forcing women to the back and so on.

    Same thing with the horrible practice of FMG. So men don’t have to endure the trauma of women (who are basically men’s property) straying off the reservation and even thinking about amorous adventures with any one other than the spouse, millions of women are subjected to that brutal procedure, not to benefit the women in any way but to satisfy the men that since women won’t have much sexual sensation left, she will remain pure.

    Of course you know first hand what I’m talking about becasue of where you live.

    I know about these things becasue I have researched, read and spoken to Muslims in the US. And yet, the vast majority of Americans seem not to have a clue about the realities of Sharia and muslim practices on half the population.

    Not to mention their extreme homophobia.

    :shaking my head:

  134. Go to youtube and search for Hillary Maya Angelou
    One of many you will find is Doctor Angelou reinventing her iconic poem “I Rise” to “Rise Hillary Rise”. Using an ancient cell phone and can’t seem to cut and paste the address but I am amazed and incredibly suspicious that none of the Angelou’s video postings about Clinton have a significant number of viewings? Really? Look at the numbers? Former first Lady, Senator from New York, serious candidate for president, Secretary of State and one of the most accomplished revered and honored American poets. And the “Rise Hillary Rise” generates very few hits on youtube. How is that? Call me paranoid but I believe google plays politics.

  135. Black Caucus chairman: if Obama were still a member, he would oppose his own budget

    Washington (CNN) – The Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday that if President Obama were still part of the group of African American legislators he wouldn’t like his own budget.

    “I think the proposed budget from the president is not the budget we would present,” said Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver during a press conference on Capitol Hill about the president’s budget and proposed GOP spending cuts.

    Pointing to another leader of the black caucus, Cleaver added, “if the president was still a member of the CBC, he would be standing next to Barbara Lee criticizing the budget that was presented today, and so we have an obligation do that, to oppose things that we think will impact negatively our constituents.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/15/black-caucus-chairman-if-obama-were-still-a-member-he-would-oppose-his-own-budget/

  136. Jan, I’m sure you didn’t mean we should be focusing our posts on her personal damage. But discussing the attackers’ possible motives for thier choice of victim seems on topic.

    I doubt if LL reads this blog anyway.

  137. How any western women can support that religion is beyond me.

    Just look at the whole justification for requiring women to cover themselves in burkas.

    ——–
    Don’t even get me started on this conversation…any Western woman that defends this gender bias behavior needs to be sentenced to a burqua for life.

    These men need to live on their own planet with their favorite goat.

  138. Petraeus to quit Afghan campaign

    General David Petraeus, the most celebrated American soldier of his generation, is to leave his post as commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. The Times can reveal that the Pentagon aims to replace General Petraeus, who was appointed less than eight months ago, by the end of the year. Sources have confirmed that the search for a new commander in Kabul is under way. It forms part of a sweeping reorganisation of top American officials in Afghanistan, which the Obama Administration hopes to present as proof that its strategy does not depend on the towering reputation of one man. “General Petraeus is doing a brilliant job but he’s been going virtually non-stop since 9/11.

  139. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Petraeus to quit Afghan campaign

    ——–
    Holy smokes, that’s a big deal, especially after McCrystal was canned less than a year ago.
    I hope Petraeus told Barry to, “Take your job and shove it, and what Hillary said during the campaign was right!”

  140. moon

    Shadowfax…something certainly smells.

    ——-
    Yup, the smell of B.O. and his lack of common sense. Now as a scrubbed ex-community organizer, he thinks he knows better what is going on in two wars. Jeeze…………..what a halfwit.

  141. Sorry if this is already a repeat…

    (CBSNews)

    On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

    In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

    There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

  142. turndownobama
    February 15th, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    Jan, I’m sure you didn’t mean we should be focusing our posts on her personal damage. But discussing the attackers’ possible motives for thier choice of victim seems on topic.

    I doubt if LL reads this blog anyway.

    ——————
    Oy! Just for once read what I said. No I’m not saying we should concentrate our posts on that. I was simply suggesting that maybe a little more sensitivity for what actually took place wouldn’t be too much to ask.

    Not everything has to be dissected to the minutest point, turndown. And most of us know that yes this could have been political/an act against Americans.

  143. oday is Jay Carney’s second day on the job, and for the second day he is not scheduled to brief. And it’s little wonder. I’ve never seen a new press secretary – particularly one with so little public relations background and no experience doing the daily White House briefing – dropped into the job at such an inopportune moment.

    —-
    Did he get fired before he started his job or did Barry want more control of the spin?

  144. Update: Pentagon denies report on Petraeus departure from Afghan post – NBC News

    That probably means they didnt want people to know yet.

  145. Shadowfax,
    Please don’t wish these sociopath’s on a poor defenseless goat….these guys are less than human! LOL!
    This terrible about this reporter….no doubt more Islamic terrorists…saw that blonde hair and thought…American….Gee Whiz!

  146. So the little terd fires another general…well heck…I knew he was a jerk! Maybe Petreus is going to run for Potus???

  147. Did anyone notice how Odumbo was excited to give HWBush his award…I thought Obama was going to piss his pants…disgusting….he’s a rethug and I’ll say that AGAIN!

  148. JanH,
    Me too, maybe that’s the plan…wouldn’t it be cool if he quit and then Hillary did and then announced the next day….Odumbo would be pissing himself for sure!

  149. This is neither here no there, but Lara Logan is British, at least she has a British accent even though she was working for an American network.

  150. BigCatLover
    February 15th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    ——————-
    Thank you very much. I didn’t know that.

    Knowledge is power. 🙂

  151. Lara Logan is actually from South Africa, educated in UK and France.
    CBS is grooming her for bigger roles and developing her as their brand – until this happened.
    They should not have sent her there without adequate private security.

  152. moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Black Caucus chairman: if Obama were still a member, he would oppose his own budget
    &&&&&&

    I guess this is another example of
    “Obama transcending race”..Ha ha.

    So lemme get this straight. Empty-soul Obama cons black voters into thinking “he’s one of us”. But once elected, only the wealthiest of them have “access”. The reset are on the outside looking in, wondering if / when he’ll ever get around to fulfilling his campaign promises. Liberal voters and pundits also wait, and wait, and wait…

    So now they are reduced to grumblubg into their shirt sleeves, wishing he cared more.

    The only difference between Bush II and Bush III is that with W, liberals and blacks and progressives could loudly scream about the outrageous behavior and the president being a fucking idiot.

    Now, this group must self-censor themselves, lest they reveal that they got taken by a smooth-talking salesman, and that this is necessary to prop up the myth of the Historical First Black President story, even if now it is turning out to be BINO (Black in Name Only). Yet there it is again, the outrageous behavior and another fucking idiot president who can’t get past third graders without a teleprompter.

    Shame on the suckas who got took in.

  153. #
    moononpluto
    February 15th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Petraeus to quit Afghan campaign

    General David Petraeus, the most celebrated American soldier of his generation, is to leave his post as commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. The Times can reveal that the Pentagon aims to replace General Petraeus, who was appointed less than eight months ago, by the end of the year. Sources have confirmed that the search for a new commander in Kabul is under way. It forms part of a sweeping reorganisation of top American officials in Afghanistan, which the Obama Administration hopes to present as proof that its strategy does not depend on the towering reputation of one man. “General Petraeus is doing a brilliant job but he’s been going virtually non-stop since 9/11.
    &&&&&

    Yeah, the story line will be “spend time with family”, etc.

    The reality? “My boss was a fucking asshole who wouldn’t let me do my job, and kept throwing me under the bus, and stealing credit for anything that went right. Take this job and shove it”.

  154. Mrs. Smith
    February 15th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    admin- please post video at link:

    OBAMA drops S*** Bomb at Presser on Budget

    President Obama flubs “lowest sh**” when he meant to say “lowest share.”
    &&&&

    Being too chicken to do it himself, Obama will have his state mouthpieces say that it’s Biden’s fault that he’s gotten all potty-mouthed.

    Bunch of fuckers.

  155. Terrible what happend to Logan or any woman by these barbaric animals…..where is the UN? Where are all the human right groups who are vigilant in condeming Israel but remain silent on Arab/Muslim atrocities committed against woman on a daily basis? What a perverted world we live in.

  156. Yeah, where is the UN…isn’t Dinnerjacket head of the human rights divison for women there….what the heck is that asshole saying….NADA….ZIP….NOTHING!

    Double standard!

    I was discussing this double standard with a man…ever notice a man can come to work in a bad mood but a woman can’t….she’ll be told her hormones are off or she needs prozac, but men can get away with it constantly….double standard!

  157. Perhaps the orignal attack was more against CBS, or against US journalists, than against her personally?

    I’d say that the rape was pretty personal. And I imagine it had something to do with her gender. They beat up Anderson Cooper and his pal, but they weren’t raped.

    And these monsters were reportedly CELEBRATING Mubarek stepping down – just think about that for a minute – they were feeling JOY, and they expressed it by physically and emotionally causing a woman pain, possible long term physical and PTSD damage, terror, etc. I’d hate to see what they do to women when they win a sports game.

  158. We heard a few days ago that BO was pissed that someone had leaked the text to his SOTU STFU speech.

    I’ve realized why he was upset. The leak meant that other people got to read the words before he first saw them on the teleprompter!

  159. lorac,

    I was careful to say “the ORIGINAL attack”, ie the attack made on her whole team of western journalists.

    she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

    This is odd wording for a US news network. “Whipped into frenzy” suggests anger, revenge.

    Once the 200 had overpowered the team and its security, then it makes sense that some of them might seize the prominent blonde. But why were the whole 200 in a frenzy against the whole team in the first place?

  160. td, yeah, I don’t know. I just remembered reading that they were celebrating Mubarak’s resignation. And “celebration” and “human destruction” just don’t seem to follow to us. But then, we’re women.

  161. Well, on more thought, maybe because 99% of the people there were middle eastern men, presumably in “the same place”, so foreigners stood out. But I still can’t find the logic in the jump from celebrating to raping/beating up. Maybe the answer lies in WHICH middle easterners did it, because of course, most didn’t. Maybe they were of a certain sect that wanted to celebrate MAN’s rule in a society which will be now more likely to oppress women – so they celebrated by “bringing it on”…..?

  162. On NQ, in the comments there is a 3 year old clip of Lara speaking of her experiences. She mentions, among them, the misogyny within her own profession. Sounds like men are a barrier to women in whatever country or style of governance. What a surprise….

  163. so they celebrated by “bringing it on”…..?

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

    After ‘whipping into a frenzy’ 200 like-minded men to attack a whole news team and its security guard? For NO OTHER REASON than there was a foreign blonde woman among them?

  164. Notice the stark difference……

    Obama careful in criticism of Iranian crackdown on protests

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021506096.html

    Obama’s careful formulation – calling on the government to allow protesters to express their grievances but stopping short of calling for a change in leadership – highlighted the sharp differences between the political dynamic that his administration faces in Iran and the one that shaped the recent revolt in Egypt.

    In Egypt, Obama had to balance the United States’ long-standing support for a secular ally against the reality that popular backing for President Hosni Mubarak had all but evaporated. But in Iran, Obama confronts an Islamist regime hostile to U.S. interests and eager to turn any opposition movement into a proxy for the United States and Israel.

    Earlier in the day, scores of Iranian lawmakers led a demonstration on the floor of parliament, calling for the execution of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest for some time. In a statement, 221 members of parliament said: “We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment.”

    The threat provided an ominous turn to the Iranian unrest, which Obama had yet to comment on publicly until his Tuesday news conference.

    In the days before the Egyptian turmoil reached its climax, Obama aligned himself with the demonstrators’ demand for a new government. With Iran, he has not been so bold.

  165. Here we go in Libya….

    Libya update: State TV says rallies are being held across country in support of leader Moammar Gadhafi – Reuters

    Libya update: Violent clashes in eastern city of Benghazi involved people angry over arrest of a rights campaigner.

  166. Internet is slowing/shutting down in #Bahrain today – base of US 5th fleet – just as H Clinton calls for internet freedom.

    These guys do not seem to learn, shutting internet down is only gonna make them more determined.

    House of cards is correct term to use now.

  167. What a pattern over the decades or centuries: USA supporting cruel dictators against their people. Kind of dumb, isn’t it?

  168. Just watching some stuff about 23 journalists detained from the Zaman Daily and a tv website offices raided by the Turkish Govt.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=free-press-is-vital-for-turkey-says-ambassador-ricciardone-2011-02-16

    Francis Ricciardone, the recently appointed U.S. ambassador to Turkey, on Tuesday said he did not understand how Turkish journalists could be detained while at the same time addresses about freedom of speech are given.

    Ricciardone made the remarks at a reception in Ankara on Tuesday night, Hürriyet daily has reported on its website.

    “Journalists are being detained on the one hand, while addresses about freedom of speech are given on the other. We do not understand this, so we ask you,” he told journalists.

    Regarding the recent raid on news web portal Oda TV, which is a staunch critic of the current government, Ricciardone said he did not know about the charges against the site or any details about the matter.

    “Turkey wants a free press. Turkish people want a critical press even if it is a dissident one. The opposition parties and the government say they support freedom of the press. We are following the process closely. Journalists are being detained on the one hand, while addresses about freedom of the speech are given on the other. We do not understand this. The Turkish people’s opinion is important. But freedom of the press and freedom of speech are vital for Turkey, the United States and the people of this region,” Ricciardone said.

    …………………….

    They were warned when they voted in this Govt, they didnt listen.

  169. Having seized power in 1969, Libya’s Moammar Khadafy is the doyen of Arab despots. Yet now he may face the same threat that toppled his personal friends (and fellow despots) in Tunisia and Egypt.

    The test will come tomorrow, when a coalition of opposition parties and personalities hopes to organize a “Day of Rage” against the maverick colonel’s corrupt and repressive regime.

    The day marks the fifth anniversary of an uprising in the eastern cities of Benghazi, Al Bayda, Darna and Tobruk that was crushed by Khadafy’s army with the help of a special unit sent by then-Tunisian President Zine Al Abedine Ben Ali.

    The 2006 “Day of Rage” was organized by tribal chiefs, intellectuals and religious scholars from Benghazi, Libya’s second most populous city, which has never accepted Khadafy’s rule.

    This time, the invitation has come from a National Conference of Libyan Opposition, a group of six banned parties. The notorious Law No. 71 declares that membership in a political party is “high treason,” punishable by death.

    There are signs that the colonel might be nervous. State-owned media have started a campaign against the “Imperialist and Zionist conspiracies” that supposedly led to regime change in Tunisia and Egypt.

  170. They are seriously off their heads.

    Code Pink coordinator offers Gitmo terrorists her house’s spare bedroom

    Code Pink coordinator offers Gitmo terrorists her house’s spare bedroom. In light of the vote late last night by the Berkeley City Council to consider taking in freed Gitmo terrorists, a Code Pink coordinator went on national television to demonstrate how radical and un-American she was by offering room and board to Islamic terrorists who didn’t have any place to go. Code Pink’s coordinator for the Golden State’s chapter of Code Pink, those militant women who are anti-war to the max, Holly Harwood, said that freed Gitmo terrorists were welcome in her home and that she already had a spare room waiting for whatever terrorist wanted it. Late last night, Berkeley’s City Council rejected the initiative to invite a few freed Gitmo terrorists to come live among the citizens of Berkeley.

  171. Iraq is off now tooo.

    Iraq activists storm public offices

    At least one person has been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters, after around 2,000 people attacked government offices in a southern Iraqi province in protest over poor services.

    Protesters took over a provincial council building in Kut, Wasit province, about 160km southeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, throwing rocks at the headquarters and setting the governor’s house alight.

    One person was shot dead after private security guards fired into the crowd, the AFP news agency reported, while Reuters put the death toll at three and said up to 30 had been wounded.

    “We have received one dead body and are treating 27 wounded,” Majid Mohammed Hassan from Kut hospital’s administrative unit, told the agency.

    Demonstrators are demanding Latif Hamad al-Tarfa, the provincial governor, resign over poor basic services such as electricity and water.

    They held up placards that said, “To all citizens: Electricity is only for officials”, a reference to Iraq’s dramatic shortfall in power provision.

    An official told Al Jazeera that protesters were enraged by comments by al-Tarfa belittling demonstrators at a much smaller protest a week ago.

    “I demand that the governor resign,” 34-year-old Ahmed Saadun was quoted by AFP.

    “He has failed in his performance – he has not provided any services, we need services.”

  172. The unlucky 20 yr old American kid John Lynt, roaming the ME gets tied up with Bin Laden before Bush declared war with Iraq and he remains in prison because he knew too much before the war started.
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    Bin Laden’s cook gets early Guantanamo release

    REUTERS – Osama bin Laden’s former cook had his Guantanamo prison sentence cut on Wednesday to two years from 14, under a plea agreement that remains secret, the Pentagon said.

    The sentence reduction had been expected since Sudanese captive Ibrahim al Qosi, who was also bin Laden’s sometime bodyguard, pleaded guilty in the U.S. war crimes court at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in July.

    Qosi pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring with al Qaeda and providing material support for bin Laden and the group. He was sentenced in August to 14 years in prison, with no credit for the eight and a half years he had been held at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorist suspects.

    At the time, the U.S. military declined to comment on reports the plea deal capped the sentence at two years.

    But the Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes court suspended 12 years of Qosi’s sentence on Wednesday, contingent on his adherence to the agreed upon terms, said a Pentagon spokeswoman, Lieutenant Colonel Tanya Bradsher.

    Those terms included an agreement not to engage in or materially support hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.

    Qosi, who is about 50, acknowledged in his plea agreement that he knew al Qaeda was a terrorist group when he ran one of the kitchens in bin Laden’s Star of Jihad compound in Afghanistan.

    Qosi, a bookkeeper who met bin Laden in Sudan and traveled with him to Afghanistan, also admitted helping the al Qaeda leader escape U.S. forces in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion in 2001.

    But he said he had no involvement in or prior knowledge of any terrorist acts, including the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, which prompted the U.S. invasion.

    He is one of 172 captives held at the Guantanamo prison, and one of only three held there who have been convicted of crimes in the controversial military tribunals. Two other men convicted in the tribunals served short sentences and were sent home to Australia and Yemen.

    Qosi’s lawyers said last year that once he returned to Sudan, he would enter a program run by the Sudanese intelligence service and designed to rehabilitate those with radical views. He would then return to live with his family but would be monitored to ensure he had no contact with radicals, they said.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20110210-osama-bin-laden-cook-guantanamo-sentence-terrorism-usa-sudan-afghanistan-pentagon

  173. Obama makes a statement regarding the protests as an unbiased reporter would briefing the events enfolding in RT.

    Instead of a US policy position strongly condemning the position Iranian authorities are taking calling for “death” to the protesters.
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    Amid Clashes, Iranian Lawmakers Want Opposition Put to Death

    TEHRAN, Iran — Hardline Iranian lawmakers called on Tuesday for the country’s opposition leaders to face trial and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces left two people dead and dozens injured.

    Tens of thousands of people turned out for the opposition rally Monday in solidarity with Egypt’s popular revolt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power. The demonstration was the first major show of strength from Iran’s beleaguered opposition after canceling planned rallies for the past year when authorities refused permission.

    A garbage container is set on fire as Iranian protesters stage an anti-government demonstration Monday in Tehran.
    In Washington, President Barack Obama criticized the Iranian government for its harsh treatment of protesters and noted the irony of its support for Egypt’s uprisings while repressing demonstrators at home.

    At an open session of parliament Tuesday, pro-government legislators demanded opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi and former reformist President Mohammad Khatami face be held responsible for the protests.

    Pumping their fists in the air, the lawmakers chanted “death to Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami.”

    “We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment” for the opposition leaders, 221 lawmakers said in a statement.

    Hardliners have long sought to put senior opposition figures on trial, but the calls for the death penalty signaled an escalation in their demands.

    Parliament formed a special committee to review the case and decide in coming days about how the government should deal with the opposition leaders.

    Iran has already tried scores of opposition figures and activists on charges of fomenting the mass protests following the country’s disputed 2009 presidential elections that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win a second term. More than 80 of people were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to 15 years.

    The opposition says scores were killed in the massive crackdown on those protests, while the government says only around 30 people died.

    Obama was asked at a White House news conference about the mood of change sweeping the Middle East following the uprisings in Cairo and he singled out Iran’s attitude.

    “It’s ironic that the Iranian regime is pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt,” Obama said. “They acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt” by using force against demonstrators.

    Iranian leaders had sought to portray the toppling of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, both secular leaders, as Islamic uprisings.

    Following Monday’s opposition demonstrations, the first since December 2009, authorities vowed to move quickly to stifle the opposition before its gains momentum.

    “The judiciary will quickly and resolutely deal with major elements and those who violated public order and peace,” the spokesman for Iran’s judiciary and state prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, told the official IRNA news agency.

    The U.S. has voiced support for the demonstrators. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the protesters “deserve to have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt and are part of their own birthright.”

    Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday rejected Clinton’s remarks, and accused the U.S. of “meddling” in Iranian affairs.

    Also Tuesday, Iranian officials confirmed that two people had died in Monday’s protests.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/15/amid-clashes-iranian-lawmakers-want-opposition-put-on-trial/?icid=maing|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2|44239

  174. My blockquote goofed and should have highlighted Hillary’s statement in direct conflict with Obama’s contained in the above article too:

    “The U.S. has voiced support for the demonstrators. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the protesters “deserve to have the same rights that they saw being played out in Egypt and are part of their own birthright.”

    Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, on Tuesday rejected Clinton’s remarks, and accused the U.S. of “meddling” in Iranian affairs.

    __________________

    Well, here we go! Obama is coming out on his own. The pretense is gone of doing what needs to be done to resolve the conflict in the Middle East. Our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is doing the best she can to defend those who dare speak out against the tyrannical oppression (of Free Speech) to overturn Jimmy Carter’s foolish mistake of allowing a tyrant coming to power and imposing Sharia Law in Iran.

  175. Obama was asked at a White House news conference about the mood of change sweeping the Middle East following the uprisings in Cairo and he singled out Iran’s attitude.

    “It’s ironic that the Iranian regime is pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt,” Obama said. “They acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt” by using force against demonstrators.

    Passive aggressive, jeering, no persuation, no leadership..it makes the other party say ‘FU”
    Contrast that with Hillary’s statement — holding them accountable and telling them what the right thing to do is and what our expectations are..

  176. The important issue is there is no wondering anymore, Hillary’s days are numbered as SOS when her Boss cannot reiterate US policy regarding tyrants in a firm and fluid condemnation statement backing her all the way reconfirming US policy.

    John Kerry is in Pakistan hoping to create a stir by getting the Pakistanis to release a US diplomat from imprisonment under the “diplomatic immunity clause” recognized by all countries worldwide.

    This stupid ass caught bowing to Pakistan’s PM Gilani @ link:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/16/raymond-davis-john-kerry

  177. Denninger looks at the new PPP figures today, and they are really bad. Look for businesses failing and even more layoffs, as profit margins collapse. You can’t stay in business with the cost of goods inflating at this rate. You can jack your prices to the moon, but then no one (or at least far fewer) comes to buy. Clothes, restaurants, retail, etc – they are all in big trouble. No one has money to buy at those prices, so businesses go under, which means fewer jobs, which shrinks the “buying” pool even more, so more businesses go under…. etc.

    This is what happens when helicopter Ben quantitative eases (prints money) out the wazoo, and monetizes the debt. Commodities and crude goods inflate, and margins for businesses get slammed. He’s propping up the dollar and propping up the fucking housing bubble and the sham “investments” of the big banks, at the expense of all the rest of us and every actually PRODUCTIVE business in the country.

    This ain’t good:

    The Producer Price Index for finished goods rose 0.8 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This advance followed increases of 0.9 percent in December and 0.7 percent in November and marks the seventh straight rise in finished goods
    prices. At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by manufacturers of intermediate goods moved up 1.1 percent, and the crude goods index rose 3.3 percent. On an unadjusted basis, prices for finished goods advanced 3.6 percent for the 12 months ended January 2011. (See table A.)

    Yuck. This isn’t just bad, it’s horrifying. Let’s look at the table inside because it’s there that you have to be paying attention to cost-push problems:

    There’s no possible good way to look at this.

    At the finished goods level we have a three month run-rate of about 0.8% monthly. Annualized this is a 10% increase. That’s freaking monstrous.

    Worse however is in the intermediate goods; there we find a roughly 20% annualized inflation rate.

    And in crude goods? Hold on to your hat: Annualized on an average basis over the last four months it’s roughly sixty percent.

    For the math wonks: ((1.047 + 1.013 + 1.065 + 1.033) / 4) ^ 12

    Margin collapse? You better believe it.

    Either that, massive destruction of the consumer’s standard of living or both.

    I’ve been hollering about this since August of last year. Folks, the data is not getting better.

    It’s getting much worse.

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=180117

  178. One by one these woman haters are getting their due. Rooted out from their computer bunkers; they can’t hide their teeth forever.
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    NYU Accepts Rosen’s Resignation

    February 16, 2011
    By Jim Geraghty

    Just arriving from NYU:

    From Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security

    Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line yesterday with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/259872/nyu-accepts-rosens-resignation

  179. Few statistics exist about sexual assaults on female correspondents in combat zones, in part because so many are loath to report attacks for fear of losing their beat.

    A 2005 survey by the International News Safety Institute in Brussels was sent to 150 female foreign correspondents – only 29 replied. Of the 29, half reported sexual harassment on the job and two had experienced sexual abuse.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/02/15/2011-02-15_lara_logan_60_minutes_correspondant_suffers_sustained_sex_assault_by_egypt_mob_c.html#ixzz1E8KBkOBt

  180. So Obama explain……

    “CMS Official Confirms That Four States Have Been Granted ObamaCare Waivers”

    An Obama administration official on Wednesday confirmed that four states — including Florida, Tennessee and Ohio — have been granted waivers from the regulatory requirements of the national health care law.

    Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, confirmed the news under questioning from Rep. Cliff Stearns at an oversight hearing for the House Energy and Commerce committee.

    According to Larsen, the waivers have been granted to states that have programs allowing or requiring the kind of limited medical coverage plans that would otherwise be prohibited by ObamaCare. He said the waivers are good for one year and would not neccesarily apply to all plans in the states outside the state-based programs.

    While he said there was also a fourth state that was granted a waiver, he could not recall off the top of his head which state.

    http://spectator.org/blog/2011/02/16/cms-official-confirms-that-fou

  181. Bambi …your Budget fell flat n its ass..

    55% Say Obama’s Budget Doesn’t Cut Enough…

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/federal_budget/february_2011/55_say_obama_s_budget_doesn_t_cut_enough

    Most voters don’t think President Obama’s proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget includes enough spending cuts, and despite House Republican plans to cut substantially more, a plurality of voters don’t think the GOP goes far enough either.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters say, generally speaking, that the president’s budget proposal cuts government spending too little. Ten percent (10%) say it cuts too much, while 26% say his budget cuts about the right amount.

  182. BigCatLover
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Few statistics exist about sexual assaults on female correspondents in combat zones, in part because so many are loath to report attacks for fear of losing their beat.
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    Well, we can only hope the rest of the assaults that go unreported, the victims had the forethought to taken action themselves. I’ve heard rumors tying cinder blocks to the perp’s ankles tossing them off a bridge does wonders for the victim’s self-esteem while decreasing the case loads pending in the clogged court system is a boon to financially strapped states.

  183. Can Clinton remake U.S. diplomacy?

    By Elise Labott,
    CNN Senior State Department Producer
    February 16, 2011

    Early on a Sunday morning in late January, Hillary Clinton walked into the State Department.

    The secretary of state had already spent most of Saturday on the phone with the White House about the unraveling situation in Egypt. Now, after endless discussions, she was ready to be the face of the administration on the five network Sunday talk shows.

    On one show after another, she gave them the new mantra — the U.S. wanted an “orderly transition.” It was a carefully crafted phrase which acknowledged the importance of moving to democracy in Egypt, but took into account the need to avoid chaos and a power vacuum that could bring to power a radical Islamist movement, as it did during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

    The interviews were done, but Clinton’s day was just starting.

    After the interviews, she was off to Andrews Air Force Base to catch a plane for Haiti. The country was in the throes of a disputed presidential election which threatened to stall its recovery from the massive earthquake a year ago.

    Clearly, given the events in Egypt, canceling the trip would have been understandable. But Clinton had already postponed a trip to Port-au-Prince the month before, and she was eager both to show support for the Haitian people and to press President Rene Preval to accept election monitors’ conclusion that his handpicked candidate did not qualify for an upcoming runoff.

    Clinton worked the phones the whole ride down to Haiti, talking to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, CIA Director Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, among others, about Egypt.

    In between dropping in on a cholera treatment center, visiting with presidential candidates, and meeting with Preval, Clinton was on the phone with Donilon, getting updated on the latest info coming from the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. All the while, her aides were working the phones to Washington, briefing her between meetings.

    For the entire flight back, Clinton huddled with her top aides, hashing out both an immediate strategy to deal with Egypt and the potential fallout across the region.

    It was a fallout she herself had warned of just two weeks earlier. In a dramatic speech in Qatar, Clinton warned Arab leaders their regimes would “sink in the sand” if they did not reform their autocratic governments and create opportunities for their young citizens.

    Two days after that speech, Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country after he was overthrown amid massive protests. Inspired, Egyptians began similar protests. Now, the U.S. pondered the potential fall of Hosni Mubarak — a critical ally who for 30 years served as a linchpin of security in the Middle East — which would dramatically affect America’s entire policy in the region for years to come.

    “There were a first few moments of wonderment and then she said, ‘We have to dive in,'” recalled Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s counselor and chief of staff.

    Bad timing for a tough test

    It is perhaps her toughest test yet as the nation’s top diplomat. For two years, she has traveled the globe, talking about the need for countries to become more democratic, more open to technology, more open to the demands of the young.

    Now it is becoming reality, and the Obama administration is struggling over how to respond.

    The timing could not be worse. Clinton had hoped to start the year reviving peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, which were in free fall after a push for an Israeli settlement freeze reached a dead end. Mubarak’s support in the effort was critical, and his ouster could paralyze, if not kill, the administration’s ambitious goal of achieving Palestinian statehood by the end of the year.

    Events elsewhere in the world aren’t looking any more promising.

    World powers just concluded a fresh round of nuclear talks with Iran that produced no meaningful movement.

    North and South Korea have been on a razor’s edge for months. The two countries exchanged artillery fire in November after North Korea shelled a South Korean island, killing four people. Although tensions had cooled somewhat in recent months, Clinton was impatient to stop careering from crisis to crisis on the peninsula and engage Pyongyang in a meaningful way that both calmed the situation with South Korea and moved North Korea toward abandoning its nuclear ambitions.

    And two months ago, Clinton suffered the loss of Richard Holbrooke, a trusted aide and confidant who, as special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was a tireless defender of the political and diplomatic effort in Afghanistan, arguing the civilian effort was just as critical to getting the country back on its feet as the military effort.

    Political skills and a dogged work ethic

    It has become a full plate for a secretary of state who, by her own admission, had been reluctant to even sit at the table. Most people who rise to the position of secretary of state covet the post for much of their careers. Being the nation’s top diplomat was never part of Hillary Clinton’s career strategy.

    But she did bring a broad set of transferable skills to the post: eight years traveling the world as first lady, political skills from her time as a senator and 2008 presidential candidate, worldview from serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a dogged work ethic that has enabled her not just to master her worldwide brief, but to hold her own among lifelong experts.

    “There is never a meeting where she is not the best prepared, there is never a meeting where she has not thought just about this meeting itself, but about what follows this meeting,” said Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asia. “There is just an incredible mastery of the details. It’s not just the legal brief — you have to figure out how the world works, how it functions, how the issues are integrated.”

    Clinton has traveled more in her first two years than any other secretary of state, making 40 trips to 79 countries since taking office.

    But for all her travels and speeches, the secretary of state has yet to turn the ideals she shares with President Obama into diplomatic achievement, argues Elliott Abrams, who served as deputy national security adviser in the previous administration.

    “Two years in, nobody knows what the secretary really believes about foreign policy or what her actual role in this administration’s foreign policy is. Her popularity is floating above the waves because she hasn’t made any hard decisions,” Abrams said.

    So far, Clinton has dispelled virtually all of the predictions and stereotypes she faced when Obama tapped her for the job. Much to the chagrin of her critics, and many in the press, the predictions that Clinton would be constantly clashing with the White House or seeking to overshadow Obama never came true. There have been no sightings of a fire-breathing Hillaryzilla stomping through the Rose Garden swatting planes from the sky.

    Although she hasn’t enjoyed the same tight bond or round-the-clock access to Obama that her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, had with President George W. Bush, Clinton has found a credible partnership and trust with the president, forged at their weekly one-on-one meetings and built on their similar mix of a pragmatic view of 21st century American leadership coupled with a stubborn streak of idealism.

    “It’s a relationship where they found over the course of the last two years how much they have in common in their worldview and approach,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.

    That mix of pragmatism and idealism was put to the test during the crisis in Egypt.

    In the days leading up to Mubarak’s resignation, Obama and Clinton were both sober about the need to stand with the growing protests in Tahrir Square and the importance of Mubarak ultimately transitioning from power. But some of the president’s advisers wanted to be harder on Mubarak, with a clear and equivocal call for him to step down immediately, administration officials tell CNN.

    Those White House aides — Rhodes, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and human rights advocate Samantha Power — believed that Obama needed to show he was true to a speech made two years earlier in Cairo, in which he promised to push for democracy and human rights in the Arab and Muslim worlds, according to officials involved in the discussions.

    But in some ways, they were looking for the world as Obama wanted it to be when he swept into power promising a vision for transformational foreign policy. The secretary of state was of a like mind with a group of foreign policy traditionalists in the administration — Gates, Donilon and Vice President Joe Biden — who were more sanguine about the situation the U.S. faced, both in Egypt and in the region, the officials said.

    Discussions within the Egyptian government about Mubarak stepping down were slowly bearing fruit, but Clinton felt that U.S. calls for his ouster would make the idea harder for the Egyptian army to embrace and more unlikely for Mubarak to accept, according to administration officials. She believed the louder the U.S. screamed, the more it would reflect the absence of American power in producing results for the Egyptian people.

    She had also spent the week on the phone mollifying Arab allies who felt Obama was throwing Mubarak under the bus, which they saw as unseemly for a U.S. ally of 30 years and casting doubt about American loyalties.

    And countries like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel worried that an Egypt without Mubarak would destabilize the region by emboldening Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Even as she was pushing the Egyptian prime minister and foreign minister in multiple phone calls for specifics on how the government was going to meet the demands of the protesters, Clinton was concerned about the risks of rushing a “transition” of power, officials said. At a security conference in Munich, Germany, the weekend before Mubarak stepped down, Clinton sought to emphasize the “orderly” aspects of the transition, warning that free and fair elections leading to true democracy in Egypt would take time, care and sophisticated planning that could be complicated by a hasty exit by Mubarak, given the country’s lack of a political culture.

    Last Thursday, Mubarak surprised the world when he did not step down during a blunt address to the Egyptian people.

    Obama responded with tough remarks of his own. While he went further than he had previously in urging Mubarak to begin a meaningful transition, he ultimately resisted urgings of White House aides to call outright for Mubarak to resign.

    The next day, feeling the pressure from the nearly three-week protest and calls for change from Western allies, Mubarak handed power over to the military.

    “Hillary Clinton brought much-needed good balance and judgment to counter some of the starry-eyed dreamers surrounding the president, who tend to reinforce his worst instincts about how fast any given situation can change,” said Aaron David Miller, a Mideast negotiator for six secretaries of state and author of “The Much Too Promised Land,” about the history of failed U.S. efforts in the Mideast peace process.

    “The Egyptian public was driving the freedom express. Clinton understood the approach on Mubarak had to be evolutionary, not revolutionary, and the administration ended up playing a tough hand pretty well.”

    The last few weeks have illustrated the complexities of diplomatic sausage-making inside the U.S. government, but since taking office, Clinton has kept her head down, proving herself to be a team player and tireless defender of the administration. She has been deferential to Obama in both public and private, never suggesting in any way she had an agenda other than his.

    “It’s amazing that when she became secretary, every reporter in Washington was waiting for one inch of daylight (between her and Obama). That one inch of daylight would become one mile of daylight, which would then become a chasm of daylight,” said Sandy Berger, former national security adviser in the Clinton administration and a close friend and adviser of Hillary Clinton’s. “The fact there is no distance between them, in a town where division and conflict is the name of the game, I think is an enormous tribute to her.”

    An ‘aha’ moment in Copenhagen

    Obama has also found in Clinton a sympathetic view of the changing nature of the world and the need to update America’s posture to shape it. The two shared that kind of an “aha” moment at the climate change summit meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, where China and other big developing countries were balking at a deal mandating reduced emissions.

    “We were struck in Copenhagen how much countries were taking their lead from China within the developing world,” Rhodes said. “They had a conversation about how we have got to get in the game here. We’ve been so focused on a narrow set of issues that we have ceded a lot of ground.”

    That realization, reflected in Obama’s first National Security Strategy, gave rise to increased outreach by Clinton with rising powers across the globe ranging from Brazil to Turkey and Indonesia to India, in an effort to restore American leadership after two wars, eight years of the Bush administration, and a global financial crisis that many around the world say was ignited by financial woes in the United States.

    With China, Clinton designed an approach that sought to engage Beijing’s cooperation on an ever-widening menu of issues, while at the same time countering China’s military rise by strengthening ties with India and other countries in Southeast Asia.

    “What I think we don’t recognize as much is that the Chinese value a tough interlocutor,” Campbell said. “If you are easy or too solicitous, the Chinese in fact don’t respect you so much. And the fact that the secretary is so clear and tough and so committed to American positions and interests, I think the Chinese actually respect that.”

    Clinton often taps into the political savvy that at one point had everyone assuming she, not Obama, would be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008. For the past two years she has put those skills to work, using her unmatched star power to campaign as tirelessly for America as she did for the job she lost to her current boss.

    From speaking plainly to skeptical Pakistani youth at a “townterview” — Oprah-style town hall meetings, which Clinton holds regularly to field questions from audiences — to visiting rape victims in Congo, Clinton has drawn upon her personal experience to present a more human side of foreign policy.

    She has also drawn on her experience to identify with the political concerns of world leaders.

    No country too small to be a partner

    “Who better than Hillary Clinton to talk to a leader about what it’s like to be criticized in the media?” said Phil Gordon, assistant secretary for European affairs. “Especially leaders in some of our less advanced democracies will say, ‘I have to crack down on the media because they criticize me all the time.’ And this secretary of state can say, ‘Mr. President, I know what that is like. I have been through it more than you, but it is just part of our democratic system.’ And she can communicate that in a way that is unique at least in the American political scene.”

    For Clinton, no country is too small to partner with the United States. Even as she managed a reset with Russia, expanded ties with China, and deepened relationships with traditional U.S. allies in Europe, she also traveled to the tiny Pacific island of Papua New Guinea, which has massive undeveloped fields of petroleum and natural gas.

    “These capital investments helped us deal with what was the biggest problem that we came in facing — the idea that there was an American decline,” said Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg. “That our credibility and leadership were shot, either because we were too unilateral or we weren’t dealing with what we needed to deal with. That narrative is beginning to fade.”

    While acknowledging Clinton’s considerable efforts to restore America’s image, some critics have charged she has done little to consolidate these gains into advancing major foreign policy issues.

    Advisers argue the long-term “capital investments” Clinton has made in restoring partnerships with key countries, like China and Russia, have produced strategic cooperation on issues like Iran and North Korea. But critics question whether she can bring home a foreign policy success on those issues.

    Her deputy concedes that the pressure is on to turn diplomacy into tangible results.

    “It couldn’t be done if we didn’t invest in the relationships right,” Steinberg said. “But now we’ve got to convert that. So a big focus in the next two years will be, ‘OK, we’ve created the right context for making substantive progress on Iran and North Korea, but we need to move forward on those agendas.’ ”

    ‘Smart power’

    In some ways, Clinton has sought to redefine American foreign policy by giving diplomacy and development equal weight to defense, a concept she calls “smart power.”

    Smart power means focusing on a package of national security challenges that don’t fit easily into classic foreign policy boxes — like women’s empowerment, human trafficking, poverty, disease, internet freedom and climate change. These challenges, Clinton has argued, will do more to shape the 21st century than conflicts between states.

    To meet them, Clinton has adopted an ideology she espoused in her book “It Takes a Village,” in which she argues it takes all aspects of society to raise a child. As secretary she argued that civil societies, and women in particular, have an important role to play in solving modern challenges and expanding economic and political opportunity for ordinary people.

    On the road, she works herself, and her staff, to the point of exhaustion spreading her gospel. Even after dinners with presidents and ministers, there is always another town hall to speak at or another women’s group to engage.

    Some argue that while the goals Clinton espouses, like internet freedom and human rights, are admirable, they have not been translated into policy involving real world relations between the United States and other countries

    “Secretary Clinton says one of her absolutely key goals is internet freedom. Great, but what country has been penalized in its relationship with us for preventing internet freedom? If there is no penalty, you are just making nice speeches,” Abrams said.

    Clinton has won high marks for securing more resources for the State Department and USAID — both gutted during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — which was also critical to the smart power effort.

    She gained significant budget increases for both 2010 and 2011, even as other agencies faced cuts. In December she rolled out the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, modeled after a Pentagon policy evaluation process she learned about during her time on the Armed Services Committee.

    The exercise updated both the mandate and the skill set of the Foreign Service and USAID to reflect more of the development priorities she cared about. Future diplomats, she said, will be “people who wear cargo pants as much as striped pants.”

    Clinton has also taken an unprecedented interest in the management of the State Department itself, even down to installing showers for employees who bike to work — a suggestion she culled from the “Secretary’s Sounding Board” that she set up on the department’s internal website.

    It’s not uncommon for Clinton to pop down to the cafeteria or walk into a suite of offices and stop at people’s desks. She regularly records video messages to the employees wishing them a happy new year or a happy Mother’s Day. It’s all part of an effort to make people feel part of the team.

    ‘These are her troops’

    Clinton has also been credited with tapping into the vast expertise of the Foreign Service and civil service. Before she arrived, diplomats at State were worried that her political aides in what was commonly referred to as “Hillaryland” would freeze out the Foreign Service and run the building from the seventh floor suite of offices that house the secretary and her personal staff.

    “She is smart. She knew that wouldn’t be welcomed,” Steinberg said. “She has used the building well.”

    Every Monday, Clinton meets with several dozen top managers from USAID and State and all of the special envoys, scanning the room for input. Clinton is always looking for the big idea, and it doesn’t matter to her whether it’s an assistant secretary or a junior desk officer who offers it.

    Before Steven Mull became the State Department’s executive secretary, he worked on Iran issues for Undersecretary Bill Burns, one of the top officials at the State Department.

    “Usually at meetings with leaders, they each deliver their points and everyone else listens, ” Mull said. “In some of my meetings with her on Iran, she would say, ‘Steve, why don’t you tell the minister what you were telling me?’ You have to be on your game and be well-informed. No secretary of state has ever turned to me to address the princes or the foreign ministers and offer my views. It’s an intimidating, but an incredibly empowering and enriching experience.”

    Clinton also was the first agency head to provide benefits for same-sex partners of employees, using the prerogatives at her disposal. The move put pressure on the White House to extend similar benefits throughout the administration.

    “These are her troops,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Reines, a long-time close adviser. “She wants to take care of them. She wants them to be the best equipped to do their jobs and she knows what they are doing is not easy. She knows how many have died on her watch.”

    Losing Holbrooke

    None of Clinton’s troops was closer to her than Holbrooke, who was all but certain to be nominated as secretary of state had she won the presidency.

    On the night Holbrooke died, Clinton held court with two dozen of his staff, family and friends assembled at the hospital.

    While it was “very clear that she was grieving,” said Derek Choellet, former deputy director of policy planning, who has since moved to the White House, Clinton “had clearly decided we were going to push forward. It wasn’t a matter of, ‘We are going to push forward and put this in the past.’ It was, ‘I could add to this by being mournful and bring it down, but I’m going to hold this thing together and bring these people with me,’ and that is what she did that night in a real human way.

    “It was just a genuinely human moment which showed what an incredible person she is. She stepped up in such a big way. It wasn’t just about empathy or being a good person. She was being a leader and it showed.”

    Campbell said that personal interest is why people are loyal to her.

    “None of that stuff ever makes it out in the press about her — just the toughness and the polish,” Campbell said.

    There has been no shortage of foreign policy experts during the past two years lamenting that Clinton’s attention to the futuristic trends of soft power has come at the expense of taking a high-profile role. Questions continue about whether she is trapped by her deference to the White House.

    “The foreign policy plate is very full and the ‘defining challenges’ for the White House these past two years have not been these nontraditional threats, but rather Iran, Iraq, the Afghanistan War, the Israel-Palestine standoff,” said Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program and author of the foreign policy blog The Washington Note. “For the most part, Clinton’s impact on these issues has been minor — in part because she decided to be the chief validator of Obama, not allowing any distance between his articulated views and hers and keeping her political powder dry, and because she had not developed a real vision yet of what she wanted to pursue.”

    Comparisons to Kissinger

    Others have wondered aloud whether Clinton has the strategic vision and negotiator’s mindset of accomplished predecessors like Henry Kissinger or James Baker — or whether perhaps she is afraid to try and fail, which could sully her image in a post-State Department world.

    “She obviously has tremendous political influence, but beneath this mask of confidence and superstardom could be a fundamental uncertainty about whether or not, if put into these situations, she can actually deliver,” Miller said.

    Clinton aides say she has resisted the model of previous secretaries of state who have been closely identified with one issue. In today’s cruel and unforgiving world, they argue, Clinton doesn’t have the luxury of focusing on one pressing foreign policy problem at the expense of the others.

    To be sure, Obama has exhibited a strong desire to play a role in formulation and execution of American foreign policy, keeping decision-making on major issues like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process at the White House.

    “We had to make a series of decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan that go to the heart of the direction this country is going, our posture in the world,” the White House’s Rhodes explains. “These are decisions that necessitated a strong foreign policy engagement. Much of this came from the campaign. We came to office knowing what we were going to do. The combination of these front-burner issues, chiefly two wars, and a very developed agenda certainly led to a large presidential imprint.”

    Still, Rhodes insists, Clinton’s role as the nation’s chief diplomat is not “simply one of implementation.” The White House gives her high marks for improving relations with Pakistan, helping to negotiate the START treaty with Russia, and deepening U.S. engagement in Asia.

    “On the issues that she has been engaged in, she is very much driving and shaping the outcomes,” Rhodes said.

    A juggling act

    If the first six weeks of 2011 are any indicator, Clinton will be doing a lot more juggling, as a long list of foreign policy issues becomes the province of the State Department. In addition to moving forward with engaging North Korea in the coming months, Clinton will also need to work closely with allies about increasing pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

    Progress in creating a credible Afghan government and sustainable economy has also been an uphill battle, with Karzai an unreliable partner. It will largely fall to Clinton to advance the strategy that she and Holbrooke envisioned, marrying the fragile and reversible military gains with a political process that includes international diplomacy, regional involvement, and political reconciliation among the Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    In the coming weeks Clinton will have to defend her smart power efforts before Republicans in Congress intent on taking an ax to President Obama’s budget, particularly when it comes to foreign aid.

    And down the road, she and the State Department will assume full responsibility for U.S. involvement in Iraq, when the remainder of U.S. troops come home at the end of the year.

    Rolling up her sleeves

    Yet no issue will likely demand more of Clinton’s time in the near future than the political upheaval in Egypt, which has quickly become the first major foreign policy crisis for the Obama administration.

    While Mubarak has left the political scene, the chapter on Egypt’s march toward democracy is far from complete. In fact, for Clinton, it is really the beginning.

    Since Mubarak stepped down, Clinton is said to have been in a “war-room mentality,” talking to European and Arab allies about how the U.S. can nurture and facilitate a military-led transition.

    It’s a personal challenge that speaks to the dilemma she has faced since becoming secretary of state. On one hand, she wants to stay true to the themes of political, economic and social reforms and respect for human rights that she pressed for in Qatar, yearnings which were ignited in Tunisia, spread like wildfire to Cairo and which are now permeating throughout the region — issues which remain close to her heart.

    “She respects what the people had to do to go out in (Tahrir Square),” Mills said. “She feels the overwhelming weight of it.”

    But Clinton knows the push for democracy is fraught with risk. She is mindful of regional stability and wants to reassure other Middle East governments that the U.S. will not abandon important and longtime allies.

    And she must save the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from becoming a permanent casualty of recent events. That will take time as well as diplomatic dexterity.

    “The secretary is going to roll up her sleeves,” said Jake Sullivan, director of policy planning and deputy chief of staff. “She sees this as one of the most significant strategic projects of the Obama presidency, and she would like to support the president in advancing American values, interests and security in a region that is going through real transformation.”

    For the first two years, Clinton has “set the table,” in the words of several advisers. She has rebuilt the critical partnerships abroad and rallied her troops at home. In 2011 she must cash in these investments to navigate a world which she wants America to lead, but whose problems are not easily solved.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/02/16/clinton.sweep/

  184. “Most voters don’t think President Obama’s proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget includes enough spending cuts, and despite House Republican plans to cut substantially more, a plurality of voters don’t think the GOP goes far enough either.”
    _______________________

    Republicans have an acuity for posturing Big Results if elected. The tip-off in their speeches always includes a personal guarantees at the end of their (from the heart) statements.

  185. While I was channel surfing news shows last night, I came across Anderson Cooper trying to convince everyone that obama’s birth certificate was legitimate.

    Sigh…really pitiful.

  186. OUR GIRL

    A fairly complimentary article on Hillary from Harper’s Bazaar, in that it tells it straight up about her being extremely dedicated, intelligent, hard-working individual. And it has some funny anecdotes (see the reference to the personal trainer in around the sixth paragraph).

    And then there’s this quote:

    “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.”

    Another from Bill:

    Bill Clinton once said of his wife that she was “going to live to be 110. She might have three husbands after me.”

    harpersbazaar.com/magazine/feature-articles/hillary-clinton-interview

    February 14, 2011
    Hillary Clinton: Myth and Reality
    ===========================

    Its 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
    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 Chvez or not? She nods. “Do you smile at Chvez 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 Chvez 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.”

  187. JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    While I was channel surfing news shows last night, I came across Anderson Cooper trying to convince everyone that obama’s birth certificate was legitimate.

    Sigh…really pitiful.
    &&&&&&&&

    So sad.

    Why do they even try?

    Can’t they just get up and say, “Ya know, it really would be nice to have a real birth certificate in hand, and have it examined by two or more certifying authorities, instead of having media poodles do his bidding. I’m so tired of carrying this weight”.

  188. HillaryforTexas
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:15 am
    It’s getting much worse.
    ————-
    The banksters thank you for your sacrifice. Their bonuses this year will be epic and record breaking and they shall think of you fondly as they pull into the garage of their mansion in the new Ferrari that they gifted to themselves in your honor.

    Was it last Christmas when we saw videos of shoppers fighting like animals over limited quantities of some junk on sale? Soon they will be fighting over food staples.

    There is a way out if we would but rally and fight.

    February 16, 2011 • 9:34AM

    In advance of today’s hearings on the FCIC Report by the newly Republicanized House Financial Services Committee, FCIC chairman Phil Angelides continued his public and private organizing drive around the report.

    Angelides was interviewed on the Tavis Smiley Show (PBS) Monday night, a show which was rebroadcast nationwide by affiliates, throughout the day today. In addition to his repeated arguments—that the crisis was avoidable, and that government regulation was either non-existent or not enforced—Angelides took special aim at Republican Congressman Daryl Issa, and his “investigation” of the Commission’s work. Responding to a question by Smiley, Angelides said Issa’s actions were “very troublesome… very chilling.” Hundreds of citizens voluntarily came forth and told the truth, he said, and were now being threatened by their government. He pointed to an article by Paul Krugman, which labelled Issa’s requests as “Intimidation, not Investigation.”

    Smiley then extended the question, asking whether the guilty would be held accountable, noting nastily that Obama is trying to “out ‘Republican’ the Republicans.” Angelides, hinting at possible obstruction by the administration, urged, “There needs to be justice, prosecutors need to act.”

    Several members of the FCIC commission who will be witnesses at today’s House Financial Services Committee hearing, also posted their prepared testimony on the HFSC website. Notable is the uncompromising statement of commissioner Brooksley Born—a decades-long opponent of the deregulation frenzy of Greenspan, Bernanke et al.—who was particularly sharp against OTC derivatives. She said, the unregulated “$673 trillion market” was “characterized by uncontrolled leverage, lack of transparency, lack of capital and margin requirements, speculation, interconnections between firms, and concentration of risk in systemically important institutions.” In addition, she said, “the existence of millions of OTC derivatives of all types created interconnections among a vast web of financial institutions through counterparty credit risk, exposing the system to contagion and helping to precipitate the massive government bailouts.”

    The USA has to take the lead. I fear the tragedy unfolding will not be turned around because everybody is too stuck in their habits. Thus, it is not “going to get ugly.” It already IS ugly. It only remains for the ugliness and stupidity to clearly manifest so the hypnotized can see it.

    Throw Obama out. Reinstate Glass-Steagall legislation.
    http://www.larouchepac.com/

    We need a fucking revolution in the USA.

  189. Jan- the lengthy CNN article you posted seems to be a roundup of Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. The final word complied in the text demonstrating her accomplishments and devotion to her country’s relationships with the World.

    Is this the beginning of setting the record straight before Hillary’s big good-bye from the Obama WH?
    _____________

    Someone mentioned upthread they thought it was stupid for all these tyrant dictators to be in power in the Middle East. Perhaps, they aren’t aware it was the US who installed the majority of these dictators at the time for control of ME politics.-

    As is common knowledge, Mubarak had been in power for 30 yrs. Thirty years ago, US presidents chose ME leadership by virtue of our position in the word as a Super-Power and the advantage of using Federal Funds (called aide) to sweeten the pot.

    In case memory fails, here is a list of presidents in power 30 yrs ago… and leave it to you (pl) to decide which Party is responsible for all the chaos and wars we are experiencing today- while they come hat and hand once again to do their underhanded dirty work in the new Congress of 2011.

    “The President of the United States during 1980 was James Earl (Jimmy) Carter. Ronald Wilson Reagan was elected in November of 1980, and took office in January 1981. He was re-elected in 1984, and served until January 1989, when George Herbert Walker Bush was sworn in.”

    It’s been down hill all the way since Carter involved himself w/Brezinski and BushI/CIA started his nefarious realization of his dream “A New World Order.” Appointing puppet tyrants to oversee Middle East Oil reserves. (Hussein and Mubarak)

    The only exception to this cadre of presidents is William Jefferson Clinton, who fitfully demonstrated WE DO NOT NEED A NEW WORLD ORDER…He proposed Peace and Prosperity which he delivered.

    Knowing the NWO would cause havoc with our economy. Change the banking structure to our detriment. Losing the job market, our Pride as a democratic nation and eventually our freedom and our souls to the Federalist agenda (Republicans) fought over by the Founders at the signing of the Constitution.

  190. Paul Farrell, an investment guru once with Morgan Stanley and now a regular market commentator, wrote yesterday in MarketWatch [link at bottom]that “Fed boss Ben Bernanke is the most dangerous human on Earth, far more dangerous than Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year dictator, ever was. Bernanke rules a monetary dictatorship that will trigger the coming third meltdown of the 21st century…. Bernanke’s ruling ideology is the culmination of a 30-year economic war that has forged together Reaganomics for the super rich, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan’s toxic allegiance to Wall Street, and the extreme Ayn Rand’s capitalist dogma, culminating in the toxic bailouts of Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner, two Wall Street Trojan Horses corrupting government from within.”

    Although not mentioning the FCIC Report, Farrell reports at length on Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig’s interview [He has been dissenting on Fed policies] in Time Magazine this week. Farrell says that Hoenig “brilliantly reveals the broader historical tragedy of the Fed’s 30-year monetary dictatorship driving America to the edge of another 1930s economic revolution, one that will be triggered by a repeat of the 1929 wake-up call.” He notes that Hoenig consistently voted against the easy money policies at the Fed as inflationary, and defended manufacturing and farming against the bank bailout insanity.

    Farrell concludes: “America must end easy money, and add a new Glass-Steagall. What would Hoenig do as Fed chairman? High savings rates, low leverage and a strong currency. Finally, Hoenig would bring back the Depression-era Glass-Steagall rule that barred commercial banks from taking excessive risks. He would reduce government debt and promote a manufacturing revival, but it won’t be easy, there is no painless approach. Unfortunately, none of this will happen until America gets hit over the head by a brutal wake-up call, like 1929 and the Great Depression. Until then, the 30-year monetary dictatorship now headed by Bernanke will keep pushing its self-destructive easy-money policies, ignoring the warnings of Thomas Hoenig and all of the other Cassandras, Chicken Littles and Americans Crying Wolf, over and over again.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-dictator-bernanke-needs-to-be-toppled-2011-02-15

  191. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Jan- the lengthy CNN article you posted seems to be a roundup of Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. The final word complied in the text demonstrating her accomplishments and devotion to her country’s relationships with the World.

    Is this the beginning of setting the record straight before Hillary’s big good-bye from the Obama WH?”

    ——————–
    I wondered about that as well. I also found it interesting that this article came from CNN of all places.

  192. I said it was stupid OF THE USA to keep supporting cruel dictators. Even more stupid was the USA installing them.

  193. Forget Mubarak, it’s Fed reign of terror that must end

    Warning, Egypt also had a huge wealth gap before its revolution. Bernanke is the final egomaniac in America’s bubbling 30-year wealth gap, where the top 1% went from owning 9% of America’s wealth to owning 23% during this dictatorship.

    By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch – link in my post just above.

    Time magazine’s cover story about Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, grabbed me. David Von Drehle’s “The Man Who Said No to Easy Money” is a warning to all America.

    [You can read it at: http://thewarningsigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/man-who-said-no-to-easy-money.html ]

    Like Ed Gramlich and William Poole, the two Fed Governors who warned Greenspan during the Bush years, Hoenig regularly dissented from Bernanke’s easy-money policies that have been favored by Wall Street throughout this 30-year dictatorship.

    We’re paraphrasing Drehle’s interview with Hoenig as 10 warnings because it brilliantly reveals the broader historical tragedy of the Fed’s 30-year monetary dictatorship driving America to the edge of another 1930s economic revolution, one that will be triggered by a repeat of the 1929 wake-up call. [Let’s jump to #10…]”

    10. America must end easy money, add new Glass-Steagall

    What would Hoenig do as Fed chairman? “High savings rates, low leverage and a strong currency.” Finally, Drehle says Hoenig would bring back the Depression-era Glass-Steagall rule that barred commercial banks from taking excessive risks. He would reduce government debt and promote a manufacturing revival, but it won’t be easy, there is no painless approach.”

  194. “Unfortunately, the international community is not ready to deal with Iran’s repeated provocations,”

    ————-
    Why are two Iranian warships on their way to Syria through the Suez Canal?

    If this isn’t a call of war on Israel, I don’t know what is.

    Will obama stand back and do nothing?

  195. #
    JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Jan- the lengthy CNN article you posted seems to be a roundup of Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. The final word complied in the text demonstrating her accomplishments and devotion to her country’s relationships with the World.

    Is this the beginning of setting the record straight before Hillary’s big good-bye from the Obama WH?”

    ——————–
    I wondered about that as well. I also found it interesting that this article came from CNN of all places.
    _________________

    Lately, I don’t know about it’s consistency, but CNN has been giving us good accurate reportage from generic anchors as opposed to Cooper and the like…

    I have the History Channel on now- An inside look at the Temple Mount and the centuries old caves beneath, thought to be the source of stone for the building of King Solomon’s Temple.

    Also a trip into the desert viewing the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.

    This is the first time for a non-believer is allowed filming in these sacred places. If you see it mentioned in your TV guide, don’t miss it..The title of the episode is “Evidence of the Apocalypse in Jerusalem; the sacred stone..”

  196. “The title of the episode is “Evidence of the Apocalypse in Jerusalem; the sacred stone..”

    —————
    Thanks Mrs. Smith. I will definitely look for it.

    As an aside, our History Channel is now advertising the Kennedy movie.

  197. JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    While I was channel surfing news shows last night, I came across Anderson Cooper trying to convince everyone that obama’s birth certificate was legitimate.

    Sigh…really pitiful.
    ——–
    Maybe Anderson knows the real Berry… 😉

  198. “The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice”
    *******
    “The once expansive horizons of black America’s political universe have shrunk and withered. Our class of black political misleaders abandoned long ago the internationalism and Pan-Africanism of Robeson and DuBois. Black America’s self-proclaimed best and brightest have traded the “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” refrain of the King era away. For themselves, they reap perceived access to power, or possible contracts or appointments, or just the thrill of basking in reflected glory. For the black masses they offer hollow excuses and the uncritical worship of a black royal family.

    It’s no exaggeration. Black political discussions in this age of Obama have assumed an almost feudal tone. Scarcely any black political discussion can be heard over mainstream airwaves or print that is not ended, begun and punctuated with avowals of love for the handsome brown president and his beautiful family. Once the vigilant advocates of fairness, decent wages and peace, our political talking heads fill hours of air time and reams of print obsessing over perceived and real slights to the dignity of the first family, while ignoring the president’s vicious assaults on public workers, his unwillingness to halt the wave of foreclosures, his continued prosecution of unjust wars, and his vacuous prescriptions of “competition” and tax cuts for the rich as answers to record black joblessness.”
    (snip)

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/new-black-politics-all-we-want-black-royal-family-not-jobs-peace-or-justice

  199. Jan 25 report, which I just now learned of…
    http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/01/25/fcic-will-refer-report-to-authorities-for-potential-criminal-prosecution/

    Upon the report’s release, the FCIC passed along information regarding multiple individuals responsible for the financial meltdown to state and local authorities for potential criminal prosecution.

    wbboei expressed disappointment, in a thread not long ago, that they hadn’t named names. I didn’t know they had either.

    1:30 AM here. Good night.

  200. is it just me or are they starting to take it a bit far with TV comedy programme names.

    This year they had S””t my dad says.

    They have just commisiioned one called “Chicks and D””ks” and the new ABC prog commissioned today is called “don’t trust the bitch in Apt 23”.

    I mean who is approving these, is there where we are at, in terms of they think they are appropriate for that.

  201. Clinton Vows Support to ‘Civil Society’ Groups Overseas

    By David Lerman – Feb 16, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised increased support today to civil society activists fighting repressive governments around the world.

    Pointing to the uprisings in Egypt and other Arab nations, Clinton said support for non-governmental civil society groups will play a key role in advancing democratic reforms.

    “If we’re going to take advantage of this historic moment, we have to tap the expertise, experience and energy of civil society,” Clinton said as she convened the inaugural Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society at the State Department, bringing together representatives from groups in than 20 nations.

    The United States, she said, will double its financial support to protect civil society groups, though she offered no specifics.

    The outreach to non-governmental groups marked a stepped-up push by the Obama Administration to back democracy advocates in countries ruled by autocrats or monarchs.

    In the opening days of the Egyptian uprising, which ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Clinton had described the Mubarak government — long-time U.S. ally — as “stable.”

    Speaking to civic activists today, Clinton paid tribute to “many brave people who could not be with us today” because they are “fighting for human rights and dignity.”

    “In the last weeks, we have seen their courage on display in the streets of Tunis and the town squares of Cairo,” Clinton said. “We have watched with great anticipation as they have stood up for their rights and aspirations.”

    Along with the participants at the State Department, Clinton said, thousands were participating in today’s forum from 50 embassies around the globe and through live online chats conducted in Arabic, Russian and Spanish.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-16/clinton-vows-support-to-civil-society-groups-overseas.html

  202. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to reveal he was “sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor” Sunday on 60 Minutes.

    Brown, in an interview previewing his forthcoming book, told “60 Minutes” that he suffered sexual abuse “several times” by a camp counselor when he was 10-years-old, and was the victim of physical abuse by stepfathers.

    Brown said in the interview, set to air Sunday on CBS, that he hadn’t even told his mother about the sexual abuse.

    “That’s what happens when you’re a victim. You’re embarrassed. You’re hurt,” he said, adding that he was threatened by his assailant: “He said ‘If you tell anybody…I’ll kill you. I will make sure that nobody believes you.’”

    Brown’s book, “Against All Odds,” has been billed as an opportunity by the Massachusetts Republican, who shot to national stardom in his upset victory last week in the state’s Senate race, to reveal more of his background, and his hard upbringing.

    That includes being the victim of physical abuse by one of his stepfathers, which was so intense that Brown now says he wishes he could buy the house in which it occurred, and burn it down.

    “I actually called the realtor and went in and took the tour and relived kind of where everything was…to make sure I wasn’t …dreaming,” he said. “As I left, I said, ‘Man, I wish I had the money. I’d just buy this thing and burn it down.’”

  203. “Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to reveal he was “sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor” Sunday on 60 Minutes.”

    ————
    How very sad.

  204. #
    JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    “The title of the episode is “Evidence of the Apocalypse in Jerusalem; the sacred stone..”

    —————
    Thanks Mrs. Smith. I will definitely look for it.

    As an aside, our History Channel is now advertising the Kennedy movie.
    _______________________

    From what I understand, the reason the Kennedys disowned the special is because it includes the activities of Jack Kennedy’s scandalous affairs. tsk, tsk… It’s all history but the sordid parts shouldn’t be recognized… 😆

  205. moononpluto
    February 16th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    is it just me or are they starting to take it a bit far with TV comedy programme names.
    _______________

    I read where this is the next wave getting the younger generation focused on disparaging their parents and the older generation that is aware of history. The visual mediums have done a good job with getting children younger and younger focused on ‘sex’ until pretty soon 7 yr olds will be having babies.. (if they don’t die in childbirth first)

    They know if they can eradicate history, the younger set will forget about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights making it quite easy to lead them like sheep into a feudal system and enslavement.

    The only way to stop it is to complain in the form of boycotts. Boycotting their sponsors leaving their soaps and detergents on shelves or not purchasing their food products, Taco Belle…etc.

    This is the final step of the planned corruption of our society into a host of self-loathing degenerates who will find neither rhyme nor reason for their own existence, casting them into a never-ending spiral of despair. Look no further than Charlie Sheen, the leader of a whole generation of 20 somethings down the path of self-destruction.

  206. JanH

    Personally, I don’t think Hillary is going to leave the job of SOS any time soon. I think she will finish the term or leave when she feels she has done her best and things are stable – as much as they can be under Barry’s ‘rule’. (Unless she gets totally disgusted at all the major mistakes Obama is making and tosses her hat in the ring.)

    Remember when the bots, DNC, major Dem players, and mediaTWhores kept telling her to get out of the primary, she couldn’t win…and she kept winning despite them.

    Hillary does not run when the going gets tough, she works even harder, (if possible).

    She will get out when she changes her goal, and not leave all those that depend on her – in the lurch, (the St. Dept, Gates, Israel and her 18 million).

    My 5 cents.

  207. The signs are all there- Bama has Kerry lurching into foreign policy inch by inch. Obama isn’t promoting US values and supporting Hillary like he should.. Hillary has to navigate this time very carefully being always cognizant, he’s going to try to make her exodus from State as painful as possible to discredit her chances for a primary in 2012.

  208. Shadowfax & Mrs. Smith,

    I’m still flipping back and forth on this. She is his shining star and pretty much the only one in his cabinet that gives 200%.

    I worry about her health and as Mrs. Smith suggests the knife-throwing coming her way from obama.

  209. This shows how bad it is for Obama……

    Obama leads a hypothetical third term for George W. Bush, 48% to 44%, in a poll with a MoE of 4%…….is that all?

    Obama Barely Beats Bush… 43, We Mean.

    This is a poll result that is… somewhat surprising: “Asked who they’d vote for if George W. Bush was allowed to run against Barack Obama for a third term next year, voters only go for Obama by a 48-44 margin.” Detail: “PPP surveyed 600 registered American voters from February 11th to 14th The survey’s .margin of error is +/-4.0 percent.”

    ………….

    Not surprising to us love.

  210. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    The signs are all there- Bama has Kerry lurching into foreign policy inch by inch. Obama isn’t promoting US values and supporting Hillary like he should.. Hillary has to navigate this time very carefully being always cognizant, he’s going to try to make her exodus from State as painful as possible to discredit her chances for a primary in 2012.

    ——–
    Kerry and Barry are nitwits and Hillary can dance around their bs with both her feet tied together.

    How much bs will she put up with is the only question. Hillary does not run just because the wolves are trying to circle her. When the real war starts is when the Big Dawg comes out swinging.

    Barry has never liked Hillary to show him up, and she always has…nothing new.

  211. She will get out when she changes her goal, and not leave all those that depend on her – in the lurch, (the St. Dept, Gates, Israel and her 18 million).

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

    Right.

  212. our [black] political talking heads fill hours of air time and reams of print obsessing over perceived and real slights to the dignity of the first family, while ignoring the president’s vicious assaults on public workers, his unwillingness to halt the wave of foreclosures, his continued prosecution of unjust wars, and his vacuous prescriptions of “competition” and tax cuts for the rich as answers to record black joblessness.”
    (snip)

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/new-black-politics-all-we-want-black-royal-family-not-jobs-peace-or-justice

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

    Black Agenda Report is great!

  213. – Bama has Kerry lurching into foreign policy inch by inch.

    —-> Barry has no clue and Kerry has no power nor stature. He can send Kerry to the ends of the earth and if leaders don’t recognize him as anyone more than a senator lap dog, it just makes Obama look weaker.

    – Obama isn’t promoting US values

    —-> that’s because he has no values, only talks about values when he is trying to persuade the ‘folks’. Was against putting his hand over his heart, wearing a flag pin…promoting the US when he went to other countries and bowed to every leader.

    – and supporting Hillary like he should..

    —-> he is afraid of her aways showing him up, he is insecure, nothing new.

    Hillary has to navigate this time very carefully being always cognizant, he’s going to try to make her exodus from State as painful as possible to discredit her chances for a primary in 2012.

    Yes, but I think she already knew this when she accepted the job of SOS, that he needed her (for many reasons), but she did not need him.

  214. Shadowfax
    February 16th, 2011

    No it can’t happen that way- If she is going to make a run at him for the Primary, it’s got to be something in the nature of policy differences. NO swingin’ from Bill. No Blood and guts.

    No scenes that can be blown up by the media into a witchy, bitchy, Hillary. No- this has got to be a dignified exit.

    I wish Kerry and Obama were nit-wits- they’re not..

    Snakes of a kind, slink with the slime.

  215. Shadowfax
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    JanH

    Personally, I don’t think Hillary is going to leave the job of SOS any time soon. I think she will finish the term or leave when she feels she has done her best and things are stable – as much as they can be under Barry’s ‘rule’. (Unless she gets totally disgusted at all the major mistakes Obama is making and tosses her hat in the ring.)

    Remember when the bots, DNC, major Dem players, and mediaTWhores kept telling her to get out of the primary, she couldn’t win…and she kept winning despite them.

    Hillary does not run when the going gets tough, she works even harder, (if possible).
    &&&&

    Well said!

    She does defy logic, and she’s really tough. Gotta love her.

  216. What you guys are missing is he is publicly disagreeing with her (which I have noted upthread) in public. That is the first sign… He is getting ready to dump her. The second sign is Kerry interfering in Hillary’s realm of having an imprisoned diplomat released..

    We can differ, it’s fine… everyone has an opinion, which makes the world go round.. So, we wait and see.. I read every single post on this blog.. every news report posted. I see it, if others don’t, they will, sooner or later.

  217. No doubt they know something Big is coming.. The MBs.. Sharia Law if they can get it done..
    _____________________

    Egyptians reach Italy amid worry about Arab exodus

    GENEVA — Nearly 100 Egyptians have arrived in Italy in two boats, international migration officials said Wednesday, as fears rose about a wave of people trying to reach Europe because of turmoil in the Arab world.

    This week, a large boat carrying 66 migrants, including 10 possible minors, was intercepted in Sicily, close to Pozzallo, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said Wednesday. Another boat carrying 30 migrants, all but four of them under the age of 18, landed nearby in Ragusa, the group said.

    More than 5,330 Tunisians have already arrived the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Africa.

    Mass protests in Tunisia caused the country’s longtime dictator to flee in January, and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was forced out last week after weeks of demonstrations.

    Migration officials say it’s too early to conclude there will be an exodus from Egypt.

    “(Still) any kind of change has always been the trigger for some kind of human movement and it seems to be a moment for people to seize the change around them,” IOM spokesperson Jemini Pandya said Wednesday.

    Simply because people have overthrown a dictator does not mean they can suddenly find jobs or feed their families, Pandya said, noting that the collapse of the old regime can create greater opportunities for escape.

    European governments are bracing for a large influx of migrants due to turmoil in the Middle East – putting the continent’s policies on immigration and the world’s fledgling anti-smuggling efforts to the test.
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    “The biggest challenge is for the European countries. They can see immediately the effect of the democratic change (in the Middle East). They were basing perhaps their migration policy on the status quo, and now they’re facing new challenges,” Anders Kompass, director of field operations for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Wednesday.

    Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has urged the EU to take strong action to stem what he calls the “biblical exodus.”

    Italy has arrested 26 people who operated the boats bringing North Africans to its shores and seized 41 vessels.

    The United Nations and IOM say people smugglers are charging 2,500 Tunisian dinars ($1,750) for the short crossing from Tunisia to Italy.

    Italy has long suffered waves of illegal immigration from northern Africa, but Tunisia’s ousted leader, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, had reached an agreement with Italy’s government that had reduced the problem.

    Maroni and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi toured a NATO military residence in the Sicilian city of Catania that the government is considering turning into a center for possible asylum-seekers.

    Lampedusa Mayor Bernardino Rubeis says the Tunisians have mostly been respectful and the situation is under control.

    On Tuesday, many of new arrivals awaited ferries to take them from Lampedusa to immigrant holding centers elsewhere in Sicily or on the Italian mainland.

    “It took 30 hours from Djerba to here. It wasn’t very dangerous. We were 260 people on this boat,” said Samir, a 24-year-old Tunisian who asked not to give his last name. Djerba is an island off the coast of Tunisia.

    Earlier this week, the EU announced a euro258 million ($347 million) aid package to Tunisia from now until 2013, with euro17 million ($22.9 million) of that delivered immediately.

    (This version CORRECTS Corrects that IOM isn’t part of the U.N.; adds price that people smugglers are charging would-be-migrants.)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021601827.html

  218. Mrs. S.

    I am not sure Hillary will primary Barry. I wish that she would, but making a dignified exit and leaving the SOS job when the middle east is in such turmoil, especially with Israel in such danger…I just don’t see it unless things get a heck of a lot better before she would have to declare her candidacy. Hillary would have to challenge Barry’s policies, which would send the obots into a frenzy anyway.

    When I said, the Big Dawg would come out swinging if the war started, I did not mean it literally. Bill and Hillary are great at outshining others without being verbally petty.

    I do think Barry the corrupt, inexperienced, freeloading community organizer is a nitwit…and Karry is in the same category as Judas, Edwards and Uncle Teddy…gasbags and all big fat letdowns.

    We will just have to disagree their being nitwits. 😉

  219. Egyptians reach Italy amid worry about Arab exodus

    GENEVA — Nearly 100 Egyptians have arrived in Italy in two boats, international migration officials said Wednesday, as fears rose about a wave of people trying to reach Europe because of turmoil in the Arab world.

    This week, a large boat carrying 66 migrants, including 10 possible minors, was intercepted in Sicily, close to Pozzallo, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said Wednesday. Another boat carrying 30 migrants, all but four of them under the age of 18, landed nearby in Ragusa, the group said.

    More than 5,330 Tunisians have already arrived the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Africa.

    Mass protests in Tunisia caused the country’s longtime dictator to flee in January, and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak was forced out last week after weeks of demonstrations.

    Migration officials say it’s too early to conclude there will be an exodus from Egypt.

    “(Still) any kind of change has always been the trigger for some kind of human movement and it seems to be a moment for people to seize the change around them,” IOM spokesperson Jemini Pandya said Wednesday.

    Simply because people have overthrown a dictator does not mean they can suddenly find jobs or feed their families, Pandya said, noting that the collapse of the old regime can create greater opportunities for escape.

    European governments are bracing for a large influx of migrants due to turmoil in the Middle East – putting the continent’s policies on immigration and the world’s fledgling anti-smuggling efforts to the test.
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    “The biggest challenge is for the European countries. They can see immediately the effect of the democratic change (in the Middle East). They were basing perhaps their migration policy on the status quo, and now they’re facing new challenges,” Anders Kompass, director of field operations for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Wednesday.

    Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has urged the EU to take strong action to stem what he calls the “biblical exodus.”

    Italy has arrested 26 people who operated the boats bringing North Africans to its shores and seized 41 vessels.

    The United Nations and IOM say people smugglers are charging 2,500 Tunisian dinars ($1,750) for the short crossing from Tunisia to Italy.

    Italy has long suffered waves of illegal immigration from northern Africa, but Tunisia’s ousted leader, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, had reached an agreement with Italy’s government that had reduced the problem.

    Maroni and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi toured a NATO military residence in the Sicilian city of Catania that the government is considering turning into a center for possible asylum-seekers.

    Lampedusa Mayor Bernardino Rubeis says the Tunisians have mostly been respectful and the situation is under control.

    On Tuesday, many of new arrivals awaited ferries to take them from Lampedusa to immigrant holding centers elsewhere in Sicily or on the Italian mainland.

    “It took 30 hours from Djerba to here. It wasn’t very dangerous. We were 260 people on this boat,” said Samir, a 24-year-old Tunisian who asked not to give his last name. Djerba is an island off the coast of Tunisia.

    Earlier this week, the EU announced a euro258 million ($347 million) aid package to Tunisia from now until 2013, with euro17 million ($22.9 million) of that delivered immediately.

    (This version CORRECTS Corrects that IOM isn’t part of the U.N.; adds price that people smugglers are charging would-be-migrants.)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021601827.html

  220. Mrs. Smith,

    I wonder if it is the younger misfits that are trying to sabotage Hillary. obama is so wishy-washy and easy to influence, i.e. that article earlier today from CNN where he had the young idiots wanting to rush Mubarak’s dismissal and Hillary, Gates, and Biden taking the better route. He listened to Hillary et al this time, but what about all the other times?

  221. Obama’s mentor, Jimmy Carter speaks. The doofus that opened the door to the Muslim Brotherhood in Iran.
    ____________________________

    Carter says Egyptian military likely to obey will of people

    The Egyptian military won’t ignore its citizens’ demands for open elections, even if the military has an interest in keeping power, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday at a University of Texas lecture.

    It was the first time Carter has spoken publicly about recent developments in the Middle East, including the uprising in Egypt that led to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. Since the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, citizens in several other countries in the region — including Iran, Libya and Bahrain — also have staged protests in hopes of creating revolutions, demanding dramatic changes to government.

    “My guess is the (Egyptian) military leaders don’t want to give up their political influence or power,” Carter said. But the military has seen what the demonstrators have done and will most likely submit to their demands, he said.

    “The demonstrators will not accept anything less than honest, fair and open elections,” he said, adding that his foundation, the Carter Center, will be as “involved as possible” in bringing about successful Egyptian elections in September.

    Carter, the 39th president, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work on international affairs and his efforts to promote peace, democracy and economic development in other countries.

    The former president and Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Library at UT, talked about the Middle East in front of an audience of about 1,000. Carter also discussed his time as president, current events in America and “White House Diary,” his most recent book.

    The free tickets for the event evaporated shortly after they became available Feb. 1; half of the tickets were offered exclusively to students, said Anne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the library.

    Carter’s visit was part of the Harry Middleton Lecture Series, an endowed lectureship that Lady Bird Johnson established in 1994 to draw high-caliber speakers to the library. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke in November, and other speakers have included journalist Tom Brokaw, UT physicist Steven Weinberg and actor Michael York.

    This year’s speakers also will include actor Robert Redford, Watergate-busting journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

    Soon after he was picked as director, Updegrove said one of his ideas for raising the library’s profile was to bring in all the living former presidents — Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — for speeches.

    Students listened and at times laughed Tuesday evening at Carter’s recollections.

    Updegrove, who characterized Carter as the president most associated with the Middle East, having helped to broker a peace accord between Egypt and Israel in 1978, asked the former president how the United States should view the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential group in Egypt that has ties to Hezbollah and may influence Egypt in the future.

    “I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy.”

    http://www.statesman.com/news/local/carter-says-egyptian-military-likely-to-obey-will-1256980.html

  222. #
    JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I wonder if it is the younger misfits that are trying to sabotage Hillary. obama is so wishy-washy and easy to influence, i.e. that article earlier today from CNN where he had the young idiots wanting to rush Mubarak’s dismissal and Hillary, Gates, and Biden taking the better route. He listened to Hillary et al this time, but what about all the other times?
    _____________________

    No doubt about it… remember reading Obama was listening to his “aides” regarding “their” advise for the crisis in Egypt rather then his own SOS advising him on a firm strategy of transition?

    Also, it was Obama that threw Hillary into the fire for those 5 tv interviews on Sunday morning talk shows. It was his request she go out there and explain the moves made by his administration.

    Remember Hillary had to shut down David Gregory on MTP? Hillary said: “don’t put words in my mouth”

  223. “Carter says Egyptian military likely to obey will of people”

    —————

    What did he do? Look in a crystal ball?

  224. Even worse- Carter quote:

    “I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy.”

    _______________________

    Freedom and Democracy? Has Carter been drug tested lately?

  225. Has Carter been drug tested lately?

    ———
    Maybe after all these years he is having an allergic reaction to peanuts, swelling of the brain.

  226. #
    Shadowfax
    February 16th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Has Carter been drug tested lately?

    ———
    Maybe after all these years he is having an allergic reaction to peanuts, swelling of the brain.
    __________________

    🙂

  227. Reporting from Washington —
    As he first stood at the lectern in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Jay Carney let out a big, nervous sigh.

    When his first televised briefing was over, he joked, “It was better than I ever could have imagined.”

    [snip]

    The former Time magazine Washington bureau chief acknowledged his “unique position within the White House,” and “not just because I’m a former journalist.”

    “I work to promote the president and the messages he’s trying to convey to the American people. But I also work with the press to try to help you do your jobs,” he explained.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-pn-carney-briefing-20110217,0,1740859.story

    This guy looks like Gibbs after a diet. Are they long, lost brothers?

  228. Ya know Mrs. S. – when I was a young pup, I thought Carter was a good president because he didn’t start any wars…..now as an adult, I wonder if he did anything of value?

  229. Pic of BiBi at link
    _______________

    Israel says Iran warships to transit Suez for Syria

    (Reuters) – Two Iranian warships planned to sail through the Suez Canal en route to Syria on Wednesday, Israel’s foreign minister said, calling it a “provocation,” but the vessels were seen as posing no serious military threat.

    Israel’s state-funded Channel One television said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a vociferously far-right partner in the conservative coalition, had spoken out of turn as the Defense Ministry “had preferred to ignore” the ships’ approach.

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was tracking them and had alerted “friendly nations in the region” accordingly.

    Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper described the two Iranian ships as a MK-5 frigate and a supply vessel, which would not present a significant danger to the Jewish state.

    Still, with Israeli-Iranian tensions long running high, the theoretical possibility of the geographically distant enemies encountering each others’ forces in the Mediterranean Sea was enough to send oil prices surging.

    Brent crude rose to 29-month highs, helped by jitters over clashes in Iran, Yemen and Bahrain that raised concern about oil flow disruption. Brent crude rose $2.40 to $104.04 at 12:08 p.m. EST.

    Syria is one of Israel’s neighboring adversaries. It has an alliance with Iran which has deepened along with Tehran’s isolation from the West over its disputed nuclear program, which the Jewish state sees as an existential threat.

    “Tonight, two Iranian warships are meant to pass through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea and reach Syria, something that has not happened in many years,” Lieberman said in a speech.

    “To my regret, the international community is not showing readiness to deal with the recurring Iranian provocations. The international community must understand that Israel cannot forever ignore these provocations.”

    The U.S. reaction was cautious. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Washington was aware of the ships but had no information about what they were doing or where they were going.

    “I don’t know that we have any understanding at this point of what those ships are doing there or where they are going … We’ll follow this with some curiosity,” he said.

    IRANIAN NAVY CADET TRAINING MISSION(?)

    Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on January 26 that Iranian navy cadets were going on a year-long training mission into the Red Sea and through Suez to the Mediterranean.

    They were training to defend “the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers” against the threat of Somali pirates, it said.

    The vessels will “dock at a Syrian port for a year,” a senior Israeli official told Yedioth Ahronoth, adding there was no justification for Iran to put warships into the Mediterranean.

    read pg 2 @ link:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/16/us-israel-iran-warships-idUSTRE71F4NW20110216

  230. “I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy.”

    http://www.statesman.com/news/local/carter-says-egyptian-military-likely-to-obey-will-1256980.html

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

    Maybe he means that the big crowds that demonstrated against Mub, showing “desire for freedom and true democracy”, will out-vote the MB when it comes to elections.

    What did the MB get in the 2010 election? 20%? Resulting in no seats in parliament.

    And fwiw, iirc, some PUMA blogger counted the beards (which he says MBs must have) in the crowd and came up with 20%. 😉

    So just maybe, the MBs will get some fair share but other factions get the majority of seats in future elections.

  231. “I wonder if he did anything of value?”
    ______________________

    He was gifted with ‘the worst president award’ commensurate with his value as a US president.

  232. Not political but……

    Steve Jobs, 55, has been attending the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California, where Patrick Swayze sought radical chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer before his death in September, 2009.

    [snip]

    In one photo, Jobs is seen getting out of his cancer at the clinic – a day after he turned in a full day’s work when he was spotted on Apple’s Cupertino campus.

    It’s unknown whether Jobs’ current health battle is related to his liver transplant from 2009, or whether the pancreatic cancer he previously defeated has returned, or if there is a new problem.

    ——
    Sounds like the cancer is back…

  233. He was gifted with ‘the worst president award’ commensurate with his value as a US president.

    ——–
    I did hear that on Fox, but I always question the Rethugs on everything.

  234. Carter did and started a lot of good things in his term. Reagan reversed them and the GOP has been erasing their memories and re-writing history — just as they have with Bill Clinton.

  235. The Fox Gasbag Beck Ranting about Hillary statements on the unrest of the Arab nations.He picked out bits of speeches she has made long before the unrest started.He is #1 on my s— list with Fox and its slimey friends.Two-Tone BO and his money bags BIG BUSINESES.This government of ours does not deserve Bill and Hillary.

    Revolution ANYONE ???

  236. SHV
    February 16th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    “The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice”
    _______________________________

    Someone should e-mail this article to Oprah. See if she can pull herself away from the Obama adoration chapel and look at her people who are suffering under the dismissive hand of the “ONE”-

  237. I agree, ABM90

    It’s only going to get worse unless there is some plan in the works for drafting Hillary for the Dem Nomination. I meant to add this to a previous post about her running…

  238. Obama is gonna have a hissy fit….beware that knife in your back thats coming Idaho.

    First in the Nation: Idaho House Passes Health Care Nullification

    In an historic vote in the Idaho House of Representatives, the Federal Health Care Nullification Act (originally authored by the Tenth Amendment Center) passed by a vote of 49-20.

    House Bill 117 states:

    “The state of Idaho hereby exercises its sovereign power to declare the public policy of the state of Idaho regarding the right of all persons residing in the state of Idaho in choosing the mode of securing health care services free from the imposition of penalties, or the threat thereof, by the federal government of the United States of America relating thereto”

    The principle behind such legislation is nullification, which has a long history in the American tradition. When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned.

    Implied in any nullification legislation is enforcement of the state law. In the Virginia Resolution of 1798, James Madison wrote of the principle of interposition:

    “That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”

    House Bill 117 expressly includes this principle

  239. Chicago SEIU Local Leaders Probed for Terror Links

    It’s not every day that an American labor union gets investigated for possible ties to two of the world’s most lethal terrorist organizations. But Chicago’s Service Employees International Union Local 73 isn’t an everyday union. Last September 24, FBI agents raided residences in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan of more than a dozen radical activists in an effort to connect them to the Hamas (Gaza and the West Bank) and FARC (Colombia) guerrilla movements. Two of the occupants were SEIU Local 73 chief steward and executive board member Joe Iosbaker and former local board member-steward Tom Burke. Neither they nor anyone else has been arrested. But as the case unfolds, questions have arisen over the extent of involvement, if any, by the Chicago-based radical network that nurtured President Obama’s political ambitions from the Nineties onward.

    National Legal and Policy Center about a half-decade ago released a lengthy report documenting how unions in this country have drawn increasingly close to the most extreme elements of the antiwar Left. The report, “Common Cause with America’s Enemies: How Labor Unions Embraced Antiwar Extremism” (see pdf version), which I authored, emphasized that opposing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is not subversion in and of itself. Many patriotic Americans object to the wisdom of sending U.S. soldiers to occupy those countries as part of the fight against Islamic terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The monograph distinguished between the “loyal opposition,” which opposes U.S. policy, and the “disloyal opposition,” which opposes U.S. interests. In other words, the disloyal opposition is more than simply against the war; it is against the very notion that the U.S. has legitimate interests anywhere in the world, whether pursued through war, diplomacy or trade. And it often acts upon that conviction in suspect and at times criminal ways.

    Service Employees Local 73 is in the latter camp. Representing some 30,000 public service employees in Illinois and Northwest Indiana, the union is one of the largest labor organizations in the Midwest. Like any union, it seeks to maximize the interests of its members. But its leaders are also intensely political. Delivering good contracts is part of what leaders see as a far larger challenge: eliminating capitalist injustices against workers and “people of color” everywhere. And as the United States presumably is the de facto leader of global capitalism, racism and colonialism, they see the pursuit of social justice as requiring alignment with armed anti-American “liberation” movements. Joe Iosbaker, an employee at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tom Burke, a stay-at-home dad and former custodian, are familiar with the intricacies of SEIU Local 73. Their pending grand jury testimony, should they ever get around to providing it, may reveal a good deal about the working relationships between “progressive” organizations here and organizations abroad that they support.

    Federal officials are trying to determine whether they and a dozen other subpoenaed activists, mainly in Chicago and Minneapolis, have provided financial or other material support for armed revolutionary movements. “The warrants are seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism,” remarked Steve Warfield, spokesman for the FBI’s Minneapolis field office. The feds aren’t getting any cooperation, least of all from SEIU Local 73. The union, part of an ad hoc group calling itself the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, recently published a resolution in support of Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner (herself an AFSCME member). The statement denounced “these arbitrary and capricious FBI raids” and called upon President Obama “to order an immediate investigation into the circumstances, motivation and propriety of the judicial and police intimidation of our members and others.” Local Secretary-Treasurer Matt Brandon, in a video posting on YouTube, explicitly defended Iosbaker and Burke, who at least twice, most recently this past January, have refused to appear in front of a Chicago federal grand jury.

    read on………………

    http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/02/15/chicago-seiu-local-leaders-probed-terror-links

  240. ABM90,
    I agree with you about Beck…but I think Beck works for Obama..in that he is causing the chaos which helps Obama in the end. This strategy is working because no one is watching what is really happening.

    I will probably see Beck tonight when I get off…so he was on Hillary today??? Exactly what Obama wants!

  241. I guess you all have heard the news about Scott Brown…why do people feel the need to tell all their secrets?….could it be money and sympathy?….geez!

  242. For dinner tonight, I tried a new recipe.

    Baked Stuffed Salmon and veggies in Puff Pastry

    3″ w-Salmon fillet, topped w/fresh wilted spinach & onions
    wrapped in puff pastry pkgs..

    yum- wanted to share something easy that can be made ahead…

  243. Mrs. Smith,
    That sounds wonderful…way better than my Weight Watcher’s frozen dinner, although I am going to learn the art of stir-fry before my next long term relationship….LOL! We all have to watch our cholesterol…it’s so much fun to get old!

  244. Mrs. Smith
    February 16th, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    What you guys are missing is he is publicly disagreeing with her (which I have noted upthread) in public. That is the first sign… He is getting ready to dump her. The second sign is Kerry interfering in Hillary’s realm of having an imprisoned diplomat released..

    We can differ, it’s fine… everyone has an opinion, which makes the world go round.. So, we wait and see.. I read every single post on this blog.. every news report posted. I see it, if others don’t, they will, sooner or later.
    **************************
    When the preannounced State Dept briefing was cancelled and only Obama made a speech the day Mubarak resigned, that was a very public statement the O wanted his voice to be the only one out there on the subject of Egypt that day. Normally, a prez would use the Sec of State to set the stage for his pronouncements, but a seemingly pissy O decided he didn’t want to chance being shown up or contradicted on the Egypt message.

  245. moononpluto
    February 16th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    is it just me or are they starting to take it a bit far with TV comedy programme names.
    *****************
    Anybody else seen the new Safe Auto commercial. They have a guy getting viciously kicked in the balls over and over again by various men and women. I guess the idea is that he forgot to get insurance, but the commercial is so shocking, I didn’t really hear the audio. At the end, he gets kicked again in the rear. It is very graphic and brutal. This is obviously designed to appeal to out brain dead young people. I’ve seen it twice in the last 2 days.

  246. #
    confloyd
    February 16th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    What are puff pastry? I don’t think they have those here in East Texas! LOL
    ________________________

    Yes, they do- confloyd..

    … this recipe is easy as pie…

    At the supermarket:

    The puff pastry is all made packed in a box in the frozen food case.
    You thaw it out in the (fridge the night before) before using. The pastry unfolds (after it’s thawed) into 3 sections.. I’ll post a picture of the dough. Takes about 10 min to make the whole deal, pop it in the oven and bake.. Thats it!

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_koa6gYvQPWQ/SaPRJZW0eGI/AAAAAAAAATo/DKTwRc2pYkE/s400/Puff+Pastry.jpg

  247. BigCatLover
    February 16th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    “When the preannounced State Dept briefing was cancelled and only Obama made a speech the day Mubarak resigned, that was a very public statement the O wanted his voice to be the only one out there on the subject of Egypt that day. Normally, a prez would use the Sec of State to set the stage for his pronouncements, but a seemingly pissy O decided he didn’t want to chance being shown up or contradicted on the Egypt message.”
    ____________________________

    Exactly, BigCat- He is marginalizing her little by little until he springs the trap. We all know it was Hillary who kept Egypt from exploding exponentially into a morass of 100’s of dead bodies. From the very first, she advised non-violence on the protesters so an orderly transition of Mubarak could begin. The Muslim Brotherhood thought they could slip in their guy, ElBaradie who is a Soros puppet, and set themselves up as part of the new government when Mubarak stepped down. And once implanted into the new regime, the MBs would have done another takeover, a repeat of what they pulled in Tehran.
    _________________________

    BigCatLover
    February 16th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I have not seen the Safe Auto commercial, but it sounds disgusting.
    Trivializing hurting another person is something kids would try because they laugh at it and think it’s a joke. If they do it- so can we… then it becomes a new item when someone really gets seriously hurt or dies.

    I cringe every time the Riccola commercial comes on- A dancing couple showing them competing in a dance contest. The guy misses when he is swinging the girl around and she ends up upside down around his neck.. he coughs and ask for a throat lozenge…funny? Not so much…

  248. confloyd
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I’ll e-mail you the recipe.

    It’s easy to prepare and I know you will like it
    because the ingredients are diet friendly… and Salmon
    makes you beautiful, if you eat enough of it often.
    The puff pastry is the same pasty used in the Pepperidge Farm
    turnovers..

  249. Mrs. Smith,
    Thanks! I’ll be looking forward to it…I need anything that will make me look better…BTW…I’ve lost 50 pounds now….hopefully no one minds if I comment about my weight loss??? So now at least I’m below the 3 digits number that I still need to lose before Dec. 1st. I have to be ready for that cruise! It’s a great incentive…I haven’t cheated once!

  250. confloyd
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    —————-
    puff pastry will blow your diet away..it is loaded with butter.

  251. Sounds terrific, confloyd.

    I don’t think anyone minds you posting your weight loss progress. It’s a great accomplishment and good for your health and new life.

    Also, I agree, a cruise is a wonderful incentive for sticktoitivness.
    Don’t forget taking the lap-top with you…

    haha! 🙂

  252. SHV
    February 16th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    ——————
    Something about all these protests does not add up. Who or what is driving these everywhere? I find it hard to believe it is just about people’s discontentment with their govts and such.

  253. The ME is blowing up everywhere. I could post 5 articles where there is movement and protests going on in Lebanon, Yemen, Suez Canal, Bahrain, Iran. Very soon they are going to consolidate and as much as I hate saying this, I know how much Jan worries… but Israel is their major target. I don’t think they will attempt going through Jordan..
    They would prefer off loading troops at the Suez Canal…

  254. What tradeoff? When you want to lose weight, trying to lose the same pounds you lost yesterday (because you ate puff pastry today) is most inefficient.

  255. Mrs.Smith,
    I think that this all boils down to a great big war! I hate to say it too, but the handwriting is on the wall. BTW, 2-20 is Mohammad’s birthday….It is a special day for Iran…sure is funny and suspicious that all this is coming down the pike on this day! Of coarse, it is also around the same time as the Iranian revolution in 1979. Too many coincidence’s.

    Oh yes, I’ll take a lap top, but I think they have on-board computers too…I think! I’ll be tweeting my vacation to you all and any new developments that might occur during my voyage!

  256. pm317,
    Thanks for the info…but I will need to learn to cook for someone special soon…I’ve forgotten what that’s like…LOL!

  257. “BTW, 2-20 is Mohammad’s birthday….It is a special day for Iran…sure is funny and suspicious that all this is coming down the pike on this day! Of coarse, it is also around the same time as the Iranian revolution in 1979. Too many coincidence’s.”
    ________________________

    Interesting observation, confloyd. The 20th..Thanks for posting the coincidences.. it may just resonate with someone in the know to be on the alert.

  258. Mrs. Smith,
    There are tons of french people here in East TExas…LOL! I know what your saying though…I am not eating any starch currently, but that doesn’t mean I might not try a pinch of it…to see if I’ll put in my future recipe book..LOL!

    If I would quit falling down while shopping…I might of lost a little more weight, but I have a black eye and a sore knee and back…I must get unclumsy before the voyage or the Coast Guard might be looking for me overboard…LOL!

  259. Mrs. Smith,
    Wow! I didn’t know that without looking at our calendar…I don’t remember where I read that it was a high holy day for muslims…

  260. Mrs. Smith,
    I actually know a person who is French and she was also a cook…she was bone thin….she cooked with butter, cream and the whole nine yards…but the French know about portion control….that’s the key to permanent weight loss! Just a bite or a snip of this or that and you don’t feel like you’ve been in the desert for a hundred years….something I’m learning now, but I won’t let anything too good go down my gullet quiet yet…I have to have complete control before I allow that to happen. Something akin to the 12-step program for AA….LOL!

  261. First I have heard about this insane governor.

    I totally agree with this> Obama is clearly impeachable, and IMO subject to the 25th Amendment, Section 4 as well.

    It’s Time to Throw Obama Out of Office in Order to Save the Nation
    February 16th, 2011 • 5:16pm • LPAC

    Statement

    Lyndon LaRouche today slammed the Republican Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, for trying to cut the budget by ripping apart the state’s contracts with public employees, and for threatening to call out the National Guard if protesting workers walk off the job or disrupt state services.

    “Governor Walker should be thrown out of office if he insists on imposing these crazy policies,” LaRouche stated. “But the perversity he is pushing in Wisconsin is a reflection which flows from Obama nationally—and those policies make Egypt’s Mubarak look like a sainted angel in comparison. It is clear now, from the experience of more than two years, that the United States and Obama cannot live in the same political house. He is destroying the United States with his crazy […] policies of bailing out the totally bankrupt international financial system, while savaging every aspect of the productive economy he can get his hands on. The U.S. will be destroyed if this is allowed to continue. The FDR-era Glass-Steagall legislation must be reenacted immediately, if the country is to survive.”

    “People should stop making excuses for fascist policies, whining that ‘the President won’t do it [help the states, who suffer revenue loss due to unemployment, etc…], so we have to put up with it [austerity imposed upon the citizens, whose taxes are buying ferarris for the investment house CEOs].’ There is no solution without Glass-Steagall; it’s that simple. Those in government should either put through Glass-Steagall, or resign. And if the President won’t give us Glass-Steagall, then we must replace him with someone who will.”

    “We can be good ‘Egyptians’ too, and get rid of him,” LaRouche stated. “It’s time to throw Obama out of office in order to save the nation.”

    —————–

    What we need is hundreds of thousands of citizens talking like that. He is simply speaking the truth.

  262. JanH
    February 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am
    ——————————-
    I hear you! I’m not a woman, but I’m sick of women being held down too.
    And Go Hillary! Worth 10 of most of the men on government payroll.

  263. JanH
    February 17th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I found confloyd’s post earlier but didn’t want to bring it up until the morning… Now that it’s out…

    I found this quote in the Turtle Bay comment section:

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Taken from “The Audacity of Hope”

    – Barack Hussein Obama

  264. Mrs.Smith,
    OMG! That pic says a thousand words….LOL! All that dieting and still as wide as a barn door…gee maybe MO should be watching all that ice cream she and her mate eat???

  265. ohanson,
    I’m with you and all of you guys that want to throw this usurper out of office….he and his wife are most disgusting….and lets send them and Oprah to an island somewhere where they can be the king and queen and Oprah can show them all the respect she wants too!

  266. I wish I could figure out what angle Beck has got…he is definitely up to no good and someone is paying him.

    WHY does all the sudden does Beck care about homosexual’s….there’s something fishy about his sudden compassion for the gays?

    Odumbo is paying him for his part in causing all this unrest….

  267. Gaddafi moved troops over to Benghazi by plane last night. There are snipers on rooftops. Does not bode well for protestors. He will be hard to get rid off.

  268. and the idiot of the day award goes to……………..

    Drunk Swede drove to police station to pick up drunk friend

    A 28-year-old man is facing drunk driving charges after he drove to a police station in Malmö in southern Sweden to pick up his friend who had been arrested for driving under the influence earlier that day. After parking outside the police station, the 28-year-old entered the lobby, where he argued with a security guard after indicating that he was there to pick up his friend, the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reported. The guard suspected the man had been drinking and alerted a police officer who was just arriving at the station. The officer gave the 28-year-old man a breathalyser…

    ….you couldnt make it up in stupidity.

  269. The Bahraini Govt are acting like evil bastards.

    They attacked and murdered people overnight in the City Square, refused to send ambulances to pick up wounded, snipering people from rooftops, one person was shot in the head this morning and is refusing entry to any journalist into the country.

  270. Doctors and nurse set up a treatment centre near the Bahrain Sq to help the wounded and the police came and attacked and beat up all the doctors and nurses and children that were there.

    just saw it on AJ, the doctors and nurse were all covered in blood and cuts and bruises.

  271. So Where are the holier-than-thou western “sanctions” when regimes are shooting their own people in the streets? Libya Bahrain Yemen.

    We have the whole 5th fleet right there in Bahrain ffs.

  272. JanH
    February 17th, 2011 at 12:26 am
    Secretary Clinton Hosts Strategic Dialog With Civil Society
    ————————————————————-
    Jan, Thanks for that. Amazing (as usual for HRC!) If there is such a thing as the spirit of America, it shines brightly through Hillary.

  273. Brutal assault on bahrain.’s demosurators has killed 3 and left around 200 wounded. City hospitals not coping. At least 10 seriously injured. Several from shot gun wounds. One trauma surgeon among them. Hospital grounds seething with several thousand people, many ousted from the pearl roundabout site, over.run by riot police.

    Protesters who re-grouped in bahrain’s main hospital have now set off on foot to collect more wounded from pearl square but Protesters have retreated to the hospital. Could not get within 2km of the square. Gun shots and tear gas now in central bahrain. Riot police charging protesters firing sound grenades. There are shocking reports emerging from protesters about treatment of females at pearl roundabout. No surprise that many of bahrain’s riot police are naturalised sunnis from neighbouring arab states. Amazing scenes though at manama’s Salmaniya Hospital. Drs on shoulders with bull horns calling for an uprising!, the Drs say they are not being allowed to treat the wounded. This place is boiling.

  274. Why do I have this strange feeling, 2012 GOP ticket will be Christie/Ryan.

    Experts: His 2012 moment is now (Chris Christie)

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49701.html

    With just one impressive speech, Chris Christie put three full days of CPAC speakers to shame.

    That’s the bottom line from a bipartisan panel of experts, who watched the New Jersey governor’s address on Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute for POLITICO – and drew a sharp contrast between Christie and the cattle call of potential GOP hopefuls at the just-concluded conservative gathering.
    Continue Reading

    “He has an electricity around him wholly absent around other candidates,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Even when they put on their best possible speech at CPAC, they still put people to sleep. Like or dislike Chris Christie, you could not fall asleep during that speech.”

    The three-day CPAC gathering in DC, which ended Saturday, featured speeches by many potential 2012 contenders, including Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump, among others.

    Just the mention of Christie’ name at CPAC – which he didn’t attend – drew wild cheers, and after seeing him in action on Wednesday the group political consultants and academics told POLITICO that it’s easy to see why.

    “He hit precisely the right notes people are looking for,” Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said of the Republican, citing the governor’s focus on getting the states and nation’s fiscal house in order.

    “It was a complete tour de force,” said GOP strategist Chris Henick. “We’re not seeing too many reformers right now and he sure fits the bill as classic reformer.”

    Christie stressed that he wouldn’t run for president in 2012 and the experts said they take him at his word. But it didn’t stop them from speculating that he still could be swept into a higher office, with Sabato noting that if picked as vice president on the 2012 ticket, Christie would only have to spend two months on the campaign trail.

  275. Video: Governor Chris Christie Discusses Reform Issues | C-SPAN

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered a speech on his efforts to balance the New Jersey state budget, offering his experience as a blueprint for other states and the federal government. Governor Christie assumed office in 2010 after defeating incumbent Jon Corzine with 49-percent of the popular vote. This morning [2/16/11], The Republican Governors Association announced that Christie will become Policy Vice Chairman.
    http://www.cspan.org/Events/Governor-Chris-Christie-Discusses-Reform-Issues/10737419659-1/

    Video runs 1:07:15. Analysis of Obama begins at 57:57 and is well worth the look. Palin-like clarity, but no snark. I found it extremely inspirational; actually called my House Rep’s office and asked that he take a look, because he’s just getting his feet wet in DC.

  276. Pictures emerging from the Bahrain unrest are horrific. So horrific that you won’t see them in newspapers

  277. Wisconsin Senate to vote on Anti-Union Bill
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=12938232

    This is huge news in my part of the world today. Some school districts in Wisconsin are closed due to teacher/student absences–many are going to a rally in Madison. Thousands of people protested at the Wisconsin statehouse yesterday. The legislation includes no collective bargaining, workers would pay 12.6% of their health care coverage, and half the costs of their pensions.

  278. A little history lesson about Israel:

    “Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

    For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.”
    __________________

    according to the History Channel, “The Apocalypse and the sacred stone-”

    Jerusalem, the Temple Mount in particular, has to be held and not damaged. The prophesy states if the stone is ruptured or blown up, the apocalypse will occur. (these are not my words- the words were said by the elderly Jewish historian accompanying the interviewer explaining the historical revelations.) Something else was said, I’ve never been aware of before- There exists a War scroll detailing how the defense of Jerusalem and of the sacred stone should proceed.

    My prediction: This could be the turning point of Obama’s presidency if he does in fact with-hold support for Israel if attacked. I believe the outrage in our country would be deafening…

  279. 2-20 is Mohammad’s birthday.

    I find myself wondering what good Mohammad ever did, did the lame walk, the blind see, a sick child made healthy, a prostitute forgiven, was anyone raised from the dead? How is he a prophet, by what works do we know him?

    Are those ugly imams in Iran suppressing the people so horribly to guard the lie of Islam? Against all reason I feel they are on their last legs.

  280. Hillary is far smarter than most people realize.She knows that she must not quit and her firing by Two-tone will be coming sooner than later.At that point a draft will occur and she will be ready to save this planet.She will be untouched or tainted by Bo and Duckbutt that have nested in the peoples White House.Get your draft notices ready.Hillary is our National Treasure and the most respected woman of our time.

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries of the Regional Bureaus, at the Department of State.

    11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in a classified briefing for members of the Senate, on Capitol Hill.

    1:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton officiates at a Swearing-In Ceremony for Kris Balderston, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, at the Department of State.

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

    3:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, at the Department of State.

    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.

    6:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a reception honoring the National Council of International Visitors during its 50th anniversary year, at the Department of State

  281. moononpluto
    February 17th, 2011 at 5:22 am
    Brutal assault on Bahrain’s demonstrators…
    ———————————————-
    I know almost nothing of Bahrain, and was just making notes. Might as well share them. Looks like the USA has some potential leverage to get Bahrain’s military to tone down the violence.

    Banking Centre of the Middle East, Bahrain. (Not sure by what measure.)
    U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain
    U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters in Bahrain
    Bahrain’s national security strategy rests squarely on the presence here of NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet headquarters and Bahrain’s close security partnership with the U.S. Unlike its Gulf neighbors, Bahrain does not enjoy the kind of oil revenues that might enable it to buy advanced weaponry on its own.

  282. ABM90
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Hillary is far smarter than most people realize.She knows that she must not quit and her firing by Two-tone will be coming sooner than later.

    At that point a draft will occur and she will be ready to save this planet.She will be untouched or tainted by Bo and Duckbutt that have nested in the peoples White House.Get your draft notices ready. Hillary is our National Treasure and the most respected woman of our time.
    _______________________________

    Thank you ABM90 for cheering us up- If Israel is imperiled, I know
    she would never leave. That is not to say Obama would not hesitate asking for her resignation. However, I hope if that happens, Obama is forcefully removed as president and Biden moves up a notch and appoints Hillary his VP as the future successor to the presidency.

  283. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Thank you ABM90 for cheering us up-
    ————————————–
    I second that.

  284. US clueless about Egypt?

    Yitzhak Benhorin

    Senate hearing turns into farce as American ignorance on Egypt situation revealed; specific agenda of Muslim Brotherhood unclear, top official says, has trouble responding to question on group’s attitude to peace with Israel

    WASHINGTON – A senate hearing Wednesday revealed that top US intelligence agencies are largely ignorant about the current situation in Egypt and unfamiliar with the agenda of the country’s radical Islamists.

    “It’s hard to at this point to point to a specific agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood as a group,” National Intelligence Director James Clapper told senators. When asked about the group’s attitude to Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, he said this was a difficult question before assessing “they are not in favor of the treaty.”

    However, he then noted that the Muslim Brotherhood was “only one voice in the emerging political milieu,” adding that the group is “a large, heterogeneous global organization whose agenda and impact differ from country to country.”

    “It also has different factions, including a conservative wing whose interpretation of Islam runs counter to broad electoral participation and a younger, more liberal wing who is more inclined to work through a secular political process,” he said.

    Arms smuggling? Not sure

    Asked about the Muslim Brotherhood’s position on weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza, Clapper said he was unaware of the group’s declared stance on the issue. He said that a wait-and-see attitude was also required before determining the Muslim Brotherhood’s position on Iran.

    CIA Director Leon Panetta added: It is clear that within the Muslim brotherhood there are extremist elements that we have to pay attention to and that’s something we watch very closely to make sure that they are not able to exert their influence on the directions of governments in that region.”

    Intelligence officials also conceded in the hearing that they did not pay enough attention to social media networks, and that they were not closely monitoring Tunisia, where the wave of ongoing regional unrest started.

    “Frankly, Tunisia was probably not up there in our top 10 countries we were watching closely,” Clapper said. “So there is the aspect of the spread, the balance of our collection priorities. Obviously, we’re going to work on that. … We’re going to pay a lot more attention to social media and what we can do to extract warning.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4029879,00.html

  285. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 7:53 am
    A little history lesson about Israel
    —————————————
    If we copy “Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E.” into Google, we get a really lot of hits.
    Here is one.
    http://www.users.cloud9.net/~recross/israel-watch/Facts.html
    Others present a strongly opposing view.
    I have no intention of arguing one or the other.
    I’d like people to be aware of those different views before they rush to judgment.

  286. Mrs. Smith, Didn’t see your note re stomach before posting. I don’t mean to add to your distress. 🙂
    My stomach has been kinda like that for almost 10 years now, over such as we discuss here.
    Hillary is a relief, no? 🙂

  287. Who is this Ezra Klein twit on twitter, he is so far up Obama’s ass, he can taste what he had for breakfast.

  288. ohanson
    February 17th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Mrs. Smith, Didn’t see your note re stomach before posting. I don’t mean to add to your distress. 🙂
    _________________

    No worries- my knots are coming from the overall state of affairs, not you dear, ohanson. I just cannot imagine Jewish Americans putting up with Obama’s front page news (on Drudge) that he is withdrawing support for Israel. To me, it’s just incomprehensible after we’ve been warning them constantly Obama is unAmerican and still the majority of the Jewish community support him.

  289. Obama’s front page news (on Drudge) that he is withdrawing support for Israel.

    I was completely unaware of that. Blows my mind. If he’s doing that (my immediate gut reaction) he’s finished. After thinking about it for a moment, I fear he’s being set up to be finished. I can’t believe Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod would let him say such a thing. I totally cannot understand this. Gotta go read up.

  290. AmericanGal
    February 17th, 2011 at 7:46 am
    Wisconsin Senate to vote on Anti-Union Bill
    ——————————————-

    Thanks for the update. Sounds like your state representatives need some educating. What they SHOULD be doing is getting in Obama’s and the Congress’s face and telling them to reenact Glass-Steagall and then help the states! Short of that, the constituents should be pointing out to the state reps that their is an excellent alternative to the Gov’s gross stupidity.

  291. Jordan, Turkey sign nuclear deal

    02.17.11, 16:33 / Israel News

    Jordan and Turkey have signed a nuclear cooperation agreement paving the way for closer ties between the two countries.

    Resource-impoverished Jordan says its peaceful nuclear program, supported by the United States, is imperative for electricity generation and exploring other cost-effective alternative sources. (AP)

  292. ‘Egypt cancels Iran warship passing’
    TG

    Official says Suez Canal Authority informed about ‘cancellation of two scheduled trips of two Iranian warships, no new date set to cross Suez. Adds: Vessels near Saudi Arabian Red Sea port of Jeddah.

    The Suez Canal has been told that plans by two Iranian naval ships to cross the waterway were cancelled, an official said on Thursday, removing a potential policy headache for Egypt’s new army rulers.

    The al-Arabiya network reported that the new regime in Cairo prevented the two Iranian ships from crossing the Suez Canal.

    Any naval vessels passing through the canal, a strategic international shipping route, must first have approval from Egypt’s foreign and defence ministries, officials said.

    If the ships had crossed, it would have been the first time since Iran’s 1979 revolution that Iranian warships had passed through the canal, officials said.

    Iran’s revolution poisoned ties with Egypt, which signed a peace treaty with Israel that year.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had said plans for the two Iranian warships to sail through the canal en route to Syria were a “provocation”. He had said the ships were expected to pass through the Suez Canal overnight on Wednesday.

    Israel’s state-funded Channel One television said Lieberman, a vociferously far-right partner in the conservative coalition, had spoken out of turn as the Defense Ministry “had preferred to ignore” the ships’ approach.

    Training mission

    The Suez Canal Authority was “informed today about the cancellation of two scheduled trips of two Iranian warships and no new date was set to cross the Suez as part of the southern convoy coming from the Red Sea,” an Egyptian canal official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

    The official, who identified the ships as the Alvand and Kharg, said the vessels were near the Saudi Arabian Red Sea port of Jeddah. Shipping experts had earlier said the ships were the Alvand frigate and Kharg supply ship.

    Ahmed El Manakhly, a member of the canal’s board who is responsible for shipping movement, had said the ships had not joined Thursday’s early morning northbound convoy in the canal and were not on the waiting list to pass through on Friday.

  293. Something big is happening in Wisconsin. 3 days already, tens of thousands of protestors in Madison – teachers, students, parents. The Governor wants to to do away with collective bargaining agreements. I guess he wants to be an imperial governor. It’s more crony capitalism at work.

  294. “The al-Arabiya network reported that the new regime in Cairo prevented the two Iranian ships from crossing the Suez Canal.”

    —————-
    Good move.

  295. AmericanGal, Lookie what I just found…

    We did not create the economic crisis, and we are not going to pay for it.

    February 17, 2011 • 9:49AM
    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/17521

    … in Madison, Wisconsin. As many as 13,000 people descended on the Wisconsin state capital on Tuesday, and thousands more today, to protest against Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights.

    Hundreds of the demonstrators packed a public hearing on the legislation, demanding to testify, and when the Republican-controlled committee shutdown the hearing at 3:00 AM this morning, committee Democrats continued taking testimony for at least another four and-a-half hours. Outside, thousands of public employee union members were joined by private sector union’s members, who came to show their solidarity, and members of police and firefighter unions, even though those unions are specifically exempt from Walker’s bill.

    The demonstrators were joined by at least 800 high school students who staged a walkout on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, so many Madison teachers called in sick to join the protests that schools were shut down for the day. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the mood was tense all day, yesterday, with extra police deployed both inside and outside the capital.

    The Republicans control the state Senate 19 to 14 and the state House 57 to 38, so the bill is expected to pass easily when it comes up for a vote on Thursday. However, when queried by reporters from the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, many Republicans refused to say which way they’ll vote on the bill. Today Walker, himself, said that he was responding to requests from Republican legislative leaders to make at least some changes in the bill, including extending civil service protections for local workers who would lose their collective bargaining rights under the bill.

    That the protests were about much more than just one piece of legislation being pushed by a mad governor is indicated by an article in the Capital Times, posted this morning, reporting on a meeting, last night, of about 100 people who gathered in downtown Madison after the protests to strategize on what to do next. One retired writer told the group that Walker is “demonizing workers as the cause of the economic collapse that we know came from Wall Street and the shipping of jobs overseas… This is class war.”

    The recent events in Egypt, where mass protests toppled the regime, were very much on the minds of those in attendance. “We are calling on people from throughout the Midwest to descend on Madison and make a stand. We did not create the economic crisis, and we are not going to pay for it,” Bryan Pfeifer, an organizer of part-time faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, declared to cheers and applause. “Fight like an Egyptian!”

  296. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Jordan, Turkey sign nuclear deal

    —————
    I don’t trust Turkey’s intentions.

  297. “My prediction: This could be the turning point of Obama’s presidency if he does in fact with-hold support for Israel if attacked. I believe the outrage in our country would be deafening…”

    —————–
    I will wait to hear from Hillary on this.

    There are simply no words for what I am thinking of this piece of garbage.

  298. Clinton tells Bahrain foreign minister of “deep concern”

    Thu Feb 17, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned her Bahraini counterpart on Thursday to express deep concern after police stormed a protest camp in central Manama, killing three people, the State Department said.

    “She expressed deep concern about recent events and urged restraint moving forward. They discussed political and economic reform efforts to respond to the citizens of Bahrain,” a senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-usa-bahrain-clinton-idUSTRE71G46C20110217

  299. moononpluto
    February 17th, 2011 at 5:28 am
    Why do I have this strange feeling, 2012 GOP ticket will be Christie/Ryan.

    Experts: His 2012 moment is now (Chris Christie)

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49701.html

    With just one impressive speech, Chris Christie put three full days of CPAC speakers to shame.
    ************************
    Oh goody, another egomaniac made a speech. Let’s run him for President. We’ve never done that before, have we??? Oh by the way, apparently, no one has noticed that Ryan has a lisp. Let’s run him for vice president, he’s so masterful when he talks that budget cut stuff. Stop it American and go back to trying to find leaders who have some skill, experience and common sense, please!

  300. Report: Mubarak refused to talk to Obama

    Al-Quds al-Arabi says former Egyptian leader felt ‘humiliated’ by US president’s call to resign-

    Op-ed: After turning his back on ally Mubarak, will President Obama confront Iran?

    Ophir Falk
    02.15.11, 10:38 / Israel Opinion

    There are those that compare the fall of Hosni Mubarak to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wall’s fall cascaded to communism’s crumble in Eastern Europe, but will the end of Mubarak’s rule in Egypt lead to the end of autocracy and perhaps theocracy in the Middle East?

    Wishful thinking, but no one really knows.

    Most Middle East “experts” have been completely wrong throughout the unraveling of this revolution. That might actually be a good sign. Most of the sophisticated Soviet “experts” expected the Cold War to last forever, even a week before its conclusion.

    One thing is certain: For freedom to be found in the Middle East, the tyrants in Tehran, Syria and other such states need to go. So should their proxies in Hezbollah and Hamas.

    George W. Bush dubbed those terrorist entities as the “axis of evil.” He continued to depict them as such even when it became increasingly unpopular to do so. Bush did not believe democracy was beyond Muslims, as most “experts” claimed, and many still do.

    President Obama’s Middle East policy has been a peculiar one. On June 4th, 2009, six short months after his inauguration, Obama delivered his famous Cairo speech. He graciously thanked his hosts’ hospitality and said they represent the “harmony between tradition and progress.” Last week, Obama said President Mubarak was a true Egyptian “patriot” who “cares about his country.” But when the man who secured stability for his people and the region by confronting Islamic extremists for nearly three decades was at a weak point, President Obama helped shove him out, comparing his opposition to Martin Luther King.

    The American way

    Obama’s policy has been steered by seasoned advisors and public opinion polls. He even has a Pulitzer prized prima donna named Friedman trying to convince him that the world is in fact flat. The American president has tried to please as many as possible as often as possible. However, if he wants to succeed, he should disregard short-sighted tactical maneuvers and be faithful to the longtime American way.

    Throughout America’s 235-year history, US presidents have often stood by freedom and stared down dictators. Woodrow Wilson was the first to fight a faraway war as he hoped to achieve lasting peace and self-determination for all. Roosevelt came to the Allies’ rescue in WWII, and Truman sacrificed thousands of Americans in a Korean war, because he knew that “freedom was not for free.” Reagan heavily invested in star wars to bring down Communism and the first Bush stormed the desert to kick Saddam out of Kuwait. A decade later, the second Bush kicked Osama bin Laden out of Afghanistan and Saddam out of Iraq – forever.

    In a little more than two years of presidency, Obama has managed to miss what might be a once in a generation opportunity to facilitate freedom in Iran, as he stood still when outraged students protested a rigged election. He has also proven on more than one occasion that he knows how to turn his back on old allies. Now, for the first time, will President Obama show he is capable of confronting the axis of evil?

  301. Why did the US news media cover the Egypt uprising nonstop day and night, but are ignoring the other ME uprisings. The tv news is saying almost nothing about this and have gone back to the ususal trash they report. I agree that all these protests could not have arisen spontaneously at the same time without some help and coordination. And why all this hype about how social media created these ‘popular uprisings’. I smell a scam.

  302. another egomaniac made a speech.
    —————————–
    BCL, have you viewed any of Christie’s speeches, town halls, press conferences, or interviews?

  303. I sent a grand total of 2 e-mails as president, says Bill Clinton

    2011-02-17

    Former US President Bill Clinton has revealed that he sent just two e-mail messages during his time in the White House.

    “I sent a grand total of two e-mails as president,” Fast Company magazine quoted him as saying at the Ford Foundation’s Wired for Change conference in New York.

    “One [was] to our troops in the Adriatic, and one [was] to John Glenn when he was 77 years old in outer space.

    “I figured it was OK if Congress subpoenaed those,” Clinton said.

    Technology has come a long way since Clinton moved into the White House. When he arrived in 1993, only about 50 websites existed on the Internet, and cell phones could double as weightlifting equipment, reports the Politico.

    Clinton also spoke about the benefit and ills of the Internet in his speech – territory that his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, similarly discussed in a major policy address on Tuesday in Washington.

    “Do we need technology? Yes. But it needs to be in the service of building functioning institutions. The big problem in poor countries is they don’t have the institutions we take for granted,” he said.

    In developed countries, though, the presence of too much technology has become problematic, Clinton said.

    “What caused the meltdown? Our financial institutions worked arguably too well, at warp speed,” he added.

    http://www.sify.com/news/i-sent-a-grand-total-of-2-e-mails-as-president-says-bill-clinton-news-international-lcrmOhfebji.html

  304. Well, I don’t have to go to Drudge to get an upset stomach, I can get all the info I want to know right here and get one. LOL!

    Well I guess things are getting worse!

    I read last night that Boner doesnt’ care whether they add to the unemployment lines, the rethugs want to cut the budget and layoff a bunch of govt. employees. Those folks prolly really do work, unlike all those fucking congressman and senators….why don’t we lay off a bunch of fucking politicians….we could save a bunch of money then. The rethugs haven’t changed one bit…they are after the middle class with new energy!

    WHY can’t people see thru these MFer’s?

  305. Chris Christie is all over the tv and internet. I listened to his state of the state speech where he had uniformed military/highway patrol (It was hard to tell by their uniforms) standing beside him to protect him from the legislature, I guess? He’s a showman and it says volumes about our citizenry that so many don’t see that side of him.

  306. confloyd
    Public employees are the new right wing whipping boys. They are easy targets because they are 1. an identifiable group, and 2. paid by taxes and not private enterprise. The right wing will run right over them if they do not ALL stand up and fight back. Once they stop being an easy target, the right wing will move onto other easy targets.

  307. BCL,
    I met a teacher last night that is wise to what they are doing…I think the bankers have depleted all these 401k’s of the teacher’s unions as well as a bunch of others.

    I went back to work for this company, but I drew out all my 401k and when I went to work for them again…during the orientation…some were saying they had a hard time getting their money…human resources didn’t argue about it…they almost admitted that AIG did not have their money….yet the right wing thinks its the dem’s fault…wait til they figure this out…then there will be revolution here…a bad one….the boomers keep getting freaked…we got freaked with Vietnam and now with the bankers stealing our retirements and the rethugs cutting social security…..these folks must of forgotten what this country looked like during the 60’s….well when everyone that is 60 years old figures this out…all hell is going to break loose here.

  308. Has anyone read Taylor Marsh in the last couple of days??? She’s gone off the deep end again…sucking Obama’s hind tit!

  309. votermom
    I live in Ohio in the capital city and did not hear that they were finally protesting this vendetta against public workers. We just elected a new repub neocon governor who will decimate all govt programs/benefits if he can get away with it. The state pension systems already tried to head off the cuts by voluntarily raising the retirement age, cutting the benefits and making other concessions. Of course they were told that is not enough, because they are an ‘issue’ to be used by the rightwing to rev up the populace against so called govt abuse. I’m glad they are fighting back. By the way, a local tv program gave the following statistics: state workere make 4 -6 % less in salaries than their peers in the private sector. They are also more highly educated than peers in the private sector, and finally those with degrees make 25% less than those with the same degrees in the private sector.

  310. BCL:

    Good question… Maybe covering the ongoing instability in the ME will prevent people from continuing to be focused on themselves and stupid things like celebrities, hoping to be like them.

    FDR encouraged people looking after their neighbor giving help where and when help is needed. It really irritates me when Obama speaks in terms of football plays, basketball plays or golf terms when responding to a press question. Obama is so disconnected from his job as the president he has really and truly made himself irrelevant to the office of president and the people he could not care less about.

    Would anyone be torn up or in tears if Obama was removed from office? Only one I can think of… IS Oprah.. She has disposable time on her hands now that she is retiring. I don’t think it would be an imposition on anyone’s part if we arrange Obama’s availability on a more permanent basis if she is lonely and needs a friend..

    I wouldn’t unnecessarily dwell on the point of how grateful we would be if she took him off our hands- She is a big girl, and she is in sales.. perhaps between them they could buy a small island off the coast of Borneo and revise history. If not, categorize Oprah’s support of Obama in a new book, “He Ain’t the One- Hallucinations” by Oprah.

  311. votermom
    They don’t seem to be covering the story, but I don’t watch alot of local news, just in the morning to get the weather report. Had not seen a thing on the story yet though.

  312. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 11:34 am
    I have the perfect next job for Barack Obama and Oprah can help with this. Just like Huckabee went from governor to tv show personality, so can Obama. His adoring fans could watch him and swoon everyday, and all his words can be put on a teleprompter. It’s a win-win.

  313. OT:

    My heart goes out to the flood victims…

    Last Weekend, at the Karinyup Shopping Centre in Western Australia, the Variety Club Youth Choir organized a FLASH MOB where they all were incognito in the Food Hall, and started standing up in groups singing “We are Australians.”

    The purpose was to raise money for the Queenslad floods. Each time it is clicked on, money is raisted through google ads.

    Variety Club Youth Choir Flash Mob ‘I am Australian’

    http://www.youtube.com/storytellermedia

  314. confloyd

    I read last night that Boner doesnt’ care whether they add to the unemployment lines, the rethugs want to cut the budget and layoff a bunch of govt. employees. Those folks prolly really do work, unlike all those fucking congressman and senators….why don’t we lay off a bunch of fucking politicians….we could save a bunch of money then. The rethugs haven’t changed one bit…they are after the middle class with new energy!

    WHY can’t people see thru these MFer’s?

    ———-
    Yup, and the one thing that runs though my mind as I hear all these bornagain Rethugs proclaim they are the saints that will stop the spending and fix our economy……..who the F got us in to 2 wars that have also drained our economy can cost endless lives to accomplish what? Killing one thug, Saddam!

    The freaking Rethugs wanted both of these wars and never got Bin Laden, and their little buddy Barry is just as incompitent.
    The rethugs want to blame it all on Barry’s spending…but they are just as guilty for our terrible economy.

    If we didn’t destroy Iraq and sent in the marines to get Bin Laden, the folks over there in Pakistan wouldn’t be hiding him, and we would be in damn better shape and a lot of people would still be alive.

    Yea, the housing crisis was caused by those dumbass worthless loans and Barry is as bad as all of us think, but the Rethugs are not the saviors that know how to do the right thing. The tea party candidates are willing to cut the lifeline on any American as long as their family is taken care of.

    Trust No One – except the Clinton’s…that’s what I think.

  315. GMAB! How much more dignity can the White House afford to lose?

    I’m not saying a celebration of Motown isn’t a worthy one, but the location just sucks. The twit will probably have to leave a security meeting to attend.

    The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House (Coming to PBS March 1) | Preview | PBS

  316. The obama advisor twits are doing it again. Their egos are so overblown that they never once think that their master’s every word will not be accepted as gospel.

    FEBRUARY 17, 2011

    The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

    President Obama is applying ‘a scalpel to the discretionary budget, rather than a machete.’.

    By STEPHEN MOORE

    We hear that the White House was caught off guard by the near-universal panning of President Obama’s budget proposal. So yesterday morning Mr. Obama was rushed in front of the TV cameras for a press conference to rebut the wave of negative reaction to his status quo spending plan released on Monday.

    The press was unusually harsh in its questioning, and Mr. Obama was clearly on the defensive. At one point he even said that the media is too “impatient” for budget cuts. Asked why he isn’t willing to cut more spending to bring the deficit down faster, he said he’s applying “a scalpel to the discretionary budget, rather than a machete.”

    What has the White House worried is not the negative reaction from Republicans but criticism from fellow Democrats and friends in the media. MSNBC, for example, called the budget “the big punt.” The Los Angeles Times said that it “landed with a thud.” Even the New York Times groused that “the budget is most definitely not a blueprint for dealing with the real long-term problems that feed the budget deficit.” During a Senate Budget Committee hearing yesterday, North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad said that the president’s budget “cannot be the answer for this country’s fiscal future.”

    The overarching problem for Team Obama is that the budget contains trivial cost savings. In the first two years the deficit is actually worsened. Democratic deficit hawks are upset about the total absence of savings in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Mr. Obama explained his whiff on entitlement reform by saying it should “be a negotiation process” and that Republicans and Democrats need to get “in that boat at the same time so we don’t tip over.” It was hardly Harry Truman saying “the buck stops here.”

    Republicans, meanwhile, have been merciless. A new House Republican Study report finds, for example, that “the amount of new debt proposed by the new Obama budget released [Monday] is more than the total amount of debt accumulated by the federal government from 1789 until January 20, 2009.”

    “This budget totally lacks any imagination,” says Doug Holtz-Eakin, who headed the Congressional Budget Office under George W. Bush. “I’m still scratching my head.” So are millions of American voters who wonder whether this document suggests that Mr. Obama isn’t serious about addressing the nation’s fiscal crisis.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148330703689502.html

  317. This sure fits in with my post above…send the freakin’ bill to good ol’ George W and Chain-y:

    (Reuters) – Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-iraq-usa-damages-idUSTRE71G2T820110217

    ——-
    Why don’t we just let the US government make direct deposits to Iraq from our paychecks? Oh, that’s right, they already do and it’s called taxes!

  318. If the budget crisis is so severe, why don’t they tax the billionaires at the levels of the Clinton-era?
    Coud it be because the billionaires are funding their campaigns? nah!

  319. Trust No One – except the Clinton’s…that’s what I think

    ————————————————————–

    Mee too and this is how I’ve felt since Hillary said “I’m in it to win it”….and I hope that comes soon…otherwise there might not be the good ole US of A anymore!

  320. I personally think that the plan is to shut the govt. down and then all these folks won’t get the Social Security check….this is going to be HELL!

  321. Iranians who have taken to the streets in protest this week are no longer targeting just President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — they’re aiming straight for the country’s “Supreme Leader” himself.

    “It’s no more ‘Where’s my vote?’ The stakes are much higher now,” one Iranian told Fox News. “People are calling for ‘Death to the Dictator’.”

    And they don’t mean Ahmadinejad. The young people protesting in several Iranian cities were calling out Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s “Supreme Leader.” Khamenei’s position goes to the heart of the Islamic Republic’s system — the “Velayat e Faqih,” or rule by a religious leader who calls the shots before the Hidden Imam, or Shi’ite messiah, returns to earth.

    “Mubarak, Ben Ali, Nobateh Seyed Ali,” some of the demonstrators chanted. In other words, the Egyptian and Tunisian leaders are gone, it’s Ali Khamenei’s (Iran’s Supreme Leader) turn next.

    It has been difficult to get credible information about the workings of the so-called “Green Movement” opposition since the severe crackdown on media in Iran and disputed presidential election in 2009. Some say as many as tens of thousands came out on Feb. 14 to demand change — chanting and burning tires to diffuse the tear gas fired on them. There were further scuffles later in the week, when one of the two protesters who were shot dead earlier in the week, was buried.

    The Iranian blogosphere is crackling with excitement over the protests. “People are on an incredible high,” said one observer.

    Though the protests in Iran Monday were small compared with those that were brutally repressed in 2009, many of the country’s young people feel particularly engaged.

    One of those killed in the clashes this week was a 22-year-old student who reportedly had written on his Facebook page before going out to protest, “Almighty God, help me die standing up, rather than lying low in humiliation.” A 26-year-old student also was killed.

    According to sources and a friend of the deceased man, there has been enormous pressure by the regime on his family, to the extent that those who want to offer condolences have not been able to visit them.

    “If the regime had given a permit for a peaceful demonstration, no one would need to get shot,” wrote Iranian blogger Potkin Azarmehr.

    Former Iranian diplomat Mehrdad Khonsari told Fox News, “Call for reform of the system is non-existent. These people want regime change.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/16/iranian-blogs-reflect-young-people-high-protests-week/#ixzz1EF7ePGZ3

  322. These assholes are going to try and do to the teachers what they did to the air traffic controllers during Raygun’s reign of terror!

  323. Shadowfax
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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    Definitely history in the making. God keep them safe and thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased.

  324. HOW’S THAT RECOVERY COMING??

    To those here who believe Obama is a shoo-in for re-election because of some minor tweaks he made since the Great Shellacking…

    reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-jobless-idUSTRE71G3G120110217

    Jobless claims rise 25,000 last week
    ==============================

    (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, according to a government report on Thursday that still pointed at gradual labor market recovery.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 410,000, the Labor Department said, partially reversing the prior week’s hefty decline.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 400,000. The previous week’s figure was revised slightly up to 385,000, from the previously reported 383,000.

    The claims data covers the survey period for part of the government’s employment report for February. But the correlation between claims and nonfarm payrolls has weakened somewhat. Claims have been hovering above the 400,000 mark, a sustained breach of which is regarded by economists as signaling strong jobs growth.

    A Labor Department official said there was nothing unusual in the state-level data, adding that two states had been estimated.

    The four-week moving average of unemployment claims — a better measure of underlying trends – rose 1,750 to 417,750 last week.

    The number of people still receiving benefits under regular state programs after an initial week of aid edged up 1,000 to 3.91 million in the week ended February 5.

    Economists had expected so-called continuing claims to rise to 3.90 million from a previously reported 3.89 million.

    The number of people on emergency unemployment benefits dropped 127,386 to 3.63 million in the week ended January 29, the latest week for which data is available. A total of 9.25 million people were claiming unemployment benefits during that period under all programs.

  325. Firedoglake

    Chris Christie’s Idea of “Doing Big Things”

    I continue to be baffled by all the love New Jersey’s Republican governor Chris Christie’s getting among the chattering class. Here’s a typically fawning piece about his speech at AEI yesterday.

    The speech was titled “It’s Time to do the Big Things,” and Christie suggested the items that Obama called for as “investments” in his State of the Union address were “not the big things” that need Washington’s focus.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, that is the candy of American politics,” Christie declared, adding that it appeared to be a “political strategy” – or game of budgetary chicken – that both Republicans and Democrats are playing.

    “My children’s future and your children’s future is more important than some political strategy,” he said.

    “Big things” to Christie simply means less money for old people, children, and the poor.

    See, like Christie, I too am concerned about my children’s future, but I don’t happen to think slashing public education budgets is the way to make them brighter. I don’t believe that consigning them to fossil-fuel burning automobiles is a particularly effective way to ensure a better future for them either — especially while simultaneously cutting taxes for millionaires.

    Aside from the fact that he’s a rather large Irish-Italian man, and has a knack for the bullying soundbite, I see nothing at all unique about Christie.

    Am I missing something?

  326. BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A GALLON?

    More bad news for Team Obama to try and spin, in their quest to help his re-election.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021602328.html

    Gas pump prices hit 28-month high
    ============================

    By SANDY SHORE
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 3:13 PM

    — Gasoline pump prices reached a 28-month high Wednesday even though oil and gas supplies in the U.S. continue to grow and demand for gas is weak.

    The national average for regular gasoline rose to $3.133 a gallon. That’s about $1.20 more than the price at the pump two years ago, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

    Just eight states have average prices less than $3 a gallon. The cheapest is $2.94 a gallon is in Missouri. Hawaii has the highest average of $3.746 a gallon.

    Tom Kloza, OPIS chief oil analyst, predicted gas prices will range from $3.50 to $3.75 a gallon this spring and then drift lower, to between $3 and $3.40 a gallon.

    “I do believe that this year is front-end loaded,” Kloza said. “I think that perhaps the first third of the year sees higher retail prices for gasoline and diesel . than the middle or final thirds.”

    Average gas prices have climbed steadily from about $2.80 a gallon in November even though consumer demand has been weak and inventory levels remain high. The Energy Department said Wednesday that supplies of crude and gasoline both rose again last week while distillates, which include heating oil and diesel, declined. All three products are at or above the average range for the past five years.

    Demand for gasoline remains weak and may be getting weaker. In its weekly survey Mastercard SpendingPulse said gasoline consumption across the country fell 3 percent last week compared to the week before and suggested that higher prices may be discouraging driving and trips to the gas station.

    Higher gas prices are a result of several factors that have created a bottleneck for supplies of West Texas Intermediate crude stored at Cushing, Okla., which is the delivery point for oil traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil supplies at Cushing are just short of an all-time high.

    More North American oil is being produced and delivered to the Cushing facility, but existing pipelines can’t move all of the crude out to refineries. And there are no pipelines to Gulf coast refineries, which have the capacity to produce about half the nation’s daily supply of gasoline.

    In addition the price of Brent crude, used by refineries on the East Coast, is soaring. Although it’s produced in Europe’s North Sea, Brent is used to price oil produced in other parts of the world, including South America and Africa, which is shipped to refineries in the U.S.

    The prices of Brent and WTI climbed on Wednesday after Israel’s foreign ministers said that Iran will send two warships through the Suez Canal on the way to Syria. The news added to tension in the region and “absolutely moved markets,” according to PFGBest oil analyst Phil Flynn. He said traders are worried that spreading unrest in the Middle East will disrupt oil production and shipments in the region.

    “The face of the Middle East is changing in pretty dramatic fashion in a very short period of time,” he said. “The risk to supply is going up.”

    On the Nymex benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 67 cents to settle at $84.99 per barrel. Brent crude rose $2.14 to settle at $103.78 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

    In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 4.58 cents to settle at $2.7748 a gallon and gasoline gained 5.59 cents to settle at $2.5447 a gallon. Natural gas lost 5.5 cents to settle at $3.921 per 1,000 cubic feet.

  327. Does anyone see the hypocrisy of the Rethugs that claim that the ‘entitlements’ need to be cut to save the economy, and that if the Democrats are not man enough to do it, and force the Rethugs to take it on, and the Repubs will then be blamed for hurting the less affluent and seniors.

    Also, wealthy Rethugs don’t want the government to ‘steal’ any Social Security money they have saved.

    They want tax breaks from their boy George to continue forever to the top per cent, even if those people don’t need it to live.

    In other words, “Take someone else’s money, but keep your fat mits off of my money”.

  328. Shadowfax,
    I hate the fucking RETHUGS!

    I don’t know what to do because our country has been hijacked….I think the rethugs are helping Obama get re-elected! Its all propaganda!

    I am sick of them talking about unions….dammit we need one in healthcare because we are abused by the hospitals!

    My dad was a union member and still is….He’s in the CWA!

  329. Dammit Raygun’s son on complaining about the unions, yet everyone is forgetting how we bailed out the banks…..

  330. ANOTHER ALLY STABBED IN THE BACK

    Rice orchestrates dissing of Israel. At first, the article says “The U.S” was responsible, but by the fifth paragraph, we see which part of the “US” is actually undercutting Israel.

    turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/16/in_major_reversal_us_to_rebuke_israel_in_security_council

    In sharp reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council
    ==========================

    The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

    But the Palestinians rejected the American offer following a meeting late Wednesday of Arab representatives and said it is planning to press for a vote on its resolution on Friday, according to officials familar with the issue. The decision to reject the American offer raised the prospect that the Obama adminstration will cast its first ever veto in the U.N. Security Council.

    Still, the U.S. offer signaled a renewed willingness to seek a way out of the current impasse, even if it requires breaking with Israel and joining others in the council in sending a strong message to its key ally to stop its construction of new settlements. U.S. officials were not available for comment, but two Security Council diplomats confirmed the proposal.

    The Palestinian delegation, along with Lebanon, the Security Council’s only Arab member state, asked the council’s president late Wednesday to schedule a meeting for Friday. But it remained unclear whether the Palestinian move today to reject the U.S. offer is simply a negotiating tactic aimed at extracting a better deal from Washington.

    Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, outlined the new U.S. offer in a closed door meeting on Tuesday with the Arab Group, a bloc of Arab countries from North Africa and the Middle East. In exchange for scuttling the Palestinian resolution, the United States would support the council statement, consider supporting a U.N. Security Council visit to the Middle East, the first since 1979, and commit to supporting strong language criticizing Israel’s settlement policies in a future statement by the Middle East Quartet.

    The U.S.-backed draft statement — which was first reported by Al Hurra — was obtained by Turtle Bay. In it, the Security Council “expresses its strong opposition to any unilateral actions by any party, which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community, and reaffirms, that it does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process.” The statement also condemns “all forms of violence, including rocket fire from Gaza, and stresses the need for calm and security for both peoples.”

    U.S. officials argue that the only way to resolve the Middle East conflict is through direct negotiations involving Israel and the Palestinians. For weeks, the Obama administration has refused to negotiate with the Palestinians on a resolution condemning the settlements as illegal, signaling that they would likely veto it if it were put to a vote. The Palestinians were planning to put the resolution to a vote later this week. But Security Council statements of the sort currently under consideration are voted on the bases of consensus in the 15-nation council.

    The United States has, however, been isolated in the 15-nation council. Virtually all 14 other member states are prepared to support the Palestinian resolution, according to council diplomats. A U.N. Security Council resolution generally carries greater political and legal force than a statement from the council’s president.

    The U.S. concession comes as the Middle East is facing a massive wave of popular demonstrations that have brought down the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and are posing a challenge to governments in Algeria, Bahrain, and Iran.

  331. “The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.”

    ————–
    This is beyond disgusting! I never thought I would see this day come. Both Rice and Obama need to go far far away…maybe an Arab country will take them.

  332. The article above has made me so upset, that I am posting another one, as a counterattack, that came out last fall. I hope that is okay.

    UN again misrepresents international law in criticism of Israel

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 | Ryan Jones

    Oscar Fernandez Taranco, assistant UN secretary general for political affairs on Monday repeated the propagandist assertion that the building of homes for Jews in areas claimed by the Palestinian areas is a violation of international law.

    Taranco was responding to Israel’s approval of a mere 240 apartments in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev.

    Calling such construction a violation of international law has for the past few decades been a favorite tactic of Israel’s detractors. In effect, it paints Israel as an international criminal, thereby excusing or justifying any wrong-doing by the other side, and putting permanent blame on Israel for the shortcomings of the peace process.

    As a criminal, Israel is by necessity always the primary, if not the sole, obstacle to peace.

    But is Taranco’s assertion accurate? Is Israel really violating written-in-stone laws by letting Jews build homes in areas claimed by the Palestinian Arabs?

    The reality is that no law has ever been passed by the UN or anyone else prohibiting Israel to build homes for Jews in Judea, Samaria, Gaza or the eastern half of Jerusalem. Sure, the UN has on numerous occasions complained about and demanded that Israel stop building such homes, but those complaints and demands do not constitute law.

    The Arabs like to hold up UN Security Council Resolution 242 as justification for claims that Israel is breaking the law. But 242, written in the wake of the 1967 Six Day War, recognized that Israel was the one that had been attacked, and called on the Jewish state to give up some of the territories, not all of the territories, it had taken in the war for the sake of peace.

    Lord Caradon, Britain’s delegate to the UN in the 1960s and one of the authors of 242, stated after the fact, “We didn’t say there should be a withdrawal to the ‘67 line; we did not put the ‘the’ in, we did not say ‘all’ the territories deliberately.”

    In fact, Lord Caradon said that it would be “insanity” for Israel to ever give up the entirety of what is commonly known as the “West Bank.”

    During the late 1960s and the subsequent decade or two that was the prevailing international attitude – that it would be prudent for Israel to make certain land concessions for a lasting peace, but that it certainly was not illegal for Israel to be in or build in Judea and Samaria.

    It should be noted that most Israelis are in favor of giving the Palestinians the bulk of Judea and Samaria for a state, and just want to keep those parts where Jewish towns now exist, which amount to a mere 1.7 percent of the territory.

    Since the 242 argument clearly doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny, the Arabs and Israel’s other detractors like to fall back on the Fourth Geneva Convention, penned after World War II to govern the treatment of occupied populations in future conflicts.

    Article 49 of the convention, the one cited by Israel’s aforementioned critics, prohibits the “mass forcible transfer” of protected civilian populations. It also prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s own citizens into occupied territories.

    Morris Abram, former US ambassador to the UN in Geneva, who was present at the Nuremberg trials when the Fourth Geneva Convention was being hammered out and insists he is well familiar with the “legislative intent” of the document, says it applies to forcible transfers in sovereign territory, and therefore cannot be applied to Israeli settlements.

    Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Judea and Samaria were never anyone’s sovereign territory. But there was a law on the books that recognized someone’s sovereign claim to those territories, and that law remains legally enforceable.

    The 1922 British Mandate for Palestine, the basis of which was first formulated by the League of Nations two years earlier in San Remo, clearly recognizes the Jewish claim to sovereignty over these territories.

    That document was and still is legally binding. And it was again ratified when the League of Nations morphed into the United Nations. So, it is a law that has been twice affirmed by the international community. In other words, it is international law. And it has never been overturned.

    The fact of the matter is that Taranco and others are actually violating international law by denying Jews the right to build in these areas.

    http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=22069

  333. One last post on this…

    A response from the Jerusalem Post

    The wrong message
    By JPOST EDITORIAL
    17/02/2011

    Washington should be saying right now that Israel is the US’s only stable, dependable and democratic ally in the fast-destabilizing Middle East.

    In a worrying move this week, the US, through its Ambassador to the UN Susan E. Rice, reportedly informed Arab governments and the Palestinians that it would support a toned-down version of a UN Security Council resolution censuring Israel for “settlement activity.”

    The US reportedly agreed to back a resolution that “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process.” According to news reports, the US also agreed to consider supporting a UN Security Council visit to the Middle East, the first since 1979, and to commit to supporting strong language criticizing Israel’s settlement policies in a future statement by the Middle East Quartet.

    The Palestinians, however, were unwilling to budge on their demand that settlements be labeled “illegal” in the resolution, and are pushing to have the council vote on Friday. Barring a compromise, the Obama administration must now contemplate the prospect of using its veto power in the council for the first time. But even if the Palestinian resolution is vetoed by the US in the end, damage has already been done.

    THERE ARE those who would play down the importance of Rice’s reported offer. It is no secret that the US views settlements as an obstacle to peace. The Obama administration even attempted, unsuccessfully, to introduce a complete building freeze in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem as a condition for the renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians last year. Furthermore, a UN Security Council resolution is largely a declarative act that will have no substantive impact on Israeli policy.

    Besides, if the US vetoes the present resolution as expected, that would be more than it did during the Carter administration. In March 1979, the UN Security Council passed resolution 446, stating that “the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” The US abstained in that vote.

    Yet the reported US willingness to diverge from what Israel regards as its interests and to cave in partially to Palestinian demands to censure Israel, its closest ally in the Middle East, contrasts sharply with its stated willingness to “engage” with, rather than punish, its enemies.

    Just last month, for instance, the US appointed a new ambassador to Syria, a country that backs both terrorist insurgents killing American troops in Iraq, and Hezbollah, the terrorist organization responsible, among other outrages, for the deaths of 241 American soldiers in Lebanon in October 1983.

    Rice’s reported position, indeed, seems more in line with Washington’s disheartening tendency to desert longtime allies. In January, for example, Hezbollah moved to bring down the government of US ally Sa’ad Hariri at the very moment that he was visiting President Barack Obama at the White House, registering no significant US response. After decades of support for President Hosni Mubarak, the US, almost overnight, showed a willingness to abandon him. Notwithstanding America’s desire to place itself on the right side of genuine public pressure for democratic change, the US’s failure to protect its friends or punish its enemies sends out a particularly problematic message to leaders in this ruthless region about its future inclination, or lack thereof, to protect Israeli interests.

    THE MESSAGE that Washington should be sending out right now is that Israel is the US’s only stable, dependable and democratic ally in the fast-destabilizing Middle East.

    As regards the specific issue of settlements, the US should have internalized and should urge others to internalize that the Jewish people has religious, historical and security claims in the biblical Judea and Samaria. It should have recognized and should encourage others to recognize that the fledgling state of Israel was attacked from precisely this territory in its first two decades of statehood, and yet this tiny, embattled island of Jewish sovereignty has been ready to contemplate far-reaching territorial compromise there in the context of a genuine process of reconciliation. That remarkable willingness to compromise should be appreciated by its allies, who should signal their resolute support for Israel in the face of its enemies, and should strive to press those enemies toward normalized relations with Israel amid a viable security framework.

    At a time when it has become more clear than ever that repressive, bellicose autocratic regimes are the main source of instability in the regime – and not an Israeli- Palestinian conflict that remains unresolved because of Arab intransigence – the US should be placing itself staunchly in Israel’s corner. It should not be entertaining compromise proposals that imply the further delegitimization of some of Israel’s historic and security imperatives.

    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=208739

  334. Rethugs and Dimocrats, the differences are just street theater for their respective bases. We are living in a one party country. Demonizing public employees and union members is just the beginning to further reduce that standard of living for the “bottom” 80% of Americans. The $20+ trillion that went to the financial fraudsters has to come from somewhere.

    I predict that the next group to be demonized will be health-care workers, including physicians.

    “New York budget to slash health, education spending”
    (snip)

    “Echoing the message being pronounced by state governors and county and municipal officials across the country, Cuomo declared that the state government has been spending beyond its means. “New York State is functionally bankrupt,” “there is no money,” and “painful choices” involving drastic cuts in expenditures are necessary, according to the governor, but the wealthy must not be disturbed.”
    (snip)

    “Cuomo’s heaviest cuts are aimed at health care and education. There would be an immediate $982 million reduction in Medicaid, the program that provides medical assistance to the poor and disabled, the effects of which would be doubled due to the loss of federal matching funds. An even larger cut, projected to total $2.85 billion, is to be developed by Cuomo’s newly appointed Medicaid Redesign Team. This panel is mandated to redesign the program to make it more “efficient,” which inevitably will mean a drastic reduction in the quantity and quality of care provided. Cuts of another $4.57 billion are projected for the following fiscal year.

    According to Daniel Sisto, president of the Healthcare Association of New York State, this would be “the largest cut to healthcare services in New York State’s history.” He predicted a continuation of hospital and nursing home closures in addition to the 30 hospitals and 50-plus nursing homes that have shut down in the past decade”
    (snip)

    “Predictably, the leaders of public employee unions have already made clear that they will negotiate and accept unprecedented attacks on workers’ living standards. They have timidly complained about unfairness in the details of proposed cuts, but accept that it is the working class that must pay for the financial crisis and pledged to work with the governor and legislature. Daniel Donohue, president of the largest state worker union, stated that “CSEA has repeatedly said that we are prepared to do our part and work with the administration for a better New York.”

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/cuom-f17.shtml

  335. More from the insider! Not good news either! I hope Hillary isn’t the sacrificial lamb!

    Ulsterman Notes: This update consists of questions emailed to our D.C. Insider and their emailed responses back, with some follow-up questions allowed as well. We wish to express our gratitude at Insider’s willingness to take the time to respond, and also wish to apologize for recent actions on my part that they felt compromised the integrity of their reputation and participation in these (thankfully) still ongoing communications.

    ____________

    Question: I was told President Obama held a high level 2012 campaign strategy meeting very recently. Can you confirm, and if so, any information regarding the discussions?

    Read more in World Politics
    « White House Insider: Ulsterman Reports are FictionFlorida Gov. Scott’s Bogus Reason for Turning Down $2.4 Billion in Federal Money »Insider: What you heard is correct. President Obama did hold such a meeting. As to specific information on this particular meeting I don’t have anything for you. I have been told that President Obama is “supremely confident” in his chances for a second term. He has nothing but contempt and disdain for the Republican Party. His frame of mind is that there is no way they defeat him in 2012. No way.

    Follow Up: Why is the president so confident about 2012?

    Insider: I would chalk it up to his being told the big money people are back on board. They have been threatening him for months about not giving him the kind of support he had in 2008. I’ve been telling you about that. Now they are falling back in line and that has got to be playing a part in Obama’s belief he can’t lose. And frankly, he’s probably right. Things are just not breaking our way at the moment. Those of us who are trying to get this guy out of the White House, well, it’s just not happening for us.

    Question: In the past, more than once, you have suggested the president is depressed, or suffers mood swings beyond what most would consider “normal”. Is that still the case?

    Insider: Yes.

    Follow Up: Could you elaborate?

    Insider: No.

    Question: I assume you read the report I sent you detailing how the DOJ New Black Panther investigation has been effectively squashed by the Obama administration. Any thoughts?

    Insider: ” Things are just not breaking our way at the moment. Those of us who are trying to get this guy out of the White House, well, it’s just not happening for us.” That pretty much sums it up right? I knew there was a possibility of that happening. I didn’t think the White House would be so open about it. They have basically shut down a legit investigation. The DOJ scares the -expletive- out of me these days. It really does. The Civil Rights report that came out was there. Even the media gave it some life. And then it went away and now the whole thing is dead. Gone. Done. It’s disappointing and more than a little -expletive- scary to see something like that happen. And let me say something else on this. Your Republicans are a bunch of spineless pukes. If you are holding out hope that they are going to push this White House into revealing itself, you better wake up. It’s not going to happen. At least it sure as hell doesn’t appear so right now. They are a bunch of -expletive- jokes. As for Issa. Well, let’s just say he is not to be trusted. I got that message loud and clear now. -Expletive- sell out is what he is.

    Follow Up: Why does the DOJ scare you so much? And what happened with Issa?

    Insider: No comment.

    Follow Up: You warned in previous updates that Issa appeared to be making some kind of deal with the Obama administration. Are you now saying that has in fact happened?

    Insider: No comment.

    Follow Up: Not good enough. You need to clarify that statement. Please.

    Insider: I don’t need to clarify anything to you. Maybe instead of posting nonsense about allegations from 15 years ago you should have been keeping an eye on what was going on around the Issa office.

    Follow Up: What was going on around the Issa office?

    Insider: No, question is what was not going on around the Issa office. I’m not going to spell every -expletive- thing out for you.

    Question: So are you giving up? Obama is president again in 2012? Is that how all of this plays out?

    Insider: Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know at this point. The DOJ thing was not good news for us. Like I said, we expected that could happen. Didn’t think the White House would be so open about it. That shows a lot of confidence on their part and that has us concerned. But that’s not the biggest concern regarding that. It’s the absolute lack of any response by the Republicans. Nothing. Zip. Zero. An entire investigation is just shut down and they say nothing about it? Promises were made and they are not being kept. To say some of us are now feeling vulnerable is a huge -expletive- understatement.

    Follow Up: What promises? Who? What? Why?

    Insider: No comment.

    Question: With all due respect, you sound defeated. Obama wins and you lose. That is how this sounds.

    Insider: If Obama wins, I don’t lose. It’s way bigger than that. Don’t send me such an idiotic statement. America loses. Every one of us. The idiots who still support this president. They are losing. The ones who say they don’t support him but aren’t really paying attention. They are losing. And yeah, the ones who are fighting and risking a whole hell of a lot to keep this guy from another four years, we are losing. WE ARE ALL LOSING. You know the deal. I could step away from all of this. I can live out whatever years I got left comfortably. Finish up this campaign and call it a day. But can this country survive another four years of this administration? That is what motivates me. Call it bullsh– if you want. I don’t care. That’s what is motivating me. That’s why I’m talking to you and to others. And it’s not just me. It’s we. We are doing this. We are trying to help save us from this mess. But it just isn’t going our way because people like Issa don’t keep their -expletive- word.

    Follow Up: Again, you sound defeated. Are you saying Congressman Issa is not going to investigate the White House as promised?

    Insider: Yes. Either his office has successfully shut off all leaks indicating otherwise, which as much as I would like to believe, I don’t, or a deal was made between the White House and his office. And that means that the Republican leadership signed off on it as well. Why they would do that I just don’t know. It’s like the Pelosi deal right after the midterms. That woman was gone and then suddenly she was back in. Somebody talked to somebody and she was once again safe and keeping her mouth shut. Whatever promises she made were null and void. For that kind of stuff to go down without people like me being able to know about it????? -Expletive-. That is not supposed to happen.

    Question: What should we look for in the coming days and weeks?

    Insider: Keep watching Issa. Maybe he’s got us fooled. I sure hope so. There is a current transition process quietly underway for the Geithner departure. Actually a bit of infighting over that. Jarrett wants him out, Daley is a supporter. That bit of info is something entirely new. Was not aware of that. Will be interesting to watch how it plays out between Jarrett and Daley. The war between those two may be an opening for us. As you already know, I have great respect for Bill Daley. Also look for a party scandal to emerge. This is being used to deflect from the White House, so don’t get too excited when it breaks out. Even though it involves Democrats, it is being manufactured to deflect from the White House. That would indicate a member of the party is being sacrificed to protect Obama and/or someone in the administration. Pretty common. Have been involved in those scenarios personally.

    Follow Up: Pigford?

    Insider: Possible. What a mess that thing is. But it would be a perfect tool to distract/protect the White House. There is something bigger than that out there though. Something directly involving the White House that is being protected. I am not certain of what, but have suspicions. It’s got people spooked because they have shut up about it. Very little information getting out, which in this business, means it’s something very serious.

    Follow Up: Birther related?

    Insider: No comment.

    Question: So Pigford is not the big scandal?

    Insider: Not likely. A distraction. A cover. A deception. Possibly the very deal that was made between Issa and the administration.

    Follow Up: How would the Pigford scandal be a deal between the White House and Issa?

    Insider: Issa backs off any “real” investigations against WH. Is given a lower level Democrat to prove “guilty”, maybe a USDA official or member of Congress that is already on their way out regardless. Issa may wish to run for president in 2016. He is given the PR of a successful investigation and seen as being tough on fraud and waste in government. He may also be promised money and support in 2016. So the Democratic Party takes a minor hit, but ultimately Obama is protected from any real damage. Issa stops any and all investigations that might lead directly to the White House in order to better secure his chances for running for president in 2016.

    Follow Up: Do you really believe that is what has happened? Is that why there has been so little response by Republicans regarding the DOJ NBP investigation being shut down? That Congressman Issa has made a deal with the Obama White House? That he is now actively protecting the administration?

    Insider: YES. Issa can go after the Democratic Party, but not Obama. Barack Obama is more than willing to sacrifice his own party for his own benefit. That has already been proven again and again. Yes, I do believe Congressman Issa is playing a part in that. I warned you many times not to trust Issa. It seems my warnings are proving correct, and that is not good news for anyone who doesn’t want to see Barack Obama re-elected in 2012

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-republicans-are-a-bunch-of-spineless-pukes/#ixzz1EFUXWBZH

  336. One more thing. The Nail Ferguson view is gaining support in the Council of Foreign Relations. Believe me, Obama is not an untouchable. Politically, he grows more vulnerable by the day.

  337. wbboei
    February 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Don’t fall for the Ulsterman nonsense. I firmly believe it is written by Obama people.
    ——

    Good to see you posting again. Hope all is well.

    I find the Ulsterman writings very suspicious as well. This particular one sounds like a child having a temper tantrum.

  338. You’ll never convince me that the neocons aren’t behind all this crap going worldwide. Think about all the unrest in the ME and we have it coming here in Wisconsin….this is to herald in the NEW WORLD ORDER! Obama is the stooge that is going to allow it to happen as Henry Kissinger said.

    IF you watched the SuperBowl, you could see George Bush texting like crazy during the Cairo crisis….this is a Bush wet dream!

  339. Unfortunately JanL, Israel lost the liberal Jew some time ago, and Obama and his his “cover” Jews have planned this all along.

  340. In artillery practice there are volleys. Volleys are used to terrorize the enemy, and to site in the target. Once that is done there is a next phase. It is called firing for effect. Going after Dinner Jacket and his basijis is volleys. Going after the Supreme Leader is firing for effect. Obama was unwilling to go after the Supreme Leader. That is because his mentor Immelt has business interests he wants to pursue with the Supreme Leader. Hillary’s State Department is the one doing it now. You can imagine the consternation this is producing in the White House. This is not unprecedented for Immelt. When asked why he sold sensitive military technology to Red China recently, he brushed aside the national security consequences and said if I was not doing it somebody else would. Not surprisingly, that is the IDENTICAL excused tendered by Soros when Kroft asked him how he could live with what he did to his fellow Jews in Hungary in 1944. It is the refusal to accept moral responsibility, and in the end it leads to a Hobbseian War of all against all.

  341. wbboei
    February 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Don’t fall for the Ulsterman nonsense. I firmly believe it is written by Obama people.
    ——

    Good to see you posting again. Hope all is well.
    ———————–
    We are going through some end of life decisions and processes in my family. That is the time when you find out who your siblings really are. My time posting on the blogs will be correspondingly limited. But I will check in from time to time. Hope all is well with you all.

  342. UN resolutions wrong for Mideast peace: Clinton
    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that UN Security Council resolutions are “not the right vehicle” for forging ahead towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    “Our focus is on doing what is best to advance negotiations between the parties that will lead to a two-state solution,” she told reporters after a closed-door briefing with senators covering unrest throughout the Middle East.

    “And we have consistently — over many years — said that the United Nations Security Council, and resolutions that would come before the Security Council, are not the right vehicle to advance that goal,” said Clinton.

    Her comments came after Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians had refused a compromise offered by Washington to withdraw a UN resolution condemning Jewish settlements.

    The draft resolution, to be debated by the UN Security Council on Friday, contains a condemnation of Jewish settlement building on occupied Palestinian land and calls for it to be stopped.

    The United States, which regularly uses its Security Council veto power to stop anti-Israeli initiatives, has pledged to oppose the resolution, and instead proposed a non-binding statement condemning settlement activity.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jKS06bu0n9JWjU8FXxdXEw1978dg?docId=CNG.68e525354daffd868eac000986513f10.b01

  343. US sways PA not to refer Israel to UNSC

    Thu Feb 17, 2011

    The US is pressuring acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw Palestine’s appeal to the UN Security Council (UNSC) for condemning Israeli settlement constructions, a senior official says.

    Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of Abbas Fatah party’s central committee, has told Xinhua that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently had a phone conversation with Abbas, in an attempt to sway him.

    However, “the Palestinians insist to go ahead with their appeal and ask members of the Security Council to vote for the resolution,” he said.

    The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, has also met with ambassadors of several Arab countries to discuss the issue.

    She has reportedly said to the Arab diplomats that, in return for the resolution being dropped, the US will back stronger statements on Israel’s settlement construction.

    The UN Security Council is to vote on a resolution that calls for a cessation of Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Israel has been persistently proceeding with the construction of its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

    The United Nations has repeatedly condemned Israel for defying international calls to halt its settlement construction activities.

    Palestinians view Israel’s unrelenting settlement construction activities as a major hurdle which smothers their efforts to establish an independent state on the territories Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/165681.html

  344. Much as I detest the leftists posing as dims in Wisconsin I have to admit they really know how to put on a show. Getting all 14 Dims to leave the state so the vote can’t go through really is demonically brilliant.

    I have seen the same blind raw rage at town board meetings. They do know how to Organize, I will give them that.

    Shows us just what we’re up against with BOTUS.

  345. #
    confloyd
    February 17th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Shadowfax,
    I hate the fucking RETHUGS!

    I don’t know what to do because our country has been hijacked….I think the rethugs are helping Obama get re-elected! Its all propaganda!

    I am sick of them talking about unions….dammit we need one in healthcare because we are abused by the hospitals!

    My dad was a union member and still is….He’s in the CWA!
    ——

    I’m totally with ya confloyd.

    The Rethugs helped put Barry in office in more ways than one and I have nothing against us little people that are paid so poorly in the first place, having a union with each other to try and keep the little bit of health care we have working 40 hr a week for our entire lives.

    Screw those that want to take more from the working class and seniors.

    Screw um all!!!

  346. Basil, stupid though, they are all gonna get arrested. Cops have better stuff to do thaan go chassing around 14 state Dems, they should have come and debated it. Its the way it is, they all do it. When the Dems were in control of the house and senate, they used to shove stuff through in the middle of the night.

  347. moononpluto,

    Not so stupid if it gets the desired outcome, forcing Wisconsin to modify or even drop the bill. And by getting all those screaming public workers and teachers jamming the state building and shouting up a storm it’s great theater,

    From what I understand, no vote can proceed until at least 1 dim shows up coz the senate needs 20 votes and they only have 19.

    And then you have BO weighing in on the side of the protesters. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wisconsin Gov caves.

  348. lol, so Obama can weigh in quickly on the side of protestors waving a few placards in wisconsin safely but could not give a shit at the ones being shot at and murdered in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, iran.

  349. Yup.

    BO calls Wisconsin Governor’s bill an “assault on unions.” Hey, watch that provocative uncivil language, berry. And his protesters are shoutin KILL the bill. pretty uncivil of them, no?

    “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” Mr. Obama said to TODAY’S TMJ4′s Charles Benson in a one-on-one talk.

    “I think everybody’s got to make some adjustments, but I think it’s also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”

  350. turndownobama
    February 16th, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    &&&&&

    turndown, I checked out that link,

    blackagendareport.com/content/new-black-politics-all-we-want-black-royal-family-not-jobs-peace-or-justice

    And I believe it is worth putting the whole thing here. Wow.

    The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice
    ===================

    Wed, 02/16/2011
    Bruce A. Dixon

    The once expansive horizons of black America’s political universe have shrunk and withered. Our class of black political misleaders abandoned long ago the internationalism and Pan-Africanism of Robeson and DuBois. Black America’s self-proclaimed best and brightest have traded the “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” refrain of the King era away. For themselves, they reap perceived access to power, or possible contracts or appointments, or just the thrill of basking in reflected glory. For the black masses they offer hollow excuses and the uncritical worship of a black royal family.

    It’s no exaggeration. Black political discussions in this age of Obama have assumed an almost feudal tone. Scarcely any black political discussion can be heard over mainstream airwaves or print that is not ended, begun and punctuated with avowals of love for the handsome brown president and his beautiful family. Once the vigilant advocates of fairness, decent wages and peace, our political talking heads fill hours of air time and reams of print obsessing over perceived and real slights to the dignity of the first family, while ignoring the president’s vicious assaults on public workers, his unwillingness to halt the wave of foreclosures, his continued prosecution of unjust wars, and his vacuous prescriptions of “competition” and tax cuts for the rich as answers to record black joblessness.

    For generations, black America has been where the Left lived, the reliable left anchor of the American polity. Whether the issue was fair wages or decent housing, retirement security, or opposition to unjust war, black America could be counted on to stand and to lead in its own interest, and everyone else’s. That left anchor was cut loose in the early spring of 2007, with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, and the 2008 presidential campaign in full swing. As BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford put it,

    “…We had a unilateral shutdown of all black political activity not concerned directly with turning out votes for Barack Obama. That caused great confusion among the white left, which frankly takes its cues from black folks… “What do the black folks do? I think we ought to do that too…” Black folks weren’t doing anything except saying rah, rah for Obama, and that led to a shutdown of the white left….”

    In early 2007, Detroit’s Rep. John Conyers became the first black chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the man with the legal power to begin impeachment proceedings against George Bush and Dick Cheney.. In the previous two sessions, Conyers had introduced impeachment bills, and spoke at scores of public meetings in favor of impeachment. But with the power at last in his hand, he balked and retreated. Conyers was not alone.

    Across the country that season black political leaders muffled themselves and their constituents. Stifling the demands of African American communities, our leaders explained, was the smart move. Black silence on the issues while registering and turning out a record vote, we were told, would strengthen the hand of a black presidential candidate, and of Democrats in Congress to accomplish all the goals of jobs, peace and justice that we would not be allowed to talk much about till some time after the election. We can pretty much see how that turned out.

    Two full years into the Obama presidency, black incomes are falling at record levels. The black president has declared the salaries and pensions of public workers, the largest stable sector of the black working class, to be a public menace. The unprecedented wave of home foreclosures, which the White House does nothing to stop, are disproportionately concentrated in black and brown America. While libraries and home health care are are cut, nukes are fully funded, “clean coal” is unleashed, and the White House funds multiple imperial wars, tortures and imprisons without the bother of trials or even charges, invades the private email and phone communications of millions, and threatening activists, journalists and whistleblowers with indefinite detention.

    In the light of day, four years after declaring himself “Joshua” to Dr. King’s Moses, our first black president resembles Pharoah more than anybody else, and like the Egyptians who delighted in his worship, black America, our leaders tell us, should just shut up and be proud that we have a black president and a pretty black family in that big White House.

    There’s something deeply wrong with this. When black Americans used to identify with the world’s oppressed and down-trodden, they were at least identifying with people like themselves. Now we are more likely to see ourselves in Michelle Obama, who takes six or eight vacations a year in some of the world’s most expensive resorts, than in a poor greiving Palestinian or Congolese mother. Many of us, if we’re lucky enough to have a week or two a year of paid vacation, are too broke to go anywhere. And millions of us haven’t seen a paid vacation in a while.

    Too many of us are too busy vicariously worshipping that beautiful black family in that big White House and not focusing on the lineup of economic actors and political forces that shape the lives of our own families and communities and neighborhoods. But that’s what royalty has always been for, a circus and diversion.

    For the time being, black America remains in a delusional state, with African Americans expressing more confidence in and satisfaction with the direction of the nation and its economy than whites, while the gap between white and black employment, wealth, and rates of incarceration are at near record levels. Black support for the president remains strong, though not at the record levels experienced in 2008. Till things change, this appearance of overwhelming black support is an impenetrable wall around President Obama, insulating him from any effective challenge from his left.

    From our historic stature as leaders of the American polity, we have now become a brake. Egyptians in Egypt may have begun to throw off their authoritarian and tyrannical rulers. But in black America, we are, metaphorically speaking, not out of Egypt yet. As long as pharoah is black, we seem unwilling to let him go.

  351. moononpluto
    February 17th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    I cant believe the Dem caucus has done a runner in Wisconsin, the cops are out hunting for them.
    *******************
    You have a short memory. This same thing happened in Texas about 1 1/2 years ago. Much ado about nothing in the end. The Dem Senators in Wisc fleeing the Senate is a delaying tactic to slow down the unamerican train wreck taking place in Wisconsin. Interesting that Fox is spewing invective at the dems (no surprise) over this, but CNN is doing the same thing all afternoon. Demamding that the dems disclose their location and do the ‘people’s work’, even though the people are demonstrating outside the statehouse in the tens of thousands against the bill. Since CNN couldn’t work their bloggers into a fury about this story, they switched to stories on Charlie Sheen coming back to work.

  352. HEALTH SCARE GIMMICKRY

    As the can gets kicked down the road…

    theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/02/the-ever-more-desperate-health-care-budget-gimmicks/71327/#

    The Ever-More-Desperate Health Care Budget Gimmicks
    ====================

    By Megan McArdle
    Feb. 15, 2011

    I attracted a lot of angry comments last October when I wrote that I didn’t trust the Democrats to be much more fiscally responsible than the Republicans. What made people especially angry was that I argued that ObamaCare had made our fiscal problems worse–yes, even if its deficit-reduction measures all worked, a proposition of which I am deeply skeptical. That’s because ObamaCare used up all the most obvious and politically feasible cuts in Medicare–and when that proved insufficient, some that weren’t obvious or politically feasible, like requiring every small business owner in the land to issue 1099s to people they bought supplies from.

    This graph from Michael Cannon shows exactly what I was worried about:

    GRAPH HERE MISSING, GO TO LINK

    What it shows is how Obama is paying for the two year “Doc fix”, which will prevent scheduled cuts to doctor reimbursements from taking place. Congress has temporarily delaying the cuts (known as the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR) on an annual basis since early last decade. Since the SGR is a cumulative mechanism that was supposed to restrain cost growth, the compounded cuts have now grown so big that they would amount to slashing doctor reimbursements by more than 20%. This is obviously politically impossible.

    The fix for this year was paid by clawing back some of the subsidies that will be given to people on these exchanges whose income rises towards the end of the year. In other words, we paid for spending now by promising to spend less in 2014 and beyond. As Cannon says, “It’s the same old story: dessert today, spinach tomorrow. (Or, never.)”

    The new budget uses exactly the same trick. As I mentioned yesterday, Obama’s budget includes a two-year, paid for fix. But how it’s paid for is pretty worrying: as Cannon’s graph shows, the spending is all done in the first two years, but the cuts needed to pay for them take place over 10 years.

    * Limit the taxes that states can place on Medicaid providers, which has had the effect of increasing the federal contribution to state Medicaid budgets: $18 billion over 10 years

    * Claw back “erroneous payments” to United Healthcare under Medicare Advantage: $6 billion one time

    * Limit the ability of brand name pharmaceutical manufacturers to cut side deals with generic manufacturers to end patent challenges: $8.8 billion over 10 years

    * Shorten the market exclusivity period for biologic drugs from 12 years to 7: $2.3 billion over 10 years

    * Lower Medicaid reimbursements for home medical equipment: $6.45 billion over 10 years

    This is a dog’s breakfast. First of all, as I noted yesterday, many of these things are having trouble getting through Congress as it is; and second of all, why on earth would you use this motley grab-bag of long-term pay-fors to cover short term spending?

    The answer, I suspect, is that the cupboard is bare. They don’t have any better revenue mechanisms left–everything that anyone even thought was plausible went into ObamaCare. And yet, they can’t simply cut doctor’s reimbursements by one fifth. So they scrambled for anything at all–and the only way they could come up with the necessary revenue was to stretch the cuts out over ten years, while covering the spending for only two years.

    Obviously this is not a sustainable strategy, any more than I can simply pay for an increase in my annual restaurant budget by cutting back on my movie budget for the next ten years–eventually, you’ve zeroed out the rest of the entertainment budget, and the tab at Komi is still growing. Yet this seems to be the only plan the administration has to pay for the doc fix–a problem that wasn’t addressed during health care reform, as far as I can tell, precisely because it was too expensive.

    And that’s kind of a problem, because in 2014, the looming cuts to doctor reimbursements will be even bigger, and even less politically feasible, than they are now. We’re going to have to find even bigger cuts to pay for them. But since the Obama administration has used 10 years’ worth of revenue out of the (say it with me now) easiest and most obvious pay-fors, we’re going to have to find the money in some even less obvious, and more politically difficult, place.

    This is why I’ve been saying we have to be more budget-minded, instead of considering each program in isolation. We can afford any of the things our government is doing. But we cannot afford all of them. And focusing on whether an individual program “reduces the deficit”, without looking at how it fits into the bigger budget picture, results in . . . well, about what we got yesterday.

  353. When the Dems were in control of the house and senate, they used to shove stuff through in the middle of the night.
    ****************
    this is a one sided view of history. When the repubs controlled congress through most of the Bush years, the shenigans (I’m being kind here) they pulled were outrageous. They hate hearings and regulation, so if a dem wanted to hold a hearing (the repubs never wanted to hold a hearing on anything), they were told there were nothearing rooms available. I remember John Conyers once holding a hearing in the basement. And the late night votes and the surprise votes were standard practice. Both parties pull this garbage.

  354. BigCat, if you read my post properly, you’ll see i said, they all do it, Dems and Repubs, it pisses me off.

  355. Republicans, Democrats ask Obama to veto any anti-Israeli proposal

    02.17.11, 23:31 / Israel News

    Republican and Democratic leaders of the US House of Representatives published a statement expressing their opposition to the approval of any UN Security Council decision that goes against Israel.

    The joint announcement, made by Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, called US President Barack Obama to veto any Palestinian proposal to condemn Israel for settlement construction that is brought before the council.

    (Yitzhak Benhorin)

  356. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    ———–
    Thank you. As evil as both parties are, the repubs have always stood with Israel.

  357. Is Tom Perriello an idiot…says he only bother to get into the VA Sen race if Kaine or no one else wants to.

    A great potential slogan: “Tom Perriello: He’s Only Running Because No One Else Wanted To.”

  358. moononpluto
    I went back up and reread your comment where you say ‘It’s the way it is, they all do it’. Thanks for the clarification.

  359. ELEANOR CLIFT SAYS OBAMA HAS LEFT “ALMOST EVERYBODY DISAPPOINTED”.

    In covering Gov. Christie of NJ in this piece:

    thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-02-16/chris-christie-aei-speech-shows-why-nj-governor-is-a-gop-star/

    she lets this out of the bag:

    “His (Christy’s) refusal to join in suggests a degree of pragmatism that is attractive to non-true believers. This is a guy who has focused his message of change, and is clear about what he stands for. This is distinct from Obama’s message of change, which meant different things to different people in 2008 and left almost everybody disappointed.”

  360. Eleanor Clift on the McLaughlin Group last Friday night made a comment about Obama that was almost negative. This is a change from her all pro Obama, all the time stance she used to take. I’m trying to remember what the topic was – oh it was probably about his handling of Egypt. Some of the koolaid wearing off maybe.

  361. ELEANOR CLIFT SAYS OBAMA HAS LEFT “ALMOST EVERYBODY DISAPPOINTED”.
    ————————
    The word is not disappointed Eleanor. The word is BETRAYED.

  362. She will get out when she changes her goal, and not leave all those that depend on her – in the lurch, (the St. Dept, Gates, Israel and her 18 million).
    ********
    Guess she will be in it for life…

  363. Thanks Shadow.

    The following will be my last comment for a few days. I think it is critically important for people like Eleanor to come to terms with what has happened here. She claims to be disappointed, and if that were all then the only thing we could accuse Obama of doing is promising too much. That is an occupational hazard, and it is too easy for supporters to rationalize their mistake if we let them get away with that explanation. Also, it allows them to support him again, in the hope that he will show more courage the next time. That is the wrong diagnosis here Dr. This was and is a case of bait and switch. Bait and switch falls under the category of deceptive practices, lying, misleading etc. If we have learned anything at all from this exercise, it is that it was a profound mistake for so many voters to assume that a law professor who surrounded himself with superior advisors could make a great president and experience was not necessary. Have the American People learned anything from their mistake? Read Dr. Heidegers Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne and you will have your answer. My single greatest disappointment is with the American People–that they could sit there and not lift a finger while Obama and the people who pull his strings steal their country right out from under them. If they were committed the way they should be committed to their country, then there is no way the money men could buy elections, or save the political career of a man who is destroying the country. How many Americans will listen to a guy like Nial Ferguson when he shows how inept Obama is? How many will listen to Brian Williams when he gives credit where it is not do. The moment Obama accepted the Nobel Prize for doing nothing, sensible people should have realized what the game was.

  364. Ex-Tunisian President Ben Ali in grave condition in Saudi Arabia, Saudi source says – Reuters….oh yeah i’m gonna cry tears for that shit.

  365. moononpluto
    February 17th, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    Ex-Tunisian President Ben Ali in grave condition in Saudi Arabia, Saudi source says – Reuters….oh yeah i’m gonna cry tears for that shit.
    ***********************
    that’s the same thing they said about Mubarak – refusing to take his medication, going in and out of comas. Then, others came out and said he was just fine and not ill at all. The lies just keep coming.

  366. “Geithner Rocked at Senate Hearing, Forced to Admit the Truth About Obamanomics”

    http://nation.foxnews.com/tim-geithner/2011/02/17/geithner-rocked-senate-hearing-forced-admit-truth-about-obamanomics

    I mean WTF seriously?

    Sen. Jeff Sessions: “…Under your budget, the interest increases each year. It was $187 billion in 2009, under your proposal it increases to $844 billion”

    Treasury Tim Geithner: “Senator, absolutely, it is an excessively high interest burden, it’s unsustainable”

    Sessions: “Well it’s your plan. That’s the plan the President submitted.”

    Geithner: “You’re absolutely right that with the president’s plan, even if Congress were to enact it, and even if Congress were to hold to it and reduce those deficits to three percent of GDP over the next five years, we would still be left with a very large interest burden and unsustainable obligations over time”

    Sessions: “It’s not acceptable. I’m sorry, but that’s not a plan for winning the future, that’s a plan for losing the future…”

  367. Wobboei: I have not heard from you for a while and I fear the worst has occured.These are rough times for us.I will callyou in a few days.

    ABM90 Times are so difficult when a loss falls upon us.

    ;

  368. James Rosen FOX News… on Bret Baier just did a little hit piece on Hillary and the State Department. Showing clips of her to “show” that she does not know what is going on…she said the Egypt situation was fine just before the blowup etc.

    I’m going to quit watching the news…just get it here!

  369. Now they have on Herman Cain who is possibly going to run for president and showing a clip of how he didn’t get his question answered by Bill Clinton in 1994 about Healthcare…he followed it up saying he’s still waiting.

    What is this on Fox tonight…let’s do all we can to attack the Clintons in any way…well…duh…of course it is.

  370. Well it’s all out war on the Clinton’s again…what channel are we to watch now?

    Fox has been lambasting her since yesterday…I just turned them off and we should do that because their rating might drop off.

    The rethugs got us in this shape…and I will always believe they put this embecile in to keep Hillary out! Nothing has changed my mind on that front since 07′.

    If we can bail out the rich bankers, why exactly must we break the unions of teachers, firefights and policemen???

  371. Looky here….this is on google news! Who doesn’t think Fox is helping Obama???
    ——————————–

    Obama ‘Furious’ With Hillary State Department Over Egypt
    Sunday, 13 Feb 2011 05:42 PM Article Font Size
    By Newsmax Wires

    Is a civil war brewing between the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s State Department?

    A New York Times story published this weekend suggests one may have erupted already.

    On Saturday, the Times, quoting numerous White House sources, sought to explain the Obama administration’s erratic policy statements during the Egyptian crisis.

    The paper reported that Obama was “seething” over State Department officials’s statement suggesting that the administration did not want a quick transition of power in Egypt, with President Hosni Mubarak stepping down from his office immediately.

    Obama felt that the State Department “made it look as if the administration were protecting a dictator and ignoring the pleas of the youths of Cairo.”

    As Secretary Clinton and her special envoy Frank Wisner repeatedly called for an orderly transition that would include President Mubarak remaining in office for at least a period of time, Obama and his team studiously sought to undermine the State Department stance.

    The Times states that Mr. Obama “was furious” about Clinton’s and Wisner’s statements, “as Mr. Obama was demanding that change in Egypt begin right away.”

    Secretary Clinton was not the only figure who opposed Obama’s view. Clinton was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also were advocating that Obama adhere to a cautious and more traditional foreign policy approach toward the situation in Egypt.

    Unhappy about the mixed signals high-ranking officials were giving, Obama intervened directly, telling White House advisers that “this was not the message we should be delivering.”

    According to the Times, the Obama White House even recruited Democratic Sen. John Kerry to appear on “Meet the Press” last Sunday to contradict Wisner’s statements that reflected Secretary Clinton’s views. Wisner’s comments “just don’t reflect where the administration has been from day one,” Kerry said on the program.
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  372. Many Pinkers have been on top of the ME drama since it began unfolding in RT- For those of you not fully having all the information you need to understand how the ME affects the US and Israel, this may help your understanding of what is at stake for us in this short summary.

    I found this back story summary from 01/31/11 filling in any blanks you may have for the critical role Egypt has played as a US ally in the ME for the last 30 yrs. The importance of this insight plays into who eventually takes power in Egypt. Also the forces at work behind the scenes with plans of their own to usurp that power if they’re given the chance.

    Remember this date is hindsight speaking to the present-
    ____________________

    Muslim Brotherhood Poised for Power in Egypt

    01/31/11

    by Robert Spencer

    A group dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” is poised to take power in Egypt. After
    days of riots in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak’s regime, on Sunday the
    Muslim Brotherhood entered into talks with other opposition groups to form a national unity government after the presumably imminent fall of Mubarak. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 in order to restore, in Egypt and worldwide, the prerogatives of political Islam: a state in which Islamic law (Sharia) is the law of the land and the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and legal equality for women and non-Muslims consequently restricted.

    The Brotherhood now has its best chance in decades to seize power there and establish an Islamic state, which bodes ill for both the United States and its most reliable Middle Eastern ally, Israel. The Camp David Accords have kept an uneasy peace between Egypt and Israel since the late 1970s; although Egypt has ignored many of its provisions (particularly regarding not allowing the dissemination of bloodthirsty anti-Semitic material in Egypt, where Mein Kampf remains a bestseller), it has refrained from attacking Israel outright and has actually reined in some Palestinian jihadist activity along the Gaza border.

    But the present Egyptian regime is one of the last remnants of the relatively secular Arab nationalist ideology that not too long ago held sway over most of the Middle East. Now Saddam Hussein is dead, Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been driven from
    power, and the Mubarak regime could collapse at any moment; the
    ascendant Middle Eastern ideology is the political Islam of which the Muslim Brotherhood is a foremost exponent.
    And that ideology is inveterately hostile to both Israel and the United States. Armed members of the jihad terror group Hamas, which styles itself in its Charter as the Muslim Brotherhood for Palestine, are reportedly crossing into Egypt from Gaza and attempting to join in Brotherhood activities; it’s a far cry already from the Mubarak regime’s stance toward the Palestinians.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is also an international organization. According to a captured internal document made public during the trial of the Hamas-supporting Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, in 2007, its goal in the United States is “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

    Also involved in the national unity coalition talks was Muhammad ElBaradei, the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who won notoriety for simultaneously downplaying the seriousness of Iran’s nuclear program and criticizing Iran for not cooperating with sanctions. The U.S., annoyed at his double game, tried unsuccessfully to block his second term as IAEA chief in 2005. ElBaradei confirmed the wisdom of this in 2009 when he declared, in an inversion of reality that would take even Orwell’s breath away and warm the heart of the most
    fanatically antisemitic Islamic supremacist conspiracy enthusiast,

    “Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses.” (mmm… crazy talk)

    Last summer, when ElBaradei floated the possibility of running for President of Egypt, the Brotherhood strongly supported his candidacy. And so now, with the prospect of a Muslim
    Brotherhood/ElBaradei regime in Egypt closer to reality than ever, the United States faces an ominous replay of the events in Iran in the late 1970s: an authoritarian pro-American regime was toppled by pro-democracy forces that were forthwith co-opted by Islamic supremacists who installed a fanatically anti-American Sharia regime that turned out to be far more repressive and draconian than the one that had been toppled.

    As the U.S. faces the prospect of losing another ally (however undependable Egypt has been as an ally over the years) in virtually the same way, the cost of official Washington’s refusal to evaluate the global jihad threat realistically continues to mount.
    Inside the Beltway there have been numerous calls to engage the Brotherhood as a “moderate” group; the Mubarak regime has never entertained such comforting illusions. Perhaps if the State Department had shed them long ago and directed its copious aid to Egypt to limiting the Brotherhood’s scope and influence, we wouldn’t be in this fix now.

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/muslim-brotherhood-poised-for-power-in-egypt/question-1483881/

  373. I mentioned this a day ago specifically outlining the “signs” Obama dropping all pretense of LOVE and gratitude for all Hillary’s hard work. Today he is coming at her full throttle, no holds barred.
    ______________________________

    confloyd
    February 17th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Well it’s all out war on the Clinton’s again
    _______________________

    Well said, confloyd- Southern Born mentioned Breitbart was on the same page as the Fox news network- I haven’t seen or heard any of the pieces…though-

  374. Mrs. Smith
    Yep and it seems to be Obama himself who has taken off after HRC, not so much his staff who are probably just trying to keep the One happy. He’s in campaign mode and for him that means ‘kill’.

  375. Too BAD if Hillary didn’t carry water for you and Soros! She is an AMERICAN and so are WE!

    YOU, we don’t know about YOU! Since you can’t and won’t PROVE who you are…. If you don’t like it- Don’t let the door hit you in the a** on your way out. WE DON’T NEED YOU! Get used to it BRO!
    _______________________________

    Obama ‘Furious’ With Hillary State Department Over Egypt
    Sunday, 13 Feb 2011 05:42 PM Article Font Size
    By Newsmax Wires

  376. The Times states that Mr. Obama “was furious” about Clinton’s and Wisner’s statements, “as Mr. Obama was demanding that change in Egypt begin right away.”

    Secretary Clinton was not the only figure who opposed Obama’s view. Clinton was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also were advocating that Obama adhere to a cautious and more traditional foreign policy approach toward the situation in Egypt.
    &&&&&&&

    So all these adults have one opinion, and Obama is furious…Guess who’s wrong???

  377. February 17, 2011
    Categories: DNC
    DNC playing role in Wisconsin protests

    The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.

    OfA, as the campaign group is known, has been criticized at times for staying out of local issues like same-sex marraige, but it’s riding to the aide of the public sector unions who hoping to persuade some Republican legislators to oppose Walker’s plan. And while Obama may have his difference with teachers unions, OfA’s engagement with the fight — and Obama’s own clear stance against Walker — mean that he’s remaining loyal to key Democratic Party allies at what is, for them, a very dangerous moment.

    OfA Wisconsin’s field efforts include filling buses and building turnout for the rallies this week in Madison, organizing 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators, and working on planning and producing rallies, a Democratic Party official in Washington said.

    The @OFA_WI twitter account has published 54 tweets promoting the rallies, which the group has also plugged on its blog.

    “At a time when most folks are still struggling to get back on their feet, Gov. Walker has asked the state legislature to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Under his plan, park rangers, teachers, and prison guards would no longer be able to fight back if the new Republican majority tries to slash their health benefits or pensions,” OfA Wisconsin State Director Dan Grandone wrote supporters in an email. “But that’s not even the most shocking part: The governor has also put the state National Guard on alert in case of ‘labor unrest.’ We can’t — and won’t — let Scott Walker’s heavy-handed tactics scare us. This Tuesday and Wednesday, February 15th and 16th, volunteers will be attending rallies at the state

    He continued:

    Gov. Walker won’t even talk to state workers about his proposal to strip them of their rights. He is ignoring Wisconsin voices today and asking for the power to drown them out permanently tomorrow.

    We’re ready to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. OFA volunteers are going to fight for our friends with state jobs, our allies in organized labor, and the freedom of all Wisconsinites to organize their communities.

    UPDATE: House Speaker John Boehner called on Obama to pull OfA out of the effort:

    “I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth,” Boehner said in a statement. “I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics.”

  378. #
    BigCatLover
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    Yep and it seems to be Obama himself who has taken off after HRC, not so much his staff who are probably just trying to keep the One happy. He’s in campaign mode and for him that means ‘kill’.
    _________________

    Obama probably got a good ‘whippen’ from Soros and Z-Big because he didn’t get the job done i.e. getting rid of Musarak in the first week.

    If you read the story I posted at 7:54pm tonight,

    “Muslim Brotherhood Poised for Power in Egypt” explains who the wolves were waiting at the door to take control of Musarak’s Palace…and how they planned to do it-

    Ya gotta LOVE Hillary- She did what she had to do to prevent the radicals from getting their foot in the door.. 🙂

  379. PICK YOU POISON, MR. RESIDENT

    Are you clueless about foreign policy and in containing radical Islam?

    Or do you know what you are doing, and are a traitor working to spread radical Islam?

    Which is it?

  380. Mrs. Smith
    I read it. Yes, Hillary is one bright woman and getting Gates and Biden’s support of her position probably sent Obama into overkill mode. Now if some in the press will just keep bringing the facts about him and this issue out, she will have someone covering her back.

  381. If he fires her, he might as well pack his bags and start thumbing back home to Chi-town. (as confloyd says)

    He needs to leave in disgrace like Nixon did and become a back-eye as president, remembered forever in the history books as a traitor to our country.

  382. Mrs.Smith,
    I AGREE…he leaves as a disgraced unqualified, illegitimate theif that he was in 2008 and all his deciples with him!

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out…can’t help but think of that pic Mrs. smith posted yesterday of Mo’s rear end….its a wide berth!

  383. I imagine the rethugs would love to get her out…she’s the only one working to keep the seams together now….when she leaves he’ll be mincemeat!

  384. The boyz just can’t stand it when Hillary makes the rest of them look like egotistical fools…….that’s why they attack her.

    They can’t win the Presidency if she runs, they could only bully, cheat, steal and pay people off.

    It goes for both parties along with their little girl cheerleaders…..

    Screw um all!!

  385. Shadowfax/Mrs.Smith,
    Until the stupid rednecks and the working class figure out that the rethugs have taken their homes, savings acct., retirement, jobs…there’s not a chance in hell they’ll listen to us….they believe that POS Glenn Beck…who is paid for by Obama and Soros and the Saudi Prince. The the dim’s signed up with Bush and now we have a complete disaster ahead of us….but we may get those 1,000 points of light old H.W. is always talking about!

    You gotta wonder how Beck stays on the air…all his advertisers are gone….who paying for the air time…it isn’t him????

  386. Mrs. Smith
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    If he fires her, he might as well pack his bags and start thumbing back home to Chi-town. (as confloyd says)

    ————-

    I can’t even say on this blog what goes though my head when I think of this flybait firing Hillary from anything.

  387. Mrs. Smith 8:02. I mentioned Bret Baier FOX News (5:00 CST) having someone on his program tonight who critized Hillary NOT Breitbart. I never realized how similar those two names are until now.

  388. Jbstonesfan, I picked up a copy of Newsweek Magazine, with the cover article Egypt: How Obama Blew It. When I brought it to the checkout stand, the clerk who is an amiable fellow said oh they are picking on poor Obama again. I told him no actually, this is a first. I cannot recall a time when one of the major weekly periodicals had a cover story seriously critical of Obama by a first rate thinker. Up to now what you have had is the drivel and tripe from flunkies like Joe Klein. Why this is happening now one can only speculate. I think it may have something to do with the fact that Newsweek was purchased by the husband of one of my favorite democrats, Jane Harmon of California. They are strong supporters of Israel–she and her husband. And I think Israel sees the situation the same way Ferguson does. Obama has failed at the level of grand strategy. Obama’s brain is unable to see things from the level of grand strategy–he operates entirely at the tactical level. Hillary is a strategic thinker and that is why she is countering him on so many points. Where Nail finds confusion in the Obama Administration, I see a power struggle between Hillary who believes we must have a grand strategy and Obama who is totally myopic and self centered on the issue. I have to believe that senior members of the Council of Foreign Affairs see the issue that way as well. I am talking about Kissinger and others. I think they are backing Hillary, and without that backing I doubt she would have ventured out on that limb. If you were sitting on the Council of Foreign Relations, it would be hard to miss the fact that Obama lacked the testicular fortitude to bring down an anti American regime in Tehran which is building the nuclear bomb, but was hell bent on bringing down a pro American regime in Egypt immediately and empowering the Muslim Brotherhood. That is the antithesis of grand strategy–unless you have the vision you are promoting is that of Jerimiah Wright. The point of this is I think we are at a tipping point. This is an important step Newsweek has taken, especially at a time when the rest of big media are telling us that Obama has scored a great success in Egypt and Hillary is being disloyal.

  389. “Until the stupid rednecks and the working class figure out that the rethugs have taken their homes, savings acct., retirement, jobs…there’s not a chance in hell they’ll listen to us….they believe that POS Glenn Beck………
    *********
    “The greater the disparity in wealth between the very rich and everyone else, the more unstable an economy becomes. Our nation has now created a larger gap in the distribution of wealth than the massive chasm that helped fuel the Great Depression. In 1928, one year before the global economic collapse, the wealthiest .001% of the U.S. population owned 892 times more than 90% of the nation’s citizens. Today, the top .001% of the U.S. population owns 976 times more than the entire bottom 90%. This is not sustainable, and makes for a very volatile economy.”

    http://ecolocalizer.com/2010/04/12/plutocracy-reborn-wealth-inequality-gap-largest-since-1928/ (a “lefty” site??)

    “Top 1% own 38.1%
    Top 96-99% own 21.3%
    Top 90-95% own 11.5%
    And it gets much uglier as you proceed downward. Bottom 40% of population has 0.2% of all wealth.

    The founders equated freedom to liberty which in their language meant you “owned” property (you were not in debt). The amount of property you owned had a proportional relationship to the amount of liberty you experienced.

    Our system of freedom is skewed and is becoming very dangerous (approx. 100 million US citizens experience ZERO freedom). You can only cage humans for so long and then something has to give. When liberty is skewed into the hands of a very small number of the population, then our ability to “self-govern” becomes a complete and utter illusion.

    I believe in free markets, but this distribution of wealth is not a normal distribution in any way (meaning it is not subject to natural forces- i.e. statistics 101). It can only exist within an un-natural (non-free) system, where the relative nature of freedom is constrained.”

    http://www.dailypaul.com/111232/us-wealth-distribution-10-of-us-citizens-own-709-of-all-us-assets

    Different end of the political spectrum but same conclusion…

    Since Reagan, the redistribution of wealth to the upper 1% has been relentless, except for the Clinton years when the trend was reversed. Since Clinton, the redistribution is back on track for the upper 1%.

  390. oops too many links:

    “Until the stupid rednecks and the working class figure out that the rethugs have taken their homes, savings acct., retirement, jobs…there’s not a chance in hell they’ll listen to us….they believe that POS Glenn Beck………
    *********
    “The greater the disparity in wealth between the very rich and everyone else, the more unstable an economy becomes. Our nation has now created a larger gap in the distribution of wealth than the massive chasm that helped fuel the Great Depression. In 1928, one year before the global economic collapse, the wealthiest .001% of the U.S. population owned 892 times more than 90% of the nation’s citizens. Today, the top .001% of the U.S. population owns 976 times more than the entire bottom 90%. This is not sustainable, and makes for a very volatile economy.”

    http://ecolocalizer.com/2010/04/12/plutocracy-reborn-wealth-inequality-gap-largest-since-1928/ (a “lefty” site??)

    cont:

  391. “Top 1% own 38.1%
    Top 96-99% own 21.3%
    Top 90-95% own 11.5%
    And it gets much uglier as you proceed downward. Bottom 40% of population has 0.2% of all wealth.

    The founders equated freedom to liberty which in their language meant you “owned” property (you were not in debt). The amount of property you owned had a proportional relationship to the amount of liberty you experienced.

    Our system of freedom is skewed and is becoming very dangerous (approx. 100 million US citizens experience ZERO freedom). You can only cage humans for so long and then something has to give. When liberty is skewed into the hands of a very small number of the population, then our ability to “self-govern” becomes a complete and utter illusion.

    I believe in free markets, but this distribution of wealth is not a normal distribution in any way (meaning it is not subject to natural forces- i.e. statistics 101). It can only exist within an un-natural (non-free) system, where the relative nature of freedom is constrained.”

    http://www.dailypaul.com/111232/us-wealth-distribution-10-of-us-citizens-own-709-of-all-us-assets

    Different end of the political spectrum but same conclusion…

    Since Reagan, the redistribution of wealth to the upper 1% has been relentless, except for the Clinton years when the trend was reversed. Since Clinton, the redistribution is back on track for the upper 1%.

  392. “Top 1% own 38.1%
    Top 96-99% own 21.3%
    Top 90-95% own 11.5%
    And it gets much uglier as you proceed downward. Bottom 40% of population has 0.2% of all wealth.

    The founders equated freedom to liberty which in their language meant you “owned” property (you were not in debt). The amount of property you owned had a proportional relationship to the amount of liberty you experienced.

    Our system of freedom is skewed and is becoming very dangerous (approx. 100 million US citizens experience ZERO freedom). You can only cage humans for so long and then something has to give. When liberty is skewed into the hands of a very small number of the population, then our ability to “self-govern” becomes a complete and utter illusion.

    I believe in free markets, but this distribution of wealth is not a normal distribution in any way (meaning it is not subject to natural forces- i.e. statistics 101). It can only exist within an un-natural (non-free) system, where the relative nature of freedom is constrained.”

    http://www.dailypaul.com/111232/us-wealth-distribution-10-of-us-citizens-own-709-of-all-us-assets

    Different end of the political spectrum but same conclusion…

    Since Reagan, the redistribution of wealth to the upper 1% has been relentless, except for the Clinton years when the trend was reversed. Since Clinton, the redistribution is back on track for the upper 1%. In our screwed up Country, politicians who wave the flag, spend trillions on endless wars and bankrupt the middle class are considered “patriotic”.

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