Islamic Killer And President “Who Gives A Crap” Waldo

It took long enough. Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post, an admitted admirer of Obama today asked “Where’s Waldo?”

“For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action — unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful.”

After listing potential excuses for voting as President “Who Gives A Crap” Marcus lists the many times Obama went missing:

“He didn’t want to get mired in legislative details during the health care debate for fear of repeating the Clinton administration’s prescriptive, take-ours-or-leave-it approach. He doesn’t want to go first on proposing entitlement reform because history teaches that this is not the best route to a deal. He didn’t want to say anything too tough about Libya for fear of endangering Americans trapped there. He didn’t want to weigh in on the labor battle in Wisconsin because, well, it’s a swing state.

Yet the dots connect to form an unsettling portrait of a “Where’s Waldo?” presidency: You frequently have to squint to find the White House amid the larger landscape.”

Marcus states she is someone “who generally shares the president’s ideological perspective”. But the excuse seeking Marcus realizes that something is very wrong:

“On health care, for instance, he took on a big fight without being able to articulate a clear message or being willing to set out any but the broadest policy prescriptions. Lawmakers, not to mention the public, were left guessing about what, exactly, the administration wanted to see in the measure and where it would draw red lines.

That was not an isolated case. Where, for example, is the president on the verge of a potential government shutdown — if not this week, then a few weeks from now?

Aside from a short statement from the Office of Management and Budget threatening a presidential veto of the House version of the funding measure, the White House — much to the frustration of some congressional Democrats — has been unclear in public and private about what cuts would and would not be acceptable. [snip]

Obama seems more the passive bystander to negotiations between the House and Senate than the chief executive leading his party.”

Last night Americans could find President “Who Gives A Crap” a.k.a. “Waldo” on a taped public television broadcast of another Obama extravaganza party to sing the praises of Motown Records. “Waldo” was partying. Marcus claims that “Obama performs best on a stage that permits the grandest sweep.” That is another way of saying he likes events before big crowds that glorify him, not the hard day to day work required. Marcus is only now realizing that those words to the sounds of “celestial choirs” are not a formulation of “change”:

“The president has faltered, though, when called on to translate that rhetoric to more granular levels of specificity: What change, exactly, does he want people to believe in? How, even more exactly, does he propose to get there? “Winning the future” doesn’t quite do it.

My biggest beef is with the president’s slipperiness on fiscal matters.”

After an interview with Obama aide Austan Goolsbee the truth begins to glimmer in the eyes of Marcus:

“I was unfair to Goolsbee because I asked him a question he didn’t have the leeway to answer. You can’t blame the aide for ducking when the boss fudges.

Where’s Obama? No matter how hard you look, sometimes he’s impossible to find.

Obama is not anywhere near “impossible to find”. Look to the golf courses, vacation spots, parties.

Today two American airmen were killed by a 21 year old Muslim called Arif Uka, from Kosovo. They were on a bus when attacked. The Islamic killer was shouting “Allahu Akbar!”

Barack Obama roused himself sufficiently away from the lure of the golf course to issue a statement:

“President Obama said he is “saddened and outraged” by the fatal shooting of two U.S. airmen outside a Frankfurt, Germany, airport Wednesday. “We will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place.” He also pledged to work with German authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. The shooter allegedly wounded two other Americans in his attack on a bus carrying the airmen. German officials have identified the shooter “as a 21-year-old from Kosovo,” the Associated Press reports. Obama said the shooting is “a stark reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our men and women in uniform are making all around the world to keep us safe, and the dangers that they face all around the world.”

Obama somehow missed the fact that much of the mystery has been solved once the gunman was heard to shout “Allahu Akbar”. The Obama words about what he calls a “tragic event” did not include “terrorism” or “Islam” or “Muslim”. The word “jihad” also did not emerge from Obama’s lips.

Barack Obama could have taken the opportunity to remind the world of how it was Americans (hint: President Bill Clinton) who rescued Muslims in the Balkans from death. Barack Obama could have taken the opportunity to remind the Arab/Muslim world that Americans are not the ones slaughtering many of their brethren in Libya and in other Islamic theocracies and regimes. But that might not have been a popular truth to state.

Obama could have said that. But he didn’t. He was too busy. He was busy not giving a crap. He was busy being Waldo.

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113 thoughts on “Islamic Killer And President “Who Gives A Crap” Waldo

  1. “He was busy being Waldo”

    Actually comparing Waffles to Waldo is an insult to Waldo, at least Wadlo has his own identity, Waffles is like tofu, no core, no beliefs, nothing, it takes on any flavor that fits that occasion.

  2. An Obama friend speaks:

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=210444

    Nation of Islam leader says his comments on Jews are meant “to pull the cover off Satan” and “Zionists dominate the US government and banks.”

    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said on Tuesday that Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the US into war” and that “Zionists dominate the US government and banks.”

    Farrakhan, 77, made the comments at the Nation of Islam’s annual meeting near Chicago.

    Farrakhan said his comments on Jews were meant “to pull the cover off Satan.”

    “President Obama,” Farrakhan said, “if you allow the Zionists to push you, to mount a military offensive against Gaddafi and you go in and kill him and his sons, as you did with Saddam Hussein and his sons… I’m warning you this is a Libyan problem, let the Libyans solve their problem among themselves.”

    Farrakhan called Muammar Gaddafi “my brother and my friend.”

    The Nation of Islam leader also accused American Zionists of attempting to push Israel into war with Iran, stating that “Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system.”

    “Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people,” Farrakhan said. “You’re stupid.

    Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”

    ADL National Director Abe Foxman said in response that, “Anti-Semitism has suffused the Nation of Islam’s message, and Farrakhan is the standard bearer and bigot in chief… Perhaps what’s more disturbing is that despite his anti-Semitic rants, he has not been made a pariah in his own community. What does it take for him to stop being a pied piper of hatred?”

  3. “ADL National Director Abe Foxman ”

    And yet knowing all that he knows in 2008, the man still endorsed Waffles. The man has no credance or any legitimacy in his complaints now. I remember he endorsed Hillary, and then went straight to Waffles, even after all the anti-sematic, anti-Isreal items came out about Waffles.

  4. About obama’s statement on the shootings: How can you be saddened and outraged at the same time. Outrage is so strong an emotion it usually blunts all others and cries out for justice.

  5. Anti-semitism today, from Farrakhan to that idiot fashion designer is completely ignored by MSM, but g-d forbid you call a Muslim a terrorist!!!

  6. previous thread:

    Lindsey Graham Questions Secretary Hillary Clinton
    ___________________

    Graham is clever by half.. Hillary tip-toed through Lindsey’s mine field like it wasn’t even there. Loved how he wanted her perspective on the US/Canadian pipeline was she for it, against it? He is slick-

    How many trapdoors did Hillary skip around, 5?

  7. Haven’t posted in a while, but just wanted to thank you, admin, for continuing to do all that you do. This is a fantastic article.

    I read Marcus’ article yesterday and thought to myself how sick I am of Barry’s former media sycophants finally coming to the conclusion that they were bamboozled.

    Idiots.

  8. Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    By Ben Shapiro • Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that if the emergency phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, you wouldn’t want President Obama picking it up.

    She was wrong. Obama wouldn’t pick it up in the first place. He’d let it go to answering machine. He’d be too busy chasing the nearest camera.

    Obama is the “Girls Gone Wild” president: Stick a lens in front of him and he’ll take off his shirt, mince about like a coed, and babble nonsensical nothings to an audience oddly fascinated by his antics.

    How else to explain Obama’s desperate injection of himself into the Oscars this past Sunday? Even as the Middle East goes up in flames, even as oil prices spike dramatically, even as the national debt skyrockets toward $19.6 trillion by 2015, Obama took time out to tackle a pressing question: What is his favorite movie song? Answer: “As Time Goes By,” from “Casablanca.” Feeling better about the world situation yet?
    Obama had a busy week — at least in terms of pop culture. Thursday evening, Obama held yet another party at the White House, this time in honor of Motown music. Celebrity attendees included Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Smoky Robinson, John Legend, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks. Jamie Foxx summed up the Obamas’ view of what it means to inhabit the “people’s house” in his rendition of Robinson’s “Get Ready”: “We won the election. White House, baby, so much fun!” Meanwhile, Muammar Qadafi shot people at will in the streets of Tripoli, and Americans struggled to pay their rent.

    President Obama has become the Salahis of entertainment, cropping up in random places when he’s least wanted. We can’t escape him. He delayed the fifth game of the 2008 World Series, so he could broadcast a 30-minute infomercial for his campaign. He threw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2009. He did a 10-minute interview with Katie Couric during the 2010 Super Bowl broadcast. In both 2009 and 2010, he did interviews with ESPN to tell the world about his NCAA tournament brackets. In 2010, Obama showed up on “American Idol.” As commander-in-chief, he’s hit “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Jersey Shore.” OK, he hasn’t hit “Jersey Shore” … yet.

    In fact, Obama is worse than the Salahis — at least the Salahis don’t use tax dollars to subsidize their antics. Obama doesn’t just crash other parties — he spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to throw parties of his own. Not that Obama cares; as he put it, “This is a pretty big house so we get lonely. It’s hard for me to move around out there sometimes, so I got to bring the world to me.”

    Poor baby.

    Obama’s desperate need for attention is clearly a psychological condition. He drinks in applause like a washed-up movie star. It is usual for neglected children to develop narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), typically characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a strong sense of entitlement, preoccupations with utopian fantasies, elitism, manipulative tendencies and pathological need for praise.
    President Obama was abandoned by his parents during childhood. Now he exhibits the textbook symptoms of NPD. He thinks his powers are godlike in import; “I have a gift, Harry,” Obama once told Sen. Harry Reid. He believes he is entitled to positions of power and prestige. He has never worked a real job in his life, yet deigns to tell the rest of us that he embodies our hopes and dreams. He is obsessed with nonsensical utopian fantasies of one-world peace and harmony in which nuclear weapons are beaten into plowshares.

    Obama is an elitist through and through, disdaining ordinary Americans as “bitter [people who] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” He is manipulative in the extreme, seeing every crisis as an opportunity to magnify his personal power.

    Most dangerous, he requires a constant stream of paeans to his persona. Radical Muslims, socialists, anti-Semites — so long as they clap, they’re worthy of his warmth. Obama strongly resembles a once-abused puppy; he doesn’t care who pets him, so long as he receives the petting.

    With one exception: Obama has no interest in the attention or praise of Americans who challenge his radical agenda. To make himself subject to their philosophy would force him to acknowledge a fundamental truth: His parents abandoned him because they were bad parents, not because America is a “downright mean” country. Obama has told himself for decades that America’s selfishness forced his parents to make him a social outcast. To acknowledge now that the system was largely good and his parents were largely bad would fracture his fragile ego.

    So expect to see President Obama on the next telecast of the next big event. He can’t stay away from the cameras, and he certainly won’t leave behind the enthusiastic hurrahs of his supporters. Mr. De Mille, he’s ready for his close-up.

    http://patriotpost.us/opinion/ben-shapiro/2011/03/02/obamas-narcissistic-personality-disorder/

  9. Obama keeps mum on Libya

    By: Brian Hughes 03/02/11

    President Obama has not spoken publicly on Libya since last week even as opposition protesters there call for foreign intervention, befuddling critics in search of leadership from a president who has talked of his desire to transform the Middle East.

    Despite the hands-off strategy, White House officials say Obama remains the rare American leader capable of connecting with the Arab world, as demonstrated by his 2009 speech in Cairo for a “new beginning” between the United States and Muslim nations.

    But Obama has missed an opportunity by failing to swiftly endorse democratic movements in Egypt and elsewhere, critics say. And with the wave of protests extending further into the heart of the Islamic world, including Libya, Bahrain, Tunisia and Yemen, detractors say the president is failing to nudge the region toward democracy.

    “I think the president is clearly uninterested in the United States playing a role in Libya or any part of the Arab spring,” said Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. “It sounds silly but I can imagine few other circumstances when the president, in the face of one of the most monumental transformations in history, would simply be content with sitting around and watching [cable news].”

    Obama unexpectedly stopped by a press briefing Wednesday to read a statement on two American airmen killed and two others wounded in a Frankfurt, Germany, airport shooting. However, he refused to answer any questions, telling reporters he would speak to them Thursday while meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

    “We are looking at different options,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, when asked about the prospects of a “no-fly” zone over Libya. “We haven’t ruled anything out.”

    But Defense Secretary Robert Gates said such a strategy would first require attacking Moammar Gadhafi’s government, a prospect that Democrats and Republicans alike are against.

    Carney has repeatedly defended the president during his public silence, saying that instead of sweeping public declarations, Obama has opted to lay the foundation for international action behind the scenes.

    Administration officials told The Washington Examiner that Obama was mulling a speech about a broader set of American principles in the Middle East but would not talk about the timing or specifics of such a presidential address.

    In addition to Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice have been the administration’s mouthpieces on Libya. Rice went as far as to call Gadhafi “delusional.”

    Such tough talk has seemingly had little effect on the dictator, who vowed Wednesday to “fight to the last drop of Libyan blood.”

    For the first time, the United States backed the use of the International Criminal Court against Libya with the caveat to exempt Americans from investigation or prosecution by the court.

    Supporters say the development reinforces Obama’s quiet approach, pointing to a far more perilous transition of power in Libya than even Egypt in a region already brimming with instability.

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/politics/white-house/2011/03/obama-keeps-mum-libya

  10. Obama somehow missed the fact that much of the mystery has been solved once the gunman was heard to shout “Allahu Akbar”

    exactly exactly exactly exactly exactly exactly exactly exactly exactly

    I FREAKING HATE THAT SAYING.

  11. Was Lara Logan’s Rape Legal Under Islamic Law?

    Sadly probably yes. Which is probably also one of the reasons she didn’t bother reporting it to the authorities.
    As Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer has detailed, al-Azhar University endorses a sharia manual called Umdat al-Salik. It is quite clear on the subject of women who become captives of Muslim forces: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” [The section cited is Book o9.13, p. 604 in the English translation – P] This is so the woman can then be made a concubine of her captor.
    This arrangement is encouraged by the Koran. Sura 4:23–24, for example, forbids Muslim men from consorting with the wives of other Muslims but declares sexual open season on any women these men have enslaved. (“Forbidden to you are . . . married women, except those whom you own as slaves.”)

  12. Sure they’re all drummer kids and bussed in Teamsters. No real teachers or firemen or normal looking people. Or teenagers saying they’re supporting their teachers….

  13. Just how shocked would any of us be to find out that Barry is walking around the WhiteHouse stoned, or on prescription drugs, doing anything he can to get involved with the job of President.

    I see Waldo as a zombie when it comes to working, he is only ready for sports, parties and good times.

    What a damn crime that he actually makes George W. look like a half way decent President, besides the poor vocabulary and the war started on magical WMD.

    We are so screwed until he gets out of office, and God help us for the darn Republican we will have to endure while the party I loved burns to the ground.

  14. gonzotx
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 am

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    I can’t believe you’re posting something like that.

    The obvious reply would be to quote from the Old Testament about treatment of their captives supposedly commanded by J-h.

  15. Mrs. Smith

    Lindsey Graham Questions Secretary Hillary Clinton
    ___________________

    Graham is clever by half.. Hillary tip-toed through Lindsey’s mine field like it wasn’t even there. Loved how he wanted her perspective on the US/Canadian pipeline was she for it, against it? He is slick-
    ———

    People give the Big Dawg a lot of credit for his intelligence, but his dear lady is equally as intelligent. I am never surprised at how she wows others, I am just in awe of how she is keeps going at this high level pace, she doesn’t stop.

    Go Hillary!!

  16. gonzotx
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:35 am
    [ 163 words of incredibly offensive nonsense ]

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    Here’s something current, sane, and on-topic. A Slate writer interviewed some Cairo women on the subject of Logan and the situation of women in the Tahrir Square demonstrations.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2285524/pagenum/all/#p2
    [….]
    [Miriam], a 21-year-old high-school teacher is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood [….]
    Women in the Brotherhood are not equal yet, Mariam said. But her peers know that “There were a lot of women there; without them we couldn’t show this complete view—that people demonstrating against the government were not only men or only Muslim Brothers, or only activists. No, it was all of Egypt.”
    [ The interviewer says ] There’s never a safer place to be as a woman in Egypt than with members of the Brotherhood. Their male supporters frequently form human chains around groups of women to protect them from being groped. They did it to me when I was covering a demonstration for one of their parliamentary candidates in November 2010. They did it again on Tahrir Square; men linked hands to cordon off Brotherhood women. But after a while, they let go, in a sign of how much trust they had in their fellow protesters.

    [ Turndown comment: On the night of Logan’s attack, the demonstrators who had been keeping order in the square relaxed and let everyone enter; some local teenage hooligans came in and caused the trouble. ]

  17. Knew it would not be long, he’s taking hostages.

    AP: Three Dutch marines held in Libya by pro-Gaddafi forces after trying to rescue Dutch workers

  18. Oh that was Quiet.

    Sen.Akaka(D-HI) retires.

    Akaka will not run for HI-Sen re-election

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/02/akaka_will_not_run_again.html

    Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.

    “The senator, who is of Native Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry, is considered the most beloved Hawaii politician. He is well-regarded in both Washington and in the islands for his gracious manner and spirit of aloha. But questions have been raised about his effectiveness and whether he should pursue another six-year term.”

    Akaka is the 7th senator to announce plans to retire this year.

    ………………………………………………………….

    Betting Linda Lingle runs for this.

  19. He was busy not giving a crap. He was busy being Waldo.
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    To busy being a . . . celebrity.

    Definition: a celebrity is famous for being famous. Not for anything he has actually done. Work you see is for others. A celebrity adores the camera. He smiles and waves, but is otherwise unapproachable. He lives a lavish life style befitting his exalted station in life. He travels with bodyguards (Reggie Love), publicists (Halperin) and a cadre of paparazzi (Tapper, et. al.) who believe every word he says not because it is true, indeed it may be patently false, but because he is a celebrity and a celebrity can do no wrong. It cannot be otherwise.

  20. Lindsey Graham Questions Secretary Hillary Clinton
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    Lindsey is someone who OUGHT to retire. Everybody hates him.

  21. Rice went as far as to call Gadhafi “delusional.”
    —————————-
    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. How about a hostage exchange–Rice for the three Dutch Marines.

  22. ADL National Director Abe Foxman ”

    And yet knowing all that he knows in 2008, the man still endorsed Waffles. The man has no credance or any legitimacy in his complaints now. I remember he endorsed Hillary, and then went straight to Waffles, even after all the anti-sematic, anti-Isreal items came out about Waffles.
    —————-
    I agree Tim. Fuck him. He is like the explorer on the Shackelford expedition who went to Antarctica and when he got there he proceeded to complain about the weather.

  23. Germany not mincing words.

    Prosecutors say there is ’cause to believe’ that fatal shooting of 2 U.S. airmen in Germany was ‘Islamist-motivated act’ – NBC

  24. Obama somehow missed the fact that much of the mystery has been solved once the gunman was heard to shout “Allahu Akbar”. The Obama words about what he calls a “tragic event” did not include “terrorism” or “Islam” or “Muslim”. The word “jihad” also did not emerge from Obama’s lips.
    ___________________

    But- we’re not allowed to call a spade a spade or a Muslim a terrorist, Obama said. Whatever happened to the investigation of the Muslim gunman in the Ft. Hood massacre?

    crickets?

  25. From Marcus via admin: missing in action
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    Good one!
    Question: If the Supreme’s are willing to protect freedom of speech to such an extent that a whacko church can denigrate a burial service (military, at that) , why is the N word not allowed in white speech?
    I’m asking with the hope that any of the admirable legal minds here would care to respond.

  26. ADL National Director Abe Foxman said in response that, “Anti-Semitism has suffused the Nation of Islam’s message, and Farrakhan is the standard bearer and bigot in chief… Perhaps what’s more disturbing is that despite his anti-Semitic rants, he has not been made a pariah in his own community.

    I can’t help but wonder: what if this Abe guy said “despite his racist rants”.

    I can’t think of how to express what I think except maybe – racism is to men as anti-semitism is to women.

  27. JanH
    March 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    It took the geniuses 3 1/2 yrs to discover what we knew before and six months into his presidency. (after we gave him a chance to prove us wrong..)

  28. Hillary is fighting a losing battle. She is arguing that if the U.S. doesn’t retain it’s international leadership role, then China, Russia, and Iran are ready to step in, already shouldering the U.S. aside.

    The problem with this scenario is OBAMA. He has already damaged the reputation of the U.S. to almost a point of no return. This leaves Hillary trying to clean up the mess on aisle five and taking the heat and shame of OBAMA.

    It’s like a game of musical chairs.

  29. Israel says no peace deal is possible with Palestinians now, weighing alternatives

    By Amy Teibel (CP) – 32 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM — Israel has concluded that a final peace deal with the Palestinians cannot be reached at this time and is weighing alternatives to try to prove that it is interested in keeping peacemaking with the Palestinians alive, officials said Thursday.

    With popular protests shaking up the Mideast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fierce international pressure to prove he is serious about getting peacemaking moving again, especially after the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s West Bank settlement construction last month.

    Israeli officials are meeting with international mediators, including U.S. envoy Dennis Ross and representatives of the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers — the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia — due to arrive in the region next week.

    Government officials say Netanyahu is expected to deliver a major policy speech on peacemaking in the coming weeks, hinting at a change in direction away from direct talks on a peace treaty.

    Privately, officials say Netanyahu is considering a phased approach to peacemaking, but contrary to published reports, it is not clear if he is open to the concept of a Palestinian state within temporary borders.

    “The consistent refusal of the Palestinian leadership to negotiate with Israel has made a negotiated agreement all but impossible to achieve, at least for the time being,” one government official said. “And so we’re looking at an Israeli initiative, and steps that we can take that would be a phased approach to a final status agreement.”

    Officials did not offer details of the alternatives Netanyahu was considering. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the emerging plan.

    U.S.-led peace talks, launched six months ago with the ambitious goal of striking a final deal by September 2011, broke down shortly after they began over Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

    The Palestinians demanded a freeze in both areas, which the Palestinians claim for a state, along with the Gaza Strip. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005.

    Israel refused to yield to that demand, insisting that previous rounds of talks took place while settlement construction was under way, such a precondition was unprecedented, and the issue should be settled in negotiations.

    Given the impasse, the Palestinians have launched a campaign to seek international recognition of Palestinian statehood. Their tentative plan is to seek the world’s recognition in the fall, a move that may not give them a state on the ground but might isolate Israel.

    They flatly reject the idea of an interim accord as a way out of the current negotiations deadlock.

    “Anything less than an Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967 (the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem) is unacceptable to us,” said senior Palestinian official Nabil Abu Rdeneh.

    “We oppose the option of a state with provisional borders,” he said.

    Palestinians are afraid that if they agree to temporary borders, then they will never win a full fledged, independent state.

    In related news, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported that settlers began building up to 500 apartments and homes in the West Bank after a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction expired in late September.

    If it keeps up, that would be close to the pace that prevailed before the moratorium took effect in November 2009. About 2,000 West Bank housing starts were recorded in both 2008 and 2009.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jdDwYB-Vf7m2RUNfYYBgg8tU9GzQ?docId=6129061

  30. 03/ 3/2011

    An off-topic White House

    By Jennifer Rubin

    President Obama has been largely missing in action of late, ducking direct comments on Libya and issuing a statement only after the extension of the continuing resolution was passed. The Post reports:

    Obama said in a statement that he would enlist Biden, White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley and budget director Jacob J. Lew to work with congressional leaders to hash out a long-term agreement.

    “I’m pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together and passed a plan that will cut spending and keep the government running for the next two weeks. But we cannot keep doing business this way,” Obama said after the Senate passed the two-week resolution. “Living with the threat of a shutdown every few weeks is not responsible, and it puts our economic progress in jeopardy.”

    It is, you see, a matter of priorities. He has found time to weigh in on the Wisconsin labor dispute, and yesterday he popped into the White House briefing rooms to give some perfunctory remarks on the murder of American airmen in Germany. Former White House press secretary Dana Perino remarked on Twitter last night that Obama really didn’t have much to say. (“Highly unusual for a [president] to appear on camera without knowing more than first reports.”)

    Perhaps, as some suggested, the White House is still smarting from the poor presidential performance in the aftermath of the Christmas and Times Square bombing attempts. (You have to show your face, Mr. President!) Maybe it’s an effort to shift attention away from the rotten reviews of his own budget, the collapse of the Senate Democrats’ “don’t cut a penny” stance and the administration’s maddening inaction on Libya.

    Ever since the lame-duck session and the much-praised speech at the Arizona memorial service, the White House has been adrift. A boring State of the Union address, a status quo budget, a muddled approach to the Middle East and some partisan jabbing (e.g. on Romneycare, on Wisconsin) are about all we’ve seen. Staff changes at the White House were supposed to usher in a more competent and politically moderate administration. It hasn’t happened. (And sure enough, Obama’s ratings are slumping again.)

    One need only look at the White House’s hide-and-go-seek approach to communications (duck on Libya, run for cover on the budget, pop out for unenlightening comments on the shooting in Germany) to sense that there’s no overarching strategy for Obama here. Well, other than to get himself reelected.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/03/obama_has_been_largely_missing.html

  31. Larry Sabato is on Fox tv saying that since Obama is running such a long campaign and will be spending a billion dollars, it might be best for the Republicans to run a short campaign this time. This may help explain why the repubs are dancing around the race and being very coy about whether they are running in 2012.

  32. Newt has opened his exploratory run for Potus…well I have to say…that must mean Hillary is running because Newt vs. Hillary will be highly entertaining…..of coarse Hillary will kick his ass, but it will be something to see those two go at it during a debate.

  33. Fox tv was all over Newt and his exploratory run this morning. They said if you’re going to run, just run. Kind of surprised me. I heard last night that Fox suspended Newt as a commentator since he’r running for President and one other repub because he is running also (I think it was Pawlenty).

  34. Obama’s long campaign, sadly, will pay off as no credible republican seems to want to run ..plus all economic indicators point to upswing in employment by next yr…

  35. March 3, 2011 • 9:53AM

    Buckingham Palace was forced, yesterday, to make a statement saying it was “ludicrous” to suggest that Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, had a “close personal relationship” with Gaddafi’s second son. But the British press has revealed just that.

    The prince, who is the UK trade envoy, has hosted events at Buckingham Place, St. James’s Palace, and, reportedly, Windsor Castle, for Saif Gaddafi. In addition to heading trade missions to Libya, the prince has also made three private visits there in recent years as Saif’s guest. A friend of the prince was quoted in the Daily Mail on Tuesday as saying of the prince: “He and Saif became incredibly close. Both enjoy having a good time and they had fun together. Andrew could open doors with his royal status and Saif could open other doors with his family’s money.”

    The British press has also revealed that there was another participant in a meeting hosted by Nathaniel Rothschild at the country estate of his father, between Lord Mandelson and Saif. The other participant was none other than Tony Blair’s wife and human rites activist Cherie.

    Tony Blair will speak at the “Civil Forum on Peace in A Globalized Economy” on Sunday March 6.

    Apparently, what qualifies Blair to speak on peace is his role in promoting the Iraq war and his now exposed role in arming the Gaddafi Duck.

    Mailonline has released quotes from a previously unpublished document that shows that Blair agreed to supply military hardware and expertise to Gaddafi. The deal was signed by Blair and Gaddafi in the Libyan town of Sirte on May 29, 2007.

    The document mentions the conduct of joint exercises, training in operational planning processes, staff training, command and control, and acquisition of equipment and defense systems. It spells out how the SAS would train Libyan specialized military units. Other assistance included exchanges of information on current and developing military concepts, principles, and best practice, as well as training cooperation relating to software, communications security, technology and the function of equipment and systems. The agreement called for Britain to help Libya with defense industrial, technological, and equipment matters, including various military vehicles, ships, offshore patrol vessels, and air defense systems.

    The British press are also pursing the claim made by Saif Gaddafi that not only is the former Prime Minister a “personal family friend” but that Blair had secured a consultancy role with the Libyan Investment Authority, a state fund which manages his country’s £65 billion of oil wealth. Blair has denied that he has ever held any such position. However, it has been widely reported that he went there on behalf of J.P. Morgan, which pays him a mere £2 million a year, and which has been keen to develop banking opportunities in the country.

    Blair accepted the position as a consultant to JP Morgan in 2008.

  36. BigCat

    …since Obama is running such a long campaign and will be spending a billion dollars, it might be best for the Republicans to run a short campaign this time. This may help explain why the repubs are dancing around the race and being very coy about whether they are running in 2012.

    ———-
    The only thing Barry knows how to do is get before a crowd and read a teleprompter, that is campaigning to him. That’s all he’s ‘good’ for. People that donate, try to buy their candidate, and expect something for it.

    I wonder how many little obots will empty out their wallets for Barry in 2012? Did they get what they paid for in 2008?

    The Republican’s have to be careful to end up with someone their base supports, someone their tea party supports, Indi’s can support, and someone the disenfranchised Hillary Dems can support.

    If they pick someone that will continue to destroy the middle class and get too far right religious…they will not win.

  37. A local meeting in NM suggested it would be another 2 years before the economy really recovers. The price of gas has got to pay a role in slowing this recover down.

    I also feel since all of these Reps are looking at it, it must mean they have a chance.

  38. I say let them spend their wad, so people will get really tired of them, then come in at the end with a bright new candidate, and slug them out of the park.

  39. cough…cough…

    Three out of four Americans like Obama personally, according to new poll

    by Kyle Daly | 03.03.11

    A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University indicates that despite the abundance in the media of birtherism and other anti-Obama sentiment, three out of four Americans like the president personally. The poll shows that 41 percent of Americans like both the president and his policies, 33 percent like the man but not his policies, 19 percent like neither Obama nor his policies and just 1 percent like his policies but not him.

    Liberals ages 18-34 were much more likely to like both the president and his policies. Perhaps surprisingly, income made little difference in attitudes toward Obama and his administration.

    Yet despite a mostly favorable view of President Obama as a person, more people said he does not deserve re-election than said he does, by a factor of 47 percent to 45 percent. However, that 45 percent is actually the highest number of people who have said Obama deserves re-election since Quinnipiac started this poll in March of last year.

    Other findings showed that by a factor of two to one (64 percent in favor, 32 percent opposed), Americans believe taxes should be raised on households making more than $250,000 to help fix the deficit, and that most Americans opposed cutting funding to Planned Parenthood and NPR.

    Complete poll results, with additional questions and demographic breakdowns, can be found on the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute’s website.

    http://washingtonindependent.com/106035/three-out-of-four-americans-like-obama-personally-according-to-new-poll

  40. March 3, 2011
    Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

    Underemployment surged to 19.9% in February from 18.9% at the end of January
    by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

    PRINCETON, NJ — Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, hit 10.3% in February — up from 9.8% at the end of January. The U.S. unemployment rate is now essentially the same as the 10.4% at the end of February 2010.

  41. JanH
    March 3rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    cough…cough…

    Three out of four Americans like Obama personally, according to new poll
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Just like his approval polls are skewed, this is another effort to buoy his image.

    The XYZ/Crasmussen/Kinsey Polling Org. says: “More people disapprove of Obama’s performance on every level. But they view him favorably as a ‘nice man’ and a ‘good dad’ (coaching his daughter’s team EVEN WHEN SHE’S NOT THERE), healthy ‘exercise guy’ who allegedly quit smoking, and for his deep knowledge of sports.”

    Any story arc to paint him in a good light, so these media types have “access”, so they can write books and articles, and then buy big vacation homes and send their kids to exclusive universities.

  42. Jobs NEVER coming back…
    ************

    Layoffs At Pre-Recession Level; Job Openings Down 30%
    By SCOTT STODDARD, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

    Posted 03/02/2011 06:50 PM ET

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    Twenty months after the worst recession in decades, job creation remains anemic, weighing on economic growth and making it even harder for the long-term jobless to find work.

    Don’t blame layoffs. They spiked in 2009 but have returned to pre-slump levels, according to Labor Department data. But job openings remain 30% below their level when the downturn hit in December 2007. Gross hiring is down by 843,000 jobs.

    While the economy has grown modestly in recent quarters, hiring remains depressed due to uncertainty about future demand, concerns about government policies and efficiency gains that have let companies do more with less.

    “It’s the drop in job openings, not the increase in job losses that is responsible for so much of the increase in unemployment,” said James Sherk, a labor policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

    Labor is expected to report Friday that the U.S. added a net 183,000 jobs in February, the most since last May. The jobless rate is seen ticking up 0.1 point to 9.1% as more people entered the labor force. Many of those new or returning job-seekers will likely find only disappointment.

    December job openings fell by 139,000 to 3.06 million, the third straight decline, according to Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. January’s JOLTS survey is due March 11.

    There were 4.7 job-seekers for each opening in December, off a peak of 6.3 in July 2009 but still far above the 1.15 ratio typical before the recession, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

    “We are still very near the bottom of a very huge crater,” said Heidi Shierholz, an EPI labor economist.

    The U.S. has expanded for six quarters, but growth has been modest by historical standards. Strong head winds remain, from a still-moribund housing market to $100 oil and looming fiscal tightening at all levels of government.

    Uncertainty about ObamaCare costs have also made firms cautious about hiring, analysts said.

    Never Coming Back?

    “The job market is doing better, but it’s not getting better fast enough to soak up those who are unemployed and particularly those who have been unemployed for a long time,” said Jeff Joerres, CEO of Manpower.

    Average time out of work has hit a record 36.9 weeks from 16.6 weeks at the recession’s start.

    Many lost factory and construction jobs will never return, leaving those workers ill-equipped for jobs in faster-growing industries such as health care, information technology and software.

  43. JanH

    cough…cough…

    Three out of four Americans like Obama personally, according to new poll
    ——–

    How ridiculous is that, they have to poll our President and separate the publics impression on him as a human vs if they think he is a good President after more than 2.5 years.

    Pretty soon voters will only be polled on if Waldo wears a decent striped shirt or not.

  44. OBAMA INVITES CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET….WITH SOMEONE ELSE! (BIDEN)

    Translation: “I’m too busy hosting celebrities in really important business (lifetime achievement in the arts, winning sports chamionships, etc.), so Joe can handle that boring stuff”.

    Un-believable.

    Again, Where the $%#! is Waldo?

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/02/AR2011030206932.html

    Obama invites congressional leaders to meet with Biden on budget
    ===================

    President Obama on Wednesday intervened in a partisan brawl that threatens to shut down the government, inviting congressional leaders of both parties to sit down with Vice President Biden and work out a compromise to fund federal programs through the end of the fiscal year.

    The president reached out to lawmakers after the Senate approved a stopgap measure to keep the government open through March 18. The resolution, which passed 91 to 9, will give legislators extra time to negotiate the longer-term deal. Obama signed the measure Wednesday afternoon.

    The stopgap bill eliminates $4 billion in spending by cutting programs Obama had already targeted – a far less ambitious measure than House Republicans wanted. But with the clock ticking toward a Friday deadline and polls showing the public strongly opposed to a shutdown, GOP leaders were willing to make concessions.

    In a joint news conference after the Senate vote, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that Republicans would go no further until Senate Democrats offered a counter-proposal to the $61 billion package of cuts that the House approved in late February.

    Obama said in a statement that he would enlist Biden, White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley and budget director Jacob J. Lew to meet with congressional leaders. They could sit down as early as Thursday. Biden is scheduled to leave Sunday for a week-long trip to Finland, Russia and Moldova.

    “I’m pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together and passed a plan that will cut spending and keep the government running for the next two weeks. But we cannot keep doing business this way,” Obama said after the Senate approved the resolution. “Living with the threat of a shutdown every few weeks is not responsible, and it puts our economic progress in jeopardy.”

    Lawmakers face deep partisan divisions as they attempt to tackle the nation’s fiscal problems.

    Five Senate Republicans, three Democrats and one independent voted against Wednesday’s stopgap measure. The Republicans – Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), James E. Risch (Idaho) and Mike Crapo (Idaho) – are staunch conservatives. Lee and Paul were elected in November with strong tea party support. They don’t think the Senate bill cuts nearly enough.

    Lee called the legislation “a disappointing failure on the part of both parties to seriously address the economic meltdown we face from our massive deficit and growing national debt.”

    Meanwhile, the Democrats – Tom Harkin (Iowa), Carl Levin (Mich.) and Patty Murray (Wash.), along with independent Bernard Sanders (Vt.) – are liberals who worry about cutting too much.

    “I have no problem making intelligent, judicious cuts,” Sanders said. But, he added, “the road to fiscal responsibility has got to include raising revenue.”

    Some congressional leaders expressed frustration that short-term funding measures have become routine in recent years.

    It is hard to believe we’ve reached that point in Washington where we are going to fund our United States government two weeks at a time,” said Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). “We’ve reached a point now where things are so political and so complex that we have to sit down for these mega-meetings to try to put it all on the table and resolve it.”

    Senate Democrats are not willing to accept another short-term funding bill, Durbin said. “We’re going to draw a line here. This is not the way to govern. It doesn’t serve the country and, unfortunately, it imperils the economy.”

    For Republicans, especially the 87 freshmen in the GOP-led House, the expiring spending bill represented an opportunity to begin delivering on a campaign promise to shrink the federal government. But the GOP is targeting only domestic discretionary spending – less than a fifth of the overall budget – and the cuts would barely dent the deficit.

    Nor does the current debate address another fundamental problem: the fact that a budget process designed to establish priorities, cut what doesn’t work and restructure programs to operate with maximum efficiency has devolved into one of the most partisan rituals on Capitol Hill.

    “We need something new, and everyone recognizes it, but all of it is caught up in a political contest between Democrats and Republicans,” said Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

    Congress established a budget process in the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, a law spearheaded by Republicans concerned about rising government expenditures. But over time, lawmakers came to believe that they had given away too much authority to the White House. The Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse, but by the early 1970s, President Richard M. Nixon was making regular use of a practice called impoundment, refusing to spend money appropriated by Congress as a way of ending programs he didn’t like.

    The response from Capitol Hill was the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, which created the House and Senate budget committees and set forth many of the rules that govern the process today. One of the signal reforms was the creation of the congressional budget resolution, a blueprint that binds lawmakers to restrain spending and raise revenues, either to produce a balanced budget or to hit a deficit target.

    But even that process has broken down, especially in election years; Congress has passed a budget resolution in an election year only once in the past decade, in 2008.

    Speaking on the House floor, Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) urged his colleagues to work through their differences. “We must move forward quickly in regular order, passing bills on time in an open and transparent fashion, to avoid these budget uncertainties in the future.”

  45. I found this on another blog, wish I had written it. It brings to mind the 110 year old hero in our previous post. I remember him saying that he and the other dough boys never talked about what the government owed them, they went to represent and fight for America. We still have fine young men and woman, thank God, willing to sacrifice for their country, unfortunately we have many more that expect the country to sacrifice for them.
    I do believe the Unions once upon a time did what they were formed to do and God bless them. I do not believe they have the best interests of the American worker anymore.They have become corrupt and greedy. Yes, workers need representation, but like the Dem party, we will need to start from scratch.
    ***************

    “The protests in Wisconsin represent a split in American politics. Not a split between Republicans and Democrats, but between those who believe that the government should continue expanding, and those who see the continued expansion of governments as the greatest threat to their political and economic freedoms. This is not just a debate over budgets, it is a battle over political power, and it is the country’s most fundamental split since the Civil War.

    The combination of abuses of power by an out of touch liberal party, an economic recession and growing insecurity about America’s future have touched off something that is more than a taxpayer’s revolt. Instead it’s turning into a showdown over the nature of government itself.

    Money is the engine of government. Tax revenues are meant to to fund the operations of government only through the decisions of elected officials. Which is why public officials who want to expand the size and scope of government need an electoral base of support. That electorate is created using wealth redistribution. Taxpayer money is siphoned off to a redistributive electorate, which delivers mass votes and campaign contributions. There’s no way to halt the expansion of government, without taking on the redistributive electorate.

    That is what’s happening in Wisconsin. Public sector unions are one half of a political trust. They elect candidates and then “negotiate” contracts with them. The generous contracts turn into union dues which turn into contributions to the candidates. It’s a big circle of corruption that goes round and round again. And it has brought states like California to their knees.

    Bigger contracts mean bigger budgets which mean bigger taxes and less jobs. In order to keep paying off the unions, states strip themselves of everything but minimum wage and union jobs. Small businesses collapse. Big businesses outsource. Less jobs mean more workers on the dole, and a smaller tax base. Everyone gets poorer, except the skeletal workforces on the state payroll, and their contractors. The taxpayers will complain that the country isn’t what it used to be, but they will go on hoping for a better tomorrow.

    Call it ‘Planned Poverty’. ‘Planned Poverty’ works as long as the economy keeps growing, politicians can keep manufacturing budgets that keep their state just ahead of imploding. It’s done through a thousand tax hikes and fees, and financial gimmicks that hide the red ink. Like a beat up old car clunking down the highway, there’s still forward momentum. But when the economy implodes, so does the whole mess. Suddenly there’s no more money. But the redistributive electorate still has to be paid. The only way out is either massive tax hikes or a showdown with unions.…”

  46. OBAMA INVITES CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET….WITH SOMEONE ELSE! (BIDEN)

    ——
    That’s because Barry can’t control the conversation and limit it to just what is programed into TOTUS.

  47. If a president’s chops are not in question, getting an underling (veep, cabinet member, etc.) is usually no big deal. Imagine if LBJ, Lion of the Senate (whose political skills could never be questioned), delegated some important negotiation, to say his veep HHH. No one would question if LBJ about it, knowing that he was controlling things behind the scenes.

    With Obama, Lamb of the Senate, there have been many questions about his experience and skill. And the longer he’s there, the more the suspicions that he is a lightweight are confirmed. So when he punts, it looks like “I can’t handle this”, “I won’t know what to say”, “This will only make me look bad”.

    Indeed, the king wears no clothes.

  48. JUST 2 YRS AGO, WASN’T IT THE REPUBS WHO WERE ABOUT TO BECOME EXTINCT??

    rollcall.com/issues/56_90/-203791-1.html

    Democrats Need GOP Voters to Win
    ===========================

    By Nathan L. Gonzales
    Roll Call Staff
    March 3, 2011, Midnight

    Vulnerable Democrats beware: The bipartisan well is about dry.

    Last cycle, Democrats saw their percentage of the Republican vote drop dramatically, and that could spell trouble for incumbents relying on that vote to survive in 2012. Sen. Ben Nelson is at the top of the list.

    The Nebraska Democrat received a whopping 42 percent of the GOP vote in 2006 when he cruised to re-election, but with two GOP statewide officeholders already running against him, the Senator’s narrow victory in 2000 is a better road map for a third term. The former two-term governor was elected to the Senate by just a couple of points with the help of 21 percent of the Republican vote.

    The trouble for Nelson is that no Democratic Senator or nominee in a competitive race even came close to that share of the GOP vote last cycle, according to an exit poll analysis. As the country becomes more polarized, partisan voters are going against politicians they may like or have supported in the past because they are upset with the candidate’s national party.

    In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) saw her percentage of the Republican vote slip from 12 percent in 2004 to just 4 percent last cycle when she lost re-election.

    In Wisconsin, Sen. Russ Feingold (D) dropped from 14 percent of the GOP vote in 2004 to 5 percent last fall when he lost re-election.

    But there may be some hope for vulnerable Democrats.

    “It matters less what you get with Republicans,” said Democratic pollster Fred Yang of the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group. “It’s more important how well you do with independents.” For example, while Feingold’s GOP vote fell, his share of independents plummeted from 62 percent in 2004 to just 43 percent last fall.

    For the most vulnerable Senators, putting together a winning coalition is complicated and tenuous.

    In Missouri, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) received just 4 percent of the GOP vote in her loss last year to now-Sen. Roy Blunt (R). This cycle, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) would need only 5 percent of the Republican vote (she won 7 percent in her 3-point victory in 2006), assuming that Democrats and Republicans each make up 37 percent of the electorate — a reasonable expectation based on recent elections — and that the Senator earns 54 percent of the vote from independents.

    That doesn’t seem insurmountable, but that means McCaskill would have to improve from her 2006 showing with independents (51 percent, in a good Democratic year), and considering Carnahan pulled just 31 percent of independents in November.

    It’s debatable whether McCaskill has carved out her own centrist image compared with Carnahan. But unlike Carnahan, McCaskill is a sitting Senator who has had to take tough votes, including several in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    For many Democratic incumbents, there just isn’t a lot of room for error.

    In 2006, Jon Tester (D) defeated Sen. Conrad Burns (R) by just one point with the help of 11 percent of the GOP vote in Montana. Using 2010 as a guide, Tester could get that Republican chunk again if he were running against a polarizing opponent.

    Last fall, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) drew 11 percent of the GOP vote in Nevada, now-Sen. Chris Coons (D) got 15 percent in Delaware, now-Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) garnered 16 percent in Connecticut, and now-Sen. Joe Manchin (D) got 17 percent of Republicans in West Virginia. They all defeated Republican Senate nominees with considerable liabilities.

    But Tester faces Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), who already has won statewide as the state’s at-large Representative.

    Sen. Bill Nelson (D) benefited from facing former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (R) in 2006. He won 24 percent of the Republican vote against the then-Congresswoman, up from 13 percent when he first won in 2000. Several Republicans will square off in a competitive primary in hopes of facing Nelson in 2012.

    It’s unclear whether this trend could widen the Senate playing field for Republicans. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) received 11 percent of the GOP vote when she was elected by less than a point in 2000. She received 9 percent in her easier 2006 re-election. Last year, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) won re-election, but with just 4 percent of the Republican vote.

    In Wisconsin, Sen. Herb Kohl (D) has enjoyed support from more than a quarter of Republicans in his past two elections, but not one Democratic candidate in a Senate race with an exit poll achieved that last year.

    Fortunately for Senators, they have the opportunity to make the race a choice between two candidates, whereas House races are much more partisan.

    Over the past four election cycles, GOP candidates have captured a remarkably similar chunk of the Democratic vote. After garnering 9 percent crossover support in 2004, GOP candidates have taken 7 percent of the Democratic vote in each of the past three elections, according to the national House exit poll. In contrast, Democratic House candidates went from 7 percent of the GOP vote in 2004 to 8 percent in 2006, up again to 9 percent in 2008 and plummeting to 5 percent in 2010.

    Of course, Republicans aren’t immune to losing Democratic votes.

    Sen. Scott Brown (R) presumably won his January 2010 special election in Massachusetts with the help of some Democrats and left-leaning independents. It will be tougher for Brown to capture those voters in a presidential year, when he is up for re-election to a full six-year term. (There were no exit polls in his initial race to determine how steep of a climb he has.)

    The frustrating part for these incumbents is their lack of control in their own races. Incumbents can try to demonize their opponents, but they can still be subject to the national mood defining their own party.

  49. This one is for Turndown…
    ***************
    March 02, 2011
    If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention
    By Robin of Berkeley

    One of the reasons I drifted so far left was because of a constant sense of outrage. It was like a steady drumbeat in my head: Capitalism? Patently unfair! Unequal pay for women? Outrageous!

    Of course, out here in Berkeley, I was in good company, surrounded by the multitudes up in arms most hours of the day. There’s even a popular bumper sticker around town that captures the general vibe: If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention.

    However, once I snapped out of my leftist trance, I realized something startling: I was outraged about all of the wrong things. In fact, leftist outrage is derived not from our Higher Selves, but from another place entirely: the lowly self.

    This explains why the left can be so apoplectic one minute, and then strangely silent the next. Take, for example, the mass slaughter of our soldiers at Fort Hood. Obama didn’t even interrupt his Native American shout-out to denounce the killings.

    We hardly hear a peep these days about Ft. Hood, the infiltration of our military (!) by a Jihadist. I recently referred to the atrocity when speaking to a progressive friend; she could barely recall what I was talking about. Yet, when a lone, apparently psychotic young man, created a bloodbath in Tucson, the left was all over this one.

    The outrage about Tucson was fast and furious, with fingers pointed directly rightward. The Tea Parties and Sarah Palin were vilified by the MSM and progressive bloggers.

    And, yet, when Palin defended herself by labeling the blame game a “blood libel,” we all witnessed what happened. People went ballistic; they were outraged!

    And now comes the latest abomination, a maniacal mob repeatedly sexually assaulting and beating CBS correspondent, Lara Logan. Logan’s ordeal, her abject horror, appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Most of our leaders have barely uttered a peep.

    This is no surprise. As I’ve written many times before, the left considers the abuse of women collateral damage in their revolutionary battles. Another reason for the silence? The savagery threatens to spoil the pristine image of the Egyptian hoodlums as “freedom fighters.”

    Lara Logan is a well-known journalist; but every day, anonymous Muslim women are stoned, genitally mutilated, and murdered. The madness has infiltrated our country with the beheading of a Muslim woman by her husband. And yet is CNN or Court TV running 24 hour coverage of the trial? Of course not; these events fail to outrage.

    The left’s outrage is not completely real; it is manufactured; contrived. The faux outrage is as fabricated as those feel-good slogans about Hope and Change.

    The left’s legendary compassion is politically expedient, though elaborately disguised. Brutalization of journalists, a Jihad against our soldiers…and yet, so little outrage. There is no currency in these events; in fact, they must be swept under the rug to hide the truth about the “Religion of Peace.”

    But notice how Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell inflames the masses. Watch sparks fly in the battle for gay marriage. Wisconsin is exploding because unionized teachers want collective bargaining. The left’s outrage is self-righteous because it is laser focused on the self.

    Not only is the left’s outrage ego-based, but it is rooted in greed. Take the left’s centerpiece issue, social and economic justice. What do those flowery phrases actually mean, anyway? Aren’t they just doublespeak for envy, coveting one’s neighbor, and a gimme-gimme mentality?

    When an injustice serves progressive ideology, we see the outrage in full-color display. However, at other times, the silence is deafening — or there is disingenuous posturing.

    As Lara Logan recovers from her wounds, President Carter assures us that we have nothing to fear from the Muslim Brotherhood. But why shouldn’t we be fearful? Haven’t we just seen what this assembly of brothers is capable of doing?

    As of this writing, Obama has not yet issued a public statement condemning the violence in Egypt against Lara Logan and other journalists. However, Obama did deliver a fiery speech, where he accused the Republicans in Wisconsin of an “assault on unions.”

    He sounded outraged.

    A frequent American Thinker contributor, Robin is a psychotherapist and a recovering liberal in Berkeley. Robin’s articles are meant to inform and entertain, not to offer psychotherapeutic advice or diagnoses. You can post a comment to this article here.

  50. “That’s because Barry can’t control the conversation and limit it to just what is programed into TOTUS.”

    —————–
    Well it is also because he doesn’t have any answers, and is a royal screw-up.

  51. Hell just froze over..I heard Hannity just say HILLARY was RIGHT in reference to the fraud when he talked about bitter people clinging to their religion because they are poor and desperate. She of course spoke up for us “Bitters” and said it was because people are spiritually rich, not poor that they espouse their religion. Something the fraud knows nothing about. Still can’t find a church in DC.

  52. I am reading WI news stories on the missing Dem senators…the threats by Rethugs to get them back to vote on destroying collective bargaining are almost comical.

    [snip}

    According to Trevey, senators could be picked up, held against their will, chained and brought back to Senate chambers to vote on Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.

  53. Hannity gives credit to Hillary, once in a blue moon…….but he usually only does it to build up his attack on Barry. Sometimes it seems like a slip of his tongue, and he starts to stutter and quickly changes the subject.

    If a guest speaker brings up something good about Hillary, he tries to change the subject as quickly as he can.

    One of the things that ticks me off to no end, is all the times he says Republican women are picked on, it would never happen to a Dem woman……totally ignoring what happened to Hillary.

  54. gonzotx

    No Shadow, he repeated it and said he really liked what she said.
    ——
    That is a Hell frozen over moment.

  55. Hello Admin! Hello All Big Pink posters, readers, distractors and fans! I read every day, but just haven’t time to comment often.

    First let me say, Admin – YOU ARE THE BEST “Blogger” OUT THERE! Your insight and analysis are spot on. If it weren’t so INVALUABLE, I would say you get the Nobel Prize in Brilliance!

    Moon’s essays and comments on all things ME are a FABULOUS ASSET to this blog, and there are so many others, I cannot say thanks enough! Were it not for your doggedness in tracking down bot important AND interestingly funny stories, I would have only a sliver of an idea what is happening in the world.

    Big Pink – the REAL Publisher’s Clearing House!

    Thank you.

    And of late, thanks to Gonzotx – as I have almost come out swinging on more than one occasion at the Site Contrarian and Penny-anti, tit-for-tat Apologist. For someone who comments so little anymore, that is not the right thing to do – but KNOW I am feeling it when I read this site daily.

    You lower my blood pressure by your ability to say what you believe. Thank you.

    ND/FF/SGA

  56. At the end of his 3 pm show Shep Smith said the market was way up and gas prices were way down today. Maybe good news for gas prices eventually? Fox was carefully explaining to it’s viewers today that the little gas stations owners have to charge these really high prices so they will have an excess on hand to pay for the new higher priced gas that is coming. Do people really buy this stuff. The gas companies charge extra for gas now so they can build a surplus to pay more for the really expensive gas to come which they will charge us even more for. In other words, we pay twice for the same expensive gas. What a racket.

  57. So, lets hear both sides of the story-
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    The Bloody Beast Salivates as Pro-Islamist Journalists Ring the Dinner Bell

    NewsReal | Phyllis Chesler

    March 03, 2011
    The Bloody Beast is really back. Only the willfully blind can deny it.

    Let me spell it out, let me risk, yet again, being accused of “Islamophobia” (which does not exist), and of “racism” which very much does. Let the record show: I am not a “racist.”

    The Beast is radical, fundamentalist, “Islamist” Islam; the beast is anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Hindu and anti-Jewish Muslim supremacists, who are now also terrorists/jihadists. They—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Moammar Gaddafi, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah—are not wrestling with themselves quietly, spiritually, to overcome lust or hatred. Oh the contrary. They are blowing people up, sending weapons, employing mercenaries, twisting minds, spewing hatred.

    Yes, I am talking about the Jihad which has just claimed the lives of two American airmen in Germany—the shooter, 21-year-old Arif Uka, from Kosovo, was said to have yelled the proverbial “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) as he shot them down in cold blood. This is precisely what the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hassan, also yelled as he massacred 13 American soldiers on their home base in Texas.

    The jihadists are telling us, showing us, that the Middle East and the Muslim world are here, both in Europe and in North America. Their gruesome and highly symbolic tactics and targets are here and of course, in India too. Does anyone remember 9/11, 3/11, 7/7, 11/26? How can anyone forget the World Trade Center, the Madrid train bombing, the London subway bombing, the attack on Mumbai?

    The jihadists are also all over the Western campus (which is about to launch its annual grotesque Israeli Apartheid Week in 55 cities); the beast is present in all the “no go” zones throughout Europe where police dare not tread; it reigns among the politically correct “useful idiots” in the pro-Islamist Western media.

    The beast can walk and chew gum at the same time. Thus, yesterday, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian cabinet minister in Pakistan (Minister of Minorities) was assassinated for his opposition to the Islamic “blasphemy” laws. This means that one cannot criticize Islam (especially if what one says is true); if you do, you will be killed. According to leaflets left by his killers, the the 42-year-old Catholic Pakistani Minister was also assassinated because he was, quite simply, an “infidel Christian”; as such, Bhatti was viewed as unacceptable as a Pakistani government leader. In addition to defending the rights of minorities, Minister Bhatti had also defended the rights of rape victims. His killers claim to have acted for the Punjabi Taliban and al Qaeda.

    The good news?

    Finally, it is, or should be, overwhelmingly clear that the Arab Middle East has problems of its own that go far beyond America’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and far, far beyond Israel’s bright but tiny existence. Enormous poverty, tyranny, corruption, illiteracy, no free press, no freedom of religion, absolutely no personal and political freedom—such sorrows account for the frustration, resentment, and suffering of the majority of its inhabitants. There’s more. Today, both Muslim and infidel women are increasingly at risk in Muslim countries where forced veiling, forced female genital mutilation, forced child marriage, polygamy, and routine honor killings are normalized and even valorized.

    Scapegoating Israel and America for such cultural, historical, tribal, and religious barbarism will not solve these larger problems. The cell phone generation that tried to launch a genuine revolution in Iran has, so far, been defeated. It remains a question as to whether their brave counterparts in Egypt will actually be able to win the day away from the far more powerful and organized Muslim Brotherhood and away from all the Egyptians who still want sharia law.

    This point is utterly lost on both Tom Friedman in the New York Times and Andre Aciman in the Wall Street Journal.

    Aciman wrote what promised to be a good op-ed piece. He understands why Israelis might be “nervous” about what’s happening in Egypt.

    “***The opening of the Suez Canal to two Iranian warships does not bode well. Neither does radical Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s ability to draw over a million Egyptians to hear him preach in Tahrir Square. Nor does last week’s attack by the army on a Coptic monastery, or the brutal assault on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan.***”

    So far so good, yes? But then Aciman, an Egyptian Jew, born in Alexandria, does a 360 degree turn and writes that “Israel cannot afford to wait and see which way the wind blows as rebellion sweeps through the Middle East…this means striking an honorable deal with the Palestinians, vacating areas whose occupation is unjustifiable and allowing the Palestinians to have a country….Israel must learn to dream again.”

    Is Aciman still dreaming of an Oslo Accord? Is he truly dreaming? Israel has never opposed a Palestinian state. The “Palestinians” (who used to be the Jews) and the Arab League have “occupied” a state of refusal for nearly a hundred years, at least since the Balfour Declaration. Why is Aciman bringing Israel and the Palestinians into this column? What politically correct reflex, what tunnel vision has guided him to spend four paragraphs on this non sequitur?

    Then, we have Friedman. He congratulates President Obama for being an “African-American” (not a bi-racial American, which he surely is), and he congratulates Americans for having elected an “African-American with the middle name Hussein as president.” He believes this is one of the “factors” that have led to what he views as a mainly positive uprising in the Arab world. Friedman mentions other factors of influence (Google Earth, for example), but then, like Aciman, he just can’t help himself and he brings in Israel in a way that is both disquieting and patently ridiculous. He actually writes this:

    “***The Arab TV network Al Jazeera has a big team covering Israel today. Here are some of the stories they have been beaming into the Arab world: Israel’s previous prime minister, Ehud Olmert, had to resign because he was accused of illicitly taking envelopes stuffed with money from a Jewish-American backer. An Israeli court recently convicted Israel’s former President, Moshe Katsav on two counts of rape, based on accusations by former employees.***”

    Excuse me? Is he saying that the people who came out to listen to al-Qaradawi or who voted for Hamas or for the Muslim Brotherhood—the Arab men who assaulted Lara Logan, the naked-faced infidel, will be holding orderly due process trials? Is he, too,dreaming?

    Actually, Friedman gives Israel a great back-handed compliment. He states that since Israel tries its leaders for corruption and brings them to justice that the Arabs can’t help “but notice.”

    I worry about the Arab Muslim dissidents, the southeast Asian Christians, the women, oh, how I worry about the women. Algeria once had a revolution too—but not for women, for whom they rolled the clock back. Khomeini’s so-called revolution set women back 50-100 years. I have just been told that Tunisian women are afraid—very afraid—that the post-self-immolation uprising in their country might spell their doom in terms of women’s rights.

    Thus far, the only Arabs who have been calling for a feminist revolution are some brave Saudi Arabians (I’ve written about this here, here, and here) but thus far, they have remained a “virtual” revolution on Facebook only. Their modest demands for human rights and for women’s rights have not been heard in Tahrir Square, in Tripoli, in Tunis, in Manama.

    Andre, Thomas, are you awake or are you both still dreaming?

    Update: Arif Uka, the Franfurt shooter, is, according to my German-based source, a “known Islamist” who “calls himself on Facebook Abu Reyyan. He seems to be friends with Salafi Islamists like Pierre Vogel and is part of a hardcore scene of Islamist militants in Germany.” TheFacebook page has been taken down.

    http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/03/03/the-bloody-beast-salivates-as-pro-islamist-journalists-ring-the-dinner-bell/

  58. President Hillary Clinton is the most ezciting figure in this world today.She proved that before the hound dogs at her hearings today and last night.The same yoyos that hounded Bill are at it again with her.Fox and Friends and Enemies are all Clinton haters.This country is being rendered hapless and hopeless by this news enemy of the MSM.Fight back folks DRAFT IMPEACH and RUN the BO trash out of OUR WHITE HOUSE.By ABM90+

  59. BigCatLover
    March 3rd, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I spoke to a relative living in Texas yesterday. He said, diesel, which is the appropriate fuel for my VW is $4.25 gal there. When I heard diesel was going to skyrocket yesterday, I fueled up for $3.45 gal.

    Our local BP station was hawking $4.01 gal as their discount price. However, I can’t bring myself to visit a BP station even if they were at $3.00gal for the damage they did to the Gulf and the repercussions because of it. The hundreds of thousands of dead sea animals and birds because of the lackadaisical way they handled the capping off of the source and the ineffective cleanup, crude oil inches deep lying on the Gulf floor unfit for consumption of any marine life.

  60. I so agree with this post…the ‘Where’s Waldo Presidency – MIA’ however the more i think about it the more the O Presidency is more accurately described as

    ‘The Vanity Presidency’…that is really all it is…

    O will find anything and everything he can to distract himself so that he does not have to actually take a stand on something meaningful and difficult and actually work…and during such dire and serious times that we now live in…

    …when I saw O finally walk out last week to make a statement and have Hillary just stand next to him…that did it…he is useless…why do we even need him??? (especially with Hillary knocking herself out doing all the truly hard work) we should just give him a Special Events Cabinet position and promote Hillary to the title she has earned and deserves…

    ‘the Vanity Presidency’…what an imposter…all about O having a good time and feeding his ego…and ditto for MO, she is truly oblivious…they are so removed from the lives of real people…

  61. Global Economy? 23 Facts Which Prove That Globalism Is Pushing The Standard Of Living Of The Middle Class Down To Third World Levels

    From now on, whenever you hear the term “the global economy” you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system. Unfortunately for the middle class, much of the rest of the world does not have the same minimum wage laws and worker protections that we do. Therefore, the massive global corporations that now dominate our economy are able to pay workers in other countries slave labor wages and import the products that they make into the United States to compete with products made by “expensive” American workers. This has resulted in a mass exodus of manufacturing facilities and jobs from the United States.

    But without good, high paying jobs the U.S. middle class cannot continue to be the U.S middle class. The only thing that the vast majority of Americans have to offer in the economic marketplace is their labor. Sadly, that labor has now been dramatically devalued. American workers now must directly compete for jobs with millions upon millions of workers on the other side of the world that toil away for 15 hours a day at slave labor wages. This is causing jobs to leave the United States at an almost unbelievable rate, and it is putting tremendous downward pressure on the wages of millions of jobs that are still in the United States.

    So when you hear terms such as “globalization” and “the global economy”, it is important to keep in mind that those are code words for the emerging one world economic system that is systematically wiping out the U.S. middle class.

    A one world labor pool means that the standard of living for the U.S. middle class will continue falling toward the standard of living in the third world.

    We keep hearing about how the U.S. economy is being transformed from a “manufacturing economy” into a “service economy”. But “service jobs” are generally much lower paying than “manufacturing jobs”. The number of good paying “middle class jobs” in the United States is rapidly decreasing. So how can the U.S. middle class survive in such an environment?

    What makes things even worse for manufacturers in the United States is that other nations often impose a “value-added tax” of 20 percent or more on U.S. goods entering their shores and yet most of the time we do not reciprocate with similar taxes.

    But whenever someone mentions how incredibly unfair and unbalanced our trade agreements with other nations are, they are immediately labeled as a “protectionist”.

    Well, someone should be looking out for U.S. interests when it comes to trade, because the current state of the global economy is ripping the U.S. middle class to shreds.

    Right now, the United States consumes far more wealth than it produces. This nation buys much, much more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. This is called a “trade deficit”, and it is one of the most important economic statistics. The U.S. runs a massive trade deficit every single year, and it is wiping out our national wealth, it is destroying our surviving industries and it is absolutely shredding middle class America.

    We cannot allow tens of thousands of factories to continue to leave the United States. We cannot allow millions of jobs to continue to be “outsourced” and “offshored”. We cannot allow tens of billions of dollars of our national wealth to continue to be transferred into foreign hands every single month.

    The truth is that the global economy is bad for America. The following are 23 facts which prove that globalism is pushing the standard of living of the middle class down to third world levels….

    The 23 facts you should know about but won’t from MSM @ link:

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/global-economy-23-facts-which-prove-that-globalism-is-pushing-the-standard-of-living-of-the-middle-class-down-to-third-world-levels

  62. Norma Desmond

    I wish you would post more often. Miss seeing you around here. Hope all is well. 🙂

  63. jbstonesfan,

    This jackass needs to be tarred and feathered. How dare he decide what Israel will keep and not keep, what Israel should do and not do! There is absolutely no doubt that this jackass is pro-Arab and anti-Israeli through and through.

    The Palestinians don’t think Israel is serious about negotiating territory??? Well given the continued bombing by Hamas as well as Abbas and his thugs refusing over and over again to go back to the table…this is garbage.

    ——————-
    Obama: Israelis must show seriousness on peace

    Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 03.03.11

    WASHINGTON – US President Obama this week called on Jewish leaders to speak to their colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel’s seriousness about making peace, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Wednesday.

    According to participants, Obama told the Jewish leaders that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is eager to secure his legacy by establishing a Palestinian state and would accept a decent offer if one were on the table.

    “The Palestinians don’t feel confident that the Netanyahu government is serious about territorial concessions,” the president reportedly said.

    Obama also reportedly said that the Jewish sections of Jerusalem would remain in Israeli hands as part of any peace deal, but that the Arab sections would not.

    JTA reported that in an hour-long meeting at the White House Tuesday with some 50 representatives from the Jewish community’s chief foreign policy umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Obama reiterated the US commitment to Israel.

    The Jewish leaders noted the president’s affirmation of his “deep commitment to Israel’s security,” according to JTA.

    Several participants at the meeting told JTA that the president also implied that Israel bears primary responsibility for advancing the peace process. They interpreted the president’s comments as either hostile, naive or unsurprising.

    “Many people felt that their worst fears about Obama were confirmed with respect to Israel,” one participant was quoted as saying by JTA. “They felt an enormous hostility towards Israel.”

    However, other participants disagreed and said meeting was a positive one. According to JTA, they described the president as “thoughtful” and “forthcoming” in his remarks, and said no new ground was broken.

    The people who loved Obama probably still love him, the people who had big reservations about Obama probably have more reservations than they had before,” one longtime Jewish organizational official told JTA.

    JTA said most agreed that the atmosphere was cordial and gracious.

    “I thought he reaffirmed his support of Israel, and I thought he did it quite well,” one participant told JTA. “Nothing that he said would I interpret in any way as being anti-Israel or opposed to Israel.”

    Others suggested that the president wasn’t hostile so much as naive about Palestinian intentions and his belief about Israel’s supposed lack of commitment to peacemaking, JTA reported. Still others suggested both interpretations were flawed.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4037049,00.html

  64. basil9
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    Equal time for cat lovers.

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    cute one, cute cat…love my 2 cat babes, but my big guy would never let me get away with that…I wish…

  65. Correct JanH…and the only reason he did not go with the veto ( he tried every which way possible to have Abbas agree to something less condeming) was b/c Jewish money will help re-elect him!!! That is the irony of it all.

  66. basil9
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    Equal time for cat lovers.
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    Thanks for thinking of the cat lovers with the video. That poor kitty, it tore my heart out to hear him cry and my cat got very upset, but she doesn’t have to worry because she would claw me up if I tried to give her a bath. Luckily she keeps herself beautifully, so we don’t have to attempt a bath. I know I’d lose.

  67. CNN just reported that a Wisc. judge has ordered the statehouse to open it’s doors during business hours and stop locking protestors out. About 100 protestors are now quietly occupying the statehouse and will be allowed back in after the weekend on Monday.

  68. Poers Morgan now has Matt Damon on and he is eating crow about his support of Obama and criticism of Palin.

  69. Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. Did anyone see Hillary testify at a congressional committee hearing that the govt is “losing the infowar” because the media is not reporting the truth? Go to prisonplanet.com and infowars.com to see what our media isn’t telling us.

  70. It’s true, Matt Damon donated $1,000,000 to CGI forming Water.org.

    The H2O Africa Foundation has merged with WaterPartners to form Water.org. Water.org was co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White of WaterPartners in July 2009.

    The H2O Africa Foundation is an NGO founded by Matt Damon to raise awareness about clean water initiatives in Africa. It is part of the Running the Sahara expedition and documentary project currently being undertaken by Damon, James Moll, LivePlanet, and the Independent Producers Alliance.

  71. Matt Damon mentioned something about Water tonight in the interview, but I was distracted and missed what he said. That’s cool.

  72. I would have liked seeing the interview. I’ll keep checking and see if it will run again at another time.

  73. DWP left a message at the cottage saying it’s WordPress problems and out of Murphy’s hands. Uppity has some problems earlier today although she was on the blog and cleared them up.

  74. I heard this on Greta tonight:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that the U.S. now believes that former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran almost four years ago, is alive and being held in southwest Asia.

    “We have received recent indications that Bob is being held somewhere in southwest Asia,” said Clinton.

    “We respectfully request the Iranian government to undertake humanitarian efforts to safely return and reunite Bob with his family,” she said.

    “We would appreciate the Iranian government’s efforts in this matter.”

    No one knows for sure what exactly happened to Levinson, who retired from the FBI over 10 years ago and vanished on the Iranian Gulf island of Kish in March of 2007.

    http://www.blippitt.com/robert-levinson-may-be-alive-says-clinton

  75. I wish I had the money to leave my job for a few days and join the protest in WI.

    Not only do I agree with them, but wow, on Greta, there are some mighty handsome firefighters protesting with them. Yeehaw. 😉

  76. Per RCP 47.2 approve, 46.4 disappove…he is now only plus 0.8. Interesting since last week he was plus 5 …

  77. Matt Damon-

    re: education: “we’re training them not teaching them/”

    Finishing Damon thought- [ ‘how to think for themselves’]

  78. Basil9 posted this earlier but it merits reposting in a Matt Damon discussion.

    If this cat is saying “I’m wet” she is smarter than Matt Damon who does not know when to get out of the rain.

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