Hillary’s War – Against Obama Treachery And Boobery

What remains of Newsweek magazine debuted a new look for the near death publication. On the cover of the new Newsweek is a picture of Hillary Clinton and the caption “Hillary’s War – How She’s Shattering Glass Ceilings Everywhere.” [Note: Hillary Clinton today is launching the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through International Exchanges”. Her speech can be heard via a State Department webcast.]

The Newsweek cover photo and story were released this past weekend and are due to hit the news stands today. Today however, the Barack Obama White House attacked the very premise of the Hillary article. We’ve long discussed the Obama war against Hillary:

“Any doubts about the accuracy of our many reports (list of links HERE) on the secret and sometimes not so secret war by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton should have been completely dispelled this week. Proof emerged that last week John Kerry was enlisted by Barack Obama to specifically target and undermine, on a nationally broadcast (Meet The Press) television show, the Secretary of State.”

Like John Kerry, today Obama took time out from golfing to get on television – possibly because he knows Hillary will be speaking today too. Our articles on the Obama war against Hillary Clinton have been many and they are increasing in frequency as the White House escalates the attacks the closer we get to 2012:

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

Today, while Hillary Clinton’s picture is on the cover of Newsweek magazine and the lead paragraph is “In a time of momentous change in the world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sets out on her most heartfelt mission: to put women and girls at the forefront of the new world order” the White House via the Washington Post tries to undermine Hillary.

“New world order” is a loaded term these days and we are certain Newsweek‘s words will be put into Hillary’s mouth by those who are determined to hate her. But what is almost comic is that after a magazine cover story is published and a Hillary Clinton battle cry “to put women and girls at the forefront” is heard – the White House moves immediately to crush that message and goal:

“The women’s issue is one where we need hardheaded realism. There are things we can do, and do well. But if we become unrealistic and overfocused . . . we get ourselves in trouble.”

A senior U.S. official involved in Afghanistan policy said changes to the land program also stem from a desire at the top levels of the Obama administration to triage the war and focus on the overriding goal of ending the conflict.

Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”

The changes come at a time of growing concern among rights advocates that the modest gains Afghan women have achieved since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001 are being rolled back. [snip]

Women’s advocates say the restrictions on shelters, which have been embraced by religious conservatives sympathetic to the Taliban, are an early sign of the compromises the Karzai government is willing to make to reach a peace deal with insurgents. The advocates fear that reconciliation with the Taliban – a goal supported by the U.S. government – will result in a significant erosion of women’s rights.

In an effort to mollify those concerns, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton promised last month that the United States “will not . . . support a political process that undoes the social progress that has been made in the past decade.”

The U.S. Agency for International Development “is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.” Unfortunately USAID is being used today to undermine the #1 White House enemy – Hillary Clinton:

“But the senior U.S. official said domestic fatigue is also a factor.

“Nobody wants to abandon the women of Afghanistan, but most Americans don’t want to keep fighting there for years and years,” the official said. “The grim reality is that, despite all of the talk about promoting women’s rights, things are going to have to give.”

While the Obama White House thugs think only of golf and ways to attack Hillary – Hillary is on the job, doctrine and all:

“The Hillary Doctrine

In a time of momentous change in the world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sets out on her most heartfelt mission: to put women and girls at the forefront of the new world order.

Hillary Clinton seemed to be in a rare moment of repose while the Middle East erupted. She’d just returned from a surprise trip to Yemen and now sat for 30 minutes against a blue backdrop in the State Department’s Washington broadcast studio as reports streamed in of Libya’s violent crackdown on its own people.

But Clinton was far from a passive observer. She was in energetic discussion on the Egyptian news site Masrawy.com, where her presence excited a stream of questions—more than 6,500 in three days—from young people across Egypt. “We hope,” she said, “that as Egypt looks at its own future, it takes advantage of all of the people’s talents”—Clinton shorthand for including women. She had an immediate answer when a number of questioners suggested that her persistent references to women’s rights constituted American meddling in Egyptian affairs: “If a country doesn’t recognize minority rights and human rights, including women’s rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible.

The Web chat was only one of dozens of personal exchanges Clinton has committed to during the three months since Tunisia’s unrest set off a political explosion whose end is not yet in sight. At every step, she has worked to connect the Middle East’s hunger for a new way forward with her categorical imperative: the empowerment of women. Her campaign has begun to resonate in unlikely places. In the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, where women cannot travel without male permission or drive a car, a grandson of the Kingdom’s founding monarch (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud) last month denounced the way women are “economically and socially marginalized” in Arab countries.”

There was a time when Dumb White People thought Obama was the future and the messenger. While Obama cries for George Bush, it turns out it’s Hillary for whom the “campaign has begun to resonate”. Even in male dominated theocracies there are more women then men – and that is a solid practical and well as moral imperative:

“I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton recently told NEWSWEEK during another rare moment relaxing on a couch in the comfortable sitting room of her offices on the State Department’s seventh floor, her legs propped up in front of her. “We see women and girls across the world who are oppressed and violated and demeaned and degraded and denied so much of what they are entitled to as our fellow human beings.”

One could be forgiven for thinking Hillary is talking about the Democratic primaries of 2008 or Sarah Palin’s travails. And as we warned about the “Iron Veil”, Hillary understands the danger:

“Clinton is paying particular attention to whether women’s voices are heard within the local groups calling for and leading change in the Middle East. “You don’t see women in pictures coming from the demonstrations and the opposition in Libya,” she told NEWSWEEK late last week, adding that “the role and safety of women will remain one of our highest priorities.” As for Egypt, she said she was heartened by indications that women would be included in the formation of the new government. “We believe that women were in Tahrir Square, and they should be part of the decision-making process. If [the Egyptians] are truly going to have a democracy, they can’t leave out half the population.

While Barack Obama golfs and parties, Hillary Clinton works:

“I have had quite an experience over the last three months,” is how Clinton characterizes the stamina requirements of an amped-up shuttle diplomacy. Two years into her tenure as America’s 67th secretary of state, she has out-traveled every one of her predecessors, with 465,000 air miles and 79 countries already behind her. [snip] She is, it seems, everywhere at once, crossing time zones and defying jet lag, though signs of exhaustion—a hoarse voice, bleary eyes—slip through. (A recent 19-hour “day trip” to Mexico landed her at Maryland’s Andrews Air Force Base well after 2 a.m., which left approximately six hours to get home, sleep, and make her first meeting of the day that would culminate in President Obama’s State of the Union address.)”

Hillary Clinton is optimistic but not stupid. She knows there are dangers in opportunity, not just celestial choirs:

But there has been a hard core of realism to her recognition of a new opening for women. “We are watching and waiting,” she said. “People jockey for power, and often the most conservative elements once again use the opportunity to crack down on women and women’s roles.

While Clinton views the subjugation of the world’s women as a moral question, she plants her argument firmly on the grounds of national security, terrain she knows is far less likely to be attacked as “too soft” to be relevant to U.S. interests. “This is a big deal for American values and for American foreign policy and our interests, but it is also a big deal for our security,” she told NEWSWEEK. “Because where women are disempowered and dehumanized, you are more likely to see not just antidemocratic forces, but extremism that leads to security challenges for us.

That foundation in reality is one of the things we like best about Hillary. And of course there is that color of clothes she wears when she has to speak in the language of tough:

“And so, clad in a striking pink suit, she ascended the Beijing stage and delivered what The New York Times called “an unflinching speech that may have been her finest moment in public life.” Thousands of delegates—women and men—from 180 countries had gathered to hear Clinton, and some of the women cheered and pounded the tables in front of them while she spoke.

“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all,” Clinton declared. “As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes—the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized.

Those who have worked closely with Clinton on women’s issues view that speech as a turning point for an embattled first lady. “What Mrs. Clinton so clearly realized in Beijing was that she had a voice and she had power,” says Alyse Nelson, president of the women’s leadership group Vital Voices Global Partnership, who paid her own way to the conference as a college student. “And she could use that voice to help those who had no power.

What a contrast to the boy raised by wolves who has never done anything for anyone else. What a refreshing change is this woman who has fought all her life for others:

“Significantly, at the age of 63, Hillary Clinton is once again focusing on the issues that first inspired her to seek a life of public service more than four decades ago, a time when America’s schools remained segregated and no woman had ever served on the Supreme Court, been elected mayor of a major city, or entered the country’s military academies.[snip]

In January, Clinton became the first secretary of state in two decades to visit Yemen. It’s a country infiltrated by Al Qaeda, and so she talked security and development issues in three hours cloistered with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at his sprawling presidential compound. It’s also a country where a man may marry a girl of 9, and so Clinton sought out the kind of people who rarely meet American secretaries of state—the students, community activists, and, most obviously, the women. She toured the narrow streets of the capital’s old city to the great dismay of her security detail; through the windows of her heavily armored SUV she caught sight of men in traditional clothes, knives dangling from their belts, and children yelling “welcome” in Arabic. Missing from the scene: virtually any sign of the country’s women.

Arriving at a packed conference center in a luxury hotel complex perched above the old city, Clinton found young men and women packed into a raucous town-hall meeting. When she finished speaking, a cluster of Yemeni women’s activists approached. A petite young woman wearing a glitter-fringed black head scarf and a denim jacket with BEAUTY embroidered on its sleeve told the secretary the women needed advice about how to stop child marriage. During her remarks, Clinton had cited the story of Nujood Ali, a Yemeni girl in the audience that day whose very public fight for a divorce at age 11 has become a global cause célèbre—one that Clinton herself follows closely.

“Today, Nujood is back in school where she belongs, learning English along with her studies,” Clinton told the crowd. “And I really see her as an inspiration and representative of so many other young girls who can contribute positively to their families and their country.”

There is a lot of work to do, and Hillary is not busy golfing. She is busy being born. Hillary is busy working:

The secretary remembers things, she takes notes, she asks questions weeks or months” after the fact, according to Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary for management at the State Department. “She checks on the issues she cares about, deeply and specifically,” keeping track of it all with her famous to-do lists.

I honestly think Hillary Clinton wakes up every day thinking about how to improve the lives of women and girls,” says Theresa Loar. “And I don’t know another world leader who is doing that.”

It’s not just girls and women. The girls and women have sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands. Hillary Clinton is busy saving the world.

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291 thoughts on “Hillary’s War – Against Obama Treachery And Boobery

  1. Breaking News from Newsmax.com

    Walker: Obama Should Mind His Own Budget Crisis
    Courageous Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday began the legal notification process that could lead to 1,500 state employees losing their jobs in April, declaring in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview that President Barack Obama should stay out of his state’s fiscal affairs and focus instead on the nation’s dire budget crisis, “which he’s failed to lead on.”

  2. That was a pretty public smack. The question is how would Hillary have handled this situation?

  3. Admin: I enjoyed every word of your article…Hillary is such an inspiration to us all and I think that why most men just don’t like her….but she is magnificant!

    Great article! I hope she can save us and the rest of the women in these horrid countries!

  4. With regard to the rerun article from the Washington Post that I posted earlier,

    I see this as obama’s thugs trying to make sure no one forgets the ridiculous smear the repubs dealt Bill Clinton years ago. It is a preemptive strike against Hillary running.

  5. I am reading Admins great post, going over every sentence…over and over.

    Hillary needs to start a third party if she doesn’t want to run under the Dimocrat Party any longer with the thugs and snakes licking their chops…

    The new party name could be: ‘The American Women’s Party’ and the men that respect them.

    Back to reading…

  6. “Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”

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    Women being killed, raped and abused is just a ‘pet project’?

    %$@#%&** 😡 Ain’t that telling…….

  7. Just watched the View, and evidently this British Lady who was reporting on the Royal Wedding, is involved in the make over of Newsweek. They were showing the cover with Hillary on it. They asked her how the mag was changed. She said we are going to actually news reporting and not the opinion or what we would like the event to be reporting.

    A little too late. Because of their pretext, we now have a pretend President, and I still think most of the country wonders how that happened.

  8. They also indicatd that there is going to be a gathering of the Egyptian women to show that they are a power force, and want to be included in the writting of the new Constitution. I think HRC is involved also.

  9. “And so, clad in a striking pink suit, she ascended the Beijing stage and delivered what The New York Times called “an unflinching speech that may have been her finest moment in public life.” Thousands of delegates—women and men—from 180 countries had gathered to hear Clinton, and some of the women cheered and pounded the tables in front of them while she spoke.
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    This makes me want to cry.

    Go Hillary, what a gift she is to women.

  10. It’s not just girls and women. The girls and women have sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands. Hillary Clinton is busy saving the world.

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    Bravo Admin, this post is a tear jerker…(sniff, sniff).

    If not now, when?
    If not Hillary…why hope at all?

  11. Men, women, or children, it is a shame – but this shows the contempt women are viewed with:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/world/africa/08libya.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

    In interviews, rebel fighters said the loyalists were using residents of Bin Jawwad as human shields, making women stand next to their houses. The rebels said they held back their fire as a result. But witnesses said that the rebels seemed to use every weapon at their disposal, including Katyusha rockets, multiple grenade launchers and antiaircraft guns as they tried to dislodge the loyalists. It was not enough.

  12. Gawd! Jew-haters have a new Jew to hate and another excuse to blame their miseries on Jews: Gaddaffy! Turns out he’s Jewish! Oy vey! 🙂

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142593

    There have been rumors in the past about Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi’s Jewish roots, and now it seems to be confirmed. Israel National News TV met with Gita Boaron, who claims that the Libyan dictator is indeed Jewish and that she is a distant cousin.

    “Qaddafi’s grandmother is my grandmother’s sister,” explained Boaron. “His grandmother is my father’s grandmother. She was Jewish, became Muslim and married the town sheikh. She had children and he’s her grandson so he’s considered Jewish because his mother was born to a Jewish mother. So it means he’s Jewish.

    Boaron, who heard the story about Qaddafi’s Jewish roots from her mother as she was growing up, said that her family has never even considered getting closer to Qaddafi, since “There’s no place like Israel,” as she put it.

    She noted that it is only recently that Qaddafi has really become anti-Jewish.

    “He always loved the Jews and didn’t do anything bad to them,” she said. “The moment he started to speak against the Jews, I said: ‘Just wait. He’ll get what’s coming to him.’ Two weeks later the protests started there.”

    She described the current situation in the Arab world as “chaos. One eats the other. May they eat one another and not us.

  13. Shadowfax,
    You know how many people have told me that the women of the middle don’t know any better….so why worry about them? Well I wonder what would of happened in the ghettos of the poorest if Mother Theresa would have thought that??? Well we don’t have enough Mother Theresa’s and Hillary Clinton’s in this world, we have more Christopher Hutchins…..

    Made me want to cry too…because we could have had Hillary….who did we get Bush II and Bush III.

  14. I know Obama means well. I know Obama loves America. And I know he is the messiah. All I know all I know I owe I-O-Way . . where big media first did its dirty work–and continues to work with White House gutter snipes. But please Oh Great one, take a chapter out of history of the Irish Peace process and realize that marches by women had a salutary effect on the process and made it work. And tell that to your anonymous source– Jarrett.

  15. Confloyd, funny you should mention Mother Theresa…I had her in the back of my mind as I read Admins great post.

    Two women I admire most for their selflessness, tireless work and compassion.

    “…..we could have had Hillary.” Yes, but I have to believe that Hillary’s turn is ahead or I get too depressed to deal with all of this.

    We do know one thing, Hillary will not retire, at the very least, she will work with Bill…and keep fighting for women and the ones they love.

  16. Breaking News from Newsmax.com

    Walker: Obama Should Mind His Own Budget Crisis
    Courageous Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday began the legal notification process that could lead to 1,500 state employees losing their jobs in April, declaring in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview that President Barack Obama should stay out of his state’s fiscal affairs and focus instead on the nation’s dire budget crisis, “which he’s failed to lead on.”
    ————-
    With Obama it is not hail to the chief. It is hail to the fraud, or if you prefer hail to the empty podium. Now that is change you can believe in. Bots chant in to at the behest of the grotesque Maria Shriver–HE is the one we have been waiting for–as Rome burns around them. It is like a lost Twilight Zone episode.

  17. Looks like we losing a rethug i Ariz. Ensign is resigning….he’s been bedding some one else’s wife….well all I can say is that looks to me like everyone is worrying about their skeleton’s…gee I wonder WHO has the goods on every Senator/Congressman/President/former President/ and any politico????

  18. obama needs a million dollars?

    Just imagine what that money could be used for instead of supporting this moron.

  19. “Gaddaffy! Turns out he’s Jewish!”

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    Admin,

    I read about this a few days ago and just laughed. Can we throw him back please????

  20. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE BILL AS “AN ACCOMPLISHMENT”. WHY??

    How’s that health careb bill workin’ for ya?

    NY Times article on Sat. had one headline:

    HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS SOAR AS COVERAGE SHRINKS
    =======================================

    But the online version now modified to:

    As Health Costs Soar, G.O.P. and Insurers Differ on Cause
    ==========================

    By ROBERT PEAR
    Published: March 4, 2011

    MANCHESTER, N.H. Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their health insurance premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zarembas print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent. And for engineers at the Woodland Design Group, they rose 43 percent.

    The new federal health care law may eventually bend the cost curve downward, as proponents argue. But for now, at many workplaces here, the rising cost of health care is prompting insurance premiums to skyrocket while coverage is shrinking.

    As Congress continues to debate the new health care law, health insurance costs are still rising, particularly for small businesses. Republicans are seizing on the trend as evidence that the new law includes expensive features that are driving up premiums. But the insurance industry says premiums are rising primarily because of the underlying cost of care and a growing demand for it.

    Across the country, premiums have more than doubled in the last decade, with smaller companies particularly hard hit in recent years, federal officials say.

    In New Hampshire, where the population is among the healthiest in the nation, according to various surveys, the insurance market for individuals, families and small businesses is extremely fragile. More than 90 percent of private employers in New Hampshire have fewer than 50 employees. Small and medium-size employers try to shop around for health insurance, but have few alternatives from which to choose.

    This year, groups of more than 20 workers have been experiencing premium increases of around 20 percent, insurance agents say, while smaller groups are seeing increases of 40 percent to 60 percent or more.

    The rate of increase is phenomenal, said Jean Pierre La Tourette, owner of Flora Ventures, a florist with 11 employees in Newmarket, N.H., near Portsmouth. When he was recently notified that the monthly premium for single employees at his firm was going up by $229, or 40 percent, to $789, Mr. La Tourette said, he felt a combination of anger and frustration.

    Economists and state regulators say health insurance is expensive primarily because health care is expensive.

    You wont really address the cost of health insurance unless you address the cost of health care itself, New Hampshires insurance commissioner, Roger A. Sevigny, said.

    In a letter explaining Mr. La Tourettes new rate, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said it resulted, in part, from an increase in medical trends, especially the utilization of services and the underlying cost of health care, for all small-group customers.

    William P. DeLuca III and his family own several companies, including four car dealerships and the Bank of New England, which together have 550 employees in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. To obtain a better rate, Mr. DeLuca said, he switched this year to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from Tufts Health Plan. The Tufts increase would have been 23 percent, he said, while Harvard Pilgrims was 19 percent.

    Its out of control, Mr. DeLuca said. The cost of living is barely going up 1 or 2 percent a year. But we and our employees have to absorb these huge increases in health insurance costs.

    Some insurance industry lobbyists say the new federal health care law is driving up premiums. But Vincent Capozzi, senior vice president for sales and customer service at Harvard Pilgrim, said that only one percentage point of the increases here was attributable to the federal law, mainly its requirement for free coverage of preventive services.

    Another percentage point results from new state laws requiring coverage of hearing aids and certain treatments for autism, Mr. Capozzi said. Most of the remainder, he said, reflects increases in the use and cost of medical care by small-group customers, with adjustments for demographic characteristics like age.

    In many cases, insurance coverage is shrinking as deductibles are increasing and choices of hospitals are more limited. Robert I. Woodland, the president of the Woodland Design Group, said his company had experienced double-digit increases in premiums for seven years, even as benefits were whittled back. Most recently, he was notified that the rates were being increased 43 percent, so the monthly premium for a single worker would be $550, up from $384.

    Essentially, we have been paying a lot more for a lot less, Mr. Woodland said. Its outrageous. I cannot imagine charging my clients 43 percent more in a single year.

    James D. Bell Jr., the president of the EPE Corporation, which assembles electronic circuit boards at its factory here, said health insurance trends were starkly different from those of his other business expenses.

    Everywhere else I see a decrease in costs as a percentage of sales when the business grows, Mr. Bell said. We can buy raw circuit boards from hundreds of suppliers in the United States and overseas. But only two or three health plans make serious bids for our business.

    In an effort to save money last year, Mr. Zarembas company, RAM Printing, chose a health plan that required employees to pay more of the cost. The added expense had an immediate impact.

    I took a 5 percent cut in pay, because of the economy, and I was paying more for health care at the same time, said Gary J. Silveira, a longtime print shop employee. We still owe $1,000 to our family doctor; Im paying $100 a month. Im three months overdue in paying physical therapists who treated my son. And I skipped a few months of blood pressure and cholesterol medications just to save money.

    Obama administration officials said several provisions of the new federal health law would help make insurance more affordable.

    Insurers must publicly justify large rate increases, and they must spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on health care. Starting in 2014, each state will have a central market where consumers and small businesses can pool their purchasing power and buy insurance. In theory, the exchange could bring more insurers into the market, increase competition and drive down prices.

    In his budget address on Feb. 15, Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, said hospitals were part of the problem. Instead of using their excess cash to reduce health care costs, Mr. Lynch said, hospitals spend it on advertising, trying to attract market share from each other, buying physician and laboratory practices across the state, and then increasing overhead charges to patients.

    He proposed a moratorium on the construction of new facilities by hospitals. Such construction, he said, is driving up utilization and costs. But the New Hampshire Hospital Association objected, saying a moratorium would block spending on new medical equipment and health information technology needed to improve care.

    Governor Lynch won a fourth two-year term in November. At the same time, control of both houses of the state legislature flipped to Republicans from Democrats, putting into question state efforts to carry out the federal health law, which promises to be a big issue in the states 2012 Republican presidential primary.

    Mr. Sevigny, the insurance commissioner, had been poised to award a $610,000 contract for work on a health insurance exchange. But he pulled back the contract, financed entirely with federal money, after Republicans raised questions.

    It would be frivolous to spend taxpayer dollars on implementing a law that could very well be thrown out by the courts, said William L. OBrien, speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

    The House Republican leader, D. J. Bettencourt, said, We dont want to become addicted to federal money.

    Republicans are trying to block or slow the creation of insurance exchanges in several other states as well. Delays will make it more difficult for states to meet federal deadlines, and Mr. Sevigny said it was important for state officials to understand that the federal government would itself set up an exchange in any state that did not do so.

    To some people hammered by rising premiums, the federal law offers a glimmer of hope.

    Its imperative that we move forward with a plan that spreads the cost of insurance over a large population, said Mr. La Tourette, the florist. Im just thrilled that President Obama was able to get health care passed in any form. We can improve it later. Im terrified that it will be repealed.

  21. JanH
    March 7th, 2011 at 2:38 pm
    obama needs a million dollars?

    Just imagine what that money could be used for instead of supporting this moron.
    &&&&&&

    No, he needs 1,000 of those millions. He raised $750 million in 2008, when they couldn’t pin anything on his non-existent record. That extra $250 million will be needed to buy off reporters, since he now has an undeniable paper trail. A history of failure.

  22. Capitol Chaos: Walker Concedes GOP Senator May Break Rank on Budget Repair

    WISCONSIN DELLS – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said talks have been happening with Senate Democrats staying in Illinois over the budget repair bill as word comes out that one of the GOP Senators may be voting against Walker’s plans.

    Governor Walker, who was in Wisconsin Dells to address the state tourism industry, conceded to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Tom Murray that he might have lost one of the votes on the budget repair bill from the 19 Republicans in the State Senate.

    Walker said Richland Center Republican Senator Dale Schultz may vote against the bill as it stands now.

    The “Wisconsin 14” left the state three weeks ago to make sure a quorum could not be reached – and thereby, a vote could not happen – on the bill which rolls back the rights to negotiate many public workers unions’ benefits.

    Republicans can only lose two Republican Senate votes and pass the measure.

  23. Speaking of Daffy…every time I see his face I wonder if he survived setting himself on fire?

    His face looks like a burn victim that didn’t have constructive surgery.

  24. ACE
    ****

    There Are Now More than 1,000 ObamaCare Waivers
    —Gabriel Malor

    Historic. The President’s signature legislation is so wonderful and so necessary that over 1,000 waivers from its burdensome requirements have been granted.

    HHS posted 126 new waivers on Friday, bringing the total to 1,040 organizations that have been granted a one-year exemption from a new coverage requirement included in the healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago. Waivers have become a hot-button issue for Republicans, eager to expose any vulnerabilities in the reform law.
    Democrats spent over a year claiming there was a moral imperative to do away with the mini-med plans that now routinely get a waiver from the Obama Administration. So, were they lying then or are they immoral now?

    Could be both:

    The department also said the number of waivers has been steadily decreasing. HHS approved more than 500 in December, which it attributed to most plan years starting Jan. 1. It then approved 200 waivers in January and 126 in February.
    It’s hard to tell if that’s just bad reporting (remember, reporters are generally stupid creatures) or if HHS really did tell him that the number of waivers has been decreasing. I’m going to go with the former, though, because that paragraph looks like it was plucked and poorly paraphrased from the official talking points on the ObamaCare website. The number of waivers has not been decreasing. In fact, the number of waivers just increased to a record 1,040. What the reporter meant, and failed to convey, was that the rate of the increase in healthcare waivers has been decreasing. English iz hard.

    So who got waivers in this bunch? Several unions, including an SEIU local, some school districts and county governments, and several private companies, including the parent company of Pizza Hut and KFC, got a reprieve from ObamaCare.

  25. Shadowfax,
    Yeah Daffy is not and never has been good looking…not someone I’d want his sandles under my bed….how about you??? LOL! I wondered if he was a fire survivor too!

  26. Admin, an absolutely brilliant expansion of Newsweek’s caption.
    Her new initiative is already launched. Won’t BO look silly trying to turn it off?
    Her new initiative is global. BO thinks “Sh*t!”
    Is it not true that women outnumber men everywhere? {I really don’t know that answer.] But they might. BO. Better raise 2 billion to secure that second term. 🙂

  27. hold’um

    I wonder if China has 50% females or not, with only one child allowed, many baby girls were eliminated, one way or the other.

  28. China. Sad point, valid point.
    ———–
    Gear shift: I really do not want to see a Drudge headline about a low volume of Newsweek sales with our girl on the cover. Therefore have decided to buy 10 copies, keep 1 and distribute the rest to my elderly women friends.

  29. Obama to resume military commission trials for Guantánamo detainees
    By Sam Youngman – 03/07/11 03:07 PM ET
    President Obama on Monday ordered trials by military commission to resume at Guantánamo Bay.

    The move signals another defeat for Obama, who pledged to close the terrorist detention facility in Cuba within one year of taking office.

    In a fact sheet, the White House said Obama “remains committed” to closing the facility, but the president’s decision to lift the ban on military commissions signals the unlikelihood that Obama will successfully transfer all of the prisoners in Cuba.

    Shortly after Obama came to office and announced his goal of closing the facility, the administration suspended new charges in military commissions in Cuba.

    But on Monday, Obama directed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to “issue an order rescinding his prior suspension on the swearing and referring of new charges in the military commissions.”
    The White House said that the president ordered changes in how the commissions were run to make them more fair.

    “The administration, working on a bipartisan basis with members of Congress, has successfully enacted key reforms, such as a ban on the use of statements taken as a result of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and a better system for handling classified information,” the White House said.

    “With these and other reforms, military commissions, along with prosecutions of suspected terrorists in civilian courts, are an available and important tool in combating international terrorists that fall within their jurisdiction while upholding the rule of law.”

    Additionally, Obama by executive order created a periodic review process for detainees who cannot be tried or released because they represent a continued threat to national security.

    The White House said the review “will help to ensure that individuals who we have determined will be subject to long-term detention continue to be detained only when lawful and necessary to protect against a significant threat to the security of the United States.”

    “If a final determination is made that a detainee no longer constitutes a significant threat to our security, the Executive Order provides that the Secretaries of State and Defense are to identify a suitable transfer location outside the United States, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and applicable law,” the fact sheet said. “As the president has stated before, no Guantánamo detainee will be released into the United States.”

    It takes Obama two years to figure out that what he harshly critized during his campaign is the best option. I wonder if he will call Bush and say I’m sorry for being such a stupid critic? His own actions and words will defeat him in 2012.
    BY NOT THE SMARTEST

  30. holdthemaccountable
    March 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    China. Sad point, valid point.
    ———–
    Gear shift: I really do not want to see a Drudge headline about a low volume of Newsweek sales with our girl on the cover. Therefore have decided to buy 10 copies, keep 1 and distribute the rest to my elderly women friends.
    &&&&&

    Great idea. And who knows, maybe it will be their best selling edition in quite some time!

  31. gonzotx
    March 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    Obama to resume military commission trials for Guantánamo detainees

    The move signals another defeat for Obama, who pledged to close the terrorist detention facility in Cuba within one year of taking office.

    In a fact sheet, the White House said Obama “remains committed” to closing the facility…
    &&&&&&

    The only thing Obama can remain committed to is being uncommitted. “Mr. Present”. The Man with no Past.

    Obama: “Read My Lips: mmmbffrbmmbmfmm mmmbfrm”

  32. ACE
    ****

    There Are Now More than 1,000 ObamaCare Waivers
    —Gabriel Malor
    ——————–
    This is really a protection racket. As in pay me to not burn down your business.

  33. Capitol Chaos: Walker Concedes GOP Senator May Break Rank on Budget Repair
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    I think the governor has already won the battle. This senator will be a pariah and will probably have to change parties.

  34. Looks like we losing a rethug i Ariz. Ensign is resigning….he’s been bedding some one else’s wife….well all I can say is that looks to me like everyone is worrying about their skeleton’s…gee I wonder WHO has the goods on every Senator/Congressman/President/former President/ and any politico????
    —————————–
    This guy is a loser. But he joins a growing cadre of expatriates from both parties who are bailing out. That is a concern, because it suggests they see something just over the horizion that big media is not reporting.

  35. I really do not want to see a Drudge headline about a low volume of Newsweek sales with our girl on the cover.

    ——–
    I saw that too and they aren’t worth commenting on.

  36. There Are Now More than 1,000 ObamaCare Waivers

    ——-
    I wonder how much they had to pay for the waivers?
    Campaign contributions????

  37. It is hard for me to understand why the vast majority of women love Obama like they do. But love him they do. He is clearly a misogynist of the worst order. Unfortunately they are so smitten with him that all they see is this handsome black dude who they would love to spend quality time with. (Note: as Shakespeare noted, the madman and the lover are blind.)

    The record to date is replete with examples of his blatant misogyny. This dismissal of Hillary, and her signature issue of womens rights as a pet project is simply the latest example.

    If these women had any sense at all, they would ask themselves why he is diminishing Hillary and womens rights. There are three (3) possible reasons: i) the motive is political, ii) the motive is policy driven, or iii) the motive is misogynistic.

    If you examine the evidence, it becomes obvious that the motive is not political. If she had not resigned from the Administration and run against him, then perhaps you could attribute it to politics–specifically the desire to fend off a primary challenge. But she has not done that and in fact she has renounced any intention to run again. Therefore, his motive for diminishing Hillary cannot be attributed to politics, as that term is generally understood.

    If you asked him the question directly–something his protectors in big media will NEVER do because they are such whores, then he might well say that his attack on Hillary and her advocacy of the rights of women, is intended to preserve the core tenets of the Muslim religion including the subordination of women, for the larger purpose of empowering moderate Muslims in the war against terrorism. But that explanation fails to pass the red face test, because it misrepresents to nature of the Muslim faith which is rooted in jihad, and he knows it.

    When you cut through all the Obama crap, what you are left with is a dyed in the wool misogynist. Ergo, the reason why he attacks Hillary, and her advocacy of womens rights is because he does not want to empower women. What about Michelle, Jarrett et. al? They are nothing more than useful props for his grand sociopathic schemes. Thus, they are nothing more than decoys to mask his true nature and ambitions. He puts women in the same category as people who live in small towns and cling to their guns, their rifles and their religion. Inferiors.

    But we must give credit where credit is do. He may not be able to govern his way out of a paper bag, he may be singularly responsible for the demise of this country–through serial mistakes, lapses in judgment, and courting all the wrong people. but as long as he can bamboozle so many women whom he secretly despises, then with the help of his big media whores he can win in 2012. That is where our democracy breaks down.

    And just think of it. If, as now seems likely, Romney gets the nomination, then you can be sure that Obama’s supporters in big media will do one expose after another on the Mormon Church, the mountain meadow massacre, the treatment of women, the ostracision of certain people, the strange tenets of that religion, his flip flop on government health care, his vast personal fortune vs the wonderful lovable Obama. And those same women who love him now will love Obama even more. Even though he is a misogynist. They will never connect the dots, any more that they will understand that voting for Hillary was the smartest thing they could have done but failed to do.

    is what so many of them tell me, and I can assure you they are not kidding. I ask them to look at what he is doing to Hillary. Why is he calling her signature issue–the rights of women around the world a pet project? If you asked him he might lie and say because I do not want to interfere with his outreach programs to radical Muslims–the ones who choose not to murder Americans, scream Allah Akbar, so he can say we must not judge an entire religion by the audacious acts of a few, any more than we can judge white people by the terrible actions of McVeigh–we must have tolerance and I must be re elected. No that is not what it is. He knows she will not run against him in 2012, so why is he demeaning her efforts? Simple. He is determined to deny her a legacy. And if you think this is just politics think again. Unfortunately, millions of women who would never tolerate such actions by their bosses or husbands just melt at the sight of him. It is a strange strange strange phenomenon.

  38. wbboei,

    I don’t know what women you are speaking to but this one thinks BO is absolutely hideous with those purple lips, dead cobra eyes and jug ears.

    He and his wife are almost equally repulsive. There is no beauty or grace in either of them.

    I suppose if you speak to lots of leftie women they would be swooning over him, especially (I hate to say it but it’s true) the white ones, but I seriously doubt the majority of women find him attractive.

    As for his anti-woman policies, leftie women seem oblivious to things like sharia law, FGM. women as possessions in the ME and other women, well, I guess they are unaware of these things.

    Unfortunately for us.

  39. Veterans and Medicare recipients saying that they didn’t want the government “messing” with their health care.

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

    Imo there’s a very legitimate distinction between the current temporary administration/congressmen — and programs such as Medicare which have had continuity for a long time and are set up more or less independent. Even more so the VA.

  40. Damn, Greta is just going all rethug for days now…maybe I will stop listening to Fox altogether soon.

    No place to go these days.

  41. I demand that obama and his thugs jump off a cliff and keep going! This is all about dumbo looking good and to hell with Israel and it’s people.

    ———————–
    U.S. Demands ‘Dramatic Statement’ From Netanyahu
    Obama May Press for 1967 Borders

    Netanyahu has been invited to speak to the U.S. Congress in May to outline a new peace initiative and the Obama administration is demanding nothing short of “dramatic statements,” sources close to Netanyahu told Ynet.

    The same sources in Netanyahu’s circle interpret this to mean that Obama will demand a direct reference to 1967 borders as the basis for a final-status agreement.

    Israel has been reluctant thus far to make statements on borders so as not to prejudice the final outcome of negotiations.

    An Israeli source also said that the White House regards Netanyahu with “great mistrust” and “has not granted him one minute of mercy.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/dramatic.php

  42. Clinton Launches 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

    JulieAnn McKellogg
    March 07, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the ‘100 Women Initiative’ at the State Department in Washington, March 7, 2011

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges” on the eve of the100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.

    One hundred women from 92 countries gathered at the State Department to begin a three-week professional exchange program in the United States.

    Secretary Clinton told them that investing in women is the right thing and can help alleviate problems like poverty and hunger. “For me, investing in women and girls is smart. It pays off,” she said.

    She called the women “pioneers” in business, academics, civil society and government, and she said their actions inspire her and others.

    Clinton also recognized the achievements of some of the participants. “Raquel Fernandez from Paraguay connects with women and girls trapped in a life of servitude,” she said. “In Sudan, Aisha Humad, where’s Aisha? Aisha is empowering women by teaching them to stand up for themselves and to stand up for their own rights.”

    The women are taking part in the International Visitor Leadership Program, which brings 5,200 current and emerging leaders to the United States to engage with their American peers and to experience life in the United States.

    Clinton has long worked to make women’s rights a key U.S. foreign policy issue, when she was first lady in the 1990s and now as secretary of state. Monday was the first of a series of events that will be held during the coming year to highlight key foreign policy issues that directly affect women and girls worldwide.

    Clinton called the women “ambassadors” for their countries. She said government relations are not the only way to deal with global challenges.
    “Ultimately, I think it is people-to-people relationships that make a difference and that can really give you the strength to keep going through very difficult times,” said Clinton.

    After Clinton’s speech, the women asked questions of Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale, Assistant Secretary of Education Ann Stock and Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills.

    One woman from Latin America left the panelists momentarily speechless.

    “Do you think now that your country is ready for a woman as a president? I am not sure any of the three of us should answer that,” she said.

    Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills said she does not think the U.S. is quite ready to elect a woman as head of state.

    “I certainly think it is the case that our country demonstrated ably in the last election that they are more than willing to support women in a leadership role and more than willing to actually see a woman as their leader,” said Mills. “But I think for getting over that final hurdle, I think we are a little bit away.”

    Secretary Clinton was a U.S. senator when she campaigned for president in 2008. She lost the Democratic Party nomination to her then-Senate colleague Barack Obama.

    The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is Tuesday. Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama will mark the day by honoring 10 women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Awards at a ceremony in Washington.

    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Clinton-Launches-100th-Anniversary-of-International-Womens-Day-117556638.html

  43. I think Greta is sweet on Rick Santorum. She also asked the Newt why people should think he would make a good Pres. when he cheated on his wife. Woooooooooo, it was a great slap.

  44. Obama is the “something isn’t working.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20040100-503544.html

    The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

    An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

    The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted “a major issue with the Commencement Challenge.”

    “As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.

    A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, “Something isn’t working.” It called on staffers to ask “friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices” to encourage schools to apply.

  45. Something else that isn’t working:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/03/aol-stock-huffington-post.html

    AOL’s purchase of the Huffington Post closed Monday, and the same day, AOL’s stock sank to its lowest price ever.

    As noted by Business Insider’s Chart of the Day, shares of AOL fell about 4%, or 79 cents, to $19.26 — its lowest closing price so far. That was down about one-third from the one-year high it reached in April, Business Insider noted.

    The decline in stock price may show a lack of investor confidence in Chief Executive Tim Armstrong’s attempt to turn AOL around. Much of that plan is pinned on the combined vision of Armstong and Arianna Huffington, who is becoming president and editor in chief of a new Huffington Post Media Group inside AOL.

  46. There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”

    Special interest???? Pet project?????

    I really hope every woman reads how this administration, led by “the feminist”, feels about women.

  47. He is determined to deny her a legacy.

    wbboei, I agree that it’s misogyny, but I think on some level, the narcissist is aware that he is doing a poor job, and that she is totally outshining him. So, my guess is that even if it were a man doing such a great job, he would try to screw his legacy, because Thee One Shall Not Be Outshone. A normal, healthy person would want the whole team doing a superb job for the country, and would want to enable and support superior performance by all government employees. But – that’s not who our Cheater in Chief is, is it?

  48. Walker Concedes GOP Senator May Break Rank on Budget Repair
    ——————-
    I think the governor has already won the battle. This senator will be a pariah and will probably have to change parties.

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

    Which battle? Among the voting public, I think it’s now at least 4 major polls saying people support the unions rather than Walker. Also if there were a do-over election in WI, Walker’s opponent would win.

  49. As if any of us needed one more reason to disrespect BO, there’s this from the O’Reilly interview which aired on SuperBowl Sunday. A little old, but appropriate as we celebrate Hillary’s Newsweek coverage. O’Reilly stated there were people who really hate you, Mr. President. And BO stole Hillary’s “I don’t take it personally” response as his reply. I mention this particularly because I’ve heard no one point out the origin of the statement.

    And ruefully I point out that I’ve heard nothing about Hillary on the news stations recently. More reason to mail those copies of Newsweek. I have adjusted the recipients of mine to include Robert J. Casey, Jr., the Benedict Arnold of Senators up for re-election in 2012.

  50. OBMA- The Charlie Sheen of Presidents! Except, the public likes Charlie Sheen in spite of his antics, better than the slovenly president they hired to work (whats that?) for them.

    Even the HS kids don’t want to listen to his LIES and more of his projected broken promises.
    ___________________________

    White House memo notes shortage of applicants for contest to have Obama to speak at high school graduation.

    The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.

    An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.

    The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted “a major issue with the Commencement Challenge.”

    “As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.”

    A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, “Something isn’t working.” It called on staffers to ask “friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices” to encourage schools to apply.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20040100-503544.html

  51. The Myth of the Moderate Muslim

    March 8th, 2011

    by Gina Miller.

    Is there really such a thing as a “moderate Muslim”? Or, are there only Muslims and apostate Muslims? I suspect the latter.

    We always read about “radical Islam” as if there is a distinction between it and “regular” Islam. But how is Islam not radical? How is Islamic Shariah law not radical? Even a cursory study of Islamic Shariah law reveals a brutal, oppressive and ignorant ideology that is completely at odds with western civilization. There can be no doubt that Islam is radical, period. Of course, not every Muslim straps on a bomb or cuts off people’s heads, but there seems to be a dearth of supposedly moderate Muslims who are loudly denouncing such atrocious, barbaric behavior.

    The “moderate Muslim” campaign is a hoax, and America would do well to wake up to it. Where you have someone who claims to be a moderate Muslim, look for either deception (taqiyya) or an apostate Muslim who cherry-picks Islam. The words of the Koran which call for the killing or subjugation of non-Muslims and the waging of jihad against “infidels” leave Muslims in a position to either support those words or not fully follow Islam’s mandates.

    The pressure of political correctness has cowed and silenced many leaders in our nation. They are afraid to call a spade a spade when it comes to Islam. The good news is that millions of us are awake to the threat of creeping Islamic Shariah law in our country, and we will not be fooled by the PC rhetoric. I just hope we have the collective will to stamp out the creeping Shariah within our borders.

    It is heartening to see a number of states proposing anti-Shariah bills in their legislatures. Those bills would outlaw state courts from citing or upholding Shariah law. This kind of legislation is essential to head off the creeping invasion of Shariah law in our nation. It must be done at the state level, since we have an Islamist sympathizer in the White House whose administration would never go against the Islamist agenda. If we can take back the White House and Senate in 2012, we may stand a chance at anti-Shariah legislation at the federal level.

    New York Rep. Peter King is hosting a congressional hearing this week in Washington to explore the threat of Islamic radicalization in our country. This is a small step in the right direction, but even Rep. King is attempting to find those elusive moderate Muslims who will stand boldly against the Islamic calls for jihad against non-Muslims.

    The America-hating, suicidal Left and the Islamists desperately try to claim there is no such threat to our nation from Islamic Shariah law, and they claim that anyone who criticizes Islam is simply displaying “hate” against Muslims; yet at the same time, the Islamists have plainly said they intend to destroy the West from within. A 1991 internal document of the Muslim Brotherhood states the Islamists’ intentions for the United States and all of western civilization. As reported by Paul and Phillip D. Collins in their essay titled, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Expediting the Grand Jihad,”

    “Entitled ‘An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,’ the document states that the Brotherhood’s activities in the United States represent,

    ‘a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ’sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions’”

    What part of that is hard to understand? Who can read that and not clearly see that the Islamists are the enemies of the entire free world, especially as we witness all the Islamic murderers who operate daily across the globe killing people for the sake of the devil, Allah?

    The fact that duplicitous groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are still given any credibility whatsoever is quite disturbing and frustrating. CAIR is nothing more than a stealth front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    http://scottfactor.com/conservative_blog/the-myth-of-the-moderate-muslim/

  52. The real POTUS Hillary Rodham Clinton is out front 24/7 while two-tone is wooing the white girls that are waiting in line to get their hug and kiss from this phoney baloney.
    He is on his way down and he knows that Hillary is winning her campaign to save this troubled world.

    Tuesday March 8th 2011 Appointments: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton
    March 8, 2011
    tags: Daily Appointment Schedule, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Stateby stacyxSECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    8:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Senator Lindsay Graham, at the Department of State.

    10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, at the Department of State.

    11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards with Special Guest First Lady Michelle Obama, at the Department of State.

    2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Kyrgyz Republic President Roza Otunbayeva, at the Department of State.

    3:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton speaks with Dr. Muhammad Yunus

  53. admin:

    The timing of Hillary’s movement on Womens Rights couldn’t have come at a better moment. What I see is this: Obama is using the NWO as a platform for Ahmajenidad to launch the spread of Sharia Law throughout the world (with an eye on including Sharia Law as a condition for doing business with India.)

    From admin’s cover post:

    “Today, while Hillary Clinton’s picture is on the cover of Newsweek magazine and the lead paragraph is “In a time of momentous change in the world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sets out on her most heartfelt mission: to put women and girls at the forefront of the New World Order” the White House via the Washington Post tries to undermine Hillary.”

    “New World Order” is a loaded term these days and we are certain Newsweek’s words will be put into Hillary’s mouth by those who are determined to hate her. But what is almost comic is that after a magazine cover story is published and a Hillary Clinton battle cry “to put women and girls at the forefront” is heard – the White House moves immediately to crush that message and goal.”

    ………………….

    And… Obama recently called on his buddy Ahmadinejad to make nice with India’s National Security head (after President Obama’s secret meeting w/Indian officals last November)

    “However, Iranian media have assessed this week that the Indian Central Bank’s announcement reflects a fundamental change in India’s foreign policy towards Iran. The conservative daily Keyhan claimed that the bank’s announcement should be considered to reflect the secret understandings achieved between President Barack Obama and the Indian authorities during his visit to New Delhi last November. The daily claimed that despite the Indian government’s announcement that it was a technical and tactical issue that did not reflect an intention on India’s part to adopt the U.S. policy towards Iran, it was in fact a move designed to secure the interests of the U.S. and its Western allies.

    According to Keyhan, it is India that will suffer if the relations between the two countries take a downturn, seeing as Iran is its second most important oil exporter. Due to India’s continuing population growth, that country will likely face a severe energy crisis in the next few years, and Iran is the only country able to satisfy its vital energy needs.”

    h..w….crethiplethi.com/tensions-between-india-and-iran-escalate/islamic-countries/iran-islamic-countries/2011/

    ……………………

    Ahmadinejad calls for New World Order

    March 8, 2010

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran and India need to help spread justice in the world as the duo share humane perspectives on international affairs.

    “Currently, the formation of a new world order is of prime importance and it is upon the independent countries to prevent the same old oppressive order from insinuating itself into a new form,” the website of the Iranian president’s office quoted him as saying in a meeting with India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon in Tehran on Monday.

    Ahmadinejad underlined the role of Iran’s and India’s cultural background and said the issue of culture will significantly contribute to the new world order.

    The Iranian chief executive also called for further cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi.

    For his part, the Indian official lauded his country’s relations with the Islamic Republic and emphasized India’s willingness “to establish all-out strategic relations with Iran.”

    Iran is India’s second-largest oil supplier after Saudi Arabia, with New Delhi importing 12 million barrels of Iranian crude on a monthly basis.

    Trade volume between Iran and India reached almost $13 billion in 2007 after business between the two countries jumped by 80 percent.

    India imported 21.3 million tons of crude oil from Iran from March 21, 2009 to March 21, 2010.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/168767.html

  54. Admin, that was a good find. Lack of interest of having Mr. Useless give a commencement address at your high school graduation…:

    “As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday,” the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, “please keep the application number close hold.”

    A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, “Something isn’t working.”
    &&&&&&&&

    Uh. Yeah. Exactly.

  55. admin
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    AOL’s purchase of the Huffington Post closed Monday, and the same day, AOL’s stock sank to its lowest price ever.
    &&&&&

    How much is “hot air” worth?

  56. Throwing Afghani women under the bus is also throwing our soldiers under the bus. For many of our soldiers, in the insanity of our ME wars, with the fake WMDs, never catching Osama, all the of that, they have at least been able to take comfort that they have been emancipating women from the Taliban’s cruelty. But even that is to be taken away. Everything they sacrificed for duty and country means nothing.

  57. holdthemaccountable
    March 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    China. Sad point, valid point.
    ———–
    Gear shift: I really do not want to see a Drudge headline about a low volume of Newsweek sales with our girl on the cover. Therefore have decided to buy 10 copies, keep 1 and distribute the rest to my elderly women friends.
    &&&&

    I “voted” today by buying my copy of Newsweek. It’s the only one I’ve bought in perhaps 15 years.

  58. Hillary ClintonThe US Secretary of State has outlasted her critics to become more popular than ever

    Homa Khaleeli
    The Guardian, Tuesday 8 March 2011

    From fielding questions about what designer clothes she wears (her reply: “Would you ever ask a man that question?”) to supporting victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hillary Clinton, 63, has always been outspoken about her feminism. Her early years may have seen her canvassing for Republican politicians (from the tender age of 13) and hoping to become an astronaut. But once at University, the death of Martin Luther King and the Vietnam war turned her into a Democrat and her rebuke of a Republican senator in her graduation speech won her notice in Life magazine as a voice for her generation.

    She apparently joined Yale law school after feeling insulted by a professor at Harvard who told her they didn’t need more women. There she met Bill Clinton , in the library, marching up to him and announcing, “If you’re going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself.” While her husband was governor of Arkansas she became the first female partner at her law firm and was appointed to the board of the Legal Services Corporation (which provides free legal assistance), by President Carter. Her critics complained that whilst her husband was in power she had too much influence over public policy – during a campaign speech he had said voters would get “Two for the price of one,” if he was voted in. She refused to be broken by the scandal over her husband’s affairs and his subsequent impeachment, instead running for Senate.

    Now secretary of state, she has outlasted her critics to become more popular than ever. And despite her support of the Iraq war and the failure to get her healthcare legislation through (since remedied by Obama), she works tirelessly for women across the globe, saying that women’s rights are “the signature issue” for this administration’s foreign policy. She has pressed the subject of the gender imbalance in China, sexual violence as a weapon of war, and even the importance of safe cooking stoves – which other politicians have ignored or downplayed.

    And according to a reader: “She has refused to be overshadowed by her husband, maintaining a highly active political career while he was in the White House. Her own political achievements have been outstanding, and as a representative of New York State and now as secretary of state she is an inspiration to women throughout the world.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/08/hillary-clinton-100-women

  59. Btw, it is bitter to read that we are now throwing Afghan women under the bus on International Women’s Day. Admin is right, BO is consumed with hatred for Hillary and all women. I am calling him the Misogynist-In-Chief.

  60. “OBAMA CAN’T WIN WITHOUT OHIO”

    TRANSLATION: OBAMA CAN’T WIN.

    In the general election of 2008 (and the Democratic primary), Obama threw out vast swaths of US territory, but won the coast lines and some Rust Belt states. Now, even where he won, OH and Indiana and Florida are states where he has zero chance. Zero. Ergo, if the Dems renominate this criminal, they will have the opportunity to spend a billion dollars watching him get drubbed and bankrupting the party into a 20 year minority party.

    tnr.com/article/politics/84860/obama-election-2012-ohio-president

    Why Ohio Matters
    Obama can’t win the election without it.
    ===========

    William Galston
    March 8, 2011

    Two weeks ago, I published a piece arguing that the Obama campaign would do better to take Ohio as their campaign template than to focus on Colorado. Critics pointed out the arithmetic truth that you could remove Ohio and several other Midwestern states from Obama’s 2008 victory column and still have enough electoral college votes to prevail.

    That’s true but largely irrelevant. My argument rests on the fact that Ohio is close to being a microcosm of the country—closer than any other pivotal state. As such, winning Ohio is a statistical “tipping-point” for any presidential election: If a candidate can carry Ohio, he will have appealed to a large enough slice of the national electorate to have won the states that tilt even further in his preferred direction, and he is odds-on to win the race. Likewise, a candidate who loses Ohio will almost certainly lose nationally. Here are the numbers from the six post-Reagan presidential elections:

    National Democratic vote (%) Ohio Democratic vote (%) Difference

    1988 45.6 44.2 (1.4)

    1992 43.0 40.2 (2.8)

    1996 49.2 47.4 (1.8)

    2000 48.4 46.5 (1.9)

    2004 48.3 48.7 0.4

    2008 52.9 51.4 (1.5)

    Over these elections, the Democratic candidate’s share of the Ohio vote averaged 1.5 points below his national share. And the winner of Ohio prevailed in the electoral college in all six elections.

    Compare these results to those from Pennsylvania, another state often viewed as contested and pivotal.

    National Democratic vote (%) Penn. Democratic vote (%) Difference

    1988 45.6 48.4 2.8

    1992 43.0 45.2 2.2

    1996 49.2 49.2 —-

    2000 48.4 50.6 2.2

    2004 48.3 50.9 2.6

    2008 52.9 54.5 1.6

    Democratic candidates averaged about two percentage points above their national performance in Pennsylvania, but winning that proportion of the vote—without winning enough to carry Ohio—is never sufficient. Gore won in Pennsylvania but lost in Ohio; so did Kerry. Likewise, both Gore and Kerry won in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota, because those states are more liberal than Pennsylvania, but lost the nation as a whole.

    You might argue that Ohio is less central to the new majority that Obama forged than it was to Democrats whose appeal was narrower, and there’s something to that. But look at the nine states that Obama won but Kerry didn’t. In three of them—Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida—his share of the vote was actually lower than in Ohio. Unless his relative appeal among them were to change, a loss in Ohio would mean losing at least three other swing states as well, putting him on the brink of defeat. That’s not a chance a sensible campaign would take.

    As I showed in my first piece on this subject, a Democratic majority coalition in Ohio doesn’t look much like a majority in Colorado. A focus on Ohio means understanding why Democrats experienced ruinous losses there in 2010—and taking seriously the concerns of the coalition that Democrats need to recreate a majority.

    Let’s be clear about what’s at issue in this debate. In a post-election analysis published in TNR last November 5, Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin (two thinkers not exactly opposed to the “new majority” thesis) pointed out that Democratic reverses among white working-class voters were a major contributor to the 2010 Republican avalanche:

    “The most significant shift against the Democrats occurred among the white working class—defined here as whites without a four-year college degree. Congressional Democrats lost this group by 10 points in both 2006 and 2008. Yet this deficit ballooned to 29 points in 2010—a deficit even larger than the 22 point margin Democrats suffered in 1994.”

    How threatening is that margin? According to an analysis by Teixeira and Alan Abramowitz, Al Gore lost the white working class vote by 17 points, and John Kerry lost it by 23. Obama did better than Kerry, holding the gap to 18 points, which helped boost him to victory throughout the Midwest. Bottom line: Absent an even larger turnout from “new majority” voters than we saw in 2008, there’s no way that Obama can prevail in 2012 without doing much better among white working-class voters than Democrats did last year.

    What will that take? Consider an analogy from the other side of the aisle. For the foreseeable future, Republicans will not win a majority of the Hispanic vote. But it matters a lot whether they lose Hispanics by less than 20 points (as Bush did in 2004) or 38 points (McCain in 2008). The difference was the widespread perception that Bush had been an inclusive governor and as president was sympathetic to comprehensive immigration reform.

    What is the equivalent for the white working class, which gave as much support to Obama as they did to Gore, and more than they had given to either Kerry or Dukakis? While I advanced some tentative proposals in my previous piece, I don’t want to pretend to more certainty than I have. But one thing seems clear: Right now, the white working class feels left out—not just economically, but also culturally. It doesn’t have to be that way. Bill Clinton figured out how to build a coalition that included them alongside the groups that had risen to power in the Democratic Party since 1972, and he was rewarded with a plurality of their vote in both 1992 and 1996.

    Autre temps, autre moeurs. What worked 15 years ago may not work today. But it would be political malpractice for the nascent Obama campaign not to invest the analytical resources needed to come up with a better answer than the administration has found so far.

    &&&
    William Galston is a former policy advisor to Bill Clinton and current senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

  61. Mar 08, 2011

    Donald Trump fires back at claim he can’t win White House

    Donald Trump doesn’t take lightly any talk that he can’t get elected president.

    The real estate mogul, who is testing the waters for a 2012 presidential bid, took issue with comments from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a member of the GOP leadership and himself a one-time presidential candidate.

    Over the weekend, Alexander told CNN that Trump “has absolutely no chance of winning” and is “famous for being famous.” The words are similar to what Trump used to diss Rep. Ron Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, saying the Texas Republican has “zero chance” of getting elected president.

    Trump, during an appearance on Fox News, now has dismissed Alexander — a former education secretary under President George H.W. Bush and the current Senate Republican Conference chairman — as someone who has “done very little over the years” and “does not seem to be an important player in Washington.”

    A Trump aide, Michael Cohen, was in Iowa on Monday gauging interest in a presidential bid by the reality TV show star of The Apprentice. Trump has said he will make a decision by June about whether he’ll run in what will be a crowded GOP presidential primary.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/03/donald-trump-lamar-alexander-2012-presidential-race-/1

  62. Oh god,another overbearing celebrity running for GOP presidential candidate and shooting off his mouth, Trump is famous for shooting off his mouth. If these obnoxious jerks keep fighting for the GOP nomination, Obama is a shoo in for 2012. Deliver us from the loud mouthed fools.

  63. Fox tv is reporting that Trump is already in trouble if he decides to run since a surrogate was sent out to Iowa yesterday paid for by a rich friend of Trump and the cost is against election laws. If he runs, this could be an issue. If he doesn’t run, it won’t matter. If I can find a link with more details I will post it.

  64. Well I will tell you if the current set of Rethugs is the choice and Obama is what the dims drag in…I may not vote this coming season….why bother??…why waste the gas it takes to go to the polling station…afterall it will be a choice between demons….I will chose nothing instead.
    I will never vote for the hypocrite Gingrich, although if Trump makes it in and something doesn’t come out that he’s really a woman hater…I might vote for him…otherwise if Sarah or Hillary or Bachman’s not on the ballot forget about it….I won’t bother.

  65. If you think about it….now the USA is nothing but a corporation….who would you rather have as CEO….I’d take Trump over Mittens anyday…forget about the hypocrit Newt….Newt gets the boot.

  66. Gah. These goppers are so ridiculous. I might have to register as GOp just to vote for Sarah in the primary if all these fools keep trying to keep Obama in office.

  67. votermom
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:13 am
    Who would vote for Trump anyway?
    ************************
    LOL. I have this personal horror that the Repubs are going to fall for one of the loud mouthed, obnoxious, overbearing (IMO) celebrities in their party now. I feel like I need to be a one person crusade to head that off before we get a Republican Obama to run against Obama in 2012. I’m not feeling kindly toward the repubs at all now, but please Republicans stop getting excited about nominating every celebutician who comes along for the highest office in our land. End of rant.

  68. confloyd
    Trump has already failed the woman demeaning test over and over. The messy divorce from the first wife because he got another woman pregnant, then the divorce from the same afore mentioned second wife because he felt she was after his money (after he broke up the first marriage), he’s currently married to another very younger women (wife 3 or 4, I’ve lost count), and finally saying his daughter was hot and he’d like to date her. Ugggh.

  69. I have never stayed home from voting and I never will. I have a terrible record of voting for the ‘winner’ however…..maybe I should vote for Barry so he will lose?

    Nah, that would be too creepy…..but, I will not vote for some flash in the pan, nor some right wing fruit cake………so, my decision will be difficult if Hillary doesn’t win. No worries, we have a very loooooooong time to decide after the pile of hats are in the ring.

    Will we have Hillary, or at least one good choice…or just the worst of the worst to pick from?

  70. I am 100% convinced now that the republicans helped Obama defeat Hillary….

    ——-

    They are still doing it…….

  71. jbstonesfan,

    I love this part…

    “The contrast between Yad L’Achim and traditional feminist groups and icons worldwide is statement on the state of the free world today. Whereas the feminists obscure the plight of women living in the Muslim world, a haredi group is saving women living in the Muslim world.”

    Excellent article.

  72. More about those pet rocks:

    http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/08/the_politics_of_afghan_womens_rights
    “Creating and supporting strong networks for protecting women’s rights hits powerful men in a place that hurts — their own homes and families. Nemat says there have been several occasions where women from the families of influential commanders, warlords, and politicians showed up at shelters. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the shelters came under intense pressure from officials to turn these women over to their families, says Nemat.”

  73. Fake Muslims donating $5M to NPR? hahahaha- they weren’t fakers- they were Soros representatives!
    ______________________

    NPR ‘appalled’ by former exec’s comments

    Former NPR executive Ron Schiller slams Republicans and the tea party movement and suggests that NPR would be better off without any federal funding in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110308/ts_yblog_thecutline/npr-appalled-by-former-execs-comments

    Schiller, president of the NPR Foundation and a senior vice president for development until just last week, appears on the tape at Georgetown’s Café Milano with NPR director of institutional giving Betsy Liley and two men posing as executives from a fake Islamic organization considering a $5 million donation to the network.

    The Daily Caller posted the 11-minute video Tuesday, as did O’Keefe’s Project Veritas—a site that also includes hidden-camera investigations of other conservative targets, including teacher’s unions and ACORN. (A full two-hour version is available here).

    In the video, Schiller said that the current Republican Party has been “hijacked” by a group that’s “not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic” and suggests the tea party movement is comprised of some “seriously racist, racist people.” You can watch the footage below:

  74. Shadowfax
    I have never stayed home from voting and I never will. I have a terrible record of voting for the ‘winner’ however…..maybe I should vote for Barry so he will lose?

    Me too! I am a jinx! Even at America’s Got Talent voting.

  75. Hillary: U.S. needs a better mouthpiece

    By: Hayley Peterson 03/08/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is playing coy with its national identity.

    “In the last several years, particularly a lot of young people in the world don’t really understand what the United States stands for and what we do,” Clinton told a group of women at the State Department on Monday. “I need your help on this.”

    She asked the group to pinpoint the weaknesses in the U.S. public relations machine abroad. Ninety-two countries were represented at the State Department event, which kicked off a three-week program aimed at empowering women.

    “I need your advice as you go through your time here about how we can do better job to communicate who we are,” she said, begging for some hard-hitting criticism, because, well, she can take it.

    “Somebody said to me once, ‘How does it feel when you’re cricized?’ I said, ‘You know, I’ve been criticized for so many years, I hardly even know it happens anymore.'”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/hillary-us-needs-better-mouthpiece

  76. votermom –

    Me too! I am a jinx! Even at America’s Got Talent voting.

    ——-
    Maybe we are running low on Tiger’s Blood for picking, dah Winners.

  77. Hillary – “Somebody said to me once, ‘How does it feel when you’re criticized?’ I said, ‘You know, I’ve been criticized for so many years, I hardly even know it happens anymore.’”

    —-

    You go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just like little knats nipping at her heals.

  78. Watch the lefties have a fit…..

    New Obama EO establishes indefinite detention at Gitmo

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/08/new-obama-eo-establishes-indefinite-detention-at-gitmo/

    The Washington Post reports that Obama paired the executive order restarting the military commissions with another that re-establishes indefinite detention of dozens of inmates at Gitmo, a practice that Obama blasted as a candidate during the 2008 election cycle:

    President Obama signed an executive order Monday that will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security. The administration also said it will start new military commission trials for detainees there.

    The announcements, coming more than two years after Obama vowed in another executive order to close the detention center, all but cements Guantanamo Bay’s continuing role in U.S. counterterrorism policy. …

    Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the order vindicated Obama’s predecessor. “I commend the Obama Administration for issuing this Executive Order,” he said in a statement. “The bottom line is that it affirms the Bush Administration policy that our government has the right to detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities.”

    The executive order applies to at least 48 of the 172 detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay. An inter-agency panel led by Justice Department lawyers determined that this group could not be prosecuted in military commissions or in federal court because evidentiary problems would hamper a trial. But intelligence assessments also concluded that these detainees remain a serious threat and could not be safely repatriated or resettled in a third country. The administration said it will hold reviews for detainees it plans to prosecute but has not charged.

  79. Obama’s Watergate.

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/white-house-denies-knowledge-of-project-gunwalker

    White House pleads ignorance to ‘Project Gunwalker’

    “White House press secretary Jay Carney did not shed any light Monday on the allegations uncovered by CBS News that ATF intentionally let thousands of assault rifles and other weapons fall into the hands of Mexico’s drug cartels. Insiders call the controversial practice letting guns ‘walk’,” Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News reports.

    When questioned by chief White House correspondent Chip Reid if President Obama was “aware of the specific allegations,” Carney replied “I don’t know.”

    Watch the exchange in the sidebar video player. And help raise the president’s awareness level if so inclined. That is if you believe the most powerful and one of the best-informed men on the planet is truly in the dark about a major scandal being reported on network news concerning his administration.

    After all, he may need to intermediate between Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton.

    This story now officially reaches all the way up to the White House.

  80. Are all 19 Wisconsin Republican senators in lock step about voting for Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill as it stands now?

    The State Senate was set to go into session at 11:00 a.m., but Republicans have been inside a behind-closed-doors caucus since early Tuesday morning.

    That comes as there is public sense that there may be two Senators looking for a compromise deal with Democrats who left Wisconsin to avoid a quorum on the bill.

    According to the Governor’s office, Senator Dale Schultz said that he would no longer support the bill.

    Another Republican senator from the Green Bay area, Rob Cowles, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he believes there should be a compromise with Democrats.

  81. God forbid that dumbo will ever become enmeshed in a new Watergate scandal. Be assured that he will throw everyone including wifey and the kiddies under the bus before that happens.

  82. I was in the car about noon today and they were broadcasting Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s state of the state speech and the boos outweighed the clapping when he was introduced. He made a nice save by saying he was around in the 70’s and appreciated people protesting when they disagree. All was quiet (no Pelosi cheering every 10 words like when Obama makes a state of the union speech), when he foolishly brought up collective bargaining and protestors in the crowd erupted again. It was very effective on the radio where you can’t see the crowd but you sure could hear them.

  83. Okay, here is something really pathetic to celebrate Women’s Day.

    Go to Google maps and the little man will turn into a woman if you move him on the map.

    This tremendous hat’s off to women will last for ONE freakin’ day!!!!

    My God, the excitement is overwhelming… 😉

    I was talking with a woman that pointed this out to me, and then I went off into a mini-rant, thinking of how women over at Google probably had to jump though hoops to get this done.

  84. Sen. Feinstein: Obama’s “not involved and here we are up to a govt shutdown” “I think presidential leadership is necessary”

    Well thats rich from the state Hillary won and then got stabbed in the back from.

  85. So Moon, why are you always trashing CA?

    Well thats rich from the state Hillary won and then got stabbed in the back from.

    ——–
    Hillary WON the primary in CA, and Nasty was the one that changed the time for CA delegates to vote in Denver, making sure many would not arrive from a morning vote in Sacto that day.
    Also, it was freaking CA delegates that worked their buns off trying to reach other delegates in other states to support Hillary on the floor over the damn a-holes running the party.

  86. JanH
    March 8th, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    Hillary Clinton celebrates International Women’s Day
    ____________

    That video has had the embedding denied by request.

    The title is actually:

    “International Women of Courage Day”

    in that video, Hillary names names of women who have been subjugated, beaten and abused. The video can only be viewed on youtube, it cannot be transferred or viewed on another blog site…

  87. excuse me (this is very confusing)

    The video title is:

    “International Women of Courage Awards”

    nevertheless- the video cannot be transferred to any other site.

  88. “We [have] had to struggle with the old enemies of peace: business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

    They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob… .

    They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”

    — attributed to FDR

  89. On another very sad topic…

    ———————

    What Is Corporal Punishment?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3ZsY8EWc_8&feature=player_embedded

    Corporal punishment is still legal in 20 states of the U.S.

    In the 2006 – 2007 school year, 222,517 students were paddled in U.S. public schools. That averages one child being hit in school every 23 seconds.

    These are a few of the horrifying facts that the designer Mark Ecko highlights in “Unlimited Justice,” his campaign to end corporal punishment in our schools.

    Here are a few more:

    * In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit a prisoner.

    * In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit someone in the military.

    * In all 50 states, it is illegal to hit an animal.

    * In the following 20 states, it is legal to hit a child: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.

    * In 20 states, a student can be paddled in school for being late to class, acting out, going to the bathroom without permission, or even failing a test.

  90. Ooh here comes trouble

    Breaking: Gov. Beebe (D-AR) has secretly met with Obama to make Ark a “test case” for Obamacare

    Gov Beebe has agreed that Arkansas will be the first state to implement Obamacare. Mr. Beebe announced this to the leadership at the Capitol yesterday. He will be changing Medicare by his own power, very likely in April or May. He is clearly on the side of the Socialist. After learning this Mr. Garner will not be presenting his capital gains tax bill tomorrow.
    This is just breaking in Arkansas and on the local news. The jist of this is that Beebe has agreed with the Obama administration to become THE test state for Obamacare.

    The big question is what is Beebe (D-AR) getting in return? He obviously knows what happened to Blanche Lincoln.

    Secondly, Why is the Gov. of the state (that went one of the most red (behind WI)last election ) agreeing to this horrible bill even though the state wants it defeated 70%+?

    Right now, local talk-radio anchor Dave Elswick of KARNnewsradio.com is calling for hundreds of people to show up to tommorrow Health committee at the Arkansas State capital. IMHO, it should dwarf what the WI state capital has looked like lately.

  91. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin ripped President Barack Obama on his budget proposals in a Senate floor speech Tuesday, a rare rebuke from a freshman Democrat who clearly is worried about the politics of deficit spending as he faces a tough reelection in 2012.

    Manchin charged the president with failing to lead the way in reducing spending, while also criticizing Republicans for offering “partisan” and “unrealistic” budget proposals.

    “Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations — our president — has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?”

    The full-throated rejection of the president’s spending proposals by a politically vulnerable Democrat is just the latest worrisome sign for Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who have yet to rally their party around a unified spending plan. Indeed, Democratic leaders are having trouble just keeping moderates on board — Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) also have expressed skepticism that Democrats are willing to cut enough spending to satisfy voters and make a dent in the deficit.

    Manchin will vote against both the Senate Democrats’ proposal, which will cut $10.6 billion below current spending levels and the House Republican version of the continuing resolution, which would cut $61 billion. The Senate is expected to vote on both this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, and neither is expected to pass.

  92. JanH
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Did you watch that video you posted?

    Look at Michelle Obama’s face when Hillary is complimenting her..

    If looks could KILL-

  93. Mrs. Smith,

    I have seen that video before but I am glad you posted it here. It upsets me all over again whenever I watch…lol…

    And honestly, I have rarely seen an honest smile on meme’s face ever.

  94. I think it is working now…meme has such a way with words…NOT

    First Lady: Clinton “heckuva” Secretary of State

  95. So much for the “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood…

    Egyptian Islamist wishes to ‘see Israel wiped off map’
    By OREN KESSLER
    08/03/2011

    During visit to Iran, Muslim Brotherhood official praises Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accuses Israel of “foreign intervention.”

    A prominent member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood this week became the first member of the Islamist group to visit Iran, where he praised Tehran’s leadership and denounced Israel.

    The New York Post reported that Kamal El Helbawy – a London-based Islamic scholar and Brotherhood representative widely known as the movement’s face in the West – told his hosts he wished to see Egypt become, like Iran, “a true Islamic state.”

    “Egypt and the world of Islam as a whole need leaders like President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” he said, and “should join a new world order with Iran and Venezuela, plus Hezbollah and Hamas to chase away the Americans.

    “Every night when I go to bed, I pray to wake up the next day to see Israel is wiped off the map,” the Brotherhood leader reportedly said.

    Last month, during protests to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Helbawy told Iran’s Al-Alam television network, “The only foreign intervention in this revolution is that of Israel. They destroyed the gas pipeline, so that the revolutionaries would be accused of using explosives. No one would accept a destructive Iranian role in Egypt, or elsewhere. We think highly of a country whose president is important, courageous and has a vision.”

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=211213

  96. JanH
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Yes, thanks- this video is working fine.
    ____________________

    JanH
    March 8th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    MO does things in 3s.. She remembers 3 women’s names and speaks for 3 min… and the whole time she is speaking, she looks angry, resentful and oozes hate.

  97. “Every night when I go to bed, I pray to wake up the next day to see Israel is wiped off the map,” the Brotherhood leader reportedly said.”
    _____________________

    Eh, they’ve been praying for thousands of years and gotten nowhere still in their own backyards.. If they are here and intend hurting Americans; we have a big surprise in store for them.

  98. JanH
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    too cute

    Dogs play the piano – PRO poodle style!
    **************************
    that was adorable. The little guy poodle was easily distracted, but the other one was very focused.

  99. On International Women’s Day, CNN did their 8 pm hour with Eliot Spitzer on Islam and radical Muslims. There was a Arab woman on who explained that all Islam is radical Islam and Spitzer argued with her then had an Iman on to disagree with her viewpoint. Then, at the end they had a young Egyptian woman on who reported throughout the revolution reporting on the million woman march today. She said the male counterprotestors turned ugly, threatening and groping. Soldiers had to fire over their heads at one point to maintain order. Thanks CNN and happy woman’s day, Egypt.

  100. Mrs. Smith
    Pumapac was back online as of this morning. I haven’t checked since about noon.

  101. Umm. The same post has been up at pumapac for days now and they might be updating the site, but the error message is the same that i’ve been getting since the attacks on WordPress started last week, so it looks like the same problem.

  102. Mrs. Smith
    Several regulars at pumapac have moved to the alternate site to comment, so this may take awhile to correct.

  103. Oh, I didn’t realize the site was being attacked.

    WordPress seems to be working everywhere else though.

    Pink is still, I believe by WordPress-

    Thanks- when I tried, I get a Timed Out message.

  104. moononpluto
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Ooh here comes trouble

    Breaking: Gov. Beebe (D-AR) has secretly met with Obama to make Ark a “test case” for Obamacare
    —————-

    Is this meant to be an insult to Bill and Hillary Clinton from the petty, petty small man in the WH?

  105. Someone posted that when they tried at about 6:50 today, they couldn’t get in. I think because there is not someone maintaining the site all the time, it takes awhile for them to find and correct problems while the sites that are monitored can be corrected more quickly.

  106. Or is the petty, petty man in the WH daring Bill Clinton to go their and defend this petty man’s idiocy before people he cared for for decades?

  107. Thanks,BCL- I was looking forward to Murphy’s post- especially today!

    I’ll try again tomorrow and see what happens…

  108. “It’s not just girls and women. The girls and women have sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands.”

    ————————

    Admin, I have been thinking about this line for sometime now. Kasab (the terrorist caught alive in the Mumbai terrorist attack), imagine if he had an educated mother… I totally get what Hillary is talking about when she (or BC) says educate a girl, and see the nation prosper..

  109. Libya no-fly zone a UN decision, ‘not US’: Clinton

    LONDON — Any decision to impose a no-fly zone over battle-torn Libya should be taken by the United Nations and “not the United States”, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

    “I think it’s very important that it is not a US-led effort because this comes from the people of Libya themselves,” Clinton told Sky News on Tuesday. “We think it is important that the United Nations make that decision.

    “This doesn’t come from the outside. This doesn’t come from some Western power or some Gulf country saying: ‘This is what you should do.'”

    The United States came in for severe international criticism when it invaded Iraq in 2003, an action which Kofi Annan, the then secretary general of the United Nations, said “was not in conformity with the UN Charter”.

    “We’d like to see this resolved peacefully, we’d like to see him (Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi) go peacefully and we’d like to see a new government come peacefully,” explained Clinton.

    “If that’s not possible we are going to work with the international community, but there are countries that do not agree with that.

    “There is long road ahead for being able to resolve this,” warned Clinton.

    Fighting intensified in the north Africa country Tuesday as pro-Kadhafi forces launched air and rocket attacks on rebels in Zawiya, sources in the town said.

    “We’ve called for Kadhafi to leave and he has totally given up any legitimacy to power. When a leader turns against his own people that is the end,” stated Clinton.

    The UN Security Council Tuesday discussed the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone during talks on the turmoil sweeping North Africa, a UN official confirmed.

    “There were lots of issues that were discussed this morning, the no-fly zone was one of the issues,” UN under secretary general Lynn Pascoe told reporters after briefing the 15-nation Security Council.

    “There was a very serious, a very much inter-active discussion on the various issues involved and the role of the council and the role of the secretariat,” he added.

    Clinton’s remarks echoed earlier comments from British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

    “There must be a demonstrable need that is accepted broadly by the international community, as well as the strong international support that would come from that,” Hague said.

    Republican senator John McCain later told BBC’s Newsnight programme that the US should consider immediate action.

    “People are being massacred. Isn’t it an obligation that the world has to stop a mad dictator from massacring his own people?” asked the 2008 presidential candidate.

    “If we don’t have the military capability to take on their defences and their air force, then we have wasted a great deal of American treasure. We can handle the Libyan air force and defences, I know we can,” he added.

    Earlier Tuesday, US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to plan a “full spectrum of responses” on Libya, including a no-fly zone, surveillance and a relief effort, Cameron’s Downing Street office said.

    The British leader later slammed Kadhafi on popular BBC entertainment programme, “The One Show”.

    “I had a phone call with President Obama this afternoon to talk about the planning we have to do in case this continues and in case he does terrible things to his own people,” said Cameron.

    “I don’t think we can stand aside and let that happen, we have got to prepare for what we might have to do if he (Kadhafi) goes on brutalising his own people.”

    Cameron added that international efforts were beginning to weaken the Libyan leader.

    “Don’t underestimate the extent to which all that isolation, the fact that the UN Security Council came together and passed that resolution very quickly.

    “We need to keep on doing those things to isolate this man and his regime and say that he has got to go,” he said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jHVPY4CY-LOw0DxK3K_cKxHRPnqQ?docId=CNG.18fc58cd464ba5d3197d3444a57e8dcf.b1

  110. March 8, 2011

    Clinton leads U.S. team to monitor April polls

    American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, may lead a high-powered delegation to observe and monitor the April elections in Nigeria.

    White House sources disclosed that the U.S. President, Barack Obama, considers the polls in Nigeria very vital to the stability of the region and believes that it is important to send a strong message to that effect.

    “The administration has great hope for Nigeria and believes the success of the polls will have a positive impact on the sub-region”, an official stated.

    Daily Independent learnt that the trip would also lay the foundation for a possible state visit by Obama, if the polls are free and fair.

    Already, the State Department has sent an advanced team to monitor preparations leading to the elections, even as the officials will hold discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, leaders of political parties and civil society groups.

    “The administration wants a complete picture of preparations for the elections and to ensure that a level playing field is in place to give credibility to the process”, an official stated.

    The elections have come increasingly under the radar of the administration after President Obama visited neighbouring Ghana because of that country’s electoral success.

    Sources said Nigerian officials have been lobbying the State Department and White House to schedule a presidential visit.

    “The condition for a presidential visit has been communicated to the Nigerian government. Getting April elections right will boost the chances of a presidential visit this year”, top administration officials stated. The Nigerian Embassy is also working to convince Washington of government’s sincerity to hold free, fair and credible polls.

    Investigations showed that several senior government officials have briefed many American government agencies on the polls.

    The Americans are also monitoring several developments on the judicial front and are in touch with the Justice Ministry for clarification on some contentious issues.

    “We have received assurances from the highest levels of the Nigerian government, that all contentious issues will be resolved before the elections in April”, White House sources said.

    http://www.independentngonline.com/DailyIndependent/Article.aspx?id=30118

  111. And this is where Hillary will be tomorrow…

    Under US, Asia-Pacific to focus on green trade
    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The United States, taking the helm of the APEC forum, hopes to spur green growth in the Asia-Pacific region by knocking down trade barriers on environmental goods, a senior official said Tuesday.

    Senior officials from the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum are meeting this week in Washington to kick off a year that will culminate in a November summit in Hawaii. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the forum on Wednesday to outline the US strategy…

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ijzXQs_obkY4Wz8RYeKwOs5YiZVw?docId=CNG.5a4c8cec946c1d67ba07611801ac90e4.c61

  112. Daily Independent learnt that the trip would also lay the foundation for a possible state visit by Obama, if the polls are free and fair.

    I pity the poor country that has Obama overseeing their elections. “Free and fair” elections and “Obama” do not go together.

    If Hillary can make sure things are going fairly, Obama will probably go just to make sure they can be rigged however he wants them.

  113. And despite her support of the Iraq war and the failure to get her healthcare legislation through (since remedied by Obama),

    ——————

    Wrong twice. She did not support the Iraq war: she thought Powell was bluffing. Obama’s healthcare legislation is not hers, it’s what the GOP opposed hers with.

  114. Mrs. Smith
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    The Myth of the Moderate Muslim

    [ 698 words of nonsense ]

  115. I am 100% convinced now that the republicans helped Obama defeat Hillary…
    ———————-
    Rove actively conspired with Brazil. Rush tried to stop Rove with Operation Chaos. He was fairly successful in that respect by the time I got to Indiana. The damage was done early through the fraud, intimidation and violence against fellow Americans perpetrated by Obama and his fellow traitors, and the morally depraved big media. During the Bush years, FOX was state run media and during the Obama years, NBC, ABC, and CNN are state run media. Nothing they say has an ounce of truth or credibility. They are strictly propagandaists, and their work product is all lies, cover-ups and distractions. I go to FOX for the rest of the story. For better or for worse, they are the only game in town.

  116. wbboei
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I think that Rove’s real motivation was that he knew Obama was all talk and no action and that he thought Obama would be a one term president. I think he thought that people would be so fed up after a term with Obama that they would vote for the Republicans. He spoke about Obama in a flattering way, but he would have to if he was to influence the election. I think he conned Donna and the others.

  117. turndownobama
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Mrs. Smith
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    The Myth of the Moderate Muslim

    [ 698 words of nonsense ]
    ____________________________

    In your opinion-
    __________________________

    turndownobama
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    “Wrong twice. She did not support the Iraq war: she thought Powell was bluffing. Obama’s healthcare legislation is not hers, it’s what the GOP opposed hers with.”
    ____________________________

    Bad information.

    Hillary went to the source, GWB at the WH. He told her War with Iraq would be a last resort if the inspectors found WMD. Hillary took him at his word and voted for the war. He lied- he didn’t wait for the inspections. He attacked Iraq after the vote was passed.

    Obama HC is the model used by Deval Patrick in MA. Proposed by Romney and legislated by Patrick.
    __________________________

    andyp

    March 9th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    “I am 100% convinced now that the republicans helped Obama defeat Hillary…”
    __________________________

    Rove helped Obama plan his Senate election in ILL. after his first attempt failed. After Obama was elected to the senate, Rove worked with the Democrats to undermine Hillary because he knew she was preparing to run. Rove helped orchestrate the primary dates in FL with the FL GOP held legislature through Jeb Bush. Brazile co-ordinated the effort that would leave FL hanging because the Fl Dems had their Primary early and not on the date assigned by Brazile and the DNC head, Howard Dean. Brazile and the DNC voted to assign Hillary’s electoral votes from Fl and MI to Obama which is illegal under the Dem Charter at the DNC meeting in Washington, DC. on May 31, 2008.

    Donna Brazile and Rangel of the CBC barred Hillary from attending their CBC meeting determining their issues and candidates campaign strategy for 08′ after she had been invited to attend every previous year for the last 7 yrs. And yes, Rove was involved with both of them to insure Hillary would be ultimately shut out from the Dem nomination.

  118. Walker crumbling under the weight of anti-Walker public opinion. And will be finally broken in the end-all.
    ________________________

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Proposes Union Compromise

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise aimed at ending a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office.

    The e-mails, some dated as recently as Sunday, show a softened stance in Walker’s talks with the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois to block a vote on his original proposal that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers and force concessions amounting to an average 8 percent pay cut.

    Under the compromise floated by Walker and detailed in the e-mails, workers would be able to continue bargaining over their salaries with no limit, a change from his original plan that banned negotiated salary increases beyond inflation. He also proposed compromises allowing collective bargaining to stay in place on mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size for teachers.

    Scott Walker – photo: Getty Images
    Eric Thayer, Getty Images
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks at a news conference inside the Wisconsin State Capitol February 21, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.
    Increased contributions for health insurance and pension, projected to save the state $330 million by mid-2013, would remain. The unions and Democrats have agreed to those concessions to help balance a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

    Sen. Bob Jauch, one of the 14 AWOL Democrats, said he hoped the compromise would serve as a blueprint for future negotiations. But he and Sen. Tim Cullen, who were both working with Walker’s administration, said the latest offer was inadequate.

    The e-mails show that Jauch had wanted even more items to be subject to bargaining that Walker seeks to eliminate, including sick leave and vacation pay.

    “I consider the lines of communication still open,” Cullen said Tuesday. “Whether there’s going to be any communicating, remains to be seen. These things ebb and flow.”

    Walker has repeatedly said that he would not budge on the key parts of the bill that’s been stymied in the Senate after Democrats left 19 days ago. Since then, the pressure to deal has increased as protests reached as large as 80,000 people, polls show the public want a compromise and recall efforts were launched against 16 senators, including eight Republicans.

    Some of the items in Walker’s compromise plan could only be bargained if both sides agree to take them up. Workplace safety would be subjected to bargaining regardless.

    Sponsored Links
    Walker also proposed allowing collective bargaining agreements to last up to two years, instead of the one-year limit in his original proposal. Unions would only have to vote to remain in existence every three years, instead of annually as Walker initially proposed.

    Additionally, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority employees would not lose all union bargaining rights and the Legislature’s budget committee would have to vote to approve any changes to Medicaid programs sought by Walker’s administration. Under the original bill, the Department of Health Services could make cuts and other changes to programs benefiting the poor, elderly and disabled without requiring a hearing or vote by the legislative committee.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/08/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-proposes-union-compromise-in-e-mails/

  119. Breaking: Gov. Beebe (D-AR) has secretly met with Obama to make Ark a “test case” for Obamacare

    Secure Arkansas

    08 MAR 11

    Well.. get this… Our Socialistic Governor met with Mr. Obama recently. Our governor has agreed that Arkansas will be the first state to implement Obamacare. Mr. Beebe announced this to the leadership at the Capitol yesterday. He will be changing Medicare by his own power, very likely in April or May. He is clearly on the side of the Socialist. After learning this Mr. Garner will not be presenting his capital gains tax bill tomorrow.

    http://securearkansasnetwork.org/healthcare-fda/obamacare-alert-for-arkansas

    from the comment section:

    This is just breaking in Arkansas and on the local news. The jist of this is that Beebe has agreed with the Obama administration to become THE test state for Obamacare.

    The big question is what is Beebe (D-AR) getting in return? He obviously knows what happened to Blanche Lincoln.

    Secondly, Why is the Gov. of the state (that went one of the most red (behind WI)last election ) agreeing to this horrible bill even though the state wants it defeated 70%+?

    Right now, local talk-radio anchor Dave Elswick of KARNnewsradio.com is calling for hundreds of people to show up to tommorrow Health committee at the Arkansas State capital. IMHO, it should dwarf what the WI state capital has looked like lately. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

  120. AmericanGal
    March 9th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Obama trying out more “I am wonderful aren’t I” campaign themes–I’ve seen a bunch of these stories in the last few days. The media is definitely ramping up their efforts in his behalf–
    ______________

    Yes,and at the same time marginalizing Hillary in her job as Secretary of State and projecting she will turn and decide to run.

    Obama is playing right into her hands. She welcomes the continued attacks from both Republicans and Obama. Bring it!

  121. Republicans death wish for Americans soon to be realized. The slow death of the middle class if the Republicans remain committed to inflicting austerity on what jobs remain of the working class.
    ______________________

    Idaho passes Republican bill to curb union rights

    By Mary Wisniewski

    CHICAGO | Tue Mar 8, 2011

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Idaho state legislature approved a bill on Tuesday to strip public school teachers of many of their collective bargaining rights while protesters in five states rallied against Republican efforts to curb union power.

    The Idaho bill, which excludes issues like class size and workloads from negotiations for the state’s 12,000 unionized teachers, was given final approval by the Republican-led House and is expected to be signed by Republican Governor Butch Otter.

    The bill also eliminates teacher tenure, limits the duration of teacher labor contracts to one year and removes seniority as a factor in determining the order of layoffs.

    Idaho is one of several U.S. states to take up Republican plans for sweeping restrictions on public sector unions in what has become a growing national debate over labor union power.

    Republicans say the proposals are needed to rescue recession-battered budgets from deficits, but Democrats and union supporters say they are an attack on organized labor that could linger as an issue into the 2012 presidential elections.

    Most national attention has focused on the stalemate in Wisconsin over Republican Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to curb union rights, which sparked large protests in the capital Madison.

    Wisconsin Senate Democrats have fled the state to block a vote on Walker’s proposal, but e-mails released on Tuesday showed Walker has indicated he may be willing to compromise on elements of his plan.

    The e-mails, released following a Freedom of Information Act request from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, show Senate Democrats and a senior Walker aide discussed some flexibility on issues such as his demand for annual votes to keep unions in existence.

    Protests against Walker’s plan continued in Madison on Tuesday. Similar Republican plans to curb public union rights sparked new protests in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Iowa.

    DEATH OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

    In Indianapolis, where most Indiana House Democrats remain out of state to block a vote on a bill they say is anti-worker, union protesters staged a mock “funeral” for the middle class with a New Orleans-style musical procession in honor of Mardi Gras.

    In Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich touted a plan that passed the state Senate last week to curb collective bargaining rights of public employees and ban them from going on strike.

    In his “State of the State” speech, Kasich said the bill, which still must be passed by the Ohio House, was necessary to give local governments more flexibility in their budgets.

    “Frankly, folks, the provisions of collective bargaining reform are examples of what we want to do to allow people to control their costs,” said Kasich, setting off cat-calls from the gallery in the legislative chamber.

    Pro-union demonstrators packed the Capitol rotunda after the speech, shouting, “Kill the bill.”

    more in depth at link:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/us-usa-unions-states-idUSTRE7280BS20110309

  122. Another busy day for President Hillary Clinton.She is holding the world together right now while the impotent potus is giving every reason why he should be impeached and thrown out of our WH.I do not think thata waste management firm would hire him.

    SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    9:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the launch of a Global Partnership on Maternal and Child Health led by USAID, the Government of Norway, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank.

    9:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks to open the first Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building.

    10:50 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama, at the White House.

    11:45 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

    4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House

  123. A lovely picture of hillary at the site…

    Hillary Clinton gives royal wedding advice

    Reuters) – Don’t get stressed and enjoy your big day is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s advice to Prince William, fiancee Kate Middleton and their families ahead of the royal wedding next month.

    Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea got married last year in a ceremony dubbed “America’s royal wedding,” said organizing an event which also attracts global interest could be taxing.

    “I can only tell you that the wedding itself was wonderful but the preparations, and I’m sure that they’re feeling some of the same, can be stressful,” she told Sky News in an interview.

    “You want it to be the most perfect day in your daughter’s life and you just do everything you can to make it so.

    “My advice is just enjoy it, enjoy it because it’s (the) most extraordinary experience to see your daughter marrying someone who loves her, who wants to take care of her and you just want to be part of their happiness.”

    Asked if she would be watching William and Kate tie the knot the April 29 ceremony in London on TV, she said: “Of course, of course, I love weddings”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/us-royals-clinton-idUSTRE7281XB20110309

  124. Copt-Muslim clash in Cairo renews question: Who are the Copts?

    Egypt’s revolution put the issue of how to protect its beleaguered Coptic Christian population on the back burner. But a fatal clash Tuesday between Muslims and Copts in Cairo has turned attention once again to religious tensions, which gained the spotlight after the bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve. In an overwhelmingly Muslim country, where does this religious minority fit in. And who are the Copts?

    What was yesterday’s clash about?

    Fighting broke out Tuesday when Cairo’s Copts gathered in a Cairo suburb to protest the burning of a Coptic church last week. Several Copts and Muslims were killed in the fighting, which was followed by arson attacks in one of the city’s predominantly Christian neighborhoods.

    Yesterday’s clashes continued into the night. The Copts staged the protests to demand that the transitional government rebuild the church that was burned last week, publicly promise improvements for Egypt’s Copts, and thoroughly investigate the incident.

    Egypt’s Coptic population has been plagued by violence in the last year. A New Year’s Eve bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria remains unsolved and there were clashes in the fall when authorities halted construction of a Coptic church in Cairo.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0309/Copt-Muslim-clash-in-Cairo-renews-question-Who-are-the-Copts/What-was-yesterday-s-clash-about

  125. pm317: agree about Sheen. Heard him say he was glad not to have to wear that silly (bowling) shirt anymore. Wonder if that could have been the trigger of it all.
    ———————————
    In other news, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned, the radio network announced Wednesday.
    The announcement comes a day after a hidden-camera video was released showing a senior NPR executive criticizing the Tea Party as “racist.” NPR condemned the comments, but the company announced Wednesday that the Board of Directors just accepted Schiller’s resignation, “effective immediately.” “The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” the board said, according to a statement on NPR’s website.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/09/npr-president-schiller-resigns/

    While I am sorry to learn that a woman could enact such behavior, I am relieved to find NPR/PBS realm with egg on their face as they declare themselves chaste and in need of the public funds being threatened. My reaction dates back to the days of 2008 with Brook’s and Shield’s supposedly balancing commentary even though each both spoke from the same sheet: pro Obama, anti Hillary.

  126. Rove helped Obama plan his Senate election in ILL. after his first attempt failed. After Obama was elected to the senate, Rove worked with the Democrats to undermine Hillary because he knew she was preparing to run. Rove helped orchestrate the primary dates in FL with the FL GOP held legislature through Jeb Bush. Brazile co-ordinated the effort that would leave FL hanging because the Fl Dems had their Primary early and not on the date assigned by Brazile and the DNC head, Howard Dean. Brazile and the DNC voted to assign Hillary’s electoral votes from Fl and MI to Obama which is illegal under the Dem Charter at the DNC meeting in Washington, DC. on May 31, 2008.

    Donna Brazile and Rangel of the CBC barred Hillary from attending their CBC meeting determining their issues and candidates campaign strategy for 08′ after she had been invited to attend every previous year for the last 7 yrs. And yes, Rove was involved with both of them to insure Hillary would be ultimately shut out from the Dem nomination.

    _____

    I know. My point is I think he did this because he thought Obama would be a one-term president and that people would be so disgusted that they would vote Republican to get him out of there. I think he didn’t want Hillary because he knew she would do her job and get elected to two terms. I don’t think he just gave the presidency to the Democratic Party. I think he knew no Republican could get elected after Bush so he guaranteed that the Dems would have a one-term president.

  127. AndyP,
    I have always just had a gut feeling the rethugs did this….so do we have this in concrete terms…?

    The Bushes are two-faced to Bill, I hope he realizes that now!

  128. If Rove helped Obama win his seate seat then Obama has been in bed with the rethugs since day one!

  129. confloyd
    March 9th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    AndyP,
    I have always just had a gut feeling the rethugs did this….so do we have this in concrete terms…?

    ______________

    Well, I recall reading an article by Donna Brazile during the 2008 election where she came right out and said that she had been corresponding with Rove and how much he helped her.

  130. andyp
    March 9th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I think he [Rove] knew no Republican could get elected after Bush so he guaranteed that the Dems would have a one-term president.
    &&&&&

    Extremely plausible.

    Hillary is a fighter and knows the game.

    Obama is spineless, and uninterested in the political process or its results, he only cares about self-promotion and avoiding work. He was vaguely “insprirational” enough to win in a pro-Dem cycle, but incompetent enough to not hold power. Rove probably said, “Get Newbie in there and watch him implode”.

  131. andyp
    March 9th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Well, I recall reading an article by Donna Brazile during the 2008 election where she came right out and said that she had been corresponding with Rove and how much he helped her.
    &&&&&

    “Sleeping with the enemy”.

  132. I have been saying since 07′ and Brazoid statement that this nomination of the “idiot” was an inside job….We’ve had Bushes in the WH for way too long now. THe day Cairo fell little Bush was in Dallas at the stupid bowl…..they kept showing pictures of him on the cell phone texting….no doubt to Odumbo….Bush and Dinnerjacket have the same idea….let’s bring on the 12th Imam and Jesus Christ….they are both nuts! Bush has always been in bed with the Saudi’s…
    I hope Hillary runs and exposes all this shit….surely she and Bill know by now what transpired!

  133. Ugh. Sorry about the mental image using the word “bed” in conjunction with either Rove or Brazille, let alone the deeper pyschological damage done by combining the two.

    Rove: “Oh Donna Dearie, I have some more interesting news from South Carolina…”

    Brazille: “Oh, Karl, you cad. Pray, do tell”.

  134. Confloyd: Have you read this article. This link brings you to it. I hope the link works for you. It does for me. It is rather a long article.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/27/the-donna-brazile-karl-rove-connection/

    The Donna Brazile – Karl Rove Connection
    By The City EditioncloseAuthor: The City EditionName: The City Edition
    Email: editor@thecityedition.com
    Site: http://www.thecityedition.com
    About: See Authors Posts (1) on July 27, 2008 at 8:01 AM in DNC, Democratic Nomination, Democratic Party, Donna Brazile, Florida, George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Iowa, Karl Rove, Lobbyists, Nancy Pelosi, Ohio, Republicans, Rules and Bylaws Committee, South Carolina, Texas, Valerie Plame Wilson, Washington state
    A guest column from the newspaper, TheCityEdition.com || Letters to the Editor
    ________________________________________
    In order to “save” the Democratic Party, Brazile resolved back in 2003 that she might have to destroy it first. And who better to help her in this lofty pursuit than her new best friend, the man neoconservatives call “The Architect”.

  135. rgb44hrc,
    Yes I hadn’t thought of that when I used the term “in bed”, I think those two are equally repulsive!

  136. SHILLERS FOR OBAMA

    Not one Schiller, but two, have had to resign from NPR within the same week: Ron, and Vivian (not related).

    news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110309/ts_yblog_thecutline/npr-chief-executive-vivian-schiller-resigns

    When I listen to NPR, my enhanced filter detects when pro-Obama spin is being applied. With NPR, it is rather frequent.

    &&&
    Talking about Talking Heads, with all the Lefty journalists and media types expressing disappointment with Obama, I can see the writing on the wall.

    As we approach 2012, challenges to Obama from within his own party, and attacks from Republicans are going to drive them to reflexively defend Obama as the lesser of two evils.

    For Dem nominee challenges, they’ll say, “So and so is not in as strong of a position as Obama is, and won’t be able to raise nearly enough money”.

    In discussing Repubs, it’ll be “At least Obama won’t try to over Roe v. Wade”, or “Candidate X is a union buster…”, stuff like that.

    So my bet is that they will try to foist Obama on the country for a second term, despite confirmation that he is a noticeably weak leader and has little legistlative understanding.

  137. holdthemaccountable and pm317
    Sheen did not get fired because he objected to his wardrobe, but because he is a drug ADDICT. Stop excusing boorish behavior in people just because they are celebrities.

    And Shilling resigned from NPR not because she said anything (that was another exec named Ron Shilling) but because they needed a sacrificial lamb to appease the blood thirsty republicans who will not be satisfied until all alternate voices are wiped off the airwaves. Unfortunately, NPR needs help with their funding because they are not lapdogs to the corporations like the cable channels are. Maybe they will learn not to publicly express their opinions if it is not in lockstep with the conservatives. I don’t agree with many of their stances, but I like having a variety of sources for my news. Can you believe it?

  138. there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection. I posted them at the time on several blogs and used to have them saved to my computer until my computer crashed. I will try to track them down again because they go into a lot of detail about how this was done.

  139. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection. I posted them at the time on several blogs and used to have them saved to my computer until my computer crashed. I will try to track them down again because they go into a lot of detail about how this was done.
    ____________

    I also saved a column by Donna Brazil where she was quite open and cocky and I cannot find it now. I think it was called Tapping the Obama Factor.

  140. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    And Shilling resigned from NPR not because she said anything (that was another exec named Ron Shilling) but because they needed a sacrificial lamb to appease the blood thirsty republicans who will not be satisfied until all alternate voices are wiped off the airwaves. Unfortunately, NPR needs help with their funding because they are not lapdogs to the corporations like the cable channels are. Maybe they will learn not to publicly express their opinions if it is not in lockstep with the conservatives. I don’t agree with many of their stances, but I like having a variety of sources for my news. Can you believe it?
    &&&&&&

    I used to have a much higher rate of agreement with NPR, from the Clinton administration through the Bush administration. But I detected the pro-Obama bias in 2008. Since then, I have been wary of their spin. But I still do listen, and I too like variety in my coverage. And to be fair, as Obama has strayed from his promises, they have been more willing to turn on him.

    I just feel that they tone down their criticism of the Boy Whom They Made King, whereas with Bush it was “let him have it”.

  141. Mrs. S

    …Rove helped Obama plan his Senate election in ILL. after his first attempt failed. After Obama was elected to the senate, Rove worked with the Democrats to undermine Hillary because he knew she was preparing to run. Rove helped orchestrate the primary dates in FL with the FL GOP held legislature through Jeb Bush. Brazile co-ordinated the effort that would leave FL hanging because the Fl Dems had their Primary early and not on the date assigned by Brazile and the DNC head, Howard Dean. Brazile and the DNC voted to assign Hillary’s electoral votes from Fl and MI to Obama which is illegal under the Dem Charter at the DNC meeting in Washington, DC. on May 31, 2008.

    Donna Brazile and Rangel of the CBC barred Hillary from attending their CBC meeting determining their issues and candidates campaign strategy for 08′ after she had been invited to attend every previous year for the last 7 yrs. And yes, Rove was involved with both of them to insure Hillary would be ultimately shut out from the Dem nomination.
    ——-

    So many backstabber’s, cheats and thugs.

    Rove is dead meat in my eyes.

    Poor Hillary, does she have more than a handful of people in DC she can still trust? If not, she will not run for President again, even if we beg her…

  142. Mrs. Smith

    But who can Trust Scott Walker with his “word” item Veto power?
    ——-
    I was thinking the same thing.
    Personally, I think the MIA Dem senators should hunker down in IL unless dead man Walker agrees to leave their collective barganing rights alone. They agreed to pay cuts (paying more for their benefits), that’s all he should care about if balancing the budget were his goal.

    The Rethugs could attack groups that donate to political campaigns, which would bar unions from having a big loby, but the Rethugs have their own big comporate donations that they don’t want to lose.

    Either way, a good kick to Walker’s knee caps with a compromise is essential to slow down other Rethug Govs from doing the same thing.

  143. andyp-

    I know. My point is I think he did this because he thought Obama would be a one-term president and that people would be so disgusted that they would vote Republican to get him out of there. I think he didn’t want Hillary because he knew she would do her job and get elected to two terms. I don’t think he just gave the presidency to the Democratic Party. I think he knew no Republican could get elected after Bush so he guaranteed that the Dems would have a one-term president.
    __________________

    The one thing you learn about Republicans is they never move their asses for ONE single thing. They maximize every political move they make by two and three fold. You’ve heard baby Bush use the euphemisms Perfecta and Tri-fecta… he’s not kidding.

    …. First- of all, they would to anything to keep Hillary and Bill out of the White House. Such as what Rove did to help Obama get elected. Soros and the elites jumped in because they saw an opportunity to make a ton of money representing Banking interests with their Bank stock selling before the bank failures.

    …. Second- they have wanted to loot the Social Security Treasury.. because Bush2 couldn’t get it done. They are still working on it now that Obama is playing in their back yard with the House.

    …. The political mafia Bosses, the Neo-Cons have wanted to break the Middle Class since 1989 when Bush1 was in office. They have almost succeeded with the millions of jobs losses and home foreclosures. Gov Walker is a testament to that statement now that he is setting an example for Republican Mayors and Governors everywhere in trying to break Union Labor. Nothing that occurs in the world of politics. There is always a plan afoot by the Republicans for self enrichment schemes and sticking it to the little guy.

    Bill Clinton spoiled Bush1’s dream of a New World Order THEN… and why Bush1 and the Neo-Cons vowed to GET Clinton no matter what it took… Get him OUT of OFFICE so they could make this New World Order their reality at the beginning of the 90’s. You might not have been around then but ALL that is happening to us now…I witnessed in RT was meant to happen to us when Bill Clinton WON the presidency from George HW Bush’s re-election campaign in 92′. And the reason why Bush2 gained the presidency from Al Gore.

    The Neocons saw Bill Clinton coming at them when he was governor of Arkansas. They tried falsely linking him to a Drug Cartel shipping drugs into Arkansas by sea and worked very hard to send him to prison for 20 yrs.. It didn’t happen- Bill is first a lawyer and so is Hillary because politics and their popularity come so easy to them, they outsmarted them every time.

    Thats about it in a nutshell.

    You can read several books detailing all the facts:

    “The Hunting of the President; The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton” by Joe Conson and Gene Lyons” for that historical time perspective.

    “The Raw Deal,” this book on the Bush Administration’s efforts to end Social Security as we know it, in 2005. by Joe Conason

    “It can happen here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush” by Conason in 2007

  144. should read:

    “Nothing that occurs in the world of politics is by happenstance. There is always a plan behind the crisis.You just have to figure out why.”

  145. Mrs. Smith,
    Can I find these books at the local library??? I thought I’d read all the books, but I MUST read these you listed.

    When Hilllary said there’s a vast right wing conspiracy….she was telling the truth…which is what she and Bill do….I hope that have all their peas in a row….America is depending on them….at least the ones smart enough to of figured this out! I hope they go independent….I think she could be the first independent to get in office.

  146. She is already harping on the media, which is the one that is pushing the Bush Doctrine…Hillary was telling the truth about the speculators, Obama, and when she teared up in New Hampshire.

  147. The Authoritarian Peril- revolves around the reason for the erosion of our Constitutional Rights. For that, the Republicans invented “The Patriot’s Act I & II”.

  148. NY TIMES’ UNFLATTERING ASSESSMENT: MIA PREZ JOKE FALLS FLAT ON FUND-RAISING TRIP

    This unflattering piece from the NY Times details his lack of leadership, a joke that has to be explained (to a group of bright kids), making time for meeting with yet another sports team, and the real reason for his frequent avoidance of Washington D.C. Highlights:

    “President Obama visited a high-tech public school here on Tuesday to pound away at his themes of innovation and education, sticking to a schedule that has taken him out of Washington nearly every week, despite budget battles and upheaval in the Arab world.”

    “Mr. Obama was accompanied by Melinda Gates, who runs the Gates Foundation with her husband, Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft. [snip] Mr. Obama had some fun at Mr. Gates’s expense, noting that both of them had attended school in Boston — he at Harvard Law School, Mr. Gates at Harvard College. But Mr. Gates, he said, ‘couldn’t hack it in school here, so he dropped out. Then he started a modestly successful computer company.’ When nobody laughed, Mr. Obama said, ‘That was a joke, guys,’ adding that he had actually started a big computer company.”

    “After his visit, Mr. Obama met with several players from the Boston Celtics before attending a Democratic fund-raiser at the Museum of Fine Arts here, where he raised $1 million.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/us/politics/09obama.html

    Expounding on a Theme, Obama Visits Boston School
    ======================================

    By MARK LANDLER
    Published: March 8, 2011

    BOSTON — President Obama visited a high-tech public school here on Tuesday to pound away at his themes of innovation and education, sticking to a schedule that has taken him out of Washington nearly every week, despite budget battles and upheaval in the Arab world.

    Declaring that “there is no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates with the skills necessary to succeed,” Mr. Obama said that revitalizing education was one of his administration’s top priorities and a “responsibility of every American — every parent, every teacher, every business leader, every public official, and yes, every student.”

    The president has been elaborating on a theme of American competitiveness since he first articulated it in his State of the Union address in January. The school Mr. Obama visited here, known as the TechBoston Academy, was ideally suited to illustrate his points, its gritty classrooms stuffed with laptops and students mixing fluids to analyze their density and purity.

    “You guys are a pretty impressive bunch,” Mr. Obama said to a science class of juniors and seniors, quizzing them on where they were applying to college and what they wanted to do after that.

    “We have such a shortage of engineers now,” he said to a young man who said he wanted to study engineering. Gesturing to the boy’s friends, he said, “We need architects and pharmacists, too.”

    Mr. Obama was accompanied by Melinda Gates, who runs the Gates Foundation with her husband, Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft. The school was started in 2002 with financing from the foundation and integrates technology into every aspect of the curriculum. The school, which offers classes from sixth to 12th grade, is a pilot school in the Boston public school system.

    Mr. Obama had some fun at Mr. Gates’s expense, noting that both of them had attended school in Boston — he at Harvard Law School, Mr. Gates at Harvard College. But Mr. Gates, he said, “couldn’t hack it in school here, so he dropped out. Then he started a modestly successful computer company.”

    When nobody laughed, Mr. Obama said, “That was a joke, guys,” adding that he had actually started a big computer company.

    To revitalize the nation’s education system, Mr. Obama said the United States needed to treat teaching as an honored profession, noting that in South Korea, teachers are referred to as “nation-builders.”

    Mr. Obama took note of the budget battle with Capitol Hill, saying that his proposed budget calls for a freeze in domestic spending for five years. But he said he would fight Republican proposals that would cut back spending on education to reduce the deficit.

    “A budget that sacrifices our commitment to education is a budget that sacrifices our country’s future,” Mr. Obama said. “It is a budget that sacrifices our children’s future, and I will not let it happen.”

    After his visit, Mr. Obama met with several players from the Boston Celtics before attending a Democratic fund-raiser at the Museum of Fine Arts here, where he raised $1 million.

    In his speech to a partisan crowd, Mr. Obama struck an almost conciliatory note, saying that Democrats would have to compromise with the Republicans in Congress to find ways to cut the deficit. “Not everything has to be a fight, not everything is a battle to the death,” Mr. Obama said. “There’s no weakness in trying to reach out and find common ground.”

    During his schools tour, Mr. Obama has also visited a school in Miami with former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, as well as one in Northern Virginia with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia. He made a more personal school stop Monday, when he attended a parent-teacher conference for his daughter Sasha at Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

  149. Mrs. Smith
    It never fails to amaze me how the neocons keep going back over and over to achieve whatever goals they don’t get done the first time around. Like the impeachment of BC was payback for the driving of Nixon out of office. And when Bush II didn’t get the privatization of social security done, they keep going back to it. Now they have Obama do do their front work. The money in all the pension systems is staggering and they will never give up until they get their hands on it. Count on that.

  150. andyp
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection. I posted them at the time on several blogs and used to have them saved to my computer until my computer crashed. I will try to track them down again because they go into a lot of detail about how this was done.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    andyp, if you are referring to the article: The Donna Brazile – Karl Rove Connection … “In order to “save” the Democratic Party, Brazile resolved back in 2003 that she might have to destroy it first. And who better to help her in this lofty pursuit than her new best friend, the man neoconservatives call “The Architect”.
    July 24, 2008 by Rosemary Regello editor@thecityedition.com

    She also wrote: Bamboozling the American Electorate again Revised and updated August 18, 2008 by Rosemary Regello editor of The City Edition, I have these in Word files but too long to copy here.

    These articles seem not available in archives of The City Edition site, (it has changed a lot since then) but you can contact her and ask for copies. She is still editor.

    Editor and Publisher – Rosemary Regello
    Regello is a graduate of S.F. State University whose feature articles have been published locally, online and in The Chicago Reader. Her article “A Short History of Sexual Slavery” was included in the 2009 anthology Sexual Enslavement of Girls and Women Worldwide from Praeger Publishing. (Read the review.) You can contact her directly at publisher@thecityedition.com.
    ——————-
    p.s. Hi, ADMIN and everybody! I wish I had time to talk with you again, but still reading every day. You are always stimulating, informative, sometimes inspiring, and unfailingly on target.

  151. confloyd
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Mrs. Smith,
    Can I find these books at the local library
    _______________

    Absolutely, confloyd. If they are not available at your local library they will have them sent there from another local community library.

  152. URGENT: Shortly after NPR CEO Vivian Schiller calls it quits in the wake of a hidden-camera video showing another executive slamming the Tea Party as ‘racist’ and the GOP as ‘anti-intellectuals, Ron Schiller, the executive caught on tape, loses his new job at the Aspen Institute
    ——————————–
    Comment: another top executive at NPR caught in flagrante delicto–with his pants down. Once again, NPR executives manifest their disdain and contempt for the American People, and their willingness to tell any lie to support Obama. I can think of no conceivable justification for taxpayers to be forced to fund an organization of this nature, which disparages them and promotes a highly partisan agenda. Let them get their funding from that born again Nazi George Soros–or just fold their tent. That is one issue where I agree with the Republicans.

  153. Obama HC is the model used by Deval Patrick in MA. Proposed by Romney and legislated by Patrick.

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

    Content very similar to what the GOP had proposed in the 90s in opposition to Hillarycare.

    Hillary did not ‘vote for the war.’ She voted for Authorization for Military Force so that Powell could use it to bluff the UN, thinking it would never come to actual war. She may have heard direct lies from GWB as well.

    Here is the full text of
    (AUMF) – AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ
    From h t t p : / / frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ243.107

    And here is a conservative defending Hillary’s vote and giving more explanation of what she and others thought they were voting for:
    hillaryclinton.com/news/article/view/?id=1336
    No Apology Needed
    New York Times
    David Brooks
    The Iraq war debate began in earnest in September 2002. At that point Clinton was saying in public what Colin Powell was saying in private: emphasizing the need to work through the U.N. and build a broad coalition to enforce inspections.
    She delivered her Senate resolution speech on Oct. 10. It was Clintonian in character. On the one hand, she rejected the Bush policy of pre-emptive war. On the other hand, she also rejected the view that the international community “should only resort to force if and when the United Nations Security Council approves it.” Drawing on the lessons of Bosnia, she said sometimes the world had to act, even if the big powers couldn’t agree.
    She sought a third way: more U.N. resolutions, more inspections, more diplomacy, with the threat of force reserved as a last resort. She was triangulating, but the Senate resolution offered her a binary choice. She voted yes in order to give Powell bipartisan leverage at the U.N.
    This is how she’s always explained that vote, and I confess that until now, I’ve regarded her explanation as a transparent political dodge. Didn’t everyone know this was a war resolution? But now, having investigated her public comments, I think diplomatic leverage really was on her mind. I also know, from a third person, that she was spending a lot of time with Powell and wanted to help.
    ….
    When you look back at Clinton’s thinking, you don’t see a classic war supporter. You see a person who was trying to seek balance between opposing arguments. You also see a person who deferred to the office of the presidency. You see a person who, as president, would be fox to Bush’s hedgehog: who would see problems in their complexities rather than in their essentials; who would elevate procedural concerns over philosophical ones; who would postpone decision points for as long as possible; and who would make distinctions few heed.

  154. andyp
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection. I posted them at the time on several blogs and used to have them saved to my computer until my computer crashed. I will try to track them down again because they go into a lot of detail about how this was done.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    andyp, if you are referring to the article: The Donna Brazile – Karl Rove Connection … “In order to “save” the Democratic Party, Brazile resolved back in 2003 that she might have to destroy it first. And who better to help her in this lofty pursuit than her new best friend, the man neoconservatives call “The Architect”.
    July 24, 2008 by Rosemary Regello editor@thecityedition. com

    She also wrote: Bamboozling the American Electorate again Revised and updated August 18, 2008 by Rosemary Regello editor of The City Edition, I have these in Word files but too long to copy here.
    These articles seem not available in archives of The City Edition site, (it has changed a lot since then) but you can contact her and ask for copies. She is still editor.

    Editor and Publisher – Rosemary Regello
    Regello is a graduate of S.F. State University whose feature articles have been published locally, online and in The Chicago Reader. Her article “A Short History of Sexual Slavery” was included in the 2009 anthology Sexual Enslavement of Girls and Women Worldwide from Praeger Publishing. (Read the review.) You can contact her directly at publisher @ thecityedition. com.
    ——————-
    p.s. Hi, ADMIN and everybody! I wish I had time to talk with you again, but still reading every day. You are always stimulating, informative, sometimes inspiring, and unfailingly on target

  155. Republicans death wish for Americans soon to be realized. The slow death of the middle class if the Republicans remain committed to inflicting austerity on what jobs remain of the working class.

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

    Why would Republicans “WISH” to kill the Middle Class? Parasites don’t wish to kill their host.

  156. #
    BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    It never fails to amaze me how the neocons keep going back over and over to achieve whatever goals they don’t get done the first time around. Like the impeachment of BC was payback for the driving of Nixon out of office. And when Bush II didn’t get the privatization of social security done, they keep going back to it. Now they have Obama do do their front work. The money in all the pension systems is staggering and they will never give up until they get their hands on it. Count on that.
    ___________________

    Nixon was caught up in a breaking and entering scheme and self imploded with the Nixon tapes. His own people came to him and said, “there is enough viable evidence against you for the House to vote for your Impeachment. OR you can resign.”

    The Dems weren’t complicit in any schemes to dethrone Nixon. The reason for the persecution of Bill Clinton was as I mentioned above to andyp @ 12:51.. He ruined the plans for the elites and GHWB’s eye on a New World Order.

    What is sad, the Republicans and Obama have joined forces and Obama will give them anything they want…now that he dumped so many Congressional Democrats because he didn’t need them. I just hope Nancy Pelosi is happy living with the consequences and the knowledge she was instrumental in creating all the damage done to the country and running over Hillary to get Obama elected.

  157. But this csmonitor story says not a word about the great number of Muslims who turned out to protect Coptic churches in response! (Nor about the Muslim demonstrators protecting the Christians in Tahrir Square, and vice versa.)

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

    Egypt’s Coptic population has been plagued by violence in the last year. A New Year’s Eve bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria remains unsolved and there were clashes in the fall when authorities halted construction of a Coptic church in Cairo.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0309/Copt-Muslim-clash-in-Cairo-renews-question-Who-are-the-Copts/What-was-yesterday-s-clash-about

  158. Mrs. Smith,
    Perfect description…..predators….they look like the Alien Predator on the show too…LOL! Rove is dirt dog ugly! I believe the term is fugly!

  159. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    andyp, if you are referring to the article: The Donna Brazile – Karl Rove Connection … “In order to “save” the Democratic Party, Brazile resolved back in 2003 that she might have to destroy it first. And who better to help her in this lofty pursuit than her new best friend, the man neoconservatives call “The Architect”.
    July 24, 2008 by Rosemary Regello editor@thecityedition. com
    _______________

    Yes, I posted the No Quarter link above. It fascinates me how Donna Brazile felt that she had to destroy the party to save it when a lot of Hillary supporters are now hoping to destroy the party to save it. However, Obama’s approval ratings are dropping every day and I think it is becoming more and more clear that if the Dems had backed Hillary they would have saved the party. It is amazing, but the only person in the Dem party today that is getting really positive coverage and respect is Hillary. This must drive them crazy. In 2009, schools and universities were falling all over themselves to have Obama speak at Convocation – even Notre Dame University compromised its Catholic principles by covering up a crucifix in order to have Obama speak there (which really tarnished their reputation as far as I am concerned). This year the White House has a national contest to have Obama speak at Convocations and he got something like 45 applications and had to extend the deadline. Can anyone say “disappointed in Obama”?

  160. LET THE PILING ON BEGIN!

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/03/09/could_gas_prices_sink_obamas_reelection_2012_study_president_approval_gas_price_109157.html

    Could Gas Prices Sink Obama’s Reelection?
    ==================================

    By David Paul Kuhn
    March 9, 2011

    In December, the former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, told an energy trade group that Americans could be paying $5 a gallon for gasoline by 2012. Turmoil has since come to the Middle East and with it, soaring gas prices.

    Could this president be reelected with $5 a gallon gas? Hofmeister termed it a “worst case scenario.” Indeed. Yet less sensational scenarios also threaten Barack Obama’s presidency.

    High fuel prices do not assure presidential trouble. But there is a statistically significant correlation between what Americans pay at the pump and a president’s public standing, based on a RealClearPolitics study of the average gasoline price, adjusted for inflation, and Gallup presidential approval ratings since 1976.

    In fact, gas prices correlate far more with a president’s standing than the unemployment rate (for wonks, -.53 compared to -.14). For the non-wonks, that’s a strong indication that gas prices matter more politically than unemployment.

    The return of even $4 a gallon gas could undercut Obama’s political recovery because it would undermine the economic recovery. “I don’t know that it actually pushes us into a recession but it would be very uncomfortable,” Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi recently said of $4 gasoline on Bloomberg Television.

    National gas prices have had their second-largest increase in a two-week period since the Lundberg Survey began tracking them in 1950. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose above the $3.50 threshold Monday, according to AAA. Prices have surged 39 cents per gallon since the mid-February revolt in Libya.

    High fuel prices helped sink Jimmy Carter’s bid for reelection, and unanticipated price spikes haunted the previous three presidential campaigns.

    “It’s a huge issue. There is no way of getting around it,” said Tad Devine, who wrestled with gas politics as John Kerry’s chief strategist in 2004 and as a senior advisor in the Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid. “It’s the awareness. If you ask someone the cost of carton of milk or the cost of a gallon of gas, they’re going to know the cost of gas.”

    Pundits can make too much of fuel prices. No economic indicator–gas, unemployment or real disposable income–is an electoral tealeaf. It’s a political myth that the economy itself consistently predicts a president’s standing or reelection prospects. The economy overwhelms politics when it overwhelms the American mind in exceptionally good and exceptionally bad times.

    Americans’ economic anxiety was beginning to ebb in polls. Rising gas prices understandably gives them pause. Fuel costs ripple through the financial system. They dampen GDP growth, increase costs for food or flights, business eventually hedges hiring. “Oil shocks have caused and/or contributed to each one of the US and global recessions of the last thirty years,” wrote economists Nouriel Roubini and Brad Setser in a 2004 paper.

    Gas prices personalize economic data. That’s their true political power. They directly impact more people than unemployment, albeit not as severely. They inform how Americans experience the economy. It’s not only the cost of filling up gas tanks. Prices are posted on gas station signs that Americans drive by several times daily. They top drive-time radio chatter. Gas spikes are psychologically omnipresent.

    This is why Devine calls gas prices a “top of the mind” issue. High gasoline costs, he’s found, impacts voting behavior. “If you were doing a focus group tonight anywhere in America and someone said these gas prices are out of control, suddenly the whole group is engaged,” Devine said.

    Engagement is the keyword. Last week, the Pew Research Center found that slightly more Americans were following the rising price of oil than the violence in Libya or the Wisconsin labor dispute.

    A new Pew study finds that the portion of Americans hearing “mostly bad” news about the economy rose in the past month from 28 to 38 percent. What’s moved those numbers? Americans say they have heard about the same news on the financial markets, real estate and jobs compared to the prior month. But the share of Americans who have heard bad news about prices for food and consumer goods rose from 49 to 62 percent (high gas prices increase food transport costs). Meanwhile, the share of Americans who have heard bad news about gas prices rose from 77 to 90 percent.

    “Every White House I’ve been in, with the first President Bush and later the second, every campaign, this is one of the hot button issues,” noted Doug Holtz Eakin, who served as John McCain’s chief policy adviser during the 2008 campaign. “It was an enormous issue in the summer of 2008.” And, he added, “It’s not going away.”

    Some economists believe gas prices are heading significantly higher even if the Middle East stabilizes. It’s the basic issue of dwindling supply and rising demand. JP Morgan Chase predicted, prior to the Middle East turmoil, 2012 oil prices that correlate to gas prices above $4 a gallon.

    “The whole struggle right now from the Democratic perspective is to restore economic confidence. That confidence process is built piece by piece,” Devine said. “And gas prices can undo confidence building.”

    Presidents have a limited short-term ability to lower gas prices. George W. Bush reelection campaign was dogged by rising prices by the spring of 2004 (imagine $2 a gallon!). Bush could have tapped the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) in an attempt to lower prices. He refrained. It’s only been done 18 times since 1985. The Obama administration is considering tapping the SPR if there is a “major disruption in the flow of oil.” That signals deep executive concern about fuel costs.

    The record average gas price is $4.11 a gallon. That was July 2008. The issue was so politically explosive that both John McCain and Hillary Clinton looked for cover by proposing the fiscally dubious federal gas tax holiday. At that time, more Americans viewed energy as a serious concern than at the low point of the 1979 energy crisis. Gas prices faded with the economic crash. But it’s a fresh reminder that gas can quickly, often unforeseeably, spread into presidential politics — even if one national candidate is not proclaiming “Drill baby drill.”

    Two months ago, who would have thought that Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and democratic protest across the Arab World would threaten Obama’s reelection?

  161. Mrs. Smith
    Of course the dems did not force Nixon out, he did the deed and they would not bury it. That’s what the repubs were angry about. I went through the whole thing and remember it well, but it was before everything got so horribly partisan and people still were talked into doing the right thing for the rest of the party.

  162. WHAT WILL BE THE LAST STRAW FOR THE LEFT?

    Key paragraph in this piece:

    The big losers in this decision are members of Mr. Obama’s hardline anti-war base. It is the latest in a string of disappointments to the Code Pinkers, Moveon-ers and other formerly Obama-loving peaceniks. The surge in Afghanistan and the ever-lengthening timetable for withdrawal provided them with one regret. The widening and intensifying use of drone aircraft as a counterterrorism tool was another. Now the Gitmo detainees are back in their cages for good. The distraught workers in the peace movement have to be asking themselves how much more they can stand before they begin to mutter the words “Obama” and “war criminal” in the same breath.

    washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/8/is-obama-a-war-criminal-yet/#

    Is Obama a war criminal yet?
    =======================
    Liberal double-standard is in full view over Gitmo

    The Washington Times
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    President Obama quietly signed an executive order on Monday instituting a system for indefinitely holding terrorist detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), Cuba. The administration also announced that terrorist trials by military commission would recommence. This is a win for U.S. security, but the country has paid a heavy price for Mr. Obama’s on-the-job training in counterterrorism.

    The low-key announcements stand in marked contrast with the bombast with which Mr. Obama approached this issue just a few years ago. During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama harshly criticized President George W. Bush’s detainee policies. When he took office, Mr. Obama theatrically announced that he would close Gitmo in a year and find a way to give the terror detainees the full due-process rights enjoyed by American citizens. In so doing, he legitimized the complaints of the worst critics of American counterterrorism policies, including the terrorists themselves.

    Two years later, some learning appears to have occurred at the White House. The president’s hasty “close Gitmo” pledge foundered on practical and political grounds. Contrary to the story line peddled by anti-war alarmists, the Bush administration already had released most of the detainees that had been held there, and those who remained were the hard cases who truly threatened U.S. national security. Trying the detainees in civilian courts raised a multitude of nettlesome questions about public evidence, speedy trials, Miranda warnings and the other aspects of due process that didn’t support the Bush administration’s warfighting approach.

    With civilian trials, the prospect loomed of repeated government defeats in court, or the necessity of simply releasing detainees when no prosecution was possible without fatally compromising intelligence sources and methods. Likewise, Mr. Obama discovered that releasing detainees to their home countries was problematic because in many cases the terrorists would be freed almost immediately upon their return. Of course, members of the Bush administration consistently raised these points, but the Obama team simply brushed them off.

    The big losers in this decision are members of Mr. Obama’s hardline anti-war base. It is the latest in a string of disappointments to the Code Pinkers, Moveon-ers and other formerly Obama-loving peaceniks. The surge in Afghanistan and the ever-lengthening timetable for withdrawal provided them with one regret. The widening and intensifying use of drone aircraft as a counterterrorism tool was another. Now the Gitmo detainees are back in their cages for good. The distraught workers in the peace movement have to be asking themselves how much more they can stand before they begin to mutter the words “Obama” and “war criminal” in the same breath.

    The White House detainee policy volte-face vindicates the policies of President George W. Bush. At the very least, Mr. Obama should apologize to his predecessor for smearing his reputation so thoroughly during the 2008 campaign. Our novice commander in chief has learned the valuable lesson that talking about being president, at which Mr. Obama was so adept, is a far cry from actually being president, at which he clearly is not.

  163. rgb44hrc
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    “who would have thought that Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and democratic protest across the Arab World would threaten Obama’s reelection?”
    ___________________

    We call that the “X” Factor. You can depend on it happening when innocent people are being oppressed by GREED.

    When enough is NEVER enough!

  164. there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection.

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

    That would be:

    Rosemary Regello, editor
    The City Edition of San Francisco
    News, Health, Arts and Marketplace
    239 – 16th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    http://www.thecityedition.com

    I gave her some material at the time, including this link:

    huffingtonpost.com/wayne-barrett/could-the-republicans-pic_b_94158.html

    I made this comment in my email to her:

    ” I have noticed a pattern, though.
    If the GOP is choosing our nominee, their action may have begun as long ago as the FL GOP legislature setting the primary date to set up conflict between Dean and the FL Dems. Now Gov Crist (an associate of Jeb Bush) is talking about a re-do (which I think the legislature would need to authorize). Dean and everyone are talking about this as a solution [….]”

  165. And while dumbo is out campaigning his heart out…

    Clinton pushes free, fair trade agenda for APEC

    By Andrew Quinn

    WASHINGTON | Wed Mar 9, 2011

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will step up efforts for free, open and transparent trade across the Asia Pacific region as it seeks to double U.S. exports in five years, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

    Clinton, addressing officials from the Asia Pacific Economic Forum, said expanding economic engagement with the Asia Pacific region remained a cornerstone of U.S. policy despite doubts at home about whether the global playing field is rigged against the United States.

    “The United States seeks partnerships that are governed by reasonable, rules-based approaches that give businesses from all of our economies the chance to compete, and that are grounded in shared principles,” Clinton said.

    “To citizens of my own country, who see factories closing down at home as products continue to flow in from overseas, and who wonder whether economic integration will hurt their families in the long run, let me say this: Ensuring that economic engagement delivers results to the American people is a top domestic priority.”

    U.S. President Barack Obama will host this year’s APEC summit in Hawaii in November, and Clinton said the 21-member group could help meet challenges including rising food and fuel prices, climate change and creating economic opportunity.

    Obama has set the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years as he seeks to jump-start economic growth and beat back stubbornly high unemployment.

    U.S. officials say the booming economies of Asia are one key to the future, although U.S. ties to the region’s heavyweight, China, remain dogged by U.S. charges that Beijing artificially undervalues its currency to win trade advantages.

    A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

    Clinton did not mention the China trade dispute specifically but did outline a set of U.S. priorities for the region that underscore Washington’s concerns over unfair treatment.

    “The United States is looking for a level playing field, an environment in which businesses rise and fall based on honest competition, rather than government manipulation,” Clinton said, adding that trade ties should be open, free and transparent to ensure maximum rewards.

    Clinton singled out intellectual property rights and “indigenous innovation” — a policy some countries adopt to favor domestic technology — as issues that need to be addressed to balance competition.

    The United States hopes to finalize a free trade deal soon with South Korea, as well as agreements with Colombia and Panama, she said, adding the South Korean pact could be a model for cutting tariff restrictions and improving market access.

    “Then there are the benefits that cannot be expressed in dollars: a closer political and strategic partnership with a key ally that is cemented not only by shared security concerns but by closely integrated economies,” Clinton said.

    She said the United States would also forge ahead with the Transpacific Partnership, a growing trade group that U.S. officials say is aimed ultimately at establishing a free trade area across the Asia Pacific region.

    Clinton said the United States would push APEC to become more effective through strengthening regulatory practices, preventing technical barriers to trade and fighting poverty.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/09/us-usa-trade-clinton-idUSTRE72857O20110309

  166. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    The Republicans crow about Reagan. Reagan was a Democrat in Republican clothing. Reagan stood in the way of their happiness. Bush1 and Cheney were manipulating things (think Iran-Contra) while Reagan was president. It was the Republicans, Bush1 during the Reagan presidency, that put all these ME dictators in power. The reason why we are suffering because of it today!

  167. JanH
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    And while dumbo is out campaigning his heart out…

    Clinton pushes free, fair trade agenda for APEC
    _________________

    The Clintons are the only politicos worth fighting for- the rest of them, Congress and the present administration are as corrupt as the day is long.

  168. The one thing you learn about Republicans is they never move their asses for ONE single thing. They maximize every political move they make by two and three fold.

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

    Right. And imo that’s true of all who reach that level of power, including the Clintons. They don’t do something for just one reason (especially not some silly emotional thing like insulting someone or resenting an insult). They all choose an action that will have multiple benefits and will also keep their options open. That’s how they GET to that level of power (on either side).

  169. March 9, 2011

    Stronger voice on Libya: Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?
    _________________

    They want too much personal information. Why not a poll?

    Next thing you know, my computer will have a worm/virus or worse hacked.

  170. It fascinates me how Donna Brazile felt that she had to destroy the party to save it when a lot of Hillary supporters are now hoping to destroy the party to save it.

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

    LOL! So the Republicans got in, and now we’ll be lucky to save Planned Parenthood.

  171. Stop excusing boorish behavior in people just because they are celebrities.
    ——————-
    Didn’t say I liked the person; said I enjoyed the show.
    Didn’t say the shirt was the cause; suggested it might have been a catalyst.

  172. #
    confloyd
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Mrs. Smith,
    Perfect description…..predators….they look like the Alien Predator on the show too…LOL! Rove is dirt dog ugly! I believe the term is fugly!
    _____________________

    They all wear their hair the same way, parted on the side and bangs. All of them are extremely thin-skinned and they hold grudges as if there is nothing more important that matters to them in life.

  173. Mrs. Smith
    pumapac is back up this morning although Murphy had not put a new post up when I checked.

    I almost felt sorry for Reagan when it became clear that others in his administration were dealing and making policy behind his back. Those who think he was a strong president were not paying attention.

  174. “others in his administration were dealing and making policy behind his back.”

    hmmmm…

    so is this deja vu? Because it’s a sure thing that dumbo isn’t running the show now.

  175. It fascinates me how Donna Brazile felt that she had to destroy the party to save it.
    __________________

    Donna Brazile is full of horse sh*t. Brazile thought like the 100’s of thousands that voted for Obama… especially the AAs… it was their TIME… they were planning on being BIG corporate CEOs in charge of Big Business. Obama was going to get them Grants and FREE Money..and remember, pay their mortgages and their car paymts.. Brazile is a racist like the rest of them…She got Bamboozled by the Big Bamboozler. Brazile is trying to save face now that she is doing some talking under that Big ole Yellow Bus…she so justly deserves.

  176. holdthemaccountable
    I didn’t mean to jump on you or pm317 personally, I’m just fed up with the double standard exercised for the celebs (Sheen all over tv in interviews night after night while he spirals into craziness, Linsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Kanye West, etc.). It’s a bad example to set for the young people (yada, yada, yada). I like your blogname, by the way.

  177. “Frankly, folks, the provisions of collective bargaining reform are examples of what we want to do to allow people to control their costs,” said Kasich, setting off cat-calls from the gallery in the legislative chamber.

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

    “Reform.” There’s that word again.

    When the GOP wants to kill something, they call it “reform.”

  178. JanH
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I have the salient parts of the Ulsterman article posted by confloyd:

    Kind of falls in with my Reagan/Bush/Cheney posts:

    “I read a recent Politico article that stated the administration was clamping down on leaks. Going after people more than any other administration – I assumed that was the purge you had warned about a while back.

    Yes. I was told there had been a number of meetings about information getting out. Jarrett was livid over it. As was the First Lady. It was partly why Axelrod left – he was unable to clamp down on the leaks. Probably had something to do with Gibbs going away as well. Don’t believe the bullshit reasons comin’ out of the administration. Rahm was blamed when he was there, and blamed even after he was forced out. They got Holder lookin’ in the weeds for anyone giving out information – especially information that might harm the president’s chances in 2012. That’s the real issue here – it’s not military secrets or anything like that – it’s things that might make Obama look foolish, incompetent – those are the leaks that has Jarrett and Michelle screaming for people’s heads. This White House, those people…they don’t care about America. They really don’t. It’s all about them. At every goddamn level of every goddamn thing they do – it’s all about them.

    So why not keep fighting against it? Don’t stop – keep going.

    Like I said, I’m not “stopping”. It’s more like…waiting it out for a bit. Maybe I’ll jump back into this thing, maybe someone will take the lead – in fact, I’m almost certain of that—

    ……………………………

    You said earlier that Obama was more confident these days though…

    He is. Pelosi backed off. Issa appears to have done the same. Holder is holding the line. Information coming out of Chicago is still being limited – clamped down upon. That doesn’t mean they aren’t nervous. They are. Watch the Blagojevich thing – the trial. The deal to be made. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And what happened to Rezko? That’s part of the same deal. A company called Companion Security…Blago, Rezko, the Feds. It’s all brewing – maybe boiling over? Of course the national media is burying all of this. Most of it – that’s partly why we gotta back off. The risk, the exposure, it’s too great. We need help – help that I thought was coming but never fully materialized.

    Rezko? That could still be a problem for Obama?

    (Laughs) Yeah – do you think? Hell yeah it could be a problem. The guy has been holed up in jail waiting for sentencing. Why? Why so long? Holder’s people are all over that thing – just like Blago. Obama is in the mix of that mess for sure. Does anybody really dispute that? But you see, it’s the Justice Department’s complicity in protecting Obama during the ongoing investigations – talking current crimes here now… that is what can really sink them. Not that there is just bank fraud, RICO laws that were broken, payoffs, intimidations, – that’s all basic Chicago business as usual, right? But now add the White House’s handling of all of that since Obama became President – now you got a presidential scandal. Now you got an investigation that leads to uncovering all of that mess. Now you got grounds to legally go after Holder, Jarrett, and even the President of the United States. Hell, through in the First Lady too…

    So you think President Obama should be impeached?

    Impeached? -Expletive- no. That’s too good for him. President Obama should be arrested. What’s that word you used a while back – sedition? Well there you go – that pretty much sums up this whole stinking cesspool of a White House right there. Look, I was suspicious of this guy before – but based on what I was told these past few months…the man, those around him (pauses) …this president is the most corrupt thing to have sat in the White House in our lifetimes. Being part of that campaign in 2008…it makes me sick. Do you understand what I’m saying? Sick. To have played any part in getting him elected…Obama isn’t just incompetent…he’s something else. Something worse. I’ve been around a lot of asshole-arrogant politicians. Plenty of those. Even a few outright criminals. This is different. This is a whole other level of corrupt.

    You say Obama is “something else” – something beyond just incompetent or arrogant…

    What is he?”
    ____________________

    Ulsterman didn’t come out and say so… but I think Pelosi is the key… and another thing I felt reading his article… whatever the scandal was he was talking about in previous articles, it’s being put off for a better time. In this game, timing is everything.

  179. Social security reform, Medicare reform, Medicaid reform, entitlement reform (in case they missed one), budget reform, free market reform, education reform, on and on and on.

  180. BigCatLover

    there were articles circulated during the 2008 campaign by a small alternative paper in San Francisco that went into great detail about the Rove/Brazile connection. I posted them at the time on several blogs and used to have them saved to my computer until my computer crashed. I will try to track them down again because they go into a lot of detail about how this was done.

    —-
    I would like to see those BigCat

    ———–

    I remember reading the article on Rove and Brazillenut long before the primary and it was passed from a blog friend, in a secret room online in the middle of the night. It was done so deep throat that I almost felt like I had found the magic bullet hidden by the CIA.

    From that point on, I really worried that major players were plotting to destroy Hillary.

  181. “We need help – help that I thought was coming but never fully materialized.”
    _________________

    Issa was threatening an investigation. He got taken care of with..something.. $$$- a big favor… something to shut up.

    I think Pelosi used her “political capital card” to maintain a position in the House as Minority Leader and because of it they created an assistant position for the person moving up under her position as House Speaker.

  182. When the GOP wants to kill something, they call it “reform.”
    _______________

    Thats why they are designated “predators”.. not parasites.

    parasites are lobbyists.

  183. the double standard exercised for the celebs … It’s a bad example to set for the young people.
    ——————————————-
    I could not agree with you more on this. In fact I called a similar statement in to a TV talkback line yesterday chiding them for featuring Sheen while ignoring Hillary on International Women’s Day during Women’s History month for the very reason you cite: what it does to the children.

  184. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    pumapac is back up this morning although Murphy had not put a new post up when I checked.
    ___________

    I checked this morning and the post up was a real old one. I think from Feb 19th or so… If Murphy doesn’t or can’t do it anymore someone should take it over to keep all that good info alive.

  185. holdthemaccountable
    Good for you for calling them on focusing on the distractions, not the important stories.

  186. Ulsterman didn’t come out and say so… but I think Pelosi is the key… and another thing I felt reading his article… whatever the scandal was he was talking about in previous articles, it’s being put off for a better time. In this game, timing is everything.
    ____________

    He did say that Issa knows about it and was ready to cooperate, but that he has been making a lot of visits to the White Huse and he has backed off. You don’t know if he has been threatened or if he enjoys the special privileges. He also said that the newspapers won’t take the story.

  187. Shadowfax
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to see those BigCat

    ———–
    A couple people upthread gave us the info on where to find them today. Try http://www.thecityedition.com . They used to have archives of past articles you could search. If not, just look upthread for more info.

  188. I guess David Broder will be remembered for his last gratitous hit on Bill…Broder’s voice has been silenced…ironic…

  189. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Shadowfax
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to see those BigCat

    ———–
    A couple people upthread gave us the info on where to find them today. Try http://www.thecityedition.com . They used to have archives of past articles you could search. If not, just look upthread for more info.

    ______

    My link works. It takes you right to No Quarter. It is a long, compelling story.

  190. holdthemaccountable
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    the double standard exercised for the celebs … It’s a bad example to set for the young people.
    __________

    It’s more than a double standard. It’s a concerted effort to #1 Keep anything the dilettante Obama is doing out of the news. #2 The media silence on Obama’s handling of the problems plaguing the ME. Mainly Gadaffi and the oil crisis sending fuel prices skyrocketing. #3 Actually pointing to a woman, Hillary Clinton doing the work of three men who should have been president in the first place.

  191. Mrs. Smith,

    I don’t think anyone has to dig for things that might make Obama look foolish, incompetent…

    He does that whenever he opens his mouth.

  192. #
    S
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I guess David Broder will be remembered for his last gratuitous hit on Bill…Broder’s voice has been silenced…ironic…
    __________________

    Is there an obituary somewhere?

  193. rgb44hrc:

    “President Obama visited a high-tech public school here on Tuesday to pound away at his themes of innovation and education, sticking to a schedule that has taken him out of Washington nearly every week, despite budget battles and upheaval in the Arab world.”

    “Mr. Obama was accompanied by Melinda Gates, who runs the Gates Foundation with her husband, Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft. [snip] Mr. Obama had some fun at Mr. Gates’s expense, noting that both of them had attended school in Boston — he at Harvard Law School, Mr. Gates at Harvard College. But Mr. Gates, he said, ‘couldn’t hack it in school here, so he dropped out. Then he started a modestly successful computer company.’ When nobody laughed, Mr. Obama said, ‘That was a joke, guys,’ adding that he had actually started a big computer company.”
    ___________________

    The racist insulting the 2nd richest man in the world?

    Payback is a b….!

  194. JanH
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Ulsterman was talking about something criminal besides the foolishness and the incompetency. Could be seditious like selling nuclear weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood..or selling US secrets to the ME or making millions off the backs of foreclosed Americans.. I’m looking forward to his next installment…

  195. Mrs. Smith,

    All in all, that wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just waiting for him to bow down to the cries of unfairness from the Muslim population and cancel the investigations coming up.

  196. Too funny…

    Mar 09, 2011

    Obama: ‘I was born in Hawaii. … I can’t change those facts.’

    By David Jackson, USA TODAY

    While calling for less fighting between Republicans and Democrats, President Obama also sent a message last night to critics — the so-called birthers — who say he was not born in the United State (and is therefore ineligible for the presidency).

    “I was born in Hawaii, what can I say?” Obama told Democratic donors in Boston. “I can’t change those facts.”

    Obama spoke as a state senator in New Hampshire proposes a bill that would require candidates in party presidential primaries to provide birth certificates and affidavits swearing they are at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for 14 years.

    As Obama and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1 million at the event, Obama also trotted out a theme that we’ll likely hear throughout the 2012 presidential campaign.

    “We didn’t just rescue the economy we put it on the strongest footing for the future,” Obama said. “And along the way we saved the auto industry and a few other things.”

    Obama noted that when he took office, “this country was going through as tough a time economically, as tough a time financially, as any period since the 1930s.” As a result, he said, his administration “had to make a series of quick decisions, and often times unpopular decisions.”

    The president also said he has fulfilled 2008 campaign promises to end combat operations in Iraq.

    While pledging to cut the budget, Obama said he will not stand for cuts in education and other essential programs.

    The United States should not be about the “haves and the have-nots,” Obama said.

    “That’s not the America that I envision for (daughters) Malia and Sasha,” Obama said. “And so we’re going to have a lot of work to do.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/03/obama-i-was-born-in-hawaii–i-cant-change-those-facts/1

  197. JanH
    March 9th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    All in all, that wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just waiting for him to bow down to the cries of unfairness from the Muslim population and cancel the investigations coming up.
    _____________________

    Well, thats the funny thing about investigations. Now that the Republicans have him playing ball on their court, they will be looking for any damaging evidence they can find, especially if it implicates Obama. The hunt now is for any leverage they can use against Obama to make him do something he doesn’t want to do but something they want or need to take place but they can’t do it by themselves.

    It’s really odd, Obama is that confident, he is off playing, fundraising for his campaign thinking everything is rolling along nicely without his presence in DC. Remember, Bill Clinton’s admonition to Blair when his term in office was up: “Republicans play hardball”-

    (without saying, they are not going to be as nice as I was to you-) (because I consider you a friend.)

  198. Glad to see that the Insider is back…

    …..So you think President Obama should be impeached?

    Impeached? -Expletive- no. That’s too good for him. President Obama should be arrested. What’s that word you used a while back – sedition? Well there you go – that pretty much sums up this whole stinking cesspool of a White House right there. Look, I was suspicious of this guy before – but based on what I was told these past few months…the man, those around him (pauses) …this president is the most corrupt thing to have sat in the White House in our lifetimes. Being part of that campaign in 2008…it makes me sick. Do you understand what I’m saying? Sick. To have played any part in getting him elected…Obama isn’t just incompetent…he’s something else. Something worse. I’ve been around a lot of asshole-arrogant politicians. Plenty of those. Even a few outright criminals. This is different. This is a whole other level of corrupt.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-president-obama-should-be-arrested/#ixzz1G8eGCM6D

    ——-
    This is what all of us have known since the primary…

  199. He did say that Issa knows about it and was ready to cooperate, but that he has been making a lot of visits to the White Huse and he has backed off. You don’t know if he has been threatened or if he enjoys the special privileges. He also said that the newspapers won’t take the story.

    ———
    Who knows, maybe that is part of the deal Barry made to extend the Bush tax cuts so easily? Throw the Retugs some bones to keep them from investigating.

  200. andy and Big Cat

    ———–
    A couple people upthread gave us the info on where to find them today. Try http://www.thecityedition.com . They used to have archives of past articles you could search. If not, just look upthread for more info.

    ———-
    That’s the info I read long ago, it was “taken off the computer it was originally written on” per a long ago source.

  201. How in the hell can the media sit on this stuff…all this happened in Bagdad in 05′ and the rethugs think Bush is not involved….bullshit…that’s why no more Bush’s are running for office….just like there are no more Kennedy’s running…..they all should be in jail!

  202. #
    confloyd
    March 9th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Just as the “insider” talks about Companion Security….low and behold this…the media is setting on this…those freakers….I hope someone posts this on hillbuzz as Limbaugh reads it.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/4193859-419/convicted-former-rezko-partner-was-cooperating-with-feds.html

    This goes straight to the WH through William Daley…OMG! WHERE’S THE MEDIA???
    ——–
    I tossed it on Drudge and asked them to follow the corruption all the way to the White House.

    (Not that they will do it…)

  203. Space Shuttle Discovery Lands on Earth After Final Voyage

    http://www.space.com/

    Thanks to our incompetent pResident, our space program could have been saved if MO and BO didn’t spend it on Royal Vacations.

    Damn the both of them.

  204. Shadowfax
    March 9th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ulsterman said: “a cover-up.”

    reading the comments in your article the insights go deeper from locals who know the players and remark at the connection to Obama and Muslims.

  205. Hi all. I read big pink and the comments daily, but rarely post. I feel compelled to post not in defense of Charlie Sheen as much as distain at the media who constantly harps on a recovering drug addict/manic depressive. Why is this news?

    Charlie Sheen and his father Martin have been active in questioning the Bush and Obama White House for answers regarding the irregularities and outright mis-truths of the 911 commission. Six of those 911 commissioners have already admitted that they were instructed to “cover-up” several facts and omit them from the report.

    What better way to discredit and deflect attention from people asking uncomfortable questions than to give marching orders to compliant media sycophants to talk 24/7 about how crazy he is and that he is a person who needs to be locked away in a nut hut. To be sure, many uncomfortable questions exist in regard to 911. This county changed to a police state with the passage of the Patriot Act, which was just renewed. Our freedoms continue to wither and 911 opened the gate for this new horror for America.

  206. Confloyd: the above comment was meant for you… from your link to the suntimes article…hehe-

    Barry is out rubbing elbows w/Bill and Melissa Gates… Jarret is in a fog, she thinks the Chicago Mob are “Untouchable”!

    HA! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, honey!

  207. Obama isn’t just incompetent…he’s something else. Something worse
    ———————
    Lately the word ‘creep’ comes to my mind.

    cotrip: Incredibly interesting, and it fits their M.O. When all else fails, smear.

  208. cotrip,

    Interesting take.

    “What better way to discredit and deflect attention from people asking uncomfortable questions than to give marching orders to compliant media sycophants to talk 24/7 about how crazy he is and that he is a person who needs to be locked away in a nut hut”
    ———

    In some ways I agree with the above, but I do think that Mr. Sheen is playing this up in many ways. And yes, the media thinks this is news and are capturing and editing for shock value.

  209. Ya know, if I didn’t see on every station, on every program, every day for the last 7 to 10 days, I might think otherwise. But this has just been overkill on poor demented Charlie. hehehe

  210. BigCatLover
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    holdthemaccountable and pm317
    Sheen did not get fired because he objected to his wardrobe, but because he is a drug ADDICT. Stop excusing boorish behavior in people just because they are celebrities.
    ——————

    hah, You could perhaps stop telling me what to do. I could care less what he does in his personal life or his celebrity. I commented on the show not him. The article I linked had interesting stuff about how Chinese culture would handle a guy like Sheen. American, Chinese both are extremes.

  211. He did say that Issa knows about it and was ready to cooperate, but that he has been making a lot of visits to the White Huse and he has backed off. You don’t know if he has been threatened or if he enjoys the special privileges. He also said that the newspapers won’t take the story.
    ——————————–
    Threatened? With what? I do not see threats as having anything to do with this. I think they do not want to repeat the mistakes Gingrich made, and want to look like they are capable of governing. But their base wants serious changes, and if their so called leaders behave like country club republicans and let this asshole off the hook, their own people will walk–seriously. At this point, they are leaderless and that cannot go on indefinitely. That is a given. But the minute their money men start to line up behind a candidate, big media will make every attempt to murder him, and protect Obama. I have grave doubts that this leadership team–whom I know, is up to the task–I regret to say. For example, they are talking about cutting out a mere $61 billion which does not even pass the red face test. By no stretch of the imagination are these people made of the same stuff as the founding fathers, even though they frequently invoke the Constitution. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement.

  212. wbb

    To say I am disappointed would be an understatement.

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    There’s a whole lotta that going on around here, no matter what stance we take.

    Disappointment has become my official middle name.

  213. Just what we needed: Just in time for the 2012 elections, HBO is producing a movie based on the Obama campaign hagiography Game Change.

    PRESS RELEASE:

    HBO Films’ GAME CHANGE follows John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Based on the bestselling book “Game Change,” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, whose previous collaboration was HBO’s Emmy Award winning film, RECOUNT. The 2008 film also earned an Emmy and DGA Award for Roach and an Emmy nomination and WGA Award for Strong.

    Credits:

    Cast (to date):

    Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

    Director/Executive Producer: Jay Roach Writer/Co-

    Executive Producer: Danny Strong

    Production companies: HBO Films in association with Everyman Pictures

  214. NEXT TO FALL: SAUDI ARABIA

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on March 9, 2011

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    We can do without Libya’s two million barrels a day of oil albeit with significant disruptions in the global economy. But if we lose Saudi Arabia’s nine million, we will face a global catastrophe.

    And the Saudi monarchy will be the next casualty of the Middle East revolutionary wave. The king is 86 years old and very ill. The next two men in line are both over 80 and both sick. And, behind those three in line are 7,000 princes, each ambitious and at war with one another. The monarchy will not be able to buy off the opposition for long with cash subsidies. (We are indebted to Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal for these insights).

    The fall of Saudi Arabia will accelerate the stagflation that will mar the final two years of the one-term Obama Presidency.

    Republicans need to ratchet up their rhetoric about new drilling for oil. The 2008 liberal counter-argument that new drilling is not a short term solution begs the question of why the Administration has not used the intervening two years to effectuate the longer term solution that it offered.

    Republicans need to be more vocal in criticizing the Administration for its defacto moratorium on off-shore drilling. Obama’s people are so sensitive to these criticisms that they just approved the first permit since the BP spill.

    Republicans must call for reining in the regulatory hoops that on-shore slate drilling has to go through to get approval.

    Republicans should press for much, much shorter approval times for nuclear power and a ban on EPA regulation and taxation of carbon and coal.

    The Party should attack Obama’s proposed elimination of the Oil Depletion Allowance and other energy tax breaks and make clear that these incentives are vital for new energy development.

    Finally, the Republicans should resurrect the issue of drilling in the ANWR Preserve in Alaska.

    Sarah Palin should take the lead in this critique since energy development is her major field of real substantive expertise. It is an ideal opportunity for her to speak to a broader constituency.

    Republicans should also propose a moratorium on the federal gas tax by passing legislation in the House to trigger a reduction once gas goes above $4 and total suspension if it rises above $5 per gallon. When the price drops again below $4, the gas tax can come back on line. Such a proposal will mean a cessation of campaign funding from highway contractors, but so be it.

    Obama’s opposition to fossil fuels is his real Achilles Heel. At some level of gas prices, everybody is for fossil fuel development. Nobody is “green” at $6 a gallon

  215. Well folks Obamacare has hit my family….my son, a cath lab tech in Houston…just got his pink slip…he was out with his fiance signing up for a wedding registry….no one expects these layoff’s to hit healthcare…but thanks to Obama…it’s going to…I have 1 1/2 years to retirement….

    Something stinks in D.C. Mrs. Smith and its Obama and his muslim buddy Farrahkan…you know he backs the idiot in Libya…they are friends….so what does that tell you about where Obama’s heart is….with the muslims…and not the good ones either!

  216. Just what we needed: Just in time for the 2012 elections, HBO is producing a movie based on the Obama campaign hagiography Game Change.
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    Halperin is a maggot. Why does he not forget about the campaign nonsense which is stale information and do a movie on Obama’s failure to govern. That is where the game is now. If all you can do is campaign, and you cannot govern, then you are a curse on the country. Obama is a curse on the country, and until he is gone, things are destined to get worser and worser for average Americans, while his friends make out like theives–which is exactly what they are.

  217. Senate rejects rival GOP, Democratic budgets
    WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led Senate on Wednesday emphatically rejected a budget-slashing House spending bill as too draconian. It then immediately killed a rival Democratic plan that was derided by moderate Democrats as too timid in its drive to cut day-to-day agency budgets.

    The votes to scuttle the competing measures were designed, ironically, to prompt progress. The idea was to show tea party-backed GOP conservatives in the House that they need to pare back their budget-cutting ambitions while at the same time demonstrating to Democratic liberals that they need to budge, too.

    White House budget director Jacob Lew said the votes should turn a page and that talks between the administration and Republicans are likely to become more productive. The negotiators are unlikely to meet a March 18 deadline, which means another stopgap budget extension would be required to keep the government from shutting down.

    “We want to come to a reasonable outcome,” Lew said in an interview. “We’ve made it clear that that’s not the end, that there are more savings. But we’ve also said that there’s a line beyond which we can’t go.”

    Top Senate Democrats visited with Obama on Wednesday afternoon to plot strategy. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a participant, declined to comment afterward, other than to say he recognizes his party will have to move in the GOP’s direction.

    One reason is that Democratic moderates are agitating for further cuts to spending.

    “I still think there are way too many people in denial around here about the nature of the problem and how serious it is,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who contended that the Democratic plan didn’t go far enough. But she said the GOP measure cut too indiscriminately in its funding for infrastructure programs, education and research.

    The GOP plan mustered 44 aye votes; the Democratic measure received just 42 votes, with 10 party members and liberal independent Bernard Sanders in opposition. Moderates Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and McCaskill — each face potentially difficult re-election bids next year — were among those opposed to the Democratic version.

    At issue was legislation to fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every federal agency through the Sept. 30 end of the budget year and provide a $158 billion infusion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Republicans dominating the House, driven by a campaign promise to bring return domestic agency budgets to 2008, drove through last month a measure cutting more than $60 billion, imposing cuts of 13 percent, on average, to domestic agencies.

    The 87-person freshman class forced Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to back away from an earlier plan cutting $35 billion over the second half of the budget year that took into account the fact that the budget year is nearly half over. As a result, over the coming six months, the House measure would actually impose day-to-day cuts far steeper than promised in the campaign. Targets grew to include Head Start, special education and Pell Grants for low-income college students.

    Senate Democrats had been slow to respond. Their alternative, unveiled just last Friday by Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, cuts about $12 billion below levels enacted for 2010. It’s also $30 billion below a Senate omnibus spending measure that Republicans sidetracked in December.

    Inouye said his bill represented months of labor by panel members and their aides and “makes real cuts to real programs.”

    “But the cuts … are based on hearings, testimony and a thorough analysis of the current needs of every agency and department,” Inouye said. “By contrast, the Republicans in the House have thrown together a proposal … based on the campaign promise to reduce spending by $100 billion.”

    Inouye was referring to a GOP campaign promise to cut nonsecurity spending by $100 billion below President Barack Obama’s budget request. By that measuring stick, the Democratic alternative represents $50 billion in savings.

    Lew said the president is willing to go further. “We can agree to additional savings and we want to look and find the savings that we can all agree on,” he said. “It won’t add up to $100 billion. … It’s going to be somewhere in the middle.”

    Republicans derided the Democratic bill as simply endorsing the status quo.

    “There is plenty of fat to be cut in the discretionary budget,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “And yet Democrats can’t find it in themselves to cut an additional $50 billion from a bill that spends over $1 trillion.”

    Inouye’s current plan might have won bipartisan support last year, but it was overtaken by events. GOP moderates queasy about cuts to education, health research and college aid nonetheless rallied behind the slashing House measure despite their reservations.

    “I have a lot of concerns about some of the cuts,” said moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. But, she added, “it may be necessary to send a strong message to the White House.”

    The near-universal GOP support for the House plan belied significant qualms about it among many Republicans.

    “While I can support the spirit in which the House made its cuts, I do not endorse each and every reduction in the House measure,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., top Republican on the Appropriations panel. “In fact, I oppose some of the cuts to important programs and believe that alternative reductions must be considered.”

    There were GOP defections from the right, however, as tea party-favorites Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., voted against the House GOP measure.

    “The cuts are more significant, but they also pale in comparison to the problem,” Paul said. “I think both (Democratic and Republican) approaches do not significantly alter or delay the crisis that’s coming.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_spending_showdown

  218. McCaskill caught red-handed.

    Claire McCaskill to return $88K to Treasury for charter flights

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50957.html#ixzz1G9WkAoga

    Sen. Claire McCaskill has been aggressive in promoting oversight and transparency for congressional travel, introducing a reform bill that cracks down on overseas travel for lawmakers.

    But when it comes to her own domestic flights, the Missouri Democrat has enjoyed friendly skies: She’s spent nearly $76,000 in public funds since 2007 to fly on a charter plane she co-owns with her husband and other investors, a POLITICO analysis of public records show.

    As a senator, McCaskill has flown at least 89 flights chartered by Sunset Cove Associates LLC — a company incorporated in 2002 by her husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard, according to records kept by the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. All of those flights were paid for from McCaskill’s Senate office budget, raising questions about whether the first-term senator and her husband are using public dollars to partially subsidize their aircraft.

    After POLITICO contacted McCaskill’s office Tuesday about this issue, a McCaskill aide said Wednesday that the senator — while stating that the all the flights were legal, in accordance with Senate ethics rules and actually cheaper than other travel options — will send a check worth more than $88,000 to the Treasury Department to cover all costs associated with the flights.

    In a statement, McCaskill spokeswoman Maria Speiser insisted the senator had not violated any laws or Senate rules, and that neither she nor her family have personally profited from using the charter plane for official Senate business.

  219. CNN Breaking News: Wisc state Senate just stripped the budget provisions out of the bill they have been trying to pass so that they did not need a quorum. Instead they just passed the part of the bill that outlawed collective bargaining for public employees.

    Still believe this fight was about the budget?

  220. Wisconsin’s Assembly passed Governor Scott Walker’s limits on the collective-bargaining power of government workers’ unions, ending a debate that began Feb. 22, while Senate Democrats remained out of state to block the bill.

    The Assembly in Madison early today voted 51-17 over the shouted objections of some legislators, and 28 lawmakers failed to cast their ballots. The measure still must be considered in the Senate, which has been unable to muster a quorum since last week after its 14 Democrats fled the state to stall the measure.

    As debate continued last night in the Assembly chamber, at least 14 members wore bright orange shirts emblazoned with “Assembly Democrats: Working for Working Families.” The three elevated viewing areas were often full with spectators watching from above. Demonstrators have occupied the Capitol for days in protests that have spread to Ohio and other states considering similar bills.

    Wisconsin Representative Mark Radcliffe, a Democrat from Black River Falls, said “people should be ashamed” of the bill and its passage, as he walked away after the vote.

    The governor’s bill requires government employees except police and firefighters to pay 5.8 percent of their salaries for pension costs, up from nothing now, and to cover about 12 percent of their health-care premiums, up from 6 percent.

    They would be able to collectively bargain only for wages, and voters would have to approve raises that outpaced inflation. The bill would require workers to vote each year on whether to retain their unions.

    ‘Holding Out Hope’

    The “budget repair bill” will give local governments tools to manage budgets after he cuts their funding in a spending plan to be unveiled March 1, Walker said. His proposal aims to close a projected $137 million deficit for the current fiscal year and a $3.6 billion gap in the next biennium. He said it will reduce local governments’ costs by $724 million a year.

    “I’m still holding out hope that, if not all 14, then some of those senators will see the wisdom of coming home,” Walker, a Republican who took office last month, said yesterday at a press briefing. Rejecting the bill may mean “unintended consequences,” including halting a bond refinancing to save $165 million, the firing of 1,500 workers and delaying Medicaid payments, he said.

    Walker, 43, spoke yesterday as protesters banged drums and chanted pro-labor slogans in the halls of the Capitol for a ninth day.

    Unions have agreed to accept the increased costs for the members if Walker drops the limits on collective bargaining, Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller of Monona, one of the Democrats who left the state, said this week by telephone from an Illinois location he wouldn’t disclose.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-25/wisconsin-assembly-passes-bill-curbing-unions-collective-bargaining-power.html

  221. BREAKING: Wisconsin state Senate passes restrictions on collective bargaining
    By: CNN’s Ed Lavandera

    (CNN) – Wisconsin’s Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the bill.
    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/09/breaking-wisconsin-state-senate-passes-restrictions-on-collective-bargaining/

  222. Charlie Sheen is on 24/7 because a lot of people like rubbernecking a train wreck. He is in a spiraling decent into hell that is cocaine addiction. He may be clean now but it takes a long time to fully recover. I wish him well.

  223. confloyd
    March 9th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Well folks Obamacare has hit my family….my son, a cath lab tech in Houston…just got his pink slip…he was out with his fiance signing up for a wedding registry.
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    omg- confloyd, how terrible! There must be opening for HC workers around Houston. Does he live nearby?

  224. Spitzer is reading off all the constitutional laws that the Wisc. repubs broke to call this secret last minute vote on collective bargaining. We’ll see if there is any rule of law in American anymore or if Obama and that other party can just make up their own.

  225. confloyd
    Riverdaughter did a post a couple days ago about losing her job as a Physicist (I think) for a pharmaceutical company. I don’t read her site often enough to know exactly what her job was, but she was talking about how things were going to change in her industry.

  226. BREAKING: Wisconsin state Senate passes restrictions on collective bargaining-
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    I’m wondering if what Walker is doing is legal.

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