WTF – The Obama Press Conference Post The Battle Of Wisconsin

The Japanese isles are prone to frequent deadly earthquakes. Last night an particularly horrific earthquake struck. Tsunami waves ensued. The full horrors of the quake, aftershocks, and the tidal waves have yet to be fully revealed. Tokyo residents have long grappled “with its vulnerability” to quakes. For many “after the ground began to rattle, the concern burned into stoic Tokyoites’ faces was much bigger. What if this was the “big one?” A major quake is often seen as overdue….”

We extend to the Japanese people and government our best wishes as they work to overcome this geologic catastrophe.

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Without being flippant, a different kind of earthquake, an political earthquake, struck the United States this week. The earthquake was an end to the “Battle of Wisconsin” which heralds twilight for the massive power of the union gods and the influence they wield.

A lot of union supporters were shocked Wednesday night when the Wisconsin Senate voted to pass the most controversial part of the Governor Scott Walker “budget repair” or “union busting” bill, depending on your point of view. They should not have been surprised. It was politically obvious all along that the bill was going to pass – with all the geologic certainty that earthquakes will move the earth.

In our very first article on the Wisconsin law we pointed out that this was not going to end well for union supporters. We also pointed out in that article that this law was a dagger aimed at the Obama Dimocratic Party and the unions were “collateral damage”. At the time we wrote that first article the discussion in most of Big Media was about how unions would be hurt. Little mention was made that the point of the law was against the Obama Dimocratic Party. Now our view has become the conventional wisdom.

Black Agenda Report summarizes another point:

“The struggle in Wisconsin, and those to come, must shape a politics that is independent of the uniparty, the Democratic section of which is headed by Barack Obama. Significantly, “students and other protesters don’t want Obama to intervene in the fight with Gov. Walker because of the president’s cuts in Pell Grants and a whole range of social supports.” It becomes clearer by the day that “Obama-ism, rather than providing the new Democratic dispensation that delusional progressives and masses of Blacks imagined, is a straight-line path to defeat.

What was this “Battle of Wisconsin” all about? Why were so many genuinely shocked when the inevitable happened? Perhaps surprise at the speed with which the Wisconsin Senate moved the bill is warranted. But the bill was going to pass at some point and the shock and surprise of union supporters are what shocks and surprises here. Lesson: Don’t double down on a bet when you have nothing and the opponent has aces.

What was this all about? As we wrote in our first article about Wisconsin it is about the money unions in swings states such as Wisconsin wanted to spend in 2012. It’s all about the money to be extracted with fake promises of never to come victory from union supporters who were angry but not thinking. What was never explained was the end game. What was the exit strategy? The decision to heighten the issue to a national “movement” was not a concern to those that led the charge of this light brigade. It was all about the money:

“In the aftermath of Wisconsin Republicans using a procedural move to pass an anti-collective bargaining bill last night, two liberal groups reported a fundraising bump of $200,000 alone since the bill passed.

Combined with last night’s take, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America have raised $750,000 since the standoff in Wisconsin began for a television campaign against GOP state senators facing recall elections.

“After what they pulled last night, these Republican senators are toast. The energy on the ground is higher than it’s ever been — and our ads are providing the air cover, making clear to local Wisconsinites that the Republican class warfare on behalf of big corporations against working families has got to end,” said PCCC’s Adam Green. DFA’s Charles Chamberlain said “Republicans have awoken a sleeping giant.” [snip]

PCCC and DFA are focusing their efforts against three state Senators in districts that President Obama carried in 2008 –Sen. Randy Hopper, Alberta Darling and Dan Kapanke.

UPDATE: PCCC and DFA aren’t the only groups fundraising off of the bill’s passage last night. The liberal group MoveOn raised an additional $350,000 overnight, bringing their fundraising total up to $825,000 to be put towards the recall campaigns.”

A great deal of money was raised and spent to achieve a singularly destructive defeat. The fundraising will not end with this particular trend setting defeat. The new money extraction scheme by these organizations will now turn to equally doomed “recall elections”. The same people who fooled themselves by looking at polls showing support for the unions in this fight and polls showing dropping support for Republican Governor Scott Walker will now fool themselves into buying pizzas and sending money to recall proponents. But these recall elections are doomed to failure as well.

Even if the Republican legislators could be recalled successfully the bottom line is that the Governor of Wisconsin has some truly extraordinary veto powers:

“What most people outside Wisconsin don’t know is that our governor wields a veto power on appropriations bills so strong as to be frankly comic. It’s not just a line-item veto; Walker has the power to veto individual phrases and words (PDF) — like “not” — from sentences. If the state Senate returns to session and passes a bill with time limits on Walker’s favored provisions, he can strip out the new language and sign his own decompromised version into law. If that sounds crazy, keep in mind that until 2008 governors of Wisconsin could — and did! — veto multi-page sections of bills, leaving in place only eight or nine words spelling out a law the governor wanted to enact. And that, in turn, was a much-narrowed version of the so-called “Vanna White veto” power enjoyed by Wisconsin governors prior to 1990, when they could veto individual letters out of words and individual digits out of numbers.”

As to recalls against individual senators, the ones that are legally susceptible to recall are those that won election in 2008 because the law requires that to be eligible for a recall petition you must have been in office for at least a year. A Republican in Wisconsin who survived the 2008 elections has little to fear in 2011. The Wisconsin Senators who should be worried are those Obama Dimocrats who came into office in 2008 – they are the ones whose fortunes have fallen since their election year. Shills like Greg Sargent promote today a Move-on paid for poll that shows two Republican senators as vulnerable to recall. Good luck with that money waster.

And for those who think Republicans are going to sit back and do nothing during recall elections, try this controversial ad airing on cable stations today, on for size:



As to complaints, legal and otherwise, even those in labor “are pessimistic that there will be a legal way to block what happened last night.” Ron Marchant, the chief clerk for the Wisconsin Senate has said the vote “appears to have satisfied the requirements of the rules and statutes.”

The utter foolishness of the position of the “fleebaggers” is made manifest in the quandary of Senator Bob Jauch who is returning to Madison on Saturday:

“When Jauch returns, Senate Republicans could resurface the original bill and pass it, having the three-fifths quorum necessary to open debate and vote on the measure. That bill already passed the Assembly, and Walker could enact both. That would remove any legal impediment that might exist and make the court cases moot. Even though the amended bill passed, there’s nothing to prevent the legislature from passing the same statutory changes twice. If that happens, the game is entirely over for the Democrats, except for their long-shot recall efforts.

The fleebaggers may end up in Illinois for a very long time. They have no face-saving play left, and their return will mean utter defeat on all fronts.

As we warned at the outset, there was no exit strategy and disaster was sure to follow. It has.

Millions have all ready been raised with false promises of victory. Millions more will be raised in futile attempts to depose Walker with Russ Feingold, who lost his last election, as the cat’s paw:

“But will he get a chance next year? That’s harder to see, mainly because Wisconsin appears to have one of the more onerous recall procedures when it comes to governors: Petitioners would need to gather signatures equivalent to 25 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous statewide election, and they’d have only 60 days to do it. By contrast, California (where Gov. Gray Davis was successfully recalled in 2003) requires signatures equivalent to only 12 percent of the votes cast in the previous election, with a 160-day window.”

Some day in the eventual future the Republicans will lose control of both houses of the legislature as well as the governorship in Wisconsin. At that point perhaps some of the union “dues checkoff” deductions might once again become Wisconsin law – that is assuming Republicans don’t take a page from recent events and become “fleebaggers” themselves and thwart the will of the then majority. But that day will not come before 2012 and the next general elections.

Instead of focusing efforts on states with weak governors or even a slight chance of “success” the groups supporting the unions, the unions themselves, along with Obama Dimocrats, chose to fight a battle against impregnable Wisconsin Republicans. The foolish “stratergery”, sans exit plan, has proved to be a trendsetter and led to defeats elsewhere:

“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.”

Can you spell s-t-u-p-i-d?

Most Indiana House Dimocrats are still “fleebagging” in order to block votes. In Ohio the state senate has already approved a sure to be signed into law bill to curb collective bargaining for public employees. Despite death threats and massive protests the Republicans, once committed to the fight, knew they could not turn back. They haven’t.

Those are the tsunami waves and quake aftershocks from the Wisconsin earthquake. Can you spell h-a-p-l-e-s-s?

Last night the Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill. Today Governor Walker signed the bill into law. The Battle of Wisconsin, as predicted here, did not end well.

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Speaking of hapless… Barack Obama today whined about the horror of being an American president, not the president of China. We wish China would take this useless plasterboard from us and send us a useful wind-up toy.

The irrelevance called Barack Obama held a publicity stunt today. Most everyone is ignoring this publicity stunt in favor of real news. Nothing was said about the “Battle of Wisconsin” and Obama did not put on “comfy shoes” and go to Wisconsin to join a picket line. Obama mumbled something about compromise on spending by the federal government; Obama groused about “irresponsible” two-week extensions to run the government; Obama wanly issued warnings and fey threats no one believes.

The Joker from Chicago stated this gut buster joke: “Don’t try to use the budget as a way to promote a political or ideological agenda.” That is so stupid and mendacious we won’t even try to analyze it. To add to the fakery Obama stated it was time to “get serious about living within our means and managing our budget in a responsible way...”

On Libya Obama pretended to show concern and wound up voting “present”. After today it is clear that Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable, at the very least, with what is going on. We’ve noticed that lately when Hillary speaks about Libya she either mentions the “Obama administration” as doing or saying something and in some instances Hillary states bluntly that it is Obama that is determining the inaction.

A real president, Bill Cllinton, today came out in favor of a no-fly zone. Hillary couldn’t say it. Bill did. It is a Bill and Hillary no fly zone directed at Obama. Brilliant.



The useless boob, Barack Obama, had advertised today’s presser as a discussion of “rising energy prices”. About the only thing that Obama actually said on rising prices was “don’t blame me”. Obama also mouthed some nothing-burger about maybe, sometime, maybe not, on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Who cares? He’s President Who Gives A Crap.

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412 thoughts on “WTF – The Obama Press Conference Post The Battle Of Wisconsin

  1. Admin, it’s always about the money.

    Both parties have already prepared their wisc. related ads, as I saw one earlier today against the republicans.

  2. The 2012 election is supposed to cost Obama 9 billion, even though so far there’s no serious candidate running against him. Both parties will be destroyed in the voters minds, but that leaves us where? We then vote for who?

  3. Russ Feingold for wisc. governor. I could get behind that. Wisc is a liberal state which is probably why the governor has so many powers under the law there. So if Walker gets recalled in a year or so, that gives Feingold just enough time to campaign. Okay, so I’m dreaming, but not a bad dream.

  4. BigCatLover, if you have a link to the anti-republican ad please post it. Is it as effective as the Republican ad?

  5. Oh by the way, the dems in Wisc are coming back to lead the protests, not to try to stop any bill passing, because that has been imposssible from the beginning since they did not have the votes.

  6. Admin
    the ad was on tv and was not quite as dark as the one you posted, but named repubs in wisc. Sorry I didn’t catch who took responsibility for it.

  7. Oh one last comment then I’ll stop hogging the blog: As soon as Obama finished his news conference today, fox had a guy on calling for drilling for more oil in American, right on schedule.

  8. A real president, Bill Clinton, today came out in favor of a no-fly zone. Hillary couldn’t say it. Bill did. It is a Bill and Hillary no fly zone directed at Obama. Brilliant.

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    The Clinton tag team…love um.

  9. Iowa just proposed the same legislation as WI for their Unions. This is going to be a neverending scenario state by state for the duration util 2012.

  10. A real president, Bill Clinton, today came out in favor of a no-fly zone. Hillary couldn’t say it. Bill did. It is a Bill and Hillary no fly zone directed at Obama. Brilliant.

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    The Clinton tag team…love um.
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    The Clintons didn’t come out alone either. France and Britain committed a day earlier to supporting no fly zones- Obama sat like a lump complaining with his slack jawed wife about his BIG ears and funny name.. he folded even then- having mama change his name to Barry-

    When you work well together with people and they like you- thats what friends are for.. 🙂

  11. Obama also mouthed some nothing-burger about maybe, sometime, maybe not, on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Who cares? He’s President Who Gives A Crap.

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    Is Barry still being sedated and can’t gather his thoughts these days, or is his TOTUS broken?

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    Comments to WTF – indeed Admin.
    Great post.

    I think that workers in unions in other states, even with Dem. Governors are taking the WI debacle very seriously. Looking at WI as the canary in the coal mine.

    Legal folks around here are scrambling to find out if contracts can be protected in other states.

  12. Japan is going to be hurting for food-

    Where the tsunami hit is their farm food belt..

    This devastating pain is going to continue for at least a year, year and a half.

  13. How stupid are some people.

    Crescent City, Calif. (AP) — A tsunami swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea Friday and ripped docks out of harbors in California, spreading the destruction of a devastating Japanese earthquake to the shores of the United States.

    Four people were rescued from the water in Oregon, but one man who was taking photos in Northern California was still missing Friday afternoon. Coast Guard helicopters searched for him near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, Calif., after his two friends made it back to shore.

    …………………………..

    Dumb as rocks to do that.

  14. Mrs. Smith, there are 22 states controlled completely by Republicans. In Louisiana, the most recent to go completely red, there is a one vote margin in one house of the legislature. It is in states like Louisiana that the unions could win. To fight a battle to the death in Wisconsin was stupidity of the highest order from the get-go.

    We are fighters, but not suicidal. Wisconsin was the charge of the light brigade.

  15. Eight-foot waves from the Japan tsunami destroyed much of Crescent City harbor, battered boats, closed the 101 Freeway and left one person missing.

    KDRV-TV reported that four people were washed out to sea Friday. Three were hurt and one is feared dead.

    [Updated at 12:21 a.m.: The Associated Press reported that the Coast Guard was searching for a man swept out to sea while taking pictures of the tsunami.]

    Local residents reported that about three dozen boats were “crushed” in the harbor and that surging waters significantly damaged or destroyed most of the docks. Ocean water surging up Elk Creek north of the harbor reportedly lapped up to front doors of the community’s cultural center.

    Officials were warning residents to expect higher surges throughout the day, one resident said by telephone. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department and the city could not be reached. Crescent City, near the Oregon border, was the scene of a devastating tsunami in 1964 which killed 11 people and destroyed 289 homes and businesses.

    In 2006, tsunami-driven currents caused $10 million in damage to the city’s harbor. One resident said Friday’s damage to the harbor was as bad -– or worse -– as then.

    Officials reported waves of 6-1/2 feet in Crescent City and 6 feet in Morro Bay, said Caltech scientist Lucy Jones.

    Jones said officials won’t know the extent of the damage until high tide occurs later Friday.

    “Clearly, very large drawdown of water in Half Moon Bay,” Jones said earlier in the day. “We are coming to high tide in a couple [of] hours. As long as we’re still growing on tide, we need to keep a watch on the water…. Currents may be very significant.

  16. This is so not good.

    Air that may contain radioactive materials will be vented from a nuclear power plant in quake-stricken Fukushima Prefecture. The Tokyo Electric Power Company has decided to release air from the reactor’s containment vessels, aiming to avoid their breakdown.

    The company issued a warning about its Fukushima Number One Plant early on Saturday morning. It said the pressure value for the reactor’s containment vessels had risen, and that if the value was correct, the vessels could break down.

    Tokyo Electric says the amount of air to be released will be small and that it will notify residents near the plant before it starts releasing the air. The company says it will check the amount of radioactive materials in the air before the release.
    ……………………………

    Move away from the area fast and dont come back.

  17. Moon-
    Yes, some folks just don’t get it, how dangerous big waves can be.

    Tourists got off a bus in Hawaii to see the ‘Big Waves’ in a surfing contest.

    They were standing by the edge of the road, not on the beach…up came a huge set and washed them out to sea.

    The end.

  18. Admin –

    We are fighters, but not suicidal. Wisconsin was the charge of the light brigade.

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    Agreed in this case, but what could have been done at the time of the vote…that would have had a better outcome for union workers, or for the Dems that you call fleas?

  19. Gee what is it with that…..

    “Hey look a big huge wave, lets go over to the waterside to watch it”

    Darwin awards all around.

  20. Just heard the air outside the nuke plant is 1000x the normal acceptable level already and they are increasing the evacuation zone now, this is starting to look very very serious .

  21. Honestly, nothing much happening in the world today. dumbo certainly has nothing better to do than to host the Blackhawks at the WH.

    Why is it that he doesn’t need toto for this and speaks with actual life in him when he does this stuff?

  22. Oh Jeez!

    Watching the clip admin posted at 4:05, seeing the drivers heading over a bridge with ships smashing into the sides, the drivers reversing and fleeing back the other way, the idiotic fuel tanker trying to keep going as the bridge is washed out.

    O.M.G.

  23. NBC : Tokyo Electric Power Co. is reporting that they have lost control of the pressure in their No. 1 & 2 nuclear reactors with temps rising fast.

    Oh God…..

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    admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith, there are 22 states controlled completely by Republicans. In Louisiana, the most recent to go completely red, there is a one vote margin in one house of the legislature. It is in states like Louisiana that the unions could win. To fight a battle to the death in Wisconsin was stupidity of the highest order from the get-go.

    We are fighters, but not suicidal. Wisconsin was the charge of the light brigade.
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    Nothing is stupid if the take away from the WI donnybrook becomes lessons learned.

    Here are a few examples of Governor Walkers pitiful drama:

    …. The Republicans are using union busting tactics as a ploy to weaken the Democrats and Obama in 2012.

    …. Governor Walker has put Party over People,.. falling in with a Republican agenda rather than creating a win-win situation for the people of Wisconsin which he could have easily done by arbitrating a compromise. You know it and I know it.

    …. We learned as more information was made available, the WI governor was negotiating in BAD faith all along with the Unions. He has “word” item Veto power, more than the accepted “line” item veto power most governors use when negotiating for their state.

    All in all, the people and the democrats put up a good fight. No one committed suicide, no one was killed, a few rowdy’s were arrested. They did as well as they could and have learned something in the process.

  25. Shadowfax, we discussed what should have been done in our first Wisconsin article. The bottom line was that by fleeing from the legislature and staging massive rallies the unions and the legislative allies upped the ante instead of playing down a losing hand.

    There was no way to block the bill in Wisconsin, not after 2010’s elections results. The unions were going to lose. The problem is now they have lost big. Not only have they lost what they were going to lose anyway but other states have witnessed that for all the screaming the bill still passed. The “great movement” has been shown to be a paper tiger and nothing invites danger like weakness. Tomorrow there will be more loud rallies in Madison to promote the doomed recall campaigns but that will be followed by other state legislatures quietly passing more of these laws.

    It’s important to know when to roll ’em and when to fold.

    BTW, one of the main points in our first article is that the unions no longer care about their workers (but rather the union bureaucracy) and prefer to think of themselves as auxiliaries of the Dimocratic Party (we stated that Bill and Hillary and all of us are to blame for this situation as well) first and foremost. As a possible remedy and answer to your question, the unions could have worked out a deal with the Republicans to endorse both Republicans and Dimocrats evenly next election or even not to endorse at all (see our comments regarding Richard Nixon and unions from that first article). The Republicans would then have had little to no incentive to pursue passage of the law.

    While it is true (and we were among the very first to state it before it became conventional wisdom) that the Walker bill was aimed at the Dimocratic Party via the unions the opposite is also true. The opposite in this case is that the unions want the money to help their Dimocratic allies – the workers be damned.

    The only reason why the fleebaggers actually did something – run away – was not to protect workers or unions. The only reason why the fleebaggers ran away was to protect their own interests. They want the money from the unions and that is the only reason why they managed to rouse themselves from the usual stupor. If the unions do not give them money the fleebaggers would not raise a stinking thumb to help the workers. It’s union money they are interested in not workers’ rights – and that is true for Republicans and Dimocrats. “The workers be damned” is the motto of both left and right these days.

  26. How Wisconsin’s Bill Impacts More Than Just Unions

    Buffalo, NY — On Thursday, the Wisconsin State Assembly followed the lead the State Senate had taken a day earlier, and passed Governor Scott Walker’s bill to strip public worker unions of collective bargaining and other rights.

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some key questions surrounding the Senate passage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to take away the union rights of most public workers:

    [snip]

    – Give broad authority to Walker’s administration to make cuts and other changes to Medicaid programs benefiting the poor, disabled and elderly without legislative approval and regardless of current law.

    Q: If most collective bargaining ends, how will employees seek pay increases to keep up with the cost of living?

    A: Unions would still be authorized to seek higher pay but only up to the rate of inflation, unless approved by referendum. It’s not clear yet whether employees would get that rate automatically or if unions would have to negotiate for it every year.

    Q: Why didn’t Republicans use this approach to force the bill through sooner?

    A: That’s a question only Republicans can answer, and they left the Capitol in a hurry after the Senate vote Wednesday night. In prepared statements, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the decision was made because he determined that the missing 14 Senate Democrats were no longer interested in negotiating. Democrats insisted they were willing to talk but complained the GOP was not responsive.

    Q: Does the bill solve the state’s $137 million budget deficit?

    A: It sets the stage to balance the budget, but the parts of the bill that were removed are still needed to fulfill Walker’s plan. And to get that done, at least one Senate Democrat needs to be present.

    Q: So when the Democrats come back to the Capitol, what’s to stop the Republicans from passing almost anything they want?

    A: Nothing, that’s why the Democrats fled to Illinois.

    Q: When are the Democrats coming back?

    A: Sen. Jim Holperin said Democrats were returning to the state Thursday, but they wouldn’t return to the Capitol because the Senate was not in session. It was not scheduled to be back in session until April 5.

    Q: Democrats said the open meetings law was violated. Do they have a strong case?

    A: The conference committee that made the changes to Walker’s proposal met less than two hours after the Senate voted to create the panel. Wisconsin law normally requires at least 24 hours’ notice before a public meeting. However, if that is impossible or impractical, a shorter notice may be given – no less than two hours.

    Senate Clerk Rob Marchant said Senate rules require only posting a notice on a legislative bulletin board. Despite that rule, he said, the Senate gave two hours’ notice “as a courtesy,” posting an advisory at 4:10 p.m. ahead of a 6 p.m. meeting.

    Madison attorney Robert Dreps, an open records and meeting law specialist, said the Senate action suggests that lawmakers don’t need to follow the same law that applies to every other governmental body in Wisconsin. He said the Senate also failed to show that there was an emergency sufficient to ignore the 24-hour rule.

    The Dane County executive, the city of Madison and a Democratic state representative have filed complaints with the state attorney general and the county district attorney.

    With Walker’s promise to sign the legislation “immediately,” it appears the bill is about to become the law.

    Walker, Republican state lawmakers, and their supporters hail it as a step in the right direction, toward combatting Wisconsin’s deficit.

    But at least one expert says, while that may be true, it’s also a step toward something else: the end of the two-party system.

    Sounds extreme? Listen to Dr. Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, explain his premise.

    “This is a political assault on the two-party system, and it’s an assault on the ability of the Democratic Party to represent the working class,” Bruno says.

    After all, Senate Republicans made their Democratic counterparts look pretty ineffective and powerless, when the passed the bill in lees than half an hour after finding a loophole to thwart the Democrats’ delay tactics and requests for negotiation.

    “If you weaken organized labor, you really do cut the legs out of the Democratic Party. This is a significant assault on the capacity of the Democratic Party – the party that has best represented working people for generations, to actually be an effective party,” Bruno believes.

    If you’re not a registered Democrat, or supporter of Democrats, that may not sound like such an awful thing. But undermining the two-party system that’s been in place virtually from the time America was formed has drastic implications for everybody in this country – Democrat and Republican, union and non-union, according to Bruno.

    “If they get away with this, the end product is going to be a severe blow to democracy, and we end up seeing something much more like a plutocracy.”

    …And not just in Wisconsin. Bruno is concerned that similar action will spread to other states.

    “If you take a look at the states that are attacking unionization, these are not states in the Deep South. These are states that have either been ‘purple’ – in terms of going either Democrat or Republican in presidential elections – or they’re states that have had a long progressive history, in which a lot of Democrats, typically, have held power, or where a good percentage, maybe 80 percent, of the labor movement has existed,” Bruno notes. “So if the Republican Party can significantly damage the Democratic Party in the Midwest and in the northern tier part of the country… given the kind of influence they have in the South and in the Great Plains states, then you’re looking at a political map that all of a sudden becomes a whole lot more red.”

    Again, if you’re a right-leaning person, you might not be all too perturbed, hearing any of this.

    But in Bruno’s opinion, we all ought to take Wisconsin as a warning.

    “People who hold dear democratic rights and liberties should be very, very, very concerned about the fire that’s starting in Wisconsin, and very likely will spread to another two dozen states,” Bruno says.

    “It will rob millions – the vast majority of people who are working class – of any institution that can represent their interests in the political process. And yes, that leads us to something that’s much more like a plutocracy.”

    But what about the claim that this bill will reduce spending?

    In a sense, that’s true, says Bruno.

    Savings can be achieved “…by ending collective bargaining, and being able to replace a skilled, committed, moderately-compensated workforce with a low-wage, low-skilled, cheap labor force,” Bruno acknowledges. “But that will have significant ramifications on the quality of services.”

    “In the long run, that will end up being much, much, much costlier to this state’s bottom line than the current provisions having to do with wages and pensions.”

    The Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin do, now, have some options for how to respond. Some have already filed complaints that the Senate’s passage of the bill violated open meeting law (see inset at right). They can try to take other legal action or, at least in theory, attempt to repeal the bill.

    But Bruno believes lawmakers will not ultimately determine whether this soon-to-be law stands or falls.

    “Whether or not one can take any successful legal action or political action, I think the response is going to be in the hands of the people who live in Wisconsin, and the folks who are following this from around the country. I think you’re legitimately going to look at change that’s going to be brought from the bottom, and not from the top.”

  27. Jan- I saw your earlier response about the radiation leakage.. All day long Japan claimed the crippled Power plant was not leaking any radiation. Now they’ve come up with another BAD idea to save the nuclear plant from a complete meltdown. (the article below explains) I was surprised to learn they only had “one” back-up generator in case of power failures and IT failed-
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    Radiation levels surge outside Japan nuke plant

    TOKYO – Japanese nuclear officials say radiation levels inside a nuclear power plant have surged to 1,000 times their normal levels after the cooling system failed.

    The nuclear safety agency said early Saturday that some radiation has also seeped outside the plant, prompting calls for further evacuations of the area. Some 3,000 people have already been urged to leave their homes.

    The cooling system for a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant failed on Friday after a massive earthquake caused a power outage.

    The continued loss of electricity has also delayed the planned release of vapor from inside the reactor to ease pressure. Pressure inside one of the reactors had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal.

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s massive earthquake caused a power outage that disabled a nuclear reactor’s cooling system, triggering evacuation orders for about 3,000 residents as the government declared its first-ever state of emergency at a nuclear plant.

    Japan’s nuclear safety agency said pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal. Hours after the evacuation order, the government announced that the plant in northeastern Japan will release slightly radioactive vapor from the unit to lower the pressure in an effort to protect it from a possible meltdown.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the amount of radioactive element in the vapor would be “very small” and would not affect the environment or human health. “With evacuation in place and the ocean-bound wind, we can ensure the safety,” he said at a televised news conference early Saturday.
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    Where does this Chief Cabinet member think the wind is going to blow this radio active vapor?

  28. Admin-
    I agree with this part of what you said:

    It’s union money they are interested in not workers’ rights – and that is true for Republicans and Dimocrats. “The workers be damned” is the motto of both left and right these days.

    But I don’t think that the Union bosses could have stopped this from happening by promising donations to Rethugs either. I don’t think the unions should be donating any money to any candidates, just like big corporations nor big money bags should be able to win favor with the big bucks.

    The money for candidates is what should be attacked not the working class.

    I don’t think the WI bill was handled correctly by anyone, no one there should feel like a winner, (Winner per Sheen), only the working class is going to to pay for this.

  29. Shadowfax, where was that Bruno character in 2008 during the primaries? Did he speak out against the Obama coalition that sought to destroy the FDR coalition? Did he speak out on the danger of Obama treating the white working class with contempt? Did he speak out when rank and file Democrats were ignored in order to gift Obama the nomination? Did he speak out that Obama had never done anything for working people, black people, gay people, jews, women, whites – just himself?

    When Bruno states “This is a political assault on the two-party system, and it’s an assault on the ability of the Democratic Party to represent the working class” is he referring to the bail outs of Wall Street and the screwing of the workers?

    There used to be a Democratic Party that represented the working class but now that party has better things to do – like golf and go to parties and host sports teams.

    Elections have consequences and we are seeing the consequences of the “Mistake In ’08”. It’s going to get much much worse. The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, then return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.

  30. I don’t think the repubs would have negotiated with anyone. They are puffed up on their 2010 win which was a remarkable turnaround after the debacle of the Bush years. It is out and out war between the parties and unfortunately, the repubs have always been so much better at this than the dems (witness the nomination of loser Obama). The voters have to use whatever power they still have to influence elections to decide this but that brings me back to my original question – who do they vote for?

  31. Good article, Shadowfax. The Republicans never stick their necks out for “one” issue even if that is what they claim. There are always hidden agendas in the making no one is aware of at the time…

    Money isn’t their only objective in life to them- they have a much bigger plan in store for Americans; creating a feudal society in conjunction with the mission statement of the New World Order..as Dr Bruno said… a ONE PARTY SYSTEM…

  32. The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, and return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.
    *********************
    Have you seen any sign that this may actually happen? Is anyone with clout in the dem party headed this way? I haven’t seen any sign of this but I’m not really clued into party workings.

  33. The union bosses continue the extortion racket.
    Content of a letter sent to businesses.

    Dear Mr. Ellis:
    As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget
    adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in
    Wisconsin. ..

    As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for
    office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest
    contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.

    The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor
    Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in
    Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this
    request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not
    respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with
    Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters,
    and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

    In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining,
    please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the
    goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will
    do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to
    preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.
    Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and
    fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that
    ideal.

    In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the
    executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer,
    at 608.273.3840.

  34. BigCatLover, you ask “The voters have to use whatever power they still have to influence elections to decide this but that brings me back to my original question – who do they vote for?

    Sometimes you just have to watch from the hillside and watch the wave wash away the detritus.

  35. admin
    That’s not the answer I was hoping for from you but I get your message. It will just take time and I’m impatient.

  36. Shadowfax, “only the working class is going to pay for this.” Exactly.

    As we wrote before and after the Denver convention in 2008, we need a Democratic Party. We need a party that represents the working class – the white working class and the black working class and the yellow working class and the red working class as well as the middle classes. We don’t have that now.

    We also need unions that fight for their members as their main goal. We need women’s organizations who fight for women not a political party. We need gay organizations that fight for gays. We need black organizations that fight for blacks. We need Jewish organizations that fight for Jews. In short we need organizations that care about their constituents and not about hobnobbing with political party officials. Endorsements should come after deeds not promises.

    You might be right that there was nothing that could have been done to stop the law in Wisconsin. That has been our argument. However if the Republicans understood that the unions would have withdrawn from the political battlefield, that might have changed matters, maybe not. Why negotiate with a bull when you can castrate?

  37. 45,000 under evacuation orders in Japan as 2nd reactor fails.

    Japan seems to be the epicenter for he11 on earth today. What a disaster.

  38. #
    BigCatLover
    March 11th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, and return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.
    *********************
    Have you seen any sign that this may actually happen? Is anyone with clout in the dem party headed this way? I haven’t seen any sign of this but I’m not really clued into party workings.
    _______________________

    Not only that, when Obama campaigned he used rhetoric mirroring Hillary’s FDR policies. Remember the debates… they always wanted her to go first (until she complained) and Obama would rephrase her answer to reflect the same opinion.

    Obama never showed his racist teeth to white people during the campaign. He singled out people if they had the nerve to speakout against him at rallys- Just like he did to Bill and Hillary. Calling them racists, singling them out in the North Carolina primary.

    Dr Bruno’s specialty is Labor and Employment. Why would he step out of his level of expertise when the CBC and the DNC stole electoral votes from Hillary? He may have privately- so we really can’t take his action or non-action as anything relative to the point.

  39. Admin-

    Elections have consequences and we are seeing the consequences of the “Mistake In ‘08″. It’s going to get much much worse. The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, then return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.

    ———
    I agree with you that elections have consequences, and that most of us white working class Clinton Democrats are going to pay the price dearly, even more than we already have for the stupidity of the people that supported Obama, including the union bosses, and the golden collar ‘elites’.

    I am not a roll over kind of woman and if the union workers did not protest nor try to fight this in court, I would be even more angry.

    I don’t have all the answers, like who is this Bruno fellow above is, but I will not stop trying to fight this war with the destruction of collective bargaining and wiping out the working class. I will not side with the Republican’s that are doing this…..nope, not gonna do it.

  40. OTOH,

    Did BC smack BO again?

    Former PresidentBill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference.

    Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited.

    But according to multiple people in the room, Clinton, surprisingly, agreed with Bush on many oil and gas issues, including criticism of delays in permitting offshore since last year’s Gulf of Mexico spill.

  41. Basil9, “earthquake, tsunami and now huge radiation leaks?”

    Please forgive the humor but at some level it is so enormous that it reminds us of this:

  42. Admin

    Why negotiate with a bull when you can castrate?

    ———-
    Yes, this is exactly what the Republican’s will try to do as much as possible to as many states as they can. To Hell with all the people (voters) and jobs they hurt.

  43. Why was that conference closed to the media? I want to hear what Bush said and what Clinton said. Should be most interesting.

  44. BigCatLover, before the 2010 elections we wrote that after the elections there would be two paths. The first path was to realize that Obama is a dead end and get rid of him. The second path was to think that either the losses weren’t Obama’s fault, or things would improve in 2012 with Obama on the ticket, that somehow the economy will improve and fortunes would change for the better.

    In December when Obama essentially caved in to what the Republicans wanted (Bush tax cuts for instance) his numbers and Big Media coverage somewhat improved. The Arizona shootings were a helpful distraction. This led to the Big Media narrative that Obama’s political health was improving.

    But now the disasters continue to pile up. After about two days of optimism on jobs and the economy we are back to doom and gloom. The possibility of oil prices rising and all sorts of crazy breaking out all over the globe and the sense of chaos – that is all back.

    While the Hopium hobbled might think all is roses for Obama and the Hopium fields there are many who are looking at the numbers. Bottom line, there is going to be more disaster coming for the party in the senate and the house. Obama’s numbers with independents and white working class types are headed way down again. The states that Obama needs are getting harder to see as potential wins.

    The Republicans will eventually get their act together and get a nominee (we doubt it will be any of those most prominently mentioned now, such as Romney). At that point the threat will become real and someone will have to act to get rid of Obama.

    We will soon be posting several articles regarding Obama 2012. The gist will be what we have been consistently writing: stay with Obama and die; get rid of Obama and live.

  45. moononpluto
    March 11th, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    Watch Israel become suddenly important to Obama.

    New data suggests Israel may not only have much larger gas resources than believed, but also the 3rd largest deposit of oil shale in the world.

    ——————–

    Watch obama insist that Israel share ownership with his Muslim buddy countries. They are already arguing Israel’s rights to this gas bonanza.

  46. “Where does this Chief Cabinet member think the wind is going to blow this radio active vapor?”

    ———————

    Exactly.

  47. I’ll be looking forward to your article on 2012 while I chill out and look on with bemusement. Or at least I’ll try to chill out.

  48. Breaking news: the boat in Japan that was swept under with 100 people onboard that they have been reporting aobut all day has been found and ALL passengers on board have been rescued.

  49. “Watch obama insist that Israel share ownership with his Muslim buddy countries. They are already arguing Israel’s rights to this gas bonanza.”
    ________________

    Well there you go- good reason why the Pals are fighting so hard for a share of the wealth and for control of the dividing lines for the 2 states proposal.

  50. ALL passengers on board have been rescued.
    ________________

    We needed good news today- thanks for posting a miracle happining!

  51. They are now saying 5 reactors at 2 plants are in danger. There is a 10km exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant now, and the second one now has a 3km exclusion zone.

    This is going to shit fast.

  52. I so hope you are right about this!

    ‘The Republicans will eventually get their act together and get a nominee (we doubt it will be any of those most prominently mentioned now, such as Romney). At that point the threat will become real and someone will have to act to get rid of Obama.”

    I mean the getting rid of Obama part.

    BigCatLover,

    I don’t know why the conference was closed.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51150.html

  53. moononpluto,

    I pray it doesn’t get worse but I am also suspicious of the hysteria about the reactors. From my (admittedly) limited understanding, the only nuclear reactor meltdown which caused human death was in Chernobyl. The Japanese scientists are brilliant and and I only hope there are some safeguards in place to prevent massive damage. From video clips of Tokyo it seems the tall buildings withstood the quake and I hope the reactor designers/engineers are equally skilled.

    Fingers crossed for Japan.

    One thing I really don’t get, though, is why there is no emergency backup system, other than batteries which have a limited lifespan, like there are with (hope this doesn’t sound too stupid) home generators. Then again, I am no scientist.

  54. BigCatLover
    March 11th, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    JanH
    Isreal is such a small country. Where do they think they’ve found this shale gas?

    —————
    It’s an attempted coup of offshore rights. Isral did all the work. By law this is within their boundaries. Buuuuuuuuut of course that doesn’t matter to obama, the Arabs, the EU, and on and on…

  55. admin,

    I confess the song significance went way over my head.

    Whose the law, who fought it and who won?

    😳

  56. shadowfax,

    (Just wanted to post in case you thought I was anti-union.)

    I’m not. But I am completely opposed to the tactics demonstrated by the BO regime over the past few years and the unions which put him in power. They are inextricably linked, IMHO. Until there is a decoupling, I can’t support unions the way I once might have.

    I agree the little people are the ultimate losers. As usual.

  57. Basil, you know as well as I do, Govts will cover it up until its too late to do anything about it to save face, if they can fix it. You wont know its too late until its too late, we all know how these companies work.

    Things go wrong, they just do, no matter what precautions you take, disasters happen.

  58. ‘Govts will cover it up until its too late to do anything about it to save face.’

    Gulp.

    So I take it you think it’s much worse than it’s being reported (in the U.S. press)?

    I just find it almost inconcievable that Japan could suffer 3 such horrendous catastrophes within 24 hours; earthquake, tsunami and now huge radiation leaks?

    :shudders:

  59. JanH-

    I found a good article explaining countries jumping on the bandwagon with their hands out now that Israel has claim to a valuable resource.

    a sampling:

    “The finds off Israel’s northern coast, made in 2009-10, have already drawn accusations by Beirut of Israeli encroachment into Lebanese waters and threats of violence from both sides.

    But the potential for conflict is even wider. The U.S. Geological Survey reported in 2010 that the Levant Basin, stretching from the Jordan River into the eastern Mediterranean, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria, could contain up to 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

    “These discoveries have added a new, hitherto unseen dimension to the Arab-Israeli conflict,” observed analyst Walid Khadduri, former editor of the Middle East Economic Survey, a prominent energy industry newsletter.

    “This geopolitical dimension is not limited to the Israeli-Palestinian or Israel-Lebanese disputes … but will also encompass several other Arab countries, particularly those that export natural gas, and especially in the event Israel intends to export to European markets.”

    http://naturalgasforasia.com/egypt-eyes-israel-gas-fields.htm

  60. HTF did the diesel powered generators shutdown???????????

    Did the quake or the water damage them????

    “Daiichi Units 1, 2 and 3 reactors shut down automatically at 2:46 p.m. local time due to the earthquake. But about an hour later, the on-site diesel back-up generators also shut, leaving the reactors without alternating current (AC) power.”

    Sh!t!

  61. Tsunami warning center raises magnitude of Japan quake to 9.1

    There are conflicting reports on the number of missing, with a Japanese news agency reporting up to 88,000 missing, but these may be accounted for by those stranded or unable to make contact because of power outages. This is still UNconfirmed.

  62. Who the fuck runs nuclear power stations on the electric supply……..

    Does this sound smart to you.

  63. For the scientifically challenged, like me, the first part of moononpluto’s link.

    (Reuters) – Japanese officials may only have hours to cool reactors that have been disabled by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami or face a nuclear meltdown.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) (9501.T) is racing to cool down the reactor core after a highly unusual “station blackout” — the total loss of power necessary to keep water circulating through the plant to prevent overheating.

    Daiichi Units 1, 2 and 3 reactors shut down automatically at 2:46 p.m. local time due to the earthquake. But about an hour later, the on-site diesel back-up generators also shut, leaving the reactors without alternating current (AC) power.

    That caused Tepco to declare an emergency and the government to evacuate thousands of people from near the plant. Such a blackout is “one of the most serious conditions that can affect a nuclear plant,” according to experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a U.S. based nuclear watchdog group.

    “If all AC power is lost, the options to cool the core are limited,” the group warned.

    TEPCO also said it has lost ability to control pressure at some of the reactors at its Daini plant nearby.

    The reactors at Fukushima can operate without AC power because they are steam-driven and therefore do not require electric pumps, but the reactors do require direct current (DC) power from batteries for its valves and controls to function.

    If battery power is depleted before AC power is restored, the plant would stop supplying water to the core and the cooling water level in the reactor core could drop.

    I guess I’m too illiterate to understand how there could not have not been some procedure in place to allow for changing batteries, recharging them, substituting them prior to depletion in case of the loss of AC power. You know, a backup-plan for the back-up plan.

  64. Women’s rights at risk in Arab revolts: US
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    NEW YORK — Women are being shut out of political life in the aftermath of democracy revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

    Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World conference in New York, said that the two North African countries had “inspired” with their recent overthrow of decades-old regimes.

    However, she warned that women, despite taking part in the street protests, now risked a reduction in rights. Clinton is due to travel to Egypt and Tunisia next week.

    “Unfortunately, in both countries now there is a very real danger that the rights and opportunities of women could be eroded in this transition period,” Clinton said in the speech to the conference.

    Clinton said that only two women were on Tunisia’s transitional government — fewer than the number serving under ousted strongman Ben Ali. “There is even talk of rolling back the country?s historic Personal Status Code that has protected women?s rights for half a century,” Clinton said.

    “In Egypt, the women who marched for freedom in Tahrir Square are now shut out of the committees and the councils deciding the shape of Egypt?s new democracy,” Clinton said.

    “The Constitutional Committee has not a single woman member. And when women marched on Tuesday to celebrate International Women?s Day in their new democracy, they were met by harassment and abuse.

    “Now the women of Tunisia and Egypt are working hard to ensure that these developments do not derail the transition to democracy.”

    Earlier this week Clinton said Washington would push for women to be included in the transition process.

    “The United States will stand firmly for the proposition that women must be included in whatever process goes forward. No government can succeed if it excludes half of its people from important decisions,” Clinton said.

    The chief US diplomat said women who took part in mass protests in central Cairo — which forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down last month — “were clearly saying they expected to have a voice and a vote in the future.”

    “We will certainly be watching and the world will watch,” Clinton said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gY_tidBxOU9wqMhQcOJGQLFyjaRQ?docId=CNG.3dd45eb241c8502e6bdf77a2885cc060.e11

  65. ‘Who the fuck runs nuclear power stations on the electric supply…”

    That’s what I mean. Even I understand that. Something doesn’t add up. (as usual)

    Or, if it IS the truth, what’s left of Japan’s population is going to be calling for harikari of the elected class.

  66. moononpluto
    March 11th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Japan may have hours to prevent nuclear meltdown

    —————
    Absolutely terrifying scenario.

  67. BBC : There is now a fire raging at Miagi Nuke Plant……its like watching a bad 70’s disaster movie unfold with everything that could happen, does.

  68. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-sci-japan-quake-nuclear-20110312,0,2627198.story

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. Air Force is assisting in flying in backup generators, and Japanese ground forces are also trucking generators and batteries to the site, according to media reports. Time is critical, according to experts. Once power to the cooling supply is interrupted, all the coolant could boil off in as little as an hour, Kamps said.

    If there is a meltdown at Fukushima, “the containment building is the last line of defense,” Kamps added. The reactor is 40 years old and the original ventilation system had to be retrofitted to allow radioactive gasses to be vented so that pressure would not build up and cause an explosion that would spread radioactivity over a much wider area.

  69. admin,

    ROTF!

    You have one wicked sense of humor. And I confess today’s events have left me dazed, confused and in search of the requisite eloquence to express my emotions.

    That’s why I come here.

    😉

  70. i would think that trucking generators to the plants would be pretty impossible with the tsuani damage in the area.

  71. admin – 8:34 p.m.

    What I find absolutely stunning is the complete lack of fore-thought.

    Maybe it’s coz dumb little me – after surviving the great ice age of 2011 up here in the Catskills – is putting top of the list of spring/summer home repair a back-up generator in case the power goes out again in the future (as it doubtless will) causing extreme panic about what to do with tropical birds who can’t withstand low temperatures – I mean, if I’m thinking about such matters, you would think it might have occurred to the government of Japan.

    If they’re just now trucking in batteries and generators, god(zilla) help us.

  72. BigCatLover, here’s a taste of the outside possibilities – from a Hillary Hater!:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/261886/wisconsin-obi-wan-cites-thatcher-controversy-good

    Obama, after that make-believe comeback of a month ago, is sagging again in the polls. Remember, the next downward trend could become a plunge. Happens to unpopular (and un-presidential) presidents, they hold on for a while and then go south. All those pundits ruling out a primary opponent are premature. And with the adoption of the Bush Guantanamo strategy on detainees, Obama might get a far-leftie in the primary. And, speaking of 1968 and New Hampshire, Gene McCarthy can lead to Bobby Kennedy. So has anyone noticed who Tina Brown put on her first Newsweek cover? Hillary. Shy Hillary. Shy, compulsively mendacious Hillary.

  73. turndownobama
    March 11th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    gb44hrc
    March 11th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    turndownobama
    March 11th, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    You mean it was something like this?

    ? : Mr President, an earthquake hit Japan at 4 am. Any comments?

    Obama: What Hillary said. Now, about gasoline….
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Meanwhile, on her plane to the next destination, Sec. of State Clinton is on the ball: “You know, I just happen to have handy my “Black Book of Situational Analyses”, something that I’ve been compiling since around 1990. Why right, here, Chapter 23, “Pacific Rim Tectonic Plate Movements and Tsunami Modelling”, it has the calculations, we enter 8.9 in the Richter field, and the epicenter location, and we see what the affected areas should be and the range of wave heights. Then we cross reference that with the phone tree of alerting mentioned in Chapter 8’s International Comminques. So that’s what I’d do.”

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

    Then she takes the curlers out of her hair and wipes off the cold cream.

  74. Funny you should refer to her as Shy Hillary. I always thought she was. However with her intelligence, it must be very difficult to see her country and her party so Fxxk up.

  75. ALL passengers on board have been rescued.
    ________________

    We needed good news today- thanks for posting a miracle happining!
    moononpluto
    March 11th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    They are now saying 5 reactors at 2 plants are in danger

    —————
    Damn, the good news had a short halflife…then the double nuke whammy.

    A 6.1 earthquake just hit Tonga.

    Stop the world, I want to get off!!!

  76. admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Basil9, “earthquake, tsunami and now huge radiation leaks?”

    Please forgive the humor but at some level it is so enormous that it reminds us of this:

    —————–
    Yes, Admin…..all this on top of our country going in the toilet, what’s next……………California breaks off into the sea and I have no one to blog with?

  77. admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    —————————
    Solid gold analysis. Correct on all counts. You can take this analysis to the bank. The Republicans need their own dark horse surrogate who is not generally known, but has a proven track record of success. Romney is not the guy, neither is Gingrich, Huckelberry Finn. Big media will not allow Sarah to run, unfortunately. They go psychotic at the very thought of it–or anyone else who represents average Americans as opposed to elites, and their mascots.

    The analysis thus defaults to the second tier. There the possibilities I see include Rubio, Thune, Caine, and the former Ambassador from China. I could shoot holes in any of those choices and so could you. But as time goes on they will not seem nearly as implausible as they do now. And millions of Americans will vote for anyone other than Obama–because they know now that he is a fraud. He is hated by a large portion of the country, the same way LBJ was. And he is hell bent on destroying this country and sooner or later most of the county will rise up against him I believe.

    It is amusing to see that little twerp Ben Smith show his T-Rex brain in action claiming that the mistakes made by his Bolshevik buddies in Wisconsin were not mistakes, and in fact this is Waterloo for the Republican Party. Most people would disagree with that conclusion since collective bargaining rights have been curtailed and the dimocrats were shown to be impotent. Furthermore, Walker was elected on the agenda which he is now pursuing, which means he is keeping faith with the voters–which is more than you can say for most politicians.

    But Ben Smith Politico’s prize dimwit dismisses all of that as if it were totally irrelevant. Where we see flea baggers, he sees shades of Wellington The Iron Duke, and he does his little mizers serenade to show that the Left Wing 527s raised more money than the Republicans as a result of this, ergo they won. Also, he says the Republican legislator are toast, whereas the real toast here is between Ben’s ears. The monies raised here are not significant in the overall scheme of things and with one check Republican money men could wipe out the differential. But the larger point which seems to elude the T Rex brain of this jurnolister scum is that votes count more than dollars. Yes, jurnolister Smith is back to his old tricks.

  78. Well, here’s the rub: The Bush/Cheney cabal are heavily invested in plans for a nuclear reactor in every pot at the peril of (who gives a care about the human race?)
    _______________________

    Scientists say Japan quake shows US nuclear risk

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/us-japan-quake-usa-nuclear-idUSTRE72A3M720110311

    Here the big push by Bush/Cheney the leaders of the Energy Task Force. This time line is when our country began going down the drain. These two greed obsessed charlatans make Nixon look like an alter boy at the knee of Mother Teresa.

    Energy Task Force

    On his 10th day as vice president, Dick Cheney established a secret “Energy Task Force,” formally known as the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG), for the purpose of making recommendations to President Bush on energy policy. In formulating a new energy strategy for America, the task force met secretly with lobbyists and representatives of the petroleum, coal, nuclear, natural gas, and electricity industries. Many of these individuals work for energy companies which gave large campaign contributions to Bush/Cheney 2000. Environmental groups were mostly excluded from the task force.

    Members of Congress demanded Cheney release the names of individuals and corporations who gave information and advice to the task force. But the vice president refused. After pressure from the General Accounting Office (GAO), the independent auditing arm of Congress, Cheney did release limited information about the task force. The GAO issued a report on the information and found several corporations and associations, including Chevron Corp. (now part of ChevronTexaco Corp.) and the National Mining Association, gave detailed energy policy recommendations for the task force.

    h… w.. halliburtonwatch.org/about_hal/energytf.html
    ________________

    Beyond all this there was a recent discovery of nuclear fuel Cheney was hawking on his last outing with wife Lynne at a resurrect Cheney extravaganza. Cheney’s intent is to push nuclear fuel as the clean energy of the future now that Republicans have control of the House seeing Democrats have been weakened to the point of lapdog status through their own doing.

    Top Ten Lies About Nuclear Energy

    by TheTotalCollapse.com on January 25, 2011

    More of Cheney’s lies concerning the safely and economics of Nuclear Power plants as the energy fuel of the future as a clean energy source.

    h… w.. thetotalcollapse.com/top-ten-lies-about-nuclear-energy/
    _______________________

    Einstein said “World War III will be fought with sticks and stones.”

    he’s right, if Cheney is allowed to proceed with his plans to hasten the demise of planet Earth building Nuclear Reactors in every state.

  79. admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Shadowfax, we discussed what should have been done in our first Wisconsin article.
    ——————-

    admin, I remember what you wrote (and I was also curious about how you would address the challenge directed at you in the last thread, ;), very smart). Thank you for a level headed analysis of these situations. One of the reasons I come here.

    On another note, why is Obama using language like this even if he is talking about Gadafi? Another paper tiger with a un-leaderlike diction..

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110311/ap_on_re_us/us_obama

    WASHINGTON – Pledging a relentless drive to kick Moammar Gadhafi out of power, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. and the world community are “slowly tightening the noose” on the leader of Libya and will keep up the pressure. But he would not commit to intervening at any cost, warning of potential perils in military action.

  80. wbboei
    March 11th, 2011 at 9:23 pm
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    Thune has announced he won’t run. That China guy Huntsman, Obama and his cronies are already showering praise on him and making him a Obama man. You are right about all the other obvious characters.

  81. As if there isn’t enough chaos going on with deadly consequences. Another news briefing from the WH attempts to undermine Hillary’s earlier statement..
    ___________________

    UPDATE 1-US did not deliver coolant to Japan nuclear reactor

    (Reuters) – The U.S. military did not provide any coolant for a Japanese nuclear plant affected by a massive earthquake on Friday, U.S. officials said.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier had said that U.S. Air Force “assets” had delivered “some really important coolant” to a Japanese nuclear power plant.

    One U.S. official said he believed Clinton was told Japan had requested the material, that the United States had agreed to provide it, and that an operation to do so was under way.

    Ultimately, however, Japan did not need assistance from the United States but Clinton did not appear to have been updated before she made her public remarks.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/japan-quake-nuclear-coolant-idUSN1125270120110311

  82. ….Meanwhile, on her plane to the next destination, Sec. of State Clinton is on the ball: “You know, I just happen to have handy my “Black Book of Situational Analyses”, something that I’ve been compiling since around 1990.

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    Wow, Hillary is so awesome, she continues to amaze me.
    &&&&&&

    Shadow, I just made up that stuff.

    The real answer Hillary would give would be more in-depth.

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

    “Good morning, Barry. I’ve already instructed our bases at X, Y, and Z to fly planes A, B, and C to Japan carrying X gallons of our nuclear coolant version ////. This coolant works by /// …. Oh, all right, go back to sleep.”

  83. Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    Friday, March 11, 2011 Email to a Friend

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  84. Victory? More like chaos-
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    Walker’s Big Bank Donors Take a Hit

    Source: Nation

    The Nation — The blowback from Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s union-busting crusade has only just begun—and it may soon hit the governor where it really hurts: in the deep pockets of his biggest donors. Workers have begun organizing a “Move Your Money Campaign” against M&I Bank, whose employees are among his chief financial backers.

    M&I Bank is the largest bank in Wisconsin, and was the recipient of $1.7 billion in TARP bailout money from the federal government. The bundled contributions from M&I executives were Walker’s second largest source of campaign funds. According to records provided by the Sunlight Foundation, executives at M&I Bank gave $46,308 to Walker’s campaign. And now, a group of local unions in Wisconsin have threatened to pull their money from M&I Bank unless it denounces Scott Walker’s attack on workers’ rights.

    “Walker and his henchmen in the GOP have chosen to ignore the people of Wisconsin, but we all know now that they will listen to their big money donors,” says factory worker David Goodspeed, union member of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 565.”This is an opportunity for donors like M&I to be good corporate citizens and do what’s right for the citizens who bailed them out.”

    On Thursday morning, several hundred protestors surrounded an M&I Bank across the street from the Wisconsin State Capitol shouting “You Got Bailed Out, We Got Sold Out.” International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311 President Joe Conway, Jr., told me two union members marched in and pulled a combined $192,000 dollars out of the bank. “Hopefully this sends a message to the bank,” says Conway. “We wanted to illustrate how serious our threat is by having just two of our members pull their money out. “ The union said it plans to escalate actions and will soon begin handing out flyers at protests asking people to move their money.

    Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20110311/cm_thenation

  85. EDITORIAL: The Muslim wall of resistance
    Rep. King’s hearings are shining light in dark places

    The Washington Times
    Friday, March 11, 2011

    Opponents of New York Republican Rep. Peter King’s hearings on domestic Muslim extremism have tried to make the controversy into a civil rights battle. The more the left obfuscates the issue, the more dangerous the threat becomes.

    One line of argument is that the House Homeland Security Committee hearings are unfairly discriminatory because they don’t address other domestic terror threats, such as from purportedly violent militia groups. Rep. Al Green, Texas Democrat, bizarrely contended that failing to investigate the Ku Klux Klan somehow amounted to a defense of that organization. “Over a hundred years of terrorism, why not investigate them too?” he lectured The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket. But – perhaps unbeknownst to Mr. Green – the KKK and related groups have been and continue to be investigated thoroughly by the FBI and have been the subject of congressional inquiries dating back to the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

    In 2009, a spate of documents from the Department of Homeland Security singled out race-focused groups – as well as military veterans – as the Obama administration’s primary investigative focus. These organizations have been so thoroughly infiltrated by law-enforcement authorities that – as the old joke goes – at a typical cell meeting, the undercover FBI agent and undercover ATF agent are waiting for the undercover U.S. Marshal to arrive. A hearing on the threat of Islamic extremist groups in America is simply giving equal time.

    Others liberals echo the White House line that Muslims in America are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, asked rhetorically, “Where are the uncooperative Muslims (at this hearing)? … I am overwhelmed by the lack of factual basis for this hearing.” Such grandstanding is the equivalent of asking those not present to raise their hands.

    If Ms. Lee wants to find Muslims who are not part of the solution, she need look no further than the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Last month, CAIR’s San Francisco chapter posted a graphic on its website urging Muslims to “Build a Wall of Resistance” against government investigators and “Don’t Talk to the FBI.” If CAIR is seeking to organize a resistance movement inside the United States, it’s reasonable to ask what they have to hide – perhaps information that would have strengthened the “factual basis” for the hearings.

    The reason hearings like this are necessary is to bring public attention to a problem the White House and congressional Democrats have been trying to keep a lid on for years. The Obama administration has steadfastly refused to admit that a domestic Islamic violent extremist threat exists. Every time a terror attack takes place or is attempted – in Detroit, at Times Square, in Little Rock or at Fort Hood – President Obama will deplore violence generically but remain mute on its religious cause.

    On Thursday, Army Secretary John McHugh announced that nine officers would be reprimanded for “administrative and leadership failures relating to the career” of Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. It’s unclear whether the Army is yet willing to admit that jihadism was the primary motive in the shootings. However, it is easy to understand why officers would turn a blind eye to Hasan’s obvious Muslim extremism. Every signal, every statement, every order issued from the Obama team since 2009 told the bureaucracy that Muslims are a specially protected class of people who are off-limits. It’s time to tear down Mr. Obama’s wall of resistance to reality.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/11/the-muslim-wall-of-resistance/

  86. Mrs. Smith,

    I can’t figure out if Walker and the repubs are using brilliant strategy here or joining the lemmings march.

    Long term will Walker achieve his campaign promises? And how will the common folk survive?

  87. Newsweek: I am gratified with what I see happening. As you may recall, that magazine was purchased by the husband of Congressman Jane Harmon for $1 and the assumption of its massive outstanding debts. Previously, they were virulent supporters of Obama, and in their eyes, he could do no wrong, even though he was destroying the country. But now, somethign really remarkable seems to have happened: i) first, they replaced Meecham (an Obama suck ass), with Tina Brown (a strong Hillary supporter), ii) second, a week ago, they published a front page story entitled “Egypt: How Obama Blew It” by one of our greatest living historians and scholars Niall Ferguson showing how Obama has failed in the Middle East and iii) third, this week they published a cover story on Hillary entitled “Hillary’s War: How she’s shattering glass ceilings everywhere”. Under the old management this never would have happened. To criticize Obama and/or to praise Hillary was contra bonus mores, and would get you fired. Now that has changed and Newsweek is the better publication for it. Like Faust, they have reclaimed their soul. Let us hope it continues, because there is always a place in the marketplace of ideas for a publication willing to tell the truth.

    Time Magazine: is the Whore of Babylon. Take one look at the kind of people they employ and you will understand why I say that. Joe Kline who is a serial liar. Mark Halperin who lacks honor or decency–and has sold his soul to the White House in exchange for a book deal and so many others. And what is their cover story this week? It is America In Decline. That is not the message a major publication should be conveying at this point. It is not just irresponsible, it is abominable. The reason they are doing this is because as Obama’s failures stack up to the point that no rational person can ignore them, they are forced to come up with some explanation. So their new narrative is that the fault lies not in the stars, certainly not in Obama, but in other systemic factors. But in initiating this new line of defense and cover-up they miss the essential point which is that Obama inherited a recession and by the time he is through he will give us a depression. In sum, they are a totally corrupt publication, not worth reading much less reading.

  88. JanH
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    EDITORIAL: The Muslim wall of resistance
    Rep. King’s hearings are shining light in dark places
    _____________________

    It’s the false comparison argument tactic. I don’t ever remember reading about any KKK suicide bombers blowing themselves up. Geared to convolute and confuse the readers by making inappropriate comparisons and of course, going off point..

  89. #
    JanH
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I can’t figure out if Walker and the repubs are using brilliant strategy here or joining the lemmings march.

    Long term will Walker achieve his campaign promises? And how will the common folk survive?
    ____________________

    I guarantee, Walker is being coached by someone like Rove. I’ve said all along, Republicans are policy wonks, and they certainly are. They didn’t have the cojones to win in a fair fight and Walker didn’t have the nerve to yes the unions to death and change the wording before he signed it. Walker is a puppet used as the model Republicans willuse for union busting in every state… as Professor Bruno said… states that were purple you will now see a huge influx of the color RED throughout the country with the eventuality of “one” party.

    They won’t stop with busting the public employees unions… next will creep busting Teacher’s Unions, then Nurses, then Carpenters, then Plumbers… Working Class America will go down the proverbial rabbit hole at the hands of the Republican Party. It’s their mission in life and have plans for an eventual “fait accompli” (mission accomplished)

  90. That China guy Huntsman, Obama and his cronies are already showering praise on him and making him a Obama.
    ————————–
    Then you believe he is another Crist? If he is another Crist then I want no part of him. Several writers are saying he will not run in 2012 because he is not known nationally. My favorite is Rubio. I had forgotten that Thune said he would not run. That may be wise because he could turn out to be another Quale–Marilyn was the better half of that marriage. The thing I did not say, which is true however is that Republicans have a bad habit of honoring seniority when it comes to candidate selection. That would favor Romney which is unfortunate. One way or another Obama needs to be gone. He is killing this country through a corrupt agenda and serial incompetence.

  91. I’ve been watching House Hunters International for a few months now- Americans are fleeing this country in droves going to Europe and the older folks are fleeing to Central America (affordable RE) and the well off- to the Caribbean. Some have left their US residence rented others have sold last year before the signs were there the market did not fulfill Obama’s promise of economic recovery. Fear of a double dip recession due to the fuel crisis is going full tilt driving Americans to look elsewhere for housing and gainful employment.. Bleaker than bleak, sorry to say-

  92. Mrs. Smith
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:32 pm
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    Correct. It probably is Rove. Probably.

    You are also correct in a larger sense. It will not stop with the teachers.

    What we are seeing here is a race to the bottom for the middle class.

    The point on which we differ is I do not think it is strictly a Republican thing.

    I fully expect Brown in California and my own incompetent corrupt governor Gregoire are democrats doing the same thing.

    And there is no question where Obama and his puppetmaster Soros stand on this issue.

    It will not stop until we shine the light on the elites who have orchestrated this thing and hold them accountable.

    And then we must have a solid gameplan to put the nation back on track.

    For me that was the raison detre to support Hillary.

  93. pm317
    March 11th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Shadowfax, we discussed what should have been done in our first Wisconsin article.
    ————
    Next time you want to point something out to Admin, leave me out of it.

    If you and I disagree with each other, which we do, it doesn’t need to be a three-way.

  94. I’ve been watching House Hunters International for a few months now- Americans are fleeing this country in droves going to Europe and the older folks are fleeing to Central America (affordable RE) and the well off- to the Caribbean. Some have left their US residence rented others have sold last year before the signs were there the market did not fulfill Obama’s promise of economic recovery. Fear of a double dip recession due to the fuel crisis is going full tilt driving Americans to look elsewhere for housing and gainful employment.. Bleaker than bleak, sorry to say-
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    I know people who are doing this. If you have a million dollars, Switzerland will accept you. As Orsen Wells once observed it would be an honor to live in a country whose greatest contribution to civilization is the cuckoo clock.

  95. Mrs. S.

    Walker’s Big Bank Donors Take a Hit
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    Fair is fair.

    If the Rethugs give up their big money donors, then the unions should do the same.

    It’s all about donation money to buy candidates…that is the problem.

  96. Shadowfax
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
    ——————-

    It was a reference to what admin was saying and a cut and paste for authenticity — I didn’t want to edit what admin wrote. Could not care less what you think, so don’t worry about a three-way or whatever.

  97. wbboei
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:36 pm
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    Whatever happened to Rudy Guiliani? Any repub running against Obama cannot have skeletons in their closet. He will eat them for lunch. If they do, they should be ready to bring all his skeletons out. What a battle that will be. People will finally get to know who Obama is. But who will be courageous enough to do that?

  98. I just find it almost inconcievable that Japan could suffer 3 such horrendous catastrophes within 24 hours; earthquake, tsunami and now huge radiation leaks?

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

    Must be a conspiracy.

  99. “The point on which we differ is I do not think it is strictly a Republican thing.”
    ___________________

    No, we don’t differ at all- and a pity you can’t see it. All that has happened is a reversal of roles. last year, when Dems were the majority, they were the moving party- Republicans were the party of “mutes”-

    Now the Republicans are the moving parties and the Dems stand “mute”. The Republicans are picking up where they left off 2 yrs ago except the Dems are silently complicit with them..

    The elites will never be held acountable- it’s the way of the world. We fight and argue- kill each other and the elites retain power thrilled the world contains less people to think about. When the middle class are truly destroyed, the process will once again repeat itself with the next generation. Tantalizing them with the good life… Jobs, homes and new cars for everyone. It’s a never ending circle which has to be broken…

    Be prepared to protect Hillary with everything you’ve got and forget the politicos and journalists… they are a waste of time and not worth discussing. If you truly want to be Independent…(most of us here) you have to wean yourself off their propaganda from both sides and think for yourself. Write your own thoughts, conclusions from real happenings (actions and events) not what the Party decides what you should support..

  100. JanH
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    EDITORIAL: The Muslim wall of resistance
    Rep. King’s hearings are shining light in dark places
    _____________________

    It’s the false comparison argument tactic. I don’t ever remember reading about any KKK suicide bombers blowing themselves up. Geared to convolute and confuse the readers by making inappropriate comparisons and of course, going off point..
    —————————–
    Did you happen to see the rebuttal of Green by Colonel West–who is a true black leader worthy of being President. Now there is another guy on my short list of candidates that should be considered. By raising this KKK nonsense, hamhanded Green is introducing a diversionary issue aimed at shutting down the hearing. Original amateuer from the 9th CD of Texas–probably close to Houston.

  101. The U.S. Geological Survey reported in 2010 that the Levant Basin, stretching from the Jordan River into the eastern Mediterranean, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria, could contain up to 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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    And what happens when a natural gas tanker leaks? Pouf!

  102. Whatever happened to Rudy Guiliani? Any repub running against Obama cannot have skeletons in their closet. He will eat them for lunch. If they do, they should be ready to bring all his skeletons out. What a battle that will be. People will finally get to know who Obama is. But who will be courageous enough to do that?
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    Don’t you think the public has been de sentitized to skeletons in the closet–depending of course on what they are. I think people are sick of it. If a Republican has those skeletons then he should disclose them and if the media presses him too hard the should look the media in the eye, ask they why they are not doing the same due diligence on Obama, and reminding them that nobody likes a corrupt referee. My view is any Republican who goes on NBC or CNN should have their head examined.

  103. admin, any idea why PJ Crowley went ‘rogue’ with the Manning statement? Was that endorsed by Hillary?

  104. Whatever happened to Rudy Guiliani?
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    I would assume that he has joined one of the top New York law firms.

  105. If a Republican has those skeletons then he should disclose them and if the media presses him too hard the should look the media in the eye, ask they why they are not doing the same due diligence on Obama, and reminding them that nobody likes a corrupt referee.
    ————–

    Requires a lot of courage on the part of the Republican candidate to subject himself/herself to all that battle and strategy. Who has that kind of burning desire to take on Obama in the face of an uncertain outcome? If they think they are that good, they will wait 4 years and have an easy run and may be a win.

  106. The gas and shale findings are very exciting JanH..It would help Israel reduce it’s dependence on US support( see Obama) which will continue to diminish under this administration.

  107. It’s the false comparison argument tactic. I don’t ever remember reading about any KKK suicide bombers blowing themselves up. Geared to convolute and confuse the readers by making inappropriate comparisons and of course, going off point..

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    More to the point would be abortion clinic bombings/murders. And the religion behind them.

  108. Walker’s Big Bank Donors Take a Hit
    ——–
    Fair is fair.

    If the Rethugs give up their big money donors, then the unions should do the same.

    It’s all about donation money to buy candidates…that is the problem.
    ———————
    If big banks stop supporting Walker, he can use that information very effectively with voters. He can say, I represent you the voters, not big banks and not big unions. This is a great headline–for him. The more interesting question to me is why were the big banks supporting him in the first place? If you want to worry about Walker, worry about that. But as a general principle, anything big banks want will be bad for the American People, hence their support for a candidate should be good and sufficient reason for voters to reject him. As far as giving up big money donors, I think that is a great idea, and at the same time 527s should be banned. Television time should be free, per Barry Dillard. The confluence of big media, and big money has produced a cancer in our system which is inimical to the institution of democracy.

  109. By raising this KKK nonsense, hamhanded Green is introducing a diversionary issue aimed at shutting down the hearing.

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    As an attempt to shut down the hearing, KKK is a strawman. A waste of an opportunity to really disrupt the hearing — by saying they should investigate the abortion clinic bombers, and the strange religion that inspires such bombings.

  110. Who has that kind of burning desire to take on Obama in the face of an uncertain outcome?

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

    And why bother, since Obama is doing everything the GOP wants anyway.

  111. JbStonesFan, the Israeli shale story resonates of Hanukkah. 🙂 From 4 billion barrels to 250 billion – it’s oil that lasts quite a long time – longer than 8 days.

  112. Requires a lot of courage on the part of the Republican candidate to subject himself/herself to all that battle and strategy. Who has that kind of burning desire to take on Obama in the face of an uncertain outcome? If they think they are that good, they will wait 4 years and have an easy run and may be a win.
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    Then you believe they will simply surrender the playing field? You may want to reflect a little bit on this. Just remember this guy is a serial incompetent, and he has not solved a single problem. By 2012 we will be looking at massive unemploymnent. $5 gas prices and wars. Gingrich may not be the candidate, but if he was is there any doubt he would literally mop the floor with Obama in a debate. Obama could not keep up with him mentally and would be forced to defend the indefensible, i.e. his record. The referee would have to stop the fight. Lest we forget, what made Obama a formidable candidate in 2008 was Bush hate, the promise of a new beginning, racial guilt, a blank slate and big money. Obama has failed in the governing arena, and there is not enough money in the universe to make people forget that reality.

  113. TurnDownObama, there was a good article written about a month ago that essentially stated the same thing as you did. It was written by a Republican strategist that said the best thing for Republicans was to reelect patsy/collaborator Obama. The article essentially asked ‘why run a candidate against a boob that does our bidding?’

  114. “The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, then return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.”

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    Kesha Rogers on the Global Mass Strike: What You Need to Know to Win
    March 11, 2011

    All across the world, from Egypt to Wisconsin, from Ireland to Austin, people have come together in a common aim to fight for the future. You’re here protesting because you realize that your school, your union, your budget, your entire future… is about to be destroyed. You have realized you must fight, and join with your fellow citizens to demand a redress of grievances by your government.

    The first thing you must realize, is the whole argument about cutting budgets is based on a fraud. No city or state has ever cut its way to prosperity. It cannot work; it has never worked. So don’t start by compromising with genocide. The person who begs, “I know cuts are inevitable, but please don’t take too much,” is already as good as dead.

    The only thing that is inevitable is that we are all screwed as long as we believe we must keep bailing out the hopelessly bankrupt “too big to fail” banking system. It has been the ongoing belief in a system where money is the means of determining economic value in society, as opposed to a real economy, based on physical production, which has brought the entire world to the point of total collapse. The recent release of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report has exposed that system of monetarism, and its bailout, as a gigantic fraud and failure 40 years in the making. The entire $24 trillion bailout must be ended immediately, by simply writing off the worthless money, which we can do by immediately reinstating Franklin Roosevelt’s 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. Do this, and we can take the […] lives of real people off the chopping block.

    There is no way any local government can survive by re-dividing a shrinking pie of real wealth. Instead, we must engage in a crash program to increase the production of real wealth. We must fight for real solutions that will increase the living standards and the productivity of the population, per capita and per county. That means a productive mission for the nation, which will create millions of jobs in industry, education, science, agriculture, and revive a culture of optimism and progress. The only alternative to a total dark age, which has been uniquely proposed by economist Lyndon LaRouche, and the Congressional slate of six LaRouche Democrats, is the positive solution you must now fight for:

    1) End the $24 trillion in fraudulent bailouts of Wall Street gambling derivatives by reinstating FDR’s Glass-Steagall separation of commercial and investment banking;

    2) Protect the commercial assets of the middle class, and use the Constitutional powers of Congress to issue credit to fund science-driven infrastructure projects, such as:

    …….a. The North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA), to create 6-8 million jobs building a continental water management system that would double our water and food supply, and solve many other resource shortages;

    …….b. Many other national infrastructure projects in rail, nuclear, and manned space exploration;

    3) Relieve the states with temporary emergency aid, as these programs get going, providing life saving funding for police, fire, health care, education, pensions, and other safety nets;

    4) Reorient the world economy around a community of sovereign nation states, committed by treaty to fixed currency exchange rates, and to furthering the common aims of mankind.

  115. Pm317, strange isn’t it? All of a sudden there are challenges coming from the State Department (quietly walked back) and Hillary magazine covers, and Bill throwing jabs, and Hillary going to high profile visits to Tunisia and Egypt. All this happening and Hillary’s hands are clean and no fingerprints to be found anywhere. 🙂

  116. What I do think matters greatly is the Republican ground game and how they handle the media. If I were advising them, then I would tell them to limit their exposure to the media, and push back hard. The public hates big media and wants to see those rattlesnakes decapitated. It is good politics. I would even accuse them of being Obama’s cronies to their faces.

  117. The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, then return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.”
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    I will drink to that.

  118. Admin – Captain Crunch, that rings a bell.

    Around 1971 a Vietnam vet named John Draper discovered that the giveaway whistle in Cap’n Crunch cereal boxes perfectly reproduced a 2600 Hertz tone. Simply blow the whistle into a telephone receiver to make free calls; thanks for using AT&T. From “Discovery On Line – Hackers Hall of Fame”

    http://www.telephonetribute.com/phonephreaking.html

  119. @admin:The article essentially asked ‘why run a candidate against a boob that does our bidding?’
    ————

    wbboei, there is your answer. Here is the thing. Nobody cares about the country anymore. It has all become a game and 4 years do not seem long to them if they can’t manipulate the outcome to their interest — they will wait. May be it has to get really really bad before a true hero/heroine shows up the save the peasants. Even then without an honest media, we are screwed. Something drastic has to happen for a turn around. In a democracy there will always be enough who are stupid, ignorant, gullible to fall for fuckers like Obama..

  120. Shadowfax, let’s get some of those whistles. It’s hacking pre-computers.

    Bonus: whistle-blowing by Dylan Ratigan – unfortunately it comes a few years after we made the same observations:

  121. This is intended as inspiration in these heavy times, on this heavy day.

    Extract from famous 1936 speech in Madison square garden, some 74 years ago. Seeking reelection after his first term as President, FDR contrasts his administration with the forces he defeated.

    For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

    For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

    We 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.

    Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me‹and I welcome their hatred.

    This, and more FDR, here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9yoZHs6PsU

  122. admin
    March 11th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    JbStonesFan, the Israeli shale story resonates of Hanukkah. From 4 billion barrels to 250 billion – it’s oil that lasts quite a long time – longer than 8 days.

    ———————–

    What a lovely analogy.

  123. Pm317, strange isn’t it? All of a sudden there are challenges coming from the State Department (quietly walked back) and Hillary magazine covers, and Bill throwing jabs, and Hillary going to high profile visits to Tunisia and Egypt. All this happening and Hillary’s hands are clean and no fingerprints to be found anywhere.
    ———————-
    Strange? Or brilliant perhaps. What you have here is a president who divides his time between golf and lectures on bullying, a president whom foreign leaders do not trust but wants to command center stage until there is trouble and a leader whose management structure is going in all directions. Then the treatment of Corporal Manning becomes an issue, which causes the left to wonder again whether Obama is on their side. And while all this maiasma is playing it out, there is Hillary like the Everready bunny going from crisis to crisis solving problems, bringing people together, meeting with potential allies and forging a foreign policy for all the world to see. The diametic opposite of what faculty lounge Obama is doing. Karate master Bruce Lee was once asked what his game plan was in a fight. He responded I do not have a game plan before I enter the fight. Instead, I enter the ring and as we square off and begin to throw punches I improvise. Our friend Larry is too fixated on Manning and the security breach he engendered to understand the political dynamics at work here and the strategy I believe Hillary is pursuing. To understand it he would have to re-read Sun Tsu/

  124. jbstonesfan,

    Maybe God is smiling down on us. Almost like a lightening strike against obama and his Arab buddies.

    And maybe just maybe he should start being a little bit nicer to Israel…lol…and maybe hell will freeze over before that happens.

    The more Israel becomes self-sufficient, the more the countries around it want to destroy it.

  125. Is Obama Really in Good Shape for Reelection?
    By Tony Blankley | March 10, 2011 | 11:20

    The media tend to be filled with many items that are either untrue or obvious. Last week — from Politico to cable television, from Karl Rove to Mike Huckabee — was a moment for the obvious to be stated and restated: “The GOP should not underestimate how hard it will be to defeat President Obama next November; indeed, he has to be considered the favorite to win the next presidential election.” True.

    Of course, the same thing could have been (and was) said about President Lyndon Johnson in the spring of 1967 and about Jimmy Carter in the spring of 1979. Every incumbent president is the most formidable political force in the country. Even a deeply wounded president must be seen as formidable — as Thomas Dewey learned to his regret in 1948 when President Harry Truman won the election even though the Democratic Party had been split three ways (both the pacifist left and the segregationist faction split off and ran their own candidates — Henry Wallace ran on the Progressive ticket, Strom Thurmond ran on the Dixiecrat ticket.)

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    In 1967-68, no prominent Democratic candidate — including Sen. Robert Kennedy — was prepared to take on a Vietnam War politically wounded Lyndon Johnson until the unlikely Eugene McCarthy got 42 percent in the New Hampshire primary. Kennedy then got in, and LBJ announced he would not run for re-election.

    And in 1980, Ronald Reagan was actually running 8 points down in the Gallup Poll in October 1980 (only weeks before the election he eventually won by 10 percent more of the popular vote than incumbent Jimmy Carter).

    It is also a truism of American politics for the out party’s primary contenders to be seen as not presidential. They are often disparaged as “the seven dwarfs,” or lacking presidential stature, or too right-wing or unknown.

    And last week was also the moment for prominent and respected Republicans (George Will and former Gov. John Sununu) to pronounce various of the likely Republican contenders unfit for nomination or election to the presidency. But then, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were all written off as either unelectable or unfit by various prominent members of their respective parties. They all ended up being respectfully called “Mr. President,” often by the very people who disparaged their chances a year before.

    So, yes, of course, Republicans should not take lightly the challenge of defeating Obama. On the other hand, rarely has an incumbent president presided over a more dangerous world with a foreign policy so manifestly adrift.

    Nor, since FDR, has an incumbent president been re-elected with the electorate feeling — and with good cause — so profoundly pessimistic about our nation’s current and future economic health. (As described in the liberal Slate digital magazine by Annie Lowrey, “13.7 million Americans remain out of work. At the current rate of job growth, it would take more than a decade for the United States to get back to an unemployment rate of 5 percent. There are 6.6 million fewer Americans working today than there were three years ago. Blacks, whites, teenagers, the elderly, women, men, high-school dropouts, grad-school graduates — every demographic group has unemployment close to historical highs. About 6 million Americans form a new pool of the long-term unemployed, whose prospects in the labor market remain very dim. …”

    “The average duration of unemployment rose to a new high of 37.1 weeks. The labor-force participation rate is at a 25-year low. Unemployment has never been so high for so long, not since the Great Depression.”) And that is after the good news on employment last week.

    But, at least as threatening to the president’s re-election is the unfolding of foreign dangers. Governments often change their foreign policies — but rarely does a public have the chance to observe such change so openly as we are seeing currently with the White House’s Middle East “democracy” policy.

    In his Cairo speech in 2009, the President seemed to be encouraging democracy. Then, when Iranians protested a phony election, there was little support for them from the administration as they were being murdered in the street.

    As Egyptians started protesting this year, the White House, endorsing “democracy,” was seen to quickly undercut 30-year ally Mubarak.

    (By the way, over this weekend, according to the Assyrian International News Agency, — hat tip to American Thinker — several thousand Muslims have attacked Christian houses and places of worship in a town just 30 miles from Cairo. The fate of the clerics who worked at the church is unknown — they may have been detained as hostages or burned to death in the fire. The violence was the result of a Christian dating a Muslim woman. I trust the mob that attacked the Christians were not part of the “democracy” crowd on whose behalf we undercut Mubarak.)

    Then, when the egregious Gadhafi started shooting and dive-bombing demonstrators, the White House was very late to call for his ouster. All this policy confusion has been brutally reported in a much-commented-on Wall Street Journal article last week, “U.S. Wavers on ‘Regime Change'”:

    “After weeks of internal debate on how to respond to uprisings in the Arab world, the Obama administration is settling on a Middle East strategy: help keep longtime allies who are willing to reform in power, even if that means the full democratic demands of their newly emboldened citizens might have to wait… the U.S. is urging protesters from Bahrain to Morocco to work with existing rulers toward what some officials and diplomats are now calling ‘regime alteration,'” rather than regime change.

    None of this confusion will be electorally significant for President Obama if the world does not experience badly damaging events between now and November 2012.

    But, of course, at this point in Jimmy Carter’s presidency (in March 1979), the Soviet Union had not yet invaded Afghanistan, and our diplomats had not yet been taken hostage in Iran. And despite a rough economy and sense of national malaise, Carter was odds on favorite to be re-elected.

    Tony Blankley is executive vice president of Edelman public relations in Washington. E-mail him at TonyBlankley@gmail.com. To find out more about Tony Blankley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at http://www.creators.com.

    Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tony-blankley/2011/03/10/obama-really-good-shape-reelection#ixzz1GMNJleAA

  126. Obama could not keep up with him mentally and would be forced to defend the indefensible, i.e. his record. The referee would have to stop the fight.

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    That’s happened before. Or rather, the referee would send Obama’s opponent the hard questions first, then ask Obama if he’d like a pillow.

  127. I actually thought it might be a conspiracy since today was 3/11/11….LOL! Just kidding! It’s the apocalypse!

  128. Mrs. Smith,
    I’m with you. You have to sift thru the BS and figure things out for yourself…not be part of any party nonsense….both sides has their own agenda….We free thinkers will have the responsibility to keep everyone straight….LOL!

  129. Confloyd you’ve been screaming “the end is near” for a while now. You might be right. 🙂

    BTW, HotAir has excellent coverage of the latest from the potential meltdown in Japan. This is their post, the links can be found at their site:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/12/report-meltdown-at-japan-reactor-may-be-underway/

    Report: Meltdown at Japan reactor may be underway

    Can’t find anything on the wires yet, but news is breaking all over Twitter and at Kyodo News. The headline:

    BREAKING NEWS: Fukushima nuke plant might be experiencing nuclear meltdown

    And:

    BREAKING NEWS: Radioactive Cesium detected near Fukushima plant: nuke safety commission

    Cesium would be the signature of a true meltdown. There’s no danger to civilians so long as the containment dome holds. If it doesn’t hold, oh boy.

    Another ominous note via Twitter:

    Four other Fukushima nuke reactors are struggling with similar problem. If multiple meltdown begins, it will be uncontrollable.

    Looking for further details at news sites. Stand by for updates.

    Update: Here’s a bare-bones report at Kyodo News repeating the bits quoted above.

    Update: More from Al Jazeera:

    “The events that occurred at these plants, which is the loss of both offsite power and onsite power, is one of the rarest events to happen in a nuclear power plant, and all indications are that the Japanese do not have the situation under control,” “Edwin Lyman, a nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a US-based nonprofit organisation, said…

    However, Naoto Sekimura, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said a major radioactive disaster was unlikely.

    “No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction,” he said.

    “Even in the worst-case scenario, that would mean some radioactive leakage and equipment damage, but not an explosion. If venting is done carefully, there will be little leakage. Certainly not beyond the 3 km radius.”

    Update: They’ve reached the point where they’re pouring water on the reactor out of a fire truck to try to reduce the temperature.

    Parts of the reactor’s nuclear fuel rods were briefly exposed to the air after cooling water levels dropped through evaporation, and a fire engine was pumping water into the reactor, Jiji Press reported. The water levels are recovering, said operator Tokyo Electric Power, according to Jiji.

    A TEPCO spokesman told AFP that ‘we believe the reactor is not melting down or cracking. We are trying to raise the water level.’ Kyodo News agency moments later said radioactive caesium had been detected near Fukushima plant, citing the nuclear safety commission.

    Update: Another Japanese official tells the AP that even if a meltdown occurs, it shouldn’t affect anyone beyond a six-mile radius — and most of those people either have been evacuated or, no doubt, are in the process. All eyes now are on the containment dome.

    Update: The WSJ confirms that people within a six-mile (i.e. 10-kilometer) radius were already being shipped out hours ago. Also, an update on the control room, where radiation levels reached 1,000 times the normal rate earlier:

    Radiation levels aren’t supposed to rise in a control room, which is designed to allow operators to continue working during emergencies and is equipped with filtration systems and other design features to protect workers from radiation exposure. Nevertheless, experts said that a level that is 1,000 times normal probably isn’t immediately harmful.

    The technicians on the scene battling this thing must be signing years of their lives away, if not decades.

  130. The news just said there is a real possibility that one of Japan’s nukes may have a melt down. Seems as though Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world when it comes to fail-safe systems in Nuke power plants…however, all the back up power systems to keep the reactor cool, have……………………….failed.

    Lesson to be learned about nuke energy and if they are ever totally safe.

    If a safe country can have a Chernobyl meltdown, America had better rethink this option. I disagree that this is about politics, like many on Fox proclaim…it is about life and death.

  131. Yes, the local news is also talking about a possible meltdown, and these guys never tell anything that’s ‘breaking news’.

  132. Japanese quake-hit nuclear plant may be in meltdown.

    TOKYO — Japan’s quake-hit nuclear power plant Fukushima No. 1, about 160 miles northeast of Tokyo, “may be experiencing nuclear meltdown,” Kyodo News reported Saturday, citing the nation’s Nuclear Safety Commission.

    The report follows Friday’s devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in the area, with a commission official suggesting that even if there was a meltdown it would not affect humans beyond a six-mile radius.

    Parts of the reactor’s nuclear fuel rods were briefly exposed to the air after cooling water levels dropped through evaporation, and a fire engine was pumping water into the reactor, Jiji news agency reported.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/japan_evacuates_residents_near_nuke_K1cbUHIlYXbbinjbGrV2yO

  133. How’s them ‘we told you so’ apples? This additional view was cross posted on MYDUD as well as at the original site (it’s about Obama/Wisconsin and how the Hopium is wearing off):

    http://www.brspoll.com/blog/?p=855

    Nation needs a Democrat to challenge Obama

    The nation desperately needs a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama for the party’s nomination for president in 2012.

    The tipping point came last week when Jackie Calmes reported in The New York Times: “When West Wing officials discovered that the Democratic National Committee had mobilized Mr. Obama’s national network to support the protests [in Wisconsin and Ohio], they angrily reined in the staff at the party headquarters.”

    The Times story goes on to say that administration officials saw the events beyond Washington as a “distraction” from the optimistic “win the future” message that the president unveiled in his State of the Union speech. He spent last Friday talking about the need to “educate and innovate” with Jeb Bush in Florida on one of the president’s begging-for-bipartisanship road shows.

    That’s right – a Democratic president considers the men and women who have stood out in the cold in the Wisconsin winter to have a voice in their government a distraction from his positive message.

    If you take all of Obama’s positions – too cautious to curtail the behavior of the Wall Street bankers, signing onto a health care plan that amounts to what the Republicans offered ten years ago, jawboning about overregulation of businesses, supporting a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, pandering to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a time when big business is working with Republican governors to kill off what is left of organized rights for workers – you come to the conclusion that he should run as the Republican nominee. And he might win that nomination, if this were 1968 instead of 2012. His positions could fit comfortably into a debate among Richard Nixon, George Romney, and Charles Percy. [snip]

    If Obama runs unopposed, the nation will continue its slide into selfishness and a government philosophy of every person for himself or herself. His presidency has ignored the country’s moral and material depression caused by government and corporate malfeasance, and the need for institutional change.

    America needs a candidate to do for the nation on a number of issues – chiefly taxes and the relationship between government, business, and individuals – what governor Scott Walker did for Wisconsin on unions. That is, to place the choices clearly in front of people rather than avoid what is really going on.

    Right now it seems possible that the Republicans will nominate someone to push this debate about choices to a “Wisconsin” level.

    It would be refreshing if the Democratic nomination process could at least begin such a debate – the way Bobby Kennedy’s candidacy forced Hubert Humphrey to reevaluate his position on the Vietnam war in 1968 and the way Alan Cranston and Gary Hart generated a national attention and a stronger Democratic nominee, Walter Mondale, on nuclear disarmament and gay rights in 1984.

    In the narrative of American politics in the early 21st century there is a role on the left for someone to claim. We now know that role will not be filled by Barack Obama.

    Someone else needs to try out.

  134. here is one of those whistles on Ebay…they already have gone from FREE to the special Hacker price of $59.99.

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

    So old hackers can afford $59.99 for nostalgia? If they still worked, they’d be worth more than that. 😉

  135. Large Explosion heard at Fukushima nuke plant, no details yet, works injured and being evacuated.

  136. Outer structure of building that houses reactor at Fukushima plant appears to have blown off – NHK ooohhh foook.

  137. Tokyo fire department sending special nuclear rescue team to Fukushima – TV

    This is now going to shit.

  138. One of the four buildings at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant is GONE. MangoSantiago ぼよヨぉ~ん Fukushima nuclear PowerPlant NNP 1 is now naked after the explosion. Only the frame of the structure is left. Waiting for the information. easataro Taro Karasaki NHK showing two images of Fukushima No.1 Plant: one showing a building another showing what appears to be the skeleton of a bldg.

  139. Getting into meltdown territory.

    Venting air from reactor container suspended

    The operation at Fukushima No.1 plant to lower pressure of the containment vessel has been suspended due to high radiation levels at the site.

    Pressure of the reactor container is rising as its cooling system became dysfunctional due to a blackout and power generator breakdown. This has raised concern about possible damage to the CONTAINER.

    The power station’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, began to vent air from the reactor container at 9AM on Saturday.

    Under the plan, 2 valves close to the container would be opened manually, but radiation level on the second valve was found higher than expected.

    The operation has been suspended because of the possibility that workers could be exposed to radiation. The utility is reportedly studying how to open the valve by replacing workers at a short interval, or using electric remote control.

    The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says if radioactive substance is released in the air, safety of residents evacuated beyond a 10-kilometer radius from the No.1 reactor will be ensured.

    Also the following -—Sounds like a bagdad bob-

    -The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says 2 radioactive substances, cesium and radioactive iodine, have been detected near the Number One reactor at the Fukushima Number One nuclear power station.

    The agency says this indicates that some of the metal containers of uranium fuel may have started melting.
    The substances are produced by fuel fission.

    University of Tokyo Professor Naoto Sekimura says only a small part of the fuel may have melted and leaked outside.

    He called on residents near the power station to stay calm, saying that most of the fuel remains inside the reactor, which has stopped operation and is being cooled

  140. The external containment concrete dome seems to have gone, in the TV footage. That seems to be confirmed.

    If this is true, we are in fucked territory……..

  141. The secondary containment building is goneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, you better hope the inner one holds, although i dont it if radiation levels have gotten high and a nuclear hazmat team dispatch, i think we are going Chernobyl here.

  142. Its fucked, The plant is melting.

    Now reporting that a 1 hour exposure near the exploded plant is equal to a one year normal radiation exposure. NHKTV.

  143. Japanese TV now running constant advisory to cover mouths with wet towels, evacuate, do not food from the are or tap water.

  144. Japan TV advising people in area to remove clothing before going indoors and scrub…..does this sound like there isnt a big problem here?

  145. They have extended the evacuation at the 2nd Plat to 10km, that one must be about to go too.

    This is now very serious shit.

  146. The Japanese are suffering horribly from their government’s state of denial.
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    ” However, Naoto Sekimura, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said a major radioactive disaster was unlikely.

    “No Chernobyl is possible at a light water reactor. Loss of coolant means a temperature rise, but it also will stop the reaction,” he said.

    “Even in the worst-case scenario, that would mean some radioactive leakage and equipment damage, but not an explosion. If venting is done carefully, there will be little leakage. Certainly not beyond the 3 km radius.”
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    Explosion rocks quake-hit Japanese nuke plant

    TV footage shows crumbled walls of building at site, leaving only skeletal metal frame standing

    TOKYO — The walls of a building at a nuclear power station crumbled Saturday following an explosion only hours after Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down.

    Smoke poured out of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility where authorities had warned Friday of a failure of its cooling system resulting from a powerful earthquake and tsunami.

    It was not clear if the damaged building housed the reactor.

    Several workers were injured by the blast at Fukushima Unit 1, Japanese TV station NHK reported.

    Footage on Japanese TV showed that the walls of one building had crumbled, leaving only a skeletal metal frame block standing. Puffs of smoke were spewing out of the plant.

    ‘Radioactive vapors’

    Pressure has been building up in the reactor — it’s now twice the normal level — and Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters Saturday that it was venting “radioactive vapors” to relieve that pressure. Officials said they were measuring radiation levels in the area.

    Before the blast, the reactor in trouble had already leaked radiation: Operators at the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s Unit 1 detected eight times the normal radiation levels outside the facility and 1,000 times normal inside Unit 1’s control room.

    Earlier, Japan warned of a meltdown after the nuclear reactor was damaged by the quake and tsunami.

    Experts said any threat of widespread radiation leaks would be contained as long as the reactor’s outer container is intact.

    Authorities have been scrambling to reduce pressure at two nuclear power plants in Fukushima, 150 miles north of Tokyo, damaged by Friday’s devastating quake .

    Two reactors had lost cooling ability at the nuclear power plant. Because of the overheating, a meltdown was possible at one of the reactors, said Ryohei Shiomi, an official with Japan’s nuclear safety commission.

    But even if there was a meltdown, it wouldn’t affect people outside a six-mile radius, he said. Most of the 51,000 residents living within the danger area had been evacuated, he said.

    Story: How a nuclear plant works

    Jiji news agency quoted nuclear authorities as saying that there was a high possibility that nuclear fuel rods at No. 1 reactor may be melting or have melted.

    Experts said if that is the case, it means the reactor is heating up. If that is not halted, such as by venting steam which releases small amounts of radiation, there is a chance it would result in a rupture of the reactor pressure vessel.

    But the risk of contamination can be minimized as long as the external container structure is intact, they said. The worry then becomes whether the quake has weakened the structure.

    There has been no official word so far on whether the structure was damaged by the quake.

    Open Channel blog: 2007 Japan quake was wake-up call on nuclear safety The 8.9 magnitude quake and the tsunami that followed cut off electricity to the site and disabled emergency generators, knocking out the main cooling system.

    ‘No Chernobyl is possible’

    The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the six-reactor Daiichi site, said Friday that it had also lost cooling ability at a second reactor there and three units at its nearby Fukushima Daini site.

    The government declared state of emergency at all those units.

    more at link:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

  147. They are preparing iodine now for the population according to NHK, Tokyo.

    Which probably means now that it cant be contained.

  148. BBC Live News Feed: 1009: “This is starting to look a lot like Chernobyl” Walt Patterson, an associate fellow with Chatham House, has told the BBC after seeing pictures of the explosion at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. “The nuclear agency says that they have detected caesium and iodine outside the unit, which certainly indicates fuel melting at the very least,” he says. “Once you have melting fuel coming into contact with water, that would almost certainly be the cause of the explosion.”

  149. Yep, it sure is looking like Chernobyl- Wait- worse than Chernobyl. Look at this link.. scroll down to the bottom and there lies a descriptive graph detailing all the elements of the nuclear site.

    Look how close the facility is to the waters edge- They are contaminating the water with nuclear fuel and polluting the air with radioactive vapors drifting.. where towards Hawaii- the Pacific West coast?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

  150. “The hourly amount of radiation leaking from Fukushima was equal to the amount permitted in one year, an official told the Kyodo news agency.”
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    Last night reading up on Cheney’s plans to build 1200 nuclear reactors in the country. Scientific notes were appended to the Cheney quote pouring cold water on his proposed burying spent nuclear fuel 5 miles below the earth’s surface and/or the prospect of recycling spent nuclear waste.

    The scientists said:

    “The half-shelf life of spent nuclear fuel is 2400 years” and the danger lies in it contaminating fresh water surfaces above and below the earth’s surface.

    The Japanese have placed the entire earth at risk by refusing help from other nations pitching in to resolve the power outage when the lack of electricity set the power plant down the road to the explosion and possibly dooming the 4 other reactors to the same fate.

    This happening even though far away is going to affect all of us-

  151. Our government should be warning the west coasters of this coming radio-active tsunami heading straight for CA and as far North to Alaska. The site posted below has info on how to prepare to protect yourself before it arrives.
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    West Coast USA Danger IF Japan Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

    “Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago.” said Kevin Kamps, a nuclear waste specialist.

    Fukushima I (there are two plant locations) is one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world.

    Not only would such a disaster be horrible for the local region and Japan, but other countries, namely the U.S. would be effected next by airborne radiation particles, the magnitude of which is yet to be determined.

    Why would the west coast USA be in danger?

    The prevailing jet stream winds are blowing from Japan directly across the Pacific ocean to the west coast of the United States. Any airborne radiation would make its way across with the jet stream, reaching the U.S. in approximately 36 hours, depending on the actual speed of the jet.

    timely updates at bottom of site:

    http://modernsurvivalblog.com/nuclear/west-coast-usa-danger-if-japan-nuclear-reactor-meltdown

  152. Events and catastrophic weather disasters are at the level now that it means a great political scenario must be devised that will give us and the world around us a true leader such as President Hillary Clinton.If we continue to allow the phony potus to wreak his stupitidy ineptness disintrest playtime mentality on us we are doomed as a stable steady handed problem solver and world leader.Demo Repubs and Ind must start to work together and DRAFT HILLARY IMPEACH Obama ad run him out of our WHitehouse and our country.This man is a great danger to us Dr. Josef Goebbes must be his idol for mind control and downright BS.Adolph and the DNC knew how to pick their evil empire leaders that could fool the people all the time and look what happened.Wake up AMERICA a political Tsunami of trouble is slowly creeping over us in many forms.We need you Hillary. This country cannot wait much longer for your leadership.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the Middle East next week to promote democracy and meet with Libyan rebels, she said Thursday, as she announced that the United States has suspended relations with with the Libyan embassy in Washington.

    As tensions boil over in the region, Clinton will be the first cabinet-level member of the Obama administration to visit Egypt and Tunisia since popular protest toppled their longtime leaders.

    “I intend to convey strong support of the Obama administration and the American people that we wish to be a partner in the important work that lies ahead as they embark on a transition to a genuine democracy,” she said in morning testimony before a House subcommittee.

    Clinton also said that the United States is “suspending our relationship with the existing Libyan embassy” in Washington.

    “We expect them to end operating as the embassy of Libya. While in Egypt and Tunisia — both of which border Libya — she plans to meet with Libyans who have organized against Col. Muammar Qadhafi’s regime. The State Department, she said, has been “reaching out to the opposition inside and outside of Libya.” “

    “We are standing with the Libyan people as they brave bombs and bullets to demand that Qadhafi must go now,” Clinton said.

    [snip]

    While House Republicans are not cutting Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security funding as they tackle federal debt, they didn’t make any special exceptions for the State Department. That leaves funding for civilian agents who support military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan on the chopping block. Clinton insists that those civilians are crucial to America’s success in the two wars, but faces skepticism from Republicans who question why the agency is asking for $11 billion more in 2012 than it spent in 2010.

    “There have always been moments of temptation in our country to resist obligations beyond our borders,” she said. “But each time we have shrunk from global leadership, events summoned us back to reality.”

  153. The whole town of Minamisanriku is missing, the hospital is the only thing left standing, the earthquake pushed it right up out of the ground into the air, 10,000 approx missing, terrible.

  154. I found this information, I worried because I have been using un-iodized sea salt for a few years and wonder about my level of iodine. I found this information here: http://www.mythyroid.com/iodine.html

    In the event of the detonation of a nuclear weapon or the release of radioactive material from a nuclear reactor, the most likely treatment of internal contamination would be the use of potassium iodide or iodate to prevent radioiodine from accumulating in the thyroid. The recommended daily dose of potassium iodide is 130 mg for adults, 65 mg for children 3 to 18 years old, 32 mg for children 1 month to up to 3 years old, and 16 mg for infants less than 1 month old. Potassium iodide must be taken shortly before exposure or within several hours after exposure to be effective. Both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the FDA have approved the use of potassium iodide in emergencies. Potassium iodide is widely available through the mail and the Internet. Too high a dose will result in iodism, but the risk of serious side effects with the recommended dose is extremely small. Chelating agents (calcium or zinc diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid) are investigational drugs and are useful only if there is direct dispersal of plutonium or americium. Such agents are not very useful for the treatment of contamination with other radionuclides, and they are not useful after the detonation of a nuclear weapon.

  155. Kyodo News Agency: Three people exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuclear plant following explosion triggered by earthquake

    So there are definite radiation leaks.

  156. This doesnt help

    1hr ago

    MSNBC: Large aftershock hits near stricken Fukushima nuke plant in Japan,

  157. I think I have posted about a nuclear plant in an area I use to live. They sold that to the surronding community by saying how safe it was etc, even though there were protestors. Well it is the sister plant to three mile Island, and was shut down for a number of months to correct any similar technology, it had a direct hit from a minor tornado (even though they said they had procedures, they did not, but the truth about the situation was publish in newspaper outside the local area), recently, due to inadequate inspects they almost had a meltdown, again resulting in a shut down for over a year. How close they came no one knows. When I posted in the local newspaper that the nuclear officals have and continue to lie to the local area, someone really swatted me on the blog for it.

    I am now convinced that Nuclear Energy, regardless of what they tell you is dangerous, because they cut corners, and then lie to you about it.

    Look at what is happening in Japan Last night I hear someone say there was no way this was going to melt down like it did in Russia, and I wake up today to find out it is doing exactly that.

    We really don’t have the expertise to build and run Nuclear Plants in a safe manner. Too bad we have been brainwashed into thinking we could.

  158. where was that Bruno character in 2008 during the primaries? Did he speak out against the Obama coalition that sought to destroy the FDR coalition? Did he speak out on the danger of Obama treating the white working class with contempt? Did he speak out when rank and file Democrats were ignored in order to gift Obama the nomination? Did he speak out that Obama had never done anything for working people, black people, gay people, jews, women, whites – just himself?

    When Bruno states “This is a political assault on the two-party system, and it’s an assault on the ability of the Democratic Party to represent the working class” is he referring to the bail outs of Wall Street and the screwing of the workers?

    There used to be a Democratic Party that represented the working class but now that party has better things to do – like golf and go to parties and host sports teams.

    Elections have consequences and we are seeing the consequences of the “Mistake In ‘08″. It’s going to get much much worse. The solution is to get rid of Obama and anyone and anything associated with him, then return to the FDR coalition and a leader who is ready on Day 1.
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    Absolutely, positively right.

    Caveat emptor Bruno’s bullshit. It points to the great deception to which none of us is immune. We assume that when someone launches an attack against a political figure we disagree with that they are speaking truth and standing on principle. However, more often than not, they are standing on partisanship AND if the tables were turned they would behave differently.

    Yes, Bruno is a case in point. When Obama committed his treachery Bruno was nowhere to be found, whereas now when someone from the other party something he does not like he purports to speak on behalf of working people. And he reiterates the false bromide which is that Republicans stand for Wall Street–which some of them definitely do, and Dimocrats stand for working people–which most of them do not. That bromide is enough to suck in the unwary, since that is what we have been taught over the course of our lives, and prior to Obama there was some truth to it.

    I can think of no better example of this delusion than my own thought process when Bush was in office. Like an idiot, I turned to people like Olberman to echo my outrage at what he was doing, and thought what a fine fellow he (Olberman) was to speak truth to power. Obviously. that changed once he turned his Howitzers on Hillary. And only then did I realize how wrong I had been about him, and far from being a champion of truth he was nothing more than a bombastic ideologue with kinky tastes and when he attacked Bush he saw truth not as an end unto itself but as a means to another end which was to slam his his own perverse agenda down the throats of the ignoranti and unsuspecting.

    There is an Island in the South Pacific which lies along the battle path of the US Naval forces which ultimately defeated the Imperial Navy of Japan. Because of its location, this island was the site of an air drop of much needed food and supplies. The natives of that island were taught to go out in the dead of night and take custody of those supplies. By the middle of 1943 the war shifted to the central Pacific, and supplies were no longer dropped on that island. Nevertheless, the natives would venture out to the old air drop site, and wait for nothing to come down. It was merely a ritual.

    In many respects, the hard core left who supported Obama are like those natives. The battle has left them and so has their little Napoleon. But what was once a tactic of war has passed into ritual, so they show up not knowing why. And they regale themselves with past victories, and childish fears of what will happen if the Republicans are not stopped–meaning the KKK will be in charge and we will bomb everyone who looks at us the wrong way. And like the children they are they fall for it and get exploited. Green from Texas is a perfect example. A child with nightmares, who wants to convince others tha his nightmares are real. Or like Clyburn in South Carolina–scum of the lowest order.

  159. At a time when the left is begging for a candidate to challenge Obama, as they realize that Guantanamo is still open for business, and Manning is being held in custodial interrogation indefinitely, the statement by Crowley makes political sense. The result is what you see below. If you combine Crowley’s statement with Bill’s statements on oil reserves, no fly zones and the Newsweek story on Hillary, as Marc Anthony said on the auspicious occasion of Caesar’s funeral “mischief thou art afoot.” And of course, payback to the Messiah is hell. There is more than one tsunami on the horizon, perhaps.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/hillary-clinton

  160. Over the past several weeks, I have scanned the AlJazeera web site for Egypt/Libya etc news. It just hit me today that there is something “odd” about AlJeezeera; compared to the propaganda organs of the US Uniparty, there are “no bright and sparkle” “news” stories about celebs, latest diet and other bullshit. AlJeezera on Obama boobery:

    “Barack Obama, the US president, has still not fully grasped the essence of the revolutions underway in the Arab world. He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement.

    “All the forces that we’re seeing at work in Egypt are forces that naturally should be aligned with us, should be aligned with Israel – if we make good decisions now and we understand sort of the sweep of history,” Obama recently told a group of Democrats in Florida.

    I am not sure how Obama drew this conclusion, but he is either terribly misinformed or engaged in a serious bout of wishful thinking.

    His statements, however, echo the assessments of many American pundits, some of whom have been celebrating the fact that anti-Israeli or American slogans have not dominated the recent and ongoing uprisings.
    It is true that the protesters are not focusing on Israel.

    But to say that these forces could be natural allies of Israel and the West is to take a huge leap into a highly inaccurate assessment of the situation. The US president is misreading the message of the protesting Arab masses.”
    (snip)

    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/20113911948670383.html

    As admin has emphasized for several years, boobery from either the crazy or corrupt ends of the Uniparty and especially from “the boob-in-chief” is a major threat to this country. And speaking of the crazy end of the Uniparty, a Rethug want to repeal child labor laws:

    “Jane Cunningham, a Rethuglican (of course), has sponsored a bill in the Missouri congress that will disillusion you a little further today. Behold, SB 222!

    This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.”

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/03/somebody_tell_themdickens_lond.php

  161. The man (or woman) the moment and the message is what swings elections.

    The issue de jour is the disaster in Japan and the distinct possibility of a nuclear meltdown in its aftermath.

    Obama is a huge proponent of nuclear power. And, his mentor Immelt has staked the future of his country on that issue.

    Hillary was more cautious. She said she had concerns about the safety of nuclear power and until those issues were resolved she could not give it her unqualified support.

    Now that we see what is happening in Japan, the question is who was right on this issue. That is a question that will never enter the empty minds of Brian Williams, Chuck Todd et. al. Hence, it will never be asked by those who are invested in the big lie of Obama.

    But that should not stop the rest of us.

  162. Double Post?

    Over the past several weeks, I have scanned the AlJazeera web site for Egypt/Libya etc news. It just hit me today that there is something “odd” about AlJeezeera; compared to the propaganda organs of the US Uniparty, there are “no bright and sparkle” “news” stories about celebs, latest diet and other bullshit. AlJeezera on Obama boobery:

    “Barack Obama, the US president, has still not fully grasped the essence of the revolutions underway in the Arab world. He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement.

    “All the forces that we’re seeing at work in Egypt are forces that naturally should be aligned with us, should be aligned with Israel – if we make good decisions now and we understand sort of the sweep of history,” Obama recently told a group of Democrats in Florida.

    I am not sure how Obama drew this conclusion, but he is either terribly misinformed or engaged in a serious bout of wishful thinking.

    His statements, however, echo the assessments of many American pundits, some of whom have been celebrating the fact that anti-Israeli or American slogans have not dominated the recent and ongoing uprisings.
    It is true that the protesters are not focusing on Israel.

    But to say that these forces could be natural allies of Israel and the West is to take a huge leap into a highly inaccurate assessment of the situation. The US president is misreading the message of the protesting Arab masses.”
    (snip)

    http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/20113911948670383.html

  163. As admin has emphasized for several years, boobery, from either the theocratic crazy/corrupt or the just crazy/corrupt ends of the Uniparty and especially from “the boob-in-chief”, is a major threat to this country. And speaking of the theocratic crazy/corrupt end of the Uniparty, a Rethug want to repeal child labor laws:

    “Jane Cunningham, a Rethuglican (of course), has sponsored a bill in the Missouri congress that will disillusion you a little further today. Behold, SB 222!

    This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.”

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/03/somebody_tell_themdickens_lond.php

  164. The nuclear industry is not an good investment option today…I think I would sell any stock I had in that industry and may the nuclear industry’s capitalists rot in hell today….they all should be handcuffed to that exploding nuclear plant in Japan.

    If getting this gas and oil out of the earth is causing all this…we need to stop doing it…

    I feel so sorry for the Japanese, they just seem not to be able to get away from radiation.

  165. The nuclear power story in Japan is likely to put a crimp on Obama’s plans for sending $62+ billion to GE (BFF Jeff Immelt), Exelon/ComEd (Tom Ayers old company), Southern Power. etc.

  166. He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement.

    “All the forces that we’re seeing at work in Egypt are forces that naturally should be aligned with us,

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    Oddly, the protestors in Iran, Egypt, and Libya seem to believe that the US should be aligned with them.

  167. We really don’t have the expertise to build and run Nuclear Plants in a safe manner.

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    Well, we may have it but not use it. As BP ignored safety precautions in their wells.

  168. Obama hoists the US flag with a snappy style all his own. And then he burns it in effigy. All for his own personal gratification, and so little children throughout the world sing his praises and proclaim him the leading citizen of the world. I shudder to think where we would be without Barack. All things bright and beautiful Obama made them all. Useless bastard. Next billet: male model for United Colors of Bennetton. Next book: What I Learned About Foreign Policy in a Kenyan Village–introduction by Fidel Castro. Question de jour: we called for a no fly zone. WHY is the world not supporting us??? Obama’s National Security Spokesman.
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    From Today’s Wall Street Journal, more racist criticism of the infallible Messiah:

    ‘This is the Obama conception of the U.S. role in the world—to work through multilateral organizations and bilateral relationships to make sure that the steps we are taking are amplified.”

    —White House National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes, March 10, 2011, as quoted in the Washington Post

    “They bombed us with tanks, airplanes, missiles coming from every direction. . . . We need international support, at least a no-fly zone. Why is the world not supporting us?”

    —Libyan rebel Mahmoud Abdel Hamid, March 10, 2011, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal

    ***
    Whatever else one might say about President Obama’s Libya policy, it has succeeded brilliantly in achieving its oft-stated goal of not leading the world. No one can any longer doubt the U.S. determination not to act before the Italians do, or until the Saudis approve, or without a U.N. resolution. This White House is forthright for followership.

    That message also couldn’t be clearer to Moammar Gadhafi and his sons, who are busy bombing and killing their way to victory against the Libyan opposition. As the U.S. defers to the world, the world can’t decide what to do, and the vacuum is filled by a dictator and his hard men who have concluded that no one will stop them. “Hear it now. I have only two words for our brothers and sisters in the east: We’re coming,” said Gadhafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, on Thursday.

    Three weeks into the Libyan uprising, here are some of the live action highlights from what Mr. Obama likes to call “the international community”:

    • The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo, but with enough ambiguity that no one knows whether it applies only to Gadhafi or also to the opposition. Even the U.S. State Department and White House don’t agree.

    • The U.N. has referred events to the International Criminal Court for a war crimes investigation. Mr. Obama said yesterday this sent a message to Gadhafi that “the world is watching,” as if Gadhafi didn’t know. But it also sends a message that leaving Libya without bloodshed is not an option, because he and his sons will still be pursued for war crimes. Had Reagan pursued this strategy in the Philippines, Marcos might never have gone into exile.

    • France has recognized the opposition National Council in Benghazi, though the U.S. is only now sending envoys to meet with the opposition for the first time. Dozens of Western reporters can get rebel leaders on the phone, an opposition delegation has visited French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, but the U.S. is still trying to figure out who these people are. The American envoys better hurry because the rebels may soon be dead.

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    • The French want a no-fly zone, but the Italians and Germans object. NATO is having “a series of conversations about a wide range of options,” as President Obama put it yesterday, but NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen emerged from a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday saying that “We considered . . . initial options regarding a possible no-fly zone in case NATO were to receive a clear U.N. mandate” (our emphasis). The latter isn’t likely because both China and Russia object, but no doubt NATO will keep conversing about the “range of options” next week.

    • Even as opposition leaders were asking for help, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the world on Thursday that Gadhafi is likely to win in the long-term. The Administration scrambled to say this was merely a factual judgment about the balance of military power, but the message couldn’t be clearer to any of Gadhafi’s generals who might consider defecting: Do so at your peril because you will join the losing side.

    We could go on, but you get the idea. When the U.S. fails to lead, the world reverts to its default mode as a diplomatic Tower of Babel. Everyone discusses “options” and “contingencies” but no one has the will to act, while the predators march.

    This was true in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s until the U.S. shamed Europe and NATO into using force with or without a U.N. resolution. And it has been true in every case in which the world finally resisted tyrants or terrorists, from the Gulf War to Afghanistan to Iraq. When the U.S. chooses to act like everyone else, the result is Rwanda, Darfur and now Libya.

    ***
    One difference in Libya is that the damage from a Gadhafi victory would not merely be humanitarian, though that would be awful enough. The only way Gadhafi can subdue Benghazi and the east now is with a door-to-door purge and systematic murder. The flow of refugees heading for Southern Europe would also not be small.

    If Gadhafi survives after Mr. Obama has told him to go, the blow to U.S. prestige and world order would be enormous. Dictators will learn that the way to keep America from acting is to keep its diplomats and citizens around, while mowing down your opponents as the world debates contingencies. By the time the Babelers make a decision, it will be too late. This is a dangerous message to send at any time, but especially with a Middle East in the throes of revolution.

    There is still time for Mr. Obama to salvage his Libya policy, though the costs of doing so are rising every day. Libya today is what a world without U.S. leadership looks like.

  169. They have extended the evacuation at the 2nd Plat to 10km

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    Moon, for us old fogies, what is that in miles?

  170. The nuclear power story in Japan is likely to put a crimp on Obama’s plans for sending $62+ billion to GE (BFF Jeff Immelt), Exelon/ComEd (Tom Ayers old company), Southern Power. etc.
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    Something I said in defense of Hillary on another blog where they are attacking her over the Crowley comments, relating to the nuclear power issue, concurs with the above:

    The man (or woman) the moment and the message is what swings elections.

    The issue de jour is the disaster in Japan and the distinct possibility of a nuclear meltdown in its aftermath.

    Obama is a huge proponent of nuclear power. And, his mentor Immelt has staked the future of his company on that single issue.

    Hillary by contrast was more cautious. She said she had concerns about the safety of nuclear power and until those issues were resolved she could not give it her unqualified support.

    Now that we see what is happening in Japan, the question is who was right on this issue. That is a question that will never enter the empty heads of Brian Williams, Chuck Todd et. al. Hence, it will never be asked by those who are invested in the Big Media fabricated Big Lie of Obama.

    But that should not stop the rest of us

  171. Neil Cavuto was gripping about Obama’s radio address today….he was talking about “women’s empowerment”…LOL! He said nothing about the crisis of the day….Neil wanted to know if these radio addresses were recorded weeks in advance since the President seems to be out of touch…of coarse they all say Washington, because they are too scared to say Obama….no guts..no glory is the way I see it.

    Why is that 3 years into this administration, they still can’t believe Obama is out of touch…he was out of touch at every debate….what were they looking at anyway?

  172. Did anyone see that clip on CNN yesterday of a Libyan rebel screaming “where is obama?”

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    Has there been any world event (and there are been many tragic ones during his tenure) where obama has not hemmed and hawed and procrastinated until it was almost too late to help?

  173. Great pictures of Hillary and Chelsea

    Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Smart Honored By Diane Von Furstenberg

    03-12-11

    The second annual Diller-von Furstenberg Awards took place in N.Y.C. on Friday night, honoring Elizabeth Smart, Taryn Davis of The American Widow Project, Kakenya Ntaiya of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, Sohini Chakraborty of Kolkata Sanved and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Chelsea was on-hand to give her mother the inaugural Inspiration Award, Women’s Wear Daily writes. She recounted, “My mother once said, ‘I wasn’t born a First Lady or a Senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a wife or mother.’ But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.”

    According to WWD, Hillary emphasized the importance of hearing the different tales of the nominees, saying, “These are really important stories. They are not ones that are usually told. They don’t grab headlines except in unusual circumstances, but this is some of the most important work anywhere in the world — empowering women to stand up for themselves and their families and claim their voices and their votes.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/12/hillary-clinton-elizabeth-smart-dvf-award_n_834874.html#s252815&title=Chelsea__Hillary

  174. turndown

    So old hackers can afford $59.99 for nostalgia? If they still worked, they’d be worth more than that. 😉

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    That’s pretty funny, if they still worked. ;lol:

    The phone co did eventually find out what was happening and changed their system. We are talking over 40 years ago…

  175. Chelsea’s words below or who ever wrote them for her, should go down in history. And women in this country betrayed a Women of this caliber. Sometimes I don’t think women deserve saving, when they turned on such an outstanding leader of their own cause.

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    She recounted, “My mother once said, ‘I wasn’t born a First Lady or a Senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a wife or mother.’ But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.”
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  176. The U.N. has referred events to the International Criminal Court for a war crimes investigation. [ So ] leaving Libya without bloodshed is not an option, because he and his sons will still be pursued for war crimes. Had Reagan pursued this strategy in the Philippines, Marcos might never have gone into exile.

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    Very good point.

  177. She said she had concerns about the safety of nuclear power and until those issues were resolved she could not give it her unqualified support.
    *********
    Such as building nuclear power plants in extreme seismic zones, etc. In the abstract, I would consider myself pro-nuclear power, however, after trying to sort through the pro and con propaganda and BS; my present conclusion is that using current and “realistic” future technology, nuclear power is economically ruinous. No matter the ultimate outcome of the situation in Japan, it will likely call BS on the Rethug position that nuclear power would be economic if the Government would just remove “unnecessary, unrealistic and crippling” safety regulations.

  178. This was true in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s until the U.S. shamed Europe and NATO into using force with or without a U.N. resolution.

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    Yea, Bill!

  179. Moon, for us old fogies, what is that in miles?
    *******
    Kilometers X .62 = approx. miles….ie 10Km = 6.2 miles

  180. Ugh, not much news coming out on our Saturday tv news programs on the possible melt down.

    I may have to load up my car and drive east by Pink reporters on the blog giving out news of possible radiation cloud heading to the US West Coast. I know Barry and gang will be too busy planning parties and making beer to warn the West Coast.

    Hillary, stay away from Japan!!!!! You can’t fix it my dear.

  181. I have to wonder what is going to happen to the manufacturing and production in Japan in view of this desaster. Our Prius dealer only had one new one, and zero used ones on his lot yesterday. They might be assembled in America, but I know parts are produced in Japan. Those plants are DOA right now. Can they comeback on line quickly? What about other stuff producted there, especially in the North East regions?

    There are a whole lot of reprocussions here that we have not thought of.

    They say because of this the price of gas will go up again. What a mess.

  182. NewMexicoFan
    March 12th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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    You’re right..We bought a Lexus about a month ago and that came directly from Japan..I was expecting the sales person to tell me that it was assembled here or in Canada but no.

  183. When the price of gas hits $5.00 the economy and the administration will have interesting problems.

  184. I am just a little ahead of the Fox news. Toyota and Sony have closed down all production facilities, two of Toyota plants are in the hard hit area, and they have no when those plants will resume production.

  185. Gingrich: I Loved My Country So Much I Cheated On My Wife

    People have come up with a lot of excuses for their infidelity, but seldom has anyone tried to blame it on an abundance of patriotism.

    There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God.

    It’s a shame infidelity wasn’t a more “forgivable” offense back when Gingrich was trying to impeach President Clinton over it.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/gingrich-i-loved-my-country-so-much-i-cheated-on-my-wife/

  186. Ugh, not much news coming out on our Saturday tv news programs on the possible melt down.
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    So far, the best Japan coverage seems to be AlJeezera “Japan Live blog and Japan In Pictures”. At some visceral level, the fact that AlJeezera seems to have the best news coverage, strikes me as being rather f**ked up and a severe condemnation of the US MSM “State Media”.

  187. CNN scientist just reported that Japan is pouring sea water on the reactor to try and cool it down, that this has to be their last ditch effort, that all their other options have failed…and that the salt in the sea water will corrode the metal in the reactor and that meltdown looks like it is inevitable.

    God help us.

  188. Shv

    So far, the best Japan coverage seems to be AlJeezera “Japan Live blog and Japan In Pictures”. At some visceral level, the fact that AlJeezera seems to have the best news coverage, strikes me as being rather f**ked up and a severe condemnation of the US MSM “State Media”.

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    Yes, that is a terrible statement that Ameican’s now have to get the truth from outside their country.
    I guess all the koolaid mainliners are still asleep at the wheel.

    We also see that Barry still sleeps though the 3 am call.

  189. Get Ready Folks, a lot of things are going to become high prices and scarce. We are about to figure out exactly what is produced in Japan.

  190. Janh,
    Ain’t it the truth…Gingrich, may he rot in hell….I guess he sought the Pope’s forgiveness as did Teddy….God is the only one that forgives….
    I won’t forgive Gingrich for going after Bill….I cannot forgive hypocrasy…however I do forgive unfaithfullness….its a human condition that’s been going on for years.

    So sad when we have to listen to Al Jazeera to get the real news….Cronkite must be rolling over in his grave!

  191. Confloyd: The Pope did not and could not forgive either Teddy or Gingrich. He didn’t try to. He gave Teddy an annulment. In the case of Gringrich, the church cannot give a non-Catholic an annulment. Gingrinch and his wife probably were granted the right to marry because he was not Catholic and became one. In the case of Teddy, who knows? What happened to him after death is between him and God. But to set the record straight, the Pope can only forgive people who personally hurt him, as when Pope John Paul II forgave his would-be assassin.

    As for Gingrich, we do not know. I think his chances of becoming prsident are pretty bleak.

    As for his conversion, that is between him and his God and God knows the heart. For myself, I won’t judge where he is now in his life as that is not my job.

  192. andyp,
    I was joking of coarse…I’m Catholic so I know what the Pope can do…I just can’t stand a hypocrite. Of coarse, there is a verse in the New Testament about that very thing…so yes we’ll let God judge Newt, but I however can judge whether I will vote for him and I won’t….

  193. I think there’s about to be a terrible disaster with these nuclear reactor’s in Japan. Shadowfax, you will be in-line for the radioactive fallout first, so protect your skin and fill us in on what we might do. Heck I’m already overdosed with radiation…I don’t need anymore.

  194. confloyd
    March 12th, 2011 at 2:03 pm
    andyp,
    I was joking of coarse…I’m Catholic so I know what the Pope can do…I just can’t stand a hypocrite. Of coarse, there is a verse in the New Testament about that very thing…so yes we’ll let God judge Newt, but I however can judge whether I will vote for him and I won’t….
    __________

    Confloyd, I enjoy your posts and always look for them. I am with you – if I were American I don’t know whether I could vote for Gingrich either. He was on Greta last night (for me, but I record the programs and watch later) and she asked him outright how he could get others to accept the hypocrisy surrounding the divorcing of his wife. He was hard on Clinton for things that he did himself. He said something to the effect he isn’t sure he can, but that he will put it out there and see whether people see him for the person he is now. Who knows. He is brilliant and probably would make a good president (inasmuch as anyone besides Hillary could), but people will continue to look at his questionable character.

  195. Breaking FLASH: Japan’s nuclear safety agency says Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant No. 3 reactor’s emergency cooling system not functioning

    This one is about to go now.

  196. Japan nuclear safety agency says there is a possibility at least 9 people have been exposed to radiation from Fukushima facility.

    Poor bastards.

  197. More pictures and text of Hillary and Chelsea…

    Chelsea Clinton beams with pride as she honours mother Hillary for being ‘an inspiration’

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    12th March 2011

    Beaming with pride, Chelsea Clinton showed just how much she admires her mother as she presented Hillary Clinton with a prestigious award last night.

    Clinton was honoured with the inaugural Inspiration Award at the annual Diller-von Furstenberg Awards in New York.

    Joining her at the podium Chelsea revealed: ‘My mother once said, “I wasn’t born a First Lady or a Senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a wife or mother.”

    ‘But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.’

    The event took place at the United Nations and Chelsea, 31, stepped up to present her mother with the prestigious honour.

    The Secretary of State looked overjoyed to be receiving the award from her daughter.

    ‘I’ve been given lots of awards, and I cannot think of one that means more to me or has greater personal delight for me than this one named on behalf of Diane, a dear friend and also an inspiration, and presented by my daughter,’ she said.

    The event took place at the United Nations and Chelsea, 31, stepped up to present her mother with the prestigious honour.

    The Secretary of State looked overjoyed to be receiving the award from her daughter.

    ‘I’ve been given lots of awards, and I cannot think of one that means more to me or has greater personal delight for me than this one named on behalf of Diane, a dear friend and also an inspiration, and presented by my daughter,’ she said.

    The Belgian-born fashion designer, who is on the board of Vital Voices, an organisation dedicated to supporting the rise of strong female leaders and promising entrepreneurs, said: ‘It is with great pride that we bestow all four of these women with an award of recognition and support.’

    She added: ‘Each winner demonstrates a remarkable level of courage and leadership and serves to inspire other women all over the world.’

    Another of the night’s award winners was 23-year-old, Elizabeth Smart.

    Actress Laura Linney presented Elizabeth with her Vital Voices award plus $50,000 for her work against child abduction following her own experience of being held captive for nine when she was 14 years old.

    The Clinton ladies were all smiles throughout the evening, despite rumours circulating that Chelsea’s marriage to Marc Mezvinsky may be on the rocks.

    The pair, who wed six months ago, and have fiercely denied that they are having problems.

    A close friend of Chelsea’s recently insisted: ‘Trust me, there is no truth to any rumour about problems in that marriage. Chelsea and Marc are a great couple.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1365621/Chelsea-Clinton-proudly-presents-mum-Hillary-Inspiration-Award.html#

  198. Japan earthquake factbox: Entire Japan coast shifted 2.4 metres, earth axis moves ten inches

    USGS Dr. Dave Applegate says the Japan earthquake ruptured a 180 mile long by 50 mile wide section of the Earth’s crust.

    Scientists from the United States Geological Service answered questions from the public this afternoon, with some startling revelations made.

    * The first tsunami wave in Samoa was reportedly one foot tall, but the seventh wave was much larger, indicating coastal areas shoudl remain on tsunami advisory well after the first wave hits, even if that wave appears small.

    * 100+ aftershocks have rated 5.0 magnitude or more in Japan since the initial shake.

    * Earth’s axis has reportedly shifted ten inches as a result of the quake, and Japan’s coast is said to have permanently shifted 2.4 metres.

    * The quake was 900 times stronger than the quake that hammered San Francisco in 1989.

    * Aftershocks from the Peru earthquake of almost a year ago are still felt to this day.

    * Honshu earthquake occurred on ocean floor of the Pacific plate, bumping 250 miles of coastline.

    * Shaking was felt as far away as China.

    * The Honshu quake was not as large as the 1964 Alaska earthquake, but was comparable to the recent Chile earthquake.

    * Tsunami waves that hit California earlier today washed three onlookers out to sea. Two have been recovered.

    * St Louis, Missouri media outlets report that city has moved an inch as a result of the quake.

    * Waves from the ensuing tsunami reached 32 feet high.
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    Awesome videos at link:

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Japan+earthquake+factbox+Entire+Japan+coast+shifted+metres+earth+axis+moves+inches/4425617/story.html

  199. Reuters: Nine people already exposed to radiation from the nuclear power plant in Japan but total could reach up to 160, an official said

  200. JanH
    March 12th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Darling pictures of Hillary and Chelsea..

    I love seeing them happy!

  201. A quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant reeling from an explosion at one of its reactors has also lost its emergency cooling system at another reactor, Japan’s nuclear power safety agency said on Sunday.

    The emergency cooling system is no longer functioning at the No.3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, requiring the facility to urgently secure a means to supply water to the reactor, an official of the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told a news conference.

    On Saturday, an explosion blew off the roof and upper walls of the building housing the facility’s No. 1 reactor, stirring alarm over a possible major radiation release, although the government later said the explosion had not affected the reactor’s core vessel and that only a small amount of radiation had been released.

    The nuclear safety agency official said there was a possibility that at least nine individuals had been exposed to radiation, according to information gathered from municipal governments and other sources.

    ………………………………………..

    small amount of radiation my ass, its 160 now with radiation sickness.

  202. He was hard on Clinton for things that he did himself. He said something to the effect he isn’t sure he can, but that he will put it out there and see whether people see him for the person he is now.

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

    Is he claiming that he wishes he had not been hard on Bill Clinton? Has he even apologized to Bill Clinton?

    This is ridiculous. Lust is one thing, but persecuting Bill is another thing. Even people who are totally without lust should not have gone after Bill for Bill’s personal life.

    Gingrich deserves no trust and no power, ever again!

  203. if this is true it means the japanese govt is lying….

    Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.

    The same day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), which runs the plant, began to flood the damaged reactor with seawater to cool it down, resorting to measures that could rust the reactor and force the utility to scrap it.

    Cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, were detected around the plant, which would make the explosion the worst accident in the roughly 50-year history of Japanese nuclear power generation.

    An explosion was heard near the plant’s No. 1 reactor about 3:30 p.m. and plumes of white smoke went up 10 minutes later. The ceiling of the building housing the reactor collapsed, according to information obtained by Fukushima prefectural authorities.

    At a news conference Saturday night, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano discounted the possibility of a significant leak of radioactive material from the accident. “The walls of the building containing the reactor were destroyed, meaning that the metal container encasing the reactor did not explode,” Edano said.

    The amount of radiation detected inside the plant after 4:00 p.m. slightly exceeded the dose people can safely receive in a year, according to information obtained by the Fukushima prefectural government.

    The No. 1 reactor shut down automatically soon after a massive earthquake hit the area Friday, but its emergency core cooling system failed to cool the reactor’s core sufficiently.

    NISA is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  204. andyp,
    Well I really think if Newt is going ahead, it must mean that Hillary will somehow run….Newt would eat Obama alive during a debate….unless Obama does what he did to Hillary agree with her on stage and then dust her off his shoulder at his concerts. Concerts is what they were, make no mistake about that.

    We need a real leader this time, if Newt can convince me he doesn’t hate the middle class and he finally apologizes to Bill and Hillary…I might vote for him if he was the one going against Obama. I think if he was really upset with himself for being such a hypocrite, he would of publically came out and apologized to Bill. He hasn’t he done it in a confessional….so no one knows if he really did or not….he still has no humility or compassion or he would have….its hard to trust a guy like that.

    I will have to say…the rethugs are scared to put anyone against Hillary in a debate and all who could hold a candle to her have baggage and lots of it….Rudy/Newt have lots of baggage…she could eat them alive with it and she would and I’d be clapping and jumping up and down at the thought!

  205. “Reuters: Nine people already exposed to radiation from the nuclear power plant in Japan but total could reach up to 160, an official said”

    ———————-

    My heart just breaks hearing about the tragedies happening in Japan. It makes me want to take a step back and be grateful for what I have. It’s so easy to take things for granted.

  206. confloyd
    March 12th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    andyp,
    Well I really think if Newt is going ahead, it must mean that Hillary will somehow run….Newt would eat Obama alive during a debate….unless Obama does what he did to Hillary agree with her on stage and then dust her off his shoulder at his concerts. Concerts is what they were, make no mistake about that.

    __________________

    Newt would chew Obama up and spit him out. However, while I can’t vouch for his integrity, I do think he is brilliant. I don’t think he would beat Hllary, but I think it would be a great debate. And I agree, he owes the Clintons an apology, maybe a public one since his hypocrical attutude was very public.

  207. Is he claiming that he wishes he had not been hard on Bill Clinton? Has he even apologized to Bill Clinton?
    _______________

    No, he just said that if he runs, it will be an issue that he will have to deal with.

  208. (All times are local in Japan GMT+9)

    *
    Timestamp:
    7:15am

    More on the danger posed by that second developing problem at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. A Tokyo Electric Power Co spokesman said:

    All the functions to keep cooling water levels in No.3 reactor have failed at the Fukushima No.1 plant.

    As of 5:30am, water injection stopped and inside pressure is rising slightly.

    An emergency report on the plant’s condition has been filed with the government, he added.
    *
    Timestamp:
    6:56am

    AFP says the operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a second reactor system is overheating, says there is a risk of a second explosion. We’ll keep you updated right here.

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/japans-twin-disasters-march-13-liveblog

  209. As an aside, IIRC, Obama, last year, quietly issued 20 year operation renewals for US Nuke plants that had reached design “end of life.”

  210. andyp,
    I think it would be a heck of a debate….one for the history books…
    I think Hillary would prevail though….too many people are now seeing what the rethugs stand for….its not that they busted the union…the unions are corrupt….it’s that they took away a hard fought right of “collective bargaining”. It’s a travesty! President Hillary would of never let that happen, but of coarse that’s why she’s not the President. The people that own this country as well as all others don’t want an unmanageable U.S. President interested in helping her own people, the middle class, make no mistake Hillary grew up in a middle class enviroment…she respects people who work hard.

  211. Fox News just reported that Japan has just had another aftershock, of 6.2 magnitude. They also have been reporting that the second nuclear plant is in trouble. Things don`t look good. It is so sad for the people.

  212. Gotta love me some Obama between re-certifying “end of life” nuc plants to the oil disaster in the Gulf….he is a true capitalist that loves Ronnie Raygun and the Bush’s.

  213. confloyd
    March 12th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    andyp,
    I think it would be a heck of a debate….one for the history books…
    I think Hillary would prevail though….too many people are now seeing what the rethugs stand for….its not that they busted the union…the unions are corrupt….it’s that they took away a hard fought right of “collective bargaining”. It’s a travesty! President Hillary would of never let that happen, but of coarse that’s why she’s not the President. The people that own this country as well as all others don’t want an unmanageable U.S. President interested in helping her own people, the middle class, make no mistake Hillary grew up in a middle class enviroment…she respects people who work hard.
    ______________

    Hillary has built up as much stature over the past two years as Obama lost. I think she would win. I think many Republicans must see how brilliant she is – at least the independents would bring her over the top.

  214. confloyd
    March 12th, 2011 at 6:08 pm
    Gotta love me some Obama between re-certifying “end of life” nuc plants to the oil disaster in the Gulf….he is a true capitalist that loves Ronnie Raygun and the Bush’s.
    _____________

    I know he loves the Republicans, but I think Jeb Bush was just paying back Obama for the honour (medal) he gave his father. I am not a Bush fan but I believe the Bush`s are like that. Recently, Jeb was interviewed and he said that because of the way Bill Clinton treated his father, they would always hold him in high esteem and be there for him.

  215. JanH
    March 12th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    Got to wonder what else obama-Enemy of State has “quietly” done.

    ++++++++++++

    I hope no one gives him any new ideas.

  216. Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body.

    moononpluto, I read that earlier. What a disaster.

  217. “small amount of radiation my ass, its 160 now with radiation sickness.”
    _________________

    Many countries wanted to help,they said, NO!
    ____________________

    “Reuters: United States sending two nuclear experts to Japan”
    __________________________

    Russia should send a few of their premier scientists-
    ____________________________

    “If this is true it means the japanese govt is lying….
    _____________________________

    This is what you get when you do not have a democracy- whistle blowers are extinct in Japan.
    ___________________________

    Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body”
    __________________________

    From what I’ve read yesterday, the minute water comes in contact with exposed rods there is an explosion. Of course, that description was given by their dodo Japanese Minister.. 😆

  218. Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body.
    ***********
    If the English translations are accurate, the Japanese “spokes-people” are sh*ting themselves while trying to give reassuring platitudes. If they are measuring radioactive Iodine and Cesium in the local environment and are trying to pump Boron solution into the reactors; they have real problems.

  219. Does anyone know if Japan had any warning of the tsunami? I haven’t seen that info.
    ********
    It is my understanding that the epicenter of the quake was 80 miles from the coast and that the tsunami waves travel about 500 miles/hour. So the quake was the warning and the waves arrived shortly there after.

  220. SHV
    March 12th, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    Does anyone know if Japan had any warning of the tsunami? I haven’t seen that info.
    ********
    It is my understanding that the epicenter of the quake was 80 miles from the coast and that the tsunami waves travel about 500 miles/hour. So the quake was the warning and the waves arrived shortly there after.
    ____________

    Yes, they must have known it was coming. Fox had it on the day before, also that it would hit Hawaii and California to a lesser extent.

  221. So far, the best Japan coverage seems to be AlJeezera “Japan Live blog and Japan In Pictures”. At some visceral level, the fact that AlJeezera seems to have the best news coverage, strikes me as being rather f**ked up and a severe condemnation of the US MSM “State Media”.
    ——————————
    My Iranian friend was talking about this the other day in a very different context: the revolt in Egypt and its aftermath. The illustrious celebrity and favorite son of Gloria Vanderbilt had on his award winning much watched and simply divina, delightful and delovely program an expert on the Middle East, who has not actually lived in the Middle East or visited the Middle East yet according to CNN his lack of actual on the ground knowledge enhances his credibility, and because he is Egyptian by blood, if not proximity, he just knows. And the told a very animated Anderson Cooper–AC for alternating current I guess, a tall tale about how the Egyptian People have this aboriginal desire for freedom and democracy, which evidently pre dates the Pharaohs, who were more into slavery, but there he sat pontificating til hell would not have it anymore, and good ol AC, well he just sat there and egged him on.. Is there balm in Gilihead, tell me truly I implore, etc.

    Then my friend switched to Al Jazerra and they interviewed two middle east experts, who actually were there recently and know whereof they speak. One was a professor of middle east studies at UCLA and the other was from another fine insitution. Their analysis was incisive, thoughtful and the moderator let them tell their story. No handkerchiefs were dropped to Mom Gloria by her precious baby boy–just the facts mam. Like Joe Friday. The difference is simple. CNN is determined to drive the narrative that democracy is flowering in the middle east, in order to support Obama, whereas Al Jazerra is interested in an old fashioned thing called reporting–and let the chips fall where they may.

    That was his take.

  222. SHV,

    My math skills are atrocious but if the quake epicenter was only 80 miles from Japan’s shore that means the tsunami happened roughly 10 minutes after the quake, right?

    O.M.G.

    andyp,

    I knew California and Hawaii had notice because they are thousands of miles away from the quake. I didn’t know how close the epicenter was to Japan and the speed at which the wave can travel. I’m going to see if I can get more info.

  223. Does anyone know if Japan had any warning of the tsunami? I haven’t seen that info.
    ********
    It is my understanding that the epicenter of the quake was 80 miles from the coast and that the tsunami waves travel about 500 miles/hour. So the quake was the warning and the waves arrived shortly there after.
    ____________

    Yes, they must have known it was coming. Fox had it on the day before, also that it would hit Hawaii and California to a lesser extent.

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

    Japan was warned by Fox the day before? Somehow I suspect something about time zones and the international date line, if not posting typo.

  224. “Then my friend switched to Al Jazerra and they interviewed two middle east experts, who actually were there recently and know whereof they speak”
    ********
    Goes along with an AJ “opinion piece” posted earlier:

    “Barack Obama, the US president, has still not fully grasped the essence of the revolutions underway in the Arab world. He genuinely seems to believe that the people rallying for democracy in the region are making a pro-Western, if not pro-Israeli, statement.

    “All the forces that we’re seeing at work in Egypt are forces that naturally should be aligned with us, should be aligned with Israel – if we make good decisions now and we understand sort of the sweep of history,” Obama recently told a group of Democrats in Florida.
    (snip)

    Reading more non-US MSM reveals that once outside the corrupt desire for “access”, real reporters and talking heads realize that Obama is a fool.

  225. From what I’ve been able to dig up the quake struck at 2:46 p.m. and the tsunami followed within 15 minutes or so. Those poor souls didn’t have a chance.

  226. andyp,

    I knew California and Hawaii had notice because they are thousands of miles away from the quake. I didn’t know how close the epicenter was to Japan and the speed at which the wave can travel. I’m going to see if I can get more info.
    _____________

    I may have misunderstood. I thought the Japanese people were warned. I know I heard a lot of talk about Hawaii and California. It is tragic either way, whether they were warned or not.

  227. Confloyd-

    send up the pink balloons if the nuke cloud comes to the California shore. I will have to drag my son out of bed by the hair and drive east like a bat outta Hell.

    Then what, return, when? Will everything be covered with the dust from Hell?

  228. Also, I have a niece in Hawaii, I am more worried about her safety.

    Beyond all that, may God help the poor souls in Japan.

  229. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency announced Sunday that 15 patients and an ambulance were exposed to radiation at a hospital within seven miles of the plant, Kyodo News Agency reported.

    ………………..still think its contained……nope. Japan is not telling the truth.

  230. A meltdown may be occurring at one of the reactors at an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in northeast Japan, a government official told CNN Sunday morning Japan time.

    “There is a possibility, we see the possibility of a meltdown,” said Toshihiro Bannai, director of the international affairs office of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety, in a telephone interview with CNN from the agency’s Tokyo headquarters. “At this point, we have still not confirmed that there is an actual meltdown, but there is a possibility.”

    Bannai said engineers have been unable to get close enough to the reactor’s core to know what’s going on, and that he based his conclusion on radioactive cesium and iodine measured in the air near the plant Saturday night.

  231. yes we’ll let God judge Newt, but I however can judge whether I will vote for him and I won’t….

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

    Right! This whole religious ‘forgiveness’ talk is a blasphemous smoke screen. God’s forgiveness has nothing to do with whether a politician has changed his stripes. Any politician who claims so, is trying a nasty deceit. He’s taking God’s name in vain.

  232. As for his conversion, that is between him and his God and God knows the heart.

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

    If it were true, he wouldn’t be talking about it! He wouldn’t be trying to bring God into politics.

  233. From Cannonfire

    Hillary: The time is NOW
    To an increasing extent, Barack Obama is not a viable Democratic candidate in 2012. The right loathes him, as expected. The left now understands what folks like moi understood early on: That Obama was and is a corporate sell-out, a pseudo-progressive. This piece by Robert Reich does an excellent job of explaining Obama’s epic miscalculation.

    Gitmo is still holding people without charge. Iraq remains a mess. A losing effort in Afghanistan has been escalated. There was no HOLC-style rescue for homeowners. The “too big to fail” banks were not nationalized. The bankers were given tons of cash instead of jail sentences. The miscreants of Wall Street continue to go unregulated. The Bush tax cuts were extended. Unemployment remains high, and the only new jobs are crappy. There has been no appreciable investment in alternative energy. Obama lied about single-payer, about NAFTA, about everything.

    Yes, Hillary would have been better. Yes, McCain would have been preferable — if only because a McCain failure would not have tarnished the Democratic brand.

    Has Hillary’s alliance with this failed administration damaged her chances of gaining the nomination in 2012? Perhaps. Probably. But if she is to have any chance at all, she must quit her job as Secretary of State now.

    Not only that: She must quit not “to spend more time with her family.” She must stomp away from this administration over a matter of principle. I’m talking about a loud and angry parting of the ways — the kind that would force lazy journalists to write about those proverbial “shockwaves through Washington.”

    The administration’s treatment of Bradley Manning may provide the proximate cause.

    Manning, as you know, is the private undergoing extraordinarily harsh treatment in order to force him to provide false testimony against Julian Assange. No-one in the major media would dare to state the matter in those exact words, but everyone with any sense knows full well what is going on.

    A recent pronouncement by a Hillary spokesperson is construable as a shot across the bow (forgive the cliche) against the administration:

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of handing the US embassy cables to WikiLeaks. PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the US state department, has said Manning is being “mistreated” in the military brig at Quantico, Virginia. “What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defence.”

    When was the last time a Secretary of State (who serves at the pleasure of the President) said similarly harsh words against the administration? I can’t think of a precedent, at least not a recent one.

    The spokesperson’s damning commentary forced Obama to offer a rejoinder. He flimmed his usual flam. No-one bought it.

    In my view, Hillary’s underlying message to Obama came to this: “Go ahead, Barack — fire me. Old Secretaries of State don’t just fade away — they mount challenges in 2012.”

    If he fires her the way Truman fired MacArthur, then Obama would undo his gambit of hiring Clinton to forestall an intra-party challenge.

    She stands zero chance of retaining her job in a second Obama administration, should one come to pass, which it probably won’t. Thus, the question comes down to whether she will leave her current gig in mid-2011 or (at the latest) early 2013. Does her unemployment start now or (roughly) a year later? If it starts now, she gains certain advantages.

    So far, her service has been admirable — for the most part. She can blame the non-admirable bits on Obama. This places her in a good position to become the Democratic candidate in 2012 — and even if she doesn’t win, she will let the public know what a compromised tool Obama really is.

    Have you noticed that right-wing propagandists no longer go into hate-gasm at the mention of Hillary’s name? With a nearly audible click of the dial, they’ve turned off the attacks against her. They assail Obama on every possible front, but they don’t (usually) go after him by way of Hillary.

    Why? It’s obvious. For strategic reasons, they want Democrats to fight amongst themselves.

    For different reasons, so do I. I want Hillary Clinton to rejoin the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/

  234. NHK says 3 reactors at no 2 plant are overheating: 100 degrees C compared to 30 degrees normally

  235. just what you need more radiation

    BreakingNews: TEPCO says it has started releasing air from No.3 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant – Reuters

  236. turndownobama
    March 12th, 2011 at 8:16 pm
    yes we’ll let God judge Newt, but I however can judge whether I will vote for him and I won’t….

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

    Right! This whole religious ‘forgiveness’ talk is a blasphemous smoke screen. God’s forgiveness has nothing to do with whether a politician has changed his stripes. Any politician who claims so, is trying a nasty deceit. He’s taking God’s name in vain.
    __________________

    You are dead wrong. Greta asked him and he answered. You don`t know anything about God`s forgiveness if you really believe what you said.

  237. andyp
    March 12th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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

    I don’t know what you think I meant. If you’d like to discuss it off the forum,I’m 1950democrat at gmail

  238. From the mouths of babes!

    Clinton came, Clinton conquered

    By Joe Alicata
    Albany Student Press
    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    For those of you who did not attend the Bill Clinton Speaker Series event, you certainly missed out. The Student Association did a phenomenal job in getting President Clinton to come speak and putting the entire event together, if I may say, the best installment yet in the series.

    I have attended many seminars, sat through many classes, been to two of the first three Speaker Series events and attended in the neighborhood of forty concerts, yet I have never ever seen a speaker or performer with a presence like Bill Clinton.

    It was almost mystifying, and unlike anything I have ever seen, and was even brought up in one of the questions he answered about having charisma. Even in an arena as large as SEFCU, it seemed like he was sitting at your dinner table having a conversation with you one on one.

    Clinton brought wide ranging global issues into contexts that we can all understand. He underscored the importance of public higher education institutions such as the University at Albany and others like it and highlighted the role that they will play in the further development of our nation as a whole.

    But perhaps what I found to be most useful of all the things he said was his criterion for evaluating an issue. Where are we, where do we want to go, how do we go about getting there and who will be responsible for taking action. Such criteria are useful not only in the geopolitical world that Clinton works in, but it can be applied to many situations that we as students come across during the course of our college careers and will undoubtedly come across as we progress through life.

    He also highlighted how the political landscape has changed since he was President, and pointed to the new challenges facing our world, but he did so with a hopeful attitude, not one of gloom and doom.

    Hope is something that saw a reemergence in 2008 with the election of Barack Obama, but since then seems to have retreated into the doldrums of political rhetoric in favor of grotesquely simplified fear mongering by the likes of the Tea Party, Glenn Beck and many on the conservative right. However, gloom and doom is not limited to just the right side of the aisle, the left has its fair share of crazies who come out with these bombastic and misinformed statements. As the Mr. Clinton said, the issues we face are hard, if they weren’t, someone would have fixed them already. But in order to fix them, we need to have thoughtful debate, free of political sparring and jabbing and full of insightful discussion of problems and solutions that are focused on the greater good, not on how big your wallet can get.

    We need more politicians with attitudes like the one President Clinton conveyed last week, and often did throughout his Presidency. Politicians who are willing to compromise with those of the opposite ideology and do what is right, not what is most likely to get them reelected. Fix the issues that are important to their people, not the issues that will grant them the biggest payoff.

    We need politicians who are willing to see both sides of an argument, take the merits of each side, and produce a decision or policy that works best for the American people, not best for only their constituents but all and certainly not what is always best for their lobbyist babysitters.

    The University and the Student Association did a fantastic job of bringing such an influential political figure here to speak to the student body. It was an experience that I will certainly remember for the rest of my life and will undoubtedly be one of my most fond memories of college; giving me both an experience as well as tools I can use throughout the rest of my life, and for that I am very thankful.

    http://www.albanystudentpress.org/clinton-came-clinton-conquered-1.2105643

  239. Just Warm Enough for Golf, Obama Back on the Course

    March 12, 2011

    ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports:

    President Obama just could not wait for spring weather to arrive.

    For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

    Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the world worries about Fukushima’s nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area.

    The president left the White House Saturday afternoon for a short trip to Joint Andrews Base in Camp Springs, Md.

    With cloudy skies, it’s not the best weather for golf, but Obama loves to spend his Saturdays on the greens. Last fall, Obama went golfing darn near every weekend.

    These are never quick “work on your swing” trips; usually the president plays 18 holes, as he did last week.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/just-warm-enough-for-golf-obama-back-on-the-course.html

  240. democrat1
    March 12th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    From Cannonfire
    Hillary: The time is NOW

    Quote:
    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of handing the US embassy cables to WikiLeaks. PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the US state department, has said Manning is being “mistreated” in the military brig at Quantico, Virginia. “What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defence.”

    ————————

    Secretary Clinton calling Secretary Gates’s DoD stupid (through a spokesperson)… Haven’t these two made a point of having weekly meetings since the start of this administration? Are they not both “bureaucratic black belts” (to borrow words from a New Republic article describing Gates)? Can there be any doubt that something is afoot? and that it is planned out many moves ahead? and that anybody, likely including those who vacuum offices and mop floors in the various wings of the White House, can see something is brewing?

    But for us at the less lofty level “on Main Street,” we must keep the pressure on elected representatives, not forgetting local and state level, who are more receptive to the pressure. Very very soon we will see Glass-Steagall up for consideration in the Congress again. But it won’t get through unless we the people make it very clear that we know it means taking a flamethrower to Wall Street. The casinos have no place in our national economy, nor their fraudulent debts. No compromises. Wall Street is already saturating Congress with lobbying (probably too nice a term in many cases). THAT is what the people have to overcome. Or we accelerate our tumble into a world of hell.

  241. JanH
    March 12th, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    From the mouths of babes!
    Clinton came, Clinton conquered
    ———————————–
    That’s beautiful. Thanks for posting that.

  242. “It was almost mystifying, and unlike anything I have ever seen, and was even brought up in one of the questions he answered about having charisma. Even in an arena as large as SEFCU, it seemed like he was sitting at your dinner table having a conversation with you one on one.”
    ************
    Joe Alicata who wrote the story expressed the intangible quality of Bill Clinton very well. The few times that I was around Bill Clinton ~30 years ago, I had the same feeling. Never happened before or since; unique.

  243. SHV
    March 12th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    “It was almost mystifying, and unlike anything I have ever seen, and was even brought up in one of the questions he answered about having charisma. Even in an arena as large as SEFCU, it seemed like he was sitting at your dinner table having a conversation with you one on one.”
    ***********
    Joe Alicata who wrote the story expressed the intangible quality of Bill Clinton very well. The few times that I was around Bill Clinton ~30 years ago, I had the same feeling. Never happened before or since; unique.

    ——————————–

    Bill operates on the level of IDEAS. There is actually a creative human mind functioning there. Plus there is the intention to really communicate; its not sophistry mouthing what he thinks they want to hear. It (lawfully) connects with the MINDS of those who are present (and receptive).

    He can do that other crap, of course, but he knows the difference.

  244. Just Warm Enough for Golf, Obama Back on the Course

    March 12, 2011 2:38 PM

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/just-warm-enough-for-golf-obama-back-on-the-course.html
    ***********
    Nothing really surprises about Obama anymore but give me a break; North Africa and the Middle East are in turmoil, Japan may be headed for nuclear disaster and Obama goes out a plays golf. What a message of leadership. Jeebus… this may be an all time low for our corrupt, sociopathic, POS, President.

  245. Same for our POS “court” media:

    Comment from TOD:

    “CNN seems disappointed that there’s no rioting or anything in Sendai. Their correspondents explained that it’s just not that kind of culture. There wasn’t any rioting in Kobe after the quake there, either.

    People are patiently waiting in line for as long as 24 hours to get 10 liters of gasoline. Then hoping they can find roads that are passable. Food and water are running short, but if someone has two bottles of water, they share one with someone else. And there’s no looting. They said it’s just a culture-wide view that doing that kind of thing would just make things worse.”

  246. “…there’s no looting. They said it’s just a culture-wide view that doing that kind of thing would just make things worse.”

    —————————-

    This, of course, suggests the question, “What if today’s U.S.A. were to be confronted with such a massive catastrophe?”

    …we will take up the question that I have put up here on the board: “Who owns your culture?” Most of you do not know the origins of what you think is your culture. By the end of this presentation, you may be very upset to find out that you don’t own it, it is not yours, and, in fact, it is poisonous to you, it makes you a slave of your “f-e-e-e-lings.” And to the extent that you embrace any aspect of this modern culture, and claim it as your own, you have no chance of being free, as you are embracing your own slavery.

    So that is what are going to be investigating this evening.

    http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_02-06/031_culture.html

    Who Owns ‘Your’ Culture? – A 2002 presentation by Harley Schlanger to a Los Angeles regional cadre school, attended by members of, and potential recruits to, the LaRouche Youth Movement. (I’m Harley’s age, not of the 18-25 year-olds who attended. I have never met any of these people. I think it is a valuable examination of what has happened to American culture since WWII. If you would rather have this as an MP3, I can direct you to links to download the audio in three parts. Harley is an excellent speaker.)

  247. Oops! That strikethrough in my post just above is supposed to be bold. Waaaah. I need a preview function!

    Sorry.

  248. Nothing really surprises about Obama anymore but give me a break; North Africa and the Middle East are in turmoil, Japan may be headed for nuclear disaster and Obama goes out a plays golf. What a message of leadership. Jeebus… this may be an all time low for our corrupt, sociopathic, POS, President.
    —————————-
    Well, you are right that the visual is bad, but the greater problem is what he does or fails to do when he is not golfing. About all he does with the rest of his time is speechify and campaign. For him, governing is what you do between campaigns, and it consists of 1) ignoring the general welfare, ii) rewarding your contributors and cronies, and iii) telling the rest of us to fuck off because he is president. If it were my decision, I would send him on an all expenses paid golf trip around the world for the next two years. It would be much cheaper that way. We could call him our good will ambassador, but the real goal would be to get rid of him. I would send big media along as well. No cell phones, no cameras, and no reporting.

  249. ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports:

    President Obama just could not wait for spring weather to arrive.

    For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

    Even as his administration and the U.S. military help Japan recover from a devastating earthquake, and as the world worries about Fukushima’s nuclear reactor, the president could not resist taking advantage of the 48-degree weather in the Washington, D.C., area.

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

    Why is someone at ABC News sounding critical of Obama?

  250. -“Mama Clinton”……(from Al Jazeera):

    Children in #Libya call for Mama #Clinton to help
    about 3 hours ago via Seesmic Desktop Retweeted by 41 people

    AJELive

    ——————————-
    (All times are local in Libya GMT+2)

    *
    Timestamp:
    8:19am

    Our correspondent, Nick Clark also reported that the Libyan people want the no-fly zone to be imposed.

    “There was a funeral of a fighter here yesterday and there were children in attendance as well. They were holding posters asking for Mama Clinton to come and help.”

  251. -“Mama Clinton”……(from Al Jazeera):

    Children in #Libya call for Mama #Clinton to help http://aje.me/dWEnI1
    about 3 hours ago via Seesmic Desktop Retweeted by 41 people

    AJELive
    http://twitter.com/AJELive/statuses/46819066362605568
    ——————————-
    (All times are local in Libya GMT+2)

    *
    Timestamp:
    8:19am

    Our correspondent, Nick Clark also reported that the Libyan people want the no-fly zone to be imposed.

    “There was a funeral of a fighter here yesterday and there were children in attendance as well. They were holding posters asking for Mama Clinton to come and help.”

    The world needs her.

  252. I have been watching Irish/UK news for the last few weeks and it has been a great pleasure watching real news here…..and when either the Middle East/Libyan and Japan news from the US perspective clips are shown, they are mainly featuring Hillary….very nicely done!!!!! great admiration on her approach!!!!1

    I DO NOT MISS US BM….!!!!!!

  253. wbboei
    March 13th, 2011 at 4:36 am
    Nothing really surprises about Obama anymore but give me a break; North Africa and the Middle East are in turmoil, Japan may be headed for nuclear disaster and Obama goes out a plays golf. What a message of leadership. Jeebus… this may be an all time low for our corrupt, sociopathic, POS, President.
    —————————-
    Well, you are right that the visual is bad, but the greater problem is what he does or fails to do when he is not golfing. About all he does with the rest of his time is speechify and campaign. For him, governing is what you do between campaigns, and it consists of 1) ignoring the general welfare, ii) rewarding your contributors and cronies, and iii) telling the rest of us to fuck off because he is president. If it were my decision, I would send him on an all expenses paid golf trip around the world for the next two years. It would be much cheaper that way. We could call him our good will ambassador, but the real goal would be to get rid of him. I would send big media along as well. No cell phones, no cameras, and no reporting.
    _________________

    And think of the money that would be saved on parties.

  254. Kingsgrove
    March 13th, 2011 at 5:12 am
    -”Mama Clinton”……(from Al Jazeera):

    Children in #Libya call for Mama #Clinton to help
    about 3 hours ago via Seesmic Desktop Retweeted by 41 people

    AJELive
    …………………

    OMG- Hillary would LOVE that!!

    I bet when she heard what the Libyan children called her, Mama Clinton, she smiled BIG.. maybe even cried. 🙂

  255. Send Obama to Siberia to play golf with sno-balls.

    The world hates us enough because of his celebrity entourage visits.

  256. Libya: Gaddafi is about to force Barack Obama’s hand
    Barack Obama is about to learn a lesson –

    the US president can’t be neutral, writes Anne Applebaum.

    Is it cowardice? Is it indecisiveness? Or is it clever diplomacy? Depending on who you ask in Washington, you’ll get a different explanation for President Barack Obama’s silence, to date, on the subject of Libya. Since the uprising began, he has made only one extended comment on the Libyan rebellion, and it was thoroughly anodyne.

    He declared – surprise! – that the US “strongly supports the universal rights of the Libyan people.” He said he had “instructed his administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis.” And then he concluded: “The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn’t represent the work of the United States or any foreign power.”

    That last sentence contains the key to the president’s thinking. Odd though it sounds, the debate inside the administration isn’t merely about whether to intervene in Libya: it’s about how America can help defeat Gadaffi without doing any collateral damage – and without stigmatising the Libyan rebels as American puppets. At least some of the Libyan rebels haven’t wanted to be stigmatised as American puppets either: the slogan “No foreign intervention: Libyan people can manage it alone” now has its own Facebook page. To put it differently, nobody wants the citizens of Tripoli to rally to the dictator’s cause because the Yankees are coming.

    So far, the administration’s answer has been to let others lead. The US has gladly let France and Britain present the proposed no-fly zone to the UN security council. President Obama has been content to see Nicolas Sarkozy become the first to recognize the Benghazi revolutionary council. He’s no doubt delighted to hear David Cameron sounding more robust than himself. And – although nobody has said so openly – the US intelligence community was surely relieved that a British MI6 team, not the CIA, bungled the first attempt to contact the rebels on the ground.

    Obama’s advisers, spokesman and off-the-record briefers are all saying that this passivity is not a sign of weakness, but rather a deliberate strategy. It’s not that he’s slowly being “brought round” by Cameron or Sarkozy, it’s that he actually wants them to be seen doing most of the talking. “This is the Obama conception of the US role in the world – to work through multilateral organisations and bilateral relationships,” one of them told the Washington Post on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8374386/Libya-Gaddafi-is-about-to-force-Barack-Obamas-hand.html

  257. ohanson
    March 13th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    “…there’s no looting. They said it’s just a culture-wide view that doing that kind of thing would just make things worse.”

    —————————-

    This, of course, suggests the question, “What if today’s U.S.A. were to be confronted with such a massive catastrophe?”

    ——————

    Maybe not as massive but wasn’t there looting and such in the aftermath of Katrina?

  258. Reminds me of Albion’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”
    _______________________

    90-Year-Old Guard Saves Young Girl At Santa Anita Racetrack

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 90-year-old paddock guard at a Southern California thoroughbred track put himself between a young girl and a horse that broke loose before a race, injuring himself and leaving the girl unharmed.

    Officials from Santa Anita said in statement that a 3-year-old gelding named See and Sage broke free from his handler in the track’s walking ring and ran toward an opening guarded by John Shear.

    The horse ran into Shear, who dropped his rope and threw himself in front of the girl, who is about three. The statement says Shear was conscious and responsive when take to the hospital. His exact injuries were unclear.

    Shear, a former jockey, has been a fixture for decades at Santa Anita’s walking ring, where horses are paraded in front of the public before races.

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/03/12/90-year-old-man-saves-young-girl-at-santa-anita-racetrack/

  259. basil9
    March 12th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    SHV,

    My math skills are atrocious but if the quake epicenter was only 80 miles from Japan’s shore that means the tsunami happened roughly 10 minutes after the quake, right?

    O.M.G.
    ********
    Just saw on NHK tv that the Japan earthquake center ran computer reconstruction of quake and tsunami and the first wave it the coast 10 minutes after the quake. The quake center should ditch the computer and employ you. :>)

  260. Will there be anything left of Japan after these catastrophic disasters?
    _________________________

    Japanese volcano erupts

    Mar 13, 2011

    A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.

    It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.

    The 1,421-metre (4,689-feet) Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range saw its first major eruption for 52 years in January. There had not been any major activity at the site since March 1.

    Authorities have maintained a volcano warning at a level of three out of five, restricting access to the entire mountain.

    In April last year, the eruption of the Eyjafjoell volcano in Iceland dispersed a vast cloud of ash, triggering a huge shutdown of airspace that affected more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/article965229.ece/Japanese-volcano-erupts

  261. Is it Liar-Liar Pants On Fire Time?
    ____________________________

    Unions Skittish Over Obama

    Philadelphia – Three years ago, almost to the day, candidate Barack Obama told an AFL-CIO convention here, “It’s time we had a president who didn’t choke saying the word ‘union.’”

    Amid feverish chants of “Yes we can!” he then threw the crowd the raw meat it wanted: his support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

    “I will make it the law of the land when I’m president of the United States,” Obama promised.

    Battling union Obama-skeptics at the time, Bill George, then president of Pennsylvania’s AFL-CIO, whispered: “We will need to do an all-out effort to educate our members, that he will make card-check” – slang for EFCA – “happen for working families, to win this in November.”

    A promise made where organized labor began, in 1827 behind Independence Hall, was not a promise kept. In fact, it was never even brought up in the 111th Congress.

    The last time card-check saw life was in 2007, when it passed the House but died in the Senate.

    Democrats count on unions in every election. Last fall’s midterm exit polling showed that households with at least one union voter did not show at the polls; their numbers were down a staggering 6 points from the 2006 midterm.

    That anemic turnout contributed to the Democrats’ thrashing in local, state and federal races across the country, leaving Democrats to wonder how to re-energize their union base.

    Enter Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin: By deciding to take on public-sector unions, he awakened their sleeping masses.

    Obama’s campaign arm, the Democratic National Committee/Organizing for America, swung into action; turnouts for rallies were built, phone banks organized, signs made, union members from around the country bused to Wisconsin’s capitol, in matching-color t-shirts.

    Wisconsin Senate Democrats ran away to avoid a vote on the budget, soon followed by Democrats in Indiana’s state legislature.

    “I know the Indiana State Democratic Party has been pouring money into the support of its hold-out legislators … camping out in the stronghold of Democratic political refugees, Illinois,” says Purdue University political science professor Bert Rockman.

    The DNC/OFA is funneling money to state parties in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, Rockman says.

    Have Democrats found their 2012 version of the Tea Party – something to ramp-up their base and independent voters as Republican governors in state after state take on broke state budgets?

    (They certainly could use something: A Reuters poll late last week showed Obama’s approval rating among independents diving to 37 percent, down 10 points from the previous month.)

    “At this point, it’s mainly helping to energize our base,” said one respected strategist for Democrats. “In Wisconsin in particular, Walker’s over-reaching and intransigence is helping with independent voters.”

    He admits that he needs to see more of a national pattern before he can predict a momentum shift toward Democrats among indies.

    An equally respected Republican strategist agrees: “All the polling shifts I have seen thus far reflect Democrat base intensity coming back … the downside with independents will be if we cave in Wisconsin.”

    Republicans won in 2010 because they got some credibility back with independents on fiscal matters.

    But it’s probationary: If the GOP loses its distinction from Democrats on fiscal responsibility, then independents will vote on other issues in 2012 – and that will be bad for the Republican brand.

    Republicans must constantly remind voters why their elected officials are having these debates: to prevent government unions from locking governors into irresponsible contracts requiring tax increases.

    Yet Republicans cannot be seen as trying to “bust” unions for fun or for political gain; independents will be with the GOP on this only if they think the motive is correct.

    Despite the big love that Big Labor has given Obama, he hasn’t passed card-check legislation, nor will he get anywhere near to doing so until at least 2013 – if ever – if the U.S. House and Senate maintain the same Republican numbers.

    He did throw unions a sizable crumb, however, by unionizing 43,000 TSA government workers last month.

    Privately, union leaders still are skittish about their relationship with Obama, however.

    To them, the president’s decision to drop highly respected economist Paul Volcker as head of his economic advisory board in favor of General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt – who says his corporation derives 60 percent of its revenue from overseas operations – doesn’t appear all that union-friendly, which might make unions sit out another electoral round.

  262. In answer to “what would happen if God forbid there was a catastrophe of this size in America?”

    Golf would come first.

  263. oh ffs Breaking, i feel like a news wire.

    IAEA: Japan declares state of emergency at second nuclear power facility after excessive radiation levels were detected at Onagawa plant.

  264. What next, 4 men on horseback……

    A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.

    It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.

  265. Why is there no world/media outrage?

    Three Year Old Stabbed in the Heart, Baby’s Throat Slashed

    The initial findings of the investigation into the terrorist massacre in the Israeli town of Itamar in Samaria Friday night show that the Fatah ‘Freedom Fighters’ stabbed the Fogel family’s sleeping three year old in the heart and slashed the throat of his three-month-old sister…

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142843

  266. will someone tell the truth in Japan.

    radition detected at another muclear plant

    *Meanwhile, radiation monitored at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture on the Pacific coast shot up on Sunday, Tohoku Electric Power Co. said, adding that it was likely caused by radioactive substances let out at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.Radiation levels were about 400 times as high as in normal times, the power supplier said, dismissing the possibility that the Miyagi plant was to blame.

  267. March 13, 2011

    Clinton Leaves For Revolution Tour Focused On Libya, Egypt, Tunisia

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves for a trip to Paris, where she is set to meet with Libyan opposition figures and hold high-level talks with world powers about the country’s situation on March 14, before travelling on to Tunisia and Egypt.

    Her departure comes amid reports from Libyan state television that Qaddafi’s forces have “purged” the embattled eastern town of Brega of rebels and taken over the city. It is the latest instance of violence in weeks of bloody antigovernment uprisings that have shaken the restive north African country.

    It also comes a day after the White House welcomed a call by the Arab League for the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from air attacks by government forces.

    The U.S. statement on March 12 praised the initiative as an “important step,” but made no new commitment to military action.

    The United States and the European Union have both called on Qaddafi’s regime to leave power, but neither have so far been willing to impose a no-fly zone unilaterally.

    Clinton, meanwhile, has said a no-fly zone plan is to be discussed with NATO on March 15.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/clinton_leaves_for_revolution_tour_focused_on_libya_egypt_tunisia/2336533.html

  268. As far as I’m concerned Bammie can go golfing 24/7. My hope is that he pitches a tent and just stays on the course. He’s useless anyway so who cares?

  269. moononpluto
    March 13th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    What next, 4 men on horseback……
    ________________

    The Japanese represent the Pale Horse Rider, the last of the four…
    and you know what follows him..

  270. will someone tell the truth in Japan.

    radition detected at another muclear plant

    *Meanwhile, radiation monitored at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture on the Pacific coast shot up on Sunday, Tohoku Electric Power Co. said, adding that it was likely caused by radioactive substances let out at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.Radiation levels were about 400 times as high as in normal times, the power supplier said, dismissing the possibility that the Miyagi plant was to blame
    *******
    There are 23 GE Mark I nuclear reactors in the US. These are basically same or similar design as the Fukushima’s. These are old design tech. and are alleged to have design flaws and my be close to decommission time. I wonder if any/all of the 23 GE Mark Is in the US are the ones that were re-licensed for 20 more years by Obama? Obama, Jeff Immelt, GE Mark I reactors…associations that I would have called bat-shit crazy a few years ago now seem plausible.

  271. pm317
    March 13th, 2011 at 9:49 am
    “Maybe not as massive [catastrophe] but wasn’t there looting and such in the aftermath of Katrina?

    pm317, Yes, but as I recall the reporting, it was more for food and water than TVs and baubles. Some guns were reported looted from gun shops as I recall.

    But when I posted that above, I was focusing on what I perceive as the moral deterioration of U.S. culture over the last two generations, and I was imagining the California coast hit by catastrophe. Then I imagined contrast between present day Japanese and California reactions.

    America has (ahem) somewhat more diverse demographics than Japan, but that was true 40 years ago. I think looting and craziness in present day California would be far worse than 40 years ago and far worse than Japan. Carolinas coast or Nola, I’m actually not so sure. It was the description of Japan, “…a culture-wide view that doing that kind of thing would just make things worse,” that set me off.

  272. It doesn’t surprise me that there is little or no looting in Japan. It’s just not in their psyche to do such a despicable thing. It would be ‘loss of face’ for them, worse to a Japanese than death.

  273. JanH
    March 13th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    In answer to “what would happen if God forbid there was a catastrophe of this size in America?”

    Golf would come first.

    ————————-
    I think there is a bit of a pattern here:

    You can argue over the details, but the government videos and White House photos make one thing clear. Bush is not a take-charge President. He did nothing during the crucial two days. He’s not even a “can I lend a hand” President. In the briefing the day before, he made not one suggestion—did not even ask a question.

    The day-ahead warnings were dramatically clear. Next morning, as Katrina hit New Orleans, Bush left his ranch for a drug-benefits, politicking tour starting with a birthday celebration for McCain, then a visit to “El Mirage Country Club”, then on to Cucamonga, California. He missed that day’s video conference on Katrina. Next day he continued his tour in California.

    His sole contribution was to “assure the folks at the state level that we are fully prepared” the day before.” That assurance flies in the face of everything he had just been told, and could not have proved more wrong.
    White House photos taken while Katrina destroyed New Oreans. McCain Birthday El Mirage Country Club Rancho Cucamonga

    http://zfacts.com/p/108.html

  274. “I wonder if any/all of the 23 GE Mark Is in the US are the ones that were re-licensed for 20 more years by Obama?”
    ___________________

    Of course he did- without any conditions like 21st century upgrades. The “YES” man to anyone who can afford to pay his price.

  275. ohanson
    March 13th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Republicans are too busy taking care of themselves,lining their pockets and thinking up news schemes for ripping off the American people. The last descent Republican president was Dwight D. Eisenhower. It’s been down hill with them into the toilet ever since.

  276. another one, the whole lot are going.

    Kyodo News Agency: Cooling system pump has stopped at Tokai no.2 nuclear plant in Japan.

  277. Meanwhile, Obama having fun at the Annual Roast @ the Grid Iron Club
    _________________

    President’s Remarks at Gridiron Club Last Night

    Jake Tapper… March 13 2011

    (“Hail To The Chief” plays as the President enters.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.)

    Can we go with the song that we talked about? (Laughter.) (“Born In The USA” plays.) (Laughter and applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Some things just bear repeating. (Laughter.) Good evening. As we gather here tonight, all across the world a powerful spirit of change is tearing down old regimes, decaying institutions, remnants of the past. So, look out, Gridiron Club! (Laughter.)

    I mean, look at this getup. (Laughter.) Forget about winning the future. How about entering the present? (Laughter and applause.)

    Anyway, it’s great to be here. And I’m glad we’re ending on time because I really couldn’t stay here much longer. (Laughter.) I have to get back to not being involved in the budget negotiations. (Laughter.) My schedule is just packed with meetings that I’m not attending. (Laughter.)

    You know, the last time I attended this dinner was in 2006. A lot has changed in those past five years. Back then I was a newcomer who couldn’t get anything done in the Senate. Now I’m a President who can’t get anything done in the Senate. (Laughter.)

    But it’s good to be back and have a chance to spend time with so many members of the press. And, Susan, thank you for the extraordinary job that you’ve done tonight. (Applause.) I know people say that I have a testy relationship with the media — but how can that be? I hardly ever see you. (Laughter.)

    Come on, I love the press. I even sat for an interview with Bill O’Reilly right before the Super Bowl. That was a change of pace. (Laughter.) I don’t often get a chance to be in a room with an ego that’s bigger than mine. (Laughter.)

    And while I know I have my share of critics out there, I don’t focus on the negative stuff. I just don’t pay much attention to it. Most days I barely skim through the comment section of Huffington Post — Daily Kos — Fire Dog Lake — The Daily Dish — boingboing.net. (Laughter.)

    All right, I hear the criticisms. I do. For example, I know that people think I’m not passionate enough. That I’m too cool. That I’m too detached. But as I was going through my daily routine — sitting alone in my study — (laughter) — meditating, thinking about how to win the future — (laughter) — I pondered this critique, and calmly rejected it — (laughter and applause) — as thoroughly illogical. (Laughter.) And for all those who think I golf too much, let me be clear. I’m not spending time on the golf course — I’m investing time on the golf course. (Laughter.)

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/presidents-remarks-at-gridiron-club-last-night.html

    Here’s another criticism I haven’t paid much attention to — we heard a little bit of it tonight — my reliance on the teleprompter. Republicans even tried to take it away from me. And I’m fine with that. As if I can’t speak without a — without a — (laughter) — a teleprompter. (Laughter.) I want to acknowledge a few people in the house tonight. Kathleen Sebelius did a great job, didn’t she? (Applause.)

    She does a great job each and every day. In these tough times I’ve asked all my Cabinet members to cut even those things that they care deeply about. In Kathleen’s case, it was her once-promising political career. (Laughter.)

    My understanding is the Speaker of the House, John Boehner — is he here? He couldn’t show up, huh? Okay. I mean, we’ve heard a few jokes about John, and I’ve made a few jokes over the years about John’s unusual coloring. (Laughter.) I used to think that it was a tan, but after seeing how often he tears up I’ve come to realize that’s not a tan — that’s rust. (Laughter.) Think about it. (Laughter.) I want to congratulate my dear friend Chris Dodd on his new role as head of the MPAA. Though I’m wondering what life experience could possibly prepare Chris to deal with a town full of blowhards and inflated egos. (Laughter.)

    America’s favorite voyeur, TSA Administrator John Pistole is in the house. No hard feelings, John. I mean that literally. Please. (Laughter and applause.) Last but not least, Rahm Emanuel is here — already hard at work on Chicago’s problems. (Laughter.) Let me just be the first to say: Welcome home. (Laughter and applause.) Unless anybody from the Illinois Supreme Court is here — then welcome to Washington. (Laughter.) You know, the day I hired Rahm as my chief of staff, unemployment was under 8 percent and my approval ratings were in the 60s. So, good luck, Chicago. (Laughter.)

    Thankfully, Bill Daley came over from Wall Street to take his place. And the senior staff actually seems pretty happy with the change — particularly the new executive bonus plan. (Laughter.) I do have a couple of regrets to pass along. My Secretary of State could not be with us.

    I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject. (Laughter.) These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window. (Laughter.) Settle down. (Laughter.)

    Former Congressman Chris Lee wanted to be here tonight. But apparently he didn’t know the rules — no shoes, no shirt, no service. (Laughter.) Speaking of Republican exploratory activities — (laughter) — we have quite a few considering presidential candidacies. Of course, there’s our outstanding speaker for the evening, Mitch Daniels. (Applause.) Did a great job.

    Mitch, I heard your friends over at FOX News told you that you don’t look like a President. But I wouldn’t worry about it — they say the same thing about me every single day. (Laughter.) I know some people discount Mitch because he’s not — as they say in the NBA — long enough. (Laughter.) But the don’t realize how scrappy he is. I watched him during dinner. He tore into that fillet like it was a public employee. (Laughter and applause.) And Mitch is experienced. Before he was governor Mitch was a pharmaceutical executive and he was George W. Bush’s budget director. I don’t have a joke here. I just want to point it out. (Laughter and applause.)

    To all the journalists in case you didn’t know. (Laughter.) Haley Barbour is here. And I want to thank him for working with Michelle on the “Let’s Move” campaign. I do have one thing to clear up, though, Haley. You know, when Michelle said, you need to run, she didn’t mean for President. (Laughter and applause.) I wanted to be clear about that.

    Tim Pawlenty is not here. But he’s hard on the campaign trail. To be honest, I think the American people are going to have some tough questions for Tim — specifically, who are you? (Laughter.) And where did you come from? (Laughter.) Which is okay — two years into my presidency and I’m still getting those questions. (Laughter.) But I have to say, as much as I admire Haley, Mitch, Tim, all the others, I’m a little biased towards my dear, dear friend, Jon Huntsman. (Laughter.)

    In fact, I was just telling the Des Moines Register, nobody has done more for my administration than Jon Huntsman. (Laughter.) As his good friends in China might say, he is truly the yin to my yang. (Laughter.) And I’m going to make sure that every primary voter knows it. (Laughter.) If there’s a fish fry for Jon Huntsman in Cedar Rapids, guess who’s going to be at the grill. (Laughter.)

    Barack Obama. (Laughter and applause.) If you see me on the streets of Nashua, wearing my parka and waving a sign, give me a honk for Huntsman. (Laughter.) The next GOP nominee for President. Love that guy. (Laughter.) All these jokes are in good fun. (Laughter.) They’re all in the spirit of bipartisanship, a spirit that’s sweeping the nation. (Laughter.)

    We’re seeing people with strong disagreements get along as never before. You have the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — working together every day, sharing a host body. (Laughter.) It’s inspiring. (Laughter.) Or creepy. (Laughter.) Depending on how you look at it. (Laughter.)

    Allow me to close on a serious note.

  278. There are 23 GE Mark I nuclear reactors in the US. These are basically same or similar design as the Fukushima’s. These are old design tech. and are alleged to have design flaws and my be close to decommission time. I wonder if any/all of the 23 GE Mark Is in the US are the ones that were re-licensed for 20 more years by Obama? Obama, Jeff Immelt, GE Mark I reactors…associations that I would have called bat-shit crazy a few years ago now seem plausible.
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    SHV: that is a telling question alright. I have personal issues with him because he falsely accused a friend of mine of being an associate of the Genovese Crime Family and wrecked his business, but in other respects he has stood tall such as in his expose of Goldman Sachs. I cannot do it myself, but why don’t you pose that question to Matt Tabbi at the Village Voice and see if he will run with it. It could render the bond between Obama and Immelt toxic, in light of what is happening in Japan.

  279. When Obama opens his mouth and pours out all his platitudes and lame jokes, he bores and disgusts me to the point that I cannot listen to him. He really is Smoky The Bore, and he is testing the premise of whether the country can run on automatic pilot. Governing is for fools. It is all about the campaign and contributors. He is the worst excuse for a president we have ever had. I wonder how much they paid for that Gallup poll which listed him a 7. And he does not get any better at it with time.

  280. The following is a slap in the face to Obama by Hillary.

    Some of us may remember a 2008 debate where the moderator asked both of them how they, as Senators, saw themselves at the head of the Executive Branch.

    Hillary answered that her approach would be “very much hands on”, which is in fact the way she has conducted her staff as First Lady, as Senator, and now as Secretary of State.

    Who Gives A Crap, on the other hand, answered the question in the negative: “I don’t see myself as the CEO of the federal government.” With this answer, he was disqualifying himself for the presidency because CEO is just what the President has to be.

    Below, we see Hillary calling upon ambassadors to be CEOs:
    ___________

    Clinton wants U.S. Ambassadors to be CEOs

    The United States wants its ambassadors to act as the Chief Executive Officers of corporate companies, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

    “I think that we have given clear direction in the Obama Administration to our ambassadors. We are working hard to turn our ambassadors into CEOs,” Ms. Clinton said in her opening remarks at the President’s Export Council.

    Ms. Clinton said she considers it a critical aspect of her job to help open every market she can find and sell every American product that she can sell.

    “I not only like to promote our products and services, but our ingenuity, our creativity, and everything else that we stand for,” she said.

    U.S. President Barack Obama has set the ambitious goal of doubling America’s exports in five years.

    As such it wants its Ambassadors posted at missions across the globe to act as the selling agents of U.S. products, besides their traditional role.

    “We believe that having a CEO model for the chief of mission will help us manage the myriad U.S. Government assets and activities in every country in the world today,” she said.

    “So when I talked to Special Representative Lorraine Hariton or anybody else in our shop, it is about making sure that we help provide the tools that our ambassadors need to be able to do everything possible to promote this mission about expanding our exports,” she said.

    Ms. Clinton said, whenever she travels overseas she tries to do a commercial diplomacy event in many places.

    “I was in Australia where we did an event with Caterpillar, John Deere, Harley Davidson, and GE. When I was in Russia, I visited the Boeing engineering facility in Moscow and witnessed firsthand the extraordinary cooperation, not only between Russians and Americans but between Moscow, Chicago, and Seattle,” she said.

  281. Is there some inside information here or is this just crazy speculation: John McLauglin said on his show Friday night that Leon Panetta will leave the CIA and take Robert Gates place, and Leon will be replaced as head of the CIA by General Petraeus.

  282. Looks like Obama threw him under the bus.

    (CNN) – P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case……

  283. Put the brakes on nuclear power plants: Lieberman

    The United States should “put the brakes on” new nuclear power plants until fully understanding what happened to the earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s homeland security panel said on Sunday.

    Engineers in Japan tried on Sunday to avert a meltdown at three nuclear reactors following Friday’s huge earthquake by pumping in cooling seawater after authorities said they assumed that some damage had already occurred.

    “I don’t want to stop the building of nuclear power plants,” independent Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

    “But I think we’ve got to kind of quietly put, quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming on line,” Lieberman added.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/13/us-nuclear-usa-idUSTRE72C2UW20110313?WT

    Sounds fine to me.

  284. ohanson
    March 13th, 2011 at 11:49 am
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    No, I am in agreement with you. It is admirable that the Japanese culture is the way it is in this respect (there are plenty other things to complain about that culture). I read on some blog that if you ever leave anything, (even valuable items) anywhere in Japan and come back for it, it will still be there — that no one would take it. I suppose the US was like that decades ago. I remember my high school Physics teacher who was here in the early 60s or before talking about how people in the US would just leave the door unlocked and go away and such..

  285. crazy horse:

    “It doesn’t surprise me that there is little or no looting in Japan. It’s just not in their psyche to do such a despicable thing. It would be ‘loss of face’ for them, worse to a Japanese than death.”
    _____

    I have no other explanation for it, but I’m no more surprised than you are. My son has been living in Japan for the last 2 years and once he left a heavy bag containing valuables on his front doorstep while he went off to look up his misplaced key to get in the front door. When he came back a half hour later, the bag was still there, untouched.

  286. Put the brakes on nuclear power plants: Lieberman

    The United States should “put the brakes on” new nuclear power plants until fully understanding what happened to the earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s homeland security panel said on Sunday.

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

    No shit, Sherlock.

  287. Shadowfax
    March 13th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Put the brakes on nuclear power plants: Lieberman
    __________________

    The Japanese authorities have trouble telling the Truth about whats happening. Putting the brakes on Cheney’s baby, nuclear power plants, is good news for US.

  288. The nuke problem in Japan made me ask how much is hysteria and how much is fact about the possible effects of radionuclide contamination. Doesn’t appear to be as bad as I would have thought. I a brief (don’t hold me to it) look, the Hiroshima Plutonium bomb survivors were followed for many years looking for causes of death. One report that I read estimated 500 “excess” cancer deaths many decades later. Probably the best data are from US open air testing in Nevada. From Jan 1951 to July 1962 100+ atmospheric tests were done, releasing many times the total amount of radioactive fallout as compared to the Chernobyl disaster. The estimated release of radio-nuclides from Chernoybl was 20 million curies over a few days. In the US the “dirtiest” test released almost 1 million Curies of just radioactive Iodine. So basically many millions of US citizens have been used as test subjects for the evaluation of environmental radiation exposure for 60 years. All radiation exposure is bad but human beings seem to be built pretty tough.

  289. Good photo of the Madison street still full.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/117862214.html

    Madison — Unbowed and unrepentant, 14 Democratic state senators returned to the Capitol on Saturday and received a tumultuous welcome from tens of thousands of pro-labor demonstrators.
    [….]
    The crowd that gathered in Madison was the biggest yet during four weeks of protests. It was filled with teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, students and farmers. Those moving for a look at the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Tony Shalhoub pressed shoulder-to-shoulder, from curbside to the storefronts.

    Labor groups and supporters gathered signatures to start recall petitions against eight Republican senators, and others collected names and e-mail addresses for a database in the event a recall is started next year against Walker. Eight Democrats also face recall efforts.

    Farmers join protest

    A “tractorcade” rolled around the Capitol Square; the parade of vehicles included farmers and labor supporters and, in some cases, the people at the wheel had a hand in both.

  290. “But I think we’ve got to kind of quietly put, quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming on line,” Lieberman added.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/13/us-nuclear-usa-idUSTRE72C2UW20110313?WT

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

    Also we’d better enforce the regulations we’ve already got (instead of sluffing them as with BP). Nuclear plants come with a ‘use by’ date: should be retired after X years. Is Obama giving waivers for that?

  291. “It doesn’t surprise me that there is little or no looting in Japan.”

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

    How would we know? Communications are out. People are barely able to let their relatives know they’re still alive. Japanese news is busy looking at the reactors.

    Who would be covering minor stuff like looting if there was any? How would you tell whether the shop windows were broken by people or by the earthquake?

    One thing though, any stolen items would be hot….

  292. PJ Crowley has resigned….just heard part of that on Fox….I didn’t hear why because my treadmill is so loud…did anyone hear why???

    BTW, I up to 55pounds gone….and I’m up to walking 45 minutes at a time…so I’m on my way to being more healthy…I’m sure MO would be proud….LOL!

  293. March 13, 2011, 1:56 pm

    State Department Spokesman Out, After Comments on Prisoner

    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

    P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, stepped down Sunday after saying publicly that treatment of Wikileaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning in military detention has been “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

    In a statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that she accepted his resignation with regret.

    Kevin Lamarque/Reuters P.J. Crowley“P.J. has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian. His service to country is motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy, and I wish him the very best,” Ms. Clinton wrote.

    The remark by Mr. Crowley last week to a small audience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first reported by the blogger Philippa Thomas, was rejected by none other than President Obama at a press conference on Friday. Mr. Obama said that he had been assured the treatment of Private Manning was “appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.”

    Private Manning’s lawyer had complained repeatedly about the conditions of his detention, including sometimes being deprived of his clothing, as a maximum security prisoner under restrictions intended to prevent self-injury, even though his supporters said there was no evidence that he was suicidal.

    The president’s comment likely sealed the fate of Mr. Crowley, whose service as the chief spokesman for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been rocky at times.

    In his own statement, Mr. Crowley wrote that he takes “full responsibility” for the comment and expressed gratitude to Ms. Clinton. His departure was first reported by CNN.

    “My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership,” he wrote. “The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values.”

    Last month, Mike Hammer, a former spokesman for the National Security Council, was shifted over to the state department to become Mr. Crowley’s deputy. Ms. Clinton said that he will serve for the time being as the acting assistant secretary for public affairs and its regular face to the public.

    Mr. Manning has been detained for months, suspected of passing on documents, many of them classified, to the Wikileaks site, which has since released many of them.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/state-department-spokesman-out-after-comments-on-prisoner/?partner=rss&emc=rss

  294. confloyd
    March 13th, 2011 at 2:31 pm
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    awesome and keep it up.. I still have to do 60 mins on my treadmill today. 🙁 I try to average a 500 cals per day everyday.. It is tough on weekdays with work.

  295. P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, stepped down Sunday after saying publicly that treatment of Wikileaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning in military detention has been “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

    In a statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that she accepted his resignation with regret.
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    I am quite surprised by this. He was her right hand man. If Hillary had no knowledge of this and he just shot his mouth off then he really did betray her. And so did Poesner who complained to the Chinese about Arizona. He should resign as well, only he unlike Crowley has no honor. (Note: there is a case to be made for the proposition that indefinite detention of Manning is unconstitutional even under the UCMJ but who is to make it. As far as I know even the ACLU has kept quiet. If he has not been officially charged, then he could file a writ of habeus corpus. If he has been charged, the he is entitled to a speedy trial under Article 6. Personally, I want to see him prosecuted and convicted in a timely manner. This is not a matter of vengeance but rather a mater of accountability and military discipline.

  296. Personally, I want to see him prosecuted and convicted in a timely manner. This is not a matter of vengeance but rather a mater of accountability and military discipline.

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    Apparently the criticism is that the authorities are holding him indefinitely and mistreating him to pressure him to testify against Assange. Now there’s an honor dilemma for Manning, if in fact Assange was not an accessory to the actual theft. (Or even if he was, cttoi.)

  297. I still say that this is strange. From what little I know of him, and from the measured statements he has made, this is not a guy who wanders off the reservation. And when he references the relentless media environment no one knows that better than he does, and the only one who the media gives a pass to is Obama personally, because they are totally invested in the big lie which they sold to the American People in 2008. I believe in Crowley, whatever anyone else says about him–and Larry has been very relentless. I think Crowley is a patriot and that he is sophisticated and he is used to pressure. So for me at least this entire matter seems strange. As I say, when you are a senior official there are no private conversations, and the ONLY one big media will protect to their dying breath is Obama. For him no they will tell any lie and hide any truth, as long as they get choice seats at the Gridiron Club and sugar pellets from the multinational business interests who installed him. A say this with no trace of sarcasm. I speak of the world as it is and not as it ought to be–if the American People had a modicum of common sense and would open the eyes to what is occurring.

  298. PM317,
    Are you saying your average burning 500 calories a day or your eating 500 calories a day?

    I am hoping by next month I will do 60 minutes too, but I bet your running…I can’t with 5 blugiing disc and a torn meniscus…I have to go slow.

  299. What if this is Crowley’s WAY of resigning in protest at Manning’s treatment, and publicizing that treatment? Speak out against it till you’re fired, which gives it more publicity.

    Now everyone will be waiting for Crowley’s next move, what he will say now that he is really free to speak.

  300. Good point Turndown. The ironic part of this is it is similar in some respects to what the Bush Administration was doing to suspected terrorists in rendition countries. This fucking Obama deserves another Nobel Prize for being the world’s greatest hypocrite. First, he excoriates his predecessor for maltreatment of Islamic Prisoners and promises to close Guantanamo. Then he fails to close Guantano, blames it on his former GC–Craig, and now he tolerates the very practices which he abhorred when another regime did them. And the depraved New York Times who made a market in this story when Bush did it, decide that when Obama does the same thing it is not news fit to print. What kind of assholes are these people? One thing is for sure–they aint journalists anymore than that fool in the White House is legitimate. And then you see Republicans like Coburn say that Obama loves this country, and Huckabee say he is a US citizen without even checking. They are equally invested in the lie, whose sole purpose is to loot the American People–in my opinion.

  301. What if this is Crowley’s WAY of resigning in protest at Manning’s treatment, and publicizing that treatment? Speak out against it till you’re fired, which gives it more publicity.

    Now everyone will be waiting for Crowley’s next move, what he will say now that he is really free to speak.
    ——————–
    My bullshit detector tells me there is more to it than that Turndown. He had far weightier problems to juggle than whether Manning is receiving fair treatment. I wonder whether Manning is holding some aces or what. I doubt very much that you will hear more from him on the subject. They were calling him an Obama plant on another website, but I doubt that as well. Subsequent events may indeed prove me wrong, but that is how I see it at this stage in the proceedings.

  302. For example, it is possible that Manning and he people who are trying to sweat further information out of him are playing a dangerous game of chicken which could imperil US interests. We just do not know.

  303. confloyd
    March 13th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    PM317,
    Are you saying your average burning 500 calories a day or your eating 500 calories a day?
    ——————-
    burning 500 cals a day and I think I eat around 1200-1500 cals per day. Yeah, slow and steady wins the race! I am wary of injuries, so I try to do simple treadmill stuff and not risk doing too much too fast.

  304. [Manning’s treatment] is similar in some respects to what the Bush Administration was doing to suspected terrorists in rendition countries. [Obama] excoriates his predecessor for maltreatment of Islamic Prisoners [….] and now he tolerates the very practices which he abhorred when another regime did them.

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

    Yes, Abu Ghirg or whatever the spelling was. Bad enough doing it to people who were arguably enemy combatants who might have information about new physical attacks.

    But to do it to Manning just to pressure him to implicate Assange–! This is like Ken Starr going after Monica’s mother or Julie Hyatt Steele or Susan MacDonald!

    If Hillary trusted Crowley in large matters, why might not Crowley feel the same outrage we do at Manning’s treatment, and be acting sincerely?

  305. [Manning’s treatment] is similar in some respects to what the Bush Administration was doing to suspected terrorists in rendition countries. [Obama] excoriates his predecessor for maltreatment of Islamic Prisoners [….] and now he tolerates the very practices which he abhorred when another regime did them.

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

    Yes, Abu Ghirg or whatever the spelling was. Bad enough doing it to people who were arguably enemy combatants who might have information about new physical attacks.

    But to do it to Manning just to pressure him to implicate Assange–! This is like Ken Starr going after Monica’s mother or Julie Hyatt Steele or Susan MacDonald!

    If Hillary trusted Crowley in large matters, why might not Crowley feel the same outrage we do at Manning’s treatment, and be acting sincerely?

  306. Interesting idea about Manning being a possible an Øbama plant. I never thought of that one before.

  307. I tend to agree that America is not being run by Americans, but by multinational business interests that are, at many times, in direct conflict with what is best for the American public.

  308. wbboei,

    Conspiracy thoughts abound. What if Crowley went over to bambi’s side. Hillary may have trusted him at the beginning, but in recent months he has made more and more statements that are embarassing to her.

    The result is that obama knew this was coming, prepared to knife her with his statement of throwing Crowley under the bus, and now it remains to be seen what becomes of Crowley.

    Just saying.

  309. Interesting idea about Manning being a possible an Øbama plant. I never thought of that one before.

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

    Nor has anyone else. 😉 It’s Crowley who was accused (elsewhere) of being an Obama plant.

  310. Sorry that I misunderstood that one about Crowley / Manning! That would make much more sense if it were to be true! 🙂

  311. OR… maybe Manning was guided by someone in the administration to embarrass the US, and to initiate Øbama change throughout the world. Is that so far-fetched?

  312. in recent months he has made more and more statements that are embarassing to her.

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    To her, or to Obama, or to both? Or is Crowley, like Bill, saying what Hillary cannot say?

    Everyone knows Hillary is in an embarrassing position — O’s secretary, blamed for his policies. It’s hard for anyone to criticize O’s policies without embarrassing Hillary.

    What if the current embarrassment to H is minor collateral damage, in prep for her challenging Obama?

  313. pm317,
    Yeah, I’m going slow too…I already have injuries…I dare not make them worse and defeat my purpose….so I only kick it up to 3mph….I’ve had to leave the incline at 0 which I don’t like, but it hurts my knee if I go higher at all, but as soon as I get to 60 min. @ 3mph….after one month I’ll start the incline up 1 degree per month until I get to 5 degrees and then I’ll stay there…hopefully by that time my back and knee won’t make in difference. Most of my weight will be off and that should relieve the back and the knee….its slow and I get anxious, but I must go slow.

    That is also what I try to eat 1,000 to 1200 and never going over 1500. I’m getting pretty used to leaving the table hungry….and that’s the key…its all psychological….we Americans have too much food and we eat all the wrong stuff.

    I’m thinking the Crowley thing is that Hillary is gaining power….I certainly hope so! I’ve always thought there were Obama plants in the State Dept…but there’s plenty of Hillaryites too. Civil war must take place at various times….sheesh!

  314. “What if the current embarrassment to H is minor collateral damage, in prep for her challenging Obama?”
    ________________

    What damage to Hillary? Crowley was NOT her man. Granted they may have worked closely with Hillary and previous to that for Bill. But ultimately, he took his orders from Soros.

  315. For Hillary this was a donner un coup de pouce au destin.

    …to help destiny go in the right direction (for her).

  316. What damage to Hillary?

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    Yah, I don’t see that it’s much damage to Hillary anyway. “current damage”=”Current alleged damage if any”

  317. Mrs. Smith

    March 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    If P.J. Crowley was Soros’ man, Soros told him what to say and got him fired.

    ——————–
    Agreed. This makes the most sense.

  318. turndownobama
    March 13th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    What damage to Hillary?
    ________________

    agreed- if anything it’s just the opposite of the wrong assumption in the first place. Now Hillary’s consort will be Podesta.. a former Clinton employee. 🙂

  319. I should also add, Podesta is a Soros employee as well, but of a different caliber then Crowley.

  320. the shameless and clueless O just parties on…nothing can or will stop him from the next planned party…or the golf course…or meeting with basketball players across the country…in Boston, stop in on the Celtics…in Miami…where’s LeBron…and then after deciding not to go to the Gridiron Dinner since 2007…O decides he must go yuk it up while the Middle East is shooting and exploding and Japan is undergoing earthquakes, aftershocks, tsuanmis and nuclear explosions…

    …and don’t forget the kids…now is the time to hold a bullying conference where O and MO must lead…that had to take precedence over Libya and the ME…come on, now…

    …O must go have some laughs while the Japanese waves make it to the US West coast and create damage and destruction in Hawaii and California along the way…with the threat of nuclear radiation in the air that could make its way to the US West Coast…heaven only knows what will travel our way with the currents of the sea…

    …yet nothing is grave enough or important enough to disrupt O and his pleasures at any cost…O is detached enough to bypass the gravity of our times…his calculations do not stop to consider the suffering of others…

    oh silly me, a few critical words aimed at O are enough for him to take notice and force Crowley to resign…because Mr Transparency, O, cannot allow any leaks or anything that would actually show what a hypocrite O is…and how much of the Bush agenda he embraces and has expanded…

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

    btw…happened to be listening to a scientist discuss the ‘Ring of Fire’ regarding earthquakes, etc…he mentioned that out of the four quadrants we have recently had major episodes in three of them…we recently had major earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, and now Japan…so the Japan, north west, New Zealand, south west and Chile, south east…have all had major geological events recently

    …that leaves the northeast quadrant…or the quadrant that includes states of Washington, Oregon and California

    …I fear that California is next…I have mentioned that I lived thru the Northridge earthquake when I lived in Santa Monica in 1994…that was really horrific…having to climb thru a hole in the door that rescuers broke open in the middle of the night while homes were going up in flames from gas leaks, and things were crashing and breaking in pitch black darkness…very,very scary and violent…and that was minus a tsunami…

    …as bad as that was…it can be much worse…if anything like a 8 pt quake hits in Los Angeles, all bets are off…I hope we do not live to see it in our lifetime, however California is long over due for another big hit…

    someone above asked what happens if something like what happened in Japan happens here…imo…with all the preparation we have done…we are NOT prepared for that intensity…we will be in big trouble…

  321. MRs. Smith,
    It’s terrible about Japan, but I just heard they had all the reactors under control…..I think they are lying and Fox and the Rethugs are helping because they want Obama to get all these things going here. I’m sure they will locate them in either tornado alley, hurricane alley, or on some fault line….that way they can get rid of people on welfare and social security…..I bet that’s the plan from the Bilderberger’s.

  322. If P.J. Crowley was Soros’ man, Soros told him what to say and got him fired.

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

    That’s layer on layer of nonsense.

  323. It’s terrible about Japan, but I just heard they had all the reactors under control-
    ___________________

    Look on your droid phone @ BING. They have the breaking news faster than online. Four out of the six reactors are in trouble. They were stalled by a malfunction in cooling the core, I believe it was a non-functioning valve.

  324. TOKYO — Japanese officials struggled today to contain a quickly escalating nuclear crisis in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, saying they presumed that partial meltdowns had occurred at two crippled reactors, and that they were bracing for a second explosion, even as problems were reported at two more nuclear plants.

    That brings the total number of troubled plants to four, including one that is about 75 miles north of Tokyo.
    The emergency at the hardest hit plant, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, appeared to be the worst involving a nuclear plant since the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago, and at least 22 residents near the plant showed signs of radiation exposure, according to local officials. The crisis at that plant, which is much further from Tokyo, continued late today.

    A day after an explosion at one reactor there, Japanese nuclear officials said today that operators at the plant had suffered a setback trying to bring the second reactor thought to be in partial meltdown there under control. The operators need to inject water to help cool the reactor and keep it from proceeding to a full meltdown, but a valve malfunctioned today, hampering their efforts for much of the day.

    Pressure at the reactor rose during the delay, leading to increased worries of an explosion. At a late-night press conference, officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the plant, said the valve had been fixed, but said water levels had not yet begun rising.

    Until late today, the government had declared an emergency at only two nuclear plants, Daiichi and the nearby Fukushima Daini.

    Then, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Japan had added a third to the list because radiation had been detected outside the plant, which is about 60 miles from Sendai, a city of 1 million people in Japan’s northeast. The government did not immediately confirm the report from the IAEA, which said it was not yet clear what caused the release of radiation.

    The government was scrambling today to test people who lived near the Daiichi plant, with local officials saying that about 170 people had likely been exposed, but it was unclear if they or the 22 who showed signs of exposure had received dangerous doses. Early today, the government said three workers were suffering full-out radiation illness.

    The developments at Daiichi and Daini prompted the evacuation of about 80,000 people.

  325. I still remember waffles cancelling when he was scheduled to appear on SNL in 2008, claiming it was inappropriate for him to appear on a comedy show when there was an impending storm in the South. Knew he was full of it then.

  326. “That’s layer on layer of nonsense.”
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    I’m gonna save that expression for future use when appropriate.

  327. “It’s terrible about Japan”
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    The next concern is the west coast- CA and upwards…

    The wind currents are mostly SSE as well as the water currents on the eastern coast of Japan..

  328. S
    March 13th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Good analysis, thanks for posting your aggregate conclusions. Adding to what you’ve already said- This came across the wires this am-

    “Japanese volcano erupts

    Mar 13, 2011

    A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.”

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/article965229.ece/Japanese-volcano-erupts

    The quake hit Japan on the SE Coast and the erupting volcano is located in the SW portion of the island. The possibilities all look very disturbing.

  329. The phony potus has just issued a statement that being the Us President is mhch more difficult than being the Chinese CEO.I agree BO.Shooting hoops 18 holes of golf and wineing and dining the cash eating FL has to be tougher than filling Tea Bags and working your personal brewery.Do me a favor BO Resign and tidy up the Whitehouse for The real POTUS HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON.Remember don’t let the door hit you in the last part of you that goes out the WH door when you leave

  330. Reminder: Wolf Blitzer will be traveling with Hillary on her tour of France, Egypt & Tunisia all this week on CNN’s Situation Room.

  331. turndownobama
    March 13th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    If P.J. Crowley was Soros’ man, Soros told him what to say and got him fired.

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    “That’s layer on layer of nonsense.”

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    Is this another “God has spoken moment?”

    I mean if the proof is in the pudding (so to speak) then where is yours?

  332. Clinton announces partnership between State Dept., women’s colleges

    Erica Noonan
    March 13, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced a new partnership between the U.S. Department of State and five prestigious all-female colleges.

    The Women and Public Service Initiative will bring together the resources of Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and Bryn Mawr, with the State Department to increase the participation of women around the globe, in public service and political leadership, Clinton, a 1969 Wellesley alumna, said on Friday.

    “Together we will seek to promote the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed,” Clinton said.

    Clinton made the announcement in New York City at the Women in the World Stories and Solutions conference, sponsored by Newsweek and the Daily Beast website.

    In a speech highlighting the promise for women in countries that are making the transition to democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere, Clinton warned that the gains are “fragile and reversible.”

    “We have learned the hard way that without involving women in peace, the peace will not be sustained,” Clinton said.

    The initiative will present a conference this fall and develop a public service and political leadership institute for young women. The conference, to be held at Bryn Mawr College, will bring together global policy makers, public officials and academic experts to draw attention to the need to train and inspire a new generation of female political leaders, among other goals.

    The liberal arts schools have a distinguished roster of graduates who have gone on to work in public service and international issues, including Secretaries of State Clinton and Madeleine Albright – both graduates of Wellesley.

    Kavita Ramdas, graduate of Mount Holyoke, is a recent president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Farah Pandith, a graduate of Smith, is the U.S. Department of State special representative to Muslim communities.

    “In today’s interconnected world, it is our goal to educate women for positions of global leadership and train a new generation of thought leaders who will make a difference in the world,” said Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly in a statement.

    “We are delighted to collaborate further with our esteemed alumna, Secretary Clinton, and our sister colleges to continue to promote the voice of women around the world,” Bottomly said.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/03/clinton_announc.html

  333. Natgeo- has a special on now- In light of the quake in Japan, they see a pattern, sighting Cascadia, WA as a probable quake zone, beginning in Northridege,CA to 600mi north to Vancouver along a 600mi fault line.

  334. Kingsgrove
    March 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Reminder: Wolf Blitzer will be traveling with Hillary on her tour of France, Egypt & Tunisia all this week on CNN’s Situation Room.

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    hmmm…one thought comes to mind…

    I wonder what obama will TRY to do this week to top Hillary’s news moments.

  335. OT-

    JanH thanks-

    you might like this documentary based on the mystery of an art theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum located in Boston, MA. The theft took place 15 yrs ago and none of the stolen masterpieces have been recovered. In spite of a $5 million dollar reward.

    She had the foresight to purchase the Vermeer paintings. (Girl with a pearl earring etc.) for paltry sums back at the turn of the 20th century.

    The film includes footage from the 1900s with a thumbnail bio interspersed throughout the presentation of Isabella Stewart Gardner herself who was the vanguard of collecting fine art when it was considered folly. Constantly mocked and ridiculed by society, she was considered in unkind terms, as an eccentric collector.

    Pretty interesting for an online presentation that can be viewed full screen and a bit of a diversion from the worldwide chaos.

    http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/stolen/?icid=main%7Cnetscape%7Cdl7%7Csec1_lnk1%7C205801

  336. So Crowley went rogue and I wonder why..and looks like Hillary fired him. Don’t believe all the WH BS about pressuring him to resign and such (Hillary would see the implications of him going rogue before any of the WH nincompoops saw it).

    And what is all this hyper activity about Hillary, Hillary this, Hillary that and now she is being sent on a high profile mission with CNN in tow?

  337. I can’t see PJ Crowley sacrificing his career over the treatment of Bradley Manning. Plus our State Dept. diplomats are usually the soul of discretion on controversial issues, so why did he stick his neck out on this issue. It doesn’t really rub off on HRC other than to start a perception of a struggle between the WH and the State Dept. but now he’s gone whe’s nipped that in the bud. She did not fight to keep him.

  338. pm317
    March 13th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Hi pm317, I was wondering exactly the same thing…? What gives with giving Hillary all this attention?

  339. So Crowley went rogue and I wonder why..and looks like Hillary fired him. Don’t believe all the WH BS about pressuring him to resign

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    The WH has more motive to fire him than Hillary does because he’s criticizing the WH approved treatment of Manning. Which hurts Obama. Which helps Hillary challenge Obama.

    Hillary can’t speak against Obama openly. Maybe Crowley was sincere and fed up, maybe he thought he could get away with it, maybe he had a better offer.

  340. Unbowed and unrepentant, 14 Democratic state senators returned to the Capitol on Saturday and received a tumultuous welcome from tens of thousands of pro-labor demonstrators.
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    Unbowed, unrepentant and too dumb to spit.

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