Obama Reacts With Vigor To World Meltdown

We were told the planet would begin to heal.



Instead the planetary conditions resemble a sci-fi flick.



But not to worry as disaster piled upon disaster, as political havoc heaped upon political havoc, Barack Obama once again had his priorities:

“President Barack Obama will speak at the 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

The white-tie event is an opportunity for journalists to poke fun at public figures and political themes of the day. .”

Barack Obama knew by wolf boy instinct that he had to go speak to his Big Media base:

“According to a release from the club, attendees on Saturday (which will include CBS News’s Katie Couric, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Diane Sawyer of ABC News) can look forward to songs about: “House Speaker John Boehner and his predecessor, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the memoir-writing officials of the former Bush administration; an array of U.S.-backed foreign dictators; 22 potential GOP presidential candidates from Sarah Palin to pizza magnate Herman Cain; and the media.”

Once assured that his Saturday night festivities appeared on schedule, it was time for the real priority:

“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. [snip]

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.”

Recently Jay Clown, er Carney, recently explained that Obama had not spoken out about Libya because his schedule was so booked, there was no time. A concerned citizen asked:

“Japan, a friend to our country, is underwater, in flames, and likely facing nuclear meltdown(s) at their power plants. Our President will be ucking it up with Washington reporters today. I wonder if President Bush did this, would the media ignore the lack of leadership and poor taste displayed?”

Dear concerned citizen, racist MSNBC’s racits Dylan Ratigan has answered your question:



This past weekend the film Battle: Los Angeles opened in movie theaters. The flick is about an invasion of Los Angeles (“we’re being colonized!”) by aliens. While we await the first egghead reviewer to declare the movie a ‘crypo-fascist’ propaganda allegory attacking illegal aliens, we can ponder this question: What would Barack Obama do if extraterrestrials attacked earth?

After a frenzied all-hands-on-deck meeting at the White House to determine if the invading ETs could, under FEC rules (assuming they had the funds and there was no way to avoid FEC scrutiny as they have before), donate to Barack Obama’s likely campaign – Barack would order an immediate survey to see what golf courses were still available for an 18 hole round of golf.

Let’s view that Dylan Ratigan video again:



The topic was Bradley Manning and a question by Jake Tapper to Obama at the last publicity stunt. The public discomfort Obama was subjected to led to the firing today of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. Remember Jeremiah Wright “God Damn America” controversy? Obama protected Jeremiah Wright about “God Damn America” by saying: “I can no more disown [Wright] than I can my white grandmother.”

The moment Jeremiah Wright called Obama names however, Wright was under the bus along with the “racist” grandmother. Obama did not care Jeremiah Wright said “God Damn America” but Obama was irked when his halo wasn’t polished: “And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks was somehow political posturing.”

Obama does not care about Bradley Manning or the questions surrounding the creeps incarceration. What Obama is upset about is P.J. Crowley causing upset by inspiring an unanticipated question which Obama bungled.

The only thing narcissist “President Who Gives A Crap?” cares about is himself. “God Damn America.” God Damn Japan. God Damn The World. The only thing that matters to “President Who Gives A Crap?” is his selfish career.

Others are now writing what we wrote about starting in 2007:

John Hinderaker at Powerline hits on something I’ve been saying for quite some time about the man in the White House:

Last night Col. Ralph Peters was on Bill O’Reilly’s show, talking about Libya. Peters thinks we should act on behalf of the rebels there, but he expressed skepticism that President Obama will ever do anything. “Obama loves the idea of being President,” Peters said, “but he can’t make a decision.

I think there is a lot of truth to that, even in domestic policy, where Obama has passively deferred to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on all legislative matters. One can debate whether action is appropriate in Libya or not, but Peters is certainly right when it comes to foreign policy–it is a safe bet that Obama will do nothing, because doing something would require a decision.

Now it just so happens that I think we ought to stay out of Libya, so this is a stopped clock moment for me. I essentially agree with Obama’s non-decision.

However, to the larger point. I agree with Peters completely when he says “Obama loves the idea of President, but he can’t make a decision”. I might have said it a little differently. Obama loves the idea of being President and the trappings and perks. What he doesn’t like is the job.

I think that should be abundantly clear to anyone who has closely observed the man and taken a look at his background. I always remember the words of the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review who said that Obama loved the title of Editor of the Law Review, but he didn’t want to do the work. The managing editor said he rarely saw him except when it was to glad hand or take credit (and praise) for what was being done. Additionally, Obama never wrote a thing for the review during his tenure, something almost unheard of.

In all cases, his problems are leadership problems. He’s simply not a leader. He has no idea how to be a leader. But that doesn’t keep him from wanting leadership roles that offer him prestige, perks and pleasure derived from simply from being in the position.

The reason Obama can’t make a decision is he can’t reason like a leader must. He has no experience. And he doesn’t understand the decision making process as practiced by a leader. He’s never really had to make leadership decisions. So he simply tries to avoid making them. One way he does it is to ignore the problem. Another way he does this is to appoint commissions and panels concerning problems the country faces in order to defer the problem (and decision). He also like to defer to the “international community” on foreign policy or the Democratic leadership in the legislature on domestic things. Again, the avoidance of decision making.

And, in the end, he lets them make the decisions for him and then he jumps on the bandwagon with a speech full of rhetoric about how they (whichever party he is deferring to on whatever issue) have listened to him and decided on a course much like he recommended. Or something like that.

Even the Democrats are noticing how poor a leader he is.”

Possibly more than 10,000 dead in Japan. We don’t know for sure if one has occurred or not but the threats are there for several nuclear power plant meltdowns – and now a volcano has erupted on the Japanese isles. If Obama does not understand or believe what is happening there is much video and photographic evidence of the devastation in Japan.

Somali pirates are still in action and selling white people for ransom. The Fogel family of Israel has been butchered by Palestinian terrorists. These are the very people who want their own state on the border of Israel. Libya’s Ghadaffy reigns and mocks his people and the United States – Obama does nothing. One of the greatest threats to American power, our currency, is coming and Obama embraces the catastrophe.

But do not worry. Obama reacts with vigor to the world meltdown – he’s gone golfing.

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  1. What Obama is upset about is P.J. Crowley causing upset by inspiring an unanticipated question which Obama bungled.
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    So a head must roll and that head is Crowley’s.

  2. admin,

    I don’t know what to think. Is Czar obama another “off with his head” dictator? Has freedom of speech been sacrificed for all but him and his thugs?

  3. Mrs. Smith,

    Thanks for the link to that movie. I am unable to access it from Canada so I am going to do some research and see if I can view it somewhere else.

    It looks very interesting.

  4. awwww…sniff…sniff…where are my crocodile tears…

    As far as Hillary’s donors are concerned, I hope they stay Hillary’s and not cross over to the evil side.

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    MARCH 14, 2011

    Donors Told Obama in Weaker Position

    As Push for 2012 Funds Begins, Campaign Chief Offers Early Glimpse of How President Stacks Up Against the GOP Field .

    By CAROL E. LEE

    President Barack Obama’s advisors are telling potential donors that he is in a weaker position heading into the 2012 election than he was in 2008 and are detailing potential vulnerabilities of likely opponents, according to people who have seen their presentation.

    The donor meetings and the recent hiring of several senior campaign staff members are among the early moves Obama aides have made before the official launch of the president’s re-election effort, which Democratic officials say will come shortly after April 1.

    The centerpiece of their pitch to donors is a 10-page slide show, which features the slogan “Change that Matters” and offers an early glimpse into the thinking of the president’s re-election team. Jim Messina, a former White House official who will become Mr. Obama’s campaign manager next month, has been presenting the “strategy briefing” around the country in recent weeks.

    Mr. Messina made several stops in South Florida last week to reconnect with 2008 donors, particularly those who supported Hillary Clinton when she was a rival to Mr. Obama for the Democratic nomination. The president’s political aides, people at the meetings said, are trying to establish stronger ties to some of these donors as they navigate what may be a difficult fund-raising environment.

    Part of Mr. Messina’s presentation is to caution donors that while Mr. Obama has recovered after the trouncing his party took in the 2010 elections and is well-positioned for 2012, he will face a tough re-election fight that will require substantial donor support, according to people familiar with the presentation.

    The slide show cites Michigan and Pennsylvania as places where Mr. Obama’s standing has dropped since 2008 while GOP support has gone up. Using bureaucratic short hand for President of the United States, the slides warn: “POTUS maintains clear but narrowed support” and note there is “significant work to do to increase support among key demographics.”

    Mr. Messina, along with Rufus Gifford, who will move to Chicago in the next few weeks to serve as finance director for the campaign, have also been previewing how the Obama team sees its potential opponents.

    When he discussed the emerging GOP field in Miami, Mr. Messina made no mention of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, participants said, even though Mr. Pawlenty has clearly been taking steps to build a White House campaign.

    But Mr. Messina did talk about what Obama aides see as likely vulnerabilities for Jon Huntsman, the president’s outgoing ambassador to China, who is leaving his post to consider a campaign against his boss. The focus on Mr. Huntsman suggests Democrats see a threat in the former Utah governor, considered a moderate among potential GOP candidates.

    Mr. Messina, responding to a question, said it would be easy to “show the hypocrisies” in Mr. Huntsman’s candidacy by stressing his ties to the administration, according to people at the event.

    In addition, donors said Mr. Messina explained that Mr. Obama’s political aides view Mr. Huntsman’s support for a health care overhaul in Utah as a potential flashpoint for GOP primary voters, much like a state health plan that has caused problems for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    As governor, Mr. Huntsman signed legislation that created a health insurance exchange similar to the one in Massachusetts, where consumers, using a fixed contribution from their employers and pre-tax funds from their own paychecks, can buy and compare plans.

    The Utah law lacked an individual mandate, which is part of the new Democratic-backed federal law and the one Mr. Romney signed in Massachusetts.

    John Weaver, a Huntsman advisor, said the former governor supported a “market-based” health reform plan different from Mr. Romney’s law. He said the Obama team’s focus on Mr. Huntsman shows how much of a threat the White House believes he is. “You can tell when someone’s concerned about someone when they keep talking about them,” Mr. Weaver said.

    The Obama’ team’s PowerPoint presentation, which has also been shown to donors in Austin, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, presents donors with polling that shows Mr. Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee running 5 percentage points behind Mr. Obama, while Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann trail by double digits. Mr. Messina, according to donors in Florida, said last week he wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Bachmann, who raised $13 million for a congressional election last fall, wins the Iowa caucuses.

    Sean Spicer, communications director at the Republican National Committee, said the president’s political allies must realize they’re in a tough spot if they’re highlighting how he matches up against potential rivals and not simply focusing on Mr. Obama’s record in office.

    “So the president’s big case is: I’m up by a few points among people with a lot less name recognition at a time when the public is not fully engaged in the race?” Mr. Spicer said. “That’s not a real compelling argument.”

    In the initial phase of the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee in Washington will mostly handle the president’s response to Republican candidates. A bare-bones re-election team at campaign headquarters in Chicago will raise money and re-engage 2008 volunteers.

    The president’s longtime advisors, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, will also play a role in defending him.

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    President Obama greets Chicago Blackhawks fans Friday on the south lawn of the White House after honoring the 2010 Stanley Cup champions.
    .The donor meetings and the recent hiring of several senior campaign staff members are among the early moves Obama aides have made before the official launch of the president’s re-election effort, which Democratic officials say will come shortly after April 1.

    The centerpiece of their pitch to donors is a 10-page slide show, which features the slogan “Change that Matters” and offers an early glimpse into the thinking of the president’s re-election team. Jim Messina, a former White House official who will become Mr. Obama’s campaign manager next month, has been presenting the “strategy briefing” around the country in recent weeks.

    Mr. Messina made several stops in South Florida last week to reconnect with 2008 donors, particularly those who supported Hillary Clinton when she was a rival to Mr. Obama for the Democratic nomination. The president’s political aides, people at the meetings said, are trying to establish stronger ties to some of these donors as they navigate what may be a difficult fund-raising environment.

    Part of Mr. Messina’s presentation is to caution donors that while Mr. Obama has recovered after the trouncing his party took in the 2010 elections and is well-positioned for 2012, he will face a tough re-election fight that will require substantial donor support, according to people familiar with the presentation.

    Staff Is Filling Out
    Key Campaign Aides Named

    President Obama’s aides recently chose Ann Marie Habershaw, who has the same role at the Democratic National Committee, to be the chief operating officer for the 2012 campaign. Elizabeth JarvisShean was picked as research director, the same position she had in the White House.
    Overseeing the campaign’s operations in battleground states will be Mitch Stewart, who led Organizing for America, Mr. Obama’s grassroots campaign network housed in the DNC, and Jeremy Bird, Mr. Stewart’s deputy, Democratic officials said.
    Mr. Obama’s allies are looking to hire staff in the early caucus and primary states, such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, to push back on criticism from Republican contenders.
    .The slide show cites Michigan and Pennsylvania as places where Mr. Obama’s standing has dropped since 2008 while GOP support has gone up. Using bureaucratic short hand for President of the United States, the slides warn: “POTUS maintains clear but narrowed support” and note there is “significant work to do to increase support among key demographics.”

    Mr. Messina, along with Rufus Gifford, who will move to Chicago in the next few weeks to serve as finance director for the campaign, have also been previewing how the Obama team sees its potential opponents.

    When he discussed the emerging GOP field in Miami, Mr. Messina made no mention of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, participants said, even though Mr. Pawlenty has clearly been taking steps to build a White House campaign.

    But Mr. Messina did talk about what Obama aides see as likely vulnerabilities for Jon Huntsman, the president’s outgoing ambassador to China, who is leaving his post to consider a campaign against his boss. The focus on Mr. Huntsman suggests Democrats see a threat in the former Utah governor, considered a moderate among potential GOP candidates.

    Mr. Messina, responding to a question, said it would be easy to “show the hypocrisies” in Mr. Huntsman’s candidacy by stressing his ties to the administration, according to people at the event.

    In addition, donors said Mr. Messina explained that Mr. Obama’s political aides view Mr. Huntsman’s support for a health care overhaul in Utah as a potential flashpoint for GOP primary voters, much like a state health plan that has caused problems for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

    As governor, Mr. Huntsman signed legislation that created a health insurance exchange similar to the one in Massachusetts, where consumers, using a fixed contribution from their employers and pre-tax funds from their own paychecks, can buy and compare plans.

    The Utah law lacked an individual mandate, which is part of the new Democratic-backed federal law and the one Mr. Romney signed in Massachusetts.

    John Weaver, a Huntsman advisor, said the former governor supported a “market-based” health reform plan different from Mr. Romney’s law. He said the Obama team’s focus on Mr. Huntsman shows how much of a threat the White House believes he is. “You can tell when someone’s concerned about someone when they keep talking about them,” Mr. Weaver said.

    The Obama’ team’s PowerPoint presentation, which has also been shown to donors in Austin, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, presents donors with polling that shows Mr. Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee running 5 percentage points behind Mr. Obama, while Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann trail by double digits. Mr. Messina, according to donors in Florida, said last week he wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Bachmann, who raised $13 million for a congressional election last fall, wins the Iowa caucuses.

    Sean Spicer, communications director at the Republican National Committee, said the president’s political allies must realize they’re in a tough spot if they’re highlighting how he matches up against potential rivals and not simply focusing on Mr. Obama’s record in office.

    “So the president’s big case is: I’m up by a few points among people with a lot less name recognition at a time when the public is not fully engaged in the race?” Mr. Spicer said. “That’s not a real compelling argument.”

    In the initial phase of the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee in Washington will mostly handle the president’s response to Republican candidates. A bare-bones re-election team at campaign headquarters in Chicago will raise money and re-engage 2008 volunteers.

    The president’s longtime advisors, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, will also play a role in defending him.

    Mr. Messina’s pitch to donors stresses the need to build a network in states of small business owners and religious leaders, particularly among Latino and African-American voters. His overall message, according to a Florida donor, was, “We’re in good shape, and we want to reconnect with you.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576198511568155224.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  5. JanH, Crowley was brought to the State Department by Hillary to block appointment of a shill Obama wanted to appoint and thereby exercise more control over the State Department. Hillary won that battle. Now Obama will have his guy as the spokesman for the State Department. It’s more of Obama’s war on Hillary. Let’s see how Hillary reacts.

  6. This from Obama’s viewpoint story does not have the full picture, but it does provide some details as to the machinations involved here:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/Crowley_leaves_an_enigmatic_Hillaryland.html

    P.J. Crowley’s resignation as Assistant Secretary of State was, as he wrote in a resignation statement, determined the moment he agreed to make comments on Bradley Manning detention public, but it also offers a glimpse of the odd internal politics of the Clinton State Department.

    Crowley was never supposed to be the on-camera briefer, people who speak to him have long said. He was supposed to administer the department’s communications, took the job with some reluctance, and has been rumored to be on the way out since the day he started.

    He also never penetrated Clinton’s inner circle. His ill will with her unofficial spokesman and image-keeper, Philippe Reines, spilled out into the open in one Inspector General report, but Reines was never able to actually oust him — until he ousted himself — producing the kind of frozen political division, and endless stasis, familiar to anyone who covered Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    The tensions between Clinton’s inner circle of Reines, counsel Cheryl Mills, and and a few others on one hand and the White House on the other seem largely to have waned since some early turf battles over appointments. But Clinton’s actual role remains a central mystery of the Administration, rooted in whatever influence she’s able to wield in private conversations with the President.

    One recent clue was a Feb. 12 New York Times article, in which anonymous officials followed the time-honored path of shifting blame for a muddled Egypt response away from the President and on to Clinton and the State Department, casting them as sympathizers with a dictator as Obama pulled toward democracy.

    Clinton didn’t really push back the attack at all, a sign to different observers that she’s loyally playing her role in exchange for real influence; or that the White House has her in a real box.

    We put the most laughable sentences in bold.

  7. admin
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:32 pm
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    But what was Crowley’s motivation for saying what he said? If he was Hillary’s guy, why would he make it easier for Obama to fire him?

    Hi ani (from last thread).. how are you? I know, lot of intriguing things going on about Hillary in the news. And strangely repubs are pretty much silent and not going after her. For 2012, the challenge to Obama will not come from a republican (me thinks). It will come from within the Democratic party if it does and I hope they are smart enough to pick a winner (in all sense of that word) this time and we know who that is.

  8. @admin: It’s more of Obama’s war on Hillary
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    Could it be that a pre-primary battle is going on right now and more players have gathered on Obama’s potential ‘opponent’? And Crowley fell on his own sword to further the battle..Politico’s article is incoherent and that is a sign that they don’t know how to spin this.

  9. One more thing, that Politico article bringing up Hillaryland, her inner circle, her 2008 campaign all are a ‘tell’. If Crowley was her guy, why would he not fit in but Politico surmises he didn’t, so it must be (yeah, right). Something is up. Admin, we want answers!

  10. What Obama is upset about is P.J. Crowley causing upset by inspiring an unanticipated question which Obama bungled.

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    Good theory. Him and Joe the Plumber.

  11. from the original press release:

    “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.”
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    The fact that Hillary has been drawn in to this muddle, saying even to the point, she has been betrayed, written here in previous off the path theoretical is just nuts. What everyone has forgotten to factor in is Assange. Manning is the producer of leaked documents that were sent on to Assange. Assange’s defense from the labeling of cyber-terrorism by way of leaked classified documents is Assange maintains he was not the one who hacked into any classified documents. Manning is solely responsible for the hacking.

    By Crowley drawing attention to Manning’s treatment and speaking out about it when Obama has not intervened choosing to remain silent. The effort put forth here is protecting Assange. Manning is an outsider, a disposable asset. It is Assange that curries and benefits from the protection of Obama and by proxy, Soros.

    I cannot see Hillary involved in this at all. With this bit of insight from admin’s post confirms my view:

    “[He] Crowley also never penetrated Clinton’s inner circle. His ill will with her unofficial spokesman and image-keeper, Philippe Reines, spilled out into the open in one Inspector General report, but Reines was never able to actually oust him — until he ousted himself — producing the kind of frozen political division, and endless stasis, familiar to anyone who covered Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.”

  12. More on Crowley and Manning. Witnesses agree that it was an unplanned remark.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/11/state_department_spokesman_calls_treatment_of_bradley_manning_ridiculous_and_counte

    What Crowley said in answer to the original off-topic question:
    “I spent 26 years in the air force. What is happening to Manning is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid, and I don’t know why the DoD is doing it. Nevertheless, Manning is in the right place.” There are leaks everywhere in Washington – it’s a town that can’t keep a secret. But the scale is different. It was a colossal failure by the DoD to allow this mass of documents to be transported outside the network. Historically, someone has picked up a file of papers and passed it around – the information exposed is on one country or one subject. But this is a scale we’ve never seen before. If Julian Assange is right and we’re in an era where there are no secrets, do we expect that people will release Google’s search engine algorithms? The formula for Coca Cola? Some things are best kept secret. If we’re negotiating between the Israelis and the Palestinians, there will be compromises that are hard for each side to sell to their people – there’s a need for secrets.

    Dunno about that close quote mark; seems to be there in error.

  13. Hi ani (from last thread).. how are you? I know, lot of intriguing things going on about Hillary in the news. And strangely repubs are pretty much silent and not going after her. For 2012, the challenge to Obama will not come from a republican (me thinks). It will come from within the Democratic party if it does and I hope they are smart enough to pick a winner (in all sense of that word) this time and we know who that is.
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    Where do you get this from. How can you make any judgment? If Hillary is going to challenge the fraud then great. But if not the challenge will have to come from the other party. This whole thing is a matter of timing. And to watch the same people put him in there manipulate the polls and say he is a shoe in is garbage in garbage out. The electoral college is still the structure and the most important poll is the strongly for vs strongly against by Rassmussen. We do not know who the Republican challenger is and to some degree it may not matter. This will be a referendum on Obama. Rather than lurch from side to side as each new wave hits the boat as some of my friends do, pay attention to the metrics Jay cost talked about–the unemployment rate, the deficit and foreign policy disasters. Watch what happens to Obama care, etc. As far as Obama’s inability to make a decision I have said it from day 1 and it was evident in his decision to vote present 130 times. Nothing new under the sun where that asshole is concerned. And that is what will kill him politically. Because as things get worse for the American People he will be blamed regardless of what the utterly discredited big media wants to believe. Those people represent wealthy interests in the New York and Washington areas who have nothing in common with the American People.

  14. President Barack Obama’s advisors are telling potential donors that he is in a weaker position heading into the 2012 election than he was in 2008 and are detailing potential vulnerabilities of likely opponents, according to people who have seen their presentation.
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    He has failed to deliver–except to the fat cats. So of course he is vulnerable. Very much so.

  15. Obama is a total disgrace to our country and to the position of President.

    His lack of responsibility and absence of concern for anyone but himself, makes me SICK!!!!

    Japan is suffering, America is suffering and many in the ME are suffering, but he can’t be bothered.

    Great post Admin.

  16. SHV, the video:

    12:35 a.m. March 14:

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said a meltdown is possible at its Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 3 reactor where a hydrogen explosion occurred, injuring six workers.

    A meltdown may occur should the reactor’s fuel rods remain exposed, Managing Director Akio Komori said at a press briefing in Tokyo today. The vessel containing the reactor’s radioactive core is intact after the blast at 11:01 a.m. local time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said earlier.

    The possibility of a large radiation leak is very small, even as radiation levels at the reactor are rising, Edano, the government’s main spokesman, said at a press conference. Tokyo Electric said six workers were injured at the station 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of the Japanese capital. These included four company employees and two contract workers.

    The blast follows a similar explosion on March 12 after a hydrogen leak at the station’s No. 1 reactor, in which the walls of the reactor building were destroyed, and four workers were injured. No damage was reported to the container of the No. 1 plant, according to Tokyo Electric.

    Asia’s largest utility is seeking to avoid a meltdown of at least two reactors at the nuclear power station by flooding them with water and boric acid to eliminate the potential for a catastrophic release of radiation into the atmosphere. The station lost power to keep the reactor core cool after the March 11 earthquake, the largest ever recorded in Japan.

    Winds in the area of the Fukushima plant are blowing at less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) per hour generally in an northeasterly and northerly direction, according to a 9 a.m. update from the Japan Meteorological Agency today.

  17. U.S. helicopters detect radiation 60 miles from damaged Japanese plant, suggesting wider contamination – nytimes

  18. U.S. Seventh Fleet moves ships, planes away from quake-hit Japanese nuclear plant after discovering low-level radioactive contamination – AP

  19. Oh ffs,

    USS Reagan sailed by a radioactive cloud exposing members on deck to a month’s worth of radiation in an hour – nytimes

  20. Jiji News Agency: Water levels fall far enough to partly expose fuel rods at Fukushima nuclear plant’s No. 2 reactor.

  21. Kyodo News says nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima number two reactor are now fully exposed after water coolant levels fell

  22. Not only, “they murder, we build,” said by Bibi- ‘They refuse to engage, we build.’ Should be an additional axiom every time the PA’s refuse a sit down for talks.
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    US criticizes Israeli settlement construction plan (Obama’s yapping but no one is listening)

    JERUSALEM — The U.S. Embassy said Monday it was “deeply concerned” by Israel’s plans to build hundreds of new homes in the West Bank following a deadly attack on a settler family, calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate” and an obstacle to peacemaking.

    In a rare interview to the Israeli media, the Palestinian president reached out to the Israeli public, decrying the weekend attack in the settlement of Itamar as “despicable, immoral and inhuman.” But he rejected the Israeli suggestion that his government was indirectly to blame.

    While the country was still reeling from the gruesome attack, in which two parents and three young children were fatally stabbed as they slept, the Israeli government announced Sunday that it had approved the construction of between 400 and 500 new homes in major West Bank settlement blocs.

    “They murder, we build,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a condolence call to the grieving family. Palestinian militants are presumed to have carried out the assault.

    The plans for new construction infuriated Palestinians, and together with the attack, drove prospects for renewed peacemaking even further out of reach. A Netanyahu aide said the Israeli government informed the U.S. — which has been toiling with little success to break the negotiations deadlock — of the decision.

    A senior Israeli official responded to the U.S. criticism by reasserting Israel’s expectation that the major settlement blocs, where most of the 300,000 West Bank settlers live, will remain in Israeli hands under any final peace accord.

    An additional 200,000 settlers live in east Jerusalem, captured along with the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians want both territories, along with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, for their future state. They say all settlements are illegitimate.

    Early Monday, the Israeli army pressed forward with its search for the attacker in Awarta, a Palestinian village next to Itamar. Residents said soldiers using loudspeakers ordered men between the ages of 18 and 40 to report to a village school for questioning.

    Village resident Mashour Awad said dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people from a nearby neighborhood were taken to the school, and that no one put up any resistance. “I’ve seen people from that neighborhood going because they fear the soldiers may come to their homes and they could face worse. They prefer to go,” he said.

    Jewish settlers bent on retaliation, meanwhile, threw rocks at cars driving on a main road linking the Palestinian cities of Nablus and Ramallah and set several cars on fire outside of Ramallah and in the town of Qalqiliya, Palestinian officials said.

    Disputes over settlement construction have driven peacemaking into a virtual standstill for the past two years. Palestinians refuse to negotiate until Israel halts all building on occupied territories. Israel says negotiations should not be held hostage to conditions and note that previous rounds of talks took place while construction proceeded.

    Israeli officials had accused Abbas of only tepidly condemning the carnage in the settlement of Itamar. And they suggested his government was indirectly to blame, calling it the product of incitement against Israel.

    Responding to the Israeli pressure, Abbas spoke to state-run Israel Radio on Monday, harshly condemning the violence and saying his government would have prevented the assault if it had had advance knowledge. He said he would not allow violence to expand.

    But Abbas disputed Israel’s allegations that Palestinian clerics preach incitement, saying his government hands out a uniform sermon to be delivered by all. He also called for a joint Israeli-Palestinian-U.S. team to examine claims of incitement in Palestinian textbooks.

    Israel has long contended that Palestinian textbooks and official media preach hatred toward Israel and that the killers of Israelis are often glorified.

    On Sunday, a group of activists from Abbas’ Fatah movement dedicated a square in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Dalal Mughrabi, a female militant who carried out a 1978 bus attack that killed 37 Israelis. Aides to Abbas said they tried to stop the ceremony and the move was not officially sanctioned.

    Still, Israel has not produced evidence that incitement contributed to the killings.

    The military has taken some 20 people into custody in connection with the attacks but has provided no further details. Abbas said Palestinian security officials were working with Israel to find the assailant

    “We’re deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions on settlements in the West Bank,” the statement from the U.S. Embassy said. “As we said before, we view these settlements as illegitimate and as running counter to efforts to resume direct negotiations.”

    Just last month, the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction. The U.S. said it agreed with the wider world about the illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity but thought Israelis and Palestinians should resolve key conflicts between them and the council wasn’t the proper venue for the dispute. The council’s 14 other members voted in favor of the resolution.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42066001/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

  23. Tokyo Electric Power company says fuel rod meltdown cannot be ruled out at reactor two in Fukushima nuclear plant one

  24. Fuel rods are entirely exposed at Fukushima Daiichi No.2 reactor; cannot rule out fuel meltdown – Jiji

  25. Obama Reacts With Vigor … and yesterday’s Rasmussen reacted with vigor as well: Presidential tracking -18. I’d wait for today’s number, but have morning errands.

  26. Wow….Japan’s top gov’t spokesman says Fukushima’s ALL three reactors highly likely facing melting.

  27. We have been correct all along. Carville now admits he was wrong:

    http://www.newsweek.com/2011/03/13/my-favorite-mistake-james-carville.html

    All right, maybe my timing was a little off.

    I know a bit about selling books, and you need a good title—a catchy concoction with a little Cajun spice, something that will make folks stop in the aisles, turn away from the Grisham novels and the latest crazy diet fad, and pick up your masterpiece.

    So when Barack Obama seemed headed for the White House and my party was riding high, I conjured up this one: 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.

    Yeah, I know.

    Lots of people have had fun throwing it back at me since the book came out in the spring of 2009. My reliably Republican wife, Mary Matalin, has gotten off a couple of zingers. But I don’t believe in hedging my bets.

    Forty is a play on the “four more years” chant of many incumbent campaigns. I haven’t given up the thesis; still got 38 years to go. But the early returns from the precincts aren’t very good.

    It’s not a whole lot of fun hanging out there with that title. Kind of like James Glassman writing Dow 36,000 just before the dotcom crash.

    Now don’t judge me by the cover alone. I made the argument that every growing demographic in this country—nonwhite voters, younger people—is trending Democratic. It’s a ticking time bomb for the GOP. That’s why I felt safe in saying that “Republicans have no hope of making serious inroads into Democratic advantages in 2010 or likely 2012 or 2014 and so on.” And just for kicks, I told the Republicans to get a better prescription-drug policy because “they’re gonna need a lot more Prozac.”

    So why did the Dems wind up depressed after losing the House? The problem is a bad economy dampened turnout among key Democratic groups in a non-presidential year. But the enthusiasm will bounce back when Obama’s on the ballot again.

    Wrong again James.

  28. Carville needs to read this:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-seeks-to-reconnect-with-young-voters/2011/03/09/ABot9CU_story.html?hpid=z4

    Twenty months before Election Day, and even before the president officially opens his campaign office, Obama and his White House team are launching a number of efforts to reconnect with the young voters who were among his most fervent supporters in 2008 — but who have soured somewhat on the president since.

    The White House announced a plan last week to hold at least 100 roundtables this spring at which administration officials will meet with young people. The administration also will solicit ideas from young people through a series of national conference calls, Web chats and other forums. In addition, the White House enlisted Kalpen Modi, the 33-year-old actor known as Kal Penn who played the character Kumar in the popular Harold and Kumar stoner movies, as its top youth liaison.

    The early and aggressive outreach is an indication of how much has changed among young voters in a little more than two years — and how far Obama has to go to rekindle the energy of one of his most politically important constituencies.

    When Obama ran in 2008, teens and 20-somethings were quickly smitten by this different-sounding, different-looking kind of candidate. Obama spoke their language, joined them on Facebook and tapped into their idealism, galvanizing young voters by telling them that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

    Voters under 30 responded in a big way, accounting for an unusually large share of the electorate in many targeted states, where they voted overwhelmingly for him.

    But the economy has battered young Americans along with many others, and the ideals of 2008 have succumbed to the realities of what’s come after.

    College tuition costs are escalating, states are cutting education programs, and graduates are being thrust into one of the worst job markets in decades. Un­employment among those age 20 to 24 has risen, going from about 11 percent in the final days of the 2008 campaign to 15.4 percent now, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The new dynamics have complicated White House efforts to connect. [snip]

    Last year’s elections and polling trends since 2008 suggest young people have lost some of their enthusiasm for Obama and the Democrats and, more generally, their idealism about politics.

    Washington Post-ABC News polling shows that Americans under 30 remain Obama’s strongest age bracket. But his approval rating in that group has dropped considerably since the early days of his presidency.

    Sixty-three percent of people 18 to 29 approved of his job performance in January, compared with 84 percent in February 2009. The share of voters under 30 who identify as Democrats, which spiked to about 4 in 10 in 2008, dipped back in 2010 to a more typical level of about one-third, according to aggregated Post-ABC data from both years.

    More generally, a fall 2010 survey by Rock the Vote found that nearly six in 10 people under the age of 30 said they were more cynical about the political process than they had been in 2008.

    In the November elections, Democrats lost races in important swing states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Pennsylvania despite eleventh-hour campus rallies in which Obama implored college students to vote.

    Several young people on the receiving end of White House outreach in recent days said in interviews that they appreciated the contact but wondered whether the program would be effective.

    Some seemed perplexed by the lack of specificity in the round­table discussions and other conversations.

  29. admin
    March 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    We have been correct all along. Carville now admits he was wrong:
    ——————————–

    Poor Carville, what can he do if Obama proved to be such a massive dud. But he should have known better.

  30. niall ferguson – a professor from THAT BULLSHIT Liberal HARVARD – says Obama is the new Jimmay Cartyer….

    we always knew it!!!!

  31. admin
    March 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    ————————–

    admin, that is why Obama is going to high school kids now (you know with his bullying conference and such..)

  32. Don’t underestimate James Carville-

    First and foremost, he is a showman and a top political strategist extraordinare. I’m sure he thought long and hard about the book title and either way he would make the book useful whether Obama became an unquestionable success or the dismal failure he is today.

    James Carville, shrewdly concieved of a book title with a built in topic for many tv appearances on MTP, the Nation, CNN, for the next run at the WH especially if Hillary is drafted into the race.

    His book becomes fodder for discussion by republican operatives using his book as talking points for Obama’s failures as well as giving him the opportunity for beau coup mea culpas coming across to the reading and tv public as a very humble guy big enough to say he was WRONG- A Win-Win situation created by the not always audibly understood (if he speaks slower would help the listener) JC.

    Once again, Brilliance from James Carville, the Ragen-Cagen.

  33. Libya opposition to meet with Clinton in Paris today

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will continue on to Egypt and Tunisia in her first trip to address the Arab revolutions. But the window for foreign assistance to Libya is quickly closing.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to meet with Libyan rebel leaders in Paris today in her first overseas trip to address Arab world revolutions since the ousting of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Her visit comes as the Obama administration shows wariness about offering support to Libyan rebels and Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s forces make surprising gains.

    In Paris, Clinton will meet with Libyan opposition figures and meet several European counterparts to discuss military intervention in Libya, the Associated Press reports. France has already recognized the Libyan opposition interim council and, together with Britain, is drafting a no-fly zone resolution to put forward at the United Nations Security Council. But the US has been more reticent to throw its full support behind the rebels.

    AP notes that the US regard for rebels “may well depend” on Clinton’s meetings today, since “the [rebel] council’s composition and aims largely remain a mystery to American officials.”

    Clinton is due to visit Tunisia and Egypt after Paris to express support for the ousters of autocratic governments there. “We have an enormous stake in ensuring that Egypt and Tunisia provide models for the kind of democracy that we want to see,” Clinton told lawmakers last week, warning them about Iran’s attempts to gain influence across the region, according to the Agence France-Presse.

    Even though the Arab League offered a strongly-worded statement of support this weekend for an internationally backed no-fly zone over Libya, saying that the Libyan government had “lost its sovereignty,” Obama on Sunday showed hesitation in committing the US to military action in Libya.

    “Anytime I send United States forces into a potentially hostile situation, there are risks involved and there are consequences. And it is my job as president to make sure that we have considered all those risks,” he told reporters, according to the Associated Press. “It’s also important from a political perspective to, as much as possible, maintain the strong international coalition that we have right now.”

    The Obama administration has expressed concern about a military that is already spread thin and about being perceived as meddling in another country’s affairs. It has insisted that any military intervention have UN approval and support from the Arab League.

    Meanwhile, Qaddafi’s forces have made surprisingly strong gains against rebels, even advancing toward the opposition “capital” of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

    After pummeling the key oil town of Ras Lanuf last week, pro-Qaddafi forces moved east to claim Brega over the weekend. Rebels say the next battle will be in Ajdabiya, a strategic town on a junction that leads to both the oil refineries of Tobruk and the self-made rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the Guardian reports.

    Although the rebel forces commander said Qaddafi’s forces will face a difficult fight if they try to reclaim Ajdabiya, some members of the antigovernment forces seemed less confident, bemoaning a lack of assistance from other countries and discussing exit plans to Egypt.

    According to the Washington Post, reporting from Tripoli, pro-government forces tout reclaiming of oil town Ras Lanuf and Brega as a significant gain. The rebel forces commanders claims his forces made a “strategic retreat” from Brega.

    Col. Milad Hussein, an army spokesman, [said] that he did not anticipate a tough battle in Benghazi. He said that the government hopes to resolve the crisis “through reconciliation” with tribal leaders in eastern Libya but that the rebel movement is not proving to be a potent adversary.

    “To deal with them you don’t need full-scale military action,” the Libyan spokesman said. “They are groups of people who, when you come to them, they just raise their hands and go. ”

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2011/0314/Libya-opposition-to-meet-with-Clinton-in-Paris-today

  34. admin
    March 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    Carville needs to read this:
    ————————–
    I see no reason for this. As Plouffe will tell anyone who asks hopium is good and sufficient tender to pay off school loans and put food on the table when the employment rate is dropping due to statistical manipulations yet you still cannot find a job. After all, Obama has proven that experience is not a prerequisite for any job, so the explanation must lie elsewhere. Wait a minute . . . I have got it . . . the problem is Bush and those dastardly House Republicans–that is why we cannot find a job, and the Messiah has made it clear that he favors jobs and opposes unemployment. What more can you ask for. Perhaps those young people should become caddies, and hope the prick hires them. And 100 round tables with youth? Somebody needs to whisper in Plouffe’s ear that is not nearly enough. I would say 10,000 round tables at least, and be sure to invite Soros and Immelt so those young idiots who attend will know this is not really about them–they are merely dupes and means to somebody else’s ends–which are inimical to their own.

  35. CHRIS MATTHEWS: If the Republicans get a real opportunity next year because President Carter, President – there’s a mistake – President uh, uh, Obama doesn’t seem to have a grip on it, he doesn’t seem to be able to pull the economy back. He’s not, it’s not working. Who would be the best to exploit that situation? Because that’s the person who would win.

  36. Haven’t seen this minor new item mentioned on US propaganda networks:

    “Hundreds of Saudi troops have entered Bahrain to help protect government facilities there, according to witnesses.

    Bahrain television broadcast images of the troops entering the Gulf State, which lies between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on Monday.

    The images back up earlier claims by Saudi sources that a force had entered Bahrain whose Sunni rulers have faced weeks of protests and growing pressure from a majority Shia population to institute political reforms.

    “About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain early on Monday morning through the causeway to Bahrain,” the Reuters news agency reported a Saudi source as saying, referring to the 26km causeway that connects the island kingdom to Saudi Arabia.

    “They are part of the Gulf Co-operation Council [GCC] force that would guard the government installations.”

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/03/2011314124928850647.html

  37. French nuclear safety authority say Japan now at 5-6 on seven point incident scale.

    1 point more and its at the Chernobyl level of 7.

  38. FLASH: U.S. nuclear regulatory commission says Japanese government formally asks U.S. for help with cooling nuclear reactors………er bit late.

  39. Apple dont fall far from tree, i see.

    Nevada Election Chief Questions Rory Reid on 90 Campaign Accounts With Same Address

    Rory Reid, who failed a gubernatorial bid in Nevada last November, is taking heat for allegedly creating dozens of campaign accounts to get around contribution limits — a scheme the top state election official said could run afoul of the law.

    Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has sent a letter to Reid, the son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his advisers “in regard to potential violations” of state election law, pressing them to fork over records accounting for how the Reid campaign handled and distributed donations. The red flag for Miller was the fact Reid set up 90 political action committees all registered at the same Las Vegas address.

    Miller warned that the information Reid supplies “may be used against you in an administrative, civil or criminal proceeding.”

    The stern warning follows an investigative report by Las Vegas Sun reporter Jon Ralston, who found Reid guided $750,000 through the mini-PACs into his campaign account.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/14/nevada-election-chief-questions-rory-reid-0-campaign-accounts-address/

    …………….

    I’m sure Daddy taught him to hide things well or maybe not?

  40. Poll: 60% of Tea Party, Nearly Half of GOP Support Impeaching Obama

    by Tony GOPrano on Mar. 14, 2011

    A new poll reported in an unlikely source shows a broad majority of Tea Party members and roughly half of all Republicans support impeaching Barack Obama. More than 1,000 registered voters were asked, “Would you support or oppose the impeachment of President Obama?” Among those who describe themselves as Tea Party members, a full 60 percent support impeachment. An additional 16 percent are unsure.

    Among Republicans, 48 percent support impeachment and 22 percent are unsure.

    A Democratic Poll on a Left-Wing Website

    Public Policy Polling, which is described as “an American Democratic Party-affiliated polling firm based in Raleigh,” conducted the survey from March 4-6. Its results appeared on the left-wing website the Daily Kos.

    Overall, 26 percent of Americans would like to see the president impeached, and 14 percent are undecided.

    Surprisingly, 14 percent of Democrats and 13 percent of liberals favor impeaching their own president. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll last October found 47 percent of Democrats “said Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination,” although no modern president who faced a primary challenge has been re-elected. Many Democrats on the ballot in 2012 fear an anti-Obama backlash will doom their chances, and doctrinaire left-wingers have questioned whether they would be better off with another president.

    For some reason the mainstream media, which have been known to spin their own polls, have chosen to ignore this poll altogether.

    Sampling Skews Left

    The poll’s sample seems to give undue weight to those on the Left. PPP indicates 24 percent of its respondents come from union households. However, only 17 percent of voters in 2010 came from union households and only 21 percent in 2008. Similarly, self-described Democrats outnumber Republicans by four percent. Since union household members tend to be more liberal than average Americans, the poll likely undercounts the number of Americans who support impeachment. However, its internal data are significant.

    Although Obama claims to represent the downtrodden, the poorest Americans are most likely to want him removed from office. Forty three percent of those making less than $30,000 want to see Obama impeached as compared to 14 percent of Americans making more than $100,000. Two-thirds of the wealthiest have a favorable view of Obama.

    Southerners are the most likely to favor impeachment; people who live on the West Coast are least likely. Only five percent of Asians support impeachment, the lowest of any ethnic group and far lower than blacks (16 percent). There is no significant difference among age groups.

    Are RINOs, Beltway Conservatives Out of Touch with their Supporters?

    The poll numbers are all the more remarkable since there is no meaningful public call to impeach Barack Obama from the establishment Republicans or the inside-the-Beltway conservative movement. So far only one Congressman, Rep. Trent Franks or Arizona, has publicly stated he would favor impeachment. Franks told the blog ThinkProgress.org he would “absolutely” impeach Barack Obama and/or Attorney General Eric Holder over their refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He has since stood by his words. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich raised the issue of impeachment only to scurry away from it.

    Some conservatives who receive media exposure seem to belittle the idea. Even many callers to Rush Limbaugh‘s program say the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 should avoid criticizing Obama.

    However, a growing number of national figures have called for the president to be held accountable for his dereliction of duty. Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, former Nixon administration official Howard Phillips, ACORN expert Matthew Vadum, and the Pajamas Media blog have joined talk show hosts Bryan Fischer and Tammy Bruce in saying the president’s lawless behavior rises to the level of impeachment.

    This means the Beltway Republicans and the conservative establishment are to the Left of many of their own supporters. Those who support Constitutional government have warned them they risk alienating the grassroots in their rush to curry favor with Washington’s ruling elite. This poll shows how successful grassroots movements can be without them — and why we must continue our efforts.

    http://floydreports.com/poll-60-of-tea-party-nearly-half-of-gop-support-impeaching-obama/?utm_source=Expose+Obama&utm_campaign=66b4463fdc-EO_03_11_20113_11_2011&utm_medium=email

  41. Monday, Mar 14, 2011 08:15 ET

    The clarifying Manning/Crowley controversy

    By Glenn Greenwald

    The forced “resignation” of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley — for the mortal sin of denouncing the abusive detention of Bradley Manning has apparently proven to be a clarifying moment for many commentators about what the President is and how he functions in these areas. Writing at Time’s Swampland, Mark Benjamin identifies the real crux of the controversy:

    Free speech advocates are shocked, and, as I wrote last week on TIME.com, concerned over Obama’s record as the most aggressive prosecutor of suspected government leakers in U.S. history.

    Those advocates have wondered whether the penchant for secrecy in the Obama administration comes from the President, or those around him. Obama’s statement on Manning, followed by Crowley’s resignation, seem to suggest some of this comes from the President himself.

    It’s long been obvious that the Obama administration’s unprecedented war on whistleblowers “comes from the President himself,” notwithstanding his campaign decree — under the inspiring title “Protect Whistleblowers” — that “such acts of courage and patriotism should be encouraged rather than stifled.” The inhumane treatment of Manning plainly has two principal effects: it intimidates future would-be whistleblowers into knowing that they, too, will be abused without recourse, and it will break him psychologically (as prolonged solitary confinement and degrading treatment inevitably do) to render him incapable of a defense and to ensure he provides whatever statements they want about WikiLeaks. Other than Obama’s tolerance for the same detainee abuse against which he campaigned and his ongoing subservience to the military that he supposedly “commands,” it is the way in which this Manning/Crowley behavior bolsters the regime of secrecy and the President’s obsessive attempts to destroy whistleblowing that makes this episode so important and so telling.

    cont…

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/14/manning

  42. mp

    niall ferguson – a professor from THAT BULLSHIT Liberal HARVARD – says Obama is the new Jimmay Cartyer….

    we always knew it!!!!

    ———
    Sorry, but Obama doesn’t even qualify for the Carter II award, he is much worse and corrupt.

    I would put him in a class of his own…maybe he would qualify for the Winner Sheen award, but at least Charlie has acting talent, and Barry has nuttin’.

  43. I just looked at the headlines on Drudge for Japan links and started hyperventalating.

    I need to try and stick my head in the sand….it is so frightening. I feel so badly for the people of Japan.

  44. (Reuters) – Nuclear fuel rods at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear reactor are now fully exposed, Jiji news agency said, quoting the plant’s operator, Tokyo Eletcric Power Co .

    The report referred to the Fukushima Daiichi complex’s No.2 reactor, where levels of water coolant around the reactor core had been reported as falling earlier in the day.

    The Jiji report said a meltdown of the fuel rods could not be ruled out. A meltdown raises the risk of damage to the reactor vessel and a possible radioactive leak, experts say.

  45. What would Barack Obama do if extraterrestrials attacked earth?

    After a frenzied all-hands-on-deck meeting at the White House to determine if the invading ETs could, under FEC rules (assuming they had the funds and there was no way to avoid FEC scrutiny as they have before), donate to Barack Obama’s likely campaign – Barack would order an immediate survey to see what golf courses were still available for an 18 hole round of golf.

    That is spot on.
    I’m glad BO is golfing & yucking it up at gridiron & all that. Keep him away from the emergency phones because Hillary is busy answering them.
    Imo, anyone who votes to re-elect him should switch places with Bradley Manning for the next 4 years.

  46. #JanH
    March 14th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    jbstonesfan,

    I read about this earlier.

    There are no words for what I think of this inhumane act.
    —————————–

    In the 26/11/08 Mumbai terrorist attack that the Pakistanis masterminded, they killed the Rabbi who ran the Jewish center (Chabad Center) and if I remember correctly the wife was pregnant with their second child.

  47. “The report referred to the Fukushima Daiichi complex’s No.2 reactor, where levels of water coolant around the reactor core had been reported”
    ********
    Watching live Japanese TV news….Japanese officials are just as good as American’s at obscuring reality. Sounds like the #2 reactor is in deep shit. Sounds like the rods are exposed at a unknown amount and that the reactor venting valve can’t be opened. If that is true then a “Alpha-mode failure” is possible…

    “One speculative scenario may be alpha-mode failure. This would involve an explosion sufficient to blow the head off the reactor pressure vessel, launching it at the outer containment system, which could then be breached as a result. The odds of this are considered low, but many supposedly very low probability events have in fact occurred at nuclear installations.”

    http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-13-2011-how-black-is-japanese.html

  48. SHV

    Watching live Japanese TV news….Japanese officials are just as good as American’s at obscuring reality.

    ———-
    Yup, the only thing that runs though my mind when I get frustrated at the conflicting info. is that, you couldn’t pay me enough to be close to those reactors, radiation suit or not.

    Maybe they can at least Mission Impossible a web cam down from a helicopter with a very, very long cable.

  49. Is Conyers openingly calling for an Obama challenger?

    Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan criticizes President Obama in Press Club speech, hoping to “make him a better president”

    Conyers says in remarks “only thing that saves him, of course, is that there doesn’t seem to be anybody to run against him”

    Translation : “Who’s gonna step up to the mark and rid us of this deadweight”

  50. Tv News losses in 2010 and they wonder why……..because we no longer trust them to be truthful and unbiased.

    MSNBC experienced the mildest drop in audience, falling 5% to 747,000 in prime time. That was of loss of 39,000 viewers.

    HLN lost 17% of its prime-time viewers, falling to an average of 434,000 after a loss of 89,000 people.

    The prime-time audience at Fox fell 11% to a median viewership of 1.9 million. It lost 234,000 viewers.

    CNN saw the most severe fall-off. Median prime-time viewership plunged 37% in 2010 to 564,000 viewers. It lost 331,000 viewers.

    The same pattern occurred during daytime hours. Daytime audience for cable news fell 12%, as a median figure of 1.9 million people watched on any typical day.

  51. MSNBC experienced the mildest drop in audience, falling 5% to 747,000 in prime time. That was of loss of 39,000 viewers.
    —————————–
    They do not allow channel changers in Insane Asylums. Perhaps that explains it. The 39,000 who were not in staightjackets did get up and change the channel because they are on the road to recovery. And when you regain your sanity, you cannot stand to listen to the tower of babble known as msnbc–misogynists network.

  52. I just looked at the headlines on Drudge for Japan links and started hyperventalating.

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

    We know what Drudge headlines are worth.

  53. Fox seems to land moderate to conservative dems….at least Bayh stood with Hillary the long haul.

  54. Does anyone have good news on the nukes?

    It feels like Japan is getting sucked into a black hole of disaster.

  55. Jaw-dropping photos at link:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366093/Japan-earthquake-Experts-predict-eruption-tsunami-hit-stricken-country-days.html

    At least 2,000 bodies have now washed up on the country’s decimated coastline, crematoriums were overflowing with the dead and rescue workers ran out of body bags as the nation faced the reality of its mounting crisis. [snip]

    Experts are now warning a second huge quake – almost as powerful as the first – could hit the country, triggering another tsunami.

    The director of the Australian Seismological Centre, Dr Kevin McCue, told the Sydney Morning Herald that there had been more than 100 smaller quakes since Friday, and a larger aftershock was likely.

    ‘Normally they happen within days.

    ‘The rule of thumb is that you would expect the main aftershock to be one magnitude smaller than the main shock, so you would be expecting a 7.9.

    ‘That’s a monster again in its own right that is capable of producing a tsunami and more damage.’

  56. A medium sized quake that just hit was centred in Tokyo Bay. Uncomfortably close to the world’s largest city.

  57. I just don’t understand how obama can stand by and leave the Libyan people to their fate.

    Ghadafi is a murderer and obama is out there laughing and golfing.

    Other countries are waiting for him to make a decision for once in his life and his procrastination while “Rome Burns” is disgusting and very Hitler like.

    *speaking of which and off-topic, I read recently that Hitler refused to participate in the sport of hunting animals/thought it was horrendous to kill them. I guess animals were more important to him than human beings.

  58. “Experts are now warning a second huge quake – almost as powerful as the first – could hit the country, triggering another tsunami.”

    ———————–
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the people. They have already suffered so much.

  59. JanH
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    President Barack Obamas advisors are telling potential donors that he is in a weaker position heading into the 2012 election than he was in 2008 and are detailing potential vulnerabilities of likely opponents, according to people who have seen their presentation.
    &&&&&&&&

    What a great selling point: “Invest even more money in this racehorse, because he’s weaker than he was in last year’s big race”.

    Big Money smells fear, and runs away.

  60. Wanna bet this was done on purpose.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/13/AR2011031303726.html

    Maryland lab destroys documentation on lead poisoning of children

    Maryland’s health secretary said Friday that his department’s laboratory has destroyed test results dating to the 1980s documenting lead poisoning of Maryland children – potentially thousands of records that plaintiffs’ lawyers say are crucial to pursuing lawsuits seeking damages on behalf of poisoned children and their families.

    Joshua Sharfstein said he has asked for an investigation of how the destruction of records happened, replaced the lab’s director and ordered that efforts be made to recover whatever test results might have been deleted from state computer files.

    “We regret this, and we’re going to do everything possible to make it right,” Sharfstein said in a phone interview.

    Doctors and health clinics have been required since the 1980s to report to the state health department results of tests showing that children had elevated levels of lead in their blood.

    Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause lasting learning and behavioral problems in even tiny doses.

    ……………………

    I wonder who got the payoff.

  61. admin
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:32 pm
    JanH, Crowley was brought to the State Department by Hillary to block appointment of a shill Obama wanted to appoint and thereby exercise more control over the State Department. Hillary won that battle. Now Obama will have his guy as the spokesman for the State Department. It’s more of Obama’s war on Hillary. Let’s see how Hillary reacts.
    &&&&&&

    The white blood cells (Hillary and her staff) surround the invading virus and kill it. I’m sure she deals with all levels of Obama’s “nannies” who are sniffing around to find out what Hillary is doing, and how to make here look bad. She’s experienced enough to apply judo concepts of using your opponents force against themselves.

    Ha, CHA!!!!

  62. Shadowfax
    March 14th, 2011 at 1:13 am
    Obama is a total disgrace to our country and to the position of President.
    &&&&&&

    Hmmmm, I’ve noticed that there are not too many pro-Obama comments on this web site.

  63. admin
    March 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am
    We have been correct all along. Carville now admits he was wrong:

    “But the enthusiasm will bounce back when Obama’s on the ballot again.”

    Wrong again James.
    &&&&&&&

    I do not recall hearing of James Carville being in an accident and getting a bad concussion, or coming down with some malady that affects thinking and memory.

    But whewwwww, what happened? His brain used to be thsi Special Thing.

  64. Conservatives Voice Frustration With Short-Term Budget Bills

    AP

    FILE: Sen. Marco Rubio is shown in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
    Congressional Republicans, notably freshmen elected on vows to cut spending, are getting fed up with the short-term budget bills that leaders on both sides of the aisle seem content to pass while wrangling over a spending plan for the last six months of the fiscal year.

    “An absurd pattern has clearly developed in Washington,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Tea Party-aligned freshman, wrote in a column Monday posted on the conservative blog Redstate.com. “I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theatre.”

    Lawmakers in early March approved a two-week stopgap that cut $4 billion from last year’s levels. Now, they’re preparing to vote on another stopgap, this one for three weeks, which would cut $6 billion.

    But that only gets Congress a fraction of the way to the $61 billion in cuts Republicans called for this year and a fraction of a fraction of the way toward reducing the deficit. With the federal government lurching from short-term budget to short-term budget, a growing number of conservatives say it’s time for a confrontation.

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while acknowledging the three-week extension is not the “ultimate solution,” told “Fox News Sunday” he expects the upcoming bill to pass.

    “I don’t think we ought to let the government shut down,” he said.

    Rubio joins a short list of Tea Party senators, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, who already have expressed their discontent with the stopgap budgets. He said he would “no longer” back short-term budget bills, adding that Congress cannot “nickel-and-dime our way” out of the debt crisis.

    Resistance on the Senate side is being matched by conservative ire in the House, where spending bills originate.

    Fox News has learned that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee, will oppose the short-term bill, scheduled to hit the floor Tuesday or Wednesday. The study committee represents the bloc of the most conservative voices in the House — Jordan’s stance could open the door for others to follow suit in voting against the bill.

    In a Tweet last week, freshman Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., already announced: “I will NOT be voting for another short term CR. There is a confrontation coming on this budget and the sooner we get to it the better.”

    And Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, said the debate is distracting lawmakers from much bigger tasks — like tackling the $1.1 trillion deficit in President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget.

    “We were elected to make bold changes to federal spending and to reverse our unsustainable deficits,” Huelskamp said in a statement, announcing he will vote against the three-week budget bill.

    Huelskamp also complained that the short-term bill was leaving out provisions going after targets like Planned Parenthood and the health care overhaul — policy matters some lawmakers would like to leave for another debate.

    Even if congressional leaders aren’t listening, unhappy Republicans are finding support among grassroots supporters and ideological partners.

    Tea Party Nation, one of many national umbrella groups for Tea Party supporters, on Monday urged lawmakers to vote against the short-term bill unless a particular provision is included to strip billions from funding for the health care overhaul.

    And in an open letter released Monday, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham wrote that delaying the CR for three more weeks gives Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the time he needs to conflate this year’s budget with next year’s.

    “This has always been Senator Reid’s endgame strategy … blur the lines, confuse the public and substantially weaken conservatives’ negotiating hand on both the FY2012 budget and the debt-limit increase. Therefore, we believe conservatives must prevent him from executing this strategy if we are to start moving our country back towards fiscal responsibility,” wrote Needham.

    House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., tried to soothe his caucus Monday, saying the hope is that “this is the last time we have to do a stopgap measure.”

    But while Republicans say Democrats aren’t offering serious reductions, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans are stalling negotiations by demanding “extreme cuts” to the budget.

    “We agree that running the government two weeks at a time is not good for anyone, but it is the far right that is preventing any compromise on a long-term budget,” Schumer said, calling the GOP defections a “bad omen” for House Speaker John Boehner’s challenge of reaching a long-term spending agreement with Tea Party-aligned members.

    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, faced a mutiny last week when 10 Democrats and an independent voted against his party’s budget proposal for the rest of 2011. On Sunday, he cautioned against making too big a deal of this year’s negotiations.

    “We’re not going to balance America’s budget in the next six months. We should be taking care that we don’t do things that damage our economy and really slow down our recovery,” Durbin told CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said lawmakers need to overhaul the budget and bring down the deficit “over a period of time.”

    But Rubio scoffed at Democrats’ near-term proposal to cut $4.7 billion from the rest of the 2011 budget, saying that “only equals what our government borrows approximately every 30 hours alone.”

    Though lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say reforms will have to be made to entitlements to make a serious dent in the debt and deficit, a recent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office suggests annual cuts to discretionary spending would make a difference.

    The CBO estimated that if Congress cut 1 percent from discretionary budgets, including that of the Defense Department, every year, the savings would reach nearly $1.8 trillion over a decade.

    While some lawmakers downplay the gains that could be realized from cutting discretionary spending, that part of the budget has grown significantly over the past 10 years. Since 2001, discretionary spending rose an average of 8.2 percent a year, according to the CBO report.

  65. admin
    March 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    CHRIS MATTHEWS: If the Republicans get a real opportunity next year because President Carter, President – there’s a mistake – President uh, uh, Obama doesn’t seem to have a grip on it, he doesn’t seem to be able to pull the economy back. He’s not, it’s not working. Who would be the best to exploit that situation? Because that’s the person who would win.
    &&&&&

    “Obama”, the “inspirational leader” is gone. Even his own cheerleaders now think of him as a “failed president”. A one-termer.

    I’d go further. As much as I disliked Jimmy Carter being suckered into supporting Obama, and undermining Hillary, at least when he was the newbie outsider president in 1976, at least he had experience.

    He was in the Navy, literally, a “nuclear scientist” (or as he’d say, “nuke-u-lar”). And he actually was governor of a fairly major state.

    Obama is THE ABSOLUTELY MOST UNDERQUALIFIED person to ever hold the position of POTUS, and believe me, there have been some real stinkers along the way.

  66. “Experts are now warning a second huge quake – almost as powerful as the first – could hit the country, triggering another tsunami.”
    *********
    This is a good article for explaining the geological situation around Japan.

    “Japan earthquake: The explainer”

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=japan-eqarthquake-explainer-2011-03-14

    This paragraph was interesting:

    “This is consistent with motion on the subduction interface, or ‘megathrust’. Further modelling of the seismometer data has also produced an estimate of both the length of the rupture (at least 300-400 km) and the amount that it moved (10-20 metres or more). GPS stations in Japan – installed to measure the slow build-up of elastic strain in the crust between big earthquakes – show most of Eastern Honshu moving several metres to the east as a few centuries worth of that elastic strain – which pushes the crust in Japan westwards and upwards – was released over the space of a few minutes……”

    If I understand that correctly, the eastern coast-line of Honshu Island moved east more than 6 feet!! The Japan quake is preview of what will eventually happen in California. And in California, they build the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, with two reactors, several miles from four fault lines, including the San Andreas fault. This power plant was certified despite that minor problem and:

    “A newly hired 25 year old engineer discovered after construction that the seismic blue prints for the Diablo Canyon plant had been reversed, and PG&E formally notified the NRC that it has built the seismic supports in a “mirror image” of their proper positions[6]….

  67. NHK reports aftershock reading was a false positive of 7.6, in reality it was smaller.

    Ok these guys are starting to piss me off. is it or isnt it.

  68. NHK reports aftershock reading was a false positive of 7.6, in reality it was smaller.

    Ok these guys are starting to piss me off. is it or isnt it.

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

    I expect they wish they knew.

  69. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese. Words fail me.

    I want to post this as a balance to the mass of reporting on radiation. I’m only wanting that we all be rational and restrained in times that seem to nourish the opposite.

    Here is Mr Rockwell’s website: members.authorsguild.net/tedrockwell/index.htm
    Here’s his blog: learningaboutenergy.com/
    I’ve just found both for the first time.

    Ted Rockwell on Fukushima: It’s Not About Radiation, It’s About Seawater
    March 14, 2011 • 3:39PM

    A lot of wrong lessons are being pushed on us, about the tragedy now unfolding in Japan. All the scare-talk about radiation is irrelevant. There is no radiation danger, there will be no radiation danger, regardless of how much reactor melting may occur. Life evolved on, and adapted to, a much more radioactive planet, Our current natural radiation levels—worldwide—are below optimum. Statements that there is no safe level of radiation are an affront to science and to common sense. The radiation situation should be no worse that from the Three Mile Island incident, where ten to twenty tons of the nuclear reactor melted down, slumped to the bottom of the reactor vessel, and initiated the dreaded China Syndrome. On the computers and movie screens of people who make a living “predicting” disasters, this is an unprecedented catastrophe. In the real world, the molten mass froze when it hit the colder reactor vessel, and stopped its downward journey at five-eights of an inch through the five-inch thick vessel wall. And there was no harm to people or the environment. None.

    Yet here you have radiation zealots threatening to order people out of their homes, to wander, homeless and panic-stricken, through the battered countryside, to do what? All to avoid a trivial radiation level, lower than if they went skiing.

    The important point for nuclear power is that some of the plants were swept with a wall of seawater that may have instantly converted a multi-billion dollar asset into a multi-billion dollar problem. That’s bad news. But suppose the money had been invested in a pharmaceutical factory, or an electronics factory, or a chemical plant or an oil refinery. Is there any reason to believe that such facilities would be any more resistant to damage from such a seawater surge? There is nothing in nuclear plants that makes them uniquely vulnerable to seawater. [snip]

    larouchepac.com/node/17737

    I’m off to work soon. Trying to keep up with reading, but little time to post. I apologize for “hit and run” style.

  70. At the risk of sounding unconcerned, I swear the reports coming in from much of the media sounds almost hysterical to me, off the charts doom and gloom.

    Yes, what is happening in Japan is a nightmare but most of the destruction was caused by natural events which no one has any control over, earthquakes and tsunamis. I have been researching and listening to the nuke situation and so far it seems like those reactors have measured up to and exceeded the claims of withstanding an 8.2 magnitude earthquake.

    From what I gather, an 8.9 magnitude is actually 100 times higher (I confess I don’t get the math).

    The thousands upon thousands of Japanese deaths are from the tsunami and the earthquake.

    What I’m trying to say is there seems to be a deliberate effort to hype the drama, an effort with a political agend

    I am simply not convinced of the scope of the nuclear problem. Yes, the reactors are failing, doubtless because of the massive quake and tsunami, but so far containment seems successful, people have been evacuated and there is as of now no widespread proof of the damage.

    Maybe someone who understands the “meltdown” meaning can chime in. From what I gather, the meltdown is within a container in a container surrounded by concrete and the radiation leak thus far is a result of released steam.

    I’m not dismissing the issue at all but much of what I have been reading sounds like the anti-industry rhetoric I hear at certain environmental issues meetings. What I mean is, who profits if nuclear energy is demonized beyond repair?

    (Can I say George Soros). Also, I’d like to know exactly what energy source is considered appropriate these days. Some enviros want to rule out coal, oil, propane, gas, nuclear and even wood-burning. What the heck is left? Solar? Not advanced enough. Wind? There are recent reports that the SOUND of turbines can cause health issues.

    Just my two cents.

  71. What I’m trying to say is there seems to be a deliberate effort to hype the drama, an effort with a political agend
    ————————
    Depends on what they are hyping. If it is a lie or distortion then they hype the hell out of it.

    If it is the truth, they scarcely utter a word.

    Why? Simple:

    1. First of all, they don’t give tickets to the gridiron club to people who tell the truth.

    2. Second, they don’t give exclusive interviews on book deals on the miracle of 2008 to people who tell the truth.

    3. Third, they don’t give lead stories to people who let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a pro Obama diatribe.

    I could continue, but as they say res ipsa loctur—the thing speaks for itself.

  72. Superb article admin. I cannot even watch or listen to this pathetic fool anymore, even Bush I could stand listening to and looking at him, Waffles, no, not a chance.

    God help the Japanese people, just read they had another massive aftershock. Donated what I can, these poor people.

    Gee, I guess the new age of civility is over….unless it only applies to Waffles and his thugs.
    Time magazine: “Dead Man Walker”
    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2058601,00.html

  73. Breaking News Alert

    The New York Times
    Mon, March 14, 2011 — 8:00 PM ET
    —–

    New Blast Reported at Japanese Nuclear Plant as Workers Struggle to Cool Reactor

    An explosion early Tuesday morning may have damaged the inner
    steel containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at Japan’s
    Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leading to the wide
    release of radioactive materials there and forcing the
    evacuation of emergency workers, the plant’s operator said.

    The blast appeared to be different — and more severe — than
    those that at two other troubled reactor at the same nuclear
    complex because this one, reported to have occurred at 6:14
    a.m., happened in the “pressure suppression room” in the
    cooling area of the reactor, raising the possibility to
    damage to the reactor’s containment vessel.

    Read More:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/world/asia/15nuclear.html?emc=na

  74. oh my goodness, we are just losing allies, losing influence, and being played for fools from everywhere because of Waffles. Guess they have figured out what an incompetent unreliable fool Waffles is; the worst part, America is being pulled down along with this pathetic “man”.

    http://debka.com/article/20761/
    “Syria sends Qaddafi arms. Exodus begins from Benghazi ”
    “By this action, Bashar Assad shows contempt for the US President Barack Obama’s policy in support of the popular unrest against authoritarian Arab regimes and scorns the indulgence shown him by the US president.

    In the last six months, Washington has gone to extreme lengths to establish friendly relations with Damascus – not only restoring the US ambassador after five years, but quietly accepting fresh Syrian meddling in Lebanon.

    The Obama administration had hoped that Assad would respond by being helpful on the Palestinian issue and start distancing himself from Tehran. Instead, he has strengthened his military ties with Tehran, granting Iran its first permanent base on the Mediterranean at Tartous.

    =========================================
    http://debka.com/article/20763/
    “Saudi and UAE troops go into Bahrain, Kuwaitis on the way ”
    “A Saudi official said the units come from a special force within the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. debkafile reports that the Saudis also sent tanks.
    By this action, both Arab kingdoms flouted US President Obama’s policy of boosting popular movements against autocratic Arab regimes. Saturday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Bahrain to hold the ruler’s hand against using force to suppress the uprising against him.

  75. Suppose that headline causes some left wing nut case to kill Walker. Is Time Magazine liable? I say yes. This magazine has a long and ugly history of yellow journalism. Ugly stuff.

  76. March 20th seems to be the day the biggest confluence of radiation will permeate the West Coast.

    The video projecting the radiation fallout is for the next “8” days, not 5 as previously written..

  77. “New Blast Reported at Japanese Nuclear Plant as Workers Struggle to Cool Reactor”
    ***********
    Watching NHK news. This latest sounds much worse than the Hydrogen detonations at #1 and #3 reactors. #2 reactor blast may involve the containment vessel and/or suppression pool.

  78. SHV

    This latest sounds much worse than the Hydrogen detonations at #1 and #3 reactors. #2 reactor blast may involve the containment vessel and/or suppression pool.
    _______________

    exactly! I think the Japanese are overwhelmed and are unable to get a handle on the situation much less remedy it…

  79. does this man ever work? looks like just one long 4 year vacation.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/kenrapoza/2011/03/14/obama-heads-to-rio-sunday-maximum-security-awaits/

    and who the heck speaks in a downtown square?!?! he’s not a candidate, this man is lowering the prestige of the office of the US presidency like no president ever before, nothing but campaigning all the time everytime.

    “President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

    Access, of course, will be tightly restricted and security measures so secretive that not even the Embassy or US Consulate in Rio know exactly who it’s all going to go down.

    Obama’s speech will be free and open to the public and take place around 15:00 local time (14:00 EST).

    Access to the square will begin at 11:30, and is sure to draw a crowd.

    Obama is popular in Brazil.

    One politician seeking office in Rio actually changed his name to Barack Obama in 2008 to solicit votes. He didn’t win.

    The Obama family will also take in the sights in Rio.

    A trip to Corcovado mountain, where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands (France gave us Lady Liberty, gave Brazil Jesus) is supposedly on the itinerary.

    What trip to Rio would be complete without it?”

  80. #4 reactor has blown and is on fire. This reactor has been shut down and was not loaded with nuclear fuel. The speculation is that the highly radioactive spent fuel rods that are stored on site in a water pool, lost cooling, blew up and burned. This is potentially much worse than then the problems at #1,2,3. Oh..boy…They are now evacuating the reactor staff. They are expanding the danger zone to 30 Km ~20 miles.

  81. Interesting, watching the live news conference, the Japanese news reporters(?) are just as stupid/in the tank(?) as there American counterparts.

  82. Solar? Not advanced enough. Wind? There are recent reports that the SOUND of turbines can cause health issues.

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

    Even for certain projects where that may be true, those are problesm that can be cured once and for all, with more research.

  83. Someone explain to me why Israel and it’s people are so hated when the following act is taken and there is no outcry.

    And why should Israel continue to be blamed for destroying the peace talks when the following act is taken and there is no outcry.

    ———————-

    One Day After Slaughter of Fogel Family, Palestinians Name Square After Terrorist

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    One day after an Israeli family of five was brutally murdered in their home, the Palestinian Authority–the supposed peace partner of the Israeli government–stood by while a square was named for a terrorist who killed 37 Israelis in 1978.

    Dalal Mughrabi square was named Sunday in the presence of Fatah party members. Members of Fatah’s armed wing carried out the attack against the Fogel family of Itamar in which three children and their parents were stabbed to death Saturday morning.

    The Jewish Chronicle further reports that a Fatah youth center was named this weekend in honor of the first female Palestinian suicide killer, Wafa Idris. Her attack in 1981 left one dead and 150 injured.

    Not to be outflanked, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued an apology for the Fogel attack Monday on Israeli radio, calling it “immoral.” But just last summer, Abbas eulogized the planner of the Munich Olympics massacre.

    While Palestinian leaders tell Western media that they condemn Saturday morning’s killings in Itamar, with foreign minister Riyad al-Malki going so far as to make the fantastical claim that Palestinians have never murdered children, Palestinian TV is sending a totally different message.

    Three weeks ago, a PA video tribute to “martyrs” celebrated multiple Palestinian killers of children, notes Palestinian Media Watch. The video praises the act of Habash Hanani, who in May 2002 entered Itamar and murdered three students in the local high school. Itamar is the location of Saturday’s murder of Ruth and Udi Fogel and their three children.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/PA-square.php

  84. 14 March 2011

    Clinton meets Libyan opposition figure Mahmoud Jibril

    Mrs Clinton’s meeting with Mr Jibril was conducted at a hotel in Paris

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril and discussed ways the US can aid efforts to depose embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The talks in Paris lasted for about 45 minutes, a US official said but gave no details of what options were discussed.

    The developments came as G8 ministers met in Paris to consider calls for a no-fly zone over Libya.

    A senior US official said the US had made no decision to back the move.

    Mr Jibril is an official in the newly formed Interim Governing Council, which is based in the rebel-held eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

    ‘Talk, little action’

    Rebel leaders have appealed for international help in limiting Col Gaddafi’s resources as his forces maintain their onslaught on rebel positions in the east of Libya.

    But the BBC’s Kim Ghattas, travelling with Hillary Clinton, says that while all sides are insisting there is a sense of urgency about the situation in Libya, at the G8 gathering there seemed to be only more calls for talks and meetings, little concrete action.

    It is abundantly clear the US does not want to be dragged into enforcing a no-fly zone or any other military action without a firm commitment by others that they will participate actively, our correspondent says.

    A senior American official said that while the Arab League had called for a no fly zone, it had also rejected any foreign military intervention in Libya.

    The US, said the official, wanted to know more about what this meant. He added Washington was encouraging the Arab League to take the lead on actions it wanted to see carried out.

    Among the biggest opponents of a no-fly zone is Turkey, whose Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an international forum in Istanbul on Monday that intervention might be “counter-productive” and could have “dangerous consequences”.

    Although not a member of the G8, Turkey is part of Nato, which is expected to consider a no-fly zone on Tuesday. The G8 is made up of the US, Russia, Britain France, Germany and Italy, along with Canada and Japan.

    Hillary Clinton heading to Cairo on Tuesday where she will meet members of the new Egyptian government and attend a series of public events.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12741414

  85. What I mean is, who profits if nuclear energy is demonized beyond repair?

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

    The deepest pockets that profit are — the conventional petroleum industries (and coal).

  86. I would not know if the radiation that is supposedly being released from the reactors in Japan is safe as some say or not. What’s that saying…Trust but verify. Okay, so how do we verify what is safe or not and who is telling the truth?

    Here’s a suggestion. Let’s get Donald Trump to negoiate a real estate deal for Jeffery Immelt, Dick Cheney, nuclear industry lobbists, some talking heads on TV and some politicians.

    I’m sure he could get then some ocean front property REAL cheap about now…deal of the century. If G.E. builds a grand resort for the lobbyists, executives and their families to visit a couple of times a year, let’s say five or ten miles up the coast from the reactors that “may” be in trouble right now and they also have a huge conference each year for nuclear scientist who feel there is very little problems with fallout and a center for some to live there year around to do research and when BO and MO vacation there so BO can golf on the lovely glowing greens…okay when those old boys do that…I’ll feel any trust in what they are saying is verified.

  87. Jay Lehr from Heartland Institute is on Hannity. He says there is absolutely nothing to worry about with the problems from the reactors in Japan. He said that at Three Mile Island there was a total melt down but the rods were cooled and there was NO health impact and that there will not be in Japan either. He said in Russia there were 1,000 people who got…I think he said thyroid cancer…and 998 of them were cured.

    If he is a nuclear scientist or has this kind of special knowledge I’d think that he would want to go to Japan and share his expertise.

  88. Huffington’s Plunder

    AP / Mark Lennihan
    By Chris Hedges

    I was in New York City on Thursday night at the Brecht Forum to discuss with the photographer Eugene Richards his powerful new book “War Is Personal” when I was approached for an interview by a blogger for The Huffington Post. I had just finished speaking with another blogger who had recently graduated from UC Berkeley.

    These encounters, which are frequent at public events, break my heart. I see myself in the older bloggers, many of whom worked for newspapers until they took buyouts or were laid off, as well as in the aspiring reporters. These men and women love the trade. They want to make a difference. They have the integrity not to sell themselves to public relations firms or corporate-funded propaganda outlets. And they keep at it, the way true artists, musicians or actors do, although there are dimmer and dimmer hopes of compensation. They are victims of a dying culture, one that no longer values the talents that would keep it healthy and humane. The corporate state remunerates corporate management and public relations. It lavishes money on the celebrities who provide the fodder for our national mini-dramas. But those who deal with the bedrock virtues of truth, justice and beauty, who seek not to entertain but to transform, are discarded. They must struggle on their own.

    The sale of The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, and the tidy profit of reportedly at least several million dollars made by principal owner and founder Arianna Huffington, who was already rich, is emblematic of this new paradigm of American journalism. The Huffington Post, as Stephen Colbert pointed out when he stole the entire content of The Huffington Post and rechristened it The Colbuffington Re-post, produces little itself. The highly successful site, like most Internet sites, is largely pirated from other sources, especially traditional news organizations, or is the product of unpaid writers who are rechristened “citizen journalists.” It is driven by the celebrity gossip that dominates cheap tabloids, with one or two stories that come from The New York Times or one of the wire services to give it a veneer of journalistic integrity. Hollywood celebrities, or at least their publicists, write windy and vapid commentaries. And this, I fear, is what news is going to look like in the future. The daily reporting and monitoring of city halls, courts, neighborhoods and government, along with investigations into corporate fraud and abuse, will be replaced by sensational garbage and Web packages that are made to look like news but contain little real news.

    The terminal decline of newspapers has destroyed thousands of jobs that once were dedicated to reporting, verifying fact and giving a voice to those who without these news organizations would not be heard. Newspapers, although they were too embedded among the power elite and blunted their effectiveness in the name of a faux objectivity, at least stopped things from getting worse. This last and imperfect bulwark has been removed. It has been replaced by Internet creations that mimic journalism. Good reporters, like good copy editors or good photographers, who must be paid and trained for years while they learn the trade, are becoming as rare as blacksmiths. Stories on popular sites are judged not by the traditional standards of journalism but by how many hits they receive, how much Internet traffic they generate, and how much advertising they can attract. News is irrelevant. Facts mean little. Reporting is largely nonexistent. No one seems to have heard of the common good. Our television screens are filled with these new chattering celebrity journalists. They pop up one day as government spokespeople and appear the next as hosts on morning news shows. They deal in the currency of emotion, not truth. They speak in empty clichés, not ideas. They hyperventilate, with a spin from the left or the right, over every bit of gossip. And their corporate sponsors make these court jesters millionaires. We are entertained by these clowns as corporate predators ruthlessly strip us of our capacity to sustain a living, kill our ecosystem because of greed, gut civil liberties and turn us into serfs.

    Any business owner who uses largely unpaid labor, with a handful of underpaid, nonunion employees, to build a company that is sold for a few hundred million dollars, no matter how he or she is introduced to you on the television screen, is not a liberal or a progressive. Those who take advantage of workers, whatever their outward ideological veneer, to make profits of that magnitude are charter members of the exploitative class. Dust off your Karl Marx. They are the enemies of working men and women. And they are also, in this case, sucking the lifeblood out of a trade I care deeply about. It was bad enough that Huffington used her site for flagrant self-promotion, although the cult of the self has reached such dizzying proportions in American society that such behavior is almost expected. But there is an even sadder irony that this was carried out in the name of journalism.

    This latest form of “liberal” exploitation exposes yet again the liberal class for who they really are—opportunists whose operating methods are as callous as those used in running the textile mills in southern China. Is it any wonder that working men and women, who have been abandoned and betrayed by these self-identified liberals, hate the liberal class and its transparent hypocrisy? Is it any wonder that the some 40 million Americans who live in poverty are invisible to the wider culture? Is it any wonder that the tea party and all the lunatics on the fringe of our political spectrum put their cross hairs on the liberal class and its purported values? Let’s not forget the title of Huffington’s latest book: “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.”

    Liberals like these deserve the rage they engender.

    The argument made to defend this exploitation is that the writers had a choice. It is an argument I also heard made by the managers of sweatshops in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the coal companies in West Virginia or Kentucky and huge poultry farms in Maine. It is the argument made by the comfortable, by those who do not know what it is to be hard up, desperate or driven by a passion to express one’s self and the world through journalism or art. It is the argument the wealthy elite, who have cemented in place an oligarchic system under which there are no real choices, use to justify their oppression.

    Who would not want to be able to carry out his or her trade and make enough to pay the bills? What worker would decline the possibility of job protection, health care and a pension? Why do these people think tens of millions of Americans endure substandard employment?

    If Huffington has a conscience, she will sit down when the AOL check arrives and make sure every cent of it is paid out to those who worked free or at minimal wages for her over the last six years, starting with Mayhill Fowler, the blogger who broke the “clinging to guns and religion” story about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and spent two years writing and reporting without a salary.

    “She strung me along for two years while I repeatedly asked for funding for three projects, and then I quit,” Fowler told me from Oakland, Calif., as I spoke with her by phone. When Fowler, whom the site nominated twice for a Pulitzer, finally resigned last year in disgust, Mario Ruiz, the spokesperson for The Huffington Post, acidly told Yahoo News: “Mayhill Fowler says that she is ‘resigning’ from The Huffington Post. How do you resign from a job you never had?”

    That comment says it all. It exposes the callousness of our oligarchic class and their belief that they have a right to use anyone who can contribute to the monuments they spend their lives erecting to themselves.

    Chris Hedges is a weekly Truthdig columnist and a fellow at The Nation Institute. His newest book is “Death of the Liberal Class.”

  89. SHV
    March 14th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    Interesting, watching the live news conference, the Japanese news reporters(?) are just as stupid/in the tank(?) as there American counterparts.
    ———————————-

    I wonder if the news you are watching is owned and/or controlled by international cartels, like the major media in the USA and UK. Anyway, there are other reasons for journalism to be corrupted into meaningless or worse.

    I suggest this blog as one to look at for anyone trying to follow events in Japan:
    http://depletedcranium.com/

    Among other things, some people making comments here work in the nuclear industry.

    Here’s part of the article at top now:

    While everyone was focused on the nuclear plant
    March 14th, 2011

    While the world was obsessing over the problems with cooling the cores at severely damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, there are a few things that seem to have gone all but unreported.

    This is a terrible situation that goes far beyond the nuclear plant issues.

    * As of this posting, at least 2,800 Japanese are confirmed dead. The actual number of dead is unknown. Many thousands more are missing and feared dead. Estimates of the actual dead range from ten thousand to more than twenty thousand. In some areas, half the population is missing and feared dead.

    * The number of seriously injured is unknown, but believed to be enormous. Japanese hospitals are flooded and many hospitals have sustained serious damage and are left with limited or no water or electricity.

    * Infrastructure has been destroyed. Numerous sewer and water systems in Northern Japan are so damaged that major sections will need to be completely rebuilt. Telecommunications links are severed. The electrical grid has been severely damaged with transformers, power stations and transmission lines destroyed. Trains are unable to run because of destroyed track and highways are damaged, making it difficult to transport victims to safety and get supplies to the damaged areas. Even outside the area directly effected by the quake, power shortages may cause rolling blackouts and energy rationing.

    * The number of Japanese left homeless has been reported in he millions. Some of those displaced will likely be able to return to homes that are severely damaged, but recoverable. However, the total number who have completely lost their homes and all their property is unknown and may be hundreds of thousands or more.

    * Hundreds of thousands of Japanese businesses have been destroyed. Even large businesses like auto makers have seen extensive damage. Millions of workers may be out of a job.

    * Reconstruction estimates are now up to 180 billion US dollars and may increase. The scope of this event is so large that it is almost impossible to fix a single cost to it, as it is so large it exceeded the limits of conventional market economics and could undermine the monetary system of Japan. Insurance companies and financial institutions are in danger of being wiped out along with retirement funds and other savings.

    * Though it has hardly been reported in the media, dam failures have destroyed thousands of structures.

    * The crisis has exceeded the ability of japan to provide temporary housing, food and other supplies. Many are without food or water.

    * Refineries are severely damaged, some resulted in huge fires and discharges of oil.

    * With sewer and water systems destroyed, thousands of bodies washing in from the sea and huge areas flooded, Japan faces a sanitary and ecological disaster that may dwarf Hurricane Katrina. The tsunami that followed the quake inundated sewage treatment plants, chemical storage facilities, gas stations and industrial areas. The level of chemical and biological contamination remains unknown. Meanwhile, fires are dumping huge plumes of smoke into the atmosphere.

    The New York Times has a very sobering gallery of before and after satellite images of the areas hit by the quake and tsunami.

    Meanwhile the media is having a field day with the nuclear reactors. Though the plant was damaged heavily, this is the least of Japan’s problems.

    I fear that the continued obsession with the nuclear reactor situation may lead to precious resources and attention being diverted from those who need it most.

  90. basil9
    March 14th, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    From what I gather, an 8.9 magnitude is actually 100 times higher (I confess I don’t get the math). …

    ————–
    I just ran across this (I’m trying to format a quote within a quote here):

    drjim said:

    The interesting thing is that these plants were designed to withstand an 8.2 quake. That they came through an 8.9~9.0 is a testament to their design. And IF the diesel generators hadn’t been knocked out by the tsunami, this whole even would most likely have been a NON-event.

    Also, just for the people who aren’t familiar with the Richter scale, each increase of 0.2 corresponds to a doubling of intensity. Thus, the quake in Japan was over 20 times more powerful than what the plants were designed for, yet for the most part they’ve help up well.

    Let’s see

    7.0 – impressive enough to get one’s attention
    7.2 – twice the intensity of the 7.0
    7.4 – twice the intensity of the 7.2, or 4x (e.g. 2×2) the 7.0
    7.6 – twice the intensity of the 7.4, or 8x (e.g. 2×4) the 7.0
    7.8 – twice the intensity of the 7.6, or 16x (e.g. 2×8) the 7.0
    etc.

    And the Japanese people experienced what on the Richter scale?

  91. wbboei
    March 15th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Huffington’s Plunder

    AP / Mark Lennihan
    By Chris Hedges
    ————————

    Boy, that hits the nail right on the head. Well said, Mr Hedges! (Thanks for posting that, wbboei.)

    Reader, check to see I’m not taking advantage of Mr Hedge’s great writing and spinning it here (I think not) by adding this; the second paragraph, with its words “international propaganda campaign” adds to Hedges’ theme of the worse-than-shit that passes for journalism.

    The revolt in the Arab world is not merely against a resident dictator, but against a worldwide economic tyranny designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, which have ensured that rich countries like Egypt are reduced to vast sweatshops, with half the population earning less than $2 a day. The people’s triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism.

    How did such extremism take hold in the liberal West? “It is necessary to destroy hope, idealism, solidarity, and concern for the poor and oppressed,” observed Noam Chomsky a generation ago, and “to replace these dangerous feelings with self-centered egoism, a pervasive cynicism that holds that … the state capitalist order with its inherent inequities and oppression is the best that can be achieved. In fact, a great international propaganda campaign is underway to convince people – particularly young people – that this not only is what they should feel but that it’s what they do feel.”

    Like the European revolutions of 1848 and the uprising against Stalinism in 1989, the Arab revolt has rejected fear. An insurrection of suppressed ideas, hope and solidarity has begun. In the United States, where 45 percent of young African-Americans have no jobs and the top hedge fund managers are paid, on average, $1 billion a year, mass protests against cuts in services and jobs have spread to heartland states like Wisconsin. In Britain, the fastest-growing modern protest movement, UK Uncut, is about to take direct action against tax avoiders and rapacious banks. Something has changed that cannot be unchanged. The enemy has a name now.

    – John Pilger (excerpted from a longer piece)

  92. Something has changed that cannot be unchanged. The enemy has a name now.

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

    Now what’s that name again? Somehow I missed it.

  93. An insurrection of suppressed ideas, hope and solidarity has begun. In the United States […] mass protests against cuts in services and jobs have spread to heartland states like Wisconsin.

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

    Like, an Egyptian holding a sign: “We support Wisconsin. One world, one pain”.

  94. errrr……..

    Breaking :

    Radiation levels rise in Russian city of Vladivostok, 500 miles northwest of Japanese nuclear plant, but stay within normal

  95. International Atomic Energy Agency says radioactivity released into atmosphere following explosion at Fukushima one nuclear plant

  96. Japanese Prime Minister says radiation has spread from damaged Fukushima reactors and risk of nuclear leak is rising

  97. Reactor number 4 is currently burning due to a hydrogen fire.

    Its on fire, is that not what happened at Chernobyl.

  98. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703908304576201252426149320.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories

    Tokyo shares led Asia stock markets lower, with the main index dropping 11% amid widespread worries about the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe. An afternoon bounce brought them back from a bottom more than 14% down.

    Japanese stocks were pressured by news of another explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, this time at its No. 4 reactor. This was shortly after radiation levels rose sharply as the No. 2 reactor suffered an explosion following damage to its suppression pool. Japan’s prime minister Naoto Kan said there’s a high risk of elevated levels of radiation from the crippled reactors, and urged people within 30 kilometers of the plant to stay indoors.

  99. Now what’s that name again? Somehow I missed it.

    —————–

    Fear.

    ==========

    Itself?

  100. Email re: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees
    3/14/2011

    From: Sen.Fitzgerald
    Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM
    To: *Legislative Senate Republicans
    Subject: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees

    Dear Members,

    With the return of the Senate Democrats this weekend, questions have arisen regarding Democrat members’ participation in Senate standing committee public hearings and executive sessions.

    Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office.

    Thank you,

    Scott Fitzgerald
    Senate Majority Leader
    13th Senate District

  101. FLASH: Japan nuclear safety agency: Two 8-metre holes in wall of Fukushima No.4 outer building after blast

  102. The Japanese are afraid of telling the truth about the danger to radiation poisoning because countries will be afraid to send HELP-
    _________________________

    Radioactive contamination found on 17 U.S. Navy crewmembers in Japan

    Seventeen U.S. Navy crew members have been contaminated with low-levels of radiation during disaster relief missions in Japan, military officials said Monday.

    The radioactivity was detected when the service members returned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan aboard three helicopters. They were treated with soap and water and their clothes were discarded.

    “No further contamination was detected,” the military said.

    The helicopters were also decontaminated.

    The U.S. 7th Fleet, positioned about 100 miles northeast of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to deliver aid to Japan’s coastal region, moved its ships further away due to “airborne radioactivity” and contamination found on its planes.

    The military noted, however, that the level of contamination was very low, and the ship movement was merely a precaution.

    PHOTOS: JAPAN DIGS OUT FROM HELL, COMES TO GRIPS WITH HORRIFIC DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO HIT 10,000

    “For perspective, the maximum potential radiation dose received by any ship’s force personnel aboard the ship when it passed through the area was less than the radiation exposure received from about one month of exposure to natural background radiation from sources such as rocks, soil, and the sun,” the Navy said.

    The Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered a second explosion Sunday. At least six workers at the plant were injured in the blast, officials said. A smaller explosion rocked the plant on Saturday.

    Radioactive steam was vented recently from the plant in order to ease pressure on the reactors and prevent another meltdown, CNN reported. It is believe that a meltdown previously occurred in at least one of the reactors in the last few days.

    “We remain totally committed to our mission of providing assistance to the people of Japan,” Navy spokesman Jeff Davis told ABC News.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/03/14/2011-03-14_17_us_navy_crewmembers_exposed_to_low_level_radiation_in_japan.html

  103. Mrs Smith, more likely if they tell the truth, the economy will collapse, who’s gonna invest if the place is radioactive.

  104. basil9
    March 14th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    At the risk of sounding unconcerned, I swear the reports coming in from much of the media sounds almost hysterical to me, off the charts doom and gloom.

    Yes, what is happening in Japan is a nightmare, but most of the destruction was caused by natural events which no one has any control over, earthquakes and tsunamis. I have been researching and listening to the nuke situation and so far it seems like those reactors have measured up to and exceeded the claims of withstanding an 8.2 magnitude earthquake.

    From what I gather, an 8.9 magnitude is actually 100 times higher (I confess I don’t get the math).

    The thousands upon thousands of Japanese deaths are from the tsunami and the earthquake.

    What I’m trying to say is there seems to be a deliberate effort to hype the drama, an effort with a political agenda.

    I am simply not convinced of the scope of the nuclear problem.

    ———————

    In the financial world, nuclear energy faces the challenges of fear of unpredictable project delays, regulatory changes that require construction tear down/rebuild in the middle of the process, etc., and it is also unpopular because nuclear energy is NOT a fast way to turn money borrowed from the lifetime savings of millions of pensioners into the immense returns favored by the “private equity” funds. Nuclear plants are long term investments that pay dividends in the form of clean, emission-free, nearly zero marginal cost electricity for many decades. They cannot be flipped or traded on unregulated exchanges.

    Nuclear energy also poses a serious threat to the continued viability of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of already existing investments and debts.

    The fossil fuel industry, is built on the notion that energy is scarce, but necessary. The scarcity keeps the prices well above [absurdly, fraudulently above] the low cost of production – after all of the capital equipment is in place – and the “necessary” part ensures that there is a large, reliable market.

    Now introduce a technology, one that can supply an entire city with electricity or push large ships across the ocean by breaking apart a few pounds of a relatively easy to find metal that the United States has in abundance, …

    From comment at
    http://www.learningaboutenergy.com/2010/04/april-nuclear-energy-facts-report-available.html#comments

  105. still think there is no problem……

    More than 200 miles away from damaged reactors, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON detects low levels of radioactivity

  106. “who’s gonna invest if the place is radioactive.”
    ____________________

    Everything they manufacture i.e. cars? will be contaminated…

  107. No way he is raising 1 billion…..

    Obama’s recent Boston fundraiser started out as a $5,000 a plate then dropped to $500 a plate … but he still could not fill the room——ended up talking to a little over 100 people. Heh—nice to see O between a rock and a hard place.

  108. Merkel fighting for political survival …..

    Merkel: Germany to shut down all 7 nuke plants built before 1980, will do safety tests on all reactors in wake of Japan crisis – Reuters

  109. confloyd:

    If you’re looking here-

    I saw the movie “Shock Doctrine” last night on tv.

    Unbelievable the damage done by Republicans whores.

    They’ve looted our country of billions and billions of dollars using the Iraq war as a front. And enriched themselves, Halliburton/Cheney (Bush and his cronies) beyond belief.

  110. AmericanGal
    March 15th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Pray for Japan–a new threat has developed with the damaged reactors…
    _______________

    Things are not looking good in Japan for the outcome of this disaster.

    I read where a town/city with a population of 38,000 are missing .. Not one local resident found, that along with the 10,000 or so deaths claimed so far. Japan is definitely playing down the scope of this disaster that is three fold beginning with the tsunami, the radiation from the destroyed reactors, the injured and the dead, they’ve been too overwhelmed to deal with.

    The proportions of their disaster make Chernobyl look like a cake walk.

  111. “Merkel: Germany to shut down all 7 nuke plants built before 1980, will do safety tests on all reactors in wake of Japan crisis” – Reuters
    _____________________

    Know this, the Bush/Cheney Cartel are heavily invested in building nuclear reactors. Cheney has been promoting nuclear power since BushI has been in office; creating a government funded nuclear power commission and promoting nuclear power as the future of clean energy. (Well, that may be- except we’ll be given a choice, die a slow death from buried spent nuclear fuel radiation leaking into our water supply or a catastrophic event similar to what we are witnessing in Japan.)

    Cheney’s spokespersons have been on tv this morning trying to get out in front of the bad press confounding the intelligence of building more reactors. Until, the spokesman was asked what standards were used for building the reactors in the 80s?
    He said, they were built to withstand a level 7 earthquake which allowing for embellishment… probably, a level 5 not more than 6.

    Japan’s quake was designated an 8.9 to 9 on the Richter scale built to withstand a quake at level 8.

    I commend Merkel for using her common sense advising a shut down of reactors testing for safety and go a step further- ALL the reactors should be tested regardless of the age they were built.

  112. moononpluto
    March 15th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    “dropping down to $500 a plate”
    ________________

    Good news and a great song title.

  113. The Daily Shttp://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/crisis-in-the-dairyland—for-richer-and-poorer—teachers-and-wall-street?xrs=share_fbhow has it right.

    He shoved it in our faces how rediculous the treatment of the the public servants in WI was.

  114. WHAT’S NEXT, OBAMA, A LEMONADE STAND?
    OR A CAR WASH

    How the mighty have fallen.
    Sucks to be you.
    &&&&&&&
    moononpluto
    March 15th, 2011 at 7:25 am
    No way he is raising 1 billion..

    Obamas recent Boston fundraiser started out as a $5,000 a plate then dropped to $500 a plate but he still could not fill the room——ended up talking to a little over 100 people. Hehnice to see O between a rock and a hard place.

  115. Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2011 at 9:05 am
    moononpluto
    March 15th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    “dropping down to $500 a plate”
    &&&&&&&

    Imagine: would you really pay $500 for a dinner?
    And if you would, wouldn’t it be for great food and great ambiance?

    I can just imagine this was a rubber chicken catered event, and while you’re trying to eat, Obama is there in your face trying to make you feel guilty that you’re getting away paying only $500 a plate, instead of the $5,000 they wanted to wheedle out of you. Talk about indigestion.

    “Waiter, can I get some whine with this turkey?”

  116. I can just imagine this was a rubber chicken catered event
    _________________________

    Probably served cold, day old pizza and the honey beer that failed his first beer making attempt. Big zero, maximizing his profit.

  117. Even the rich, I imagine, would rather give $10 to Japan’s Red Cross than $500 to Mr.Not-My-Problem.

  118. IAEA says all units at Japan’s Fukushima, Onagawa and Tokai nuclear plants are in a “safe & stable” condition

    BULLSHIT.

  119. “this man is lowering the prestige of the office of the US presidency like no president ever before, nothing but campaigning all the time everytime.”
    —————–

    Amen.

  120. Clinton arrives in Egypt on first post-Mubarak visit

    By Lachlan Carmichael (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    CAIRO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Egypt on Tuesday seeking to lend support to the transition from president Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule as turmoil rages in neighbouring Libya.

    The most senior US official to visit Cairo since Mubarak’s ouster last month by a wave of popular protests, Clinton was due to hold evening talks with her Egyptian counterpart Nabil al-Arabi, in office for barely 10 days.

    She is also expected to meet Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after Mubarak’s February 11 resignation, as well as with Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

    “We have an enormous stake in ensuring that Egypt and Tunisia provide models for the kind of democracy that we want to see,” Clinton told US lawmakers last week ahead of her tour, which will also take her to Tunis, where protests overthrew president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

    Her talks come at a sensitive time in the transition from Mubarak’s authoritarian rule, with Egyptians due to vote on Saturday on a series of amendments to the constitution that are intended to pave the way for a swift return to civilian rule but which critics say do not go far enough.

    Young militants who spearheaded Egypt’s pro-democracy revolution called on Monday for a “no” vote in the referendum.

    Two would-be presidential candidates — Arab League secretary general Amr Mussa and former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei — have also called for the vote to be postponed or scrapped.

    Only the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which was suppressed under Mubarak, and elements of his former ruling National Democratic Party have called for a “yes” vote.

    Clinton has herself criticised aspects of the transition, including the absence of a single woman from the appointed panel which drew up the constitutional amendments.

    “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,” she said on Friday.

    The transition in Egypt has also been overshadowed by the deadly violence in neighbouring Libya where veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi has put up a ferocious battle unleashing well equipped loyalist troops against rebel fighters who hold the east.

    In talks with rebel representatives in Paris on Monday, Clinton held out the possibility of economic and political aid but stopped short of promising military help, even as Kadhafi’s forces gain ground rapidly.

    The fighting has seen tens of thousands of Egyptian migrant workers flee home, compounding the country’s economic problems through the loss of their remittances and their addition to the ranks of the unemployed.

    Clinton has called for aid to Egypt on top of the 150 million dollars for economic and election assistance that she already announced last month.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iek4z-ALvSPD20eXm3lBUQQ7DMLQ?docId=CNG.6f3d9b4e1c1a20150f12d52ade851682.561

  121. rgb

    The failure of that dinner in Boston is very telling, and more significant than any poll. Why, because it indicated right now his financial support is in the toilet.

    Hillary is out on the very front lines of the disasters, and O is taking a vacation again. When was the last break that Hillary took, her daughters wedding and it was short.

    PEOPLE MADE SUCH A MISTAKE PUTTING A NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZER IN THERE. I WISH I HAD DONE MORE TO STOP IT.

  122. If we want something good to happen for the American People then someone has to stand tall and oppose Obama. If only by default, that role devolves to the Republicans. Are they up to the task you ask? You bet The freshmen are. People like Marco Rubio have not forgotten what the voters wanted and they know they are there to serve the people as opposed to the elites who prey upon the people. But alas they are not the Republican establishment. The Republican establishment has all the virtues of the French Army in 1941 after the Nazis (in this case the fascist Obama)circumvented the Maginot Line, did a reprise of the Battle of Sedan in the Franco Prussian War of 1870. The only thing missing in the vast Obama legions of traitors is Generalfeldmarshall Von Mackensen and his Death’s Head Hussars

    http://www.wired.com/table_of_malcontents/2007/05/morning_thing_t/.

    Erickson takes a clean shot at these self serving wimps, who lack the spine to get the job done. Nice people totally incapable of rising to the challenge and defending this country. I mean McConnell, Hatch, and their ilk in the Senate. Boehner, Cantor and their ilk in the Senate. Just as the unions failed to get out ahead of the power curve in Wisconsin, I am afraid these cowards will not make the strong moves needed to reign in the budget deficit, the long term debt and the increasing choke hold this gives China over our lives, to say nothing of what it means to our children and grandchildren. The current situation comes perilously close to the quote attributed to De Tocquville to the effect that our democracy will be finished when large segments of the country realize that they loot the public treasury by electing politicians like Obama who are willing to do so.
    ————————-

    This Is What Happens When Republicans Get Milquetoast

    There is new polling out today making its way around the bathrooms of House and Senate Republican leaders. After weeks and weeks of bending over backwards to try to show they were willing to compromise on everything, guess what?

    The public thinks the GOP hasn’t been compromising enough.

    Perceived non-cooperation on the budget deficit is one problem for the Republicans in Congress. Seventy-one percent say the GOP is not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the deficit; that even includes 42 percent of Republicans. Fifty-two percent overall also say Obama isn’t willing enough to compromise — still a majority, but a substantially smaller one. (Indeed, 30 percent call Obama “too willing” to make peace; half as many say that about the GOP.)

    It follows that on another measure, the public by a 14-point margin says it’s more apt to hold the Republicans than Obama responsible if the budget impasse forces a partial government shutdown. (Then again, three in 10 also say a partial shutdown would be a good thing.)

    House Republican Leaders who are more concerned with image than principle are going to fall all over themselves with this polling in a rush to compromise more. Here’s the problem I see.

    House Republicans have been muddying the water so much since November and painting their policy positions in pale pastels. The public voted in November with bright colors — mostly in red. The public wants Washington to stop its profligate spending. The public wants bright colors, not pastels.

    But House Republicans are too scared of their own shadow to both lead and fight. They had to be bullied by their base to actually cut significantly and then, instead of fighting the Senate on the cuts, decided to do more short term continuing resolutions to avoid a fight.

    For months, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, etc. have been in full Henny Penny mode making sure everyone knows the sky is falling, but that they will not, under any circumstance, shut down the government or do anything significant to avert the crisis.

    And yet . . . and yet, by 14 points, the public is going to blame the GOP for a shut down. Clearly, the House GOP strategy is failing. Saying the sky is falling, but then not doing anything about it really is not what any reasonable person could call a winning strategy.

    The public hates losers. Right now, House Republicans are looking like losers. House Republicans will look at this polling and decide they need to be even more accommodating of Democrats. They should look at this polling and realize it is time to lead. Their accommodationist, non-confrontational strategy is losing them the public that wanted them to cut spending.

    I look at these numbers and see House Republicans needing to finally draw a line in the sand, say enough is enough, and lead. As long as the Republicans are being milquetoast on spending and the budget, the Democrats will seen the polling benefits.

    John Boehner, it is time to lead. It is time for a real budget plan. It is time to stop squandering opportunities for reform by passing short term continuing resolutions.

  123. In contrast, the fundraiser for the troops that Sarah Palin is doing in Denver in May had to add outdoor seating because their indoor seating filled up already.

  124. SHV
    March 15th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    -22 on the Ras. tracking today. Time for a “teaching moment speech”.
    &&&&&&&&&

    That should put a pep in jbstonesfan’s step…

  125. votermom
    March 15th, 2011 at 10:56 am
    In contrast, the fundraiser for the troops that Sarah Palin is doing in Denver in May had to add outdoor seating because their indoor seating filled up already.
    &&&&&

    Palin could charge just $5.00 a plate (burgers and fries, plus all the ketchup you want), and still outraise Obama.

  126. Who could have imagined that during his first terms that so many disasters could have struck, and some of the simultaniously. Of course women are better at multitasking, but who would have thought. In addition to the 3 a.m. phone call, we should have asked about multi-tasking.

    GOD THIS IS HARD, SO HARD. We have not heard Hillary complain, and she has had very few breaks. While her husband Bill is out helping with disasters (I am sure he will gear up for Japan soon), she is out running all over the country talking to the leaders of the world.

    I would like to shove any criticism of Hillary down the throats of those who made them. YET, THEY HAVE STILL KEPT THEIR JOBS, at least most of them.

  127. JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am
    Secretary Clinton Meets With Japanese Foreign Minister
    &&&&&&

    There are so many of these, “Secretary Clinton Meets With …”, often many within a 24 hour period.

    With Obama, it’s either:

    “Obama won’t meet with _____” (Israel, or fill in another one of our allies)

    or

    “Obama greets new caddy”
    “Obama meets with personal trainer three times a week”
    “Obama meets with local entertainment in ___” (Brazil, or fill in a famous tourist destination).

    And on the rare occasion when he does meet with some foreign leader, the country wishes usually that he wouldn’t have.

  128. When everything goes in the toilet after his 125th vacation Messiah Obama will emerge from the White House and instruct the great unwashed in Reverend Wright tones to replace their concern for worldly and physical needs with a proper heart-attitude: seeking after the kingdom of Obama and his righteousness. Whereupon big media and that long cocktail line of deluded dims plus the Republican establishment will line up and chant in unison God has spoken–we must obey. What do we need with bread and water when we have the Messiah to guide us through life. Blessed are we to hear his words and partake of his presence. Rubes.

  129. JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:03 am
    ————————–
    That is the only way all boats will rise with the tide–again.

    I had a long and largely unsatisfactory conversation with a Hillary supporter who turned to Obama. He is very touchy about my attacks on Obama. On the one hand, he is the first to admit that Obama is not the man he thought he was. On the other hand, he would vote for him again because he has a pathological hatred of Republicans, which I can understand but only up to a point. His parting shot to me was that it would be no better now if Hillary was president because the Republicans would fight against her even harder than they do Obama.

    I told him he was wrong.

    First of all, the Republicans have not fought Obama as they should have and the current budget battle is a perfect example.

    Second, with Hillary in charge, the interests of the American People would be protected against the predations of the elites. For example, she was willing to reopen NAFTA if it was not working for the American worker. She would have curtailed speculative activities charged to the US taxpayer. And she would have emphasized nuclear safety. Those were key planks in her campaign, but they got submerged in hype to install the Wall Street puppet. Finally, her priorities would have been different–jobs first, and she would not have sold out health care to big business.

    Third, Hillary is decisive. Obama on the other hand is not. When there is a decision to be made which involves any risk to him he freezes. It has been that way ever since the initial incident involving the Somalian Pirates, and it is just as true today in the middle east.

    So if anyone who voted for Obama seeks to assuage their guilt by claiming it would be no different if Hillary was in there, I believe it is appropriate to tell them they are full of shit, and they need to deal with the fact that they were bamboozled and are responsible for the mess which the country is now in. The Bush defense no longer works either.

  130. NewMexicoFan, it’s like Hillary is singlehandedly leading our country from the State Dept while the President acts like a teenager on spring break.

  131. wbboei

    Hard Core Democrats carry this attitude, because of the brain washing that has gone on. In addition, they find it very difficult to Admit the effort they went through (frauding and cheating their way through the election process) resulted in a disaster of a President. I will not say leader, as he is not one. That they would subject us to 4 more years is absolutely criminal, and might very well mean the end of this country at the level we have known.

  132. Jan–for me it is very frustrating. The best I can do with it is take him back time and again to Chris Hedges who is an honest man of the left and is perfectly willing to call Obama out as a Wall Street shill. He respects Hedges–as do I immensely since he is an honest man of the left–unlike the big media posseurs or the race hustlers. So he changes the subject. My friend is in denial, and I do not have time to waste on a mind that cannot be reached with basic logic. He is the kind of person Plouffe and Axelrod are counting on to give Obama four more years to destroy the country.

    When it comes to Obama his inability to make a decision in a crisis is the key to it. Decision-making is the sine qua non of governing. Yet when a decision needs to be made Obama freezes like a deer in the headlights. The 3 am call commercial was prescient in that respect. Most people interpreted it to mean that when a mortal threat was visited upon the country, he would not know how to react. We now know, however, it is not just that he does not know how to act, but at an even more basic level he lacks the courage to act. The tell was the 130 times he voted present in the Illinois Senate, which the ignoranti like my friend did not see for the problem it is. I mentioned to pirate issue and the Egypt situation as two examples. A third example would be the Gulf Crisis.

    I am speaking here of a character flaw which is so fundamental that in a rational universe and a functional political system, it would be grounds for termination. A leader who cannot lead the most powerful nation in the world is a blight to his own country, its allies and the peace and prosperity of the world.

  133. NewMexicoFan
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:39 am
    —————————-
    Precisely. They are like good Germans.

  134. NewMexicoFan, it’s like Hillary is singlehandedly leading our country from the State Dept while the President acts like a teenager on spring break.
    —————————–
    True. She has lapped Obama. World leaders were jealous of Obama initially and now they are contemptuous of him. To know him is not to love him. They see him for what he is–A God That Failed. Meanwhile Kerry and Richardson who covet Hillary’s job are reduced to stand up comedians–a role well suited to both of them. Kerry is like Quixote and Richardson is like Sancho Panza. They speak for nobody–nobody that is other than themselves.

  135. JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hillary Clinton-Run for President -2012-Bring back the Green-For all the Patty’s Everywhere
    ____________________

    Exactly- This country cannot withstand another REPUBLICAN presidency-

    Republicans have put us where we are today and have CRIPPLED this country almost beyond repair-!!!!

  136. The fact of the matter is… Don’t be FOOLED by Republicans shilling for a Republican candidate for president. Like Rubio.. they are all cut from the same cloth, otherwise they would be Independents!

    If Hillary had been elected in 08′ she would have been cleaning up a huge MESS made by the 8 yrs of George W. Bush…

  137. Mrs. Smith,
    I’ve always agreed with you, this country can’t afford another republican President….

  138. I think if Hillary doesn’t run in 2012, Heaven help us.

    I wonder who will run. I pray a good, old school dem runs against BarryBoy.

    Hillary/Gates

    Hillary/Feinstein

    Hillary/Palin

    Hillary/Bill 😉

    Hillary and a parakeet would be good enough for me.

  139. Yup, Mrs. S and confloy…McCain was the only Rethug I have ever voted for, as a protest vote and also knew he would leave women’s rights intact…, but that didn’t work, so I am not going to take that chance again.

    I would vote outside the two parties…..unless it was someone smack in the center and a rebel to both parties.

  140. JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Shadowfax,

    I would never vote for a Hillary/Palin.
    ——-

    I thought you liked Palin?

    That was a joke anyway, they would never run together, but it would sure make men’s heads spin…they wouldn’t know which woman to attack first.

    Hillary wouldn’t pick Sarah for VP, although she could possible give her some energy job that deals with Alaska.

  141. Young Leaders of Egypt’s Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo

    March 15, 2011

    A coalition of six youth groups that emerged from Egypt’s revolution last month has refused to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Cairo earlier today, in protest of the United States’ strong support for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was ousted by the uprising.

    “There was an invitation for members of the coalition to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton but based on her negative position from the beginning of the revolution and the position of the US administration in the Middle East, we reject this invitation,” the January 25 Revolution Youth Coalition said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

    A spokesman for Clinton had no immediate response to the snub. Another State Department official, who would not speak for attribution, confirmed such a meeting had been slated for Tuesday and noted that she still plans to meet with members of civil society and transitional government officials during her visit, during which she will urge Egyptians to continue on the path towards democracy.

    Mubarak was one of the United States’ strongest allies in the Middle East over successive American administrations. He enjoyed a cozy relationship with top US leaders, which courted Egypt with massive military aid packages as thanks in large part for its support for Israel.

    “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family. So I hope to see him often here in Egypt and in the United States,” Secretary Clinton told the Arab language satellite channel al Arabiya during a 2009 interview.

    As the revolt strengthened in the streets of Cairo, Clinton was perceived as slow to recognize the strength of the protest movement.

    “Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people,” Clinton told reporters when first asked about the unrest on January 25.

    In a separate statement provided to an Egyptian newspaper the youth group said “the US administration took Egypt’s revolution lightly and supported the old regime while Egyptian blood was being spilled.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/young-leaders-of-egypts-revolt-snub-clinton-in-cairo.html

  142. I can see Tweety’s head exploding already.

    —–
    Yea, and Obermess would have a stroke screaming. The blogger boys would go ballistic and all the talking heads on Fox would go nuts.

  143. #
    wbboei
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    NewMexicoFan
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:39 am
    —————————-
    Precisely. They are like good Germans.
    *********
    OT… but when I see “Good Germans”, I always thing of Danny Goldhagen’s book..”Hitler’s Willing Executioners”(1996) His thesis concerning “eliminationist antisemitism” was/is highly criticized as being anti-German and with more recent books, anti-Islam.

  144. I have nothing personal against Palin, but I have never been a fan.

    —–
    JanH

    Oh sorry, I didn’t know that.

    I actually am not a fan either, I like her though and especially like her calling Barry out.

  145. I firmly believe that Hillary sides with her husband in wanting a no-fly zone. She is following obama’s dictation who is listening to idiots in space.

    This must be very bitter for her.

    G8 leaders abandon Libyan no-fly zone

    March 16, 2011

    G8 powers last night dropped French-led proposals for a no-fly zone to end bombardment in Libya, making no mention of it in a closing statement read out by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe.
    The blow to the rebels fighting to oust despot Muammar Gaddafi came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held out the possibility of aid to the opposition at a meeting with one of its leaders.

    In the highest-level talks she has had with the opposition, Mrs Clinton yesterday went beyond offering humanitarian aid but stopped short of promising military help for rebels losing ground rapidly to Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.

    “They had a private and candid conversation about ways in which the United States can assist the Libyan people in their efforts against the Gaddafi regime,” top Clinton aide Philippe Reines said.

    Mrs Clinton met Mahmoud Jibril, who handles foreign affairs for Libya’s transitional national council, while in Paris for the Group of Eight meeting.

    A senior US official said Mrs Clinton had learned more about the council while showing high-level US commitment to helping the opposition.

    She and Mr Jibril reviewed debate on whether to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

    The US has been wary of supporting a no-fly zone, but Britain is seeking to broaden the scope of an urgent UN resolution aimed at Colonel Gaddafi as Prime Minister David Cameron warned the world that it was in a race against time in Libya. “The clock is ticking,” Mr Cameron said, reflecting widespread unease at the success of Libyan troops against rebels. “Time could get very short.”

    In the coming week there could be surgical strikes against Gaddafi assets coupled with efforts to scramble his radio systems, a French government source said.

    It emerged yesterday that a US nuclear-powered submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles had arrived in the Mediterranean to take up position off the coast of Libya.

    Mr Cameron sought to bolster Western support for a no-fly zone by turning the warnings from sceptics about the dangers of another Iraq on their head.

    Rather than stoking up more resentment in the Middle East, he said, the West would not be forgiven quickly if it ignored the pleas of the Arab League and Libyan rebels to go to the aid of a pro-democracy uprising.

    Mr Cameron said that sentiment in the Gulf towards the West was “if you don’t show your support for the Libyan people and for democracy at this time, you are saying you will intervene only when it’s about your security, but you won’t help when it’s about our democracy”.

    Talks between diplomats from the 15 Security Council countries were convened yesterday. They were called by Lebanon.

    Mr Jibril asked Mrs Clinton for combat material, the official added: an apparent appeal for weapons. Mrs Clinton replied she would consider it, but made no commitments.

    Rebel fighters in Ajdabiya said four shells had crashed west of the town, while former air force colonel Jamal Mansur, who had defected from Colonel Gaddafi’s army, reported airstrikes. Rebels had regained a foothold in Brega, 80km to the west, he added.

    Ajdabiya guards vital roads north along the coast to the rebel capital of Benghazi and east across the desert to the oil port of Tobruk, which has given the insurgents control of eastern Libya up to the Egyptian border.

    The lightly armed rebels have been pushed back 200km by Colonel Gaddafi’s better equipped forces in the past week. Loyalist troops are only 170km from rebel-held Benghazi, Libya’s second city of about one million people.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/hillary-clinton-pledges-high-level-aid-to-rebels/story-e6frg6so-1226022076592

  146. votermom
    March 15th, 2011 at 11:36 am
    NewMexicoFan, it’s like Hillary is singlehandedly leading our country from the State Dept while the President acts like a teenager on spring break.
    &&&&&&&&&

    You NAILED IT!!

  147. “I actually am not a fan either, I like her though and especially like her calling Barry out.”

    ———————

    LOL…me too. I liked a lot of your other choices though, especially Gates.

    Mute point though because I am Canadian and can’t vote anyway. 🙂

  148. I like Palin a lot. I think most of her policies are wrong, like the rest of the GOP, but her record in Alaska shows integrity and the courage to root out corruption. Not to mention actual socialism in spreading the wealth of Alaskan oil profits to Alaskans. So if Hillary were not in the race, I would vote for Palin.

  149. shadowfax,
    LOL! Hillary/parakeet 2012….some folks might think that would be Obama….he’s about as useful as a parakeet would be in the Oval Office right now….

  150. confloyd
    March 15th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I’ve always agreed with you, this country can’t afford another republican President…
    _________________

    Yes, and you got slapped for it when the petulant poobah made a dramatic grand exit from Big Pink. How can I ever forget how horrible you felt- and you never received an apology for the insult!

    Some people will never get it- we are people first before the PARTY!

  151. Hillary/parakeet 2012….some folks might think that would be Obama….he’s about as useful as a parakeet would be in the Oval Office right now….

    —–
    Parakeets are cute, but they do leave a dirty mess that others have to clean up after, and they do like to hear themselves talk and preen, but they are sweet…so it’s not Barry. 😉

  152. #
    moononpluto
    March 15th, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Reactor number 4 is currently burning due to a hydrogen fire.

    Its on fire, is that not what happened at Chernobyl.

    No. Chernobyl didn’t have an inner reactor containment structure so when it blew it blew the melted rod material into the atmosphere. Chernobyl was a badly built structure run by morons.If there is a meltdown in Japan, the material will possibly melt through the containment structure, but not explode. It’s not fissionable.

  153. Trumpka was kicking up dust in Maryland yesterday in Annapolis in a rally protesting MD budget. O’Malley crashed the rally and went on the podium. There have been no raises for USM faculty and staff for the last two years and in addition have had furloughs.

  154. I had completely given up on finding even one real magazine paper copy of The Hillary Newsweek issue (dated March 14 2011). Yet at noon today, I found 6 copies. But as it turns out, that is not the incredible part. What is beyond belief is that our girl’s coverage begins on Page 44. Big Pink, you’ve got some helluva connection. 🙂

  155. How the hell do we send a navy ship in there without considering radiation exposure !!!! What a total f— up.

  156. JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I firmly believe that Hillary sides with her husband in wanting a no-fly zone. She is following obama’s dictation who is listening to idiots in space.

    This must be very bitter for her.

    G8 leaders abandon Libyan no-fly zone
    ______________

    agreed- Gaddafi announced early on he had $67Million to spend. That is what got BOs/Soros’ attention. That, in spite of freezing his assets in the US is what is holding up the no-fly zone.

    When there is an opportunity to make money on someone’s desperation theres nothing that will get a vulture’s attention quicker than desperation with money to burn.

  157. holdthemaccountable
    March 15th, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    ——-

    Ah, the subliminal message.. She can still be the 44th president. Yes, she can!

  158. Mrs. Smith,

    I can just see obama and the media throwing Hillary under the bus for all his diplomatic mistakes.

  159. #
    JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I can just see obama and the media throwing Hillary under the bus for all his diplomatic mistakes.
    ____________________

    ….and I can see the Big Dawg getting into a fight like a Bully Pit! 🙂

  160. still4hill.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/slideshow-hillary-clinton-at-paris-g8/

    nice slideshow of Hillary in Paris…she looks good…healthy and slimmer…looks like Sarkozy has a crush and is flirting with our girl…

    ***********************************************

    …that Chris Hedges article is spot on…these days…the PINOS are just as corrupt as the people they rail against…one big feeding frenzy of corruption all the way around…pointing fingers at each other while they all try to get away with the same thievery…both sides stealing whatever they can until there is nothing left to steal…

    **************************************************************

    QUESTION: why are the Wisconsin state senators still in contempt if they have returned to the senate…why will their votes not count??? what kind of a dictatorship is that?

    republicans sure know how to stage a comeback and overplay their hands…they never learn…

    both sides are continually drunk with their own power…and the people continue to suffer their consequences…

    ****************************************************

    Obama bombs in Boston at fundraiser…ha…no wonder his team is scrambling like crazy to get the kids back on board and asking out loud…and pitching…

    “…it is a different landscape…How do we recapture the Magic”

    **************************************************

    sorry, O…been there, done that…fool us once, shame on you…fool us twice…not this time…

    ***************************************************

    some heartwarming survival stories coming from Japan…a little baby just found alive that slipped away from her parents and her parents lived…just saw a photo of a house that is floating out on the sea…truly amazing…

    so heartbreaking what has happened to so many…

  161. INCOMPETENCE AND VOTE-BUYING

    There are many examples of Obama using “stimulus” money being used to buy votes and influence.

    Granted, a leader (pres, governor, etc.) should be able to advocate for funding of a worthwhile program, and take credit for it if it succeeds. FDR deserved credit for the New Deal, and Bill Clinton for getting the country into the black ink, etc.

    But there’s a difference between competent administration versus vote-buying. Obama is the latter.

    Below is the Sat. NY Times article on how Obama pushed for the quick and easy high-speed rail line, with the motivation that it would be the showpiece first one built, because too much of the stimulus money was being used for unsexy things like road paving, road widening and bridge maintenance. OBAMA GOTS TO HAVE THE GLAMOUR.

    Obama’s choices for selecting the Florida line appear to be completely, cynically based on electoral politics (California and Florida).

    But it fell apart because it wasn’t needed, connecting two cities that were too close to bother doing it. This wasn’t even in the list of top prospects.

    The whole episode reveals that Obama has no motivation to provide useful services to the nation or the world, but just to throw money at problems in hopes that he’ll be loved and given credit.

    &&&&&&&&&
    Some of the more revealing quotes, with my $ commentary headings:

    $ SHOWPIECE
    The project’s demise will “deprive the Obama administration of what it had hoped would be a showpiece that would sell the rest of the nation on high-speed rail.”

    $ INCOMPETENCE
    “The story of the line’s rise and fall shows how it was ultimately undone by a tradeoff that was made when the route was first selected.”

    $ ALL HAT, NO CATTLE
    “The Tampa-to-Orlando route had obvious drawbacks: It would have linked two cities that are virtually unnavigable without cars, and that are so close that the new train would have been little faster than driving. But the Obama administration chose it anyway because it was seen as the line that could be built first.”

    $ VOTE-BUYING IN FLORIDA??? SAY IT AN’T SO…
    “Still, it was probably not the line most people would have chosen if they were starting from scratch. When America 2050, a planning group, ranked potential routes in a report called “Where High-Speed Rail Works Best,” the Tampa-to-Orlando route was not even included because the cities are too close together.”

    nytimes.com/2011/03/12/us/12rail.html

    How Flaws Undid Obama’s Hope for High-Speed Rail in Florida
    ===============

    By MICHAEL COOPER
    Published: March 11, 2011

    The rest of the world calls them bullet trains because they go so fast. But in the United States, the nickname is apt for a different reason: They keep getting shot down.

    The nation’s first true high-speed railroad was supposed to leave the station in 2015, a sleek Tomorrowland-worthy train that would have whisked riders between Orlando and Tampa at speeds of up to 168 miles an hour.

    The federal government had agreed to pay $2.4 billion of its estimated $2.6 billion in construction costs, railroad companies were vying to build and operate it, and state transportation planners had even dummied up proposed timetables: Train 7092 would depart Tampa at 8:10 a.m. and arrive in Orlando at 9:04 a.m.

    The fast train was sought, and won, by Florida’s former Republican governor, Charlie Crist. But it was killed last month by his successor, Rick Scott, who joined several other Republican governors in spurning federally financed train projects over fears that their states could be on the hook for future costs. The final nail in its coffin came last week when a Florida court ruled that the new governor could not be forced to accept the federal money and start building it.

    The demise of the Florida line is different, though. It will delay the country’s first bullet train ride by years, if not longer, and deprive the Obama administration of what it had hoped would be a showpiece that would sell the rest of the nation on high-speed rail.

    The administration said Friday that it would give Florida’s $2.4 billion to rail projects elsewhere and invited other states to apply for the money.

    The story of the line’s rise and fall shows how it was ultimately undone by a tradeoff that was made when the route was first selected.

    The Tampa-to-Orlando route had obvious drawbacks: It would have linked two cities that are virtually unnavigable without cars, and that are so close that the new train would have been little faster than driving. But the Obama administration chose it anyway because it was seen as the line that could be built first. Florida had already done much of the planning, gotten many of the necessary permits and owned most of the land that would be needed.

    In the end, though, the state’s new governor decided not to build it at all, worried that those very drawbacks would ultimately make it a boondoggle.

    White House Seeks a Legacy

    When the Obama administration chose Florida to get a large chunk of stimulus money to build the nation’s first high-speed rail line, some Republicans in Washington worried privately that the project might prove too popular. It was, after all, a multibillion-dollar federal project being lavished on Florida, an important swing state that President Obama had won in the last election, with the money focused squarely on the Interstate 4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando, the home of one of the most crucial blocs of independent voters in the state.

    Things did not work out that way.

    President Obama announced the selection of Florida in 2010 in the most visible possible setting: his State of the Union address. “Tomorrow, I’ll visit Tampa, Fla., where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad,” he said, before flying to Florida the next day to promote the project in a town-hall-style meeting.

    “There is no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines and we can’t,” Mr. Obama told a cheering crowd. “And that’s what’s about to happen right here in Tampa.”

    In 2009, it had been the Obama administration that had pushed to bring high-speed rail to the United States. The vehicle was the $787 billion stimulus package, which, though it was originally sold as a public works program, devoted more money to tax cuts and aid to states than to infrastructure. With much of the construction money in the stimulus ending up paying for prosaic things like repaving roads, the administration decided to make sure that some of it would leave a lasting legacy: it devoted $8 billion to railroads and high-speed rail.

    To the Obama administration, the benefits seemed obvious. The money offered a chance to put people to work designing and building railroads. High-speed trains would lure riders who would otherwise drive or fly, reducing congestion, pollution and the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. And simply building new futuristic trains zipping around at more than 150 miles an hour would be an accomplishment in itself, one that could lift the spirits of a recession-battered nation.

    State Lobbies for a Bullet Train

    It was Governor Crist — who had been considered a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, and who already had his eye on a run for the Unites States Senate — who had lobbied vigorously to win some of that stimulus money to build a high-speed train in a state reeling from the downturn. “Florida is the state that can turn imagination into reality for world-class high-speed rail in the United States faster than anywhere else in the nation,” he wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the fall of 2009.

    His boast was probably true. Florida had long flirted with the idea of building high-speed rail: its voters had once passed a constitutional amendment requiring the state to build it, only to repeal it later over cost concerns. As a result, the state had already done much of the necessary planning work, gotten crucial environmental approvals and, perhaps most important, owned most of the land for the tracks, which would run along the median of Interstate 4.

    The 21-mile leg between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World, which agreed to donate land for a stop, had the potential to attract lots of riders, and revenue — though such a short distance would be better served by a conventional train, or perhaps a monorail.

    A Route Is Seen as Too Short

    Florida’s route had some glaring imperfections, though.

    Tampa and Orlando are only 84 miles apart, generally considered too close for high-speed rail to make sense. The train trip, with many stops along the way, would have shaved only around a half-hour off the drive. Since there are no commercial flights between the two cities, the new line would not have lured away fliers or freed up landing slots at the busy airports. And neither Tampa nor Orlando has many public transportation options. So the question arose: Could riders be persuaded to leave their cars behind and buy tickets to places where they would still probably need cars?

    The state wanted to build the project so badly, though, that after Mr. LaHood hinted that Florida should do something about its lackluster commuter rail service if it wanted a shot at winning the federal rail money, Mr. Crist complied in December 2009 by calling a special session of the Legislature. The state agreed to build a new commuter train in central Florida, and to beef up its struggling line in south Florida.

    The state wanted to build the project so badly, though, that after Mr. LaHood hinted that Florida should do something about its lackluster commuter rail service if it wanted a shot at winning the federal rail money, Mr. Crist complied in December 2009 by calling a special session of the Legislature. The state agreed to build a new commuter train in central Florida, and to beef up its struggling line in south Florida.

    The state wanted to build the project so badly, though, that after Mr. LaHood hinted that Florida should do something about its lackluster commuter rail service if it wanted a shot at winning the federal rail money, Mr. Crist complied in December 2009 by calling a special session of the Legislature. The state agreed to build a new commuter train in central Florida, and to beef up its struggling line in south Florida.

    It worked. When the high-speed rail grants were announced a month later, Florida was a big winner.

    The Department of Transportation did not have that many options. Only two states, Florida and California, were deemed far enough along in their planning to receive money for building actual bullet trains — trains that can travel more than 150 miles an hour, on tracks of their own that are not shared with other trains.

    The California line — linking Los Angeles and San Francisco with trains that would go up to 220 miles an hour — was expected to cost at least of $42 billion, and could not open before 2020 in the most optimistic projection. The Tampa-to-Orlando line, by contrast, was expected to cost around $2.6 billion and had a shot at opening by 2015.

    Both states became big winners of the rail money, which grew to more than $10.5 billion after Congress devoted more money to railroads in the federal budget. The rest of the money was used to build or improve conventional train service: most of the states got at least some of it.

    Florida stood out: it was on track to open the first bullet train on its own dedicated tracks in the United States. It would have been a demonstration project, visible to the millions of tourists who descend on the Orlando theme parks each year.

    Still, it was probably not the line most people would have chosen if they were starting from scratch. When America 2050, a planning group, ranked potential routes in a report called “Where High-Speed Rail Works Best,” the Tampa-to-Orlando route was not even included because the cities are too close together.

    Although the state’s plan called for eventually extending the line down to Miami, making the train an attractive alternative to short-hop flights or long drives, the extension would have required more time and planning and much more money to build. When the planning group considered a route linking Tampa, Orlando and Miami, it ranked it 100th among potential high-speed rail routes in the United States, far behind likelier choices like the Northeast Corridor. (The Acela trains running between Boston and Washington can reach speeds of up to 150 miles an hour, but average around half that because they share their curvy tracks with other trains.)

    G.O.P. Opposition Mounts

    Then things began to fall apart. As the 2010 midterm elections heated up, Republicans began running against the federal largess states have traditionally sought.

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican, killed a long-planned commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River. Scott Walker, the new Republican governor of Wisconsin, killed a new conventional passenger train line that was to be built between Milwaukee and Madison, and paid for with $810 million in federal stimulus money. The new governor of Ohio, John R. Kasich, killed a $400 million federally financed line that would have linked Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. When President Obama called for expanding the nation’s rail program in this year’s State of the Union address, Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to denounce it as “a bullet train to bankruptcy.”

    With Florida’s new governor, Mr. Scott, expressing reservations about the plan, the Obama administration moved quickly to award $342 million of the forfeited money from the Midwest to Florida. That brought the federal commitment to Florida to roughly $2.4 billion, almost enough to cover the projected $2.6 billion cost.

    But the backlash was strong in Florida. In his race for the United States Senate last year, Mr. Crist found his success at winning stimulus money for Florida turned into a liability. Conservatives, and a newly powerful Tea Party movement, saw the federal spending as a problem, not as a solution to the state’s high unemployment rate. Mr. Crist ended up leaving the Republican Party and running, unsuccessfully, as an independent.

    Last month, Mr. Scott decided to scuttle the project after reading a report by the Reason Foundation that questioned its ridership estimates. The foundation is a prominent libertarian policy research organization that employs several respected transportation analysts, but it gets some of its funding from donors with ties to the oil industry, including foundations related to Koch Industries, which owns oil refineries.

    “The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers, and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits,” Mr. Scott said.

    But a state-sponsored ridership study, which was released this week, concluded that the proposed line would actually have been a money-maker from the start.

    Other Prospects Remain

    Obama administration officials are still pushing ahead with their goal of winning a $53 billion commitment to railroads over the next six years, and say that other states are clamoring for the money rejected by Florida.

    Transportation advocates are continuing their push, too; this week the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a video with two actors from “Mad Men,” in character, expressing their certainty that America would build bullet trains. (“I read a piece that said that in 40 years, gas is going to cost almost a dollar a gallon,” one says.) And Representative John L. Mica of Florida, the new Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, supports high-speed rail, but would like to see efforts focused on the Northeast Corridor linking Boston, Washington and New York, the nation’s most successful rail route. But any effort to make that a true high-speed line is years — if not decades — away.

    Now, with the collapse of the Florida route, it looks as if the nation’s first segment of true high-speed rail will be in an even unlikelier place — linking Fresno and Bakersfield, in California’s Central Valley, and scheduled to end construction in 2017.

  162. Rahm Emanuel didn’t go back to Chicago to help protect Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel went back to Chicago to have the power to help destroy the whole myth of Barack Obama – or even more importantly, to destroy Valerie Jarrett and her entire collection of kooks that is the Obama White House. The bodies buried in Chicago…it’s time for somebody to start digging them up don’t you think? Who better to do that than Rahm Emanuel…

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-something-was-not-right-with-this-president/#ixzz1GhZzr0i5

  163. democrat1,

    Interesting article. Well if Rahm is going to destroy the obama White House, I hope he does it sooner rather than later.

  164. “and I can see the Big Dawg getting into a fight like a Bully Pit!”

    —————

    LOL…I would pay to see that happen.

  165. S
    March 15th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks S, for posting the slideshow-

    We all do the dark glasses when we’re out sans make up. 🙂

  166. CELEBS (FORMER OBAMA WORSHIPPERS) WISH OBAMA HAD A SPINE

    Alas…

    Hollywood A-listers urge Obama to support gay marriage
    ===================

    news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110315/ts_yblog_theticket/hollywood-a-listers-urge-obama-to-support-gay-marriage

    Anne Hathaway, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres are among the actors who have signed an open letter sponsored by Freedom to Marry, a New York-based advocacy group working to promote marriage rights for same-sex couples.

    [snip]

    The letter comes as Obama prepares to launch his 2012 re-election campaign, in which he will no doubt count on entertainment types as an important source of financial and public support. But the president’s relationship with Hollywood has noticeably cooled since 2008, as celebrities have openly expressed their discontent with Obama in part because of his position on same-sex marriage.

  167. great slideshow, S.

    I love the suit HRC is wearing. It fits perfectly and she blends in so well with the other diplomats. Personally, I have always liked the uniformity of professional men’s clothing.

    HRC looks completely relaxed and comfortable. Great shots of her and Sarkozy, so genuine, so unforced.

  168. Well this insider needs to get busy and tell the rest of the story…time is ticking and the world is falling apart!

  169. From democrat1’s link;

    Much as I would love to believe this is true I confess my view of the so-called WH Insider is that (s)he’s a great story-teller.

    “Rahm Emanuel didn’t go back to Chicago to help protect Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel went back to Chicago to have the power to help destroy the whole myth of Barack Obama – or even more importantly, to destroy Valerie Jarrett and her entire collection of kooks that is the Obama White House. The bodies buried in Chicago…it’s time for somebody to start digging them up don’t you think? Who better to do that than Rahm Emanuel…”

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-something-was-not-right-with-this-president/#ixzz1GhtpuuOA

  170. JanH

    You are Canadian, well you’re at least half American in my book and a great Hillary supporter.

  171. holdthemaccountable
    March 15th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I had completely given up on finding even one real magazine paper copy of The Hillary Newsweek issue (dated March 14 2011).

    ———-
    I haven’t found any copies yet…did the Obots hide them?

    I was amazed that Admin posted it’s contents too.

  172. in answer to my question above:

    Senate Republicans to drop contempt finding against Democrats

    jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/118016999.html

    Madison — The top GOP leader in the state Senate backtracked Tuesday, saying Republicans would lift fines and a contempt finding against Democrats – a move that will allow Democrats to vote in committee and may begin to heal wounds between the two parties.

    On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said Democrats couldn’t vote on bills in committee immediately even though they’ve returned from Illinois after a boycott of the Senate. That’s because GOP lawmakers voted to hold Democrats in contempt of the Senate for the move, which for three weeks blocked a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s union bargaining bill.

    But less than 24 hours later, Fitzgerald and Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) said at a news conference they would not enforce that contempt finding.

    “The name of the game is moving this state forward, putting this stuff behind us,” Ellis said. “Let’s get on with the people’s business. Let’s stop all the bickering.”

    Democrats welcomed the move.

    “It was essential for us to move forward,” said Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona). “We needed to be able to return to some sense of normalcy in our day-to-day operations.”

    “It’s the right step and hopefully we will now be able to get to work and debate the issues before us,” said Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison).

    The state constitution requires 20 of 33 senators to be present to vote on certain fiscal matters, and Republicans hold only 19 seats. Democrats left the state Feb. 17 in an attempt to block Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill because it eliminated most collective bargaining for public workers. They stalled the bill, but last week Republicans took appropriations out of the bill and passed it without the presence of Senate Democrats.

    Walker signed the bill Friday and the new law is being challenged in Dane County Circuit Court.

    During the Democrats’ hiatus from the Senate, Republicans applied every pressure they could think of to bring them back. They withheld their paychecks, fined the Democrats $100 each for missing a session day and put Republican senators in charge of Democratic staff.

    Those fines will not be collected and the other measures will not be carried out, Fitzgerald said.

    The Senate Committee on Organization voted, 3-0, to revoke the measure on paychecks and having Republicans oversee Democratic offices. The vote also gave Democrats’ staffers free access to office printers and copy machines that they lost during the Democrats’ absence.

    And in a sign of how delicate the situation is, the two Democrats on the committee – Miller and Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay – were not allowed to vote on rescinding the sanctions. The vote was conducted via a ballot circulated to committee members, rather than at a formal meeting of the committee.

    Fitzgerald said the fines will not be collected and he was seeking a way to lift the contempt finding without convening the full Senate. The Senate isn’t slated to meet again until April 5, but Fitzgerald left open the possibility senators could meet before then as they try to fill a hole in the budget that runs through June 30.

    Fitzgerald said he’d received assurances from Democrats that they would participate in future session days, relieving his fears they would again leave the state to prevent passage of the state budget later this year.

    Fitzgerald declined to say which Democrats he’d talked to, but Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) said earlier Tuesday he would introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow the Senate to proceed with a simple majority in all cases. That would make it impossible for a minority of lawmakers to block action on future bills, though it would take at least two years to change the state constitution.

    “The main point I want to make is that what we did we had every legal right to do. It was an extraordinary step against an extraordinary bill,” Cullen said. But “the institution of the Senate is not well-served going forward by having this particular avenue available.”

    A constitutional amendment must be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions and voters in a statewide referendum.

    Cullen said his proposal for a constitutional amendment would eliminate the requirement in the state constitution that three-fifths of lawmakers in each body be present to vote on certain fiscal bills, including those that contain spending items.

    Fitzgerald embraced the concept.

    “I like the idea of making sure this never happens again, no matter who is in charge,” Fitzgerald said.

    But Miller rejected it.

    “I think the framers of the constitution put that in as a way to protect the citizens,” he said. “I think it’s an overreaction to what happened.”

    Miller said he’d made no promise to Fitzgerald that Democrats would not leave during debate on the budget, and said he did not know if any Democrats did.

    While he was in Illinois, Miller said Democrats would not leave during debate over the budget because the public will have months to analyze Walker’s plan, which includes nearly $1 billion in cuts to schools and local governments over two years.

    But Tuesday, Miller would say only that it was unlikely Democrats would leave again. “You don’t know for sure what’s going to happen in the future,” he said.

    The version of the budget-repair bill that ultimately passed will put $37.5 million toward a $137 million shortfall through June 30. Fitzgerald said he hoped to receive a formal proposal from Walker soon to fill the remaining $99.5 million by refinancing bonds.

    snip

  173. secretaryclinton.wordpress.com/

    more very impressive photos and info on what Hillary is doing today and in the last week…so, so presidential…

    …all while O is now planning his basketball brackets and taping a basketball segment for ESPN…

    my two cents…whether the writer referred to as ‘the insider’ is real or not, god only knows how much more of that kind of truth and background we would hear if people were not so afraid of repercussions…as happened by a mere comment by PJ Crowley…the O WH is a very sinister place run by the Chicago ilk…

  174. I noticed on some posts, that they couldn’t find the NewsWeak magazine for this week (the one with Hillary’s interview), my wife got one at the grocery store, however I don’t think all grocery stores carry newsweak anymore.
    She got several more copies at the bookstore, you might want to try there, Borders? Barnes and Nobles? most of them carry all the newsmagazines, even one with such a dwindling circulation as NewsWeak.

  175. democrat1
    March 15th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Rahm Emanuel didn’t go back to Chicago to help protect Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel went back to Chicago to have the power to help destroy the whole myth of Barack Obama – or even more importantly, to destroy Valerie Jarrett and her entire collection of kooks that is the Obama White House. The bodies buried in Chicago…it’s time for somebody to start digging them up don’t you think? Who better to do that than Rahm Emanuel…

    ———–
    I hope it’s true, and even with doubt I remember that the Big Dawg campaigned for Rahm……Barry’s own Chieftain.

  176. Shadowfax
    March 15th, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    ————

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Sigh…I would give anything if we had a Hillary or Bill clone in Canada.

  177. Thanks for the tip Tim.
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    confloyd
    March 15th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Well this insider needs to get busy and tell the rest of the story…time is ticking and the world is falling apart!

    ——-
    No kidding confloyd, if the insider is real, why is the story taking so long to get out?

    Sure sounds real to me…MIA Barry.

  178. This is so sad…
    —————

    ‘I Will Be Their Mother,’ Says 12-Year-Old Tamar Fogel

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Tamar Fogel, a 12-year-old girl who just lost her parents and three of her siblings to a terrorist attack, told Israel Hayom newspaper that she intends to be a mother to her surviving siblings.

    “I will be strong and succeed in overcoming this,” Tamar said. “I understand the task that stands before me, and I will be a mother to my siblings.”

    Tamar’s parents, Ruth and Udi, along with her siblings, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month-old Hadas, were murdered Saturday night by terrorists affiliated with the Fatah party. Including Tamar, two other children survived the attack, Roi, 8, and two-year-old Yishai.

    Chaim Fogel, Udi’s father, told the newspaper what he first saw when he entered the Itamar home:

    “We came to take the surviving grandchildren out of the Valley of Death,” he said. “I don’t wish on anyone in the world the sight I saw. It is horrendous, beyond description, beyond comprehension.”

    The grandparents recalled the last time they saw Udi, Ruti and the children, a week and a half ago on Saturday night. They celebrated the start of the month of Adar Bet in Itamar, danced, sang and laughed.

    “At least they had a taste of Purim”, said Ruti’s mother Tzila. “I didn’t feel any premonitions. Why should I have thought that I will never see them again? I am not trying to remember if there was anything of that nature in my mind. We were happy together. We have photos of the children playing and happy.”

    The family is against any personal revenge or taking the law into civilian hands. Their slain children felt the same, they said, unequivocally.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/tamar-fogel-mother.php

  179. In Wisconsin Republicans show national Democrats how it should have been.

    As abhorrent as the anti-union Republican bill in Wisconsin was, as dishonest and as blatant an attempt at union busting that it is, you still have to give some credit to the Republicans for giving the finger to Wisconsin senate Democrats and passing what they wanted to pass whether the Democrats liked it or not. The lesson to be learned is the Republicans did it without one single Democratic vote. And they didnt care. Contrast that with Barrack Obama’s groveling for more than a year for one single unneccesary Republican vote on healthcare, not getting it and then selling the public option down the river to capitualate to Republicans.

    Had Washington congressional Democrats taken the same approach as Republicans, had there been a Democratic president and congress with the same degree of determination and conviction instead of playing an empty and nonsensical bipartisan game, ( if the country had wanted Republican “ideas” they never would have thrown them out of office in the first place) this country would now have a government run public option for healthcare, real financial reform, no tax cuts for the wealthy which is adding $800 billion to the deficit, and Democrats would still be in control of the House.

    Instead Obama sold out the Democratic agenda because of weakness and having no principles, the Democratic congress weakly led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid went along with Obama, more interested in not embarrassing him than in doing what was best for the country without any outrage from Democratic groups, but now we see Democratic PACs like MoveOn going into whine overdrive over what the Republicans did in Wisconsin. Why? Because the Democrats didn’t have the will or leadership or backbone to do the same when they had the chance?

    snip

    Democrats and those who call themselves strategists or supporters of Democratic causes have to stop this incessant whining about Republicans who are simply being Republicans, doing what Republicans do both politically and with policy, and face up to the fact that they blew their best chance by supporting Barrack Obama’s presidency and not standing up to him when he wouldn’t stand up for or to anything.

    Instead of complaining about Republicans they need to learn from them and their own mistakes (since they were all easily avoidable) and not only start leveling the criticism at Obama( he always seems to respond to those who criticize him the most) but also start serarching for a credible Democratic challenger to Obama in the 2012 presidential primaries. Because if they don’t, there are going to be more Wisconsins in the future. And a Republican in the White House.
    http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2011/03/in-wisconsin-republicans-give-national.html

  180. Time to go on vacation again. This time to Brazil where he will enthrall her citizens in a town square, you know like he did in Berlin. I wonder what he will bribe them with?

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/03/15/president-obamas-trivial-pursuits-2/

    The Libya indecision follows an inconsistent response to the protests that ousted former Egyptian President Mubarak and seemed to catch the White House off guard. The perfunctory response from the White House Monday to Saudi Arabia’s dispatch of troops to Bahrain suggested the administration wasn’t prepared for that one either.

    But the fun stuff won’t end anytime soon. On Thursday, the Taoiseach of Ireland will be in town to help the president celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And then Friday it’s off to Brazil for the start of a three-country Latin American tour.

    Oddly, he’ll be missing Carnival, which went down last week.

  181. My last post on this subject. I never thought the world, media, U.N. would descend to this hatred. I honestly thought it would end with the holocaust. I guess I was wrong.

    ——————

    Armchair barbarism

    Today the massacred Fogel family was buried in Jerusalem. And as anticipated, the moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media – a sickening form of armchair barbarism which is also in evidence, it has to be said, on the comment thread beneath my post below.

    Overwhelmingly, the media have either ignored or downplayed the atrocity – or worse, effectively blamed the victims for bringing it on themselves, describing them as ‘hard-line settlers’ or extremists. Given that three of the victims were children, one a baby of three months whose throat was cut, such a response is utterly degraded.

    The New York Times blamed Israeli ‘defiance’ over renewed ‘settlement’ building in the wake of the massacre for throwing already shaky peace efforts into a new tailspin.

    So to the New York Times, it’s not the Arab massacre of a Jewish family which has jeopardised ‘peace prospects’ — because the Israelis will quite rightly never trust any agreement with such savages — but instead Israeli policy on building more homes, on land to which it is legally and morally entitled, which is responsible instead for making peace elusive. Twisted, and sick.

    Both CNN and the BBC, meanwhile, along with Harriet Sherwood in the Guardian, gave the impression that this was not a terrorist attack but the actions of an ‘intruder’ — for all the world as if this was a burglary that got out of hand. CNN said:

    Five members of an Israeli family were killed in the West Bank early Saturday morning in what the Israeli military is calling a ‘terror attack’…According to a military spokeswoman, an intruder entered the Israeli settlement of Itamar near the northern West Bank city of Nablus around 1 am, made his way into a family home and killed two parents and their three children.

    The BBC similarly reported:

    The family – including three children — were stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home, Israeli media reported…

    Honest Reporting finds the BBC treatment of this massacre, all but burying the details of the attack on the Fogel family beneath a story about those wicked settlements, the most shocking and callous of all this dreadful coverage.

    For those who don’t appreciate the role played by the ‘moderate’ PA in glorifying terrorism and inciting the mass murder of Israelis, Palestinian Media Watch has assembled some recent examples here – including the award by Abbas of $2000 to the family of a terrorist who attacked and tried to kill Israeli soldiers two months ago.

    (Graphic pictures of the bodies of the slain Fogel family are circulating on the net and on YouTube. The relatives of the massacre victims have made them publicly available in order to show the world the full horror of the Arab barbarism in Itamar. However, I have decided not to link to these pictures. The reported wishes of a distraught family cannot in my view justify what is inescapably a gratuitous invasion of the privacy and dignity of the dead. But read this, and weep.)

    What is being deliberately ignored through this travesty of reporting is not just the human tragedy of this terrible massacre. It is the politically crucial fact that it was apparently carried out not by Hamas but by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the terrorist wing of Fatah. Fatah is the party of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who is the allegedly ‘moderate’ Chairman of the PA – and who not surprisingly couldn’t even bring himself to express unequivocal horror at the atrocity.

    This diabolical deed therefore gives the lie to all those who have been supporting, promoting and funding the PA as ‘moderates’ who deserve a state of their own. The fact is that America, Britain and the EU have been not only promoting this bunch of neo-Nazi fanatics and baby murderers. They have also been forcing their putative victim, Israel, to offer them its own throat to be cut, along with that of Jewish babies. And these craven governments in turn are being egged on by the bigots, useful idiots and worse of the British, European and — it has to be said loud and clear — Israeli ‘liberal’ intelligentsia.

    Truly, this is beyond desolation.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6779100/armchair-barbarism.thtml

  182. Well if he is going to make a speech in Brazil which will be like what he did in Cairo….then folks we need to start worrying just who the hell is in the WH….all we need is more chaos starting in South America and coming up this way….if this happens…Obama is the Muslim we always thought he was. I am beginning to believe the dictators of the middle east own him…as well as those in South America….this just doesn’t look good.

    THe insider the last time said Obama is “worse” than being inept….so WTF is going on???

  183. I think Libya is lost and Gaddafi is going to stay..there is no credible alternative that will stand up to him.

  184. #
    JanH
    March 15th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    LOL…I would pay to see that happen.
    ________________

    That would be one heck of a fundraiser- (for Hillary :))

  185. democrat1
    March 15th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Many of us have suspected BO was either smoking pot or on some kind of trank..

    I’m not sure of the timeline- I’m assuming it was not long after the fundraiser MO made the racist comment about the donor who went to the event dressed in- I think overalls(?) and had given Obama a substantial donation.

    From what I remember about MO- she didn’t want to shake his hand because he wasn’t dressed appropriately, or it was beneath her shaking this whitey’s hand because he was iho- shabbily dressed and he wasn’t anyone from the beltway crowd that could do her any good.

    I don’t remember what were the exact words she uttered..(redneck?) but I do remember she looked at the person standing helping her kind of looking back at the gentleman sneering at him as if he were dirt under her shoes. After the man thought so much of Obama, remarking he just had to go to the event and hopefully shake Obama’s hand because he thought he’d never see the day.

    If Bill Clinton supported Rahm, that was good enough for me. I knew if he put himself in Rahm’s corner, he was again re-building bridges for the future. Rahm would be a key chess piece in learning about the inner workings of the WH sorting out what the daily routines are about fleshing out and framing the drama.

    It really is a pity Obama is the dumb slug that he is… going for the glitz and glamor. He really believes he will be famous for the rest of his life- when in fact history will view him as a disappointing example of his race when he could have made them proud… he chose to be their shame-

  186. Thanks JanH…Obama has ignored the vicious amd brutal murder of Israeli children while lecturing Jewish leaders to search their soulfor peace.

  187. It may be unprecedented, but with her approval numbers so high, I believe we must start working to draft Hillary in 2012.

    Bumper stickers need to start being seen across the nation….

    “Correct the mistake made in ’08
    Draft Hillary.”

    And that “0” should be the Obama “0”.

    The Republicans have no viable option and we can’t take another 4 years of the “Spectator in Chief.”

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