Sukiyaki At Winters End

Less than 20 years after hatred and war between the governments, if not the peoples, of Japan and the United States the song “Sukiyaki“, in 100% Japanese, climbed to the top spot on the American pop charts.



Things change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, but things change. Enemies sometimes become friends. Friends sometimes become enemies. Things change.

Americans, who sometimes, hate/fear/love/admire the Japanese people are now horrified about how the moving earth, volcanic winds, nuclear fire, and Tsunami waters have attacked the Japanese isles and its people. We look at Japan and we are peering into a mirror. It’s about us, but not in a selfish way. We see how the majestic forces of earth, wind, fire, and water can humble the most advanced of technological societies. We see that “CHANGE” can indeed be change for the worse.

That lesson about “change” is not one we needed to learn. In 2007 we asked “change to what?” Is it change for the better, or change for the worse? In 2008 America went from bad to worse:

“The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.

The newly installed tandem of White House Chief of Staff William Daley and Senior Adviser David Plouffe were supposed to impart a new sense of discipline and purpose to the White House. Instead, they are permitting him to showcase himself as a poorly focused leader who has his priorities backward.

This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.”

After a campaign spewing misogyny and stirring up sexism, Obama on Saturday tried to bamboozle with an oddly timed “Women’s History Month” dump of words. On Friday, it was a publicity stunt with the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. Americans know a lot is wrong:

Confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to a new low in more than 35 years, with public attitudes burdened by continued economic discontent, soaring gasoline prices, record opposition to the war in Afghanistan — and a letdown in hopes for political progress after a bout of bipartisanship last fall.

Only 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works,” down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are “uncertain” about the system.”

False hope, like a fast car without brakes, eventually leads to kissing the brick wall of reality.

A Rasmussen poll reports that it is all over for Obama’s health scam as Americans say “no”:

“Support for repeal of the national health care law has reached its highest level since May of last year. The number of voters who believe the plan will increase the cost of care has tied its highest level since the law’s passage last March.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 62% favor repeal of the health care law, including 51% who Strongly Favor it. Only 33% of voters oppose repeal, with 24% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Support for repeal is at a 10-month high, with the number that Strongly Favors repeal at its highest level to date.”

It’s not just Obama’s health scam that might get repealed:

“Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement among young and minority voters at the notion of electing the nation’s first black president.

Now, as Obama cranks up his re-election campaign, all those factors are absent. [snip]

Last fall’s elections were a disaster not only for the hundreds of Democrats voted out of Congress, governorships and state legislatures. They raised questions about Obama, too.

Thirty-seven percent of voters told exit pollsters they cast ballots explicitly to oppose the president, while 23 percent said their votes represented support for him.”

The Obama response is more circuses, more clowns:

“Some Democrats say they may need luck to replicate the passionate turnout of Obama’s first campaign. The often-stated claim that voters would embrace the health care law once it began taking effect has proven mostly untrue. [snip]

Beyond that, Obama eventually plans large rallies similar to those in 2008. They create showy spectacles that excite young voters, but they also serve a fundraising role. People who enter the stadiums or buy Obama T-shirts are asked to provide their names and contact information, which are used later to request donations and volunteer activities.”

The Obama answer is always “showy spectacles”.

We’re sick of showy spectacles. We’re sick of video evidence of the horror the Japanese people are facing daily. We’re sick of watching narcissistic boobs.

Today we’d rather watch decades old videos of Japanese love songs and stare up at the starry sky.

Spring seems so far away.

But Spring will soon be here.

Winter’s gray flecked head will soon be chased away.

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485 thoughts on “Sukiyaki At Winters End

  1. Admin: Great article….I hope the grey flecked head that will soon be chased away is Obama…I certainly hope that is what your saying…..he’s gotta go, but getting rethugs to take his place is also a horrid thought….We need Hillary!

  2. Ok well if the rebels want us to assassinate Gaddafi, then why aren’t we doing it….maybe Hillary has sharpened up her duck hunting skills to include a sniper rifle…hell she’s the only one with enough guts to do it or to order it done….the “ballless one” sure don’t.

  3. False hope, like a fast car without brakes, eventually leads to kissing the brick wall of reality.

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    great line Admin…that about says it….

  4. Are you stalking me admin, I just posted on another blog that it seems like the end of the world, with one disaster after another.

  5. “The Obama answer is always “showy spectacles”.

    We’re sick of showy spectacles. ”

    Admin, not to worry, he’s taking those “showy spectacles” on the international stage now that they don’t work on the national stage.
    He’s going to brazil, and giving speech at a fair, I kid you not, at a fair. Stunning, just stunning, the man has reduced the US presidency like nothing I have seen before.

    Like I saw written on another blog, “he’s no president, he’s just an idiot that got lucky” LOL.
    Not sure if anyone has seen that Simpson’s episode, where Homer wins games, sports, matches, not because he has skills or talent, he just lucky, and the phrase “He’s pulled a homer” was used in that episode. Same can be said about Waffles.

  6. You gotta wonder how this helps him win the election in 2012, but I guess it’s repeating what seemed to work in 2008. Make him seem like a world phenomenon. Or distraction, distraction.

  7. I remembered almost all the words to The End of the World and did a singalong. Ahhh, those old love songs.

  8. repost from previous thread:
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    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 referred to-in the Ulsterman’s post. 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. (like 5 figures)

    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-

  9. !WTF!!!

    ABC News polling about our system of government?

    (Mentioned in admin’s post at top.) WTF!?

    Next week a poll, “Should we trash the Declaration of Independence?”

    WTF, was ABC news taken over by a terrorist organization or something?

  10. “Should we trash the Declaration of Independence?”
    “The Constitution”
    ____________________

    The Republicans and Soros want to gut both of those documents.
    _____________

    GWB said to Obama over a good laugh before he was elected president:

    “The Constitution was just and idea!”

  11. More circuses, more clowns:

    http://www.rollcall.com/issues/56_95/-204065-1.html

    Democrats are hoping they’ve found a secret weapon for winning back the House in 2012: Twitter.

    House Democrats say that while they may be outnumbered, they stand to come out ahead by becoming more savvy to social media to stay more directly connected to the public.

    “We know that we’re up against a team of about 43 think tanks on the other side. … But when you engage them in a good debate, they’re shallow. They have no other place to go except to keep saying the same things over and over again,” Rep. Mike Honda told attendees of the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting in February.

    The California Democrat pointed to the roles that Twitter and Facebook have played in affecting political climates, most recently in the context of the government upheaval in Egypt and labor disputes in Wisconsin. Democrats should harness that same potential when it comes to developing an effective messaging strategy this cycle, Honda said.

    “I think when we have more air time and utilize technology … we can focus on getting control back of Congress in 2012,” he said.[snip]

    Democratic leaders have also stepped up their efforts to ensure that their staffers are taking full advantage of social media. They have has hosted three staff briefings this year on the issue: The first was on Google ads and YouTube, the second was on Facebook, and the third was last week on Twitter.

    Twittering Twits.

  12. I was speaking with another PUMA today, and he pointed out something that pretty muvh accurately summarizes Waffles.

    The Waffles man has a higher opinion of himself than he does of America and Americans, he believes his story is more historic and important than that of America. And so here we are, we have a president who is more interested in promoting himself than the American interest. Once this is taken into account as the motivating factor, all his actions fall into place.

    Made sense to me.

  13. God Help these poor people, looks like GaDaffy has only one more area that is not under his control and he is moving forward in squashing them. And with the media not really covering much of this, GaDaffy will wipe out these people.
    Waffles is now wanting some language from the UN to stop this.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704662604576202073810828008.html?mod=fox_australian

    “The Council was scheduled to resume discussion of the draft at 11 a.m. Wednesday said French ambassador Gerard Araud, but he said he was doubtful the measure could be voted on by Wednesday.

    “We will have a debate, paragraph by paragraph, as in a traditional negotiation,” he said.

    Senior U.S. officials said the measures proposed in the U.N. resolution may no longer be enough to push the resurgent Col. Gadhafi from power.

    The White House chafed, however, at suggestions that inaction by the U.S. and its allies have allowed Col. Gadhafi to regain the momentum. “We have taken dramatic action, together with our international partners, to put pressure on Moammar Gadhafi and his regime,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.”

  14. Ooooh, those crafty Dems, using that thing called “Twitter”, which Luddite Repubs don’t know about or how to use, and therefore will lose to Obama’s tech savvy army.

    Hah. Hah.

  15. Rampant boobery gets noticed. This reads like our old article “The Presence Of Absence”:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/03/15/obamas-presidency-hangs-by-a-thread/

    Japan may be on the verge of an unprecedented catastrophe. Saudi Arabia is all but colonizing Bahrain. Qaddafi is close to retaking Libya, with bloodbath to follow. And, as Jim Geraghty notes, the president of the United States is going on ESPN to talk about the NCAA and delivering speeches today on his rather dull plan to replace No Child Left Behind with No Teenager Left Behind, or something like that.

    It’s hard to overstate how poorly Barack Obama is doing in the face of these crises — and I don’t even mean how he’s doing substantively, which is a scandal in itself. I mean how he’s doing politically. Recall how much hay Michael Moore made of the fact that George W. Bush read My Pet Goat for nine minutes in that Florida classroom on 9/11 after being informed that the first plane had struck.

    We’re going on four weeks now, or more, that Barack Obama has been reading My Pet Goat.

    He is largely notable by his absence, which is itself the result not only of not knowing what to do but also apparently believing it is better for the world if he remains a minor player as a bloodbath approaches in the Middle East and something more ominous seems to be approaching in Japan. When he talks, as he did in Friday’s press conference, he only makes matters more confusing; there is little reassurance that there is a hand anywhere near the tiller.

    Obama’s defiant unwillingness to take the measure of the world’s multiple crises and to act as a world leader in response to them in the eyes of the public indicates a fundamental disconnect in the Oval Office.

  16. {snip}
    The president has many tools, of course, for inspiring and exciting potential voters. But he faces a different landscape, one in which key supporters are disappointed by concessions he has made to Republicans, and discouraged by huge Democratic losses last fall.

    Obama acknowledged the challenge last week in Boston. “Somebody asked me, how do we reinvigorate the population, the voter, after two very tough years?” he told Democratic donors. “How do we recapture that magic that got so many young people involved for the very first time in 2008?”

    One answer, the president said, is to persuade hardcore liberals to swallow their anger over political compromises the administration reached with Republicans, even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

    —————

    Many of those ‘hardcore liberals’ are Hillary supporters asshole, and you don’t have any magic words to ‘persuade’ us into voting for you or giving you a thin dime for your vacations.

    We are the army that is gonna drive you out of the oval office and shame you for the rest of your wasted life for the corruption you pulled on our country and party.

    Go home to the hood, Baracko Bama. We didn’t want you in 2008 and we want you less in 2011.

  17. “Obama telling us how safe our nuclear reactors are”

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    Didn’t someone post on the last thread that obama quietly renewed some of these sites even if they were years past their shelf date?

  18. So obama and his family are still going to travel to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador no matter that there are so many problems in the world.

    My bet is this is another taxpayer vacation for them. I’m thinking they must be going through vacation withdrawal.

  19. Obama Seemingly “Absent” During Mounting Crises

    Written by Raven Clabough
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    President Obama’s former chief of staff, and newly-elected Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want to let a good crisis go to waste.” Fortunately for President Obama, he has a number of crises from which to choose, and is being urged by his critics to take charge. With civil unrest erupting into a war in Libya, natural disasters plaguing a significant owner of U.S. debt, and a federal government operating solely on temporary stopgap measures, many Americans are questioning the thought processes of a President who ignores such important issues and opts instead to provide radio addresses on gender inequality. Fox News reports:

    Amid chaos around the world and on Capitol Hill, Obama’s Saturday radio address was devoted to Women’s History Month and a call to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal meant to address the income gap between men and women. Then, the president went golfing at Andrews Air Force Base.

    According to Fox News, the radio address did little to assuage the concerns of Obama’s critics, who have targeted what they perceive to be lax, cool, and restrained responses to the mounting crises.

    Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, observed, “I don’t know if they don’t realize the disconnect and maybe they don’t care … but it does matter.”

    Similarly, former Bush adviser Karl Rove has called for the President to devote more attention to the strife in Libya and the federal budget, two significant matters.

    Fox News explains:

    Critics note that every time Congress works on a stopgap budget, it risks a government shutdown and does virtually nothing to cut spending, all the while creeping closer to a tricky — and potentially disastrous — vote on raising the debt ceiling; every day the administration defers to it[s] international partners to weigh the best course of action in Libya, Muammar al-Qaddafi gains ground.

    Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation notes that, regardless of the escalating crises, President Obama “seems paralyzed.”

    Of course, how the President should proceed on each crisis ranges depending on the counselor. For example, John Bolton, former Bush Ambassador to the U.N., has called the President’s approach to the violence in Libya “passive” and asserts that the United States should play a more leading role.

    Democratic strategist Bob Beckel, on the other hand, contends that the President’s careful approach is the best one. “You’ve got to approach Libya cautiously. We’re already in two wars in that area.”

    Similarly, Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cautions that the United States should carefully consider expanding military intervention and a prolonged U.S. presence in Libya, as it could provoke a rallying cry for the Qaddafi regime.

    In regard to the budget, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has complained that Obama is “absent from this debate.” Even Democrat Joe Manchin (W-Va.) criticized the President for his “failure to lead” on the budget debate.

    Likewise, Republican critics bemoaned the absence of Vice President Biden last week — who, though he is supposed to be the leading negotiator on the budget debate, chose to travel to Russia in the midst of the discussions.

    Oftentimes, the President simply seems distracted or disconnected from the situation at hand. Obama raised eyebrows several days ago when he used the word “unshakeable” to describe the American alliance with Japan — a word fraught with different implications following Friday’s megaquake.

    The President’s lax reactions to the increased crises put many Americans in mind of his delayed and seemingly callous reaction to the British Petroleum Gulf oil spill last year. Even the British publication The Daily Mail wrote of it, “Barack Obama has been criticized for continuing to play golf while oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. He has played at least seven times since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, creating America’s biggest environmental disaster.”

    Similarly, in December 2010, President Obama excused himself from an important press conference regarding the tax cut deal so that he could prepare for a White House party that evening. The Washington Post wrote of the unusual scenario:

    The scene was remarkable. Obama introduced [Bill} Clinton [to provide his endorsement of the tax cut deal] and then said he would have to leave shortly for a holiday party. Clinton for a moment feigned deference.

    “I feel awkward being here, and now you’re going to leave me all by myself?” he said, barely suppressing a smile.

    Obama, his arms crossed, stood watching Clinton for a few minutes. Then, as promised, he left.

    “I’ve been keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour, so I’m going to take off,” Obama said.

    Critics note that the President’s lackadaisical handling of significant matters such as the increasing crisis in Libya and the budgetary disputes, may have a negative impact on public opinion, as has been seen in the past, and could potentially play a role in 2012.

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/politics/6702-obama-seemingly-absent-during-mounting-crises

  20. Tarpley checks in with info concerning Twitter and Facebook:

    The US “Perspective 2020″ Strategy

    Sergei Shahskov of the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, which benefits from the findings of Russian intelligence, notes that the US has been making a sustained effort to develop ways to topple governments, including the creation of the US Cybercommand to exploit Twitter and Facebook, and that Obama has been heavily involved: “In line with the ‘Perspective-2020′ program for the US strategic military development, information superiority is one of key factors.

    The new command faced the task to carry out a full range of operations in the World Wide Web. Private companies were invited to join the program. In June, 2009 the US Special Operations Command and Gallup Polls signed an agreement to process the results of opinion polls in different parts of the world in order to use them later during implementing campaigns aimed at shaping public opinion….

    At the end of 2010 the White House reported that President Obama knew about protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen in advance and in August, 2010, ordered his administration to prepare a secret report on the situation in the Arab world.”3

    http://tarpley.net/2011/03/15/behind-the-2011-orgy-of-destabilizations/

  21. Didn’t someone post on the last thread that obama quietly renewed some of these sites even if they were years past their shelf date?
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    That would be me but I lost the reference as to how many have been renewed since Obama took office. The US now has 23 GE first generation reactors that should be decommissioned. These are the same or similar to the reactors that are having problems at Fukushima #1.

    “Renewing licenses for nuclear power plants begins years in advance of their expiration so that plans can be made to replace them if the application is denied. Diablo Canyon has already filed its renewal application, but San Onofre has not. Of the 104 operating U.S. reactors, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed 62 licenses and denied none.’

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110315/us_nm/us_nuclear_usa_california_1

    The Diablo Canyon is probably the site that is most similar to Japan. There are four earth quake faults with several miles and when the plant was built, the plans were reversed so that the earth quake protection is backwards.

    (con’t)

  22. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday put a temporary hold on a 20-year license extension for the controversial Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The commission had instructed its staff to issue the renewal last Thursday, the day before the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/greenblog/2011/03/nuclear_regulatory_commission.html

    Corporate bidness as usual in the Obama administration, just like the Rethugs and “F” the American people.

  23. But Spring will soon be here. = Hillary will rise.

    Winter’s gray flecked head will soon be chased away.
    = We will soon see the back of Obama’s gray blockhead as he exits the stage — the entire play — the entire performance industry!

  24. Japan fighting a losing battle

    “The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” he said Wednesday morning, as smoke billowed above the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. “Because of the radiation risk we are on standby.” Later, an official with Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the plant, said the team had withdrawn about 500 yards (meters) from the complex, but were getting ready to go back in.

    The nuclear crisis has triggered international alarm and partly overshadowed the human tragedy caused by Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, a blast of black seawater that pulverized Japan’s northeastern coastline. The quake was one of the strongest recorded in history.

    Later Wednesday, national broadcaster NHK showed military helicopters lifting off to survey radiation levels above the complex, preparing to dump water onto the most troubled reactors in a desperate effort to cool them down.”

    complete story here:

    http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/88026.php

  25. Michelle Malkin

    John Kerry’s Recycled Government Slush Fund Recipe

    Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has once again earned his nickname: Thurston B. Howell III. LURCH. He’s elite, effete and so hopelessly out of touch with reality that his latest solution to America’s fiscal profligacy is … more fiscal profligacy, of course, Lovey!

    On Tuesday, Kerry introduced a $10 billion infrastructure bank bill that would engineer yet another federal taxpayer boondoggle benefiting Big Labor and favored Big Business interests.

    Kerry finagled support from Texas GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, AFL-CIO brass knuckler-in-chief Richard Trumka, statist U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, and the far-left Center for American Progress. Like spinning straw into gold, the Kerry coalition promises to leverage $10 billion in unidentified funds into $640 billion for crumbling roads and bridges.

    This new recipe for expansive government is actually not a “new” idea. It’s an old recycled one borrowed from former corruptocrat Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who sponsored a bill to create a federally operated “infrastructure bank” in 2007. President Obama tried to get $5 billion in funding for one in his 2010 budget, and $4 billion is proposed for one in his 2011 budget.

    Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro is pushing a House version — and her lavish pipe-dream plans tell you all you need to know about what a disastrous, costly slush fund this thing would inevitably morph into (TARP redux plus stimulus redux plus Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac redux = abysmal failure redux):

    “The program, which would make loans much like the World Bank, would finance projects with the potential to transform whole regions, or even the national economy, the way the interstate highway system and the first transcontinental railway once did,” The New York Times reported last fall. “In an interview, Ms. DeLauro said she would be ‘looking at a broader base,’ meaning the bank would finance not just roads and rails, but also telecommunications, water, drainage, green energy and other large-scale works.”

    Green energy? Bright red flag. Like Stimulus I, which was initially intended to put infrastructure spending first but evolved into a multipurpose slush fund that put infrastructure last, the Kerry-Dodd-DeLauro-Obama “infrastructure bank” envisioned by progressives on Capitol Hill would be plundered to finance “green energy” and “other large-scale works” based on “social benefits” determined by a panel of cronies appointed by the president.

    The social justice infrastructure “bank” would be anything but a bank in the normal sense of the word. Ron Utt at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation exposed the farce: “This bank would be capitalized by federal appropriations to leverage a greater volume of debt borrowed under the full faith and credit of the federal government. In turn the bank would use these funds to finance eligible infrastructure projects. While these proposed entities — and similar ones that exist in the states from earlier legislation — are described as ‘banks,’ they are no such thing.”

    In other words: The infrastructure banks would borrow more money the government doesn’t have to dole out grants that wouldn’t be paid back and don’t require interest payments. All’s well that ends well in the land of make-believe austerity.

    Unsurprisingly, Big Labor biggie Andy Stern, former head of the Service Employees International Union and an Obama confidante, is glomming on to the infrastructure bank idea to push a new overseas profit tax on multinational corporations. Brilliant: Impose new double-taxes on American businesses that no other country imposes, reduce competitiveness, induce companies to incorporate outside the U.S., and then put union bosses in charge of redistributing the $30 billion punitive windfall.

    Supporters also compare the infrastructure bank plan to the U.S. Export-Import Bank — an idea that, as Washington Examiner reporter Tim Carney rightly notes, “epitomizes corporate welfare. It also is a prime example of unaccountability. The agency is independent of any cabinet department, and it hands out loans and loan guarantees basically at its own discretion. … (I)t’s kind of like Fannie Mae was, before its exposure became real and the taxpayers had to come in and bail it out. So, Kerry wants to create Fannie Pave, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce loves the idea: a bunch of free money that seems to cost nothing.”

    Who pays? Ordinary taxpayers, nonunion contractors and businesses that don’t pander to the Obama White House.

    Remember: In his first weeks in office, Obama signed union-friendly executive order 13502, which essentially forces contractors who bid on large-scale public construction projects worth $25 million or more to submit to union representation for their employees. The project labor agreement racket requires contractors to hand over exclusive bargaining control; to pay inflated, above-market wages and benefits; and to fork over dues money and pension funding to corrupt, cash-starved labor organizations.

    Higher taxes. Union favoritism. Crony capitalism. Left-wing special interest wish list. We’re on the road to another irreparable taxpayer sinkhole. You can bank on that.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2011/03/16/john_kerrys_recycled_government_slush_fund_recipe/page/full/

  26. Corporate bidness as usual in the Obama administration, just like the Rethugs and “F” the American people.
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    In the law of White Collar Crime, the technical term is “willful blindness”. Many corporate executives are guilty of this. Willful blindness, if proven, is grounds for prosecution, conviction and incarceration. One or two cases like that would put Corporate American on notice. General Electric would be a fine place to start. They are a world class outsourcer, seller of military secrets to China, corrupter of journalism and godfather to Obama. In addition, I was told by a friend that they designed and/or built the reactors which are in trouble now–contrary to a prior report I had heard. If this is true, then heards need to fall, starting at the top with Immelt–a traitor to this country if there ever was one.

  27. March 16, 2011

    Obama’s First Two Years a Disaster for America

    By Chad Stafko

    Recall the euphoria that surrounded Barack Obama during the 2008 election season and after he was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Life was going to be blue skies and rainbows, or at least we were told, with hope and change on the way. The American people would be better off and so would our nation with Obama in control. After a little more than two years as the President, those blue skies have turned gray with not the slightest hint of a rainbow.

    Some professed that with Barack Obama as President, the staples of life would become affordable if not altogether free. Surely you remember Peggy Joseph who said, at a Barack Obama campaign event in August 2008, that she would not have to worry about paying for her gas and mortgage. Consider what has happened to those staples of life during the Obama presidency.

    As of March 14, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.57/gallon. When Obama took office in January 2009, the price was $1.81/gallon. That represents more than a 90% increase in just over two years.

    To put that in perspective, assume you have a 40 mile round trip commute to work, your car gets 20 miles per gallon and that prices remain the same going forward. Relative to January 2009, you are paying about $18 more per week and about $72 more per month at the pump.

    The pertinent question we might ask is, “What has President Obama done in the past two years to limit the rise of oil and gasoline prices, if anything?” The answer is…nothing. If anything, his policies have contributed towards rising prices. Recall the moratorium he enacted on oil drilling following the BP oil spill that further limited the supply of the commodity from our own waters. His failure to support drilling in ANWR and his overt allegiance to the anti-drilling environmental fringe has also directly contributed to less supply of oil and therefore higher oil prices.

    Ms. Joseph also looked forward to Obama paying her mortgage. Well, many Americans don’t have to worry about a mortgage anymore, as they’ve had their houses foreclosed. In 2009, a record 2,824,674 foreclosures took place, while 2,872,892 foreclosures occurred in 2010. In other words, 5.7 million families have lost their homes, but at least they’re not up all night wondering how they will pay their mortgage.

    It just wasn’t supposed to be this way, at least in the eyes of the 53% of voters who cast their ballot for Barack Obama. After all, President Obama’s policies were going to reignite the economy and keep the unemployment rate below 8% at least that is what we were told, thereby making those aforementioned mortgages affordable. The opposite has occurred.

    In December 2008, President Bush’s final full month in office, the nation’s unemployment rate stood at 7.3%. From that point until December 2010, a period in which Obama benefited from accommodative Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, the unemployment rate rose to 10.1% at one time and remained at or above 9.5% from July 2009 until November 2010.

    This resulted despite unprecedented government spending labeled as “economic stimulus.”

    What happened? Instead of a surge in America’s economic growth, we’ve seen a surge in America’s deficit. Under the direction of President Obama, the United States has seen its deficit increase by more than $3 trillion or by nearly $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.

    Then there was the promise of “When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk, as President, you, the public, will have five days to look online to find out what’s in it before I sign it….” Again, the reality has been the complete opposite.

    Rewind to March 2010, when then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in reference to the ObamaCare bill, said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Really? I thought that 2,700 page bill would be posted on the Internet for all to view for five days. Instead, it was rushed through and pushed down our throats, despite most Americans not in favor of it. Again, Obama failed to deliver, as he has time after time.

    We are now just after the halfway point of the Obama presidency. Based on the facts, we are no better off as a nation than we were when Obama took office. The average American citizen has failed to see an improvement in his or her lifestyle versus two years ago. This is a presidency, up to this point, that has been an absolute disaster for our nation and our people.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/obamas_first_two_years_a_disas.html

  28. March 16, 2011

    From Bloomberg to NPR: Selling out to Shariah for Fun and Profit
    To you and me, the brutal Islamic law of Shariah is a nightmare; to America’s elites, it’s a cutting-edge growth industry. This is a tale of three appalling twerps who sold out America’s freedom, each in his or her own special way. At the apex stands Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the adenoidal Napoleon of New York, whose monumental betrayals are practically a work of art; much lower down, we find the smug little weasels, Ronnie Schiller and Betsy Liley of NPR, who, over a delicious Washington lunch with avowed Muslim Brotherhood operatives, casually agreed to a splash of treason.

    Studying their stories is instructive, for we quickly see that while jobs for America’s regular folks may be disappearing, for the busybody blowhards who rule our civic and cultural life, the opportunities to vacuum up cash in exchange for selling off our freedom are virtually boundless.

    In case you were wondering why Mayor Bloomberg refused to meet with 9/11 families protesting the Ground Zero Victory Mosque, and why he reviled them and other patriotic opponents as “un-American,” the mystery is now officially solved: money. Bloomberg, the richest man in New York, has brilliantly maneuvered his position as public guardian of Ground Zero into a priceless asset for his personal fortune.

    Here’s the sick news, folks, about the mother of all conflicts of interest.

    Bloomberg launches Islamic Finance Platform:

    Bloomberg Professional® service executives have announced the launch of a Bloomberg Islamic Finance Platform (ISLM), a solution for Shariah-compliant products and services… The Islamic marketplace is growing rapidly and there is high demand for a wide range of resources,” Dan Doctoroff, President of Bloomberg L.P, said from Kuala Lumpur. “Bloomberg is delighted to increase its commitment to serve this dynamic market….”

    The new Bloomberg ISLM platform has resources for investing in fixed income, equities and money markets that comply with Shariah…”

    Well, you get the picture. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? Bloomberg, the famous cold fish, shedding hot tears for “religious freedom” in front of the Statue of Liberty, surrounded by a pride of brain-dead rabbis — ah, what a lovely photo op it made.

    Bloomberg’s tears were real, all right. He was weeping at the thought that patriotic Americans might derail his ability to close the deal on his beloved Shariah platform. Recall, if your stomach can bear it, how Imam Rauf, the project’s so-called “spiritual leader,” let slip that he would use the 15-story, $100 million Ground Zero Victory Mosque to house his lifelong dream — the Shariah Index Project. There, every morning, after the Muslim call to prayer finished echoing across the 9/11 killing field, Rauf planned to calibrate the state of Shariah compliance around the globe, and diligently labor to spread it.

    And how delightfully easier his task of spreading Shariah will be, thanks to Bloomberg’s Islamic Finance Platform! After all, the whole point of the $1 trillion market of “Shariah-compliant products and services” is to maximize compliance with Shariah — and not just onmoney matters. To understand Shariah Finance’s true nature, consider that Iran is its market leader, and was the first country to adopt Shariah Finance as its financial system, back in 1978-1983 when the Ayatollah Khomeini took over. Khomeini eradicated all secular law and replaced it with Shariah law, including the banking system. Khomeini’s prize creation, the Shariah police, continue to enforce Shariah in the banks and on the streets, where women are savagely beaten for showing a strand of hair and 14-year-old gays are publicly hanged.

    I find it fascinating that Bloomberg’s official announcement makes no attempt to disguise Shariah-Compliant Finance as “green” or “ethical”, which is the current fashionable pretense of Shariah-pushing financial institutions like Citibank, Goldman Sachs and General Electric. No, Bloomberg’s announcement is all about the power of his proprietary tools to speed up the harried investors’ search for “fatwa endorsements,” and “transparency into more than 250 Shariah scholars,” so they can get on with making obscene piles of Shariah-backedmoney.

    In case you’re wondering about the tilt of these “Shariah scholars,” look no further than Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood honcho dubbed “the theologian of terror” by the ADL, who just showed up in Tahrir Square, calling for “the reconquest of Jerusalem.” Qaradawi is the big expert on Shariah Finance, which he cheerfully calls “jihad withmoney.”

    Now, you and I remember that 9/11 took place on the day of the mayoral primary, an election Bloomberg eventually won. We remember that he began his term in office by attending countless funerals and memorial services for New York’s heroes, and we still get choked up thinking about the sacrifice they made.

    But let’s give credit where it’s due: Bloomberg is a canny calculator. Maybe he’d already figured out back in 2001, while we were still wrapping ourselves in flags and weeping over God Bless America, that the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 would be presided over by some guy named Hussein, who bowed to the Saudi king — so why not go for the main chance?

    As for Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley of NPR, what pipsqueak, nothing-burgers these would-be destroyers of our freedom turn out to be. Invited to lunch with two men posing as operatives of a Muslim Brotherhood front group openly dedicated to spreading Shariah, they happily accepted, in hopes of snaring a $5 million donation. Schiller obligingly ranted about America’s bigotry and Islamophobia and those nasty Jews who control the media, while Liley, in crisp professional mode, volunteered to provide anonymity for a Muslim Brotherhood donation. Yes, these are the people who think they’re so much better than us.

    Schiller’s and Liley’s hatred for America’s ordinary citizens is so immense that they’re willing to sell off our Constitution, but I’m sure they find the whole concept of treason to be laughably passé. In fact, it probably never even occurred to these two COWs (Citizens of the World) that they had a country to betray. What’s the moral of the story of Bloomberg and the quislings of NPR? American leadership in every sector is in a state of massive collapse, and our future is being written by preening egotists getting rich on our destruction. Can’t we do better?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/from_bloomberg_to_npr_selling.html

  29. Everything about this Administration can be summed up as a tone deaf obsession with fringe concerns to the exclusion of the business at hand.

  30. NYT has an article
    Dispelling the LIEs about the safety of our own nuclear reactors propagated by our government and Big Media- and the similarities to the reactor’s design in Japan.

    (we did it to save money)
    ________________

    Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor

    By TOM ZELLER Jr.
    March 15, 2011

    The warnings were stark and issued repeatedly as far back as 1972: If the cooling systems ever failed at a “Mark 1” nuclear reactor, the primary containment vessel surrounding the reactor would probably burst as the fuel rods inside overheated. Dangerous radiation would spew into the environment.

    Now, with one Mark 1 containment vessel damaged at the embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and other vessels there under severe strain, the weaknesses of the design — developed in the 1960s by General Electric — could be contributing to the unfolding catastrophe

    When the ability to cool a reactor is compromised, the containment vessel is the last line of defense. Typically made of steel and concrete, it is designed to prevent — for a time — melting fuel rods from spewing radiation into the environment if cooling efforts completely fail.

    In some reactors, known as pressurized water reactors, the system is sealed inside a thick steel-and-cement tomb. Most nuclear reactors around the world are of this type.

    But the type of containment vessel and pressure suppression system used in the failing reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant is physically less robust, and it has long been thought to be more susceptible to failure in an emergency than competing designs. In the United States, 23 reactors at 16 locations use the Mark 1 design, including the Oyster Creek plant in central New Jersey, the Dresden plant near Chicago and the Monticello plant near Minneapolis.

    G.E. began making the Mark 1 boiling-water reactors in the 1960s, marketing them as cheaper and easier to build — in part because they used a comparatively smaller and less expensive containment structure.

    American regulators began identifying weaknesses very early on.

    In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Later that same year, Joseph Hendrie, who would later become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a successor agency to the atomic commission, said the idea of a ban on such systems was attractive. But the technology had been so widely accepted by the industry and regulatory officials, he said, that “reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power.”

    In an e-mail on Tuesday, David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Program at the Union for Concerned Scientists, said those words seemed ironic now, given the potential global ripples from the Japanese accident.

    “Not banning them might be the end of nuclear power,” said Mr. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who spent 17 years working in nuclear facilities, including three that used the G.E. design.

    Questions about the design escalated in the mid-1980s, when Harold Denton, an official with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asserted that Mark 1 reactors had a 90 percent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident.

    Industry officials disputed that assessment, saying the chance of failure was only about 10 percent.

    Michael Tetuan, a spokesman for G.E.’s water and power division, staunchly defended the technology this week, calling it “the industry’s workhorse with a proven track record of safety and reliability for more than 40 years.”

    Mr. Tetuan said there are currently 32 Mark 1 boiling-water reactors operating safely around the globe. “There has never been a breach of a Mark 1 containment system,” he said.

    Several utilities and plant operators also threatened to sue G.E. in the late 1980s after the disclosure of internal company documents dating back to 1975 that suggested that the containment vessel designs were either insufficiently tested or had flaws that could compromise safety.

    The Mark 1 reactors in the United States have undergone a variety of modifications since the initial concerns were raised. Among these, according to Mr. Lochbaum, were changes to the torus — a water-filled vessel encircling the primary containment vessel that is used to reduce pressure in the reactor. In early iterations, steam rushing from the primary vessel into the torus under high pressure could cause the vessel to jump off the floor.

    In the late 1980s, all Mark 1 reactors in the United States were also retrofitted with venting systems to help reduce pressure in an overheating situation.

    It is not clear precisely what modifications were made to the Japanese boiling-water reactors now failing, but James Klapproth, the chief nuclear engineer for General Electric Hitachi, said a venting system was in place at the Fukushima plants to help relieve pressure.

    The specific role of the G.E. design in the Fukushima crisis is likely to be a matter of debate, and it is possible that any reactor design could succumb to the one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami like those that occurred last week in Japan.

    Although G.E.’s liability would seem limited in Japan — largely because the regulatory system in that country places most liability on the plant operator — the company’s stock fell 31 cents to $19.61 in trading Tuesday.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html?_r=2

  31. Dispelling the LIEs about the safety of our own nuclear reactors propagated by our government and Big Media- and the similarities to the reactor’s design in Japan.

    (we did it to save money)
    ________________

    Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor

    By TOM ZELLER Jr.
    March 15, 2011

    The warnings were stark and issued repeatedly as far back as 1972: If the cooling systems ever failed at a “Mark 1” nuclear reactor, the primary containment vessel surrounding the reactor would probably burst as the fuel rods inside overheated. Dangerous radiation would spew into the environment.

    Now, with one Mark 1 containment vessel damaged at the embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and other vessels there under severe strain, the weaknesses of the design — developed in the 1960s by General Electric — could be contributing to the unfolding catastrophe

    When the ability to cool a reactor is compromised, the containment vessel is the last line of defense. Typically made of steel and concrete, it is designed to prevent — for a time — melting fuel rods from spewing radiation into the environment if cooling efforts completely fail.

    In some reactors, known as pressurized water reactors, the system is sealed inside a thick steel-and-cement tomb. Most nuclear reactors around the world are of this type.

    But the type of containment vessel and pressure suppression system used in the failing reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant is physically less robust, and it has long been thought to be more susceptible to failure in an emergency than competing designs. In the United States, 23 reactors at 16 locations use the Mark 1 design, including the Oyster Creek plant in central New Jersey, the Dresden plant near Chicago and the Monticello plant near Minneapolis.

    G.E. began making the Mark 1 boiling-water reactors in the 1960s, marketing them as cheaper and easier to build — in part because they used a comparatively smaller and less expensive containment structure.

    American regulators began identifying weaknesses very early on.

    In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended that the Mark 1 system be discontinued because it presented unacceptable safety risks. Among the concerns cited was the smaller containment design, which was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Later that same year, Joseph Hendrie, who would later become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a successor agency to the atomic commission, said the idea of a ban on such systems was attractive. But the technology had been so widely accepted by the industry and regulatory officials, he said, that “reversal of this hallowed policy, particularly at this time, could well be the end of nuclear power.”

    In an e-mail on Tuesday, David Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Program at the Union for Concerned Scientists, said those words seemed ironic now, given the potential global ripples from the Japanese accident.

    “Not banning them might be the end of nuclear power,” said Mr. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who spent 17 years working in nuclear facilities, including three that used the G.E. design.

    Questions about the design escalated in the mid-1980s, when Harold Denton, an official with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asserted that Mark 1 reactors had a 90 percent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident.

    Industry officials disputed that assessment, saying the chance of failure was only about 10 percent.

    Michael Tetuan, a spokesman for G.E.’s water and power division, staunchly defended the technology this week, calling it “the industry’s workhorse with a proven track record of safety and reliability for more than 40 years.”

    Mr. Tetuan said there are currently 32 Mark 1 boiling-water reactors operating safely around the globe. “There has never been a breach of a Mark 1 containment system,” he said.

    Several utilities and plant operators also threatened to sue G.E. in the late 1980s after the disclosure of internal company documents dating back to 1975 that suggested that the containment vessel designs were either insufficiently tested or had flaws that could compromise safety.

    The Mark 1 reactors in the United States have undergone a variety of modifications since the initial concerns were raised. Among these, according to Mr. Lochbaum, were changes to the torus — a water-filled vessel encircling the primary containment vessel that is used to reduce pressure in the reactor. In early iterations, steam rushing from the primary vessel into the torus under high pressure could cause the vessel to jump off the floor.

    In the late 1980s, all Mark 1 reactors in the United States were also retrofitted with venting systems to help reduce pressure in an overheating situation.

    It is not clear precisely what modifications were made to the Japanese boiling-water reactors now failing, but James Klapproth, the chief nuclear engineer for General Electric Hitachi, said a venting system was in place at the Fukushima plants to help relieve pressure.

    The specific role of the G.E. design in the Fukushima crisis is likely to be a matter of debate, and it is possible that any reactor design could succumb to the one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami like those that occurred last week in Japan.

    Although G.E.’s liability would seem limited in Japan — largely because the regulatory system in that country places most liability on the plant operator — the company’s stock fell 31 cents to $19.61 in trading Tuesday.

    nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html?_r=2

  32. Sorry for the redundant posts but spammy is working overtime and is in need of a vacation… and wouldn’t let the entire article go through..

    We need this info because the spin out there will tell us everything is ok and not to worry when we should be not only concerned but scared to death..

    again apologies for the repeated posts…

  33. I don’t like to give credence to the ‘insider’ stuff but all the frontpage blog headlines today are about Obama calling ‘present’ — the ‘insider’ guy anticipated well what to put out or his account is perhaps true. On the other hand we don’t need any insider when we can hear on MSNBC that Obama had not met with half of his cabinet. But his asskissers like Politico are calling his inaction a virtue. Unbelievable. The guy is incompetent and in over his head and some people are trying to spin it as if he knows what he is doing and doing it right. Inaction in Libya will come back to haunt him more than Iran.

  34. First Egypt and now Tuniia…Hillary is taking the brunt of the anger that should be 100% directed at dumbo.

    ———————-
    Around 300 Tunisians protest ahead of Clinton visit

    Wed Mar 16, 2011

    (Reuters) – Around 300 Tunisians held a protest in the capital on Wednesday against an imminent visit to their country by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, witnesses said.

    The demonstrators gathered in Avenue Bourguiba, the tree-lined boulevard in Tunis which was a focal point of the mass protests that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on January 14.

    Some of them chanted “No to U.S. meddling in Tunisia’s affairs” and “Tunisia free, U.S. out.”

    A military helicopter buzzed overhead as security forces looked on.

    Clinton was in Egypt her first visit there since long-time ally Hosni Mubarak was toppled last month, and was due to arrive in Tunis later on Wednesday.

    She is expected to meet Tunisia’s interim authorities on Thursday to express her support for the transition to democratic rule.

    Washington, like other Western governments, is eager to present itself as a partner to the mass protest movements that swept Mubarak and Ben Ali from power, despite its long support for both authoritarian rulers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/16/us-tunisia-usa-idUSTRE72F5FR20110316

  35. Jan, Hillary is looking too good for Zero’s comfort these days. I hear her mentioned on early TV – no opinions, just where she is and why. Now Obie, on the other hand, is accused of running too much interference. Maybe not by the TV [yet] though:

    This from Fox: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the Obama Administration’s “activism” in handling economic affairs is hampering what could otherwise be a robust recovery from the recent recession.

    Then bits and pieces from a place referenced by hillbuzz:

    Investigating or intimidating? Or enforcing sharia?
    LILBURN, GA — Hope has been restored to the members of a Lilburn mosque that wants to expand.
    The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to investigate the City of Lilburn’s decision not to grant permission for rezoning to the Dar-e Abbas Shia Islamic Center. The rezoning is necessary for expansion.
    And hope to restore the peaceful neighborhood seems all but eliminated now that terror-friendly Eric Holder’s DOJ is using taxpayer funds to ensure this mosque can expand against the wishes of residents and local law.

    Barack GoodHeart. So misunderstood. Tell’um, Oprah.

  36. pm317
    March 15th, 2011 at 10:18 pm
    This video feels like the Onion News Network! Makes you think may be the insider is right when you hear these things.
    &&&&&&&&

    A scathing indictment, and an expose of Obama’s incompetence. The reporter was shocked to see how insular Obama has been in his first two years, not only was he not listening to outside voices, but he wasn’t even listening to senior members of his own administration. Six cabinet levels officials not only never *met* with Obama, but Obama never even called them.

    If Hillary had acted this way (or had this been G. W. Bush), Tingles and Ogreman would have been furious and screaming at the top of their lungs: “Outrage!”. “Incompetence!”. “Oh, the humanity!!!”.

    But since it’s Barry, the criticism is a tad bit more muted:

    “I wish he’d listen more”
    “He could improve in several areas”.
    “I am totally miffed!”

  37. Our bread and circuses MSM can’t sensationalize more than one “story” at a time so I have to rely on AlJazeera which seems to be able to multi-task quite easily. A little “story” going on in oil country:

    “Curfew follows deadly Bahrain crackdown”

    “At least six people are reported dead and hundreds injured after security forces in Bahrain drove out pro-democracy protesters from the Pearl Roundabout in the capital, Manama.

    A 12-hour curfew came into force at 4pm in areas of the city including the Pearl Roundabout, the Bahrain Financial Harbour, and several other buildings which have recently been targets of protests.

    By then, most of the area had been cleared after troops backed by tanks and helicopters stormed the site – the focal point of weeks-long anti-government protests in the tiny kingdom – early on Wednesday, an Al Jazeera correspondent said.

    Multiple explosions were heard and smoke was seen billowing over central Manama.”

    (snip)

    “The move by the security forces came a day after a state of emergency was declared on the island and at least two people were killed in clashes in the Shia suburb of Sitra outside Manama.

    An order by the king “authorised the commander of Bahrain’s defence forces to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the country and its citizens,” a statement read out on television on Tuesday said.

    Visit our spotlight page for all the latest on Bahrain

    Hundreds of Saudi-led troops entered Bahrain on Monday as part of a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) initiative to help protect government facilities there amid an escalation in the protests against the government.”

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/03/201131643831976772.html

  38. Journalistic meltdown – Can it be contained? Clouds of fear released!

    Plane crashes used to be the Big Story, but as time went on, eventually they weren’t all that gripping.

    Right now the media are biting their collective nails over the fact that non-essential personnel have been sent away, and that the workers pulled back at one point due to a radiation spike.

    The Fukushima 50… These people are certainly very courageous, but they are also managing risk incredibly well. And they are the Big Story now. By week’s end the names of every one of them will be listed on Wikipedia. There’s already sturm und drang about the “devastating radiation levels” they’re supposedly being exposed to. 400 mSv/hr is the highest dose rate measured so far. The eyes of the world are on them, and will continue to be on them, because the fearmongers are already predicting the en masse deaths of the Fukushima 50.

    . . . and the fearmongerers will be shown up for the fools they are.

    It won’t be perfect; there will be surprises, injuries, someone may even lose their life. But if the fear-mongering doesn’t pan out in terms of many deaths from radiation poisoning, how will the fear-mongers and anti-development, anti science, anti-progress folks explain themselves then?

    They won’t as usual. But people are catching on, so thanks for helping that along, scribblers.

    Death tolls:

    Quake & Tsunami: far over 10,000+

    Global effect of coal pollutants: global annual loss of life from coal pollutants vary widely, but few are below 5 digits. Most electricity production in the US and Canada is through coal. Coal pollutants cause or contribute to more than 30,000 deaths annually in the US and Canada. Since the earthquake struck, we have paid a price in lives of more than 400 souls for our electricity.

    Fukushima incident: 1 (with 2 missing, 5 hospitalized, not due to radiation poisoning)

    I see no way to view that except as a spectacular victory for nuclear engineering and the creative powers of the human mind.

    We had a 40 year old reactor facility that withstood an earthquake measuring well over 8.2 on the Richter scale (ignoring for the moment the fact that plant design engineers do not design around the Richter scale, which is used primarily by geologists.)

    Japan moved 2.4m, the earths rotation period altered by 1.6ms, and the Earth’s axis shifted by 10cm.

    The plant took a hit from up to a 10m tsunami, had primary, secondary, and by some accounts tertiary power failures. It also withstood 2 or more gas explosions.

    And despite all that, the containment vessels remained intact, with no significant release of radioactive material.

    Any oil refineries and natural gas plants going up in flames in Japan’s earthquake-affected areas?

    Any information coming out about chemical spills in Japan? There must factories and chemical plants which have been smashed up and which have released all sorts of toxic chemicals into the environment.

    One wonders how the number of injuries and deaths related to the fires and explosions at the Chiba and Sendai oil refineries compare to the casualties at Fukushima?

    ————

    Blog linked below has good info and links from a former Nuclear Plant operator:

    http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/2011/03/nuclear-plant-issues-in-japan-are-least.html

  39. Damn. Karma is just not working for teh one; SEIU trying to strengthen its hold in NE Pennsylvania encounters a setback:

    Actor Danny Glover, who was supposed to show up today to support strikers at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., has exited stage right before ever taking the stage. SEIU Heathcare Pennsylvania reported this morning in a news release that Glover has jetted off to South Africa to deal with “an important international issue. The three-day strike of housekeepers, technicians and maintenance workers focuses on the union’s desire for a closed shop, where union membership and paying dues is required. The job action began Tuesday. SEIU promises a more complete statement later today. The union said Glover sent his regrets.
    w w w dot lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2011/03/danny_glover_a_no-show_at_poco.html

    ————————–
    And then there is our Hillary, who was given more time than the strikers on local news via an ABC video I have not yet located, and wish I could because she smiles and speaks. However here is the text:

    ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports:
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit today to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt’s uprising earlier this year. Clinton spent about 10 minutes walking around the square with officials from the US Embassy. A crowd soon formed around her and she greeted them with handshakes. “To see where this revolution happened and all that it has meant to the world is extraordinary for me. It’s just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universal desire for human rights and democracy. It’s just thrilling to see where this happened,” she said while walking around the square. Clinton arrived in Egypt yesterday and is the highest level US official [at this point, ABC’s John Hendron used the expression ‘top diplomat’] to visit Egypt since protests ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, who was a close ally of the United States. During her two day visit she met with both civil society leaders and top officials from the interim government. During her meetings she urged Egyptians to continue on the path towards democracy. Secretary Clinton’s close relationship with former President Mubarak (she once called him and his wife “friends of my family”) emerged yesterday as a point of contention with some leaders she sought to meet with. While some youth leaders participated in her civil society meeting on Tuesday evening, others refused to meet with her citing the Obama administration’s perceived support for Mubarak as the protests began. “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. “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.
    – Kirit Radia
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/clinton-tours-egypts-tahrir-square.html

    Looks like Egyptian youth are as gullible as ours in the U.S.

  40. CATCH A WAIVE

    Obama’s health care bill is getting sucked under. More “old” news, from Friday 3/11:

    thehill.com/homenews/administration/148891-waivers-become-rallying-cry-for-healthcare-repeal-

    Growing number of waivers a rallying cry for healthcare repeal
    ======================

    By Jason Millman – 03/11/11 06:00 AM ET

    The 1,000-plus waivers granted by the Obama administration to a portion of the healthcare reform law have become a political liability for the White House.

    Republicans are accusing the administration of rewarding Democratic allies in the labor movement with the waivers, which exempt recipients from the reform law’s annual coverage limits.

    They say the large number of waivers granted so far — 1,040 as of Thursday — is proof that the law is unworkable and should be repealed.

    “The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), one of two House chairmen using their oversight powers to probe the waivers.

    The drumbeat of GOP criticism has grown louder as the waiver awards have increased. Approval of waiver requests has jumped from 222 to almost 730 in December, and another 300 have been approved since then.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is in charge of implementing the healthcare reform law, says waiver requests have slowed during the past two months, but that hasn’t quelled the GOP outcry.

    Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says the waivers should be made available to anyone. On Thursday he introduced legislation that would let individuals apply for exemptions to any part of the healthcare law.

    “If the SEIU gets a waiver and McDonald’s gets a waiver,” Rogers said, “shouldn’t the average person who’s impacted by this get a waiver, too?”

    The administration and Democratic lawmakers have rejected the Republican criticism, pointing out that the law provides HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the ability to offer the waivers. Democrats also deny the charges of favoritism in the process, noting that that a large number of businesses — and not just unions — have received the exemption.

    The one-year waivers are typically granted to organizations that offer limited health insurance, known as “mini-med plans,” that sometimes provide as little as $2,000 in annual coverage. The waivers are meant as a stopgap measure until new state-run health insurance exchanges open up, when the mini-med insurance plans will be phased out, HHS says.

    “We don’t want to take away people’s health insurance before they have some realistic other choices,” Sebelius said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.

    The law requires a phase-out of annual dollar limits on benefits, with a minimum limit of $750,000 in 2011. The limits gradually rise until they are completely eliminated in 2014.

    The administration touts the waivers as evidence that they are showing flexibility in the implementation of the reform law. On Thursday, HHS detailed plans to let states opt out of the law to create their own reforms, and earlier this week, the department gave Maine insurers an exemption from a reform provision that restricts administrative spending.

    The attempts to provide flexibility aren’t winning over Republican critics.

    “Lawsuits, exemptions and exceptions are not healthcare reform,” House Ways and Means Republicans said Thursday.

    The GOP scrutiny has forced Democrats into the politically awkward position of defending health plans that the law aims to eliminate. They say even the worst insurance is still better than no insurance at all.

    “We’re saying until we get to the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we’re going to let these go, because the other option is nothing,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

    The leader of Families USA, one of the White House’s strongest healthcare allies, isn’t worried about the rising number of waivers. As long as the administration is clear on waiver standards and decisions, said Families USA executive director Ron Pollack, it can continue to make the case for them.

    “What’s ironic is if there were disruption [in the insurance market] … the Republicans would complain that the legislation is too rigid,” Pollack said.

    But House Republicans with significant oversight powers contend the process hasn’t been transparent. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week accused HHS of stalling the committee’s probe into why dozens of organizations have been denied waivers.

    “The current lack of transparency lends credence to the perception that bureaucrats are picking winners and losers in a politicized environment where the winners are favored constituencies of the administration,” the Oversight panel wrote.

    For its part, HHS says it already provided most of the documents to the Energy and Commerce Committee, which launched its own waiver investigation in January.

    The waivers cover approximately 2.6 million people, or less than 2 percent of privately insured individuals, according to HHS.

  41. What does Obama want to do? He wants to be re-elected

    By Janet Daley
    March 16th, 2011

    Downing Street is reportedly waiting in genuine perplexity for Barack Obama to decide what he wants to do about Libya specifically and the Middle East uprisings in general. While France, Britain, and Lebanon prepare a draft resolution for the UN paving the way for intervention, and become increasingly adamant that Colonel Gaddafi must not be allowed to murder and terrorise his own population, the US stands dithering on the sidelines.

    Alternating between righteous condemnation of the Libyan ruler’s brazen oppression of his people and criticism of “loose talk” about no-fly zones, the White House gives out deeply confused signals about its intentions – and little hint of the President’s own inclinations. For those who wait and wonder, this report from Associated Press might offer some illumination. What the President is consumed by at the moment is not the actual matter of Libya and the Middle East but the impact that foreign policy decisions will have on his prospects for re-election. The AP account puts it succinctly: Obama rode into office on a wave of “voter passion in 2008 [which was] fed largely by intense dislike of President George W Bush and the Iraq war”.

    Yes indeed. Being not-Bush is still seen as hugely important to the Obama image and foreign interventions to defend and promote democratic uprisings are quintessential aspects of the Bush doctrine. At the same time, allowing people to be trampled upon by their despotic ruler when they long for freedom is a deeply ignominious posture for America to be assuming. Result: paralysis. Message to David Cameron: don’t expect an unambiguous clarification of policy from the Obama White House any time soon.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/janetdaley/100080024/what-does-obama-want-to-do-he-wants-to-be-re-elected/

  42. After Libya, Western credibility is shot

    Mar 16, 2011

    It’s said that Teddy Roosevelt used to enjoy quoting a West African saying, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.” To the extent that the current U.S. president, Barack Obama, has a foreign policy doctrine, it would have to be the exact opposite, “Shoot your mouth off, but carry no stick whatsoever.”

    Just look at the disaster the U.S. and the Western allies have created in Libya.

    In early March, Mr. Obama insisted that the murderous Libyan strong man, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, “step down from power and leave” Libya immediately. Everyone, including Gaddafi, thought that meant that if he didn’t depart, the U.S. was prepared to use some level of force to make him go. Shortly after the president utter his threat, it was reported that Col. Gaddafi was trying to negotiate his exit with the rebel forces that, at that time, seemed certain to depose him.
    But then there was no no-fly zone imposed by the U.S. or NATO. And there were no arms shipments to the rebels. A few automatic weapons and some grenades might have tipped the balance in the war.

    The U.S. and its allies have aircraft carriers and air force bases within easy striking distance of Libya. With little effort (and little risk to their flyers), they could have pinned Col. Gaddafi’s jets on the ground and silenced his anti-aircraft batteries. They likely, too, could have restricted his use of helicopter gunships.

    Imposing a no-fly zone had European and Arab League approval. It’s true the two major multilateral organizations the U.S. wanted to sign-off on no-fly before it put it a zone in place — the UN Security Council and NATO’s governing council — are both still dithering over whether to approve such a move. But independently, the French, the Brits and the Arab League have nodded their support.

    No one would have truly complained. There may have been some public posturing against U.S. Imperialism and the usual rot by leaders in the Arab world and elsewhere, but privately, almost no one likes Gaddafi — not even his fellow Arab leaders. So there would have been little real opposition to a U.S. move.

    But President Obama is the new Jimmy Carter — a sanctimonious do-gooder, who makes all kinds of high-toned moral pronouncements, but then never follows through. He did the same when Iranian protesters threatened to overthrow the mad mullahs of Tehran in the spring of 2009. He wished them well, then abandon them to the thugs and guns of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose blatant theft of a democratic election had sparked the protests in the first place.

    Mr. Obama might be forgiven for missing his opportunity in Iran. After all, he was new in office then. But he is two years into his job now, and Libya was a much cleaner opportunity. It’s easier for U.S. forces to get to than Iran and far less capable of throwing up resistance to U.S. military efforts.

    Even the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shows Mr. Obama’s fecklessness, in a way. Had Mr. Mubarak not chosen to go on his own, he might still be in power. He didn’t have the army on his side — as Col. Gaddafi appears to — but then the Egyptian protesters didn’t take up arms, either, as their Libyan counterparts have.

    My point is, nothing Mr. Obama did seems to have decided events in Egypt. The Egyptians took care of their own problem. Had it been left up to the American president, Mr. Mubarak might well have chosen a Gaddafi-like crackdown and succeeded in keeping power.

    It is said that the U.S. has faltered because as bad as Mr. Gaddafi is, the Obama administration feared the rebels might well have been worse; they might have turned out to be extreme Islamists who are pro-al Qaeda.

    That’s certainly possible. But it’s hard to see how they could have been much worse than the Colonel, who at one time was a more enthusiastic sponsor of anti-Western terrorism than even Iran.

    Whatever their intent, the rebels might have been grateful to the West, too, for helping free them from a corrupt and brutal dictator. At the very least, having seen Western might used against their foe, they may have been reluctant to test that might again by permitting their country to become a staging ground for terror attacks against Western targets.

    The problem now is that no one in Libya feels any gratitude towards the West. And no one around the world fears the Americans.

    Both the rebels and Col. Gaddafi will be angry with the West, especially the United States. And no one in any other country will take American threats or pressure seriously. American pronouncements about democracy and freedom and free and fair elections will be assumed to be just so much hot air.

    The world may moan about American unilateralism. The French may sniff, and the Brits and Germans and others may wring their hands about American disdain for the UN and other international collectivist organizations. Still, everyone looks to follow the American lead. If the U.S. takes a firm stance and backs its up, others fall into step. They may not always like it, but they do it. And there is a certain stability in international affairs that comes from U.S. clarity and decisiveness.

    Now, thanks to Barack Carter, we’re back to the point where the worst, most vehemently anti-Western elements feel emboldened. Meanwhile, moderate and pro-Western elements are afraid to stick their heads up because they are justly concerned the Americans won’t back them up. Iran has been lost for a generation thanks to Jimmy Carter’s unwillingness to stand up for moderate, democratic forces in the face of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution. Now in Libya and elsewhere there is a real chance of a repeat under the vacillating Mr. Obama.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/03/16/lorne-gunter-after-libya-western-credibility-is-shot/

  43. Mrs. Smith
    March 15th, 2011 at 10:23 pm
    admin:

    You’ve got to hear this video of Obama telling us how safe our nuclear reactors are- because of the regulations we have in place-

    TESTING? not a word- might upset the Bush-Checney Cabal thinking about putting a nuclear reactor in every state-

    shhh! don’t say a word…

    Obama administration stands by nuclear power
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    Mrs. Smith…it is all about the GE connection…it is beyond the Bush-Cheney cabal…O is in this ‘up to his ears’

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

    re: Hillary…my heart jumps a beat watching her walk thru the streets in Egypt…she did not even appear to have a bullet proof vest on…Wolf Blitzer said she did not even have that much added security with her…Please Hillary…do not take those kind of chances with your life…

    …let O go walk thru the streets in Egypt…let him put himself where his grand words were spoken…Hillary, stay safe

  44. more shameless publicity stunts…

    politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/oh_so_transparent_bac12f28-96cb-4fb0-bf56-d325856ff3df.html

    Oh so transparent

    Obama flaunts openness award

    President Obama’s only event at the White House that isn’t closed to the press on Wednesday is a ceremony in which he’ll accept an award for being open to the press.

    According to his public schedule, Obama has four behind-closed-doors meetings from 10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.: his daily briefing, a talk with the USAID administrator, a session with senior advisers, and a huddle with his defense secretary. All of the meets are in the Oval Office, and all of them are “closed press,” the White House says.

    But at 2:55 p.m., Obama will emerge to “accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize ‘his deep commitment to an open and transparent government—of, by, and for the people’ in conjunction with Sunshine Week,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

    And, importantly: “There will be a pool spray at the top.”

    The White House didn’t specify what Obama will say, if anything, when he accepts the award. But he probably won’t mention that his administration acted on fewer requests for information last year even as it was asked for more, a tally documented by the AP.

    And he also probably won’t talk about his aggressive effort to prosecute federal workers who leak information to shed light on wrongdoing. Or that despite his anti-lobbyist rhetoric, his aides are meeting with lobbyists just outside the White House, allowing the administration to keep the meetings off the books from public view.

    We wonder if he’ll even take a question from the press pool, a practice Obama seems to have grown to hate. UPDATE: The White House, responding to a request for more information, said it’s an award from organizers of the Freedom of Information Day Conference and that five transparency advocates will present it: Gary Bass, Founder and Executive Director of OMB Watch; Tom Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive at the George Washington University; Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight; Lucy Dalglish, the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Patrice McDermott, Director of Open The Government.

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    surely they think it is April Fool’s Day

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

    also…cannot believe all the leftie apologists for O and his detachment from his job…same people that correctly criticized Bush on all his destractions, now see nothing wrong with O and all his fun time…TM, Political Animal…they all bend over backwards to make excuses for O…and what bothers me most…all while Hillary puts her life on the line and in danger for our country…

  45. FLASH: U.S. NRC chairman says spent fuel pool at Japan’s reactor 4 has no water, radiation levels are “extremely high”

  46. S
    March 16th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Mrs. Smith…it is all about the GE connection…it is beyond the Bush-Cheney cabal…O is in this ‘up to his ears’
    _____________________

    I wish that were so- S. Unfortunately not! – Bush/Cheney are the grandaddy’s of Nuclear Power. They have been at it since BushI was in the WH in 89′. Obama/boy is their water carrier. B&C even have that poor sucker, McCain on board with supporting their nuclear plans.

    McCain Adopts Cheney’s Energy Plan

    Once considered an ally of environmental groups, McCain now has a plan drafted by industry execs pushing more drilling and nuclear power.

    August 12, 2008 |

    John McCain, who once was regarded as a top Republican ally of the environmental movement, has embraced an energy plan nearly identical to Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Energy Policy, which was drafted largely by industry executives and which pushed their desire for more oil drilling and nuclear power.

    [snip]

    Prior to NRG’s application, there had not been a filing for a new nuclear power plant in the United States since before the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown three decades ago. Government records showed that NRG’s former president, David Peterson, traveled to Washington on two occasions in 2001 to work with Cheney’s Energy Task Force.

    Last October, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider, also filed an application with the NRC for a license to construct and operate two new nuclear power reactors in northern Alabama using General Electric’s Westinghouse AP1000 reactor units.

    The application was filed under the banner of NuStart Energy LLC, a consortium of electric utilities that joined together in 2004 to test the NRC’s streamlined nuclear reactor licensing program. The licensing costs were paid for by the federal government under the Cheney-backed NP2010 program.

    Members of the NuStart consortium include: Constellation Energy; Duke Energy; EDF International North America, the U.S. subsidiary of the French electric utility; Entergy Nuclear; Exelon Generation; Florida Power & Light Company; Progress Energy; South Carolina Electric & Gas; Southern Company; and Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Tennessee.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/94286/mccain_adopts_cheney's_energy_plan?page=2

  47. Clinton says no to second term

    (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer she does not want to serve a second term as secretary of state or run for president of the United States.

    Blitzer sat down with the former 2008 presidential candidate in Cairo.

    Full transcript:

    Q- If the president is reelected, do you want to serve a second term as secretary of state?

    No

    Q- Would you like to serve as secretary of defense?

    No

    Q- Would you like to be vice president of the United States?

    No

    Q- Would you like to be president of the United States?

    No

    Q- Why not?

    Because I have the best job I could ever have. This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath. There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region. So I want to be part of helping to represent the United States at this critical moment in time, to do everything I can in support of the president and our government and the people of our country to stand for our values and our ideals, to stand up for our security, which has to remain first and foremost in my mind and to advance America’s interests. And there isn’t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding.

    Q- President of the United States?

    You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I’m going to be, you know, moving on.

    Q- I asked my viewers and followers on Twitter to send questions and a lot of them said, “Ask her if she’ll run in 2016 for the presidency.” A lot of folks would like to you to do that.

    Well that’s very kind, but I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I’m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/16/clinton-running-for-president/

  48. moononpluto
    March 16th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Clinton says no to second term
    ________________________________

    I’d love to hear who she thinks would be good for the job. Anyone have ideas?

  49. I notice though Hillary still leaves wiggle room. Its still the same script….”“Ask her if she’ll run in 2016 for the presidency.” A lot of folks would like to you to do that.

    Well that’s very kind, but I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I’m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years.”

    Thats not a denial.

  50. Security Nightmare Shaping Up for Obama’s Rio Trip
    March 16, 2011 • 10:40AM

    Is someone setting President Barack Obama up for a hit during his two-day trip to Brazil this weekend? Assassination of Obama has been an option of the British Empire for some time, Lyndon LaRouche warned again today.

    The U.S. Embassy in Brazil is putting out posters inviting the Brazilian public to attend an open-air address by President Obama in a plaza in central Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, March 20. The insane poster says: “President Barack Obama Speaks to the Brazilian People. Come welcome President Obama! Entrance is free.” People must bring documents, just no purses and backpacks. And for those who don’t speak English, the speech will be projected also onto TV screens placed strategically around the plaza, with Portuguese captioning. The expectation is that Obama can strut in front of a giant audience, as in Berlin (2008) and in Cairo (2009).

    LaRouche characterized the whole plan as “suicidal” and utterly insane: no head of state would be safe in Brazil under such conditions today. Somebody wants to get rid of him, LaRouche said, and we know this has been a long-standing British option.

    Even worse, there is also discussion that Obama, Michelle and their kids wish to go slumming, and may visit “Cidade de Deus,” one of the Rio de Janeiro’s God-foresaken favelas which are run by drug cartels. This one’s drug-gang-run culture was made famous by the 2002 movie of the same name, and it was supposedly chosen because it is one of the few in Rio where police have now moved the drug gangs — but not the drug trade — off the streets, at least for the time being.

    Meanwhile, the CUT (labor federation), MST (the terrorist landless movement), UNE (national student union), and the “The Oil Must Be Ours!” movement, declared Obama “persona non grata” and called a meeting for this Wednesday to prepare a big demonstration against Obama for Rio this Sunday. “We say that Obama is persona non grata in Brazil, because as Latin Americans we know that U.S. policy towards Latin America hasn’t changed at all” from the Bush years, the statement reads. The occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan continues; Pakistan is being bombed from Afghanistan; and now there is the threat of military invasion of Libya, they say. In their book, Obama is coming to grab Brazil’s new deepwater oil fields, known as the pre-salt formation.

    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/17755

  51. Madison Hell bent to BREAK the Bank!
    ___________________

    Miracle on Hudson’ co-pilot withdraws money from M&I

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot in the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in January 2009, has been involved in the budget protests that engulfed Madison in recent weeks.

    On Tuesday, he took another big step, choosing to withdraw what he said was hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money from M&I Bank to protest the actions of bank executives there who backed Gov. Scott Walker.

    Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/118085079.html

  52. Obama is in big trouble.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track

    Just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, the lowest level of confidence found since before President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.

    According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken the week ending Sunday, March 13, 72% of voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track, also at its highest level since before the inauguration.

  53. depressing…looks like she is not going to go through it again…can’t blame her as she probably would be screwed over once again by the far left in her party who are so active in those caucus states. Her gravitas remains intact when she leaves and hopefully, like Bill, she will use her talents to help the world.

  54. rgb44hrc
    March 16th, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    ————–

    I have been watching Onion News Network on IFC lately. It is uncanny how similar that MSNBC video is with the two guys talking about it with a straight face.. about how Obama and whoever he was talking to came to the conclusion that he needed to correct this, and on on..This news about not meeting his cabinet people is old but to see that video and these assholes discussing it with a straight face, Unbelievable.

  55. 16.03.11

    Commandos stop boatload of arms headed for Gaza
    Weapons were aboard the Liberian-flagged Victoria, which naval commandos took over in the Mediterranean Sea.

    By Amos Harel

    The Israel Navy intercepted an estimated 50 tons of weapons from Iran yesterday aboard a cargo ship bound for the Gaza Strip, including sophisticated land-to-sea missiles that could have enabled Palestinian militants to hit ships at Ashdod Port or at sea, or other Israeli targets like a crude oil depot or a gas drilling rig, the navy said.

    The weapons were aboard the Liberian-flagged Victoria, which naval commandos took over in the Mediterranean Sea. The shipment is estimated to be as large as that captured by Israel in 2002 aboard the Karine A, which was also headed for the Palestinians.

    The Chinese-made C-704 missiles were “undoubtedly strategic weapons” that could have posed a significant threat to Israel’s coastal and marine infrastructure, said the navy’s deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Rani Ben-Yehuda.

    He said Iran is known to possess these weapons. The shipment also included instruction manuals in Farsi, and there were other clues that explicitly showed Iranian involvement, said Ben-Yehuda.

    The military released a photo of a booklet with the words “technical missile identification document” written in Farsi on the cover. It identified the system as a C-704 Nasr missile, and provided a serial number and date of issue in the Persian calendar.

    “This isn’t just smuggling, but a state-supported undertaking whose central goal is to arm the terror organizations around us,” Ben-Yehuda said. “We shouldn’t be the only ones worried; the entire international community should be worried too. This is a cynical exploitation by Iran, which is smuggling weapons while endangering innocent civilians aboard the ship and at the ports where it docked.”

    The navy said at least two of the land-to-sea missiles, which have a range of 35 kilometers, were aboard the ship. The missiles weigh 360 kilograms each, making them relatively mobile.

    Hezbollah has similar missiles, but the Palestinians do not.

    The capture of the Iranian weapons shipment – the fourth in the past decade – is seen as a major success for the navy and the intelligence agencies.

    Iran has recently significantly increased its aid to Gaza, and was apparently trying to replicate its previous success in Lebanon.

    In July 2006, two days after the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah fired a C-802 missile that hit the Israeli naval ship Hanit and nearly sunk it. The missile, an Iranian variation of a Chinese model, killed four sailors, and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah boasted that he had carried out his promise of “strategic surprise.”

    Later, analysts said Israeli intelligence officials had missed early signs indicating that Iran had provided Hezbollah with the missile.

    In addition to the missiles, the weapons shipment also contained 60-millimeter and 120-millimeter mortar shells.

    On its way from Egypt’s Alexandria Port, the Victoria was asked to stop when it came within 200 miles west of the Israeli coast. The captain didn’t resist and the crew put out a ladder for the Israeli commandos, Ben-Yehuda said.

    “The activity was carried out under international law, which allows us to examine ships whose loads are suspicious,” he said.

    The commandos examined the loading documents and noticed that the ship had stopped in Beirut and Syria before reaching Turkey and Egypt. They opened three containers that were registered as containing lentils and cotton. Unusually for such a shipment, the containers were locked, and the commandos found weapons beneath the declared items.

    Ben-Yehuda said neither the crew nor the Egyptian or Turkish governments appeared to know anything about the weapons shipment.

    Israel’s announcement that Turkey was not involved in the arms shipment appeared to be an effort to defuse any potential tensions with Ankara.

    “We know that Iran is conducting an intensive and ongoing effort to smuggle in weaponry,” said Ben-Yehuda. He said it was possible the weapons may have been delivered to the Syrian port of Latakia by Iranian military ships when they arrived there in late February.

    He said Iran appears to have planned to use underground tunnels in Rafah to smuggle the weapons from Egypt to Sinai and from there to Gaza. Other military sources highlighted Syria’s role in the weapons shipment, in coordination with Iran.

    Turkey confirmed it was not involved and said many ships stop at its ports for refueling, loading or unloading materials. There was no immediate reaction from Hamas, Syria or Iran.

    The Victoria is German-owned and operated by a French shipping company, the Israel Defense Forces said. German, French and Liberian authorities were notified of the seizure.

    Although the ship was intercepted outside Israel’s territorial waters, maritime law entitles Israel to search any merchant vessel it has reason to believe is carrying contraband to support Hamas, said Benjamin David, a former high-ranking officer in the military’s legal department.

    The operation was reminiscent of the November 2009 Israeli takeover of the Iranian Francop vessel off the coast of Cyprus. Israel captured hundreds of tons of rockets, missiles, mortars, grenades and anti-tank weapons on board that vessel, which it said were designated for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. In 2001 and 2002, Israel seized ships carrying tons of weapons it said were intended for Palestinian militants.

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/commandos-stop-boatload-of-arms-headed-for-gaza-1.349438

  56. Oh-oh! Ann Curry has been in Japan all week-
    _________________________

    Radiation Found On Lester Holt, NBC News Crew In Japan

    Source: Huffington Post

    NBC News’ Lester Holt—who is in Japan covering the earthquake and nuclear crisis there—revealed on Wednesday’s “Today” show that minor traces of radiation had been found on him and his news crew.

    Holt and his team had been near the location of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. All major news teams were forced to retreat from the region after the threat of a meltdown increased, but NBC had its crew screened when they got to a safer location. The tests found radiation on Holt’s shoes, even after they were scrubbed completely. Holt showed a video of a man with a Geiger counter screening him, and finding the radiation.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/16/radiation-found-on-lester-holt-nbc-japan_n_836465.html

  57. Q- I asked my viewers and followers on Twitter to send questions and a lot of them said, “Ask her if she’ll run in 2016 for the presidency.” A lot of folks would like to you to do that.

    Well that’s very kind, but I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I’m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years.

    ——–
    I can’t change, or hope to change Hillary’s clear out answer of “No!” to the first questions on if she will run in 2012…sounds like at this point in time she will not challenge BarryBoy, but we have some time on that one, after we see who WILL run against him.

    But, this answer above seems to leave space to dream. She doesn’t want to be SOS for eight years, I don’t blame her. She will need to see what is going on in the DNC, with the BoyKing, if a Rethug wins in 2012, if, if, if…and then see where things are at.

    My spin on her answers:

    Run for President in 2012, no desire to do so if she has to challenge Barry. She knows the mug will be flung at her even more than before, but the few supporters and MSM that will protect him.

    Take the SOS job in 2012 if he cheats another 4 years? “Take your job and shove it! I am done living on airplanes.”

    Take a VP job under Barry? “Hell no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Run in 2016 for President? “I don’t even want to think of it right now, it is 5 years away and I am busy. Quit asking me!”

  58. Barack Obama’s lack of leadership — John Podhoretz – NYPOST.com

    …How Nixon conducted himself in office in times of crises made possible his triumphant re-election. Right now, how Obama is conducting himself in a time of crisis is having the opposite effect. He began his presidency as a potential colossus — but if he doesn’t change, he will finish it as a pipsqueak. Pipsqueaks don’t win second terms.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/obama_the_invisible_Ass40MBstf15MAr9DYAORK

  59. Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/16/fukushima_wednesday/
    Fukushima situation as of Wednesday

    Situation worsens – still no cause for alarm

    By Lewis Page

    Posted in Physics, 16th March 2011 14:14 GMT

    The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi powerplant has worsened significantly as it becomes clear that one and possibly two reactors there have suffered a breach in primary containment, making the incident definitely the second worst nuclear accident yet seen.

    Nonetheless its human consequences seem certain to remain insignificant against the horrifying backdrop of the earthquake tragedy elsewhere in Japan: and there remain no grounds for anyone to fear for their health.

    Nuclear experts at MIT confirm [1] that leaks from the suppression chamber at Daiichi No 2 reactor reported yesterday do in fact amount to a breach in primary containment, contradicting a statement supplied to World Nuclear News at the time by plant operator TEPCO. The doughnut-shaped suppression chamber is believed to have been damaged by a hydrogen-oxygen explosion like those which have wracked the site since the weekend, but this time occurring inside the primary containment shell rather than outside as previously seen.

    It now appears that a similar breach may have taken place at the plant’s No 3 reactor: Japanese chief cabinet secretary Edano raised the possibility [2] in a briefing during the early hours of today (UK time). There was no loud blast as at No 2, but a brief burst of intense radiation emissions similar to that following the No 2 rupture has been seen at No 3.

    The original radiation surge following the No 2 breach prompted withdrawal of most of the hundreds of workers then on site. A small team remained. The initial rise in radiation then declined, but the further surge early this morning led to a brief total evacuation. However, as this is written a small team is back on site. Plant personnel are reportedly spending most of their time in heavily protected control rooms.

    According to the MIT experts, these rises in radiation will have been caused mostly by short-lived radioactive isotopes within the cloud of steam and gases emitted from reactor No 2 and possibly from No 3: the bulk of these decay to small levels within minutes. Most of them are isotopes of noble gases such as argon, meaning that they are chemically unreactive and can’t be absorbed by human bodies, the ground, plants or animals etc.

    As of latest reports, the Nos 1, 2 and 3 reactor cores are still being cooled using seawater pumped by the site’s firefighting systems. Their residual heat has now dropped to around 0.5 per cent of normal output, easing the problems of cooling them. The primary power reaction was shut off as control rods were automatically slammed in when the quake hit, but intermediate reactions will continue for months: present levels of heating – estimated to be approximately 12 megawatts at the No 2 reactor – will have halved again by the summer.

    If cooling can be maintained, the cores will continue to emit mainly shortlived isotopes, and the radiation problem will remain minimal. If cores melt down fully – it is acknowledged that the fuel rods have already sustained significant heat damage – the potential is there for significant amounts of dangerous long-lived radioisotopes of chemicals such as iodine to escape from the breached primary containment vessel (or vessels), though the residual heating power of the core material would be much reduced by melting and probable resolidification in water remaining at the bottom of the containment, or having dispersed into the steel and concrete base of the vessel.

    At present, according to Edano, radiation levels within the plant are back down to levels where there is “on the whole no health hazard”.

    Elsewhere at the stricken plant there have been fires at a storage pool in the No 4 reactor building, which was shut down when the quakes hit. Spent fuel rods from the reactor are stored in the pool to keep them safely cool. An initial fire, doused by firefighters in the early hours of yesterday morning, may have been caused by an oil leak but there is strong evidence to suggest that hydrogen has emitted from the pool – which would also suggest that the spent rods are exposed to the air.

    If spent fuel rods are left exposed long enough they will become so hot as to suffer damage, though this takes some time. Edano stated this morning that efforts to get water into the pool are to begin shortly using pumps on the ground, an earlier plan to drop it from helicopters having been abandoned. Edano said it was important to add water gradually “as there are safety concerns” with dumping a large amount in at once. This would indicate that the rods are believed to be exposed and hot, and a steam explosion could result from a sudden massive water dump.

    Asked if it was possible for the spent rods to restart a powerful reaction of the sort seen in a reactor core – which would make it very hard to cool them effectively in the storage pool – Edano stated that this is not a realistic risk.
    Health consequences

    Doses of radiation received by workers at the plant have not been reported, though it is clear that by this stage many personnel must have received significant exposure. The highest level reported at the plant was a single brief reading of 400 millisieverts/hour, equivalent to two centuries’ normal background dose in one hour, but in general readings have been much lower – WNN reports levels below one millisievert (1000 microsievert) per hour this morning.

    Radiation sickness typically sets in when a dose of more than 1,000 millisieverts is sustained in a short period but it is highly unlikely that any plant worker has been or will be permitted to reach this stage. Most sufferers recover from radiation sickness at the initial level; the death rate escalates to 50 per cent at a dosage of 4,000 millisievert and exposure of 10,000+ millisievert will typically kill within minutes.

    The Japanese authorities’ evident willingness to withdraw personnel completely in response to rising radiation levels at the site means that cases of actual radiation sickness are extremely unlikely. Some workers’ risk of getting cancer in the long term may be increased by the radiation doses they are and have been receiving, but as cancer is one of the most common causes of death in wealthy countries and only small numbers of people are involved it will be hard for investigators decades from now to attribute any cases directly to this cause.

    People who haven’t been on the Fukushima site itself aren’t subject to either of these risks: so far there is no report of any evacuee sustaining a significant dose and radiation levels beyond the evacuation zone – while measurably up in some areas – are insignificant in a health context.

    The primary threat to people outside the immediate vicinity of the plant is radioisotopic iodine. Iodine-131 is produced in significant amounts by the uranium fission chain reaction that powers reactors. Its subsequent decay is one of the primary factors in the residual heating now slowly dying away in the Fukushima cores: as it decays it turns into stable, unthreatening Xenon but it emits ionising radiation as it does so.

    Iodine-131 has a half-life of just over eight days, so by the weekend half of what was present in the cores when the quake hit will have disappeared. Eight days later it will be down to a quarter, and within weeks it will almost all be gone no matter where it has travelled to by then.

    Pleasingly, there will be almost no iodine remaining in the spent fuel rods at the No 4 reactor pool, so they can’t emit any no matter how hot they get. Some radio-iodine, however, has already been carried out of the reactor cores in small amounts along with escaping steam. With one or perhaps two cores open and – perhaps down the road – fully melted, the chances are that this will increase.

    Normally the tiny concentrations of iodine that could be encountered – even inside the plant area – would present no significant radiation menace. Unfortunately however, when iodine is taken into the body our metabolisms concentrate it in the thyroid gland and this presents a perceptible cancer risk – thyroid cancer being rare normally. The main route into the body for iodine is ingestion in contaminated water or food, though it can also be inhaled.

    The greatest radio-iodine releases ever seen so far occurred [3] during US nuclear weapons tests in Nevada prior to 1970: Americans suffered the iodine equivalent of three Chernobyls during that period, but because they were not told about the hazard they didn’t notice it. The bulk of the health effects came from children being fed contaminated milk, children being especially prone to thyroid damage from iodine; in fact they are the main group likely to suffer major effects. Millions of children were also fed contaminated milk following Chernobyl: according to the IAEA [4] the incidence of thyroid cancer among such children and young people rose to one case in 4,500.

    In Japan it’s to be hoped that nobody will be ingesting radio-iodine in significant quantities: avoiding this should be a simple matter for a country with a proper public health system. The comparatively tiny inhalation threat can be removed by wearing a simple facemask or remaining mostly indoors, and iodine absorption by any route can be blocked by taking iodide pills so as to fill up the body with ordinary iodine and prevent radio-iodine being concentrated in the thyroid.

    The Japanese authorities have distributed iodide pills to medical centres around the evacuation zone, but they are not being administered as thus far there is no indication of any need for them: significant levels of iodine have not been detected.

    So, to sum up on health effects: it seems likely that even with the situation at Fukushima worsening, health consequences will remain minimal – close to zero – even for workers at the plant. Nobody else, not even evacuees from the area around, need be concerned at the situation: far less anybody in Tokyo or further afield. Foreign governments advising their citizens to leave Japan are indulging in unjustified hysterics.

    Public perceptions of the disaster in general continue to remain muddled and panicky, with media often conflating the terrible loss of life caused by the quake itself with the situation at Fukushima. But the two are not related: and it remains just about certain that the harm caused by Fukushima will be insignificant compared not just to the quake and tsunami but compared to industrial accidents in general. One of the most serious health results of Fukushima is likely to be people all around the world making themselves ill by taking iodide pills unneccessarily.

    So far from Fukushima proving that nuclear power is dangerous compared to other technologies, it seems to be proving quite the reverse.

  60. ohanson
    March 16th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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    He wants a Berlin style photo op..What is their obsession with going to slums and prostitutes?

  61. Hillary said ‘no’ to running in 2008 until she said, “Yes”. The Big Dawg was asked that question for years…and I kept waiting, and waiting…

  62. JanH
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    16.03.11

    Commandos stop boatload of arms headed for Gaza
    Weapons were aboard the Liberian-flagged Victoria, which naval commandos took over in the Mediterranean Sea.
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    I wish they could take Gaddafi out of the picture. Tarpley says the US is allowing Gaddfi to stay.. I’m sure it’s not Hillary’s idea. She tried to unite Europe for a no-fly zone.. Any wonder why her plan failed?

  63. holdthemaccountable
    March 16th, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Damn. Karma is just not working for teh one; SEIU trying to strengthen its hold in NE Pennsylvania encounters a setback:

    Actor Danny Glover, who was supposed to show up today to support strikers at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., has exited stage right before ever taking the stage.
    &&&&&

    Danny Glover: “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit”.

  64. Danny Glover: “I’m gettin’ too old for this shit”.
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    Not too old to support Obama, though- dink!

  65. Imagine having to thank the families of the man/men that tried to rob you in order to go free-
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    Clinton welcomes release of CIA contractor

    March 16, 2011

    CAIRO—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is thanking Pakistan and the families of two men shot by a CIA contractor for allowing the American to go free Wednesday.

    Clinton told reporters that the families of the dead men “pardoned” CIA security contractor Raymond Davis and that Davis has left Pakistan. He was arrested there after he killed the pair he said had tried to rob him.

    Clinton called the men “victims” of the Jan. 27 incident. She said the U.S. did not pay to win Davis’ release, but she didn’t dispute that the men’s families were compensated. The amount and source of money paid to the families is not yet completely clear.

    Clinton was speaking in Cairo.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2011/03/16/clinton_welcomes_release_of_cia_contractor/

  66. I wish that were so- S. Unfortunately not! – Bush/Cheney are the grandaddy’s of Nuclear Power. They have been at it since BushI was in the WH in 89′. Obama/boy is their water carrier. B&C even have that poor sucker, McCain on board with supporting their nuclear plans.

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    investigativereportingworkshop.org/investigations/nuclear-energy-lobbying-push/story/nuclear-energy-working-hard-win-support/

    1-24-2010 (2010 – over one year ago)

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration may soon guarantee as much as $18.5 billion in loans to build new nuclear reactors to generate electricity, and Congress is considering whether to add billions more to support an expansion of nuclear power.

    snip

    More recently, the industry has been reaching out to newly empowered Democrats, among them Clyburn, whose state is among the nation’s leading nuclear-power producers. (The president’s home state of Illinois is the biggest, and Obama and some of his closest political allies have long relationships with Exelon Corp., the country’s biggest nuclear power company.)

    The industry also has begun to build strong ties to important labor unions.

    snip

    In an interview, Clyburn said he could report progress. Four congressional Democrats from New York, he said, are moving in his direction on nuclear power. Carol Browner, the Obama administration’s energy czar and a former head of the EPA, told him that it would be inconsistent to worry about global warming and dismiss nuclear power. He raised the issue at a congressional lunch with Obama and said he left feeling reassured.

    The industry is plugged in on its own at the White House through labor groups and Exelon. Exelon CEO John W. Rowe is NEI’s past chairman and a current director.

    The company, based in the president’s home state of Illinois, has funded Obama campaigns since his Senate run, when employees contributed more than $48,000, according to CQ Moneyline, and Exelon’s political action committee gave the maximum of $10,000. Exelon employees gave Obama nearly $210,000 for his presidential campaign, according to CQ Moneyline.

    Exelon’s management includes two Obama bundlers who are friends of the president. One, director John W. Rogers, helped direct Obama’s Illinois fundraising during his presidential race and helped plan the inauguration. The other, Frank M. Clark, has lobbied on nuclear issues for the company.

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is close to Exelon, too. The merger that created the utility was the biggest deal of Emanuel’s brief but lucrative investment-banking career. Another White House connection is strategist David Axelrod, whom Exelon subsidiary ComEd once hired to create a fake grass-roots organization supporting higher electricity rates.

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    it is all about the money and who has the power…they don’t care if you are a repub or a dem…all about the money and the power…

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    these days when i hear criticism that only points the finger at one side I generally suspect there is another side to the story…the whole dem vs repubs thing is outdated…both sides pit each side against the other and then maneuver to get the power and the money for themselves…it is a sick, depressing reality…but it is what it is…in the pits of corruption working out of washington, dc…it does not matter if you are bush, cheney, mccain or O…it matters who controls the power and the money to manipulate…it just changes hands…

  67. It will be by a draft for the dem nomination –

    How does that work Mrs. S.?
    Is it like a recall where they collect signatures or what?
    When does it happen and how would she have enough money to run?

  68. No, S- Bush Cheney are the people called NEOCONS who stand behind Obama. Obama is nothing more than a figurehead using his position as president to promote a Republican agenda. Still don’t believe me… look to your right at Pinks graphics. Obama is BUSH III.

  69. “these days when i hear criticism that only points the finger at one side I generally suspect there is another side to the story…the whole dem vs repubs thing is outdated…both sides pit each side against the other and then maneuver to get the power and the money for themselves…it is a sick, depressing reality…but it is what it is…in the pits of corruption working out of washington, dc…it does not matter if you are bush, cheney, mccain or O…it matters who controls the power and the money to manipulate…it just changes hands…”
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    You still don’t get it- Since Obama’s election there is only ONE Party not two as was in the past. You have to upgrade your thinking otherwise you’ll be left behind.

  70. This isn’t good news and I hope not a pattern of failures to come. Hopefully they have back-up plans that are on the mark.
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    Canada regulator reports water leak at nuclear plant

    Source: Reuters

    TORONTO, March 16 (Reuters) – Canada’s nuclear regulator said on Wednesday there was a demineralized water leak at a nuclear power plant near Toronto late on Monday after a pump seal failed.

    With world attention riveted on the nuclear crisis in Japan, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission said that the risk of radiation from the 73,000 liters of water released at the Pickering A generator was negligible.

    Pickering A has two operating Candu reactors. The nuclear plant, along with its sister plant Pickering B, produce enough energy to fuel a city of 1.5 million people.

    The complex is located in Pickering, Ontario, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Toronto.

    Canada’s Candu reactors use radioactive water, which is heated to produce steam, to drive the turbine. The reactors also contain non-radioactive water.

    The nuclear regulator said it is monitoring the situation as are Canada’s environmental regulators.

    In China, the government ordered a safety crackdown on new nuclear reactors on Wednesday in light of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFN1610498020110316?sp=true

  71. Mrs Smith…I don’t think we are disagreeing…it is just a continuation of the same…I have stated often that O not only continues what Bush has done but expanded it and made things worse…no argument or disagreement there…only distinction I would make it that O does what is good for O…he is not doing anything that benefits anyone without benefitting himself – first-

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    on another note…regarding Hillary and her future…these questions are nice for a tv segment but there is no way in hell Hillary is going to say, at this time during these events, that she plans to run again for President…

    all she can do is wiggle out of those questions and flash her beautiful smile…

    her time will come…

  72. What is he? (Obama)
    Something Not Right With Obama

    President Obama is…well now I guess that’s just it, isn’t it? We don’t know. He is so incompetent…so wrapped up in this image that was created around him, and now so over his head…Obama is dangerous. Dangerous to America. Dangerous to the world. Dangerous to our futures. He is not running this show. Maybe that’s for the better – who knows? Maybe he is so incapable that if he really was in charge it might be even worse?

    I tell you what – if you don’t mind my suggestion here. Let me just talk for a bit. Let me just let some things out. I might ramble a bit, but if you’re ok with that – we can clean it up later…just let me talk. All due respect for your wanting to ask certain questions, but…at this point I want to say some things in my own way if you don’t mind. You ok with that?

    Absolutely. Proceed.

    Ah…looks like I don’t quite know how to start. My own idea and I haven’t a clue where to begin.
    Maybe tell me when you first started to realize something was wrong with Obama. When you realized electing him was a mistake. We covered some of that already before, but now you can just talk about it. I won’t interrupt – you just say what you want to say and go from there.
    (Hands cover face, followed by a deep sigh) Yeah…I guess that would work. Remember when I told you about the First Lady’s racist comment? The redneck thing? Yeah – you do. Ok…I thought about quitting the campaign then. That episode really…it really – I was pissed over it. But then I ignored it. Buried it away. Now why did I do that? What she said, her attitude, was so disrespectful to that man, to his family – why did I just decide to ignore it and move on with the campaign? I’ve asked myself that many times. I was weak. I was…I wanted so bad to be a part of a winning campaign again. And I had already been told I would have a chance to get back inside the White House – if just a little bit. I hadn’t done that for some time and I missed it. I know some of your readers, maybe even you do too…think of me as just another Democrat. Look, I’m proud to say I’m a Democrat. We have some wonderful, brilliant people in the party. And I love this country… sorry if that sounds like a stupid cliché. And yeah, I love politics. I love the action, the give and take, and I guess the power. I love that too. Being near that kind of power. So I let it go. What the First Lady said – I let it go. I stayed on because I wanted back in. I sold out. I wanted to be a part of something really big, and in 2008, nothing was bigger than the Obama campaign. Nothing.

    Well, that doesn’t really have anything to do with my realizing Obama was off – that he wasn’t what we thought he was. But it does give a reference point for my frame of mind. I stayed on, but that situation – the racism, the disrespect I saw by the First Lady, it stayed with me, so that when I did get a chance to go back to the White House during the transitioning, maybe my eyes were a bit more open to the truth than some others around me. I had already been disappointed you see. Some doubt had already started to grow about these people.
    (Pauses) …So, jump ahead a bit. I had been in and out of the White House a few times by then, it was very busy. A ton of people coming and going as is always the case during the transition. That is when I started to realize that it didn’t feel like the “Obama White House”. There was no real…not sure how to really explain this – but there was no real sense of Obama. Here was this guy who I saw give these incredible speeches. He looked huge on that stage. He looked invincible. He looked like a president. While in the White House, I never saw him or hardly heard of him for weeks. He was a ghost. Anything needed to be cleared, you spoke with people you never heard of before. Who were these people? Even early on in 2009 Rahm’s position as Chief of Staff was being challenged by Jarrett, with Axelrod trying to keep the peace between the two. She didn’t trust Rahm immediately – he was of the Clintons, and that was never to be trusted – but keep him close right? Keep your enemies closer right? Very Machiavellian – that was Jarrett’s White House even as early as then. Keep your head down and don’t make a fuss. And watch your back. Everyone was uncertain. The president was absent. He literally was not there. Where was he? Nobody knew – or nobody was saying. The big decisions – those all went through Jarrett. All of them. The First Lady was more visible around the West Wing than the newly elected President of the United States. It was…odd.
    And then, finally, I was to be part of a meeting that Obama was going to attend. We were told he would be stopping by. I never spoke directly about this to you before – or if I did, we must have edited it out. I don’t recall now. But finally I was going to be in the room with this man I had helped to elect. The president arrived about 20 minutes late. I say that only as a matter of truth to counter the media’s spin that Obama runs a very tight ship – that he is always on time. At least that is what they were spinning back then. Not so much anymore. But back then that was how Obama was being presented by the media to the America people – a guy who was in total control. Hell, based on what I had seen of him giving those speeches, I fully expected to see that kind of person – that kind of president.
    That’s not what I got.
    So he showed up late, like I said. He looked good – just like the campaign. He sat down and said, “Welcome everybody!” He turned to a person to his right who I did not know at the time, a younger man, and the president smiled and nodded to him. Then he looked over at Valerie Jarrett, who sat in a chair behind the president – she was sitting against the wall – watching. I didn’t even realize she was in the room until the president looked over at her. There was prolonged silence. The president folded his hands on the desk and smiled again. Then he unfolded his hands and leaned back in his chair. More silence. He looked over again at the man to his right who then gave the president an agenda for the meeting. Now I know enough about how these things work to know that the president must have been given that agenda long before he stepped into the room. Every minute of a president’s day is meticulously mapped out beforehand. So this thing, which might seem like a minor detail to some, set off my alarms. What was going on here? Why was the president being handed an agenda that he must have already been given earlier?
    So Obama looks down at the paper and then looks back up at all of us. He smiles again and then gives off this nervous little laugh. Now the country is pretty familiar with that laugh these days, but it was the first time I had heard it, and it didn’t do anything to alleviate just how odd this meeting was playing out. The president recognized someone else at the table and asked for them to begin with item two on the agenda. Do you want to know what item one on the agenda was? It read: Greetings and introductions by President of the United States. Apparently that item one…well, apparently the president thought he had just handled that part and so it was on to item two. Of course the gentleman he asked to start on item two had no idea what he was to say, and the man to the president’s right stepped in and proceeded to handle that item himself. The president appeared completely unaware of his mistake, or maybe he just didn’t care. The mood in the room had gone from excitement at getting to see the president to one of being very uncomfortable. If President Obama was unable to handle a simple meeting among secondary staff, how in the hell was he going to be able to run the damn country?
    Eventually the meeting did get underway with participation from a number of us in that room, but during that time, which was no more than say, fifteen minutes, the president said almost nothing. He would smile, he would nod, and he would turn to Jarrett to confirm if something that was said was correct, or agreeable. The only time the president showed any sign of life was when someone made a reference to basketball. Then he became far more animated – but that only lasted for a brief moment and he returned to his silent nodding and smiling. Even though the meeting lasted those 15 minutes at the most, it felt much longer simply because it was so –expletive- uncomfortable. After another episode of silence, Jarrett cleared her throat and declared to us that the president was needed elsewhere. As soon as she said that, Obama shot up from his seat and gave that same weird smile of his that he had on when he first came in, a brief “thanks for the talk”, and then headed out the door with Jarrett close behind. I was looking around the table and saw some people acting as if the president’s behavior was completely normal, but a few others were, like me, clearly unsettled by what we had just seen. Something was not right with this president.
    That is when I started to ask questions. As quietly as possible, with those few I already knew, and later a few others I grew to know later, I asked questions about what was going on with President Obama, and the answers I got back were…troubling. That is when I realized we had possibly made a terrible-terrible mistake in electing this man. That’s also when I learned that the infighting among the staff was so terribly bad, the president’s smoking – his health, was an ongoing concern, and that his interest in the actual job of being president was non-existent and had largely been given over to Valerie Jarrett, though at the time there was a still a struggle for power between her and Rahm.
    (Pause) …This might not fit entirely with our timeline here, maybe I’m jumping off track a bit, but I want to say something about Rahm Emanuel if that is ok with you. Set the record straight – or at least clarify how your readers view Rahm. That ok with you?
    Sure – like we agreed, you just speak your mind now. Say what you want.
    Ok – thanks. Good-good. Well, Rahm…Rahm Emanuel is a classic DC operative at the highest level. A proven commodity. The guy is tough, smart, and very-very good at working the system. And I say that with absolute respect. Now you gotta understand something here – he was Chief of Staff at the Obama White House. Now that is a very powerful position, right? Serious-serious power. The kind of power Rahm enjoys having. That’s not saying anything derogatory against him – he enjoys power, and there are few positions in this country more powerful than the one he held at the Obama White House. Problem is, that position had all but been cut off at the knees by Jarrett. Rahm’s job was reduced almost entirely to acting as a liaison between the White House and Congress. He quickly became Jarrett’s messenger between Pelosi, Reid, and Jarrett. Axelrod was in the mix too, but he was secondary. He was already preparing an exit for himself by that time – most people don’t know that, but that’s what he was doing. He had come to the realization that Obama was a great candidate but a lousy leader.
    Anyways, I guess what I’m getting at here is that what led Rahm to pursue politics back in Chicago had nothing to do with helping Obama out. Nothing. It had everything to do with Rahm wanting out of the Obama administration, and the administration doing everything it could to see him gone. Jarrett was pushing him out, as was the First Lady, and ultimately, Rahm let them do it. He no longer wanted to fight for a White House he saw as a growing internal disaster. “These people are –expletive- clueless.”
    So now Rahm has the keys to Chicago, keys that can unlock a lot of things very…uncomfortable to Obama, Jarrett, Michelle – the whole lot of them. Rahm is no friend to the Obama White House. I want to make that very-very clear to you. The president all but mocked Emanuel as he left. The Chicago unions fought against Rahm. A lawyer close to the Obama machine fought against Rahm. I am certain Organizing for America monies were spent against Rahm in those fights. The Obama people were and still are, crawling all over Chicago. They did not want Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago. No way in hell did they want that – but that’s what happened now isn’t it?
    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…
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    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-something-was-not-right-with-this-president/#ixzz1GnCk4AhQ

  73. Horney, Newt Gingrich that couldn’t keep his zipper up while his wife was dying of Cancer had time to help consult on the Iraq. Only problem with Newt, he forgot to plan an EXIT strategy..
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    New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

    Source: RawStory.com

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

    Documents released Monday by Rumsfeld, quaintly called “snowflakes” to highlight their abbreviated nature, show that Gingrich was in on more than just the Bush Administration’s Iraq War planning.

    In one to Gingrich directly in April 2001, Rumsfeld encouraged the Pentagon “consultant” to read a memo by William “Bill” Schneider pushing for the idea of fewer Congressional hearings featuring major Administration officials in favor of more contacts between executive branch and Congressional staffers. Rumsfeld told Gingrich, “It is thoughtful and helpful,may give you some ideas as you fashion a plan,” adding “Bill Schneider might be someone you want to talk to and get his thoughts firsthand. He is really smart.”

    Later that year, Gingrich joined the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon where, in the days after September 11, 2001, Gingrich and his colleagues met for 19 hours to discuss what to do about the attack. As the New York Times reported, the members of that meeting agreed to attack Iraq as soon as the initial phase of the war with Afghanistan was over. Gingrich said in an interview at the time, “If we don’t use this as the moment to replace Saddam after we replace the Taliban, we are setting the stage for disaster.” In a speech around the same time, Gingrich told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, “We have to talk about replacement, not about punishment” of Hussein.

    In another memo from March 19, 2002, Rumsfeld made a series of recommendations to then-Army Gen. William F. Kernan, commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, who was in charge of the $250 million Millennium Challenge, a joint war-fighting, experimental exercise involving both live field forces and computer simulations. He suggested to the General that speaking with Gingrich — who never served in the military — might be “helpful” as One other individual who might be helpful as, he said, Gingrich “has been working with me on transformation.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/16/new-rumsfeld-documents-highlight-gingrichs-involvement-with-iraq-war/#

  74. Hillary must be upset about Gates stepping down later this year…

    [snip]

    On Wednesday, a representative for Defense Secretary Robert Gates responded to an online movement to convince Gates to run for president in 2012.

    “Secretary Gates is both amused and flattered by the website, but he will retire from government for good later this year,” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said in a statement sent to CNN. “He has never run for any political office and has no intention of ever doing so. He looks forward to following the 2012 presidential campaign from his home in the Pacific northwest.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/02/pentagon-responds-to-draft-gates-for-president-efforts/

  75. Mrs. Smith
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    “these days when i hear criticism that only points the finger at one side I generally suspect there is another side to the story…the whole dem vs repubs thing is outdated…both sides pit each side against the other and then maneuver to get the power and the money for themselves…it is a sick, depressing reality…but it is what it is…in the pits of corruption working out of washington, dc…it does not matter if you are bush, cheney, mccain or O…it matters who controls the power and the money to manipulate…it just changes hands…”
    ___________________

    You still don’t get it- Since Obama’s election there is only ONE Party not two as was in the past. You have to upgrade your thinking otherwise you’ll be left behind.
    ***********************************************************************

    I think that is precisely what I said…party labels mean nothing because it is all the same…money and power and the figureheads that manipulate it… I get it…

  76. wbboei

    What is he? (Obama)
    Something Not Right With Obama

    ——
    wbb, didn’t you say the Insider wasn’t real?

    I hope he is real in some ways, in others, I hope the WhiteHouse isn’t run by MO and her galpal.

  77. S
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Mrs Smith…I don’t think we are disagreeing…it is just a continuation of the same…I have stated often that O not only continues what Bush has done but expanded it and made things worse…no argument or disagreement there…only distinction I would make it that O does what is good for O…he is not doing anything that benefits anyone without benefitting himself – first-
    _______________

    Obama is a slave to his masters. He is no way, shape or form their equal. They will dump him faster than yesterdays NYT. As, I said, he is the figurehead with the power but he is not the driver in the WH… He is power by proxy of the office- thats it..

    Obama has so many masters, Soros, the Neo-cons, Jarret and the Radical Muslims. He is being pulled in so many different directions it isn’t surprising he is on drugs to keep it together.

    I’ve been involved daily in this struggle since before the Impeachment of Bill Clinton. (98′)really in 96’… I can back-up anything I say here… and if it’s a sense I have about something because of past experiences and the truth has yet not come out, I always preface my comment with that caveat.. Otherwise, what I say here, you can take it to the bank.

  78. Shadowfax
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    We posted quite a bit about Ulsterman’s comments up thread yesterday..

    If the WH staff, who have the experience, realize he’s not the real deal, then they are ready to ‘turn’ on the Executive branch run by Jarret..

  79. …the more i read the links to Hillary’s comments today regarding not running again…the more I think that she is subliminally trying to say:

    “I can’t wait to get away from the O admin”

    “I can’t wait to exit as gracefully as possible and run as far away as i can from the O disaster”

    her emphatic “no(s)” said alot with few words…

  80. another take…

    CIA spy escapes murder case in Pakistan after US pays ‘blood money’

    Raymond Davis flown to US airbase after payments made to relatives of men shot dead by intellgence agent in Lahore.

    Raymond Davis, the CIA spy charged with murder in Pakistan, has flown out of the country after the relatives of two men he killed dropped charges in exchange for “blood money” of at least $1.4m (£874,000) and help in resettling abroad…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/16/cia-spy-murder-pakistan-blood

  81. …also…from where Hillary stands and from what she sees…she must be thinking to herself…”there isn’t going to be a second O term”

    she probably wants to laugh out loud and say…”are you freaking kidding me…would you want to be on this sinking ship?”

  82. # S
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    her emphatic “no(s)” said alot with few words…
    —————————-

    Yep, I think you’re absolutely right.

  83. wbboei, saw your comment on NQ and could not agree more. Obots last line of defense is that Hillary would have done the same as the nincompoop and our response should be a vociferous NO!

  84. huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/16/anthony-weiner-obama-not-a-values-guy_n_836664.html

    Anthony Weiner: Obama Is ‘Not A Values Guy’

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and a handful of other House Democrats expressed deep frustration with President Barack Obama’s leadership on Wednesday, saying he needs to do more to set the direction for the progressive movement.

    Across the aisle, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has struggled to wrangle the various wings of his conference and pass budget measures through the lower chamber. Weiner told a group of journalists and bloggers on Capitol Hill that the Republican leader has a tough job of trying to hold “a coalition of crazies and completely crazies together.”

    But Republicans, Weiner said, have nonetheless long done a better job of making their case — “smaller government, smaller deficits, lower taxes” — to the public and each other. The Democratic Party remains unclear as to its core policy principles, Weiner said, and part of the problem is Obama.

    “On our side is this weird squishy affirmative sense of what government should do and how we’re opposed to this cut and that cut, rather than saying, ‘Here are the things: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, environment and education. We’re not cutting those. Those are off the table. That’s non-negotiable,'” said Weiner, adding, “We haven’t really done that very well. That’s because the president fundamentally — he’s not a values guy. He wants to try to get the best deal for the American people and that’s virtuous in its own right, but it becomes very difficult to make a strategy. There’s been much greater global strategy thinking on [progressive media] outlets, frankly, than at 1600 Pennsylvania.”

    When asked by The Huffington Post whether what’s happening at the state and local level with labor unions and budget battles would rise to the national stage, Weiner said that the leadership of national officials — including the president — will be essential to push the issue forward.

    “We’ve spent a lot of time waiting for Godot when it comes to the Obama White House, and we kind of — to some degree — have to internalize the idea that, you know what? That’s probably not the way to go,” Weiner said. “We have to start initiating some of this.”

    Continued Weiner: “It is now pretty clear to me — I’m not saying this is pejorative — the president, he doesn’t animate his day by saying, ‘All right, what is the thing that has me fired up today? I’m going to out and try to move the ball on it.’ He kind of sees his job as to take this calamitous noise that’s going on on the left with people like us and on the right on Fox News, and his path to being a successful president, in his view, is taking that cacophony and trying to make good, level-headed, smart policy out of it and moving it incrementally down the road. That’s nice. That’s a good thing. We need that, obviously. The problem is there’s no substitute for someone really leaning into these values questions. ”

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was also at the gathering and later added, in reference to labor and budget battles, “The only regret I have is that the White House isn’t fighting back against this. It’s one thing to say, ‘Well, I stand behind the workers — how far behind, I don’t know.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘I stand with them and in front of them to protect their rights.’ And I’m waiting for that to happen.”

    And Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said he hoped his party would stand together on the fight to raise the debt ceiling later this year. Since many of the more hardline Republican freshmen will vote against it as a matter of course, DeFazio predicted, GOP leaders are likely to need the cooperation of Democrats and may be open to compromise.

    “Republicans are going to have a hard time getting the votes,” he said. “The first people who are going to get hit are the people on Wall Street, the bond houses and others, who are the biggest supporters of Republicans. So I think we have tremendous leverage on the debt limit. We should say there will not be a single Democratic vote on the debt limit until we put everything on the table. We’re willing to look at any spending, but we also have to look at revenue.”

    DeFazio added that he hopes Obama stands with congressional Democrats rather than agreeing to a compromise with the Republicans, as he did a few months ago on the tax cuts.

    “The problem is the negotiator-in-chief and where he’ll end up, and whether we can put some steel in his spine,” he said. “I assume he caved in on taxes in December because he was blackmailed on the treaty with Russia with nuclear weapons, which was absolutely critical. But that’s pretty pathetic also.”

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

    MIA

  85. pm317
    March 16th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    # S
    March 16th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    her emphatic “no(s)” said alot with few words…
    —————————-

    Yep, I think you’re absolutely right.
    **********************************************

    pm317…I think it was her “SNAP!!!” moment… : )

  86. Althouse writes this about Blitzer’s Q/A with Hillary.. question 4 being ‘will she run for president?’

    Expanding on the 4th option, I will fictionally channel the mind of Hillary Clinton with respect to the interesting question, question 4, as she justifies answering “no” if in fact she does plan to run:

    You know, this question of wanting or liking to be President… I don’t think one should ever want such an awesome responsibility. One always hopes that there is some far greater, far more experienced woman or man who will take on the overwhelming responsibilities of the presidency. It’s not about liking to be President. The Presidency is a profound duty, never to be undertaken for personal satisfaction. What I would like would be for Barack Obama to measure up to the trust the American people have put in him. That is what I want. But if, for whatever reason, the American people desire a change — and Wolf, it is what the American people want that is essential here — and if the American people turn to me, because I am the most able, best experienced person to move into the role of President, I would not turn away from them. By the grace of God, I would endeavor to serve them.

  87. let us see how Hillary would have answered Blitzer’s first three questions if indeed this was a hugely successful administration..

    I think she would have said, it is really the president’s call and one can’t say no if he calls on you to serve the people in whatever capacity.

  88. Admin,

    Barack Hussein Obama has a request for us. He would like us to play this song for him…

    “The Party’s Over”

  89. Jan,

    Hillary must be thinking she does all the really hard work…puts her life on the line…takes criticism that should be pointed at him…and he goes golfing…who needs to be associated with that…she will be free…

  90. What would Hillary have to gain by even hinting at another presidential run – especially when she’s serving as Secretary of State – an apolitical job.

    It would only invite greater media frenzy.

    And why would she want to tip off her enemies so far in advance?

    Let’s see what she says and does in 2013….

  91. S,

    Totally right. I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t have huge plans for the future no matter what direction she takes.

  92. moononpluto, wild wolf, mtn snake- I think we’ve almost turned the corner.. Posters at DU cannot any longer deny what Obama is NOT- ‘presidential timber’ or even a democrat for that matter!

    Reading this thread started by ‘cali’, who as you remember was one of the boldest defenders of Obama over our Hillary supporters who had many, many jousting matches with this formidable poster. Here are her heartfelt thoughts on the Obama that never materialized after all the promises and phony rhetoric. I believe she speaks for many who are still afraid of banishment from the forum. Our friend Skinner is so involved w/Obama and Kerry only a miracle can save him…
    _______________________

    cali Donating Member (1000+ posts)

    Tue Mar-15-11

    I did have a lot of hope invested in Obama. I wish I still did.

    I was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Obama’s. I thought his background and intelligence were attributes that he could utilize to make some needed changes. For the first year and a half I supported him through what I felt were some bad policy and personnel decisions. I understood that I wasn’t going to agree with every decision he made- that I’d support some and disagree with others but over time I’ve reached a tipping point- I disagree with more than I agree with. It’s incomprehensible to me that we still have two expensive pointless wars going on. He’s bent over backward too many times to find common ground with republicans; common ground that punishes the poor and middle classes and rewards the corporations and the wealthy. He’s made a point of dissociating himself from his liberal base to court the supposed middle. He’s ratcheted up the security apparatus.

    I don’t hate President Obama. I’ll vote for him in November next year. He’s preferable to any republican, but my vote will be a somewhat painful one, freighted with the disappointment of the past years.

    That’s just the way it is.
    _____________________________

    The good news is … if Hillary is the draft dem nominee… they will come to us…

  93. IT’S THE BARAK OBAMA SHOW…

    President main attraction at fourth party event this month
    By: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

    Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama headlines a Democratic party event Wednesday night, the second time this week and fourth time this month he’s been the main attraction at a party gathering.

    The official White House schedule says that the president delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event at a hotel in the nation’s capital. A source with knowledge of the gathering tells CNN that Obama will speak to members of the DNC’s national advisory board and national finance committee.

    Monday night the president attended another DNC event in Washington, meeting with approximately 50 supporters and potential supporters of his 2012 re-election bid. Obama raised a record breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could bring in up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.

    On March 4th he headlined two fundraisers in Miami Beach for Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Last week he helped the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee bring in around $1 million at a fundraiser in Boston, Massachusetts

  94. Glen Beck is practically jumping up and down, literally, in his critism of Hillary Clinton today.

  95. UPDATE: ?

    whitehousedossier.com/2011/03/16/president-obama-sunshine-award/

    President Obama Won’t Get his Sunshine Award
    by Keith Koffler on March 16, 2011, 4:08 pm

    A ceremony today to allow good government groups to give President Obama the “Sunshine Week” award for his commitment to open and transparent government has been scratched due to “changes in the president’s schedule,” a White House official told reporters today.

    There was skepticism about the reasoning among some White House reporters who were picking up mixed assessments from openness advocates about Obama’s record on transparent governing. There was also snickering among some in the press corps today who compared the award to the Nobel Prize he received in 2009, which was clearly given in anticipation of accomplishments not yet achieved.

  96. SHV
    March 16th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    OT..but interesting vignette of the early days of the US nuclear program…those people were crazy f***ers:

    “Demon core”
    _____________________

    Good find- SHV

    read through some of the links on prognosis when exposed to radiation and poisoning. Needs a little updating…

  97. CNN Poll: Two out of three have positive view of Secretary Clinton
    By: CNN Political Unit

    Washington (CNN) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans have a favorable view of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new national poll.

    The 65 percent favorable rating for Clinton in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday is one of the highest ratings she’s ever had. Thirty-one percent of those questioned say they have an unfavorable view of Clinton, who’s currently in the Middle East dealing with the recent uprisings in the region.

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

    65 % approval rating…and that comes from CNN with their O bias…

    she has a 20% higher approval rating than O

  98. Yes! There is a GOD!
    __________________

    S
    March 16th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    President Obama Won’t Get his Sunshine Award
    by Keith Koffler on March 16, 2011, 4:08 pm

    A ceremony today to allow good government groups to give President Obama the “Sunshine Week” award for his commitment to open and transparent government has been scratched due to “changes in the president’s schedule,” a White House official told reporters today.
    _____________

    Thanks for some real good news, S.

  99. March 16, 2011

    Everybody’s Asking ‘Is Obama Mentally Present?’

    M Catharine Evans

    Conservatives aren’t the only ones befuddled by the President’s Gridiron dinner antics, March madness picks and his strange Saturday radio address focusing on the Paycheck Fairness Act when a government shutdown has been looming for weeks.

    Daily Mail’s Max Hastings calls Barack Obama “cool, cold, cerebral, and arrogant” in a March 14 lament.

    Hastings, like millions of Europeans, fell in lust with the U.S President back in 2008 and now that the bloom is off the stem, he wants to break up. Like most of Obama’s star-struck groupies he’s racking his brain trying to understand what happened to the knight “mantled in a glittering white cloak…the great speechmaker.”

    On the Mideast, Afghanistan, the debt, unemployment, and myriad domestic and international crises the One appears “remote” displaying “a curious lack of interest.” Curiously, Hastings citesObama ‘s post-massacre Arizona speech when he “rose to extraordinary heights of rhetoric” as the single exception to the president’s otherwise glaring indifference in the face of so much turmoil.

    Hastings contention that Obama is “missing in action” makes us wonder whether the President was ever ‘in the action’ to begin with. By now, those paying attention know the Chicago trained community organizer did not come to lead but to act as a mouthpiece for those who desire to change the founding fathers’ vision of America. And he needs four more years to finish the job. Hastings all but admits this may be the case:

    While the world welcomed Obama as a transformational figure, he shows no sign of wishing to fulfil any such grand role.

    Indeed, the White House is obsessed with a single issue: how to get its man re-elected in November 2012.

    A Washingtonian who has studied the President at close quarters said to me: ‘I think I understand him now. He’s a “pol” – a politico – who learned his business in the Chicago machine.

    In trying to make sense of it all Hastings, being a good liberal Brit, scapegoats the American people as “nutters” and dutifully bashes Sarah Palin as that “moose hunting air-headed vice presidential candidate” whose “hick followers still love” her, but “Lord, be thanked, theWhite House now seems safe from her.”

    The reporter insists that the majority of Americans who live in the real world reject the “Republican excesses,” and appreciate a “brilliant man” who never says or acts “irrationally.”

    Hastings refuses to speak ill of his former idol, but by the end of the piece he expresses frustration at the President’s refusal to man up and “fight tough fights.” But it can’t be the President’s fault; he “was bound to succumb to the sordid demands of machine politics.” Was that before 2008 or after?

    The reporter can’t seem to bring himself to admit he was powerless over the Obama machine, taken in by the phony Axelrodian reality. Instead Hastings blames the “hicks” that did their homework. Weren’t they the ones who googled ‘Alinsky;’ were aghast when they listened to Reverend Wright’s anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-white speeches; and who discovered the “brilliant man” voted ‘present’ 129 times in the Illinois State Senate?

    A “Washington admirer” urges Hastings to “not lose faith” in Barack Obama, that he “may still lay claim to greatness.” What a twisted and doomed love story this presidency is turning out to be.

  100. CNN Poll:

    Two out of three have positive view of Secretary Clinton

    Washington (CNN) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans have a favorable view of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new national poll.

    The 65 percent favorable rating for Clinton in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday is one of the highest ratings she’s ever had. Thirty-one percent of those questioned say they have an unfavorable view of Clinton, who’s currently in the Middle East dealing with the recent uprisings in the region.

    “Secretary Clinton’s all-time high was just after her husband was impeached in December, 1998, when her favorable rating reached 67 percent, but before then, her favorable ratings hovered in the high 40’s to mid 50’s. As a Democratic senator from New York, her ratings dipped as low as 44 percent and never got higher than the mid-50s, and her favorability hovered around the 50 percent mark throughout her 2008 presidential campaign,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But after Barack Obama nominated her to be Secretary of State, her rating rose to 66 percent and has stayed consistently above the 60 percent level since then.”

    The survey indicates a partisan divide on Clinton, with more than nine out of ten Democrats and nearly two-thirds of independent voters saying they have a favorable opinion of her, and six out of ten Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the secretary of state.

  101. six out of ten Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the secretary of state.

    ——-

    And this just further confirms the reason why I detest the Republican party so much. Even with Hillary doing a superhuman job for our country, 60% still have an unfavorable view of her.

    They can go to Hell. I will NEVER toss them another vote, even in protest.

  102. Mrs. Smith
    March 16th, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    March 16, 2011

    Everybody’s Asking ‘Is Obama Mentally Present?’

    M Catharine Evans

    snip

    On the Mideast, Afghanistan, the debt, unemployment, and myriad domestic and international crises the One appears “remote” displaying “a curious lack of interest.” Curiously, Hastings cites Obama ’s post-massacre Arizona speech when he “rose to extraordinary heights of rhetoric” as the single exception to the president’s otherwise glaring indifference in the face of so much turmoil.

    snip

    Mrs. Smith…and the irony to that paragraph is the ‘post-massacre Arizona speech where he rose to extraordinary heights of rhetoric’ turned out to be a pep rally for O and his campaign slogan launch of “Winning the Future”…or as admin often describes so accurately…another publicity stunt…

    …we all saw how long the ‘civility’ meme lasted…

  103. “read through some of the links on prognosis when exposed to radiation and poisoning. ”
    **********
    Since the chronic effects may take many decades to show up, the “prognosis” is a moving target. I did some superficial looks a few days ago and my impression is that the human body sure can take a beating and come out OK.

    I am a war baby so I was a child and teen during the atmospheric testing at the Nevada site from 1952 to 1962. One estimate that I saw was that radioactive fallout on to the US, exposing 10s of millions of people during that time was at least 20x the contamination released from Chernobyl. Another was the follow up for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and surprisingly after 65 years “excess” cancer deaths weren’t that high. 20 years after Chernobyl and the criminally negligent management of that situation, the major effect so far is a more than expected incidence of thyroid cancer, especially in those who were children at that time. Finally, with curative radio-therapy being very commonly used over the past few decades, surprisingly to me, secondary cancers haven’t yet proven to be a problem.

  104. Shadowfax
    March 16th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    six out of ten Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the secretary of state.
    _____________

    Of course they view her unfavorably- She is for the People.
    “A PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT” ( what a refreshing thought )and follows the principles established by the Founding Fathers and FDR-
    _____________________

    S

    Mrs. Smith…and the irony to that paragraph is the ‘post-massacre Arizona speech where he rose to extraordinary heights of rhetoric’ turned out to be a pep rally for O and his campaign slogan launch of “Winning the Future”…or as admin often describes so accurately…another publicity stunt…
    _________

    exactly- even that speech is a stretch considering he hasn’t given a speech meriting rememberance since his inauguration!

  105. I think that republican ratio is OK, that HRC would hve 4 out of every 10 HRC could capture 40% of that vote. I talk to a some republicans, and they say they would vote for her. If we could improve that to 5 out of 10, we would have a change at getting 50% of the Republican vote.

    I would say that she would be a winner under the 4 to 10 and for sure under the 5 to 10. The Reps want to keep 100% of their vote, as they have fewer registered voters than the Dems. In addition, you can count on the Rep vote, as they do VOTE.

    I look at that glass as half full and very encouraging amount the opposing party.

  106. “my impression is that the human body sure can take a beating and come out OK.”
    ____________________

    I checked the side bar were the thumbnail synopsis info is usually located and clicked on “cancer”..

    This is what I was referring to when I made the comment. Their notations mentioned basal cell carcinoma to the skin which at that time was rare. The difference in time we know is highly curable if caught early. I did not notice if there was any topics relating to damage done to pregnant women from radiation exposure to their babies in utero or if any statistics had been compilied for a means or control group for that particular time.

    It is most probable Japan’s radiation exposure will reveal much statistical data due to their exposure for future reference… Anyway- your data mining was well appreciated and thanks again for posting it…

  107. CNN Poll:
    ———————-
    I am so cynical about CNN who we know retained marketing specialists to come up with words like polarizing and attach them to here name when she was a candidate, who stacked their panels with pro Obama People who repeated those words with the same frequency as weapons of mass destruction, that now when she disclaims any interest in running again, want to somehow drag themselves as a news organization out of the gutter they are in, with faux claims of objectivity. Nothing they say rings true and their polling is driven by a political narrative which seeks to protect the elites at the expense of the American People. Good Morning Mr. President, Merry Christmas Mr President, do you find that being African American makes the job more challenging Mr President is about all CNN is good for. I had this discussion this morning with a media expert and close friend who tried to tell me that they are the best news organization when the stick to just news, but when they move into opinion journalism they are flawed. My view is the two are inseparable because their bias determines what facts they report and as here when they decide to report them. Tallyand said treason may be a matter of timing, but here it is not. I would not care but they have taken the country down with them. We could have had Hillary but these assholes would not allow it.

  108. Just caught Hillary in Egypt on the 7pm nbc evening news…

    SHE LOOKS GREAT AND PRESIDENTIAL!

    Andrea Mitchell the nbc vulture said- “your husband supported a no fly zone.” Clinton quickly responded with… ” yes he did and there are other OPTIONS!”

    BRAVO for our girl! 🙂

  109. JanH
    March 16th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Germany Closes 7 Aging Nuclear Plants as EU Calls for Nuclear Plant Stress Tests.
    ____________________

    I vote sending the Republicans over there and let Angela handle them..

  110. It is most probable Japan’s radiation exposure will reveal much statistical data due to their exposure for future reference… Anyway- your data mining was well appreciated and thanks again for posting it…
    ***********
    “Data mining”…my brief efforts aren’t in that league. Today it seems that to have an informed opinion on almost any topic, data mining is necessary. Seems as if most common sources of information begins with an agenda, then a conclusion and then the “information” piece is worked backwards, cherry picking data to support the starting point. I had a different expectation on cancer risks then what I got from a little reading. After a moderate amount of reading about nuclear power over the past few years, with a mod. bias in favor, my conclusion is that expanding nuclear power/electrical generation is a very bad idea. That is not based on safety issues, even though that is part of it but because nuclear power is ruinously expensive. The nuc. industry is heavily subsidized and even with that the big expenses haven’t happened yet. Much of the fuel used today is from the weapons program and was paid for decades ago. The big expense will be decommissioning the old reactors, this will be huge and one reason why, I think that the industry pushed to re-certify the 1st gen plants. As a wild guess, if the 23 plants similar to the ones in Japan were shut down, the cost is likely to be in the hundreds of billions, etc, etc.
    One possible “benefit” of the problem in Japan is that the Rethug argument that nuclear power would be cost effective if we could just get “rid of big government and “those unnecessary and expensive safety regulations” is pretty much shot in the a**.

  111. The Republicans who have an unfavorable opinion of Hillary are probably saying so because she is out there pushing the Øbama agenda, even if she disagrees with it. If Øbama was a popular president, then Hillary more than likely would be a lot higher in favorability among Republicans, too. Øbama, unfortunately, is rubbing off on Hillary which is the risk Hillary took when she decided to work for him.

  112. SHV-

    I posted this link to an article from 08′ earlier today. A fast 3 pg read on the many players and corps involved in nuclear energy. And additional info on the government subsidies ( aka tax payer money ) handed out by Cheney’s Energy commission paying for corporate applications and most likely seed money.

    They play with taxpayer dollars as if it’s their money to spend only to enrich themselves not with the intention for creating a better or safer environment for people. This realy is what grinds my gears.. Narcissism seems to be an inherent trait of republicans.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/94286/mccain_adopts_cheney's_energy_plan?page=1

  113. nomobama
    March 16th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Amazing when animals show true loyalty and compassion that humans have long forgotten. I studied Gnosticism for 5 yrs with a wonderful supportive teacher. He referred me to the Gospels of St Thomas and Paul. The riddles contained in the gospels are more about predictions of things to come. One of them that stands out in my mind because of your video is and interpretation of a riddle “that humans will become like animals; when one should always remain human (humanity) and not behave like an animal.”

    Here is a quick link explaining gnosticism with examples. Also Jane Pagels has done extensive research on the subject and her book is worth a read for more info.

    http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html

  114. Home from work and popped on CNN, (yea, I am 50% done with Fox at this hour) and the news on Japan’s nukes is at Chernobyl level now, per American scientists.

    Japan is asking older nuke employees to stay and take care of the nukes, not younger folks because they will probably “die of old age before they die of radiation’. (If they even live though it at all…)

    Too incredible to believe…

  115. wbboei

    CNN Poll:
    ———————-
    I am so cynical about CNN who we know

    ———–
    Well, if you are right that the obots may ask questions to minimize Hillary, and she got those scores, then that would lead me to believe that she even did better than that poll if there was no bias.

    The Dem and Indi scores are what really matter, the Rethugs, not as much since Independents are more critical to her winning.
    I also know many Rethugs that would vote for Hillary over anyone.

  116. This is a good one..Obama might as well do nothing. There is a little bit of irony and more than enough sarcasm there.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-prisoners-dilemma_554651.html

    So really, there is very little for Obama to do. He must bide his time until the fundamental equation of 2012 works itself out. For how consequential it is, this equation is really quite simple:

    Optimisim over the Economy – Concern about the Deficit – Backlash to the Health Care Bill

    If this “number” is greater than zero, Obama gets reelected. If it’s less than zero, he doesn’t. That’s all there is to it, and at this point there is very little Obama can do to goose any of the numbers. Republicans on Capitol Hill won’t go for another round of stimulus, a significant deal on the deficit is unlikely, and opinions on the heatlh care bill have solidified. Really, the only thing that Obama can do is hope the economy swings around enough to overcome the political liabilities of the deficit and the health care bill.

    So, you might say that Obama’s predicament is a kind of prisoner’s dilemma. Not the game theory version, of course, but a sticky situation nonetheless. Bound by various political factors — some of his own making, some supplied by the fates — Obama’s options for action are now quite limited. He can do little more than wait to see how the voters react next November. He has to do something to fill his days, so should we really blame him for focusing on his college baskeball picks?

  117. nomobama
    March 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I think this is true. I know 2 repubs who supported Hillary over Mccain, until Palin came along, then switched to Palin. If Hillary leaves soon, I still think she can can run in 2012 and beat the incompetent Waffles. I don’t know if she wants to run, I wish she would.

  118. Take a good look back at the words of the phoney Potus and these campaign promises were used to fire up more of his black supporters.

    RESTITUTION RETRIBUTION and REDISTRIBUTION and they took the snookering as manna from the Messiah

    Suppose we add to that REVOLUTION DRAFT HILLARY IMPEACH BO

  119. 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.

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

    Agree! She’s talking conservative now, but her ACTIONS were populist and anti-corporation. She set up a tax system better than ‘windfall profits’ for the oil companies: a sliding percentage scale for taxes that will adjust itself everyyear according to each year’s profits. And then she sent all the citizens a check!

  120. The Obots on CNN keep talking about how their Barry needs to step up and lead…………..they know he is MIA and their excuses to defend him are really wearing thin no matter how they tip toe around their words.

  121. S
    re: Hillary…my heart jumps a beat watching her walk thru the streets in Egypt…she did not even appear to have a bullet proof vest on…Wolf Blitzer said she did not even have that much added security with her…Please Hillary…do not take those kind of chances with your life…

    …let O go walk thru the streets in Egypt…let him put himself where his grand words were spoken…Hillary, stay safe
    *************************
    I saw a video last night of HRC walking through the streets of Egypt with Andrea Mitchell and another woman trying to keep up. HRC was smiling and shaking hands while the camera walked ahead of her filming. For a couple of seconds the camera backed up far enough to show a solid line of beefy men in suits walking shoulder to shoulder looking from side to side and meaning business in protecting her. It looked pretty itimidating to me so I think she was as well guarded as possible.

  122. Hillary’s answers to Wolf Blitzer are once again a little puzzling in how she answers each question. She says that she does not want a second term as Sec of State, but when he presses her on why she will not run in 2016, she says she has a job that she loves, etc. She will not be in that job in 2016 so what does it have to do with whether or not she runs in 2016? At any rate until she says the famous words ‘I will not run for my party’s nomination in 2012 or 2016, and I will not accept the nomination’, I will wait to see what she does.

  123. Oh and her red jacket was stunning with her blonde hair and dazzling smile. She’s a pro looking so confident in what could be a scary situation.

  124. Wolf Blitzer is on Piers Morgan saying many people have been emailing and tweeting him saying they want HRC to rum for president and Wolf seemed to be promoting it. These MSM guys are always stirring up things.

  125. Gadaffy just announced something to the effect that when his forces go to the last rebel stronghold, there will be genocide. I saw it as a scroll as sourced from AP or reuters on fox news.
    God Help these people. It sounds like many are escaping to Egypt.

  126. #
    Kingsgrove
    March 16th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    What would Hillary have to gain by even hinting at another presidential run – especially when she’s serving as Secretary of State – an apolitical job.

    It would only invite greater media frenzy.

    And why would she want to tip off her enemies so far in advance?

    Let’s see what she says and does in 2013….
    &&&&&&&&

    Exactly!!!

    In sports, usually you don’t want to motivate your opponent by saying “I guarantee I will win”. You do the understated, “Our opponent is worthy competition, and we’ll need to to try our darndest to beat them”.

    Or like Obama in 2007, “Who, me, run for President?? C’mon, I’m just a junior senator”. Of course, we knew there were a bunch of mother fuckers whispering in his ears that he could win it, and their motivation was that the newbie would be their malleable Favor Puppet. Y’know, richies like Soros. They knew he was an attention whore, and that he’d love the trappings of the office and hand off (a la Bush) the real responsibilities to “the adults”.

    Now for a chess analogy, Kasparov might say before Game 6, “I am thinking that as White, I will use the Queen’s Gambit”, to screw around with his opponent, and then do something else.

    Let us not think Hillary is a simple rube. That chick’s got chops!

  127. Shadowfax
    March 16th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    six out of ten Republicans saying they have an unfavorable view of the secretary of state.

    And this just further confirms the reason why I detest the Republican party so much. Even with Hillary doing a superhuman job for our country, 60% still have an unfavorable view of her.
    &&&&&

    Actually, think about it for a second.

    This sounds to me that 40% of REPUBLICANS have a positive view of HRC. I believe among Repubs, Obama’s approval is something like 7%.

    So start crunching the numbers, Dem insiders.

    And that’s not even discussing the independents!!!

  128. Mrs. Smith
    March 16th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Just caught Hillary in Egypt on the 7pm nbc evening news…

    SHE LOOKS GREAT AND PRESIDENTIAL!

    Andrea Mitchell the nbc vulture said- “your husband supported a no fly zone.” Clinton quickly responded with… ” yes he did and there are other OPTIONS!”
    &&&&&&&&

    Agreed. She is great, and presidential.

    I translate her comments as, “What a lazy ass piece of shit he is for letting all those Libyan rebels get mowed down like dogs”.

  129. “Obama telling us how safe our nuclear reactors are”

    ———————–

    Didn’t someone post on the last thread that obama quietly renewed some of these sites even if they were years past their shelf date?

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

    I recall seeing that as a question. Someone said he had renewed some reactors, then ASKED if any of them were past their shelf date. I didn’t see an answer.

  130. Obama’s Saturday radio address was devoted to Women’s History Month and a call to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal meant to address the income gap between men and women.

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

    This was part of the original Lily Ledbetter Act but Obama&Co took it out — back when they had enough votes that they could have passed it. So now talking about it seems hollow.

  131. I was just thinking, while in the shower of the Blitzer mini interview I saw in snips on CNN tonight about our girl.

    As a fella Scorpio, (and I really don’t believe in that stuff…but,) if I were Hillary, and even if I still wanted and felt I would make a great President, I would say ‘No’ to all these phoney folks that wanted me now, now that Barry is MIA and has never given up the pink unicorns the way he promised.

    I would want to let them stew in their own kool-aid juices, live with the bs and not even consider running unless every last one of the backstabbers got down on their political knees and begged me to run.

    I think that is what Hillary needs to change her mind.

    Now don’t take me literally on this, I mean apologies in private, and tons of them to change her mind. The media will have to completely change their tune too.

    She knows we support her, always will, but she need these people to really see the huge mistake they have made…and if they don’t go that far…………..I don’t think she will run again.

    …and I wouldn’t blame her a bit, as much as I want her as my President over everyone on the planet.

  132. #
    jbstonesfan
    March 16th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Prepare for Kerry as our SOS in 2012…vomit inducing.
    &&&

    Wait, that can only happen if Obama wins re-election.

    Mr. 10% Unemployment is going to be giving his Farewell address on Jan. 19, 2013, not a “I’m BAAAACCK” second inauguration on Jan. 20, 2013.

    This fucker is doomed.

  133. rgb44hrc

    This sounds to me that 40% of REPUBLICANS have a positive view of HRC

    ———–
    That would be okay if, and only if the question was, ‘Would you think Hillary would make a good President’. I could see 40% say no to this because her political views are different then many of them. But, to not even think she is doing a good job as SOS, what do they expect her to do???? Backflips while flying the plane and healing all the wounds of the world?

  134. Someone said he had renewed some reactors, then ASKED if any of them were past their shelf date.
    ********
    The data are out “there” just needs to be retrieved. The bottom line, however, is that the NRC has never not re-licensed a reactor no matter how old or how bad the operational history. The Japanese situation has caused the NRC to slow down the rubber stamp renewal process. Depending on the politics (re-Obama re-election) the stamping will continue after thing “cool down.”

    He is a renewal was going to be rubber stamped and now is on hold:

    “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday put a temporary hold on a 20-year license extension for the controversial Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The commission had instructed its staff to issue the renewal last Thursday, the day before the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”
    (snip)
    “But opponents of the nearly 40-year-old plant, who note it is the same design as the most compromised reactor in Japan, said the delay should be far longer — until the agency can assure the public the plant is safe.

    Vermont Yankee, in Vernon near the Massachusetts border, has suffered a series of problems in recent years that have frayed the public trust, including the collapse of a cooling tower and leaks of tritium from underground pipes that company officials initially said were not there.”
    etc…etc..etc..

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/greenblog/2011/03/nuclear_regulatory_commission.html

  135. Here is another:

    “A new license for one of the U.S. nuclear plants most similar to Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi facility has been on hold for more than five years, offering a uniquely extensive record of safety and security concerns with its reactor and others like it.”

    Of the 104 active nuclear reactors in the United States, 23 use GE or GE Hitachi boiling water systems featuring the same upgraded Mark I containment system as the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station.

    Only six of those, however, are Mark I systems paired with General Electric Model 3 reactors, closely resembling the configuration of the first reactor to fail at the Fukushima plant, according to records of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    And just one of those six — the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., about 40 miles south of Boston — has a new license application currently before the NRC. (The others are in Monticello, Minn., and two each at the Dresden and Quad Cities facilities in Illinois. Their licenses are all in order for many more years.)

    The records show that Pilgrim is still vexed by leaks of radioactive tritium into the groundwater and unexplained cracking in control rod blades that help regulate its nuclear reactions, as well as unspecified security violations.

    Getting a 20-year license extension is usually a 2- to 2½-year process, NRC records indicate, but Pilgrim Watch, a local nonprofit activist group, has opposed the Pilgrim relicensing at every turn, arguing that the plant is at the end of its safety widow. It also argues that Pilgrim is riddled with design flaws and defective parts and has been subject to lax safety oversight.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42093725/ns/world_news-disaster_in_japan/

    “Their licenses are all in order for many more years…”

    Isn’t that comforting….The other old reactors, likely past original end of life design specs. have been re-licensed for many more years. From what I can tell, the only plants that run into trouble are the one opposed by “concerned citizen groups”. These are the lefty moon-bat”tree huggers” that are so vilified by the Rethugs and Rush Limpdick.

  136. Global effect of coal pollutants: global annual loss of life from coal pollutants vary widely, but few are below 5 digits. Most electricity production in the US and Canada is through coal. Coal pollutants cause or contribute to more than 30,000 deaths annually in the US and Canada. Since the earthquake struck, we have paid a price in lives of more than 400 souls for our electricity.

    Fukushima incident: 1 (with 2 missing, 5 hospitalized, not due to radiation poisoning)

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

    Very good point! I did see one photo of a fire at a petroleum power plant in Japan.

  137. Well, if you are right that the obots may ask questions to minimize Hillary, and she got those scores, then that would lead me to believe that she even did better than that poll if there was no bias.

    The Dem and Indi scores are what really matter, the Rethugs, not as much since Independents are more critical to her winning.
    I also know many Rethugs that would vote for Hillary over anyone
    ———————-
    It is a well known fact which is not openly acknowledged that the CNN pollster is a fraud, and he constructs whatever methodology he needs to in order to deliver a result which furthers their narrative. Their narrative is Obama is great. To say anything less would be to admit that they sold the country down the river, and as my friend the media expert told me today they are not about to do that. Having pinned her down that she is not going to run, such that neither they nor Obama have anything to fear from a primary challenge, they promote her as secretary of state not for her benefit–they hate her, but as a way to promote him and as a way to pretend that what they did to her in the primary never really happened.

  138. Here is another “goodie” from the above ref.:

    “Pilgrim’s reactor is also one of 26 across the country using control rod blades that are developing distortions and cracks after only 40 percent of their projected lifespans. GE, which made the rods in question beginning in 1997, formally reported the problem in October, saying it “could create a substantial safety hazard” unless the rods were more closely monitored and the blades were replaced “prior to the end of the revised service life.”

  139. wbboei
    March 16th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    oh yes, I agree, its not for Hillary’s benefit, if she challenges Waffles in ’12, oh that race card will be pulled out front and center…. yet again.

    CNN really is a irrelevant station since 2008, I’ll never forget after each debate they would tout their own poll that they put on their website, and then read the comments on their posts, but never allow any pro-Hillary posts; I know I tried over and over again to get my posts praising Hillary, and not one went through/approved, the entire station has one goal, to make sure to prop up Waffles for 2012.

  140. I also know many Rethugs that would vote for Hillary over anyone
    —————————
    I know that too. When I was canvassing for Hillary in Indiana, and Pennsylvania, we had canvass sheets which identified by address people who had voted democratic in prior elections, who were believed to be loyal Hillary voters to give them the campaign material and to make good goddamn sure they went to the polls. We also knocked on doors of others many of whom were Republican and many of them–women particularly said they wished they could vote for Hillary in the primary and would vote for her in the general election for sure. Other states I went to like Texas and West Virginia, the population was too spread out to canvass so we did the work over the phone. I was asked to go into Kentucky by my former district director but we agreed tha because that was a phone bank too it would be more efficient to do the phoning from home. Same in Oregon. When I spoke to people by phone, I did not have the same opportunity to interact with Republicans but I am certain the same phenomenon would apply in those states as well. The biggest obstacle to Hillary running again is big media.

  141. jbstonesfan
    March 16th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Prepare for Kerry as our SOS in 2012…vomit inducing.

    —————–
    Well, even if the sky does fall in and he does become SOS, there is no way he can fill Hillary’s shoes.

  142. She doesn’t um and smirk. She has the answers at her fingertips…

    Clinton – Bahrain government “on the wrong track”

  143. sorry to be linking to huffpoop; I supportly strong common sense gun control laws, but I do not support executive orders to do a run around Congress, I didn’t like that when Bush did this, and I sure as heck don’t like it when Waffles does it, and chutzpah on this jerk to do this run around congress, after he bashed Bush for the same crap he is now doing at so many levels on so many policies.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/15/obama-gun-laws-congress_n_836138.html

  144. CNN really is a irrelevant station since 2008, I’ll never forget after each debate they would tout their own poll that they put on their website, and then read the comments on their posts, but never allow any pro-Hillary posts; I know I tried over and over again to get my posts praising Hillary, and not one went through/approved, the entire station has one goal, to make sure to prop up Waffles for 2012.
    ————————–
    Yes. And now that it does not matter, it is widely acknowledged that HILLARY WON 24 OF THE 26 DEBATES. But when it mattered they could not bring themselves to tell the truth. God bless my leftist friend Chris Hedges for nailing these faux liberal journalists to a cross. Crucification is what they deserve for the role they played in saddling the American People with a boob who is hell bent on destroying this country. Yes, the American People were stupid–but they had a lot of help from the constant pounding by big media which has scarcely abated even in the face of incontrovertible proof that he is a Guiness Book incompetent. These people are beyond disgusting.

  145. Hillary Clinton Says She Will Not Serve as Secretary of State in 2nd Obama Term
    ——————————
    Just so she does not campaign for him. She did it once in 2008 and once was too often. If she campaigns for him in 2012 then I will lose my respect for her. The interests of the country require that he be gone and those are paramount to everything else. If she runs for president in 2012 I will support her as I have done in the past. Therefore, let us hope that is what happens.

  146. wbboei
    March 16th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Agreed, no campaigning for that fraud, not by Hillary or Bill. If she is a VP nominee, no deal, the only dem. ticket I will support is Hillary at the top slot, or else I am supporting anyone on the repub ticket, at this point, don’t care who it is; if they will support to oust Waffles, they have my support.

  147. This isn’t good news and I hope not a pattern of failures to come. Hopefully they have back-up plans that are on the mark.
    _______________________

    Canada regulator reports water leak at nuclear plant

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

    It’s probably a pattern of
    1. everybody hastening to check their own nuclear plants
    2. media reporting even minor defects found

  148. “Secretary Clinton’s all-time high was just after her husband was impeached in December, 1998, when her favorable rating reached 67 percent

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

    And Bill got high ratings just about that time too. Every time the Starr Report leaked more X-rated stuff, his Job Approval went up.

    Gotta love the AMerican public’s good sense and values when it’s an issue they really understand. 😉

  149. Obama and his deadly cabal always cover their tracks. One of the ways they do this is by firing or forcing out Inspectors General who shine the light of truth on their dirty dirty dirty little scams which rip off the American taxpayer. We saw this early on in the case of Inspector Gerald Walpin who was canned for exposing the bribery associated with Americorp and Baracks basketball buddy Kevin Johnson. Birds of a feather flock together do they not? Then there was Holder who wanted to give constitutional protections to confessed terrorist who killed Americans, but wants to deprive Corporal Manning of those same rights since he made Obama’s cabal look bad. And now we see the massive fraud condoned by his Department of Treasury and the Inspector General investigating it is forced out and offered a teaching position at NYU Law School by friends of Obama. Barack Hussein Obama–corruption on a grand scale is his middle name. Other friends give him the Transparency award hoping to cover their own sins and buy favors. The Obama system runs on three things: bribes, threats and lies.
    —————————————————————————-

    Lost: Neil M. Barofsky, Special Inspector General of TARP from government pay roll. Soon.

    As the chief investigator of the government’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program during the last two years, Neil Barofsky established a white-collar law enforcement agency with 142 ongoing criminal and civil investigations dealing with TARP fraud, accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, mortgage servicer misconduct, fraudulent advance-fee schemes, public corruption, false statements, obstruction of justice, theft of trade secrets, money laundering, and tax-related investigations.

    He has been a ferocious watchdog for the American people and a vocal critic of Treasury particularly in regards to HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program). The video is from his March 2, 2011 testimony before the House Committee On Financial Services.

    According to RealtyTrac data, a record 2.9 million homes received foreclosure filings in 2010, up from 2.8 million in 2009, and 2.3 million in 2008. RealtyTrac predicts that filings will be 20% higher in 2011, obliterating the 3 million threshold. The recently reported numbers for January 2011 support this prediction, with more than 260,000 foreclosure filings in that month alone. The firm’s data further reveal that bank repossessions continue to increase, from just less than 820,000 in 2008 to more than 918,000 in 2009 to 1.05 million in 2010. Some estimate that as many as 13 million homes will be subject to foreclosure filings during the operative stage of HAMP.

    In contrast, the number of permanent mortgage modifications under HAMP remains feeble— there were just under 522,000 ongoing permanent modifications as of December 31, 2010, with approximately 238,000 of those funded by and attributable to TARP.

    But, last month SIGTARP Barofsky gave notice of his resignation. March 30th will be his last day as a government employee. On April 1, he starts a teaching and research post at N.Y.U.’s law school.

    Mr. Barofsky called the career move a “wonderful opportunity both to teach and to more deeply examine the important issues that exist at the intersection of law, business and government regulation.”

    “This is a very exciting development for the Law School,” the school’s dean, Richard Revesz, said in a statement. “Neil will bring unique perspective to a range of subjects, particularly financial crime and government regulation of the financial system. All of us here will benefit by having him here as a teacher and a colleague.”

    Thank you for your service to the American people, Mr Barofsky. And while I wish you were continuing in your role as Special Inspector General, I take hope from the fact that you will be teaching and inspiring a whole generation of real government and industry watchdogs.

    *****

  150. wbb

    The biggest obstacle to Hillary running again is big media.

    ———-
    A big YUP to that.

    Don’t forget the DNC and all the crap they pulled too.

    Caucus and voting fraud.

    Giving away her votes to the idiot that insisted on taking his name off the ballot.

    The fiasco at the convention, delegates and super delegate shenanigans and the list goes on of major problems.

  151. Jimmy Fallon just did two political jokes on his show tonight.

    …. Obama’s making his basketball picks. Japan(?) what about Japan?

    …. Hillary is in Egypt today. (JF in BC’s voice) Bill Clinton said, if anyone can stop an uprising in Egypt, it’s Hillary.
    (with a thumbs-up)

  152. Jimmy Fallon just did two political jokes on his show tonight.

    …. Obama’s making his basketball picks. Japan(?) what about Japan?

    …. Hillary is in Egypt today. (JF in BC’s voice) Bill Clinton said, if anyone can stop an uprising in Egypt, it’s Hillary.
    (with a thumbs-up)
    ———————
    And then of course there is that old Texas saying that when a man is twenty the little head thinks for the big head. With Fallon it is the case of two little heads.

  153. Shadowfax
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:19 am
    wbb

    The biggest obstacle to Hillary running again is big media.

    ———-
    A big YUP to that.

    Don’t forget the DNC and all the crap they pulled too.

    Caucus and voting fraud.

    Giving away her votes to the idiot that insisted on taking his name off the ballot.

    The fiasco at the convention, delegates and super delegate shenanigans and the list goes on of major problems.
    —————————–
    That is my problem Shadow. When it comes to 2008 I can forget nothing. It would be better if I could. And, if all our fears, doubts and insights into Obama had proven wrong, if he had changed the habits of a lifetime, and risen to the challenge of high office, then perhaps for some of us it would have been possible. But with Obama it is like that line in Hamlet–I think it was Hamlet, i.e. past is prologue. My botly friend who I had words with the other night keeps calling me, and I no longer answer his calls. No doubt he has come up with some new evidence that Obama is merely disappointing but the Republicans are satanic. They may or may not be but right now they are not the problem. Three years ago yes and I did what I could to oppose them. But now we are facing an even greater problem. And as my friend the media expert told me today she had never seen a time in her life when we had as many problems–and intractable problems, and our demise will not be by some big bang but rather as she put it the death of a thousand cuts.

  154. §A bill to allow Michigan’s governor to take over any lesser government in the state

    [ What makes a local government subject to governor takeover: ]

    (e) Failure to eliminate an existing deficit in any fund of the local government within the 2-year period preceding the end of the local government’s fiscal year during which the review team report is received.
    (h) Existence of material loans to the general fund from other local government funds.
    (l) Any other facts and circumstances indicative of local government financial stress or financial emergency.

    More details at
    http://pecunium.livejournal.com/517909.html

  155. The Insider said that “the first lady” made the racist, redneck comment. That’s MO – Hillary is the SOS.

    It was at a fundraiser in the primaries, I believe, and an older couple came in their best (which was not up to par with D.C. fancy pants, and in which subsequent tellings has turned into “suspenders” and “overalls”). He was a businessman, had made some money, and was a rather substantial donor to Obama.

    But he obviously didn’t go to Harvard, and that was enough for Michelle to treat him rudely, and when he was barely out of earshot, joke with her friends about the white trash guy (and she made it clear then, if not earlier, that she does not know the first thing about class).

  156. This is long and you may not have the time. Also it is tough on Bill so you may not like that either. He forgets of course the the Clinton years were a time of peace and prosperity when all boats did rise with the tide. But the rest is Hedges at his best showing how the liberal class has betrayed its own values. Instead of defending liberal values they look the other way and act as junior partners of the corporate state. They function as a safety valve to let air out of the system when the pressure on the working class is too great, and they are used to discredit radicals who question the entire premise of the corporate state. What they get in return is a certain degree of power and privilege–provided they do not ask the really tough questions themselves and embarrass the elites. That is why big media shies away from asking the kind of questions you or I might ask in their shoes. As a result, you get subservient people like Jake Tapper who compares Hillary to the villain in the movie Fatal Attraction, throws a hissy fit when a Republican uses the word boy in connection with Obama and charges racial animus, supports gun control, has his children in private schools, bows and scrapes to Obama, keeps the questioning real simple and his columns are casper milquetoast. Not much help to anyone but himself. Good morning Mr President, how did you sleep Mr President etc. This is why big media worked so hard to defeat Hillary. Her effort to enact meaningful health care reform, and her rejection of the corporate deal proposed by that whore Ted Kennedy but accepted by Obama, meant she was on the side of the American People. She could not be bought off. They do not like people who go at something in a straight line. They are used to buying people off and if they cannot buy a particular individual off they buy the man above him. Obama on the other hand had a for sale sign down the back of his suit, and that is the most transparent thing about him.
    ————————————————

  157. the only dem. ticket I will support is Hillary at the top slot, or else I am supporting anyone on the repub ticket, at this point, don’t care who it is; if they will support to oust Waffles, they have my support.

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

    Scott Walker for POTUS? Gingrich? We’ve seen what they do when they get in.

    Palin would be worth voting for, though.

  158. #
    turndownobama
    March 17th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    the only dem. ticket I will support is Hillary at the top slot, or else I am supporting anyone on the repub ticket, at this point, don’t care who it is; if they will support to oust Waffles, they have my support.

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

    Scott Walker for POTUS? Gingrich? We’ve seen what they do when they get in.

    Palin would be worth voting for, though.

    And did you also notice how the people got up to fight Walker? In a democracy how can that be bad?

  159. This unbelievable turn of events is stunning! What in the world is wrong with this president. After he’s witnessed Gaddafi slaughtering his own people, when a handful of rebels are left he decides we should intervene?
    __________________________

    Obama Now Pushing U.N. Toward Intervention In Libya

    Staff Reporters | March 16, 2011

    The accelerating military blitz by forces of the Libyan dictatorship against pro-democracy insurgents has sparked a dramatic shift in Obama administration policy toward military intervention in the conflict. After dragging its feet with other members of the U.N. Security Council in imposing a no-fly zone to ground the regime’s warplanes, the United States is now pushing for a U.N. authorization that would sanction the use of air strikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery.

    Indeed, the U.S. has now joined Great Britain and France in lobbying for a Security Council vote on Thursday.

    The radical shift in U.S. posture comes as Gaddafi’s forces push toward a final and perhaps bloody final showdown in the so-called rebel capital of Benghazi and concern by the White House that time has come to stop the Libyan leader from drenching the eastern part of his country in a blood bath.

    Until now, Washington had been reluctant to as much as impose a no-fly zone which might require bombarding of Libyan air defenses and, perhaps, its airfields. But in the last 24 hours, the administration has come full circle and now appears ready to take measures more aggressive than grounding Gaddafi’s air force. The New York Times reports:

    The administration, which remains deeply reluctant to be drawn into an armed conflict in yet another Muslim country, is nevertheless backing a resolution in the Security Council that would give countries a broad range of options for aiding the Libyan rebels, including military steps that go well beyond a no-flight zone.

    Administration officials — who have been debating a no-flight zone for weeks — concluded that such a step now would be “too little, too late” for rebels who have been pushed back to Benghazi. That suggests more aggressive measures, which some military analysts have called a no-drive zone, to prevent Colonel Qaddafi from moving tanks and artillery into Benghazi.

    The United States is insisting that any military action would have to be carried out by an international coalition, including Libya’s Arab neighbors.

    The administration’s reluctance to embroil itself in a third war in a Muslim country is deep-seated and permeates both its civilian and military branches. But it’s believed that the fast-moving events on the ground are pushing President Obama into a corner he would have rather avoided. Whatever the political cost of engaging in Libya, it might be higher for the administration if it becomes a passive spectator to wholesale bloodshed as Gaddafi tries to drown the popular uprising in armor and blood.

    The New York Times continues:

    Among the other measures being proposed by the United States: sending foreign soldiers to Libya to advise the rebels, or financing them with some of the $32 billion belonging to the Qaddafi regime, which have been frozen by the Treasury Department. Rebels could use the money to buy weapons, officials said.

    Neither of these steps, however, would come in time to stave off an assault by Colonel Qaddafi’s forces on Benghazi.

    “What everybody is focused on is drawing a line, literally in the sand, around Benghazi, to prevent Qaddafi’s forces from capturing the city and staging a bloodbath,” said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch. “If Qaddafi wins, it could kill the moment in the entire Middle East.”

    However the U.N. acts or not, there seems little doubt that time is now very short in Libya as Gaddafi tries to capitalize on his military momentum. On Thursday, Gaddafi vowed to “cleanse” the anti-government capital of Benghazi by the end of the work week.

    The thousands of Libyans who stood up to Gaddafi when they saw similar authoritarian regimes fall in Egypt and Tunisia have unsuccessfully maintained their hold on cities that they initially captured control of. They claimed minor victories Wednesday, but the larger battle may soon be taken over by international intervention.

    Overmatched in battlefield intelligence and weaponry, the rebels have been brushed back from the western edge of Libya to their strongholds in the east.

    On Wednesday, hours after a Benghazi airport was bombed, Gaddafi’s son Saif said Benghazi would be back in his father’s control by the end of Friday.

    http://m.neontommy.com/news/2011/03/obama-now-pushing-un-toward-intervention-libya

  160. Has the GOP Become a Threat to America?

    The GOP has demonstrated over the past forty years that they are conniving, lack limits, and have little or no respect for the rule of law. They think of the American people as stupid, and they want to keep us that way.

    by Eric L. Wattree /Veterans Today

    The current leadership of the GOP is the most dangerous threat to America in the history of this country. Hyperbole? I wish it were. But the evidence clearly demonstrates that the GOP has mounted a concerted effort to circumvent the American people and install a modern-day feudalism that effectively abolishes the will of the people and their elected officials to allow our cities and states to be run by corporate-like CEOs – and there’s no telling where it will go from there.

    In spite of the GOP claim that they believe in limited government, The Michigan Messenger has reported that newly elected Republican governor, Rick Snyder, is poised to sign an emergency management bill that will hand total control of local governments over to “emergency managers” appointed by the government.

    The Messenger reports:

    “In a party line vote, and despite impassioned speeches of protest by the body’s Democratic minority, the Michigan Senate approved legislation that threatens to take ver and even dissolve local governments that refuse to balance their budgets by breaking labor contracts.

    “According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.”

    According to the Messenger, in a last ditch effort to protect the rights of the citizens, Democrats tried to add an amendment that would require “Emergency Managers” to hold monthly public accountability meetings to inform the citizens of how they are governing, but the amendment was voted down by the Republican senate.

    Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan state AFL-CIO is quoted as saying,

    “It takes every decision in a city or school district and puts it in the hands of the manager, from when the streets get plowed to who plows them and how much they are paid. In schools, the manager would decide academics or if you have athletics. This is a takeover by the right wing and it’s an assault on democracy like I’ve never seen.”

    Thus, the GOP, this party of “limited government,” intends to completely take over the local governments under their jurisdiction, rescind the will of the voting public, and thumb their noses at any amendment that will require public accountability. And this power-grab is also taking place in other Republican-led states around the country.

    This action and what’s going on in Wisconsin and other Republican-led states clearly demonstrates that the leaders of the modern GOP are without limits. To put it bluntly, these people are un-American. They are fundamentally opposed to our way of life, and greatly prefer a dictatorial form of government. George W. Bush let the cat out of the bag by admitting it when he said, “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier…just as long as I’m the dictator.”

    Americans need to wake up and connect the dots. The GOP now claims that they are so concerned about the deficit that they must suspend the United States Constitution, yet, they weren’t concerned enough about it to suspend giving the top 2% of the population a tax cut that will add $4 Trillion to the deficit over the next ten years. And neither were they concerned enough about the deficit to discontinue taxpayer subsidies to Exxon, one of the riches corporations in the world, nor to prevent the political class in congress from giving themselves an extra $93,000 in “petty cash.”

    And while they claim to love our troops, they rushed them into battle in Iraq without the necessary gear to protect their lives. They awarded Dick Cheney’s former corporation, Halliburton (KBR), a no-bid contract to provide the troops with contaminated water, and do such shoddy contracting work that at least 18 of our troops were electrocuted while in the shower. The Department of the Army classified their deaths as “negligent homicide.” Then, if that wasn’t enough, the GOP fought tooth and nail against giving the troops any additional benefits when they left the service.

    The GOP has demonstrated over the past forty years that they are conniving, lack limits, and have little or no respect for the rule of law. Richard Nixon was involved in the plot to burglarize the DNC in theWatergate Scandal. There’s evidence that strongly suggests that Ronald Reagan was in collusion with the Iranians to hold American hostages until after he won the election (The hostages were released immediately after he took the oath of office). Reagan also traded arms with his newfound friends during the Iran/Contra scandal. In addition, he flooded American inner cities with drugs to support his illegal war in Nicaragua, then told inner city children to “just say no.”

    Republican, George W. Bush then went on to lie us into a war with Iraq, costing more than a million lives, including the killing and maiming of thousands of Americans. Then the administration spied on American citizens, Cheney committed treason by outing a CIA agent, they committed war crimes that included torturing prisoners, and they purposely ravaged the national treasury. Now they’re using the excuse of a depleted treasury to claim “a national emergency” in order to mount yet another assault on the Constitution. And in the meantime, Republicans in congress are demonizing an entire religion as “Islamofascists” to spread hatred and fear and to distract our attention.

    Doesn’t that feel just the least bit like deja vu? If it doesn’t it’s probably because you’re a victim of the GOP assault on our educational system. They have a vested interest in keeping you uninformed. They don’t want you to realize that while you may be on their side, they’re not on yours. They think of the American people as stupid, and they want to keep us that way.

    Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, The Black Star News in New York, and several other online sites and publications. He’s also the author of “A Message From the Hood.”and Staff writer for Veterans Today.

  161. I agree with just about 99% of Eric Wattree statements because they can be documented with the exception of his “islamofascists” comment.

    When Muslims declare Sharia Law needs to be the Law of the land in the US is when I draw the line. This country was founded on the principle of ‘Seperation of Church and State’ (and never the twain should meet.)
    No one gave Muslims permission to demand any changes from the traditionally understood and accepted Constitutional democracy governing the United States. They can demand away- When they infringe on our Constitutional Rights, as night follows day, there will be problems.

  162. I was watching Good Morning America this morning. Donald Trump was being interviewed about running for President. He is more serious than ever. He went through the REP list person by person, and really eliminated them. He even said if he did not win the Rep Primary, he might run Independent.

    However, the most interesting thing, in addition to loving the tea party, was his birther statements. He said there is something wrong when everyone is stomped on even if they breath O might not have been born in the US, and there are no childhood friends to be found until he is a young man. He said he has friends that go back to kindergarden. I do also.

    So where are Os younger friends? It is an interesting observation.

  163. Yes, make him release those transcripts.. what do we really know about this guy? And this is funny — having been propelled to the office without much experience of anything, let us hope he and his handlers lack the experience to run a re-election campaign.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/david-hill/149759-2012-will-be-about-obama

    2012 will be about Obama
    By David Hill – 03/15/11 06:13 PM ET

    The greatest political deception of the month must be that PowerPoint presentation — the 10-slide deck that shows the president matched against various Republicans — that is being trundled around the country for showings to audiences of Democrat fat-cats. Naturally, I haven’t been invited to view it, but I am betting that the data shared with big donors does not show the “deserves reelection” percentage earned by the president. That would scare off the faint-hearted. So, instead, the deceivers show the head-to-head results of Obama versus Michele Bachmann. I can’t believe sophisticated contributors are falling for this.

    [snip]

    The question about deserving reelection is not asked often enough by the public pollsters. The last time The Hill reported Obama’s results, in December, only 42 percent said he’s worth another term. That’s far more telling than Obama’s double-digit lead over Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin in someone’s PowerPoint presentation.

  164. From the Sydney Morning Herald…

    Clinton says she’s had enough, but you never know

    Simon Mann
    March 18, 2011

    HILLARY Clinton says she won’t serve a second term as America’s top diplomat, firming hints she has given recently that four years in the globetrotting job is long enough.

    In December, the hard-working Clinton indicated that her current job in the Obama administration would be her ”last public position”, despite speculation that she may be interested in swapping roles.

    Defence Secretary Robert Gates has been looking for an opportune moment to retire. And Vice-President Joe Biden, the avuncular elder statesman who watches the President’s back, has often been cited by critics as more bungling than an asset to the administration.

    Advertisement: Story continues below Political theorists reasoned that Clinton could move seamlessly into either role: the former she might have taken on before the end of this year, helping extricate US troops from Afghanistan, the latter should Barack Obama win a second term in 2012.

    Either would have further enhanced Clinton’s credentials and paved the way for a possible second tilt at the White House in 2016, at age 69.

    There had been no clear evidence that Clinton aspired to either role. And at the height of the administration’s political difficulties in 2010, some pundits ventured wildly that she might even challenge Obama for the Democrats’ 2012 nomination. While many rank-and-file party members would abhor such treachery, such is the Clinton family’s reputation for vaulting ambition that many refuse to rule out, absolutely, such a prospect.

    For now, Clinton appears intent on accelerating her departure from office, making clear in an interview with CNN that she is a one-term secretary of state, like her predecessors Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher. Enough, apparently, is enough.

    ”I have the best job I could ever have,” she said in the interview in Cairo. ”This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath. There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan, and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region …

    ”And there isn’t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding.”

    Not defence secretary?

    ”No.”

    Nor vice-president?

    ”No.”

    As for another presidential assault, Clinton said: ”You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity. But I’m going to be, you know, moving on.”

    But did she leave the door ever so slightly ajar? Her supporters will wonder.

    In her final response, the former US senator from New York said: ”You know, I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any, any idea, even, of running again. I’m going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years.”

    Should she stick to her word and leave, Clinton’s career will likely be marked a success rather than failure despite her having run second in a presidential nomination in 2008 that many thought could not be lost.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/clinton-says-shes-had-enough-but–you-never-know-20110317-1bz06.html

  165. Clinton denies ‘blood money’ paid

    By MATT NEGRIN | 03/16/11

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied Wednesday that the United States paid “blood money” to victims’ families in Pakistan to win the release of the CIA contractor Raymond Davis.

    “The United States did not pay any compensation,” Clinton said in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “The families of the victims of the incident on January 27th decided to pardon Mr. Davis. And we are very grateful for their decision.”

    Davis was released from a Pakistani jail after being accused of murdering two Pakistanis, though he said he was acting in self-defense. The Obama administration had sought his release from Pakistan, citing diplomatic immunity.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that he had no “information that would corroborate” that the United States paid the families of the men who were killed, but he declined to talk about it in detail.

    In the NPR interview, Clinton wouldn’t verify reports that a law minister in Pakistan claims the so-called blood money was paid to the families.

    “Well, you’ll have to ask him what he means by that,” Clinton replied when asked.

    Here’s the rest of the exchange, provided by the State Department:

    Inskeep: “And a lawyer involved in the case said it was 2.34 million. There is no money that came from anywhere?”

    Clinton: “The United States did not pay any compensation.”

    Inskeep: “Did someone else, to your knowledge?”

    Clinton: “You will have to ask whoever you are interested in asking about that.”

    Inskeep: “You’re not going to talk about it?”

    Clinton: “I have nothing to answer to that.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/dont_want_to_talk_about_it_600a1220-684e-49c7-bed4-04c8f6ee9cbd.html

  166. Muammar Gaddafi slaughter looms in Libya as UN fiddles From: The Australian March 18, 2011

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/muammar-gaddafi-slaughter-looms-in-libya-as-un-fiddles/story-e6frg6so-1226023474092

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    Once again it is too little too late as obama’s wishy-washy cast of fermin…oops advisors screw up royally, get him extremely bad press this week, and now are scrambling to show a smidgen of leadership by pushing the no-fly zone theory to the U.N. along with Britain et al.

    Everyone was waiting for obama to step in first with a firm hand and decisiveness. Don’t hold your breath that he will ever be capable of that. His sum total of decision making seems to be sports-related.

    So now Susan Rice, another of the twits golden girls is set to step into the limelight and tell the world that it is too late and they must go even farther now than just a no-fly zone.

    Does anyone even think that Ghadafi would have had the moxie to push as far as he has if the U.S. and the rest of the world had shown some muscle from the very beginning?

    And then you have Hillary, spinning her wheels, trying to explain this idiots numerous “pigs in space” moments until obama changes course at the very last moment.

    No matter that so many libyans have already lost their lives to a monster.

  167. “now Susan Rice, another of the twits golden girls is set to step into the limelight and tell the world that it is too late and they must go even farther now than just a no-fly zone.”
    _______________

    Yup, boots on the ground- our boots, coming out of A-stan.

  168. Mrs.Smith,
    I enjoyed your article about the “filthy republicans”. I believe the whole thing and I think soon the healthcare folks are going to be without work and if they do work it will be at a much lower rate….the rethugs have been out to destroy the middle class for as long I and my mother could remember….they DID NOT change with the Presidency of Ronnie Raygun.

    I think Japan is really going by the wayside…those poor people, I feel so sorry for them…China is mostly likely gleeful.

  169. Hi confloyd- I forgot to wish everyone a HAPPY ST.PATRICK’S DAY!! This article is interesting because it brings upmore questions about Obama’s authenticity.. (?)Natural Born Citizenship(?)
    _________________

    St. Patrick’s Day surprise: Study finds relatives who share Obama’s Irish ancestry; some kin unhappy- (unhappy? how bout mortified?)

    A new study claims that President Obama has 28 living relatives who share his Irish ancestry, but some of the newly discovered kin aren’t eager to share a pint with him.

    In the study, released to The Associated Press by family history website Ancestry.com, genealogists traced the descendants of about two dozen passengers who came to America from Ireland on the ship Marmion in March 1850.

    Obama found out years ago that an ancestor, Falmouth Kearney, fled the potato famine in Ireland and was brought to the United States on the Marmion when he was 19.

    Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was a descendant of one of Kearney’s daughters and a man named Jacob Dunham.

    The study further filled out the branches on Obama’s family tree and identified 28 living descendants of Kearney living in the U.S. and abroad.

    But despite the prestigious connection, some of the newly discovered relatives aren’t exactly dancing an Irish jig.

    “I really don’t like to claim a relationship to Obama,” Roma Joy Palmer, 66, of Mulvane, Kan., told the AP. “He is not my favorite president.”

    “I don’t have anything against him personally, but I don’t think we have the same agenda,” she said.

    Another relative, 83-year-old Dorma Lee of Tucson, was similarly underwhelmed by the news.

    “I’m not a Democrat, so I can’t say I clapped,” said Reese, who lives in Tucson. “I don’t appreciate what he’s done by any means, but I do appreciate that he holds that office.”

    Vietnam vet Daniel Dillard, 63, though, said he took pride in “being related to a President of the United States,” even though he didn’t vote for Obama.

    Though he’s more commonly associated with his African roots – Obama’s father is from Kenya – the President has embraced his Irish ancestry since arriving in the White House.

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Obamas once again dyed the water green in a fountain on the South Lawn – a tradition started in 2009 as a festive nod to their hometown’s tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green.

    Obama was also scheduled to have lunch with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and the President and first lady are set to host a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House on Thursday night.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/03/17/2011-03-17_st_patricks_day_surprise_study_finds_relatives_who_share_obamas_irish_ancestry_s.html

  170. China is mostly likely gleeful.
    *********
    Sounds heartless but probably true. Chinese, Koreans, etc. have long memories when it comes to the Japanese occupation of their countries and the fact Japanese have never really come to terms or admitted their atrocities.

  171. U.S. President Obama to visit Republic of Ireland in May.

    …………………….

    I will warn the relatives.

  172. The above Obama video is Impeachment-

    sorry… there are so many good ones out there now.

    Here is the:

    7 Lies in under 2 minutes video

  173. OH, HILL NO

    Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge

    By Joshua Hersh Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.

    At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.

    “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

    He went on, “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous Secretary of States — there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

    Clinton is said to be especially peeved with the president’s waffling over how to encourage the kinds of Arab uprisings that have recently toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and in particular his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya.

    In the past week, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s former top adviser Anne Marie-Slaughter lashed out at Obama for the same reason.

    The tension has even spilled over into her dealings with European diplomats, with whom she met early this week.

    When French president Nicolas Sarkozy urged her to press the White House to take more aggressive action in Libya, Clinton repeatedly replied only, “There are difficulties,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.

    “Frankly we are just completely puzzled,” one of the diplomats told Foreign Policy magazine. “We are wondering if this is a priority for the United States.”

    Or as the insider described Obama’s foreign policy shop: “It’s amateur night.”

    Clinton revealed her desire to leave yesterday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, responding four times to his questions about whether she would accept a post during a potential second Obama administration with a single word: “No.”

    Philippe Reines, an adviser and spokesman for Clinton, downplayed the significance of the interview, saying, “He asked, she answered. Really that simple. [It] wasn’t a declaration.”

    But her blunt string of four “no’s” followed a period of intense frustration for the secretary, according to the insider, who told The Daily that Clinton has grown weary of fighting an uphill battle in the administration.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates came out against a no-fly zone almost two weeks ago, while Clinton grew closer to the Libyan opposition.

    Last week, excommunicated members of Libya’s embassy to the United States set up shop in an office inside the State Department.

    Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

    “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

    And to some, the firing last week of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley over disparaging remarks he made about the Pentagon detention policies had the appearance of a power move by the Defense Department more than anything else.

    While the stakes in Libya could not be higher, the insider said that something far more domestic was on Clinton’s mind after she leaves the State Department: “She wants to be a grandmother more than anything.”

  174. OT..but with all of the human misery going on and then seeing this kind of crap..well:

    “The two Roman Catholic bishops in North Dakota issued guidelines last week naming several well-known, and in some cases, church-related, organizations they say Catholics should not support, with money or volunteer work.

    Bishop Samuel Aquila of the Fargo diocese and Bishop Paul Zipfel of the Bismarck diocese, released a joint document “Guidelines on Charitable Giving,” on Ash Wednesday, March 9…
    ***
    The horrible charities??
    **
    * The American Association of University Women
    * Amnesty International
    * Crop Walk (an anti-hunger organization)
    * Church World Services
    * The March of Dimes
    * Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    * Planned Parenthood (no surprise)
    * UNICEF

  175. Not surprised at Hillary pissed off, having to deal with Obama must be like banging your head off a brick wall.

  176. basil9
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    OH, HILL NO

    Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge

    Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

    “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

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

    what a creep O is…I have got to bite my tongue…anyone would be better than him…

    he should get down on his hands and knees and thank her for covering for him while he goes galavanting and frolicking frivolously while the world and our country is on the verge of devastation…

    …just wait…$4 a gallon gas…and food prices going thru the roof…on top of unemployment and foreclosures…frankly I really hope Trump gets in the race…if for nothing else…Trump is not afraid to nail this imposter…

  177. Seriously though, if you were that close and had to deal with Obama and a choice between lcked in a room with him forever or chewing your right hand off to get away….no contest.

  178. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/Ghonim_jabs_Clinton.html

    March 15, 2011

    Ghonim jabs Clinton

    /The White House’s move to make Hillary Clinton the bad guy on Egypt does seem to have worked:

    Just a little while ago, Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who was a hero of Egypt’s democratic revolution, tweeted:

    “Dear Hillary Clinton, thanks to the Internet, we can search for anyone’s quotes within any period of time. Did you ever try this?”

    Posted by Ben Smith 04:47 PM

  179. “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

    ——————————————–
    WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT THIS POTUS IS…..SHE NEEDS TO TELL HIM TO FUCK OFF AND DO HIS OWN DIRTY WORK!

  180. I just happen to like Trump….at least he seems normal for the exception of his germ phobia…can anyone say Howard Hughes????LOL!

    Of coarse I have an Obama phobia….anybody but that dumbass will be better unless its one of the folks who put him in….namely the rethugs.

  181. Paycheck Fairness Act

    This was part of the original Lily Ledbetter Act but Obama&Co took it out — back when they had enough votes that they could have passed it. So now talking about it seems hollow.
    ******************************
    Obama does this kind of thing to keep certain voting groups beholden to him to pass their agendas in the future. He did the same this dragging his feet on passing DADT so he could count on the gay/lesbian vote in 2012. This is his way of dangling legislation in front of the woman’s vote so they will support him.

  182. [snip]

    Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

    “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

    ———
    So the little fucker makes a joke about ward working Hillary trying to wake him up for the 3 o’clock call……again.

    Ain’t that cute?
    Isn’t he just so darling?

    What a a-hole!!! (Pardon my Irish)

    No wonder Hillary said, “NO, NO, NO and NO!!

  183. Well looks like he’s going to make fun of Hillary now to minimize her effectiveness…..this guy is a scoundrel!

  184. confloyd

    I just happen to like Trump….at least he seems normal for the exception of his germ phobia…can anyone say Howard Hughes????LOL!

    Of coarse I have an Obama phobia….anybody but that dumbass will be better unless its one of the folks who put him in….namely the rethugs.

    ———

    I’ve heard many Dems that don’t like Rethugs nor Obama say they could imagine voting for Trump over another Rethug rethug if Barry is not primaried.

    Trump would have to do something major with that ugly comb-over. Could you imagine the political cartoons already?

    He needs to call Elton and find out about hair plugs.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1025610/A-step-step-guide-gravity-defying-Donald-Trump-combover.html

  185. Shadowfax,

    Oxmoron I know, but just once I would like someone from an un-moneyed background to come up through the grassroots and run for potus. Someone with ethics, likability, leadership skills, empathy for human kind, someone who loves his country.

    Yes, it’s a dream, but it would be nice.

  186. basil9
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    OH, HILL NO

    Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge

    By Joshua Hersh Thursday, March 17, 2011
    ———————-

    Yep, saw this earlier and could not link it here from where I was. What surprises me is how those Gridiron jokes on Hillary did not surface until now. The Big Media must have known the damage it would cause and kept them under wraps. If it became viral more people would see what a fucker Obama is. She should just get out and write a tell-all before 2012 or should blackmail the DNC and Dims to nominate her for 2012. I will take the latter option.

  187. Shadowfax,
    There’s only one Bill Clinton and there’s only one Hillary Clinton and big media has castrated both of them….so Trump at least works and has a job and has always worked.

    Granted I don’t know much about his background….I know he’s a womanizer….so that’s a ++. Those guys seem to make the best Potus’s. Guess there not sexually repressed so they make better decisions…..LOL!

  188. basil9
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    OH, HILL NO

    Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge
    ——————-
    LMAO! Reading this, I got the giggles. I mean honestly? She answer’s Wolf’s questions, questions she must be tired of answering, and this is what the wannabe idiots come up with???

    ——————

    As far as bambi’s Hillary joke goes, do I detect a hint of bitterness from the false messiah? She is more popular, she has more leadership skills in her pinky than he does in his whole pea-brain body.

    LOL…if that is all he can come up with, then he really is doomed.

  189. If Trump gets into the race, he will be a more polished Palin unafraid to go after Obama and say things that others are too afraid to. I saw an interview of him with the new CNN Brit guy and he made quite a lot of sense. More importantly he is not afraid to go after Obama. But there is nothing we can do if Dims go back to voting for Obama because they despise Republicans. Obama will win.

  190. JanH

    Oxmoron I know, but just once I would like someone from an un-moneyed background to come up through the grassroots and run for potus.

    ——
    I’m with you on this wish, but before that can happen the raising money to run a campaign and donors buying influence over them has to change.

    It doesn’t seem that anyone that can make these kind of changes will do anything to change it. After all, the rich have power and don’t want to hand it over to anyone, unless they buy themselves a puppet like Barry.

  191. So guess Obama is finally going to do something about Libya….Hillary prolly kicked his ass and broke his bedroom window with a boulder….good for her.

    I want her to quit, but then what the hell would we do….the zombies in the WH only think of vacations and parties!

  192. “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

    “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

    I HATE that fothermucker. Despise him. Hope he rots in he11 for what he has done.

    I also hope HRC is close to resigning. There’s no reason for her to stay on, IMHO. NONE. She should get as far away from that POS as possible.

  193. I could vote for Trump, if he runs. At least we would know what we’d be getting. And he has no tolerance for incompetence.

  194. Agreed.

    ‘I really hope Trump gets in the race…if for nothing else…Trump is not afraid to nail this imposter…’

    And I have read he is ready to invest $600 million of his own money. He will take no prisoners. He is not afraid of the press, the politicians or the pundits.

    We all know he’s a ruthless b2stard but at least he supports the country.

  195. pm317,

    LOL! And I bet he WOULD say that.

    ‘If Trump wins, he could say ‘you’re fired’ to Obama without batting an eyelid.. :)’

  196. Trump is enormously respectful and even fond of the Clintons. He said in the interview I saw, that BC was quality and he was the best president in recent times — he didn’t say it was Reagan. He is as close to a Democrat as we can get with a Republican.

  197. pm317

    If Trump wins, he could say ‘you’re fired’ to Obama without batting an eyelid.. 🙂

    ——-
    Priceless!

  198. Well I don’t know who the guy that just on Fox, but he’s was saying Hillary is leading on Libya and the President is missing in action!

  199. Yeah that would be and should be televised…Obama getting fired….well so much for Issa doing anything about Obama…..I think Obama has everyone blackmailed except Trump!

  200. BC just moved most of his CGI office from Harlem to uptown(?) Manhattan. Wonder what this says about 2012 for Hillary. Just wondering.

  201. pm317,

    I understand that he is keeping a small homebase still in Harlem but moving the majority uptown?

  202. Well, even Bill O’ on Fox was coming to Hillary’s rescue when a guest tried to make Obama’s foreign policy woes was partly due to her ineffectiveness. So Obama can joke about it all he wants but it won’t fly.

  203. basil9
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    moononpluto,

    I hope this is the moment when she hands in her resignation.
    ___________________________________________________

    I’d hoped that quite a while back. At this point, I shudder to imagine the boob that the boob-in-chief would replace her with. No, she’s the only adult in this entire administration and she’s protecting US the best she can in light of her idiot boss.

  204. I see his joke as implying that Hillary works 24/7 while he does little or nothing.

    An old boys joke belittling the “little women” as so may of those insecure twits like to do when they get together. And when you add those jealous wannable Hillary’s who dress in skirts, then it’s a real hate fest.

  205. Seems as though their is some interest on the blog of finding out more about Trumps political beliefs.

    One thing I look at is he pro choice or not…

    Seems as though he is, according to this link on facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=172569752769869&topic=307&post=1330

    I give him one point for this.

    —-
    I have other questions about him that I would need to think about…

    Will he trash social security, medicare and what about health care?

    How about nukes and drilling?

    Is he a liar, if he says he will stand for an issue, will he cave in like a cheap tent?

    I do know he will protect American interests by taxing imports. I like that.

  206. Blow-

    I shudder to imagine the boob that the boob-in-chief would replace her with. No, she’s the only adult in this entire administration and she’s protecting US the best she can in light of her idiot boss.

    ——-

    I agree with you on this, as much as I would like her to tell him to go fly a kite.

    Where you been blow?

  207. Oxmoron I know, but just once I would like someone from an un-moneyed background to come up through the grassroots and run for potus.
    **********
    That was Bill Clinton. His biggest pay-check prior to becoming President was ~$32,000 per year. Hillary would also fit your criteria although she came from a more stable middle-class family compared to Bill.

  208. I agree with you on this, as much as I would like her to tell him to go fly a kite.

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

    I agree too. We need Hillary as SOS to prevent WWIII, help women worldwide, etc.

  209. imho…Hillary will stick it out until the end of O’s (first and only) term…that’s how she is…and there is no way she would leave the world stage right now when SHE is needed so much…

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

    pm317
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    If Trump wins, he could say ‘you’re fired’ to Obama without batting an eyelid

    …great line, pm317…Trump must be thinking the same thing…

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

    I think Trump would focus on creating jobs in this country…he has done it and knows how to do it…I like his bluntness…he is not intimidated by O and afraid of the ‘racism’ BS…

  210. SHV

    That was Bill Clinton. His biggest pay-check prior to becoming President was ~$32,000 per year. Hillary would also fit your criteria although she came from a more stable middle-class family compared to Bill.

    ———
    Good to know, I knew they were snubbed by elites, but thought it was because they were from the South.

  211. O’s photo opp…goes to Japanese embassy to sign book of condolences…

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

    wish he would “dispatch” himself back to Illinois…I would like to see Trump show the country and the world what an amateur O is…imagine the debate…that would be amazing…

  212. After reading about how HRC is still being publicly undermined, insulted and dismissed by the POS, after reading about his jokes about her, I feel like it’s a no-win situation. She has been marginalized during dangerous times and she will get the blame for much of what the POS has unleashed.

    I want her out of there ASAP.

  213. I like his bluntness…he is not intimidated by O and afraid of the ‘racism’ BS…
    ————–> 2 points for Trump on this.

    S

    bte…Trump was a big Hillary supporter…

    ————–> Unlimited points for this!

    Shows he is not a hard core Rethug if he supports Hillary, that he is more of a centrist.

  214. Oxmoron I know, but just once I would like someone from an un-moneyed background to come up through the grassroots and run for potus.

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

    Like Palin? Or Bill Clinton? Hillary’s family didn’t have a lot of money either, and her father earned it all sewing drapes himself.

  215. [Trump’s] a womanizer….so that’s a ++. Those guys seem to make the best Potus’s. Guess there not sexually repressed so they make better decisions…..LOL!

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

    I’ve suspected that! JFK too.

    But then so were Gingrich and Guilliani.

  216. Obama does this kind of thing to keep certain voting groups beholden to him to pass their agendas in the future. He did the same this dragging his feet on passing DADT so he could count on the gay/lesbian vote in 2012. This is his way of dangling legislation in front of the woman’s vote so they will support him.

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

    Ooh, good point!

  217. Trump is entertaining and bright, but this is a distraction as he could not win..Obama will prevail by default as in a country of 300 million we can’t find one competent person(sans Hillary) to challeneg him…pathetic.

  218. Shadowfax,

    There is another issue I would be interested in knowing as well:

    1/ Does he give to charity in proportion to his vast wealth? Is he a humanitarian?

  219. thehill.com/opinion/columnists/ab-stoddard/150285-obamas-path-still-cloudy

    Obama’s path still cloudy
    By A.B. Stoddard – 03/16/11 06:37 PM ET

    Clinging to their compliments regarding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) healthcare law, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s (R) fine work as ambassador to China and the prospect that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will somehow be nominated by the GOP, Team Obama has begun to accept that the audacity of hoping for an anemic Republican field won’t get President Obama reelected in 2012.

    As the Republican race begins in earnest, and Obama kicks off his own reelection campaign, it is increasingly clear that the path to an Obama victory is anything but clear. Stubborn joblessness, soaring gas prices, the still-rising cost of healthcare insurance, the apathy of Obama supporters, the erosion of support from white working-class and suburban voters and the considerable sums of secret money conservatives promise to pour into the campaign all pose challenges to his plan to win again. Taken together, they might be insurmountable.

    Obama’s money men are traveling the country, making their pitch to wealthy donors, some of whom chose Hillary Clinton in 2008. According to The Wall Street Journal, their slideshow concedes Obama has lost support in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, declaring “POTUS maintains clear but narrowed support” but urging substantial donor support in light of the “significant work to do to increase support among key demographics.”

    The post-midterm-shellacking bounce that saw Obama cut a deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for all brackets, pass the START Treaty and a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” then unite the nation with a powerful speech following the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., has abated. Obama’s approval ratings are still improved from the nadir of August 2010, but they will have to climb higher in the right places for him to win battleground states next year. Last year, according to Gallup, Obama’s approval fell from 2009 levels by 8 percent in Ohio, 11 percent in Pennsylvania, 10 percent in Wisconsin, 11 percent in Florida, 14 percent in Missouri, 11 percent in Virginia and 11 percent in Indiana.

    The president’s political advisers have worked hard to soothe a disappointed liberal base, and repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and recent movement on gun control have helped. Democrats also hope the battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin will translate into increased union mobilization in next year’s election. But as the debate over public pensions bankrupting state governments spreads across the country, how much will Obama stick his neck out for labor?

    The traditional demographics that favor Democrats are also no longer a given — Latinos aren’t likely to see any action on immigration reform before the election, the GOP made history by winning women in the midterm elections and Obama’s approval among young voters entering or navigating a perilous job market has dropped 21 points since he entered office, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.

    The president has tried remaining above it all, calling on Republicans to join him in bipartisan education reform, avoiding the ugly budget battle — much to the consternation of congressional Democrats — and engaging in efforts to help Americans that have nothing to do with Washington, like his recent conference on bullying. Obama knows no matter the chaos in Japan or a destabilized Middle East, he will be given little credit for his leadership overseas, whatever the outcome.

    In swing states Obama needs to win next year, unemployment, anti-debt sentiment and concerted challenges to his healthcare reform law are on the rise. And if those forces don’t turn around, the president’s approval can’t rise high enough for him to win.

    Stoddard is an associate editor of The Hill.

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

    I don’t know JBStones…we could reach a point where, except for O diehards, there could be an ‘anyone but O’ mood in the country…especially if someone clearly points out the failings, weakness and shallowness of O…

  220. Here are some informative links for those concerned about the projected radiation plum to hit the West Coast on Friday, May 18th:

    * Scientists Project Path of Radiation PlumeBy WILLIAM J. BROADPublished: March 16, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/science/17plume.html?_r=1&hp

    * Published: March 16, 2011Forecast for Plume’s Path Is a Function of Wind and Weather

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/16/science/plume-graphic.html?ref=science

    * For up-to-the-minute radiation exposure readings:

    http://www.radiationnetwork.com/RadiationNetwork.htm

  221. pm317
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    Trump is enormously respectful and even fond of the Clintons. He said in the interview I saw, that BC was quality and he was the best president in recent times — he didn’t say it was Reagan. He is as close to a Democrat as we can get with a Republican.
    ***********************
    do you remember where you saw this interview? I’d like to find our more of what Trump believes or claims to believe. I only know the somewhat obnoxious money guy and would like to find out more.

  222. BC just moved most of his CGI office from Harlem to uptown(?) Manhattan.
    __________________________

    Means he said– see ya! to all the black folks he helped in Harlem… with a little “you’re on your own”…don’t look at me for anything!

  223. pm317
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    Trump is enormously respectful and even fond of the Clintons. He said in the interview I saw, that BC was quality and he was the best president in recent times — he didn’t say it was Reagan. He is as close to a Democrat as we can get with a Republican.

    ——–
    I heard this interview too BigCat, I think it was on Greta?

  224. apologies if this has been posted before..

    This is the salient piece of the day… this is a first Hillary’s thoughts translated into words.
    ____________________

    OH, HILL NO

    Obama’s indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge

    By Joshua Hersh Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.

    At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after
    2012 — even if he wins again.

    “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

    He went on, “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous Secretary of States — there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

    Clinton is said to be especially peeved with the president’s waffling over how to encourage the kinds of Arab uprisings that have recently toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and in particular his refusal to back a no-fly zone over Libya.

    In the past week, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’s former top adviser Anne-Marie Slaughter lashed out at Obama for the same reason.

    The tension has even spilled over into her dealings with European diplomats, with whom she met early this week.

    When French president Nicolas Sarkozy urged her to press the White House to take more aggressive action in Libya, Clinton repeatedly replied only, “There are difficulties,” according to Foreign Policy magazine.

    “Frankly we are just completely puzzled,” one of the diplomats told ForeignmPolicy magazine. “We are wondering if this is a priority for the United States.”

    Or as the insider described Obama’s foreign policy shop: “It’s amateur night.”

    Clinton revealed her desire to leave yesterday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, responding four times to his questions about whether she would accept a post during a potential second Obama administration with a single word: “No.”

    Philippe Reines, an adviser and spokesman for Clinton, downplayed the significance of the interview, saying, “He asked, she answered. Really that simple. [It] wasn’t a declaration.”

    But her blunt string of four “no’s” followed a period of intense frustration for the secretary, according to the insider, who told The Daily that Clinton has grown weary of fighting an uphill battle in the administration.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates came out against a no-fly zone almost two weeks ago, while Clinton grew closer to the Libyan opposition.

    Last week, excommunicated members of Libya’s embassy to the United States set up shop in an office inside the State Department.

    Obama himself made light of her strong feelings for supporting the opposition in a speech last week at the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering that traditionally features a stand-up comedy act by the president.

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

    “These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

    And to some, the firing last week of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley over disparaging remarks he made about the Pentagon detention policies had the appearance of a power move by the Defense Department more than anything else.

    While the stakes in Libya could not be higher, the insider said that something far more domestic was on Clinton’s mind after she leaves the State Department: “She wants to be a grandmother more than anything.”
    ______________________

    The Clinton are moving faster than the WH- this is not an ordinary occurrence. What does it mean? WAR- The War of the Roses!

  225. I could care less if Trump gives $ to charity. It’s a personal choice. It should be an altruistic act, not one done for write-offs and good PR.

    Fox will put up behind Trump. He’s their guy it looks like from the coverage. If 👿 makes fun of his combover at a debate, he can call him Breck Girl and ask how much his dye job cost him.

    BTW- I’m not pulling any punches- Fuck 👿 . That SOB could fucking drop off the face of the earth for all I care. Hope Hillary tells him to shove it up his sorry ass.

    I think the dream of HRC is over. Obama has fucked things up so badly, so very, very badly. And that bitch wife of his- hope she breaks a GD leg in that show garden of hers. She’s so fucking out of touch and full of herself and their fucking image, it makes me think their kids would be better raised by wolves. Hope grandma at least is halfway normal ‘cos dady ain’t and momma sure ain’t.

    Rio? Really? In the middle of all this shit? With Iranian and Russian death squads all over South America? In one of the world’s most dangerous cities? All the while the market is tanking, radiation is moving this way, the Japanese are dying, the Libyans are getting run over by MQ, food prices are soaring (partly due to MO’s school lunch/garden shit), and we have 2 wars going. WTF? I hope he goes and something goes wrong- like Air Force One gets eaten by a wormhole ala Lost. As much as I hate the Orange Guy, he’d be a step up from this mutherfucker and his POS, money grubbing wife.

  226. Shadowfax
    I know Trump has been on fox tv alot on both Neil Cavuto and Greta. I’ll have to pay more attention next time they say he’ll be on. I’ve never considered him a serious candidate because I didn’t think he would stick to a campaign, but in case I’m wrong, I’d like to know more of what he espouses.

  227. Clinton: No-fly zone means bombing

    By: Jennifer Epstein
    March 17, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that establishing a United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya would require bombing targets of Muammar Qadhafi’s regime there.

    “A no-fly zone requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the Libyan defense systems,” Clinton said in Tunis, her last stop on a trip that also took her to Cairo and Paris.

    In all her stops, Clinton’s done a mix of stressing the need for democracy in post-revolution Tunisia and Egypt, and pushing for international cooperation in responding to the crisis in Libya. On Thursday, her only full day in Tunisia, Clinton promised that the United States “will stand with you as you make the transition to democracy, prosperity and a better future.”

    Clinton’s remarks came as the United Nations Security Council prepared to vote later Thursday on a resolution to create the no-fly zone.

    The United States, she said, would support U.N. actions that gain a “broad base of participation, including from Arab nations.” Military action might be needed, she said, but ground intervention is not being considered.

    “Qadhafi must go,” Clinton said, calling him “a ruthless dictator that has no conscience and will destroy anyone or anything in his way.” If he does not go, she added, “he will just make trouble – that is just his nature, there are some creatures that are like that.” (and some creatures that enjoy watching! Like BO)

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=8C12E7D5-5986-4231-B9CC-9FAF5CEE1A74

  228. Video: Donald Trump Joins the Long List of Obama Eligibility Doubters; Goes Birther on ABC

    Obama Release Your Records ^ | March 17, 2011

    Video Below: Via CNN; – Trump says he has doubts about Obama’s birth place – Alexander Mooney

    (CNN) – Donald Trump, the business mogul who continues to claim he is seriously interested in mounting a bid for the White House, says he has doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States.

    In an interview with ABC, Trump said he finds it strange “nobody knew” Obama as a young child in Hawaii.

    “Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy. I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him,” Trump said in the interview that aired Thursday.

    “If I got the nomination, if I decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They’ll remember me. Nobody comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It’s very strange,” the Celebrity Apprentice host added. “The whole thing is very strange.”

    Current Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he was a friend of Obama’s parents in Hawaii and remembers when the future president was born. Abercrombie, a former congressman who became governor last December, vowed to produce an original copy of Obama’s birth certificate but abandoned those efforts earlier this year because it is against state law to release private documents, according to his spokeswoman.

  229. Mrs. Smith
    March 17th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    BC just moved most of his CGI office from Harlem to uptown(?) Manhattan.
    __________________________

    Means he said– see ya! to all the black folks he helped in Harlem… with a little “you’re on your own”…don’t look at me for anything!

    Harlem voted for Hillary over Obama in 2008.

  230. Harlem voted for Hillary over Obama in 2008.
    **********************
    I never heard that before, you have any numbers or a source for this info. That’s fascinating and if true, must have been covered up by the MSM.

  231. If he’s not gone by the 4th of July-
    We should hang our Flags UPSIDE DOWN!

    That’s awesome! Illegal I think, but awesome.

  232. Harlem voted for Hillary over Obama in 2008.
    ______________

    Thanks, first good news I’ve heard all day and good to know for future reference.

    ” On primary night, Mrs. Clinton was leading with 57 percent to Mr. Obama’s 40 percent in New York State, which meant she stood to win 139 delegates to Mr. Obama’s 93, with 49 others known as superdelegates going to the national convention unaffiliated.

    ….On Feb. 5, Mrs. Clinton carried 61 of the state’s 62 counties but won Brooklyn by a margin of less than 2 percent. Because delegates are awarded proportionately on the basis of the primary vote in each Congressional district, Obama supporters expressed hope that if the official count continued in their favor, they might gain an additional delegate or two.”

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/2/16/135053/176

  233. OkieAtty,

    I’m interested about his charities and humanitarianism because it says something to me about his real character.

    I don’t expect anyone else here to agree, but after having the tin man without a shred of sensitivity and empathy get to be potus, I would just like to know.

  234. BigCat, here is the interview with Trump on Greta. I listened to it now and see a couple of things I got wrong before:

    He says he is pro-life, but would he try to over turn Roe vs Wade?

    His favorite president was Raygun…based on his getting the Iran hostages free.

    Favorite president of the last 4 since Bush 1, including Barry….The Big Dawg. (It’s at the end of the video)

    Hillary was not talked about on this video.

    http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/donald-trump-on-the-record-the-uncut-interview/

  235. Shadowfax
    Thanks, I’ll listen it it. He will be running as a repub so he will support most of their positions to get their votes.

  236. Jan,

    I don’t want sensitivity. I want a POTUS whose balls have dropped so to speak. And think about this, sometimes what looks like a donation to Girls Scouts is just wanting that box of Thin Mints.

    And no offense, but I am sick of peace, love and frisbie types. They’re all over my town and they suck. They’re all for curbside recycling but forget little old ladies on a fixed income have to go without so they don’t have to get off their ass and drive to 1 of 6 centers in our town within 4 minutes of their homes. Fuck ’em. In the ass. Selfish, rotten, self righteous little fucks.

    My husband and I give money to whomever we like. I’ll give money to the RC if I like the director. I won’t if I don’t. And sometimes, my donations are just purchasing tickets to an event. But if I recall, Trump has a charity he does fundraising for in Palm Beach every year by hosting a golf tournament. It’s a big deal there.

  237. PS- real character is about what you do when the chips are down. Trump is a risk taker. He’s filed for bankruptcy several times and trades his wives in for newer models. Who he writes a fucking check to means shit longterm.

    The unions hate him. His kids are not as indifferent as Rudy’s, but Ivanka is his favorite. He likes European women, has a big ego and understands economic policy and how foreign policy interacts with it to a better degree than 👿 . I’d pick him if he were the only choice, but I think we can and should do better than another guy who knows the PR game. I read Art of the Deal when it came out (I was in middle school). The guy is always looking for an angle. Being POTUS would allow him a lot more angles.

  238. BigCat

    He will be running as a repub so he will support most of their positions to get their votes.

    —–
    I think he will run on the things he thinks are important, like the stuff he talks about in the video more than anything…and if he doesn’t win the primary, someone posted above that he would run as an independent.

    I would like him to run as an independent more than a Rethug…right down the center…and not be beholdin’ to either party.

    Of course, I would prefer Hillary, that goes without saying.

    He seems more appealing to me than the typical rethug…so far. I will have a long time to see what happens.

  239. Based on the little I know about Trump, I like him better than anything else out there on the GOP side.

    I REALLY fear he would support some dumb$hit idea like immediate privitization of SS.

    Like it or not, there is going to have to be some sort of reform on social security. I’ve been paying into it since I was 14. But they’re going to HAVE to do something like gradually raise the benefit age and phase in individual contributions from working folks to private accounts or something.

    That’s just the way it is.

  240. SS has been raising the retirement age to collect full benefits for some years now. Recent retirees and those soon to be eligible are taking a cut in benefits to retire at age 65 or earlier. I don’t know at what year the age 65 for full benefits is now because I don’t collect SS, but I do know that my age group cannot collect full benefits at 65, but must wait until 66 or 67. Private retirement accounts cannot be used to save SS because they undercut SS unless SS funding stays intact and private accounts supplement them like it is now.

  241. thehill.com/opinion/columnists/ab-stoddard/150285-obamas-path-still-cloudy

    Obama’s path still cloudy
    By A.B. Stoddard – 03/16/11 06:37 PM ET

    Clinging to their compliments regarding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) healthcare law, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s (R) fine work as ambassador to China and the prospect that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will somehow be nominated by the GOP, Team Obama has begun to accept that the audacity of hoping for an anemic Republican field won’t get President Obama reelected in 2012.

    As the Republican race begins in earnest, and Obama kicks off his own reelection campaign, it is increasingly clear that the path to an Obama victory is anything but clear. Stubborn joblessness, soaring gas prices, the still-rising cost of healthcare insurance, the apathy of Obama supporters, the erosion of support from white working-class and suburban voters and the considerable sums of secret money conservatives promise to pour into the campaign all pose challenges to his plan to win again. Taken together, they might be insurmountable.

    Obama’s money men are traveling the country, making their pitch to wealthy donors, some of whom chose Hillary Clinton in 2008. According to The Wall Street Journal, their slideshow concedes Obama has lost support in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, declaring “POTUS maintains clear but narrowed support” but urging substantial donor support in light of the “significant work to do to increase support among key demographics.”

    The post-midterm-shellacking bounce that saw Obama cut a deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for all brackets, pass the START Treaty and a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” then unite the nation with a powerful speech following the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., has abated. Obama’s approval ratings are still improved from the nadir of August 2010, but they will have to climb higher in the right places for him to win battleground states next year. Last year, according to Gallup, Obama’s approval fell from 2009 levels by 8 percent in Ohio, 11 percent in Pennsylvania, 10 percent in Wisconsin, 11 percent in Florida, 14 percent in Missouri, 11 percent in Virginia and 11 percent in Indiana.

    The president’s political advisers have worked hard to soothe a disappointed liberal base, and repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court and recent movement on gun control have helped. Democrats also hope the battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin will translate into increased union mobilization in next year’s election. But as the debate over public pensions bankrupting state governments spreads across the country, how much will Obama stick his neck out for labor?

    The traditional demographics that favor Democrats are also no longer a given — Latinos aren’t likely to see any action on immigration reform before the election, the GOP made history by winning women in the midterm elections and Obama’s approval among young voters entering or navigating a perilous job market has dropped 21 points since he entered office, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.

    The president has tried remaining above it all, calling on Republicans to join him in bipartisan education reform, avoiding the ugly budget battle — much to the consternation of congressional Democrats — and engaging in efforts to help Americans that have nothing to do with Washington, like his recent conference on bullying. Obama knows no matter the chaos in Japan or a destabilized Middle East, he will be given little credit for his leadership overseas, whatever the outcome.

    In swing states Obama needs to win next year, unemployment, anti-debt sentiment and concerted challenges to his healthcare reform law are on the rise. And if those forces don’t turn around, the president’s approval can’t rise high enough for him to win.

  242. privitization of SS

    —–

    What does that really mean anyways?

    Take the money people put into a pot and dump it in some stock, that goes belly up with a stock market crash?

    Or a pyramid scheme?

    I want SS to be in a damn box, that collects a safe interest, and the government keeps it fat mitts off of.

    I also don’t want the age set so high that either you have a week to live before collecting or you are too old to hire for a job but too young to collect.

  243. OkieAtty
    March 17th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    OkieAtty…it gets worse…we, the American people, are just here to foot the bill for the fun and joyride and travels of the O’s

    huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/saint-patricks-obama-_n_837099.html

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chose St. Patrick’s Day to announce that he’s adding Ireland to the itinerary for his trip to Europe in May.

    Obama made the announcement as he welcomed new Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the White House on Thursday for an annual ceremony of Irish-American solidarity.

    Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, both in green ties, spoke about the strong bonds between the two countries.

    The president says Ireland is bouncing back from its economic crisis. And he thanked Kenny for supporting the movement of U.S. troops to Afghanistan as they stopover in Ireland.

    Kenny, who took office last week, also is meeting with congressional leaders and potential business investors during his two-day visit to Washington.

  244. SS can’t be saved by privatizing it, that will only replace it with a private account – one where our wonderful financial class can get their hands on it, which is the goal. I tell my son who is in his mid 40’s and says he will never collect SS: You’re right, you will never collect it if you don’t fight for it.

  245. BigCatLover
    March 17th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    pm317
    March 17th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    Trump is enormously respectful and even fond of the Clintons. He said in the interview I saw, that BC was quality and he was the best president in recent times — he didn’t say it was Reagan. He is as close to a Democrat as we can get with a Republican.
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    do you remember where you saw this interview?
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    It was in India in Feb but it was on CNN — with the new Brit guy, Piers Morgan? It was a talk show with live audience.

  246. publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/3033/

    While touting green power, Democrats arrange Duke Energy backup loan
    By Kristen Lombardi | March 17, 2011

    Democrats have turned to Duke Energy Corporation for a $10 million line of credit for their 2012 convention, an alliance that poses the appearance of a double standard for an administration that pledges a green energy strategy.

    Many Democrats and the Obama administration have vilified coal, urging a move toward cleaner energy. Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed stricter controls on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants burning coal, one of many rules proposed by the agency that take aim at coal pollution.

    Duke is the nation’s third largest coal-burning utility, thriving on the black rock to generate electricity in five states. It has vowed to shut down rather than clean up operations at some of its coal-fired plants. Nearly half the company’s plants are coal, and it hasn’t built a nuclear facility since 1985. Solar, wind, and other supposedly green “bio” technologies account for only 9 percent of Duke’s power generation.

    Yet Democrats didn’t hesitate to accept Duke’s offer to secure a $10 million line of credit for their presidential nominating convention in Charlotte next year, despite a $100,000 limit on individual and corporate contributions. And Duke’s CEO, James Rogers, is leading the effort to raise $36.6 million to underwrite the event.

    Some environmentalists are distressed by the Democratic Party’s apparent double-standard when it comes to Duke. “It seems promises and assurances don’t mean much,” said John Blair, of the Indiana-based Valley Watch, which has battled Duke Energy over its environmental record in the past.

    The Obama administration professes a different energy agenda, promoting the use of renewable and cleaner-burning fuels than oil and coal. Yet Energy Secretary Steven Chu, testifying before a House subcommittee on Tuesday, not only stood up for strengthening the nation’s nuclear industry but also urged support for the full mix of alternatives to traditional coal-burning. “The administration believes we must rely on a diverse set of energy sources, including renewables like wind and solar, natural gas, clean coal, and nuclear power,” Chu said.

    It’s not the first time Democrats have embraced Duke Energy. The company is among at least a dozen polluting firms the Obama administration has given blanket exemptions from basic environmental oversight so they can pursue energy projects paid for by stimulus tax dollars, as documented by a Center for Public Integrity investigation last year. The Center’s November story detailed how the administration has awarded more than 179,000 exemptions known as “categorical exclusions” to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from normally required review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

    The Energy Department — which handed out NEPA exemptions to recipients with some of the nation’s worst environmental compliance records — has funded a $21.8 million wind farm project in Texas, as well as a $204 million electrical grid upgrade project in five additional states, undertaken by Duke Energy. The department granted the NEPA waivers to both Duke projects even as the company continued its decades-long defense against two of the biggest air-pollution cases in the nation’s history.

    Observers say the company often gets what it wants because of Rogers, its CEO. Rogers served as co-chair of the Charlotte 2012 organizing committee that wooed the Democratic National Convention to his company’s hometown. He made political contributions of $120,600 to Democrats since 2007, including $33,100 to President Obama’s campaign; he also gave $44,400 to Republicans.

    Duke Energy Corporation’s PAC, by contrast, contributed $259,900 to Democrats and $209,000 to Republicans over the last two years.

    Duke spokesman Thomas Williams says the energy corporation agreed to provide the DNC a “letter of commitment” that can be turned into a letter of credit and used by the host committee “for cash flow purposes” for the event. It assures the DNC that they can guard against a cash shortfall if they fail to receive the promised contributions. He says the committee may or may not tap into the credit line, and it has “never not paid its debts, I understand.”

    The backup financing was a sweetener offered by the 2012 organizing committee — supported by both North Carolina Democrats and Republicans, Williams notes — in an effort to win the competition to host the convention. “It was something we provided as part of the effort to land the DNC,” he adds. “We’ve been supportive of that effort in any way we can.”

    For environmental advocates, like Blair, Rogers’ involvement in the DNC can only help Duke in seeking energy subsides from the Obama administration — something he says Rogers referenced at a December 2010 meeting between the CEO and Indiana opponents of the company’s controversial new “clean coal” plant in that state. At the meeting, Blair remembers asking Rogers where Duke would get the money to fund a carbon capture and sequestration experiment at the facility.

    “He said, ‘Well, I’m meeting with President Obama … and I expect the federal government to pay that bill,’” Blair recalls Rogers saying. “Now, here’s this $10 million.”

    Other advocates privately say they see the move as an attempt by Duke to curry favor with the party controlling the White House. After all, there’s a long list of pending federal environmental rules that would have a direct impact on the utility industry — regulating against greenhouse gas emissions, for instance, and classifying coal ash as a hazardous waste.

    Duke Energy has already been linked to three of nearly 140 “damage cases” identified by the EPA and environmental groups nationwide where coal ash, the waste byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity, has tarnished groundwater and harmed the ecology.

    Yesterday, the EPA issued a new draft rule to curb mercury and other air toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, which the utility industry has long fought. Edison Electric Institute, which represents the interests of Duke Energy and other utilities like American Electric Power and Southern Energy, has been advocating against the EPA mercury rule on Capitol Hill, according to environmental advocates. A range of companies relying on coal-produced electricity have also been complaining — about the proposed coal ash rule especially — adding to a tense relationship between the president and some of the nation’s businesses.

    Williams dismisses speculation about Duke’s motives as “fundamentally wrong.” He says the company has long worked to boost economic development in Charlotte, and its latest DNC effort reflects that tradition. “Duke is doing this to promote Charlotte and our region, where we do business,” he says.

    “We’re all very proud of what

  247. “President Barack Obama chose St. Patrick’s Day to announce that he’s adding Ireland to the itinerary for his trip to Europe in May.”

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    Oh goody! Another family vacation.

  248. BigCatLover
    March 17th, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    SS has been raising the retirement age to collect full benefits for some years now. Recent retirees and those soon to be eligible are taking a cut in benefits to retire at age 65 or earlier. I don’t know at what year the age 65 for full benefits is now because I don’t collect SS, but I do know that my age group cannot collect full benefits at 65, but must wait until 66 or 67. Private retirement accounts cannot be used to save SS because they undercut SS unless SS funding stays intact and private accounts supplement them like it is now.
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    Well, they’re going to have to phase in an age increase over time. It can’t be supported as it is, and people are just going to have to get with reality about it.

  249. blowme0bama
    March 17th, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    My comment was not very clear. SS has already instituted an age increase. We already cannot retire and collect full benefits at age 65. That age increase was instituted in the 80’s or 90’s I believe, so age increases are not a new thing. The only age increase that will be big enough to make a difference is to refuse to allow anyone to retire (even at reduced benefits) until they are 69 or 70. But as Shadowfax said, that means that people who are younger than that who lose their jobs and cannot get another because they are old, cannot retire instead. Taxpayers will then have to pay them with unemployment benefits. That doesn’t save any body money.

  250. Hillary said that SS is not in trouble. Anyone saying so is promoting a myth. The plan Obama has put in place, putting a few dollars extra in everyone paycheck rather than continuing the past with-holding amounts… certainly will change the liquidity of SS if it goes on with a lower with-holding tax unchecked.

  251. SS is not in trouble, but younger folks have heard nothing but the doom and gloom predictions from neocons who want to get their hands on that money through privatation, that they do not believe it when you tell them that SS is fine for now. In fact once the baby boomer bulge is paid for in SS, the program will be in very good shape. But you can’t convince the generations that have heard what a bad program SS is all their lives.

  252. SS is not in trouble, but younger folks have heard nothing but the doom and gloom predictions from neocons who want to get their hands on that money through privatation, that they do not believe it when you tell them that SS is fine for now. In fact once the baby boomer bulge is paid for in SS, the program will be in very good shape. But you can’t convince the generations that have heard what a bad program SS is all their lives.
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    And that is the big joke…all of the “younger folks” who are now working in an employment environment with no retirement benefits and who live pay check to pay check will have nothing when old. It will be a return to when the “elderly” were the poorest demographic group in the US.

  253. Taxpayers will then have to pay them with unemployment benefits. That doesn’t save any body money.

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    …and unemployment doesn’t last for an extended period of time, Congress has to approve extensions and if you are in your sixties, even willing and able to work, how many of the younger executives will hire older people if they think they SHOULD BE READY to retire?

    I am already seeing that where I work…doesn’t matter if you have the money to retire, younger folks want to push the over 55 folks out of the door and move into their jobs.

    If the age is pushed up to SS at 70, how many older folks will have to give up their homes and move in with their children or be out in the streets because they wouldn’t have SS soon enough.

    I do agree that collecting at 55 is too soon, even with a loss of benefits, more like 62 with a loss of benefits would be okay. I think the age to collect full benefits shouldn’t be over 66 or 67. That is difficult enough, unless you have money to live on somewhere else.

  254. BigCatLover
    March 17th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I agree- George W Bush spent an entire year campaigning for privatization of Social Security. Had the public succumbed to this nefarious plan there would have been abject poverty, the elderly without food or housing, the foreclosed homeless wouldn’t have a tent to sleep in. The Middle Class would have LOST ALL when not only their 401K’s disappeared during the banking crisis, they also are now jobless, some for over 2 yrs.

  255. So today Barry finally said he is heartbroken over what is happening in Japan. Where has he been?

    Oh, that’s right, he was making beer for today’s party.

  256. Mrs. Smith
    March 17th, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    BigCatLover
    March 17th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I agree- George W Bush spent an entire year campaigning for privatization of Social Security. Had the public succumbed to this nefarious plan there would have been abject poverty, the elderly without food or housing, the foreclosed homeless wouldn’t have a tent to sleep in. The Middle Class would have LOST ALL when not only their 401K’s disappeared during the banking crisis, they also are now jobless, some for over 2 yrs.
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    this is what makes O even more dangerous…

    like that clip of Dylan Ratigan that admin posted where Dylan asks…”where’s the left when O goes beyond what even Bush or McCain would have tried”
    …and Dylan repsonds that the left has gone silent because no one dares criticize O, their historic black democratic prez…

    O is much more dangerous as to what he can try to pull off…like the O health scam and payoffs to big pharma and insurance co….if Bush, McC or Hill had tried that they would have been pummeled…O slides…

    …like giving the tax breaks to the rich…Hillary would have caught major hell…O basically gets a pass…

    he can go after areas no Dem would ever venture…in a second term all bets are off with this guy…no one can trust him…no one can trust what he will try to pull off…and who he owes favors to…at that stage of the game, he is done with being Prez and full speed ahead for BO and BO only…

    O slides because the dems are afraid to challenge him…they are afraid the AA will freak out…so O can do much more damage to what remains of the Dem party and the whole political landscape because he knows he holds the ‘R’ card…and he believes he is untouchable…

  257. the elderly without food or housing, the foreclosed homeless wouldn’t have a tent to sleep in.
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    Even with Medicare and full SS retirement, one person is at less than 2x Fed. poverty line. That level of benefit is basically surviving at a poverty existence unless there are additional financial resource available. Many people counted on the appreciation of their homes to be the “retirement savings”, most of that has disappeared along with the 401k.

  258. O slides because the dems are afraid to challenge him…they are afraid the AA will freak out…so O can do much more damage to what remains of the Dem party and the whole political landscape because he knows he holds the ‘R’ card…and he believes he is untouchable…
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    Everything Obama is doing IS at the behest of the Republicans..his new best friends. The Democrats are ‘dirty’. They can’t point their finger at him because when you point one finger at someone else you’ve got three fingers pointing back at you. Obama made sure of that-

  259. The Ace in the holes are Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanual. They know enough to get him ousted from the WH- They know where the bodies are buried because they were part of the scam. He didn’t care. He threw both of them under the bus anyway.. The binding blood factor is… they are Americans… he isn’t.

  260. krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/social-security-suicide/

    Social Security Suicide
    Via Jonathan Chait, The Hill reports that Obama administration economic officials are pressing for Social Security benefit cuts.

    I hope this is wrong, although I have no reason to believe otherwise.

    As some of us have tried to point out again and again, cutting Social Security would

    (a) make only a minor contribution to reducing our long-run fiscal problems
    (b) offer no useful template for dealing with the real problem, health care costs

    Let’s assume that we’re not talking about expropriating the money people have paid in, that we’re only talking about restoring actuarial balance. Well, on the conservative estimates of the Social Security trustees, we’re talking about 0.6 percent of GDP over the next 75 years. That’s not enough to make a major difference –certainly not enough to make any difference whatsoever to market confidence in US solvency.

    All you would do is undermine a key part of the US social safety net — and, of course, offer Republicans a big fat target.

    So what on earth is going on here?

    All I can think is that Obama advisers are still trapped in the Beltway mindset in which doomsaying about Social Security is regarded as a badge of seriousness, when in fact it’s just a sign of being caught up in the wrong game.

    I wish I trusted the president not to give in to the reported desire of some of his advisers that he immolate himself and his party for no good reason.

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    tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/85255/white-house-divided-over-social-security

    Why is President Obama absent from the budget negotiations? Because, reports Alexander Bolton, his administration is still decided what to do:

    Obama is being pulled in opposite directions by those whose priorities are fiscal and those whose No. 1 concern is electoral.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Sperling’s deputy, Jason Furman — leading figures in the president’s economic team — are pressing Obama to cut Social Security benefits if necessary, say sources familiar with their positions.

    But Obama’s political team, led by David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina, are urging the president to understand that backing benefit cuts could prove disastrous to his 2012 reelection hopes, sources say.

    The political team is winning the argument so far, but internal debate rages at the White House as Republicans in Congress insist sweeping efforts to restore government finances must include Social Security reform.

    There’s a benefit in bashing Republicans for going after Social Security. But that assumes they do go after Social Security, which, despite all their rhetoric, is far from certain. I’d argue that, politically speaking, obtaining a bipartisan deal on the deficit is likely to be popular. While the specifics of cutting entitlements are extremely unpopular, the general meta-message of bipartisan cooperation is highly popular. And people tend to follow the broad heuristics of whether the parties are getting along rather than the specifics, which is why the health care law, whose policies were mostly very popular, was so unpopular.

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    O cannot be trusted…he will sell us out in a minute if it helps him

  261. he will sell us out in a minute if it helps him
    ____________________

    He’s already done that- His plans were in place the minute he stepped foot in the WH- Our job is to get him out asap-

  262. …JohnSmart says it and makes me laugh at the same time…

    johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/deal-with-it-david/#more-2852

    Deal with it, David.

    Posted on March 16, 2011 by JWS

    David Brooks, apparently needing to fill some NYTimes space, drops a turd today. He fantasizes that Obama’s current M.I.A. President status is an homage of sorts to Ike. This is so stupid it actually hurt my head to read his dribble. If there is a modern president Obama is not like in any particular it is Ike. Ike’s distance and caution was respected and well-earned. He did, after all, save the bloody Western World. In the comparative period of Obama’s life he organized a couple of Chicago neighborhoods. Or at least that’s the legend we are told around the TV campfire. Obama’s distance and caution as Libyans are slaughtered and the budget craters the future is not prudence and earned respect – it’s terror and sloth.

    Obama NEVER leads on big issues. Never, ever. He’s punted every time. Afghanistan, healthcare, the Iranian rebellion, Egypt…This is his pattern and given how badly he wanted the office he now holds it appears inexplicable. One has to assume it boils down to Obama’s allergy to the responsibilities of office. His recent appearances telegraph annoyance and resentment more than leadership.

    It’s hard to fathom how far Obama apologists like Brooks will go to defend the indefensible. He is still projecting whatever likable historical analogy he can find onto Obama’s behavior. It’s a tiresome trick to avoid the self-evident. Obama’s in over his head and would rather be watching the NCAA tournament and going to parties than make tough decisions. Obama is Lincoln, Kennedy, FDR, Truman, Jesus, and now Ike.

    What Brooks will never concede is this fact: Obama is Obama. He can’t accept that. It’s too damning. It means the show is over. It means we have a community organizer with no resume, a history of avoidance, and whose primary personality trait is smugness as President. That is who Obama is. Not Ike, Not JFK, Not Jesus. Obama is Obama. Deal with it, David.

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    omg!

  263. Mrs. Smith
    March 17th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    he will sell us out in a minute if it helps him
    ____________________

    He’s already done that- His plans were in place the minute he stepped foot in the WH- Our job is to get him out asap-
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    yes, Mrs Smith…we agree on that…I was referring specifically on the SS issue…

  264. Mrs. Smith

    Geithner is leaving- his replacement hasn’t been announced as yet.
    ——
    Good, he should meet up with RahmInTheShower and they need to plan on how to release info on where those bodies are buried.

    I am afraid Nasty won’t give up the goods since she has done Hillary and her supporters dirty for awhile now.

  265. Headline on Drudge

    Hillary’s WAR

    I am still reading it but wanted to get it to you ASAP…

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she won’t be staying on if there is a second Obama term may have been news to those who don’t know her, but did not surprise her friends, who say she’s spending an increasing amount of time considering her post-government options even as challenges mount at Foggy Bottom.

    Clinton has made similar “I’m not here forever” comments before – but it was the timing of her remarks to CNN on Wednesday that raised eyebrows, coming at a critical moment in her fierce internal battle to push President Barack Obama to join the fight to liberate Libya from Muammar Qadhafi.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51515.html#ixzz1GtsWuthv

  266. Yea, the Rethugs would be OH SO HAPPY to not have to worry about Hillary running for President in the future.

    I think she is about ready to let Barry take the fall when she tells him to take his job and shove it in 2012. By then, who knows how she will feel or what kind of mess he will create.

    2016 is a long way off and plenty of time for her to rest up and win the Oval.

  267. I can’t see that horrible bag Susan Rice on TV trying to make Obama sound like a saviour, the guy is fecking useless.

  268. I am afraid Nasty won’t give up the goods since she has done Hillary and her supporters dirty for awhile now.
    ___________________

    Sure she will- Obama threw her under the bus… nothing in the world worse than a woman scorned…Nancy and Rahm make a good pair.
    They both have an axe to grind.

  269. I also fantasize about Rice (whose a despicable woman) replacing HRC, BO putting in more AA’s in top positions, the country going down the tubes and the entire BLT crowd going down in flames for decades to come.

    Let them try to run run the show without whitey, let them screw up and maybe then the the a$$hats who voted this clown into office will get over this myth of the poor downtrodden abused black man and get back to building the ENTIRE country.

    When you think of the incompetence of those he has placed in high positions, Holder, Jarrett, Rice, lisa jackson, the surgeon general not to mention the real POTUS, MO – I’d say the country is just about OD’d on the whole race-baiting crew.

    And I also think BC’s move out of Harlem is a shout-out to AA’s who decimated him during the primaries and beyond.

    I hope payback is a Clinton. I can’t wait to see the show.

  270. I agree with all of you all about Obama’s job…which is to cut Social Security….after all a black Potus would be doing it, so the powers figure that the black won’t riot and no one gives a shit about old white people….they only care about the brown and the black because they riot. This is why the rethugs support our black potus…

    I hope Trump…can fire him!

  271. And I also think BC’s move out of Harlem is a shout-out to AA’s who decimated him during the primaries and beyond.

    Sounds like something Obama’s team would come up with.

    I don’t believe the primaries turned President Clinton into a racist at all.

  272. basil9

    I would love to see Trump run just to hear him nail BO during debates. He won’t hold back.

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    It would be the best reality show in town, watching BO get a thumpin’, I would pay to see that…

  273. It must suck to be a competent AA these days, if you actually see how Barry has betrayed your race and is going to make it more difficult for another president to be gifted the job only for the color of HIS skin.

    I would hate for the first woman to be gifted the job of President and turn out to be such a slacker and disgrace.

  274. pm317

    Recent pics of Hillary
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    Yes, the lighting with her fair skin in yellow isn’t the best, and someone needs to hide her headbands. 😉 Either hide them or lets get her one with rhinestones like a tiara.

  275. The hawks over on Fox are talking about a UN vote soon and possibly how soon the bombs will fall…

    Hope they have a GPS lock on Daffy.

  276. I know! what is with the headband..those were so 90s. In fact, I want her to go back to her short hair. Long hair is too much maintenance, speaking from experience now.

  277. PS- real character is about what you do when the chips are down. Trump is a risk taker. He’s filed for bankruptcy several times and trades his wives in for newer models. Who he writes a fucking check to means shit longterm.
    ——————————————-
    One of the best courses in the vicinity of New York is Wing Foot. It is located in the sleepy town of Mamarmonek which is 16 Miles from mid town Manhattan as the crow flies north past The Cloisters. I will spare you the history of the place save to say it has hosted four US Opens. Casper won the Open there and Hogan with his usual sardonic wit remarked if that son of a bitch could not putt as well as he does he would be selling hot dogs outside the ropes. He was not a good ball striker and was a hooker besides. Hogan put up a valiant effort to catch him but the confluence of age, the yips and the results of that terrible car crash seven years earlier made him falter the final day.

    Wing Foot is a players course. I can attest to that personally. More than half the players have an 8 handicap or less. One of those players is Donald Trump. The last time I was there we were sitting in the bar watching a foursome of members play up to the eighteenth green. Trump was in that group and when they got to the green a dispute of sorts erupted. Trump and his opponent got into a shoving match which was pretty animated. They wore steel spikes in those days–not this plastic shit, and steel spikes dragged across the green can do a real number on the turf. In his case they did and he was suspended for a period of time because of it.

    That is one of the many things I like about Donald. He is spontaneous not scripted. He is no Obama. He goes for the throat when he needs to. He is no Tapper–good morning Mr President. Yes, he has an ego the size of the Empire State Building, but some day I am quite sure he will own that too. For now he has the breakers in Florida. It would be refreshing to have someone like that run for President. Really refreshing.

  278. I want her to go back to her short hair.
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    excellent advice.

  279. Did Sarkozy really pat HRC on the rump?

    UN votes to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya. What does that include?

  280. During her visit to Tunisia 16 and 17 March 2011. Hillary Clinton attended a Talk Show on a Tunisia private TV: Nessma TV to speak about the purpose of the visit and give her point of view of the Tunisia revolution.
    This scene is her being welcomes at the Nessma TV location.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozzwuBiIFQ

  281. BigCatLover
    March 17th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Did Sarkozy really pat HRC on the rump?

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    It’s like a photoshop to a video… funny.

  282. I read that it was a photo montage, she’s so nice but I don’t think he would do that either! she’s so loved and respected , and she’s so professional that nobody would do it!

  283. The way they were both grinning afterwards made me think they had shared a joke about it. Anyhow, it was cute.

  284. CNN is reporting that radiation levels have peaked today at the highest level yet (20 millicievers??) near the reactors in Japan.

  285. That video of Sarkozy and Hillary was Hilarious!….OMG! It was too good….finally some positive press! My hats off to Jay Leno for that!

  286. Hillary is a pretty woman but Obama has almost run her ragged during the past 2 1/2 years zipping around the world trying to put out the fires he starts by his inaction or speeches. Possibly she is stress eating and has put on weight. Long hair is hard to care for and drags down all but “spring chicken” faces.

    Hillary NEEDS a physical rest. Unlike ME-chelle, she does not have a staff of 20 to keep her looking top notch. Whew! Imagine if MO did not have that on call staff!

    Hillary is lovely no matter what but it is obvious to all of us that she is only human and any man or woman keeping up her schedule would be wiped out completely.

    May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be at your back, our Hillary.

  287. Oh, I see Wolfie in the background smiling as well. I have seen him a couple of times in our local bookstore. The first time I saw him which was well before the primary08, I shook hands with him. The next time I saw him we were well under way during the primary and all the shenanigans were finally coming out, I could not contain my anger. I had to leave for fear that I would go up to him and say something nasty and create a scene or something.

  288. Hillary just needs a rest. She should take a nice vacation like the O’s and have a deputy take her place while she rests. She’ll bounce back.

  289. She’s got a tremendous platform for the work that she wants to do so I’m sure she will hang in there as Sec of State.

  290. Larry calls this a Hillary victory. I wonder about that. Politically perhaps but militarily perhaps not. This BELATED United Nations decision to impose a no fly zone over Libia may be too late to save the rebel forces and dislodge Gadafhi. Larry was pretty tough on Hillary on the Crowley matter and he has been overcompensating since. Nevertheless, he is right in one sense. One of the people who has been undermining Hillary with a vengeance is this bottom feeder Thomas E. Donilon. He is the architect of the Afghanistan policy, and appears to be something of a lightweight. His academic credentials are underwhelming and his main area of focus was, of all things, the mortgage industry. He is with a top law firm, and looks to me like an influence peddler. To the extent that he comes out of this no fly zone business looking as competent as Clapper it may be a victory for Hillary after all– but for an entirely different reason.
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    Score one for Hillary. This is not a victory for Barack Obama. The UN voted tonight to impose a no-fly zone on Libya. The huge surprise is that neither China nor Russia used their veto to quash the deal. Why do I say this ain’t a win for Barack? His idiot NSC advisor was quoted in the NY Times today saying the following:

    But given the lack of consensus behind a no-flight zone, these options are viewed as even less likely. It is also not clear that airstrikes would be more effective than a no-flight zone.

    “Most of these weapons are no longer stored in ammunition depots; most of them have been dispersed into towns and cities,” said James M. Lindsay, the director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Singling out these weapons individually, he said, greatly increases the chances of civilian casualties.

    Moreover, senior officials, notably the national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, have made it clear that the United States does not view Libya as a vital strategic interest.

    WTF?

    Even if Donilon is technically correct this is all about politics and this stupid doofus has the same big tin ears as his buffoon bozo of a boss.

    This means that the United States gets no credit for the rebel forces and all the blame from Qaddaffi. To make matters worse it is clear that Hillary is tired of caring water for this clueless asshole:

    At Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s second annual Women in the World summit, the former president gave a candid and expansive conversation ranging from his views on Libya (where his support for a no-fly zone is at odds with the Obama administration’s position) to why we’ve never had a female president. Lloyd Grove reports. Plus, watch Women in the World video highlights and follow our live blog.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been cautiously occupying the fence on whether the United States should help establish a no-fly zone over Libya—falling in line with Obama administration policy to build international consensus before deciding what to do.

    But the secretary’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, came out strongly Thursday night for the controversial military measure to help the Libyan rebels in their struggle to topple Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

    “We have the planes to make an appropriate contribution to this,” the 42nd president told an influential dinner crowd attending Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World summit at Manhattan’s Millennium Hotel. “I wouldn’t do it if they hadn’t asked,” Clinton said, referring to anti-Gaddafi rebel leaders who have publicly and repeatedly requested the no-fly zone to stop bombardment from Gaddafi’s air force. “We should do it.”

    Clinton, sporting a dark three-piece suit and a bright yellow tie, argued that Gaddafi himself has already internationalized the conflict by hiring foreign mercenaries “at $2,000 a day,” to kill Libyans. “It’s not a fair fight,” the former president said, under questioning by Newsweek and Daily Beast Editor in Chief Tina Brown. “They’re being killed by mercenaries. I think we should support them.”

    Hillary has maintained her professional demeanor and has studiously avoided calling out Barack in public for being a total fucking moron and spineless wimp. But the rest of the world sees and understands clearly.

    Just today, for example, the Saudis have granted the Chinese some concessions that four years ago would have been unthinkable. I give us six months before Bahrain tells us to shut down our Naval operations in the Gulf and go to hell. Well done Barky. Well done.

  291. BigCatLover, with all due respect, I don’t think Hillary needs a rest. I think she needs to get the hell out of Obama’s toxic atmosphere before his incompetence, inactivity, disengagement, and chronic use of the “present” vote contaminate Hillary’s reputation any further.

    She needs to step down, get away, and speak up for her values.

    IMHO.

  292. Hotair does not like Trump..you know what! if it Pawlenty, that will be the end of interest in politics for me. I don’t even know why he thinks he can run.
    ————————-
    No they don’t. He can do some wild and crazy things. But goddamn it he is a problem solver as opposed to one of those hire a committee and kick the can down the road establishment politicians who run Washington. Pawlenty in my opinion is a crashing bore.

  293. “Hillary has maintained her professional demeanor and has studiously avoided calling out Barack in public for being a total fucking moron and spineless wimp. But the rest of the world sees and understands clearly.”

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    wbboei,

    As long as paragraphs like the above one continue to surface, then I think it is indeed a win for Hillary.

  294. Mrs. Smith
    March 17th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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    sigh…how I miss Bill Clinton in the White House.

  295. Whoever said we should never despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all was full of shit. Wisdom in the moment of decision is what counts, and wisdom which comes only after that singular moment has passed and the obvious can no longer be denied is irrelevant–unless it leads to a call for Hillary to run, and she is willing.
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    Democrats Discover (Only Now) That Obama is Passive
    Moe Lane

    The title to this Hill article is “Frustration with Obama Builds” – which is highly ironic; or, at least the verb is. The article itself discusses the President’s apparent public indifference towards getting involved with anything resembling negotiations over the ongoing budget problems; what makes it interesting is that Democrats (specifically, Sen. Kay Hagan of NC) are apparently now willing to go on the record to complain about Obama’s passivity. What’s especially grating apparently is that the President’s planning to go to Latin America for a few days, starting tomorrow: it’s always grating when somebody goes on vacation just as the rest of the office has to start up an emergency, overtime-generating, critical rush project.

    But here is the thing: why are Democrats surprised that this is happening? We knew that the President was disinterested in governance. We’ve known this for years.

    Let’s look at some of the articles written on this, shall we?

    “Obama the Show Horse“ March, 2008. Details the Washington Post article that pretty much catalogs then-Senator Obama’s habit of inserting himself in any public announcement of popular legislation during his extremely brief sojourn in the Senate.
    “They’re winding up FISA now in the Senate” July, 2008. You remember FISA, right? Sure you do! That was the test run for checking to see whether the Online Left had any sense of self-worth or moral courage whatsoever – and bless their hearts, but didn’t they just lick those boots clean? Anyway, that was one fine set of flip-flops and easiest-path navigation on the dreaded telecom immunity bill by the then-Senator; Jake Tapper went through the list so that I wouldn’t have to.
    “Where it went wrong: Obama and Congress.” August, 2009. My assessment of the twin disasters-to-Democrats known as the “stimulus,” and cap-and-trade. Short version: the President let the foxes write the legislation regulating key aspects of henhouse operation…
    ‘Nobody… knows… the bill that we’ll see…’ March, 2009. …and then he did it again with Obamacare. Which was then forever tagged with his name, because at this point the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy was sufficiently annoyed to be thoroughly cruel about such things.
    You get the drift, and that’s just 2009. Put simply, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – surprising about the fact that the President is almost terminally passive; it was, in fact, a large part of his cool, “No Drama Obama”… I suppose that ‘charm’ works, although I’ve only rarely found him to have any. If Democrats are startled by this, they have only themselves to blame. After all, the President himself wrote once “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views” – a statement that had Froma Harrop respond “It takes some doing for a politician to write a 364-page book, his second volume, and skate past all controversy.”

    Note: that comment was made in 2006.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

  296. If Hillary is considering challenging the Fraud, I think she should wait to cut her hair until she takes the plunge. That way there would be a visible indication of her “change”, of her going her own way. It just seems like it would make her change of direction more powerful and delineated, on a visual level.

  297. wbboei,

    As long as paragraphs like the above one continue to surface, then I think it is indeed a win for Hillary
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    Correct Jan. But the world leaders are without question connoisseur of power consequently they know a blow hard like Obama when they see him. The concern I have is millions of Americans are not that street smart, and are more easily baboozled by images than by hard facts. That is Obama’s edge because big business will turn the full power of their marketing camapaign and branding to get him re elected. When you live in the world of images, you can be seduced into believing anything. And big media will aid and abet because they like the good life they get from discounting journalistic standards, going for celebrity status and becoming junior partner to the corporate state, as Hedges so insightfully puts it.

  298. wbboei,

    I agree with everything you so eloquently said.

    “When you live in the world of images, you can be seduced into believing anything. And big media will aid and abet…”

    —-
    Exactly what happened in 2008. I honestly don’t think I could stand to see a repeat of this.

  299. politico.com/news/stories/0311/51515.html

    Day after saying no second term, a big win for Hillary Clinton

    By GLENN THRUSH | 3/17/11 5:34 PM EDT Updated: 3/17/11 7:01 PM EDT

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she won’t be staying on if there is a second Obama term may have been news to those who don’t know her, but did not surprise her friends, who say she’s spending an increasing amount of time considering her post-government options even as challenges mount at Foggy Bottom.

    Clinton has made similar “I’m not here forever” comments before – but it was the timing of her remarks to CNN on Wednesday that raised eyebrows, coming at a critical moment in her fierce internal battle to push President Barack Obama to join the fight to liberate Libya from Muammar Qadhafi.

    Clinton’s position was vindicated early Thursday evening when the United Nations Security Council – at the urging of the United States – approved a resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, including a no-fly zone. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that such a move could involve direct attacks on pro-Qadhafi forces now bearing down on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

    Clinton’s persistence in the anti-Qadhafi cause has been such a constant in the White House in recent days that Obama, according to reports, joked about Clinton lobbing rocks through his window during his remarks at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner.

    “Stay tuned,” said one Clinton friend when asked if the secretary would ultimately prevail.

    Two Clinton friends, who speak with her regularly, told POLITICO she wasn’t trying to send any message to Obama with her interview with Wolf Blitzer Wednesday and she has no plans to leave earlier than the end of the president’s first term.

    But they say her Sherman-esque statement reflects a growing sense of crisis fatigue that friends can read in her face, hear in her voice and recognize in her wistful talk about the future.

    Moreover, her chat with Blitzer took place during an especially draining week that saw her spokesman, P.J. Crowley, forced out for publicly criticizing the Pentagon over its treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning and during week-long trip to Europe and North Africa, where her triumphant visit to Cairo’s Tahrir Square was tarnished somewhat, by a snub at the hands of some pro-democracy leaders.

    “She’s tired – she still likes what she’s doing – but she’s tired,” said one longtime Clinton friend, who noted that Clinton is still regarded as a relative outsider in Obama’s tight-knit inner circle.

    In private, Clinton often tells friends she’s looking forward to a new, lower-stress life, which might include writing another autobiography – this one covering her epic 2008 primary campaign loss to Obama and tumultuous tenure as the nation’s top diplomat – teaching, and possibly starting her own foundation which might be focused on promoting international women’s rights.

    The former New York senator is considering a “book, speeches, teaching, a foundation — either his or starting her own,” said a Clinton family friend who has spoken to her recently. “The world will be her oyster.”

    At the moment, however, the world is offering Clinton precious few pearls.

    The biggest strain on Clinton has been her effort, not embraced by everyone in the administration, to stave off the kind of genocide in Libya that her husband permitted to occur in Rwanda in the 1990s.

    Clinton, according to sources, has been pressing Obama to take bolder action in the Middle East for weeks, especially in Libya where she has privately implored the president and his top aides to impose a no-fly-zone to aid anti-Qadhafi rebels before it’s too late.

    But she’s reportedly faced opposition from National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Defense Secretary Robert Gates who have argued for a far more cautious approach, warning against the cost, logistical complications and political blow-back of further U.S. military involvement in such a volatile part of the world.

    Clinton has not publicly pressured Obama. But her husband has.

    “I wouldn’t do it if they hadn’t asked, but if the (insurgent) leaders are on television pleading…I think that we should do it,” Bill Clinton told the Women in the World conference in New York a week ago.

    “Qadhafi has internationalized the conflict himself by hiring people from other countries who do not give a rip about the Libyans,” he said. “So that’s why (the insurgents) said, ‘Just give us the chance to have a fair fight,’ and I, for whatever it’s worth, think that’s what we should do.”

    Clinton, speaking in Tunis on Thursday, pressed even harder for action against Qadhafi, warning that the dictator should be taken at his word when he promised to show “no mercy” on his enemies in Benghazi.

    “A no-fly zone requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the Libyan defense systems,” she said in Tunis, her last stop on a trip that also took her to Cairo and Paris.

    The United States, she added, would support U.N. actions that gain a “broad base of participation, including from Arab nations.”

    Military action might be needed, she said, but ground intervention is not being considered.

    “Qadhafi must go,” Clinton said, calling him “a ruthless dictator that has no conscience and will destroy anyone or anything in his way.” If he does not go, she added, “he will just make trouble – that is just his nature, there are some creatures that are like that.”

    Clinton has often said she doesn’t want her current job “forever” – and certainly wouldn’t serve eight years — but she drew a far brighter line with Blitzer, who accompanied her to North Africa.

    “If the president is reelected, do you want to serve a second term as Secretary of State?” Blitzer asked.

    “No,” Clinton replied bluntly.

    And “no” was her curt response when Blitzer ticked off a list of other future ambitions – Vice President, Secretary of Defense and another run at the presidency in 2016.

    Clinton’s aides downplayed the importance of those comments, arguing that she’d said it all before, in one way or another.

    “I’m not going to do this forever. I want to teach. I want to speak. I want to travel,” Clinton told Harper’s Bazaar magazine in January, adding that she also wants to spend more time with her family, with her newly married daughter, reiterating her oft-stated desire to become a grandmother.

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

    what an amazing president she would have been at these crucial times…decisive, smart, caring, focused…sigh…

    btw…I think she looks great, headband and all…

  300. came across this

    shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2011/03/quote-of-day_17.html#

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, March 17, 2011

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders—though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject. These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”—President Obama, hilariously joking (ahem) at the Gridiron Club Dinner last week, about how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s got her silly little girl panties all in a bunch about what she reportedly feels is the president’s insufficient interest in supporting the Arab revolutions that are toppling undemocratic regimes.

    Shaker Mod Scott Madin, who gets the hat tip, noted in an email: “I was actually kind of shocked that any president would take shots at any member of their own administration like that.” To which I can only add: Yeah.

    It really reminds me of that terrible moment during the campaign when Obama would give up only “You’re likeable enough,” without looking at Clinton save for a sideways glance, after she was asked (incredibly) by a debate moderator how she feels about being unlikable, and she graciously noted how “very likable” Obama is.

    Which, of course, was not the only time Obama was snide toward Clinton, and why I disliked him as a person, if not a candidate, during the primaries.

    You know, I really wasn’t officially in the bag for Clinton during the ’08 election, back when everyone from here to Fuckistan and back again was making the accusation, but I sure the fuck am now.
    Labels: Jackasses

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    TM and her sheep followers are still making excuses for the fraud…even when they get the courage to go after him they all fall back on “but I will vote for him anyway”…a bunch of enablers…that’s what you have at TM…

  301. ot in trouble. Anyone saying so is promoting a myth. The plan Obama has put in place, putting a few dollars extra in everyone paycheck rather than continuing the past with-holding amounts… certainly will change the liquidity of SS if it goes on with a lower with-holding tax unchecked.

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

    And in the meantime it doesn’t even help the workers who get the paycheck. Because another prograsm that did help them is being cut,so their paychecks will actually be less than last year. (Earned Income Credit or something like that?)

    So the workers are losing money now — AND losing some of their Social Security benefits as well. (And maybe seeing the whole SS program crippled.)

    Great win/win/win for Obama.

  302. I read the Daily Beast article yesterday, and then again today, about “The Implosion of Sarah Palin”. First, I wanted to write that the title would make more sense if it were “The Implosion of Barack Øbama”, yet we all realize the the psycho wing of the Democratic party is actually Obama-ists who are deranged individuals, so that title would never be found as an article on the Daily Beast. Second, I found the following comment on the blog about Sarah, and to be honest, it really pissed me off. I am feeling something that borders on hate for these hate filled people who trash Palin every chance they get. I am sorry that I was ever registered as a Democrat, and that I had voted exclusively for their candidates for so many years.

    AMParsley
    OK. Here goes.

    What’s the difference between $arah’s mouth and her V? Only 1 out of 5 things that comes out of her V is simple-minded.

    You know, these people are sooo darn smart (snark) that it scares me. There’s evil in the Obamacrat party. I think that the Democrats are losing me for good. I am SICK of their bullshit. When I start to feel the way that I have been feeling inside, I know that it is time to move on. May they rot in hell.

  303. blowme0bama
    Like it or not, there is going to have to be some sort of reform on social security. I’ve been paying into it since I was 14. But they’re going to HAVE to do something like gradually raise the benefit age and phase in individual contributions from working folks to private accounts or something.
    That’s just the way it is.

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

    Better check your sources on this. SS was set up with a trust fund, to collect a surplus during good years which will carry through problem years. AND THIS TRUST FUND EARNS INTEREST. It’s got an enormous surplus — which the GOP and Obama’s backers want to steal. So THEY are putting out these myths about SS being in trouble.

    Hillay was asked about this and said SS itself is fine.

  304. And no offense, but I am sick of peace, love and frisbie types.

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    Isn’t that peace, love, and hackysacks?

  305. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that establishing a United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya would require bombing targets of Muammar Qadhafi’s regime there.

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

    It worked against Milosevic, got Kosovo free.

  306. Vcal
    March 17th, 2011 at 10:25 pm
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    The Hillary / Sarkozy video was cute!

  307. I looked at the pictures of Hillary from the link above, and I think she looks fine in yellow. I also don’t mind her headbands. The hair pushed back from her face is flattering, imo.

  308. I was sitting back reading the comments on Trump running, pros and cons and thinking to myself…what a sick political time this is if Hillary doesn’t run in 2012 that we are actually taking a closer look at someone like Trump.

    Thinking of voting for him would have been a joke before the Obamatrama, now the candidates are such sheep to their parties that Trump looks good just because he is outspoken and likes the Clinton’s.

  309. See, I knew it. The big media enablers kept Bozo’s Gridiron comments on Hillary hidden and for a good reason. It should go viral..
    ——————————–

    #S
    March 18th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    came across this

    http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2011/03/quote-of-day_17.html#

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, March 17, 2011

    “I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders—though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject. These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”—President Obama, hilariously joking (ahem) at the Gridiron Club Dinner last week, about how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s got her silly little girl panties all in a bunch about what she reportedly feels is the president’s insufficient interest in supporting the Arab revolutions that are toppling undemocratic regimes.

    Shaker Mod Scott Madin, who gets the hat tip, noted in an email: “I was actually kind of shocked that any president would take shots at any member of their own administration like that.” To which I can only add: Yeah.

  310. Make it go viral. On the memeorandum site you can see the pattern very clearly. Any article that remotely ‘harms’ the idiot will not be picked up by the lefty bloggers or the lefty media. You can bet your last dollar that Obama screwed it up when they avoid something assiduously as they do.

  311. Ask a lawyer, and he will tell you never defend an indefensible position. Nevertheless, in the political realm there are still millions of people who do. Thus, another argument you will hear from those fools who still seek to defend Obama, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that he is a big business shill who sells out Main Street to protect Wall Street is that big business has always had its hand in politics, ergo not to worry. There is some truth to this observation of course, but it misses the essential point that whereas in the past, the relationship between big business and the American People was a symbiotic one in the sense that big business provided jobs to the American People, today big business have transferred those jobs overseas and is using their cozy relationship with government to finance their speculative ventures, whether that be in the bailout of banks or the financing of nuclear power. Goldman Sachs, General Electric and the list goes on. And all of them are top Obama supporters. As a result, the relationship which was once symbiotic has become PARASITIC-they use Obama to prey on the American People. No man or woman who calls himself a liberal who wishes to be thought of as anything more than a hypocrite can condone, much less support Obama for that reason. He is their Judas. Time will tell whether they have the will and capacity to rebuke him. If past is prologue, the answer is no. Why? Because these people are too weak and too easily manipulated.

  312. And this says it all:

    Hillary Clinton Fought for Libya Intervention

    Hillary Clinton waged a tireless internal campaign in favor of U.S. action in support of Libyan rebels, working to persuade President Obama while top security advisers urged a more cautious approach, reports Politico. Clinton emerged from the U.N.’s vote to protect Libyan citizens victorious, but the battle was hard-fought. “Clinton’s persistence in the anti-Qadhafi cause has been such a constant in the White House in recent days that Obama, according to reports, joked about Clinton lobbing rocks through his window during his remarks at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner,” writes Politico. Clinton reportedly butted heads on the issue with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who warned of the potential negative implications of intervention. The U.N. vote marked the end of an eventful week at State during which Clinton’s spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign over comments regarding WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, and Clinton announced that she herself would not be staying on for a second term as secretary of state. Friends say she is looking forward to a less stressful career teaching and writing books when her term comes to an end.

    http://slatest.slate.com/id/2288687/

  313. Another great victory for President Hillary.Her no fly zone efforts have paid off big time.Qadaffy has called off his destruction of the rebels that want him out.Meanwhile back at the “STRAPHANGERS WH DEN” no response on pressing matters here at home.He is off to see the wizard of Brazil and bring back a load of rocks to throw at her window at 3 am.
    I still call out DRAFT HILLARY IMPEACH JUGHEAD and Save this country from the evil that he has imposed on our home and country. BO is 3 bubbles of center and dangerous.

    .

  314. “the elderly without food or housing, the foreclosed homeless wouldn’t have a tent to sleep in.”
    ***********
    It is a fascinating political dynamic since Reagan; black is white and white is black. Perhaps that has always been in politics but the Rethugs have built their party around that method and now the Dims. Regan and welfare queens, demonizing unions, school teachers and other social parasites. “Free markets, regulation is bad, global economy, blah…blah.” black is white…the biggest parasites sucking on the US treasury and the bottom 90% of the American people are the poorly regulation mega-corps. Trillions of dollars thrown down the rat-hole corporate socialism. Unfortunately these parasites haven’t learned the fundamentals of parasitism; ie a good parasite doesn’t kill it’s host. Well the corporate parasites are killing the American middle class and therefor it’s host. As an example, Mobile-Exxon get massive govt subsidies and tax breaks and pays no net US Federal Tax…..enough said.

  315. oops..the above comment was an addition to this:
    **********
    “the American People was a symbiotic one in the sense that big business provided jobs to the American People, today big business have transferred those jobs overseas and is using their cozy relationship with government to finance their speculative ventures, whether that be in the bailout of banks or the financing of nuclear power. Goldman Sachs, General Electric and the list goes on. And all of them are top Obama supporters. As a result, the relationship which was once symbiotic has become PARASITIC-“

  316. I just wanted to make ONE comment on HRC and her appearance. I view the long hair as her trying to gear down from the campaign, one which she won, and now must work for the man who did so many dirty tricks to her. We saw that in trator Richardson. He grew the most god awful beard.

    I think at HRCs age that she deserves to grow her hair and wear what ever she wants. She needs this enjoyment in her life, as her work schedule and responsibilities are tremendous. So if long hair, head bands, what ever size she is works for her and reduced the stress, GO FOR IT GIRL.

    HRC is the only person in the administration that know what and the Hell they are doing, and she is the only one holding this shaky administration together. Whether she runs or not later, I will always love her for her sacrifices, and vote for her even if she had a full length bag over her body. I want her to have some enjoyment in her life, and I am truly glad that she has given what she has to mine.

  317. When I first saw Hillary and her hair, I knew her hair and mine were the same type. I spent most of my life fighting my hair. Just before Easter last year I read an article about hair care. It said to quit using shampoo and start using baking soda and white vinegar. One tablespoon baking soda to a cup of water for washing and one tablespoon vinegar to a cup of water to rinse. You have to rinse with an acidic solution to get the hair scales to snap tight. The first few washings my hair felt weird, but thankfully the author warned of that. My hair is gray and using lemon juice gave it a golden glow, now I use the suggested white vinegar as I like my gray hair to look white not yellow. My hair lost that heavy pulled down feel and look and has bounce and life. Try it, I will never go back to shampoo, and when I see a commercial for shampoo I think of everything the tobacco industry did to get women to smoke.

  318. NMfan

    I think at HRCs age that she deserves to grow her hair and wear what ever she wants.

    ——-
    At any age a woman deserves to do what ever she wants with her hair, and I would love and support Hillary even if she wore a pink Mohawk.

    Go Hillary!!

  319. Betty, when do you use the lemon juice, and do you rinse it out. Like do you rinse with the vingar stuff put on the lemon juice and leave it in. I have salt and pepper hair.

  320. However, I think this blog has notice, there tends to be no rules for younger people, and plenty of rules for older people. I personnel feel I have EARNED the right to do what the Hell I please, and I think the young should have plenty of rules until they develope some common sense.

  321. Barry is gonna go ballistic over this article:

    BARACK OBAMA: THE WEAKEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY?

    President Barack Obama’s supporters believed that he had the vision to transform America

    INEFFECTUAL, invisible, unable to honour pledges and now blamed for letting Gaddafi off the hook. Why Obama’s gone from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Er, maybe we shouldn’t’…

    Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/235196/Barack-Obama-The-Weakest-President-in-history-Barack-Obama-The-Weakest-President-in-history-#ixzz1GxybsslG

  322. My hair went gray when I turned 40. I kept coloring it for years and am finally just letting it be and wondering why I waited so long.

    Betty,

    I’m wondering like NMF about the steps you take for washing your hair. I tend to use a lot of cups of water to rinse my hair.

  323. #
    NewMexicoFan
    March 18th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    However, I think this blog has notice, there tends to be no rules for younger people, and plenty of rules for older people. I personnel feel I have EARNED the right to do what the Hell I please, and I think the young should have plenty of rules until they develope some common sense.
    ——–

    I don’t know if your comment was directed at me or not, but since I am a year older than Hillary, I would not consider myself young and I have never followed someone else’s idea of how I should wear my hair, nor do I do it to others.

    Rules made up by others on how women should wear their hair is bs to me, always has been and always will be.

  324. (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombarded the rebel-held city of Misrata on Friday with tanks and heavy artillery, killing at least 25 people, residents said.

    “Gaddafi’s forces are bombing the city with artillery shells and tanks. We now have 25 people dead at the hospital, including several little girls,” Dr Khaled Abou Selha told Reuters by satellite phone.

    “They are even bombing ambulances. I saw one little girl with half of her head blown off,” he said, crying.

    The doctor and another resident, Mohamed, said the city was still being heavily shelled despite a rebel claim that the attack had been defeated and the announcement at around 1230 GMT by the foreign minister of a ceasefire.

    “There are 20 tanks in the city, they are killing everybody because they want to recapture the city by this evening,” Mohamed said. The sound of heavy artillery could be heard in the background.

    A rebel fighter had earlier said the insurgents had beaten back the attack, despite the heavy weapons used by Gaddafi’s forces and the fact that the city of 300,000, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya, has been under siege for days.

    In Tripoli, Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said Libya had decided to halt all military operations in the country to protect civilians and comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight.

    KILLINGS “INDISCRIMINATE”

    Several residents said there was no sign of a ceasefire on the ground, and that government tanks were closing in on the center of the city, about 200 km (130 miles) east of Tripoli.

    Tariq, a doctor based in Britain who has been regularly calling residents inside the city, said: “They are still shelling as we speak. The foreign minister obviously lives in a different time zone. It’s indiscriminate.”

    Rebels said the attack on Misrata started at 7 a.m. (1 a.m. EST), hours after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution endorsing a no-fly zone and military attacks on Gaddafi’s forces to protect civilians.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/us-libya-misrata-bombard-idUKTRE72H4L520110318

  325. KARL ROVE: 3 Disturbing Images of Obama – FoxNews.com
    [3rd] Then there were the president’s remarks to members of the National Governors Association on Wisconsin, last month, where he cautioned, “I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified.” This was a classic Obama straw man. Who exactly is “vilifying” or “denigrating” whom? The president’s intimation was that it was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, but Mr. Walker’s tone has been mild, even-tempered, restrained and entirely appropriate. If there are people who needed a presidential admonishment about civility and respect, they are the protestors who broke into the Wisconsin capital building in a vain attempt to keep the legislature from voting, the protestors who compared Mr. Walker to Adolf Hitler, and the Democratic legislators who fled the state rather than do their duty. But those would be the president’s allies and admonition is only required of his opponents.
    When Mr. Obama was in the Illinois State Senate, he had the annoying habit of voting “present” on controversial issues he felt might damage his future political ambitions. But at least Mr. Obama showed up then. The president’s refusal now to provide leadership on Libya or the budget and his readiness to score cheap political points with straw man attacks makes his days in the State Senate look like an era of true statesmanship.
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/03/14/karl-rove-3-disturbing-images-obama/?intcmp=obnetwork

  326. My hair went gray when I turned 40. I kept coloring it for years and am finally just letting it be and wondering why I waited so long.
    ———————–
    No sale on that one Jan. In a society which worships youth the only way to compete for a job, where young people do the hiring is with these little tricks. But it has to be done right. I see so many bad dye jobs these days by people who want to look young but do not know what they are doing. If you want black hair, and yours is grey the best thing is medium brown. If you do black you will end up looking like Desi Arnez–sans Lucille Ball–which is perfectly alright if you are going to a Tango convention. Otherwise it looks odd. The other problem is they select permanent coloring, so they get a two tone look when the hair grows out. The solution to that dilemma is semi permanent. But on the whole, coloring makes people look younger, and it minimizes the effect of balding in males. So in the balance, I favor it. It falls under the general heading of rage against the dying of the light–do not go gently into that good night.

  327. My feelings on that matter are not universally shared. I have a good barber who has been the leader of style teams in national competitions and has built mens salons from scratch–even though he is burned out on the business now. The bulk of his customer base of maybe 200 is middle aged professional males. I asked him how much of that group gets hair coloring. I thought it would be high but he said only 5%. I suspect it would be much higher in Southern California, but not here in the Pacific Northwest, if his experience is any indication. The other thing is that those who do get coloring are ashamed to admit it, which seems doubly strange to me. To me it is like being embarrassed to admit that you brush your teeth.

  328. Someone has got to make the case with Obama that claiming credit for other peoples work when something turns out better than expected is not leadership. It is cheap and mendacious.

  329. Shadowfox 12:07

    No the young I was referring to are the Group of people that elected O, and younger. I too have never run with the group so to speak. However, on some of the talk shows, such as the View, they will bring out fashions, and say, well if you are older you should not want wear that. I say, says who, and I immediately go out looking for that. I guess it irks me that they are so patrolling of the old, and really say very little about the young.

  330. We are so phucked…

    Seems like it is just a matter of time and my heart goes out to all that have suffered and will suffer from this catastrophe in Japan.
    —–

    Radiation hampers efforts to restore power to nuclear plant in Japan
    Efforts to try to restore power to reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex are interrupted as high radiation forces the withdrawal of workers. But it’s unclear whether a return of power will help. Spent fuel rods remain the biggest concern.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-sci-japan-reactor-damage-20110318,0,7832119.story

  331. NMfan

    I guess it irks me that they are so patrolling of the old, and really say very little about the young.

    ——
    Yea, they should worry about themselves and start thinking about the idiot they elected.

  332. Well I’ve also been told that women my age should not have long blonde hair, ride horses, go to night clubs, have a male friend….what I say to them SCREW YOU….I pay taxes I’ll do what I want, this is America or at least it used to be. LOL!

    Hillary looks fine…it isn’t her looks that makes me like her…its her spirit, honesty, work ethic and her brains….I could care less how she looks….just like I don’t care about Bill’s sex life…his brains are what I was interested in…..I don’t need a pretty face to run this country, however someone with brains and know how to use them is what is needed!

  333. BTW, I thought Hillary looked pist off this morning…she prolly heard the Gridiron Speech joke….I also have never heard a President make fun of his own SOS before….but it fits his rotten personality….this is going to bite him in the ass….

  334. now the candidates are such sheep to their parties that Trump looks good just because he is outspoken and likes the Clinton’s.

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

    Yes. He’s at least not a career politician, dependent for the long haul. He’d probably be taking a cut in income. 😉 As with Sarah, I don’t agree with their conservative policies, but at least they would follow them sincerely, honestly. Which is better than the puppets we’ve got now.

  335. Shaker Mod Scott Madin, who gets the hat tip, noted in an email: “I was actually kind of shocked that any president would take shots at any member of their own administration like that.”

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

    Well, dumber than that, he’s also giving HIllary credit for actually doing something about the ME, FOR waking him up at 3 am. Succeed or fail, a lot of people agree with her that we should at least try.

    I hope she throws it back at him with some reference to rocks or shouting — hopefully at a victory celebration in Libya….

  336. ABM90
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Another great victory for President Hillary.Her no fly zone efforts have paid off big time.Qadaffy has called off his destruction of the rebels that want him out.
    ——————–

    Yep, Hillary OWNS this victory. Not even a crumb on the floor for the Bozo.

  337. confloyd

    BTW, I thought Hillary looked pist off this morning…she prolly heard the Gridiron Speech joke….I also have never heard a President make fun of his own SOS before….but it fits his rotten personality….this is going to bite him in the ass….

    ———–
    I would be shocked if Hillary wasn’t pist by now, having to put up with this two faced slacker. That is probably why she was so direct saying, “No. No. No and No”, to her future with BO and the creeps that drug him over the finish line.

    I bettcha the Big Dawg gets an ear full and they rip him a new one on a daily basis.

  338. I would love and support Hillary even if she wore a pink Mohawk.

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

    Shading to orange as we approach 2012 !

  339. I know there are a lot of political workers, or at least people who worked with the political party on HRC Campaign on this blog. I think we all now realize, due to their political job, and the fact that State workers many of which have their job due to their political party, they dominate the party, and really just wait for the powers that be to determine in their state who will run. Then they move heaven and earth to get that person elected. It does not matter about character, or anything else. It only matters that they keep their jobs, so they gravel to the powers. This is true of both parties. Also, they continually investigate each other.

    Now that the Rep dominate in NM, at least with the Gov, and the Secretary of State, they are going after the two women who were the previous SofS. Although I find this distasteful, I have to now wonder about the qualification of both those women. The older one I don’t know much about, but the one who recently lost her job had only the experience of being the Person running the election in Bernalillo Co, before she became SoS. I don’t think she knew a whole lot about contracts, etc. So it will be interesting to see what they dig up. I truly feel there is a complete lack of experience in some of the people who run for many state and federal political positions.

  340. NewMexicoFan
    March 18th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    ————–

    I guess I started the conversation on Hillary’s hair. I agree with what you say — there shouldn’t be global rules, even benign ones based on age and if there are it feeds into prejudice and discrimination. My comment was only referring to how she looked with her short hair and how easy it would be to manage that given her rough schedule. I want her to look her best. She would not need headbangs and other fixes if she had the short hair. That is all. I am a non-conformist if there is one and love to break rules. 🙂

  341. A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the new state law that curbs collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

    Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi granted the temporary order that prevents publication of the measure signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker after weeks of protests and a boycott by Senate Democrats that turned the capital of Madison in a national political battleground on the issue of limiting public employee union power.

    The judge was acting on a request by Dist. Atty. Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, who had filed a lawsuit contending a legislative committee had violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law by pushing the measure onto the floor. That maneuver was key in unblocking the legislative stalemate and allowing the bill to be signed by Walker on March 11.

    “I’ll definitely take it,” said Eddie Vale, political communications director for the AFL-CIO, the national labor federation that had fought Walker and the bill. “But the big caveat, of course, is that this is temporary. They can appeal the case. And they can also re-notice the meeting and hold another vote.

    “So this doesn’t end this fight at all,” he said in an e-mail. “But every day this goes on, public turning against Walker, recalls getting more and more energy against the Republicans. They thought at least they had the vote behind them, but now have to do it all over again and get another whole round of bad coverage.”

    Facing budget deficits, recently elected Gov. Walker proposed increasing the employees’ share of payments for healthcare and pension benefits. He also proposed a series of restrictions on collective bargaining rights for most public employees except police and firefighters. The unions said they would accept the increased payments, but they balked at the limitations on collective bargaining.

    The proposals prompted weeks of demonstrations, some attracting as many as 80,000 unionists and their allies. All 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois, blocking consideration of the proposal because the GOP-controlled Senate lacked a quorum.

    But Republican lawmakers eventually modified the bill and moved it quickly through committee and to votes in both chambers, where it easily passed.

    After Walker signed the bill, Democrats and labor-union officials said they would sue to block implementation and launched petitions to recall some of the lawmakers who had voted for the bill. Conservatives also began circulating petitions to recall some of the Democrats who had fled.

  342. My hair is easier to manage longer. Hillary’s style in the campaign has to stand up and out. Long hair can look okay hanging straight down, or any place in between.

  343. Kissinger just knifed Hillary in the back….and we’re waiting for the Boy King to appear.

    Fuck Kissinger…we should do what Hillary wants to do!

  344. Bambi will be on in a minute to try and steal whatever limelight and credit for Libya. It will be all “me me me, I I I”

  345. #
    confloyd
    March 18th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Kissinger just knifed Hillary in the back….and we’re waiting for the Boy King to appear.

    Fuck Kissinger…we should do what Hillary wants to do!
    ——-
    What did Kissinger say?

    I thought he was a friend of the Clinton’s, or is Kissy just trying to get Barry involved instead of sitting on the sidelines and only speaking up after a positive results are relieved?

  346. I can’t remember when I’ve disliked the President more than I dislike this one….I was NOT a Raygun lover, but this guy ruffles my feathers more than Rayguns “trickle down”….everything flowed upwards and there was no trickle down!

  347. You seem to agree with confloyd on this one…

    Lights, camera, “Action.” Call in the clown.
    ——–

    moononpluto

    Bambi will be on in a minute to try and steal whatever limelight and credit for Libya. It will be all “me me me, I I I”

  348. Bambi is running late, he must of had to send out for some more coke….before he appears and reads the teleprompter.

  349. confloyd

    Kissinger doesn’t think we should get involved in Libya!

    —– I wonder why not, is he afraid that the US in another possible war will be spread too thin, or the US shouldn’t take on any more ME countries?

  350. Bambi is running late, he must of had to send out for some more coke…

    😆 😆

    You crack me up, Confloyd!

  351. Unfortunately, we need to get involved in Libya, to sit this one out when the world is finally responding would be stupid, If Gaddafi remains it will create a big pariah state, Gaddafi will take revenge and i dont fancy seeing anymore airliners going down.

    Unfortunately we have Obama who is about as decisive as a weathercock in a hurricane, all over the place.

  352. Shadowfax,
    THis is exactly why he doesn’t want to get involved in Libya, but so why send Hillary over there…to set her up…which I’m sure Kissinger would do in a heartbeat!

  353. Why is this embecile rehashing the last decade of Daffy??? What the hell are we going to do dumbass??

  354. Perhaps it is just the color on our TV, but Obama’s eyes look a bit red and a touch watery. I can’ hardly stand to listen to what he is saying. Listening to him is like scratching on a chalkboard.

    Maybe BO had too big of a St. Patrick’s celebration last night with his own beer.

  355. Why does BO almost ALWAYS have to remind us in his speeches that he IS the Commander and Chief?

  356. and again he walks off, no questions, the press corps must hate this jacked up little wuss by now.

  357. After watching Barry, seems as though he is not happy about having to join allies against Daffy.

    It is clear that he and Hillary are on opposite sides of the fence on this.

  358. Obama says Gadhafi could commit ‘atrocities’against his own people if left unchecked

    whaddaya mean “could” you mean he has’nt the last 42 years….ffs.

  359. Obama says Gadhafi could commit ‘atrocities’against his own people if left unchecked

    ——
    That’s the problem with having a twentysomething write your speeches. Nothing happened before they were born.

  360. Shadowfax- 2:01

    “After Walker signed the bill, Democrats and labor-union officials said they would sue to block implementation and launched petitions to recall some of the lawmakers who had voted for the bill. Conservatives also began circulating petitions to recall some of the Democrats who had fled.”
    ____________________

    good! While they’re at it, they should limit the governors Veto power to something reasonable as well ! Veto “one word,” ridiculous.

  361. This is what I mean….someone else is calling the shots here and sending Hillary off to another feckless meeting while he butcher is still killing….this is totally horse crap.

    I think they are trying to hang Hillary….putting the whole war on her….hell they’ve already called it “Hillary’s War”…..the lefties will for sure hate her now because she has the only testicles in the administration.

  362. I really don’t know how anyone could call this Hillary’s war – the UN voted to use any means necessary…that’s pretty strong.

  363. confloyd
    March 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    T/F(?) Read where Gaddafi is calling off fighting the rebels because of the nfz-

  364. hell they’ve already called it “Hillary’s War”…

    Hillary’s war with Obama and the WH…

  365. If anything, Hillary is standing up with the rest of the world to protect innocent civilians in Lybia.

    I have been switching over to the MSM lately since I can only take so much Rethug propaganda, and they are all up his buns for being a slacker. They put it in nicer terms, but it is clear that he isn’t living up to their expectations. They will still cover his a$$…

  366. turndownobama
    March 18th, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    Shaker Mod Scott Madin, who gets the hat tip, noted in an email: “I was actually kind of shocked that any president would take shots at any member of their own administration like that.”

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

    Well, dumber than that, he’s also giving HIllary credit for actually doing something about the ME, FOR waking him up at 3 am. Succeed or fail, a lot of people agree with her that we should at least try.

    I hope she throws it back at him with some reference to rocks or shouting — hopefully at a victory celebration in Libya….
    ***********************************************************

    I read that Hillary said that along with wanting to do many other things when she leaves working for the O admin…that she wants to write a book about her experience during the PRIMARIES…now THAT would be a great read…

    perhaps she plans to ‘tell is like it was’…and expose all the warts and THUGS…

    i think she almost, for lack of a better word, owes us for the TRUTH to come out, only she can really set the record straight… especially for all those older ladies that worked so hard for her and were treated so aggressively and unfairly by O’s thugs…and also expose what really went down during the caucuses and at the convention…Hillary should really tell the true story and let the chips fall where they may…I hope so much she does that when she is free…

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

    one last thing about her hair, I am on record saying I love her hair and I always liked her headbands…even way back when during the early 90’s…remember when her hair was longer with the headband and the bangs during the ‘I could have stayed home and baked cookies’ days….

    …the only suggestion I might make is that she have the option to have some wispy bangs once in a while…i think she looks great in bangs (with her beautiful expressive blue eyes)…and they could be cut so she could still pull her hair off her face OR occasionally have some bangs…bangs tend to make someone look younger…

    (way off topic but years ago I worked on a show with Pat Sajek for awhile…and on camera he always wears his hair off his face with that pompodour look, but off camera he lets his hair fall and kind of has bangs or that Justin Beiber haircut look…and he looks so much younger and cuter with his hair that way…just a little tidbit from the past)

  367. Obama cancels public speech in Rio square: embassy
    Mar 18 10:14 AM US/Eastern

    President Barack Obama has cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday in a Rio square during his upcoming visit to Brazil, the US embassy in Brasilia said.
    The speech in the historic plaza known as Cinelandia, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, “is cancelled,” an embassy spokeswoman told AFP.

    Obama instead will deliver remarks at Rio’s Municipal Theatre, the official said, without specifying whether it would be open to the public or exclusively for invited guests.

    No explanation for the change of venue was given by the embassy. Brazilian authorities have laid out a heavy security presence for Obama’s two-day visit to South America’s largest nation, and police in Rio had closed numerous streets from midnight Thursday in preparation.

    On Thursday, members of an advance US security team were seen inspecting the surroundings of Cinelandia, where anti-US banners could be seen hanging from a road-side fence.

    Some social and union groups have declared Obama a “persona non grata” and called for a protest, accusing him of a “bellicose policy of occupation” in foreign countries, and of attacking people “in the name of the war on terror.”

    Due to depart for Brazil later Friday on the first leg of a Latin American tour, Obama is then scheduled to be in Chile on Sunday before a final stop in El Salvador.

    The trip comes at a troubling time as a nuclear nightmare stalks Japan and Arab and Western nations consider military action against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi, who is threatening to crush a rebel uprising.

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

    sure, Hillary puts her life on the line, but when push comes to shove this guy is a wimp…

  368. S
    You guys out there in sunshine land….sometimes I wonder just who I’ve been talking to all these years….LOL!

    I hope Hillary does write a book and I hope she’s already started it. I will never get over that primary and it alone is the one culprit that ruined the Obama Presidency because we saw the real O early on and now the world sees the real O and he only made it worse by demeaning his hardest working employee in public….may he rot in hell without those 72 virgins….!

  369. Sorry if this has already been posted…

    Colleen O’Connor: Why Isn’t Hillary Clinton Considering a Run for Presidency?

    What does the secretary of state know that we don’t?

    Hidden underneath the rubble in Japan, the bombings in Libya, the revolutions in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and the troubles in Saudi Arabia, was the little noticed political earthquake that Hillary Clinton said “no” to everything that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked.

    “No” to serving a second term as secretary of state if President Obama should be re-elected.

    “No” to being secretary of defense.

    “No” to switching jobs with Vice President Joe Biden (something rumored to be in the works last summer as a way unleash Hillary’s considerable campaigning skills and to minimize the Democrats’ losses in the House and Senate).

    (With the Democrats facing potential loss of the U.S. Senate in 2012, it is not too late to use the Hillary VP option to rein in those Midwestern and blue collar states, where she swamped Obama in 2010 and which have now gone Republican. She remains strongest where Obama is weakest.)

    And “no” to running again for president of the United States.

    Yet, her staunchest defenders refuse to accept these unequivocal, and increasingly terse, negatives answers.

    While serving on a panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers at San Diego State University last week (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the corps’ founding) I talked with one high-ranking supporter of Clinton’s “campaign in waiting” team.

    Responding to Hillary’s assertions that she only wants to be a “grandmother,” this fervent admirer answered, “Come on. A grandmother? This is Clinton!”

    Which led me to thinking. She’s right. Clinton has spent her entire life in public service. She is on the relaunch cover of Newsweek magazine. She has been named the most admired woman in the U.S. for several years in a row.

    Intimate with the inner workings of the White House, a former U.S. Senator, a nonstop whirlwind U.S. presence in the minefields of the Middle East and formidable campaigner, Clinton is in her prime.

    Newsweek magazine even named Clinton’s lifelong dedication to women’s rights “The Hillary Doctrine.”

    So, why is she saying “no” to everything? What does Clinton know that we don’t?

    more…

    http://poway.patch.com/articles/colleen-oconnor-why-isnt-hillary-clinton-considering-a-run-for-presidency

  370. Obama cancels public speech in Rio square: embassy
    ________________

    Death Threats! Has little boy blue lips all wee-weed-up!

  371. I too, went gray by 40 wbboei….it helps give the jury a sense you are a mature and seasoned atty….or jusr old 🙂

  372. The end of my last post above sounds like Big Pinkers:

    [snip]

    One cannot govern, let alone lead, without trust.

    So, she says “no.” She just wants to be a grandmother.

    None of her legions of 2008 presidential campaign supporters believe it.

    Perhaps, Clinton knows even more than we do. That it is best to “duck and cover” in the political nuclear age that destroys whomsoever might raise their head or their voice as a matter of conviction—not focus group polling.

    Best to be a grandmother—for a little while.

    Clinton may not be retreating. She may be, in the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “reloading.”

    Her 2008 presidential campaign team certainly is.

  373. Obama up plus 3 today on RCP…interesting that Hillary does all the work to get Libya resolution passed, and he gets credit….typical .

  374. Shadowfax
    March 18th, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    The end of my last post above sounds like Big Pinkers:

    [snip]

    One cannot govern, let alone lead, without trust.

    So, she says “no.” She just wants to be a grandmother.

    None of her legions of 2008 presidential campaign supporters believe it.

    snip

    So why is she doing this? Her announced departure only makes the Obama White House bench look thinner. Gates going. Axelrod gone. Emanuel in Chicago. Where are those advisers with some “institutional memory”?

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

    Shadowfax…interesting article…

    Hillary by repeatedly and adamantly saying ‘NO’ to anything O…

    Hillary is giving a BIG, LOUD, VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE TO O AND HIS ADMIN…

    she is effectively saying…’no way, no how, NO (She is out of there)(don’t even ask)

    (what a slam or smackdown on his admin)

    …and such a good point…can you just imagine what she really knows about O…pre-Prez and now as Prez…wouldn’t we LOVE to know…the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…

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