Hillary Clinton Saves The World; Barack Obama Goes To Rio

It’s vicious vengeance. It’s horrific punishment. It’s cruel cruising. We talk of course of Barack Obama’s latest vacation.

How do we know Obama is about to embark on yet another vacation? An Obama vacation is preceded by a series of publicity stunts calculated to feign involvement. Yesterday and today the schedule has shifted from appearances on golf courses to several appearances to make statements on something or other. But be not deceived, Obama is only dreaming of loving crowds and the beaches of Rio.

Think of it as Obama’s revenge.



Back when we played that video with regularity Barack Obama had just made a fool of himself by traveling to Copenhagen in a forlorn effort to get the Olympic games to Chicago in 2012.

Obama’s spectacular boobery failed to get the Olympic games. Rio won. On that October 2009 we questioned the priorities, common sense and judgment of Barack Obama. It was not a wise use of time to fly away from domestic unemployment and other troubles in order to bask in Nordic adulation. The results were that Obama thought there was going to be adulation and a great Olympic victory but all he came back with was his scowling wife, a ravenous Oprah, and a face smarting from the many slaps the Olympic Committee awarded to him – smack dab in the kisser.

Now Obama cruelly punishes Brazil by scheduling a vacation to that lovely country:

“The Obama family will also take in the sights in Rio. A trip to Corcovado mountain, where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands (France gave us Lady Liberty, gave Brazil Jesus) is supposedly on the itinerary. What trip to Rio would be complete without it? If they do make it to the top of the mountain, they will do so with an entourage of secret service and Brazil’s Elite Squad, known as BOPE.”

Bereft of adoring crowds at home (a new poll has 50% of registered voters prepared to vote against Obama and only 40% in support) Obama is traveling in search of a publicity stunt to kick off a still expected reelection attempt. Obama will speak at Cinelandia Square, in a cinematic moment, for cinematic effect – namely a campaign video to try to convince former Hopium addicts to again take up the needle and abandon the disastrous reality of the past three years.

[Oops, the outside Cinelandia speech has been canceled. The unions in Brazil think Obama is a creep and were prepared to protest. The speech will now be in a theater- it should be a circus tent.]

It’s not as if there is anything going on in America or the world that requires attention and demands action. Obama is taking his cue from Liza Minelli’s now dead ex.



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While Obama is immobilized by his mirror, Hillary Clinton is on the job.

In the past few days there has been a great deal of chitty chatter about Hillary Clinton and her future plans and motivations. We’ve mostly ignored these stories because we have discussed them months before they occurred. Our crystal ball is to be relied on in these matters.

For those scratching heads about all the Grandma Hillary stories we suggest you acquaint yourself with “Hillary Clinton At Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Part I.” That article written last year explains the developments of the past few days.

As to Libya and the real war Hillary is waging, we have written about that as well. Here’s what we wrote on March 11 on Libya and the war Obama is waging on Hillary and Bill Clinton:

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

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

We are not going to be distracted by silly stories from silly people. We’ve explained all this before. For the uninitiated, read what we have written about the Obama war on Hillary Clinton (read “Hillary’s War – Against Obama Treachery And Boobery“. Check out the many links to the many stories we have published on these events, sometimes even before they occurred.)

Late yesterday, DrudgeReport blared a headline about “Hillary’s War” in an attempt to somehow discredit Hillary as a warmonger or something. The headline backfired as most sensible people heaved a sigh of relief that Hillary is on the job and Barack Obama is being exposed as the boob and waste of air that he is. Today the headline at Drudge has completely disappeared and no evidence is to be found at that site of the failed narrative against Hillary.

Briefly, this is the story Drudge linked to which confirms what we wrote a week ago:

“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. [snip]

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.”

Notice that only now does Politico bother to discuss the Obama jokes at the Big Media circle jerk called the Gridiron. Only now does a Big Media outlet discuss “Clinton’s persistence” and hard work to get the boob to move. [How does P.J. Crowley fit into all this? Try this: “JanH, Crowley was brought to the State Department by Hillary to block appointment of a shill Obama wanted to appoint and thereby exercise more control over the State Department. Hillary won that battle. Now Obama will have his guy as the spokesman for the State Department. It’s more of Obama’s war on Hillary. Let’s see how Hillary reacts.” That was written on March 13. Now we have seen that Hillary has had bigger fish to fry and how Hillary reacted – successfully so.]

Back to the too late news published at Politico:

“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.”

If you believe any of this tired Grandma crap coming from Politico and repeated by Big Blog Boys and their affiliate Hausfrauen then you are two steps away from Hopium addiction. Our remedy is to reread our “Columbey” article and come back to reality.

Only now does Politico report what has been obvious (anyone wonder why Hillary all of a sudden is so close to Sarkozy of France who has been the biggest advocate for a no-fly zone?) to anyone with eyes and ears and a functioning brain:

“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.”

Yup, “there are some creatures that are like that” hint, hint. Read the too late article from Politico and then read what we wrote a week ago about Bill Clinton’s remarks. Also reread what we wrote about dear ol’ Tom Donilon (and the Hillary Haters in the White House such as Denis McDonough, Benjamin Rhodes and Samantha Power) on St. Valentine’s Day:Hillary Clinton then went to the Munich Security Conference without Obama enforcer Thomas Donilon.

Politico along with Hausfrauen and Big Blog Boys love to speculate about Hillary becoming a Grandma – something Hillary has no control over. They view Hillary as “tired” or wistful, or ready to go to the glue factory after being in thoroughbred races all her life. As if. The ones who are tired and should be sent to the glue factory are those that indulge in such dildo fantasies.

The Left Talkers who endorsed Obama because he was a “media darling” should be sent to the glue factory. They are the ones who are complicit in the Third Bush Term. Any Hausfrau who buys into the Hillary glue factory nonsense already has three hooves in the Elmer’s.

What motivates Hillary? As much as she wants to leave she knows she has to save the world. The Obama boobery is killing:

“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.”

Hillary is tired – tired of the boobery. Who isn’t exhausted with the world situation and the Urkel in the Oval office? There is physical exhaustion that is easily remedied with a good night’s sleep. The exhaustion of watching boobery piled on boobery has only one solution – get rid of the boob:

“… 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.

Didn’t we write that months/years ago? The boobery is too much:

“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.”

Understand, the “difficulties” are Obama and the team at the White House assigned to attack Hillary. Read above and get the names of the “amateur night” foreign policy shop. Nicolas Sarkozy knows Obama is a boob – yes, we wrote about that too in April of 2009. Sarkozy has long seen the dangers to the world of Obama weakness.

Hillary Clinton understands the dangers. And she is one sharp lady: “Last week, excommunicated members of Libya’s embassy to the United States set up shop in an office inside the State Department.” Obama is oblivious of the danger and does not understand passion or the fierce urgency of now:

“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.”

Dispatch yourself, creep.



Obama does not care about rocks banging at the windows or the phone ringing at 3:00 a.m. Hillary knows weakness invites adventurers and danger. Hillary knows strength saves lives and already her efforts are saving lives as Gahdaffy has begun to understand not to mess with Hillary.



Obama’s dithering has made success in Libya much more difficult. We thought from the first that a well lobbed Reaganesque cruise missile aimed at the Tripoli barracks when the rebels had the upper hand was the way to go. But Obama dithered and now a much more perilous no-fly zone – led by the French – is the policy. American interests in Libya are to get rid of a menace and try to assist the forces that undermine that menace and promote other American interests.

Some of us have warned about the dangers of Obama weakness. Barack Obama is singularly weak at a moment that requires strength. Others now recognize it’s as bad as we have been saying it is:

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’... [snip]

The world feels like a dangerous place when leaders are seen to lack certitude but the only thing President Obama seems decisive about is his indecision. What should the US do about Libya? What should the US do about the Middle East in general? What about the country’s crippling debts? What is the US going to do about Afghanistan, about Iran?

What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description. [snip]

Yet Obama seems content to sit this one out. He has barely engaged in the debate. Such ostrich-like behaviour is not untypical of the 49-year-old President who burst through America’s colour barrier to become the first African-American to occupy the White House. [snip]

All of which means that it is starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second. That means not doing anything that might upset any number of special interest or niche groups, which in effect means not doing very much at all.”

The bags are packed and the pre-vacation publicity stunts, including a statement on Libya, are produced to convey the impression of engagement. The manufactured impression is not the reality however.



Obama is off to Rio. It’s up to Hillary to save the world.

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712 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Saves The World; Barack Obama Goes To Rio

  1. [Oops, the outside Cinelandia speech has been canceled. The unions in Brazil think Obama is a creep and were prepared to protest. The speech will now be in a theater- it should be a circus tent.]

    Another pricless remark from Admin.

    Back to reading…

  2. Oh Admin!!

    Politico along with Hausfrauen and Big Blog Boys love to speculate about Hillary becoming a Grandma – something Hillary has no control over. They view Hillary as “tired” or wistful, or ready to go to the glue factory after being in thoroughbred races all her life. As if. The ones who are tired and should be sent to the glue factory are those that indulge in such dildo fantasies.

  3. Helen Thomas:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0311/Helen_Thomas_to_Playboy_Jews_own_the_White_House.html

    Helen Thomas is not sorry, nor were the comments that ended her career accidental.

    I knew exactly what I was doing – I was going for broke,” she told Playboy in the magazine’s April interview. “I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up…I finally wanted to speak the truth.”

    Thomas, of course, left her perch as the dean of the White House press corps last year, after telling a rabbi and blogger that that the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.” Her family is Lebanese and she grew up in the Detroit area, home to one of the country’s densest populations of Arab Americans.

    She spoke to Playboy at length about the situation in Palestine, her feelings on American support of Israel, and her take on the Jews.

    But her most controversial comments echoed ones she’s made before about the influence of Jews in American life, which have contributed to her name being stripped from journalism awards.

    “[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction,” she told Playboy. “Power over the White House, power over Congress…Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control…It isn’t the two percent. It’s real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power. [To the interviewer] You don’t deny that. You’re Jewish, aren’t you?

    She also had some controversial views about memorializing the Holocaust.

    “There’s nothing wrong with remembering it, but why do we have to constantly remember?” she said. “We’re not at fault. I mean, if they’re going to put a Holocaust museum in every city in Germany, that’s fine with me. But we didn’t do this to the Jews. Why do we have to keep paying the price and why do they keep oppressing the Palestinians? Do the Jews ever look at themselves? Why are they always right? Because they have been oppressed throughout history, I know. And they have this persecution. That’s true, but they shouldn’t use that to dominate.”

  4. Brilliant admin!

    “Think of it as Obama’s revenge.”

    ——————
    Is that anything like Montezuma’s revenge???

  5. Splendid article, admin.

    I confess I grow discouraged. I remember the long 2008 primary and how everyone was always waiting for HRC to pull another rabbit out of her hat and she did, time and again, until the RBC publicly stole the candidacy from her. I felt so deflated. I think she felt deflated. And watching the sham of a primary when she was forced to throw her support to the POS even before the full vote . . . I have always wondered what happened.

    Then, when she took SOS, I felt hopeful that maybe there was a strategy in place but her public support for him over the past two years has been hard to take.

    I don’t know whether or not there are any more rabbits left for HRC. Much as I detest Helen Thomas’s comments about Jews, she does have a point that when someone beleives in something eventually it becomes impossible to be PC.

    “I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up…I finally wanted to speak the truth.”

    While I’m glad HRC has finally signaled public her dislike of the POS I wonder, now what. I hope she has reached the point of having to speak her truth and that her words are heard.

    I hope but I’m not convinced it will happen.

    He has been disastrous for the country and the world.

  6. Helen Thomas,

    Go check your history books lady. Yes the U.S. didn’t start it, but just like Canada they deliberately cut immigration quotas so that European Jews had no place to go. They waited like many other countries until the last minute to enter the war at the expense of many lives (not just Jews).

  7. pm317

    Hillary looks great in that Breaking News video, perfect hair.

    ——–
    Yes she does.

    She seems to be taking the bull by the horns more than ever, at least it seems that way to me.

    Makes me kind of wonder if she told the BoyKing to back off and let her do her thing or she would walk out on him, like everyone else.

  8. Admin, I don’t know if you are one or many, male or female, but I wish I had half our brain. You really are the insider, as far as I am concern, and your articles are amazing.

  9. I think we need to be careful with Trump…I read about his involvement with the Pritzer’s…I wonder if it is the same Pritzer’s of Obama’s legends??? Otherwise I like Trump!

    Hillary has got to run….she could launch a huge campaign and sink him, just because she knows of his inaction.

  10. This is a big surprise:

    “Congressional Committee With Oversight on Nuke Safety Takes in Big Dollars From Nuclear Power Industry’
    (snip)
    Based on contributions from Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2010, the industry has given over $4.6 million to lawmakers that have served since the 109th Congress. Current lawmakers have taken in more than $2.7 million in contributions in that same time frame.

    http://maplight.org/content/72579

    The amazing thing about American politicians, at any level of government, is how little is cost to “buy” then. Obama is a perfect example. A few hundred million from the banksters and big corporations returns trillions to the donors.

  11. Hillary has got to run….she could launch a huge campaign and sink him, just because she knows of his inaction.

    ——–
    Trump likes Hillary, he probably wouldn’t run if she ran.

    I am not saying I would vote for him at this point, but he is entertaining in a strange way. When the wind blows, I always watch his hair… 😉

  12. Now I’ve heard everything. Now bambi is considering reaching out to Hezbollah?

    What is he going to do? Send Hillary to talk to terrorists now?

  13. ABM 90: this bud is for you. It must be the the Rockettes in that video with Peter Allen. One of my former neighbors Mrs Nessholm was the lead dancer for that troupe in the 1940s. By the time I met her she was pretty crippled up with arthritis. She was delightful and her personality reminded me of Lynn de Rothchilde–that kind of magic. She had a robins egg blue limo which was parked in our garage and never moved–shades of Sunset Boulevard without Eric Von Strohheim. All this puts me in mind of someone else who was the quintessential dancer of those 40’s musicals.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOOpcLyB7ok&feature=related

  14. even morris gets it–and just look at his polling question to his conservative audience
    ———————————

    OBAMA: FROM LIBERAL TO INVISIBLE (AND STILL TOO LIBERAL)

    By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

    Published on DickMorris.com on March 18, 2011

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    Where is Barack Obama? Is he still in office? As he jets off with his family for a taxpayer-paid vacation in Rio, does he realize the world is falling apart around him?

    Does he realize that the radical unrest and disturbances in the Middle East are driving oil and gasoline prices so high that a double dip recession – this time with inflation – is increasingly likely?

    Does he get it that the catastrophe in Japan may wipe out 12% of the world’s economy for the time being, creating huge economic problems for the U.S.?

    Does he understand that he could have stopped the bloodshed in Libya by declaring a no fly zone three weeks ago and that if he does it now, he can still stop a brutal dictator from murdering thousands more?

    Does he know that he is still president and that he federal budget is his responsibility? Or does he plan on laying back, doing nothing, and letting the two houses of Congress fight it out?

    And how about Muslim extremism? Does he understand that a potentially disastrous Caliphate is emerging from Morocco to Iran dedicated to promoting the worst of global terrorism?

    And does he remember that we are at war in Afghanistan and that we have 369,000 troops deployed overseas, away from their families at great expense to the taxpayer? Does he realize that we are not winning in Afghanistan and probably can’t win with his current policies?

    While he bathes on the beaches of Rio, does he get it that the federal government has to borrow $40 billion a week to stay afloat and that the national debt grows by about 1% every month?

    We have gone from wishing for another president to wishing for a president! A leader to take action as these crucial challenges loom

    The image of fiddling on the beaches of South America as Rome burns is coming to define the Obama presidency.

    The right wing has always disliked Obama. Independents have usually joined in the criticism. But such weakness, passivity, and out-of-touch disconnection with events — in the face of such events! – will likely even erode his base among liberals.

    When Hillary Clinton leaks to the media that she favored stronger action in Libya and is upset with the White House dithering, can the rest of the left be far behind?

    VOTE NOW: Would Hillary Have Made A Better President Than Obama?

  15. Wow Wbboei, the results of that Dick Morris Poll

    93% Yes Hillary would have been a better president
    7% No

  16. Then there is this one:

    “(2)  A person who photographs, video records, or otherwise produces images or pictorial records, digital or otherwise, at or of a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted without the written consent of the owner, or an authorized representative of the owner, commits a felony of the first degree…”

    http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/03/15/illegal_florida_farm_photography_open2011/index.html

    I guess it’s to prevent documentation of animal abuse or the use of undocumented workers by those good Rethug Agra-businesses.

  17. Right on schedule, James Traub of the New York Times Magazine was just on CNN claiming that Obama could not have made the decision to ask for a no-fly zone before now. The time was not right and conditions were not right before now. Don’t they ever stop.

  18. “Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.”
    _________________

    I knew they had a heart somewhere- as black as it is..
    better than no heart at all-

  19. I loved that little blip on the Rio movie Admin.

    I wished it was the entire movie. Was that little BO blue lips, with no mama to help him fly and falling outta the tree at the end?

    Nah, the little blue bird was too cute to be Barry.

  20. John Smart has a good summary of the current “situation.

    (snip)
    The election results in 2010 and 2008 emerged out of genuine fears held by millions of reasonably thoughtful people. Neither Soros or the brothers Koch conjured the historical moment. They financed the response. Without a doubt these men distorted democracy, which is what excessive money does…distorts. But the ground for a messiah moment was well tilled by 2008. The backlash to it in 2009-10 (which was more naturally American) was as predictable as rain in monsoon season.
    ****
    Soros has done more damage than the Koch brothers. He didn’t finance a movement, he financed a front man in order to co-opt a political party. He was succesful.
    ****
    Emotionally there is far more commonality with the rank and file on both sides than there is with those supporting them. (Democratic support for the Wisconsin protests is all about mandatory dues that are funneled to the party. It is not principled in the least. If the Dem establishment could find another revenue stream they’d throw public unions to the wolves without a thought.)
    ***
    The financial class is the problem – the top 1% who have suffered not a wit from the destruction they rained down on the rest of us. If both sides would step back and see the real problem then there would be real change. The financial class knows this and they fear it.
    ****
    “Racism!” is now code for you are not entitled to ANY of your views.)
    **
    Until and unless those in the streets – in 2010 and 2011- understand the real enemy the cycle of deceit will continue.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/both-sides-now/#more-2877

  21. No, this is not from the Onion.

    This pathetic deluded incompetent loser is the “man” the MSM propped up in 2008 and will continue to do so. He is the post turtle: “fence post with a turtle balanced on top; he didn’t get up there by himself. He doesn’t belong there; he can’t get anything done while he’s up there”

    from washingtonpost (Ace’s site has the link) :

    ““The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”

    See, its all about Waffles all the time, America, what? No. Waffles comes first, always.

  22. EDITORIAL: Obama’s red ink grows by $2.7 trillion

    CBO revises estimate of deficit spending in president’s budget

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    When dealing with the massive spending levels of the federal government, a small rounding error can add up to big money. Now it looks like the amount of debt President Obama’s budget will generate in the coming decade will be $2.7 trillion more than expected. Oops.

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Friday updated its analysis of the government’s red ink and found the fiscal hole deeper than expected. “For the 10-year projection period as a whole, the deficit that would result under the President’s proposals – $9.5 trillion, or 4.8 percent of GDP – would be $2.7 trillion greater than the cumulative deficit projected under current law,” CBO’s report explained.

    In concrete terms, that means today’s public debt of $14.2 trillion will balloon to $23.7 trillion by the year 2021. For each American who pays taxes, that represents a $260,000 liability. The jumbo-sized deficits have a real impact on taxpayers who will end up spending more of their money on interest. That’s the case under Mr. Obama’s budget, where interest payments nearly quadruple from $260 billion to $931 billion a year in 2021. That means 3.9 percent of the nation’s entire productive output will be devoted not to funding present government operations, but to covering the excess spending of an administration long past.

    The House Republican majority has been saying the right things about reducing government spending – reducing any amount of current-year expenditures represents a breakthrough achievement in this town. The problem is that even Republicans are using Washington math, not actual arithmetic. Their proposal is to cut $61 billion from the president’s proposal, not from last year’s spending. Even if the Republican majority could push their plan into law, 2011 spending would be $3.59 trillion – a 4 percent increase over the $3.46 trillion spent in 2010.

    Americans who have cut back during the tough economic times have no patience for a Congress and administration that refuse to show any amount of true restraint. A real cut starts at $200 billion, and the Republicans should demand no less.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/18/obamas-red-ink-grows-by-27-trillion/

  23. wbboei: How well I remember the great movies when admission was 25 cents for the evening shows.Ann Miller was one of the best dancers and the Rockettes were amazing.Very few dancers today can ever come close to their talents and I have seen many in all my years.Today it is all about butts and boobs and talent is secondary.

  24. ABM90

    Today is all about looking like a Barbie Doll, and the younger you go under the knife the better. We also tend to worship teen age boys. All of the talk programs hosted with supposedly mature individuals drull over having him on, and providing some one to worship, just to get the ratings up.

    So when he bombs, gets hooked on booze and drugs, are any of them around to take care of him. You got to be kidding, it is all about the ratings and using people as much as you can.

    We use to have child labor laws, but I guess that does not apply to teen idols.

  25. Today was all Hillary on C-Span2.Great Mind Great Speaker and Great President.I watched her for at least 4 hours on many subjects with many groups and spokesmen.There is little doubt in my mind that she is running in her own way and at the right time she will emerge as the most capable person for POTUS.Applause and standing ovations becoming overwhelming after her appearances.

  26. I still think she should abandon the Dems and go as an Independent, and teach the Party a lesson. However, Hill will not do that. She is much more forgiving than I am.

  27. The Republicans have their own unique under the radar organizations which work together known as the Fellowship and also the “FAMILY.”

    The Fellowship Foundation is linked to numerous other organizations:

    * Wilberforce Foundation[1] IRS Form 990 filings confirm that Wilberforce is related to and shares common management with the Fellowship Foundation.[22]

    * Traditional Values Coalition. Uses the C Street Center for “faith-based diplomacy”[14] in the fight against what Louis P. Sheldon calls the “Marxist/Leftist/Homosexual/Islamic coalition.”[23]

    * Three Swallows Foundation[24][25][26]
    * International Center for Religion & Diplomacy[27]
    * Young Life International[28]
    * Trees for the Future[29]
    * National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise[29]
    * Cornerstone Development[29]
    * World Concern[29]
    * Project Mercy[29]
    * Timothy Trust[29]
    * Associación Desarrollo en Democracia[29]
    * World Vision[30]

    A list of Congressional members and other names that may be familiar to you at link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_%28Christian_organization%29

  28. Thanks, admin, for the excellent research. When you don’t see me post for a few days, it means I am on-call that week, and barely have time to read BigPink, let alone contribute. But when there is a lull in the action, it’s the first place I go. Second is to check on my Lakers and Raiders, then my bank account.

    And it’s not just admin, but so many of the tight knit core bring great info here. And even the less frequent posters often bring up really good stuff.

    There are obviously gadjillions of web sites, but this is like my very first stop of the day, and my last. Why?

    Okay, yeah, I loathe Obama to the bottom of my left testicle.

    And obviously, with every passing day, Hillary continues to prove why she’s worthy of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office.

    And yes, there are many repubs who must be wondering, “Gee, there’s absolutely no one in my party who is as competent and trustworthy as That Woman”.

    So I come here for the scoop, the dialog, the humor, sometimes to share, sometimes to entertain, sometimes to watch videos of great musicians or comedians.

    But the underlying purpose here is that this dialog is like a nutritional supplement, which builds the spine of the Dems, Centrists, (and any other American concerned with our country’s well-being), so we can identify corrupt leaders and replace them with the few good ones that are left. And there is one special person we have in mind who can lead the Democrats and the country out of the dark cave.

  29. $20. bucks….wow! Where are they going to have enough to buy their dope?? I guess the rethugs want to lock everyone up that doesn’t agree with them…

  30. rgb44hrc
    March 18th, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    ——————–

    wow, what a nice thing to say. I speak for others here when I say we love your humor-filled repartee on articles and events.

  31. wbboei:You got me looking back at some great and old memories about movies.The first were silent mostly westerners with dialogue on the screen and a lady at an old upright piano a lamp and sheet music to promote the excitement of the screen scenes.In the 20,s along comes the first talkie AL Jolson in a musical called THE JAZZ SINGER and th song was Mammy.I have been blessed to have lived so long and can recall so many generational first.Nough said.

  32. tim
    March 18th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    from washingtonpost (Ace’s site has the link) :

    ““The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.””
    ——————

    Is he begging for money again? The only things he has he can sell are his name and his appearance.

  33. Wow Wbboei, the results of that Dick Morris Poll

    93% Yes Hillary would have been a better president
    7% No

    ————-
    Dah, WINNER!

  34. “The Republicans have their own unique under the radar organizations which work together known as the Fellowship and also the “FAMILY.””
    ****
    a And when you read about some low life screwing underage teens or caught in public men’s room…It’s usually a Rethug politician or a fundie preacher. With the fundie preacher, the response by the congregation is pretty much the same “He is such a good man, pray for him, the devil got him.”

  35. Obama will speak at Cinelandia Square
    *********

    When I first read it I thought you said Cinderella Square, somehow seems fitting

  36. There are pics at the site, just awful, the gapping hole at the nuclear site, the plant chief weeping…can you say suicide watch. Pretty terrifying stuff…
    ***********

    The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people

    By DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    Last updated at 2:13 AM on 19th March 2011
    Comments (182)
    Add to My Stories
    Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete – as happened at Chernobyl
    Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters
    Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five – the same as Three Mile Island
    We will rebuild from scratch says Japanese prime minister
    Particles spewed from wrecked Fukushima power station arrive in California
    Military trucks tackle reactors with tons of water for second day

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367684/Nuclear-plant-chief-weeps-Japanese-finally-admit-radiation-leak-kill-people.html#ixzz1H0jD4GnC

  37. Say it isn’t so. Too funny!

    ****

    Barack H. Obama Elementary to close
    By Rachel Rose Hartman

    The Barack H. Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, N.J. will be shuttered this summer, largely due to low enrollment, the Asbury Park Press reports.

  38. In 2008 there was a thoroughbred and a show horse:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/262118/whiniest-president-ever-rich-lowry

    It was fashionable at the end of the 1970s, after a dreary parade of presidential failures punctuated by Jimmy Carter, to say the presidency had grown too unwieldy. The historian Barbara Tuchman spoke for all the academic and journalistic believers in the theory of the impossible presidency when she mused, “Maybe some form of plural executive is needed, such as they have in Switzerland.”

    Ah, yes, the wonders of the plural executive. Why didn’t that occur to James Madison?

    Pres. Barack Obama has belatedly joined the ranks of presidential fatalists. The job isn’t too complex necessarily; it’s too damn influential. According to the New York Times, Obama has been telling aides that it’d be easier to be president of China. No one hangs on Hu Jintao’s every word, or expects global leadership from a grasping, one-party state that has never been a beacon to the world.

    In the history of presidential lamentations, this has to rank among the most pathetic. It brings to mind the affecting scene from The King’s Speech when Colin Firth, playing the stammering monarch-to-be, breaks down and weeps at the prospect of the crown being thrust upon him: “I’m not a king.” Except Barack Obama campaigned for two years straight to be president of the United States — and doesn’t stutter.

    The proximate cause of Obama’s angst is the crisis in Libya. Obama announced that Moammar Qaddafi must go, and proceeded to do nothing that might give his words any bite. [snip] But decide already. If Obama wasn’t going to aid the rebels in any way — not even recognize their provisional government, not even arm them — he should have modulated his words accordingly.

    Obama lacks executive flair. [snip]

    Osama bin Laden famously talked of the weak horse and the strong horse. Obama is the show horse. As a U.S. senator, he distinguished himself more by saying things than by passing legislation. In the White House, he has replicated his role as the non-legislating legislator on a grand scale. His successes have been as the leader of the Democrats in Congress, although even here, the word “leader” applies only loosely. He set the broad goals and gave the speeches; otherwise, he let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid run riot. [snip]

    At the dawn of America’s global power, a bumptious Theodore Roosevelt raced to make America’s influence felt around the world — and earned a Nobel Peace Prize as a result. President Obama gives off a sense of world-weariness and exhaustion with America’s leadership — and has earned a Nobel Peace Prize as a result. He reflects the deep vein of declinism running through the country’s elite, the same class of people who pronounced the presidency uninhabitable just as Ronald Reagan arrived to prove them wrong.

    Today, as in the late 1970s, the job isn’t too big, nor is the country too powerful: The man is too small.

  39. Several years ago there was an excellent series on BBC called House of Cards. It was a fictionalized account of what occurred in the Tory Party after Maggie Thatcher stepped down as prime minister. His replacement is an Obama sort of chap, way over his head, and this becomes apparent to all shortly after he takes office. Of course, there is more to it than just that. His incompetence is highlighted by his adversaries who use the back channel of the press quite effectively and the headlines foreshadow his demise. This fictionalized piece draws heavily on real life and is told from the perspective of a Machiavellian senior chief whip who slits the throats of his victims with real panache, even as they express great confidence in him and look elsewhere for their tormentors. On one such occasion, the whip visits the private home of the foreign secretary of state who ran against the prime minister in the preceding election. Whereupon, the following confidential discussion ensues between the two of them. The relevance to our current situation will be obvious:

    Whip: I need to take your mind Patrick and this has got to be one of those meetings that never took place.

    Secretary: If this is what I think it is . . .

    Whip: We are in trouble Patrick and there is a view around that this is not a passing phase.

    Whip: This view says that the problem is the Prime Minister. He is dragging the party down.

    Whip: And he refuses to see the danger. He is preparing to call an election and this is a bad mistake.

    Whip: You understand this is not necessarily my perspective. (Note: even though he is leaking damaging information about the Prime Minister to a reporter who is publishing it and public confidence is waning as a consequence).

    Secretary: who do you speak for?

    Whip: in absolute confidence, three very senior cabinet ministers.

    Whip: Mr. Secretary do you think he has what it takes to be Prime Minister?

    Whip: And if he could be . . . persuaded to retire, would you be interested in taking his place? (Note: or do you just want to be a grandmother?)

    Secretary: (rising from his chair and pacing the floor) Well you certainly come to the point. Let’s analyze the situation:

    Secretary: first, do we have a problem? Yes, we all see it, and so do our constituents.

    Secretary: second, do we really need to do something about it, or will it go away? In other words, can we ride out the rough patch? . . . That is very much up to the Prime Minister. In my own view he does not have what it takes and that view is shared by many other

    Secretary: if we get rid of him too early we will look like a bunch of colonels in a banana republic. But if we wait too long, the party will be in ruins.

    Whip: are you still interested in the Prime Ministers job?

    Secretary: yes. I stood against him when Maggie (Thatcher) stepped down and I would do it again with the right support.

    Secretary: I still think I am the best candidate and if I stand again I would be looking for your support.

    Secretary: but it is too soon right (now since we are only in his first year). The public will need a few months to get used to the idea that he is not getting the job done. But we cannot wait too long.

    Whip: Thank you for your candor. I will continue to take soundings with others and keep you fully informed.

  40. They love Obama in Rio. From AFP:

    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/03/media-blackout-protesters-firebomb-us-consulate-in-brazil-ahead-of-obama-trip/

    Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to break up a demonstration outside the US consulate in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, as US President Barack Obama prepares to visit the country, AFP reports.
    Some 300 people had gathered at the site when Brazilian Military Police showed up and tried to break up the demonstration.

    Police cracked down on the crowd after protesters hurled a molotov cocktail at the consulate door, the O Globo newspaper reported on its website.

    “I was in the center of the protest when people began to run and I heard shots,” said AFP photographer Vanderlei Almeida. “I had to get out of there because it was hard to breathe.”

    Almeida was struck by two rubber bullets — one hit him in the leg, and the other in his stomach.
    Several protesters were detained, Almeida said.

    Photos of “Obama Go Home” here: http://www.verumserum.com/?p=22726

  41. Obama will speak at Cinelandia Square
    ————————————
    The world does not need to hear this prick who has been hiding from the problem which Hillary and Sarkosi worked it out, rise up only now and attempt to take credit for action, when he has been a study in inaction. Lest we forget, his focus was on basketball and hob nobbing with the big media butt boys like Chuckie Cheese Todd at the Gridiron Club. Tapper alas could not be there but he sent a cordial note which said good evening Mr President and nothing more. Butlers are to be seen and not heard. His knowledge of foreign policy is limited to what he learned in a Kenyan Village, which big media promoted at the time. Apart from them, only the blindest bot could fail to see that he is not up to the job, and is tearing the country and party down. All things considered, perhaps he is the pig that big media has been trying to put lipstick on.

  42. 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.

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

    LOL!

  43. They love Obama in Rio. From AFP:
    ————————–
    From Rio to Nome to Capetown to Cairo to Mecca to Medina to Moscow to Manchuria and all points in between, Barack Huessein continues to spell bind his audiences, win friends and convert enemies such is the power of his rhetoric. Put differently, to know him is to love him. But, life is uncertain, so eat desert first and when Obama rises to speak in those distant lands where he promised so much and delivered so little watch out for flying tomatoes. A prophet hath no honor in his own country–or in Rio, Nome, Capetown etc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC-d2AkPqcE&feature=related

  44. She seems to be taking the bull by the horns more than ever, at least it seems that way to me.

    Makes me kind of wonder if she told the BoyKing to back off and let her do her thing or she would walk out on him, like everyone else.

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

    Now, that fits with all her “No”‘s about future jobs. If she’s really announcing retirement, then she’s got nothing to lose by speaking out and going for broke now.

    (Of course I hope she’s bluffing, or will change her mind later….)

  45. He didn’t finance a movement, he financed a front man in order to co-opt a political party. He was succesful.

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

    Well, some person or persons co-opted a movement, damn them.

  46. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said.

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

    That’s after you find out that the name is the only unuusal thing about him. Under the name and skin, he’s just another puppet of Wall Street, like Reagan.

  47. Thank you for the Emmy, dolly and linda video. I absolutely adore them ( especially Emmy Lou) Thanks!!!

  48. Obama undermines the State dept’s message: “Gaddafi has GOT TO GO.” While Jarrett/Obama work to protect Gaddafi’s continued dictatorship in Libya protecting a murdering criminal.
    ________________________________

    Obama: A ‘Focused’ Mission in Libya

    March 18, 2011 By Daniel Foster

    President Obama today demanded that Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi suspend attacks against rebels or face military repercussions. He issued a blunt ultimatum to Qaddafi to cease attacks against rebels opposing his regime or face enforcement of the U.N. Security Council resolution “through military action.” The terms of a cessation, Obama said, must include the halting of the advance on Benghazi, and the pulling back of forces from Ajdabiya, Misrata, and Zawiya.

    Obama warned that failure to follow through on the resolution would mean “the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.” But he was clear to add that the “focused” international humanitarian mission would not include American ground troops.

    “And we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal: specifically the protection of civilians in Libya,” Obama said. Indeed, senior administration officials are already leaking (anonymously) to the likes of CNN that the no-fly zone could be ‘canceled’ if Qaddafi pulls back — setting up a scenario where the West would allow Qaddafi to stay in power:

    This official, who spoke on background because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, said that “right now, we’re focused on stopping the violence.”

    Clinton said Friday, “The first and overwhelming urgent action is to end the violence. And we have to see a clear set of decisions that are operationalized on the ground by Gadhafi’s forces to move physically a significant distance away from the east, where they have been pursuing their campaign against the opposition.”

    The purpose of the no-fly zone, the administration official said, is to prevent Gadhafi from attacking his own people.

    “It’s not designed to have him go. That’s not the purpose,” the official said. “The purpose of the military action is to prevent massive humanitarian loss of life, to stop the violence. If the violence stops, then you shouldn’t leap to say then the military action will continue until he leaves.”

    The ultimate aim of U.S. policy, the administration official said, remains to force Gadhafi step down. But to accomplish that, the administration’s strategy hinges on “sequencing.”

    “There are a lot of different measures,” the official said. “If you have a cease-fire in place that is verifiable, then you can continue turning the noose without taking necessarily further action. What we’re trying to do is freeze his advance. And then work from there to what was the original call, which was that he has lost legitimacy and he needs to go. But you have to sequence it.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/262516/obama-focused-mission-libya-daniel-foster

    Washington (CNN) — Even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the ultimate goal for the U.S. was to see Libya’s president cede power, a senior administration official says the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone and military action to support it would not necessarily last until Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi steps down.

    read more at link:

    h…. edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/18/us.libya.no.fly/

  49. This is for TIM!

    Tim, I just got in from having a very late night/early morning breakfast with Sophie B, Gigi and friends. I told her you posted this all the time and she was thrilled, and thought you were so nice for doing that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwEiQOVzXdA

    So now ya know – she knows!

    Love,

    Norma

  50. not sure why the double post –

    Admin – please delete the first. There is a typo anyway!

    Thanks

  51. In this type of situation, the world community should have been called for help instead of speculating they could handle it themselves. The first few days when the crisis began were the most crucial for deciding their success or failure. After all, the world is affected by the outcome of their efforts. Every country has a dog in this fight for containment of dangerous radiation leaks spreading world wide.
    _____________________

    The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people

    By David Derbyshire
    19th March 2011

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367684/Nuclear-plant-chief-weeps-Japanese-finally-admit-radiation-leak-kill-people.html

  52. Mrs. Smith
    March 19th, 2011 at 3:27 am
    Obama undermines the State dept’s message: “Gaddafi has GOT TO GO.” While Jarrett/Obama work to protect Gaddafi’s continued dictatorship in Libya protecting a murdering criminal.
    ————————
    Good insight. It corroborates the Morris comment I posted about Obama.

  53. “And we are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal: specifically the protection of civilians in Libya,” Obama said. Indeed, senior administration officials are already leaking (anonymously) to the likes of CNN that the no-fly zone could be ‘canceled’ if Qaddafi pulls back — setting up a scenario where the West would allow Qaddafi to stay in power:
    ————————-
    To the likes of CNN. This sentence structure implies a contempt for CNN which is well earned. They are after all not a legitimate news organization, but an organ of state media. The fact that this would be done anonymously rather than forthrightly is not clever, cute or tactical–it is symptomatic of the duplicity Obama is famous for. And how do you suppose the leader of France feels about this? The leader who on a prior occasion when Obama sought to suppress evidence of Iran’s alarming progress toward development and deployment of a nuclear weapon, that “we live in the real world Mr Obama, not a virtual one”. Obviously, Obama is not part of that “we”, because Bambi continues to behave like this is some rock video and not reality. To hear that this prick plans to raise a billion dollars for 2012 and to focus his attention on the kind of thing that brings him adulation which is of course campaigning, as opposed to the kind of thing that protects the country which is of course governing should be enough for sober rational people to run him out of town. At some point, this is no longer a question of politics, but rather a question of common sense. Or perhaps the law of holes which decrees very simply that when you are in one–stop digging.

  54. I was thinking tonight that it would be smart–real smart–to block out big media and get the internatonal news from AJ and BBC. They seem to be far more intelligent, thorough and even handed on most matters than big media–which is propaganda for dummies. In other words, pray tell why waste your time with CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS when you have clear alternatives. Apart from their Clinton derangement syndrome, FOX seems much better than the rest of the herd at least to me. They would be even better however if they got rid of O’Reilly and Geraldo who are in the tank for Obama. They have nothing to add to the debate.

  55. If we are cleaning house over at FOX, Hannity must GO as well. Obviously he’s not going to get over his extreme Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

  56. This morning a canned ABC news video says this was cancelled:
    President Barack Obama’s visit to Brazil is largely about establishing a fresh relationship on a big stage with Brazil’s new president, Dilma Rousseff. But plans for a joint news conference Saturday, with questions from the U.S. and Brazilian media, are now in doubt. The White House says the Brazilians are balking at the idea of a news conference….
    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/03/18/camera-ready-obama-news-conference-in-brazil-in-doubt/?mod=WSJBlog

    More from Washington Times: Instead, the two leaders will merely “deliver remarks to the media” following their bilateral meeting at the Palacio do Planalto, according to a White House press schedule. http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2011/mar/18/press-conference-president-obama-and-brazilian-pre/

    The crawl at local WNEP also used the word ‘excursion’ in reference to the Obama’s 5 day trip.
    He is not doing well.
    Admin, the number of your previous posts suitable for reference with this current one is astounding. You have a ‘Bill-Clinton-like’ outline in your mind, which fact is beyond amazing.

  57. Supermoon tonight! Since I started my piddling photography hobby I am fascinated by capturing the moon and it is so darned hard. May be not tonight because it is bigger and brighter..

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110318/sc_space/supermoonrisesbiggestfullmoonin18yearsoccurssaturdaynight

    Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a “supermoon.”

    On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011: a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. And only 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full. [Photos: Our Changing Moon]

    At its peak, the supermoon of March may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons (when the moon is at its farthest from Earth), weather permitting. Yet to the casual observer, it may be hard to tell the difference.

  58. “Good insight. It corroborates the Morris comment I posted about Obama.”
    _________________

    Actually, no. I’ve corroborated nothing about Morris, the Hillary HATER speaking to a Republican audience when he said:

    “When Hillary Clinton leaks to the media that she favored stronger action in Libya and is upset with the White House dithering, can the rest of the left be far behind?”

    ______________________

    First of all, Hillary doesn’t represent the left, she is apolitical at this point.. And second, Hillary doesn’t leak information from the State Dept. The information leaks from the State Dept are coming from anonymous sources/officials from the State Dept.

    We are in a stage of transition- Hillary is about to quit as SOS and we don’t know what her plans are- Morris is very clever with his words. His sole target was Obama, which was fine with me.. when he starts blurring the lines of what Hillary said, assigning words and actions to her that never happened, he steps over the line and that is when he needs to be called out for it. Why would I allow myself to be used for exponentially corroborating a toe sucking untrustworthy hater of Hillary Clinton.

    Here is what Hillary said:

    “Clinton said Friday, “The first and overwhelming urgent action is to end the violence. And we have to see a clear set of decisions that are operationalized on the ground by Gadhafi’s forces to move physically a significant distance away from the east, where they have been pursuing their campaign against the opposition.”

  59. This is important and perhaps we will do a complete article on it.

    Just by way of warning, the New York Times today has a report which is a big cya. The story is heavily larded with Obama “sources”. The sources are clearly people like Rice at the UN and “monster” Power at the White House.

    The New York Times report is an attempt to explain away why Barack voted “present” and is a pushback against all the stories emerging that demonstrate he is not on the job.

    This is the New York Times link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/world/africa/19policy.html?hp

    Republican/conservative HotAir (among other right wing sources has the story more accurate than the Times). Here is a link and an excerpt: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/18/report-obama-realized-on-tuesday-that-sanctions-werent-stopping-qaddafi/

    The italic quote is from ABC news and note the Hillary angle and the difference in how the Times and ABC cover her role:

    Amazing. By Tuesday night, Qaddafi had already rolled over multiple rebel towns and was laying waste to Ajdabiya, which was the last stop before Benghazi. As far back as March 11, four days before his revelation that sanctions wouldn’t be enough, I was wondering how Obama could possibly say we were “tightening the noose” on Qaddafi when he’d been advancing steadily against the rebels by that point for a solid week. Until now, I assumed that the reason the UN waited so long to act was because (a) the traditional diplomatic haggling with Russia and China was dragging on and/or (b) Obama had had a sudden change of heart, for whatever reason, after resolving not to intervene.

    But … no. Apparently, intervention was always the next step. It just took until Tuesday, for whatever bizarre reason, for that next step to be taken.

    Presented with intelligence [on Tuesday] about the push of the Gadhafi regime to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the president told his national security team “what we’re doing isn’t stopping him.”

    Some in his administration, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been pushing for stronger action, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, administration sources tell ABC News, that the president became convinced sanctions and the threat of a no-fly zone wouldn’t be enough.

    Already skeptical that a no-fly zone would not have enough of an impact given all the ground attacks, the president met with his national security team from 4:10 pm ET to 5:10 pm ET and asked for more military and diplomatic options, sources tell ABC News…

    Rice was instructed to broaden the UN Security Council resolution offered by Lebanon to permit more military might, allowing for the international coalition to stop not just Libyan planes but other Libyan assets such as tanks.

    As of 9:40 ET on Tuesday morning, France’s foreign minister already knew that the situation was so dire that a NFZ might well come too late. On Monday night, by 6 p.m. ET, AFP was warning that shells had already started raining down on Ajdabiya and offered this bit of “intelligence”:

    The lightly-armed rebels have been pushed back some 200 kilometres by superior forces in the past week and are now only 170 kilometres from Benghazi, Libya’s second city with a population of around one million.

    The rebels braced for new attacks knowing they could expect little quarter from Kadhafi’s troops equipped with heavy weaponry and warplanes to which they have virtually no answer.

    More than 24 hours before that, by 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Christian Science Monitor was reporting on the collapse in rebel morale as Qaddafi’s troops pushed on mercilessly towards the east. I’m really curious: If sanctions plus threats hadn’t worked by then, what on earth did The One think was going to happen between Sunday and Tuesday to get Qaddafi to stop and turn back? Or is this whole story about dire new intelligence just cover for his own dithering? The only strategic explanation I can come up with is that they knew all along that a no-fly zone wouldn’t be enough and therefore deliberately held off until things got very desperate so that they could push a resolution that would let them target Qaddafi’s assets on the ground too. That makes sense politically — if they had gotten a no-fly resolution right away and then tried to expand it, the media would have gone nuts about escalation and “quagmires,” etc — but waiting that long was incredibly risky. Even now, 24 hours after the Security Council voted, it may be too late to protect Benghazi.

    Back to Big Pink: The great untold story is the alliance between Hillary and Sarkozy. Hillary was not, as the New York Times reports “juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy”. She was talking very clearly and letting Sarkozy know that Obama was a boob and she needed assistance from the French to get things done. While Hillary could not be explicit, she did not soft soap the “inconsistencies” – indeed she did her best to make sure even the dullest Frenchman would understand “the inconsistencies” and derive the appropriate lesson from what she was saying in diplo-speak.

    Sarkozy got the message Hillary wanted to convey. Sarkozy has thought Obama was a boob long ago (recall his remarks at the security council meeting and leaks to French newspapers mocking and slapping Obama).

  60. Admin, Obama shot himself in the foot by joking about Hillary in the Gridiron party. Now if his handlers come back with, no, no he was always on the case just waiting for the right moment, yeah, who will believe them? Somebody should burn down the NYT..

  61. PM317 today is supposed to be the “supermoon” period when the moon will appear really big. You better get a wide lens. 🙂

  62. from admins post:

    NYT report on action taken:

    During a meeting with Mr. Obama and his top national security aides — Ms. Rice was on video teleconference from New York; Mrs. Clinton from Paris — Ms. Rice sought to allay Mr. Gates’s concern that a no-fly zone by itself would not be enough to halt Colonel Qaddafi’s progress, recalled officials attending the meeting.

    “Susan basically said that it was possible to get a tougher resolution” that would authorize a fuller range of options, including the ability to bomb Libyan government tanks on the road to Benghazi, the rebel stronghold in the east, administration official said.

    “That was the turning point” for Mr. Obama, the official said. The president was scheduled to go to a dinner with military veterans that night; he told his aides to draw up military plans. And he instructed Ms. Rice to move forward with a broader resolution at the Security Council.

    She already had one ready — drawn up the week before, just in case, officials said. Besides asking for an expanded military campaign, Ms. Rice loaded up the resolution with other items on the American wish list, including the authorization to use force to back an arms embargo against Libya. “We knew it would be a heavy lift to get any resolution through; our view was we might as well get as much as we could,” Ms. Rice said in a telephone interview.

    On Wednesday at the Security Council, Russia put forward a competing resolution, calling for a cease-fire — well short of what the United States wanted. But the French, who had been trying to get a straight no-fly resolution through, switched to back the tougher American wording. And they “put it in blue” ink — U.N. code for calling for a vote.

  63. admin
    March 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am
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    Admin, I know, I know.. I should upgrade my operations befitting a supermoon.

  64. Lots more evidence on what Hillary was up to is coming in. As this report states the G8 ministers were “puzzled” but it is not because Hillary was not communicating effectively. To the contrary Hillary specifically wanted to generate the “puzzled” reaction in order to let them know not to expect coherence from the boob.

    From the Foreign Policy report which is being widely quoted:

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/18/how_obama_turned_on_a_dime_toward_war?wpisrc=obinsite

    When Clinton met with the G8 foreign ministers on Monday, she didn’t lay out whether the United States had a favored response to the unfolding crisis in Libya, leaving her European counterparts completely puzzled. She met Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril in Paris but declined to respond positively to his request for assistance. This all gave the impression that Clinton was resisting intervention. In fact, she supported intervention, State Department official said, but had to wait until the Tuesday night meeting so that she didn’t get out ahead of U.S. policy.

    Hillary had to wait because all her enemies (yes Denis we mean you) had to be outwitted.

    On the other side of the ledger were some Obama administration officials who were reportedly wary of the second- and third-degree effects of committing to a lengthy military mission in Libya. These officials included National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was also opposed to attacking Libya and had said as much in several public statements.

    Not only did Hillary have to deal with the idiot Hillary Haters, Hillary had the added burden of opposing Defense Secretary Gates – who is usually a Clinton ally as well as a brilliant bureaucratic infighter:

    Obama’s Tuesday night decision to push for armed intervention was not only a defining moment in his ever-evolving foreign policy, but also may have marked the end of the alliance between Clinton and Gates — an alliance that has successfully influenced administration foreign policy decisions dating back to the 2009 Afghanistan strategy review.

    Gates is clearly not on board with what’s going on and now the Defense Department may have an entirely another war on its hands that he’s not into,” said Clemons. “Clinton won the bureaucratic battle to use DOD resources to achieve what’s essentially the State Department’s objective… and Obama let it happen.”

    Biden was also on Gates’ side.

    Hillary will have to regain the confidence of Gates after beating him rather badly. Both Hillary and Gates must realize they have to keep the idiots at bay and their alliance is very important. There are a lot of Obama creeps who want to break up the Hillary/Gates alliance.

    Steve Clemons finally gets what we have been saying all along – Obama does not have a world view and that leads to boobery:

    “The fact that Obama pivoted on a dime shows that the White House is flying without a strategy and that we have a reactive presidency right now and not a strategic one.”

  65. Regarding the comments above that “Minnesota R’s are trying to make it a CRIME for a poor person to have more than $20 cash!!! ZOMG the inhumanity!”

    Um, did any of those hyperventilating bloggers spreading this scaremongering bother to read or research the actual law?, or are they just spreading around what they heard on another blog?

    The bill does not make it a crime to have more than $20 in one’s possession.

    “Electronic benefit transfer or EBT debit card. (a) Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cardholders in the general assistance program and the Minnesota supplemental aid program under chapter 256D and programs under chapter are prohibited from withdrawing cash from an automatic teller machine or receiving cash from vendors with the EBT debit card. The EBT debit card may only be used as a debit card.

    Beginning July 1, 2011, cash benefits for programs listed under paragraph (a) must be issued on a separate EBT card with the head of household’s name printed on the card. The card must also state that “It is unlawful to use this card to purchase tobacco products or alcoholic beverages.” This card must be issued within 30 calendar days of an eligibility determination. During the initial 30 calendar days of eligibility, a recipient may have cash benefits issued on an EBT card without the recipient’s name printed on the card. This card may be the same card on which food support is issued and does not need to meet the requirements of this section.(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), EBT cardholders may opt to have up to $20 per month accessible via automatic teller machine or receive up to $20 cash back from vendor.”

    The law does NOTHING to “limit” the amount of money that a poor person can carry on their person, nor criminalize them for doing so. It’s an attempt to rein in abuses of the system whereby some recipients of a state assistance debit card would, at the beginning of the month, take the card and withdraw all the cash, and use it to buy drugs, alcohol, etc. It also deals with the problems with the initial card issued which is a “generic, temporary” card with no picture on it, and thus is easily used by someone other than the needy person, and thus has a street value. That’s a very real problem in many states.

    One can argue whether limiting cash withdrawals on the EBT card is the best way to combat this, or whether the new law might have unintended consequences. But their point is that the EBT is a debit card provided with the express purpose of paying bills and buying necessities – it’ was never intended for easy cash access to be all withdrawn by dad for his drunk at the beginning of the month, leaving the family screwed for the rest of the month.

    I have no problem with anyone arguing that the bill is not a good bill – not the best way to solve the problem. Or that the $20 limit on cash withdrawals ought to be more like $100. But the ridiculous claims flying around about the evil republicans hating the poor and wanting to jail them for having money in their pocket are just hysterical flights of knee-jerk demagoguery.

    http://www.catawissagazetteer.blogspot.com/2011/03/minnesota-republicans-and-lefty-liars.html

  66. The hyperbole is wearying, and will backfire on the stupid lefty bloggers. Is it so unreasonable to say that the public who is footing the bill has a right to exercise some control over that money being spent for its intended helpful purpose? How exactly is that “oppressive” and evuhl and nasty and all the other words being thrown around?

    Is a position of “just give people money, but you are to have no say in how it’s spent or whether there are abuses, you selfish bad cretin!” really the message the left wants to be identified with? Really? That’s how we want to be seen? That’s going to make the average taxpayer really love the left, fer sure.

    These idiots keep reinforcing every meme out there about the left being profligate and irresponsible and pie-in-the-sky unrealistic morons who are not to be trusted with a checkbook. Misguided attempts like this to make the R’s look cold-hearted and selfish actually only end up making them look like the adults in the room. And that’s not good for either the left or the country.

  67. admin
    March 19th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Yes, this account of the events transpiring seems to be the most logical. Hillary was the chessmaster in this game not the hamhanded “leaker” as she was portrayed in conservative accounts…
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    “Clinton won the bureaucratic battle to use DOD resources to achieve what’s essentially the State Department’s objective… and Obama let it happen.”

  68. I think Gates is not much of a hawk nor is he strategic. He was right for winding down the operations in Iraq but on Afghanistan, I think his vision has been murky and certainly now with Libya. They are all thinking too much about the anti-war contingency when they should be thinking about what the right thing to do and how to make it work for us which is Hillary’s angle (not the least of which is the idealism in her position — you just don’t kill your own and as BC would say it is an unfair fight.)

  69. (another) Strong earthquake hits northeastern Japan

    2011-03-19

    TOKYO, March 19 (Xinhua) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the 18:56 p.m.(0956 GMT) quake. No tsunami warning was issued.

    The focus of the quake was in the northern parts of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of about 20 kilometers, the agency said.

    The tremor was widely felt in the surrounding prefectures. The building of Xinhua’s office in downtown Tokyo swayed for several seconds.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-03/19/c_13787765.htm

  70. Watching CNN waiting for Hillary to come on to speak. The French President is showing all the balls.

  71. There was a story yesterday on Yahoo! about how a school in Asbury Park, NJ was closing down. The funny thing about the school was that it had been renamed the Barack H. Obama school in 2010. Since I like to write comments on Yahoo! stories, (trollish at times to aggravate Øbamites), I responded to the following comment:

    I’m a liberal Democrat and I’m beginning to wonder if history will even remember the Obama presidency. I’m sure conservatives will remember it, but liberals scratch their heads in frustration over this guy.
    ========
    There were 6 responses to this liberal Democrat.

    My response:

    I’m not trying to be mean, but thanks for nothing, Jeff. You could have had Hillary which would have been a vast improvement.

    Here are 2 of the other comments:

    • I’m no longer a Democrat. I just hope someone from the Democrat Party can challenge & beat this guy. I agree w/Cpt. America – Hillary would have been better. Hell, she’s the acting President now..

    • This is what happens when people stray away from their principles because they are afraid to be called a racist. democrats should have stayed with their original choice of Hillary Clinton..

    I post this only because I want you all to know that I am in the habit of throwing little digs out there about Øbama being a loser that I didn’t vote for, and how Hillary would have been so much better a president. I do this to reinforce the feelings of those Øbama supporters who are having a bad case of indigestion with regards to their decision to support him. I also do it to get other Democrats like myself to write negative comments about Øbama and his administration. I have finally begun to see other Democrats writing anti-Obama comments like the following which was thumbed up by 64 people and thumbed down by just 2:

    This is why the Dems and Obama are in BIG trouble come 2012………….
    .
    This post is from a die-hard Democrat all his life…………………
    .
    “I have been a registered Dem since 1971 and have absolutely no use for the far left wing uber liberals that have hijacked the Dem party.”
    .
    Yeah, I know, Democrats and Liberals will just dismiss this as …………..”You made that up”……….Whatever. Keep living in denial.
    .
    Anyone who ever reads the comment sections everywhere across the entire web knows that these types of comments from Democrats are all too frequently popping up more and more. Eventually people do wake up, just a matter of time.
    ===============

    The above could have be written by me as it is exactly how I feel right now. This is all mentioned because the veil is being lifted little by little. I try to do whatever I can to help in that respect. The reward is reading comments like above. Sting the true Øbama believers with constant digs of how electing Hillary Clinton would have been a much better choice, and remind them about how lousy Barack Øbama is. Boy, do I have my fun sometimes. I have become a troll for Hillary, although admittedly, I’ll troll for Sarah Palin, too. 🙂

  72. Stay in Paris Hillary!

    The French lead:

    http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/international/French_planes_fly_over_Libya%20_Gaddafi_hits_Benghazi.html?cid=29611886

    French reconnaissance planes flew over Libya on Saturday, in the first sign that international air strikes may be imminent while Muammar Gaddafi’s forces tried to push into the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

    There are French reconnaissance aircraft over Libya,” a French military source told Reuters at 2:15 p.m. British time.

    The advance by Gaddafi’s troops into Libya’s second city of 670,000 people appeared to be an attempt to pre-empt Western air strikes which diplomats say will come after an international meeting currently underway in Paris.

    A Libyan rebel spokesman said Gaddafi’s forces had entered Benghazi while a Reuters witness saw a jet circling over the city shot down and at least one separate explosion near the rebel movement’s headquarters in the city.

    “They have entered Benghazi from the west. Where are the Western powers? They said they could strike within hours,” rebel military spokesman Khalid al-Sayeh told Reuters.

    Hundreds of cars full of refugees headed east from Benghazi towards the Egyptian border. One family of 13 women from a grandmother to small children, fled Benghazi on Saturday morning.

    “I’m here because when the bombing started last night my children were vomiting from fear,” said one of them, a doctor, sitting crying in the lobby of a hotel on the road to Egypt. “All I want to do is get my family to a safe place and then get back to Benghazi to help. My husband is still there.”

  73. admin
    March 19th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Stay in Paris Hillary!
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    oh, no! Sarkozy will adopt Clinton as his Foreign minister..

  74. Via Gateway Pundit ( http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/03/the-circle-is-complete-obama-not-only-embraces-bush-policies-but-is-copying-his-speeches-too/ ) this story from Fox Nation on Obama using Bush lines:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/george-w-bush/2011/03/18/obama-copies-bush-speech

    Obama closed Friday’s remarks by saying, “I’ve taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong.” Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said: “To all the men and women in our military … I say this: Your mission is defined. Your objectives are clear. Your goal is just.” Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.

    Also on Friday, Obama said, “The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi’s refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians.”
    On Oct. 7, 2001, Bush said of operations in Afghanistan, “We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. … We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear.”

  75. ‘To my Dear Obama, our son’, says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/To-my-Dear-Obama-our-son-says-Gaddafi-defending-attack-on-rebels/articleshow/7743954.cms

    CAIRO: Calling Barack Obama as “our son”, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent a message to the US President defending his decision to attack the rebels fighting to overthrow him.

    Gaddafi (68) also wrote a letter to the French and British leaders, and the UN Secretary General, saying the Security Council resolution was “void” and violated the UN charter, warning them that they would “regret” any intervention.

    “Libya is not for you, Libya is for the Libyans,” he said.

    Details of Gaddafi’s letters were released by the Libyan government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli.

    Defending his decision to attack rebel cities, Gaddafi told Obama, “Al-Qaida is an armed organisation, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example.”

    Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, “To our son, his excellency, Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed.”

    In his letter to Nikolas Sarkozy, David Cameron and Ban Ki Moon, Gaddafi said, “Libya is not yours, Libya is for the Libyans. The security council, their resolution is void because it is not according to the charter to interfere with the internal affairs of the country.”

    You have no right. You will regret if you get involved in this, our country. We can never shoot a single bullet on our people, it is al-Qaida organisation.”

    * * * * *

    All this nonsense with Gaddafi is not really good for Obama. Gaddafi is a crazy man. There is no telling what he will say or reveal.

  76. It’s nice to see that the media in India actually is treating Sarah Palin in a seemingly fair manner.

  77. Only the Japanese would make a funny video reassuring school kids of what’s going on with the nuclear plant – comparing nuke waste to POO.

    My favorite part? Re: Chernobyl, “It literally pooped in the classroom, AND IT WAS DIARRHEA AND IT WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sakN2hSVxA

  78. So we wait to see who will speak first, and of course O went first. I am waiting anxiously for H to speak. It will be interesting to see the contrast.

  79. HillaryforTexas. I remember reading he books about this in High School abot the bombs dropped on Japan, and you are right, Diarrhea was all over the place. It was a terrible death. It is terrible that due to an earthquake, and the ensuing waters, they have once again been placed in this terrible position.

  80. NMF, even worst-case scenario, it won’t be anything like the bomb going off, or like Chernobyl. But it’s still bad.

  81. Opinion,

    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 to unleash Hillary’s considerable campaigning skills and to minimize the Democrats’ losses in the House and Senate).

    (With the Democrats facing the potential loss of the U.S. Senate in 2012, it is not too late to use the Clinton 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, negative 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 Clinton’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 a 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?

    Insider comments suggest that she is tired of the waffling inside the Obama White House. The “Where’s Waldo” attacks on the now invisible president (except for his NCAA/ESPN basketball picks) are not just Republican complaints.

    The criticism of Obama as “too faculty lounge” in his decision-making are quite striking—even from the left of his own party.

    Clearly, Clinton has become impatient, too. And headed for the exits.

    According to The Daily, Clinton is most recently irritated with the “slow mo” of the White House in helping the Libyan pro-democracy forces and with the lack of a more muscular push for a “no-fly” zone.

    “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.”

    Watching the young idealists take on Moammar Gadhafi’s mercenaries, without any backup from the U.S., may have proved too much for the secretary of state—and occasioned some of those terse “no” answers.

    For his part, President Obama used the comedic Grid Iron dinner to poke fun at his secretary of state’s impatience.

    “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.”

    This occasioned laughter from the audience.

    Others note how Clinton is not only frustrated, but now veering off message and delivering her own, rather than the White House’s, talking points:

    •A swifter, more resolute military action against Libya.
    •A comprehensive review of all of our energy policies, including nuclear power plant reviews.
    •Increasing emphasis on the inequities, and violence toward women, around the globe.
    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”?

    And then there is the more obvious question about what Clinton knows that we don’t. As the ultimate insider, she is privy to classified and high priority information the rest of us will never know.

    Perhaps, she comprehends that, under current conditions, the myriad problems facing the U.S. are not solvable:

    •The huge public and private indebtedness.
    •The housing meltdown.
    •The Middle East rumblings, revolutions, and the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict.
    •The dominance of celebrity noise over yeoman-like knowledge.
    •The ubiquitous revolutions of rising expectations.
    Perhaps, Clinton, with her vast “boots on the ground” insider “wonk” information, knows what the rest of us don’t: it ain’t fixable.

    America’s sense of purpose may be evaporating along with trust in our institutions.

    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 those who might raise their heads or their voices 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.

    http://lajolla.patch.com/articles/colleen-oconnor-why-isnt-hillary-clinton-considering-a-run-for-presidency-2

  82. Must be a tingling moon today…

    CHRIS MATTHEWS: Hillary Is The One Acting Presidential Right Now

    Steven Loeb | Mar. 19, 2011

    With the UN finally voting for a no-fly zone over Libya, it looks like the U.S. is now committed to getting involved in the conflict going on over there.

    Talking to Ed Walker, the former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, and Time Magazine’s national security reporter Mark Thompson, Chris Matthews noted the difference in tone between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama, and seemed much more impressed by Clinton.

    “Well let’s look at Hillary Clinton, Commander in Chief. Didn’t you get the sense there that she was president?Just for a couple of minutes there? I’m not knocking it! Didn’t she look strong? She looks like she knows what she’s doing. She doesn’t want to have Qaddafi there five more minutes. The President is operating a balancing act, which doesn’t have as much stir to it. She seems to know what she’s doing. ‘I’m getting rid of Qaddafi!’ She much more hawkish. At least a couple notches, right?”

    In contrast, Matthews called Obama “sanitary.”

    “He’s talking like a member of the United Nations observing the resolution.”

    Matthews asked Walker if he thought we were “being sucked into” war with Libya, to which he said this:

    “If Hillary has her way, yes because she’s not going to put up with a repeat or replay of Rwanda,” referring to the 1994 massacre in Rwanda, in which the U.S. did not intervene and which Bill Clinton later called the biggest failure of his presidency.

    Still, despite the emphasis on Clinton’s role, there was the acknowledgment by Walker that, ultimately, this all falls on the shoulders of the President.

    “If there’s a massacre of citizens of Benghazi, the President will never live it down.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-matthews-hillary-clinton-japan–2011-3

  83. If anything clinches that we put the wrong person in office, this incident sure has cemented it. He should be in France, leading the charge. Instead he is in Rio tangoing, watching the NCAA to see how he scored.

  84. I think we should use the same tactics that HRC uses. We should go to where ever her plan is, and start throwing stones at the window, yelling at the top of our lungs GRANDMA HILLARY, WE NEED YOU, PLEASE GIVE US EIGHT YEARS, AND STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT.

  85. I believe big media has blood on its hands for not pushing Obama personally to stop dithering, get off his March Madness obsession and advocate the no fly zone three (3) weeks earlier. Yes, big media has blood on its hands for the thousands of Libyans who died at the hands of the tyrant–and friend of Obama– Gadafi duck during that critical three (3) week period. Blood on their hands, those courageous giants in the earth, those paradigms of virtue, those guardians of truth, those selfless servants who live to speak truth to power–like Tapper– good morning Mr. President psst which team are you betting on Mr President–I always like to bet with the house Mr President, to curry favor and to supplement my meager multi million dollar celebrity salary. And I know and you know Mr President that the House always wins–especially with the help of people like me and my colleagues Mr President who are always open to a good old Faustian Pact. My regret is that I have only one reputation and one conscience to give for my president, and only one plea I make on my own behalf is when you go to Brazil on vacation–puleeze take me along. Here is my serenade to you Mr President:

  86. She really knows how to respond to questions. Loved the graciousness and savvy of allowing Arab governments speak for themselves followed up by saying Sarkozy likewise speaks for himself. She follows up with a clear definition of what she thinks. Masterful.

  87. Yes, Admin, that makes them take action (she also expects them to talk), which will commit them to this effort. She knows exactly what to say. A leader does.

  88. We should go to where ever her plan is, and start throwing stones at the window, yelling at the top of our lungs GRANDMA HILLARY, WE NEED YOU, PLEASE GIVE US EIGHT YEARS, AND STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT.

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    What a great idea! Maybe Pumapac will do a series of posters on that.

  89. So, she says “no.” She just wants to be a grandmother.

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    If Sarah can be a mother in the Gov’s office, Hillary can be a grandmother in the Oval Office. Ovarian Office, let’s make it.

    Hillary wouldn’t even need a breast pump on the desk.

  90. I think it is just fine she want to be a Grandma. However, we know that she wants that grandchild to have a better world, and we are at the point that unless we have her leadership out of this mess, it very well might not be there for them.

    That financial adviser Susie Q whatever they call her, it telling people they should not expect to own a home, and renting all your life is just fine. JUST FINE FOR WHO? My German relatives so long ago knew that people who owned property had a better life. She owns property, probable free and clear, and O is protecting any possible tax increase against her.

    What Susie Q is doing is saying it is OK for the middle class to retreat, and have a poorer standard of living than she has. She is really making me mad. The financial excutives who got us into this mess probably all own homes in Florida, where they cannot take them away.

  91. http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/03/live-sarah-palin-speech-in-india-video/

    “On trade with India–
    Sarah Palin: We are thankful for the free trade agreements throughout the world.

    On foreign policy-
    Sarah Palin: There would have been more decisiveness. We have a rich tradition on being on the side of those who seek freedom. “Less dithering and more decisiveness.”

    On China-
    Sarah Palin: China has a choice. We need to be sure and India needs to be sure that we are clear with their expectations… We say they manipulate their currency. They accuse us of the same.
    …What’s with the military buildup? We have concerns… Again we look forward to see them making the right choice.

    On the tea party movement-
    Sarah Palin: The tea party patriots just want the Constitution to be followed. It’s smaller smarter government. It’s too good to have a leader.

    On campaigning for VP-
    Sarah Palin: You can’t really trust the media. You have to have the boldness and courage of setting the record straight. Especially when they have made their choice… I’m not just going to sit back and take it. I’ve learned you can’t just trust the media to set the record straight. Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep sometimes. I don’t play the victim card when they do choose to set the election straight.

    On losing election-
    Sarah Palin: Obama was a change agent.
    Question: But so were you.
    Sarah Palin: But I wasn’t on the top of the ticket.

    Sarah Palin: It’s time a woman became president of the United States of America. (Applause)

    Sarah Palin: I am a strong supporter of peace through strength… If we want a more peaceful world India and America must work more closely together.

    Her role in Republican Party-
    Sarah Palin: I’m pretty independent and some people don’t like that… I’m a mom and I just don’t have the time to play some of the games the guys want to play.

    On reviving American economy-
    Sarah Palin: It’s common sense free market principles. Cutting spending.

    Last question – Will you husband be called the first man?
    Sarah Palin: First dude.

    Closing statement: When I was waiting for your speech I was talking to an official and he said he was looking forward to her speech. I asked him why and he said, “Because Sarah Palin is a a friend of India.”

  92. Just when did big media cross the Rubicon and emerge on the dark side? Daily Howler goes back to the Gore campaign and whereas we on this blog go back to the Clinton presidency. I myself go back to the time when the former head of General Electric Jack Welch bought NBC with its long tradition of journalism dating back to Huntley Brinkley and General Sarnoff, cleaned out it news department of anyone with journalistic standards, and installed the metrics of a widget factory in that newsroom. The immediate result was the staged explosion of a GE truck for which the people Welch hired to replace true journalists were fired with regret after GE sued. Over time, however, the effect has been even more subtle–and pernicious.

    Do you perchance recall that little vignette with motor mouth Mathews in the aftermath of the general election, where he sounded a bit like who was it–Walt Whitman–oh captain my captain our fateful trip is done the ship has weathered every test the prize we sought is one and then he cleared his throat and hawked this green luggie all over the television camera: and now we in the media MUST SUPPORT THIS PRESIDENT.

    Now that statement was a clear statement of phase II of the business plan of General Electric–Welch’s successor and friend of Obama Immelt, who through the NBC organization had bee supporting him all along–a fact which was plain to any serious observer. So there is was–right out there in the open now–and none of Sarnoff’s lofty words about serving the public, the need for critical thinking and all that rubbish. Just a simple grab for naked power, and a tacit admission that having installed this joker as president, they would now do whatever was necessary to get him elected fair or fowl–and not at all for the benefit of the American People but at their sufferance.

    The why of it is equally clear: because unlike his predecessors Obama felt no obligation to his constituents–and never did. All he was ever interested in is lining his own nest and doing the bidding of his masters. And that means among other things pursuing nuclear power–and funding it with taxpayer dollars regardless of its safety (Excelon) inasmuch as Immelt has staked the future of his company on that nefarious proposition. And no less, doing the bidding of his largest contributor Goldman Sachs in resisting serious financial regulation in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.

    How different from the reaction which occurred in 1932 when Roosevelt took office. So there you have it. On the question of when did big media cross the Rubicon, my answer is when they bamboozle the public and in particular the left into supporting a trojan horse designed by big business.

    You may believe that I am reading too much into a single remark by Matthew. But just look around you and you will see it if fully corroborated. As for Matthews himself, he is a case of touretts syndrome. He says whatever comes into his mind, and more important what big media heads are actually saying behind closed doors. The man has no self control, hence he cannot help himself.

    In the same vein, his frequent Freudian slips where he conflates Carter and Obama, is a direct reflection of the standing question in those same big business board rooms which goes like this: Now that we have accomplished roughly half of what is outlined in our business plan, we must now focus on the other half. Achievement of the other half requires the re election of Obama which gives us four more years to loot the country. How do we prevent Obama from being perceived as Carter, which is a long way of saying how do we support the machinations of Plouffe, Axelrod and Obama? The public will never know the difference, because as Obama succinctly put it in a private conversation–“I can make them believe ANYTHING I WANT THEM TO BELIEVE. And we in big media must support him because as bad as he is for the country he is good for our business.

  93. Burn, burn the NYT.. Admin, did you see this twist of words in the NYT article?:

    those NYT FUCKERS, they make it sound like the two fools at the WH had to bring Clinton around or Clinton had to team up with them to bring around the idiot..And Clinton haters like Altouse are peddling that point of view with glee. I am so livid.

    Within hours, Mrs. Clinton and the aides had convinced Mr. Obama that the United States had to act…

    Mrs. Clinton joined Samantha Power, a senior aide at the National Security Council, and Susan Rice, Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, who had been pressing the case for military action, according to senior administration officials speaking only on condition of anonymity. Ms. Power is a former journalist and human rights advocate; Ms. Rice was an Africa adviser to President Clinton when the United States failed to intervene to stop the Rwanda genocide, which Mr. Clinton has called his biggest regret.

    Now, the three women were pushing for American intervention….

  94. Obama finally finds a daddy who wants him:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/world/africa/20libya.html?hp

    Colonel Qaddafi addressed President Obama as “our son,” in a letter that combined pleas with a jarring familiarity. “I have said to you before that even if Libya and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will always remain my son and I have all the love for you as a son, and I do not want your image to change with me,” he wrote. “We are confronting Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, nothing more. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? Tell me how would you behave so that I could follow your example?”

  95. “If there’s a massacre of citizens of Benghazi, the President will never live it down.”
    ———————–
    The argument that tipped the scales. Also, Power whispered in his ear that by supporting the no fly zone he could campaign on the premise that he did not allow a massacre whereas in a similar situation Bill did. The simultaneous leak to the New York Times that credits two staffers as leading the charge, and Hillary following their lead is the same old shit that we have been seeing all along. This is why we must continue to expose the media. Having denied Hillary the presidency, they are now determined to deny her a legacy. That is their game–not for maybe but for sure.

  96. Obama finally finds a daddy who wants him:
    ———————-
    Sometimes it is better to just be a bastard.

  97. Noce moon shots, pm317. I like the ones behind the trees.

    Also agree with this comment;

    ‘Obama shot himself in the foot by joking about Hillary in the Gridiron party.’

  98. Admin 1:22

    Suzie Q (My name for her), is making a BIG mistake. Since WW II, American’s have been told everyone can own a home. She is really taking that dream away from American’s, and I think people have clunge to that for a long time. If people take that to heart, we will find that they no longer believe in the recover.

  99. Admin: Wow! Sarah is a friend of India…well so is our beloved Hillary….Sarah is an independent….well we need Hillary to be one….put the two pitbulls together and clean house on the heinz57’s…if you know what I mean.
    Clinton/Palin 12′, now that’s the ticket!

  100. ecoast,

    Agreed that BO is going to (hopefully) have major fallout from the Ghaddafi Association. The fact Daffy calls him “My son,”, the fact that Farrakhan got $5 million from Daffy to arm an anti-white resistance in the US., the association between Wright, Farrakhan, Daffy and BO, this could get ugly.

    Americans despise Daffy for the Lockerbee tragedy and the German nightclub bombing.

  101. basil9,
    Don’t forget the Lockerbie Bomber was freed under Obama….hopefully this will sink him…..that nutcase could very well be his father…I’ve often thought that the Dunham’s were his fake family….who really knows where and who Obama really is???

  102. Norma Desmond
    March 19th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    This is for TIM!

    Tim, I just got in from having a very late night/early morning breakfast with Sophie B, Gigi and friends. I told her you posted this all the time and she was thrilled, and thought you were so nice for doing that.

    ————–
    Whether it was Tim or henry, this is one of my favorite Hillary videos and I hope Sophie still wants Hillary to run and win in the future.

  103. Agreed, confloyd.

    “Don’t forget the Lockerbie Bomber was freed under Obama”

    Never mind about the link, just saw it upthread posted by Jan.

  104. Shadowfax

    Back in 2008 I posted under my real name, Tim. Knew Norma under another name as well. I was new to the blogospere at the time and made the mistake of posting my email account. I was spammed to death.

  105. Fox News reports that France has 20 planes in the air, and a French plane has fired at a vehicle in Libya. Here’s the top-of-the-page big headline at the New York Times, which leads to a must-read article that explains the complexities of this political and diplomatic venture, and includes passages of a letter that Qaddafi personally wrote to Obama, “my son.” (“I have said to you before that even if Libya and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will always remain my son and I have all the love for you as a son, and I do not want your image to change with me,” …)
    ——————–
    The President of France takes the lead. Nice to see that Obama and Kadafi will maintain their brotherhood, no matter how many die. Blood is thicker than water.

  106. I know that some of you like Palin very much, but you should have consideration to the others who don’t.this is HILLARY IS 44, it would be great if the palin followers here could start a “Palin is 44″. I voted Mccain-Palin in 2008 after voting democrat for the last 25 years and became a PUMA when I witnessed what the Dems did to Hillary.I liked palin after Obama won, but when she quitted the governorship from alaska to write a book and became a FOX star, she lost all my respect ( I also campainged for Mccain and contributed to them).If you’re independent and objective minded you’ll see what I mean.She has followed the same steps than Obama did, become a celebrity for being on the TV all the time, play the victim card, and have Fox all the way behind you speaking how great you are.Look at more serious contenders as Rubio, Scott Brown,they have followed the path of service and low profile, Palin has done just the opposite. as soon as she’s given a chance she’ll attack Hillary as she did on her last book, she couldn’t find anything to attack her but went back 20 years to find something to go against. How can you support her if she’s the opposite of hillary and she’s the most benefecciary of Hillary’s work! She wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Hillary.Wait until she starts to stab Hillary on the back! Independents and Republicans don’t like her, because she’s light weight, Hillary can make a speech every single day and work with any foreign leader as an equal, Palin has not the experience, brains and talent than she does.Hillary has a picture in her desk says:” never,never,never quit”, does it sound like Palin? With all my respect, I love this site!

  107. That 1:21 clip shows HRC in all her brilliance, giving credit to everyone, including the Arab States, not making it about her but the safety of the Libyan protesters.

    There is no comparison between her and the POS. None.

  108. ‘Nice to see that Obama and Kadafi will maintain their brotherhood,’

    If there’s any way that can be used as a lynch pin to bring them both down, I say Amen.

  109. Basil9 2:29

    Yes, there is a comparison:

    1. HRC World Leader

    2. O World Traveler

    We had a hint when he said they have to hand him documents 5 minutes before he needs to use them. A leader keeps their important papers at hand, and is ready to speak to them on a moments notice. I the media recommends anyone in the future we should run for the hills, as they obviously don’t have a clue.

  110. And on BBC news here in the UK/Ireland, all day there were discussing PM Cameron’s visit to Paris to meet Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton for a high level security council meeting to address Libya no fly strategy…..Ummmm…WTF is BO doing!!!!

  111. 1:24

    Look! No teleprompters!

    HRC makes eye contact with the reporters. She tilts her head toward them to acknowledge and better hear them instead of pointing her chin in the air.

    I confess the one thing I do like about the handling of the Libya situation is that international consensus was arrived at and even though everyone knows the U.S. will shoulder the burden we are not labeled as the lead country. I think that might be a good thing.

  112. mp

    ‘Ummmm…WTF is BO doing!!!!’

    Maybe Farrakhan and Wright told him to leave their BFF, Daffy, alone.

  113. henry
    Back in 2008 I posted under my real name, Tim.

    ——–
    So henry, are you also the Tim that posts now?

    Either way, good to know you are still around.

  114. mp
    March 19th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    And on BBC news here in the UK/Ireland, all day there were discussing PM Cameron’s visit to Paris to meet Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton for a high level security council meeting to address Libya no fly strategy…..Ummmm…WTF is BO doing!!!!
    _______________

    If I am correct, your fearless leader is off to South America while the real president is meeting with world leaders.

  115. Is Hell freezing over? First the vile Chris O’Tingles and now Rudy Giuliani:

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/In_N_H___Giuliani_comes_out_swinging-118288279.html

    Rudy Giuliani returned to the Granite State Friday night, acknowledging his poor performance here in the 2008 GOP primary in a speech that lambasted President Obama, jabbed Mitt Romney’s health plan and praised the tea party.

    The former New York City mayor gave little hint of his own plans, but seemed relaxed during a showy speech at the Manchester GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner that was laced with jokes and hand gestures as he skewered Obama as a “failure” and ended with the declaration, “Hillary Clinton would have been better.” [snip]

    He mocked Obama’s background as a community organizer, saying it is the wrong kind of experience for a president, adding, “It’s worse than we thought, isn’t it? He really seems like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    He accused the president of “dithering” over Libya, and called him “incapable of making a decision.”

    This president has been a failure in just about every single thing that he’s done,” he said.

    “The president of the United States gave [the anti-Qadhafi forces] encouragement. … [And people] got killed and slaughtered by Qadhafi while Obama dithered,” he thundered. “That’s a president? That’s what we want in this country? Can we stand two more years of this? Well, we’re going to have to.”

  116. mp
    March 19th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    And on BBC news here in the UK/Ireland, all day there were discussing PM Cameron’s visit to Paris to meet Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton for a high level security council meeting to address Libya no fly strategy…..Ummmm…WTF is BO doing!!!!
    _______________

    If I am correct, your fearless leader is off to South America while the real president is meeting with world leaders.

    ——————-
    I was over at the BBC website. There are two pictures there — Hillary and Sarkozi. Obama is MIA. There is however a bot editorial and bot commentor loop which engages in revisionist history calling what Newsweek called the Hillary doctrine the Obama doctrine. Give me a break. The only doctrine Obama has is one of self indulgence in all its forms. Meanwhile stupid FOX New has a picture of Mr Hoops squaring off against his daddy as in hoosier–whose your daddy–which creates the false impression that this MIA is in charge. Finally, that materially misleading report in the New York Times that Power and Rice where the architects of the no fly zone and Hillary merely joined them. Staffies do not direct line people what to do, they merely advise. Anyone with business–or political experience knows that. In Hillary’s case, that pair could not even persuade, because the only advice they can offer is academic and has the smell of the lamp to it.

  117. The former New York City mayor gave little hint of his own plans, but seemed relaxed during a showy speech at the Manchester GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner that was laced with jokes and hand gestures as he skewered Obama as a “failure” and ended with the declaration, “Hillary Clinton would have been better.” [snip]

    He mocked Obama’s background as a community organizer, saying it is the wrong kind of experience for a president, adding, “It’s worse than we thought, isn’t it? He really seems like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. “

    He accused the president of “dithering” over Libya, and called him “incapable of making a decision.”

    “This president has been a failure in just about every single thing that he’s done,” he said.

    “The president of the United States gave [the anti-Qadhafi forces] encouragement. … [And people] got killed and slaughtered by Qadhafi while Obama dithered,” he thundered. “That’s a president? That’s what we want in this country? Can we stand two more years of this? Well, we’re going to have to.”
    —————————-
    I hope Rudy is their candidate. Unlike most of the republicans–cowards, he does not pull his punches. He wrote a book a few years ago called Under Promise and Over Deliver. Obama is the counter example.

  118. French planes over Libya, UK ones en route.

    Methinks France may be worried that they will bear the brunt of any Libyan refugee problem, and that made them a little eager. I dunno – that could just be the cynic in me talking.

    I don’t even have a huge problem with the West intervening if it seems there is indeed going to be massive Rwanda-style slaughter of civilians if we don’t. It may indeed be warranted this time. It just seems to me that the case needs to be made for exactly WHAT we are getting ourselves into. If the no-fly-zone is ineffective, what then? What’s plan B, and plan C? Do we want to see Khaddafi gone? What if he calls the bluff and forces the issue? What if he gets pissy and just kills more of his people? What then? Is this regime change? If so, then have the balls and honesty to put that to the public. What is the GOAL here (other than making us all feel like “we did something”), and is it achievable? Are we supporting the rebels, and who the hell ARE they?

    I’m not opposed so much as I am concerned that it’s not thought through to the end. I DO NOT LIKE vague, open-ended military action without a clearly stated goal. There may be a morally justified role here, but someone needs to tell me what the extent and scope of involvement will be, and how we are to achieve that moral goal.

    Damn, I’d sleep better if Hillary were in charge of making the decisions and making the case.

  119. Addendum to admin @ 3:11
    ————–
    National Enquirer’s March 28 cover story is: Kennedys beg Hillary to run.
    And on the serious side of things, there is this:

    Gates Delays Russia Trip to Monitor Libyan Crisis
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ final visit to Russia as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet comes as the military powers struggle to find common ground on a missile defense shield in Europe. Gates pushed back his departure to Sunday, a day later than planned, to remain in Washington and keep tabs on the developing situation in Libya, where the U.S. and its allies began military operations to enforce a U.N. no-fly zone. Moscow helped open the door for action by not blocking the U.N. Security Council resolution — a move that defense officials said reflected the broader spirit of cooperation between the nations. Gates’ visits to St. Petersburg and Moscow will be especially poignant for the former CIA director, a Russian scholar who’s spent much of his intelligence career focused on the then-Soviet Union and the Cold War threat. The defense chief has said he will retire this year, but has not given a date….
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/19/pentagon-chief-heads-russia/?test=latestnews

  120. I do agree with Rudy….Potus is a failure of major proportions….Its time for him to declare a Johnson!

  121. confloyd, I believe Guiliani probably meant wwat he said about HRC being better than BO.

    She was a NYS Senator when the WTC was attacked.

  122. Shadowfax
    Thought I’d share another song which always reminds me of HRC

    She is truly a wonder of god’s own creation. Everytime I hear this song I think of the champion for women’s/children’s/human rights that this woman has embraced throughout her career/life.
    It is not a “Hillary” song per se but I think it celebrates her essence.

    My favorite part is on or about 1:28.
    Hope you enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zpYFAzhAZY

    the other tim

  123. henry – didn’t mean to out ya. It was late! LOL

    Wbboei – do you still have my email address?

  124. Norma
    No worries.
    Tickled pink, as it were, to know that Sophie B is flattered that I often post her work. Although I still contend that youtube plays with its numbers. I had several friends agree to watch the video 10x each over a 2 day period. Which they claim they did but the number of views only went up by 12.
    Who cares you might say? Well look at the press the young woman who sings the song Friday is getting.
    Buzz is always important in entertainment or the entertainment which disguises itself as politics

  125. Vcal
    March 19th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    ——————
    As everyone knows here, I am not a Palin fan. I usually just skim through the Palin posts as well as the recent Trump ones. I would love for Hillary to run again, but I flip flop on whether I think she will or won’t, whether I think she should stay as SOS or jump ship, whether I think she can do much more away from the party.

    The thing is, that although this is definitely a Hillary site, it’s only human nature, and the fact that most of us here are the political animals we are, that posts veer from the specific and look at the whole picture.

    I love that there are subjects to interest all of us at different times and that the discussions are usually exuberating and knowledge-based. I learn so much from the people on this site and am very appreciative that admin rarely pulls us back.

    Just my thoughts.

  126. Blitzer’s Notebook: Behind the scenes on Clinton’s Mideast

    By Wolf Blitzer,
    Anchor of “The Situation Room”
    March 18, 2011

    Tunis, Tunisia (CNN) — The democracy revolution in North Africa and the Middle East started here when an unemployed college grad set himself on fire, dying in his protest of the lack of jobs in Tunisia.

    It has since spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and beyond. It’s still very much a work in progress. No one knows where or how it will wind up. For the people of the region, the United States and indeed for the world, the stakes are enormous, especially now that the United States will help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.

    With that as background, I thought it was a good time for me to travel with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was working the fallout from all the political unrest in the Middle East, and, more urgently and immediately, the civil war in Libya, where leader Moammar Gadhafi was pushing ahead against his opposition with deadly and brutal force.

    The prospect of Gadhafi’s holding on to power by slaughtering thousands of fellow Libyans — after President Obama and Clinton both had publicly said he must go — clearly had focused her mind in recent days.

    On top of that, there were the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the need to help the Japanese government deal with the devastation and radiation fallout from the crippled nuclear reactors. There was also the need to protect tens of thousands of American diplomats, their family members, businessmen and women, tourists and U.S. troops.

    Over four days, I had a chance to watch Clinton juggle these two very different crises in two very different parts of the world. What follows are just a few entries from my reporter’s notebook:

    SECURITY MEASURES

    Traveling with Clinton, I can’t help but notice that our motorcade in post-Mubarak Egypt consists of strictly armored vans. The vehicle’s body is thick; you can’t open the windows. In contrast, we don’t have armored vehicles in Tunisia. That says to me that State Department diplomatic security personnel are less worried about the situation in Tunis. (Like Obama, Clinton has an armored car wherever she goes — be it Cairo, Tunis or Washington).

    Having said that, I’m stunned that Clinton’s security detail lets her leisurely walk through Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday morning, March 16. The visit is unannounced, but the place is crowded. No one has to go through metal detectors. I easily approach her and walk with her through the crowd. She’s very warmly received. She shakes hands randomly with largely friendly people screaming her name. But still, it was strange, and I was nervous for her.

    SHOTS FIRED

    The night before, I had been anchoring “The Situation Room” from high atop the Hilton Hotel overlooking Tahrir Square. At one point, we heard gunshots and saw hundreds of people running. Was this really a good time for the secretary of state to be touring the area?

    Only weeks earlier, Tahrir Square was the scene of bloody violence and death. The shelled and burned-out buildings still clearly show the recent history. Several of my journalistic colleagues were beaten up, detained — and worse. But now, Clinton was here — anxious to make a statement to the Egyptian people by her mere presence. She has guts.

    FULL OF ENERGY

    Even her fiercest critics agree that she’s tough, smart and thorough. That comes through during her stops in Paris, Cairo and Tunis. It’s nonstop for her and for those of us traveling with her. Meeting after meeting after meeting. So much to do; so little time. It reminds me of the days when I used to cover her husband, President Bill Clinton.

    Either she learned that ability to pack it all in from him, or he learned it from her. I covered both of them for nearly 20 years — going back to the 1992 presidential campaign. I spent a lot of time with them in Arkansas and later covered Bill Clinton’s two terms as president when I was CNN’s senior White House correspondent. He never stopped. We went on day trips to Bosnia. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton now does the same. She doesn’t want to waste a day. There is way too much to do.

    NICE JET, BUT NO AIR FORCE ONE

    On this trip, we had left Washington on Sunday night, March 13, and arrived in Paris the next morning. Her U.S. Air Force jet is configured with a bedroom for her — complete with desk and bathroom. She has a flat-screen TV on a wall. It’s a nice plane, I say to myself, but it’s no Air Force One.

    FUTURE PLANS: ‘NO,’ ‘NO,’ ‘NO,’ ‘NO’

    Having said that, I was surprised when she gave me four firm “No’s” when I asked her whether she wanted to be secretary of state in a second Obama administration; whether she wanted to be defense secretary or vice president; and whether she wanted to run for president again in 2016. No, no, no, no. Her response was firm; but this is a free country. She can certainly change her mind.

    I’ll go on record: I suspect she will.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/18/wolf.blitzer.clinton.cairo/

  127. Henry:

    “Although I still contend that youtube plays with its numbers. I had several friends agree to watch the video 10x each over a 2 day period. Which they claim they did but the number of views only went up by 12.”

    I told her this – she was not pleased.

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

    Admin – FOXSnooze is now repeating the NYT meme – that Hillary changed her mind because of pressure from Powers and Rice.

  128. Moon – As Deadenders said at Uppity’s Place

    “Looks like Obama should be set for another Nobel.”

  129. We are blowing tomahawks at Tripoli and Obama is swanning round Rio…..anyone else see the stupidity in this, The President should be in Washington.

  130. “Farrakhan warns, advises Obama on Libya”

    ———————-

    What is this twit on? I couldn’t even watch all of this garbage.

    “Brother Khadafi”????????????

  131. RussiaToday
    Mar 19, 2011

    French military jets are already flying over the country, to enforce the UN backed no-fly zone. Foreign leaders meeting in Paris said they’re ready to do whatever it takes to stop Colonel Gaddafi targeting civilian areas. Reports from Libya, suggest forces loyal to Gaddafi are carrying out attacks on the rebel stronghold city of Benghazi, despite the government ceasefire. RT’s Paula Slier is in Tripoli.

    http://rt.com/news/international-military-action-libya/

    At a meeting in Paris, French president Nicholas Sarkozy said his country’s planes are now over the town of Benghazi, preventing any attacks against civilians. RT correspondent Daniel Bushell reports.

  132. Obama trying to look strong by trying to take credit now when the British Pm has led from the front on this along with Sarkosy. Cameron and Obama have not talked in a week after Obama didnt want to intervene

  133. JanH

    You saw the message this morning from Gaddafi calling Obama his son.

    Farrakhan is speaking for Gaddafi calling for protection from his brother Obama.

    Obama is in deep sh*t right now… His Muslim Master are calling for his help. If he doesn’t respond- Think he is safe in Rio?

  134. Just saw this tweet, lol

    Congratulations to Hillary Clinton for finally assuming the Presidency of the United States.

    ……………………………………………………….

    because Obama has actually just gone off and left her to it. She may as well be.

  135. I have very mixed feelings on this advance on Libya.

    I agree that the civilians should be protected against a lunatic like Daffy. I know that Hillary is the person I have confidence in and I stand behind her decisions…I just hope to God that Daffy runs for the hills before this turns into another ME war.

  136. The American people must be wondering, we are attacking Libya, where’s Obama….oh yeah, Rio. WTF.

  137. US fires 110 missiles at targets in Libya

    Source MSMBC

    BENGHAZI, Libya — President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi’s continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice. The Pentagon said it fired 110 cruise missiles at 20 targets along the Libyan coast.

    Obama said military action was not his first choice.

    “This is not an outcome the U.S. or any of our partners sought,” Obama said from Brazil, where he is starting a five-day visit to Latin America. “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.”

    A senior military official said the U.S. missiles were launched from Navy vessels in the Mediterranean. The official said the assault would unfold in stages and target air defense installations

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42164455/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa
    _____________

    If you think these dolts are going to put up with excuses from Obama, think again!

  138. We have to take Gadaffi out because if we dont and they realise this, Gadaffi will pay for revenge against his “enemies, meaning the UK, US, France.

  139. Hillary has Obama exactly where she wants him..
    MIA and on the HOT Seat!

    As far as the Gaddafi is concerned, his brothers are all speaking for him asking Obma to step up to the plate and protect Gaddafi from the infidels. Europe is standing 100% behind Hillary with a great show of force and Italy is lending it’s bases for concurrent operations to the Brits, French and Americans…

  140. moononpluto
    March 19th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    While this bombing is going on… I’ll bet you they are going to hunt Gaddafi down and neutralize him permanently. Remove the head and the foreign mercenaries disperse back to where they came from.

  141. Mrs Smith, they have too, no choice, if they dont, we have a lot more Lockerbies, Ghaddaffi is fruitloop enough and is very vengeful.

  142. This is the message from the Libyan that sparked help from the UN.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyIyz44oKQQ

    He was unfortunately killed last night during a firefight
    by PRO Gaddafi fighters:

    Libya Live Blog – March 19
    By Al Jazeera Staff in Africa

    4:43pm

    Al Jazeera just received the following email from a member of Libya AlHurra Television, which has been hosting a livestream that Mohammad Nabbous was providing from Benghazi.

    “I am sorry to inform you that Mohammed Nabbous, the founder of Libya AlHurra TV, was killed this morning while reporting on the attacks from the pro-Gaddafi forces. He touched the hearts of many with his bravery and indomnitable spirit. He will be dearly missed and leaves behind his young wife and unborn child.

    Mo’s objective in founding Libya AlHurra was to help his countrymen by getting the word out about what is happening in Libya. Please honor this courageous man and help him realize his dream by using his footage in your broadcasts”.

    The audio from Nabbous’ last report from Benghazi is embedded (at the link) below.

    4:34pm
    Mohammed Nabbous, a pro-democracy opposition activist who Al Jazeera has been in touch with through phone interviews and who has also provided us with footage from Benghazi, has been shot and killed today.

    Nabbous shared video from Libya through his website, here.

    From: h…. //blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-…

  143. #
    moononpluto
    March 19th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Mrs Smith, they have too, no choice, if they dont, we have a lot more Lockerbies, Ghaddaffi is fruitloop enough and is very vengeful.

    ______________________

    Absolutely! Hillary knows if they can take Gaddaffi out, the intervention can be halted. And after the sudden death of Nabbous, the Freedom Fighteres will be re-energized because of this man who believed the US and other democratic countries in the west and through the intercession of Bill Clinton would come to help them realize their dream of freedom from this tyrant.

  144. Right about now, Obama doesn’t know whether to sh*t or go blind.

    This is Soros’ man:

    Egypt crowd attack ElBaradei at voting station

    Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:06pm

    (Reuters) – A crowd of people blocked Mohamed ElBaradei from entering a polling station in Cairo on Saturday to cast a vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, shoving him and smashing his car window with rocks as he left.

    “We don’t want you, we don’t want you,” a crowd of youths chanted at ElBaradei, who has said he wants to run for president. He was shoved after joining a queue of people seeking to vote. He then went back to his car and stones were hurled.

    © Thomson Reuters 2011 All rights reserved

  145. While this bombing is going on… I’ll bet you they are going to hunt Gaddafi down and neutralize him permanently.

    ——-
    CNN ex military guy, said the allies already have stealth military on the ground and couldn’t say all the countries involved.

  146. Yes, Shadowfax- I believe removing Gaddafi from the equation is a TOP priority. I just read he has Libyans as human shields surrounding his HQ in Tripoli… All ofhis mininsters are sequestered under lock and key..
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    Euphoric, Egyptians Vote on Future

    MANSOURA, Egypt — Elated that for the first time in their lives every ballot mattered, Egyptians flocked to the polls in record numbers on Saturday to vote in a referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will shape the country’s political future after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

    Multimedia Egypt’s Appetite for Politics
    Egypt’s Appetite for PoliticsClose VideoSee More Videos » .
    Slide Show A Day for Democracy.
    Interactive Feature Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look.Related
    U.S. Missiles Strike Libyan Air Defense Targets (March 20, 2011)
    In Yemen, Opposition Encourages Protesters (March 20, 2011) From this provincial capital in the Nile Delta, across the sprawling capital of Cairo and beyond, voters were already waiting when the polls opened at 8 a.m., and the lines grew throughout the day, sometimes stretching until the wait exceeded three hours.

    Gone was the heavy security presence of the Mubarak years, with only a few police officers and soldiers lingering around the crowded entrances but mostly standing apart from the proceedings.

    “Before, I was not even allowed into the polling station,” said Mohamed el-Sayid Auf, a stooped 52-year-old engineer and Muslim Brotherhood supporter voting in a poor neighborhood here. “The police would tell me, ‘Go home. We already voted on your behalf. We know what is best for Egypt better than you.’

    “Now there is freedom; there is organization. The people of Egypt are happy today,” he continued. “I feel like I am flying. It is something coming from deep within my soul.”

    Voters had to either accept or reject the eight amendments as a whole — all of them designed to establish the foundations for parliamentary elections in June and a presidential race in August. Most addressed some of the worst excesses of previous years — limiting the president to two four-year terms, for example, to avoid another president staying in office 30 years as Mr. Mubarak did.

    The referendum itself divided political movements jousting to steer Egypt into the future. Remnants of the former ruling party, the National Democratic Party, were joined with their old enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood, in supporting the changes, while most of the leaders of the youth uprising opposed the referendum, saying they needed more time to fully overhaul the Constitution. The Muslim Brotherhood, allowed to campaign openly for the first time since it was banned in 1954, said the changes would hasten a return to stability and the disbanding of the military council now running the state. But their position was widely perceived as an attempt to take early advantage of their superior experience and organization to capture a larger part of the vote.

    The opponents want interim military rule in conjunction with a civilian-dominated presidential council for at least six months, preferably with an elected council to write a new constitution before selecting a president and a Parliament.

    Across Cairo, people by the thousands waited in long, unusually orderly lines in an effort that many said was meant to prove that Egypt had changed. Many noted that it was the first election ever when they did not know the outcome in advance.

    For many people, the exercise itself, having a say in an important decision, was already a victory.

    more at link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/world/middleeast/20egypt.html?_r=1&hp

  147. moononpluto
    March 19th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    We are blowing tomahawks at Tripoli and Obama is swanning round Rio…..anyone else see the stupidity in this, The President should be in Washington.
    ___________________________________________

    You forgot, this is President “who gives a crap”.

  148. This writer echoes and reechoes what Niall Ferguson said in Newsweek Magazine, namely that there is no grand strategy in Obama’s head or in his administration. It is timid, tentative and reversible based on the latest polls. When a nation proceeds in that manner, it cannot defend its strategic interests. Perhaps what Obama is seeking to prevent is fratricide.
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    This is Your World without Traditional US Leadership
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    POSTED AT 4:00 PM ON MARCH 19, 2011 BY J.E. DYER
    PRINTER-FRIENDLY

    The perspective fostered in the modern Western mind is that of the pre-adolescent. The world’s happenings are an incoherent mishmash of impressions and inexplicable eruptions, about which the most important things are who is at fault, who might be considered at fault, and how everyone feels about us as it all unfolds. The leaders of the Western world have never seemed so much like a classroom of 4th-graders, making garbled arguments to each other after 15 minutes spent perusing their Weekly Readers.

    The White House asserts that it is considering “all the implications and ramifications.” But there is no way to think systematically about this situation without the overlay of coherent leadership in some form. Obama hasn’t even stated a US national interest or objective for Libya. Do we support the rebels? If we don’t know what their character is, there’s only one way to find out. The reason the White House’s evaluation of implications and ramifications is never-ending is that it won’t be complete without some kind of policy commitment from … the White House.

    There hasn’t been one, and that’s the problem. If the question now were to pick a course of action, that would be one thing – but Team Obama is still stuck back at the starting line. It doesn’t even know what it wants. It doesn’t have any positive vision for this situation. It wants fewer people to be killed, and it wishes Qaddafi weren’t hanging on against the desires of his people. But those aren’t policy positions, they are emotional reactions.

    It takes policy and method to drive back a brutal dictator and prevent people from being killed. It can’t be done any other way. If we want Qaddafi to be gone, it’s necessary to take concrete steps to drive him out. If Obama isn’t willing to do that, then it doesn’t matter what he says.

    Others are acting, according to their interests. Italy’s oil and gas giant Eni has already asked the EU to lift its sanctions on Libya. Eni’s contacts are with the Qaddafi government and the management of Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC).

    It is not clear how much of the reporting about Al Qaeda activity in Libya is valid – Qaddafi is attributing rebel acts to Al Qaeda right and left – but there has long been an Al Qaeda affiliate in Libya, and it is keeping a high profile among the rebel groups.

    Britain and France formally asked the UN Security Council for a no-fly zone resolution on Tuesday evening. The Arab League endorsed a no-fly zone last week.

    Belarus has reportedly sent arms to Qaddafi. Fighters from Mali, Niger, and Darfur have come to his aid. Foreign news agencies suggest Egyptian special forces are in Libya supporting the rebels.

    The world is not merely standing by right now, but it has been in something of a holding pattern. The outcome in Libya can go one of two ways: Qaddafi gains momentum and starts reestablishing his commercial ties with Europe, or the rebels keep him mired in a fight that makes him less attractive to foreign parties. In the latter case, there will only be an increase in foreign involvement in Libya.

    The world has been waiting for the US to take the lead, but it’s obvious we aren’t going to. I think almost everyone in America other than Obama and his Amen chorus in the MSM realizes that. The proper framing of the issue, at this point, is that we have not taken the lead, and the moment to prove that we would, could, or should has passed.

    J.E. Dyer blogs at The Green Room, Commentary’s “contentions” and as The Optimistic Conservative. She writes a weekly column for Patheos.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/19/this-is-your-world-without-traditional-us-leadership/

  149. “CNN ex military guy, said the allies already have stealth military on the ground and couldn’t say all the countries involved.”
    ________________

    Yep, they are going for a major assault on Gaddafi- If they are successful, Obama’s name is going to be Mudd with his Muslim brotherhood.

  150. “Moon – As Deadenders”
    _____________

    I’ve purchased their pottery and their handmade Jewelry, sent them as gifts for birthdays and anniversaries. Everyone that received their products were impressed with the style and originality of the pieces… They sell good stuff- and gift wrap it nicely before delivery.. highly recommend. EZ online shopping-

  151. Colonel Gaddafi threatens to attack civilian and military targets in the Mediterranean and foreign “interests”

    Good it will make it easier to get backing to take him out.

  152. Clinton joins 22 European, Arab and International Leaders to help coordinate the Libya actions

    And Obama PARTIES IN RIO.

    Isn’t it now OBVIOUS to EVERYONE?

  153. #
    Norma Desmond
    March 19th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Mrs. Smith – DE and Angie make wonderful stuff. And he makes fabulous PIES!
    __________________

    PIES? I’ll have to ck that out later-

    No really, I LOVE their stuff. The pottery colors are outstanding and no two alike.. I’m happy they are doing well… hard workers!

  154. Yep, they are going for a major assault on Gaddafi- If they are successful, Obama’s name is going to be Mudd with his Muslim brotherhood.

    ———-
    And don’t forget Code pink will be waving their pink hair nets in protest.

  155. admin- do you have a video for “WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OBAMA?”
    _________________________

    More than 60 senators call on Obama to join deficit-reduction talks

    Source: The Washington Post

    More than 60 senators from both parties are calling on President Obama to lead them in developing a comprehensive plan to rein in record budget deficits, a powerful sign of bipartisan willingness to abandon long-held positions on entitlement spending and taxes.

    In a letter sent Friday to the White House, the 64 senators urge Obama “to support a broad approach to solving our current budget problems” along the lines of recommendations issued last year by a presidentially appointed commission. That plan calls for sharp cuts in government spending, elimination or reduction of dozens of popular tax breaks and an overhaul of Social Security that would include raising the retirement age to 69 for today’s toddlers.

    “While we may not agree with every aspect of the Commission’s recommendations, we believe that its work represents an important foundation to achieve meaningful progress on our debt,” the senators wrote. “By approaching these negotiations comprehensively, with a strong signal of support from you, we believe that we can achieve consensus on these important fiscal issues.”

    The letter was drafted by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who said in a conference call Friday with reporters that it took them only a couple of days to convince a super-majority of their colleagues to sign the letter — 32 Republicans and 32 Democrats.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/more_than_60_senators_call_on_obama_to_join_deficit_reduction_talks/2011/03/18/AB7V2tp_story.html

  156. “And don’t forget Code pink will be waving their pink hair nets in protest.”
    __________________

    Remind me, Shadow- Did code Pink fail Hillary last time?

  157. Lord have mercy, you should see the ugly photo Drudge has of MO…she still does not look happy…and is she gaining weight from all that ‘healthy’ eating?

  158. Remind me, Shadow- Did code Pink fail Hillary last time?

    —-
    They are always against military intervention, they protested in Denver but looked like such crackpots I didn’t pay any attention to them. We were too hot and irritated to give them the time of day. They were not protesting against Hillary, but I don’t honestly know why they bothered being there.

  159. I am no PR expert but honestly, doesn’t this partying-in-Rio-while-Libya-burns make Bo look like sh!t to everyone, even the koolade addicts?

  160. I expect BO to be wearing a basket of fruit on his head and dancing the night away in Rio…the Obots would then comment on what a great dancer he is.

  161. Thanks- Shadow, I thought I remembered Code Pink went sideways for Hillary but wasn’t sure I remembered correctly..
    _____________

    Here may be the reason Gates didin’t want to get involved with the possibility of another War:

    “The Guardian’s Washington bureau chief Ewen MacAskill reports that US secretary of defence Robert Gates has been forced to cancel his trip to Russia planned for tomorrow:

    Defence secretary Robert Gates had been due to fly to Russia today, arriving in St Petersburg on Sunday morning for two days and then on to Moscow. There was little of substance planned, other than a meeting with Russia’s president Medvedev. He was scheduled to spend Sunday visiting the Hermitage museum and art gallery.

    Gates is due to retire later this year and the trip was a sort of farewell visit by the ex-CIA director: Old Cold Warrior visits old battleground. But Gates, who was the least enthusiastic member of the Obama cabinet about military involvement in Libya, has had to stay at home, canceling his Russia trip to co-ordinate the campaign against Libya.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/19/libya-no-fly-zone-live-updates
    ______________

    This link has updates on Libya also. There are journalists on the ground from Rueters and the Guardian… reporting almost hourly updates. It must be twilight in the ME now.. moon said they are 7 hrs ahed of us..

  162. Exactly Basil, any President worth their sort would be in the war room of the WH assessing, noooooooooooo not Obama, I’m too busy partying and thats what it looks like, this will look bad, no matter how you play it.

  163. Obama is reported to be in Brazil. You can tell by this dumb statement by President Dilma Rousseff after meeting with Obama.
    As soon as you hear “world currencies” it’s Soros-

    meeting with his crony Grandad, Soros’ (wink-wink)
    ___________________________

    Brazil slams U.S. for protectionism
    Source: Xinhua NA

    2011-03-20

    BRASILIA, March 19 (Xinhua) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Saturday criticized the United States for its protectionist measures while trying to pull itself out of the finance crisis, saying that these measures will affect world currencies and force other countries to take defensive measures.

    Speaking at her two-hour working meeting with visiting U.S. president Barack Obama in Brasilia, Rousseff also slammed U.S. barriers to Brazilian products such as ethanol, cotton and orange juice, and called for “fair and balanced relations.”

    Rousseff proposed an alliance for education and innovation, and joint efforts to exploit oil reserves in Brazil’s continental seabed.

    She expressed concern with the slow pace of reforms in international organizations, and reiterated Brazil’s intention to enter the UN Security Council as a permanent member.
    ___________________–

    The accusation is laughable! Brazil is as protectionist as they come.

  164. “any President worth their sort would be in the war room.”
    __________________________

    Yup, just like Sarkozy and Cameron overseeing the troops risking their lives with the bombing attacks.. wondering….

    (are we winning- losing- close to capturing a rouge dictator- what?)

  165. Here’s a short excerpt 9transcript- of the Farrakhan clip posted above.

    Uh-oh. Barry’s in deep doo-doo.

    FARRAKHAN: “I warn my brother do you let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world…Why don’t you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Qaddafi, you can’t order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?”

    Ruin your future with YOUR PEOPLE in AFRICA???

  166. Talk about evil – Farrakhan hasn’t lost his touch. The farrakhan-Wright-Obama connection, are the chickens coming home to roost?

    Some more lines warning BO.

    “I warn you in the name of Allah….’

    ‘They don’t like the way you handled Mubharrak. I want you to be careful and move with wisdom and skill.”

    “There are many who are going to ask you to move out because they don’t want a black face in the whitehouse.”

    “White militia are moving against the government….. Be careful how you manipulate the dissatisfaction in Libya and other parts of the Muslim world.”

  167. I knew a lot of Brazilians when I lived in NYC and was performing with Brazilian groups. They put no stock on nor do they give credit for a person based on color. They are a completely mixed group with Spanish, Indian, black, indigenous people’s blood, all intertwined.

    I’m not surprised they have the b@lls to protest BO. They are not afraid of being called racist.

  168. If Obama was smart he should never have gone to Rio, this looks like a real WTF moment in a long list of mistakes.

  169. She always looks like she is shitting a brick, she’s a miserable woman…..by the way if Bambi is not feeling the love in Rio, he’ll leave early, this looks like a PR disaster for him, protests, chants, walkouts and thats just the brazillians, we aint even got started on him pissing off there while chucking Tomahawks at Libya yet.

  170. moononpluto,

    There is something really bizarre about the timing but as usual I can’t figure out what the heck it is.

    Is he trying to escape?
    Is he deliberately being pushed aside so he doesn’t muck things up?
    Is another shoe about to fall?

    It almost reminds me of when he left BC at the December press conference becasue he didn’t want to keep MO waiting.

    He is so scripted that I wonder if his handlers sometimes want to keep him out of sight so he can’t screw up their plans – the way they kept MO away from cameras and microphones for a while.

  171. Don’t think the assholes over at DU are too happy with Boywonder, scratching their heads at why he is in Rio and not the US and the far left over there is spewing vitriol.

  172. ‘this looks like a PR disaster for him, protests, chants, walkouts and thats just the brazillians, we aint even got started on him pissing off there while chucking Tomahawks at Libya yet.”

    Hehehehe.

    About MO, she always looks so inappropriately dressed. Did you see the sleevelesss African print frock she wore when debarking from the plane? And the way she dresses those poor girls, they must be horrified.

    Don’t get me wrong. I have no issue with her body-type. She’s tall, athletic and big-butted. (I’d give my eyeteeth for the first two – the last I’ve got covered). With the right clothes (and the right attitude) she could be stunning.

  173. admin
    March 19th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    A travelin’ man we like:


    Oh Admin, I had such a crush on Ricky Nelson when I was a preteen.

  174. All that silver, she better hope NASA does not mistakenly launch her. They’d Need a lot of fuel to launch that ass into space though.

  175. Hey, moononpluto,

    This sounds perfect for you. 😉

    Democratic Underground is now taking applications for moderator positions.

  176. On second thought, don’t think you’d qualify, moononpluto.

    😆

    Here are some things to bear in mind before you apply:

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  177. basil …..wash your mouth out, i’d rather be tortured in hell for 100 years before i’d get involve with that bunch of imbeciles. Actually being tortured in hell is kinda of being over at Du anyway.

  178. I’d do it just so i could ban everyone immediately, then leave. Now that would be a worthwhile infiltration.

  179. That’s what I meant – you could wield an iron fist and disenable their addy’s. Or, better yet, you could slay them with your laser-like wit.

    And then you could come back here and tell us all about it.

    BTW, I did check the posts and you are so right. There is a lot of teeth-gnashing going on about their boy Barry.

    And their justifications of his actions are hysterically illogical.

  180. Norma Desmond
    March 19th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    That is a good catch!

    The other alternative is : OD’d in the ER!

    I bet he’s been there before.

  181. Has MO had a butt implant or is that junk in the trunk real-

    How could her clothing exist on the rack?

    Her and Oprah!

  182. “They put no stock on nor do they give credit for a person based on color. They are a completely mixed group with Spanish, Indian, black, indigenous people’s blood, all intertwined.”
    ********
    IIRC, Brazil has the largest “African” of any country, Nigeria #2(??)…haven’t looked at that stat for awhile so could be wrong.

  183. basil9
    March 19th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    shadowfax,

    I can see why. Those eyes! And the voice isn’t bad, either.

    ————

    Oh he was dreamy for quite awhile. One of the first family shows on tv, the Ozzie and Harriet show. Watched it with my parents and older sisters every week, and Ricky was the heart throb long before Elvis, before being sexual with hip gyrations was necessary. 😉

    He started on the show as a young little smartypants and grew into a handsome guy.

    Here is a photo when he was young with his brother:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2011/01/12/2011-01-12_david_nelson_defined_by_brother_ricky_nelson_ozzie_and_harriet_costar_teen_idol_.html

  184. So Obama gets manipulated into office as President of the United States actually believing, in his foggy inexperienced little pampered mind, that he’s going to be some kind of hero and do generally a little somewhat of the stuff he promised during the me-for-president campaign performances.

    But it doesn’t turn out quite like he had dreamed.

    And he just says, “Well fuck you guys. If we are not going to do this my way, go ahead and install new regimes all across N. Africa and the Arab world [Tarpley’s current] and whatever domestically in the USA. But I’m not going to hang out in the White House and play President for you…”

    So the Masters of the Universe have basically adapted around his tantrum, and are trying to proceed with their agenda(s). Who needs a President anyways?

    ————

    Does that seem to have any truth to it? Make any sense? If they could more control his behavior, what would we be seeing? How would they have it, and why isn’t it working out for them more like that?

    Or is this train of thought an unreasonable fantasy?

  185. admin

    you have to see this article by the professor over at the Legal Insurrection blog. I like his blog. On this subject of Libya, he astutely points out what we all already know, if all goes to chit in Libya, its Hillary’s fault, if is all hopey and nice (not a chance this is happening), then its all Waffles’s doing

    here is the link:
    http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2011/03/hillary-will-be-fall-guy-if-libya-goes.html

    “Nothing could make more clear that the MSM is setting up Hillary as the fall guy if Libya goes badly than this headline at The New York Times:

    Obama Takes Hard Line With Libya After Shift by Clinton
    Of course, if things goe badly in Libya, it likely will be the result of delays caused by Obama during which Gaddafi reasserted his control over most of the country, against Hillary’s advice.

    The meme is in – if things go well, Obama’s cool calm and collected evaluation was the reason; if things go badly, it’s Hillary’s fault.

    Update: John Hinderaker thinks “Hillary gets the credit if things go well,” but says that if things do not go well, “expect a furious leak war between the Clinton and Obama factions.” If things go well, there will be plenty of praise to go around, but I still believe Obama will be credited above all; as to the spin war if things go badly, I think it already has started.”

  186. pm317
    is that a stain on that skirt on the first picture, or is that a pattern of the skirt? I know next to nothing about women’s clothing, but that does not look flattering, not one bit.

  187. Are the Obama’s leaving Rio already in that pic? So she had 3 changes of clothing for one day. At least one of them was finally a suit. I think that may have been the first time I’ve seen her wear a suit.

  188. I think the second picture above with her skirt slit up to her ass was from yesterday leaving for Brazil..

  189. I must apologize.. I am not generally cruel like this but you know who are really cruel? It is the fashion designers who try to stuff her into their latest creation and try to make her ‘carry’ it. Poor woman, she was never meant to be a fashionista, she never aspired to be one either.. she never knew about hot couture until her husband and his handlers decided to run for the presidency. She knows as much about fashion, style, grace, and beauty as her husband knows about running the country.

  190. tim
    March 19th, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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    Tim–I know Jacobsen. He is a Hillary hater and I have called him out for that over email. He is a much sharper knife however than most of the rethugs. Thus it is telling that he pinpoints the fact that Obama shifted to a military response only after Hillary did–which supports the Morris meme, that Obama did this after Hillary and only as a result of Bill and Hillary’s prodding. The WashPo headline today seeks to portray vacationing Obama as Wyatt Earp. The only problem is in revisionism is that too many people know the truth–which is that he was dragged into this kicking and screaming. Unfortunately for him those people are talking–and it is logistically impossible for the Obama forces to blackmail or bribe all of them into silence. I fully expect that with overwhelming air superiority this coalition of the willing–led by France can effect regime change. If there are problems then I agree with the commentor that Hillary people will not allow the Obama thugs to put the turd in her pocket. Short of that, the current problem is that true to form, Obama is willing to settle for half a loaf–a mere cessation of hostilities by his father as opposed to removal which he has the political and military leverage to demand. The only thing missing is testicular fortitude.

  191. moononpluto,

    There is something really bizarre about the timing but as usual I can’t figure out what the heck it is.

    Is he trying to escape?
    Is he deliberately being pushed aside so he doesn’t muck things up?
    Is another shoe about to fall?

    ————–

    None of the above.

    Obama and his idiot handlers are so drunk on their self-important love-fest, that they thought all he had to do was take a trip abroad with the family and once again be adored by the minions as the adonis he’ll never be.

    Not happening.

  192. wbboei
    March 19th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for posting that, I didn’t know that. I knew he was a repub, but he has post some fair articles about Hillary and Sarah. And from what I have read on his blog, even when he does critize Hillary, he is not the rabid Clinton derangement syndrome type. I must say I do learn a lot of legal things from his blog.

    As for the link I posted, I abosolutely believe the post-turtle aka Waffles is only positioning himself, I wish Hillary would leave this incompetent Waffles’s group and soon, Gates is leaving by the end of the year, I wish Hillary did so as well. Not 2012, but leave the same time as Gates, get lots of rest, and get ready for 2016, I would say 2012, but frankly I do not see her running in 2012. What was stolen from her on may 31th, 2008 will not be forgiven by me or any former democrats I know.
    It wasn’t just about 4 delegates the undemocratic party stole votes, they actually took votes one candidate earned and gave them to another candidate, how the hell can it be called the “democratic” party after what they did on may 31th of 2008!

  193. Mrs. Smith
    March 19th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    The Libyan that sparked help from the UN.
    LINK TO HIS SITE UPDATED BELOW

    Mo’s objective in founding Libya AlHurra was to help his countrymen by getting the word out about what is happening in Libya. Please honor this courageous man and help him realize his dream by using his footage in your broadcasts.

    4:34pm
    Mohammed Nabbous, a pro-democracy opposition activist who Al Jazeera has been in touch with through phone interviews and who has also provided us with footage from Benghazi, has been shot and killed today.

    Nabbous shared video from Libya through his website, here.

    Libya AlHurra TV

    http://www.livestream.com/libya17feb

    There are some 124 videos, from Feb. 22 – March 19.

  194. sigh admin…

    I loved Ricky Nelson. Thanks so much for posting that video.

    My favorite of his was “Lonesome Town.”

  195. He is up plus 2.8% on RCP …you would think his handling of the Japanese / Libyan events woul dhave him in the tank…wonder if the military strikes (which I agree with) will help or hurt. I know the media is pushing that Hillary was pushing him for this….

  196. jbstonesfan,

    Not surprised. No world reaction on the family massacre (except from Hillary) either. No world reaction on Israel catching the ship from Iran full of weapons either.

    Double standards abound.

  197. The grand strategy here is muddled. This is not a war of national defense. It is not a war where US interests are directly affected. As my Iranian friend said, the Mullahs are watching. Likewise Saudi Arabia. But this is fundamentally an intervention by the US for humanitarian reasons, but that in turn is a slippery slope. Are we prepared to attack Iran on behalf of their people whom the Mullahs are slaughtering, incarcerating and oppressing. That could turn out to be another Ruhanda as well. But the real point here is that Hillary and France are the leaders. Obama is simply a camp follower trying to look like a leader to which thinking people will say no sale.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4596412/qaddafi-storing-dead-bodies-as-props/?playlist_id=86857#/v/4596276/is-attack-too-late/?playlist_id=86857

  198. He is up plus 2.8% on RCP.
    ————————
    It will continue to go up, because of the polling irregularities of the outlier polls which corrupt this average. And it will continue to mean nothing. I do not know if you saw the post I did yesterday from the BBC series House of Cards, which documents the internal maneuvering of the chief whip who deposes the prime minister. But later in the story the whip hires a pollster who is regarded as a genius and she makes two points very clear. First, she can get him ANY result he wants by how she asks the question. Second, what people to say to pollsters is fundamentally different from what they actually do at the polls. Finally, there is no Republican candidate, and this is a time of war. He is the only one to rally round. In sum, this too shall pass.

  199. So Obama gets manipulated into office as President of the United States actually believing, in his foggy inexperienced little pampered mind, that he’s going to be some kind of hero and do generally a little somewhat of the stuff he promised during the me-for-president campaign performances.

    But it doesn’t turn out quite like he had dreamed.

    And he just says, “Well fuck you guys. If we are not going to do this my way, go ahead and install new regimes all across N. Africa and the Arab world [Tarpley’s current] and whatever domestically in the USA. But I’m not going to hang out in the White House and play President for you…”

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

    I find that sort of view more realistic than the idea that he’s been a totally conscious conspirator. He’d been manipulating his White Guilt Grandparents since age 10 (acting as the coolheaded person who settled their quarrels), as well as their PC daughter since birth. Stepfather Satero in INdonesia was apparently a sincere anti-American. So that sort of hero role would be second nature to Obama, would feel sincere to him.

    I’m not clear on what you mean by “If we are not going to do this my way, go ahead and install new regimes” Were the new regimes his way? If not, what was his way?

    Anyway it seems believable that finding it all too much for him he would start goofing off, not showing up for the performance. Or doing so badly that the backers would prefer him out of the way. — Since he seems unable to stay in the office and appear like a president, which Reagan did.

  200. Someone on another blog asked what would General George S Patton think of community organizer and presidential poseur Barack Hussein Obama, assuming he did not just slap him for the wimp he is. Since I deplore violence the best I could do is respond as follows:

    What would Patton think of Bambi and how he has handled the Libya situation. Well, Patton as you know believed in leading from the front, and was never seen hobnobbing with but boys like Chuck Todd at the Gridiron Club far from any physical danger. He would get out the bottle of Raid which is rather effective against cockroaches.

    Moreover, Patton decisive and not afraid to engage, whereas Obama loves to dither and scapegoat.

    But if you really want to know how Patton would evaluate the performance of a desk jokey like Obama, you need to consider a random sampling of his quotes, and the answer becomes obvious.

    1. Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack.

    2. It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of Arab culture.

    3. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

    4. We herd sheep, we drive cattle and we lead people. Lead, follow or get out of the way.

  201. There is something really bizarre about the timing but as usual I can’t figure out what the heck it is.

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

    Changing the subject to something from left field. Confusion tactic. Make people scratch their heads and wonder if they just imagined the serious stuff he should be commenting on.

  202. Brazil notes

    I doubt if Americans learn these facts from the propaganda mill…

    Brazil is the largest nation, in population and territory, in South America. Its advanced scientific and technological capabilities, particularly aerospace and nuclear, are crucial for the development of the continent as a whole.

    Anti-development radical environmentalist agenda is now strongly imposed on Brazil shutting down Brazil’s nuclear program, ending construction of hydroelectric dams…

    The carry trade…
    Brazil’s interest rates, which are the highest in the world, suck in international capital and provide spectacular returns, looted out of the living standard and the natural resources of the Brazilian people, while starving the domestic economy for operating capital.

    Some 1.3 million people, 20% of the population of Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio, live piled up in slums (favelas), abandoned by their government, and ruled by drug gangs.

  203. Norma Desmond
    March 19th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    pm – so that was MO’s imitation of “Sharin’ Stones?”
    ==========

    Yipes, as first lady she has to be more aware of someone with a camera.

  204. French warplanes over Libya

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

    I should go to bed. I read that as “French vampires.”

  205. It wasn’t just about 4 delegates the undemocratic party stole votes, they actually took votes one candidate earned and gave them to another candidate, how the hell can it be called the “democratic” party after what they did on may 31th of 2008!
    ———————-
    In doing so they violated their most sacred principle–fair reflection. That day shall live in infamy because it was the day that the democratic party became the undemocratic party. Also, at or near that time Dean called the Republican Party the white peoples party, which can only mean that the democratic party is no place for white people any longer. That was quite an admission by the Head of the DNC–who has secret family ties to Wall Street but pretends to be an anti big business liberal.

  206. My dad passed away here at home tonight. For those so inclined, if you could say a little prayer for him, I would appreciate it. His name was Ken, and although not religious as far as I could tell, or schooled in Christianity per se, he was a good guy who saved some pictures of Jesus, Mary, and some of the Saints. He had a good heart, and since I am a believer, I hope that he makes it to the Promise Land. I’ll miss you dad.

  207. Also, I don’t think of Sarah Palin as a “quitter”. That’s an unfair comment. If she was a quitter like her opponents want her to be, she would have disappeared into silence, and that is not the case. There are some similarities between Sarah and Hillary, too. Lord knows that they do not share the same political ideology, but they share the strength of women who have been unfairly attacked, but still continue on undeterred. I admire that in both of them. I will not stop comments about Sarah Palin because it bothers someone else here. I apologize, but those offended should stop being so sensitive about it. I believe that Hillary and Sarah have been remarkably respectful of each other, and that says a lot about both of them. If they ever compete against each other, then there respect may be tested at times, but I sense that they each see how the other has been treated, and that they have some empathy for each other.

  208. 2. It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of Arab culture.

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

    Couldn’t possibly be the other way around, huh?

    Luckily, Muslims live in many different countries, which have different cultures. So we can compare the Muslims of X with the Muslims of Y — and the Muslims of A with the non-Muslims of A.

    In New York City, for example, we see the civilized Rauf and Daisy (vs some foul-mouthed non-Muslims like Pam Geller).

  209. Vcal
    I know that some of you like Palin very much, but you should have consideration to the others who don’t.

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

    There’s nothing wrong with saying positive things about Sarah. She hasn’t attacked Hillary, and remember when Sarah accepted the VP nomination she said very good things about HIllary (and has at other times too iirc).

    “Havng consideration” should mean NOT saying BAD things about someone. It doesn’t mean refraining from saying good things about someone else.

    As to the bad things you said about Sarah — if you will research a little deeper (and in sources other than MSM and Obots) — well, those charges are like the Hillary haters charges against Hillary and Bill.

    Most of us disagree with Sarah’s conservative positions, but that’s different.

  210. turndownobama
    March 20th, 2011 at 12:34 am
    I’m not clear on what you mean by “If we are not going to do this my way, go ahead and install new regimes” Were the new regimes his way? If not, what was his way?

    ——–

    The “do this my way” refers to his vague image of him Presidenting being fulfilled, that his mere presence upon the world scene would somehow magically keep all calm and stable, and that mostly on the job, others (including leaders of other nations!) would kiss up to him, or his wife and Jarrett would take care of it. I’m questioning whether or not he has any cognitive ability beyond that of a child. Most of the people recruited or appointed to this administration probably assumed that he had. When they try to brief him or engage in meaningful discussion–much less get a Presidential decision, it isn’t happening.

    I would welcome anyone pointing out why this hypothesis is wrong.

  211. Admin, I never heard that song before. It’s absolutely beautiful, but it made me cry. Better now than at his funeral I suppose. Thank you.

  212. NoMoBama

    So sorry for the loss of your dad, may he rest in peace and I will say a prayer for the both of you.

  213. his vague image of him Presidenting being fulfilled, that his mere presence upon the world scene would somehow magically keep all calm and stable

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

    There’s evidence for this in some of the profiles cited at 1950democrat.livejournal.com. Mayor Daley was described as sort of magically getting people to agree. He would shut them in a room and leave and they would work out their own solutions without Daley having to ever know any details. Iirc the gist was that Obama admired this supposed talent of Daley’s — and imo that he believed he had it also. That just being there as authority/figurehead would establish this vibe that would make the faction leaders somehow solve their problems. Sort of like the Harmonic Convergence maybe. 😉

    “But this time you have Me.”

  214. I’m not clear on what you mean by “If we are not going to do this my way, go ahead and install new regimes” Were the new regimes his way? If not, what was his way?

    ——–

    The “do this my way” refers to his vague image of him Presidenting being fulfilled, that his mere presence

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

    So, I guess it’s someone besides him that wants to install the new regimes? Which he doesnt’ really want installed? In spite of his speech in Cairo that inspired these revolts?

    There’s childishness if you like. Thinking he can make speeches like this without people taking them seriously and ACTING on them, and expecting him to ACT also.

  215. nomobama
    March 20th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    May God bless you and your dad. My prayer goes out for both of you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  216. nomobama – I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you.

    You might consider taking out a whole bunch of photos in which you and your dad/family were having a good time. Some feel that it’s not just mourning a loss, but celebrating a life. If that feels comfortable to you, looking at the photos may ease your pain.

  217. WMCB,

    I disagree about Libya. The situation is too indefinite and confused for us to commit to definite, structured plans at this point.

    And if we could make definite plans — why publish them for the enemy to read?

    As for Obama softening Hillary’s ultimatum, if either of them is being reported correctly. Gadaffi has to have something to gain by a real ceasefire — eg for us to moderate our attacks on him. If we tell him we are going to keep bombing him just the same, he has no reason to slack off.

    Getting these dictators to actually resign takes a while. They need to have a reason to cease fire immediately, even while they hope not to resign.

  218. Like I said before, I am not excited about America being involved in a third war. I was wondering if I am the only person feeling this way, checking many sites I see many share my same fear.

    How can we afford to do this again?

  219. A quote from another blog which sizes up Obama splendidly:

    I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion
    Than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep”–Talleyrand

  220. I hope the left is real happy with Obama. Right now he looks like a dithering neocon. And the darling of plutocrats at $350 thousand per throw. This should be the theme song of the bots:

  221. Michelle Malkin debunks the New York Times nevish who wrote that puff piece about a room full of superdonors drivel.
    ————————–
    NYT “reporter” Jeff Zeleny: The Perry Como of the press corps
    By Michelle Malkin • April 29, 2009 10:32 PM

    And now, for our Drool Bucket of the Day Award. Almost gave it to the SWAGGA crew at CNN. But this one inched them out.
    He asked the moronic question about what has “enchanted” President Obama the most about being in the White House.
    He could have, I dunno, pressed Obama for details about how and why his administration spooked and freaked out countless New Yorkers this week for the sake of an alleged photo op update.

    But no, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny decided he was going to be Perry Como and sing “Some Enchanted Evening.”
    Which makes sense, of course, given the New York Times’ $2 million financial stake in hawking Obama-themed merchandise.
    Croon away, Fishwrap of Record:

    ***
    Allah’s got the real video of Zeleny’s snuggle with Obama.
    Bucktown Dusty’s got Zeleny in a Snuggie.
    ***
    Which was worse: Ann Compton’s stupid “What about race?” question or Zeleny’s beauty pageant contestant question?

  222. How can we afford to do this again?

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

    How about we bring our forces OUT of the places that don’t want them (Iraq, Afganistan), TO the places that DO want them (Libya etc).

  223. FLASH: Libya’s Gaddafi tells state TV western air raids amount to terrorism

    ………………………….

    Now there’s irony for you.

  224. Oh not another one…

    http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/oil_spill_reported_near_deepwa.html

    Oil Spill Reported Near Deepwater Drilling Site in Gulf

    The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn.

    According to the Times Picayune, the Coast Guard has confirmed they are investigating a potentially large 100 mile slick about 30 miles offshore. They are going to a site near the Matterhorn well site about 20 miles north of the BP Deepwater Horizon site, according to the paper. The Matterhorn field includes includes a deepwater drilling platform owned by W&T Technology. It was acquired last year from TotalFinaElf E&P.

    Independent pilots are attempting to reach the slick today. Bonnie Schumaker with Wings of Care reported she saw a slick two days ago and is attempting to reach the site.

    ……………………..

    Where’s the President, oh yeah he went to Rio for a party. Perhaps he should just fracking stay there and resign.

  225. Nobama, sincere condolences. Your Dad raised a believer, and he has now joined “…all the saints who from their labors rest.” May fond memories soon begin to ease your pain.

  226. Obama’s new campaign strategy: granting local anchors exclusive interviews. And may not appreciate this one in particular.

    Jim Gardner’s [6abc, Philadelphia] exclusive ‘Conversation with the President’
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 18, 2011 (WPVI) — A half hour after Obama’s speech to the country, I had the chance to sit down with the President in the map room of the White House. I tried to ask him about what I saw as an inconsistency in the Libya situation. The United Nations resolution spells out what Gadhafi has to do to avoid military intervention. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday, “If you don’t get him out, if he stays in power, there’s no telling what he’ll do.”
    “So is the goal to get Moammar Gadhafi to stop killing Libyans, or in the words of your Secretary of State, to get him out?” The President refused to address that, and said his speech would have to stand on its own.
    I asked him about potential military intervention in Bahrain and Yemen.
    We talked about the Japanese nuclear crisis, its potential impact on the American economic recovery, the future of nuclear power in the U.S., Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s budget plan that cuts $1 billion from education, and even his NCAA bracket.
    We’ll have much of that on Sunday night at 11.
    And we discussed his departure for South and Central America. “Your trips to Chile and Brazil and El Salvador, what kind of positive impact would it have on the economies of Pennsylvania and New Jersey?”
    “It’s a wonderful story to tell when you look at a state like Pennsylvania or New Jersey,” said the President. “Pennsylvania is one of the top 15 exporters to Brazil. Brazil is now the 7th largest economy in the world, the United States is one of the top exporters to Brazil. Every billion dollars that we export, we create 5,000 jobs here in the United States. Trips like this, what they allow me to do is link small businesses and large businesses alike to business opportunities in these other countries, and the support we give them in promoting trade will end up creating opportunities both in manufacturing and service jobs in Pennsylvania and around the country.”
    With bombs perhaps about to start falling on Libya and with concerns still brimming over desperate attempts to contain a nuclear disaster in Japan, President Obama leaves Friday night on a mission to Chile, Brazil and El Salvador. There it will be all about trade. In case you didn’t know, you have to be a master juggler to be President of the United States.
    You can watch the entire exclusive interview with President Obama Sunday on Action News at 11:00pm.
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/special_reports&id=8022038

  227. Nomobama

    My condolences for your loss. Losing one’s parent always leaves a hole in your heart.

  228. Turkish PM urges Gaddafi to step down, end bloodshed

    JEDDAH, March 20 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged Muammar Gaddafi to give up power and called for an immediate end to the violence.

    Gaddafi has no official government position but is known as the “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution”.

    Asked by reporters during a visit to Saudi Arabia whether Gaddafi should step down, Erdogan said: “He has already passed that period, he is contradicting himself.

    “Gaddafi’s first words were important when he said he does not have an official position. If he does not have an official position then he should hand the country over to whoever does have legitimacy.”

    Erdogan repeated that he had called Gaddafi several times this month and suggested he appoint a president with popular backing as a way to end the crisis.

    NATO-member Turkey said late on Saturday it would make the necessary and appropriate national contribution to implementing the U.N.-authorised no-fly zone over Libya and measures to protect civilians.

    “I wish to see an end to the bloodshed and to see the will of the Libyan people dominant,” Erdogan said.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE72J05R20110320

  229. I simply cannot stand the NYT.

    As Admin noted, Samantha Power and Susan Rice are the Hawks, and Hillary had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table on Libya.

  230. Remains of Gaddafi’s force smoulders near Benghazi

    By Mohammed Abbas

    BENGHAZI-AJDABIYAH ROAD, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s wrecked tanks and other army vehicles smouldered on a strategic road in east Libya on Sunday after Western powers launched air strikes that galvanised embattled rebels.

    Rebels who had been driven back to their stronghold of Benghazi by the Libyan leader’s air, sea and land offensive in the past two weeks were returning in 4×4 pick-ups to the town of Ajdabiyah, the hard fought over gateway to the east.

    The road the rebels drove was a scene of devastation. This correspondent counted at least 14 corpses, though the scale of the bombardment made identifying bodies difficult.

    “This is all France … Today we came through and saw the road open,” said rebel fighter Tahir Sassi, surveying one area where blackened vehicles lined the road and lamp posts were cut in two or bent over.

    Other rebels claimed some of the credit from earlier fighting, though they had failed to the hold ground against the Gaddafi’s far superior firepower.

    About 14 tanks, 20 armoured personnel carriers, two trucks with multiple rocket launchers and dozens of pick-ups — all destroyed — were visible, indicating the strength of the force sent to retake Benghazi from rebels.

    One tank was a blackened wreck with its turret blown off. Another tank, a tank transporter and armoured personnel carriers smouldered. A few hundred metres (yards) ahead, munitions were still exploding as flames licked around vehicles and stores.

    Rebels had pleaded for military intervention as they were pushed back and as Gaddafi vowed “no mercy, no pity” as he advanced towards Benghazi where the interim rebel National Libyan Council has its headquarters. Continued…pg 2-3

    http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE72J08C20110320

  231. Shadowfax @ 3:45 I have grave reservations about this – you are not alone. The fact that Hillary is supporting a NFZ, and wanted one earlier, is not reassuring me, because she is not in charge. One cannot know to what degree she is being listened to. I have no doubt that were she in charge, she’d have an entire plan in mind. Sometimes a small piece of a plan, without the other parts related to it, does more harm than good.

  232. My dad passed away here at home tonight. For those so inclined, if you could say a little prayer for him, I would appreciate it. His name was Ken, and although not religious as far as I could tell, or schooled in Christianity per se, he was a good guy who saved some pictures of Jesus, Mary, and some of the Saints. He had a good heart, and since I am a believer, I hope that he makes it to the Promise Land. I’ll miss you dad.
    _______________________________________________________

    SOOO so sorry. God protect y’all in this time of loss. Know this: while you’ll always miss them, the pain of loss will slowly ease over time and you’ll be left with the good memories.

  233. Admin and others on MOs dress. I guess I have to admit, I liked the dress. What was interesting to me is that I felt he should be in a Tux if she was wearing that dress. Since I don’t know the events surrounding what was going on there, I cannot judge that. Howevver, I really liked the dress.

    The other thing I continue to notice is that MO and the children wear these really flat shoes. I know this is because they do not want to appear taller than O. I find that kind of amusing, as Winston Churchill probably was towered over by everyone, and no one felt that they needed to worry about that.

    I know this will start another discussion of dress, but I had to admit, I liked that dress.

  234. Nomobama, my heartfelt sympathies. My mom passed away last june, and I know how it hurts. I’ll say a prayer for your family.

  235. I found this quote from the article posted above interesting:

    A Libyan rebel said:

    “‘NO MORE RETREAT’

    “Gaddafi is like a chicken and the coalition is plucking his feathers so he can’t fly. The revolutionaries will slit his neck,” said Fathi Bin Saud, a 52-year-old rebel carrying a rocket propelled grenade launcher and surveying the wreckage.”
    ___________________

    Sometimes the plainest words devoid of eloquence bring the point home sans flourishes and paragraphs of credibility indicators to be more meaningful and sincere..

  236. wbboei
    March 20th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    The grand strategy here is muddled. This is not a war of national defense. It is not a war where US interests are directly affected. As my Iranian friend said, the Mullahs are watching. Likewise Saudi Arabia. But this is fundamentally an intervention by the US for humanitarian reasons, but that in turn is a slippery slope. Are we prepared to attack Iran on behalf of their people whom the Mullahs are slaughtering, incarcerating and oppressing. That could turn out to be another Ruhanda as well. But the real point here is that Hillary and France are the leaders. Obama is simply a camp follower trying to look like a leader to which thinking people will say no sale.
    ——————–

    wbboei, we had this discussion over dinner and like you say none of those reasons are satisfactory. The one that stood out not mentioned here was that he was responsible for killing your people and left to his own devices now, he will attempt to do those same things again because he is a vengeful despot. Giving him back the Lockerbie guy was a big no-no and normalizing relations with him (all due to our nincompoop) was also a no-no. I was surprised to see how young he was — he is only 68 — he will have a long reign of terror if left unto himself.

  237. The revamping of the Egyptian state has triggered a domino effect in the ME.. Looks like Morocco is next. Gird your loins, Hillary, it’s going to be a long goodbye from State.
    ________________________

    Thousands in Morocco march for rights, end to graft

    Sun Mar 20, 2011

    By Souhail Karam

    RABAT (Reuters) – Thousands took to the streets in cities across Morocco on Sunday demanding better civil rights and an end to corruption in the moderate North African country where the king this month promised constitutional reform.

    “Morocco should start drawing some serious lessons from what’s happening around it,” said Bouchta Moussaif, who was among at least two thousand people marching alongside the city’s medieval walls in the capital Rabat.

    Thousands joined protests in Casablanca, the country’s biggest city, in Tangiers in the north, and in Agadir on the Atlantic coast where witness Hafsa Oubou said several thousands were marching.

    Unrest has swept across North Africa since December, toppling regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, prompting international military intervention against Libya, and protests in Algeria.

    “The king did not meet the demands made during the first nationwide protest, that’s why we are here again. He promised to reform the constitution and we all know how far those promises have got us,” Moussaif said.

    Morocco’s King Mohamed promised on March 9 to reform the judiciary, create a stronger role for parliament and political parties and boost the authority of local officials, and appointed a committee to work with political parties, trade unions and civil society groups to draw up proposals by June.

    Many women, some with hijab fully covering their faces, carried pictures of relatives jailed in the wake of a security crackdown that saw thousands of people sentenced to often long prison terms after 12 suicide bombers killed 33 people in Casablanca in 2003.

    “My son has been on death row for seven years now. They have sentenced him to death because he prays. Death for being a good Muslim,” said Zahra Sahif, who carried a pink prison visit card with both her picture and her son’s. Continued…pg2

    http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE72J0BP20110320

  238. nomobama, what I don’t like about death is it is so final. I miss my parents even after many years of their passing. You will miss him but be strong and do things in his name and do things he would have liked to feel his presence with you.

  239. nomobama,Sorry to hear of the death of your parent….I’m sure he’s in a better place…it’s hard to lose your parents…I lost my Mom 6 years ago and it still hurts and everyday I watch my Dad get a little weaker knowing it won’t be long for him either…my sympathies!

  240. Arab League criticizes air strikes:

    CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.
    The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.
    Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRRC-Ij_xoxpHpSxJd-LVDd1JHXQ?docId=999067b967b7412c83d7cce7921da560

  241. Rupert Murdoch’s right wing news empire just took a HUGE blow in the courts!!

    BIG NEWS COMING

    Rupert Murdoch, aside from owning FOX News and the Wall Street Journal has also managed to scoop up a large portion of Britain’s newspapers. Well, it ends up Murdoch’s papers have been hacking the phones of the liberal politicians and using the info gleaned to chase them out of office, ruin their character, etc. Besides politicians they have been hacking phones of both the rich and the famous…including the Princes of England.

    Rupert Murdoch has been able to keep things quiet with a few huge payoffs and by having many of the investigating policeman paid off by the newspapers by hiring them as writers, etc. Well, the whole mess is unraveling…details that the hacking by just ONE investigator might have tallied up to over 4000 people, several of Murdoch’s top employees have been implicated up to the right hand man of the Conservative Prime Minister. But throughout this entire debacle one thing has kept Murdoch’s papers safe…the police have refused to share the information that they discovered in this one investigator’s house…

    Murdoch has already been sued by 5 or 6 peeps and it cost him close to a million dollars per lawsuit, settled out of court, with an agreement of silence so nobody has got to see the evidence. If all 4000 people sue…times a million bucks a piece…. even murdoch will not be able to hold onto his entire company. Since there has been several big checks written for hush money even Murdoch’s son might be sued like crazy since he OK’d the payoffs (most likely)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/mar/18/met-news-world-hacking-evidence

  242. blowme0bama
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Arab League criticizes air strikes:
    ________________

    Yeah, wanting “clean hands” and no responsibility for bombing Gaddafi. More like afraid when this skirmish is over Gaddafi will attack them reeking havoc in Arabia and UAE…fearful if they joined in protecting Libyan civilians. Gaddafi, if he survives, will become the Paladin of the ME hired by Arabian rebels for deposing sitting kings in the interests of freedom and democracy.

  243. This story will make you angry — more angry with un-democratic govts with no accountability, dictators and despots..The story of cosmonauts Komorov and Gagarin and Brezhnev..

    But wait a minute, isn’t that the story of the Challenger and how some bastards knew the design flaws (read about it in Feynman’s book). Govts beholden to corporations and not its people can be just as bad.

    In 1967, both men were assigned to the same Earth-orbiting mission, and both knew the space capsule was not safe to fly. Komarov told friends he knew he would probably die. But he wouldn’t back out because he didn’t want Gagarin to die. Gagarin would have been his replacement.

    The story begins around 1967, when Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, decided to stage a spectacular midspace rendezvous between two Soviet spaceships.

    The plan was to launch a capsule, the Soyuz 1, with Komarov inside. The next day, a second vehicle would take off, with two additional cosmonauts; the two vehicles would meet, dock, Komarov would crawl from one vehicle to the other, exchanging places with a colleague, and come home in the second ship. It would be, Brezhnev hoped, a Soviet triumph on the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution. Brezhnev made it very clear he wanted this to happen.

    The problem was Gagarin. Already a Soviet hero, the first man ever in space, he and some senior technicians had inspected the Soyuz 1 and had found 203 structural problems — serious problems that would make this machine dangerous to navigate in space. The mission, Gagarin suggested, should be postponed.

    The question was: Who would tell Brezhnev? Gagarin wrote a 10-page memo and gave it to his best friend in the KGB, Venyamin Russayev, but nobody dared send it up the chain of command. Everyone who saw that memo, including Russayev, was demoted, fired or sent to diplomatic Siberia. With less than a month to go before the launch, Komarov realized postponement was not an option. He met with Russayev, the

    Russayev asked, Why not refuse? According to the authors, Komarov answered: “If I don’t make this flight, they’ll send the backup pilot instead.” That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn’t do that to his friend. “That’s Yura,” the book quotes him saying, “and he’ll die instead of me. We’ve got to take care of him.” Komarov then burst into tears.

    h t tp://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/03/18/134597833/cosmonaut-crashed-into-earth-crying-in-rage?ps=cprs

  244. Obama polling in the Toilet now : Just 31% Now Give Obama Positive Marks for the Economy

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/march_2011/just_31_now_give_obama_positive_marks_for_the_economy

    The number of voters nationwide who give President Obama good or excellent marks for his handling of economic issues has fallen to a new low.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters show that just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent. Forty-five percent (45%) say the president is doing a poor job handling these issues. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Positive ratings for the president on these issues are down from 34% last week and are the lowest since he took office in early 2009.

    Voters ages 40 and older are more critical of the president’s economic performance than those who are younger.

    Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats rate the president’s handling of the economy as good or excellent, compared to seven percent (7%) of Republicans and 26% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.

  245. Radiation contamination spread further out than the 50 mi safety zone from reactor site than originally thought.
    __________________

    Japan’s efforts to ease nuke crisis hit setback

    Source: AP

    By ERIC TALMADGE and MARI YAMAGUCHI

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) – An unexpected rise in pressure inside a troubled reactor set back efforts to bring Japan’s overheating, leaking nuclear complex under control Sunday as concerns grew that as-yet minor contamination of food and water is spreading.

    The pressure increase meant plant operators may need to deliberately release radioactive steam, prolonging a nuclear crisis that has consumed government attention even as it responded to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that savaged northeast Japan on March 11.

    In a rare rescue after so many days, a teenage boy’s cries for help led police to rescue him and an 80-year-old woman at a wrecked house.

    Beyond the disaster area, an already shaken public grew uneasy with official reports that traces of radiation first detected in spinach and milk from farms near the nuclear plant are turning up farther away in tap water, rain and even dust. In all cases, the government said the radiation levels were too small to pose an immediate risk to health. Still, Taiwan seized a batch of fava beans from Japan found with faint – and legal – amounts of iodine and cesium.

    http://apnews.excite.com/article/20110320/D9M2VH600.html

  246. “The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya”

    what a bunch of a$$holes, ask for help, and then turn around and stab in the back. what the hell did they think a “no-fly zone” meant!?!?
    I am so sick and tired of this, and then our resources are used, our military folks are put in danger’s way and we are the bad guys no matter what! Doesn’t surprise me one bit, nothing but multifaced, faced liars.

  247. there is a newsconference with the head of the arab league as this report indicates in this tv clip, if the head man of this league says again what he said in his written critism, then pull all american planes out, pull out all resources, let the libyans sort this out for themselves. Enough of this postering nonsense, either they want help or they don’t, don’t ask for help and then stab in the back.

    http://tinyurl.com/4vwsmk3

  248. The fact that Hillary is supporting a NFZ, and wanted one earlier, is not reassuring me, because she is not in charge.

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    But apparently SHE wants it, even though she knows she is not in charge. (Or does she know more than we do?)

  249. Are we prepared to attack Iran on behalf of their people whom the Mullahs are slaughtering

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    That might stop Iran building nukes, too.

  250. Gaddafi, if he survives, will become the Paladin of the ME hired by Arabian rebels for deposing sitting kings in the interests of freedom and democracy.

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    Huh?

  251. what the hell did they think a “no-fly zone” meant!?!?

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    Maybe they thought it meant, er, yanno, no flying.

    Maybe they’re objecting to bombing trucks on the ground.

  252. blowme0bama

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Take care.

  253. Real Humanity- 🙂
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    Guide Dog Goes Blind, So Man Gets New Dog to Lead Them Both

    Mar 20, 2011

    The 60-year-old man and his wife, Sandra, kept the loyal four-legged helper and adopted a second dog to help lead both man and dog together. The new Labrador, a 2-year-old female named Opal, has become fast friends with her predecessor.

    “They’ve become quite good friends and get on happily together,” Waspe, who lives in England and is partially blind, told the New York Daily News. “There are certain times I’m sure where Opal will help and Edward is happier by having another dog around.”

    The trio now visits local schools to raise awareness for the blind and guide dogs, and Waspe says Edward is still much beloved. “He is still very popular — just as much, if not more than before,” Waspe told the Daily Mail in London.

    Waspe said the family is going to stay together, no matter what, and told the Daily News he and Sandra would care for Edward “until the day that either we go or he goes.”

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/20/guide-dog-goes-blind-so-man-gets-new-dog-to-lead-them-both/

  254. Mrs. Smith
    March 20th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you so much for posting that story, I have dogs, and they are family to me, its amazing how dogs are so intuned and in many ways more kind than some humans.

    What a lovely story, thank you again for posting it.

  255. Clinton: US ambassador to Mexico resigns

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who wrote a cable that questioned how Mexico coordinates the war against drug traffickers, has resigned.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Paris to meet with U.S. allies on Libya, released a statement Saturday announcing Carlos Pascual’s departure.

    Clinton said Pascual’s decision was “based upon his personal desire to ensure the strong relationship between our two countries and to avert issues” raised by President Felipe Calderon.

    Clinton didn’t say specifically what she was referring to. But Calderon was quoted in a newspaper in February as taking umbrage at a cable that Pascual wrote questioning whether the various Mexican security agencies and military were properly coordinating effort to control the drug problem there. His cable was divulged by the WikiLeaks website.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42173167/ns/world_news-americas/

  256. wbboei, we had this discussion over dinner and like you say none of those reasons are satisfactory. The one that stood out not mentioned here was that he was responsible for killing your people and left to his own devices now, he will attempt to do those same things again because he is a vengeful despot. Giving him back the Lockerbie guy was a big no-no and normalizing relations with him (all due to our nincompoop) was also a no-no. I was surprised to see how young he was — he is only 68 — he will have a long reign of terror if left unto himself.
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    For me, even that argument does not carry the day. It is the Ruwanda argument, and I know for a fact that it weighs heavily on the conscious of any civilized person, but it takes great self discipline to weigh it rationally in the context of other factors as opposed to emotionally if you are in a position to make the killing stop. It is always easy to say, as Madeline Albright did, that what is the use of having this this wonderful military if you do not use it? Jessee Carr was the Teamster leader who ran Alaska during the days of the pipeline, and he was famous for pounding his gold nugget cuff links on the table and screaming what good is power if you do not abuse it. Not the same, I know. But what is does suggest is the possession of power does not mean ipso facto that you must use it for what is perceived to be a just cause. In the words of Thomas Moore, I am not God, and if he is a bad man and if he violates God’s Laws then by all means let God arrest him. Let me frame the core issue here in a slightly different manner and you will see how the answer can change: should a nation which is bogged down in two protracted wars which are sapping its treasure and manpower to the point that the Secretary of Defense, a decent and honest man, believes it would not be in our “strategic interest” to intervene in what is essentially a civil war, which is killing people, as all civil wars are inclined to do, notwithstanding the attempt to make it into more than that by the presence of foreign mercenaries? And, if air power does not do it, are we prepared to enter into a third ground war, and to what ultimate end. And how well do we know these Rebels, and who do they really represent? These questions should be asked and answered before we go too Wilsonian. History has shown that sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you get.

  257. Clinton didn’t say specifically what she was referring to. But Calderon was quoted in a newspaper in February as taking umbrage at a cable that Pascual wrote questioning whether the various Mexican security agencies and military were properly coordinating effort to control the drug problem there. His cable was divulged by the WikiLeaks website.
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    Fuck Calderone. (Why waste words?)

  258. should a nation which is bogged down in two protracted wars

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    Maybe it should cut its losses in those two protracted wars and unbog and bring those forces out into the right battlefield. Or rather, into the air over the right battlefield.

  259. Kucinich asks “Why is this not an impeachable offense?”

    A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

    * * *

    “They consulted the Arab League. They consulted the United Nations. They did not consult the United States Congress,” one Democrat lawmaker said of the White House. “They’re creating wreckage, and they can’t obviate that by saying there are no boots on the ground. … There aren’t boots on the ground; there are Tomahawks in the air.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51595.html#ixzz1HAK4QnPN
    __________________________________________

    Was wondering about this myself. I thought there had to be authorization pursuant to War Powers Act, as Bush I and Bush II were required to obtain it. UN authorization is neither necessary, nor sufficient, for US military action.

    Whatever gets Barky out!

  260. I went to bed full of dread…thinking that it is shock and awe time again, bombs flying and wondered how this would end, and if this is what Hillary expected to happen.

    Then on CNN I see the rebels happy for the help…I feel a moment of relief, and then the story that the Arab League is meeting because they only wanted a no fly zone.

    I am wondering WTF is going on?

  261. wbboei
    March 20th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
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    I don’t want to give you the impression that I have all the answers nor am I sure about what is happening now but Rwanda did not do anything like Lockerbie and maybe the argument is one dictator at a time..and the easiest one first to deter others?

  262. admin
    March 19th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Is Hell freezing over? First the vile Chris O’Tingles and now Rudy Giuliani:

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/In_N_H___Giuliani_comes_out_swinging-118288279.html

    Rudy Giuliani returned to the Granite State Friday night, acknowledging his poor performance here in the 2008 GOP primary in a speech that lambasted President Obama, jabbed Mitt Romney’s health plan and praised the tea party.

    The former New York City mayor gave little hint of his own plans, but seemed relaxed during a showy speech at the Manchester GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner that was laced with jokes and hand gestures as he skewered Obama as a “failure” and ended with the declaration, “Hillary Clinton would have been better.” [snip]

    He mocked Obama’s background as a community organizer, saying it is the wrong kind of experience for a president, adding, “It’s worse than we thought, isn’t it? He really seems like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. “

    He accused the president of “dithering” over Libya, and called him “incapable of making a decision.”

    “This president has been a failure in just about every single thing that he’s done,” he said.

    “The president of the United States gave [the anti-Qadhafi forces] encouragement. … [And people] got killed and slaughtered by Qadhafi while Obama dithered,” he thundered. “That’s a president? That’s what we want in this country? Can we stand two more years of this? Well, we’re going to have to.”
    ********************************************************************

    I don’t think it is the moon…it is reality…for those that did not know it before…it is hard to deny reality now…some may remain in denial…but ‘Hillary is better than O’ is so blatantly obvious…even to her critics…even Sean Hannity has stated the obvious…she is doing what she was born to do…lead…

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

    Jan at 12:06 – that Wolf Blitzer article was really good…Wolf knows what the hell is going on…everyone does…

  263. nomobama…I am very sorry for your loss…losing a parent is so hard and as PM317 mentioned…the finality of them leaving still tugs at the heart…I cannot say it really gets easier but it does make you love them even more and appreciate them even more…if that is possible…and as time goes on more and more memories do surface from all the stages in your life…I am sending my prayers to Ken and hope all the good angels have already greeted him…

  264. the Arab League is meeting because they only wanted a no fly zone.

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    maybe it will take the un 3 weeks to consider their objection

  265. I thought there had to be authorization pursuant to War Powers Act, as Bush I and Bush II were required to obtain it. UN authorization is neither necessary, nor sufficient, for US military action.

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    AUMF was without the UN; it was supposedly to pressure the UN to send inspectors to Saddam.

    Libya is an official project of the UN, with other countries leading. Are you sure that’s not enough? If not, Hillary talked the UN into it; maybe she could talk Congress into it also.

  266. nomobma, sorry for your loss, my dad passed away 13 years ago today so i know how you feel. Still hurts after 13 years but it gets better over time. Hugs and thoughts for you and your family.

  267. I don’t want to give you the impression that I have all the answers nor am I sure about what is happening now but Rwanda did not do anything like Lockerbie and maybe the argument is one dictator at a time..and the easiest one first to deter others?
    ———————————–
    There are two schools of thought on this. One school says lay out a doctrine, and adhere to it. That way there is certainty and you have some objective standard by which to measure your actions. But that is also its weakness–it makes you predictable and your adversary can box you in with your own strategy. The alternative strategy is to react on a case by case basis. The ying of that is that you have flexibility and can react to each new situation without the drag of precedent of defined policy. The yang of it is you fall into the trap where every crisis become “the crisis” which must be resolved and matters of conscience become the determining factor. I myself favor a broad set of criteria which keep you from being sucked into the vortex of each new crisis. A policy of eliminating one dictator at a time, obligates us to confront a new calculus of risks in each situation and we can go bankrupt in the process. For me, it begins with a certain knowledge of our limitations, and the theme of so many western movies about the sheriff who is hired by the townspeople to clean up a lawless town, but once he has completed that task the townspeople come to resent him. If we are to lay down a doctrine–not this piece of shit which they are now calling the Obama doctrine, which has far too many bells, whistles, predicates and preconditions, but a doctrine rooted in strategic interests and hard cold pragmatism in the creme of diplomatic tradition, then it would come down to something which is attributed to Powell, but had its genesis with much deeper thinkers than him:

    1. a clearly articulated strategic interest which in immediate danger

    2. public support (an ephemeral thing–which erodes over time)

    3. an exit strategy

  268. There are time when you fight, and there are times when you don’t. There are really even times when you sleep with the enemy. However, when you have a chance to take out a horrible dictator, and get some satisfaction for the American Families that suffered from the bombing of that passenger Airliner, I say go for it.

  269. NewMexicoFan
    March 20th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    agreed! All Lockerbee does is lay testament to Gaddafi’s character. Reinforcing his qualities as a malevolent, cruel, vindictive dictator with an infinite threshold for a lack of respect for human life.

    The driving factor for helping the Libyan rebels, was their PLEA- to the West, “HELP US” as mentioned by Bill Clinton when it was determined Gaddafi was massacring his own people with tanks and heavy artillery because they want to be FREE..

  270. satisfaction for the American Families that suffered from the bombing of that passenger Airliner, I say go for it.
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    I have this concern about meddling in the calling of Nemisis. If tis done what ought to be done tis best that it be done quickly. This happened a long time ago. Twenty years ago in my part of the country, we had a mass murderer who killed two dozen young women. A sheriff connected the dots, tracked him down and arrested him. The sheriff’s name is Reicher and he went on to serve in congress where he is pretty mediocre Republican. But after the “Green River killer” was apprehended, the King County prosecutor Norm Maleng cut a deal with the defense attorney to give the killer life in prison in exchange for his cooperation in locating the graves of those he killed. By chance I rode on an airplane with a child whose aunt was one of the victims and he did not appear to understand it all. I do not know how many of those family members felt catharsis in seeing the victim apprehended when it led to this deal. In the case of Gadafi, I am equally unsure if the relatives will fell vindicated if we do not finish the job. But finishing the job has mortal implications beyond that fateful act.

  271. Also, Gaddafi has NO claim of position in Libya. He was neither voted in by a democratic vote or does he maintain a title such as president or PM of Libya. He placed himself in the position through his strength as a Colonel in the military as the leader of Libya since a military coup in 1969.

  272. When in 1870 the National Zeitung newspaper complained of the considerate treatment accorded to the captive French Emperor, Chancellor Bismark said this: “popular feeling always takes that line. People insist that in conflicts between states, the conqueror should sit in judgment upon the conquered, moral code in hand and inflict punishment upon him. This is an altogether unreasonable demand. Policy should not meddle in the calling of Nemisis, or aspire to exercise the judge’s office. In such a case as the one referred to the question would be which is more useful to us– a well used Napoleon or a badly used Napoleon?”

  273. Bismark said this: “popular feeling always takes that line. People insist that in conflicts between states, the conqueror should sit in judgment upon the conquered, moral code in hand and inflict punishment upon him. This is an altogether unreasonable demand. Policy should not meddle in the calling of Nemisis, or aspire to exercise the judge’s office. In such a case as the one referred to the question would be which is more useful to us– a well used Napoleon or a badly used Napoleon?”

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    Right. A Marco enjoying his shoes in Hawaii or various other dictators retiring as expats on their Swiss accounts are better for their native countries than using their native countries as barricade and hostage to avoid punishment by the world.

  274. All I am saying is this: for a nation immersed in two wars already, with no good intelligence on who these rebel leaders are, and what they stand for, to intervene in a civil war to prevent killing which is part of most civil wars is a big step in terms of future precedent, and it introduces a new calculus of risks. I doubt that Obama has considered this–except perhaps from the standpoint of his own re election.

  275. The driving factor for helping the Libyan rebels, was their PLEA- to the West, “HELP US”

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    Yes.

  276. The driving factor for helping the Libyan rebels, was their PLEA- to the West, “HELP US”
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    Dismiss all the history and all the fluff and all that remains is this.. The US as the biggest supporter of Humanitarian Aid to any country who’s population is in distress.

  277. Dismiss all the history and all the fluff and all that remains is this.. The US as the biggest supporter of Humanitarian Aid to any country who’s population is in distress.
    _________________

    And because of US involvement in two wars, they were able to garner additional support from France, the UK and now Norway for taking the lead in aiding the residents of Libya.

  278. Pentagon announced even Denmark is joining the coalition…that is really surprising to me since they are against war. When I lived there a long time ago, they owned one tank, it had a white flag on it.

  279. #
    Shadowfax
    March 20th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Pentagon announced even Denmark is joining the coalition…that is really surprising to me since they are against war. When I lived there a long time ago, they owned one tank, it had a white flag on it.
    ______________________

    Wow- Denmark? I thought, Norway was a surprise…

  280. Mrs. Smith,
    Hillary is still in France, right? She’s talking all these countries into helping, while the “one” is off in Rio with fruit on his head.

    I’m sorry, I’d bet anything Hillary is doing this…it sure isn’t Obama!

  281. I just read the Arab league is pist off because 48 civilians were killed in the first go around in the bombing….I don’t get this Daffy has killed a thousand times more Arabs than that collateral damage….this Arabs are just plain nuts…

  282. BREAKING (Gaddafi cries UNCLE!)

    Libya: Gaddafi Calls ‘Immediate Ceasefire’

    Niall Paterson, defence correspondent, and Natalie Fahy

    Colonel Gaddafi has recommended the armed forces call an immediate ceasefire, shortly after anti-aircraft fire was seen in the sky over Tripoli.

    The declaration – effective from 7.00pm – was announced by a government spokesman at a press conference.

    Witnesses have, however, reported strong blasts and gunfire in Tripoli, including an explosion in the area where leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s residence is situated.

    A 10 Downing Street spokesman said in response to the Libyan announcement: “Everyone will recall that in recent days Colonel Gaddafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated.

    “We said then we would judge him on his actions not his words – and we will do so again.

    “His obligations are very clearly set out by the UN Security Council Resolution. Our assessment is that he is in breach of these obligations so we will continue to enforce the Resolution.”

    The United States earlier said it expects to conduct more air strikes on Libya, as the Arab League also criticised the military action.

    The anonymous US official said the operation was “ongoing”, adding: “I fully expect more strikes.”

    Meanwhile, the chief of the Arab League spoke out against the strikes, just a week after urging the United Nations to operate a no-fly zone on the North African state.

    However, Foreign Secretary William Hague later made it clear he believed the group fully backed the action taken by the coalition.

    Arriving at Downing Street for an emergency Cobra meeting, he confirmed he had spoken to the group’s Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

    A statement from the Foreign Office supported Mr Hague’s comments, saying that they would “continue to work with our Arab partners to enforce the resolution for the good of the Libyan people.”

    Mr Moussa earlier said: “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.”

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Video-Libya-Colonel-Gaddafi-Recommends-Armed-Forces-Call-An-Immediate-Ceasefire/Article/201103315956219?lpos=World_News_Carousel_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15956219_Video%2C_Libya%3A_Colonel_Gaddafi_Recommends_Armed_F

  283. BREAKING (Gaddafi cries UNCLE!)

    Libya: Gaddafi Calls ‘Immediate Ceasefire’

    Niall Paterson, defence correspondent, and Natalie Fahy

    Colonel Gaddafi has recommended the armed forces call an immediate ceasefire, shortly after anti-aircraft fire was seen in the sky over Tripoli.

    The declaration – effective from 7.00pm – was announced by a government spokesman at a press conference.

    Witnesses have, however, reported strong blasts and gunfire in Tripoli, including an explosion in the area where leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s residence is situated.

    A 10 Downing Street spokesman said in response to the Libyan announcement: “Everyone will recall that in recent days Colonel Gaddafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated.

    “We said then we would judge him on his actions not his words – and we will do so again.

    “His obligations are very clearly set out by the UN Security Council Resolution. Our assessment is that he is in breach of these obligations so we will continue to enforce the Resolution.”

    The United States earlier said it expects to conduct more air strikes on Libya, as the Arab League also criticised the military action.

    The anonymous US official said the operation was “ongoing”, adding: “I fully expect more strikes.”

    Meanwhile, the chief of the Arab League spoke out against the strikes, just a week after urging the United Nations to operate a no-fly zone on the North African state.

    However, Foreign Secretary William Hague later made it clear he believed the group fully backed the action taken by the coalition.

    Arriving at Downing Street for an emergency Cobra meeting, he confirmed he had spoken to the group’s Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

    A statement from the Foreign Office supported Mr Hague’s comments, saying that they would “continue to work with our Arab partners to enforce the resolution for the good of the Libyan people.”

    Mr Moussa earlier said: “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians.”

  284. BREAKING (Gaddafi cries UNCLE!)

    Libya: Gaddafi Calls ‘Immediate Ceasefire’

    Niall Paterson, defence correspondent, and Natalie Fahy

    Colonel Gaddafi has recommended the armed forces call an immediate ceasefire, shortly after anti-aircraft fire was seen in the sky over Tripoli.

  285. Color Obama scared he will be aced out in the Primary..
    ____________________________________

    STATES MAY CUT 2012 PRIMARIES TO SAVE MONEY

    Chicago March 20, 2011

    Reuters) – Skimpy budgets are cutting into the way U.S. states pay for schools, healthcare — and now primary elections.

    At least six states are considering either canceling or delaying their 2012 U.S. presidential primaries, mostly to save money by combining the vote with primaries for state offices.

    None of this will likely have much effect on the Democratic presidential candidate, with President Barack Obama expected to seek re-election.

    The biggest state considering a delay is California, where a bill has unanimously passed a State Assembly committee that would move the presidential primary from February to June, to coincide with its state and local primary.

    “We’ll save $100 million by eliminating the stand-alone presidential primary,” said Democratic California Assemblyman Paul Fong, the bill’s sponsor.

    Fong believes the combined election will increase turn-out and fight voter fatigue. “Three major elections in one year is too much,” Fong said.

    Legislators in Missouri and Alabama have also proposed bills shifting their presidential primaries to June, combining them with state primaries. Washington and Kansas are considering skipping the presidential primaries altogether, allowing parties to pick candidates through caucuses. The idea of skipping the primary also came up during a Massachusetts budget hearing.

    “The last presidential primary we had in our state — the Republicans only used 50 percent of the results and the Democrats did not use the results at all,” said Patty Murphy, voting systems specialist for the Washington Secretary of State. She said eliminating the primary could save the state $10 million.

    IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE STILL FIRST

    Both the Democratic and the Republican party agreed last year that no state could hold their presidential primaries before February, and most states must hold them in March or later.

    Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said the RNC’s priority right now is working to make sure the joint nomination schedule is followed.

    The budget cutting is not expected to affect the earliest contests in 2012. While the final schedule has not yet been set, the traditional early presidential caucus in Iowa and primary in New Hampshire again are expected to be the first votes of 2012, according to political analysts.

    While states are interested in saving money, a negative financial impact of delaying or eliminating a primary could be the loss of money spent in states on local media ads, hotel rooms and meals for campaign staffs, said Travis Ridout, political science professor at Washington State University.

    The other issue is whether voters feel that by delaying the primary, their voices won’t count.

    Fong said he was not concerned about any political party ignoring the voice of California, the most populous U.S. state. But the decision could have a bigger impact on a small state like Alabama.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/20/us-usa-politics-primaries-idUSTRE72J3DB20110320?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

  286. Obama woos Brazil while Libya air assault unfolds

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised Brazil’s rise as an emerging power on Sunday, calling the South American country an equal partner of the United States as he pressed on with a trip overshadowed by a U.S. and European air assault on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya.

    Obama viewed Rio de Janeiro’s famed beaches and mountains from his helicopter and played soccer with slum kids in a show of cultural affinity on the second day of what aides call his signature first-term visit to Latin America.

    In a speech at a historic theater broadcast live on television, Obama said Brazil has emerged from decades of underperformance to become a powerful economy and a flourishing democracy that has many shared values with the United States.

    An old joke that Brazil would always be a “country of the future” because of its unfulfilled potential no longer holds true, he said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/20/us-obama-brazil-idUSTRE72I0LI20110320

  287. A Canadian take on Hillary…

    Jonathan Kay on Hillary Clinton, heroine to the Libyan people

    Mar 20, 2011

    It now appears that Western intervention in Libya has decisively turned the tide of battle in the space of a weekend: After Col. Qaddafi’s forces were routed from the environs of Benghazi, the besieged tyrant issued a fresh call for a ceasefire, suggesting he knows he will be on the losing end of any fresh combat.

    Despite this welcome turn of events, let us not ignore what a close-run thing the Western intervention truly was. By Saturday, when the first bombing runs began, Libyan forces already were entering Benghazi. Had Col. Gaddafi’s tanks and other armoured vehicles managed to penetrate into the heart of the rebel-held city, they likely would have made themselves more or less immune to attack from the air by deploying near hospitals, mosques and apartment buildings. The rebels then would have had no choice to rout from their base of operations, crippling their movement and handing Col. Gaddafi de facto victory.

    In other words, at the time of the Western air attack, it might have been just days, or even hours, till the point of no return for Libya. Given Col. Gaddafi’s expressed desire for violent retribution against the rebel leaders, the result might have been a bloodbath.

    Who should get credit for saving the Libyan rebels and keeping their movement alive? On Friday, The New York Times reported that Barack Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya came only on Monday night, and only in response to the efforts of his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who herself had become convinced of this course of action that same day. “Within hours,” the Times reports, “the president ordered up military plans, which Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hand-delivered to the White House the next day. On Thursday, during an hour-and-a-half meeting, Mr. Obama signed off on allowing American pilots to join Europeans and Arabs in military strikes against the Libyan government.”

    For years, Ms. Clinton has endured abuse from all points on the U.S. political spectrum. Yet in Libya, should the rebellion prevail, she would become properly regarded as nothing short of a diplomatic heroine to the Libyan people.

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/03/20/jonathan-kay-on-hillary-clinton-heroine-to-the-libyan-people/

  288. ‘Immediate Ceasefire’
    —————————
    I am not sure this is a case of crying uncle. It is more a matter of strategic re positioning. If he moves his forces into the cities and we pursue then it begins to look more like Black Hawk down. Aerial bombing to which they have no defense. The tougher part lies ahead. Now Bambi must face the tough decision, which is whether to stop at this point, or to go in. If we stop, then it leaves Gadafi with a big advantage. If we go in it could be the scenario above. It depends partly on what the goal is–stopping the violence, or regime change. And what if stopping the violence requires bombing innocent civilians who he is using as human shields? The Chicon tactic in Korea? Decisions now get tougher. When Bush 41 drove Sadam back to his borders, I was satisfied by many others were not. They said since we were already mobilized he should have pushed through to Bagdad, which Bush 43 then did, with the results we see today. At the end of World War II, Patton made a similar argument namely that since we were mobilized and the Red Army was poised to take over Europe, we should attack them. Eisenhower would have none of this. Then in Korea Mac Arthur made his famous statement that limited wars with limited objectives were a farce and there is no substitute for total victory. In sum what is a community organizer who worries more about March Madness than the fate of the country to do?

  289. Dismiss all the history and all the fluff and all that remains is this.. The US as the biggest supporter of Humanitarian Aid to any country who’s population is in distress.
    —————————————-
    Well now that sounds very Wilsonian. And it sets us up to be the world’s policeman. Is that really what we want? It has gotten us into a lot of trouble in the past.

  290. The article above states that the states are going to not have a Presidential primary, so that means Odumbo is going to be the emperor of the U.S. He is not even going to have to run against anyone….if people don’t wake up soon…we might as well be Chinese!

  291. Here’s the thing-as much as Gaddafi announced a cease fire with a representative out front (see video at story and link) The US is not recognizing it just yet.

    Watching the evening news Holt made no mention of Gaddafi’s statement of a cease fire at all- and it hasn’t been mentioned how the US is handling this curve ball-

  292. wbboei,
    My Mom used to say Reagan was going to set us up to be the “world’s policeman”, and she was right again. I don’t which party Hussein belongs to, but it ain’t the party my Mom belonged to. She was always worrying her only grandson would be cannon fodder for the elites of the world….

  293. Clinton used military intervention in Bosnia during the ethnic cleansing of the Serbs…under Humanitarian Aid.. So the precedent has already been set.

  294. I’ve worked for low down bosses who made fun of the people who were working their asses off in the various dept.’s….it takes a very low person to make fun of the very people who make him look good to his superiors….Obama is a low down asshole!

  295. confloyd – when they they may not have primaries, I don’t think they mean they will not participate at all. Caucuses are cheaper, and I’ve heard BO’s people are pushing for them in more states. Of course, WE know why BO favors caucuses.

  296. “Your friendly Rethugs at work”

    With the many distractions going on, the Rethugs and fundies are busy. Just like cockroaches and rats, they are working out of the spot light, gnawing away at the guts of what is America.

    “GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits”

    “Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?

    In testimony to a House taxation subcommittee on Wednesday, Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee, confirmed that one consequence of the Republicans’ “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would be to turn IRS agents into abortion cops—that is, during an audit, they’d have to detemine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion.
    (snip)
    The proposal, which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declared a top priority of the new Republican Congress, has 221 cosponsors and is expected to pass the House easily. The bill caused controversy and sparked a national protest campaign in January after Mother Jones reported that it would limit the Hyde Amendment’s rape exception to cases of “forcible rape.”
    (snip)

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/gop-bill-irs-abortion-audits

    The rethugs want to take the US back to a civil/legal code from the “Late Bronze Age”, in that respect, the Islamists a more advanced, they just want to go back to the 7th century.

  297. Mrs. S

    Reuters) – Skimpy budgets are cutting into the way U.S. states pay for schools, healthcare — and now primary elections.

    At least six states are considering either canceling or delaying their 2012 U.S. presidential primaries, mostly to save money by combining the vote with primaries for state offices.

    ———–
    California voters passed a bill to combine primary for all parties.
    It was decided before the economy went in the dumper.
    I am happy to not have it split and be able to vote for who ever I prefer.

    Also, no caucus bs here either…wish all states would get rid of caucus voting. It is a loophole that Barry used against voters.

  298. SHV
    March 20th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    “Your friendly Rethugs at work”
    __________________

    So True! With all the distractions and a public just about thoroughly desensitized to pain and suffering because so many are grappling with their own- Rethugs are busy little beavers working in relays to undermine the Constitution pretending they are interested in the coming election. They haven’t a candidate, so they are just as happy to leave things the way they are… 4 mo yrs of Boo-boo.

  299. Yes, Shadow- Caucasus spell danger for any dark horse or surprise challenger! Obama has that sewed up- No wonder Holder dismissed the
    NBPs.. They are needed to fill in for Move-on..

  300. A reading from the Obama Scriptures.
    Posted on March 20, 2011 by JWS

    And so it came to pass in those days that the Lord Obama was upset. He did not want to do anything except play golf and party with athletes who were with youth and muscles upon their bodies. Yet, the world was in many a crisis. And many looked to the Lord Obama for leadership and did ask “Where is our lord?” And the answer came from the Carney: “The Lord is busy surfing priceline.com to get a good deal on his next vacation.”

    But the Hillary Clinton did make him do horrible, taxing things such as answer the phone, and think about something other than himself. The Lord was not pleased. He did avoid the Clinton and mock her. And some in the land did call our lord Obama an asshole for this mockery to which the Lord said “I am not an asshole, I am a holy ass.” and he did then establish a holiday called “The Days of Avoidance“.

    On day 1 to remember all who perish in natural disasters the people are to party with sports teams.

    On day 2 to remember nuclear meltdowns through the ages the people are to party with journalists.

    On day 3 to remember the debt the Lord Obama incurred the people are to fill out basketball tournament brackets.

    On day 4 to remember dictators who kill their own citizens the people are to go golfing.

    On day 5 to remember when American power was abdicated the people are to dress in thongs and wear giant feather headdresses like yonder Brazilians over yonder.

    Thus the lord Obama proclaimed “The Days of Avoidance” to be celebrated annually.

    http://johnwsmart.wordpress.com/

  301. “The proposal, which House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declared a top priority of the new Republican Congress, has 221 cosponsors and is expected to pass the House easily. The bill caused controversy and sparked a national protest campaign in January after Mother Jones reported that it would limit the Hyde Amendment’s rape exception to cases of “forcible rape.”
    ________________

    Abortion is a favorite subject of Republicans.They spent an entire year on the don’ts of it rather than addressing issues that actually help the American people. How did they hook up with the IRS, I wonder?

  302. democrat1
    March 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    In 5 yrs when we look back at this time will we be laughing or crying?

  303. She has awful legs – no calf development at all. So often when I see someone saying a woman has great legs, there is no muscle development at all. I guess beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Actually, I think for a lot of people, “good legs” just means long legs.

    pm317 – I have a theory why that is happening to her (the dress seeming long when she is standing, then too short when she sits). Not trying to be one of those voices that judges women on their appearance, but just on a factual level – I think when standing the fat in the butt, hips, and thighs can kind of “hang down”. But when sitting, it all spreads out, makes the dress spread out more to the sides, and then it loses length.

    Anyone who has ever lost a 10 pounds or so may have noticed their pants “get longer”. It’s because the pants aren’t being pulled so much out to the side. Kind of similar to the sitting/standing change with Mrs. Fraud.

  304. lorac, your theory seems plausible with what may be happening to her but why can’t she get tailored clothing made to her body type tested for everything she has to do — sit, stand, dance?!

  305. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. I lost my mom in 2002 at a very young 61 y/o from bladder cancer. My dad and mom had an 11 year age difference between them. He lived to be 80 1/2, so I think that was a decent lifespan for a man in America. My parents had divorced when I was in my early 20’s, and each eventually found someone else. Unfortunately for my dad, his girlfriend died of lung cancer about 4 years ago, and it changed him. He suffered from depression brought on by life’s circumstances. He was lonely, and there’s no substitute for a “significant” other in one’s life. Life without at least one of my parents is going to be significantly different. The glue that held siblings together will be gone. I was a caregiver for my dad these past four years, (more so the past 2 years as his health deteriorated) and he made it tough in different ways, but with him having dementia, I was told that it’s not uncommon as they are the most difficult patients to deal with. He had a good heart even though as a relative described him to me today, “he was a little rough around the edges, but a good man”. I know this, and that is how I will try to remember him. I hope he knows that I only wanted the best for him, and that I tried as good as I could to help him, considering the stress of it all. I have my regrets about being mad at him for the things he would do, and much guilt about when I periodically snapped at him. I offered my apologies in the past, but I never had the talk that I envisioned I would have before he passed. Now I can only talk to his spirit, and ask him to forgive me for anything that I did that might have made him feel bad. I have much empathy for those who take on the responsibility of elderly parents. It’s not easy no matter what others might think. If it ever happens to any of you, you will know exactly what I mean.

    I spent a good part of today contacting relatives and friends. I felt so bad for one of his friends who called here because he saw our phone number on his caller id, and he figured that my Dad had tried to call him today so he returned “his” call. I hadn’t left a message on the friend’s voicemail because his answering machine didn’t indicate who’s phone number it was so I wasn’t sure if it was even his phone number anymore. My Dad’s friend was so happy sounding when I answered his return call today, even thinking that I was my father when I answered. He promptly hung up within seconds after I told him what had happened with my Dad because he started to cry. That broke my heart. Now I know he was a good friend to my Dad. When people get old, you start to see who is willing to still include them in their lives even if it is just a call every three months. I know who remained in contact with my dad, and I will always remember with appreciation and gratitude the friendship that they continued to offer him.

    I am hoping that my Dad is enjoying the company of those who were significant to him, and who passed before him. It’s true. The finality of death is what I find so jarring. Now it’s up to my good memories of him for comfort, and in a sense, keep him “here”.

    His body will be moved from Florida to New Jersey for his funeral, and burial which we all hope will be this coming Saturday, yet the date has not been finalized. I need to prepare for a long drive up to New Jersey. I am sure thankful that I am mostly over the flu (or bad cold?) that I recently had.

    Thanks again everyone.

  306. Lorac,
    Of coarse both parties want the caucas system, to fool the American people into thinking they are saving money and then the elites pick the candidate….people who believe this is a democracy/republic need their heads examined….we will soon be in no better shape than Red China….The dem’s could beat the Bush machine so they joined it….

    Why is Gates and Hillary on opposite’s sides here….he seems to be liking Obama’s vision at this point…WHY????

  307. confloyd – I guess you could say that caucuses are “cheaper cheating”. Think of all the money they’ll save, not having to make Diebold payments 👿

  308. pm317 – of course, she COULD do that. That she doesn’t, make me think she doesn’t care to. I suspect she thinks it’s attractive. I don’t find that she has a lot of class. And to be honest, I don’t know why people say she has great arms. They’re just arms. It’s kind of like with her husband’s performance. Our standards for them are so low, even anything average is praised as superior. And I might as well mention, I don’t think the kids are adorable – actually, I think they’re rather homely. The whole meme about this first family seems like The Emperor’s New Clothes to me. Of course, physical appearance is not all that important. I think it becomes a subject because of the media saying how beautiful they all are, when to many people, they’re just average.

  309. confloyd, this is what I said about Gates up thread and may be that is the reason there is a split between him and Hillary:

    I think Gates is not much of a hawk nor is he strategic. He was right for winding down the operations in Iraq but on Afghanistan, I think his vision has been murky and certainly now with Libya.

  310. pm317,

    Those pix of the entire first family are all atrocious. BO has his hands in his crotch, the older girl is wearing a skirt which barely covers her tush, MO looks horrendous, as usual and the little one, all in black spandex?

    I do think sometimes we are overly critical of women’s appearance but MO has it coming with her claims to be the answer to Jackie-O. NOT. If she and the LSM hadn’t gushed she was such a fabulous fashinista and she hadn’t so eagerly accepted the undeserved crown and if she wasn’t so obnoxiously arrogant I could cut her some slack. But she’s a revolting bytch and she deserves every bit of criticism. You reap what you sow. I do feel a bit sorry for the girls. What mother would allow their teenage daughter to wear such a tasteless outfit in public? (I’m trying hard not to go there but you should have seen see some of the outfits parents of 8th graders in the inner city school’s where I taught would wear to their daughters’ graduations. Can you spell hootchie?)

    BTW, OTOH, I don’t know why the Daffy compound being hit is such a big deal. That’s what happens when you try to slaughter your citizens.

  311. lorac, what are you talking about?! 😉 Her arms are her most prized possessions. Her favorite sport is ripping off her sleeves.. and greasing those arms (and legs). I have never seen her wear hose and I don’t know how she manages those formal occasions without them; I guess it is hard to find panty hose to cover all that butt.

  312. nomobama
    March 20th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing a very sad time for you with all of us. I hope you won’t be driving alone all that way- you really should take someone with you especially now where you are just recovering from the Flu- and all you have yet to go through…

    Be safe, good friend- and keep in touch with us during this terrible time when you need to talk. We are from all over in different times zones. Theres always someone here.

    Be well and stay safe-

    Mrs S

  313. Farrakhan… what a manipulator. He speaks of the US government in negative terms, but yet he does the same exact thing that he accuses the US government of doing. He speaks intelligently, but his words are wicked, and biased. He is adept at painting a rosey picture when it comes to approving of America’s enemy’s actions, and ignoring their harmful actions. Farrakhan is a liar and hypocrite. Give me a break you demon Farrakhan. Damn racist.

  314. Confloyd
    Why is Gates and Hillary on opposite’s sides here….he seems to be liking Obama’s vision at this point…WHY????

    ————
    I have been wondering the same thing.
    Part of our not knowing is just that…we do not know what went on behind the scenes. We may never know.

    Some big wig in the military was on tv, and was asked why the Pentagon wasn’t wanting to get into this Lybia fight…he never answered the question, saying he was now taking orders from the president.
    My take on the conversation was that this might have been caused by only a limited fight, stepping back to let others take the lead in a few days, and not having a clear cut plan left a lot of concern as to what the outcome would be. Maybe they also were not happy to get into this without being able to take Daffy out…

  315. lorac, sorry but ‘Sharon Stone’ credit already goes to Norma Desmond, 🙂 see up thread. I don’t think the photographers like her much.

  316. you know, some of you may like MOTUS blog.. I find her posts entertaining and commenters can be a bit nasty and ahem, republican.

  317. “the leader of the free world is sitting with his ‘pet goat’ — no, not the wife though a goat would know how to sit better.”

    pm317

    you just caused the missus and me to burst out laughing. LOL. Very funny.

    As for the dresses, as I said before, I have no clue about women’s clothing, but Meee-chelle Antoinette seems to wear clothes that really don’t flatter her, she doesn’t stand out, she sticks out, and odd part are these are not cheap clothes, so she’s going out of her way to chose such items. It makes me wonder why no one will let her those clothes look awful on her and there are better choices. Perphaps she buys the hype that she really is a fashionita (sp?).

    The kid’s dresses, well, maybe I’m old fashioned, but I always thought longer dresses/skirts so that when you sit down there is decorum and enough cloth to cover your knees is always very classy on girls/ladies.
    I thought and think Hillary, Laura Bush, Dr. Condi Rice and Sarah Palin always dressed very appropirate and in a flattering way.

  318. Gee-

    and here I thought the way that Michelle sits when within sight of her husband was a form of birth control. 😆

  319. Thanks Mrs. Smith & basil9.

    I am driving up with a brother. We will be stopping at another sibling’s home, in Virginia on our way there to drop off some things of our Dad’s that she expressed an interest in. Splitting the driving between the both of us is a good thing, and I expect a quick trip up there. I’ve made the trip in 17 hours once, but then again, another time it took me 36 hours after being involved in an accident in Georgia (which wasn’t my fault) that drained me for the rest of the trip up to New Jersey. I was needing to stop it seemed like every hour because I needed to close my eyes. I had slammed into a car outside of Atlanta, Georgia that had cut across a grass median and then pulled out right in front of me when I was travelling 55 mph, and then stopped in the lane that I tried to use to prevent a collision with them. If they had just stayed in the first lane that they had come to (the fast lane), the collision would have been avoided. I changed into the slow lane to try to avoid this car, but it also moved from the fast lane to the slow lane, and then came to a complete stop in the slow lane! My choice immediately before the collision occurred was to change lanes to the slow lane or hit a bridge abutment next to the fast lane which I believe would have killed me. You don’t have but a split second to make those type of decisions. People can be very stupid drivers, and I often wonder how someone obtained his or her license.

  320. even the pantsuits she’s worn, I remember the one she wore at the Flight 93 memorial, it looked so unflattering on her, it was very tight, you could see the length was too long.
    I don’t get it, she has so many assistants, her mom, no one can tell her she does not look good in many of those outfits?
    I don’t get it, really don’t get it.

    Hillary looks great in her traveling set of pantsuits, what was that expression she used? the traveling sisterhood of pantsuits? something like that.
    Palin looks great at well, she sits very decorumly, I think she wears longer skirts, so no crossing of legs, sits very appropiately.

  321. Malia is really starting to resemble her father. She didn’t look all that happy in the photos of the first family that were linked above. I wonder if she’s experiencing the age thing that many teenagers go through?

  322. pm317

    LOL!! actually I think that combination is pretty, the yellow and deep blue, I’ve never seen a lady wear so many sweaters when its hot and sleeveless when its cold.

    I remember she went to some event in Europe and the dress was sort of pretty and she had this very big necklace and then she wore a cardigan looking item on top of the dress. Again, I don’t know much about fashion, but I asked a female collegue of mine about that and she said it was awful.
    And then she crosses her legs, very not ladylike in those shorter skirts/dresses.

  323. BigCatLover, yes, it figured in Motus’s post and of course it is no ordinary pump but high designer fashion stuff and bet very expensive.

  324. pm317
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think its his swagger walk, he doesn’t walk like a normal person, he swaggers like in those rap videos.

  325. pm317

    Come on, tim — you have got to admire this Cinderalla prancing down the steps. Look at her face and how satisfied she looks.

    ———-
    I think this is one of the better choices she has made in clothes, most covered, selves on, and junk in the trunk covered.

    At first I thought she had Uggs on, then looked closer and wonder if those are the new high heels that have more leather covering the foot.

    She has stylists and people that show her lots of clothes choice, she just has lousy taste and seems to be unaware of how she really looks to others.

  326. Byron York is puzzled but don’t quite know why. I see what Hillary is saying. She is describing Obama. But now that we are in it, we will help in the best possible manner we can.

    Clinton played down the U.S. role. “We did not lead this,” she said flatly of the coalition currently attacking Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. “We did not engage in unilateral actions in any way, but we strongly support the international community taking action against governments and leaders who behave as Gaddafi is unfortunately doing so now.”

    But Clinton said something else that was more revealing of the true U.S. role. “America has unique capabilities and we will bring them to bear,” she said at one point. “We have unique capabilities to bring to the international efforts,” she said at another point. And at still another moment, she said, “We think that the most important step for us to take now is to assist in every way that is unique to American capabilities with the enforcement of [UN Security Council Resolution] 1973…”

    What Clinton meant by “unique capabilities” is that the United States has military power that other participating nations don’t have, and it is that power, and virtually that power alone, that makes the Libyan war possible. Clinton’s two key statements: ‘We did not lead this” and “America has unique capabilities” are not consistent with each other. Because of America’s unique capabilities, it is in fact leading the Libyan effort.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/unique-capabilities-mean-virtually-all-american-war-libya#ixzz1HC5uTB8L

  327. pm317
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    To me, what byron wrote makes sense, and what Hillary is saying makes sense as well, they are comning from differnent places. This is 90%+ an American equipment/resource operation, but Hillary does not want an American face to it, so from her view, she is expressing it correctly. But when it comes down to it, when over 90% of this “unique capabilities” aka military resources are american, how can it not be americans leading it, and that is what Bryon Yorks seems to be correctly expressing in his piece.

  328. ok, I made an attempt to listen to CNN again, I cannot stand listening to Wolf Bitzer, he has the most grating voice ever.
    I’ll just stick to the internet news.

  329. tim, I think Byron York is calling Hillary inconsistent and trying to ‘hide’ something like we are leading but saying ‘not leading’. You are right that with our first class military, of course we have unique capabilities than the french or the brits.

  330. pm317
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    yes, is many ways Byron York is correct, but he should be directing it to Waffles not Hillary. Hillary is not the president (sadly) she is the SOS, the buck stops with the post turtle aka Waffles. I don’t think he’s implying its hiding something as much as trygin to paint this as a non-US led operation when pretty much most of it is the american military.
    And I can see why Hillary is doing this; the poor woman, don’t know how she keeps up with the idiot-in-chief’s dithering on pretty much everything.

  331. Obama intends to attend 2016 Rio Olympics
    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO — US President Barack Obama, whose hometown of Chicago lost to Rio de Janeiro in bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, said Sunday he intends to attend the first South American Olympics….

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j5AAcz1LEt8o6PsYxB8p0Siz-ioQ?docId=CNG.26f4275431f3c791c245845a136980cf.f31

    ———————

    Gosh golly this is such a surprise! I mean he’ll have to sacrifice his golf time just to go.

  332. nomobama,

    Take care of your health.

    Please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.

  333. I hope that O is planning on paying for that trip to Rio himself. A nation that considers itself the best in everything, which of course we know is no longer true, electing such bone heads as Bush II and O to office, sole based on Stupid Party decisions.

    It is time for this smart country to eliminate the two party system, based on the fact that true intelligent leaders no longer can make it through the waste, fraud and abuse of party politics.

    I have been spending the evening watching Wolf try to explain how O is really directing all of this from his vacation. They bend over backwards to work their agenda. There was also a question about did he get bad advice about going in, and the expert said not at all. Somehow you felt they were disappointed they did not get the answer that they sought. Such manipulation makes me sick.

    They Hammer this stuff to death, recyling video footage over and over again, until you cannot stand to see it. The Journalists in the field though truly are in danger, and are the only ones really earning their keep. Even those though sometimes you have to wonder what their agenda is.

    I have really gotten cynical.

  334. Nomobama,
    I echo the others advice: Take care of ourself. Thank you for sharing your sadness and pain with us. Glad your brother is going with you. Prayers for you and yours as well.

  335. confloyd, this is what I said about Gates up thread and may be that is the reason there is a split between him and Hillary:

    I think Gates is not much of a hawk nor is he strategic. He was right for winding down the operations in Iraq but on Afghanistan, I think his vision has been murky and certainly now with Libya.
    ———————-
    A few years back someone made an astute observation about who supports what. The gist of it was in a situation like Iraq, or Libya, it is not uncommon to find that the generals tend to support diplomacy and the state department people tend to be advocates of military action. The irony is clear and the reasons are obvious. Each is focused on the risks which exist in its own area of expertise, and convinces itself that the better course would be to let the other discipline handle it.

    That dynamic is probably at work here as well. It is why Gates is reluctant to endorse full blown military action, or regime change. It is why Bush 41 set as his goal moving Sadaam out of Kuwait, but was unwilling to march on Bagdad. And those who criticized him for not pursuing regime change got their answer when his son became president and created a pretext to do the very thing his father would not do–march on Bagdad, and the rest as they say is history.

    But let us not oversimplify the situation here. Until very recently Hillary was reluctant to use military force, because she too was mindful of the risks of doing so both known and unknown. And she also understood what Clausewitz meant in his seminal work Vom Kreig which is the textbook at the US and Russian War Colleges, which is that war is diplomacy by a different means. You will probably say that this is not a case of diplomacy but a case of stopping killing, genocide or however you choose to characterize it. But in the end, it is diplomacy and the real audience is the world.

    If this were a straightforward matter of defending a clearly defined strategic interest the question would be much easier to answer. But here it is not. Oh you could stretch the proposition to a point and say to the extent that Iran is watching, and Iran is a threat to our security interests, there is a strategic interest as stake here, ergo we are right to proceed, and must go all the way. That is the position of Lindsey Graham but his judgement is hardly what we might call infallible. And besides, that is really a case of bootstrapping.

    The real question is what I said above: in the absence of a strategic interest, and while we are immersed in two wars already, are we prepared to enter into a third war, and if so how far are we prepared merely stop the violence, or are we prepared to pursue regime change.

    This kind of thing is way above Obama’s head, or the heads of Monster Power and Racist Rice. But it is the kind of thing Kissinger understands and maybe even Gelb. So does Lugar whose forte is foreign polity. The policy that Gates advocates, and Obama has now fallen into by accident is most likely the prudent one for now. The big victory for Hillary was getting Obama to even belly up to the bar here. This is an opportunity to show the people of the middle east that in the right circumstances we will protect them from indiscriminate slaughter– and there is value in that provided we can pull it off successfully. And in the end it may achieve regime change as well, but through internal pressure as opposed to invasion.

  336. Breaking News_____

    N.Y. Times journalists reported captured by Gadhafi forces are free and are
    in Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, official says.

  337. http://www.agi.it/english-version/world/elenco-notizie/201103211039-cro-ren1026-libya_website_gaddafi_s_son_killed_by_a_suicide_bomber

    LIBYA: WEBSITE, GADDAFI’S SON KILLED BY A SUICIDE-BOMBER

    (AGI) Tripoli – Khamis, Gaddafi’s sixth son, was reportedly killed by the injuries suffered in a suicide bombing on Saturday. A Libyan pilot deliberately crashed his jet against the Bab al-Azizia barracks. Hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a Tripoli hospital, he reportedly died a few hours later. The news was disclosed by the Algerian newspaper Shuruk, which echoes the Al-Manara Libyan opposition’s Website.
    However, the news has not been confirmed by the regime’s media.

    ………………………………..

    I’m hearing it from different sources, looks like he may have been taken out.

  338. After 20 years at Western Electric/AT&T, I along with many others, was told that the future of my position was in jeopardy, and I was offered a deal to leave. It was not a great deal, but it was do-able. An undetermined illness influenced this decision. Things have been going alright, but I noticed that with the beginning of 2011, my pension check has decreased. Is ObamaCare to blame? I’ve yet to ask, but have just received this notice which confirms that O’care is manipulating early retirement benefits:

    …The medical expense portion of [our company plan] is an employment-based health plan that has been certified for participation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (the “Program”), a Federal program that was established under the Healthcare Reform Law passed in March 2010 (called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).

    Under the Program, the Federal government reimburses a plan sponsor, such as [our company’s], for some of the costs associated with health care benefits paid on behalf of, or by, “early retirees” and certain family members of such early retirees who participate in the employment-based plan. The law imposes certain restrictions on how a plan sponsor may use the proceeds of this government program. Specifically, a plan sponsor must use the proceeds (i) to reduce its own health benefit premiums or health benefit costs, (ii) to reduce the health benefit premium contributions, copayments, deductibles, coinsurance or other out-of-pocket costs (or any combination of these costs) of plan participants, or (iii) to reduce a combination of the costs of (i) or (ii) … you as a plan participant, may experience changes that may be advantageous to you, in your health plan coverage terms and conditions for so long as the reimbursements under this Program are available and this plan sponsor chooses to use the reimbursements for this purpose. A plan sponsor may also use the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program reimbursements to reduce or offset increases in its own costs for maintaining your health benefits coverage, which may increase the likelihood that it will continue to offer health benefits coverage to its retirees and employees and their families.

    If you have received this notice by e-mail, you are responsible for providing a copy of this notice to your family members who are participants in this plan.

    Guess I’ll just have to wait and see … Nancy was right about this being a gradual discovery.

  339. wbboei
    March 21st, 2011 at 5:46 am
    —————–
    Gaddafi will dig his heels in the sand. Obama came to this too little too late. Obama’s presidential tourism this week is a big tell for Gaddafi to not do anything and stay put. May be a few weeks ago, a show of unity and strength from Obama would have ousted Gaddafi but now he knows that longer he stays put, harder it is for the US and others to justify their actions. It is also clear Obama the son does not have any influence whatsoever on his Muslim brothers to effect change in the ME.

  340. Poor baby, he didn’t get his bang for the buck. I can’t believe he is playing the presidential tourist at a time like this. He thinks he is being smart about it. But this Libya thing may yet be a lesson in where the buck stops. When the chicken come home to roost one way or another, will he point his finger at someone else and how will he do that?

    The president will end his stay in Rio with a nighttime walking tour of Corcovado Mountain to the Christ the Redeemer Statue that is the very symbol of the city. Initially, Obama had planned to visit the Christ statue at mid-morning. Aides said the change in schedule and shifting the speech to an indoor venue were due to logistical adjustments. They said they feared the statue would be shrouded in fog Sunday — a mist did cover the hills around Rio.

    But the changes had the effect of lowering Obama’s profile in the city, reducing the opportunity for clashing images as international attention remained riveted in Libya.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110320/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_obama_latin_america_29

  341. Never mind, I read the part I bolded differently — still he didn’t get to play the popularity contest. Damn that French. but thank the lord, there are no clashing images.

  342. An interesting take on what HRC could be up to by John Batchelor via NQ.

    By John Batchelor

    March 19, 2011: Report that Quaddafi forces pressing the attack on Benghazi in order to take the rebel leadership off the table for negotiations. Am told that the Paris meeting is much in the hands of StateSec HRC and the French President Sarkozy. (Note that HRC sits with leaders of France, Britain, Germany, on their level, though she is not even Number 3 or 4 in US.)

    HRC has elbowed VPOTUS Biden out of the way, and his absence is a blow to his reelection prospects.

    POTUS conceded the high ground to HRC on Friday. HRC proposes that this is the same as the “Humanitarian interventionism” practiced by POTUS Bill Clinton in Kosovo in 1999. HRC pressing her advantage within the Obama administration. NSC Tom Donilon and his apprentice (and POTUS scribe) Dennis McDonough not visible, because they are POTUS men, not HRC.

    The fracturing of the Obama administration national security apparatus apparent with POTUS in Brazil and HRC in France.

    Repeat, Biden is elbowed aside, so is NSC. Is this HRC move for 2012? How so?

    HRC loud denials she is continuing in post after 2012 is ceremonial misdirection.

    Libya is the agreed upon battle zone. Secretary 3 AM goes to war.

  343. Niall Ferguson on Libya:

    http://www.newsweek.com/2011/03/20/the-big-dither.html

    The Big Dither
    Obama was right to back a no-fly zone over Libya. But he should have done it weeks ago.

    “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.” Macbeth’s famous line before he kills Duncan came to mind last week, when President Obama belatedly changed his mind about military intervention in Libya. Like Obama, Macbeth fervently hopes that “this blow might be the be-all and the end-all”:

    But in these cases … we but teach
    Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
    To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice
    Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice
    To our own lips.

    The president has been more Hamlet than Macbeth since the beginning of the revolutionary crisis that has swept the desert lands of North Africa and the Middle East. To act or not to act? That has been the question. The results of his indecision have been unhappy. Hosni Mubarak, for so long an American ally, has been overthrown in Egypt. Muammar Gaddafi, the erstwhile sponsor of terrorism so foolishly rehabilitated by the West just four years ago, has—until now—lived to fight another day in Libya. Meanwhile, in Bahrain, another insurrection is being quelled with the help of Saudi Arabia—an American ally even more important than Libya.

  344. Niall Ferguson on Hillary (from the link above):

    In the words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “If you don’t get him out and if you don’t support the opposition and he stays in power, there’s no telling what he will do.” She doubtless remembers more clearly than Obama what happened in Bosnia, when her husband took years to approve effective military intervention. Had she been president, my guess is we’d have taken swifter action. But in this play, she’s Lady Macbeth, urging Obama to get tough.

    Hillary would have ‘negotiated’ a Gaddafi step down before military action if she were president..

  345. ooops, sorry, this line is me saying it, not Ferguson: Hillary would have ‘negotiated’ a Gaddafi step down before military action if she were president..

  346. From the link above: Read the last line — newsbusters does not want to say it but that someone better would have been Hillary.

    If there had been any truth in reporting after the junior senator from Illinois tossed his name into the ring in February 2007, he wouldn’t have had a prayer against Hillary.

    But people like Sullivan bought into the hope and change dream the Obama campaign created and assisted him in pulling the wool over the eyes of enough registered Democrats to beat someone with far more qualifications.

    Now that the curtain is being pulled back to expose who and what the wizard is, people like Sullivan are so disappointed they feel they need to point fingers at him.

    However, if they had acted like journalists rather than sycophantic teenyboppers, maybe we’d have someone in the White House right now better suited to handle the many crises facing the nation.

    Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/03/20/andrew-sullivan-i-dont-know-why-anybody-voted-obama-primaries-its-cli#ixzz1HFEjv5Va

  347. Hillary Clinton–Barack Obama Tension in the Lead Up to Libya

    by Juli Weiner March 21, 2011

    As the United States and allies began their airstrike against Libya over the weekend, several news outlets reported on the growing tension between Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was allegedly annoyed that the president had been taking so long to commit to a plan in Libya. “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 friend of madame secretary told The Daily’s Josh Hersh, whose delicious March 17 piece on Clinton’s frustrations is a must-read. The source continued, “And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

    Clinton’s allies in her push toward action in Libya were, among others, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and security adviser Samantha Power. According to this morning’s Playbook, “the front page of today’s Times of London, [contains] the tease, ‘The three women who persuaded the President to take action,’” accompanied by photos of Clinton, Rice, and Power.

    As one might imagine, the indecisive president being prodded to attack Libya is a narrative the administration is eager to correct. “Everyone moved toward the final decision based on the president’s urging,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told Politico’s Ben Smith. “But also because of what was happening on the ground, with [Muammar] Qaddafi moving toward Bengazi and [saying] he would show no mercy.” The claim checks out: Qaddafi’s promise to show no mercy or pity toward rebels was indeed terrifying. However, Hillary Clinton is also fearsome when she seems angry.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/03/hillary-clintonbarack-obama-tension-in-the-lead-up-to-libya.html

  348. pm317
    I want to just smack Andrew Sullivan, he’s so whiny. Even when he is so disappointed in Obama, he blames it on everybody else. He is so ridiculous, I don’t understand why anyone keeps having him on. They just keep giving each other a platform even though they have been discredited as DUPES.

  349. wbboei
    March 21st, 2011 at 5:46 am
    —————–
    Gaddafi will dig his heels in the sand. Obama came to this too little too late. Obama’s presidential tourism this week is a big tell for Gaddafi to not do anything and stay put. May be a few weeks ago, a show of unity and strength from Obama would have ousted Gaddafi but now he knows that longer he stays put, harder it is for the US and others to justify their actions. It is also clear Obama the son does not have any influence whatsoever on his Muslim brothers to effect change in the ME.
    —————
    Your point is well taken. My statement does not preclude covert action. However, it appears from what you and Niall Ferguson are saying that a more vigorous response is warranted for the reasons you say. The old saying if you would strike a king then make sure you kill him has relevance here. My bias is against these foreign wars. My foreign affairs instructor at Annapolis was Phillip Mangano who was a known figure in the Middle East in his time, but today nothing about him has survived on the internet. He was a product of world war II, the isolation movement headed by Lindberg and global responsibilities which devolved to the United States in its aftermath, which had previously been shouldered by Britain. He was fond of saying that a great power cannot turn its back on the world, and arguably that is true here too. Interestingly however, in Gulf I which I agreed with in terms of its scope there was a broader coalition, cost sharing and strategic US interests were at stake. Here that case is harder to make. But given a choice between supporting Lugar, who agrees with me, and Fergusion who agrees with you, I have to go with Ferguson. As scholars go there really is nobody quite like him on the scene today–able to separate the false from the true, as King Solomon said.

  350. Sorry, when I said nobody can separate the false from the true like Ferguson, I got carried away. I forgot about Ben Smith at Politico. He too understands the full sweep of history. The only problem with Ben is he is an Obama shill, a pathological liar and dumb as a post–which guaranteed him a front row seat at the grid iron club recently, and a copy of Obama’s colon which he can keep for posterity or peddle on Craig’s List.

  351. I want to just smack Andrew Sullivan, he’s so whiny
    —————–
    To whiny I would add bitchy. Another liar in the jurnolister pantheon of liars.

  352. BigCatLover
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:10 am

    pm317
    I want to just smack Andrew Sullivan, he’s so whiny. Even when he is so disappointed in Obama, he blames it on everybody else. He is so ridiculous, I don’t understand why anyone keeps having him on. They just keep giving each other a platform even though they have been discredited as DUPES.
    ******************************************************

    completely agree…Sullivan is whiny and a liar…he has denegrated Hillary and Bill for years and then took up the personal cause of proving that Sarah Palin’s disabled child was not hers…he is a sick, sick person…

    Chris Matthews is mainly the one that gives this pervert a platform…if you ever google Andrew Sullivan and come across some of his ‘escapades’ you will see what a depraved creep he is…and he thinks he has the moral ground to judge others…yuk!

  353. When someone starts to blame Hillary for the procrastination et al the proper response is you have been misinformed. Here is the truth . . .

  354. It is mindboggling that 450 bundlers would subscribe $350,000 each to re elect a faux leader who does not know what day it is, and whether to shit or get off the pot in a crisis. A man like this is incapable of leading his country much less the world. Frankly this says far more about those bundlers, their priorities and their betrayal of this country than it does about him. For he at least is what he is.

  355. great article by Niall Ferguson, looks like he is now using Sarah Palin’s “dithering” term to describe Waffles.

    As for Ben Politico, what a PO$, they are nothing but snot nosed PO$ who keep propping this incompetent fool. I no longer visit that God awful far lefty site. Between him and that chuckie toad, that site is nothing but worshipping grounds for Waffles.

    I will stand by what I said before, if Hillary is not the nominee in 2012 for the dem., presidential nom that is, I will vote for whoever the repub nominee is, does not matter who that is, Palin is my preference, with her I will fundraise for her, the other repub nominee, I won’t be as eager to campaign for them, but I will vote for them over Waffles.
    This post turtle in the WH will completely destroy everything he touches, and its the American people who will suffer, these stupid rich undemocratic bundlers will be ok, its the average americans who will suffer!

  356. US to offer potassium iodide to US govt workers in Japan
    (AFP) – 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The US State Department said Monday it is making potassium iodide (KI) available to US government workers and their dependents located in the vicinity of a troubled Japanese nuclear plant.

    “The US government is making available potassium iodide as a precautionary measure for United States government personnel and dependents” in Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama and 15 prefectures “out of an abundance of caution,” the department said in a travel warning.

    It said iodide should be consumed only after specific instruction from the the government.

    “While there is no indication that it will become advisable to take KI, out of an abundance of caution the United States government is making it available to its personnel and family members to be used only upon direction if a change in circumstances were to warrant,” the warning said.

    It added that no one should take KI at this time.

    Earlier on Monday, the situation at Fukushima nuclear — which the Japanese government had said was making “slow but steady progress” following this month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami — appeared to suffer a new setback again when smoke arose from one of the reactors, forcing authorities to evacuate workers.

    At 3:55 pm (0655 GMT), a “light grey plume of smoke” rose from reactor number three, according to a local spokesman.

    “Due to this problem, the operator temporarily pulled out the workers, while checking on the condition of the site,” the spokesman said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hmqd-mCHIh7e54OtWX_4yBsuOp1A?docId=CNG.5645d8bc0fdf6586fdb738899e18abd4.51

  357. Repeat, Biden is elbowed aside, so is NSC. Is this HRC move for 2012? How so?

    HRC loud denials she is continuing in post after 2012 is ceremonial misdirection.

    Libya is the agreed upon battle zone. Secretary 3 AM goes to war.

    ———-
    I really like NQs way of thinking too!

    Go Hillary, Go girl!!!!!!!!

  358. You know what is beginning to dawn on me about all these ME uprising.. just like the liberal lefties, some very willingly were duped by Obama’s words, the opposition in each of these countries got carried away, it seems to me. They thought Obama was on their side and would come to their rescue, he would talk to their dictators, one Muslim brother to another and ‘negotiate’ with them and inspire them to step down or at the very least reform, he would get the Arab league to do the right thing, he would get the Saudis to do the right thing, on and on..

    Oh, how they have been fucked now. There is absolutely no way he should be allowed to win in 2012.

  359. “I will stand by what I said before, if Hillary is not the nominee in 2012 for the dem., presidential nom that is, I will vote for whoever the repub nominee is, does not matter who that is..”

    ——————–

    I understand your anger, but doesn’t this make two wrongs? The repubs have done quite a lot of damage themselves over the years. I don’t see either party deserving a vote.jmo

  360. Hillary has also moved in on Gates’ territory, I pray to God she is right and the US isn’t involved in Libya long.

  361. # wbboei
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

    When someone starts to blame Hillary for the procrastination et al the proper response is you have been misinformed. Here is the truth . . .
    ——————

    This won’t happen. There has been too much contradicting evidence documented everywhere.

  362. If a group of Dems are not elected with him to maintain majorities in the Senate and to recapture the House, how effective can he be. In fact I see CRA for the remaining 4 years. How that can possible help the economy, I truely don’t understand.

    It would not be the first time that those bundlers made the wrong decision. I guess some of them just have money to burn. I am sure their rational is maintaining the status Quo will work for them, but he could not even do that with the Unions in WI. They might as well burn their money in the yard.

  363. pm317

    Lefty big blogger boys like Sullivan are already whining about this ‘Clintonian mess’. I dare Obama to run for 2012 with the slogan ’she made me do it’. Fuck them.

    ———-

    She made him do it, yup she did because he has no coconuts to begin with.
    If he were president, he would have made the decision and she would have followed his orders.

    Who wears hears the pantsuit in this relationship???

  364. JanH
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’m not a repub, I have been a lifelong dem, I consider myself a JFK dem, I am now a registered independent, I see myself more agreeing with the Tea Party than the repubs, so if there is a tea party candidate over a repub, I will vote for the tea party, who does equal bashing of both parties and so far seems to put country over party.
    But if the choice is Waffles and a repub candidate, yes I will vote for that repub candidate, the only one I like is Sarah Palin, but if the repubs do to her what the DNC did to Hillary, I will not vote for anyone, then both parties are corrupted beyond repair and a third party is needed.
    I considered myself a pretty conservative dem, which is why I supported Bill and Hillary and continue to do so. It all depends on who the choices are, if Waffles vs Candidate X repub, then its a vote against Waffles when I give my vote to Candidate X repub, I’ll hold my nose and vote against Waffles.

  365. The Republican take from Red State–sans any happy ending. The accompanying photo shows Obama passing a soccer ball to a young admirer with his right knee shades of Pele. Barack is Mr Maggoo with panache. You have got to wonder about those bundlers.
    —————————————–
    Now what?

    After playing Hamlet for a period of some weeks, a supremely disengaged President Obama has been nagged into action on Libya. Over the weekend, US and allied forces hit Libya with a barrage of cruise missiles which was followed up by airstrikes directed not only at infrastructure supporting the Libyan air force but also against the Libyan army

    What has been more notable than what has happened is what hasn’t happened. We still have no idea of the goals or objectives of this exercise. Are we trying to topple the odious Muammar Qaddafi? Are we trying to establish a “free state of Benghazi” where his opponents, the self described mujahideen, can rule? Are we trying to moderate his use of force as he exercises the legitimate right of any sovereign to put down an armed insurrection? Are we leading this coalition? Or is Nicholas Sarkozy? Who decides when enough is enough? When, if ever, is the administration going to ask for Congressional approval to carry out this operation?

    Not only do we, the American people, not know these answers it is more than a little unclear that the administration itself knows the answers or is even of one mind on the few answers it does have.

    We are muddling our way into a conflict which doesn’t rise to the level of caprice and which, contrary to Obama’s pious clucking, will ultimately involve either American or European ground troops. Indeed, it is hard to see how we accomplish anything at all – either overthrowing Qaddafi and handing Libya over to the mujahideen or the protection of a mujahideen enclave — without the insertion of a substantial number of ground forces.

    So we are stuck into this mess and now the question becomes how to accomplish something worthwhile rather than turning what little American prestige that remains after two years of this abominable administration into a flaming holocaust on the altar of internationalism and feel-goodism.

    Unless the administration produces some answers in very short order it is hard to see how this exercise becomes anything other than an encouraging example to our enemies of the weakness and fecklessness of this administration.

  366. Oh you could stretch the proposition to a point and say to the extent that Iran is watching, and Iran is a threat to our security interests, there is a strategic interest as stake here, ergo we are right to proceed, and must go all the way.

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

    Good point imo. Show we’re not a paper tiger. But otoh, if we drop all our spoons on Libya, we have fewer spoons left for Iran etc.

  367. I see Samantha Powers is butting herself into this at the same time covering herself if things go wrong, I wonder if she still considers Hillary “a monster”?

  368. This won’t happen. There has been too much contradicting evidence documented everywhere.
    ———————
    When we get bogged down in this new war, it is highly unlikely that he will take any responsibility for it, because the buck does not stop with him. And when he turns around and blames Hillary, do you really believe that the people who installed Obama–big media will turn around and say ooops we were wrong so sorry he does not know what he is doing? Do you? No way. Sure as night follows day, they will blame it on Hillary who they always cast in the villains role. And they will hide the truth from the American People. These people are entirely predictable. They operate in a fact free domain and what they are defending is not the truth, but their own precious life style which an Obama presidency affords them like none before it.

  369. gee they hypocracy, did Waffles really think his words wouldn’t come back?

    “In July 2007 Barack Obama made a stunning admission during a campaign stop. The democratic hopeful suggested that genocide of innocent civilians was a better option than continuing our military campaign in Iraq.

    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

    But, that was back when Bush was in charge.”

    and then what about Iran? the adj. idiot is going around killing innocents there, and Waffles didn’t even give them verbal support. I’ll never forget that beautiful innocent young lady Neda?? shot just for standing out on the street.

  370. @wbboei, “And when he turns around and blames Hillary, do you really believe that the people who installed Obama–big media will turn around and say ooops we were wrong so sorry he does not know what he is doing? Do you? No way. ”
    ———————
    Big media may not turn around but they will not get away with it, not this time — this is the big leagues now. I go back to what I said in one of the comments: I dare him to run on the slogan ‘she made me do it’.

    If so what was HE doing? prancing around in RIO as the presidential tourist and that is just the least of it..

  371. In July 2007 Barack Obama made a stunning admission during a campaign stop. The democratic hopeful suggested that genocide of innocent civilians was a better option than continuing our military campaign in Iraq.

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

    Sorry to mention this, but in 2008 Hillary said in effect the same thing. This was before the ‘surge’ appeared to work. She said we don’t know what will happen in Iraq if we pull out, the only sure thing is that it will save our troops, so we should do it.

    Of course at that time our presence on the ground in Iraq was causing much of the trouble there: we were seen as a c. 6-year occupying force and so they kept blowing things up to get rid of us. None of which happened in Bosnia. So if we can treat Libya as Bosnia, it may work out as well as Bosnia did.

  372. Hillary caveated her words very carefully, Waffles did not.
    And for her words she was called a “war monger”.

    She was very careful with her words, Waffles was not. And Libya is not Bosnia. Bosnia was comparatively easier, the factions were clear and known.

  373. Continuing my thoughts from the previous comment, in fact the only face saving option for Obama and his enablers is to do what he promised — the unique strategy he touted during the campaign that he would negotiate with dictators and despots before military action. He should sit down with the dictator Gaddafi and convince him to step down and help with a peaceful transition. He should send Farrakhan and Wright as his envoys. I am not being flippant here at all. This is a serious suggestion.

  374. “I will stand by what I said before, if Hillary is not the nominee in 2012 for the dem., presidential nom that is, I will vote for whoever the repub nominee is, does not matter who that is..”

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

    Too extreme. Gingrich over Bayh or some other good FDR/Hillarista type?

    Look what the GOP are already doing where they got voted in. Wisconsin, cutting Planned Parenthood, IRS investigating abortions….

  375. duped by Obama’s words, the opposition in each of these countries got carried away, it seems to me. They thought Obama was on their side and would come to their rescue

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

    Right! Remember his Cairo speech, saying that if people went for democracy, the US would help them. He made promises.

    Now, imo, it’s up to us to keep those promises, which those ME people believed in good faith. We let Obama get the keys to our car, so we have to make amends to the people he injured.

  376. tim
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    =============================

    I’m with you Tim. I am a moderately conservative Democrat who has had it with the Democrats. I don’t care who the nominee is in 2012 (other than Hillary), I will be voting against the Democrat. If Hillary runs, then I have a lot of thinking to do before I make the decision of who to support. The past two election cycles, I have voted a straight Republican ticket in my area of Florida. I have had no guilt whatsoever about doing so. Before that, I always voted Democrat without exception. even for lousy Jimmy Carter. Now I could give two shits about the current Democratic/Obamacratic party. This party has caused me more consternation than I can stomach. My protest votes will continue until the rotten core of the party is destroyed.

  377. If anyone deserved support from the US military to throw off their chains of oppression, it is the Iranians who have bravely confronted the mullahcracy in a mostly non-violent fashion only to be brutally attacked. Many Iranians are westernized, and are Muslims who are more open to western ideas. I would love to see the day when the mullahs are toppled, and in some cases hanged even though I normally do not support capital punishment. The Iranians deserve much better leaders than what they have.

  378. Andrew Sullivan: “I don’t know why anyone voted for Obama in the primaries”

    If there had been any truth in reporting after the junior senator from Illinois tossed his name into the ring in February 2007, he wouldn’t have had a prayer against Hillary.

    But people like Sullivan bought into the hope and change dream the Obama campaign created and assisted him in pulling the wool over the eyes of enough registered Democrats to beat someone with far more qualifications.

    Now that the curtain is being pulled back to expose who and what the wizard is, people like Sullivan are so disappointed they feel they need to point fingers at him.

    However, if they had acted like journalists rather than sycophantic teenyboppers, maybe we’d have someone in the White House right now better suited to handle the many crises facing the nation.

    It’s all well and good that Sullivan is realizing he was duped and is willing to admit it, but the next more important step is to apologize to the American people for being a part of the scam.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/03/20/andrew-sullivan-i-dont-know-why-anybody-voted-obama-primaries-its-cli#ixzz1HGCiBsKX

  379. nomobama
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    tim
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    =============================

    I’m with you Tim. I am a moderately conservative Democrat who has had it with the Democrats. I don’t care who the nominee is in 2012 (other than Hillary), I will be voting against the Democrat. If Hillary runs, then I have a lot of thinking to do before I make the decision of who to support. The past two election cycles, I have voted a straight Republican ticket in my area of Florida. I have had no guilt whatsoever about doing so. Before that, I always voted Democrat without exception. even for lousy Jimmy Carter. Now I could give two shits about the current Democratic/Obamacratic party. This party has caused me more consternation than I can stomach. My protest votes will continue until the rotten core of the party is destroyed.
    _____________________________________________

    Largely, “Ditto”. I had turned apolitical around 1993 or so and hadn’t voted at all since Clinton I, but had first voted for Carter in 1980 which was the first time I was eligible to vote. Voted all Dem between those two election cycles. In 2010, I voted against our very reasonable Dem representative, Gene taylor, in protest. I’ll vote against every dem, every election, regardless of who the pubs run, until the Dems completely purge these leftists / communists / useful idiots from their ranks.

  380. I am baffled by what is going on with the Obama admin..as you can tell from my many comments here today.. (and where is admin?)

    You don’t see pictures of him with heads of state or business leaders if indeed this was a trip about jobs, trade, economy,.. Instead you have these family pictures everywhere. Was this another vacation? (don’t answer that.)

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/21/obamas-yellow-card-how-brazil-is-more-than-just-bad-optics/

    Small wonder that even Chuck Todd of MSNBC chose this weekend to refer to the split-screen presidency.

    Running the launch of a war via sporadic conference calls from the Southern hemisphere is both literally and symbolically “phoning it in,” and at the worst possible time. Further, it’s simply a poor message to send to the troops. As submarine commanders give the order to turn the keys and let the tomahawks fly, as pilots receive the order to unleash missiles at ground based installations where lives will most surely be lost, seeing that your absolute, highest level commander was kicking a ball around with some kids in an ally in Rio can’t inspire confidence.

    Plus, the aforementioned optics are still in play. It simply looks bad. I agree that the trip to South America was a worthwhile way for President Obama to spend his time, provided he focused on issues of jobs and the economy, but that was before we found out that we would be launching a third war. As soon as he made that decision, Air Force One should have been winging its way back to Washington. I’m positive that the president of Brazil would have understood as soon as the details were explained to her.

    Since he chose to play soccer, the metaphor should continue. It’s time to issue Barack Obama a yellow card and let him know this play was flubbed. Badly.

  381. Did you know Basement Angel? This was posted over on TC:

    Lorenda Starfelt passed away last Tuesday. She was 56. Her death was announced by her husband Brad Mays yesterday on Correntewire where Lori posted under the name Basement Angel. Long time readers of this blog will remember Brad and Lori as the filmmakers who documented the dispossessed of the 2008 primary elections. I met them on several occasions. Brad was a loose cannon and Lori was his voice of moderation. She was beautiful with a dazzling smile and captivating eyes. Brad says she died of uterine cancer that had spread to her liver. I never knew she was sick. I am very sorry to hear that she has died. Her voice will be missed.

  382. pm317
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Bye, Bye, Rio

    ——
    Tell me she didn’t actually pay money for that dress.

  383. pm317
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Getting tired of saying ‘oh, no!’

    ——–
    What in Holy Hell is that? Sagging her clown pants?

    Another Jackie O’………in your dreams.

  384. Sad to hear about basement angel. I remember her on this board like yesterday and recently wondered why she wasn’t commenting here.

  385. pm317
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    Getting tired of saying ‘oh, no!’

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

    wow…you have outdone yourself…this has to be a joke…surely someone is photoshopping to make her look bad…mirror, anyone?

  386. OMG! So sorry to hear about basement angel…I really enjoyed her posts….

    Just saw a pic of MO…she needs to get on her own diet….

  387. pm317,
    That fat pic of Michelle going down those steps…it looks like she has someone hanging on the from of her….like another child…something is up with that pic…

  388. I am also sad to hear about Basement Angel passing…it seems like she was just here commenting not too long ago…

  389. blowme0bama
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    Andrew Sullivan: I dont know why anyone voted for Obama in the primaries
    &&&&&&&&

    NOW they tell us…

    So it’s starting to become apparent, what Hillary’s game plan was:

    1. Accept SoS
    2. Shine at the job, being an extremely capable, and a reasonable centrist.
    3. Watch Obama the Untest Newbie crash and burn, and display lack of leadership.
    4. Before the 2012 primaries, yank the rug from under him: Announce that she will not be back for a second term.
    5. Without Hillary, Obama will have to try to convince the Democrats in the primaries (and the American public if he makes it out of the primaries) that the second time will be better…even though the best aspect of his administration won’t be there for her steadying hand at the helm.

    Hmmm, and we were wondering what she was up to.

  390. Before we are done, the ghoul will be taking a trip around the world in May at taxpayers expense.

    He’s now added Poland to: Ireland, Britain and France.

  391. pm317,

    Those pix have to be photoshopped! She looks like a circus clown! And the pick of the little one in a pink polkadot skirts and black polkadot top – WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  392. I wonder if this is true….

    Tom in Paine

    [snip]

    There have been whispers that the United States was largely left out of the debate over what to do about Libya and wasn’t even consulted by either Sarkozy or David Cameron of the UK and that the decision to intervene in Libya and to use military force was made by Sarkozy and Cameron without consultation with Obama or Hillary Clinton.

    As French jets were hitting targets inside Libya, Hillary Clinton made a hurried appearance before the press in Paris and said that “the situation in Libya is fluid and fast moving and that to say the least is an understatement”, causing one CNN correspondent to note that “even Hillary Clinton seemed stunned by how fast the French acted” giving every indication that France, the UK and other nations were not going to wait for the rest of Obama’s hair to turn gray before making a decision and decided to act on their own.

    And that impatience with Obama was not limited to foreign leaders. During a press conference a few days ago, Chip Reid of NBC news asked Jay Crowley, Obama’s new press secretary about Obama’s seemingly chronic waffling and inaction, especially over Libya. Crowley’s answer was that Obama wanted to weigh all the options, consider the consequences of all actions, hear everything everyone had to say, and mull everything over before making a decision. Crowley said, ” I suggest to you that is what leadership is all about”.

    That is exactly what leadership is NOT all about which is why Obama is no leader. Leadership is about being decisive and making a decision when the decision needs to be made, not when its too late. Leadership is making the decision when making it is tough and hopefully the person making the decision has the insight, ability and foresight to make the right decision. Obama has none of these qualities and never did which is why he is always waffling, pandering to both sides, reversing himself or not acting at all. And if it appears that the U.S. has lost its leadership position and that foreign leaders are not really interested in what Obama thinks as long as he goes along with the program, its because its true.

    Its also why it was Sarkozy of France, Cameron in the UK and Canada who decided to act before the UN vote was official. And why it was Obama who went off to Brazil.

  393. Just like Haiti…

    Israel first to set up field hospital in Japan
    By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
    21/03/2011

    Surgery established at Minamisanriko, fishing city devastated by quake; Israel also providing aid for the homeless.

    The field hospital Israel is establishing in Japan is the first to be set up by any nation offering outside assistance, Israel’s Ambassador to Japan Nissim Ben Shitrit said Monday, and the Japanese are extremely appreciative.

    Ben Shitrit said the hospital was being established at Minamisanriko, a fishing city 290 miles north of Tokyo, that was utterly overwhelmed by the quake and tsunami and where some 10,000 people are dead or missing. A five-strong Israeli team “is setting up the surgery right now,” the ambassador said. “They are evaluating the needs today, so that a larger team can be dispatched.”

    He confirmed Israel was also providing tons of aid assistance – including mattresses, blankets, coats, gloves and chemical toilets — for some of the half-a-million people who are homeless, many of whom are now living in public facilities.

    “I don’t know how or why it is that our field hospital is the first,” the ambassador said. “Maybe we moved faster. Maybe it’s because of our experience.”

    He said the medical crisis would take a long time to resolve, but that he believed the Japanese government would bring the situation under control in the coming weeks. Appreciation for Israel’s help, he said, was clear in the reporting in the Japanese media and in the grateful response of people in the field.

    Asked whether Israel had provided any assistance in grappling with the difficulties affecting Japanese nuclear facilities, Ben Shitrit said no. “That’s an issue for the Japanese and the Americans only,” he said.

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=213123

  394. rgb44

    ….. Before the 2012 primaries, yank the rug from under him: Announce that she will not be back for a second term.

    ———-

    Middle finger salute and the kiss of death all wrapped into one.

    Karma.

  395. My condolences to basement angel’s family. I thought that she might have left this blog because she didn’t like the fact that there were people like myself here who were not of the same ideology as her. Perhaps it was more due to her health than anything else. Nonetheless, I don’t mind sparring with people such as her as long as they are not too vicious with their words. It was obvious to me that basement angel was well versed in things political, much more so than I. I’ll say a prayer for her and her family when I log off.

  396. Thanks again to everyone for their kind thoughts the past couple of days with regards to my Dad’s passing.

  397. Did anybody watch the press conference? I saw part of it — Chilean president went on and on and said they had agreed to three questions, I guess from Chile, American, International reporters. Obama scolded the American reporter for bundling three questions in one and the question was about Libya. He didn’t say anything new..how could he? He does not know what is going on.

  398. AJ just reported that Europe is leading the way on the ‘No Fly Zone’
    on Libya, and they have no intention of putting boots on the ground because it’s too dangerous. The end game, they hope the rebels take over and win, but they access their 1970 plan as each hour passes.

  399. I actually logged in to post the following…

    Nancy Pelosi briefly hospitalized in Rome after falling ill

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110321/pl_yblog_theticket/nancy-pelosi-briefly-hospitalized-in-rome-after-falling-ill

    She had a fainting spell. She probably crashed from her Øbama high now that she is a couple thousand miles away from her savior and she couldn’t obtain her fix. Is it possible that her brain had a momentary kick start that then overloaded her system causing her to faint? Or maybe God was sending her a message being that she is now located so close to the Vatican, letting her know that she is not as omnipotent as she thinks. The Lord does work in mysterious ways.

  400. blowme0bama
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    ============================

    We must be of a similar age because 1980 was also my first presidential election and I voted for Jimmay who even though a poor president, I used to respect for his humanitarian deeds. These past couple of years, though, I am finding him to be much more irritating.

  401. JanH- Yes- I remember they were first on the scene in Haiti with a mobile hospital. Israel has state of the art medical equipment and are very generous supplying aide to those in need. They are cultivating much good will by helping beleaguered nations at times of catastrophic distress.

    The snakes in the grass are surfacing-
    _________________________

    Republicans vote to nominate candidates by mail to sidestep ‘top-two primary’ system

    Source: Los Angeles Times

    California Republicans voted Sunday to enact a sweeping end-run around the spirit of the “top-two primary” system adopted by voters, deciding to conduct a mail-in nominating process with all registered GOP voters before the primary election.

    “This is going to energize the party because you are going to have candidates that have to organize earlier, they are going to have to talk to Republicans, they are going to be held accountable by Republican voters,” said Mike Spence, the conservative party activist who wrote the proposal.

    The move is an attempt to blunt the effects of Proposition 14, which changed the system to allow candidates from all parties to compete in a primary, after which the top two vote getters compete in a general election — even if the two candidates are from the same party. The ballot measure, approved last year, was intended to create competition and loosen the grip that the state’s most partisan voters have on primary elections. Democrats are expected to take up the matter when they hold their convention next month.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-gop-convention-20110320,0,5901728.story
    ________________________

  402. Senneth
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:53 am
    =========================

    Both you and Mrs. Smith wrote similar comments. When I think about it, it was cathartic for me. My visiting here and posting about my Dad was akin to visiting your favorite haunt and talking with friends. The admin, the website, and the people posting here are appreciated by me, even if some of us are not of like mind either all of the time, or some of the time.

  403. CBS wants Charlie Sheen back on its Two and a Half Men, and they want him back now…
    ————————-
    The half a man role needs an understudy. I nominated Obama who will be jobless in a little over a year.

  404. Well, we knew this was going to happen- it was only a matter of time. Poor sea animals. This test was taken 60mi away from the nuke site.
    ______________________

    Radioactive substances in seawater near Japan nuke plant

    (AFP) –

    OSAKA — Abnormally high levels of radioactive substances have been detected in seawater near a quake-crippled nuclear power plant in Japan, its operator said early Tuesday.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said the level of iodine-131 was 126.7 times higher and caesium-134 was 24.8 times higher than government-set standards.

    The substances were detected in seawater which was sampled Monday about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the Fukushima No.1 plant, a TEPCO official said.

    The level of caesium-137 was also 16.5 times higher while that of cobalt-58 was lower than the standard, Naoki Tsunoda added, stressing the levels were not a threat to human health.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hkvcJuytxEwNemFkk6Zxk-jdiGPw?docId=CNG.c1a375e7c725666e2ee5e250a84aa0a7.5d1

  405. Mrs. Smith

    The snakes in the grass are surfacing-
    _________________________

    Republicans vote to nominate candidates by mail to sidestep ‘top-two primary’ system

    ———-
    The snakes can dance by the light of a silvery moon and still be insignificant in California.

    Ask Meg how flushing 160 million down the toilet felt. 😆

  406. wbboei
    March 21st, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    =========================

    Nooooo! Don’t say that. I could never watch the show again if Barry joined the cast! Let them cast Øbama as an elder Erkel since he is so good at screwing everything up. He kind of looks like Erkel, too.

  407. “When I think about it, it was cathartic for me”
    _____________________

    Yes, that was my impression of you sharing a very sad personal experience… and the reason for my message- I’m glad though, you will not be making the trip to NJ alone… Best wishes for a safe trip-

  408. Big media may not turn around but they will not get away with it, not this time — this is the big leagues now. I go back to what I said in one of the comments: I dare him to run on the slogan ’she made me do it’
    —————————
    I wish I could believe it. But the last words of blogger William that we live in a big media controlled totalitarian state have proven right up until now. It gets back to issues like who controls them and the lavish lifestyle which an Obama presidency affords them. Also, they went so far over the edge that they left themselves no safety line, except to continue the lie. The key is for people en masse to stop listening to them. And to treat their pronouncements for the lies they are. They will never turn on Obama–not never. So they must go along with Obama. There should be a high price paid by them for their treason which has cost so many Americans their future.

  409. “Ask Meg how flushing 160 million down the toilet felt.”
    _________________

    Yes, Shadowfax, I can see you grinning from my back porch! 🙂

  410. pm317
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    =============================

    Aren’t those slacks referred to as “elephant pants”?

  411. Thanks Mrs. Smith. I’ll be a mess on Saturday for sure, but then the healing will begin. He died here in the house so it’s weird looking around and not seeing him anymore.

  412. I guess, Chavez hasn’t responded to Gaddafi in a positive way- He letting him swing in the breeze by his own hand..
    _________________________

    Chavez condemns Libya airstrikes, warns Obama: ‘Don’t even think about it’ in Venezuela

    Source: Washington Post

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned what he called “indiscriminate bombing” by the U.S. and its allies in Libya, saying Sunday that the assault is unjustified and will only unleash more bloodshed.

    Cuba’s government also criticized the attacks and called for the conflict to be resolved through negotiation.

    Chavez said the U.S. is after Libya’s oil, and warned President Barack Obama not to try any similar intervention in the South American country. “With Venezuela, don’t even think about it, Mr. Obama,” he said.

    Chavez, who has long-standing ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, demanded the airstrikes be halted and echoed claims of civilian casualties by Libya’s government, which said 48 people were killed.

    “Civilian victims have now begun to appear because some bombs are launched — 200, 400 bombs from out there at sea — and those bombs fall where they fall,” Chavez said during his weekly television and radio program.

    In Washington, however, the Pentagon said there were no reports of civilian casualties in the air assault. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, staff director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the strikes had inflicted heavy damage and largely silenced Gadhafi’s air defenses.

    “Libya is under imperial fire. Nothing justifies this,” Chavez said, holding up a newspaper showing an explosion on the front page.

    “Indiscriminate bombing,” he said. “Who gave those countries the right? Neither the United States, nor France, nor England, nor any country has the right to be dropping bombs.”

    Chavez said African Union leaders were meeting in Mauritania to discuss the conflict.

    “That’s what must be done, and going there to talk with the parties in the conflict, but not launching bombs, more bombs, more death,” Chavez said.

    “Let’s try to help, to intercede between the parties,” he said. “A cease-fire, sitting down at a table. That’s the path when facing conflicts of this sort.”

    In Havana, Cuba’s foreign ministry said the Libyan conflict should be solved “through dialogue and negotiation, not by military means.”

    “Cuba expresses its strongest condemnation of foreign intervention in the interal conflict” of Libya, said a statement from the ministry read on Cuban television news.

    On Saturday, delegates at a meeting in Bolivia of the left-leaning ALBA bloc condemned the airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies. The group includes Venezuela, Cuba and six other Latin American and Caribbean nations.

    “We repeat our message from Venezuela, from the ALBA: We demand a halt to the attack against Libya,” Chavez said Sunday. “What madness. … It’s imperial madness.”

    Chavez used his customary term “the empire” for the United States, accusing it of trying to overthrow Gadhafi simply to seize control of Libya’s oil. “They don’t care about the lives of the Libyan people,” he said.

    Chavez mocked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for expressing support for popular uprisings in the Arab world. “Man, what cynicism,” Chavez said.

    “I hope a revolution blows up on them in the United States. Let’s see what they’re going to do,” he said.

    Chavez has suggested that reports of atrocities by Gadhafi’s troops have been overblown or unproven as the Libyan government has sought to crush the uprising by rebels.

    Chavez’s criticisms were echoed by some non-ALBA nations, including Paraguay, where President Fernando Lugo said: “I regret that the United Nations has legitimized those attacks.”

    But Peruvian President Alan Garcia praised the U.S. and its allies for defending Libyans against a regime that has attacked opponents to try to cling to power.

    “I think it’s very important that the world’s nations unite to prevent this type of butchery and massacres that aim to silence people’s just protests,” Garcia said in Lima.

  413. Elephant pants were popular in the 70’s. I remember my sister’s first sowing project for her home economics class was a pair of pants that were especially wide towards the bottom. Very weird style, imo.

    Oh that Meeechelle. She’s sooooo retro. What a style maven.

  414. wbboei, I am not saying anything that different. I am daring Obama and his handlers including the Big media to try blaming it on Hillary. Let them say ‘she made him do it’. Then the inevitable question is what was he doing? It won’t work. This is rude lesson for Obama on where the buck stops.

  415. So, let’s get this right about Chavez. It’s fine for Ghadaffi to bomb Libyan citizens with mortars, grenades, etc., but not ok for it to happen the other way around? Ghadaffi wasn’t interested in negotiating anything. He was interested in annihilating his opposition.

  416. Yes, Shadowfax, I can see you grinning from my back porch! 🙂

    ——-
    Yup, that little thought still makes my day. 😉

  417. Does it bother anyone else that their is so little news on this new war we just jumped into?

    So little news on how the American public feels about it?

    I find it quite bothersome.

  418. #
    nomobama
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Smith. I’ll be a mess on Saturday for sure, but then the healing will begin. He died here in the house so it’s weird looking around and not seeing him anymore.
    _________________

    FWIW- you sound a whole lot better today than yesterday. It’s the acceptance part that is the final hurdle, then as you said, the healing begins-

  419. I wouldn’t call it a war, Shadow- we are supplying aide to the rebels and letting them fight their own fight like we did.

  420. nomobama

    I completely understand. My beloved mother died at home and I went around for days wondering what I was supposed to do now that she was gone. So many responsibilities before and then nothing.

    But such a blessing to have them at home for just a while isn’t it?

  421. nomobama
    March 21st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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

    We must be of a similar age because 1980 was also my first presidential election and I voted for Jimmay who even though a poor president, I used to respect for his humanitarian deeds. These past couple of years, though, I am finding him to be much more irritating.
    __________________________________________

    Yeah, I turned 18 in Oct of 80.

    For many years, I too thought of Carter as my favorite Pres in my lifetime. In the way that immature minds often imagine, I thought he was simply “too enlightened” for the rest of the world. Over time, I came to realize he was largely naive. Presently, the crap that comes out of his mouth sounds like a full bore leftist with all the “poor Palestinian”, and “racist!” claptrap accompanying that mindset.

  422. JanH
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Radiation found in Japan’s food, water
    ________________

    I really feel bad for them- Everytime they think they are getting ahead, they have another setback. Also, they are having trouble with the reactors they thought were ok- while the radiation threat worsens daily.

  423. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week paid a highly-publicised visit to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s recent popular uprising. But young leaders of the revolution declined an invitation to meet with her, citing Washington’s tepid support for anti-government protesters over the course of the 18-day rebellion.

    “We refused to meet Clinton due to the U.S. administration’s vacillating position and contradictory statements as the revolution unfolded,” Islam Lutfi, spokesman for Egypt’s Coalition of Revolutionary Youth, told IPS. “The decision also expressed our rejection of 50 years of faulty U.S. policies in the region.”

    http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54927

  424. So true Jan H. about having your parents around before they aren’t here anymore. That’s not to say that I was not fustrated a lot, especially more recently. I was becoming depressed realizing that things would never get better, only worse with him. Yet, I really didn’t mind doing things for him. I just wish that he would have expressed a little gratitude, and a desire to help himself a little because I knew that he still had some capability to do so. Yet dementia is really a difficult thing to come to terms with. You just never know what to expect, including forgetting who someone is, which is what happened to me 6 months ago. When he asked me where (my name) was, I asked him “you do realize I’m (my name), right?” He looked at me and shrugged his shoulders, then turned around and walked away. I can chuckle about it, but that is when I really became concerned about his mental state.

  425. blowme0bama
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    ================================

    That’s a coincidence since I also turned 18 in October 1980. Since I am already a twin, is it possible that you are a missing portion of a trifecta? 🙂 My birthday is October 17th. I will get a big kick out of this if you were also born on that day.

  426. I also feel the same way about Jimmy Carter’s pronouncements as he ages. I was writing about dementia before. I wonder if he has it?

  427. blowme0bama
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    ================================

    That’s a coincidence since I also turned 18 in October 1980. Since I am already a twin, is it possible that you are a missing portion of a trifecta? My birthday is October 17th. I will get a big kick out of this if you were also born on that day.
    _______________________________________

    October 17. Military hospital in Germany.

  428. blowme0bama
    March 21st, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    ==============================

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! I was born in Paterson, NJ. That’s too much! 🙂

  429. One thing I keep in mind about the people that say Jimmy Carter is such a do nothing fruit cake…most of those folks are the same ones that say Raygun was such a hero.

    I also voted for Carter, was young and thought he was great for keeping us out of any wars. As an old man, and after all the secrets he must have known while in office, he has matured or changed into someone a little different. Maybe not as great, but no seed of Satan either.

    Raygun – awful governor, worse president. That’s what I think of them apples.

  430. HA. Manufacturer my Dad worked for for 22 years (and I for 2 years) was based in Paterson. I went there one time in 81.

  431. The Big Pink bros. Too funny, Shadowfax.

    That sure is some coincidence, isn’t it?

    My Mom was born and raised in Paterson, NJ, while my Dad was born and raised in North Haledon, NJ.

    I kind of miss living in New Jersey, although Florida definitely has nicer weather, especially in the winter time. Who knows. Now that I don’t need to be here in Florida anymore, I might find my way back there again.

  432. Yeah, I’m sure you were impressed with Paterson when you visited there back in 1981, weren’t you? 😉 Actually, it is a hardscrabble city, and it has been that way for quite some time.

  433. johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/a-reading-from-the-obama-scriptures-3/

    A reading from the Obama Scriptures.

    Posted on March 20, 2011 by JWS

    And so it came to pass in those days that the Lord Obama was upset. He did not want to do anything except play golf and party with athletes who were with youth and muscles upon their bodies. Yet, the world was in many a crisis. And many looked to the Lord Obama for leadership and did ask “Where is our lord?” And the answer came from the Carney: “The Lord is busy surfing priceline.com to get a good deal on his next vacation.”

    But the Hillary Clinton did make him do horrible, taxing things such as answer the phone, and think about something other than himself. The Lord was not pleased. He did avoid the Clinton and mock her. And some in the land did call our lord Obama an asshole for this mockery to which the Lord said “I am not an asshole, I am a holy ass.” and he did then establish a holiday called “The Days of Avoidance“.

    On day 1 to remember all who perish in natural disasters the people are to party with sports teams.

    On day 2 to remember nuclear meltdowns through the ages the people are to party with journalists.

    On day 3 to remember the debt the Lord Obama incurred the people are to fill out basketball tournament brackets.

    On day 4 to remember dictators who kill their own citizens the people are to go golfing.

    On day 5 to remember when American power was abdicated the people are to dress in thongs and wear giant feather headdresses like yonder Brazilians over yonder.

    Thus the lord Obama proclaimed “The Days of Avoidance” to be celebrated annually.

    The Word of the Lord.

  434. Too Damn delicious, can we recall her now………..lol, unaware, my ass.

    It turns out that Sen. Claire McCaskill owes nearly $300,000 in county personal property taxes on the family’s private plane that has plunged her into political hot water over the past two weeks.

    In a conference call with reporters, the Missouri Democrat said that she intends to pay the back taxes to St. Louis County immediately. She said that under Missouri law, plane owners are required to pay the taxes to the county where they house the aircraft, of which she was unaware.

    The former Missouri state auditor said there was no effort on her family’s part to evade taxes because they have consistently paid the state and county property taxes on the plane.

    “There are people I could blame for this, but I know better,” she said. “As an auditor, I know I should have checked for myself. I should have checked for the documentation. I should have been asking the question.”

    Republicans have criticized McCaskill about her use of the plane for official Senate business. She also mistakenly charged a political trip to her office account, which she has since repaid. Her critics have questioned whether she has benefited at the public’s expense.

    McCaskill said that the company listed as the plane’s owner has not made any profit based on her use. But she said the plane has become more trouble than it has been worth and she has told her husband to “sell the damn plane.”

    Asked how the revelation about her unpaid taxes on the plane could impact her re-election campaign next year, already projected to be extremely competitive, McCaskill said, “This is not good. Obviously I’ve been sick to my stomach for the four days since this has happened.”

    http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/mccaskill-owes-back-taxes-her-plane/

  435. Even more delicious….

    Russian Duma Leader Wants Obama Stripped of Nobel Peace Prize

    The controversial leader of the Russian Liberal Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said in a statement on Monday that he will ask the Nobel Committee to strip President Barack Obama of the Nobel Peace Prize. Zhirinovsky said in the letter that the prize, awarded in 2009 for Obama’s historic presidential victory and his work on nuclear non proliferation, was now hypocritical in light of recent missile strikes in Libya. The US and some allies fired Tomahawk missiles into Libya on Sunday when Moammar Gadhafi failed to obide by his own cease-fire agreement, made with the UN Security Council early Friday.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/kenrapoza/2011/03/21/russian-duma-leader-wants-obama-stripped-of-nobel-peace-prize/

    …………..

    Nobel, the plastic toy trophy that was given to him for……err doing nothing.

  436. Nobel, the plastic toy trophy that was given to him for……err doing nothing.
    ———-
    He got it for being half black.

  437. I saw her make the statements in Paris in that top and the necklace she had on. My friend thought it was a bit busy (all we saw was the top). However, I did not know it was teamed with the back pants with a cuff, that made it even better.

  438. Just whispered on Fox, come Fall Katie Couric is gonna get dumped. Lost too many viewers.

    Couldn’t happen to a better person, Karma for editing Sarah to being a airhead.

    I can see Katie’s unemployment check from my front porch.

  439. Hillary has to get rid of those Minny Mouse shoes, she falls in them too much. Get her some fancy shoes with steel tips so she can keep Barry awake.

  440. There’s a flap between Fox and CNN over journalists that Khaddafi invited to his compound after it was bombed. Fox reported earlier today that CNN and other reporters went and allowed themselves to be used as human shields. CNN’s Nic Robertson says Fox also sent a guy that was not really a reporter and gave him a camera to take photos. Nic Robertson also said they spent about 15 minutes in the compound and then a few minutes in Khadaffi’s tent, then left. He says they were free to get on the bus and back off anytime they wanted. The childish media is playing their games again. Fox has been kind of playing both sides of the Libya issue today criticizing Obama for the NFZ but not too heavily in case it goes well and they get rid of MK.

  441. shadowfax
    Maybe HRC should switch to dressy loafer type shoes with a chunky higher heel, more fashionable but also comfortable.

  442. Now Piers Morgan is interviewing Nic Robertson about the charge of Fox that reporters were used as human shields.

  443. Oh rhe rest of the story is that Fox is claiming that a strike was ready to go on the compound and it was called off because reporters were there.

  444. Dennis Kucinich was on Fox today saying that Obama should not have joined the NFZ without consulting Congress and Ron Paul was on CNN saying the same thing.
    They are hinting at impeachment for unconstitutionality.

  445. Andy Ostroy
    March 21, 2011

    Is Hillary Planning a Run at Obama in 2012?

    Call me a cynic, but I’ve never bought into the public love-fest between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. I think their pairing was borne out of mutual need: For Obama, it was clearly all about, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” And for Hillary, taking the top diplomatic job would serve to repair her election-loss image and quickly make her appear presidential again. It was and is a marriage of convenience, and one that is likely full of residual contention and resentment from 2008.

    Fueling speculation is the fact that last week Clinton abruptly announced that she would not serve in a second Obama administration. Is that because she intends to pursue a Clinton administration in 2012? Her announcement comes amid the violence and political turmoil in Libya in which the United States, Britain and France have begun a massive air strike, following the passage of a United Nations resolution authorizing a no-fly zone and the use of military force designed to end Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal repression of opposition protesters.

    It was Clinton, not Obama, who’s been front and center through this crisis, swiftly threatening Gaddafi with military action if he didn’t stop the killing. To the contrary, the president’s been criticized for not taking a strong enough stand against the Libyan dictator. To be sure, it was Hillary, not Obama, who had the bigger cajones. And that’s no great surprise to this blogger, who wrote many pieces during the 2008 campaign that questioned Obama’s inability to fight the tough fight, unlike his former rival.

    It’s no secret that Obama, the much heralded ‘Agent of Change’, has hugely disappointed those who euphorically supported him and whose mantra is now “change we can’t believe in.” Progressives and mainstream Democrats alike seethe over his move to the center and for failing to deliver on the issues on which he campaigned and were important to them, from the public option to repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and for caving to Republicans.

    So with his base disenchanted, his approval rating hovering near 50, and the economy and job growth still stuck in a painfully slow recovery, do these domestic challenges, especially when combined with questions over his handling of world crises, create fertile ground for Clinton to toss her pantsuit into the ring?

    It’s rare for a prominent member of a sitting president’s party to challenge him in the primaries for the nomination. In fact, the last time it was done was 1968 when Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy took on a weakened, unpopular Lyndon B. Johnson. But the Clintons are not your typical deferential, passive politicians. If anyone could trade protocol for self-interest it’s the uber-ambitious Hillary and her rock star hubby Bill. Both would like nothing more than to be back in the White House. And if for a second they smell Obama’s vulnerability and a potential defeat by the GOP, don’t be surprised if she pulls a McCarthy. It’s a longshot, but these days in politics anything can and will happen. I can tell you one thing though: I’ve spoken to many Democrats who’d drop Obama and vote for Hillary in a heartbeat.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-ostroy/is-hillary-planning-a-run_b_838413.html

  446. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Talks to Diane Sawyer in Her First Interview Since the Military Intervention Began in Libya

    March 21, 2011

    Diane Sawyer takes the critical questions about the military intervention in Libya to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They will discuss why the United States intervened in Libya, the implications that a third conflict overseas will have on the military, as well as what the exit strategy is for U.S. involvement. This marks Clinton’s first interview since the United States and its allies launched air strikes in Libya on Saturday to stop Moammar Gadhafi’s attacks on opposition strongholds and enforce a U.N.-backed no-fly zone.

    The interview will air Tuesday, March 22 on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” which will be broadcast from Washington D.C., and will continue later that night on “Nightline.” Portions of the interview will also be featured across ABC News broadcasts and platforms including ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne, and ABC News NOW.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/pressroom/2011/03/hillary-clinton-talks-to-diane-sawyer-in-her-first-interview-since-military-intervention-libya.html

  447. One thing I keep in mind about the people that say Jimmy Carter is such a do nothing fruit cake…most of those folks are the same ones that say Raygun was such a hero.

    ——————————

    I haven’t kept count, but that might be a good point. Anyway, Carter was very good in many ways: early environmentalist, common sense — like Bill Clinton but in a bad time and without the cards. And with Reagan playing dirty tricks.

  448. Radiation 1600 times the normal level 12 miles from the Nuke plant.

    Lord have mercy.

    Those poor people working there and close by.

  449. On Fox, (Hannity talking to Morris)

    Morris thinks that Barry going along with Hillary, her not being the Sec. of Defense, on the Libyan intervention, was to try and get support from Hillary’s army. That if all works out well with this, Barry may think it will bring the Dems together in 2012 and avoid a 2012 primary challenge from her.

    I guess Dick didn’t buy the comments from Hillary that she is never running for office again.

    —this is my interpretation of what he said.

  450. It’s all well and good that Sullivan is realizing he was duped and is willing to admit it, but the next more important step is to apologize to the American people for being a part of the scam.

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

    I disagree. Imo the more important step is to give positive support to Hillary (or any read FDR Dem who will run in 2012 or 2016). Sullivan and others should use their influence to get the milder Bots to switch their support to HIllary. You don’t get people to switch by condeming them and demanding they apologize.

    Palin did this the right way a few months ago. She gave speeches saying things like: “Don’t feel bad because you made a mistake in Nov 08. We were all busy, we had other things to attend to, and the facts weren’t clear. Don’t feel bad about it, but look at what we can do next time to correct the situation.”

  451. I have made the comparison of the Libyan intervention supporting anti despotic freedom fighters to The Clinton intervention in Kosovo. (inadvertently using Bosnia as the example in my last remark instead of Kosovo.)

    In Kosovo, the Clinton administration worked through NATO, keeping its shaky coalition together in the Western alliance’s first war. Clinton’s war brought Europe and America closer together and invested NATO and trans-Atlantic relations with a renewed sense of purpose. That unity of purpose proved invaluable in post-war Kosovo, where U.S. and European troops secured the peace and U.N. administrators sponsored a difficult, but so far reasonably successful, transition to democracy.

    Hillary’s refined version of the levers, gears and fulcrums used to bring a transition to peace and democracy in Kosovo by Bill Clinton, is a new hybrid. (no troops on the ground) A reconstituted version of the original strategy but more sophisticated, combining the use of the alliance with the West and the UN using force with diplomacy in a delicate balancing act termed, “Interventionism”.

    Bravo to Hillary’s brilliant mind- (U2 Bill)

  452. If anyone deserved support from the US military to throw off their chains of oppression, it is the Iranians

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

    I agree. They came out first, back in 09. And the Iran regime is threatening us in other ways, too.

  453. JanH
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Talks to Diane Sawyer in Her First Interview Since the Military Intervention Began in Libya
    _________________

    Oh-Boy! This attention to Hillary will definitely get under Obama’s skin and wipe that scowling smirk off his lovely wife’s puss-

    I would love seeing what the malevolent gnome Jarret is going to do and say about this-

  454. Hillary’s refined version of the levers, gears and fulcrums used to bring a transition to peace and democracy in Kosovo by Bill Clinton, is a new hybrid. (no troops on the ground) A reconstituted version of the original strategy

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

    The Kosovo operation didn’t have any US troops on the ground. (Only one US casulaty, and that was not in combat, but in a training accident outside Kosovo.)

    How do you see the current strategy as different?

    Btw, for convenience we say ‘Bill’s when we mean the Clinton WH in the 90s, and ‘Hillary’s when we mean her statements now. But really they’ve been same twofer team all along. Bless them!

  455. Radiation 1600 times the normal level 12 miles from the Nuke plant.

    Lord have mercy.

    Those poor people working there and close by.
    **********
    I haven’t kept up with the recent numbers but the reports get confusing, especially since the numbers seem to be rather randomly reported as either milli-sv or micro-sv, a thousand fold difference. I found this chart useful as to how the “numbers” relate to real events. I suspect that this chart was created with an “agenda” in mind but a I did brief check of some of the exposure values and they were accurate.

    http://xkcd.com/radiation/

  456. anH
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Talks to Diane Sawyer in Her First Interview Since the Military Intervention Began in Libya
    ——–
    Thanks for posting this JanH

  457. I know this isn’t very nice to say but it is an honest observation…

    O has gotten so, so skinny that his ears are really sticking out on the side of that boney face…he almost looks like a caricature of himself…

    …and sorry, I don’t know much about football, but MO looks like a football player…where she gets off lecturing other people on weight and what to eat is beyond me…she should take a closer look at herself…sometimes these people really believe all the “press” they get…she really needs to stay away from those splashy, flashy bedspreads she wears…they only draw more attention to her size…especially next to everyone that look dimished next to her, especially the men, including O…she ends up looking like a big, oversized giant…

  458. Speaking of Valerie Jarrett, are there any in depth exposes on her life? She needs to be investigated.

  459. “The Kosovo operation didn’t have any US troops on the ground. (Only one US casulaty, and that was not in combat, but in a training accident outside Kosovo.)

    How do you see the current strategy as different?”
    _____________________

    In Kosovo, NATO was used for the authority of military intervension.

    In Libya, the UN is the authority for the NFZ, which is the proper venue for authorization of military force for Humanitarian intervention decided after the fact because of Kosovo.

    President Clinton was extremely reluctant to commit American forces for a ground offensive. Instead, Clinton authorized a CIA operation to look into methods to destabilize the Serbian government without training KLA troops. (Kosovo Liberation Army)

  460. Mrs. Smith
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    **********

    There is a movie that was out recently and playing on HBO, and it is Not complementary, surprise, regarding Bill Clinton and especially the Bosnia war. Made it look like Tony Blair embarrassed Bill into going in. I believe it is called ” The Special Relationship”. Anyone know if there was any truth to it?

  461. Theres more considerations to my post sighting differences– there were complaints about the US as a superpower policing the world during the Kosovo War. As you know in RT, Hillary persuaded Sarkozy/France to be the point man on the Libyan mission and the UK. Italy volunteered it’s bases for logistics and finally, the US was the last to sign on to the West’s alliance. Just a few days ago, Norway and Denmark have signed on to assist the efforts supporting anti-Gaddafi fighters.

    This is what I meant by refined and a hybrid version of BC’ model in Kosovo.

  462. “#
    nomobama
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Speaking of Valerie Jarrett, are there any in depth exposes on her life? She needs to be investigated.”

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

    RBO has done TONS on her. Go read. She is not a nice woman.

  463. I’m recording a show on tv to watch later on- and I want to see our weather for this week.. my tv keeps flipping off the weather back to the movie I’m recoding when it shouldn’t be doing that. So, I’ve been fighting with the channel changer trying to watch the weather forecast and as soon as I think it’s ok… it flips back to the show I wanted to record… a frustrating distraction… becaus it snowed again today on the first day of spring-

  464. wbboei – drop me a line. I need some info. If you don’t have my email, Admin may be kind enough to pass it on.

    I still have to old one and use it most, but may be registered here using another. You KNOW who I am! LOL

  465. There is a movie that was out recently and playing on HBO, and it is Not complementary, surprise, regarding Bill Clinton and especially the Bosnia war. Made it look like Tony Blair embarrassed Bill into going in. I believe it is called ” The Special Relationship”. Anyone know if there was any truth to it?
    ______________

    Did you watch the movie yourself?

  466. Morris explanation is absurd. Barry aint getting support from Hillary’s army. Barry is simply incompetent. Ochums razor.

  467. Mrs. Smith
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    *********

    Yes, I did watch it and clearly Bill was presented as an narcissistic, attention seeking, food and sex addict and Tony the savior.

  468. Yes, I did watch it and clearly Bill was presented as an narcissistic, attention seeking, food and sex addict and Tony the savior.

    ————
    Was this made by the Brits?

  469. Hey, a game!
    Here are the real words to “I go to Rio”

    When my baby
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio
    De Janeiro, my-oh-me-oh
    I go wild and then I have to do the Samba
    And La Bamba
    Now I’m not the kind of person
    With a passionate persuasion for dancin’
    Or roma-ancin’
    But I give in to the rhythm
    And my feet follow the beatin’ of my hear-eart
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my baby
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio
    De Janeiro
    I’m a Salsa fellow
    When my baby smiles at me
    The sun’ll lightens up my li-ife
    And I am free at last, what a blast
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my baby
    When my baby smiles at me
    I feel like Tarzan, of the Jungle
    There on the hot sand
    And in a bungalow while monkeys play above-a,
    We-ee make love-a
    Now I’m not the type to let vibrations (Rio…)
    Trigger my imagination easily (Rio…)
    You know that’s just not me
    But I turn into a tiger (Rio…)
    Everytime I get beside the – one I love (Rio…)
    Woh, oh, woh, woh-oh…, Rio… – Rio…
    Yeah Ugh – Rio… – Ugh
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my ba-a-aby (when my baby)
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio (Rio…)
    De Janeiro
    I’m a Salsa fellow-ow
    When my baby smiles at me
    The sun’ll lightens u-up my li-ife
    And I am free at last, what a blast
    When my baby (when my baby)
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio (Rio…)
    That’s when I go to Rio (Rio)
    Rio – Rio De Janeir-eiro
    Rio…., Rio…., Rio….

  470. I’ve changed the words in the first stanza. Please, anybody, pitch in and help. Fix what I’ve done, add stuff to other stanzas! It’s Obama’s theme song, it should be personalized for him!

    When my Hillary
    When my Hillary makes me work I go to Rio
    De Janeiro, my-oh-me-oh
    I go fleeing and bring my whole family
    And we La Bamba and spend taxpayer money
    Now I’m not the kind of person
    With a passionate persuasion for deciding
    Or leading
    But I give in to the urge to flee
    And my feet follow the beatin’ of my hear-eart
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my Hillary
    When my Hillary says it’s 3 am, I go to Rio
    De Janeiro

    I’m a Salsa fellow
    When my baby smiles at me
    The sun’ll lightens up my li-ife
    And I am free at last, what a blast
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my baby
    When my baby smiles at me
    I feel like Tarzan, of the Jungle
    There on the hot sand
    And in a bungalow while monkeys play above-a,
    We-ee make love-a
    Now I’m not the type to let vibrations (Rio…)
    Trigger my imagination easily (Rio…)
    You know that’s just not me
    But I turn into a tiger (Rio…)
    Everytime I get beside the – one I love (Rio…)
    Woh, oh, woh, woh-oh…, Rio… – Rio…
    Yeah Ugh – Rio… – Ugh
    Woh-ho-oh-oh, when my ba-a-aby (when my baby)
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio (Rio…)
    De Janeiro
    I’m a Salsa fellow-ow
    When my baby smiles at me
    The sun’ll lightens u-up my li-ife
    And I am free at last, what a blast
    When my baby (when my baby)
    When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio (Rio…)
    That’s when I go to Rio (Rio)
    Rio – Rio De Janeir-eiro
    Rio…., Rio…., Rio….

  471. #
    gonzotx
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Mrs. Smith
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    *********

    Yes, I did watch it and clearly Bill was presented as an narcissistic, attention seeking, food and sex addict and Tony the savior.
    __________________________

    I’ve watched the movie 3x and laughed like crazy at some of Quaid’s/Clinton’s dialog. After reading your review of the movie, I scratched my head wondering if we watched the same movie. That I missed something because I know what a narcissist is and I was never left with your impression from the movie.

    So, I thought I would search for other reviews of the movie and here is what I found at the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes- confirming my impression of The Clinton-Blair-Bush-Blair Relationship.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_special_relationship/

  472. Tomorrow marks the 3rd anniversary of PA Senator Robert Casey’s announcement endorsing Barack over Hillary a month ahead of the PA primary. The Hillary issues of Newsweek mags I was able to procure are in the mail (5 sent, one kept for my library). A pointed cover letter addressing the travesties experienced by our gal at that time is enclosed. It highlights the Newsweek article, then goes on to state that HRC, despite her wonderful mission to secure human rights for women, has seen few of those rights accorded personally to her.

    I went all out with flat rate priority mail envelopes addressed to local offices of Senators Casey(D) & Toomey(R), Rep. Marino(R), Speaker Boehner(R of course)and my best political buddy, Shirley. The thought behind the local addresses is that one of their staff will probably actually consider it.

  473. Shadow- Here is a quick summary hitting all the high points of the movie:

    HBO film explores Clinton, Blair bond

    Bill and Hillary Clinton may take comfort in the flattering portrait of their marriage offered by a new movie by Peter Morgan airing at 9 p.m. Saturday on HBO. But unfortunately for former President Clinton, the film’s title, “The Special Relationship,” refers to his partnership not with his wife but with Tony Blair, the former British prime minister.

    That alliance began as a bro-mance in the 1990s — two likeminded baby boomers leading a center-left political movement they called the “third way.” It fizzled at century’s end like a broken marriage, in bitterness and mistrust.

    Morgan takes a British look at American politics, so Monica Lewinsky is an embarrassing distraction and Clinton’s dithering over military action in Kosovo is a truer test of his character. But the film provides a captivating peek into the meshing of personality and power and how easily even the strongest bonds come unglued. Or as one British political adviser warns in the film, “All political friendship is strategic and conditional.”

    Even with dazzling performances by Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton, Michael Sheen as Blair and Hope Davis, who all but steals the film as Hillary Clinton, this reading of a chapter in history might be little more than an entertaining period piece set in a more prurient, and therefore more innocent, time — back when wars were small and easily won and America was the unchallenged economic engine of the world. But because the story is as much about Blair as his American counterpart, “The Special Relationship” sheds light on one of the enduring puzzles of the early 21st century, namely why a gifted and ambitious European leader would risk his popularity and his legacy to support President George W. Bush in Bush’s rush to war in Iraq.

    “The Special Relationship” begins in 1992 when Bill, as he is called in the film, was newly elected and Tony was still climbing the greasy pole of politics — he goes to Washington meekly seeking tips from Democratic political strategists.

    “Don’t keep coming at them with ideas and language they can’t understand,” one consultant says. “It’s a hell of a lot easier to change what your party stands for than to change what people want.”

    Four years later, Tony is back in Washington before his election, welcomed by the White House as the presumptive winner. “We think the smart money is on you,” Bill tells his awed and smitten visitor.

    Quaid, under a mat of fluffy white hair, does a good job of capturing the former president’s voice, temper and ravenous appetite, raiding the White House fridge, gulping cherries at 10 Downing Street and eating potato chips in bed. But he is better at channeling the former president’s alpha male dominance than his seductive political graces.

    Tony is embarrassed and personally wounded by the Lewinsky deception. As his faith in Bill crumbles, the massacres in the former Yugoslavia unleash his righteous, even messianic side. When Bill declines to commit ground troops in Kosovo (the air campaign alone isn’t working), Tony tells him that war is their “moral duty” and “their Christian responsibility.”

    Tony doesn’t back down. Instead, in a speech in Chicago in 1999, Tony alludes to Hitler and appeasement to paint the Kosovo campaign as a battle of good and evilEventually, Bill gives in and steps up the fighting; within days, the Serbian leader, Slobodan Milosevic backs down. It’s a triumph for Tony, one that cements his belief that military action in a just cause is not only good, but effective.

    When the American elections of 2000 stagger to an end, Bill warns Tony against cozying up to newly elected Republican, but Tony has his own agenda.

    “I’d rather be in the room when the big decisions are made rather than outside, whining about them,” he says.

    The film ends with an archival news clip of Bush and Blair laughing side by side at Camp David, flush with what they think is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  474. holdthemaccountable
    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Excellent idea! and the timing is perfect for Hillary-

  475. Hillary Rodham Clinton: A story that’s unlikely to get its rightful ending

    22 March 2011

    There have been some failures in the life of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, like the fact that when she was in her mid-20s she failed the Washington, DC, bar exam. But on the whole, it’s been a story of singular talent, drive and achievement – and until just last week, it looked as if the ending might happen in the most powerful office on Earth. By KEVIN BLOOM.

    In the late spring of 1971, Hillary Diane Rodham, a 23-year-old native of Chicago, Illinois, began an internship at the law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Bernstein. Based in Oakland, California, the firm was anything but a conservative institution focused on the protection and preservation of corporate American values – its specialties included constitutional rights, civil liberties and various radical causes, and two of its four partners were current or former Communist Party members. Hillary, who following the assassination of Martin Luther King had organised a two-day student strike at Wellesley College, and who’d later taken on cases of child abuse as a first-year law student at Yale, seemed to fit right in. During the day she concentrated on her child custody caseload, and at night she’d go home to Bill, a fellow dissenter and Yale law student who’d cancelled his summer plans to be with her.

    By now too ambitious and driven to waste vacations at the beach or traveling, the next summer Hillary and Bill campaigned in Texas for the unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. Hillary had repaid Bill for his loyalty the previous year by staying on an extra term at Yale, and in 1973 she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. Bill proposed marriage after the graduation, but Hillary felt it wasn’t the right time and turned him down – instead of taking on the responsibilities of a wife, she enrolled as a postgraduate student at the Yale Child Study Center. Her first scholarly article, titled “Children Under the Law”, got published in the Harvard Educational Review and frequently cited as an authoritative source in the field of children’s rights.

    And these weren’t even close to the sum of Hillary Rodham’s achievements by the time she’d reached the age of 26. She’d also been the first student in Wellesley College history to deliver the commencement address, quoted for her outspoken views in Life magazine and on Irv Kupcinet’s nationally syndicated TV talk show, and fired from a fish processing cannery in Valdez, Alaska – where she was working in the summer of 1969 – for complaining about conditions (the factory was shut down overnight).

    But there was one big failure in Hillary’s life at this time, and it happened when she sat down to write the 1973 Washington, DC, bar exam. Of the 817 people that enrolled for the test, an impressive 551 passed – the overachiever from Chicago, almost unbelievably, wasn’t amongst them. In 2007, in his biography of the woman who then looked likely to be America’s first female president, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein observed: “For the first time in her life she had flamed out – spectacularly, given the expectations of others for her, and even more so her own.” Bernstein noted that Hillary had kept the news hidden for thirty years, and had only alluded to it in her 2003 autobiography Living History, where she tried to argue that it had been part of her fate. “Despite the satisfaction of my work, I was lonely and missed Bill more than I could stand,” she wrote. “I had taken both the Arkansas and Washington, DC, bar exams during the summer, but my heart was pulling me toward Arkansas. When I learned that I passed in Arkansas but failed in DC, I thought that maybe my test scores were telling me something.”

    Like to marry Bill? It would appear so. Hillary soon moved down to Arkansas and became a faculty member at the state university’s School of Law, where her boyfriend also taught. In 1975, when Bill proposed again, she said “yes”. Bernstein, not a writer known for his hyperbole or mawkishness, said of the ignominious event that led to this point: “There can only be conjecture about what turn her life – and the nation’s – might have taken had she not failed the exam.”

    Last week, when Hillary Clinton, secretary of state in Barack Obama’s administration, said she would neither be standing for a second term nor making a second bid for the highest office in the land, the apparently fated coincidences in her remarkable life were thrown into stark focus. The man she married, of course, became the 42nd president of the United States of America, and her own Democratic Party candidacy in the 2008 presidential race was narrowly eclipsed by the man for whom she was now working. Why, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked, would she not be running for president again? “Because I have the best job I could ever have,” she told him. “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.”

    In many observers’ minds, it was a deft way of avoiding a very tricky question. Rumours had been circulating in Washington that she was frustrated with Obama’s consistent indecisiveness on foreign policy, and one report even claimed that she’d likened the White House to “a bunch of amateurs” in its handling of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi. Beyond that, there was the broader context to consider: Obama had already lost key allies including former chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs and economic adviser Larry Summers, and his administration was looking anything but strong and healthy. As secretary of state, and arguably the most powerful woman in the world, Mrs Clinton needed to tread carefully.

    Which was not something she hadn’t become used to. As Time magazine noted in a cover story in November 2009, the job of secretary of state tends to be more thankless than glamorous. Due to the slow pace at which diplomacy moves, real power in the US appears to reside in the National Security Council and the Pentagon, and very few secretaries of state actually distinguish themselves – amongst the few exceptions in the last four decades, the article claimed, have been Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and James Baker. Given her remarkable talent and history, however – not to mention the global fame that followed her when she was sworn in – Clinton seemed to stand out even amongst this bunch.

    “It is a cliché to say that by naming Clinton, Obama brought his most popular potential opponent into the tent,” Time remarked, reflecting common consensus at the time. “The conventional wisdom, too cynical by half, is that he thereby succeeded in neutering her, a theory bolstered by Clinton’s reticence during her first nine months on the job, with special envoys like Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke doing the heavy lifting of diplomacy. But by naming Clinton, Obama also gave her great power, which cuts both ways: if she becomes dissatisfied with her role or the Administration’s policies, she can become a torpedo aimed at the Oval Office. Colin Powell had similar power and a real gripe – the Iraq war – but never used it. Clinton has no such gripe, but as the Obama Administration settles in and policy differences begin to emerge among the key players, the Powell conundrum looms: How will Clinton choose to use her power? How will Obama react if and when she does?”

    These questions achieved their true poignancy last Wednesday. Coming at the height of her intense battle to get President Obama to join the fight for the liberation of Libya, Blitzer’s probings about Clinton’s long-term goals were less about personal interests than they were about the national interest: what, in effect, was going on in the inner sanctum of America’s executive branch? The secretary of state had said before that she wouldn’t be around forever, but now, on the eve of a United Nations Security Council vote to approve the use of “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, her statements took on an added urgency. When Clinton was vindicated on Thursday evening, after the resolution was passed, it was clear to everyone that Obama had lost face.

    Whether or not it was her intention to humiliate the president is a moot point – in all likelihood, the truth is “not”; since early 2009 she’s been loyal to him to a fault – because, according to her friends, her job has left her feeling increasingly fatigued. As the influential website Politico noted, her interview wit