Does Obama Have Testicles?

This is not about lantern-jawed, muscular, scowling, automotive parts wearing, sleeveless, Michelle Obama. We’re talking about Barack Obama. Does Barack Obama have testicles – or is he smooth formed, like a Disney cartoon fawn?

We don’t ask because we dream of seeing tiny, malformed, pitted, orbs. We have no desire (ugh, quite the contrary) to see or picture in our minds the commander-in-briefs (unlike Judith Warner who while at the New York Times published cravings for Obama sex) all wee-wee’d down.

Obama on top reminds us of the nasty, but likely accurate gossip, about J.M. Barrie. Barrie of course is the author of the story of the lost boys and Peter Pan – “the boy who wouldn’t grow up”. Although Barrie was homosexual the times were sufficiently cruel that he entered into a marriage with actress Mary Ansell. The marriage was unconsummated. The joke was that Barrie was “the boy who wouldn’t go up.”

Watching Barack Obama fumble with the Libya zipper is as anti-climatic as poor Mary Ansell on her wedding night and as frustrating as Barrie must have felt knowing that he could not publicly love or wed his heart’s desire. Watching Hillary Clinton in action these past weeks brings about these bawdy ruminations. Hillary Clinton looks every inch a commander-in-chief while Obama… Could America possibly have a more flaccid leader on top?

Of course, Big Pink declaring Hillary Clinton appears presidential is not exactly breaking news. But the other night even Sean Hannity said the same thing about Hillary Clinton – at least in comparison to the Mess-iah. Perhaps the advice we have been giving is finally taking hold in Republican/conservative precincts and they are finally keeping the focus on Obama and not letting the Hillary “I over E” Hate distract them (likewise our disagreements with Republicans/conservatives should not distract us from getting rid of Obama).

Now look at this picture called “Commanderinchief”:


Commander-In-Chief

The picture originated with someone called “Slu” and appeared at the most-definitely-not-a-Hillary-Clinton-fansite, Ace of Spades. This is what DrewM wrote there before Hillary appeared in front of TV cameras to announce the latest developments in the “Kinetic Military Action”:

“President, er, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will brief shortly. It’s really shameless how Obama has hidden from this mess. He’s not addressed the nation as Presidents do when they send troops into battle. He’s spokesman won’t do an on-camera briefing and for the most part the military and not political officials are the face of this.”

Yup, President Who Gives A Crap? Or is it the lost boy looking for Wendy to come and save him or at least open up the door?:



Americans are aware that Obama, unlike his mother, does not know much about doorknobs. Americans increasingly know that Obama lacks the… fortitude required to lead. Reuters:

“Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.

Nearly half of those polled view Obama as a cautious and consultative commander-in-chief and more than a third see him as indecisive in military matters.

Obama was widely criticized in 2009 for his months-long consultations with senior aides and military chiefs on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Critics called it dithering, but he said such a big decision required careful deliberation. He eventually dispatched 30,000 more troops.”

Americans vaguely remember how during the Afghanistan dithering Obama’s many months long dithering on a selection of a dog became a point of comparison – which boobery was greater we all wondered.

The boobery, like a Japanese Tsunami, is washing over the American landscape. Even the Obama loving Hollywood bars and drugstores filled with comedians are drowning in the reality that there is a boob in charge. Jimmy Fallon made the case very well to a fawn-crotch licking Brian Williams of NBC:



The comedian made some very lucid and serious observations. The NBC News propagandist made defenses of the indefensible along with jokes about ‘tude.

Fallon noted that Obama was playing sports and that it was Hillary Clinton that was “stepping up.” Brian Williams made the irrelevant observation that Obama has phones on Air Force One and can communicate with the world. It does not occur to Brian Williams that Obama should have been at the White House when he sent women and men into harm’s way. Why didn’t Obama use those very phones to electronically visit with Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador and stay home to show what his priorities are? Sadly, Obama did show what his priorities are – speeches and crowds and publicity stunts and Who Gives A Crap? about war and peace, life and death.

Dumb White People like slimy Andrew Sullivan hated Hillary Clinton and loved Obama’s “face”. Remember? It was the gay version of Judith Warner pining for an après-midi with a fawn. Sullivan is not so out of love with Barack Obama that he cannot squirt his full hate on Hillary Clinton:

“Moreover, the fact that this is clearly the Clintons’ war – egged on by Bill, pushed through by Hillary – could exacerbate tensions between the two primary rivals. After all, why did Democrats vote for Obama over Clinton? In part because they specifically wanted less war, not more; and Clinton has never seen a war she didn’t support. Her consistency from Iraq to Libya places her closer to McCain than Obama. Things are at a very early stage as the bombing begins, and these are provisional worries. But unless something miraculous happens quickly, I see this as a lose-lose proposition for the president.

And the initial optics are terrible. A president solemnly sends America’s troops into action and then spirits off to Brazil to talk about jobs. How often does a president announce a war at 2 pm so he can catch a flight out of the country? And as public doubts and fears multiply, the president will be in a foreign country thousands of miles away. This is recklessness on a Bush-Cheney level.”

We’ve made it clear that we agree with Hillary Clinton (and we love that ovarian take charge ‘tude Brian) and the need for intervention in Libya. We do not support the intervention for doe-eyed “humanitarian” reasons. We believe it is in America’s interest to do so. Just as we explained during the Egypt crisis, American interests must be the determining factor in what America does.

In Egypt our concern was that as corrupt and bad as Mubarak was he still was an ally (a very horrible ally especially when it the topic was women – check out the “virginity checks”). We feared the Iron Veil and urged caution. Today the New York Times confirms what we feared about the Iron Veil and the Muslim Brotherhood gaining strength in Egypt.

In Libya we believe in maximum punishment with minimum costs because Quadaffy was not an ally and the situation will at worse go from bad to bad (in Egypt it could have gone from bad to worse). Our worldview holds for Syria and Iran as well – maximum punishment/minimum costs.

In our view intervention in Libya is a good idea as long as it is executed well and in full compliance with the law. Barack Obama has utterly failed on both counts. As we previously wrote Impeach away. Dissent is Patriotic and NOT RACIST. As we have frequently written “Elect a boob, expect boobery.

As bad as the Andrew Sullivan festival of Clinton Hate was, the premier PINO magazine was even worse. The Nation celebrated sexism and misogyny with “Obama’s Women Pushed War Against Libya”:

“So three or four of Obama’s advisers, all women, wanted war against Libya.

We’d like to think that women in power would somehow be less pro-war, but in the Obama administration at least it appears that the bellicosity is worst among Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power. All three are liberal interventionists, and all three seem to believe that when the United States exercises military force it has some profound, moral, life-saving character to it. Far from it. Unless President Obama’s better instincts manage to reign in his warrior women—and happily, there’s a chance of that—the United States could find itself engaged in open war in Libya, and soon. The troika pushed Obama into accepting the demands of neoconservatives, such as Joe Lieberman, John McCain and The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, along with various other liberal interventionists outside the administration, such as John Kerry. The rode roughshod over the realists in the administration. [snip]

Similarly, the Washington Post reports that yet another administration woman, Gayle Smith, joined Ben Rhodes and the troika of other women to push for war:

Bros before hos, Uncle Dookie, bros before hos. It’s one of the reasons we on occasion cheer on Sarah Palin. When Bill Maher called her a “twat” Sarah Palin responded and explained why she responds to Big Media attacks on her:

“When it comes to responding to the media, the standard warning is: Don’t pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel because calling out the media and holding them accountable is a risky endeavor. Too often the first instinct is to ignore blatant media bias, crudeness, and outright lies, and just hope the media instigator will grow up and provide fairer coverage if you bite your tongue and not challenge the false reporting of an openly hostile press. But I’ve never bought into that. That’s waving the white flag. I just can’t do it because I have too much respect for the importance of a free press as a cornerstone of our democracy, and I have great respect for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much to defend that First Amendment right. Media, with freedom comes responsibility.”

Hate Palin’s policies all you want, but she hits back and we like that. She’s got ovaries.

Obama does not have the Ovaries needed for the job. Obama does not know what he is doing. Obama cannot explain what he is doing because the collective weight of lies would break the strongest of TelePrompTers. He does not know how to wage war because he lacks the ovaries to do so. Obama’s singular domestic scam has failed and even his most dead-ender supporters know it.

Obama not only does not know what he is doing, he does not have the testicular or ovarian fortitude to do what needs to be done in the way that it must be done. Testicles? No, he has none. Perhaps the testicles are hidden away along with the birth certificate that Donald Trump (and many Americans) wants to see.

Hillary Clinton has ovarian fortitude. Sarah Palin has ovarian fortitude. Know who else had ovarian fortitude? Guess. Hint, she just died at the age of 79. She had ovarian fortitude we did not know about. Did you know that Elizabeth Taylor offered to be a hostage in exchange for the Jewish hostages held by terrorists at Entebbe? Ovaries, baby.

Obama does not have the ovaries necessary to be president. Obama does not have the testicles necessary to be president. What Obama has is a lot of gall in ever running for president.

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223 thoughts on “Does Obama Have Testicles?

  1. The Canadian House of Commons just voted a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stephen Harper bringing down the sitting govt for the first time in Canadian history. New elections must be held in May. The vote was taken by having all those supporting the motion stand and as their name was called, they sat down. Those opposed then stood and had their name called. The vote was 156 -145. Carried live on c-span.

  2. The Canadian Gov’t has just collapsed.

    Vote of No Confidence

    THE Canadian House of Commons votes in favor of No-Confidence in PM Harper by a vote of 156-145

  3. C-span has been showing really rowdy sessions in the House over the last couple of days. If you think the English parliament is rowdy, the Canadian was even more so. We in the U.S. can only dream. Now the Prime Minister must come to the floor and speak to the House.

  4. Canada now attempting to rival Australia, Ireland and Italy in the electoral clusterfuck stakes.

  5. I did not know that Elizabeth offered herself as a hostage. She was an amazing person. In addition, since she filmed Nationa Velvet, and injured her back, she has suffered almost constant pain.

  6. The opposition leader in Canada just got finished taking questions from the press about the new elections and the possibility of a coalition govt. The press is hammering him with questions and taking no prisoners. He’s taking it. Haven’t seen that in the US for years.

  7. BigCatLover
    March 25th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    The Canadian House of Commons just voted a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stephen Harper bringing down the sitting govt for the first time in Canadian history.
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    We should be so Lucky a ‘no confidence vote’ would be all that is needed to remove girly man. He sure does like lookin’ at those little boys.

  8. Admin: Great article as usual…I did not know that about Liz taylor…I love the pic of Hillary in the oval….the Peter Pan analogy…LOL!

    I am beginning to believe that Jimmy Carter is really Obama’s daddy…spawned by one of those women in Haiti that is in the book the “Clinton Tapes”. Bill C. says that he just about couldn’t get Carter off that Island when they were overthrown. Obama certainly has that “peanut farmer smile”…LOL! He also has the weakness of Jimmy Carter.

    Is it possible we could do this here in the US….I doubt it cause too many people high up are still supporting this maniac.

    Hillary giving the speech to the American people from the State Dept. while Obama hides behind the door….yeah well Hillary will have the last laugh on that one….LOL!

  9. Mrs.Smith,
    This thing in Canada, I knew nothing of this….it makes my red flags go up big time…. Why else would the deciever in chief be in Rio while a war was going on….to sign on to the NWO…I beginning to believe this is a matter of days and this continent will be all one country.

    This is just so darn scary!

    Yes it does appear he likes little boys…doesn’t it!

  10. confloyd
    I dont’ know all the details but the vote of no confidence was over the budget that the conservative govt presented. The prime minister was declared in contempt of the House of Commons, but I don’t know why. Of course the PM is claiming this was illegal but however it came about, it seems to be legal. Now the question is: if the sitting govt gets a new leader and wins the election in May, can they stay in power or maybe form a coalition with the liberal party. The liberal leader refuses to answer the press’ questions on the coalition govt. possibility.

  11. Who the hell is the opposition leader? OMG! THis is so bizarre.

    I heard today that the rethugs are going to run their primary like the dems did….so the one with the most money wins….the elites controlling the election now….as they did in 08′, 04′, 00′.

    I also got a email from Al Gore and Madeline Albright asking for money for the DCCC. Yeah I’m sending them a check today….

  12. http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/25/donald-trumps-birth-certificate-strategy/

    “Of course I’d release it. In two seconds I’d release it. If I decide to run, I’ll absolutely release it,” Donald Trump said in an interview with The Daily Caller Thursday, referring to his own birth certificate. “I have it right on my desk. I have it right here, right now, right this minute. I am literally looking at it. Because, based on this I said, ‘do me a favor, get me my birth certificate.’ I have my original birth certificate right here.”

    Donald Trump has been thinking a lot about birth certificates lately. Indeed, he has made questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate a pivotal part of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. And it appears to be working. One recent poll has Trump running fifth in the GOP field, just two points behind former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    “There’s a very clear niche in the Republican primary,” said longtime political consultant Roger Stone. “It’s a brilliant base-building move. There’s a very active, fervent subset of voters interested in this.” Stone, who has worked for Trump in years past, says he has no paid role in Trump’s current campaign, though he does allow that the two continue to “talk politics from time to time.”

    Republican pollster John McLaughlin agrees that Trump’s remarks may be part of a larger, and potentially effective, campaign strategy. “Just like Obama won the nomination as the most anti-Bush candidate, the Republican nomination is going to be won by the most anti-Obama candidate,” McLaughlin said. “He’s positioning himself to be the most aggressive candidate against Obama. If you want to win a primary that’s the way you win a primary.”

    For his part, Trump denies that raising questions about Obama’s birth certificate has anything to do with his own political ambitions. “No. Not at all. Not at all,” he said.

    With that said, Trump launches into a passionate and detailed discussion of the subject. “We’ve studied it very closely. His family doesn’t even know what hospital he was born in. You know that, right? Do you know that? This is all fact. This is all in the records.

    The publicly-released records of Obama’s birth include a “short-form” certification of live birth created in 2007, a document adequate to apply for a U.S. passport. Yet, as Trump points out, Obama has never released his hospital-produced, “long form” birth certificate. “Here’s the thing: why doesn’t he release his birth certificate?” Trump asked. “If they have it, why don’t they release it?”

    Asked if he believes Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, as contemporaneous newspaper announcements suggest, Trump repeated the same line several times: “I want to see his birth certificate.”

    Told that the current governor of Hawaii, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, has claimed he remembers Obama’s birth, Trump scoffed. “Well, I think it’s pretty unusual that … a governor currently sitting is going to think back to 50 years and say ‘I remember when he was born.’ Pretty unusual, right? He must have a pretty good memory.”

    “I hope he was born in this country,” Trump said. “But the word ‘hope’ is not good enough because if he’s president, he has to be born in the country.”

    Lines like this are unlikely to win Trump the endorsement of the New York Times editorial page. But according to consultants Stone and McLaughlin, they may help with primary voters. “It’s a brilliant stratagem in a multi-candidate field,” Stone said. “He just needs a plurality.”

    Voters with questions about Obama’s birth could provide that margin. A poll conducted in last month by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of likely Republican primary voters don’t believe Obama was born in the United States. Twenty-one percent said they were unsure, while 28 percent said they firmly believe he was born here. Stone said he’s seen other private polls that show about one-third of primary voters feel “very strongly” about the issue.

    So far, Obama and his political machine have done an effective job of controlling the issue in the mainstream press, and many think the president has deliberately avoided releasing his birth certificate so he could use the issue to paint conservatives as crazy.

    John McLaughlin says that tactic worked well in 2008, but since Obama is far less popular now, and facing much greater scrutiny as a sitting president, questions about his birth certificate are hurting him. “To not put it out now, it’s like, ‘why won’t you put it out?’” McLaughlin said, adding that he personally believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

    At this point, Donald Trump and Barack Obama have at least one thing in common: Both claim to have an original birth certificate, yet neither has publicly released one. Asked if he would release his now, before officially announcing for president, Trump doesn’t hesitate. “Nooo,” he said. “Why would I release it to you? I’ve never even heard of you.”

  13. Um why won’t Trump release his BC? Is it because he is older than he says or maybe he was illegitimate. Ummmm. No, that is his trump card that he’s holding to call Obama out on his BC when the time is right. He needs to say ‘here’s mine now show us yours’.

  14. Admin…this is one of your best…and funny…

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    for what it is worth…I like Trump more and more as each day goes by…he is the voice…the loud, outspoken and fearless voice…that has been missing since O hit the national scene…and that includes the voice of Bill and Hill who were much, much too differential to O even when he was going for their combined jugulars…

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    I concur…i love Palin’s spirit…i may not agree with her on everything but I love who spirit and gumption to keep fighting for what SHE believes in…she does not care who she goes after in either party…we need more politicians like that…

    I will say one thing…Palin speaks for me when she says this about Bill Maher…that misogynist creep…

    SP: “I won’t bother responding to it though, because it was made by he who reminds me of an annoying little mosquito found zipped up in your tent; he can’t do any harm, but buzzes around annoyingly until it’s time to give him the proverbial slap.”

    SNAP! you go girl!

  15. BigCatLover
    March 25th, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Funny post at Uppity Woman’s

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    that is great…more campaign material for the future…

  16. From Admin’s comment above: “Republican pollster John McLaughlin agrees that Trump’s remarks may be part of a larger, and potentially effective, campaign strategy. “Just like Obama won the nomination as the most anti-Bush candidate, the Republican nomination is going to be won by the most anti-Obama candidate, ” McLaughlin said. “He’s positioning himself to be the most aggressive candidate against Obama. If you want to win a primary that’s the way you win a primary.””

    This was true in 2008 too which was the reason for Palin’s popularity and it will be even more relevant now for 2012.

  17. btw…wonder how slimy Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry feel about muslims burning O in effigy

    freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2011/03/sri-lankan-muslims-burn-effigy-of-obama.html

    better photo on yahoo

    news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Anti-government-protests-Libya-Sri-Lankan-Muslims-burn-effigy-US-President-Barack-Obama-during/ss/events/wl/021711libyaprotests/im:/110325/481/urn_publicid_ap_org_b0df69332998484d84086e10e4f9d12a/

  18. I know some of us have said this before but it’s friday and it bears repeating…

    Trump would wipe the floor with O in a debate…can you imagine O trying to discuss economics, business, creating jobs, etc and O’s record…now established record on these topics…with T

    the ratings will go thru the roof…there are no other repubs that have the charisma factor that T does…Pawlenty…smalenty…let’s get real…

  19. confloyd
    March 25th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Mrs.Smith,
    This thing in Canada, I knew nothing of this…
    ________________

    Jan is our Canadian expert.

    We can ask her what is going on-

  20. BigCatLover
    March 25th, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    The Canadian House of Commons just voted a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stephen Harper bringing down the sitting govt for the first time in Canadian history. New elections must be held in May. The vote was taken by having all those supporting the motion stand and as their name was called, they sat down. Those opposed then stood and had their name called. The vote was 156 -145. Carried live on c-span.
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    We have had non-confidence votes before in my lifetime. I am so happy that it has happened now and if Canadians are wise they will kick Harper’s sorry ass out of there.

  21. “The Canadian Gov’t has just collapsed.

    Vote of No Confidence”

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    This is NOT good for Canada in any way shape or form. It’s political gaming at it’s worst. As far as I’m concerned, Harper’s Conservatives was the lesser of the many other evil parties. Not perfect but at least not as corrupt or selfishly greedy as the Liberals and Quebecois (sp?).

    The vote of no confidence is an excuse for a power grab. The Liberals and Quebec are huge in Eastern Canada while many of us in the West condemn them for past crimes. Quebec is always in it for themselves and are not nationalistic period.

    The NDP is like the Tea Party only floundering for so many years because of their anti-capitalistic heavy socialistic goals.

    The excuse for another election when money is so tight and the economy is just now starting to do better is disgusting. Harper’s government is a minority one. He produced a new budget with concessions to all parties and they still pulled this.

    If you can guess that I am thoroughly disgusted right now you are right. Spending taxpayer dollars to go through another national election is criminal.

    A recent poll showed Harper at 10% more popular that Ignatiak (Liberal head) who is the slimiest of them all.

    sigh…I give up now.

  22. March 25, 2011

    Gates and Clinton on Face the Nation this Sunday

    As the crisis in Libya continues, there will be no shortage of questions for two of Obama’s key advisers

    CBS News) This Sunday on Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer will be joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – there will be no shortage of questions.

    As the U.S. Military mission in Libya enters its second week, more and more Americans are starting to wonder, “How will this end?”

    The U.S. has now begun the process of handing over “command and control” of the no-fly-zone to NATO, but there is confusion in Washington as to exactly what that means.

    “All NATO Allies are committed to fulfill their obligations under the UN resolution. That is why we have decided to assume responsibility for the No Fly Zone,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a statement. Later he said that “What we have decided tonight is to take the responsibility for enforcing the No-Fly Zone with the aim to protect the civilian population, and the mandate doesn’t go beyond that, of course we can act in self-defence, but what we will do is to enforce the No-Fly Zone and ensure that we protect the civilian population.”

    cont.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/03/25/ftn/main20047182.shtml

  23. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    Interesting about the Canada situation. Who orchestrated it? Is it because of Libya?
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    Harper just put forward a new budget and the other opposition groups (3 of them)did not agree and when they voted on the budget, there were enough Members of Parliament that voted no so that he did not have the wherewithall to form a coalition government and had to go to the Governor General and ask that Parliament be dissolved. It was all over the budget and it was a long time coming. I only hope Canadians will not vote for him in the next election. If they vote for enough Conservative members, he will be Prime Minister. So far he has served two terms of minority government status. The only problem the Liberal government has is that Michael Ignatieff is the head of the Liberal party and he taught at Harvard for many years. He is not as assertive as I would like. The Conservatives use his being in the US for so many years against him and has managed to convince a lot of Canandians that he is not one of us in his heart and that he only came back because he had a chance of being Prime Minister. The gullible fell for it twice now. Here hopes that the third time is a charm and that we kick his sorry ass out of there. he is a thug.

  24. JanH
    March 25th, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    “The Canadian Gov’t has just collapsed.

    Vote of No Confidence”

    ———————

    This is NOT good for Canada in any way shape or form. It’s political gaming at it’s worst. As far as I’m concerned, Harper’s Conservatives was the lesser of the many other evil parties. Not perfect but at least not as corrupt or selfishly greedy as the Liberals and Quebecois (sp?).

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    I could not disagree with you more.

  25. andyp, this will effect Libyan situation too, more chaos with one of the strong partners facing ouster.

  26. The NDP is like the Tea Party only floundering for so many years because of their anti-capitalistic heavy socialistic goals.

    The excuse for another election when money is so tight and the economy is just now starting to do better is disgusting. Harper’s government is a minority one. He produced a new budget with concessions to all parties and they still pulled this.

    If you can guess that I am thoroughly disgusted right now you are right. Spending taxpayer dollars to go through another national election is criminal.

    A recent poll showed Harper at 10% more popular that Ignatiak (Liberal head) who is the slimiest of them all.

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    I think of Stephen Harper as one ugly human being. We finally got our economy stabilized and he put us in the hole again. Shame on that man. We have never had a Prime Minister in Canada who liked to kiss the butt of an American president the way sucks up to Obama. I worked in the cage while he had his 2 billion dollar party this summer. He is all about Stephen Harper and only Stephen Harper. Albertans don`t like anyone but Conservatives, but that is their problem. I was ashamed of Harper. They are still cleaning up the mess that he caused during the G20 by taking away our civil liberties.

  27. Drudge : Kurtz Says Couric Leaving CBSNEWS Anchor By June; Exit FIshbowl, Stage Left!

    Goodbye, Good Riddance and dont come back.

  28. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-25/katie-couric-likely-leaving-cbs-news-scott-pelley-leading-replacement/?cid=hp:mainpromo4#

    The CBS Evening News anchor is very likely to leave in June, and Scott Pelley is a top contender to replace her—but CBS is looking both within and outside the network, Howard Kurtz reports. Plus, behind the CBS News shakeup.

    The search is on for Katie Couric’s successor.

    The new CBS News chairman, Jeff Fager, is looking at candidates both within and outside the network, insiders say.

    One strong contender if Couric vacates the anchor chair in early June, as now seems almost certain, is veteran newsman Scott Pelley. The 60 Minutes correspondent has long been a favorite of Fager, who doubles as the show’s executive producer. But with Fager taking a methodical approach to his first major decision, Pelley is not a lock. A few short weeks ago, the expectation in the Couric camp—after discussions with top CBS management—was that she would sign a new deal to stay in the anchor’s job through the 2012 elections as she figured out the next phase of her career. But the thinking on both sides has now changed as Couric has aggressively tested the waters—and found substantial interest in her services.

  29. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    andyp, are the same commenter who used to comment at NQ? (hope you don’t mind me asking.)

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    I commented there a few times, but not often. Why?

  30. Just curious.. NQ andy had access to the writers group. I don’t know if it was you, again. But no big deal. Just being curious.

  31. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
    andyp, this will effect Libyan situation too, more chaos with one of the strong partners facing ouster.
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    Why would this affect the Libyan situation? I am sure Michael Ignatieff, a good old Harvard professor until less than 10 yeas ago, will live up to Canada’s commitment. I for one hope that all hell doesn’t break loose in the Middle East to the point that it becomes a world war, but if it does I am sure Ignatieff is capable of managing things. He can think from cause to effect, so I am not worried.

  32. White House: President Obama to address United States on Monday to explain his decisions over Libya conflict.

    …………………………………

    This sounds like HE HAS TO. Something is up. This is damage limitation.

  33. Once again Obama is late to the party and has yet again “explain himself” Its the old, “he’s being forced to do it” again, isnt it, he lets it slide until it can no longer be ignored, He is the ostrich with head in the sand President.

  34. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    Just curious.. NQ andy had access to the writers group. I don’t know if it was you, again. But no big deal. Just being curious.
    ________________

    There were a few Andys there. I didn’t have access to the writers group. I have to feel pretty strongly about things or I don’t post. That applies to any site that I check out. I check this site several times a day. I am an avid Hillary supporter. I hold the same views on Obama as you people do. I don’t post often because I have too many irons in the fire. I am not always 100% sure my facts are accurate and don’t like to post unless I feel sure of them. As I said, I am pretty busy as I work full time for a very busy law firm. I don’t work for one lawyer, but do overload. Therefore I work for all of the 50 lawyers, so I am pretty busy. I also take a course at the University of Toronto. And I am 68 years old so that is a lot. I am often on overload and don’t like to post unless I feel assured of what I am saying. Now, when it comes to Canadian politics, it is personal to me and I have very strong feelings and therefore, I will speak out.

  35. andyp and JanH
    the Canadian Broadcasting announcers said several times during the coverage after the vote that this was historic for Canada. But they never said what part of it was historic, whether it was the contempt of the House, or the vote of no confidence or the ousting of the Prime Minister. I got the impression that Harper is going to try to fight this somehow. Can he?

  36. Obama will lecture us at 7.30 pm live from the National Defence University, so not only a lecture but using cadets as props. Classy.

  37. this article answers my question:

    The Canadian Parliament has passed a no confidence vote by a vote of 156-145. The vote found the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in contempt of Parliament.

    The next step is for the Prime Minister to announce that he is dissolving the government and will call for a new election which is expected to take place in May. This step is expected to take place tomorrow.

    Each opposition party is granted a certain number of “opposition days” in the Commons where they set the issue to be debated. The opposition Liberal party today called for the vote today under those procedures.

    The Liberals motion read, “That the House agrees with the finding of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs that the Government is in contempt of Parliament, which is unprecedented in Canadian Parliamentary history, and consequently, the House has lost confidence in the Government.”
    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Canadian-Parliament-finds-Government-in-Contempt/10737420493/

  38. BigCatLover
    March 25th, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    this article answers my question:

    The Canadian Parliament has passed a no confidence vote by a vote of 156-145. The vote found the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in contempt of Parliament.

    The next step is for the Prime Minister to announce that he is dissolving the government and will call for a new election which is expected to take place in May. This step is expected to take place tomorrow.

    Each opposition party is granted a certain number of “opposition days” in the Commons where they set the issue to be debated. The opposition Liberal party today called for the vote today under those procedures.

    The Liberals motion read, “That the House agrees with the finding of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs that the Government is in contempt of Parliament, which is unprecedented in Canadian Parliamentary history, and consequently, the House has lost confidence in the Government.”

    _______________

    Sorry, BigCatLover. I thought I answered that upthread, but that is the format for non-confidence votes. If he doesn’t get a party to for a coalition, they hold a vote and if he loses through non-confidence he has to go to the Governor General and ask for Parliament to be dissolved. That triggers an election, which is usually held in about six weeks.

  39. There are videos of the vote in Canada today, one of the budget presentation and one of the Prime Ministers Questions at the link I posted above.

  40. andyp
    So that explains why the press was questioning the opposition leader forcibly about whether he would form a coalition govt.

  41. BigCatLover
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    andyp and JanH
    the Canadian Broadcasting announcers said several times during the coverage after the vote that this was historic for Canada. But they never said what part of it was historic, whether it was the contempt of the House, or the vote of no confidence or the ousting of the Prime Minister. I got the impression that Harper is going to try to fight this somehow. Can he?
    ___________

    They can usually find someone who will form a coalition. However, the Diefenbaker government in the 60s fell through a non-confidence vote. It was over some airplane and a promise broken to the United States – I forget the details. Parliament voted and Diefenbaker lost. There was a vote of non-confidence. Parliament was dissolved and there was an election.

  42. You can bet the puppetmasters think they can make Obama a hero by Monday….that’s why the Monday thing and of coarse they want Canada’s thing to flush out a little more….Its the North American Union all over again….

  43. Obama has done everything he can to avoid this subject of Libya, he even ran away to South America, he is being dragged kicking and screaming to this little chat with the American public unwillingly and we all know how he handles those…..badly and contemptuously, its wag fingertime.

    He’s looking more and more politically neutered by the day.

  44. moononpluto,

    Despite his obvious incomptency (or is it deliberate) I still fear he will be re(s)elected in 2012. The repubs haven’t shown much of an ability to put up an alternate cnadidate who could delvier an a$$whipping except for Trump and he’s undeclared.

    Everyone is afraid of the race card.

    I wonder if that’s the reason no one is really challenging him. It’s like no one wants to deal with the dirty-tricks BO machine. Remember his motto; Don’t level the field. Clear the field.

    It’s so ugly that I think a lot of pols are just going to let him get away with another 4 years. Of course no one is looking out for the country, not to mention the world.

    It’s scary.

  45. Government tightens lid on dolphin death probe

    — “The U.S. government is keeping a tight lid on its probe into scores of unexplained dolphin deaths along the Gulf Coast, possibly connected to last year’s BP oil spill, causing tension with some independent marine scientists. Wildlife biologists contracted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to document spikes in dolphin mortality and to collect specimens and tissue samples for the agency were quietly ordered late last month to keep their findings confidential. The gag order was contained in an agency letter informing outside scientists that its review of the dolphin die-off, classified as an ‘unusual mortality event (UME),’ had been folded into a federal criminal investigation launched last summer into the oil spill. ‘Because of the seriousness of the legal case, no data or findings may be released, presented or discussed outside the UME investigative team without prior approval,’ the letter, obtained by Reuters, stated. A number of scientists said they have been personally rebuked by federal officials for ‘speaking out of turn’ to the media about efforts to determine the cause of some 200 dolphin deaths this year, and about 90 others last year, in the Gulf. Moreover, they said collected samples and specimens are being turned over to the government for analysis under a protocol that will leave independent scientists in the dark about the efficacy and outcome of any laboratory tests.”

  46. confloyd,

    Just look at the horrible message BO is sending to the young people in the country. If you do nothing for long enough all the problems disappear and you won’t get blamed. You have no responsibility for your actions, or inactions. Just keep yelling LALALALALALA long enough and everything will turn out fine.

    We are living in Bizarro-world.

  47. And the world is square…

    —————-

    No taxes, no problem

    Obama stands by GE’s Immelt

    By ABBY PHILLIP | 03/25/11

    President Obama still believes GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt should lead his jobs council, even while the company profits from the very practice the president has said he opposes, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday.

    Carney said Obama is “bothered” by companies that take advantage of loopholes to pay fewer taxes, although Carney said he wouldn’t address GE’s case specifically.

    “Americans, I’m sure, who read that story and heard about it, are wondering how this could be,” Carney said, referring to a report that GE didn’t pay taxes last year. “And one of the reasons why it could be … is part of the problem of the corporate tax structure.”

    Carney described a hypothetical situation markedly similar to GE’s case, in which companies hired “armies of tax lawyers” to understand how the system works and use loopholes to avoid paying taxes.

    He added that Obama is committed to corporate tax reform because the practice is “not good for the companies in terms of their competitiveness and their potential for growth,” and it is also “not good for job creation in the United States.”

    Yet Obama made it clear that he believes GE is a “model” for American companies when he appointed Immelt to lead his jobs council, a position that effectively brings him in closer contact with the president than other panel members.

    Carney said Obama’s decision on whether to pursue corporate tax reform will be his own, but that the council is “designed” to provide many opinions.

    “The president obviously doesn’t want a council of people who agree with him on every issue; he wants to hear a diversity of opinion,” Carney said.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/no_taxes_no_problem_3d2df655-81c2-4d00-ba64-e32e96f27629.html

  48. What a surprise!

    ——————-

    Obama’s Not Returning His Peace Prize

    The Libyan assault as well as continued American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan have many people saying that either the Nobel Peace Prize committee should demand the prize be returned or that the president should volunteer to hand it back. For those who think these are serious options, I have some bad news for you — it’ll never happen. Not tomorrow, not next week, not ever.

    Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize raised a lot of eyebrows around the world given that he had barely been in office and had little on the resume to justify the prize. My conclusion was that the committee gave it for two main reasons: (1) to remind America that they really disliked George W. Bush and (2) to inspire Obama to act on his eloquent expressions of global harmony. Obama was well aware that he had done nothing to deserve the award and so he was faced with the choice of either respectfully declining or of accepting the prize while explaining that he doesn’t currently or in the future deserve it. He chose the latter both in words and in deeds.

    This wasn’t the first time an American was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in spite of questionable qualifications. Al Gore certainly put together a terrific PowerPoint presentation and movie but was not a a passionate green advocate during his time as a vice president (when he had the most direct political influence) nor during his presidential campaign. In fact, you will notice a major time gap in the Inconvenient Truth between the young senator and the post-2000 election environmentalist. Furthermore, his “do as I say not as I do” approach to environmental conservation includes lectures on conserving energy while ringing up $30,000 a year utility bills himself. Certainly much of the motivation for this award was the committee reminding America that they really, really dislike George W. Bush.

    Of course, when one raises the topic of questionable American Nobel Peace Prize winners we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, Henry Kissinger…but we can focus on him a different time.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/obamas-not-returning-his-_b_840254.html

  49. basil, yeah, saw that earlier.. that video maker is a regular at MOTUS blog. It was funny — the children were in the same outfit, all wrinkled and he was wearing the same tie but she would appear in yet another dress.

  50. G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether
    Published: March 24, 2011
    General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.

    The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

    Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. More

  51. Can you believe this?

    http://blog.mysanantonio.com/texas-on-the-potomac/2011/03/obama-says-he-didnt-inform-mexico-of-u-s-gun-smuggling-operation-because-he-didnt-know-about-it/

    Obama says he didn’t inform Mexico of U.S. gun smuggling operation because he didn’t know about it
    Posted on 03/24/2011 by Richard Dunham, Bureau Chief

    Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.”

    The Mexican government has complained that it didn’t know about the U.S. operation that allowed guns to illegally cross the southwestern border so they could track the weapons.

    Obama told Univision‘s Jorge Ramos that President Felipe Calderon wasn’t informed of the operation because he — the president of the United States — wasn’t informed either. When asked whether he knew of the weapon smuggling plan, Obama responded that it is “a pretty big government” with “a lot of moving parts.”

  52. sigh…he’s making another speech on television on Monday night. It’s time to spin his Libya defense.

  53. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 8:34 pm
    andyp
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    ——————–

    time to retire!
    _______________

    I sort of share your sentiments but I’m still having a little bit too much fun. I have a huge decision to make when I retire. I will probably be moving from Toronto, Ontario to Prince Edward Island (God’s little secret Canadian paradise) when I retire, but I have fallen in love with Ontario. While I would love to spend half a year in each province, I don’t have the funds to do this and my family are in PEI. Therefore, I am postponing it for another three years or so. However, I will not be studying since I am getting my BA this year (fulfilling a promise I made to myself when I decided not to go to university straight from high school). The three years will go by quickly and I will be sitting by the ocean in summer and staring at the snow in winter before I know it. For now it is worth working for me to spend this time in Toronto.
    I will be reading Hillary is 44 from Prince Edward Island soon enough and probably complaining about politics with the rest of you.

  54. JanH
    March 25th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    And the world is square…

    —————-

    No taxes, no problem

    Obama stands by GE’s Immelt

    By ABBY PHILLIP | 03/25/11

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

    yeah, sure…then GE turns around and “contributes” the money to O campaign

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

    re: MO and those dresses…OMG…that silver dress…from the front and the BACK…is she freaking kidding? wow…from the front she is pulling the Sharon Stone bit and from the back she looks like a house…what a horror show…

    the O’s are living in an alternative universe…clueless…

  55. JanH
    March 25th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    “The Canadian Gov’t has just collapsed.

    Vote of No Confidence”
    __________________

    With Soros about to change our financial structure creating a new currency in the US, it seems the ideal time for another surprise coup amalgamating the landscape of the US, Canada and Mexico into the North American Union. Welcome all, to the New World Order.

  56. not sure if this has been posted yet…the latest from ‘the insider’ makes for an interesting read…

    newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/white-house-insider-obama-understands-none-of-it/

    Rahm Emanuel didn’t go back to Chicago to help protect Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel went back to Chicago to have the power to help destroy the whole myth of Barack Obama – or even more importantly, to destroy Valerie Jarrett and her entire collection of kooks that is the Obama White House. The bodies buried in Chicago…

  57. The purpose of the VMT is to capture mileage revenue from “gas” vehicles and devise an assessment Tax for hybrids and and electric cars an assessment based on miles traveled as well.

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

    Of course they would tax both. Obviously.

  58. johnwsmart.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/the-annoyed-president/

    The annoyed President
    Posted on March 24, 2011 by JWS
    Obama waffled too long before deciding to attack Khadafi. Regardless of the outcome this odd fortnight of indecision will almost certainly be a central focus of future historians when they study this episode. He seems to be a man who does not think on his feet but rather stalls and waits to be told what to do. Clinton and Powers eventually told him. Of course, their jobs do not involve deciding so much as advocating based on information at hand, intelligence, and experience. Obama is not interested in the first, the second has been wildly oversold, and he has none of the third.

    At any rate, by last week Obama had no choice. The amount of violence we are seeing is minuscule compared to what it would have been had the ‘coalition’ not attacked. What’s damning is the lack of clarity presented to the American public on what our goals are. This is either because there is no clarity or because Obama is mortified by the prospect of pitching his war to the public. He then becomes a war president which, for a member of the Chicago liberal class, is intolerable.

    We are either attacking to establish a no fly zone or to get rid of Khadafi or both. This depends on the day and the administration employee speaking. Ideally we are attacking to both get rid of the tyrant and ensure safety on the ground. Whatever the reasons it is beyond odd that the President has not addressed the nation on Libya. Think of how often this man has taken the stage in every forum imaginable, usually on issues of far lesser importance. After the Wright tapes surfaced Obama was front and center within hours giving a speech on race. There was a very public beer summit, chat show appearances, adverts for a talk show on one of the Turner networks, a sit down with The View, endless speeches about healthcare, appearances on ESPN….yet a large, new military engagement by American armed forces is ordered…by him…and he can’t be bothered to take up 10 minutes of prime time from the Oval Office to lay out his case.

    I suspect Obama sees no political upside. If this is so, he’s wrong. If Khadafi’s regime disintegrates in the next few weeks, which is quite possible, Obama will be the one who got him. We don’t and won’t have boots on the ground in any number so a messy aftermath, also quite possible, won’t be big news here. A short, succesful, humanitarian campaign would then be a notch on his belt. If things instead go south, at the very least, the President would have contextualized our involvement…given it meaning, a narrative, gravitas. As it stands now the decision to attack Libya appears to be something Obama did in passing while strolling the White House halls one afternoon. It is strange that a man known for the big speech has neglected this – all but required – moment for one.

    All the above assumes Obama has any core principles, which is fallacious. He decided to attack because Clinton, Powers, and France told him to, not because he was engaged or gave a sh*t. Like the B.P. spill, and his traumatic Afghanistan interregnum Obama would like Libya to just go away. In fact, he’d like all aspects of the presidency that do not involve his next campaign to go away.

    Obama is a pure political animal. There are no core beliefs like Reagan, or passion for policy like Bill Clinton – both men preternaturally political as well. With Obama there is only raw calculation when it’s possible and distance when it’s not. He has not made an Oval Office speech because he can’t. There is nothing inside, no principal or conviction, to inform his action and give it reason. He did what he was told.

    In this instance it would be fitting for the Secretary of State to speak to the nation from the Oval Office. Agree with her or not she, being a well-informed person of intelligence and experience, is capable of giving the public a context for our latest ‘war’. He’s handed off his job to another Clinton recently after all. Actually it’s hard to imagine a President Hilary Clinton NOT appearing before the nation from her office after ordering a military strike of this magnitude.

    I’d like to announce that I don’t “get” Obama. But I believe I do. He’s an arrogant, annoyed man who does not do what he does not want to do. Libya is an inconvenience. Which is why it took him so long to take action, a dithering pause that has harmed the entire mission. It would be wonderful if Obama led. But this would, without doubt, cut into time he intends to spend making minor speeches, raising money, and golfing.

  59. I’m sure the Canadian government will re-form. They have procedures in place to do so. It’s not a collapse like a dictator being removed and no one else knows anymore how to run a government. I really don’t think this means that we’re going to have one government for Canada, the US, and the umpteen central and south american countries.

  60. I said:

    The purpose of the VMT is to capture mileage revenue from “gas” vehicles and devise an assessment Tax for hybrids and and electric cars an assessment based on miles traveled as well.

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

    Of course they would tax both. Obviously.
    ________________________

    You said:

    “the purpose of this mileage tax is to collect from people who use less gasoline.”
    ____________________

    The conclusions drawn from my statement and yours are not synonymous. Too much information missing between the cup and the lip.

  61. basil – I read an article which said that since Obama has basically been running his campaign this whole time, and more forcefully since thee WTF “Memorial Service”, it would cost too much for others to start this early. Obama still has millions in his reelection fund, so he’s way ahead. They figure the republicans will all wait until a more reasonable time, then all start jumping in, so they’re not having to spend such an obscene amount. Plus, a thought of mine – if the republicans formally announce now, it’s sort of like validating Obama’s endless campaign. This way alert people notice that he’s always working for himself, even when there are all these crises and it’s not even the usual time to start campaigning yet.

  62. admin – great article.

    I love the “Obama doesn’t have the ovaries”. Yes! We SHOULD ve the standard, since we are the norm, as the majority!

  63. It might be my imagination but Obama looks as if Michelle’s outlandishly inappropriate costumes are an embarrassment to him.

  64. many think the president has deliberately avoided releasing his birth certificate so he could use the issue to paint conservatives as crazy.

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

    That might be sufficient reason. Tho as I said, some clerk should have sold it to a tabloid, if it really exists.

  65. “the purpose of this mileage tax is to collect from people who use less gasoline [in addition to collecting from people who use more gasoline].”

    Maybe I should define ‘tax’ or ‘collect’ or something, too.

  66. “Albertans don`t like anyone but Conservatives, but that is their problem. I was ashamed of Harper. They are still cleaning up the mess that he caused during the G20 by taking away our civil liberties.

    ——————

    Andy,

    I’m not sure where you got your information, but talk about generalizing about a whole province of people.

    Albertans only like conservatives? Are you serious?

    We have never been so angry at our provincial government of conservative idiots who took us from being in the black to now being in huge debt again. We now have the largest waiting times in Canada for hospital emergencies.

    As far as Harper goes, of course you are entitled to your opinion, but some of us remember Trudeau and a few other liberals who did their best to bankrupt the west so that the east could flourish. Talk about takeaways.

    If there is a reason that we like the federal conservatives better than the federal liberals it is because the liberals rarely remember that Canada exists west of Ontario.

  67. Jan, how do they make one side of the country fare better than the other side? Maybe they steer business contracts to their favored side? Something like that…?

  68. lorac
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    basil – I read an article which said that since Obama has basically been running his campaign this whole time, and more forcefully since thee WTF “Memorial Service”, it would cost too much for others to start this early. Obama still has millions in his reelection fund, so he’s way ahead. They figure the republicans will all wait until a more reasonable time, then all start jumping in, so they’re not having to spend such an obscene amount. Plus, a thought of mine – if the republicans formally announce now, it’s sort of like validating Obama’s endless campaign. This way alert people notice that he’s always working for himself, even when there are all these crises and it’s not even the usual time to start campaigning yet.
    **********************************
    Hi Lorac,

    Yours is a brilliant comment! We do not want to validate the endless campaign — or the obscene amount of money that would be spent on it. I had a thought that it would be hilarious if no republican campaigned AT ALL for a long time while Obama was endlessly runing around the country CAMPAIGNING, as if to so there is no reason for it, yet he is doing it anyway, since that is really the thing he is good at. Then at the last minute,a Repub (or far, far better yet, Hillary), would just swoop in and take the election.

    Unfortunately, back to reality, I fear Mr. Obama will be elected to a second term, hard as that is to believe. I never thought George Bush would be re-elected either and look what happened. Unless we have a far better alternative, the bully pulpit will win out.

  69. turndownobama
    March 25th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Government tightens lid on dolphin death probe
    —————————————————-

    Search Google News and find ONE instance of this Reuters article, which points to Obama administration once again serving as a lackey to London’s financiers (in this case, British Petroleum) by subverting inquiry and covering up scientific data.

    Government tightens lid on dolphin death probe
    WHNT – Leigh Coleman, Steve Gorman – ‎13 hours ago‎
    BILOXI, Mississippi (Reuters) – The US government is keeping a tight lid on its probe into scores of unexplained dolphin deaths along the Gulf Coast, possibly connected to last year’s BP oil spill, causing tension with some independent marine …
    http://www.whnt.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-dolphintre72o3jo-20110325,0,3622936.story
    11:16 a.m. CDT, March 25, 2011

    Search the www and get hundreds upon hundreds of instances of it being copied and pasted, in part or in whole, with or without link to the article itself, to blogs and whatever.

    Hey! Cartel media! Get on the ball. You have to cover up and spin this story!

  70. Hi Ani – wow, I feel honored that you liked my “little” thought! 🙂 I’m still ready to buy that case of your books. Actually, I’m ready to buy a bunch of cases. I hope it gets out there soon, because know it could help us get rid of him! I just can’t stand the thought of him being re-elected. We really can’t afford it. We SO need a very competent leader, not someone who has coasted through his life, with a mirror in his pocket.

  71. S
    March 25th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I know some of us have said this before but it’s friday and it bears repeating…

    Trump would wipe the floor with O in a debate…can you imagine O trying to discuss economics, business, creating jobs, etc and O’s record…now established record on these topics…with T

    the ratings will go thru the roof…there are no other repubs that have the charisma factor that T does…Pawlenty…smalenty…let’s get real…
    ———-

    At this point in time, not trusting any Republican’s, if I only had the choice of the big O, or someone like the Donald, I would pick Trump. I like his vision on how to get jobs back in the US and also putting a big tax on imports that squeeze out our workers.

    Also, I want to see him debate O, hopefully he will not become timid if he were up against the pResident.

  72. moononpluto
    March 25th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Drudge : Kurtz Says Couric Leaving CBSNEWS Anchor By June; Exit FIshbowl, Stage Left!

    Goodbye, Good Riddance and dont come back.
    —————

    Karma. Good riddance is right. Katie, you had your 15 minutes of fame for editing Sarah’s interview, making it seem like she doesn’t read and is a bimbo. Now it’s our turn to make fun of you from now until the end of time.

    Bye, bye you little creep.

  73. It was hard to stomach but I watched that video. A bit unfair??? Alright, lets get fair—what you see before you is an idiot named Brian Williams–right? Right! Who did not graduate from college? Right! Well now you know why. Right. Brian Williams is Dudley Do right. He has got the profile, the delivery and the naivetee for the role. Plus is dumber than a sack of rocks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q83Jqd2h0Yg

    Brian Williams is a complete idiot. Lesson 1: do not attempt to defend an indefensible position. Lesson 2: don’t plead 3 big Irishmen as a defense to Obama–that is racist, hackneyed and idiotic. Lesson 3: keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  74. lorac
    March 26th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Lorac, please don’t underestimate yourself. There was nothing little about your thought! As to buying my book, I so appreciate your support, but so far it has been a hellish uphill climb to get an agent to take it on. I’m still working at it. Perhaps people are reticent to publish a book that calls the media out on the carpet, among other things. Especially when they need the media to sell it.

    It would be agony to think those bastards who used misogyny as a weapon to malign Hillary daily would get away with it.

  75. Andy,

    I’m not sure where you got your information, but talk about generalizing about a whole province of people.

    Albertans only like conservatives? Are you serious?

    We have never been so angry at our provincial government of conservative idiots who took us from being in the black to now being in huge debt again. We now have the largest waiting times in Canada for hospital emergencies.

    As far as Harper goes, of course you are entitled to your opinion, but some of us remember Trudeau and a few other liberals who did their best to bankrupt the west so that the east could flourish. Talk about takeaways.

    If there is a reason that we like the federal conservatives better than the federal liberals it is because the liberals rarely remember that Canada exists west of Ontario.
    __________________

    That is precisely what I mean. I have many relatives in Alberta and I believe Albertans are still nursing grudges developed in the 60s against Trudeau and the energy problem. I think it is time to give it up. I have voted conservative many times in my life but I would almost vote for the devil before I would vote for the Mulroney, Harrison, Harper bunch of thugs. They are more right-handed Texan type conservatives than George Bush it. Mulroney damaged our country, Harris almost bankrupted Ontario and now Harper is trying to ruin the rest of the country.

  76. lorac
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    andyp – I think that’s so cool that you’re finishing your degree!

    __________

    It took forever.

  77. Ani,

    Have you written a book? If the traditional publishers won’t take it, there are lots of ways to self-publish. (Some are scams, careful, but some work well.)

  78. About self-publishing, the worst scam is anything that wants a contract that ties up your copyright! Really, anything that has a contract that tries to sound like a real publisher. (Talking about ‘royalties’ is often a bad sign.)

    You ARE the publisher. You’re just buying SERVICES from a ‘self-publishing company.’ Lightning Source and Lulu are honest. Best to start with ebook form, not paper.

  79. pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Can you believe this?

    When asked whether he knew of the weapon smuggling plan, Obama responded that it is “a pretty big government” with “a lot of moving parts.”

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

    Bear in mind this is an international incident. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), under the Justice Dept (Holder), under Obama (pResident) smuggled (allowed/facilitated) lots and lots of weapons into Mexico, giving (selling) them all to the bad guys.

    This from Mr Mike Vanderboegh, who, at his blog, http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com
    can be counted upon to be the person most on top of this story (and he has been, for months now, since January… and all over ATF long before that.)

    First, go back a few days. Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Mike Vanderboegh:

    ——–
    I received this commentary from a long-time DC insider:

    “This is stunning–President Obama one-on-one with a Mexican journalist, and no handlers? President Obama considers a Mexican journalist more important to talk with about Gunwalker than the American people, the American press/media, and the Congress?

    “If I’d not see this, I would not have believed it. This is proof of some combination of ineptitude (getting caught); not having a Plan B to handle something going awry (unskilled implementers); hubris (thinking that a bunch of pointy-headed intellectual knuckleheads could pull off a strategy so blatantly stupid); and what I’d call a Black Swan (from Nassim Taleb’s book of that name, “the highly expected not happening”, footnote on page xviii, meaning that President Obama and his retinue expected ATF Special Agents to carry the water, and they didn’t.) Instead, they disavowed the activity. Quite profound, in my view.

    “Where does this go from here? How can President Obama give an exclusive interview to a Mexican journalist, and ignore the U.S. media? That can’t and won’t last.

    “President Obama is falling into a trap that is probably of his own making, or which was undertaken with his orders, by talking about Gunwalker. The reason is that every time he talks about Gunwalker, people will associate Gunwalker with him, exactly what he DOESN’T want. He should have offered up a minion, but he didn’t. That means the buck is gonna stop with him—figure he’s gonna get vicious? If people are going to be held accountable, which people? West Wing or ATF?”

    Jump ahead to Mike again, Friday, March 25 lunch hour [Comments in square brackets by ohanson] [Bold emphasis by ohanson, and fixed some CBS punctuation]:

    ——————–

    Folks,

    I knew this was coming, but thought with the press of foreign news it would be next week. […]

    CBS News Investigates
    March 25, 2011 11:52 AM
    ATF gunwalking: Who knew, and how high up?

    by CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson

    Since our first report in which ATF agents told us they allowed thousands of weapons to cross into Mexico, one crucial question has been: Who knew — how high up? This week for the first time, President Obama addressed the controversy. It was in an interview Tuesday evening with the Spanish language network Univision.

    [video]

    “Well first of all I did not authorize it. Eric Holder the Attorney General did not authorize it. He’s been very clear that our policy is to catch gun runners and put ’em into jail,” Mr. Obama said of the controversial ATF operation called “Fast and Furious.”

    “You were not even informed about it?” asked Univision reporter Jorge Ramos.

    “Absolutely not,” said Mr. Obama. “There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made, and if that’s the case then we’ll find out, and well hold somebody accountable.”

    But who? In an exclusive interview with CBS News, the lead ATF official in Mexico at the time Darren Gil says somebody in the Justice Department did know about the case. Gil says his supervisor at ATF’s Washington D.C. headquarters told him point-blank the operation was approved even higher than ATF Director Kenneth Melson.

    “Is the director aware of this,” Gil asked the supervisor. Gil says his supervisor answered “Yes, the director’s aware of it. Not only is the director aware of it, D.O.J.’s aware of it… Department of Justice was aware of it.”

    Gil goes on to say senior Justice official Lanny Breuer and several of his deputies visited Mexico amid the controversy last summer, and spoke to ATF staff generally about a big trafficking case that they claimed was “getting good results.” Gil says Melson, ATF’s Acting Director, also visited Mexico City. Gil’s Deputy Attache and his Analyst questioned Melson […] “His response was ‘it’s a good case, it’s still going on,'” recalls Gil, “and we’ll close it down as soon as we possibly can.”

    As to what Melson, Breuer and the other officials knew, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has been asking. Among other things, he has told the State Department to turn over notes and records from any Breuer visits to Mexico City in summer of 2010 [Why ask State Dept. for info re senior Justice Dept. official Lanny Breuer?]. But his repeated requests have so far been denied. And the officials mentioned would not speak with CBS News.

    The whole controversy was exposed last month when ATF agent John Dodson and others [working in the States] blew the whistle to CBS News. They told us they were ordered to let assault rifles and other weapons “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in a failed attempt to take down a cartel.

    But if Justice Department officials knew, it’s even more incredible when you find out who didn’t: ATF’s own agents in Mexico.

    Gil [lead ATF official in Mexico] first found out something was amiss in early 2010 when serial numbers from a flood of guns used in cartel crimes were all tracing back to the same case [e,g. operation] in Phoenix: “Fast and Furious.” But when Gil’s analyst checked ATF’s computer files to find out more, he hit a brick wall.

    “Not only did he not have access, I as the attache, the head agent in Mexico for ATF operations, did not have access,” says Gil. He was locked out.

    That was a red flag because, Gil says, as the senior ATF official in Mexico, it was his job to approve any ATF operation involving Mexico; and he didn’t approve this one.

    In fact, Gil specifically emailed his staff on Jan. 25, 2010 that no firearms would be allowed to cross into Mexico for a case without his approval. The email also stated that if he ever approved such an operation, he’d make sure the weapons were “stopped on the Mexican side of the border.” They’d never be allowed to “walk” or reach the streets.

    Gil didn’t know it, but even as he wrote that email, ATF agents in Phoenix have told CBS News they were already letting traffickers move weapons to Mexican drug cartels without stopping them. The idea was apparently to see where the guns would end up and try to build a big case [Operation “Fast and Furious”].

    Faced with the flow of guns and the serial number evidence tracing to Phoenix, but locked out of the computer case files, Gil says he repeatedly questioned his supervisor in Washington. He says some of the conversations became screaming and shouting matches. He says he was instructed not to tell his Mexican counterparts about the case. Gil said he inquired, “when is this case gonna shut down? The Mexicans are gonna have a fit when they find out about it.” Gil says he also noted, “at some point, these guns are gonna end up killing either a government of Mexico official, a police officer or military folks, and then what are we gonna do?”

    Gil was the second ATF agent to tell CBS News that he specifically warned of such an outcome. Agent John Dodson says he told his superiors in Phoenix much the same:

    “I specifically asked one time, ‘are you prepared to go to the funeral of a Border Patrol agent…are you prepared for that fact because it’s only a matter of time before that happens,” Dodson told CBS News.

    That’s exactly what happened. Two of the weapons, AK-47 variant assault rifles, were eventually found at [scene of] the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December. Officials are looking into possible connections to the murder of Customs Agent Jaime Zapata in February.

    Gil retired from ATF in December, in part over his objections to Fast and Furious and the way it was handled. He says he’s speaking out because nobody else in charge has stepped up to explain that ATF agents in Mexico were never part of it. Yet they’re now facing threats of prosecution from some Mexican politicians.

    “The (Mexican) government’s looking at (ATF agents) potentially bringing weapons into their country, which in many cases is an act of war.” Gil says [that] by not explaining that ATF agents in Mexico weren’t part of Fast and Furious, ATF executives are putting the agents in danger. “They’re leaving my guys out in Mexico alone, and they’re not doing the right thing.”

    [end of CBS article]

    Mike Vanderboegh’s report continues:

    John Richardson, writing at No Lawyers — Only Guns and Money, says,

    “Mike Vanderboegh has mentioned Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Criminal Division at DOJ, was involved in Project Gunwalker. Gil’s interview is confirmation that Breuer was probably up to his neck in it. The question now is whether he or Melson will be thrown under the bus to protect Attorney General Eric Holder.

    “As mentioned a few days ago, ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson will be appearing before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs. Now that Darren Gil has gone on the record with CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson about higher-ups being involved, it would be a shame if the screws weren’t put to Melson to testify under oath on just how high it went.”

    Mike again:

    Yesterday I bet a certain reporter a hat that Melson would never testify next Thursday [March 31]. I figured that they would either pull him from the witness list or 86 the hearing until a later date. Now I wonder if they can afford to do even that.

    The longer the cover-up goes on, the guiltier they look, and the higher up the food chain the speculation goes.

    As CBS asks: “ATF gunwalking: Who knew, and how high up?”

  80. turndownobama — thank you for your suggestions. I do know something about self publishing and could certainly go that route. To this point, I have only tried agents, not regular publishers directly. I may do that first.

    With a book covering crucial political subject matter like this — especially on media bias and sexism — I tend to think that having a publishing house behind me adds weight and credibility to it, whether it is fair or not. That is why I have been avoiding the self publishing thing. But who knows…

  81. MOP: This sounds like HE HAS TO. Something is up. This is damage limitation.
    ——-
    Yep. This morning, 5 am news (ABC) has Carney saying lotsa people would have been killed if O had taken the time to inform Congress.

  82. “I see Obama’s visiting the United States,” said Rush Limbaugh on Thursday, the president’s first full day back in Washington after a spring break diplomatic tour of Latin America.

    ————————————————-

    Hilarious and too true.

  83. I declare May 25th a Big Pink Party day……….

    Oprah Winfrey’s production company has announced the airdate of the final episode of her chatshow.

    Chicago-based Harpo Productions revealed that the final instalment of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air on May 25, reports The AP.

    …………………………

    We’ll be dancing to celebrate that one.

  84. Jake Tapper: Today’s Questions for Obama’s White House

    The Company Headed by the President’s “Competitiveness and Jobs” Adviser Made $14 Billion in Profits, Didn’t Pay Any Taxes Last Year – Today’s Q’s for O’s WH: 3/25/2011

    TAPPER: GE paid no taxes last year. Given that the CEO of GE is the head of the president’s competitiveness and jobs council, I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on their paying no taxes last year.

    CARNEY: I hope so. But the — look, I — Jake, I’ll just tell you.

    TAPPER: Front page of The New York Times.

    CARNEY: But I — but I can — I’ve read the story. The president has said that he is committed to corporate tax reform.

    TAPPER: Does it bother him?

    CARNEY: I haven’t spoken to the president about this.

    TAPPER: Why appoint to the head of the competitiveness and jobs council a person who is now the poster child for using the system to get out of paying taxes?

    CARNEY: The job council and competitiveness council is designed for just that.

    TAPPER: But is there a perception problem at all for the president? He says he wants to take on this issue, and yet —

    CARNEY: He very much wants to take on this issue.

    TAPPER: It’s the second year in a row that GE didn’t pay any taxes, and yet he appoints the CEO to the head of his competitiveness and jobs council is –

    CARNEY: I think the issue, Jake, is —

    TAPPER: — that the American people —

    CARNEY: No, because the president is very committed to addressing this issue.

    TAPPER: So much so that he puts the CEO of GE at the head of the Jobs and Competitiveness Council?

    CARNEY: Look, I think, you know, Jake, we can do this five or six times, but he is committed to corporate tax reform…

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/the-company-headed-by-the-presidents-competitiveness-and-jobs-adviser-made-14-billion-in-profits-did.html

  85. One of the customs of incompetent leaders is to surround themselves wit incompetent people. This guy is one of them, as I have mentioned before on this blog. I will not characterize him further. I will let the video in the following link speak for itself. Among other things, you will note that Larry Johnson calls him incompetent as well. You may also wish to note that he is one the “Three Big Irishmen” that NBC nerd Brian Williams lusted for in the video posted by admin. Thus we are treated to a daisy chain of one incompetent covering for another incompetent covering for another incompetent and calling it US policy. Elect a boob and expect boobery, and here we have it on a grand scale. (By the way you can see their dull minds at work . . . they want to present this happy face to the world, and do the dirty part though covert means and a green revolution, so that by election time they can argue that this is a peoples revolution inspired by the transcendent words of a global messiah. The reality however will be different.)

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/03/25/obamas-state-of-delusion/#more-57952

  86. Jake Tapper: Today’s Questions for Obama’s White House
    ———————-
    There are better issues which good morning Mr President Tapper refuses to pose for fear of embarrassing is light of love Obama.

    In the grand scheme of things, there are larger problems with Immelt than the fact that GE does not pay taxes. Among other things, he is a major exporter of US jobs, who sells US military secrets to China, and uses his newly acquired position in government to advance GE’s business objectives at the expense of the beleaguered American taxpayer–building nuclear reactors on a grand scale. Moreover during the primary, he used his media subsidiaries to censor bad news (he was personally involved in quashing a story negative to Obama which a New Jersey affiliate was prepared to broadcast.

    Thus, by failing to pose these questions as well, Tapper fails once again to do his job. Good morning Mr President.

  87. TAPPER: It’s the second year in a row that GE didn’t pay any taxes, and yet he appoints the CEO to the head of his competitiveness and jobs council is –
    ———————-
    The word for it is hope, change and cronyism carried to a whole new level. No surprise here. And Tapper barely scratches the surface. Of course, if he goes further the Three Big Irishmen that Dudley Dooright Williams lusts for may kick his squire boy weenie ass, so his reticence is perhaps understandable. Those Big Irishmen are so tough that they make Mike Tyson look like Little Red Riding Hood, but only in the magic thinking of Brian Williams. If Tapper does his homework and studies really hard, then un belle di he too can become a seat sniffer like Brian–my greatest regret in life is that I did not graduate from college. He said it and it makes a great epitaph.

  88. ohanson
    March 26th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    pm317
    March 25th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Can you believe this?

    When asked whether he knew of the weapon smuggling plan, Obama responded that it is “a pretty big government” with “a lot of moving parts.”

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

    Bear in mind this is an international incident. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), under the Justice Dept (Holder), under Obama (pResident) smuggled (allowed/facilitated) lots and lots of weapons into Mexico, giving (selling) them all to the bad guys.

    This from Mr Mike Vanderboegh, who, at his blog, http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com
    can be counted upon to be the person most on top of this story (and he has been, for months now, since January… and all over ATF long before that.)
    —————————

    This should be a BIG scandal.. where is the fucking media?

  89. I think it is vain to repine against big business influence on government. It will happen, and the notion that there is some Ron Paul like politician out there who will clean it up is a grand illusion. Obama is perhaps the prime example of this.

    If we are really concerned about corporate influence, then the practical questions are these: i) does the degree of corporate influence in a particular administration amount to de facto control? ii) are they inclined to advantage certain companies and industries over other, and iii) is the business plan of those corporations congruent with the interests of the American People?

    If you look at the Obama Administration, companies who represent the old manufacturing economy, i.e. big oil or are tied to real estate have comparatively little influence–and tend to be the whipping boy. (Trump and the Koch Brothers etc.)

    By contrast, those companies who are tied to the new information economy tend to be the favorite sons, and the beneficiaries of government largesse, taxpayer dollars and are exempt from effective regulation–like the faux financial reform. (Goldman Sachs, CitiBank NBC, AOL Time Warner, etc.)

    Without question, big oil played a major role in prior Republican Administrations, and I assume the same is true of Koch Brothers, even though I was unaware of it at the time. But, I also believe the control we are seeing now over our economy and the public mind via the media is a cancer to the system, and given time it has full blown totalitarian implications.

    So for me it comes back to the original points. If for example Donald Trump runs for President, we can at least say first that the man is an American, second that he has important business experience, and third that his business interests are centered here in this country, so he is in that sense a provider of American jobs. And the same can be said of the Koch brothers. And at this time, jobs are sine qua non, and those of us who care about the country do not want a totalitarian takeover by the messiahs of the new economy, because their dream has no place in it for a middle class.

  90. To put an even finer point on my prior post THE BUSINESS PLAN OF THE NEW ECONOMY is not centered in this country—it is global in scope, whereas the business plan of the old economy–not GE but the companies in the brick and mortar physical economy of tangible goods was. To me that is the pivotal factor–and the difference between a parasitic relationship with government, and a symbiotic one which we have seen in the past.

  91. With an Obama agency denying workers’ “rights,” where are all the union protesters?
    Posted by LaborUnionReport (Profile)
    Saturday, March 26th at 8:00AM EDT
    4 Comments

    Granted, it would probably be bad optics for union bosses to put a Hitler mustache on President Obama–as they did on Governor Walker. However, the way they’ve been prattling on of late about so-called “rights,” you’d think union bosses would be filling up the buses and hightailing it to Washington to storm the offices of the National Mediation Board.

    You see, while the right to collective bargaining in the government sector is dubious at best, in the private-sector the right to strike is supposed to be sacred…right? So, why aren’t the unions out protesting in front of the NMB over the agency’s decision to refuse to allow the flight attendants at American Airlines their right to strike?

    The U.S. isn’t allowing flight attendants at financially strapped American Airlines to walk the picket lines any time soon, and that could change the tone of labor negotiations across the industry, some experts said Friday.

    Wait. What? You mean it’s okay that workers’ rights are being denied because a company is financially strapped, but not when a state is financially strapped? Why the double standard?

    The National Mediation Board, the U.S. agency that referees labor-management relations for airlines [and railroads], has ignored a request made a year ago by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, asking the federal government to release it from negotiations for what’s called a 30-day cooling-off period, which then allows for a strike.

    For almost three years, American Airlines flight attendants have been in talks with management, seeking improved wages and benefits as well as more job security. But management has refused to deal until the union allows it more scheduling flexibility for workers in order to increase productivity.

    The NMB later said the carrier’s fragile finances and the weakened national economy would weigh heavily on its decision, according to the union.

    The NMB said it would not comment on any ongoing labor negotiation.

    “The political reality is, to a large extent, defined by the state of the economy,” said APFA President Laura Glading in a statement. “Consequently, it is clear to us that the White House will avoid any kind of disruption. And we cannot lose sight of the fact that the National Mediation Board answers to the White House.”

    So, the NMB is actually considering the impact of its decision and denying workers their fundamental right to strike? On top of that, union bosses are quietly going along with it without comment or…protest? How interesting. How unique. How hypocritical.

    _________________

  92. lorac
    March 26th, 2011 at 12:32 am
    Jan, how do they make one side of the country fare better than the other side? Maybe they steer business contracts to their favored side? Something like that…?

    —————-
    Lorac,

    It is a frustrating fact that when we hold national elections, the decisions are made almost as soon as Ontario and Quebec have voted. They have the majority of population behind them.

    As far as favored sides go, yes contracts, monied support goes far more often to those provinces than any others. And this is not just in the past, as Andy says.

    We do hold grudges for a long time. The liberals almost crushe4d Alberta in the 80s and 90s in order to rape our oil and gas from us so that the east could benefit. But even to this day, the Liberals have rarely done anything for the western provinces compared to what they have done for the “chosen ones.”

    It’s all about votes, Andy. Always has been and always will be.

  93. Re manufacturing economy vs information economy. There was support for this distinction in 2007 or 2008: I remember a good column analyzing the coastal/information/young sector (who naively supported Obama) vs the central/rustbelt sector.

    However as a Clintonista member of coastal/information, I’d like to see the productive parts (Google, internet, high tech) distinguished from the parasitic parts (stock market speculators).

  94. Oh no Geraldine Ferraro, 1st woman nominated as a VP candidate, dead at age 75 from complications from multiple myeloma, her family says.

  95. Looks Like Hillary and Gates are making the rounds again on Sunday

    Coming up on ‘This Week’… Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld

    The Secretary of State along with current and former Secretaries of Defense discuss Libya on ‘This Week’

    Sunday on “This Week:” As the U.S. enters its second week of targeting Libya, ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper speaks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who will discuss American involvement in Libya: who’s in charge, what’s the end game, and how long could it last?

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/coming-week-exclusive-interview-defense-secretary-donald-rumsfeld/story?id=13221275

  96. complications from blood cancer apparently, had not realised she was so sick..RIP Geraldine and thanks for backing Hillary all the way in 2008.

  97. Re manufacturing economy vs information economy. There was support for this distinction in 2007 or 2008: I remember a good column analyzing the coastal/information/young sector (who naively supported Obama) vs the central/rustbelt sector.

    However as a Clintonista member of coastal/information, I’d like to see the productive parts (Google, internet, high tech) distinguished from the parasitic parts (stock market speculators).
    ————————
    There is much evidence that google is tricking the political system for m to give them a pass. But big media and speculators are the bad guys who must not be allowed to control the political system, as they are most certainly doing with this administration. But the question in my mind is this: would it serve any useful purpose for some enterprising journalist (these days an oxymoron) to analyze the business plans of the top 10 contributors to Obama, and determine how it will affect such things as job creation, investment, taxes etc. and what they want from the administration–and the public treasury as a quid pro quo for their contributions. If Sarah Palin is right and what we are seeing is a CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF GOVERNMENT, then let us at least be sure that we are asking the right questions, and there should be periodic disclosures on each of these points during the term of that president. This is a right to know and need to know sort of issue if we have any hope of maintaining a democracy.

  98. Hopefully the Patriot Riders will protect her from those wackos. She was a great American. God Bless you Geraldine.

  99. My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.

    – Sarah Palin

  100. wbboei,

    Good points as usual. I thought of mentioning big media along with the information economy side.

    ” If Sarah Palin is right and what we are seeing is a CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF GOVERNMENT”

    I do like it that Sarah is the one who is calling that out! I’d like to see her TP people effectively attack it, too. Or will they get co-opted when elected?

  101. Oh no Geraldine Ferraro, 1st woman nominated as a VP candidate, dead at age 75 from complications from multiple myeloma, her family says.

    OMG! RIP Geraldine…

    What a shock!

  102. ani
    March 26th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    With a book covering crucial political subject matter like this — especially on media bias and sexism — I tend to think that having a publishing house behind me adds weight and credibility to it, whether it is fair or not. That is why I have been avoiding the self publishing thing. But who knows…
    __________________

    Even though you may not like him, speak with Michael Moore. He would be the one who could point you in the right direction on such a “HOT” topic. Who knows, he might be interested in using it for his next movie- Movie first, book second-

  103. Sad to hear about Geraldine Ferraro-

    I had never heard anything about her being sick-

    RIP Gerry- You are a giant among American Women-

    and thanks for speaking out and defending Hillary, our next president through all the racism muck and mire the media threw at both of you!

    RIP

  104. Japan nuclear plant: Radioactivity rises in sea nearby

    Levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are 1,250 times higher than the safety limit, officials say.

    The readings were taken about 300m (984ft) offshore. It is feared the radiation could be seeping into groundwater from one of the reactors.

    But the radiation will no longer be a risk after eight days, officials say.

    There are areas of radioactive water in four of the reactors at the plant, and two workers are in hospital.

    The plant’s operator says the core of one of the six reactors may have been damaged.

    It has announced that fresh water rather than seawater will now be used to cool the damaged reactors, in the hope that this will be more effective.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12869184

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the situation was “very unpredictable”.

  105. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/opinion/22cronon.html?_r=1

    The policies that the current governor, Scott Walker, has sought to overturn, in other words, are legacies of his own party.
    [….]
    Wisconsinites have long believed that common problems deserve common solutions, and that when something needs fixing, we should roll up our sleeves and work together — no matter what our politics — to achieve the common good.
    [….]
    these particular Republicans have exercised power in abusively nontransparent ways that represent such a radical break from the state’s tradition of open government.

  106. Breakfast at a Tripoli hotel housing international journalists took a decidedly grim turn Saturday when a desperate Libyan woman burst into the building frantic to let the world know she had been raped and beaten by Moammar Gadhafi’s militia.

    Her face was heavily bruised. So were her legs. She displayed blood on her right inner thigh.

    She said her name was Eman al-Obeidy. She was well-dressed and appeared to be a well-to-do middle-aged woman. She spoke in English and said she was from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and had been picked up by Gadhafi’s men at a checkpoint east of Tripoli.

    She sobbed and said she was held against her will for two days and raped by 15 men. She showed the journalists how she had been tied at her wrists and ankles. She had visible rope burns.

    CNN could not independently verify al-Obeidy’s story but her injuries appeared consistent with what she said.

    Government officials quickly closed in to stifle her. But she persisted, wanting the journalists, staying at the Rixos Hotel, to see Gadhafi’s brutality firsthand.

    International journalists, including CNN’s staff, are not allowed to move freely in the Libyan capital and are escorted out of the hotel only on organized outings by government minders. This was the first time a Libyan opposed to Gadhafi attempted to independently approach the journalists here.

    What followed was a disturbing scene of how Gadhafi’s government operates.

    Security forces moved to subdue the woman. Even a member of the hotel’s kitchen staff drew a knife. “Traitor!” he shouted at her in contempt. Another staffer tried to put a dark tablecloth over her head.

    One government official, who was there to facilitate access for journalists, pulled a pistol from his belt. Others scuffled with the journalists, manhandling them to the ground in an attempt to wrestle away their equipment. Some journalists were beaten and kicked. CNN’s camera was confiscated and deliberately smashed beyond repair.

    Security men said al-Obeidy was “mentally ill” and was being taken to a “hospital.” They dragged her unceremoniously to a waiting white car.

    She kicked and screamed. She insisted she was being carted off to prison.

    The journalists believed al-Obeidy’s life to be in danger and several of them demanded to see her. At a news conference later, they challenged Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim on what they had experienced.

    Kaim told them that authorities were investigating the incident. “We will let you know,” he said.

    Later, a government spokesman said al-Obeidy was “safe” and “doing well.” He said her case was a criminal one — not political — and that she has been offered legal aid.

    But his assurances did little to assure the journalists who had witnessed Gadhafi’s firm and pervasive grip on Libyan society. A woman who dared to speak against him was quickly silenced. Journalists who dared to tell her story paid a price.

    It was one tale that perhaps went a long way in illuminating the need to protect Libya’s people.

    video on link…

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/26/libya.beaten.woman/index.html?hpt=T2

  107. I mean wtf?

    Abercrombie now selling padded bikini tops for 8-year-olds.

    What are we coming too.

  108. “My name is Geraldine Ferraro,” she declared. “I stand before you to proclaim tonight: America is the land where dreams can come true for all of us.”

    Her acceptance speech launched eight minutes of cheers, foot-stamping and tears. However, Ms. Ferraro’s declaration, which deeply resonated with so many women tired of second class status, was premature. Even now, her declaration is still a dream.

    Just two years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for the office of the presidency The media, rather than being objective, was roundly against her, and employed sexist language in their attempts to squash her momentum. In addition, her opponent’s forces conducted large scale cheating in the caucuses.

    Despite these attempts to subvert our nation’s first chance to have a leader from the ranks of our largest demographic, Ms. Clinton was still able to win the popular vote in the democratic primary; indeed, she won the most votes of any candidate in any party in history. These un-democratic, misogynistic forces then literally stole delegates from Ms. Clinton, in order to cripple her win, then denied her the right to fight at the Democratic National Convention.

    Geraldine Ferraro was, not surprisingly, a staunch advocate of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy. Predictably, the same misogynistic voices used to mischaracterize and demean Ms. Clinton, were also used against her supporter, Ms. Ferraro, during Ms. Clinton’s historic run for the presidency.

    The public is ready for a female president and vice president, as seen by Ms. Clinton’s historic win of the popular vote in the primaries, and Ms. Palin’s popularity during the general election. We’ve come a long way since Ms. Ferraro’s groundbreaking run for the vice presidency. But we still await the day when an intelligent, competent public servant, who happens to be female, will be allowed by the media and the political parties to claim their place as the highest office holders in our nation.

    So, as we mourn the passing of Geraldine Ferraro, we also mourn that her dream of women’s equality has still not yet been realized.

  109. So, I don’t like to discuss the “private” matters of the First Family, butt, yes…Big Guy has testicles…somewhere…maybe in a drawer…

  110. Wbboei – No one else read this the way I did. I am SHOCKED!

    What is your take?

    “TAPPER: Why appoint to the head of the competitiveness and jobs council a person who is now the poster child for using the system to get out of paying taxes?

    CARNEY: The job council and competitiveness council is designed for just that.”

    My reply?

    OH REEEEEEEEALLLY?

  111. RIP Geraldine Ferraro. I remember what the Obots did to this poor woman in 2008, called her every name in the book. That was the day I knew I was no longer a democrat, this had turned into a disgusting party.

    As for Bill Maher, Palin is one tough lady, called it correctly in calling him a mosquito, a mysogenitic one at that, and if Hillary challenges Waffles, I can guarantee he would do the same crap to Hillary, and the LSM response, *crickets*

  112. lorac
    March 26th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    can I ask who gave those comments? do you have a link? I’d like to forward it to my nieces.

  113. “TAPPER: Why appoint to the head of the competitiveness and jobs council a person who is now the poster child for using the system to get out of paying taxes?

    CARNEY: The job council and competitiveness council is designed for just that.”

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

    I thought Carney meant that the less taxes a company pays, the more competitive it can be, and presumably the more it can spend on hiring people. Or it could be the other way around, that the more people a compay hires the more tax breaks it gets. Anyway it would make sense that the jcac would be about that, and so Immelt as poster child would be a fitting choice.

    However that doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the conversation.

  114. They just played a clip on Fox where Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin had been analyzing an election. They were so respectful of each other, pointing out how much they admired each other’s accomplishments. Geraldine mentioned how outraged she felt over the way Hillary Clinton was treated when she ran. Geraldine surely was a great woman. I cannot believe how much coverage she is getting on Fox. Even Hannity said he considered her a friend. They had Beckel on. He seemed very sad.

  115. turndown – i appreciate your efforts at understanding, but I take it at face value.

    And if it IS face value, then it underscores Obama is JUST ANOTHER CORPORATE WHORE and Jake let it go becaue he knows it’s a fact

    (However that doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the conversation.)

    nope

  116. Tim – other than the first couple of sentences, I just wrote that myself. It’s kind of “the rest of the story”, that I would have liked to have seen written.

  117. lorac
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    wow! you have such a gift with words, would you mind if I forwarded your piece to my nieces? they are too young to remember Geraldine being nominated and how significant that was, their mom tells them, and they are huge supporters of Sarah Palin; they so respect Hillary as well.

    Palin is their role model as she is in their timeframe, and so I am grateful that Palin seems to openly acknowledge that she is standing on other women’s shoulders, like Geraldine.

  118. Statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro
    March 26, 2011 | New York, NY | Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton | Statements

    “Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original. She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve. The daughter of an Italian immigrant family, she rose to become the first woman ever nominated to the national ticket by a major political party. She paved the way for a generation of female leaders and put the first cracks in America’s political glass ceiling. She believed passionately that politics and public service was about making a difference for the people she represented as a congresswoman and Ambassador.

    http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/159206.htm
    For us, Gerry was above all a friend and companion. From the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns to the important work of international diplomacy, we were honored to have her by our side. She was a tireless voice for human rights and helped lead the American delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Through it all, she was a loyal friend, trusted confidante, and valued colleague.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry’s husband John, her children and grandchildren, and their entire family.”

  119. March 26, 2011

    DeMint Sees More Candidates Coming
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said that the current GOP presidential field “might not be sufficient to inspire voters and he would welcome a last-minute entry by another candidate,” the New York Times reports.

    Said DeMint: “If no one is an immediate front-runner, I think you might see a whole new cast of Republican candidates out within the next couple of months.”

    He added: “I’m not going to mention any more names. But I think there are a lot of names out there bubbling around, particularly governors who have realized that doing basic common-sense things tend to inspire Americans today.”

  120. Tim – forward away!

    But remind your nieces that Hillary is still alive and kicking! There’s still hope!

    I was 24 and in graduate school, just starting out, when Geraldine ran. I was almost 50 when Hillary ran. My whole adult life so far waiting, and watching both times as we got close only to have the dream smashed. Gosh, maybe when I’m 75 I can watch women get screwed again.

    I’m glad there are good men like you, Tim.

  121. Lorac – I post this for no other reason than your last comment. For Gerri – Admin, if you please…

  122. lorac –

    thanks, will forward that piece to them. Yes, I actually a few years when they were in high school, forwarded them the video of Hillary speaking in China, it was the “Women’s rights are human rights” speech.
    Their mom is a conservative/right leaning dem, or rather was a democrat, now an independent, she actually I think went to that May 31th 2008 meeting in DC, after what she saw, she was so disgusted, she tore her registration on the spot and sent it to the DNC.
    She was a PUMA, campaigned for Palin.
    Thanks again for the piece, you really have a gift with words.

  123. Rip Geraldine Ferrero…a great woman whom I voted for Vice President. You were so courageous in facing you illness. You also defended another great woman, Hillary Clinton, and were subjectd to vicious character attacks from Obama and his thugs…G-d bless you.

  124. tim – God Bless your mom. I was there. 3 rows back with the Florida Delegation. Little did we dare VOICE at that time that the head of the DNC Florida was an Obama loyalist. Karen Thurman played the “voting rights” card with aplomb, all the while rooting for her ‘Man’ Obama.

  125. It’s not “we” JB, it’s the FU’d Fla Legislature and the Florida DNC. Birds of a Feather.

  126. Thurman was another Ladder Kicker – willing to sabotage HRC for her Mandingo Fantasies.

    As for the Fla. Legislature – they are and have been Republican Neanderthals since I moved her in 2001. Even more corrupt than BO himself.

  127. Another “trailblazer comment”

    Posted By Greta Van Susteren On March 26, 2011

    Ok…I confess, I have called Geraldine Ferraro a trailblazer today but it occurred to me, as tough as she was, and as determined….she might prefer if we dropped the complement of trailblazer and instead just all did something. Like what? We could stop treating women candidates differently than men. When Geraldine ran for VP, journalists spent a lot if time talking about her clothes and not the weighty issues like the economy and foreign policy when she was the topic. In my most recent conversation with her, she lamented, using Gov Palin as an example that nothing had changed since 1984. Maybe we could all take a cue from Geraldine and in her death begin to attempt to treat women politicians, Dems and Repubs, the same as the men? Maybe stop the trailblazer comment and instead credit her with a realization of what we often do? My guess is that she would much prefer it …

    What do you think?

    http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/another-trailblazer-comment/

  128. Bill and Hillary Clinton on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro

    March 26, 2011

    Statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro
    March 26, 2011 | New York, NY | Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton | Statements
    “Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original. She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve. The daughter of an Italian immigrant family, she rose to become the first woman ever nominated to the national ticket by a major political party. She paved the way for a generation of female leaders and put the first cracks in America’s political glass ceiling. She believed passionately that politics and public service was about making a difference for the people she represented as a congresswoman and Ambassador.

    For us, Gerry was above all a friend and companion. From the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns to the important work of international diplomacy, we were honored to have her by our side. She was a tireless voice for human rights and helped lead the American delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Through it all, she was a loyal friend, trusted confidante, and valued colleague.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry’s husband John, her children and grandchildren, and their entire family.”

    http://still4hill.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/bill-and-hillary-clinton-on-the-passing-of-geraldine-ferraro/

  129. I agree with DeMint. More will enter. But in the end it will come down to Gingrich or Trump. Both are pro American, both are natural born leaders, both are problem solvers and that is what it will take.

    Obama people would respond by attacking their personal lives. To some extent that has already been factored into the price of their stock, but as people are reminded of it the advantage would shift to Obama.

    But that is hardly the end game. There is a parallel attack which they have already launched against Obama just last week– when Trump raised the issue of the birth certificate. Obama and his big media cronies had that issue tamped down, even to the point that Obama would joke about it. But now Trump has resurrected it and so has Gingrich. Rest assured they know the truth.

    The truth is that the real father of Obama is Franklin Marshall Davis. If you examine pictures of a young Franklin Marshall Davis he looks like Obama whereas Obama Senior does not. Davis was a communist, a pedophile and was part of the black radical movement in Chicago. That is why when Obama came of age he left Hawaii and headed to Chicago where his fathers cronies were. It is why as a politician and now as president, he leans in that direction, and yes, he hates America.

    When Obama’s mother became pregnant she was sent to a home for unwed mothers in Vancouver BC. where she was to have the child and have it put up for adoption. The reason was simple: her own mother was apprehensive that if the business community discovered that her daughter had conceived a bi racial child out of wedlock, that it could cost her her job in the bank and future promotions.

    But the daughter foiled that scheme. When the baby was born, she decided to keep it, was asked to leave the home and went to Seattle to visit a high school friend. The friend was shocked that she did not know how to take care of the baby, but that was because the baby had been taken away from her after it was born, and was not returned until she left the home the day before.

    From there she went to Hawaii. She applied for a birth certificate showing a home birth, which contradicts the current account that he was born in a hospital. She listed Barack Obama Sr as the father but there is no marriage license. That allowed her to claim welfare benefits–which was a scam. Meanwhile Obama Sr was paid to accept paternity and given a scholarship to Columbia.

    In other words, there is a birth certificate, it reflects that he was born in Hawaii, it identifies Barack Obama Sr as the father, but it also says home birth, which he has consistently denied. And if it is revealed then the whole story about him will come out, and what it will show is that he is not the man presented in Dreams of My Father and its sequel. It will open the door on who his real father was, his association with black radicals, his hatred of America, the welfare fraud perpetrated by his mother etc.

    In other words, the book and the figure which inspired and at the same time bamboozled the nation is a fraud. That is not to say that Obama is responsible for who his parents were, and what they did. But the false account of it is most definitely a cover-up. We learned two lessons from Watergate: i) follow the money, and ii) it isn’t the crime–it is the cover-up that sinks a political figure.

    Most of these facts were given by me and my friend to Brian Ross who is the chief investigative reporter for ABC. All he was interested in however was seeing the birth certificate. Now that Trump has resurrected the issue, and Gingrich has weighed in–to the point that Matthews now fearing for his credibility has echoed their demand. This is a way for the left to take him down if they want to. If not it is a way for the Republican candidates I mentioned who are not afraid of a fight, but willing to take off the gloves, can make their own personal mistakes look insignificant by comparison. In sum, it is a bloodless way to eviscerate Obama.

  130. If it comes down to the scenario described then Plouffe and Axelrod will unleash the hounds of hell in the form of charges of racism. Those charges however will be ineffectual this time, and will be seen for what they are–the last bastion of scoundrels. And that will generate a backlash, and an open question: can our country stand four more years of this shit?

  131. wbboei —

    thanks for that post. I agree with you, there will a massive backlash if the race card is used, and make no mistake it will be. I agree it will be either Trump (if he runs) or Gingrich, and I for one will be absolutely be voting and campaiging for either man (or any repub for that matter) against Waffles.

    What Trump is doing is brilliant, saying yes he believes he’s born in America, so why not release that birth certificate? what’s Waffles hiding?

  132. oh boy, just read Meeee-chellle Anoinette will be speaking at commencement at West Point, I’m sure those cadets are just jumping for joy at the thought of listening to a woman who by her own account has been ashamed of America her entire life.
    I know many military families, all of them have some level of disgust of Mrs. Waffles.

  133. In other words, there is a birth certificate, it reflects that he was born in Hawaii, it identifies Barack Obama Sr as the father, but it also says home birth, which he has consistently denied.

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

    I don’t see any of this as being much help, unfortunately. If we had evidence of birth in Canada, that might make the Bush/Obama SC squirm a little as they ruled in Obama’s favor. But voters who care about constutionality are already against Obama, and voters who are for Obama already don’t care.

    And in any case, people will say it’s not Obama’s fault. He believed what his family told him.

  134. The Manchurian Candidate is on tonight-starring Denzel… Someone mentioned BO has a scar on his head near the temple area- the scar is not always visible. As is the gray hair that vanishes from time to time.

  135. The Man Who Authorized Waterboarding Now Defends Obama’s Refusal To Comply With The War Powers Act. And what sayeth the left? During the campaign, they assumed their usual air of moral superiority and lectured us that if you vote for McCain you will have John Yoo defending you. But now, as John Yoo defends Obama, all you hear from those nihilists in their stagnant pond is crickets.

    Posted by Moe Lane (Profile)
    Saturday, March 26th at 4:00PM EDT
    5 Comments

    In some ways, John Yoo’s argument (”Antiwar Senator, War-Powers President“) is almost… superfluous. The basic point is straightforward enough: President Obama, just like every other President since 1973, has come to the conclusion that the War Powers Act is in fact an unconstitutional and onerous restriction on the executive branch’s constitutionally mandated oversight of military affairs. This conclusion follows the usual evolutionary arc: as Yoo helpfully points out, Senator Obama and Candidate Obama had a fairly different view of unilateral action than does the (theoretically) better-educated and (theoretically) more experienced President Obama. Couple that with the further detail that the usual Democratic suspects will not be trying to repeat with Libya their largely ineffectual push against the liberation of Iraq (Kuchinich and Dean, to give just two examples, have already been effectively whipped back into place), and one is left to conclude that there was a lot of deliberate lying about motivations being made over the last decade by the Democratic party.

    Again, this is almost superfluous. John Yoo is arguing on Barack Obama’s behalf. His major complaint is that Obama’s doing a worse job than George W Bush did*.

    John Yoo. The guy who did the waterboarding memos.

    There are antiwar progressives asking themselves right now, Were we really this stupid? Did we really let the Democratic party shake us down for money and time and effort and votes, just so we could have it rubbed in our faces that they cared less about our beliefs than they would a used tissue? Are we really this easy to manipulate? – and the answer is, of course, “yes.” They’re also quite abysmally stupid. And the best part? They still have no excuse for not anticipating this. Even the abysmally stupid should have seen this coming. That they chose not to is an ironic testament to the power of human delusion. Or possibly it’s just funny. I can’t quite decide which.

    Via Instapundit, who is enjoying putting the boot in as much as I am.

  136. I don’t see any of this as being much help, unfortunately. If we had evidence of birth in Canada, that might make the Bush/Obama SC squirm a little as they ruled in Obama’s favor. But voters who care about constutionality are already against Obama, and voters who are for Obama already don’t care.

    And in any case, people will say it’s not Obama’s fault. He believed what his family told him.
    ————————
    1. I do not think Trump is bluffing. I can tell you with relative certainty that Hillary knew, but she could not use it because they were already calling her and Bill racists. Just as she knew about the whitey tapes–and that I can tell you for a fact. But the same consequences were at stake. Donald Trump or Newt will not be deterred.

    2. The failure to produce the certificate may not be the issue. With or without it, these facts are known and can be proven. The operatives have this information so it becomes primarily a question of timing–when to feed the press pirhanas. And those pirannahs will devour the story–or be scooped. To be clear, it is not the crime, for whatever crime there is here is not his fault. Rather, it is the fact that he covered it up, and that he consorted with those commies and put them in his cabinet, and has implemented policies as president which are consistent with their views. In other words, for someone of Trump’s stature to resurrect the issue is tactical and strategic. Because I am reasonably certain that he is holding.

    Too well I remember the time when the Republicans had the Wright story, I wanted to get it for the Hillary campaign and could not get it for love or money. But they had it and they used it on their own time table. I think they will do the same thing here.

  137. I mean he promoted himself though that book Dreams of My Father, and if it can be shown that it is a lie, then it follows as day follows night that he is a fraud. Most people have come to the realization by now that he is not an effective leader. But even so, millions still love and adore him because of his style panache and race. That will dissipate however if it can be shown to them that he is a huckster. It goes to the point which was made in the beginning which is that if we are to have our first black president let us at least be sure that he is a competent one and not merely a huckster. If these facts come out, as I believe they will then charges of racism will be counterproductive.

  138. wbboei

    do you think Trump knows all this? The man is a billionaire, I don’t think he would be making all these accusations without irrefutable proof.

    I agree with you on the whitey tapes, those are coming out in 2012, when I campaigned for Palin, I asked around, and I was surprised that everyone seemed to know about it. But are they for real? I do think so, I remember Larry Johnson over at NQ said he has seen it and it was horrible.

    I agree Newt will not back off, nor will trump, now romney, huckabee, they seem like timid mice, especially romney.

  139. I’m not sure how the LSM continue to protect him, if whines and cries Racism!, espcially when all these tapes, etc will show up, won’t the LSM be blamed for not doing their damn jobs in 2008 itself, is the irony that lost on them?

  140. wbboei, what about the newspaper announcement? Didn’t it mention the name of the hospital? I forget.
    *********
    IIRC, there were birth announcements in both Honolulu newaspapers. I suspect that at that time, the local hospitals called the local newspapers or visa versa to report the previous days births. I guess that the photostats of the newspaper listings that appeared on the web could be forgeries but not likely as newspaper archives are open. I guess that it’s remotely possible that grand-ma had enough local pull to fake it but that is a stretch.

    My guess on stonewalling of the BC is that it is no different than college records, who were his friends in school, what did he do at the Davis law firm, etc…etc…etc.. If they give in and allow any thread to be pulled, the whole fiction of Obama will unravel. The second possibility is that a second BC was issued in HI when he was adopted(?) and he was too lazy to legally change his name to Obama.

  141. I really loved Geraldine Ferraro and I always will, but I also have to admit I was disappointed when she supported the fraud whole heartedly. Too Dem, like Hillary.

    Hey ladies, stop looking at the forest, we still have half the tree’s over here.

  142. “she supported the fraud whole heartedly”

    especially when he called a racist, and had his thugs call her a racist and all sorts of other things.

  143. IIRC, the birth announcements didn’t list a hospital, they listed the home address of BO’s mother and father. But I remember reading that someone went back into the records, even interviewed next door neighbors who still lived there, and found out that no one answering the family’s description or name ever lived at that address.

  144. IIRC, the birth announcements didn’t list a hospital, they listed the home address of BO’s mother and father.
    **********
    All of the BC, Muslim, socialist-commie, etc. is a distraction. The reality is bad enough. Barack Obama is a moderately intelligent sociopath who adapted to an unstable childhood and teen years by developing a very successful con and flim-flam about himself. Unfortunately it’s only as POTUS that his previously successful life strategy is falling apart and he is taking the country down with him.

  145. My guess on stonewalling of the BC is that it is no different than college records, who were his friends in school, what did he do at the Davis law firm, etc…etc…etc.. If they give in and allow any thread to be pulled, the whole fiction of Obama will unravel.
    —————————
    It is the fiction of Obama which Trump and others will unravel. I asked my source why they did not do it in 2008 and they said they wanted McCain to go down, and they did not want to be accused of being racists. But now, the charge of racism has been used once too often, and it will not deter them. There is a big difference between saying it is racism to deny an otherwise competent black man the presidency based on what little they bothered to lean about him at that time, vs saying today that it is racist to ask otherwise legitimate questions about an unqualified black man who is wrecking the country in order to deny him a second term. And between the first charge of racism and now, Obama and his minions have called half the country racist, which proves that Nietzsche was right when he said when you make common cause out of virtues or vices you wear the gold off them and they no longer matter. More likely they will generate a backlash which will further affect his dismal standing with independents.

  146. wbboei, what about the newspaper announcement? Didn’t it mention the name of the hospital? I forget.
    ———————
    I believe SHV said some time back that there was a hospital announcement. I myself have not seen it. If the birth certificate says home birth then it would contradict the hospital announcement. If there was a hospital announcement, then I would question its authenticity. And the reason the mother would want it would be to support her application for welfare.

  147. Tim–

    Yes. Trump knows the real story. I am confident of it. And so do others. Where there is money and enough political operatives all the dirty laundry comes out. Where the unraveling of Obama is concerned, the wise words of Ernest and Julio Gallo are most instructive: we will make no wine until its time.

    I agree with the rest of your comment.

  148. I think that picture of Hillary in the Oval Office is stunning. I worry however that an ironic deity has burdened her the responsibilities of president while bestowing the title itself on a dysfunctional scam artist named Obama. I think everyone with the possible exception of Brian Williams realizes by how that she would have been a far better president, and the most current example is her leadership vs his non leadership on Libya despite the manly efforts of his three big Irishmen who lie through their teeth, even to the point that dead between the ears Vulf Blitzer takes notice and still the idiot sits there and evades the question. At no time in my life have I seen such chaos in the world. And the common cause is Obama who is incapable of summoning the will and capacity to lead. No one who lives in the same world as most of us can deny what is right before their eyes. If they deny it then they are like Brian Williams lying not merely to the world but no less to himself.

  149. wbboei,

    Sorry, but I’m missing the BIG scandal. If I read your account correctly, the only “surprise” on Obama’s birth certificate would be that he was born at home. I can’t imagine that such a minor thing would be a big deal for his re-election. Now, if the B.C. stated a different father, that would be a big deal. But according to you, it does not. Absent some other tangible smoking gun, I just don’t see a problem for him. What am I missing?

  150. SaraK
    March 27th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    wbboei,

    Sorry, but I’m missing the BIG scandal. If I read your account correctly, the only “surprise” on Obama’s birth certificate would be that he was born at home. I can’t imagine that such a minor thing would be a big deal for his re-election. Now, if the B.C. stated a different father, that would be a big deal. But according to you, it does not. Absent some other tangible smoking gun, I just don’t see a problem for him. What am I missing?
    ————————–
    Standing alone it would not mean much and whatever it did mean would not reflect on Obama because if it was wrong, or fraudulent, it was his mothers fault.

    But any contradiction of this nature opens the door to further inquiries about the circumstances of his birth–inquiries which were suppressed by big media by characterizing them as conspiracy talk and accepting Obama’s excuse that the circumstances of his birth were murky.

    The most damning inquiry would go to the question of who his real father was. Someone commented at one point that if his real father was in fact Obama Sr then it was merely a coincidence.

    But my source tells me that the photos of a young Franklin Marshall Davis look like Obama Jr. which raises a strong inference that he was the real father in which case the myth of Obama would be shown to be yet another lie.

  151. All of the BC, Muslim, socialist-commie, etc. is a distraction. The reality is bad enough. Barack Obama is a moderately intelligent sociopath who adapted to an unstable childhood and teen years by developing a very successful con and flim-flam about himself. Unfortunately it’s only as POTUS that his previously successful life strategy is falling apart and he is taking the country down with him.
    ——————–
    Yes indeed it is a distraction to a clinical analysis of the problem. But that is not what moves the election needle because voters are not that sophisticated. They may see their world toppling and look for a villain. And when they find that villain they want to know why he did what he did so they can also know what he is likely to do in the future. Once they know the who and the why they are inclined to take action to prove they are in control. This is the same logic which causes them to support the death penalty which you as a principled liberal probably do not.

  152. People are always interested in the why. For example why would Obama cozy up to our enemies, and diss our friends? Is it because he is merely incompetent, or his there a deeper motive for what he does. Tha question interests people for the reasons stated above. Where in the hell is he coming from. When it comes to war, domestic spying, Gitmo and other activities he sounds like a pacifist but behaves like a tentative Bush. Why does he make excuses for Muslim terrorists, why does he apologize for the United States, why does he undermine Israel, etc. Is the explanation simply clinical or is there a political method to his madness. If there is a single cohesive political philosophy he is pursuing then voters will react to it.

  153. It would be a good thing if a cartoonist sketched a picture of Immelt, Jamie Dimon or Soros in an Aladin costume holding rubbing a lamp and seeing Obama appear caption to read “never mind the American People, I can make them believe anything I want them to believe, but your wish is my command.”

  154. But my source tells me that the photos of a young Franklin Marshall Davis look like Obama Jr. which raises a strong inference that he was the real father

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

    Have you seen photos of Obama Sr? The family in Kenya said that Obama Jr looks like Obama Sr. Don’t recall if they had a photo of Sr.

  155. My guess on stonewalling of the BC is that it is no different than college records, who were his friends in school, what did he do at the Davis law firm, etc…etc…etc..

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

    AIUI, the same lawsuits that demand the bc are also demanding the rest of these records. So he is getting the whole suits thrown out. So the real damaging stuff (if any) might be in the other records.

    But why he doesn’t defuse the whole thing by simply releasing the long form bc, if he has one.

  156. All of the BC, Muslim, socialist-commie, etc. is a distraction.

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

    It’s not just a distraction. It damages the credibility of the accusers.

    I’m not sure the sociopath diagnosis is much better. Either one sounds like a Grade B movie.

    What people, including his supporters, are willing to believe is that he has turned out to be a tool of Wall Street. Like many others. I don’t think that needs some melodramatic explanation.

  157. I remember Larry Johnson over at NQ said he has seen it and it was horrible.

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

    I remember him saying it was coming later, then later — but not that he himself had actually heard it.

  158. wbboei

    yep, and I remember Trump was very complimentary of Hillary, I think although he is a registered republican, he is more of an independent.

    BTW… check this out, so now enroll in DeathCare or you will be denied your SS benefits.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/entitled_to_chains_tqyOh9TXW49SLG5xwS3kvJ

    “One area where he is desperate to solidify his liberal schemes is the take over of our nation’s independent and market based health care. Just this week a pliant judge apparently put the finishing touch on a hidden Obamacare ‘feature’ that forces senior citizens into Obamacare, or else lose their Social Security. Worse yet, if they do not enter into Obamacare, they will be forced to pay back all social security benefits received to date:

    Yet last week, federal Judge Rosemary Collyer did just that.

    The ruling has ominous implications for ObamaCare, enacted one year ago but not yet in full effect: This decision would allow the “health reform” law to become even more Orwellian than it already is, without any action from Congress.

    In a case where I served as chief attorney for the plaintiffs, Judge Collyer allowed to stand three internal rules of the Social Security Administration that make receipt of Social Security retirement benefits contingent upon enrollment in Medicare. Plus, a person who withdraws from Medicare would not only have to give up Social Security retirement benefits, but repay all benefits previously received.

    All the plaintiffs had paid into Social Security and Medicare throughout their working lives. They were eligible for both programs, but they didn’t want to enroll in Medicare because they had their own savings and health-insurance programs that they preferred.

    Indeed, all seniors now must enroll in Medicare, Part A, whether they want it or not. If they don’t, their Social Security retirement benefits will be taken from them.

    Now to understand how desperate these bureaucrats are to force people into Obamacare, it is important to understand how illegal this specious penalty is, and how out of bounds the judge’s ruling is.”

  159. tim @ 7:24 a.m.

    I don’t agree with your take on the above mentioned article…you can take this two ways..

    If the plaintiffs had enough savings and their own healthcare….obviously they did not need social security. The people on social security should be the ones on it and not the millionaire’s who figured they paid in so they should collect. Obviously they can afford not to have social security and we the people shouldn’t expect to for pay it.

  160. confloyd
    March 27th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    normally I would agree with you.

    but it severely hurts people…. case in point, I am a small business owner, I am by no stretch a millionaire, I wish I could retire, but it will not happen. I am not enrolled in Medicare, have no plans to, I use my own company’s healthcare, and trust me it is expensive, why should I have to be forced into Medicare or else I cannot get my SS which I have spent decades paying into.
    Not everyone who does not want Medicare does not want SS, and they are not millionaires.

    This is completely unjust and unfair.

  161. wbboei.

    9:27 – excellent analysis.

    FWIW, my gut tells me Trump is going to spill the beans and I cannot wiat for the show to begin.

    Let the smackdown begin!

  162. $5B Hollywood Handout Bankrupting Obamacare

    Thursday, 24 Mar 2011

    A $5 billion handout to states, big corporations, and Hollywood unions to subsidize health insurance for early retirees is threatening to bankrupt a major part of the year-old healthcare reform law, according to staffers of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    A small percentage of the organizations signed up for the plan has already drained more than $500 million from the program’s coffers.

    Like many provisions in Obamacare, the “Early Retiree Reinsurance Program” has largely escaped public scrutiny and congressional oversight. The program provides subsidies to employers and unions to cover between $15,000 and $90,000 of the healthcare costs for early retirees.

    The ERRP program was designed primarily to help early retirees over age 55, along with their spouses and dependents, who are not eligible for Medicare.

    Nearly 5,500 organizations have been approved to participate in the program. Among the 253 participants that received more than $535 million in ERRP funding last year were Hollywood unions such as the Screen Actors’ Guild, and large corporations like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Sara Lee.

    The lion’s share of ERRP reimbursements went to state governments, followed by non-profits, corporations, unions, and religious organizations, the report says.

    Over one-third of the of the money spent in 2010, some $182 million, went to just five government entities: California Public Employees’
    Retirement System — $57.8 million; State of New Jersey Treasury Department, Pension Accounting Services — $38.6 million; Georgia Department of Community Health, State Health Benefit Plan — $35 million; Commonwealth of Kentucky — $29.7 million; and Employees Retirement System of Texas — $20,982,299.

    The retiree reinsurance money was supposed to last until 2014. The program received $5 billion — the same amount provided for high-risk coverage pools for people with pre-existing conditions. But with 10 percent of the allocated funds already spent on less than 5 percent of program participants in just a few months, the fund will likely run dry by early next year, according to Richard Popper, Director of the Office of Insurance Programs at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

    “The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is helping to control healthcare costs and protect coverage for early retirees and their families,” says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This program is providing critical financial relief to help states, private employers and other organizations preserve access to affordable health coverage for millions of Americans.”

    The House staffers report concluded differently, however.

    “With the public debate focused squarely on the spiraling costs of the federal budget, and this administration’s lackluster efforts to create job growth, the committee staff was surprised to learn that the healthcare law would subsidize the early retirees of corporate America, Hollywood, state, county and municipal employees, as well as unions,” the Congressional staffers wrote.

    “It is inappropriate that a bill sold to the American people as healthcare legislation would contain a sweetheart deal for unions and Hollywood, and it is grossly inefficient that in troubling economic times, the American taxpayer would be asked to subsidize the healthcare costs of massive corporations.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/health-care-law-unions/2011/03/24/id/390680?s=al

  163. Geraldine Ferraro also had ovarian fortitude, and that will be what I miss most from her passing. She spoke the truth about why Obama was elected, and she paid a price for it. She was one politician that I actually liked, and to some extent, I believe that in her later years, she was much more capable of appealing to the vast majority of people in this country who hang in the middle of the political spectrum, much like Bill Clinton was able to do. I will miss her.

  164. wbboei
    March 27th, 2011 at 1:34 am
    Standing alone it would not mean much and whatever it did mean would not reflect on Obama because if it was wrong, or fraudulent, it was his mothers fault.

    The issue is lying. Hiding your background is one thing, but writing a enormously touted fantasy is another, especially when your entire life and career are centered on it. Then spending God only knows how much to hide it, and call dehumanizing names and threats to anyone who even wonders aloud why it is so inconsistent. Beating people up for questioning inconsistencies will only make them come back stronger. The vehemence with which the Obama defenders attack anyone who merely says what’s up with this only shows how deeply they are invested psychologically and professionally in the fantasy and fraud that is Obama. Pull one thread and it all unravels.

  165. I don’t think Gingrich has a chance…..an absolute no go…and I am happy about that.

    I also wonder why none of the Republican states are passing legislation to require proof of natural born status…full form birth certificate….in order to run for POTUS. YOou would think that would put obama out of the race. Why aren’t they doing this?

  166. I agree, that if someone is going to do this, it is going to be Trump. He is owned by no one, and I think he is truly concerned about what is happening to this country. He has the money and independence not to be bought off.

    If he does do this, he will gain my admiration.

  167. Speaking of Trump, Ani, if you’re around, maybe he is someone who could help you. He’s got money to burn, and he doesn’t want Obama to win….. Do any of your Hollywood friends know him, or know anyone who knows him?

  168. “I am not enrolled in Medicare, have no plans to, I use my own company’s healthcare..”
    **********
    Everyone needs to evaluate their own situation but for me, the biggest advantages for enrolling in Medicare was the elimination of balance billing and expanding my “network”.

  169. HRS is on abc This week, and I think she looks great. The lower part of her hair is like framing her face and shoulders, and I think it gives her a soft female touch. I don’t think we want any mistakes here, when you elected her, she is female, and proud of it.

  170. just a few personal words on Gerry Ferraro’s passing…my heartfelt condolences to her family…

    I will never forget when my mother (who I lost one year ago although it still feels like yesterday) and I went to the first Democratic convention for Bill Clinton in NYC…we were both so excited for Bill Clinton and we ran all over NYC trying to catch as many democratic speakers as we could…we were lucky and got to see Hillary speak alone and Hillary and Tipper speak together…also listen to Ron Brown speak and many others…that week in NYC you were likely to run into so many democrats on the street…Rockerfeller, etc…the big guns were everywhere…

    However…nothing could compare to the happiness my Italian mother experienced when we met Gerry Ferraro…I took a picture of my happy, beaming mother and Gerry together…Gerry had that beautiful smile and expressive wide eyes…I now have that photo framed in my home…

    more recently I saw Gerry on Fox and she did not look good…it was obvious her cancer was getting worse…rest in peace Gerry…you did your part and you changed things for the better…

  171. Interesting. Both of these organizations–Media Matters and Politico were left wing bastions of Hillary hate during the primary, so I have always detested them. Now it appears that MM has abandoned any pretense of objectivity . . .
    ———————–
    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Saturday, March 26th at 10:23PM EDT
    36 Comments
    Well, this will make you feel good.

    The kids over at Media Matters are gearing up to lose their 501(c)(3) status I’m guessing as they go headlong into a new mission to destroy Fox News and Newscorp.

    Along the way, the Politico tells us this:

    The group, launched as a more traditional media critic, has all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks and is narrowing its focus to Fox and a handful of conservative websites, which its leaders view as political organizations and the “nerve center” of the conservative movement.

    Well thanks for recognizing our position in life, Media Matters.

    They are rather obsessive about those things that appear here at RedState and in the twitter feeds of various RedState contributors. They even listen to my radio show!

    Truth be told, fundraising seems to be the whole purpose behind this Politico article. Couple it with the fawning piece about the Media Matters guerilla pundit training program where they are trying to get people on Fox News and you have the makings of a “we need money” PR blitz with the help of Media Matters friends in the press.

    It is rather funny. In the Politico, the story is about Media Matters making it their new mission to destroy Fox. In the Washington Post, the story is about how Media Matters is training lefty pundits to get on Fox.

    But the key takeaway is that we now know that by being a RedState user you are seen as part of the nerve center of the vast right wing conspiracy.

    I think we should fundraise off this news!

  172. I have a theory about Trump’s birth certificate strategy. I don’t think he has any intention of running for president.

    In 2008, Trump was an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter, then became a McCain supporter. He has never trusted Obama. What if, as some have suggested, Clinton’s camp had proof of Obama’s ineligibility all along, but felt handicapped in using the information under heightened threat of being called RACIST and causing a Democratic backlash? And what if Donald Trump has now been given access to that information, and is using it to smoke out Obama now, a year before the 2012 Dem. nomination, and make way for Hillary?

    Sure it’s far-fetched, but I am seeking an alternative explanation for Trump’s behavior, as I don’t see him running. Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part….?

  173. I also wonder why none of the Republican states are passing legislation to require proof of natural born status…full form birth certificate….in order to run for POTUS. YOou would think that would put obama out of the race. Why aren’t they doing this?
    ———————————-
    A very interesting question, because those states were indeed talking about it before. The fact that two leading contenders have now raised the birth certificate issue, suggests to me that they intend to go after him in a different, which shows he is a liar. Put the bait out there and let the media piranhas devour him. Conversely, if they pass Legislation which requires production of legislation as a precondition to running for president then the attention will shift away from the political question of is the Obama of Dreams of My Father a fraud to the more abstract legalistic question constitutional law.

  174. From Hillbuzz (posted by Bridget Casey)

    A humorous little song to get us ready for Waffle’s speech tomorrow

    I read this on Iowa Hawk this morning and had to share. It’s very clever.

    (this song is sung to the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”)

    Overseas-Contingencies-Kinetic-Aliocious

    In trying to explain himself when bombing foreign lands,
    It behooves a modern president to keep his prose in hand.
    One little slip in lexicon accounting for the rubble
    Will end up in congressional investigative trouble.

    Ohhhhhh!
    Overseas-contingencies-kinetic-aliocious
    I must admit the messaging is really quite atrocious
    But if you say it soft enough, you’ll always sound precocious,
    Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!

    Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye
    Um-diddle-diddle-um-diddleye

    In olden days they called this thing a stale three-letter word
    But in this new millenium I find that quite absurd.
    My unabridge-ed thesaurus is dog-eared through and through,
    One syllable seems pitiful when thirteen more will do!

    Ohhhhhhh!
    Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious,
    When you put it in that way it won’t seem so ferocious.
    Gargle first with Listerine in case of halitosis,
    Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!

    Um-twiddle-diddle-um-twiddle dee
    Um-twiddle-diddle-um-twiddle dum

    Unlike Bush adventurism, there’s no “war” to fear
    It’s um… it’s er… it’s uh… it’s mmm… let me be crystal clear
    In days not weeks we cease it all, for “peace,” or as you know,
    Suoicilacitenikeicnegnitnocsaesrevo.

    Ohhhhhh!
    Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious
    A neologic tailor-made for media hypnosis
    If you hear it long enough you’ll drink until cirrhosis,
    Overseascontingencieskineticaliocious!*

    I’ll be humming this all day.

  175. Waffle’s speech tomorrow
    ————————–
    OMG–more lies. He is an open spigot of them. I will not watch. I will leave that unenviable task to others. I am sure that big media will hang on his every word and call it the greatest speech since the funeral oration of Pericles–or his cya speech to cover up his toxic association with his 20 year long racist spiritual advisor who he hardly knew Jerimaiah Wright. I have found that listening to him is a colossal waste of time–because whatever has says is either blatant lies, political correctness or subject to change. By now I expect our allies feel the same way. It is too damned painful.

  176. I long for the day when they take that canned laughter piped in to the John Stewart show and use it as background music for Obama’s booming speeches and flashing eyes and empty messages which amount to nothing. What a empty headed puppet he is.

  177. Mormaer
    March 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am
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    Correct. It is fraud

    Fraud consists of five elements which have been proven:

    1. statement

    2. falsity

    3. knowledge of falsity

    4. reliance

    5. damage

  178. wbboei
    March 27th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    All of the BC, Muslim, socialist-commie, etc. is a distraction. The reality is bad enough. Barack Obama is a moderately intelligent sociopath who adapted to an unstable childhood and teen years by developing a very successful con and flim-flam about himself. Unfortunately it’s only as POTUS that his previously successful life strategy is falling apart and he is taking the country down with him.
    ——————–
    Yes indeed it is a distraction to a clinical analysis of the problem. But that is not what moves the election needle because voters are not that sophisticated. They may see their world toppling and look for a villain. And when they find that villain they want to know why he did what he did so they can also know what he is likely to do in the future. Once they know the who and the why they are inclined to take action to prove they are in control. This is the same logic which causes them to support the death penalty which you as a principled liberal probably do not.
    *******
    I don’t know about my principles but I have no philosophical objection to the death penalty. I think that it is misapplied, generally not cost effective, that there are too many wrongful conviction due to error and misconduct, etc. I also think that at the state level, the governor who signs the death warrant should, at a minimum be present for the execution and preferably be the person who presses the “button” that initiates the lethal injection sequence. Politicians who are gung-ho for the death penalty should be willing to get there hands dirty. The “Courage of the Non-Combatant” is bullshit, IMO.

  179. I also wonder why none of the Republican states are passing legislation to require proof of natural born status…full form birth certificate….in order to run for POTUS. YOou would think that would put obama out of the race. Why aren’t they doing this?
    ———————————————————–

    My theory would be that the republicans have their own “candidate without proper credentials” they want to run…so they aren’t going to push this into law…Trump can be the trump card to get Bambino not to run….without making it a constitutional crisis…if only the media would cooperate??

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